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November 2018 Issue

Martin Wind Newsletter

Recap I: Phoenix, Arizona with the Bill Cunliffe Trio
Recap II: Kennedy Center Honors 2018
Kitano with Duduka Da Fonseca's Brazilian Express
New Year's Eve at Mezzrow with Maucha Adnet, Duduka Da Fonseca and Helio Alvez

Recap: Phoenix, Arizona with the Bill Cunliffe Trio

The timing could not have been better: on Wednesday evening, November 14th,  Tim Horner and I flew West to hook up with pianist Bill Cunliffe in sunny Arizona; the next morning the NYC area got hit by an early snowstorm that caused mayhem on the roads, rails and airports – canceled flights, stranded travelers and complete gridlock for commuters.

While all of that was happening back East we spent the first part of the day teaching a master class at Arizona State University, where we ran into our dear friend Lewis Nash:
With Lewis Nash and Tim Horner
Afterward, we commuted to our home for the weekend, the exclusive "Sagewood" retirement complex, located right next to the fantastic Musical Instrument Museum in Scottsdale. 

This is also where we played our first concert the following day before going into town for a performance of Dvorak's "New World Symphony" by the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra by invitation of our wonderful hosts, Lee and Susan Berk:
I was amazed to find out that Lee used to be the brain, heart and soul of Boston's "Berklee College of Music" – and it was even named after him…

On Saturday Tim and I went for a gorgeous hike to the Apache Wash Trailhead Park:

Recap II: Kennedy Center Honors 2018

Last year, when I was getting ready to drive back down to D.C. for the 2017 edition of the Kennedy Center Honors, one of my NYU students at the time, Marcel Wiedmaier, encouraged me to introduce myself to his father Robert – an award-winning chef and owner of several restaurants in the D.C. area.

As it turns out his "flagship" restaurant "Marcel's" (named after my student) is located right across the street from our hotel!  

Robert and I hit it off, and what a culinary experience it was - French cuisine from another planet…AND he is a jazz fan/supporter and features live music at several of his venues!

With my fourth consecutive KC Honors trip looming I reached out to Robert to suggest a special concert at "Marcel's" together with two of my favorite D.C. musicians, Chuck and Robert Redd.

It turned out to be a GREAT event – the designated music space near the bar sounded fantastic, the Redd Brothers were on fire, and my colleagues/friends from the KC Honors band Tony Kadlek (trumpet), Steve Canyon (alto sax) and Jamie Lawrence (piano) sat in with us, taking things to another level. 

To top it off, we had NEA Jazz master Todd Barkan leading us through the evening; here is a photo of Robert, Todd and myself taken by the groovy Katja von Schüttenbach:
On the third day of my D.C. stay I treated myself just like the previous year to a marvelous concert by the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by maestro Gianandrea Noseda; in memory of the end of WW I, they performed Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" – what a powerful and unforgettable experience.

Unfortunately, I will not be able to report on the KC awards until after December 26, when CBS will broadcast the show. 

Again, this year's recipients were Philip Glass, Sher, Reba McEntire, the creators of the Broadway show "Hamilton" and Wayne Shorter – my personal highlight was by far our performance of one of Wayne's orchestral pieces written for one of the great operatic voices of our time… 

Kitano with Duduka Da Fonseca's Brazilian Express

My final engagements of 2018 will reunite me with my Brazilian friends Duduka Da Fonseca, Maucha Adnet and Helio Alvez, as well as the incredible Billy Drewes, who has been my colleague at NYU for years, and who I've played behind in the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra many times.

On December 7 & 8 we will be appearing at the Kitano Hotel as Duduka's "Brazilian Express" – watch out!

Here is the info:

December 7 & 8, sets at 8 and 10 pm: Jazz @ Kitano 
66 Park Ave, New York City,;  212 – 885 - 7119

Duduka Da Fonseca's "Brazilian Express" featuring Duduka Da Fonseca (drums), Maucha Adnet (voice), Billy Drewes (tenor sax & flute) and Helio Alvez (piano)

New Year's Eve at Mezzrow with Maucha Adnet, Duduka Da Fonseca and Helio Alvez

A really amazing year will come to an end for me in the company of Maucha, Duduka and Helio at "Mezzrow" on December 31; the sets are at 9:30 and 11 pm, here is the link: 

Happy Holidays!

I'm wishing you all a happy holiday season and a healthy new year!

Thanks for your support and hope to see you, soon.

Martin Wind
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