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What is Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen – Flambeaux’s Jazz Club?
This little corner of musical heaven is in a bright airy room just off the main Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen restaurant in Disneyland Resort’s Downtown Disney. The room serves as both a bar area with some high tables to sit at, as well as plenty of regular tables to sit down and enjoy a meal with some live musical accompaniment!
The musical offerings at this location tend to be smaller groups simply based on the stage space. For today I’ll focus on the two different performances that Tim Gill does regularly here, as he and his musicians are always the draw for me to make the walk over there!
Who are the performers?
You may recall I’ve mentioned Tim Gill before when discussing the Royal Swing Big Band Ball. There he plays with a full orchestra and singing accompaniment. But at Flambeaux’s Jazz Club he performs with two different configurations of musicians…
First is when he plays with the Gin Mill Grifters:
This is a trio of musicians (on upright bass, horn and drums) that perform while Tim sings. He also plays many musical instruments – I’ve seen Tim on everything from trumpet to guitar to banjo here!
Happily for my musical tastes, he often plays standards from the American Songbook such as “All of Me” or “Pennies From Heaven”. One night while I was there, he took a request for “Minnie the Moocher” that got everyone in the crowd singing along!
But I also really like seeing when it’s just Tim and his virtuoso piano-playing accompanist (seriously – this guy is awesome on the keys!).
Tim again alternates between singing and playing music and the duo perform wonderful tunes such as “Dancing Cheek to Cheek” and “I’ve Got a Crush on You”.
When and where can I find them?
There are two main times to find performers at Flambeaux’s Jazz Club in Downtown Disney – currently that’s during the brunch hours on Sundays from 10:30am-2:30pm and the evening hours from 6-10pm on Sundays-Thursdays and 7-11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Either is a great time to stop by!
While I’ve been lucky enough to see Tim Gill and his fellow musicians here fairly regularly recently, it’s still best to check the official Disneyland Resort online schedule to see who is playing at Flambeaux’s on any given day as neither the daily Entertainment Times Guide nor the Disneyland mobile app currently list the performers here.
Why spotlight them?
With the continued shrinking of live musical options at the Resort, I’ve had to start scouting out some not-so-obvious corners where you can still hear singers and musicians perform – including in Downtown Disney!
Happily, Flambeaux’s Jazz Club at the Jazz Kitchen is one such spot. And as I’ve become a fan of Tim Gill – whether he’s playing with his orchestra at the Royal Swing Big Band Ball or here with his adept Gin Mill Grifters trio or as a duo with a skilled pianist to accompany him – you’ll often find me stopping by for a half hour or so out of my park day just to listen and enjoy his musical stylings!
Not only are he and his fellow musicians tremendously talented at playing their various instruments, but I find Tim’s voice to be especially pleasing and just so fitting for the style of music that he sings. He’s got that throwback sound that makes him seem like he stepped right out of Vegas in the 1950’s or 60’s. It’s hip, it’s cool and it’s just a delight to hear!
So if you’re looking for a terrific spot to relax and take in some great music during your visit to the Disneyland Resort, I strongly recommend checking out Flambeaux’s Jazz Club at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen – especially if Tim and his team are there!
Oh, and don’t forget to grab some beignets to go from the Jazz Kitchen Express while you’re at it!
Have you gone to see Tim Gill or any other performers at Flambeaux’s Jazz Club? Did you know they played live music there?
Update 12/4/16: Check out some of this band’s performances here on the Mousertainment YouTube Channel