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temporary compositions comprise this month's Winning Spins. Steve Davis, a mainstay of the Big Apple's contingent of neo-bop/hard bop mainstream, assembles a heavy-hitting sextet for his tribute to the "father of the modern trombone," J.J. Johnson. David Gibson leads a quintet fronted by trombone and trumpet in a program weighted heavily toward his knotty originals. Say When, Steve Davis (Smoke Sessions), is steeped in memories of the late J.J. Johnson. Six of the pieces are Johnson's own compositions and arrangements; four others are standards done as arranged and/or performed by Johnson, and the one original is pianist Harold Mabern's "Mr. Johnson," a tune he wrote referencing an intervallic warm-up Johnson used to play when Mabern was in his band in the 1960s. Along with Davis and Mabern, the stellar lineup of this CD includes trumpeter Eddie Henderson, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, bassist Nat Reeves and drummer Joe Farnsworth. They deliver a robust blend of hard bop drive and the melodic and harmonic subtleties that exemplify Johnson's writing. Davis himself is a perfect interpreter of Johnson, since what he says about J.J.'s style also applies to his: "this tremendous, warm sound and clean, clear articulation and sophisticated harmonic ideas." By using a frontline of three horns, Davis can employ Johnson's three-part harmonies and voicings: demonstrating just how artful and engaging Johnson's writing is for both listeners and musicians. The challenges and rewards of that writing shine through on tunes ranging from the originals "Pinnacle" and the soulfully tuneful "Kenya," to brilliant hard bop-flavored renderings of the standard "What Is this Thing Called Love?" Interpolating from a big band arrangement, Davis creatively scales down "Shortcake" while adding ensemble timbre with Henderson's Harmon-muted trumpet. Mabern's "Mr. Johnson" has a gritty, down-home feel further emphasized in Alexander's guttural phrases, then echoed in the other horn solos. Davis stretches out in quartet mode with gorgeous renderings of two ballads, Johnson's "Lament" and the standard "There Will Never Be Another You," more often played as a swinger in jazz. Two
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minor surprises add variety and appeal to the program: John Coltrane's "Village Blues," with that slow, loping rhythm made famous by Trane's seminal quartet, and "When the Saints Go Marching In," with a decidedly modern Johnson chart employing very not-Dixieland polyphony; the solos, including Davis' with bucket mute, are taken at a bebop clip. BOOM!, David Gibson (Posi-Tone), features a quintet the leader dubs The DG 5tet. Its lineup features the growing-inpopularity double brass frontline with Gibson's trombone joined by Josh Evans' trumpet. Theo Hill plays acoustic and electric pianos, Alex Claffy, bass and Kush Abadey, drums. Aside from the opening, "The High Road," in a fairly familiar hard bop vein with nifty turnarounds, the other seven originals reveal a postmodern, beyond bop and swing sensibility. Gibson's tone and approach, unlike Davis' more classic neo-bop style, employ slippery runs as well as tonal gruffness and burlap vibrato. "Rare Truth," the second track, is indicative of Gibson's gnarlier, labyrinthine inclination. Beginning with slow, stately long notes, it quickly shifts to a skittery uptempo strain, then the two tempos and approaches alternate throughout the track. Off-center rhythms and a long meter feel with accelerating time, plus echoey electric piano, fuel "Grassfed," with a high register trumpet solo matched by fleet trombone slurried runs. Back on acoustic piano, Hill evokes McCoy Tyner on "Eyes of Argus" and the rhythms from Abadey are highly charged and sprung, like a tiger trying to break out of a bag, meshing best with Evans' crackling trumpet solo and Hill's powerful interplay within his own solo. Slower originals range from a melodically waltzing "Persephone" and lush "The Dance" to the strange, haunting "Empathy," with its semi-rubato horn lines and slow drag tempo. Electric piano returns on the CD title tune, another snappy theme with sprung rhythms and frisky horn solos. Rounding out the program are Tom McIntosh's almost standard, "The Cup Bearers," and a cover of Eric Clapton's 1996 Grammy multi-winner: "Change the World," as an affectionate ballad.
