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The Jazz Gallery

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Kevin Sun

JD Allen

Lou Caputo

Samara Joy

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A Grand Night for Strings Starring Regina Carter feat. Jenny Scheinman, The String Queens, and the Michael Bowie Trio Celebrating Billy Taylor’s Centennial Feat. Cyrus Chestnut, Allyn Johnson, Afro Blue, Winard Harper, and Chip Jackson Tribute to the Legendary Saxophonist Andrew White Feat. Kevin Toney, Steve Novosel, Keith Killgo, Antonio Parker, and special guests DCJazzPrix Finals Camilla George, Giveton Gelin Quintet, Dayramir Gonzalez, and Habana enTRANCé Free General Admission-Standing, Seated, and VIP Club Tickets Available Lineup subject to change


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CALENDAR OF EVENTS ONLINE EVENTS ALTERNATIVE VENUES FOR JAZZ: nuesforjazz. Mon-Fri: 5pm. CHAMPIAN FULTON: https://www.face Sun: 5pm. DIZZY’S CLUB: https://jazzatlincolncenter. Tues: 12pm A Closer Listen w/Seton Hawkins & Yunie Mojica. EMMET COHEN: /heyemmet. Mon: 7:30pm Live From Emmet’s feat Emmet Cohen Trio w/guests. FLUSHING TOWN HALL: http://www.flush Aug 11: 7pm Louis Armstrong Legacy Jazz Jam feat Carol Sudhalter. JACKSON ROOM: https://www.jackson Last Sat: 8:30pm $10 adm Ed Jackson & friends. JANICE FRIEDMAN: https://www.facebook. com/janicefriedmanmusic/live. Wed: 7:30pm Over the Hump w/Janice Friedman. JAZZ FORUM: jazzforumclub. Thurs: 7pm. Aug 5: Joe Dyson Trio; 12: Lucy Yeghiazaryan Trio; 19: Greg Abate Qrt; 26: Noah Haidu Trio. JAZZ WAHI: Aug 5: 7:30pm Jazz Wahi Vocal series feat Louise Rogers & Mark Kross. JAZZVOICE.COM: https://www.jazzvoice. com. Masterclasses. Aug 6: 3pm Fay Claassen; 12: 9pm Carol Welsman; 18: 9pm Marguerite Junemann; 22: 3pm Nicki Parrott. JOHN PIZZARELLI: https://www.facebook. com/johnpizzarelliofficial. Thurs: 6pm It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere feat John Pizzarelli. KARRIN ALLYSON: 3rd Sun: 6pm. KAT EDMONSON: https://www.facebook. com/katedmonsonmusic. Sun: 7pm. KEN PEPLOWSKI: https://www.facebook. com/ken.peplowski. Thurs: 7:30pm In The Moment w/Ken Peplowski & friends. LARRY NEWCOMB: https://www.facebook. com/larrynewcombguitarmethod. Sat 2:30pm Covid Comfort & Beyond feat Larry & Jake Newcomb. MARIANNE SOLIVAN: https://www.face Sat: 1pm Jazz Vocal Repertoire Hang feat Marianne Solivan. MARIO ABNET: mario.abneyario. Tues: 10pm Keyed Up! feat Mario Abney Qnt. METROPOLITANZOOM: https://metropolitan Aug 21: 7-8:30pm Carrie Jackson All-Star Band. MUSIC WHILE WE'RE INSIDE: Sun: 6pm hosted by Antoinette Montague w/spec guests. ROOM 623: lynmedinamusic. Sun: 6pm + Jam 7-9pm Sunday Vocal Jazz Jam feat Jocelyn Medina w/spec guest. Aug 1: Jazzmeia Horn; 8: Olivia Chindamo; 15: Sheila Jordan & Cameron Brown; 22: Elisabeth Lohninger;


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UPPER MANHATTAN (Above 70th Street) 32nd PRECINCT: 250 W 135th St. bet. Frederick Douglass & Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvds. 212-8664900. Aug 3: 7pm free adm Claudia Hayden Project. 449 LA: 449 Lenox Ave. bet. 132nd & 133rd Sts. 212-234-3298. Thurs 1-4pm & Sun-Sat 47pm: Jazz & Dessert. BENNET PARK: W 183rd St. at Fort Washington Ave. Mon: 4-5:15pm WaHi Jam. BILL’S PLACE: 148 W 133rd St. bet. Lenox & 7th Aves. 212281-0777. Fri-Sat: 8&10pm $20 don Bill Saxton Bebop Band. The EXPAT: 64 Tiemann Pl. 646-941-7935. Sat: 1-4pm Carol Morgan Duo w/Steve Nelson. GRANT’S TOMB: W 122nd St. & Riverside Dr. 212-866-4900. Wed: 78:30pm free adm. Aug 4: Winard Harper & Jeli Posse; 11: Tribute to Hugh Masekela w/Sipho Kunene & Woza Masekela; 18: Bill Saxton Qrt; 25: Bobby Sanabria Multi-Verse Big Band. GREATER CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH: 55 W 124th St. bet Malcolm X Blvd. & 5th Ave. 212-3486132. Fri: 7-8:30pm $20 adm Harlem Jazz series. Aug 6: Ronnie Burrage Trio; 13: Curtis Nowosad; 20: Shirazette Tinnin; 27: Warren Smith Trio. KISMAT BAR: 603 Fort Washington Ave. at 187th St. 212-795-8633. Tues: 7:30-10pm WaHi Jam. LA FONDA: 169 E 106th St. bet. 3rd & Lexington Aves. 212-410-7292. Thurs: 8pm Latin Jazz. LE CHÉILE: 839 W 181st St. bet. Cabrini & Pinehurst Blvds. 212740-3111. Wed: 7-11pm WaHi Wednesday Jam. MARCUS GARVEY PARK: 18 Mt. Morris Park W at 122nd St. Fri: 7-8:30pm free adm 212-866-4900. Aug 6: Wycliffe Gordon Qrt; 13: Nubian Ball by Craig Harris; 20: Antoinette Montague Qnt; continued on page 8


By George Kanzler

WO TENOR SAXOPHONISTS—ONE also playing clarinet—bring us new T albums that differ sharply in terms of per-

sonnel. Kevin Sun’s comprises a total of six musicians, Kevin among them; while JD Allen’s features no one but himself. However, both CDs are high concept: Kevin’s is a reimagining, as well as a love letter, to the recorded music of jazz legend Charlie (Bird) Parker, while JD’s is an example of the heroic solo tenor sax recording tradition that harks back to Coleman Hawkins’ 1948 “Picasso” and famously includes Sonny Rollins’ solo concert in the Sculpture Garden of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 1985, a natural culmination of Sonny’s many long live cadenzas. <3 Bird, Kevin Sun (Endectomorph Music) is an engaging, delightful excursion into Birdology, the music of Charlie Parker. Kevin employs a rotating roster of musicians—anchored by the bass of Walter Stinson and drums of Matt Honor, including trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, guitarist Max Light and pianist and Fender Rhodes player Christian Li—with his own tenor sax or clarinet, as well as brief use of the Chinese wind-reed instrument sheng on one track. The music throughout has a sparkling vitality buoyed by Max’s kinetic drumming and the obvious enthusiasm of the players. Some of the most scintillating pieces are the four showcasing Adam, whose trumpet has a clean, brassy tone ideally suited to his expressively logical improvisations. Three of the four feature a sax, trumpet, piano, bass and drums quintet analogous to the instrumentation of Bird’s early recordings. “Greenlit” borrows the harmony of “Confirmation,” grafting it onto a new melody and “oscillating metrical form,” according to Kevin’s album notes, in a very bebop performance. “Sturgis,” a quintet ensemble piece based on Bird’s improvisation on “Mohawk” and “Salt Peanuts”—complete with the latter’s vocal interjections of the title—mirrors Bird’s recording with composer Dizzy Gillespie from 1945. “Schaaple from the Appel,” based on “Scrapple from the Apple,” is divided into a 45-second intro and four-and-a-half-minute main event, both featuring the leader’s clarinet, muted trumpet, bass and brushed drums, Adam’s solo shadowed by tandem clarinet. Kevin explores various strategies in reworking Bird’s music, separating the

