February 2015 Swing 46
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EADERS OF LARGER UNITS IN L jazz today can find inspiration in a vast swath of history, to tap traditions or to
plant footsteps on a forward journey expanding the parameters of the assemblage of musicians known as the big band/large ensemble. Our Winning Spins this month look both forward and back in their creation of new ensemble jazz. The big band tradition encapsulated in the Swing Era is the template for the George Gee Swing Orchestra, a decadeslong staple of the Manhattan neo-swing dance scene and expanded on in the band's latest album. Orchestral jazz, as developed by the likes of Duke Ellington, Thad Jones, Gil Evans and Bob Brookmeyer and the Third Stream movement of the mid-20th Century, provides inspiration and points in new directions for Rufus Reid's large ensemble recording of a suite inspired by and celebrating the works of AfricanAmerican sculptor Elizabeth Catlett. Swing Makes You Happy!, George Gee Swing Orchestra (Rondette Jazz), generates Swing Era feeling and spirit with a compact unit consisting of nine musicians, plus two singers and a stimulating leader. The band boasts the Count Basie Orchestra as a main inspiration, but in the last five years, under the musical direction of trombonist David Gibson, the scope of the repertoire has expanded, while always maintaining an allegiance to the core value of swing as exemplified by Basie and Swing Era formats. Among the 19 tracks on the album are direct borrowings from Swing Era bands like "Lindyhopper's Delight," a two-beat romp from Chick Webb's group, and "Midnight in a Madhouse," adapted from Larry Clinton's popular late 1930s dance band. Director Gibson contributes five charts, ranging from a swing-bop "Bedrock," recalling Four Brothers era Woody Herman, to a Basie-esque blues, "Hash Mash." His "The Road to Roscoe's" transcends swing to suggest a funky Dizzy Gillespie band in a retro mood. Gibson's charts make inventive use of instrumental choruses and inter-sectional voicings, but also employs cornerstones of swing arranging like riffs, shouts and vamps and he knows how to feature soloists, whether instrumental or vocal. Tenor sax Michael Hashim plays the Sinatra role and then some on a winning "It Was A Very Good Year;" John Dokes
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brings a Joe Williams vibe to blues and swing vocals and Hilary Gardner matches the bright buoyancy of swing band singers. Gibson's biggest stretch is a swing setting of Herbie Hancock's "A Tribute to Someone," a commanding trumpet feature for Freddie Hendrix. Hendrix also has two commendably assertive solos on Quiet Pride: The Elizabeth Catlett Project, Rufus Reid (MotĂŠma), a tribute to both the young trumpeter's versatility and the continuum that is jazz in the 21st Century. Rufus Reid's Large Ensemble (20 members) is a far cry from a swing band, although there are sections of Quiet Pride that indubitably swing hard. Reid has expanded a standard contemporary big band, adding not only guitar (electric and acoustic), but also a pair of French horns and a voice (Charenee Wade), who functions like another instrument: singing notes, not words. Reid says he deeply contemplated the sculptures (pictured on the CD booklet) that inspired the five suites on the album, and that he found himself responding to the shapes and lines in Catlett's work. "While there is no absolute correspondence, I do feel that she inspired me to mix my own shapes and lines," Reid says. Inventive and expansive, the pieces Reid has created with his handpicked Large Ensemble are an artistic expansion of the work Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn were doing with their large-scale suites. Reid employs a full panoply of tonal and timbral colors and tones, including the incorporation of the voice into the total palette, even having Wade sing into the piano to create a reverberant effect on "Singing Head." That same piece drops from full ensemble to a drums/tenor sax duet before returning to the ensemble, while "Tapestry in the Sky" creates a grand procession by building from a trumpet and piano duet through a series of solos that accumulate burgeoning accompaniment and weight toward a full-bodied orchestral climax.
The George Gee Swing Orchestra celebrates the release of its new CD at Smalls, Feb. 1, plays at the newly reopened Rainbow Room, Feb. 2, and continues its weekly Tuesday performance at Swing 46. The Big Band Sound of Rufus Reid comes to Jazz Standard Feb. 26 through March 1.
Reeves cover photo by Fran Kaufman, Broadbent by Yngve Froyen, Reid by Jimmy Katz.
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92Y: 1395 Lexington Av at 92nd St. 212-4155500. www.92y.org. 449 LA: 449 Lenox Av (bet 132nd & 133rd Sts). 212-234-3298. Thurs: 1-3:30pm Jazz & Dessert; Fri-Sat: 8:30pm; Sun: 4-7pm Patio Jazz. 809 BAR & GRILL: 112 Dyckman St (Off Nagle Av). www.809restaurant.com. 212-304-3800. Thurs: 8:30-11pm Aquilito’s Jazz in the Heigthzz. AARON DAVIS HALL: At City College. 138 Convent Av at W133rd St. www.adhat ccny.org. 212-650-6900. ABYSSINIAN BAPTIST CHURCH: 132W 138th St (bet Lenox & Adam Clayton Powell Blvds). www.abyssinian.org. 212-862-7474. tba: 4pm $20/10 adm Jazz Vespers. AMERICAN LEGION POST: 248W 132nd St (bet 7th & 8th Avs). 212-283-9701. www.colchasyoungharlempost398.com. Wed-Thurs&Sun: 7:30pm-12am Jam. APOLLO THEATER: 253W 125th St. 212-5315300. www.apollotheater.org. BEACON BAR: 2130 Bway at W75th St. 212787-1100. www.beaconhotel.com. Fri: 710pm Solo. BEACON THEATER: 2130 Bway at W75th St. 212-496-7070. www.beacontheatre.com. BEMELMANS: At Carlyle Hotel. 35E 76th St at Madison. www.thecarlyle.com. 212-7441600. Adm varies. Sets: 1st MonTues&Thurs-Fri 5:30-8:30pm Earl Rose; Wed 5:30-8:30pm Rob Mosci; Sat 5:308:30pm Levi Barcourt; Sun 5-8pm Rob Mosci; 2nd Mon 9pm-12am Earl Rose; TuesThurs 9:30pm-12:30am Chris Gillespie; FriSat 9:30pm-1am Chris Gillespie Trio; Sun 9pm-12am Tony DeSare. BILL’S PLACE: 148W 133rd St (bet Lenox & 7th Avs). www.billsplaceharlem.com. 212-2810777. $20 don. Fri-Sat: 8&10pm Bill Saxton Bebop Band. BILLIE’S BLACK RESTAURANT & LOUNGE: 271W 119th St (bet St. Nicholas Av & Frederick Douglass Blvd). 212-2802248. www.billiesblack.com. BISTRO TEN 18: 1018 Amsterdam Av at 110th St. 212-662-7600. www.bistroten18.com. Thurs: 9:30pm-12am Morningside Jazz Collective. CAFÉ CARLYLE: At Carlyle Hotel. 35E 76th St at Madison. www.thecarlyle.com. 212-7441600. Mon: 8:45pm $205-155 adm, $110 adm/$25 min @ bar Woody Allen & Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band. CAFÉ DU SOLEIL: 2723 Bway at 104th St. 212316-5000. www.cafedusoleilny.com. Fri: 811pm. Free adm. Feb 13: Jennifer Wrobleski Jazz Trio. CAFÉ JAZZ: At Manhattan School of Music. Bway & 122nd St. 212-749-2802. Informal concerts feat students from School's jazz dept. Free adm. CAMPAGNOLA: 1382 1st Av at 74th St. 212-
861-1102. Fri-Sat: 8pm-12am Effie Jansen. CHÉRI: 231 Lenox Av (bet 121st & 122nd Sts). www.cheriharlem.com. 212-662-4374. FriSat: 8pm; Sat: Lucious Conway Gp; Sun: 123pm Brunch feat Lady Leah. CHEZ LUCIENNE: 308 Lenox Av at 125th St. 212-289-5555. www.chezlucienne.com. CHOCOLAT RESTAURANT & LOUNGE: 2217-23 Frederick Douglass Blvd at 120th St. 212-222-4545. www.chocolatlounge.com. Sun: 6-9:30pm. Free adm/2 drink min. The CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK: 160 Convent Av at 138th St. www.ccny.cuny.edu. 212-650-7000. CLEOPATRA’S NEEDLE: 2485 Bway (bet 92nd & 93rd Sts). www.cleopatrasneedleny. com. 212-769-6969. Sets: Early (E), Jam (J). Mon-Tues E 8-9pm, J 9pm-1am; Wed-Thurs E 7-11pm, J 11:30pm-2:30am; Fri-Sat E 8pm12am, J 12:30-3am; Sun E 4-8pm, J 9pm1am. Free adm/$10 min. Trios. Residencies (R): Mon E&J Jon Weiss; Tues E&J Marc Devine; Wed E Open mic & J Les Kurtz; Thurs J Kazu; Fri J Joanna Sternberg; Sat J Jesse Simpson; Sun E Open mic & J Keith Ingham. Feb 1-4: R; 5: John Lang; 6: Kuni Mikami; 7: Larry Banks; 8-11: R; 12: Nathan Brown; 13: Jim Pryor; 14: Kevin Hildebrandt; 15-18: R; 19: Steve Elmer; 20: Antonio Parisi; 21: Darrell Smith; 22-25: R; 26: CJ Everett; 27: Sunfree Band; 28: Justin Lees. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY: 1214 Amsterdam Av. www.cs.columbia.edu. 212-939-7000. www.jazz.columbia.edu. FARAFINA CAFÉ & LOUNGE HARLEM: 1813 Amsterdam Av (bet 149th & 150th). www.farafinacafeloungeharlem.com. 212281-2445. Feb 24: 8pm Kristina Koller Trio. GARDEN CAFÉ: 4961 Bway at W207th St. 212544-9480. www.gardencafeny.com. Fri-Sat: 7:30-10:30pm Annette A. Aguilar & String Beans or Paul Hemmings. GINNY’S: At Red Rooster. 310 Lenox Av (bet 125th & 126th). www.ginnyssupperclub.com. 212-792-9001. Sun: 11am-3:30pm Gospel Brunch. Sets: 7:30&9:30pm $10 adm unless otherwise noted. Feb 5: 8pm Harlem Blues w/King Solomon Hicks; 7: Michael Mwenso & the Shakes; 12: Sammy Miller & Congregation Big Band; 14: $15 Timothy Bloom feat Wayna; 21: $15 Brianna Thomas Qrt; 26: 8pm Ben Wolfe Qrt; 28: $30 Norman Connors. GRAN PIATTO D’ORO: 1429 5th Av (bet 116th & 117th Sts). www.granpiattorestaurant. com. 212-722-2244/2161. 8pm-12am: $10adm Jazz on Fifth. Feb 6: “King” Solomon Hicks. HARLEM ON FIFTH: 2150 5th Av (bet 131st & 132nd Sts). www.harlemonfifth.com. 212234-5600. HARLEM STAGE: At Aaron Davis Hall. 150 Convent Av at W135th St. 212-281-9240. www.harlemstage.org. Feb 5&12: 7:30pm free adm 2015 Composers Now Festival feat 02/5 Ambrose Akinmusire Qnt, 02/12 Aruán Ortiz. HARLEM TAVERN: 2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd at 116th St. www.harlemtavern.com. 212-866-4500. Sat-Sun: 11am-4pm Jazz Brunch. HOSTELLING INTERNATIONAL NY: 891 Amsterdam Av (bet 103rd & 104th Sts). www.hinewyork.org. 212-932-2300. Feb 5: 8pm Vic Juris & Aleksi Glick Duo, 9pm Kevin B. Clark Trio. JARON EAMES: firstname.lastname@example.org. 646337-0620. Sun 2-5pm: $20 Don BBQ & Jazz @ Home series feat JaRon Eames & Emme Kemp. LENOX SAPHIRE: At Les Ambassades Bar & Restaurant. 341 Lenox Av (bet 127th & 128th Sts). www.lenoxsaphire.com. 212-866-9700.
Thurs: 7-11pm Phil Young Experience. LIME LEAF: 128W 72nd St (bet Columbus & Amsterdam Avs). 212-501-7800. Mon-Thurs: 710pm. Mon: Michael Vitali; Tues: Martin Reuter Band; Wed: Julie Grahm; Thurs: Emma Larsson. LONDEL’S SUPPER CLUB: 2620 Frederick Douglass Blvd (bet 139th & 140th Sts). 212234-6114. www.londelsrestaurant.com. FriSat: 8-11pm. Free adm. LURA: 949 Columbus Av (bet 106th & 107th Sts). 212-866-7500. www.lurany.com. Mon: 8:30pm Kevin Hildebrandt; Thurs: 9pm-12am Lowdown Stompers. MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC: 120 Claremont Av & 122nd St. 212-749-2802. www.msmnyc.edu. MANNA HOUSE: 338E 106th St (bet 1st & 2nd Avs). www.mannahousejazz.org. 212-7228223. Ev first Sun 4pm $15/10/7 adm: MEEE Jazz Concert series. Feb 8: Kim Clarke & Aqua Ninjaz. METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART: 1000 5th Av at 82nd St. www.metmuseum.org. 212-5357710. Feb 7: 7-8pm free adm Theo Bleckmann. MILLER THEATRE: At Columbia University. 2960 Bway at 116th St. 212-854-7799. www.millertheatre.com. MINTON’S: 206W 118th St (bet St. Nicholas Av & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd). 212-243-2222. www.mintonsharlem.com. Sets: Tues-Wed 7,8:30&10pm, Thurs 6-11pm, Fri-Sat 7:30& 9:30pm + 12-3am Jam (J), Sun Brunch (B) 12,1:30&3pm, Evening (EV) 5:30,7&8:30pm. Adm: Tues,Thurs&Sun EV $20 @ table/$10 @ bar, Wed $25/15, Fri-Sat $25/35, J & Sun B $10. Residencies (R): Tues Minton’s Players; Wed except 02/4 JC Hopkins Biggish Band w/spec guest Johnny O’Neal 02/18; Fri J w/Wayne Tucker Qrt; Sun B except 02/22 Minton’s Players, EV Brianna Thomas. Feb 1&3: R; 4: Willerm Delisfort Sxt; 5: Bruce Harris Sxt w/spec guests; 6-7: JC Hopkins Biggish Band feat Jon Hendricks; 8&10-11: R; 12&19: Charenee Wade Spt; 13: $35/20 Alicia Olatuja; 14: $50/35 SOMI; 15&17-18: R; 19: see 02/12; 20-21: $50/35 George Cables Trio; 22: B D.D. Jackson & Harlem School of The Arts Jazz Qrt, EV R; 24-25: R; 26: Camille Thurman Qnt; 27-28: $50/35 Andy Bey Solo. MIST HARLEM: 46W 116th St (bet Lenox & 5th Av). www.mistharlem.com. 212-828-MIST. Feb 6: 8am-5pm The Madiba Sessions w/SA Allstars Morris Goldberg. NATIONAL JAZZ MUSEUM IN HARLEM: 104E 126th St #2C. (bet Park & Lexington Avs). 212-348-8300. www.jmih.org. Free adm. Mon-Fri: 10am-4pm Exhibit feat Bebo Valdés: Giant of Cuban Music. Tues 7-8:30pm Jazz for Curious Listeners series w/Feb 3: The Strayhorn Centennial; 10: James Baldwin; 17: Jazz from City College; 24: Listening Session w/Michael Steinman. NEW AMSTERDAM MUSIC ASSOCIATION: 107W 130th St (bet Lenox & Adam Clayton Powel Blvds). 212-510-8140. $5/15 adm. Mon: 7:30-11pm Jam w/Antoinette Adams; Thurs: Pecola’s Party; Fri: Robey Norton & friends; Sat: Willie Mack Jazz Art. PARIS BLUES: 2021 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd at 121st St. 212-222-9878. Sets: Daily Jam 9pm-1am + 5-9pm Sun. Free adm. Mon: John Cooksey & Spontaneous Combustion Qrt; Tues: 1st,3rd&5th John Cooksey Blues Crew, 2nd&4th Annette Bland McCoy & Sultans of Soul; Wed: Les Goodson & Intergalactic Soul Jazz Band; Thurs: except 3rd Tyrone Govan & Top Secret, 3rd Lucious Conway Sxt; Fri: Melvin Vines & Harlem Jazz Machine; Sat: alternate between Antoine Dowdell Gp & 69th Street Band; Sun: 5pm 1st&3rd La Banda Ramirez, last
Elliot Pineiro & Sumbaswing, 9pm Melvin Vine & Harlem Jazz Machine feat Okaru Hoshino Lovelace. PARLOR ENTERTAINMENT: 555 Edgecombe Av at 160th St. #3F. 212-781-6595. Sun: 4pm free adm w/Marjorie Eliot, Bob Cunningham, Sedric Choukroun & spec guests. RENDALL MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN: 59W 137th St, #61 (bet Malcom X Blvd & 5th Av). 212-283-2928. Tues: 12-2pm $15 adm Harlem Afternoon Jazz series. Feb 3: Jeff King & the Art of Sxt; 10: Alex Harding & Organ Nation; 17: Henry Grimes; 24: Milton Suggs. RIVERSIDE CHURCH: 490 Riverside Dr (bet 120th & 122nd Sts). 1st Mon: 10am-12pm Open meeting by Harlem Arts Alliance www.harlemaa.org/347-735-4280. RIVERSIDE THEATRE: 490 Riverside Dr (bet 120th & 122nd Sts) 212-870-6784/ www.the riversidetheatre.org/www.jazzmobile.org. Feb 12: 5:30-10pm $100 adm Jazzmobile 50th anniv feat Danny Mixon Qrt, Solomon Hicks & Cliff Lee Plus Three. SETTEPANI: 196 Lenox Av at 120th St. 917492-4806. www.settepani.com. Thurs: 810pm. SHOWMAN’S: 375W 125th St at Morningside. www.showmansjazzclub.com. 212-864-8941. SHRINE: 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (bet 133rd & 134th Sts). 212-690-7807. www.shrinenyc.com. Sets: 6-8pm unless otherwise noted. Free adm. Residency (R): Sun 5-8pm Jam w/Lu Reid. Feb 4: Alex Bryson Qrt; 5: Diego Urbano; 6: Zolaland; 8: R; 9: Martin Schulte Qrt; 10: Terence Nolan; 11: 9-10pm Michael Veal & Bennett Paster; 13: Rodrigo Bonelli Spt; 15: R; 17: Aquiles Navarro & Tcheser Holmes Duo; 18: Mikhail Martin Trio; 19: Joe Pino Qnt; 20: Jocelyn Shannon Qrt; 22: R; 25: NY JAZZ FORCE; 27: Asako Takasaki. SILVANA: 300W 116th St at Frederick Douglass Blvd. www.silvana-nyc.com. 646692-4935. Sets: 6-8pm unless otherwise noted. Free adm. Residency (R): Sun 4:306pm Ljova. Feb 1: R + Joe Pino Qnt; 2: Cameron Mizell Trio; 3: Dmitry Strelianny; 4: Nick Kadajski Qnt; 5: Irv Grossman Sxt; 6: Valentina Marino; 7: Lucas Kadish Spearhead Qnt; 8: R + Martin Schulte Qrt; 10: Winterfisch; 11: Dan Willis & The Velvet Gentlemen; 12: Carl Maraghi & Jeru Project; 13: Joe Abba; 14: Alexander Cummings; 15: Andre Carvalho; 17: Jon Sheckler Trio; 18: Gaia Petrelli Wilmer Oct, 8-10pm The Stachel Qnt; 19: Brian Pareschi & The BP Express; 20: The Luke Hendon Acoustic Combo; 21: William "Chan" Hall; 22: Mareike Wiening; 23: Song Yi Jeon; 24: Kyle K. Green; 25: Addison Frei; 25: 8-9pm Emanuele Cisi; 26: John Yao Qnt; 27: Stephanie Chou & Octavia Romano Duo. SMOKE & SUPPER CLUB-LOUNGE: 2751 Bway (bet 105th & 106th Sts). 212-864-6662. www.smokejazz.com. Sets: Early (E), Late (L), Brunch (B); Mon E 7&9pm, L 10:30pm; Tues-Thurs E 7,9&10:30pm, L 11:30pm; FriSat E 7,9&10:30pm, L 11:45pm&12:45am; Sun B 11:30am,1&2:30pm, E 7,9&10:30pm, L 11:30pm. Adm/min vary. Residencies (R): Mon E Orrin Evans & Captain Black Big Band, L Smoke Jam; Tues E Mike LeDonne & Groover Qrt; Thurs L Nickel & Dime OPS; Fri L Patience Higgins & Sugar Hill Qrt; Sat L Johnny O’Neal & friends; Sun B Annette St. John Trio. Feb 1: B R, E Bill Charlap Trio; 2-3: R; 4: E George Coleman Jr. Qrt; 5: E Brianna Thomas; 6-8: E Eddie Henderson Qnt; 9-10:
R; 11: E Adam Birnbaum Trio feat Al Foster; 12: E Saron Crenshaw Band; 13-15: E Baylor Project feat Jean & Marcus Baylor w/spec guest Cyrus Chestnut 02/13&15; 16-17: R; 18: E Bruce Harris Sxt; 19: E Brandon Bain Sxt; 20-22: E The New Drum Battle feat Kenny Washington vs. Joe Farnsworth; 2324: R; 25: E Bill Cantrall & Axiom; 26: E Carolyn Leonhart Qnt; 27-Mar 1: E David Berkman & New York Standards Qrt w/spec guests Robin Eubanks 02/27-28, Steve Wilson 03/1. STAGE 72: 158W 72nd St (bet Bway & Columbus). www.stage72.com. 212-362-2590. SUGAR BAR: 254W 72nd St (bet Bway & West End Av). 212-579-0222. www.sugarbarnyc.com. Sets: 9pm/$10 adm unless otherwise noted. Residencies (R): Wed JT Project/Project Groove; Thurs Open Mic w/Andre Smith & Sugar Bar All Star Band. Feb 4-5: R; 6: 8pm Rob Silverman Qrt; 7: Irini Res & the Jazz Mix; 11-12: R; 13: 8pm Cory Cox; 18-19: R; 20: 8pm Mozayik; 25-26: R; 27: Abe Ovadia Organ Trio. SYMPHONY SPACE: 2537 Bway at 95th St. 212-864-5400. www.symphonyspace.org. Feb 26: 9pm Russ Nolan. VAI RESTAURANT: 429 Amsterdam Av (bet 80Th & 81th Sts. www.vairestaurant.com. 212-362-4500. Sun: 12-3pm Jazz Brunch feat Michelle Zangara & friends.
