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WO KEYBOARD PLAYERS WHO range far beyond the conventional T straight 4/4 rhythms and 32-bar pop and
12-bar blues forms of jazz have new albums covered in this Winning Spins. Both have experimented with avant-garde as well as borrowing from non-jazz styles like hip-hop, classical minimalism, AfroCuban, South Asian Indian and techno. On these CDs, both pianists are returning to earlier styles, formats and even influences. Vijay Iyer, after writing for large ensembles in collaboration with a novelist and with a filmmaker, gets back to his most basic jazz format: an acoustic piano trio with bass and drums. Omar Sosa, meanwhile, whose work has toyed with the borders of free jazz, looks back to the world musics that have inspired him, especially from his native Cuba and the Hispanic world. Break Stuff, Vijay Iyer Trio (ECM), marking the 10th anniversary for pianist Iyer's trio as well as for their first recording for producer Manfred Eicher's label, delivers the trio's most clear and resonant sound yet. A MacArthur (genius) Fund Fellow, former Yale math professor and current Harvard Arts professor, Iyer (a native of upstate New York, not India) is a true jazz intellectual who gives that label a good name. While his copious intelligence clearly informs his pristine touch and superb technique, they are never an end in themselves, always serving a more basic yet profound musical purpose. As if to emphasize this, Iyer not only includes nine of his own distinct, often complex, originals, he adds three jazz standards. Thelonious Monk's "Work," not only showcases the trio's only foray into straightahead bop-swing time, but Iyer's thorough understanding of how to create a personal jazz experience while using Monk's precepts. Billy Strayhorn's "Blood Count" is a ravishing, lyrical solo piano feature; and John Coltrane's "Countdown" fast forwards toward a later Trane period, freer of rhythmic and harmonic constraints, while still honoring the tune. Iyer's own pieces include four trio distillations of music from his 19-piece ensemble collaboration with novelist Teju Cole, Open City: three of them inspired by birds found in NYC, and one based on a multirhythmic idea by Indian composer Rajna Swaminathan, "Mystery Woman," developing from abstract lines through rumbling two-handed piano figures and a thunder-
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ous trio climax and back to a softer abstraction. Another track, "Hood," is dedicated to Detroit techno-producer DJ Robert Hood, unfolding as a mashup of hip-hop and Indian rhythms and minimalist melodic/harmonic kernels. Throughout, bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore play as if empathetically joined at the hip with Iyer, responding with lightening reflexes as they create seamless ensemble passages that change and react like quicksilver. Seeming math patterns and basic scales introduce some tunes, providing a deceptively simple base for what often blossoms into complex creative tangents. Hearing this album—or this trio live as I was fortunate to do earlier this year—is an indelible experience. Ilé, Omar Sosa Quarteto AfroCubano &… (Otá Records), is often as densely layered as the multi-percussion, voice and string/horn ensembles of Africa and Cuba: the ones where drums are hung with bells and rattles that resonate. Sosa plays both piano and Fender Rhodes, often on the same tracks, frequently also layering on EFX from various synths. Voices and reeds, like as not tandem or over-dubbed, appear on many tracks, as do multiple Afro-Cuban percussionists. Yet the music is, fundamentally, traditional, hewing to largely established Afro-Cuban forms and rhythms, although Sosa tosses in novel innovations like a heavy dose of flamenco with a singer and handclaps, a case for which can be made as an African/Moorishinfluenced Spanish style. While Sosa sacrifices the bravura flamboyance he has displayed on other recordings, his playing here perfectly fits and accommodates the often hypnotic, engrossingly engaging music purveyed, especially when he unveils a sensitive lyrical vein, as on the quartet of improvised "Momentos IIV" featuring his acoustic piano with Yosvany Terry's soprano sax, and percussionists. The album reveals the breadth of Sosa's influences from Cuba, including more forms and rhythms than might be expected, and from his wide world listening.
The Vijay Iyer Trio appears at Jazz Standard, April 22-26. Omar Sosa Quarteto AfroCubano is in concert at BRIC House Ballroom, Brooklyn, on April 30.
Sosa cover photo by Massimo Mantovani, Iyer by Fran Kaufman, Jordan by Fran Kaufman.
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212-222-4545. www.chocolatlounge.com. Sun: 6-9:30pm. Free adm/2 drink min. The CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK: 160 Convent Av at 138th St. www.ccny.cuny.edu. 212-650-7000. CLEOPATRA’S NEEDLE: 2485 Bway (bet 92nd & 93rd Sts). www.cleopatrasneedleny. com. 212-769-6969. Sets: Early (E), Jam (J). Mon-Tues E 8-9pm, J 10pm-1am; Wed-Thurs E 7-11pm, J 11:30pm-2:30am; Fri-Sat E 8pm12am, J 12:30-3am; Sun E 4-8pm, J 9pm1am. Free adm/$10 min. Trios. Residencies (R): Mon E&J Jon Weiss; Tues E&J Marc Devine; Wed E Open mic w/Les Kurtz, J Nathan Brown; Thurs J Kazu; Fri J Joanna Sternberg; Sat J Jesse Simpson; Sun E Open mic w/Keith Ingham, J Richard Clement. Apr 1: R; 2: John Lang; 3: Nathan Brown; 4: Justin Lees; 5-8: R; 9: Marco Di Gennaro; 10: Kuni Mikami; 11: Kayo Hiraki; 12-15: R; 16: Steve Elmer; 17: Antonello Parisi; 18: Darrel Smith; 19-22: R; 23: Larry Roland; 24: Jordan Piper; 25: Larry Banks; 26-29: R; 30: Walter Williams. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY: 1214 Amsterdam Av. www.cs.columbia.edu. 212-939-7000. www.jazz.columbia.edu. FARAFINA CAFÉ & LOUNGE HARLEM: 1813 Amsterdam Av (bet 149th & 150th). www.farafinacafeloungeharlem.com. 212-281-2445. GARDEN CAFÉ: 4961 Bway at W207th St. 212544-9480. www.gardencafeny.com. Fri-Sat: 7:30-10:30pm Annette A. Aguilar & String Beans or Paul Hemmings. GIN FIZZ: 308 Lenox Av at 125th St. 2nd Fl. 212-289-2220. www.ginfizzlounge.com. Sets: 10pm-12am. Apr 3: KJ Denhert; 10: Jazzmeia Horn; 17: Alan Harris; 24: Melanie JB Charles. GINNY’S: At Red Rooster. 310 Lenox Av (bet 125th & 126th Sts). www.ginnyssupper club.com. 212-792-9001. Sun: 11am-3:30pm Gospel Brunch. Sets: 7:30&9:30pm. Apr 2: $10 adm Winard Harper; 9: $10 Lawrence Leathers Trio; 16: $15 Igmar Thomas & Revive Big Band; 17-18: $20 Marc Cary; 23: 7:30pm $19 Emily Braden; 25: $15 Michael Mwenso, Brianna Thomas & the Shakes. GRAN PIATTO D’ORO: 1429 5th Av (bet 116th & 117th Sts). www.granpiattorestaurant. com. 212-722-2244/2161. 8pm: $10adm Jazz on Fifth. HARLEM ON FIFTH: 2150 5th Av (bet 131st & 132nd Sts). www.harlemonfifth.com. 212234-5600. HARLEM STAGE: At Aaron Davis Hall. 150 Convent Av at W135th St. 212-281-9240. www.harlemstage.org. Sets: 7:30pm. Apr 1011&17-18: $20/16 adm E-Moves celebrating James Baldwin & Billie Holiday; 28: celebrating Billie Holiday’s 100th B-day; 30-May 1: Parallel Lives Billie Holiday & Edith Piaf by Nona Hendryx. HARLEM TAVERN: 2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd at 116th St. www.harlemtavern.com. 212-866-4500. Sat-Sun: 11am-4pm Jazz Brunch. HOSTELLING INTERNATIONAL NY: 891 Amsterdam Av (bet 103rd & 104th Sts). www.hinewyork.org. 212-932-2300. Apr 2: 8:30pm Paul Bollenback & Aleksi Glick Duo. INDIAN ROAD CAFÉ: 600W 218th St (bet Indian Rd & Seaman Av). 212-942-7451. www.indianroadcafe.com. Sets: Thurs 7:309:30pm, Fri 8-10pm, Sat 7:30-10pm. Apr 2: Judi Marie Canterino; 10&24: Rob Silverman; 25: Joel Forrester. JARON EAMES: email@example.com. 646337-0620. Sun 2-5pm: $20 Don BBQ & Jazz @ Home series feat JaRon Eames & Emme Kemp.
LE CHÉILE: 839 181st St (bet Cabrini & Pinehurst Blvds). www.lecheilenyc.com. 212-740-3111. Wed: 8-11pm WaHi Wednesday Jazz Jam w/Louise Rogers & Mark Kross. LENOX SAPHIRE: At Les Ambassades Bar & Restaurant. 341 Lenox Av (bet 127th & 128th Sts). www.lenoxsaphire.com. 212-866-9700. Thurs: 7-11pm Phil Young Experience. LIME LEAF: 128W 72nd St (bet Columbus & Amsterdam Avs). 212-501-7800. Mon-Thurs: 7-10pm. Mon: Michael Vitali; Tues: Martin Reuter Band; Wed: Julie Grahm; Thurs: Emma Larsson. LONDEL’S SUPPER CLUB: 2620 Frederick Douglass Blvd (bet 139th & 140th Sts). 212234-6114. www.londelsrestaurant.com. FriSat: 8-11pm. Free adm. LURA: 949 Columbus Av (bet 106th & 107th Sts). 212-866-7500. www.lurany.com. Mon: 8:30pm Kevin Hildebrandt; Thurs: 9pm12am Lowdown Stompers. MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC: 120 Claremont Av & 122nd St. 212-749-2802. www.msmnyc.edu. MANNA HOUSE: 338E 106th St (bet 1st & 2nd Avs). www.mannahousejazz.org. 212-7228223. First Sun: 4pm $15-7 adm MEEE Jazz Concert series. Apr 5: Andrei Carriere. METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART: 1000 5th Av at 82nd St. www.metmuseum.org. 212-535-7710. Apr 18: 8pm Charles Lloyd feat Wild Man Dance Suite; 24: 6-7:30pm Jazz & Colors feat tba. MINTON’S: 206W 118th St (bet St. Nicholas Av & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd). 212-243-2222. www.mintonsharlem.com. Sets: Mon 8pm, Tues-Wed 7,8:30&10pm, Thurs 7:30& 9:30pm, Fri-Sat 8&10pm + Fri Jam 11:30pm2:30am, Sun Brunch (B) 12,1:30&3pm, Evening (EV) 5:30,7&8:30pm. Adm: Mon $10 at table/10 at bar, Tues&Sun $20/10, WedThurs $25/15, Fri-Sat $50/25, Jam free. Residencies (R): Tues Queen Esther, Fri except 04/3 Jam w/Wayne Tucker. Apr 1,1011,18,24-25&29: JC Hopkins Biggish Band feat Melanie J.B. Charles, Charles Turner & King Solomon Hicks 04/1; 2,9&16: Henry Butler; 3-4: Jason Marsalis Vibes Qrt; 5B,8,12B,15,17&26B: Minton’s Players; 5: EV Victor Gould; 7: R; 8: see 04/5B; 9: see 04/2; 10-11: see 04/1 feat Brianna Thomas, Jazzmeia Horn, Charenee Wade, Charles Turner, Camille Thurman, Melanie J.B. Charles, Brandon Bain & spec guests; 12: B see 04/5B, Ev Mario Castro feat Benito Gonzalez & Strings; 14: R; 15: see 04/5B; 16: see 04/2; 17: see 04/5 $20/10 adm; 18: see 04/1 feat Andy Bey, Charles Turner, King Solomon Hicks & Melanie J.B. Charles; 19: B Horace-Scope, EV Samora & Elena Pinderhughes; 20: Minton's Social Club Industry Night; 21: R; 22: closed; 23: Claudia Acuña; 24-25: see 04/1 feat Jon Hendricks, Aria Hendricks, Kevin Burke, Queen Esther, Charles Turner, Jazzmeia Horn, Michela Marino Lerman & Dewitt Fleming; 26: B see 04/5B, EV Theo Hill Qrt; 28: R; 29: see 04/1 feat Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Charles Turner & King Solomon Hicks; 30: Camille Thurman. MIST HARLEM: 46W 116th St (bet Lenox & 5th Av). www.mistharlem.com. 212-828-MIST. Apr 30: see National Jazz Museum. NATIONAL JAZZ MUSEUM IN HARLEM: 104E 126th St #2C. (bet Park & Lexington Avs). 212-348-8300. www.jmih.org. Free adm. 7-8:30pm. Apr 9: Strayhorn Centennial; 14: The Night We Meet Mr. Jones; 21: Blues, Culture, Jazz & the Written Word; 30: International Jazz Day (at Mist Harlem).
NEW AMSTERDAM MUSIC ASSOCIATION: 107W 130th St (bet Lenox & Adam Clayton Powel Blvds). 212-510-8140. $5/15 adm. Mon: 7:30-11pm Jam w/Antoinette Adams; Thurs: Pecola’s Party; Fri: Robey Norton & friends; Sat: Willie Mack Jazz Art. PARIS BLUES: 2021 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd at 121st St. 212-222-9878. Sets: Daily Jam 9pm-1am + 5-9pm Sun. Free adm. Mon: John Cooksey & Spontaneous Combustion Qrt; Tues: 1st&3rd John Cooksey Blues Crew, 2nd&4th Annette Bland McCoy & Sultans of Soul; Wed: Les Goodson & Intergalactic Soul Jazz Band; Thurs: except 3rd Tyrone Govan & Top Secret, 3rd Lucious Conway Sxt; Fri: Melvin Vines & Harlem Jazz Machine; Sat: alternate between Antoine Dowdell Gp & 69th Street Band; Sun: 5pm 1st&3rd La Banda Ramirez, last Elliot Pineiro & Sumbaswing, 9pm Melvin Vine & Harlem Jazz Machine feat Okaru Hoshino Lovelace. PARLOR ENTERTAINMENT: 555 Edge-combe Av at 160th St. #3F. 212-781-6595. Sun: 4pm free adm w/Marjorie Eliot, Bob Cunningham, Sedric Choukroun & spec guests. RENDALL MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN: 59W 137th St, #61 (bet Malcom X Blvd & 5th Av). 212-283-2928. Tues: 12-1:45pm $15 adm Harlem Afternoon Jazz Series. RIVERSIDE CHURCH: 490 Riverside Dr (bet 120th & 122nd Sts). 1st Mon: 10am-12pm Open meeting by Harlem Arts Alliance www.harlemaa.org/347-735-4280. RIVERSIDE THEATRE: 490 Riverside Dr (bet 120th & 122nd Sts) 212-870-6784/www.the riversidetheatre.org/www.jazzmobile.org. RYAN’S DAUGHTER: 350E 85th St (bet 1st & 2nd Avs). www.ryansdaughternyc.com. 212628-2613. Fri: 8:30&10pm Josh Marcum & Gene Bertoncini. SETTEPANI: 196 Lenox Av at 120th St. 917492-4806. www.settepani.com. Thurs: 810pm. SHRINE: 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (bet 133rd & 134th Sts). 212-690-7807. www.shrinenyc.com. Sets: 6-8pm unless otherwise noted. Free adm. Residency (R): Sun 5-8pm Jam w/Lu Reid. Apr 1: Norihiro Kikuta Trio; 2: Greg Diamond Trio; 3: Alberto Miranda; 5: R; 6: Bite Trio; 7: Kazuki Yamanaka; 8: Jocelyn Shannon; 10: Noshir Mody; 12: R; 13: Ryo Tanaka Project; 14: UnTied Nations Trio; 15: Zac Zinger; 16: Nolan Byrd; 17: Valentina Marino; 18: 7-8pm Asako Takasaki; 19: R; 20: The Grautet; 21: Darrell Smith Trio; 22: The Tom Blatt Project; 23: Sunfree; 24: MinJin Seo Qnt; 26: R; 28: Lee Marvin; 29: Rachel Linkovsky Qnt. SILVANA: 300W 116th St at Frederick Douglass Blvd. www.silvana-nyc.com. 646692-4935. Sets: 6-8pm unless otherwise noted. Free adm. Apr 1: Adam Machaskee, 89pm The 72nd Street Band; 2: Alejandro Aviles; 3: Talking Strings; 5: Microtonal Band; 6: Sebastian Acosta; 7: Andrew Schiller, 8-10pm Bjorn Ingelstam; 8: Alex Hamburger; 9: Dan Pratt; 10: Frederika Krier; 11: Paul Jones; 13: Maco Chelo; 14: David Charles Banker; 15: Samuel Bonnet; 16: Andrew Gould; 17: Kshimon Stevenson; 18: Rodrigo Bonelli Spt; 19: Tunk Trio; 21: Ahlfabet Duo; 22: Steve Kaiser Band; 23: Sharel Cassity; 25: AGE Qnt; 26: Robert Bennett Qnt; 27: Cameron Mizell Trio; 28: Austin Comstock Sxt; 29: Yoshiki Miura; 30: Kenny Berger & Cenozoic Trio. SMOKE JAZZ & SUPPER CLUB: 2751 Bway (bet 105th & 106th Sts). 212-864-6662. www.smokejazz.com. Sets: Early (E), Late (L), Brunch (B); Mon E 7&9pm, L 10:30pm; Tues-Thurs E 7,9&10:30pm, L 11:30pm; Fri-
Sat E 7,9&10:30pm, L 11:45pm&12:45am; Sun B 11:30am,1&2:30pm, E 7,9&10:30pm, L 11:30pm. Adm/min vary. Residencies (R): Mon E Captain Black Big Band, L Smoke Jam; Tues E Mike LeDonne & Groover Qrt, L Emmett Cohen Organ Trio; Wed L Camille Thurman Qrt; Thurs L Nickel & Dime OPS; Fri L John Farnsworth Qrt 04/3&17, Patience Higgins & Sugar Hill Qrt 04/10&24; Sat L Johnny O’Neal & friends 04/4&11, Patience Higgins & Sugar Hill Qrt 04/18&25; Sun B Annette St. John Trio, L Willerm Delisfort Qrt. Apr 1: E David Weiss Sxt, L R; 2: E Allan Harris, L R; 3-5: E Tia Fuller Qrt, L R, B R 04/5; 6-7: R; 8: E Jim Snidero Qrt, N R; 9: E Charles Turner, L R; 10-12: E Harold Mabern Trio w/spec guest Eric Alexander, L R, B R 04/12; 13-14: R; 15: E Chris Massey & NJP, L R; 16: E Brandon Wright, L R; 17-19: E Jeremy Pelt Qnt, L R, B R 04/19; 20-21: R; 22: E Tommy Campbell & Vocal-Eyes, L R; 23: E Cynthia Scott, L R; 24-26: E Vincent Herring Qnt, L R, B R 04/26; 27-28: R; 29: E Brian Charette Sxt, L R; 30: E Carolyn Leonhart, L R. STAGE 72: 158W 72nd St (bet Bway & Columbus). www.stage72.com. 212-3622590. SUGAR BAR: 254W 72nd St (bet Bway & West End Av). 212-579-0222. www.sugarbarnyc.com. Sets: 9pm/$10 adm unless otherwise noted. Residencies: Wed JT Project/Project Groove; Thurs Open Mic w/Andre Smith & Sugar Bar All Star Band. Apr 3: Abe Ovadia Organ Trio; 4: Irini Res & the Jazz Mix; 11: Electrickana; 17: Rob Silverman Qrt. SYMPHONY SPACE: 2537 Bway at 95th St. 212-864-5400. www.symphonyspace.org. Apr 9: 9pm (Bar Thalia) Dorian Devins Trio; 20: 7:15pm (Peter Jay Sharp Theatre) Sidney Bechet Society feat Frank Vignola w/Olivier Franc, 7:30pm (Leonard Nimoy Thalia) Cutting Edge feat Miho Hazama & m_unit jazz ens w/Steve Wilson; 24: 7:30pm Akua Dixon; 30: 7:30pm movie The Kid w/live score by Marc Ribot.
