Mona Krogstad Quartet

The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh

Our week in Edinburgh coincided with the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival and we were lucky enough to get great seats for the Norwegian Mona Krogstad Quartet at the Jazz Bar on the evening of July 19th (over a month ago, now!) to hear this excellent ensemble. A great time and rather than describe the music subjectively and inaccurately, I can recommend you listen to them. Click any of the pictures below to see them all bigger (you may have to click the post title first if you’re not seeing this directly on the web site already).

For those interested in technical details, these were difficult shooting conditions as it was dark and I was just shooting with my walk-around zoom lens from my seat so as not to disturb those around me. Needless to say, they were shot at a very high ISO and were reasonably noisy as well as sometimes not that sharp at low shutter speeds. I used DxO’s Pure Raw to recover as much quality from the raw files as possible before processing in Capture One, simply using the default settings.

Music Festival, Bruges

There were music festivals going on everywhere we went in Belgium. This one was in Bruges’ Grand-Place or Grote Markt. All the bands we heard sounded like American bands but when they announced songs or players it was all in Flemish. This band played My Sharona, among others.

Broadway Portraits

Some more archival shots from April-May, 2009. WordPress is now making it very difficult to search one’s gallery going back any significant length of time – you have to scroll a few frames at a time. As you can imagine, with 3 posts a day, going back to 2009 meant scrolling back through over 14,000 images… Oy vey! Click any image to see them all enlarged.

Joyous Night

Last Sunday night I got to see the great jazz guitarist, Pat Martino at Iridium. Maybe¬† because it was the last show on a Sunday night the house was pretty sparse. We got to sit right up front. It was a great set. The only time Pat spoke was to introduce the band members right before the last number. Unfortunately, I didn’t remember their names and I can’t find any trace of this particular lineup online anywhere so they’ll have to remain nameless. I didn’t get any decent shots of the organist so he’ll have to go unmemorialized here.

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Inspiring the Next Generation

Columbus Circle subway station, New York
Columbus Circle subway station, New York

Marvelous string quartet played Barber’s Adagio and Eine Kleine Nacht Musick while we waited for the train and drew the admiration of this young music student. Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angels also made an appearance and photographed them with his phone – my shots of him weren’t any good.