Joel Frahm the Quotemaster 
Thursday, June 11, 2009, 05:32 PM - Jazz
Tenor sax virtuoso Joel Frahm was playing his regular Tuesday-night gig at La Lanterna in NYC this week, accompanied by Bill Campbell at the drums (as usual), and Johannes Weidenmuller at the bass (replacing Joe Martin). Joel is something of a "quotemaster": his solos are often peppered with snippets from all kinds of things from other jazz pieces, classical music, pop music, and just about anything under the sun.

This Tuesday, Joel was in a particularly playful mood, and his high-flying solos brought an unusally rich harvest of detectable/delectable quotes including such things as Peter and the Wolf, Michel Legrand's "Les moulins de mon cur" (Windmills of my mind), and (that's got to be a first) a theme from Star Wars!

Over the last 3 months, photographer Jimmy Katz has come to 8 or 10 of Joel's trio sessions at La Lanterna, equipped with a compact digital multi-track recorder. Each session he recorded has about 3 hours of music. Hopefully, these will soom be distilled and made available.

By ze way, the complete collection of Joel's sessions at Small's are available for on-line listening here.
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Bill McHenry at La Lanterna 
Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 12:57 AM - Jazz
Tonight at La Lanterna in NYC tenor sax Bill McHenry was sitting in for Joel Frahm, with bassist Joe Martin and drummer Bill Campbell. They played two of Bill McHenry's new compositions "Violetta" and "Lines" which I thought were particularly interesting.

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Great Jazz Trio every Tuesday in the Village 
Thursday, September 11, 2008, 11:00 PM - Jazz
There is a delightful small jazz club called "The bar next door" at la Lanterna Caffe, on 129 MacDougal St, just south of Washington Square Village in New York City.

Every Tuesday, they host a fantastic trio, led by tenor sax player Joel Frahm, with bassist Joe Martin, and drummer Bill Campbell.

The trio is totally delightful, if you like post-bop/hard-bop straight-ahead jazz. Joel Frahm is an amazing improviser who can play just about everything with gusto.

I have become somewhat of a regular there over the last few months.

You can get Joel's recording at Amazons MP3 download store.

Joel and Joe have both played with one of my favorite composers/pianists on the NYC jazz scene: David Berkman.

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