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OPULAR MUSIC AND JAZZ HAVE long been entwined, but this incestuous relationship is the most entangled when it comes to singers. Endless debates arise not only about what constitutes jazz singing, but even: Who qualifies as a jazz singer? Do they have to improvise? To scat? Does it depend on the material being sung? The musical context? Back in the 1950s, Mercury Records actually divided the output of Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington between two labels, reserving Mercury for "pop" and Emarcy for "jazz," based largely on the musical backing and the repertoire. Today, we readily put the jazz label on singers who perform with jazz musicians or who interpret the classic, pre-rock, American Popular Songbook—preferably with more than a modicum of that ineffable quality called swing. One singer featured in this Winning Spins, Rebecca Kilgore, comfortably meets those criteria. The other, Cyrille Aimée, challenges our conceptions of jazz singing, although she does things definitely associated with that genre, including scatting, which Kilgore mostly ignores. While both are accompanied by combos, the instrumentation and dominant jazz styles are very different. The Harry Allen Quartet, backing Kilgore, is a swinging, mainstream jazz band. Aimée's quartet/quintet features two or three guitars, bass and drums playing predominantly in a gypsy jazz style. While Kilgore delves into classic and more obscure popular standards, Aimée’s selection ranges from Michael Jackson to bebop, chansons in French to Ellingtonia. I Like Men, Rebecca Kilgore with the Harry Allen Quartet (Arbors Records), explores the theme and serves, in part, as a tribute to the title tune's writer, Peggy Lee, including other songs Lee wrote or sang. Like Lee and Rosemary Clooney, Kilgore honors worthy songs by bringing a keen intelligence to her interpretations. She sings them with affection and enthusiasm, infusing them with emotional weight and, when appropriate, effervescent swing. In the latter sense, she's ably abetted by tenor saxophonist Allen; their long collaboration ranks them up there in jazz history with Billie Holiday and Lester Young, and Etta Jones and Houston Person and his trio, especially with pianist Rossano Sportiello. The program surprises in both selection and interpretation. The title song swings in the 2/4 associated with Frank Sinatra, as does the unexpected "Goldfinger." Freeman cover photo by Amandilo Cuzan
By George K anzler
Kilgore and Allen make the most of dipping, gliding notes on a waltz-time "The Boy Next Door;" "The Man I Love" becomes a fast swinger showcasing Kilgore's deft legato phrasing and "Down Boy," a rarity from Hoagy Carmichael and Harold Adamson, has the singer putting down eager male "wolves" with a saucy swagger. Kilgore proves adept at a variety of tempos and moods: from the rumba-tinged "An Occasional Man" and slithery 6/8 of "For Every Man There's a Woman" to the snappy clip of Lee's "He's a Tramp." Allen's obligati caress Kilgore's voice on "Marry the Man Today," from the stage version of Guys and Dolls, and "He Needs Me." The extra treasures are the obscure gems including "One Man Ain't Enough," a song cut from Broadway's House of Flowers by Truman Capote and Harold Arlen, and "He's My Guy" done as an instrumental (but do search out Sarah Vaughan's definitive vocal on Emarcy). It's A Good Day, Cyrille Aimée (Mack Avenue), features her band concept combining a gypsy and a jazz guitar with bass and drums with a Brazilian guitar added on eight of the 13 tracks. Aimée grew up decades after Kilgore, at the end of the 20th century in a corner of France imbued with gypsy music and the legacy of Django Reinhardt's gypsy jazz. Aimée's pert, velvet-toned voice can be reminiscent of Madeleine Peyroux or Stacey Kent, as it is on the opening standard, "Where or When," gently swung in a Django style. However, her voice lacks the melancholy of Peyroux or Kent's jazz-pop formalism. Aimée's sunny, ebullient singing is perfectly captured in her sun-drenched images in a bright, flower-print dress on the CD cover. Her lightly skipping, fast-clip vocal on the title song (another Peggy Lee tune) is as lithe as a summer breeze. Her own "Twenty Eight" and "One-Way Ticket" are love songs so joyous that their very naiveté is appealing. She's also a fearless musical adventurer: transforming the Michael Jackson hit "Off the Wall" into a folksy shuffle, scatting on her chanson "Nuit Blanche," making her lyrics part of the band on "Caravan" and zooming through "Love Me or Leave Me" with the breakneck finesse of Anita O'Day. Capping it all off is a hip duet: scat vocal and bass on Oscar Pettiford's bop classic "Tricotism."
Rebecca Kilgore and the Harry Allen Quartet appear at Birdland on Sept. 25 to showcase their new album. Cyrille Aimée performs at Rockwood Music Hall on Sept. 9.
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MID-TOWN MANHATTAN (Between 35th & 69th Street)
54 BELOW: 254W 54th St, Cellar (bet Bway & 8th Av). 646-476-3551. www.54below.com. Sep 30: 7pm $45/30 adm/$25 min Tony DeSare. AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM: 2 Lincoln Sq on Columbus Av (bet 65th & 66th Sts). www.folkartmuseum.org. 212-595-9533. Free adm. Wed: 2-3pm Bill Wurtzel & Mike Gari Duo. AMERICAS SOCIETY: 680 Park Av at 68th St. 212-628-3200. www.as-coa.org. Sep 30: 7pm Gian-Carla Tisera Band. B. B. KING BLUES CLUB & GRILL: 237W 42nd St. www.bbkingblues.com. 212-9974144. Lucille’s Grill (LG). Sep 3: LG 7&9:15pm Renee Manning Qnt; 10: LG 8&10pm Dave Stryker Organ Trio. BEER CULTURE: 328W 45th St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). www.beerculturenyc.com. Sep 7: 6-9pm Susan Tobocman & Lee Metcalf Duo. BIRDLAND: 315W 44th St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). 212-581-3080. www.birdlandjazz.com. Sets: 8:30&11pm, except Mon 7&9:30pm, Sun 6,9&11pm. Adm varies. Residencies (R): Mon 9:30pm Jim Caruso Cast Party; Wed 5:30-7pm David Ostwald & Louis Armstrong Eternity Band; Fri 5-7pm Birdland Big Band by Tommy Igoe; Sat 6pm except 09/13 Barbara Carroll; Sun 6pm Birdland Jazz Party feat Jane Monheit except 09/21 feat Beat Kaestli, 9pm Arturo O’Farrill Afro-Latin Jazz Orch. Sep 1: 7pm Molly Ryan; 2-6: Ralph Alessi Baida Qrt; 4: 6pm Nancy Kelly; 7: R; 8: 7pm Natalie Douglas; 913: 7pm Marilyn Maye, 9&11pm Christian McBride Trio; 14-15: R; 16-20: Coltrane Revisited feat Joe Lovano; 18: 6pm Kat Gang; 21-22: R; 23-27: Bud Powell B-Day Celeb feat Greg Osby w/Melissa Aldana 09/23-26, Jaleel Shaw 09/27; 23: 6pm Dena DeRose; 25: 6pm Rebecca Kilgore; 28-29: R; 30-Oct 1: Dave Liebman Big Band. BROADWAY THAI RESTAURANT: 241W 51st St (bet 8th Av & Bway). 212-226-4565. Mon&Sun: 6:30-10:30pm; Sat: 8pm-12am Rick Bogart Trio. BRYANT PARK: 6th Av (bet 41st & 42nd Sts). www.bryantpark.org. 212-768-4242. Mon-Fri: 12:30-2:30pm Piano in the Park. Sep 1-5: Frank Owens; 8-12: Kuni Mikami; 15-19: Yuka Aikawa; 22-26: Armen Donelian; 29-Oct 3: Ayako Shirasaki. CARNEGIE CLUB: At City Spire Centre. 156W 56th St. www.thecarnegieclub.net. 212-9579676. Fri: 9pm-12am; Sat: 8:30&10:30pm Sinatra tribute feat Steve Maglio & Stan Rubin 11 Piece Orch. COBI: At Pearl Studios NY. 516-922-2010. DAG’S PATIO CAFE: 342E 47th St (bet 1st & 2nd Avs). 917-471-4827. Wed 5:30-8:30pm: free adm/no min Nick Paulumbo Trio.
DAVID RUBENSTEIN ATRIUM: At Lincoln Center. Bway at 62nd St. www.lincolncenter. org/atrium. 212-875-5350. Target series. Sep 2: 7:30pm free adm Juilliard Jazz Ens. DIZZY’S CLUB COCA-COLA: At Jazz @ Lincoln Center. 10 Columbus Cr at 60th St. 5th Fl. www.jalc.org. 212-258-9800. Sets: 7:30&9:30pm; Late Night Sessions 11:30pm Tues-Sat, hosted by Michael Mwenso Thurs&Sat. Adm: unless otherwise noted Mon $25, Tues-Wed $35, Thurs-Fri&Sun $40, Sat $45, Student $25, Late Nights $5-20; $10 min. Sep 1: Michael Mwenso; 2-3: Mason Brothers Qnt; 4: $30 Bria Skonberg & Her Compatriots; 57: $35 09/7 Joe Temperley & friends; 8: Ladybugs Jazz Band; 9: $25 Peter & Will Anderson Qnt; 10: $30 Charles Turner; 11-14: Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band; 15: Joey Alexander Solo, Trio & More; 16: Donal Fox Innovations Duo; 17-21: $40 09/17 Monty Alexander w/Caterina Zapponi; 22-23: $30 09/22 Peter Bernstein Qrt; 24: $30 Sharel Cassity & Gary Bartz; 25-28: The Heath Brothers; 29: $25 Bob Stewart & Double Qrt; 30: Javon Jackson. Late Night w/Sep 2-5: Stephen Riley; 9-13: Riley Mulherkar; 16-20: Frank Basile & Steve Fishwick feat Osian Roberts; 23-27: Sammy Miller. E&E GRILL HOUSE: 233W 49th St (bet Bway & 8th Av). www.eegrillhouse.com. 212-505-9909. Tues-Wed: 8-11pm feat Craig McGorry Qrt or Matt Martysik Qrt. EDISON BALLROOM: 240W 47th St (bet Bway & 8th Avs). www.edisonballroom.com. 212-2017650. Sep 12: 7pm-1am $100/150 adm Joe Battaglia New York Big Band. FLÛTE EAST SIDE: 303E 53rd St at 2nd Av. 646-998-5434. www.flutebar.com. Wed: 810pm. Sep 3: Dorian Devins. FLÛTE MIDTOWN: 205W 54th St (bet Bway & 7th Av). 212-265-5169. www.flutebar.com. Wed: 7-10pm. Sep 3: David Coss; 10: Anna Elizabeth Kendrick; 17: Dorian Devins; 24: Melanie Marod. GRATA: 1076 1st Av at 59th St. 212-842-0007. www.gratany.com. Wed-Thurs: 8pm; Fri-Sat: 9pm. Ev Thurs: Sol Yaged. HUNTER COLLEGE: 695 Park Av (68th St bet Park & Lex Avs). 4th Fl. 212-772-4000. www.hunter.cuny.edu. IGUANA RESTAURANT: 240W 54th St at Bway. 212-399-9457. Mon-Tues: 8-11pm Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks. IRENE DIAMOND EDUCATION CENTER: At Jazz at Lincoln Center. 10 Columbus Cr at 60th St. 5th Fl. www.jalc.org. 212-721-6500/212-2589922. Swing University. IRIDIUM: 1650 Bway at 51st St. 212-582-2121. www.theiridium.com. Sets: 8&10pm. Adm varies/$15 min. Student 1/2 price adm 2nd set Tues-Thurs&Sun. Sep 1: Closed; 2: Shari Pine; 3: Joanne Shaw Taylor; 4-5: Popa Chubby; 6: Eric Gales Band; 7: tba; 8: Poogie Bell Band; 9: Patrick DeGennaro Band; 10: Tessa Souter; 11: tba; 12: Midge Ure; 13: Oliver Lake Big Band; 14-15: Terry Bozzio; 16-17: tba; 18: Ellen Foley; 19: Eric Steckel; 20-22: Allan Holdsworth, Jimmy Haslip & Gary Husband; 23: Andy Milne & Dapp Theory w/spec guest Ben Monder; 24: Bill Warfield Big Band w/spec guest Randy Brecker; 25-26: Roy Buchanan B-Day Tribute; 27: Nikki Hill; 28-30: tba. J. LANDRESS BRASS SHOWROOM: 153W 36th St. 5th Fl. Sep 26: FONT www.fontmu sic.org 12pm free adm Anniversary Celebration open house. JAZZ AT KITANO: 66 Park Av at 38th St. 212885-7119. www.kitano.com. Sets: Mon 811:30pm, Tues 8-11pm, Wed-Sat 8-9:15& 10-11:15pm, Sun 11am-2pm. $15 adm/ $15 min/set, except free adm+min Mon-Tues, $30 adm+min Fri-Sat, $35 buffet Sun.
Residencies (R): Mon Jam w/Iris Ornig; Tues except 09/2 Chris Ziemba Solo; Sun Jazz Brunch w/Tony Middleton Trio. Sep 1: R; 2: Billy Test Solo; 3: Monday Michiru Duo; 4: Aubrey Johnson Sxt; 5: Valerie Capers Trio; 6: Bill Mays Trio; 7-9: R; 10: Katsuko Tanaka Trio; 11: Akemi Yamada Qrt; 12: David Lopato Qrt; 13: Tribute to Jimmy Giuffre feat Ken Peplowski; 14-16: R; 17: Yuka Mito Qrt; 18: Larry Fuller Trio; 19: Judy Niemack Qrt; 20: Manuel Valera Trio; 21-23: R; 24: Diane Monroe & Tony Miceli Band; 25: Carl Bartlett, Jr. Qrt; 26: Antoinette Montague Qrt; 27: Ronny Whyte Qrt; 28-30: R. JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER: 10 Columbus Cr at 60th St. 5th Fl. www.jalc.org. 212-258-9800. Appel Room (AR), Rose Theater (RT). Sep 18: AR 6:30-8pm Opening Night Party David Baker to receive The Satchmo™ Award; 18-20: RT 8pm Valdés, Pedrito Martinez & Wynton Marsalis; 19-20: AR 7&9:30pm Bill Frisell; 2627: AR 7&9:30pm Marcus Roberts & The Modern Jazz Generation. JUILLIARD SCHOOL: 60 Lincoln Center Plaza. 212-799-5000. www.juilliard.edu. The LAMBS CLUB: 132W 44th St (bet 6th Av & Bway). www.thelambsclub.com. 212-997-5262. Tues-Wed: 7:30pm; Sun: 11am-2:30pm Jazz Brunch. LE CIRQUE: One Beacon Ct, 151E 58th St (bet 3rd & Lexington Avs). 212-644-0202. www.lecirquecafe.com. Mon: 7:30-10:30pm Musical Mondays. Sep 1: Closed; 8: Avalon Jazz Band; 15: Cole Rumbough; 22: Emanuele Tozzi; 29: Chris Norton. LE PARKER MERIDIEN: 119W 56th St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). 212-245-4535. Project 142 series: 811pm www.project142.org. Sep 5: $10 adm Rob Duguay & Jon Davis Duet; 6: free Leonieke & Natasha Scheuble; 13: $10 Mara Rosenbloom Solo; 20: $10 Scot Albertson Trio; 21: 7pm $15 Luiz Simas & Barbara Blonska Duo. LEXINGTON HOTEL: 511 Lexington Av at 48th St. www.lexingtonhotelnyc.com. 212-755-4400. LIGHTHOUSE: 111E 59th St (bet Park & Lexington Avs). 516-627-4468. Sets: 7:15pm. LOCAL 802: Associated Musicians of Greater New York Club Room. 322W 48th St (bet 8th & 9th Sts). www.local802afm.org. 212-245-4802. Mon: 7-9:30pm Jazz Foundation of America Jam. LUCY MOSES SCHOOL: At Kaufman Center. 129W 67th St (bet Bway & Amsterdam). www.kaufman-center.org. 212-501-3360. Jazz program. L’YBANE: 709 8th Av (bet 44th & 45th Sts). 212582-2012. www.lybane.com. Tues&Fri 9:30pm12am: Rick Bogart Trio. MASQ LOUNGE: 306E 49th St (bet 1st & 2nd Avs). www.masqbar.com. 212-644-8294. MEASURE: At Langham Place. 400 5th Av (bet 36th & 37th Sts). www.measurenyc.com. 212695-4005. Sets: 8-11pm. Free adm/1 drink min. Mon-Sat: Trio/Qrt, Sun: Solo. Sep 1-6: Lucio Ferrara; 7&14: Victor Gould; 8-13,15-18&29-30: Antonio Ciacca; 19-20&22-23: John Coltrane Fest; 21&28: Joshua Richman; 24-27: Rodney Whitaker. MERKIN CONCERT HALL: At Kaufman Center. 129W 67th St (bet Bway & Amsterdam). www.kaufman-center.org. 212-501-3330. MICHIKO STUDIOS: 149W 46th St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). 3rd Fl. www.robertoswinds.com. 212302-4011. Sets: 8pm/$15 adm. Sep 5: Stanley Chovnick & Linda Presgrave Duo; 19: Marc Mommaas & Jean Michel Pilc. MONKEY BAR: 60E 54th St (bet Madison & Park Avs). www.monkeybarnewyork.com. 212-2881010. Sat: 8-11pm Rosalyn McClore Solo.
