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WINNING SPINS By George K anzler WO EXTRAORDINARY SINGERS whose approaches reflect distinctly different generations of music in America account for this month's pair of Winning Spins. Marlene VerPlanck began her career, and honed her art, with big bands during the waning years of the Swing Era in the middle of the 20th Century; while Rondi Charleston came up when rock, R&B and folk dominated the scene. Those dissimilar roots and influences affect the approach of the two singers on their new albums. Back in the heydey of Tin Pan Alley, song pluggers wanted singers who could put across their numbers, either in person or on demo recordings. Marlene VerPlanck would have been a perfect vocalist for that job, since her art is all about the song, emphasizing its strengths and subtleties while always honoring the composer's intentions. No writer could ask for a better, or truer, interpreter of his or her music than VerPlanck, for whom the song is the raison d'ĂŞtre, the object of her art. One Dream At A Time (Audiophile) is the first CD she's done since she lost her husband and musical collaborator, composer-arranger Billy VerPlanck. But six of the CD's 15 tracks boast his arrangements, including three pieces for which he also wrote the music. For the most part, Marlene sings with the piano trio format she favors at gigs. But in a departure recalling her early days, one of the trios features Ed Vodicka playing B3 organ on three tracks, with the organ lending the music a big band heft. Most of the tunes are from the classic standards songbook, with Billy VerPlanck's originals sharing a similar aesthetic. Yet there are few chestnuts here, and that's a large part of this collection's appeal. For instance, Ira Gershwin and Arthur Schwartz are represented by a lesser known gem from their collaboration: "There's No Holding Me" ("if I can keep holding you"), a song VerPlanck personalizes by deftly making the word "climb" rise melismatically. And VerPlanck's miraculously ageless voice - there's still a vernal lilt in her swing phrasing - nails the leaps and shifts in the melody of "Moon Dreams," a piece perhaps best known as an instrumental arranged by Gil Evans for the Birth of the Cool sessions, but outfitted, as Marlene reveals here, with a fetching lyric by Johnny Mercer. While VerPlanck stays close to the written contours of less familiar songs like Cy Walter's "Some Fine Day," she puts her own, jazzy spin on numbers like "What A Difference A Day Made," reshaping the melody in her second pass at the refrain. But from start to finish, this
album is an exemplary primer on the art of the song. On Rondi Charleston's Who Knows Where The Time Goes (Motema), the singer's voice is not as pristine and crystalline as Ms. VerPlanck's, but more personal and emotive, with a tone and timbre that can be alternately smoky and sueded or rough-hewn, and displaying a range from the sly hipness and twists of jazz ("I Hear Music," a tour-de-force reconstruction/collaboration with just bass and drums) to the forthright sincerity of the proselytizing folksinger (shades of Carole King in the Obama salute "Song for the Ages"). Charleston's voice is distinctive enough to put her personal stamp on the very wide swath of material she essays on this CD, from Stevie Wonder to Jobim, a ballad from South Pacific to a Bobby McFerrin anthem sung partly in Zulu. Then there are Charleston's own tunes - or, more accurately, her lyrics with music by the pianist Lynne Arriale. These are some of the most memorable new songs to come from a jazz singer since Abbey Lincoln. Two of the best are the heartfelt and intimate "Your Spirit Lingers" (a paean to Charleston's great-grandmother with such indelible, poignant images as "memories of the caravans and wagon wheels / the little children heaven steals") and "Dance of Time" (a waltz celebrating a long, loving marriage,
Barron cover photo by Fran Kaufman, Roditi by Fran Kaufman
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SUPPORT THE JAZZ MUSEUM IN HARLEM www.jazzmuseuminharlem.org ALHAMBRA BALLROOM: 2110 Adam Powell Blvd (bet 125th & 126th Sts). May 11: 7pm $10 adm Harlem Jazz Shrines fest feat George Gee Big Band & Harlem Renaissance Orch w/spec guests. ALOUETTE FRENCH BISTRO: 2588 Bway (bet 97 & 98 Sts). www.alouettenyc.com. 212222-6808. Free adm. Ev Tues: 7-9pm. May 17: Alexandra Frederick/Tsuyoshi Furutsu. AMERICAN LEGION POST: 248W 132nd St (bet 7th & 8th Avs). 212-283-9701. www.colchasyoungharlempost398.com. Ev Tues,Thurs,Sat&Sun: 7:30pm-12am Jam. APOLLO THEATER: 253W 125th St. 212-5315300. www.apollotheater.org. May 13&14: $10 adm Harlem Jazz Shrines fest. May 13 8pm & 14 5&8pm: Wycliffe Gordon Jazz à la Carte w/Carla Cook, Nikki Yanofsky, Savion Glover, Grace Kelly, Corey Wilcox & Temple University Big Band; 13&14: 10pm Geri Allen & spec guests Don Byron, Jaimeo Brown, JD Allen & Chris Sholar; 19: 7pm www.jazzfoundation.org/212-245-3999 Jazz Foundation of America Great Night in Harlem fundraising concert feat Roberta Flack, Macy Gray, Lou Reed, Christian Mc Bride, Dr. John & Hot 8 Brass Band. BARNES & NOBLE: 150E 86th St (bet Lexington & 3rd Av). 212-369-2180. May 9: Sutton Foster. BELLA LUNA: 584 Columbus Av (bet 88th & 89th Sts). www.bellalunanyc.com. 212-8772267. Free adm. Ev Tues: 8-10:30pm Jack Wilkins & guests. May 3: Richard Boukas; 10: Bucky Pizzarelli; 17: John Stowell; 24: Howard Alden; 31: Paul Hefner & Jon Burr. BILL’S PLACE: 148W 133rd St (bet Lenox & 7th Avs). www.billsaxton.com. 212-281-0777. $15 don. Ev Fri: 9&11:30pm Bill Saxton AllStar Band. BILLIE’S BLACK RESTAURANT & LOUNGE: 271W 119th St (bet St. Nicholas Av & Frederick Douglass Blvd). 212-2802248. www.billiesblack.com. BOAT BASIN CAFE: W79th St at Hudson River. www.boatbasincafe.com. 212-4965542. May 18: 7-10pm Bill Wurtzel ORGANization feat Carrie Jackson. BRASSERIE JULIEN: 1422 3rd Av (bet 80th & 81st Sts). www.brasseriejulien.com. 212744-6327. Free adm. Ev Thurs 6:30-10:30pm, Fri&Sat 7pm-12am: Sedric Choukroun & friends. CAFÉ CARLYLE: At Carlyle Hotel. 35E 76th St at Madison. www.thecarlyle.com. 212-5707189. Ev Mon: 8:45pm Woody Allen & Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band; ev Tues-Sat: 9:30pm Loston Harris at Bemelmans. CAFÉ JAZZ: At Manhattan School of Music. Bway & 122nd St. 212-749-2802. Informal concerts feat students from School's jazz dept. Free adm.
CLEOPATRA’S NEEDLE: 2485 Bway (bet 92nd & 93rd Sts). www.cleopatrasneedleny. com. 212-769-6969. Sets: Mon,Tues&Sun 8pm-1am, Wed&Thurs 7-11pm, Fri&Sat 8pm12am; Late jam Wed&Thurs 11:30pm-2:30pm, Fri&Sat 12:30-3am, Sun 8pm-1am. Free adm/$10 min. Ev Mon: Jam w/Roger Lent; ev Tues: Jam w/Robert Rucker; ev Wed: Singers open mic w/Les Kurtz; ev Sun: 4-8pm Singers open mic w/Noah Haidu. Trios Mon,Tues&Thurs, Qrt Fri&Sat. May 5: Michika Fukumari; 6: Mamiko Watanabe; 7: Satchmo Mannan; 12: Keith Ingham; 13: Marc Devine; 14: Champian Fulton; 19: Dan Furman; 20: Art Lillard; 21: Martin Kellely; 26: Ray Parker; 27: Ken Simon; 28: Will Terrill. CREOLE: 2167 3rd Av at E118th St. 212-8768838. www.creolenyc.com. Cover varies. Ev Tues: 9pm Evolution Jam. May 6&7: 8:30pm Grady Tate; 8: 4pm Benny Bop Sundays; 14: 7:30&9:30pm Lou Volpe; 21: 7:30&9:30pm Tito Gomez; 22: 5-8pm $25 adm Very Truly Yours www.vtyjazz.com Remembering Sonny Stitt feat Joe Ford & Vincent Herring. COVO LOUNGE: 701W 135th St at 12th Av. 212-234-9573. www.covony.com. Free adm/no min. Ev 1st&3rd Thurs: 8-10:30pm Karen Faye Taborn Duo. DWYER CULTURAL CENTER: 258 St. Nicholas Av at W123rd St. 212-222-3060. www.dwyercc.org/www.jazzmuseumin harlem.org. May 27: 7pm $15 adm Mike Dease Harlem Five. FB LOUNGE: 172E 106th St (bet Lexington & 3rd Av). www.fondaboricua.com. 212-3483929. GARDEN CAFE: 4961 Bway at W207th St. 212544-9480. www.gardencafenyc.com. Fri& Sat: 8-11pm. Ev Fri: Anette Aguilar & String Beans or Paul Hemmings; ev Sat: Tony the Jazz Chef or tba. May 14&28: Tomas Janzon Duo. HARLEM STAGE: At Aaron Davis Hall. 150 Convent Av at W135th St. 212-281-9240. www.harlemstage.org. May 13-15: $10 adm Harlem Jazz Shrines fest. May 13&14: 9&11pm Jason Moran & Meshell Ndegeocello w/Lisa Harris, Leron Thomas & Corey King; 15: 5&7pm Oscar Hernandez & Spanish Harlem Orch. HENRY’S: 2745 Bway at 105th St. 212-8660600. Free adm. Ev Sat: 12-3pm Jazz Brunch w/Bill Wurtzel. LENOX LOUNGE: 288 Lenox Av (bet 124th & 125th Sts). 212-427-0253. www.lenoxlounge.com. Sets: Mon 9pm-2am, Tues-Thurs 8pm-12am, Fri&Sat 8:30,10:30pm&12-4am, Sun 7-10pm. Adm/min: Mon&Sun $10, Tues-Thurs&12am sets $3, Fri&Sat $20/set, min $16. Ev Mon: Patience Higgins & Sugar Hill Qrt 05/2,9&16, Eric Wyatt & friends 05/23&30; ev Tues: Sweet Georgia Brown; ev Wed: Nate Lucas Organ Trio; ev Thurs: Fred McFarland & friends; ev Fri&Sat 12-4am Late Night Jam feat Gerald Hayes Qrt; ev Sun: Open-Mic w/LaFayette Harris Jr. May 1: 3-6pm $50 don Jazz for Japan Benefit Concert; 6&7: Wynard Harper; 10&11: 7pm Harlem Jazz Shrines fest w/Queen Esther & Farrah Griffin 05/10, Marcelle Davies-Lashley & Carl Hancock Rux 05/11; 13&14: Lenox Lounge All-Stars; 20&21: Houston Person; 27&28: Greg Lewis Organ Monk. LIME LEAF: 128W 72nd St (bet Columbus & Amsterdam Avs). 212-501-7800. Mon-Thurs: 7-10pm. LONDEL’S SUPPER CLUB: 2620 Frederick Douglas Blvd (bet 139th & 140th Sts). 212234-6114. www.londelsrestaurant.com. Ev Fri&Sat: 8-11pm $5 adm Brandon Sanders Trio. MANNA HOUSE: 338E 106th St (bet 1st & 2nd
Avs). www.mannahousejazz.org. 212-7228223. Ev first Sunday 4pm $15/10/7 adm: MEEE Jazz Concert series. May 1: Yaala Ballin Qrt. MAYSLES INSTITUTE: 343 Lenox Av (bet 127th & 128th Sts). 212-582-6050/ www.mayslesinstitute.org, 212-348-8300/ www.jmih.org. Free adm. May 10: Tito Puente on Film. METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART: 1000 5th Av at 82nd St. www.metmuseum.org. 212535-7710. May 20: 7pm $45 adm Tiempo Libre. MILLER THEATRE: At Columbia University. 116th St & Bway. www.millertheater.com. 212-8547799. May 9-14: 10am-6pm free adm Harlem Jazz Shrines fest Panels & Exhibition 212854-1324. MINTON’S PLAYHOUSE: 206W 118th St (bet St. Nicholas Av & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd). www.uptownatmintons.com. 212-8648346. Harlem Jazz Shrine fest. $10 adm. May 9: 9pm T.S. Monk; 12: 7pm tba, 9pm Jonathan Batiste Qnt; 13: 10pm Greg Osby. NATIONAL JAZZ MUSEUM IN HARLEM: 104E 126th St #2C. (bet Park & Lexington Avs). 212-348-8300. www.jmih.org. Free adm. Ev Tues 7-8:30pm Jazz for Curious Listeners series in May Tito Puente by Joe Conzo w/spec guests (05/10 at Maysles Institute). Harlem Speaks series: May 5: Gene Bertoncini; 19: Bennie Wallace. May 9: Jazz for Curious Readers series on Tito Puente w/Joe Conzo. May 21: Saturday Pannel series Tito Puente celebration. NECTAR WINE BAR: 2235 Frederick Douglass Blvd at 121st St. 212-961-9622. www.nectarwinenyc.com. May 14: 7pm $10 adm Harlem Jazz Shrines fest feat Cynthia Holiday. NEW AMSTERDAM MUSICAL ASSOCIATION: 107W 130th St (bet Lenox & Adam Clayton Powel Blvds). www.myspace.com/ newamsterdammusicalassociation. 212-2342973. $5/15 adm. Ev Mon: 7:30-11pm Jam; ev Thurs: 7-11pm Vocal Jam. NEW LEAF CAFÉ: 1 Margaret Corbin Dr. Fort Tryon Park. 212-568-5323. w w w . n e w l e a f r e s t a u r a n t . c o m . Ev Fri 7:30-10:30pm. NINO’S: 1354 1st Av (bet 72nd & 73rd Sts). 212988-0002. Tues-Sat: 7:30pm Piano Solo. PARLOR ENTERTAINMENT: 555 Edgecombe Av at 160th St. #3F. 212-781-6595. www.parlorentertainment.com. Ev Sun: 4pm free adm w/Marjorie Eliot, Bob Cunningham, Sedric Choukroun & spec guests. PJ'S BAR & LOUNGE: 2256 Adam Clayton Powell (bet 132nd & 133rd Sts). 646-4765261. Ev Sun: 2-6pm $5 adm Jazz Brunch w/Lady Leah & Jazzmasters. RONALD MC DONALD HOUSE: 405E 73rd St (bet 1st & York Av). www.rmh-newyork.org. 212-639-0100. May 8: Sheryl Bailey. SHRINE: 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd (bet 133rd & 134th Sts). 212-690-7807. www.shrinenyc.com. Free adm. Ev Sun: 4pm Jam w/Lu Reid. May 1: 8pm New Tricks, 9pm Melissa Gardiner Qnt; 2: 6pm Alex Brown; 3: 6pm Revolution V, 7pm Darren Lyons Gp; 5: 6pm Jonah Jonathan; 6: 6pm Sten Hostfalt 3; 7: 6pm Sinan Bakir; 8: 8pm Tom Tallitsch, 9pm Tobias Meinhart, 10pm GOWK, 11pm Jazzmeia Horn; 9: 6pm Antoine Dowdell; 10: 7pm Adam Larson Qnt; 11: 7pm Martin Seller; 12: 6pm MLS Coalition, 10pm Andrea Capozzoli; 13: 7pm Rodrigo Bonelli; 14: 7pm Colin Cannon, 8pm Jennifer Vazquez; 15: 8pm Alan Leatherman Trio, 9pm Score!, 10pm Emily Braden; 17: 7pm Sassafras Spine; 18: 6pm Flow Trio, 8pm BZH NY; 20: 6pm BantuDubJazz Project; 21: 7pm Pawan Benjamin Gp, 9pm Brave New Girl; 25: 6pm
Joe Breidenstine Qnt; 29: 9pm Panikkar Big Band, 11pm Hey Rim Jeon & friends; 31: 6pm Eiko Rikuhashi. SHOWMAN’S: 375W 125th St at Morningside. www.myspace.com/showmansjazz. 212-8648941. May 10-14: 8:30,10&11:30pm unless otherwise noted Harlem Jazz Shrines fest. May 10: Akiko Tsuruga Trio; 11: Jerry Weldon Trio; 12: Derrick James Trio; 13: 9&11pm Seleno Clarke/Harlem Groove Band; 14: 9&11pm Cynthia Scott. SMOKE: 2751 Bway (bet 105th & 106th Sts). 212-864-6662. www.smokejazz.com. Sets: Sun-Thurs Early (E) 7,9&10:30pm, Late (L) 11:30pm, Fri&Sat E 8,10&11:30pm, L 12:30am, Brunch (B) Sat&Sun: 11:30am,1& 3pm. Adm/min vary. Ev Mon: 7&9pm Smoke Big Band by Bill Mobley, 10:30pm Jam w/John Farnsworth Qrt; ev Tues: E Mike LeDonne Qrt, L Dan Christensen Trio; ev Wed: E Eve Cornelious & Mosaic feat Jeremy Pelt, L Sam Rademan Qrt; ev Thurs: E Gregory Porter, L Jazz Meets Hip Hop; ev Fri: L Ken Fowser Qnt; ev Sat: B Freddie Bryant Brazilian Duo w/spec guest, L Johnny O’Neal & friends; ev Sun: B Annette St. John Trio, E Prime Directive feat Miles Griffith, Wayne Escoffery & "Ku-umba" Frank Lacy, L Jason Teborek Qrt. May 6&7: Myron Walden Momentum; 13&14: Jazz Incorporated w/Louis Hayes & Jeremey Pelt; 20&21: Good Life Sxt w/John Farnsworth, Freddie Hendrix & Steve Davis; 27&28: Miles Davis Celebration feat George Coleman & Eddie Henderson. ST NICK’S PUB: 149th St at St. Nicholas Av. 212-283-9728. Free adm. Mon-Sun: 10pm-2am. SUGAR BAR: 254W 72nd St (bet Bway & W End Av). 212-579-0222. www.sugarbarnyc.com. Adm varies. Sets: 8pm unless otherwise noted. Ev Thurs 9pm: Open Mic w/Andre Smith & Sugar Bar All Star Band. May 7: Irini Res & Jazz Mix; 13: Mozayik; 14: 9pm Paul Peress Project w/spec guest; 20&21: Mike Phillips; 27: Shaynee Rainbolt. SYMPHONY SPACE: 2537 Bway at 95th St. 212-864-5400. www.symphonyspace.org. May 2: 7:15pm Byron Stripling, Marcus Printup & Dave Bennett w/spec guest Marty Napoleon; 14: 11am Arturo O'Farrill AfroLatin Jazz Orch & guests; 27: 8:30pm David White Jazz Orch. TRIAD THEATER: 158W 72nd St (bet Bway & Columbus). www.triadnyc.com. 212-3622590. Adm varies + 2 drink/min. May 10: 7pm Sing! Sing! Sing! w/Anne Phillips.
