Posts Tagged ‘matt baker’

Two nights ago I saw Christian McBride at the Apple store…for free…AND I was in the first row. To say the least, it was a sick show. He’s a bass beast and his quartet, Inside Straight, was also fantastic.

Last night, I journeyed to Paris Blues (in the rain again) to hear The Tove Langhof quartet, which was equally pleasurable. You obviously missed out on that. Great news, though! Their November Tuesday nights are extended through the month of December. Don’t miss them! Paris Blues in Harlem, NYC–121st and Adam Clayton Powell at 9:30pm. Get there early and watch Soul Train on the flat screen. Between sets, listen to bartender, Gilda, sing-along to some R&B love songs off the Juke Box. (I hear there will be free food cooked by Gilda one Tuesday evening in late December. Stay tuned.)

Last night, I recorded the quartet +1 playing my namesake song “Stella By Starlight”…missed the clever piano intro, but you’ll get the gist.

Tove Langhof-tenor & soprano sax 
Matt Baker- piano 
Ray Cetta- bass 
Dorota Piotrowska- drums 
Randall Murray- trumpet

(keep in mind, I recorded this on my iPhone and it sounds better with headphones) STELLA BY STARLIGHT

Tove Langhof quartet is rounding out it’s November residency at Paris Blues on the corner of 121st and Adam Clayton Powell in Harlem, NYC. I saw them play last Tuesday night on a ridiculously rainy evening that made the music become evermore jazz age. Minus the “Dancing with the Stars” on the flatscreen propped behind the bassist, I pretended I was listening to the hot and cool of musicians in Harlem’s jazz heyday. Don’t let Paris Blues’ shabby interiors detract. You’ll be sure to have an unique experience that you’ll be glad you didn’t miss. No cover. But drop a few to feed the musicians. Drinks are strong and made by a Jamaican woman who has been working there for 10 years. You might even hear Thriller, Hot in Herre, or Who let the Dogs Out? while the musicians take a break between sets.

Come hear jazz standards by some great musicians. I’ll be there.
Next Tuesday, November 26th @ 9pm

Tove Langhof-tenor & soprano sax
Matt Baker- piano
Ray Cetta– bass
Dorota Piottrowska- drums
Randall (he wears a black beret!)- trumpet

recorded from my iPhone last Tuesday (the pop at :18 is me taking my headphones out):