Croatian Jazz Concert a Smash!

Croatian Jazz Concert at Lincoln Center, May 23
Allen Room at Rose Hall, New York City.

This concert, part of a special series presented by the Croatia National Tourism Office, was a tribute to legendary jazz stylist, John Lewis (1920-2001), musical director of the Modern Jazz Quartet, an adopted son of Dubrovnik, the “pearl of the Adriatic” as ascribed by Lord Byron and Zagreb, the country’s capital city. Its signature was “For | From Croatia With Love.” The evening was a fund raiser for the Allis Inserviendo Consumer Foundation, a relief effort for autistic children in Croatia.

The evening featured noted jazz musicians including Bosko Petrovic, founder of the Zagreb Jazz Quartet whose tenure as a world-class virbrophonist goes back to the 60’s. He was joined by Davor Kajfes, pianist and composer, Marvio Marvin on bass, Matija Dedic, piano, Elvis Stanic, fusion guitar, Krunoslav Spisic, four tone mandolin, Thania Pavelic, R&B vocalist, and the Biava Quartet, winner of the Naumberg Chamber Music Award. From the American side we heard from Lenny White, drummer, and erstwhile accompanist of Miles Davis, George Colligan, pianist and Buster Williams, bass, whose mileage goes back to the days of Carmen McRae, Art Blakey, Errol Garner and a host of famed jazz artists over the last 50 years. The concert was narrated by Tucker Smith.

For | From Croatia With Love will continue its national tour of Croatia, Lado, at St.Patrick’s Cathedral and Lincoln Center, New York in October and at the Harris Theatre in Chicago.

Here’s a chance to hear and see the best of Croatian music and folkloric dance. Not to be missed.

– Michael

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4 Comments

  1. Jazz Licks

    Oh man, I wish I could’ve gone to that Jazz concert. I saw a good Jazz video of the Jazz Messengers a while back. I think they were in Croatia.

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Hornblower blows ‘em away!

Thurs., July 4 aboard the Hornblower Esprit, celebrating Macy’s 4th, the nation’s 233rd Independence Day anniversary. What a night!

Hornblower Yachts owns up to having the largest number of luxury vessels in eight U.S. cities, including New York. The company has seven here ranging from the largest, the Infinity, at over 200’, accommodating up to 700, to the smallest, the Esprit, at 90’ , accommodating 80-100. Cruises are set lunch/ brunch and dinner, for a coterie of special events and private parties, corporate meetings, and weddings, of course! They serve both sit-down and buffet menus.. They also do After 5 cocktail cruises, and a host of charitable events. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, Ca. It’s now in its 40th year.

On the night we were on, the 4th, we were seated on the Sky Deck of the Esprit, a restored beauty. There were only seven tables on this top deck facing out and with a nicely appointed bar in front of us manned by Nicholas, a really talented barkeep, and with some soft jazz by DJ Mike, which later turned to Pop, Latin, Disc and Rock for or dancing pleasure. Gabriel was our Maitre’d and Oscar was our chef for the evening. Boy can this guy cook! Dinner started off with a plate of Blinis with Caviar, followed by a nice medley of Little Neck clams and oysters on the ½ shell, with a sampling of jumbo shrimp in the best salsa I’ve ever tasted ( I asked for a second. My apologies ). This was followed by a full serving of Agnolotti served Italian style over freshly baked cherry tomatoes and a very fresh salad of lettuce, celery, cucumber and more cherry tomatoes. The entrée: Lobster and Filet Mignon with a crab filling topped with a wild mushroom sauce. A bottle of Chandon white was offered to each guest complimentary. Ha! You can’t beat that! As for dessert, a chilled freshly baked apple strudel and chocolate dipped strawberries was the finale, with good coffee and an assortment of blended teas for the asking. And, yes, the bar was open for the entire 3 ½ hours we were on board. By the way, the company provides translaters for Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Korean, French, German and Italian guests.

The yachts ail from Pier 15/ 75 South St. adjoining the South St. Seaport and Pier 40 on the West Side/ W. Houston St. and the Hudson River, from March thru-November with 10 daily departures, 7 days-a-week.

In New York they operate the Statue Cruises affiliate to both Ellis Island and Liberty Island State Park from the Battery Park Terminal on the Manhattan side, along with a Liberty Water Taxi service. They also serve the Metro New York area with a round-the-clock ferry service, the city’s first commuter ferry operation to points in Manhattan, Bklyn and Queens. In brief, the company is the world’s leading provider of high-speed ferry services. For more on Hornblower try: info@365ticketsUSA.com or 1-844TKTS, or phone 646-780.9693 or simply: www.Hornblower.com

 

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