Concerts and Tours

Concert Reviews

Pat Martino with the Lonnie Smith Trio

  • May 30 - June 4 @ Iridium (8:45 & 10:45, + 12mid Fri-Sun) - 48 W. 63rd St. near Lincoln Ctr. (212-582-2121)

    Lonnie Smith Trio

    w/ Peter Bernstein & Joe Farnsworth (Tue) or Idris Muhammad (Wed)
  • April 4th & 5th @ Smoke (10pm, 11:30 & 1am) - 2751 Broadway bet. 105/106 Sts. (212-864-6662)

    Lou Donaldson Quartet with Dr. Lonnie Smith

  • 3/28 to 4/2 @ The Village Vanguard (9:30 & 11:30 pm, + 1am Fri & Sat) - 178 7th Ave. South nr. 11th St., NYC (212-255-4037)

    Big John Patton w/ George Braith & Ben Dixon

  • Tue 3/28 @ The Jazz Standard (8 & 10 pm) - 116 E. 27th St. bet. Park/Lex, NYC (212-576-2232)

    John Abercrombie Qt w/ Dan Wall

  • March 23-25 @ Birdland - 315 W. 44th St. (212-581-3080)

    Medeski Martin & Wood

  • All Dates

    Wayne Horvitz's Zony Mash

    The Big Sky Tour!

  • Spring 2000 - US & European Tours

    Sam Yahel Organ Quartet

  • Most Wednesdays @ Small's (NYC)

    Concert Reviews

    DJ Logic's Project Logic w/ Medeski at Wetlands (last thursday in September, after month-long run of guests like Marc Ribot and John Scofield). Free-Funk w/ slammin' samples from Logic's turntables. He was backed by a kick-ass drummer, and dreadlocked bass, guitar and sax players. Check out for tour dates, as well as audio samples of his first release (feturing MMW, Vernon Reid, Marc Ribot, Teo Macero, Graham Haynes & Sex Mob).

    Saw Amina Claudine Myers at The Jazz Gallery ("An International Jazz Art Museum"), which was having an "Exhibition & Performance Series To Honor Don Pullen: From Gospel to the Globe". The walls were covered with pictures of Pullen, album covers, anecdotes, etc. Amina played for about an hour. Before sitting down at the organ, she took off her shoes so she could play the bass pedals barefoot, like Rhoda Scott. She started off with an acapella vocal repeating the words "Have Mercy" for several minutes, then going into a bass pedal intro and extending into 12+ minute Gospel tune, never saying more than "Have Mercy". The crowd of less than 50 was foot-tapping and hand-clapping, and some guy would let out a deep-voiced "Yeah" at just the right times. Amina followed her inspirational intro with a soulful groove, and then a free piece reminiscent of Lester Bowie's New York Organ Enesemble recordings. She introduced the next tune, which she had recorded with Lester Bowie & the 5th Power, and this time had some of the audience singing along to "God Has Smiled on Me". The show ended with Amina excusing heself for forgetting the second verse to "Do You Wanna Be Saved?", another funky Gospel groove. The gallery owner concluded the show by bringing up an interesting ambiguity: Jazz has its roots in Blues and Gospel, but Gospel regards Blues as the Devil's music.

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