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 gig 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.