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HE BIG APPLE CONTINUES AS A hub for big bands, notwithstanding the T close of the Big Band Era generations ago
and the demise of Manhattan's famous ballrooms by the turn of the 20th century. The tradition remains strong, currently manifested in the weekly gig of a host of big bands taking their cue from the now half-century long (Village) Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. The VJO pioneered a modern, Big Apple big band style inspiring many groups that followed. One of them is trombonist John Fedchock's quarter-centuryold New York Big Band. Rejuvenating an older, more swing and mid-20th century style (e.g. Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Duke Ellington) is a more recent entry in the local big band roster, alto saxophonist Eyal Vilner's Big Band. Their latest albums comprise this Winning Spins. Like It Is, John Fedchock New York Big Band (MAMA Records), is split between Fedchock originals and jazz and pop standards, at five each. But Fedchock's take on standards isn't exactly standard. "You and the Night and the Music," at a fast clip, is presented in an intricate, tricky run through contrasting, overlapping passages, just glancing at the familiar theme. Then, after a round of riff and shout supported solos, the melody returns punctuated by drum breaks. There's whimsy in his chart of Ellington's "Just Squeeze Me," Scott Robinson's baritone sax stating the theme, interspersed with frenetic bursts from the ensemble. Of the other standards, "Never Let Me Go" is the leader's ballad feature, his satiny trombone lines supported by billowing clouds from the group; "For Heaven's Sake" is a ballad feature for Barry Ries' flugelhorn. Afro-Latin percussionist Bobby Sanabria appears on three tracks, including a tropically brisk take on Cedar Walton's "Ojos de Rojo" with pianist Allen Farnham doing his best Eddie Palmieri impression. Sanabria also adds the "funky cha-cha" element to Fedchock's boogaloo "Like It Is," and beguiling bolero beats to "Havana," the Cuban feel enhanced by Mark Vinci's flute. Other originals include an impressionistic "Hair of the Dog," ranging from dreamy to perky; a Wayne Shorter inspired "Just Sayin'" with notable solos from the leader and soprano saxophonist Charles Pillow and, climactically, "Ten Thirty 30," written for a Clifford Brown symposium (Brown's birthday is 10/30/30) and consisting of thematic material from
By George K anzler
Brown's music. It's a challenging piece with tempo shifts and engaging solos from trumpeter Scott Wendholt, the leader, and tenor saxophonist Rich Perry. Almost Sunrise, Eyal Vilner Big Band (Gut String Records), differs from Fedchock's in both big band approach and emphasis. While Vilner arranged all 13 tracks, only two of them are his originals. Six have vocals, for Vilner's vision of a big band includes the traditional vocalists, in this case three. Charanee Wade, proving she's equally adept at singing swing standards as she is at doing Gil Scott Heron (her most recent album), is on all six songs, joined by Charles Turner on three of them, two also including Nadia Washington. Instrumental tracks often have a strong swing feel, drawing from the strategies of the New Testament Count Basie Orchestra. There's a definite Basie influence on the opener, "The Rabbit," although the title was Ellington saxophonist Johnny Hodges' nickname. Soloists (Vilner on alto sax, Matt Jodrell, trumpet and Tadataka Unno, piano) trade with shouts and riffs, the brass here as well as elsewhere employing such Swing Era devices as squeezed and pinched tones, mutes and plungers. Two Jimmy Owens' blues-related tunes further the Basie feel, as well as an instrumental "Centerpiece" featuring the trombone section and bassist Jennifer Vincent soloing. That Harry "Sweets" Edison tune is also delivered with Jon Hendricks' lyrics as a vocal trio version reminiscent of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. The vocal trio also delightfully essays Nat Cole's jump-swing classic, "Straighten Up and Fly Right." The Ellington influence is strong as well, both in Duke's "It Don't Mean a Thing" and Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life," contrasting vocals for Wade, who nails the latter as few do. Vilner's title composition is also very Dukish, a tone poem beginning with just piano and bass clarinet by Lucas Pino, who also has some memorable tenor sax moments on the CD, adding flute, clarinet and rhythm to the mix along the way to a penultimate tenor sax solo by Asaf Yuria. As a full program of a reimagined classic big band, with all the variety of the originals, this is a wholly successful album.
John Fedchock New York Big Band unveils music from the new CD at the Blue Note, Aug. 10. Eyal Vilner Big Band has a CD release event at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Aug. 31.
Allen cover photo by Dean Jones, Vilner by Grayson Dantzic, Allison by Cees van de Ven.
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449 LA: 449 Lenox Av (bet 132nd & 133rd Sts). 212-234-3298. Thurs: 1-3:30pm Jazz & Dessert; Fri-Sat: 8:30pm; Sun: 1-3:30pm & 47pm Patio Jazz. AMERICAN LEGION POST: 248W 132nd St (bet 7th & 8th Avs). 212-283-9701. www.colchasyoungharlempost398.com. Wed-Thurs&Sun: 7:30pm-12am Jam. BAR THALIA: At Symphony Space. 2537 Bway at 95th St. 646-597-7340. www.barthalia.org. Aug 16,23&30: 7&8:30pm Mostly Marcus feat Marcus Goldhaber & friends feat 08/16 Pete McCann & Vanessa Trouble, 08/23 Sean Harkness & Dawn Derow, 08/30 Ron Jackson & Kendra Shank. BEACON BAR: 2130 Bway at W75th St. 212787-1100. www.beaconhotel.com. Tues: 710pm Benny Benack. BEMELMANS: At Carlyle Hotel. 35E 76th St at Madison. www.thecarlyle.com. 212-7441600. Aug 9,23&30: 9pm-12am Champian Fulton. BILL’S PLACE: 148W 133rd St (bet Lenox & 7th Avs). www.billsplaceharlem.com. 212-2810777. Fri-Sat: 8&10pm $20 don Bill Saxton Bebop Band. BILLIE’S BLACK RESTAURANT & LOUNGE: 271W 119th St (bet St. Nicholas Av & Frederick Douglass Blvd). 212-2802248. www.billiesblack.com. BISTRO TEN 18: 1018 Amsterdam Av at 110th St. 212-662-7600. www.bistroten18.com. Thurs: 9:30pm-12am Morningside Jazz Collective. CAFÉ DU SOLEIL: 2723 Bway at 104th St. 212316-5000. www.cafedusoleilny.com. Fri: 811pm. Free adm. Aug 7: Yael & Gabriel’s Gypsy Night; 14: Nick Brust Trio feat Katya. CAFÉ TSION: 763 St Nicholas Av at 147th St. 212-234-2070. www.tsioncafe.com. 3rd Thurs: Fundraiser Duo w/Tessa Souter & Dana Leong. CAMPAGNOLA: 1382 1st Av at 74th St. 212861-1102. Fri-Sat: 8pm-12am Effie Jansen. CASSANDRA’S JAZZ & GALLERY: 2256 7th Av (bet 132nd & 133rd Sts). 917-435-2250. Sets: 8&10pm Mon-Thurs + 12am Fri-Sat $10 adm. Dr. Dwight Dickerson Qrt w/spec guests. CENTRAL PARK: Central Park West at 106th St. Aug 8: 4-7pm free adm www.jazzmobile. org/www.centralparknyc.org Great Jazz on the Great Hill feat George Gee Swing Orch, King Solomon Hicks Blues Qnt, Ray Schinnery, Ebony Jo-Ann. CHÉRI: 231 Lenox Av (bet 121st & 122nd Sts). www.cheriharlem.com. 212-662-4374. FriSat: 8-11pm, Sun 12-3pm. Fri: Débora Watts Brazilian Jazz Trio; Sat: Parisianisme Serenade Lady Leah Trio; Sun: Brunch feat Lady Leah. CHEZ LUCIENNE: 308 Lenox Av at 125th St. 212-289-5555. www.chezlucienne.com.
CHOCOLAT RESTAURANT & LOUNGE: 2217-23 Frederick Douglass Blvd at 120th St. 212-222-4545. www.chocolatlounge.com. Sun: 6-9:30pm. Free adm/2 drink min. 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 unless otherwise noted. Residencies (R): Tues E&J Marc Devine; Wed E Open mic w/Les Kurtz, J Nathan Brown; Sun E Open mic w/Keith Ingham. Aug 1: Cliff Barbaro; 2-5: R; 6: Larry Newcomb Duo; 7: Libby Richman; 8: see 08/1; 9-12: R; 13: Jazz Mix; 14: Matt Baker; 15: Rudi Mwongozi; 16-19: R; 20: Ethan Mann; 21: CJ. Everett; 22: Satchmo Mannan Qrt; 23-26: R; 27: Ken Simon; 28: Art Lillard; 29: Justin Lees; 30-31: R. EL TALLER: 225W 99th St at Amsterdam Av. 212-665-9460. www.tallerlatino.org. Aug 8: 7pm Sumari. FARAFINA CAFÉ & LOUNGE HARLEM: 1813 Amsterdam Av (bet 149th & 150th). www.farafinacafeloungeharlem.com. 212281-2445. Aug 21: 8-10:30pm Whitney Marchelle Qrt. GIN FIZZ: 308 Lenox Av at 125th St. 2nd Fl. 212-289-2220. www.ginfizzharlem.com. Sets: 10pm-1am. Wed: Jazzamataz by Dice Raw; Thurs: The Harlem Sessions by Marc Cary. Aug 7: Queen Esther; 14: Charenee Wade; 21: Charles Turner; 28: Lezlie Harrison. GINNY’S SUPPER CLUB: At Red Rooster. 310 Lenox Av (bet 125th & 126th Sts). www.ginnyssupperclub.com. 212-792-9001. Sun: 11am-3:30pm Gospel Brunch. Sets: 7:30&9:30pm. Aug 8: $15 adm Revive Big Band by Igmar Thomas; 13: $15-20 Braxton Cook Meets Butcher; 15: $20 Tom Browne; 22: $20 Elio Villafranca. GRAN PIATTO D’ORO: 1429 5th Av (bet 116th & 117th Sts). www.granpiattorestaurant. com. 212-722-2244/2161. 8pm: $10adm Jazz on Fifth. 1st,2nd&3rd Thurs: 7-11pm Phil Young Experience. GRANT’S TOMB: Riverside Dr & W120nd St. Wed: 7-8:30pm www.jazzmobile.org free adm. Aug 5: Jeremy Pelt; 12: Danny Mixon feat Whitney Marchelle; 19: Winard Harper & Jelli Posse Sxt; 26: Jimmy Heath. HARLEM ON FIFTH: 2150 5th Av (bet 131st & 132nd Sts). www.harlemonfifth.com. 212234-5600. 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. Aug 7: Newer Sounds feat 7:15pm Jake Pinto & the Yeahtones, 7:45pm Kenner, 8:30pm Snack Cat, 9:30pm Low Mentality. 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. Aug 7&14: Rob Silverman. 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. 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: 8:30-10:30pm. MARCUS GARVEY PARK: 122nd St at Manhattan Av. Free adm. Aug 7: 7-8:30pm www.jazzmobile.org Wycliffe Gordon Qnt; 12&21-22: www.cityparksfoundation.org Summerstage feat 08/12 7-9pm Roy Ayers, 08/21-22 Charlie Parker Jazz Festival w/08/21 3-7pm Oliver Lake Big Band, King Solomon Hicks Trio, Michela Taps, 08/22 6-9pm Dr. Lonnie Smith, Andy Bey, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Camille Thurman, Norma Miller, Master Class w/Samuel Coleman; 28: 7-8:30pm www.jazzmobile.org tribute to Max Roach feat Eli Fountain, Jay Hoggard, Bobby Sanabria, Warren Smith & guests. MINTON’S: 206W 118th St (bet St. Nicholas Av & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd). 212-243-2222. www.mintonsharlem.com. Sets: Tues-Thurs 7,8:30&10pm, Fri-Sat 8&9:30pm, Sun Brunch (B) 12,1:30&3pm, Evening (EV) 5:30,7&8:30pm. Adm: Tues&Sun EV $20 at table/10 at bar, Wed&Sun B $10/10, Thurs $25/15, Fri-Sat $50/25. Residencies (R): Tues Queen Esther, Thurs Lauren Henderson, Fri-Sat JC Hopkins Band feat spec guests. Aug 1: R feat Brianna Thomas & Charles Turner; 2: B Minton's Players, EV Eva Cortes; 4: R; 5: Candice Hoyes; 6: R; 7-8: R feat Charles Turner; 9: EV Brandee Younger; 11: R; 12: Johnny O'Neal; 13: R; 14-15: R feat Charles Turner; 16: Brianna Thomas; 18: R; 19: Bruce Harris; 20: R; 21-22: R feat Brianna Thomas; 23: EV Killer Ray; 25: R; 26: Dezron Douglas Trio; 27: R; 28-29: R feat Jazzmeia Horn; 30: EV Fred Stanton. MIST HARLEM: 46W 116th St (bet Lenox & 5th Av). www.mistharlem.com. 212-828-MIST. 1st Mon: 10am-12pm Open meeting by Harlem Arts Alliance www.harlemaa.org 347735-4280. NABE HARLEM UNDERGROUND: 2367 Frederick Douglass Blvd at 127th St. 646370-4008. www.nabeunderground.com. Mon: 7-11pm free adm/2 drink min Jam w/Patience Higgins Trio feat Lady Cantrese. NATIONAL JAZZ MUSEUM IN HARLEM: 104E 126th St #2C. (bet Park & Lexington Avs). 212-348-8300. www.jmih.org. NEW AMSTERDAM MUSIC ASSOCIATION: 107W 130th St (bet Lenox & Adam Clayton Powel Blvds). 212-510-8140. NEW HARLEM BESAME: 2070 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd (bet 123rd & 124th Sts). www.harlembesame.com. 646-863-2277. Aug 12: 7pm Tulivu-Donna Henry w/Seasoned Elegance Trio. PAPASITO: 223 Dyckman St. 212-544-0001. Sat: 2:30-5:30pm Latin Jazz Brunch w/Paul Carlon Latin Jazz Trio. PARIS BLUES: 2021 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd at 121st St. www.parisbluesharlem. com. 212-222-9878. Sets: Early (E) 5-8pm, Jam 9pm-1am. Free adm. Mon: E Niki Rubin & Warren G Trio + John Cooksey & Spontaneous Combustion; Tues: Al Black
w/Annette Bland McCoy & the Sultans of Soul; Wed: Les Goodson & the Intergalatic Soul Jazz Band; Thurs: E Patty Murry Mint Julip + Tyrone Govan & Top Secret; Fri: Melvin Vines & the Harlem Jazz Machine; Sat: alternate between The 69th Street Band/The Antoine Dowdell Gp; Sun: 1st&3rd La Banda Ramirez, 2nd Lucious Conway & Motown Review w/Terri Lowe, 4th Guest Band, 5th Elliot Pinero & Sumbaswing. PARLOR ENTERTAINMENT: 555 Edgecombe Av at 160th St. #3F. 212-781-6595. Sun: 3:30pm free adm w/Marjorie Eliot, Bob Cunningham, Sedric Choukroun & spec guests. RIVERBANK STATE PARK: 679 Riverside Dr at 145th St & Hudson River. 212-694-3656. Aug 9: 3-5pm Ray Blue Qrt feat Beverly Crosby. 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. SHOWMAN’S: 375W 125th St at Morningside. www.showmansjazzclub.com. 212-864-8941. Sets: Mon-Thurs 8:30,10&11:30pm, Fri-Sat 9:30,11:30pm&1:30am. Free adm/2 drink min/set. 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. Aug 1: Michael Morgan Trio; 2: R, 8-11pm Shrine Big Band; 3: Sound Underground Trio; 4: Alex Wan & Dream Orch; 5: Alex Bryson Qrt; 9: R, 8-9pm Three Daves; 10: Jon Sheckler Trio; 11: Joe Breidenstine Qnt; 13: Yuki Shibata Trio; 15: Asako Takasaki; 16: R; 17: Alaska Day & Nate Philips Duo; 18: Hajime Yoshida Band; 19: Darrell Smith Trio; 20: Matt Dwonszyk; 21: MinJin Seo Qnt; 23: R; 24: 8-9pm Megumi Hakuba; 25: The Tom Blatt Project; 26: Andre Carvalho; 27: The Stachel Qnt; 28: Brandon Coleman Trio; 31: R. SILVANA: 300W 116th St at Frederick Douglass Blvd. www.silvana-nyc.com. 646692-4935. Sets: 6-8pm unless otherwise noted. Free adm. Aug 1: Edge Of Jazz Trio, 89pm Cold Fujon; 2: Alfredo Colon Band; 3: Nick Kadajski Qnt; 4: Greg Skaff Trio; 5: Nick Grinder Gp; 6: Brian Pareschi Qnt; 7: Ali Bello; 8: Aakervinda Qrt; 9: Alex Wyatt; 10: Joe Breidenstine Qnt; 11: Syl Du Benion Band; 13: Jon Gordon; 14: William “Chan” Hall; 16: Jeff Morrison Qrt; 17: Jae Young Jeong; 18: Dion Kerr; 19: Jelani Bauman; 20: Meg Okura; 21: The Liana Gabel Four; 22: Kenneth Salters Band; 23: Juanma Trujillo Band, 8-9pm Tamuz Nissim; 26: 7-8pm Brian Plautz; 27: Aaron Irwin, 8-9pm The Cerebral People; 28: DancingScare-crowSages; 29: Panayides Gp; 31: New Young Jazz, 8-9pm Benjamin Furman Project. 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; FriSat 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 08/7,21&28 John Farnsworth Qrt, 08/14 Patience Higgins & Sugar Hill Qrt; Sat L Johnny O’Neal & friends; Sun B Annette St. John Trio, L Willerm Delisfort Qrt. Aug 1-2: E Joe Farnsworth Qrt, L R, B 08/2 R; 3-4: R; 5: E Manuel Valera & The New Cuban Express, L R; 6: E Brandon Bain, L R; 7-9: E Cannonball Legacy Band feat Louis Hayes, L R, B 08/9 R; 10-11: R; 12-13: E Tribute to Mulgrew Miller feat Duane Eubanks Sxt, L R; 14-16: E The Baylor Project feat Marcus & Jean Baylor w/spec guest Eric Reed, L R, B 08/16 R; 17-18: R; 19-20: E Cynthia Holiday Qnt, L R; 21-23: E Willie Jones III Qnt, L R, B 08/23 R; 24-25: R; 26: E John Webber Qrt, L R; 27: E SaRon Crenshaw, L R; 28-30: E We Four, L R, B 08/30 R; 31: R. STAGE 72: 158W 72nd St (bet Bway & Columbus). www.stage72.com. 212-3622590. Aug 11: 9pm 3D Ritmo de Vida. 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. Aug 7: Abe Ovadia Organ Trio; 8: Irini Res & the Jazz Mix; 14: Connor Waage Qrt; 15: 8pm Rob Silverman; 28: 8pm Rodrigo Bonelli. SYMPHONY SPACE: 2537 Bway at 95th St. 212-864-5400. www.symphonyspace.org. The UPTOWN LOUNGE: 1576 3rd Av (bet 88th & 89th Sts). www.uptownlounge nyc.com. 212-828-1388. Tues: 7-10pm Justin Lees Jazz Trio. The WEST END LOUNGE: 955 West End Av at 107th St. www.thewestendlounge.com. 212-531-4859. www.vtyjazz.com/917-8829539. Aug 16: 4-7pm $25 adm/1 drink min Sunday Serenade series dedicated to Stan Getz feat Grant Stewart, Ada Rovatti.
