Big Apple Season / by Mark Ziegler

It's been a great month to be back in New York. Reacquainting myself with a few basses, friends, and cooking for myself. I'm also playing a few gigs! Last night was my first foray into the bi-weekly improvised Out Of Your Head series at Freddy's. It was a great night with many very cool improvisers and some broken pint glasses. Tonight (Monday 9/17) I reunite with Gato Loco de Bajo at Zirzamin for some serious low-end fun: double bass, bass sax, bari guitar, and tuba! (and drums, too.)

I've gotten to be a band photographer a bit too, so I'll be sharing a few pics in the coming weeks.

Some great things I've gotten to do/see on my break:

Into The Woods @ Shakespeare in the park

A very rainy, but fun, day at the US Open

Chaplin @ the Barrymore theater (major kudos to my Ave Q friend Rob McClure for his amazing portrayal of the Tramp!)

John & Scott @ UCB

Alex Wyatt @ Douglas Arts

Grand Army farmers market ... cheese, fish, maple & mint iced tea ...

food friend outing to fantastic Thai @ Pok Pok

And, I got to bike around Governor's Island and scope out future squatting possibilities for the next layoff. I only have to figure out how to get there and back without the summer ferry. Anyone have a kayak I can borrow in January?

And lots to look forward to before heading out again. My brother turns 30, I get to see the east coast premiere of "August, Ossage County", and my mentor Michael Formanek is releasing a new ECM record  along with 2 nights at the Jazz Standard on Oct 2 & 3. Be there!