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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 mĂ”tlen, Ă€kki ikka olen veitsa juurde vĂ”tnud siin kogu selle ajaga. PĂ”hiliselt vist sellepĂ€rast, et pole nagu aega trenni teha, kuigi mul on joogamatt kodus, mida pĂŒĂŒan aeg-ajalt kasutada 😀 Joogatundides ma ei viitsi kĂ€ia enam – liiga kallis, ajad ei klapi ja neil see asi suht ĂŒksluine. NÀÀh. Aga igatahes, söömisest. Sellest ajast alates, kui ma seal restoranis olen töötanud ma ise eriti sĂŒĂŒa ei tee –  sest tööl saan nagunii nii head Mediterranean sööki – lamba, kana vĂ”i veise shish kebabi (appi, ma pole elu sees nii palju liha söönud!) , vĂ€rsket kala, super hĂ€sti maitsestatud salateid, vĂ€rsket hummust, babaganuĆĄi ja mis kĂ”ige parem – vĂ€rsket baklava‘t 😀 PS! Olen Ă”ppinud tĂ€iesti arvestataval mÀÀral tĂŒrgi keelt selles restoranis!  Ja vahepeal maitsen seal veine ka, nendel pĂ€evadel kui mu sĂ”ber manager tööl on (peab ju oskama veine soovitada, see aga nĂ”uab harjutamist). Aga muidu, töölt vabal ajal ma saan vist pĂ”hilised kalorid Ă”lust. Õlut olen tĂ”esti palju joonud siin – ega muidu ennast nii uhkelt Ă”lle-eksperdiks ei nimetaks. Asi on selles et kui juba jazzi-ekspert oled, siis Ă”lle-ekspertiis kĂ€ib asjaga kaasas. Nii palju drink minimume on juba  elus lĂ€bi tehtud…

nurgapealne hiinakas, kah 20 sekundit kodust

nurgapealne hiinakas, kah 20 sekundit kodust

Aga jah,  viimasel ajal olen  veel pĂ€ris palju söönud ka HĂ€agen-Dazsi jÀÀtiseid. Need on nimelt igas vĂ€iksemaski poes saadaval ja sobivad super hĂ€sti Ă”lu ja veiniga. Ja odavad on, New Yorgi standardite kohaselt :D. Hommikuti, kui pole aega sĂŒĂŒa, on pĂ€ris hea variant Cliff Bar. Need on nimelt sellised ĂŒsna tervislikud nutsakusse pakitud ( 😉 ) plönnid, mitte pĂ€ris mĂŒslibatoonid, aga midagi sellesarnast. Ja siis mul on kodu lĂ€hedal (20-30 sekundi raadiuses) 2 head kohvikohta – Oslo ja New York Muffin – sealt viimasest ma vĂ”tan viimasel ajal French Vanilla kohvi (see maitse ja lĂ”hn 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 hĂ€sti – teab, et mulle meeldib kange kohv ja pakub alati, et kas ma tahan vĂ€ikest espresso-shoti sinna sisse. Ilma rahata muidugi ;).

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Minu vÔileib

Ja siis veel, kuna Ameerikas on pĂ”hiline asi sandwich – mida ma ise eriti vingeks söögiks ei pea (pĂ”hiliselt selle pĂ€rast, et neil pole siin head leiba – aga mis on hea vĂ”ileiv ilma hea leivata), kuigi neil paistab siin vĂ”ileibade suhtes meeletu respekt olevat – siis olen avastanud ka enda lemmiku vĂ”ileiva-variatsiooni (leiutasin retsepti – inspireerituna oma lĂ€hima supermarketi eripakkumistest :D. ..). Sinna kuulub nimelt – natuke hummust mÀÀrdeks, alfalfa idud, avokaado, rohelise segu (salat-kress-basiilik-spinat-arugula jne), cheddari juust. Nagu vĂ”ib loetelust jĂ€reldada on leiba ennast vĂ”ileivas suht vĂ€he vĂ”rreldes kogu selle asjaga seal vahel.

Ja viimaseks, pĂ€ris mĂ”nus (ja odav) asi siin on ikkagi street food. NĂ€iteks lamba- vĂ”i kanaliha salati ja riisiga ($5). VĂ”i falafel, mis on pmst kikerherne (jee, kĂ”lab naljakalt)-pallikesed. Ja taco‘d ja burritod. Ja loomulikult, ei saa ĂŒle ega ĂŒmber – iga nurga peal on mĂŒĂŒgil – pitsalĂ”igud. Slice maksab tavalisrelt $1 kuni $4 – olenevalt, mis seal peal on. Aga jah, ajapikku tekivad paratamatult  vist igal ĂŒhel linna peal omad lemmikud street food kĂ€rud ja pitsakohad. Minu lemmik on kĂŒllap (oh kui hea sĂ”na) ikkagi Bedford Ave mehhiko toidu kĂ€ru. 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