[Dixielandjazz] New Year's Eve Prices - Redux

Bob Romans cellblk7 at comcast.net
Sat Dec 27 06:35:33 PST 2003

Thanks, Steve! I'm glad I turned down a New Year's Eve gig that paid
$150...now I can fly to "THE CITY" and try to make it to all of those spots!
It sure is an interesting mix! Makes one ponder what the New Year's Eve
music scene will be in 20 years!
My step-daughter lives in Manhattan and is visiting us right now. I'll let
her see this list, and she'll probably wish she was back there Dec. 31!!~~~~
Where are YOU playing NYE?
Bob Romans
Cell Block Seven
Jazz Band
1617 Lakeshore Dr.,
Lodi, California,

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Stephen Barbone" <barbonestreet at earthlink.net>
To: "Dixieland Jazz Mailing List" <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Saturday, December 27, 2003 6:19 AM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] New Year's Eve Prices - Redux

> Following is a New York Times example of New Year's Eve, supply & demand
> economics which is THE REASON for higher prices on New Year's Eve.
> It has been severely edited as MANY, MANY venues and performances were
> listed. What remains is pretty much the music scene these days.
> What surprised me is that I have worked with about 8 of the musicians
> listed at one time or another from latin drummer Ray Mantilla to bassist
> Reggie Washington, and on the same bill at Festivals with many others
> like Herbie Hancock, Cyrus Chestnut, Roy Hargrove etc.
> Sadly, there is not much OKOM in evidence here other than the "New
> Orleans Backbeat" referenced at B. B. King's club.
> Cheers,
> Steve Barbone
> December 26, 2003 - New York Times
> Riffing, Rocking and Jamming, Pushing the Clock Toward Midnight
>       New Year's Eve isn't just a calendar date; it's an industry, a
> full-employment program for makers of Champagne, party hats and
> toothpicks, for waiters and taxi drivers and bouncers, and not least for
> disc jockeys and musicians. The urge to greet the new year with public
> songs and dancing may well be primordial, and from local lounges to
> concert halls, in places that have music every night and places that
> don't, New Year's Eve is the occasion to crank up both the volume and
> the price. In New York City the night's offerings run from introspective
> songwriters to jazz swingers to jam bands to thumping, pulsating dance
> music. In most cases it's a good idea to make reservations or buy
> tickets in advance. (*
> denotes a highly recommended performance; New Year's Eve cabaret shows
> are listed on Page 44.)
> BLACK 47, Connolly's Pub, 121 West 45th Street, Manhattan, (212)
> 597-5126. Playing Irish music with its heart in the Bronx, not Dublin,
> Black 47 meshes traditional jigs and reels with rock, hip-hop and fierce
> social commentary, speaking to Irish immigrants in the New York mosaic.
> 10:30 p.m.; admission is $20.
> HIRAM BULLOCK BAND, Sweet Rhythm, 88 Seventh Avenue South, above
> Bleecker Street, West Village, (212) 255-3626. Mr. Bullock, a powerful
> funk-rock bass player with a sense of jazz harmony, is an old favorite
> on the New York scene. 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.; music charge is $35, with a
> $15 minimum.
> CHRIS BYARS GROUP, Fat Cat, 75 Christopher Street, West Village, (212)
> 675-6056. Along with Mr. Byars, the tenor saxophonist, the band includes
> the trumpeter Richie Vitale, the trombonist John Mosca (of the Village
> Vanguard's regular Monday night jazz orchestra), the pianist Sascha
> Perry, the bassist Neal Miner and the drummer Jimmy Lovelace, as well as
> the singer Sasha Dobson. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.; admission is $30,
> including beer, wine or Champagne.
> * CYRUS CHESTNUT TRIO AND FRIENDS, Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street,
> Manhattan, (212) 576-2232. Mr. Chestnut, a pianist, swings the way the
> old guard used to; that's why he was so dazzling when he came on the
> scene in the early 1990's. But he is also a sentimentalist. Trios happen
> to be his best setting: they discourage his excesses and push him to his
> rhythmic limits. Added to his trio on New Year's Eve are the trumpeter
> Marcus Printup and the saxophonist Wessell Anderson, both of them
> spirited, soulful musicians. For the 7:30 show doors open at 6:30, and
> for a $95 cover you get the show and a three-course meal from the club's
> excellent adjoining restaurant, Blue Smoke. For the 10:30 show doors
> open at 9:30, and $150 covers a three-course meal and a midnight
> Champagne toast.
