John McNeil and Bill McHenry have reemerged with their quartet, cleverly timing their next appearance and new affiliation with the fuss surrounding that other current phenomenon, a massive worldwide financial crisis. Here’s the announcement popping up in e-mail in-boxes from Truckee to Tokyo.
This Friday, Sept. 19th at Cornelia St. CafÃ©
The John McNeil/Bill McHenry Quartet Returns!
The boys took a brief hiatus to recover from the rigors of their recent New England tour. Dealing with surging, underwear-throwing crowds night after night takes a physical and psychological toll that is hard for normal Americans to imagine. After a few weeks away from the glare of publicity, however, the boys are refreshed and ready to participate in FONT (Fest. of New Trumpet Music) and to once more dispense their life-giving improvisations to the jazz public.
In more news, the band is now under the corporate sponsorship of Lehman Bros., a prestigious Wall Street firm, and this solid financial backing should help raise the public awareness of the McNeil/McHenry brand of spiritual and physical healing. Good times ahead!
John McNeil — Trumpet
Bill McHenry — Tenor
Joe Martin — Bass
Jochen Rueckert — Drums
One set, starting at 11:00 -ish $10.00 cover Cornelia Street CafÃ©, Cornelia St. betw. Bleecker & 6th Ave, Manhattan (212) 989 – 9319 http://corneliastreetcafe.com/
If you live in Sweden, China, Brazil, New Zealand, Poughkeepsie or some other farflung locale where Rifftidesiacs dwell, and find it inconvenient to be in New York tomorrow night, here’s a consolation prize by the McNeil-McHenry Band. The tune is “Batter Up,” written by Russ Freeman and first recorded by him with Chet Baker’s quartet in 1953.