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LEW TABACKIN By Elzy Kolb
OUNT LEW TABACKIN AMONG the many who missed out on celebratC ing a milestone in 2020. Born March 26,
1940, the flutist/saxophonist was looking forward to enjoying his 80th birthday with a packed calendar that included Asian and European tours as well as four nights at Birdland. “It was supposed to be my big year, but my last actual gig was March 13 or 14,” he muses. The dates were rescheduled for 2021, but after a second round of cancellations as the pandemic drags on, Lew advised his European promoter to get to work on booking a 90th birthday tour for 2030. “He can’t say I didn’t give him enough notice,” quips Lew. However, he notes that his 90th will be awfully close to the centenary of another veteran saxophonist with whom he shares representation, Benny Golson. “My guy will probably be too busy booking Benny’s 100th birthday to work with me,” the octogenarian notes with his characteristic understated humor. An hour-long conversation with Lew Tabackin covers a lot of territory. A recent Saturday chat included references to Miles Davis, Martin Amis, Deepak Chopra, John Lewis, and John Coltrane. Lew also delved into the pros and cons of streaming, the teen idols he went to high school with in South Philly, as well as the delivery of everything from wine to washing machines. And, of course, his own approach to music and performance. “Instead of arranging music, I like to
derange it,” the jazzman muses. “I don’t like to just get up and play, I like to get inside the song, become one with the song. I try to internalize what I play until the song is you: You feel like you wrote it. It becomes a part of you.” Even better is when he can bring the listeners along with him. Lew recalls a night when “I landed on a note that was nothing special, in a way, but I put all of my communicative energy into that note and felt the audience coming into it too. It was the ultimate Zen experience, the ultimate thing to aspire to: reaching the audience in a special, personal way. Not like playing something stupid and the audience goes crazy, but playing something simple and the audience becomes part of it. That doesn’t happen very often. It will be fun to see if I can still pull it off.” Lew’s performances since the start of the pandemic include just three livestreams, and a recent gig at the Deer Head Inn, placing him in front of people for the first time in more than a year. He’s looking forward to April 13, when he’s set appear for a Smalls Jazz Club crowd, in addition to streaming. Set to join him on the bandstand are trumpeter John Eckert, bassist Yasushi Nakamura and drummer Jason Tiemann. Since the shutdown, “Yasushi and Jason have saved my life. We’ve been getting together every week to play, we’ve developed a repertoire. John is an old friend and a wonderful trumpet player. He has a wonderful sound and a wonderful sense of history. I thought it would be nice if he joined us: two old guys and two young guys.” The foursome is likely to play originals, reworked standards, and material by Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, and the late trombonist Jimmy Knepper, with whom both Lew and John had a relationship. While much of the world has been on pause, Lew has dedicated himself to staying in shape on his demanding instruments. “You have to blow a lot of air. If you don’t play, the muscles go around the side of the lips. I have to balance my practice to keep my flute chops up, to maintain a certain level. When I pick up the sax, I practice without a neck strap, it’s like weightlifting. I play with a fairly heavy mouthpiece and reed. It’s hard to play tenor for 20 minutes, then pick up the flute and sound respectable. As you get older you have to think about it more, but I can still make a lot of noise.” Though Lew has talked about putting together an octogenarian band—“It wouldn’t be difficult, there’s a lot of them running around,” he notes—he is a longtime believer in multigenerational ensembles. “Mixing generations creates something that transcends personnel. If you’re lucky
cover photo by Nathan West, McLaurine by Chris Drukker, Naspo by Chris Drukker. 2 Leonhart Tabackin photo this page by Fran Kaufman.
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Livestreamed Performances • 4:00 p.m. Sunday, April 25 Guest bassist Ron Naspo with the WP Latin Jazz Ensemble, directed by Chico Mendoza
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Sunday, May 2 The Steve LaSpina Quartet
Sunday, May 9 Houston Person and Bill Charlap
Sittin’ In one hour before performance
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MARCUS McLAURINE: A Bassist’s Bassist By Eugene Holley, Jr. VER SINCE THE OMAHA-BORN, Queens-based bassist and educator E Marcus McLaurine came to New York
