TONIGHT! May 30, 2012. 10 PM. The National Saloon Band.
John Gill is a profoundly gifted musician — but someone who wears his substantial talents lightly. Catch him as a singer, raconteur, banjoist, guitarist, drummer, trombonist . . . .
And here he is, with bells on, back for our listening and dancing pleasure.
John will be starting his own once-a-month gig at The National Underground on May 30th at 10pm. He calls the band The National Saloon Band or just The Saloon Band. The band members on May 30th will be Simon Wettenhall-trumpet, Will Anderson- reeds, Kevin Dorn -drums, Steve Alcott- bass and John on banjo, guitar and vocals. I’m going for a old time concept and will be avoiding swing and mainstream cliche. The repertoire will draw from many sources including pop music, jazz, ragtime, blues, gospel, and country. While the band will perfrom instrumental hot and sweet numbers, most of the material will feature vocals by John and other band members.
And John says, wryly, “So that’s the story and we’ll run it up the flagpole and see if anybody salutes. I don’t know if I can garner any support from the youngster/hipster/jazz world so I have no idea if this will suceed or not; it will be good musically, however.”
The National Underground is located at 159 E. Houston Street, New York, NY 10003 (212) 475-0611. I could use a good deal more sleep but I would like to be there! (Can anyone loan me a nap?)
May your happiness increase.