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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.

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….



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