melody and rhythm of “Dexterity” into two quartet tracks, “Adroitness, I & II,” one with clarinet, the other with tenor sax. “Composite,” a short (minute-and-a-half) piece, samples four Bird blues melodies, while “Arc’s Peel” is a clarinet trio rendering of Bird’s improvisation on “Scrapple from the Apple.” The three tunes with Max’s guitar reimagine bebop classics: “Onomatopoeia,” a mashup of “Be-Bop” and “Segment”; “Du Yi’s Choir,” Kevin’s tenor sax take on “Dewey Square”; and “Talckoverseed-nete,” a rousing reinterpretation of “Klactoveedsedstene.” Queen City, JD Allen (Savant), was conceived as a mosaic/mural of 13 tracks by JD, four standards from the Depression Era framing nine originals. Allen’s rich, resonant tenor sax sound, presented with a slight hint of echo à la ECM recordings, combined with his natural tendency to be centered and concise—evident in his trio albums—bring a compelling focus, even grandeur, to this project. All the pieces are basically as short as pop singles, and each sounds perfectly rounded and finished, not short-changed by the time limitations. JD’s approach to solo tenor playing resembles a pared-down version of Sonny’s solo cadenzas. While Sonny was often effusive and digressive, JD is on point, focused as if editing as he goes. Each of his originals revolves around an often simple theme, a riff (“Maude”), an ascending scale (“Vernetta”), a catchy melody (“Queen City”). He favors long, flowing notes and phrases, as on “Gem and Eye,” but also features staccato phrasing (“Retrograde”), even employing tongue splats and riff-like sawing on occasion. And he can be romantically lyrical, as on the long, singing lines of “Kristian with a K.” Great liberties are taken with the four standards, two at each end of the CD. “Three Little Words” only implies the melody, if you know the chords, like an extended cadenza; “Just a Gigolo” skirts around the theme until the final coda; “These Foolish Things” plays hide-and-seek with the familiar theme, reminding the listener fleetingly of the lyrics. Only The Carter Family’s “Wildwood Flower” delivers a melody almost unadorned. Kevin Sun gives an album release concert, with musicians from <3 Bird on August 19 at The Jazz Gallery. JD Allen brings his trio to Bar Bayeux on August 4.

Allen cover photo by Bart Babinski, Caputo by Chris Drukker, Joy by Shervin Lainez, Sun by Diane Zhou.


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27: Antonio Hart Qrt; 28-29: 6-7pm Charlie Parker Centennial celeb feat 08/28 Donald Harrison Qrt &  The Harlem Symphony Orch, 08/29 Willie Jones III feat Sarah Hanahan, Godwin Louis, Justin Robinson, Erena Terakubo. MINTON’S PLAYHOUSE: 206 W 118th St. bet. St. Nicholas Ave. & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. 212-2432222. Sets: 8&10pm. Residency: Thurs Jam by Vuyo Sotashe, Benny Benack III, Irwin Hall, Jenn Jade. Aug 1: Eric Frazier Experience; 4: Jonathan Dely; 6: Adi Meyerson; 7: Grupo Jazzón; 8: Tony Glausi Qrt; 11: Charles Turner III Qrt; 13: Isaiah Collier Qrt; 14: Vuyo Sotashe Qrt; 18: Willerm Delisfort; 22: Jon Thomas; 25: Jonathan Michel; 29: BAMF Collective. NATIONAL JAZZ MUSEUM IN HARLEM: 58 W 129th St. at Malcolm X Blvd. 212-3488300. Aug 5&13: Afro-Latin Roots of Jazz feat 08/5 2pm D'Soto Gp, 08/13 5pm Kali Rodriquez-Pena Qnt. PATRICK'S PLACE: 2835 Frederick Douglass Blvd. at 151st St. www.patricksplaceharlem. com. 212-491-7800. Free adm. Fri: 8-11pm Jam by Patience Higgins. Aug 14: 7pm Annette St. John Qnt w/Warren Smith; 21: 7pm C. HoneySmith & friends w/Michael Young. SHRINE: 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. bet. 133rd & 134th Sts. 212-690-7807. Residencies: Sun 68pm Jam w/Andrew Kushnir; 1st Sun 810pm The Shrine Big Band. Aug 9: 6-8pm Trace Zacur Qrt; 11: 10pm-12am Wack Cheddar; 13: 6-8pm James Labrosse Band; 14: 7-8pm Michael Morgan Trio; 20: 10pm12am Manny's Boogaloo Crew; 21: 6-7pm NY JAZZ FORCE, 9-10pm Blackfort. SUGAR BAR: 254 W 72nd St. bet. Bway & West End Ave. 212-579-0222. Thurs: 9pm $10 adm Open Mic w/Sugar Bar All Star Band.

MID-TOWN MANHATTAN (Between 35th & 59th Street)

BIRDLAND: 315 W 44th St. bet. 8th & 9th Aves. 212-581-3080. Sets: Sun&Wed-Thurs 7pm; Fri-Sat 7& 9:30pm. Residencies: Sun Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Ens; Wed David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band. Aug 12-14: Champian Fulton Qrt; 19-21: Donald Harrison Qrt; 26-28: Birdland Allstar Qnt feat David DeJesus; 31-Sep 4: The Strata East 50th Anniversary Celebration w/Charles Tolliver Qnt. BROADWAY PLAZA: Bway bet. 43rd & 44th Sts. Thurs: 7-8pm. Aug 5: Luther S. Allison Trio; 12: Willerm Delisfort Duo; 19: Sarah Hanahan Trio; 26: Zaccai Curtis Trio. BRYANT PARK: 6th Ave. bet. 41st & 42nd Sts. 212-768-4242. Mon-Fri: 12:30-2:30pm Piano in the Park. Aug 2-6: Victor Lin; 9-13: Luiz Simas; 16-20: Danny Mixon; 23-27: Frank Owens; 30-Sep 3: Isaac ben Ayala. CARNEGIE CLUB: 156 W 56th St. bet. 6th & 7th Aves. 212-957-9676. Sat: 8&10:30pm Steve Maglio & Stan Rubin Orch. DAMROSCH PARK: 62nd St. bet. Columbus & Amsterdam Aves. Aug 5: 7:30pm Jazz at Lincoln Center Orch feat spec guest Branford Marsalis. DIZZY’S CLUB: At Jazz At Lincoln Center. 10 Columbus Cir. at 60th St. 5th Fl. 212-258-9800.


FINE & RARE: 9 E 37th St. bet. 5th & Madison Aves. 212-725-3866. HEARST PLAZA: At Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. 30 Lincoln Center Plaza bet. Bway & Amsterdam Ave, bet. 64th & 65th Sts. Aug 14: Aug 14: 7pm Jokes and Jazz by Sheila Anderson. MICHIKO REHEARSAL STUDIOS: 149 W 46th St. bet. 6th & 7th Aves. 3rd Fl. 212-3024011. 2nd Wed: 7-9:30pm $20 adm Lew Tabackin Trio. The RUM HOUSE: At Hotel Edison. 228 W 47th St. bet. Bway & 8th Ave. 646-490-6924. Aug 29: 8-11pm Lou Caputo & Company. SWING 46: Jazz & Supper Club. 349 W 46th St. bet 8 & 9th Aves. 212262-9554. Sets: Sun 1-4pm Brunch (B), 58pm Early (E), Late (L) 8:30-11:30pm; TuesSat E 5:30-8:30pm, L 9pm-12am. Residencies: Sun B Vanessa Racci Trio, E Joe Taino Qrt, L Cuarteto Guataca; Tues L Jam w/Michael Hashim; Wed E Kevin Blancq Qrt; Thurs L George Gee Swing Combo; Fri E Vanessa Perea & Robert Edwards Qrt. TOMI JAZZ: 239 E 53rd St. bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves. Lower level. 646497-1254. WEST BANK CAFE: 407 W 42nd St. bet. 9th & 10th Aves. 212695-6909. Sets: 8-10pm. Fri: The Jazz Bandits; Sat: Gabrielle Stravelli Trio.