The NATIONAL: 557 Lexington Av at 50th St. 212-715-2400. www.thenationalnyc.com. Sun: 6-10pm. Sep 7: Shoshana Bush; 14: Comic Tales of Tragic Heartbreak; 21: tba; 28: Fatum Brothers Trio. NATSUMI RESTAURANT: 226W 50th St (bet 8th & Bway). www.natsuminyc.com. 212-2582988. Tues: 5-8pm Joe Cohn Organ Trio. PEARL STUDIOS NYC: 519 8th Av (bet 35th & 36th Sts). 12th Fl. Studio A. 212-904-1850. www.pearlstudiosnyc.com. Fri: 7:30-10:30pm $10 adm Open Mic/Jam by Frank Owens for Singers, Tap Dancers & Instrumentalists. PERA MEDITERRANEAN BRASSERIE: 303 Madison Av (bet 41st & 42nd Sts). 212-8786301. www.peranyc.com. Free adm. Fri: 69:30pm. PETER JAY SHARP THEATER: 155W 65th St (bet Amsterdam & Bway). 212-769-7406. Free adm. Sep 12: 8:30pm Savassi Fest feat Egberto Gismonti. The PLAZA HOTEL: 768 5th Av at Central Park S. 212-759-3000. www.theplaza.com. 8:3011pm: free adm. Wed: Kat Gang; Thurs: Lapis Luna Qrt. ROBERT: 2 Columbus Cir, 9th Fl. 212-299-7730. www.robertnyc.com. Sets: Mon-Tues 6:309:30pm, Wed-Thurs 7-10pm, Fri-Sat 8-11pm, Sun 12:30-2:30pm Brunch & 6:30-9:30pm. The RUM HOUSE: 228W 47th St (bet Bway & 8th Av). www.edisonrumhouse.com. 646-4906924. Sets: 9:30pm-12:30am, Mon 10pm-1am. Residencies: Mon Terry Waldo & Rum House Jass Band; Sun Candy Shop Boys. SAINT PETER’S CHURCH: 619 Lexington Av at 54th St. (Citicorp Bld). www.saintpeters.org. 212-935-2200. 1st Mon: 7:30pm free adm International Women in Jazz Jam; Wed: 1pm $10 don Midtown Jazz at Midday; Sun: 5pm free adm Jazz Vespers. Sep 3: Barbara Carroll & Jay Leonhart Duo; 7: Aaron Diehl Trio; 8: 6:30pm Joe Wilder Memorial; 10: Sandy Stewart & Bill Charlap Duo; 14: Ike Sturm & Evergreen; 17: Marlene VerPlanck; 21: Fred Hersch; 24: 100th Anniversary Tribute to Matt Dennis feat Bob Dorough, Mary Foster Conklin, Roz Corral, Alex Leonard, Ronny Whyte, Boots Maleson & David Silliman; 28: FONT www.font music.org feat American Brass Qnt. SAN MARTIN RESTAURANT: 143E 49th St (bet Lexington & 3rd Avs). 212-832-0888. www.sanmartinrestaurantny.com. 1st Tues: 68pm Ron Odrich Qrt. SOMETHIN’ JAZZ CLUB: 212E 52nd St (bet 2nd & 3rd Avs). www.somethinjazz.com. 212371-7657. Sets: Early (E) 7-8:45pm, Late (L) 9-10:45pm, Night (N) 11pm-12:45am, add PM 5-6:45pm Sat-Sun. $12 adm unless otherwise noted/$10 min. Sep 2: E OSF Qrt; 3: E Yusuke Kono, L Valentina Marino; 4: E $10 Dave Acker Qrt, L Brothers of Contrapuntal Swing; 5: E $10 Steve Kaiser Qrt, L $15 Benito Gonzales Trio; 6: 6pm-12am Triune Jazz Fest feat The Exalt Gp; 7: PM Raimundo Santos; 8: E $10 Haruka Yabuno & Ehud Ettun, L $10 Terrence McManus; 9: E $10 Alex Navarro, L Cristian Mendoza; 10: E $10 Yoav Shlomov Gp, L $10 AGE Qnt; 11: E 7pm-1am free adm The September Concert/ The Heart of Jazz for 9/11 feat E. J. Decker; 12: L Mitch Marcus Qrt, N $10 PANOOC; 13: L $15 David Glasser Qrt; 14: PM NY Jazz Flutet; 15: L $10 Jonathan Galimore; 16: E Lau Tarinos, L $15 Tony Tixier Trio; 17: E Aline Almeida, L $10 Mike Armando; 18: E $10 Takeshi Asai Trio, L Amaury, N $10 Jeron White Qrt; 19: E Neal Kirkwood Trio; 20: 6-8:45pm Chester Jankowski & friends, L $10 Brust/Horowitz
Brust/Horowitz Qnt; 23: L $10 Junko Sakai Qrt; 24: E Gene Segal, L Claude Diallo; 25: E $10 Amadis Dunkel Qrt, $10 Adi Meyerson Qrt; 26: E New York Tokyo Connection; 27: E $15 Faure at Play, L $10 Noshir Mody Qrt, N $10 Paul Tafoya Gp; 28: PM $10 Jazz WaHi Vocal Workshop, E Project Grand Slam. The STRAND HOTEL: 33W 37th St (bet 5th & 6th Avs). www.thestrandnyc.com. 212-4481024. Sets: 6-9pm, free adm. 1st Wed: Low Key Trio. STUDIO 100 BAR: At Marriott Residence Inn. 1033 6th Av (bet 38th & 39th St) 3rd Fl. 212768-0007. Free adm/no min. Wed-Thurs: 710pm Trios. SWING 46: Jazz & Supper Club. 349W 46th St (bet 8 & 9th Avs). www.swing46.com. 212-2629554. Sets: Mon-Tues&Thurs 8:30pm, Wed&Sun 8pm, Fri-Sat 9:30pm. Residencies (R): Mon Swingadelic; Tues George Gee Swing Orch; Wed Stan Rubin Orch. Sep 1-3: R; 4&11: Harlem Renaissance Orch; 5&19: Ron Sunshine Orch; 6&13: Maulers; 7: Sarah Hayes & Savoy 7; 8-10: R; 12&26: George Gee Orch; 14&25: Professor Cunningham & Old School; 15-17: R; 18: Glen Crytzer & Savoy Seven; 20: Fleur Seule; 21: Felix and The Cats; 22-24: R; 27: Swingadelic; 28: Tamaths & TKO Band; 29-30: R. TAGINE: 221 W38th St (bet 7th & 8th Avs). www.taginedining.com. 646-373-6265. $15 min. Sets: 9pm. Sep 5: Russ Nolan Live Latin Jazz Band; 9: George Dulin Jazz Trio. TGI FRIDAYâ€™S: 677 Lexington Av at 56th St. 212339-8858. www.tgifridays.com. Sun: 6-9pm Marc Devine Trio. TOMI JAZZ: 239E 53rd St (Bet 2nd & 3rd Avs). Lower level. www.tomijazz.com. 646-4971254. Sets: Mon-Wed 8-11pm, Thurs 911:30pm, Fri 9pm-1am, Sat Early (E) 810:30pm, Late (L) 11pm-1:30am. Adm: MonWed Free/$5min, Thurs-Sat $10 adm/$10 min. Sep 1: Closed; 2: Richard Thai Duo; 3: Yoshiko Iwata Trio; 4: The Highliners; 5: Kuni Mikami Duo; 6: E Claire Duncan, L Tak Iwasaki Trio; 8: Marla Sampson Duo; 9: Florencia Gonzales Duo; 10: Craig Yaremko Organ Trio; 11: Scot Albertson Duo; 12: Racha Fora; 13: E Yukari Watanabe Duo, L Spencer Jones Trio; 15: Yayoi Filipski; 16: Chieko Honda; 17: Kathryn Allyn Duo; 18: Misa Ogasawara Duo; 19: John Watts Trio; 20: E Daniel Bennett Gp, L Annie Chen Trio; 22: Kristen Lee Sergeant Trio; 23: Ian Buss Trio; 24: Else of Jazz; 25: Senri Oe; 26: Renegade Su; 27: E The Complete Unknow, L Yusuke Seki; 29: Michael Gallant Trio; 30: Paul Lee Duo. The TOWN HALL: 123W 43rd St (bet 6&7th Avs). 212-840-2824. www.thetownhallnyc.org. Sep 27: 8pm Strange & Beautiful: A Celebration of the Music of John Lurie, The Lounge Lizards and Marvin Pontiac.
LOWER MANHATTAN (Below 34th Street)
6BC GARDEN: 6th St (bet Ave B & C). www.6bc.org/www.artsforart.org. Sep 28: InGarden Jazz 2pm Rob Brown, 3pm John Hebert, 4pm Jonathan Finlayson Gp. 11TH STREET BAR: 510E 11th St (bet Av A & B). www.11thstbar.com. 212-982-3929. Mon: 811pm Richard Clements & Murray Wall Jazz Express. 55 BAR: 55 Christopher St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). 212-929-9883. www.55bar.com. Sets: Early (E) 7pm except Fri-Sun 6pm, Late (L) 10pm. 1st Sat: E Ayana lowe; last Fri: Kendra Shank. Sep 4&17: E Duchess feat Amy
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HAS ALL THE UNSPOKEN YET intimacy of a family secret, IbutTunderstood represents an experience and state of
mind commonly shared by the world at large. Sensual, seductive and invitingly private, it nonetheless continually offers up a high-profile public face that is brashly familiar to music lovers across America. The issue in question is "jazz" and its interpretation both through and by the reigning Chicago-based jazzmeister and family patriarch, George Freeman. Born in 1926 on Chicago's rough and tumble South Side, he came of age during the era of Prohibition, Al Capone and the emerging styles of urban music. A jazz guitarist of epic stature, Freeman represents a generational bridge in a family legacy that is now eponymous with musical virtuosity in the Windy City and beyond. "Jazz means everything to me: the beginning, the middle and the end," states the 88-year-old Freeman. "Whenever I'm strumming a guitar, that instrument becomes a person to me; it talks; it feels and it's alive." Freeman's connection to his music is a relationship he nurtures and sustains daily. "I play every day, and I mean every single day," he says. "If I didn't play, my fingers would get cold, so to speak, and I'd know it. Most of all, the people hearing me would know it, too." The younger brother of the late tenor saxophonist and jazz legend, Von Freeman, George credits his older sibling for sharing his musical skills with him. "Von was my best friend and he taught me how to play and sing ballads," Freeman recalls fondly. Over the course of the last century and up to the present, the musical skills George learned from his brother have served him well and firmly secure a prominent place for him in the history, development and growth of jazz as a uniquely American art form. The full measure of Freeman's contribution to the world of jazz, understood through the legendary stature of those he has played with, encompasses the major jazz players of the past 50 years. Charlie Parker, Illinois Jacquet, Buddy Williams, Lester Young and Freeman's nephew, Chico Freeman, are among the jazz greats who counted George as an indispensable partner to their musical repertoires. In addition to his club appearances all over the United States, Freeman has also provided jazz buffs with albums that showcase and preserve his perspective and
sense of musical style. These works include Birth Sign, George Burns, All in the Game, At Long Last George and Man & Woman. Showing no signs of slowing down due to age or any other factors, Freeman is a welcome and familiar figure at various park concerts and clubs throughout Chicagoland. Over the last several years, he has appeared as an honored artist at Chicago's famed Millennium Park Jazz Festival and he's well known to jazz patrons at Chicago's Andy's Jazz Club, Constellation and the Green Mill Lounge. Mike Allemana, a family friend for more than two decades and chronicler of the Freeman family, was a business adviser to Von, and now works as a band member with George. "I've known the Freeman brothers since 1992," he says. "I provided business advice to Von right up to the time of his death. Right now, George and I have jam sessions together and we play various club dates all over Chicago and in cities across the nation." Currently enrolled as a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago, Allemana is pursuing a degree in ethnomusicology and writing his dissertation on Von Freeman. "George and I started a jazz band in 1997 at the New Apartment Lounge here in Chicago," he notes. In describing George Freeman and his contribution to jazz, Allemana states, "George is truly the last living bebopper. The man lives and breathes his music." That's a fitting legacy for some musicians but only a summary of things yet to come from George Freeman and his guitar.
The quartet of George Freeman on guitar, Eric Alexander on tenor saxophone, Mike LeDonne on Hammond B3 organ and Kenny Washington playing drums will perform Sept. 26 and 27 at Smoke Jazz & Supper Club. Freeman will also give a solo performance at the Lounge (Hudson View Gardens) Sept. 28.
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Cervini, Hilary Gardner & Melissa Stylianou; 15: E The Americas Project; 24: Sheryl Bailey 3. ABC NO RIO: 156 Rivington St (bet Clinton & Suffolk Sts). www.abcnorio.org. 212-2543697. Sep 30: Free Range Benefit/Festival. ALL THINGS PROJECT: At Neighborhood Chuch. 269 Bleecker St. 212-691-1770. www.allthingsproject.net. 1st Fri: 8&10pm free adm. Sep 5: Sean Smith Trio. ANALOGUE: 19 8th St (bet 5th Av & McDougal St). www.analoguenyc.com. 212-432-0200. ANTIBES BISTRO: 112 Suffolk St (bet Delancey & Rivington Sts). 212-533-6088. www.antibesbistro.com. Free adm/no min. Tues-Wed: 7-10:30pm. ANTIQUE GARAGE: 41 Mercer St. 212-2191019. www.antiquegaragesoho.com. ARTHUR’S TAVERN: 57 Grove St. 212-6756879. www.arthurstavernnyc.com. Sets: 710pm. Mon: Grove Street Stompers feat Joe Licari; Tues: Yuichi Hirakawa; Wed: Eve Silber; Thurs-Sat: Eri Yamamoto Trio; Sun: Creole Cooking. ARTS FOR ART: 107 Suffolk St. 212-2545420. www.artsforart.org. B FLAT: Basement 277 Church St (bet Franklin & White Sts). www.bflat.info. 212-219-2970. Mon 8-11pm & Wed 8:30-11:30pm: Jordan Young Trio. BABYLON SOHO: 15 Watts St at Thompson St. 212-390-8538. www.babylonsoho.com. Ev other Thurs: 8:30&10pm free adm/2 drink min Sessions@Babylon Soho feat Robby Ameen. BACK ROOM: 102 Norfolk St (bet Delancey & Rivington Sts). www.backroomnyc.com. 212228-5098. Mon: 9:15pm-12:30am. BAR NEXT DOOR: 129 McDougal St. 212529-5945. www.lalanternacaffe.com. Sets: Mon-Thurs Early (E) 6:30pm, Late (L) 8:30& 10:30pm, Fri-Sat 7:30,9:30&11:30pm, Sun 8&10pm. Adm: $12 all night + 1 drink min/set except Fri-Sat $12/set + 1 drink min/set, E free. Trios unless otherwise noted. MonThurs: E Emerging Artists series; Mon: L Vocal Mondays series. Residencies (R): Wed L Jonathan Kreisberg; Sun Peter Mazza. Sep 1: E Alex Nguyen, L Daniela Schaechter; 2: E Nick Lancaster, L Q Morrow; 3: E Nicholas Brust, L R; 4: E Rafal Sarnecki, L Tom Csatari; 5: John Raymond; 6: Paul Bollenback; 7: R; 8: E Paul Jones, L Elisabeth Lohninger; 9: E Kevin Clark, L Tyler Blanton; 10: E Ricardo Grilli, L R; 11: E Andrew Van Tassel, L Stranahan/Zaleski/Rosato; 12: Paul Meyers; 13: Ben Monder; 14: R; 15: E Olli Hirvonen, L Nora McCarthy; 16: E Tobias Meinhart, L The IN Trio; 17: E Benno Marmur, L R; 18: E Alex Levine, L Syberen Van Muenster; 19: Steve Bloom; 20: Mike Baggetta; 21: R; 22: E Jonathan Saraga, L Deborah Latz; 23: E Yehonatan Cohen, L Dmitry Baevsky; 24: E Nick Biello, L R; 25: E Casey Berman, L Gene Segal; 26: Nelson Riveros; 27: Leslie Pintchik; 28: R; 29: E Ben Bryden, L Sonia Sjanberg; 30: E Tom Finn, L Haggai Cohen-Milo. The BITTER END: 147 Bleecker St (bet Thompson & LaGuardia). 212-673-7030. www.bitterend.com. Sep 11: Savassi Fest feat 10pm Tulio Araujo Gp, 11pm André Vasconcelos Qnt w/Seu La. BLUE NOTE JAZZ CLUB: 131W 3rd St at 6th Av. 212-475-8592. www.bluenotejazz.com. Sets: 8&10:30pm + Late Night Fri-Sat 12:30am, Sunday Brunch 11:30am&1:30pm. Adm varies. Sep 1: Ty Stephens, 10:30pm Rebel Tumbao feat Toussaint Yeshua; 2-7: Billy Cobham Spectrum 40; 8: Mark Giuliana;
9-14: Odean Pope, Pharoah Sanders, James Carter, Geri Allen; 15-16: Youn Sun Nah & Ulf Wakenius Duo; 17: Gato Barbieri; 18-19: Talib Kweli; 20-21: tba; 22: Jane Bunnett & Maqueque; 23-24: The Cookers feat Donald Harrison, Eddie Henderson, Billy Hart; 25: Lou Donaldson Qrt; 26-28: Kenny Werner Qnt w/David Sanchez & Miguel Zenón; 29: tba; 30Oct 5: Chick Corea & the Vigil. Late Night w/Sep 5: The Flowdown; 6: East Gipsy Band w/spec guest Tim Ries; 13: Josh David & Judah Tribe; 19: Rabbi Darkside; 26: Sugabush; 27: Brown Rice Family. Sunday Brunch w/Sep 7: Mordy Ferber Trio; 14: Dizzy Gillespie™ All Stars. CAFÉ LOUP: 105W 13th St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). 212-255-4746. www.cafeloupnyc.com. Free adm/$5 min. Sun: Jazz Brunch 12:30am3:30pm, eve 6:30-9:30pm. Sun brunch: Bob Kindred, John Hart & Steve LaSpina; Sun eve: Junior Mance, Hide Tanaka & Michi Fuji Trio. CAFE NOCTAMBULO: At Pangea. 178 2nd Av (bet 11th & 12th Sts). 212-995-0900. www.cafenoctambulo.com. Tues: 8pm-12am $20 adm/$20 min Eric Comstock; Wed: except 09/3&10 7-11pm $20 adm/$20 min Hilary Kole. Sep 12-13&19-20: 8&10pm $30 adm/$20 min Andy Bey. CAFFE VIVALDI: 32 Jones St (bet Bleecker & 4th St). www.caffevivaldi.com. 212-691-7538. Free adm. CAPITAL GRILLE: 120 Bway (at Pine & Nassau). www.thecapitalgrille.com. 212-3741811. Free adm. Fri: 6:30-10pm Richard Russo Trio. The CELL: A Twenty First Century Salon. 338W 23rd St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). 646-861-2253. www.thecelltheatre.org. CHILDREN’S MAGICAL GARDEN: Stanton St at Norfolk St. www.artsforart.org InGarden Jazz. Sep 20: 2pm Ras Moshe Trio, 3pm Avram Fefer, 4pm Juan Pablo Carletti/Tony Malaby/Chris Hoffman; 21: 2pm Juan Quinonez Ens, 3pm James Brandon Lewis Duo, 4pm Steve Dalachinsky; 27: 2pm Daro Behroozi, 3pm Maryanne deProphetis, Andrew Drury, 4pm Oluyemi Thomas, Michael Wimberly. CITY WINERY: 155 Varick St (bet Spring & Vandam Sts). www.citywinery.com. 212-6080555. Sep 5: 8pm Lizz Wright. CORNELIA STREET CAFÉ: 29 Cornelia St. 212-989-9319. www.corneliastreetcafe.com. Sets unless otherwise noted: Mon-Thurs&Sun 8:30pm, Fri-Sat 9&10:30pm. Adm varies. Sep 1: Amram & Co; 2: TJML; 3: Noah Garabedian; 4: Patrick Cornelius Oct; 5: Kris Davis Trio; 6: John McNeil & Hush Point; 7: Sergio Krakowski Trio; 9-10: Savassi Fest feat 09/9 Paula Santoro Qnt, 09/10 Chico Pinheiro Qrt, 10pm Abelita Matheus Qnt; 11: Aruan Ortiz; 12: Jerome Sabbah Qrt; 13: Mat Maneri & Lucian Ban New Qnt; 14: Jane Ira Bloom & the Night Skywriting Trio; 15: Nick Grinder; 16: Maria Manousaki Qrt; 17: Jean Rohe; 18: Vinnie Sperrazza; 19: Robin Verheyen NY Qrt; 20-21: FONT www.fontmusic.org feat 09/20 Riley Mulherkar, 10:30pm John McNeil Qrt feat Ethan Iverson, 09/21 Igmar Thomas Gp, 10pm Trumpet Conduction; 24: Dmitri Matheny Qrt, 10pm Mark Taylor Secret Identity; 25: Greg Ward; 26: Mark Dresser Qnt; 27: George Garzone Qnt; 29: Sebastien Ammann Qrt; 30: Pablo Masis Trio. The CROOKED KNIFE: 29E 30th St (bet Park & Madison Avs). www.thecrookedknife.com. 212-696-2593. Tues: 7-10pm Iris Ornig Qrt. The CUPPING ROOM CAFE: 359W Bway (bet Broome & Grand Sts). 212-925-2898. www.cuppingroomcafe.com. Sat: 8:30pm Mal Stein. Sep 18: 7:30-10:30pm Miss Ida Blue. continued on page 26
