These are gigs to plan for — with the subtle and moving Michael Kanan at the piano; the veterans Joel Press (the Swing Explorer on tenor and soprano) and Joe Hunt (by way of Bill Evans and Getz, on drums) with expert bassists Sean Smith (the 13th) and Lee Hudson (the 14th).
As Michael writes, “Joe Hunt lived in New York and played with many of the jazz greats like Bill Evans, Stan Getz, George Russell, Charles Mingus, and many others. Check out this article about him”: http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=26099
“Joel Press is also a veteran of the New York jazz scene in the 50’s and 60’s. He had the great experience of hearing giants like Bird, Pres, Coleman Hawkins, and Monk. He truly embodies their sound and spirit. Hearing him is hearing the sound of swing! And New York audiences are familiar with fantastic bassists Sean Smith and Lee Hudson.”
Michael speaks the truth — here and at the piano. I know some deep jazz will be played on these two nights by people of feeling.
Friiday, May 13th: Smalls Jazz Club, New York City. 183 West 10th Street (just west of 7th Ave). 7:30 – 9:45. $20 admission, well-stocked bar. www.smallsjazzclub.com
Saturday, May 14th: Sofia’s Ristorante, New York City. 221 West 46th Street, between Broadway and 8th Ave. 7:00 – 11:30. no cover/minimum, bar seating available.