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JERRY WELDON: I’m A Player
By George Kanzler
ENOR SAXOPHONIST JERRY T Weldon can’t wait to get out of pandemic lockdown.
“I’d like to get out on the road again,” says Jerry from his home in New Brunswick. “I’m a player, I like to get out there and play. I’ve never had a steady teaching job, I’d just rather be a player.” Jerry was already a player when he was in the jazz program at Rutgers in the late 1970s (he graduated in 1981), gigging around New Jersey and New York. “[Hammond B3 organ player] Bobby Forrester took me under his wing when I was still at Rutgers and I played gigs with him all around the New York, New Jersey area,” Jerry remembers. “I always liked the tenor-organ thing.” Playing with Bobby, and later with organists Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff and others cemented Jerry’s love of the organ-tenor combo sound. In fact, he reveals that his first live date in more than a year will be with organist Joey DeFrancesco in Austin, Texas, next month. “It’s a two-tenor gig, with me and Doug Lawrence on tenors— maybe three tenors if Joey breaks out his.” (Joey has added tenor to his arsenal of organ and trumpet in the past two years.) Jerry became a road musician immediately after leaving Rutgers, joining Lionel Hampton’s big band, where he stayed for
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six years, touring almost constantly. He laughs when asked how many times he’s played the famous solo—originated by Illinois Jacquet—on “Flying Home.” “Every night I was with Hamp,” he says. “I actually learned it before I joined the band, and it’s so engraved in my memory; I don’t need the chart anymore. I just played it again recently at a virtual concert by the Lionel Hampton Reunion Band at SOPAC in South Orange.” So how was he able to keep up the energy on that very extroverted solo night after night? “Hamp’s energy was so infectious,” Jerry recalls, “he had that fire in him that just pulled the band along with him. You had to get on his wavelength; he brought it every single time. That was a real blessing for me, especially as a young guy coming out of college. We were lucky in those days because we still had [the great big band leaders] Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson and Count Basie around, and all of them were hiring young guys, guys like me who couldn’t wait to get out on the road with these legends. I was fortunate to catch the last little piece of that.” After leaving Hamp, Jerry played around New York and on the road, often in organ combos. But in 1990 he was invited to join one of the few new big bands that would hit the road touring. “Harry Connick, Jr. was in Hamp’s band briefly, and one day on the bus he told me he was hoping to form his own big band and would I like to join it,” says Jerry. “And he was a man of his word, calling me when he was putting the band together.” In June of that year, Jerry played the first concert by Harry’s big band, at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton. He’s been a member of Harry’s big—and smaller— bands ever since. In fact, they were on tour in March 2020 when the pandemic put a stop to live performances. Although pandemic isolation has curtailed Jerry’s playing for audiences, he admits he’s had plenty of time to practice. “And I’ve been doing a lot more writing and arranging,” he declares. “I’m putting together music— standards and originals—for a sextet, trumpet, trombone, tenor sax, piano, bass and drums, I hope to record with. I’d also love to make a ‘with strings’ album. And work with a singer—put together a band like Houston Person and Etta Jones, tenor and singer, but I’m still not sure what singer I would like yet.” But most of all, Jerry wants to get out on the road and be a player again. Jerry Weldon leads a trio with organist Kyle Koehler and drummer Jerome Jennings in a virtual concert from Jazz Forum on May 13.
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NICKI PARROTT: Making the Most of the Lockdown By Don Jay Smith INGING AND PLAYING THE DOUS ble bass is not as easy as it looks, which is probably why there are so few musicians
who do it. One who does it really well is Australian vocalist and bassist Nicki Parrott who came to New York in 1994 on an Arts Council Grant to study with Rufus Reid, and never left. Her talent was immediately obvious and while still in her twenties, she was hired by the legendary guitarist Les Paul as his regular bassist at the Iridium Jazz Club. Thanks to Les, she got to work with many great artists who sat in with the trio including Paul McCartney, Slash, Steve Miller and Tommy Emmanuel. Les, who did not hand out praise easily, observed that Nicki “has that special gift you cannot buy in a music store.” Before the pandemic ended performances, Nicki was a highly sought-after musician, touring and performing around the world. Since coming to New York more than a quarter century ago, she has worked with an impressive list of top jazz musicians including Clark Terry, Bucky Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Billy Taylor, Randy Brecker, Michel Legrand, to name just a few. Her popularity has taken her to some of the world’s top festivals, such as the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, the 92nd Street Y’s Jazz in July Festival. She also finds time to help others, working with Women in Jazz, the Hilton Head Jazz Camp and the Litchfield Jazz Camp. When asked, Nicki is quick to list her
main influences. “Paul Chambers is first on my list,” she says. “But there are others including Rufus Reid, Ray Brown, Oscar Pettiford and John Clayton.” Her most influential vocalists include Peggy Lee, Ella, Frank, Nat King Cole and Eva Cassidy, a singer who passed away before she attained recognition. But in March 2020, everything came to a stop. Nicki and her husband, creative director and photographer Brian Wittman, were locked down at home. “It was very tough for the first few months,” she explains. “I did not know how to handle it. Now we just go day to day.” One of the first things that the talented couple did was create and tape Chez Nicki Jams, a video series featuring Nicki’s cooking talents and, of course, her singing and bass playing. She shows viewers how to prepare some of her favorite dishes such as Chicken Schnitzel and Country-Style Ribs. Through these short videos, she raises money for two of her favorite charities, World Central Kitchen and the ASPCA. Near the end of the month, she intends to begin taping new episodes of Chez Nicki Jams available via Facebook, Instagram and her YouTube channel. Nicki has also just released her 30th recording If You Could Read My Mind (Arbors Records), a collection of pop songs in a jazzy vein. The entire CD was produced virtually with only Nicki and pianist Larry Fuller recording together. The rest of the group—saxophonist Harry Allen, drummer Lewis Nash and French guitarist David Blenkhor—laid down their tracks from home studios. “We play a lot of different material on this recording,” says Nicki. “It’s a bit nostalgic because we took older pop tunes and reworked them. Because so many people listen to a wide range of music these days, we didn’t feel constrained to stick with the American Songbook.” Arbors Records let her select songs that had meaning to her. As she writes in the album dedication, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” is a tribute to their dog Humphrey, a Maltese who passed away in late 2020. And classic folk song “The Water is Wide” is dedicated to Brian. On May 6, Nicki is expected to film a performance with the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops Orchestra, featuring conductor Byron Stripling, as part of a jazz trio playing selections by George Gershwin and Irving Berlin. The program will be premiered on June 28 and run through July 10. Nicki Parrott joins the Pittsburgh Symphony and Byron Stripling in a virtual performance recorded on May 6 and premiering on June 28. Her YouTube series Chez Nicki Jams returns in late May via Facebook @ChezNickiJams.
