wonderful years of youthful
and also from my
mellow middle age of parenthood, angst,
Boy, it's been a while!
I played Jimi Hendrix' 60th
with JON PARIS at B.B.
Hiram Bullock came and sat in awesomely. They
have a great keyboard setup there-fun for me....
and I brought along my trusty little Yamaha
to do "The Burning of the Midnight Lamp" w/JP...
We're doing a new Dana Powell-Gospel Choir
concert with children, on 3/14/03...AND
a CD of it.
new Japanese Album for Sushi Kosugi from Beat on Beat Productions
a cool band:
T-Bone Wolk on bass (Hall & Oates, etc,)
Anton Fig on drums (Late Night w/Letterman band)
Jon Herrington on guitar, Roy Hendrickson
the old Power Station, mixing...Akira Sudoh producing.
We recorded at Tony Bennett's kid's studio in
NJ. . . the place used to be a train station-
it out : the tracks go right by the window.
Played with Benny Landa and Steve
at The C-Note, east Village. Lotsa fun.
Still recording TV music tracks; Still
at Sarah Lawrence College....
Still playin piano at the Empire Diner,
st @10th ave, most Friday nights...
Did I put on a bit of weight..?..Gail is
my stomach like a Buddha.
I am now officially
on a Diet.
My daughters are so strong! One's
and awesome. The other's 12 and a-mazing.
I just wish we all could make this world a
better place for them. . . They'll survive.
KERRY COULD have HELPed.
GEEZ, 4 years later, and Now It's
O B A M A
Things look good 19 days before the election.
I'm prayin hard for this one.
back to 2004....
I mini-chat with Bryan Adams from time to
I picked up a couple of newish synthesizers
XV-88 and Yamaha Motif) and an old Pump Organ.
But I'm still using MacOS 9.2....
WELL ACTUALLY 10.2.8 on this iMac
I picked up for nexta nothin at The Wiz...
JUST BOUGHT a Roland
V-SYNTH. IT is SOO
(I had to sell my Juno 60 to pay fer it...)
the Legend - and a Gentleman. Thanks for the Saki, Hiromi-san! It was
Janie Coulter Ross -
dog-mistress, and compassionate soul...Nancy Bender on Vocals.
Those Rude Boys @ Kirk's
- Hey Jonny Boy - where ya sleepin tonight?!!
And how bout Joe D's
with Sarah Vaughn's pianist, putting Mariah C. to shame? Hope you
liked my synth track...
AND the jazz-hop track we
at my place last week too !
& me @DumboStudios(!)
In The Pit of :Peter
Pan (the show) at
- Nov 21-22 !
I just did an interview
with a Bryan Adams fans site - it might answer some of yer questions. .
I "Spoke" with Bryan just the other day. He's
snappin' an' happenin'.
Rymer is this cool guy; a rocker, with
a bit of a country influence, who got off the road to have kids (kinda
like me, but different time-line) and all
of a sudden, his new tunes, were. . . KIDS' TOONS. . . So he makes
CD's now; I was lucky enuff (thanks to Dan Meyers at Dumbo Studios,
to play on his latest batch last week, and we're both still Hi from the
experience. Check out his site! gigs
On March 19, Dana
her Circle of Life Choir,
plus a kickin
band, featuring Derek
Talton (and me!)
on keyboards, Matthew's
on Drums and MPC, Curtis Savage
on guitar, George Lohre
and Tommy Dreds
on bass, Steph Chinn
on trumpet, and Frank Valdez
on percussion, and the Perfoming Artist
from Mamaroneck Avenue Elementary School, will be rocking the house at
Hommocks Middle School Auditorium, Boston Post Road (US1) and Weaver
(NY125), in Larchmont, NY. If you can get there, you will thank me, I
I'll be there too, to say "told ya so".
Some of our tunes are "You
Lean On Me" by Kirk Franklin, "Step By Step" by Whitney, "Gotta Use My
Imagination" by Gladys Knight and the Pips, "Colors of the Wind" from
Steven Schwartz and Alan Menken), and "Random Act of
by Al Jareau, written by Siddah Garrett, and 2 original tunes
the amazing Milton Vann,
formerly of The Boys' Choir of Harlem.