MID-TOWN MANHATTAN (Between 35th & 69th Street)
54 BELOW: 254W 54th St, Cellar (bet Bway & 8th Av). 646-476-3551. www.54below.com. Apr 8: 9:30pm Alexis Cole. AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM: 2 Lincoln Sq on Columbus Av (bet 65th & 66th Sts). www.folkartmuseum.org. 212-595-9533. Free adm. Wed: 2-3pm Bill Wurtzel & Mike Gari Duo w/Sharon Fisher. BIRDLAND: 315W 44th St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). 212-581-3080. www.birdlandjazz.com. Sets: 8:30&11pm, except Mon 7&9:30pm, Sun 6,9&11pm. Adm varies. Residencies (R): Mon 9:30pm Jim Caruso Cast Party; Wed 5:307pm David Ostwald & Louis Armstrong Eternity Band; Fri 5-7pm Birdland Big Band by Tommy Igoe; Sat 6pm Barbara Carroll; Sun 6pm except 04/26 Birdland Jazz Party w/Natalie Douglas, 9pm Arturo O’Farrill AfroLatin Jazz Orch. Apr 1-4: Sheila Jordan w/Steve Kuhn Trio; 2: 6pm Michelle Walker; 5-6: R; 7-11: Eliane Elias; 12-13: R; 14-18: James Carter Organ Trio; 16: 6pm Tim Horner & Time's Circle; 19: R; 20: Natalie Douglas, 9:30pm R; 21-22: Beegie Adair Trio feat Monica Ramey; 23-25: Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton; 26: Victoria Shaw w/Robin Meade, 9pm R; 27: R; 28-Apr 2: Joey DeFrancesco w/City Rhythm Orch. BROADWAY THAI RESTAURANT: 241W 51st St (bet 8th Av & Bway). 212-226-4565.
Mon&Sun: 6:30-10:30pm; Sat: 8pm-12am Rick Bogart Trio. CARNEGIE CLUB: At City Spire Centre. 156W 56th St. www.thecarnegieclub.net. 212-9579676. Fri: 9pm-12am; Sat: 8:30&10:30pm Sinatra tribute feat Steve Maglio & Stan Rubin 11 Piece Orch. CARNEGIE HALL: 57th St & 7th Av. 212-2477800. www.carnegiehall.org. Apr 9: 8pm Chick Corea & Herbie Hancock Duo; 10: 8pm The New York Pops; 25: 9pm (Zankel Hall) Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band; 26: 8:30pm National Vocal Jazz Choir. CHRIST & ST. STEPHEN’S CHURCH: 120W 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus Av). www.csschurch.org. 212-787-2755. Apr 19: 3pm $25/10 adm The Friends of Alec Wilder feat Jon Weber & Reeds Gone Wilder Woodwind Qnt. COBI: At Pearl Studios NY. 516-922-2010. DAVID RUBENSTEIN ATRIUM: At Lincoln Center. Bway at 62nd St. www.lincolncenter. org/atrium. 212-875-5350. Thurs: 7:30pm Target Free Thursdays series. Apr 16: Amir El Saffar Two Rivers Large Ens. DIZZY’S CLUB COCA-COLA: At Jazz @ Lincoln Center. 10 Columbus Cr at 60th St. 5th Fl. www.jalc.org. 212-258-9800. Sets: 7:30&9:30pm; Late Night Sessions 11:30pm Tues-Sat, hosted by Michael Mwenso Thurs&Sat. Adm: unless otherwise noted Mon $25, Tues-Thurs&Sun $35, Fri $40, Sat $45, Student $25, Late Nights $5-20; $10 min. Apr 1-5: $40 04/1-2&5 Christian McBride Big Band; 6: $35 Bobby Sanabria feat Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orch; 7-8: Brubeck Institute Jazz Qnt w/spec guests Lucas Pino & Glenn Zaleski; 9-12: Billie and the Boys feat Shenel Johns, Elena Pinderhughes, Molly Ryan, Vuyo Sotashe & Michael Mwenso dir by Riley Mulherkar; 1315: $30 Jim Cullum Jazz Band w/spec guests; 16-19: $40 04/16 Duduka Da Fonseca & Helio Alves feat Maucha Adnet w/Anat Cohen 04/16-17&19, Scott Robinson 04/18; 20: $35 Purchase Jazz Orch w/spec guest Steve Turre dir by Jon Faddis; 21: $25 Jackie McLean Institute Student Ens; 22: Tito Puente Jr. Band; 23: Jorge Luis Pacheco Campos Qrt; 24-26: Luis Salinas; 27: $35 Terell Stafford & Temple University Jazz Band feat Wycliffe Gordon; 28: $30 Gerald Clayton Trio; 29: closed; 30: Joey Alexander Trio. Late Night w/Apr 1-5: Alexander Claffy; 7-11: Jay Rattman Gp; 14-18: Charles Goold; 21-25: Evan Sherman Entourage 04/21,22&24, Big Band 04/23&25; 28&30-May 2: Kyle Poole. FLÛTE MIDTOWN: 205W 54th St (bet Bway & 7th Av). 212-265-5169. www.flutebar.com. Wed: 7-10pm. Apr 1: Anna Elizabeth Kendrick; 8: Dorian Devins; 15: Lois Bruno; 22: Melanie Marod; 29: Yaala Ballin. GRATA: 1076 1st Av at 59th St. 212-842-0007. www.gratany.com. Fri: 9pm-12am Joey Morant. HUNTER COLLEGE: Lang Recital Hall. 695 Park Av (68th St bet Park & Lex Avs). 4th Fl. 212-772-4000. www.hunter.cuny.edu/music. IGUANA RESTAURANT: 240W 54th St at Bway. www.iguananyc.com. 212-765-5454. Mon-Tues: 8-11pm Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks. IRENE DIAMOND EDUCATION CENTER: At Jazz at Lincoln Center. 10 Columbus Cr at 60th St. 5th Fl. www.jalc.org. 212-7216500/212-258-9922. Swing University. IRIDIUM: 1650 Bway at 51st St. 212-582-2121. www.theiridium.com. Sets & adm unless otherwise noted: 8:30&10:30pm, $25 adm/15 min, student 1/2 price 2nd set TuesThurs&Sun. Apr 1: 8:30pm only Luiz Simas
Trio; 2: tba; 3: Richard Bona & Mandekan Cubano; 4-5: Benito Gonzalez Jazz Qnt; 5: 2pm Gregory Moore Cosmopolitan Orch; 6: tba; 7: 8&10pm Cynthia Holiday; 8: Scott Tixier, 10:30pm $5 Jazz, Jazz, Jazz; 9: tba; 10: $27.50 Duke Robillard; 11-12: tba; 13: Craig d’Andrea & Antoine Dufour; 16: Tangiers Blues Band; 17-18: $35 04/17, $45 04/18 Roy Ayers; 19: 8:30pm only Candy Shop Boys; 20: tba; 21: Pierre Bensusan; 22: 8:30pm only Yotam Silberstein Qrt; 23: Nick Moss; 24-25: tba; 26: Chiara Izzi & Via Paris Jazz Band, 10:30pm $5 NYC Hot Clubbers; 27-30: tba. JAZZ AT KITANO: 66 Park Av at 38th St. 212885-7119. www.kitano.com. Sets: Mon 811:30pm, Tues 8-11pm, Wed-Sat 8-9:15&1011:15pm, Sun 11am-2pm. Adm: Mon-Tues free/$15 min, Wed-Thurs $15 + 20 min, FriSat $30 + 20 min, Sun $40 buffet. Residencies (R): Mon Jam w/Iris Ornig; Tues Angelo Di Loreto Solo; Sun Jazz brunch w/Tony Middleton Trio. Apr 1: Mari Koga Qrt; 2: Don Friedman Qrt w/spec guest Seamus Blake; 3: Lew Tabackin Trio; 4: Bucky Pizzarelli & Ed Laub Duo; 5-7: R; 8: John di Martino Qrt; 9: Nancy Reed Trio; 10: Antoinette Montague Band; 11: Joyce Breach Qrt feat Jon Weber; 12-14: R; 15: Carol Fredette Qrt; 16: Jay Clayton w/Frank Kimbrough Trio; 17: Russ Nolan Qrt; 18: Leslie Pintchik Trio; 19-21: R; 22: Peggy Duquesnel Trio; 23: Marianne Solivan Qrt; 24: Jack Wilkins Trio; 25: Ronny Whyte Trio; 26-28: R; 29: Asako Takasaki Qrt; 30: Scott Morgan Qnt. JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER: 10 Columbus Cr at 60th St. 5th Fl. www.jalc.org. 212-2589800. Appel Room (AR), Rose Theater (RT). Apr 9: 8pm RT Wynton Marsalis’ Blues Symphony & Beyond, Courtney Bryan, Uri Caine; 10-11: 7&9:30pm AR Cécile McLorin Salvant, 8pm RT Celebrating Lady Day feat Andy Bey, Molly Johnson & Sarah Elizabeth Charles; 15 7pm & 16 7&9pm: AR Michael Feinstein; 16-18: 8pm RT Joe Temperley w/JLCO & Wynton Marsalis; 20: 7:30pm RT NEA Jazz Master award; 24-25: 8pm RT John Scofield & Taj Mahal. JOHN JAY COLLEGE: 899 10th Ave #623 (bet 58th & 59th Sts). Apr 24: 7:30pm Cyrille Aimée. JUILLIARD SCHOOL: 60 Lincoln Center Plaza. 212-799-5000. www.juilliard.edu. L’YBANE: 709 8th Av (bet 44th & 45th Sts). 212582-2012. www.lybane.com. Tues&Fri 9pm12am: Rick Bogart Trio. LAGUARDIA HIGH SCHOOL OF MUSIC & ART AND PERFORMING ARTS: 100 Amsterdam Av at 65th St. 212-496-0700. www.laguardiahs.org. The LAMBS CLUB: 132W 44th St (bet 6th Av & Bway). www.thelambsclub.com. 212-9975262. Tues-Wed: 8-11:30pm; Sun: 11am-3pm Jazz Brunch. LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATER: 407W 42nd St at 9th Av. www.westbankcafe.com. 212695-6909. Apr 8,14,22&28: 7pm $20 adm/20 min Robyn McCorquodale. LE CIRQUE: One Beacon Ct, 151E 58th St (bet 3rd & Lexington Avs). 212-644-0202. www.lecirquecafe.com. Mon: 7:30-10:30pm Musical Mondays. Apr 6: Matt Baker Trio w/Nicolas King; 13: Chris Norton; 20: Danny Bacher Qrt; 27: Cole Rumbough. LEXINGTON HOTEL: 511 Lexington Av at 48th St. www.lexingtonhotelnyc.com. 212204-2318. Tues-Sat: 6-8pm The New York Jazz Workshop. LOCAL 802: Associated Musicians of Greater New York Club Room. 322W 48th St (bet 8th & 9th Sts). www.local802afm.org. 212-245-
4802. Mon: 7-9:30pm Jazz Foundation of America Jam. LUCY MOSES SCHOOL: At Kaufman Center. 129W 67th St (bet Bway & Amsterdam). www.kaufman-center.org. 212-501-3360. Jazz program dir by Roni Ben-Hur. MATTS GRILL: 932 8th Av at 55th St. 212-3075109. www.mattsgrill.com. Tues: 8-11pm free adm. MEASURE: At Langham Place. 400 5th Av (bet 36th & 37th Sts). www.measurenyc.com. 212695-4005. Sets: 8-11pm. Free adm/1 drink min. Mon-Sat: Trio/Qrt; Sun: Solo. Apr 1-4: Michael Kanan; 5&19: Jon Davis; 6-9: Darwin Noguera; 10-11,13-18,24-25&27-30: Antonio Ciacca; 12&26: Simona Premazzi; 13-18: see 04/10; 19: see 04/5; 20-23: Rosalyn McClore; 24-25: see 04/10; 26: see 04/12; 27-30: 04/10. MICHIKO STUDIOS: 149W 46th St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). 3rd Fl. www.robertoswinds.com. 212-302-4011. Sets: 8pm/$15 adm. Apr 4: Ross Mintzer Band; 5: Biagio Coppa Trio; 10: Dave Pietro & Jean-Michel Pilc; 11-12: 11am5pm $300/500 adm Workshop w/Giovanna Gattuso; 18: Rob Derke & Aruan Ortiz; 25: Jim Ridle & Gabriela Anders. MONKEY BAR: 60E 54th St (bet Madison & Park Avs). www.monkeybarnewyork.com. 212-288-1010. Fri-Sat: 8pm-12am Solo. The NATIONAL: 557 Lexington Av at 50th St. 212-715-2400. www.thenationalnyc.com. Sun: 6-10pm. Apr 5: Alex Minasian; 12: Benny Benack; 19: Amy London; 26: tba. NATSUMI RESTAURANT: 226W 50th St (bet 8th & Bway). www.natsuminyc.com. 212258-2988. Tues: 6-8pm Joe Cohn Organ Trio. PEARL STUDIOS NYC: 519 8th Av (bet 35th & 36th Sts). 12th Fl. Studio A. www.pearlstu diosnyc.com. Fri: 7:30-10:30pm $10 adm Open Mic/Jam by Frank Owens for Singers, Tap Dancers & Instrumentalists. PERA MEDITERRANEAN BRASSERIE: 303 Madison Av (bet 41st & 42nd Sts). 212-8786301. www.peranyc.com. Free adm. Fri: 69:30pm. The PLAZA HOTEL: 768 5th Av at Central Park S. 212-759-3000. www.theplaza.com. 8:30-11:30pm: free adm. Wed: Kat Gang. RAINBOW ROOM: 30 Rockefeller Plaza. 65th Fl. www.rainbowroom.com. 212-632-5000. Mon: 6:30-11pm $175 adm; Sun: 12-3pm $95. Apr 5: $130 Easter Brunch feat Avalon Jazz Band; 6: James Langton & New York All-Star Big Band feat Dan Levinson & Molly Ryan; 12: Sammy Miller & the Congregation; 13: Andy Farber & After Midnight Orch w/spec guest Catherine Russell; 19: Baby Soda; 20: Glenn Crytzer Blue Rhythm Band; 26: Fleur Seule; 27: Evan Sherman Big Band. ROBERT: 2 Columbus Cir. 9th Fl. 212-299-7730. www.robertnyc.com. Sets: Mon-Tues 6:309:30pm, Wed-Thurs 7-10pm, Fri-Sat 8-11pm, Sun 12:30-2:30pm Brunch & 6:30-9:30pm. Apr 16&30: Shailah Edmonds. ROBERTO’S WINDS: 149W 46th St. 212-3911315. www.robertoswinds.com. The RUM HOUSE: 228W 47th St (bet Bway & 8th Av). www.edisonrumhouse.com. 646490-6924. Sets: 9:30pm-12:30am, Mon 10pm2am. Residencies: Mon Terry Waldo & Rum House Jass Band; Sun Candy Shop Boys. SAINT PETER’S CHURCH: 619 Lexington Av at 54th St. (Citicorp Bld). www.saintpeters.org. 212-935-2200. 1st Mon: 7:30pm free adm International Women in Jazz Jam; Wed: 1pm $10 don Midtown Jazz at Midday; Sun: 5pm free adm Jazz Vespers. Apr 5: Ike Sturm + Evergreen; 8: Lou Caputo & Not-So-BigBand; 12: Sarah McLawler & Les Jazz Femmes; 15: Mark Wade Trio; 18: 12-8pm $30 adm International Women in Jazz Festival www.internationalwomeninjazz.org
feat 12pm jam, 2:30pm seminar/exhibits, 4pm DIVA; 19: Joshua Crumbly Qrt; 22: KT Sullivan, Jeff Harner & Jon Weber; 23: 7:30pm www.thedukeellingtonsociety.org Duke Ellington Society meeting w/Ed Berger; 26: Arturo Stable Trio; 29: Barry Harris Trio. SAN MARTIN RESTAURANT: 143E 49th St (bet Lexington & 3rd Avs). 212-832-0888. www.sanmartinrestaurantny.com. 1st Tues: 6-8pm Ron Odrich Qrt. STEINWAY HALL: 109W 57th St. 212-2461100. www.steinwayhall.com. STUDIO 100 BAR: At Marriott Residence Inn. 1033 6th Av (bet 38th & 39th St) 3rd Fl. 212768-0007. Free adm/no min. Thurs: 7-10pm Trios. SWING 46: Jazz & Supper Club. 349W 46th St (bet 8 & 9th Avs). www.swing46.com. 212262-9554. Sets: Mon-Tues&Thurs 8:30pm, Wed&Sun 8pm, Fri-Sat 9:30pm. Residencies (R): Mon Swingadelic; Tues George Gee Swing Orch; Wed Stan Rubin Orch w/Joe Politi; Sun except 04/12 Felix & the Cats. Apr 1: R; 2&30: Harlem Renaissance Orch; 3&17: Ron Sunshine Orch; 4&18: Swingadelic; 5-8: R; 9: Fleur Seule; 10&24: George Gee Swing Orch; 11&25: Maulers; 12: Seth Weaver Big Band feat Svetlana Shmulyian; 13-15: R; 16: Glenn Crytzer Savoy Seven; 17: see 04/3; 18: see 04/4; 19-22: R; 23: Vanessa Trouble w/Red Hot Swing; 24: see 04/10; 25: see 04/11; 26-29: R; 30: see 04/2. TAGINE: 221 W38th St (bet 7th & 8th Avs). www.taginedining.com. 646-373-6265. $15 min. Thurs: 8-11pm Amy Coleman. TGI FRIDAY’S: 677 Lexington Av at 56th St. 212-339-8858. www.tgifridays.com. Sun: 69pm Marc Devine Trio. TOMI JAZZ: 239E 53rd St (Bet 2nd & 3rd Avs). Lower level. www.tomijazz.com. 646-4971254. Sets: Mon-Wed 8-11pm, Thurs 911:30pm, Fri 9pm-1am, Sat Early (E) 810:30pm, Late (L) 11pm-1:30am. Adm: MonWed Free/$5min, Thurs-Sat $10 adm/$10 min. Apr 1: Akihiro Yamamoto Duo; 2: The Highlanders; 3: Norihiro Kikuta Trio; 4: E Kathryn Allyn Duo, L Tak Iwasaki Trio; 5: Setsuko Hata Trio; 6: Marla Sampson Duo; 7: Ian Buss Trio; 8: Lunana & Lunanos Trio; 9: tba; 10: John Watts Trio; 11: E Daniel Bennett Gp, L Dana Reedy Trio; 13: Marcella Camargo Duo; 14: Sergej Avanesov Duo; 13: Song Yi Jeon Trio; 16: Scot Albertson Duo; 17: Racha Fora; 18: E Standard Procedures, L Nick Morrios Trio; 19: Takenori Nishiuchi; 20: Kathryn Kristie Trio; 21: Michael Gallant Trio; 22: Matthew Heaath; 23: Benjamin Servenary; 24: Kuni Mikami Trio; 25: E Yuko Ito Trio, L Yusuke Seki; 26: Paul Lee Trio; 27: Akemi Yamada Trio; 28: Adam Kahan + Kshimon Stevenson; 29: Lunana & Lunanos Trio; 30: Yasuno Katsuki Trio. ZANKEL HALL: At Carnegie Hall. 881 7th Av at 57th St. 212-247-7800. See Carnegie Hall.