MID-TOWN MANHATTAN (Between 35th & 69th Street)
54 BELOW: 254W 54th St, Cellar (bet Bway & 8th Av). 646-476-3551. www.54below.com. AACM: Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. www.aacmnewyork.com. AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM: 2 Lincoln Sq on Columbus Av (bet 65th & 66th Sts). www.folkartmuseum.org. 212-595-9533. Free adm. Wed: 2-3pm Bill Wurtzel & Mike Gari Duo w/Sharon Fisher. AMERICAS SOCIETY: 680 Park Av at 68th St. 212-628-3200. www.as-coa.org. Feb 12: 7pm Lucía Pulido. B. B. KING BLUES CLUB & GRILL: 237W 42nd St. www.bbkingblues.com. 212-9974144. Lucille’s Grill (LG). Adm: $18/15 unless otherwise noted. Feb 1: LG 1pm Brunch w/Andres Laprida; 5: LG 7:30&9:30pm Latin Guitar Fest feat Bele Beledo, Richard Boukas & Francois Wiss; 8: LG 1pm Brunch w/Manny Moreira & Julie E.; 26: 8pm $35/30 Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orch. BIRDLAND: 315W 44th St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). 212-581-3080. www.birdlandjazz.com. Sets: 8:30&11pm, except Mon 7&9:30pm, Sun 6,9&11pm. Adm varies. Residencies (R): Mon 9:30pm Jim Caruso Cast Party; Wed 5:307pm David Ostwald & Louis Armstrong Eternity Band; Fri 5:15-7pm Birdland Big Band by Tommy Igoe; Sun 6pm Birdland Jazz Party w/Natalie Douglas except 02/8 w/Joelle Lurie, 9pm Arturo O’Farrill AfroLatin Jazz Orch. Feb 1: R; 2: Jenn Colella & Nina Storey + R; 3-7: John Pizzarelli Qrt; 5: 6pm Noah Haidu Qrt; 8: R; 9: Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano + R; 10-14: 7pm Marilyn Maye, 9&11pm Sara Gazarek; 15: R; 16: Melissa van der Schyff + R; 17-21: Billy Childs Project; 19: 6pm Tony Lustig Qnt; 2223: R; 24-28: Steps Ahead. BROADWAY THAI RESTAURANT: 241W 51st St (bet 8th Av & Bway). 212-226-4565. Mon&Sun: 6:30-10:30pm; Sat: 8pm-12am Rick Bogart Trio. CARNEGIE CLUB: At City Spire Centre. 156W
56th St. www.thecarnegieclub.net. 212-9579676. Fri: 9pm-12am; Sat: 8:30&10:30pm Sinatra tribute feat Steve Maglio & Stan Rubin 11 Piece Orch. CARNEGIE HALL: 57th St & 7th Av. 212-2477800. www.carnegiehall.org. CHEZ JOSEPHINE: 414W 42nd St (bet 9th & Dyer Avs). www.chezjosephine.com. 212594-1925. COBI: At Pearl Studios NY. 516-922-2010. DAVID RUBENSTEIN ATRIUM: At Lincoln Center. Bway at 62nd St. www.lincolncenter. org/atrium. 212-875-5350. Thurs: 7:30pm Target Free Thursdays series. Feb 26: 10³²K - The Skip James Project feat Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Kevin Ray & Andrew Drury w/spec guests J.D. Allen & Justin Hicks. DIZZY’S CLUB COCA-COLA: At Jazz @ Lincoln Center. 10 Columbus Cr at 60th St. 5th Fl. www.jalc.org. 212-258-9800. Sets: 7:30&9:30pm; Late Night Sessions 11:30pm Tues-Sat, hosted by Michael Mwenso Thurs&Sat. Adm: unless otherwise noted Mon $25, Tues-Thurs&Sun $35, Fri $40, Sat $45, Student $25, Late Nights $5-20; $10 min. Feb 1: $45 Pharoah Sanders Qrt; 2: Juilliard Jazz Ens; 3: Simon Bolivar Big Band; 4-5: $25 02/4, $30 02/5 Otis Brown III; 6-8: Victor Goines & friends w/spec guest Joe Temperley; 9: $30 Allan Harris; 10-11: $30 Clarence Penn Qrt & Penn Station; 12-15: $130 incl meal & wine 02/14 Kim Nalley; 16: $30 Terry Waldo & Gotham City Band; 17: $30 Joe Saylor & Mardi Gras Stomp; 18-19: T.S. Monk Sxt; 20-22: $40 02/22 Mario Adnet; 23: $30 Jimmy Greene Qrt; 24: $30 William Paterson University Jazz Ens & Orch; 25: The Amigos & Ken Peplowski; 26-Mar 1: $40 02/26&03/1 Dexter Gordon Legacy Ens w/George Cables. Late Nights w/Feb 3-7: Eddie Barbash; 10-14: Chad LefkowitzBrown; 17-21: Sammy Miller & the Congregation 02/17-18&20 & the Congregation Big Band 02/19&21; 24-28: Russell Hall. DON’T TELL MAMA: 343W 46th St at Restaurant Row. 212-757-0788. www.dont tellmamanyc.com. EDISON BALLROOM: 240W 47th St (bet Bway & 8th Avs). www.edisonballroom.com. 212201-7650. Feb 13: 7pm-1am $100/150 adm Joe Battaglia New York Big Band. FLÛTE EAST SIDE: 303E 53rd St at 2nd Av. 646-998-5434. www.flutebar.com. Wed: 810pm. Feb 4: Susan Tobocman Duo. FLÛTE MIDTOWN: 205W 54th St (bet Bway & 7th Av). 212-265-5169. www.flutebar.com. Wed: 7-10pm. Feb 4: Lois Bruno; 11: David Coss Jazz; 18: Melanie Marod; 25: Rose Ellis. GALLERY MC: 549W 52nd St. 8th Fl (bet 10th & 11th Avs). www.gallerymc.org. 212-5811966. The GRADUATE CENTER OF CUNY: 365 5th Av at 35th St. www.gc.cuny.edu. 877-4286942. Feb 27: 6:30-8-30pm free adm Dona Carter Qrt. GRATA: 1076 1st Av at 59th St. 212-842-0007. www.gratany.com. HOURGLASS TAVERN: 373W 46th St (bet 8th & 9th). www.hourglasstavern.com. 212-2652060. HUNTER COLLEGE: Lang Recital Hall. 695 Park Av (68th St bet Park & Lex Avs). 4th Fl. 212-772-4000. www.hunter.cuny.edu/music. IGUANA RESTAURANT: 240W 54th St at Bway. www.iguananyc.com. 212-765-5454. Mon-Tues: 8-11pm Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks. IRENE DIAMOND EDUCATION CENTER: At Jazz at Lincoln Center. 10 Columbus Cr at 60th St. 5th Fl. www.jalc.org. 212-721-
500/212-258-9922. Swing University w/Ben Young, Vincent Gardner, Phil Schaap & Terry Waldo. IRIDIUM: 1650 Bway at 51st St. 212-582-2121. www.theiridium.com. Sets: 8&10pm unless otherwise noted. Adm varies/$15 min. Student 1/2 price adm 2nd set TuesThurs&Sun. Feb 1: tba; 2&23: Jose Feliciano; 3: tba; 4: Jacqui Naylor; 5: Maucha Adnet & Helio Alves w/spec guest Duduka Da Fonseca; 6-8: tba; 9: Joanne Shaw Taylor & Eric Gales; 10: tba; 11-12: Albert Lee; 13-15: Diane Schurr & DIVA Jazz Orch; 16-18: tba; 19-20: Wayne Krantz; 21: tba; 22: Adriano Santos Brazilian Jazz Qnt; 23: see 02/2; 24-25: Buckwheat Zydeco; 2627: 9pm Midge Ure. JAZZ AT KITANO: 66 Park Av at 38th St. 212885-7119. www.kitano.com. Sets: Mon 811:30pm, Tues 8-11pm, Wed-Sat 8-9:15&1011:15pm, Sun 11am-2pm. $15 adm/$15 min/set, except free adm+min Mon-Tues, $30 adm+min Fri-Sat, $35 buffet Sun. Residencies (R): Mon Jam w/Iris Ornig; Tues Joe Alterman Solo; Sun Jazz brunch w/Tony Middleton Trio. Feb 1-3: R; 4: The New YorkCuba-Brazil Connection; 5: Katie Thiroux Qrt; 6-7: Ted Rosenthal Trio; 11: Adam Larson Qrt; 12: Dave Bass Trio w/spec guest Karrin Allyson; 13: Gerald Clayton & Dayna Stephens Duo; 14: Alexis Cole Trio; 18: Marcelino Feliciano Qrt; 19: Vadim Neselovsky Trio; 20: Giacomo Gates Qrt; 21: Janis Mann Qrt; 25: Yuko Ito Qrt; 26: Judi Silvano & Michael Abene Duo; 27-28: Frank Kimbrough Qrt. JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER: 10 Columbus Cr at 60th St. 5th Fl. www.jalc.org. 212-2589800. Appel Room (AR), Rose Theater (RT). Feb 13-14: 8pm RT Dianne Reeves; 20 7pm & 21 9:30pm: Sherman Irby & friends; 20-21: 8pm RT Cyrille Aimée, Milton Suggs, Aaron Diehl & The New Orleans Jazz Orch w/Irvin Mayfield; 20 9:30pm & 21 7pm: AR Elio Villafranca w/Jon Faddis, Leyla McCalla & Jass Syncopators; 27-28: 8pm RT Jazz at Lincoln Center Orch w/Wynton Marsalis. JUILLIARD SCHOOL: 60 Lincoln Center Plaza. 212-799-5000. www.juilliard.edu. KAUFMAN CENTER: 129W 67th St (bet Bway & Amsterdam). www.kaufman-center.org. 212-501-3330. KLAVIERHAUS: 211W 58th St (bet 7th Av & Bway). www.klavierhaus.com. 212-245-4535. See Le Parker Meridien. L’YBANE: 709 8th Av (bet 44th & 45th Sts). 212582-2012. www.lybane.com. Tues&Fri 9pm12am: Rick Bogart Trio. LAGUARDIA HIGH SCHOOL OF MUSIC & ART AND PERFORMING ARTS: 100 Amsterdam Av at 65th St. 212-496-0700. www.laguardiahs.org. The LAMBS CLUB: 132W 44th St (bet 6th Av & Bway). www.thelambsclub.com. 212-9975262. Tues-Wed: 8pm; Sun: 11am-2:30pm Jazz Brunch. LE CIRQUE: One Beacon Ct, 151E 58th St (bet 3rd & Lexington Avs). 212-644-0202. www.lecirquecafe.com. Mon: 7:30-10:30pm Musical Mondays. Feb 2: Lance Zitron Trio; 9: Matt Baker Trio feat Nicolas King; 16: David Budway feat Kristin Lee Sergeant; 23: Cole Rumbough. LE PARKER MERIDIEN: 119W 56th St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). www.klavierhaus.com/jazzhaus. 212-245-4535. Feb 20: 7:30-10:30pm Scot Albertson & Steve Ash. LEXINGTON HOTEL: 511 Lexington Av at 48th St. www.lexingtonhotelnyc.com. 212204-2318. Tues-Sat: 6-8pm The New York Jazz Workshop. LOCAL 802: Associated Musicians of Greater
New York Club Room. 322W 48th St (bet 8th & 9th Sts). www.local802afm.org. 212-2454802. Mon: 7-9:30pm Jazz Foundation of America Jam. LUCY MOSES SCHOOL: At Kaufman Center. 129W 67th St (bet Bway & Amsterdam). www.kaufman-center.org. 212-501-3360. Jazz program dir by Roni Ben-Hur. MATTS GRILL: 932 8th Av at 55th St. 212-3075109. www.mattsgrill.com. Tues: 8-11pm free adm. MEASURE: At Langham Place. 400 5th Av (bet 36th & 37th Sts). www.measurenyc.com. 212-695-4005. Sets: 8-11pm. Free adm/1 drink min. Mon-Sat: Trio/Qrt; Sun: Solo. Feb 1,8&22: Rosalyn McClore; 2-6: Jill McCarron; 7,9-11,21&23-28: Antonio Ciacca; 12-14: Sweet Lu Olutosin w/Antonio Ciacca Qrt; 1520: Victor Gould. MICHIKO STUDIOS: 149W 46th St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). 3rd Fl. www.robertoswinds.com. 212-302-4011. Sets: 8pm/$15 adm. MONKEY BAR: 60E 54th St (bet Madison & Park Avs). www.monkeybarnewyork.com. 212-288-1010. Fri-Sat: 8pm-12am Solo. The NATIONAL: 557 Lexington Av at 50th St. 212-715-2400. www.thenationalnyc.com. Sun: 6-10pm. Feb 1: tba; 8: Shoshana Bush; 15: tba; 22: Pete O’ Connell. NATSUMI RESTAURANT: 226W 50th St (bet 8th & Bway). www.natsuminyc.com. 212258-2988. Tues: 5-8pm Joe Cohn Organ Trio. PAUL HALL: 155W 65th St (bet Amsterdam & Bway). 212-769-7406. www.juilliard.edu. Feb 3: 8pm free adm Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ens w/Ron Carter. PEARL STUDIOS NYC: 519 8th Av (bet 35th & 36th Sts). 12th Fl. Studio A. 212-904-1850. www.pearlstudiosnyc.com. Fri: 7:3010:30pm $10 adm Open Mic/Jam by Frank Owens for Singers, Tap Dancers & Instrumentalists. PERA MEDITERRANEAN BRASSERIE: 303 Madison Av (bet 41st & 42nd Sts). 212-8786301. www.peranyc.com. Free adm. Fri: 69:30pm. The PLAZA HOTEL: 768 5th Av at Central Park S. 212-759-3000. www.theplaza.com. 8:30-11:30pm: free adm. Wed: Kat Gang; Thurs: Lapis Luna Qrt. PRODUCERS CLUB: 358W 44th St (bet 9th & 8th Avs). www.producersclub.com. 212-3154743. Thurs: 10pm-12am $5 don Blakey Hardbop Jam w/Gregory Charles Royal. RAINBOW ROOM: 30 Rockefeller Plaza. 65th Fl. www.rainbowroom.com/dining-entertain ment/monday-night-entertainment. 212-6325000. Mon: 6:30-11pm $175 adm. Feb 2: George Gee Swing Orch; 9: Max Weinberg; 16: James Langton & New York All-Star Big Band feat Dan Levinson & Molly Ryan; 23: After Midnight Orch. ROBERT: 2 Columbus Cir. 9th Fl. 212-299-7730. www.robertnyc.com. Sets: Mon-Tues 6:309:30pm, Wed-Thurs 7-10pm, Fri-Sat 8-11pm, Sun 12:30-2:30pm Brunch & 6:30-9:30pm. Feb 19&26: Shailah Edmonds. ROBERTO’S WINDS: 149W 46th St. 212-3911315. www.robertoswinds.com. ROCKEFELLER UNIVERSITY: 1230 York Av at 66th St. www.rockefeller.edu. 212-3278000. ROOM 53: 314W 53rd St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). 646-675-5341. www.room53.us. Feb 11: 811pm free adm Jeanne Gies & Howard Alden w/spec guest Chico Pinheiro. The RUM HOUSE: 228W 47th St (bet Bway & 8th Av). www.edisonrumhouse.com. 646490-6924. Sets: 9:30pm-12:30am, Mon 10pm2am. Residencies: Mon Terry Waldo & Rum House Jass Band; Sun Candy Shop Boys.
