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What I heard in 2009

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I guess it’s quite hopeless to count all, but I’m trying to list some people and groups heard in 2009, in no particular order: Bill McHenry, John Ellis, Davy Mooney, Nir Felder, Alas No Axis, Vardan Ovsepian, Tim Miller, Ari Hoenig, Jean-Michel Pilc, Femi Kuti, David Byrne, Arthur Kell Quartet, Loren Stillman, Dave Douglas, Marcus Strickland, Ernie Watts, Steve Laspina, Kurt Elling, Mike Moreno Group, Ben Monder, Logan Richardson, Matt Stevens, The 3 Cohens 6tet, Now vs Now, Greg Osby 6tet, Charles Lloyd, Chris Potter-Jason Moran-Eric Harland-Dave Holland, Jason Moran’s Bandwagon, Ben Monder, Aaron Goldberg, Larry Grenadier, Seamus Blake, Dave Allen, Aidan Carroll, Ben Williams, Matt Brewer, Matisyahu, Johannes Wiedenmueller, Adam Niewood, Peter Bernstein, Mike Severson, Neil Persiani, Mark Kelley, Samuel Torres, Henry Hey, Omer Avital, Miles Okazaki, Phil Doyle, Nick Anderson, Trio da Paz, the Superpowers, Snafu, Manuel Valera, Diego Voglino’s jam sessions, McCoy Tyner trio with Gary Bartz, Maria Schneider Orchestra, John Hollenbeck, Christian Scott, Guillermo Klein y Los Gauchos, Marc Ribot, Tony Scherr, Kenny Wollesen, Kenny Garrett Group, Bill Frisell trio, Brad Mehldau, HEERNT, Tim Lefebvre, Mingus Big Band, Vanguard Orchestra, Jeremy Udden, John Scofield w/ Bill Stewart & Steve Swallow, Ingrid Jensen, John Escreet Project, Jason Rigby, Rich Perry, David Kikiwski, Jaleel Shaw, David Binney, Avishai Cohen’s Triveni, Gilad Hekselman, Joe Martin, Taylor Haskins & Recombination, Mike Stern, Leni Stern, Bill Frisell, Lage Lund, Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya, Wayne Krantz, Rudder, Lee Konitz, Mark Turner, Gretchen Parlato, Sara Serpa, Eric Revis, Tom Kennedy, Ethan Iverson, Ben Street, Dan Weiss, Paul Motian, Nasheet Waits, Obed Calvaire, Jeff Ballard, Jim Black, Jordan Perlson, Clarence Penn, Greg Ritchie, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Marcus Gilmore, Nate Smith, Billy Hart, Tommy Crane, Ted Poor, Jack deJohnette, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Tyshawn Sorey, Joey Baron, Mark Ferber, Keith Carlock, John Davis, Adam Cruz, Jared Schonig, Justin Brown, Colin Stranahan, Joe Strasser, Erica von Kleist, Brandon Ross, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Ralph Alessi’s This Against That, Tony Malaby, Angelica Sanchez, Andy Milne, John Beaty, Douglas Bradford Group, Aki Ishiguro, Jonathan Kreisberg, Cedar Walton, Mara Rosenbloom Quartet, Tim Collins Group, Reuben Radding, Marc Copland, Nate Radley 4tet, Kenny Garrett Group, Brad Shepik Flat World trio, Thomas Morgan, Craig Taborn, Ziv Ravitz, Daniel Ori, Mike Baggetta, Tim Berne’s Los Totopos, Drew Gress, Josh Roseman, Taylor Eigsti, Orrin Evans, Aaron Parks, Joel Harrison Group, Donny McCaslin, Orlando LeFleming, Steve Cardenas, Ralph Alessi, Joe Sanders, Jon Cowherd, Roy Hargrove, Sachal Vasandani, Maria Neckham, Lars Dietrich, Andy Arnold, Moto Fukushima, Fieldwork, Viyai Iyer, Gerald Clayton, Ravi Coltrane, Joe Albano, Matt Snow Group, Claudia Quintet, Chris Speed, Chris Cheek, Landon Knoblock, Will Vinson, Lage Lund, Joege Roeder, John Abercrombie, Sean Jones Quintet, Jim Hall, Michael Rodriguez, Dan Tepfer, Gary Wang, Boris Kozlov, Mike Severson, Chris Lightcap, Chris Tordini, Ambrose Akinmusire, Ian Rapien, Jenny Scheinman, Ben Allison, Todd Sickafoose, Ellery Eskelin, John Hebert, Allison Miller, Brad Jones, Pete Robbins, Patrick Cornelius, Kristjan Randalu,  Jochen Rueckert, Jason Lindner, Zack Lober, Eivind Opsvik, Uri Gurvich, Mandingo Ambassadors, Chauncey Yearwood’s Soul Sessions, Bjorn Solli, Andrew D’Angelo, Steve Wilson, Christian McBride, James Carter, Adam Rogers, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Medeski & Martin & Wood, Jeff Taylor, Meshell Ndegeocello, Renee Rosnes, Anat Cohen, Esperanza Spalding.