LOWER MANHATTAN (Below 34th Street)
11TH STREET BAR: 510E 11th St (bet Av A & B). www.11thstbar.com. 212-982-3929. Mon: 8-11pm Richard Clements & Murray Wall Jazz Express. 55 BAR: 55 Christopher St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). 212-929-9883. www.55bar.com. Sets: Early (E) 7-9pm except Fri-Sun 6pm, Late (L) 10pm. 1st Mon: E Sean Wayland; 1st Thurs: E Ami Cervini; 1st Sat: E Ayana lowe; last Fri: E Kendra Shank. Apr 1: L Andy Galore; 7: E Iris Ornig & IO-5; 17: E Plucky Strum. ABC NO RIO: 156 Rivington St (bet Clinton & Suffolk Sts). www.abcnorio.org. 212-254-
3697. Sun: 7pm $5 don C.O.M.A. series 2 sets + open session. Apr 5: Craig Flanagin Solo + Constance Cooper, Adam Pultz Melbye, Sten Hostfalt & Blaise Siwula; 12: Anne Bassen & Edith Lettner + Luciano Troja, Blaise Siwula & John Murchison; 19: Barry Seroff & Atom Rush + Richard Bonnet & Vera Beren; 26: John McDonough Ens + Fire Maidens From Outer Space. ALL THINGS PROJECT: At Neighborhood Chuch. 269 Bleecker St. 212-691-1770. www.allthingsproject.net. Apr 10: 8&9:30pm free adm Vana Grierig Qrt. AMUSE WINE BAR: 121 Ludlow St (bet Rivington & Delancey Sts). 212-477-0100. www.amusewine.com. Fri: 8-11pm. Apr 3: Hot Club of Flatbush; 10: Diana Wayburn. ANALOGUE: 19W 8th St (bet 5th Av & McDougal St). www.analoguenyc.com. 212432-0200. Sets: 7:30-10:30pm. Free adm. Mon: Renaud Penant Trio; Tues: Stefano Doglioni Trio; Sun: Ryo Sasaki Trio. ANTIBES BISTRO: 112 Suffolk St (bet Delancey & Rivington Sts). 212-533-6088. www.antibesbistro.com. Free adm/no min. Tues-Wed: 7:30-10:30pm. ANTIQUE GARAGE: 41 Mercer St. 212-2191019. www.antiquegaragesoho.com. ARTHUR’S TAVERN: 57 Grove St. 212-6756879. www.arthurstavernnyc.com. Sets: 710pm. Mon: Grove Street Stompers feat Joe Licari; Tues: Yuichi Hirakawa; Wed: Eve Silber; Thurs-Sat: Eri Yamamoto Trio; Sun: Creole Cooking. ARTS FOR ART: 107 Suffolk St. 212-254-5420. www.artsforart.org. B FLAT: Basement 277 Church St (bet Franklin & White Sts). www.bflat.info. 212-219-2970. Mon 8-11pm & Wed 8:30-11:30pm: Jordan Young Trio. BACK ROOM: 102 Norfolk St (bet Delancey & Rivington Sts). www.backroomnyc.com. 212-228-5098. Mon: 9pm-12:30am feat Svetlana & The Delancey Five. BAR NEXT DOOR: 129 McDougal St. 212-5295945. www.lalanternacaffe.com. Sets: MonThurs Early (E) 6:30-7:45pm, Late (L) 8:30& 10:30pm, Fri-Sat 7:30,9:30&11:30pm, Sun 8&10pm. Adm: $12 all night + 1 drink min/set except Fri-Sat $12/set + 1 drink min/set, E free. Trios. Mon-Thurs: E Emerging Artists series; Mon: L Vocal Mondays series. Residencies (R): Wed L Jonathan Kreisberg; Sun Peter Mazza. Apr 1: E Kevin Clark, L R; 2: E Alex Levine, L Nobuki Takamen; 3: Ben Monder; 4: Alex Wintz; 5: R; 6: E Benjamin Bryden, L Alice Ricciardi; 7: E Benno Marmur, L Jan Sturiale; 8: E Rafal Sarnecki, L R; 9: E Tobias Meinhart, L Mike Rood; 10: Jack Wilkins; 11: Ben Eunson; 12: R; 13: E Alex Sugerman, L Dorian Devins; 14: E Nick Lancaster, L Abe Ovadia; 15: E Alex Sugerman, L R; 16: E Nicholas Brust, L Patrick Cornelius; 17: Ed Cherry; 18: Ben Lapidus; 19: R; 20: E Tom Finn, L Rachel Caswell; 21: E Alex Nguyen, L Ricardo Grilli; 22: E Casey Berman, L R; 23: E Andrew Van Tassel, L Jonathan Greenstein; 24: Nick Moran; 25: Rale Micic; 26: R; 27: E Gioel Severini, L Perry Beekman; 28: E Nick Biello, L Greg Skaff; 29: E Jonathan Saraga, L R; 30: E Gianni Gagliardi, L Chris Smith. BARUCH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 55 Lexington Av at E25th St. (bet Lexington & 3rd Avs). www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac. 646312-5073. Apr 2: 8-9:20pm $25/10 adm Milt Hinton Jazz series feat Justin Kauflin Qrt. BLUE NOTE JAZZ CLUB: 131W 3rd St at 6th Av. 212-475-8592. www.bluenotejazz.com. Sets: 8&10:30pm + Late Night Fri-Sat 12:30am, Sunday Brunch 11:30am&1:30pm. Adm varies. Apr 1-2: Nicholas Payton Trio; 35: Kyle Eastwood; 6: Marika Hughes &
Bottom Heavy, 10:30pm Clifton Anderson; 712: Donald Harrison Qrt & friends; 13: Purchase Jazz Orch w/Todd Coolman feat Terell Stafford; 14-19: Roy Hargrove; 20: Kenny Werner Berklee Qnt; 21-26: Michel Camilo; 27: Gato Barbieri; 28-May 3: The Bad Plus. Late Night w/Apr 3: Resilience of the Intelligent; 4: Doron Lev & Uglybraine; 10: Kung Fu Masters; 11: Kid Lucky & Nu Voices; 17: Song Yi Jeon; 18: Natalie Cressman; 24: Guthrie Ramsey; 25: Scott Tixier Qrt. Sunday Brunch w/East Meets West feat Mika Mimura Gp 04/5, Hiromi Suda 04/12, Martha Kato Trio 04/19, Sumie Kaneko 04/26. CAFÉ LOUP: 105W 13th St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). 212-255-4746. www.cafeloupnyc.com. Free adm/$5 min. Sun: 12:30am-3:30pm Jazz Brunch w/Bob Kindred, John Hart & Steve LaSpina, 6:30-9:30pm Junior Mance, Hide Tanaka & Michi Fuji Trio. CAFE NOCTAMBULO: At Pangea. 178 2nd Av (bet 11th & 12th Sts). 212-995-0900. www.cafenoctambulo.com. Tues: 8pm-12am $20/20 min Eric Comstock; Thurs: except 04/23&30 7pm $20/20 min Jane Scheckter. Encore Series 7&9pm feat 04/10 $25/15 min Kathleen Landis & Nancy Winston w/spec guests, 04/11 $15/15 min Joe Alterman Band, 04/17 $20/15 min Marlene VerPlanck, 04/18 $18/15 min Valerie Capers Trio. CAFFE VIVALDI: 32 Jones St (bet Bleecker & 4th St). www.caffevivaldi.com. 212-691-7538. Free adm. 1st&3rd Wed: 7:15pm Roger Davidson. CAPITAL GRILLE: 120 Bway (at Pine & Nassau). www.thecapitalgrille.com. 212-3741811. Free adm. Fri: 6:30-10pm Richard Russo Trio. The CELL: A Twenty First Century Salon. 338W 23rd St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). 646-861-2253. www.thecelltheatre.org. CERCLE ROUGE: 241W Bway. 212-226-6252. www.cerclerougeresto.com. Tues: 7-11pm Ginetta Vendetta. CLEMENTE SOTO VÉLEZ CULTURAL & EDUCATIONAL CENTER: 107 Suffolk St (bet Rivington & Delancey Sts). 212-2604080. www.csvcenter.org. 7,8&9pm: Evolving Pop-Up series. Apr 1: Signal Problems + Saints & Sinners + Content Provider; 2: Dark Matter + Max Johnson Band + Sewelson/Kuhn/Roland/Cleaver; 3: Behroozi/Wood/Johnson + Joe Morris Duo + Chancey/Sinton/Laubrock; 4: 6pm Panel feat Yoshiko Chuma, Patricia Nicholson Parker, Lance Gries, Matthew Shipp & Michael Bisio, 9pm Matthew Shipp Duo; 7: Steve Dalachinsky/Mara Rosenbloom + Waldman/Chuma/Picket + Selma; 8: 9pm The Nu Band; 9: Michael Wimberly Qrt + Crothers/Otomo + Nick Lyons/Ryan Messina/Carol Liebowitz; 10: Mara Rosenbloom Trio + Connie Crothers Trio + Chancey/Sanchez/Tamez; 11: Jalalu Kalvert Nelson + Maryanne deProphetis & Fido Trio + Josh Sinton Gp; 14: ZenBeatz + Judi Silvano & Zephyr 2 Guitar Qnt + Manna For Thought; 15: Sarah Bernstein UnEarthish + Tatsuya Nakatani Trio + Cristian Amigo Trio; 16: David Mills + Black Host + Tom Rainey Trio; 17: Trialogues + Black Host + FIVE; 18: Masters of Ceremony + Black Host + Juan Pablo Carletti Trio; 21: EarthSongs + DC/Zak & friends + Ana Îsma Viel Cross Breath; 22: Ramya Ramana + Baraka/Parker/Nicholson + Ras Moshe/Bill Cole Ens; 23: Chris Forbes Trio + Wooley/Courvoisier/Corsano + While We Still Have Bodies; 24: “two + one” + Joe Morris Trio + JD Parran & Harlem Reunion; 25: Garrison Fewell Trio + Whit Dickey Ens + Gordon Beeferman Trio; 28: Movement/ continued on page 24
AZZ MUSICIANS ARE LUCKY today to experience playing in a big J band in school and few actually get to per-
form in a professional jazz orchestra, most of which are rehearsal bands with weekly or monthly public appearances at best. However, it was different when Joe Temperley, who is celebrating his 25th year with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO), was in his teens and twenties. The octogenarian native Scotsman came of age in Great Britain during and after World War II, playing tenor sax professionally in bands by the time he was 20, in 1949. After working in a number of British big and small bands over the next half decade—including a stint with American ex-pat trumpeter Dizzy Reece—he switched to baritone sax in 1955 to join Tommy Whittle's band. But his big break came when he became a member of Humphrey Lyttleton's popular big band on baritone and tenor sax, staying from 1958 to 1965, when he moved to and settled in New York. Temperley first met Harry Carney, the great baritone saxophonist in Duke Ellington's Orchestra, when the Duke toured Great Britain in October 1958. When Lyttleton's band was touring America in 1959, Temperley's first trip here, he was hosted by Carney in New York. The Ellingtonian took him (Carney always drove) to see the band in New Jersey at Lambertville Music Circus, the first "music tent" in the United States, on July 7 (I know the date well as I also attended that concert). "I'll always associate Harry with that erector set road structure [the Pulaski Skyway] in New Jersey," says Temperley, as it was his first American road trip. Hardly conforming to the stereotype of the dour Scotsman—one his favorite adjectives is "wonderful"—Temperley not only sought out Carney, who became a close
friend as well as one of his biggest heroes, but also called his other baritone hero, Cecil Payne, "out of the blue," to coax him out of retirement to take Temperley's place in Woody Herman's Orchestra, where he played in 1966-67. Although he fulfilled a dream by taking the baritone sax chair in the Ellington Orchestra in 1974, after the deaths of both Duke and Carney, Temperley says his favorite big band experience was with the late 1960s/early 1970s Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, the Monday night band at the Village Vanguard. "I loved that gig; it was wonderful," he says. "But I really wasn't equipped to play the music at the time. The band was filled with my jazz idols, like Snooky Young (trumpet), Britt Woodman (trombone) and of course the co-leaders." Temperley was called to sub for Pepper Adams when that baritone saxophonist had to go to Detroit to care for an ailing family member. "I stayed for three and half years," he says, ruefully adding "but it was always understood that I was a sub." After working with the Ellington orchestra under Mercer Ellington in the mid-1970s, Temperley pursued an active freelance schedule including Broadway shows, regular tours of Great Britain, where he hosted a BBC-TV program, and frequent work on the jazz party and cruise circuit that showcased swing and trad jazz. "It was wonderful to be able to work with Kenny Davern (clarinet), Snooky, Ralph Sutton (piano) and Milt Hinton," he says, having also performed in a duo with bassist Hinton on the BBC. The only remaining original member of the JLCO besides leader Wynton Marsalis, Temperley is featured with the band on bass clarinet and soprano sax as well as holding down the sonic horn bottom on baritone sax. He particularly enjoys playing bass clarinet settings of Ellington piano pieces such as "Sunset and the Mockingbird" and "Single Petal of a Rose." An enthusiastic teacher at Julliard and Manhattan School of Music, Temperley has one caveat: "What I don't like to hear is young people who bring their lessons to the bandstand, playing all the patterns and stuff they learned in school. You don't do that in jazz; jazz is a story, and you have to have some kind of a story to play. They've taken the romance out of jazz," he says. "I like romantic jazz: Ben Webster, Carney, Charlie Parker. And on soprano sax, Lucky Thompson and Zoot Sims were my favorites, they had a beautiful sound."
Celebrating Joe Temperley: From Duke to the JLCO, showcasing the premiere of a Wynton Marsalis three movement concerto dedicated to and featuring Temperley, is at JALC's Rose Theater, April 16-18. It can be heard on the Internet at jazz.org/live.
S P O T L TIA FULLER SMOKE JAZZ AND SUPPER CLUB / APRIL 3-5 Although known to many for her highly acclaimed efforts backing Beyoncé, saxophonist Tia Fuller has been an active and respected bandleader on the jazz scene for more than a decade. Sporting a bright saxophone tone and strong compositional chops, Fuller has shown a reverence for the 1960s-era masters, and demonstrated herself to be firmly rooted in the schools of hard bop, modal jazz, soul jazz and beyond. Indeed, her work can conjure up reminders of Joe Henderson, Cannonball Adderley or McCoy Tyner. Fuller's quartet features like-minded musicians—pianist Shamie Royston, bassist Mimi Jones and drummer Rudy Royston—who teamed up with Fuller for years. Expect a performance of both classic and new repertoire, executed by an outstanding, seasoned ensemble. SH JEFF COLELLA AND PUTTER SMITH DEER HEAD INN / APRIL 3 and THE DRAWING ROOM / APRIL 4 West Coasters Jeff Colella, piano, and Putter Smith, bass, have fine-tuned the intimacy of the jazz duet format, as evidenced on their 2014 CD Lotus Blossom on the American Jazz Institute/Capri label. They know how to keep their musical dialogue lively, interesting and profound as they unveil originals and explore works by Bill Evans, Miles Davis and Billy Strayhorn, among others. Colella was Lou Rawls' pianist for 15 years and Smith has worked with a slew of jazz greats. Keep an ear out for Colella's Gone Too Soon, a poignant yet upbeat salute to the many musicians who left us prematurely but live on through their music. Drummer Billy Mintz joins the conversation at these NJ and Brooklyn stops. Do yourself a favor, and listen in. KF
LEW TABACKIN JAZZ AT KITANO / APRIL 3 Reed player Lew Tabackin, a fixture on the jazz scene since the mid-1960s, turned 75 on March 26. The longtime jazz soloist and section player has extended his platinum birthday celebration to include this intimate evening at the Kitano. Tabackin has a singular style on the flute, which for many years helped shape the sound of wife Toshiko Akiyoshi's Jazz Orchestra. He's equally at home on tenor sax, having worked in numerous American and European big bands over the years and has been a regular member of pianist-producer George Wein's Newport Jazz All-Stars. Tabackin's tenor approach is noteworthy for his assimilation of melodic, rhythmic and dynamic qualities that blend into a sound unlike any other player. Frequent collaborators Mark Taylor, drums, and David Wong, bass, join him. KF
CHICK COREA AND HERBIE HANCOCK CARNEGIE HALL / APRIL 9 To say that Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock are titans of jazz piano is an understatement. For more than half a century, Corea and Hancock have re-defined the piano's voice in the jazz idiom and lifted the artform to new and exciting heights. Both boast impressive résumés which include stints in the bands of Miles Davis, leading premiere fusion groups in the 1970s, releasing classic records as leaders and winning various awards in the process. The two began performing together in the late 1970s, resulting in two highly acclaimed albums—An Evening with Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea and the live album, CoreaHancock. Their New York area concert is a once in a lifetime chance to see two champions at their very best. EW ROY HARGROVE BLUE NOTE / APRIL 14-19 Since his 1989 debut Diamond in the Rough, trumpeter Roy Hargrove has displayed a maturity far beyond his years. Never one to stay in one place musically, he has built a trajectory on crisscrossing the lines between jazz, R&B and hip-hop. Hargrove's résumé includes a commission from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, a CD of standards with strings and albums by his hip-hop/jazz band, The RH Factor. Hargrove's efforts have been met with accolades including two Grammys, the latest in 2002 for Best Instrumental Jazz Album Individual or Group for Directions in Music, which he won alongside collaborators Herbie Hancock and Michael Brecker. Hargrove will bring his genre-defying talents to 12 sets of pure jazz mastery that will surely please the NYC jazz community. EW
By Ken Dryden, Ken Franckling, Seton Hawkins, Georg
Clayton photo by Devin DeHaven, Goldberg by Ken Weiss, Lloyd by D. Darr.
