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Every Monday night I play bari sax with Rev. Vince Anderson & The Love Choir

20 Dec

Back in 1996 I had the great fortune to meet Rev. Vince Anderson when I answered an ad seeking a drummer in the New York Press. I don’t play drums, just bari sax, but the ad was humorous and the name of the band was Leopold & Stanges Jangletown, which I liked. They said they liked Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Johnny Cash and I like all of that so I applied, apologizing about my non-prowess on the drums. I got the job, which turned out to be an off off Broadway theatrical production which was not entirely my cup of tea, however Rev. Vince was and a few months later when he put his new band together I was thrilled to receive an invitation to join. I’ve been playing with him every week ever since and it has been an amazing journey of music and friendship. For many years I was the only horn player, although from time to time people would sit in, Aaron Johnson or Steve Moses on trombone, or some sax players who would come through. About four years ago Dave Smith sat in on trombone and has been playing with us every Monday ever since. These days our regular Monday night gig at Union Pool is popular with Cochemea Gastelun from Sharon Jones & The Dapp Kings (more about his solo project Johnny Arrow soon), Eliot Bergman from NOMO, Michael Kammers from MK Groove Orchestra, Eric Biondo from Antibalas and Beyondo, and many others. It’s not unusual for us to cram four or five horns onstage at a time and then all solo simultaneously! Tonight is Rev. Vince’s Christmas Spectacular and we have some very special guests coming through. Showtime is at 11pm in the backroom at Union Pool, 484 Union Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Tacos are served all night and admission is free, but you have to bring ID! Every Monday at Union Pool

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