City 41 years ago, he’s been one of the most in-demand musicians in the business. His impressive résumé as a first-call sideman includes work with Dizzy Gillespie, Abdullah Ibrahim, Kenny Burrell, Abbey Lincoln, Clark Terry, and two co-op groups: Native Soul and Lines of Reason. He also served as a music consultant on the animated Disney/Pixar film Soul. Marcus’ strong and supple basslines have been featured in a multitude of styles and configurations, but in this time of COVID19, he’s performed in a number of livestreaming piano-bass duos, most notably with Helen Sung and Ken Kresge. This month, Marcus forms a dynamic twosome with the Cyprus-born pianist Glafkos Kontemeniotis—with whom he has played for a few years—from the pianist’s home, livestreamed by the Jazz Forum. “We’ll be doing standards like ‘I Didn’t Know What Time It Was,’ and ‘Love Walked In,’” the bassist says. “We’ll also be doing some originals, including a tune I wrote for Clark Terry, ‘To CT with Love,’ and a song I wrote for my godson, Ravi, who recently passed away, called ‘Ivar,’ which is his name spelled backward.” In order for the piano-bass collaboration to work, both musicians must develop a telepathic language allowing them to express themselves, and provide simpatico support. Duke Ellington and Jimmy Blanton, Oscar Peterson and NielsHenning Ørsted Pedersen, and Charlie Haden and Kenny Barron are among the finest duos in the music, and Marcus feels that he and Glafkos have what it takes to play up to the high standards set by those artists. “We have a good musical marriage where we don’t have to really think about what each other is going to play,” Marcus says. “We’re evenly matched when we play,
which is kind of nice, particularly in a duo setting, because you really have to be aware of what each other is doing, and really have that trust.” It goes without saying that intimacy is at the heart of the piano-bass configuration. But can such intimacy be possible during a pandemic? “I’ve done some duets with Helen, and we didn’t wear a mask, so I think it depends on who you’re playing with,” the bassist says. “But to me in a duo setting, it’s not as critical, because you’re not going to be [around] many people. I’ve done settings where we did wear a mask and we had plexiglass up.” The ability to handle the acoustic demands of the duo, and the safety protocols of COVID-19 come naturally to Marcus, who grew up in a military family in California, Texas, New Mexico, Utah and Germany. He started out on electric bass, studied music at the University of Nebraska, moved to Los Angeles, and played with guitarist Billy Rogers. He switched to acoustic bass after hearing The Three Sounds, and landed a gig in pianist and composer Horace Tapscott’s PanAfrikan Peoples Arkestra. Marcus joined the Air Force in 1976, and traveled the world as part of the 590th Air Force Band. Later, trombonist Clifford Adams of Kool and the Gang convinced the bassist to move to New York. In 1981, he met the legendary trumpeter Clark Terry, with whom he played for 25 years and recorded eight albums, including Squeeze Me, Live at the Village Gate, Live on QE2, and Friendship. “I learned so many things from him,” Marcus says, “how to carry yourself as a musician, and how to present yourself as a musician. Clark was with Duke Ellington for about 13 years, and you can’t get any classier than that. I also learned a lot about how to teach through Clark.” Marcus is an adjunct professor at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, and teaches his students virtually. “I have Pro Tools, so I’ll record bass tracks and I’ll send them to the different musicians,” he says, “a student in Korea, a student in San Francisco, and a student in St. Louis. They can be anywhere in the world and still be able to be a part of your ensemble.” Though the pandemic is a trying and often brutal time for musicians, the forced introspection it brings can motivate an artist to do new things. In Marcus McLaurine’s case, it has inspired him to work on releasing his first recording as a leader. “Absolutely,” he says. “Like Charlie Parker said, now’s the time.” Marcus McLaurine and Glafkos Kontemeniotis perform virtually April 15 as part of the Jazz Forum @ Home series.
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Carolyn Leonhart’s Intentional Sound By Stephanie Jones A STOLEN MOMENT, CAROLYN sits at the piano working out Ia NLeonhart diminished line she heard earlier that
day. She plays and sings, plays and sings until she’s transcribed the line with such intention, she suddenly internalizes what’s been looping in her head for hours. That’s when something unlocks. For the past few decades, the critically acclaimed singer, composer and band leader has reframed daily challenges into opportunities for exploration and growth. She connects with listeners at different levels; her plush tone, ethereal and grounded, interprets complex material with lyricism and intention. What many listeners may consider natural ability, Carolyn refuses to take for granted, seeking always to refine her ear and enhance her artistry. “Often people don’t spend enough time listening,” says the Steely Dan alumna. “And really listening. People tend to listen just enough to say, ‘Oh, I’ve checked that out,’ and I say, ‘Well, you need to just hang out and explore that and go into that.’” Persistent deep listening lets Carolyn flourish authentically. She internalizes what she hears, then personalizes those sounds spontaneously when she’s performing live. But she admits her relationship with authenticity is complicated. “I learned by imitating,” she says. “I was always a mimic. And I was a chameleon to a certain extent, so I loved imitating different kinds of singers and people. When you grow up that way and you do it well enough that it evolves into something, you always have that lingering thought, Am I being authentic or not?” Carolyn has performed and recorded in countless contexts over the years. She’s graced the gamut of bandstands, from huge arenas as an indispensable member of Steely Dan’s touring band, to intimate clubs alongside her own quintet. But the question of truthfulness rarely escapes her mind. “On the one hand, we’re always being authentic,” she says. “When I was copying these step outs and solos from Richard Smallwood’s gospel choirs, that music touched my soul and I was connected to it. At the same time, I’m trying to copy something that is not me, not my
