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WINNING SPINS HAT'S NOTABLE ABOUT THE W two albums here is that both are distinguished by excellent ensemble execu-
tion, appealing arrangements, cogent solos and way-above-average originals. They also feature front lines that deviate creatively from the usual quintet arrangement: Sax and guitar on one; two flutes or flute and soprano sax on the other. Quintet, from Roxy Coss (Outside In), features the tenor and soprano saxophonist's established quartet—Miki Yamanaka on piano, Rick Rosato on bass and Jimmy Macbride on drums—augmented by guitarist Alex Wintz. They play seven of Roxy's previously recorded originals, in fresh quintet takes, and her chart of the standard "All or Nothing at All." In this case, familiarity is a genuine virtue. This is a tight, potent band, easily maneuvering through Roxy's not-alwayseasy charts with aplomb. Alex is a fine addition to the front line, reeling off precise, ringing solos and blending well with Roxy's saxes—especially with the soprano—during melody passages. The soprano and guitar create a closely harmonized theme on "Breaking Point" at a fast lope, while Alex traces, lagging, Roxy's lead on "Free to Be," producing a fugue effect. Roxy's tone on tenor sax is robust and commanding, and her soprano has a distinct burring vibrato, especially in the lower register. She can wield her tenor with agility and force as she does on the uptempo pieces that bookend the CD. "Don't Cross the Coss" is a rambunctious bebop head from sax and guitar, underpinned by a rhythm section led by Miki's Fender Rhodes, with a boiling tenor solo plus scintillating tenor-drums exchanges. "Females Are Strong as Hell" is more soul jazz/hard bop, with the tenor sax digging into a muscular solo, then Miki (on acoustic piano) and Alex trading fours and twos. Roxy's tunes are all distinctive, and vary greatly. Two that stand out are the impressionistic/programmatic "Mr. President," a Trump critique incorporating shifting times and tempos, ominous chords—including from arco bass—and even some suggestions of bolero. And there's the engagingly romantic tenor sax ballad "Enlightenment," over a processional shuffle from piano trio. It all makes for a completely engaging album from a saxophonist affirming her place in the jazz firmament.
By George Kanzler
Departure, from Haruna Fukazawa (Summit), is her first album released in the U.S. It features the Japan-born, New York-based flutist's quintet, with Steve Wilson on reeds, David DeMotta on piano, Bill Moring on bass and Steve Johns on drums. Haruna and Wilson—who is always an asset, share a number of engaging solos. Her creative arrangements maximize the possibilities of the instrumentation, as when she plays alto flute and Steve joins in on soprano sax. She's especially adept at reimagining standards. Charles Trenet's "I Wish You Love" follows an arc that rises from the verse voiced by arco bass and flute through the rhythm section-backed chorus from flute on the first 16 bars, soprano sax on the bridge, and flute and soprano on the final 8 bars. Solos from flute, soprano and piano follow over burgeoning rhythms, a climactic shout ensemble interlude and reprise of the melody. On Billy Strayhorn's "A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing," the refrain is largely carried by David as the flutes supply backgrounds and harmonies. Sammy Fain and Bob Hilliard's "Alice in Wonderland" is a trio of flutes and bass, alto flute providing counterpoint to the lead, walking bass backing the flute solos. Haruna makes astute use of broken and suspended rhythms, kickers and turnarounds to enliven three of her originals, including the scintillating album opener, "Contact" and "Cat's Meeting," with a flute-drums dialogue over accelerating tempo. The third, "No Fine Weather," features chattering drums, rhythm breaks and impressive solos from Haruna, Steve and David. Except for crashing piano chords in the refrain, "Bassi Blues" is a nod to Haruna's American teacher, Frank Wess, whose flute was prominent in the New Testament Count Basie Orchestra. The track includes both flute and alto flute solos, with a "Count/Bass/Eee" piano phrase prominent. This album affirms that a flute-led group can be as viable as more conventional front lines. Roxy Coss appears at Vando Jam at Zinc Bar on Feb. 5. Haruna Fukazawa focuses on the music from Departure at the Blue Note’s Sunday Brunch on Feb. 16.
10 Leonhart cover photo by Chris Drukker, Liebman by Ray Cho.
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CLUBS & HALLS UPPER MANHATTAN (Above 70th Street)
92Y: 1395 Lexington Av at 92nd St. 212-4155500. www.92y.org. Feb 16: 3pm Melissa Stylianou. 449 LA: 449 Lenox Av (bet 132nd & 133rd Sts). 212-234-3298. Sun: 4-7pm Patio Jazz; Thurs: 1-3:30pm Jazz & Dessert; Fri-Sat: 8:30pm. AMERICAN LEGION POST: 248W 132nd St (bet 7th & 8th Avs). 212-283-9701. Sun, atlernative Wed & Thurs: 6:30-10:30pm Jam. ANNEX: Hargrave House. 111W 71st St (bet Columbus & Amsterdam Avs). 212-580-0888. Fri: 7:30-10:30pm $10 adm Open Mic w/Frank Owens. ASSINIE: 201W 116th St at St Nicholas Av. www.assinierestaurant.business.site. 332201-6914. Feb 7: 9pm Harlem Late Night Jazz feat Rob Fulton. BILL’S PLACE: 148W 133rd St (bet Lenox & 7th Avs). www.billsplaceharlem.com. 212-2810777. Fri-Sat: 8&10pm $20 don Bill Saxton Bebop Band. CAFÉ CARLYLE: At Carlyle Hotel. 35E 76th St at Madison. www.thecarlyle.com. 212-7441600. Sets: 8:45pm. Mon: Woody Allen & Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band. Feb 1821: Jon Batiste; 22: Woody Allen & Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band. GIN FIZZ: 308 Malcolm X Blvd at 125th St. 2nd Fl. www.ginfizzharlem.com. 347-329-0167. GINNY’S SUPPER CLUB: At Red Rooster. 310 Lenox Av (bet 125th & 126th Sts). www.ginnyssupperclub.com. 212-792-9001. Sets: Thurs 7&9pm; Fri-Sat 8pm. Thurs except 02/13: Pedro Martinez. Feb 1: AJOYO feat Sarah Elizabeth Charles; 7: Tatiana EvaMarie & Avalon Jazz Band; 13: The Groove Rally; 14: 7&9:30pm Vuyo Sotashe; 15: C. Anthony Bryant; 21: SugarTone Brass Band; 29: Giveton Gelin & friends. GREATER CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH: 55W 124th St (bet Malcolm X Blvd & 5th Av). 212-348-6132. www.harlemjazzboxx.com. Tues 12pm $15 adm & Fri 7pm $20: Harlem Jazz series. LENOX SAPHIRE: 341 Lenox Av at 127th St. www.lenoxsaphireharlem.com. 212-8669700. Thurs: 8-11pm Keyed Up series w/Phil Young Oct. MILLER THEATRE: At Columbia University. 2960 Bway at 116th St. 212-854-7799. www.millertheatre.com. Feb 1: 8pm Jimmy Greene Qnt. MINTON’S PLAYHOUSE: 206W 118th St (bet St. Nicholas Av & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd). www.mintonsharlem.com. 212-2432222. Sets: 7:30& 9:30pm; Sun Brunch (B) 12pm. Residencies: Sun B Dennis Hernandez Trio; Thurs Jazzmobile; Sat except 02/15 JC Hopkins Biggish Band. Feb 7: Andy Bey; 9: Vanisha Gould; 14-15: Nat Adderley, Jr; 21: Benny Benack III; 23: Vanisha Gould; 26-27: Tango Jazz Qrt. MIST HARLEM: 46W 116th St (bet Lenox & 5th Av). www.mistharlem.com. 646-738-3043. Fri: 10pm-2am $10 adm Harlem Late Night Jazz.
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NATIONAL JAZZ MUSEUM IN HARLEM: 58W 129th St at Malcolm X Blvd. 212-3488300. www.jmih.org. 7-8:30pm $10 don. Feb 1: 2pm 1st Sat Jam w/David Durrah; 9: 2pm Jazz Power Initiative’s Intergenerational Jazz Jam; 10&24: 6:30pm The Jazz Foundation’s Monday Night Jam. NEW AMSTERDAM MUSIC ASSOCIATION: 107W 130th St (bet Lenox & Adam Clayton Powel Blvds). 347-712-8568. www.nama harlem.org. Mon: 7-11pm $5/15 adm Jam. PARIS BLUES: 2021 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd at 121st St. 347-852-2866/212-222-9878. Sets/adm: 9pm-1am, Sun + 5-9pm; free. 9:3011pm feat Al Black. Sun: 5pm Double G & the Posse, 9pm 1st&3rd Lombro, 2nd&4th Double G; Mon: Keyed Up feat John Cooksey Spontaneous Combustion; Tues: Antoine Dowdell Gp; Wed: Les Goodson & the Intergalactic Soul Jazz Band; Thurs: Chiemi & the Chiemistry Set; Fri: tba; Sat: 69th Street Band. PARLOR JAZZ: firstname.lastname@example.org. 646337-0620. Sun: 2-5pm RSVP for information. incl BBQ, wine & dessert Parlor Jazz feat JaRon Eames Duo. ROOM 623: Below B Squared Harlem. 271W 119th St (bet Frederick Douglass & St Nick Blvds). www.b2harlem.com/room623. www. room623.eventbrite.com. 212-280-2248. Sets/adm: Sun 3-6pm $12/$15 min; Wed 811pm $12/$10 min; Fri 10pm-1am $20. Residencies: Sun Vocal Jazz Jam by Jocelyn Medina; Wed The Harlem Jazz Session w/Peter Brainin & friends; Fri The Late Set w/Marcus Goldhaber. Feb 2: Marianne Solivan; 7: Patience Higgins Qrt; 9: Dylan Pramuk; 14: Nat Dixon Qrt; 16: Ashley Pezzotti; 21: Bernard Linnette Interactive feat Aimée Allen; 23: Emma Larsson; 28: Aneleisha Rogers. SHOWMANS: 375W 125th St at Morningside. 212-864-8941. SHRINE: 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (bet 133rd & 134th Sts). 212-690-7807. www.shrinenyc.com. Sets unless otherwise noted: Early (E) 6-7pm, Late (L) 7-8pm. Residencies (R): Sun E-L except 02/2 Jam w/Andrew Kushnir. Feb 1: 7:30-9pm Winterfisch, 9-10pm Alexis Corey, 10pm12am Blu Cha Cha; 5: E Adam Frumkin, 910pm Ravi Campbell Qrt; 7: L Josiah Boornazian; 8: L Trace Zacur Qnt; 9: R; 11: EL Jeff McGregor Trio, 9-10pm Gilad Bloom; 15: L Michael Morgan Trio; 16: R; 21: 8:3010pm Steve Chelliah; 23: R, 8-9pm Javier Rosario Trio; 29: E NY Jazz Force. SILVANA: 300W 116th St at Frederick Douglass Blvd. www.silvana-nyc.com. 646692-4935. Sets unless otherwise noted: Early (E) 6-7pm, Late (L) 7-8pm. Feb 1: E-L The Young Lions Jazz Orch; 3: E-L Adam Frumkin, 9pm-12am Jazz in Harlem Late Night series; 5: E-L SOM; 6: E-L Tim Armacost; 7: E-L Michael Sarian Acoustic Qrt; 8: E Joe Pino Qnt, L Josiah Boornazian; 9: 10pm-12am Ravi Campbell; 11: 9-10pm Real Stormin Norman; 13: E-L Rock Ciccarone; 14: L Caroline Kuhn; 15: E B.J. Jansen Gp, L Hiroko Kanna; 17: 9pm-12am Jazz in Harlem Late Night series; 19: E-L Craig Yaremko Organ Trio, 10pm-12am Jamhattan; 20: E-L The Bird Centennial Project; 21: E-L Jacob Varmus Trio; 22: 8-9pm Jules Daud; 24: E-L Takeshi Otani Band, 89pm Paco Andreo; 25: E-L Jeff Mcgregor; 26: E-L Carol Morgan; 27: E-L Irv Grossman Sxt; 29: L The Jade Collective. SMOKE JAZZ & SUPPER CLUB: 2751 Bway (bet 105th & 106th Sts). 212-864-6662. www.smokejazz.com. Set: Early (E), Late (L);
Sun-Mon&Thurs E 7&9pm, L 10:30pm; Tues 7,9&10:30pm; Wed E 7,9&10:30pm, L 11:45pm; Fri-Sat E 7,9&10:30pm, L 11:45pm &12:45am; adm/min vary. Residencies: Sun L Nicole Glover Trio; Mon (R) E Vincent Herring Qrt, L The New Jam Session; Tues (R) Mike LeDonne’s Groover Qrt; Wed L Emmet Cohen B3 Trio; Thurs L Marc Cary & The Harlem Sessions; Fri L Lezlie Harrison; Sat L Johnny O’Neal Trio. Feb 1-2: Tribute to JJ Johnson feat Steve Davis Sxt; 3-4: R; 5: Steven Kroon Sxt; 6-9: Eddie Henderson Qnt; 10-11: R; 12: Alex Claffy Qnt; 13-16: Mary Stallings; 17-18: R; 19: Laurin Talese; 20-23: The New Drum Battle feat Kenny Washington vs. Joe Farnsworth; 24-25: R; 26: Victor Gould Qrt; 27-Mar 1: Russell Malone Qrt. SUGAR BAR: 254W 72nd St (bet Bway & West End Av). 212-579-0222. www.sugarbar nyc.com. Sets/adm: 8pm/$10 unless otherwise noted. Residencies: Thurs 9pm Open Mic w/Sugar Bar All Star Band. Feb 1: 9pm Irini Res & the Jazz Mix; 8: Rob Silverman Qrt; 15: Zamb Up. SYLVIA’S: 328 Malcolm X Blvd @ 127th St. 212996-0660. www.sylviasrestaurant.com. 2nd & 4th Wed: 6:30-9:30pm Janice Marie Robinson & friends. SYMPHONY SPACE: 2537 Bway at 95th St. 212-864-5400. www.symphonyspace.org. Bar Thalia (BT). Feb 7: BT 9pm Rodrigo Nassif; 14: BT 9pm NY Jazz Flutet; 16: BT 7pm Vicki Burns. The TRIAD THEATER: 158W 72nd St (bet Bway & Columbus). www.triadnyc.com. 212362-2590. 2 drink/min. Feb 22: 9:30pm $25 adm Karl Dixon; 27: 7pm $25 AS IS feat Alan & Stacey Schulman.