LOWER MANHATTAN (Below 34th Street) 11TH STREET BAR: 510 E 11th St. bet. Avenue A & B. 212-9823929. Mon: 7pm Keyed Up! feat Richard Clements & Murray Wall. 55 BAR: 55 Christopher St. bet. 6th & 7th Aves. 212-929-9883. BACK ROOM: 102 Norfolk St. bet Delancey & Rivington Sts. 212228-5098. Mon: 9pm-12:30am Svetlana & The Delancey Five. BLUE NOTE: 131 W 3rd St. at 6th Ave. 212475-8592. Sets: 8& 10:30pm. Aug 1: Al Di Meola; 2: Eddie Palmieri; 3: The Cookers; 4-8: Ron Carter Qrt; 9-10: Isaiah Sharkey; 11-12: Digable Planets; 13-15: John Pizzarelli Trio; 16: Eddie Palmieri; 17-18: The Bernie Williams Collective; 19-22: Nicholas Payton; 23: Jesse Harris & Vinicius Cantuaria; 24-25: tba; 26: Cimafunk; 27-29: Butcher Brown; 30: Black Art Jazz Collective; 31: tba. CELLAR DOG: 75 Christopher St. at 7th Ave. Lower level. 212-6756056. Sets: 7-11pm. The CUTTING ROOM: 44 E 32nd St. bet. Madison & Park Aves. 212-691-1900. Aug 8: 4pm $30 adm Joanne Brackeen. The DJANGO: At Roxy Hotel. 2 Avenue of the Americas at Walker St. www.roxyhotelnyc. com. 212-519-6600. Sets: Wed-Thurs Early (E) 7-8:30pm, Late (L) 9-11:30pm; Fri-Sat E 7pm, L 10pm-1:30am. Aug 4: E Ms. Kokoh & The Kundalini Qrt, L Jenn Jade Ledesna Qnt; 5: E Alexander Claffy Qrt, L Chris Norton; 6: E Jason Clotter Qrt, L Ken Fowser Qnt; 7: E Keith Brown Trio, L Matt Chertkoff feat Houston Person; 11: E Tahira Clayton Qrt, L J. Hoard Qnt; 12: E David Hazeltine Trio, L Paul Sikivie Sxt; 13: E Chris Beck Qrt, L Ken Fowser Qnt; 14: E Joe Saylor Qrt, L Joe Farnsworth Qnt; 18: E Hilary Gardner Qrt, L Johnny O’Neal Trio; 19: E Jeremy continued on page 12

LOU CAPUTO: Still Having Fun Playing Great Music By Don Jay Smith

ULTI-REEDMAN LOU CAPUTO loves to play for an audience. That’s M why the pandemic was so difficult. True,

he practiced constantly, but as he explains, “Everything works in your basement. But I need to play for someone, bounce ideas off of other musicians and have an audience respond. I want to put a smile on people’s faces.” That’s why he has embraced New York’s emergence from the pandemic. When a friend asked him to play at his Williamsburg pizzeria and restaurant, Lou immediately called bassist Yas Takeda and guitarist Tom DiPietro to join him. It’s in his neighborhood and, according to Lou, everyone has been extremely receptive. “Not every musician has the luxury of playing at major jazz clubs like The

Vanguard or Dizzy’s Coca-Cola Club,” he says, “so you have to find a way to meet your crowd halfway and still play jazz.” Clearly, he does that very well because he’s appearing at The Rum House in Midtown with his quartet, comprising Yas, pianist Don Stein and vocalist George Colotti. Before the pandemic, Lou played there regularly, and patrons loved the music. At The Rum House, the quartet competes with food and drink service, but the audience really pays attention. As Lou describes: “At both gigs, we’ll play tunes that our audience know such as ‘Song for my Father,’ ‘Sister Sadie,’ ‘Shining Stockings,’ and ‘Take Five.’ It’s always important to give people songs that are familiar. We try to find that happy medium with the tunes we play.” Lou’s more than 40 years as a professional musician has paid off. He plays soprano, alto, tenor and baritone as well as the clarinet, which gives him a diverse sound and musical approach. With influences as wide ranging as Charlie Parker, Paul Desmond, Stan Getz and John Coltrane, he is comfortable with all styles of music and can always tailor his sound to his audience. He also loves to play the flute and has been praised for his great sound and emotion on all his instruments. Lou is quick to acknowledge his great teachers including the legendary Frank Foster and Harvey Estrin, a talented multi-reed musician and teacher whose credits included the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra and The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. He learned early on how to read his audience. “When I was a teenager,” Lou explains, “I played in the bands of a lot of performers who were really good entertainers and I watched how they interacted with their patrons. The key is to read your audience. You can’t plan a gig sitting at home; you have to be flexible. I learned how to call tunes that people relate to.” A talented raconteur, Lou recounted a time when calling a well-known tune didn’t turn out as planned. “Things don’t always go smoothly,” Lou recalls. “We had just finished playing the Cannonball Adderley classic ‘Work Song’ when someone from the audience rushed up to me and told me how much they enjoyed our version of the piece and then asked if we knew anything else by the Tijuana Brass!” It helps that over the years he has played with jazz masters such as trumpeter Richard Williams, pianists Duke Jordan and Jaki Byard, drummers Walter Perkins and Mousey Alexander, singers Joe Carroll and Dakota Staton and bassist Chris White. He has also performed or recorded with Harry Connick, Jr., Bobby continued on page 16

Caputo photo by Steven Goldberg.


S P OT L THE COOKERS BLUE NOTE / AUGUST 3 Truly the quintessential all star supergroup, The Cookers have few rivals save the mid-’60s Miles Davis Quintet or the SFJazz Collective. Unparalleled fierce musicianship, anticipatory rapport and improvisational genius are hallmarks of this unquestionably great large ensemble. But in essence all these lavish superlatives are still not sufficient. All are bandleaders in their own right, with tons of collective history over 1,000 recordings, 250 years of experience through Texas, Tulsa, Detroit, Ohio, New Orleans, D.C. and New York. Each member contributes their own compositions. The Cookers have released a handful of critically praised albums, from Warriors to The Call Of The Wild & Peaceful Heart. The current lineup comprises fulcrum point/tenor saxophonist Billy Harper, altoist Donald Harrison, trumpeter David Weiss, pianist George Cables, bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Billy Hart. MGN HOUSTON PERSON THE DJANGO / AUGUST 7, BEANRUNNER CAFÉ / AUGUST 21 Tenor saxophonist Houston Person has been one of the most versatile stylists in the history of modern jazz. He made his mark playing in bluesy organ-based bands and with R&B projects, though his muscular tone and gift for creating memorable melodies were equally effective in swing and bop sessions. He has been in demand as a leader and has recorded prolifically for Prestige, Muse and HighNote, including a series of duets with bassist Ron Carter. In his mid-80s now, Houston has lost none of the power or inventiveness that have become trademarks of his performances, while the influence of Ben Webster is apparent in his ballad playing. Houston Person should be considered a jazz treasure. He’s a guest with the Matt Chertkoff Trio at The Django and brings his quartet to the Jazz in the Park Festival at the BeanRunner Café on August 21. KD MATTHEW WHITAKER SPRING HILL ARTS GATHERING / AUGUST 7 Following in footsteps of Tete Montoliu, George Shearing, Ray Charles, Henry Butler and Marcus Roberts among others, pianist Matthew Whitaker displays grand insight without having visual acuity. His heightened sense of melody and harmony marks him unique, especially considering he’s 20 years young. A native of Hackensack, New Jersey, he opened for Stevie Wonder on the Apollo Theater stage at age 11. He studied at the Manhattan School of Music, and employs interpreting standards and composing his own music. With his sophomore album out this month, Connections (Resilience Music Alliance) featuring Regina Carter, Marcos Robinson, Endea Owens, Karim Hutton, Alvester Garnett, Isaiah Johnson, Otis Brown III, Johnathan Blake, Nêgah Santos and Steven Oquendo, Matthew confirms that he’s a huge future ahead. In Connecticut, Marcos on guitar, Karim on bass and Isaiah on drums join Matthew, who also plays the Hammond B-3 organ. He will also perform at Harlem Stage Sept. 25. MGN HECTOR MARTIGNON HAYGROUND SCHOOL / AUGUST 12 Dynamism and total command of contemporary jazz and Latin forms would describe the brilliant pianist Hector Martignon. A native of Bogota, Colombia with a splash of Italian heritage and German classical schooling, he came up in the ranks with Celia Cruz, Ray Barretto’s New World Spirit, Ismael Miranda, Mongo Santamaria and Tito Puente among others, and enjoyed a stint with Max Roach. His albums Refugee (ZOHO, 2007) and Second Chance (ZOHO, 2010) were Grammy nominees. The Big Band Theory (ZOHO, 2016) formed the springboard for the 18-piece Banda Grande, playing this year’s inaugural Hamptons Jazz Fest. Featured in the band are saxophonists Chelsea Baratz and Alex Han, trumpeters Seneca Black and Fabio Morgera, trombonists Luis Bonilla, Dr. Chris Washburne and Rafi Malkiel, bassist John Benitez, drummer Vince Cherico, percussionist Samuel Torres and a string quartet. MGN

