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The Goings-On

June–August 2021


Summer is already on its way out, and somehow I feel like a lot happened and yet not all that much.

I managed to take a few trips out of the city, including 3 (!) trips to different wooded areas in Pennsylvania as well as a trip to the West Coast in June. It was there that I met up with a bunch of my closest friends from high school, most of them now transplants to the region, and got to spend some time checking out LA for the first time as a sentient adult, as well as the central coast of California.

Most notably, I had 10 small, unbelievably good tacos in one sitting at an outdoor night market, and I also went ATVing (technically UTVing) on sand dunes for the first and possibly last time, which was thrilling but also one of those situations where you find yourself thrown into the deep end pretty much immediately.

I've been enjoying playing gigs with the guitarist Peter Watrous, who has become my principal musical employer since the summer. We've been doing some regular gigs at a fabulous New Orleans restaurant near the Brooklyn Museum called Lowerline; at this point, I've tried every sandwich and soup on their menu, and I can confirm that it's all very tasty (the étouffée and the half fried shrimp, half roast beef and gravy sandwiches are probably my favorite, but you can't go wrong with a classic po' boy and gumbo).

I'm happy to announce the return of Happy Trio, which was a once-a-month gig at Lowlands Bar in Gowanus that ran from April 2019 through February 2020 (March 2020 was cancelled "out of an abundance of caution"). It's basically a standards trio gig with a revolving rhythm section, a chance for me to play with amazing bassists and drummers that I normally otherwise wouldn't have an excuse to play with, and we're continuing in September with the rhythm team of Chris Tordini and Jay Sawyer.

We'll also be trying out an additional gig each month at Lowlands that will feature my own band playing my own music; next Tuesday, August 24 is the maiden voyage, which will feature my quartet with Dana Saul, Walter Stinson, and Matt Honor.

The big news is that my new album is almost out: <3 BIRD drops on August 29, 2021, Charlie Parker's 101st birthday. It'll be available for purchase on Bandcamp and streaming everywhere in the digital sphere, and we're doing a live show at The Jazz Gallery this Thursday that'll can be attended in-person in Manhattan or virtually via the Gallery's notably good-sounding and good-looking stream through their website (sets at 7:30 & 9:30 PM Eastern).

I've also programmed 4 sets of music for 8/29/2021, which will feature 5/6 of the band on the album playing both Parker's compositions and my own Parker-inspired music. That's free to watch via YouTube/Facebook, with sets at 7:00, 7:45, 8:30, and 9:15 PM (links TBA via my website).

What else is new? I've been trying to elevate my coffee-making prowess, which has been unremarkable in light of the coffee level of many of my musician, many of whom are aficionados and/or were/are baristas at some point. Step one was beans (George Howell), step two was method (Chemex), and step three (courtesy of a very kind gift from a friend) was a gooseneck kettle. I definitely feel that having one better quality cup of coffee has been enough to keep me going versus the multiple cups of OK coffee I used to consume, but I learned recently also that lighter roasts have more caffeine, so maybe that's the reason.

On that note, thanks again for reading and listening; I'll be in touch again sometime. Wishing you well in the meantime, and hope to see you around.

-KS
Coming Soon:

Thursday 8/19
—7:30 & 9:30 PM—

Kevin Sun <3 Bird
at The Jazz Gallery

Sunday 8/22
—7:00 PM—

Jeff Krol Septet
at Scholes Street Studio

Tuesday 8/24
—6:30 & 8 PM—

Kevin Sun Quartet
at Lowlands Bar

Sunday 8/29
—7, 7:45, 8:30, 9:15 PM—

<3 Bird Livestream
at the internet

Tuesday 9/21
—6:30 & 8 PM—

Happy Trio
at Lowlands Bar

Miscellanea


—Upcoming fall Endectomorph releases: FAMILY PLAN by Family Plan, and CONNECTEDNESS by Jacob Shulman.

—I wrote liner notes for my dear friend Juanma Trujillo's ÍMPETU. The album is marvelous.

—I'm on the cover of August 2021's Hot House Jazz Guide. Jazz-famous?

—I don't listen to many podcasts, but I have enjoyed the episodes I've heard of Erroll Garner Uncovered. Episode 07 on That's My Kick was the gateway.

—Here's a supercut of all the instances of Charlie Parker quoting from "Habanera" from Carmen. Don't ask me why I did this (or do, if you dare).
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