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
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!