By Ken Dryden, Ken Franckling, Seton Ha

10 The Cookers photo by John Abbott, Green by Don Dixon, Irby by Frank Stewart, Person by Urko Dorronsoro, Yeg

LIGHT JAY HOGGARD ARTISTS COLLECTIVE / AUGUST 8, LYNDHURST ESTATE / AUGUST 12 Great vibes abound every time vibraphonist Jay Hoggard takes the stage. Whether bluesin’ or boppin’, Jay’s inspiring sound has delighted audiences for more than 40 years. Jay began playing vibraphone at 15 after having dreamt that he was playing the instrument. He subsequently studied music at Wesleyan University and, in 1977, made his way to New York City. As a sideman, Jay has performed and recorded with everyone from Anthony Braxton and Sam Rivers to Geri Allen and Henry Threadgill. As a leader, he has recorded 22 albums, his most recent being 2016 release Harlem Hieroglyphs. For these performances, Jay brings pianist Steve Sandberg, bassist Belden Bullock and drummer Pheeroan Aklaff, with the addition of reedman Don Byron on the 12th. EW SHERMAN IRBY MORRIS MUSEUM / AUGUST 12 A nonpareil leader of the alto saxophone, Sherman Irby is best known to audiences as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s lead altoist, having shaped the saxophone section’s singular sound for more than two decades. While his work in the orchestra is outstanding, Sherman particularly shines in small ensemble settings, where his warmly dark tone, bluesdrenched romanticism and stellar writing can be fully enjoyed. At this outdoor concert in New Jersey, he has ample opportunity to stretch out by appearing with a piano-less trio. Joined by longtime collaborators Gerald Cannon on bass and Willie Jones III on drums—a potent rhythm section pairing that propelled his 2017 release Cerulean Canvas—Sherman is sure to deliver an astonishing set that promises to inspire and surprise even longtime fans. SH LUCY YEGHIAZARYAN JAZZ FORUM VIRTUAL / AUGUST 12, DEER HEAD INN / AUGUST 20 One of the new breed of mainstream jazz vocalists, Armenian American Lucy Yeghiazaryan is working towards excellence without hyperbolic pyrotechnics or gimmicks, yet she’s cat quick bopping or cool scatting. She’s quite sophisticated and skilled beyond her years. Johnny O’Neal describes her as having “an engaging tone and a warm flair.” Born in post-Soviet Armavir, Armenia, Lucy heard Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and was hooked. She’s also an academic serving as adjunct professor at Temple University, a world history scholar and trained as a classical violinist. Her new Cellar Live CD Blue Heaven shows all the promise of not a work in progress but a star on the verge of arrival. Her backing band in Pennsylvania is tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart, guitarist Greg Ruggiero, bassist Vince DuPont and drummer Byron “Wookie” Landham. MGN BENNY GREEN MEZZROW / AUGUST 27-28 Benny Green is an unabashed hard bopper whose music is all about freshness—for himself and whoever is listening any given night. That’s where the magic is for this pianist, whose in-the-moment explosive style is tempered with stretches of deep sensitivity. After 27 years on the Big Apple jazz scene, Benny returned in 2009 to Berkeley, California, where he grew up. With a future book in mind, he used much of his pandemic isolation to write about artists who have shaped him as a musician and a man, including bandleaders Art Blakey, Ray Brown, Oscar Peterson and Betty Carter. These two nights are Benny’s first solo performances in 18 months. Expect him to share standards, originals and his own take on tunes by some of his musical heroes. KF

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Manasia Trio, L Ian Hendrickson-Smith Qrt; 20: E Elijah Balbed Qrt, L Mike DiRubbo Qnt; 21: E Pete Malinverni Trio, L Evan Sherman Qnt; 25: E Kamilah Trio, L Vanisha Gould Qrt; 26: E Sean Mason Trio, L Mark Whitfield Trio; 27: E Dan Aran Band, L Robert Edward Qnt; 28: E Bruce Williams Qrt, L Lezlie Harrison Qrt. DROM: 85 Avenue A bet. 5th & 6th Sts. 212-7771157. Aug 10: 8pm Rebecca Angel; 11: 8pm Silver Arrow Band; 14: 8pm Mike Stern; 18-22: NYC Summer Jazz series feat 08/18 7:15pm Ravi Coltrane & Juke Joint Jelis w/Brianna Thomas, 08/19 7:15pm Camille Thurman w/Darrell Green Trio + Conrad Herwig Qnt, 08/20 7:30pm Johnathan Blake + Edmar Castañeda & Ari Hoenig, 08/21 8pm Russell Malone Qrt, 08/22 7:30pm Stephane Wrembel & The Django Experiment; 25: 8pm Silver Arrow Band; 27: 8pm Pedrito Martinez. The EAR INN: 326 Spring St. bet. Greenwich & Washington Sts. 212431-9750. Sun: 1-3pm EarRegulars feat JonErik Kellso & friends. The FLATIRON ROOM: 37 W 26th St. (bet. 6th Ave. & Bway.). 212-725-3860. www.the Sets: Sun&Tues-Thurs 69pm; Fri-Sat Early (E) 5-8pm, Late (L) 8:3011:30pm. Tues: Susan Tobocman Duo; Wed: Brandi Disterheft Duo; Thurs: Cait & the Critters; Fri: E Jase & Stace, L Kelly Green Trio; Sat: E Ben & friends, L The Blicker Blues Band. HERMANA NYC: 349 E 13th St. bet. 1st & 2nd Aves. 917-265-8234. Sets: Tues-Sun Early (E) 6pm; Late (L) 8pm. Residencies: Sun except 08/22 L BIG SHINanigans Sunday; Tues L Keyed Up! feat Aida Brandes; Sat E Claudia Tebar, L Arcoiris Sandoval & Marty Kenney. Aug 4: L Jason Clotter; 5: L Andy Bianco; 6: L Dave Kikoski; 11: L Mathis Picard; 12: L Nick Hempton; 13: L Paul Bollenback; 18: L Edsel Gomez; 19: L Jocelyn Gould; 20: L Marianne Solivan; 22: L Andy Bianco; 25: L Davis Whitfield; 26: L Gianluca Renzi; 27: L Tivon Pennicott Duo. The JAZZ GALLERY: 1160 Bway at 27th St. 5th Fl. 646-494-3625. ThursSat: 7:30&9:30pm. Aug 5: Wayne Tucker &  The Bad Mothas; 6: Julius Rodriguez; 7: Alfredo Colón Big Head; 12: John Escreet; 13: Ralph Alessi & Baida Qrt; 14: Kalia Vandever; 19: Kevin Sun; 20-21: Immanuel Wilkins & Jason Moran; 26-28: closed. MEZZROW: 163 W 10th St. bet. 7th Ave &  Waverly Pl. Lower level. 646-476-4346. Sets: 7:30&9pm; Late (L) Sun-Thurs 10:30pm-11:30pm, Fri-Sat 10:30pm&12am. Residencies L Jam: Sun Pasquale Grasso; Tues John Merrill; Wed Saul Rubin; Thurs Panas Athanatos; Fri Jon Davis. Aug 1: Michael Kanan; 3: Lucy Wijnands; 4: Dred Scott Trio; 5: Bruce Barth Trio; 6: tba; 7-8: Gerald Clayton; 9-10: Brad Mehldau w/spec guests; 11: Micah Thomas Trio; 12: Spike Wilner Trio; 13: David Williams; 14: Peter Bernstein; 15-16: tba; 17: Gabrielle Straveli; 18: Jim Ridl; 19: Mike LeDonne; 20-21: Vanessa Rubin; 22-23: tba; 24: Samara Joy; 25: David Berkman; 26: Spike Wilner; 27-28: Benny Green; 29-30: tba; 31: Vanessa Perea. MILANO’S BAR: 51 E Houston St. bet. Mott & Mulberry Sts. 212-226-8844. Mon: 3-5pm Carol Morgan Trio feat Stefano Doglioni. NUBLU 151: 151 Avenue C bet. 9th & 10th Sts. Aug 12: 8pm Ben Williams & friends.


