Me at the Green Mill

Written by Adrian Holovaty on August 23, 2007

My life is complete. I have performed jazz on the stage of the Green Mill.

And here's the photo to prove it!

Me playing at the Green Mill

Thanks to Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan for allowing me to sit in for two songs ("Out of Nowhere" and a gypsy-jazz version of the Beatles' "When I'm 64"). If you're in Chicago, you really should see these guys live. Often.


Posted by Clint Ecker on August 23, 2007, at 1:30 p.m.:

That's awesome! I still need to make it up there before I move too far away :)

Posted by Walker Hamilton on August 23, 2007, at 2:04 p.m.:

Totally sweet. I love that place. I swear, they have the best Guiness pour in the city.

Posted by Gina Setser on August 23, 2007, at 4:26 p.m.:

That's terrific, Adrian. When I first met you in Atlanta, I remember you saying "Music is my life!" It's so good to see you getting to follow your passions.

Posted by Matt on August 23, 2007, at 5:03 p.m.:

What? No YouTube video? :) Congrats, that's awesome.

Posted by Steverinoin steamy stormy Chic on August 23, 2007, at 11:01 p.m.:

Alfonso is such a fine generous person. I have heard him many times over the years. He just gets better and better. The bass player in the center between you and Alfons is Lou Marini. He is a real treasure. Does great solos.

Alfons teaches at the Old Town School of Folk Music not far from the Green Mill. He also has a sister who is a fabulous opera singer.

Posted by Jeremy Dunck on August 24, 2007, at 12:05 a.m.:

Holy shit.

I count that evening last year as a high point. I can imagine how much that meant to you.

Congratulations. :)

Posted by TampaMarge on August 25, 2007, at 5:56 p.m.:

What about a recording. I must hear it. I love Django Rheinhardt ... I am assuming it's done in his tradition. Congratulations!!! It's always nice hearing that someone had their wish granted!

Posted by Shaal on August 30, 2007, at 11:51 a.m.:

I can really imagine how you must have felt after that, btw would've enjoyed much had you posted a YouTube video(but i guess you must have been to excited about getting a chance rather than to film the video). Best of luck~

Posted by Rex on September 11, 2007, at 9:16 p.m.:

Hey Congrats!

Being the fan of greatest living flamenco guitarists,Vicente Amigo Girol.......I love Alfonso specially when he plays banjo and guitar.....the guy knows the music inside are lucky to have this opportunity.........Best of luck

Posted by olivier on September 12, 2007, at 1:24 p.m.:

hey, i ran into alfonso at the Art in the Barn fest in Wisconsin, told me you could not be on stage with him as you were attending a family celebration. too bad, kruno and alfonso were great. no adrian !

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