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Satchmo at the Waldorf

The other afternoon in the pouring rain Meta and I took the subway downtown to the Westside Theater/Upstairs on 43rd Street to see the one-man show, Satchmo at the Waldorf, staring the great actor John Douglas Thompson.  I recommend…

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Thank you.

I would like to thank everyone who came out for our gig at Somethin' Jazz Club on Feb. 28 and last night's gig at the Cornelia Street Cafe.  Working hard to hone one's craft has its own rewards, but playing…

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Grateful

On Friday, Oct 4, we had another great gig at Somethin' Jazz Club on 52nd Street in NYC (somethinjazz.com/ny).  Dave Frank on tenor sounded exceptionally inspired.  Every solo was a keeper.  Jon Easton on piano and Joe Solomon on bass…

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For those of you who were not there...

Elements is a club on Mamaroneck Ave. in White Plains, NY.  It's had the courage to have a Tuesday night jazz policy for over a year and a half now.  Our trio has been featured there monthly almost since the…

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Artistic supporter? What size?

Most of us would admit to supporting the arts, either through donations to NPR, or to our favorite museum, or to our local chamber music society or even to our kids' bake sale to raise money for costumes for the…

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Once upon a time...

Once upon a time not so very long ago there was a land where shiny musical instruments of all shapes and sizes were seen and heard everywhere.  They were seen in movies, on TV, in musical shows, on the radio…

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Call me crazy...

Well, call me crazy, but I actually sympathize with jazz club owners.  I mean, I would never get in that position myself, but you have to hand it to people who open clubs and restaurants and try to present jazz…

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Kick outa' You

I was listening to Sinatra's "I Get a Kick Out of You" a little while ago.  It really is an amazing example of what so called "pop" music used to be.  From the top down or the bottom up it…

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Who was Sal Mosca?

Who was Sal Mosca?  Are you ready for this (those who have no idea who he was)? Sal was arguably the greatest jazz pianist of his generation.  Born in 1927 and professionally active from the mid-1940s until his death in…

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A Naive Proposal

This post has to do with war, bombs and Al Capone.  It has nothing to do with music or musicians except for the fact that musicians also live on planet Earth.  Years ago when Al Capone's mob ruled Chicago it…

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Through hell and high water...

Another great gig last night, but we drove through hell and high water to  get to it. We (myself, Steve LaMattina on guitar and Joe Solomon on bass) had a gig right near the stock exchange in lower Manhattan.  Because…