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New Year’s Eve @ Fat Cat: Avi Rothbard Trio

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Avi Rothbard, Pete Zimmer, Jared Gold @ Fat Cat

While most venues seemed to advertise and sell their New Year’s Eve packages for a lot of money and required reservations and/or standing in lines, Fat Cat might actually seemed to be way more accessible than their regular Saturday night. And the same $3 admission as always. And no fuss. Very refreshing.

And actually great music as well: Avi Rothbard (guitar), Jared Gold (organ B3) and Pete Zimmer (drums). I thought they sounded great!

They played, among other things, the Jitterbug WaltzYou Go To My Head, I Don’t Stand A Ghost Of a Chance With You, Midnight Blue, Sunny, Road Song, Just Friends, Feel Like Makin’ Love and some originals.

As they took quite a few requests, I tried to make one for Wives and Lovers, but they said they had played it in the first set (which I missed) 🙂

I was happy to start my year with them!

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January 2, 2012 at 2:28 am

Stacy Dillard @ Fat Cat

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Stacy Dillard @ Fat Cat

For a lot of jazz people the night out in the West Village ends at Fat Cat. It’s actually pretty good meeting place. And the pool is kind of addicting, once you start.

I heard the jam session opening band Stacy Dillard- Sax, Ryan Berg – Bass, Greg Magnano – guitar, Jeremy “Bean” Clemons – Drums. I thought it was actually really good, I liked the bass player and the guitar player played some killing rhythm guitar! 😀

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August 31, 2010 at 10:33 pm

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Thursday night Greenwich Village jazz club crawl / Jeff “Tain” Watts 4tet @ the Zinc Bar

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Gilad Hekselman, Joe Martin, Marcus Gilmore @ Fat Cat

First, went to Fat Cat to hear Gilad Hekselman Trio. Gilad on guitar, Joe Martin on bass & Marcus Gilmore on drums. I loved the drummer! Would really like to hear more of him!

Then, next stop, Smalls for more New York jazz guitar – Peter Bernstein & Jonathan Kreisberg duo. I suspect the first set had been a lot better, but I heard the second one. But it was really interesting to observe how those quite different players burn through some

Jonathan Kreisberg, Peter Bernstein @ Smalls

standards. For standards I definitely prefer listening to Pete Bernstein though. In general I think guitar duos are quite amusing – it can get even a little dangerous when two people packed with all the guitar chops get together and start going for it. And I was wondering if Summertime is always going to be the essential guitar duo piece after Jim Hall & Pat Metheny played it together?

Then, the Vanguard for some top-class piano trio music by Cedar Walton, David Williams-b, Willie Jones III-d. Was really good, but one set was quite enough for me. I really really love the Vanguard. I

Cedar Walton trio @ the Village Vanguard

just love going there. It feeds my soul.

And then, last stop, Zinc Bar. Jeff “Tain” Watts 4tet with Marcus Strickland – Sax, Lawrence Fields- Keyboard, James Genus- Bass. How the set times work @ the Zinc bar is just hilarious – they can so easily be 1h 45min late. So I heard the first two sets (which ended after 2 AM). Especially liked the second one! Jeff “Tain” Watts

Jeff "Tain" Watts Quartet @ the Zinc Bar

sounded supernatural… I think what I heard at the Jazz Gallery recently didn’t really count compared to this. Zinc bar was quite packed for the first set – it really made me wonder how did all those people found out about the show? (Does the back cover of Hot House really get that kind of crowds?) Because the even wasn’t listed in All About Jazz NY newspaper. Yeah Zinc Bar is pretty cool, I wonder why I haven’t really frequented that one… Also noticed something interesting written about Jeff “Tain” on their website: … he holds the distinction of being the only musician to appear on every Grammy Award winning jazz record by both Wynton and Branford Marsalis. So people who fancy getting a Grammy better hire Jeff “Tain” Watts for it… 😀

Thursday night Greenwich Village jazz club crawl / Jeff "Tain" Watts 4tet @ the Zinc Bar

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Gilad Hekselman, Joe Martin, Marcus Gilmore @ Fat Cat

First, went to Fat Cat to hear Gilad Hekselman Trio. Gilad on guitar, Joe Martin on bass & Marcus Gilmore on drums. I loved the drummer! Would really like to hear more of him!

Then, next stop, Smalls for more New York jazz guitar – Peter Bernstein & Jonathan Kreisberg duo. I suspect the first set had been a lot better, but I heard the second one. But it was really interesting to observe how those quite different players burn through some

Jonathan Kreisberg, Peter Bernstein @ Smalls

standards. For standards I definitely prefer listening to Pete Bernstein though. In general I think guitar duos are quite amusing – it can get even a little dangerous when two people packed with all the guitar chops get together and start going for it. And I was wondering if Summertime is always going to be the essential guitar duo piece after Jim Hall & Pat Metheny played it together?