6 Leonhart photo by Nathan West.
background, not my reality. But it’s a tough question because, if you’re singing from your heart and you’re really trying to communicate a story in the moment, then whatever you access to do that, honestly, probably is authentic.” In her own work, as well as with her students at Berklee College of Music and The City College of New York, Carolyn addresses another critical concept: developing tendencies and forming habits. When habits form, she posits, whatever prompted their formation may have emerged from a place of personal truth. But very quickly that habit, once formed, can become a hindrance to expressive integrity, if the artist opts not to challenge or break it. She contends that what helps keep her honesty honest is recording herself, then listening back—often reluctantly—from a critical yet compassionate perspective. “We have to challenge those habits,” Carolyn says. “Recognizing those patterns and habits and trying to break them [ensures] we’re really improvising in the moment. I’ve tried to be more aware that I have choices. So I go back and forth between awareness of the choices and utilizing that and also realizing that I can’t get too caught up in what I’m doing because that breaks the moment.” Another compelling force for Carolyn’s refinement is working on her own projects
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IT'S TIME FOR A PARADIGM SHIFT IN HOW WE PERCEIVE THE HISTORY AND ORIGINS OF JAZZ Afro Brazilian Ketu Candomble has powerful parallel evolution to grooves, phrasings in solos and compositions in Jazz history. This is one more reason to go back and look again, at the master innovators, and understand where they were coming from, and the concepts they were working with. “The splang a lang cymbal jazz ride can be found embedded in BRAVUM. That is the whole swing era ...” Andrew Scott Potter
Jack Joao Potter Bons Ritmos Artist
The late Bira Reis , Pelorinho icon and mentor to Bons Ritmos about Ketu Candomble
Joplin, Jelly Roll, Louis Armstrong's Hot Fives, Ellington, Tatum,James P. Johnson, Basie, Miles, Trane, Wayne and many more, all can be found in the Jazket series. youtube search: "Jazket, Andrew Scott Potter, All Chapters Combined" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eo7NNuHGa_M&t=982s “ BATA (not Cuban "Bata” ) can go inside any good jazz ballad that has some kind of groove ...” Andrew Scott Potter No one has gone this deep into the connections of Ketu Candomble and the history of Jazz, and you can never listen to Jazz the same way again if you perceive the reality of what Andrew Scott Potter has discovered. “You could fit a Ketu Candomble rhythm to all the cuts on "Kind Of Blue" by Miles Davis “... Andrew Scott Potter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26i3bVsz508 For any name Jazz musician, the sidemen who back them up, the working jazz players and students, this will inform you of things that are already in you that you have been playing. It will solidify concepts you are dealing with. For listeners, critics and promoters, it will give you a fundimental understanding of the blue print of the foundations of jazz, and blues, funk, rock and hip hop. “ Louis Armstrong used a cadence that is very much like OPANIJE on much of the phrasings in his soloing on his classic “Hot Fives” records ..." Andrew Scott Potter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdlvgrjRwtI&t=679s The CD, from the Bons Ritmos Youtube channel, Jazz Standards / Afro Brazilian Rhythms, is a great example of how these cadences fit with jazz standards, the grooves, the phrases in solos and phrases in compositions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzu6KOrvFTM&t=88s For shows featuring jazz standards with Ketu Candomble, clinics about Ketu rhythms as foundation to jazz grooves, Afro Brazilian dance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
RON NASPO: A Talent for All Seasons By Don Jay Smith
ASSIST RON NASPO HAS HAD A remarkable career that spans the B decades from the 1950s to the present. His
ability to play all types of music including jazz, classical, pop and Latin has enabled him to work steadily over the years with some of the biggest names in the music world from Stan Kenton and Tony Bennett to Leopold Stokowski and Luciano Pavarotti. Although he is quiet and unassuming, Ron has long been a first-call bassist, who back in the mid-’60s toured with the groundbreaking pianist Don Shirley. “The 2018 Academy Award-winning picture The Green Book was a pretty accurate portrayal of the pianist, who I got to know well during the two long tours I worked with him,” Ron says. “While most of the film is set in 1962, before he hired me, the Bobby Kennedy incident did take place while I was with him. When Donald was arrested, he asked me to get some things to him at the jail. As a trio, we spent a lot of time together not only making music, but eating, drinking and socializing. He was a brilliant man with perfect pitch and a photographic memory. He was always good to his musicians.” Ron also spent two years with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, and he recalls performances at many colleges and universities. “Stan was always interested in music education,” he explains, “so in addition to our concerts, we participated in workshops and panels. We spent a lot of time with students.” About the same time he was with Kenton, Ron got a call to audition for the great Leopold Stokowski and the American Symphony Orchestra. He spent several
