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December 2021 The Jazz Gallery

Page 9 Chelsea Table + Stage

Ryan Keberle

Papo Vázquez

Paquito D’Rivera


Jazz Forum

Page 13 The Django

Where To Go & Who To See Since 1982

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JAZZ.ORG/DIZZYS 7:30PM & 9:30PM 212.258.9595 BROADWAY AT 60TH ST. 3

DEC 15–19

BIG BAND HOLIDAYS With swinging, big band versions of everyone’s holiday favorites, don’t miss this inspiring seasonal event perfect for the whole family, featuring the JLCO with Wynton Marsalis and special guest vocalist Alita Moses.

Photo by Leo Oliveira

JAN 13–14


Celebrate the late, legendary pianist and composer Chick Corea with a once-in-a-lifetime tribute directed by longtime bandmate John Patitucci and guest performances by an A-list of Corea’s past collaborators and band members.

212.258.9877 BROADWAY AT 60TH ST., 5TH FL. Photo by Frank Stewart





4 & 6 PM SETS

7 & 9:30 PM SETS






D E C E M B E R 12


DECEMBER 10 & 11



f ea t. John D iMa r t ino, Guilher me Mon t eiro & Leo Tra ver sa

DECEMBER 17 & 18




DECEMBER 24 & 25 | Closed - Merry Christmas!

D E C E M B E R 19 & 26 C LOS E D FO R T H E H O L I DAYS

DECEMBER 31 | 6 & 9:30 PM SETS

New Years Eve









Friday, December 3rd


TYLER BLANTON/HELIO ALVES QUARTET Fri & Sat, December 10th & 11th


PETER BERNSTEIN QUARTET Saturday, December 18th

MICHAEL FEINBERG QUARTET New Year's Eve, Friday December 31st


SAMARA JOY featuring

THE PASQUALE GRASSO TRIO & SPECIAL GUEST TARDO HAMMER 5% off tickets for Hot House readers - Use code "HOTHOUSE" at


10 pm


written and arranged by Anne Phillips

L I V E ! In Utica Chelsea Opera presents

Thursday, December 9, 2021 - 7:00 PM

St. Mary of Mount Carmel/Blessed Sacrament Church 648 Jay Street, Utica, NY 13501 Free admission! Free will donations accepted.


Kindred Spirits presents

NOV. 20 – JAN. 7 TKTS $15


Max Pollock

Joe Carello Photo byJudy Kirtley

King Clark Terry presents his gift of Mumbles

The Three Kings

Clark Terry, Harold Nicholas, Tito Puente Joe Magnarelli

Royal Bopsters

Dave Brubeck, Lionel Hampton, Toots Thielemans , The New York Voices, Bill Charlap, Gail Wynters






Steve Wilson, Warren Wolf, Peter Martin, Carl Allen éDECEMBER 7TH - DECEMBER 12THé




will be appearing at



356 Graham Ave., Brooklyn NY 11211


Josh Evans, Marcus Strickland, Nasheet Waits








Mike Rodriguez, Dayna Stephens, Johnathan Blake, Kiyoshi Kitagawa






Johnathan Blake, Kiyoshi Kitagawa WITH SPECIAL GUESTS Steve Nelson, Immanuel Wilkins





Craig Taborn, Scott Colley, Marcus Gilmore




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Monday Nights are reserved for THE VANGUARD JAZZ ORCHESTRA

December 3rd, 10th & 17th 7pm till 10pm

THE RUM HOUSE at the Hotel Edison 228 W.47th St. NYC 10036

December 20th & 27th 9:30pm till 12:30am ".... 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 stops Kent dec_Layout 1 11/16/2021 1:56 PM with Page 1 in between. All of which are played to perfection"... Chris Spector

FALKNER EVANS Live at MEZZROW Monday, January 3rd, 2022



“A chronicle of love, loss and empathy”— Nate Chinen-NPR “Evans has expressed what, for most, is inexpressible” — The Jazz Owl “Evans delivers a sequence of utterly distinct and unique solo compositions” — All About Jazz

“Some music seems fated to match a moment in time. Stacey Kent’s clear-as-light vocals and Art Hirahara’s lyrical piano make their duo outing exactly “what the world needs now.” - JAZZ TIMES

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS ONLINE EVENTS ALLAN HARRIS: theallanharrisband. Dec 21: 7:30-8:45pm Harlem After Dark, Unplugged. ALTERNATIVE VENUES FOR JAZZ: nuesforjazz. Mon-Fri: 5pm. BENDING TOWARDS THE LIGHT | A JAZZ NATIVITY: Nov 20-Jan 7: $15 adm written/arranged by Anne Phillips feat Clark Terry, Harold Nicholas, Tito Puente, Dave Brubeck, Lionel Hampton, Toots Thielemans, The New York Voices, Bill Charlap, Gail Wynters. EMMET COHEN: /heyemmet. Mon: 7:30pm Live From Emmet’s feat Emmet Cohen Trio w/guests. JAZZ FORUM: jazzforumclub. Thurs: 7pm. Dec 2: Kristina Koller Trio; 9: George Colligan Trio; 16: Mark Morganelli & The Jazz Forum All-Stars. JAZZ WAHI: Dec 2: 7:30pm Jazz Wahi Vocal series feat Gabrielle Stravelli. JAZZVOICE.COM: JOHN PIZZARELLI: https://www.facebook. com/johnpizzarelliofficial. Thurs: 6pm It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere feat John Pizzarelli. KEN PEPLOWSKI: https://www.facebook. com/ken.peplowski. Thurs: 7:30pm In The Moment w/Ken Peplowski & friends. MARIANNE SOLIVAN: https://www.face Sat: 1pm Jazz Vocal Repertoire Hang feat Marianne Solivan. METROPOLITANZOOM: https://metropolitan Dec 5: 9:30-11pm Chris Rogers; 10: 7-8:30pm Vanessa Racci; 11: 7-8:30pm Danny Bacher. ROOM 623: lynmedinamusic. Sun: 6pm + Jam 7-9pm Sunday Vocal Jazz Jam feat Jocelyn Medina w/spec guest. Dec 5: Trineice RobinsonMartin; 12: Peter Eldridge; 19: Erli Perez; 26: Rosana Eckert. ROSSANO SPORTIELLO: https://www.face Tues: 6pm Live At The Flat in Greenwich Village feat Rossano Sportiello w/spec guest.


Subject to COVID regulations, and weather conditions for outdoors.

UPPER MANHATTAN (Above 70th Street)

449 LA: 449 Lenox Ave. btw. 132nd & 133rd Sts. 212-234-3298. Sun: 4-7pm Jazz & Dessert. BENNET PARK: W 183rd St. at Fort Washington Ave. Mon: 4-5:15pm WaHi Jam. BILL’S PLACE: 148 W 133rd St. btw. Lenox & 7th Aves. 212281-0777. Fri-Sat: 8&10pm $20 don Bill Saxton Bebop Band. GREATER CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH:


