Living Colour – Downtown – NYC




New York City Serenade
b/ Bruce Springsteen
The Wild, The Innocent, and The E-Street Shuffle (1973)
((( LISTEN )))


— Skot Olsen

New York City Jazz Adventures with Dave, Cedric, and Thelonius Skunk.


The Freaks Come Out at Night
b/ Whoudini Escape (1984)
((( LISTEN )))


 — originalnoise.org

New York City Looking for Jazz in all the dark places. All the five New York City boroughs have to offer. Uptown to Harlem and the Bronx, out to Queens and Staten Island, and back to Brooklyn, and, of course Manhattan. The Upper East and West Sides, Times Square, Midtown, Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, Tribeca, on and on and on … But no matter the wandering path, as the night becomes tomorrow, all roads end “DOWNTOWN” … where the streets are darker, the shadows are longer, and the jazz is way outside Straight Ahead normality.

Shut the fuck up.

We’re trying to mae some music down here! Jive-Ass Mother Fuckers.”

John Zorn (August 1997)

John Zorn screamed at Czech Republic president Vaclav Havel, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Laurie Anderson, and Lou Reed, whose conversation could be heard over were talking during a Bar Kokhba show at The Knitting Factory.

A Shot In The Dark
b/ John Zorn Naked City (1990)
((( LISTEN )))

— ?.

Little Wing
b/ Vernon Reid (NYC)
New York City
@ Black Rock Coalition 15th Anniversary
((( LISTEN )))

— YouTube

1996 — Vernon Reid with Melvin Gibbs and Ronald Shannon Jackson at the Knitting Factory, Downtown NYC (way) downtown. Fifteen years before, Vernon played guitar in Jackson’s band, The Decoding Society.


Will Calhoun Jams with Ornette

One Stick And A Rim — Will Calhoun, in his old Porsche (details) from his house in the Bronx down to Ornette Coleman in the Village. Riding along was Oswald, his friend and antique instrument historian. Midtown, Paris Hilton-esque traffic light encounter. Jamming with the master. Go into that closet he directed, and where Will found a one (high-hat?) cymbal, one stick and a headless rim. What came of it?

“One of the most memorable music experiences I’ve ever had.”