• 2.3.9 Wayne Horvitz’s Sweeter than The Day at the Jazz Bakery

    Wayne Horvitz – Piano and Keyboards
    Timothy Young – Guitars
    Keith Lowe – Acoustic Bass
    Eric Eagle – Drums

    Wayne Horvitz

    Wayne Horvitz

    Keith Lowe

    Keith Lowe

    Timothy Young

    Timothy Young

    Eric Eagle

    Eric Eagle

    Wayne Horvitz

    Wayne Horvitz

    Keith Lowe

    Keith Lowe

    Timothy Young

    Timothy Young

    Keith Lowe

    Keith Lowe

    Eric Eagle

    Eric Eagle

    Timothy Young

    Timothy Young

    Eric Eagle

    Eric Eagle

    Wayne Horvitz

    Wayne Horvitz


  • 1.11.9 Abercrombie Organ Quartet – Jazz Bakery

    John AbercrombieJohn Abercrombie

    By a lucky chance I came across the Jazz Bakery’s January calendar. I haven’t kept up much on who’s playing where and when other than a handful of familiar friend. The calendar caught my eyes because the name Gary Versace. I met Gary last year in New Orleans when he played with my friend John Ellis and his Double Wide quartet. We fast befriended because he didn’t mind my being obnoxious towards him. I was interested to get to see him play again with another group — with John Abercrombie no less.

    I finally got a hold of him then headed out to their Friday show of Wed-Sun run. I, of course, showed up minutes before they stepped on stage. I got a quick introduction and was assured that all were in that good touring spirit… the kind that is light-hearted and on the silly side. From what I saw, Nussbaum was the king of it, cracking jokes, making endless teases and funnies. 

    The show soon started. I’d never heard them before, and was open fully to hear. During the breaks, there was a guy coming up to me and offered his opinion on Abercrombie’s playing, how he didn’t play as much as he used to. I inquired about this later to find that he was just one of many who came with an expectation for some fusion, of which Abercrombie was known for from an era passed.

    I couldn’t believe Gary, of his playing… fucking amazing this guy. Actually I was so floored by the whole quartet that I later insisted Nels to come with me on the last day of their Jazz Bakery run. Nels knows Abercrombie from long ago… the 70s or so? He also knows Nussbaum relating to his drummer brother Alex. Nels and I barely got back from a trip to SF (Sat>Sun) but managed to get to the venue in time for the show. This was a “palette cleansing” music. The soft and delicate crafted sound was the most enriching since I can remember. I was floored. We were floored. I love it when my puny mind aligns itself and able to receive something amazing as this. 

    Adam Nussbaum

    Adam Nussbaum

    Jerry Bergonzi

    Jerry Bergonzi

    Gary Versace

    Gary Versace

    Abercrombie and Nussbaum

    Abercrombie and Nussbaum

    Bergonzi before show

    Bergonzi before show

    Abercrombie Organ Quartet

    Abercrombie Organ Quartet


  • 10.21.8 Aaron Parks Quartet at the Jazz Bakery

    Aaron at the pianoAaron at the piano

     

    I try to keep an eye out for some visiting musician friends playing in town, especially the Brooklyn guys. I had on my calendar that Mike Moreno was supposed to come through. Not until the day before the gig did I look up who he was playing with. And not until after the actual show did I learn about this Aaron Parks, whose Quartet he’s a part of. On the rhythm section were Thomas Morgan on bass, and Marcus Gilmore on drums. I ran into the Jazz Cat LeRoy Downs along with Josslyn Luckett. You know you are at right place when you see them in the mix.
     

    Aaron Parks

    Aaron Parks

    Marcus Gilmore and Mike Moreno

    Marcus Gilmore and Mike Moreno

    Thomas Morgan

    Thomas Morgan

    Marcus Gilmore

    Marcus Gilmore

    Aaron showed me a notebook

    Aaron showed me a notebook

    Ruth Price queuing the band

    Ruth Price queuing the band

    Mike

    Mike

    Marcus

    Marcus

    Thomas

    Thomas

    Aaron

    Aaron

    Mike - solo

    Mike - solo

    Thomas

    Thomas

    Aaron and Mike

    Aaron and Mike