L I G H T CHARLES LLOYD METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART / APRIL 18 Saxophonist/composer Charles Lloyd never fails to surprise and delight with his musical vision. The self-described "bluesman on a spiritual journey" and cohorts, including pianist Jason Moran, bassist Joe Sanders and drummer Eric Harland, will take to the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, presenting the North American debut of Lloyd's "Wild Man Dance Suite." The multi-part composition was commissioned by the Jazztopad Festival in Wroclaw Poland. The concert also celebrates the release of his live CD, Wild Man Dance, marking Lloyd's return to the Blue Note label after a three-decade hiatus. Topping off a busy month, the National Endowment for the Arts recognizes Lloyd's half century as a jazz scene stalwart by naming him a Jazz Master at its ceremony on April 20. EK JEROME SABBAGH SMALLS JAZZ CLUB / APRIL 20 Working in the modern mainstream of jazz, saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh has made his way into the upper ranks of players whose intelligence, feeling and depth of expression are undeniable. Since moving from his native Paris to study at Berklee in Boston, then to NYC by the mid-1990s, he has faithfully trod the path of his mentors: George Garzone, David Liebman and Billy Pierce. While interpreting standards with his own signature sound, an unfettered, bold approach may be his forte, though Sabbagh also knows the true value of melodic extrapolations. His new recording on the Sunnyside label, The Turn, is a pivot point for his career and a showcase for his original musical ideas. He'll be joined by longtime bandmates: guitarist Ben Monder, bassist Joe Martin and drummer Justin Brown. MGN
GERALD CLAYTON DIZZY'S CLUB COCA-COLA / APRIL 28 One of the most talented pianists of his generation, Gerald Clayton was born to be a jazz musician. The son of bassist John Clayton has been playing piano since age seven and placed second in the 2006 Thelonious Monk Jazz Piano Competition. Clayton's diverse musical influences and open-minded approach to playing help him find ways to put a fresh stamp on familiar songs, often proving himself as a master of understatement. He is also a standout composer, showing surprising maturity for his age. Clayton has recorded or performed with The Clayton Brothers, singers Roberta Gambarini and Diana Krall and trumpeters Roy Hargrove and Terell Stafford, along with several acclaimed albums of his own. Bassist Joe Sanders and drummer Justin Brown will join him at Dizzy's. KD
BEN GOLDBERG THE STONE / APRIL 28-MAY 3 Among the great practitioners in jazz and creative improvised music on the clarinet is Ben Goldberg, who has risen to the top of his profession by expressing an independent, compositionally oriented, forward-thinking approach. Born and raised in Denver, now living in San Francisco, Goldberg is as adept at performing post-bop jazz as Klezmer and 21st Century music. His playing is robust, intellectual and challenging, but never offputting. Part of The Stone's Residency Series, Goldberg will present several concerts celebrating the release of his new CD Orphic Machine, instrumental and vocal music inspired by the poems of the late Allen Grossman with such notables as bassists Michael Formanek and Stomu Takieshi, pianist Michael Coleman, guitarist Mary Halvorson and drummers Ches Smith, Tomas Fujiwara, Tyshawn Sorey and Kenny Wollesen. MGN WYCLIFFE GORDON TRIBECCA PAC / MAY 7 Now well into his third decade as a jazz musician, Wycliffe Gordon at age 47 is at the top of his game. A distinctive and virtuoso trombonist who just enjoyed his third consecutive Downbeat Critics Poll win on the instrument in 2014, he also won the poll's Rising Star award on tuba. He also plays didgeridoo, piano and trumpet: the last notably on his Hello Pops 2011 tribute album to Louis Armstrong. A veteran of Wynton Marsalis' bands, he has formed a creative duo partnership with bassist Jay Leonhart, wherein both sing as well as play. At this Highlights in Jazz salute to Gordon, he will be joined by trumpeter Terell Stafford, reedman Adrian Cunningham, pianists Aaron Diehl and Ted Rosenthal, bassists Leonhart and Yasushi Nakamura, and drummer Alvin Atkinson plus, in the tradition of this long-running series, a surprise guest. GK
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Words/Sound in 3 Parts, 9pm Two; 29: 8pm Joe McPhee Solo + Joe McPhee Trio; 30: William Parker Plaza Band + Duo + Rob Brown Band. CORNELIA STREET CAFÉ: 29 Cornelia St. 212-989-9319. www.corneliastreetcafe.com. Sets unless otherwise noted: MonThurs&Sun 8:30pm, Fri-Sat 9&10:30pm. Adm varies. Apr 1: Maria Manousaki Qrt; 2: 9:30pm Matt Parker Trio; 3: Mario Pavone/ Mixed Qnt; 4: 8:30pm Sara Serpa, 10:15pm Sofia Ribeiro Qrt; 5: Old Time Musketry; 7: Peter Brendler Qrt; 8: Bishop/Cleaver/ Flood; 9: Sam Yahel Trio; 10: Gilad Hekselman & Zuperoctave; 11: Gilad Hekselman 4tet; 12: Jo-Yu Chen Qrt; 15: Thar Andrew Rathbun; 16: Kirk Knuffke Trio; 17: Secret Keeper; 18: Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up; 19: Alex Kautz Gp, 10pm Sergio Krakowski Trio; 20: 8pm Lisbeth Qrt; 21: 8pm André Carvalho Qnt, 9:30pm Dan Rufolo Trio; 22: Colin Stranahan; 23: Michaël Attias Renku+2; 24: Herrera Gonçalves Boccato Trio; 25: Open Loose; 26: Greg Ward Qnt; 29: Matt Bauder & Day In Pictures. CUCINA DI PESCE: 87E 4th St (bet 2nd & 3rd Avs). www.cucinadipesce.net. 212-260-6800. Wed: 7-10pm Deanna Kirk. The CUPPING ROOM CAFE: 359W Bway (bet Broome & Grand Sts). 212-925-2898. www.cuppingroomcafe.com. Sets: Thurs-Fri 8-11pm, Sat 8:30pm-12:30am. Sat: Mal Stein. Apr 3: Red Sahara; 10: Stony Creek; 17: The Hot Club of Flatbush; 24: Judie Marie Canterino. The CUTTING ROOM: 44E 32nd St (bet Madison & Park Av). 212-691-1900. www.the cuttingroomnyc.com. Apr 13: 7:30pm Frank Vignola Guitar Night w/James Chirillo, Matt Munisteri & Gary Mazzaroppi; 19: 7:30pm Laura Dickinson; 23: 10:30pm Ben Williams. The DEAD RABBIT GROCERY & GROG: 30 Water St (Broad & Old Slip Sts). 646-4227906. www.deadrabbitnyc.com. Wed: 7:30pm-11:30pm Terry Waldo Solo. DESMOND’S STEAKHOUSE: 513 7th Av at 38th St. www.desmondssteakhouse.com. 212-391-6900. Sun: 12-3pm Jazz Brunch feat Para O’. DIXON PLACE LOUNGE: 161 Chrystie St (bet Rivington & Delancey). 212-219-0736. www.dixonplace.org. Apr 26: 7:30pm $10 adm Erik Friedlander. DOMA NA ROHU: 17 Perry St at 7th Av. 212929-4339. www.domanyc.com. $10 min. Wed: 7:30&9pm Scrubboard; Sat: 8&9:15pm tba. DOWNTOWN MUSIC GALLERY: 13 Monroe St (bet Market & Catherine Sts). 212-4730043. www.downtownmusicgallery.com. Sun: 6pm In-Store shows. Apr 12: Cecile Broche & Francois Grillot; 19: Anna Webber & Nathaniel Morgan; 26: Rob Price, 7pm Yoshie Fruchter/Myk Freedman/Yonadav Halevy. DROM: 85 Ave A (bet 5th & 6th Sts). 212-7771157. www.dromnyc.com. Apr 1: 7:30pm Audra Isadora Grace; 3: 7:15pm Rana Farhan; 7: 10pm Brad Shepik & NYU World Ens; 20: 7:30pm NY Chillharmonic feat Sarah McDonald + Ladies Drink Free; 26: 8:30pm Gene Ess & Fractal Attraction; 28: 7:30pm Silver Arrow Band. DUANE PARK CAFÉ: 157 Duane St (bet Hudson & W Bway). www.duaneparknyc.com. 212-732-5555. Fri: 9:30pm $95 adm incl dinner Plume Revue feat DP Jazz Qrt. The EAR INN: 326 Spring St (bet Greenwich & Washington Sts). www.earinn.com. 212-4319750. Sun: 8-11pm EarRegulars w/Jon-Erik Kellso & friends.
FAT CAT: 75 Christopher St at 7th Av. 212-6756056. www.fatcatmusic.org. $3 adm/no min. Sets unless otherwise noted: Early (E), Late (L), Night (N); Mon E 6pm, L 9pm, N 12:30am; Tues-Wed E 7pm, L 9pm, N 12:30am; Thurs&Sat E 7pm, L 10pm, N 1:30am; Fri E 6pm, L 9pm + 10:30pm, N 1:30am; Sun E 6pm, L 9pm, N 1am. Ev N: Jam. Residencies (R): Mon N Billy Kaye; Tues E except 04/14&21 Saul Rubin; Wed E except 04/1 Raphael D'lugoff Qrt, N Ned Goold; Fri 9pm Gospel Queens; Sat: N Jam w/Greg Glassman; Sun E Terry Waldo & Gotham City Band, N Brandon Lewis & Renee Cruz. Apr 1: E tba, L Groover Trio, N R; 2: E tba, L Saul Rubin Zebtet, N tba; 3: E tba, L R + Jared Gold/Dave Gibson, N tba; 4: E tba, L Raphael D'lugoff Qnt, N R; 5: E R, L 8:30pm Jade Synstelien & FCBB, N R; 6: E&L tba, N R; 7: E R, L&N tba; 8: E R, L Harold Mabern Trio, N R; 9: E tba, L Greg Glassman Qnt, N tba; 10: E tba, L R + POD, N tba; 11: E tba, L Bruce Williams Qnt, N R; 12: E R, L tba, N R; 13: E tba, L Ned Goold Qrt, N R; 14: E tba, L Peter Brainin & the Latin Jazz Workshop, N tba; 15: E R, L Don Hahn/Mike Camacho Band, N R; 16: tba; 17: E tba, L R + Sylvia Cuenca, N tba; 18: E tba, L Antoine Drye, N R; 19: E R, L tba, N R; 20: E tba, L George Braith, N R; 21: tba; 22: E R, L tba, N R; 23: tba; 24: E tba, L R + tba, N tba; 25: E&L tba, N R; 26: E R, L tba, N R; 27: E&L tba, N R; 28: E R, L Itai Kriss & Gato Gordo, N John Benitez & Latin Bop; 29: E R, L tba, N R; 30: E tba, L Dayna Stevens, N tba. FLÛTE GRAMERCY: 40E 20th St (bet Bway & Park Av S). 212-529-7870. www.flutebar. com. Sets: 7-10pm free adm. Last Fri: Michael Sheridan Band. Apr 1&29: Dorian Devins; 8: Melanie Marod; 15: Shailah Edmonds; 22: Jason Archimandritis. GARAGE: 99 7th Av S (bet W 4th & Bleecker). www.garagerest.com. 212-645-0600. Free adm/no min. Sets: Early (E), Late (L), Brunch (B); Mon 7-10pm; Tues-Thurs 7-11pm; Fri E 6-10pm, L 10:30pm-2:30am; Sat B 12-4pm, E 6-10pm, L 10:30pm-2:30am; Sun B 11:30am4pm, E 7-11pm. Apr 1: Yvonnick Prene Qrt; 2: George Weldon Trio; 3: E Fukushi Tainaka Trio, L Kevin Dorn & the BIG 72; 4: B Larry Newcomb Qrt, E Evgeny Sivstov Trio, L Akiko Tsuruga Trio; 5: B Kyoko Oyobe Trio, E R; 6: Howard Williams Jazz Orch; 7: Dana Reedy Trio; 8: The Anderson Brothers; 9: Adam Moezinia Trio; 10: E Chris Carroll Trio, L Peter Valera & the Jump Blues Band; 11: B Claude Diallo Trio, E Brooks Hartell Trio, L Virginia Mayhew Qrt; 12: B Lou Caputo Not So Big Band, E R; 13: Eyal Vilner Big Band; 14: Rob Edwards Qrt; 15: Marc Devine Trio; 16: Rick Stone Trio; 17: E Al Marino Qrt, L King Solomon Hicks Trio; 18: B Alex Layne Trio, E Mark Marino Trio, L Daylight Blues Band; 19: B Kayo Hiraki Qrt, E R; 20: Cecilia Coleman Big Band; 21: Eric Miller Qrt; 22: Dre Barnes Project; 23: John Malino Band; 24: E Joel Perry Trio, L Peter Valera & the Jump Blues Band; 25: B Marsha Heydt & the Project of Love, E Champian Fulton Qrt, L Virginia Mayhew Qrt; 26: B Iris Ornig Qrt, E R; 27: Lou Caputo Not So Big Band; 28: Verena McBee Qnt; 29: Brian Pareschi Oct; 30: Carl Bartlett Jr. Trio. GREENWICH HOUSE MUSIC SCHOOL: 46 Barrow St (bet 7th Av S & W 4th St). 212-2424770. www.greenwichhouse.org. Sets: 8pm. Apr 17&29: $15/12 adm Sound It Out series; 16&30: Uncharted series. Apr 16: Bria Skonberg; 17: Respect Sxt; 29: Mike Pride & I Hate Work; 30: Inyang Bassey. HOTEL CHANTELLE: 92 Ludlow St (bet Broome & Delancey Sts). 212-254-9100. www.hotelchantelle.com. Tues 8pm-12am & continued on page 26
SHEILA JORDAN Bird is the Word By Yvonne Ervin
FTER 60 YEARS OF SINGING bebop, Sheila Jordan is thrilled to be A playing her first weeklong stint at
Birdland, especially since it was named after her hero, and her guardian angel, Charlie Parker. As a child growing up dirt poor in a Pennsylvania coal-mining town, young Sheila was unhappy; the only thing that alleviated her sadness was singing. She learned the hit songs of the day and studied piano but she didn't know what she really wanted to sing until she moved to Detroit as a teen. One day she put a nickel in a jukebox at a burger joint to check out Parker and his Re-Boppers playing "Now's the Time." "I heard the first four notes and that was it. My skin was crawling and I thought, 'That's the music I'm going to dedicate my life to.'" Along with two black teens, she formed a vocal trio that sang original lyrics to Parker tunes and solos well before Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. "We went to see Charlie at a concert at a Detroit ballroom and sang 'Confirmation' for him at intermission and he remembered that," she says. "The first time I saw him at Birdland after I moved to New York, he said, 'You're the kid with the million dollar ears.' And then we became very good friends. He spent a lot of time in my loft; Bird became like a big brother to me." Jordan says she was hoping to escape the rampant prejudice of Detroit when she moved to NYC in the early 1950s. But as she was walking with two black artists near her apartment in the Village, they were jumped by four white men. Three held her friends, the fourth started beating her and another man approached with a gun. "I thought, 'Oh my god I'm going to die over this but that's okay; I know I'm right and I know it's all going to change one day. I just feel it and there's nothing I wouldn't do to keep this music alive.' The guy turned out to be a plainclothes policeman. I don't know how he was there but I think Bird put him there to save my life. I always say when something looks bad and then it turns out alright, I say 'Thank you, Bird.' He's my guardian angel." She married Parker's pianist, Duke Jordan, and they had a bi-racial child, a rarity in the 1950s. But they divorced after a decade of marriage and she had to get a
day job to support herself and her daughter. She worked for 27 years as a typist at an advertising agency and sang a few nights a week—for $4 and then $6 a night—at Page Three in the Village. She also sang on four of the agency's commercials. The ad company merged with another when Jordan was 58 so she took a year's severance pay, turned to singing fulltime, and never looked back. Her dedication to the music and to educating young singers paid off with a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Award in 2012. She was shocked when she got the call from the NEA, literally falling off her chair. "I kept thinking they made a mistake, why would they take me?" she says. "It was fantastic. I was having a lot of dental implants done and the award paid for my teeth so I could continue singing. But it wasn't the money at all—it was this great honor. "I just want to keep the music alive and give it back to the beautiful people who support the music. And teach it to the young people who are coming up. I started a jazz vocal workshop at City College in the 70s and I had to leave because I was getting so much work. When I hit my 70s and 80s, whoa! I'm working more now than I ever did in my life. I'm in my 87th year and I'm booked into 2016. And, I have a new book out! Ellen Johnson, a wonderful friend and singer in California, wrote my biography and it came out a few months ago. I can't believe all these wonderful things, it's like I'm reborn again." She credits jazz for her longevity. "It's the music—that's what does it for me. I'll die doing this music. That's the way I want to go out, I want to still be singing when my time is up."
Sheila Jordan will sing with pianist Steve Kuhn's trio with Steve LaSpina on bass and Billy Drummond on drums at Birdland March 31 through April 4.
