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Robben Ford, Toss Panos, Andy Hess & John Scofield @ The Blue Note (12.01.10)

Happy Birthday To Ali Greenberg!!  Ali made my night by picking a wonderful choice performance for her birthday celebration, choosing an intimate John Scofield and friends performance at the Blue Note in the East Village, NYC for a lovely Wednesday night of music.

On stage tonight was:

Robben Ford – Guitar & Vocals
Toss Panos – Drums
John Scofield – Guitar
Andy Hess – Bass

Robben Ford, Toss Panos, Andy Hess & John Scofield - The Blue Note, NYC 12110 (Photo by Dino Perrucci)

Robben Ford, Toss Panos, Andy Hess & John Scofield - The Blue Note, NYC (Photo by Dino Perrucci)

Video and pictures, other then professionals, were prohibited and as our crew arrived early, we were sitting pretty much directly on the stage and I was unable to get away with much.  Thank goodness for Dino Perrucci of Dino Perrucci Photography being present to capture a few moment on camera for us! The pictures throughout the article are his. THANKS DINO!!

I was excited to see tonight’s performance not so much for John Scofield this time but for Andy Hesss and specifically Robben FordRobben Ford is a five-time Grammy nominee and has played with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Miles Davis, George Harrison, Phil Lesh, Bonnie Raitt, Claus Ogerman, Michael McDonald, Bob Dylan, John Mayall, Greg Allman and many others.

Robben Ford - The Blue Note, NYC 12110 (Photo by Dino Perrucci)

Robben Ford - The Blue Note, NYC 12110 (Photo by Dino Perrucci)

After the first song (unknown title), John Scofield introduced the members of his posse on stage.  There was a joke made then went into Traveling Riverside Blues, a Robert Johnson original made famous by Led Zepplin.  A JAMMING Good Morning Little School Girl was next, a song covered so many times that it has been acknowledged by the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame.

The joking continued throughout the night into the next song.  Robben Ford suggested that John had created this blues style song during their two day rehearsals in L.A. and he believed it didn’t have a name.

Yes! We practiced!Robben snickered.

Scofield responds, “Yeah, you have to rehearse the blues.  And actually, the song does have a name and it’s called Slow Blues in F Sharp. ”

It’s in the second fret,”  jokes Scofield to Robben, the audience half gasping, half laughing. “Just kidding! He knows what he is doing!

Robben Ford & John Scofield - The Blue Note, NYC 12110 (Photo by Dino Perrucci)

Robben Ford & John Scofield - The Blue Note, NYC 12110 (Photo by Dino Perrucci)

Andy Hess, ex-bass player for Gov’t Mule, ripped his spot the entire set.  Being that I was positioned directly under Scofield, hoping not to get sweat dripped on me as the place was scorching hot, Andy was blocked most of the set but his strings stood out in each song. My ears kept being drawn to his style of playing.  I found their song choices for the evening fun and feisty as opposed to some stiff jazz performance. The boys had fun in that short window of music.

John Scofield - The Blue Note, NYC 12110 (Photo by Dino Perrucci)

John Scofield - The Blue Note, NYC 12110 (Photo by Dino Perrucci)

Sadly, the set only last a little over an hour, one hour and seven minutes to be exact.  Having to pay $35 to be seated at The Blue Note plus having a $5 minimum at your seat (which really means another $10 plus tip as nothing costs $5.00), brought the bill up and I expected more music for that price, especially since the following set didn’t begin until 10:30pm.  I felt a bit slighted, not going to lie.  AND you have to pay again to view the second set.  Alas…it was annoying but it was worth it regardless.  A nice birthday celebration with friends over a show is never something to complain about 🙂

The crew on stage debated over the next song.  Lovin’ Cup was “on thier list” so they choose that one. John Scofield talked about how he and Robben were fourteen years old together back in 1966 and loved this song.

