Thursday, September 21, 2017

Review: Joyful Columbian Band, Monsieur Perine, Thrilled and Delighted Audiences for Two Nights at the Jazz Alley, Seattle, Washington, September 12 and 13, 2017

 Monsieur Perine Delighted Audiences at the Jazz Alley, Seattle Washington, September 12th and 13th, 2017

By E. Joyce Glasgow,

Monsieur Perine is an eight-member band of joyful, high-energy musicians from Bogata, Columbia. They have brilliantly combined their favorite musical styles and developed them into a sound that is unique and original to them. (See two of their videos, included below). 
There is an undercurrent of traditional, grounded, Afro-Columbian Cumbia rhythms, meeting a high-spirited, bubbly style of  French, 1920’s era, guitar centered, “Gypsy” jazz swing, and sprinkled with funny percussive elements like the oom pahs you may find keeping time on the drum set during a polka. All the elements embraced, work together, uncannily, to create something fresh, sophisticated and different.
I was curious about where their name came from and found out that their band’s inspiration for the title is as unusual as they are. They were inspired by the perineum, ( perinee, in French) that part of the human body which lies at the base/bass of the 1st Chakra or “root” chakra and took the word "Perine", adding "Monsieur"in juxtaposition, ironically referencing the belief that all things French are refined and elegant.
They live up to their name, as their infectious rhythms and energy have everyone up and dancing energized from their own "root" chakras, inspired by the wild, catchy rhythms and the group's pop, party effervescence. Almost everyone in the club, both upstairs and down immediately rose to their feet when the band invited the audience to join in and dance.
Most of the band’s songs performed at Jazz Alley were their originals, sung in Spanish or French, along with a traditional, Latin bolero, adapted to their style. 
Lead vocalist, Catalina Garcia, has a beautiful, nuanced voice and exudes a relaxed, graceful self- confidence and charm in her singing and comfortable, natural interactions with the audience. Her easy command of the stage is very appealing and quickly engages and wins over audiences. Garcia also wears wonderful, whimsically designed outfits which stylistically cross a colorful, traditional, indigenous style South American tribal clothing look, with hip, high fashion and a Spanish flamenco/gypsy touch.
The band has been together for ten years, having started performing together in 2007. They first met at a music conservatory they were attending in Columbia. Their first album, in 2012, won Columbia’s gold album award and In 2015 they won the Latin Grammy Award for “Best New Artist” of the year. They have been traveling the world and have enthusiastic fans everywhere.
Although some personnel has changed, the many years of seasoned playing together and their comfort and familiarity with one another has made them a really tight performance powerhouse, with seamless transitions from song to song that never let down the super high energy throughout the whole show, from start to finish.  
Expressive, crisp, lively solos from the tenor sax, trombone and trap drums drive home the jazz element throughout, a clarinet adds a bit of Klezmer feel and the addition of the traditional South American Charango (guitar like instrument), traditional bass guitar (like the bass guitar you might see in a Mariachi band) and congas, cajon ( "box" percussion), bongos and other varied percussion instruments bring the Latin component into their sound. The two rhythmical guitars' frenetic strumming punctuates and completes their sound with the French Gypsy jazz swing component. 
The musicians are Catalina Garcia, lead vocalist and percussion; Santiago Priego, charango, violin and guitar; Nicolas Junca, guitar; Jairo Alfonso, saxophone and clarinet; Abstin Caveates, trombone and bugle; Miguel Guerra, percussion; Darwin Baez, drums and Adinda Meertins, bass.
Thoroughly entertaining and exciting, I recommend you see Monsieur Perine in person if you have the chance. They have been traveling all over the U.S. and appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival this summer as well as this past weekend at the Monterey Jazz Festival. 
For a list of upcoming events at Jazz Alley visit:

Watch Monsieur Perine's videos below.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Newport Jazz Festival 2017 Features Terrific Line-Up, August 4-6, 2017, Newport, Rhode Island

 Newport Jazz Festival 2017, August 4-6, 2017, Newport, Rhode Island.
 For more information, visit:

By E. Joyce Glasgow

The Newport Jazz Festival 2017 has an incredible line up of some of the greatest musicians and jazz groups performing today, in a wonderful variety of styles and configurations.

