Friday, September 10, 2010

the last concert I ever saw

the beginning of an atypical (significant time outside the apartment) weekend.

tonight at the Beacon for Sonny Rollin's 80th birthday concert, which will most likely be the last concert I ever attend where I can actually sneak underneath the median age of the audience as a whole.
like, there's a good chance I'll be able to double the median age for Vampire Weekend at Radio City (especially at Radio City) next week.

some not unexpected self-congratulatory pats on the backs of jazz, but some real, honest-to-goodness "Wow!" type highlights as well: like Ornette Coleman joining the already smoking trio of Rollins, Christian McBride (bass) and Roy Haynes (drums).

sort of funny, sort of painful moment: having to listening to nearly every post-concert men's room patron trying to whistle, hum and/or sing the "St. Thomas" melody (it was played second in the set and again at the end (most likely the easiest song for the shared "all-star" encore because if you're coming to the Beacon in order to play with Sonny Rollins during his 80th birthday concert you probably know "St. Thomas")), but most were doing so off-key and I found the tune remarkably cloying the first time it was played this evening (much better, surprisingly more focused the second time).

Sonny Rollins @ 80
Beacon Theatre
New York, NY
Friday, September 10, 2010

(I didn't take the pics.)

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