Craig Harris: Bone Structure By Eugene Holley, Jr.
HE STYLISTIC RANGE OF THE T jazz trombone spans from the second line parades of New Orleans, to the outer
limits of the avant garde. And for 45 years, the Long Island-born, Harlem-based trombonist-composer Craig Harris has been one of the most eclectic and enduring masters of his instrument. With J.J. Johnson as his prime influence—along with Miles Davis and John Coltrane—Craig’s nine recordings as a leader, from Black Bone (1981) to Souls Within the Veil (2005), based on W.E.B. Du Bois’ seminal 1903 book The Souls of Black Folk, reveal his comprehensive musicianship, from late 20th Century post-bop to James Brown. His equally diverse 39 recordings as a sideman include his work with Sun Ra, Abdullah Ibrahim, Cecil Taylor and hiphop ensemble The Roots. A member of Harlem Jazz Boxx, a mobile, jazz/gospel performance consortium since 2014, on May 1, Craig plays at the annual Harlem Derby Music Fest, a musical component of a festival that celebrates the Kentucky Derby with fashion and food, and also pays homage to the Black jockeys who were a part of its early history. Craig leads a group consisting of pianist Yoichi Uzeki, vocalist Carla Cook, bassist Calvin Jones and drummer Tony Lewis. Harlem has been Craig’s base of operations for the past 20 years, and for him, jazz begins at home. “Harlem is the homeland,” Craig points out. “I'm walking the streets with James Reese Europe, Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker. Malcolm stood on the same corner right here…so much of the history is there. And I’ve been really spending my last 20 years making music in the community.” Craig’s community extends from Harlem to The Windy City via the score he composed for the Oscar-nominated motion picture Judas and the Black Messiah, a biopic about the young Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton who was gunned by the police in 1969. The director of the film is Shaka King, Craig’s nephew, who asked his uncle to write the soundtrack. Craig’s first foray into film scoring, which also features variations of Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s masterpiece The Inflated Tear, allows him to draw from the excellent education he received from Ken Makanda McIntyre’s music program at SUNY College at Westbury, where Craig graduated in 1976. “We’ve got a long tradition of great African American composers like Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones, Benny Carter and J.J. Johnson,” he observes. “And it’s only because of racism that a lot
of new people are not in Hollywood doing these films. I hope this [opportunity] opens the door for me, and for other people, to do more films.” On Judas, Craig originally wanted to improvise the score in the style of Miles Davis’ haunting 1958 French film soundtrack Ascenseur Pour L'échafaud/Elevator to the Gallows, but the pandemic altered his plan. With the assistance of veteran Hollywood film composer Mark Isham, Craig worked for months putting together elements of the music, and in September, he assembled an orchestra in the Manhattan Center to record. “Everything was COVID-19 compliant,” Craig notes. “We had 60 to 70 musicians who were spaced 12 feet apart. The woodwind instruments were in cubicles. The music had to be in plastic bags, and put on the stand before people touched it. And they took [the musicians’] temperatures. COVID-19 forced us to get into the future with technology, and that’s one of the most positive things about it.” Craig embraces technology through the various multimedia projects he leads. They include TriHarLenium, a musical portrait of Harlem from 1976 to 2006 before the coming of gentrification; God’s Trombones, a music-theatre opus inspired by James Weldon Johnson’s 1927 book of poetry based on Black sermons; Slide Ride, a trombone quartet and recording consisting of Craig, Ray Anderson, Art Baron and Earl McIntyre; and the aforementioned Souls Within the Veil. Craig’s forthcoming CD—scheduled for a spring release—will include selections from Souls Within the Veil, along with music inspired by Judas and the Black Messiah and by Craig’s observations of a New York City depopulated by the pandemic. “A lot of the music I wrote didn’t get into the film,” Craig says, “we need to record some of that music. I went down to Times Square…it’s like a ghost town. So I went through my archives. I got 15 years of music, and chose the things I wanted to record. I need to document this history.” Craig Harris performs with vocalist Carla Cook, pianist Yoichi Uzeki, bassist Calvin Jones and drummer Tony Lewis at the Harlem Derby Music Fest on May 1 in front of The Cecil.