The three- day festival is held at Fort Adams, Newport, R.I., with a yearly Friday evening concert at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, in Newport, and the Fort is a very pleasant and easily navigable location, right on the water, with beautiful views of the sail boats drifting by.

The four stages are fairly close together and all have chairs. One stage is indoors, featuring more intimate performances, including solo piano and small ensembles. At the largest stage, most bring and set up their own chairs, as the provided chairs there are for a larger cost.

There are numerous artisans’ booths featuring jewelry, clothing, and hats, and some food booths.

The timing each day is very relaxing, manageable and leisurely and performances run from 11 AM-6 PM, with nice, full length sets, leaving the evenings to explore all the restaurants and sights around downtown Newport and enjoy a lovely, early dinner near the water, and still get a good night’s sleep.

The sound systems at all the stages are crystal clear and well balanced enabling great enjoyment of the music and all the instruments. This important attention to details of sound is impressive and very worthy of mention.

This historic jazz festival attracts crowds from every age range, from jazz new-comers, and students, to seasoned jazz listeners and musicians.

 Friday, August 4, 2017, at Fort Adams:

Bella Fleck and the Flecktones; Maceo Parker; Cecile McLorin Salvant, Naturally 7, Leslie Odom, Jr., Joey De Francesco and The People; Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith; Amir ElSaffar’s River of Sound Orchestra; Christian Sands Quartet; One For All; Evan Christopher Clarinet Road and New Orleans Brass; Rodriguez Brothers; Jimmy Green Quartet; George Burton Quartet; and the Berklee Global Jazz Institute Workshop Ensemble

Watch Cecile McLorin Salvant here:

Watch Bella Fleck and the Flecktones here:

Friday evening August 4, 2017, at the International Tennis Hall of Fame:
 Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue; and Rhiannon Giddens

Watch Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue here:

Saturday, August 5, 2017, at Fort Adams:

Snarky Puppy; Branford Marsalis Quartet; Rhiannon Giddens; Christian McBride Big Band; Flying Toward The Sound: For Geri, With Love (tribute to Geri Allen); Jazz 100: Music of Dizzy, Mongo and Monk; Henry Threadgill Zooid; Vijay Iyer Sextet; Antonio Sanchez and Migration; DJ Logic’s Project Logic; Benny Golson Quartet; Uri Caine Trio; Dominick Farinacci; Gilad Hekselman; JoAnne Brackeen; David Torkanowksy; Peter Evans; Jason Palmer’s Berklee Septet; David Leon; and the Rhode Island Music Education Association Sr. All-State jazz Ensemble

Watch the Christian McBride Big Band here:

Watch Antonio Sanchez and Migration here:

Sunday, August 6, 2017, at Fort Adams:

The Roots; Andra Day; Maria Schneider Orchestra; Hudson; Philadelphia Experiment; Jason Moran: Fats Waller Dance Party; Tim Berne’s Snakeoil; Bokante; Theo Croker; Cyrus Chestnut Trio; Sean Jones Quintet; Cyrille Aimee; Vernon Reid; John Medeski; Marilyn Crispell; Orrin Evans; The University of Rhode Island Big Band; Newport Jazz Assembly Band; and the Massachusetts Music Educators Association All-Star Jazz Band

Watch the Maria Schneider Orchestra here:

Thursday, May 18, 2017

New York Vegetarian Food Festival, May 20 and 21, 2017, Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC

By E. Joyce Glasgow,

The seventh annual New York Vegetarian Food Festival will take place on May 20 and 21, 2017, at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St, New York City. Hours: 11:00 AM-6:00 PM both days.
Visit for tickets and more information.

This year's festival features especially great speakers and events.