Tommy Williams, that
Rocker is at it again, and. the loon, he's draggin me along with him to
make that B-3 blend with his Hamer Guitar, tickling eardrums and
on The Island.
It looks like I'm gonna be
with Louie Flek at BB King's on Times Square, NYC, as part of a tribute
to Robert Moog, with Rick Wakeman
and Keith Emerson, Deodato, Jason
Rudess, a keyboardguyfest. Bob
Moog himself was there too, and very
Ernie Rideout, the editor of Keyboard
Magazine - quite the California Dude, tho he lives here with me in
the Big Apple now... May 18, 2004.
yer Reggae. Oh THAT was FUN
Daughter Jade's Bat
- One Week from Today ! ! !
She's amazin us all. She
ROCKED. So did Dylan's Candy Bar for the Party.
now it's August . . . another Japanese record with Sushi - ARASHI -big
working with Tony T and
up and comers, also the Elegante Gloria
doin the Diner, last night was a Par-Tay, if I do say. Donavon, you're gorgeous.
I've been playin on the new Jeff
Salen (from the Tuff Darts) CD; so is Tommy Ramone, Jon Paris, Big
Ed Sullivan, and Howie Finkel...The music is raucus and real. The
Buddha, is in this cool building down the street from Studio 54,
crawlin with music.
I met the guys from SED They were
at my friend,
Kirk's studio, Planet2Planet, down
on W.30 St. After
they let me play
on a coupla excellenttunes,
it sounded like a Nirvana-DeepPurple
and the lovelyAnita
too. I'm designing their logo.jk
It was fun. They rocked. I got to hug
Adams, meet Gary, the new keyboard
ate some of Manu's cooking. . .
I be jammin 8/6 with the John
Jared band, with Tony
Beard on drums (Hall n Oates), Ray
Gomez on guitar (Stanley Clarke) and John
Mombach on bass (yo mama.) at the SandBar
in J-city. Jared had a few CD's
out, and he's just returned from an extended stay in Jamaica.
mon, not Queens.
Then I gotta hustle to make it
to the Empire Diner for the usual Friday night piano
I attended WEDDSTOCK, 3 hours of Peace Love and Music in Great Neck,
the wedding party of Tommy Williams
and Holly Ann LaRocka.
I had the time o my life. playin B-3 and
diggin everyone's trip!!!
Soon, you kin go to tommy's
website for the FULL story.
See ya later.!.
Hello again- it's getting chilly here in
really threw us for a loop. How could it have happened?
Gotta keep working
and peace. That's
what I think. But it's amazing how far we have to go. . .
Oh well, lotsa gigs to keep my mind off
divided and misled state of our country:
Thien - more sessions - this time at my place - putting down some
Hammond B3 organ tracks through my old Leslie speaker...And that old
Wurlitzer electronic piano from yesteryear decided to tone down it's
to a minimum, so we could put it too, on Kirsten's chic yet heartfelt
rockin toons as well.
Resnicoff, the cutting edge filmmaker has been over here doing
for all sorts of productions.
Scott Morehouse, who knows more Asian
than Gammy Lahn, just left. I played synth bass on his new toons. He
synth-colors. He's quite a drummer too - we work at Sarah Lawrence
when they decide to do a show...
Avenue School is doin Cinderella
again, and me and my Yamaha Motif
are 1/5 of The Pit.
Luckily I kind of know the songs from the last time we did this Rogers
and Hammerstein Show there. . . Steph
is the maestro, and Maria McDaniel, Julliard
graduate and grandmother, is the hot pianist. Her son, Bruce
is slummin on bass.
Looks like I'll be doin doo-wop
of some speeches from The Taming of the Shrew, for Dee O'Brien,
most beloved Director, and my kid's English teacher. I'm gonna call it Shrew-wop!
Gotta get to it.
Well, I'm off to brunch with mom, see
Now it's later. Just jammed with Jon Paris at BB King's Christmas Eve
(after the Empire Diner.) I'm told it was good...