MID-TOWN MANHATTAN (Between 35th & 69th Street)
54 BELOW: 254W 54th St, Cellar (bet Bway & 8th Av). 646-476-3551. www.54below.com. 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. B. B. KING BLUES CLUB & GRILL: 237W 42nd St (bet 7&8th Avs). 212-997-4144. www.bbkingblues.com. BEETHOVEN PIANOS: 211W 58th St (bet Bway & 7th Av). www.beethovenpianos. com. 800-241-0001. 8-10pm: Project 142 series www.project142.org. Aug 13: $10 adm Curtis Stewart Ens; 15: $15 Pat Carroll Qrt; 19: $20 Viktorija Gecyte & Go Trio feat Gene Perla & spec guest Joe Magnarelli. 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 5:15-7pm Birdland Big Band by Tommy Igoe; Sat 6pm Barbara Carroll; Sun 6pm except 08/2&16 Birdland Jazz Party w/Carole Bufford. Aug 1: John Pizzarelli Qrt + Strings & spec guests; 2: Bill O'Connell & the Latin Jazz All-Stars; 3: R; 48: Steve Kuhn Trio; 6: 6pm Misha Piatigorsky; 9: 6pm R + Dave Stryker Organ Qrt; 10: R; 11-15: Ben Allison Gp; 13: 6pm Steve Johns Family; 16: Ken Peplowski Qrt; 17: R; 18-22: Joe Lovano & US Five; 20: 6pm Monday Michiru; 23: 6pm R + Scott Robinson Doctette; 24: R; 25-29: Charlie
Parker B’Day Celeb; 27: 6pm E.J. Strickland; 30: 6pm R + Robin Eubanks & The Mass Line Big Band; 31: R. 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. BRYANT PARK: 6th Av (bet 41st & 42nd Sts). www.bryantpark.org. 212-768-4242. Mon-Fri 12:30-2:30pm, except Thurs 08/6&13 2-4pm: Piano in the Park. Aug 3-7: Deanna Witkowski; 10-14: Ayako Shirasaki; 17-21: Larry Ham; 2428: Victor Lin; 31-Sep 4: Frank Owens. CARNEGIE CLUB: At City Spire Centre. 156W 56th St. www.thecarnegieclub.net. 212-9579676. Fri: 9pm-12am free adm; Sat: 8:30&10:30pm $40 Sinatra tribute feat Steve Maglio & Stan Rubin 11 Piece Orch. CHEZ JOSEPHINE: 414W 42nd St (bet 9th & Dyer Avs). www.chezjosephine.com. 212594-1925. COBI: At Room 53. 516-922-2010. 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 $30, Tues-Thurs&Sun $35, Fri $40, Sat $45, Student $25, Late Nights $5-20; $10 min. Aug 1-2: Ben Wolfe Qnt w/spec guest Nicholas Payton; 3: Ryan Keberle & Catharsis; 4: $30 John Ellis Sxt; 5-6: The Rodriguez Brothers Band; 7-9: Ted Nash Qnt; 10: $35 Christian McBride & Jazz House Kids; 11: Marianne Solivan; 12: $30 Luba Mason Band; 13-16: $40 08/13&16 Catherine Russell; 17: Alicia Olatuja; 18-23: $40 08/1820&23 Trio Da Paz & friends w/Claudio Roditi, Harry Allen & Maucha Adnet; 24: Frank Lacy & Josh Evans Legacy Band; 25-30: see 08/18; 31: $35 Eyal Vilner Big Band w/spec guests. Late Night w/Aug 1: Jonathan Barber; 4-8: David Meder; 11-15: Evan Sherman 08/11-12&14 Entourage, 08/13&15 Jazz Party; 25-29: Joel Ross. FLÛTE MIDTOWN: 205W 54th St (bet Bway & 7th Av). 212-265-5169. www.flutebar.com. Wed: 7-10pm. Aug 5: Yaala Ballin; 12: Anna Elizabeth Kendrick; 26: Dorian Devins. GRATA: 1076 1st Av at 59th St. 212-842-0007. www.gratany.com. IGUANA RESTAURANT: 240W 54th St at Bway. www.iguananyc.com. 212-765-5454. Mon-Tues: 8-11pm Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks. IRIDIUM: 1650 Bway at 51st St. 212-582-2121. www.theiridium.com. Sets & adm unless otherwise noted: 8&10pm, $25 adm/15 min, student 1/2 price 2nd set Tues-Thurs&Sun. Aug 1: 7:30&10pm Mike Peters; 2: 7:30&9:30pm Hendrik Meurkens & Gabriel Espinosa Qnt; 3: $5 10pm Marty Schwartz w/Ron Jackson; 4: 8:30pm only Ménage à Trois; 5: 8&9:30pm Project Grand Slam; 6-7: $30 Denny Dias w/spec guests Yaron Gershovsky & Lisa Jason; 8: see 08/1; 9: 8pm only Jesse Harris w/Star Rover & spec guests; 10: Kenny Neal; 11: 8pm only Benefit for Pal-O-Mine; 12: 8pm only Tixier Brothers Qrt; 13-16: $35 Nettwork Trio; 17: Chris Duarte; 18-19: $30 Albert Lee feat Cindy Cashdollar; 20-24: tba; 25: $35 Rain Pryor, 10pm $30 Paul Shapiro’s Ribs & Brisket Revue; 26: 8pm only Kofo “The Wonderman” & The Daylight Stars; 27: $27.50 Royal Southern Brotherhood; 28-29: $30 Ed Palermo Big Band feat Napoleon Murphy Brock; 30: 7pm $30 Andrea Bell Wolff; 31: Mike Zito. 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&10-
11:15pm, Sun 11am-2pm. Adm: Mon-Tues free/$15 min, Wed-Thurs $15/20 min, Fri-Sat $30/20 min, Sun $40 buffet. Residencies (R): Mon Jam w/Iris Ornig; Tues Steven Feike Solo; Sun Jazz Brunch w/Tony Middleton Trio. Aug 1: Tony Hewitt Qrt; 2-4: R; 5: Art Lande Qrt; 6: Michelle Walker Qrt; 7-8: Roni Ben-Hur Trio w/spec guest Amy London 08/8; 9-11: R; 12: Marcelino Feliciano Qrt; 13: Diane Hubka Qrt; 14: Noah Preminger Qrt; 15: Tim Horner & Time Circle; 16-18: R; 19: Mary Foster Conklin Qrt; 20: Melissa Hamilton Qrt; 21-22: Roger Kellaway Trio; 23-25: R; 26: Ms Blu Qrt; 27: Brandon Wright Qrt; 28: Peter & Will Anderson Qnt; 29: Mark Soskin Trio; 30-31: R. JOHN JAY COLLEGE: 899 10th Ave #623 (bet 58th & 59th Sts). www.jazzforumarts.org. 914631-1000. Aug 25: 5:30-7:30pm Forever Ray. L’YBANE: 709 8th Av (bet 44th & 45th Sts). 212582-2012. www.lybane.com. Tues&Fri 9pm12am: Rick Bogart Trio. 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. 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. 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). 212-245-4802. www.jazzfounda tion.org/what-we-do/monday-night-jamseries. Mon: 7-9:30pm Monday Night Jam presented by Jazz Foundation of America. 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-Wed: 8:30pm-11am, Sun: 12:30-3pm. Free adm. Tues: Danny Walsh Qnt; Wed&Sun: Sarah Hayes. MICHIKO STUDIOS: 149W 46th St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). 3rd Fl. 212-302-4011. www. live.michikostudios.com. Aug 7: 8:30pm $15 adm Casey Berman Trio. MONKEY BAR: 60E 54th St (bet Madison & Park Avs). www.monkeybarnewyork.com. 212-288-1010. Fri-Sat: 8-11pm Solo. The NATIONAL: 557 Lexington Av at 50th St. 212-715-2400. www.thenationalnyc.com. Sun: 6-10pm. Aug 2: Akie Bermiss; 9: Alex Minasian; 16: Pete O'Connell; 23: Charlie Apicella & Iron City. NATSUMI RESTAURANT: 226W 50th St (bet 8th & Bway). www.natsuminyc.com. 212258-2988. Tues: 6-8pm starting 08/18 Joe Cohn Organ Trio. OPIA: At Renaissance New York Hotel: 130 E 57th St at Lexington Av. 212-688-3939. www.opiarestaurant.com. Sat: 8:30-11:30pm free adm. The PLAZA HOTEL: 768 5th Av at Central Park S. 212-759-3000. www.theplaza.com. Wed: 8:30-11:30pm free adm Kat Gang. RAINBOW ROOM: 30 Rockefeller Plaza. 65th Fl. www.rainbowroom.com. 212-632-5000. Mon: 6:30-11pm $34 adm; Sun: 12-3pm $95. Residency (R): Mon Max Weinberg Orch. Aug 2: Holy Cow Band; 3: R; 9: Fleur Seule; R: 10; 16: The Ladybugs; 17: R; 23: Nightingale Band; 24: R; 30: Avalon; 31: R. ROBERT: 2 Columbus Cir. 9th Fl. 212-299-7730. www.robertnyc.com. Sets: Mon-Tues 6:30-
9:30pm, Wed-Thurs 7-10pm, Fri-Sat 8-11pm, Sun 12:30-2:30pm Brunch & 6:30-9:30pm. ROOM 53: 314W 53rd St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). 646-675-5341. www.room53.us. Fri: 710:30pm $15 min Open Mic w/Frank Owens. The RUM HOUSE: 228W 47th St (bet Bway & 8th Av). www.edisonrumhouse.com. 646490-6924. Sets: 9:30pm-12:30am, Mon 10pm2am. Residencies: Mon 10pm-2am 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; Thurs: 12:30pm free adm Jazz on the Plaza; Sun: 5pm free adm Jazz Vespers. Aug 2: Vivian Sessoms; 5: Marion Cowings & Ilya Lushtak; 6: Luis Perdomo & Controlling Ear Unit; 9: Benje Daneman & Search Party; 12: Carrie Jackson & Noriko Kamo; 13: Nicki Parrott Qrt; 16: Kirk Knuffke, Mark Helias & Bill Goodwin; 19: Peter Mintun; 20: Warren Wolf & Wolfpack; 23: Ken Simon Qrt; 26: Lincoln Mayorga Trio; 27: Cynthia Sayer & Sparks Fly Qrt; 30: Kris Allen Qrt. SAN MARTIN RESTAURANT: 143E 49th St (bet Lexington & 3rd Avs). 212-832-0888. www.sanmartinrestaurantny.com. 1st Tues: 6-8pm Ron Odrich Qrt. SIGNATURE CAFÉ & BAR: 480W 42nd St. (bet 9th & 10th Avs). www.signaturetheatre. org. 212-967-1913. Aug 7: 6-7:30pm Deanna Witkowski Duo. STUDIO 100 BAR: At Marriott Residence Inn. 1033 6th Av (bet 38th & 39th St) 3rd Fl. 212768-0007. Free adm/no min. Thurs: 6-10pm Trios. TAGINE: 221 W38th St (bet 7th & 8th Avs). www.taginedining.com. 646-373-6265. $15 min. Aug 13: 8pm Amy Coleman; 19: 8pm Rick Bogart; 20: 9pm Vivienne Aerts; 26: 9pm Anna Elizabeth Kendrick. 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&Sun 8-11pm, Thurs 911:30pm, Fri 9pm-1am, Sat 8-10:30pm + 11pm-1:30am. Adm: Mon-Wed&Sun free/$5 min, Thurs-Sat $10/10 min. Aug 1: E Lunana & Lunanos, L Paul Lee Trio; 2: Suzanna Ross Trio; 3: Eileen Howard; 4: Jae Young Jeoung Duo + Omer Leshem Duo; 5: Takao Heisho; 6: Benjamin Servenay; 7: Shin Sakaino Trio; 8: E tba, L Katherine Vokes Trio; 9: Dana Reedy Trio; 10: Craig Brann Trio; 11: Michael Gallant Trio; 12: Linda Presgrave; 13: The Highliners; 14: Takenori Nishiuchi; 15: Daniel Bennett Gp; 16: Lunana & Lunanos Trio; 17: Kristen Lee Sergeant Duo; 18: Nick Morrison Trio; 19: Racha Fora Trio; 20: Scot Albertson Duo; 21: Kuni Mikami Trio; 22: E Standard Procedures, L Aquiles Navarro Trio; 23: Rebecca Zola Duo; 24: Akemi Yamada Trio; 26: Setsuko Hata Trio; 27: Senri Oe; 28: Takenori Nishiuchi; 29: E Yuko Ito Trio, L Yusuke Seki; 30: Kengo Yamada; 31: Atsushi Ouchi Trio.
