Meschiya is an incredible old time jazz singer who used to sing with the Loose Marbles, but now performs with her own band, the Little Big Horns. They have a new record out which you should snap up immediately- it even holds a few original tunes written by Meschiya herself!
She's in Washington Square park most days, you can look on her facebook page for updates.
As for night time gigs...
May 14, Cafe Moto
May 16, Jalopy
May 19, White Heat
May 20, Radegast Hall and Biergarten
May 22, Fair Folks and a Goat
May 22, Zebulon
May 23, Fada Bistro
They are all fully listed on the upcoming events page.
Here I am again, blogging about the goings on at Avalon Jazz Productions (aka, my brain).
The second ever Tight Like This occurred last night.
It was different from the last one in many ways...the first of which being that is wasn't quite as packed as last time. This is because the bands that played, Roosevelt Dime and The Scandinavian Half Breeds, are not as well known among dancers. Because Tight Like This is not exclusively a swing dance event, this was fine with me! I want to showcase as many great early jazz bands as possible, regardless of their popularity with dancers. The dancers that did come out loved Roosevelt Dime's rowdy dixieland jug vibe as well as the Half Breed's awesome django-inspired swing. It was great to see so many civilians out and boogieing to the music. Several asked about dance lessons and where they can find more music like this! Mission accomplished!
For some reason I only ended up getting pictures of the Half Breeds... (Sorry, RD! I was too busy dancing to remember to get out my camera!)
The Scandinavian 1/2 Breeds
Ken Woodward and Mario Maggio
It was cozy and fun and there was good energy all around. Near the end of the night The Half Breeds played a beautiful rendition of Moonglow, which you can see here...
Last night I went to see "Lichtman's Brain Cloud" at Banjo Jim's. Dennis Lichtman of The Cangelosi Cards is the leader of this band which last night included: Izzy Zaidman (Guitar), Tamar Korn (Vocals), Raphael McGregor (Slide Guitar), Ian Riggs (Upright Bass), Dennis Lichtman (Mandolin/Clarinet/Fiddle), and Kevin Dorn (Drums). Needless to say, such an incredible line up of musicians under Dennis' leadership playing good old timey western swing produced a night of incredible music! See for yourself...
and some video...
Lichtman's Brain Cloud will be playing Banjo Jim's at 10:00 every Monday for the next month or so.