Sunday, September 27, 2009

Jazzkickers gigs

Many thanks to all who turned out to hear the Jazzkickers play for the 2009 Employee Giving Campaign on Thursday and Friday. We featured a more blues and samba oriented program this year, with songs such as "Chitlins Con Carne", "Blue Bossa", "Bags Groove", "Black Orpheus", "Motorin' Along", "Beach Fatigue", "Meditation" and "Kelly and Tucker".

The Jazzkickers are Gary Berosik (drums), Steve Proper (bass), Peter Jackson (guitar), Tim Wick (keys), and Gregory Bannister (saxes). (Carmin Pluntz was unable to join us on sax this year.) We play mostly jazz standards from the Real Book and some originals, and tend to play just in the last quarter of each year, doing charity gigs and holiday parties.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

A Week at the Dakota Jazz Club

Sandy and I started off the week on Monday with Chick Corea, backed by Stanley Clarke (bs) and Lenny White (dr). Great set, featuring "Stella by Starlight", "Senor Mouse", "No Mystery", and a cool arrangement of the famous Rodrigo adagio.

Thursday night, we saw the Tierney Sutton Band in fine form. They did "Devil May Care", "It's Only a Paper Moon", "Cry Me a River", among others. Tierney's voice, style and delivery are just awesome, and the whole band rocks.

We also saw Gretchen Parlato, who did some very cool numbers, including Herbie Hancock's "Butterfly", "I Can't Help It", and some interesting originals. Again, a great band with some very thoughtful arrangements.

Finally, we enjoyed a set by Sachal Vasandani, who also did a mix of standards ("A Small Hotel", "All The Way") and originals ("Royal Eyes"). A young man worth watching; he will go places.

We also ate a lot of good food and drank some fairly strong martinis. Each night we also ran into some friends we hadn't seen for a while, so that made it all just about perfect.