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Sat Brunch 11:30am-5pm: Dandy Wellington Band; Sun Brunch 1-4pm: Martina & The Ladybugs. JAZZ GALLERY: 1160 Bway, 5th Fl at 27th St. www.jazzgallery.org. 646-494-3625. Sets: 8pm $15/10 adm & 10pm $10/8 adm, $22/12 Fri-Sat. Apr 2: Maria Grand Trio; 3-4: Clarence Penn & Penn Station; 9: James Francies; 10: Joe Fiedler Trio; 11: Rob Mazurek & Sao Paulo Underground Trio; 16: Holophonor; 17-18: Kris Davis & Capricorn Climber; 23: Jonathan Powell & Nu Shangha; 24: Lage Lund 4; 25: Andrew White; 30: Ricky Rodriguez Qrt. JAZZ STANDARD: 116E 27th St (bet Park & Lexington Avs). www.jazzstandard.net. 212576-2232. Unless otherwise noted, sets: 7:30&10pm + 11:30pm Fri-Sat; adm: MonWed $25, Thurs&Sun $30, Fri-Sat $35. Residencies (R): Mon Mingus Monday; Sun except 04/5 1:30-3pm Jazz for Kids. Apr 1: Michael Blake Qrt; 2-5: $30 04/2&5 Randy Weston & African Rhythms Qnt; 6: R w/Mingus Big Band; 7-8: Donny McCaslin Gp; 9-12: $35 04/9&12 SFJazz Collective; 13: R w/Mingus Orch; 14-15: Julian Lage Trio; 16: $25 Alicia Olatuja; 17: closed; 18-19: $30 04/18 Danilo Pérez Trio; 20: R w/Mingus Big Band; 21: Tim Berne & Snakeoil; 22-26: $25 04/23&26, $30 04/24-25 Vijay Iyer Trio; 27: R w/Mingus Big Band; 28: Pedro Giraudo Big Band; 29: Manuel Valera Trio; 30-May 3: $30 05/1-2 Gary Bartz. JOE’S PUB: At Public Theater. 425 Lafayette St & Astor Pl. www.joespub.com. 212-967-7555. Adm varies. JULES BISTRO: 65 Saint Marks Pl (bet 1st & 2nd Avs). 212-477-5560. www.julesbistro.com. Sets: 8:30-11:30pm, Brunch 12-3pm. Sun: Jazz party & Jam. KNICKERBOCKER BAR & GRILL: 33 University Pl at 9th St. 212-228-8490. www.knickerbockerbarandgrill.com. Fri-Sat: 9:45pm-2am. Apr 3-4: Russ Kassoff & Jay Anderson; 10-11: James Weidman & Harvie S; 17-18: Joel Forrester & David Hofstra; 2425: Mike Longo & Paul West. L.E.S GALLERY CAFÉ: At Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center: 107 Suffolk St (bet Rivington & Delancey Sts). 212-253-2280. www.csvcenter.org. See Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center. LE PESCADEUX: 90 Thompson St (bet Prince & Spring Sts). www.lepescadeuxnyc.com. 212-966-0021. Sun: 11am-4pm Jazz Brunch. LE POISSON ROUGE: 158 Bleecker St at Thompson St. www.lepoissonrouge.com. 212-796-0741. Adm varies. Apr 4: 6pm Julian Cubillos; 9: 6:30pm Sachal. LE SINGE VERT: 160 7th Av (bet 19th & 20th Sts). 212-366-4100. www.lesingevert.com. Mon-Tues: 8-10:30pm. Tues: Gina Vendetta. LITTLE BRANCH: 20 Leroy St at 7th Av S. 212-929-4360. METROPOLITAN ROOM: 34W 22nd St (bet. 5th & 6th Avs). www.metropolitanroom.com. 212-206-0440. Sets unless otherwise noted: Early (E) 7pm, Late (L) 9:30pm. Residency (R): Tues L Annie Ross. Apr 2: E Rosemary Loar; 4: L Peggy King & The All-Star Jazz Trio; 7: L R; 9: E Gloria Reuben; 11: L John Minnock; 13: L Melba Moore; 14: L R; 16: L Sophia Loren Coffee; 17: L Gloria Reuben; 21: L R; 22: E Devin Bing; 23: E Harold Sanditen; 24: E Peter & Will Anderson Trio; 28: L R; 29: L Kai Hoffman; 30: E Abigail Rockwell; 30: L Gloria Reuben. MEZZROW: 163W 10th St (bet 7th Av & Waverly Pl). www.mezzrow.com. 646-4764346. Sets: Early (E) 7pm, Late (L) Mon 9:30pm, Tues 8pm, Wed-Sun 9pm. Adm: $20
except free 7-8pm. Apr 1: Seamus Blake; 2: Camila Meza; 3-5: David Kikoski; 7: Norman Simmons; 8: Bryn Roberts/Julian Lage; 9: Jean-Michel Pilc/Ira Coleman; 10-11: Laurence Hobgood; 14: Barbara Rosene; 15: Peter Zak; 16: Peter Bernstein; 17-18: Aaron Parks; 19: E Bucky Pizzarelli & Ed Laub; 1920: L Nick Payton; 21: Leo Genovese; 23-24: E Danny Grissett; 24-25: L David Bryant; 27: Glenn Zaleski & Rufus Reid; 28: Dred Scott; 29-30: Aaron Goldberg. MOSCOW 57: 168 1/2 Delancey St at Clinton St. 212-260-5775. www.moscow57.com. 78pm Ellen Kaye Trio; Wed: 9pm Cleve Douglass & Grace Garland; Fri: 8 Mary Foster Conklin, 10pm Jordan Pettay Band. NEIGHBORHOOD CHURCH: 269 Bleecker St (bet Jones & Cornelia Sts). 212-691-1770. www.ncgv.net. See All Things Project. NEW SCHOOL: 66W 12th St. 212-229-5600. www.newschool.edu. NEW SCHOOL JAZZ PERFORMANCE SPACE: 55W 13th St, 5th Fl. 212-229-5488. www.newschool.edu/jazz. Fri: 4-6pm Eyes of the Masters feat Becca Stevens 04/3, Fred Wesley 04/10, Henry Grimes 04/24. NEW YORK CITY BAHA’Í CENTER: 53E 11th St (bet Bway & University). 212-222-5159. www.bahainyc.org. Tues: 8&9:30pm $10/15 adm. Apr 7: Charli Persip Big Band Super Sound; 14: Mike Longo & New York State of the Art Jazz Ens w/Ira Hawkins. NEW YORK UNIVERSITY: 35W 4th St 6th Fl. www.nyu.edu. 212-998-4550. NORTH SQUARE: At Washington Square Hotel. 103 Waverly Pl at McDougal. www.northsquareny.com/about-jazz. 212254-1200. Sun: 12:30&2:15pm free adm Jazz Brunch. Apr 5: Amy London Trio; 12: Jane Irving Trio; 19: Roz Corral Trio w/Gilad Hekselman & Edward Perez; 26: Roz Corral Trio w/Freddie Bryant & David Finck. NUYORICAN POETS CAFÉ: 236E 3rd St (bet Avs B & C). www.nuyorican.org. 212-7809386/212-505-8183. Sets: 9pm unless otherwise noted. Tues: $10 adm Latin Jazz; 1st Wed: 9:30pm All That - Hip Hop Poetry & Jazz; 1st Sat: 9:30pm $15 adm Puddin’ Jazz series + Jam. Apr 7: Chembo Corniel; 14: 9:30pm The Bronx Conexión; 21: Hector Martignon; 28: Willie Martinez & La Familia Sxt. ONE IF BY LAND, TWO IF BY SEA: 17 Barrow St (bet 7th Av & W4th St). 212-2558649. www.oneifbyland.com. Tues&Thurs 611pm, Sun 11:30am-3pm: Ryo Sasaki & Nial Djuliarso Duo. PEGU CLUB: 77W Houston St (bet W Bway & Wooster St). 2nd Fl. www.peguclub.com. 212-473-PEGU. Sun: 6:30-9:30pm Glenn Crytzer & Pegu Club All Stars. PIANOS: 158 Ludlow St at Stanton. 212-5053733. www.pianosnyc.com. Fri: 8pm Cabinet Makers. PIERRE LOTI: 258W 15th St (bet 7th & 8th Avs). www.pierrelotiwinebar.com. 212-6455684. Tues: 8-11pm. ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL: 196 Allen St at E Houston St. www.rockwoodmusichall.com. 212-477-4155. Apr 9: 8pm John Raymond & Roots Trio; 12: 7pm Tyler Blanton Electric Trio. RUE B: 188 Ave B (bet 11th & 12th Sts). 212358-1700. www.ruebnyc.com. Mon: 8:30pm Bill Moring Trio; Tues: 8pm New School Jazz Series feat Andrew Forman 04/7&21, Valentina Marino 04/14&28; Fri: 9pm Frankie Valdez Mambo Orch; Sat: 9pm François Moutin Funk Trio; Sun: 8pm Singer’s open mic w/Jocelyn Medina. Apr 1,15,22&29: 9pm Tim Regusis Trio feat Michael Camacho; 2,16&30: 8:30pm Joe Magnarelli; 8: 9pm Alex
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ANOTHER REASON TO CELEBRATE By Elzy Kolb
Angela Davis, WhyNot
Support from the roots Although jazz wasn't big in her Australian hometown of Toowoomba, saxophonist/composer Angela Davis heard plenty of it at home from her father's record collection and from her two older siblings who played in bands. She started out on piano, but always wanted to play saxophone. Her music-loving family encouraged Davis to follow her bliss and within a few years, she made the switch from keyboard to alto. Davis ranks Lee Konitz and Paul Desmond high among the players who influenced and inspired her: "People think Paul Desmond was a simple player, but it's not true. His harmonic sense was incredible." Discovering Art Pepper's recordings with strings, such as Winter Moon, also made a strong impression. "That became one of my favorites of all time," she says. "The strings naturally enhance the melody; it's something special. Recording with strings became a dream for me." The dream recently became reality when Davis, a Big Apple resident since 2010, received a foundation grant known as the Empire Theatres Brian Boak Bursary, which aims to provide opportunities for artists with ties to the Toowoomba region. The saxophonist used the money to produce her second CD, Lady Luck (Nicholas), in a quartet plus four strings setting. In choosing the eight compositions for the recording, "All of them had to have a history or meaning for me beyond just liking it. They have to give me something to think about. Having a connection to a piece gave me extra energy during the recording session at the end of a long day." In addition to three originals, Davis picked some lesser-known standards such as Michel Legrand's "You Must Believe in Spring"
("New York winters have been a struggle for me; this gives me hope of its inevitable end") and Thad Jonesâ€™ "Lady Luck" ("My family teases me because I'm lucky"). Davis also recognized her roots with "Abide with Me," a hymn associated with Anzac Day, Australia's national day of World War I remembrance. Davis recorded the piece as a duo with pianist Dan Tepfer. Davis celebrates the release of Lady Luck at WhyNot April 6, with pianist Chris Ziemba and bassist Sam Anning. "I like trying different set ups with the same repertoire. I love playing in different formats and seeing where that's going to take me. It's exciting to be going into changing situationsâ€”it forces me to listen differently and think about what I need to add."
Antoinette Montague, Jazz at Kitano
From the heart Singer/composer/arranger Antoinette Montague doesn't do things halfway. This month she's releasing a full-length CD, World Peace in the Key of Jazz, as well as an EP aimed at "children of all ages," Jazz Woman to the Rescue. She's also launching a foundation with the same name. On her new CD, Montague delves into music associated with the Civil Rights Movement, to remind people of the major role singers and entertainers played in bringing about social change, and to introduce beloved songs to a new generation. "I noticed in recent protests, there were no artists who can help to bring about change. I want to be part of the consciousness, to remind our generation that we have responsibility." Montague's CD includes songs such as "If I Had a Hammer," "We Shall Overcome" and "How I Got Over," which Mahalia Jackson sang at the historic march on Washington DC; as well as a jazz samba version of John Lennon's "Imagine."
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Levine Trio; 9&23: 8:30pm Grant Stewart. SMALLS JAZZ CLUB: 183W 10th St at 7th Av. 212-252-5091. www.smallsjazzclub.com. Sets unless otherwise noted: Afternoon (PM), Early (E), Late (L), Night (N); Mon-Tues E 7:30-10pm, L 10:30pm-1am, N 1am; WedThurs E 7:30-10pm, L 10:30pm-1am, N 1:30am; Fri-Sat: PM 4-7pm, E 7:30-10pm, L 10:30pm-1am; Sun 1-3pm, PM 4:30-7pm, E 7:30-10pm, L 10:30pm-1am. Jam following N. Adm varies. Residencies (R): Mon L except 04/6&27 Ari Hoenig Qrt; Tues E except 04/28 Spike Wilner Qrt, N Next Generation Sessions by Kyle Poole; Fri-Sat PM Jam; Sun 1pm Vocal masterclass by Marion Cowings. Apr 1: L Remy Le Boeuf Qnt, N tba; 2: E Greg Hutchinson, L Carlos Abadie Qnt, N tba; 3: PM R w/Sanah Kadoura Trio, E Juini Booth 4et, L Greg Hutchinson, N Eric Wyatt Qrt; 4: PM R w/Jonathan Thomas Trio, E Don Friedman Qrt, L Greg Hutchinson, N Stacy Dillard; 5: 1pm R, PM Eyal Vilner Big Band, L Charles Owens Trio; 6: E Adam Cote, L Seamus Blake, N Jonathan Michel; 7: E R, L Smalls Legacy Band feat Frank Lacy, N R; 8: E Joe Martin, L Alex LoRe Qrt, N tba; 9: E Joe Martin, L Spencer Murphy Band, N tba; 10: PM R w/Ai Murakami, E Tardo Hammer Trio, L Mike Moreno, N Lawrence Leathers; 11: PM R w/Tuomo Uusitalo Trio, E Dmitry Baevsky, L Mike Moreno, N Philip Harper; 12: 1pm R, PM Larry Gelb Trio, L tba; 13: E Claude Diallo Trio, L R, N Jonathan Barber; 14: E R, L Lucas Pino No Net Nnt, N R; 15: E Jure Pukl, L&N tba; 16: E Ralph Alessi, L Nick Hempton Band, N tba; 17: PM R w/Sanah Kadoura Trio, E David Schnitter Qrt, L Joe Farnsworth, N tba; 18: PM R w/Tuomo Uusitalo Trio, E Steve LaSpina, L Joe Farnsworth, N Stacy Dillard; 19: 1pm R, PM Emilio Solla y La Inestable de Brooklyn, E Sole-ful w/Michela Lerman, L Behn Gillece; 20: E Jerome Sabbagh, L R, N Jonathan Michel; 21: E R, L tba, N R; 22: tba; 23: E Mark Sherman, L Ken Fowser Band, N tba; 24: PM R w/Ai Murakami, E Lafayette Harris Jr. Trio, L Jon Kreisberg, N Lawrence Leathers; 25: PM R w/Jonathan Thomas Trio, E tba, L Jon Kreisberg, N Philip Harper; 26: 1pm R, PM George Gee Orch, E Sole-ful w/Michela Lerman, L Fabien Mary; 27: E Matt Pavolka & Horns Band, L Bjorn Solli, N Jonathan Barber; 28: E Mike Lipskin, L Josh Evans Big Band, N R; 29: E Roxy Coss, L Wayne Tucker, N tba; 30: E Jared Gold Trio, L&N tba. SPECTRUM NYC: 121 Ludlow St 2nd Fl (bet Delancey & Rivington Sts). 212-533-5470. www.spectrumnyc.com. Apr 2: 8:30-10:30pm Nico Letman; 16: 9-10:30pm Daniel Levin Qrt; 17: 8:30-9:30pm Mareike Wiening Jazz Qnt. The STONE: 2nd St at Av C. www.thestonenyc. com. Adm varies. Tues-Sun: 8&10pm weekly residencies. Apr 1-5: Lukas Ligeti; 7-12: Scott Amendola; 14-19: Otomo Yoshihide; 21-26: Wadada Leo Smith; 28-May 3: Ben Goldberg. SUBCULTURE: 45 Bleecker St (bet Mott & Mulberry Sts). www.subculturenewyork. com. 212-533-5470. Sets: 7:30pm. Apr 16: $15/20 adm Kyle Saulnier & Awakening Orch; 24: $10 Taylor Eigsti & Free Agency. SUBROSA: 63 Gansevoort St (bet Washington & Greenwich Sts). www.subrosanyc.com. 212-997-4555. Sets: 8&10pm. Apr 2-3,810,14-15&22-23: Pedrito Martínez Gp; 4: 8:30pm Mariachi Flor de Toloache; 7: Juancho Herrera; 11: La Mecánica Popular; 16-18: 7&9pm Alex Cuba; 19-20: Obie Bermudez; 21: 7&9pm Pablo Mayor; 30: Ralph Irizarry & Timbalaye.
TRIBECA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 199 Chambers St. www.tribecapac.org. 212220-1460. Apr 10: 8:30pm $25 adm Lost Jazz Shrines feat Bob Belden Qnt. TURNMILL: 119E 27th St (bet Park & Lexington Avs). www.turnmillnyc.com. 646524-6060. Wed: 11pm-2am Jam w/Rob Duguay & Low Key Trio. UNIVERSITY OF THE STREETS: 130E 7th St at Ave A 2nd Fl. 212-254-9300. www.uni versityofthestreets.org. VILLAGE VANGUARD: 178 7th Av S at 11th St. 212-255-4037. www.villagevanguard.com. Sets: 8:30&10:30pm. Adm: Mon-Thurs $25/1 drink min. Residency (R): Mon Vanguard Jazz Orch. Apr 1-5: Tom Harrell Qnt; 6: R; 712: The Heath Brothers; 13: R; 14-19: Javon Jackson Qrt; 20: R; 21-26: Barry Harris Trio; 28-May 3: Enrico Pieranunzi Qrt. The WAYLAND: 700 E 9th St at Av C. 212-7777022. www.thewaylandnyc.com. Sets: 911:30pm. Free adm. Wed: Grandpa Musselman & Syncopators; 1st Tues: Robert Ross Trio. WALKER’S: 16N Moore St at Varick. 212-9410142. www.walkerstribeca.com. Sun: 8-11pm Peter Leitch Duo. Apr 5: Ray Drummond; 12: Sean Smith; 19: Harvie S; 26: Jed Levy. WHYNOT JAZZ ROOM: 14 Christopher St at Gay St. www.whynotjazzroom.com. 646-7564145. Sets: unless otherwise noted Early (E) 7-8:45pm, Late (L) 9-11:30pm. Apr 3: 910:45pm Nagi Okamoto Qnt; 6: L Angela Davis Trio; 11: 6-8pm Alexis Parsons & Gilad Hekselman Duo; 12: 10pm-1am Jan Sturiale; 17: 10-11:55pm Richard Bonnet Trio; 24: 910:45pm Kevin Harris Qnt, 11pm-1am Marko Djordjevic Trio; 25: 10:30pm-12am Bob Gingery; 26: E Joe Fiedler Trio. ZEB’S: 223W 28th St (bet 7th & 8th Avs). 2nd Fl. www.zebulonsoundandlight.com. 212-6958081. Wed: 8pm $10 adm Saul Rubin Trio w/vocalist guest + Jam. ZINC BAR: 82W 3rd St (bet Thompson & Sullivan). 212-477-8337. www.zincbar.com. Sets: Early set 7pm + 9,11pm&12:30am, Mon 2am. Adm varies. Residencies: Mon 11pm3am Ron Affif Trio; Tues 11pm Evolution Jam; Fri Jazz Big Bands; Sat Monika Oliveira & The Brasilians; Sun NY Tango Qrt. Apr 1: Valery Ponomarev Sxt; 2: Gregorio Uribe Big Band; 3: E Misha Piatigorsky Trio + Valery Ponomarev & Art Blakey Big Band; 6: E Aimee Allen + VandoJam feat Roxy Coss Qnt; 7: Jack Jeffers Big Band; 8: E NY Composers Circle; 9: 12am Roman Diaz Midnight Rumba; 10: 8pm Laine Cooke feat Myron Walden; 10-11: Ralph Peterson Fotet; 13: E Davida Singer + The Bridge Trio; 14: JD Allen; 15: E Kelsey J. Merrow + Sheriff Bob Hillbilly Jazz Jam; 16: Paul Carlon + Roman Diaz Midnight Rumba; 17: Gary Morgans Panamericana Big Band; 18: 8pm Livio Almeida Brazilian Big Band; 20: E Mari Rosa + Johnny O'Neal; 21: Karachacha & Chilcano; 22-23: Ira Sullivan; 24: Seth Weaver Big Band w/Svetlana Shmulyian; 25: Vanderlei Pereira; 27: E Chloe Perrier + Felix Pastorious; 28: Misha Piatigorsky Qrt; 29: Eddie Allen Big Band; 30: Francisco Mela Catlett & Afrohorn.
AN BEAL BOCHT CAFÉ: 445W 238th St. 718884-7127. www.lindasjazznights.com. 1st Wed 8&9:30pm Linda's Jazz Nights. Apr 1: Harold Mabern Qrt; 15: Sarah Cion Qrt. continued on page 30
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"As an artist, you don't go into the studio if you don't have something to say. I sing from my heart. I wanted to make a record that would make me feel satisfied even if I never made another recording," Montague says. "It would be a high privilege to be the one little grain of sand to cause the irritation to make the pearl. I'd be satisfied as a human being to have made this world a better place." Jazz Woman to the Rescue is named for a golden-caped "shero" Montague invented three years ago. This singing alter ego brings music into schools, nursing homes and communities, introducing preschoolers and nonagenarians to icons like Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as to the musicians on the bandstand. "I'm on fire to celebrate living artists who are in the trenches. If you want young people to learn about this music, you have to meet them where they live and be willing to have fun." The Jazz Woman to the Rescue foundation is in its infancy, with Montague focusing on a Play It Forward initiative aiming to get seldom-used musical instruments out of dusty attics and closets and into the hands of kids who need them. The vocalist decries the lack of arts education in many schools. "My goal is to make sure the refinement of our children does not continue to erode," she declares. Montague celebrates the release of World Peace in the Key of Jazz at Jazz at Kitano April 10; she pays tribute to the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday's birth at Bill's Place in Harlem April 11, and at Pauline's Place in New Rochelle April 19; you can also catch her at Great Conversations, at the Madison Hotel in Morristown NJ on April 30.