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Ray Gallon: Meet Mr. Bow-Tie By Raul daGama
AY GALLON IS MR. BOW-TIE; PERR haps not the first because bassist Ron Carter used those words as a title for a
song on his album Mr Bow-tie (Blue Note, 1995). But Ron wouldn’t mind if the honorable title passes on to one he calls a “talented composer, arranger…and my dear friend.” Ray deserves that moniker for the Satie-like, melting sartorial eloquence of his minimalist aesthetic. Stretching the metaphor further, and in keeping with Satie’s iconic Gymnopédies suite, Ray’s music unfolds like dancing black dots that come alive in long, sculpted phrases, and lines that leap off the page, pirouetting in soaring, airy balletic maneuvers as he caresses the piano keys. This uncommon eloquence is soon going to be heard throughout the repertoire of his debut trio album Make Your Move (Cellar Music, 2021) due out this month. You might not be alone if you have not heard Ray lately. In 2020, the world seemed to stop spinning with the worst pandemic in more than 100 years, putting a proverbial garrote on the arts. But for at least three decades before that, Ray has inhabited the often shadowy piano chair with some of the world’s most celebrated musicians: Sheila Jordan, Ron Carter, George Adams, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Jackson, Benny Golson, Jon Hendricks and scores of other greats. “Yes, that was quite a ride,” he opines shyly, “I was always lucky to be in the right place at the right time.” There have, in fact, been many right places in Ray’s life so far. “As a teenager,” he reminisces, “I worked at J&R and manned the jazz records bin, where my friend [drummer] Kenny Washington, used to come by after
Gallon photo by Anna Yatskevich.
school. I was coming from a blues background and Kenny turned me on to who was who in jazz.” Ray’s real education began with Jaki Byard, the piano-playing partner in the greatest bands of Charles Mingus. “Jazz music history flowed out of Jaki’s fingers, from James P. Johnson to Cecil Taylor and Thelonious Monk…in a span of three minutes,” Ray marvels. “He would write wonderful things for me to practice. He was all about getting me to learn things with my left hand: ‘Get that rhythm going and make it swing,’ Jaki would say.” Jazz history, the rudiments of blues and jazz rhythm, harmonic intervals as well as a sense of classical decorum was something that Ray’s other mentor, John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet, taught him to value. It’s an important aspect of what he has carried throughout his life, along with the experience of listening to Hank Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Jimmy Rowles and other luminaries. Being a part of this hallowed continuum is something Ray views with a sense of reverence. “It’s my sacred duty to get the right things right,” he almost whispers. “That’s also what I tell my students at City College, NY, where I teach,” he adds. Ray has been living the music’s history, accompanying some of the finest musicians and playing behind vocalists who tell all the jazz stories and bring—and keep—the history of this great music alive. “Sheila teaches the art of listening,” he recalls. He learned that from playing for her workshops and accompanying her in live performances”. “Ray is very, very special. A wonderful jazz player,” Sheila says of him. But Ray is also a composer of considerable repute. His works have been recorded by George Adams, T.S. Monk and The Harper Brothers; his playing, lauded by the legendary Ahmad Jamal who lavishes praise on Ray, noting references to one of their mutual heroes Art Tatum. “While I in no way intended to emulate Tatum directly (I couldn’t if I tried!), I was inspired to utilize a few of his devices—the way he transitions from rubato into a spirited tempo through an ostinato bass line, his remarkably dissonant voicings and that little riff he plays to signal the end of each chorus,” says Ray of his rendition of “Yesterdays,” one of the two standards that appears on Make Your Move. Musicians like Ray also know that you can write all the “heads” and “bridges” you want, but it’s only after work-shopping the music before an audience that the music feels truly complete. All that is about to happen at a momentous event for Ray when he previews his new work on stage via Zoom May 9. Ray Gallon performs a solo concert followed by a Q&A via Zoom at Global Music Foundation May 9.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS recurrent online events