Naspo photo by Chris Drukker.
years performing with that orchestra and even more with the New Jersey Symphony, which at first was a pickup ensemble. “We were all freelance back in the early ’60s when the orchestra played its season at Newark’s Mosque Theatre, which later became Symphony Hall. Because I was born and raised in New Jersey, a local gig was good to have.” In addition to his tours overseas, Ron has sought opportunities close to his Garden State home. He was the regular bassist for the trad jazz pianist Billy Maxted, who began his career with the legendary Red Nichols before founding the Manhattan Jazz Band. When Billy retired to Florida, Ron never missed a beat, playing with top musicians from the region including saxophonist Sonny Rollins, trumpeter Wild Bill Davison, guitarist Harry Leahey and New Jersey Hall of Famer Bucky Pizzarelli. When asked who his most influential bass players are, Ron immediately spoke glowingly of Paul Chambers. “He had a beautiful sound and a great sense of timing. Moreover, he was one of the first jazz players to use the bow,” he explains. “It is unfortunate that he died at such a young age.” He also has high regard for many others, such as Ron Carter, Slam Stewart and Ray Brown. Early in his career, Ron [Naspo] shared the stage with the Oscar Peterson Trio, which enabled him to see the master bass player in person. “I will never forget having Peterson and Brown sitting at the front table as I took an extended solo. As a young musician just starting out, it was so meaningful to me to have these two giants smile and applaud when I finished playing. I still remember the moment decades later.” For years, Ron has used his expertise and experience to educate the next generation of jazz musicians. He has taught both at Montclair State University and at William Paterson University, where he was a very popular instructor. Although he no longer teaches at either school, he’s the featured guest at William Paterson University April 25, when he joins the Latin Jazz Ensemble led by veteran faculty member and Latin jazz great Chico Mendoza. The virtual concert is preceded by “Sittin’ In,” an informal discussion featuring Ron. As the vaccine starts to proliferate and there’s talk of a return to normalcy, Ron plans to concentrate on jazz. He has used this past year to work hard on his playing, which means he is ready to return to the scene and jazz fans will be in for a treat. Ron Naspo is the guest artist for William Paterson University’s April 25 Jazz Room at Home virtual concert series, featuring the WPU Latin Jazz Ensemble, directed by Chico Mendoza.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS 7:30pm Harlem After Dark, Unplugged feat Allan Harris https://www.facebook.com/theallanharrisband
recurrent online events
8:30pm Newvelle Online Listening Session https://mailchi.mp/newvelle-records/listeningses sion?mc_cid=5b67c68e33&mc_eid=cdda309883
Mark Morganelli https://www.facebook.com/mark.morganelli 7pm Jay Leonhart https://www.facebook.com/jay.leonhart.33
9pm Inside the Score w/Christopher Crenshaw & Todd Stoll https://jazzatlincolncenter.squarespace.com
MONDAY-FRIDAY 5pm Alternative Venues For Jazz https://www.facebook.com/groups/altvenuesfor jazz
WEEKLY 2:30pm The Songbook Sessions w/Glenn Crytzer Qrt https://www.glenncrytzer.com/livestream 5pm Champian Fulton https://www.facebook.com/champianfulton Rossano Sportiello’s Live at the Flat in Greenwich Village w/spec guest https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1000130 14915972 6pm Music on the Inside feat Music While We're Inside hosted by Antoinette Montague w/spec guests https://www.musicontheinside.org 7pm Kat Edmonson https://www.facebook.com/katedmonsonmusic 8pm Acute Inflections https://www.facebook.com/acuteinflections
Thursdays 12pm A Closer Listen w/Seton Hawkins & Yunie Mojica https://www.facebook.com/jalcjazzacademy 6pm It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere w/John Pizzarelli https://www.facebook.com/johnpizzarelliofficial 7:30pm In The Moment w/Ken Peplowski & friends https://www.facebook.com/ken.peplowski Live From Dizzy’s Club https://www.facebook.com/dizzysclub
Fridays 6pm Ginetta Vendetta https://www.facebook.com/ginetta.silvi
Tuesdays 12pm A Closer Listen w/Seton Hawkins & Yunie Mojica https://www.facebook.com/dizzysclub 6pm Ginetta Vendetta https://www.facebook.com/ginetta.silvi Trio Tuesdays feat Dominick Farinacci w/guests h t t p s : / / s o n g b o o k w a t c h p a r t y. c o m / t r i o tuesdays/?mc_cid=e29e4a89d0&mc_eid=01dcd3f 9d
7:30pm Over the Hump w/Janice Friedman https://www.facebook.com/janicefriedmanmusic/ live 8pm WaHi Wednesday Jazz Hang https://www.facebook.com/mark.kross.3
7:30pm Emmet Cohen Trio Live Emmet’s https://www.facebook.com/heyemmet
7:30pm Friday Night Jazz “at” Kismat https://www.facebook.com/kismatbar
Saturdays 1pm Jazz Vocal Repertoire Hang w/Marianne Solivan https://www.facebook.com/groups/1373847377120 45 2:30pm Covid Comfort & Beyond concert series w/Larry & Jake Newcomb https://www.facebook.com/larrynewcombgui tarmethod 5:30pm 72andsong series w/Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano https://www.facebook.com/eric.comstock1
6pm Monika Herzig https://fb.me/e/2WnKop52d 9pm Tamir Hendelman http://www.tamirhendelman.com
