2011 New York Winter Jazz Fest
"On Saturday I got treated to the 2011 New York Winter Jazz Fest and it was AMAZING. I'm a huge fan of jazz and this was quite a treat. 5 venues, 69 bands (if my count isn't wrong) with sets starting at 5:45pm and the very last set went on at 3:15am! (I didn't stick around for that one. That's a LOOOONG time to be on your feet. Standing room only!) You get a wristband and just go check out whoever you like on the schedule. Sweet!
Most of the evening was spent at Sullivan Hall. My good friend John had already scoped out the schedule and decided Sullivan had the most solid lineup. That worked fine for me b/c it was less walking and of course he was spot on - the acts were amazing all througout the evening. I got introduced to a lot of new bands (new to me, anyway) and now I've got tons of homework to do on youtube haha. I'll list the acts that I saw and I've got some vids/pics as well. I briefly met Tia Fuller who was super sweet and that girl is BAD on the sax. WOW. But everyone was awesome and if you enjoy jazz you should look them up.
Tia Fuller, Captain Black Big Band (conducted by Orrin Evans), Igmar Thomas and The Cypher, The Asphalt Orchestra, Curtis Brother Quartet, Derrick Hodge and lastly (but DEF not least) Maurice Brown Effect. Horn solo of the night goes to trumpeter Maurice Brown. That guy is FIERCE."