7:30pm Over the Hump w/Janice Friedman https://www.facebook.com/janicefriedmanmusic/ live
Mark Morganelli https://www.facebook.com/mark.morganelli
8pm WaHi Wednesday Jazz Hang https://www.facebook.com/mark.kross.3
7pm Jay Leonhart https://www.facebook.com/jay.leonhart.33
MONDAY-FRIDAY 5pm Alternative Venues For Jazz https://www.facebook.com/groups/altvenuesfor jazz
WEEKLY Sundays 2:30pm The Songbook Sessions w/Glenn Crytzer Qrt https://www.glenncrytzer.com/livestream 5pm Champian Fulton https://www.facebook.com/champianfulton Rossano Sportiello’s Live at the Flat in Greenwich Village w/spec guest https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1000130 14915972 6pm Music on the Inside feat Music While We're Inside hosted by Antoinette Montague w/spec guests https://www.musicontheinside.org 7pm Kat Edmonson https://www.facebook.com/katedmonsonmusic 8pm Acute Inflections https://www.facebook.com/acuteinflections
6pm It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere w/John Pizzarelli https://www.facebook.com/johnpizzarelliofficial 7:30pm In The Moment w/Ken Peplowski & friends https://www.facebook.com/ken.peplowski
Fridays 7:30pm Friday Night Jazz “at” Kismat https://www.facebook.com/kismatbar
Saturdays 1pm Jazz Vocal Repertoire Hang w/Marianne Solivan https://www.facebook.com/groups/1373847377120 45 2:30pm Covid Comfort & Beyond concert series w/Larry & Jake Newcomb https://www.facebook.com/larrynewcombgui tarmethod 5:30pm 72andsong series w/Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano https://www.facebook.com/eric.comstock1
Mondays 7:30pm Emmet Cohen Trio Live Emmet’s https://www.facebook.com/heyemmet
12pm A Closer Listen w/Seton Hawkins & Yunie Mojica https://www.facebook.com/jalcjazzacademy
Tuesdays 12pm A Closer Listen w/Seton Hawkins & Yunie Mojica https://www.facebook.com/dizzysclub 4pm WaHi Jam https://www.facebook.com/mark.kross.3bennet park 7:30pm Harlem After Dark, Unplugged feat Allan Harris https://www.facebook.com/theallanharrisband 8:30pm Newvelle Online Listening Session https://mailchi.mp/newvelle-records/listeningses sion?mc_cid=5b67c68e33&mc_eid=cdda309883
9pm Tamir Hendelman http://www.tamirhendelman.com
MAY LISTINGS *outdoors weather permitting **indoors subject to COVID regulations **AMERICANA KITCHEN & BAR: 359 US Hwy 130. East Windsor, NJ. 609-448-4477. www.americanakitchenandbar.com. Sun: 11am-3pm Jazz Brunch; Thurs: 5:30-8:30pm Mark Sganga. May 2: Keith Franklin; 9: Jon Krischner & Anna Kolchina; 16: Acute Inflections; 22: 6-9pm Jon Krischner; 23&30: Bianculli Trio. AN DIE MUSIK: https://andiemusiklive.com. Livestream: $10 adm. May 1: 3pm Bill Heid Trio; 2: 3pm Benito Gonzalez Solo, 7pm Grasso-Ravita Jazz Ens; 4: 7pm Fiasco; 8: 3pm Noah Haidu Trio.
BAR BAYEUX: https://barbayeux.com. Wed: 811pm livestream free adm Keyed Up series. May 5: Michael Weiss Trio; 12: Mark Shim Trio; 19: Dezron Douglas Qrt; 26: Abraham Burton Trio. **BARBÈS: 376 9th St. at 6th Ave. Brooklyn. 347-422-0248. www.barbesbrooklyn.com. Sets: 7-10:30pm. May 8: Big Lazy; 11: Jared Engel & friends; 12: Boss Tenor; 13: Stéphane Wrembel; 14: Pedro Giraudo Tango Qrt; 16: Zafer Tawil; 23: Jay Gandhi & Yacouba Sissoko; 26: Andy Statman; 28: Ben Holmes & Naked Lore; 30: Trina Basu & Arun Ramamurthy. BIRDLAND: https://www.birdlandjazz.com. BLACK MUSIC PROJECT: https://www. duboisdepartmentblackmusicproject.org. May 7: 7-9pm online Fire Fridays feat The Cats Talk Back mini concerts & panel discussions w/Reggie Workman, Steve Coleman, JD Allen, Nasheet Waits, Eric Revis & The Blood Brothers. BLUES ALLEY: http://www.bluesalley.com. 8pm: livestream. **BODEGUITA: 6 Suydam St. Brooklyn. www.bodeguitabar.com. Thurs: 6-9pm Rie Yamaguchi-Borden (except 05/20 Lamy Istrefi Jr. & 05/27 Billy Kaye) w/guests. May 6: JinJoo Yoo, Ki-hong Jang & Jamale D Deshon; 13: Gabriel Jodorkovsky, Jon Roche & Stefano Doglioni; 20: Aaron Dujiangyan Burnett & Will Slater; 27: Jack Glottman, Jon Roche & Julia Banholzer. BRAVE SOUND: https://bravesound.org. **BROTHER’S SMOKEHOUSE: 900 Rte 17. North Ramsey, NJ. 551-264-9073. www. brotherssmokehousenj.com. May 7: 8&10pm T.K.Blue Qrt. CARAMOOR CENTER FOR THE ARTS: https://caramoor.org. May 8: 8pm livestream Catherine Russell. *The CECIL: 210 W 118th St. (bet St. Nicholas Ave. & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.). NYC. www.harlemderby.com. 212-866-1262. May 1: 4-8pm Harlem Derby Music Fest feat Craig Harris