SAINT PETER’S CHURCH: 619 Lexington Av a 54th St. (Citicorp Bld). www.saintpeters.org. 212-935-2200. 1st Mon: 7:30pm free adm International Women in Jazz Jam; Wed: 1pm $10 don Midtown Jazz at Midday; Sun: 5pm free adm Jazz Vespers. Feb 1: Ike Sturm & Evergreen; 2: 7:30pm Ann Ruckert Memorial; 4: Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers; 8: James Weidman Slave Songs Ens; 9: 7pm Lawrence Butch Morris Memorial; 11: Daryl Sherman & Art Baron; 15: J.J. Wright Trio; 22: Crossing Paths w/Alexa Tarantino & Dariusz Terefenko; 25: Eugene Marlow & Heritage Ens. SAN MARTIN RESTAURANT: 143E 49th St (bet Lexington & 3rd Avs). 212-832-0888. www.sanmartinrestaurantny.com. 1st & last Tues: 6-8pm Ron Odrich Qrt. SOMETHIN’ JAZZ CLUB: 212E 52nd St (bet 2nd & 3rd Avs). www.somethinjazz.com. 212371-7657. Sets: Early (E) 7-8:45pm, Late (L) 9-10:45pm, Night (N) 11pm-12:45am, add PM 5-6:45pm Sat-Sun. $12 adm unless otherwise noted/$10 min. Feb 1: E Elijah Thomas Trio; 3: E E. J. Decker Gp, L Alberto Madrid; 4: E Bryan Qu & Gristle; 5: E Jon Sheckler Trio, L John Feliciano Trio; 6: E Tuomo & Rachel, L Tony Tixier Trio; 7: E Jon Bass, L Brothers of Contrapuntal Swing; 8: E Elijah Thomas Trio; 9: Antoine Pierre; 10: E Rich Bomzer Qrt, L Song Yi Jeon, N Sergej Avanesov; 11: E Jimmy Merchant Qrt, L Sharik Hassan Trio; 12: E Joe Breidenstine Qnt, L Seth Trachy Qrt; 13: E $15 Clovis Nicolas Qnt, L Mitch Marcus & Invaders Trio; 14: L Dave Bass Qrt; 15: E The NeW Qnt; 16: L Evan Francis Gp, N Nate Hook Qrt; 17: E Zolaband, L Matt Malanowski Trio, N Sergej Avanesov; 18: E Jeff Lopez & friends, L Laura Angyal, N Neal Kirkwood Qrt; 19: E Dan Adler Gp, L Ian Sims And Divergent Paths; 20: L David Glasser Qrt; 21: L Brust/Horowitz Qnt; 22: PM Luiz Simas Solo, E The NeW Qnt; 23: E Alexander Anderson; 24: E JP Jofre, L James Collins; 25: E The Shubh Saran Presentation, L Joe Barna & Sketches Of Influence; 26: E Moth to Flame, L Nick Grinder Qnt, N $10 Alan Palmer Trio + Jam; 27: L The JL Experience, N Yoonmi Choi Qrt; 28: PM Linda Presgrave Qrt, E The Blusical City, L Project Grand Slam. STEINWAY HALL: 109W 57th St. 212-2461100. www.steinwayhall.com. STUDIO 100 BAR: At Marriott Residence Inn. 1033 6th Av (bet 38th & 39th St) 3rd Fl. 212768-0007. Free adm/no min. Thurs: 7-10pm Trios. SWING 46: Jazz & Supper Club. 349W 46th St (bet 8 & 9th Avs). www.swing46.com. 212262-9554. Sets: Mon-Tues&Thurs 8:30pm, Wed&Sun 8pm, Fri-Sat 9:30pm. Residencies (R): Mon Swingadelic; Tues George Gee Swing Orch; Wed Stan Rubin Orch feat Joe Politi. Feb 1,8&22: Felix & the Cats; 2-4: R; 5&12: Harlem Renaissance Orch; 6&27: Ron Sunshine Orch; 7&14: Swingadelic; 8: see 02/1; 9-11: R; 12: see 02/5; 13&20: George Gee Swing Orch; 14: see 02/7; 15&26: Vanessa Trouble w/Red Hot Swing; 16-18: R; 19: Glenn Crytzer Savoy Seven; 20: see 02/13; 21: Maulers; 22: see 02/1; 23-25: R; 26: see 02/15; 27: see 02/6; 28: City Rhythm Orch. TAGINE: 221 W38th St (bet 7th & 8th Avs). www.taginedining.com. 646-373-6265. TGI FRIDAY’S: 677 Lexington Av at 56th St. 212-339-8858. www.tgifridays.com. Sun: 69pm Marc Devine Trio. 3 WEST CLUB: 3W 51st St (bet 5th & 6th Avs). 212-582-5454. www.3westclub.com. TOMI JAZZ: 239E 53rd St (Bet 2nd & 3rd Avs). Lower level. www.tomijazz.com. 646-4971254. Sets: Mon-Wed 8-11pm, Thurs 9-
11:30pm, Fri 9pm-1am, Sat Early (E) 810:30pm, Late (L) 11pm-1:30am. Adm: MonWed Free/$5min, Thurs-Sat $10 adm/$10 min. Feb 2: Marla Sampson Duo; 3: Dtrio + Song Yi Jeon Duo; 4: Lauren Lee + Steve Bloom; 5: Akihiro Yamamoto Trio; 6: Emilio Teubal Trio; 7: E Chieko Honda, L Patrick Clare Trio; 9: Joe Maniscalco Duo; 10: Joey Beerman; 11: Lara Han Trio + Kyle Moffatt; 12: Scot Albertson Duo; 13: Hillary Capps Duo; 14: E Daniel Bennett Gp, L Nick Morrison Trio; 17: Goel Serverini; 18: Kristen Lee Sergeant Trio; 19: Benjamin Servenery Trio; 20: Kuni Mikami Trio; 21: E Standard Procedures, L Kazuki Yamanaka Trio; 24: Michael Gallant Trio; 25: Hiro Honshuku Gp; 26: Senri Oe; 27: Takenori Nishiuchi; 28: E Kathryn Allyn Duo, L Yusuke Seki. The TOWN HALL: 123W 43rd St (bet 6&7th Avs). 212-840-2824. www.the-townhallnyc.org. Sets: 8pm. Feb 14: $32-47 adm Gregory Porter; 27: $50-65 Dr. John.
LOWER MANHATTAN (Below 34th Street)
11TH STREET BAR: 510E 11th St (bet Av A & B). www.11thstbar.com. 212-982-3929. Mon: 8-11pm Richard Clements & Murray Wall Jazz Express. 55 BAR: 55 Christopher St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). 212-929-9883. www.55bar.com. Sets: Early (E) 7-9pm except Fri-Sun 6pm, Late (L) 10pm. 1st Mon: E Sean Wayland; 1st Sat: E Ayana lowe; last Fri: E Kendra Shank. Feb 5: E Amy Cervini Trio; 14: E Valentine’s Day feat Roz Corral Qrt; 22: E Carol Morgan. ABC NO RIO: 156 Rivington St (bet Clinton & Suffolk Sts). www.abcnorio.org. 212-2543697. Sun: 7pm 2 sets + Open Session $5 don C.O.M.A. series. Feb 1: Evan Gallagher Ens + A super Bowl "In C"; 8: Cristian Amigo & Blaise Siwula + K. Page Solo; 15: Beyond Duo + Versify; 22: Donald Sturge McKenzie II Solo + Samuel Newsome Solo. ABRONS ARTS CENTER: 466 Grand St at Pitt St. www.abronsartscenter.org. 212-598-0400. ALL THINGS PROJECT: At Neighborhood Chuch. 269 Bleecker St. 212-691-1770. www.allthingsproject.net. 1st Fri: 8&9:30pm free adm. Feb 6: Jerome Sabbagh Qrt. ALWAN FOR THE ARTS: 16 Beaver St 4th Fl. www.alwanforthearts.org. 646-732-3261. AMUSE WINE BAR: 121 Ludlow St (bet Rivington & Delancey Sts). 212-477-0100. www.amusewine.com. Fri: 8-11pm. Feb 6: Hot Club of Flatbush. ANALOGUE: 19W 8th St (bet 5th Av & McDougal St). www.analoguenyc.com. 212432-0200. Sets: 7:30-10:30pm. Free adm. Mon: Renaud Penant Trio; Tues: Stefano Doglioni Trio; Sun: Ryo Sasaki Trio. ANTIBES BISTRO: 112 Suffolk St (bet Delancey & Rivington Sts). 212-533-6088. www.antibesbistro.com. Free adm/no min. Tues-Wed: 7:30-10:30pm. ANTIQUE GARAGE: 41 Mercer St. 212-2191019. www.antiquegaragesoho.com. ANYWAY CAFÉ: 34E 2nd St at 2nd Av. 212533-3412. www.anywaycafe.com. ARTHUR’S TAVERN: 57 Grove St. 212-6756879. www.arthurstavernnyc.com. Sets: 710pm. Mon: Grove Street Stompers feat Joe Licari; Tues: Yuichi Hirakawa; Wed: Eve Silber; Thurs-Sat: Eri Yamamoto Trio; Sun: Creole Cooking. ARTS FOR ART: 107 Suffolk St. 212-254-5420. www.artsforart.org. ARTURO’S: 106W Houston St at Thompson St. 212-677-3820. www.arturosnyc.com.
B FLAT: Basement 277 Church St (bet Franklin & White Sts). www.bflat.info. 212-219-2970. Mon 8-11pm & Wed 8:30-11:30pm: Jordan Young Trio. BACK ROOM: 102 Norfolk St (bet Delancey & Rivington Sts). www.backroomnyc.com. 212-228-5098. Mon: 9pm-12:30am feat Svetlana & The Delancey Five. BAR NEXT DOOR: 129 McDougal St. 212-5295945. www.lalanternacaffe.com. Sets: MonThurs Early (E) 6:30pm, Late (L) 8:30& 10:30pm, Fri-Sat 7:30,9:30&11:30pm, Sun 8&10pm. Adm: $12 all night + 1 drink min/set except Fri-Sat $12/set + 1 drink min/set, E free. Trios unless otherwise noted. MonThurs: E Emerging Artists series; Mon: L Vocal Mondays series. Residencies (R): Wed L Jonathan Kreisberg; Sun Peter Mazza. Feb 1: R; 2: E Tom Finn, L John Malino; 3: E Tobias Meinhart, L Arnon Palty; 4: E Nick Biello, L R; 5: E Alex Levine, L Howard Alden & Warren Vaché Duo; 6: Itai Kriss; 7: Petro Klampanis; 8: R; 9: E Benjamin Bryden, L Nora McCarthy; 10: E Benno Marmur, L Jeff McLaughlin; 11: E Alex Sugerman, L R; 12: E Andrew Van Tassel, L Patrick Cornelius; 13: Ben Monder; 14: 6:30,8:30&10:30pm $62 adm incl meal & champ Quentin Angus; 15: R; 16: E Paul Jones, L Kavita Shah; 17: E Matt Solinger, L Jamie Baum; 18: E Rafal Sarnecki, L R; 19: E Nicholas Brust, L Gilad Hekselman; 20: Miles Okazaki; 21: Howard Paul; 22: R; 23: E Jonathan Saraga, L Whitney James; 24: E Brian Chahley, L Nadav Peled; 25: E Kevin Clark, L R; 26: E Gianni Gagliard, L Ben Flocks; 27: Roberto Gatto; 28: Jeff Barone. BARUCH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 55 Lexington Av at E25th St. (bet Lexington & 3rd Avs). www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac. 646312-5073. The BITTER END: 147 Bleecker St (bet Thompson & LaGuardia). 212-673-7030. www.bitterend.com. BLUE NOTE JAZZ CLUB: 131W 3rd St at 6th Av. 212-475-8592. www.bluenotejazz.com. Sets: 8&10:30pm + Late Night Fri-Sat 12:30am, Sunday Brunch 11:30am&1:30pm. Adm varies. Feb 1: Christian Scott; 2: Gordon Chambers; 3-8: Kirk Whalum; 9: Vinx Rhythm Nomads, 10:30pm S.W.I.S.S.; 10-11: Nicole Henry; 12-15: Rachelle Ferrell; 16: Eva Cortes, 10:30pm John Ellis Qrt; 17-22: Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers; 23: JJ Sansaverino; 24: Gato Barbieri; 25: Lauryn Hill; 26-28: tba. Late Night w/Feb 6: Mark Shine; 7: Spanglish Fly; 13: S.A.; 14: Nickel & Dime OPS; 21: Underground. Sunday Brunch w/Feb 1: Marlene VerPlanck; 8: Oscar Peñas Qrt; 15: Joey Morant & Catfish Stew; 22: Brad Shepik & NYU Jazz Ens. BOWERY BALLROOM: 6 Delancey St (bet Bowery & Chrystie St). 212-533-2111. www.boweryballroom.com. The BOWERY ELECTRIC: 327 Bowery (bet 2nd & 3rd Sts). www.theboweryelectric.com. 212-228-0228. CAFÉ LOUP: 105W 13th St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). 212-255-4746. www.cafeloupnyc.com. Free adm/$5 min. Sun: 12:30am-3:30pm Jazz Brunch w/Bob Kindred, John Hart & Steve LaSpina, 6:30-9:30pm Junior Mance, Hide Tanaka & Michi Fuji Trio. CAFE NOCTAMBULO: At Pangea. 178 2nd Av (bet 11th & 12th Sts). 212-995-0900. www.cafenoctambulo.com. CAFFE VIVALDI: 32 Jones St (bet Bleecker & 4th St). www.caffevivaldi.com. 212-691-7538. Free adm. 1st&3rd Wed: 7:15pm Roger Davidson. CAPITAL GRILLE: 120 Bway (at Pine & continued on page 24
ITH THE RECENT NOMINATION of Beautiful Life (Concord) for a Best W Jazz Vocal Album, Dianne Reeves could
add a fifth Grammy in that category this year. But Reeves doesn't think of the album as jazz, she thinks of it like she thinks of her singing: as music. "It's the record companies that come up with all that stuff [genres, categories] to sell the music," she says from her home in Colorado. "I don't think that you should have to do just one thing, you can do a whole lot of things. I'm always open to different configurations, going out with different people because they inspire things that lead to other things. You know: new music!" As examples of doing a lot of things, Reeves cites having recently toured with singers Lizz Wright and Angelique Kidjo in a program celebrating Nina Simone and doing concerts where she sings with just the guitarists Romero Lubambo and Russell Malone. Many collaborations are on Beautiful Life with performers as diverse as Gregory Porter, Esperanza Spaulding, Terri Lynne Carrington, Sean Jones, Gregoire Maret, Tineke Postma and Reeve's cousin, the late George Duke. "When I was growing up it was nothing to hear Marvin Gaye talk about Sarah Vaughan or Stevie Wonder about Duke Ellington, or even world music. I didn't know about Cuban music until I heard Dizzy or about the music of Brazil until Wayne Shorter." The diversity of her musical background goes back to her teen years in Denver; she recalls: "Clark Terry [an early mentor] had me working with these
amazing jazz musicians like Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis, Jimmy Rowles or Roland Hanna; then I was working with my band called the Mellow Moods doing all Top 40 music. And at the same time I was in a concert choir doing madrigals and classical music. It was all just music to me. I've always been a curious spirit and my curiosity has led me into some places you wouldn't think I would be," she continues. "But experiences kind of washed over me and became part of my palette, and they just come outâ€”and I allow them to." Case in point: "Tango," a track she wrote for Beautiful Life, features a wordless vocal, less jazz scat and more like a made-up language. "The whole thing with 'Tango' is that it is a tribute to Celia Cruz and all those other great singers like Miriam Makeba who sang in other languages that as a kid I would listen to. And it didn't matter I didn't understand anything Celia was singing because I was dancing, I was feeling it and in my heart, I felt what she was saying. So on 'Tango' I just made up a language and sang it and the odd thing is people listen and think they understand it." On Bob Marley's classic "Waiting In Vain," the reggae beat is subtle, de-emphasized in Lubambo's arrangement. "The funny thing is that Bob Marley was in my life and I was living in America and he was in Romero's life, and he was living in Brazil. So what I'm saying is good music just goes; in my life this wasn't reggae music or world music; it was Bob Marley, that's all," Reeves says. "When people listen
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S P O T L ALLAN HARRIS DIZZY'S CLUB COCA-COLA / FEBRUARY 9 Sporting a velvet-coated voice and a particular talent for slow-burners, baritone Allan Harris stands at an intersection of jazz, R&B, gospel and pop. Throughout his career, Harris has repeatedly paid tribute to his varied roots and inspirations; indeed, in Harris' world selections of Nat King Cole and Billy Strayhorn might juxtapose with smooth jazz outings and the music of Elton John or John Mayer. On his latest record, Black Bar Jukebox, Harris makes this eclectic spirit explicit, nodding to the diverse range of styles in African-American musical traditions and honoring that aesthetic in his song selections. His CD release concert at Dizzy's will feature repertoire from the new album and will showcase Pascal LeBoeuf on piano, Jake Goldbas on drums, Leon Boykins on bass, Yotam Silberstein on guitar and Samuel Torres on percussion. SH
SARA GAZAREK BIRDLAND / FEBRUARY 10-14 These days, there are more female standards singers in jazz than any at any other time in history. The charm and prowess of Sara Gazarek makes her stand out in this crowded field. Originally from Seattle and now based in LA, Gazarek returns to NYC where she continues to build upon the momentum of her 2012 Palmetto records release Blossom & Bee. Though a young singer, Gazarek has been piling up impressive credits in performance. Her girlish appeal is informed by Blossom Dearie and while she interprets a wide range of popular songs, she has been writing original material, helped by mentor/producer Larry Goldings. She'll be accompanied by music director and keyboardist Josh Nelson (they're working on a duo CD), guitarist Randy Napoleon, bassist Sam Miniae and drummer Zach Harmon. MGN
DARYL SHERMAN SAINT PETER'S CHURCH / FEBRUARY 11 KNICKERBOCKER / FEBRUARY 27-28 Daryl Sherman has been a part of the New York City jazz scene since the mid-1970s, and she is one of the rare singing pianists who is equally talented in both roles. Sherman's friendly, swinging style, her quick wit and chemistry with her audiences go along with her ability to make herself at home in any musical setting. If that's not enough, her vast repertoire of songs, including many neglected gems, such as "Here Come the British," will surprise even long-time jazz fans. She credits Mildred Bailey and Sylvia Syms as major influences, though she has long since blossomed into a unique stylist in her own right. On Feb. 11 Sherman will be joined by Ellington veteran Art Baron on trombone and by JALCO baritone sax Joe Temperley, Feb. 27-28. KD
JESSE LEWIS SHAPESHIFTER LAB / FEBRUARY 12 Guitarist Jesse Lewis turned heads in 2008 when he released Atticus, a remarkable hybrid of acoustic ensemble and electronica that was eclectic without getting scattered, unendingly tuneful without falling into clichĂŠd territory and emotionally engaging without being precious. While his music can at times resemble Kurt Rosenwinkel's works, Lewis is very much his own voice on guitar and in composition. As a lucky treat, Lewis and composer Kyle Saulnier have teamed up for Atticus Live! which will feature Saulnier's orchestrations of the music, scored for his Awakening Orchestra ensemble. Aiming to translate the album's qualities to a live group, Lewis and Saulnier will be supported by a range of top-shelf artists, including Seneca Black, Patrick Cornelius, Nadje Noordhuis, Matthew Musselman and more. SH
THE DIVA JAZZ ORCHESTRA AND DIANNE SCHUUR IRIDIUM / FEBRUARY 13-15 Headed by the exceptional drummer Sherrie Maricle, the DIVA Jazz Orchestra stands as one of the most remarkable big band institutions in the country. Indeed, as it nears its 25th anniversary, the ensemble has demonstrated time and again to be a musical school unto itself, and counts today's greatest female jazz artists among its members and alumnae. On record and in performance, DIVA is consistently a hard-swinging, endlessly exciting group, and its talents will be on full display as they support the magnificently versatile vocalist Diane Schuur during a three-night run at the Iridium, titled With Love from Deeds and DIVA. This pairing of like-minded jazz powerhouses promises an incredible not to be missed weekend for fans of big band repertoire. SH
By Ken Dryden, Seton Hawkins, George Kanzle
Gates by John Abbott, August by Jett Drolette, Serpa by Vera Marmelo.