MID-TOWN MANHATTAN (Between 35th & 69th Street) ALL SAINTS CHURCH: 230E 60th St (bet 2nd & 3rd Avs). www.allsaints-nyc.org/212-7580447. www.smarttix.com/212-868-4444. May 14 8pm & 15 3pm: $20/10 adm Park Avenue Chamber Symphony feat Ted Rosenthal. AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM: 2 Lincoln Sq on Columbus Av (bet 65th & 66th Sts). www.folkartmuseum.org. 212-595-9533. Free adm. Ev Wed: 2-3pm Bill Wurtzel/Mike Gari Duo. B SMITH’S: 320W 46th St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). 212-315-1100. www.bsmith.com. Free adm. Ev Thurs: 8:30-11:30m Curtis Brothers; ev Fri&Sat: 8:30-11:30pm Albert Rivera Organ Trio; ev Sun 12-3pm: Jazz Brunch feat Duos. BIRDLAND: 315W 44th St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). 212-581-3080. www.birdlandjazz.com. Sets: 8:30&11pm, except Mon 7pm & Sun 9pm. Adm varies/$10 min. Ev Mon: 7pm 1st set + 9:30pm Jim Caruso Cast Party; ev Wed:
5:30-7:15pm David Ostwald Louis Armstrong Centennial Band; ev Fri: 5-7pm Birdland Big Band by Tommy Igoe; ev Sun: 6pm except 05/29 Birdland Jazz Party feat Champian Fulton, 9pm Chico O’Farrill AfroCuban Jazz Orch. May 3-7: Callaway Sisters; 10-14: Pharoah Sanders Qrt; 16: JaLaLa; 1721: BossaBrasil feat Marcos Valle & Wanda Sa; 23: Pamela Luss w/Houston Person; 2428: Kenny Barron Qrt; 31-Jun 4: Karrin Allyson. BRYANT PARK: 6th Av (bet 41st & 42nd Sts). www.bryantpark.org. 212-768-4242. Ev MonFri: 12:30-2:30pm Piano in the Park. May 1620: Terry Waldo; 23-27: Deanna Witkowski; 30-Jun 3: Todd Robbins. BUTLER’S RESTAURANT & PIANO BAR: 948 1st Av at 52nd St. www.butlersnyc.com. 212-813-1280. Free adm. Ev Tues&Sat 711pm, Sun Brunch 1-4pm: Jerry Scott w/guests. CARNEGIE CLUB: At City Spire Centre. 156W 56th St. www.thecarnegieclub.net. 212-9579676. Ev Fri: Michael Bellar Band; ev Sat: Sinatra tribute feat Steve Maglio & Stan Rubin 11 Piece Orch. CARNEGIE HALL: 57th St & 7th Av. 212-2477800. www.carnegiehall.org. May 13: 7:30pm Maria Schneider cond Dawn Upshaw w/St. Paul Chamber Orch. CHARLEY O’S SHUBERT ALLEY: 1611 Bway at 49th St. 212-246-1960. Free adm/$25 min. Ev Mon: 8:30pm Stan Rubin Allstar Band. CHURRASCARIA PLATAFORMA: 316W 49th St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). 212-245-0505. www.churrascariaplataforma.com. Ev Fri& Sat: Portinho Gp feat Klaus Mueller. DAVID RUBENSTEIN ATRIUM: At Lincoln Center. Bway at 62nd St. www.lincolncenter. org/atrium. Ev Thurs: 8:30pm free adm Target® Free Thursdays series. DESTINO: 891 1st Av at 50th St. 212-751-0700. www.destinony.com. Ev Mon-Sat: 7:3010:30pm. Mon,Tues&Thurs: Champian Fulton. DIZZY’S CLUB COCA COLA: At Jazz @ Lincoln Center, Frederick P. Rose Hall. Bway at 60th St. 5th Fl. 212-258-9595. www.jalc.org. Sets: Sun-Thurs 7:30&9:30 pm, After Hours (AH) 11pm, Fri&Sat add 11:30pm, AH 12:45am. Adm: $30/35, Mon $20, AH $10, student discounts w/ID. Min $10 table, $5 bar. May 1: Duduka Da Fonseca & Helio Alves w/spec guest Toninho Horta; 2: Temple University Jazz Band w/Wycliffe Gordon & Terell Stafford; 3-8: Juilliard Jazz Qnt; 9: Catherine Russell & friends; 10-15: Juilliard Jazz Orch w/spec guest Frank Wess; 16: Juilliard Jazz Ens w/Benny Golson; 17-22: Eric Reed/Seamus Blake Gp; 23: Florida State University Jazz Combo; 2429: Ernestine Anderson & Houston Person; 30: Magos Herrera Qnt; 31-Jun 5: Eliane Elias Qrt w/Marc Johnson. After Hours w/May 3-7: Juilliard All Star Sxt; 10-14: Essentially Ellington All Stars; 17-21: Brianna Thomas & friends; 24-28: Pedrito Martinez Trio w/John Benitez; 31-Jun 4: Cyrille Aimee & Diego Figueiredo. DOCKS: 633 3rd Av at 40th St. 212-986-8080. www.docksoysterbar.com. Ev Sun: 11:30am -3pm Jazz Brunch w/Oleg Osenkov/Daniela Schaechter & guest. May 1: Vic Juris; 8: Paul Bollenback; 15: Hendrik Meurkens; 22: Mike Moreno; 29: Ron Affif. EDISON BALLROOM: 240W 47th St (bet Bway & 8th Avs). www.edisonballroom.com. 212201-7650. 7-9:30pm $125 adm incl dinner & drinks, 10pm-1am $45 ad incl hors d’oeuvres & drinks. May 13&20: Joe Battaglia New
York Big Band; 13: Lapis Luna Six. FEINSTEIN’S: At Regency Hotel. 540 Park Av. at 61st St. www.feinsteinsattheregency.com. 212-339-4095. Sets: 8:30pm except Fri&Sat 8&10:30pm. Ev 1st Mon: 8pm Harry Allen Monday Night Jazz; ev Wed: 10:45pm Late Night Jazz series. May 2: Harry Allen Qrt w/Frank Wess & Joe Wilder; 4: Chihiro Yamanaka Trio; 10-14: Nnenna Freelon; 11: Sara Caswell Qrt; 18: Lea Delaria; 24-28&31: Marilyn Maye; 25: Maucha Adnet. FLUTE BAR: 205W 54th St (bet Bway & 7th Av). 212-265-5169. www.flutebar.com. Ev Wed: 8-11pm. Trios. May 4: Gemma Genazzano; 11: Justin Rothberg; 18: Nora McCarthy Duet; 25: Melanie Marod. IGUANA RESTAURANT: 240W 54th St at Bway. 212-399-9457. Free adm. May 16: 8pm Vandoren Jam feat Mark Gross Qrt w/spec guest Baptiste Herbin. IRIDIUM: 1650 Bway at 51st St. 212-582-2121. www.iridiumjazzclub.com. Sets unless otherwise noted: 8&10pm, Tues 7,9&11pm, Midnight series 12am. Adm varies/$5 min. Student 1/2 price adm 2nd set TuesThurs&Sun. Ev Mon: Les Paul Monday w/Les Paul Trio & spec guests feat May 2: Jane Wiedlin, 9: tba, 16: Ted Nugent, 23: 7:30pm Tribute to Rory Gallagher; 30: Alex Skolnick Trio; ev Tues: 11pm Follow Spot. May 1: Pee Wee Ellis, Larry Willis & Christian McBride; 3: 7pm Jack Donahue, 9pm Aimee Allen Qrt w/spec guest Victor Prieto; 4: Danny Aiello w/spec guests Bronx Wanderers & Hassan; 5&6: Oz Noy, Dave Weckl & Will Lee; 7: Nils Lofgren Acoustic Duo; 8: Oz Noy & Dave Weckl; 10&11: 8&10pm Ray Manzarek & Michael McClure; 13: Mahavishnu Project; 14: 7:30pm Leon Redbone, 9&10:30pm Cookers; 15: 7:30pm Leon Redbone, 8&10pm Cookers; 17: 7&9pm Phoebe Legere Qnt; 18: Gary U.S. Bonds; 19-22: Tribute to Miles Davis - from Birth Of The Cool to Bitches Brew - feat Tom Harrell, Jeremy Pelt, Dave Liebman, Randy Brecker & Eric Alexander; 24: 7pm Fat Cat Big Band, 9pm Eyal Vilner Big Band; Bill Warfield; 26-29: Cedar Walton Qrt; 31: Terese Genecco Little Big Band w/Nicholas King. Midnight series w/May 7: William Armstrong Gp. JAZZ @ LINCOLN CENTER: Frederick P. Rose Hall, 5th Fl. Bway at 60th St. 212-2589800. www.jalc.org. Allen Room (AR), Rose Theater (RT). May 5-7: RT 8pm JALCO w/Wynton Marsalis feat guests Vince Giordano & Doug Wamble. JOE G: 244W 56th St (bet Bway & 8th Av). 212765-3160. Ev Wed: 6:30-10pm Jeanne Gies/Howard Alden Duo. KITANO HOTEL: 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. Free adm/$15 min/set, except Fri&Sat, $25 cover+min, Sun $29 buffet. Ev Mon: Jam w/Iris Ornig; ev Tues: except 05/9&31 Ivy Adrian Solo; ev Sun: Jazz Brunch w/Tony Middleton Trio. May 4: Marlene VerPlanck Qrt; 5: Rob Duguay Songevity Qrt feat Noah Preminger; 6&7: Ronny Whyte Trio; 9: 7&9:30pm $50 don Japan Earthquake Relief Fund concert feat Joanne Brackeen, Barry Harris, Kevin Hays, Soren Moller, Kyoko Oyobe, Ted Rosenthal, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Lew Tabackin, Don Friedman, Frank Kimbrough, Gerald Clayton, Ehud Asherie, Helio Alves, Helen Sung; 11: Elisabeth Lohninger Qrt w/spec guest Joel Frahm; 12: David Berkman Trio; 13: Mike Longo Trio; 14: Leslie Pintchik Trio; 18: Nadav Snir-Zelniker Trio; 19: Daniela Schaechter Qrt; 20&21: Bill Mays/Warren Vaché Duo; 25: Jay Clayton Trio; 26: Miki Hayama Trio; 27&28: Joe Locke Qrt; 31:
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www.thealgonquin.net. Ev Sun: 1pm Jazz Brunch w/Barbara Carroll & Jay Leonhart. OPIA: 130E 57th St (bet Park & Lexington Avs). 212-688-3939. www.opiarestaurant.com. Ev Mon: 8pm. May 1: Francis Jocky; 9: Avalon Band; 16: Antoine Bleck; 23: Kaissa "the African Queen"; 30: Marcus Goldhaber. PADRE FIGLIO’S: 310E 44th St (bet 1st & 2nd Avs). www.padrefiglio.com. 212-286-4310. Ev Fri&Sat: 7:30-11:30pm. PALIO BAR: At Piano Due Ristorante. 151W 51st St (bet 6th & 7th Avs).212-399-9400. www.pianoduenyc.net. Ev Fri&Sat: 811:30pm. May 6: Aisha Mosley; 7: Tony Middleton; 13: Anastasia Rene; 14: Sarah Hayes; 20: Valerie Joyce; 21: Tony Middleton; 27: Su Giles; 28: Sarah Hayes. PERA MEDITERRANEAN BRASSERIE: 303 Madison Av (bet 41st & 42nd Sts). 212-8786301. www.peranyc.com. Free adm. Ev Fri: 6-9:30pm. PLAZA: Fifth Av at Central Park S. 212-7593000. www.theplaza.com. Ev Thurs: 8:3011:30pm free adm Lapis Luna Qrt feat Shawn Aileen Clark. RUSSIAN SAMOVAR: 256W 52nd St (bet Bway & 8th Av). www.russiansamovar.com. 212-757-0168. RUSSIAN VODKA ROOM: 265W 52 St at 8th Av. www.russianvodkaroom.com. 212-307-5835. Ev Mon: 7pm-12am Vodka Trio. SAINT PETER’S CHURCH: 619 Lexington Av at 54th St. (Citicorp Bld). www.saintpeters.org. 212-935-2200. Ev 1st Mon: 7:30pm free adm International Women in Jazz Jam; ev 1st Tues: 3pm free adm Seminars for Musicians; ev Wed: 1pm $7 don Midtown Jazz at Midday; ev Sun 5pm free adm Jazz Vespers. May 1: Jonathan Batiste Trio; 4: Carol Fredette/Tedd Firth; 8: Solveig Anderson Qrt; 11: Ronny Whyte Trio; 15: Loren Stillman Qrt; 18: Iris Ornig Qrt; 22: Erica von Kleist Gp; 23: 6:3pm Memorial for Mary Cleere Haran; 25: Cecilia Coleman Big Band; 29: Joe Fonda & Generations Trio. SETAI FIFTH AVENUE: 400 5th Av (bet 36th & 37th Sts). www.setaififthavenue.com. 212695-4005. www.jazzbaronfifth.com. Ev night: 8-11pm free adm/1 drink min. May 1-6: Dan Tepfer; 7-14,21&27-31: Antonio Ciacca; 1520: Helen Sung; 22-26: Eli Yamin. SOFIA’S RESTAURANT/CLUB CACHÉ: At Edison Hotel. 221W 46th St (bet Bway & 8th ave). 212-719-5799. $15 adm/$15 min. Ev Mon&Tues: 8-11pm Vince Giordano Nighthawks Orch. STUDIO 100 BAR: At Marriott Residence Inn. 1033 6th Av (bet 38th & 39th St) 3rd Fl. 212-7680007. Free adm/no min. May 19: 7-10pm Roz Corral Trio w/Rick Germanson & Paul Gill. 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. Ev Mon: Tom Abbott Big Bang Big Band; ev Tues: George Gee Swing Orch; ev Wed: Stan Rubin Orch. TGI FRIDAY’S: 677 Lexington Av at 56th St. 212-339-8858. www.tgifridays.com. Ev Sun: 6-9pm Marc Devine Trio. 345 PARK AVENUE: N.E. corner Park Av & 51st St. May 24: 12:30-1:30pm free outdoor concert feat Carol Sudhalter Swinging Sisters. TOMI JAZZ: 239E 53rd St (Bet 2nd & 3rd Avs). Lower level. www.tomijazz.com. 646-4971254. Sets: Mon-Thurs 9-11:30pm, Fri 9pm1am, Sat Early (E) 8-10:30pm, Late (L) 11pm1:30am. $10 adm/$10 min. May 2: Ian Duerr Trio; 4: Lionelle Hamanaka/Vince Christmas; 5: Yukari Spicepot; 6: Champian Fulton Duo; 7: E Chieko Honda Trio, L German Gonzalez
Trio; 9: Mayu Saeki w/Nick Demopoulos; 10: GP3; 11: Akemi Yamada Gp; 12: Daniel Rufolo Trio; 13: Mika; 14: E Daniel Bennett Gp, L Brad Linde Qrt; 16: Scot Albertson; 17: Senri Oe; 18: Shoko Amano; 19: Nat Janoff Trio; 20: Michika Fukumori Duo; 21: E Abe Ovadia Trio, L Yuko Yamamura Trio; 23: Mika Samba Jazz Trio; 24: GP3; 25: Amanda Monaco Trio; 26: Jo-Yu Chen Trio; 27: Arthur Migliazza; 28: E John McNeal Qrt, L Rodrigo Dominguez Trio; 30: Daniela Schaechter Trio; 31: Miki Yoshitake Trio. TURTLE BAY MUSIC SCHOOL: 244E 52nd St (bet 2nd & 3rd Avs). 212-753-8811. www.tbms.org. May 12: 9pm free adm Broader Vision Jazz Series feat Travis Reuter. TUTUMA SOCIAL CLUB: 164E 56th St. 646300-0305. www.tutumasocialclub.com. Sets: Early (E) 7pm, Late (L) 8:30&10:30pm, Night (N) 12am. Ev Thurs: 8:30pm Lando Tap feat Toño Vilchez; ev Fri&Sat: L Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sxt; ev Sat: N Chilcano AfroPeruvian feat Gabriel Alegria. May 5: E Jonghun Song Qrt, 10:30pm Afro Peruvian Qrt w/Daniel Susnjar; 6: E Maria Cangiano; 7: Mike Rood; 12: E Russ Spiegel Uncommon Knowledge, 10:30pm Lauren Henderson; 13: E Anna Louise Qnt; 19: Eric DiVito Trio, 10:30pm Victor Sawyer Revolution V Jazz Qnt; 20: E Radjulari Barnes Band; 21: E Bossa D'Nova Tracks; 26: E Carlos Redman Qnt, 10:30pm Makane Kouyate Denbaya; 27: E Livio Almeida Qnt; 28: E Elsa Nilsonn Qrt. ZANKEL HALL: At Carnegie Hall. 881 7th Av at 57th St. 212-247-7800. See Carnegie Hall.
