Hello Fred.

I spent the month of January in New York City (lucky me) where, overall, the weather was a lot nicer than here!

If any of your readers are planning to visit the Big Apple, they will be overwhelmed by the choice of great jazz - and there appears to be a huge interest among younger musicians and singers in performing 1920s and '30s music and they are quite superb.

Here are just a few recommendations:

Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks have a residency at the Iguana Restaurant every Monday and Tuesday evening. (You will remember that Vince guested with Mart Roger's band in Manchester prior to promoting the world premier of the documentary - 'There's A Future In The Past'). For just $20.00 you get to see the best show in town! The band consists of the cream of New York jazz musicians and if you're lucky enough, you may be there when a special guest gets invited up to sing or play. Marilyn Maye, Molly Ryan, Peter Mintun, Catherine Russell (Luis Russell's daughter) have all appeared with the band and these names are among those you should look up to see where they are performing in their own right. Indeed, Vince was kind enough to ask me to sit in on a number of occasions and if you can bear it, here are two of my efforts: Some Of These Days and Please.

Every Thursday at Birdland, there is the Louis Armstrong Eternity Band led by David Ostwald where Bria Skonberg is often on trumpet.

Every Tuesday evening from about 11.00pm to 3.00am, many musicians gather and play at Mona's Bar in East Village. Terry Waldo and His Rum House Jass Band are at the Edison Hotel every Monday night.

Other names to look up include: Dan Levinson, Mike Davis, Evan Arntzen, Adrian Cunningham, twins Peter and Will Anderson, Billy Stritch, Jon Weber.

Just go! I'm already saving up to return next January!

Oh and the Louis Armstrong House Museum at Queen's is a must!

Best wishes,

Tony Jacobs

www.tonyjacobs.net

 

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