PANGEA: 178 2nd Ave. bet. 11th & 12th Sts. 212-995-0900. 2nd Sun: 12-3pm/free adm Open Mic & Jazz Brunch w/Sue Matsuki & Gregory Toroian. Wed: 6pm $25 adm/$25 min Pangea Hot Summer Nights Jazz Series. Aug 4: Daryl Sherman; 11: ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL: 196 Allen St. at E Houston St. 212-477-4155. Aug 28: 7pm Ethan Lipton Orch. SMALLS JAZZ CLUB: 183 W 10th St. bet. 7th Ave. & W 4th St. Lower level. 212-252-5091. Sets: Early 7&8:30pm; Late (L) 10-11pm; Night (N) 11:30pm-1am Jam. Residencies L&N: Sun Aaron Johnson; Mon Miki Yamanaka; Tues Evan Sherman; Wed Benny Benack; Thurs Carlos Abadie; Fri Philip Harper; Sat Stacy Dillard. Aug 1: Charles Owens Qnt; 2: tba; 3: Eric Alexander Trio; 4: Marc Mommaas Qrt; 5: Tony Davis Qrt; 6: Rodney Jones Trio; 7: Eric Person Qrt; 8: Murray Wall Qrt; 9: Joe Farnsworth Qrt; 10: Steve Nelson Qrt; 11: Ben Allison Qrt; 12: Mike Moreno Qrt; 13: Barry Stephenson Qnt; 14: Jeremy Pelt Qrt; 15: Joe Magnarelli Qnt; 16: Ari Hoenig; 17: Dayna Stephens Gp; 18: Art Hirahara; 19: Omer Avital; 20: Marshal Allen; 21: Duane Eubanks; 22: Glen Zaleski; 23: Orrin Evans; 24: Mike DiRubbo; 25: Luthe Allison; 26: Erena Tarakubo; 27: Andy Farber; 28: George Garzone; 29: Chris Byars; 30: tba; 31: Frank Lacy. SOUR MOUSE NYC: 110 Delancey St. bet. Essex & Ludlow Sts. Lower level. www.sour

BROOKLYN 17 FROST GALLERY: 17 Frost St. 718-3886340. 8pm: Giant Ledge Summer Jazz series. Aug 4: Chase Kuesel; 5: Hannah Marks Trio. BAR BAYEUX: 1066 Nostrand Ave. 347-5337845. Sets: 8-11pm free adm. Tues: 7pm Keyed Up! series feat Jam w/Diego Voglino. Aug 4: JD Allen Trio; 11: Or Bareket Qrt; 18: Dan Weiss & Ari Hoenig. BAR CHORD: 1008 Cortelyou Rd. 347-2406033. Sun: 8pm12am Cortelyou Jam. BARBÈS: 376 9th St. at 6th Ave. 347-422-0248. Residencies: Sun 9pm-12am Stephane Wrembel; Tues 9pm-12am Slavic Soul Party!; Wed 10pm12am Mandingo Ambassadors. Aug 1: 78:30pm Miss Maybell & The Jazz Age Artistes; 3: 7-8:30pm Max Johnson Heroes Trio; 4: 8-9:30pm Andy Statman Trio; 8: 78:30pm The Open Mind feat Rodney “Godfather Don” Chapman; 12: 10pm-12am Arnie & His Rhythm; 15: 7-8:30pm The Open Mind feat Rodney “Godfather Don” Chapman; 16: 7-8:30pm Max Johnson Trio; 21: 8-9:30pm Lucian Ban & Mat Maneri; 27: 10pm-12am Big Lazy. BUSHWICK PUBLIC HOUSE: 1288 Myrtle Ave. Mon: $10 don Bushwick Improvised Music series. CARMINE & SONS PIZZERIA: 356 Graham Ave. 718782-9659. Aug 6&13: 7-10pm Lou Caputo & Company. FLYING LOBSTER: 144 Union St. 718-8552633. Wed-Thurs 69pm & Fri-Sat 7-10pm: Keyed up! series. continued on page 14

SAMARA JOY: Song Meditations By Stephanie Jones

TORRENT OF APPLAUSE SETtles as Samara Joy narrows her eyes. A She searches eclipsed silhouettes in the

hushed crowd. Throughout her early set at The Jazz Gallery, the New York-based singer pauses between tunes to share their stories with her audience. She can’t help herself. Each selection has meaning. Each meaning affects her interpretation of the music. “I try not to, for lack of a better word, ‘method act’ what I sing,” says the New York native who seeks first to emulate those artists who inspire her, then to establish and refine her unique sound. “I can’t sing like anybody but Samara. So it’s a matter of immersing myself in interpretations of songs that I love and, from there, making [them] my own.” Plush and resonant, her sound teems with dynamic intention and bears a bewitching sense of phrasing. Moments of magic emerge from truthfulness present in her song interpretation. Often, Samara will listen to a particular version of a tune multiple times. “It’s almost like meditating on the song,” she says. “I’ll hear something new every time I listen to it—singing the head versus taking it out, listening to the differences in how they tell the story and drive the point home. And I listen for the things that do strike me, that I want to add to the toolbox of my own song interpretation.” In 2019, Samara took first place in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, but her musical upbringing has been stylistically expansive. Coming up among professional artists, a young Samara observed how her relatives would interpret a range of repertoire. “I was always watching and listening,” she says. “Hearing my family sing, [experiencing] the emotion that they conveyed—usually when they sang gospel but also R&B—that helped.” Her mother handed down a love for disco, funk and classic R&B, while her father, who toured with gospel icon Andraé Crouch, introduced her to music from the church. “He grew up in the ’70s, but in a very religious household,” she says. “So he was playing bass and singing in church, but also listening to the radio when his parents weren’t home, trying to learn the pop songs of the day. I had a nice mix of spirituals and secular music when I was growing up. The only thing missing was jazz.”

At SUNY Purchase, Samara would receive a crash course in the music when she enrolled in Kenny Washington’s Jazz History class. Before she recorded alongside the legendary drummer—and brushwork master—for her self-titled debut, Samara began appreciating and working hard to internalize Kenny’s historic playlists, curated for what she discovered to be rather a notorious course. “Listen, we got warned about the class, basically a year in advance,” she says. “We got an email with the syllabus of listening [material]—it was like six pages long—saying, ‘If you want to pass this class, you have to listen.’ But being in it was really fun. Every class was really exciting and informative, but wow, I was nervous.” Busy New York artists guitarist Pasquale Grasso and bassist Ari Roland complete the personnel for Samara Joy (Whirlwind Records, 2021). The criticallyacclaimed release features repertoire that includes original arrangements of such treasured and enduring compositions as “Moonglow,” “Jim,” “If You Never Fall in Love with Me” and “It Only Happens Once.” Samara’s collaborative approach to arranging serves her commitment to spontaneity and musical discourse. “I’ll bring in an idea and [Pasquale will] say, ‘Well what about this?’ And I’ll say, ‘I like that.’ We basically talk down the arrangements for each song.” continued on page 16

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FORT GREENE PARK: Dekalb Ave. & S Portland Ave. Aug 14: 3-7pm Fort Greene Park Jazz Festival feat Eric Frazier’s Azucar Salsa Band, George Young Qrt. IL PORTO: 37 Washington Ave. 718-624-0954. Thurs-Sat: 710pm Keyed Up! feat Charlie Apicella & Iron City. SAN PEDRO INN: 320 Van Brunt St. Red Hook. 718-576-3916. Thurs-Sat 8pm: Keyed-up! series. Aug 5: Wyndham Baird Trio; 12: Wayne Everest; 14: 9pm Jaimie Branch; 19: Aaron Burnett; 21: Lizzie & the Makers; 26: Wyndham Baird; 28: Freddy De Boe. SHAPESHIFTER LAB: 18 Whitwell Pl. 646-820-9452. Aug 7: $15 adm 7pm Tomoko Omura, 8:15pm Tammy Scheffer Sxt; 27: 8pm $25 Duke Guillaume & friends + Chardavoine & The Evolution; 28: 7pm $15 Cindy Latin’s Big Band. SISTAS’ PLACE: 456 Nostrand Ave. at Jefferson Ave. 718398-1766. SOAPBOX GALLERY: 636 Dean St. Sets: 8-9pm. Aug 3: Megumi Yonezawa/Ken Kobayashi/Evan Crane; 4: Marcos Varela, Glenn Zaleski & Chris Smith Trio; 5: Kate Baker Juris Trio; 10: Paul Jost Qrt; 11: Neal Kirkwood Solo; 12: Audrey Silver & Bruce Barth; 17: Ralph Alessi & This Against; 19: David Leon; 25: Zach Brock & Mike Block; 28: Aimée Allen & Tony Romano. WILD BIRDS: 951 Dean St. 347-896-5056. Keyed Up! series. Wed: 8-11pm Dave Linhard & Wayne Tucker; Thurs: 5-7pm Alex Asher Qrt. WILLIAMSBURG MUSIC CENTER: 367 Bedford Ave. 718-3841654. Fri: 9pm Keyed Up! feat Gerry Eastman & Greg Lewis, 10pm Jam w/Gerry Eastman & friends.

