Month: October 2008

Tune In Wednesday

Tune In Wednesday

This Wednesday, October 22 at 6:00pm, pianist Jacob Sacks and I will be on WKCR 89.9FM on the Jazz Alternatives: Musician’s Show. We will be playing some selections of our music and music that has influenced us over the years. You can listen to this broadcast on the web or on your radio. So all you Canadians can tune in via internet!

Vinnie Sperrazza and Matt Blostein

Vinnie Sperrazza and Matt Blostein

Tonight I will be at The Cornelia Street Cafe to help celebrate the Vinnie Sperrazza and Matt Blostein group’s debut CD “Ursa Minor” on Envoi Recordings. I have known Vinnie Sperrazza and have had the pleasure to play music with him for over six years and in that time I have witnessed an artist who is truly finding his own identity as well as being one of the best young drummers working today.

Ursa Minor is a recording that displays a lovely collaboration of two wonderfully talented artists. Each musician contributes their own compositions which are lyrical and memorable.

Tonight’s performance Vinnie and Matt will be joined by Jacob Sacks on piano, David Ambrosio on bass and Mike McGinnis on woodwinds.

This is a performance definitely worth checking out.

Who: Vinnie Sperrazza and Matt Blostein Group
When: Monday, October 20th at 8:30pm and 10:00pm
Where: Cornelia Street Cafe (29 Cornelia St., NYC)

More Books

More Books

Over the past two months I have finished reading an interesting range of books. The most recent book that I’ve read is The Gargoyle, by Andrew Davidson (a Canadian!) It’s about a man who suffers horrible burns from a car accident. While in the burn unit at the hospital he meets a woman who claims that they were lovers 700 years before. The book goes back and forth from present time to the 12th century and Davidson also writes great folklore-like love stories in between. I don’t know if these stories are actual folk stories or legends from other countries but Davidson creates something convincing enough for me to believe that these stories might be.

I enjoyed this book overall. The writing is good and I liked the story idea. It was romantic, sometimes funny (I liked the voice of the narrator), and at times horrific (reading about the recovery of a burn victim is unbelievable). I do recommend giving this book a try.

A non-stop plot driven book is The Three Musketeers, by Alexandre Dumas. This book hits the ground running and pretty much doesn’t stop till the end. I understand why it’s considered a classic reading assignment in school. It’s a fun book although rather long (the print was so small that it would take forever to read a chapter). There are great villains, the cardinal and the evil Milady and of course our wonderful heroes D’Artagnon, Aramis, Athos and Porthos. I am a person who loves plot and this book does not disappoint. The writing is great and its just pure entertainment. I recommend you take a crack at it.

The last book was Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived, by Ralph Helfer. If you’re an animal lover then you might enjoy this book. It’s hard for me to believe that this is a true depiction of Modoc but it was nice to read. It’s a bit romantic and sometimes unbelievable but it still affected me none the less. It’s a sweet book.

That’s it for now.

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