> DISCO BISCUITS, NEW DEAL, Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street,
> Manhattan, (212) 279-7740. The Disco Biscuits have worked their way up
> the jam-band circuit with blithe rock that veers toward funk and jazz,
> hovers in circling, hypnotic riffs and sometimes turns into a live
> version of electronica. The New Deal's jams delve into current
> dance-club rhythms, using human muscle to approximate computerized
> breakbeats. 9 p.m.; admission is $45 in advance, $50 at the door.
> Third Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 475-8592. Over the years Mr.
> Hancock, the pianist, has become basic to the jazz vocabulary, and when
> he's on, he's still fantastic; the band this week includes musicians who
> have worked with him often over the last five years, among them the
> saxophonist Gary Thomas, the bassist Scott Colley and the drummer Teri
> Lynne Carrington. 7 and 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. Cover charges are $75 for the
> first show or $50 at the bar, including a Champagne toast; $90 for the
> second show, or $65 at the bar; and $75 for the third show, $50 at the
> bar.
> ROY HARGROVE, Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, below Spring Street,
> South Village, (212) 242-1063. One of the most dynamic musicians on the
> New York scene, Mr. Hargrove, the trumpeter, has kept his edge by
> dropping in for lots of low-visibility jamming and cultivating younger
> players. The band for New Year's Eve includes Jaleel Shaw on alto
> saxophone, Marc Cary on piano, Reggie Washington on bass, Jonathan Blake
> on drums and the vocalist Renee Neufville. There are three sets, at 8
> and 10:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. Admission for the first set is $50,
> including hors d'oeuvres and an open beer and wine bar; the second set,
> lasting until 1 a.m., is $75, including hors d'oeuvres, Champagne toast
> and an open beer and wine bar; and the third set, until 3 a.m., costs
> $40, including an open beer and wine bar.
> 24th Street, Manhattan, (212) 691-1900. The songwriter Garland Jeffreys
> is a longtime voice of multiethnic New York, mixing rock, reggae and
> touches as varied as doo-wop and samba. Along with love songs and
> reminiscences of running "Wild in the Streets," he doesn't flinch from
> tough topics like racism. At 8 p.m., admission is $65
> with a $15 minimum; at 11, admission is $65 with a $20 minimum.
> Street, Lower East Side, (212) 677-7328. Cross-cultural dance mixes
> drawing from all directions are likely at this party. Behind the
> turntables are Karsh Kale, a D.J. and tabla player who layers together
> dance beats and Indian music; Dr. Israel, who seeks the links between
> dub reggae and drum-and-bass; Derek Beres, managing editor of Global
> Rhythm magazine and part of the GlobeSonic disc jockey collective; and
> Dub Gabriel, who comes up with hybrids of dub, Middle Eastern music and
> other far-flung material and has written music for MTV's "Total Request
> Live." Doors open at 8; tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door,
> including Middle Eastern food and a Champagne toast.
> TED LEO AND THE PHARMACISTS, the Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard Street,
> TriBeCa, (212) 219-3006. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists put a New York edge
> - frenetic guitars, neurosis-laced lyrics, stray electronic loops - into
> songs that aren't content to rely on their new wave/power pop
> tunefulness. 9 p.m.; admission is $20. Afterward, from 2 to 6 a.m.,
> performers from the Coney Island Circus Sideshow will take over the
> club; admission is $15, or $30 for both Mr. Leo and the sideshow. There
> are also free performances in the club's Old Office room by Fort
> Ancient, Trophy Scars and the Electric Ladybugs at 8 and Music for
> Clones and the Irwin Conspiracy at midnight.
> * LUNA, THE MENDOZA LINE, Mercury Lounge, 217 East Houston Street,
> Manhattan, (212) 260-4700. Embracing the legacy of two-guitar New York
> bands from the Velvet Underground to Television, Luna applies the
> dynamics of strum, drone and build to Dean Wareham's tales of longing
> and decadence. While Mr. Wareham sings about high-toned parties, aimless
> road trips and creeping paranoia, the songs start out cool until the
> writhing, swelling guitars reveal the obsessions within them. The
> Mendoza Line brings touches of country to the disheveled collegiate-rock
> of Pavement. 6 and 10 p.m.; admission is $30.