QUEENS FLUSHING TOWN HALL: 137-35 Northern Blvd. Flushing. 718-463-7700. Aug 20: 7pm Gino Sitson Trio. JACKSON ROOM: 192-07 Linden Blvd. St Albans. 718-5252387. Last Sat: 8-11pm. 8&10pm $20 adm incl snacks/beverage feat Ed Jackson Qrt. TERRAZA 7: 40-19 Gleane St. 718-803-9602. TRAVERS PARK: 78th St. & 34th Ave. Jackson Heights. Aug 22: 6pm Summer Sundays feat SONICA Trio. RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE: 80 E Ridge Rd. Ridgefield. LONG ISLAND AMAGANSETT SQUARE: 10 Amagansett Sq. Amagansett. Hamptons Jazz Fest/ Aug 3: 4-6pm Sasha Berliner Duo. BARON'S COVE: 31 W Water St. Sag Harbor. 844227-6672. Hamptons Jazz Fest. Aug 4: 6-9pm Sasha Berliner Duo; 11: 6-9pm Yuma Uesaka Duo. The CHURCH: 48 Madison St. Sag Harbor. 310-498-1490. Jazz Fest. Aug 19: 6-8pm Yacouba Sissoko & Jay


Gandhi; 26: 6-8pm Godwin Louis Haitian Jazz Project. GOSMAN’S DOCK: 484 W Lake Dr. Montauk. Jazz Fest. Aug 15: 6-8pm Bill O’Connell Qrt feat Billy Hart. GRASSO’S: 134 Main St. Cold Spring Harbor. 631-367-6060. HAYGROUND SCHOOL: 151 Mitchell Ln. Bridgehampton. 631537-7068. Hamptons Jazz Fest. Aug 12: 6:30-8pm Hector Martignon Banda Grande. The JAZZ LOFT: 275 Christian Ave. Stony Brook. 631-751-1895. Sets: 7-9:30pm. Wed: Jazz Loft Trio & Jam. Aug 5: The Jazz Loft Big Band; 19: The Bad Little Big Band; 20: Ravi Coltrane Qrt; 27: Dan Pugach Qrt w/Nicole Zuraitis; 28: Jazz at the Philharmonic All Stars. JOHN JERMAIN LIBRARY: 201 Main St. Sag Harbor. 631-7250049. Hamptons Jazz Fest/www.hamptons Aug 5: 6:30-8pm Sasha Berliner. SAG HARBOR CINEMA: 90 Main St. Sag Harbor. 631725-0010. Hamptons Jazz Fest. Aug 12: 6-8:05pm Richard Baratta. SOUTHAMPTON ARTS CENTER: 25 Jobs Ln. Southampton. www.southamptonarts 631-283-0967. Hamptons Jazz Fest/ Aug 14: 79pm Benny Benack lll Qnt; 21: 3-5pm Will Salenraad/Rene Hart Duo; 28: 3-5pm Tom Manuel/Steve Salerno Duo. TILLES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS: At Long Island University Post. 720 Northern Blvd. Brookville. 516-299-3100. Aug 1: 6:30pm Swingtime Big Band; 7: 8pm The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orch feat spec guest Branford Marsalis.

WESTCHESTER BEANRUNNER CAFÉ: 201 S Division St. Peekskill. 914737-1701. Fri-Sat: 6-8pm/$20 don. Aug 7: Premik Russell Tubbs Qnt w/spec guest Anupam Shobakar; 14: Ray Blue Qrt; 21: 58pm Jazz In The Park Festival feat Mark Morganelli & The Jazz Forum All-Stars + Houston Person Qrt; 27: KJ Denhert Band; 28: Richie Goods. HENRY GOURDINE PARK: 3 Westerly Rd. Ossining. 914-6311000. Mon: 6:30-8pm free adm. Aug 9: Vince Ector Qrt; 23: Natalie Forteza Trio. HORAN’S LANDING PARK: 9 River St. Sleepy Hollow. 914631-1000. Tues: 6:30-8pm except 08/31 free adm Mark Morganelli & Jazz Forum All-Stars feat Eddie Monteiro & Nanny Assis. JAZZ AT THE LODGE: 118 Croton Ave. Ossining. 917488-7187. Thurs: 7-10pm Organ Groove by Paul Connors. JAZZ FORUM: 1 Dixon Ln. Tarrytown. 914631-1000. Sets/adm: Sun 4&6pm/$20; Fri-Sat 7&9:30pm/$30. Aug 1: Maucha Adnet feat Helio Alves & Guilherme Monteiro; 6-7: Samara Joy feat Pasquale Grasso Trio; 8: Nelson Riveros Qrt; 13-14: Roni Ben-Hur Qnt; 15: Vanessa Racci; 20-21: Vincent Herring & Eric Alexander Qnt; 22: Rodrigo Bonelli; 27-28:

Alexis Cole Trio; 29: BIRD in Brazil. LYNDHURST ESTATE: 635 S Bway. Tarrytown. 914-6311000. Thurs: 6:30-8pm free adm Sunset Concerts. Aug 5: Alicia Renee; 12: Jay Hoggard Qnt; 19: Scott Robinson Qrt; 26: Anita Brown Orch. PIERSON PARK: 238 W Main St. & Hudson River. Tarrytown. 914-631-1000. Fri: 6:30-8pm free adm. Aug 6: Chien Chien Lu Qrt; 13: Gilberto “Pulpo” Colon, Jr.; 20: Nanny Assis; 27: Austin Day & B-Side Five. RIVERFRONT GREEN PARK: 36 Hudson Ave. Peekskill. Aug 22: 12-7pm Jazz In The Park Festival feat CCC Pro-Am Ens, Tony Jefferson 2 Guitar Qrt, Sheila Jordan, Ray Blue Qnt, Kenny Barron Trio. SPEAKEASY: At Divino Cucina Italiana: 524 Warburton Ave. Hastings-On-Hudson. 914-274-8501. Thurs: 8-10pm. WATERFRONT PARK: High St. Dobbs Ferry. 914-631-1000. Wed: 6:30-8pm free adm. Aug 4: Vinnie Zummo Trio; 11: Steve Sandberg Qrt feat Zach Brock; 18: Seth Kibel Kleztet; 25: Christine Chanel & The Roster.

