Nothing beats a good sausage before a gig
Posted by keithosaunders on February 12, 2010
For the past 20 years I have been gigging with a great singer, who is also a close friend — Richard Lanham. He is one of the better singers I have had the pleasure to know, and a great guy to boot. Most people think he sounds like Nat King Cole, which he does, but there are also strong influences of Joe Williams and Dinah Washington.
For years now Richard and I have worked gigs at nursing homes and/or libraries during the afternoons. As musicians we need these kind of gigs to fill up the schedule. They are only an hour-long — no muss, no fuss — and we go all over the city. In the old days we used to have triples — two in Brooklyn, and one in the Bronx etc. We have driven all over — from the bottom of Staten Island, to Far Rockaway in Queens, (birthplace of Woody Allen) to the top of the Bronx.
Today’s gig was in the East New York section of Brooklyn. We’ve been there many times and it’s actually not all that hard for me to get to from my place in Queens. I happen to know that on Linden Blvd, a short 2.5 blocks from the gig, there is a truck that sells the best sausages in New York. Even though I had already eaten lunch (an unfortunate seafood salad from the local market) it didn’t take much to convince me to split a sausage. They are as good as ever!