It’s a bit difficult to describe what visitors to Hypothesis can expect when the flyer promises it’s a night “sculpted to never be the same twice.” The Jazz Kitchen is better known as a venue for salsa dancing rather than break dancing.
Yet late every Wednesday night you can see a side of the Jazz Kitchen a little different from the cool jazz and hot Latin styles usually on offer.
Hypothesis has built up quite a following of regulars over the four months the evening has been running.
Not really knowing what to look forward to, I arrived about 10:30 p.m. to be greeted by the sounds of a trio of African drummers thumping out quite a beat. Two break dancers were flailing their limbs around the dance floor.
I had almost forgotten what break dancing looked like, but to call it frenetic is an understatement. The two performers received a well-deserved round of applause from the 30-strong crowd when they had exhausted their long list of floor-polishing moves.
Then came the band, and an unusual band at that.
Jazz Kitchen owner Dave Allee trained his trumpet on the crowd and was amply supported by a drummer, keyboardist, bass player, poet/singer and a DJ with a television screening a Japanamation-like cartoon. What did they play? A little jazz, funk, soul and a few other musical genres yet to be classified.
The singer read from her diary — lyrics of love, angst and everything in between.
A rapper then jumped on stage and proceeded to give the audience something different yet again.
Flyers for Hypothesis are not kidding when they say that themes of the night are spontaneity and creativity. It truly is a melting pot of different musical and artistic tastes.
Hypothesis runs from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. every Wednesday.