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IG BAND FORMATS HAVE BECOB me more flexible in this new millennium with the traditional swing band config-
uration undergoing varied modifications in instrumentation. This flexibility is evident on these two Winning Spins, both featuring nine-member horn/wind sections along with different-sized rhythm sections. Art Lillard's Heavenly Big Band includes two flutes, three saxes (soprano, alto and tenor), two trumpets and two trombones, while Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation band has three trumpets, a trombone, a tuba and a four-man reed section with alto sax doubling clarinet, a baritone sax and two tenor saxes, one doubling soprano sax. Lillard brings a unique spin to familiar jazz and pop standards concurrently keeping tempos danceable, while Roberts presents an original suite that mines and reimagines a wide swath of jazz band strategies. Certain Relationships, Art Lillard's Heavenly Big Band (Summit Records), features an ensemble with a lighter, higher tonal palette and it's heavy on vocals with singers on nine of the 15 tracks. The opener, a surprisingly swinging mashup of Thelonious Monk's "Evidence," and the pop standard "Just You, Just Me" (they share chord changes) showcases Pete McGuinness delivering the lyrics and scat choruses in his smooth, airy, Chet Bakerinfluenced style. McGuinness also sings Baker's signature "Let's Get Lost," changed up in Lillard's arrangement to a swinger after a slow verse performed by McGuinness and Andrea Wolper, who again joins McGuinness in a duet on "God Bless the Child" given a hip-hop bounce in Lillard's chart. Wolper also sings a rocking samba, "Happy Blues," caps off a slow, instrumentally seductive "Just Friends" with a sexy drawl, and sways through the English and Portuguese lyrics of "The Girl from Ipanema" done as a bright bossa. Hilary Gardner delivers the optimistic message of the band's theme, "Heavenly" over a light Latin groove with a Mideast flavor to the reeds. Mary Foster Conklin spunkily plays the wronged woman on "You Bluesed Me" and Dominique Eade brings her burnished vocal tone to a swinging finale on "Pennies from Heaven." Instrumentals include two Lillard expansions of iconic early piano solos that, with the flutes, echo ragtime bands: on James P. Johnson's "Carolina Shout" and Albert Ammons' "Boogie Woogie Stomp." "Swing Trane" by Marc McCarron honors Coltrane, with soprano sax from Chris Bacas. Charlie Parker tunes are refer-
By George Kanzler
enced in "Brusheeze," a spotlight on Lillard's brush technique interspersed with solos from flutist Jan Leder and alto saxophonist Bob Mover. Lillard's brushes are also featured on a reharmonized "Softly as in a Morning Sunrise," another danceable swinger. While the emphasis of Heavenly Big Band is on melody (often with lyrics), ensembles with relatively short solos, and danceable tempos, our other Winning Spin divides its focus between composed themes and improvisations, both individual and collective. Romance, Swing, and the Blues, Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation (J-Master Records), is a long piece originally commissioned by and performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center two decades ago. Much like the longer works of Roberts' early mentor Wynton Marsalis, this suite is thematically ambitious and omnivorous of jazz styles and history. Unlike many of Marsalis' and Duke Ellington's suites, it is probably best digested, and will last in repertory, in individual excerpts. Roberts combines seasoned, although hardly old, veterans and aspiring jazz talent in this 12-piece band, giving almost all of them ample solo room in this two-CD, 12-part suite. "The Mystery of Romance" introduces recurring themes, moves to driving swing for solos from trombonist Ron Westray and tenor saxophonist Stephen Riley, before ending with an ominous, decelerated coda. Blues formsâ€”often as elusive and elaborate as Ellington's, including one in 14 barsâ€”dominate the following 11 sections, along with a couple of ballads worthy of standing on their own: "Evening Caress," featuring Riley's purring, romantic sax suggesting what Johnny Hodges might have sounded like on tenor; and "Reaching for the Stars," with Joe Goldberg's alto sax limning the theme, reminiscent of Hodges with Ellington. More than one movement draws contemporary parallels to, or echoes, New Orleans polyphony, including the second line romp, "A Festive Day," with a bravura, Satchmo-inspired, trumpet from Marcus Printup. Besides the leader, whose piano has never sounded better, other outstanding soloists include bassist Rodney Jordan, trumpeters Alphonso Horne and Tim Blackmon and saxophonists Ricardo Pascal (tenor) and Tissa Khosla (baritone). Art Lillard's Heavenly Big Band
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Lillard cover photo by Jason Gardner, Roberts by John Douglas, Cobb by Salvatore Corso.
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92Y: 1395 Lexington Av at 92nd St. 212-4155500. www.92y.org. 809 BAR & GRILL: 112 Dyckman St (Off Nagle Av). www.809restaurant.com. 212-304-3800. Thurs: 8:30-11pm Aquilito’s Jazz in the Heigthzz. AARON DAVIS HALL: At City College. 138 Convent Av at W133rd St. www.adhatccny.org. 212-650-6900. ABYSSINIAN BAPTIST CHURCH: 132W 138th St (bet Lenox & Adam Clayton Powell Blvds). www.abyssinian.org. 212-862-7474. Jan 18: 4pm $20/10 adm Jazz Vespers feat Monty Alexander. ALHAMBRA BALLROOM: 2110 Adam Powell Blvd (bet 125th & 126th Sts). AMERICAN LEGION POST: 248W 132nd St (bet 7th & 8th Avs). 212-283-9701. www.colchasyoungharlempost398.com. Wed-Thurs&Sun: 7:30pm-12am Jam. APOLLO THEATER: 253W 125th St. 212-5315300. www.apollotheater.org. BEACON THEATER: 2130 Bway at W75th St. 212-496-7070. www.beacontheatre.com. BEMELMANS: At Carlyle Hotel. 35E 76th St at Madison. www.thecarlyle.com. 212-7441600. Adm varies. Mon 5:30-8:30pm&9pm12am, Sun 5-8pm: Earl Rose; Tues-Sat 5:308:30pm: Chris Gillespie; Tues-Thurs 9:30pm12:30am, Fri-Sat 9:30pm-1am: Loston Harris; Sun 9pm-12am: Tony DeSare. BILL’S PLACE: 148W 133rd St (bet Lenox & 7th Avs). www.billsplaceharlem.com. 212-2810777. $20 don. Fri-Sat: 8&10pm Bill Saxton Bebop Band. BILLIE’S BLACK RESTAURANT & LOUNGE: 271W 119th St (bet St. Nicholas Av & Frederick Douglass Blvd). 212-2802248. www.billiesblack.com. BISTRO TEN 18: 1018 Amsterdam Av at 110th St. 212-662-7600. www.bistroten18.com. Thurs: 9:30pm-12am Morningside Jazz Collective. CAFÉ CARLYLE: At Carlyle Hotel. 76th St at Madison. www.thecarlyle.com. 212-7441600. Mon except 01/5: 8:45pm $205-155 adm, $110 adm/$25 min @ bar Woody Allen & Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band. CAFÉ DU SOLEIL: 2723 Bway at 104th St. 212316-5000. www.cafedusoleilny.com. Fri: 811pm. Free adm. CAFÉ JAZZ: At Manhattan School of Music. Bway & 122nd St. 212-749-2802. Informal concerts feat students from School's jazz dept. Free adm. CAMPAGNOLA: 1382 1st Av at 74th St. 212861-1102. Fri-Sat: 8pm-12am Effie Jansen. CHÉRI: 231 Lenox Av (bet 121st & 122nd Sts). www.cheriharlem.com. 212-662-4374. Sun: 12-3pm Brunch feat Lady Leah. CHEZ LUCIENNE: 308 Lenox Av at 125th St. 212-289-5555. www.chezlucienne.com. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF MANHATTAN: Tisch Bldg. 212W 83rd St (bet Bway &
Amsterdam). www.cmom.org. 212-721-1223. CHOCOLAT RESTAURANT & LOUNGE: 2217-23 Frederick Douglass Blvd at 120th St. 212-222-4545. www.chocolatlounge.com. Sun: 6-9:30pm. Free adm/2 drink min. The CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK: 160 Convent Av at 138th St. www.ccny.cuny.edu. 212-650-7000. CLEOPATRA’S NEEDLE: 2485 Bway (bet 92nd & 93rd Sts). www.cleopatrasneedleny. com. 212-769-6969. Sets: Early (E), Jam (J). Mon-Tues E 8-9pm, J 9pm-1am; Wed-Thurs E 7-11pm, J 11:30pm-2:30am; Fri-Sat E 8pm12am, J 12:30-3am; Sun E 4-8pm, J 9pm1am. Free adm/$10 min. Trios unless otherwise noted. Residencies (R): Mon E&J Jon Weiss; Tues E&J Mark Devine; Wed E Open mic w/Les Kurtz, J Joonsam Lee; Thurs J Kazu; Fri J Joanna Sternberg; Sat J Jesse Simpson; Sun E Open mic w/Keith Ingham, J Michika Fukumori. Jan 1: tba; 2: Masami Ishikawa; 3: Richard Clement; 4-7: R; 8: Kate Cosco; 9: Akai Yamamoto; 10: Sonelius Smith; 11-14: R; 15: Michael Vitali; 16: Matt Baker; 17: Alan Rosenthal; 18-21: R; 22: Ray Parker; 23: Yaacov Mayman; 24: Emanuele Tozzi; 25-28: R; 29: Lars Ekman; 30: Alex Layane; 31: Art Lillard. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY: 1214 Amsterdam Av. www.cs.columbia.edu. 212-939-7000. www.jazz.columbia.edu. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY: 101 Prentis Hall. 632W 125th St. music.columbia.edu. 212854-9266. GARDEN CAFÉ: 4961 Bway at W207th St. 212544-9480. www.gardencafeny.com. Fri-Sat: 7:30-10:30pm Annette A. Aguilar & String Beans or Paul Hemmings. GINNY’S: At Red Rooster. 310 Lenox Av (bet 125th & 126th). www.ginnyssupperclub.com. 212-792-9001. Sun: 11am-3:30pm Gospel Brunch. Sets: 7:30&9:30pm $10 adm unless otherwise noted. Jan 3: Relation Jazz & Hip Hop w/Virgil Gadson & friends feat Jazzmeia Horn; 8: 8pm Vincent Gardner Qrt; 10: $15 Dion Parson & 21st Century Band; 17: The JT Project; 23-24: $15 Marc Cary & Harlem Homecoming; 29: 7:30pm Kate Davis; 31: 7:30&10pm Tivon Pennicott Sound Qrt. GRAN PIATTO D’ORO: 1429 5th Av (bet 116th & 117th Sts). www.granpiattorestaurant.com. 212-722-2244/2161. Jan 2: 8pm-12am King Solomon Hicks feat Noël Simoné Wippler. HARLEM ON FIFTH: 2150 5th Av (bet 131st & 132nd Sts). www.harlemonfifth.com. 212234-5600. HARLEM STAGE: At Aaron Davis Hall. 150 Convent Av at W135th St. 212-281-9240. www.harlemstage.org. HARLEM TAVERN: 2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd at 116th St. www.harlemtavern.com. 212-866-4500. Sat: 12-4pm Jazz Brunch. INDIAN ROAD CAFÉ: 600W 218th St (bet Indian Rd & Seaman Av). 212-942-7451. www.indianroadcafe.com. JARON EAMES: firstname.lastname@example.org. 646337-0620. Sun 2-5pm: $20 Don BBQ & Jazz @ Home series feat JaRon Eames & Emme Kemp. LENOX SAPHIRE: At Les Ambassades Bar & Restaurant. 341 Lenox Av (bet 127th & 128th Sts). www.lenoxsaphire.com. 212-866-9700. Thurs: 7-11pm Phil Young Experience. LIME LEAF: 128W 72nd St (bet Columbus & Amsterdam Avs). 212-501-7800. Mon-Thurs: 7-10pm. Mon: Michael Vitali; Tues: Martin Reuter Band; Wed: Julie Grahm; Thurs: Emma Larsson. LONDEL’S SUPPER CLUB: 2620 Frederick Douglass Blvd (bet 139th & 140th Sts). 212234-6114. www.londelsrestaurant.com. FriSat: 8-11pm.
LURA: 949 Columbus Av (bet 106th & 107th Sts). 212-866-7500. www.lurany.com. Thurs: 9pm-12am Lowdown Stompers. MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC: 120 Claremont Av & 122nd St. 212-749-2802. www.msmnyc.edu. MAYSLES INSTITUTE: 343 Lenox Av (bet 127th & 128th Sts). See National Jazz Museum in Harlem. 212-348-8300. www.jmih.org. MILLER THEATRE: At Columbia University. 2960 Bway at 116th St. 212-854-7799. www.millertheatre.com. Jan 24: 8pm $20-30 adm Renee Rosnes Qrt. MINTON’S: 206W 118th St (bet St. Nicholas Av & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd). 212-243-2222. www.mintonsharlem.com. Sets: Tues-Wed 7,8:30&10pm, Thurs-Sat 6-11pm + Fri-Sat 123am Jam, Sun Brunch (B) 12,1:30&3pm, Evening (EV) 5:30,7&8:30pm. Adm: except Wed & B $20 @ table/$10 @ bar, Wed $25/15, B $10, Jam free. Residencies (R): Wed JC Hopkins Biggish Band w/Queen Esther & Charles Turner, King Solomon & spec guest; Thurs except 01/1 Bruce Harris Sxt w/spec guests; Fri-Sat except 01/3&9-10 Minton’s Players + Jam w/Wayne Tucker Qrt (Fri), w/tba (Sat); Sun B Love Institute Ens feat Charene Dawn 01/4&18, Candice Hoyes 01/11&25. Jan 1-2: Minton’s Players; 3: tba; 4: B R, EV Brandon Bain; 6: Minton’s Players; 7-8: R; 910: 7:30&9:30pm $35/25 Melissa Aldana & Cash Trio; 11: B R, EV Brianna Thomas; 13&27: Johnny O'Neal; 14-17: R; 18: B R, EV Christian Sands; 20: Sarah McKenzie Qrt; 2124: R; 25: B R, EV Brandee Younger & Jazz Harp Qrt; 27: see 01/13; 28-31: R. MIST HARLEM: 46W 116th St (bet Lenox & 5th Av). www.mistharlem.com. 212-828-MIST. MOUNT MORRIS ASCENSION PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: 16-20 Mount Morris Park West at 122nd St (bet Lenox & 5th Avs). 212831-6800. Jan 18: Akua Dixon. NATIONAL JAZZ MUSEUM IN HARLEM: 104E 126th St #2C. (bet Park & Lexington Avs). 212-348-8300. www.jmih.org. Free adm. Mon-Fri: 10am-4pm Exhibit feat Bebo Valdés: Giant of Cuban Music. Tues 78:30pm Jazz for Curious Listeners series w/Jan 6: James Reese Europe & The Harlem Hell Fighters by Bobby Sanabria; 13: (at Maysles) Jazz on Film: The Inimitable Clark Terry by Loren Schoenberg; 20: Joe Temperley Plays Ellington; 27: Listening Session w/Ted Nash. NEW AMSTERDAM MUSIC ASSOCIATION: 107W 130th St (bet Lenox & Adam Clayton Powel Blvds). 212-510-8140. $5/15 adm. Mon: 7:30-11pm Jam w/Antoinette Adams; Thurs: Pecola’s Party; Fri: Robey Norton & friends; Sat: Willie Mack Jazz Art. PARIS BLUES: 2021 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd at 121st St. 212-222-9878. Sets: Daily Jam 9pm-1am + 5-9pm Sun. Free adm. Mon: John Cooksey & Spontaneous Combustion Qrt; Tues: 1st,3rd&5th John Cooksey Blues Crew, 2nd&4th Annette Bland McCoy & Sultans of Soul; Wed: Les Goodson & Intergalactic Soul Jazz Band; Thurs: Tyrone Govan & Top Secret w/Lucious Conway Sxt 01/15; Fri: Melvin Vines & Harlem Jazz Machine; Sat: alternate between Antoine Dowdell Gp & 69th Street Band; Sun: 5pm 1st&3rd La Banda Ramirez, 9pm Melvin Vine & Harlem Jazz Machine feat Okaru Hoshino Lovelace: Jan 25: 5-9pm Elliot Pineiro & Sumbaswing. PARLOR ENTERTAINMENT: 555 Edgecombe Av at 160th St. #3F. 212-781-6595. Sun: 4pm free adm w/Marjorie Eliot, Bob Cunningham, Sedric Choukroun & spec guests.