Wrote a new song or two.
post the mp3 here soon?
NEW YEAR'S EVE GIG -
(after the Diner) - (also
with Jon Paris) at The Cutting Room, 19
W. 24 St, NYC -
Well here we are: February
Thien keeps writing these great tunes, and my organ aches to play
the last 2 sessions we did for her, the organ broke both times!!!!-
the Leslie Speaker the first time. all fixed now!) She
came over today with ANOTHER one!(tune,
BassMan, Eric. . . it's gonna be SOME
Ryo Hayashi, the
associate of Zack Resnicoff has made his own short:
It's very cool, a bit
and it's called The Workout.
We're doing some soundtrack work at my studio, featuring Jon Paris on
me on B-3. (and MOTU's
Digital Performer v.4.5.2 sequencing (D.A.W.) program.)
Gonna be playing on Greg
new album. He was in The Revelons, a CBGB's band, and a neighbor of
from the Miamis, also a CB's band. Greg's a visual artist, and a dad
for the tasty soup, Mindy.
Speaking of Greggs,
a Gregg Shafritz Band gig at Cutting Room, NYC, on March 10. (same
that my old bud and boss, John Waite
is playing at BBKing's Blues
on Times Square....drat!)
The last gig I did with Mr. Shafritz, Cindy
Blackman from Lenny Kravitz
was the drummer. This time it's gonna be Kevin
Hupp. whooo! I played with Kevin, once with Boppin the Blues
and Jim Gregory, R.I.P.
the bass player with The Smile. Miss you, Jim. Kevin's got a studio
a bit, where you send him your ProTools session, and he plays and
drums on it, and sends it back. And he only does COMPLETE
TAKES! the flow rules.
Jim Keller, from Tommy
(637-5809-i-i-ine) and me reconnected after many years. There's a jam
he's been running at The
Brothers' space. He's written some James-Tayloresque songs
I really like too.
this cool new song, starting with a U2 like groove on the Yamaha Motif
sequencer, then added vocals reaching out to all my brothers
and sisters everywhere, lettin them know
secrets are cool, but it's also cool to let it out and tell it like it
is, and then put the V-Synth, the Hammond B-3, a heavily chorused
D-550 module, and a vintage Prophet T-8 on it. Called "Keep
It In Yer Pocket" or as my lady likes to
it, "Secret in yer Pocket."....I'm
in luv with it, but I'm not sure how to post it here for you to hear.
that makes 7
new ones since the cdBaby
and iTunes Store
release of "The Enlightenment of Age",
my last vocals CD, including NFD
(not funny, dad)
- a rap I did for my daughter, "Your
Love Is Like a Stone", this melange of
Carrack, Country & Western music, Spike Jones, and the Monkees,
by my indescribable feelings for the infinitely charming Gail,
designed to attract just that, but hopelessly naive in that conceit, "Get
Rid of Bushman", a remake of my 70's
"Mother Me, Baby", with obvious lyric intent, and the a capella
in the Leon Russell/Willis Alan Ramsey mold, "It
Might As Well Be Christmas" . . .
Oh, and XmasLonely
too, a sweet li'l 1 minute ins-true-mental So that's my
status at present...
did a session with - here's
their site.They're a really cool self-contained 4-piece band with 2
guitars, and one of the guitarists and the drummer are brothers. They
some really powerful and heart twingin songs. And cute ?!?!?!?! ubet.
Anyway, check em out. They wanted an Alien Touch on the new CD (I think
it's on Atlantic or an Indy distributed by Atlantic....) So their
McNair, (he's produced Good Charlotte and John Mayall) called me up
to play a bit of piano. Never had so much fun (or
such good coffee, as the day before
you, Andrew....) at Brooklyn
Recording studio. You gotta see this place! ! ! ! ! ! I don't know
which is more mind-staggering: owner Andy Taub's vintage
keyboard collection(Ace Tone organ,
2 kinds of vintage Wurlitzer electronic pianos, B-3 (of course), pump
Octagons, 2 farfisas, red sparkle top (custom) Rhodes Suitcase, eminee
organs (i could pass on those...) or
sheer size and opulence of his multi-loft building in Brooklyn (check
the site, I guess, and decide for yerself.) Seems I'll be goin back
next week - one more song needs that Octogenarian
Tommy-Touch. can't wait.