Band. CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA FRIENDS OF JAZZ: https://friendsofjazz.org. May 13: 7:30pm online Joe Locke/Warren Wolf Duo. *CENTRAL PARK: At Summit Rock in Seneca Village. Central Park W & 83rd St. NYC. SatSun: 12-3pm (headliner at 2pm) Giant Steps Arts. May 1: Aaron Burnett Qrt; 2: Melissa Aldana Trio; 8: Marika Hughes New String Qrt; 9: James Brandon Lewis Freed Style Free Trio; 15: Mark Turner Trio; 16: Antonio Sanchez Trio; 22: Johnathan Blake Qrt; 2324: Nasheet Waits Qrt; 29: Abraham Burton Trio; 30: Antoine Roney Trio; 31: Jason Palmer Qrt. CHEZ NICKI JAMS: http://cheznickijams. com. CHRIS’ JAZZ CAFE: https://www.chrisjazz cafe.com. 7pm: livestream. **DEER HEAD INN: 5 Main St. Delaware Water Gap, PA. www.deerheadinn.com. 570424-2000. Sets/adm: Sun 5-7:30pm/$5; FriSat 7-10pm, Fri $15/Sat $20. May 1: Nellie McKay; 2: Patrick Kerssen Solo; 7: Corrine Mammana Duo; 8: Alan Broadbent Trio; 9: Walt Bibinger Solo; 10: 7-9pm $15 COTA feat Vincent Herring Qnt; 14: Jay Leonhart; 15: Jim Snidero Qrt; 16: Tom Kozic Solo; 21: Matt Vashlishan Qrt; 22: Marianne Solivan; 23: Regina Sayles Solo; 28: Silvano Monasterios Trio; 29: Giacamo Gates Trio; 30: Nancy Reed Solo. DIZZY’S CLUB: https://jazzatlincolncenter. squarespace.com/dizzys-club. Thurs: 7:30pm Live From Dizzy's. May 6: Paquito D’Rivera & Alex Brown; 13: Lakecia Benjamin; 20:
tba; 27: Sullivan Fortner. **The DJANGO: At Roxy Hotel. 2 Avenue of the Americas at Walker St. Lower level. NYC. 212-519-6600. www.roxyhotelnyc.com. Sets: 7pm. May 1: Lezlie Harrison; 6: Ian Hendrickson-Smith; 15: Mike LeDonne. **The FALCON: 1348 Rte 9 W. Marlboro, NY. www.liveatthefalcon.com. 845-236-7970. FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW: https://54below. com. May 8: 7pm livestream Marilyn Maye. **The FLATIRON ROOM: 37 W 26th St. (bet 6th Ave. & Bway.). NYC. 212-725-3860. www.theflatironroom.com. Sets: Sun&TuesThurs 6-9pm; Fri-Sat 6-10pm. Sun: “King” Solomon Hicks; Tues: Brandi Disterheft Duo; Wed: Susan Tobocman Duo; Thurs: Miss Maybell & The Jazz Age; Fri: Yael Dray Trio; Sat: The Blicker Blues Band. FLUSHING TOWN HALL: http://www.flush ingtownhall.org/events. 7pm: online. May 12: Jam w/Carol Sudhalter; 14: $5 adm OKAN; 21: Jihye Lee Qnt. GLOBAL MUSIC FOUNDATION: https:// www.gmfjazzsummit.com/concerts-online. May 9: 3pm Ray Gallon Solo. HARLEM AFTER DARK, UNPLUGGED FEAT ALLAN HARRIS: https://www.face book.com/theallanharrisband. 1st Fri: 2pm online. HARTFORD JAZZ SOCIETY: http://hartford jazzsociety.com/events. Online. May 2: 79pm Karrin Allyson w/Valley Jazz Voices; 10: 7-8:30pm Jay Hoggard Qrt. **HOWLAND CULTURAL CENTER: 477 Main St. Beacon, NY. 845-831-4988. www.howlandculturalcenter.org. May 15: 8pm $20/25 adm William Parker. JACKSON ROOM: https://www.jackson room.com. Last Sat: 8:30pm $10 adm livestream Ed Jackson Qrt. *JAMAICA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 153-10 Jamaica Ave. Jamaica, Queens. 718658-7400. www.jamaicapac.org. May 15-16: Downtown Jamaica Jazz Festival feat 05/15 12pm Samara Joy, 2pm Godwin Louis, 4pm Becca Stevens, 6pm Miguel Zenón, 05/16 12pm Joel Ross, 2pm Melissa Aldana, 4pm Sachal Vasandani, 6pm Ravi Coltrane. **JAZZ AT THE LODGE: 118 Croton Ave. Ossining, NY. www.jazzatthelodge.com. 917488-7187. Thurs: 7-10pm Organ Groove by Paul Connors. JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER: https://2021. jazz.org/virtual-season#bryanstevenson. May 21: 7:30pm online Freedom, Justice, and Hope feat the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orch w/Wynton Marsalis, Endea Owens & spec guest Bryan Stevenson. JAZZ CONGRESS: https://jazzcongress.org. May 17-20: online. **JAZZ FORUM: 1 Dixon Ln. Tarrytown, NY. 914-631-1000. www.jazzforumarts.org. Sets: Thurs: 7-7:30pm online; 05/28-30 indoors. May 6: Ray Blue Qrt; 13: Jerry Weldon Qrt feat Kyle Koehler; 20: Ayako Shirasaki Trio; 24: 8-9:15pm $15 adm Jazz Forum Premium Livestream feat tba; 27: Allan Harris Trio; 2829: 7&9:30pm $30 Helio Alves Qrt; 30: 4&6pm $20 Portinho Qrt. The JAZZ GALLERY: https://www.jazz gallery.org. Sets: Mon 6pm online Lockdown Sessions; Thurs 7:30&9:30pm livestream. JAZZ HOUSE KiDS: https://www.facebook. com/jazzhousekids. Sets: 6:30-8pm. May 5: Charles Mingus - A Jazz Icon of Contemporary Impact w/Ashley Kahn; 12: Soul Jazz Listening Party w/Christian McBride; 19: [INSiDE] THE JAZZ NOTE. JAZZ MUSEUM IN HARLEM: http://jazzmu seuminharlem.org. May 4&18: 7pm online Jazzonia - the Marriage of Poetry and Jazz.