 On Saturday, Festival Keynote Speakers include, Kickboxing champion, Omowale Adewale, speaking on "An Introduction to Veganism and Agricultural Globalism".  Michele McMacken, M.D. will give a talk on "Seven Things that Happen When You Stop Eating Meat". Robyn Moore will moderate a discussion, "Vegan Parenting Panel: Raising Vegan Kids".  Maya Gottfried will talk on "Vegan Love: Dating and Partnering as a Vegan".

On Sunday Keynote Speakers include, Gene Baur, co-founder and president of Farm Sanctuary and author, speaking on "Living the Farm Sanctuary Life". Victoria Moran, obesity survivor, thirty two year long Vegan and author of twelve books, will speak on "Peace, Love and Vegetables: Food Choices and the Spiritual Life". Moran is the current recipient of  PETA's "Sexiest Vegan Over Fifty" Award and hosts the Main Street Vegan radio show and podcast. Chiti Parikh, M.D. will speak on the "Gut Microbiome and Your Health". Robert Ostfeld, M.D., will talk on the "Confessions of a Reformed Cardiologist: A Plant Based Diet and Your Heart". Olympic silver medal winning cyclist, Vegan and animal advocate, Dotsie Bausch, will give a talk on "Unleashing Olympic-Level Activism".

There will be two showings, one on each day, of a short, twenty minute documentary on Veganism and the importance of farm animal sanctuaries, "Home on the Range", hosted by musician and film producer, Kneel Cohn, with live music performed by witty singer/songwriter and animal advocate, Nellie McKay. Q and A to follow the screenings.

There will be a series of vegan recipe demos both days, including on Saturday, the Veganizing of traditional Russian dishes, with chef, Elena Beresnava and a talk by Adam Sobel, founder of Cinnamon Snail, New York's well-loved organic vegan food trucks and now also a restaurant at Pennsylvania Station in the Pennsy Food Hall.  Jacques Laventure, "The Naked Chef", will do a Kale Salad preparation on Saturday and Texas BBQ Pulled Jackfruit on Sunday. West Indian chef, Taymer Mason will demo modern Caribbean cuisine. On Sunday, award-winning Vegan bloggers and cookbook authors, Michael Suchman and Ethan Ciment, will demonstrate how to Veganize iconic New York foods. Atlanta, GA based Vegan chef and lifestyle blogger, Jenne Claiborne, will prepare Vegan Peach Cobbler with Coconut Whipped Cream. Marina Benedetto, owner of Yeah Dawg!, will give a presentation on the magic and medicine of mushrooms.

There will be booths with a variety of free food samples and food and goods for sale, including tasty treats from Something Good to Eat, Cedar's Mediterranean Foods, Stoner Girl Treats and Eats, Rescue Chocolate, Rockin Raw, V Spot Latin Vegan Comfort Food, Sweet Maresa's,  Sorbabes Gourmet Vegan Sorbet, Fresh and Co, Marty's V Burger, Love Beets and Yeah Dawg!

Animal and environmental advocacy organizations will be represented, including PETA, Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, Mercy For Animals, Earth Day Initiative, Animals Asia Foundation, Best Friends Animal Society- New York,  Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Velvet Monkey Foundation and Tamerlaine Farm Animal Sanctuary.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

AIPAD Photography Show, March 30-April 2, 2017, Pier 94, New York City

The AIPAD Photography Show moves to a new home in 2017.

The 2017 AIPAD Photography Show is moving to a new location, the spacious Pier 94, NYC, March 30-April 2, 2017, (Vernissage, March 29).  Its old home, the Park Avenue Armory, is transitioning into a performance art space.
This year’s AIPAD Photography Show will host over one hundred and fifteen international galleries featuring the works of early, modern and contemporary photographers, sixteen talks and a number of exhibitor sponsored book signings. New for 2017, the show will feature a section dedicated to book dealers, publishers and photography related organizations.

