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Monday Night – Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

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Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Weird how most residency bands tend to be the last ones to be checked out – it just feels like there’s no rush, that there is always the next time… So I’ve wanted to go hear the Vanguard Orchestra forever. Finally did it. Great band really. Sure thing when you want to go hear some great writing, arrangements and playing 😀 Was mostly Thad Jones stuff that night. My favorite tune was something arranged by Bob Minzer, I believe. Yeah, I just love the Vanguard. There’s something about it.

Mida ma New Yorgis tavaliselt söön

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Waffles for breakfast @ Fabiane's, Bedford @  N 5th

Waffles for breakfast @ Fabiane's, Bedford @ N 5th

Hmm.. esiteks, ma mõtlen, äkki ikka olen veitsa juurde võtnud siin kogu selle ajaga. Põhiliselt vist sellepärast, et pole nagu aega trenni teha, kuigi mul on joogamatt kodus, mida püüan aeg-ajalt kasutada 😀 Joogatundides ma ei viitsi käia enam – liiga kallis, ajad ei klapi ja neil see asi suht üksluine. Nääh. Aga igatahes, söömisest. Sellest ajast alates, kui ma seal restoranis olen töötanud ma ise eriti süüa ei tee –  sest tööl saan nagunii nii head Mediterranean sööki – lamba, kana või veise shish kebabi (appi, ma pole elu sees nii palju liha söönud!) , värsket kala, super hästi maitsestatud salateid, värsket hummust, babaganuši ja mis kõige parem – värsket baklava‘t 😀 PS! Olen õppinud täiesti arvestataval määral türgi keelt selles restoranis!  Ja vahepeal maitsen seal veine ka, nendel päevadel kui mu sõber manager tööl on (peab ju oskama veine soovitada, see aga nõuab harjutamist). Aga muidu, töölt vabal ajal ma saan vist põhilised kalorid õlust. Õlut olen tõesti palju joonud siin – ega muidu ennast nii uhkelt õlle-eksperdiks ei nimetaks. Asi on selles et kui juba jazzi-ekspert oled, siis õlle-ekspertiis käib asjaga kaasas. Nii palju drink minimume on juba  elus läbi tehtud…

nurgapealne hiinakas, kah 20 sekundit kodust

nurgapealne hiinakas, kah 20 sekundit kodust

Aga jah,  viimasel ajal olen  veel päris palju söönud ka Häagen-Dazsi jäätiseid. Need on nimelt igas väiksemaski poes saadaval ja sobivad super hästi õlu ja veiniga. Ja odavad on, New Yorgi standardite kohaselt :D. Hommikuti, kui pole aega süüa, on päris hea variant Cliff Bar. Need on nimelt sellised üsna tervislikud nutsakusse pakitud ( 😉 ) plönnid, mitte päris müslibatoonid, aga midagi sellesarnast. Ja siis mul on kodu lähedal (20-30 sekundi raadiuses) 2 head kohvikohta – Oslo ja New York Muffin – sealt viimasest ma võtan viimasel ajal French Vanilla kohvi (see maitse ja lõhn meenutab muide emakest mulle, ta sageli  joob seda sorti kohvi… Ja kui ma Tallinnas tema pool olen, siis joome koos vara hommikul.. mmm) ). Poiss, kes seal töötab, teab mind juba hästi – teab, et mulle meeldib kange kohv ja pakub alati, et kas ma tahan väikest espresso-shoti sinna sisse. Ilma rahata muidugi ;).

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Minu võileib

Ja siis veel, kuna Ameerikas on põhiline asi sandwich – mida ma ise eriti vingeks söögiks ei pea (põhiliselt selle pärast, et neil pole siin head leiba – aga mis on hea võileiv ilma hea leivata), kuigi neil paistab siin võileibade suhtes meeletu respekt olevat – siis olen avastanud ka enda lemmiku võileiva-variatsiooni (leiutasin retsepti – inspireerituna oma lähima supermarketi eripakkumistest :D. ..). Sinna kuulub nimelt – natuke hummust määrdeks, alfalfa idud, avokaado, rohelise segu (salat-kress-basiilik-spinat-arugula jne), cheddari juust. Nagu võib loetelust järeldada on leiba ennast võileivas suht vähe võrreldes kogu selle asjaga seal vahel.