LOWER MANHATTAN (Below 34th Street) ABRONS ARTS CENTER: 466 Grand St at Pitt St. www.abronsartscenter.org. 212-5980400. May 15: 3pm free adm Charlie Porter Jazz Qrt. ANTIBES BISTRO: 112 Suffolk St. (bet Delancey & Rivington Sts). 212-533-6088. www.antibesbistro.com. Free admin/no min. Ev Tues&Wed: 7:30-10:30pm. Ev 1st Tues: Stephane Spira; ev 1st Wed: Alex Terrier; ev 2nd Tues: Alon Nechushtan; ev 2nd Wed: Camila Meza; ev 3rd Tues: Roten Sivan; ev 3rd Wed: Matthew Briere French Connection; ev 4th Tues: tba; ev 4th Wed: Yotam Silberstein. ANTIQUE GARAGE: 41 Mercer St. 212-2191019. www.antiquegaragesoho.com. Ev Mon,Wed,Thurs&Sun: 7-10pm, Ev Sat&Sun: 12:30&3:30pm. ARTHUR’S TAVERN: 57 Grove St. 212-6756879. www.arthurstavernnyc.com. Sets: 710pm. Ev Mon: Grove Street Stompers; ev Tues: Yuichi Hirakawa; ev Wed: Eve Silber; ev Thurs-Sat: Eri Yamamoto Trio; ev Sun: Creole Cooking. B FLAT: Basement 277 Church St (bet Franklin & White Sts). www.bflat.info. 212-219-2970. Sets: 8-11pm. Ev Mon: Josh Benko Trio; ev Wed: Jordan Young Trio. BANJO JIM’S: 700E 9th St at Av C. 212-777-08 69. www.banjojims.com. BAR NEXT DOOR: 129 McDougal St. 212-5295945. www.lalanternacaffe.com. Sets: MonThurs 8:30&10:30pm, Fri&Sat 7:30,9:30& 11:30pm, Sun 8&10pm. Adm: $12+1 drink min/set. Trios unless otherwise noted. Ev Tues: Joel Frahm; ev Wed: Jonathan Kreisberg; ev Mon: Vocal Mondays series. May 1: Yotam Silberstein; 5: Joseph Deninzon; 6: Paul Bollenback; 7: Jon Irabagon; 8: Peter Mazza/Tim Hayward; 9: Beat Kaestli; 12: Jamie Fox; 13: Jack
Wilkins; 14: East Meets West; 15: Howard Alden/Anat Cohen Duo; 16: Sofia Rei Koutsovitis; 19: Patrick Cornelius; 20: Jacam Manricks; 21: Leonardo Cioglia; 22: Peter Bernstein/Vic Juris Duo; 23: Eliane Amherd; 26: Aidan Carroll; 27: Lage Lund; 28: Oscar Peñas; 29: Tom Guarna; 30: Melissa Stylianou. BLUE NOTE: 131W 3rd St at 6th Av. 212-4758592. www.bluenotejazz.com. Dinner 7pm2am. Sets: 8&10:30pm + ev Fri&Sat Late Night 12:30am; ev Sun 12:30&2:30pm Sunday Brunch. Adm varies. May 1: James Carter Organ Trio; 2: NYU-JO feat Lenny Pickett & Brian Lynch; 3-8: Omar Sosa AfriLectric Qnt w/spec guest Lionel Loueke; 9: Matt "Guitar" Murphy; 10-15: George Duke Trio feat Al Jarreau 05/10&11,14&15, Brenda Russell 05/12&13; Tomas Doncker; 16: Rigas Ritmi All-Stars feat Brian Lynch & Chris Potter; 17-22: Dizzy Gillespie™ AllStar Big Band; 23: tba; 24-29: Stanley Clarke; 30: tba; 31-Jun 5: Lee Konitz Qrt + Francisco Mela Qnt. Late Night series w/May 7: Licorice; 14: Tomas Doncker; 21: Sophistafunk; 28: Peter Prince & Heavens Brothers. Sunday Brunch w/May 1: Lenny Pickett & NYU Block Party Band; 8: Tessa Souter; 15: Erika Matsuo Qnt; 22: Juilliard Jazz Brunch feat Jackie's Bag - Music of Jackie McLean; 29: tba. BLUE OWL: 196 2nd Av at 12th St. 212-505-BLUE. www.blueowlnyc.com. $5 adm. Ev Sun: 811pm. May 1: Erika Matsuo Qnt. BOWERY WINE COMPANY: 13E 1st St at 2nd Av. www.bowerywineco.com. 212-614-0800. Ev Tues&Wed: 7pm. CAFÉ LOUP: 105W 13th St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). 212-255-4746. Free adm/$5 min. Ev Sun: Jazz Brunch 12:30am-3:30pm, eve 6:309:30pm. Ev Sun brunch: Bob Kindred, John Hart & Steve LaSpina; ev Sun eve: Junior Mance/Hide Tanaka Duo, ev 1st Sun Junior Mance Qnt. CAFFE CIELO: 881 8th Av (bet 52nd & 53rd Sts). www.caffecielonyc.com. 212-246-9555/ 9556. Ev Tues-Sat: 9pm-2am. CAFFE VIVALDI: 32 Jones St (bet Bleecker & 4th St). www.caffevivaldi.com. 212-691-7538. Free adm. Ev other Tues: 9:30-11pm Sarah Elizabeth Charles Qrt. CITY WINERY: 155 Varick St (bet Spring & Vandam Sts). www.citywinery.com. 212-6080555. May 8: Klezmer Brunch feat Pam Fleming w/Isle of Klezbos. CLEMENTE SOTO VÉLEZ CULTURAL & EDUCATIONAL CENTER: 107 Suffolk St (bet Rivington & Delancey Sts). 212-2604080. csvcenter.com. COFFEE FOUNDRY: 186W 4th St (bet Barrow & Jones Sts). www.coffeefoundry.com. 212255-0011. Acoustic Saturdays series. May 28: 3-4:30pm free adm Hillard “Hill” Greene Solo. 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. May 1: 6pm Serial Underground w/Jody Redhage/Steve Hudson Chamber Ens, 8:30pm Ricardo Gallo Tierra De Nadie; 2: Amram & Co; 3: Blue Tuesdays feat Amy London; 4: 6pm Aaron Morishita/Ricky Ritzel, 8:30pm Shane Endsley & Music Band; 5: Erik Lawrence/Rene Hart/Ziv Ravits; 6: Adam Kolker Qrt w/spec guest Tim Hagans; 7: Rob Garcia Qrt feat Dave Liebman; 8: Jesse Stacken/Kirk Knuffke; 9: Classical series; 10: Mother Daughter String Band; 11: Talia Billig; 12: Jon Irabagon Qnt; 13: Ben Waltzer; 14: Marty Ehrlich/Ray Anderson Qrt; 15: Taylor Ho Bynum Sxt; 16: Neolit Redus; 17: Minerva, 10pm Travis Reuter Qnt; 18: Ben Monder/Kristjan
Randalu Duo; 19: Dan Tepfer w/Noah Preminger; 20: Travis Sullivan Qrt; 21: Mike Baggetta Qrt, 10:30pm Ryan Blotnick Day of Rapture; 22: Jane Ira Bloom Qrt; 23: Fay Victor; 24: Augmented Reality; 25: Jerome Sabbagh Trio; 26: Jeff Davis Band; 27: Michaël Attias Qnt; 28: Chris Lightcap Bigmouth; 29: Mark Taylor Qrt; 30: Jen Shyu Jade Tongue; 31: Emil Bizga Qrt w/spec guest Sanda Weigl. CROOKED KNIFE: 29E 30th St (bet Park & Madison Avs). www.thecrookedknife.com. 212-696-2593. Ev Tues: 7-10pm Iris Ornig Trio. DIXON PLACE: 161A Chrystie St (bet Rivington & Delancey). 212-219-0736. www.dixonplace.org. May 15: Bee Winkler Weinstein fundraising concert feat Ayana Lowe. DUANE PARK CAFÉ: 157 Duane St (bet Hudson & W Bway). www.duaneparknyc.com. 212-732-5555. Ev Fri: 10:30pm Brian Newman Qrt; ev Sat: 8&10:30pm Melody Sweets & Candy Shop Boys feat Jesse Elder. May 11: 8:30pm Sarah Elizabeth Jazz Trio feat Jesse Elder; 17: 7-9pm Jesse Elder Solo; 18: 8:30pm Anders Holst; 24: 7-9pm Antoine Zemor; 31: 7-9pm Scott Bradlee. EAR INN: 326 Spring St (bet Greenwich & Washington Sts). 212-431-9750. Ev Sun: 811pm EarRegulars w/Jon-Erik Kellso & friends; ev 1st Mon: 12-3am Matt Munisteri Qrt w/Jon-Erik Kellso. FAT BABY: 112 Rivington St at Essex St. 212533-1888. www.fatbabynyc.com. Ev Sun: Lola Danza. FAT CAT: 75 Christopher St at 7th Av. 212-6756056. www.fatcatmusic.org. $3 adm/no min. Sets unless otherwise noted: Early (E) MonSat 7pm + 9pm Fri, Sun 6pm, Late (L) Thurs&Sat 10pm, Fri 10:30pm, Sun-Wed 9pm, Night (N) Mon-Wed&Sun 12:30am, Thurs-Sat 1:30am. Jam ev LN except Fri&Sat. Ev Mon: E Choi Fairbanks String Qrt, N Billy Kaye; ev Tues: E except 05/2 Saul Rubin, N Greg Glassman; ev Wed: E except 05/4 Raphael D'lugoff Qrt, N Ned Goold; ev Thurs: N Stacy Dillard; ev Fri: 9pm Gospel Queens; ev Sun: E Ehud Asherie 05/1,8&15, Terry Waldo Gotham City Band 05/22&29, N Brandon Lewis & Renee Cruz. May 1: 3pm Really Old Tunes, L FCBB; 2: L New School Jazz at Fat Cat; 3: E Dave Allen Trio, L Alan Jay Palmer Trio; 4: E Theo Hill Trio, L Charles Telerant Qrt w/Bianchi & Herring; 5: E GV w/Berkman/O'Donnell /Howard, L Saul Rubin; 6: E A Capella Soul, L Iron City w/Stephen Riley; 7: E Piero Odorici Qrt, L Gregorio Uribe Big Band; 8: L Jon Davis; 9: L Ned Goold; 10: L Peter Brainin & Latin Jazz Workshop; 11: E Groover Trio; 12: E Brandi Disterheft Spt, L Greg/Stacy; 13: E Sian Pottok, L Joris Teepe; 14: E Jordan Young Gp, L Diallo House; 15: L Joseph Lepore; 16: L George Braith; 17: L Don Hahn; 18: L Benjamin Drazen Qrt; 19: E Avi Rothbard, L Jojo; 20: E A Capella Soul, L Jared Gold/Dave Gibson, N Jam w/Jordan Young; 21: E Simona Premazzi, L Brandon Lewis, N Jam w/David Weiss; 22: L Tatum Greenblatt; 23: L Dave Schnitter; 24: L tba; 25: L Yotam Silberstein; 26: E Falling Down, L Greg/Stacy; 27: L Carlos Abadie Qnt; 28: E Darryl Yokley, L BJ Jansen, N Eric Wyatt; 29: L Alexi David; 30: L Corin Stiggal; 31: L Itai Kriss & Salsa All-Stars. 55 BAR: 55 Christopher St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). 212-929-9883. www.55bar.com. Sets: Early (E) 7pm except Sat-Sun 6pm, Late (L) 10pm. May 1: L Tony Moreno Qnt; 12: L Wayne Krantz; 17: E Sean Smith Qrt; 18: Melissa Stylianou; 20: E Sheryl Bailey; 24: Noah Preminger Gp; 25: Helen Sung Wired Project; 26: L Wayne Krantz.
FLUTE BAR: 40E 20th St (bet Bway & Park Av S). 212-529-7870. www.flutebar.com. Free adm. Ev Wed: 8-11pm. Trios. May 4: Brian Villegas Trio; 11: Marianne Solivan Trio; 18: Alicia Morrissey; 25: MLS Trio. GARAGE: 99 7th Av S (bet W 4th & Bleecker). www.garagerest.com. 212-645-0600. Free adm/no min. Sets: Early (E) Mon&Tues 710pm, Wed&Thurs 6-10pm, Fri&Sat 6:1510:15pm, Sun 7-11pm; Late (L) Mon-Thurs 10:30pm-2:30am, Fri&Sat 10:45pm-2:45am, Sun 11:30pm-2:30am; Brunch (B) Sat 12-4pm, Sun 11:30am-2:30pm. Ev Mon: E Howard Williams Jazz Orch; ev Sun: E David Coss Trio. May 1: B John Colianni Qrt, L Joe Sailor Trio; 2: L Ben Cliness Trio; 3: E Valery Ponomarev Big Band, L Justin Lees Trio; 4: E Jean Caze Trio, L Greg Diamond; 5: E Dylan Meek Trio, L Andrew Hadro Qnt; 6: E Hide Tanaka Trio, L Kevin Dorn & Big 72; 7: B Larry Newcomb Trio, E Justin Wood, L Virginia Mayhew Qrt; 8: B Lou Caputo Qrt, L Joonsam Lee Trio; 9: L Candace DeBartolo Qrt; 10: E Jazz Band Classic, L Paul Francis Trio; 11: E Champian Fulton Trio, L Michael O’Brien Trio; 12: E Ryan Anselmi Qnt, Andrew Atkinson; 13: E Brooks Hartell Trio, L Tim Price/Ryan Anselmi Tenor Madness; 14: B Marsha Heydt Qrt, E tba, L Akiko Tsuruga Trio; 15: B Ben Healy Trio, L Joe Sailor; 16: L Kenny Shanker Qrt; 17: E Lou Caputo Not So Big Band, L Daniel Jamieson Qnt; 18: E Bernal/ Eckroth/Ennis, L Neuva Encarnacion; 19: E Rick Stone Trio, L Mauricio de Souza Trio; 20: E Enoch Smith Jr. Trio, L Kevin Dorn & Big 72; 21: B Kyoko Oyobe Trio, E Mark Marino Trio, L Virginia Mayhew Qrt; 22: B Ornig Qrt, L Ryan Anselmi Qnt; 23: L Ben Cliness Trio; 24: E Cecilia Coleman Big Band, L Alan Chaubert Trio; 25: E Marc Devine Trio, L Anderson Brothers; 26: E Nick Moran Trio, L Dave Kain Gp; 27: E Champian Fulton Trio, L Dre Barnes Project; 28: B Marsha Heydt Qrt, E Eve Silber Trio, L Daylight Blues Band; 29: B Evan Schwam Qrt, L Dylan Meek Trio; 30: B tba, L John Eckert Jazz Gp; 31: E tba, L Frank Basile Qrt. GREENWICH VILLAGE BISTRO: 13 Carmine St (bet Bleecker & 6th Av). 212-206-9777. www.greenwichvillagebistro.com. JAZZ AT NOON: At Players 16 Gramercy Park South (bet Park Av S & 3rd Av). 212-4756116/www.theplayersnyc.org, 212-6747360/www.jazzatnoon.com. Ev Fri: 12-2pm "Les Lieber’s Jazz At Noon" w/Bill Wurtzel, Arthur Lohman, Ed Finkel, George DeLeon, Dr. Robert Litwak, Hide Tanaka, John Fitzpatrick, Hiromi Kasuga, Mike Cantor w/weekly spec guests. May 6: Ed Polcer; 13: tba; 20: Jeremy Pelt. JAZZ GALLERY: 290 Hudson St (bet Spring & Dominick Sts). www.jazzgallery.org. 212-2421063. Sets: 9&10:30pm. Adm varies. May 5: Tom Rainey; 6&7: Gerald Clayton; 11: Miguel Zenón Qrt; 12: Hafez Modirzadeh; 13: Fabian Almazan Trio; 14: Oliver Lake Big Band; 19&20: Antonio Sanchez & Migration; 21: Alan Ferber Big Band; 26: Rebecca Martin; 27: Marcus Gilmore Trio. JAZZ STANDARD: 116E 27th St (bet Park & Lexington Avs). www.jazzstandard.net. 212576-2232. Sets: 7:30&9:30pm + 11:30pm Fri&Sat. Cover varies. No min. Ev Mon: Mingus Mondays w/Big Band 05/2&23, Dynasty 05/9, Orchestra 05/16; ev Sun: 23pm Jazz for Kids. May 1: Charlie Hunter & Shwan Pelton; 3: Alfredo Rodriguez Trio; 4: Julian Lage Gp; 5: Azar Lawrence Qnt; 6-8: Gretchen Parlato; 10: ERIMAJ; 11: Dominick Farinacci Band; 12-15: New York Voices; 17: Jazz Passengers w/Roy Nathanson & spec guests Mar Ribot & Marty Ehrlich; 18-22: Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band; 24:
