Wednesday 11th July went uptown manhattan to ‘Smoke’ jazz club.
I remember the venue from my last stay in NYC, it’s hard to forget a club that has a stage with a supporting pillar right in front of it!
Anyway, a fine sextet playing tonight led by pianist / organist Bill Charette. Joined by:
Itai Kriss – flute
Kenny Brooks – tenor
Frank Perowsky – bass clarinet
Mike DiRubbo – alto
Jochen Rueckert – drums
The band had some wonderful harmonies in their arrangements (all original composition). Most outstanding player was Itai Kriss with amazing technical facility over the full range of the flute combines with extensive jazz knowledge in both harmony and rhythm. Kenny Brooks also impressive.
Odd moment when Brian alternated choruses of accompaniment on organ & piano (sounded very strange).