MID-TOWN MANHATTAN (Between 35th & 69th Street)
AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM: 2 Lincoln Sq on Columbus Av (bet 65th & 66th Sts). www.folkartmuseum.org. 212-595-9533. Wed: 2-3pm free adm Bill Wurtzel Trio. BIRDLAND: 315W 44th St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). 212-581-3080. www.birdlandjazz.com. Sets: 8:30&11pm; Early (E) 5:30pm except Mon 7pm. Residencies: Sun (R) except 02/2 Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orch; Wed E David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band; Fri E The Birdland Big Band; Sat E Eric Comstock w/Sean Smith & spec guest Barbara Fasano. Feb 1: The Hot Sardines; 2: E The New Alchemy Jazz Orch w/spec guest Nicole Zuraitis + Arturo O'Farrill Oct; 4-8: Lionel Hampton Big Band feat Jason Marsalis; 6: E Rachel Therrien; 9: E Jihye Lee Orch + R; 10: E Melinda Rose Rodriguez; 11-15: Catherine Russell Spt; 13: E Alyssa Allgood Qrt w/spec guest Joel Frahm; 16: E Seth Weaver Big Band + R; 1822: Omar Sosa & AGUAS Trio; 20: E Ehud Asherie; 23: E Thana Alexa & The MusicTalks Jazz Qrt + R; 25-29: Jane Monheit Qnt; 27: E Randy Ingram Trio. BIRDLAND THEATER: 315W 44th St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). www.birdlandjazz.com. 212-5813080. Sets: Early (E) 7pm; Late (L) 9:45pm except Mon 8:30pm. Feb 1: Donald Vega Trio; 2: L George Kontrafouris Trio; 3: L Chris Byars Original Sxt; 5: E Barbara Fasano; 6: E David DeJesus Qrt, L Sean Harkness Duos; 7-8: Michael Wolff Trio; 9: L Jane Irving Qrt; 10: L Arianna Neikrug Qrt; 12-13: Champian Fulton; 14-15: Carole J. Bufford; 17: L Alexis Cole; 18: E Oz-Relief 2020, benefit for
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Australian Bushfire Disaster feat Matt Baker; 19-22: Joe Alterman Trio; 24: L KiraG & The Ktet feat Bruce Harris; 26: Jazz Vocal Mania by Janis Siegel & Lauren Kinhan feat Sinne Eeg; 27: Pete Malinverni Trio; 28-29: Ben Wolfe Qrt. CARNEGIE CLUB: 156W 56th St. 212-9579676. www.hospitalityholdings.com. Sat: 8:30&10:30pm $40/2 drink min Sinatra tribute feat Steve Maglio & Stan Rubin Orch. CARNEGIE HALL: 57th St & 7th Av. 212-2477800. www.carnegiehall.org. Feb 3: Weill Recital Hall 8pm Sigurd Hole w/spec guest David Rothenberg; 14: Zankel Hall 9pm Bria Skonberg. CENTER BAR: 10 Columbus Cr, 4th Fl. 212823-9482. www.centerbarnyc.com. Tues-Sat: 6-10pm Janice Friedman Solo. CLUB BONAFIDE: 212E 52nd St (bet 2nd & 3rd Avs). 3rd Fl. www.clubbonafide.com. 646-918-6189. Feb 1: 4pm Yael & Gabriel, 8pm Gitesha’s Jazz Experience; 6: 8:30pm Emilie Surtees; 7: 6pm Violette, 8pm MJ Territo Qrt; 8: 4pm Yael & Gabriel, 8pm Nate Sparks Big Band; 9: 3pm Young Sinatra feat Tony DiMeglio; 14: 5pm Violette; 15: 7pm Young Sinatra feat Tony DiMeglio; 16: 8:30pm Yael & Gabriel; 20: 8pm Emilie Surtees; 21: 9pm Barbara Martinez; 22: 3pm Gabriel Hermida; 28: 6pm Violette, 8pm Barbara Martinez; 29: 4pm Yael & Gabriel, 6pm The New York Nightingales. DAVID RUBENSTEIN ATRIUM: At Lincoln Center. Bway at 62nd St. www.lincolncenter. org/atrium. 212-875-5350. Thurs: 7:30pm free adm Target Free Thursdays series. Feb 13: Endea Owens. DIZZY’S CLUB: At Jazz @ Lincoln Center. 10 Columbus Cr at 60th St. 5th Fl. www.jalc.org. 212-258-9800. Sets/adm unless otherwise noted: 7:30&9:30pm, 11:30pm Late Night Sessions; Sun-Wed $35, Thurs-Fri $40, Sat $45; $10 min. Feb 1-2: 02/2 $40 Nilson Matta’s Brazilian Voyage Qnt w/Steve Wilson; 3: closed; 4-5: Russell Hall; 6: $35 David Chesky; 7-9: Charlie Sepúlveda & the Turnaround; 10-11: Melissa Aldana Qrt; 1213: Bobby Watson & Horizon feat Victor Lewis; 14-15 7&9:30pm $170, 16-17 $45: Freddy Cole Qnt feat Joel Frahm; 18-20: Elio Villafranca & The Jass Syncopators; 21-23: 02/21 $45 Marilyn Maye; 24: $30 Juilliard Jazz Ensembles; 25: $45 Jeffery Miller; 26-27: 02/26 $40 Cyro Baptista; 28-Mar 1: Dave Liebman Expansions. Late Night w/Feb 4-8, 11-15, 18-22: tba; 25-29: Micah Thomas. EDISON BALLROOM: 240W 47th St (bet Bway & 8th Avs). www.edisonballroom.com. 212201-7650. Feb 14: 7:30pm-12:30am $100/150 adm Joe Battaglia New York Big Band. FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW: 254W 54th St, Cellar (bet Bway & 8th Av). 646-476-3551. www.54below.com. Feb 5: 7pm Peter & Will Anderson. GUANTANAMERA: 939 8th Av. 212-262-5354. www.guantanamerany.com. Sets: Sun-Thurs 8:30pm-12am, Fri-Sat 8:30pm-1am. TuesWed: Ariacne Trujillo Trio. IGUANA RESTAURANT: 240W 54th St at Bway. www.iguananyc.com. 212-765-5454. Mon-Tues: 8-11pm Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks. The IRIDIUM: 1650 Bway at 51st St. 212-5822121. www.theiridium.com. JAZZ AT KITANO: 66 Park Av at 38th St. 212885-7119. www.kitano.com. Sets/adm: Sun 12-2:30pm, Mon-Tues 8-11pm, Wed-Sat 89:15&10-11:15pm; Sun $45 buffet, Mon-Tues free/$15 min, Wed-Thurs $18/$20 min, FriSat $34/$20 min. Residencies: Sun (R) Jazz Brunch w/Tony Middleton; Mon (R) Jam by
Iris Ornig; Tues Emerging Artists series. Feb 1: Roni Ben-Hur Qrt; 2-3: R; 4: Lex Korten Qrt; 5: Ken Kobayashi Trio; 6: Yuko Ito Qrt; 78: Scott Robinson & Frank Kimbrough Duo; 9-10: R; 11: Becca Patterson Qrt; 12: Leonisa Ardizzone; 13: Michika Fukumori Qrt; 14: Valerie Capers Qrt; 15: Herbie Nichols Tribute feat Steve Swell; 16-17: R; 18: Yuma Uesaka Qrt; 19: Vicki Burns Qrt; 20: Yayoi Ikawa Trio; 21: Gene Bertoncini Duo; 22: Marcus Goldhaber Qrt; 23-24: R; 25: Hashem Assadullahi Qrt; 26: Kathleen Landis Duo; 27: Ayako Shirasaki Trio; 28-29: Ben Rosenblum's Nebula Project. JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER: 10 Columbus Cr at 60th St. 5th Fl. www.jalc.org. 212-2589800. Appel Room (AR), Rose Theater (RT). Feb 14-15: RT 8pm Dianne Reeves; 21-22: AR 7&9:30pm Herlin Riley Sounds of Cuba & New Orleans; 28-29: RT 8pm Branford Marsalis Qrt. LE RIVAGE: 340W 46th St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). www.lerivagenyc.com. 212-765-7374. Mon 6:30-9:30pm & Tues-Thurs 7:30-10:30pm: Sessions w/Kyle Colina & friends LOCAL 802: Associated Musicians of Greater New York Club Room. 322W 48th St (bet 8th & 9th Sts). www.local802afm.org. Feb 27: 5pm Lou Caputo & Not So Big Band. MICHIKO STUDIOS: 149W 46th St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). 3rd Fl. 212-302-4011. www. michikostudios.com. 2nd Wed: 8-10:30pm $20/15 adm Lew Tabackin Trio. Feb 5: 8-10pm $20 Richard Tabnik Qrt. NEW YORK SOCIETY FOR ETHICAL CULTURE: 2W 64th St at Central Park West. www.nysec.org. 212-874-5210. Feb 21: 7pm Rob Fulton. The PIERRE: 2E 61st St at 5th Av. 212-8388000. www.thepierreny.com. Thurs-Sat: 6:309:30pm Antonio Ciacca. PULSE CLUB: At Marriott Vacation. 33W 37th St (bet 5th & 6th Avs). 212-448-1024. Sets: Tues-Thurs 5-8pm. Tues: Charlie Apicella & Iron City; Wed: Latin Sounds; Thurs: Peter Manes & The Keys. RESIDENCE INN TIMES SQUARE: 1033 6th Av at 39th St. 212-768-0007. Tues: 7:3010:30pm free adm Daniel Bennett Gp. The RUM HOUSE: At Hotel Edison. 228W 47th St (bet Bway & 8th Av). 646-490-6924. www.edisonrumhouse.com. Sets: 9:30pm12:30am. Feb 9&20: Choney Smith; 10&24: Lou Caputo & Company. RUSSIAN SAMOVAR: 256W 52nd St (bet Bway & 8th Av). www.russiansamovar.com. 212-757-0168. Sun: 3-7pm. Feb 2: Deb Auer Trio; 9: no jazz; 16: Keith A. Dames & Dem Kat’s In Black Hats; 23: Bearether Reddy Trio. SAINT PETER’S CHURCH: 619 Lexington Av at 54th St. (Citicorp Bld). 212-935-2200. www.saintpeters.org. Sun: 6pm free adm Jazz Vespers; Wed: 1pm $10 don Midday Jazz Midtown; 1st Mon: 7:30pm $5 adm International Women in Jazz Jam. Feb 2: Chris Dingman Qrt; 5: Erli Perez Trio; 9: Naadje Noordhuis Qnt; 12: Matt Baker Trio; 16: Alexa Tarantino; 19: Roz Corral Trio; 23: Helge Nysted; 26: no jazz. SECRET ROOM: 707 8th Av (bet 44th & 45th Sts). www.secretroomnyc.com. 917-7088663. Wed: 7:30-10:30pm $25 adm Glenn Crytzer Orch. SWING 46: Jazz & Supper Club. 349W 46th St (bet 8 & 9th Avs). www.swing46.com. 212262-9554. Sets/adm: Sun-Thurs 8:3011:30pm/$15; Fri-Sat 9:30pm-1am/$20. Residencies (R): Mon Swingadelic; Tues George Gee Swing Dance Band; Wed Stan Rubin Orch w/Joe Politi; Thurs Stephen
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Santoro Orch feat Michelle Collier. Feb 1: Fleur Seule; 2: Robert Edwards Big Band; 36: R; 7: Ron Sunshine & Full Swing; 8: Swingadelic; 9: Kevin Blancq Big Band; 1013: R; 14: George Gee Swing Dance Band; 15: Swingadelic; 16: Rick Bogart American Cafe Orch; 17-20: R; 21: Ron Sunshine & Full Swing; 22: Crescent City Maulers; 23: George Gee Swinging Big Band; 24-27: R; 28: George Gee Swing Dance Band; 29: Ron Sunshine & Full Swing. TOMI JAZZ: 239E 53rd St (Bet 2nd & 3rd Avs). Lower level. www.tomijazz.com. 646-4971254. Feb 9 7-8:30pm free adm/$5 min & 20 7-9:30pm $10/10 min: Linda Presgrave Qrt.