David Weiss & Point of Departure; 25: Emilio Solla Y La Inestable De Brooklyn; 26-29: Paula West w/George Mesterhazy Qrt; 30: closed; 31&Jun 1: Sean Jones Gp. JOE’S PUB: At the Public Theater. 425 Lafayette St & Astor Pl. 212-539-8778. www.joespub.com. Adm varies. Sets: 9:30pm unless otherwise noted. May 3: 7:30pm Alan Hampton; 4: Avi Wisnia & Denise Reis; 7: 12am Katie Bull; 15: 7:30pm Ilusha Tsinadze; 23: JC Hopkins Heptet; 26: 7:30pm Rondi Charleston; 28: Saunders Sermons, Kimberly Marshall & Chris Turner w/spec guest Kenneth T. Whalum lll; 30: Mary Halvorson Qnt. JULES BISTRO: 65 Saint Marks Pl (bet 1st & 2nd Avs). 212-477-5560. www.julesbistro.com. Sets: Mon-Thurs&Sun 8:30-11:30pm, Fri& Sat 8pm-12am, Sat&Sun Brunch 12-3pm. Free adm. KNICKERBOCKER BAR & GRILL: 33 University Pl at 9th St. 212-228-8490. www.knickerbockerbarandgrill.com. Ev Fri&Sat: 9:45pm Duos. May 6&7: Cynthia Sayer; 13&14: Paul West; 20&21: James Weidman/Harvie S; 27&28: Daryl Sherman/ Joe Temperly. KUSH: 191 Chrystie St (bet Stanton & Rivington Sts). www.thekushnyc.com. 212-677-7328. Ev Tues: 8pm $10 adm Ben Allison Trio. LE PESCADEUX: 90 Thompson St (bet Prince & Spring Sts). www.lepescadeux.com. 212966-0021. Sets: Tues&Wed 7-10pm, Sun Brunch 12-4pm. Ev Sun: Gabrielle Stravelli. May 3: Hana Moon; 4: Jill Greenfield; 10: Michelle Duda Trio; 11: Abigail Riccards & Tal Ronen; 17: Lezlie Harrison Trio; 18: Sophie Acadine Trio; 24: Kerry Linder Brazilian Trio; 25: Los Cintron; 31: Lizzie Thomas Band. LE POISSON ROUGE: 158 Bleecker St at Thompson St. www.lepoissonrouge.com. 212-796-0741. Adm varies. May 2: 7pm Matana Roberts Coin Coin; 3: 7:30pm Lucy Woodward, Rachel Platten & Libbie Schrader; 18: 7:30pm JD Allen Trio. L.E.S GALLERY C4: AFÉ: At Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center: 107 Suffolk St (bet Rivington & Delancey Sts). 212-253-2280. csvcenter.com. LOCAL 269: 269E Houston St at Suffolk. 212228-9874. www.thelocal269.com. $5-10/set, $10-15/2 sets, $15-20/all night adm. Ev Mon: Evolving Music/Evolving Voice series. 711pm 4 sets. METROPOLITAN ROOM: 34W 22nd St (bet. 5th & 6th Avs). www.metropolitanroom.com. 212-206-0440. Ev Tues: 9:30pm Annie Ross. May 13: 7pm Maria Guida. NEW YORK CITY BAHÁ’Í CENTER: 53E 11th St (bet Bway & University). 212-222-5159. www.bahainyc.org/jazz. Sets: 8&9:30pm. $10/15 adm. May 3: Eddie Allen Big Band; 10: Mike Longo Funk Gp; 17: Warren Smith & Composers Workshop Orch; 24: Daoud David Williams Spirit of Life Ens. NORTH SQUARE: At Washington Square Hotel. 103 Waverly Pl at McDougal. 212-2541200. www.northsquarejazz.com. Ev Sun: 12:30-3pm Jazz Brunch. Free adm. May 1: Roz Corral Trio; 8: Brianna Thomas Trio; 15: Roz Corral Trio w/Peter Bernstein & Neal Miner; 22: Linda Ciofalo Trio w/Dave Stryker & Boris Kozlov; 29: Roz Corral Trio w/Gene Bertoncini & Sean Smith. NUYORICAN POETS CAFÉ: 236E 3rd St (bet Avs B & C). www.nuyorican.org. Ev Thurs: 9pm $10 adm Latin Jazz; ev 1st Sat: 9pm $15/10 adm Puddin’ Jazz series + Jam; ev last Sun: 8pm $10 adm Bobby Sanabria & New School Afro-Cuban Big Band. ONE IF BY LAND, TWO IF BY SEA: 17
Barrow St (bet 7th Av & W4th St). 212-2558649. www.oneifbyland.com. Ev Tues& Thurs: 6-11pm & Sun 11:30am-2am Ryo Sasaki/Nial Djuliarso Duo. OTTO’S SHRUNKEN HEAD: 538E 14th St (bet Av A & B). 212-228-2240. May 4: Freestyle Medicine Show feat Dee Pop, Don Fiorino, Daniel Carter & Felice Rosser. PARK AVENUE BISTRO: 377 Park Av S (bet 26th & 27th Sts). 212-689-1360. Free adm. Sets: 6-9pm. PIANO NYC: 158 Ludlow St at Stanton. 212505-3733. www.pianosnyc.com. May 4: 7pm Amir Gwirtzman. PLAYERS: 16 Gramercy Park South. (bet Park Av S & 3rd Av). www.theplayersnyc.org/212475-6116, www.jazzatnoon.com/212-6747360. Ev Fri: 12-2pm see Jazz At Noon. ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL: 196 Allen St (bet Houston & Stanton Sts). 212-477-4155. www.rockwoodmusichall.com. Ev Tues: 12am Dred Scott Trio. ROULETTE: 20 Greene St (bet Canal & Grand Sts). $10/15 Adm. www.roulette.org. 212219-8242. RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART: 150W 17th St. www.rmanyc.org. 212-620-5000X344. $18/20 adm. 7pm Harlem in the Himalayas series www.jmih.org/212-348-8300. May 6: Snehasish Mozumber & SOM; 20: Colin Vallon Trio. SIXTH STREET COMMUNITY SYNAGOGUE: 325E 6th St. (bet 1st & 2nd Avs). www.sixthstreetsynagogue.org. 212-4733665. Sets: 8:30pm. Adm varies. SMALLS: 183W 10th St at 7th Av. 212-252-5091. www.smallsjazzclub.com. Sets: unlesss otherwise noted Early (E) 7:30pm, Late (L) MonThurs 9:30pm, Sat-Sun 10pm, Night (N) MonThurs 12:30am, Fri&Sat 1am. Jam following N set except Sun. Ev Mon: N Spencer Murphy; ev Tues: N Ken Fowser & Behn Gillece 05/3,17&31, Alex Hoffman 05/10&24; ev Thurs: N Josh Evans 05/5&19, Carlos Abadie Qnt 05/12&26; ev Fri: N Lawrence Leathers 05/6&20, Spike Wilner Trio 05/13&27; ev Sat: N Stacy Dillard Trio 05/7&21, John Webber Trio 05/14, Ian Hendrickson-Smith Gp 05/28; ev Sun: E except 05/29 Jon Roche Trio w/Gail Allen 05/1, Marion Cowings 05/8, Ruth Brisbane 05/15&22, N Johnny O'Neal. May 1: L Spike Wilner Gp; 2: E Joel Fass Solo, L Ari Hoenig Qrt; 3: E Barbara Rosene, L Lage Lund Gp; 4: E David Berkman Solo, L Lage Lund Gp, N Jeremy Manasia Trio; 5: E Ehud Asherie Solo, L Alex Sipiagin Gp; 6: E Ned Goold Trio, L Mark Soskin Qrt; 7: E Bill Saxton Qrt, L Mark Soskin Qrt; 8: L Grant Stewart Qrt; 9: 8&10pm Scott Hamilton Qnt; 10: E Carolyn Leonhart, L Go Trio; 11: E Lafayette Harris Duo, L Geoff Vidal Qrt, N Craig Wuepper Earsight! Trio; 12: E Ehud Asherie Solo, L Waldron Ricks Qrt; 13: E Michael Kanan Qrt, L Steve Davis Qnt feat Larry Willis; 14: 57pm Melissa Gardiner Gp, E Dwayne Clemons Qnt, L Steve Davis Qnt feat Larry Willis; 15: 5-7pm TrioKinesis, L Tardo Hammer Trio; 16: E Avi Rothbard, L Ari Hoenig Qrt; 17: E Abigail Riccards, L Randy Ingram Trio; 18: E Gene Bertoncini Solo, L David Allen Gp, N Bruce Harris Qrt; 19: E Spike Wilner Solo, L Gilad Hekselman Gp; 20: E Lapis Luna feat Shawn Clark, L Ben Wolfe Qrt; 21: E Piero Odorici Qrt, L Ben Wolfe Qrt; 22: L Dave Schnitter Qnt; 23: Peter Bernstein Solo, Ari Hoenig Qrt; 24: E Marianne Sollivan, L Peter Zak Trio; 25: E Greg Murphy Duo w/Josh Evans, L Omer Avital Gp, N Eric Wyatt Gp; 26: E Spike Wilner Solo, L Omer Avital Gp; 27: E Fabio Morgera Gp, L Dezron Douglas & Power Trio; 28: 5-7pm Johns Jazz Gp, E Ralph Lalama Bop Juice Trio, L Dezron Douglas &
Power Trio; 29: E Jay Leonhart w/spec guests, L Joe Magnarelli Qrt; 30: E John Merrill Solo, L Kim Thompson Gp; 21: E Yaala Ballin, L Sacha Perry Trio. ST JOHN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH: 83 Christopher St (bet Bleecker & W 4th Sts). Ev Sun: 6pm Jazz Mass w/Sharel Cassity. STONE: 2nd St at Av C. www.thestonenyc. com. Tues-Sun. Sets: Early (E) 8pm, Late (L) 10pm. Adm varies. May 17: Katie Bull. TRIBECA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 199 Chambers St. 212-220-1460. May 5: 8pm $40/37.50 adm Highlights in Jazz series feat Joe Lovano, Jon Faddis, Junior Mance, Steve Turre, George Mraz, Winard Harper w/spec guest Frank Wess Remembering Hank Jones; 20&27: 8:30pm Lost Jazz Shrines feat Matt Wilson w/Scott Robinson 05/20, Jeff Lederer, Tia Fuller, Kirk Knuffke & Curtis Fowlkes 05/27. UNIVERSITY OF THE STREETS: 130E 7th St at Ave A. www.universityofthestreets.org. 212-254-9300. Sets: Early (E) 8pm, Late (L) 10pm, Brunch (B) 11:30am. $10 adm unless otherwise noted. May 1: B $15/10 adm Gale Saddy, Roanna Judelson & Okaru Lovelace; 2: E Two Sides of Now, L Test; 3: E Cauldron Trio, L Andrea Wolper Qrt; 4: E Sabir Mateen Omni Sound w/spec guest Alex Harding, L Stephanie Stone/Dave Sewelson; 5: E Subtone; 8: E Peter Schlamb Qrt; 9: E Secret Orch, L Billy Stein Trio; 10: E Jason Kao Hwang Solo, L Giuseppi Logan; 11: E Charles Waters Horn Qrt, L 3rd Street; 12: E Quentin Angus Spt; 14: E&L Sabir Mateen Ens; 15: B Son De Rumba feat Wilfredo Roldan; 16: E&L Ras Moshe Trio; 17: E Charles Downs Centipede, L Triangle; 18: E Lola Danza Duo, L Earth People; 21: E&L Wis Qrt, 23: E Catherine Sikora Qnt, L Chris Forbes Trio; 24: E Matt Lavelle & Blessing, L Matt Lavelle/Ryan Sawyer; 25: E Duets on 7th & A w/Larry Roland & Daniel Carter, L Dom Minasi; 26: E Diego Barber; 28: E Francois Grillot Contraband, L Matt Lavelle Morcilla; 29: B Hilliard “Hill” Greene, E Serrano/Josephs Band; 30: E Stalker, L Wonderful Sound; 31: E Dave Ross. VILLAGE VANGUARD: 178 7th Av S at 11th St. 212-255-4037. www.villagevanguard.com. Sets: 9&11pm & additional 12:30am Sat (check w/club). Adm: Mon-Thurs $20/$10min, Fri-Sun $25/$10min. Ev Mon: Vanguard Jazz Orch. May 1: Bill Frisell Qrt; 3-8: Guillermo Klein Y Los Guachos; 10-15: Tom Harrell Qnt; 17-22: Paul Motian Qrt; 24-29&31-Jun 5: Roy Hargrove Qnt. VISION FESTIVAL: www.visionfestival.org. 212-696-6681. See Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center. WALKER’S: 16N Moore St at Varick. 212-9410142. Sets: 8-11pm. Ev Sun: Peter Leitch Duo. May 1: Sean Smith; 8: Harvie S; 15: Dwayne Burno; 22: Sean Smith; 29: Charles Davis. ZEB’S: 223W 28th St (bet 7th & 8th Avs). $10 adm. Ev Wed: 8pm Saul Rubin Trio w/vocalist guest + Jam. ZINC BAR: 82W 3rd St (bet Thompson & Sullivan). 212-477-8337. www.zincbar.com. Sets: Mon-Thurs 9,11pm&12:30am, Mon add 7:30pm&2am, Wed add 7:30pm, Fri-Sun 10,11:30pm&1am. Adm: $7/1 drink min, except Mon 7:30pm $5 adm. Early Evening Jazz series: 7:30pm. Ev Mon: 9pm Felix Pastorius, 11pm Ron Affif Trio; ev Fri: African Jazz; ev Sat: Marianni w/Bossa Groove; ev Sun: Cidinho Teixeira Bossa. May 3: 8pm Jack Jeffers & NY Classics; 4: 8pm ORourkestra Big Band; 5: Gregorio
Uribe Big Band; 6: 9pm Beat Kaestli; 10: Chris Dingman; 11: Freddie Bryant; 12: Romero Flamenco; 17: Misha Piatigorsky; 18: Nilson Matta; 19: Pheonix Rivera Sons Of Legends feat Tito Puente Jr. & Miles Dalto; 24: Eddie Allen Big Band; 26: Richie Flores; 31: NY Electric Piano feat Deanna Kirk.
BROOKLYN/QUEENS BAR 4: 444 7th Av. Brooklyn. 718-832-9800. www.bar4brooklyn.com. Free adm/$5 suggested. Ev Mon: 8pm 4Play by Mike Gamble. BAR TABAC: 128 Smith St at Dean St. Cobble Hill. www.bartabacny.com. 718-923-0918. Sun-Thurs 7:30-10pm. Ev Sun: Brunch 1pm Lipbone; ev Mon Lipbone; ev Tues: Blue Vipers of Brooklyn; ev Wed: tba; ev Thurs: Stephane Wrembel. BARBÈS: 376 9th St (corner of 6th Av). Park Slope. www.barbesbrooklyn.com. 718-9659177. Ev Sun: 9pm Stephane Wrembel. BLACKBIRD’S: 41-19 30th Av. Astoria. 718943-6899. www.blackbirdsbar.com. Ev Sun: 10pm-1am Jam Session w/Brian Woodruff. BROOKLYN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC: 58 7th Av. Park Slope. www.bqcm.org. 718622-3300. May 20: 8pm Uptown Brass Qnt; 22: 7pm Roger Lent Trio. BROOKLYN FRIENDS SCHOOL: 375 Pearl St. www.brooklynfriends.org. 718- 852-1029. May 14: Harlem Blues & Jazz Band. BROOKLYN LYCEUM: 227 Fourth Av (bet President & Union Sts). Park Slope. 718-8574816. www.brooklynlyceum.com. $10 adm. Sets: Wed 8&9:30pm & Sun 9&10:30pm. Ev Sun: Jazz on Sundays series by Ryan Kerbele. May 22: New Tricks. BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY BROWNSVILLE: 61 Glenmore Av. Brooklyn. www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org. 718-498-9721. May 10: Sarah McLawler & Teddy Williams. BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY CROWN HEIGHTS: 560 New York Av at Maple St. Brooklyn. www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org. 718-773-1180. May 24: Joey Morant Duo. CHEZ OSKAR: 211 Dekalb Av at Adelphie St. Fort Green. www.chezoskar.com. 718-8526250. Free adm. Ev Mon: 8pm Blue Vipers of Brooklyn; ev Wed: 7:30pm. CLARET WINE BAR: 4602 Skillman Av at 46th St. Sunnyside. www.claretwinebar.com. 718937-7411. Ev Tues&Wed: 8-11pm. COCO 66: 66 Greenpoint Av. Brooklyn. 718-3897392. www.coco66.com. Ev Tues 9pm-12am. CORNERSTONE BISTRO: 271 Adelphi St. Brooklyn. 718-643-4216. Ev Sun: 12-3pm Brunch w/Spoke. CRESCENT & VINE: 25-01 Ditmars Blvd at Crescent St. Astoria. 718-204-4774. Ev Sun: 8-10pm Bill Cantrall Trio. DOMAINE BAR A VINS: 40-50 Vernon Blvd. Long Island City. www.domainewinebar.com. 718-784-2350. Ev Mon: 8-11:30pm Jam w/LICJA feat Amanda Monaco; ev Tues&Fri: 9:30pm Steve Blanco & Co; ev Thurs: Claude Diallo. DOUGLASS STREET MUSIC COLLECTIVE: 295 Douglass St (bet 3rd & 4th Avs). Park Slope. www.295douglass.org. Ev Fri except 05/28: Gowanus Jazz Fest www.gowanusjaz zfest.com. $15 adm. May 7: 8:30pm Frank Carlberg Qnt, 10pm Tony Malaby Solo; 14: 8:30pm Theo Bleckmann/Ben Monder Duo, 10pm Michael Formanek Qrt; 20: Carlo Costa; 21: 8:30pm Tivoli Trio, 10pm Joe Morris. DOWNTOWN ATLANTIC: 364 Atlantic Av.
