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Thursday, July 21, 2011

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This blog from London (Sorry, Italy) mentions my band. Check it out..

jazz cafe - latest news dashboard

Boperetta: A Scat Operetta (Part 1)

I'm in this video of Boperetta, but the first part has the fabulous Ms. Aixa Kendrix!

Boperetta: A Scat Operetta (Part 2)

Boperetta Review:

October 2004
Published: September 30, 2004

“Blind to our faults, we're subject to love's compounded assaults!/Each failed union engraved on our mind, defines the future lovers we find/and duplicity severs the ties that bind... “
This is from the preamble to Geof Loomis' Boperetta, playing the first Tuesday of every month at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Involving seven actor/singers and a five-piece band led by Loomis on piano, Boperetta is a musical with scat-sung dialogue, interspersed with several jazz arias in plain English. A rundown of Act Two (Sept. 7th) had the rickety creative drive of a work-in-progress, with dramatic subject matter leavened by generous comic relief. The scatting, which transpired often without the aid of music, took on the enigmatic quality of a Creole. It also presented a unique performance challenge, with each player having to act, “sing” and gesture simultaneously to convey dramatic meaning. On top of that, Loomis' melodies are not to be sung in one's sleep; Susan Kramer did an admirable, Dinah Washington-esque job with the climactic ballad, “A Woman's Heart”. The story itself could use further development, although seeing both acts together could remedy this. One thing is almost certain: nothing of the kind is being done elsewhere

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

John Smith's review: The Moldy Fig...

Review: Moldy Fig

From: John D <>
Subject: Moldy Fig
To: "smithjohnd" <>
Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 3:57 AM

Note, I did not leave Moldy Fig until shortly after 1a.m.,
having stayed for the open mic, which began about
12:20a.m.  More than 1/2 hour went by before Wade
Barnes and his musicians cleared the stage and a
great, young trio (piano, bass and drums) got started
(I did not get any of their names as the mic was not
set up).  They did about four selections, all of which
were unknown to me.
Open mic was worth hanging for.  My neighbor, vocalist
Susan Kramer, and her drummer accompanist Bernard
Linette (who will be appearing at the Metropolitan Room
shortly - stay tuned) were accompanied by bassist
Tyler Mitchel (he will be the house band at Moldy Fig
this Thursday evening at 8p.m.), and an excellent guitarist
whose name I did not hear.  They performed like an
ensemble that had been together for some time.  In
other words, they were really smokin'. 
They were followed by yet another trio (a pianist who
could not resist the blues number another fine vocalist
dropped on us) made it a quartet. 
When I left Modly Fig only the open mic performers, the
staff and possibly three or four patrons were holding down
the place.  My journey home was a pleasant dozen plus
blocks walk home.  Time for some shuteye. 
P.S.  Your addresses will remain anonymous (I picked up 
a few new email address today).

Well, there's all this extra space below John's review, so I decided fill the space. Yeah, my first blog photo and upload successful! Enjoy! And remember, I'd appreciate any and all suggestions on how to improve this blog.

The Moldy Fig

Good Morning! Just arrived home from hanging with a Jazz Musician friend, combing the city for some late Monday night live music sounds! Went to the Moldy Fig around 12:13am, had a nice, cold Beer, but unfortunately we missed the band and there was no Jam Session.

The Moldy Fig is located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, off Clinton Street. Here’s the website:

It’s one of the loveliest Jazz Clubs in the City I’ve ever seen. The Moldy Fig has an elegant, yet casual vibe. I would feel equally comfortable going there wearing jeans or a cocktail dress. The decor lends itself to and compliments both. Maybe it’s the warm staff. Either way, I wish them luck and encourage people to check out and support this great new jazz venue on the lower east side.

Do you have some stories to tell about your experiences on the Jazz Scene in NYC and beyond Please share them! 

Monday, July 18, 2011


Welcome to  I'm very new to this, so I'll try to make it as fun and fresh as possible. This Blog was started for two reasons. One, as a way of gathering and sharing information on the Jazz scene in NYC that i have been a part of. The other,  to have one place to put all my information (bio, upcoming shows, press, etc.). 
Some posts will be brief, some more in depth, but I hope all will be engaging and worth your time.
Thanks for your patience and keep looking out for my  new posts.
Thank you,
Susan Kramer