Strength behind the scenes Pianist Harold Mabern is an in-command bandleader and an assertive soloist with nearly two dozen recordings as a leader. But he insists that instead of being the star of the show, he'd rather play the sideman role and accompany singers. "When you play with singers, they can teach you to be a great musician, a complete pianist. You learn different things from different people; you mash that together and that's who you are. The more you learn, the more you realize you don't know." Mabern has played with some of the most renowned singers in jazz including Betty Carter, Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan, Johnny Hartman, Dakota Staton, Arthur Prysock, Ernestine Anderson and many others. He's also worked with instrumentalists like George Coleman, Lee Morgan, Donald Byrd, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins and Wes Montgomery.
Harold Mabern, Smoke
He explains the art of comping: "It's a special passion. You've got to be patient; you've got to be in a supportive role. Your piano is your orchestra and you have to orchestrate as you comp. You got to listen with total concentrationâ€”your mind has got to be on that bandstand. And you have to use your imagination. Einstein said, 'Imagination is more important than knowledge,' and he was right." Mabern's new CD, Afro Blue (Smoke Sessions), features contributions from five singers: Alexis Cole, Kurt Elling, Norah Jones, Jane Monheit and Gregory Porter. "It's definitely the most challenging thing I've done in 63 years of playing music," Mabern says. Except for a single gig with Cole at William Paterson University, the pianist never worked or even jammed with any of the vocalists before. He didn't have a specific repertoire in mind and there was no rehearsal time budgeted. The selection of the 14 songs on the CD came about almost organically. Mabern had Porter in mind for the title composition and an original; and the pianist suggested Monheit sing "My One and Only Love," a request that delighted her, since it was her wedding song. Jones picked a couple of things she wanted to sing; Mabern taught Cole a tune over the phone and Elling did an impromptu vocal on a piece that was supposed to be an instrumental. "I'm proud of this record; I didn't think we could pull it off," the pianist says. "Everything was done in the studio, on the spot, in one take, almost like a live album. When we recorded Inside Betty Carter, we had six days of rehearsal for that date!" The pianist, who turned 79 on March 20, has no interest in slowing down. "I never get tired until I stop," he says with a laugh. "I just got a call for a date in April 2016." A firm believer in lifelong learning, he teaches at William Paterson University, but considers himself to be "an advanced student. It's the best of both worlds: I get paid to learn from my students." Mabern and his trio will celebrate the release of Afro Blue at Smoke, April 10-12, with guests Eric Alexander and Alexis Cole. And who knows, maybe a few other singers will drop by to join in the fun. Mabern photo by Alan Nahigian.
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G-BAR: 579 Grand Concourse at 149th St. 718402-6996. www.gbarnyc.com. WILLIE’S STEAKHOUSE: 1832 Westchester Av. 718-822-9697. Wed: 8pm-12am.
65FEN: 65 Fenimore St. www.65fenmusic series.tumblr.com. Mon: 8:30&9:45pm $10 don 65Fen Music series. Apr 6: Tree People + Signal Problems; 13: Tomchess & Bandit Hat + Patrick Breiner Gp; 20: Sam Sowyrda Solo + LathanFlinAli; 27: Vinnie Sperazza Solo + Chris Welcome Qrt. ALOR CAFÉ: 2110 Richmond Rd. Staten Island. 718-351-1101. www.alorcafe.com. ANYWAY CAFÉ: 1602 Gravesend Neck Rd. 718-934-5988. www.anywaycafe.com. Sun 9pm-12am free adm Jenn Jade feat Gary Fisher. BAMCAFÉ: 30 Lafayette Av. 718-636-4100. www.bam.org. Apr 24: 9:30-10:30pm free adm www.cbjcjazz.org Central Brooklyn Jazz festival feat The New Cookers. BAR TABAC: 128 Smith St at Dean St. Cobble Hill. www.bartabacny.com. 718-923-0918. Tues&Thurs 7-10pm; Tues: Blue Vipers of Brooklyn; Thurs: Stephane Wrembel. BARBÈS: 376 9th St at 6th Av. Park Slope. www.barbesbrooklyn.com. 718-965-9177. Residencies: Mon 7pm Brain Cloud; Tues 9pm Slavic Soul Party; Wed 10pm Mandingo Ambassadors; Sun 9pm Stephane Wrembel. Apr 1: 8pm Andy Statman. BRIC ARTS: 647 Fulton St. 718-683-5600. www.bricartsmedia.org. Apr 30: 8pm $20-28 adm Omar Sosa. BROOKLYN BOWL: 61 Wythe Av. 718-9633369. www.brooklynbowl.com. Apr 10: 11:30pm Moon Hooch. BROOKLYN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS: At Brooklyn College. Campus Rd & Hillel Pl. www.brooklyncenter.org. 718951-4500. Apr 18: 8pm $30-40 adm Take 6. BROOKLYN COLLEGE: 2900 Bedford Av. www.brooklyn.cuny.edu. 718-951-5655. Apr 23: 7pm $10-7 adm www.cbjcjazz.org Central Brooklyn Jazz festival feat Rudresh Mahanthappa w/Arturo O'Farrill & the Brooklyn College Jazz Ens. BROOKLYN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC: 58 7th Av. Park Slope. www.bqcm.org. 718622-3300. 1st Fri: 7pm $5 adm Open Stage. Apr 11: 8pm $15 adm Connection Works www.connectionworks.org presents Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open series feat WORKS w/spec guest Scott Colley. BROOKLYN LYCEUM: 227 Fourth Av (bet President & Union Sts). Park Slope. www.brooklynlyceum.com. Wed: 7-9pm Open Mic. BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY: 10 Grand Army Plaza. 2nd Fl. 718-230-2100. www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org. Apr 30: 79pm free adm www.cbjcjazz.org Central Brooklyn Jazz festival feat Williamsburg Salsa Orch. BROWNSTONE JAZZ: 107 Macon St at Nostrand Av. www.sankofaaban.com. 917704-9237. Fri-Sat: 8pm $30 adm incl 1 drink Brownstone Jazz. Fri-Sat: 11pm-1am Open Mic w/Eric Lemon & BJ Ens. Apr 17-18&2425: www.cbjcjazz.org Central Brooklyn Jazz festival. BROWNSVILLE HERITAGE HOUSE: 581 Mother Gaston Blvd. www.brownsville heritagehouse.org. 718-385-1111. Apr 18: 3-
6pm free adm www.cbjcjazz.org Central Brooklyn Jazz festival feat Wade Barnes Tribute Band. CADAQUÉS: 188 Grand St. 718-218 7776. www.cadaquesny.com. Thurs 7-10pm & Fri 8pm-12am: free adm Renaud Penant Trio (Thurs) Qrt (Fri). CHEZ OSKAR: 211 Dekalb Av at Adelphie St. Fort Green. www.chezoskar.com. 718-8526250. CUBANA SOCIAL: 70 N 6th St. 718-782-3334. www.cubanasocial.com. Sets: Thurs 9pm12am; Fri: 9pm-2am Afro-Jazz. The DRAWING ROOM: 56 Willoughby St #3. www.drawingroommusic.com. Apr 3: 7pm $25 adm Kanji Ohta Piano Trio; 4: 7pm $15 Jeff Colella & Putter Smith; 5: $20 Joe Hunt Trio 2pm workshop, 4pm concert. FIREHOUSE SPACE: 246 Frost St. 917-7097799. www.thefirehousespace.org. Sets: 8pm. Apr 2: Dan Blake presents Timucin Sahin Qrt, Alex Weiss, Outhead; 3: Triplepoint Trio; 4: Firehouse New Music series by Iktus Percussion feat andPlay, Warp Trio & RightousGIRLS. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF CROWN HEIGHTS: 450 Eastern Pkwy. 718-778-1200. www.myfbcch.org. Apr 26: 3-5pm $20-35 adm www.cbjcjazz.org Central Brooklyn Jazz festival feat Jazz Vespers w/Patience Higgins & Sugar Hill Band. FOR MY SWEET: 1103 Fulton St. 347-7704735. Mon: 7-11pm $10 adm Bill Jacobs Ens; 1st Mon: Jazz & Open Mic by Jeff King. FREDDY’S BAR: 627 5th Av (bet 17th & 18th Sts). www.freddysbar.com. 718-768-0131. 1st Tues: 9pm Miss Ida Blue; 4th Tues: 8:30pm Music from NY Underground - On the Way Out. Apr 10: 8pm The Buck and a Quarter Qrt; 16: 8pm Raphael McGregor; 30: 9pm Jon Lundbom & the Big Five Chord. The GALLERY: 293 Van Duzer St. Staten Island. 347-776-1089. Apr 17: 9pm $20 adm www.cbjcjazz.org Central Brooklyn Jazz festival feat Dr. Mambo & the Experience Ens. HOPE & ANCHOR: 347 Van Brunt St. 718-2370276. www.hopeandanchorredhook.com. Wed: 7-10pm Jam w/Ray Scro Qrt. I-BEAM: 168 7th St. www.ibeambrooklyn.com. Sets: 8:30pm $15 don. Apr 4: 8:30&10pm Emilio Teubal; 10-11: Sean Noonan; 12: Keir Neuringer, Brandon Lopez & Gerald Cleaver; 17: Elena & Khabu Duo, 10pm Wonton Lapse; 26: 8:30&10pm Jim Hobbs & Andria Nicodemou. JAZZ 966: 966 Fulton St. 917-593-9776. www.jazz966.com. Apr 17&24: 8-11pm $15 adm www.cbjcjazz.org Central Brooklyn Jazz festival feat 04/17 Tribute to Bob Cunningham w/Jeff King Band, 04/24 Ahnee Sharon Freeman. KORZO RESTAURANT & BAR: 667 5th Av (bet 19th & 20th Sts). 718-499-1199. www.facebook.com/konceptions. Tues: 9&10:30pm $10 don/$10 min Konceptions Music series by James Carney. Apr 7: Circle Wide + Memory One; 14: James Carney Qrt + Kris Davis; 21: Richard Bonnet Qrt + Jesse Stacken Trio; 28: Sebastien Ammann Qnt + tba. LORENZO’S RESTAURANT, BAR & CABARET: At Hilton Garden Inn. 1100 South Av at Lois Ln. Staten Island. 718-4772400X3222. www.lorenzosdining.com. Sun: 12-2&2-4pm Jazz Brunch. MOMINETTE: 221 Knickerbocker Av. Bushwick. www.mominette.com. 929-2342941. Tues 9-11pm. continued on page 32
HOT FLASHES Musician-Painter's Corner Arriving in New York nearly 40 years, ago, Judi Silvano has established an exceptional track record as a highly regarded vocalist, a respected composer capable of crafting nuanced and wonderfully textured works, and a beloved educator. Recently, however, she has also introduced the public to another creative role of hers: visual artist. A talented painter, Silvano has increased her output in the field and is displaying her works throughout the Hudson Valley. For Silvano, a broad and inclusive view of the arts has been an integral part of her life and aesthetics from the very beginning. Raised in an arts-loving household in Philadelphia, from an early age Silvano drew, painted, danced, sang, acted, and studied flute. Though initially focused on dance, enrolling with the Pennsylvania Ballet Company, Silvano ultimately attended Temple University and pursued a dual degree in voice and dance. While she always admired and loved jazz, Silvano did not come to view herself as an improviser until she moved to New York in 1976 and joined a remarkable creative community of composers and improvisers, notably Joe Lovano and Kenny Werner. Within this group, Silvano discovered a collaborative energy that drew her powerfully to jazz. "There were so many people with whom we'd present new compositions," Silvano remembers. "It was an open forum for experimentation and creativity and I started dancing as an improviser and singing as an improviser." As her career progressed, Silvano blazed a trail as a remarkable and original voice in the music. Indeed, the highly diverse upbringing she enjoyed as a child instilled in her a lifelong desire to appreciate all forms of art and to continuously stretch boundaries and creative limits. "I've always been very open and excited by the creative spirit," Silvano explains. "I guess it says something about me that one of my mother's favorite songs was 'Don't Fence Me In'!" In this vein, Silvano recently found herself drawn back to painting. While she had engaged in visual art throughout her life, three years ago she undertook formal study, diving into it fully as a creative outlet. While the visual arts might seem a world away from jazz, Silvano found that improvising in music had prepared her as a painter. "Nature never sits still: I could
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paint what's outside my window right now and if I did the same thing again even two hours from now, the light would change and it would look entirely different," Silvano explains. "It's the same with jazz and improvising, in which the music is constantly changing and you have to be prepared to listen and react. In both cases you have to develop your powers of observation." Discovering a community among fellow visual artists, as well as a powerful meditative spirit inherent in the painting process, Silvano found that creating art has helped her achieve new levels of insight into her music. "It takes a lot of focus to learn to relax your judgments and allow art to go to where it needs to be," Silvano notes. "It's the same in music. We get judged by people all the time, but my approach is to feel an inclusive and communal energy, no matter what material I'm singing. I'm realizing that I am the work in process and I'm excited by that. To me, it's all about an expression of gratitude for this life and of my appreciation for so many things in this world." Silvano celebrates the release of her latest album, My Dance, featuring all original compositions, with a performance at The Falcon on April 11. She will also perform with her Zephyr Two Guitar Quintet at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center on April 14. To find out more, or to view Silvano's paintings, visit www.judisilvano.com.
Celebrations and Festivals In advance of her April 10 performance at the Apollo Theater, on April 6 Cassandra Wilson will present a plaque to induct Billie Holiday into the theater's Walk of Fame. This tremendous moment
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NORTHERN BELLE: 612 Metropolitan Av. www.northernbellny.com. 718-388-9040. Wed: 9:30pm-12:30am Jam w/Ian Petillo. PANE E VINO: 174 Smith St at Warren. www.panevinony.com. 718-501-1010. Sun: 710pm Carl Thompson Gp w/Virginia Mayhew. PEREZ JAZZ: 71 Ocean Pkwy #2J. 917-7571901, firstname.lastname@example.org. Apr 19: 2pm $20 don incl lunch/BYOB feat Nancy Harms. ROULETTE: 509 Atlantic Av at 3rd Av. www.roulette.org. 917-267-0363. RUSTIK NEIGHBORHOOD TAVERN: 417 DeKalb Ave. www.rustiktavern.com. 347406-9700. 1st Tues: 8pm $5 adm Jam w/Eric Frazier. SHAPESHIFTER LAB: 18 Whitwell Pl. www.shapeshifterlab.com. 646-820-9452. Sets/adm unless otherwise noted: Early (E) 7pm, Late (L) 8:15pm, Night (N) 9:30pm; $10. Residency (R): Wed N free adm Jam by Matt Garrison. Apr 1: N R; 3: E Party Dark, L The Black Lodge; 4: 7:30,8&9:15pm $20/25 Buyu Ambroise & The Blues In Red Band + Riva Precil; 5: E The Stereography Project feat Marike van Dijk, L Marta Sanchez Qnt; 6: L $15 Shai Maestro extended Trio feat Gerald Clayton & Henry Cole; 7: E Matt Bauder, Tomas Fujiwara & Jon Irabagon, L Jasmine Lovell-Smith & Towering Poppies, N Paul Bedal Qnt; 8: L $12 Jan Sturiale Trio, N R; 10: E $8 Holger Scheidt Gp, L&N Marko Djordjevic Gps; 11: SHIFT 4.11; 12: 3-5pm ShapeShifter Panel Discussion + Jam w/Matt Garrison, E-10pm $15 Unseen Rain Festival feat E Sumari, 8pm Pat Hall & Time Remembered Organ Gp, 9pm Harmolodic Monk; 13: E Chris Misch-Bloxdorf Dectet, L Drew Williams Nnt, N Timo Vollbrecht & Fly Magic; 14: 8:30pm $25-5 Rob Mazurek & Black Cube SP; 15: E&L oMoO & Big Whatever, N R; 16: E Evil Giraffes on Mars, L Nate Hook & Mobiustrip, N Gerhard Fluch, Klaus Wagner & Birgit Fluch; 17: 7:30pm InnoVox Green, N $12 Corina Bartra & Orquestra; 18: 3-5pm $15 Matthew Garrison Bass Workshop, 8pm Mozayik; 20: E politics-N-religion, 8pm&N $12 Stephanos Chytiris Bands 8pm Trio, 9:30pm Egata; 21: E Kenji Herbert, L Marcel Oetiker & Schwyzerörgeli, N Zach Foley; 22: E $12 Up the River to the World, L Body Parts/Invisible Anatomy, N R; 24: E Jeremiah Cymerman /Josh Rubin/Jon Irabagon, L Bob Lanzetti Trio, N Walking Distance; 25: 3-5pm $15 Matthew Garrison Workshop, E $15 Mariam John/Cleveland P. Jones/Andrea Capozzoli; 26: E Time to Be, L Stream Of Conscience; 27: E-N Michael Manning; 28: E Seth Trachy and Zygmon, L Isaac Darche Qnt; 29: E Q'Xhosa, L No Reference For Taste, N R; 30: E-N $12 Sirius Qrt & friends meets Gunnar Geisse. SISTAS’ PLACE: 456 Nostrand Av at Jefferson Av. www.sistasplace.org. 718-398-1766. Sat: 9&10:30pm $30/25 adm. Apr 4,11,18&25: www.cbjcjazz.org Central Brooklyn Jazz festival feat 04/4 Bluiett, 04/11 Ahmed Abdullah & Diaspora, 04/18 Akua Dixon, 04/25 Derrick Barker. ST. MAZIE: 345 Grand St. www.stmazie.com. 718-384-4807. Sun: 9:30pm-12am Baby Soda Jazz Band. WILLIAMSBURG MUSIC CENTER: 367 Bedford Av. www.wmcjazz.org. 718-3841654. Sets/adm: unless otherwise noted 10pm-2am, 2 drink min. Fri: free adm Jam w/Gerry Eastman Qnt & friends; Sat: $10 adm Greyson Hackleman. Apr 17-18&24-25:
9pm-2am except 9pm-1am 04/25 Central Brooklyn Jazz festival www.cbjcjazz.org feat 04/17&24 Gerry Eastman Jazz Band & Jam, 04/18 $10 adm Joseph Webb + Rogiérs, 04/25 $10 Eddie Martinez & El Nuevo Con Sabor/Jazz & Salsa.
