Bassist Charnett Moffett Plays Solo at All the Usual Swanky Spots
This is not a bass blog – although it is a bass-friendly blog. Bassists by nature being social animals – like it or not, there isn’t an overwhelming demand for solo bass work – it’s rare that a bassist gets to play more than a few solo gigs in his or her life. It’s rarer still that such a first-rate player as Charnett Moffett would be playing a solo tour of swanky New York jazz clubs, all by himself. He’s got a new album out – if the haunting, epic Arabic taqsim that closes it is any indication, it’s amazing.
The “tour” kicks off on March 29-30 at 9 PM at Smoke, an enticing opening slot for the ageless, eternally soulful Frank Wess and his quartet. On April 8, Moffett is at Smalls at 7:30, on April 9 at Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center, time TBA.
April 10, Moffett plays a 7 PM solo gig at Iridium and then runs down to the Flatiron district for an 11 PM set at the Metropolitan Room. April 11, he’s at Birdland at 6; April 14 he takes a bit of a break from the solo marathon with a duo gig backing devastatingly eclectic chanteuse/composer Jana Herzen at the Blue Note for a brunch show starting at half past noon. The “tour” winds up that night with the final solo gig at Joe’s Pub at 9 PM. If you’re a member of the four-string fraternity or sorority, you should see one of these shows.
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