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Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks – January 13, 2019

Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks – Greenwich Library Cole Auditorium – January 13, 2019 Separating the music from the history is impossible with Giordano’s ensemble (11 pieces!). He’s got the patter down just right, a bit corny, a bit self-deprecating, … Continue reading

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Youssra El Hawary – October 4, 2018

Youssra El Hawary   –  Rubenstein Atrium  -  October 4, 2018 There’s a bit of Arab Spring vibe in El Hawary, but she seems to be more documenting the social fallout of modern Egypt rather than sounding a call to … Continue reading

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Peter Serkin – November 25, 2018

Peter Serkin  -  Cole Auditorium, Greenwich Library  -  November 25, 2018 Although Serkin plays from a wide-ranging repertoire, here he focused in on the classical-est of the classical, Mozart and Bach.  That these lengthy pieces can be memorized is astounding to … Continue reading

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Celebrate Mexico Now! – October 18, 2018

Celebrate Mexico Now!  - Rubenstein Atrium  -   October 18, 2018 Despite not understanding Spanish, I can appreciate the pipes and axes of these two, the passion overwhelming the language barrier.  Goust and Gameros are prime examples of the cultural … Continue reading

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Busking New York City – October 12, 2018

Busking New York City  -  October 12, 2018 Special treat of the day: as I was sketching Ajamu, another sketcher was sketching ME at work.  And not too shabby a job, Martin Williams!  I’m always looking for instruments I haven’t … Continue reading

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Busking New York City – October 4, 2018

Busking New York City  -  October 4, 2018 Here I witnessed (in Washington Square Park) one of the most astounding musical performances in quite some time.  Talk about a different drummer!  Percussionist Reggie Pison plays on a collection of buckets, pots and … Continue reading

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Irish Trad – September 19, 2018

Irish Trad  -  Knox’s Tavern, Ennis  -  September 19, 2018 One of my goals while holidaying (it gets used as a verb there) in Ireland was to sit in with some trad players, and Ennis is a center keeping the … Continue reading

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C.J. Chenier – August 30, 2018

C.J. Chenier  -  CHIRP Ballard Park, Ridgefield  -  August 30, 2018 Scion of the Chenier zydeco squeezebox family.  When you’ve got one guy on washboard and another on tambourines, you know there’s gonna be rhythm splashing all over!

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Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real – August 12, 2018

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real  -  Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center  -  August 12, 2018 The headliner for this gig was Margo Price, but darkness descends on Damrosch too early to portray the late act.  At least there was … Continue reading

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Bill Saxton – August 8, 2018

Bill Saxton   –   Grant’s Tomb  -  August 8, 2018 Saxton also runs his own salon-style live jazz joint in Harlem; he’s an institution!

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