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Monday Night – Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

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Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Weird how most residency bands tend to be the last ones to be checked out – it just feels like there’s no rush, that there is always the next time… So I’ve wanted to go hear the Vanguard Orchestra forever. Finally did it. Great band really. Sure thing when you want to go hear some great writing, arrangements and playing 😀 Was mostly Thad Jones stuff that night. My favorite tune was something arranged by Bob Minzer, I believe. Yeah, I just love the Vanguard. There’s something about it.

Greg Osby 6 @ the Village Vanguard

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Village Vanguard

Village Vanguard

Went to hear the late set of their first night in the Vanguard. Really interesting music there. They played Speak No Evil, Ask Me Now among others. Nir Felder is just incredible. I wonder what it feels like, to be 25 and play the Vanguard and be so killin’. John Davis on drums sounded great, playing together with bassist Matt Brewer. Sara Serpa’s pure voice was real refreshing in the band.

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August 5, 2009 at 1:06 pm

3 Cohens Sextet @ the Village Vanguard

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DSCN0521Went to the Vanguard again, to hear 3 Cohens Sextet (Anat on clarinet and tenor sax, Yuval on soprano sax, Avishai on trumpet). Incredible synergy :D. Really liked Aaron Goldberg on piano and Greg Hutchinson on drums as well.

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June 28, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Renee Rosnes Quartet @ the Village Vanguard

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DSCN0439Totally loved the band – Renee Rosnes on piano, Lewis Nash on drums, Peter Washington on bass, Rich Perry on tenor sax.
I’m getting the impression that one can’t really go wrong by going to hear music at the Vanguard 😀

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June 21, 2009 at 1:44 am

Bill McHenry Quintet @ the Village Vanguard

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Last night I heard Bill McHenry Quintet at the Village Vanguard. It featured Duane Eubanks on trumpet, Andrew D’Angelo on alto, Ben Street on double bass and Paul Motian on drums, playing mostly Bill McHenry’s original compositions, which were all very much about exploring. Amazing rhythm section: Ben Street and Paul Motian – always interactive in the music, playful and swinging. My first time ever to hear Paul Motian live. He is certainly in a class of his own, has a kind of broad sound, I figured. Later on I discovered he doesn’t like to take pictures with fans. Funny, it was my first time ever to ask someone – and got turned down immediately. Will probably never ask again… Yeah… I’ve always thought taking pictures with famous musicians is kind of stupid anyway 🙂

NY Subway is full of music

NY Subway is full of music (and rats)

My favorite part of the concert were the deep and poetic minimalist moments in one or two of the compositions, with three voices (tenor, alto, trumpet) moving round each other with great taste and style. Otherwise the concert was mostly quite a lot of fun, exploring,  outside playing and crazy moments  (with the alto player Andrew D’Angelo definitely being the really passionate one in the band) – having no harmony instrument around certainly gives a lot of space for going somewhere.  Ben Street was great, my first time to hear him live – amazing bass player.

Later on, on the way home,  I was walking down the street and heard music coming from… inside the street. Someone was playing “My Favorite Things” down there (in the subway).

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June 11, 2009 at 11:48 am

Sunday @ the Village Vanguard – Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos

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Guillermo Klein y Los Gauchos

Guillermo Klein y Los Gauchos

Haven’t been feeling like going out in the last couple of days – but Sunday night I decided to use the last chance to hear Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos at the Vanguard. The band put together was quite impressive – besides Guillermo Klein (piano, vocals) there was Miguel Zenon  on alto sax and flute, Jeff Ballard on drums, Bill McHenry on tenor sax, Chris Cheek on baritone sax, Ben Monder on guitar, Richard Nant on percussion and trumpet, Diego Urcola on trumpet and valve trombone, Taylor Haskins trumpet, Sandro Tomasi on trombone. Everybody in the audience seemed to like Miguel Zenon on alto sax a lot, when he got to play some fiery solos on the tunes. The arrangements were very enjoyable, nice voicings and  interesting music, rhythmically. Some parts could have been performed with more fire though, I was thinking. Guillermo Klein has a really nice timbre when singing.

Finally heard Ben Monder on guitar, mostly just playing written parts though.

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June 8, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Bill Frisell @ Village Vanguard and a little tour in the city

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What’s up with the weather here? So cold! Should be almost summer now…

Image094Met a guy, call him P,  at the Atlas internet cafe (Williamsburg) last night and he decided to come with me to the Vanguard to hear Bill Frisell. We had some time to kill before that and took a little tour in the city by car, checking out views over Manhattan from Brooklyn, driving over Williamsburg Bridge and through neigborhoods like East Village, Soho, Little Italy, Chinatown. I’ve been walking so much lately that it felt real good to explore by car for a change. But as always ended up in the West Village, walking on Bleecker St, and 7th Av… Went to hear Bill Frisell play the late set at Village Vanguard – as a Wednesday thing there was some discount for students. I’ve always wanted to hear Bill Frisell live and now I got it 🙂 just letting it ring the Bill Frisell way. Real nice! And there was some classy soloing by Tony Scherr, the legendary bass player who has played with J Scofield, Maria Schneider, W Muthspiel, New York Voices etc 🙂 Got great life advice from him after the concert: “Play what you like” and “Take care of yourself”. Sounds easy. If you play what you don’t like, you’ll end up doing other things you don’t like and that’ll only lead you in the wrong place anyway… Real logical. Try to remember that.

That was my alternative plan for the night, I wonder what I missed this time

That was my alternative plan for the night, I wonder what I missed this time

The guy I was with was kind of interesting at the start and indeed very intelligent, talking smart about anything really. But what is the thing about men when they so often don’t see the difference if someone likes them as a 1) person 2) friend 3) man. It’s not at all the same thing! (Even though I’ve noticed that it might get more confusing when there’s some really good jazz playing involved). After having a couple of beers and wine with him I was quite happy to call it a night. I should try to get home earlier in the future still, staying out until 4 AM is getting tiring! Meeting people in NY is fun though.

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May 14, 2009 at 7:13 pm