Find exhibitors here:

Some of the talks will include: gender equality in photography; Cuban photography past and present; the documentation of human modification of our planet’s natural system;, photography’s role in the African American experience and issues of social justice; how socially concerned photographers are bridging the gap between the worlds of documentary and fine art photography and iconic photographer, Lee Friedlander, in conversation with his wife and grandson on his extensive career, which includes more than fifty published books of his photos.

See a full list of talks here:

Complete information about the Association of International Photography Art Dealers, the AIPAD show, location, times and tickets can be found at their website:

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Architectural Digest Design Show and DIFFA's 20th Anniversary Dining By Design NY, March16-19, 2017, Piers 92 and 94, NYC

The 2017 Architectural Design Design Show and DIFFA's Dining by Design Show will take place March 16-19, 2017, Piers 92 and 94, New York City.

Over four hundred exhibitors will be featured at the AD Show, including individual artisans, international manufacturers of fine, innovative kitchen appliances, with culinary demonstrations and refined design elements including hardware, tabletop, flooring, bath fixtures, bedding, furniture, accessories, lighting , cabinetry, carpets, metalwork and more. Artists products featured include glasswork, custom woodworking, paintings, sculptures, textiles, photography, other decorative accessories and handmade chocolates.

Exhibitor's list below.

Panels on design will be held throughout the four days. Here are details for some of the intriguing panels and participants.

KEYNOTE SUPERSTAR DESIGN: A CONVERSATION WITH AMY ASTLEY AND MARTYN LAWRENCE BULLARD, Thursday, March 16th, 4-5 P.M. Join Architectural Digest Editor in Chief Amy Astley and Los Angeles based interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard for an intimate look at the dynamics of creating homes for some of the world’s most high-profile celebrities, including Tommy Hilfiger, Cher, Ellen Pompeo, and Khloé and Kourtney Kardashian. Topics include building your brand, licensing products, the power of the press, and the art of cultivating interiors with maximum drama.

TELLING STORIES WITH DESIGN, Friday, March 17th, 11:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M. David Rockwell and Sandra de Ovando both transform environments. Their work first intersected at Rockwell Group’s design for New York’s Vandal restaurant when they discovered what they shared in common: a passion to create immersive environments lasting for hours or decades. In conversation, they will discuss how they approach design in hospitality, how powerful ephemeral moments can be, and how collaboration is critical to achieving the very best in design. Featuring David Rockwell and Sandra de Ovando. Moderated by Maxwell Ryan, CEO  and founder of Apartment Therapy.

PRESERVING THE SOUL OF A HOME: HISTORIC PLACES AND LANDSCAPES, Friday, March 17th, 1:30-2:30 P.M. A discussion on the synergy and collaboration between residential and landscape design that honors history, tradition, and structure as evident in the renovations and modernizations of the Cedric Gibbons/Dolores Del Rio house in L.A., a 1940s Miami bungalow renovation, and Maycroft, the 1885 Aldrich family estate in Sag Harbor, New York. Featuring landscape architect Edmund Hollander and designers Frank de Biasi and Madeline Stuart. Moderated by Sandy Keenan, Director of Special Projects at Consumer Reports

HOME SUITE HOME, Friday, March 17th, 3:30-4:30 P.M. The aesthetics of hotel guest rooms are increasingly taking cues from residential spaces in an effort to elevate design and vice versa. From smart layout decisions to color choices to the right mix of furniture and fixtures, a fine balance is needed to create something extraordinary. Hear from a group of design visionaries who will delve into the secrets of how to make your bedroom feel like a five-star hotel. Featuring Matthew Berman of Workshop/APD, Stacy Garcia of Stacy Garcia, Inc., Jesse MacDougall of ICRAVE, and Michael Suomi of Stonehill & Taylor. Moderated by Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, Editor in Chief of Hospitality Design magazine