Bond & Hoyt Sts). Brooklyn. 718-852-9945. www.downtownatlantic.com. Ev Sun: 710pm Carl Thompson Gp w/Virginia Mayhew. FIRST UNITARIAN CONGREGATIONAL SOCIETY: 50 Monroe Pl. Brooklyn. 718-2885994 www.firstacoustics.org. May 21: 8pm $25/30 adm First Acoustics Concert series feat Bob Cunningham Ens. FLUSHING TOWN HALL: 137-35 Northern Blvd. Flushing. www.flushingtownhall.com. 718-463-7700. May 14: 2:15pm David Gonzalez - Aesop Bops feat Daniel Kelly; 21: 2pm Daniel Kelly & friends. FREDDY’S BAR: 627 5th Av (bet 17th & 18th Sts). Brooklyn. www.freddysbar.com. 718768-0131. Ev 4th Tues: New York Underground; ev 4th Wed: 11pm-2am Jam w/Stan Killian. I-BEAM: 168 7th St. Brooklyn. info@ibeam broolyn.com. www.ibeambrooklyn.com. May 20: 9:30pm Carmen Staaf Trio. INK WELL: 408 Rogers Av (bet Lefferts & Sterling Sts). www.inkwellcafe.com. 718-6756145. Ev 2nd & 4th Thurs: 7:30pm $5 adm. JAZZ 966: 966 Fulton St. Brooklyn. 718-6386910X25. www.jazz966.com. Ev Fri: 8pm. $15 adm. May 1: 4pm free adm Live Jazz Phonics Ellis the Nazarene Trio w/Dianne Allen; 6: Taeko; 13: Gregory Porter Qrt; 20: Tulivu Donna Cumberbatch Trio; 27: Darrell Ward Machine Sxt. KORZO RESTAURANT & BAR: 667 5th Av (bet 19th & 20th Sts). Brooklyn. 718-2859425. www.eurotripbrooklyn.com. Ev Tues: 9:30pm free adm/2 drinks min Konceptions. LITTLEFIELD: 622 Degraw St (bet 3rd & 4th Avs). Brooklyn. www.littlefieldnyc.com. 718855-3388. www.connectionworks.org. 718369-6931. May 4: Endangered Species; 11: 8&9:30pm $20/10 adm Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open series feat Works w/Joel Harrison Large Ens. LOUIS ARMSTRONG HOUSE MUSEUM: 3456 107th St. Corona. 718-478-8274. www.louisarmstronghouse.org. $8 adm. Ev Tues-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat&Sun 12-5pm: Guided Tours. PUPPETS JAZZ: 481 5th Av. Park Slope. 718499-2622. www.puppetsjazz.com. Sets: unless otherwise noted Early (E) Mon-Sat 6pm, Sun 4pm, Late (L) Mon,Fri&Sat 9pm, Tues&Wed 8:30pm, Thurs&Sun 7pm, Night (N) Tues,Wed&Sat 11pm, Thurs 11:30pm, Fri 12am, Brunch (B) 12pm. Ev Mon: L Jam by John McNeil/Mike Fahie; ev Tues: E On and On Show; ev Thurs: 7pm except 05/5&19 Singer Night by Charles Sibirsky; ev Sun except 05/1,15&29 5-6:30pm Brooklyn Music Factory Spring Gig. May 1: B Faustina Trio, L 40twenty; 3: L Arnan Raz Qrt; 4: L WardColberg-Vint; 5: L Meggin Ceol; 6: tba; 7: L Alex Blake Qrt; 9: E John Raymond/Adam Larson Gp; 11: tba; 13: tba; 14: E Jason Yeager + Michel Reis Trio; 15: E Fiona Bicket, L Billy Newman Brazillian Extravaganza; 17: L Marco Savarela Gp; 18: L Mitch Marcus Qrt; 19: L John McNeil Qrt; 20: 9-11:30pm Adam O'Farrill Qrt feat Arturo O'Farrill & Jaime Aff; 21: N Evil Giraffes On Mars; 22: L Alex Lopez Qrt; 24: tba; 25: L Innocent When You Dream; 26: N Stan Killian Grp; 27: L Bill Ware Vibes Trio; 28: E Charlie Apicella & Iron City, L Alex Blake Qrt; 29: B Diego Voglino Trio; 31: tba. RHYTHM SPLASH: 673 Flatbush Av. Brooklyn. www.rhythmsplash.com. Ev Mon: 9pm + 10pm-1am Jazz-groove feat Ian Rapien Spectral Awakenings. RUSTIK NEIGHBORHOOD TAVERN: 417 continued on page 29
S P O T L CECILIA COLEMAN SAINT PETER'S CHURCH / MAY 25 Pianist-arranger Coleman leads a bicoastal life these days, flying to L.A. nearly every fortnight to teach at Cal State Long Beach and play local venues with her longstanding trio and quintet. Still, NYC's her current home. She does some private teaching hereabouts and leads her own small groups. But of special interest is the solidly swinging big band she heads - by any measure, one of the crispest and most unfailingly inventive herds on the local scene, thanks largely to her distinctive arranging talents. They've just recorded their first CD, due for release this summer, at Rudy Van Gelder's studio. In addition to a midday set at Saint Peter's, they'll also do the Garage on May 24 and Zinc Bar on the evening of May 25. PB FREDDIE HENDRIX with Goodlife Sextet SMOKE / MAY 20 AND 21 Even as a teenager, Freddie Hendrix was already lighting up jam sessions in New Jersey (he's from Teaneck) with his fiery trumpet solos, recalling another notable Freddie: Hubbard. Now in his mid-30s, Hendrix has divided his career between jazz groups (both big bands and small, from the Count Basie Orchestra and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to Rufus Reid's quintet and Oliver Lake's Organ Quartet) and pop and R&B gigs (such as work behind Alicia Keys on her 2008 world tour and membership in the ChopsHorns section that has backed Stevie Wonder and Mary J. Blige). At Smoke, he'll be part of the Good Life Sextet, whose other members include saxophonist John Farnsworth and trombonist Steve Davis. GK STEVE NELSON with Paul Motian Quartet VILLAGE VANGUARD / MAY 17-22 Vibraphonist Nelson dropped out of high school to pursue a music career, though he eventually earned undergraduate and advanced degrees in music at Rutgers, where he studied with Kenny Barron and James Spaulding. Initially inspired by Milt Jackson and later drawn to Bobby Hutcherson's work, Nelson recorded during the 80s with Fathead Newman, Bobby Watson, Donald Brown, Geoff Keezer and Mulgrew Miller's Wingspan group. Meanwhile, a series of albums under his own name began to attract loads of admirers. During the 90s, he played with James Williams, Christian McBride and George Shearing, then began a lengthy stint in Dave Holland's celebrated quintet. At the Vanguard as part of Paul Motian's group, he'll help commemorate the Modern Jazz Quartet's legacy by taking on the Milt Jackson role. KD THE COOKERS IRIDIUM / MAY 14 AND 15 The Cookers is a septet that lives up to its name - a band that sears and burns, playing with open-flame heat. It's a brawny, burly aggregation of hard-boppers that takes its name from Night of the Cookers, a memorable Freddie Hubbard-Lee Morgan album from the mid-1960s. Musical director-trumpeter David Weiss, whose octet backed the late Hubbard, cooks up charts mostly from members of the band. Fine examples of this updated hard-bop for the 21st Century can be found on the new Cast the First Stone (Plus Loin), which features tunes written by tenor saxophonist Billy Harper, pianist George Cables and bassist Cecil McBee. Also on board are saxophonists Craig Handy and guest Azar Lawrence, trumpeter Eddie Henderson and drummer Billy Hart. GK MICHAEL KANAN SMALLS / MAY 13 Although pianist Kanan is best known for backing vocalists Jane Monheit and Jimmy Scott, he deserves far more attention on his own. Recently, he's taken part in sessions with the remarkable tenor saxophonist Ted Brown, still creating splendidly in his eighties. Kanan's tender, energized inventions are the antithesis of sharp-edged bebop; his rhythmic engine is always gently pulsing, even at slow tempos. His spacious improvisations subtly shift familiar melodies out of their usual shapes. His deep harmonies, unique voicings and love of the unexpected suggest Jimmy Rowles. But Kanan also hints at Tristano's rippling lines and Tatum's sweet rhapsodies. He'll appear at Smalls, along with bassist Pat O'Leary and drummer Joe Hunt, in a quartet featuring his mentor, Boston-based tenorist Joel Press, whose lines bubble with humor and emotion. MS
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Hendrix photo by Christopher Drukker, Nelson by R Andrew Lepley, Anderson by Frank Stewart JALC, Wilson by Fran K
L I G H T ERNESTINE ANDERSON DIZZY'S / MAY 24-29 Ms. Anderson's career began in R&B when she was a teenager in the 40s. During the 50s, she worked with the likes of Illinois Jacquet, Rolf Ericson and Gigi Gryce. The Concord label recorded her with Gene Harris, George Shearing and the Capp-Pierce Juggernaut band, as well as on her own. The sassy crowd-pleaser entitled "Never Make Your Move Too Soon" became a staple of her repertoire. After a several-year layoff following her first HighNote CD, Love Makes the Changes, the singer had a strong comeback with the acclaimed A Song For You, which also featured tenor sax great Houston Person. Her latest effort, the newly released HighNote CD Nightlife, brings together live performances from several appearances at Dizzy's between 2008 and 2010. KD MATT WILSON TRIBECA P.A.C. / MAY 20 AND 27, JUNE 3 Ever-inventive percussionist Matt Wilson embraces a new challenge here, taking on the role of musical director as well as drummer for a three-part series called "Lost Jazz Shrines: 52nd Street in the Modern Mode." In Part One, "MultiMonk," he'll lead a quartet also including pianist Frank Kimbrough and multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson. Part Two, "Topsy-Turvy: Bebop Redux," features an octet revisiting the music of some of the larger groups that played on Manhattan's famed Swing Street; while Part 3, "Arts & Crafts & Candi," spotlights Wilson's Arts & Crafts Quartet, with Terell Stafford, trumpet, Gary Versace, keyboards, and Martin Wind, bass, plus 52nd Street vet Candido Camero on congas. Among the most in-demand sidemen around, Wilson also plays with saxist Noah Preminger at 55 Bar on May 24. GK JESSE STACKEN/KIRK KNUFFKE CORNELIA STREET CAFÉ / MAY 8 Soon after arriving in NYC, pianist Stacken assembled his own trio and eventually recorded two well-received CDs for Fresh Sound: That That and Magnolia. Meanwhile, he was being heard around town with leaders like Dave Liebman, Donny McCaslin and Joel Frahm. His partner on May 8 will be trumpeter Kirk Knuffke, who's studied privately with both Ornette Coleman and Wynton Marsalis. After meeting six years ago, Stacken and Knuffke initially focused on free jazz but have since adopted a more mainstream approach. Their Mockingbird (Steeplechase) celebrated the legacies of Ellington and Monk, while their latest project for that same label, Orange Was The Color, is an affectionate look back at such Charles Mingus compositions as "Peggy's Blue Skylight," "Slippers" and "Goodbye, Pork Pie Hat." KD SEAN JONES JAZZ STANDARD / MAY 31 AND JUNE 1 Sean Jones is a versatile young hornman who isn't shy about sporting a big, gorgeous tone when that is what's called for. It's probably one reason why he served until recently as lead trumpeter in Wynton Marsalis' Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Jones is now anticipating taking one of the most daunting roles in jazz trumpet this summer, when he joins Miles Davis alumni Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Marcus Miller (he toured last summer with the bassist) in a celebration of Miles’s legacy. But at this gig, Jones will lead his own quintet (with saxophonist Brian Hogans, pianist Orrin Evans, bassist Luques Curtis and drummer John Davis) in a celebration of his new Mack Avenue CD, No Need for Words, a collection of love songs. GK NEW TRICKS MILES' CAFÉ / MAY 13 As with those early Gerry Mulligan and Ornette Coleman groups, this quartet manages quite nicely, thanks, without a chordal instrument like piano, vibraphone or guitar to outline harmonies. Trumpeter Ted Chubb, tenor saxophonist Mike Lee, bassist Kennen Harrison and drummer Shawn Baltizor began playing as a unit six years ago when all were part of the big band featured regularly at Cecil's. Happily, their originals actually hang together as hummable songs. New Tricks' second CD, Alternate Side, will make many Best-Of-2011 lists, we predict. It evinces the tightness of a band that gets frequent chances to perform. If you can't make their gig at Miles', note that they'll also play the Shrine in Harlem on May 1 and the Brooklyn Lyceum on May 22. PB
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smalls jazz club
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www.smallsjazzclub.com may schedule
Sunday May 1 (smalls family night)
Tuesday May 17
7:30 PM - 9:45 PM - The Jon Roche Group with vocalist Gail Allen 10:00 PM - 12:30 AM - The Spike Wilner Group 12:30 AM - Close - After-hours with Johnny O'Neal
7:30 PM - 9:15 PM - Vocal Duo With Abigail Riccards 9:30 PM - 12:00 AM - Tuesday Night Trios Presents: The Randy Ingram Trio
Monday May 2 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM - Joel Fass: Solo Guitar 9:30 PM - 12:00 AM - The Ari Hoenig Quartet CD Release "Lines Of Oppression"
Randy Ingram - Piano, Matt Clohesy - Bass, Obed Calvaire - Drums
12:30 AM - Close - After-hours Jam Session hosted by Ken Fowser & Behn Gillece
Wednesday May 18
12:30 AM - Close - After-hours Jam Session hosted by Spencer Murphy
7:30 PM to 9:15 PM - Gene Bertoncini Solo Guitar 9:30 PM - 12:00 AM - The David Allen Group
Tuesday May 3
12:30 to Close - After-hours Jam Session with The Bruce Harris Quartet
Gilad Hekselman - Guitar, Orlando Le Fleming - Bass, Tigran Hamasyan - Piano, Ari Hoenig - Drums
Dave Allen - Guitar, John O'Gallagher - Alto Sax, Drew Gress - Bass, Ted Poor - Drums
7:30 PM - 9:15 PM - Vocal Duo With Barbara Rosene Barbara Rosene - Vocalist, Conal Fowkes - Piano
Thursday May 19
9:30 PM - 12:00 AM - The Lage Lund Group: Live Recording for SmallsLIVE
7:30 PM - 9:15 PM - Spike Wilner Solo Piano 9:30 PM - 12:00 AM - The Gilad Hekselman Group
Lage Lund - Guitar, Pete Rende - Piano, Ben Street - Bass, Marcus Gilmore - Drums
12:30 AM - Close - After-hours Jam Session hosted by Ken Fowser & Behn Gillece
Gilad Hekselman - Guitar, Joe Martin - Bass, Marcus Gilmore - Drums
Wednesday May 4
12:30 AM - Close - After-hours Jam Session with Josh Evans
7:30 PM - 9:15 PM - David Berkman - Solo Piano 9:30 PM - 12:00 AM - The Lage Lund Group: Live Recording for SmallsLIVE
Friday May 20
Lage Lund - Guitar, Pete Rende - Piano, Ben Street - Bass, Marcus Gilmore - Drums
7:30 PM - 9:45 PM - Lapis Luna featuring Shawn Clark
12:30 AM - Close - After-hours & Jam Session with The Jeremy Manasia Trio
Shawn Clark - Vocalist, Dan Blankinship - Trumpet, Tom Beckham - Vibraphone, John Merrill - Guitar, Neal Miner - Bass, Brian Floody - Drums
Thursday May 5
10:00 PM - 12:30 AM - The Ben Wolfe Quartet
7:30 PM - 9:15 PM - Ehud Asherie Solo Piano 9:30 PM - 12:00 AM - The Alex Sipiagin Group
Ben Wolfe - Bass, Marcus Strickland - Tenor Sax, Orrin Evans - Piano, Marion Felder - Drums
1:00 AM - Close - After-hours Jam Session with Lawrence Leathers
Alex Sipiagin - Trumpet, Donny McCaslin - Tenor Sax, Adam Rogers - Guitar, Boris Kozlov - Bass, Nate Smith - Drums
Saturday May 21
12:30 AM - Close - After-hours Jam Session with Josh Evans
7:30 PM - 9:45 PM - The Piero Odorici Quartet
Friday May 6
Piero Odorici - Tenor Sax, David Hazeltine - Piano, Joe Farnsworth - Drums
7:30 PM - 9:45 PM - The Smalls Master's Residency: The Ned Goold Trio 10:00 PM - 12:30 AM - The Mark Soskin Quartet Mark Soskin - Piano, Joel Frahm - Tenor Sax, Jay Anderson - Bass, Matt Wilson - Drums
10:00 PM - 12:30 AM - The Ben Wolfe Quartet Ben Wolfe - Bass, Marcus Strickland - Tenor Sax, Orrin Evans - Piano, Marion Felder - Drums
1:00 AM - Close - After-hours Jam Session with The Stacy Dillard Trio
1:00 AM - Close - After-hours Jam Session with Lawrence Leathers
Sunday May 22 (smalls family night)
Saturday May 7
7:30 PM - 9:45 PM - Vocalist Ruth Brisbane with the Jon Roche Trio 10:00 PM - 12:30 AM - The Dave Schnitter Quintet
7:30 PM - 9:45 PM - The Smalls Masters Series: The Bill Saxton Quartet 10:00 PM - 12:30 AM - The Mark Soskin Quartet Mark Soskin - Piano, Joel Frahm - Tenor Sax, Jay Anderson - Bass, Matt Wilson - Drums
David Schnitter - Tenor Sax, Spike Wilner - Piano, Ugonna Okegwo - Bass, Anthony Pinciotti - Drums
12:30 AM - Close - After-hours with Johnny O'Neal
1:00 AM - Close - After-hours Jam Session with The Stacy Dillard Trio Stacy Dillard - Tenor Sax, Diallo House - Bass, Ismail Lawal - Drums
Monday May 23
Sunday May 8 (smalls family night)
7:30 PM - 9:15 PM - Peter Bernstein Solo Guitar 9:30 PM - 12:00 AM - The Ari Hoenig Quartet
7:30 PM - 9:45 PM - Vocalist Marion Cowings 10:00 PM - 12:30 AM - The Grant Stewart Quartet 12:30 AM - Close - After-hours with Johnny O'Neal
Ari Hoenig - Drums, Gilad Hekselman - Guitar, Kristjan Randalu - Piano, Orlando Le Fleming - Bass
12:30 AM - Close - After-hours Jam Session hosted by Spencer Murphy
Monday May 9
Tuesday May 24
(Special Show) 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM - The Scott Hamilton Quintet
7:30 PM - 9:15 PM - Vocal Duo With Marianne Sollivan 9:30 PM - 12:00 AM - Tuesday Night Trios Presents: The Peter Zak Trio 12:30 AM - Close - After-hours Jam Session with Alex Hoffman
Scott Hamilton - Tenor Sax, Chris Flory - Guitar, Larry Ham - Piano, Pat O'Leary - Bass, Chuck Riggs - Drums
12:00 AM - After-hours Jam Session hosted by Spencer Murphy
Tuesday May 10 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM - Vocal Duo With Carolyn Leonhart 9:30 PM - 12:00 AM - Tuesday Night Trios Presents: The "Go Trio"
Wednesday May 25
12:30 AM - Close - After-hours Jam Session with Alex Hoffman
7:30 PM - 9:15 PM - Greg Murphy Duo with Josh Evans 9:30 PM - 12:00 AM - The Omer Avital Group 12:30 AM - Close - After-hours Jam Session with The Eric Wyatt Group
Wednesday May 11
Thursday May 26
Paul Wells - Drums, Sean Gough - Piano, Gene Perla - Bass
7:30 PM - 9:15 PM - The Lafayette Harris Duo 9:30 PM - 12:00 AM - The Geoff Vidal Quartet Geoff Vidal - Tenor Sax, David Berkman - Piano, Aidan O'donnell - Bass, Owen Howard - Drums
12:30 AM - Close - After-hours Jam Session with The Craig Wuepper Trio: "Earsight!"