Aside from the short length of the performance, it was a nice quick bite of music for a Wednesday night.  Can’t go wrong with that 🙂  Everyone should check out Robben Ford when you get a chance.  The guy wails.

Set list: Unknown First song, Traveling Riverside Blues, Good Morning Little School Girl, Slow Blues in F-Sharp, Lovin’ Cup

John Scofield - The Blue Note, NYC 12110 (Photo by Dino Perrucci)

John Scofield - The Blue Note, NYC 12110 (Photo by Dino Perrucci)

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December 2010 Potential Show Run Down

Calendar updated daily!

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

  • ($20-$35) John Scofield @ The Blue Note
  • ($33) KT Tunstall @ Terminal 5
  • ($50) The Goo Goo Dolls @ Roseland Ballroom
  • ($67-$104) Ozzy Osbourne @ Madison Square Garden

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

  • ($5-$7) Citizen Cope Holiday Party @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($20-$35) John Scofield @ The Blue Note
  • ($25) Gene Ween (solo) @ Knitting Factory
  • ($150-$500) Andrea Bocelli @ Radio City Music Hall

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

  • (Free) Apollo Run @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($6-$8) Pimps of Joytime @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($20) The Budos Band @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($20-$35) John Scofield @ The Blue Note
  • ($20) Eclectic Method vs ?uestlove @ Webster Hall
  • ($22) George Porter and Runnin Pardners @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($25-$65) Red Hot & New Orleans feat. Trombone Shorty, Dr. John, Ledisi, Marc Broussard, Partners-N-Crime, Kermit Ruffins & Irma Thomas @ BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
  • ($38) George Clinton and P-Funk @ BB Kings
  • ($50-$75) Hot Tuna (Jorma’s 70th Birthday Celebration) @ Beacon Theater
  • ($53) A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor @ Town Hall

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

  • (Free) West African band @ St. Nick’s Pub (12pm)
  • ($10) RAQ @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($18-$20) Antibalas @ Le Poisson Rouge
  • ($20-$35) John Scofield @ The Blue Note
  • ($22) George Porter and Runnin Pardners @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($25-$65) Red Hot & New Orleans feat. Trombone Shorty, Dr. John, Ledisi, Marc Broussard, Partners-N-Crime, Kermit Ruffins & Irma Thomas @ BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
  • ($31) Minus the Bear @ Terminal 5
  • ($40) Matisyahu – Festival of Lights @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • ($50-$75) Hot Tuna (Jorma’s 70th Birthday Celebration) @ Beacon Theater
    • Bob Weir, Steve Earl, Pete Sears and more.
  • ($50) Jeff Tweedy @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($53) A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor @ Town Hall

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

  • ($20-$35) John Scofield @ The Blue Note
  • ($35) What Kind of Love Is This: The Music of BOB DYLAN & THE BAND @ Le Poisson Rouge
    • w/ An All-Star Tribute featuring:  Larry Campbell ,  Steven Bernstein ,  John Medeski ,  Rob Burger ,  Tony Scherr ,  Kenny Wollesen ,  Jolie Holland ,  Laura Cantrell ,  Nicole Atkins ,  John Wesley Harding ,  The Fiery Furnaces and more!
  • ($40) Matisyahu – Festival of Lights @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • ($57-$174) Hall and Oates @ Beacon Theater

Monday, December 6th, 2010

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ Jazz Standard
  • ($25-$30) Les Paul Mondays feat. Todd Rundgren @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($35-$65) Rufus Wainwright @ Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage (Carnigie Hall)
  • ($82-$257) Holiday Cheer for WFUV Benefit Concert @ The Concert Hall
    • Featuring Amos Lee, Punch Brothers, The Secret Sisters, and an acoustic set from very special guest Citizen Cope.

