On The Road Again by Lenore Raphael

It is really “Autumn in New York” – filled with all kinds of excitement in jazz. The air in New York City “crackles” in the fall with all there is to do, see and hear.
Returning from North Carolina, where I met some of the jazz folks there, I was off the road in part of September and October and glad to be. It allowed me to spend time going to the great jazz spots in the city and hearing some other artists for a nice change of pace.
Dizzy’s Coca Cola, the jazz club at Jazz At Lincoln Center is a MUST DO when in New York City. The views of Central Park and the New York skyline are breathtaking, and with a huge full moon coming up, I met with Chris Walker from England. He is a fellow broadcaster on Pure Jazz Radio, and we thoroughly enjoyed hearing the music of Louis Armstrong played by the great trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, saxophon-ist Victor Goines, with bassist Herman Burney. The program ended with a traditional New Orleans march around the club and all the guests lined up to join in the parade.
I was invited to the opening session of the New York Philharmonic’s season and the featured music was Wynton Marsalis’ Swing Symphony, with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra combining with the incredible musicianship of the Philharmonic musicians. It was a difficult work but the musicians were all up to the task. Wynton’s purpose was to repre-sent all aspects of jazz in the piece, from the New Orleans roots to Latin to swing. The evening was exciting and the audience was definitely ready to enjoy the evening.
With my radio show “Lenore Raphael’s JazzSpot” gaining popularity with thousands of global listeners, I had some wonderful guests join me to record a series of new shows.
Saxophonist Ray Blue is one of the most soulful and warm players I have heard and it was a pleasure to record the show with him. He has a new CD out called “Berries ‘N Blues” and it is definitely worth hearing and owning. Ray and I are on the same page with our love of standards so we had a great time performing and chatting. Check out his website for information at www.rayblue.com.
Vocalist Karrin Allyson is a versatile three time GRAMMY nominee who can sing jazz, folk, and Brazilian music equally well. Meeting her and enjoying her curiosity about all kinds of music was a pleasure