The Tune – 7 November 2019

The Tune  – Rubenstein Atrium, Lincoln Center  –  7 November 2019

This all-female group from Korea is as far from the K-Pop stereotype as possible.  Its foundation is traditional music, and certainly uses time-honored drum, percussion, and wind instrumentations.  But they also incorporate a modern keyboard and pull from a shamanistic melange of disparate influences – jazz, gypsy, call-and-response, creating their own distinctive brand that defies category.

Lee Soung Soon

Song Han Eol

Go Hyun Kyung

Lee Yu Jin

Seo Min Gi

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Bill & Brandi Hayden – 21 September 2019

Bill & Brandi Hayden  –  Hudson Valley Folk Guild, Unitarian Church, Poughkeepsie                                                 21 September 2019

I’ve crossed paths with the Haydens for years at HVFG open mikes.  Here they were the featured performers, blending voices and guitars as smooth as ever.

Brandi Hayden

Bill Hayden

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Brewster Fall Festival – September 8, 2019

Brewster Fall Festival  –  Main Street  – September 8, 2019

The music entertainment at Brewster’s Fall Festival (formerly Founders Day) has certainly come into its own, with four groups taking the stage.  Unfortunately the stage manager didn’t quite manage the time optimally, so that the first group seemed shorted, sent off the stage just as they were getting warmed up (and before I could sketch the drummer), and there seemed to be surplus time for an extended set by the final group (hence color).  Oh well!  Quality was surely there, well-distributed.  The quirky and terroir awards both went to R&D Music Factory, with one song about Sodom Road (a local thoroughfare, and there is no Y!) and another about the nearby Tilly Foster Mine.  And that’s not even considering the guitar player’s providentially punnable name!  OK now, minds out of the gutter.

Joe D

Charles McIntyre

Tony Cataldo

Rod Cumming

Daniel Basiletti


Jonathan Ozbone

Chris Lynch


Raquel de Souza

Luis Cruz

Matthew Bauer

Cat Lines

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Aaron Whitby & Cousin From Another Planet – 5 September 2019

Aaron Whitby & Cousin From Another Planet –  Rubenstein Atrium – 5 September 2019

Whitby is the musical director for the Martha Redbone juggernaut (she joined in for a few numbers, including the joyous Make Somebody Happy; Whitby is also her husband). Here, he steps out in his own right with his talented funky “Cousin” combo.

Aaron Whitby

Fred Cash

Charlie Burnham

David Phelps

Gintas Janusonis

Gary Fritz

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Lt. Joseph Gambino, Jr.

Lt. Joseph Gambino, Jr.  1949-1973

Joe Gambino on the ceiling, Cornell University

I came across the website Wall of Faces (, a remembrance of service people who perished in the VietNam War.  Since my post is greater than the 512 character capacity there, I have posted the more extensive reminiscence here:

This has been my first look at the Wall of Faces site.  I am ever so thankful for all of the touching remembrances posted here about my brother Joseph Gambino, from the various facets of his life.  Those from people whom I also know are especially evocative for me, stirring up memories of our fond associations.

Joseph was two years older than me.  He skipped a grade in elementary school (PS 95, Bronx) and then was in the accelerated program (SP) at JHS 143 that condensed three years into two.  So he was two years ahead of most of his original cohort. I did not overlap with him at either JHS 143 or Bronx High School of Science.

That guy was like the ultimate jock – excellent at any sport he applied himself to. As the Bronx HS of Science alums recall, there was no varsity football team, but there was an annual seniors-versus-juniors match, up on Harris Field.  Joe’s junior year was the first time that the seniors were defeated, a source of considerable pride at the time.  In high school he was on the swimming team and the gymnastics team.

In the Kingsbridge Little League (Bronx), Joe was a star on the Fanny Farmer team – I was a spectator at the no-hitter he threw, and I think he also scored the only run of that game.  Later on I was a lackluster third baseman on the North Side Savings Bank (AKA North New York once it changed hands) team.  The only sport that I could compete on approximately even terms was basketball, just a minor sideline for him.  I had the height advantage; he brought some of the football lineman roughhouse sensibility to the play “in the paint” (the rebound zone) that was, shall we say, lacking nuance.  Later, when he attended Cornell he was center on the 150 football team – this was part of a separate athletic team circuit; students on the team could weigh no more than 150 pounds.  I remember  sessions with him where all we did was practice his hiking the ball to me as I stood in for the punter.  He also took up boxing, not sure if there was a team about this.  It was always to my advantage to have him on my side.   Nuance was not his forté.

