Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Catch up post for May-July: Karrin Allyson, etc.

This summer has been so busy there has been no time to blog. I've been spending a lot of time in New York, both NYC and outposts such as Buffalo and Rochester.

Best show I saw in all that time was Karrin Allyson at the Dakota on June 24. She sang with a somewhat stripped down band: guitar, bass, and herself on the keyboard (though not all the time). A different, more intimate sound than her previous shows, but equally enjoyable.

I have been working very hard on jazz piano this summer, continuing lessons with Bryan Nichols. Main emphasis is on improvisation over a metronome and breaking out of ruts.