Ja viimaseks, päris mõnus (ja odav) asi siin on ikkagi street food. Näiteks lamba- või kanaliha salati ja riisiga ($5). Või falafel, mis on pmst kikerherne (jee, kõlab naljakalt)-pallikesed. Ja taco‘d ja burritod. Ja loomulikult, ei saa üle ega ümber – iga nurga peal on müügil – pitsalõigud. Slice maksab tavalisrelt $1 kuni $4 – olenevalt, mis seal peal on. Aga jah, ajapikku tekivad paratamatult  vist igal ühel linna peal omad lemmikud street food kärud ja pitsakohad. Minu lemmik on küllap (oh kui hea sõna) ikkagi Bedford Ave mehhiko toidu käru. Sest see on kodutee peal 😀

Ice cream. Goes well with beer and cookies

Ice cream. Goes well with beer and cookies

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September 28, 2009 at 1:55 am

Friday @ New Languages Festival

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Besides trumpet, Amir ElSaffar's singing was amazing too

Amir ElSaffar's singing - was amazing

Friday @ the festival was really killin – maybe the highlight of the whole thing? First a duo of trumpet and saxophone – Amir ElSaffar and Hafez Modirzadeh. Never heard that kind of music on these instruments. Great counterpoint moments and poetic interplay.

Then I heard a couple of tunes from the second band Positive Catastrophe. Was quite cheerful – I wasn’t feeling cheerful that day myself though.  And then, my first time ever, Tim Berne. I can see why so many people love his composing. They played 4 pieces, I especially liked the second one, the one without a name. Made me buy a CD 😉 I planned to go to the Blue Note Late Night Session that day, but never made it, felt too tired  and quite satisfied with Tim Berne’s music anyway 😉

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September 27, 2009 at 2:30 pm

An Evening with Sussan Deyhim @ Le Poisson Rouge

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Evening with Sussan Deyhim @ Le Poisson Rouge

Evening with Sussan Deyhim @ Le Poisson Rouge

Doors were supposed to open  @ 11 and the show was to start at 1130, but for some reason, they opened doors at 12 the concert starting just 10 minutes after. Which was good for me – I was right on time, meeting my role-model for the second time  for more music and a couple of drinks 🙂

An Evening with Sussan Deyhim w/ Richard Horowitz, Karsh Kale, Alan Kushan, Hernan Romero (acoustic guitar), Eve Ensler, DJ Payam, special guests , Babak Khiavchi , Hassan Hakmoun and Salman Ahmad. Well that was something! Sussan Deyhim has the most expressive voice, it was incredible. Great musicians, and very touching music. But the night involved a lot of guest artists giving long political talks about Iran (in the middle of the concert), which kind of killed the energy of the show itself.  Playwright and women’s rights activist Eve Ensler‘s  (apparently the author of the Vagina monologues as well) performance was quite interesting, though.  Never seen that kind of thing actually. Read the rest of this entry »

Josh Roseman, Drew Gress and Mark Guiliana @ Korzo – the Konceptions Series

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Drew Gress, Mark Guiliana, Josh Roseman @ Korzo

Drew Gress, Mark Guiliana, Josh Roseman @ Korzo

Konceptions – the jazz/experimental music series (curated by James Carney)  in Brooklyn has been resurrected – it’s now Tuesdays @ an Eastern European restaurant called Korzo in South Park Slope (5th Ave between 19-20th St). The place is actually just a couple of blocks from Royale that has a jam session on Tuesday nights. That neighborhood seems quite happening as far as music is concerned – but weird how dead it seems to be at late hours otherwise.

The first band in the series was Josh Roseman-Drew Gress-Mark Guiliana. I thought Mark Guiliana and Drew Gress were a really interesting match.

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September 24, 2009 at 12:56 am

What have I learned riding the MTA New York City Transit

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MTA New York City Transit speaks Russian

MTA New York City Transit speaks Russian

What have I learned riding the MTA NYC transit 😀 Subway.

1 -To dress in layers

2 – To stay away from local trains

3 – To stay away from kids

4 –  To be prepared to meet my next best friend. Or a long lost friend. Or – actually once I met the same friend even twice – in different trains and different stations – randomly. Yeah, subway is great for meeting people.

5 – To carry some change. One can spot something spectacular any moment. And I’ve started to get used to the whole tipping culture.

6 – To carry a book. Somehow the trains come so much faster when I have something else to do…

7 – Not to try to sneak in with somebody else’s MetroCard. It’s not worth it (they’re going to fine you and all that)

Anyway, I’m figuring just riding the subway all day one would see A LOT of authentic New York. Anything is possible and anything can happen.

Recently they have been really cheap with the service, though.

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September 22, 2009 at 4:40 pm

Aki Nishiguchi trio @ Spike Hill

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Aki Nishiguchi trio with Uri Gurvich @ Spike Hill

Aki Nishiguchi trio with Uri Gurvich @ Spike Hill

Heard the midnight session @ Spike Hill again, on the way home after work. Spike Hill is actually a great music venue these days, I guess – could be even better if they actually paid the musicians. But audience was really attentive to the music this time except for some people sitting at the bar. They sounded great – Aki Nishiguchi (tenor), Pascal Niggenkemper (bass). Don’t know who played the drums… And Uri Gurvich (alto) sat in for a tune.

