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January 2019 Issue

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Recap I: Kennedy Center Honors 2018
Recap II: Wind Xmas Party 2018
Recap III: Schubert's "Ave Maria" together with Alexander at Candlelight service
Recap IV: Jazz on the Mountain 2019
Birdland Jazzclub with Ann Hampton Callaway and Ingrid Jensen
Kitano with Libby York, John DiMartino and Warren Vache
Scott Robinson’s "Tenormore" CD Release at the Kitano
On the second day of 2019, I headed to Germany for my mother’s 70th and my dear friend Inga’s 50th birthday; I also recorded some solo bass for a short film about the legendary German photographer Jacques Schumacher. On January 11 I returned to the U.S., re-packed and headed up to the Mohonk Mountain House to play a great concert with Michael Wolff and Mike Clark that same evening….I admit that I got off to a late start with my first newsletter of the new year – but better late than never, right?

Recap I: Kennedy Center Honors 2018

As mentioned in my December newsletter CBS broadcasted the Kennedy Center Honors proceedings on December 26, 2018. For all of you who did not get a chance to watch the show here is a video of my personal highlight: Renée Fleming singing the piece “Aurora” in a tribute to Wayne Shorter.
Renée Fleming singing the piece “Aurora” in a tribute to Wayne Shorter.

Recap II: Wind Xmas Party 2018

It's been a tradition since we moved to Teaneck almost 15 years ago: usually on the 4th advent we like to invited friends and family to our festively decorated house and celebrate life. We usually serve the same main dish: salmon (anywhere between 2 and 4 big ones) and scalloped potatoes in a dill/lemon sauce. This year we had my mother back with us together with my sister Meike and her finance Marco, which means that there was a big batch of her famed mousse au chocolate on the dessert table, too.
My mother Uschi, my sister Meike and my wife Maria
After having way too much food some of us gathered in the sunroom to play: Maucha Adnet on vocals, Ted Rosenthal and Jim Ridl on piano, Matt Wilson and Isabelle Adnet on drums, Anat Cohen on clarinet and Mike Richmond and myself on bass….it was swinging!
Per special request by my lovely wife this year's festivities included some dancing for the very first time, too.

Recap III: Schubert's "Ave Maria" together with Alexander at
Candlelight service

A day after our party, Christmas Eve, we celebrated our older son Christopher’s 21st birthday with more food and my mother's legendary "Trümmertorte" – which translates to "rubble pie". After Chris opened his presents we all went to our little neighborhood church for a candlelight service, during which Alexander and I participated in some musical offerings; here is our version of Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria":
Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria"

Recap IV: Jazz on the Mountain 2019

As I already mentioned in my introduction the first musical encounter at Mohonk took place the evening of my return from Germany. I’ve known pianist Michael Wolff's name for many years, but never had a chance to play with him. Drummer Mike Clark and I actually played once about 20 years ago or so when Louis Armstrong's Queens home was turned into a museum. It turned out to be a very energetic start to the festival, which included a wonderful arrangement of the Beatles classic "Come together".... a looooong day finally came to an end!
 
After a day off I was looking at three sets on Sunday:
 
The day started with Scott Robinson's unofficial release concert for his new recording "Tenormore" - his first album ever, on which he exclusively plays his first love, the tenor saxophone. This set featured Helen Sung on piano and Pete von Nostrand on drums and only whetted my appetite for our upcoming weekend  (February 1 & 2) at the Kitano.
Then in the afternoon, it was time for Duduka Da Fonseca's "Brazilian Express": the group featured Maucha Adnet (vocals), Scott Robinson (reeds), Helio Alvez (piano), as well as special guests, saxophonist Don Braden, and guitarist Dave Stryker. The repertoire consisted of a mix of originals by Dom Salvador and lesser-known compositions by Antonio Carlos Jobim.
We all know that the artistic director of the festival, WBGO's Michael Bourne LOVES singers – so naturally in celebration of his 20th anniversary at this festival he invited a whole bunch of them to be part of a "singers’' jam" hosted by Janis Siegelnine of them, to be exact, which resulted in my longest set on the mountain in all the years up there! 