PONTY BISTRO HARLEM: 2375 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd at 139th St. 212-2346474. www.pontybistroharlem.com. Tues: 8pm-12am Lucious Conway Gp. RIVERSIDE CHURCH: 490 Riverside Dr (bet 120th & 122nd Sts). 1st Mon: 10am-12pm Open meeting by Harlem Arts Alliance www.harlemaa.org/347-735-4280. RIVERSIDE THEATRE: 490 Riverside Dr (bet 120th & 122nd Sts) 212-870-6784/ www.the riversidetheatre.org/www.jazzmobile.org. SCHOMBURG CENTER FOR RESEARCH IN BLACK CULTURE: 515 Malcolm X Blvd. www.nypl.org/research/sc/sc. 212-491-2200. Jan 22: 7pm Gospel According to Gregoire Maret. SETTEPANI: 196 Lenox Av at 120th St. 917-4924806. www.settepani.com. Thurs: 8-10pm. SHOWMAN’S: 375W 125th St at Morningside. www.showmansjazzclub.com. 212-864-8941. Sets: Mon-Thurs 8:30,10&11:30pm, Fri-Sat 9:30,11:30pm&1:30am. Free adm/2 drink min/set. Jan 9: 9:30pm Cynthia Holiday. SHRINE: 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (bet 133rd & 134th Sts). 212-690-7807. www.shrinenyc.com. Sets: 6-8pm unless otherwise noted. Free adm. Residency (R): Sun 5-8pm Jam w/Lu Reid. Jan 2: Jocelyn Shannon Qrt; 4: R; 5: Dmitry Strelianny; 6: The Tom Blatt Project; 7: Alex Bryson Qrt; 8: Sunfree; 9: Marco Chelo Sxt; 10: Asako Takasaki; 10: 8-9pm Valentina Marino; 11: R; 12: Darrell Smith Trio; 14: Allan Andre; 15: The Stachel Qnt; 16: Joe Pino Qnt; 18: R; 20: Michael Eaton Qrt; 21: Eric Plaks Trio; 22: Marco Chelo Trio; 24: The Forever Moonlight Band, 8-9pm Carbon Mirage; 25: R; 31: The Liberty Big Band. SILVANA: 300W 116th St at Frederick Douglass Blvd. www.silvana-nyc.com. 646692-4935. Sets: 6-8pm unless otherwise noted. Free adm. Jan 2: Aquiles Navarro Tcheser Holmes Duo; 3: Ioanna Isagari; 4: Matthew Health Band; 5: David Zakarian Qnt; 6: NanJo Lee Jazz Trio, 8-9pm Michael Veal & Bennett Paster; 7: Kyle Moffat; 8: Spin Cycle; 9,20&29: Tammy Scheffer; 11: Spoke; 12: Alex Conroy; 14: The Grautet; 15: Sebastian Noelle Gp; 16: Chandry Abreu; 17: Alison Shearer Qnt; 18: Phillipe Lemm Trio; 19: For Trees & Birds; 20: see 01/9; 21: 810pm Bjorn Ingelstam; 22: Powell Brothers; 23: Audiograph Project; 24: Rodrigo Bonelli Spt; 27: Ryo Tanaka Project; 28: Mikhail Martin Trio; 29: see 01/9; 30: Dana Reed; 31: Craig Yaremko Organ Trio. SMOKE & SUPPER CLUB-LOUNGE: 2751 Bway (bet 105th & 106th Sts). 212-864-6662. www.smokejazz.com. Sets: Early (E), Late (L), Brunch (B); Mon E 7&9pm, L 10:30pm; Tues-Thurs E 7,9&10:30pm, L 11:30pm; FriSat E 7,9&10:30pm, L 11:45pm&12:45am; Sun B 11:30am,1&2:30pm, E 7,9&10:30pm, L 11:30pm. Adm/min vary. Residencies (R): Mon E Captain Black Big Band 01/5&19, The Fraternal Order of Jazz w/guest 01/12&26, L Smoke Jam; Tues E Mike LeDonne & Groover Qrt, L Emmett Cohen Organ Band w/guest; Wed L Camille Thurman Qrt; Thurs L except 01/1 Nickel & Dime OPS; Fri L Patience Higgins & Sugar Hill Qrt; Sat L Johnny O’Neal & friends; Sun B Annette St. John Trio, L Willerm Delisfort Qrt. Jan 1: B R, E Eric Alexander/Harold Mabern Sxt feat Jeremy Pelt & Vincent Herring; 2-4: E JD Allen Qrt, L R, B R 01/4; 5-6: R; 7: E Fleurine, L R; 8: E Allan Harris, L R; 9-10: E Gary Bartz, Larry Willis, Buster Williams & Al Foster Qrt, L R; 11: B R, E Orrin Evans, L R; 12: R w/John Webber; 13: R; 14: E George Burton Qrt, L R; 15: E Alexis Cole, L R; 1618: E Mighty Burner Tribute feat Freddie Hendrix & Eric Alexander, L R, B R 01/18; 19-
20: R; 21: E Akua Dixon Qrt, L R; 22: E tba, L R; 23-25: E Jimmy Cobb Qrt, L R, B R 01/25; 26: R w/Andrew Beals; 27: R; 28: E Simona Primazzi, L R; 29: E Gregory Generet, L R; 30-Feb 1: E Bill Charlap Trio, L R. STAGE 72: 158W 72nd St (bet Bway & Columbus). www.stage72.com. 212-3622590. SUGAR BAR: 254W 72nd St (bet Bway & West End Av). 212-579-0222. www.sugarbarnyc.com. Sets: 8pm/$10 adm unless otherwise noted. Residencies (R): Wed JT Project/Project Groove; Thurs 9pm Open Mic w/Andre Smith & Sugar Bar All Star Band. SYMPHONY SPACE: 2537 Bway at 95th St. 212-864-5400. www.symphonyspace.org. Jan 8: 9pm Jim Hickey; 15: 9pm Liz Childs Jazz; 22: 9pm Dorian Devins Trio; 30-31: 8pm Arturo O’Farrill w/ALJO feat Lionel Loueke.
MID-TOWN MANHATTAN (Between 35th & 69th Street)
54 BELOW: 254W 54th St, Cellar (bet Bway & 8th Av). 646-476-3551. www.54below.com. Jan 15: 7&9:30pm $35-70 adm/$25 min Kander And Ebb And All That Jazz feat Mary Testa, Julia Murney. AACM: Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. www.aacmnewyork.com. AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM: 2 Lincoln Sq on Columbus Av (bet 65th & 66th Sts). www.folkartmuseum.org. 212-595-9533. Free adm. Wed: 2-3pm free adm Bill Wurtzel Trio. B.B. KING BLUES CLUB & GRILL: 237W 42nd St. www.bbkingblues.com. 212-9974144. Lucille’s Grill (LG). Jan 1: LG 1:30pm Brunch feat Joey Morant; 2: LG 6:30& 9:30pm Hot Jazz Gang, 11pm Miss Ida Blue; 26: 8pm Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orch. BIRDLAND: 315W 44th St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). 212-581-3080. www.birdlandjazz.com. Sets: 8:30&11pm, except Mon 7&9:30pm, Sun 6,9&11pm. Adm varies. Residencies (R): Mon 9:30pm Jim Caruso Cast Party; Wed 5:307pm David Ostwald & Louis Armstrong Eternity Band; Fri 5-7pm Birdland Big Band dir by Tommy Igoe; Sat 6pm except 01/3 Barbara Carroll; Sun 9pm Arturo O’Farrill Afro-Latin Jazz Orch. Jan 1-3: Birdland Big Band dir by Tommy Igoe; 3: 6pm Jay Leonhart Duo; 4-5: R; 4: 6pm Duchess; 6: Bill O'Connell Latin Jazz All-Stars Imagine; 7: Ken Peplowski Qrt; 8: Dave Stryker Gp; 910: Joe Lovano & Village Rhythms Band; 11: 6pm John Pizzarelli, 9pm R; 12-17: 7pm 01/12 Jane Monheit; 18: R; 19: 7pm Joanne Tatham w/Tamir Hendelman Qrt; 20-21: Beegie Adair feat Monica Ramey; 22-24: Dena DeRose w/spec guest Jeremy Pelt; 25: R; 26: Lindsay Mendez & Marco Paguia; 2731: Steve Lippia Sinatra Centennial. 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. The COFFEE HOUSE CLUB: 20W 44th St (bet 5th & 6th Avs). www.coffeehouseclub.org. 212-391-5609. Jan 28: 6:45-7:45pm Peter & Will Anderson. CARNEGIE CLUB: At City Spire Centre. 156W 56th St. www.thecarnegieclub.net. 212-9579676. Fri: 9pm-12am; Sat: 8:30&10:30pm Sinatra tribute feat Steve Maglio & Stan Rubin 11 Piece Orch. CARNEGIE HALL: 57th St & 7th Av. 212-2477800. www.carnegiehall.org. Jan 11: 2pm @
Weill Recital Hall $25/15 adm Lisa Hilton Gp. CHEZ JOSEPHINE: 414W 42nd St (bet 9th & Dyer Avs). www.chezjosephine.com. 212594-1925. COBI: At Pearl Studios NY. 516-922-2010. DAVID RUBENSTEIN ATRIUM: At Lincoln Center. Bway at 62nd St. www.lincolncenter. org/atrium. 212-875-5350. Thurs: 7:30pm Target Free Thursdays series. 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 $30, Tues-Thurs&Sun $35, Fri $40, Sat $45, Student $25, Late Nights $5-20; $10 min. Jan 1: closed; 2-4: $45 Peter Bernstein Qrt; 5: $35 Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orch w/Sean Jones; 6: $20 Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orch; 7-11: Marcus Roberts & Modern Jazz Generation op 7pm w/Joey Alexander; 12: $25 Eli Yamin & Evan Christopher; 13: $30 Christian Sands Trio; 14: $30 Rene Urtreger Trio & Jean-Michel Pilc; 15: Clarice Assad & OFF THE CLIFF; 16-18: Walter Blanding; 19: New Century Jazz Qnt; 20: Steve Davis Qnt feat Larry Willis; 21-22: $30 Papo Vazquez Mighty Pirates Troubadours; 23-25: Carlos Henriquez; 26: OWL Trio; 27: $30 Jackie McLean Institute Student Ens; 28: $30 Jacques Schwarz-Bart; 29-Feb 1: $45 Pharoah Sanders Qrt. DON’T TELL MAMA: 343W 46th St at Restaurant Row. 212-757-0788. www.dont tellmamanyc.com. FLÛTE EAST SIDE: 303E 53rd St at 2nd Av. 646-998-5434. www.flutebar.com. Wed: 810pm. Jan 7: Dorian Devins; 14: Bruce Edwards; 21: Jason Armanditris; 28: Amy Rivard. FLÛTE MIDTOWN: 205W 54th St (bet Bway & 7th Av). 212-265-5169. www.flutebar.com. Wed: 7-10pm. Jan 7: Greg Diamond; 14: Amy Rivard; 21: Anna Kendrick; 28: Dorian Devins. GRATA: 1076 1st Av at 59th St. 212-842-0007. www.gratany.com. HILTON NEW YORK: 1335 Avenue of the Americas at 54th St. www.hilton.com. 212586-7000. Jan 9-13: www.apapnyc.org APAP. 01/10 5:30-6&6:30-7pm, 01/11 7:30-8pm: Antoinette Montague Gp; 01/10 7pm, 01/11 1pm: Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio. HOURGLASS TAVERN: 373W 46th St (bet 8th & 9th). www.hourglasstavern.com. 212-2652060. HUNTER COLLEGE: Lang Recital Hall. 695 Park Av (68th St bet Park & Lex Avs). 4th Fl. 212-772-4000. www.hunter.cuny.edu/music. IGUANA RESTAURANT: 240W 54th St at Bway. www.iguananyc.com. 212-765-5454. Mon-Tues: 8-11pm Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks. IRENE DIAMOND EDUCATION CENTER: At Jazz at Lincoln Center. 10 Columbus Cr at 60th St. 5th Fl. www.jalc.org. 212-7216500/212-258-9922. Swing University w/Evan Christopher & Phil Schaap. IRIDIUM: 1650 Bway at 51st St. 212-582-2121. www.theiridium.com. Sets: 8&10pm unless otherwise noted. Adm varies/$15 min. Student 1/2 price adm 2nd set TuesThurs&Sun. Jan 1-2: Dee Dee Bridgewater; 3: tba; 4-5: closed; 6: Art Lillard & Heavenly Big Band; 7: tba; 8: The Shuffle Demons; 911: APAP feat 01/9 8:30pm Rory Block, 9:30pm Campbell Brothers, 10:30pm The Klezmatics, 01/10 7pm David Wilcox, 9pm Susan Werner, 11pm Dala, 01/11 7pm Alison Brown, 8:30pm Kruger Brothers, 10pm Beau Soleil; 12: Frédéric Yonnet; 13: Stephen
Sorrentino; 14-15: tba; 16: 7&9pm Emily Bear; 17-18: Ed Palermo Big Band; 19: tba; 20: Brother Valiant; 21-22: Davy Knowles; 23-26: tba; 27: Abe Ovadia feat Ari Hoenig; 28-31: tba. JAZZ AT KITANO: 66 Park Av at 38th St. 212885-7119. www.kitano.com. Sets: Mon 811:30pm, Tues 8-11pm, Wed-Sat 8-9:15&1011:15pm, Sun 11am-2pm. $15 adm/$15 min/set, except free adm+min Mon-Tues, $30 adm+min Fri-Sat, $35 buffet Sun. Residencies (R): Mon Jam w/Iris Ornig; Tues except 01/27 Billy Test Solo; Sun Jazz Brunch w/Tony Middleton Trio. Jan 1: closed; 2: Jack Wilkins Trio; 3: Alexis Cole Qrt; 4-6: R; 7: Ellynne Rey Qrt; 8: Cathy Rocco Qrt; 9-10: Roni Ben-Hur Qrt w/spec guest Amy London; 11-13: R; 14: Kazue Patton Qrt; 15: Brandon Wright Qrt; 16-17: Wilson/Rosnes/Washington Trio; 18-20: R; 21: Janis Siegel & Addison Frei Duo; 22: Linda Presgrave Qrt; 23-24: Mark Sherman Qrt; 25-26: R; 27: Angelo Di Loreto; 28: Marcus Goldhaber Qrt; 29: Erika Matsuo Qnt; 30: Scott Robinson Qrt; 31: Mike DiRubbo Qrt. JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER: 10 Columbus Cr at 60th St. 5th Fl. www.jalc.org. 212-2589800. Appel Room (AR), Rose Theater (RT). Jan 9-10: 8pm RT Jazz at Lincoln Center Orch w/Wynton Marsalis; 16-17: 7&9:30pm AR Bill Frisell; 29-31: 8pm RT Jazz at Lincoln Center Orch w/Wynton Marsalis feat Jazz Titans. JUILLIARD SCHOOL: 60 Lincoln Center Plaza. 212-799-5000. www.juilliard.edu. KAUFMAN CENTER: 129W 67th St (bet Bway & Amsterdam). www.kaufman-center.org. 212-501-3330. KLAVIERHAUS: 211W 58th St (bet 7th Av & Bway). www.klavierhaus.com. 212-245-4535. See Le Parker Meridien. L’YBANE: 709 8th Av (bet 44th & 45th Sts). 212582-2012. www.lybane.com. Tues&Fri 9pm12am: Rick Bogart Trio. The LAMBS CLUB: 132W 44th St (bet 6th Av & Bway). www.thelambsclub.com. 212-9975262. Tues-Wed: 8pm; Sun: 11am-2:30pm Jazz Brunch. LE CIRQUE: One Beacon Ct, 151E 58th St (bet 3rd & Lexington Avs). 212-644-0202. www.lecirquecafe.com. Mon: 7:30-10:30pm Musical Mondays. Jan 5: Jim Altamore; 12: Matt Baker Trio w/Nicolas King; 19: Lance Zitron; 26: Cole Rumbough. LE PARKER MERIDIEN: 119W 56th St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). www.klavierhaus.com/jazz haus. 212-245-4535. LEXINGTON HOTEL: 511 Lexington Av at 48th St. www.lexingtonhotelnyc.com. 212204-2318. Tues: 6-7:45pm The New York Jazz Workshop. LOCAL 802: Associated Musicians of Greater New York Club Room. 322W 48th St (bet 8th & 9th Sts). www.local802afm.org. 212-2454802. Mon: 7-9:30pm Jazz Foundation of America Jam. LUCY MOSES SCHOOL: At Kaufman Center. 129W 67th St (bet Bway & Amsterdam). www.kaufman-center.org. 212-501-3360. Jazz program dir by Roni Ben-Hur. MATTS GRILL: 932 8th Av at 55th St. 212-3075109. www.mattsgrill.com. Tues: 8-11pm free adm Sarah Hayes Qrt. MEASURE: At Langham Place. 400 5th Av (bet 36th & 37th Sts). www.measurenyc.com. 212-695-4005. Sets: 8-11pm. Free adm/1 drink min. Mon-Sat: Trio/Qrt; Sun: Solo. Jan 1-3&12-17: Antonio Ciacca; 4&11: Darwin Noguiera; 5-10: Hot Club of France; 11: see 01/4; 12-17: see 01/1; 18&25: Josh Richman; 19-23: Steve Ash; 24&26-31: Benny Golson
w/Antonio Ciacca; 25: 01/18. MERKIN CONCERT HALL: At Kaufman Center. 129W 67th St (bet Bway & Amsterdam). www.kaufman-center.org. 212501-3330. MICHIKO STUDIOS: 149W 46th St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). 3rd Fl. www.robertoswinds.com. 212-302-4011. Sets: 8-9:30pm/$15 adm. Jan 24: John Ambrosini & Ratzo Harris; 31: Phil Markowitz & Zach Brock. MONKEY BAR: 60E 54th St (bet Madison & Park Avs). www.monkeybarnewyork.com. 212-288-1010. Sat: 8-11pm Rosalyn McClore Solo. The NATIONAL: 557 Lexington Av at 50th St. 212-715-2400. www.thenationalnyc.com. Sun: 6-10pm. NATSUMI RESTAURANT: 226W 50th St (bet 8th & Bway). www.natsuminyc.com. 212258-2988. 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: 7:3010:30pm $10 adm Open Mic/Jam by Frank Owens for Singers, Tap Dancers & Instrumentalists. PERA MEDITERRANEAN BRASSERIE: 303 Madison Av (bet 41st & 42nd Sts). 212-8786301. www.peranyc.com. Free adm. Fri: 69:30pm. The PLAZA HOTEL: 768 5th Av at Central Park S. 212-759-3000. www.theplaza.com. 8:30-11pm: free adm. Wed: Kat Gang; Thurs: Lapis Luna Qrt. PRODUCERS CLUB: 358W 44th St (bet 9th & 8th Avs). www.producersclub.com. 212-3154743. Thurs: except 01/1 10pm-12am $5 don Blakey Hardbop Jam w/Gregory Charles Royal. 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. Jan 1&22: Shailah Edmonds. ROBERTO’S WINDS: 149W 46th St. 212-3911315. www.robertoswinds.com. The RUM HOUSE: 228W 47th St (bet Bway & 8th Av). www.edisonrumhouse.com. 646490-6924. Sets: 9:30pm-12:30am, Mon 10pm2am. Residencies: Mon Terry Waldo & Rum House Jass Band; Sun Candy Shop Boys. SAINT PETER’S CHURCH: 619 Lexington Av 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. Jan 4: Matt Wilson & Arts and Crafts; 7: Karen Oberlin w/Sean Harkness; 8-9: Jazz Connect Conference; 11: Ike Sturm & Evergreen; 14: Sean Smith & David Hazeltine; 18: Steve Wilson & Lewis Nash; 21: Mark Soskin & Roseanna Vitro; 22: 7:30pm www.thedukeellingtonsociety.org Duke Ellington Society feat tba; 25: Melissa Stylianou & No Regrets; 28: Art Lillard & Heavenly Big Band. SAN MARTIN RESTAURANT: 143E 49th St (bet Lexington & 3rd Avs). 212-832-0888. www.sanmartinrestaurantny.com. 1st Tues: 6-8pm Ron Odrich Qrt. SOMETHIN’ JAZZ CLUB: 212E 52nd St (bet 2nd & 3rd Avs). www.somethinjazz.com. 212371-7657. Sets: Early (E) 7-8:45pm, Late (L) 9-10:45pm, Night (N) 11pm-12:45am, add PM 5-6:45pm Sat-Sun. $12 adm unless otherwise noted/$10 min. Jan 2: N Jam; 3: E Jordan Klemons Trio, L Brothers of Contrapuntal Swing; 4: E $15 Proof of the Pudding; 5: E Zack Foley Qrt, L Michael Martin Trio, N Will Mac Qrt; 6: E Nelson
Salgado Trio, L David Zakarian Qnt; 7: E Sam Blakelock, L Waijazz; 8: E E. J. Decker Qrt, L Russell Kirk & The Path; 9: 6-9pm Bill O’Connell Trio feat Victor Lewis, L NY Jazz Flutet, N $15 Scott Tixier Qrt; 10: PM Aimee Allen, E Brenda Earle Stokes Trio, L $20 David Kikoski Trio, N Emilio Solla Qnt feat Chris Cheek; 11: PM Jenna Mammina & Rolf Sturm, E Charles Sibirsky, L Jean Michel Pilc Solo; 12: E Teri Roiger Qrt, L John Menegon Qrt feat Matt Wilson, N $15 Tony Tixier Qrt; 13: E Linus NYC Qrt feat Gizem Gokoglu, L $15 Hermon Mehari Qrt, N Addison Frei Trio; 14: E JP Jofre, L Bayo Fayemi Gp; 15: E Kyle Moffatt, L Paul Bedal Qrt; 16: N Jam; 17: PM Matthew Heath Qrt, E Jason Yeager, L $15 David Kikoski Solo; 19: L Carol Sudhalter Qrt; 20: E Michael Bank, N Addison Frei Trio; 22: E Zach Mama; 23: E Shoko Amano, N Jam; 24: L Thomas Galliano Qrt; 27: E Andre Carvalho, N Addison Frei Trio; 29: L Laura Angyal; 30: L $15 Alan Palmer Qrt, N Jam; 31: PM Gaia Petrelli Wilmer. ST BART’S CHURCH: 325 Park Av at 50th St. www.stbarts.org. 212-378-0222. STEINWAY HALL: 109W 57th St. 212-2461100. www.steinwayhall.com. STUDIO 100 BAR: At Marriott Residence Inn. 1033 6th Av (bet 38th & 39th St) 3rd Fl. 212768-0007. Free adm/no min. Wed-Thurs: 710pm Trios. SWING 46: Jazz & Supper Club. 349W 46th St (bet 8 & 9th Avs). www.swing46.com. 212262-9554. Sets: Mon-Tues&Thurs 8:30pm, Wed&Sun 8pm, Fri-Sat 9:30pm. Residencies (R): Tues George Gee Swing Orch; Wed Stan Rubin Orch. Jan 1,11,18&25-26: Felix and the Cats; 2,12,16&23: George Gee Swing Orch; 3,5,17&19: Swingadelic; 4: Vanessa Trouble w/Red Hot Swing; 5: see 01/3; 6-7: R; 8: Harlem Renaissance Orch; 9&30: Ron Sunshine Orch; 10,24&31: Maulers; 11: see 01/1; 12: see 01/2; 13-14: R; 15&29: Professor Cunningham & Old School; 16: see 01/2; 17: see 01/3; 18: see 01/1; 19: see 01/3; 20-21: R; 22: Glenn Crytzer Savoy Seven; 23: see 01/2; 24: see 01/10; 25-26: see 01/1; 27-28: R; 29: see 01/15; 30: see 01/9; 31: see 01/10. TAGINE: 221 W38th St (bet 7th & 8th Avs). www.taginedining.com. 646-373-6265. $15 min. Jan 15: 6:30pm Janelle; 21: Russ Nolan; 22: Lamy. TGI FRIDAY’S: 677 Lexington Av at 56th St. 212-339-8858. www.tgifridays.com. Sun: 69pm 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. Jan 5: Marla Sampson Duo; 6: Akira Ishiguro Trio; 7: Setsuko Hata Duo + Matthew Heath Gp; 8: Yasuno Katsuki Trio; 10: E Daniel Bennet Gp, L Hironobu Saito Trio; 12: Akemi Yamada Trio; 13: Tim Chernikoff Trio; 14: Akihiro Yamamoto Trio; 15: Scot Albertson Duo; 16: Takenori Nishiuchi; 17: E Kathryn Allyn Duo, L Matt Panayides Trio; 19: closed; 20: Michael Gallant Trio; 21: Alex Hanburger Duo + Jon Menges Trio; 23: Kuni Mikami Trio; 24: E Standard Procedures, L Dana Reedy Trio; 26: Kathryn Christie Trio; 27: Nick Dunton; 28: Setsuko Kida/Mark Soskin; 29: Senri Oe; 30: Caroline Davis Duo; 31: E Yuko Ito Trio, L Yusuke Seki. The TOWN HALL: 123W 43rd St (bet 6&7th Avs). 212-840-2824. www.the-townhallnyc.org. Jan 13: 7pm Charlie Haden Memorial.
