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More Jazz And Spring Progresses in Central Park & My New York City Garden

I just can’t resist sharing with you pictorial updates of the lilacs, flowers and trees in Central Park, the wisteria on an East 70th Street . These pictures were taken while I was walking on May 3rd.

Check out the photo of the back of a man walking his cat on a leash through Central Park. You’ve gotta think that this could only be seen in New York City!

Included in the sideshow is an update of my garden in progress. You can see the whole palette that I have to work with to create my piece of paradise along with the first big containers I planted.

Finally,  jazz fan that I am, I went to Smoke Jazz Club again for a really special evening on Saturday night.

The Renee Rosner Quartet was performing lyrical, balanced, beautiful music. Renee was the pianist along with  my absolute favorite drummer Lewis Nash, the great Peter Washington on bass and Steve Nelson on the vibraphone.

In the recent past I had heard the same quartet minus Peter Washington perform at Dizzie’s. There was a real difference in the performance on Saturday night.

Smoke’s stage is miniscule in comparison to Dizzie’s and in this venue there was a perfect blending of the sounds of each instrument. At Dizzie’s the vibraphone sound seemed dominant much of the time when Nelson was a part of the song.

To make a perfect set even more enjoyable,  to my delight the greatest of all bass players, Sir Ron Carter,  came to have dinner and to enjoy the set as a part of his birthday celebration. He and his wife sat one table away from where I was so you can see his profile in my picture . I had seen him perform last year on his birthday at Dizzie’s!

If only I could capture the sounds of this night for you.  Enjoy!

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Excellence in Musical Performance Nurtures and Inspires

By now you all have a pretty good idea of how much I love good music.

I want you all to know that I do not write about every performance that I attend. I actually do spare you information about the so-so evenings when the best part of the event is my getting home to relax.

I think that I have been really lucky for the past few months because there have been so many performances that leave me thrilled.

Weeks later I recall the performances, one at a time,  and my heart just sings with excitement.  I feel such a wave of gratitude that I live in this amazing city and I am able to fill every cell of my being with celestial music reproduced right here on earth.

Last week, on November 29th, I experienced the magic of Jeffrey Kahane as both conductor and pianist/ harpsichordist with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall.

The program was ideal for me-  Bach’s Concerto in D minor for Oboe, Violin and Strings, (with soloists Cheryl Staples on violin and Liang Wang on oboe) Mozart’s Symphony No. 33, and Beethoven’s piano Concerto No. 1 in C major.

It was fascinating watching Kahane simultaneously conduct and play either the piano or the harpsichord. But what was evident in every subtle movement of his body that he used to coordinate the rest of the orchestra,  was the integration of his body, mind, emotional and maybe even spiritual being.

One tiny nuance of  movement would perfectly describe the quality he was trying to elicit from the performers. He looked like he was dancing and weaving a tapestry of texture and variation.

The level of mastery, excellence and wholeness catalyzed wonderful performances by all of the musicians .  I could feel the quality of entrainment.

This level of musical conversation and entrainment amongst the performers reminds me of the listening that is essential in with all kinds of musicians, dancers, and all performers working together as a unit. This level of communication is what we all aspire to achieve and maintain in our life relationships.

I am reminded of the post I wrote  after I went to see  George Cables, Lewis Nash and Peter Washington at the Kitano Hotel in August 2011. https://merylchodoshweiss.com/2011/08/26/more-new-york-city-nightlife-more-jazz/If you can recall I linked that post to an eloquent post on psychotherapist Jeffery Levine’s blog where he discusses the kind of listening that the trio’s musical entrainment produced. I just re-read his article and it is relevant here as well.

Often I will experience wonderful conductors with the gifted New York Philharmonic, but it is not so often that the very best of that orchestra is something that I can tangibly feel.

Here are two  U-Tube items so you can see and hear the artists themselves discussing just what I have finished writing about!

This one is great because it picks up on the theme of musical communications and conversation.

As I watched  Kahane speaking about the Mozart symphony on this clip it  underscores what I had experienced at the performance.

Finally here is the New York Times review of the concert which gives further information about Kahane.


More New York City Nightlife- More Jazz

In the past I’ve practically waxed poetic about Dizzie’s, raved about Mose at Jazz Standard. But I’ve never told you about the small, intimate musical conversations that fine artists have at the Kitano Hotel’s Lounge.

It is the one venue that feels like the artists are in your own living room because you are in such close proximity to them. The audience is advised that the house has a policy of total silence in the audience during the performance.

Last weekend my friends and I went to see Peter Washington, on double bass, Lewis Nash on drums and George Cables on the piano performing for the first time together as a trio.

The joy and expressiveness of the interplay between the three of them was so outstanding that we went back for another set the next night.

One of the members of Saturday night’s audience wrote a great article Really Listening To Each Other on his blog http://www.levinecounseling.com/jefflevineblog/. Jeff’s review of the performance from the perspective of what is makes excellent communication in all aspects of life, is really worth reading.

Here is a picture of Lewis Nash taken from Jeff’s blog post. Pictures of another trio performing at the Kitano, individual pictures of Peter Washington and George Cables, were taken from various googled sites.

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