JAZZ STANDARD: https://www.jazzstandard. com. Fri: 7:30pm online The Flip Side Sessions. May 7: Alicia Olatuja; 14: Kenny Barron & Dave Holland Trio. JAZZ WAHI: https://jazzwahi.org/vocal-series. May 6: 8pm online Jazz Wahi Vocal series. JAZZVOICE.COM: https://www.jazzvoice. com. Online masterclasses. May 1: 5pm Thana Alexa; 12: 9pm Camila Meza; 18: 9pm Jennifer Barnes; 26: 9pm Aubrey Johnson. KARRIN ALLYSON: https://karrin.com. 3rd Sun: 6pm online. **KEYSTONE KORNER BALTIMORE: 1350 Lancaster St. Baltimore, MD. 410-946-6726. www.keystonekornerbaltimore.com. Also online. Sets: Fri-Sat 7:30&9:30pm; Sun 5&7:30pm. May 1: 7:30pm Maimouna Youssef aka Mumu Fresh w/Nasar Abadey Qrt feat Sean Jones; 7-9: Bill Charlap Trio; 14-16: T.K. Blue & Billy Harper Qnt; 21-23: Dave Stryker Qrt feat Warren Wolf; 27: 7:30pm Camille Thurman & Darrell Green Qrt; 28-30: The Cookers. MARCUS GOLDHABER: https://www.marcus goldhaber.com. Mon: 5:30-6pm livestream Mondays with Marcus. May 3: Danny Bacher; 10: Freddie Bryant; 17: Aimée Allen; 24: Andy Erzin; 31: Andrea Wolper. **MARTINSVILLE TAVERN: 1979 Washington Valley Rd. Martinsville, NJ. 732-5631717. www.martinsvilletavern.com. Wed: 69pm Chris DeVito & Greg Grispart. **MAUREEN’S JAZZ CELLAR: 2 N Bway. Nyack, NY. www.maureensjazzcellar.com. 845-535-3143. METROPOLITANZOOM: https://metropolitan zoom.com. May 7: 7-8:30pm livestream Danny Bacher. **MEZZROW: 163 W 10th St. (bet 7th Ave. & Waverly Pl.). Lower level. NYC. 646-4764346. www.mezzrow.com. Sets: 7:30&9pm. Thurs: Spike Wilner. **MINTON’S PLAYHOUSE: 206 W 118th St. (bet St. Nicholas Ave. & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.). NYC. www.mintonsharlem. com. 212-243-2222. Sets: Sun&Thurs-Sat 7&9pm. Thurs: Jam by Vuyo Sotashe, Benny Benack III & Jenn Jade. *MoCA WESTPORT: 19 Newtown Tpke. Westport, CT. www.mocawestport.org. 203222-7070. Sets: 7pm. May 14: Isaiah J. Thompson; 28: Alexa Tarantino Qrt. *MORRIS MUSEUM: 6 Normandy Heights Rd. Morristown, NJ. www.morrismuseum.org. 973-971-3706. Sets: 7pm. May 6: rain day 05/7 Mike Davis’ Belated Bix Beiderbecke Back Deck B’day Bash; 20: rain day 05/21 Dan Levinson; 27: rain date 05/28 Antoinette Montague. NJPAC: https://www.njpac.org. 7pm: online. May 11: Discussion w/Norah Jones & Michael Leonhart; 27: Conversations on the Sarah Vaughan international jazz vocal competition by Christian McBride feat Cyrille Aimée, Jazzmeia Horn, Quinana Lynell, Laurin Talese & Samara Joy. *RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE: 80 E Ridge Rd. Ridgefield, CT. www.ridgefieldplayhouse. org. 203-438-5795. May 7: 7-9pm $45 adm Christian McBride & Tip City feat Emmet Cohen & Dan Wilson. ROULETTE: https://www.roulette.org. 8pm: livestream. May 4: Gelsey Bell & Justin Hicks; 7: James Brandon Lewis’ Red Lily Qnt; 12: Steve Swell/Tom Rainey Duo; 14: Tomas Fujiwara; 18: For Living Lovers; 21: Ches Smith/Craig Taborn/Mat Maneri/Bill Frisell; 22: Joel Ross. SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB: https://scullers jazz.com. Fri-Sat: 7:30pm online. May 1: A.G.N.Z. w/Jay Azzolina, Dino Govoni, Adam Nussbaum & Dave Zinno.