LOWER MANHATTAN (Below 34th Street)
11TH STREET BAR: 510E 11th St (bet Av A & B). www.11thstbar.com. 212-982-3929. Mon: 8pm Keyed Up feat Jam w/Murray Wall. 55 BAR: 55 Christopher St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). 212-929-9883. www.55bar.com. Sets: Early (E) 7-9pm except Sun&Fri-Sat 6-9pm, Late 10pm. 1st Mon: E Sean Wayland; 1st Thurs: E Amy Cervini; 1st Sat: E Ayana lowe; 2nd Thurs: E Nicole Zuraitis; 2nd Fri: E Tessa Souter; 3rd Sun: E Ray Anderson & Pocket Brass Band; last Wed: E Paul Jost; last Fri: E Kendra Shank. ANYWAY CAFE: 34E 2nd St at 2nd Av. 212533-3412. www.anywaycafe.com. Feb 10: 8pm Gabe Terracciano Trio. ARTHUR’S TAVERN: 57 Grove St. 212-6756879. www.arthurstavernnyc.com. Sets: 710pm. Sun: Creole Cooking; Mon: Grove Street Stompers feat Joe Licari; Tues: Yuichi Hirakawa; Wed: Eve Silber; Thurs-Sat: Eri Yamamoto Trio. B FLAT: Basement 277 Church St (bet Franklin & White Sts). www.bflat.info. 212-219-2970. Sets: Mon 8-11pm, Wed 8:30-11:30pm, Sat 10pm-12am. Mon&Wed: Jordan Young Trio. BAHA’Í CENTER: 53E 11th St (bet Bway & University). www.bahainyc.org. 212-2225159. Tues: 8&9:30pm $10/15 adm. Feb 4: Diane Moser Gp; 11: Enrico Granafei; 18: Bill Warfield Band. BAR NEXT DOOR: 129 McDougal St. 212-5295945. www.lalanternacaffe.com. Sets: Sun 8&10pm, Mon-Thurs Early (E) 6:30-7:45pm, Late (L) 8:30&10:30pm, Fri-Sat 7:30,9:30& 11:30pm. Adm: $12 all night + 1 drink min/set except Fri-Sat $12/set + 1 drink min/set, E free. Mon-Thurs: E Emerging Artists series; Mon: L Vocal Mondays series. Residencies (R): Sun except 02/23 Peter Mazza; Wed L Jonathan Kreisberg. Feb 1: Geoff Clapp; 2: R; 3: E Jacob Kohlhas, L Naama Gheber; 4: E Jacob Kohlhas, L Matt Kane; 5: E Juan Munguia, L R; 6: E Olin Clark, L Daan Kleijn; 7: Freddie Bryant; 8: Quentin Angus; 9: R; 10: E Andy Bianco, L Dana Reedy; 11: E Owen Chen, L Tal Yahlom; 12: E Artur Akhmetov, L R; 13: E Noah Becker, L Tim Mirth; 14: 7:15,9:15&11:15pm Leandro Pellegrino; 15: Jostein Gulbrandsen; 16: R; 17: E Lisa Hoppe, L Beat Kaestli; 18: E Helena Kay, L Prawit Siriwat; 19: E Alec Aldred, L R; 20: E Adam Cordero, L David Pietro; 21: Joe Giglio; 22: Steve Bloom; 23: Mark Cocheo; 24: E Panas Athanatos, L Erli Perez; 25: E Andrew Cheng, L Andrew Renfroe; 26: E Erich Jonhnson, L R; 27: E Ryan Hernandez, L Uri Gurvich; 28: Pasquale Grasso; 29: Rodney Jones. The BLACK DOOR: 127W 26th St (bet 6th &
7th Avs). www.blackdoornyc.com. 212-6450215. Mon: 11pm-2am Terry Waldo & Gotham City Band. BLUE NOTE JAZZ CLUB: 131W 3rd St at 6th Av. 212-475-8592. www.bluenotejazz.com. Sets: 8&10:30pm + Fri-Sat 12:30am Late Night Groove series; Sun 11:30am&1:30pm Sunday Brunch. Adm varies. Feb 1-2: Igor Butman & The Moscow Jazz Orch; 3-4: Adam Deitch Qrt; 5-9: Dee Dee Bridgewater; 10: Mark Allen Felton; 11: Eli Degibri Qrt; 12: GZA Live Band; 13-16: Roberta Gambarini & friends; 17: Marcus Strickland; 18-23: Bill Frisell; 24-26: Jimmy Cobb; 27-Mar 1: Yuna. Late Night Groove w/Feb 1: Alex Han; 28: Stout. Sunday Brunch w/Feb 2: The NYU Wayne Shorter Ens; 9: Svetlana; 16: Haruna Fukazawa Qnt; 23: Joey Morant & Catfish Stew. CAFÉ BOHEMIA: 15 Barrow St (bet Bleeker & West 4th Sts). www.cafebohemianyc.com. 212-691-6127. Sets: Early (E) 8pm, Late (Late) 10pm. Residencies: Mon 7pm Hot Club w/Matthew “Fat Cat” Rivera; Fri 12-3am Bohemia After Dark Jam by the Bohemia Allstars. Feb 1: E Leo Sherman Qrt, L Joe Pino Qnt; 2: closed; 6: E Cafe Bohemia Jazz Qrt w/Mara Kaye & Jon-Erik Kellso; 7: E David Ostwald’s Hot Four, L Jon Naberezny & the Westside Trio; 8: E-L Lili Anel; 11: E Peter Bernstein Solo, 9:30pm Ethan Eubanks Blues Bangers; 14: E-L Antonio Ciacca Qrt; 15: E Lucas Kadish Tundra, L Fleur Seule; 18: E Pasquale Grasso Solo; 21: E David McKay, L Noah Becker Trio; 22: L Bruce Harris Qrt; 25: E Pasquale Grasso Solo; 28-29: E-L Matt Wilson Leap Day Trio. CAFE NOCTAMBULO: At Pangea. 178 2nd Av (bet 11th & 12th Sts). 212-995-0900. www.cafenoctambulo.com. Feb 15: 122:30pm Sue Matsuki’s Brunch Open Mic feat Gregory Toroian Trio; 28: 9:30pm Jazz Bastards. The CELL: 338W 23rd St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). 646-861-2253. www.thecelltheatre.org. The CUPPING ROOM CAFE: 359W Bway (bet Broome & Grand Sts). 212-925-2898. www.cuppingroomcafe.com. 3rd Sat: 811pm Gitesha’s Jazz Boogaloo. The CUTTING ROOM: 44E 32nd St (bet Madison & Park Av). 212-691-1900. www.the cuttingroomnyc.com. The DJANGO: At Roxy Hotel. 2 Av of the Americas at Walker St. www.roxyhotelnyc. com. 212-519-6600. DOWNTOWN MUSIC GALLERY: 13 Monroe St (bet Market & Catherine Sts). 212-4730043. www.downtownmusicgallery.com. Sun: 6pm In-Store shows. DROM: 85 Ave A (bet 5th & 6th Sts). 212-7771157. www.dromnyc.com. Feb 4: 8pm free adm Silver Arrow Band; 12: 8pm $10 Dezron Douglas; 13-14 6pm & 15 5:30pm: $69 Jorge Luis Pacheco; 16: 7pm $15 Nano Raies; 18& 25: 8pm free adm Silver Arrow Band. The EAR INN: 326 Spring St (bet Greenwich & Washington Sts). www.earinn.com. 212-4319750. Sun: 8-11pm EarRegulars feat Jon-Erik Kellso & friends. FAT CAT: 75 Christopher St at 7th Av. 212-6756056. www.fatcatmusic.org. $3 adm/no min. Sets unless otherwise noted: Early (E), Late (L), Night (N); Sun E 6pm, L 9pm, N 1am; Mon E 6pm, L 9pm, N 12:30am; Tues-Wed E 7pm, L 9pm, N 12:30am; Thurs 7pm, L 10pm, N 1:30am; Fri 6pm, L 9pm + 10:30pm, N 1:30am; Sat E 7pm, L 10pm, N 1:30am. Residencies (R): Sun E Terry Waldo & Gotham City Band, N The Program; Mon N continued on page 18
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S P O T L DAVE DOUGLAS & JOE LOVANO EMELIN THEATRE / FEBRUARY 1 It's almost a decade since Soundprints, a quintet co-led by trumpeter Dave Douglas and saxophonist Joe Lovano, first convened. Both players often center their music around projects or specific goals, such as tributes to musicians or styles. Soundprints was formed as a loose salute to the music of Wayne Shorter, with the leaders also contributing originals. Dave and Joe are intrepid, questing musicians who have performed in myriad settings, from duo to orchestra. In Soundprints, Dave's crisp trumpet tone, and (rare today) use of different mutes contrast with Joe's burnished tenor sax sound, and the two often weave in tandem or loose harmony rather than unison. Joining them at this gig are original Soundprints members pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda May Han Oh and drummer Joey Baron. GK
SIGURD HOLE CARNEGIE HALL / FEBRUARY 3 Norway-born bassist Sigurd Hole conjures collaborators even when he's the only person in the room: While recording his brand-new album, Lys/Mørke (Light/Darkness), he threw open the doors and windows in the studio and drew inspiration from the ambient sounds of nature. For his Big Apple pre-release performance celebrating this new CD, Sigurd is unlikely to hear the rustle of the wind or chirping of birds within the recital hall. However, he will have a similarly inspiring collaborator in special guest, author, composer, clarinetist and keyboardist David Rothenberg. The two gifted improvisers share an interest in the music conceived by creatures great and small, from whales to songbirds to the habitats they populate. In addition to celebrating Lys/Mørke, expect the twosome to perform a new duo piece. EK
RACHEL THERRIEN BIRDLAND / FEBRUARY 6 The emerging voice of trumpeter and composer Rachel Therrien displays a truly original sound. Since the release of her debut album On Track in 2011, she has shown a keen awareness of post-bop, Latin and contemporary trumpet styles. Said awareness is clear with her frequent sideperson work, in which Rachel has performed with Paquito D'Rivera, Lee Konitz and Michel Legrand, to name a few. With appearances at high-profile events such as the Montreal International Jazz Festival and accolades from top periodicals such as DownBeat, Rachel's star will only continue to rise in 2020. The trumpeter’s quintet consisting of alto saxophonist Caroline Davis, pianist Marta Sanchez, bassist Rick Rosato and drummer Jay Sawyer joins her onstage at Birdland. Expect the focus to be on music from her most recent album Why Don't You Try. EW MINGUS BIG BAND AND MINGUS ORCHESTRA JAZZ STANDARD / FEBRUARY 14-17 The protean composer and bassist Charles Mingus forged an enduring body of work that includes ballads luscious enough to set the mood for a candlelight dinner, stinging political statements, and hard-driving cookers to shake the rafters. With an allstar cast of players mining this diverse and uncompromising repertoire, the Mingus Big Band has held sway at this club on Monday nights for years. But this month, Mingus music is going to rule over a weekend as well, courtesy of the venue's 12th annual Mingus Festival and High School Competition. Day-long competitions, special performances and more are on the agenda, with top student soloists sitting in with the big band on Sunday night. The Mingus Orchestra, with different instrumentation and repertoire, makes one of its periodic appearances Feb. 17. EK
NOAH PREMINGER SMALLS JAZZ CLUB / FEBRUARY 19; SIDE DOOR / FEBRUARY 21 A young tenor saxophonist employing electronics and improvisations who has received great acclaim in some 10-plus years, Noah Preminger's sound is identified as contemporary and modern. He's an original, who often plays his own compositions. Born in Connecticut and now a Brooklyn resident, he's been voted a Rising Star in DownBeat magazine, and is comfortable playing in configurations from duets to large ensembles. He's inspired by Chopin, motion-picture soundtracks, a "dead composers" club, vocal music derived through ideas of Otto Preminger, current events and virtual technology. Noah has made 13 recordings, the most recent Zigsaw: Music of Steve Lampert. His current compatriots include award-winning pianist Kris Davis, trumpeter Jason Palmer, saxophonist John O'Gallagher, bassist Kim Cass, drummer Rudy Royston, and keyboardist and theremin player Rob Schwimmer. MGN
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L I G H T T.S. MONK JAZZ FORUM / FEBRUARY 21-22 Drummer T.S. Monk's hard-bopping roots have quite the lineage. Pianist, composer Thelonious Sphere Monk's son soaked up the music at home. Max Roach taught the teenager the fine art of drumming—on a kit given to T.S. by another pioneer, Art Blakey. T.S. played in his father's trio until Monk's 1975 retirement. After a foray into R&B, T.S. came back to jazz and embraced it wholeheartedly. In 1992, he became an ambassador for his father's music. T.S.'s crackling, hard-driving style powers the band as it digs into a wide range of Monk tunes, as well as some of his own new material. He's joined by Willie Williams on tenor sax, Patience Higgins on alto sax, Theo Hill on piano and Chris Berger on bass. KF
FRANCISCO MELA ZINC BAR / FEBRUARY 22 An Afro-Cuban drummer whose gigs as an in-demand sideman have greatly elevated his status in New York, Francisco Mela's multifaceted percussive style has endeared him to many well-known musicians, starting with Grammy-winner Esperanza Spalding, as well as Kenny Barron, Joanne Brackeen and Jason Moran. He's a musician and composer whose fiery and sophisticated playing exhibits bold taste and class, a parallel to Francisco Mora Catlett or Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez. A Berklee College of Music alumnus, Francisco has released a handful of acclaimed recordings as a leader. He's inspired by McCoy Tyner, and besides working with McCoy, has appeared with Joe Lovano and Chucho Valdés. At Zinc, Francisco's base trio of saxophonist Hery Paz and guitarist Juanma Trujillo is augmented by bassist William Parker and pianist Cooper-Moore. MGN
