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My night at Mezzrow

Posted on August 19, 2018
On Thursday evening, I was set to see the legendary Shelia Jordan (almost 90 now!).  Unfortunately, she called in sick, but she asked Kendra Shank to fill in. At first I was disappointed, but wanted to hear some live jazz, so after snacking at Otto's Tacos--just around the corner on 7th ave so.--my friend and I joined some more friends and went to the club. Kendra performed with the same bassist and pianist as Shelia was to play with: Cameron Brown and Albeto Piribi, respectively. It was fantastic.  Kendra had that bee-bop swing thing going on, as did the other musicians. "Blue Monk", and Abby Lincoln's "Throw It Away" were two of the highlights in a solid set.  Afterwards I spoke with Kendra for 5-10 min--we bonded, and exchanged cards. She is steeped in the tradition and worked/studied with many jazz greats including Abby, Shelia, Jay Clayton, Shirley Horn and the great drummer, Matt Wilson.  I hope to get another chance to see Shelia though...

My night at Dizzy's

Posted on May 16, 2018
The Glenn Zaleski Trio was swingin' last night at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, my favorite jazz club in NYC--part of Lincoln Center Jazz: the views are spectacular, the music always first rate, and the food...a New Orlean's vibe!
Prior to his gig, I asked Glenn about walking bass (left hand when executed on piano).  He said that Dave McKenna was the best at this, most consistent. Dave was a local Boston-based piano player who actually didn't think of himself as a jazz pianist.  Many would and do disagree!  I am sure you can find some of his recordings on spotify, deezer, whatnot.  (Where you can find mine too, you know!)

Glenn Zaleski Trio

Posted on May 8, 2018
My friend, and a sometime piano teacher, is headlining at Dizzy's next Tuesday!  Here are some of his influences for jazz in particular: Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock, Brad Mehldau, Fred Hersch, Sullivan Fortner, Bud Powell, Art Tatum, Erroll Garner, Wynton Kelly.  He travels all over the world playing that damn jazz music--and he is only 30!  The hardest working man in jazz. Check out his website:  glennzaleski.com

They tell you to post often...

Posted on February 14, 2018
But it has been almost a year since my last recordings.  Although I haven't recorded any music lately, I have been active with piano lessons and going fairly often to jazz clubs.  In the past year, among many others, I have seen Freddy Cole, René Marie, Evan Christopher, Glenn Zaleski (a piano teacher I had the pleasure to study with), Ahud Asherie, Wycliff Gordon, Vinnie Sperrazza, Mike McGinnis, Jacob Sacks, Elias Bailey (who plays with Freddy and René), James Newman, Dave Ambrosio, Janet Segal and Barry Harris.  Tomorrow I am treating myself (with James Newman, who shares my birthday--1/28) to Birdland to see Catherine Russell!  Jambalaya and a Brooklyn Lager!  New York, I love you!

My new singles...

Posted on March 15, 2017
...are now on my LISTEN page for your enjoyment.  I will eventually get them on iTunes & Spotify.
Very proud!


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