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Jeremy Udden's Ethiopian Groove Project @ Le Grand Dakar

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Jeremy Udden @ Le Grand Dakar

Was supposed to be with Mike Baggetta on guitar and Jorge Roeder on bass, but it was actually Dave Ambrosio (bass), Richie Barshay (drums), Pete Cancura (sax), Jeremy Udden (sax) and no guitar. But the music was pretty cool, Ethiopian groove :D. Jeremy Udden has a nice sound. Interesting restaurant in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, that one, they quite often have some great bands playing over there. I found out that the guy who books it is also the head chef. Well, the food and the booking is just delicious. But they could make it a little cozier for winter time, the room was a bit cold. To me the space feels like it might be a lovely place to hang in spring.

Jeremy Udden’s Ethiopian Groove Project @ Le Grand Dakar

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Jeremy Udden @ Le Grand Dakar

Was supposed to be with Mike Baggetta on guitar and Jorge Roeder on bass, but it was actually Dave Ambrosio (bass), Richie Barshay (drums), Pete Cancura (sax), Jeremy Udden (sax) and no guitar. But the music was pretty cool, Ethiopian groove :D. Jeremy Udden has a nice sound. Interesting restaurant in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, that one, they quite often have some great bands playing over there. I found out that the guy who books it is also the head chef. Well, the food and the booking is just delicious. But they could make it a little cozier for winter time, the room was a bit cold. To me the space feels like it might be a lovely place to hang in spring.

Tuesday-night Brooklyn jazz crawl

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Allison Miller/Brad Jones/Ellery Eskelin @ Barbes

Allison Miller/Ellery Eskelin/ Brad Jones @ Barbes

A weekday night in Brooklyn – went out for some interesting live music :).  First, Allison Miller (drums) /Ellery Eskelin (tenor sax) /Brad Jones (bass) trio @ Barbes. It was pretty crowded. I liked the trio a lot too – some very creative music.

And then Le Grand Dakar @ 285 Grand Ave, Clinton Hill, – an African restaurant with great live music bookings –  featuring Todd Sickafoose (double bass, compositions) with Jenny Scheinman on violin and Pete Robbins on sax that night. Was interesting music (with a little weird intonation at times), but for playing and listening didn’t seem to be the best spot ever, I guess – too much of a restaurant vibe, especially when most people show up to have family dinner.

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Todd Sickafoose with Jenny Scheinman and Pete Robbins @ Le Grand Dakar

Nir Felder @ Royale

Nir Felder @ Royale

And then Royale on 5h Ave for the Tuesday night jam session, this time with Nir Felder’s band (Allison Miller on drums, Gary Wang on bass and a sax player 🙂 ) playing the opening and closing set. They did standards and a really good new original ballad of Nir’s that they were to read on the spot.

Since I don’t want to drink beer anymore it’s a shame most bars here don’t serve tea and coffee. 😀 So it’s either an $8-glass of wine or – soda?