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Steve Cole at Houndstooth recap; Fall Foliage November 13, 2011

Posted by Mike C. in Jazz, Music, Personal, Photography, Travel, Weather.
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Later recap: October 2013

Updated at the end with feedback from Steve.

Last night, saxophonist Steve Cole performed at Houndstooth Pub, a few blocks north of Penn Station.  For me, Houndstooth has become the new IMAC.  December 4 will mark one year since my first show there.

I didn’t have a ride to the Wantagh LIRR station.  So, I walked there in the late afternoon around sunset.  (The days are short this time of year.)  Along the way, I took pictures of noteworthy foliage.

This is a tree on Briard Street:

The corner of Briard and Island Road:

Stephen Lane:

Ella Road:

Beech Street:

Across from Wantagh Elementary School:

South of Bunker Avenue:

Then, I put the camera away and didn’t take it out of my travel bag until 8PM at Houndstooth.

Ed Tankus of Blue Plate Radio welcomed the sold-out crowd, introduced Steve Cole, and then Steve introduced himself:

Steve played tenor sax:

He was joined by Carl Carter on bass:

JJ Sansaverino on guitar:

Steve Williams on drums:

And Bill Heller on the keyboard:

When I walked down the stairs, I saw a Kurzweil PC3x keyboard and knew Bill would be in the band.  It was a pleasant surprise.


Off Broadway (NY LA, 2003)
2. So Into You (Between Us, 2000)
3. Just A Natural Thang (True, 2006)
4. Undun (The Guess Who cover) (Moonlight, 2011)
5. Angel (Sarah McLachlan cover) (Moonlight, 2011)
6. Got It Goin’ On (Between Us, 2000)

Thursday (Spin, 2005)
8. Curtis (True, 2006)
9. When I Think of You (Stay Awhile, 1998)
10. Sugar (Stanley Turrentine cover)
11. Our Love (Stay Awhile, 1998)

“Undun” intro:

“Got It Goin’ On” featured solos from Bill…

…and Carl:

JJ had a guitar solo on “Thursday”:

“Curtis” had a long and interesting backstory, which Steve told before playing it:

Steve invited up his friend Dave Hiltebrand to stand in on bass for “Sugar”:

Dave’s bass solo:

Steve Williams’ drum solo:

End of “Sugar”:

The last song of the night was “Our Love”:

The last note:

This night is history.

Steve Cole is very entertaining, funny, wild, sensitive, and soulful.  We saw all sides last night.  Thanks to Steve, Steve Williams, Carl, JJ, Bill, Dave, and Steve Butler of Mighty Music Corp.  It was a fun few hours.

11/14 UPDATE: This album began with foliage pics on my walk to the train station.  I took a few more this afternoon in my front and back yards:

11/15 UPDATE: I linked to this recap on my Facebook wall and tagged Steve in the link description.  Today, he left a comment:

Thanks for the kind words Mike! I’m so glad you came, and had a great night….


Video from around the house: 1994 and 2011 November 11, 2011

Posted by Mike C. in Personal, Photography, Video, Weather.
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July 25, 1994, was the beginning of my videography life.  When I used my camcorder regularly, between 1994 and 2004, I would occasionally shoot video around my house.  This was usually reserved for special occasions like a deep blue sky (especially in the middle of summer), fall foliage, and during or after a snowstorm.  The videos below represent the first and second examples.

November 11, 1994, was a day off for me.  I was in eighth grade at the time.  Like today–also November 11, Veterans Day–trash and recycling was not picked up.  We didn’t realize that in ’94, as you’ll see in the first video, but I checked the pickup schedule earlier this week and knew not to bring stuff to the curb.  I feel sorry for those that didn’t know.  I saw many houses with uncollected trash and recycling on my walk this afternoon.  But I digress.

Earlier this year, I captured my old home videos on VHS (dubs of VHS-C), VHS-C masters, and MiniDV masters.  I felt nostalgic enough today to retrace my steps (minus the primitive camera work).

Here then is what I shot on November 11, 1994:

And here’s what I shot today, November 11, 2011:

Today’s video was originally shot in 1080p, but I mixed two MTS files down to one MPEG4 file in 720p.