TURTLE BAY MUSIC SCHOOL: 244E 52nd St (bet 2nd & 3rd Avs). 212-753-8811. www.tbms.org. ZANKEL HALL: At Carnegie Hall. 881 7th Av at 57th St. 212-247-7800. See Carnegie Hall.
LOWER MANHATTAN (Below 34th Street)
11TH STREET BAR: 510E 11th St (bet Av A & B). www.11thstbar.com. 212-982-3929. Mon: 8-11pm Richard Clements & Murray Wall Jazz Express. 55 BAR: 55 Christopher St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). 212-929-9883. www.55bar.com. Sets: Early (E) 7-9pm except Fri-Sun 6pm, Late (L) 10pm. 1st Mon: E Sean Wayland; 1st Thurs: Ami Cervini; 1st Sat: E Ayana lowe; last Fri: E Kendra Shank. Jan 8: E Amy Cervini & Jazz Country. ABC NO RIO: 156 Rivington St (bet Clinton & Suffolk Sts). www.abcnorio.org. 212-2543697. Sun: 7pm 2 sets + Open Session. ALL THINGS PROJECT: At Neighborhood Chuch. 269 Bleecker St. 212-691-1770. www.allthingsproject.net. 1st Fri: 8&10pm free adm. Jan 2: Zach Brock Qrt. ALVAN FOR THE ARTS: 16 Beaver St 4th Fl. www.alwanforthearts.org. 646-732-3261. AMUSE WINE BAR: 121 Ludlow St (bet Rivington & Delancey Sts). 212-477-0100. www.amusewine.com. Fri: 8-11pm. ANALOGUE: 19W 8th St (bet 5th Av & McDougal St). www.analoguenyc.com. 212432-0200. Mon: 7:30-10:30pm Renaud Penant Trio feat Pasquale Grasso & Paul Gill. ANTIBES BISTRO: 112 Suffolk St (bet Delancey & Rivington Sts). 212-533-6088. www.antibesbistro.com. Free adm/no min. Tues-Wed: 7:30-10:30pm. ANTIQUE GARAGE: 41 Mercer St. 212-2191019. www.antiquegaragesoho.com. 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. ARTURO’S: 106W Houston St at Thompson St. 212-677-3820. www.arturosnyc.com. B FLAT: Basement 277 Church St (bet Franklin & White Sts). www.bflat.info. 212-219-2970. Mon 8-11pm & Wed 8:30-11:30pm: Jordan Young Trio. BACK ROOM: 102 Norfolk St (bet Delancey & Rivington Sts). www.backroomnyc.com. 212-228-5098. Mon: 9pm-12:30am feat Svetlana & The Delancey Five. BAR NEXT DOOR: 129 McDougal St. 212-5295945. www.lalanternacaffe.com. Sets: MonThurs Early (E) 6:30pm, Late (L) 8:30& 10:30pm, Fri-Sat 7:30,9:30&11:30pm, Sun 8&10pm. Adm: $12 all night + 1 drink min/set except Fri-Sat $12/set + 1 drink min/set, E free. Trios unless otherwise noted. MonThurs: E Emerging Artists series; Mon: L Vocal Mondays series. Residencies (R): Wed L Jonathan Kreisberg; Sun Peter Mazza. Jan 1: E Alex Levine, L Or Baraket; 2: Tom Dempsey; 3: Ben Eunson; 4: R; 5: E Tom Finn, L Deborah Latz; 6: E Tobias Meinhart, L Kevin Wang; 7: E Kevin Clark, L R; 8: E Andrew Van Tassel, L Perry Smith; 9: Rotem Sivan; 10: Yotam Silberstein; 11: R; 12: E Benjamin Bryden, L Michelle Walker; 13: E Benno Marmur, L Daniel Weiss; 14: E Rafal Sarnecki, L R; 15: E Alex Nguyen, L tba; 16: Marko Djordjevic; 17: Sean Smith; 18: R; 19:
E Paul Jones, L Beat Kaestli; 20: E Alex Sugerman, L Lage Lund; 21: E Nick Biello, L R; 22: E Nicholas Brust, L Carol Morgan; 23: Adam Smale; 24: Jerome Sabbagh; 25: R; 26: E Jonathan Saraga, L Eliane Amherd; 27: E Brian Chahley, L Kevin McNeal; 28: E Casey Berman, L R; 29: E Gianni Gagliardi, L Amanda Monaco; 30: Kaleidoscope; 31: Jon Irabagon. BARUCH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 55 Lexington Av at E25th St. (bet Lexington & 3rd Avs). www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac. 646312-5073. The BITTER END: 147 Bleecker St (bet Thompson & LaGuardia). 212-673-7030. www.bitterend.com. Jan 9-10: Winter Jazzfest Marathon www.winterjazzfest.com feat 01/9 6:15pm Wallace Roney Qnt, 7:30pm The Baylor Project, 8:45pm Brandee Younger’s AFRO HARPING feat Mark Whitfield, 10pm Igmar Thomas & The Cypher, 11:15pm Marcus Strickland & TwiLife feat Jean Baylor, 01/10 12:30am Raymond Angry, 1:45am Nate Smith + KINFOLK, 6:15pm Oliver Lake Organ Qrt, 7:30pm Matthew Stevens, 8:45pm Soul Understated feat Mavis Swan Poole, 10pm Mad Satta, 11:15pm Butcher Brown, 01/11 12:30am Taylor McFerrin, 1:45am Walter Smith III. 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. Jan 1-4: Chris Botti; 5: Deborah Davis benefit for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; 6-11: Monterey Jazz Fest On Tour feat Terence Blanchard, Ravi Coltrane & Gerald Clayton Trio; 12: Terence Blanchard Electric Band; 13-18: Ramsey Lewis; 19: The Revelations, 10:30pm Chris Rob; 20-25: Pat Martino Organ Trio + Larry Coryell & Vic Juris Duo; 26: Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy; 27: Gato Barbieri; 28: tba; 29-31: Christian Scott. Late Night w/Jan 2: Soul Inscribed; 3: The Ive09 Trio; 9: Surprise guest tba; 16: OVEOUS; 17: The Brighton Beat; 23: The Matt Geraghty Project; 24: Timothy Bloom; 30: Jonathan Powell & nu Sangha; 31: Vladimir Cetkar. Sunday Brunch w/Jan 4,11 &18: Janis Siegel & The Requinte Trio; 25: Alan Ferber NYU Jazz Ens. The BOWERY ELECTRIC: 327 Bowery (bet 2nd & 3rd Sts). www.theboweryelectric.com. 212-228-0228. Jan 9-10: Winter Jazzfest Marathon www.winterjazzfest.com feat 01/9 6:30pm tba, 7:45pm The MazzMuse Breakdown, 9pm Jungle Funk, 10:15pm Zongo Junction, 01/10 6:30pm Jaimeo Brown Transcendence, 7:45pm Dana Leong Trio, 9pm Ilhan Ersahin & Istanbul Sessions, 10:15pm Troker. CAFÉ LOUP: 105W 13th St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). 212-255-4746. www.cafeloupnyc.com. Free adm/$5 min. Sun: 12:30am-3:30pm Jazz Brunch w/Bob Kindred, John Hart & Steve LaSpina, 6:30-9:30pm Junior Mance, Hide Tanaka & Michi Fuji Trio. CAFE NOCTAMBULO: At Pangea. 178 2nd Av (bet 11th & 12th Sts). 212-995-0900. www.cafenoctambulo.com. $20 adm/$20 min. Tues: 8pm-12am Eric Comstock. CAFFE VIVALDI: 32 Jones St (bet Bleecker & 4th St). www.caffevivaldi.com. 212-691-7538. Free adm. Jan 28: 8:15pm Joe Alterman. CAPITAL GRILLE: 120 Bway (at Pine & Nassau). www.thecapitalgrille.com. 212-3741811. Free adm. Fri: 6:30-10pm Richard Russo Trio. CARROLL PLACE: 157 Bleecker St (bet Thompson & Sullivan Sts). 212-260-1700. www.carrollplacenyc.com. Jan 9-11: Winter Jazzfest Marathon www.winterjazzfest.com
feat 01/9 6pm Jovan Alexandre & Collective Consciousness, 7:15pm Chris Washburne & SYOTOS, 8:30pm Anthony Pirag, 9:45pm Jay Rodriguez SEVEN, 11pm Todd Clouser A Love Electric, 01/10 12:15am Silver w/Eddie Henderson, 1:30am Frank Catalano, 6:15pm Martina DaSilva & Ladybugs w/Kate Davis, 7:30pm Dan Levinson & Gotham SophistiCats, 8:45pm Stephane Wrembel Band, 10pm Catherine Russell, 11:15pm David Ostwald & Louis Armstrong Eternity Band, 01/11 12:30am Frank Vignola & friends, 1:45am Cynthia Sayer & Joyride Band. The CELL: A Twenty First Century Salon. 338W 23rd St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). 646-861-2253. www.thecelltheatre.org. CITY WINERY: 155 Varick St (bet Spring & Vandam Sts). www.citywinery.com. 212-6080555. Jan 6-7: 8pm Madeleine Peyroux Trio. CLEMENTE SOTO VÉLEZ CULTURAL & EDUCATIONAL CENTER: 107 Suffolk St (bet Rivington & Delancey Sts). 212-2604080. www.csvcenter.org. CORNELIA STREET CAFÉ: 29 Cornelia St. 212-989-9319. www.corneliastreetcafe.com. Sets unless otherwise noted: MonThurs&Sun 8:30pm, Fri-Sat 9&10:30pm. Adm varies. Jan 2-4: Jon Irabagon Bands; 6: Christian Coleman; 7: Yoosun Nam Qnt, 9:30pm Noah Garabedian; 8: Ben Flocks Trio; 9: Reverse Blue, 9:30pm Tomas Fujiwara Trio, 11pm Michael Blanco Qrt; 10: Petros Klampanis; 11: Patrick Cornelius Oct; 13: NEU3; 14: Andrew D’angelo Trio; 15: Tom Chang Qrt; 17: Gilad Hekselman + SZR; 18: Yard Byard - The Jaki Byard Project; 19: Herrera Gonçalves Boccato Trio w/spec guest Edmar Castañeda; 20: John Raymond & Roots Trio, 9:30pm Pablo Masis Qrt; 21: David Cook Qnt, 9:30pm Greg Diamond Qnt; 22: Ches Smith Qrt; 23: Colin Stranahan; 24: Dan Weiss Trio; 28: Mostly Other People Do The Killing; 29: Rubens Salles Gp; 30: Mauricio Zottarelli, 10:30pm Rogério Boccato Quarteto; 31: Billy Newman Sxt, 10:30pm Sanfonya Brasileira. CUCINA DI PESCE: 87E 4th St (bet 2nd & 3rd Avs). www.cucinadipesce.net. 212-260-6800. Wed: 7-10pm Deanna Kirk. The CUPPING ROOM CAFE: 359W Bway (bet Broome & Grand Sts). 212-925-2898. www.cuppingroomcafe.com. Sets: Thurs-Fri 8-11pm, Sat 8:30pm-12:30am. Sat: Mal Stein. The CUTTING ROOM: 44E 32nd St (bet Madison & Park Av). 212-691-1900. www.the cuttingroomnyc.com. The DEAD RABBIT GROCERY & GROG: 30 Water St (Broad & Old Slip Sts). 646-4227906. www.deadrabbitnyc.com. Wed: 8:30pm-1:30am Terry Waldo Solo. DESMOND’S STEAKHOUSE: 513 7th Av at 38th St. www.desmondssteakhouse.com. 212-391-6900. Sun: 11:30am-4pm Jazz Brunch feat Solo Duo Tuto Giorno. DIXON PLACE LOUNGE: 161 Chrystie St (bet Rivington & Delancey). 212-219-0736. www.dixonplace.org. $10 adm. 7:30pm. DOMA NA ROHU: 17 Perry St at 7th Av. 212929-4339. www.domanyc.com. $10 min. Wed: 7:30&9pm Scrubboard Serenaders & guests; Sat: 8&9:15pm. Jan 3&17: Steven Frieder w/guests; 10: tba; 24&31: Ben Perowsky & guests. 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. Jan 9: APAP feat 7pm David Buchbinder & Odessa/Havana, 8pm Elizabeth Shepherd, 11:45pm Nation continued on page 24
ISTEN TO A FEW NOTES ON ANY L Dmitry Baevsky recording and you immediately will hear his distinct musical
voice: a gorgeously dark and warm alto tone that at times almost sounds like a tenor. Having moved to New York City from his native Russia nearly two decades ago, Baevsky has since carved out a niche as an inspired straight-ahead alto virtuoso, one whose musical résumé boasts an impressive set of collaborations and whose solo outings include a series of critically beloved albums and a highly regarded quartet. Born into a music-loving family—his great-grandfather was a famous ethnomusicologist—Baevsky began piano lessons at an early age before taking up saxophone as a teen. "I started playing in St. Petersburg when I was about 14," Baevsky recalls. "The early things I liked were Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker. Since I played alto, it was hard to avoid Parker's influence, obviously." However, the environment proved difficult to match Baevsky's aspirations in the music. "We're talking about the late 80s and early 90s," he explains. "The music was available, but it's not like now and so I really had to research and travel to find tapes and get as much information as I could." The dearth of information, paired with limited touring to Russia by American and European jazz artists, proved particularly challenging for the young artist. Eventually, Baevsky determined that reaching his artistic potential meant surrounding himself with the best musicians he could find, thus prompting a move to the United States. "First I attended a two-week jazz program at the University of MassachusettsAmherst called Jazz in July," he recalls. "That's how I initially came here. Eventually, my tape got to the New School people, who liked my playing enough to give me a scholarship. There's no way I could have afforded it otherwise! I stayed at the New School until my graduation in 1999." At the New School, Baevsky began branching out, quickly becoming an active member of New York's jazz scene. Some impressive opportunities arose, notably a recording date with Cedar Walton and Jimmy Cobb. "To be surrounded by these two guys, it just doesn't get any better!" he said. That led to Baevsky's debut record, Introducing Dmitry Baevsky. Slowly but
surely, Baevsky also began to form a remarkable band. Finding a particular simpatico with pianist Jeb Patton, bassist David Wong and drummer Joe Strasser, Baevsky formed this ensemble about five years ago and has worked frequently in this format ever since. The saxophonist has also been active as a recording artist, releasing four albums as a leader to date, primarily for Sharp Nine Records. His most recent, the 2012 effort The Composers, is particularly excellent, showcasing remarkable interplay between Baevsky and his collaborators including David Hazeltine and Peter Bernstein. Baevsky has not sat still as an artist and the new year already offers a number of opportunities to hear his music in different combos. While he has focused heavily on his quartet work in recent years, this February Baevsky will offer a fresh perspective as he releases Over and Out—his fifth record as a leader—this time fronting a pianoless trio featuring Wong and Strasser. "This album is something I've wanted to record for a while," Baevsky explains. "I've played in this format a lot, particularly on smaller gigs and it's very exciting to do if it goes well. If everything clicks and the people are playing at a high level, then you can experiment even further out. It feels very good to do it and it forces me to play my saxophone differently than I do when I play with a piano." Additionally, January will find Baevsky performing in a quintet at Smalls, augmenting his group with trumpeter Joe Magnarelli. "I have a concert in England with Joe in February, and I thought it would be a good opportunity to work with him ahead of time," he notes. "I've had the Smalls date on my calendar for a while, so I called Magnarelli to see if he could do it and he was free. He's one of my favorites, so I'm very excited about this gig." Dmitry Baevsky's Quintet performs at Smalls Jazz Club on Jan. 2.