OB STEWART HAS SPENT A LIFEtime educating young musicians and B providing the low notes for dozens of
recordings spanning 45 years. But now it's time for the tuba player to shine with a double quartet recording, and a performance and live broadcast at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The CD, Connectionsâ€”Mind the Gap (Sunnyside) is an aggregation of Stewart's experiences and influences told through the joining of a jazz group and a string ensemble. "It includes all different types of music, but it's all about the tuba," he explains after a recent rehearsal. "It's also about what songs I'm interested in playing: "Monk's Mood" since I learned about playing bass lines from listening to Monk's left hand; having known Mingus made me want to record his "Jump Monk;" and Frank Foster was very generous to offer the tuba player a solo when I was in his band. A lot of people bypassed the tuba. The whole album is about the generosity they showed and what helped to shape me." Stewart was born 69 years ago in South Dakota and grew up in Rhode Island where he started out on trumpet, but he switched to tuba during his junior year in college in Philadelphia when his trumpet chops started giving him trouble. With a music education degree, he moved to NYC in 1968 and started teaching junior high school and subbing on the bandstand for the only other tubist playing jazz gigs: Howard Johnson. In those early years, Stewart appeared alongside Carla Bley, Taj Mahal, Gil Evans, Charles Mingus and McCoy Tyner. He also performed in Sam Rivers' big band. "It was a great place to learn to play in a jazz setting; it helped me and bari player Hamiet Blueitt and trumpeter Joe Gardner to evolve differently," Stewart recalls. "When Mingus asked if I knew any
other musicians who played like me, I turned him on to Hamiet and Joe." In 1972, all three were on Mingus' Let My Children Hear Music, and on the live recording at Avery Fisher Hall for which Mingus hired Stewart as straw boss. "Mingus told me some of the people to hire; then he let me hire the other people. I was totally honored by his confidence and this CD is the first time I've had the opportunity to honor him." Stewart retired from public education in 2002: his last position was at the famed LaGuardia High School where he directed the jazz program for ten years. He still teaches a master's level jazz history class at Juilliard. "It's big fun!" he says. The First Line Band, the jazz part of the double quartet, includes two of Stewart's former Julliard big band students: trumpeter Randall Haywood and trombonist Nick Finzer. Matt Wilson plays drums and Stewart's long-time musical cohort, Jerome Harris, is on guitar. The PUBLIQuartet comprises Janniana Norpoth, violin; Nick Revel, viola; and Amanda Goekin, cello. Stewart's son, Curtis, plays violin in both ensembles. Curtis started on violin at age three and played alto saxophone in junior high and high school, but Stewart takes no credit for his son's jazz development. "He went away to school at Eastman and one day he came home and he was smoking already," Stewart recalls. "He blew me away. I said, 'Where did that come from?'" Curtis describes Mind the Gap as a personal shuffle, a mixtape, Stewart says. "If you think about the Mingus song, the Monk song, the Frank Foster composition, the five pieces of the suite called "In Color" that I commissioned Jessie Montgomery to write for me: it's like the movie "Six Degrees of Separation." That's what Mind the Gap is about. The music is a lot closer to each other than to other things but there's still a place where you really need to be accepting of 'What's that got to do with jazz?' or 'Why's that included in here?' There's definitely a gap between "Jump Monk" and "Libertango" or "Fishin' Blues" so the audience is going to have to mind the gap!" The performance will be different than the recording. "On the CD, the string quartet functions as an interlude but, in the performance, I don't want to make the interludes less than what comes next," Stewart explains. "They're extremely important because they totally set the mood. They're doing a great job with the music and the interpretation. I need that from the musicians since when I'm playing, I don't have a mouth to talk with: I've got that piece of steel on my lips. So, everyone has to have a point of view about how to play those 12 notes and it becomes very personal." continued on page 45
Stewart photo by Carolyn Appel
S P O T L ROTEM SIVAN SMALLS JAZZ CLUB / SEPTEMBER 1 Guitar modernist Rotem Sivan developed his musical style in his native Israel and further honed it over the past six years at The New School and on New York's Greenwich Village jazz scene. This young man takes an understated, shimmering approach, choosing his notes with great care, then stretching and bending them to achieve a lush, translucent sound. It's a voice that is Sivan's own, yet sourced from the same traditional vocabulary that's been a jumping-off point for other masters. The trio setting is Sivan's favorite format because of the musical conversation he can reach with his band mates: bassist Haggai Cohen Milo and drummer Mark McLean. At Smalls, they'll explore material from his new album, For Emotional Use Only, and other new originals. KF
JOHN ZORN VILLAGE VANGUARD / SEPTEMBER 2-7 Multi-hyphenated musician John Zorn continues the path he started 40 years ago by challenging audiences with new sonic textures. Whether composing chamber music or performing rock and jazz, Zorn's creativity blurs musical idioms. As an advocate for experimental music, Zorn founded the record label Tzadik in 1995 and opened the venue The Stone in 2005. In 2006, Zorn received a MacArthur Fellowship and in 2007 he was the recipient of Columbia University's William Schuman Award, which is given "to recognize the lifetime achievement of an American composer whose works have been widely performed and generally acknowledged to be of lasting significance." For his week-long residency, Zorn has included 12 bands from his "Book of Angels" series where they will perform music from Zorn's "Masada" Books Two and Three. EW
MARK GUILIANA BLUE NOTE / SEPTEMBER 8 Mark Guiliana is known primarily as a sideman but leading his own ensembles is not foreign to the 30-something drummer. Prominently accompanying bassist Avishai Cohen, Lionel Loueke, Dhaffer Youssef, Brad Mehldau and ethnic pop singer Matisyahu, Guiliana's technique and soul extend far beyond his brief ten years on the jazz scene. You can rightly expect his music to be contemporary, flavored with electronics, free of constrictions and eminently listenable. This is a release party for two discs on his Beat Music label: My Life Starts Now and Beat Music—The Los Angeles Improvisations. Guiliana will be joined by electric bassist Chris Morrisey, keyboardists Yuki Hirano and Jason Lindner, vocalists Gretchen Parlato and Jeff Taylor, and Steve Wall playing electronic embellishments. MGN
THE SEPTEMBER CONCERT: THE HEART OF JAZZ FOR 9/11 SOMETHIN' JAZZ CLUB / SEPTEMBER 11 Each year, musicians from all corners of New York's jazz community volunteer for The September Concert to remember and honor those touched by the events of Sept. 11, 2001. The free concert always brings out a great mix of players and singers—some of whom are meeting for the first time—performing in an intriguing variety of configurations devised by singer E.J. Decker, producer of the annual event. Besides Decker, bassist Ratzo B. Harris, singers Melissa Hamilton and Anne Phillips and pianist James Weidman have participated each year and there's always a full complement of new recruits. Expect to hear jazz standards, ballads and songbook favorites and let's hope Decker will sing something from his new release, A Job of Work (Tales from the Great Recession). EK
OLIVER LAKE IRIDIUM / SEPTEMBER 13 Best known as a jazz alto saxophonist, Oliver Lake is also a performer, published poet and visual artist. His musical experiences are vast and impressive, including work with rappers and turntable DJs and arranging for Bjork and A Tribe Called Quest. He was a co-founder of the St. Louis Black Artists Group in the 1960s, and of the World Saxophone Quartet with David Murray, Julius Hemphill and Hamiet Bluiett, in 1977. His other groups have included his Steel Quartet featuring his sax and flute with steel pans in a hybrid of Caribbean music and jazz; Jump Up, a roots/reggae band, and an organ quartet. For a decade he's also been leading the 17-piece big band that will appear at this gig. GK
By Ken Dryden, Ken Franckling, Seton Hawkins, Georg
Guiliana photo by Deneka Peniston, Kireyev by John Guillemin, Owl Trio by Jimmy Katz
L I G H T OWL TRIO JAZZ STANDARD / SEPTEMBER 16 Signifying the first names of each memberâ€”UK born bassist Orlando LeFleming, British native alto saxophonist Will Vinson and Norwegian electric guitarist Lage Lundâ€”the OWL Trio is wise beyond their years and potent as any drummerless group today. Based on the music included in their 2013 Lossen label debut CD, the OWL Trio presents a mix of progressive and mainstream jazz, fueled by the unique melodic and harmonic ideas of Vinson and Lund. They play on an intimate rather than an intense level, working in a sub-strata chamber music style that draws allured listeners into their sphere of influence. You'll hear many original contributions penned by the members collectively or individually, as well as the music of John Coltrane, Jim Hall, Duke Ellington and other jazz icons. MGN
GEOFFREY KEEZER SUBCULTURE / SEPTEMBER 17 The accomplishments of pianist Geoffrey Keezer are impressive. Recruited to play with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers while in his teens, Keezer has appeared on CDs by Art Farmer, Jim Hall, Ray Brown and Benny Golson. He was one of five all-star players in the Contemporary Piano Ensemble and he served as musical director for several releases by vocalist Denise Donatelli. Keezer has recorded extensively as a leader and soloist. Along with performing his striking originals he has a gift for finding new approaches to standard fare and seeing potential in overlooked gems. At SubCulture, as on his most recent release, Heart of the Piano, he plays unaccompanied, showcasing his range of musical interests that extend beyond jazz to tunes by Peter Gabriel, Alanis Morissette and Rush. KD
LARRY FULLER JAZZ AT KITANO / SEPTEMBER 18 It's no wonder why luminaries like Ray Brown, John Pizzarelli and Jeff Hamilton have relied upon the pianistic talents of Larry Fuller. Sporting extraordinary keyboard chops paired with a devout sense of swing, Fuller has proven a consistently consummate sideman whose remarkable abilities had until recently remained woefully under the radar. However, the past few years have born witness to Fuller increasingly stepping out as a leader. This year, in particular, has been marked by a busy touring schedule for the pianist's trio as well as a new album due out this month. At this performance, Fuller will be joined by bassist Ben Wolfe and drummer Aaron Kimmel in what is certain to be a wonderful treat for piano trio aficionados. SH
OLEG KIREYEV THE FALCON / SEPTEMBER 21 AND SYMPHONY SPACE / SEPTEMBER 25 Brandishing a throaty, full-bodied tone, Russian saxophonist Oleg Kireyev has developed a technique that takes its timbral cues from titans like Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster, while his musical aesthetics resonate heavily with the post-Coltrane explorations of Pharoah Sanders. An in-demand collaborator to artists like Hal Galper, Tom Harrell and James Weidman, Kireyev has also spearheaded a variety of projects designed to showcase his talents as a composer and bandleader. This month, he will present the United States debut of his self-styled "ethno-jazz" ensemble, Orlan, as it performs music from Kireyev's Bashkir Caravan CD. An array of styles ranging from New Age to fusion to straight-ahead to even a flirtation with throat singing will punctuate the sets from this idiosyncratic artist. SH
RODNEY WHITAKER MEASURE / SEPTEMBER 24-27 Acoustic bassist Rodney Whitaker came out of the mean streets in Detroit to become a prominent performer, recording artist and, currently, the Director of Jazz Studies at Michigan State University. He returns to NYC, where he triumphed as a sideman for Wynton Marsalis many years ago, with a group called Soul-R Energy which is based on gospel, R&B and soul music in a mainstream jazz context. Their new CD for Mack Avenue reflects Whitaker's time in Motor City and his experience working with drummer Carl Allen on similar music for the label. This is an updated ensemble from the original band, featuring alto saxophonist Adam Rongo, trombonist Michael Dease, keyboardists Sarah Slonim or Emmett Cohen, drummer Lawrence Leathers and vocalist Rockelle Fortin. MGN
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The CUTTING ROOM: 32nd St (bet Madison & Park Av). www.thecuttingroomnyc.com. 212-260-0905. Sep 6: 9:30pm All-star Gil Evans Orch Alumn; 22: 6pm Benefit for The Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine feat Jon Batiste; 27: 11:30pm-1am $25/20 adm $20 min The City Boys Allstars; 29: 7:30pm $25/20 adm $20 min Frank Vignola Guitar Night w/Vinny Raniolo, Bucky Pizzarelli, Julian Lage, Olli Soikkeli & spec guests Al Caiola & Julian Lage. The DEAD RABBIT GROCERY & GROG: 30 Water St (Broad & Old Slip Sts). 646-4227906. www.deadrabbitnyc.com. Fri: 9pm-1am Terry Waldo Solo. DESMOND’S STEAKHOUSE: 513 7th Av at 38th St. www.desmondssteakhouse.com. 212-391-6900. Sun: 11:30am-4pm Jazz Brunch. DOMA NA ROHU: 17 Perry St at 7th Av. 212929-4339. www.domanyc.com. $10 min. Wed: 7:30&9pm Gypsy Jazz feat Jon Burr Trio; Sat: 8&9:15pm. 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. Sep 7: 8pm Savassi Fest feat Segio Krakowski & Edmar Castaneda Duo; 12: 11:30pm Svetlana & The Delancey Five; 13: 7:30pm Natalie Cressman; 20: 8pm Bria Skonberg; 23: 7:30pm Rudy Linka; 23: 9:30pm Carte Blanche. DUANE PARK CAFÉ: 157 Duane St (bet Hudson & W Bway). www.duaneparknyc.com. 212-732-5555. Fri: 9pm Plume Revue feat DP Jazz Qrt. The EAR INN: 326 Spring St (bet Greenwich & Washington Sts). www.earinn.com. 212-4319750. Sun: 8-11pm EarRegulars w/Jon-Erik Kellso & friends. Sep 7: w/Scott Robinson & Greg Cohen; 14: w/Dan Barrett. ELLA LOUNGE: 9 Avenue A (bet 1st & 2nd Avs). www.ellalounge.com. 212-777-2230. Fri: 8pm Dandy Wellington Band. FAT CAT: 75 Christopher St at 7th Av. 212-6756056. www.fatcatmusic.org. $3 adm/no min. Sets unless otherwise noted: Early (E), Late (L), Night (N); Mon E 6pm, L 9pm, N 12:30am; Tues-Wed E 7pm, L 9pm, N 12:30am; Thurs&Sat E 7pm, L 10pm, N 1:30am; Fri E 6pm, L 9pm + 10:30pm, N 1:30am; Sun E 6pm, L 9pm, N 12:30am. Ev N: Jam. Residencies (R): Mon N Billy Kaye; Tues E except 09/2 Saul Rubin, N Greg Glassman; Wed E except 09/3 Raphael D'lugoff Qrt, N Ned Goold; Fri 9pm Gospel Queens; Sun E Terry Waldo & Gotham City Band, N Brandon Lewis & Renee Cruz. Sep 1: E tba, L Jeremy Manasia Trio, N R; 2: E&L tba, N R; 3: E tba, L Groover Trio, N R; 4: E Miki Yamanaka, L Saul Rubin Zebtet, N tba; 5: E tba, L R + Jared Gold/Dave Gibson, N tba; 6: E Roman Skakun Qnt, L Raphael D'lugoff Qnt, N tba; 7: E R, 8:30pm Fat Cat Big Band, N R; 8: E Evan Shinners, L Ned Goold Qrt, N R; 9: E R, L Peter Brainin & the Latin Jazz Workshop, N R; 10: E R, L Harold Mabern Trio, N R; 11: E Peter Zak Trio, L Greg Glassman Qnt, N tba; 12: E tba, L R + Libor Smol das Trio, N tba; 13: E Dan Aran, L&N tba; 14: E R, L tba, N R; 15: E tba, L George Braith, N R; 16: E R, L tba, N R; 17: E R, L Don Hahn, N R; 18: E tba, L POD, N Behn Gillece Vibraphone Qrt; 19: E tba, L R + tba, N tba; 20: E tba, L Point of Departure, N tba; 21: E R, L Ark Ovrutski Qrt, N R; 22: E tba, L Behn Gillece Vibraphone Qnt, N R; 23: E R, L tba, N R; 24: E Raphael D'lugoff, L tba, N R; 25: E tba, L David Schnitter Qnt, N tba; 26: E tba, L R + Richie