NEW YORK The BREWERY: At Orange County Hops. 771 NY-52. Walden. Aug 15: 5pm Hudson Valley Jazz Festival feat The Altered 9. CAFFE LENA: 47 Phila St. Saratoga Springs. 518-583-0022. Sets: 79pm. Aug 5: Chuck Lamb Trio; 19: Julian Lage w/Dave King. COQUITO: 31 Forester Ave. Warwick. 845-544-2790. Aug 12: 6pm Hudson Valley Jazz Festival feat Rave Tesar Trio. EDWARD HOPPER HOUSE: 82 N Bway. Nyack. 845358-0774. Thurs: 7-9pm Jazz in the Garden. Aug 5: Mayra Casales Gp; 12: Steven Bernstein Band; 19: The Bopsters; 26: Scott Reeves Qnt. The FALCON: 1348 Rte 9 W. Marlboro. 845-236-7970. HUDSON OPERA HOUSE: 327 Warren St. Hudson. 518-8221438. Aug 15: 4pm Hudson Jazzworks Concert w/Armen Donelian & Marc Mommaas & spec guest Rufus Reid. HUDSON VALLEY JAZZ FESTIVAL: Aug 11-15: LYDIA’S CAFE: 7 Old US Hwy 209. Stone Ridge. 845-687-6373. Sets: 7-10pm. Aug 7: Pete McCann Qrt; 21: Chris Pasin Qrt. MATTINGLY'S TAVERN: 16 N Main St. Florida. 845-508-6675. Aug 14: 8pm Hudson Valley Jazz Festival feat Mike Jackson Trio. MAUREEN’S JAZZ CELLAR: 2 N Bway. Nyack. 845535-3143. Sets/adm: unless otherwise noted Sun 6pm/$25, Fri-Sat 8pm/$20. Aug 1: 5&7pm $30 adm Fred Hersch, 9pm $10 Jam w/Freddie Jacobs & friends; 6: Michelle Lordi Gp; 7: 3 For the Road feat Jay Clayton; 13: Ahlfebet Swing Band; 14: Cameron  Brown & Dannie’s Calypso; 15: Vincent Curatola w/David Budway Qrt; 20: Adam Nussbaum Trio. ORIGINAL VINYL RECORDS: 314 State Rte

94 S. #7. Warwick. www.originalvinyl 845-987-3131. STANLEY DEMING PARK: South St. Park Way. Warwick. Aug 14: 7pm Hudson Valley Jazz Festival feat Eric Person Qrt. SUGAR LOAF PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 1351 Kings Hwy. Sugar Loaf. 845-6105900. Aug 12-13: Hudson Valley Jazz Festival feat 08/12 7pm Hudson Valley Jazz Ens, 08/13 6pm Skye Jazz feat Mark Sganga. THOMAS MORAHAN PARK: 7 Windermere Ave. Greenwood Lake. Aug 14: 7pm Hudson Valley Jazz Festival feat Cloudburst. TURNING POINT CAFÉ: 468 Piermont Ave. Piermont. 845359-1089. Mon: 8-11pm $5 adm Monday Jam by John Richmond. UPFRONT EXHIBITION SPACE: 31 Jersey Ave. Port Jervis. 845-754-1808. Aug 11: 7pm Hudson Valley Jazz Festival feat Tribute to Bill Evans Session. VERN ALLEN PARK: Ahern Blvd. Washingtonville. Aug 14: rain date 08/15 46pm Hudson Valley Jazz Festival feat The Big Band Sound. The WARWICK HISTORICAL SOCIETY: 2 Colonial Ave. Warwick. 845-986-3236. Aug 15: 6pm Hudson Valley Jazz Festival feat CiampaLevin-Siegal. WARYAS PARK: Waryas Park Promenade. Poughkeepsie. 845-384-6350. Aug 15: 12pm Jazz in the Valley feat Javon Jackson, Samara Joy, The Curtis Brothers, Lakecia Benjamin, Julian Rodriguez. RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE: 80 E Ridge Rd. Ridgefield. CONNECTICUT ARTISTS COLLECTIVE HARTFORD: 1200 Albany Ave. Hartford. www.artistscollective. org. 860-527-3205. Aug 8: 3pm Jay Hoggard Qrt. MoCA WESTPORT: 19 Newtown Tpke. Westport. 203-2227070. Aug 20: 7pm $105 adm Samara Joy feat Pasquale Grasso Trio. MUSIC MOUNTAIN: 225 Music Mountain Rd. Falls Village. 860824-7126. Sets: 3pm. Aug 7: Wolverine Jazz Band; 14: Riverboat Stompers Jazz Band; 21: Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sxt; 28: Galvanized Jazz Band. RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE: 80 E Ridge Rd. Ridgefield. 203-438-5795. Aug 29: 4pm Bernie Williams All-Star Band. SPRING HILL ARTS GATHERING: At Spring Hill Vineyards. 292 Bee Brook Rd. New Preston. www.springhillartsgathering. com. Aug 1: 7pm Etienne Charles & Creole Soul, 8:45pm Terri Lyne Carrington & Social Science; 7: 7:45pm Matthew Whitaker. RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE: 80 E Ridge Rd. Ridgefield.NEW JERSEY BERGEN BROTHER’S SMOKEHOUSE: 900 Rte 17. North Ramsey. www.brotherssmokehouse 551-264-9073. ELKS IDEAL LODGE: 17 Bennett Rd. Englewood. 201-315-9050. 1st&3rd Tues: 7:30pm $5/$7 adm Tuesday Night Jam by Radam Schwartz. ENGLEWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY: 31 Engle continued on page 18


BACKSTAGE PASS JAZZ ANECDOTE BY BILL CROW Bill Crow's books "Jazz Anecdotes" and "From Birdland to Broadway" can be found at your favorite bookstore, and at along with many interesting photos and links. When drummer Gabe Villani was living in Houston around 1964, he did a short tour with Johnny Carson, Doc Severinson and Vikki Carr. In one town, they had placed Gabe and the bass player, Arni Egilsson on high risers at the back of the stage. After the first show Doc whispered to the saxes that they were going into the second show with no pause. The saxes whispered to the bones who whispered to trumpets. Arni and Gabe were too far back for the trumpets to tell them, and so, after the last tune, Arni and Gabe got off their risers and were walking away when they heard the theme song being played, without drums or bass. Gabe said, “We ran and jumped on the risers and started playing. I have to tell you Doc had a very strange look on his face! We did explain, and were forgiven, but we have the distinction of being the only guys that missed the intro!”

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Sanabria, The Temptations and Lou Rawls. Lou is hoping to bring back his elevenpiece group the Not So Big Band which, before the pandemic, played regularly in New York City at several venues, none of which are yet ready for a larger ensemble. When active, the band featured some of the metropolitan area’s top musicians including Virginia Mayhew, Howard Johnson, Bill Crow and John Eckert; their 2016 CD Uh Oh! is available on Amazon Music. While he no longer teaches, Lou takes an interest in young musicians and always advises them to “play everywhere you can and as often as you can.” That’s good advice from a talented musician who still adheres to that philosophy, summing up his own passion for music by saying, “You want to touch someone.” And he definitely does. Lou Caputo and Company appear at The Rum House at Hotel Edison August 29. They also play at Carmine & Sons Pizzeria August 6 and 13.

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While she performs frequently with Pasquale’s trio that includes Keith Balla on drums, Samara recently hit the international road with pianist Emmet Cohen. In July, she appeared on the main stage at Umbria Jazz Festival with Emmet’s trio; a cluster of dates in France and Italy signaled the young leader’s first European tour. As for the effusive domestic response to her album debut? “It’s really overwhelming,” she says through a mighty exhale. But with dates booked across the next several months, she’s thoroughly enjoying the ride. This month, Samara hits at Jazz Forum in Tarrytown, Jazz in the Valley in Poughkeepsie, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Westport, and Mezzrow in New York City. Samara Joy performs with Pasquale Grasso, Ari Roland and Keith Balla at Jazz Forum August 6-7, Waryas Park for Jazz in the Valley the 15th, MOCA Westport the 20th and Mezzrow the 24th.

A Moment You Missed by Fran Kaufman Hot House Contributing Photographer What do you do when you are releasing a new album during the long-lasting coronavirus lockdown in New York City? As a jazz musician, Helen Sung is accustomed to improvising. So, instead of having the CD release party for everybody’s waltz—with Helen on piano and Marquis Hill on trumpet—for a full club’s worth of devoted fans, she improvised. The event was held at the Greenwich House Music School, for an audience of just 20 invited guests who all left feeling so good!