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • (???) Kevin Kinney with Anton Fier, Andy Hess, Tony Scherr, and Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($34) Dashboard Confessional @ Webster Hall
  • ($48-$53) Todd Rundgren @ Gramercy Theatre
  • ($52) 101.9 RXP Yule Rock with Cake @ Irving Plaza

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

  • ($5) The Royal Family Holiday Rage @ Brooklyn Bowl ( starts at 11pm)
  • ($20) Maurice Brown Effect Live @ The Jazz Standard (2 sets 7:30 & 9:30pm)

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

  • (FREE?) NY Funk Exchange @ Club Groove NYC
  • ($10) Trouble & Bass @ Santos House Party
  • ($25) David Fiuczynski @ Iridium Jazz Club
    • featuring John Medeski / Rudresh Mahanthappa / Skoota Warner / David Ginyard
  • ($50) Indigo Girls @ Irving Plaza

Friday, December 10th, 2010

  • (SOLD OUT) Ingrid Michaelson’s Holiday Hop @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($10) Red Baraat @ Barbes
  • ($10-$13) Tall Tall Trees @ Littlefield
  • ($25) David Fiuczynski @ Iridium Jazz Club
    • featuring John Medeski / Rudresh Mahanthappa / Skoota Warner / David Ginyard
  • ($51-$351) Z100’s Jingle Ball 2010 @ Madison Square Garden
    • Featuring Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, Paramore, Justin Bieber, B.o.B, Bruno Mars, Travie McCoy, Michael Buble, Enrique Inglesias and Taio Cruz.
  • ($53) A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor @ Town Hall

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

  • (Free) West African band @ St. Nick’s Pub (12pm)
  • ($8) Big Gigantic @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($10) Buzz Universe Holiday Party @ Pianos
  • ($10) Caravan Of Thieves @ The Bowery Electric
  • ($15-$20) Toshi Reagon @ Knitting Factory
  • ($20) Fort Knox Five w/ D.V.S.* and Nutritious @ Le Poisson Rouge
  • ($25) David Fiuczynski @ Iridium Jazz Club
    • featuring John Medeski / Rudresh Mahanthappa / Skoota Warner / David Ginyard
  • ($31) Better Than Ezra & Pimps of Joytime @ Webster Hall
  • ($42-48) Martin Sexton Solo Holiday Show @ Zankle Hall
  • ($75) A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor @ Town Hall

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

  • (??) The Heavy Pets @ The Loving Cup/Cameo
  • ($13) Spiritual Rez / Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band @ Mercury Lounge
  • ($25) David Fiuczynski @ Iridium Jazz Club
    • featuring John Medeski / Rudresh Mahanthappa / Skoota Warner / David Ginyard
  • ($35) The Five Blind Boys of Alabama @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill

Monday, December 13th, 2010

  • ($7) Afro Funky Party w/ Zongo Junction, Top Shotta & DJ Offbeat @ Cameo Gallery
  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ Jazz Standard
  • ($40-$65) Chris Botti Blue Note Residency (Until Jan. 1st)

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

  • (???) Kevin Kinney with Anton Fier, Andy Hess, Tony Scherr, and Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($40-$65) Chris Botti Blue Note Residency (Until Jan. 1st)
  • ($52-$72) Bends Fold @ Beacon Theater

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

  • ($5) The Constellations @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($40-$65) Chris Botti Blue Note Residency (Until Jan. 1st)
  • ($81-$91) More Info AboutThe PLJ Holiday Bash The PLJ Holiday Bash @ Best Buy Theater (formally Nokia)
    • Train and O.A.R

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

  • ($5) Matt Dickey & The Try This At Home Band @ Williamsburg Music Center
  • ($10) Dr. Didj @ Ace Of Clubs
  • ($10) KUNG FU
    • Feat. members of Raq, Deep Banana Blackout, The Breakfast, Jazz Is Dead, Allman Brothers @ Southpaw
  • ($10-$12) Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($40-$65) Chris Botti Blue Note Residency (Until Jan. 1st)