Me and Ben Monder, in front of 55 Bar

My favorite guitar player out of the lot was Ben Monder😀 I also really liked Mike Moreno, Wayne Krantz, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Nir Felder, the young jazz cat, especially if he was playing with Mark G. I think Steve Cardenas might be one of those good underrated ones. My favorite bass player was definitely Ben Street. And Esperanza Spalding😀😀.

I guess in New York, for me, it was mostly actually all about the drummers – Mark Guiliana, Nasheet Waits. I also liked Dan Weiss, Ari Hoenig, Nate Smith, Tyshawn Sorey, Tommy Crane, Marcus Gilmore, Billy Hart, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Jochen Rueckert, Keith Carlock, Ted Poor, Obed Calvaire a lot, a lot, a lot.

Favorite jazz club – the Village Vanguard. I also liked the Jazz Gallery & Jazz Standard. And Tea Lounge & Rose in Brooklyn.

My favorite things i heard in 2009:

Me & Nasheet Waits @ Kettle of Fish

McCoy Tyner @ the Blue Note
John Scofield w/ BIll Stewart & Steve Swallow @ Madison Square Park
Ben Monder with Chris Lightcap & Ted Poor @ Korzo
Tony Scherr @ Jalopy Theater
Mark Guiliana’s Thing / now also know as Beat Music, various times @ Rose & Rockwood Music Hall
Brad Shepik with Bill McHenry & Mark Guiliana
Maria Schneider @ the Jazz Standard (1st set, Wednesday)
Jason Lindner Now vs Now @ Rockwood Music Hall
Avishai Cohen’s Triveni @ 55 Bar
David Binney Group @ Solo Kitchen Bar
Tim Berne’s Los Totopos @ McCarren Hall
Avishai Cohen with Jason Lindner & Nasheet Waits @ Rose
HEERNT @ Rose
Esperanza Spalding @ Carnegie Hall

And some gigs that I remember had really great live energy:

Mara Rosenbloom 4tet @ Korzo
Arthur Kell Quartet @ 55 Bar
Tim Collins Group @ Smalls
John Escreet Project @ Jazz Standard
David Binney Group @ 55 Bar & then Solo Kitchen Bar
Mike Moreno Group @ the Jazz Gallery, second set
Matt Brewer with Aaron Parks, Steve Cardenas, Ila Cantor, Tommy Crane @ Tribeca Center
Friday night groove music @ St Nick’s Pub
John Escreet Project @ Drom
Jonathan Kreisberg Group @ Solo Kitchen Bar
John Ellis Group @ Solo Kitchen Bar
the Superpowers @ Zebulon
Fieldwork @ the Stone ( I remember hotness!)
Davy Mooney Quartet @ 55 Bar
Snafu @ Spike Hill
Jeff Taylor @ Rockwood Music Hall
Renee Rosnes @ the Village Vanguard
Brad Mehldau @ the Village Vanguard
Ambrose Akinmusire @ the Jazz Gallery
Lee Konitz/Mark Turner Quintet @ Iridium

Written by Ines

January 8, 2010 at 8:30 am

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