Martin Wind Newsletter - August 2018
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August 2018 Issue

Martin Wind Newsletter

Recap I: Premier Performance of Bass Concerto "Legacy"
Recap II: Quartet Tour to Northern Germany and Denmark
Family Vacation Impressions
Upcoming gigs around town – Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and Bill Mays Trio
CD "Light Blue" nominated for Downbeat Magazine's Reader's Poll – please vote!
R.I.P. Glenn Davis

Recap I: Premier Performance of Bass Concerto "Legacy"

Since last October this project has completely consumed me – ask my family, friends or students…
Then on June 30 it finally happened: the premier performance of my bass concerto "Legacy" at the "Stadttheater Flensburg" as part of a proms concert with my quartet and the local orchestra. The evening was incredibly exciting, fulfilling and, most of all – so much fun!
In the weeks leading up to this date I had practiced with the kind of discipline that I remember...vaguely...from my student days at the conservatory in Cologne, Germany. Countless hours of planning, writing, orchestrating and eventually learning the piece finally came to fruition in front of my hometown crowd – a truly unforgettable experience.
I certainly hope that I'll get to play the concerto many more times myself, but I would also love to see other bassists perform the piece with orchestra or piano accompaniment…we shall see.
Here are a few action shots from the second performance on July 1st in Rendsburg:
The Bass Concerto (by Rolf Kiessling)
The program also included Bill Cunliffe's arrangement of Gershwin's "Concerto in F", as well as five compositions from my latest album, which I arranged for the quartet and orchestra in the segment "Symphonic Light Blue".
Bill Cunliffe, Peter Sommerer, Scott Robinson, Martin Wind and Joe La Barbera 
(Photo by Rolf Kissling)
MW Quartet taking bows (photo by Dietmar Vogel)

Recap II: Quartet Tour to Northern Germany and Denmark

We got to warm up a bit for the orchestra concerts at a quartet gig at the "Englischer Bahnhof" in Husum; our second week concluded with concerts in Kiel and at my former high school, before we finished the tour in style: we played two nights at the legendary "Montmartre Jazzclub" during the opening weekend of the Copenhagen Jazz Festival.

Special guests included bassist and singer Kristin Korb, as well as Kirk Knuffke on cornet.
In the backstage area of this historic venue I found this photo of two of my idols: Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen on bass and Alex Riel on drums!
Actually I managed to meet and hear Alex play for a second at a different venue – at 77 years he is still acting like a child, and is still playing with so much curiosity, swing and excitement!

For the entire tour the weather was absolutely spectacular, which also made for an amazing day of sightseeing in Copenhagen:
During our one-hour boat ride we saw dozens of Danes swim in the Copenhagen Harbor! Imagine that happening in NYC… 

Family Vacation Impressions

After our tour ended I drove from one European metropolis to another (Berlin) to meet my wife Maria and my two sons Christopher and Alexander. We explored this vibrant city, caught up with friends and family in my home state of Schleswig-Holstein and spent a wonderful week in a summerhouse on the Danish North Sea coast. 

Here are some impressions:
Here are the boys in front of the German parliament and remnants of the Berlin Wall; Maria and I in front of the Berlin Dom. 
On July 12 we got to hear Pat Metheny’s quartet in a fantastic concert and got to spend some time with him afterwards; with us are my dear friend Ulf Meyer and his wife Ivonne.
We shared our little summer home in Denmark with yet another old friend of mine Olff Appold, and his family. Olff and I met as teenagers, and he's been my "house photographer" for about 25 years or so resulting in many CD covers and promo shots. Yes, we DID have fun up there…

Upcoming gigs around town – Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and Bill Mays Trio

After being all over the place for four weeks I was so much looking forward to sleeping in my own bed…also I’m looking forward to playing music again here in and around NYC.
On Monday, August 13 I will be joining the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra again a couple of sets at the Village Vanguard:
Village Vanguard, 178 7th Ave South;
Sets at 8:30 and 10:30 pm
And on Friday, August 17 I will be reunited with my dear friend and mentor Bill Mays at a relatively new venue in Nyack, NY  - with the wonderful Ron Vincent on drums.

MAUREEN'S JAZZ CELLAR, 2 N. Broadway, Nyack, NY 10960
(845) 535-3143,
Bill Mays Trio featuring Bill Mays (piano) and Ron Vincent (drums)

CD "Light Blue" nominated for Downbeat Magazine's Reader's Poll – please vote!

Even though I did not get nominated as a bassist I'm proud and happy to report that my latest album "Light Blue" was listed in the "best album" category of Downbeat Magazine's Reader's Poll!

If you have a minute please "go out and vote"; it just takes a few minutes and is only possible for a few more days (August 4) – thank you!

R.I.P. Glenn Davis

Usually I do not reflect on the passing of a member of our jazz community, but in this case I decided to make an exception. Drummer Glenn Davis was an institution in New Jersey and just passed away on July 23 at age 78.

He is probably mainly known for his affiliation with Marian McPartland, who he worked with for more than 20 years; actually through him I got to play with Marian once at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan – I'll never forget it: we played tunes by Chick Corea and Ornette Coleman, she was so hip!

Glenn also played with Stan Getz and numerous other notable jazz musicians in his 60-year career, but my experience was usually that most people especially outside of New Jersey were not familiar with his name.

He really blew me away at my first time playing with him at the Deerhead Inn together with pianist Bill Mays: he had such a great groove and could swing with the best of them! I just loved the sound and feel of his ride cymbal and always thought that he was extremely underrated.

Fortunately I got to play with him several times in the trio of pianist Jerry Vezza; here is a photo of the three of us at some country club function together with saxophonist Virginia Mayhew:
Glenn Davis, Martin Wind, Jerry Vezza and Virginia Mayhew.
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