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December 2021 at Lowlands

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As of October 2021, there is music weekly at  Lowlands Bar  (543 3rd Ave.) in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Sets are at  7:30 & 9 PM  each Tuesday (except 12/7/2021, see below), and my friend Dierk Peters is curating Wednesdays at 8 PM ( Our Borough Series ). All shows are suggested donation only ($10 if you can), and we hope you'll join us or spread the word so that this series can continue as a part of the Brooklyn jazz scene ca. fall 2021 and beyond. Many thanks to  KEYED UP !, a program of Jazz Generation, whose  financial support allows us to compensate performers fairly for their work and for us to sustain weekly programming at Lowlands Bar. Tuesday, December 7, 2021: Happy Trio XVII* Kevin Sun - saxophone Joe Martin - bass Johnathan Blake - drums *one set only at 8:30 PM The seventeenth iteration of Happy Trio brings together two of the most in-demand players on the NYC modern jazz scene: bassist Joe Martin and drummer Johnathan Blake, both of whom I've heard performing live a

November 2021 at Lowlands

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As of October 2021, there is music weekly at  Lowlands Bar  (543 3rd Ave.) in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Sets are at 7:30 & 9 PM each Tuesday, and my friend Dierk Peters is curating Wednesdays at 8 PM ( Our Borough Series ). All shows are suggested donation only ($10 if you can), and we hope you'll join us or spread the word so that this series can continue as a part of the Brooklyn jazz scene ca. fall 2021 and beyond. Many thanks to  KEYED UP !, a program of Jazz Generation, whose  financial support allows us to compensate performers fairly for their work and for us to sustain weekly programming at Lowlands Bar. Tuesday, November 2, 2021: Monastic Yuhan Su - vibraphone Kevin Sun - saxophone Walter Stinson - bass Steven Crammer - drums In a prayerful fashion, Monastic presents two sets of the music of Thelonious Sphere Monk. I'm excited to hear how Yuhan recasts Monk's sonorities on the vibes, as I've enjoyed listening to her agile and charismatic approach to the instrume

October 2021 at Lowlands

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  As of October 2021, there is music weekly at Lowlands Bar  (543 3rd Ave.) in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Sets are at 6:30 & 8 PM each Tuesday, and my friend Dierk Peters is curating Wednesdays at 8 PM. All shows are suggested donation only ($10 if you can), and we hope you'll join us or spread the word so that this series can continue as a part of the Brooklyn jazz scene ca. fall 2021 and beyond. See below for the schedule and some notes: Tuesday, October 5, 2021: Willber Sunlight Max Light - guitar Kevin Sun - saxophone Simón Willson - bass Aaron Seeber - drums A co-led aggregation featuring a tenor saxophone-guitar frontline that may recall similar modern jazz groups from the late '90s onward. With song contributions from each member of the band plus interpretations of standards, Willber Sunlight makes its NYC debut here. See two archived streaming shows from the summer here: July 18, 2021 + August 1, 2021 --- Tuesday, October 12, 2021: Happy Trio Kevin Sun - saxophone Thoma

♡ BIRD Release Day Streams 8.29.2021

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Bird's 101st birth anniversary is August 29, 2021, which also happens to be the release date for  <3 Bird , a recording of original compositions and arrangements inspired by Charlie Parker.  In light of the occasion, I'll be presenting four streaming sets of music that night with myself, Max Light on guitar, Christian Li on piano, Walter Stinson on bass, and Matt Honor on drums. You can watch them below on Sunday the 29th and anytime after as well. I hope you enjoy the streams and the album. 7:00 PM ET, Set 1: Obscure Bird Set list & notes: I. “Bongo Bop” & “Bongo Beep” (1947) Recorded in New York City in October and December 1947 for the Dial label, “Bongo Bop” and “Bongo Beep” are two 12-bar blues lines in C. Both feature a Latin-tinged feel, and we merge the lines in our interpretation. II. Charlie’s Wig (1947) Recorded at the same session as “Bongo Beep,” “Charlie’s Wig” is based on the harmony of “When I Grow Too Old to Dream,” a 1934 pop song by Sigmund Romberg

Bird at 100

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Various thoughts and musings on Bird occasioned by the 100th anniversary of his birth. "Confirmation" "Fine and Dandy" "This Time the Dream's On Me" Three Rare Blues Performances Recorded & Unrecorded Bird Synchronic Bird Superlative Bird Pres & Bird

November 2020 Streaming

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  *** ed note: Past shows are now archived at the  Streaming page  for 5 bucks a pop.  In the interest of making shows more accessible, we're now streaming them on-demand  à la YouTube/Netflix/Criterion Channel for a week at a time each Friday through Thursday (still 3 USD for the week's access).  In honor of the release of my second trio album, (Un)seaworthy , at the end of the month, the album release stream will be free. We'll be on hiatus in December, but the streaming archive will still be up for your listening pleasure. Buy your tickets and view the performances here .

October 2020 Streaming Live

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*** ed note: Past shows are now archived at the Streaming page for 5 bucks a pop.  We're back again for October, this time with an additional Sunday afternoon matinee at 2 PM EDT. Tickets are still 3 USD per show and give you access for all three set times per weekend (8 PM on Friday and Saturday nights, plus Sunday). Buy your tickets and view the performances here .