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Ian Rapien’s Master’s Senior Recital @ NYU Steinhardt and a quick visit to Downtown Music Gallery

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Ian Rapien's Group @ NYU Steinhardt, room 779

I was really curious what that kind of event would look like – an NYU jazz student, tenor saxophone player doing his graduate recital. Unfortunately there weren’t that many people attending. Even no board to give a grade – I wonder how that works. But I thought the recital was very cool. Ian’s own music performed by a really good band, they had a nice vibe going on (heard some of it @ Spike Hill in the summer as well). Yeah. He’s most probably going to get an “A”, what else. Maybe the faculty didn’t even bother coming out to listen :D. I discovered Ian also has a nice website. Very cool. Positive stuff, I think. I really respect these young New York jazz cats, because I’ve seen how much work it takes to get all this together here. And it isn’t just talk that the city is a rough place for making any kind of career, let alone in jazz. Even though it’s a lot of fun, too, I can imagine. So it’s great there are so many young players going for it with such dedication. And where else but New York, this is one of the few places that actually has a real jazz scene. So yeah, I’ve come to understand that it takes a lot of courage (besides a lot of hard work and talent) to be a jazz musician in New York these days – but since the main reward is all this great music it really got to be worth it?

Downtown Music Gallery - Sami Linna @ Mikko Innanen's gig

Anyway, I had to split a little early to go to Downtown Music Gallery and catch Mikko Innanen’s trio – a gig marked with a star in All About Jazz NY listings (even though sometimes their ratings really don’t make any sense for me). I guess it was a record number of people attending a show @ Downtown Music Gallery :D. I just heard the very very very end of it, though, so I can’t really say anything about the music. Sounded like a wild show. And the place is cool – such an incredible stylish jazz hole in the middle of nowhere, Chinatown. I saw quite a few Finns there, including guitar player Sami Linna. Yeee. I like Finns. The accent is so endearing 😀 Makes me feel like home.

Ian Rapien's Master's Senior Recital @ NYU Steinhardt and a quick visit to Downtown Music Gallery

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Ian Rapien's Group @ NYU Steinhardt, room 779

I was really curious what that kind of event would look like – an NYU jazz student, tenor saxophone player doing his graduate recital. Unfortunately there weren’t that many people attending. Even no board to give a grade – I wonder how that works. But I thought the recital was very cool. Ian’s own music performed by a really good band, they had a nice vibe going on (heard some of it @ Spike Hill in the summer as well). Yeah. He’s most probably going to get an “A”, what else. Maybe the faculty didn’t even bother coming out to listen :D. I discovered Ian also has a nice website. Very cool. Positive stuff, I think. I really respect these young New York jazz cats, because I’ve seen how much work it takes to get all this together here. And it isn’t just talk that the city is a rough place for making any kind of career, let alone in jazz. Even though it’s a lot of fun, too, I can imagine. So it’s great there are so many young players going for it with such dedication. And where else but New York, this is one of the few places that actually has a real jazz scene. So yeah, I’ve come to understand that it takes a lot of courage (besides a lot of hard work and talent) to be a jazz musician in New York these days – but since the main reward is all this great music it really got to be worth it?

Downtown Music Gallery - Sami Linna @ Mikko Innanen's gig

Anyway, I had to split a little early to go to Downtown Music Gallery and catch Mikko Innanen’s trio – a gig marked with a star in All About Jazz NY listings (even though sometimes their ratings really don’t make any sense for me). I guess it was a record number of people attending a show @ Downtown Music Gallery :D. I just heard the very very very end of it, though, so I can’t really say anything about the music. Sounded like a wild show. And the place is cool – such an incredible stylish jazz hole in the middle of nowhere, Chinatown. I saw quite a few Finns there, including guitar player Sami Linna. Yeee. I like Finns. The accent is so endearing 😀 Makes me feel like home.

