Friday, October 24, 2008

New York City Fall Photos

Following up my amazing NYC evening last night, I decided to label some photosets from the past couple of months. We did a couple more of the Frommer's walking tours in NYC:

Then George and I went to our last game at Yankee Stadium. Of course they're opening a new Yankee stadium this year, but it was our chance to say goodbye to the historic house that Ruth built.

A group of us went sailing on Long Island Sound for Sonia's birthday. The trip took place on a 30' Mirage sailboat, leaving from Echo Bay in New Rochelle. We sailed all day, anchored off in Lloyd Harbor for the evening and had a fantastic dinner on the boat (crabcakes and salmon pasta!). In the morning we watched the sunrise and motored over to Northport for breakfast, then sailed back to New Rochelle.

My old roommate J from San Francisco came out for some lindy-hopping at Y10A and while he was here we spent an afternoon at Fort Tryon Park and the Cloisters Museum. The Cloisters Museum is really interesting, with whole rooms and pieces brought over from Europe and rebuilt in beautiful Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan.

Best. Concert. Ever!

Wow. It's all I can say. I just saw, hands down, the finest jazz concert of my entire life thus far. Perhaps for the rest of my life, I'm not really sure. Tonight was the "Big Band Bash", hosted by Jazz at Lincoln Center. Simultaneously on one stage were the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis dueling against the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra from California. They took turns trading songs for the first half of the show. LCJO would play an avant-garde piece like Ted Nash's "Dali" (his impressions of Salvador Dali synesthetically turned into music), and then CHJO would swing hard on a piece like "I Be Serious 'Bout Dem Blues". Back to LCJO playing an amazingly textured version of "Rhapsody in Blue", and then to CHJO's band leader bowing the jazz concerto "Emily" on Upright Bass. The second half of the show was the two groups jamming together, all the winds and pianos (dual grand pianos) together with the two rhythm sections trading off, culminating in "Battle Royal" which was actually done when the Duke Ellington and Count Basie orchestras were dueling 50 years ago.

By random chance, one of the LCJO trumpet players Marcus Printup was playing at the Y10A Friday night event last week, and I got a chance to chat with him for a while after the gig was over. I mentioned we would be coming to see him at LCJO in a few days and he said "Oh, drop by backstage then." So, I did, and I happened to run into Wynton Marsalis. What an amazing end to an already amazing concert!

Of course, we finished the evening with dessert at Cafe Lalo.