7:30 PM - 9:15 PM - Spike Wilner Solo Piano 9:30 PM - 12:00 AM - The Omer Avital Group 12:30 AM - Close - After-hours Jam Session with The Carlos Abadie Quintet
Friday May 27
Thursday May 12
7:30 PM - 9:45 PM - The Fabio Morgera Group
7:30 PM - 9:15 PM - Ehud Asherie Solo Piano 9:30 PM - 12:00 AM - The Waldron Ricks Quartet
Fabio Morgera - Trumpet, Piero Odorici - Tenor Sax, Spike Wilner - Piano, Gregg August - Bass, Peppe Merolla - Drums
12:30 AM - Close - After-hours Jam Session with The Carlos Abadie Quintet
10:00 PM - 12:30 AM - Dezron Douglas & "Power Trio" featuring Louis Hayes and David Bryant
Friday May 13
1:00 AM - Close - After-hours Jam Session with The Spike Wilner Trio
Waldron Ricks - Trumpet, Peter Bernstein - Guitar, Joris Teepe - Bass, Steve Hall - Drums
Dezron Douglas - Bass, David Bryant - Piano, Louis Hayes - Drums
7:30 PM - 9:45 PM - The Michael Kanan Quartet Michael Kanan - Piano, Joel Press - Tenor Sax, Pat O'Leary - Bass, Joe Hunt - Drums
10:00 PM - 12:30 AM - The Steve Davis Quintet Featuring Larry Willis Steve Davis - Trombone, Larry Willis - Piano, Mike DiRubbo - Alto Sax, Gerald Cannon - Bass, Willie Jones III - Drums
1:00 AM - Close - After- hours Jam Session with The Spike Wilner Trio
Saturday May 14 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM $10 Cover - The Smalls Showcase Presents: The Melissa Gardiner Group - CD Release Melissa Gardiner - Trombone, Matt Jodrell - Trumpet, Lucas Pino - Tenor Sax, Joshua Richman - Piano, Tomek Miernowski - Guitar, Joshua Crumbly - Bass, Malik Washington - Drums
Saturday May 28 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM - $10 cover - The Johns' Jazz Group "The family that hits together, sticks together" Steve Johns - Drums, Daryl Johns - Bass, Debbie Johns - Alto Sax, Michael Cochrane - Piano
7:30 PM - 9:45 PM - Smalls Masters Residence: The Ralph Lalama Trio: "Bop Juice" Ralph Lalama - Tenor Sax, David Wong - Bass, Clifford Barbaro - Drums
10:00 PM - 12:30 AM - Dezron Douglas & "Power Trio" featuring Louis Hayes and David Bryant Dezron Douglas - Bass, Louis Hayes - Drums, David Bryant - Piano
7:30 PM - 9:45 PM - The Smalls Masters Residency: The Dwayne Clemons Quintet 10:00 PM - 12:30 AM - The Steve Davis Quintet Featuring Larry Willis
1:00 AM - Close - After-hours with The Ian Hendrickson-Smith Group
Steve Davis - Trombone, Larry Willis - Piano, Mike DiRubbo - Alto Sax, Gerald Cannon - Bass, Willie Jones III - Drums
7:30 PM - 9:45 PM - Jay Leonhart with special guests 9:30 PM - 12:00 AM - The Joe Magnarelli Quartet 12:30 AM - Close - After-hours with Johnny O'Neal
12:30 AM - Close - After-hours Jam Session with The John Webber Trio
Sunday May 29 (smalls family night)
Sunday May 15 (smalls family night) 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM $10 cover - The Smalls Showcase Presents: TrioKinesis
Monday May 30
Joe Lepore - Bass, Eric Person - Alto Sax, Shinnousuke Takahashi - Drums
7:30 PM - 9:15 PM - John Merrill Solo Guitar 9:30 PM - 12:00 AM - The Kim Thompson Group
7:30 PM - 9:45 PM - Vocalist Ruth Brisbane with The Jon Roche Trio 10:00 PM - 12:30 AM - The Tardo Hammer Trio Tardo Hammer - Piano, Lee Hudson - Bass, Jimmy Wormworth - Drums
Kim Thompson - Drums, Philip Dizack - Trumpet, Asaf Yuria - Tenor Sax, Eden Ladin - Piano, Ben Meigners - Bass
12:30 AM - Close - After-hours with Johnny O'Neal
12:30 AM - Close - After-hours Jam Session hosted by Spencer Murphy
Monday May 16 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM - Monday Night Solo Guitar Presents: Avi Rothbard 9:30 PM - 12:00 AM - The Ari Hoenig Quartet Ari Hoenig - Drums, Gilad Hekselman - Guitar, Kristjan Randalu - Piano, Orlando Le Fleming - Bass
12:30 AM - Close - After-hours Jam Session hosted by Spencer Murphy
Tuesday May 31 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM - Vocal Duo With Yaala Ballin 9:30 PM - 12:00 AM - Tuesday Night Trios Presents: The Sacha Perry Trio 12:30 AM - Close - After-hours Jam Session hosted by Ken Fowser & Behn Gillece
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NEW JERSEY JAZZ By Sheila Anderson, Author/Announcer, WBGO, 88.3fm STEPHANIE NAKASIAN SHANGHAI JAZZ / MAY 26 At one point, Ms. Nakasian followed her passion for singing by quitting a day job on Wall Street so that she could focus on music fulltime. Growing up in Bronxville, she'd studied classical piano, violin and voice. An especially valuable apprenticeship in jazz came about during the mid-80s with a chance to sing and tour with Jon Hendricks' vocal jazz ensemble. Since then, she's traveled and recorded as a leader - and with her husband, pianist Hod O'Brien. They make their home in the Virginia town of Charlottesville, where she teaches. Her debut CD, Comin' Alive (V.S.O.P.), which also boasts the presence of saxophonist Phil Woods, is indeed a knockout. Moreover, thanks to her electric stage persona, Stephanie is as enjoyable to watch as to hear. She also appears at Deer Head Inn on May 27. JACK WILKINS BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH / MAY 7 A guitarist's guitarist, Wilkins has been prominent on the jazz scene since the early 70s. Mentored by Wes Montgomery, Bill Evans and Freddie Hubbard, his flawless technique and imaginative chordal approach have inspired collaborations with Chet Baker, Sarah Vaughan and Buddy Rich, among many others. A consummate accompanist, Wilkins has also played and recorded with Mel Torme, Ray Charles, Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett, and Manhattan Transfer. His debut CD, Windows (Mainstream, 1973) won him considerable attention. Subsequent recordings have brought high praise. His more recent Until It's Time (MAXJAZZ) is equally refreshing. As part of Bethany's jazz vespers series, he'll perform with the gifted bassist Harvie S. and drummer Victor Lewis. You can also catch Wilkins on May 26 at Glen Rock Inn, in partnership with fellow guitar whiz Howard Alden. WALLACE RONEY CECIL'S / MAY 6 AND 7 Roney began studying the trumpet and music theory at age four at Philadelphia's Settlement School. Later, he honed his art as an integral part of marvelous small bands headed up by Tony Williams, Ornette Coleman and Herbie Hancock. But perhaps his most important and meaningful relationship was with Miles Davis, for whom he served as a sort of understudy during Miles' final decade. A New York Times writer hailed Roney as "an improviser who loves complicated lines performs with catlike grace". He's also been praised for his "amber tone, his patient and considered phrasing." With over a dozen recordings as leader, he's heard to fine effect on his latest, a HighNote disc entitled If Only For One Night, which spotlights his deft chops as both composer and improviser. JAMES WEIDMAN UNION COUNTY P.A.C. / MAY 7 A talented pianist, Weidman has served as sideman and accompanist in numerous settings over the past 20 years, working with notables ranging from Abbey Lincoln and Steve Coleman to Kevin Mahogany and Cassandra Wilson. He also played a prominent role in the success of three terrific Blue Note albums under Joe Lovano's leadership: Streams Of Expression, Folk Art and Bird Songs. "The first part of 2011 has, thankfully, been a fruitful and busy time," he says. Indeed, this year has already seen the release of his sophomore CD, Three Worlds, which features nine original songs, as well as the launch of his own project celebrating Abby Lincoln's life and music. In addition to teaching at WPU, Weidman completed a solo project for Fazioli, and more performing and recording with Joe Lovano.
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NEW JERSEY BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH: 275W Market St. Newark. www.bethany-newark.org. 973623-8161. May 7: 6-7:30pm Jazz Vespers feat Jack Wilkins Trio. CASA DANTE: 737 Newark Av. Jersey City. 201-795-2750. www.casadante.com. Ev Fri. CECIL’S: 364 Valley St. West Orange. 973-7364800. www.cecilsjazzclub.com. Sets: 9pm. Adm varies. Ev Mon: Cecil Big Band w/Mike Lee; ev Tues: Jam w/Bruce Williams; ev Wed: Mid-Week Mellow Out; ev Fri: Cecil Brooks III Band. May 6&7: Wallace Roney. CHICO’S HOUSE OF JAZZ: 631 Lake Ave. Asbury Park. www.chicoshouseofjazz.com. 722-455-5448. Ev Wed: Jam w/Jeff Levine & spec guest Mick Gaffney. CROSSROADS: 78 North Av. Garwood. 908232-5666. www.xxroads.com. Free adm. Ev Tues: 9pm Jam w/Crossroads All Stars. GLEN ROCK INN: 222 Rock Rd. Glen Rock. 201-445-2362. Ev Thurs: 7pm Duos. May 5: Bucky Pizzarelli/Jerry Bruno; 12: Vic Danzi/ Lou Sabini; 19: Rio Clemente/Muzzy; 26: Jack Wilkins/Howard Alden. GREATE BAY COUNTRY CLUB: 45 Mays Landing Rd. Somers Point. 609-927-6677. Somers Point Jazz Society event. www.spjazz.org. HARVEST BISTRO: 252 Schraalenburgh Rd. Closter. www.harvestbistro.com. 201-7509966. Ev Thurs: 8:30pm. Free adm. HIBISCUS RESTAURANT: 270 S St. Morristown. www.hibiscusrestaurantnj.com. 866-479-3638. Ev Tues 6-9pm, Fri 7-10pm & Sun Brunch 12-3pm. HOPEWELL VALLEY BISTRO & INN: 15E Broad St. Hopewell. 609-466-9889. www.hopewellvalleybistro.com. Ev 3rd Sat: 7-9:30pm. Darla Rich Qnt. HOTEL TIDES: 408 7th Av. Asbury Park. 732897-7744. www.hoteltides.com. May 8: 710pm Carrie Jackson. KASSER THEATER: At Montclair State University. 1 Normal Av. Montclair. 973-6553059. www.peakperfs.org. May 7 8pm & 8 3pm: $15 adm Fred Hersch’s My Coma Dreams. LIBERTY HOUSE RESTAURANT: 82 Audrey Zapp Dr. Jersey City. 201-395-0300. www.libertyhouserestaurant.com. Ev Sun: 11:30am-2:30pm Jazz Brunch w/Don Carter. LIGHT HORSE TAVERN: 199 Washington St. Jersey City. www.lighthorsetavern.com. 201-946-2028. Ev Sun: 6-10pm. LONG BRANCH: Great Lawn on Long Branch Promenade. Long Branch. www.jsjbf.org. LOUNGE ZEN: 254 DeGraw Av. Teaneck. 201692-1002. Sets: 7:30-9:30pm. Free adm. MAKEDA: 338 George St. New Brunswick. 732545-5115. www.makedas.com. Ev Thurs: 7:30-10:30pm. May 5: Curtis Taylor & Skope; 14: 9pm-1pm Lee Hogans & Pursuance; 28: 9pm-1am Todd Bashore Latin Qrt. MCCARTER THEATRE: 91 University Pl. Princeton. 609.258.2787. www.mccarter.org. May 13: 7:30pm Eldar Trio & Vijay Iyer Trio. MOONSTRUCK: 517 Lake Ave. Asbury Park. 732-988-0123. www.moonstrucknj.com. May 27: 6:30-10:30pm free adm Maurício de Souza Trio. NEW JERSEY JAZZ SOCIETY: 800-303NJJS. www.njjs.org. NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 1 Center St. Newark. 888-466-5722. www.njpac.org. May 13: 8:30pm Sonny Rollins.
NOVITA: 25 New St. Metuchen. 732-549-5306. www.novitanj.com. Ev Thurs: 7-11pm Lou Watson. PAPILLON 25: 25 Valley St. South Orange. 973-761-5299. www.papillon25.com. Ev Thurs: 8:30-11pm. PRIVATE PLACE LOUNGE: 29 S Center St. Orange. www.privateplacelounge.com. 973675-6620. Ev Sun: 7:30-11:30pm. May 8: Hunter Hayes; 15: Otis Brown Ens; 22: Madame Pat Tandy Nu Taste Ens feat Carol Sudhalter. PUFFIN CULTURAL FORUM: 20 Puffin Way. Teaneck. www.puffinfoundation.org. 201836-8923. May 21: Yaala Ballin Qrt. RAHWAY CONSERVATORY: 1591 Irving St. Rahway. www.conservatorypiano.com/732381-7400, www.teatrosi.com/908-301-9496. May 14: 7-8:30pm $20 adm Te Amo Jazz series feat Bossa Brasil®. SALT CREEK GRILLE: At Forrestal Village. 1 Rockingham Row at Rte 1. Princeton. 609419-4200. www.saltcreekgrille.com. Sets: 7pm. May 4: Laura Hull; 5: Ferrymen; 6: Jim Martocci; 7: Keith Franklin; 11: Jerry Romano; 12: William Hart Strecker; 13: Dusty Micale; 14: Louis Watson; 18: Mike Bono; 19: Joshua Breakstone; 20: Guy Peterson; 21: Meg Hanson Gp; 25: Champian Fulton; 26: 3D; 27: Cobra Brothers; 28: Leslie Ford Gp. SHANGHAI JAZZ: 24 Main St. Madison. 973822-2899. www.shanghaijazz.com. Free adm. Sets: Tues 6:30-8:30pm, Wed&Thurs 79:30pm, Fri&Sat 6:30&8:45pm. Closed Mon. May 1: closed; 8: Bucky Pizzarelli Trio; 13: Nat Adderley Jr. Trio; 20: Jerry Vivino Qrt; 25: Nicki Parrott; 26: Stephanie Nakasian w/Hod O’Brien; 27&28: Steve Turre Qrt. 16 PROSPECT WINE BAR & BISTRO: 16 Prospect St. Westfield. 908-232-7320. www.16prospect.com. Free adm/no min. Ev Tues: 8-10pm Arturo & guest; ev Thurs: 811pm Carrie Jackson & friends. SKIPPERS: 304 University Av. Newark. 973-7339300. www.skippersplanestreetpub.com. Ev Mon,Wed&Thurs: 8pm-12am; ev Sun 4-8pm. SOLARI’S: 61 River St. Hackensack. 201-4871969. 1st Tues: Gravine Big Band. STEAKHOUSE 85: 85 Church St. New Brunswick. www.steakhouse85.com. 732247-8585. Fri&-Sat 7-11pm. STONY HILL INN: 231 Polifly Rd. Hackensack. www.stonyhillinn.com. 201342-4085. Ev Sat: 8pm-12am Betty Liste Qrt. TRI-STATE JAZZ SOCIETY: PO Box 896. Mount Laurel. www.tristatejazz.org. 856-7200232. TRUMPETS: 6 Depot Square. Montclair. 973744-2600. www.trumpetsjazz.com. Closed Mon&Tues unless otherwise noted. Adm varies $5 min weekday, $12 min weekend. Sets: unless otherwise noted 7:30&9pm, Fri&Sat 8&10pm, Sun Brunch 11am. May 1: 3pm Carol Liebowitz, 7:30pm Carol Hamersma; 4: Vitali Imereli; 5: tba; 6: Doug Monroe; 7: Mel Davis; 9: Brunch w/Enrico Granafei & Kristine Massari; 10: Michael Lemma; 11: Holli Ross & MSU; 12: Jam w/Ted Curson; 13: TK Blue Qnt feat Steve Turre; 14: Mike Longo Big Band; 15: Enrico Granafei Solo & guests; 18: Dalton Gang; 19: Garden State Harmonica Club; 20: John Ehlis; 21: Dave Stryker; 24: Enrico Granafei Solo & guests; 25: One More Once Big Band & Emerson HS; 26: Vocal Jam w/Betty Liste; 27: Roberto Taufic; 28: Enrico Granafei. UNION COUNTY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 1670 Irving St. Rahway. 732-4998226. www.upca.org. Fazioli Piano Loft Concert Series: 8pm $15 adm feat May 7: James Weidman; 21: Dan Tepfer.
VAN GOGH’S EAR CAFÉ: 1017 Stuyvesant Av. Union. www.vangoghsearcafe.com. 908810-1844. Ev Sun: 8pm $4 adm. WATCHUNG ARTS CENTER: 18 Stirling Rd. Watchung. www.watchungarts.org. 908-7530190. May 20: 8pm ImpresaRIO series feat Rio Clemente & guests. WHISKEY CAFÉ: 1050 Wall St. W Lyndhurst. www.whiskeycafe.com. 201-939-4889. $15 adm/no min. May 15: 7-10pm James L. Dean Band. WHOLE FOODS RIDGEWOOD: 44 Godwin Av. Ridgewood. 201-670-0383. Free adm. May 23: Steve LaSpina/Vic Juris. WHOLE FOODS VAUXHALL: 2245 Springfield Av. Vauxhall. 908-688-1455. Ev Fri: 6:30-9pm Lisa Hearns Duo. WHOLE FOODS WEST ORANGE: 235 Prospect Av. West Orange. 973-669-3196. May 3: Mulgrew Miller/Paul Meyers; 10: Harvie S/James Weidman; 17: Phil Palombi Tri-Fi. WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY: 300 Pompton Rd. Wayne. www.wpunj.edu. 973720-2371. May 1: 8-9:30pm Shannon Baker/Erica Seguine w/WP Jazz Orch. WOMEN’S CLUB: 164 Broad St. Red Bank. www.womansclubofredbank.org. 732-7477425. Ev last Fri: $10 don Reckless Steamy Nights series. May 20: 8-10:30pm Jack Wilkins/Howard Alden.