CÉCILE McLORIN SALVANT VILLAGE VANGUARD / FEBRUARY 25-MARCH 1 Chosen as Jazz Artist of the Year in DownBeat magazine's 2019 critics poll, Cécile McLorin Salvant is a jazz singer who comes along once in a generation, if that. She combines the interpretive abilities of Tierney Sutton or Susannah McCorkle and emotive qualities of Billie Holiday with the technical virtuosity and vocal range of Sarah Vaughan. Cécile's repertoire spreads widely, from early, sometimes raunchy, blues delivered with ironic sass to torch French chansons. She inhabits and transforms familiar standards into exquisitely rendered jazz-art songs: Jimmy Rowles' "The Peacocks" is a highlight of her duo album with pianist Sullivan Fortner, The Window (Mack Avenue). Sullivan joins her at this gig, along with guitarist James Chirillo, alto saxophonist Alexa Tarantino and percussionist Keita Ogawa. GK
MATT WILSON CAFE BOHEMIA / FEBRUARY 28-29 One of the most dynamic drummers of his generation, Matt Wilson has long been the first call for pianists like Denny Zeitlin and Bill Mays. In recent years, Matt has put more focus on leading his own groups, composing and producing a number of acclaimed CDs, most recently Honey & Salt: Music Inspired by the Poetry of Carl Sandburg. Matt's versatility as a drummer is matched by the wide-ranging scope of his songwriting, which draws from diverse stylistic influences. Invited by Jimmy Katz to record a live CD for Giant Steps Arts, the drummer called upon his frequent collaborator, saxophonist Jeff Lederer, along with bassist Mimi Jones. The trio is writing new songs to debut during this engagement, which is appropriately titled "Leap Day." KD
OSMANY PAREDES JAZZ GALLERY / FEBRUARY 29 An architect of sound and sense, pianist, composer and band leader Osmany Paredes enjoys equal mastery over the gesture he creates and the spaces he leaves. The Cubaborn artist has been a vital member of the New York scene for more than a decade, sharing his virtuosic artistry with like-minded voices deeply rooted in a range of sound. Osmany's expression resists separating components—rhythm and harmony and lyricism—instead exploring all three as one, intrinsic and indivisible. Flexing his abilities as player, musical director and producer, Osmany has performed all over the world, and appeared at iconic New York clubs including Zinc Bar and Dizzy's. His band features Yunior Terry on bass, Yusnier Sanchez on congas and percussion, and Keisel Jiménez on drums and timbal. SJ
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Billy Kaye; Tues E except 02/4 Saul Rubin Zebtet; Wed Raphael D'Lugoff Trio + 1, N Ned Goold; Fri L The Supreme Queens; Sat N Greg Glassman. Feb 1: L Raphael D'Lugoff Qnt, N R; 2: E R, 8:30pm Jade Synstelien's FCBB, N R; 3: E Osso String Qrt, N R; 4: E Steve Nelson, L ProudYuma Cuban Music, N Russ Nolan Latin Jam; 5: E R, L Groover Trio, N R; 6: E Radam Schwartz Qrt, L Saul Rubin Zebtet, N Will Terrill; 7: E Jon Beshay, L R + Jared Gold/Dave Gibson, N Nick Hempton; 8: E Vanderlei Pereira & Brazilian Jazz Qnt, L Darrell Green, N R; 9: E R, L Olegario Diaz, N R; 10: L Ned Goold Qrt, N R; 11: E R, L Peter Brainin & the Latin Jazz Workshop; 12: E R, L Joe Farnsworth Trio, N R; 13: L Greg Glassman Qnt; 14: L R; 15: N R; 16: E&N R; 17: L George Braith, N R; 18: E R; 19: E R, L The Don Hahn/Mike Camacho Band, N R; 21: L R; 22: N R; 23: E&N R; 24: N R; 25: E R, L Itai Kriss & Gato Gordo, N John Benitez's Latin Bop; 26: E&N R; 28: L R; 29: E Steve Blum Trio, N R. GREENWICH HOUSE: 46 Barrow St (bet 7th Av S & W 4th St). www.greenwichhouse. org. 212-242-4770. Sound It Out series: $15 adm www.sounditoutnyc.com. Feb 6: 8pm Jeff Davis’ The Fastness; 22: 7:30pm Brandon Ross’ Breath of Air. JAZZ GALLERY: 1160 Bway at 27th St. 5th Fl. www.jazzgallery.org. 646-494-3625. Sets: 7:30&9:30pm. Feb 1: Ghidorah; 14-15: John Ellis; 29: Osmany Paredes. JAZZ STANDARD: 116E 27th St (bet Park & Lexington Avs). www.jazzstandard.net. 212576-2232. Sets/adm unless otherwise noted: 7:30-8:30&9:30-10:30pm/$30; Sun 2-3pm/ free. Residencies: Sun 2pm except 02/2 Jazz For Kids Sunday Lunch feat Jazz Standard Youth Orch; Mon (R) Mingus Monday feat Mingus Big Band except 02/17 Mingus Orch. Feb 1: $35 Vijay Iyer Trio w/spec guest Wadada Leo Smith; 2: closed; 3: R; 4-9: 02/78 $35 Ravi Coltrane Qrt; 10: R; 11: Michael Leonhart Orch; 12: Oded Tzur Qrt; 13: Emmaline; 14-16: Charles Mingus Festival & High School Competition feat Mingus Big Band; 17: R; 18: Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith; 19: Chris Bergson Band; 20-23: $35 Trio 3 w/spec guest 02/20 Vijay Iyer, 02/21 David Virelles, 02/22 Marilyn Crispell, 02/23 Jason Moran; 24: R; 25-26: Miho Hazama & m_unit; 27-Mar 1: $35 George Coleman Qnt. JOE’S PUB: At Public Theater. 425 Lafayette St & Astor Pl. www.joespub.com. 212-967-7555. Adm varies. Feb 1: 9:30pm Gideon King & City Blog; 19: 7pm Gary Lucas & Frenz; 21 7pm, 22 2pm, 27 7pm: Michelle J. Rodriguez; 22: 9:30pm Bernard Purdie & David Haney. KNICKERBOCKER BAR & GRILL: 33 University Pl at 9th St. 212-228-8490. www.knickerbockerbarandgrill.com. Fri-Sat: 9pm-1am. Feb 1: Nicholas Olynciw & Aaron Holthus; 7-8: Pete Malinverni; 14-15: Tom Placido Trio; 21-22: Jill McCarron & Dmitri Kulesnik; 28-29: Joel Forrester Trio. (LE) POISSON ROUGE: 158 Bleecker St at Thompson St. www.lepoissonrouge.com. 212-796-0741. Adm varies. Feb 2: 8pm $15/20 adm Ghost Train Orch w/Joan Wasser, Karen Mantler, JG Thirlwell & Theo Bleckmann; 4: 8pm $15/20 The NYChillharmonic + Aberdeen + Adam Neely’s Jazz School; 20: $25-35 Cyrille Aimée. MARBLE COLLEGIATE CHURCH: 1W 29th St at 5th Av. www.marblechurch.org. 212686-2770. Feb 19: 7:30pm The Duke Ellington Society. MEZZROW: 163W 10th St (bet 7th Av & Waverly Pl). www.mezzrow.com. 646-476-
4346. Sets/adm: 7:30-10pm, Late (L) 10:30pm-1am except Fri-Sat 10:30pm-2am, Sun + 5-7pm (PM); adm varies. Residencies: Sun PM except 02/23 Spike Wilner Solo; Mon L Pasquale Grasso; Thurs L Spike Wilner. Feb 1: Michael Weiss Trio, L Bob DeMeo Trio; 2: David Morgan & Kevin Blancq, L Raphael D'Lugoff Trio; 3: Harvey Diamond & Cameron Brown; 4: Deanna Kirk Qrt, L Naama Gheber; 5: Jim Ridl Trio, L Julius Rodriguez; 6: Chris Pattishall Trio; 7: Chuck Redd, L Tardo Hammer; 8: Chuck Redd, L Jon Davis; 9: Glenn Zaleski & Mark Zaleski, L Panas Athanatos; 10: Marko Churnchetz Trio; 11: Michelle Walker Trio, L Vanessa Perea; 12: Rale Micic Trio, L Sullivan Fortner; 13: Benny Benack III Qrt; 14: Joanne Brackeen & Ugonna Okegwo; 15: Joanne Brackeen & Ugonna Okegwo, L John Chin; 16: Alex Wintz Trio, L Chris Flory; 17: Danny Fox Trio; 18: Paul Jost Trio, L Vanisha Gould; 19: Mark Soskin Trio; 20: Alan Broadbent; 21-22: Ehud Asherie Trio, L Anthony Wonsey; 23: Jay Leonhart, L Steve Ash; 24: Bob DeVos Trio; 25: Tamuz Nissim Qrt, L Lucy Yeghiazaryan; 26: Jeremy Pelt & Champian Fulton, L Jon Roche Trio; 27: Matt Brewer Trio; 28: Ken Peplowski Qrt, L Gabrielle Stravelli; 29: Ken Peplowski Qrt, L Jon Davis. MILANO’S BAR: 51E Houston St (bet Mott & Mulberry Sts). 212-226-8844. Thurs: 2-5pm Carol Morgan & Panas Athanatos. NATIONAL ARTS CLUB: 15 Gramercy Park South. www.nationalartsclub.org. 212-4753424. Feb 10: 9-10pm Fine & Mellow feat Michela Marino Lerman. NEIGHBORHOOD CHURCH: 269 Bleecker St (bet Jones & Cornelia Sts). 212-691-1770. 1st Fri: 8&9:30pm free adm All Things Project www.allthingsproject.org. Feb 7: Helio Alves/Tyler Blanton Gp. The NEW SCHOOL JAZZ PERFORMANCE SPACE: 55W 13th St, 5th Fl. 212-229-5488. www.newschool.edu/jazz. Tues-Sat: 8:309:30pm The Stone at the New School. Feb 1: Kris Davis; 4-8: Sylvie Courvoisier; 11-15: Marc Ribot; 18-22: Linda May Han Oh; 25-29: Jon Irabagon. NOMAD RESTAURANT: 78 2nd Av (bet 4th & 5th Sts). www.nomadny.com. 212-253-5410. Wed: 7-10pm Deanna Kirk. NORTH SQUARE: At Washington Square Hotel. 103 Waverly Pl at McDougal. www.northsquareny.com/about-jazz. 212254-1200. Sun: 12:30&2pm free adm Jazz Brunch Trios. Feb 2: Nicole Pasternak; 9: Roz Corral w/Paul Meyers & Jay Anderson; 16: Olivia Chiandamo; 23: Roz Corral w/Josh Richman & Paul Gil. NUBLU 62: 62 Av C (bet 4th & 5th Sts). www.nublu.net. Feb 8: 8pm Ben Williams; 29: 8pm benefit for Aaron Johnston. NUBLU 151: 151 Avenue C (bet 9th & 10th Sts). www.nublu.net. Feb 1: 8pm Neal Rosenthal; 6: 8pm Dan Rosenboom; 8: 8pm Ben Williams; 10: 8:30pm Gene Lake Qrt. NUYORICAN POETS CAFÉ: 236E 3rd St (bet Avs B & C). www.nuyorican.org. 212-7809386/212-505-8183. Sets: 9:30pm. Tues: $10 adm Latin Jazz feat 02/4 Chembo Corniel, 02/11 Latin Jazz Big Band Night, 02/18 Willie Martinez & La Familia Sxt; 1st Wed: $13 All That - Hip Hop Poetry & Jazz; 1st Sat: $15 Banana Puddin’ Jazz series feat Rome Neal + Jam. ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL: 196 Allen St at E Houston St. www.rockwoodmusichall.com. 212-477-4155. Thurs: 8pm Ethan Eubanks & Detroit Grease. continued on page 20
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OPRANO SAXOPHONIST, COMposer, educator and NEA Jazz Master S Dave Liebman cut his teeth in ensembles
led by Miles Davis and Elvin Jones in the 1970s. "I chose the soprano because I thought I could find something that could be Dave Liebman," he says, "rather than Dave Liebman through Wayne Shorter, Miles or Coltrane." He succeeded, creating his own distinctive soprano sax sound. That's no small feat, when you consider that the benchmarks of the instrument are John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter and Steve Lacy. The 73-year-old's powerful, poetic and piercing saxophone can be heard on the more than 200 recordings he has to his credit as a sideman and leader. That sound is the centerpiece of Dave's latest CD, Earth, with his group, Expansions, consisting of pianist Bobby Avey, saxophonist Matt Vashlishan, drummer Alex Ritz and bassist Tony Marino. Earth is the final installment of a fouralbum opus that started in 1997 with Water, featuring Pat Metheny, Cecil McBee and Billy Hart. Air followed in 2006, with engineer Walter Quintus; then Fire in 2016, with Kenny Werner, Jack DeJohnette and Dave Holland. On Earth, the emphasis is on color and texture, along the lines of 20th-century classical music. The recording's selections evoke different aspects of the planet. "Concrete Jungle" calls to mind the city's hustle and bustle, while "Sahara," repre-