S P O T L ALEXIS COLE JAZZ AT KITANO / JANUARY 3 Singer Alexis Cole stands apart from many of today's chanteuses with her endearing, retro style. She shares songs without any kind of frilly artifice. She is never out to stun anyone in the room with vocal gymnastics. While infrequent, Cole's scatting is tasty and always delivered in ways that enhance the moment, without degrading the material in any way. Her evening at Kitano will feature standards with sultry arrangements from Close Your Eyes, her 2013 recording with pianist John di Martino on Japan's Venus label. It's one of nine recordings she has made since 2005. On each, Cole presents songs that she understands and can identify with. Her quartet mates at Kitano will be di Martino, David Finck on bass and Kenny Hassler on drums. KF
CHARENE DAWN MINTON'S / JANUARY 4 & 18 Vocalist Charene Dawn's original style slides between the delicate and robust. Dawn's vocal embellishments hang on every lyric and evoke the poetry of the moment. Growing up in Chicago, Dawn created a sound that calls upon jazz, blues and R&B textures that have been utilized by vocalists George Benson and Chaka Khan as well as pianist Cyrus Chestnut. Dawn's debut album as a leader was 2002's Dark Angel with JazzTimes stating "As debut albums go, it's remarkably mature, suggesting a keenly perceptive intelligence" and Jazzwise noting "The album is pure pleasure from the get-go." For her concerts at Minton's, Dawn will be joined by the Love Institute Ensemble featuring pianist James Weidman, bassist Belden Bullock and drummer Vince Ector. EW
KENNY WERNER THE STONE / JANUARY 6 - 11 Quite literally, pianist and composer Kenny Werner can do it all. Long form works for large ensemble, collaborations with legendary artists like Toots Thielemans, genrehopping fusion works and straight ahead trio outings only partially describe the range of what he has accomplished during his extraordinarily versatile career. For this weeklong curatorial stay at The Stone, Werner will offer audiences a peek at his musical breadth, presenting his quartet Animal Crackers, his quintet Chant, and his beloved trio, not to mention two duo nights with Joe Lovano and with Jean-Michel Pilc. Longtime compatriots including Ari Hoenig and Johannes Weidenmueller will join newer collaborators like Gilad Hekselman in what will offer a tantalizing glimpse into Werner's music throughout a week that will surprise even avid fans. SH
KURT ROSENWINKEL VILLAGE VANGUARD / JANUARY 6 - 11 Since hitting the jazz mainstream in the early 1990s, guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel has developed a style imbued with harmonic interplay and melodic sophistication. Dipping his toes in hip-hop, big band and other styles, Rosenwinkel has never been afraid to take jazz guitar to new and uncharted musical territories. Cutting his teeth in the bands of vibraphonist Gary Burton and saxophonist Mark Turner, Rosenwinkel has committed his career to establishing a new-style fit for a new century. His most recent release is 2012's Star of Jupiter with the New York Times commenting that the album was "grippingly self-assured." For his concerts at the Village Vanguard, Rosenwinkel will round out his quartet with pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Allan Mednard. EW
TINEKE POSTMA JAZZ GALLERY / JANUARY 9 A Dutch saxophone master whose star in the United States is finally rising, Tineke Postma combines a thoroughly modernist sensibility and effortless virtuosity in her playing, delivering consistently surprising and satisfying compositions paired with a fluid melodic concept in her improvising. Postma is equally at home on the alto and the soprano saxophones. On her immensely enjoyable recordings she can captivate listeners with her original compositions, but can also dazzle on heartfelt reviews of standards like "Body and Soul." At the Jazz Gallery, Postma will share the stage with fellow alto trailblazer Greg Osby as they perform selections from their recent, and highly recommended, release Sonic Halo. Pianist Helen Sung, bassist Martin Nevin and drummer Adam Arruda fill out the ensemble. SH
By Ken Franckling, Seton Hawkins
Cole photo by Alfie Goodrich, Rosenwinkel by Lourdes Delgado, Tixier by Shervin Lainez, Avital by Jean-Bapti
L I G H T SCOTT TIXIER SOMETHIN' JAZZ CLUB /JANUARY 9 Violinist Scott Tixier has proven to be a force of nature by expertly showing his melodic range on an instrument that modern jazz does not always get to hear. Whether as a sideman or as a leader, Tixier has demonstrated that jazz violin is alive and well and will continue to thrive. Since moving to New York City in 2008, Tixier has performed alongside noted luminaries such as bassist Lonnie Plaxico and saxophonist Anthony Braxton. In 2012, Tixier was named "Rising Star Violin" in the 60th Annual DownBeat critic's poll and also released his first album as a leader: Brooklyn Bazaar. In the subsequent year, Tixier was nominated "Best New Artist" by the JazzTimes Critics' Poll. All of this by age 28: not too bad! EW
OMER AVITAL JAZZ STANDARD / JANUARY 13-14 A 40-something, seasoned performer, Omer Avital has taken a spiritual and lilting approach to his music, parallel to peer bassist Avishai Cohen. Born in Israel, Avital came to the U.S. in 1992 and was signed to a contract by Impulse records at age 26. He returned to Israel, further studying classical and traditional music, as well as the oud. Since 2005, Avital has kept busy in NYC with his sensitive touch and original approach to jazz/world music combinations. His latest CD for the Plus Loin/Motema label, New Song, is perhaps his best work. At the height of his writing prowess, he's found universally pleasing voicings that speak to both heart and soul. Joining Avital is saxophonist Joel Frahm, trumpeter Michael Rodriguez, pianist Yonathan Avishai and drummer Daniel Freedman. MGN
MICHAEL EATON SHRINE / JANUARY 20 Tenor and soprano saxophonist Michael Eaton has impacted contemporary jazz since his 2008 arrival in Brooklyn. Hailing from a Kansas City suburb, Eaton studied at Indiana University. Around NYC, he has worked in diverse settings with singers, minimalists, African percussion, Miles Davis type funk/fusion, or instrumental rock cover bands. Since collaborating with mentor David Liebman, Eaton is now doing his own original compositions and sounds like a darker, ebony-toned version of Liebman. Based on the release of his debut recording for the Destiny label, Individuation, Eaton's music has taken off. He opens on this night with his quintet—trumpeter Jon Crowley, keyboardists Brad Whiteley and Dorian Wallace, bassist Daniel Ori and drummer Shareef Taher—then joins Wallace's Free Sound Ahn-Somble. MGN
MARC CARY GINNY'S SUPPER CLUB / JANUARY 23 - 24 Washington DC's go-go music scene has always valued a broad aesthetic view, a fact highly evident in the work of Marc Cary, a DC native who grew up in that musical environment. While his pianistic touch might remind one of Randy Weston, Cary's musical interests and vision spans a wide swath of genres and his performance résumé includes collaborations with Abbey Lincoln and Betty Carter, but also with Q-Tip and Lauryn Hill. Indeed, his own solo efforts speak to soul jazz, straight-ahead jazz, funk and more, successfully navigated by his impeccable musicianship. Celebrating his birthday at Ginny's Supper Club, Cary is joined by his Focus Trio: Sameer Gupta on drums and tabla and Rashaan Carter on bass. Expect some surprise guests to join the birthday festivities as well. SH
STEVE LIPPIA BIRDLAND / JANUARY 27 - 31 Whether singing the standards that tickle the ears of jazz fans or dazzling crowds with interpretations of pop classics, vocalist Steve Lippia's command of the Great American Songbook has astonished audiences around the world. Since he began to sing at age three, Lippia has cultivated a voice that is steeped in the popular song of composers past and dedicated to the canon of jazz's tomorrow. Lippia's most recent release, 2009's Steve Lippia in Concert, sees the contemporary crooner interpreting the music of Rodgers and Hart, Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter and many others. For his concerts at Birdland, Lippia is paying tribute to Frank Sinatra with a program dedicated to the chairman of the board and his rich musical legacy. EW
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Beat; 13: 8:50pm TriBeCaStan; 15: 9pm Tango Meets Syrian Jazz feat Kinan Azmeh CityBand & JP Jofre Hard Tango Chamber Band; 21: 7pm Gordon Webster Meets Hetty Kate. 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. Jan 4&11: w/Evan Christopher; 25: w/Attila Korb. ELLA LOUNGE: 9 Avenue A (bet 1st & 2nd Avs). www.ellalounge.com. 212-777-2230. Thurs: 8pm The Talking Strings. FAT CAT: 75 Christopher St at 7th Av. 212-6756056. www.fatcatmusic.org. $3 adm/no min. Sets unless otherwise noted: Early (E), Late (L), Night (N); Mon E 6pm, L 9pm, N 12:30am; Tues-Wed E 7pm, L 9pm, N 12:30am; Thurs&Sat E 7pm, L 10pm, N 1:30am; Fri E 6pm, L 9pm + 10:30pm, N 1:30am; Sun E 6pm, L 9pm, N 12:30am. Ev N: Jam. Residencies (R): Mon N Billy Kaye; Tues E Saul Rubin; Wed E Raphael D'lugoff Qrt, N Ned Goold; Fri 9pm Gospel Queens; Sun E Terry Waldo & Gotham City Band, N Brandon Lewis & Renee Cruz. Jan 1: E tba, L Saul Rubin Zebtet, N tba; 2: E tba, L R + tba, N tba; 3: E Jeb Patton Trio, L Raphael D'lugoff Qnt, N Greg Glassman; 4: E R, 8:30pm Fat Cat Big Band, N R; 5: E&L tba, N R; 6: E R, L John Benitez, N tba; 7: E R, L Groover Trio, N R; 8: E Rodney Green, L Greg Glassman Qnt, N tba; 9: E tba, L R + Davis Whitfield Qnt, N tba; 10: E tba, L Mike Moreno, N Greg Glassman; 11: E R, L Alexi David, N R; 12: E tba, L Ned Goold Qrt, N R; 13: E R, L Peter Brainin & the Latin Jazz Workshop, N tba; 14: E R, L Harold Mabern Trio, N R; 15: E tba, L Corcoran Holt, N tba; 16: E tba, L R + Josh Evans, N tba; 17: E&L tba, N Greg Glassman; 18: E R, L tba, N R; 19: E tba, L George Braith, N R; 20: E R, L&N tba; 21: E R, L Don Hahn/Mike Camacho, N R; 22: E tba, L P. O. D., N tba; 23: E tba, L R + tba, N tba; 24: E&L tba, N Greg Glassman; 25: E R, L tba, N R; 26: E&L tba, N R; 27: E R, L Itai Kriss & Gato Gordo, N tba; 28: E R, L Bruce Williams, N R; 29: E tba, L Bill Saxton Qrt, N tba; 30: E tba, L R + Michael Weiss Qrt, N tba; 31: E&L tba, N Greg Glassman. The FLATIRON ROOM: 37W 26th St (bet 6th Av & Bway). www.theflatironroom.com. 212725-3860. Sets: Tues-Wed 8pm-11am, Thurs 5:30-8:30pm&9pm-1am, Fri 6:30-9:30pm& 10pm-2am, Sat 9pm-1am. Jan 9 9pm-1am & 31: Susan Tobocman. FLÛTE GRAMERCY: 40E 20th St (bet Bway & Park Av S). 212-529-7870. www.flutebar. com. Free adm. Wed: 7-10pm. Jan 7: Anna Kendrick; 14: David Coss; 21: Greg Diamond; 28: 8pm Melanie Marod. GARAGE: 99 7th Av S (bet W 4th & Bleecker). www.garagerest.com. 212-645-0600. Free adm/no min. Sets: Early (E), Late (L), Brunch (B); Mon 7-10pm; Tues-Thurs 7-11pm; Fri E 6-10pm, L 10:30pm-2:30am; Sat B 12-4pm, E 6-10pm, L 10:30pm-2:30am; Sun B 11:30am4pm, E 7-11pm. Residency (R): Sun E except 01/25 David Coss Qrt. Jan 1: 12-4pm Fukushi Tainaka Trio + Champian Fulton Qrt; 2: E Nick Moran Trio, L Dre Barnes Project; 3: B Larry Newcomb Qrt, E Adam Rongo Trio, L Akio Tsuruga Trio; 4: B Michika Fukumori Trio, E R; 5: Howard Williams Jazz Orch; 6: Joe Pino Qrt; 7: Mayu Saeki Trio; 8: George Weldon Trio; 9: E Masami Ishikawa Trio, L Peter Valera & the Jump Blues Band; 10: B Daniela Schaechter Trio, E Al Marino
Qrt, L Virginia Mayhew Qrt; 11: B Lou Caputo Qrt, E R; 12: Eyal Vilner Big Band; 13: Rob Edwards Qrt; 14: Tsutomu Naki Trio; 15: Rick Stone Trio; 16: E Tom Tallitsch Qrt, L Kevin Dorn & the BIG 72; 17: B Larry Newcomb Qrt, E Mark Marino Trio, L Daylight Blues Band; 18: B Kyoko Oyobe Trio, E R; 19: Sammy Miller Big Band; 20: Dwight Dickerson Trio; 21: Anderson Brothers; 22: Will Terrill Trio; 23: E Mauricio de Souza Trio, L Peter Valera & the Jump Blues Band; 24: B Marsha Heydt & the Project of Love, E Champian Fulton Qrt, L Virginia Mayhew Qrt; 25: B Iris Ornig Qrt, E Rob Edwards Qrt; 26: Cecilia Coleman Big Band; 27: Recessionals Jazz Band; 28: Marc Devine Trio; 29: Flea Circus; 30: E Joel Perry Trio, L tba; 31: B Jerry Costanzo Trio, E Alex Layne Trio, L King Solomon Hicks Trio. GREENWICH HOUSE MUSIC SCHOOL: 46 Barrow St (bet 7th Av S & W 4th St). 212-2424770. www.greenwichhouse.org. Sound It Out series: 8pm $15/12 adm. Jan 8: 6pm Jamie Baum; 17: Devin Gray & Dirigo Rataplan; 22: Joe Morris Qrt; 29: Sara Serpa. HIGHLINE BALLROOM: 431W 16th St (bet 9th & 10th Avs). www.highlineballroom.com. 212-414-5994. Jan 11: 8pm Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., Madeleine Peyroux. 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. Jan 6: Matt Mitchell Qrt; 8: Jazz Composers feat Daniel Jamieson, Scott Ninmer & Miho Hazama; 9: Tineke Postma & Greg Osby; 10: The Jensen/Monder Project; 15: Mentoring series feat Jason Lindner NOW vs NOW w/James Francies; 16: Glenn Zaleski Trio; 17: Aaron Burnett & the Big Machin; 22: Jeremy Dutton; 24: Mario Castro Qnt/Strings; 31: Justin Brown. JAZZ STANDARD: 116E 27th St (bet Park & Lexington Avs). www.jazzstandard.net. 212576-2232. Unless otherwise noted, sets: 7:30&9:30pm + 11:30pm Fri-Sat; adm: MonWed $25, Thurs&Sun $30, Fri-Sat $35. Residencies (R): Mon Mingus Monday; Sun 1:30-3pm Jazz for Kids. Jan 1-4: $35 Richard Bona & Mandekan Cubano; 5: R w/Mingus Big Band; 6-7: Helen Sung; 8-10: (no 11:30pm) $40 Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton; 11: Stefon Harris & Sonic Reed; 12: R w/Mingus Orch; 13-14: Omer Avital; 15-18: $30 Aaron Goldberg Trio; 19: R w/Mingus Big Band; 20-21: closed; 22-25: NeTTwork feat Charnett Moffett; 26: R w/Mingus Big Band; 27-31: $30 Chris Potter Underground Orch. JOE’S PUB: At Public Theater. 425 Lafayette St & Astor Pl. www.joespub.com. 212-967-7555. Adm varies. Jan 3: 7pm Eco-Music Big Band; 9: 7pm Kellylee Evans; 13: 6:30pm Cédric Hanriot & City of Poets Qnt, Grégory Privat & Sonny Troupé, Jean-Michel Pilc Trio; 16: 12am Hailey Tuck; 20: 9:30pm The Heavens. JOHN L. TISHMAN AUDITORIUM: At New School. 63 5th Av. Room U100. www.events.newschool.edu. 212-229-5630. JUDSON MEMORIAL CHURCH: 55 Washington Sq Park S at W 4th St. 212-4770351. www.judson.org. Jan 9-10: Winter Jazzfest Marathon www.winterjazzfest.com feat 01/9 6:45pm Jason Miles & Ingrid Jensen, 8pm Russ Johnson & Still Out To Lunch, 9:15pm Dave Douglas Qnt, 10:30pm Travis Laplante & Battle Trance, 11:45pm So Percussion feat Man Forever, 01/10 1am Improvised Round Robin Duets, 6:45pm Theo Bleckman Qrt w/Ambrose Akinmusire, 8pm Ken Vandermark & Nate Wooley Duo, 9:15pm Ambrose Akinmusire Qrt, 10:30pm Campbell Brothers, 11:45pm Postmodern Jukebox. continued on page 26
A Life in Swing By George Kanzler
CCORDING TO DRUMMER JIMMY Cobb, who turns 86 this month, swing A is the thing. "My thing, and the one of the
guys I was raised up on, was based on swinging," he says. And it still is, if his latest album, The Original Mob (Smoke Sessions), is any indication. A reunion, the CD gathers the original members of a quartet that grew out of Cobb's workshop class at The New School University in the early 1990s: guitarist Peter Bernstein, pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist John Webber and Cobb. "I don't know that much about teaching," Cobb says, "but I had this little gig one day a week. It was like a clinic where we would just let guys come in and play songs and have me critique what they were doing. A lot of guys would come, from inside and outside the school." That's where Cobb met the members of the quartet, as well as other young players
like pianists Larry Goldings and Spike Wilner. The band formed after Cobb agreed to play with Bernstein if he could get them gigs around town. He did, and Cobb's Mob was born. "I liked playing with Peter, because he sounded like guys I used to play with, like Grant Green and Wes Montgomery. And the young guys were looking at me because they wanted that feeling that we got when we played and recorded back then." And maybe they wanted to play with someone who was on Miles Davis's Kind of Blue too? "Yeah, for that reason too," Cobb admits. He is the only surviving member of the sextet that recorded the iconic, bestselling ever jazz album in 1959 that included trumpeter Davis, alto saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, tenor saxophonist John Coltrane, bassist Paul Chambers and pianists Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly. So, did he know that Kind of Blue would become such a historic milestone when he made it? “No,” laughs Cobb, “to do that I would have to have been a swami. If I was that good, I’d be a rich man now, one way or another. I don’t think Miles knew; he just knew he made a good record. But he didn’t think he’d be on a plaque on the wall from how good it was, and still is.” Cobb came to Davis through Adderley, in whose band he had played before Cannonball broke it up to join Miles. "Cannonball was worried about the job because he needed the work and was afraid Philly Joe Jones [who was Davis' drummer] would mess up and miss gigs, as he'd already been late a lot. So Cannon asked me to come and sit around at gigs so that if Philly Joe didn't show, I could play." The first time that happened was at a recording session for Porgy and Bess. "There were 25 musicians waiting around for Joe, so Gil Evans came over to me and said 'Okay, you got it.'" Cobb ended up playing on half of the LP and soon after, in late 1957, joined Davis. Cobb was also influential in bringing Wynton Kelly to Davis when Evans was leaving the piano chair. "Wynton was my favorite; we met when I first left DC to join Earl Bostic in New York and we played together in the trio behind Dinah Washington, who was touring with Bostic." After Washington went out on her own, Cobb and bassist Keeter Betts joined Kelly in her trio. Cobb also spent the 1970s with Sarah Vaughan's trio, remembering her as having one of the most beautiful voices he'd ever heard. "She thought she was a musician and she was a great one. She could read and was a great piano player," Cobb says. "She'd been around all those heavy hitters in Billy Eckstine's band, like Bird and Diz and all them guys, so she thought she was one of them. When she scatted, we would play just like behind a horn." continued on page 36
Cobb photo by Salvatore Corso.
