It had been several weeks since my last quest. So, the itch was back. It may seem strange to some; however, since I started this quest, I feel the need to obtain a signature every couple of weeks. If I don't, nothing bad happens - I just miss it.
In order to scratch that particular itch, on March 27, 2009, I headed to the Poconos to see Edgar Winter and Johnny Winter. The two albino brothers from Texas do not often play together; therefore, I considered it a rare treat. Although, I really wasn't familiar with either brothers music except for "Frankenstein" and "Free Ride", which were both by the Edgar Winter Group. But I am open to new musical experiences.
Have you ever thought someplace was closer than it actually was? I knew that the venue…Read more >
As part of my quest, I try to keep track of the musicans who played Woodstock that come to the New York area in order to add more signatures to my poster. In todays day and age, a number of the artists have web sites and some have mailing lists. It is through a mailing list that I found out that Muruga Booker would be in Brooklyn, NY on Friday February 20, 2009.
Now, the question is who is Muruga Booker? Muruga Booker was born Steven Bookvich in Detroit, Michigan on December 27, 1942. For professional reasons, he changed his name to Steve Booker and established a name for himself as a drummer in the Detroit area. He was then hired by folk singer Tim Hardin, who is best remembered as the songwriter to the oft-covered If I Were a Carpenterand…Read more >
As previously stated, I’m not a huge fan of Jazz. Although, I know that when Jazz musicians play popular music, they excel at it (i.e., The Funk Brothers – Motown’s House Band). Still, I prefer a melody that I can sing along to. However, Blood, Sweat, & Tears (“BS&T”) was one of the pioneers of Jazz Rock; therefore, a number of its members, especially the horn section, played, and continue to play, Jazz. Lew Soloff, a trumpeter, was a member of Blood, Sweat & Tears, a band best remembered for the hit singles “Spinning Wheel” and “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy”, from 1968-1973. In 1969, BS&T had released their second album which featured the aforementioned songs. “Spinning Wheel “ (which features Mr. Soloff’s trumpet) reached as high as #2 …Read more >
I'm not a huge fan of Jazz. I appreciate the musicianship; but, appreciate a melody more. Yes, I have seen and enjoyed the likes of Miles Davis, Maynard Ferguson, Stanley Jordan, Maynard Ferguson, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock (although, it was on the "Rock It" tour so, it was more hip hop than jazz), Tower of Power, Les Paul and, did I mention Maynard Ferguson (I like Maynard Ferguson and saw him thrice in concert). I also caught Miles a 2nd time. Additionally, one of my favorite albums is "Time Out" by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. However, at the base of all the above mentioned artists is a song with a melody as the basis for any improvisation.
When I saw the Paul Motian Trio 2000 +2 a few weeks ago at the Village Vanguard…Read more >
Like, I imagine, most people who grew up in the Seventies, I became aware of Sha-Na-Na through their syndicated television show. Either that or their appearance in the movie "Grease". However, unlike, I imagine, most people I am aware that they still tour (actually, I only became aware of that when I started to research the bands that played Woodstock).
After missing several opportunities to catch them in the past year, I found out that they would be playing 4 special holiday shows to kick off their 40th anniversary where it all started in New York City.
They played at the Times Square Arts Center, which opened in the space that The Laugh Factory comedy club used to occupy near the Port Authority Bus Terminal. As I work in Midtown Manhattan,…Read more >