PENNSYLVANIA/DELAWARE DEER HEAD INN: 5 Main St. Delaware Water Gap. www.deerheadinn.com. 570-424-2000. Sets: Thurs 8-11pm, Fri&Sat 7-11pm, Sun 58pm. Adm varies. Ev Thurs: Jam w/Bill Goodwin & friends. May 1: Bobby Avey Solo; 6: Virginia Mayhew Qrt; 7: Bob Dorough Trio; 8: 3Spirit; 13: Co-op Bop; 14: Jennifer Leitham Trio; 20: Jay Rattman & Sullivan Fortner; 21: Phil Woods & friends; 22: Skip Wilkins w/family & friends; 24: 6:30pm Ralph Hughes Scholarship Barbeque feat COTA Cats; 27: Hod O'Brien & Stephanie Nakasian; 28: Dave Liebman Qrt; 29: Bonnie Childs. DELAWARE WATER GAP: www.cotajazz.org.
continued from page 23 DeKalb Ave. www.rustiktavern.com. 347406-9700. 1st&3rd Tues: 7:30pm $5 adm Jam w/Eric Frazier. SISTAS’ PLACE: 456 Nostrand Av at Jefferson Av. Brooklyn. 718-398-1766. www.sistasplace.org. Ev. Sat: 9&10:30pm. $20 adm. May 7: Keisha Saint Joan & Bertha Hope; 14: Carl Bartlett; 21: Ronnie Burrage w/Frank Lacy & Lonnie Plaxico; 28: Robert Rutledge. SOLO KITCHEN BAR: 1502 Cortelyou Rd (bet E16th & Marlborough Rd). Brooklyn. 718826-0951. Don adm. Ev Thurs: 9-10pm + Jam w/Aki Ishiguro Gp. SYCAMORE BAR: 1118 Cortelyou Rd. Brooklyn. www.sycamorebrooklyn.com. 347-240-5850. Ev Sun: 8pm Underground Works series. May 1: Dave Smith Qnt; 8&15: Brooklyn Jazz Underground feat Adam Kolker, Dave Smith, Dan Pratt; 22: Adam Kolker/Sam Newsome Trio; 29: Anne Mette Iversen Qrt. TEA LOUNGE: 837 Union St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). Park Slope. www.tealoungeny.com. 718-789-2762. Free adm. sets: 9pm. May 9: Anita Brown. TWO STEPS DOWN RESTAURANT: 240 continued on page 36
KENNY BARRON ELEGANT SWING By Yvonne Ervin INCE HIS FIRST GIG WITH PHILLY S Joe Jones at the tender age of 19, Kenny Barron has played as a sideman with hundreds of jazz greats from Chet Baker to Dizzy Gillespie to Yusef Lateef. Now a bona fide Jazz Master at age 67, he spends almost all his time touring the world as a solo pianist, in duo settings or with his trio. Occasionally, he'll front a larger group like his quartet appearing this month at Birdland with tenor saxophonist Dana Stevens, bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa and drummer Jonathan Blake. While trios and quintets remain his favorite formats, Barron says he also truly enjoys solo playing. "In many ways, solo work is the scariest. You don't have anyone else to lean on. Yet the more often you do it, the easier and more comfortable it becomes. You can play however you want. Of course, you're also responsible for all the mistakes. You can't look at the drummer and say, 'Oops, you dropped the tempo!'" Yet some of this pianist's most outstanding and most critically acclaimed - recordings have been duos. People Time with Stan Getz received loads of air play, as have his collaboration with violinist Regina Carter on Freefall and his pairing with Charlie Haden on Night And The City. All these albums have been Grammy-nominated. Playing in a duo setting can be challenging, he says, "especially if it's with somebody who's really incredible." He's referring, in this case, to fellow pianist Mulgrew Miller, with whom he'll tour this month. "So, it kind of pushes you. And that's what playing with Mulgrew does for me. He makes me play even more. In fact, sometimes I simply can't play just for listening to him! Anyway, our tour will be big fun." In years past, Barron has spent lots of time on the road in Japan, playing in duo settings with nine other pianists performing together with a show called "100 Gold Fingers." He notes that he and Junior Mance were the only musicians who played the three-week tour every year. Another pianist who was often part of that Japanese odyssey was Hank Jones, who always impressed Barron with his thoughtful performances. In fact, the pianist that Barron himself most brings to mind is Hank Jones. Both are elegant and lyrical players; and both have distinguished themselves in solo, duo and trio settings while remaining skillful accompanists, especially for vocalists. Barron has accompanied everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to Roberta Flack to Sheila Jordan. "I love working with singers," he says. "It's another way of playing. You have to avoid getting in the way while, at the same time, remain supportive and not draw attention to yourself. One of my favorites accompaniment projects was with Madeline Eastman on an album called Art Attack. I really enjoyed that." Barron's duo with flutist Hubert Laws at the Jazz Masters Concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center in January turned out to be that show's most talked-about performance. Barron admits that even he was surprised at how well it went. "I'd
Barron photo by Fran Kaufman
forgotten how good Hubert is," he says. This year, Barron was part of what most likely will be the last class of the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters, an honor bestowed on 119 jazz artists since 1982. It included a $25,000 honorarium. "I think it's a real drag," Barron says of the program's likely cancellation. "Every other nation really supports the arts. While there's a lot of national money being wasted, I don't consider spending funds on the arts to be a waste." It was truly an honor to be recognized as a Jazz Master, he says. "First of all, it's an acknowledgement from your peers and from the government. I'm not talking about the money, you know. It'll just help you go to the grocery store." The only living Jazz Master he still wishes he could play with is Sonny Rollins, someone who's also on almost everyone else's list. "But I don't think that's going to happen at this point," he said, adding, "I'd also have loved to play with Miles Davis, before his electronic period. Still, I've worked with a lot of people so I'm pretty happy right now." One musician you probably wouldn't associate with Barron's refined personal style and lyrical playing is the flashy, notoriously nasty drummer Buddy Rich. "It was great," he said of his time with Rich in 1974. "For a while, he owned a Third Ave. club called Buddy's Place. I spent about a month playing with him there. We had a great band: Sonny Fortune and Sal Nistico on saxophones, Anthony Jackson on electric bass and Jack Wilkins on guitar. I recorded in other situations with Buddy, too, including one big band album. He was cool." Barron recorded five albums in all with Rich, some with 70's-style titles like No Jive and Tuff Dude. One of the first musicians with whom Barron played when he moved from Philadelphia to New York in 1962 was the late James Moody. In fact, it was Moody who got Barron into the Dizzy Gillespie band. They were members of that group for four years - and continued to perform together from time to time over the next four decades. Barron recently performed at a scholarship fundraiser in Moody's memory. "They'd done a collage of pictures of Moody, and in every single one of those pictures, he had the biggest smile. That's certainly how I'll remember him always happy." The Kenny Barron Quartet headlines at Birdland on May 24-28.
CLAUDIO RODITI TRIPLE-THREAT MAN By George Kanzler PEAKING OVER THE PHONE FROM S his home in South Orange, NJ last month, Claudio Roditi was preparing to go into the recording studio a few days later, readying music for his third album as a leader for the Resonance label. On his previous CD, 2010's Simpatico, Roditi had not only written all the songs but also debuted on a new instrument, the piccolo trumpet, making the trumpeter and flugelhornist a triple-threat. "Piccolo Blues" featured his new mini-horn with a Harmon mute, but Roditi enthused about "Piccolo Samba," a piece he was preparing to play on the forthcoming album, as his recording debut on the piccolo trumpet sans mutes. "I'm very excited about learning this horn," he said. "I have a good new one from the Schilke company in Chicago. It's a challenge for me because it's so tiny and you work an octave higher than on the B-flat trumpet. Itâ€™s a challenge, because I'm not a high note player. I love the lower and middle registers of the trumpet and flugelhorn but here I'm playing one and a half octaves only, and much higher. I've been fighting the instrument for two years now, trying to get my own sound." Over the years since 1970 when he came to the United States from Brazil at 24, Roditi has forged his own sound on trumpet and flugelhorn, with a style equally indebted to his roots in Brazilian music and his love of bebop and hardbop American jazz. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, immersed in samba and bossa nova, how did Roditi come to jazz? "It happened coincidentally," he remembered. "I asked my father to give me a trumpet because I just fell in love with the look of it. Then I asked him to buy me albums with trumpets or trumpeters on the cover. And in those days in Rio that was Louis Armstrong and Harry James and Ray Anthony, so that's the music I started listening to. Then, when I was about twelve, I went for a holiday to my aunt's house in Bahia in northeastern Brazil. Her husband was an American she'd met during World War II. He was listening to jazz, and I was intrigued by his records and attracted to the music, including especially a small group record called Stan Kenton Presents Frank Rosolino and also the Charlie Parker Dial recordings with Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis. So I was first exposed to bebop and modern jazz when I was just twelve." After working in the commercial music scene in Rio in his early 20s, Roditi came to Boston in 1970 to study at Berklee College of Music. "I
arrived in a suit and tie, and it was complete cultural shock to me, the hippie era," he says. "But in a few months I was wearing leather jackets with fringes and Indian robes. It was a crazy period in Boston. I have one priceless picture of myself back then in a Brazilian jazz quintet. We opened a concert on the Boston Common for Alice Cooper. I had no idea who Alice Cooper was or why our jazz band was booked as the opening act." By the mid-1970s, Roditi had settled in New York. "I met a lot of people who helped me," he recalled, but cited five he felt were most influential. "First, when I came to New York, was the saxophonist Bob Mover, who put me in his quintet with pianist Kenny Barron, drummer Ben Riley and bassist Ron McClure. What a great group that was. Then I worked with Charlie Rouse and did two albums with him - a Brazilian project and a straight-ahead date. I joined Herbie Mann at a time when he was getting back to his Brazilian sound and toured all over with him for a couple years. But most influential was probably Paquito d'Rivera [with whom Roditi played for eight years], who introduced me to Dizzy Gillespie. Dizzy was my hero and I got to play with him as a charter member of his United Nation Orchestra from 1988 to 1992, as well as his bebop nonet. Being in the company of Dizzy and James Moody was like being with a comedy team, because they would do something wild and funny and different on stage every night." Since Gillespie's death in 1993, Roditi has continued to work with the Dizzy Gillespie AllStar Big Band, where his friendship with Moody continued until the saxophonist-flutist died last year. "We really miss Moody in the band," he says, "and the sad part is he's part of a whole generation that is rapidly leaving. For me, growing up in another country, it is two groups of musicians that I'm losing." The Gillespie All-Stars band has evolved over the years too, says Roditi. "We've had three different musical leaders - Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton and now Roy Hargrove - and each has brought something completely different. Jon was Dizzy's disciple, carrying on the flame, whereas Slide wanted to open the band up more. Now Roy, who knows the music very well, brings his own perspective and personality. It's a great band to be in. I only wish we played more often." Claudio Roditi will be part of the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band playing at the Blue Note on May 17-22.
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JAZZWOMEN! By Elzy Kolb In a silent way Composer/band leader Anita Brown vividly remembers her conducting professor posing a question to the class: What creates the most dramatic effect in a movement? His answer: Silence, the absence of sound. His words are ringing in Anita's ears as she works on Stand, a five-movement symphony for jazz orchestra, which she's writing to commemorate the events and aftermath of September 11. Anita began working on Stand the day after the terrorist attack. "This just sort of happened; it grew out of a nondescript need for strength. I didn't know where I'd gather the strength to write this piece." She stuck with the project through December 2001, then put the material aside. "When trying to face the sketches over the past 10 years, I couldn't go back to that feeling of horrible grief," Anita says. A chance viewing of a video of the Marines' Silent Drill Platoon, in which she noticed "they were marching to the tempo of the fifth movement!" sparked her determination to complete the symphony. Anita went to Washington to attend a rehearsal of the drill platoon. "They're kind of like the Rockettes, they have a height and weight requirement," the petite composer says. "The structure of the piece unfolded before my eyes as I was standing amid a sea of tall Marines." Stand's premiere, set for Sept. 10, 2011 in Nyack, will include a silent drill by the elite Marine platoon, creating "a personal time for us to reflect on our own experiences on that day." However, Anita and her 17-plus-member orchestra will preview several of the movements at the Tea Lounge on May 9. "It will give us a chance to feel our way through the piece, feel how to shape it better," she says, "and it will let people see our progress."
Anita Brown, Tea Lounge
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Jane Ira Bloom, Cornelia Street CafĂŠ
Multimedia maven Usually saxophonist/composer Jane Ira Bloom road-tests her new compositions before recording them. But she did the opposite with her latest CD, Wingwalker (Outline). "The performances came alive in the studio," Jane says. "The spontaneity is real. We didn't travel first. It was being fleshed out as we were exploring it together in the studio. I would only do that with people I really know" - in this case, long-time collaborators Dawn Clement (keyboards), Mark Helias (bass) and Bobby Previte (drums). "What most people don't realize is, what you have to work at in the studio is the studio itself. The isolation, the headphones, nothing sounding the way it usually does. It's a skill, almost like using radar, to relax and find the other musicians." Besides soprano, Jane plays live electronics, which she's been exploring since the 1980s when she studied pre-digital systems. "They have a warmer palette of electronic sounds," she explains. "I've always found a way to make the sound my own. I'm always honing, designing. A lot of people who use electronics just turn them on and off. But I'm always hot-rodding the black boxes to make them my own, instead of just using presets." Jane describes herself as someone who thrives on surprises; she always has something new going on, from having an asteroid named in her honor to writing for dancers, theater or the NASA Arts Program. Jane recently did the score for "Feiffer Dancer Films," a movie based on Jules Feiffer's modern-dancer cartoons, which will be screened at the World Financial Center in July. The film will be shown along with live music and dancers. "It's going to be a Jules Feiffer happening," Jane says with a laugh. In the meantime, Jane will take Wingwalker on the road, featuring music from the CD at Cornelia Street CafĂŠ on May 22.
Live and on the record Marlene VerPlanck sings One Dream at a Time at Kitano on May 4, with pianist Tomoko Ohno and bassist Jennifer Leitham … Celebrate the release of Steampunk Serenade (Foxhaven) from the Honey Ear Trio, including drummer Allison Miller, at Cornelia Street Café on May 5 … Gretchen Parlato introduces The Lost and Found (ObliqSound) at the Jazz Standard on May 6-8 … Trumpeter Pam Fleming plays a Mother's Day Klezmer Brunch with Isle of Klezbos at City Winery on May 8; you can also catch Pam with Hazmat Modine at (le) Poisson Rouge on May 21, featuring music from their new CD, Cicada (Barbès) … Guitarist Sheryl Bailey debuts For All Those Living (PureMusic) on May 8 at the Ronald McDonald House, all CD sales will benefit the charity; Sheryl celebrates her birthday with her trio at the 55 Bar on May 20 … Vocalist Sutton Foster will be at Barnes & Noble on 86th St., on May 9, an afternoon version of An Evening With Sutton Foster-Live at the Café Carlyle … Kim Nazarian, Lauren Kinhan and the other New York Voices present material from A Day Like This (MCG) at the Jazz Standard on May 12-15 … Trombonists Sara Jacovino and Heather Segger plus singer Melissa Stylianou will be part of Daniel Jamieson's Danjam Orchestra, introducing Sudden Appearance (OA2) at Miles' Café on May 15; Melissa also sings at the 55 Bar on May 18 and at the Bar Next Door on May 30 … Katie Bull will preview material from her upcoming CD, Freak Miracle (Innova), at the Innova Showcase at the Stone on May 17 … Baritone saxophonist Carol Sudhalter plays with Madame Pat Tandy's Nu Taste Ensemble on May 22 at A Private Place Lounge in Orange; Carol's all-women big band, the Swinging Sisters, plays outside at 51st and Park on May 24; she celebrates the release of her CD Carmelo and Carol Remember: Great Film Music of the Sixties (Geco) at Miles' Café on May 28 … Singer Rondi Charleston fetes Who Knows Where the Time Goes? (Motema) at Joe's Pub on May 26, with pianist Lynne Arriale and percussionist Mayra Casales … Vocalist Karrin Allyson plays Birdland on May 31-June 4, in support of 'Round Midnight (Concord Jazz). Around town Pianist/composer Cynthia Hilts and her band Lyric Fury, which includes cellist Marika Hughes, trombonist Deborah Weisz, and saxophonists Lisa Parrott and Lily White, plays Miles' Café every Sunday in May; they're planning to record at month's end … Guitarist Amanda Monaco hosts a jam at Domaine Wine Bar in Long Island City every Monday; it's not too late to support Amanda in the MS Walk at http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Walk/ NYNWalkEvents?px=5989028&pg=personal&fr _id=16882 … Lauren Sevian plays baritone sax with the Mingus Big Band at the Jazz Standard on May 2 … Amy London sings Laura Nyro at Cornelia Street Café on May 3 … Vocalist Dee Cassella plays Miles' Café on May 5 … Claire Martin sings "Songs of the Jazz Age" at JALC's Allen Room on May 6-7 … Celebrate Mother's Day at brunch at the Blue
Note on May 8 with vocalist Tessa Souter, accompanied by Helen Sung on piano; Helen also plays keyboards with her Wired project at the 55 Bar on May 25 … Catherine Russell sings at Dizzy's on May 9 … Akiko Tsuruga plays the Hammond B-3 at Showman's on May 10, part of the Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival, running through May 15 … Sing! Sing! Sing! the music of Dorothy Fields with Anne Phillips at the Triad on May 10 … Vocalist Nnenna Freelon plays Feinstein's at the Regency on May 10-14 … Check out songstress Elisabeth Lohninger at Kitano on May 11 … Composer Maria Schneider will be at Carnegie Hall on May 13 … Maria Guida sings at the Metropolitan Room on May 13 … Alto saxophonist Grace Kelly plays the Apollo Theater on May 13-14 … Pianist Leslie Pintchik is at Kitano on May 14 … Vocalist Corina Barta, bagpiper Cristina Pato and many others join Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra at Symphony Space on May 14 … Singer Ayana Lowe does a benefit for the Bee Winkler Weinstein Fund on May 15 at the Dixon Place Theater … Abigail Riccards Healy sings at Smalls on May 17 … Catch vocalist Wanda Sa with BossaBrazil at Birdland on May 17-21 … Lola Danza sings at the University of the Streets on May 18 … The Jazz Foundation of America always has a great lineup for A Great Night in Harlem, marking its tenth anniversary at the Apollo Theater on May 19 … Check out singer Linda Ciofalo at the North Square jazz brunch on May 22 … Guitarist/vocalist Eliane Amherd is scheduled at the Bar Next Door on May 23 … Vocalist Ernestine Anderson hits Dizzy's on May 24-28 … Vocalist Marilyn Maye appears at Feinstein's on May 24-June 4 … Can't wait to hear Jay Clayton sing with pianist George Cables at Kitano on May 25 … Catch vocalist Paula West at the Jazz Standard on May 26-29 … Pianist Eliane Elias heads for Dizzy's on May 31-June 5. Farther afield Vocalist Patricia Adams plays Ryles in Boston on May 1 … Carrie Jackson sings every Thursday at the 16 Prospect Wine Bar in Westfield; you can also catch her on Mother's Day, May 8, at the Hotel Tides in Asbury Park … Flutist Jan Leder will be at the Watercolor Café in Larchmont on May 4. CD scene Rene Marie displays The Voice of My Beautiful Country (Motema) … Singer Charito aims to Heal the World (Zoho) … Pianist/flutist Eve Risser and the rest of the Orchestre National de Jazz advise listeners to Shut Up and Dance (Bee) … Kris Davis plays piano on Kermit Driscoll's Reveille (19/8) … I'm Confessin' (Lydian) singer Susie Meissner has a nice band … Mary Oliver plays violin and viola with the ICP Orchestra (ICP049) … Keyboardist Deanna Kirk plays the Keys to the City (Buffalo Puppy), from New York Electric Piano … Journey Back Home with flutist Hadar Noiberg … Bassist Kathryn Palumbo is among the Atomic Five (Effendi) … Flutist Ilona Kudina calls it Nothing But Illusion.
