Dharma All Stars recap 6 August 20, 2010Posted by Mike C. in Jazz, Music, Personal.
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Last night, it was time for another trip to Mirelle’s restaurant in Westbury, New York, for John Favicchia’s Dharma All Stars. Last month marked five years since I began attending Dharma gigs. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve seen them, but I know I’ve written six recaps for this blog; this recap being the sixth.
Chieli Minucci was on guitar:
Bill Harris on tenor sax…
Nick Lazarev on bass:
Misha Tsiganov on the keyboard:
And John Fav on drums:
THE SET LIST:
3. Sing A Song Of Songs
5. Sister Cheryl
6. April Fools
Dave’s primary instrument has been the alto sax.
…and I had to get a pic with promoter Lori Baldasano:
Incidentally, that pic was taken by author, and fellow fan, Katherine Gilraine.
Guitars & Saxes 2010 Smooth Cruise recap August 12, 2010Posted by Mike C. in Jazz, Music, Photography, Travel, Weather.
8/18 UPDATE: I’ve added more pictures of Arlington Jones, Braylon Lacy, and Eric Valentine.
Yesterday, I went to my second Smooth Cruise in a row; this time, for Guitars & Saxes 2010. As usual, I took the sunset cruise aboard the Spirit of New York. As with RnR, the last time I saw G&S before yesterday was in 2008 at IMAC.
The ship left Chelsea Piers’ Pier 61 at 6:37. The set began at 6:50.
They were backed up by Arlington Jones on the keyboards:
1. Intro Medley: Promenade (PW)/Roundtrip (KW)/Dangerous Curves (JG)/To the Max (GA)
2. Bright (PW)
3. All I Do (KW)
4. Shuffleboard (JG)
5. My, My, My (GA)
6. Influences: Oh Happy Day/The Thrill Is Gone/Mercy, Mercy, Mercy/Day Tripper/In The Mood
7. Medley: No Two Ways About It/Cold Duck Time/Goin’ On (JG)
8. Georgia On My Mind (GA)
9. You Are Everything (KW)
10. Bueno Funk (PW)
11. When the Saints Go Marching In
Thank you for reading and viewing.
UPDATE: Hello to author Katherine Gilraine, who was among the sold out crowd last night. Check out her recap here.
Leaving Evening Jazz August 11, 2010Posted by Mike C. in Jazz, Music, Personal, Radio.
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Effective immediately, I am stepping aside from “Evening Jazz” on 88.1 WCWP. I wish the best of luck to those involved with the format. It was a privilege to be on board for the first seven months. It was equally an honor to be considered as a host when the format was proposed a year ago.
RnR Smooth Cruise recap August 7, 2010Posted by Mike C. in Jazz, Music, Photography, Travel, Weather.
On Wednesday, I embarked on my third Smooth Cruise aboard the Spirit of New York. The cruise was their 6:30 PM sunset cruise. In 2008, I saw Spyro Gyra. In 2009, I caught the Rippingtons. This time, the group was RnR: Rick Braun and Richard Elliot. It was the first time I had seen them since June 2008 at IMAC.
The ship left Chelsea Piers’ Pier 61 at around 6:45. The set began shortly thereafter. So, let’s take you through that set:
3. Tijuana Dance?
I went outside for a few minutes to snap some pictures.
4. Inner City Blues (Richard only)
And that song was…
5. My Funny Valentine (Rick only)
6. When A Man Loves A Woman (Richard only)
The ship then turned around, heading back for Chelsea Piers.
Rick returned to the stage for…
7. Green Tomatoes
Those on the floor didn’t leave until the set was over.
The band left the stage for what felt like ten seconds and came back for an encore.
10 (Encore). Rock Steady/Move On Up
The set was exhilarating. And after all that, Rick and Richard had a moonlight cruise set at 9:30. I have no doubt that it was just as exhilarating then as it was for the set I saw. Thanks to Rick, Richard, Dwight, Nate, Ricky, and Ron.
Two Smooth Cruises ahead August 4, 2010Posted by Mike C. in Jazz, Music, Personal, Travel, Weather.
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For the next two Wednesdays, I will be aboard the Spirit of New York for the sunset (6:30 PM) Smooth Cruise. This will be my third year aboard. In 2008, I saw Spyro Gyra. In 2009, I caught the Rippingtons.
Photo recaps will be posted within a week (at the latest) after each cruise.