BUTTONWOOD TREE: 605 Main St. Middletown. www.buttonwood.org. 860-3474957. Apr 4: 8-10pm Doug White Qnt. FIREHOUSE 12: 47 Crown St. New Haven. 203-785-0468. www.firehouse12.com. Fri: 8:30pm $20 adm, 10pm $15. Apr 3: Ben Williams & Sound Effect; 10: Ches Smith/ Craig Taborn/Mat Maneri; 17: Nels Cline & Julian Lage; 24: Joe Fiedler Trio. FUJI OF JAPAN RESTAURANT & BAR: 111 Old Kings Hwy North. Darien. 203-655-4995. www.fujiofjapan.com. Mon: 6:30-9pm Music Mondays series feat Nicole Pasternak or Maria Tiscia. KELLY’S GASTRO PUB: 196 Crown St. New Haven. www.kellysnewhaven.com. 203-7761111. Sun: 12-3pm Jazz Brunch. The OUTER SPACE: 294 Treadwell St. Hamden. www.theouterspace.net. 203-6401684. Sun: 5-7pm $5 adm The Outer Space Jazz All Stars. OWL SHOP: 268 College St. New Haven. 203624-3250. www.owlshopcigars.com. Free adm. Wed: 9pm-12am Hawkins Jazz Collective. PICCOLO PIZZA: 24 Prospect St. Ridgefield. 203-438-8200. Sets: 6-9pm. Free adm. Tues: Matt Criscuolo; Sun: Kids open mic w/Joey Digrazia. RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE: 80 East Ridge. Ridgefield. www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org. 203-438-5795. Apr 1: 7:30pm Preservation Hall Jazz Band. SARAH’S WINE BAR: At Bernard’s. 20 West Ln. (Route 35). Ridgefield. 203-438-8282. www.bernardsridgefield.com. Apr 26: 6pm Jazz Masters series feat Michael Valeanu. SCATZ RESTAURANT & JAZZ LOUNGE: 139 Main St Ext. Middletown. 860-347-2289. www.scatzrestaurantandlounge.com. The SIDE DOOR JAZZ CLUB: At Old Lyme Inn. 85 Lyme St. Old Lyme. 860-434-0886. www.thesidedoorjazz.com. Sets: 7:30pm. Apr 3: Ralph Peterson Sxt; 4: Donald Harrison Qnt; 10: Bucky Pizzarelli & Ed Laub Duo; 11: Kevin Hays Trio; 17: Josh Johnson & Holophonor; 18: Steve Carrington Qrt; 24: Tom Tallitsch Sxt; 25: Adam Birnbaum Trio. TWO BOOTS PIZZA: 281 Fairfield Av. Bridgeport. 203-331-1377. Apr 19: 4-7pm $10 adm Open mic w/Dee Cassella & Ellynne Rey. STAMFORD CENTER FOR THE ARTS: 307 Atlantic St. Stamford. www.scalive.org. 203325-4466. Apr 10: 8pm Cyrille Aimée. WILTON PIZZA: 101 Old Ridgefield Rd. Wilton. Wed: 6-9pm free adm Matt Criscuolo Qrt.
AMERICAN HOTEL: 49 Main St. Sag Harbor. 631-725-3535. www.theamericanhotel.com. Fri-Sat: 6:30-10:30pm Lee Glantz. BOCA: 74 Shore Rd. Glen Cove. 516-674-8000. www.bocakbny.com. Mon: 7-10pm Ian Petillo (alternative week). BRIDGEHAMPTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY: 2539 Montauk Hwy. Bridgehampton. continued on page 34
By Joe Vilardi, graduated from The New School
On April 28, the organ trio repertoire will be rejuvenated by the release of Michael Valeanu's record, Hard To Cook featuring guitarist Valeanu's compositions, organist Jake Sherman, Jake Goldbas on drums and vocalist Cyrille Aimée. The composer explains his choice of instrumentation: "The orchestral dimension of the organ and its great variety of tones combined with the different sounds of the electric and the acoustic guitar offer a great deal of new ground to be explored." From the pointillistic funk of the title track to the light-heartedness of "20 Years" to the burning swing of "Norwegian Omelette," this Kickstarter-funded release certainly covers the breadth of the organ trio tradition while making tasteful innovations. Since moving from Paris to New York in 2008, Valeanu has come up quickly as an in-demand guitarist and composer, collaborating with Tigran Hamasyan, Aimée, and
(U)nity to name a few. He studied at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead and cites his former teacher Robert Sadin as an important influence on his writing. True to the stylistic variety on his new release, Valeanu prides himself on delving into all the different styles of music he can.
score visitors’ experiences. Go to www.jaz zandcolors.com to check the lineup (yet to be confirmed at press time). BMCC Tribeca will remember and celebrate the legacy of the Royal Roost and Miles Davis as a part of its Lost Jazz Shrines Series on April 10. The evening's concert, led by Bob Belden, will offer a program entitled The Birth of the Cool Reimagined and will feature Pete Clagett, Roberto Verastegui, Jair-Rohm Wells and Matt Young. Buy tickets online at www.tribecapac.org.
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serves as part of a series of events that will honor the legendary vocalist's centennial this year. Learn more at www.apollothe ater.org. The National Endowment for the Arts will honor its 2015 NEA Jazz Masters on April 10 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater. Musicians Carla Bley, George Coleman and Charles Lloyd, and Chicago jazz presenter/club owner Joe Segal, are the deserving recipients. To get your tickets, go to: www.jazz.org. The Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival commences April 17 with a variety of performances at venues throughout the borough. Concerts will continue through May, although April highlights include Akua Dixon on April 18 and the New Cookers on April 24. To see a full schedule of events, visit www.cbjcjazz.org. International Women in Jazz will host an all-day festival on April 18, offering a jam session, seminars and exhibits, as well as a headlining performance by the DIVA Jazz Orchestra. The event is a fundraiser for the organization and tickets may be purchased at www.internationalwomenin jazz.org. The Metropolitan Museum of Art comes alive to a jazz soundtrack on April 24 as part of the Jazz and Colors program. Live music throughout the evening will under
M i c h a e l Valeanu will be performing with Cyrille Aimée on April 24 as part of the N ei ghborhood Music Series at John Jay College.
Jazz Education The Creative Music Studio is now accepting registrations for its spring workshops. Offering a variety of one-on-one training sessions, coaching, movement exercises, and jam sessions, the workshops will be led by Amir al Saffar, Steven Bernstein, Warren Smith, Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso. Register online at www.creativemusicfoundation.org. Young jazz guitarists are invited to participate in the inaugural Wes Montgomery International Jazz Guitar Competition. Entrants are required to submit online three performances—one of which must be a Wes Montgomery piece—which will be opened to public voting. Winners receive a cash prize and a performance with Pat Martino in the fall. Find out more at www.reso nancerecords.org/Guitarcontest2015. Valeanu photo by Philippe Cap.
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www.bridgehamptonhistoricalsociety.org. 631-537-1088. Apr 18: 7:30pm $25/15 adm Parlor Jazz series feat Darcey. The CROOKED RAIL: 61 Larkfield Rd. East Northport. www.thecrookedrail.com. 631239-6082. Sun: 8pm-12am Jam Experience w/Mike Guido & Mike Nugent. FIVE TOWNS COLLEGE: 305N Service Rd. Dix Hills. 631-656-2110. www.ftc.edu. GLEN COVE MANSION: 200 Dosoris Ln. Glen Cove. www.glencovemansion.com. 516-6716400. Fri: 8pm-12am. HARMONY VINEYARDS: 169 Harbor Rd. Head of the Harbor. 631-291-9900. www.har monyvineyards.com/main/jazz_glub. Thurs: 8-10pm free adm/2drink min Ray Anderson w/Steve Salerno. LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY-POST: 720 Northern Blvd. Brookville. www.liu.edu/post. www.tillescenter.org. 516-299-2895. Apr 18: 8:30pm Chris Botti. MANHASSET PUBLIC LIBRARY: 30 Onderdonk Ave. Manhasset. 516-627-2300. Apr 19: 2-3:15pm free adm Diane Hoffman Qnt. MOLLOY COLLEGE: 1000 Hempstead Av. Rockville Centre. www.molloy.edu/aboutmolloy-college/community-andinstitutes/the-madison-theatre. 516-3233000. Apr 25: 8pm Peter White. ONDA LOUNGE: At Allegria Hotel. 80W Bway. Long Beach. 516-889-1300. www.allegriaho tel.com. Thurs: 8pm-12am Jazz & Sushi feat Apr 9&23: Ian Petillo Trio (alternative week). SPAGGIA: 40 E Park Av. Long Beach. www.spiaggialb.com. 516-208-8810. Apr 11: 7-10pm free adm Diane Hoffman Trio. TRATTORIA GRASSO: 134 Main St. Cold Spring Harbor. www.trattoriagrasso.com. 631-367-6060. Apr 17: 7:30pm Alan Eicher, Mario Rodriquez & Thierry Arpino. TREME: 553 Main St. Islip. 631-277-2008. www.tremeislip.com. Sets: Sat 8pm-12am; Sun 7-10pm. Apr 11: Adelson/Minucci/ Bellucci Power Trio w/spec guest Rachel Z. WALK STREET TAVERN: 1218 Jericho Tpk. New Hyde Park. 516-354-9732. Last Tues: 9pm-12am Jam w/John Ray & Ian Petillo.
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76 HOUSE: 110 Main St. Tappan. 845-359-5476. www.76house.com. Wed: 8-11pm free adm Quintets w/Mark Hagan & feat artists + Jam. Apr 1: Valery Ponomarev & John Simon; 8: Jack Walrath & Dave Schnitter; 15: Chris Pasin & Oscar Feldman; 22: Jim O’Connor & Rob Scheps. AVIDA BAR: 159 Main St. Nyack. 845-353-2525. www.avidabar.com. Fri: 8-10:30pm free adm Alicia Crowe. CATALYST GALLERY: 137 Main St. Beacon. www.catalystgallery.com. 845-204-3844. Apr 3-26: James Keepnews feat Feed (video installation) w/Fri-Sat: James Keepnews Bands. CATSKILL MOUNTAIN PIZZA COMPANY: 51 Mill Hill Rd. Woodstock. 845-679-7969. www.catskillmountainpizza.com. Wed: 7pm. Apr 29: John Stowell. The DAUTAJ: 36 Oakland Ave. Warwick. 845986-3666. www.thedautaj.com. Free adm. Sat: 7:30-11:30pm Richard Wiggins. 1st Sun: 7-8:30pm NY Swing Exchange Band. FALCON ARTS: 1348 Rte 9 West. Marlboro. www.liveatthefalcon.com. 845-236-7970.
$20 don suggested. Sets unless otherwise noted: 7pm, if opening act (Op) 8pm main act; Sun 10am-2pm Brunch (B). Residency (R): Mon Amplify Sound Concert series. Apr 2: Chris O'Leary Band, Op Studio Stu; 3: Tal National, Op M'Bollo; 4: Dave Liebman & Expansion Gp, Op Dylan Maida; 5: B Buffalo Stack; 6: R; 8: Lost Leaders; 9: Slam Allen; 10: Bruce Katz Band, Op Fillet of Soul; 11: Joe Lovano & Trio Fascination w/Judi Silvano & Michael Abene; 12: B Rob Paparozzi, 7pm Cuboricua; 13: R; 15: Pierre Bensusan; 16: Eric & Mary Ross; 17: Rosewell Rudd & Heather Masse; 18: Ed Palermo Big Band & Rob Paparozzi; 19: B Alexis P. Suter & Ministers of Sound, 7pm Larry Moses & Latin Jazz Explosion; 20: R; 21: Willy Porter & Carmen Nickerson Duo; 22: Leni Stern African Trio; 23: Taylor Eigsti Trio; 24: Jim Campilongo Trio, Op Seth Adam; 25: tba; 26: B The Blues Farm, 7pm Howie Day; 27: R; 29: Jeremy Baum & Soul Jazz Blues Qrt; 30: The Trapps, Op Carl Mateo Band. FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF PHILLIPSTOWN: 10 Academy St. Cold Spring. www.presbychurchcoldspring.org. 845-265-3220. 3rd Sat: 5:30pm free adm Jazz Vespers w/Rob Scheps, Eliot Zigmund & John Stowell. The MILLAY COLONY FOR THE ARTS: 454 East Hill Rd. Austerlitz. 518-392-3103. www.millaycolony.org. Apr 1-23: Residency w/Andrea Brachfeld. QUINN’S: 330 Main St. Beacon. www.quinns beacon.com. Sets: 8pm. Mon: free adm Monday Night Jazz Sessions. Apr 6: Joe Fiedler Trio. TURNING POINT CAFÉ: 468 Piermont Av. Piermont. www.turningpointcafe.com. 845359-1089. Mon: 8-11:30pm $5 adm Monday Jam by John Richmond. The WHEREHOUSE: 119 Liberty St. Newburgh. www.thewherehouserestaurant. com. 845561-7240. Apr 16: Thunderhead Organ Trio.
FLUSHING TOWN HALL: 137-35 Northern Blvd. Flushing. www.flushingtownhall.org. 718-463-7700. 1st Wed: 6pm Clinic, 7pm Jam. Apr 17: 8pm Queens Jazz Orch by Jimmy Heath; 25: 12pm Queens Jazz OverGround Spring Jazz Festival. FRONT TOWARD ENEMY: 40-11 30th Av. Astoria. www.fronttowardenemynyc.com. 718-545-2269. Wed: 7:30-10:30pm Keyed Up series. JACKSON ROOM: 192-07 Linden Blvd. St Albans. www.jacksonroom.com. 718-5252387. Last Sat: 8&10pm $15 adm incl snacks/beverage feat Ed Jackson Qrt. LOUIS ARMSTRONG HOUSE MUSEUM: 3456 107th St. Corona. 718-478-8274. www.louisarmstronghouse.org. $10 adm. Tues-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm: Guided Tours. PROPER CAFÉ: 21701 Linden Blvd. Cambria Heights. Queens. 718-341-2233. Wed: 811:30pm $10 adm. TERRAZA 7 TRAIN CAFÉ: 4019 Gleane St. Elmhurst. www.terrazacafe.com. 718-8039602. $7 adm. Sun: 9:30pm Jam w/John Benítez; 3rd Thurs: 8pm Victor Prieto. Apr 16: 9pm Russ Nolan. WATER’S EDGE: 401 44th Dr. Long Island City. www.watersedgenyc.com. 718-482-0033. FriSat: 6:30-10:30pm free adm/no min Bill Gati Solo.
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B A C K S TA G E PA S S JAZZ ANECDOTE BY BILL CROW Bill Crow's books " Jazz Anecdotes" and " From Birdland to Broadway" can be found at your favorite bookstore, and at www.billcrowbass.com along with many interesting photos and links. Allen Lowe posted this on Facebook: When Dave Schildkraut got out of the Navy in the mid 1940s, he took his alto up to Minton's in Harlem. They were playing a tune he didn't recognize the head on, so he asked Fats Navarro, who was standing there, "What are you playing?" Fats said, "Whispering," and so Dave got up and played. The pianist was Bud Powell. Afterward, Allen asked Dave, "Weren't you nervous? You had hardly played for three years!" Dave said, "It was okay. I'd been practicing in my head." Scott Robinson was playing in Philadelphia with Ryan Keberle's quartet. At the soundcheck, Ryan passed out the parts to a new piece of music, on which he wanted an intro that was "floaty and A minor-ish." On the part, he had written the symbol for A minor (Am) followed by the suffix "ish." Bassist Jorge Roeder looked up from his part with a perplexed expression and asked, "What's Amish jazz?" Scott told him that he had to start by unplugging his amplifier. LISTINGS... continued from page 34
YORK COLLEGE: CUNY. 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. Jamaica. www.york.cuny.edu. 718-2622000
ALVIN & FRIENDS: 14 Memorial Hwy. New Rochelle. www.alvinandfriendsrestaurant. com. 914-654-6549. Sets unless otherwise noted: 7-10:30pm free adm. Apr 3: 7:30&9pm (Roscoe’s Room) $15/20 Bernhard Haaks Qrt; 10: Donburn Wint Solo; 11: Dinah Vero; 16: 10pm-1am Open Mic/Jam w/Shauna-Lee Howe; 17: Victor LaGamma Trio, 7:30-11pm (Roscoe’s Room) $10 Valerie Capers Trio; 23: 7-11pm Lou Volpe; 25: Lisa Maxwell Trio. BEANRUNNER CAFÉ: 201 S Division & Esther St. Peekskill. 914-737-1701. www.beanrunnercafe.com. Fri-Sat: 810:30pm $10 adm. Apr 4: Clifton Anderson Qrt; 25: Thunderhead Organ Trio. FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: 199N Columbus Av at E Lincoln Av. Mount Vernon. www.pjsjazz.org. 914-636-4977. Apr 12: 5:159pm $22-14 Second Sunday Jazz series feat Bobby Sanabria. LAGOND MUSIC SCHOOL: 9 Haven St. Elmsford. www.lagondmusic.org. 917-882-
9539/www.vtyjazz.com. Apr 26: 5-8pm $25 adm Sunday Serenade series feat tribute to Mulgrew Miller w/Benito Gonzalez, Essiet Essiet, Tommy Campbell, Wallace Roney & Justin Robinson. PAULINE’S PLACE: 28 Watkins Pl. New Rochelle. 914-235-6398. Apr 19: 3-5:30pm Antoinette Montague. RED HAT ON THE RIVER: 1 Bridge St. Irvington-On-Hudson. www.redhatbistro.com. 914-591-5888. Wed: 6-10pm Bill Crow & Hiroshi Yamazaki Duo w/guest Glenda Davenport or Takeshi Ogura.
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A Moment You Missed by Fran Kaufman Hot House Contributing Photographer Multi-instrumentalist Anat Cohen’s newest CD, Luminosa, a collection of Brazilian music, from choro to Nasciemento, has just been released on Anzic Records. In the control room during the recording session at Avatar Studios last April, Anat and members of the band share a laugh as they listen to playback. Engineer Andy Farber presides over the sound board and Anat enjoys the moment with (Daniel Freedman, Vitor Goncalves, Cesar Garabini and Sergio Krakowski).
NEW JERSEY BY COUNTY
BERGEN SOLARI’S: 61 River St. Hackensack. 201-4871969. Ev 1st Tues: 8pm One More Once Big Band. STONY HILL INN: 231 Polifly Rd. Hackensack. www.stonyhillinn.com. 201-342-4085. 2nd& 4th Sat: 8pm-12am Betty Liste Qrt. WEST SIDE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: 6 South Monroe St. Ridgewood. 800-838-3006 www.parlancechamberconcerts.org. Apr 26: 3pm $40-10 adm Paquito d’Rivera Qnt w/spec guest Stefon Harris.
BURLINGTON MEDFORD MEMORIAL COMMUNITY CENTER: 21 South Main St. Medford. 609-6542598. www.jazzandbluesshowcase.com. Apr 17: 7:30-10pm $20/15 adm Andrea Brachfeld Trio.
