NauenThen

A fun night

August 27, 2015

Tags: jazz

OK, I didn't take a photo. But the band last night was lined up just like this. They were less white & less snappily dressed too.
Five of us friends from the dojo had Ethiopian food on MacDougal Street (yum, but that spongy injera bread kept expanding in my stomach) then went to hear jazz at the Zinc Bar around the corner on 3rd St. Our dojo friend Mark plays trumpet in the band, which, we learned, doesn't rehearse. At the break I even heard two of the musicians introducing themselves. The bandleader holds up big letters so they know what section to play, either rhythm or solo, and they just do it. Pretty amazing & I think all of them surprised themselves at points. Or maybe not. Maybe they expected it to work this well. I see why pot & jazz go together—you sort of want time to stretch so you can hear everything that's going on.

Comments

  1. August 28, 2015 3:45 PM EDT
    Thank you so much for supporting me at the Zinc bar Wednesday night. My fellow musicians and the bandleader, Eddie Allen, were very impressed that all of you came out to see the band. They were also amused to find out that you were all black belts in karate. I assured them that you were very competent in the art and that they should not challenge you. Yes, the band does not rehearse, but they are all really good sight readers and very experienced professional musicians. The gig does not pay enough to accommodate rehearsals. Actually, the monthly gig at the Zinc bar is the rehearsal. Yes, we surprise each other on the band stand, but we mostly just enjoy the variety and competence of peers. Jazz and pot certainly go together, some of the younger guys are potheads. It does help you hear the music differently. I miss it because I gave it up long ago when I decided to become a lawyer. I really enjoyed seeing you and talking to you that evening, and I hope we can hang out somehow soon. I still want to hear about the trip with Alisa and Robin (I know, old news). Have a great weekend in the Adirondacks.
    - Mark
  2. August 28, 2015 4:00 PM EDT
    By the way, although I took off my tie, I had a very nice suit on.
    - Mark
  3. September 1, 2015 9:05 AM EDT
    True that—I definitely should have pointed out that you were the best dressed in the band. And thanks for the additional nuances about how the band operates. It seems like it would be so fun to be able to play like that. See you soon!
    - Elinor Nauen