December 30 was a nice day for a 42nd Street stroll. Starting at the Brooklyn Bridge City Hall, then with subway 5 uptown Manhattan and out at Grand Central Terminal. This station is amazing! Just the sheer size of it is mind boggling. Then the Chrysler Building, the public library and Bryant Park, which was turned into a true winter wonderland.
I had planned to have dinner at Cornelia Street Cafe with Eva Novoa, a very musical and modern Spanish pianist, who also studied at the Royal Conservatory but now lives in NYC. Food was great and a good basis for the concert with Ingrid Laubrock, Mary Halvorson and Tom Rainey. An intense improvised music concert. Off to Smalls, where Joe Magnarelli was playing with Alan Broadbent. Smalls must be the epythomy of a jazz club, like the Vanguard. Amazing acoustics, great and cozy atmosphere... wow! The session afterwards was way too short to get onstage, so off to the Fat Cat and hit them keys!