L I G H T KENNY WASHINGTON SMOKE JAZZ & SUPPER CLUB / FEBRUARY 20-22 Drummer Kenny Washington is a complete jazz musician, a fact recognized by his position on the jazz faculty at Julliard. Washington doesn't just know jazz technique; he's a living encyclopedia not only of drummers but all jazz musicians and styles, as he demonstrated in hosting a program for years on WBGO. As a drummer, Washington has worked with a bevy of greats from Dizzy Gillespie to Johnny Griffin to Ahmad Jamal. A graduate of NYC's LaGuardia High School, he also served in that famous finishing school for rhythm section members: Betty Carter's band. He often works with bassist Peter Washington (no relation), notably with pianist Bill Charlap. This gig will be a battle of the drums with Joe Farnsworth on the other trap set, with Harold Mabern, piano; John Webber, bass; Seamus Blake, saxophones and Jeremy Pelt, trumpet. GK
GIACOMO GATES JAZZ AT KITANO / FEBRUARY 20 If there's a torch carrier for bebop, it's Giacomo Gates. His singing style reflects pioneers Eddie Jefferson, Babs Gonzalez and Joe Carroll. Since working the Alaska pipeline, then returning to his love of jazz singing, Gates has recorded six CDs that mark him as unique. Sporting a burly, blues voice, his friendly rapport, even a comical side, always guarantees a night of education, entertainment and delight. He's also dedicated to teaching, working at Wesleyan University and schools near his Connecticut home. His projects paid tribute to Gil Scott-Heron and Miles Davis and he recently teamed in Miami with Aria Hendricks. Gates will be previewing new music from an upcoming effort: music of the cool school. He'll be backed by pianist John DiMartino, bassist Ed Howard and drummer Ron Vincent. MGN ROBERT GLASPER VILLAGE VANGUARD / FEBRUARY 24-MARCH 1 Pianist Robert Glasper's original sound firmly plants him in the musical crossroads of jazz, hip-hop, electronica and neo-soul. Whether fronting his acoustic trio or his experimental electronic project, Glasper pushes the limits of jazz with forward-thinking ideas and daring explorations of classic standards and contemporary repertoire. Cutting his teeth in the bands of guitarist Russell Malone and trumpeter Terence Blanchard, Glasper released his first album as a leader, Mood, in 2004 with The New York Times exclaiming "he's the next one to keep an eye on." Glasper's 2012 album Black Radio was awarded the Best R&B Album Grammy Award with his 2014 follow-up Black Radio 2 nominated in the same category. For his shows at the Village Vanguard, Glasper will round out his trio with bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Damion Reid. EW
GREGG AUGUST SMALLS JAZZ CLUB / FEBRUARY 25 Bassist/composer Gregg August has left few stones unturned in his musical education and exploration. He's equally comfortable in jazz, Latin jazz, classical and avant-garde settings, as evidenced by his stints with JD Allen, Ray Barretto, the Brooklyn Philharmonic and Ornette Coleman. August displayed his composing chops in three well-received CDs he has released as a leader, in commissions for the American Composers Orchestra and in a new piece he recently recorded in Cuba with Arturo O'Farrill's Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. Expect to hear mostly new material when August hits at Smalls with saxophonist Myron Walden, pianist Brandon McCune and drummer Rudy Royston, in their first outing as a quartet. EK SARA SERPA CORNELIA STREET CAFĂ‰ / FEBRUARY 26 When talk surrounds the current modern oral jazz tradition, their practitioners can all cut a wide swath of sounds, ranging from Sheila Jordan to Jay Clayton or Lisa Sokolov. Add Sara Serpa to that list of challenging vocalists that can sing songs, going beyond lyrics and repertoire. The native of Portugal came to Boston for school and has worked with her instructor Ran Blake and Greg Osby, Andre Matos and Danilo Perez and she has sung, a capella, the music of John Zorn. She recorded with pianist Blake and guitarist Matos, showing a range of expression and emotion that far exceeds her experience. Her enunciation goes past her heritage and while she's quite capable of singing her native Portuguese, her English diction shows nary a trace. Serpa's band includes Matos, keyboardist Pete Rende and bassist Thomas Morgan. MGN
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Nassau). www.thecapitalgrille.com. 212-3741811. Free adm. Fri: 6:30-10pm Richard Russo Trio. CARROLL PLACE: 157 Bleecker St (bet Thompson & Sullivan Sts). 212-260-1700. www.carrollplacenyc.com. The CELL: A Twenty First Century Salon. 338W 23rd St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). 646-861-2253. www.thecelltheatre.org. CITY WINERY: 155 Varick St (bet Spring & Vandam Sts). www.citywinery.com. 212-6080555. CLEMENTE SOTO VÉLEZ CULTURAL & EDUCATIONAL CENTER: 107 Suffolk St (bet Rivington & Delancey Sts). 212-2604080. www.csvcenter.org. CORNELIA STREET CAFÉ: 29 Cornelia St. 212-989-9319. www.corneliastreetcafe.com. Sets unless otherwise noted: MonThurs&Sun 8:30pm, Fri-Sat 9&10:30pm. Adm varies. Feb 1: Sperrazza/Sacks/Kamaguchi; 3: Travis Reuter Qnt; 4: Bob Gingery Gp, 10pm Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord; 5: Kiss To Kisses + Anawan; 6: George Garzone & The Fringe; 7: John Hebert & Bridge And Tunnel; 8: Jane Ira Bloom Trio; 10: Maria Manousaki Qrt; 11: Lage Lund & Ll3; 12: Michael Blake Qrt; 13: Jim Black, Smash And Grab; 14: Valentine, 10pm Sofia Robeiro; 15: Leandro Fortes Sxt; 16: Matt Parker Trio; 17: Nick Sanders Trio; 18: Le Boeuf Brothers; 19: Matt Brewer Qnt; 20: Petros Klampanis; 21: 6pm Andreas Arnold, 9pm Jon Irabagon Trio; 22: Rafal Sarnecki Sxt; 25: Dave Ambrosio Trio; 26: Sara Serpa & Primavera; 27: Chris Lightcap & Bigmouth. CUCINA DI PESCE: 87E 4th St (bet 2nd & 3rd Avs). www.cucinadipesce.net. 212-260-6800. Wed: 7-10pm Deanna Kirk. The CUPPING ROOM CAFE: 359W Bway (bet Broome & Grand Sts). 212-925-2898. www.cuppingroomcafe.com. Sets: Thurs-Fri 8-11pm, Sat 8:30pm-12:30am. Sat: Mal Stein. Feb 27: The Hot Club of Flatbush. The CUTTING ROOM: 44E 32nd St (bet Madison & Park Av). 212-691-1900. www.thecuttingroomnyc.com. Feb 18: 7:30pm $20/25 adm Frank Vignola Guitar Night w/Al Caiola, Olli Soikelli & Nicki Parrot. The DEAD RABBIT GROCERY & GROG: 30 Water St (Broad & Old Slip Sts). 646-4227906. www.deadrabbitnyc.com. Wed: 8:30pm-1:30am Terry Waldo Solo. DESMOND’S STEAKHOUSE: 513 7th Av at 38th St. www.desmondssteakhouse.com. 212-391-6900. Sun: 12-3pm Jazz Brunch feat Para O’. DOMA NA ROHU: 17 Perry St at 7th Av. 212929-4339. www.domanyc.com. $10 min. Wed: 7:30&9pm, Sat: 8&9:15pm. DOWNTOWN MUSIC GALLERY: 13 Monroe St (bet Market & Catherine Sts). 212-4730043. www.downtownmusicgallery.com. Sun: 6pm In-Store shows. Feb 1: Daniel Levin/Franz Loriot/Flin Van Hemmem, 7pm Pascal Niggenkemper & Christian Lillinger; DROM: 85 Ave A (bet 5th & 6th Sts). 212-7771157. www.dromnyc.com. Feb 3: 10pm Alan Ferber & NYU Nnt + Dave Pietro & Wayne Shorter Ens; 5: 9:30pm Ariacne Trujillo Qrt; 11: 9:30pm East Village Pharmacy. DUANE PARK CAFÉ: 157 Duane St (bet Hudson & W Bway). www.duaneparknyc.com. 212-732-5555. Fri: 9pm Plume Revue feat DP Jazz Qrt. DUPLEX: 61 Christopher St at 7th Av. 212-2555438. www.theduplex.com. The EAR INN: 326 Spring St (bet Greenwich & Washington Sts). www.earinn.com. 212-4319750. Sun: except 02/1 8-11pm EarRegulars
w/Jon-Erik Kellso & friends. Feb 8: w/Harry Allen; 15: w/John Allred & Pat O'Leary; 22: w/Ken Peplowski. ELLA LOUNGE: 9 Avenue A (bet 1st & 2nd Avs). www.ellalounge.com. 212-777-2230. Thurs: 8pm The Talking Strings. FAT CAT: 75 Christopher St at 7th Av. 212-6756056. www.fatcatmusic.org. $3 adm/no min. Sets unless otherwise noted: Early (E), Late (L), Night (N); Mon E 6pm, L 9pm, N 12:30am; Tues-Wed E 7pm, L 9pm, N 12:30am; Thurs&Sat E 7pm, L 10pm, N 1:30am; Fri E 6pm, L 9pm + 10:30pm, N 1:30am; Sun E 6pm, L 9pm, N 12:30am. Ev N: Jam. Residencies (R): Mon N Billy Kaye; Tues E Saul Rubin; Wed E Raphael D'lugoff Qrt, N Ned Goold; Fri 9pm Gospel Queens; Sat N Jam w/Greg Glassman; Sun E Terry Waldo & Gotham City Band, N Brandon Lewis & Renee Cruz. Feb 1: E R, 8:30pm Fat Cat Big Band, N R; 2: E&L tba, N R; 3: tba; 4: E tba, L Groover Trio, N R; 5: E tba, L Saul Rubin Zebtet, N tba; 6: E Vanessa Cruz Qnt, L R + Jared Gold/Dave Gibson, N tba; 7: E tba, L Raphael D'lugoff Qnt, N R; 8: E R, L Alexi David, N R; 9: E tba, L Ned Goold Qrt, N R; 10: E R, L Peter Brainin & the Latin Jazz Workshop, N tba; 11: E R, L Harold Mabern Trio, N R; 12: E Avi Rothbard, L Greg Glassman Qnt, N tba; 13: E tba, L R + Organ Monk Qrt, N tba; 14: E tba, L Paul Bollenback, N R; 15: E R, L Brent Birckhead, N R; 16: E tba, L George Braith, N R; 17: E R, L Pablo Bencid, N tba; 18: E R, L Don Hahn/Mike Camacho Band, N R; 19: E tba, L P.O.D, N tba; 20: E tba, L R + John Benitez, N tba; 21: E tba, L Frank Lacy & VIBETET, N R; 22: E R, L Jon Davis Trio, N R; 23: E tba, L Jeremy Manasia Trio, N R; 24: E R, L Itai Kriss & Gato Gordo, N John Benitez & Latin Bop; 25: E R, L tba, N R; 26: E tba, L Roman Skakun Qnt, N tba; 27: E tba, L R + Anthony Nelson, N tba; 28: E tba, L Eric Wheeler, N R. The FLATIRON ROOM: 37W 26th St (bet 6th Av & Bway). www.theflatironroom.com. 212725-3860. Sets: Tues-Wed 8pm-11am, Thurs 5:30-8:30pm&9pm-1am, Fri 6:30-9:30pm& 10pm-2am, Sat 9pm-1am. FLÛTE GRAMERCY: 40E 20th St (bet Bway & Park Av S). 212-529-7870. www.flutebar. com. Free adm. Wed: 7-10pm. Feb 4: Dorian Devins; 11: Susan Tobocman; 18: Lois Bruno; 25: Jason Archimandritis. GARAGE: 99 7th Av S (bet W 4th & Bleecker). www.garagerest.com. 212-645-0600. Free adm/no min. Sets: Early (E), Late (L), Brunch (B); Mon 7-10pm; Tues-Thurs 7-11pm; Fri E 6-10pm, L 10:30pm-2:30am; Sat B 12-4pm, E 6-10pm, L 10:30pm-2:30am; Sun B 11:30am4pm, E 7-11pm. Residency (R): Sun E except 02/1 David Coss Qrt. Feb 1: B Michika Fukumori Trio, E Kayo Hiraki Qrt; 2: Howard Williams Jazz Orch; 3: Champian Fulton Qrt; 4: Yvonnick Prene Qrt; 5: Ben Patterson Organ Trio; 6: E Al Marino Qrt, L Recessionals Jazz Band; 7: B Larry Newcomb Qrt, E Maurício de Souza & Bossa Brasil®, L Akiko Tsuruga Trio; 8: B Lou Caputo Qrt, E R; 9: Lou Caputo Not So Big Band; 10: Rob Edwards Qrt; 11: Dan AdlerArnon Palty Band; 12: George Weldon Qrt; 13: E Adam Rongo Trio, L Peter Valer & the Jump Blues Band; 14: B Kyoko Oyobe Trio, E David Coss Qrt, L Virginia Mayhew Qrt; 15: B Mayu Saeki Trio, E R; 16: Rob Edwards Big Band; 17: Recessionals Jazz Band; 18: Avi Rothbard Trio; 19: Rick Stone Trio; 20: E Tom Tallitsch Qrt, L Kevin Dorn & the BIG 72; 21: B Marc Devine Trio, E Mark Marino Trio, L Daylight Blues Band; 22: B Iris Ornig Qrt, E R; 23: Eyal Vilner Big Band; 24: Carl Bartlett Jr. Trio; 25: Dwight Dickerson Trio; 26: Dre Barnes Project; 27: E Masami Ishikawa Trio, continued on page 26
T IS FASHIONABLE THESE DAYS to play the piano as if it were made of 88 Idrums.
"I don't play the piano as a percussive instrument," says the Grammy Awardwinning Alan Broadbent from his home in New York. "It's a singing instrument. It's a horn." Born in 1947 in Auckland, New Zealand, Broadbent's interaction with the jazz idiom in that far-flung island nation required an intense desire to learn the music without the benefit of a large, homegrown jazz scene. "I heard the Dave Brubeck Quartet when I was 14 years old. And I knew I had to find out how to play this music. There were older musicians in Auckland that got hold of me in a good way and taught me how to swing." Ever since he burst upon the scene as a member of Charlie Haden's Quartet West in the late 1980s, Broadbent's lyrical lines
have sonically signatured the music of an impressive potpourri of musicians from Haden, Woody Herman, Irene Kral, and Diana Krall, to Natalie Cole, Lee Konitz and Sheila Jordan. An imposing artist in his own right, Broadbent has released more than two dozen recordings as a leader, most in the trio format. His latest two CDs are a welcome departure. Just One Of Those Things (Editionlongplay.com) is a hip and haunting solo piano, limited-edition LP featuring Broadbent's timeless takes on several jazz and pop standards including John Lewis' "Django," Elvis Costello's "The Birds Will Be Singing," and Dave Brubeck's "In Your Own Sweet Way." America The Beautiful (Jan Matthies Records) showcases Broadbent with the German NDR Big Band performing Broadbent's original compositions, including "Sonata For Swee' Pea," a heartfelt tribute to Billy Strayhorn, and the Gil Evanesque "Covenant." Both records display Broadbent's sumptuous, singable pianism. "What I get from Bill Evans is the beauty of harmony," he says. "I didn't know you could do that with jazz piano. And Bud Powell is my ideal. But my melodies come from horn players. I studied with Lennie Tristano when I was at Berklee. Lenny had me singing Lester Young solos. And that opened up a whole new world for me." As wonderful as his piano playing is, Broadbent's talents as an arranger are just as impressive, as evidenced by his work on Natalie Cole's Unforgettable CD. His setting of "When I Fall in Love," earned him a Grammy for Best Orchestral Arrangement Accompanying a Vocal in 1996. His orchestration of Leonard Bernstein's "Lonely Town," written for Shirley Horn on Charlie Haden's CD, The Art of the Song, earned him his second Grammy in 2000. "I can't write anything, if I can't add my two cents," he says. "I have to find people that would let me write a lovely counterpoint to a line … I have to have some interaction with the performer." Broadbent's earliest arrangements weren't as subtle. He began his career as an arranger with Herman's big band where he wrote some ground-breaking charts melding rock 'n' roll into the big band sound. “It was Blood, Sweat and Tears meets Woody Herman," Broadbent said, adding that he never studied arranging. "I was just flying by the seat of my pants." After leaving the road in 1972 and settling in Los Angeles, he had an epiphany driving to a session for Nelson Riddle. Mahler's Symphony No. 1 was on the radio and he pulled to the side of the road to listen. “Immediately, it was the music that I wished all my life I could write. He was the same age as I was, 28, and he wrote it 100 years before. But he was expressing all my
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Broadbent photo by Bob Barry.
