Monthly Archives: January 2005

Ah Music!

Last night I played a gig at the 5C Cafe with pianist, Jacob Sacks and guitarist, Ben Monder. It was so much fun! It was the first time playing with Ben even though I’ve known Ben for years and it was a real pleasure to be able to interact with him and Jacob together. We had a nice crowd who… Read more →

Poochie Problems

This morning I was abruptly woken up by CY (my honey) because Coltrane, my sweet 12yr old beagle was just bitten by a dog while on his morning walk. Of course we didn’t notice the bleeding until the walk was over and Coltrane was very stoic and showed no signs of discomfort (but I realize that doesn’t mean anything, since… Read more →

My Show Tonight!

Well I’m getting ready for the gig tonight with pianist Jacob Sacks and special guest, guitarist, Ben Monder. Photocopying music, writing music and other sorts of stuff will be going on today. I will hopefully be recording the evening and if all goes well, perhaps I can put up a sample. Anyone in NYC area come by and check out… Read more →

Gerald Cleaver Music

On Wednesday night (January 26th), I went to Barbes to see my friend and great drummer, Gerald Cleaver. His band was an all star line up: Tony Malaby (saxophone), Craig Taborn (wurlitzer), Drew Gress (bass), and Mat Maneri (electric viola). The music was all originals from Gerald and they were fresh and interesting. Every member in his band are so… Read more →

My First Posting of My Gig!

Well today I write my first post of my show this Saturday. I’m really excited about it because Jacob Sacks (pianist extrordinaire) and I are playing with our dear friend and killin’ guitarist, Ben Monder! This is my first time playing with Ben and I’m totally stoked! So anyone in the New York City area, come out and join us.… Read more →


Last night I went to one of my favourite restaurants, Al Di La. CY (my main man) and I went out on a blizzardy night and had our tummys filled with wonderful Italian cuisine. CY and I shared the appetizer special; grilled sardines over baby arugula with a fennel vinegarette. Then for a main course, CY had the special; sweet… Read more →

Wow! I Can’t believe I Found This.

So, I was organizing my cd’s trying to set some order in my life (tough job!) and I found a recording that I did back in 1999. It’s one of the only high quality recordings that I have of me playing piano and singing. I almost never sing and play at the same time and it’s funny to hear myself… Read more →

Sweet Solo

Last night I went to see trombonist Jacob Garchik, (a member of 4inObjects), perform solo. Elixir is a health food juice bar by day and on Thursday nights when the food service has closed down, the music starts to happen. I don’t know much about the series they have there but it has been my second visit to Elixir to… Read more →

Jacob Garchik Solo

Tonight the trombonist of 4inObjects, Jacob Garchik, will be performing solo trombone at Elixir Smart Bar in NYC. This is the second member of 4inObjects to do solo work in the past month. I’m excited to check it out since this is the first time I’ve gone to check out music since my “Nightmare of the Carob” incident. I’m sure… Read more →

Sperrazza/Blostein Quartet Tonight

Tonight my roomie, Vinnie Sperrazza will be performing at Smith’s Bar at 9:00pm with his quartet. His quartet features Matt Blostein on alto sax, Peter Brendler on bass, Danny Fox on piano and Vinnie on drums. This will be the first time I hear this particular quartet perform and I look forward to it. Vin’s a great drummer and I… Read more →

Congrats, Jacob, on a Great Night of Music

Last night was the beginning of the Jacob Sacks New Music Series 2005. This series was inspired by Jacob’s 10 year anniversary of moving to New York City. This first concert’s performers were Jacob Garchik and Ben Gerstein on trombones, Thomas Morgan on bass, Dan Weiss on drums and Jacob Sacks on piano. It was a real thrill for me… Read more →

Anyone in Peekskill?

Tonight I will be performing with Rob Garcia’s Sangha, a septet lead by the drummer (Rob Garcia). The others playing tonight are; Jacob Sacks (piano), Anat Cohen (clarinet), Adam Kolker (tenor and soprano sax and alto flute), David Phelps (guitar) and your truly on vocals. We are playing at One Station Plaza in Peekskill, New York at 9:00pm. All the… Read more →

The Nightmare of a Carob

Well, it has been a rough start to the weekend. On Thursday I discovered that I must be allergic to carobs. I was rehearsing with the Rob Garcia’s band, Sangha, for a gig we have today (I’ll post that in a bit), and we had a snack break and I was offered a carob covered almond. I took about 5… Read more →

Where the hell did the sun go?!?

Ok, I believe that I am a patient person but, all this rain, gray clouds and general darkness is really starting to get to me. We had one sunny day in I don’t know how long and I’m just starting to get pissed off! Yes, I know, how can you be pissed at something you can’t control? Well, just because… Read more →

The Sacks Series

On Friday, January 14th, my best friend and pianist extrodinaire, Jacob Sacks, will be performing the first concert of his 2005 music series. The other performers on this night are Ben Gerstein and Jacob Garchik (trombones), Thomas Morgan (bass) and Dan Weiss (the killin’ drummer I wrote about last week). Actually, everyone who will be performing at this concert is… Read more →

Awe Inspiring!

On Thursday night (January 6th) I went to the 55 Bar to hear Dan Weiss, my friend (and drummer for 4inObjects, the collective band we’re in) perform classical North Indian tabla compositions which he arranged for drum set. It was soooooo unbelieveable! It was more than 60 minutes of non-stop playing and each composition Dan performed became more intense as… Read more →

The Birthday Hang

Last night was Jacob’s (my best friend) birthday. We hung out at this great little restaurant in Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn called Cafe Luluc (214 Smith Street off the F train, Bergen station). This is one of Jacob’s regular eating joints. I have eaten there many times but I haven’t been there for a while and the menu has changed… Read more →

Holiday Obsessions

At this time, I have a mild obsession with the lengendary musician Billie Holiday. For any of those who don’t know her, she was one of the greatest jazz singers to ever exist. Being a jazz musician and vocalist, I can’t believe that I never really checked her out during my time at music school. It’s shameful almost. However, I… Read more →

Yeah Drums!

This Thursday (01/06/05) at 7:00pm, my friend and drummer of 4inObjects (the band I play in) Dan Weiss will be playing at the 55 Bar. Dan will be playing drum set but playing traditional North Indian tabla compositions with guitarist Miles Okazaki. Dan is incredible! If you live in New York City and you are free that night, you should… Read more →