Thursday, November 1, 2012

Jazz Weekends at Veritas Promise Great Bryan-College Station Entertainment

Just another fun night at Veritas, L to R: Karan Chavis, Greg Tivis, and Steve Carr.

When you put Greg Tivis, Karan Chavis and Steve Carr together, there’s no doubt you have an evening of great jazz. Your rushed schedule simply dissolves into a distant memory as you let the music take you away. It’s hard to believe that this hidden treasured trio can be heard often at College Station’s Veritas bistro, and that there are not lines of people waiting to get in to hear them.

Great music and true musical talent for adults who prefer to have their own place is part of the atmosphere carefully cultivated at Veritas, thanks in large measure to musician Greg Tivis, who invites his friends to join him on weekends for some gentle jamming and slow, smooth jazz.

Never mind that Veritas Wine and Bistro is a national treasure, thanks in part to the Food Network’s announcement that Executive Chef Tai Lee had the best food truck in America. At least that is what the dynamo initiative of some devotees of Veritas gathered consensus to prove. And, that’s just the mobile bistro.

If you don’t want to chase the truck, which is always on the move in Bryan-College Station, race no more. Just glide on into the bistro, located in the beautiful University Center location just down the street from Texas A&M. Kick back and hear beautiful music, where you actually know the words to the songs, and your blood pressure is sure to drop 20 points, as you forget whatever was on your mind when you walked in.

Karan Chavis can sing the American songbook and make it look absolutely effortless. Her sultry voice exemplifies her ability to handle any song, classic rock, jazz, blues, soul, and contemporary hits and make it appear entirely effortless.

Greg Tivis and Steve Carr are such gifted musicians that they share the stage generously and know the perfect sound level to play so you actually can enjoy the music, as well as enjoy conversation with your friends when you want it.

Greg has a new CD, “I Got it Bad” that features Kelsey Taylor, part of the Greg Tivis Trio, just released last month. The trio includes Tivis, Taylor and bassist Ron White, a longtime Brazos Valley favorite. Karan Chavis is nearing completion on her next CD as well.

Veritas is a beautiful hidden secret, if you’ve never been there before. But, go there just once for evening jazz, weekends especially, and you’ll start working your schedule around their music, if you’re not already there regularly for the gourmet delicacies.

A note to those watching their wallets: you can afford to enjoy the music here, as there’s no cover charge. Even if you have dined earlier in the evening with commitments elsewhere, you can always stop in for a glass of wine, after dinner drink, or a cappuccino. Dare you to pass up a tempting dessert.

Jazz lovers should keep checking the Veritas web site or call 979-268-3251. Greg Tivis and friends will be there in style. Bon appetit!