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Four gigs and an open vodka bar

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Hanna-Liina @ the vodka bar

Hanna-Liina @ the vodka bar

First it was Rockwood for the happy hour band of Melanie Penn, the singer-songwriter. Seemed to be really popular, Rockwood was packed. I met a fellow Estonian Hanna-Liina VĂ”sa there, so we went on for some Friday night gig hopping 🙂 Next in plan was Dave Allen Trio @ Bar Next Door with Aidan Carroll on bass and Jared Schonig on drums (who was subbing for someone, did a great job sight reading there). Bass and drums were really loud and stole most of the attention – and I enjoyed it, they were killin. Bar Next Door was quite empty, I never got such a good seat there yet.  Apparently the 1st and 4th sets  are 50% off the cover charge which makes it $6. And the drink minimum – the season for beer is over, now is time for tea.

Beatbox Guitar @ Webster Hall

Beatbox Guitar @ Webster Hall

And vodka. Next stop was Webster Hall @ the East Village, more like a DJ venue there, besides an open vodka bar it featured a cool live music event with beatboxer Pete List and harp guitarist Rob Mastrianni. Sounded great!
We as Estonians both drank 5 vodka cocktails in a fraction of a second and felt great 😀 Open bars are so much fun 🙂

 

Aki ishiguro Group @ Coco 66

Aki ishiguro Group @ Coco 66

And then the final destination, Coco 66 in Greenpoint to hear Aki Ishiguro Group with Alex Terrier on alto, Sean Wayland on keys, Pascal Niggenkemper on bass and Nick Anderson on drums. For some weird reason the place was double booked so they actually played next door, it seemed to be 68 Greenpoint Ave not 66. But the band was great 😀 Some killin jazz playing 😀 And I got home with just one long train ride, the G train 🙂 Was very gradual.Hanna-Liina VĂ”sa & Me

 

Esimene nÀdal möödas

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Image072Nii. Esimene nĂ€dal on lĂ€bi. Pean tunnistama, et kerge masendus on. VĂ”i vĂ€simus? PĂ€ris hull eufooria laks on olnud terve see nĂ€dal. Raha pĂ€rast hakkab mure tekkima. Jube palju kulub seda ja tegelikult lĂ”pmatuseni ei viitsi kokku hoida ega selle peale mĂ”elda. Siin vĂ”iks tegevust leida lihtsalt lĂ”putult… Aga igal sammul kĂŒsitakse raha, it’s really all about money here. Ja kui tavaliselt on selline intensiivne avastamine seoses mingi reisi vĂ”i festivaliga, kestab vĂ”ibolla maksimaalselt paar nĂ€dalat, siis siin ei saa see “festival” kunagi otsa! Mingi hetk ma vist lihtsalt ei jĂ”ua enam niiviisi vaimustuda. Informatsiooni on nii palju, tĂ€iesti vĂ”imatu on New Yorki isegi natukenegi “Ă€ra vaadata”. See ei lĂ”ppe kunagi otsa. Iga pĂ€ev on midagi tĂ€iesti erakordset toimumas. Aga energiat peab olema sellega kaasa minna. Ja… raha. Ma ei tea, ma lĂ€heks tööle juba, aga tööluba algab juunikuust… Jajah, tegelikult ei viitsi ka enam kogu aeg vÔÔrastega suhelda – hea meelega vĂ”taks nĂŒĂŒd juba vaheduseks mĂ”ne kĂŒlalise vastu, any takers?
Ma mĂ”tlesin enne, et miks NYs inimesed armastavad enda iseloomustuseks öelda laid-back, kui nende maine on just vastupidine  – nĂ€rviline ja ebasĂ”bralik… Asi on selles, et siin on lihtsalt vĂ”imatu pikalt nĂ€rviline olla – nĂ€rvid lĂ€heksid lihtsalt lĂ€bi. Olla laid-back ongi ainuke vĂ”imalus :). VĂ”imalikult vĂ€he muretseda ja energiat kulutada.

