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Andy Bassford  I'm a Bronx-based guitarist and bassist in a variety of idioms, best known for my work in reggae.

The Brooklyn Jazz & Sports Club and the Back Home Bakery, corner of Church and Brooklyn Avenues, Brooklyn, NY. Even on a 90+ degree day I had to have a cup of the bakery's chicken soup before the gig. It contained a piece of yellow yam that was almost molten, cooked so thoroughly that it barely held together. Superb.

The view from the Broadway sidewalk.

My son Ethan giving me proud dad moments onstage with Gemma.

Shots from the last night at Dizzy's. Hassan Shakur, the great upright bassist, is the mystery man behind the door.

I took this on Friday right before we took the stage at Dizzy's. I remember coming to NYC with my parents when I was thirteen to buy a violin. It was enormous, stimulating, and scary beyond comprehension. Now I live here, and I am performing a few blocks from the place where we bought the violin, and this is my skyline. Wow.

The gardens of Bassford Manor, thriving under Susie's dedicated care.

That's Joshua Thomas, holding "Bart," a Geoffrey Lee guitar, at our show last night. The other shots, including one of Trump Tower, are actually taken from the Dizzy's stage. It's one of my favorite venues in the world. The staff, the sound, the food, and the view are all great.

Shots from the acoustic session we did on Sunday for I Never Knew TV.

The rig for this week at Dizzy's, a combination of old and new. Fender '66 Tele and '62 Bassman with a KW Cabs 2 x 10 half open cabinet. On top of the amp is a Roland Space Echo reissue. There's also an EBow that I haven't actually used yet. Pedals are a mini Cry Baby, Mooer Phase Shifter, Hotone, Blue Box, and Blackberry Jam Rosemary distortion boxes.

The Opera House. My parents were big opera fans, a taste that mostly eludes me. The stage is right in front of it. So this is probably as close as I'll ever get to performing in opera.

This plaque on the Opera House commemorates the revolution.

One of the reasons most of us know little about Romania is that it was behind the Iron Curtain until very recently. The Revolution that freed the country began in this very square. This building is stage left; you can see the bullet holes from the shots that were fired at the protesters from the Opera House behind the stage. They've left the bullet holes there to commemorate the event. The Romanians we've met often bring up their revolution. One of the crew told us proudly that his father had participated. Monty said to me during sound check, "Look at this. There used to be bullets here. Tonight there is music. May it be so everywhere else in the world someday." Amen.

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