Garrett Sayers Trio 11.9.11

Words & Photos By J-man

It has been decided, Garrett Sayers is my favorite bass player. This past Wednesday, much like every other Wednesday we found the Garrett Sayers Trio, comprised of Garrett Sayers (Bass), Patrick Lee(Keys), Jonny Jyemo (Drums) at the Highland Tap & Burger in Denver's Lower Highlands (LoHi). The bar was basically two rooms. In one room, the bar. In the other we found a local running club wrapping up it's happy hour drinks and meals. Towards the front of the room, with a view of the street was a small area cleared out for the trio. Immediately we recognized many familiar faces.

Garrett came by our table and said hello. It was clear that he was excited to play and energized by the opportunity to showcase his band. The crowd was receptive and the trio commanded the attention of the previously chatty room. Their clear directional and organized progressions resolved to captivating solos. As I watched Garrett play, I was overtaken with emotion and focus. When I came back to reality, I realized the I had one hand on the top of my head, scratching with amazement and the other covering my mouth and attempting to hold up my jaw.

Garrett Sayers Live at Highland Tap & Burger on November 9, 2011.

All of this was free. There was no cover at the door. The Highland Tap is basically a restaurant that happens to have music, as opposed to being a venue that happens to serve food. What we got in exchange for our free admission was an invaluable night of covers and original material that set the scene for some good times. If you're in the Denver area, you should join us (almost) every Wednesday at the Highland Tap.

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