Tag Archives: Mark Weliky

YouTube du Jour: Smooth Jazz, Stiff Oysters (Almost) Aplenty

After a few hours sleep following Friday night’s Tales of the Cocktail daiquiri contest I had, surprisingly, no hangover — score one for Bacardi! So, I went to the Hotel Monteleone to begin drinking at 10am. For work. A party thrown by OffBeat and fueled by the New Orleans liqueur Legendre Herbsaint. Outside the hotel [...]

Tales of the Cocktail Celebrates Tenth Anniversary

Tales of the Cocktail 2012 is officially underway! For the next four days the lauded summer cocktail festival will be celebrating its tenth anniversary in the heart of the city that never sleeps stops drinking. Year-in and year-out TotC has proven itself to be an experience like no other – a fitting marriage or choice [...]

The Courtyard Kings, Douces Wild (Independent)

The Courtyard Kings know what they’re doing when it comes to melodic, velvety, Gypsy-tinged swing. The preponderance of French titles (“Manoir De Mes Reves,” “Douce Ambiance”) should give some idea of the territory we’re in here. The group offers picturesque renditions of tunes from “Exactly Like You” to “I’ll See You in My Dreams.” The [...]

Mark Weliky Trio, Mark Weliky Trio (Independent)

You can’t judge an album by its artwork. Such holds true for the Mark Weliky Trio’s self-titled debut. In stark contrast from what you’d expect from the carefree, self-assured lads who grace the rather garish cover, the young jazz outfit comprised of guitarist Weliky, bassist Martin Masakowski, and drummer Paul Thibodeaux (classmates at UNO) plays [...]