Vitale Oct, N tba; 27: E tba, L Mike DiRubbo Qnt, N R; 28: E R, L tba, N R; 29: E&L tba, N R; 30: E R, L Itai Kriss & Gato Gordo, N R. The FLATIRON ROOM: 37W 26th St (bet 6th Av & Bway). www.theflatironroom.com. 212725-3860. Sets: Tues-Wed 9pm-12am, ThursSat 9pm-1am. FLÛTE GRAMERCY: 40E 20th St (bet Bway & Park Av S). 212-529-7870. www.flutebar. com. Free adm. Wed: 7-10pm. Sep 10: Dorian Devins; 17: Anna Elizabeth Kendrick. GARAGE: 99 7th Av S (bet W 4th & Bleecker). www.garagerest.com. 212-645-0600. Free adm/no min. Sets: Early (E), Late (L), Brunch (B); Mon E 7-10pm, L 10:30pm-1:30am; TuesThurs E 6-10pm, L 10:30pm-1:30am, Fri E 6:15-10:15pm, L 10:45pm-2:45am; Sat B 124pm, E 6:15-10:15pm, L 10:45pm-2:45am; Sun B 11:30am-4pm, E 6:30-10:30pm, L 11pm-2am. Residency (R): Sun E except 09/21 David Coss Qrt. Sep 1: E Howard Williams Jazz Orch, L Kyoko Oyobe Trio; 2: E David Coss Qrt, L Afro Mantra; 3: E Yvonnick Prene Qrt, L Nicholas Brust Qrt; 4: E Dre Barnes Project, L Gabe Valle Qrt; 5: E Al Marino Qnt, L Hot House; 6: B Larry Newcomb Qrt, E Evgeny Sivtsov, L Virginia Mayhew Qrt; 7: B Mayu Saeki Trio, E R, L Tsutomu Naki Trio; 8: E Lou Caputo Not So Big Band, L Jason Yeager Trio; 9: E Recessionals Jazz Band, L Isaac Darche Trio; 10: E Anderson Brothers, L Dave Baron Trio; 11: E Champian Fulton Qrt, L Dmitry Baevsky Trio; 12: E Masami Ishikawa Trio, L Peter Valera & Jump Blues Band; 13: B Daniela Schaechter Trio, E Brooks Hartell Trio, L Akiko Tsuruga Trio; 14: B Lou Caputo Qrt, E R, L Michael Sheridan Trio; 15: E Kyle Athayde Dance Party, L Kenny Shanker Qrt; 16: E David Coss Qrt, L Nobuki Takamen Trio; 17: E Marc Devine Trio, L Will Terrill Trio; 18: E Rick Stone Trio, L Isaiah Barr Trio; 19: E Alex Layne Trio, L tba; 20: B Larry Newcomb Qrt, E Mark Marino Trio, L Virginia Mayhew Qrt; 21: B Michikia Fukumori Trio, E tba, L Mauricio de Souza Trio; 22: E Cecila Coleman Big Band, L Justin Lees Trio; 23: E Rob Edwards Qrt, L Austin Walker Trio; 24: E Nick Moran Trio, L Flea Circus; 25: E George Weldon Trio, L Assaf Kehati Trio; 26: E tba, L Peter Valera & Jump Blues Band; 27: B Marsha Heydt & Project of Love, E Champian Fulton Qrt, L Daylight Blues Band; 28: B Iris Ornig Qrt, E R, L Abe Ovadia Trio; 29: E Eyal Vilner Big Band, L Sasaki Ryo Trio; 30: E Adam Moezinia Trio, L Paul Francis Trio. GREENWICH HOUSE MUSIC SCHOOL: 46 Barrow St (bet 7th Av S & W 4th St). 212242-4770. www.greenwichhouse.org. Wed: 8pm Sound It Out series. Sep 4: $15/12 Ches Smith Trio; 17: $20/15 Evan Parker & Joe Morris; 20: $25/20 Darius Jones Presents by Elizabeth-Caroline Unit; 21: $25/20 Darius Jones w/Emilie Lesbros; 25: $15/12 Jesse Stacken & Kirk Knuffke + Ben Holmes & Patrick Farrell; 28: $20/15 Matthew Shipp Solo. HIGHLINE BALLROOM: 431W 16th St (bet 9th & 10th Avs). www.highlineballroom. com. 212-414-5994. Sep 2: 8pm Eric Harland & Voyager; 25: 8pm Jazz Funk Soul Tour. JAZZ GALLERY: 1160 Bway, 5th Fl at 27th St. www.jazzgallery.org. 646-494-3625. Sets: 8pm $15/10 adm & 10pm $10/5 adm, $22/10 Fri-Sat. Sep 6: Daniel Schlappi & Marc Copland Duo; 11: Samora Pinderhughes; 1213: Alexis Cuadrado Petica Gp; 18: Jason Palmer; 19: Michael McGinnis; 20: Jen Shyu; 23: Jure Pukl Sound Pictures Qnt; 25: tba; 26: Eris Revis Qrt; 27: Dayna Stephens. JAZZ STANDARD: 116E 27th St (bet Park & Lexington Avs). www.jazzstandard.net. 212continued on page 28
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Elizabeth!, Somethin' Jazz Club
We are family Growing up in a musical household— her father is trombonist/bassist David Westphalen—gave trombonist Elizabeth Frascoia early insight into life as a professional musician. "I was prepared, at least in some ways, for what a difficult business it can be. But I also saw the sense of community, and the incredible music, camaraderie and travel opportunities that come with it." Frascoia started on piano, and began trombone lessons at nine. Though she considered rebelling against playing the same axe as her dad, "I felt at home with it and really fell in love with it. It's such a vocal instrument." Professionally known as Elizabeth! (punctuation hers), she has picked up a variety of handy skills, including playing her horn while on stilts. "It gets tricky when you get to the lower positions, you have to lean back a bit," Frascoia explains. She has recently started a series of educational podcasts (http://eliz abethjazz.com/#) that are "conversations with jazz musicians (including Dena DeRose and Jane Ira Bloom) talking from both learners' and teachers' perspectives: What are the things that keep you going? What was a turning point? How do you see your role as a teacher and a player?" Frascoia's own advice for fledgling musicians? "Be nice to people. Not everything will be perfect and go the way you want it. People who are really successful are nice, they care about the outcome; they care about the people they work with. Randy Weston is one; he's such a generous person, such a great spirit." Putting together a set appropriate to the occasion and gigging with players for the first time with no rehearsal are skills that will come in handy for The September Concert: The Heart of Jazz gig, honoring the memories of victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, held Sept. 11 at Somethin' Jazz Club. For the event, "I try to choose material that's topical but not depressing, to find a way to honor the day with my song choices," Frascoia says. "It can be tricky and I want to be sensitive.
By Elzy Kolb
"She’ll focus on "songs about autumn, peace, bridging gaps, loss and love—a lot of love stories were touched by that day." The trombonist has played the annual gig "at least five times" and always looks forward to it. "There are new people involved each year, sometimes people I never met or never played with before. With five people on the stage at all times, there's a good chance it will be the first time together for some of us. It's a nice way to expand the community and play for a higher purpose." Besides the Heart of Jazz concert, listeners can catch Frascoia in her swinging on stilts mode with the Shinbone Alley Stilt Band at Central Park's Delacorte Theater Sept. 6-7, and playing for young listeners at the Brooklyn Children's Museum Sept. 21, part of FONT.
Jane Bunnett, Blue Note
Meant to mentor Flutist/saxophonist/composer Jane Bunnett has had more than her share of adventures when touring internationally with musicians from Cuba: everything from visa problems to cooking dinners for 22 in a tiny RV kitchen to traffic mishaps to encounters with marauding raccoons. Besides making exciting and vibrant music, she has often been the first to introduce to an international audience nowrenowned players such as Dafnis Prieto, Yosvany Terry, Pedrito Martinez, David Virelles and others. Bunnett's bands have been "a springboard, a launching pad for so many guys." However, during her travels in Cuba, she noticed that while at least half of the country's conservatory-trained musicians are female, they are far more likely to end up in the audience than onstage. "They go into music school at eight and come out years later as fullfledged musicians, but they don't go into musical careers. Some may teach, but some just quit. You don't see them on the scene." Bunnett realized, "I'm in a position to give a forum to women who are highly trained, really creative and know how to combine Afro-Cuban music with jazz to develop a continued on page 29
Elizabeth! photo by Andrew T Foster, Bunnett by Emma Lee
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576-2232. Sets: 7:30&9:30pm + 11:30pm FriSat. Adm unless otherwise noted: Mon, Thurs&Sun $25, Tues-Wed $20, Fri-Sat $30. Residency (R): Mon Mingus Monday feat Mingus Big Band 09/8,15&29, Mingus Orch 09/22. Sep 1: Closed; 2: Kavita Shah; 3: $25 Albert “Tootie” Heath, Ben Street & Ethan Iverson; 4-7: Dafnis Prieto Sxt; 8: R; 9: Ben Wolfe Qrt; 10-11: $25 Steel House; 12-14: (no 11:30pm) $30 Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio; 15: R; 16: Owl Trio; 17: Nate Smith + Kinfolk; 18-21: Mark Turner Qrt; 22: R; 23-28: $30 Fred Hersch feat Trio 09/23-27, Solo 09/28; 29: R; 30: Harold López-Nussa Trio. JOE’S PUB: At Public Theater. 425 Lafayette St & Astor Pl. www.joespub.com. 212-967-7555. Adm varies. Sep 13: 9pm Stephane Wrembel; 22: 9:30pm Billy Cliff w/spec guests Andre Henry & Annette Harris; 28: 7:30pm Sanda Weigl feat Mat Maneri & Lucian Ban. JOHN L. TISHMAN AUDITORIUM: At New School. 63 5th Av. Room U100. www.events. newschool.edu. 212-229-5630. Sep 27: 8pm $10 adm FONT www.fontmusic.org New School Trumpet Alumni/Faculty Tumpet Round Robin feat Kenyatta Beasley, Sam Neufeld, Nick Roseboro, Aaron Shragge. JULES BISTRO: 65 Saint Marks Pl (bet 1st & 2nd Avs). 212-477-5560. www.julesbistro. com. Sets: 8:30-11:30pm, Brunch (B) 12-3pm. Sun: Jazz party & jam feat Renaud Penant. Sat B w/Joosam Lee, 8:30pm w/Bob Demeo. KNICKERBOCKER BAR & GRILL: 33 University Pl at 9th St. 212-228-8490. www.knickerbockerbarandgrill.com. Fri-Sat: 9:45pm-2am. Sep 5-6: Russ Kassoff & Jay Anderson; 12-13: Roy Meriwether & Paul Ramsey; 19-20: Ben Wolfe & Emmet Cohen 09/19, Luis Perdomo 09/20; 26-27: John Colianni & Jay Leonhart. LE PESCADEUX: 90 Thompson St (bet Prince & Spring Sts). www.lepescadeuxnyc.com. 212-966-0021. Wed: 7-10pm Sultry Jazz series; Sun: Brunch 11am-4pm feat Gabrielle Stravelli. LE POISSON ROUGE: 158 Bleecker St at Thompson St. www.lepoissonrouge.com. 212796-0741. Adm varies. Sep 16: 7pm Sexmob feat Steven Bernstein; 26: 7:30pm Kneebody; 30: 7pm The Hot Sardines. LE SINGE VERT: 160 7th Av (bet 19th & 20th Sts). 212-366-4100. www.lesingevert.com. Tues: 8-10:30pm Ginetta’s Vendetta. LILLIE'S UNION SQUARE: 13E 17th St (bet 5th Av & Bway). 212-337-1970. www.union square.lilliesnyc.com. Sun: 2-5pm The Bailsmen. METROPOLITAN ROOM: 34W 22nd St (bet. 5th & 6th Avs). www.metropolitanroom.com. 212-206-0440. Sets unless otherwise noted: Early (E) 7pm, Late (L) 9:30pm. Residency (R): Tues L Annie Ross. Sep 2: E Carol Daly & Rhonda Denét, L R; 4: L Kristine Mills; 7: 4pm Laurie Krauz & The Daryl Kojak Oct, L Frank Kohl Qrt; 9: L R; 11: E Luba Mason; 13: E Anthony Jefferson; 14: E String of Pearls; 15: L Polly Gibbons; 16: L R; 17: L Metropolitan Room/Hot House Jazz NYC Jazz Awards Night 2014; 18: E Sunny Leigh; 21: L Janine Gilbert-Carter; 23: L R; 25: E Emy Tseng, L Devin Bing; 27: E Sharón Clark; 30: L R. MEZZROW: 163W 10th St (bet 7th Av & Waverly Pl). www.mezzrow.com. 646-476-4346. Sep 3: Johnny O’Neal; 4-6: Cyrus Chestnut; 12-14: Rossano Sportiello; 19-21: Richard Wyands; 26-28: Bruce Barth. MOSCOW 57: 168 1/2 Delancey St at Clinton St. 212-260-5775. www.moscow57.com. WedFri&Sun 7-8pm, Sat 7:30pm: Ellen Kaye Trio;
Wed: 8pm Cleve Douglass & Tony Romano; Fri: 8-9pm Mary Foster Conklin; Fri: 10pm Jordan Pettay; Sat: 9pm Cleve Douglass. NEW SCHOOL: 66W 12th St. 212-229-5600. www.newschool.edu. NEW YORK CITY BAHA’Í CENTER: 53E 11th St (bet Bway & University). 212-2225159. www.bahainyc.org. Sets: 8&9:30pm. $10/15 adm. Sep 9: Mike Longo & NY State of the Art Jazz Ens w/Ira Hawkins; 16: Russ Kassoff Orch w/Catherine Dupuis; 23: Warren Chiasson Gp; 30: Frank Perowsky Band. NEW YORK UNIVERSITY: 35W 4th St 6th Fl. www.nyu.edu. 212-998-4550. NORTH SQUARE: At Washington Square Hotel. 103 Waverly Pl at McDougal. http://northsquareny.com/about-jazz.php. 212254-1200. Sun: 12:30&2:15pm free adm Jazz Brunch. Sep 7: Roz Corral Trio w/Gilad Hekselman & Edward Perez; 14: Roz Corral Trio w/Ron Affif & Paul Gill; 21: Alexis Cole Trio; 28: Laura Brunner Trio. NUBLU: 62 Av C (bet 4th & 5th Sts). 212-3751500. www.nublu.net. NUYORICAN POETS CAFÉ: 236E 3rd St (bet Avs B & C). www.nuyorican.org. 212-7809386/212-505-8183. Sets: 9:30pm. Thurs: $10 adm Latin Jazz; 1st Sat: $15 adm Puddin’ Jazz series + Jam. Sep 3: All That! Hip Hop Poetry & Jazz; 4: Chembo Corniel; 11: Chandry Moore; 18: Hector Martignon; 25: Willie Martinez y La Familia Sxt. ONE IF BY LAND, TWO IF BY SEA: 17 Barrow St (bet 7th Av & W4th St). 212-2558649. www.oneifbyland.com. Tues&Thurs 611pm, Sun 11:30am-3pm: Ryo Sasaki & Nial Djuliarso Duo. PIANO NYC: 158 Ludlow St at Stanton. 212505-3733. www.pianosnyc.com. Sun: 3&5pm $7 don Line Of Sight Jazz Brunch. PIERRE LOTI: 258W 15th St (bet 7th & 8th Avs). www.pierrelotiwinebar.com. 212-6455684. RED ROOM: At KGB Bar. 85E 4th St (bet 2nd Av & Bowery). www.redroomnyc.com. 212-7870155. Sat: 10:30pm-1:30am. Sep 19: 8-10pm $10 adm Shoshana Bush. ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL: 150W 17th St. www.rubinmuseum.org/harlem. 212-6205000X344. Sep 1&8: 10m Jim Campilongo Trio; 9: 7:30pm Cyrille Aimée; 14: 8pm Kate Baker & Vic Juris; 15: 9:30pm Mario Castro Qnt; 22: FONT www.fontmusic.org feat 7pm Eric Biondo, 7:45pm Shane Endsleys, 8:30pm Graham Haynes; 25: Reggie Watkins. RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART: 150W 17th St. www.rubinmuseum.org/harlem. 212-6205000X344. $18/20 adm. Sep 26: 7pm $2016.20 adm Harlem in the Himalayas series www.jmih.org/212-348-8300 feat John Escreet & Sirius Qrt. SMALLS JAZZ CLUB: 183W 10th St at 7th Av. 212-252-5091. www.smallsjazzclub.com. Sets unless otherwise noted: Afternoon (PM), Early (E), Late (L), Night (N); Mon-Tues E 7:3010pm, L 10:30pm-1am, N 1am; Wed E 6-9pm, L 9:30pm-12am, N 12:30am; Thurs E 6-9pm, L 9:30pm-12am, N 12am; Fri-Sat: PM 4-7pm, E 7:30-10pm, L 10:30-1am, N 1am; Sun 13pm, PM 4:30-7pm, E 7:30-10pm, L 1011:30pm, N 12am. Jam following N. Adm varies. Residencies (R): Mon N except 09/8 Spencer Murphy, L except 09/29 Ari Hoenig Qrt; Tues N Next Generation Sessions by Kyle Poole; Wed E Tap Dance w/Michela Lerman; Fri PM Jam; Sat PM Joel Press Qrt; Sun 1pm Vocal masterclass by Marion Cowings, L Johnny O'Neal. Sep 1: E Rotem Sivan Trio, L&N R; 2: E Spike Wilner Trio, L
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fantastic sound while really kicking ass." This led to the formation of her all-female sextet, Maqueque. "It's all about opportunity," she says, citing the boost she got as a young musician from established players like Don Pullen, Howard Johnson and Stanley Cowell. "They helped in shaping what I do, and I'm happy to be in a position to do that myself with other musicians, who go back to Cuba and help others." The band's new CD, Maqueque (Justin Time), contains mostly original material, some of it based on Afro-Cuban folkloric chants and other traditional music. Bunnett spontaneously decided to include the Bill Withers hit "Ain't No Sunshine" after hearing it on the radio and thinking, "It would be cool to do an Afro-Cuban version of it." Join the sextet in celebrating the release of Maqueque at the Lake George Jazz Festival on Sept. 14 and at the Blue Note on Sept. 22.
