Holy Sideman, Batman! Six nights in a row...
I've had one of those crazy things happen to my schedule that I'm sure most of you can relate with. Ye gets a couple weeks with nothin', then WHAM! You're rocked by an onslaught of things to do. I'm sure there must be a science to scheduling and keeping that in check. This being said, I think any science would just be rendered into voodoo when put into the context of the freelancer that works for him/herself doing a collection of disparate things to survive. Bring it on, I say.
Tonight I'll be playing Latin jazz trombone with Willie Martinez' La Familia Sextet at Fat Cat in the West Village. Beer, pool, ping pong, air hockey, Foosball, and jazz...
Wednesday night I'll be playing with Andrew Hall's Seventh Circle Syncopators @ Clover Club in Brooklyn. This will be fine jazz provided by Dan Levinson on clarinet, Alan Cary on banjo/guitar, Andrew Hall on bass, and yours truly. This is a swank room with amazing cocktails... Andrew doesn't know I made up a name for the band here. We can keep it that way...
Thursday I'll be playing with La Familia again at The The Nuyorican Poet’s Café in the East Village, proving that we are, indeed, bi-coastal. This room is classic old school East Village, and one of the last remaining to be so.
Friday I'll be rocking some late night tailgate trombone with Kevin Dorn and The Big 72 at the Garage in the West Village. This shall rock.
Saturday I'll be playing trombone with Richard Julian at Rockwood Music Hall Stage Two. Richard is working on his new album, which I'm thrilled to be a part of. We did some tracking in New Orleans a few weeks back, and that was a hoot-point-five. (er, a hoot and a half) We'll be playing music from this upcoming record in which I speak, er type, in a great listening room. Highly recommended.
Sunday I'll be playing trombone and ukulele with Daria Grace and the Prewar Ponies at the The Rodeo Bar. This will be a righteous, mellow hang, and a great way to finish up this particular bundle o' gigs.
There you have it. All the pertinent, updated information for the above mentioned slew can be found on the gig/schedule page on this here site.
Wed 5/2 10:30 - Midnight(ish) JWH Trio @ Cafe Steinhof (422 7th Ave @ 14th St, BROOKLYN) Triumphant return!!
Sat 5/5 10:30pm w/The Big Daddy Project @ Arlene's Grocery (95 Stanton St btwn Ludlow & Orchard) $10
Sun 5/6 7:00pm - 9:30pm JWH Trio @ Epistrophy Cafe (200 Mott St btwn Spring and Kenmare) Reservations:
Sat 5/11 8:30pm - 10:30pm Pre-War Ponies @ Eclectic Cafe (The Unitarian Universalist Society of South Suffolk 28 Brentwood Road, Bay Shore, NY 11706)
Wed 5/16 7:00pm – 10:00pm JWH Trio @ The M Bar at the Mansfield Hotel (12 W44)
Fri 5/18 Time TBA Pat Irwin/J. Walter Hawkes duo @ LIC Arts Open Festival (Location in LIC TBA)
Sun 5/20 11am - 2pm JWH Trio @ Z Hotel (11-01 43rd Ave near 11th st, LONG ISLAND CITY) in collaboration with the LIC Arts Open festival
Thu 5/24 9:30pm-12:00am w/Willie Martinez La Familia Sextet @ The Nuyorican Poet’s Café( 236 E 3rd St) $7 cover
Sat 5/26 8:00pm (1 set) solo ukulele show by JWH @ TEN10 Studios (10-10 47th Rd Long Island City) in collaboration with art opening by Hiroshi KagoshimaSun 5/27 7:00pm - 9:30pm The Epistrophy Seven @ Epistrophy Cafe (200 Mott St btwn Spring and Kenmare)
JWH Trio at MBar tomorrow
Greetings. For the life of me, I can't figure out what crazy gene from our neanderthalic past causes these incredible urges to destroy and rebuild your environment. Yes, it is the instinct to "Spring clean." and it's turned me into a frothing at the mouth lunatic. Too much stuff! Nothing is organized! Where's that tape measure? No need to go to the gym, I've pounding my body into submission by moving everything I've got in circles for no good reason at all! Where does this come from? Did we hibernate as cave-people, come out in spring and say, "Me rocks and me clubs... messy messy! Mmmm. Me build shelves beside stalagmite! Must destroy entire cave to make shelf! Make better! Mmmmm."
