I had a jazz interlude – unexpected and intense – last week-end and all through the week. By pure chance – friend, the New York Times – I bumped into what seems to be one of New York’s best kept secrets, The Winter Jazz fest. In this city where a baguette is offered at $5 and (half) a glass of (uncertain age) wine is priced at $12, a $35 two-days jazz extravaganza with concerts every hour from 6pm to 2 am in 5 different venues, seems like a real bonus with no string attached! For me it started on Friday at Le Poisson Rouge with Anat Cohen Quartet, a clarinet to remember
It continued at the Zinc Bar, a smaller venue where I was lucky enough to find a seat close to the stage, listening to The Source and Abdoulaye Diabaté, African Jazz with a Hip hop touch. It was already midnight and time to go home. The next day I was up for a treat starting at 6pm with Jacky Terrasson at Zinc Bar
Then it was Andrew D’Angelo’s AGOGIC at Kenny’s Castaway.
The alto saxophonist played with Cuong Vu, trumpet, electronics, compositions / Luke Bergman, electric bass / Evan Woodle, drums, compositions. The Seattle based saxo player shared his life experience of a brain tumor operated two years ago ( “they cut half of my brain..”) and gave us his energy.
As I progress through the writing of my book about the brain tumor I realize that having a positive attitude can make a huge difference when it comes to healing. Whether that healing is from an illness or something which is not life-threatening” http://www.andrewdangelo.com/blog.php
Back to the Poisson Rouge with Charlie Hunter, guitarist Nels Cline’s Stained Radiance performing with /or for Los Angeles painter Norton Wisdom.
Mr. Cline set up digital loops of electric guitar — edgeless and sludgy chords, spiky and screaming single notes — and Mr. Wisdom worked with brushes and paint on a large back-lighted screen. He made shock-headed monsters holding naked women, babies and animals, oil rigs and waves, mutating the images by wiping the screen with a sponge or making one figure grow out of another.” writes Ben Ratliff in the NYT.
Finally, Steve Coleman & the Five Elements. This one should never have ended…
Jazz is addictive. On Tuesday it was Bill Evans & Steve Lukather at the Blue note and Wednesday, the possessed: Marc Ribot in a January residency at Le Poisson Rouge with Henry Grimes, Mary Halvorson and Chad Taylor …
Will be there next year!