Turns out I played on a
other tunes, including a combo organ track that kept me dancin below
And thanks Gerard,
for your generosity,
the face of Atlantic's
bogus jive walkin. Matty! Sean! SEE YA
Now it's almost 2006, and I'm back playing
MUSIC with DANA POWELL and the kids at
Avenue School again.
"Performing Artists" we call em, and the
is in April. Milton Vann, Kathy
Savage, Joan Chess & George's
Band also star.
Just finished doing The Wizard of Oz at
same venue. I used my Yamaha Motif. Bob Leinback's daughter played
Rymer's new CD, EVERY DAY IS A BIRTHDAY is coming out REAL soon.
Lee told me he digs it.
(the original Godspell drummer) and Boppin
Becky Beaudin and
Bro and I
on New Year's Eve, or so it seems.....
Did I tell ya I played B3
on BEAT Productions at AVATAR Studios,
which was the studio we recorded a lot of Bryan Adams' Albums at when
was called POWER STATION
back In the Day?
The CD was for Satori
Shiraishi, from Orange
And of course, Sarah
college students are singing up a storm in Dave McRee's class.
You gotta hear Erica, Emily, Hunter, Danielle, Sarah, Amanda,
and the rest of em. Wish Icould singlikethat!
O I wrote a couplanew
songs, since Keep it In Yer Pocket.
And an instrumental is in the works too.
Alexy Kogan is rockin
most beautiful ProTools room, VodaMuzik, courtesy ofme and my friend,
His music sounds like a
between Aerosmith and Shostakovitch.
Speaking of old Dmitiri,
just reading this "fictional" book about him at Borders...
get back to you with the Title. Sorry. Alzheimers.
CENTRAL, by William Vollmann That's It!
Next on th List, BRADY
- check out his website.
I think I've played on his
3 CD's, and now some gigs are coming up.
He writes really rockin
I played with The
Drifters over the weekend.
The current ones are 4
black singers, and they can dance too...
We did Up
on the Roof, On Broadway, There Goes My Baby,
and other hits of theirs.
Funny 'bout the Drifters -
had many big hits in the 50's and early 60's,
But their lead singers
getting 'solo deals' : goin off on their own and making hits.
Ben E. King; Clyde
TommyMandel, all started out as lead
for the Drifters.
Just kinda drifted off on
own I guess.
Oh wait- Tommy Mandel
was a Drifter*But
he did PLAY with em Saturday Night...
My Latest CD of songs,
How I Got Myself Killed
Is now available at cdbaby
(hard copy) and the iTunes
Store (Digital Download)
Pick one up. It's got some
stuff on it. Lotsa politix
too, I'm sorree 2 say...
Matter of Fact, my whole
or most of it, is also for sale there.!.
all my CD's at the Apple iTunes
Store online, or u kin search for "Tommy Mandel" there...
Well, I've got one daughter (the Pre-Med one) doin Organic Chemistry at the kitchen table
And now I gotta go pick
up the little one (the basketball hiphop Chinese whiz),
CD coming out soon
REST IN PEACE HILLY. . . Thanks for all
the Support you gave us
Wow- I just got out of
playing for DJ
It was this Billie
but the music was ALL different,
Then I tumbled up to BB
Blues Club in Times Square and Jon
was kind enuff to invite me to play the 2nd set with him. Jimmy Kunes
the new Cactus)
was singing like Paul Rogers, Amy Madden on Bass, Andy Bigan on drums,
and Jon was, as always, being. . . Jon. Fun.
Next@Mamaroneck Avenue School?
~ Bruce McDaniel ~MD-from NineMensMorris
Laurie Gage and Steph Chinn, Greg
and 2 other Local Heroes Fill the Bill
in with my
old band, Bryan
including Bryan, Mickey
Curry (drums), Keith
guitar) and the
'new' members -
and Norm Fisher, when they played @
The Beacon Theater in NYC this past January. It was fun and
else? Nine Men's Morris hosted a show
Thomas and I
got to play
with both acts. Vanese is an incredible
father is Rufus Thomas (of Walkin the Dog
fame) and her sister, Carla, sang Gee Whiz, one
of my favoritely wistful sexy ballads of all time.