Friday, December 17th, 2010

  • (Free) Tyler Carson @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($5) Chico Mann @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($18-$20) Papa Grows Funk @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($20) Mark Guiliana’s BEAT MUSIC @ The Jazz Gallery
  • ($20) Reggie Watts @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($22-$35) Ollebelle as special guests to John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonder @ City Winery
  • ($32) Ghostland Observatory @ Terminal 5
  • ($35-$100) Dirty Dozen Brass Band with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company @ BAM Harvey Theatre
  • ($40) Alejandro Escovedo @ Rubin Museum of Art
  • ($40-$65) Chris Botti Blue Note Residency (Until Jan. 1st)
  • ($50-$115) Zappa plays Zappa @ Beacon Theater
  • ($52.45) A Prairie Home Companion @ Town Hall
  • ($75) Weezer @ Roseland Ballroom

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

  • (Free) West African band @ St. Nick’s Pub (12pm)
  • ($15-$20) The Fatties + Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra @ City Winery
  • ($21.65) Justin Townes Earle @ Webster Hall
  • ($40-$65) Chris Botti Blue Note Residency (Until Jan. 1st)
  • ($50) Prince with Larry Graham opening @ The Beacon Theater
  • ($75) Weezer @ Roseland Ballroom
  • ($75) A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor @ Town Hall

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

  • ($35-$45) Bill Kreutzmann/7 Walkers & Moonalice @ City Winery
  • ($40-$65) Chris Botti Blue Note Residency (Until Jan. 1st)

Monday, December 20th, 2010

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ Jazz Standard
  • ($40-$65) Chris Botti Blue Note Residency (Until Jan. 1st)

Tuesday, December 21th, 2010

  • (???) Kevin Kinney with Anton Fier, Andy Hess, Tony Scherr, and Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($20) Helen Sung Quartet @ Jazz Standard
  • ($30-$40) Freddy Cole @ Birdland
  • ($40-$65) Chris Botti Blue Note Residency (Until Jan. 1st)
  • ($45-$65) Aaron Neville and his Quintet feat. Charles Neville @ City Winery

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

  • ($8) American Babies @ Bowery Electric
  • ($25) Francisco Mela Trio @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($30-$40) Freddy Cole @ Birdland
  • ($40-$65) Chris Botti Blue Note Residency (Until Jan. 1st)
  • ($45-$65) Aaron Neville and his Quintet feat. Charles Neville @ City Winery
  • ($52) Brobible.com Pres: Big Boi W/ Calvin Harris, LA Riots, the Knocks @ Terminal 5

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

  • (???) Gent Treadly @ 11st Street Bar
  • ($25) Francisco Mela Trio @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($30-$40) Freddy Cole @ Birdland
  • ($40-$65) Chris Botti Blue Note Residency (Until Jan. 1st)

Friday, December 24th, 2010

  • ($30-$40) Freddy Cole @ Birdland
  • ($40-$65) Chris Botti Blue Note Residency (Until Jan. 1st)

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

  • (Free) West African band @ St. Nick’s Pub (12pm)
  • ($30-$40) Freddy Cole @ Birdland
  • ($40-$65) Chris Botti Blue Note Residency (Until Jan. 1st)

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

  • ($10) Mattson/Barraco & friends (of Dark Star Orchestra) @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($20) Bernie Worrell & SociaLybrium @ Joe’s Pub
  • ($22) Talib Kweli @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($25) Dar Williams with Kaiser Cartel @ The Bell House
  • ($30) Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland
  • ($40) Harlem Gospel Choir @ B.B. Kings (All You Can Eat Buffet Breakfast)
  • ($25-$30) New Orleans Brunch with Brother Joscephus @ B.B. Kings
  • ($40-$65) Chris Botti Blue Note Residency (Until Jan. 1st)

Monday, December 27th, 2010

  • ($5) Tom Hamilton and the American Babies All Star Alumni Special Holiday Show @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ Jazz Standard
  • ($25) Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds @ B.B. Kings
  • ($40-$65) Chris Botti Blue Note Residency (Until Jan. 1st)
  • ($50) Disco Biscuits @ Terminal 5
    • ($20) Official Disco Biscuits NYC Afterparty with Orchard Lounge @ Touch

