Sunday nights it’s jazz at The Pit Stop on Martha’s Vineyard

From left: Adam Lipsky at the piano, Mike Tinus on upright bass, and Mike Alberice on the drums. — Photo by Susan Safford

Jazz used to be hard to find on the Vineyard, except for an occasional concert, but that has changed this summer, thanks to Sunday jazz nights at the Pit Stop in Oak Bluffs.

The Island’s own Adam Lipsky has taken the driver’s seat, spearheading a program that incorporates improvisational and original music with jazz standards, performed by a variety of groups.

Last Sunday night’s program of traditional jazz classics included Charlie Parker’s “Billy’s Bounce,” the 30s standard “Body and Soul,” and Jackie McClean’s “Midtown Blues.” In addition to Mr. Lipsky at the piano, there were the veterans Mike Tinus on upright bass, and Steve Tully on saxes. The 22-year-old West Tisbury percussionist extraordinary, Mike Alberice, played the drums.

It was a gentle, at times playful, collaboration between musicians who at times seemed to be pleasing each other as much as the audience. The sound quality of the old garage setting couldn’t have been much better for the acoustic band. It was a relaxing night with some very good music.

If jazz is your thing or if you want to know what good live jazz sounds like, you won’t be disappointed at The Pit Stop. Don’t forget to bring a beverage of your choice.

Sunday night jazz will continue next week with Paul Thurlow. Adam Lipsky will return the following Sunday with a new band.

Sunday Night Jazz, 8:30 pm, Sundays through August, The Pit Stop, Dukes County Ave., Oak Bluffs. BYOB. $10; $5 for members and students. 508-693-4219.