2/23/2012 1:34 PM
Lets face it, air travel in the 21st century can be a total nightmare. Airlines change their rules every other day, add fees every way they can, and make it almost impossible to travel with your own gear. It’s really frustrating! There’s only so much you can do about it, but here are a few tips that can make your life a little less stressful.
Having an elite status on one of the sky groups (which means flying a lot on the same airline) makes a huge difference, and the higher your status, the better you’ll travel. You’re not going to pay extra for baggage, so that can save you some money, and you are also allowed more weight per bag. My pedalboard weighs 54 pounds—four pounds over the limit—and if I didn’t have an elite status, I would have to pay up to $200 in overweight fees in each direction!
Elite status also allows you to board the plane first, which gives you a better chance of finding a place to put your guitar. Boarding late often means you have to check your guitar in with baggage, which sucks...
2/23/2012 1:05 PM
On March 22nd and 23rd the Carl Verheyen Band will play the Iridium in
NYC. It’s more than just another stop on an east coast run—this room has
a special place in my heart. It was here I saw Les Paul play about ten
years ago and got to meet a living legend. He had a permanent residency
at the club on Monday nights, right up until he passed away a few years
2/21/2012 5:30 PM
The John Abercrombie Trio gave a stunning performance last Friday at
San Francisco’s stately Herbst Theater, as part of SF Jazz’s 2012
season. Joined by Hammond organ virtuoso Gary Versace, and legendary
drummer and longtime Abercrombie collaborator Adam Nussbaum, the
inimitable guitarist delivered a set that included new pieces from an
upcoming ECM album, along with material from his previous releases.
2/10/2012 5:15 PM
Here are micro-reviews of four CDs by international artists that fall roughly into the "jazz" category.
I receive lots of really great CDs each week, and there's simply not enough time to write full reviews of them all in the magazine, or even online—so from time to time I try to cover a batch of them, limiting each review to 50 words as a way of focusing my attention and getting them done quickly.