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JULES BISTRO: 65 Saint Marks Pl (bet 1st & 2nd Avs). 212-477-5560. www.julesbistro.com. KNICKERBOCKER BAR & GRILL: 33 University Pl at 9th St. 212-228-8490. www.knickerbockerbarandgrill.com. Fri-Sat: 9:45pm-2am Duo. Jan 2-3: Jon Davis/ Gianluca Renzi; 9-10: Nicky Parrott/ Rossano Sportiello; 16-17: Peter Zak/Doug Weiss; 23-24: Falkner Evans/Paul Gill; 30-31: Paul West/Richard Wyands. L.E.S GALLERY CAFÉ: At Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center: 107 Suffolk St (bet Rivington & Delancey Sts). 212-253-2280. www.csvcenter.org. See Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center. LE PESCADEUX: 90 Thompson St (bet Prince & Spring Sts). www.lepescadeuxnyc.com. 212-966-0021. Wed: 7-10pm; Sun: 11am-4pm Jazz brunch feat Gabrielle Stravelli. LE POISSON ROUGE: 158 Bleecker St at Thompson St. www.lepoissonrouge.com. 212-796-0741. Adm varies. Jan 8-10: Winter Jazzfest www.winterjazzfest.com feat 01/8 7pm Blue Note Now w/Robert Glasper Trio, José James, Derrick Hodge & Kendrick Scott, 01/9-10 Marathon feat 01/9 6:30pm Donald Byrd Acoustic Electric Sessions, 7:45pm ICP Orch, 9pm Kneebody + Daedelus, 01/10 6:30pm Edmar Castaneda Trio w/Andrea Tierra, 7:45pm tba, 9pm David Murray Infinity Qrt w/Saul Williams; 12: 5pm Puerto Candelaria, Betty Bonifassi, Karsh Kale, Emel Mathlouthi. 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: 5pm-12am. LITTLE BRANCH: 20 Leroy St at 7th Av S. 212-929-4360. METROPOLITAN ROOM: 34W 22nd St (bet. 5th & 6th Avs). www.metropolitanroom.com. 212-206-0440. Sets unless otherwise noted: Early (E) 7pm, Late (L) 9:30pm. Residency (R): Tues L Annie Ross. Jan 1-3: Longest Variety Show; 3: 4pm Peaches and Crime; 56: E Jon Weber; 6&13: L R; 14: L Kate Bass; 17: L John Minnock; 18: E Michèle Bautier; 20: E marie-claire & Lee O'Connell, L R; 22: E Rosemary Loar; 25: 3pm Lilla Galambos & Zoi Florosz; 27: L R; 28: E Ron Dabney. MEZZROW: 163W 10th St (bet 7th Av & Waverly Pl). www.mezzrow.com. 646-476-4346. Duo unless otherwise noted. Sets: Early (E), Late (L), Night (N); Mon E 7-8:30pm, L 9pm-12am; Tues E 7-8pm, L 8-11pm; Wed E 7-8:30pm, L 9pm-12am; Thurs 9pm-12am; Fri-Sat E 6:308pm, L 8:30pm-12am, N 12-2am; Sun E 6:309pm, L 9:30pm-12:30am. Residencies: Mon E Ehud Asherie Solo, L Johnny O'Neal & spec guests; Tues E John Merrill Solo; Wed E Spike Wilner Solo; Fri E Spike Wilner w/spec guests; Sat E Sacha Perry Solo. Jan 2-3: Taylor Eigsti w/Mark Turner 01/2, w/Mike Moreno 01/3; 4: Chris Flory Trio; 6: Bryn Roberts/Lage Lund; 7-9: George Cables/John Webber; 10-11: Russell Malone/Peter Bernstein; 14-15: Christian Sands w/Ben Williams 01/14, w/Noah Jackson 01/15; 16-17: Orrin Evans/Vicente Archer; 18: Bucky Pizzarelli/Ed Laub; 21-22: Joe Sanders; 23-24: Danny Grissett/Dezron Douglas; 25: Jeremy Pelt; 28-29: Pete Malinverni; 30-31: Harry Allen/Rossano Sportiello. MICHAEL SCHIMMEL CENTER FOR THE ARTS: at Pace. 3 Spruce St (bet Park Row & Gold St). www.schimmel.pace.edu. 212-3461715. MILANO’S BAR: 51E Houston St (bet Mott & Mulberry Sts). 212-226-8844. Tues 1-3pm &
Thurs 2-4pm: Carol Morgan & Corin Stiggall w/friends. MINETTA LANE THEATRE: 18-22 Minetta Ln (bet 6th Av & McDougal St). 212-871-6834. www.minettalanenyc.com. Jan 9-11: Winter Jazzfest Marathon www.winterjazzfest.com feat 01/9 6:15pm tba, 7:30pm David Murray Gps, 10pm TRIO 3, 11:15pm Marc Ribot & The Young Philadelphians with Strings, 01/10 12:30am Strange and Beautiful - The Music of John Lurie and The Lounge Lizards, 6:15pm Kavita Shah, 7:30pm Amina Claudine Myers Trio, 8:45pm The Cookers, 10pm Rudresh Mahanthappa & Bird Calls, 11:15pm tba, 01/11 12:30am Nicholas Payton Trio. MOSCOW 57: 168 1/2 Delancey St at Clinton St. 212-260-5775. www.moscow57.com. Wed-Sun: 7-8pm Ellen Kaye Trio; Wed: 89pm Cleve Douglass & Grace Garland; Fri: 89pm Mary Foster Conklin & Jordan Pettay Band. NEIGHBORHOOD CHURCH: 269 Bleecker St (bet Jones & Cornelia Sts). 212-691-1770. www.ncgv.net. See All Things Project. NEW SCHOOL: 66W 12th St. 212-229-5600. www.newschool.edu. NEW SCHOOL JAZZ PERFORMANCE SPACE: 55W 13th St, 5th Fl. 212-229-5488. www.newschool.edu/jazz. NEW YORK CITY BAHA’Í CENTER: 53E 11th St (bet Bway & University). 212-222-5159. www.bahainyc.org. Sets: 8&9:30pm. $10/15 adm. Jan 13: Mike Longo & NY State of the Art Jazz Ens w/Ira Hawkins; 20: Dave Chambelain & Band of Bones; 27: Lena Bloch Gp. NEW YORK UNIVERSITY: 35W 4th St 6th Fl. www.nyu.edu. 212-998-4550. NORTH SQUARE: At Washington Square Hotel. 103 Waverly Pl at McDougal. http://northsquareny.com/about-jazz.php. 212-254-1200. Sun: 12:30&2:15pm free adm Jazz Brunch. Jan 4: Fay Victor Trio; 11: Roz Corral Trio w/Yotam Silberstein & Jay Leonhart; 18: Roz Corral Trio w/Paul Bollenback & Paul Gill; 25: Ed Laub & Gene Bertoncini Duo. 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; Jan 3: $15 adm Puddin’ Jazz series + Jam; 4: $13 All That - Hip Hop Poetry & Jazz. 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. PEGU CLUB: 77W Houston St (bet W Bway & Wooster St). 2nd Fl. www.peguclub.com. 212-473-PEGU. Sun: 6:30-9:30pm Glenn Crytzer & Pegu Club All Stars. PIERRE LOTI: 258W 15th St (bet 7th & 8th Avs). www.pierrelotiwinebar.com. 212-6455684. The PLAYERS: 16 Gramercy Park South. (bet Park Av S & 3rd Av). 212-475-6116. www.the playersnyc.org. Jan 9-10: Winter Jazzfest Marathon www.winterjazzfest.com feat 01/9 7pm Joe Locke, 8:15pm Oran Etkin, 9:30pm Mike Pride & From Bacteria To Boys, 10:45pm Andrew D'Angelo & Sounds Like Fun, 01/10 12am Marquis Hill Blackout, 1:15am Michael Bates Northern Spy, 7pm Dan Weiss Large Ens, 8:15pm Darius Jones Qrt, 9:30pm Tomas Fujiwara & The Hookup, 10:45pm Jen Shyu & Solo Rites: Seven Breaths, 01/11 12am Eivind Opsvik & Overseas, 1:15am The Cellar and Point.
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ANOTHER REASON TO CELEBRATE By Elzy Kolb
Akua Dixon, Trumpets and Smoke
String theory It's hard to think of anyone Akua Dixon hasn't worked with or any style she hasn't played in her long and busy career as a freelance cellist, composer and arranger. Fresh out of high school, her first professional gig was in the house band at the Apollo Theater, accompanying James Brown, the Temptations, Barry White and the gospel great the Reverend James Cleveland. She broke gender and color barriers at venues like Westbury and Copacabana and performed with classical and Broadway orchestras, sometimes after just one rehearsal—or less: Dixon recalls sitting in the audience at a Broadway musical, absorbing the music in preparation for playing the next performance. "My sight reading allowed me to break into many areas," she explains. "I even played with Latin bands like Willie Colón and Héctor LaVoe; learning that music was different from learning Broadway." She also made her mark with a pantheon of jazz greats including Duke Ellington, Max Roach, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Carmen McRae, Dizzy Gillespie, Archie Shepp, Tom Harrell and other masters. Today Dixon is living her dream, taking time off from her busy but largely behindthe-scenes career to focus on her own music. "I wrote string parts for Aretha Franklin and Lauryn Hill. I'm not gonna say I didn't love it, because I did," Dixon says. "But now I'm being a little selfish in my life. I started working when I was so young, I kept learning and growing. Now I'm free and I have the time and the space and the income to do what I want." This month she's releasing Akua Dixon, her second CD under her name, on her own label, Akua's Music. On the new CD, Dixon is accompanied by her string quartet, plus some special guests including violinists Regina Carter and John Blake. Vocalist Andromeda
Turre and drummer Orion Turre, Dixon's children with trombonist Steve Turre, make guest appearances. The album consists of ten Dixon arrangements of material ranging from Charles Mingus to Henry Mancini to the Latin great Israel Lopez, a.k.a. Cachao. She also displays her unique take on Billy Strayhorn's classic "Lush Life." Dixon admits, "I was really concerned about it; it's kind of atonal, then goes into a swing section that's right in the pocket. It's like an art song. I didn't mean to go there, but I did." Her next CD, which is already in the works, will be all original material. "My friends tell me, 'Akua, you don't write tunes, you write compositions,'" she says with a laugh. Dixon and her string quartet will celebrate the release of Akua Dixon and debut material from the next recording at the Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian church in Manhattan Jan. 18 and at Trumpets in Montclair NJ, Jan. 30. She'll play music from her first CD, Moving On, with her quartet at Smoke Jan. 21.
Lisa Hilton, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
Living culture Southern California-based pianist/composer Lisa Hilton started studying classical and 20th-century music at age eight, and by the time she was 19, she'd had enough. "I couldn't find any music I was totally happy with. But I was not given the idea women could be composers. I thought they were all dead men," Hilton says. "My piano teacher wanted me to play piano like a man who had been dead 200 years. I couldn't accept training that was applicable to the past." Hilton gave up playing the piano. "It felt tragic—I loved music but didn't think there was a future for me since I didn't want to be a classical pianist. I was walking away from the love of my life." She switched her college major to visual arts and stayed
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Hilton photo by Steven Lippman.
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PRAVDA: 281 Lafayette St (bet Prince & Houston Sts). www.pravdany.com. 212-2264944. The QUAKER FRIENDS MEETING HALL: 15 Rutherford Pl (15th St & 3rd Avs). www.lepoissonrouge.com. Jan 8: 7-9:30pm $100 adm fundraising for Disability Pride NYC feat Ron Carter, Renee Rosnes, Russell Malone, Brad Mehldau, George Coleman, Benny Golson, Jimmy Cobb, Peter Bernstein, Buster Williams, Mike LeDonne, Harold Mabern, John Webber, Joe Farnsworth, Bill Charlap, Kenny Washington. RED ROOM: At KGB Bar. 85E 4th St (bet 2nd Av & Bowery). www.redroomnyc.com. 212787-0155. Sat: 10:30pm-1:30am. ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL: 196 Allen St at E Houston St. www.rockwoodmusichall.com. 212-477-4155. Jan 3: Oscar Perez; 20: 7pm Ashley Daneman Band. RUE B: 188 Ave B (bet 11th & 12th Sts). 212358-1700. www.ruebnyc.com. Sets: 8:30, 9:30&10:45pm. Mon: except 01/5 Richie Vitale Trio; Tues: New School Jazz Series; Wed: Tim Regusis Jazz Trio; Thurs: Grant Stewart Trio; Fri: Frank Valdez Mambo Trio; Sat: François Mouton Funk Trio; Sun: Seth Kessel Rockabilly/Jazz Trio. Jan 5: Andrew Forman Trio; 13: Sophia Benhammou; 20: Almog Sharvit Trio; 27: Hattie Simon. SALEYA TRIBECA: 65W Bway (bet Murray & Warren Sts). www.saleyatribeca.com. 212510-7390. 1st Wed: 8:30&10pm. Sessions@Saleya Tribeca feat Robby Ameen. SKIRBALL CENTER: At New York University. 566 LaGuardia Pl at Washington Sq S. 212998-4941. www.skirballcenter.nyu.edu. SMALLS JAZZ CLUB: 183W 10th St at 7th Av. 212-252-5091. www.smallsjazzclub.com. Sets unless otherwise noted: Afternoon (PM), Early (E), Late (L), Night (N); Mon E 7:30-10pm, L 10:30pm-1am, N 1am; Tues E 7:30-9pm, L 9:30pm-12am, N 12:30am; WedThurs E 6-9pm, L 9:30pm-12am, N 12am; FriSat: PM 4-7pm, E 7:30-10pm, L 10:30pm1am, N 1:30am; Sun 1-3pm, E 7:30-10pm, L 10:30pm-1am, N 1am. Jam following N. Adm varies. Residencies (R): Mon L except 01/12 Ari Hoenig Qrt; Tues E Spike Wilner Qrt, N Next Generation Sessions by Kyle Poole; Wed E Tap Dance w/Michela Lerman; Fri-Sat PM Jam; Sun 1pm Vocal masterclass by Marion Cowings, E Johnny O'Neal. Jan 1: E Joel Press Qrt, L Santi Debriano Qrt, N Nick Hempton Band; 2: PM R w/Ai Murakami, E Dmitry Baevsky Qnt, L John Marshall Qnt, N tba; 3: PM R, E Larry Ham w/Woody Witt, L John Marshall Qnt, N tba; 4: 1pm R, E R, L Joe Magnarelli, N tba; 5: E Manuel Valera Trio, L R, N Spencer Murphy; 6: E R, L Smalls Legacy Band feat Frank Lacy, N R; 7: E R, L The Well Tempered Qrt, N Sam Anning Qnt; 8: E Dwayne Clemons Qnt, L Ben Allison Band, N Carlos Abadie Qnt; 9: PM R w/Mike Battaglia, E Frank Kimbrough, L Steve Slagle Qrt, N tba; 10: PM R, E Dwayne Clemons Qnt, L Steve Slagle Qrt, N tba; 11: 1pm R, E R, L The Well Tempered Qrt, N tba; 12: E Pierrick Pedron Trio, 9pm Marian Badoi Trio, 10pm Julien Alour Qnt, 11pm Olivier Bogé Qrt, 12am Yonathan Avishai Trio, N Jonathan Michel; 13: E R, L Lucas Pino No Net Nnt, N R; 14: E R, L Lage Lund 4, N Alex LoRe Qrt; 15: E Sacha Perry Qnt, L Lage Lund 4, N Nick Hempton Band; 16: PM R w/Ai Murakami, E Tardo Hammer Trio, L Mark Soskin Qrt, N tba; 17: PM R, E Eliot Zigmund Qrt, L Mark Soskin Qrt, N tba; 18: 1pm R, E R, L Behn Gillece, N tba; 19: E Danny Fox Trio, L R, N
Spencer Murphy; 20: E R, L Smalls Legacy Band feat Frank Lacy, N R; 21: E R, L John O' Gallagher Trio, N Craig Wuepper & Earsight; 22: E Alex Hoffman Gp, L Francisco Mela Qrt, N Carlos Abadie Qnt; 23: PM R, E Ralph Lalama & Bop-Juice, L Joel Frahm, N tba; 24: PM R, E Tom Dempsey/Tim Ferguson Qrt, L Joel Frahm, N tba; 25: 1pm R, E R, L Ned Goold Qrt, N tba; 26: E Stephane Spira In Between Qrt, L R, N Jonathan Michel; 27: E R, L Josh Evans Big Band, N R; 28: E R, L Tony Moreno Qnt, N Wayne Tucker; 29: E Sacha Perry Qnt, L Duane Eubanks Qnt, N Ned Goold Qrt; 30: PM R w/Ai Murakami, E David Schnitter Qrt, L Victor Gould Sxt, N tba; 31: PM R, E tba, L Victor Gould Sxt, N tba. SPECTRUM NYC: 121 Ludlow St 2nd Fl (bet Delancey & Rivington Sts). 212-533-5470. www.spectrumnyc.com. Jan 1: 8:30-11pm Nico Letman; 9: 7-8pm Jorge Sylvester & ACE Collective, 9-10:30pm Ben Monder. STEINHARDT: At NYU. 3rd Av at E 11th St. www.steinhardt.nyu.edu. 212-998-5424. The STONE: 2nd St at Av C. www.thestonenyc. com. Adm varies. Tues-Sun: 8&10pm weekly residencies. Jan 1-4: John Zorn; 6-11: Kenny Werner; 13-18: Charlie Looker; 20-25: Vijay Iyer; 27-Feb 1: Basya Schechter. SUBCULTURE: 45 Bleecker St (bet Mott & Mulberry Sts). www.subculturenewyork. com. 212-533-5470. Jan 9-11: Winter Jazzfest Marathon www.winterjazzfest.com feat 01/9 6pm Arturo O'Farrill & Boss Level Spt, 7:15pm Linda Oh & Sun Pictures, 8:30pm Taylor Eigsti & Free Agency, 9:45pm Tyshawn Sorey Trio, 11:00pm Kris Davis Infrasound, 01/10 12:15am Uri Caine & Han Bennink, 1:30am Aaron Parks Little/Big, 6pm Ryan Keberle & Catharsis, 7:15pm Alfredo Rodríguez Trio, 8:30pm Lionel Loueke Trio, 9:45pm SFJAZZ Collective, 11pm Harriet Tubman, 01/11 12:15am JD Allen Trio w/Gregg August & Rudy Royston, 1:30am John Raymond. SUBROSA: 63 Gansevoort St (bet Washington & Greenwich Sts). Sets: 7-8:30&9-10:30pm $20 adm. www.subrosanyc.com. 212-9974555. Jan 1-3,10,13-14,21-22&28-30: Pedrito Martinez Gp; 8: Danay Suarez; 9: Red Baraat; 17: Pablo Mayor; 20: Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros; 23-24: Alex Ferreira; 25: Xiomara Laugart; 27: Juancho Herrera; The TOKYO TAPAS CAFÉ: 7 Cornelia St at West 4th St. www.tokyotapascafenyc.com. 212-242-6333. Tues-Thurs: 8-10pm. TOSHI’S LIVING ROOM: 1141 Bway at 26th St. www.toshislivingroom.com. 212-8398000. Jan 7: 6-9pm Gabe Valle Qnt; 13: 68pm Eric Divito Trio; 14: 6-8pm Kimberly Simmons. TRIBECA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 199 Chambers St. www.tribecapac.org. 212220-1460. TURNMILL: 119E 27th St (bet Park & Lexington Avs). www.turnmillnyc.com. 646524-6060. Wed: 11pm-2am Jam w/Rob Duguay & Low Key Trio. UNIVERSITY OF THE STREETS: 130E 7th St at Ave A 2nd Fl. 212-254-9300. www.uni versityofthestreets.org. $5 adm. Thurs: 58pm Piano Workshop by Richard Clements; Fri: 11:30pm-2:30am Jam w/Bernard Linnette; Sat: 10pm-1am Jam w/Rob Anderson. VILLAGE VANGUARD: 178 7th Av S at 11th St. 212-255-4037. www.villagevanguard.com. Sets: 8:30&10:30pm. Adm: Mon-Thurs $25/1 drink min. Residency (R): Mon Vanguard Jazz Orch. Jan 1-4: The Bad Plus; 5: R; 6-11; continued on page 30
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away from music for a decade. She was inspired to take another chance on the keyboards after hearing pop icon David Foster give an impromptu house concert at an environmental fundraiser. The next day, Hilton bought a slew of music books, played her way through them and came to the conclusion that to find music she was going to enjoy playing, she'd have to write it herself. During her classical years, Hilton sometimes liked parts of the compositions and wondered how the rest of the material could be changed, or why a composer had done this rather than that. She put her curiosity to work and began modifying and altering and creating and tweaking and tinkering until she was satisfied with the results. "I start out with no intention to compose, then it turns into, 'I wonder if…' It's a lovely mood, but I don't like the tune. Can I write one with a peaceful, restful feeling on that bass line, take it in a different direction…?" Since shaking off the dust of an older era, Hilton has recorded 17 albums of mostly original material; her latest, Horizons (Ruby Slippers) is set for release this spring. "I apply the ideas of art to music, adding texture and color to my compositions," Hilton explains. "I want to communicate in an artistic fashion, an expressive fashion, rather than a linear fashion." And she's excited about communicating through music in such a dynamic age. "I believe in jazz as American music. This is our music, the music of our country. New directions don't have to be big and flashy, they can be nuanced. I'm excited to see where we'll end up 20 years from now." Hilton plays a prerelease concert featuring the music from Horizons at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall Jan. 11.