Then, the Vanguard for some top-class piano trio music by Cedar Walton, David Williams-b, Willie Jones III-d. Was really good, but one set was quite enough for me. I really really love the Vanguard. I

Cedar Walton trio @ the Village Vanguard

just love going there. It feeds my soul.

And then, last stop, Zinc Bar. Jeff “Tain” Watts 4tet with Marcus Strickland – Sax, Lawrence Fields- Keyboard, James Genus- Bass. How the set times work @ the Zinc bar is just hilarious – they can so easily be 1h 45min late. So I heard the first two sets (which ended after 2 AM). Especially liked the second one! Jeff “Tain” Watts

Jeff "Tain" Watts Quartet @ the Zinc Bar

sounded supernatural… I think what I heard at the Jazz Gallery recently didn’t really count compared to this. Zinc bar was quite packed for the first set – it really made me wonder how did all those people found out about the show? (Does the back cover of Hot House really get that kind of crowds?) Because the even wasn’t listed in All About Jazz NY newspaper. Yeah Zinc Bar is pretty cool, I wonder why I haven’t really frequented that one… Also noticed something interesting written about Jeff “Tain” on their website: … he holds the distinction of being the only musician to appear on every Grammy Award winning jazz record by both Wynton and Branford Marsalis. So people who fancy getting a Grammy better hire Jeff “Tain” Watts for it… 😀

Maria Schneider Orchestra @ Jazz Standard

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Maria Schneider Orchestra @ the Jazz Standard

Heard two sets –  and sat so close to the band for the first one that I could actually see Ben Monder’s sheet music and all the voicings. That was so cool :D. The music was great, some really happening solos by Ben Monder, Donny McCaslin and Ingrid Jensen. This has been their regular Thanksgiving week @ Jazz Standard (for 6 years i think) – totally sold out. It was so great to be Ben Monder’s guest for that one 😀

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November 26, 2009 at 5:42 pm

Christian McBride "Inside Straight" @ the Village Vanguard

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Christian McBride @ the Village Vanguard

With Carl Allen (drums), Steve Wilson (sax), Peter Martin (piano), Warren Wolf (vibraphone) – the Terminator X as Christian McBride called him. Was really burning!

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Christian McBride “Inside Straight” @ the Village Vanguard

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Christian McBride @ the Village Vanguard

With Carl Allen (drums), Steve Wilson (sax), Peter Martin (piano), Warren Wolf (vibraphone) – the Terminator X as Christian McBride called him. Was really burning!

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Viies päev: Eesti maja, Fat Cat, Blue Note

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Image046Ehkki eelmine päev lõppes nii hilja, ärkasin siiski plaanipäraselt vara, et minna kella 12ks Eesti Majja – seal pidi toimuma USA eestlaste ajalehe Vaba Eesti Sõna tulevikku arutav kriisikoosolek – lugesin selle kohta Postimehest teel siia lennukis. Ei saa öelda, et oleksin veel eilsest konditsioonist päriselt toibunud kui ma kella 10 paiku internetikohvikusse hommikukohvi jooma läksin… Aga Eesti Majja jõudsin päris vara. Lahked daamid tõid kaasa rohkelt eesti stiilis singi-ja juustuvõileibu ja Dunkin’ Donutsi kohvi, bageleid, sõõrikuid ja ma kasutasin ära võimaluse kõhu täis süüa :).  Koosolek ise oli pikaldane, rohkete sõnavõttudega. Märkasin, et paljud väliseestlased räägivad eesti keelt nii kummalise sõnakasutuse ja süntaksiga, et ma ei saa kohati isegi aru, mis nad päriselt öelda tahtsid – selline tunne, et terve sellesama pika jutu oleks ju võinud ära öelda paari lausega… Hea üllatus oli Jüri Estam, kes minu arust rääkis väga intelligentselt ja nüüd ma kavatsen Europarlamendi valimistel oma hääle talle anda, on kellelgi targal sellele vastuväiteid? Ajaleht ise on raskustes, kuna seda tellitakse liiga vähe… Võibolla asi selles, et sisu pole piisavalt rabav. Aga eestlus on ilus asi, isegi mina arvan viimasel ajal seda ja tahaks eesti asjade eest väljas olla kui vaja. Niisiis ma lubasin ka aidata ajalehe juures mõne asjaga.