Steve Davis plays with the Dizzy Gillespieâ„˘ All-Star Big Band at the Blue Note July 21-26. David Gibson's
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Sun: 6-9:30pm. Free adm/2 drink min. CLEOPATRA’S NEEDLE: 2485 Bway (bet 92nd & 93rd Sts). www.cleopatrasneedleny. com. 212-769-6969. Sets: Early (E), Jam (J). Mon-Tues E 8-9pm, J 10pm-1am; Wed-Thurs E 7-11pm, J 11:30pm-2:30am; Fri-Sat E 8pm12am, J 12:30-3am; Sun E 4-8pm, J 9pm1am. Free adm/$10 min. Trios. Residencies (R): Mon E&J tba; Tues E&J Marc Devine; Wed E Open mic w/Les Kurtz, J Nathan Brown; Thurs J Kazu; Fri J Robert Rocker; Sat J Jesse Simpson; Sun E Open mic w/Keith Ingham, J Ben Paterson. Jul 1: R; 2: Michael Vitali; 3: Masami Ishikawa; 4: Julia Martina; 5-8: R; 9: Yaacov Mayman; 10: Sarah Slonim; 11: Kayo Hiraki; 12-15: R; 16: Jazz Mix; 17: Denton Darien; 18: Alan Rosenthal; 19-22: R; 23: Joey Morant; 24: Kuni Mikami; 25: Sonelius Smith; 26-29: R; 30: Carol Sudhalter; 31: Larry Roland. GIN FIZZ: 308 Lenox Av at 125th St. 2nd Fl. 212-289-2220. www.ginfizzharlem.com. Sets: 10pm-1am. Wed: Jazzamataz by Dice Raw; Thurs: The Harlem Sessions by Marc Cary. Jul 3: Melanie Charles; 10: KJ Denhert; 17: Jazzmeia Horn; 24: Vinnie Knight; 31: Swanbean Qrt. GINNY’S: At Red Rooster. 310 Lenox Av (bet 125th & 126th Sts). www.ginnyssupper club.com. 212-792-9001. Sun: 11am-3:30pm Gospel Brunch. Sets: 7:30&9:30pm. Jul 2: $15 Sammy Miller & the Congregation; 3-4: $30 adm Nicholas Payton Trio; 10: $15 Revive Big Band; 18: $15 Etienne Charles; 24-25: $20 Wayne Escoffery 07/24 w/Kojo Roney & Esteban Castro, 07/25 w/Soul Stop & spec guest Jeremy Pelt. GRAN PIATTO D’ORO: 1429 5th Av (bet 116th & 117th Sts). www.granpiattorestaurant. com. 212-722-2244/2161. 8pm: $10adm Jazz on Fifth. 1st,2nd&3rd Thurs: 7-11pm Phil Young Experience. GRANT’S TOMB: Riverside Dr & W120nd St. www.jazzmobile.org. 212.866.4900. Free adm. Wed starting Jul 8: 7-8:30pm. HARLEM ON FIFTH: 2150 5th Av (bet 131st & 132nd Sts). www.harlemonfifth.com. 212234-5600. HARLEM TAVERN: 2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd at 116th St. www.harlemtavern.com. 212866-4500. Sat-Sun: 11am-4pm Jazz Brunch. INDIAN ROAD CAFÉ: 600W 218th St (bet Indian Rd & Seaman Av). 212-942-7451. www.indianroadcafe.com. Sets: Thurs 79pm, Fri 7:30-9:30pm. Jul 2: Judi Marie; 10&24: Rob Silverman. JARON EAMES: email@example.com. 646337-0620. Sun 2-5pm: $20 Don BBQ & Jazz @ Home series feat JaRon Eames & Emme Kemp. LA MAISON D’ART: 259W 132nd St (bet Adam Clayton & Frederic Douglas Blvds). 718-5934108. www.lamaisondartny.com. LE CHÉILE: 839 181st St (bet Cabrini & Pinehurst Blvds). www.lecheilenyc.com. 212-740-3111. Wed: 8-11pm WaHi Wednesday Jazz Jam w/Louise Rogers & Mark Kross. LIME LEAF: 128W 72nd St (bet Columbus & Amsterdam Avs). 212-501-7800. Mon-Thurs: 7-10pm. Mon: Michael Vitali; Tues: Martin Reuter Band; Wed: Julie Grahm; Thurs: Emma Larsson. LONDEL’S SUPPER CLUB: 2620 Frederick Douglass Blvd (bet 139th & 140th Sts). 212234-6114. www.londelsrestaurant.com. FriSat: 8-11pm. Free adm. LURA: 949 Columbus Av (bet 106th & 107th Sts). 212-866-7500. www.lurany.com. Mon: 8:30-10:30pm. MARCUS GARVEY PARK: 122nd St at Manhattan Av. www.jazzmobile.org.