Here is about a minute and a half of a "20th-anniversary blues" that I presented together with my two Mohonkian friends, Dave and Scott:
"20th Anniversary Blues" - Dave Stryker, Scott Robinson, Martin Wind
As is usually the case, the Monday morning "Parlor Games" delivered some festival highlights, such as the opening instrumental selection "I remember you", Maucha Adnet's version of the Jobim Classic "Desafinado", Scott Robinson's bass sax ballad and a six-handed piano inferno during the festival-concluding Blues:
John DiMartino, Helen Sung & Helio Alvez
Over the course of our last night on the mountain the temperatures dropped dramatically and resulted in some stunning scenery:

Birdland Jazzclub with Ann Hampton Callaway and Ingrid Jensen

Starting January 22, I will be backing up two of my favorite musicians at the great Birdland Jazzclub in NYC: singer Ann Hampton Callaway and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen.
 
Last fall we premiered Ann's new show - a tribute to Linda Ronstadt - at 54 Below with a new band featuring pianist Billy Stritch, guitarist Bob Mann, drummer Tim Horner and myself on the acoustic bass guitar.
 
Tuesday, January 22 – Saturday, January 26, sets at 8:30 and 11 pm:
Birdland Jazzclub, 315 West 44th Street, NY; 212-581-3080
www.birdlandjazz.com
Ann Hampton Callaway: "A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt" featuring Ann Hampton Callaway (vocals), Billy Stritch (piano, vocals), Bob Mann (guitar, background vocals, and Tim Horner (drums)
 

Ingrid Jensen - Tribute to Kenny Wheeler


In addition to these five nights on the main stage, I will be doing two release nights with Ingrid Jensen and her tribute to Kenny Wheeler in the recently opened “Birdland Theater”.

The album is called "Invisible Sounds: for Kenny Wheeler" and just received a 4-star review in the January issue of Downbeat Magazine. I was happily surprised that the author of the piece, New York Times writer Giovanni Russonello, said the following: “But the secret weapon is Wind, whose frothy bass playing and constant rhythmic realignments go beyond honoring the brilliant design of these tunes”
 
Here is the entire review:
Ingrid Jensen and Steve Treseler
Invisible Sounds: For Kenny Wheeler
By Giovanni Russonello  |   Published Downbeat Magazine January 2019
Read the Full Review
Wednesday and Thursday, January 23 & 24, sets at 7 and 9:45 pm:
 
Ingrid Jensen Quintet: "Invisible Sounds" CD release featuring Ingrid Jensen (trumpet), Steve Treseler (tenor sax), Christine Tobin (voice), Gary Versace (piano) and Jon Wikan (drums)

Kitano with Libby York, John DiMartino, and Warren Vache


Here is yet another ensemble that I just love playing with: swinging singer Libby York from Chicago backed up by pianist John DiMartino (again ???!!!) and the lyrical Warren Vache on cornet – it is SO easy to play with them!

Wednesday, January 30, sets at 8 and 10 pm: Jazz @ Kitano
66 Park Ave, New York City, www.kitano.com;  212 – 885 – 7119

Scott Robinson's "Tenormore" CD Release at the Kitano


After one day off I’ll be back at the Kitano for a two-night engagement with Scott Robinson's quartet with pianist Helen Sung and drummer Dennis Mackrel in celebration of the release of the already mentioned album "Tenormore". I actually just picked up my copy at Scott's house here in Teaneck; he wrote some beautiful liner notes, that almost sound like a love letter to his 1924 Conn – his main instrument since he purchased it at a Maryland antique shop in 1975… Scott was even able to produce the original receipt – an image of it is in the booklet!
 
I’m extremely happy and proud to be part of this recording; furthermore, Scott decided to record one of my compositions called “Rainy River” – thanks, Scotty!

Friday & Saturday, February 1 & 2, sets at 8 and 10 pm: 
Jazz @ Kitano 66 Park Ave, New York City, www.kitano.com;  212-885-7119
Scott Robinson Quartet feat. Scott Robinson (tenor sax), Helen Sung (piano) and Dennis Mackrel (drums) 
Happy belated New Year
and hope to see you at one of these upcoming shows!
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