NEW YORK, NY - On a cold Sunday night this passed December, I met up with my friend, Dylan Meek, at the Manhattan Inn in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. It was one of those nights that was so cold even New Yorkers wanted to be inside. After being lost for a few minutes trying to find the place, I realized why it had been so hard to find. There was no sign for the Manhattan Inn, just the address of small numbers that read "632" above a random wood door. Walking inside, the interior made you feel like you had stepped back in time. It would have surely felt exactly like the 1930's if the wardrobe choices of the patrons were era-specific.
As I walked in, Dylan, was playing near the back of the bar on this rustic, white grand piano. I took a seat next to the piano and sat there listening to him play for the next few hours while he took small breaks between sets to catch up with me. At the end of the evening on our walk to catch the last few minutes of the Brooklyn Bazaar, we discussed returning to the Manhattan Inn the next day around noon to film a video for a piece he had written. That next day was my last day in New York before my flight home. I couldn't think of a better way to spend it - creating something beautiful with an insanely talented friend of mine.
This piece is called "Piano Man NYC" and draws on inspiration from Chick Corea, Michelle Camilo, Art Tatum, Daniel Waples, Oscar Peterson, and Jimmy Neeley.