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I picked up a Jazz Estate cocktail kit and spun jazz and soul live for over five hours

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The one thing I do miss doing is checking out a nice jazz show at The Jazz Estate, sitting at the bar enjoying a well-crafted cocktail while watching an intimate performance.

Recently, The Jazz Estate provides a little comfort by providing a few of their famous cocktails to take home and enjoy. All I need is some jazz to accompany my tasty beverage.

So, I decided to order one of their take-home cocktail kits. I chose the Royal Hawaiian because I needed something that felt warm and tropical. The cocktail consists of gin, Orgeat, pineapple juice and bitters.

Then on Sunday, I put on my favorite tiki shirt inspired by the Guardians of the Galaxy, and organized a selection of jazz and soulful tunes and stream myself DJing, enjoying a few cocktails and dancing throughout the Sunday afternoon. I even added quirky video clips as a backdrop including videos of cute cats and clips from Wisconsin's Beeple.

I only planned to spin for an hour or two, but I ended up DJing and dancing (I normally don't dance) for over five hours, which I guess you could attribute to the multiple cocktails I imbibed. Did I mention that each of the cocktail kits makes enough for 16-20 cocktails?

To be honest, it was kind of liberating. I have to say it was probably one of the happiest moments for me during this pandemic. I actually had over 200 people watching me via Mixcloud live. Lucky for me I decided to record about three hours of the mix, which includes some obvious mistakes. You can listen to the mix below with your beverage of choice.

Playlist

Nick Holder - “No More Dating DJ’s”
SOIL&"PIMP"SESSIONS - “Love Immediately”
Thundercat - “Daylight”
Dorothy Ashby - “Django”
The Detroit Experiment - “Think Twice (Original 2002 Version)”
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - “Stretching”
Steve Reid - “Lions of Juda (feat. The Legendary Master Brotherhood)”
Clark Terry - “No Problem”
Grover Washington, Jr. - “Mister Magic”
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - “Spottie”
Quantic Soul Orchestra - “Regi Bugalu”
Hugh Masekela - “The Boy's Doin' It”
Charles Mingus - “II B.S. (Haitian Fight Song)”
Gap Mangione - “Diana In The Autumn Wind”
Koop - “Strange Love”
Sly5thAve - “Let Me Ride (feat. Jimetta Rose)”
David McCallum - “The Edge”
Emma-Jean Thackray - “Ley Lines”
Hackney Colliery Band - “Of The Lights”
Astrud Gilberto - “The Girl From Ipanema”
Herbie Hancock - “Watermelon Man”
Kenichiro Nishihara - “Nebulosa (Album Mix)”
Irene Kral - “Going to California”
Jazzanova - “Look What You're Doin' To Me” feat. Phonte
TM Juke & The Jack Baker Trio - “That Gut Feeling” feat. Andreya Triana
Dave Brubeck - “Take Five”
De La Soul - “I Be Blowin“ feat. Maceo Parker
Idris Muhammad - “Hard to Face the Music”
Jeremy Steig - “Howling for Judy”
Kelan Philip Cohran & Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - “Cuernavaca”
Cleo Sol - “Miles Song”
The Cinematic Orchestra - “Work It! (Man With the Movie Camera)”
Terry Callier - “You're Goin' Miss Your Candyman”
Daniel T. - “Gravura”
Rene Costy - “Scrabble”
Jay Dee - “Think Twice”
Jack Sample Pros - “Perskryptshyn”
Sa-Ra Creative Partners - “Glorious”
4hero - “The Awakening (Revolution_Mix)”
De La Soul - “Relax (Deheb remix)”
Snacks - “Nobody Else”

HYFIN Program Director | Radio Milwaukee