By the time of his enlistment in the US Air Force, we were on separate paths.  He surely loved flying, and being able to say how he was protecting our liberties (including the right to be against the war).  I’m sure he would have preferred to be in a serious attack plane, shooting big time at the enemy,  rather than forward air control – whose primary mission is to scout out the targets for the big boys.  The OV-10 had some modest armament, and he welcomed opportunities to discharge them before returning to base.  By 1973, the war was winding down and there was less rationale for our military involvement; Joe still wanted to get his shots in, and the opinion (of some) within his squadron was that Joe was flying “too hard”.   Officer Church’s recounting in this thread is right on the money: “Joe was an aggressive FAC, not reluctant to get close for a good look at his target.” Unfortunately, doing so also gave the ground batteries a good look at him; he had returned safely from at least one previous mission with his tail all shot up.  His luck ran out on his birthday.

I will welcome and respond to email correspondence from anyone wishing for further exchange.

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David Amram/Bill Hudson – 27 July 2019

David Amram/Bill Hudson – Putnam County Fair  –  27 July 2019

Amram is the last of the beatniks, ’nuff said.  He is a national treasure, who connects a gazillion dots, as is evident in his improvised patter.  In one salient example, it was Wittgenstein linked to the FFA and Co-operative Extension.  Amram also probably has the most extensive personal collection of “world music” instruments outside of major museums, and he’d give even them a run for the money.  For this performance he dragged out an amazingly obscure type of flute (not the pennywhistle-ish one depicted here).   Hudson is a grizzled kindred spirit who’s been on the circuit for a long time and is clearly not in it for the money. Perhaps too cantankerous for his own good.  He shares a name with a few other “celebrities” (he was not married to Goldie Hawn), so his website doesn’t show up well in a Google search (it’s  As in I can’t find it!  Hudson is involved in numerous good causes worthy of our support.  After Hurricane Katrina, he was the idea guy behind, which collects and distributes otherwise unused musical instruments to kids who lost theirs (I gave a trumpet).

Bill Hudson

Dan Bonis

David Amram

Kevin Twigg

Rene Hart

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Kenn Morr – 2 June 2019

Kenn Morr  –  Ossining Public Library  –  June 2, 2019

Morr is carrying on in the singer-songwriter tradition that refuses to die.

Kenn Morr

Tom Hagymasi

Pat Ryan

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Busking New York City – May 16, 2019

Busking New York City  –  May 16, 2019

I had the craziest experience with busker JasminFire, who was playing in the Herald Square (34th Street) subway station, which is a reliable standby for busker performances.  When I arrived at the station I could hear some suspicious sounds, so I knew something was going on.  I checked all the usual busker hot spots, but no dice. Wherever I was in the station, I was hearing sounds that I couldn’t quite put my finger on, they seemed so evanescent, not sticking around long enough for me to get a fix and home in.  I must have spent at least ten minutes trying to track down the sounds, and I couldn’t even identify the instrument that was producing them.  Somehow the routine task of finding a performing musician had become mystifyingly difficult.  Eventually I came upon violinist JasminFire and her ample chops on the BMT platform, and chalked the experience up to just randomness.  Later in the day I shared this experience with my son Jacob, who told me that there was a “sound installation” artwork at that station!  (  And it’s been there since 1995!  So that explains that.  Witkowsi’s performance in Bryant Park was part of a regular program of piano music there; assuming the pianists are getting paid by the program, this is perhaps technically not busking, but what the hey!


Mylez Gittens

Deanna Witkowski

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Yuri Juárez – May 2, 2019

Yuri Juárez   –  Greenwich Arts Center   –   May 2, 2019

Juárez’s performance was part of the larger celebration, Greenwich’s annual “Arts to the Avenue” festival.  He is of Peruvian origin, and his instrumental music is a fusion of classical, jazz, and flamenco, with numerous South American influences.

Yuri Juárez

Hector Morales

Shirazette Tinnin

Renato Diz

Moto Fukushima

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Tamuz Nissim – April 7, 2019

Tamuz Nissim – Ossining Public Library  –  April 7, 2019

Israeli jazz singer Nissim sometimes accompanies herself on piano, and sometimes fills the aptly sparse space provided by the trio vocally.  She scats like old school, always good to hear.

Tamuz Nissim

Mary Ann McSweeney

George Nazos

Tony Jefferson

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