The NAIL-ing List: Neil Alexander's News & Happenings from the world of NAIL
Welcome to the August 2016 issue of
The NAILing List
Neil Alexander's Performances, Workshops and other bits...
Ah, August. The coasting end of summer, when kicking back to relax is the name of the game. And what a summer it's been so far! July was super busy - gigs with at least 5 different projects, a Wired Wednesdays Electronic Music Summer Intensive at Space Create in Newburgh, and a Mr Gone performance in Nyack with the great Eddie Henderson. Yet again I am grateful for so many great opportunities.
August is a lot less hectic - but there's still plenty going on, including The Peter Furlan Trio, Mr Gone, the Thunderhead Organ Trio and much more. Here's what's up in August:
Please join us this Saturday, 8pm at the Bean Runner Jazz Cafe in Peekskill as we celebrate the birthday of saxophonist/composer Premik Russel Tubbs and yet another year of "mad merry music-making". Featured performers will include: Saxes, Flute, & ? - Premik, Neil Alexander (keys), Patrick Carmichael (drums), Gaku Takanashi (bass), David Phelps (guitar),
and some very special guests including:
Trumpeters Fred Smith & Saral Opera
Singer/composers Kristin Hoffmann & Ari Shagal
Songwriter & storyteller Richard Cashman
Saxophonist/composer Mikah Feldman-Stein
Drummer Andrew Thomas
Russian singers Laila Faerman & Kshema Lezhnina
Dance enthusiasts Barbara Feldman-Stein & Terry Hightower
Composer/conductor Maestro Carman Moore
Divinely guided Mystic Swami Pajamananda
Reservations Highly recommended. Should be quite the party!
Friday August 12th 7:00pm
Peter Furlan Trio
Marcello's Restaurant 21 Lafayette Ave. Suffern NY
Ah yes, another lovely relaxed evening of fine dinning and live jazz with my good friend Pete "Knuckles" Furlan & I, along with Ratzo Harris on the bass. At Marcello's Restaurant the food's always great & the vibe is always chill. 7 pm. and no cover :)
Saturday August 13th - 2 shows! Doubles! This was a "thing" back in the 80's & 90's - you could do 5 gigs in a single weekend. This is my 2nd "double" this year, and promises to be an exceptionally good one.
1st: it's a new gig with Singer/Sngwriter Eric Hill. Eric's songs are bluesy with a strong groove element. The band includes Eric on guitar & vocals, along with Michael Colletti on bass and Norman Del Tufo on percussion as well as myself. 9 PM: Hudson Valley Jazz Ensemble
Milkweed Gallery 2 & 3 Romer's Alley Sugar Loaf NY
2nd: I'll be performing with The Hudson Valley Jazz Ensemble at Milkweed in Sugar Loaf NY. The ensemble this year is Bob Rosen (saxophone), Rick Savage (trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion), Gabriele Trachina (vocals), Robert Kopec (bass), Steve Rubin (drums), and Neil Alexander, keyboards. Performance artist Michael Sean Collins will join us with a bit of spoken word. This is part of the Hudson Valley Jazz Festival.
It all goes down at Milkweed Gallery in SugarLoaf NY at 9 pm.
It's gonna be a great day!
Thursday May 18th 8:00 pm
119 Liberty Street Newburgh NY
Our 3rd Thursday Thing continues. Nadav Z, Joe G and I will be blasting off around 8 pm for our usual tour around the outer reaches of the solar system. This month our very good friend Pete Furlan joins us on the saxophone! Come out and partake of the fine food & drink at the Wherehouse while having your mind blown by the sounds. :) No cover!
MR GONE returns to Boonton! For all you Jersey Cats and NYC Suburbia locals, we're back at our fav NJ spot Maxfields On Main. Mr Gone is: Peter Furlan (saxes), Ratzo Harris (basses), yours truly on the keys & synthesizers, and Terry Silverlight on drums. As always there's no cover, and the Music starts at 9 pm.
This summer's 2nd outdoor concert is a benefit for Hudson Valley Seed, in the form of a Block Party at 380 Main St in Beacon, put together by my main man Decora. Check out what these folks are up to - I think you'll dig it. The Thunderhead Organ Trio goes on at 6 pm. Tix are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
Next Month So Far...
9/2 Funk Junkies - Newburgh Armory, Newburgh NY
9/8 Cloudburst - Catskill Mountain Pizza, Catskill NY
9/10 Electro Music Festival - Greenkill Rec. center, Huguenot NY
9/15 Thunderhead Organ Trio - Wherehouse, Newburgh NY
9/17 Mysterious Phantom(??) - Psychedelic Zombie BBQ, Newburgh NY
9/21 Wired Wednesdays - Newburgh Free Library, Newburgh NY
9/24 Blue Food - Harmony Cafe, Woodstock NY
9/29 Cloudburst - Catskill Mountain Pizza, Catskill NY
As Always, CHECK THE CALENDAR (link below) -
New dates are getting added ALL THE TIME!
In the meantime,
Thanks for supporting Live Music.
Enjoy the Rest of the Summer!
Now you can download my entire CD catalog - that's ELEVEN releases (11!) - all at the same time on my Bandcamp site for ONLY $4 BUCKS! Cheap! Grab 'em now, not sure how long I'll keep this offer open for. :)
"SOFT INVADERS" - Physical CD's NOW AVAILABLE! Go To Music.nailmusic.com to order this limited edition CD in "ecologically neutral" packaging (a simple cardboard sleeve) for only $7.
Recorded live on "Music With Space" on WPRB radio in October of last year; as always, pay what you want - even free to download or order the disc!
"A SAMPLING OF WORLDS" - a retrospective collection featuring tracks from 18 years worth of recorded music. Also contains an unreleased track "Spring is Here", recorded live in 2010.