55 W 124th St. btw. Malcolm X Blvd. & 5th Ave. 212-3486132. Fri: 7-8:30pm $20 adm Harlem Jazz. Dec 3: Tulivu Cumberbatch; 10: Althea Sulley-Cole; 17: John Adams; 24: Isaiah Collier; 31: tba. KISMAT BAR: 603 Fort Washington Ave. at 187th St. 212-795-8633. Tues: 7:30-10pm WaHi Jam. MINTON’S PLAYHOUSE: 206 W 118th St. btw. St. Nicholas Ave. & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. 212243-2222. Sets: 7&9pm. Residency: Thurs 811pm Jam w/Vuyo Sotashe, Benny Benack III, Irwin Hall, Jenn Jade. Dec 3: Tyshawn Sorey Trio; 4: Eric Lewis; 8: Folk Element Trio; 10: Mathis Picard; 12: Isaiah Collier Qrt; 17: T.W. Sample Organ Trio; 18: Eric Lewis; 19: Jon Thomas & Firm Roots. NATIONAL JAZZ MUSEUM IN HARLEM: 58 W 129th St. at Malcolm X Blvd. 212-3488300. Dec 9: 7pm Jazzonia: the Marriage of Poetry and Jazz; 12: 2pm Intergenerational Jazz Jam; 14: 7pm $10 adm Sara Serpa; 15: time tba 2021 Year in Review: Critics Roundtable by Nate Chinen. PATRICK'S PLACE: 2835 Frederick Douglass Blvd. at 151st St. www.patricksplaceharlem. com. 212-491-7800. Free adm. Fri: 8-11pm Jam w/Patience Higgins. ROOM 623: Below B Squared Harlem. 271 W 119th St. btw. Frederick Douglass & St. Nick Blvds. 212-280-2248. Sets/adm: Wed 8-11pm $10-12/$10 min; Thurs 7&8:30pm $18-22/$15 min; Fri 7&8:30pm $15-18/$15 min, Late (L) 10pm1am $20-25. Residencies: Wed The Harlem Jazz Session w/Peter Brainin Qrt; Fri The Early Set, L The Late Set w/Marcus Goldhaber. Dec 2: The Holiday Set w/Marcus Goldhaber & friends; 3: Dave Adewumi “Altus,” L Dave Stryker Trio; 5: 6pm $1215/$15 min The Lab Session w/Mimi Jones & friends; 9: The Holiday Set w/Marcus Goldhaber & friends; 10: Noah Halpern, L Adi Meyerson; 17: Jordyn Davis, L Hyuna Park. SHRINE: 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. btw. 133rd & 134th Sts. 212-690-7807. Residencies: Sun 810pm except 12/5 10pm-12am Jam w/ Bennett Daponte-Smith; 1st Sun 8-10pm The Shrine Big Band. Dec 9: 8-9pm: Panas Athanatos; 16: 10pm-12am Gabriel Schillinger-Hyman; 23: 9-10pm Brett Deptula; 30: 8-9pm Gil Schwartz. SILVANA: 300 W 116th St. at Frederick Douglass Blvd. 646692-4935. Dec 2: 8-10pm Justin Mullens; 3: 8-10pm F.A.R. Trio; 4: 8-9pm NY Jazz Force; 5: 10pm-12am Redd Waters; 9: 8-10pm Nick Grinder Gp; 16: 8-10pm Charlie Porter, 1011pm Quintic Function NYC; 17: 8-9pm Trio Incognito; 18: 8-9pm John Colonna; 23: 810pm John Lowery; 30: 8-10pm Elijah Shiffer. SUGAR BAR: 254 W 72nd St. btw. Bway & West End Ave. 212579-0222. Thurs 8-10pm $10 adm Open Mic w/Sugar Bar All Star Band. SYMPHONY SPACE: 2537 Bway at 95th St. continued on page 12

WINNING SPINS By George Kanzler RGUABLY, THE MOST VERSAtile horn in a jazz ensemble is also closA est in range to the human voice. The trom-

bone has been part of bands from the music’s beginnings in New Orleans, as a tailgate and gut bucket eccentric as well as a low voice in group polyphony. In the swing era, Duke Ellington’s bands highlighted varied styles in the section he called “the slippery horns,” including clarion open tones as well as vocalized wahwah sounds achieved with plunger mutes. And the trombone-playing bandleader Tommy Dorsey embraced a romantic, smooth, flowing, dance-floor style on the instrument. Two trombonists with very different approaches and aesthetics lead the pair of recordings considered here. Ryan Keberle has played in prestigious big bands—he actually leads his own this month in New York City—but his groups tend toward the quieter, chamber jazz side of things. His Catharsis Quintet features a guitar and a female vocalist. And the album reviewed here teams Ryan up with pianist Frank Woeste and cellist Vincent Courtois in an ensemble named Reverso, that melds jazz with tunes inspired by classical composers. Papo Vázquez takes a more robust approach to his slippery horn, bringing the bebop and post-bop of J.J. Johnson and Curtis Fuller into the rhythmically charged realm of Latin Jazz, putting a decidedly Afro-Caribbean spin on music presenting hard-bop-inspired solos. Reverso: Live, Ryan Keberle, Frank Woeste, Vincent Courtois (Out Note), features this unusual trio playing original music inspired by the 20th-century French composers known as Les Six, and recorded live at Le Triton in Paris. A slow, brooding piece, “Exemplar,” opens the CD with the three creating a fine mesh of interconnected melodies. “Absinthe” begins with a pizzicato intro from Vincent, then a soaring trombone lead over piano and arco cello to a coda with muted trombone. Ryan also employs lightly muted horn on “Blue Feather,” a bright, rhythmic tune more jazz than chamber, beats from piano enforced by hand claps, the whole piece charged with rhythmic energy. Two other tracks rely on rhythmic drive. “Up North” is propelled by rolling piano under Ryan and Vincent, horn and strings rising to high registers. Frank’s introduction on “Clara” morphs into a beat-heavy theme echoed by trombone and cello, ending with all three soloing at the same time.

“L’Arlequin lunaire,” the longest number, is also the one most indebted to LesSix-inspired ideas. A piano intro leads to shimmering lines voiced by Ryan, Vincent and Frank, with one of them (Frank or Vincent) adding a vocal line. Instead of building momentum, the piece slows down for a haunting, resonant trombone solo over intricate backgrounds. It is a track well worth hearing again to discover new angles and nuances. Much of the material on Reverso: Live originated on a studio album, The Melodic Line (Out Note). But between the studio version and Reverso, the musicians seem to have gained perspective and depth from performing the music, making this album a much richer representation of the repertoire. Chapter 10: Breaking Cover, Papo Vázquez Mighty Pirates Troubadours (Picaro), features a hard-bop-like front horn line of Papo’s trombone, Ivan Renta’s tenor or soprano sax, and, on three tunes, Sherman Irby’s alto sax. Pianist Rick Germanson, another musician schooled in post-bop/hard bop jazz, leads a rhythm section with bassist Ariel Robles and drummer Alvester Garnett. They are joined on most tracks by three Afro-Latin percussionists who also sing—Carlos Maldonado, Reinaldo DeJesus, and Jose Mangual Jr. The rolling, roiling Afro-Latin rhythms infuse lively pieces like “Mr. Babu” and “NY Jazz Mambo” with spirit and drive. Highlights of the CD include “El Cuco/The Boogeyman,” with a bomba beat from Puerto Rico under a hard bop theme inspiring heated solos from a jaunty Papo, fervid Ivan (tenor), and flowing Sherman (alto), and “Fairmount Park,” inspired by the famous landmark in Papo’s hometown of Philadelphia, its churning rhythms enhanced by guest guitarist Antonio Caraballo. A cowbell and vocal chorus add Hispanic flavor to “Saludo Campesino.” But Papo foregoes the percussionists and Afro-Latin beats on “Shadows,” a ballad for his trombone and the rhythm trio, and on “Broke Blues,” in straight 4/4 with solos from Sherman (alto) and guest trumpeter Antoine Drye, as well as Rick (piano). Ryan Keberle’s All Ears Orchestra appears at The Jazz Gallery, Dec. 2. Papo Vázquez Mighty Pirates Troubadours come to Chelsea Table + Stage on Dec. 1.

Duchess cover photo by Kyra Kverno, Keberle by Briene Lermitte.


S P OT L NOA FORT CHURCH ST. SCHOOL FOR MUSIC AND ART / DECEMBER 3 Pianist/vocalist/composer Noa Fort is the sister of pianist Anat Fort, both extremely talented. Noa incorporates a wistful, ethereal approach. She synthesizes styles from swirling, wordless inventions to angular unison lines to neo-Bill Evans piano reflections. In a post-Norma Winstone vocal concept, she looks to the future of sophisticated, charming, smart, jazz-influenced creative musings. A certified music therapist with a degree from NYU, she spent a year in India, touring and learning to play tabla drums. This preceded her formal studies back home at the Jerusalem Academy of Music following which she arrived in New York City, nearly ten years ago. She is joined at Church Street School by trumpeter Josh Deutsch, bassist Dan Loomis, and drummer Ronen Itzik from her extraordinary new CD Everyday Actions (Ears & Eyes). MGN AMANDA EKERY THE OWL MUSIC PARLOR / DECEMBER 5 Vision and curiosity drive Amanda Ekery’s expression. The singer, composer and lyricist braids together musical styles, and draws inspiration from a range of sounds as well as historical research. Her music invites inquiry. Short lyrical phrases and long arcs of development become vessels for selfdisclosure and a sharp, penetrating sense of humor. Active on the New York scene among like-minded artists, the El Paso native has collaborated with Sylvie Courvoisier, Darius Jones, Ran Blake, Fay Victor, and electronic tape artist Some (more) Short Songs (2021), her third release, navigates the Lydian scale and evolves concepts from her debut record Some Short Songs (2018). At this release show, Amanda spotlights music from her new album and features saxophonist David Leon, pianist Andrew Boudreau, guitarist Wendy Eisenberg, and bassit Jeong Lim. SJ SULLIVAN FORTNER BIRDLAND THEATER / DECEMBER 9, MEZZROW / DECEMBER 15 A multi-Grammy Award and Downbeat Critics Poll-winning rising star pianist, Sullivan Fortner is working regularly in the studio, as an indemand sideman or a leader with excellent improvising chops. The New Orleans native studied formally there, incorporating the soul of his hometown with a distinctive, hard charging, opposites-attract mindset. Whether in solo or ensemble settings, backing singer Cécile McLorin Salvant, or in prominent Lincoln Center projects, he's someone to pay close attention to. Working extensively with the late Roy Hargrove in his later years, and on his own recordings as a leader for Decca/Impulse! Records, Sullivan's lithe, literate, inventive sound sets him apart. He plays solo at Birdland, and in a threesome with bassist Tyrone Allen and drummer Kush Abadey at Mezzrow. MGN CÉCILE MCLORIN SALVANT MCCARTER THEATRE CENTER / DECEMBER 10-11 Singer/composer Cécile McLorin Salvant had a promising career in Baroque opera when she won the prestigious Thelonious Monk Competition in 2010. Since then, she has become one of the top singers in jazz, winning three Grammy Awards, multiple Downbeat Critics Polls, and most recently the Doris Duke Artist Award and a MacArthur Fellowship. With a passion for storytelling and strong interpretive ability, Cécile finds connections between jazz, blues, folk, early music, vaudeville and theater, drawing on songs from great masters and well-known classics to obscure and forgotten gems. Building on influences such as Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday, she brings an “historical perspective … and an enlightened musical understanding” to her singing, according to the MacArthur Fellows Program. Cécile’s musical accompaniment in NJ includes her longtime pianist Sullivan Fortner. DJS