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L Peter Valera & the Jump Blues Band; 28: B Marsha Heydt & the Project of Love, E Champian Fulton Qrt, L Virginia Mayhew Qrt. GREENWICH HOUSE MUSIC SCHOOL: 46 Barrow St (bet 7th Av S & W 4th St). 212-2424770. www.greenwichhouse.org. Sound It Out series: $20/15 adm. Feb 7: 7:30pm André Matos 5tet + Two Miles a Day; 12: 7:30pm Alex Weiss w/Ideal Bread + Outhead; 21: 8pm Rob Brown Trio. HOTEL CHANTELLE: 92 Ludlow St (bet Broome & Delancey Sts). 212-254-9100. www.hotelchantelle.com. Tues 8pm-12am & Sat Brunch 11:30am-5pm: Dandy Wellington Band; Sun Brunch 1-4pm: Martina & The Ladybugs. JAZZ GALLERY: 1160 Bway, 5th Fl at 27th St. www.jazzgallery.org. 646-494-3625. Sets: 8pm $15/10 adm & 10pm $10/8 adm, $22/12 Fri-Sat. Feb 5: Mike Moreno; 6-7: $35/25 + $5 @ table Roy Hargrove Qnt w/Adam O'Farrill Qnt 02/6, w/Marquis Hill 02/7; 12: Rotem Sivan Trio; 13: Manuel Valera & The Groove Square; 14: Lezlie Harrison; 19: Tivon Pennicott; 20-21: $30/20 + $5 @ table Gretchen Parlato + Lionel Loueke; 26: Sam Harris; 27: Miles Okazaki Qrt; 28: Adam Larson Qrt. JAZZ STANDARD: 116E 27th St (bet Park & Lexington Avs). www.jazzstandard.net. 212576-2232. Unless otherwise noted, sets: 7:30&10pm + 11:45pm Fri-Sat; adm: MonWed $25, Thurs&Sun $30, Fri-Sat $35. Residencies (R): Mon Mingus Monday w/Mingus Big Band; Sun 1:30-3pm Jazz for Kids. Feb 1: closed; 2: R; 3-8: $30 02/3-4 Ravi Coltrane Qnt; 9: R; 10: Justin Kauflin; 11-12: $30 02/11 George Coleman Qrt; 13-15: $30 02/13-14 Mingus Big Band; 16: R; 17-18: $30 Russell Malone Qrt; 19-22: Tierney Sutton Band; 23: R; 24-25: Chris Bergson Band; 26Mar 1: The Big Band Sound of Rufus Reid. JOE’S PUB: At Public Theater. 425 Lafayette St & Astor Pl. www.joespub.com. 212-967-7555. Adm varies. Feb 24: 9:30pm Ethan Lipton & His Orch; 26: 9:30pm Tatiana Eva-Marie & Avalon Jazz Band. JOHN L. TISHMAN AUDITORIUM: At New School. 63 5th Av. Room U100. www.events.newschool.edu. 212-229-5630. JULES BISTRO: 65 Saint Marks Pl (bet 1st & 2nd Avs). 212-477-5560. www.julesbistro.com. Sets: 8:30-11:30pm, Brunch 12-3pm. Sun: Jazz party & Jam. KNICKERBOCKER BAR & GRILL: 33 University Pl at 9th St. 212-228-8490. www.knickerbockerbarandgrill.com. Fri-Sat: 9:45pm-2am. Feb 6-7: Luis Bonilla Trio; 1314: Ray Gallon & Paul Gill; 20-21: Victor Lyn Trio; 27-28: Daryl Sherman & Joe Temperley. LE PESCADEUX: 90 Thompson St (bet Prince & Spring Sts). www.lepescadeuxnyc.com. 212-966-0021. Wed: 7-10pm; Sun: 11am-4pm Jazz brunch feat Gabrielle Stravelli. LE POISSON ROUGE: 158 Bleecker St at Thompson St. www.lepoissonrouge.com. 212-796-0741. Adm varies. LE SINGE VERT: 160 7th Av (bet 19th & 20th Sts). 212-366-4100. www.lesingevert.com. Tues: 8-10:30pm. LILLIE'S UNION SQUARE: 13E 17th St (bet 5th Av & Bway). 212-337-1970. www.union square.lilliesnyc.com. Sun: 5pm-12am. LITTLE BRANCH: 20 Leroy St at 7th Av S. 212-929-4360. METROPOLITAN ROOM: 34W 22nd St (bet. 5th & 6th Avs). www.metropolitanroom.com. 212-206-0440. Sets unless otherwise noted: Early (E) 7pm, Late (L) 9:30pm. Residency (R): Tues L Annie Ross. Feb 1&15: 4pm Michèle Bautier; 3: E Laurie Krauz's Jazz
Soup, L R; 5: L Melanie Goerlitz & The Bianco Martinis; 7: E Lavenia Nesmith, 11:30pm Sharon Rae North; 10: L R; 11: E Tish Rabe, L Yaniv Taubenhouse Trio; 15: see 02/1; 17: E Carmela Rappazzo, L R; 19: L Sharik Hasan; 21: E Rosemary Loar; 24: E Valerie Duke, L R; 25: L Nancy Harms; 26: L Kinzie Kerce; 28: E Wren Marie Harrington, L John Minnock. MEZZROW: 163W 10th St (bet 7th Av & Waverly Pl). www.mezzrow.com. 646-4764346. Duo unless otherwise noted. Sets: Mon E 7-8:30pm, L 9pm-12:30am; TuesThurs E 7-8:30pm, L 9-11:30pm, N 11:30pm12:30am; Fri-Sat E 7-8:30pm, L 9pm-12am, N 12-2am; Sun E 7-8:45pm, L 9pm-12am. Adm: $20 except free 7-8pm. Feb 4-5: Ray Drummond; 6-8: Buster Williams; 11: Claudia Acuña Duo; 12-14: 8:30pm Joanne Brackeen; 15: Bucky Pizzarelli & Ed Laub, 9pm Murray Hall; 17: Cory Weeds; 18-19: 8:30pm Kurt Elling Trio; 20-22: Alan Broadbent; 24: Ray Gallon; 25-26: Peter Bernstein; 27-28: 8:30pm Steve Nelson. MICHAEL SCHIMMEL CENTER FOR THE ARTS: at Pace. 3 Spruce St (bet Park Row & Gold St). www.schimmel.pace.edu. 212-3461715. MILANO’S BAR: 51E Houston St (bet Mott & Mulberry Sts). 212-226-8844. Tues 1-3pm & Thurs 2-4pm: Carol Morgan & Corin Stiggall w/friends. MOSCOW 57: 168 1/2 Delancey St at Clinton St. 212-260-5775. www.moscow57.com. 78pm Ellen Kaye Trio; Wed: 9pm Cleve Douglass & Grace Garland; Fri: 8 Mary Foster Conklin, 10pm Jordan Pettay Band. NATIONAL OPERA CENTER: 330 7th Av (bet 28th & 29th Sts). 212-796-8630. Anti Social Music www.antisocialmusic.org feat Saxophone Nights w/Alex Hamlin, Jeff Hudgins, Evan Rapport, Ed RosenBerg, Josh Sinton & Jeremy Udden. NEIGHBORHOOD CHURCH: 269 Bleecker St (bet Jones & Cornelia Sts). 212-691-1770. www.ncgv.net. See All Things Project. NEW SCHOOL: 66W 12th St. 212-229-5600. www.newschool.edu. NEW SCHOOL JAZZ PERFORMANCE SPACE: 55W 13th St, 5th Fl. 212-229-5488. www.newschool.edu/jazz. NEW YORK CITY BAHA’Í CENTER: 53E 11th St (bet Bway & University). 212-222-5159. www.bahainyc.org. Sets: 8&9:30pm. $10/15 adm. Feb 3: Nick Moran Gp; 10: Ray Blue Ens; 17: Eyal Vilner Big Band w/spec guest Jimmy Owens. NEW YORK UNIVERSITY: 35W 4th St 6th Fl. www.nyu.edu. 212-998-4550. NORTH SQUARE: At Washington Square Hotel. 103 Waverly Pl at McDougal. http://northsquareny.com/about-jazz.php. 212-254-1200. Sun: 12:30&2:15pm free adm Jazz Brunch. Feb 1: Roz Corral Trio w/Roni Ben-Hur & Santi Debriano; 8: Kelly Suttenfield Trio; 15: Vanessa Perea Trio; 22: Roz Corral Trio w/Nir Felder & Boris Kozlov. NUBLU: 62 Av C (bet 4th & 5th Sts). 212-3751500. www.nublu.net. NUYORICAN POETS CAFÉ: 236E 3rd St (bet Avs B & C). www.nuyorican.org. 212-7809386/212-505-8183. Sets: 9:30pm. Thurs: 9pm $10 adm Latin Jazz; 1st Wed: $13 All That - Hip Hop Poetry & Jazz; 1st Sat: $15 adm Puddin’ Jazz series + Jam. Feb 3: Chembo Corniel; 17: The Bronx Conexión. ONE IF BY LAND, TWO IF BY SEA: 17 Barrow St (bet 7th Av & W4th St). 212-2558649. www.oneifbyland.com. Tues&Thurs 611pm, Sun 11:30am-3pm: Ryo Sasaki & Nial Djuliarso Duo.
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ANOTHER REASON TO CELEBRATE By Elzy Kolb
Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, Pomegranate Gallery
Double feature Traveling can be an ordeal, but rather than complaining about discomfort and inconvenience, singer/composer Ayelet Rose Gottlieb finds public transportation an ideal venue for writing music. "It's a meditative place, just sitting there while the world is moving by. How often do we get time to do nothing else but stop, slow down and allow things to come, with no multi-tasking?" She composed some of the tunes for her latest CD, Roadsides (Arogole), while in transit. "Once I had a poem by Mahmoud Darwish in my bag while on a bus ride and, as I read it, the music began composing itself," Gottlieb says. "The words jumped off the page and the music presented itself." Her new album consists of Israeli and Palestinian poetry that she set to music and sings in Hebrew. "The music is challenging. It's titled jazz, but it's not the language we're used to in jazz," Gottlieb explains. "It's a new sound, a hybrid. It's no longer folkloric, but an echo of old and new, all rooted in jazz and improvisation." When she started composing melodies for the poems, she wasn't focusing on a specific project or goal. "I wrote the songs over a long stretch; eventually, I had enough songs based on Israeli poetry to make a set, but it felt lackingâ€”the Palestinian voice was missing." She searched for material to fill the void. "Poetry is the hardest kind of translation, but there are a lot of good translations of Palestinian poetry into Hebrew. If the translator is good and understands poetry, beyond subtext and the meaning of words, the translation will also capture the rhythm." With Roadsides, "I'm trying to express
big thoughts in small words. There's a semi-political aspect to it," Gottlieb explains. "It's important to remember our similarities as human beings and the points of juncture in our common histories, which are often ignored. It's important to remember our humanity and not grow into hatred fired by acts of violence by extremists." Gottlieb, who now lives in Vancouver, has resided in New York, New Zealand, Israel and London over the past decade or so. Regardless of her mailing address, she considers the Big Apple her musical home. She'll be in town to do a couple of sets at the Pomegranate Gallery in SoHo Feb. 7. Besides celebrating the release of Roadsides, Gottlieb will perform with the a cappella quartet Mycale, which also includes Malika Zarra, Sofia Rei and Basya Schechter. Since 2007, the foursome has arranged and sung compositions by John Zorn from his Book of Angels project. The day after the gallery gig, Mycale will go into the studio to record its second CD. "We have the freedom to morph the music from the written page," Gottlieb explains, "it's engaging and challenging."
Justin Kauflin, Jazz Standard
Attitude of gratitude If composer/pianist Justin Kauflin hadn't lost his sight to a rare disease at age 11, he might never have found his way to jazz or taken to it with such gusto. Kauflin began studying violin at age six and took up classical piano soon after, but music was just one of the youngster's many interests: TV, video games and playing outdoors topped the list. "That all went away, it vanished when I lost my sight," he recalls. "Music and faith became central. Music
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Kauflin photo by Sal DeVincenzo.
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PEGU CLUB: 77W Houston St (bet W Bway & Wooster St). 2nd Fl. www.peguclub.com. 212-473-PEGU. Sun: 6:30-9:30pm Glenn Crytzer & Pegu Club All Stars. PIANO NYC: 158 Ludlow St at Stanton. 212505-3733. www.pianosnyc.com. Sun: 3&5pm $7 don Line Of Sight Jazz Brunch. PIERRE LOTI: 258W 15th St (bet 7th & 8th Avs). www.pierrelotiwinebar.com. 212-6455684. Tues: 8-11pm. POMEGRANATE GALLERY: 137 Greene St (bet W Houston & Prince). 212-260-4014. www.pomegranategallery.com. Feb 7: Set: 4pm $15 adm Ayelet Rose Gottlieb. RED ROOM: At KGB Bar. 85E 4th St (bet 2nd Av & Bowery). www.redroomnyc.com. 212787-0155. ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL: 196 Allen St at E Houston St. www.rockwoodmusichall.com. 212-477-4155. Feb 4,11&18: UPSTATE; 6-8: 79:30pm Alternative Guitar Summit feat 02/6 Probosci, Prasanna, David Fiuczynski Planet MicroJam Trio, 02/7 Lee Ranaldo Solo, Adam Rudolph's Go: Organic Guitar Orch, 02/8 Doug Wamble, Joel Harrison, Adam Levy w/Sheryl Bailey, Michael Gregory Jackson; 11: see 02/4; 17: 9:15pm Fresh Cut Orch; 18: see 02/4. RUE B: 188 Ave B (bet 11th & 12th Sts). 212358-1700. www.ruebnyc.com. Sets: 8:30, 9:30&10:45pm. Mon: Richie Vitale; Wed: Tim Regusis Trio; Fri: Frankie Valdez Mambo Trio; Sat: François Mouton; Sun: Will Terrill Trio. Feb 3: Andrew Forman Trio; 5&19: Grant Stewart; 10: Valentina Marino; 12&26: Joe Magnarelli; 17: Almog Shavrit; 24: Hattie Simon. SKIRBALL CENTER: At New York University. 566 LaGuardia Pl at Washington Sq S. 212998-4941. www.skirballcenter.nyu.edu. SMALLS JAZZ CLUB: 183W 10th St at 7th Av. 212-252-5091. www.smallsjazzclub.com. Sets unless otherwise noted: Afternoon (PM), Early (E), Late (L), Night (N); Mon E 7:30-10pm, L 10:30pm-1am, N 1am; Tues E 7:30-9pm, L 9:30pm-12am, N 12:30am; WedThurs E 6-9pm, L 9:30pm-12am, N 12am; FriSat: PM 4-7pm, E 7:30-10pm, L 10:30pm1am, N 1:30am; Sun 1-3pm, PM 4:30-7pm, E 7:30-10pm, L 10:30pm. Jam following N. Adm varies. Residencies (R): Mon L except 02/2 Ari Hoenig Qrt; Tues E Spike Wilner Qrt, N Next Generation Sessions by Kyle Poole; Wed E Tap Dance w/Michela Lerman; Fri-Sat PM Jam; Sun 1pm Vocal masterclass by Marion Cowings, E Johnny O'Neal. Feb 1: 1pm R, PM George Gee Orch, E R, L Joe Magnarelli; 2: E Peter Bernstein Solo, L tba, N Spencer Murphy; 3: E R, L Smalls Legacy Band feat Frank Lacy, N R; 4: E R, L Godwin Louis Band, N Jon Beshay Qrt; 5: E Joel Press Qrt, L Godwin Louis Band, N Carlos Abadie Qnt; 6: PM R, E Tardo Hammer Trio, L Alex Sipiagin Qnt, N tba; 7: PM R, E Billy Kaye, L Alex Sipiagin Qnt, N Stacy Dillard; 8: 1pm R, PM Eyal Vilner Big Band, E R, L Bruce Harris Qnt; 9: E Jon Davis Trio, L R, N Jonathan Michel; 10: E R, L Lucas Pino No Net Nnt, N R; 11: E R, L Loren Stillman Trio, N Jamale Davis; 12: E tba, L Julian Shore Qnt, N Nick Hempton Band; 13: PM R w/Ai Murakami, E Marianne Solivan Qrt, L Harry Allen, N tba; 14: PM R, E Tommy Campbell & VOCAL~EYES, L Harry Allen, N Philip Harper; 15: 1pm R, PM tba, E R, L Ned Goold Qrt; 16: E Art Hirahara Trio, L R, N Spencer Murphy; 17: E R, L Josh Evans Big Band, N R; 18: E R, L Amos Hoffman Qnt, N Vitaly Golovnev; 19: E tba, L David Gibson Qnt, N Carlos Abadie Qnt; 20: PM R, E Chuck Redd Qrt, L Mike DiRubbo
Qnt, N Stacy Dillard; 22: 1pm R, PM Siren Dan, E R, L Charles Owens Trio; 23: E tba, L R, N Jonathan Michel; 24: E R, L Ben Solomon Qrt, N R; 25: E R, L Gregg August Qrt, N tba; 26: E tba, L Kenneth Salters Haven, N Nick Hempton Band; 27: PM R w/Ai Murakami, E Tad Shull, L Jay Collins & the Kings County Band, N tba; 28: PM R, E Roberto Gatto Qrt, L Jay Collins & the Kings County Band, N Philip Harper. SPECTRUM NYC: 121 Ludlow St 2nd Fl (bet Delancey & Rivington Sts). 212-533-5470. www.spectrumnyc.com. Feb 4: 7-8pm Webber/Reuter/Hannaford/Mason Qrt; 5-8: Alternative Guitar Summit Masterclass feat 02/5 7:30pm Steve Mackey, Scott Johnson, Ben Monder & Joel Harrison, 02/7 1pm Fiusczynski, Prasanna & Gyan Riley, 02/8 12pm Doug Wamble, Adam Levy & Joel Harrison; 5: 9-11pm Canyons Jazz; 19: 78pm Matt Panayides Trio. STEINHARDT: At NYU. 3rd Av at E 11th St. www.steinhardt.nyu.edu. 212-998-5424. The STONE: 2nd St at Av C. www.thestonenyc. com. Adm varies. Tues-Sun: 8&10pm weekly residencies. Feb 1: Basya Schechter; 3-8: Henry Kaiser; 10-15: closed; 17-22: Uri Caine; 24-Mar 1: Warren Smith. SUBCULTURE: 45 Bleecker St (bet Mott & Mulberry Sts). www.subculturenewyork. com. 212-533-5470. Feb 14: 12:30pm $10 adm A Conversation w/Richard Bona; 21: 12:30pm $10 adm A Conversation w/Lenny Pickett; 25: 7:30pm $22/25 adm Tigran Trio. SUBROSA: 63 Gansevoort St (bet Washington & Greenwich Sts). Sets: 7&9pm $20 adm. www.subrosanyc.com. 212-997-4555. Feb 10: Pablo Mayor & Folklore Urbano; 12-15: Albita; 21: Regia Cumbá; 27-28: Pavel Nuñez Cantor Urbano Acustico. The TOKYO TAPAS CAFÉ: 7 Cornelia St at West 4th St. www.tokyotapascafenyc.com. 212-242-6333. TOSHI’S LIVING ROOM: 1141 Bway at 26th St. www.toshislivingroom.com. 212-8398000. Feb 4: 9pm-12am Project Grand Slam; 17: 6-8pm Benno Marmur Qrt; 18: 10pm12am Marcus Golhaber. TRIBECA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 199 Chambers St. www.tribecapac.org. 212220-1460. Feb 14: 7:30pm $25/15 adm Monkin-Motion feat Billy Buss; 19: 8pm $45/40 adm Highlights in Jazz series feat Catherine Russell, Dan Levinson, Bria Skonberg, Nicki Parrott & Gordon Webster; 28: 7:30pm $25/15 adm Monk-in-Motion feat Adam O’Farrill. TURNMILL: 119E 27th St (bet Park & Lexington Avs). www.turnmillnyc.com. 646524-6060. Wed: 11pm-2am Jam w/Rob Duguay & Low Key Trio. UNIVERSITY OF THE STREETS: 130E 7th St at Ave A 2nd Fl. 212-254-9300. www.uni versityofthestreets.org. $5 adm. Thurs: 58pm Piano Workshop by Richard Clements; Fri: 11:30pm-2:30am Jam w/Bernard Linnette; Sat: 10pm-1am Jam w/Rob Anderson. VILLAGE VANGUARD: 178 7th Av S at 11th St. 212-255-4037. www.villagevanguard.com. Sets: 8:30&10:30pm. Adm: Mon-Thurs $25/1 drink min. Residency (R): Mon Vanguard Jazz Orch. Feb 1: Vanguard Jazz Orch; 2: R; 3-8: Wayne Escoffery Qrt; 10-15: John Zorn week feat 02/10 “Colorado Slim”, 10:30pm Gnostic Trio, 02/11 Electric Masada, 02/12 Medeski Martin & Dunn, 02/13 John Zorn & Milford Graves Duo, 10:30pm Marc Ribot, 02/14 Masada Qrt, 02/15 3pm In the Hall of Mirrors feat Steve Gosling Trio, 8:30pm Bar Kokhba; 16: R; 17-22: Joe Lovano Nnt; 23: R; 24-Mar 1: Robert Glasper Trio. continued on page 30
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was something to do that I enjoyed and I started working really hard at it." Though Kauflin knew little about jazz, he auditioned for his school's jazz program. "There was a realistic reason to switch from classical, where sight reading is so central. I played Scott Joplin for my audition; fortunately, they didn't know anything about jazz either and they accepted me," he says, laughing. Things began to click as Kauflin delved into jazz. "I realized I could express myself in a personal and unique way, that it could be different each time; it's always evolving," he says. "When everyone in the band is on the same wavelength, there's no better feeling. There's a whole world of personal expression within the community." Kauflin pursued jazz studies at William Paterson University, where he met the legendary trumpeter Clark Terry, who became his mentor. "Clark's influence started the moment I met him," the pianist states. Their friendship and influence on one another is documented in the film Keep On Keepin' On, directed by William Paterson alumnus Alan Hicks and produced by Quincy Jones. When Hicks told Kauflin he wanted to make a documentary involving him, Kauflin's immediate thought was, "Good luck, this is going to be a boring little movie!" However, the touching portrayal of the pianist's relationship with Terry is earning good reviews and made the Academy Awards shortlist for top documentary nominees. Kauflin is now appearing at screenings at theaters and schools, answering questions and sharing ideas. "The movie focuses on mentorship, so it's an outreach initiative: We show the movie and talk about the process. That's why I agreed to make the filmâ€”because of the educational outreach." In addition to Keep On Keepin' On, Kauflin is excited about his new CD, Dedication (Harmonia Mundi Jazz Village), which contains a dozen originals honoring musical, familial and spiritual guides. "It's not the safest thing to do for an emerging artist, an unknown, to jump into unsafe territory with originals, instead of playing things people are familiar with," Kauflin admits. "It started with 'Song for Clark,' he's the reason I'm here, and I want to give him a thank-you. Then it started coming together with a song for my mother and others who are important to me. There's so much I'm grateful for and I express that through music." Join Kauflin and his quartet as they celebrate the release of Dedication at Jazz Standard Feb. 10. In the tradition In the early 1970s, jazz was in a bit of a
Nicki Parrott, Tribeca PAC
slump, with smooth jazz and fusion elbowing aside and marginalizing straightahead and traditional jazz styles. That didn't stop Jack Kleinsinger from producing his first Highlights in Jazz concert and more than four decades later the series is still thriving. "You have to give Jack credit for keeping this going," says bassist/vocalist Nicki Parrott. "It's a labor of love, done for the love of the music and it shows." Parrott will reunite with her longtime collaborators, pianist Gordon Webster, reed maven Dan Levinson and trumpeter Bria Skonberg, at the Highlights in Jazz 42nd Anniversary Gala at Tribeca Performing Arts Center Feb. 19, to celebrate New York's longest-running jazz concert series. The foursome recorded together a few years back and they'll revisit some of the music from the CD. "It will be a nice reunion. There will be a mixture of some traditional jazz, some things from the classic jazz repertoire and some new arrangements." Parrott enjoys the challenge of addressing familiar tunes in a new way. "I try to find my own way to make it fresh for me. I might try a new bass line, a new intro or a different tempo to breathe new life into an old favorite. I try to think, 'Does it make sense for me to do this?' Some things just play themselves and others need an update." Parrott is thrilled to be sharing the bill with vocalist Catherine Russell. "She's one of my favorite singers. She does everything well, from Steely Dan to her own thing. Her song choices are so natural and easy, and she has a great sense of swing." This year, the bassist will celebrate another great musical tradition, with a series of events she's organizing to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of guitar icon Les Paul. Parrott was in Paul's band for a decade; she will focus on his music at brunch at the Falcon in Marlboro NY, Feb. 1, when she appears with guitarists Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo.
