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David Ing, at large … Sometimes, my mind wanders


2008/01/28 Donny McCaslin, Louis 649, New York

Posted on January 28, 2008 by daviding

I had heard an audio interview by Jason Crane on The Jazz Session about Donny McCaslin. I liked the way he plays sax, and noted that he lives in New York City. Thus, with a business trip down to the area, I tracked down Donny playing in a trio at Louis 649.

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The drummer and bass player seemed to be friends of Donny, and this was a rather loose gig. I spoke with Danny — he had been in Toronto just a few weeks earlier for the IAJE convention. I bought his CDs so that I can listen at home.

Louis 649 is a small bar in the Lower East Side. The trio took almost the entire width of the building. It’s a narrow storefront, and with just enough width for a bar, and then a line of stools along the other wall.

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There may have been 6 or 8 stools with a good view of the trio. In the back were some tables where small parties could take over a table and talk over music in the background.

Donny is well known as a sideman in New York. A small club like Louis 649 gives him the opportunity play and work out his own material to see how audiences enjoy his compositions and interpretations.

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  1. Ayo says:

    Hi. I love Donny McCaslin. I love his latest album. I also like him on Torben Waldorff‘s album Afterburn that is recently released.



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