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Kickstart Mike Moreno’s new album!

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Kickstarter

Now’s the time to kickstart Mike Moreno’s new album XD. Doesn’t come along that often, a chance to participate in such a worthy project.  I really like the whole Kickstarter vibe and this particular cause is so exciting to be a part of. Great chance to give a little bit to the New York jazz music scene and support high quality music and dedicated artists. The Kickstarting is pretty easy (I did it:)), it works through the Amazon payments and one can give sums starting from $5. Also, each backer gets something in return (if they want) for showing their support  – digital download or hard copy of the album (or the previous ones), mention on the CD cover, concert tickets video lessons… Really awesome idea!  Now 31 days to go!

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April 13, 2011 at 6:03 pm

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Mike Moreno trio @ Bar Next Door

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Mike Moreno trio @ Bar Next Door

We got there just in time for the second set, and the place was packed. So we were recommended by the staff to have a seat in the other room, from where you could actually hear pretty well, without paying the cover. It turned out to be quite a clever idea. I like Bar Next Door, they generally have very good service and great booking so it’s always a pleasure to go see (or only hear) music there. I could also recommend their walnut pie :D.

Mike Moreno on guitar, Joe Martin on bass, Kendrick Scott on drums. They played Herbie Hancock’s I Have A Dream, Joe Zawinul’s In a Silent Way, Joe Henderson’s Isotope, Billy Strayhorn’s Lush Life and Sam Rivers’ Cyclic Episode, a tune that seems to be growing really popular in NYC recently. I think Mike Moreno now has a more a fluid and legato sound with the Marchione guitar. And Mike is at the moment one of my favorite guitar players, anyway. I was happy to hear this particular trio lineup, Kendrick Scott and Joe Martin sounded great as well.

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August 22, 2010 at 8:14 pm

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.

Friday 13th – so much guitar!

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Mike Moreno Group @ the Jazz Gallery

Mike Moreno Group @ the Jazz Gallery

So many great choices for shows featuring killing guitar players – there was the Peter Lynch/Ray Appleton’s Wes Montgomery project @ Creole, John Abercrombie @ 86th St Barnes & Noble, Ben Monder trio @ Bar Next Door, Davy Mooney @ Bar Next Door, Mike Moreno Group @ the Jazz Gallery, Jim Hall @ Birdland, Dave Allen trio with Drew Gress, Tom Rainey, Eivind Opsvik @ Nublu… I ended up listening to Ben Monder’s 1st set @ Bar Next Door (had trouble finding a seat though, it was packed – and I was told unless I was Ben Monder’s wife or something I couldn’t be comped in there :D) and Mike Moreno who had a really good band @ the Jazz Gallery – Taylor Eigsti on piano, Matt Clohesy on bass, Adam Cruz on drums, Peter Schlamb on vibraphone. The second set was just amazing!

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November 14, 2009 at 2:58 pm

No Me’shell for me. Michael Rodriguez Quartet @ the Jazz Gallery

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Was so looking forward to hearing Me’shell Ndegeocello @ the Stone, haven’t been so excited about a concert in a while…

Guess who was disappointed

Guess who was disappointed

maybe I wanted it too much, that’s why it didn’t happen. Yeah. I’ll catch her some other time, I hope.

Michael Rodriguez Quartet @ Jazz Gallery

Michael Rodriguez Quartet @ Jazz Gallery

Walked to the Jazz Gallery instead – to hear Michael Rodriguez Quartet. Michael Rodriguez – trumpet, Mike Moreno – guitar, Joe Sanders – bass, Johnathan Blake – drums. Sounded really good, actually, the plan-B 😀

No Me'shell for me. Michael Rodriguez Quartet @ the Jazz Gallery

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Was so looking forward to hearing Me’shell Ndegeocello @ the Stone, haven’t been so excited about a concert in a while…

Guess who was disappointed

Guess who was disappointed

maybe I wanted it too much, that’s why it didn’t happen. Yeah. I’ll catch her some other time, I hope.

Michael Rodriguez Quartet @ Jazz Gallery

Michael Rodriguez Quartet @ Jazz Gallery

Walked to the Jazz Gallery instead – to hear Michael Rodriguez Quartet. Michael Rodriguez – trumpet, Mike Moreno – guitar, Joe Sanders – bass, Johnathan Blake – drums. Sounded really good, actually, the plan-B 😀

Mike Moreno Group @ Smalls

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Mike Moreno @ Smalls

Mike Moreno @ Smalls

Really great jazz @ Smalls yesterday – Mike Moreno on guitar, Peter Schlamb on vibraphone, Jon Cowherd on piano, Doug Weiss on bass, Jochen Rueckert on drums.  Those were some real jazz cats :). Mike Moreno seems to be a really sound-conscious guitar player and on top of that plays very interesting lines as well :D. For me, the greatest revelation was the drummer – I can’t believe I hadn’t seen him around before, he seems to be one of the busiest in the scene – really enjoyed his playing. They did some Mike’s original tunes, I was especially blown away by the second set when they played The Fifth Element followed by a really beautiful nameless ballad. And Wayne Shorter’s Children of the Night sounded great as well.

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July 7, 2009 at 6:39 pm

Brad Shepik trio @ Solo Kitchen Bar and Mike Moreno Quartet

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Brad Shepik trio @ Solo Kitchen Bar

Brad Shepik trio @ Solo Kitchen Bar

Couldn’t make up my mind about what I should hear last night so I tried to have it all – first went all the way down to Flatbush, Brooklyn to Solo Kitchen Bar to hear Brad Shepik’s trio. This time it was Adam Niewood on sax and Mark Guiliana on drums. Just can’t get enough of Mark Guiliana’s drumming! Almost can’t believe my ears at times, all this great music coming from just one guy playing the drums… I really recommend everybody to check him out, who hasn’t already. Don’t know much about drumming but never heard anyone play like that. How come I never really even noticed the drummers so much before coming here anyway? And here I end up mainly listening to the drummers.

Not me on the picture :)

Not me on the picture 🙂

The second stop was intended to be 55 Bar. In some mysterious way the subway followed a really weird route back to Manhattan – I was supposedly on a 2 train Bronx express, but it stopped at really wrong places according to the map and I ended up at an unexpected station and walked to 55 Bar. So I actually only heard the last tune of Mike Moreno’s Quartet – it was a good one :). Liked the sound a lot, actually there was Tim Collins on vibraphone – really would have wanted to hear some New York vibes playing. Next time then, I guess. We hanged around for a couple of beers at a bar next door, Kettle, with Mike Moreno, Kristjan Randalu, Tim Collins and later on a Canadian double bass player girl. Really had a good time with them.

the Ice Siren @ the Jazz Gallery

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Went to the Jazz Gallery again on Saturday to hear John Ellis’s Large Ensemble project, a “jazz opera”, the Ice Siren – it featured an 11-piece ensemble (strings, vibes, guitar, percussion, tuba, saxophones/woodwinds, 2 vocals).  I couldn’t really follow the music and the story very well this time, probably because I’d been having too much Sex on the beach at a bar before (another story), but I did notice Gretchen Parlato‘s magically impressive voice.  At the concert I also noticed that Mike Moreno is playing a guitar looking very much like mine. Went to check it out after the concert – the guitar was actually a Gibson, but we did go out for drinks later on.

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June 1, 2009 at 5:02 pm