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The WAYLAND: 700 E 9th St at Av C. 212-7777022. www.thewaylandnyc.com. Sets: 911:30pm. Free adm. Wed: Grandpa Musselman & Syncopators; 1st Tues: Robert Ross & Jazz-Manian Devils. WALKER’S: 16N Moore St at Varick. 212-9410142. www.walkerstribeca.com. Sun: 8-11pm Peter Leitch Duo. Feb 1: Harvie S; 8: Sean Smith; 15: Ray Drummond; 22: Sean Smith. WHYNOT JAZZ ROOM: 14 Christopher St at Gay St. www.whynotjazzroom.com. 646-7564145. Sets: Early (E) 7-8:45pm, Late (L) 911:30pm. Feb 1: 7-8pm Twins of El Dorado, 8:30pm Rallidae, 10-11:55pm Ben Winkelman Trio; 2: E Hashem Assadullahi & Safety Buffalo, L Dan Lehner & Memory Field; 3: 7-10:30pm Den Dinner Series feat Joanna Wallfisch + Elias Meister; 4: E Sergej Avanesov Qrt, L Trees & Birds; 6: E Scott Neumann Neu3 Trio, L Por Che Ne Trio; 8: 79:30pm UpSurge, 10-11:45pm Sharik Hasan Qrt; 9: E Zeel Sxt, L Dan Adler; 10: E Hiromi Suda; 11: E Innocent When You Dream; 13: 9-10:45pm Ken Silverman Trio; 16: 7-8:30pm AmmoCake; 18: L Timo Vollbrecht; 22: 79:30pm Why Not Experiment? series feat Andrea Wolper & friends, 10-11:45pm Yuto Kanazawa Qrt; 23: L Jamie Baum & Short Stories. ZEB’S: 223W 28th St (bet 7th & 8th Avs). 2nd Fl. www.zebulonsoundandlight.com. 212-6958081. Wed: 8pm $10 adm Saul Rubin Trio w/vocalist guest + Jam. ZINC BAR: 82W 3rd St (bet Thompson & Sullivan). 212-477-8337. www.zincbar.com. Sets: Early set 7pm + 9,11pm&12:30am, Mon 2am. Adm varies. Residencies: Mon 11pm3am Ron Affif Trio; Tues 11pm Evolution Jam; Thurs 12am Roman Diaz Midnight Rumba; Sat Monika Oliveira & The Brasilians; Sun NY Tango Qrt. Feb 2: Chris McNulty + Vandojam feat Sharel Cassiti; 3: Jack Jeffers Big Band; 4: Valery Ponomarev Big Band; 5: Gregorio Uribe big Band; 6,14,20&27: Jadele & Afrocubanismo; 7: Livio Almeida Brazilian Dectet; 9-11: Richard Bona Mandekan Cubano; 12: Melvis Santa; 13: 7pm Joe Benjamin; 16: 7pm Jane Irving; 17&21: Misha Piatigorsky Qrt; 18: Bobby Broom; 19: Osmany Paredes; 23: 7pm Beat Kaestli; 24: Alex Blake Qrt; 25: Eddie Allen Big Band; 26: Francisco Mora Catlett Afrohorn.
AN BEAL BOCHT CAFÉ: 445W 238th St. 718884-7127. www.lindasjazznights.com. 8& 9:30pm: Linda's Jazz Nights. Feb 4: Vincent Herring Qrt feat Louis Hayes; 18: Alexis Cole Trio. G-BAR: 579 Grand Concourse at 149th St. 718402-6996. www.gbarnyc.com. WILLIE’S STEAKHOUSE: 1832 Westchester Av. 718-822-9697. Wed: 8:30pm-12am.
65FEN: 65 Fenimore St. www.65fenmusic series.tumblr.com. Mon: 8:30pm $10 don 65Fen Music Series. Feb 2: Secret People, 9:45pm Josh Sinton & Musicianer; 9: Anais Maviel Solo, 9:30pm While We Still Have Bodies; 16: tba; 23: Nakatani Solo, 10pm Sandra Weiss Qnt. 2OO FIFTH AVE: 200 5th Av. 718-638-2925. www.200-fifth.com. Feb 20: 7-11pm $10 adm Nora McCarthy Trio.
ALOR CAFÉ: 2110 Richmond Rd. Staten Island. 718-351-1101. www.alorcafe.com. ANYWAY CAFÉ: 1602 Gravesend Neck Rd. 718-934-5988. www.anywaycafe.com. Sun: 9pm-12am free adm Jenn Jade feat Gary Fisher. BAMCAFÉ: 30 Lafayette Av. 718-636-4100. www.bam.org. Feb 7: 9pm Renée Manning. BAR CHORD: 1008 Cortelyou Rd. 347-2406033. www.barchordnyc.com. Sun: 9pm Cortelyou Jam. BAR TABAC: 128 Smith St at Dean St. Cobble Hill. www.bartabacny.com. 718-923-0918. Tues&Thurs 7-10pm; Tues: Blue Vipers of Brooklyn; Thurs: Stephane Wrembel. BARBÈS: 376 9th St at 6th Av. Park Slope. www.barbesbrooklyn.com. 718-965-9177. Residencies: Mon 7pm Brain Cloud; Tues 9pm Slavic Soul Party; Wed 10pm Mandingo Ambassadors; Sun 5pm except 02/22 Ben Monder, 9pm Stephane Wrembel. Feb 14: Fay Victor & ExPosed Blues. BASIK BAR: 323 Graham Av. Brooklyn. 347889-7597. www.basikbrooklyn.com. BIZARRE: 12 Jefferson St. 347-915-2717. www.bizarrebushwick.com. BROOKLYN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC: 58 7th Av. Park Slope. www.bqcm.org. 718622-3300. 1st Fri: 7pm $5 adm Open Stage. Feb 7: 8pm $10 adm Connection Works www.connectionworks.org presents Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open series feat Gretchen Koehler & Daniel Kelly + Rob Garcia Qrt. BROOKLYN LYCEUM: 227 Fourth Av (bet President & Union Sts). Park Slope. www.brooklynlyceum.com. Wed: 7-9pm Open Mic. BROWNSTONE JAZZ: 107 Macon St at Nostrand Av. www.sankofaaban.com. 917704-9237. Fri-Sat: 8pm $30 adm incl 1 drink Brownstone Jazz. Fri-Sat: 11pm-1am Open Mic w/Eric Lemon & BJ Ens. BROWNSVILLE HERITAGE HOUSE: 581 Mother Gaston Blvd. www.brownsvilleheritagehouse.org. 718-385-1111. 3rd Sat: 36pm free adm Wade Barnes Tribute Band. CADAQUÉS: 188 Grand St. 718-218 7776. www.cadaquesny.com. Thurs 7:30-10:30pm & Fri 8pm-12am: free adm Renaud Penant Trio (Thurs) Qrt (Fri). CHEZ OSKAR: 211 Dekalb Av at Adelphie St. Fort Green. www.chezoskar.com. 718-8526250. The CLASSON SOCIAL CLUB: 807 Classon Av. 718-484-4475. www.theclasson.com. CONNECTION WORKS: 718-369-6931. www.connectionworks.org. See Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. CUBANA SOCIAL: 70 N 6th St. 718-782-3334. www.cubanasocial.com. Sets: Thurs 9pm12am; Fri: 9pm-2am Afro-Jazz. The DRAWING ROOM: 56 Willoughby St #3. www.drawingroommusic.com. Sets: 7pm $20 adm. Feb 1: Sean Smith & David Hazeltine; 8: Gabrielle Stravelli & Michael Kanan; 15: Lena Bloch & Roberta Piket. FIREHOUSE SPACE: 246 Frost St. 917-7097799. www.thefirehousespace.org. Feb 12: 7pm James Ilgenfritz; 20: 8pm Music of Wayne Horvitz. The FLAT: 308 Hooper St. Williamsburg. www.theflatbkny.com. 718-599-5151. FOR MY SWEET: 1103 Fulton St. 347-7704735. Mon: 7-11pm $10 adm Bill Jacobs Ens; 1st Mon: Jazz & Open Mic by Jeff King. FREDDY’S BAR: 627 5th Av (bet 17th & 18th Sts). www.freddysbar.com. 718-768-0131. 3rd Tues: 9pm Miss Ida Blue; 4th Tues: 8:30pm Music from NY Underground - On the Way Out. continued on page 32
HOT FLASHES Musician-Curator's Corner If anyone still believes that jazz clubs are exclusively the domain of middle-aged men solemnly listening to overly cerebral music, a trip to Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola's late-night sessions on a Saturday will shatter any such misconceptions. With a line stretching out the door for these shows, Dizzy's is packed with music lovers of all ages, checking out rising jazz stars, taking part in the jam sessions, or-more recently—dancing to newly formed big bands. At the center of this is the vocalist Michael Mwenso, a dynamic young curator and musician who was invited by Wynton Marsalis to give Dizzy's late night sets a shot of musical adrenaline. Mwenso, who first achieved similar success at Ronnie Scott's in London, has done well in his tenure, creating a new scene and vibe for the club's after hours shows, while booking and presenting some of New York's finest young talents. "There's something happening here now," explains Mwenso. "There's definitely a group, or a core, of musicians who are a part of a scene here. They have a unique, almost holistic, understanding of the music and they see that it's a diaspora. It has been interesting to be a part of it." For Mwenso, the balance between his work as a vocalist and as a curator can be challenging. "It can be hard to balance it; it really can," he concedes. "But it also is a beautiful thing. There are not many people who can do it, so even when it might feel that one side is taking over from another, in the back of my mind I know few people can do this, so the challenge is positive." Beyond the thrill of the challenge, the navigation of curatorial and artistic goals has certainly helped Mwenso's career. As he serves as emcee and active participant during the Thursday and Saturday night sessions, Mwenso has been able to introduce his own prodigious skills—a highly charismatic and versatile baritone equal parts Andy Bey and Betty Carter—to New York audiences. Additionally, Mwenso's closely forged connections with an exceptional array of top young gifted artists has enabled him to establish truly remarkable musical outings of his own, notably The Prohibited Jazz Age, a project that draws upon banned music of the 1920s and 1930s. Mwenso's work as a musician, paired with his longstanding ties to the music, have also led him to expand above and beyond his role as a curator at Jazz at
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Lincoln Center. Notably, he has also collaborated heavily with the organization's education department by leading a series of videotaped oral histories with luminaries including Jon Hendricks and Albert "Tootie" Heath. This merging of honoring the masters while developing the new generations of talents sits well with Mwenso. "It has been a blessing to know these musicians both young and old," he notes. "It's important for us to be around our elders; their history is our history. I think it's important that our generation have a link to these masters." Besides his appearances at Dizzy’s Michael Mwenso can also be heard at Ginny’s in Harlem on Feb. 7.
Monk in Motion The BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center will showcase the three winners of this year's Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in solo performances throughout the month. Competition winner Marquis Hill presents his quintet as he kicks off the series on Jan. 31; runner-up Billy Buss continues the series on Feb. 14. Adam O'Farrill, second runner-up, closes out the showcase by leading his quartet on Feb. 28. Learn more at www.tribecapac.org.
Book Releases When Frank Foster passed in 2011, the world lost a great tenor talent and one of the few remaining links to some of jazz's most extraordinary times. Before his passing, Foster made a final request to his wife, Cecilia, to ensure that his memoirs would be published. This year marks the public release of the book, which is available at www.foscease.com. Black History Month In honor of Black History Month, the Louis Armstrong House Museum invites
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Mwenso photo by Whit Lane.
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HOPE & ANCHOR: 347 Van Brunt St. 718-2370276. www.hopeandanchorredhook.com. Wed: 7-10pm Jam w/Ray Scro Qrt. I-BEAM: 168 7th St. www.ibeambrooklyn.com. Sets: 8:30pm $15 don. Feb 6: Charley Gerard; 9: 9pm Knuffke & Drye + Chris Cochrane & Miguel Frasconi; 11: Russ Lossing & Three Part Invention; 19: Russ Lossing; 21: Katja Cruz & Howard Curtis; 22: Fay Victor & Tyshawn Sorey Duo w/spec guest Brandon Seabook; 27: Brian Drye Trio w/guest Dave Ballou, 10pm BeepHonk; 28: DG’s Dog and Pony Show, 10pm MacroQuarktet. JALOPY: 315 Columbia St. www.jalopy.biz. 718-395-3214. JAZZ 966: 966 Fulton St. 917-593-9776. www.jazz966.com. Fri: 8-11pm $15 don. KORZO RESTAURANT & BAR: 667 5th Av (bet 19th & 20th Sts). 718-499-1199. www.facebook.com/konceptions. Tues: 9&10:30pm $10 don/$10 min Konceptions Music series by James Carney. Feb 3: Russ Lossing & Whispers. LAFAYETTE AVENUE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: 85 S. Oxford St. Fort Greene. www.lapcbrooklyn.org. 718-625-7515. Feb 22: 4pm Jazz Vesper feat Lance Bryant Qrt. The LIVING ROOM: 134 Metropolitan Av. 718782-6600. www.livingroomny.com. LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY: 1 University Plaza. www.liunet.edu/brooklyn. 718-4881011. LORENZO’S RESTAURANT, BAR & CABARET: At Hilton Garden Inn. 1100 South Av at Lois Ln. Staten Island. 718-4772400X3222. www.lorenzosdining.com. Sun: 12-2&2-4pm Jazz Brunch. MOMINETTE: 221 Knickerbocker Av. Bushwick. www.mominette.com. 929-2342941. Tues: 9-11pm. PANE E VINO: 174 Smith St at Warren. www.panevinony.com. 718-501-1010. Sun: 710pm Carl Thompson Gp w/Virginia Mayhew. ROULETTE: 509 Atlantic Av at 3rd Av. www.roulette.org. 917-267-0363. Sets: 8pm. Feb 6: Jason Kao Hwang & Amygdala and Sing House; 17: Andrew Drury; 24: Aaron Burnett & The Big Machine; 26: Thurman Barke & Strike Fource Plus + Amina Claudine Meyers Trio. RUSTIK NEIGHBORHOOD TAVERN: 417 DeKalb Ave. www.rustiktavern.com. 347406-9700. 1st Tues: 8pm $5 adm Jam w/Eric Frazier. SAGE: 299 Graham Av. www.sageongraham. com. 718-218-6644. SEEDS: 617 Vanderbilt Av. www.seedsbrook lyn.org. Sets: 8:30&10pm. SHAPESHIFTER LAB: 18 Whitwell Pl. www.shapeshifterlab.com. 646-820-9452. Sets/adm unless otherwise noted: Early (E) 7pm, Late (L) 8:15pm, Night (N) 9:30pm; $10. Feb 1: N Hajime Yoshida Gp; 2: L Ece Goksu Qrt; 3: E&L $15 Atomic, N Dan Wilkins Gp; 4: E Alternative Guitar Summit feat Anders Nilsson & Aaron Dugan, Marco Capelli & James Ilgenfritz, Ava Mendoza & Chris Corsano; 5: E Yuhan Su Gp, L Tomoko Omura & Roots Qnt; 6: E Cathy Kreger, L&N Mike Frost Band; 8: L $8 The New York Chillharmonic; 9: E&8:30pm Flying Dragon w/Jon Yao & his 17 Piece Instrument; 10: E Alexis Cuadrado & new Guitar Trio, L Chris Stover & Book of Sand; 11: 6:30&7:30pm $15 Kenny Endo & Kaoru Watanabe w/Ne-O Ens, 11: N free Jam; 12: 7:30&9pm Jesse Lewis & The Awakening Orch; 15: E $15/10 The Resonance Collective & Periapsis Music Dance, L&N $12 Annie Chen Oct; 17: 8pm Yossi Tamim Music w/Julie Eigenberg &
Yaron Gershovsky; 18: E Lotte Anker Trio, L Dawn Clement/Max Johnson Gp, N free Jam; 19: 7: Fujiwara/Halvorson/Krauss, L Charles Evans Qrt, N Mostly Other People Do the Killing; 22: E&L $8 Nick Finzer w/Andy Clausen & Split Stream Big Band; 24: E Will Mason Ens, L Gadadu; 25: N free Jam; 26: E Ruby My Dear, 8pm The Future Scares Me, 9pm oMoO; 27: L $15 Randy Ingram Qrt; 28: E Mark Lesseraux & The Citizens, L Gold, N Monocle. SISTAS’ PLACE: 456 Nostrand Av at Jefferson Av. www.sistasplace.org. 718-398-1766. Sat: 9&10:30pm $30/25 adm. Feb 7: Afro-Horns; 14: Andrew Lamb; 21: Rachim Ausar Sahu; 28: Cecil Bridgewater. SPEEDY ROMEO: 376 Classon Av. 718-2300061. www.speedyromeo.tumblr.com. Sun: 12-4pm Jazz brunch w/Carol Morgan & Corin Stiggall feat Joe Cohn. ST. MAZIE: 345 Grand St. www.stmazie.com. 718-384-4807. Sun: 9:30pm-12am Baby Soda Jazz Band. TEA LOUNGE: 837 Union St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). www.tealoungeny.com. 718-789-2762. VELVET LOUNGE: 174 Bway. 718-302-4427. www.velvetbrooklyn.com. WAY STATION: 683 Washington Av. Prospect Heights. www.waystationbk.blogspot.com. 347-627-4949. Feb 3: 8pm Shannon Pelcher, 9pm Marine Futin; 7: 9pm Phantom Pop, 10pm Chevy Lopez; 9: 8pm Robin Irene Moss, 11pm Martina Fiserova; 13: 8pm Yoav Shlomov Qnt; 21: 12am Hambone Relay; 25: 10pm Joe Benjamin & a Mighty Handful; 27: 8pm Kosi, 9pm Arun Ramamurthy Trio. WILLIAMSBURG MUSIC CENTER: 367 Bedford Av. www.wmcjazz.org. 718-3841654. 10pm-2am. Fri: free adm/2 drink min Jam w/Gerry Eastman Qnt & friends; Sat: $10 adm Greyson Hackleman.