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 6-9pm, Late (L) 10pm. 1st Mon: E Sean Wayland; 1st Thurs: E Ami Cervini; 1st Sat: E Ayana lowe; last Fri: E Kendra Shank. Aug 15: E Roz Corral Gp. ABC NO RIO: 156 Rivington St (bet Clinton & Suffolk Sts). www.abcnorio.org. 212-2543697. Sun: 7pm $5 don C.O.M.A. series 2 sets + open session. Aug 2: Paula Shocron Proyecto IMUDA + Projection:Zero; 9: Ricardo D'Orlando + Carl Ludwig Hübsch; 16: Atom Family + Jeffrey Shurdut Ens; 23: While We Still Have Bodies + Mats Dimming; 30: Adam Cadell Solo + Nishimura/ Gallagher/de Brunner/Siwula. ALL THINGS PROJECT: At Neighborhood Chuch. 269 Bleecker St. 212-691-1770. www.allthingsproject.net. 1st Fri: 8&9:30pm free adm. Aug 7: Camila Meza Trio. AMUSE WINE BAR: 121 Ludlow St (bet Rivington & Delancey Sts). 212-477-0100. www.amusewine.com. Fri: 8-11pm. 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. ANTIBES BISTRO: 112 Suffolk St (bet Delancey & Rivington Sts). 212-533-6088. www.antibesbistro.com. Tues-Wed: 7:3010:30pm free adm/no min. 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. ARTURO’S: 106W Houston St at Thompson St. 212-677-3820. www.arturosnyc.com. AUTHENTIC BAR 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 HUGO: 525 Greenwich St (bet Vandam & Spring Sts). www.hotelhugony.com. 212608-4848. Mon: 6-8pm free adm Rooftop Jazz feat Gracie Terzian w/New Dominion Trio. 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 unless otherwise noted. MonThurs: E Emerging Artists series; Mon: L Vocal Mondays series. Residencies (R): Wed L Jonathan Kreisberg; Sun Peter Mazza. Aug 1: Sandro Albert; 2: R; 3: E Benno Marmur, L Jeremy Davis; 4: E Yuto Kanazawa, L Mike Rood; 5: E Kevin Clark, L R; 6: E Gianni Gagliardi, L Samir Zarif; 7: Rick Stone; 8: Mike Baggetto; 9: R; 10: E Michael Stephenson, L Nora McCarthy Qrt; 11: E Bobby Katz, L Haggai Milo-Cohen; 12: E Pablo Menares, L R; 13: E Andrew Van Tassel, L Jacob Deaton; 14: Ben Monder; 15: Ed Cherry; 16: R; 17: E Caroline Davis, L Emily Braden; 18: E Alicyn Yaffee, L Nir Felder; 19: E Rafal Sarnecki, L R; 20: E NanJo Lee, L Jason Ennis; 21: Ricardo Grilli; 22: Jeff Barone; 23: R; 24: E Casey Berman, L Chris McNulty & The Magic Trio; 25: E Arath Corral, L Lucas Pino; 26: E Paul
Jones, L R; 27: E Alex Sugerman, L Brandon Coleman; 28: Richard Padron; 29: Paul Meyers; 30: R; 31: E Benno Marmur, L Dana Reedy. BLUE NOTE JAZZ CLUB: 131W 3rd St at 6th Av. 212-475-8592. www.bluenotejazz.com. Sets: 8&10:30pm + Fri-Sat 12:30am Late Night Groove series & Sun 11:30am&1:30pm Sunday Brunch. Adm varies. Aug 1-2: Earl Klugh; 3: Jesse Fischer; 4-9: Bob James; 10: John Fedchock NY Big Band; 11-12: Roy Haynes; 13-16: Tuck & Patti; 17: Baby Do Brasil; 18-23: Conrad Herwig & The Latin Side Of Horace Silver w/Igor Butman; 24-25: Kamasi Washington; 26-30: New Kenny Werner Qnt; 31: Sons Of Serendip. Late Night Groove w/Aug 1: spiritchild; 7: Camille Gainer Jones; 8: Manami Morita; 14: Jeremiah Hosea; 15: John Raymond Roots Trio; 21: Andrea Wolper; 22: Akim Funk Buddha; 28: Kazunori Kumagai; 29: Nickel & Dime OPS. Sunday Brunch w/Aug 2: Louis Armstrong B’Day Tribute feat Joey Morant & Catfish Stew; 9: Tommy Campbell & VocalEyes; 16: Mordy Ferber Organ Trio; 23: The Chilean Project; 30: Nanny Assis. 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. Encore Series 78:30&9-10:30pm. Aug 1: Chris McNulty. CAFE WHAT?: 115 Macdougal St at Minetta Ln. www.cafewha.com. 212-254-3706. Aug 27: 7:30pm Manny Moriera & Julie E. CAFFE VIVALDI: 32 Jones St (bet Bleecker & 4th St). www.caffevivaldi.com. 212-691-7538. Free adm. Sun: 6-7pm Noel Brennan, 9-11pm John Lander Trio. 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 Qrt. The CELL: A Twenty First Century Salon. 338W 23rd St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). 646-861-2253. www.thecelltheatre.org. CITY CRAB: 235 Park Av at East 19th St. 212529-3800. www.citycrabnyc.com. Sat-Sun: 12,1:20,2:20&3:20pm Jazz Brunch. Aug 1: Larry Corban; 2: Rick Stone; 8: Kyoko Oyobe; 9: George Weldon; 15: Marc Devine; 16: Mayu Saeki; 22: Lee Metcalf; 23: Pasquale Grasso; 29: tba; 30: Adam Moezinia. CITY WINERY: 155 Varick St (bet Spring & Vandam Sts). www.citywinery.com. 212-6080555. Sun: 11am-2pm Brunch feat Matt Darriau Shabbes Elevator 08/2, PJ Rasmussen & the Boardwalk Jazz Band 08/9, Victor Prieto 08/23. Aug 11: 5:307:30pm Hot Strings Festival feat Cynthia Sayer & Her Sparks Fly Qrt. 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. Aug 1: Joel Harrison; 2-4: Songwriter fest feat 08/2 Julie Benko Qnt, 08/3 Rod MacDonald, 08/4 Ashley Daneman; 6-8: Piano fest feat 08/6 Cat Toren, 08/7 Sylvie Courvoisier, 08/8 Kris Davis; 9: Michel Reis Trio; 10: Michael Blanco Qrt; 11: Michael Attias Qrt; 12: Nick Grinder; 13: Nate Radley Qrt; 14: Matt Brewer; 16: Allison Miller & Boom Tic Boom; 18: Allegra Levy; 19: Rez Abbasi Qrt; 26: Or Bareket Qrt; 27: Brazil fest feat 08/27 Susan Pereira & Sabor Brasil, 10pm Hendrik Meurkens, 08/28 Billy
Newman Qnt, 10:30pm Livio Almeida Qrt, 08/29 Helio Alves Trio, 10:30pm Zé Luis Qrt; 30-31: Mario Pavone. 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. The CUTTING ROOM: 44E 32nd St (bet Madison & Park Av). 212-691-1900. www.the cuttingroomnyc.com. The DEAD RABBIT GROCERY & GROG: 30 Water St (Broad & Old Slip Sts). 646-4227906. www.deadrabbitnyc.com. Wed: 8:30pm-1:30am Terry Waldo Solo. DOMA NA ROHU: 17 Perry St at 7th Av. 212929-4339. www.domanyc.com. $10 min. Wed: 7:30&9pm, Sat: 8&9:15pm. Aug 1: Ben Perowsky & spec guests; 5: Scrubboard Serenaders; 8: Steven Frieder & friends; 15: see 08/8; 17: see 08/5. DOWNTOWN MUSIC GALLERY: 13 Monroe St (bet Market & Catherine Sts). 212-4730043. www.downtownmusicgallery.com. Sun: 6pm In-Store shows. Aug 9: Carl Ludwig Hubsch Solo, 7pm Ben Stapp Solo. DROM: 85 Ave A (bet 5th & 6th Sts). 212-7771157. www.dromnyc.com. Aug 4: 7:30pm Silver Arrows Band; 11: 8pm BRBRCK; 12: 7pm Choro Down Neck Band + Billy Newman Acoustic Qrt; 17: 7:30pm see 08/4. 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 feat 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 08/4 Saul Rubin Zebtet; Wed E Raphael D'lugoff Trio + 1, N Ned Goold; Fri 9pm Gospel Queens; Sat N Greg Glassman; Sun E Terry Waldo & Gotham City Band, N Brandon Lewis & Renee Cruz. Aug 1: E tba, L Raphael D'lugoff Qnt, N R; 2: E R, 8:30pm Jade Synstelien & FCBB, N R; 3: E Harold O'Neal, L Jack Glottman, N R; 4: E Tad Shull Qrt, L John Benitez, N Craig Wuepper; 5: E R, L Groover Trio, N R; 6: E Ai Murakami Qrt, L Saul Rubin Zebtet, N Jared Gold; 7: E Alex Homan Qnt, L R + Jared Gold/Dave Gibson, N Alexi David; 8: E Rodney Green Qrt, L Ricky Rodriguez Gp, N R; 9: E R, L Paris Wright Qnt, N R; 10: E tba, L Ned Goold Qrt, N R; 11: E R, L Peter Brainin & the Latin Jazz Workshop, N tba; 12: E R, L Harold Mabern Trio, N R; 13: E Alan Palmer Trio, L Greg Glassman Qnt, N Paul Nowinski; 14: E Avi Rothbard Qrt, L R + Greg Lewis, N Will Terrill; 15: E tba, L Orlando le Fleming Qrt, N R; 16: E R, L Jon Davis Trio, N R; 17: E-L tba, N R; 18: E R, L tba, N Yoshi Waki; 19: E R, L Don Hahn/Mike Camacho, N R; 20: E Ray Parker, L P. O. D, N Ray Gallon; 21: E tba, L R + The Urban League, N Nick Hempton; 22: E Todd Herbert Qnt, L Jim Seely Qnt, N R; 23: E R, L tba, N R; 24: E tba, L George Braith, N R; 25: E R, L Itai Kriss & Gato Gordo, N John Benitez & Latin Bop; 26: E R, L tba, N R; 27: E tba, L Sharel Cassity/Troy Roberts Qnt, N tba; 28: E Ray Gallon Trio, L R + Point of Departure, N Todd Herbert Qrt; 29: E tba, L Steve Carrington, N R; 30: E R, L tba, N R; 31: E-L tba, N R. The FLATIRON ROOM: 37W 26th St (bet 6th
Av & Bway). www.theflatironroom.com. 212725-3860. Aug 21: 9pm-1am Susan Tobocman. FLÛTE GRAMERCY: 40E 20th St (bet Bway & Park Av S). 212-529-7870. www.flutebar. com. Wed: 7-10pm free adm. Aug 12: Shailah Edmonds; 19: Lois Bruno; 26: Melanie Marod. 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 E 7-10pm, L 10:30pm-1:30am; TuesThurs E 6-10pm, L 10:30pm-1:30am; Fri E 6:15-10:15pm, L 10:45pm-2:45am; Sat B 124pm, E 6:15-10:15pm, L 10:45pm-2:45am; Sun B 11:30am-4pm, E 6:30-10:30pm, L 11pm-2am. Residency (R): Sun E David Coss Qrt. Aug 1: B Larry Newcomb Qrt, E Eric DiVito Trio, L Akiko Tsuruga Trio; 2: B Kyoko Oyobe Trio, E R, L Abe Ovadia Trio; 3: E Howard Williams Jazz Orch, L Larry Corban Trio; 4: E Pasquale Grasso Trio, L Chris Carroll Trio; 5: E Yvonnick Prene Qrt, L Darrian Douglas Trio; 6: E Champian Fulton Qrt, L Victor Jones Ochestrio; 7: E Evgeny Sivstov Trio, L Hot House; 8: B Ray Parker Trio, E Joe Pino Qrt, L Virginia Mayhew Qrt; 9: B Lou Caputo Qrt, E R, L Justin Lees Trio; 10: E Lou Caupto Not So Big Band, L Randy Johnston Trio; 11: E Rob Edwards Qrt, L Jim Piela Gp; 12: E The Anderson Brothers, L Craig Brann Gp; 13: E Dre Barnes Project, L Pablo Masis Qrt; 14: E Tom Tallitsch Qrt, L Peter Valera & the Jump Blues Band; 15: B Jacob Deaton Trio, E Joel Perry Trio, L Daylight Blues Band; 16: B Benjamin Healy Trio, E R, L Will Terrill Trio; 17: E Cecilia Coleman Big Band, L see 08/10 L; 18: E Linus Wyrsch Qrt, L Andrew Van Tassel Trio; 19: E Marc Devine Trio, L Lawrence Clark Trio; 20: E Rick Stone Trio, L Tomoko Omura Trio; 21: E Michika Fukumori Trio, L Kevin Dorn & the BIG 72; 22: B Marsha Heydt & the Project of Love, E see 08/6 E, L see 08/8 L; 23: B Iris Ornig Qrt, E R, L Mauricio de Souza Trio; 24: E Eyal Vilner Big Band, L Kenny Shanker Qrt; 25: E Alexander Bryson Trio, L Gioel Severini Trio; 26: E Kevin Hill Organ Trio, L Nicholas Brust Qrt; 27: E George Weldon Trio, L Pablo Masis Qrt; 28: E Masami Ishikawa Trio, L see 08/14 E; 29: B Chuck Braman Trio, E Al Marino Qrt, L Carl Bartlett Jr. Qrt; 30: B Ray Blue Trio, E R, L Jason Ennis Trio; 31: E Rob Edwards Big Band, L Lawrence Clark Trio. GREENWICH HOUSE MUSIC SCHOOL: 46 Barrow St (bet 7th Av S & W 4th St). 212-2424770. www.greenwichhouse.org. Aug 18: 7pm Robert Sabin Tnt + John Yao & 17-piece Instrument. HOTEL CHANTELLE: 92 Ludlow St (bet Broome & Delancey Sts). 212-254-9100. www.hotelchantelle.com. Tues 8pm-12am & 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. Aug 1: Ingrid Laubrock; 4: Le Boeuf Brothers; 7: Charles Altura Gp; 11: Chris Tordini; 13: Great On Paper; 14: David Virelles Gp feat Brandon Ross; 15: Victor Gould; 18: Philip Dizack Qnt; 20: Darius Jones Qrt feat Emilie Lesbros; 21-22: Aaron Parks & Little Big. JAZZ STANDARD: 116E 27th St (bet Park & Lexington Avs). www.jazzstandard.net. 212576-2232. Unless otherwise noted sets: 7:30&9:30pm; adm: Mon-Wed $25, Thurs&Sun $30, Fri-Sat $35. Residency (R): Mon Mingus Monday w/Mingus Big Band. Aug 1-2: $30 08/1 Regina Carter & Southern
Comfort; 3: R; 4-8: Christian McBride Trio; 9: $25 E.J. Strickland & Transfer Beings feat John Benitez w/spec guests Alicia Olatuja & Gregoire Maret; 10: R; 11-12: Edmar Castaneda World Ens; 13-16: Cyrille Aimée; 17: R; 18-23: $35 Ron Carter Big Band; 24: R; 25-30: $35 Cecile McLorin Salvant; 31: R. JOE’S PUB: At Public Theater. 425 Lafayette St & Astor Pl. www.joespub.com. 212-967-7555. Adm varies. Aug 14: 7pm Ethan Lipton Orch; 29: 9:30pm Ida Blue. JULES BISTRO: 65 Saint Marks Pl (bet 1st & 2nd Avs). 212-477-5560. www.julesbistro.com. Sets: 8:30-11:30pm. KNICKERBOCKER BAR & GRILL: 33 University Pl at 9th St. 212-228-8490. www.knickerbockerbarandgrill.com. Fri-Sat: 9:45pm-2am. Aug 7-8: Steve Ash Duos w/Paul Gill 08/7, w/David Wong 08/8; 14-15: Warren Chaisson & Alex Gressel; 21-22: Ray Gallon & Paul Gill; 28-29: Joel Forrester & David Hofstra. LE SINGE VERT: 160 7th Av (bet 19th & 20th Sts). 212-366-4100. www.lesingevert.com. Mon-Tues: 8-10:30pm. 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. Aug 1: 4pm Kevin Hill; 4: L R; 5: E Sylvia Mims; 9: E Renee Porcella Legendre; 11: L R; 12: E Jeanne Gies w/Choro Das; 16: E Sandy Taylor; 18: L R; 22: L John Minnock; 24: L Kay Matsukawa; 25: L R; 27-28: E Richard Malavet; 28: L Abbe Buck. MEZZROW: 163W 10th St (bet 7th Av & Waverly Pl). www.mezzrow.com. 646-4764346. Sets: Early (E) 7:30pm free adm, Late (L) 9:30pm $20, Night (N) 12am. Residencies: E Mon John Merrill, Tues-Thurs&Sun Happy Hour show, Fri Ehud Asherie, Sat Spike Wilner & guests. Aug 1: Buster Williams & Victor Gould; 2: Pete Malinverni; 4: Deanna Kirk; 6: Ralph Lalama; 7-8: Don Friedman; 10: Peter Bernstein; 11: Randy Ingram; 1213: Ben Wendel; 14-15: Bill Mays & Todd Coolman; 16: Freddie Redd; 17: David Hazeltine; 18: Ray Gallon; 19-20: Curtis Lundy; 21-22: Andy Bey; 23: Bucky Pizzarelli & Ed Laub; 24: see 08/10; 25-26: Ethan Iverson & Tom Harrell; 27: Jeb Patton; 28-29: Kenny Barron & Ray Drummond; 31: Lage Lund. MILANO’S BAR: 51E Houston St (bet Mott & Mulberry Sts). 212-226-8844. Thurs 2-4pm: Carol & Company. MOSCOW 57: 168 1/2 Delancey St at Clinton St. 212-260-5775. www.moscow57.com. Fri: 8pm Mary Foster Conklin. NEIGHBORHOOD CHURCH: 269 Bleecker St (bet Jones & Cornelia Sts). 212-691-1770. www.ncgv.net. See All Things Project. NEW SCHOOL JAZZ PERFORMANCE SPACE: 55W 13th St, 5th Fl. 212-229-5488. www.newschool.edu/jazz. Aug 20: 6:30-8pm free adm www.cityparksfoundation.org Charlie Parker Jazz Festival - “In the Spirit – Dedicated to Bird” & “Bird Calls”, conversation w/Oliver Lake & Rudresh Mahanthappa. 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. Aug 4: Gary Morgan & Panamericana; 11: Bob Arthurs Gp; 18: Jeff Siegel Qrt; 25: Paul Hefner Gp. 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 continued on page 24
CHOLAR, MUSICIAN, EDUCATOR, composer—pianist Geri Allen is one of S the more multi-faceted jazz musicians of
our day, and one of the most deservedly celebrated. She was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008 and was the first woman to win the Danish Jazz Par Prize and the Soul Train Lady of Soul award for jazz. Last year, Allen was presented with an Honorary Doctorate by Berklee College of Music and she received the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Jazz Legacy Award. A native of Detroit, she earned her undergraduate degree at Howard University in Washington DC, where she later taught; she then went on to obtain a Master's in ethnomusicology from University of Pittsburgh, where she is now its Director of Jazz Studies. Thoughtful, modest and soft-spoken, she is known for her challenging, free flowing compositions and her technical virtuosity. However, she also looks back to her predecessors, often delving deeply into their styles. She is musical director of the Mary Lou Williams Collective, recording and performing the music of the trailblazing pianist and composer, including a collaboration with S. Epatha Merkerson and Farah Jasmin Griffin. She's now taking on the music of Erroll Garner, a Pittsburgh native whose collections recently arrived at her university. "The archives are an amazing opportunity for scholars of jazz. They contain a lot of the nuances needed to understand what was going on at the time, including the social structure," she says. "Garner was touring the world and doing film and television and he had access to the mainstream that many artists of his generation didn't have." She is assembling a tribute to his semi-
nal recording, Concert by the Sea which was surreptitiously taped at a live performance 60 years ago in the Monterey Bay area and became a best-selling album. The project will debut at the Monterey Jazz Festival in September where she'll be joined by pianists Jason Moran and newcomer Christian Sands (on three pianos!) as well as guitarist Russell Malone and drummer Jimmy Cobb. "It brings a great deal of clarity for me as a composer and pianist to look deeply at these great icons and innovators," she says of her study of Garner, Williams and others. "I go back and hear things I never heard before and it gives me more clarity each time I revisit them by listening to or performing their music. I also feel that way about Monk and other people who were my great inspirations on piano." Now it's her turn to inspire younger pianists and other musicians. Last month, she held a Jazz Camp for Girls at NJPAC with several women clinicians as well as colleagues like bassist Kenny Davis and Cobb, both of whom will join her this month at her annual week at the legendary Village Vanguard. "Mr. Cobb is fantastic in so many ways, just a great spirit, and it's great to play with an icon," she says. "And the intensity and beauty of the Vanguard are always a big part of the performance. In this musical journey—the places along the way and the artists that you've played with—there are markers along the way and the Vanguard is one of those special markers." At the girls' camp, they paid tribute to one of her "special markers," Allen's mentor Marcus Belgrave, who died this year, as did another of her gurus and collaborators, Ornette Coleman. Her teacher from the University of Pittsburg, Nathan Davis, retired two years ago and she took his place as the head of the jazz department. She is maintaining his legacy of teaching while continuing to perform and record. Both are equally important to her, she says. "Education has been a huge part of my family's trajectory and I have found that working with students has incredible weight for me and connects me to a legacy in terms of how people shared music with me when I was young and patiently worked through with me my early challenges as a player," she says. "Watching young musicians evolve and go off to successful careers—it's great to be a part of that process. I see myself in these students, in a way, remembering what it was like making the decision to move to New York City and figuring out how to break in— there are so many possibilities for them!"