By Ken Dryden, Stephanie Jones, Michael

10 Artemis photo by Keith Major, Borochov by Baptiste Millot, Fort by Erika Kapin Photography, McLorin Salvant by

LIGHT DAVID GIBSON CELLAR DOG / DECEMBER 11 Trombonist David Gibson's tone glides and slides while groovin' and provin' that he is one of a kind. While coming up through the ranks of the New York City scene, David shared the stage with a who's who of the jazz elite including trumpeter Jon Faddis and saxophonist Jimmy Heath. As an educator, David has held academic appointments at Columbia University and The New School, ensuring that the next generation of jazz musicians are ready to push the genre forward. David's latest release is Inner Agent (PosiTone Records, 2016), which "references his influences, speaks to his love of diversity, and allows for the unexpected to enter into the equation,” according to reviewer Dan Bilawsky on All About Jazz. For this performance, David is joined by organist Jared Gold, guitarist Paul Bollenback, and drummer Kush Abadey. David also performs at The Django Dec. 4. EW ARTEMIS BIRDLAND / DECEMBER 14-18 Artemis came into being in 2016 when a European promoter asked pianist Renee Rosnes to help him assemble an all-woman band to perform two concerts in celebration of International Women’s Day. Renee recruited a supergroup including trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, clarinetist/soprano saxophonist Anat Cohen, tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana, bassist Noriko Ueda, and drummer Allison Miller. Rarely does one find so many strong instrumentalists in one aggregation who also excel at composing songs that showcase their bandmates at their very best. The pandemic forced the ensemble to cancel its planned tour in support of its debut CD, Artemis (Blue Note Records), released in September, 2020. Since then, Nicole Glover has replaced Aldana. Artemis is looking forward to returning to Europe in early 2022 and recording a new CD in the near future. KD IGOR BUTMAN DIZZY’S CLUB / DECEMBER 15-19 Russia’s most acclaimed jazz musician, Igor Butman, is a saxophonist, bandleader and club owner. Growing up in the 60s and 70s, he learned jazz from hearing nightly broadcasts by Willis Conover on the Voice of America Jazz Hour, and soaking up the music of Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Dave Brubeck and Miles Davis. Moving to the US in 1987, Igor toured with jazz icons such as Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Gary Burton, Louis Bellson and Grover Washington, Jr., who became a mentor. Moving back to Russia in the 90s, he became a jazz bridge between the two countries. He returns to Dizzy’s Club to celebrate his newest release Only Now (Butman Records) with a quintet that features guitarist Evgeny Pobozhiy, vocalist and pianist Oleg Akkuratov, bassist Eddie Gomez or Matt Brewer, and drummer Antonio Sanchez. DJS ITAMAR BOROCHOV SMALLS JAZZ CLUB / DECEMBER 16 An increasingly large number of Israeli-American jazz players have made it to New York City, and are making their mark. Trumpeter Itamar Borochov follows in the lengthening lineage of fellow Israelites, and American legends Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw or Roy Hargrove. Born in Tel Aviv, growing up in Jaffa, Itamar studied in New York with Barry Harris, who taught him the bebop language. What sets him apart from the hard blowers or multi-valve 16th/32nd note cookers, and puts him closer to Art Farmer or an acoustic Miles Davis, happens when Itamar chooses the softer, introspective side of mainstream jazz. His latest album Blue Nights (Laborie Records) might even draw favorable tonal and stylistic comparisons to tenor saxophonist Ben Webster. His quartet includes pianist Gadi Lehavi, bassist Rick Rosario, and drummer Jaz Sawyer. MGN

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Listings...continued from page 8

212-864-5400. Dec 5: 7:30pm The Klezmatics; 11: 7:30pm The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band; 18: 5&7:30pm Peter & Will Anderson. The TRIAD THEATER: 158 W 72nd St. btw. Bway & Columbus. Dec 2: 7pm $35 adm Elizabeth Webb w/John Colianni Trio; 5: 9:30pm $15 Chris Rogers Band.

MID-TOWN MANHATTAN (Between 35th & 69th Streets) AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM: 2 Lincoln Sq. btw. 65th & 66th Sts. 212-595-9533. 1st Wed: 1-2pm free adm Bill Wurtzel & guest. AMERICAS SOCIETY: 680 Park Ave. at 68th St. 212-628-3200. Dec 16: 7-8pm Magos Herrera Qrt. BIRDLAND: 315 W 44th St. btw. 8th & 9th Aves. 212-581-3080. Sets: Early (E) Wed&Fri-Sun 5:30-7pm; Late (L) Tues-Thurs 7-8:30pm, Fri-Sun 8:3010pm; Night (N) Tues-Thurs 9:30-11pm, FriSun 10:30pm-12am. Residencies: Sun L-N Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Ens; Wed E David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band; Fri E The Birdland Big Band; Sat E 12/4&18 Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano, 12/11 Jay Leonhart. Dec 1-4: L-N Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Sound Prints; 5: E John Fedchock NY Sxt; 7-11: L-N Stacey Kent; 12 E NY Youth Symphony Jazz Band; 14-18: L-N Artemis; 19: E Benny Benack III & Steven Feifke Big Band; 21-25: L-N Christmas with Champian feat Champian Fulton; 26: E City Rhythm Orch Holiday Style; 28-Jan 1: L-N 12/31 8-9:30pm&11pm12:30am Birdland Big Band feat Nicole Zuraitis. BIRDLAND THEATER: 315 W 44th St. btw. 8th & 9th Aves. Lower level. 212-581-3080. Sets: 8:30-10pm, FriSun 7-8:30&9:30-11pm; Sat Early (E) 5:307pm. Residencies: Wed (R) Frank Vignola’s Guitar Night feat Frank Vignola/Jimmy Bruno Qrt w/guests; Sat E except 12/11&25 Eric Comstock w/Sean Smith & spec guest Barbara Fasano. Dec 1: R w/Henry Acker; 24: Frank Catalano; 5: Alicyn Yaffee Band; 6: Tedd Firth Trio; 8: R w/Peter Bernstein; 9: Sullivan Fortner Solo; 12: 9:30pm Augie Haas Trio; 13: Richard Cortez Qrt; 14: Dave Pietro Qnt; 15: R w/Vinny Raniolo; 16-17: 78:30pm Gunhild Carling; 18: 9:30pm The EarRegulars; 19: 9:30pm The Anderson Brothers Qnt; 20: Erin Bode; 22: R w/Sheryl Bailey; 23-24: Allan Harris Sings A Nat King Cole Christmas; 25-26: Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano; 27: Alexa Tarantino Qrt; 29Jan 2: 12/31 8-9:30pm&11pm-12:30am Marilyn Maye. BOND 45 DOWNSTAIRS: 221 W 46th St. btw. 7th & 8th Aves. Lower level. 212-869-4545. Mon-Tues: 8-11pm $25 adm/$25 min Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks. CARNEGIE CLUB: 156 W 56th St. btw. 6th & 7th Aves. 212-957-9676. Sat: 8&10:30pm Steve Maglio & Stan Rubin Orch. CARNEGIE HALL: 881 7th Ave. at 57th St. 212-247-7800. Dec 4: Zankel Hall 9pm Pedrito Martinez. CHRIST & ST. STEPHEN’S CHURCH: 120 W 69th St. btw. Bway & Columbus Ave.

