Winter's Eve @ Lincoln Center: Ben Allison Group
Went all the way up there, initially just to hear Ben Allison. I would have made it on time actually, but just couldn’t find the venue. I just remembered wrong and was looking for it from between 63rd and 64th St (was actually a block up from there). And NOONE knew where 2 Lincoln Plaza was, not to mention American Folk Art Museum’s Eva and Morris Feld Gallery which was the actual location for the concert. But with a little help from a friend I finally found it, just to hear the last tune of the set😀. Sounded good.
But the 10th Annual Winter’s Eve @ Lincoln Center was spectacular by itself – 6-7 blocks of outdoor food, music, shopping and holiday celebration around the Lincoln Center neighborhood.. Heard so many great bands playing on the streets – a steel pan trio with a cool minimalist vibe and on the main stage the actual afrobeat band from the very recent Broadway musical FELA! and a bunch more that I didn’t rememeber. And I also casually spotted Mike Bloomberg himself, giving a speech. But the highlight of the evening was all that food sampling. First I got sick eating a lot of cake and gelato and free hot chocolate, then tried everything else. They really had great food there. And I actually heard some of the 2nd set of Ben Allison Group, so it was all good anyway.
On the way home stopped by from Bar 4 in Brooklyn (444 7th Ave). Wasn’t that crazy about the band. But Bar 4 is cool. It’s actually one of the closest bars for me right now. And they even carry All About Jazz NY newspaper. The December number had just arrived, I got the first one from the pack😀