The Geri Allen Trio with bassist Kenny Davis and drummer Jimmy Cobb are at the Village Vanguard Aug. 18-23. Allen photo by George B. Wells.
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DHEEPA CHARI ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL / AUGUST 6 If there's a rivalry to take over for Sarah Vaughan these days in terms of a pure voice, Dheepa Chari would be a contender. Dovetailing on her grandmother's professional Hindustani singing in India, she studied music of her heritage and Western songs, moving as a youth to Vancouver, then Dallas where she graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1999 before migrating to NYC in 2001. The evidence is heard on her previous recordings 4th Street and Some New Fashion and her newly released breakthrough CD, Patchwork. Combining standards with original arrangements, spirit songs, deeply emotional forays and an easily relatable pop sensibility, Chari's lovely voice is alluring and sweet without being syrupy. Chari is joined by keyboardist Lars Potteiger and bassist Dan Asher for this performance. MGN
GRÉGOIRE MARET LITCHFIELD JAZZ FESTIVAL / AUGUST 8 Swiss-born Grégoire Maret is a key player within the tiny fraternity of harmonica performers in jazz. With his versatility, innovations and impressionistic sound, he may succeed Toots Thielemans as dean of the instrument. Maret's genre-jumping talent has brought steady work in the folk, pop and world music fields, though jazz is his home base and where his musical heart resides. A 2007 duo with pianist Andy Milne and Maret's eponymous CD debut as a leader in 2012, are soon to be followed by Wanted, a project whose participants include Terri Lyne Carrington, Ivan Lins, Chris Potter, Dianne Reeves, Luciana Souza and the late Jimmy Scott. For his second appearance at Litchfield, Maret’s quartet showcases the talents of James Francies, piano; Burniss Earl Travis, bass and John Davis, drums. KF
E.J. STRICKLAND JAZZ STANDARD / AUGUST 9 One of the most prolific young (mid-30s) drummers on today's jazz scene, E.J. Strickland has played on more than 30 albums in the new millennium while holding down gigs with Ravi Coltrane, Cassandra Wilson, and his identical twin Marcus, a saxophonist, as well as leading his own bands. His quintet's latest album, The Undying Spirit (SMK), underscores his emphasis on ensemble shape and delivery and showcases his ability to create surprisingly off-kilter, original time feels while maintaining, yet improvising, around the beat. Although that band featured two saxophonists and an acoustic rhythm section, he brings his new Transient Beings group to this gig, featuring David Gilmore and Tom Guarna on electric guitars, John Benitez, electric bass, and guests Alicia Olatuja, vocals and Grégoire Maret, harmonica. GK
GABRIEL ALEGRIA AFRO-PERUVIAN SEXTET ZINC BAR / AUGUST 14 AND 21 Bandleader/trumpeter Gabriel Alegria's crisp tone and light touch perfectly contrast the firm percussive feel that epitomizes Latin jazz. Alegria's forward-thinking approach has brought his sextet acclaim from both critics and his contemporaries. With luminaries such as Ingrid Jensen, Ron Carter and Christian McBride singing his praises, Alegria is poised to be the new poster boy for Afro-Peruvian jazz. Alegria has much to celebrate as his sextet's latest release, 10, is due to out on Aug. 7 on ZOHO Music with the title referring to the group's 10th anniversary. The sextet's performances at the Zinc Bar are part of a bi-weekly residency from August through December with Alegria and company not only carrying the torch for Afro-Peruvian jazz but reigniting Latin jazz for present and future jazz connoisseurs. EW
VICTOR GOULD JAZZ GALLERY / AUGUST 15 Since arriving in New York, LA native Victor Gould already has become a compelling piano force on the scene, performing a range of musical expressions from sophisticated voicings over deep grooves to soulful lines over standard arrangements. Recipient of the 2009 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award and the first student to receive The Presidential Scholarship at Berklee, he went on to earn his Master's degree from the Thelonious Monk Institute and currently tours as a member of the Wallace Roney Quintet. His rhythmic sensitivity and depth of harmony have resonated with jazz masters including Donald Harrison, Buster Williams, Esperanza Spalding, Nicolas Payton, Lenny White and Terence Blanchard. Gould brings his current trio featuring Ben Williams, bass and Obed Calvaire, drums. SJ
By Ken Dryden, Ken Franckling, Seton Hawkins, Stephani
Dheepa photo by Andreas Hofweber, Kellaway by Jorjana Kellaway.
L I G H T MARCUS GOLDHABER BAR THALIA / AUGUST 16, 23 AND 30 Vocalist and songwriter Marcus Goldhaber has been earning accolades not only for his light, swinging interpretations of standard fare, but also for his erudite songwriting chops. A prolific composer, Goldhaber enjoys a particular knack for clever turns of phrase and catchy melodies, and often occupies a middle ground between jazz and Broadway. Throughout August, Goldhaber will conclude a residency he's held at Symphony Space's Bar Thalia, in which he performs in a duo setting with a rotating cast of top-flight guitarists. Having already showcased a stellar line-up of talents, the series will continue to offer some impressive guests, as guitarists Pete McCann, Sean Harkness and Ron Jackson each joins Goldhaber on a night, as will special guest vocalists Vanessa Trouble, Dawn Derow and Kendra Shank. SH
ROGER KELLAWAY JAZZ AT KITANO / AUGUST 21-22 Roger Kellaway's jazz career began in the early 1960s, but the pianist remains an artist deserving of greater recognition due to his eclectic musical interests. For a quarter century, Kellaway wrote film scores and classical music, along with recording numerous studio dates of all kinds. But he has long had the respect of his jazz peers. Oscar Peterson told Gene Lees, "I love Roger Kellaway. He knows the tradition and he is not afraid." Now more focused on jazz, he has wowed fans with his wide stylistic range and open-minded approach to improvising. Kellaway's recent recordings include three CDs with Eddie Daniels and several small group dates, one a tribute to Bobby Darin, whom he accompanied in the late 1960s. Bassist Jay Leonhart and guitarist Joe Cohn join Kellaway. KD
CAMILLE THURMAN MARCUS GARVEY PARK / AUGUST 22 Multi-instrumentalist Camille Thurman proves that musical intuition can be translated for any instrument. Whether singing, playing the saxophone or flute, Thurman brings her own distinct voice into a new realm of melodic opportunity for modern jazz. Such sentiments are mirrored in reviews of her latest release, 2014's Origins. Richard Kamins of the blog Step Tempest calls the album "our introduction to a musician/person who is spirited, formidable and dedicated to the myriad possibilities that modern music presents." After winning the ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers award in 2012 and 2013, Thurman is poised to influence modern jazz composition with her welldefined sonority, tight arrangements and harmonic maturity. Thurman's performance is part of the Charlie Parker Festival, a celebration of the legendary saxophonist. EW
LINDA OH SIDE DOOR / AUGUST 28 Some jazz bassists make an indelible first impression—Wilbur Ware's triple stop virtuosity with Thelonious Monk was unforgettable and Charles Mingus was such a dominating force of nature, as both a personality and a bassist, it would be hard to forget first encountering him with his quintet at the Half Note. Linda Oh made a similar impression with the Dave Douglas Quintet on their 50/50 tour (gigs in 50 states during Douglas' 50th year). She was so assured, with her warm, plummy tone and perfectly articulated, reverberating notes anchoring that most formidable ensemble. Oh, from Australia by way of Malaysia, has been working recently with Kenny Barron's quartet, but she brings her own quartet here, with Ben Wendel, reeds, James Muller, guitar and Ted Poor, drums. GK
ELI FOUNTAIN MARCUS GARVEY PARK / AUGUST 28 Multi-percussionist Eli Fountain has flown under the radar for far too long, but this performance in tribute to Max Roach and celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jazzmobile, should elevate his status. The native Detroiter is the son of Motown records saxophonist Eli Fountain Sr. He attended the revered Cass Technical High School and the Cincinnati Conservatory in formal studies. He has worked prominently with Geri Allen and James Carter as a sideman. This ensemble—Percussion Discussion—is releasing a CD, Masterpiece, inspired by Roach. Fountain is joined by a mighty group, some sharing instruments during the show: a vibraphone front line of Jay Hoggard and Bryan Carrott, NYC legends Warren Smith and Bobby Sanabria, drummer Reggie Nicholson, pan steel drummer Lyndon Achee and saxophonist Patience Higgins. MGN
ie Jones, George Kanzler, Michael G Nastos & Eric Wendell
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Brunch Trios. Aug 2: Melissa Stylianou; 9: Ronny Whyte; 16: Roz Corral; 23: Roz Corral w/Eddie Monteiro & David Silliman; 30: Roz Corral. NUBLU: 62 Av C (bet 4th & 5th Sts). 212-3751500. www.nublu.net. NUYORICAN POETS CAFÉ: 236E 3rd St (bet Avs B & C). www.nuyorican.org. 212-7809386/212-505-8183. Sets: 9:30pm. Tues: 9pm Latin Jazz feat 1st Tues Chembo Corniel, 2nd Tues Bronx Conxión, 3rd Tues Hector Martignon, last Tues Willie Martinez & La Familia Sxt; 1st Wed: All That - Hip Hop Poetry & Jazz; 1st Sat: $15 adm Puddin’ Jazz series + Jam feat 08/1 Andre “Chez” Lewis Band. 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. 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. PRIMO 135: 135 7th Av S (bet Charles & 10th Sts). 212-620-6196. www.primo135.com. Mon&Sun: 7-10pm Brazilian Duo w/Freddie Bryant feat Vanessa Falabella (Mon), Andromeda Turre (Sun). ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL: 196 Allen St at E Houston St. www.rockwoodmusichall.com. 212-477-4155. Aug 6: 7pm $10 adm Dheepa Chari; 24: 8pm free Curtis Nowosad Qrt. RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART: 150W 17th St. www.rubinmuseum.org. 212-620-5000X344. Aug 21: 7-8:30pm $27/35 adm Fred Hersch. RUE B: 188 Ave B (bet 11th & 12th Sts). 212358-1700. www.ruebnyc.com. Sets: 8:30, 9:30&10:45pm. Mon: After Glow; Tues: Adrian Moring Trio feat Kelly Green; Wed: Seth Kessel Trio; Thurs: Seth Lewis Trio; Fri: Frankie Valdez Mambo Orch; Sat: Reina Williams R&B Trio; Sun: Jocelyn Medina Jazz Series Vocal Jam. 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 E 7:30-10pm, L 10:30pm-1am, N 1am; Tues 7:30-9pm, L 9:30pm-12am, N 12:30am, WedThurs E 7:30-10pm, L 10:30pm-1am, N 1:30am; Fri PM 4-7pm E 7:30-10pm, L 10:30pm-1am, N 1:15am, Sat PM 4-7pm, E 7:30-10pm, L 10:30pm-1am, N 1:15am; Sun 1-3pm, PM 4:30-7pm, E 7:30-10pm, L 10:30pm. Jam following N. Adm varies. Residencies (R): Mon L except 08/3&31 Ari Hoenig Qrt, N 08/3,17,24&31 Jonathan Barber, 08/10 Jonathan Michel; Tues E except 08/4 Spike Wilner Trio, N Next Generation Sessions; Wed N Sanah Kadoura; Fri PM Jam 08/7&21 w/Corey Wallace DUBet, 08/14&28 w/Ai Murakami; Sat PM Jam 08/1&29 w/Tuomo Uusitalo Trio, 08/8,15&22 w/Jonathan Thomas Trio; Sun 1pm Vocal masterclass by Marion Cowings. Aug 1: PM R, E Chuck Redd Qrt, L Ken Peplowski Qrt, N Philip Harper; 2: 1pm R, PM Marianne Solivan Big Band, E Johnny O'Neal Trio, L Behn Gillece Qrt; 3: E Matt Pavolka & Horns Band, L Gerry Gibbs, N R; 4: E Ehud Asherie Trio, L Theo Hill Qnt, N R; 5: E Colin Stranahan & Stranaband, L Josh Bruneau Qnt, N R; 6: E Troy Robert Qrt, L Nick Hempton Band, N tba; 7: PM R, E Ralph Lalama & Bop-Juice, L Winard Harper, N Lawrence Leathers; 8: PM R, E Hayes Greenfield, L Winard Harper, N Stacy Dillard; 9: 1pm R, PM tba, E Lezlie Harrison, L Joe
