Ian Carey Quintet: Frequently Asked Questions
We get a lot of mail here at the Ian Carey Quintet headquarters, so we thought we’d take a moment to answer some of the more frequently encountered queries from our friendly fans.
1. Why do you only play at the House of Shields? Are you afraid of success or something?
A: Deathly afraid. Tip me off about a possible new place to play and I might try to overcome this fear. And don’t say “Yoshi’s.” You want to say it, don’t you? I freaking dare you to say “Yoshi’s.”
2. Is it true that you once shot Wynton Marsalis in Reno just to watch him die?
A: Absolutely, although it wasn’t actually Wynton, and it wasn’t to watch him die. It was actually Miles Davis, and I did it to purge myself of his pervasive influence on my trumpet playing and relationship skills. Watching him die was a bonus.
3. How come you never have a vibraphone player in your band? Are you an Anti-Vibite or something?
A: Good question. I’ll be correcting this injustice tomorrow night (Tuesday), when the group is joined by special guest Ben Adams on that very instrument.
4. Why does your band have such a boring name?
A: I guess I’ve gotten a little jaded with all the jazz groups these days with ridiculous names like “The Bad Plus” and “Sex Mob” and “The Duke Ellington Orchestra” and “Ian Presents Mitch Marcus’s The Fred Randolph/John Arkin Group featuring Ben Adams,” but I guess I can brainstorm for a while and see if anything more exciting comes to mind.
5. Would it kill you to tell us about your gigs more than a day in advance?
A: No, I s’pose not. The next few (barring “the House” suddenly deciding they’re sick of looking at my ugly mug): June 7 and 24, July 12 and 26.
6. Why are your gig announcements so damn long? Would you get to the point already?
A: Fair enough. The point is:
Me, trumpet, with:
Mitch Marcus, saxophone
Ben Adams, vibraphone
Fred Randolph, bass, and
John Arkin, drums
Tuesday, June 7, 5:30-8:30 p.m., at the House of Shields, 39 New Montgomery, SF