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

  • ($5) Surprise Me Mr. Davis @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($20) Assembly of Dust @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($30) Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio @ Jazz Standard
  • ($40-$65) Chris Botti Blue Note Residency (Until Jan. 1st)
  • ($50) Disco Biscuits @ Terminal 5
    • ($20) Official Disco Biscuits NYC Afterparty feat: M80 Dubstation (Jon of the Disco Biscuits) @ Touch

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

  • ($15) Less Than Jake @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($25) ReBirth Brass Band with Rubblebucket @ Le Poisson Rouge
  • ($30) Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio @ Jazz Standard
  • ($40) Mike Stern Band featuring Victor Wooton, Dave Weckl @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($40-$65) Chris Botti Blue Note Residency (Until Jan. 1st)
  • ($45) Patti Smith And Her Band @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($50) Prince @ Madison Square Garden
    • ($12) A Post-Prince/Disco Biscuits Show: SOME CAT FROM JAPAN – Will Bernard, Nigel Hall, Scott Metzger, featuring Ron Johnson, Eric Bolivar @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($50) Disco Biscuits & Crystal Method @ Terminal 5
    • ($20) Official Disco Biscuits NYC Afterparty feat: Future Rock @ Touch
    • ($12) A Post-Prince/Disco Biscuits Show: SOME CAT FROM JAPAN – Will Bernard, Nigel Hall, Scott Metzger, featuring Ron Johnson, Eric Bolivar @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($55) Wu-Tang Clan ft. Methodman, RZA, GZA, Raekwon, Ghostface, U-God & more @ Best Buy Theater

Thursday, December 30thth, 2010

  • (Sold Out) Phish @ Madison Square Garden
    • ($25) Post-Phish Show with RebirthBrass Band and High and Mighty Brass Band @ Le Poisson Rouge
    • ($10) A Post Phish Show: Wyllys & The New York Hustler Ensemble featuring Wyllys / Peter Apflebaum , Jennifer Hartswick , Natalie Cressman of Trey Anastasio Bd. @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($20) Drive By Truckers @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($25) The New Deal & Sub Swara @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($25-$30) Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe @ B.B. Kings
  • ($35) Dr. Lonnie Smith Big Band @ Jazz Standard
  • ($40) Butthole Surfers @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • ($40) Mike Stern Band featuring Victor Wooton, Dave Weckl @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($40) Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings @ Best Buy Theater (formally Nokia)
  • ($40-$65) Chris Botti Blue Note Residency (Until Jan. 1st)
  • ($45) Pattie Smith and her Band @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($60-$80) Gov’t Mule @ Beacon Theater
  • ($63) Third-Eye Blind @ Irving Plaza

Friday, December 31st, 2010

  • (Free) West African band @ St. Nick’s Pub (12pm)
  • (Sold Out) Phish @ Madison Square Garden
    • ($15-$30) Post-Phish Zach Deputy @ City Winery (2am show)
  • ($85) The Roots @ Brooklyn Bowl (3 Sets)
  • ($35) Dr. Lonnie Smith Big Band @ Jazz Standard
  • ($35-$40) New Deal New Year’s Late Night Party @ B.B. Kings (1:30am set)
  • ($40) Anders Osborne New Year’s Eve Party @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($40-$65) Chris Botti Blue Note Residency (Until Jan. 1st)
  • ($42-$69) Drive By Truckers @ Terminal 5
  • ($55) Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings @ Best Buy Theater (formally Nokia)
  • ($60) Pattie Smith and her Band @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($60) Butthole Surfers @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • ($60-$175) Los Lobos @ City Winery
  • ($71-$98) Gov’t Mule @ Beacon Theater
  • ($75-$225) Los Lobos @ City Winery
  • ($77-$140) Steve Angello @ Roseland Ballroom

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