March first is the middle of nowhere. Spring is still three weeks away. The Valentine’s Day candy has been eaten and the flowers are gone. You can’t wear your purple Mardi Gras beads to work for too long a time, or else your co-workers make jokes. It’s snowing, or it’s going to snow, or there’s dirty snow piled up somewhere.
And it’s a Monday, no less.
But relief is at hand! The Sidney Bechet Society is hosting a concert at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in downtown New York City on March 1, 2010. The leader is clarinetist Orange Kellin — a New Orleanian in many ways, including spiritually. He’ll be joined by Jon-Erik Kellso, trumpet; Scott Robinson, reeds and more; Matt Munisteri, guitar / banjo and more (do I detect a definite trend towards the Ear Regulars? Always welcome!), Ken Salvo, guitar (taking a Monday-night holiday from Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks), Kelly Friesen, bass; Ricky Gordon, washboard and percussion (he’s from the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra); Ruth Brisbane, vocals. Hot breezes to counteract the chilly winds of March.
The concert is on Monday, March 1 at 7:15pm. The Lucille Lortel Theatre is at 121 Christopher Street in New York City. Tickets are $35 at the box office or Ticket Central (212) 279-4200: www.ticketcentral.com