Any Friday, between 4 and 6 PM, you can find a treasure in midtown Manhattan for those who love music. The Edison Hotel, at 228 West 47th Street, New York 10036, offers a gratifying experience to guests and passers-by alike: wine and snacks with music by string bassist Jon Burr and guitarist Howard Alden. (Occasionally other musicians will substitute for the world-travelling guitarist; others will visit and sit in . . . as you shall see.)
I was there on Friday, October 4, 2013, and was delighted to capture these marvelous performances for JAZZ LIVES. Jon and Howard are a lyrical, softly swinging pair by themselves — but things got even better when Menno Daams brought his cornet (and the lyrical heart to make sweet sounds) all the way from the Netherlands.
Beauty was in the air!
SEPTEMBER IN THE RAIN:
AUTUMN IN NEW YORK:
I’LL REMEMBER APRIL:
I was waiting to see if they would continue the calendar-theme with JUNE IN JANUARY, but they went in another direction, cosmologically, with STELLA BY STARLIGHT:
Menno joined in for a sweet rendition of Ray Noble’s THE TOUCH OF YOUR LIPS:
And he remained for Berlin’s THE BEST THING FOR YOU (WOULD BE ME):
After a brief break, Howard and Jon embarked on FROM THIS MOMENT ON:
Menno gave voice to what we all felt about the music, IT’S ALL RIGHT WITH ME (with spices from Brazil):
Then the three of them courageously tried out a soft mournful ballad, Fud Livingston’s I’M THROUGH WITH LOVE:
I’ve already posted the closing song of the session, SHINY STOCKINGS, but it’s so fine no one will mind a repeat performance.
The Edison Hotel‘s Facebook page has more information on the bounty, musical and otherwise, it offers.
May your happiness increase!