APRIL LISTINGS *outdoor weather permitting **indoor subject to COVID regulations AN DIE MUSIK: https://andiemusiklive.com. Livestream: $10 adm. Apr 3: 3pm Bill Heid Trio, 7pm Carl Cornwell Qrt; 6: 7pm ImaniGrace & Terrance Cunningham; 7: 7pm Coniece Washington; 11: 3pm Craig Alston & friends feat Tim Green; 13: 7pm Jon Irabagon Qrt; 15: 7pm Mike Kuhl, Dave Ballou, Luke Stewart, John Dierker; 17: 7pm Michael Feinberg Trio; 18: 7pm Daniel Schwait & Marc Irwin; 22: 7pm Alex Hamburger & José Luiz Martins; 25: 3pm John Lamkin Favorites Jazz Qnt; 30: 7pm Charles Rahmat Woods Qrt. BAR BAYEUX: https://barbayeux.com. Wed: 811pm livestream free adm Keyed Up series. Apr 7: Nir Felder Trio; 14: Jerome Sabbagh/Greg Tuohey Gp; 21: Sam Newsome Qrt; 28: Joe Dyson Qnt. BIRDLAND: https://www.birdlandjazz.com. BLUES ALLEY: http://www.bluesalley.com. 8pm: livestream. $20/15 adm. Mon: Dave Chappell feat Dan Hovey. Apr 19: 3 Divas. *BODEGUITA: 6 Suydam St. Brooklyn. www.bodeguitabar.com. Thurs: 6-9pm Rie Yamaguchi-Borden (except 04/15 Charles Goold) w/guests. Apr 1: Ned Goold & Matt Clifford; 8: Tad Shull, Gabriele Donati & Katie Cosco; 15: Davis Whitfield & Mark Lewandowski; 22: Tardo Hammer & Reid Taylor; 29: Julia Banholzer, Cleave Guyton Jr. & Lonnie Plexico. BRIC JAZZFEST: https://www.bricarts media.org/events-performances/bric-jazz fest-0. Apr 8-10: 7pm feat 04/8 Roy Ayers + Phony Ppl + Nikara, 04/9 Meshell Ndegeocello + Keyon Harrold + Justin Hicks, 04/10 Robert Glasper + Nate Smith & Van Hunt + MAE.SUN. BROOKLYN IN THE HOUSE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jo7nFA TnAF8. Apr 20: 7pm livestream Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival feat Rome Neal Banana Puddin’ Jazz. **BUCKS COUNTY PLAYHOUSE: 70 S Main St. New Hope, PA. 215-862-2121. www.bcptheater.org. Apr 17 7:30pm & 18 2pm: Jazz at Lincoln Center Spt w/Wynton Marsalis; 23-24: 8pm The Hot Club of Philadelphia w/Phyllis Chapell. CENTRAL BROOKLYN JAZZ FESTIVAL: www.centralbrooklynjazz.org. Apr 16-30. CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA FRIENDS OF JAZZ: https://friendsofjazz.org. Apr 8: 7:30pm online 3D Jazz Trio. CHRIS’ JAZZ CAFE: https://www.chrisjazz cafe.com. 7pm: livestream. Apr 1: David Zheng Band; 2: Tony Miceli Qrt; 3: Tim Brey Trio; 10: Hailey Brinnel Qrt; 12: Chrome Els; 13: Anwar Marshall & Blue Verse; 21: Dave Pollack Qrt. **DEER HEAD INN: 5 Main St. Delaware Water Gap, PA. www.deerheadinn.com. 570424-2000. Sets/adm: Sun 5-7pm, free; Fri-Sat 6&8pm, Fri $10/Sat $15; $20 min/seat. Apr 2: Da-Mo-Jo; 3: Oscar Williams II Trio; 4: closed; 9: Erin McClelland Qrt; 10: Ken Peplowski; 11: Bill Washer Solo; 16: New
Kind of Talk; 17: Carolyn Leonhart Trio; 18: Russ Kassoff Solo; 23: Spencer Reed Trio; 24: Bill Charlap Solo; 25: Jon Ballantyne Solo; 30: 7pm Denny Carrig. **The FALCON: 1348 Rte 9 W. Marlboro, NY. www.liveatthefalcon.com. 845-236-7970. **The FLATIRON ROOM: 37 W 26th St. (bet 6th Ave. & Bway.). NYC. 212-725-3860. www.theflatironroom.com. Sets: Sun&TuesThurs 6-9pm; Fri-Sat 6-10pm. Sun: “King” Solomon Hicks; Tues: Brandi Disterheft Duo; Wed: Susan Tobocman Duo; Thurs: Miss Maybell & The Jazz Age; Fri: Yael Dray Trio; Sat: The Blicker Blues Band. FLUSHING TOWN HALL: http://www.flush ingtownhall.org/all-virtual-events. Apr 14: 7pm online Jam w/Carol Sudhalter. FRIDAYS AT FIVE: https://www.sfjazz.org/fri daysatfive. Fri: 5pm online. Apr 2: Marcus Miller; 9: Claudia Villela; 16: Daymé Arocena; 23: Sun Ra Arkestra; 30: Orquesta Akokán. **FUSION EAST CARIBBEAN & SOUL FOOD RESTAURANT: 1179 Elton St. Brooklyn. www.fusioneastny.com. 718-9755065. Apr 27: 6-9pm Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival. HARLEM AFTER DARK, UNPLUGGED FEAT ALLAN HARRIS: https://www.face book.com/theallanharrisband. 1st Fri: 2pm online. HARTFORD JAZZ SOCIETY: http://hartford jazzsociety.com/events. Online. Apr 6: 810pm Lee Ritenour; 11: 3-4pm Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead; 12: 7-8:30pm Medusa; 16: 7:30-9:30pm Peter Bernstein/ Steve Cardenas Qrt; 18: 3-4pm People of Goodwill; 25: 3-4pm Trombeatz. JACKSON ROOM: https://www.jackson room.com. Last Sat: 8:30pm $10 adm livestream Ed Jackson Qrt. JAMAICA CENTER FOR ARTS AND LEARNING: https://www.jcal.org/thursdaynight-jazz. Apr 8: 7pm livestream Immanuel Wilkins Trio. JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER: https://jazzat lincolncenter.squarespace.com/gala-2021. Apr 15: 7:30pm online Gala feat Jazz at Lincoln Center Orch w/Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Bill Clinton, Pedrito Martinez, Lil Buck, Veronica Swift, Michael Rodriguez, Sean Mason. JAZZ FORUM @ HOME: https://www.face book.com/jazzforumclub/live. Thurs: 77:30pm livestream. Apr 1: Andrew Beals/ Chris Morrison Organ Qrt; 8: Scott Robinson Trio feat Martin Wind; 15: Marcus McLaurine Trio; 22: Larry Corban Qrt; 29: Willie Martinez Qrt. The JAZZ GALLERY: https://www.jazz gallery.org. Sets: Mon 6pm online Lockdown Sessions; Thurs 7:30&9:30pm livestream. Apr 1: Charles Altura Trio; 8: Dayna Stephens Qrt; 15: Caroline Davis. JAZZ HOUSE KiDS: https://www.facebook. com/jazzhousekids. Apr 21: 6:30-8pm [INSiDE] THE JAZZ NOTE w/Alvester Garnett & Billy Hart. JAZZ MUSEUM IN HARLEM: http://jazzmu seuminharlem.org. Online. Apr 6: 7pm Dreams & Defiance - Latin Dance Vs. The World; 13: Jazz, House Music and the Underground Dance Revolution; 20: 7pm Jazzonia - the Marriage of Poetry and Jazz. JAZZ STANDARD: https://www.jazzstandard. com. Fri: 7:30pm The Flip Side Sessions. Apr 2: Fred Hersch Trio; 9: Chris Potter & Craig Taborn Duo; 16: Christian Sands; 23: Melissa Aldana Qnt; 30: Bill Charlap Trio. JAZZ WAHI: https://jazzwahi.org/vocal-series.
