Ringrose & Freeman – March 12, 2017

Ringrose & Freeman  -  Greenwich Library Cole Auditorium  -  March 12, 2017

Sometimes we just gotta drag ourselves out of home and make the effort.  For this, in honor of St.Paddy’s, there was a delightful reward of expertly performed trad Irish music, a nice assortment (we’re glad there were two “friends” along), touching enough to get me teary emotional a few times – especially the parts about the journey and loss (“Wild Mountain Thyme”, the closer, in particular got to me).  Ringrose took care of the humor department with a couple of wry jokes of the genre.  Of course, concert not long enough for me to get the paintings to where I wanted them, but I resisted any post-retouching.

Jeanne Freeman & Mary Gardner

Dan Ringrose and Loretta Egan Murphy

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Busking NYC – Satish Robertson/Nobuyuki Yamasaki – February 2017

Busking NYC  - Satish Robertson/Nobuyuki Yamasaki  - February 2017

Got waaaay too busy, common state of affairs, and wasn’t intending to be sketching at all on this day – had no proper supplies.  But these guys were pretty soulful and had the chops, so I made do for a few minutes in Columbus Circle station to catch a few numbers. Then put it aside without recording the exact date.  Yeah, too busy!

Satish Robertson & Nobuyuki Yamasaki

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Bernard Purdie – February 4, 2017

Bernard Purdie  -  Greenwich Library Cole Audiorium  -  February 4, 2017

Another senior citizen still going strong, kept vital and young at heart by making people happy doing what he loves.  Purdie got touted as the most recorded drummer of all time, and he’s certainly a contender, having collaborated with an immense spectrum of musicians.  And with no shortage of funk.  For my little chat at the signing table, I mentioned that I caught him at the famous 1979 Carnegie Hall Dizzy Gillespie drummer summit “Unity with Diversity”; Purdie said that he was the one that actually put that concert together!   He took requests during the break, resulting in a realignment of the second set.  I couldn’t believe my pen crapped out before I could finish guitarist Cicala, that’s why he got the blues.

Bernard Purdie

Miho Nobuzane

Frankie Cicala

Roy Bennett

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Sketchcrawl #54 – January 28, 2017

Sketchcrawl #54  -  ChinaTown, NYC  -  January 28, 2017

We had close to 20 SketchCrawlers out for the Chinese New Year (of the Rooster). Couldn’t really get too close to the festivities, soooo crowded, but that was no impediment to the sketching.  After a few hours out in the blustery cold we retired to the accommodating Empanada Mama restaurant, sketched each other, and took turns showing the work of the day.

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Busking NYC – January 12, 2017

Busking NYC  -  Muammer Aryar / Grupo Wayno  -  January 12, 2017

Two sets of buskers in the subway today; a solo and an enemble.   Muammer performed at Union Square station.  And Grupo Wayno, a trio, was at Herald Square, a reliable standby location; at first I thought the name was some kind of goof, but it turns out that “Wayno” is a variant of “huayno”, an Andean music genre, associated with the Quechua people. They all had pre-recorded tracks as accompaniment, a practice that I, the purist snob, have long derided on this blog.  These days it’s just the way of the world, at least in the busk world.  I can still enjoy.  I definitely did not have enough colors with me to do justice to the serapes of the Grupo, astoundingly chromatic, I just threw whatever I had onto the paper.

Muammer

Luis Vilcherrez

Kitsa-to

Jaime

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Triton Brass Quintet – January 12, 2017

Triton Brass Quintet  -  St. Paul’s Chapel  -  January 12, 2017

This concert (new venue for me) was part of Trinity Wall Street’s “Time’s Arrow” series, celebrating the 250th anniversary of SPC, the oldest surviving church building in Manhattan.  The quintet adhered to no dogmatic genre limitations, and was all over the place, much to my liking.  The brief opener, a charming “Mini Overture” by Lutoslawski, was written as a birthday present for his wife.  An arrangement of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” closed the concert; that tune does get around!

Shelagh Abate and Wesley Hopper

Andrew Sorg and Stephen Banzaert

Angel Subero

Triton Brass Quintet

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Out of the Blue – December 21, 2016

Out of the Blue   –  Coyote Joe’s, Charlotte  -  December 21, 2016

Down South doin’ some visiting.  Our niece’s boyfriend is in the house band for the local honky-tonk.  We didn’t participate in any of the line dancing, but there sure was plenty of it to watch!

Jim Lincomfelt

Tracy Curry

Tim Jones

Ben Davenport

Chris Williams

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Busking NYC – Dexter Jones – December 15, 2016

Busking NYC  -  Dexter Jones  -  December 15, 2016

Jones had a full repertoire of Christmas songs to brighten up the Columbus Circle station, so I stayed past a few trains to give him my best.

Dexter Jones

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Tribute to Alfred Mann – December 11, 2016

Tribute to Alfred Mann  -  Manhattan School of Music  -  December 11, 2016

Philanthropist Alfred Mann, who passed away earlier this year, was a great benefactor of the MSM; he was honored with this concert.

Mark Steinberg

Nicholas Mann

David Geber

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Busking NYC – Quoom – November 15, 2016

Busking NYC  - Quoom  -  November 15, 2016

Busking in the subway station, on the platform, OK I get it.  Banging your conga drum inside the moving train?  What a life!  Quoom was only on for one stop, I’m not sure how much of a response he was expecting.  Certainly not mine!

Quoom

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