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.
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 […]
The Quartet plays the Brunch at the Blue Note in New York from time to time. This is usually a very special crowd, lots of tourist, but tourists on a mission. They come out to hear some serious New York jazz. Sometimes they come by just because it is the Blue Note, not even knowing […]
My first influence on the vibes was Hamp – Lionel Leo Hampton (April 20, 1908 – August 31, 2002). He had it all……great swing, showmanship, virtuosity, leadership. He was ‘de man, no doubt. Check out his early small group recordings. He is playing like there is no tomorrow. Benny Goodman knew what he was doing, race barrier or […]
We are getting closer to the next show of the Brazilian Fantasy Band in Hong Kong. This version of the Brazilian Fantasy Band features singer Angelita Li, a big name in South East Asia, guitar wizard Eugene Pao, pianist Bob Mocarsky, an American expatriate living in Hong Kong, Australian bassist Scott Dodd, and another Aussie […]
I have been to Hong Kong a few times now and also to Mainland China for the first time in November of 2012. Jazz is going strong over there, the people appreciate our music and are hungry for it. And I am hungry for gigs! So that should work. Hong Kong is the link between […]
A little bit of history: after WWII there was a time when West Berlin was surrounded by the Russians and kept blocked off from the West. No food, no medical supplies, nothing reached West Berlin. The Berlin Blockade (24 June 1948 – 12 May 1949) was the first major international crises of the Cold War. […]