[Uli Geissendoerfer's regular gig] is at Dispensary Lounge on the southeast corner of Trop and Eastern, where on Fridays and Saturdays he massages the keys behind such great Vegas vocalists as Pascale Elia, Michelle Johnson, Karen Jones, Ronnie Rose and a host of others. This is the scene graced by Wynton Marsalis about a year ago after his performance at the Smith Center. He just showed up and played with the band, on that softly lit stage next to the famed water wheel.
No, the Dispensary is not exactly a classroom, but Geissendoerfer is a veritable professor of jazz during these late-night sessions, spiriting away on the keyboard in a lounge where you never know who you will run into. Sometimes it’s Marsalis, or Pia Zadora, or Clint Holmes and his wife, Kelly Clinton-Holmes. Sometimes, as was the case about a month ago, about a half-dozen of the city’s top drummers were hanging at the bar. Totally random. It was like a drum circle waiting to happen."