Undead Jazz Festival – Day 4 – June 26, 2011

It’s over. Four days of solid music with many outstanding performances. Last night, the Undead Jazz Fest was in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which gave me a lovely excuse to ride from my home in Sunset Park to Williamsburg via the NYC Greenway’s Brooklyn Waterfront section.

I saw a lot of great music last night. And for the three nights before that. One thing I found myself thinking (and then tweeting) was this: “Jazzers: Smile. Talk to the audience. Acknowledge applause after songs. You don’t have to ham it up. Just let us know you know we’re there.”

I didn’t make it through the whole night last night. I discovered partway through that I was jazzed out. Here’s what I captured in photos and tweets.

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“Nice bike ride from Sunset Park to #undeadjazz in W’Burg, where Bizingas is making it happen”

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“Kirk Knuffke wailing his ass off with Bizingas”

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“Ches Smith and his ‘stache laying down some Levon Helm swamp funk on Brian Drye’s tune ‘Puffer'”

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“Marika Hues is grooving to a packed and happy house at Cubano Social. And yes, that’s Peter Lorre.”

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“Marika Hughes playing sparkling version of ‘No Dancing’ by Don Pullen/George Adams band”
“Marika Hughes playing a love song for Gil Scott-Heron (her biggest influence) and New York City.”

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“The stage at Cameo. We’re either about to see Jon Irabagon … or Yes in 1973.”

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“Jon Irabagon and Mike Pride at #undeadjazz”
“This club (Cameo) is lit like one of Peter Gabriel’s nightmares.”

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“Classic Claudia: Moran, Gress, Hollenbeck, Speed, Reichman”
“The Claudia Quintet has a very interesting timbral blend. It’s sometimes challenging to know who’s playing which notes.”

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“The Claudia Quintet is a very serious-looking band.”

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“Hollenbeck is a mountain of intricate sound. That metaphor doesn’t really work, but you get the idea.”
“Hollenbeck really is a monster drummer.”
“Ok, this ‘Be Happy’ tune must be ironically titled. Kick-ass tune, but nothing about it says ‘happy.'”

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“Just chatted with Oliver Lake. Now checking out Bobby Previte’s band with Darius Jones.”

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“I was thinking about going home — feeling a bit jazzed out — but Previtte just pulled me back in.”

Undead Jazz Festival – Day 3 – June 25, 2011

I got home from Day 2 at about 2 a.m. on June 25, and at 9 p.m. the same day I was back for more music, still in Brooklyn, but this time even closer to my house. I like this trend and would recommend that all future jazz festivals occur in Sunset Park.

Here’s my recap of the evening in photos and tweets. (You can follow my live tweets from the festival — and on other days, too — at http://twitter.com/jasondcrane and http://twitter.com/jazzsesh. This is a selection of the photos I took. The full album is here. And by the way, if you’re enjoying these recaps, The Jazz Session could use your help.

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“Sylvie Courvoisier and Mark Feldman: post-apocalyptic chamber music.”

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“Matt Wilson’s drums, pre-magic”

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“@mattwilsonjazz delivers his promised ‘erotic press rolls'”

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“Skate park love with @mattwilsonjazz”

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“Devotion”

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“Matt Wilson is easily one of the deepest, most soulful musicians I’ve ever heard.”

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“Darius Jones bringing the cosmic soul to Littlefield”

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“Darius Jones Trio now sounding like the vanguard of the armies of Mordor”
“Adam Lane is a badass.”

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“This is like the soundtrack to Shaft Vs. Cthulu”

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“Darius just dedicated this tune to ‘Billy.’ Holiday? Hart? Drummond? Bragg? (I’m kinda hoping for the last one.)”

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“Elliot Sharp performing … or leading a meditation retreat.”

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“Dean Bowman giving a solo gospel clinic in a darkened skate park. A sentence I never thought I’d type.”

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“Dean Bowman now whistling more than one pitch at a time. Throat whistling?”

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“30 seconds in and I already love this bouncing, joyful performance by Anthony Coleman”

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“Satoshi Takeshi looks like he’s playing his drums in zero gravity”

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“If Monk had written tunes while falling down a spiral staircase, they’d sound like Anthony Coleman’s music. Really digging it.”

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“Electro-acoustic happy trance music from Mountains. Nice. Way too loud.”

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“David S Ware starting with a declamatory sopranino call. Darius Jones listens from a few feet away.”

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“The #UndeadJazz Fest: For Anyone Who’s Ever Wanted To See David S Ware Play Solo In A Skate Park By Candlelight.”

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“You got your jazz in my dub! You got your dub in my jazz! Jamie Saft at Littlefield”

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“RT @darylshawn Wasn’t expecting to see Larry Grenadier tonight (w/Jamie Saft and his beard) #undeadjazz / Me either. He sounds great.”
“On second thought, it’s not that surprising to see Larry Grenadier playing dub music. After all, he lives in Kingston.”

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“Never heard – or heard of – drummer Craig Santiago. He’s the bomb. Dub drumming ain’t easy, but he makes it sound that way.”

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“Jeff Lederer now joining Jamie Saft’s New Zion Trio. Saft: ‘It’s in E-flat.’ Lederer: ‘Let’s do it.'”

Undead Jazz Festival – Day 2 – June 25, 2011

This post is dated June 25, which is accurate because the show didn’t start until after midnight. But it was worth the wait. The format was a round robin. Dean Bowman sang solo, then was joined by Charlie Burnham. Then Dean left and Erik Friendlander played with Charlie. Then Charlie left … you get the idea. Here is one photo from each combination, in the order in which they appeared.

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Invocation: Dean Bowman, solo

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Charlie Burnham and Dean Bowman

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Erik Friedlander and Charlie Burnham

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Erik Friedlander and Elliot Sharp

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Chris Lightcap and Elliot Sharp

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Chris Lightcap and Brian Chase

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Brian Chase and Darius Jones

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Darius Jones and Jamie Saft

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Kirk Knuffke and Jamie Saft (I couldn’t fit them both in the shot because of where I was sitting.)

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Kirk Knuffke and Chris Speed

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Jim Black and Chris Speed

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Jim Black and Dave King

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Dave King and Marco Cappelli

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Chris Dingman and Marco Capelli

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Chris Dingman and Eivind Opsvik

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Eivind Opsvik solo — The End!

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