Monthly Archives: August 2015

Garifuna International – August 30, 2015

Garifuna International  -  Harlem Meer, Central Park  -  August 30, 2015 The Garifuna people have a long convoluted background that mixed Carib and African roots.  Their resistance to being colonized ended with exile (by the British) in the late 18th … Continue reading

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David Belmont – August 25, 2015

David Belmont  -  Plaza 33  -  August 25, 2015 Plaza 33 is a recent development, turning the north side of Penn Station/MSQ into a more pedestrian-friendly space.  Belmont is an old high school buddy, we’ve jammed in the past, and … Continue reading

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Bardavon String Quartet – August 22, 2015

Bardavon String Quartet  -  Onteora Mountain House  -  August 22, 2015 These sketches are from the “have-you-no-shame?” department.  I brought my sketchbook to my niece’s wedding ceremony/reception on the hunch that there might be live music and guess what?  BSQ!

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Houston Person – August 19, 2015

Houston Person  -  Grant’s Tomb  -  August 19, 2015 You get no surprises with Person, but you know there will be a solid straight ahead approach digging into the jazz standards book, ballads alternating with uptempo jauntiness.  It’s a worthy … Continue reading

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Allan Harris – August 14, 2015

Allan Harris  -  Marcus Garvey Park  -  August 14, 2015 Harris is another up-and-coming (on my radar screen, at least) male heartthrob jazz vocalist.  He had all the deep resonant chops and a nice variety of repertoire, including some originals, … Continue reading

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Roy Ayers – August 12, 2015

Roy Ayers  -  Marcus Garvey Park  -  August 12, 2015 Ayers has had a two-stage career, initially as a jazz vibes player who rose to prominence in the 1970′s.  Some of his licks have been sampled and gained placement in … Continue reading

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Iris Dement – August 9, 2015

Iris Dement  -  Lincoln Center  -  August 9, 2015 This was a part of the same Roots of American Music series as the previous day’s three-set smorgasbord.  Dement was the sole afternoon attraction, but no “Our Town”!  Her current album … Continue reading

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Roots of American Music – August 8, 2015

Roots of American Music  -  Lincoln Center Out of Doors  -  August 8, 2015 Yikes!  So much!  The afternoon piece of this series takes place on Hearst Plaza where, in contrast to the big dog Damrosch Bandshell, the chairs are … Continue reading

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Jimmy LaFave – August 4, 2015

Jimmy LaFave  -  Ballard Park  -  August 4, 2015 LaFave got into the late 1960′s Texas alt-folk-hippie groove and has remained there since.  He covered at least four Dylan tunes.

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