Magnarelli; 10: E Michael Olatuja & The Promise Ens, L-N R; 11: E R, L Smalls Legacy Band feat Frank Lacy, N R; 12: E Danny Grissett Qrt, L Itamar Borochov Qnt, N R; 13: E Tim Hegarty Qrt, L JC Stylles Qrt, N tba; 14: PM R, E Tom Guarna Qrt, L Clarence Penn Qnt, N tba; 15: PM R, E Scott Robinson Qrt, L Clarence Penn Qnt, N Philip Harper; 16: 1pm R, PM tba, E Johnny O'Neal Trio, L Ned Goold Qrt; 17: E Sebastian Chames Qnt, L-N R; 18: E R, L Josh Evans Big Band, N R; 19: Brooklyn Jazz Underground festival feat E David Smith & David Cook Duo, 8:30pm Rob Garcia 4, 9:30pm David Cook Qnt, 10:30pm Tammy Scheffer Sxt, 11:30pm Brooklyn Jazz Underground Ens, N R; 20: E Christian Sands Qrt, L Ken Fowser Band, N tba; 21: PM R, E Thad Wilson Qnt, L Mike Boone Qrt, N tba; 22: PM R, E Fabio Morgera, L Mike Boone Qrt, N Stacy Dillard; 23: 1pm R, PM Eyal Vilner Big Band, E Sacha Perry Trio, L Bruce Harris Gp; 24: E Sean Wayland Trio, L-N R; 25: E R, L Peter Zak, N R; 26: E Will Vinson Qnt, L Ed Cherry Trio, N R; 27: E Will Vinson Qnt, L Carlos Abadie Qnt, N tba; 28: PM R, E Tardo Hammer Trio, L MGQ + Strings, N Anthony Wonsey Trio; 29: PM R, E David Schnitter Qrt, L MGQ + Strings, N Philip Harper; 30: 1pm R, PM George Gee Orch, E Sole-ful Sunday Tap Show w/Michela Lerman, L Alex Norris Qnt; 31: E Logan Richardson & SHIFT, L tba, N R. SPECTRUM NYC: 121 Ludlow St 2nd Fl (bet Delancey & Rivington Sts). 212-533-5470. www.spectrumnyc.com. Aug 6: 7-9pm Flin van Hemmen. The STONE: 2nd St at Av C. www.thestonenyc. com. Sets: Mon 8pm, Tues-Sun 8&10pm weekly residencies, Sun add 3pm John Zorn & friends. Aug 1: Gerry Hemingway; 3: Dave Lombardo; 4-9: Bill Frisell; 10: Bruce Ackley; 11-16: Mario Diaz de Leon; 18-23: Mick Barr; 25-30: Toby Driver. SUBROSA: 63 Gansevoort St (bet Washington & Greenwich Sts). www.subrosanyc.com. 212-997-4555. Sets: 8&10pm $20 adm. Mon: Latin Jazz Monday. Aug 1: Laura Rivera, 11:30pm Habana Nights feat Danny Rojo; 5: Carlitos Padron; 6-7: Pedrito Martinez Gp; 8: 11pm Los Van Van; 12-13: see 08/6; 14 8pm only & 15: Casuarina; 16: 8pm only Covi Quintana; 19-20: see 08/6; 21: Cosmic Jibaros; 22: Tipico Urbano; 24: Bill O'Connell Jazz Trio; 26: Zoila Pianista w/spec guest Richie Flores; 27: see 08/6; 31: Robby Ameen & The Days in the Night Band. TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK: 500E 9th St (bet Avs A & B). www.cityparksfoundation.org. Aug 23: 3-7pm free adm Charlie Parker Jazz Festival feat Joe Lovano, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Myra Melford, Michael Mwenso. TURNMILL: 119E 27th St (bet Park & Lexington Avs). www.turnmillnyc.com. 646524-6060. Wed: 11pm-2am Jam w/Rob Duguay & Low Key Trio. 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. Aug 1-2: Leo Genovese Qnt; 3: R; 4-9: Rudy Royston 303; 10: R; 11-16: Billy Hart Qrt; 17: R; 18-23: Geri Allen Trio; 24: R; 25-30: Gerald Clayton Qnt; 31: R. 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. WHYNOT JAZZ ROOM: 14 Christopher St at continued on page 26
HIS MONTH, THE MASTER BAS T -sist and composer Ben Allison will celebrate the 30th anniversary of his arrival
in New York City with a multi-night run at Birdland. As he prepares for the gig, Allison will do something that has been a running theme in his storied career: he's going to try something new. "About ten years ago, I stopped using piano in my band and started using guitar instead," Allison explains, a nod to his current ensemble's line-up of guitarist Steve Cardenas, drummer Rudy Royston and trumpeter Jeremy Pelt. "Previous incarnations of my band had Frank Kimbrough on piano, and this gig brings Frank back. It's the first time I've done a line-up like this with piano and guitar and I'm quite excited to see what we do." To be sure, the spirit of adventure and risk-taking is a hallmark of Allison's music. In the three decades since his arrival in New York, Allison has established himself as a superlative bassist, an extraordinary composer, an innovative thinker in the music industry and a tireless advocate for creative musicians. Continually reimagining his older projects while also tackling new and exciting music, Allison has amassed an impressive discography of highly acclaimed albums, most closely associated with Palmetto Records. However on his latest, 2013's The Stars Look Very Different Today, Allison took an additional risk, breaking his string of recordings with Palmetto and selfreleasing on his own imprint, Sonic Camera Records. "Musicians who are mid-career, like me, end up taking stock and see what's working, what's not, and where we'd like to go," Allison explains. "I don't make decisions lightly, so I thought long and hard and decided to try releasing my own music. I have always been a DIY person and, on my earlier albums, was very involved in the production, mixing, mastering and marketing of the projects. I got to learn so much with each release. So I was excited when I released my own album because I got the chance to put into practice everything I had absorbed in the past 15 years." Indeed, the risk paid off as the CD returned a profit, enjoyed widespread critical accolades and received extensive, enthusiastic radio support. "It was difficult, but I'm in the black, which for a record label is often not the case," he notes. "We made it into the top five on the radio, which isn't bad considering that it was me and an intern doing the radio promotion!"
The self-driven record release and its success also resonate strongly with an earlier venture of Allison's: The Jazz Composers Collective. Established in 1992 as a collaborative project between Allison, Michael Blake, Ron Horton, Kimbrough and Ted Nash, the Collective ran for 13 seasons, premiered over 300 new works, took up residencies throughout the world and brought more than 250 musicians on as collaborating artists. Enabling Allison to create new music on his own terms, the collective proved a crucial and formative experience. "It really helped me to find my style as a bandleader as well as my personal voice as a composer," he remembers. "And ultimately that's the goal: to find your voice and to be yourself." This DIY road may have been challenging, but its reward has been tremendous for Allison and has helped to define his career. With 11 albums to his name, not to mention a massive array of composer credits, Allison has ensured his ability to create music he loves on his terms: "The musicians on my records are my friends. We put this music together ourselves and when we show up in, say, Canton IL and half the crowd knows our tunes and are calling out to request titles, it's gratifying. It's a harder road, yes, but the joy is immense." As he prepares for the Birdland gig and considers uniting his recent and older projects through the enhanced ensemble, Allison is excited. "The whole point of what we do is to play live," he says. "We love playing and I feel more strongly than ever how important it is for all of us to gather in a room to make music and listen to music. That feeling cannot be beat."
Ben Allison performs with Jeremy Pelt, Steve Cardenas, Frank Kimbrough and Rudy Royston at Birdland Aug. 11-15.
Allison photo by Cees van de Ven.
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Gay St. www.whynotjazzroom.com. 646-7564145. $10 adm unless otherwise noted. Aug 1: 9pm $12 Bongwool Lee Trio; 2: 7pm $15 Darius Jones Qrt; 3: 8pm The Katie Bull Gp Project; 4: 9:30pm Jacinta Clusellas; 6: 7:30pm Tarek Yamani Trio, 9:30pm Curtis Nowosad Qrt; 7: 7pm Laurie Dapice, $15 9:30pm Tiffany Austin; 8: 6pm $12 Jon LaTona Trio, 9pm Uri Gurvich Qrt feat Kevin Hays; 9: 10pm Lena Bloch & Arabic for Beginners; 11: 9:30pm NOJAKîN; 12: 8pm Noah Becker, 10pm Jamie Baum; 13: 7:30pm Zac Zinger Gp, 9:30pm COUP; 15: 9pm $12 Adam Smale Trio; 18: 7:30pm Laura Angyal, 9:30pm Aida Brandes Trio; 20: 7:30pm Eden Bareket Trio, 9:30pm Chris Ziemba Qrt; 22: 6pm $12 Dorian Devins, 9pm $12 In Search of Morning, 11pm Dan White Trio; 25: 7:30pm Carlota Brazil Trio, 9:30pm Keith Franklin Gp; 27: 9:30pm Koji Yoneyama Trio. 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 10pm2am Ron Affif Trio; Tues 10pm Evolution Band, 11pm Jam by Ingmar Thomas; Thurs 12am Midnight Rumba; Fri Big Bands; Sat 8pm Misha Piatigorsky Trio, Monika Oliveira & The Brasilians; Sun Tango Trio & Milonga. Aug 1: Livio Almeida Brazilian Big Band; 3: E Perez + VandoJam feat Lucas Pino; 5: Valery Ponomarev Sxt; 6: Joe Benjamin, The Swingaroos & Thinkin' Big Band; 7: Gregorio Uribe Latin Big Band; 10: E Angela Roberts; 12: Samuel Torres; 13: Michael Olatuja; 14: E Gabriel Alegria AfroPeruvian Sxt + Valery Ponomarev Art Blakey Big Band; 17: E Viktorija Gecyte + Gene Perla; 19: Sheriff Bob & Bluegrass Jam; 20: Benito Gonzalez; 21: E see 08/14 E + Misha Piatigorsky Spt; 24: E Mari Rosa; 26: Michael Marcus; 27: Francisco Mora-Catlett & AfroHORN; 28: Seth Weaver Swing Band feat Svetlana; 31: E Dariya Dolbilova.
G-BAR: 579 Grand Concourse at 149th St. 718402-6996. www.gbarnyc.com. RIVERDALE Y: 5625 Arlington Av. 718-548-8200. www.riverdaley.org. Aug 6: 6:30pm $20/30 adm Swing Under the Stars by Ted Rosenthal feat Mike Davis & The Uptown Lowdown. UNIVERSITY OF THE STREETS: 2381 Belmont Av. 2nd Fl. www.university ofthestreets.org. 212-254-9300. Fri-Sat: 9pm Jam. Fri: w/Bernard Linnette; Sat: w/Rob Anderson. WILLIE’S STEAKHOUSE: 1832 Westchester Av. 718-822-9697. Wed: 8pm-12am.
65FEN: 65 Fenimore St. www.65fenmusic series.tumblr.com. Mon: 9&10pm $10 don 65Fen Music series. Aug 3: Daniel Levin & Mat Maneri, 10pm Amirtha Kidambi & Louise de Jensen; 10: Jim Strong & Zach Darrup Duo, 10pm Chris Corsano Solo; 17: The Goddess Band; 24: 10pm Adam Hopkins Trio; 31: redacted, 10pm Perfect Friend. 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. BAMCAFÉ: 30 Lafayette Av. 718-636-4100. www.bam.org. BAR CHORD: 1008 Cortelyou Rd. 347-2406033. www.barchordnyc.com. Sun: 9pm
Cortelyou Jam. BAR LUNÀTICO: 486 Halsey St. 718-513-0339. www.barlunatico.com. 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 5pm except 08/23 Ben Monder Solo, 9pm Stephane Wrembel. Aug 5: 8pm Andy Statman Trio; 6: 10pm Los Crema Paraiso. BROOKLYN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC: 58 7th Av. Park Slope. www.bqcm.org. 718622-3300. Sun: except 08/2 7:30pm $15 adm Go: Organic Orch. BROOKLYN LYCEUM: 227 Fourth Av (bet President & Union Sts). Park Slope. www.brooklynlyceum.com. 718-857-4816. 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. BROWNSVILLE HERITAGE HOUSE: 581 Mother Gaston Blvd. www.brownsville heritagehouse.org. 718-385-1111. 3rd Sat: 36pm free adm Wade Barnes Tribute Band. CADAQUÉS: 188 Grand St. 718-218-7776. www.cadaquesny.com. Thurs 7-10pm & Fri 8pm-12am: free adm. CHEZ OSKAR: 211 Dekalb Av. 718-852-6250. www.chezoskar.com. Mon: 8-11pm. 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. Aug 9: 7pm $20 adm Gene Bertoncini. FIREHOUSE SPACE: 246 Frost St. 917-7097799. www.thefirehousespace.org. FOR MY SWEET: 1103 Fulton St. 347-7704735. Mon: 7-11pm $10 adm Bill Jacobs Ens. FREDDY’S BAR: 627 5th Av (bet 17th & 18th Sts). www.freddysbar.com. 718-768-0131. 1st&3rd Tues: 9pm Miss Ida Blue; 4th Tues: 8:30pm Music from NY Underground - On the Way Out. GAMBRINUS: 3100 Ocean Pkwy. 718-2651009. www.gambrinusny.com. Thurs: 811pm Yaakov Mayman Qrt. 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. Aug 7-8 8:30pm & 9 7pm: free adm Ches Smith Qrt. JALOPY: 315 Columbia St. www.jalopy.biz. 718-395-3214. 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. Aug 4: 9pm Franklin Kiermyer Qrt, 10:30pm The Thenth Muse; 11: Stephanie Richards & Urban Surveyors, 10:30pm Ches Smith; 18&25 closed. LA CAYE RESTAURANT: 35 Lafayette Av. www.lacayebk.com. 718-858-4160. 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 28
ANOTHER REASON TO CELEBRATE
By Elzy Kolb
Form, function, flexibility
Deanna Witkowski, Bryant Park
Pianist/singer/composer Deanna Witkowski loves arranging, and draws from influences and inspirations ranging from folk songs to 19th-century hymns to jazz standards to classical works. "I experiment with re-harmonizing, changing the rhythmic structure of the tunes, just imagining stuff in different ways." In 2010, the bicentennial of the birth of the composer Frederic Chopin, Witkowski started thinking of doing a project that would take an improvisational look at some of his works, with the goal of "going with different styles of music and having it feel like it's all one." The result is her recently released solo CD, Raindrops: Improvisations with Chopin (Tilapia). "Some of the arrangements came more easily than others; the forms are different." The concept for a well-known piece Witkowski first studied in sixth grade was one of the easy ones, while others took more trial and error. "I jump in and try things quickly, then decide what I like and what I want to change. There's a lot of improvisation on the recording—a ton of improvisation. "It's sad that so many classical musicians and other types of musicians are not taught how to improvise. They're tied to the page and don't know where to start. Church musicians, for example, have to be able to improvise—there are lots of times when you have to fill space or provide some kind of music—but that's something they're rarely taught." With that in mind, the pianist has started writing a monthly column on improvisation, "Stepping Off the Page," for the blog PianoAddict.com. Witkowski aims for the column to be accessible to a full spectrum of readers, from non-players to professional musicians. "The idea is, you don't have to be a musician—improvising is like learning a language. Beginning players can improvise, as well as more advanced players."
