Posted by flotz on Thursday, November 19, 2015 | Live Review

Hugh Masekela consummate entertainer, half the show anecdotes, the other half tunes. His tone is so gorgeous. Just piano and trumpet, plus his singing and cowbell playing too. Set list was great, including Miriam Makeba tunes, Fats Waller, “Sleepy time Down South”, “Easy Living”, a Stylistics tune, “Grazing In The Grass” and ended with Cantaloupe Island.  His vocal delivery mesmerizing, the timbre compelling.  Great anecdotes about Miles Davis, living in Manhattan, etc. A must see.

Band playing in the Musicquarium as the show let out, playing “Mercy Mercy Mercy” saw Cole Shuster on the bandstand; he’s a killer jazz guitarist, seen him a lot at The Angry Beaver sessions tearin it up. Listenin to Masekela wax poetic about goin all over NYC to jazz clubs to hear the greats, same thing happening in this town, you can hit three venues in one night and catch a ton of players.