Ok. No more caveman talk. Me talk about MBar now:
Tomorrow, I'll be back at my monthly haunt of about 10 years... the M Bar at the Mansfield Hotel. I'll be playing trombone and ukulele...and singing... with the incredible Mr. Jim Whitney on the bass and Mr. incomparable Andrew Burns on the drums. So conveniently located and at such a conveniently respectable time for a school night, it makes for a soothing situation for that cave-person that lurks within us all. "Caveman love gin and tonic with lime after hard day hunting and gathering!" Me too, Mr. Caveman. Me too...
All the actual useful information for the above mentioned situation, and a look at the situations for the rest of the month is on the schedule page. I'll now return to obliterating my home and studio just to find my bag of stupid little pins that holds Ikea Ivar shelves together. Mmmmmm. Where's me club???
Epistrophy 2nite, Sunny's Wed, Bklyn Rod and Gun Sat
Greetings. I just flew in from New Orleans, and boy is my liver tired. It was a great trip. I played with and heard some great music, I ate some incredible food, I enjoyed some deep hangs with some awesome people, but alas it has rendered my ability to give you decent notice somewhat useless. Nevertheless, I'm happy to present to you three gigs in three awesomely vibe-acious places to hang out and enjoy music this week.
Tonight I'll be tromboning, uking, and singing for your dining & listening pleasure at Epistrophy Cafe in Nolita. The trio includes Tim Luntzel and Andy Burns. The food here is slamming. The vibe is great. The gene pool amongst those who come here is impressive too... lots o' beautiful people. Come out and help keep that trend!
Wednesday I'll be tromboning, uking, and singing for your imbibing and listening pleasure at Sunny's Bar in Red Hook. I'll be leading a trio including Jim Whitney and Andy Burns. The amplitude o' vibe is off the charts here. This bar provides one of the ultimate hangs in New York City in my (rather experienced) opinion.
Saturday I'll be tromboning, soprano uking, and backup singing for your, er, fishing and shooting (?) and listening pleasure with Daria Grace and The Pre-War Ponies at Brooklyn Rod And Gun in Williamsburg. This is another joint that exudes an amazing vibe. It combines the high ideals of a quiet listening room with the more down to Earth ideals of fishing rods and a 'fridge full of Schaeffer. The Pre-War Ponies, with the two ukulele strummy acoustic mellowness, Daria's smoky vocals, and a repertoire of 1920's and 1930's obscurities are an ideal fit.
Below you'll find all the info for the above mentioned gigs plus a look at the rest of April as it stands now. Also note below Queen Esther's Billie Holiday Project at the Apollo Theater on the 13th & 14th. Last I heard, the show on the 13th was sold out. If you want to go, I would get your tickets ASAP. Hotcakes! Those tickets are going like, hotcakes. Oh. Hotcakes. It's breakfast time... suddenly I'm craving maple syrup... hmmmm.
All pertinent info for all the above mentioned gigs is on the gig schedule page.
Sun 4/1 7:00pm - 9:30pm JWH Trio @ Epistrophy Cafe (200 Mott St btwn Spring and Kenmare) Reservations: 212-966-0904
Wed 4/4 10pm (2 sets) JWH Trio @ Sunny's Bar (253 Conover St., Brooklyn [Red Hook])
Sat 4/7 9:00pm w/The Prewar Ponies @ Brooklyn Rod And Gun (59 Kent Ave, [Williamsburg] Brooklyn)
Fri 4/13 10pm w/Queen Esther @ Apollo Music Cafe (253 W125th - 3rd Fl Soundstage of Apollo Theater) The Billie Holiday Project (Bar/Drinks 9pm Show 10pm) Tickets: $20