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Archive for August 4th, 2010

Ben Monder, Chris Lightcap & Diego Voglino @ the 5th Estate

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Chris Lightcap, Diego Voglino, Ben Monder @ the 5th Estate. Why are the parrots on the wall?

Formerly known as Royale, 506 5th ave. b/x 12th & 13th Brooklyn is now called the 5th Estate – a lot of things have changed but they are still having Diego Voglino’s Tuesday night jam sessions with some really great New York musicians in the opening and closing sets. This time it was Ben Monder and Chris Lightcap, playing standards like  I’m Old Fashioned, This Is New, Embraceable You, Along Came Betty and World of Pain, the CREAM tune in the first set and Long Ago And Far Away, All or Nothing At All and one that I didn’t recognize for the closing set. I still think Ben Monder is one of the most interesting guitar players to listen to! You never really know what will happen next, it truly demonstrates what a limitless land jazz guitar is. And I thought Chris Lightcap sounded really great.

St Vincent @ Central Park Summerstage

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St Vincent @ Central Park Summerstage

Stopped by from the park to catch Sunday’s last act on the Summerstage – St Vincent, the guitar playing singer-songwriter with a really dirty guitar sound (on what looks like a Fender Jazzmaster, or possibly  a Harmony Bobcat), while the vocals are rather pure and airy. Was a nice show. She has pretty cool songs, great attitude and a really good band (strings and horns and all that). The event itself, Summerstage wasn’t crowded at all this Sunday. I was kind of surprised they took away my ginger ale at the gates, while they were actually selling booze inside.

Later on me and my friend tried to get in to MoMA Sculpure Garden to hear Don Byron with Jason Moran and Billy Hart, but since they moved the concert to much less roomy indoors (fearing rain – it didn’t rain though), cueing behind the doors even 45 minutes early didn’t help.