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The NYC Jazz Meetup Group Message Board › New Meetup: Spike Wilner Trio

New Meetup: Spike Wilner Trio

A former member
Announcing a new Meetup for The New York City Jazz Meetup Group!

What: Spike Wilner Trio

When: February 26, 2009 7:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: We are going back to Kitano's! This sounds like a great show. There is no cover but there is a 15 dollar food and drink minimum. Please do not RSVP Yes unless yopu plan on being there and remove your Yes 48 hours before the show if your plans change!

Michael “Spike” Wilner was born in New York City and started playing piano at an early age. He was inspired by a television program about the life of Scott Joplin to learn to play Ragtime Music.

Wilner's repertoire consists of sunny originals, neglected standards, neglected Ellington/Strayhorn tunes, and a healthy dose of the blues. "How Am I To Know," for example, is an old song that isn't played very often. Wilner really digs in here, organizing his improvisation in unpredictable fashion, so that his ideas take on a consistently fresh cast, and all the while he and his band mates are possessed of a radiant, jaunty swing. Among Wilner's originals, "Hopscotch" stands out. It's a blues waltz with arresting changes, one of four blues tracks on Late Night: Live At Smalls.

In one of the his first reviews at Smalls, New York Times Peter Watrous had this to say about Spike Wilner: “Mr. Wilner is obviously intoxicated with the flow and dance of the great pianists who graced jazz in the 1940’s and 50’s and his lines, surging and rhythmically powerful, were convincing. Mr. Wilner is completely at home at what he’s doing and in his hands the rules of an idiom disappear, leaving an improvisational flexibility that’s available only to soloists who have really spent time learning their subject.”

You can check him out here

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