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Jam session @ Royale with John McNeil

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John McNeil @ Royale

W John McNeil (trumpet), Mike Fahie (trombone), Bjorn Solli (guitar), Jorge Roeder (bass) and Rob Garcia (drums). Got there pretty late into the opening set but heard them play great classic stuff like Stablemates and Milestones –  with nice arrangements. I liked Jorge Roeder on bass  (again, also remember him with Brad Shepik @ Cornelia) and Rob Garcia on drums, mixing in some latin grooves. I’ve heard so many good things about the guitar player, but I wouldn’t really agree, after this one.

Heard some of the jam session as well, there were quite a lot of people – played Stella and Lazy Bird. Didn’t see the rest of it.

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December 9, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Ben Monder @ Royale and free Bombay Sapphire @ Deity Underground

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Ben Monder with Gary Wang and Diego Voglino

Ben Monder with Gary Wang and Diego Voglino and an unknown (to me) sax player playing the opening set 😀 Was really killing. Ben Monder is one of those few guitar players who is still full of surprises even after hearing him so many times. It even gets more fascinating. And Gary Wang on bass is just so incredibly melodic, really enjoyable to listen. They seem to be great partners with Ben Monder. Yeah, Diego Voglino’s jam session is really cool.

I actually escaped the jam session part – went to this place called Deity on Atlantic Ave and drank some Bombay Sapphire gin. I love those open bars – free drinks and great loud party music – bound to put you in a great mood. But gin itself is kind of bad. I couldn’t even finish two.

I thought these guys would look good on the picture

I’m wondering what’s been going on lately with my public transport luck – somehow I never wait for trains and buses anymore. They just arrive almost by second. Must be aligned with the stars or something. It worked even with B63 bus to Atlantic Ave, both ways. I did have time to meet a cool guy reading Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle in the bus stop . I was just reading that one in the summer 😀 Coincidences everywhere.

And more of that mysterious timing – got back to Royale exactly when the house band started the last set 😀 They totally broke my heart with Embraceable You, haven’t heard something as beautiful in a long time.

So far, in my search of what to drink besides beer or expensive wine and cocktails, I’ve so far found two pretty good options: hot cider (also good with rum) and whiskey, straight up.

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December 2, 2009 at 6:54 pm

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.


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?

Tuesday-night jam session @ Royale

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They even had vibes

They even had vibes @ the session

Walked by from Royale yesterday, just in time to check out their Tuesday-night jam session. Heard peoples play I Hear A Rhapsody and What Is This Thing Called Love. And then the house band. With Loren Stillman (alto sax), Nate Radley  (guitar), Gary Wang (bass), Diego Voglino (drums).

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October 14, 2009 at 11:18 am