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Vihmased ilmad meenutavad mulle Eestit

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Vihmane ilm, Times Square

42nd St

Siin on tegelikult endiselt palav, aga nüüd üle pika aja paar vihmast ilma. Jahe augustivihm meenutab Eestit – paistab, et Eesti suve ma sel aastal ei näinudki. Ma sain siin vahepeal jälle uue töö – ettekandjana ühes vahemere-türgi-köögi- ja mereanni-restoranis Upper East Side’il. See on omaette jutt, kuidas ma selle sain, aga kokkuvõtteks võib öelda, et lambist :D.  Uus graafik on ka,  seepärast eriti ei ole aega kontserditel käia… Aga restoranides töötamise juures on üks hea asi see, et seal saab tasuta ja sealjuures väga hästi süüa. Päris asjalik ;). Ja nüüd ma siis õpin veine tundma, toidust rääkima ja  5-6 taldrikut/ kaheksat veiniklaasi korraga kandma 😀 Ühe lõhkusin ära kah ikka juba. Olen päris püüdlik, aga ega ma seal muidu küll nii väheste kogemustega tööd poleks saanud, kui ma sealset ülemust mingil müstilisel kombel ära poleks võlunud.  Alguses tal väga siiras sõbralik soov aidata, aga, lõpuks ikka selgus, et ma hoopiski meeldin talle.

59th St @ Lexington Av

58th St @ Lexington Av

Jama on see, et ta mind nüüd liiga sageli veini jooma kutsub. Ta on muidu ülimalt tore, aga… midagi ühist pole temaga vist.  Ta pole muusik ja ma olen tähele pannud, et miskipärast mulle istuvad muusikud romantilises mõttes kuidagi paremini. Võibolla mu aju on kuidagi imelikult programmeeritud selle asja suhtes. Või siis, tõesti, mida koos teha kellegiga, keda muusika ei huvita, minna sööma või? Jah, aga eraelu on üldse väga segane viimasel ajal.

Muidu, Upper East Side’il on täitsa lahe hängida –  olin enne seda sinna ainult ühe korra sattunud. Tegelikult  seal midagi peale shoppamise eriti teha ei ole. Seal on nimelt hullult  poode – Bloomingdale’s ja kogu see värk.  Metropolitan muuseum ka muidugi, aga ma käisin seal 7 aastat tagasi, aega on enne kui uuesti vaja minna :D.

Täna mul on üle pika aja vaba päev. Käisin linna peal, tõin eelmisest töökohast palgatšeki ära ja käisin terve rea poode läbi, aga midagi erilist ei leidnud. Üks väike deit ootab ees ja siis kontserdile 🙂

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August 29, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Dave Binney Quartet @ 55 Bar

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Dave Binney @ 55 Bar

Dave Binney @ 55 Bar

Dave Binney (alto), Craig Taborn (keys), Dan Weiss (drums), Thomas Morgan (bass). I made it to the second set, it was killin’! This is one of New York’s leading jazz bands, I guess, playing regularly @ 55 Bar every other Tuesday. It was quite packed this time. Another great thing about New York –  you can actually fill a venue with people totally digging this modern and advanced jazz 😀  And it was really happening there.

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August 26, 2009 at 1:30 pm

Jonathan Kreisberg @ Solo Kitchen Bar

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Jonathan Kreisberg @ Solo Kitchen Bar

Jonathan Kreisberg @ Solo Kitchen Bar

I made it to the second set – sounded great! Jonathan Kreisberg on guitar, Orlando Le Fleming on bass, Will Vinson on alto (also some piano) and Greg Ritchie on drums. I really liked Jonathan Kreisberg’s new compositions, they played a bunch of them on the second set – I believe they were entitled Survive, Long As A Mercury Day, one really great one without a name. And they played The South Of Everywhere. I really liked the drummer, again 😀

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August 24, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Careers in Jazz

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DSCN1108Bill Anschell’s article @ All About Jazz about the different possible Careers in Jazz – Situation seems quite dark… 😀 but really funny as well – I especially liked the notion that serious jazz musicians cut their own hair 😀 ( I guess that makes a lot of sense in New York, hair cuts are really expensive) Well, yeah, but I think the actual people are still so much cooler than any of the types he has listed there, though…

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August 20, 2009 at 11:05 pm

Fieldwork @ the Stone

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Fieldwork @ the Stone

Fieldwork @ the Stone

Steve Lehman (alto saxophone, compositions) Tyshawn Sorey (drums, compositions) Vijay Iyer (piano, compositions). Very interesting compositions. Lots of space, an incredible palette of sounds getting together, really varied use of registers and dynamics. Weird, how even most complicated and far out things sound so natural with this band. Tyhsawn Sorey is one-of-a-kind drummer, I’m really happy that I finally got to heat his playing.

But yeah, the HEAT was even more terrible than yesterday. I guess that didn’t help that it was a sold-out show… Was the trio’s first performance since last Fall, so I guess a lot of people were coming for the new stuff. They actually only played one new composition on the first set. Yeah, the music was great – definitely worth the $10 cover 😀 And I guess it was even worth suffering the HEAT. But I’m not going there anymore, until it cools down.

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August 20, 2009 at 2:38 am

Joe Albano's Meanderthals @ the Stone

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Joe Albano's Meanderthals @ the Stone

Joe Albano's Meanderthals @ the Stone

Joe Albano (woodwinds, compositions), Steve Ruel (saxophones), Aki Ishiguro (guitar), Nick Jozwiak (bass), Dave Cole (drums). Sounded loud, electric and adventurous, quite complicated modern stuff 😀 I guess one needs to have spent some time in New York to really enjoy it – I did, actually. A couple of months ago, maybe I wouldn’t have, though. Was very interesting. But, oh my God, THE HEAT… Now I want to go back to the Stone (lots of reasons for it this month – Tyshawn Sorey is curating it in August), but I’m really scared of the heat. Seems like they turn on their AC very reluctantly – but I suspect they actually do have one… Anyway, the heat was unreal.

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August 19, 2009 at 11:54 am

Joe Albano’s Meanderthals @ the Stone

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Joe Albano's Meanderthals @ the Stone

Joe Albano's Meanderthals @ the Stone

Joe Albano (woodwinds, compositions), Steve Ruel (saxophones), Aki Ishiguro (guitar), Nick Jozwiak (bass), Dave Cole (drums). Sounded loud, electric and adventurous, quite complicated modern stuff 😀 I guess one needs to have spent some time in New York to really enjoy it – I did, actually. A couple of months ago, maybe I wouldn’t have, though. Was very interesting. But, oh my God, THE HEAT… Now I want to go back to the Stone (lots of reasons for it this month – Tyshawn Sorey is curating it in August), but I’m really scared of the heat. Seems like they turn on their AC very reluctantly – but I suspect they actually do have one… Anyway, the heat was unreal.

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August 19, 2009 at 11:54 am