Praegu olen vĂ€ga chillis tasuta WIFIga kohas nimega Tea Lounge, mis asub Brooklynis Park Slope’is (teine lahe piirkond, tegelikult palju ehedam kui Williamsburg vist isegi). Ime, et ma selle koha ĂŒles leidsin! Aga siin mĂ€ngivad Dave Allen, Mark Turner – seekord tĂ”esti! Trummidel Jeff Ballard. Uskumatu kui hĂ€sti mĂ€ngib jĂ€lle! Suur saal on pilgeni tĂ€is, arvatavasti aitab ka see kaasa, et sissepÀÀs on “soovitava” tasu eest ($5). TĂ€nane muusika meenutab natsa Rosenwinkeli bĂ€ndi.

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May 13, 2009 at 1:58 am

Seitsmes pĂ€ev: 55 Bar and Smalls

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Image069Magasin pĂ€rastlĂ”unani ja siis lĂ€ksin Toomase poole Chelsea’sse. Tegime lĂ”het vĂ€rske spinatiga, ĂŒle pika aja sain kĂ”hu korralikult tĂ€is :). Soe söök on ikka teine asi kui vĂ”ileivad… Ta andis mulle ka mĂ”ned noad-kahvlid, mida mul kodus muidu ei olnud. ÜleĂŒldse, kui oleks teadnud, mis vĂ€rk siin on, oleksin Eestist kodust veel igasugu kraami kaasa vĂ”tnud. VĂ”ibolla keegi tuleb nĂŒĂŒd varsti kĂŒlla ja toob… Jalutasime Toomasega Chelsea’st alla West Village’isse, rÀÀkisime juttu. Inspireerivad mĂ”tted, taaskord. LĂ€ksin internetikohvikusse aega parajaks tegema, sest polnud enam eriti mĂ”tet enne Ă”htust “kultuuriprogrammi” koju minema hakata.

Image077Esimesena oli plaanis 55Bar (Christopher St, West Village), kus mĂ€ngis Dave Alleni bĂ€nd. Ma ausalt öeldes ei teadnud enne Dave Allenit, kuigi ta on tegelikult pĂ€ris kuulus.  DA-l olid ĂŒlimalt head ideed ja ehitas soolosid vĂ€ga intrigeerivalt, samas ei kopeerinud  otseselt kedagi (vĂ”ibolla siiski Metheny ja Scofield, Rosenwinkel 🙂 ). Ma tĂ€pselt ei teagi, kes seal bĂ€ndis veel mĂ€ngisid, programmis oli, et Mark Turner, aga tema see ei olnud… Saksofonistil oli igatahes super sound, mĂ€ngis jĂ€lle nii tenorit, baritoni kui sopranit. (Seamus Blake)

Orienteerumiseks on West Village ja Greenwich Village ĂŒsna keeruline koht – erinevalt enamusest NY-st on siin ka diagonaalselt kulgevaid tĂ€navaid ning Ă”igel mitmel puhul tĂ€navad jĂ€tkuvad uuelt ristmikult kuidagi nihkes ja pisut teises suunas. Mul Ă”nnestus mitu korda suund 180 kraadi segi ajada ja tĂ€iesti valesse kohta kĂ”ndida, kui ma ĂŒhest klubist teise lĂ€ksin ja vahepeal veel esimeses peatuspaigas internetikohvikus Ă€ra kĂ€isin (tuli meelde, et tops nugade ja kahvlitega jĂ€i sinna…) Aga kui mĂ”istus ei vĂ”ta, siis peavad jalad lihtsalt rohkem kĂ€ima 😀 ma vist kĂ”ndisin kĂŒll jube pika maa maha seal tiirutades…

Image079Smalls’is mĂ€ngis Ari Hoenigi bĂ€nd: Jean-Michel Pilc (klaver), Gilad Hekselman (kitarr), Hans Glawischnig (bass). Ma sain $5 eest sisse (tegelikult oli vist 20?). Ari Hoenig on tĂ€iesti uskumatu trummar! TĂ€iesti lĂ”putu fantaasia. Kitarrist oli ka vĂ€ga hea. Ja muidugi Jean-Michel Pilc 🙂 VĂ€ga lĂ”bus ja huvitav kontsert oli. PĂ€rast rÀÀkisime nendega veidi juttu. Huvitav, ka nemad ĂŒtlesid, et on mind juba kusagil nĂ€inud… Mis toimub? Olen siin ju ikkagi ainult nĂ€dal aega olnud.

Jazziklubist on senini siin minu lemmikud Smalls, 55Bar ja Fat Cat.

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May 12, 2009 at 9:33 pm