Listening to music from a composerís point of view: Jazz Clubs in the Village / 3 Clubs
Fat Cat Lounge (Bar, Game Room and Jazz Room) Smallís (Bar Performance Space) Club 55 one of the oldest jazz clubs in New York (just a bar) all in the same one block of each other in the village.
Well, I have put two more articles on my website that I did not send out so
if you want to read some new articles read 43 and 44 this one will be 45.
Lately I have been concentrating on the clarinet performance and I recorded
some 31 new songs so far; there are so many saxophone performers in
Lately I created a duo with
Ok, my report on music in
What am I trying to say is live music is very
difficult to get right. Even the
For when I was in all three jazz clubs there was the same problem in all of
them and including the
At Fat Cat and Smallís they have good pianos and in tune which was really a surprise for me that the owners care about the sound of the bands and are concerned really about the music. You can read the line up at fat cat at http://fatcatjazz.com which tells you where the club is and who is playing. They have a weekly line up from bebop, modern jazz and Latin Jazz. Bar55 has a variety and they have an early and late show every night. ( http://smallsrecords.com for their latest CDS) What is interesting about these clubs is that they are just small bars except for fat cat lounge is very big 4000 square feet which includes of course a large game room. But they are really a place to listen to a variety of jazz in a professional place to listen to music. It is like having a concert in your own home.
Getting back to the music in the bars is when they had drummers they all
played too loud except for one and that was Rodney Green who seemed to know the
balance of a group, but then the bass was too loud and one could not hear the
piano that clearly. For me to hear the harmony is so important and if I
could not hear the harmony in relationship to the melody, rhythm and solo it
makes it difficult for me to enjoy the music. So my solution is not to
listen to the music for very long and just think about it later. In 1966
What is music? Well for me music is an escape from the brutal reality of life and brings us the gentleness of life and the pure wisdom of the universe, however, the quality of the soul of the musicians has something to do with this. But even if the musicians is a terrorist, one jazz bass player was accused of being a terrorist recently here in New York, the music is not on a personal level of the musician it brings us into another dimension above the moral character of the individual. This confused me for many years because I always related the moral character of the person and the music, but soon discovered that music was on another level beyond man.
This is also a problem for me when it comes to popular music because popular
music is just about the subjective part of our lives and nothing to do with the
universal for the most part, except maybe for musicians like Bob Dylan who is a
poet musician and Woody Allen who is a pure being. (Know Thyself)
JS Bach was the most universal and spiritual musician besides of course
So I have been looking for real music all my life and trying to find out
what it really is. I have lived in four different countries and if one
wants to find real music I believe it is here in
Sincerely, Greg Henry Waters