[Dixielandjazz] Back On U.K. Soil!!
Jazzjerry at aol.com
Jazzjerry at aol.com
Sun Feb 23 14:33:37 PST 2003
I have now returned to UK soil after a week in New York and hope I haven't
missed too much scintillating discussion on the DJML.
The purpose of this note is to thanks those who suggested jazzy places to
visit. Because of a little snow flurry which struck last Sunday / Monday one
evening's music was lost as Les Paul had to cancel his regular Monday session
at the Iridium but the missus and I did manage to hear Keith Ingham on piano
at Madame Romaine de Lyon's on E61st on Wednesday evening and and Vince
Giordano's Nighthawks at the Cajun Restaurant (8th Ave & 16th St) on
Thursday. Both excellent evenings in their own way and the food in both
places can be fully recommended.
Other musical events were a Broadway show (42nd Street) and Kate and Anna
McGarrigle performing at The Bottom Line in Greenwich Village.
Also the fastest entry to the US we have ever made - from touch-down at JFK
to the Hotel lobby on 42nd Street in 55 minutes! Friendly Immigration Officer
and very helpful cab driver eased our passage.
Other highlights (non-musical) included the anti-war march on Saturday
afternoon; delicious soup from a kiosk in the dining hall of Grand Central
Station; the views from the very very cold Empire State Building observation
deck; tracing my Grandfather's entry through Ellis Island as an immigrant in
1909 (he went home to the UK to fight in WW1 and never returned); walking in
a snow covered Central Park in the sunshine; eating delicious cakes in a
scruffy little bakery in Chinatown; and certainly the helpfullness and
friendly manner of the New Yorkers we came across. Not to forget the
impromptu singing by a acapella gospel quartet on a subway train one
We both felt much safer walking the streets and riding the subways of NYC
than we did the last time we visited London!
All in all a great trip which can be recommended to all.
Have to save up and plan the next trip!
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