12 212-787-2755. Dec 7: 7:30-9:30pm PRISM Qrt. DIZZY’S CLUB: At Jazz At Lincoln Center. 10 Columbus Cir. at 60th St. 5th Fl. 212-258-9800. Sets: 7:30& 9:30pm. Dec 2-5: Ulysses Owens, Jr.; 6: Juilliard Jazz Ensembles; 9-12: Mary Stallings & Emmet Cohen Trio; 13-14: Matt Wilson Christmas Tree-O; 15-19: Igor Butman Qnt; 21-24: 12/24 7pm A Very Irby Christmas feat Sherman Irby w/spec guest Vincent Gardner; 27-31: Carlos Henriquez Nnt. JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER: 10 Columbus Cir. at 60th St. 5th Fl. 212-2589800. Dec 15-19: Rose Theater 12/15 7pm, 12/16-18 8pm, 12/19 2pm Big Band Holidays feat the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orch w/Wynton Marsalis. LE RIVAGE: 340 W 46th St. btw. 8th & 9th Aves. 212-765-7374. Sets: Sun 6:30-9:30pm; Thurs 7-10pm; FriSat 8-11pm. Sun: Kyle Colina Solo; Thurs: Tatiana Eva Marie Trio; Fri-Sat: Kyle Colina Qrt. MICHIKO REHEARSAL STUDIOS: 149 W 46th St. btw. 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. btw. Bway & 8th Ave. 646-490-6924. Dec 20&27: 9:30pm-12:30am Lou Caputo & Co. SAINT PETER’S CHURCH: 619 Lexington Ave. at 54th St. 212-9352200. Sun: 5-6pm free adm Jazz Vespers. SONY HALL: 235 W 46th St. btw. 7th & 8th Aves. 212-997-5123. SWING 46: Jazz & Supper Club. 349 W 46th St. btw. 8th & 9th Aves. 212262-9554. Sets: Sun 1-4pm Brunch, 5-8 &8:30-11:30pm; Tues-Sat 5:30-8:30pm, Late (L) 9pm-12am. Residencies: Tues L Jam w/Michael Hashim; Wed Kevin Blancq Qrt; Thurs L George Gee Swing Combo. TOMI JAZZ: 239 E 53rd St. btw. 2nd & 3rd Aves. Lower level. 646497-1254.

LOWER MANHATTAN (Below 34th Street)

11TH STREET BAR: 510 E 11th St. btw. Avenue A & B. 212-9823929. Mon: 7-10pm Keyed Up! feat Richard Clements & Murray Wall. 55 BAR: 55 Christopher St. btw. 6th & 7th Aves. 212-929-9883. Dec 2&9: 8pm Live From Our Living Rooms feat 12/2 Alexa Tarantino Qrt, 12/9 masterclass w/Alexa Tarantino Qrt. BLUE NOTE: 131 W 3rd St. at 6th Ave. 212475-8592. Sets: 8& 10:30pm. Dec 1-5: Spyro Gyra; 6-31: 12/31 7&10pm Chris Botti. CELLAR DOG: 75 Christopher St. btw. 7th Ave. & Bleecker St. Lower level. 212-675-6056. Sets: Wed-Sun 7-11pm; Late (L) Fri-Sat 11:30pm-2am. Dec 1: Ehud Asherie Trio; 2: Don Hahn/John Mosca Gp; 3: Camille Thurman Qrt, L Rob Edwards Qrt; 4: Richie Vitale/Frank Basile Qnt, L Avi Rothbard Trio; 5: Philip Harper Qnt; 8: Bruce Harris Qrt; 9: David Wong Qrt; 10: Wayne Escoffery Qrt, L Matt Martinez Qrt; 11: David Gibson Qrt, L Miki Yamanaka Qrt; 12: Sasha continued on page 14

PAQUITO D’RIVERA: Global Jazz Citizen By Eugene Holley, Jr

HE MULTI-GRAMMY-AWARD-WINning NEA Jazz Master saxophonist/ T clarinetist/composer Paquito D’Rivera

brings the music of the Americas—be it jazz, Latin or classical—to the Jazz Forum in Tarrytown, N.Y. Paquito leads a quicksilver quintet consisting of American drummer Eric Doob and pianist Alex Brown; New Zealand bassist Hamish Smith; and Argentinian trumpeter/valve trombonist Diego Urcola, who worked with Paquito for 30 years. Like his mentor, Dizzy Gillespie—who helped the saxophonist defect from Cuba in 1980 and featured him in his last major ensemble, The United Nation Orchestra—Paquito’s choice of global group reflects a commitment to the diversity required for a music of mixed origins. “I like playing with people from all over the world,” Paquito says from his New Jersey home. “Jazz was born in a country of immigrants. You don’t have to be Austrian to play Mozart. All you need is talent and dedication, and you can learn those rhythms, and the best music to add all of those elements together is jazz music.” Paquito’s all-world, alto saxophone sound, which shaped two important 1960s and 70s Cuban groups—the Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna and Irakere—

runs the gamut from Johnny Hodges to Charlie Parker and beyond; and his clarinet rings with Benny Goodman’s formidable fluency, as evidenced by Paquito’s eclectic setlist at the Jazz Forum. “We’ll be playing music from my 2015 CD, Jazz Meets the Classics, which may include Mozart, Chopin, Ernesto Lecuona and Bebo Valdés,” Paquito predicts. “We’ll also play some music from Diego’s latest CD, El Duelo (The Duel), including the title cut, written by Argentinian composer/pianist Guillermo Klein, “Una Muy Bonita” by Ornette Coleman, and something from Gerry Mulligan.” El Duelo is inspired by Mulligan and Chet Baker’s pioneering 1950s-era, pianoless quartets, and features arrangements by Ethan Iverson, Jerry Gonzalez and Marquis Hill. Other selections from the record include a peppery rendition of Wayne Shorter’s “Sacajawea,” Astor Piazzolla’s “Libertango,” an infectious take on Benny Golson’s “Stablemates,” a melodious mashup of Osvaldo Pugliese’s tango classic “La Yumba” with Juan Tizol’s Duke Ellington hit “Caravan,” and a clave-coded conjuring of “Bye Ya” by Thelonious Monk. Without the support of a piano, musicians have to find new ways to be creative. “The sound and the feeling of the music is totally different,” Paquito observes. “It’s like swinging on a trapeze with no safety net. You feel more free [to improvise] but you must fill in all of those spaces that the piano covers. So it’s a combination of freedom and responsibility.” The album was recorded in New Jersey during the pandemic, at a time when Paquito wasn’t able to play live venues but stayed active as composer. “I was lucky,” he says. “I received four commissions. I wrote ‘Concierto Venezolano’ for a wonderful trumpeter, Pacho Flores with the Orquesta Sinfónica De Mineria in Mexico City. I finished ‘The Journey’ for clarinet and orchestra, for the National Symphony Orchestra to be premiered by Yo Yo Ma. I wrote a piece for bass clarinet and cello, and I received a commission to write a jazz concerto for the New Jersey Symphony, for [French horn virtuoso] Chris Komer.” Another COVID-19-inspired invention is The Paq-Man’s Korner, Paquito’s online channel where he uploads interviews and conversations twice a month on YouTube and Facebook. His posts feature Colombian harp virtuoso Edmar Castañeda, the Spanish Brass Quintet, Cuban violinist Eduardo Coma, and a twopart tour of Paquito’s home, which contains dozens of miniature 1950’s-era cars, musical instruments, and a plethora of awards and citations. The channel also presents home-studio/Zoom-produced concerts and a five-part retrospective showcontinued on page 19