During her solo piano midday gig in Bryant Park, Aug. 3-7 and an early evening appearance at the Signature Theatre Café on Aug. 7, Witkowski will delve into compositions from her new CD as well as material she's working on and tunes she rarely gets a chance to play. On most solo gigs, Witkowski doesn't prepare a detailed set list. But the casual atmosphere in the park makes her strive for more structure, so she often maps out the entire set. "People come up and talk to me while I'm playing and in between tunes. In that situation, I can't be thinking about what's next." That's not to say the song list is set in stone: This is her 11th year of playing the Piano in Bryant series and Witkowski remembers occasions like the afternoon it started to sprinkle and she switched her focus to songs to suit the weather, such as "Here's that Rainy Day." Material from Raindrops would be a natural under the circumstances! Best of both worlds
Diane Hubka, Jazz at Kitano
Singer/guitarist Diane Hubka has been based in Los Angeles for the past decade, but there are still certain things she misses about New York, her home for 20 years pre-California. "It's a very stimulating city; I was very productive when I lived there. The pace of the city is so inspiring. And it was great to meet and study with people who were so influential to me," including Howard Alden, Anne Marie Moss, Harold Danko, Sheila Jordan, Mark Murphy, Connie Crothers and Jay Clayton. The quantity, quality and accessibility of the music here is another plus. "The jazz scene is so great in New York; it's so nice to be able to go to more than one thing in one night." Hubka discussed strategies for squeezing in several sets, such as starting out at the 55 Bar ("That's always interesting, great music."), then going around the corner to the Village Vanguard ("The histocontinued on page 29
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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. Aug 16: 2pm $20 don incl lunch/BYOB feat Jay Clayton. RUSTIK NEIGHBORHOOD TAVERN: 417 DeKalb Ave. www.rustiktavern.com. 347406-9700. 1st Tues: 8pm $5 adm Jam w/Eric Frazier. SAGE: 299 Graham Av. www.sageongraham. com. 718-218-6644. Fri-Sat 7pm. 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. Aug 2: E-L $8 Noelle Tannen & The Filthy NoNo's; 4: $15 8pm Theo Bleckmann & Shai Maestro, N Geoffrey Keezer & Gillian Margot; 5: E Alex Norris Organ Qrt; 6: E Kevin McHugh & Matthew Nelson, L $12 ROMCOM; 8: E John Menegon & 3Rio, L Teri Roiger & John Menegon Duo; 10: $8 E Shapes & Sounds Qrt, L The Lost Brothers Qrt; 11: E Hot Summer Electronics; 12: L Ben Monder & Yuhan Su, N SeeSaw; 13: E tba, L Painting; 14: E tba, L Joshua Davis Love Salad; 16: E Trudy Silver, 7:45pm Safiya Martinez, 7:55pm John Pietaro & Literary Warrior Project, 8:35pm Patricia Nicholson-Parker & The Resurrection Revolution Qnt, 9:15pm Chris Butters, N Dissipated Face feat Daniel Carter; 18: N The Intrepid + Hank Roberts Duo; 19: E Walking Distance, L Big Butter And The Egg Men; 20: $15 Brooklyn Jazz Underground festival feat E Anne Mette Iversen New Four, L The Relative Qrt, N David Smith Qnt; 21: E The NYChillharmonic, L $8 Sara McDonald Big Band, N Annie Chen Sxt; 23: 8pm Jason Smith Band, 9:15pm Sana Nagano Band; 24: L-N Jackson Hardaker; 25: $8 E Contraptions, L Cerebral People Project, N Matterhorn; 27: L $8 Anthony Fung Qnt, N $8 Dion Kerr Qrt; 28: 7:30pm $15 GLANK & Line C3, L Chris Dingman Subliminal Trio; 29: 7:30pm see 08/28 7:30pm; 30: 2pm see 08/28 7:30pm, E $15 LT & The Ripple Effect Band. SISTAS’ PLACE: 456 Nostrand Av at Jefferson Av. www.sistasplace.org. 718-398-1766. Sat: 9&10:30pm $30/25 adm. THREES BREWING: 333 Douglass St. 718-5222110. www.threesbrewing.com. Aug 9: 7:30pm $15 adm Josh Sinton & Two Concentric Sections feat Michael Attias & Tony Malaby; 11: 7:30pm $10 Angela Morris & Anna Webber. WILLIAMSBURG MUSIC CENTER: 367 Bedford Av. www.wmcjazz.org. 718-3841654. 10pm-2am. Fri: free adm/2 drink min Jam w/Gerry Eastman Qnt & friends. WOLF & LAMB STEAKHOUSE: 1635 Coney Island Av. 718-627-4676. www.wolfandlamb brooklyn.com. Sets: 7:45pm. Aug 11: Richard Samuels; 18: Alexei Efemenko & Boris Corchesco.
ARCH STREET TAVERN: 85 Arch St. Hartford. www.archstreettavern.com. 860246-7610. Mon: 8pm Hartford Jazz Orch. CAFE NINE: 250 State St. New Haven. 203-7898281. www.cafenine.com. Sat: 4:30-7:30pm free adm Jam w/Aug 1: Mike Coppola; 8: Gary Grippo; 15: Tony Dioguardi; 22: George Baker; 26&28: 8pm $10 Jazz Haven feat 08/26 Isabel Stover, 08/28 Jen Allen Qnt; 29: Billy Cofrances.
CAVE À VIN: 975 State St. New Haven. 203777-6206. www.caveavinwinebar.com. Sat: 8-11pm free adm. FUJI OF JAPAN RESTAURANT & BAR: 111 Old Kings Hwy North. Darien. 203-655-4995. www.fujiofjapan.com. Thurs: 6:30-9pm Music Thursdays series feat Nicole Pasternak or Maria Tiscia. GOSHEN FAIRGROUNDS: Goshen. Aug 7-9: www.litchfieldjazzfest.com Litchfield Jazz Festival feat 08/7 7:45pm The Litchfield Jazz Orch, 9:15pm Anat Cohen Qrt, 08/8 12pm Sharpe Meets Tharpe feat Avery Sharpe, 1:45pm Grégoire Maret Qrt, 3:30pm Matt Wilson Topsy Turvy, 6pm Wycliffe Gordon & friends, 7:45pm Mike Stern Band, 08/9 12pm Salute to Charli Persip, 1:45pm Les Paul's Trio feat Nicki Parrott & Bucky Pizzarelli, 3:45pm Sean Jones Qrt, 5:30pm Christian McBride Trio. GREEN: 165 Church St. New Haven. Aug 22: 69pm free adm www.jazzhaven.org New Haven Jazz festival feat 6pm Jazz Haven All Star Youth Band, 6:45pm Isabella Mendes Qnt, 8pm Karrin Allyson Qrt. 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. OWL SHOP: 268 College St. New Haven. 203624-3250. www.owlshopcigars.com. Wed: 9pm-12am free adm Hawkins Jazz Collective. PICCOLO PIZZA: 24 Prospect St. Ridgefield. 203-438-8200. 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: 8:30pm. Aug 7: Laurin Talese; 8: Dave Liebman Qrt; 14: Ellis Marsalis; 15: Michelle Walker Qrt; 21: Marianne Solivan Qrt; 22: Steve Kroon Sxt; 28: Linda Oh Qrt. TWO BOOTS: 281 Fairfield Av. Bridgeport. www.twobootsbridgeport.com. 203-3311377. Aug 30: 7-10pm $7 adm Dee Cassella & Billy CoFrances Qnt. WILTON PIZZA: 101 Old Ridgefield Rd. Wilton.
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. GRILLFIRE: 33 Berry Hill Rd. Syosset. 516364-2144. www.georgemartinsgrillfire.com. Tues: 7-10pm Petillo Jazz Trio. HARMONY VINEYARDS: 169 Harbor Rd. Head of the Harbor. 631-291-9900. www.har monyvineyards.com/main/jazz_glub. 2 drink min. Thurs&Sat: 8-10pm & Sat-Sun 2-5pm. LIEB CELLARS: 13050 Oregon Rd. Cutchogue. www.liebcellars.com. 631-7341100. Aug 15: 3-6pm Ian Petillo Trio. OLD WESTBURY GARDENS: 71 Old Westbury Rd. Old Westbury. 516-333-0048. www.oldwestburygardens.org. Aug 5: 6:309:30pm Vanessa Trouble & The Red Hot Swing. continued on page 30
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ry of that place, and the quality of the bands."), before checking out another club or two within walking distance. Hubka also has fond memories of Jazz at Kitano and enjoyed hearing friends and colleagues play at the original upstairs venue. She's looking forward to checking out the newer, larger space when she makes her Jazz at Kitano debut Aug. 13 with pianist Mark Soskin, bassist Dean Johnson and drummer Tim Horner. In addition to material from her recent recording, West Coast Strings (SSJ), expect to hear "not so standard standards," Hubka says. "There are so many great songs no one does. I enjoy lesser-known songs, things written by members of the band and people I know." And she'll add some familiar favorites to the mix. "It can be too much work for non-musicians to go through a night of tunes they haven't heard before. People often request things like 'Moon River,' songs they know and love." Though she praises the Big Apple, Hubka is more than content living in LA. She cites performing opportunities such as a recent series of outdoor concerts singing a Sinatra medley with an 80-piece symphonic wind band. She also gives high marks to California's rich guitar scene, as evidenced by West Coast Strings, featuring contributions from eight other guitarists, including Mimi Fox, John Pisano and Anthony Wilson. Hubka hopes to resume formal music study soon. "I haven't had private lessons in a while, but it's something I want to do my whole life. Whatever I study on an instrument helps my singing, it all goes into the same ear-training bank," she explains. "I strive to be like the Shirley Horn of guitar. She was such a fantastic piano player. She would use such gorgeous, lush voicings behind her singing and swing the hell out of everything. That's something to work toward." And a final West Coast plus: "I think I'm going to live longer from living here; New York is very stressful: stimulating, but stressful. And it's lovely to have sunny, warm weather all the time." From the Big Scrapple to the Big Apple
Mike Boone, Smalls
Bronx-born, East Harlem-reared Mike Boone almost didn't follow the jazz path. "I was a classical guy while I was growing up," he explains. "I thought I'd be the first black bassist in the New York Philharmonic." He began listening to jazz while in high school and his interest in the genre increased, even as he continued classical studies at Eastman School of Music. "That was in the mid-'70s and I loved the excitement, the fusion, the energy that jazz had at that time." Instead of going the classical route after graduation, Boone added electric bass to his instrumental arsenal and went on the road in the show bands of entertainers like Ben Vereen and Leslie Uggams and jazz greats like Buddy Rich. He eventually settled in Philadelphia, which has been his home since the mid-'80s. "Being in Philly allowed me to play with a lot of people coming through and to find my way in this music," he says. Besides working regularly with renowned Philadelphians such as Trudy Pitts, Joey DeFrancesco, Orrin Evans and Shirley Scott, Boone has played with Clark Terry, Donald Byrd, Mose Allison and Joe Henderson. "I'll never forget that experience; I was such a big Henderson fan. He was inside and outside at the same time. I never encountered a horn player with such a great sense of time," Boone recalls. Besides gigging steadily, Boone is an adjunct music professor at Temple University and a regular at jams. "The scene is very vibrant in Philadelphia, with a nice cross section of people playing." His regular quartet includes John Swana on trombone and EVI (electronic valve instrument), Tim Brey on piano and Anwar Marshall on drums. "There's an interesting age gap there," Boone points out. "John and I are in our 50s and Tim and Anwar are in their 20s. I want to play relevant and they help me to do that. I found my way in Philly; now I'm working with younger guys and they're finding their way. It feels good to be part of the continuum." The bassist and his band have a lot to celebrate when they hit Smalls Aug. 2122. In addition to a belated birthday (Boone was born Aug. 8), they'll focus on material from his recent CD, Heart and Soul, including compositions by Henderson, Cedar Walton and originals, plus some new arrangements. Boone sees the band as a collaborative effort. "Everyone injects his own personality. As leader, I decide when the tune starts and stops and the middle takes care of itself." Boone is looking forward to his Big Apple gig and hopes to get here more often. "I took the long way around to playing in New York and it feels like quite an accomplishment to bring my own group into Smalls."
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ONDA LOUNGE: At Allegria Hotel. 80W Bway. Long Beach. 516-889-1300. www.allegriaho tel.com. Thurs: 8pm-12am Jazz & Sushi. Aug 13&27 Ian Petillo Trio. OSTERIA SALINA: 108 Wainscott Stone Rd. Wainscott. www.osteriasalina.net. 631-5275396. Sat: 9pm-12am except 08/1&15: Vanessa Trouble. PIERRE’S: 2468 Main St. Bridgehampton. www.artofsong.org/jazz_at_pierres. 631537-5110. Tues&Sun: 6:30-9:30pm. 1st Tues: Jody Carlson Trio. RAM’S HEAD INN: 108 Ram Island Dr. Shelter Island. www.theramsheadinn.com. 631-7490811. Sun: 6-9:30pm Sun Jazz series feat Jane & Peter w/spec guests. Aug 2: w/Vanessa Trouble. TRATTORIA GRASSO: 134 Main St. Cold Spring Harbor. www.trattoriagrasso.com. 631-367-6060. Sets: Tues 8pm; Wed&Sat 7pm; Thurs 6:30pm; Fri 7:30pm; Sun Brunch (B) 12pm, Evening (EV) 6pm. Residencies: Sun B Joe Carter, Wed Wayne Sabella, Thurs Frank O’Brien. Aug 7: Danny Mixon Trio; 9: EV Frank O'Brien; 21: Don Keiling Trio; 23: EV Richie Iacona. WALK STREET TAVERN: 1218 Jericho Tpk. New Hyde Park. 516-354-9732. Last Tues: 9pm-12am Jam w/John Ray & Ian Petillo. WOLFFER WINE STAND: 3312 Montauk Hwy. Sagaponack. www.wolffer.com. 631-5375106. Thurs: 5-8pm Twilight Thursdays series. Aug 6: Lilly-Anne Merat; 27: Vanessa Trouble.
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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. Aug 5: Frank Perowski & Lee Green; 12: Andy Gravish & Tim Armacost; 19: Valery Ponomarev & Patience Higgins; 26: James Zollar & Ralph Lalama. ALBRIGHT-KNOX ART GALLERY: 1285 Elmwood Av. Buffalo. 716-882-8700. www.albrightknox.org. Sun 2pm: The Buffalo News Summer Jazz series. Aug 2: Janice Mitchell & Jim Beishline; 9: Wendell Rivera. ARTS SOCIETY OF KINGSTON: 97 Bway. Kingston. www.askforarts.org. 845-3380333. Aug 29: 7pm Hudson Valley Jazz Festival www.hudsonvalleyjazzfest.org feat Perry Beekman Trio, 8pm Sax Life, 9pm Pete Levin Trio. AVIDA BAR: 159 Main St. Nyack. 845-353-2525. www.avidabar.com. Fri: 8-10:30pm free adm Alicia Crowe. BLOOMING HILL ORGANIC FARM: 1251 New York 208. Blooming Grove. 845-7827310. www.bloominghill.farm. Aug 29: 11am www.hudsonvalleyjazzfest.org Hudson Valley Jazz Festival feat Russ Kassoff Trio. CATSKILL MOUNTAIN PIZZA COMPANY: 51 Mill Hill Rd. Woodstock. 845-679-7969. www.catskillmountainpizza.com. Wed: 7pm. CHRISTOPHER’S BISTRO: 69 Brookside Av. Chester. www.christophersbistro.net. 845610-5400. Aug 27: 6pm Hudson Valley Jazz Festival www.hudsonvalleyjazzfest.org feat Robert Kopec & Hang 'em High 5tet. The DAUTAJ: 36 Oakland Ave. Warwick. 845986-3666. www.thedautaj.com. 1st Sun: 78:30pm free adm NY Swing Exchange Band. EDWARD HOPPER HOUSE: 82 N Bway. Nyack. www.edwardhopperhouse.org. 845358-0774. Thurs: 7:30-9:30pm Jazz in the
Garden. Aug 6: Dom Cicchetti Trio; 13: Ben Kono Gp. FALCON ARTS: 1348 Rte 9 West. Marlboro. www.liveatthefalcon.com. 845-236-7970. $20 don suggested. Sets: 7pm, if opening act (Op) 8pm main act; Sun 10am-2pm Brunch (B). Residency (R): Mon Jocelyn Arndt. Aug 1: Ed Palermo Big Band's Beach Party; 2: B Willa McCarthy Band, EV Nicki Parrott & Rossano Sportiello Duo; 3: R; 5: Iris Ornig; 6: Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys; 7: Tom Freund; 8: Jay Collins & The Kings County Band, Op Don Lowe; 9: B tba, EV John Abercrombie/Rob Scheps Qrt; 10: R; 12: Allison Miller & Boom Tic Boom; 13: Ben Haugland Qnt + JVC Sxt; 14: Alexis P. Suter Band, Op Roland Mousaa w/Princess WOW; 15: Soñando; 16: B Alexis P. Suter & The Ministers of Sound, EV EJ Strickland & Transient Beings; 17: R; 19: Three Kings of the Blues; 20: tba; 21: Eric Harland & Voyager; 22: tba; 23: B Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fis; 24: R; 27-28: tba; 29: Robbie Dupree & friends; 30: B Pete Levin Trio. GOMEN KUDASAI: 232 Main St. New Paltz. 845-255-8811. www.gomenkudasainy.com. Aug 28-30: Hudson Valley Jazz Festival www.hudsonvalleyjazzfest.org feat 08/28 13pm The Professors, 7:30-10pm Teri Roiger Trio, 08/29 7:30pm TKC Three For Tea w/Harvey Kaiser, 08/30 1pm Madoka Mooney Trio. HUDSON VALLEY JAZZ FESTIVAL: Aug 2730: www.hudsonvalleyjazzfest.org. IRON FORGE INN: 38 Iron Forge Rd. Warwick. www.ironforgeinn.com. 845-986-3411. Aug 30: 12pm Hudson Valley Jazz Festival www.hudsonvalleyjazzfest.org feat Bill Pernice Gp. LANDMARK INN: 526 New York 94. Warwick. www.landmarkinnwarwick.com. 845-9865444. Aug 27: 7pm Hudson Valley Jazz Festival www.hudsonvalleyjazzfest.org feat Jeff Ciampa Latin Jazz Qnt. MAVERICK CONCERT HALL: 120 Maverick Rd. Woodstock. www.maverickconcerts.org. 845-679-8348. Aug 1&15 8pm: Jazz at The Maverick series feat 08/1 Fred Hersch, 08/15 Julian Lage. PENNING FARM & MARKET: Warwick Tpk at Rt 94. Warwick. 845-986-1059. www.pen ningsfarmmarket.com. Aug 28: 7pm Hudson Valley Jazz Festival www.hudsonvalleyjazz fest.org feat The Bobatoon Collective. PINE ISLAND PARK: Glenwood Rd. Pine Island. www.pineislandny.com. 845-2581469. Aug 29: 2-7:30pm Jazz and Art in the Park feat 6pm Hudson Valley Jazz Festival www.hudsonvalleyjazzfest.org Neil Alexander & Nail. QUINN’S: 330 Main St. Beacon. www.quinns beacon.com. Mon: 8pm free adm Monday Night Jazz Sessions. Aug 4: Andrea Parkins & Chris Corsano Duo. ROGOWSKI FARM: 329 Glenwood Rd. Pine Island. www.rogowskifarm.com. 845-2584574. Aug 30: 11am Hudson Valley Jazz Festival www.hudsonvalleyjazzfest.org feat James Emery. SELIGMANN CENTER FOR THE ARTS: 2326 White Oak Dr. Sugar Loaf. www.occiti zensfoundation.org/seligmann-center. Aug 28: 4pm $10 adm Hudson Valley Jazz festival www.hudsonvalleyjazzfest.org feat The Metropolitan Hot Club. SUGAR LOAF PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 1351 Kings Hwy. Sugar Loaf. 845-6105900. www.sugarloafpac.org. Aug 30: 7pm www.hudsonvalleyjazzfest.org Hudson Valley Jazz festival feat Wallace Roney Gp.