sents the power of the sun. "Earth Theme" conjures the planet's birth, and "Volcano/Avalanche" reminds us of the Earth's shifting and turbulent landscape. "This recording is a continuation, in that my compositions, which comprise this record, and the other three—Air, Fire and Water—come from impressions of these elements," Dave says. "For example, 'Sahara,' one of the titles on the new record, evokes a picture of the music. I would have really been a film scorer, because [I see music] visually: You say red to me and I see it visually in its different facets, and it translates over to the horn." Another difference on Earth is the fact that Dave—unlike at the start of the elements recordings—is now an elder statesman and mentor. "Matt and Bobby studied with me and my wife, who teaches ear training in the Poconos," the saxophonist says. "They've been a part of my tribe, and I knew what they could do. The thing is, when you're the oldest guy in the band—in terms of experience—you bring that to the stage, and they're thirsting for that. They want to know how I think about music. Mentoring is a great thing." Mentoring is something Dave had an abundance of, having worked in Miles Davis' '70s ensembles. He recorded on the trumpeter's seminal albums On the Corner and Dark Magus, and with Elvin Jones on several of the drummer's recordings, including Genesis and Live at the Lighthouse, during the same period. "Elvin did not call out a chord, or say that bar 13 is an E-flat7," Dave says. "He didn't say much, and neither did Miles, because he had his reputation, personality and power behind him. He was legendary, and Elvin was, too. He was like a father to me, with his sense of humanity, and the way he treated people. He was a big personality, with a big smile; Miles would turn his back [to the audience] and go back to his dressing room." Dave took the best of Davis' and Jones' leadership styles and created many ensembles and recordings covering a wide range of genres. His albums as a leader include First Visit in 1973 and Lookout Farm in 1974. In 1981, he co-founded Quest, a supergroup that was composed of pianist Richie Beirach, bassist Ron McClure and drummers Billy Hart and Al Foster. Five years later, Dave left New York and moved to Stroudsburg, in Pennsylvania's Poconos, where he lived for 32 years. The area was a haven for many jazz greats including Phil Woods, Urbie Green and Steve Gilmore. "My wife knew that area, and we were done with New York," the saxophonist says." I had been in the city my whole life." The release of Earth coincides with Dave's move back to the city, and is a
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ROXY HOTEL: 2 Av of the Americas at Walker St. www.roxyhotelnyc.com. 212-519-6600. Feb 29: 8-10pm The Café Society. RUSS & DAUGHTERS CAFE: 127 Orchard St (bet Delancey & Rivington Sts). 212-4754880. www.russanddaughterscafe.com. Last Thurs: 8pm free adm The Stone at Russ & Daughters Cafe. Feb 27: Dan Kaufman & John Bollinger. SMALLS JAZZ CLUB: 183W 10th St at 7th Av. 212-252-5091. www.smallslive.com. Sets: Early (E) 7:30-10pm, Late (L) 10:30pm-1am, Night (N) 1-4am; jam following N; adm varies. Residencies: Sun N After Hours 02/2&16 w/David Gibson, 02/9&23 w/Hillel Salem; Mon L except 02/24 (R) Joe Farnsworth Gp, N After-Hours 02/3&10 w/Ben Barnett, 02/17&24 w/Sean Mason; Tues N After-Hours 02/4&18 w/Jon Elbaz, 02/11&25 w/Malik McLaurine; Wed N 02/5&19 After-Hours w/Neal Caine, 02/12 Nasheet Waits Gp, 02/26 tba; Fri N After-Hours 02/7 w/Wallace Roney, Jr., 02/14 w/JS Williams, 02/21&28 w/Corey Wallace DUBtet; Sat N 02/1 Philip Harper Qnt, 02/8&22 Mimi Jones & The Lab Session, 02/15 After-Hours w/Brooklyn Circle, 02/29 tba. Feb 1: E Scott Wendholt/Adam Kolker Qrt, L Joe Farnsworth Qrt; 2: E Brandon Sanders Sxt, L Joe Magnarelli Qnt; 3: E Rodney Green Gp, L R; 4: E Justin Robinson Qrt, L Frank Lacy Gp; 5: E Tony Moreno Gp, L Matt Haviland Qrt; 6: E Brandi Disterheft Gp, L Jonathan Saraga Sxt; 7-8: E Rachel Z. Hakim, L Quincy Phillips Gp; 9: E Claire Daly Qrt, L Jim Greene Qrt; 10: E Ari Hoenig Trio, L R; 11: E Spike Wilner Trio, L tba; 12: E Samir Zarif Qrt, L Nasheet Waits Gp; 13: E Jay Rodriguez Trio, L Nasheet Waits Gp; 1415: E Uri Caine Trio, L Eddie Allen Qnt; 16: E Nick Hempton Gp, L JC Stylles Gp; 17: E tba, L R; 18: E Steve Nelson Qrt, L Abraham Burton Qrt; 19: E Yuriy Galkin Qrt, L Noah Preminger Qnt; 20: E Robin Verheyen Qrt, L Michael Feinberg Qnt; 21-22: E Eliot Zigmund Qrt, L Sylvia Cuenca Qrt; 23: E Chris Byars Original Sxt, L Johnny O'Neal Trio; 24: E tba, L Jonathan Barber Gp; 25: E JD Allen Trio, L tba; 26: E Adam Larson Qrt, L tba; 27: E Mike Bond Qnt, L Pat Bianchi Gp; 28-29: E Winard Harper Gp, L E.J. Strickland Gp. ST. JOHN’S IN THE VILLAGE: 218W 11th St. www.stjvny.org. 212-243-6192. Feb 14: 7pm $10 adm Yaala Ballin. TRIBECA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 199 Chambers St. www.tribecapac.org. 212220-1460. Feb 13: 8pm $45/50 adm Highlights in Jazz series feat Jay Leonhart, Bobby Sanabria, Aaron Weinstein, Tomoko Ohno, Vito Lesczak & Nemo Acevedo w/Steve Wilson; 22: 7:30pm $30/20 Jazz in Progress feat MIXCLA + 1. TURNMILL: 119E 27th St (bet Park & Lexington Avs). www.turnmillnyc.com. 646524-6060. Wed: 11pm-2am Keyed Up series feat Rob Duguay & Low Key Trio + spec guests. VILLAGE VANGUARD: 178 7th Av S at 11th St. 212-255-4037. www.villagevanguard.com. Sets: 8:30&10:30pm. Adm: $35/1 drink min. Residency (R): Mon Vanguard Jazz Orch. Feb 1-2: Jakob Bro Qrt; 3: R; 4-9: Fred Hersch Trio; 10-17: Vanguard Jazz Orch; 18-23: Emmet Cohen Trio feat Ron Carter; 24: R; 25Mar 1: Cecile McLorin Salvant Qnt. WALKER’S: 16N Moore St at Varick. 212-9410142. www.walkerstribeca.com. Sun: 8-11pm Duos. ZINC BAR: 82W 3rd St (bet Thompson & Sullivan). 212-477-8337. www.zincbar.com. LISTINGS...continued from page 18
Sets: unless otherwise noted 7:30&9pm. Feb 1: Josh Evans, 10:30pm&12am Xiomara Laugart; 3: Tsutomu Nakai; 5: Felix Peikli Qrt, 9pm-1am free adm VandoJam feat Roxy Coss; 8: David Weiss; 10: Mark Whitfield; 13: George Garzone; 14-15: Jerry Bergonzi & George Garzone; 17: Sheryl Bailey; 20: Valtinho Anastácio; 21: Chano Domínguez; 22: Francisco Mela; 23: 4-6:45pm $25/30 Another Sunday Serenade 917-882-9539/ www.vtyjazz.com feat Benito Gonzalez Trio; 24: Ed Cherry.
AN BEAL BOCHT CAFÉ: 445W 238th St. 718884-7127. www.lindasjazznights.com. 1st Wed: 8&9:30pm $30-10 adm Linda's Jazz Nights. Feb 5: Tamuz Nissim Qrt. ANDREW FREEDMAN HOME: 1125 Grand Concourse. www.andrewfreedmanhome. org. 718-410-6735. Feb 22: 3-4pm Bruce Edwards & Hilliard Greene Duo. MAMAJUANA CAFE: 3233 East Tremont Av. www.mamajuanacafebronx.com. 718-8248400. Tues: 8-9&10-11pm Steven Oquendo Latin Jazz Band.
440 GALLERY: 440 Sixth Av. 718-499-3844. www.440gallery.com. Feb 16: 4:40-6:30pm $10 don Me, Myself and Eye feat Yoon Sun Choi. BAR BAYEUX: 1066 Nostrand Av. 347-5337845. ww.barbayeux.com. Sets: 8-11pm free adm. Wed: Keyed Up series; Thurs: Grassroots Jazz Effort. Feb 5: Gerald Cleaver Trio; 12: Jeremy Pelt Qrt; 19: George Garzone Sxt; 26: Marta Sanchez Qnt. BAR CHORD: 1008 Cortelyou Rd. 347-2406033. www.barchordnyc.com. Sun: 9pm Cortelyou Jam. Feb 15: 9pm “King” Solomon Hicks. BAR LUNÀTICO: 486 Halsey St. 718-513-0339. www.barlunatico.com. Sun: 2-5pm Keyed Up feat Gospel Brunch. BARBÈS: 376 9th St at 6th Av. Park Slope. www.barbesbrooklyn.com. 718-965-9177. Residencies: Sun 9pm Stephane Wrembel; Mon 7pm Brain Cloud; Tues 9pm Slavic Soul Party; Wed 10pm Mandingo Ambassadors; Fri 5:30pm The Crooked Trio. Feb 5: 8pm Andy Statman; 11: 7pm The Underground Spiritual Game; 25: 7pm Michaël Attias & friends. BLUEBIRD BROOKLYN: 504 Flatbush Av. 718-484-9494. www.bluebirdbrooklyn.com. Wed: 9pm-12am Keyed Up feat Noah Garibedian + Jam. BROOKLYN BOWL: 61 Wythe Av. 718-9633369. www.brooklynbowl.com. Feb 6: 8pm $15 adm Jazz Is Phsh. BROOKLYN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC: 58 7th Av. www.bkcm.org. 718-622-3300. 1st Fri: 7pm $5 adm Open Stage. Feb 16: 7:3010pm $15 adm Wide Open Works feat Theo Bleckmann & Ben Monder Duo + WORKS Trio. BROOKLYN LYCEUM: 227 Fourth Av (bet President & Union Sts). Park Slope. www.brooklynlyceum.com. 718-857-4816. BROWNSTONE JAZZ: 107 Macon St at Nostrand Av. 917-704-9237. https://www. ticketweb.com/events/org/203803. Fri-Sat: 8pm-12am Concert, Fish Fry & Open Mic’s. continued on page 22
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ILES DAVIS. LOUIS ARMSTRong. Barbra Streisand. All names that M Jay Leonhart drops as artists he hasn't
played for with his bass. All the rest— Frank, Liza, Mel, Peggy, Sonny, Dizzy, Trane—he's got covered. It's just easier to mention the few he's never played with; besides, if we listed everyone he has played with, this page would be filled. Jay has been a bass player in the Big Apple for six decades, not only a jazz bass player but in multiple genres as a first-call bassist in New York's booming music business. From the mid-1970s to the mid1990s, in particular, that meant five or often more recording sessions a week. Plus, he'd frequently sub for bassists in Broadway shows, as well as play gigs in jazz clubs as either the featured bassist in a band or a sub for the regular one. He still does those things occasionally, but now he thinks of himself as something else. "The young people today don't think of me as that studio bass player," he says during a phone interview. "They think of me as a singer-songwriter." Jay started writing and singing his own songs in the 1980s, but he had been writing poetry since high school. "When I was a kid, I just loved rhyming words," he says, "rhyming and making sense with it to me was always so much fun, just so much fun and I still do love it. I still love to write something and rhyme it and have it make sense, while finding a good rhyme." He continues, "After high school I heard Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell and Donald Fagan [of Steely Dan] all writing songs about their lives in mysterious forms and clear forms. Stuff they knew about and people they had talked to. I said that can't be so hard, that can be fun. So right then I started and I knew it would take a lifetime to get this music out there, but I started writing and now here I am." Where he is, Jay says, is getting a small but significant check each month from airplay of his songs. He doesn't collect royalties for other people recording his songs, but that doesn't bother him. "I wrote none of the songs thinking that somebody's going to pick this up and play it. I didn't
care about that, I cared about making it swing, making it sound great, giving it a great melody and changes, and interesting lyrics, because who is going to write the kind of songs I'm going to write?" Many of Jay's songs are distilled from his experiences as a working and traveling bass player. That career started when he moved to New York City after pursuing music studies in Baltimore, Boston and Toronto. During his early years in New York he worked with small bands led by Jim Hall, Urbie Green, Buddy Rich, Mike Longo and Mike Renzi, and by 1975 he had become a first-call studio bassist. "When I was a young guy there was lots of work for a bass player, a very good recording industry. Between 1975 and 1995 I was kept very busy in the recording studios. The pay was so good I couldn't afford to go on the road, and I was also getting subs in Broadway shows, as well as jazz gigs, at night." Jay was also highly sought after by singers, working with Mel Tormé, Peggy Lee, Tony Bennett, Maureen McGovern and Frank Sinatra. That experience was formative in his own development as a singer. "When you play for singers," he notes, "you have to pay attention to the music around you. Don't express yourself—listen. A lot of singers pay attention to the bass player, they don't want you to be back there soloing while they're concentrating
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Leonhart photo by Chris Drukker.