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Dobson Qrt; 15: Dezron Douglas Qrt; 16: Greg Glassman Qrt; 17: Will Terrill Qnt, L Todd Herbert Qrt; 18: Mike LeDonne Qrt, L Ai Murakami Qrt; 19: Adam Birnbaum Qrt; 22: Ehud Asherie Trio; 23: Saul Rubin Qrt; 2425: tba; 26: Jade Synstelien Qrt; 29: Johnny O'Neal Trio; 30: David Schnitter Qnt; 31: tba. CHELSEA TABLE + STAGE: At Hilton Fashion District Hotel. 152 W 26th St. btw. 6th & 7th Aves. 212-434-0499. www.chelsea Dec 1: 7pm Papo Vázquez Mighty Pirates Troubadours; 5: 2pm Gotham Kings; 17: 7pm Lizzie Thomas; 29: 7&9:30pm Coltrane Meets Hartman feat Ted Nash. CHURCH ST. SCHOOL FOR MUSIC AND ART: 41 White St. btw. Church St. &  Franklin Pl. 212-571-7290. Dec 3: 8pm $20/15 adm Noa Fort Qrt w/Josh Deutsch. The CUTTING ROOM: 44 E 32nd St. btw. Madison & Park Aves. 212-691-1900. Dec 12: 3:30-6:30pm $30 adm Another Sunday Serenade feat Vincent Herring & Mark Gross, 7pm $25-30 Elsa Nilsson Qrt. The DJANGO: At Roxy Hotel. 2 Avenue of the Americas at Walker St. www.roxyhotelnyc. com. 212-519-6600. Sets: Tues 7:3010:30pm; Wed 7-8:30pm, Late (L) 9-11:30pm; Thurs 7-9:30pm, L 10pm-12:30am; Fri-Sat 79:30pm, L 10pm-1:30am. Residency (R): Tues Mingus Big Band. Dec 1: Tahira Clayton, L Sachal Vasandani; 2: Tony Glausi, L Freddie DeBoe; 3: Ken Fowser Qnt, L Benito Gonzalez Qrt; 4: David Gibson Qrt, L Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith; 7: R; 8: Terreno Comum feat Alexia Bomtempo, L Lauren Henderson; 9: Dr. Lonnie Smith tribute feat Jason Marshall, Ed Cherry, Akiko Tsuruga, and Jonathan Blake, L Ian Hendrickson-Smith Qnt; 10: Ken Fowser Qnt, L Mark Whitfield Qnt; 11: Sasha Berliner, L Charles Turner & Uptown Swing; 14: R; 15: no jazz; 16: Ben Paterson Qrt, L The Zealots; 17: Duchess, L Alphonso Horne & The Gotham Kings; 18: Dave Stryker Qrt, L Joe Farnsworth; 21: R; 22: 7:30-10:30pm New Alchemy Jazz Orch; 23: Martina DaSilva, L Danny Jonokuchi Qnt; 28: R; 29: Emily Braden, L J Hoard; 30: Ray Gallon Trio, L Claffy's Electric Slide; 31: 7-9:45pm Lucy Yeghiazaryan feat Houston Person, 10pm-1:30am Richard Cortez. DROM: 85 Avenue A btw. 5th & 6th Sts. 212777-1157. Dec 3: 9pm Becca Stevens & The Secret Trio; 9: 8pm Pedrito Martinez; 16: 9pm Sexmob; 17: 11:30pm Groove Collective. The EAR INN: 326 Spring St. btw. Greenwich & Washington Sts. 212431-9750. Sun: 1-3pm EarRegulars feat JonErik Kellso & friends. FRIDMAN GALLERY: 169 Bowery btw. Delancey & Broome Sts. 929-314-4604. Dec 21: 7pm $20 adm William Hooker & friends. HERMANA NYC: 349 E 13th St. btw. 1st & 2nd Aves. 917-265-8234. Sets: Early (E) 6-8pm; 8-11pm. Residencies: Sun BIG SHINanigans Sunday; Mon Mondays in the Shed w/Mark Whitfield; Tues except 12/14 Keyed Up! feat Aida Brandes; Sat E Claudia Tebar + Arcoiris Sandoval & Marty Kenney. Dec 1: George Burton; 2: Rob Duguay’s Songevity Trio; 3: Eustacia Foster; 8: E Anne Cowherd + Jon Cowherd; 9: Greg Murphy; 10: Emily Braden; 14: E Ari Silverstein + Bday Hang; 15: Nick Hempton; 16: Marianne Solivan/George Colligan; 23: Keith Brown; 29: Joe Farnsworth. The JAZZ GALLERY: 1160 Bway btw. 27th & 28th


Sts. 5th Fl. 646-494-3625. Thurs-Sat: 7:30&9:30pm. Dec 2: Ryan Keberle's All Ears Orch; 3-4: Johnathan Blake; 9: Brandon Ross; 10: Dan Weiss/ Miles Okazaki Duo; 16: Jazz Composers' Showcase feat John Lake, Migiwa Miyajima, Rin Seo; 17-18: Threadgill, Iyer, Prieto. (LE) POISSON ROUGE: 158 Bleecker St. at Thompson St. 212-796-0741. Sets: 8pm. Dec 4: $26/31 adm Julian Lage; 11: $20-30 Kat Edmonson Qrt. The LOVELACE: 66 Pearl St. btw. Broad St. &  Coentries Slip. 212-425-7171. Sun 1-4pm, Mon-Tues 6-9pm, Sat 5-8pm: Jacquelyn West Trio. MEZZROW: 163 W 10th St. btw. 7th Ave. &  Waverly Pl. Lower level. 646-476-4346. Sets: 7:30&9pm; Late (L) 10:30pm&12am. Residency: Mon L except 12/20 Pasquale Grasso. Dec 1: Sean Wayland, L Jon Elbaz; 2: Mike Holober, L Saul Rubin; 3: Mike Ledonne, L Steve Ash; 4: Brandon McCune, L Michael King; 5: Ehud Asherie; 6: Spike Wilner; 7: Yaala Ballin; 8: Brian Charette, L Andrea Dominici; 9: Luke Carlos O'Reilly, L Nick Masters; 10: Adam Birnbaum w/Al Foster, L Doug Weiss; 11: Adam Birnbaum w/Al Foster, L Brandi Disterheft; 12: Lucy Wijnands; 13: Jeremy Manasia; 14: Naama Gheber; 15: Sullivan Fortner, L Sean Mason; 16: Jeremy Pelt, L Ray Gallon; 17: Yotam Silberstein, L Greg Murphy; 18: Ed Cherry, L Jon Davis; 19: Alan Broadbent; 20: Peter Bernstein; 21: Samara Joy; 22: Steve LaSpina, L Mike Bond; 23: David Williams; 24: Kevin Hays, L Jon Davis; 25: Kevin Hays, L Dave Kikoski; 26: Richie Vitale; 27: Spike Wilner; 28: Mike Lipskin; 29: Willerm Delisfort, L Jon Elbaz; 30: Freddie Bryant, L Nadav Nazarathy; 31: Spike Wilner, L Johnny O'Neal. MONA’S: 224 Avenue B btw. 13th & 14th Sts. 212-3533780. Tues: 9pm-2am Keyed Up! feat Tuesday Hot Jazz + Jam w/Dennis Lichtman & Mona's Hot Five. The NEW SCHOOL FOR JAZZ AND CONTEMPORARY MUSIC: 55 W 13th St. 5th Fl. 212-229-5488. Thurs-Sat: 8:30-9:30pm The Stone at the New School. Dec 2-4: Laura Ortman; 9-11: Ikue Mori. NORTH SQUARE: At Washington Square Hotel. 103 Waverly Pl. at MacDougal St. 212-254-1200. Sun: 12:30-1:30&2:15-3:15pm free adm Jazz Brunch Trios. Dec 5: Paul Jost; 12: Melissa Hamilton; 19: Louise Rogers; 26: Elisabeth Lohninger. NUBLU 151: 151 Avenue C btw. 9th & 10th Sts. Dec 1: 8pm Keith Loftis Qrt. PANGEA: 178 2nd Ave. btw. 11th & 12th Sts. 212-995-0900. 2nd Sun: 12-3pm/free adm Open Mic & Jazz Brunch w/Sue Matsuki & Gregory Toroian. Wed: 7-8:30pm $25/$20 min Pangea Cool Fall Nights Jazz Series. Dec 1: Jay Clayton; 8: Vicky Burns; 15: Roz Corral; 22: Holiday Jazz Nite w/Ben Cassara, Alex Leonard, The Royal Bopsters, Daryl Sherman, Ronny Whyte. SMALLS JAZZ CLUB: 183 W 10th St. btw. 7th Ave. & W 4th St. Lower level. 212-252-5091. Sets: 7:30&9pm; Late (L) 10:30pm + 12am Jam. Residencies L: Mon 12/6&13 Miki Yamanaka, 12/20&27 Jonathan Michel; Fri 12/3,17&31 Philip Harper. Dec 1: George Papageorge, L Benny Benack; 2: Robert Edwards, L Greg Glassman; 3: Justin Robinson; 4: Jack Walrath, L Theo Hill; 5: Joe Magnarelli, L Ai continued on page 16