Apr 1: 8pm online Jazz Wahi Vocal series. JAZZ A ID LIVE: At the Banyan Bowl. https://jazzaid.eduvision.tv/liveevents. Apr 10: 8pm livestream The Manhattan Transfer. JAZZVOICE.COM: https://www.jazzvoice. com. Online masterclasses. Apr 8: 9pm Gregory Generet; 17: 3pm Hilary Gardner; 22: 7:30pm Kellylee Evans; 28: 3pm Sanni Orasmaa. KARRIN ALLYSON: https://karrin.com. 3rd Sun: 6pm online. KEYSTONE KORNER BALTIMORE: https://www.keystonekornerbaltimore.com. LITCHFIELD JAZZ FESTIVAL: https://litch fieldjazzfest.com. Apr 16: 7:30pm free adm livestream Peter Bernstein/Steve Cardenas Qrt. MAHWAH MUSEUM: https://mahwahmuseum. org/event/a-virtual-jazz-blues-guitar-work shop-with-king-solomon-hicks. Apr 1: 7:309:30pm $35 adm online Les Paul Legacy series workshop feat “King” Solomon Hicks. **MARTINSVILLE TAVERN: 1979 Washington Valley Rd. Martinsville, NJ. 732-5631717. www.martinsvilletavern.com. Wed: 69pm Chris DeVito & Greg Grispart. **MAUREEN’S JAZZ CELLAR: 2 N Bway. Nyack, NY. www.maureensjazzcellar.com. 845-535-3143. 7pm/$20 adm. Apr 2: Sarah Jane Cion Trio; 9: Spike Wilner Trio; 17: Joe Farnsworth, Peter Washington & David Budway; 30: David Janeway, Cameron Brown & Billy Hart. METROPOLITANZOOM: https://metropolitan zoom.com. 7-8:30pm: livestream. Apr 9: Cole Davis; 14: Jeff Franzel. **MINTON’S PLAYHOUSE: 206 W 118th St. (bet St. Nicholas Ave. & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.). NYC. www.mintonsharlem. com. 212-243-2222. Sets: Sun&Thurs-Sat 7&9pm. Thurs: Jam by Vuyo Sotashe, Benny Benack III & Jenn Jade. Apr 3: Denise King Qrt; 9: Richard Cortes Band; 10: Hudson Horns; 16: Etienne Charles Qrt; 17: Bobby Sanabria Trio; 24: Benny Benack III Qrt. NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS: https://www.arts.gov. Apr 22: 8pm online 2021 NEA Jazz Masters tribute concert w/Teri Lynne Carrington, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Henry Threadgill & Phil Schaap. NEW YORK HOT JAZZ CAMP: https://www. nyhotjazzcamp.com/schedule-1. Apr 16-18: Online feat 04/16 5-7pm Molly Ryan & Bria Skonberg, 04/17 11am masterclass (ML) Regina Carter, 12pm presentation (PT) Will Friedwald, 1pm discusson (DS) Catherine Russell & Ken Peplowski, 2pm ML Mark Lopeman, 3pm workshop (WS) Antoinette Montague + Ken Peplowski + Rob Garcia + Gordon Webster, 4:10&5:10pm song study (ST) Jim Fryer & Cynthia Sayer, 04/18 11am ML Dion Tucker, 12pm PT Queen Esther, 1pm ML Mathis Picard, 2pm PT Stephan Wrembel, 3pm WS Cynthia Sayer + Dion Tucker + Warren Vaché + Jared Engel, 4:10&5:10pm ST Emily Asher & Gordon Au. NJPAC: https://www.njpac.org. 7pm: online. Apr 12: master class w/Mark Gross; 16: City verses - amplifying new voices through jazz and poetry by Mark Gross w/Evan Cutts & Attorious DaCunta; 19: master class w/Christian McBride. **NOSTRAND SOCIAL: 706 Nostrand Ave. Brooklyn. www.nostrandsocial.com. 718576-6781. Apr 18&25: 12-4pm Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival feat Jazz Brunch. ON STAGE AT KINGSBOROUGH: At Kingsborough College. https://www.onstage atkingsborough.org. Apr 19,21-22,26&28-29: 10am-12pm online Brooklyn Jazz Festival
feat Matt Baker Trio & Nicole Zuraitis. RAMSEY LEWIS: https://www.stageit.com. Last Sat: 2pm online Ramsey Lewis presents Saturday Salon. **RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE: 80 E Ridge Rd. Ridgefield, CT. 203-438-5795. www.ridge fieldplayhouse.org. Apr 24: 4pm $52.50 adm John Scofield Solo. ROULETTE: https://www.roulette.org. 8pm: livestream. Apr 1: Jonathan Finlayson; 6: Jen Shyu & Jade Tongue. SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB: https://scullers jazz.com. 7:30pm: online. Apr 30: The Three Tenors w/Frank Tiberi, George Garzone & Jerry Bergonzi. **SHANGHAI JAZZ: 24 Main St. Madison, NJ. 973-822-2899. www.shanghaijazz.com. Apr 1: 7-9:30pm Adrian Cunningham; 14: 7-9:30pm Warren Vaché & Eddie Monteiro; 24: 6:15&8:55pm César Orozco & Jorge Glem. SHAPESHIFTER LAB: https://www. shapeshifterlab.com. Apr 3: 7:30pm livestream Jon Irabagon & Outright!. SISTAS’ PLACE: http://sistasplace.org. Apr 17&24: 7:30pm livestream Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival. **SMALLS JAZZ CLUB: 183 W 10th St. (bet 7th Ave. & W 4th St.). Basement. NYC. 212252-5091. www.smallslive.com. Also livestream. Sets: 5&7pm + 8:30-11pm Jam. Jam feat: Sun Aaron Johnson; Mon Miki Yamanaka; Tues Evan Sherman; Wed Benny Benack; Thurs Carlos Abadie; Fri Russell Hall; Sat Stacy Dillars. Apr 3: Steve Slagle; 6: Tim Armacost; 7: Erena Terakubo; 8: Michela Lerman; 9: Pete Malinverni; 10: Geoffrey Keezer; 13: Lew Tabackin; 14: Clovis Nicholas; 16: Luke Carlos O'Rielly; 29: Keith Brown; 30: Josh Bruneau. SMOKE JAZZ & SUPPER CLUB: https://smokejazz.com. Fri-Sat: 8pm livestream. SOAPBOX GALLERY: https://www.soapbox gallery.org. 8-9pm: livestream. Apr 1: Marcos Varela, Lex Korten, Mark Whitfield Jr Trio; 2: Misha Piatigorsky; 3: Tessa Souter Qrt; 6: Andrea Wolper Trio; 7: Connection Works; 10: Tracey Yarad w/Jim Ridl; 13: Paul Jost Qrt; 14: Michael Formanek; 15: Luca Benedetti Trio; 16: Hayes Greenfield & Dean Johnson Duo; 17: Frank Carlberg Trio; 20: Jed Levy; 21: Jim Ridl; 22: Elsa Nilsson, Jon Cowherd & Chris Morrissey; 24: Steve Sandberg; 27: Jesse Fischer; 28: Zach Brock; 30: Aimée Allen Trio. SOPAC: https://www.sopacnow.org/events. Apr 2: 3&9pm livestream $15-20 adm Magos Herrera; 27: 7:30pm free Lionel Hampton Big Band. ST. NICK’S JAZZ PUB: http://www.stnicks jazzpub.net. Apr 27: 4pm livestream Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival feat Band of Brothers feat Danny Mixon w/Gene Ghee & Waldron Ricks. SUNDAY VOCAL JAZZ JAM: https://www.facebook.com/jocelynmedina music. Sun: 6-9pm online Vocal Jazz Jam by Jocelyn Medina w/spec guest + 7pm jam. Apr 4: Sunday Vocal Jazz Jam anniversary; 11: Leonard Patton; 18: Ashley Pezzotti; 25: Jane Irving. *TERRAZA 7: 40-19 Gleane St. Queens. 