DAY 2 & DAY 3

We were blessed with an absolutely beautiful day in New York City today. So gorgeous. We started out with a delicious brunch at Brasserie Les Halles which is right by our hotel and then everyone went on their way to do their own thing until we met to head to the legion. With it being so nice out we decided to head to Central Park. We took the subway to 42nd Street/Times Square and walked all the way up to 72nd Street. It was a beautiful walk but we didn’t realize how long it was! The feet and legs were burning!

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After Central Park we met back at the hotel and headed up to Harlem. 248 132nd Street West to be exact which is the home of the American Legion.  It was a very ceremonious welcome.  They rolled out the red carpet for us. I was a bit nervous about this one and how it would be perceived by the tour participants.  If I had of said ‘ the food will come on styrofoam plates with plastic cutlery, it will take forever, it will be a tad dis-organized ….’ people would’ve wondered what they were getting themselves into.  The Legion is just something you have to experience and experience it we did.  The food was absolutely delicious! The collard greens are to die for!  Seleno Clark was groovin as hard as ever and I met some great musicians!

From there people went on their way but I say that Peter Bernstein was playing at Smalls with SPIKE WILNER piano, JOHN WEBBER bass and JASON BROWN drums.  It was a great set of music. Lullaby Of The Leaves, In Walked Bud, My Ideal etc. So swinging!

It was a jam-packed day and was so much fun. It’s hard to believe it could get any better but it was only our second day!

Day 3 was a pretty relaxed day. We had only one event planned for the day. We headed Uptown a few blocks to 53rd Street and 8th Avenue to a fantastic restaurant called Swizz. Were were treated to a delicious cheese and chocolate fondue and were entertained by a trio featuring tenor saxophonist JED LEVY, guitarist PETER LETICH and bassist JOHN WEBBER. They sounded phenomenal.  Just playing tunes and swinging. I got to sit in and play a few tunes. It was a great time. Lots of people went to Carnegie Hall after. A few of us headed down to the Vanguard and checked out the Vanguard orchestra.  Another great day!


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