JD Allen Winter JazzFest and Smoke
Life-long learning Over the past decade, tenor saxophonist JD Allen's proved himself a force to be reckoned with as a bandleader, but he sounds practically awestruck when talking about the icons he apprenticed with. "Betty Carter University was the best school to go to, ever. She'd say, 'Don't tell me you'll try. Just do it!' She imparted some wisdom I didn't understand at the time, but I'm still learning from her."
He credits drummer Cindy BlackmanSantana with teaching him how to rehearse a band. "We'd have six- or eighthour rehearsals to work on just two tunes, learning how many ways we could play a song. On the gig, we'd play it only once, of course, but no matter what happened, we were ready for it. She's a scientist, a professor." Some of the reminiscing takes a more personal turn, such as when Allen recalls hanging out in Lester Bowie's kitchen, as the trumpeter cooked a steak: "It was beyond music, he was talking about how to survive and keep your integrity. These guys are like comic-book superheroes for me," the saxophonist says. "To be in the same room, breathe the same air with these guys who are almost like life coaches, teaching us how to navigate the world. They set the standard high." Allen also worked briefly with fellow tenor saxophonist David Murray, whom he's looking forward to hearing at Winter JazzFest Jan. 9-10. "He's the greatest magician; he makes it seem so effortless. He's a serious master, though not enough of my generation mention that. David Murray made a way for me to make a way." Allen won't be just a spectator at Winter JazzFest: He plans to debut some new compositions with his long-time band mates bassist Gregg August and drummer Rudy Royston at Subculture Jan. 10. "There are a few new directions we're going to nail down. We'll play some new stuff and some old stuff. I think of myself as a DJ, I read the energy of the room and play what works." Though Allen's last couple of recordings were with quartets featuring other musicians, he's happy to gig with August and Royston again. "I missed our political conversations, our life conversations, the food Gregg cooked sometimes at our rehearsals. They're my family, my tribe, and I realize how important it is to play with your tribe," Allen says. "It's a caring thing, beyond music, with the conversation, eating, playing. You walk out of there feeling good." August and Royston play with the power Allen wants for the material he's written for a CD they'll record this month. "For the next situation we're gonna record, you kind of need a blunt instrument. It's like when you're looking at a newspaper— it needs a great headline to get your attention." However, Allen points out that pure strength doesn't rule out strategy, intelligence, finesse and nuance. "There's a difference between a boxer and a street fighter. We're not brawling in the streets." Regardless of the setting or the band configuration, "When people come out to hear me, I want them to leave saying, 'He meant what he played,'" Allen says. Besides the Winter JazzFest gig, Allen, August, Royston and pianist Victor Gould will play Smoke Jan. 2-3. Allen photo by Rebecca Meek.
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Kurt Rosenwinkel New Qrt; 12: R; 13-18: Fred Hersch Trio + 2; 19: R; 20-25: Fred Hersch Solo; 26: R; 27-Feb 1: Vanguard Jazz Orch. The WAYLAND: 700 E 9th St at Av C. 212-7777022. www.thewaylandnyc.com. Sets: 911:30pm. Free adm. Wed: Grandpa Musselman & Syncopators; 1st Tues: Robert Ross & Jazz-Manian Devils. WALKER’S: 16N Moore St at Varick. 212-9410142. www.walkerstribeca.com. Sun: 8-11pm Peter Leitch Duo. WHYNOT JAZZ ROOM: 14 Christopher St at Gay St. www.whynotjazzroom.com. 646-7564145. Jan 2: 11pm-12am The Broken Robots; 7: 9pm-12am Kenneth Salters Haven; 14: 911:30pm Matilda Mörk Trio; 18: 7-9:45pm Larry Roland Gp. 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. Mon 11pm-3am Ron Affif Trio; Tues 11pm Evolution Jam; Thurs 12am Roman Diaz Midnight Rumba; Sat 8pm Misha Piatigorsky Trio + Monika Oliveira & The Brasilians; Sun Emilio Solla. Jan 1: Midnight Rumba; 5: 7pm Emily Braden, 10pm-2am Vandojam feat Gary Smulyan; 6: Jack Jeffers Classics Big Band; 7: Valery Ponomarev Art Blakey Big Band; 8: 5:30pm Julie Michels, 7pm Craig Holiday Haynes; 9-11: Winter Jazzfest Marathon www.winterjazzfest.com feat 01/9 6:30pm tba, 7:45pm Alicia Olatuja, 9pm Allan Harris, 10:15pm Dafnis Prieto Sxt, 11:30pm Allison Miller & Boom Tic Boom, 01/10 12:45am Bria Skonberg, 2am tba, 6:30pm Myra Melford & Snowy Egret, 7:45pm Mark Turner Qrt, 9pm Hadar Noiberg Trio, 10:15pm Kellylee Evans, 11:30pm Mino Cinelu World Jazz Ens, 01/11 12:45am Nasheet Waits Equality Qrt, 2am Loston Harris Trio; 11: Emilio Solla & La Instable de Bklyn; 12: Josh Evans Big Band/Sly 5th Ave/The Curtis Bros/Bobby Broom/Marquis Hill; 13: Baylor Project/ Charenee Wade/SEC w/Christian Scott/Gary Bartz; 14: Manuel Valera; 15: Sammy Figueroa; 16: Gregorio Uribe Big Band; 19: 7pm Shenel Johns; 21-22: Misha Piatigorsky Trio w/Barbara Mendes; 26: 7pm Mari Rosa + Paul Abler & James Weidman; 27: Orrin Evans; 28: Eddie Allen Big Band; 29: Melvis Santa. ZURCHER STUDIO: 33 Bleecker St (bet Lafayette & Bowery). 212-777-0790. www. galeriezurcher.com. $10 adm. Jan 22: 7pm Jean- Michel Pilc; 26: 8pm Mark Feldman & Sylvie Courvoisier.
AN BEAL BOCHT CAFÉ: 445W 238th St. 718884-7127. www.lindasjazznights.com. 1st Wed 8&9:30pm Linda's Jazz Nights. Jan 7: Francisco Mela Trio. FORDHAM UNIVERSITY: 441 East Fordham Rd. www.fordham.edu. 718-817-1000. G-BAR: 579 Grand Concourse at 149th St. 718402-6996. www.gbarnyc.com. WILLIE’S STEAKHOUSE: 1832 Westchester Av. 718-822-9697. Wed: 8:30pm-12am.
61 LOCAL: 61 Bergen St. www.61local.com. 347-763-6624. 1st & last Sun: 7pm $10 adm
Snug’s concert series. ALOR CAFÉ: 2110 Richmond Rd. Staten Island. 718-351-1101. www.alorcafe.com. ANYWAY CAFÉ: 1602 Gravesend Neck Rd. 718-934-5988. www.anywaycafe.com. Sun 9pm-12am free adm Jenn Jade feat Gary Fisher. BAMCAFÉ: 30 Lafayette Av. 718-636-4100. www.bam.org. BAR CHORD: 1008 Cortelyou Rd. 347-2406033. www.barchordnyc.com. Sun: 9pm Cortelyou Jam. BAR TABAC: 128 Smith St at Dean St. Cobble Hill. www.bartabacny.com. 718-923-0918. Tues&Thurs 7-10pm; Tues: Blue Vipers of Brooklyn; Thurs: Stephane Wrembel. BARBÈS: 376 9th St at 6th Av. Park Slope. www.barbesbrooklyn.com. 718-965-9177. Residencies: Mon 7pm Brain Cloud; Tues 9pm Slavic Soul Party; Wed 10pm Mandingo Ambassadors; Sun 5pm except 01/25 Ben Monder, 9pm Stephane Wrembel. Jan 1: 10pm Oscar Noriega & Boss Tenor; 2: 8pm Percy Jones & MJ-12, 10pm Bill Carney & Jug Addicts; 4: 7pm Dana Lyn & Mother Octopus; 7: 8pm Andy Statman; 9: 8pm Petr Cancura, 12am Sir Ramases; 10: 6pm Uri Sharlin & the DogCat Ens; 15: 8pm Malaby/Sanchez/Rainey; 17: 10pm Brooklyn Qawwali Party; 20: 7pm Akiko Pavolka & House of Illusions; 21: 8pm Choro Bastardo; 23: 10pm Baby Soda; 25: 7pm Jim Campilongo & Honeyfingers; 30: 8pm Lucian Ban & Mat Maneri. BASIK BAR: 323 Graham Av. Brooklyn. 347889-7597. www.basikbrooklyn.com. Sun 811pm. BIZARRE: 12 Jefferson St. 347-915-2717. www.bizarrebushwick.com. BROOKLYN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS: At Brooklyn College. Campus Rd & Hillel Pl. 718-951-4500. www.brook lyncenter.org. BROOKLYN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC: 58 7th Av. Park Slope. www.bqcm.org. 718622-3300. BROOKLYN LYCEUM: 227 Fourth Av (bet President & Union Sts). Park Slope. www.brooklynlyceum.com. Wed: 7-9pm Open Mic. BROWNSTONE JAZZ: 107 Macon St at Nostrand Av. www.sankofaaban.com. 917704-9237. Fri-Sat: 8pm $30 adm incl 1 drink Brownstone Jazz. Fri-Sat: 11pm-1am Open Mic w/Eric Lemon & BJ Ens. BROWNSVILLE HERITAGE HOUSE: 581 Mother Gaston Blvd. www.brownsville heritagehouse.org. 718-385-1111. 3rd Sat: 36pm free adm Wade Barnes Tribute Band. CADAQUÉS: 188 Grand St. 718-218-7776. www.cadaquesny.com. Thurs: 7:30-10:30pm Renaud Penant Trio feat Pasquale Grasso & Murray Wall; Fri: 8pm-12am Renaud Penant Qrt feat Pasquale Grasso & Murray Wall + spec guest. 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. Free adm/no min. CUBANA SOCIAL: 70 N 6th St. 718-782-3334. www.cubanasocial.com. Sets: Thurs 9pm12am; Fri: 9pm-2am Afro-Jazz. The DRAWING ROOM: 56 Willoughby St #3. www.drawingroommusic.com. Jan 18: 7pm $20 adm Gene Bertoncini. continued on page 32
HOT FLASHES Musician-Radio Host's Corner One might know Linus Wyrsch as an exceptional clarinetist and saxophonist in New York City, a versatile artist who has collaborated with luminaries like David Hazeltine, Clarence Penn, Andy McGhee, Harvie S and Rafael Barata. Alternatively, one might instead know him as DJ Linus, host of the Jazz Hole on BreakThru Radio, where he provides an interesting platform for emerging artists' music, while also broadcasting exciting new live performances by current musicians. Originally from Switzerland, Wyrsch became enamored with jazz at an early age. "I came into jazz as a pretty young guy," he recalls. "My father is a semi-professional bassist and has a huge record collection and I used to pick and choose through his CDs. The great thing as a result was that my ears developed in such a way that I went through the history of jazz chronologically." Ultimately settling on clarinet and saxophone, Wyrsch eventually found his way to the United States to further his studies, initially to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music on the recommendation of Javon Jackson. Graduating in 2008 with a yearlong extension to his student visa, Wyrsch relocated to New York City in order to expand his professional profile. However, the move proved challenging. "It was tough in New York and initially things weren't coming through," he remembers. "I went back to Switzerland for Christmas feeling down. But after seeing my family, I came back with a lot of energy." Upon his return, things began to click. Seeing an ad for a radio internship at BreakThru Radio, Wyrsch found himself intrigued, though also slightly apprehensive as he had already completed internships in the past. However, the company's CEO, Cal Rifkin, convinced him to come in for an interview and he accepted. "When I met him, I was upfront about how I wasn't looking for an internship but was interested in the radio station itself," Wyrsch explains. "He then explained that he actually hadn't called me in for the internship, but rather he saw my jazz background on my rĂŠsumĂŠ and wanted to tell me about an opening for a host on a jazz program." Wyrsch signed on and became the host of The Jazz Hole. Approaching the show with fresh eyes, Wyrsch considered his own challenges, opportunities and perspectives as a rela-
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tive newcomer to New York's performing scene and developed a unique show that offers a spotlight to emerging artists. "At first I really just tried to ask around within my circle of colleagues, because I felt we had a platform where I could showcase emerging artists," he notes. "These were artists who were in a similar position as me. Maybe they recently came to New York, or maybe even they were established but hadn't yet made their step up the ladder and could therefore benefit from more exposure." Finding its niche, the show broadened its circle as Wyrsch began to research sidemen on featured projects and brought them into the show. Slowly but surely, Wyrsch's circle of showcased artists expanded. For Wyrsch's work as a musician, the show has also helped him develop a new network of artists in New York. "In Boston, I had a built-in network; when you're going to school at Berklee, you're surrounded by music," Wyrsch explains. "New York's a giant city and you're not with musicians 24/7. So the radio show gave me a chance to create that kind of network here and be a part of it." To listen to Wyrsch on BreakThru Radio, visit www.breakthruradio.com. He will also perform at Somethin' Jazz Club on Jan. 13. Visit www.linusmusic.com to learn more.