Image051Edasi ma kolasin natuke linna peal, olles natuke segaduses, kuhu ma järgmisena minna tahan. Käisin Gramercy parki’i juures, mis on võtmeta külastajatele kahjuks suletud ja Madison park’is, vaatasin Flatiron buildingut. Lõpuks otsustasin, et lähen käin korra kodus pead kammimas jne 🙂 Kella 7PM olin tagasi linnas West Village’is, kus on põhiline jazziklubide piirkond. Minu esimene jazz celebrity spotting tänaval: Larry Grenadier kõndis oma kontrabassiga vastu:). Läksin Fat Cat klubisse, kus on suht väike,  $3 admission. Suhtlesin sealse manager‘iga ja selgus, et saab ka tasuta WIFIt kasutada, mis on siin üsna haruldane – jubedalt käib närvidele, aga tavaliselt küsitakse siin WIFI eest meeletut raha, igal sammul… Fat Cat on üldse lahe klubi, piljardi, ping pongi, male ja muude mängude laudadega suur klubi, väga mugavad suured diivanid otse lava ees jazzisõpradele nagu mina :D. Jazzisõpru paistab siin ikka leiduvat! Imelik on see, et ma astusin sisse ja doorman ütles, et ta tunneb mu ära, ma olevat siin varemgi käinud. Selliseid juhuseid on veel paar tükki olnud. Hmm…

Image055Esimene bänd oli üsna jura, suhtlesin kohaliku musta aspiring writer‘i Walter’iga from the Bronx. Kõht läks tühjaks ja ma otsustasin korra väljas käia ja natuke süüa. Leidsin 7th avenue’lt väidetavalt New Yorgi parima pitsakoha, võtsin nende kuulsama variandi juustuga ja ühe Corona. Pitsal oli tõesti haruldane crust, aga minu arvates on kodus tehtud pitsa ikkagi parem. Kolasin natuke ringi, West Village on ülimalt lahe kant. Mõtlesin, et kasutan juhust ja astun läbi Blue Note’ist – et kuulata bändi koosseisus James Carter, John Medeski, Adam Rogers, Christian McBride, Joey Baron. Järjekord ukse taga oli taas pikk. Mul ei olnud reserveeringut, aga ootasin õndas teadmatuses hoopis selles järjekorras, mis oli reserveeringuga inimestele. Juhuslikult sõbrunesin jälle inimestega enda kõrval ootejärjekorras – neid oli 3, reserveeringuga neljale. Ja mina olingi siis pärast see neljas ja sain ilusti sisse :). Blue Note klubina mulle nii väga ei meeldinudki, võrreldes mõnede teistega. Aga bänd oli super. James Carter mängis baritoni, tenorit, soprani, võludes sealt välja selliseid uskumatuid sounde, mida ma pole ühesti torust varem kuulnud tulevat… 🙂 Päris hull tüüp, meeletu energia. Ja Christian McBride on vist parim bassimees, keda ma kunagi kuulnud olen!  Adam Rogers mulle hard bopi mängijana eriti ei meeldinudki, aga bluesi ja funki mängis jube hästi – this man can really shred the blues 😀 Jon Medeski oli väga ka super. Ja Joey Baron. Bänd oli väga väga energiline, mängisid soul jazz-hard bop-free-kaasaegset asja, näiteks tundsin ära Woody Shaw “Moontrane”‘i ja ühe Larry Youngi loo. Jõin veini ja minu toredad uued kaaslased tegid kõik välja lõpuks mulle. Ühega nendest, Patrickuga läksime edasi (tagasi) Fat Cati. Seal mängisid mingid noored kutid Juilliardist. Päris hullud tüübid. Hakkas jamsession. Trompetimängijad tulid üksteise järel ja mängisid – ja ikka korralik rida tuli!  Ja mitte ühel, vaid need trompeti-kutid lihtalt ootavad järjekorras, üks parem kui teine. Mul oli selline tunne vahepeal, I’m in heaven :). Eriti vinge trummar oli ka, täiesti uskumatu soundi ja energiaga tüüp. Nimi oli John Davis.

Jõime Patrick’iga  õlut (välja tehti jälle) ja hangisime seal, ma tutvusin paari trompeti- ja  ühe tenoripoisiga ja ühe kitarristiga, kes oli kuuldavasti Ben Monderi teemas sees. Jamsession ei olnud kaugeltki mitte läbi, aga otsustasime ära minna, kell oli jälle vist juba 3-4AM. Patrick viis mu taksoga Brooklynisse Williamsburgi, otse maja ette. Ja siis oli piinlik moment, et ma ei mäletanud ta nime. Ma arvasin, et see on Philippe. Aga ehkki sellest jutust võib jääda mulje, et ta lõi mulle külge, siis üldsegi mitte. Me hoopis ajasime väga intelligentset juttu ökoloogia, kirjutamise, jazzmuusika teemadel 🙂 Väga tark tüüp oli, mul jällegi vedas seltskonnaga.

Metroos kuulsin seekord häälest ära halva time‘iga saksofonimängijat, kes mängis “Freddie Freeloader”it  (teemat, over and over again).