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Lee Konitz/Mark Turner Quintet @ the Iridium

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Ethan Iverson, Ben Street, Lee Konitz, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Mark Turner @ the Iridium

With Lee Konitz (alto), Mark Turner (tenor), Ethan Iverson (piano), Ben Street (bass) and Albert ‘Tootie’ Heath (drums). They played All of Me, Invitation, a really beautiful, beautiful version of What’s New, All the Things You Are and a very hip arrangement of Gershwin’s Strike Up the Band. They played about an hour, which went by all too fast because the music was so good… Really nice arrangements, tasteful playing and amazing synergy. I enjoyed it a lot. With that kind of drums and bass together you almost don’t need anything else – I was totally blown away by Ben Street, once again. And Albert “Tootie” Heath, another one of those incredible American drummers. Yeah, I really liked everyone in the band, was an awesome jazz night. Found out an interesting fact about Lee Konitz & New York jazz – Lee Konitz is the only still active musician to have played all three ever existing Birdland clubs in New York City.

But Iridium, the club, in general, seems to be a bit overpriced in my opinion – they charge $35 for the cover and the drinks are outrageously expensive (with $11 for the cheapest glass of wine). I guess it’s the location, being so close to Times Square, the rent over there must be crazy. But still, I was shocked. and really happy that I wasn’t paying. The show wasn’t very packed, for a Friday night and the place looked not so well kept, compared to, for example, Birdland. Otherwise I rather like the club. Another good thing about Iridium though – they give 50% off the cover charge for students for all the 2nd sets, every night. That’s nice. I also discovered that their Iridium lager is the closest thing to Estonian (Saku) beer that I’ve yet found in New York. Not that I’d necessarily prefer that one, but, is good to know, I guess.

Written by Ines

December 19, 2009 at 1:49 am

Kenny Garrett @ Iridium

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Found a free shelf from Craigslist today. Doesn’t look like much but I can really use it since I still don’t have practically anything in my room. It was just a couple of streets away from my place, so I took it home on foot. On my way I ran into a nice Yoga center, tried a class – and guess I’m going to get back to doing yoga now. I’ve actually been really feeling like it lately. The style is Vinyasa (Flow) Yoga. I was a bit suspicious about “American yoga” at first but the class was actually quite advanced, physically. It was actually a lot more about the workout than a spiritual experience. Felt real good.

Image105Another dream of mine was to hear Kenny Garrett play live.  And now it  happened, at Iridium Jazz Club, New York (student night, half of the price off).  I heard the original happy sound :). The whole concert felt like a really high-energy celebration. I guess where I was sitting – the front seat- wasn’t actually the best place, soundwise. They really play the drums so much louder in America 🙂  KG played Fender Rhodes quite a lot throughout the concert, playfully in a wayne-shorter-kind-of-way. And what an amazing grooving organ player! They actually played Happy People and Song for Difang, which brought back some nice memories from our first year in school with Katrin 🙂 But I really have to hear him with an acoustic band as well, to complete the experience.

Written by Ines

May 15, 2009 at 4:23 am