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HOT FLASHES Dancer/Jazz Ambassador/Writerâ€™s corner Although often under-recognized for the depth and import of her contributions, Norma Miller is unquestionably a living legend and master of jazz. Hailed as the Queen of Swing, Miller first drew heads with her virtuosic dancing at age 12. By her mid-teens she was performing in Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, ultimately becoming one of the most influential swing dancers in Jazz history, with particularly memorable dance performances in Hellzapoppin' and A Day at the Races.
As Miller's career progressed, so did her desire to serve as an advocate for the music and for dance, prompting her to broaden her involvement in the cultural discussion and publish a number of books on jazz and dance, notably the memoir Swingin' at the Savoy, essential reading for any jazz fan. In that essay, she offers a remarkable and alternate perspective on the history of jazz, drawn from the perspective of Swing Era dancers and highlighting their role as drivers and tastemakers of the music. Miller points out that the music and the dance were inextricably linked. "We were a race of people that came out of slavery, the lowest depth of the human spirit one could come from," she notes. "But we brought a sound and love and created what we call jazz. I was born in Harlem, which was a bed of freedom for black people. People
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could come and do what they wanted, and from that we developed our dance. It helped us overcome what our people had been through and it was a truly special feeling. It spread around the world." Indeed, Miller's comment may even be an understatement; her role in creating and popularizing the Lindy Hop makes her one of the most important dancers in history, and it earned her a National Heritage Foundation Fellowship in 2003. As her work in chronicling and advocating for jazz and dance continued, Miller found herself increasingly drawn to educational roles and began to engage heavily as a teacher, something she continues to do to this day. "Jazz is a compilation of sounds. My style was the swing sound, which calls for the big band," she explains. "I was just in New Orleans for the Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp and there was so much love that I saw there. You see, we train young people how to play jazz, because if you don't teach them how to play it, we won't have jazz anymore. The heritage of this music must continue, because it's the one style where all people can come together. It's the rainbow." As she prepares to participate in the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival on Aug. 22, sharing the bill with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Andy Bey, Jeff "Tain" Watts and Camille Thurman, Miller laughs at a certain irony in the festival's honoree. "You see, I have accused Charlie Parker of destroying the world of dance from which I came," Miller notes. "He was looking for a new sound, but it screwed up our rhythm! It wasn't good for dancing, but it did start a new generation of music. Everything did turn out all right in the end; we had to learn how to co-exist." Learn more about Norma Miller by visiting www.queenofswing.net.
Festivals, Albums Launches, and CD Release Parties The Newport Jazz Festival takes place July 31-Aug. 2 and features an exceptional line-up including Tom Harrell, Cassandra Wilson, Arturo Sandoval, Maria Schneider, Cecile McLorin Salvant and Muhal Richard Abrams. See a full schedule at www.newportjazz fest.org. Bill Frisell will take up residence at The Stone Aug. 4-9, curating an amazing array of concerts and drawing on the tal-
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TUSCAN CAFÉ: 5 South St. Warwick. 845-9872050. www.tuscancafe.net. Aug 29: 1pm www.hudsonvalleyjazzfest.org Hudson Valley Jazz Festival feat INNERrOUTe. VILLAGE GREEN: Railroad Ave. Warwick. Aug 29: 7:30pm Village of Warwick Summer Concert series feat Hudson Valley Jazz Festival www.hudsonvalleyjazzfest.org w/Jason Miles, Ingrid Jensen & Kind of New. WARWICK VALLEY FARMER MARKET: 1 Bank St. Warwick. 845-288-2903. www.war wickvalleyfarmersmarket.org. Aug 30: 11am Hudson Valley Jazz Festival www.hudsonva lleyjazzfest.org feat Mark Hagan Trio. WARWICK VALLEY WINERY & DISTILLERY: 114 Little York Rd. Warwick. 845-2584858. Aug 27: 7pm Hudson Valley Jazz Festival www.hudsonvalleyjazzfest.org feat Jeremy Baum. WARYAS PARK: Main St. Poughkeepsie. 845384-6350. Aug 16: 12pm Jazz in the Valley www.jazzinthevalleyny.org feat Arturo O'Farril, Tia Fuller, Billy Drummond, Jovan Jackson, Bill Charlap, Steve Kroon, Ron Carter, Kenny Washington, Peter Washington.
ASTOR ROOM: 34-12 36th St. Astoria. 718-2551947. www.astorroom.com. Fri-Sat: 7-11pm & Sun: 11:30am-3pm. Aug 28: 6-9pm Dorian Devins Trio. The DOG AND DUCK: 45-20 Skillman Av. Sunnyside. www.thedogandduckny.com. 718-406-9048. Tues: 8:30-11pm free adm Jon Price Duo. FLUSHING TOWN HALL: 137-35 Northern Blvd. Flushing. www.flushingtownhall.org. 718-463-7700. 1st Wed: 7-10pm Jam. 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. Aug 15: 2pm Hot Jazz/Cool Garden feat Cynthia Sayer & friends. PROPER CAFÉ: 21701 Linden Blvd. Cambria Heights. Queens. 718-341-2233. Wed: 911:30pm $10 adm. ST ALBANS CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH: 172-17 Linden Blvd. St. Albans. 718-657-8282. www.stalbanscc.org. Aug 1: 5-6:30pm TulivuDonna Henry w/Seasoned Elegance Qrt. TERRAZA 7 TRAIN CAFÉ: 40-19 Gleane St. Elmhurst. www.terrazacafe.com. 718-8039602. Sun: 9:45pm-2am $5 adm Jam; 3rd Thurs: 9:30pm $7 Victor Prieto.
ALVIN & FRIENDS: 14 Memorial Hwy. New Rochelle. www.alvinandfriendsrestaurant. com. 914-654-6549. Aug 23: 5&7pm $20 adm The Chip Shelton PeaceTime Ens feat Gino Rosario; 28: 7:30&9pm $10 Reuben Wilson Organ Qrt w/spec guest Ray Blue; 29: 7:30&9pm free Leslie Pintchik Trio.
BEANRUNNER CAFÉ: 201 S Division & Esther St. Peekskill. 914-737-1701. www.beanrunnercafe.com. Fri-Sat: 810:30pm $10 adm. Aug 1: Premik Russell Tubbs; 2: 4-7pm Bianca Mancinelli Band; 7: Los Mas Valientes; 8: Gerry Malkin Qnt; 15: Hudson Valley Jazz Ens; 27-29: Hudson Valley Jazz Festival www.hudsonvalleyjazz fest.org feat 08/27 7-9pm UHS Trio w/Steve Frieder, 08/28 Conigliaro Consort, 08/29 Winard Harper & The Jeli Posse. CHASE: 92 Main St. Yonkers. 914-631-1000. www.jazzforumarts.org. Aug 18: 12-15pm free adm Mark Morganelli & Jazz Forum AllStars. LYNDHURST ESTATE: At Hudson River. 635 S Bway. Tarrytown. www.jazzforumarts.org. 914-631-1000. Thurs: 6-8:30pm free adm Sunset Concerts. Aug 6: Wolff & Clark Expedition; 13: Shunzo Ohno Gp; 20: Gene Perla Qrt feat Viktorija Gecyte; 27: Gilberto “Pulpo” Colon Gp. MASTERS SCHOOL: 49 Clinton Av. Dobbs Ferry. www.jazzforumarts.org. 914-631-1000. Wed: 6:30-8pm free adm. Aug 5: Farnsworth Brothers Sxt; 12: Vanderlei Pereira & Blindfold Test; 19: Glenda Davenport Trio. PIERSON PARK: W Main St & Hudson River. Tarrytown. www.jazzforumarts.org. 914-6311000. Fri: 6:30-8pm free adm. Aug 7: Marcus Goldhaber Qrt; 14: HAM feat Jesse Brotter; 21: Chris Rogers Qnt; 28: Annual Jazz Forum Arts Vocal Jazz Competition w/Hiroshi Yamazaki Trio. 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.
FRESH TAKES John Yao, who has quintet and sextet records under his belt, hits at the Greenwich Music House this month in alignment with his first large ensemble offering, Flip Flop. Rather than ascribing the usual "big band" label to the project, Yao bills the group as his "17-Piece Instrument." On the evolution of his composing for big band, he says, "In the beginning you're trying to not break any of the rules. Then, over time, when you get more familiar with those boundaries you begin to step out of them." Listen for angular melodies and rhythmic superimpositions on his tune "Hellgate" as evidence of a matured composer. His craftsmanship lends itself to a powerful full-ensemble effect. But the band's unison is founded on camaraderie within each instrumental family. "When I see other players having fun with the people in their sectionâ€”whether it's a brass or saxophone HOT FLASHES...
By Nathan Kamal, student at The New School soli, or a shout-chorus, there's a sense of pride and everyone gets really into it." His advice to students new to the undertaking of big band writing: "Get in there and do it. Hear your music played. You are going to learn the most in the shortest amount of time by having your music played back to you."
John Yao and His 17P i e c e Instrument shares a bill with Robert S a b i n Decimato at the Greenwich Music House on Aug. 18.
GrĂŠgoire Maret, Matt Wilson, Nicki Parrott, Sean Jones and Christian McBride fill out three days' worth of music. Tickets are available at www.litch fieldjazzfest.com. Jazzmobile and the Central Park Conservancy offer a tremendous array of talents on Aug. 8 as the George Gee Swing Band hosts a Swing Dance Party, followed by a tribute to BB King featuring Ebony Jo-Ann and the King Solomon Hicks Quintet. Learn more at www.jazzmobile.org. On Aug. 11 and 12, the Edmar Castaneda World Ensemble will celebrate
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ents of Jason Moran, Andrew Cyrille, John Zorn, Mary Halvorson and Julian Lage. Find out more at www.thestonenyc.com. Aug. 7-9 marks the Litchfield Jazz Festival as luminaries like Anat Cohen,
Edmar Castaneda Frisell photo by Paul Moore.
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.
For many years Bob Litwak was the chief cardiothoracic surgeon at Mt. Sinai. He also liked to swing on the drums. On a gig with Bob, Ted Nash showed up wearing a new shirt, the label of which was irritating his neck. As the band was setting up, Ted asked Bob if he had any scissors with him. Bob said "Yes, I believe I have some in my bag." Ted said "Great, because I have something back here that is really bothering me and needs to be cut off." Bob shook his head and said "No, Ted, that would have to be done in the office in a sterile environment. I can't do that here." He thought Ted was asking him to remove a growth from his neck. Ted explained what he had in mind. Bob joined his laughter and them proceeded to expertly snip away the tag in the back of his shirt. Ted laughed to think he had one of the most prestigious heart surgeons in the world cutting out his label. HOT FLASHES!... continued from page 33
the release of its new CD with a performance at Jazz Standard, featuring Castaneda, Grégoire Maret, Sergio Krakowski and Pablo Vergara. Find out more at www.edmarcastaneda.com The Catskill Jazz Factory concludes its Harlem on the Hudson series at the Bard College Spiegeltent with a performance by the Steven Feifke Big Band on Aug. 13, featuring the world premiere of Feifke's big band arrangement of "Rhapsody in Blue." For more details, check http://fisher center.bard.edu/spiegeltent/. Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie serves as the site for Jazz in the Valley on Aug. 16. Bill Charlap, Tia Fuller, Ron Carter, Kenny Washington and Javon Jackson headline the day. More details can be found at www.jazzinthevalleyny.org. The 9th annual Brooklyn Jazz Underground Festival takes place Aug. 19 and 20 at Smalls Jazz Club and at Shapeshifter Lab. The remarkable ensembles feature the talents of Rob Garcia, David Cook, Ben Wendel, Tammy
Sheffer, Ryan Keberle and more. See a full schedule at www.brooklynjazz.org.
Jazz at Lincoln Center and Sony Music have partnered to promote the organization's new label, Blue Engine Records. Featuring new studio and live recordings as well as classic recordings in Jazz at Lincoln Center's archive, the label will kick off its launch with a Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra record, Live in Cuba. Find out more at http://www.jazz.org/blueengine/.
A Moment You Missed by Fran Kaufman Hot House Contributing Photographer There's always plenty of time between takes at recording sessions. At Sear Studio C on Jun. 22 for The Clayton Brothers upcoming CD on Artists’ Share, drummer Obed Calvaire uses the break to hone his basketball skills! In addition to Calvaire, the Clayton "brothers"—John on bass, Jeff on sax and Gerald on piano—were joined by Terell Stafford on trumpet and flugelhorn.
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Gary Walker, “Morning Jazz Host”, WBGO, 88.3 FM/wbgo.org
ERIC REED NEWARK MUSEUM / AUGUST 6 It was inside his father's storefront church that pianist Eric Reed was first moved to music. Later, hearing recordings by Ramsey Lewis, Art Blakey and Dave Brubeck, he embraced a career that had him playing with Buddy Collette, Freddie Hubbard and Joe Henderson, recording and touring the world with Wynton Marsalis, writing music for film and dance, and recording more than 20 releases as leader. Reed's daring expression and sophistication has shown us why someone like Thelonious Monk is the baddest, bluest, most adventuresome and danceable Monk. On his latest recording, Groovewise (Smoke Sessions), Reed's sensitivity and spirit create moving celebrations of Mulgrew Miller, Ornette Coleman and Clifford Jordan. Reed is joined by bassist David Baron and drummer Aaron Kimmel.
FREDDY COLE SHANGHAI JAZZ / AUGUST 14-15 Freddy Cole was the subject of a 2006 documentary, "The Cole Nobody Knows." With seven Grammy nominations and hundreds of appearances yearly, he's now the Cole everybody knows! With a rich baritone voice surrounded by piano skills reminiscent of Oscar Peterson, John Lewis or Teddy Wilson, he can deliver a touching ballad, a trip to Rio, a salute to Billy Eckstine or late-night blues from Chicago's South Side. Cole's guitarist Randy Napoleon calls him a "musical GPS" with a sense memory of 5,000 songs! In celebration of his brother Nat Cole, Freddie's ready to deliver Straighten Up and Fly Right, Sweet Lorraine and Mona Lisa, along with a taste of Duke Ellington, Michel Legrand, Luis Bonfa and Billy Joel.
PAQUITO D'RIVERA MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL / AUGUST 15 Cuba's musical legacy is one of tremendous variety. Saxophonist/clarinetist/composer Paquito D'Rivera moves seamlessly through different styles with amazing flexibility. One moment he can display brilliant classical articulation, moving fluidly to bebop in the next. Starting at age 10, he performed with Cuba's National Theatre Orchestra, was a founding member of the multi-genre Irakere, leading to a career touring and recording with his small groups and featured as soloist with many jazz and classical orchestras. D'Rivera's musical inventions have given him multiple Grammy awards in both jazz and classical. He has celebrated his good friend Dizzy Gillespie and his latest recording, Aires Tropicales (Paquito), finds him in a gorgeous setting with the Cuban string group Quinteto Cimarron. BUCKY PIZZARELLI MORRISTOWN JAZZ FESTIVAL / AUGUST 15 When it comes to guitar, Bucky Pizzarelli could be the template for anybody picking up an instrument with six (or seven) strings. Pizzarelli started with Vaughn Monroe, toured the world with Benny Goodman, played at the White House, was a fixture on "The Tonight Show" band, worked and recorded with Frank Sinatra and holds a place on the ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. He's been part of many classic recordings in all genres, including hits with Dion and The Belmonts. Pizzarelli's guitar encounters with Tal Farlow and Les Paul are legendary. Pizzarelli can go from a beautiful ballad to swinging hard in the tradition of Freddie Green with the Basie band. Bucky Pizzarelli's Guitar Summit is the festival fare with fellow guitarists Frank Vignola, Vinnie Raniola and Ed Laub joining the master.
Pizzarelli photo by R. Sciarrino.
