John Frigo, Steely Dan, Flecktones and more

It has been an eventful few weeks. Some great things, and one very sad one. After a lifetime of bringing joy to people through his music, art, and poetry, the great jazz violinist John Frigo passed away at the age of 90 on July 4. He was a dear friend and musical co-conspirator, and I will be posting a tribute to him here at levyland.com. On more cheerful notes, on successive nights in Chicago, I sat in with Steely Dan at The Auditorium Theater and The Flecktones at Symphony Center. Then I played shows in Montreal with The Flecktones and Kurt Elling. The show with Kurt was recorded and filmed, so watch for the dvd. I also played at Ravinia with A Prairie Home Companion. One of the high points for me was playing an emotional version of “Don’t Think Twice” with Garrison and Rambling Jack Elliot. I also played “The Ravinia Merengue”, a tune I’ve been doing in Europe with the Riessler/Levy/Matinier trio. Esther Cepeda, a reporter for the Chicago Sun Times who was in the audience, was so surprised to hear Latin music on APHC that she raced up onto the stage, interviewed me, and published a little item about it in the paper a few days later.(webmaster note: Thanks to Howard for giving me the John Frigo ‘tour’ whilevisiting with him last year in Chicago. Frigo was truly an amazing human being)

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