What are you laughing at John?
At first I felt like I had shown up to the wrong place, like at a party I wasn’t invited to. But once I had a drink or two I remembered this jazz band that came to my high school — these old dudes who had played with the likes of Billie Holiday. Every year they would come to our lecture hall and transport us to a magical land of free form fantasy that moved my soul.
Some of you may have heard of a little trio called Medeski, Martin and Wood. They’ve been around for about fifteen years and have developed an extremely loyal fan base. I don’t know if this is the norm, but there were definitely some dirty hippies in attendance. My favorite was the one with dreads who danced in front of me for the whole first set. Swarms of stoners showed up midway through the first set ( I’m sure they felt right on time) and by the second set alcohol turned some bros and hos into dancers. I guess improvisational jamband music makes people feel free? I can get into that.
This Wednesday night show at (le) Poisson Rouge was part of a 3-night NY tour taking place at small venues. Tuesday night was a seated (and possibly more civilized affair) at 92Y TriBeCa. The final show is tonight at City Winery. Jazz it up yo?!!