718803-9602. www.terraza7.com. Sun: 8:3011pm Jam by Manuel Valera Trio; Tues 710pm Jam. Apr 1: 7pm Victor Prieto Trio. **TOMI JAZZ: 239 E 53rd St. (bet 2nd & 3rd Aves.). Lower level. NYC. 646-497-1254. www.tomijazz.com. UNITED INSTITUTE OF MUSIC SCIENCE & ARTS: https://www.unitedmusicscien ce.com. Apr 17&24: 1pm livestream Central
Brooklyn Jazz Festival feat class/workshop w/Ahmed Abdullah & (04/17) Ben Young, (04/24) Michael Heller. VILLAGE VANGUARD ONLINE: https: //www.villagevanguard.com. Fri-Sat: 9pm livestream. **WEST BANK CAFE: 407 W 42nd St. (bet 9th & 10th Sts.). NYC. www.westbankcafe.com. 212-695-6909. Sat: 7-9pm Gabrielle Stravelli Trio. WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY: https://www.wpunj.edu/wppresents/jazzroom-series. Apr 25: 4pm livestream Jazz Room Series at Home w/The WPU Latin Jazz Ens feat Ron Naspo. **WILLIAMSBURG MUSIC CENTER: 367 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn. www.wmcjazz.org. 718-384-1654. Apr 16,23&30: 10pm-12:30am Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival feat Gerry Eastman Trio.
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BACKSTAGE PASS 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. On a record date in Nashville long ago, Roy Clark was stopped by the producer. “We need another take, Roy. There was string noise on that one.” Roy answered, “Man, even Segovia gets string noise.” The producer said, “That’s why he’s not on this date.” In a New York hotel, Joe Puma was once carrying his guitar on one of the elevators, heading for the showroom. A guest riding on the same car poked a finger at Joe’s guitar case and said, “Gibson, right?” Joe nodded. “How much did that set you back?” the man asked. “Oh,” said Joe, “about thirty years.”
TABACKIN...continued from page 2 enough to be thrown into a situation with older people, it’s a great experience.” He’s been down that road himself, recalling that he was the “only non-star in Clark Terry’s all-star band.” In his mid-20s, Lew was called to play in a Cab Calloway reunion band. “When I showed up at rehearsal, I wondered what I was doing there, I thought someone was playing a joke on me. Eddie Barefield was there, doing pushups,” he says. “But it was a wonderful experience, I learned a lot. I met wonderful people; it was a strange demographic reality, but there’s something to be said for that.” Catch Lew Tabackin at Smalls Jazz Club April 13.
LEONHART...continued from page 6 with a strong presence of self. This year, she looks forward to issuing a record decades in the making—a trio release with longtime collaborators: bassist Jay Leonhart, Carolyn’s father and work-ethic
mentor, and pianist Jim Ridl. Her upcoming hit at Deer Head Inn features the ensemble. The artists held a studio session in August and recently recorded a complementary date. “As a result of the pandemic, that project’s been very easy to actualize,” says Carolyn. She’s also gearing up to release her first solo-led record with her quintet that features Myron Walden, Rodney Green and Richie Goods. While the piano chair switches from time to time, often fitting such vital voices as Mike King and Helen Sung, the record will feature Christian Sands. For the prolific artist, the lockdown has prompted certain reckonings and concessions in terms of creative output. But Carolyn remains grateful. She stays focused on the music and her own evolution: “For people who want to go deeper into the music, it’s just exploring. Consistently. Every time I sit down at the piano, I find something. And to me, that’s joy.” Carolyn Leonhart’s trio, featuring bassist Jay Leonhart and pianist Jim Ridl, performs at Deer Head Inn April 17.
A Moment You Missed by Fran Kaufman Hot House Contributing Photographer During the pandemic lockdown, Central Park has been my de facto jazz club. On good days and bad, I walk in the park never knowing when I’ll encounter world-class musicians breaking through the noise of the amateur buskers. I strolled down Poet’s Walk on the East Side on a wintry March day and found music to my ears: pianist Anthony Wonsey at the keyboard and Antoine Drye on trumpet, serenading passers-by. Just one instance of the serendipity that is New York’s life force.
STAY-IN TUNES Early Spring New CD Releases
Harry Allen & Mike Carn Milo’s Illinois (February 19) Harry Allen, tenor sax; Mike Carn, bass.
Roni Ben-Hur Stories (Dot Time Records, March 5) Roni Ben-Hur guitar; George Cables, piano; Ingrid Jensen, trumpet; Harvie S, bass; Victor Lewis, drums; Magos Herrera & Tamuz Nissim, vocals.
Jane Monheit Come What May (Club44 Records, March 12) Jane Monheit, vocals; Michael Kanan, piano; Rick Montalbano, drums; David Robaire, bass; Kevin Winard, percussion; Miles Okazaki, guitar.
