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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.

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Patricia Barber – March 24, 2019

Patricia Barber  –  Greenwich Library, Cole Auditorium  –  March 24, 2019 Barber is a sophisticated pianist, composer, & lyricist.  Probably has more gigs in intimate cabaret-ish settings, but nothing was lost here, given that she knows how to put over … Continue reading

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Open Book – March 3, 2019

Open Book  –  Mahopac Public Library  –  March 3, 2019

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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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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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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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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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