New York is one of the world’s most vibrant cities and is arguably the best place in the world to experience America’s indigenous art form. Jazz may not have been born here, but in the twenty-first century New York is jazz’s new home. The venues here are second to none, so when we’re talking about New York’s Jazz Clubs, we’re talking about the creme de la creme. This past Saturday, August 22nd, I took to the stage of the Iridium Jazz Club with vocalist, composer, and pianist Matthew Bryan Feld. The Iridium, if you don’t know, is one flight down from the hustle and bustle of Broadway just north of Time Square at 50th St. This cozy basement club had been home to recently deceased guitar legend Les Paul for the past twelve years where he performed with his trio every Monday night. We had a great show playing for new and old faces alike, and to my surprise, veteran jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton performed the set before us. Tierney is one of my favorite singers on the jazz scene today, so it was a real treat to get to see her perform live (something I had yet to experience).
This coming Wednesday, August 26th, the Ben Geyer Sextet is gearing up to rock the house at The Kitano. We just finished a whirlwind tour of New England at the beginning of August playing in Vermont and New Hampshire and recording a full-length album that Ben is mixing in the studio as I type. To speak a little bit more about The Kitano, although I haven’t seen many shows at this swank Park Ave. hotel, the shows I have seen have been spectacular. The modern and somewhat esoteric tenor saxophonist Rich Perry and his quartet are a staple on the monthly calendar and the group has recorded multiple live albums at this venue that can be heard on the Steeplechase label under the branding “Live at the Kitano”. Not only is this venue intimate, but the furniture is very comfortable making for an all around gratifying listening experience.
I urge you, if you are in town, to check out our show this Wednesday, see the Calendar page for more details. I hope this posting finds you well and please visit again soon to check for more updates.