Last night some of us were fortunate in attending a "house concert" that Wayne Henderson gave at Musurgia, the secluded musical instrument store on Butler Street in Brooklyn.
Dave Kraut sent out an email with a pretty good review and maybe he will post a version on here.
Wayne started off by himself on a Brazilian/Adirondack dread in the pre-war D-28 styling that was made by, who else, Wayne Henderson. It is owned by a young fella who lives up this way and was proudly sitting a few feet away throughout the proceedings.
Wayne played two Old Time tunes and then asked for help in the form of some fine musicians in their own right. On fiddle was Andy Stein. Andy has recorded with people from Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston to Asleep at the Wheel and Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen. But when he is not playing with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra his day job of the past twenty years is playing sax and some violin on A Prairie Home Companion.
The Banjoist was John Saroyan played with a great, old timey manner, often strumming with his fingertips up the fret board to bring his volume down to that of the guitar. By the way, I am told his day job is that he's a professor of pediatric medicine at Columbia. And apparently he has been waiting for his own Wayne Henderson guitar for 11 years.? That should put things in perspective for those of us who imagine talking Wayne into making one for ourselves lol.
On the bass was Brooklyn's own Bob Jones. Bob is known as much for his own luthiery skills these days, being one of the elite repair and guitar tech guys, who said I can pick up my guitar on Saturday. But he is an old pro who can be heard on LPs from 20 years ago and before.
After their first number Bob said it sounded just as they had rehearsed it. This was a joke. As great as it was to hear these guys play together, it was most impressive that they had never played together before sitting down right there in front of us. They just suggested numbers to do and if enough of them knew it the others would follow along, but you would have never guessed they had not been playing together for years.
After a time Mamie Minch, a NYC circuit player sat in to sing a couple tunes as well.
It was a joy of an evening and a great pleasure to meet Wayne again.