DUCHESS Perfect Harmony By Ken Dryden

ROM THE MOMENT THAT DUChess opens its show with “I Love Being F Here With You” by Peggy Lee, which

serves as the theme song, it’s apparent how much the three vocalists enjoy singing harmony together. Amy Cervini, Melissa Stylianou and Hilary Gardner aren’t joking when they come to the line “We love the thrill of New York shows” on their CD Live At Jazz Standard (Anzic Records). They have an infectious chemistry that connects with their audiences. They come from diverse backgrounds. Amy grew up playing classical piano and saxophone in Toronto, Canada. She says, “I went to New England Conservatory as a saxophone major and studied voice with Dominique Eade. I played in big bands and started singing that way.” Then Amy moved to New York City. Melissa, also a Canadian, studied acting in theatre school. She recalls, “It wasn’t until after that I started singing jazz in Toronto. After going to the Banff Center, I moved to New York and studied with [pianist] Garry Dial and my current voice coach, Tom Schilling, and Theo Bleckman, who's a friend and mentor.” She has spent sixteen years singing gigs and learning from guitarist Gene Bertoncini and others. Early in her New York years, Melissa met Amy. Hilary is an Alaska native who grew up in the Pacific Northwest before coming to New York in 2003. One of her earliest mentors was the late pianist Mike Longo. “During my time in New York, I finished a long, protracted classical voice degree,” she notes, “sang in dive country bands, on Broadway, with big bands and small groups, by myself and with Duchess.” Each singer focused on her own career until eight years ago. Amy recalls how Duchess came into being. “Hilary and I met in another vocal group in the early 2000s. I met Melissa through my brother when she came to New York. We ended up singing duets together. I had a residency at the 55 Bar and was looking for something ‘antsy’. I like to try new things. My husband, our producer and arranger, Obed Lev-Ari, suggested that I get together with Hilary and Melissa and do stock arrangements of the Andrews Sisters and Boswell Sisters, and see how it went. We rehearsed a couple of times, then the place was packed. We had such a good time that we knew we had to keep going.” Three CDs and a Christmas EP later, Duchess has clearly found an audience and

a repertoire. In addition to transcriptions of songs recorded in the 1930s and 1940s, Duchess has uncovered many lesserknown tunes. Hilary notes, “There are novelty tunes that the Andrews Sisters and Boswell Sisters recorded. We think that Betty Hutton is really fun. You don’t hear those songs every day, but they’re hilarious and you need the right environment.” A flair for comedy is also important, as Melissa explains. “Humor is at the forefront of what we do, whether it is in the song itself or it is something that we bring with an additional lyric by Hilary or Amy. (I come up with stuff, but it doesn’t usually make the cut.) Or it could be the arrangement. Obed also has a wicked sense of humor that is in line with our ethos, and his arrangements have a lot of humor in them. The tunes are from a certain era, with a few exceptions. But what we say with them can come from the content or what we surround it with, that puts a point on it. Because of the way that Hilary introduces the band right before ‘It’s A Man,’ there’s all this context that makes it a bit fuller of a message than even on its own.” With the band backing her, Hilary’s comic, flirtatious introductions of pianist Michael Cabe, guitarist Jesse Lewis, bassist Matt Aronoff, and drummer Jared Schonig are the perfect setup for this unjustly obscure song. Referring to the band, Hilary emphasizes, “They know the gigs are fun, but we take it very seriously. Frankly, we love hanging out with them.” The ladies are excited about their upcoming show at The Django, which is going to include songs from their Christmas EP Harmony For The Holidays. “We’ll have some fun solo features of various holiday tunes, and we’ve added some holiday-themed lyrics,” says Hilary, remarking “The Django is an atmospheric, continued on page 19

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Murakami; 6: Ari Hoenig; 7: Eric Lewis; 8: Dennis Mitcheltree; 9: Marta Sanchez, L Nicole Glover; 10: Santi Debriano; 11: Tivon Penicott; 12: Peter Zak, L Aaron Johnson; 13: Joe Farnsworth; 14: Steve Nelson; 15: Sherrie Maricle, L Benny Benack; 16: Itamar Borochov; 17: George Colligan; 18: Darrell Green; 19: Andrew Kushnir, L Adam Kolker/Scott Wendholt; 20: Orrin Evans; 21: Bruce Williams; 22: Tim Hegarty; 23: Roberta Piket, L Nicole Glover; 24: Valery Ponomarev; 25: Jared Gold; 26: Ned Goold, L Panas Athanatos; 27: Victor Lewis; 28: Jeff “Tain” Watts; 29: Hendrik Meurkens; 30: Christopher McBride; 31: Naama Gheber & Carlos Abadie. TURNMILL: 119 E 27th St. btw. Park & Lexington Aves. 646524-6060. Wed: 8pm Keyed Up! feat Rob Duguay & Low Key Trio w/spec guests + Jam. VILLAGE VANGUARD: 178 7th Ave. S at 11th St. 212-255-4037. Sets/Adm: 8&10pm; Sun-Thurs $35, Fri-Sat $40; 1 drink min. Residency (R): Mon Vanguard Jazz Orch. Dec 1-5: Christian McBride Inside Straight; 6: R; 7-12: Christian McBride’s New Jam Qrt; 13: R; 14-19: Kenny Barron Qnt; 20: R; 21-26: Kenny Barron Trio w/spec guests Steve Nelson & Immanuel Wilkins; 27: R; 28-Jan 2: Chris Potter Qrt. ZINC BAR: 82 W 3rd St. btw. Thompson & Sullivan Sts. 212-4778337. Mon-Thurs: 5:30-7:30pm Ethan Iverson; Wed: 8:30-10pm&10:45pm-12:15am Terry Waldo’s Gotham City Band.

BROOKLYN BAR BAYEUX: 1066 Nostrand Ave. 347-5337845. Tues 7-10pm, Wed 8&9:30pm: free adm Keyed Up! series. Tues: Diego Voglino + Jam. Dec 1: Marc Copland Qrt; 8: Timo Vollbrecht Trio; 15: Micah Thomas Trio; 22: Lawrence Fields Trio; 29: Adam Kolker Qrt. 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; Sat 10pm12am Banda de Los Muertos. Dec 2: 10pm12am Michael LaValle; 3: 8-9:30pm Michael Bates’ Acrobat; 8: 7-8&8:30-9:30pm Tim Berne/Gregg Belisle-Chi; 10: 5-7pm Marta Sanchez, 8-9:30pm Pedro Giraudo Tango Qrt; 14: 7-8:30pm Sam Bardfeld Trio; 17: 57pm Marta Sanchez; 18: 8-9:30pm Harvey Valdes; 19: 7-8:30pm Reginald Chapman Qnt; 22: 6-7&7:30-8:30pm Tadataka Unno Trio; 23 10pm-12am & 31 5-7pm: Oscar Noriega’s Crooked Qrt. BROOKLYN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC: 58 7th Ave. 718-6223300. Dec 19: 7:30pm WOW Works Trio. BUSHWICK PUBLIC HOUSE: 1288 Myrtle Ave. -schedule. Mon: 7pm $10 don Bushwick Improvised Music series. CARMINE & SONS PIZZERIA: 356 Graham Ave. 718782-9659. Fri: 7-10pm except 12/24&31 Lou Caputo & Co. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF CROWN HEIGHTS: 450 Eastern Pkwy. 718-7781200. Dec 11: 4-6pm free adm Jazz Vesper feat Camille Thurman & Darrell Green Qrt. FLYING LOBSTER: 144 Union St. 718-8552633. Wed-Fri: 6-