> KEVIN MAHOGANY, Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Manhattan, (212)
> 581-3080. Mr. Mahogany, a baritone jazz singer, synthesizes about 50
> years' worth of stylistic information between jazz and soul; in one set
> you might get an index of tones, projections and suavities ranging from
> Jimmy Rushing to Nat King Cole to Joe Williams to Jon Hendricks to
> Marvin Gaye. 8 and 10:30 p.m.; music charge is $50 for the first set and
> $100 for the second, with a $20 minimum for either.
> * BUDDY AND JULIE MILLER, Bottom Line, 15 West Fourth Street, Greenwich
> Village, (212) 228-6300. Buddy and Julie Miller are husband-and-wife
> songwriters from Nashville. Emmylou Harris has recorded Ms. Miller's
> songs, and Mr. Miller, a quietly impressive guitarist, leads Ms.
> Harris's band, Spyboy, between his own tours and albums. The Millers
> sidestep country's easy wordplay to write folk-rock songs full of rainy,
> lonely nights. "You can have my heart," Ms. Miller sings, "if you don't
> mind broken things." 9:30 p.m.; admission is $35.
> MURPHY'S LAW, Continental, 25 Third Avenue, at St. Marks Place, East
> Village, (212) 529-6924. Murphy's Law is still pounding out
> loud-and-fast punk rock after all these years. It headlines a bill that
> includes Loafass and the Verdicts. 8 p.m.; tickets are $15.
> NORTHERN STATE, Southpaw, 125 Fifth Avenue, near Sterling Place, Park
> Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 230-0236. Northern State, a three-woman rap group
> from Long Island, reaches back to its own version of old-school - sound
> of the early Beastie Boys - as it deadpans its way through some
> hilarious rhymes over basic beats. 10:30 p.m.; admission is $20.
> OGANS, WAYNE GORBEA, S.O.B.'s, 204 Varick Street, at Houston Street,
> South Village, (212) 243-4940. Ogans, a band of booming drummers backing
> a singer, plays a repertory of hits from Bahia, Brazil, in sets that
> feature both the sophisticated tunes of tropicalia and the frenetic,
> lightheartedly raunchy songs of Bahia's more recent craze, axé. The
> pianist Wayne Gorbea leads a Latin band that reaches back to the
> hard-charging, jazz-tinged salsa of the 1970's. The club has three New
> Year's Eve packages, including an 8 p.m. admission with full dinner for
> $150, 10 p.m. standing room with hors d'oeuvres and a Champagne toast at
> midnight for $75, and 12:30 a.m. standing room with a Continental
> breakfast at dawn for $10.
> JOHNNY PACHECO, Copacabana, 560 West 34th Street, Manhattan, (212)
> 239-2672. Mr. Pacheco was born in the Dominican Republic but fell in
> love early with Afro-Cuban music. As flutist, bandleader and executive,
> he has been a prime mover in New York Latin music since the 1960's, when
> he helped start Fania Records; he went on to lead the Fania All-Stars,
> the band that defined New York salsa. Kevin Ceballo and the group La
> Linea also perform. 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.; table seats are $100, and general
> admission is $50.
> PATTON, Tonic, 107 Norfolk Street, near Delancey Street, Lower East
> Side, (212) 358-7503. Three reshuffles of some of the finest downtown
> improvisers. Mr. Ribot, the guitarist, who may be best known for his
> time with Tom Waits, started Los Cubanos Postizos ("the prosthetic
> Cubans") to play songs he loves from Cuba in the 1940's and 50's from
> the repertory of Arsenio Rodriguez. He honors the tunes but isn't afraid
> to add some downtown clank and down-home twang in his solos. Electric
> Masada is the plugged-in band that plays Mr. Zorn's collection of
> hundreds ofklezmer-tinged tunes called Masada. The lineup includes Mr.
> Ribot as well as Ms. Mori on drum machines and laptop, and it can get
> funky. Mr.Zorn, Ms. Mori and Mr. Patton - the chameleonic vocalist best
> known for his 1980's stint in Faith No More, who has since turned to
> more unhinged improvisations - also perform as a trio. 7 p.m.; tickets
> are $80.
