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Saturday night at Tin Angel

No Comments 30 April 2002

Hi Everyone,

Choose One:
a) Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes.
b) To everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn Turn)

I’m reminding you all once again about the upcoming show at the Tin
Angel this Saturday (5.4.02) at 10:30p. Teddy Goldstein opens (of the
NYC Goldsteins).

I think I mentioned in the last email that this was gonna be a band
show. You may have noticed a derth of Jim Boggia shows in the popular
rock band format recently, and you’d be right.

But this Saturday marks a new (but kinda old) chapter of the Jim Boggia
band format.

After playing together for the last three (four?) years or so (not to
mention the work we did together in the early 90s, but I won’t mention
that), this will be my first band gig without Erik Johnson on drums.
What can I say? I always knew we were playing on borrowed time, and the
time has run out. Erik is busier than sin, playing nearly full-time with
both the Kevin Hanson Trio AND his own Trio of Many (maybe there were
just too many people on stage when we played), teaching, doing session
work, being a relatively new husband . . . it’s an overly full plate and
I think we both have sadly recognized the futility of trying to
continue. If you even once heard the Jim Boggias play with Erik on
drums, you know what a special musician he is and what he brought to the
songs. Erik, I wish you all the best, will continue to cherish our
friendship, and hope that every so often we might get together and play
for the pure enjoyment of it. Thank you for several years of great gigs
and all the wonderful playing you contributed to ‘Fidelity is the

Now, on the up side of things, this Saturday will mark the happy return
of Roger Cox to the drum throne. Any of you old enough to remember
‘Doogie Howser’ may remember my old band, Ultrasound, to which Roger
contributed his beautiful drumming. You may also know Roger as “Ringo”
whenever I put together one of the Beatle related events that I’m prone
to do (look for an announcement soon about June 18th). I remember Mike
Frank and I mixing demos Ultrasound recorded and we always liked them
the best when we just listened to Roger’s drumming. We had a rehearsal
last week (don’t worry, we’ll have another one this week) and things
felt so immediately comfortable and right. I’m really looking forward to
playing with Roger again and I think you’ll really enjoy hearing him

Very much hoping to see you there.

The Recap:
Saturday, 5.4.02 – 10:30p
Tin Angel
20 S. 2nd Street – Philadelphia, PA
Teddy Goldstein opens



1.5.02 : Sidewalk Cafe : NYC :: 1.8.02 : Grape St. Pub : Phila, PA

No Comments 03 January 2002

Happy New Year Everyone,

Hope your 2002 is off to an amazing start. I’m jumping into the new year
with great hope and excitement. Give it a couple of weeks and everything
should be back to normal.

I start out the year in New York this Saturday, 1.5.02, when I return to
the Sidewalk Cafe for an 8p show. My apologies to those who came to my
recent non appearance at the Bitter End, this will not be a repeat
performance. I was actually at the Bitter End that night, but somebody
gave me this ring and when I put it on I became invisible. Really. For
this show, I will accept no unauthorised jewelry.

Next Tuesday, 1.8.02, I assemble the Quintet for the first 2002
performance. I hope to assemble them for the first rehearsal of 2002
prior to that. Either way, Mike, Scott, Erik, Kevin and I will give a
performance that has the look and feel of a professional job. All at
semi pro prices!
Kevin Hanson’s Trio, The Kevin Hanson Trio, will open the evening, so
you can’t miss the evening even if you wanted to (he knows where you

The Recap:
Saturday, 1.5.02 : 8p
The Sidewalk Cafe
6th Street and Avenue A : NYC

Tuesday, 1.8.02 : 10p
Grape Street Pub
105 Grape Street : Manayunk, PA

with Kevin Hanson Trio and Quick Step John

A very special thank you to all of the people who came out to the Tin
Angel on December 20th for the Harrisongs Benefit Concert, as well as to
all of the musicians and folks working behind the scenes to make it
happen. It was a beautiful night of music and, I hope, a fitting tribute
to a man and his music that has given so much to so many. Thank you one
and all.

Peace in the New Year,

“One thing’s for sure; he’s running. He’s on the run, if he’s running
at all.”
G.W. Bush


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