9pm Keyed Up! feat Nick Green Qrt w/guests. IBEAM: 168 7th St. Sets: 7pm. Dec 4: WOW; 12: $15 adm Lena Bloch & Feathery. IL PORTO: 37 Washington Ave. 718-624-0954. Fri-Sat: 7-10pm Keyed Up! feat Charlie Apicella & Iron City. LOWLANDS BAR: 543 3rd Ave. 347-463-9458. Tues 6:30-8pm Keyed Up! feat Kevin Sun & friends. Dec 7: Kevin Sun Trio, 8:30pm Happy Trio XVII; 14: Kevin Sun Qnt; 21: Earprint; 28: Juanma Trujillo Qnt. LUNÀTICO: 486 Halsey St. 718-513-0339. MARIAN’S: 108 Patchen Ave. www.marians Thurs: 7-10pm David Yee Trio; Sat: 9pm-12am Jam w/Matt La Von. NOSTRAND SOCIAL: 706 Nostrand Ave. 718-576-6781. Thurs: 7-10pm Jam w/Jazzical. The OWL MUSIC PARLOR: 497 Rogers Ave. 718-774-0042. Sets: 8pm. Dec 5: Amanda Ekery; 12: Emma Frank. ROULETTE: 509 Atlantic Ave. at 3rd Ave. 917-267-0363. Sets: 8pm. Dec 1: Andrew Lamb’s Circadian Spheres Of Light Project Ens; 2: Amina Claudine Myers Trio/Douglas Ewart; 3: Immanuel Wilkins; 4: Kris Davis; 9: Luke Stewart + Leila Bordreuil; 13: Graham Haynes; 14: Caroline Davis; 15: John Zorn. SCHOLES STREET STUDIO: 375 Lorimer St. 718-9648763. Dec 4: 8pm Adam Lane Qrt; 6: 8pm Alejandro Florez; 15: 7pm Luca Rosenfeld; 19: 4pm Ras Moshe. SISTAS’ PLACE: 456 Nostrand Ave. at Jefferson Ave. 718398-1766. Sat: 9&10:30pm $30/25 adm. Dec 4: Salim Washington Gp; 11: Winard Harper Band; 18: Jeremy Pelt/Brandon Sanders Qrt. SOAPBOX GALLERY: 636 Dean St. Sets: 8-9pm. Dec 2: Steve Sandberg; 4: Lenny White; 7: Michel Gentile FLOW; 8: Kate Baker; 9: Randy Ingram & Aubrey Johnson; 10: Kate Chaston Trio; 14: Paul Jost Qrt; 15: Jim Ridl; 16: Michelle Lordi; 18: Sonelius Smith; 20: Vayenas/Doykin Band; 21: Alon Yavnai; 22: Vinicius Gomes Trio; 23: Emily Braden & Misha Piatigorsky; 27: Dave Kikowski; 29: Jay Clayton. SUPERFINE: 126 Front St. 718-243-9005. 1st&3rd Wed: 7:3010:30pm Keyed Up! feat Ray Scro + Jam. WILD BIRDS: 951 Dean St. 347-896-5056. Keyed Up! series. Wed: 8-10pm Dave Linhard & Wayne Tucker; Thurs: 7-9pm 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 DIWINE: 41-15 31st Ave. Astoria. 718-7771355. Wed: 8-11pm Keyed Up! feat Tim Norton w/guests. FLUSHING TOWN HALL: 137-35 Northern Blvd. Flushing. 718-463-7700. 1st Wed: 7pm $10 adm Louis Armstrong Legacy Jazz Jam w/Carol Sudhalter. Dec 19: 2:30pm $5 The Lioness Collective. JACKSON ROOM: 192-07 Linden Blvd. St. Albans. 718-5252387. Last Sat: 7:30&9pm $30 adm incl snacks/beverage feat Ed Jackson Qrt.

JAMAICA CENTER FOR ARTS AND LEARNING: 161-04 Jamaica Ave. Jamaica. 718-658-7400. Dec 9: 8pm free adm Thursday Night Jazz feat Gabriel Charkarji. LOUIS ARMSTRONG HOUSE MUSEUM: 3456 107th St. Corona. 718-478-8274. Thurs-Sat: except 12/23-25&12/30-01/1 11:30am-3:30pm; Thurs-Fri ev. hour, Sat ev. 30 min; $12-8 adm. Guided Tours of Louis Armstrong House. TERRAZA 7: 40-19 Gleane St. 718-803-9602. Queens.

LONG ISLAND GRASSO’S: 134 Main St. Cold Spring Harbor. 631-367-6060. Sun 12-3pm Brunch w/Danny Marx. The JAZZ LOFT: 275 Christian Ave. Stony Brook. 631-751-1895. Sets: 7-9:30pm. Wed: Jazz Loft Trio + Jam. Dec 1: 1pm Young at Heart; 2-4: 12/4 + 24:30pm Nutcracker feat The JLBB w/Allan Harris; 7: Nikhil Bartolomeo; 16: The Bad Little Big Band; 17: Ray Anderson's Seasonal Solstice party; 18: 1-3:30pm Interplay Jazz Orch, 6-8pm Tom Manuel's Egg Nog Romp; 23: Nutcracker feat The JLBB w/Nicole Zuraitis. TILLES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS: At Long Island University Post. 720 Northern Blvd. Brookville. 516-299-3100. Dec 5: 7pm Dave Koz & friends.

WESTCHESTER ALVIN & FRIENDS: 14 Memorial Hwy. New Rochelle. www.alvinandfriendsrestaurant. com. 914-654-6549. Dec 3: 7-10pm Victor LaGamma Trio; 4: 7:30-11:30pm The Brazilwood Trio; 11: 7:30-10:30pm Leslie Pintchik Trio. BEANRUNNER CAFÉ: 201 S Division St. Peekskill. 914737-1701. Sets/adm: Fri-Sat 6-8pm $20. Dec 4: Doug Munro; 11: Rich Dashnaw Qrt; 12: 35pm The Sunday Jazz Collective; 18: Ray Blue Qrt. FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: 199 N Columbus Ave. Mount Vernon. 914-6364977. Dec 12: 5:15-9pm $25 adm Second Sunday Jazz series feat tba. JAZZ AT THE LODGE: 118 Croton Ave. Ossining. 917488-7187. Thurs: 7-10pm Organ Groove. Dec 4: 7:30-10:30pm Alexis Cole & Geoffrey Keezer. JAZZ FORUM: 1 Dixon Ln. Tarrytown. 914631-1000. Sets/adm: Sun 4&6pm $15-20; Fri-Sat 7&9:30pm. Dec 3-4: $35-40 Paquito D'Rivera Qnt; 5: Ana Fernandez, 8-10pm Jam w/David Janeway Trio; 10-11: $35-40 Joey DeFrancesco Trio; 12: Nanny Assis; 17-18: $30-35 Bill Charlap Trio; 31-Jan 1: 12/31 6pm $100 9:30pm $150, 01/1 $30-35 Karrin Allyson Qrt. TARRYTOWN MUSIC HALL: 13 Main St. Tarrytown. 914631-1000. Dec 23: 8pm The Glenn Miller Orch. RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE: 80 E Ridge Rd. Ridgefield. NEW YORK BEARSVILLE THEATER: 291 Tinker St. Woodstock. 845-679-4406. Dec 17: 8-11pm $45-100 adm

Jack DeJohnette Trio. CAFFE LENA: 47 Phila St. Saratoga Springs. 518-583-0022. Sets: 7pm. Dec 8: $12.5-25 adm Chuck Lamb & Peter Mack; 9: $12.5-25 Jim Snidero; 16: $10-20 Gretchen Koehler & Daniel Kelly. The FALCON: 1348 Rte 9 W. Marlboro. 845-236-7970. Sets: 7pm. Dec 4: Oz Noy Trio; 9: Jeremy Baum Trio; 10: Joe Ferry & The Big Ska Band w/spec guest Joey Ray; 11: Lindsey Webster; 19: Common Tongue; 30: Ed Palermo Big Band, opening w/Ted Kooshian’s Standard Orbit Qrt. FRIDMAN GALLERY: 475 Main St. Beacon. 845-320-3475. Dec 10: 8:30pm $20 adm Susie Ibarra & Immanuel Wilkins. HOWLAND CULTURAL CENTER: 477 Main St. Beacon. www.howlandculturalcenter. org. 845-831-4988. Sets/adm: 8pm $20/25. Dec 3: Tim Berne & Nasheet Waits; 11: Shelley Hirsch. LYDIA’S CAFE: 7 Old US Hwy 209. Stone Ridge. 845-687-6373. MAUREEN’S JAZZ CELLAR: 2 N Bway. Nyack. 845535-3143. Sets/adm: 8pm $25. Dec 3: Richard Baratta Qnt feat Vincent Herring; 4: Mike Holober Oct; 10: Freddie Bryant Qrt; 11: Sheila Jordan/Cameron Brown; 17: Ray Levier Qrt; 18: $15 Judimarie Canterino; 19: 3pm $20 The Rockland Youth Jazz Ens; 22: Lizzy Kates/David Budway Qnt; 31: + 10:30pm $20 David Budway Trio w/spec guest Thos Shipley. ORIGINAL VINYL RECORDS: 314 State Rte 94 S. #7. Warwick. www.originalvinyl 845-987-3131. QUINN’S: 330 Main St. Beacon. 845-202-7447. Sets/adm: 8:30pm $15. Mon: Monday Jazz Sessions. Dec 6: Mike Dopazo; 13: Eric Person; 18: 9pm Knock Yourself Out; 20: Karl Berger & friends. ST. MARY OF MOUNT CARMEL / BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISH: 648 Jay St. Utica. www.mountcarmelblessed 315-735-1482. Dec 9: 7pm free adm Bending Towards the Light | A Jazz Nativity feat Max Pollack, Joe Magnarelli, Joe Carello, The Royal Bopsters, Art Baron, Leonarda Priore, Anne Phillips, Tim Horner. TURNING POINT CAFÉ: 468 Piermont Ave. Piermont. 845359-1089. Mon: 8-11pm $5 adm Monday Jam w/John Richmond.