Polly Gibbons, Metropolitan Room
Heart and soul For singer Polly Gibbons, "Music is one of the most wonderful gifts we have as humans—it doesn't exist without us. I expect my music to grow and change as I do, to evolve as I do. There's so much possibility." She had "the obligatory piano lessons" while growing up in Sussex, England and learned some breathing exercises "so I didn't damage my voice." But her musical training has largely been the on-the-job variety and listening to everything, including blues, soul, R&B and jazz. "I never really thought about style: I knew the music and feelings I was interested in. I like music for emotional reasons. It has never been a head-y thing for me," Gibbons says. She moved to London at 18 and attracted the attention of jazz singer Jacqui Dankworth (daughter of Cleo Laine and Johnny Dankworth), who sang Gibbons' praises to vocalist Ian Shaw and he became her mentor. Gibbons visited the Big Apple for the first time just three years ago and made the rounds as a listener, stopping in at the 55 Bar, the Blue Note, B. B. King's and other venues. "I saw a lot of good music and it was lovely to see it on the territory," she says. She's back in town—performing this time around. For her New York debut at the Metropolitan Room on Sept. 15, Gibbons will feature material from her new CD/DVD, Many Faces of Love (Resonance), which includes compositions by Al Jarreau, Dr. John, Percy Mayfield and others, plus
songs associated with icons like Betty Carter, Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae. The tunes detail the passage of love from first spark through the final throes. "I'll mix in a few other standards and a couple of originals that are in keeping with the theme. I'm not going to be too dogmatic about following the timeline, though, I don't want to end the set on a low note," Gibbons says.
Celebrate! Vocalist Kavita Shah focuses on Visions (Inner Circle) at Jazz Standard Sept. 2 … Singer Nancy Kelly says B That Way (BlueBay) at Birdland Sept. 4 … Vocalist Kellylee Evans shares I Remember When (Motéma) at SubCulture Sept. 9 … Youn Sun Nah sings tunes from Lento (ACT) at the Blue Note Sept. 15-16 … Singer Caterina Zapponi gets Romantica at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola Sept. 17-21 … Violinist Diane Monroe and vibes player Tony Miceli are Alone Together (DreamBox) at Jazz at Kitano Sept. 24 … Gian-Carla Tisera sings Nora la Bella (Rebeliosa) at the Americas Society Sept. 30. Catch 'em live Carrie Jackson sings at 16 Prospect Wine Bar in Westfield NJ every Thursday and hosts a jam at Trumpets in Montclair Sept. 7 … Saxophonist/singer Camille Thurman plays the late set at Smoke Sept. 3, 10, 17 and 24 … Catch saxophonists Lauren Sevian and Sharel Cassity at Smalls Sept. 3 … Jessica Lurie is on sax and flute when Zion 80 Plays Masada at the Village Vanguard Sept. 4 … Amy London sings at Ginny's Supper Club Sept. 4 … The Highliners appear at Tomi Jazz Sept. 4 … Pianist Kris Davis hits the Cornelia Street Café Sept. 5 … Pianist/vocalist Valerie Capers is at Kitano Sept. 5 … Check out singer Jane Monheit's Jazz Party at Birdland Sept. 7, 14 and 28 … Geri Allen plays piano with saxophone giant Pharoah Sanders and others at the Blue Note Sept. 9-14 … Marilyn Maye sings at Birdland Sept. 9-13 … Singer Tessa Souter has put together a great band for her Sept. 10 Iridium gig … Saxophonist Sweet Sue Terry is at Deer Head Inn Sept. 13 … Vocalist Nicole Henry appears at Ginny's Supper Club Sept. 13 … Jane Ira Bloom plays soprano and electronics with her NightSkywriting trio at the Cornelia Street Café Sept. 14 … Annette St. John sings at Smoke's brunch Sept. 14, 21 and 28 … Flutist Elena Pinderhughes appears at Jazz Standard with Nate Smith and Kinfolk Sept. 17 … Catch guitarist Sheryl Bailey's acoustic duo at Why Not Sept. 17 and her trio at the 55 Bar Sept. 24 … Trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis is at Smoke Sept. 18, part of FONT, the Festival of New continued on page 45
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Smalls Legacy Band feat Frank Lacy, N R; 3: E R, L Steve LaSpina Gp, N Lauren Sevian Qrt; 4: E Zaid Nasser, L Michael Blake Gp, N Nick Hempton Band; 5: PM R, E Michael Kanan Trio, L Aaron Diehl Trio, N Lawrence Leathers; 6: PM R, E Tardo Hammer Trio, L Aaron Diehl Trio, N Philip Harper; 7: 1pm R, PM Myriad3, E Ehud Asherie, L R, N Joe Magnarelli Qrt; 8: E Shai Maestro Trio, L R, N Jonathan Michel; 9: E Spike Wilner Trio, L tba, N R; 10: E R, L Ben Van Gelder, N Jade Synstelian; 11: E Dwayne Clemons Qnt, L Paul Nedzela Qnt feat Walter Blanding, N Carlos Abadie Qnt; 12: PM R, E Dmitry Baevsky Qrt, L Sam Newsome Gp, N Lawrence Leathers; 13: PM R, E Chris Byars Sxt, L Sam Newsome Gp, N Eric Wyatt; 14: 1pm R, PM tba, E Bucky Pizzarelli & Ed Laub, L R, N Behn Gillece Qnt; 15: E Bernstein Solo, L&N R; 16: E tba, L Lucas Pino No Net Nnt, N R; 17: E R, L Harold Mabern Trio, N Christopher McBride Qnt; 18: E Alex Hoffman Gp, L Scott Wendholt/Adam Kolker Qrt, N tba; 19: PM R, E Mark Elf Trio, L Orrin Evans Qrt, N Jeremy Manasia Trio; 20: PM R, E Richie Vitale Qnt, L Orrin Evans Qrt, N Philip Harper; 21: 1pm R, PM Dave Glasser Qnt, E Dennis Jeter, L R, N Frank Basile Sxt; 22-25: Closed; 26: PM R, E Ralph Lalama & Bop-Juice, L Myron Walden Momentum, N Anthony Wonsey Trio; 27: PM R, E David Schnitter Qrt, L Myron Walden Momentum, N Stacy Dillard; 28: 1pm R, E Carolyn Leonhart, L R, N Ned Goold; 29: E Jerome Sabbagh Qrt, L Jean-Michel Pilc ReInvention Trio, N R; 30: E tba, L Josh Evans Big Band, N R. SPECTRUM NYC: 121 Ludlow St 2nd Fl (bet Delancey & Rivington Sts). 212-533-5470. www.spectrumnyc.com. Sep 2: 9:30-10:30pm Flin van Hemmen; 4: 7-10:30pm Nico Letman; 9: 9:30-10:30pm Gadfly Jazz by Chris Pitsiokos; 11: 7-8pm Jazz at Spectrum by Petros Klampanis; 12: 7:30-8:30pm Reed Stewart Gp, 9-10pm Jonah Parzen-Johnson Gp; 16: 7:30-9pm Gabriel Zucker, 9-11pm Embracing Dissonance: A Life in Bebop; 27: 7:30-8:30pm Whothroug-hthen. The STONE: 2nd St at Av C. www.thestonenyc. com. Adm varies. Tues-Sun: 8&10pm weekly residencies. Sep 2-7: Karl Berger; 9-14: Evan Parker; 16-21&23-28: Steve Coleman & Five Elements; 30-Oct 5: Ches Smith. SUBCULTURE: 45 Bleecker St (bet Mott & Mulberry Sts). www.subculturenewyork. com. 212-533-5470. Sep 8: Savassi Fest feat 8pm André Mehmari & Chico Pinheiro Duo, 9:30pm Scott Feiner & Pandeiro Jazz; 9: 8pm Kellylee Evans; 10-27: SubCulture PianoFest feat 09/10 Krom, Danny Fox Trio & Cory Henry, 09/11 Walter Smith III Qnt, 09/16 Gregg Kallor, 09/17 Geoffrey Keezer, 09/21 Ted Rosenthal; 29: Joelle Lurie. The TOKYO TAPAS CAFÉ: 7 Cornelia St at West 4th St. www.tokyotapascafenyc.com. 212-242-6333. Tues-Thurs 8-10pm. TURNMILL: 119E 27th St (bet Park & Lexington Avs). www.turnmillnyc.com. 646524-6060. Wed: 11pm Jam w/Rob Duguay & Low Key Trio. UNIVERSITY OF THE STREETS: 130E 7th St at Ave A 2nd Fl. 212-254-9300. www.uni versityofthestreets.org. $5 adm. Fri: 11:30pm2:30am Jam w/Bernard Linnette; Sat: 11:30pm-1am Jam w/Rob Anderson. VILLAGE VANGUARD: 178 7th Av S at 11th St. 212-255-4037. www.villagevanguard.com. Sets: 8:30&10:30pm. Adm: Mon-Thurs $25/1 drink min. Residency (R): Mon Vanguard Jazz Orch. Sep 1: R; 2-7: John Zorn’s Book of Angels feat 09/2 Mark Feldman & Sylvie
Courvoisier, 10:30pm Eyvind Kang Ens, 09/3 Jamie Saft Trio, 10:30pm Uri Caine Trio, 09/4 Erik Friedlander, 10:30pm Zion 80, 09/5 Masada String Trio, 10:30pm Cyro Baptista & Banquet of the Spirits, 09/6 Masada Qrt, 09/7 Roberto Rodriguez & Octeto Masada, 10:30pm Uri Gurvich Qrt; 8: R; 9-14: Kurt Rosenwinkel New Qrt; 15: R; 16-21: Eric Reed Qrt; 22: R; 23-28: Kirk Lightsey Qrt; 29: R; 30-Oct 5: Ravi Coltrane Qrt. The VILLAGE ZENDO: 588 Bway. #1108 (bet Houston & Prince Sts). 212-340-4656. www.villagezendo.org. Sep 19: 7:30pm $10 adm FONT www.fontmusic.org Multi-media event feat Tim Hagans, Aaron Shragge & James Shipp w/silent film A Page of Madness. The WAYLAND: 700 E 9th St at Av C. 212777-7022. www.thewaylandnyc.com. Sets: 911:30pm. Free adm. Wed&Sun. Wed: Grandpa Musselman & Syncopators. WALKER’S: 16N Moore St at Varick. 212-9410142. www.walkerstribeca.com. Sun: 8-11pm Peter Leitch Duo. Sep 7: Ray Drummond; 14: Harvie S; 21: Sean Smith; 28: Jed Levy. WHYNOT JAZZ ROOM: 14 Christopher St at Gay St. www.whynotjazzroom.com. 646-7564145. Sep 2: 10pm Leala Cyr; 3: 8pm Lars Ekman Qrt, 10pm Leon Boykins Trio; 6: 8:30pm Chris Crocco & Fluid; 7: 7:30pm Storyteller, 9pm Maryanne DeProphetis & Philip Sirois Duo; 9: 8pm Peter Nelson Qrt; 10: 8pm Guitar x2 series feat Micic & Bernstein; 11: 8pm Doug Wamble Trio; 12: 10pm Marko Djordjevic & Sveti; 13: 8pm Alexis Parsons Trio; 14: 9pm Aural Compass; 15: 8pm Michelle Zangara Gp; 17: 10pm Sheryl Bailey & Harvie S Duo; 22: 8pm Oscar Peñas Duo; 24: 8pm Guitar x2 series feat Micic & Bollenback. ZEB’S: 223W 28th St (bet 7th & 8th Avs). 2nd Fl. www.zebulonsoundandlight.com. 212-6958081. Wed: 8pm $10 adm Saul Rubin Trio w/vocalist guest + Jam. ZINC BAR: 82W 3rd St (bet Thompson & Sullivan). 212-477-8337. www.zincbar.com. Sets: Early set 7pm + 9,11pm&12:30am, Mon 2am. Adm varies. Residencies: Mon 11pm3am Ron Affif Trio; Tues 11pm Evolution Jam; Thurs Roman Diaz Midnight Rumba; Fri Gabriel Alegria Afro Peruvuan Sxt; Sat Marianni & Bossa Groove; Sun Tango w/Solla Tango Qrt & Milonga. Sep 1: Manuel Valera; 2: Jack Jeffers Big Band; 3: Valery Ponomarev Big Band; 4: Gregorio Uribe Big Band; 6&23: Misha Piatigorsky; 8: Felipe Lamogla; 9: Lars Haake; 10: Dave Chamberlain & Band of Bones w/guest Antoinette Montague; 11: 9&10:30pm Roman Diaz & Midnight Rumba; 13&15: Don Braden & Julie Michels; 16: Theo Hill; 17: Christos Rafalides Manhattan Vibes; 18: Fleur Seule; 22: New York Jazz Philharmonic; 24: Wayne Escoffery; 25: Made in Italy Swing Trio; 30: Victor Jones Trio.
AN BEAL BOCHT CAFÉ: 445W 238th St. 718- 884-7127. www.lindasjazznights.com. 1st Wed 8&9:30pm Linda's Jazz Nights. Sep 3: Eric Alexander Qrt feat Alma Micic. G-BAR: 579 Grand Concourse at 149th St. 718402-6996. www.giovanninyc.com. PELHAM BAY PARK: Bronc County Line & Middletown Rd. www.bronxartsensemble. org/events. 718-430-1891. Sep 12: 6pm free adm Valerie Capers. WILLIE’S STEAKHOUSE: 1832 Westchester Av. 718-822-9697. Wed: 8:30pm-12am. continued on page 32
HOT FLASHES Musician-Club Owner’s Corner In this day and age, the common wisdom goes that operating a jazz club in New York is a difficult, frustrating affair doomed to likely failure. But what of running two jazz clubs in the city and what if they were in walking distance of one another? Pianist Spike Wilner will begin to answer this question for us on Sept. 3 as his much-anticipated piano room, Mezzrow, opens its doors to the public, literally a stone's throw away from Wilner's beloved Smalls Jazz Club. Though ostensibly a surprising choice, there is, nevertheless, a method behind the decision. "Mitch [Borden] and I had been talking for a few years about opening another spot," Wilner explains. "We had some criteria for what we wanted to find and, in particular, we felt that the basement room was most conducive for a jazz club. Then, in November of last year I found a space right next to Smalls." While the placement may seem tricky to navigate from a business standpoint, Wilner holds that the rooms will cater to differing tastes and needs within the jazz community and could even cross pollinate and cross promote. "The concept for Mezzrow is a piano room, similar to what Bradley's had been," Wilner notes. "Unlike Smalls, that means no horns, no jam sessions, no singers, but rather a room for the great piano players of New York City to come in and work. We're shooting for an adult crowd and Mezzrow will be a little more of a listening room than Smalls is." Indeed, Wilner's contention that the two can coexist and benefit one another already seems to stand up, particularly given that his well-respected efforts at Smalls proved pivotal in galvanizing community support around the new venue during its petition for a liquor license. "We embarked on a campaign to get support," Wilner recalls. "A lot of people, Wynton Marsalis for instance, wrote letters of support or even spoke on behalf of us at the liquor license hearing. Long story short: we got our liquor license earlier this year. We showed them that we weren't interested in running a bar, but rather we were interested in running a music venue that had a bar. Smalls turned 20 this year, and it has been a longstanding and beloved bar in the Village, so we were able to demonstrate that we had similar goals with Mezzrow." In creating the new space, Wilner was also able to draw upon his lengthy experi-
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ence with Smalls to craft what he envisions to be the perfect venue for the music. From a new Steinway piano, to an antique mahogany bar, to a quickly filling talent line-up featuring some of New York's greatest pianists, Mezzrow has the makings of a special and unique spot. "I want to present a broad range of piano players that I admire and love," Wilner notes. "I'm a little on the nervous side, but still we have confidence that it will be okay. It's going to be a great place to hear jazz piano." Mezzrow opens its doors on Sept. 3. Visit www.mezzrow.com to learn more and see a schedule of events.