**SHANGHAI JAZZ: 24 Main St. Madison, NJ. 973-822-2899. www.shanghaijazz.com. May 1: 5:45&8pm “King” Solomon Hicks; 8: 5:45&8pm Alex Wintz; 9: 11:45am, 2&4pm John Korba Trio; 13: 7pm Audra Mariel; 14: 5:45pm Grover Kemble & Jerry Vezza Qrt; 15: 5:45&8pm Eric Olsen Revision Trio; 16: 6pm Al & Joe Elefante; 21: 5:45&8pm Blue Soul Qnt; 22: 6:15&8:35pm Helio Alves Trio. SHAPESHIFTER LAB: https://www. shapeshifterlab.com. **SMALLS JAZZ CLUB: 183 W 10th St. (bet 7th Ave. & W 4th St.). Lower level. NYC. 212252-5091. www.smallslive.com. Sets: 6pm livestream, 7:30pm livestream & live, jam 9&10:30pm. Jam: Sun Aaron Johnson Gp; Mon Miki Yamanaka Trio; Tues Evan Sherman Gp; Wed Benny Benack Gp; Thurs Carlos Abadie Qrt; Sat Stacy Dillard Gp. May 2: Peter Bernstein; 5: John Schneider; 6: Caroline Davis; 7: Greg Glassman; 9: Bruce Harris; 12: Yvonnick Prene; 13: Champian Fulton; 14: Mike Rodriguez; 15: Jeremy Pelt; 19: Gilad Hekselman; 28: Jeb Patton. SMOKE JAZZ & SUPPER CLUB: https://smokejazz.com. Fri-Sat: 8pm livestream. SOAPBOX GALLERY: https://www.soapbox gallery.org. 8-9pm: livestream. May 1: Kendra Shank Trio; 2: Vinicius Gomes Qnt; 3: Clovis Nicolas Solo; 4: David Berkman Trio; 5: Kali Rodriguez-Peña & Melange; 6: Gabrielle Stravelli Trio; 8: David Kikoski; 10: Michael Formanek Solo; 11: Paul Jost Qrt; 12: Mark Feldman Solo; 13: Valery Ponomarev Qrt; 15: Projeto do Momento; 17: Lauren Lee; 18: Jay Clayton; 19: Jim Ridl; 20: Roseanna Vitro; 21: Hayes Greenfield & Dean Johnson Duo; 22: Roni Ben-Hur Trio; 23: 3-4pm Jonathan Katz; 25: Assen Doykin Trio; 26: Zach Brock; 27: Sachal Vasandani feat Romain Collin; 28: Lafayette Harris & Houston Person Duo; 29: Shoko Nagai/Satoshi Takeishi's Vortex. SONY HALL: https://www.sonyhall.com. May 1: 8pm livestream The 8-bit Big Band. SUNDAY VOCAL JAZZ JAM: https://www.facebook.com/jocelynmedina music. Sun: 6-9pm online Vocal Jazz Jam by Jocelyn Medina w/spec guest + 7pm jam. May 2: Christie Dashiell; 9: Camila Meza; 16: Darmon Meader; 23: Judy Niemack; 30: tba. *TAVERN ON GEORGE: 361 George St. New Brunswick, NJ. www.tavernongeorge.com. 732-545-6205. Sun 1-4pm & Thurs 7-10pm: free adm The New Brunswick Jazz Project/ www.nbjp.org. *TERRAZA 7: 40-19 Gleane St. Queens. 718803-9602. www.terraza7.com. Sets: 7-10pm. Sun: 8:30-11pm Jam by Manuel Valera Trio; continued on page 12
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Tues: Jam. May 19: Kalí Rodriguez-Peña Band; 20: Pedro Giraudo Tango. **TOMI JAZZ: 239 E 53rd St. (bet 2nd & 3rd Aves.). Lower level. NYC. 646-497-1254. www.tomijazz.com. VAN GELDER STUDIO: https://www.van gelder.live. May 15: 9pm livestream Joey DeFrancesco Trio w/spec guest Houston Person. VILLAGE VANGUARD ONLINE: https: //www.villagevanguard.com. Fri 8pm-Sun 8pm: online. **WEST BANK CAFE: 407 W 42nd St. (bet 9th & 10th Sts.). NYC. www.westbankcafe.com. 212-695-6909. Sat: 7-9pm Gabrielle Stravelli Trio. WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY: https://www.wpunj.edu/wppresents/jazzroom-series. 4pm: livestream Jazz Room Series at Home. May 2: Steve LaSpina Qrt; 9: Houston Person & Bill Charlap. **WILLIAMSBURG MUSIC CENTER: 367 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn. www.wmcjazz.org. 718-384-1654. Fri: 10pm-12:30am Jam feat Gerry Eastman & friends. Hot House is not responsible for any inaccuracies in the listings which may have occured from late changes or pandemic related closures. Please check websites for up to date calendars.
A Moment You Missed by Fran Kaufman Hot House Contributing Photographer David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Tribute Band has been a mainstay of Wednesday evenings at Birdland. But since the Covid lockdowns began last year, the band has been spending weekends in Riverside Park, clocking more than 70 gigs. On the bandstand, er, bench, left to right: Alex Roderman, drums; Danny Tobias, trumpet; David Ostwald, tuba; Justin Poindexter, banjo; and Jim Fryer, trombone. Hoping to hear you guys indoors soon!
STAY-IN TUNES Spring New CD Releases
John Pizzarelli Better Days Ahead - Solo Guitar Takes On Pat Metheny (Ghostlight Deluxe, April 16th) John Pizzarelli, guitar.