ARCH STREET TAVERN: 85 Arch St. Hartford. www.archstreettavern.com. 860246-7610. Mon: 8pm Hartford Jazz Orch. ARTISTS COLLECTIVE HARTFORD: 1200 Albany Av. Hartford. www.artistscollective. org. 860-527-3205. CAFE NINE: 250 State St. New Haven. 203-7898281. www.cafenine.com. 2nd Sat: 4:407:30pm Jam w/Dr. Gary Grippo. CAVE À VIN: 975 State St. New Haven. 203777-6206. www.caveavinwinebar.com. www.jazzhaven.org. Free adm. Fri: 8:3011:30pm & Sat: 8-11pm. FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY: 1073 N Benson Rd. Fairfield. www.fairfield.edu. 203-254-4000. Feb 19: 7:30pm free adm Brian Torff & New Duke. FUJI OF JAPAN RESTAURANT & BAR: 111 Old Kings Hwy North. Darien. 203-655-4995. www.fujiofjapan.com. Mon: 6:30-9pm Music Mondays series feat Nicole Pasternak or Maria Tiscia. KELLY’S GASTRO PUB: 196 Crown St. New Haven. www.kellysnewhaven.com. 203-7761111. Sun: 12-3pm Jazz brunch feat Dr. Gary Grippo Guitar Trio w/guest. OWL SHOP: 268 College St. New Haven. 203624-3250. www.owlshopcigars.com. www.jazzhaven.org. Free adm. Wed: 9pm12am Hawkins Jazz Collective. PICCOLO PIZZA: 24 Prospect St. Ridgefield. 203-438-8200. Sets: 6-9pm. Free adm. Tues: Matt Criscuolo; Sun: Kids open mic w/Joey Digrazia. RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE: 80 East Ridge. continued on page 34
By Kosta Galanopoulos, graduated from The New School
Vocalist Martina DaSilva, a Manhattan native was already active in the music scene back when she was in high school. Since graduating from the New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music, she has done a few concerts at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola with her group, The Ladybugs. She also played the 2015 NYC Winter Jazz Festival, Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the NYC Hot Jazz Festival. DaSilva grew up surrounded by visual art and was encapsulated by a creative cloud at an early age. She studied classical voice before moving onward to the improvisational world of jazz. When asked what she was most excited about for the upcoming year, DaSilva says, "In December, I will have the pleasure of singing the charts of Lena Horne at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Appel Room for their tribute to Lena Horne and The Women of Stage and Screen." Some of her influences include Sarah Vaughan, Louis Armstrong and Nina
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visitors to explore the legendary artist's role in the Civil Rights movement, offering a series of exhibits that highlight Armstrong's own efforts in the 1950s and 60s. Additionally, a print of a Jack Bradley photo of Armstrong from the period will be offered complimentary with admission, while supplies last. Visit www.louisarm stronghouse.org to learn more. In Brooklyn, Sista's Place will curate a series of performances recognizing the month: Afro-Horns will offer a tribute to Henry Dumas on Feb. 7. Rachim Ausar Sahu will deliver a program titled Malcolm X's Legacy, 50 Years On on Feb. 21 and Cecil Bridgewater will close the series on Feb. 28 with an historically focused program of music and discussion about the art form. Find out more at www.sistasplace.org. Robert O'Meally will host a fascinating discussion and presentation titled James Baldwin: Harlem's Own, exploring the links between writing and jazz, on Feb. 10 at the Jazz Museum in Harlem. More details at www.jazzmuseuminharlem.org. In Connecticut, New Duke, directed by Brian Torff, celebrates Black History Month on Feb. 19 at Fairfield University. At Minton’s on Feb. 22 the Harlem School of The Arts directed by D.D. Jackson will present a Black History Brunch featur-
Simone among others. DaSilva plays every Sunday at Hotel Chantelle with a unique crew of musicians. She performs her arrangements of favorites from the 20s, 30s and 40s, as well as swing and blues.
Catch Martina DaSilva every Sunday at Hotel Chantelle from 1 to 4 p.m.
ing rising stars Matthew Whitaker, Warner Meadows, Gabrielle Garo and Dominique Gervais plus guest vocalist We’Ani McDonald. Feb. 27 pianist Dona Carter will perform a “Musical Salute to Mary Lou Williams” with the backing of Bill Carter, Bryce Sebastien and Dee Ramey at the the Graduate Center of CUNY. Valentine's Day Shows Jazz at the Kitano will celebrate Valentine's Day with a special performance by Alexis Cole, John DiMartino and Jon Gordon. Visit www.kitano.com to learn more. West Coast vocalist Kim Nalley returns to Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola to present Kim Nalley Sings Songs of Love and the venue will offer a special four-course prix fixe menu. Visit www.jazz.org/dizzys for reservations. Diane Schurr, backed by the DIVA Jazz Orchestra will present a special Valentine's Day performance at the Iridium; details at www.theiridium.com. The Masada Quartet—John Zorn's legendary ensemble with Dave Douglas, Greg Cohen and Joey Baron-holds down the Village Vanguard that night for listeners looking for a more left-of-center, but absolutely inspired, pick. Reservations at www.villagevanguard.com. Double treat at Birdland: the seasoned Marilyn Maye and the rising Sara Gazarek vocal stars will lead a Valentine’s Day show at 7pm and 9&11pm respectively; find out more at continued on page 40
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Ridgefield. www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org. 203-438-5795. Feb 14: 8pm Chris Botti. The SIDE DOOR JAZZ CLUB: At Old Lyme Inn. 85 Lyme St. Old Lyme. 860-434-0886. www.thesidedoorjazz.com. Sets: 7:30pm. Feb 6: Katie Thiroux Qrt; 7: Christian McBride Trio; 13: Julian Lage Trio; 14: Sally Night; 20-21: Fred Hersch Trio; 27: E.J. Strickland Qnt; 28: Ben Wolfe Qrt. WESTPORT ARTS CENTER: 51 Riverside Av. Westport. www.westportartscenter.org. 203222-7070. Feb 1: 3-5pm $20 adm Jam w/Brian Torff. WILTON PIZZA: 101 Old Ridgefield Rd. Wilton. Wed: 6-9pm free adm Matt Criscuolo Qrt.
APERITIF: 242 Sunrise Hwy. Rockville Centre. www.aperitifbistro.com. 516-594-3404. Sets: 6-9pm. Feb 8: Jerry Sokolov Trio; 22: Dave Lalama Trio. BRIDGEHAMPTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY: 2539 Montauk Hwy. Bridgehampton. www.bridgehamptonhistoricalsociety.org. 631-537-1088. Feb 6: 7:30pm $25/15 adm Parlor Jazz series Lisa Gary. DIX HILLS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: At Five Towns College. 305N Service Rd. Dix Hills. 631-656-2148. www.dhpac.org. Feb 15: 2pm $30/25 adm Steven Maglio. FIVE TOWNS COLLEGE: 305N Service Rd. Dix Hills. 631-656-2110. www.ftc.edu. FREEPORT MEMORIAL LIBRARY: 144W Merrick Rd. Freeport. 516-379-3274. www.freeportlibrary.info. Feb 8: 2:30-4pm Napoleon Revels-Bey Rhythm Kings Ens. GLEN COVE MANSION: 200 Dosoris Ln. Glen Cove. www.glencovemansion.com. 516-6716400. Fri: 8pm-12am. HARMONY VINEYARDS: 169 Harbor Rd. Head of the Harbor. 631-291-9900. http://har monyvineyards.com/main/Jazz_Club.html. 2 drink min. Thurs&Sat: 8-10pm Ray Anderson w/Steve Salerno; Sat-Sun 2-5pm Ray Anderson & friends. LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY-POST: 720 Northern Blvd. Brookville. www.liu.edu/post. 516-299-2895. NORTH SHORE PUBLIC LIBRARY: 250 New York 25A. Shoreham. 631-929-4488. www.northshorepubliclibrary.org. Feb 8: 3pm Hilliard Greene & Zigzag Qrt. ONDA LOUNGE: At Allegria Hotel. 80W Bway. Long Beach. 516-889-1300. www.allegriaho tel.com. Thurs: 8pm-12am Jazz & Sushi. PIERRE’S: 2468 Main St. Bridgehampton. www.artofsong.org/Jazz_at_Pierres. 631537-5110. Tues&Sun: 6:30-9:30pm. 1st Tues: Jody Carlson Trio. TRATTORIA GRASSO: 134 Main St. Cold Spring Harbor. www.trattoriagrasso.com. 631-367-6060. Sets: 7:30pm. Feb 1: 6pm Frank O'Brien; 11: 7pm Wayne Sabella Trio; 13: 7:30pm Alexis Cole & friends; 14: 7pm Ayako Shirasaki & Noriko Ueda; 20: 7:30pm Joe Alterman & friends. TREME: 553 Main St. Islip. 631-277-2008. www.tremeislip.com. Sets: Sat 8pm-12am; Sun 7-10pm. UNIONDALE LIBRARY: 400 Uniondale Av. Uniondale. www.uniondalelibrary.org. 516489-2220. Feb 7: 2-3:30pm Napoleon RevelsBey Rhythm Kings Ens. WALK STREET TAVERN: 1218 Jericho Tpk. New Hyde Park. 516-354-9732. Last Tues:
9pm-12am Jam. WOODPECKER HALL: 311 Sea Cliff Av. Sea Cliff. www.woodpeckerhall.com. 516-7690466.
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76 HOUSE: 110 Main St. Tappan. 845-359-5476. www.76house.com. Wed: 8-11pm free adm Quintets w/Mark Hagan & feat artists + Jam. Feb 4: Andy Gravish & Kenny Berger; 11: Noah Bless & Lee Green; 18: Warren Chiasson & Bill Wurtzel; 25: Tim Ouimette & Rick Kriska. AVIDA BAR: 159 Main St. Nyack. 845-353-2525. www.avidabar.com. Fri: 7-9pm free adm Alicia Crowe. CATSKILL MOUNTAIN PIZZA COMPANY: 51 Mill Hill Rd. Woodstock. 845-679-7969. www.catskillmountainpizza.com. Feb 25: 8:30-11:30pm Rob Scheps Trio. The DAUTAJ: 36 Oakland Ave. Warwick. 845986-3666. www.thedautaj.com. Free adm. Fri: tba; Sat: 7:30-11:30pm Richard Wiggins. FALCON ARTS: 1348 Rte 9 West. Marlboro. www.liveatthefalcon.com. 845-236-7970. $20 don suggested. Sets: 7pm unless otherwise noted, Opening act (Op); Sun 10am2pm Brunch (B). Feb 1: B Nicki Parrott Trio; 2: Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate, Op Decora; 6: Jay Collins & The Kings County Band; 7: Ed Palermo Big Band; 8: B Lee Falco & Organ Grinders + Cuboricua; 9: Anne McCue; 12: Chris O'Leary Band; 13: Chris Bergson Band, Op Dylan Doyle Band; 14: Robbie Dupree Trio, Op Gabrielle Sterbenz; 15: B Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fis + Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys; 19: Koko Jones & Soul Spirit; 20: Dave Stryker & Eight Track Project; 21: Kristen Thien, Op Holly & Evan; 22: B Pete Levin Qrt + Tisziji Munoz Qrt w/John Medeski; 26: Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys, Op Pirates Canoe; 27: Oz Noy Trio, Op Ife & Danny; 28: Melissa Ferrick. FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF PHILLIPSTOWN: 10 Academy St. Cold Spring. www.presbychurchcoldspring.org. 845-265-3220. 3rd Sat: 5:30pm free adm Jazz Vespers feat Rob Scheps. QUINN’S: 330 Main St. Beacon. www.quinns beacon.com. Mon: 8pm free adm Monday Night Jazz Sessions. Feb 9: Ben Monder. SHERATON SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY HOTEL: 801 University Av. Syracuse. www.sheratonsyracuse.com. 315-479-JAZZ. Feb 15: 5pm Antoinette Montague Jazz, Blues & Beyond Review. WINERY: At St. George. 1715 E Main St. Mohegan Lake. www.thewineryatstgeorge. com/winery. 914-455-4272. Mon: 7-10pm.
FLUSHING TOWN HALL: 137-35 Northern Blvd. Flushing. www.flushingtownhall.org. 718-463-7700. 1st Wed: 6pm Clinic, 7pm Jam. JACKSON ROOM: 192-07 Linden Blvd. St Albans. www.jacksonroom.com. 718-5252387. Last Sat: 8&10pm $15 adm incl snacks/beverage feat Ed Jackson Qrt. LAGUARDIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: LaGuardia Community College/CUNI. 31-10 Thomson Av. Long Island City. 718-482-5151. www.lagcc.cuny.edu/lpac.
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B A C K S TA G E PA S S
JAZZ ANECDOTE BY BILL CROW Bill Crow's books " Jazz Anecdotes" and " From Birdland to Broadway" can be found at your favorite bookstore, and at www.billcrowbass.com along with many interesting photos and links. Sue Terry plays saxophone in a group called Festival of Woodwinds. During their school presentations, they direct questions to the children, to involve them in the program. At one concert, before they were to play a trio number, Sue said to the kids, "A duet is when two people play together. Who knows what it's called when three people play together?" One little girl raised her hand and said, "A hobby?" When Sue and pianist John di Martino announced their engagement to be married, John's friend, Jay Corre expressed interest. "Tell me more about your fiancée," he said. "What reeds does she use?" As Bob Cranshaw was driving to a Sonny Rollins rehearsal with trombonist Cliff Anderson, the car radio was tuned to one of the local jazz stations. As they listened, they commented on the music that was played. One record began without an announcement, a tenor player and a rhythm section. Cliff remarked that he'd like to play with that rhythm section, but Bob had reservations. When the tune ended, he was just about to come down heavy on the bass player when the announcer said, 'That was a record made several years ago by Joe Henderson, with McCoy Tyner on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass...'" LISTINGS... continued from page 34
LOUIS ARMSTRONG HOUSE MUSEUM: 3456 107th St. Corona. 718-478-8274. www.louisarmstronghouse.org. $10 adm. Tues-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm: Guided Tours. TERRAZA 7 TRAIN CAFÉ: 40-19 Gleane St. Elmhurst. www.terrazacafe.com. 718-8039602. Sets: 8pm unless otherwise noted, $7 adm. Sun: 9:30pm Jam w/John Benítez; 3rd Thurs: Victor Prieto. WATER’S EDGE: 401 44th Dr. Queens. 718482-0033. www.watersedgenyc.com. Fri-Sat: 6:30-10:30pm free adm/no min Bill Gati Solo. YORK COLLEGE: CUNY. 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. Jamaica. www.york.cuny.edu. 718-2622000.
ALVIN & FRIENDS: 14 Memorial Hwy. New Rochelle. www.alvinandfriendsrestaurant. com. 914-654-6549. Fri: 7:30-10:30pm $20/15 adm; Sat: 8-11pm. Thurs: 6:30-10pm Clarissa Sinceno. BEANRUNNER CAFÉ: 201 S Division & Esther St. Peekskill. 914-737-1701. www.beanrunnercafe.com. Fri-Sat: 810:30pm $10 adm. Feb 6: Orlando Marin; 7:
Tadataka Unno Trio; 13: Todd Londagin Band; 21: Richie Goods & Nuclear Fusion; 27: Alexis Cole Ens; 28: Rob Scheps CoreTet. ELEMENTS: 161 Mamaroneck Av. White Plains. www.elementswhiteplains.com. 914358-4930. EMELIN THEATRE: 153 Library Ln. Mamaroneck. www.emelin.org. 914-6980098. Feb 28: 8pm Chris Brubeck & Triple Play. FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: 199N Columbus Av at E Lincoln Av. Mount Vernon. www.pjsjazz.org. 914-636-4977. $22-14 adm. Ev 2nd Sun: 5:15-9pm Second Sunday Jazz series. Feb 8: Eric Person Orch. PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: At Purchase College. 735 Anderson Hill Rd. Purchase. www.artscenter.org. 914-251-6200. RED HAT ON THE RIVER: 1 Bridge St. Irvington-On-Hudson. www.redhatbistro.com. 914-591-5888. Hot House is not responsible for any errors in the listings which may have occured from late changes or incorrect information supplied to us. Please call the venues or check websites for up to date calendars.
A Moment You Missed by Fran Kaufman Hot House Contributing Photographer Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon taught students at PS 46 in Harlem a thing or two about trombone lore on a visit to the school on Nov. 26. Gordon presented a lesson on Louis Armstrong and his music to the assembled students. And if anything could make middle school students stop looking at the time on the day before Thanksgiving break, it's the combination of Gordon and Armstrong. It was a blast! Brought to the students by About the Swing, a non-profit whose goal is to introduce kids to jazz.
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ATLANTIC SOMERS POINT JAZZ SOCIETY: 609-9276677. www.spjazz.org.
BERGEN BERGEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 30 N Van Brunt St. Englewood. 201-227-1030. www.bergenpac.org. BERRIE CENTER: Sharp Theater. 505 Ramapo Valley Rd. Mahwah. 201-684-7844. www.ramapo.edu/berriecenter. Feb 28: 8pm $30-24 adm Les Paul tribute feat Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola. GLEN ROCK INN: 222 Rock Rd. Glen Rock. www.glenrockinn.com. 201-445-2362. Thurs: 7pm Duos. HARVEST BISTRO: 252 Schraalenburgh Rd. Closter. www.harvestbistro.com. 201-7509966. PUFFIN CULTURAL FORUM: 20 Puffin Way. Teaneck. www.puffinculturalforum.org. 201836-8923. SOLARI’S: 61 River St. Hackensack. 201-4871969. Ev 1st Tues: 8pm One More Once Big Band. STONY HILL INN: 231 Polifly Rd. Hackensack. www.stonyhillinn.com. 201-342-4085. Ev other Sat: 8pm-12am Betty Liste Qrt.
BURLINGTON TRI-STATE JAZZ SOCIETY: PO Box 896. Mount Laurel. www.tristatejazz.org. 856-7200232. ESSEX BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH: 275W Market St. Newark. www.bethany-newark.org. 973623-8161. Feb 7: 6-7:30pm Jazz Vespers feat Rodney Jones. BRUSCHETTA RESTAURANT: 292 Passaic Av. Fairfield. 973-227-6164. www.bruschetta restaurantonline.com. Thurs: 7-10pm Rio Clemente Duo. CODA KITCHEN & BAR: 177 Maplewood Av. Maplewood. www.codamaplewood.com. 973-327-2247. Sun: 12-3pm Jazz Brunch feat Lee Glantz. DE’BORAH’S JAZZ CAFÉ: 18 Green St. Newark. www.deborahsjazzcafe.com. 862237-9004. Sun: 4-8 free adm. DORTHAAN’S PLACE: At Nico Kitchen + Bar in NJPAC. 1 Center St. Newark. 888-466-5722. www.njpac.org. Feb 22: 12pm $45/15 adm Jazz Brunch feat Catherine Russell. DUKE’S SOUTHERN TABLE: 11 Clinton St. Newark. www.dukesnewark.com. 862-7635757. Fri-Sat: 7:30-11:30pm. Feb 6: Pat Van Dyke; 7: Radam Schwartz; 13: Ted Chubb; 20: Kahlil Kwame Bell; 21: Jesse Fischer; 27: Bruce Williams; 28: Pat Van Dyke. FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH: 40S Fullerton Av. Montclair. 973-744-6560. www.outpostintheburbs.org. Feb 8: 3-5pm $10 adm Spiritual Drumming Workshops by Richard Reiter. HAT CITY KITCHEN: 459 Valley St. Orange. 862-252-9147. Wed: 8pm Jam by Mike Lee. JAZZ HOUSE KIDS: 14 S Park St. Montclair. 973-744-2258 www.jazzhousekids.org. Feb 28: 6:30-11pm $150-250 adm Body & Soul Fund-raising @ Van Vleck House feat Jazz House Kids students w/Christian McBride. KEY CLUB: 58 Park Pl. Newark. 973-799-0306. www.keyclubnj.com. Sun: 11am-3pm $20 adm. LUNA STAGE: 555 Valley Rd. West Orange. 973-395-5551. www.lunastage.org. Feb 15:
7pm Nat Adderley, Jr. MCLOONE’S BOATHOUSE: 9 Cherry Ln at Northfield Av. West Orange. 862-252-7108. www.mcloonesboathouse.com. Sun: 11am3pm Jazz Brunch feat Doug Clarke Duo. MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY: 1 Normal Av. Montclair. 973-655-4000. www.mont clair.edu. NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 1 Center St. Newark. 888-466-5722. www.njpac.org. PALAZZO RESTAURANT: 11 S Fullerton Av. Montclair. www.palazzonj.com. 973-7466778. Fri-Sat: 7-10:30pm. PAPILLON 25: 25 Valley St. South Orange. 973-761-5299. www.papillon25.com. PRIORY JAZZ CLUB: 233W Market St. Newark. 973-242-8012. RUTGERS UNIVERSITY: Institute of Jazz Studies. 185 University Av. Newark. www.rut gers.edu. 973-353-5595. SOPAC: 1 SOPAC Way. South Orange. 973-3132787. www.sopacnow.org. Feb 12: 7:30pm Spyro Gyra; 14: 5:30&7:30pm Love in the Loft w/Wincey Terry; 15: 7pm Jazz in the Loft w/Dave Stryker; 20: 8pm Hugh Masekela & Vusi Mahlasela; 21: 8pm John Pizzarelli Qrt. SUZYQUE’S BBQ & BAR: 34 S Valley Rd. West Orange. www.suzyques.com. 973-7367899. Free adm. Thurs: 8-11pm John Lee Trio w/spec guests. Feb 9&23: 8pm Glenn Franke's BigBand. TRUMPETS: 6 Depot Square. Montclair. 973744-2600. www.trumpetsjazz.com. Sets: unless otherwise noted 7:30&9pm, Fri-Sat 8&10pm, closed Mon-Tues. Adm varies. Feb 5: Peter Furlan & Mr. Gone & Bergen Catholic High School; 21: Hernan Romero; 25: Diane Moser & Composers Big Band w/spec guest Howard Johnson; 28: Royal Scam. VAN VLECK HOUSE & GARDENS: 21 Van Vleck St. Montclair. www.vanvleck.org. 973744-4752. see Jazz House Kids. WBGO: 54 Park Pl. Newark. www.wbgo.org. 973-624-8880.
