Clear Thinking On The Tour Front

Best Press release of the week. Of course, it’s only Sunday.

Billy Mintz Quartet tours in New York May 2014

No more sneaking oversize instruments past the airlines! No more cramped economy seats! No more European trains where you jump up in a panic every time the conductor makes an announcement in a language you don’t understand! No more gas guzzling tour buses that smell like a bathroom! The Mintz Quartet announces a glorious five-day tour where the band can literally walk from one Billy Mintz by Picketgig to the next (or at least to the nearest subway stop)!

Drummer/composer and band leader Billy Mintz commented thoughtfully, “Traveling is such a drag…you know? So, man, I just thought, “Hey, why not book a tour where we don’t have to actually, like, tour?” 
The tour features the original quartet from Billy’s 2013 leader debut, Mintz Quartet: John Gross: tenor saxophone; Roberta Piket, piano, organ; Putter Smith, bass; Billy Mintz, drums, percussion, compositions.

 Below is a list of all the performances.

05/24/2014 7:30 pm Smalls Jazz Club 183 W. 10th St., New York
05/23/2014 8:00 pm Ibeam 168 7th Street, Brooklyn
05/21/2014 8:00 pm Barbes 376 9th St., Brooklyn
05/19/2014 8:30 pm Greenwich House 46 Barrow St., New York
05/18/2014 9:30 pm Firehouse Space 246 Frost St., Brooklyn

For a Rifftides review of Mintz’s most recent album, go here.

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  1. Andy Sechrist says

    Dig that! Leave it to the amazing drummer Billy Mintz to come up with that idea. Great venues too!

  2. says

    What a smart and creative approach to touring! Makes complete sense to me considering the fact that touring these days is no easy task.