Festivals, Residencies and Schools Jazz at Lincoln Center launches its nightly education course series, Swing University, this month. Beginning with an instruction on bebop—taught by trombonist Vincent Gardner—that kicks off on Sept. 2, Swing University's classes will offer insight into an array of musical and historical topics. Visit jalc.org/swingu to enroll, or attend the program's open house on Sept. 4. The Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts (COTA) presents its 37th annual Jazz and Arts Festival Sept. 5-7. Nearly 75 artists including Phil Woods, Nellie McKay, David Liebman, Bob Dorough and others will perform throughout the weekend. Visit www.cotajazz.org to learn more. The Central Jersey Jazz Festival will host such talents as Ravi Coltrane, TS Monk, Bernie Worrell, Houston Person, Jazzmeia Horn and Winard Harper Sept. 12-14 in the New Jersey towns of Flemington, New Brunswick and
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ALOR CAFÉ: 2110 Richmond Rd. Staten Island. 718-351-1101. www.alorcafe.com. BAMCAFÉ: 30 Lafayette Av. 718-636-4100. www.bam.org. Sep 9: 8pm Brad Mehldau; 10: Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau Duo. BAR TABAC: 128 Smith St at Dean St. Cobble Hill. www.bartabacny.com. 718923-0918. Tues&Thurs 7:30-10pm; Tues: Blue Vipers of Brooklyn; Thurs: Stephane Wrembel. BARBÈS: 376 9th St at 6th Av. Park Slope. www.barbesbrooklyn.com. 718-965-9177. Residencies: Mon 7pm Brain Cloud; Tues 9pm Slavic Soul Party; Wed 10pm Mandingo Ambassadors; Sun 6pm Joel Forrester, 9pm Stephane Wrembel. Sep 14: Vinnie Sperrazza. BASIK BAR: 323 Graham Av. Brooklyn. 347889-7597. www.basikbrooklyn.com. Sun 710pm: Jam w/Isaac Darche Qrt feat Matt La Von. BIZARRE: 12 Jefferson St. 347-915-2717. www.bizarrebushwick.com. BROOKLYN CHILDREN’S MUSEUM: 145 Brooklyn Av. www.brooklynkids.org. 718-7354400. Sep 21: 12:45-1:45pm free adm FONT www.fontmusic.org feat Jesse Neuman. BROOKLYN COLLEGE: 2900 Bedford Av. www.brooklyn.cuny.edu. 718-951-5655. BROOKLYN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC: 58 7th Av. Park Slope. www.bqcm.org. 718622-3300. 1st Fri: 7pm $5 adm Open Stage. BROOKLYN HEIGHTS MONTESSORI SCHOOL: 185 Court St. www.bhmsny.org. 718-858-5100. Sep 12: 8:30pm $50-30 Benjamin Lapidus. BROOKLYN LYCEUM: 227 Fourth Av (bet President & Union Sts). Park Slope. www.brooklynlyceum.com. Thurs: 7-9pm Open Mic. BROWNSTONE JAZZ: 107 Macon St at Nostrand Av. www.sankofaaban.com. 917704-9237. Fri-Sat: 8pm $30 adm incl 1 drink Brownstone Jazz. Fri-Sat: 11pm-1am Open Mic w/Eric Lemon & BJ Ens. BROWNSVILLE HERITAGE HOUSE: 581 Mother Gaston Blvd. www.brownsvilleheritagehouse.org. 718-385-1111. 3rd Sat: 36pm free adm Wade Barnes Tribute Band. CHEZ OSKAR: 211 Dekalb Av at Adelphie St. Fort Green. www.chezoskar.com. 718-8526250. The CLASSON SOCIAL CLUB: 807 Classon Av. 718-484-4475. www.theclasson.com. Sets: 8-9&10-11pm. $10 don. Sep 4: Brian Charette Trio; 5-6: KJ Denhert; 12&26: Greg Lewis Organ Monk; 13&27: The Classon Social Lounge; 20: Soul Understated. CUBANA SOCIAL: 70 N 6th St. Williamsburg. www.cubanasocial.com. 718-782-3334. Sets: Thurs 9pm-12am; Fri: 9pm-2am Afro-Jazz. The DRAWING ROOM: 56 Willoughby St #3. www.drawingroommusic.com. Sep 14: 7pm $20 adm Gene Bertoncini. EMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH: 279 Lafayette Av at Washington Av. 718-6221107. www.ebcconnects.org. Sep 28: 3-5pm Jazz Vespers feat Brooklyn Based Jazz Band. The FLAT: 308 Hooper St. Williamsburg. www.theflatbkny.com. 718-599-5151. FOR MY SWEET: 1103 Fulton St. 347-7704735. Mon: 7-11pm $10 adm Bill Jacobs Ens; 1st Mon: Jazz & Open Mic by Jeff King.
FORT GREENE PARK: Willoughby Av & Washington Pl. Sep 6: 3pm Fort Greene Park Jazz Fest 718-797-2459/www.fort greenepark jazzfestival.com feat Cynthia Holiday. FREDDY’S BAR: 627 5th Av (bet 17th & 18th Sts). www.freddysbar.com. 718-768-0131. 1st & 3rd Tues: 9pm Miss Ida Blue; 4th Tues: 8:30pm Music from NY Underground - On the Way Out. Sep 30: 9pm Orlando le Fleming. GALLERY: 139 Bay St. Staten Island. 718-7208849. www.sicreative.org. Sep 13: 6:30pm Jeanine Lopardo. HOPE & ANCHOR: 347 Van Brunt St. Red Hook. www.hopeandanchorredhook.com. 718-237-0276. Wed: 7-10pm Jam w/Ray Scro Qrt. I-BEAM: 168 7th St. info@ibeam broolyn.com. www.ibeambrooklyn.com. Sets: 8:30pm. $15 don. Sep 9: Fred Van Hove & Lou Grassi; 13: Sean Noonan; 23-24: FONT www.font music.org feat 09/23 9pm Victor Haskins, 10pm Jonathan Saraga, 11pm Jackie Coleman, 09/24 9pm Sam Neufeld, 10pm Benje Daneman, 11pm Michael Irwin; 25-27: Akiko Pavolka & House Of Illusion. JALOPY: 315 Columbia St (Columbia Waterfront District). www.jalopy.biz. 718-395-3214. Sep 27: 9pm Brain Cloud, Craig Ventresco & Meredith Axlerod. JAZZ 966: 966 Fulton St. 917-593-9776. www.jazz966.com. Fri: 8-11pm $15 don. KORZO RESTAURANT & BAR: 667 5th Av (bet 19th & 20th Sts). 718-499-1199. www.konceptionsmusicseries.wordpress. com. Tues: 9&10:30pm $10 don/$10 min Konceptions Music series by James Carney. Sep 2: Ingrid Laubrock Qnt, 10:30pm Jeff Davis Qrt; 9: Joel Harrison, 10:30pm Charlotte Greve; 16: Ralph Alessi Qrt, 10:30pm Devin Gray & RelativE ResonancE; 23: James Carney Trio, 10:30pm Sam Ospovat Trio. LAKE CLUB: 1150 Clove Rd. Staten Island. 718-442-3600. www.lake-club.com. Sat: 710pm free adm Charles Sibirsky Solo. LITTLEFIELD: 622 Degraw St (bet 3rd & 4th Avs). www.littlefieldnyc.com. 718-855-3388. Sep 25: FONT www.fontmusic.org feat 8pm $20/15 adm Banda De Los Muertos, 10:30pm No BS! Brass. LORENZO’S RESTAURANT, BAR & CABARET: At Hilton Garden Inn. 1100 South Av at Lois Ln. Staten Island. 718-4772400X3222. www.lorenzosdining.com. Sun: 12-2pm Jazz Brunch. MOMINETTE: 221 Knickerbocker Av. Bushwick. www.mominette.com. 929-2342941. Tues: 10:30pm Jam w/Trad & Gypsy. PANE E VINO: 174 Smith St at Warren. www.panevinony.com. 718-501-1010. Sun: 710pm Carl Thompson Gp w/Virginia Mayhew. PEREZ JAZZ: 71 Ocean Pkwy #2J. 917-7571901, email@example.com. 2pm $20 don incl lunch/BYOB. Sep 14: Ilse Huizinga; 21: Sheila Jordan. PRATT INSTITUTE: 200 Willoughby Av. www.pratt.edu. 718-636-3600. Sep 19-20: See Columbia University. ROOF TOP JAZZ SUNDAY: 85 St. James Pl. 347-264-4291. Sep 14: 2-4pm $10 adm Brunch feat Rob Fulton Qrt. ROULETTE: 509 Atlantic Av at 3rd Av. www.roulette.org. 917-267-0363. Sep 12: 8pm The Sun Ra Arkestra + Nate Wooley. RUSTIK NEIGHBORHOOD TAVERN: 417 DeKalb Ave. www.rustiktavern.com. 347-4069700. 1st Tues: 8pm $5 adm Jam w/Eric Frazier. SHAPESHIFTER LAB: 18 Whitwell Pl.
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By Angelo Di Loreto, recently graduated from Manhattan School of Music
Alto saxophonist/composer Carl Bartlett Jr. credits his father and uncle as early mentors, who, through their live stage show The Bartlett Contemporaries, exposed the young Bartlett to the rich tradition of jazz, R&B and soul. Growing up in Queens, Bartlett showed prodigious abilities in his youth, taking up piano, clarinet and trumpet, before eventually discovering his passion for the saxophone. He cites listening to a Brecker Brothers album that his uncle bought for him as a defining, "light-bulb" moment, where he discovered a hunger for learning about jazz and improvisation. "Jazz is an extremely deep and gratifyingly beautiful art form," Bartlett says. Bartlett attended Manhattan School of Music and graduated with a Jazz Performance degree in 2004. In his short but impressive career thus far, he played with and/or opened for Wynton Marsalis, Lonnie Liston Smith, Roy Ayers, Antonio Hart and Roy Hargrove. At Jazz at Kitano, HOT FLASHES...
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Somerville. Find a full schedule at http://www.centraljerseyjazzfestival.com/. Legendary saxophonist and composer Steve Coleman will host a two-week residency at The Stone Sept. 16-28. Throughout the first week, Coleman and his Five Elements ensemble will perform and, in the second one, Coleman and his band will premiere new works alongside special guest artists. See a full schedule at thestonenyc.com.
Bartlett's quartet will perform music from his 2011 debut album, Hopeful.
Saxophonist Carl Bartlett Jr. will perform with pianist Yoichi Uzeki, bassist Dylan Shamat and drummer Dwayne Broadnax at Jazz at Kitano on Sept. 25.
Led by Dave Douglas, the Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT) presents a genre-hopping array of events Sept. 17-28 at Smoke, the Cornelia Street CafĂŠ, Ibeam, Rockwood Music Hall and other venues. A remarkable cast of performers will participate including Graham Haynes, Jeremy Pelt, Kirk Knuffke and many more. Visit fontmusic.org to see a full schedule of events. The Columbia University Center for Jazz Studies will co-sponsor a two-day symposium titled Questioning Aesthetics: New Trends in Aesthetics, featuring a series of discussions hosted at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. While a variety of topics will be addressed, of particular note is trombonist George Lewis' presentation on Improvisation, Embodiment and Experimental Art. Find out more at jazz.columbia.edu. Congratulations, Amy Niles! In August, WBGO announced the promotion of Amy Niles to be its President and CEO. Formerly Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the station, Niles stepped in as Acting President and CEO last year. Under her tenure, the station has enjoyed some of its highest audience numbers in history, and has expanded its partnership base dramatically. Niles is the first woman to hold this position in the station's history.
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www.shapeshifterlab.com. 646-820-9452. Sets/adm unless otherwise noted: Early (E) 7pm, Late (L) 8:15pm, Night (N) 9:30pm; $10. Sep 2: E $12 Teriver Cheung Gp, L Sylvester Onyejiaka Gp; 3: $15 Shai Maestro Trio + Julian Lage & Jorge Roeder; 5: E 1032K, L The Blue Project; 9: Peter Knoll Trio + Nafsi Groove; 12: 8pm $15/20 Phil Haynes & No Fast Food; 13: L&N Sari Chorr; 14: 7:30pm $15 Joseph Jarman's B-Day celeb; 16: L $15 Matt Brewer; 17: L Claude Diallo; 18: E Kind of New, L Jason Miles; 19: E&L JC4 + Jason Rigby Gp; 21: E&L $12 Suzanne Pittson Band; 22: 8pm Averhoff, Jr & iRESI; 24: E&L Pat Carroll; 25: E Claudia Qnt, L Anna Webber; 26: L $8 Semih Yanyali; 27: E Billy Test Trio, L Jean-Michel Pilc New Big One Oct; 28: 7-11pm $12/15 IET & Jay White; 29: L $8 Arnan Raz Qnt. SISTAS’ PLACE: 456 Nostrand Av at Jefferson Av. www.sistasplace.org. 718-398-1766. Sat: 9&10:30pm $30/25 adm. Sep 20: Charles Tolliver; 27: George Grey. TEA LOUNGE: 837 Union St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). Park Slope. www.tealoungeny.com. 718-789-2762. Wed: 9-11pm free adm Tea And Jam. Sep 6: Sabor & Afro-Latineers; 11: Eclectic Electric Guitar Trio; 25: Evan Francis. VELVET LOUNGE: 174 Bway. 718-302-4427. www.velvetbrooklyn.com. 2nd Fri: 9pm-12am Low Key Trio. WAY STATION: 683 Washington Av. Prospect Heights. www.waystationbk.blogspot.com. 347-627-4949. Sep 5: 9pm Fellaheen; 8: 8pm Band in a Box; 10: 8pm Martina Fiserova; 13: 12am Dragon Fly; 17: 11pm Ionie; 20: 10pm Denbaya; 22: 10pm The Jazz Thieves; 24: 8pm Robin Irene Moss. WILLIAMSBURG MUSIC CENTER: 367 Bedford Av. www.wmcjazz.org. 718-3841654. 10pm-2am. Fri: free adm/2 drink min Jam w/Gerry Eastman Qnt & friends; Sat: $10 adm Greyson Hackleman.
FIREHOUSE 12: 47 Crown St. New Haven. 203-785-0468. www.firehouse12.com. Set: 8:30pm/$20 adm & 10pm $15. Sep 12: Ingrid Laubrock Qnt; 19: Evan Parker, Joe Morris & Nate Wooley; 26: Michael Gregory Jackson New Gp. PICCOLO PIZZA: 24 Prospect St. Ridgefield. 203-438-8200. Sets: 6-9pm. Free adm. Tues: Arildo Desouza Solo; Thurs: Gary Mac Fadden; Sun: John Judd Solo. The SIDEDOOR JAZZ CLUB: At Old Lyme Inn. 85 Lyme St. Old Lyme. 860-434-2600. www.thesidedoorjazz.com. Sets: 8:30pm. Sep 5: Nicki Parrott Trio; 6: Steve Davis Qnt; 12: Jane Bunnett & Maqueque; 13: Bruce Barth Qrt; 19: Greg Abate Qrt; 20: Mark Whitfield Family Band; 26: Ryan Keberle & Catharsis feat Camila Meza; 27: Brian McCarthy Qrt. WILTON PIZZA: 101 Old Ridgefield Rd. Wilton. Thurs: 6-9pm free adm Matt Criscuolo Qrt.
APERITIF: 242 Sunrise Hwy. Rockville Centre. www.aperitifbistro.com. 516-594-3404. Sep 7: 6-9pm Al Cardillo Trio.
DANFORDS INN: 25E Broadway. Port Jefferson. www.danfords.com. 631-928-5200. Sat: 6:30-10:30pm Dennis Raffelock Duo. DIX HILLS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: At Five Towns College. 305N Service Rd. Dix Hills. 631-656-2148. www.dhpac.org. Sep 14: 2pm $30/25 adm Gerard D’Angelo & Hilary Kole Duo; 19: 7:30pm $10 Jon Weber; 26: 7:30pm $10 Jazz Brazil w/Tony Romano Qnt. ECLECTIC CAFÉ: At UU of South Suffolk. 28 Brentwood Rd. Bay Shore. 631-661-1278. www.eclecticcafe.org. 2nd Sat: 8pm. FIVE TOWNS COLLEGE: 305N Service Rd. Dix Hills. 631-656-2110. www.ftc.edu. GLEN COVE MANSION: 200 Dosoris Ln. Glen Cove. www.glencovemansion.com. 516671-6400. Fri: 8pm-12am. HIGH NOTE: 136 Bway. Amityville. 631-6088000. www.highnoteny.com. 1st Tues: Bay Big Band. ONDA LOUNGE: At Allegria Hotel. 80W Bway. Long Beach. 516-889-1300. www.allegria hotel.com. Thurs: 8pm-12am Jazz & Sushi. PIERRE’S: 2468 Main St. Bridgehampton. www.artofsong.org/Jazz_at_Pierres. 631537-5110. Tues&Sun: 6:30-9:30pm. 1st Tues: Jody Carlson Trio. SAGE BISTRO MODERNE: 7955 Jericho Tpke. Woodbury. www.sagebistrogroup.com. 516-584-6804. Sep 16: 7-10pm Al Cardillo & Lou Messana Duo. TRATTORIA GRASSO: 134 Main St. Cold Spring Harbor. www.trattoriagrasso.com. 631367-6060. Sep 3: 7pm Wayne Sabella & friends; 4: 6:30pm Frank O'Brien & Tim Givens Duo; 5: 7:30pm Jerry Weldon Trio; 6: 7pm Joe Alterman & Jim Cammack Duo; 7: 11:30am-2:30pm Brunch w/Joe Carter Duo; 7: 6pm Fank O'Brien; 12: 7:30pm Madeline Kole Trio; 13: 7pm Ayako Shirasaki & Noriko Ueda; 14: 6pm Joe Alterman; 21: 6pm Gail Storm; 26: 7:30pm Phoebe Austin & Company; 28: 6pm Alexis Cole & friends. VOLPE RISTORANTE: 7725 Jericho Tpk. Woodbury. www.thefoxhollow.com/volpe. 516-802-7501. Mon: 8-11pm. WALK STREET TAVERN: 1218 Jericho Tpk. New Hyde Park. 516-354-9732. Last Tues: 8:30pm-12am Jam.
