Hamburg 1983

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How it all began: Hamburg 1982 or maybe 83. There was a Brazilian restaurant right on the Reeperbahn, ‘Tropical Brasil’ (I hope I remember that right). Run by Emmanoel (Neco), Viviane and Lucia. And Junior, the little brother. Neco played violão and sang,Lucia cooked, and Viviane was the communicator, because she spoke German. That was […]

Limited Space

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This Saturday & Sunday the Trio featuring Misha Tsiganov and Gustavo Amarante is playing at Eats on Lexington/75th St. on the Upper East Side. Because of the limited space Misha is introducing his signature ‘New York City Restaurant Piano’. After Art Tatum became the God Of The Eighty-Eight Keys, Misha is showing us that less is […]

Leny Andrade, Romero Lubambo and Cesar Camargo Mariano

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Summer concert in Weehawken, NJ, August 2009. With Leny Andrade, Cesar Camargo Mariano, and Romero Lubambo. Paquito is not in the picture here but he was part of the show. I am really only slightly taller than Leny. It’s just an unfortunate angle.

Bar Next Door, NYC, April 9th

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The Trio w/ Misha Tsiganov and Gustavo Amarante is playing at Bar Next Door again tomorrow (or today, depending on when you are reading this). Misha and myself just got back from Kazakhstan last night and we will be incorporating Kazakh shepherd dances and the mating call of the Kazakh eagle in the performance. Misha […]

With Misha’s Trio in Kazakhstan

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Just played at the International Jazz Festival in Almaty, Kazakhstan, with the Misha Tsiganov Trio. That’s Misha on piano, Oleg Osenkov on bass, and myself on harmonica. Another eye-opener, this trip. As probably many of us, I imagined Kazakhstan to be a Barbarian wilderness with tooth-less hillbillies, much of it thanks to Borat and his […]