Benefits, Remembrances and Special Shows A host of jazz legends, including Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Brad Mehldau, Harold Mabern, George Coleman and many more, will perform at the Quaker
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FOR MY SWEET: 1103 Fulton St. 347-7704735. Mon: 7-11pm $10 adm Bill Jacobs Ens; 1st Mon: Jazz & Open Mic by Jeff King. FREDDY’S BAR: 627 5th Av (bet 17th & 18th Sts). www.freddysbar.com. 718-768-0131. 1st&3rd Tues: 9pm Miss Ida Blue. HOPE & ANCHOR: 347 Van Brunt St. 718-2370276. www.hopeandanchorredhook.com. Wed: 7-10pm Jam w/Ray Scro Qrt. I-BEAM: 168 7th St. www.ibeambrooklyn.com. Sets: 8:30pm. $15 don. Jan 2: 2 Trios w/ Maryanne de Prophetis; 10: Kirk Knuffke Trio, 9:30pm Schimscheimer Family Trio; 16: Chris Dingman; 22: FIDO::qrtet; 29-31: Tenor Sax Festival feat 01/29 Tony Malaby & Tamarindo, Yoni Kretzmer & Double Bass Qrt, 01/30 Ingrid Laubrock, Nate Wooley, Sam Pluta, 9:30pm Jonathan Moritz Trio, 01/31 8pm Anna Webber Qrt, 9pm Thomas Borgmann Trio, 10pm Moshe Trio. JALOPY: 315 Columbia St. www.jalopy.biz. 718-395-3214. JAZZ 966: 966 Fulton St. 917-593-9776. www.jazz966.com. Fri: 8-11pm $15 don. KORZO RESTAURANT & BAR: 667 5th Av (bet 19th & 20th Sts). 718-499-1199. www.facebook.com/konceptions. Tues: 9&10:30pm $10 don/$10 min Konceptions Music series by James Carney. Jan 6: Michael Bates Qrt, 10:30pm tba; 13: Jeff Davis Trio, 10:30pm Jen Shyu & Ben Monder; 20: James Carney Qrt; 27: Jacob Sacks, 10:30pm Matt Mitchell. LORENZO’S RESTAURANT, BAR & CABARET: At Hilton Garden Inn. 1100 South Av at Lois Ln. Staten Island. 718-4772400X3222. www.lorenzosdining.com. Sun: 12-2&2-4pm Jazz Brunch. MOMINETTE: 221 Knickerbocker Av. Bushwick. www.mominette.com. 929-2342941. Thurs: 9pm. PANE E VINO: 174 Smith St at Warren. www.panevinony.com. 718-501-1010. Sun: 710pm Carl Thompson Gp w/Virginia Mayhew. ROULETTE: 509 Atlantic Av at 3rd Av. www.roulette.org. 917-267-0363. Jan 17: 8pm William Parker by Keir Neuringer & Transformational Music Ens. RUSTIK NEIGHBORHOOD TAVERN: 417 DeKalb Ave. www.rustiktavern.com. 347406-9700. 1st Tues: 8pm $5 adm Jam w/Eric Frazier. SEEDS: 617 Vanderbilt Av. www.seedsbrook lyn.org. Sets: 8:30&10pm. SHAPESHIFTER LAB: 18 Whitwell Pl. www.shapeshifterlab.com. 646-820-9452. Sets/adm unless otherwise noted: Early (E) 7pm, Late (L) 8:15pm, Night (N) 9:30pm; $10. Jan 2: L $15 Shai Maestro Trio; 5: L Chris Bates Trio; 6: E Lili Añel; 7: $8 E Ruby My Dear, 8pm The Future Scares Me, 9pm oMoO; 8: E Joshua Davis Gp, 8:30pm Tim Miller Trio; 9: E Dan Blacksberg Trio, L Hush Point, N Natalie John; 13: L Lola Regenthal & Daniel Marques Duo; 14: E Becoming; 15: E Moth to Flame, L $8 Dan DeChellis Trio, N Nelson Patton; 16: E&L $8 Adidya & Carbon Mirage; 20: L Brust-Horowitz Qnt; 21: E Moon Sugar; 22: E Moira Lo Bianco Trio; 22: L $8 Ruby Choi Gp; 23: E $8 Zak Smith, L Paper Melodies w/Grey McMurray & Cenk Ergun + Mobius Percussion; 24: $12 7:30pm Petros Klampanis, Gilad Hekselman & JeanMichel Pilc (solo & together); 25: Underground Brass + Jazzfakers + Ideosynchronic; 27: L $12/10 Eva Novoa & Ditmas Qrt; 28: Yuki Shibata; 29: E
Matterhorn, L Wing Walker Orch; 30: E Andy Clausen & Wishbone Project, L Jarrett Cherner Trio, N $10/8 Song Yi Jeon; 31: E $8 The Shubh Saran Presentation, L Amos Ang, N Auiles Navarro Herencias Invisibles Duo. SISTAS’ PLACE: 456 Nostrand Av at Jefferson Av. www.sistasplace.org. 718-398-1766. Sat: 9&10:30pm $30/25 adm. Jan 10: Phillip Harper. SPEEDY ROMEO: 376 Classon Av. 718-2300061. www.speedyromeo.tumblr.com. Sun: 12-4pm Jazz brunch w/Carol Morgan & Corin Stiggall feat Joe Cohn. SPOKE THE HUB: 295 Douglas St. 718-4083234. www.spokethehub.org. Jan 24: 10pm1am Art Lillard & Heavenly Band w/Carol Sudhalter. ST. MAZIE: 345 Grand St. www.stmazie.com. 718-384-4807. Sun: 9:30pm-12am Baby Soda Jazz Band. TEA LOUNGE: 837 Union St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). www.tealoungeny.com. 718-789-2762. Wed: 9-11pm free adm Tea And Jam. VELVET LOUNGE: 174 Bway. 718-302-4427. www.velvetbrooklyn.com. 2nd Fri: 8-11pm Low Key Trio. WAY STATION: 683 Washington Av. Prospect Heights. www.waystationbk.blogspot.com. 347-627-4949. Jan 3: 8pm Gavroche; 6: 10pm Danny Jonokuchi; 7: 8pm Scott Barkan; 26: 10pm Martina Fiserova; 27: 10pm The Dragonflies. 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.
ARCH STREET TAVERN: 85 Arch St. Hartford. www.archstreettavern.com. 860246-7610. Mon: 8pm Hartford Jazz Orch. CAFE NINE: 250 State St. New Haven. 203-7898281. www.jazzhaven.org. 2nd Sat: 4:407:30pm Jam w/Dr. Gary Grippo. CAVE À VIN: 975 State St. New Haven. 203777-6206. www.jazzhaven.org/www.cavea vinwinebar.com. www.jazzhaven.org. Free adm. Sat: 8-11pm. FIREHOUSE 12: 47 Crown St. New Haven. 203-785-0468. www.firehouse12.com. FUJI OF JAPAN RESTAURANT & BAR: 111 Old Kings Hwy North. Darien. 203-655-4995. www.fujiofjapan.com. Mon: 6:30-9pm Music Mondays series feat Nicole Pasternak or Maria Tiscia. KELLY’S GASTRO PUB: 196 Crown St. New Haven. www.kellysnewhaven.com. 203-7761111. Sun: 12-3pm Jazz brunch feat Dr. Gary Grippo Guitar Trio w/guest. The OUTER SPACE: 294 Treadwell St. Hamden. www.theouterspace.net. 203-6401684. Sun: 5-7pm $5 adm The Outer Space Jazz All Stars. OWL SHOP: 268 College St. New Haven. 203624-3250. www.owlshopcigars.com. www. jazzhaven.org. Free adm. Wed: 9pm-12am Hawkins Jazz Collective. PICCOLO PIZZA: 24 Prospect St. Ridgefield. 203-438-8200. Sets: 6-9pm. Free adm. Tues: Matt Criscuolo; Sun: Kids open mic w/Joey Digrazia. RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE: 80 East Ridge. Ridgefield. www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org. 203-438-5795. continued on page 34
FRESH TAKES Hermon Mehari is on his way up. A semi-finalist in the 2014 Thelonious Monk Competition for trumpet, Mehari has been getting special attention since he first picked up the horn at age 14. Such recognition came in the form of invitations from a variety of music schools, but none like a call from Bobby Watson asking him to attend University of Missouri - Kansas City. Now 27 and with a record with Bobby Watson under his belt, not to mention a degree from University of Missouri, Mehari is focused on expanding his horizons both as a performer and composer. In his own words, Mehari is "disregarding the limitations" of the trumpet in favor of delving music from a more holistic approach. Having just listened to Verdi's Otello before our interview, Mehari explains that he has been immersing himself in vocal writing as he prepares to write for voice. Mehari's most recent release, Our Journey, came out in April with Diverse, a group he has co-led since college. Diverse HOT FLASHES...
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Friends Meeting House on Jan. 8 in a special concert entitled Jazz Legends for Disability Pride in connection with the NYC Winter Jazzfest. Proceeds from the performance support Disability Pride NYC, a not-for-profit group founded by pianist Mike LeDonne. Ticket details can be found on Le Poisson Rouge's website at www.lepoissonrouge.com. On Jan. 13, family and friends will celebrate the life and music of the legendary Charlie Haden at The Town Hall. Guest performers and speakers include Kenny
By Joe Vilardi, student at The New School has toured throughout the United States and France and Mehari hopes to touch down in Tokyo next.
Hermon Mehari Quartet will be performing at Somethin' Jazz Club on Jan. 13.
Barron, Carla Bley, Jack DeJohnette, Lee Konitz, Pat Metheny, Alan Broadbent, Matt Wilson and Steve Swallow, among others. While it is a free event, donations are encouraged and proceeds will benefit the Charlie Haden CalArts Scholarship. Visit www.thetown hall.org to find out more. William Parker leads the Spirit Catchers Ensemble, featuring Hamid Drake, Joe McPhee, Steve Swell, Cooper Moore and Daniel Carter, in a collaborative performance with the Transformational Music Ensemble at Roulette on Jan. 17. The concert will present the New York premiere of "Yes, I Dreamed of Freedom," a piece by Parker dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and will combine the Transformational Music Ensemble's reading of the written score paired with a vocal ensemble's performance as well as spontaneous composition by the Spirit Catchers Ensemble. Visit www.roulette.org to learn more and purchase tickets. Education Events Jazz at Lincoln Center kicks off the Winter Term of Swing University, featuring nightly courses covering jazz history. Highlights include New Orleans clarinet master Evan Christopher leading a class on Sidney Bechet, as well as WKCR host and Charlie Parker authority Phil Schaap teaching a course on Bird. Find out more at www.jazz.org/swingu. Mehari photo by Clint Ashlock.
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SCATZ RESTAURANT & JAZZ LOUNGE: 139 Main St Ext. Middletown. 860-347-2289. www.scatzrestaurantandlounge.com. Fri& Sat. The SIDE DOOR JAZZ CLUB: At Old Lyme Inn. 85 Lyme St. Old Lyme. 860-434-0886. www.thesidedoorjazz.com. Sets: 7:30pm. Jan 2-3: Jimmy Greene Qrt; 9: Roxy Coss Qnt; 10: Tosh Sheridan Trio; 16: Nat Janoff Gp; 17: Victor Gould Trio; 23: Willie Jones III Qrt; 24: Mike Moreno Qrt; 30: JMI Qnt; 31: Michael Weiss Qrt. UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD: 200 Bloomfield Av. West Hartford. www.hartford.edu. 860-768-4100. WESTPORT ARTS CENTER: 51 Riverside Av. Westport. www.westportartscenter.org. 203222-7070. Jan 11: 3-5pm Ali Ryerson & Joe Carter. WILTON PIZZA: 101 Old Ridgefield Rd. Wilton. Wed: 6-9pm free adm Matt Criscuolo Qrt.
BRIDGEHAMPTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY: 2539 Montauk Hwy. Bridgehampton. www.bridgehamptonhistoricalsociety.org. 631-537-1088. Jan 24: 7:30pm $25/15 adm Parlor Jazz series feat Pamela Luss. DIX HILLS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: At Five Towns College. 305N Service Rd. Dix Hills. 631-656-2148. www.dhpac.org. Jan 25: 2pm $25/30 adm Felix & the Cats. 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. 516-6716400. Fri: 8pm-12am. HARMONY VINEYARDS: 169 Harbor Rd. Head of the Harbor. 631-291-9900. http://har monyvineyards.com/main/Jazz_Club.html. 2 drink min. Thurs&Sat: 8-10pm Ray Anderson w/Steve Salerno. LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY-POST: 720 Northern Blvd. Brookville. www.liu.edu/post. 516-299-2895. NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY: Northern Blvd. Old Westbury. 800-345-NYIT. www.nyit.edu. ONDA LOUNGE: At Allegria Hotel. 80W Bway. Long Beach. www.allegriahotel.com. 516889-1300. Thurs: 8pm-12am Jazz & Sushi. PIERRE’S: 2468 Main St. Bridgehampton. www.artofsong.org/Jazz_at_Pierres. 631537-5110. Tues&Sun: 6:30-9:30pm. 1st Tues: Jody Carlson Trio. TRATTORIA GRASSO: 134 Main St. Cold Spring Harbor. www.trattoriagrasso.com. 631-367-6060. Jan 7: 7pm Wayne Sabella. TREME: 553 Main St. Islip. 631-277-2008. www.tremeislip.com. Sets: Sat 8pm-12am, Sun 7-10pm. WALK STREET TAVERN: 1218 Jericho Tpk. New Hyde Park. 516-354-9732. Last Tues: 9pm-12am Jam. WOODPECKER HALL: 311 Sea Cliff Av. Sea Cliff. www.woodpeckerhall.com. 516-7690466.
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76 HOUSE: 110 Main St. Tappan. 845-359-5476. www.76house.com. Wed: 8-11pm free adm Quintets w/Mark Hagan & feat artists + Jam. Jan 7: Duane Eubanks & Ralph Lalama; 14: Matt Haviland & Andy Farber; 21: Bill Mobley
& Andrew Beals; 28: Mark Patterson & Scott Robinson. CATSKILL MOUNTAIN PIZZA COMPANY: 51 Mill Hill Rd. Woodstock. 845-679-7969. www.catskillmountainpizza.com. Wed: 7pm. The DAUTAJ: 36 Oakland Ave. Warwick. 845986-3666. www.thedautaj.com. Free adm. Fri: tba; Sat: 7:30-11:30pm Richard Wiggins. FALCON ARTS: 1348 Rte 9 West. Marlboro. www.liveatthefalcon.com. 845-236-7970. $20 don suggested. Sets: 7pm unless otherwise noted, Opening act (Op); Sun 10am2pm Brunch (B). Jan 4: B Alexis Cole, 7pm Karl Berger & In the Spirit of Don Cherry; 7: Azzolina/Govoni/Nussbaum/Zinno; 8: Corey Henry, Op Trio Subtonic; 9: Peter Bernstein Trio, Op Tom Polizzi Trio; 10: Soñando; 11: B Alexis P. Suter & The Ministers of Sound, 7pm Sultans of String; 14: Dustbowl Revival; 15: Blues Jam Reunion; 16: Mike Clark Organ Trio; 17: Blue Chicken; 18: B Organ Grinders Jazz Trio, 7pm The Mandingo Ambassadors; 23: Tim Ries & Rolling Stones Project feat Bernard Fowler; 24: Jesse Harris, Op Rabbits in the Rye; 25: B Big Joe Fitz + The Lo-Fis, 7pm Cocomamma; 29: Beppe Gambetta. FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF PHILLIPSTOWN: 10 Academy St. Cold Spring. www.presbychurchcoldspring.org. 845-265-3220. 3rd Sat: 5:30pm free adm Jazz Vespers. MOHONK MOUNTAIN HOUSE: 1000 Mountain Rest Rd. New Paltz. 855-883-3798. www.mohonk.com. Jan 16-17: Jazz on the Mountain by WBGO feat 01/16 9pm Dave Stryker, 01/17 11am Guy Davis, 3pm Martin Wind Qrt, 9pm Catherine Russell, LaTanya Hall, Carolyn Leonhart, 01/18 11am Scott Robinson Gp, 3pm Steven Bernstein, Henry Butler & the Hot Nine, 9pm Chris Brubeck Qrt. QUINN’S: 330 Main St. Beacon. www.quinns beacon.com. Mon: 8pm free adm Monday Night Jazz Sessions. Jan 19: Jason Kao Hwang/Sing House; 26: Juan Pablo Carletti/ Daniel Levin. WINERY: At St. George. 1715 E Main St. Mohegan Lake. www.thewineryatstgeorge. com/winery. 914-455-4272. Mon: 7-10pm Junko Sakai Trio + Jam.
FLUSHING TOWN HALL: 137-35 Northern Blvd. Flushing. www.flushingtownhall.org. 718-463-7700. 1st Wed: 6pm Clinic, 7pm Jam. JACKSON ROOM: 192-07 Linden Blvd. St Albans. www.jacksonroom.com. 718-5252387. Last Sat: 8&10pm $15 adm incl snacks/beverage feat Ed Jackson Qrt. LAGUARDIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: LaGuardia Community College/CUNI. 31-10 Thomson Av. Long Island City. 718-482-5151. www.lagcc.cuny.edu/lpac. LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY: 1 University Plaza. Brooklyn. www.liunet.edu/brooklyn. 718-488-1011. LOUIS ARMSTRONG HOUSE MUSEUM: 3456 107th St. Corona. 718-478-8274. www.louisarmstronghouse.org. $10 adm. Tues-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm: Guided Tours. PROPER CAFÉ: 21701 Linden Blvd. Cambria Heights. Queens. 718-341-2233. Wed: 911:30pm $10 adm. TERRAZA 7 TRAIN CAFÉ: 40-19 Gleane St. Elmhurst. www.terrazacafe.com. 718-803continued on page 35
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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. While I was on the road with Art Farmer in the Gerry Mulligan Quartet back in 1959, Art told me about his early years in jazz. He loved Dizzy Gillespie's playing, and tried to sound like him. But there wasn't a lot of work for bebop trumpet players in Los Angeles at that time, and in order to make a living as a musician, Art played with blues bands like Johnny Otis and Big Joe Turner. Turner didn't care for bebop, preferring backgrounds in the style of pianists like Pete Johnson and Jay McShann. Art said when Turner first gave him a solo, the next blues chorus he sang was: "Play me the boogie! Don't play no bebop for me!" Art said he came to appreciate Turner more after he left his band. But he was happy to land a chair with Lionel Hampton. "Lionel would shuck and jive to keep the audience happy," said Art, "but when he got on the bandstand, he always came to swing. I learned a lot from that man. And bebop was okay with him. He let me play however I wanted." At a jazz festival where she was singing, Carol Sloane walked by a group of musicians who were chatting together. As she passed, she heard Ruby Braff declare emphatically, "...and that's the reason Bing Crosby never made it!" LISTINGS... continued from page 34
9602. Sets: 8pm unless otherwise noted, $7 adm. Sun: 9:30pm Jam w/John Benítez; 3rd Thurs: Victor Prieto. WATER’S EDGE: 401 44th Dr. Queens. 718482-0033. www.watersedgenyc.com. Fri-Sat: 6:30-10:30pm free adm/no min Bill Gati Solo. YORK COLLEGE: CUNY. 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. Jamaica. www.york.cuny.edu. 718-2622000.
ALVIN & FRIENDS: 14 Memorial Hwy. New Rochelle. www.alvinandfriendsrestaurant. com. 914-654-6549. Jan 7: 8pm $10 adm The Swamp Donkeys; 31: 7-10pm free adm Leslie Pintchik Trio. BEANRUNNER CAFÉ: 201 S Division & Esther St. Peekskill. 914-737-1701. www.beanrunnercafe.com. Fri-Sat: 810:30pm $10 adm. Jan 3: Tony Jefferson & Groovocity. ELEMENTS: 161 Mamaroneck Av. White Plains. www.elementswhiteplains.com. 914358-4930. Tues: 6:30-9:30pm. EMELIN THEATRE: 153 Library Ln. Mamaroneck. www.emelin.org. 914-6980098.
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. Jan 11: Patience Higgins & Sugar Hill Qrt. HUDSON ROOM: 23 South Division St. Peekskill. www.hudsonroom.com. 914-788FOOD. Jan 3: 10pm-1am Conigliaro Consort. LAGOND MUSIC SCHOOL: 9 Haven St. Elmsford. www.lagondmusic.org. 917-8829539/www.vtyjazz.com. Jan 18: 5-8pm $25 adm Sunday Serenade series feat Eric Wyatt, Benito Gonzalez, Essiet Essiet & Alvin Atkinson Jr. PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: At Purchase College. 735 Anderson Hill Rd. Purchase. www.artscenter.org. 914-251-6200. TARRYTOWN MUSIC HALL: 13 Main St. Tarrytown. www.tarrytownmusichall.org. 914631-1000. Jan 9: 8pm Madeleine Peyroux Trio.
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A Moment You Missed by Fran Kaufman Hot House Contributing Photographer As far as I'm concerned, it's always a party when the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra is in town. I caught the last night of Maria's Thanksgiving week gig at Jazz Standard in time to walk in on the sound check. Maria and trumpeter Greg Gisbert share a laugh and Matthew Jordell, making his debut with the group, looks on.