Rymer has a
new CD that's
in the final stages, with Dan Myers once again co-producing, this time
in this hidden
high-tech studio in
the basement of building in Hell's
you open the door and expect to see
the Janitor's broom closet, and instead see vintage Studer Analog 24 track tape
Trident consoles, ProTools, real pianos - it's called Threshhold, but we
thought TimeWarp might
be a good
moniker. This time, I was adding organ tracks to his live keyboardist,
excellent already-recorded tracks, and it was the usual fun-love
also takes me along occasionally to
play live, like in
December in Montauk
for the Elvis Presley of Socialism,
90th birthday party. This guy has started unions, taught in the NYC
system, and I hear he does a mean cha-cha.
enough to see/hear lately: Ellen
in Alphabet City, in fact here's a
video we did in the early days of rock
videos, in some loft
Duncan and Scott E. Moore
double bill @ The
also in the East
International Rap Fest
in Tribeca, The Apple
live with Kirsten
Thien, and her boss
section of Johnny Pisano (bass) and Dylan Wissing (drums) at Penang, Benny Landa
recording awesome Beck-like guitar tracks (Jeff, that is!) and musing
strangeness of our world in general - girls and music business in
programming for Patti Smith's Tony Shannahan before their Bowery
bunch of keyboards, including my Hammond B-3, at my place, for
a talented singer/songwriter from
Should be out
soon. . .
This Thursday, I'm goin into the Juvie in
Brooklyn to teach the young inmates
Midi Programming and Digital
Audio Recording trix. . . We can't make CD's, because they
haven't been sentenced yet, and if they get off, there has to
(legallly) be no record of them
ever having been incarcerated. Strange, but
I'm hoping to learn as much as I teach. (if I get out alive!)
OOOOWWWW! - that was just amazing - sad and deep.
The young inmates walked around like they were whipped puppies
Well, not all of them: out of 10, there were maybe 3 or 4 PROUD ones.
But all of them were very curious to reach out and be reached out to by
someone from the Outside.
This place was in a not so great
but not so horrible
section of Brooklyn, behind barbed wire.
Old brick building. Inside, (after the metal detectors and double
locking bulletproof glass doors)
it was kind of like a 50 year old elementary school or a hospital in
These 10 teenagers were brought in to the small classroom where I had
set up my rig for the day
Ti/667DVI with Digital Performer,
Ensoniq ASR-x sampling drum
Shure SM57 microphone,
Yamaha Motif 6 synth
Roland MA80 (i think)
The social worker-inventor
of this program, Alex Rivers, a cool young guy, talked for a while,
I showed some old records
that I had played on (Alex said that would give me street cred)
Then I tried to show em
how sequencing worked and explain the difference between MIDI and
Digital Audio recording,
And gradually they started
drifting - you know, losing interest a bit....
So Alex goes - HEY LET'S
MAKE A BEAT!
So this really tall Asian
kid with glasses makes a beat with his mouth, and I don't sample it,
but I transcribe his 'notes' into a 2 bar MIDI sequence - playing a Hip
Hop kit on the Motif.
Then then start to come
alive! (They can relate to this. . . )
(the startling part's coming up)
A few minutes later, one of the other guys has come up saying "It needs
(it already had a snare!)
But I show him the drum pads on the ASR-x and say 'You put one in.'
We can't find the sound he's looking for, and it turns out he means "a
So he records one, and it's cool, but i wanna jazz it up,
so we record its Audio into Digital Performer, and I REVERSE it (in DP - a plug-in.)
So now we've got the
'mouth beat' and this kid's reverse hi-hat track, kind of Beatle-y,
And - that seems to be enuff in the Music Dept.
NOW IT NEEDS A VOCAL.
no one will get up, so me,
I do the dumbest rap that comes into my mind/mouth for 4 bars.
Once they see how lame THAT is, then they ALL wanna do one themselves!