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76 HOUSE: 110 Main St. Tappan. 845-3595476. www.76house.com. Wed: 8-11pm free adm Quintets w/Mark Hagan & feat artists + Jam. Sep 3: Dan Block & Matt Haviland; 10: Gabriel Valle & Bryan Carrot; 17: Jeff Zelnick; 24: Andy Gravish & Rob Scheps. CARNEGIE ROOM: At Nyack Library. 59 S Broadway. Nyack. www.rcjbs.org. 845-3583370. Sets: 7:30-9:30pm. Sep 12: Edward Simon & Steel House. CATSKILL MOUNTAIN PIZZA COMPANY: 51 Mill Hill Rd. Woodstock. 845-679-7969. www.catskillmountainpizza.com. Wed 7pm. Sep 3: 8:15-11:15pm Rob Scheps. DRAPER PARK: Hastings-on-Hudson. www.12milesnorth.org. Sep 6: 12-10pm $255 adm Take Me to the River Music & Arts Fest feat 12:30-1:15pm Colette Michaan, 1:302:15pm John Patitucci Trio, 3:50-4:10pm RiverArts Jazz Ens, 6:50-7:20pm Exit 12. The DAUTAJ: 36 Oakland Ave. Warwick. 845986-3666. www.thedautaj.com. Free adm. Fri: tba; Sat: 7:30-11:30pm Richard Wiggins. 1st Sun: 7-8:30pm NY Swing Exchange Band. continued on page 37
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NEW JERSEY JAZZ
Gary Walker, “Morning Jazz Host”, WBGO, 88.3 FM/wbgo.org
JOSH EVANS MONUMENT SQUARE / SEPTEMBER 13 Josh Evans first heard trumpeters Roy Eldridge and Dizzy Gillespie when he was 10 years old, growing up in Hartford. It changed his life. He immediately started trumpet lessons, shortly thereafter playing in a local brass band. Studies and performances with Jackie McLean led to extended work with Winard Harper and, eventually, Evans' debut recording, Portrait (Snave Sounds), showing his fiery, mature sound and writing aptitude in tribute to Rashied Ali, Jackie McLean and Ralph Peterson. Evans' skill as a trumpeter has put him in performance with Cedar Walton, Cutis Fuller, Benny Golson, Rashied Ali and Billy Harper. His own adventuresome straight ahead sextet in New Brunswick will have tenor saxophonist Abraham Burton, trombonist Frank Lacy, pianist David Bryant, bassist Curtis Lundy and drummer Ralph Peterson.
NATIVE SOUL RIDGEWOOD JAZZ FEST / SEPTEMBER 14 Native Soul is four outstanding musicians in appealing unison. Drummer Steve Johns has worked with Sonny Fortune, Gary Bartz and Jimmy Heath. Bass virtuoso Marcus McLaurine has shared stages with James Moody, Clark Terry, Abbey Lincoln and The Count Basie Orchestra. Saxophonist Peter Brainin brings experience with Randy Weston, Bobby Watson and the Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. Pianist Noah Haidu played alongside Winard Harper, Essiet Essiet, Ken Fowser and Behn Gillece. Their latest recording, One Mind (American Showplace), is a strong indicator of what to expect: creative originals mixed in with their take on standards. You will also hear new views of the works of Lennon and McCartney, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Wonder, along with some blues, funk and a visit to Brazil.
JOHN AND BUCKY PIZZARELLI JERSEY CITY / SEPTEMBER 18 When it comes to jazz families, the Pizzarellis have brought many other families to jazz. Bucky started with Vaughan Monroe, toured the world with Benny Goodman, played at the White House and holds a place on the ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. He's part of many classic recordings in all genres, including hits with Dion and The Belmonts. His guitar encounters with Tal Farlow and Les Paul are legendary. John watched his dad, following with his own seven-string guitar career which has included opening for Frank Sinatra, recording with George Shearing and appearing on Broadway in tribute to Johnny Mercer. Father and son team-up alongside the New Jersey City University Alumni Jazz Big Band, directed by Dick Lowenthal, saluting Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey, the “other” Jersey Boys.
RUDY ROYSTON MAKEDA / SEPTEMBER 25 Growing up in Fort Worth, drummer Rudy Royston says he was always surrounded by bongos, rhythm sticks, xylophones and other such instruments, brought home by his father who worked for a children's percussion instrument company, kindling a career as an outstanding rhythm maker. With schooling in Colorado and New Jersey, he quickly integrated into the New York music scene, performing or recording with Les McCann, Bill Frisell, Javon Jackson, Stanley Cowell, The Mingus Big Band, Tia Fuller and Dave Douglas among countless others. Royston's debut recording, 303 (Greenleaf), lives up to his attitude of "be what you feel." It's a mix of modern bop, funk, R&B and hip-hop, swinging hard throughout.
John Pizzarelli photo by Andrew Lepley, Bucky Pizzarelli by Ed Laub
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ATLANTIC GREATE BAY COUNTRY CLUB: 45 Mays Landing Rd. Somers Point. 609-927-6677. Somers Point Jazz Society. www.spjazz.org. STOCKTON STATE COLLEGE: 101 Vera King Farris Dr. Galloway. www.stockton. edu. 609-652-1776. Sep 17: 12-1:30pm free adm Maurício de Souza & Bossa Brasil® feat Alan Chaubert.
BERGEN BERRIE CENTER: Sharp Theater. 505 Ramapo Valley Rd. Mahwah. 201-684-7844. www.ramapo.edu/berriecenter. Sep 6: 7:30pm East Gipsy Band; 28: 7pm John Pizzarelli. GLEN ROCK INN: 222 Rock Rd. Glen Rock. www.glenrockinn.com. 201-445-2362. Thurs: 7pm Duos. HARVEST BISTRO: 252 Schraalenburgh Rd. Closter. www.harvestbistro.com. 201-7509966. INDIAN TRAIL CLUB: 830 Franklin Lakes Rd. Franklin Lakes. www.indiantrailclub.com. 201891-4480. Sep 21: 12:30-5pm Warren Vaché & Bill Easley Gp feat Antoinette Montague. MEMORIAL PARK: Van Neste Sq. Ridgewood Av. Ridgewood. www.ridgewoodguild.com. Sep 14: 12-6pm Ridgewood Jazz Fest feat Peter Brainin & Native Soul, Luba Mason, Don Braden & Big Fun(K) w/Julie Michels. PUFFIN CULTURAL FORUM: 20 Puffin Way. Teaneck. www.puffinculturalforum.org. 201836-8923. Sep 27: 8pm Amina Figarova & Gilad Atzmon. SOLARI’S: 61 River St. Hackensack. 201-4871969. Ev 1st Tues: 8pm One More Once Big Band. STONY HILL INN: 231 Polifly Rd. Hackensack. www.stonyhillinn.com. 201-3424085. Ev other Sat: 8pm-12am Betty Liste Qrt. BURLINGTON TRI-STATE JAZZ SOCIETY: PO Box 896. Mount Laurel. www.tristatejazz.org. 856-7200232.
ESSEX BRUSCHETTA RESTAURANT: 292 Passaic Av. Fairfield. 973-227-6164. www.bruschetta restaurantonline.com. Thurs: Rio Clemente Duo. CODA KITCHEN & BAR: 177 Maplewood Av. Maplewood. www.codamaplewood.com. 973327-2247. Sun: 12-3pm Jazz Brunch feat Lee Glantz. DANA LIBRARY: Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University. 185 University Av. Newark. http://newarkwww.rutgers.edu/IJS/. 973-3535595. FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH: 40S Fullerton Ave. Montclair. 973-744-6560. www.outpostintheburbs.org. Sep 28: 3-5pm $10 adm Spiritual Drumming Workshops by Richard Reiter. GATEWAY CENTER 2: 2 Gateway Center. Newark. 973-624-8880. Sep 3: 12-1pm WBGO Jazz series w/Antoinette Montague. HAT CITY KITCHEN: 459 Valley St. Orange. 862-252-9147. Wed: 8pm Jam by Mike Lee. HIGHLAND PLACE/CRANE’S: 5 Highland Pl. Maplewood. www.hpcranes.com. 973-7633083. Tues: 7:30-10:30pm Jazz Tuesdays feat Greg Bufford Trio. JAZZ HOUSE KIDS: 14 S Park St. Montclair. 973-744-2258 www.jazzhousekids.org.
KEY CLUB: 58 Park Pl. Newark. 973-799-0306. www.keyclubnj.com. Sun: 11am-3pm $20 adm. MCLOONE’S BOATHOUSE: 9 Cherry Ln at Northfield Av. West Orange. 862-252-7108. www.mcloonesboathouse.com. Sun: 11am3pm Jazz Brunch feat Doug Clarke Duo. MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY: 1 Normal Av. Montclair. 973-655-4000. www.montclair.edu. NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 1 Center St. Newark. 888-466-5722. www.njpac.org. Sep 21: 3pm $49/39 adm American Songbook feat John Pizzarelli. OSKAR SCHINDLER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 4 Boland Dr. West Orange. 973669-7385. www.ospac.org. Sep 20: 2-8pm Jazz and Brew Fest. PALAZZO RESTAURANT: 11 S Fullerton Av. Montclair. www.palazzonj.com. 973-7466778. Fri-Sat: 7-10:30pm. PAPILLON 25: 25 Valley St. South Orange. 973-761-5299. www.papillon25.com. Sep 18: 10pm-1am Maurício de Souza & Bossa Brasil® feat Anton Denner. PRIORY JAZZ CLUB: 233W Market St. Newark. 973-242-8012. Fri: 7-11pm. RUTGERS UNIVERSITY: Institute of Jazz Studies. 185 University Av. Newark. www.rutgers.edu. 973-353-5595. SOPAC: 1 SOPAC Way. South Orange. 973-3132787. www.sopacnow.org. Set: 8pm. Sep 13: Ramsey Lewis; 26: Manhattan Transfer. SUZYQUE’S BBQ & BAR: 34 S Valley Rd. West Orange. www.suzyques.com. 973-7367899. Free adm. Thurs: 8-11pm John Lee Trio w/spec guests. Sep 8&22: 8-10pm Glenn Franke BigBand. TRUMPETS: 6 Depot Square. Montclair. 973744-2600. www.trumpetsjazz.com. Sets: unless otherwise noted 7:30&9pm, Fri-Sat 8&10pm, closed Mon-Tues. Adm varies. Sep 5: Paul Abler & James Weidman; 6: Claudio Roditi Qrt; 7: Jam w/Carrie Jackson; 10: Jam; 12: John Ehlis Ens w/spec guest LOIRE; 13: Dee Lucas Qrt; 17: The Dalton Gang; 19: Vinny Valentino Organ Trio; 20: Ty Stephens & Soul Jaazz; 25: The IN Trio; 27: Dave Stryker Organ Trio; 28: 3-6pm Lauren Hooker feat Jonathan Luks, 7pm Ron Aprea Big Band feat Angela DeNiro. WBGO: 54 Park Pl. Newark. www.wbgo.org. 973-624-8880.
HUDSON J. OWEN GRUNDY PIER: At Exchange Pl. Jersey City. 201-547-5000. Sep 18: See New Jersey City University. LIBERTY HOUSE RESTAURANT: 82 Audrey Zapp Dr. Jersey City. 201-395-0300. www.libertyhouserestaurant.com. Sun: 11am3pm Jazz Brunch. LIGHT HORSE TAVERN: 199 Washington St. Jersey City. www.lighthorsetavern.com. 201946-2028. Sun: 6-10pm. MADAME CLAUDE: 364 1/2 4th St. Jersey City. www.madameclaudecafe.com. 201-8768800. Thurs: 8pm Manouche Bag. MOORE’S LOUNGE: 189 Monticello Av. Jersey City. 201-332-4309. Fri-Sat: 8:30pm free adm/no min Jam by Winard Harper & Rosalind Grant; 1st Sun: 6-10pm Winard Harper w/spec guests. NEW JERSEY CITY UNIVERSITY: 2039 Kennedy Blvd. Jersey City. www.njcu.edu. 201-200-2000. Sep 18: 6pm free adm (at J. Owen Grundy Pier) NJCU Alumni Jazz Big Band feat Bucky & John Pizzarelli. HUNTERDON
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B A C K S TA G E PA S S JAZZ ANECDOTE BY BILL CROW Bill Crow's books " Jazz Anecdotes" and " From Birdland to Broadway" can be found at your favorite bookstore, and at www.billcrowbass.com along with many interesting photos and links. Howard Hirsch's reputation as a percussionist had reached Duke Ellington, and in the early 1970s Duke called Howard and asked him to drop by. This was an overture for Howard to eventually join the Ellington band, but it never came to pass. Ellington's health was failing, and he passed away before they came to an agreement. During their conversation when they met at Duke's home, Ellington said to Howard, "Tell me what's nice here." Howard pointed to Duke's grand piano and said, "That's nice." "Describe it," prompted Duke. "Well, it has white keys and black keys…" "And," said Ellington, "don't the white keys and the black keys make beautiful music together?" Scott Robinson’s aunt once asked, “What is this place you’re working in this week?” Scott said, “It’s a night club in New York City called the Jazz Standard.” His aunt asked, “Do you play there normally?” Before Scott could answer, his uncle said, “No, he plays jazz!” LISTINGS... continued from page 34
FALCON ARTS: 1348 Rte 9 West. Marlboro. www.liveatthefalcon.com. 845-236-7970. $20 don suggested. Sets: 7pm unless otherwise noted, Opening act (Op); Sun 10am-2pm Brunch (B). Sep 3: Buffalo Stack, Op w/Ife & Danny; 4: tba; 5: Etienne Charles; 6: Tisziji Munoz Qrt w/guest Paul Schaffer; 7: Failing Forward; 9: Steel House; 10: Anne McCue Solo; 11: Frank Vignola & Vinny Ranilo; 12: KJ Denhert & The New York Unit; 13: The Amigos, Op w/Roseann Fino; 14: B w/Alexis Cole Trio; 17: Berger/Fonda/Sorgen Trio; 18: Libor Šmoldas Qrt; 19: Garland Jeffreys; 20: tba; 21: B w/Alexis P. Suter & The Ministers of Sound, 7pm James Weidman Qnt w/spec guest Terell Stafford & Oleg Kireyev; 25: Pat O'Shea & The Honest Men, Op w/Stephen Clair & the Millionaires; 26: Cameron Brown & The Hear & Now; 27: Soñando; 28: B w/Erik Lawrence Qrt. The HORSE & SULKY PUB & GRILL: 206 Sarah Wells Trail. Campbell Hall. 845-6145928. www.thehorseandsulky.com. Sep 21: 3&5pm $5 don The Softwinds All Stars. QUINN’S: 330 Main St. Beacon. www.quinns beacon.com. free adm. Mon: 8pm Monday Night Jazz Sessions. 1st Mon: Jam by Chris Kelsey. Sep 11: 9pm Extreme Thursdays series feat Juan Pablo Carletti Trio; 22: Dom Minasi Trio; 25: Iron Dog. TURNING POINT CAFÉ: 468 Piermont Av. Piermont. www.turningpointcafe.com. 845359-1089. Mon: 8-11:30pm $5 adm Monday Jam by John Richmond.
ASTOR ROOM: 34-12 36th St. Astoria. 718255-1947. www.astorroom.com. Fri-Sat 711pm & Sun 11:30am-3pm. CLARET WINE BAR: 4602 Skillman Av at 46th St. Sunnyside. www.claretwinebar.com. 718937-7411. Sat: 9-12am. FLUSHING HOUSE: 38-20 Bowne St. Flushing. firstname.lastname@example.org. Sep 12: Fundraising Jazz Up In The Sky (on the rooftop) www.jazzupinthesky.com 7-11pm $100/150 Hernan Romero, Michael Feinberg & Isamu McGreagor. FLUSHING TOWN HALL: 137-35 Northern Blvd. Flushing. www.flushingtownhall.org. 718-463-7700. 1st Wed: 7pm Jam. Sep 19: 8pm Arturo O’Farrill Qrt. JACKSON ROOM: 192-07 Linden Blvd. St Albans. www.jacksonroom.com. 718-5252387. Last Sat: 8&10pm $15 adm incl snacks/beverage. LOUIS ARMSTRONG HOUSE MUSEUM: 34-56 107th St. Corona. 718-478-8274. www.louisarmstronghouse.org. $10 adm. TuesFri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm: Guided Tours. PROPER CAFÉ: 21701 Linden Blvd. Cambria Heights. Queens. 718-341-2233. Wed: 811:30pm $10 adm. QUEENS COLLEGE: CUNY. 65-30 Kissena Blvd. www.qc.cuny.edu. 718-997-5000. TERRAZA 7 TRAIN CAFÉ: 40-19 Gleane St. continued on page 40
A Moment You Missed by Fran Kaufman Hot House Contributing Photographer Vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant and pianist Bill Charlap pose for a "moment" backstage at the 92Y after a concert featuring the talented Salvant in a tribute to the late, great Sarah Vaughan. Charlap has just finished his tenth season as artistic director of the Y's "Jazz in July" series and Cecile's sold-out appearance was testament to its success and popularity. Can’t wait to see what he comes up with for next year.
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HISTORIC COURT HOUSE: Main St. Flemington. Sep 12: Central Jersey Jazz Fest/www.centraljerseyjazzfestival.com 67pm Emily Asher & Garden Party, 7-8 Warren Vaché & Harry Allen, 8-9 Winard Harper Sxt, 9-10 Bernie Worrell Orch.
MERCER CANDLELIGHT LOUNGE: 24 Passaic St. Trenton. www.candlelightevents.way.to. 609695-9612. Sat: 3:30-7:30pm free adm/$10 min. www.jazztrenton.com. Sep 6: Daryl Yokley; 13: Bob Smith; 20: Web T; 27: James Stewart. PALMER SQUARE GREEN: Downtown Princeton (off Rte 206). www.palmer square.com. Sep 14: JazzFeast feat 12-1pm Alan Dale & New Legacy Jazz Band, 1:152:15 Warren Chiasson Qrt, 2:30-3:30 The Fins, 3:45-4:45 Cynthia Sayer & Sparks Fly, 56 Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks. PRINCETON JAZZ NIGHTS: 53 Clarke Ct. Princeton. www.jazznightsprinceton.com. Sep 19: 8pm Lee Konitz & Dan Tepfer. PRINCETON UNIVERSITY: Princeton. 609258-4241. www.princeton.edu/music. SALT CREEK GRILLE: At Forrestal Village. 1 Rockingham Row at Rte 1. Princeton. 609419-4200. www.saltcreekgrille.com. Fri-Sat: 7-11pm.
