What kind of activities do you support?
Last year we started a tap dancing troop in Harlem, a steel pan drum ensemble in Brooklyn, and a vocal choir at a charter school in Harlem...
Value Of Time by Songevity, one of the project of Rob
Life as a jazz musician has never been, and will never be, easy. Jazz musicians in the 60s and 70s were making $50 and a plate of pasta to play for 2-3 hours at a venue and - would you believe - that fee has largely remained the same in some venues. Keyed Up! forms relationships directly with venues who appreciate music and our goal is help venues raise the level of hospitality to musicians and people in the music community.
How is that made possible?
By doubling any contribution made towards regular engagements. Some of our favorite musicians to hire have played with the likes of Dizzy Gilespie, Miles Davis, and many more. To think that they may accept gigs for $50, shows you how needed our program has become. So far, we've given more than $70,000 directly to musicians in under one year, and we're currently seeking sponsorship to grow even more in 2016.
Ahmad Jamal Trio at the Pershing But Not for Me
Could you pick one jazz record for the New York skyline at sunset?
The Sunset Hour Jazz at TOTS has a vibe all of its own and the clientele seem to enjoy all types of music. Since it has the lovely piano as a feature, I would choose to compliment that and play one of my favorite recordings, Ahmad Jamal's Live at the Pershing. I believe this record, and the artist himself, share qualities with the venue, such as elegance, royalty, finesse, joy, and a sense of celebration.
Sunset Jazz at Top Of The Standard, from 4pm to 9pm, Monday to Saturday. The Standard, High Line.
Coming up in February...
Wednesday, February 3rd: James Weidman (piano/bass)
Friday, February 5th: Christos Rafalides (vibraphone/bass)
Rob Duguay will release his new album Safe in Sound by Songevity Trio this coming March 2016.
All photos by Neil Aline