NEW JERSEY BY COUNTY
ATLANTIC SOMERS POINT JAZZ SOCIETY: 609-9276677. www.spjazz.org.
BERGEN BERGEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 30 N Van Brunt St. Englewood. 201-227-1030. www.bergenpac.org. Aug 7: 8pm $29-99 adm Chris Botti. 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. 201342-4085. Ev other Sat: 8pm-12am Betty Liste Qrt.
BURLINGTON TRI-STATE JAZZ SOCIETY: PO Box 896. Mount Laurel. www.tristatejazz.org. 856-7200232.
ESSEX BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH: 275W Market St. Newark. www.bethany-newark.org. 973623-8161. Sun: 10am Sacred Jazz Sundays series. Aug 2: Ruth Naomi Floyd; 9: Cyrus Chestnut; 16: Marcus Miller; 23: Aaron Graves; 30: Juanita Fleming. 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. DUKE’S SOUTHERN TABLE: 11 Clinton St. Newark. www.dukesnewark.com. 862-7635757. Fri-Sat: 7:30-11:30pm, Sun: 1-4pm. Aug 2: Carrie Jackson & Jazzin' All Stars; 7: T.K. Blue; 8: Matt Chertkoff; 9: John Bauers; 14: Pat Van Dyke; 15: Bruce Williams; 16: Lot On 7th; 21: Bryan Beninghove; 22: Lance Bryant; 23: Cynthia Holiday; 28: see 08/9; 29: see 08/14; 30: Peter Winstead Jr. GATEWAY CENTER 2: 2 Gateway Center. 283299 Market St. Newark. 973-624-8880. Aug 5: 12-1pm Steve Kroon Sxt. 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. Aug 15: see Nishuane Park. KEY CLUB: 58 Park Pl. Newark. 973-799-0306. www.keyclubnj.com. MCLOONE’S BOATHOUSE: 9 Cherry Ln at Northfield Av. West Orange. 862-252-7108. www.mcloonesboathouse.com. Sun: 10am3pm Jazz Brunch feat Doug Clarke Duo. NEWARK MUSEUM: 49 Washington St. Newark. www.newarkmuseum.org. 973-5966550. Aug 6: 12:15-1:45pm Jazz in the Garden series feat Eric Reed; 14: 6-8:30pm Panel discussion & Jam w/Cynthia Holiday. NISHUANE PARK: Montclair. 973-509-4900. www.montclairjazzfestival.org/973-744-2273. Aug 15: 12-9pm free adm Jazz House Kids feat Montclair Jazz Festival w/José James, Paquito D'Rivera Qnt, Christian McBride Big Band feat Melissa Walker, Radam Schwartz Organized, Ed Palermo & Jazz House Faculty Collective. 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. PRIORY JAZZ CLUB: 233W Market St. Newark. 973-242-8012. Fri: 7-11pm. Aug 28: Jam w/Carrie Jackson. RICALTON’S: 19 Valley St. South Orange. www.ricaltons.com. 973-763-1006. Tues: 7:30-10:30pm Greg Bufford Trio. 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. Aug 10&24: 8-10pm Glenn Franke's 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. Aug 1: Bob Devos Organ Qrt; 7: Burr Johnson & BJB Trio; 8: Ed Alstrom & Acid Cabaret; 14: John Gatti Trio; 15: Ty Stephens & SoulJaazz in Summer Sizzles; 26: Chip Shelton PeaceTime Ens feat Gino Rosario; 29: Enrico Granafei Qrt; 30: Ron Aprea Big Band feat Angela DeNiro. WBGO: 54 Park Pl. Newark. www.wbgo.org. 973-624-8880.
HUDSON BRASSERIE DE PARIS: 700 1st St. Hoboken. www.brasseriedeparishoboken.com. 201942-9700. Thurs: 7-10pm. Aug 6: La Parisienne Band; 13: Gypsy Jazz, Gypsy Swing & Gypsy Kings. HUDSON RIVERFRONT PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 1500 Harbor Bld. Weehawken. 201-716-4540. www.hrpac.org. Aug 5: 7pm Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith w/spec guest Catherine Russell; 19: 7pm Cyrille Aimée. LIBERTY HOUSE RESTAURANT: 82 Audrey Zapp Dr. Jersey City. 201-395-0300. www.lib ertyhouserestaurant.com. Sun: 12am-3pm Jazz Brunch. LIGHT HORSE TAVERN: 199 Washington St. Jersey City. www.lighthorsetavern.com. 201946-2028. Sun: 6-10pm. LINCOLN PARK: Jersey City. Aug 19: 6pm NJCU Musical Theatre Ens + Winard Harper & Jeli Posse. MADAME CLAUDE: 364 1/2 4th St. Jersey City. www.madameclaudecafe.com. 201-8768800. Thurs: 7:30pm Manouche Bag. MAXWELL’S TAVERN: 1039 Washington St. Hoboken. www.maxwellsnj.com. 201-6537777. Tues: 8pm free adm. MOORE’S LOUNGE: 189 Monticello Av. Jersey City. 201-332-4309. Fri: 8:30pm free adm/no min Jam by Winard Harper & Rosalind Grant.
HUNTERDON The NATIONAL HOTEL: 31 Race St. Frenchtown. www.thenationalhotelnj.com. 908-996-3200. Aug 30: 5-7pm free adm Maurício de Souza & Alan Chaubert Duo.
MIDDLESEX DESTINATION DOGS: 101 Paterson St. New Brunswick. www.destinationdogs.com. 732993-1016. Free adm. 1st Fri: 9pm-12am New Brunswick Groove Fusion feat Matt Echols. DUE MARI: 78 Albany St. New Brunswick. www.duemarinj.com. 732-296-1600. Fri: 6:30-9:30pm Solos. Aug 7: tba; 14: Misha Joseph; 21: Rachel Eckroth; 28: tba. HOTOKE RESTAURANT BAR LOUNGE & SUSHI: 350 George St. New Brunswick. 732-
246-8999. www.hotokerestaurant.com. Thurs: 8-11pm free adm/$5 min. Aug 6: Najwa Parkins Qrt; 13: Todd Bashore Qrt; 20: Winard Harper & Jeli Posse; 27: Vince Ector Band. 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. Thurs: 6-10pm Champian Fulton. STATE THEATRE: 15 Livingston Av. New Brunswick. www.statetheatrenj.org. 732-2467469. Aug 12: 8pm $35-$65 adm Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue w/spec guest Preservation Hall Jazz Band. 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. Aug 4: Dominic Palombi Gp; 11: Kyle Duppstadt; 18: Kevin Sun Gp; 25: John Nunez Gp.
MONMOUTH COUNT BASIE THEATRE: 99 Monmouth St. Red Bank. www.countbasietheatre.org. 732842-9000. Aug 19: 8pm $20/25 adm Boney James. DOWNTOWN ASBURY PARK: Main St. Asbury Park. http://www.asburyparkcham ber.com/jazzweekend.asp. Aug 7-9: Asbury Park Loves Jazz feat 08/7 7-10pm $10 adm Karen Rodriquez, 08/8 12-1pm Karen Lee, 1:30-3pm Desi Norman, 3:30-5pm PJ Rassmusen, 5:30-7pm Valerie Adams & The Dimensions Band, 08/9 11:30am-1pm Deftet, $19 2pm Brooke Alford, 3pm Alex Bugnon, 4:20pm Jonathan Fritzen & Vincent Ingala, 5:30pm Chieli Minucci & Special EFX w/spec guest Marion Meadows. GIAMANO’S: 301 Main St. Bradley Beach. 732775-4275. www.giamanos.com. Free adm/no min. HOTEL TIDES: 408 7th Av. Asbury Park. 732897-7744. www.hoteltides.com. Sets: 710pm. Aug 9: Lauren Hooker; 23: Deftet Trio feat Maxine Snow.
MORRIS BICKFORD THEATRE: 6 Normandy Heights Rd. Morristown. 973-971-3706. Concerts 89:30pm. www.njjs.org. $15/18 adm. Aug 3: Frank Vignola, Vinny Raniolo & Gary Mazzaroppi; 17: Nicki Parrott Gp feat Harry Allen; 24: The Shane Gang Swings Again feat Mark Shane w/Dan Levinson. HIBISCUS RESTAURANT: 270 South St. Morristown. www.hibiscuscuisine.com. 973359-0200. Tues 6-9pm, Fri 7-10pm, Sat 6:309:30pm, Sun Brunch 12-3pm. MAXFIELD’S ON MAIN: 713 Main St. Boonton. www.maxfieldsonmain.com. 973588-3404. MAYO PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 100 South St. Morristown. www.mayoarts.org. 973-539-8008. Aug 6: 8pm $49-89 adm Chris Botti. MORRISTOWN GREEN: Downtown Morristown. www.morrisarts.org/programs/ music-without-borders. Aug 15: 12pm free adm Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival feat Swingadelic, Bucky Pizzarelli Guitar Summit, Bria Skonberg Band, Roomful of Blues & Charlie Musselwhite Band. NEW JERSEY JAZZ SOCIETY: 800-303NJJS. www.njjs.org. SHANGHAI JAZZ: 24 Main St. Madison. 973-
822-2899. 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. Closed Mon&Sun. Residency (R): Tues except 08/25 John Korba. Aug 1: “King” Solomon Hicks Qrt; 4: R; 8: Rob Paparozzi; 11: R; 13: Bob Dorough Trio; 14-15: Freddy Cole; 18: R; 19: Bucky Pizzarelli; 21: Champian Fulton Trio; 26: Nicki Parrott; 29: Geoff Galante Trio.
OCEAN OCEAN COUNTY COLLEGE: College Dr. Toms River. 732-255-0500. www.ocean.edu. www.njjs.org. Aug 5: 8-9:30pm $18/22 adm Geoff Gallante.
UNION 16 PROSPECT WINE BAR & BISTRO: 16 Prospect St. Westfield. 908-232-7320. www.16prospect.com. Free adm/no min. Thurs: 8-11pm. Aug 13: Carrie Jackson & friends. CROSSROADS: 78 North Av. Garwood. 908232-5666. www.xxroads.com. Tues: 9pm1am free adm Jam w/Crossroads All Stars. DOWNTOWN WESTFIELD: Westfield. www.westfieldtoday.com/jazzfestival. 908789-9444. Tues: 7-9pm free adm. Aug 4: Mike Kaplan Nnt, No Name James & Butterball, Marlene VerPlanck, Joe Taino Gp; 11: NewTrad Sxt, The Murphtet, David Aaron Qnt, B.D. Lenz; 18: Abelita Mateus, Mauricio de Souza & Bossa Brasil®, Carrie Jackson, VooDUDES; 25: Jazz Lobsters, Ehoff/Gano/Knepp, Ali Ryerson, Watson. MONDO: 426 Springfield Av. Summit. 908-3011285. www.mondosummit.com. Sat: 8pm. Aug 1: Eric Przedpelski Qrt; 15: Dan Rufolo. VAN GOGH’S EAR CAFÉ: 1017 Stuyvesant Av. Union. www.vangoghsearcafe.com. 908810-1844. Sun: 8-11pm $4 adm. Aug 2: Joe Knipes; 9: QED; 30: Groove Apparatus. VINTAGE RESTAURANT: 9 W Westfield Av. Roselle Park. www.vintageitalianrestaurant. net. 908-445-4520. Aug 7: 7-10pm Dynamic Duo feat Carrie Jackson & Noriko Kamo. The WAITING ROOM: 66 E Cherry St. Rahway. www.thewaitingroom.us. 732-3820900. Aug 8: 9:30pm Joel Zelnik Trio w/Annette Sanders.
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. Aug 1: Evan Gregor Qnt; 2: Geoff Gallante Qrt; 6: R; 7: Dave Lantz Trio; 8: Eric Mintel Qrt; 9: Spencer Reed & Matt Vashlishan; 13: R; 14: Jerry Harris & Billy Test; 15: Giacomo Gates & Billy Test; 16: Walt Bibinger Solo; 20: R; 21: Vinny Bianchi & La Cuchina; 22: Viktorija Gectye w/Go Trio & spec guest Joe Magnarelli; 23: tba; 27: R; 28: George Young Qrt; 29: Nancy Reed Trio; 30: Michele Bautier & Skip Wilkins; 31: 7:30-10:30pm Deer Head Inn Jazz Orch. DELAWARE WATER GAP: www.cotajazz.org. Hot House is not responsible for any errors in the listings which may have occured from late changes or incorrect information supplied to us. Please call the venues or check websites for up to date calendars.
BRIDGE CROSSINGS BREWER HAS ESTABLISHED a foothold as one of the stalwart young "bassMATT players on the progressive jazz scene" (NY Times). Also a composer, bandleader and recording artist, Brewer's credits include Lee Konitz, Steve Coleman, Terence Blanchard, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Jeff "Tain" Watts and Greg Osby.
Q. Tell me something about your latest recording project. A. The only record I've done as a leader is my recent album on Criss Cross, Mythology. I had been wanting to make a record for quite some time, but had been pretty busy with sideman work (and maybe a little lazier than I'd like to admit)... Everyone on the record is one of my absolute favorite musicians on their respective instruments and I was genuinely surprised and delighted that they were all available at the same time. Q. What, other than your own recordings, have you been listening to lately? A. I've been a little obsessed with the first track on Sly Stone's album Fresh. That whole album is great but I catch myself listening to "In Time" over and over. I'm always listening to some Coltrane album or another, and some Miles album as well. I got Amandala on vinyl recently and I love the writing. I love Miles from any and all time periods. Porgy and Bess is probably one of my top five favorite albums
Brewer photo by Rafiq Bhatia.
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of all time. Other things on the turntable recently have been Lightning Hopkins, Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsies, Aphex Twin, Bartok's Music for Strings Percussion and Celeste, Hank Mobley Soul Station (and anything with Paul Chambers, really) and that record that Ben Webster and Sweets Edison did together with George Duvivier on bass. Q. What sort of intelligence, mind set does it take to appreciate jazz? A. None. I've never thought it was a music only for the elite. If you can find beauty in literature, film or art of any kind, you can find it in jazz. The idea that you need to acquire some secret knowledge to be in the club is antithetical to what music should be about. Q. Can jazz be taught? To play it, appreciate it? A. I'd mostly say yes. It's like anything else (science, cooking, sports). Most aspects of it can be taught, but aptitude and natural ability play a role. Some of the most beautiful aspects of our favorite musicians are the things that cannot be taught. I have musician friends who have been gifted from a young age and others that had to work more constantly throughout their life. Hard work is important no matter what your ability, though. Q. You're from Oklahoma City and spent your youth in Albuquerque. How and at what age were you exposed to jazz? A. Oklahoma at one time had many greats. Charlie Christian, Don Byas and Chet Baker, were all from there. My grandfather was a great musician and played trumpet with Charlie Barnett,
â€œI've never thought it was a music only for the elite. If you can find beauty in literature, film or art of any kind, you can find it in jazz.â€?
Woody Herman and Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. He died before I was born, but those stories and bootleg recordings were an early inspiration. My dad plays trombone and teaches music and showed me a lot about theory at a young age. My mother had a radio show and interviewed lots of jazz greats. Her mother was a great music lover as well so there was constantly music in the house. I started playing bass when I was ten. Q. A couple of your favorite websites, blogs, apps? A. I'm not too up on any of the blogs. I've read Ethan Iverson's blog and enjoyed the interviews there. I think it's great that a musician is taking the initiative to have conversations with some of the masters. A musician will conduct an interview in a way that's different than say, a critic. Q. How has technology changed your recorded music listening habits? A. We all have tons of music on our phones and if there's something we want to get, it's a couple clicks away. That's good and bad. When faced with so many options it becomes difficult to focus on any one thing. I don't think people listen to entire records as much as they used to. The sound quality suffers nowadays as well. All the chopping up and digitizing of sound information that your brain has to then put back together is probably tiring whether we realize it or not. Q. A life in music: more perspiration or inspiration? A. Hard work is important, but if you don't love what you do it's hard to stay motivated and keep getting better. Also, I think audiences can sense inspiration, love and sincerity and are attracted to it. Q. If there's an afterlife, one piece of music you heard here that you'll remember there? A. Bach's B minor Mass. Q. Your favorite musician of all-time? A favorite or two playing or composing today? A. Kind of impossible to pick one! I could say John Coltrane and that would be pretty honest. Although I'd really want to say Miles and Bach too. As far as people today, Steve Coleman, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Mark Turner are very inspiring to me. I learned a ton from being in Greg Osby's band when I was younger, too. Q. You are having a dinner party and can invite three musicians. Who would they be? A. I like getting people together over food and drink to listen to music or talk about things. If I could invite anybody from the past I'd think I'd invite Thelonious Monk, Elvin Jones and John Coltrane.
Matt Brewer performs at Cornelia Street CafĂŠ Aug. 14.