John DiMartino Passion Flower - The Music of Billy Strayhorn (Gemini Music, April 30th) John Di Martino, piano; Eric Alexander, tenor sax; Boris Kozlov, bass; Lewis Nash, drums; Raul Midón, vocals.
Rebecca Kilgore Trio The Rebecca Trio – Vol. 1 (Heavywood, April 30th) Rebecca Kilgore, vocals; Randy Porter, piano; Tom Wakeling, bass; with Dick Titterington, cornet.
Steven Harlos The Piano Music of Dick Hyman (Arbors Records, May 5) Steven Harlos, piano.
Dee Daniels The Promise: Deluxe Edition (Cellar Music Group, May 7th) Dee Daniels, vocals; Dave Pierce keyboard & synth programmer; Michael Mitchell, keyboard; Felton Offard & Bill Coon, guitar; Bobby Floyd, piano, Rhodes & Hammond B3; Tim Fullerton & John Toney, bass; Dartagnon Gunn, Randall Stoll & Y.L. Douglas, drums; Sal Ferraras, percussion; strings: Dee Daniels, John Clayton, Terry Frewer, Meredith Bates, Serena Eades, Tony Kastellic, Cristian Markos & Evan Bates.
Ulysses Owens Jr Big Band Soul Conversations (Outside in Music, May 7th) Walter Cano, Benny Benack III, Summer Camargo & Giveton Gelin, trumpet; Alexa Tarantino & Erena Terakubo, alto sax; Diego Rivera & Daniel Dickinson, tenor sax; Andy Gatauskas, baritone sax; Michael Dease, Eric Miller & Gina Benalcazar, trombone; Wyatt Forhan, bass trombone; Takeshi Ohbayashi, piano; Yasushi Nakamura, bass; Ulysses Owens Jr, drums; Charles Turner III, vocals; with special guest Stefon Harris, vibes.
Acute Inflections 400 (May 11th) Elasea Douglas, vocals; Sadiki Pierre, bass.
Benito Gonzalez Sing To The World (Rainy Days Records, May 14th) Nicholas Payton & Josh Evans, trumpet; Makar Kashitsyn, sax; Benito Gonzalez, piano; Christian McBride & Essiet Okon Essiet, bass; Sasha Mashin & Jeff “Tain” Watts, drums.
Martin Jacobsen Straight Off (SteepleChase, May 15th) Martin Jacobsen, tenor sax; Hiroshi Maruyama, piano; Gilles Naturel, bass; Mark Taylor, drums.
Mark Soskin Ballad For A Rainy Afternoon (SteepleChase, May 15th) Mark Soskin, piano; Rich Perry, tenor sax; Jay Anderson, bass; Matt Wilson, drums.
Ralph Peterson Raise Up Off Me (Onyx Productions, May 21st) Ralph Peterson, drums; Zaccai Curtis, piano; Luques Curtis, bass; with special guests Jazzmeia Horn, vocals; Eguie Castrillo, percussion.
Dmitry Baevsky Soundtrack (Fresh Sound Records, May 24th) Dmitry Baevsky, alto sax; Jeb Patton, piano; David Wong, bass; Pete Van Nostrand, drums.
Alex Conde Descarga for Bud (Sedajazz, May 28th) Alex Conde, piano; John Santos, percussion; Jeff Chambers, bass; Colin Douglas, drums; with special guests Antonio Lizana, claps; Mike Olmos, trumpet; Jeff Narrell, steelpan; Sergio Martínez, cajón & palms.
OJOYO OJOYO Plays Safrojazz (Safrojazz Music, May 28th) Morris Goldberg, sax & penny whistle; Cecilia Tenconi, tenor sax; Chris Botti & Diego Urcola, trumpet; Tony Cedras & Richard Cummings, keyboard; Dan Carillo & John Guth, guitar; Bakithi Kumalo & Chulo Gatewood, bass; Anton Fig, drums; Kofo, talking drum; Cyro Baptista, percussion. Dara Tucker Dreams of Waking: Music For a Better World (Green Hill Music, May 28th) Dara Tucker, vocals; Cyrus Chestnut & Sullivan Fortner, piano & Rhodes; Dezron Douglas & Vicente Archer, bass; Johnathan Blake, drums; Joe Dyson, drums & tambourine; Giveton Gelin, trumpet; John Ellis, tenor & soprano sax.
“Terriﬁc new album. This is a winner. One of those records that we’ll play a lot of.” – Michael Jewett, WEMU
“Among the best CDs of the year.” – Michael G. Nastos, WCBN
“Among ten things that made the Montreux Detroit Jazz Festival magical: The Lunar Octet.” – The Detroit News
“Favorite Performance at the Montreux Detroit Jazz Festival: The Lunar Octet. The perfect melding of the elements of Latin and jazz. The horns played the most wonderful, modern sounds, harmonic modulations, and stark and searching melodic lines, while the rhythm was unrelentingly Latin.” – LA Jazz Scene
“One of the most innovative and dynamic jazz groups ever.” – METRO “Exhilarating big sound.” – Jazz and Blues Report “Some of the most intense, imaginative music being made, and some of the hottest percussion this side of the Amazon.” – Ann Arbor News
“...likely the most universally listenable band that performs anywhere. Strong comradery, shared vision, and high-level musicianship come together to make hearing their truly original music so special.” – Allmusic.com
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