HUDSON HUDSON RIVERFRONT PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 1500 Harbor Bld. Weehawken. 201-716-4540. www.hrpac.org. LIBERTY HOUSE RESTAURANT: 82 Audrey Zapp Dr. Jersey City. 201-395-0300. www.lib ertyhouserestaurant.com. Sun: 11am-3pm Jazz Brunch. LIGHT HORSE TAVERN: 199 Washington St. Jersey City. www.lighthorsetavern.com. 201946-2028. Sun: 6-10pm. MADAME CLAUDE: 364 1/2 4th St. Jersey City. www.madameclaudecafe.com. 201-8768800. Thurs: 8pm Manouche Bag. MOORE’S LOUNGE: 189 Monticello Av. Jersey City. 201-332-4309. Fri: 8pm-12am free adm/no min Jam by Winard Harper & Rosalind Grant w/spec guests. NEW JERSEY CITY UNIVERSITY: 2039 Kennedy Blvd. Jersey City. www.njcu.edu. 201-200-2000.
MERCER CANDLELIGHT LOUNGE: 24 Passaic St. Trenton. www.candlelightevents.way.to. 609695-9612. Sat: 3:30-7:30pm free adm/$10 min. www.jazztrenton.com. Feb 7: Lady CiCi; 14: Stafford Hunter; 21: Chris Beck; 28: Vince Ector. MCCARTER THEATRE: 91 University Pl. Princeton. 609-258-2787. www.mccarter.org. Feb 25: 7:30pm Vusi Mahlasela & Hugh Masekela. continued on page 38
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Gary Walker, “Morning Jazz Host”, WBGO, 88.3 FM/wbgo.org WINARD HARPER HOTOKE / FEBRUARY 5 His playing has been described as "a bucket of ice water for the senses." For drummer Winard Harper, it started not with a bucket, but rather some cans fashioned into a drum kit at the age of five. Harper's fireworks have been seen with Dexter Gordon, Betty Carter, Ray Bryant, Pharoah Sanders, Jimmy Heath and Winard's trumpetplaying brother, Philip, in the Harper Brothers Band. Harper is not trapped in the traditional drum setting, expanding his creativity through proficiency on the balafon, the West African equivalent of the marimba. He's fun to watch and has an infectious smile, while creating pulses which get right inside you. Harper's quartet, including pianist Tada Taka Unno and bassist Vince Dupont, is also a regular Friday night feature at Moore's Lounge in Jersey City. RODNEY JONES BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH / FEBRUARY 7 Guitarist Rodney Jones has been blessed with the gift of groove, first expressed at age six, in a household led by his minister father. Curiosity in this soulful setting took Jones through City College of New York, to playing alongside Dizzy Gillespie, Lena Horne, Ruth Brown and Ray Charles, and many recordings of his own. Jones can go from greasy shuffles to bright bossas to smokey ballads, skills he passes along as an instructor at Juilliard. Jones says, "I perform music I want to hear, not shaped by what I want to play." Whether chordal cascades or astonishing single lines, Jones accomplishes this in electric and acoustic settings. With his group, including bassist Lonnie Plaxico and alto saxophonist Jordan Pettay, Jones will feature originals mixed with a special offering of Round Midnight.
NAT ADDERLEY JR. LUNA STAGE / FEBRUARY 15 Pianist Nat Adderley Jr. steps confidently in the worlds of both jazz and pop. Growing up in Teaneck, Adderley started his piano studies as a child and at 11 had his first tune, "Why Am I Treated So Bad," recorded by his uncle, the legendary Cannonball Adderley. In high school, Adderley met fellow student, singer Luther Vandross. For more than 25 years Adderley was the singer's musical director and arranger. Along with influences from his uncle and father, Adderley's jazz roots are steeped in the works of Coltrane and Miles and pianists Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Kenny Barron and Thelonious Monk. Works from these masters, some Stevie Wonder and Vandross are the fare, with Adderley joined by trumpeter James Gibbs, bassist Belden Bullock and drummer Greg Buford.
BILL WARFIELD INTERNATIONAL SEPTET DEER HEAD INN / FEBRUARY 27 Trumpeter Bill Warfield has many musical homes from playing with Ornette Coleman, The American Jazz Orchestra, Mel Lewis, Eddie Palmieri, The Yellowjackets, Sonny Stitt and Lester Bowie. Warfield has performed commissioned pieces for the Spanish government and big band works for the Berlin Radio Orchestra. Warfield's latest recording, Trumpet Story (Planet Arts) is a strong testament to his writing and arranging. Warfield's International Septet features tenor saxophonist Glen Cashman, bassist Steve Count and drummer Scott Neuman, all from the U.S., alto saxist "Chappe" Jensen from Denmark and guitarist Libor Smoldas and pianist Jacob Zomer from the Czech Republic. Audiences are treated to funk, high-powered contemporary and Latin jazz, while embracing the varied backgrounds of the band's members.
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PRINCETON JAZZ NIGHTS: 53 Clarke Ct. Princeton. www.jazznightsprinceton.com. Feb 13: 4pm Jonathan Kreisberg/Will Vinson/Rick Rosato/Mark Ferber. PRINCETON UNIVERSITY: Princeton. 609258-4241. www.princeton.edu/music. SALT CREEK GRILLE: At Forrestal Village. 1 Rockingham Row at Rte 1. Princeton. 609419-4200. www.saltcreekgrille.com. Fri-Sat: 7-11pm. Feb 6: LaDee Streeter; 7: Keith Franklin; 13: Carrie Jackson; 14: Rainbow Fresh; 20: Kameelah Samar; 21: Jerry Topinka; 27: Jackie Jones; 28: Tom Adams.
MIDDLESEX DESTINATION DOGS: 101 Paterson St. New Brunswick. www.destinationdogs.com. 732993-1016. Free adm. 1st Fri: 9pm-12am New Brunswick Groove Fusion feat Matt Echols. HOTOKE RESTAURANT BAR LOUNGE & SUSHI: 350 George St. New Brunswick. 732246-8999. www.hotokerestaurant.com. Thurs: 8-11pm free adm/$5 min. Feb 5: Winard Harper Qrt; 12: Ralph Bowen Qrt; 19: Nimrod Speaks Qrt; 26: Eddie Allen Qrt. HYATT HOTEL: 2 Albany St. New Brunswick. www.newbrunswick.hyatt.com. 732-8731234. Wed: 8-10:30pm. Feb 18: Jackie Jones Gp; 25: Taeko. LA TAVOLA CUCINA RISTORANTE: 700 Old Bridge Tpk. South River. 732-238-2111. www.latavolacucinanj.com. Thurs: 7:30pm Jam. NOVITA: 25 New St. Metuchen. 732-549-5306. www.novitanj.com. Sets: Thurs: 6pm; Fri-Sat 7pm. Thurs: Champian Fulton; Fri: Lou Watson; Sat: George Fitzsimmons. RUTGERS UNIVERSITY: 126 College Ave. New Brunswick. www.rutgers.edu. 732-4454636. STATE THEATRE: 15 Livingston Av. New Brunswick. www.statetheatrenj.org. 732-2467469. STEAKHOUSE 85: 85 Church St. New Brunswick. www.steakhouse85.com. 732247-8585. Fri-Sat 7-11pm.
MONMOUTH COUNT BASIE THEATRE: 99 Monmouth St. Red Bank. www.countbasietheatre.org. 732842-9000. GIAMANO’S: 301 Main St. Bradley Beach. 732775-4275. www.giamanos.com. HOTEL TIDES: 408 7th Av. Asbury Park. 732897-7744. www.hoteltides.com. Feb 1: Debra & Patrick Duo; 8: Josh Zuckerman.
MORRIS BICKFORD THEATRE: 6 Normandy Heights Rd. Morristown. 973-971-3706. Concerts 89:30pm. www.njjs.org. Feb 2: GroundHog Day Jam feat Herb Gardner w/Sarah Gardner, Abbie Gardner & Randy Reinhart; 16: Jazz Lobsters Big Band. DREW UNIVERSITY: 36 Madison Av. Madison. www.drew.edu. 908-273-7827. HIBISCUS RESTAURANT: 270 South St. Morristown. www.hibiscuscuisine.com. 973359-0200. Sets: Tues 6-9pm, Fri 7-10pm, Sat 6:30-9:30pm, Sun Brunch 12-3pm. MAXFIELD’S ON MAIN: 713 Main St. Boonton. www.maxfieldsonmain.com. 973588-3404. MAYO CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS: 100 South St. Morristown. www.mayoarts.org. 973-539-8008.
NEW JERSEY JAZZ SOCIETY: 800-303NJJS. www.njjs.org. SHANGHAI JAZZ: 24 Main St. Madison. 973822-2899. www.shanghaijazz.com. Free adm. Sets: Tues 6:30-9pm, Wed-Thurs 7-9:30pm, Fri 6:30&8:30pm, Sat 6:30&8:45pm, Sun 68:30pm. Closed Mon. Tues: John Korba. Feb 1: closed; 6: Blues Soul Qrt feat Herb Woodson; 13: Helio Alves Trio; 14: John Korba Trio; 15: Sarah Partridge Trio; 19: Martin Pizzarelli Trio; 20: Champian Fulton Trio; 21: Javon Jackson Qrt; 28: Cyrus Chestnut Trio.
OCEAN OCEAN COUNTY COLLEGE: College Dr. Toms River. 732-255-0500. www.ocean.edu. $15/13 adm. www.njjs.org. Concerts: 89:30pm. Feb 11: Blind Boy Paxton.
PASSAIC CORTINA RISTORANTE: 118 Bershire Av. Paterson. 973-942-1750. Wed: 6:30-10pm Duo. WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY: 300 Pompton Rd. Wayne. www.wpunj.edu. 973720-2371. Feb 8: 4pm Barry Harris & Larry McKenna; 14: 8pm Catherine Russell; 22: 4pm Oscar Hernandez w/WP Latin Ens.
SOMERSET WATCHUNG ARTS CENTER: 18 Stirling Rd. Watchung. www.watchungarts.org. 908-7530190. UNION 16 PROSPECT WINE BAR & BISTRO: 16 Prospect St. Westfield. 908-232-7320. www.16prospect.com. Free adm/no min. Thurs: 8-11pm Carrie Jackson & friends. CROSSROADS: 78 North Av. Garwood. 908232-5666. www.xxroads.com. Tues: 9pm free adm Jam w/Crossroads All Stars. MONDO: 426 Springfield Av. Summit. 908-3011285. www.mondosummit.com. VAN GOGH’S EAR CAFÉ: 1017 Stuyvesant Av. Union. www.vangoghsearcafe.com. 908810-1844. Sun: 8-11pm $4 adm. Feb 22: Joe Knipes.
WARREN RUTHERFURD HALL: 1686-R Rte 517. Allamuchy. 908-852-1894. www.rutherfurd hall.org. Feb 1: 3pm $25/20 adm Jazz at the Rutherfurd feat Tony DeSare Trio.
DEER HEAD INN: 5 Main St. Delaware Water Gap, PA. www.deerheadinn.com. 570-4242000. Sets: Thurs 8-11pm, Fri-Sat 7-11pm, Sun 5-8pm. Adm varies. Residency (R): Thurs Jam w/Bill Goodwin Qrt & friends. Feb 1: Jay Rattman Trio; 5: R; 6: Najwa Parkins & the After Hours Trio; 7: Matt Vashlishan Qrt; 8: Bill Charlap Solo; 12: R; 13: Dan Wilkins Gp; 14: Donna Antonow Tromans Qrt; 15: Rick Chamberlain Gp; 19: R; 20: Erin McClelland Band; 21: Warren Vaché Trio; 22: Denny Carrig & Skip Wilkins; 23: 7:3010:30pm Deer Head Inn Jazz Orch; 26: R; 27: Bill Warfield International Spt; 28: Clarice Assad & friends. DELAWARE WATER GAP: www.cotajazz.org.
RIGINALLY FROM COLORADO, New York City trumpeter/cornetist O Kirk Knuffke has proven to be one of the
unique voices on his instrument today, leading Downbeat critic Peter Margasak to call him "one of the most exciting and flexible hornmen on the scene." A largely selftaught musician, Knuffke has also studied improvisation with great jazz artists such as Ornette Coleman, Art Lande and Ron Miles. He leads several of his own groups, including the Kirk Knuffke Quartet and Trio, which play regularly at venues across NYC. As a leader or co-leader, Knuffke has produced ten recordings for labels Cleanfeed, SteepleChase, Not Two, Relative Pitch and No Business. He is also an integral member of the celebrated Matt Wilson Quartet, which released its latest album Gathering Call, a collaboration with John Medeski, in 2014. Knuffke's mostrecent album as a leader, Chorale, was released in late 2013. Knuffke performs with Ideal Bread, Feb. 12 at Greenwich House and is part of the Uri Caine group at the Stone Feb. 17.
Q. Anything in your life that rivals your love, dedication to music? A. I had an early interest in BMX freestyle biking, but that ended due to my back problems caused by car accidents. I was also obsessed with old cars, but I totaled my beautiful 1969 Bug that I worked so hard on restoring. I still love bikes and cars, but nothing has ever rivaled music. One gig or recording of yours you can't shake? My recording that's coming out in April with Mark Helias and Bill Goodwin stands out in my mind, I'm really proud of it. The Moers festival in Germany last year was a truly great gig. One gig or recording of a contemporary? I saw Charles Gayle play a few times last year. His trio set at Clemente Soto VĂŠlez totally knocked me out! Favorite place in the world to play,
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public or private? It depends upon the band and the audience. Saalfelden is an amazing festival; I loved playing there with Butch Morris. Newport with Matt Wilson was a gas, too! Anything you'd rather be doing other than playing music? I can't imagine doing anything other than music, the idea does not compute. I think it might be fun to try to brew beer or roast coffee, but that's only because I like beer and coffee and only as a hobby. Music has been my only occupation for all but about three years of my life. I do have aspirations of being a visual artist. Do you think playing, appreciating jazz requires intelligence? Not intelligence per se, but thoughtfulness, being open to hearing new things. Really playing jazz requires courage. What do you know today that you didn't know ten years ago? Ten years ago, I was 24 and had not yet moved to New York (I did at 25). Since then, a lot of things that were dreams have come true. Even though I knew it back then, I know it a lot more now: stick to your guns. More musical ideas come to you from dreams or the news of the day? Many ideas come from dreams and sometimes I dream only in sound. I don't derive much from current events. I do get inspired by sounds from my environment, though: bird songs, street corner hollers. If you were starting out now would you change anything? I would only change my "networking" when I was in Denver. Right before I left I played with some fantastic local guys whom I'd heard for years but never introduced myself to. Then I left and thought "why did I miss that opportunity?" I decided to change that when I moved to New York, I want to know everyone! Everything else would stay the same. If you didn't live in NYC where would you live? NYC is definitely it for me. But I think Chicago is cool, I do love the Green Mill and Hamid Drake! I also like Copenhagen and Jacob Bro! I don't think NYC is mandatory, Ron Miles, Ben Goldberg, Myra Melford or the guys I mentioned can show you that, but I do love it here. What do you struggle with in your creative life? I don't struggle creatively; that's always there for me, I do feel like I struggle with other parts of show biz like keeping the
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website updated, (it is right now!) and finding all the work I want to as a leader, which means a lot of time away from the horn and I just don't take time away easily. A life in music, more perspiration or inspiration? It's so much of both! I would say more perspiration, but you do it because you are inspired! The only thing I wish I could change is that playing a brass instrument was not as fatiguing, I can't play all the things I hear in a day, its physically impossible but working within that makes you better too. If there's an afterlife, one piece of music you heard here that you'll remember there? There are so many, but when I was a kid, 15 or so, Miles Davis on "Springsville" made me cry, so I kept listening to it over and over again and it kept making me cry. I want to have that impact. Your favorite or most important recording of yours to you? It's impossible to name one recording but I learned every note Chet Baker plays on "with strings" without writing anything down. The string arrangements are pure schmaltz but I love them. I want/wanted to have the most beautiful sound and Chet had one of the most beautiful sounds. Other pure beautiful notes have come from Ron Miles, Lester Bowie, Miles Davis and Bill Dixon. What's the last truly great piece of music you listen to live or recorded? My last recording was just a few weeks ago and it turned out great, it's a trio with Jamie Saft on organ and Hamid Drake on drums. We recorded several spirituals and hymns; the record will be called Little Cross and out later this year, it's named after a place in Italy where my wife's grandparents lived. It will be on Steeplechase Records. What are a few pieces of music that made you the person or musician you are today? A few pieces, I would say it's a few people that really helped me and made me who I am. I only attended one year of music school and never had regular trumpet lessons but Ron Miles showed me by example, never telling me what to do, later Butch Morris was my mentor and helped me and sternly encouraged me. Ron and Butch showed me how to make music. If you could meet a musician, dead or alive, who would it be? I would love to have hung with Louis Armstrong like Dizzy and Clark Terry and others got to, out at his house in Queens. That would have been something! You're having a dinner party and can invite three musicians. Who would they be? The dinner guests would be Steve Lacy, Pee Wee Russell and Henry Red Allen.
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to my records and say this is this and that is that but it's just music. Don't you listen to a lot of different music? You know on my mix tapes I have everything." Reeves feels jazz musicians have invariably mined the popular music of the day for inspiration. "They've always taken pop music and given it jazz sensibilities," she explains. "The American songbooks were always the essential language for jazz and when they first came out they were pop music. But my generation is listening to everything. I listen to a lot of different kinds of musicâ€”music that has really touched me and that's my American Songbook." That diversity is reflected in Beautiful Life, where Marley coexists with Fleetwood Mac, vintage Gaye with a Carrington soul duet with Porter, and Ani DeFranco with Harold Arlen: a seductive "Stormy Weather." Meanwhile, Reeves is preparing to go into the studio with a new project later this year and hopes to do some more gigs with the two guitarists. You can find some excerpts from their concerts on YouTube.
Dianne Reeves returns to Jazz at Lincoln Center for the second year for a Valentine's Day show, Feb. 13-14, with a quartet of Peter Martin, piano; Peter Sprague, guitar; Reginald Veal, bass and Terreon Gully, drums.
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feelings," he recalled, still a little awed. "I spent the next 20 years studying note by note every symphony. That's how I learned to write for an orchestra. I couldn't afford lessons at the time but I could afford a $5 Mahler symphony score." Alan Broadbent Mezzrow, Feb. 20-22.
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Alternative Guitar Summit Guitarist Joel Harrison curates the 2015 Alternative Guitar Summit Feb. 4-8, taking place at ShapeShifter Lab and at Rockwood Music Hall. Focused on highlighting and celebrating novel approaches to guitar performance, the festival will feature Liberty Ellman, Doug Wamble, Sheryl Bailey, David Fiucynzki, Marco Cappelli, and many more. Additionally, the festival will offer an educational component, proposing master classes at Spectrum on Feb. 5-8 led by artists including Steve Mackey, Ben Monder, Adam Levy, and Joel Harrison. See a full schedule of events at joelharrison.com/alternative-guitar-sum mit.