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Charlie Parker Festival @ Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem

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Charlie Parker festival @ Marcus Garvey park

Part of the New York  Summer Stage, the annual Charlie Parker festival celebrated Bird’s 90. birthday this year (Aug 29th). I went to hear the concerts on Saturday @ Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem. I really liked the all-star tribute band MC Raydar Ellis’s Revive Da Live band with Ben Williams on bass (sounded really great), Justin Brown on drums, Jaleel Shaw on alto, Marcus Strickland on tenor, Marc Cary on keyboard, Corey King on trombone, Ingmar Thomas on trumpet.

I also heard J.D Allen’s group &  Jason Moran’s Bandwagon, which was great because one of my very favorite drummers Nasheet Waits was playing. But I didn’t understand the band leading concept of using old Billie Holiday and Eddie Jefferson tracks and playing along with them. It didn’t sound like a live concert at that point, it felt like the band is having a break.

Drummers that seemed to ignore the Charlie Parker festival

And last but not least, they had McCoy Tyner on solo piano. He played some really nice (mostly original) tunes – Fly With the Wind (he actually played it twice), I Should Care,  Blues on the Corner, African Village. A lot of people are saying how he doesn’t have the facility on the piano that he used to, but I think he still sounds totally extraordinary. At 86. And he is actually one of the very few of the real giants who’s still playing, so it’so feels really special to hear him live.

It was such a lovely day at the Marcus Garvey park and the weather was just perfect. The only REALLY annoying thing was how the folks at the Drummer’s Circle (not far from the main stage!) were drumming the whole time through the event. How come there are people that wouldn’t have courtesy to such a lovely event and great musicians, not to mention that on the big stage there were drummers like Nasheet Waits, Rudy Royston, Justin Brown playing? The sound in general was a bit too silent for the whole lawn area, and for that reason the drumming near by was especially painful for the interested listener. But despite all that, a really nice day in Harlem, was worth going! 🙂

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.

Oliver Lake, Andrew Cyrille & Mark Helias @ MoMA Sculpture Garden

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MoMA Sculpture Garden

Fascinating music in really nice atmospheric surroundings of Museum of Modern Art Sculpture Garden, I was so glad to be able to get in (so many people had to stay behind the gates, unfortunately). Since some people found it a little too avant-garde, I finally ended up on an abandoned seat right in the front… 🙂 I especially loved Mark Helias’s bass playing so much – so musical, flawless technique… But anyway, I think this sort of thing, in a place like that – seems to be an exclusively New York style of event. I heard that the garden has a history of hosting jazz, since 1971  – so many great recordings have been done there, for instance, Sonny Rollins’s solo album of 1985.

Oliver Lake, Mark Helias, Andrew Cyrille

Myron Walden’s In This World @ St. Peter’s Church

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Myron Walden In This World

Really nice free outdoor concert @ St. Peter’s Church, Citigroup Center Plaza @ Lexington ave @ 53rd St. I liked it a lot, was such a well balanced and musical band!  So great to enjoy events like these on a New York summer day… Myron Walden on saxophones, Mike Moreno on guitar, David Bryant on piano, Yasushi Nakamura on bass, Colin Stranahan on drums.

Myron Walden's In This World @ St. Peter's Church

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Myron Walden In This World

Really nice free outdoor concert @ St. Peter’s Church, Citigroup Center Plaza @ Lexington ave @ 53rd St. I liked it a lot, was such a well balanced and musical band!  So great to enjoy events like these on a New York summer day… Myron Walden on saxophones, Mike Moreno on guitar, David Bryant on piano, Yasushi Nakamura on bass, Colin Stranahan on drums.

Lee Konitz trio @ Riverbank State Park

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Lee Konitz trio

Lee Konitz trio

Nice place for a concert on a Sunday afternoon – Riverbank State Park (Riverside Drive @ W 145th St). Went there to hear the legend Lee Konitz on alto sax with Dan Tepfer on piano, also featuring double bass even though the concert was listed as a duo. I got there for the second set – and exactly the minute it started to pour outside. Yeah, Lee Konitz still has the tone, even at 81! For me, some of the forms sounded a bit disguised though 😀 They played standards, opening the set with Stella. I really liked Dan Tepfer’s blazer. I was thinking if he needed some extra money besides jazz piano, he could try modeling 😀

Great views around Riverbank State Park 🙂

New Jersey view

New Jersey view

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July 27, 2009 at 4:24 am