CONNECTICUT FIREHOUSE 12: 47 Crown St. New Haven. 203-785-0468. Fri: 8:30-10pm $25 adm. Dec 3: Lioness™; 10: Brandon Ross. LA ZINGARA: 8 PT Barnum Sq. Bethel. 203744-7500. Sets/adm: 79:30pm $15-120. Dec 1: Tim Dehuff Qrt; 2: Trio KaN. PALACE THEATER: 100 East Main St. Waterbury. 203346-2000. Dec 10: 7&9pm Dan Pugach Nnt. The SIDE DOOR JAZZ CLUB: At Old Lyme Inn. 85 Lyme St. Old Lyme. 860-434-2600. Sets: 8:30-11pm. Dec 3: June Bisantz/Alex Nakhimovsky Qrt; 4: Tyler Blanton/Helio Alves Gp; 10-11: George Colligan Trio; 17: Peter Bernstein Qrt; 18: Michael Feinberg Qrt; 24-25: closed; 31: Samara Joy feat Pasquale Grasso Trio w/spec guest Tardo Hammer. continued on page 18


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NEW JERSEY BERGEN BERRIE CENTER FOR PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS: At Ramapo College. 505 Ramapo Valley Rd. Mahwah. 201-684-7844. Dec 4: 810pm $8-35 adm Casey Abrams Trio. ELKS IDEAL LODGE: 17 Bennett Rd. Englewood. 201-315-9050. 1st&3rd Tues: 7:30pm $5/7 adm Tuesday Night Jam w/Radam Schwartz. HUDSON The BRIGHTSIDE TAVERN: 141 Bright St. Jersey City. 201-435-1234. www.thebright Mon: 6-10pm Keyed Up! feat Noel Sagerman Trio + Jam. MERCER 1867 SANCTUARY: 101 Scotch Rd. Ewing. 609-3926409. Dec 11: 7pm Richie Cole Memorial. CANDLELIGHT LOUNGE: 24 Passaic St. Trenton. 609-695-9612. Sat: 3:30-7:30pm free adm/ $10 min. Dec 4: Jerry Weldon; 11: Akiko Tsuruga; 18: Landham Brothers; 25: Orrin Evans. THEATRE CENTER: 91 MCCARTER University Pl. Princeton. 609-258-2787. Sets: 8pm. Dec 10-11: Cécile McLorin Salvant; 18: The Hot Sardines. MIDDLESEX NEW BRUNSWICK PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 7 Livingston Ave. New Brunswick. 732-729-0320. Dec 3: 7:30pm Helen Sung w/Rutgers University Jazz Ens. TAVERN ON GEORGE: 361 George St. New Brunswick. 732545-6205. Tues&Thurs 7&8:45pm: free adm The New Brunswick Jazz Project/ Tues: Emerging Artists series + Jam. Dec 2: Charlie Sigler Qrt; 7: Justin Vedovelli Trio; 9: Emily Braden Qrt; 14: Jem Seidel Trio; 16: Three Divas; 21: Matt Renzo Gp; 23: Dave Stryker Qrt; 28: Pierre Cornilliat Trio; 30: Lucy Yeghiazaryan Qrt. MONMOUTH 3 BR DISTILLERY: 7 Main St. Keyport. 862-259-5991. Dec 18: 7-10pm Charlie Apicella & Iron City. MORRIS MAYO PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 100 South St. Morristown. 973-539-8008. Dec 12: 3pm George Gee Swing Orch. SHANGHAI JAZZ: 24 Main St. Madison. 973822-2899. Dec 2: 7pm Alex Laurenzi Trio; 5: 5pm Catherine Russell; 17: 6:15pm Brynn Stanley Qrt; 22: 7pm Leonieke Scheuble’s Generation of Jazz Trio; 31: 7pm SaRon Crenshaw. OCEAN The JAY & LINDA GRUNIN CENTER FOR THE ARTS: 1 College Dr. Toms River. 732255-0500. Dec 5: 3pm Eric Mintel Qrt. SOMERSET WATCHUNG ARTS CENTER: 18 Stirling Rd. Watchung. 908-7530190. Dec 11: 8pm Amani.

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. Dec 2: R; 3: Carrie Jackson & All Star Band; 4: $20/21 Dan Pugach Nnt +1; 9: R; 10: Michael Feinburg w/Jeff “Tain” Watts; 11: Nancy & Spencer Reed w/Bill Goodwin; 12: Marti & Dave Lantz w/Paul Rostock; 16: R; 17: Eric Mintel Qrt; 18: 3Divas; 19: $15/16 Regina Sayles; 23: R; 24-26: closed; 30: R; 31: Bill Goodwin & the Resolutions.

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BACKSTAGE PASS JAZZ ANECDOTE BY BILL CROW Bill Crow's books "Jazz Anecdotes" and "From Birdland to Broadway" can be found at your favorite bookstore, and at along with many interesting photos and links. Mark Stryker started a Facebook conversation about funny things said intentionally on the microphone at live performances. He started out with a report of John Mosca introducing members of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra at the Detroit Jazz Festival in 2016: “I think you’ll find it’s easier to buy the guys a drink if you know their names. (pause) We’ll start with the guys who are still drinking…” Steve Lambert added a comment Lee Morgan made: “Now we’re gonna do a request for a couple that just left…” English tenorman Ronnie Scott was famous for comments he made in his London jazz club. He would announce, after hearing no applause at the end of a number, “And now we are all going to join hands and attempt to contact the living.” Or he might say, “You’ve just made a happy man very old.” Once, when the audience was very small, he announced that they were going to play “Tea for One.” D’RIVERA...continued from page 13

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casing the music and the musicians who have enriched Paquito’s life, from Chucho and Bebo Valdés to Bach and the late Mexican composer Armando Manzanero. “The channel was my assistant’s idea— Juan Ruiz—a trumpet player from Colombia,” Paquito says. “He’s well-versed in the Internet thing. For me, it’s like Chinese [laughs]. We recorded some quality sounds and images through Zoom. Sometimes crises create positive things.” With over a hundred recordings as a leader and a sideman, and a multifaceted career that crosses all musical and geographical boundaries, Paquito has created a multitude of positive music. As he wrote in his 2008 memoir My Sax Life, “I thank God and my father for the blessings which this marvelous profession has given me throughout my life.”

very lively room, and it will be very festive.

The Paquito D'Rivera Quintet with pianist Alex Brown, trumpeter/trombonist Diego Urcola, bassist Hamish Smith, and drummer Eric Doob, performs at the Jazz Forum, Dec. 3-4.

Duchess presents Harmony For The Holidays at The Django on Dec. 17. The band includes pianist Michael Cabe, bassist Matt Aronoff, drummer Jimmy Macbride, and special guest trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis.

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A Moment You Missed by Fran Kaufman Hot House Contributing Photographer On a rainy Monday night in November, I headed to the apartment of pianist Emmet Cohen. There, the room was filled with video and sound equipment, and his Steinway. The band was getting ready for the regular weekly Monday streaming, Live from Emmet’s Place that Emmet has conducted with guest artists since the start of the pandemic. The music was great, the spirit enthusiastic and fun, as you can surmise from this photo of Emmet, Russell Hall and Regina Carter, prepping for their next tune.


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Drummer / percusionist, ANDREW SCOTT POTTER, working New York jazz drummer for 8 years, has lived in Brazil more than 30 years. Working with Afro Bahian dancers and drummers, and some of Brazil's top musicians, he decided to learn some of the grooves of KETU CANDOMBLE, to play Brazilian rhythms better. To his surprise , he discovered profound parallel hookups, of Ketu Candomble grooves, and the evolution of rhythms, phrasing and phrasing in composiJack Joao Potter Bons Ritmos Artist tions, with the history of Jazz and the great innovators.

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