It wouldn’t be hyperbole to call Dan Barrett one of the greatest jazz musicians I’ve ever heard. In an age that seems to think multi-tasking the highest virtue, he’s a splendidly gifted trombonist, cornetist, pianist, singer, arranger, composer, and artistic sparkplug. Any band that has Dan in it is already operating at a higher level of inspired play.
Those of us who live on the East Coast don’t get to see and hear Dan as often as we’d like, but this is about to be remedied for a too-brief period. “Mark it down,” as Billie growled on MISS BROWN TO YOU. Here are the dates (at present) for Dan’s tri-state sojourn: I’ll be attending as many of these events as I can.
Sunday, Oct 17: The Ear Inn (326 Spring Street, New York) with Jon-Erik Kellso and the EarRegulars: 8 – 11 PM.
Monday, Oct 18th: Arthur’s Tavern on Grove Street (New York City) with the Grove Street Stompers. Dan will be playing cornet with pianist Bill Dunham and other hardy souls.
Tuesday, Oct 19th: Bickford Theater, Morristown, New Jersey, with Danny Tobias; Rossano Sportiello, Frank Tate, and Kevin Dorn.
Sunday, Oct 24th: The Ear Inn — another version of The EarRegulars featuring Andy Schumm, cornet; Dan, trombone.
Monday, Oct 25th: Concert for the Sidney Bechet Society at the Kaye Playhouse, Hunter College, 695 Park Ave., New York (a jam session with leader Dan Levinson; Randy Reinhart; Bucky Pizzarelli; Joel Forbes; others.)
Practical matters: The Ear Inn and Arthur’s tavern are casual places, but you’ll want to show up early to sit near the band. Bring some folding money for the tip jar to say THANKS to the hard-working musicians!
To purchase tickets for the Bechet Society jam session, visit http://kayeplayhouse.hunter.cuny.edu/tickets.shtml or call (212) 772-4448. The Society’s website is www.sidneybechet.org.
Tickets for the Bickford Theatre concert are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Buying ahead of time, by phone, using a credit card, will shorten the lines… and reduce disappointment at the occasional sellout. Pick up your prepaid tickets in the express line that night (suggested), or have them mailed for $1 per order. Purchase at the door or via credit card over the phone. Box office: (973) 971-3706. The Bickford is on Columbia Turnpike/Road (County Road 510) at the corner of Normandy Heights Road, east of downtown Morristown, NJ. Near Interstate 287 and the Route 24 Expressway.