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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

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

Written by Ines

July 27, 2009 at 4:24 am