So first one kid gets up, I give him the mike and he does 16 bars IN
And like, it's totally crafted - all worked out - like he's spent his
miserable days inventing this crystalized perfect embodiment and
expression of his pain and 'understanding' of the world and the way it
Then this other guy gets up, and I give him the next 16 bars, and
HE DOES HIS THING.
Same deal- completely rehearsed, in perfect rhythm and rhyme, tuff
funny and very sad.
Angry of course.
But nothing like the 3rd and Last Guy,
The Big Asian.
"I'm a Gangster" he
And then 32 bars of the meanest most misguided but well thought out
rhyme and rhythm rapping.
I put different electronic effects on each of their parts.
And it's mixed and done.
Alex Rivers says - you know these guys are Juveniles, and legally,
there can be no public record that they have ever been incarcerated
until they are of age.
So no recording of this can leave this facility.
Time to leave.
"Come back," one of them tells me.
But by the time I do, it will be a new crew-
those young men were only in there awaiting sentencing.
That period is usually about 2 weeks.
The one other thing I will
say, is that the few staff members that I met in the place, were all,
in my 1st impression, very very good people. I'll leave it at that.
end of story.
Here's an interview I
did with Bryan Adams' Dutch fan club. There's a link to their site at
Current Giglets: James McGovern @ the Slipper Room, Michelle Myers Benefit @ The Hudson Theater,
James Tommy (TuTone) Keller
@ Brooklyn Shiatsu Center, and the
Diner as Usual.
'M BACK AGAIN - Almost
some Brady Rymer Gigs
!! VOTE for BRADY for a
best kids' record of
2 new Piano Songs (since I gave up my addiction to
Day Trading stox)
And another one, called
"You Smiled" but I'm not sure how it goes from there!
SMIIIIIIIILED at me and really blew my mind:
was I to do?
(yeah, need more
lyrix, i guess
But the music is sweet : )
more fun grabbin em off my
New Song recording
Hilly Michaels - AMAZING power
Bandcamp demos for their new
CD - did I already mention that?
Indro gig in the Village - CD
release party - pretty interesting
Recording my Pump organ for Sesame Street or some such show
BeatleStock fill-in - Tommy as Billy
Preston (I wish!)
13 new awesome singer-actor students at Sarah Lawrence
Didn't play there, but
witnessed Evertt Bradley
and Alex Alexander's wild
jam in that park in the East Village..
But i *did* play a bit - sitting in with an excellent band, at my HS
Reunion. Thanks to Joe Rinaldi,
he was the other hot organist in my class at Mamaroneck HS back in the
My kid's playing BASS now! and
I'm a proud poppy over THAT one!
Been to Colorado, Michigan and Massachusetts and back.
I been working with a fine
singer and human, Mr. William David McCree.
Well here it is, Passover,
2008, and it's time to tell you the new stuff:
Empire Diner cheaped out - no more piano players, but luckily my pal
Dave Leonard hired me to play Fridays at his cool seafood restaurant
It's in the Flatiron district, not far from the Empire D, but the vibe
is richer younger and hipper. And the food is mmmmmSoYummy.
Well, THAT gig ended after the
summer - they up and SOLD the place!
Here's my new location:
MANDEL - SOLO PIANO
DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON
INDIAN ROAD CAFE & MARKET
It's UPTOWN, and it's COOL.
Manhattan, NYC, NY, USA, NA, Earth, Solar System, Milky Way, Universe
#93,000,623, G-d's Mind
Real good Food, Great Bartender hip staff, Nice Piano, friendly eaters and drinkers, er, patrons.
Just finished playing in Bruce
pit-band for Sound of Music.
Rogers and Hammerstein really
knew how to write tunes, I'll say.
I been Playing B-3 on
sessions for Euphoria
at Acme Recording Studios.
That is one class act,
Euphoria. And Acme has an amazing and aesthetic
set-up for recording Hammond Organ.
Peter Dennenberg, the co-owner/engineer, did Spin Doctors and Mick
Ronson's last mixes.
Bryan Adams has a photography
exhibit in NYC, as well as an acoustic gig here both in May.
