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September 2019 Issue

Martin Wind Newsletter

Very special Trio with Jim McNeely and Matt Wilson/Lenny White this weekend!
Recap I: Family Vacation 
Recap II: Mays weekend
Recap III: Robinson Cookout 
Recap IV: Vail Jazz Party
Ed Neumeister Trio at "Silvana"
Going to the "Joy of Jazz" festival in South Africa with the Ken Peplowski Quartet  
Oregon Coast Jazz Party

Very special Trio with Jim McNeely and Matt Wilson/Lenny White this weekend!

As you all know I usually start my newsletters with a few recaps of previous concerts/activities. But this coming weekend I have a couple of really special gigs coming up, and that just needed to be mentioned first!
I met pianist, composer, and arranger extraordinaire Jim McNeely during my very first semester as a graduate student at NYU in 1996, and we've been friends ever since; he's written liner notes for a couple of my albums ("Family" and "Turn out the Stars – music written or inspired by Bill Evans") and we have shared the stage with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, a couple of my projects, as well as his trio and his ten-piece group.

He rarely plays small group club engagements anymore these days, since he’s been mainly focused on writing and conducting for the Radio Bigband in Frankfurt, Germany. Jim used to play for Stan Getz and Phil Woods and is an AMAZING pianist!

The drums chair will be occupied by my man Matt Wilson (Kitano, Saturday, September 21) and Lenny White (Deer Head Inn, Sunday, September 22), who has been my colleague at NYU for a number of years. Matt and I must literally have played on hundreds of gigs over the past 20 years or so – and Lenny and I have not been on a single one, so far - I can’t wait for this weekend!
Here are the details:
Martin Wind Special Trio feat. Jim McNeely (p) and Matt Wilson (d)
Saturday, September 21, sets at 8 pm and 10 pm: Jazz@Kitano
66 Park Ave, NYC,; 212-885-7119
and with Lenny White (d):
Sunday, September 22, 5 – 7 pm: Deerhead Inn,
5 Main Street - Delaware Water Gap, PA 18327; 570-424-2000
Martin Wind, Jim McNeely, Lenny White, Matt Wilson

Recap I: Family Vacation

I sure hope that you all had an amazing summer! I was very happy with mine, since it was busy enough with concerts in Europe, Colorado and the greater NYC region, as well as some studio work, but still allowed me to play plenty of tennis, watch the Mets climb back into the pennant race AND take my family on a vacation to Richmond, VA and Topsail Beach, NC. One of my friends who was born in Virginia asked me "…why Richmond ???!!". Well, we didn't want to spend the entire 10 days at the beach, so when I roamed the Airbnb site for interesting destinations I found a wonderful little apartment located right on the banks of the James River about 20 minutes from the city center. We visited the State Capitol (built by Thomas Jefferson) and a couple of great museums, ate really well ("Heritage"!!!) and swam in "our river".
After a couple of days we packed up and drove to a beach house in North Carolina, where we relaxed for a week; I think this photo sums it up pretty well:

Recap II: Mays Weekend

About once a year I try to get away from the instrument for a couple of weeks or so; it gives my body a chance to heal and my mind a chance to rejuvenate. Being away from the instrument and from music in general also allows me to rediscover my passion for it; towards the end of the “fasting period." I feel a thirst for sound and for the vibration and touch of my instrument. Highly recommended!

Anyway, the first two engagements after our vacation were with the reunited trio of pianist Bill Mays, drummer Matt Wilson and myself: we played concerts at Rutherford Hall in Allamuchy, NJ and at Sarah’s Wine Bar in Ridgefield, CT, and in between Maria and I visited Bill and his wife Judy for our annual summer hang at their cabin near Walker Lake, PA.

We swim, play tennis and Super Scrabble, eat and drink well and usually laugh a ton…here is a photo of Maria trying out one of Judy's many flamboyant hats…oh yes, and we did see a bear!!

