THEY’RE STILL EAR! (April 10, 2010)

My title is an unconscionable pun on Sondheim’s famous affirmation from FOLLIES.

It’s my way of writing how glad I am that the Sunday night sessions (from 8 to 11 PM, more or less) at The Ear Inn (326 Spring Street, Soho, New York City) are happily afloat.  This summer The EarRegulars will celebrate their fourth anniversary!

I had missed a number of Ear sessions, so I was delighted to return on April 10, 2011 to find that nothing had been changed in my absence.  Jon-Erik Kellso and Matt Munisteri, on trumpet and guitar, respectively, still offered benign swinging guidance (catch Jon-Erik’s plunger work on HAPPY FEET and Matt’s ringing, chiming solos and fierce rhythm!).  The other members were the eloquent bassist Neal Miner and the always surprising Alex Hoffman on tenor sax.  Here are three delightful performances from that night.

The first of these is a novelty song with goofy lyrics (about women who wicky-wacky-woo) which used to be a jazz / jam session favorite . . . less so in this century, but NAGASAKI is still a delight:

Then, an EarRegular favorite — bringing together the late Paul Whiteman band and the early-Thirties Henderson orchestra — HAPPY FEET:

These Sunday night music-parties are one of the best things about New York City: long may they continue!

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6 responses to “THEY’RE STILL EAR! (April 10, 2010)

  1. Your prediction was right on the money, NM!! I loved every note these fantastic musicians played. Your description of them is also right on the money,,eloquent! I love listening to all of them, and of course with a couple of my favorites, Jon Erik, and Matt Munisteri, it makes for great entertainment for me,,,,Thank you for posting.

  2. Shmuel Abramovitz

    Great set!

  3. Danny Tobias

    Hey Michael—I’ll be subbing for JEK this Sunday with Chris Flory, Dan Block, and Frank Tate. Can’t wait!

  4. I heard the good news already and was charging my camera batteries, young Mister Tobias!

  5. Your close-ups on full screen took me to front row of The Ear for some killer music. I feel like I owe you a beer, thanks!

  6. Thank you, Professor Figg. So when are you and the lady Figg coming to New York so that I can collect? The Ear Inn has an excellent list of beer, ale, India Pale Ale . . .

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