Só Danço Samba

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Só Danço Samba! Getting my first (and last) samba dancing lesson from Samba Jazz East singer Angelita Li during our performance at Java Jazz, in front of thousands of aghast people. “Okay now, we move the left foot forward…..yeeeeess…….now we put the weight on the left foot…….CAREFUL!!!…….yeeeesss……now we move the left foot……ooooops…….”

The Disaster of the Elbphilharmonie – The Secret is Uncovered

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I am from Hamburg, Germany. Hamburg is a proud town but there is something that just didn’t work out so well…… the construction of the Elbphilharmonie. The Elbphilharmonie is an ultra-modern concert venue that is being built in the old port, a very prestigious project. The problem is that it is taking much longer than […]

Samba Jazz East at the Java Jazz Festival 2015

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My new band SAMBA JAZZ EAST just performed in Hong Kong and in Jakarta at the Java Jazz Festival. A great band featuring Angelita Li – vocals, João Marcos Mascarenhas – piano, Scott Dodd – bass and Adriano Santos – drums. Hoping for lots of gigs for this project.  

New Oscar Statue Revealed

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This year the Motion Picture Academy is introducing the new Oscar statue, honoring those among us who do not have the perfect leading actor figure.   Way to go, Academy!  

Wine?……..I don’t think so.

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More proof why beer is the beverage of the Kings. As found by Joe Carter, this device shows clearly that wine is not to be taken seriously. How about drinking it straight from a plastic bag with a straw. Nice. But beer……….it takes a transatlantic flight, confidential referral to a local guide, then a multi-hour ride […]

Tucson Jazz Festival 2015

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Next festival gig will be on January 22nd at the Tucson Jazz Festival with my Gabriel Espinosa band, this time featuring pianist Miho Nobuzane, drummer Tim Crumley and our singer Alison Wedding. Good idea to trade New York for Arizona in January, even it is just for a couple of days! Bret Primack will be shooting a video so […]

The Day I Was Mistaken For A Priest

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The other day I went to see my daughter Carolina perform with the Symphony Orchestra at Catholic University in Washington, DC. Because of my black outfit I was apparently mistaken for a Priest. As I did not have the heart to disappoint the ones in need I administered a few baptisms. Always doing good, one day at a […]

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

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25 years ago in was practicing in my room in our apartment in what was then West Berlin, in Berlin Tiergarten, a few hundred meters from the Wall. Mina comes storming into the room……”Eenjdrieki, Eenjdrieki, die Mauer iest oofen!!! (Hendrik, Hendrik, the Wall is open!!!)” I answer: “Sure…….”, and continue practicing. Five minutes later I am […]

Frank, the Count, and me

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Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, and myself relaxing backstage at Carnegie Hall. The three of us took turns taking pictures. This is the one I took.