I'm going to Sweden
to play with Ellis
Hooks. Tommy Williams is the band-leader on that one.
And I think the bass player is Muzz Skillings from Living Colour.
And an AMAZING AMAZON
young girl-drummer from Roy Ayers.
But before that, it's time
for the Traditional Gender Bending of another
Sarah Lawrence College Song Night - May 1,2,3 !
Speaking of Sarah Lawrence, The Music Dept. has been kind (and smart lol) enuff to
hire me to work with
the vocalist and professor. Words can not describe this guy.
I'd suggest going to his website, and
checking him out.
When I get the strength, I'll try to put a page up about him.
He's hip, smart, and has
an infinite amount of experience and wisdom to impart to his lucky
Nick Barnes' new CD is coming out soon.
He's a street-smart Brit with a heart the size of Kansas. I help him
out with keyboards,
(he sends me his songs as
mp3, and I add my music to them, mix it up, and send them back to him.)
we may have met once (he insists we have, but my memory ain't that
good!) back in my Dire Straits days...
But since that was 25 years
ago, I guess you could forgive me for forgetting : )
It's different, working on music with someone without even being on the
same continent as them
(does that mean we're
incontinent? hope not...)
But it seems to work. Nick has also been cool enuff to plug a few of my
tunes on his radio programs.
(Oh did I tell you - he's
become a dj too - in Canada, England and Holland.)
over and out
Wow, the Revelons' CD just came out and
(to use an overused and possibly, by now, anachronistic, epithet)
Krystal, the mellow biker, founder of CBGB's passed away, as you
probably know by now.
He was always open to new
and off the beaten path ideas, like The
Miamis, for example.
Bye Hilly. Looking Up to You.
I been playin with this great
bass player, Lincoln Schleifer, (thanks to another one, Zev Katz!)
Saw Steely Dan last night at The Beacon Theater-
but the biggest thrill was watchin my
girlfriend dance to (i'm
never goin back to) My
Old School - their Finale.
(Actually her HS reunion
was 2 weeks ago, and we DID go!
Met Adam Nagourney of NY
Made him smile. Well, he
was smiling already.
I guess I broadened the
smile a bit.)
I've been fortunate enough to be
working (again) with matthew
bair, the lead singer/guitarist from Bandcamp.
I played on their CD's (augmenting Sean Gould, an interesting
musician on many levels!)
Well Bandcamp is now defunkt,
but Matt is doing all
sorts of amazing things.
He's in EVE6 now !
Going to Japan like, yesterday.. .. ..
He's also gonna be on The
Real World next Wednesday (June 25 -same day I go to Sweden - DRAT! I'll miss
Anyway I'm helpin out on his solo project, it's called SEQUEL.
More soon on that, like, links, etc.
More recent gigs and giglets
The Hot S**T All-Stars-
Deep Purple Tribute at BB. Kings
Jimmy Kunes (Cactus)
vocals, Greg Smith (Nuggent & Movin Out) bass & vocals,
Angus Clark (TransSiberian Orchestra) extreme Guitar, and Young Charlie
(love how they
musicians at BB's -
He must have promised
himself at one tuff gig on the Chitlin Circuit (or 1000) that when he
struck it rich and had his own club,
no musician would ever go
hungry there. It's heartwarming how well everyone there treats the
bands. Like a family.
Julian Civange French GlamourGuy from La Place -
Our last CD's tracks are on a Space Probe that just passed Saturn, or
More recording at Tommy's Place, NYC -
James McGoven and Kirsten Thien gigs around and about town.
Mini-Tour of Sweden with US Blues-Rock Street Hero Legend
with Bass Player from Living Colour and Camille Gainer on Drums and of
course Tommy Williams MD/Guitar
Sarah Lawrence has started up again, some great
kid-singers this year,
For me to accompany, coach, turn on to the great music of yesteryear
(they're open to it too!)
And for me to get
turned on to some more recent goodstuff:
Conor Oberst, lotsa Gwen
St., John Legend, Alicia Keyes (well, I'll hafta get backatcha on that
Vintage Nirvana, Jeff Buckley, Aretha singing Sam Cooke, Bowie of
course (they all like him)
One kid writes her own stuff on ukelele, and she's a real rocker, I
worry for her.