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BROWNSVILLE HERITAGE HOUSE: 581 Mother Gaston Blvd. www.brownsvill eheritagehouse.org. 718-385-1111. 3rd Sat: 3-6pm free adm The Word on the Street Ens. COUNTING ROOM: 44 Berry St. 718-599-1860. www.countingroom.com. Sun: 4-7pm Keyed Up feat The Cafe Society. HALYARDS: 406 3rd Av. 718-532-8787. www.barhalyards.com. Tues: 8-9:30pm, Late (L) 10-11pm, $10 adm/1 drink min Keyed Up series. Feb 4: Ethan Iverson Trio, L Anthony Wonsey; 11: Jonathan Goldberger, L Nate Radley Trio; 18: Tim Berne, L Ben Monder Trio; 25: Peter Watrous Gp, L Ed Cherry. IBEAM: 168 7th St. www.ibeambrooklyn.com. Feb 1: 8:30-10pm Collision Unit; 22: 8-9pm Choi/Sacks Duo. IL PORTO: 37 Washington Av. 718-624-0954. www.ilportobrooklyn.com. Thurs-Sat: 710pm Keyed Up feat Charlie Apicella & Iron City. JALOPY: 315 Columbia St. www.jalopy.biz. 718-395-3214. JAZZ 966: 966 Fulton St. 917-593-9776. www.fortgreenecouncil.org/jazz966. Fri: 8& 9:45pm $15 don. KINGSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE: 2001 Oriental Blvd. 718-368-5596. www.onstageatkingsborough.org. Feb 14: 7pm Tatiana Eva-Marie & The Avalon Jazz Band. LITTLEFIELD: 622 Degraw St (bet 3rd & 4th Avs). www.littlefieldnyc.com. 718-855-3388. Feb 29: 8:30pm $10/12 adm The Westerlies. MADE IN NEW YORK: 155 5th Av. 718-6407000. www.jazzcafe.nyc. Sets: 7&9pm $20 adm. Feb 1: Kennedy Administration Band. NATIONAL SAWDUST: 80N 6th St. 646-7798455. www.nationalsawdust.org. Feb 5: 8pm $20 adm Rafiq Bhatia; 7: 8pm $25 Samora Pinderhughes; 26: 7pm $25 John Zorn’s Stone feat Miles Okazaki & Dan Weiss. ROULETTE: 509 Atlantic Av at 3rd Av. www.roulette.org. 917-267-0363. Feb 27: 8pm $18/25 adm Chris Pitsiokos & CP Unit. SCHOLES STREET STUDIO: 375 Lorimer St. www.scholesstreetstudio.com. 718-9648763. Feb 2: 7:30-9:30pm Russ Lossing Qrt feat Lena Bloch. 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. Feb 13: E Rebecca Hart & the Wrong Band; 21: E Kent State University Jazz Studies. SISTAS’ PLACE: 456 Nostrand Av at Jefferson Av. www.sistasplace.org. 718-398-1766. Sat: 9&10:30pm $30/25 adm. Feb 1: Rod Williams; 8: African Rhythms tribute to Randy Weston; 15: Dwight West; 22: Kenny Davis; 29: tba. SOAPBOX GALLERY: 636 Dean St. www.soap boxgallery.org. Ev other Sun 3-5pm Piano Hang (PHG) by David Berkman & Jimmy Greenfield. Sets/adm: 7:30-8:30pm, Fri-Sat 89pm, PHG 3-5pm; $20/10 except PHG $10. Feb 1: PHG feat Carmen Staaf, Art Hirahara, Vladimir Neselovskyi & David Berkman, 6:30pm Albert Marques; 5: Caili O’Doherty; 7: Pablo Vergara; 8: Ari Hoenig & Dan Weiss; 12: Sean Wayland Solo; 13: Glenn Zaleski & Tomoko Omura; 15: PHG feat Jeb Patton, Marko Churnchetz & Brian Charette; 20: Hayes Greenfield; 21: David Berkman Trio; 22: Chano Dominguez Trio; 26: Bruce Barth Solo; 28: Octavio Bugni; 29: PHG feat tba. SPEEDY ROMEO’S: 476 Classon Av. 718-2300061. www.speedyromeo.com. Sun 12-4pm Keyed Up feat Corin Stiggall Trio. LISTINGS...continued from page 20
WILLIAMSBURG MUSIC CENTER: 367 Bedford Av. www.wmcjazz.org. 718-3841654. $10 adm. Residency: Thurs 9pm Gerry Eastman & Carlton Holmes w/spec guest; Fri 10pm Jam w/Gerry Eastman & friends. Feb 1: 10pm Daniele Germani Qrt; 8: 8:30pm Kevin Oliver, Jr. Gp, 10pm Ariel Bart; 9: 7pm Love Jones Jazz series; 15-16: 10pm Itay Goldberg Qrt; 22-23: 10pm Matthew R. Smith Trio.
BUTTONWOOD TREE: 605 Main St. Middletown. www.buttonwood.org. 860-3474957. Sat: 8-10pm. Feb 21: Orice Jenkins; 28: The Modern Riffs. INFINITY HALL: 32 Front St. Hartford. 860560-7757. www.infinityhall.com. Feb 20: 8pm Jake Shimabukuro. PALACE THEATER: 100 East Main St. Waterbury. www.palacetheaterct.org. 203346-2000. Feb 14: 7&9pm Louise Baranger. SARAH’S WINE BAR: At Bernard’s. 20 West Ln. (Route 35). Ridgefield. 203-438-8282. www.bernardsridgefield.com. Feb 23: 6:308:30pm $27.50 adm $20/min tba. The SIDE DOOR JAZZ CLUB: At Old Lyme Inn. 85 Lyme St. Old Lyme. 860-434-0886. www.thesidedoorjazz.com. Sets: 8:30-11pm. Feb 1: Ronnie Burrage & Holographic Principle; 7-8: Cyrus Chestnut Trio; 14: Benny Benack III Band feat Alita Moses; 15: Joel Ross Good Vibes; 21: Noah Preminger Gp; 22: Dave Liebman Expansions; 28: Mike Casey Trio; 29: Chembo Corniel Qnt.
GRASSO’S: 134 Main St. Cold Spring Harbor. www.grassosrestaurant.com. 631-367-6060. The JAZZ LOFT: 275 Christian Av. Stony Brook. 631-751-1895. www.thejazzloft.org. Sets: 7-9:30pm. Wed: Jam. LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY-POST: 720 Northern Blvd. Brookville. www.liu.edu/post. www.tillescenter.org. 516-299-2895. Feb 2: 7pm $40 adm Jae Sinnett’s Zero to 60 Qrt w/spec guest Justin Kauflin; 14: 8pm $60-33 The Tap Pack. LONG ISLAND WINTERFEST: Wineries East End of Long Island. www.liwinterfest.com. Feb 7-Mar 8: ev weekend. PATCHOGUE THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS: 71 E Main St. Patchogue. www.patchoguetheatre.org. 631-207-1313. Sets: 8pm. Feb 6: $20 adm Judy Carmichael & friends; 16: $35-65 The Tap Pack; 27: $3969 Branford Marsalis. TREME: 553 Main St. Islip. 631-277-2008. www.tremeislip.com. Sets: Sun&Wed 711pm; Thurs-Sat 8pm-12am.
NEW JERSEY ESSEX BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH: 275W Market St. Newark. www.bethany-newark.org. 973623-8161. Feb 1: 6-7:30pm Jazz Vespers feat Samara McClendon. CLEMENT’S PLACE: At Rutgers University. 15 Washington St. Newark. Sets unless otherwise noted: 7:30pm. www.facebook.com/ continued on page 24
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By Don Jay Smith
HENDRIK MEURKENS TAVERN ON GEORGE / FEBRUARY 20 Hendrik Meurkens excels on two very different instruments: vibes and harmonica. He's considered by many to be the heir to the harmonica crown worn by Toots Thielemans, but his first serious instrument was the vibraphone, which he studied at the Berklee College of Music. World-renowned for his instantly recognizable samba jazz, Hendrik has a mesmerizing melodic style, deeply influenced by Brazilian music. With more than a dozen CDs to his credit, he has not strayed from his feeling that jazz should be both beautiful and accessible. His virtuosity and musicianship have enabled him to record and tour with many superb artists, including Jimmy Cobb, Paquito D'Rivera, Charlie Byrd and Astrud Gilberto. In New Brunswick, Hendrik appears with pianist Misha Tsiganov, bassist Joe Fitzgerald and drummer Samuel Martinelli. RODNEY MARSALIS NJCU / FEBRUARY 22 With father Ellis as patriarch and mentor of an acclaimed musical family that includes brothers Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason, the Marsalis name is known across the globe. Over the past two decades, cousin Rodney Marsalis has made his mark as an exceptional trumpet player. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, as a young prodigy he won scores of competitions. Rodney currently serves as principal trumpet with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. He also tours with Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, a group that blends jazz with other musical genres, wowing audiences with virtuoso performances ranging from Renaissance to New Orleans jazz. The Philadelphia Inquirer calls the ensemble "compelling" and "impressive," and Wynton declares, "No one plays absolutely beautifully all the time…unless you're my cousin Rodney." CARRIE JACKSON DEER HEAD INN / FEBRUARY 22 Carrie Jackson learned to sing in her local church in Newark, studying with the renowned Howard "Duke" Anderson. She attributes her emotional and passionate style to predecessors Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Dinah Washington and Nancy Wilson. But she has her own recognizable approach, a smooth, soulful sound that has enabled her to tour around the world and perform with a range of artists including Stanley Jordan, Earl May, Buddy Terry and Norman Simmons. The Star-Ledger calls her "a rich-voiced blues, ballads and jazz singer who knows how to put a song across," and Cadence magazine says she "takes the audience by storm with her charm and temperament." Pianist Dave Braham, bassist Takashi Otsuka and drummer Les McKee join Carrie. She also performs at Candlelight Lounge Feb. 15. VINCE ECTOR SHILOH BAPTIST CHURCH / FEBRUARY 29 Drummer Vince Ector sports an impressive résumé. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, spent six years with the United States Army Band, and has worked with jazz luminaries including Freddie Hubbard, Randy Weston, James Moody and Jimmy Heath. Vince is both an accomplished musician and a dedicated educator: He is a lecturer in jazz percussion at Princeton University, on the Jazz for Teens faculty at NJPAC, and a sought-after artist in residence. His current tour supports the 2019 release of his critically acclaimed recording Theme for Ms. P, dedicated to his mother. His music blends jazz, funk and pop, reflecting his diverse tastes. His Plainfield gig includes alto saxophonist Justin Jones, guitarist Paul Bollenback, organist Pat Bianchi, and a special guest: saxophonist Anthony Nelson.
Meurkens photo by Chris Drukker.
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jazz973. 3rd Thurs: 5:30-7pm Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens, 7:30-9:30pm Jam by James Austin, Jr. GATEWAY CENTER PLAZA 4: 100 Mulberry St. Newark. 973-624-8880. NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 1 Center St. Newark. 888-466-5722. www.njpac.org. Feb 29: 7:30pm $59 adm Bokanté w/Michael League. SOPAC: 1 SOPAC Way. South Orange. 973-3132787. www.sopacnow.org. Feb 16: 3pm $15/20 adm Wynton Marsalis & Juilliard Jazz Duke Ellington Ens, 7pm $20 Dave Stryker; 22: 8pm $32-42 Lisa Fischer & Taylor Eigsti. SUZYQUE’S BBQ & BAR: 34 S Valley Rd. West Orange. www.suzyques.com. 973-7367899. Free adm. Sun: 2-5pm Brunch w/Curtis Lundy Ens. Feb 3&17: 8-10pm Glenn Franke's BigBand. HUDSON The BRIGHTSIDE TAVERN: 141 Bright St. Jersey City. www.brightsidetavern.com. 201435-1234. Mon: 8pm Keyed Up feat Brightside Tavern Trio. FOX & CROW: 594 Palisade Av. Jersey City. www.foxandcrowjc.com. 201-984-2775. HEADROOM BAR & SOCIAL: 150 Bay St. Jersey City. www.headroombar.com. 201963-4565. Sets/adm: Sun 1:30-5:30pm/free; Fri-Sat 7:30-10:30pm/$20; $15 min. Sun: AllFemale Jam. Feb 14: Geovanni Arencibia & Songoson; 28: Andrea Brachfeld & Insight 29: Mike Casey Trio & Zaccai Curtis. NEW JERSEY CITY UNIVERSITY: 2039 Kennedy Blvd. Jersey City. www.njcu.edu. 201-200-2000. Feb 22: 8pm $35 adm The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass. HUNTERDON FLEMINGTON DIY: 90 Main St. Flemington. www.flemingtondiy.org. Feb 21: 7:30pm/$15 adm Horizons Qrt. MERCER 1867 SANCTUARY AT EWING: 101 Rd. Ewing. www.1867sanctuary.org/series jazz. 609-392-6409. Feb 2: 2pm Luiz Simas; 8: 2pm Joe Plowman & the Philadelphians; 9: 2pm Corinne Mammana; 29: 8pm Andrew T. Miles & Evan Miklosey. ALEXANDER HALL: At Princeton University. 68 Nassau St. Princeton. 609-258-5000. www.princeton.edu. Feb 22: 8pm $15/5 adm Jazz Vocal Collective w/Claudia Acuña. 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 1: Joe Ford; 8: WebT; 15: Carrie Jackson. HOPEWELL VALLEY BISTRO & INN: 15 East Broad St. Hopewell. 609-466-9889. www.hopewellbistro.com. Thurs: 6-9pm/ $15/5 don Jazz On Broad. Feb 6: Luiz Simas Trio; 13: Larry Fuller Trio; 20: Tom Tallitsch Trio; 27: Marty Grosz 90th B’day Party. McCARTER THEATRE: 91 University Pl. Princeton. 609-258-2787. www.mccarter.org. Feb 11: 7:30pm Gregory Porter; 28: 8pm Joey Alexander Trio. MIDDLESEX GEORGE STREET ALE HOUSE: 378 George St. New Brunswick. www.gsalehouse.com. 732-543-2408. The New Brunswick Jazz Project/www.nbjp.org. Tues: 8-11pm Emerging Artists + Jam. Feb 4: Hank AllenBarfield; 11: Liam Sutcliffe; 18: Graham Kozak; 25: Ryan Permaul. OLD FRANKLIN SCHOOLHOUSE: 491 Middlesex Av (RT 27). Metuchen. 862-368-
2202. First Sun: 3-5:15 pm CornerstoneJazz series. Feb 2: Mark Gross Band. TAVERN ON GEORGE: 361 George St. New Brunswick. www.tavernongeorge.com. 732545-6205. Wed-Thurs: 8-11pm free adm The New Brunswick Jazz Project/ www.nbjp.org. Feb 5: Victor Gould Trio; 6: Behn Gillece Qrt; 12: Keith Franklin Trio; 13: Lucy Yeghiazaryan Qrt; 19: Benito Gonzalez Trio; 20: Hendrik Meurkens Qrt; 26: Victor Jones Trio; 27: Gerry Gibbs Qrt. MONMOUTH COUNT BASIE THEATRE: 99 Monmouth St. Red Bank. www.countbasietheatre.org. 732842-9000. Feb 26: 8pm $35-79 adm Branford Marsalis Qrt. HERB ECKERT AUDITORIUM: At Senior Center South Brunswick Municipal Complex. 540 Rte 522. Monmouth Junction. www.sbarts.org/jazz-cafe. 732-329-4000X 7635. Feb 7: 7:30pm $6 adm Gumbo Gumbas. MORRIS BICKFORD THEATRE: 6 Normandy Heights Rd. Morristown. 973-971-3706. www.morris museum.org/jazz-showcase. Feb 10: 7:309pm Dan Levinson & Molly Ryan. MAYO PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 100 S St. Morristown. www.mayoarts.org. 973-5398008. Feb 13: 7:30pm $69-26.10 adm The Tap Pack. MORRISTOWN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: 50 S. Park Pl. Morristown. 973538-2132. Feb 15: 7:30pm Leonieke Scheuble Trio. SHANGHAI JAZZ: 24 Main St. Madison. 973822-2899. www.shanghaijazz.com. Free adm. Sets: Sun 6-8:30pm; Tues 6:30-9pm; WedThurs 7-9:30pm; Fri-Sat 6:15&8:45pm. Closed Mon. Feb 1: Eric Mintel Qrt; 7: Blue Soul Qnt; 12: Warren Vaché; 14: John Korba & Rob Paparozzi; 16: Daryl Sherman; 29: Dave Stryker Trio. PASSAIC WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY: 300 Pompton Rd. Wayne. www.wpunj.edu. 973720-2371. Sets: 4pm. Feb 9: Bill Charlap & Jon Faddis Duo; 16: Tribute to Harold Mabern. SOMERSET WATCHUNG ARTS CENTER: 18 Stirling Rd. Watchung. www.watchungarts.org. 908-7530190. Feb 22: 8-10pm The Big Easy Mardi Gras Bash feat Thaddeus Exposé, Arlee Leonard, Michael Green, Marty Eigen. UNION 16 PROSPECT WINE BAR & BISTRO: 16 Prospect St. Westfield. 908-232-7320. www.16prospect.com. Tues: 8pm free adm Feb 4&18: Arturo; 11&25: Carrie Jackson & the Jazz All Stars. SHILOH BAPTIST CHURCH: 515-521W 4th St. Plainfield. www.shilohplainfield.org. 908754-9053. Feb 29: 4-6pm Vince Ector.