> * PATTI SMITH, Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, near the Bowery,
> Lower East Side, (212) 533-2111. Love, death, transfiguration and pushy
> guitars have been Ms. Smith's staples in the quarter-century since she
> turned her poetry into punk-rock. Always unpredictable, she still seeks
> shamanic revelation with every gig, and she'll have new songs from her
> next album, due in March. 9 p.m., with Back in Spades opening; tickets
> are
> $55, including a midnight Champagne toast.
> SOULIVE, THE RADIATORS, B. B. King Blues Club and Grill, 243 West 42nd
> Street, Manhattan, (212) 997-4144. Soulive is an organ-guitar-drums trio
> that harks back to the 1950's and 60's, playing meaty, blues-centered
> jazz for dancers who like straightforward funk. Lately it has been
> hooking up with a little hip-hop. The second-line backbeat of New
> Orleans funk is the heartbeat of the Radiators, a rock band that has
> been together since the 1970's. As band members sing about woman trouble
> and other frustrations, the groove keeps people shimmying. At 8 p.m.,
> tickets are $50; at 1 a.m., tickets are $30.
> Broadway, at 51st Street, (212) 582-2121. Mr. Tyner's guests for the New
> Year's show include two of the finest musicians playing jazz today: Mr.
> Hutcherson, the vibraphonist, and Mr. Lovano, the saxophonist. 7:30 and
> 11:15 p.m. and 1 a.m. Cover charges are $45 for the first show, ticket
> only, or $95 with a three-course dinner and
> front-row seating at the show. For the second show it's $195 for a
> four-course dinner, show and Champagne toast; for the third show, $40
> for the ticket.
> 308 Bowery, below Bleecker Street, East Village, (212) 614-0505. The
> guitarist James (Blood) Ulmer made his name in jazz groups led by Art
> Blakey and Ornette Coleman, but he has deep roots in swampy, raucous
> blues. Singing in grizzled tones, plunking out notes with a thumb or
> making his guitar blurt feedback, he's in touch
> with both Son House and Jimi Hendrix. He'll perform solo and in a trio
> and introduce the night's other performers, including Toni Blackman, a
> poet with roots in hip-hop, with her band and the 10-piece African
> ensemble led by the jeli (or griot) Kewulay Kamara, who will be singing
> backed by koras (harps), balafons (marimbas) and percussion, probably
> with Mr. Ulmer sitting in. Other jeli will also be on hand, among them
> Papa Susso and Abdoulaye Diabate, along with English-language poets
> including the club's proprietor, Bob Holman. 7 p.m. to 4 a.m.; admission
> is $25, including a Champagne toast at midnight.
> * CHUCHO VALDES QUARTET, Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at
> 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037. There will be novisa trouble
> and last-minute cancellations this time; Mr. Valdes, the formidable
> Cuban pianist, is living in the New York area at the moment. And this
> whole week he is starting up what looks to be a great new band, with the
> bassist John Benitez, the drummer Dafnis Prieto and the percussionist
> Ray Mantilla. 9:30 and 11:30 p.m.; cover charge of $125 includes both
> sets, a $25 drink minimum, Latin-Caribbean food and party favors.
> at 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 683-6500. The rock 'n' roll wild man
> has not vanished from the earth. Mr. Whitfield sets out to be a
> successor to shouters like Screamin' Jay Hawkins and Little Richard,
> whooping and hollering away. 10 p.m.; free.
> * YO LA TENGO, Maxwell's, 1039 Washington Street, Hoboken, N.J., (201)
> 798-0406. Yo La Tengo's songwriters, the husband-and-wife team of Ira
> Kaplan on guitar and Georgia Hubley on drums, prize succinct, tuneful
> songs about the modest pains and pleasures of daily life and love. From
> those songs, however, a welter of fuzz-tone and feedback can erupt at
> any time, like a psychedelic disruption of quotidian reality. 10 p.m.;
> admission is $40, including a buffet and Champagne toast; unannounced
> guest musicians are also expected.
> ZEN TRICKSTERS, TriBeCa, 16 Warren Street, TriBeCa, (212) 766-1070. The
> Zen Tricksters started out two decades ago playing Grateful Dead
> songs. While they now have their own songs to jam on, they haven't
> forgotten their early repertory; no less a figure than Phil Lesh of the
> Dead has
> called on their expertise. 10 p.m.; tickets are $40 and $75.
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