THE CHIC LIFE, Saturday, March 18th, 11:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M. Tastemakers discuss individuality, personal style, and the undeniable intersection between fashion and home today. Featuring Tim Gunn of “Project Runway,” HGTV’s Genevieve Gorder, and Los Angeles-based interior designer Mary McDonald. Moderated by Jane Keltner de Valle, Style Director at Architectural Digest

ABOVE AND BEYOND: DESIGNING FOR CREATIVES, Saturday, March 18th, 1:30-2:30 P.M. The partners of McAlpine use architecture and design to shape private sanctuaries that inspire creativity. Specializing in highly personalized interiors for clients like Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, they will reveal the soulful spaces, romantic bedrooms, extraordinary guest quarters, party barns, and more that endow each retreat with individuality, intimacy, and uniqueness. Featuring McAlpine partners Bobby McAlpine, Susan Ferrier, Greg Tankersley, and Ray Booth. Moderated by book consultant Jill Cohen

HIGH-DESIGN ENTERTAINING AND THE PERFECT PARTY, Saturday, March 18th, 3:30-4:30 P.M. Trade secrets and essentials behind the art of entertaining and high design are revealed. Featuring Ken Fulk, designer and creative director for the tech sector’s elite and the author of Mr. Ken Fulk’s Magical World ; Lela Rose, fashion designer and author of Prêt- à-Party ; and Laura Dowling, Chief Floral Designer for the Obama White House and author of Floral Diplomacy at the White House. Moderated by Athena Calderone, renowned lifestyle expert, author of Cook Beautiful and creator of EyeSwoon

RENOVATION ROAD MAP: HOW TO GET STARTED, Sunday, March 19th, 11:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M. Learn what you need to know to define your project scope, set your budget, and navigate the gritty details of renovating small or palatial spaces. The conversation will focus on the nuts and bolts of a stress-free renovation. Featuring licensed contractors Stephen Fanuka of “Million Dollar Contractor” and DIY network star Jason Cameron. Moderated by Jean Brownhill, Founder and CEO of renovation matchmaker Sweeten

 SPIRITUALITY IN DESIGN, Sunday, March 19th, 1:30-2:30 P.M. Designer Vicente Wolf’s book The Four Elements of Design: Interiors Inspired by Earth, Water, Air and Fire is the springboard for this discussion on how to create spiritually positive interiors and find beneficial ways to utilize all aspects of design—architecture, landscaping, interiors, and urban development—to achieve a higher level. Featuring Vicente Wolf and Katie Scott, interior designer and author of Let It Be. Moderated by Linda O’Keeffe, design writer and co-author of The Four Elements of Design: Interiors Inspired by Earth, Water, Air and Fire

BOOK SIGNINGS IN THE AD APARTMENT, Sunday, March 19th, 2:30 P.M. Immediately following the Spirituality in Design seminar, join us in the AD Apartment as Vicente Wolf signs his book The Four Elements of Design: Interiors Inspired by Earth, Water, Air and Fire, and Katie Scott signs her book Let It Be.

DIFFA'S 20th Anniversary of Dining by Design NY

Your AD Design Show admission ticket gives you full access to DIFFA's 20th Annual DINNING BY DESIGN NY. Using the venue as a blank canvas, nearly 50 of the country's top designers create dining environments in an extraordinary and eclectic blast of creativity—all in support of DIFFA's work to fight HIV/AIDS.


Outside of the show, you could never see that many dealers in one day. It’s a great way to see products in real life on the floor.
Mario Buatta, Interior Designer
Complimentary admission for design trade who preregister online (two forms of professional credentials required).  Design trade tickets are $40 at the door.  Consumer VIP tickets are available to consumers and include exclusive access to Trade Day, Thursday, March 16th.  General admission tickets allow for re-entry on all four days.  No cash accepted on site.
All tickets include free admission to DIFFA's 20th Annual DINING BY DESIGN. Advance ticket purchase includes a one-year digital subscription to Architectural Digest.  Limit one digital subscription or refund per household.  Offer expires 07/31/2017.
Children under 12 are free.