Then there's this divine born again who sings like the 2nd coming, and
a blonde from SoCal with a voice and the gift of drama,
and a guy who could be the X-Man that sings,
and another hard rockin guy and
a repeat offender who sings
The Miamis Greatest Hits
soon to be released
(We played at CBGB's and Broadway Charlie's in the days of Blondie,
Takling Heads, Richard Hell, post-NY Dolls)
(and David Johansen used to come in and sing Sinatra's THAT'S LIFE w/us)
LOVE AS LAUGHTER - HOLY -
Recorded at Joe Blaney's Studio - Me on Joe's Old Piano, and Hammond
Moi? ME: - SOLO PIANO
DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
(I'm hoping for THURSDAYS)
INDIAN ROAD CAFE & MARKET - in the Inwood
Try It - You Gonna
Manhattan, NYC, NY,
USA, NA, Earth, Solar System, Milky Way, Universe
#93,000,623, G-d's Mind
Real good Food, Great Bartender hip staff, Nice Piano, mello eaters and drinkers, er, patrons.
Gigi Fouquet is rockin her early-twenties lifestyle, eighties-lovin sweet-singin good-loookin ♫ chick-a-rina world -
aaaand she's lucky, smart and tasty enuff, ♫to
have ME in her band! (along with Alex A. Keith G. and Kareem Devlin, q.v...
Check us out at her next gig -
she sings like the love
♫child of Counting Crows'
singer (Adam) and Janis Joplin.
with better rhythm (she velly fun-kee) and much better
My favorite one is
♫Alan Wauters Project♫
@ B.B. Kings
Bangladesh - The 3rd Year
@all over town:
Big Beat featuring vocalist extraordinaire, Peter Brown
IT's BEEN WAY
too long. . .
Tomorrow, 2010 occurs
But the end of 2009 brought some really gratifying work my way.
Specifically 3 gigs:
tribute to Christmas and Funk, can best be described by his site, so I will say no
more. Go. Now : )
PS. the gigs were fantastic - GREAT band
Alex Alexander - drums
Keith Golden - bass
Vini Miranda - guitar
Me - keys
Conrad Korsch - upright bass, bg's
Nicki Richards - bg's and occasional lead vocals
Celia Chavez - bg's and creative organization
Amanda Homi - vocals and exotic percussion
Daniel Mintseris - keyboardist emeritus
Lucy Woodward - Mother Mary and Sheila the Schwinger
Jonathan Arons - Trombone and Dance
Elaine Caswell and Shawn Pelton - vocals and SpaceDrum Grooves
William Galison - Chromatic Harmonica
Kiku Collins and her Amazon Horn Section
Chipp Kidd and
Mars Trillion's Artb
reak may be an acquired taste,
but like good scotch, I acquired it, and will be coming back for more.
We played Dixon Place last
night, with a great rhythm section, whom I know
mostly from Kirsten Thien's
Dylan Wissing - drums
Johnny Pisano - bass
Paul Shellack - guitar
Chipp is another unique
and tough-to-describe artiste.
Kind of like Tom Jones and
Truman Capote all rolled into one.
I was assigned to trigger
Mars' beautifully nightmarish samples,
but I did get to rock and funk out too.
Plus Marco's and Paul's
kids were there!
Fabulous Freddie Khaw
put together another steady but wild bunch
of responsible crazies that used to be musicians but are now family men,
up 3 fine chinese
recording stars in Atlantic City
and I was one of these crazies. I say crazy,
because it's a full 20 hours between pickup and dropoff,
and if you get 2 hours sleep you are extremely extremely luck, cuz
eating, rehearsing, rehearsing more
(with the artists, some of whom have just gotten off
of the plane!) then eating more, changing into gig clothing in room,
and finally, PLAYIN YER *SS OFF! - hitting the stage at 1:15 AM ! ! ! !
with the fabulous
"STAGE CREW" dancers
from Queens, no one was falling asleep, believe me!