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August 29th 8pm till 11pm ".... pulsing organism of a band. Their charts are sophisticated complex and boy can they blow"... Don Mc Neil " Tried and true Swingers, they can take you around the block with stops in between. All of which are played to perfection"... Chris Spector

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St. Englewood. 201-568-2215. Aug 8: 5-7pm Bradford Hayes Qrt. ESSEX LACKAWANNA PLAZA: 294 Bloomfield Ave. Montclair. Aug 7: rain date 08/8 1-9pm Block Party feat Ingrid Jensen + Kelly Green Trio + Lee Hogans & Pursuance; 14: rain date 08/15 1-6pm Block Party feat Hall Organ Trio + Lauren Sevian Qrt, 6-9pm Dance Party feat DJ Brother Mister aka Christian McBride. HUDSON The BRIGHTSIDE TAVERN: 141 Bright St. Jersey City. 201-435-1234. www.thebright Mon: 6pm Keyed Up! feat Noel Sagerman Trio + jam. HUDSON RIVERFRONT PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 1500 Harbor Bld. Weehawken. 201-716-4540. Aug 18: 7pm Samuel Torres. KEARNY PUBLIC LIBRARY: 318 Kearny Ave. Kearny. 201998-2666. Aug 19: 1-3pm Bradford Hayes Qrt. PORT IMPERIAL: 55 Riverwalk Pl. West New York. Thurs: 6-8pm Sunset Music series. Aug 5: Scott Petito & Leslie Ritter + Chris Pasin & Dave Stryker + Jonathan Scales & Ignacio Rivas-Bixio; 19: Fran Tokarz Trio + Mala Waldron & Reggie Pittman + Mustafa Alexander. MERCER AMERICANA KITCHEN & BAR: 359 US Hwy 130. East Windsor. 609-448-4477. www. Sets: Sun 11am-3pm Jazz brunch; Thurs-Sat 6-9pm. Residency: Thurs Mark Sganga. Aug 1: John Bianculli Trio; 8: Mean To Be Jazz Qrt; 15: Moon Valley Trio; 22: John Bianculli Trio; 29: Anna Kolchina & Jon Kirschner. CANDLELIGHT LOUNGE: 24 Passaic St. Trenton. 609-695-9612. Sat: 3:30-7:30pm free adm/$10 min. Aug 1: Nasir Dickerson; 7: Matt Parish; 14: Josh Lawrence; 21: John Simon, Noriko & Lee Craig; 28: Todd Bashore. HOPEWELL VALLEY VINEYARDS: 46 Yard Rd. Pennington. 609-737-4465. www. Sets: Sun 1:30-4:30pm; Fri 5:30-8:30pm. Free adm. Aug 1: Ashley Pettet; 8: Darla & Rich; 22: Blue Jersey Band; 26: Alex Otey; 29: HVV Jazz Band. MIDDLESEX TAVERN ON GEORGE: 361 George St. New Brunswick. 732545-6205. Sun 1-4pm & Thurs 7-10pm: free adm The New Brunswick Jazz Project/ Sun: Emerging Artists Trio + Jam. Aug 1: Will Comer; 5: Mark Gross Qrt; 8: Mathew Renzo; 12: Akiko Tsuruga Qrt; 15: tba; 19: Marianne Solivan Qrt; 22: tba; 26: Nat Adderley, Jr Qrt; 29: tba. MONMOUTH COUNT BASIE CENTER FOR THE ARTS: 99 Monmouth St. Red Bank. 732-842-9000. Aug 13: 7:30pm Pink Martini. MORRIS MORRIS MUSEUM: 6 Normandy Heights Rd. Morristown. 973-971-3706. Sets: 8pm. Aug 5: rain date 08/6 Don Braden Earth Wind & Wonder New Adventures; 12: rain date 08/13 Sherman Irby Trio; 19: rain date 08/20 Marcus Printup. SHANGHAI JAZZ: 24 Main St. Madison. 973822-2899. Aug 13: Blue Soul Qnt; 21: Good Stuff.


SOMERSET MARTINSVILLE TAVERN: 1979 Washington Valley Rd. Martinsville. 732-563-1717. Wed: 6-9pm Chris DeVito & Greg Grispart. UNION DOWNTOWN WESTFIELD: Westfield. 908-7899444. Tues: 7-9pm free adm Sweet Sounds Downtown Music Festival. Aug 3: Joe Taino Gp + Bradford Hayes; 10: Glenn Alexander & Shadowland feat Oria & New York Horns; 24: Mauricio de Souza + NJ Workshop for the Arts; 31: Thos Shipley.

PENNSYLVANIA DEER HEAD INN: 5 Main St. Delaware Water Gap. 570-424-2000. Sets/adm: Sun 5-7:30pm/$12-13; Thurs 710pm/free; Fri-Sat 7-10pm/$15-16; $20 min. Residency (R): Thurs Jam w/Bill Washer & friends. Aug 1: Bill Goodwin Trio; 5: R; 6: Esteban Castro Trio; 7: Emily Braden; 8: Hot Takes Trio; 9: 7-10pm $15 COTA at the Deer Head Inn w/Bill Goodwin; 12: R; 13: Nancy & Spencer Reed; 14: Billy Test; 15: Najwa Parkins Qrt; 19: R; 20: Lucy Yeghiazaryan Qnt; 21: Quartette Oblique; 22: Spencer Reed Band; 26: R; 27: $20-21 Dave Liebman Expansions Gp; 28: Nicki Parrott & Larry Fuller; 29: $20-21 Bill Charlap Solo; 30: 710pm $15-16 Matt Vashlishan & The Water Gap Jazz Orch. Hot House is not responsible for any inaccuracies in the listings which may have occured from late changes or COVID regulations. Please check websites for up to date calendars.

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JAZZ AT THE LAKE September 17,18,19 2021 Shepard Park, Lake George NY

Friday, Sept 17

Saturday, Sept 18

Blind Visionaries: Helen Sung Quartet + Daniel Kelly Trio Dayna Stephens The Seeing with Quartet Photography Aaron Parks Little Big Collective Yosvany Terry Quintet For more information

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Sunday, Sept 19

Stephanie Chou Ingrid Jensen Band Black Art Jazz Collective

IT'S TIME FOR A PARADIGM SHIFT IN HOW WE PERCEIVE THE HISTORY AND ORIGINS OF JAZZ Afro Brazilian Ketu Candomble has powerful parallel evolution to grooves, phrasings in solos and compositions in Jazz history. This is one more reason to go back and look again, at the master innovators, and understand where they were coming from, and the concepts they were working with. “The splang a lang cymbal jazz ride can be found embedded in BRAVUM. That is the whole swing era ...” Andrew Scott Potter

Jack Joao Potter Bons Ritmos Artist

Katatau Olodum

The late Bira Reis , Pelorinho icon and mentor to Bons Ritmos about Ketu Candomble

Joplin, Jelly Roll, Louis Armstrong's Hot Fives, Ellington, Tatum,James P. Johnson, Basie, Miles, Trane, Wayne and many more, all can be found in the Jazket series. youtube search: "Jazket, Andrew Scott Potter, All Chapters Combined" “ BATA (not Cuban "Bata” ) can go inside any good jazz ballad that has some kind of groove ...” Andrew Scott Potter No one has gone this deep into the connections of Ketu Candomble and the history of Jazz, and you can never listen to Jazz the same way again if you perceive the reality of what Andrew Scott Potter has discovered. “You could fit a Ketu Candomble rhythm to all the cuts on "Kind Of Blue" by Miles Davis “... Andrew Scott Potter For any name Jazz musician, the sidemen who back them up, the working jazz players and students, this will inform you of things that are already in you that you have been playing. It will solidify concepts you are dealing with. For listeners, critics and promoters, it will give you a fundimental understanding of the blue print of the foundations of jazz, and blues, funk, rock and hip hop. “ Louis Armstrong used a cadence that is very much like OPANIJE on much of the phrasings in his soloing on his classic “Hot Fives” records ..." Andrew Scott Potter The CD, from the Bons Ritmos Youtube channel, Jazz Standards / Afro Brazilian Rhythms, is a great example of how these cadences fit with jazz standards, the grooves, the phrases in solos and phrases in compositions. For shows featuring jazz standards with Ketu Candomble, clinics about Ketu rhythms as foundation to jazz grooves, Afro Brazilian dance, contact


chris botti Fri, Nov 12 @ 8PM The perfect concert for date night — the smooth and romantic sounds of jazz trumpeter Chris Botti and his all-star revue.

dianne reeves & artemis Sat, Nov 13 @ 8PM A jaw-dropping, headbopping, toe-tapping evening with the extraordinary women of jazz: Dianne Reeves and Artemis!

gregory porter sep 24

salsa meets jazz Sat, Sep 25 @ 8PM Starring a spectacular all-star lineup including Tito Nieves, Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra.

chaka khan Sat, Nov 6 @ 8PM You know it’s going to be a party when Chaka Khan hits the stage! Join us for an evening of fun and funk at NJPAC.

enter now Deadline to enter: Sep 7 @ 5PM Solo vocalists have the chance to win cash prizes! Celebrity judges include Jazzmeia Horn, John Pizzarelli, Sheila Jordan and Steve Williams.

Visit or call 1.888.MY.NJPAC For full jazz lineup visit New Jersey Performing Arts Center • One Center Street • Newark, NJ

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