MIDDLESEX HYATT HOTEL: 2 Albany St. New Brunswick. www.newbrunswick.hyatt.com. 732-873-1234. Wed: 8-10:30pm. Sep 3: Doris Spears Gp; 10: Oscar Perez & Vivian Sessoms Qrt. LA TAVOLA CUCINA RISTORANTE: 700 Old Bridge Tpk. South River. 732-238-2111. www.latavolacucinanj.com. Thurs: 7:30pm Jam. MAKEDA: 338 George St. New Brunswick. 732545-5115. www.makedas.com. Thurs: 8-11pm free adm/$5 min. Sep 4: Tanya Darby Qrt; 11: Lee Hogans Qrt; 18: Ralph Bowen Qrt; 25: Rudy Royston Qrt. MONUMENT SQUARE: Livingston Av & George St. New Brunswick. Sep 13: Central Jersey Jazz Fest/www.centraljerseyjazzfes tival.com 1-2:15pm Josh Evans Sxt, 2:152:45 New Brunswick District Jazz Band, 2:454 Jazzmeia Horn Qnt, 4-4:30 New Brunswick District Jazz Band, 4:30-6 Ravi Coltrane Qrt. NOVITA: 25 New St. Metuchen. 732-549-5306. www.novitanj.com. Sets: Thurs: 6pm; Fri-Sat 7pm. Thurs: Champian Fulton; Fri: Lou Watson; Sat: George Fitzsimmons. PJ’S COFFEE: 315 Raritan Av. Highland Park. www.ptsofnj.com. 732-828-2323. Sun: 15pm Jazz Groove Jam. RUTGERS UNIVERSITY: 126 College Ave. New Brunswick. www.rutgers.edu. 732-4454636. STEAKHOUSE 85: 85 Church St. New Brunswick. www.steakhouse85.com. 732247-8585. Fri-Sat 7-11pm. TUMULTY’S: 361 George St. New Brunswick. www.tumultys.com. 732-545-6205. Tues: 8pm + 9:30pm Jam feat Emerging Artists Band. Sep 2: Danielle Illario Band; 9: Sam Tobias Band.
MONMOUTH GIAMANO’S: 301 Main St. Bradley Beach. 732775-4275. www.giamanos.com. Free adm/no min. HERB ECKERT AUDITORIUM: At Senior Center South Brunswick Municipal Complex. 540 Rte 522. Monmouth Junction.
www.sbarts.org/jazz-cafe. 732-329-4000. Sep 12: 8pm $6 adm Blue Jersey Band. HOTEL TIDES: 408 7th Av. Asbury Park. 732897-7744. www.hoteltides.com. Sep 14: Barbara King; 21: Josh Zuckerman; 28: Sandy Sasso. The SAINT: 601 Main St. Asbury Park. 732775-9144. www.thesaintnj.com. Sep 18: $13 adm 8-9pm The Blue Project, 9-10pm Chris Antonik, 10-11pm Matt'O'Ree; 20: 8:15pm Miss Ida Blue. MORRIS BICKFORD THEATRE: 6 Normandy Heights Rd. Morristown. 973-971-3706. Concerts 89:30pm. www.njjs.org. Sep 15: Dan Levinson Band feat Mike Davis & Molly Ryan; 29: Warren Vaché Gp. DREW UNIVERSITY: 36 Madison Av. Madison. www.drew.edu. 908-273-7827. HIBISCUS RESTAURANT: 270 South St. Morristown. www.hibiscuscuisine.com. 973359-0200. Sets: Tues 6-9pm, Fri 7-10pm, Sat 6:30-9:30pm, Sun Brunch 12-3pm. Sat: Tracy George. MAXFIELD’S ON MAIN: 713 Main St. Boonton. www.maxfieldsonmain.com. 973588-3404. Sep 9&23: 7pm Lou Pallo & guests. NEW JERSEY JAZZ SOCIETY: 800-303NJJS. www.njjs.org. SHANGHAI JAZZ: 24 Main St. Madison. 973822-2899. www.shanghaijazz.com. Free adm. Sets: Tues 6:30-9pm, Wed-Thurs 7-9:30pm, Fri 6:30&8:30pm, Sat 6:30&8:45pm, Sun 68:30pm. Closed Mon. Sep 2: Closed; 3: Keith Ingham; 4: Bucky Pizzarelli; 5: Herb Woodson Blues Soul Qrt; 6: SaRon Crenshaw w/Jeff Levine Qrt; 7: Closed; 12: Rob Paparozzi Trio; 19: Grover Kemble & Jerry Vezza Trio; 26: Peter & Will Anderson Brothers; 28: Catherine Russell. OCEAN OCEAN COUNTY COLLEGE: College Dr. Toms River. 732-255-0500. www.ocean.edu. $15/13 adm. www.njjs.org. Concerts: 89:30pm. Sep 10: Jazz Lobsters Big Band feat Carrie Jackson. PASSAIC CORTINA RISTORANTE: 118 Bershire Av. Paterson. 973-942-1750. Wed: 6:30-10pm Joe Licari & Mark Shane Duo. WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY: 300 Pompton Rd. Wayne. www.wpunj.edu. 973720-2371. SOMERSET SOMERSET COUNTY COURTHOUSE GREEN: E. Main St at Grove St. Somerville. Sep 14: Central Jersey Jazz Fest/www.cen traljerseyjazzfestival.com 1-2pm Emmet Cohen, 2-2:20 Jazz House Kids, 2:20-3:20 Brianna Thomas, 3:20-3:40 Jazz House Kids, 3:40-4:40 Houston Person, 4:40-5 Jazz House Kids, 5-6 T.S. Monk Sxt. UNION 16 PROSPECT WINE BAR & BISTRO: 16 Prospect St. Westfield. 908-232-7320. www.16prospect.com. Free adm/no min. Thurs: 8-11pm Carrie Jackson & friends. CROSSROADS: 78 North Av. Garwood. 908232-5666. www.xxroads.com. Tues: 9pm free adm Jam w/Crossroads All Stars. HAMILTON STAGE: 360 Hamilton St. Rahway. www.hamiltonstagenj.com. 732-428-4592. Sep 13: The Cooker. continued on page 40
BRIDGE CROSSINGS OEL HARRISON'S LATEST CD, Mother Stump, revisits his early guitar J roots through his own compositions and
strikingly original arrangements of tunes by Al Kooper, Paul Motian, George Russell, Leonard Cohen and others. Harrison is a 2010 Guggenheim Fellow and has released 16 CDs as a leader since 1995. He's the creator of the Alternative Guitar Summit and will perform at Korzo on Sept. 9.
Q. One gig or recording of yours that you can't shake? A. The first gig I ever did with a band was for special needs people at a school. I was about 15. They loved music and celebrated what we were doing, rock music, in an amazing way: dancing wildly with pure, joyful abandon. They gave more than we did. Recording? The Wheel. It was a breakthrough for me, because of the ways I felt I integrated composing for strings with a jazz group. One gig or recording of a contemporary that stands out? It's awfully hard to choose one. I just saw the Campbell Brothers do "A Love Supreme" at Damrosch Park. I loved it. Pedal steel covering a Coltrane piece makes a lot more sense than saxophone to me. What trait more than any other does it take to play/appreciate jazz? Or, do only smart people listen to or play jazz? What does "smart" mean? Some of the
By Cary Tone
smartest people I know never graduated from high school. Appreciating jazz means being curious about life, loving the breadth of American music, being willing to be taken on a journey whose destination is uncertain, resonating with rhythm that doesn't slap you in the face, but flows and crashes like waves. It can be very simple or very complex and anyone from anywhere can and should be able to find something to love in it. What do you know today that you didn't know ten years ago? How to write for big band and orchestra. Is jazz music a political statement? Intention is everything. By its own nature, no. But in certain hands in certain times, maybe. Jazz is so far evolved beyond politics that the two make difficult partners, in my opinion. What do you struggle with in your creative life? Are you kidding? Everything! Don't we all? I mean even when you feel you are completely kicking butt on a new piece or technique, it's still hard to really get it to sound great not just good! Of course booking a tour makes composing look like child's play. If it's too easy, we may not be growing. More musical ideas come to you from dreams or the news of the day? News of day. If you were starting out now would you change anything? So, so much and, yet, nothing at all. Our destinies are more written than we think.
â€œAppreciating jazz means being curious about life, loving the breadth of American music, being willing to be taken on a journey whose destination is uncertain, resonating with rhythm that doesn't slap you in the face, but flows and crashes like waves.â€?
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A life in music: more perspiration or inspiration? No one doubts the answer to that who has been in the game for longer than a day. Most pieces begin with some starting point of inspiration. Some powerful feeling suggests a sound to me. But once I start, inspiration takes a background role and the need for craft enters the picture. I can't build a piece, or a solo, just from inspiration, any more than a relationship can be built on the initial attraction of a first date. All that I am becomes invested in the piece, all my techniques and concepts. Inspiration, in sum, is a nice beginning; but starting pieces is far harder than finishing them. A couple of your favorite websites, blogs, apps? The blog Do the Math, I guess. But I spend so much time on the computer as it is, I try to get my entertainment/education elsewhere. Favorite place in the world to play, public or private? I love to play. I don't care where, as long as people are there to listen. What's the Brooklyn jazz vibe? The largest concentration of great players in the world live here, regardless of style. That's pretty unique. New arrivals beware! What is something you've gotten into and excited about lately? My excitement lately has been a) writing songs with lyrics b) writing a string quartet c) writing more music for big band d) revisiting the guitar music I grew up with. If there's an afterlife, one piece of music you heard here that you'll remember there? "We Shall Rise, Halleluiah, We Shall Rise." LISTINGS... continued from page 37
Elmhurst. www.terrazacafe.com. 718-8039602. Sun: 9:30pm Jam w/John Benítez; 3rd Thurs: 8pm Victor Prieto. WATER’S EDGE: 401 44th Dr. Queens. 718482-0033. www.watersedgenyc.com. Fri-Sat: 6:30-10:30pm free adm/no min Bill Gati Solo. YORK COLLEGE: CUNY. 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. Jamaica. www.york.cuny.edu. 718-2622000.
ALVIN & FRIENDS: 14 Memorial Hwy. New Rochelle. www.alvinandfriendsrestaurant. com. 914-654-6549. Fri: 7:30-10:30pm $20/15 adm; Sat: 8-11pm. BASS LINE: 130E 1st St. Mount Vernon. www.basslineclub.com. 914-433-1052. BEANRUNNER CAFÉ: 201 S Division & Esther St. Peekskill. 914-737-1701. www.beanrunnercafe.com. Fri-Sat: 8-10:30pm $10 adm. Sep 5: Orlando Marin; 6: Lines of Reason; 21: Doug Munro.
CRABTREE'S KITTLE HOUSE: 11 Kittle Rd. Chappaqua. www.kittlehouse.com. 914-6668044. Thurs: 7-10pm Alexis Cole Solo. ELEMENTS: 161 Mamaroneck Av. White Plains. www.elementswhiteplains.com. 914-3584930. Tues: 6:30-9:30pm. FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: 199N Columbus Av at E Lincoln Av. Mount Vernon. www.pjsjazz.org. 914-636-4977. $22-14 adm. Ev 2nd Sun: 5:15-9pm Second Sunday Jazz series. Sep 14: Antoinette Montague. HARVEST ON HUDSON: 1 River St. Hastings. www.harvest2000.com. 914-4782800. Thurs: 7pm. LAGOND MUSIC SCHOOL: 9 Haven St. Elmsford. www.lagondmusic.org. 917-8829539/www.vtyjazz.com. Sep 28: 5-8pm $25 adm Sunday Serenade series feat Tribute to Sonny Stitt & Gene Ammons w/Eric Alexander & Dmitry Baevsky. RED HAT ON THE RIVER: 1 Bridge St. Irvington-On-Hudson. www.redhatbistro.com. 914-591-5888. Wed: 6-10pm Bill Crow & Hiroshi Yamazaki Duo w/guest Glenda Davenport or Takeshi Ogura. ROCKWELLS: 105 Wolfs Ln. Pelham. 888-9832785. www.rockwellsusa.net. Sep 11: 8:30pm Cyrille Aimée. UNDERHILLS CROSSING: 74.5 Pondfield Rd. Bronxville. 914-337-1200. www.under hillscrossing.com. Wed: 7-10pm Alexis Cole. WATERCOLOR CAFÉ: 2094 Boston Post Rd. Larchmont. www.watercolorcafe.net. 914-8342213. WHITE PLAINS: Sep 2-7: Jazz Fest. 914-4284220. www.artswestchester.org. NJ LISTINGS... continued from page 38
JEFFREY’S RESTAURANT: 114 Central Ave. Westfield. www.jeffreysofwestfield.com. 908-232-4517. Jazz it up at Jeffrey's. ROBIN’S NEST: 3103 Tremley Point Rd. Linden. www.robinsnestrhythmandblues. com. 908-275-3043. Sun: 6-10pm free adm/2 drink min Cool Jazz Jam w/Don Williams. UNION COUNTY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 1670 Irving St. Rahway. 732-4998226. www.ucpca.org. Sep 13: see Hamilton Stage. VAN GOGH’S EAR CAFÉ: 1017 Stuyvesant Av. Union. www.vangoghsearcafe.com. 908-8101844. Sun: 8pm $4 adm. Sep 7: Groove Apparatus. WARREN RUTHERFURD HALL: 1686-R Rte 517. Allamuchy. 908-852-1894. www.rutherfurd hall.org. Sep 14: 3-5pm $25/20 adm Jazz at the Rutherfurd feat The Dena DeRose Trio.
DEER HEAD INN: 5 Main St. Delaware Water Gap, PA. www.deerheadinn.com. 570-4242000. Sets: Thurs 8-11pm, Fri-Sat 7-11pm, Sun 5-8pm. Adm varies. Residency (R): Thurs Jam w/Bill Goodwin Qrt & friends. Sep 4: R; 5: Marianne Solivan Qrt; 6: COTA Cats; 7: Post COTA Festival Jam by Bill Goodwin; 11: R; 12: Peter & Will Anderson Trio; 13: “Sweet” Sue Terry Special Band; 14: Regina Sayles Solo; 18: R; 19: Vinny Bianchi & La Cuchina; 20: Dennis Jeter Qrt; 21: Bob Leive & the Wooster Street Trolley Band; 25: R; 26:
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Bob Stewart's live webcast of Connections—Mind the Gap with his First Line Band and the PUBLIQuartet at Dizzy's Club CocaCola on Sept. 29 will begin with an interview with host Rhonda Hamilton at 7:15 p.m. on jalc.org/live as part of Monday Nights with WBGO
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Trumpet Music … Singer Judy Niemack appears at Kitano Sept. 19 … Barbara Carroll sings and plays piano at Birdland Sept. 20 … Celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Bud Powell with saxophonist Melissa Aldana and others at Birdland Sept. 23-27 … Antoinette Montague sings at Kitano Sept. 26 … Catherine Russell sings in an intimate setting at Shanghai Jazz Sept. 28.
Catch release Can't even begin to list all of the great players on Diva's A Swingin' Life (Manchester Craftsmen's Guild), with special guest vocalists Nancy Wilson and Marlena Shaw … Pianist/singer Dena DeRose has a great band and guests on We Won't Forget You: An Homage to Shirley Horn (HighNote) … Multi-instrumentalist/singer Kali Z. Fasteau focuses on keyboards this time out with Piano Rapture (Flying Note) … Laura Dreyer shows off her sax and flute chops on Vida. Arte. Amor. (Mayimba) … Auction Project's Slink features violinist Heather Martin Bixler … Alexandra Cook plays French horn with Steven Richman's Harmonie Ensemble/New York on Henry Mancini Music for Peter Gunn (Harmonia Mundi) … Kellylee Evans, Jackie Richardson and Laila Biali are among the vocalists on Just Passing Through: The Breithaupt Brothers Songbook Vol. 2 (Alma) … Singer Jaime Woods and guitarist Emily Elbert are among the guests on Mario Castro's Estrella de Mar (Interrobang) … Pianist Yayoi Ikawa joins Michael Carvin on Flash Forward (Motéma). NJ LISTINGS... continued from page 40
Mike Collins 5tet; 27: Bob Dorough Trio; 28: Bill Charlap Solo; 29: Deer Head Inn Jazz Orch. DELAWARE WATER GAP: www.cotajazz.org. Sep 5-7: Jazz & Art Fest feat Nancy Reed and Spencer Reed, Evan Gregor & Matt Vashlishan Qrt, Najwa Parkins & After Hours Trio, Bob Dorough & friends, David Liebman Gp & Expansions, Nellie McKay. 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.
September 1 Manuel Valera 2 Jack Jeffers Big Band 3 Valery Ponomarev Big Band 4 Gregorio Uribe Big Band 6/23 Misha Piatigorsky 8 Felipe Lamogla 9 Lars Haake 10 Dave Chamberlain’s Band of Bones 11 Roman Díaz & Rumba "La Especial" (New 9pm show!)
13/15 Don Braden-Julie Michels 16 Theo Hill 17 Christos Rafalides Manhattan Vibes 18 Fleur Seule 22 New York Jazz Philharmonic 24 Wayne Escoffery 25 Made in Italy Swing Trio 30 "A Night for Jimmy Scott" Victor Jones Trio
Early Shows (7pm) 1 Kalena Nash • 8 Leala Cyr • 10 Reza Khan • 11 Emilio Teubal • 15 Marianne Solivan 17 Joe Alterman • 22 Shenel Johns • 24 Verena McBee • 29 Chloe Perrier Sunday Tango At Zinc! Solla Tango Quartet & Milonga
All Mondays Ron Affif Trio 11PM - 3AM Tuesday Late Night Evolution Jam Session w/ Featured Artists All Thursdays Roman Diaz Midnight Rumba
All Fridays in September Gabriel Alegria Afro Peruvuan Sextet Saturdays Marianni & Bossa Groove
82 West Third Street (sullivan & Thompson) Greenwich Village, nyc
212-4477-99462 New! zincbar.com sets From 7pm to late night
Village Chess & Zinc Coffee Open Daily Drums by Canopus Percussion by LP
Eddie Allen photo by ADRIANA MATEO