Recap III: Robinson Cookout

It's one of the indicators that summer is coming to an end: the annual cookout by Sharon and Scott Robinson at their house in Teaneck, NJ. This year the date, unfortunately, fell on the ONE day of that week, that the weather was not pristine, which might explain a lower turnout than usual. But it was still a good one: the food was amazing as always with several smoked items: fish (partly self-caught), cheddar and parmigiana cheese, nuts, and bourbon!

And yes, there was some music-making going on in his laboratory; here you can see me trying to get something going on the Mandobass (photo by Maria Traversa):

Recap IV: Vail Jazz Party

Over Labor Day weekend I found myself going back to Vail, CO for their annual Labor Day Jazz Party. On my first day, I got to play two sets with my old friend and mentor, the great, swinging Jeff Hamilton on drums! Things started out with a Friday afternoon set in the festival tent at the Vail town square with my old bandleader, James Morrison and a couple of Vail camp alumni: Gabe Medd on trumpet and Kenny Banks Jr. on piano.
From l – r: Gabe Medd, Jeff Hamilton, James Morrison and Kenny Banks Jr. (Photo by Steve Pope)
Next up was an evening set with the Danish singer Sinne Eeg and her pianist, Jacob Christofferson, before I opened up the late night session together with a.o. pianist Larry Fuller and tenor saxophonist Jerry Weldon – what a great first day!
The following day I had completely off and spent most of it hiking up the Berry Picker trail (in 90 minutes!) and enjoying the Rocky Mountain views…
The weekend ended with yet another musical highlight: Bill Cunliffe's tribute to George Shearing with young Finish guitarist Olli Soikelli and the wonderful Lewis Nash on drums!

A surprise waited for me that day: my old friend from student days in Cologne showed up at our concert unexpectedly: , trumpeter, arranger and composer Chris Walden!

Ed Neumeister Trio at "Silvana"

I believe that we met on a tour with Jim McNeely's "Group Therapy" band a few years ago, and we also did a couple of hits at a JEN conference in Louisville, KT a while back; Ed Neumeister is an amazing trombonist, arranger, and composer, and I’m thrilled that he has rejoined the NY scene after retiring from his long-time teaching position in Graz, Austria.

Ed and I will be joined by the spectacular guitarist Vic Juris; I played one of my very first professional gigs with him after moving to NYC in 1996…I’m really looking forward to this one; here are the details:
Thursday, September 19, 6 - 8 pm: Silvana
300 W 116th Street, NYC,
Ed Neumeister, Ken Peplowski

Going to the "Joy of Jazz" festival in South Africa with the Ken Peplowski Quartet 

On September 25 I will be going to the African continent for the second time this year; fortunately it will be a direct flight from JFK to Johannesburg for a couple of appearances at the “Joy of Jazz” festival with the quartet of Ken Peplowski, which also features the talents of pianist Ehud Asherie and Matt Wilson. During my first visit there with Ann Hampton Callaway a few years ago we managed to leave a couple of days early and do a few safaris; we won’t have time for that this time around, but I still hope that we’ll get to possibly visit the township of Pretoria with Nelson Mandela’s birth house, etc…the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra will also be on the bill, so I’m looking forward to visiting with them and hearing them play.

Oregon Coast Jazz Party

Right after coming back from South Africa Matt and I will be joining our “sister” Dena DeRose for the recording of her newest album on October 1 & 2; with us will be special guests Houston Person, Jeremy Pelt and Sheila Jordan!

On October 3rd the three of us will hop on a plane to Portland, OR for what promises to be a fun filled weekend at the Oregon Coast Jazz Party. Dena, Matt and I will appear on opening night with the support of “Terrible” Terell Stafford – that’s what John Clayton calls him!

Other performances will bring me together with Houston Person, pianist Mike Wofford and drummer Lewis Nash, leaving musical director, flutist Holly Hoffman and guitarist Larry Koonze, as well as new host Ken Peplowski.
Mike Wofford and Larry Koonze have been legends of the West Coast scene, and I’m excited to finally be playing music with them!
So much for this edition; have a great early autumn, and I hope to see you at one of these upcoming events!
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