Well, we have come to the END. Its been a very fun and very busy 8 days in NYC. The group this year was phenomenal. All kinds of different people from different walks of life and I think everyone enjoyed themselves.
Day 7 started on a great note and ended on a very sour note but luckily everyone chalked it up to a “New York” experience. We started the evening at Smalls Jazz Club. We had already done a private event there but I wanted to take the group back to experience the night time hang in the Village. And a hang it was. The club was jammed and there were likely 75 people in there so its nice to know that even without my crowd I would’ve had some people come down. There were many special guests in spotted in the audience. All saxophone players! Stacy Dillard, Tad Shull, Dimitry Baevsky, Ryan Oliver and I’m sure there were more. The band played great, its always a lot of fun when I get to play with Ian Hendrickson-Smith. Jeremy Manasia on piano, Sean Cronin on bass and Brian Floody lit it up.
Then it was up to The Village Vanguard. I don’t have much to say about the music. Kurt Rosenwinkel and friends are very very popular and are all fantastic musicians but I’m not a fan of the music and last night did nothing to change that. Again, I stress that I have great respect for them but it just doesn’t float my boat. Having said all that, the vibe in what is supposedly the most famous jazz room in the world ruined any chance at all of anyone enjoying themselves. Hands down the ruddest people I have ever encountered. They truly do NOT care one iota about having a group of 43 people at the club from Vancouver. Its the stereo typical New York attitude of “we are in New York where there are 11 million people and thousands of tourists so we can be as rude as we want because we know you’ll all come back.” Here are a list of clubs that DON’T have that attitude: Smoke, Smalls, Creole, Showmans, Kitano, Birdland, Silver Lining, American Legion….(these are just the ones we went to, there are lots more.) It’s a shame that on future tours The Village Vanguard will have to be an ‘optional’ activity as I’m not sure I can stomach taking my group back there but honestly I really don’t think anyone in my group cares where we go or what we do as long as the music is good and the experience is pleasurable. Even when the music is not what people like or dig at least they can have an experience….well the experience we had last night is one we can do without.
I wasn’t sure that writing this post was a good idea but if you know me, I’m honest and I try to always tell it like it is so I didn’t want to change that. The purposes of this blog and more specifically blogging about this trip is to give a description of the tour and how it went.
There it is. Today is the last day. It’s been a fun ride but I’m ready to come home.