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  • Live Blog: Jenny Scheinman at the Village Vanguard 10.29.08

    October 29, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Village Vanguard Sign, Dusk 10.29.08

    See some photos.

    8:00pm
    Jenny Scheinman is celebrating the release of her album, Crossing the Field, with a quartet tonight - Jason Moran at the piano, Greg Cohen on bass, and Rudy Royston on drums.  The band rehearsed for two hours yesterday afternoon, then played two sets for opening night.  So expect a fairly cohesive unit for tonight's show.

    8:20pm
    Jenny is setting up onstage.  Getting ready for a nice show.

    9:04pm
    Jenny Scheinman opens with "American Dipper" - male version - from an earlier recording, Shalagaster.

    9:12pm
    American Dipper is North America's only truly aquatic songbird.

    9:14pm
    Jenny calls "Albert," and she calls saxophonist Albert Ayler a great melodicist.  I can hear that.

    9:17pm
    Band segues into "Through the Dark."  Greg Cohen is the go-to guy in this band.

    9:24pm
    "That's Delight," from the new album, Crossing the Field.

    9:33pm
    "The Frog" could be a cool pop tune.  I love the way this song evolves.  And Greg Cohen is such an outstanding bassist.  Such a complete musician.

    9:40pm
    This beautiful ballad called "Sleeping in the Aquifer."  Nice imagery.

    9:53pm
    After playing a new original, "Bray," Scheinman launches into "Hard Sole Shoe," from the new recording.  After a piano intro from Jason Moran, the groove is in the house.

    9:58pm
    We end the set with "Born Into This."  Autobiographical, Ms. Scheinman???

  • More Notes From The Dennis Irwin Benefit

    March 11, 2008. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Dennis Irwin died at 3:30 yesterday afternoon. Four hours later, in the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Joe Lovano's band led off what was to have been a benefit concert. Like Dennis, Lovano's bassist Cameron Brown is white-haired and medium height -- a detail you notice with bassists. I wanted to believe he was Dennis. Wynton Marsalis spoke of Dennis's "most magnificent attitude." The rest of the night spoke to his most magnificent music. Among the moments, Bill Frisell's phrases and spaces evoking "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," and Harry Allen and Joe Cohn's simple sax / guitar duo of "Body and Soul." David Berger told the story of Dennis coming to BAM to sub in the Harlem Nutcracker, a complicated, fast-paced score which Dennis virtually sightread. At the end of the first act, the band spontaneously gave the bassist a standing ovation. Dennis stayed in David's band for the next 11 years. Adorable in a tiny dress and high high heels, Aria Hendricks -- Dennis's love -- sang with her father Jon on "Doodlin'". Jon sang air bass on his solo.
    -Becca Pulliam