NEW YORK STATE CATSKILL MOUNTAIN PIZZA COMPANY: 51 Mill Hill Rd. Woodstock. 845-679-7969. www.catskillmountainpizza.com. Wed: 9pm Jazz Night. The FALCON: 1348 Rte 9 West. Marlboro. www.liveatthefalcon.com. 845-236-7970. Sets/adm: 8pm, Sun 11am Brunch (B); $20 don suggested. Falcon Underground (FU). Feb 1: 7:30pm KJ Denhert & The New York continued on page 28
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ANOTHER REASON TO CELEBRATE
Keyed up IANIST MARILYN CRISPELL HAS all-star improvisational music credentials stretching back to the '70s. Over the decades she's gigged and recorded with the likes of Anthony Braxton, Pulitzer Prizefinalist Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Davis, Steve Lacy, Gerry Hemingway, Gary Peacock, Paul Motian, Henry Grimes, Joseph Jarman and a host of others. Her playing has been documented on dozens of albums as a leader or collaborator, as well as an appearance on Marian McPartland's "Piano Jazz."
Marilyn Crispell, Jazz Standard
Marilyn hasn't had a regular band in years, but she certainly hasn't been idle. She's stayed busy with solo keyboard projects and "playing with people who invite me." Joe Lovano is among those extending invitations. Marilyn has been touring with the saxophonist and appears on his 2019 recording Trio Tapestry (ECM), with drummer Carmen Castaldi rounding out the threesome. "The music sounds different from the record when we play it live," she muses. "Manfred Eicher produced it and he has different concepts of recorded versus live music, which led to interesting ideas for arrangements." Trio Tapestry ranked high in the 2019 NPR Jazz Critics Poll, as did The Adornment of Time (Pi), on which Marilyn pairs with drummer Tyshawn Sorey.
By Elzy Kolb
"Tyshawn had a residence at the Kitchen for several nights and asked me to play one night. The setting was very theatrical, in a way. He wanted the room to be completely dark, with just very low red lighting. The atmosphere influenced the music, which was totally free," she explains. In just the past year or so, Marilyn has demonstrated her versatility on other albums, including Dreamstruck (Not Two), with her frequent collaborators, drummer Harvey Sorgen and bassist Joe Fonda. "We're playing compositions and free stuff. There's an element of not knowing what's going to happen," which the pianist thrives on. On Dream Libretto (Leo) Marilyn is joined by violinist Tanya Kalmanovitch and keyboardist Richard Teitelbaum on a five-part composition. "I had been wanting to put this out for five years. There's a memorial piece for my parents and others," Marilyn notes. Seven piano and violin duets round out the album. The Woodstock-based pianist doesn't play the Big Apple too often, "Travel gets complicated," she notes. But this month she joins Trio 3 at Jazz Standard on Feb. 22 for an evening of music. Whoever coined the phrase "power trio" could have been talking about the collaboration of bassist Reggie Workman, drummer Andrew Cyrille and saxophonist Oliver Lake, aka Trio 3. Marilyn's Feb. 22 Jazz Standard gig with the threesome is part of Trio 3's fournight run, featuring a different pianist each evening; other sets include Vijay Iyer (Feb. 20), David Virelles (Feb. 21) and Jason Moran (Feb. 23). Her collaboration with Reggie, Andrew and Oliver stretches back over several decades and various ensembles and configurations, including frequent outings as a quartet. This time, "Reggie called me out of the blue, I was so happy. I've missed playing with them very much. I think it's the first time the four of us have gotten together in 20 years. I'm sure we've all changed in that time musically, but I expect it to be like getting together with old friends. I don't know what's going to happen, and that's exciting," she says. "I imagine we'll all bring some of our own stuff, and maybe do some free playing. They asked me to bring in some music. I've never been a prolific writer, I prefer to improvise rather than write. But I'm pulling out some old tunes we used to play. It's been a very long time." continued on page 26
Marilyn Crispell photo by Bart Babinski ECM Records.
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Keep an ear out for a variety of new projects Marilyn has in the works for 2020, among them: more touring with Joe Lovano, as well as the release of another recording with him later this year. She also has gigs lined up with Dave Douglas and Susie Ibarra, and a trio with Mike Formanek, as well as solo bookings and a trio recording as a leader. "I've been tying up a lot of loose ends. It feels like it's going to be a productive time. I feel stirrings of thing wanting to happen," Marilyn muses. "I feel like I have new energy for doing things lately. I was kind of burned out for a while." Hear now Seeking out seldom-heard material and making it their own is an ongoing goal for many musicians who enjoy the thrill and challenge in expanding repertoires and musical horizons. Kerry Politzer may have discovered her melodic holy grail when she heard Brazilian musicians in New York playing compositions by Durval Ferreira.
Kerry Politzer, Jazz Forum
Kerry recently released her sixth album, Diagonal: A Tribute to Durval Ferreira, on which she delivers a mix of tunes the Brazilian composer and guitarist wrote or co-wrote, along with three originals inspired by him. "He operated at the intersection between bebop and bossa nova. I wanted them to be in his style, with bebop-y melodies and Brazilian rhythms," notes the Portland, Oregon-based pianist. Diagonal is only the second album to pay tribute to Durval, who died in 2007. His daughter Amanda Bravo also released a recent homage. Durval earns high marks from Brazilian-music cognoscenti, but isn't well-
Politzer photo by Beth Olson Creative.
known in the U.S. Though he worked with artists such as Cannonball Adderley, Sarah Vaughan, Sergio Mendes and Leny Andrade, who recorded his compositions, Durval released only one recording as a leader. "It's the most wonderful album, with a fantastic cast of musicians and performers," Kerry says. "He always supported the careers of others. Durval was a sought-after accompanist and great producer rather than a renowned soloist." A performance and recording grant for a two-part Durval Ferreira tribute from Portland's Regional Arts and Culture Council supported the project, which presented a dual challenge. Kerry aimed to play a concert of the Brazilian composer's works as close to the source as possible, and also reimagine his material for the recording. To prepare, Kerryâ€”who recalls first seeing arrangements by the guitarist and composer in a workshop with percussionist Vanderlei Pereiraâ€”combed online archives such as imnub.org for tunes Durval penned pre-1970, and transcribed 30 of them. "For the first part of the project, I did a concert in Portland playing 16 of his tunes, close to his version. For the record, I wrote all of the arrangements, reharmonizing them, using new time signatures. I love Brazilian jazz and bossa nova and wanted to put my own spin on the material." She was accompanied in concert and on the album by her band Bossa PDX, which includes her husband, the noted pianist George Colligan, on drums. "We've played together since 2000. He's always listening, he always seems to know what you need," she says. Multi-instrumentalist John Nastos, guitarist Ben Graves, bassist Tim Carey and percussionist Simon Lucas are also Bossa PDX regulars. On Diagonal, Kerry provides vocals on several of the 11 tunes. She sang on some of her previous albums, but wasn't satisfied with the results. "I started taking singing lessons in Portland, and was emboldened to try again to do something with singing," she says. "I love the Brazilian bossa nova vocal tradition. I love to listen to it, it's soothing an uplifting to listen to and perform." Kerry heads east to celebrate the release of Diagonal at the Jazz Forum on Feb. 23; the gig also marks the New York debut of her originals written for the Durval tribute. Saxophonist Laura Dreyer, a long-time friend and colleague, joins her on the bandstand of the Tarrytown club. "We met in 1996, when we were both in Diva," the pianist notes. "She's an arranger and composer who has played a lot of Brazilian music. We're bi-coastal collaborators, playing together in Oakland, Portland and New York." Rounding out the quartet are bassist Eduardo Belo and drummer Mauricio Zottarelli.
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HOT FLASHES Emmet Cohen: To Learn from Legends HE YEAR 2020 PROMISES TO BE a remarkable one in the career of pianist and composer Emmet Cohen. As he enters his 30s, Emmet has seen his career evolve from that of a rising star to that of a leading talent in his field. As his star rose, Emmet also distinguished himself as an artist deeply dedicated to establishing ties with and celebrating the legacies of jazz's masters, touring with legends like Benny Golson, Ron Carter, Jimmy Heath and more. Indeed, Emmet has taken this celebrating of jazz's traditions even further, launching the Masters Legacy series in 2017, featuring live performances, interviews and recordings with some of the music's luminaries. Volumes three and four of the series, released in late 2019, find Emmet paired with Benny Golson and Tootie Heath on volume three and with George Coleman on volume four.
While jazz's history was shaped by an apprenticeship model in which younger artists joined the touring bands of elders to learn the craft, recent decades have seen a steep decline in this approach, making Emmet's efforts all the more crucial.
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"There are fewer musicians these days who were close to the source, who worked with Louis Armstrong or interacted with Charlie Parker," he explains. "That's so valuable, and I don't think it can be exactly captured in a traditional educational setting. We need to spend time around the jazz masters, the artists in their 70s and 80s." The Masters Legacy series Emmet launched embraces this mission, as each album not only pairs Emmet's band with a guest appearance by a jazz master, it also includes lengthy interviews and oral histories to document the life and music of the master. "It was so important for all of us to be around the jazz masters more and learn from them," he explains. "So the goal was not only to bring myself closer to the source of this music, but my entire generation, the musicians of my time." As his career continues to develop, Emmet will increasingly find himself in the role of mentor, and as such he'll be tasked with imparting these same lessons to younger artists, a notion he is actively contemplating. "I try to hire younger people in my band and pass on what I can," he explains. "But I am still learning. What I found by working with the jazz masters is that they are so open to learning from anybody. That's the key to being a jazz musician: You have to stay open, and you have to stay accessible." Following a lengthy bout of touring, Emmet returns to New York for a trio run at the Village Vanguard. While the drum chair is held by longtime collaborator Evan Sherman, the bass role is filled by one of jazz's most enduring legends: Ron Carter. "I find that in working with each jazz master you learn a new lesson from them. Ron Carter is a lesson in stoicism, professionalism and preparation. He is the most focused jazz musician I've ever been around. He has such attention to detail, and he tries to make the music new and fresh every single night. He's always stretching." Emmet Cohen performs at the Village Vanguard Feb. 18-23 with his trio. To learn more about the dates, or to find out more about the Masters Legacy series, visit www.emmetcohen.com. Education Jazz at Lincoln Center's Swing University begins its winter term in
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FRESH TAKES HILE THE BASS TROMBONE IS not the most common instrument in W jazz, Rebecca Patterson demands for it
the attention it deserves. Since graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2014 and moving to New York City, she has played with some of the most prominent big bands in the world, including the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, the Count Basie Orchestra, the Mingus Big Band and the Christian McBride Big Band. "I fell in love with the color the instrument added to larger ensembles like big bands and orchestras," she says. Though Rebecca uses her instrument in a supportive role with big bands, this month she takes the lead when she presents her original music in a quartet setting at Kitano. "There aren't nearly as many people playing bass trombone in an improvisatory way as there are with other instruments like saxophone," she notes. Rebecca sees this as an opportunity to innovate and take advantage of the instrument's unique qualities and textures in her compositions. HOT FLASHES...
