On Saturday, May 29, at 3 p.m., I will have my first public performance since March 12, 2020, when NYC shut down because of the pandemic. It will have been 442 days since I played a gig in public.
I’ve been fortunate in that I was able to play four times during the pandemic: once with my Glitter Quartet, once with my collective Lioness™, and twice with baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian because we had been quarantining like mad and getting tested for Covid and wore masks and played outside.
My last gig before the pandemic was on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at Kitano. We knew that the pandemic was starting to creep into NYC and there were no hugs or handshakes or anything – just music. It was pretty fabulous music, though. What we didn’t know is that the mayor of NYC had announced that everything was to shut down right in the middle of our gig, so we played, we all went home, and we stayed there…
So if you’re in Queens on May 29, do come by. The gig is outdoors and it’s going to be fabulous! It’s with Carol Sudhalter and her Astoria Big Band at Sunnyside Reformed Church, 48-03 Skillman Avenue, Queens NY 11104.