MONA'S and MONA'S HOT FOUR
"...Ground zero for an emerging late-night scene of young swing and traditional jazz players..."
- Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal
Mona's Hot Four's weekly Tuesday night gig is the best-kept open secret in New York's burgeoning old-time jazz scene. Since June of 2007, the band (led by Dennis Lichtman) has hosted a late-night, trad-jazz jam session at Mona's bar in Manhattan's East Village from Tuesday night into the wee hours of Wednesday morning.
TUESDAYS AT MONA'S, an ambitious 2-disc set released in December 2012, includes a live CD of Mona's Hot Four with 19 guest musicians, as well as a DVD documentary by Hi Tide Films about the Tuesday night session. The band also released LIVE AT MONA'S in 2009.
The atmosphere of the weekly session was inspired by the famed traditional Irish sessions that had taken place at Mona's every Monday for over 10 years – a laid-back environment that manages to welcome guest musicians with open arms, while focussing on keeping the music hot.
Mona's Hot Four:
Dennis Lichtman – clarinet
Gordon Webster – piano
Nick Russo – banjo/guitar
Jared Engel – bass
224 Avenue B
New York, NY 10009
Sessions every Tuesday hosted by Mona's Hot Four, 11pm til stupid late.