Kari Ikonen's Karikko @ Dizzy's Club and Ari Hoenig's trio @ Smalls

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Kari Ikonen @ Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Kari Ikonen @ Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

My first time to see a show @ Dizzy’s – went to hear the famous Finnish band, Kari Ikonen’s Karikko. Really enjoyed freaking out Mika Kallio, the drummer, who knows me from Viljandi, Estonia – he probably didn’t expect me to show up at a gig at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, New York :D. The music was just beautiful and it was great to hear good old Finnish accent in between songs… 😀 On contrary to it’s reputation that night @ Dizzy’s wasn’t all that expensive. The cover charge for students was just $10 and the cheapest beer to take care of the drink minimum was $4 – which beats most other venues in NY. Yeah, but Dizzy’s club still has the atmosphere of being a jazz club for the rich people. There was quite a lot of eating and talking going on during the concert. But what a great view :D. Not a bad place to hang out if one can afford it.

Gilad Hekselman, Orlando LeFleming, Ari Hoenig @ Smalls

Gilad Hekselman, Orlando Le Fleming, Ari Hoenig @ Smalls

For some reason I had a fixation on going to hear Ari Hoenig @ Smalls that night, even though I didn’t have money for the $20 cover charge. But I’ve been hearing so much music for free lately that I kind of forget about paying already. So me and my companion for the night, Douglas, just walked in to Smalls, just like that,  and heard a whole set of the great drum artistry of Ari Hoenig, who had Orlando Le Fleming on bass and Gilad Hekselman on guitar in the group that night. It was such a great playful concert. Those guys have the best sense of humor, musically. One of the highlights of the night was certainly when Ari played “Moanin'” on the drums. It was just so laid-back and bluesy that  it was

Smalls

Smalls

almost hard to take. And Gilad Hekselman really won some hearts over when playing the ballad “Embraceable You” painfully beautifully and yet with a sense of humor.  It was also my first time to hear Orlando Le Fleming – he is so enjoyable to watch, I’ve never seen anyone look so comfortable playing the bass, he almost looks as if he’s just chilling out – yet plays with such amazing energy. What a great example of effortless mastery 😀

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June 16, 2009 at 9:57 am

Kari Ikonen’s Karikko @ Dizzy’s Club and Ari Hoenig’s trio @ Smalls

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Kari Ikonen @ Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Kari Ikonen @ Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

My first time to see a show @ Dizzy’s – went to hear the famous Finnish band, Kari Ikonen’s Karikko. Really enjoyed freaking out Mika Kallio, the drummer, who knows me from Viljandi, Estonia – he probably didn’t expect me to show up at a gig at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, New York :D. The music was just beautiful and it was great to hear good old Finnish accent in between songs… 😀 On contrary to it’s reputation that night @ Dizzy’s wasn’t all that expensive. The cover charge for students was just $10 and the cheapest beer to take care of the drink minimum was $4 – which beats most other venues in NY. Yeah, but Dizzy’s club still has the atmosphere of being a jazz club for the rich people. There was quite a lot of eating and talking going on during the concert. But what a great view :D. Not a bad place to hang out if one can afford it.

Gilad Hekselman, Orlando LeFleming, Ari Hoenig @ Smalls

Gilad Hekselman, Orlando Le Fleming, Ari Hoenig @ Smalls

For some reason I had a fixation on going to hear Ari Hoenig @ Smalls that night, even though I didn’t have money for the $20 cover charge. But I’ve been hearing so much music for free lately that I kind of forget about paying already. So me and my companion for the night, Douglas, just walked in to Smalls, just like that,  and heard a whole set of the great drum artistry of Ari Hoenig, who had Orlando Le Fleming on bass and Gilad Hekselman on guitar in the group that night. It was such a great playful concert. Those guys have the best sense of humor, musically. One of the highlights of the night was certainly when Ari played “Moanin'” on the drums. It was just so laid-back and bluesy that  it was

Smalls

Smalls

almost hard to take. And Gilad Hekselman really won some hearts over when playing the ballad “Embraceable You” painfully beautifully and yet with a sense of humor.  It was also my first time to hear Orlando Le Fleming – he is so enjoyable to watch, I’ve never seen anyone look so comfortable playing the bass, he almost looks as if he’s just chilling out – yet plays with such amazing energy. What a great example of effortless mastery 😀

Written by Ines

June 16, 2009 at 9:57 am