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February. Classes on South African jazz, New Orleans jazz and Duke Ellington will be held alongside the Jazz 101 survey class. For more information, visit www.jazz.org/swingu.
Valentine's Day Freddy Cole offers his "Songs for Lovers" program in a special set at Dizzy's Club, paired with a special prix fixe menu. Visit www.jazz.org/dizzys for more information. At the Village Vanguard, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra does a special Valentine's Day show during their weeklong run. To find out more, visit www.vil lagevanguard.com. Vocalist Mary Stallings brings her quartet to Smoke Jazz and Supper Club on Valentine's Day. To make a reservation, visit www.smoke jazz.com. Up at the Jazz Forum, vocalist and songwriter Sherman Andrews makes a Valentine's Day appearance; go to www.jazzforumarts.org for more details. LISTINGS... continued from page 24
Unit; 9: B Judith Tulloch Band, 8pm Eric Person Qrt; 12: 7pm FU Jazz Sessions; 16:
By Addie Vogt
For this show, she is joined by LaFrae Sci on drums, Arcoiris Sandoval on piano and Iris Ornig on bass. "All of these musicians are top-notch players with amazing personalities that come through in their playing, and they have really been encouraging and supportive of what I am trying to do with my music," Rebecca says.
Rebecca Patterson plays Jazz at Kitano Feb. 11.
The Analog Jazz Orch; 19: 7:30pm Common Tongue w/Diana DeMuth; 23: Don Byron Qrt. LYDIA’S CAFE: 7 Old US Hwy 209. Stone Ridge. www.lydias-cafe.com. 845-687-6373. Sets: 7-10pm. Feb 1: Steve Raleigh Trio; 8: The Jazz Cats; 14: Patricia Dalton & John Espositio; 29: Bob Shaut Qnt. MAUREEN’S JAZZ CELLAR: 2 N Bway. Nyack. www.maureensjazzcellar.com. 845535-3143. Sets/adm: unless otherwise noted Sun 6pm, Fri-Sat 8; $20. Feb 1: + 9:30pm Freddie Bryant Qrt; 7: Mark Soskin Trio, 10pm free Jam w/Freddie Jacobs & friends; 8: + 9:30pm Billy Drummond Qrt; 14: + 9:30pm Tanya Garzia; 16: Gabrielle Stravelli Qrt; 21: Andrea Brachfeld Qrt; 22: Bobby Deitch Trio; 28: David Stern/Marc Copland Qrt. MILLBROOK LIBRARY: 3 Friendly Ln. Millbrook. www.millbrooklibrary.org. 845677-3611. Sets/adm: 5-6:30pm/free. Feb 8: Endea Owens; 29: Russell Hall. MOUNTAIN TOP LIBRARY: 6093 Main St. Tannersville. www.mountaintoplibrary.org. 518-589-5707. Sets/adm: 7-8:15pm/free. Feb 7: Endea Owens; 28: Russell Hall. QUINN’S: 330 Main St. Beacon. 845-202-7447. www.quinnsbeacon.com. Feb 10: 8:30pm $10 David Torn & Dean Sharp. TOWNE CRIER CAFÉ: 379 Main St. Beacon. 845-855-1300. www.townecrier.com. Feb 21: 8:30pm $55 adm Spyro Gyra. TRATTORIA MARBELLA: 151 Canal St. Ellenville. www.trattoriamarbella.com. 845647-9269. Feb 15: 7:30-10:30pm Tom Brendel & Son. continued on page 29
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B A C K S T A 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. Zoot Sims was one of the many tenor saxophonists who took Lester Young's style as a starting point for their own development. But Zoot also idolized Coleman Hawkins. He once told me, "Hawk never played a wrong note in his life." Zoot had a classic Volvo that he was very fond of. He had it completely overhauled, had it painted red, and polished up the chrome. He was showing it to Hawkins one day, and when Hawk turned the handle on the passenger door to look inside, the handle came off in his hand. He handed it to Zoot, who went around to the driver's side and opened the door for Hawk, and then put the handle in the glove compartment. Because the door handle had come off in the hand of his idol, Zoot never had it repaired. The handle remained in Zoot's glove compartment for the rest of his life. LIEBMAN...
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reminder of his time in the country. "These four elements—fire, air, water and earth— are a picture of my reflections on my Stroudsburg years," he says. "We moved back to New York because we had our time out there. We brought up our daughter, and we were able to make a scene there. And not to be morbid, but if I began in New York, I'm going to end in New York."
Dave Liebman’s Expansions performs at Deer Head Inn Feb. 21, The Side Door Feb. 22, and Dizzy’s Club Feb. 28- March 1.
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on the lyrics and changes. You learn a great sense of discipline. Of course, when you sing and play like I do, you've learned something: I never get in my own way."
Jay Leonhart brings his trio, with pianist Tomoko Ohno and drummer Vito Lesczak, to Jack Kleinsinger's Highlights in Jazz 47th Anniversary Gala on Feb. 13 at Tribeca PAC.
Joining them are saxophonist Steve Wilson, violinist Aaron Weinstein, percussionists Bobby Sanabria and Memo Acevedo, and a surprise guest. The trio also plays Mezzrow on Feb. 23. LISTINGS... continued from page 28
PENNSYLVANIA DEER HEAD INN: 5 Main St. Delaware Water Gap, PA. www.deerheadinn.com. 570-424-2000. Sets: Sun 5-8pm, Thurs 811pm, Fri-Sat 7-11pm. Adm varies. Residency (R): Thurs Jam w/Bill Washer & friends. Feb 1: Larry Fuller Trio; 2: Bill Charlap Solo; 6: R; 7: Bill Warfield & the Hell’s Kitchen Funk Orch; 8: Nancy & Spencer Reed; 9: Bibinger & Mazzaroppi Duo; 13: R; 14: Nancy Coletti Trio; 15: Marianne Solivan; 16: Erin McClelland Band; 20: R; 21: Dave Liebman Expansions; 22: Carrie Jackson & All Stars; 23: Billy Test Trio; 24: 7:30-10:30pm Matt Vashlishan & The Water Gap Jazz Orch; 27: R; 28: Bill Goodwin Qrt; 29: 7:30-10:30pm Lewis Porter Qrt. continued on page 31
A Moment You Missed by Fran Kaufman Hot House Contributing Photographer While roaming the showcases at the APAP conference at the NY Hilton, I ran into Allan and Pat Harris just as they discovered a full-page NY Times' article— complete with color photos—about Allan and his musical "Cross That River." The show tells the story of black cowboys in the American West, and Allan has made it his mission to keep this slice of history alive.
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YRO BAPTISTA'S SAGACIOUS and expressive face is framed by white C hair and a promising goatee. You won't
necessarily find him dressed in a long, flowing gown, yet he might chant like a high-priest, even when he is not performing. While the chant may not be to summon some lofty spirit, he is a die-hard practitioner of a unique musical religion: anthropophagia. The word is derived from the Greek, and means "eating one's own species." But in Cyro's world the meaning is hardly that dire. The practice comes from a celebrated palimpsest, Manifesto Antropรณfago, written by the Brazilian poet Oswald de Andrade in 1928 in poetic prose using the modernist style of Une Saison en Enfer (A Season in Hell) by the legendary French poet Arthur Rimbaud in 1873. Among other things the manifesto suggests an empirical truth: "Before the Portuguese discovered Brazil, Brazil had discovered happiness." On the matter of "eating one's own species," Cyro is unabashed. But his voracious appetite is only for devouring cultural topography of the world. He is a premier percussion colorist who dreams in and speaks the language of the world's myriad drums in an otherworldly rhythmic dialect all his own. The pulse of the earth is more than a rhythmic beat to Cyro. It is, he says, the heartbeat of life itself. "I am discovering more and more that my hearing is not normal, by any means. I can hear words, sounds and sometimes rhythm patterns with a great deal of a personal interpretation that is not always consistent with reality. The sounds of the environment, both nature and urban, in many situations salvage my day," he avows. "I feel the melody as being the mystic part of the music universe." Cyro dwells in the song of this universe. It has informed his music for 40 years.
Baptista photo by Eleonora Alberto.
During that time he spread the musical gospel of Manifesto Antropรณfago, first in Sรฃo Paulo and then New York in 1980, from where he evangelized the rest of the world. His illustrious musical path crossed those of a galaxy of stars from Daniel Barenboim and Kathleen Battle to Paul Simon, Milton Nascimento, Ivan Lins and legendary percussion innovator Nanรก Vasconcelos. About Nanรก, who helped Cyro on his iconic debut record Vira Loucos: Cyro Baptista Plays the Music of Villa-Lobos (Avant), Cyro reveals with profound gratitude, "He was my greatest mentor." After scores of recordings and performances Cyro remembers one with special awe: "Playing for 750,000 people in Central Park with Paul Simon, Michael Brecker, Steve Gadd and Olodum!" His latest work however, might top everything else. "I called it Glosso Lalia, which is 'speaking in tongues,' with a heavy connotation of religious trance. Sometimes I dream with a melody, but birds can do it at any time they desire. So Glosso Lalia combines the instantaneous poetry of birds' mystic improvisation," he says.
Cyro Baptista presents Glosso Lalia at Dizzy's Club Feb. 26-27.
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QUEENS AIRTRAIN JAMAICA STATION: 93-02 Sutphin Blvd. Jamaica. www.theairtrainjazz festival.com. Thurs: 5-7pm. Feb 6: Kevin McNeal; 13: Reggie Woods; 20: Ed Jackson; 27: Camille Gainer Band. DOMINIES: 34-07 30th Av. Long Island City. 718-728-1834. Sun: 9pm-12am Keyed Up feat Christian Coleman’s Trample Man. FLUSHING TOWN HALL: 137-35 Northern Blvd. Flushing. www.flushingtownhall.org. 718-463-7700. 1st Wed: 7pm $10 adm Jam w/Carol Sudhalter. JACKSON ROOM: 192-07 Linden Blvd. St Albans. www.jacksonroom.com. 718-5252387. Last Sat: 8-11pm. 8&10pm $20 adm incl snacks/beverage feat Ed Jackson Qrt. JAMAICA CENTER OF ARTS & LEARNING: 161-04 Jamaica Av. Jamaica. www.jcal.org. 718-658-7400. 2nd Thurs: 8pm $10 adm Thursday Night Jazz series. Feb 13: Luis Perdomo. LOUIS ARMSTRONG HOUSE MUSEUM: 34-56 107th St. Corona. 718-478-8274. www.louisarmstronghouse.org. Sun&Sat 12-5pm, Tues-Fri 10am-5pm: $10 adm Guided Tours of Louis Armstrong House. TERRAZA 7: 40-19 Gleane St. Elmhurst. www.terraza7.com. 718-803-9602. Sun: 9:30pm-2am $7 adm Jam w/John Benitez Trio; 2nd&4th Wed: 9pm TR7 Jam w/John Yao & Peter Brendler.
ALVIN & FRIENDS: 14 Memorial Hwy. New Rochelle. www.alvinandfriendsrestaurant. com. 914-654-6549. BEANRUNNER CAFÉ: 201 S Division & Esther St. Peekskill. 914-737-1701. www.beanrunnercafe.com. Fri-Sat: 810:30pm $15 adm. Feb 1: Jeremy Baum HB3 Trio; 8: Wali Ali Band; 15: The Carlos Jimenez Mambo Qnt; 22: Native Soul; 28: Haven Street; 29: Fat Boi's Brass Band. EMELIN THEATRE: 153 Library Ln. Mamaroneck. www.emelin.org. 914-6980098. Sets: 8pm. Feb 1: $60-45 adm Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Sound Prints Qnt; 7: $45-35 Cyrille Aimée. FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: 199N Columbus Av at E Lincoln Av. Mount Vernon. www.pjsjazz.org. 914-636-4977. 2nd Sun: 5:15-9pm $25 adm Second Sunday Jazz series. Feb 9: Sage. HARRISON PUBLIC LIBRARY: 2 Bruce Av. Harrison. www.harrisonpl.org. 914-835-0324. Feb 22: 2pm Libby Richman & Co. JAZZ FORUM: 1 Dixon Ln. Tarrytown. 914-6311000. www.jazzforumarts.org. Sets/adm: Sun 4&6pm $15/20; Fri-Sat 7&9:30pm $20/25. Feb 1: $25/30 Christian Sands Trio; 7-8: George Garzone & Jerry Bergonzi Qnt; 9: Rodrigo Nassif Trio; 14-15: Sherma Andrews; 16: Victor Jones Qrt; 21-22: $25/30 T.S. Monk Sxt; 23: Kerry Politzer Brazilian Jazz Qrt; 2829: Tony Glausi Qnt. 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.
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