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September 22, 2009 at 9:51 am

Peedu Kassil oli New Yorgis keika

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Peedu Kass @ Gospel Uptown with Lee Pearson's Beava's Atmosphere

Peedu Kass @ Gospel Uptown with Lee Pearson's Beava's Atmosphere

Üleval linnas, seal kus jazzi iidne kodu – Harlemis 😉  Lenox @ 125 St. With Lee Pearson’s group. Mina ja Hanna-Liina Võsa olime ka kohal ja elasime kaasa. Ja maksime suht jamade jookide eest sealjuures. Aga Peedu on nii tubli! Päris äge. Igatahes – seda asja lindistati. Kusagil peaks see varsti saada olema! Ma miskipärast arvan, et Peedu Kass võiks olla siis järgmine eestlasest jazzmuusik, kes New Yorgis mängimas käib, kui tahab. Jee xD

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September 22, 2009 at 2:05 am

Plaanis varsti koju tulla

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Püüavad kala. See väike asi seal kaugel on Statue of Liberty

Püüavad kala. See väike asi seal kaugel on Statue of Liberty

Ma siin üritan viimasel ajal selgusele jõuda, mis ma edasi peale hakkan. Praegune ettekandja-kontserditel käimise-niisama hängimise elustiil hakkab ennast tasapisi ammendama. Üleüldse, siin tuleb jube palju tööd teha, et lihtsalt elamiskulusid katta. Väsitav on. Ja kui tööd ei teeks, siis kohalikku palka saamata on siin täiesti võimatu pikemat aega elada –  asju Eesti rahasse ümber arvestades tekib just eriti karm võrdlus. Üürid on ka päris suured – isegi kui saad ainult ühe väikse toa, ilma mingisuguste eurostandarditeta (siin kipuvad enamus elupinnad olema suht vanad, ja euroremont ei ole just sagedane nähtus).  Kuhugi getosse nagu ka ei taha kolida – ma ju tulen öösiti jube hilja koju tavaliselt. Jah, muidu esialgne plaan oligi oktoobris tagasi tulla, pilet on olemas ja puha. Samas sattusin netis Eesti pilte vaatama, kinnisvaraportaalide kuulutusi (võrldlesin huvi pärast üüri hindu) ja ega eriti ei taha küll tagasi, tegelikult. Tuli meelde, kuidas seal on nii külm ja pime – pole isegi rõõmsaid kollaseid taksosid mööda linna sõitmas… Nojah, eks ole näha.

Purjetama võiks minna

Võiks minna küll purjetama ükspäev

Avastasin mõnusa jalutusraja Hudsoni ääres – vaatega Jersey City’le. Neil on seal isegi piljardilauad jõe ääres, rääkimata tenniseplatsidest. Kahjuks pannakse need pargialad juba kell 1 öösel kinni. Käisime seal üks õhtu nimelt veini joomas. Veits tobe on siin see õues veini joomine – alati on väike hirm trahvi saada. Ega Eestiski see vist avalikus kohas lubatud ei ole, ma arvan. Alkoholi kohta veel nii palju, et üldiselt on siin asjad nii korraldatud, et inimesed oleksid võimalikult sageli sunnitud jooma baarides (kus on väga kallis, pmst võid maksta klaasi veini eest sama palju kui poes pudeli eest). Alkoholi müüakse eraldi poodides, tavalistest toidupoodidest saab ainult õlut (selle-eest saab seda sealt öö läbi). Aga muud liquor poed pannakse üldiselt hiljemalt 12 õhtul kinni. Kui nii võtta, siis on olukord ikkagi veits parem kui Eestis selle asjaga? 😀 Samas mingit otsest joomarlust on siin ikka palju vähem ka.

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September 21, 2009 at 1:23 pm

First week @ New Languages Festival

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Brandon Ross Trio

Brandon Ross Trio

I actually went there all three days of the first week – Thursday to Saturday. Didn’t hear all the bands though. So yeah, most of what I heard was really out stuff. I guess that kind of music requires a lot of attention to get into. So it’s not really about relaxing after a day at work I guess :D. But that kind of festival is really special for the New York experimental scene I think. Anyway, I liked Bill McHenry Quintet with Andrew D’Angelo (a really unmistakable burning sax player), Duane Eubanks. There was supposed to be Ben Street playing, but he had a substitute for the night. And another band that was really interesting – Brandon Ross’s natural name trio. I heard they were initially invited to play @ Viljandi Guitar Festival in Estonia. I think this band wouldn’t have been the crowd pleaser there, though. Ben Gerstein’s the Gates with two drum sets (Dan Weiss and Tommy Crane), two keyboards (Jacob Sacks and Craig Taborn) and two basses  (Thomas Morgan and Eivind Opsvik) on Friday was also interesting. Never heard that kind of line-up.

Bill McHenry Quintet

Bill McHenry Quintet

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September 21, 2009 at 12:37 pm