Miguel Zenón Law Years: The Music of Ornette Coleman (Miel Music, March 12) Miguel Zenón, alto sax; Ariel Bringuez, tenor sax; Demian Cabaud, bass; Jordi Rossy, drums. Schapiro17 Human Qualities (Summit Records, March 12) Jon Schapiro, lead; Bryan Davis, Andy Gravish, Eddie Allen & Noyes Bartholomew, trumpet; Alex Jeun, Deborah Weisz, Nick Grinder & Walter Harris, trombone; Rob Wilkerson, Candace DeBartolo, Paul Carlon, Rob Middleton & Matt Hong, sax; Roberta Piket, piano; Sebastian Noelle, guitar; Evan Gregor, bass; Jon Wikan, drums.
Ian Charleton Big Band A Fresh Perspective (March 16) Ian Charleton, lead; Richard Garcia, Jason Hammers, Keith Phibrick, Michael Ferrante & David Fatek, sax; Mark Oates, Pete Sutorius, Mark Nixon & Kerry Moffit, trumpet & flugelhorn; John Lloyd, Lisa Drefke, Carl Lundgren & Dandrick Glenn, trombone; Emily Charleton, vocals; Bart Kuebler, piano; Wes Wagner, guitar; Ryan Persaud, bass; Bob Habib, drums. Lorne Lofsky This Song Is New (Modica Music, April 2) Lorne Lofsky, guitar; Kirk MacDonald, sax; Kieran Overs, bass; Barry Romberg, drums.
Steve Gadd Band At Blue Note Tokyo (BFM Jazz, April 2) Steve Gadd, drums; Walt Fowler, trumpet & flugelhorn; Kevin Hays, keyboard & vocals; Jimmy Johnson, bass; David Spinozza, guitar.
Abraham Burton & Lucian Ban Blacksalt (Sunnyside Records, April 9) Abraham Burton, tenor sax; Lucian Ban, piano.
Alyssa Allgood What Tomorrow Brings (Cellar Music Group, April 9) Alyssa Allgood, vocals; Mike Allemana, guitar; Dennis Carroll, bass; George Fludas, drums.
Matt Panayides Field Theory (Pacific Coast Jazz, April 9) Matt Panayides, guitar; Matt Vashlishan, wind synth; Rich Perry, tenor sax; Robert Sabin, bass; Mark Ferber, drums.
Nicki Parrott If You Could Read My Mind (Arbors Records, April 9) Harry Allen, tenor sax; Larry Fuller, piano; David Blenkhorn, guitar; Nicki Parrott, bass; Lewis Nash, drums.
Steve Slagle Nascentia (Panorama Records, April 9) Steve Slagle, alto sax & flute; Jeremy Pelt, trumpet; Clark Gayton, trombone; Bruce Barth, piano; Ugonna Okegwo, bass; Jason Tiemann, drums. Steven Feifke Big Band Kinetic (Outside in Music, April 9) Steven Feifke, conducting & piano; Andrew Gould, Alexa Tarantino, Lucas Pino, Sam Dillon, Andrew Gutauskas & Alex LoRe, reed; Max Darché, John Lake, Benny Benack III & Gabriel King Medd, trumpet & flugelhorn; Robert Edwards, Jeffery Miller, Armando Vergara & Jennifer Wharton, trombone; Alex Wintz, guitar; Dan Chmielinski, bass; Ulysses Owens Jr., Bryan Carter, Jimmy Macbride & Joe Peri, drums; Veronica Swift, vocals.
Yaniv Taubenhouse Moments in Trio Volume Three – Roads (Fresh Sound/New Talent, April 9) Rick Rosato, bass; Yaniv Taubenhouse, piano; Jerad Lippi, drums.
John Hart Checkmate (SteepleChase, April 15) John Hart, guitar; Gary Smulyan, barytone sax; David Wong, bass; Andy Watson, drums.
Alexa Tarantino Firefly (Posi-Tone Records, April 16) Alexa Tarantino, woodwind; Behn Gillece, vibes; Art Hirahara, piano & Rhodes; Boris Kozlov, bass; Rudy Royston, drums & percussion.
Avishai Cohen Two Roses (Naïve/Believe, April 16) Avishai Cohen, vocals, bass & synth; Elchin Shirinov, piano; Mark Guiliana, drums; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexander Hanson.
Evan Arntzen Countermelody (Dot Time Records, April 16) Evan Arntzen, reed & vocals; Jon-Erik Kellso & Mike Davis, trumpet; Charlie Halloran, trombone; Arnt Arntzen, guitar & banjo; Dalton Ridenhour, piano; Tal Ronen, bass; Mark McLean, drums; with guest Catherine Russell, vocals.
Dan Wilson Vessels of Wood and Earth (Mack Avenue Music Group, April 23) Dan Wilson, guitar; Christian Sands, piano, organ & synth; Marco Panascia, bass; Jeff "Tain" Watts, drums; with guests Joy Brown, vocals; Christian McBride, bass.
Jennifer Wharton’s Bonegasm Not a Novelty (Sunnyside Records, April 23) John Fedchock, Nate Mayland & Alan Ferber, trombone; Jennifer Wharton, bass trombone; Michael Eckroth, piano & Rhodes; Evan Gregor, bass; Don Peretz, drums; Samuel Torres, percussion; Kurt Elling, vocals.
Perry Smith Peace (Smith Tone Records, April 23) Perry Smith, guitar; Sam Minaie, bass; Dan Schnelle, drums.
Spike Wilner Aliens & Wizards (Cellar Music Group, April 23) Spike Wilner, piano; Tyler Mitchell, bass; Anthony Pinciotti, drums.
Tobias Meinhart The Painter (Sunnyside Records, April 30) Tobias Meinhart, tenor & soprano sax, alto flute & vocals; Ingrid Jensen, trumpet; Charles Altura, guitar; Eden Ladin, piano, Rhodes & ARP String Ensemble; Matt Penman, bass; Obed Calvaire, drums.
Vincent Herring Preaching To The Choir (Smoke Sessions Records, April 30) Vincent Herring, sax; Cyrus Chestnut, piano; Yasushi Nakamura, bass; Johnathan Blake, drums.
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