ESSEX BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH: 275W Market St. Newark. www.bethany-newark.org. 973623-8161. Apr 4: 6-7:30pm Jazz Vespers feat Joe Lovano Qrt. BRUSCHETTA RESTAURANT: 292 Passaic Av. Fairfield. 973-227-6164. www.bruschettarestaurantonline.com. Thurs: 7-10pm Rio Clemente Duo. CODA KITCHEN & BAR: 177 Maplewood Av. Maplewood. www.codamaplewood.com. 973-327-2247. Sun: 12-3pm Jazz Brunch feat Lee Glantz. DE’BORAH’S JAZZ CAFÉ: 18 Green St. Newark. www.deborahsjazzcafe.com. 862237-9004. DUKE’S SOUTHERN TABLE: 11 Clinton St. Newark. www.dukesnewark.com. 862-7635757. Fri-Sat: 7:30-11:30pm. Apr 3: Ted Chubb; 4: Lance Bryant; 10: Pat Van Dyke feat Lezlie Harrison; 11: Richard Polatchek; 17: Champian Fulton; 18: The Brick City Soul Collective; 24: Bruce Williams; 25: Winard Harper. FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH: 40S Fullerton Av. Montclair. 973-744-6560. www.outpostintheburbs.org. Apr 19: 3-5pm $10 adm Spiritual Drumming Workshops by Richard Reiter. HAT CITY KITCHEN: 459 Valley St. Orange. 862-252-9147. Wed: 8pm Jam by Mike Lee. JAZZ HOUSE KIDS: 14 S Park St. Montclair. 973-744-2258 www.jazzhousekids.org. LUNA STAGE: 555 Valley Rd. West Orange. 973-395-5551. www.lunastage.org. Apr 26: 7pm Roseanna Vitro. MCLOONE’S BOATHOUSE: 9 Cherry Ln at Northfield Av. West Orange. 862-252-7108. www.mcloonesboathouse.com. Sun: 11am3pm Jazz Brunch feat Doug Clarke Duo. MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY: 1 Normal Av. Montclair. www.montclair.edu. 973-6554000. Apr 13: 7pm Musical Tribute to Chris White. MONTCLAIR WOMEN’S CLUB: 82 Union St. Montclair. www.montclairwomensclub.org. 973-744-9552. Apr 11: 8-11pm 100’s Anniversary fundraiser feat Reeds, Rhythm and all that Brass Big Band. NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 1 Center St. Newark. 888-466-5722. www.njpac.org. Apr 11: 7:30pm $69.50 adm A Salute to Charlie Parker by Bill Charlap feat Phil Woods, Charles McPherson & Jesse Davis. NEWARK SYMPHONY HALL: 1020 Broad St. Newark. www.newarksymphonyhall.org. 201-507-8900. Apr 25: 8pm $15 adm Nat Adderley Jr.
PALAZZO RESTAURANT: 11 S Fullerton Av. Montclair. www.palazzonj.com. 973-7466778. Fri-Sat: 7-10:30pm. PAPILLON 25: 25 Valley St. South Orange. 973-761-5299. www.papillon25.com. Thurs: 8:30pm. RICALTON’S: 19 Valley St. South Orange. www.ricaltons.com. 973-763-1006. Tues 7:30-10:30pm & Sun Brunch 11am-3pm: Greg Bufford Trio. RUTGERS UNIVERSITY: Institute of Jazz Studies. 185 University Av. Newark. www.rut gers.edu. 973-353-5595. SOPAC: 1 SOPAC Way. South Orange. 973-3132787. www.sopacnow.org. Apr 7: 7:30pm free adm The Jazz Knights of West Point; 18: 12-2pm free adm Giants of Jazz 17 Portraits by Micha Hamilton; 19: 7pm $15 adm Charlie Apicella & Iron City. SUZYQUE’S BBQ & BAR: 34 S Valley Rd. West Orange. www.suzyques.com. 973-7367899. Free adm. Thurs: 8-11pm John Lee Trio w/spec guests. Apr 6&20: Glenn Franke & BigBand. TRUMPETS: 6 Depot Square. Montclair. 973744-2600. www.trumpetsjazz.com. Sets: unless otherwise noted 7:30&9pm, Fri-Sat 8&10pm, closed Mon-Tues. Adm varies. Apr 3: Paul Abler Qrt; 4: Adriano Santos Qrt; 10: Billy Drummond Trio; 15: One More Once Big Band; 16: 7:30pm The Dalton Gang & PCCC Night; 17: Jerry Topinka Qrt; 22: Enrico's B-Day Jam; 23: Bergen County Academies Jazz Band dir by Michael Lemma; 24: Annette Aguilar Qrt; 25: Kazzrie Jaxen Qrt; 26: closed. WBGO: 54 Park Pl. Newark. www.wbgo.org. 973-624-8880.
GLOUCESTER CAP’N CAT CLAM BAR: 3111 Delsea Dr. Franklinville. www.capncatclambar.com. 856-694-9888. Thurs-Sat 6:30-10:30pm & Sun 5-9pm: Gil Lewis Trio.
HUDSON LIBERTY HOUSE RESTAURANT: 82 Audrey Zapp Dr. Jersey City. 201-395-0300. www.lib ertyhouserestaurant.com. Sun: 11am-3pm Jazz Brunch. LIGHT HORSE TAVERN: 199 Washington St. Jersey City. www.lighthorsetavern.com. 201946-2028. Sun: 6-10pm. MADAME CLAUDE: 364 1/2 4th St. Jersey City. www.madameclaudecafe.com. 201-8768800. Thurs: 8pm Manouche Bag. MAXWELL’S TAVERN: 1039 Washington St. Hoboken. www.maxwellsnj.com. 201-6537777. Tues: 8pm free adm. Apr 7: Craig Yaremko; 14: Adam Niewood; 21: Marshall Gilkes; 28: Sanah Kadoura. MILLER BRANCH LIBRARY: 489 Bergen Av. Jersey City. 201-547-6907. Apr 18: 7-9pm Showing of Girls in the Band documentary, 9-9:45pm Andrea Brachfeld Qrt. MOORE’S LOUNGE: 189 Monticello Av. Jersey City. 201-332-4309. Fri-Sat: 8:30pm free adm/no min Jam by Winard Harper & Rosalind Grant. NEW JERSEY CITY UNIVERSITY: 2039 Kennedy Blvd. Jersey City. www.njcu.edu. 201-200-2000. Apr 13: 7:30pm $15/5 adm NJCU Jazz Ens feat Jimmy Greene.
MERCER CANDLELIGHT LOUNGE: 24 Passaic St. Trenton. www.candlelightevents.way.to. 609695-9612. Sat: 3:30-7:30pm free adm/$10 min. www.jazztrenton.com. Apr 4: Web T; 11: Stacy Dillard.
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Gary Walker, “Morning Jazz Host”, WBGO, 88.3 FM/wbgo.org WYNTON MARSALIS AND JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA MAYO PERFORMING ARTS CENTER / APRIL 9 From his first notes played with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, the jazz world has realized that Wynton Marsalis is one of its brightest lights. With the founding of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in 1988, Marsalis and company have proven that jazz is far from a museum piece. The JLCO, with 15 of today's top soloists and ensemble players, combines the music of great jazz composers with original works, breaking down walls along the way through collaborations with symphony orchestras from New York to Moscow to Sao Paolo. With a repertoire that includes Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Thelonious Monk and Count Basie, alongside interpretations of the music of the Americas, the JLCO with Wynton Marsalis comes to Morristown to bring the rich history of jazz into the present tense. BILLY DRUMMOND TRUMPETS / APRIL 10 Billy Drummond gave the world his first drum beats at age four, on a drum given to him by his father, a drummer who also shared with his son a record collection of Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Max Roach and Elvin Jones. Studying classical percussion before switching to jazz, Drummond moved to New York in 1988 and immediately provided rhythm for Out Of The Blue, Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano, Steve Kuhn and Charles McPherson and toured the world with Horace Silver's Sextet. Drummond has been featured on more than 350 albums and his own recordings, like Dubai (Criss Cross), show a never-ending sense of inventiveness alongside compositional skills anchored in power and poise. Drummond's Freedom of Ideas band takes a trio form for this night in Montclair.
CHARLES MCPHERSON NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER / APRIL 11 For 50 years, saxophonist Charles McPherson has been one of the most expressive voices in jazz. Emerging from the vibrant Detroit bebop community that included Barry Harris, Pepper Adams and Elvin Jones, McPherson came to New York in 1959, played with Charles Mingus and recorded with Art Farmer. With a fiery style in which, McPherson says, "technique is holding the hand of inspiration," he was featured in the film Bird as the sax voice of Charlie Parker. McPherson's new recording, The Journey (Capri) is highlighted by Parker's “Au Private” and "I Should Care," a standard favored by Bird. With the trio of pianist Bill Charlap, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, McPherson and fellow alto masters Phil Woods and Jesse Davis express the vitality of Parker's gift to music.
STEFON HARRIS WEST SIDE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH / APRIL 26 For vibraphonist Stefon Harris there are no walls, just good music or, as he calls it, "a grand unification theory." Harris' mallet magic has been heard with Steve Turre, Joe Henderson, Jason Moran, Kenny Barron and Kurt Elling. He has interpreted classical music with Barron and Ron Carter, reimagined Duke Ellington, helped guitarist Dave Stryker revisit R&B hits of the 70s and brought Cuba closer with the 90 Miles Project (Concord Picante). On his contemporary projects, like Evolution (Blue Note), Harris combines sparse melodic accompaniment with complex, intricate patterns and soulful percussiveness, all while showing a thinking man's approach to the music. Astonishing artistry meets energetic stage presence as Harris is featured in Ridgewood as a special guest with Paquito D'Rivera’s quintet.
McPherson photo by Nick Reuchel.
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PRINCETON JAZZ NIGHTS: 78 Moores Mill Mt Rose Rd. Hopewell. www.jazznight sprinceton.com. Apr 25: 4pm Noah Preminger/John Hebert/Rudy Royston/Dan Tepfer. PRINCETON UNIVERSITY: Princeton. 609258-4241. www.princeton.edu/music. SALT CREEK GRILLE: At Forrestal Village. 1 Rockingham Row at Rte 1. Princeton. 609419-4200. www.saltcreekgrille.com. Fri-Sat: 7-11pm. Apr 3: Keith Franklin; 4: Charles Clark; 10: Bob Himmelberger; 11: Kameelah Samar; 17: Dave Pollack; 18: Jerry Topinka; 24: Jackie Jones; 25: Mike Bono.
MIDDLESEX HOTOKE RESTAURANT BAR LOUNGE & SUSHI: 350 George St. New Brunswick. 732246-8999. www.hotokerestaurant.com. Thurs: 8-11pm free adm/$5 min. Apr 2: Adam Larson Qrt; 9: Joe Magnarelli Qrt; 16: Benito Gonzalez Qrt; 23: Bruce Williams Qrt; 30: Greg Bufford Qrt. HYATT HOTEL: 2 Albany St. New Brunswick. www.newbrunswick.hyatt.com. 732-8731234. Wed: 8-10:30pm. Apr 1: Winard Harper & Jeli Posse; 11: 9pm-2am free adm NBJP 5th Anniversary Party feat New Brunswick Jazz Project All Star Band; 15: Swingadelic. LA TAVOLA CUCINA RISTORANTE: 700 Old Bridge Tpk. South River. 732-238-2111. www.latavolacucinanj.com. Thurs: 7:30pm Jam. NOVITA: 25 New St. Metuchen. 732-549-5306. www.novitanj.com. Sets: Thurs: 6-10pm; FriSat 7-11pm. Thurs: Champian Fulton; Fri: Lou Watson; Sat: George Fitzsimmons. RUTGERS UNIVERSITY: 126 College Ave. New Brunswick. www.rutgers.edu. 732-4454636. STEAKHOUSE 85: 85 Church St. New Brunswick. www.steakhouse85.com. 732247-8585. Fri-Sat 7-11pm. TUMULTY’S: 361 George St. New Brunswick. www.tumultys.com. 732-545-6205. Tues: 8pm + 9:30pm Jam feat Emerging Artists Band. Apr 7: Dan Giannone Gp; 14: Ralph Bowen Gp; 21: Anthony Fazio Gp; 28: Dominic Palombi Gp.
MONMOUTH COUNT BASIE THEATRE: 99 Monmouth St. Red Bank. www.countbasietheatre.org. 732842-9000. Apr 16: 8pm $79-30 adm Fourplay w/Spyro Gyra. GIAMANO’S: 301 Main St. Bradley Beach. 732775-4275. www.giamanos.com. Free adm/no min. HERB ECKERT AUDITORIUM: At Senior Center South Brunswick Municipal Complex. 540 Rte 522. Monmouth Junction. www.sbarts.org/jazz-cafe. 732-329-4000. Apr 10: 7:30pm $6 adm Tom Tallitsch Qrt. HOTEL TIDES: 408 7th Av. Asbury Park. 732897-7744. www.hoteltides.com. Apr 12: Sandy Sasso; 19: The JT Project; 26: Debra & Patrick.
MORRIS BICKFORD THEATRE: 6 Normandy Heights Rd. Morristown. 973-971-3706. www.njjs. org. Apr 27: 8-9:30pm $18/15 adm Adrian Cunningham. HIBISCUS RESTAURANT: 270 South St. Morristown. www.hibiscuscuisine.com. 973359-0200. Sets: Tues 6-9pm, Fri 7-10pm, Sat 6:30-9:30pm, Sun Brunch 12-3pm. MAYO PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 100 South St. Morristown. www.mayoarts.org. 973-539-8008. Apr 9: 8pm $109-59 adm
Wynton Marsalis & Jazz at Lincoln Center Orch. SHANGHAI JAZZ: 24 Main St. Madison. 973822-2899. www.shanghaijazz.com. Free adm. Sets: Tues 6:30-9pm, Wed-Thurs 7-9:30pm, Fri 6:30&8:30pm, Sat 6:30&8:45pm, Sun 68:30pm. Closed Mon. Residency (R): Tues John Korba. Apr 2: Bucky Pizzarelli & Jerry Bruno; 3: John Korba Trio; 4: Nilson Matta Trio; 5: closed; 7: R; 9: Todd Collins Trio; 12: Josh Rubin, Steve Hess & Bud Ayres Trio; 14: R; 15: Nicki Parrott & Rossano Sportiello Duo; 19: Warren Vaché Trio; 21: R; 22: closed; 24: Jerry Vivino Qrt.
OCEAN OCEAN COUNTY COLLEGE: College Dr. Toms River. 732-255-0500. www.ocean.edu. www.njjs.org. Apr 8: 8-9:30pm $22/18 adm Gelber & Manning.
PASSAIC CORTINA RISTORANTE: 118 Bershire Av. Paterson. 973-942-1750. Wed: 6:30-10pm Duo. WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY: 300 Pompton Rd. Wayne. www.wpunj.edu. 973720-2371. Apr 12: 7:30pm Rhoda Scott w/WPU Jazz Orch.
SOMERSET WATCHUNG ARTS CENTER: 18 Stirling Rd. Watchung. www.watchungarts.org. 908-7530190. Apr 18: Marty’s & Eigen's Beacon Hill Jazz Band. SUSSEX STANHOPE HOUSE: 45 Main St. Stanhope. 973-347-7777. www.stanhopehousenj.com. Apr 24: 6pm Brother Buddha w/Jungle Jazz Iniative.
UNION 16 PROSPECT WINE BAR & BISTRO: 16 Prospect St. Westfield. 908-232-7320. www.16prospect.com. Free adm/no min. Thurs: 8-11pm Carrie Jackson & friends. CROSSROADS: 78 North Av. Garwood. 908232-5666. www.xxroads.com. Tues: 9pm free adm Jam w/Xroads All Stars. MONDO: 426 Springfield Av. Summit. 908-3011285. www.mondosummit.com. Apr 18: 810pm Dan Rufolo Trio. VAN GOGH’S EAR CAFÉ: 1017 Stuyvesant Av. Union. www.vangoghsearcafe.com. 908810-1844. Sun: 8-11pm $4 adm. Apr 12: Free Speech; 26: Guitar Jazz Trio.
WARREN RUTHERFURD HALL: 1686-R Rte 517. Allamuchy. 908-852-1894. www.rutherfurd hall.org. Apr 19: 3-5pm $25/20 adm Jazz at the Rutherfurd feat Swingadelic.
DEER HEAD INN: 5 Main St. Delaware Water Gap, PA. www.deerheadinn.com. 570-4242000. Sets: Thurs 8-11pm, Fri-Sat 7-11pm, Sun 5-8pm. Adm varies. Residency (R): Thurs Jam w/Bill Goodwin Qrt & friends. Apr 2: R; 3: Jeff Colella/Putter Smith Trio; 4: Adison Evans Sxt; 5: closed; 9: R; 10: Mario Castro Qnt + Strings; 11: Dave Liebman Expansions Gp; 12: Nellie McKay; 16: R; 17: Jazz Juice; 18: Marianne Solivan; 19: Alan Gaumer/Chris Persad Qrt; 23: R; 24: Skip Wilkins Qrt; 25: Alan Broadbent Trio; 26: tba; 27: Deer Head Inn Jazz Orch; 30: R.
COTT COLLEY, BASSIST OF CHOIce for such jazz legends as Herbie S Hancock, Jim Hall, Pat Metheny, Andrew
Hill and Michael Brecker, has recorded seven CDs of his own compositions, most recently Empire (CAM), and has appeared on more than 200 albums. During the last few years he has toured extensively with his quartet and trio in the U.S., Europe and South America. His newest recording with the Koppel/Colley/Blade Collective Project—Benjamin Koppel on sax and Brian Blade, drums—is available at Artistshare.com. On April 11, Colley is the guest artist for Connection WORKS’s Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open series at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. More information is available at www.scottcol ley.com.
Q. What you've been listening to lately, live or recorded? A. Recently I've been listening to the Spanish composer Federico Mompou, Musica Callada (Silent music), a series of 28 short pieces for piano. Also, I've been revisiting The Life of a Trio (Saturday and Sunday) with Jimmy Giuffre, Paul Bley and Steve Swallow. Anything in your life that rivals your love, dedication to music? I've been making music for most of my life. Many of the other aspects of my life outside of music—family relationships, friends, personnal interests—are fused into the fabric of my experience day to day. Things that inspire me in my life inform the music. Conversely, things that I experience through music teach me things about life. All the things I do, including music, are just different ways of experiencing the process of life. So the short answer: there are lots of things, music is just one of them. Favorite place in the world to play, public or private? There are many favorite places around the world that I look forward to playing, but here in New York, I would have to say
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that I always look forward to playing the Village Vanguard, for the sound and for the feeling of being part of the great lineage of artists. Do you think playing, appreciating jazz requires intelligence? Obviously appreciating any art that has a message in any form requires a level of intelligence. But this is especially true in improvisation, because this form is a language, with or without words. More important than intelligence, though, it requires empathy. Do more musical ideas come to you from dreams or the news of the day? All expression and compositional content comes from true experience, some from my internal world and some from the external. With that in mind, it's hard to distinguish. I suppose that I draw equally from both, with emphasis on one or the other depending on the musical moment or the composition I'm creating. If you were starting out now would you change anything? I think if I was able to go back and change anything, I would try to have more patience, to try to see things more longterm and see that the development of my music as a lifelong process. How have your recorded music listening habits changed over the years? My listening time these days is limited, so I think the biggest thing that's changed for me in the last years is that I really only spend my time listening to music that resonates directly, or challenges me in some way and if it doesn't, I move on to something that does right away. And I think I am able to listen with a more intense focus on detail.
“Sometimes I need to push through even when I’m not feeling inspired. But constant work without inspiration is meaningless.”
A life in music: more perspiration or inspiration? I think that as much as possible I need to keep those two aspects as equal as possible; balance is the key. If one becomes more prominent than the other, then I know that I am out of balance. Sometimes I need to push through even when I'm not feeling inspired. But constant work without inspiration is meaningless.