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Is jazz music a political statement? It can be, depending on who's listening to it and what messages they get out of what they are hearing. I realize more every day that I like music to be open and interpreted by the listener alone. More musical ideas come to you from dreams or the news of the day? I get musical inspiration from all around me, including people, news, stories, fantastical ideas and more. If you were starting out now would you change anything? If I were going to move to New York City now and start over, I would make sure to have tried to meet musicians in town before actually getting here, maybe make a couple of visits first and making contacts. It's difficult when you are starting from absolutely nothing and it can take years to make the connections that can help your career. If you didn't live in NYC where would you live? I'm from Chicago and miss the city's vibe and food sometimes. I also have a lot of family there so I would move back there. What do you struggle with in your creative life? It can be difficult to stay true to your vision, especially when social media and the Internet can so easily alter your perception of what "successful" or "artistic" means. I have to remind myself daily that creative music is a personal reflection of your own thoughts and ideas. Your favorite or most important recording of yours? Each of my recordings has a special place in my heart, but my favorite one might just be Foxy, released on Hot Cup Records a couple of years ago. I met Barry Altschul in New York City and invited him to play, which eventually has led to several tours in Europe and several recordings, both of my music and his. To be able to play consistently with a hero has been a dream come true. Your favorite musician of all-time? Your favorite playing or composing today? There really are so many. I like to look for people's personalities in their music, so if they are saying something from their soul, I can stop and enjoy what they are putting out into the world. What are a few pieces of music that made you the person or musician you are today? Again, there are so many. In the jazz world, I would say that The Shape of Jazz to Come by Ornette Coleman, the John Coltrane solo on Autumn Leaves from Graz in 1962 and the solo Evan Parker soprano records have influenced a lot of my thinking and ideas.
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appears at Iridium, Jan. 6; Gowanus Arts, Jan. 24 and St. Peters Church, Jan. 28. Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation are at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, Jan. 7-11.
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Cobb feels that swinging is no longer paramount with drummers today. "They just don't sit down and just play and have a swinging beat. They don't have to go through all those antics, but they practice all week and then want to try it all out on one gig. Some of the drummers who play funk have better swing than the guys who try to play jazz. But there are a lot of good young drummers out here; they just don't think that much about whether it's going to swing or not. They think more about other things." Jimmy Cobb may play "other things" too, but he never forgets to make swinging paramount.
Smoke Jazz & Supper Club hosts the Jimmy Cobb Quartet in a celebration of his birthday, Jan. 23-26.
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NEW JERSEY JAZZ
Gary Walker, “Morning Jazz Host”, WBGO, 88.3 FM/wbgo.org JEREMY PELT BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH / JANUARY 3 The trumpet of Jeremy Pelt has been compared to the power and range of Lee Morgan or Freddie Hubbard in their seminal years. The quietude of his playing is described as an intimate conversation between good friends. The modern-day urgency of his playing has been featured on recordings with Cedar Walton, Ralph Peterson, Bobby Bland, Frank Foster, Gerald Wilson, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and as a current member of Louis Hayes' Cannonball Legacy Band. With his own albums, Pelt has shown comfort in both acoustic and electric settings, whether expressing standards or his formidable book of originals. With pianist Taber Gable, bassist Alexander Claffy and drummer Jonathan Barber, Pelt will reach back and give a preview of his Jan. 20 release, Tales, Musings and other Reveries (High Note).
AL CAIOLA CHATHAM PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH / JANUARY 10 With six strings, guitarist Al Caiola has tied together a seven-decade career in music that has had him in studios jazzing with Hank Jones and Kenny Clarke, touring the world with Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Tony Bennett and appearing on hits like Glen Campbell's "Galveston," Simon & Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson" and Del Shannon's "Runaway." Caiola has had his own hits with "Western Themes," "Space Age Pop" and "Spy Music." His chordal and single line expressions can create a feverish, frenzied atmosphere or bring a hush to any room. For this guitar summit and Django Reinhardt birthday bash, Caiola shows off his legendary skills alongside swing jazz guitarist Frank Vignola, gypsy jazz violinist Jason Annick and rhythm guitarist Vinny Rainolo for gypsy jams and covers of Mozart and Black Sabbath!
BILL FRISELL SOPAC / JANUARY 22 Just when you think you have guitarist Bill Frisell figured out, he comes at you from another angle. With Guitar in the Space Age (Okeh), we get another listen to his sixstring life, which has included creative time with Joe Lovano, Paul Motian, Julius Hemphill, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, David Sanborn and Ginger Baker. Originally attracted to the sounds of English rock, Wes Montgomery and Chicago Blues, Frisell's latest adventure focuses on the instrumental hits of the 60s coming out of those transistor radios we all held to our heads. "Pipeline," "Rebel Rouser," "Surfer Girl" and "Telstar" get a fresh outing in his wayback machine, as we ride along with Frisell's Fender Telecaster, guitarist Greg Leisz, bassist Tony Scherr and drummer Kenny Wolleson. SYLVIA CUENCA MAKEDA / JANUARY 29 For drummer Sylvia Cuenca, the attraction to rhythm took hold when she listened to a Max Roach record from her father's extensive jazz collection. Cuenca performed with the San Jose City College Big Band; after graduation, and studies with Victor Lewis, she moved to New York, where she played with Clark Terry for 17 years, toured with Joe Henderson, Michael Brecker, Marian McPartland and Regina Carter, provided the beat for Frank Foster's Loud Minority Big Band, and made her own recordings like Exit 13 and The Crossing (Etoile) with trumpeter Eddie Henderson. Cuenca's skillful, hard-swinging drumming has been featured at festivals and clubs around the world. She will have guitarist Paul Bollenback, organist Jared Gold and saxophonist Ralph Bowen in a night of standards and originals.
Pelt photo by Sally Pritchard, Caiola by Arnie Goodman, Frisell by Monica Frisell.
NEW JERSEY BY COUNTY
ATLANTIC SOMERS POINT JAZZ SOCIETY: 609-9276677. www.spjazz.org.
BERGEN BERGEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 30 N Van Brunt St. Englewood. 201-227-1030. www.bergenpac.org. BERRIE CENTER: Sharp Theater. 505 Ramapo Valley Rd. Mahwah. 201-684-7844. www.ramapo.edu/berriecenter. GLEN ROCK INN: 222 Rock Rd. Glen Rock. www.glenrockinn.com. 201-445-2362. Thurs: 7pm Duos. HARVEST BISTRO: 252 Schraalenburgh Rd. Closter. www.harvestbistro.com. 201-7509966. PUFFIN CULTURAL FORUM: 20 Puffin Way. Teaneck. www.puffinculturalforum.org. 201836-8923. Jan 9: 8pm $20 adm Greg Abate. RAMAPO COLLEGE: 505 Ramapo Valley Rd. Mahwah. www.ramapo.edu/berriecenter. 201-684-7500. 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. 201342-4085. Ev other Sat: 8pm-12am Betty Liste Qrt.
BURLINGTON TRI-STATE JAZZ SOCIETY: PO Box 896. Mount Laurel. www.tristatejazz.org. 856-7200232.
ESSEX BAIRD THEATRE: At South Orange Middle School. 5 Mead St. S Orange. 973-763-1140. www.thebaird.org. See SOPAC. BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH: 275W Market St. Newark. www.bethany-newark.org. 973623-8161. Jan 3: 6-7:30pm Jazz Vespers feat Jeremy Pelt Qrt. BRUSCHETTA RESTAURANT: 292 Passaic Av. Fairfield. 973-227-6164. www.bruschetta restaurantonline.com. Thurs: 7-10pm Rio Clemente Duo. CODA KITCHEN & BAR: 177 Maplewood Av. Maplewood. www.codamaplewood.com. 973-327-2247. Sun: 12-3pm Jazz Brunch feat Lee Glantz. DANA LIBRARY: Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University. 185 University Av. Newark. http://newarkwww.rutgers.edu/IJS/. 973-353-5595. DE’BORAH’S JAZZ CAFÉ: 18 Green St. Newark. www.deborahsjazzcafe.com. 862237-9004. Jan 11: Sun 4-8 free adm Carrie Jackson Qrt. DORTHAAN’S PLACE: At Nico Kitchen + Bar in NJPAC. 1 Center St. Newark. 888-466-5722. www.njpac.org. Jan 25: 12pm $45/15 adm Jazz Brunch feat Cyrus Chestnut Trio. DUKE’S SOUTHERN TABLE: 11 Clinton St. Newark. 862-763-5757. HAT CITY KITCHEN: 459 Valley St. Orange. 862-252-9147. Wed: 8pm Jam by Mike Lee. JAZZ HOUSE KIDS: 14 S Park St. Montclair. 973-744-2258 www.jazzhousekids.org. KEY CLUB: 58 Park Pl. Newark. 973-799-0306. www.keyclubnj.com. MCLOONE’S BOATHOUSE: 9 Cherry Ln at Northfield Av. West Orange. 862-252-7108. www.mcloonesboathouse.com. Sun: 11am3pm Jazz Brunch feat Doug Clarke Duo.
MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY: 1 Normal Av. Montclair. 973-655-4000. www.mont clair.edu. NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 1 Center St. Newark. 888-466-5722. www.njpac.org. PALAZZO RESTAURANT: 11 S Fullerton Av. Montclair. www.palazzonj.com. 973-7466778. Fri-Sat: 7-10:30pm. PAPILLON 25: 25 Valley St. South Orange. 973-761-5299. www.papillon25.com. PRIORY JAZZ CLUB: 233W Market St. Newark. 973-242-8012. Fri: 7-11pm. PROSPECT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: 646 Prospect St. Maplewood. 973-763-2090. www.prospectchurch.org. Jan 4: 2-5pm $32 adm Chickenfat Ball feat Randy Reinhart, Jon-Erik Kellso, Ken Peplowski, Harry Allen Band. RUTGERS UNIVERSITY: Institute of Jazz Studies. 185 University Av. Newark. www.rut gers.edu. 973-353-5595. SOPAC: 1 SOPAC Way. South Orange. 973-3132787. www.sopacnow.org. Jan 8: 7:30pm Madeleine Peyroux Trio; 18: 7pm Nat Adderley, Jr.; 22: 7:30pm Bill Frisell. 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. 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. Jan 2: Bob Devos; 3: Brazilian Night; 9: John Gatti; 10: Vinx; 16: Steve Koon; 17: Reagan Whiteside; 21: One More Once; 24: Lula Valdivia; 28: Diane Moser Composers' Big Band; 30: Akua Dixon; 31: Mike Longo. WBGO: 54 Park Pl. Newark. www.wbgo.org. 973-624-8880.
HUDSON LIBERTY HOUSE RESTAURANT: 82 Audrey Zapp Dr. Jersey City. 201-395-0300. www.lib ertyhouserestaurant.com. Sun: 11am-3pm Jazz Brunch. LIGHT HORSE TAVERN: 199 Washington St. Jersey City. www.lighthorsetavern.com. 201946-2028. Sun: 6-10pm. MADAME CLAUDE: 364 1/2 4th St. Jersey City. www.madameclaudecafe.com. 201-8768800. Thurs: 8pm Manouche Bag. NEW JERSEY CITY UNIVERSITY: 2039 Kennedy Blvd. Jersey City. www.njcu.edu. 201-200-2000.
MERCER CANDLELIGHT LOUNGE: 24 Passaic St. Trenton. www.candlelightevents.way.to. 609695-9612. Sat: 3:30-7:30pm free adm/$10 min. www.jazztrenton.com. Jan 3: Andre Mutherson; 10: James Stewart; 17: Orrin Evans; 24: Daryl Yokley; 31: John Simon. MCCARTER THEATRE: 91 University Pl. Princeton. 609-258-2787. www.mccarter.org. PRINCETON JAZZ NIGHTS: 53 Clarke Ct. Princeton. www.jazznightsprinceton.com. Jan 11: 4pm Sean Smith & Bruce Barth Duo. 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. Jan 2: Keith Franklin; 3: Andy McDonough; 9: Tom Adams; 10: Rainbow Fresh; 16: LaDee Streeter; 17: Charles Clark; 23: Jerry Topinka; 24: Bob Himmelberger; 30: Jackie Jones; 31: Jackie Jones.
MIDDLESEX DUE MARI: 78 Albany St. New Brunswick. www.duemarinj.com. 732-296-1600. HYATT HOTEL: 2 Albany St. New Brunswick. www.newbrunswick.hyatt.com. 732-8731234. Wed: 8-10:30pm. Jan 14: Brandon Bain Gp; 21: Lainie Cooke Gp; 28: Dave Stryker Gp. 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. Jan 8: Rudy Royston Qrt; 15: Jerry Weldon Qrt; 22: Nimrod Speaks Qrt; 29: Sylvia Cuenca 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. RUTGERS UNIVERSITY: 126 College Ave. New Brunswick. www.rutgers.edu. 732-4454636. STATE THEATRE: 15 Livingston Av. New Brunswick. www.statetheatrenj.org. 732-2467469. STEAKHOUSE 85: 85 Church St. New Brunswick. www.steakhouse85.com. 732247-8585. Fri-Sat 7-11pm. TUMULTY’S: 361 George St. New Brunswick. www.tumultys.com. 732-545-6205. Tues: 8pm + 9:30pm Jam feat Emerging Artists Band. Jan 6: Devenny Bennett Band; 13: George Maher Band. ZIMMERLI ART MUSEUM: 71 Hamilton St. New Brunswick. 848-932-7237. www.zim merlimuseum.rutgers.edu. Jan 6: 5-9pm Najwa Parkins Gp.
MONMOUTH COUNT BASIE THEATRE: 99 Monmouth St. Red Bank. www.countbasietheatre.org. 732842-9000. GIAMANO’S: 301 Main St. Bradley Beach. 732775-4275. www.giamanos.com. Free adm/no min. HOTEL TIDES: 408 7th Av. Asbury Park. 732897-7744. www.hoteltides.com. Jan 11: Barbara King; 18: Trish Mata Gp. MILL: At Spring Lake Heights. 101 Old Mill Rd. Spring Lake Heights. www.themillnj.com. 732-448-1800.
MORRIS BICKFORD THEATRE: 6 Normandy Heights Rd. Morristown. 973-971-3706. Concerts 89:30pm. www.njjs.org. Jan 12: Bucky Pizzarelli Qrt. DREW UNIVERSITY: 36 Madison Av. Madison. www.drew.edu. 908-273-7827. HIBISCUS RESTAURANT: 270 South St. Morristown. www.hibiscuscuisine.com. 973359-0200. Sets: Tues 6-9pm, Fri 7-10pm, Sat 6:30-9:30pm, Sun Brunch 12-3pm. MAXFIELD’S ON MAIN: 713 Main St. Boonton. www.maxfieldsonmain.com. 973588-3404. MAYO CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS: 100 South St. Morristown. www.mayoarts.org. 973-539-8008. Jan 23: 8pm Stephane Wrembel. NEW JERSEY JAZZ SOCIETY: 800-303NJJS. www.njjs.org. PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: 240 Southern Blvd. Chatham. www.sanctuaryconcerts.org. 973-376-4946. Jan 10: 8pm $25 adm Sanctuary Concerts series feat Frank
Vignola Guitar Summit & Django Birthday Bash w/Al Caiola & Jason Annick. 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. Jan 2: Emmet Cohen Trio; 9: Grover Kemble/Jerry Vezza Trio; 10: Nat Adderley Jr.; 21: Bucky Pizzarelli & Jerry Bruno; 22: Oscar Perez.
OCEAN OCEAN COUNTY COLLEGE: College Dr. Toms River. 732-255-0500. www.ocean.edu. $15/13 adm. www.njjs.org. Concerts: 89:30pm. Jan 14: Midiri Brothers.
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 WATCHUNG ARTS CENTER: 18 Stirling Rd. Watchung. www.watchungarts.org. 908-7530190. Jan 31: 8pm JaZZ in the Gallery feat Lauren Hooker & friends.
SUSSEX NEWTON THEATRE: 234 Spring St. Newton. 973-383-3700. www.thenewtontheatre.com. STANHOPE HOUSE: 45 Main St. Stanhope. 973-347-7777. www.stanhopehousenj.com.
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. 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. VAN GOGH’S EAR CAFÉ: 1017 Stuyvesant Av. Union. www.vangoghsearcafe.com. 908810-1844. Sun: 8-11pm $4 adm.
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. Jan 2: Vicki Doney Qrt; 3: Kate Baker Qrt; 4: Mitchell Chang; 8: R; 9: Ken Peplowski Qrt; 10: Greg Abate Qrt; 11: Bobby Avey; 15: R; 16: Patrick McGee Qrt; 17: Brian Lynch Qrt feat Emmet Cohen; 18: Marty Wilson Trio; 22: R; 23: Steve LaSpina Gp; 24: tba; 25: Walt Bibinger; 26: COTA All Stars; 29: R; 30: Kim Parker & Skip Wilkins; 31: Nancy & Spencer Reed. DELAWARE WATER GAP: www.cotajazz.org.
By Cary Tone
AXOPHONIST JON IRABAGON IS a jazz rebel with the uncanny ability S and depth to persuade listeners that he has
studied as much Earl Bostic as late 'Trane. "Few players can so deftly stride from postbop to free improvisation, avant country, to doom metal and then wander from chaotic collage spraying to sleek-blowing fluency," wrote one NYC critic. Winner of the 2008 Monk Competition and voted DownBeat's top rising star on both tenor and alto saxophones, Irabagon leads and plays in too many bands to list here. He is a powerful force on the international jazz scene. Jon Irabagon is playing at the Winter JazzFest with MOPDK of which he is a founding member and three nights at Cornelia Street CafĂŠ as a leader with three different bands. Q. Anything in your life that rivals your love, dedication to music? A. Family and friends are really important, as well as trying to be an honest and caring person. One gig or recording of yours you can't shake? I played several gigs in 2011 with master improviser and composer Kenny Wheeler. I found the bootleg recordings of those gigs after he passed earlier this year
and I feel fortunate to have been able to play and hang with him. One gig or recording of a contemporary? I've done two recordings with the Mary Halvorson Quintet and one with her septet. For all three, the music was of the highest order and the musicians gave their all for every take. Mary's writing is unique and it has been a thrill watching her writing grow and develop. Favorite place in the world to play, public or private? My favorite festival in the world is the Moers Festival in Germany; they gave me my first European festival gig and have had me back several times. The vibe and the support from the crowd is exhilarating. Anything you'd rather be doing other than playing music? No way. Do you think playing, appreciating jazz requires intelligence? Not necessarily. I think that playing and appreciating jazz requires you to be able to take an honest look at your thoughts, beliefs and ideas, as well as gather the courage to express those things to the best of your ability. What do you know today that you didn't know ten years ago? Making a living in music can be very difficult, but as Todd Barkan says, "Take care of the music and the music will take care of you.â€?
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Do you think playing, appreciating jazz requires intelligence? Not necessarily. I think that playing and appreciating jazz requires you to be able to take an honest look at your thoughts, beliefs and ideas, as well as gather the courage to express those things to the best of your ability.