HOT FLASHES By Paul Blair WORTHY PICKS James Carter at the Blue Note with a band also featuring Nicholas Payton and Blood Ulmer (May 1)…trombonist Ray Anderson at Cornelia Street Café (May 1 & 14)…trumpet powerhouses Byron Stripling and Marcus Printup going for broke during a Sidney Bechet Society blowout at Symphony Space (May 2)…a CD release gig for Ari Hoenig at Smalls (May 2), then Lage Lund recording live at the same club on the following two nights…pianist Frank Kimbrough at Dizzy's with Ron Carter (May 3-8)…Omar Sosa doing the Blue Note with Lionel Loueke and Peter Apfelbaum (May 3-8)…Endangered Species, a terrific group bringing together Chris Speed, Jim Black and others, at Littlefield for a CD release party (May 4)…guitarist Julian Lage at Jazz Standard (May 4)…Carol Fredette singing at Saint Peter's (May 4)…Shane Endsley at Cornelia Street Café (May 4)…Tom Rainey at the Jazz Gallery (May 5)…Azar Lawrence at Jazz Standard (May 5)…the Honey Ear Trio with Erik Lawrence, Allison Miller and Rene Hart, at Cornelia Street Café (May 5), then Adam Kolker following on the next evening…Fred Hersch premiering a new work entitled "My Coma Dreams" in Montclair NJ (May 7-8)…jazz bassoonist Janet Grice at Miles' Café (May 8)…Frank Carlberg on the Gowanus Jazz Festival bill (May 8)…Pharaoh Sanders at Birdland (May 10-14)…Tom Harrell with Wayne Escoffery and Danny Grissett at the Vanguard (May 10-15)…trumpeter Dominick Farinacci at Jazz Standard (May 11)…the Joel Harrison Large Ensemble at Brooklyn Conservatory (May 11)…keyboardist David Berkman at Kitano with a trio (May 12)…Maria Schneider at Carnegie Hall with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (May 13), then Ted Rosenthal premiering a new work with the same orchestra at All Saints Church (May 14-15)…Arturo O'Farrill conducting the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra plus a 115-voice choir during a free concert at Symphony Space (May 14)… guitarist Tomas Janzon with a duo at Inwood's Garden Café (May 14 & 28)…pianist Leslie Pintchik at Kitano with a trio that includes Michael Sarin on drums (May 14)…Benny Golson at Dizzy's (May 16)…Brian Lynch guesting with the Rigas Ritmi All-Stars from Latvia at the Blue Note (May 16)…the Jazz Passengers reunited at Jazz Standard (May 17)… Brooklyn-based drummer Carlo Costa at Cornelia Street Café for a CD launch event (May 17) and then at Douglass Street Music Collective (May 20)…bassist Iris Ornig leading a group at Saint Peter's (May 18)…Dan Tepfer with Noah Preminger at Cornelia Street Café (May 19)…Liam Sillery at Miles' Café (May 19 & 27)…Colin Vallon's trio at the Rubin Museum (May 20)…Alexander McCabe at Miles' Café (May 20)…Tiempo Libre throwing a Cuban dance party at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (May 20)…Alan Ferber's frequently astounding big band at the Jazz Gallery (May 21)…pianist Daniel Kelly at Flushing Town Hall (May 21)…Ayako Shirasaki at Miles' Café (May 22)… trombonist Mike Fahn at Miles' Café (May 24)…Noah Preminger with Frank Kimbrough, John Hebert & Matt Wilson at 55 Bar (May 24)…Eyal Vilner's big band with
guest Jimmy Owens at Iridium (May 24)…Jerome Sabbagh with Ben Monder and Paul Motian launching a new CD called I Will Follow You at Cornelia Street Café (May 25)…Omer Avital at Smalls (May 2526)…tenorist Jeff Lederer as part of an exceptional Matt Wilson octet at Tribeca P.A.C. (May 27)…Marcus Gilmore drumming at the Jazz Gallery (May 27)…the David White Jazz Orchestra at Symphony Space (May 27)…tenor vet Bill Saxton at Smalls (May 28). ANOTHER GREAT NIGHT IN HARLEM The Apollo will definitely rock on the evening of May 19 as the Jazz Foundation hosts its annual benefit gala to raise funds to aid older musicians in financial or health-related peril. Appearances by over forty jazz, pop, blues and R&B stars are promised, with Roberta Flack, Lou Reed, Christian McBride and Dr. John among the headliners. For the whole story on these festivities, phone 212-245-3999 (ext. 10) or visit jaz zfoundation.org/Apollo2011. REMEMBERING HARLEM'S JAZZ SHRINES Harlem's definitely not the jazz hotbed it was decades ago. But the neighborhood comes alive musically on May 9-15 with events comprising the Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival 2011: shows at the Apollo, Harlem Stage, Minton's, Showman’s, the Alhambra Ballroom, Columbia University and elsewhere. Who's involved? The list includes Jason Moran, Geri Allen, T.S. Monk, Wycliffe Gordon, Jimmy Heath and loads more. We urge a visit to harlemjaz zshrines.org ASAP.
ELSEWHERE A salute to now-departed masters Max Lucas, Benny Powell and Earl May at the Lenox Lounge on the evenings of May 13-14 will feature, among others, Bill Easley, Jackie Williams, Danny Mixon, Art Baron, vocalists Rochelle Thompson and Vinnie Knight - and redoubtable saxophonist Fred Staton, who just happens to be ninetysix… The Arbors Records label, beloved by mainstream jazz mavens, has pulled together a series of special events at Feinstein's, located inside Loew's Regency Hotel. On the first Monday of each month through year's end, Harry Allen’s quartet (with Rossano Sportiello - piano, Joel Forbes - bass and Chuck Riggs - drums) will welcome a pleasing assortment of distinguished
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"this sweet duet / we stretch the dance of time"). Also mightily impressive is "Land of Galilee," a hopeful allegory based on a rare snowfall the singer witnessed in Israel, inspiring her to foresee "there was beauty, and there was harmony, a silvery playground as far as the eye could see / who could imagine this possibility in the land of Galilee?" From jazz to anthems, Rondi Charleston delivers vocal artistry at the highest level on this collection. Harry Allen
guests. Those booked for the May 2 shindig include saxophonist Frank Wess and trumpeter Joe Wilder with Norman Simmons and Eddie Metz Jr. replacing Sportiello and Riggs. A good time will likely be had by all. The music charge? It's just twenty bucks…Four Tuesday concerts at this intimate theater inside the Baha'i Center's John Birks Gillespie Auditorium will showcase Eddie Allan's big The musiccharge? It's just twenty bucks…Four Tuesday concerts at this intimate theater inside the Baha'i Center's John Birks Gillespie Auditorium will showcase Eddie Allan's big band (May 3), Mike Longo's funk group (May 10), Warren Smith with the Composers Workshop Orchestra (May 17) and Daoud David Williams' Spirit of Life Ensemble (May 24)… Artists who're recorded for the leading-edge Innova label appear at The Stone on May 17-31; the whole calendar's viewable at thestonenyc.com… Pianist Antonio Ciacca is now coordinating jazz performances at Midtown's Setai Fifth Avenue Hotel - playing there several nights each week and bringing in other talents as well… As summer approaches, there’ll be more and more free music to be heard in outdoors around the five boroughs; in fact, this month, Midtown’s Bryant Park has booked these keyboardists for its 12:30-2:30 PM Piano in the Park series: Terry Waldo (May 16-20), Deanna Witkowski (May 23-27) and Todd Robbins (May 30-June 6)… Finally, for the lowdown on an entire month of East Village jazz events under the University of the Streets banner, check universityofthestreets.org.
Marlene VerPlanck sings at Kitano on May 4. Rondi Charleston celebrates the release of her new album at Joe's Pub on May 26.
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FLAT EARTHERS DESCENDING ON NEW YORK One of Europe's most innovative and unconventional big bands - Belgium's Flat Earth Society storms into our area for three local appearances. They'll play at Lincoln Center's Atrium Stage on May 19; at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens on May 20; and at another yetto-be-named venue on May 21. One highlight of the museum set will be FES' accompaniment to a wacky old silent film called "The Oyster Princess." For some idea of what's in store on any of these evenings, click on the videos posted at fes.be. IN AID OF JAPAN: A BOATLOAD OF PIANISTS On May 9, Kitano welcomes an extraordinary array of jazz artists for an evening that will benefit victims of the recent Japanese disaster. Slated for the 7:30-9:00 PM set are Joanne Brackeen, Barry Harris, Kevin Hays, Soren Moller, Kyobe Oyobe and Ted Rosenthal. At the 9:30 PM-midnight set, it'll be Toshiko Akiyoshi (with Lew Tabackin present on flute), Don Friedman, Frank Kimbrough, Ehud Asherie and Helio Alves. Catch the entire array for a $50 donation. But reservations are strongly urged: 212-885-7119.
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Dekalb Av. Brooklyn. 718-399-2020. www.twostepsdown.com. $10 adm/1 drink min. Ev 2nd Sun: 6-9pm Steve Cromity Trio & guests + open mic. UVARARA: 7928 Metropolitan & 80th Sts. Middle Village. Queens. ww.uvararany.com. 718-894-0052. Ev Wed: 7-10pm Ramo Solo. WATER STREET RESTAURANT & LOUNGE: 66 Water St. Dumbo. 718-625-9352. www.waterstreetrestaurant.com. Ev Wed: 710pm Walter Fishbacher Trio. WILLIAMSBURG MUSIC CENTER: 367 Bedford Av. Brooklyn. www.wmcjazz.org. 718-384-1654. Ev Fri: 9pm Jam w/Gerry Eastman Qnt & friends. May 28: 8pm Michael Feinberg. ZEBULON: 258 Wythe St. Brooklyn. 718-2186934. www.zebuloncafeconcert.com. Adm varies.
NEW YORK STATE ALOR CAFÉ: 2110 Richmond Rd. Staten Island. www.alorcafe.com. 718-351-1101. Sets: 8pm. May 6: Carte Blanche Gp; 13: Cyrille Aimée Trio; 19: Wine night w/Vlad Barsky; 20: Lou Volpe Gp; 27: Ray Scro & friends. BASS LINE: 130E 1st St. Mount Vernon. www.basslineclub.com. 914-699-1722. Sets: Wed-Fri 9pm-12am. Free adm/2 drink min. Ev Fri: Dlus + Jam. BEAN RUNNER CAFÉ: 201 S Division & Esther St. Peekskill. 914-737-1701. www.beanrunnercafe.com. Sets: 7:3010:30pm except Sun 6:30-9:30pm. Adm varies. Ev Sun: Jam w/Jon Osborn Band. BRONX LIBRARY CENTER: 310E Kingsbridge Rd. Bronx. www.nypl.org. 718579-4244. May 14: Tony Terrell Caribbean Jazz Qrt. FALCON ARTS: 1348 Rte 9 West. Marlboro. www.liveatthefalcon.com. 845-236-7970. Free adm. Ev Thurs-Sat: 8pm unless otherwise noted Opening act (Op) 7pm; ev Sun: 10am-2pm Jazz Brunch. May 3: Op Morwenna Lasko & Jay Pun + Julian Lage Gp; 5: Moutin Reunion Qrt; 6: Purchase Jazz Orch; 7: Op Dziubecko + Jim Campilongo; 8: tba; 12: Op Impulse + New Zion Trio; 13: Op Joanna Teters Experiment + Eigsti, Parlato, Stephens & Hampton; 14: Chris Bergson Band; 15: Tony Jefferson/Kevin Hays Duo; 20: String Trio of New York; 21: Pablo Aslan Tango Latin Gp; 22: Akie Bermiss; 27: Op Chris Parrello & Things I Wonder + Dave Liebman Gp; 28: Sheila Jordan w/Don Byron, Cameron Brown & Tony Jefferson; 29: Saints of Swing. FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: 199N Columbus Av at E Lincoln Av. Mount Vernon. www.pjsjazz.org. 914-636-4977. $18/12 adm. Ev 2nd Sun: 5:15-9pm Second Sunday Jazz series. GRACE CHURCH OF WHITE PLAINS: 33 Church St corner of Main & Church Sts. White Plains. www.gracewhiteplains.org. 914-949-2874. May 19: 6pm Jack Wilkins, Mark Ferber & Chris Berger. MOLLY SPILLANE’S: 211 Mamaroneck Av. Mamaroneck. www.mollyspillanespub.com. 914-899-3130. Ev Wed: 7:30-10pm Mark Morganelli & Jazz Forum All-Stars. ORISSA: 14 Cedar St. Dobbs Ferry. 914-2317800. www.orissany.com. Ev Thurs: 79:3010pm Mark Morganelli & Jazz Forum AllStars.
RED HAT ON THE RIVER: 1 Bridge St. Irvington-On-Hudson. www.redhatbistro.com. 914-591-5888. Ev Wed: 6-10pm Bill Crow/Hiroshi Yamazaki Duo w/guest Glenda Davenport or Takeshi Ogura. 76 HOUSE: 110 Main St. Tappan. 845-3595476. www.76house.com. Ev Wed: 8-11pm Qnts w/Mark Hagan & feat artists + Jam. Free adm. May 4: Scott Reeves & John Richmond; 11: Arthur Baron & Andy Farber; 18: Joe Magnarelli; 25: Duane Eubanks & Andy Farber. TURNING POINT CAFÉ: 468 Piermont Ave. Piermont. www.turningpointcafe.com. 845359-1089. Ev Mon: 8-11:30pm $5 adm Monday Jam by John Richmond w/Bob Meyer. WATERCOLOR CAFÉ: 2094 Boston Post Rd. Larchmont. www.watercolorcafe.net. 914834-2213. May 4: Jan Leder. WEST GATE LOUNGE: At Best Western Nyack on Hudson. 26 Rte 59. Nyack. www.west gatelounge.com. 845-358-8100. Ev Sat: 10pm Latin Night. WILLIE’S STEAKHOUSE: 1832 Westchester Av. Bronx. 718-822-9697. Ev Wed: Latin. ZUPPA RESTAURANT & LOUNGE: 59-61 Main St. Yonkers. 914-376-6500. www.zup parestaurant.com. Ev Tues: 7pm Jazz Lounge.
LONG ISLAND BISTRO CITRON: 1362 Old Northern Blvd. Roslyn. 516-403-4400. Free adm/no min. Ev Tues: 7-10pm Heidi Hepler/Michéle Ramo Duo. DIX HILLS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: At Five Towns College. 305N Service Rd. Dix Hills. 631-656-2148. www.dhpac.org. FREEPORT MEMORIAL LIBRARY: 144W Merrick Rd. Freeport. 516-379-3274. www. nassaulibrary.org/freeport. May 1: 2:303:30pm free adm Diane Hoffman Qrt. GLEN COVE MANSION: 200 Dosoris Ln. Glen Cove. www.glencovemansion.com. 516-6742955. Ev Fri: 8pm-12am Les Stanco Band w/spec guest. LOUIE’S OYSTER BAR & GRILL: 385 Main St. Port Washington. 516-883-4242. www.louiesoysterbarandgrille.com. Ev Mon: 6-10pm Mark Buttice & Swing Easy Band. MURPHY’S BAR & GRILL: 234 Old Country Rd. Mineola. 516-741-1776. www.murphys barny.com. Ev Tues: 9pm-12am Jam w/Ian Petillo/John X-Ray Trio & spec guests. PENINSULA PUBLIC LIBRARY: 280 Central Av. Lawrence. www.peninsulapublic.org. 516-239-3262. May 22: 2:30-3:30pm free adm Diane Hoffman Qrt. SIP CITY: 16 Middle Neck Rd. Great Neck. 516482-1500. www.sipcity.net. Ev Wed: 8:3011:30pm Ian Petillo Trio w/spec guest; ev Fri: 6-10pm Mark Buttice Trio; ev Sat: 610pm Lisa Gary. TRATTORIA GRASSO: 134 Main St. Cold Spring Harbor. www.trattoriagrasso.com. 631-367-6060. Sets: 7:30pm. May 6: Chihiro Yamanaka Trio; 20: Jerry Weldon Trio; 27: Danny Mixon Trio
Hot House is not responsible for any errors in the listings which may have occured from late changes or incorrect information supplied to us. Please call the venues or check websites for up to date calendars.
B A C K S T A G E PA S S JAZZ ANECDOTE BY BILL CROW Bill Crow's books "Jazz Anecdotes" and "From Birdland to Broadway" can be found at your favorite bookstore, and at www.billcrowbass.com along with many interesting photos and links. Pianist Ken Levinsky met an attractive singer on a club date. Ken was happy to see that the singer seemed interested in him. He asked if he could call her, and she warmly agreed, but when he phoned he detected a change in her attitude. She explained that she'd had second thoughts about getting involved with someone in the music business. If things didn't work out, it might lead to uncomfortable situations if they continued to work together. Ken mentioned his disappointment to a friend, a bass player. On a later job, the two musicians found themselves working with the same singer. She was about to sing "Satin Doll," but had trouble finding her starting note. Ken and the bassist vamped the lead-in chords, but the singer still looked puzzled, and didn't come in. As they continued to vamp, the bassist muttered to Ken, "You're better off."
A Moment You Missed by Fran Kaufman Hot House Contributing Photographer James Moody's musical friends and colleagues paid tribute to him at The Blue Note on March 28 at a fundraiser for the music students of Newark, NJ. In the dressing room, Jimmy Heath wondered how all the people who wanted to participate would ever fit into one evening's performances. "So many people want to play, " said Jimmy, "they'd better each stick with 'One Note Samba'-that's all there'll be time for!" Kenny Barron and Todd Coolman got it!
Battle of the Big Bands & Swing Dance Competition a Jazzmobile event
The battle is on! Dueling bands, The George Gee Swing Orchestra and The Harlem Renaissance Orchestra stack up against one another to battle for bragging rights. Swing dance enthusiasts from throughout New York City will hit the dance floor to show off their dance skills egged on by the crowdâ€™s cheers, shouts and applause. Best dancers walk away with a cash prize.
The Alhambra Ballroom 2116 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd. Harlem, NY Wednesday, May 11, 2011 7pm-midnight $10.00 Food for purchase, Cash Bar Tickets: www.jazzmobile.org
for complete festival schedule www.harlemjazzshrines.org Harlem Jazz Shrines is a collaboration between The Apollo Theater, Harlem Stage, and Jazzmobile
Registration required for the Swing Dance Competition
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7PM CONCERT P E R F O R M A N C E S B Y*
Over 40 legends of jazz, R&B, blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll including Roberta Flack, Macy Gray, Lou Reed, Christian McBride, Dr. John and The Hot 8 Brass Band special guests include Danny Glover, Michael Imperioli and The Sopranos
For tickets and information: Go to www.jazzfoundation.org/Apollo2011 or call 212-245-3999 Ext. 10 *Schedules subject to change.
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