212.866.4900. Free adm. Fri starting Jul 10: 7-8:30pm. Jul 17: Antoinette Montague. MAYSLES INSTITUTE: 343 Lenox Av (bet 127th & 128th Sts). Jul 14: see National Jazz Museum in Harlem. MINTON’S: 206W 118th St (bet St. Nicholas Av & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd). 212-243-2222. www.mintonsharlem.com. Sets: Tues-Thurs 7,8:30&10pm, Fri-Sat 8&9:30pm + Fri Jam 123am, Sun Brunch (B) 12,1:30&3pm, Sun Evening (EV) 5:30,7&8:30pm. Adm: Tues& Sun EV $20 at table/10 at bar, Wed&Sun B $10/10, Thurs $25/15, Fri-Sat $50/25, Fri Jam free. Residencies (R): Tues Johnny O'Neal Trio, Wed Tribute to B.B. King feat King Solomon Hicks, Fri-Sat except 07/18 JC Hopkins Biggish Band, Fri Jam Wayne Tucker Qrt, Sun B Minton’s Players, EV Queen Esther. Jul 1-12: closed; 14-15: R; 16: Brandon Bain; 17: R; 18: Malou Beauvoir w/Minton’s Players; 19&21-22: R; 23: Marquis Hill Blacktet; 24-26&28-29: R; 30: Willerm Delisfort Sxt w/Milton Suggs; 31-Aug 1: R. MIST HARLEM: 46W 116th St (bet Lenox & 5th Av). www.mistharlem.com. 212-828-MIST. NABE HARLEM UNDERGROUND: 2367 Frederick Douglass Blvd at 127th St. 646370-4008. www.nabeunderground.com. Mon: 7-11pm free adm/2 drink min Jam w/Patience Higgins Trio feat Lady Cantrese. NATIONAL JAZZ MUSEUM IN HARLEM: 104E 126th St #2C. (bet Park & Lexington Avs). 212-348-8300. www.jmih.org. Free adm. Events: 7-8:30pm. Jul 14 (at Mayles Institute) & 21: South African Jazz by Seton Hawkins w/guests. NEW AMSTERDAM MUSIC ASSOCIATION: 107W 130th St (bet Lenox & Adam Clayton Powel Blvds). 212-510-8140. NEW HARLEM BESAME: 2070 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd (bet 123rd & 124th Sts). www.harlembesame.com. 646-863-2277. PAPASITO: 223 Dyckman St. 212-544-0001. Sat: 2:30-5:30pm Latin Jazz Brunch w/Paul Carlon Latin Jazz Trio. PARIS BLUES: 2021 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd at 121st St. www.parisbluesharlem. com. 212-222-9878. Sets: Early (E) 5-8pm, Jam 9pm-1am. Free adm. Mon: E Niki Rubin & Warren G Trio + John Cooksey & Spontaneous Combustion; Tues: Al Black w/Annette Bland McCoy & the Sultans of Soul; Wed: Les Goodson & the Intergalatic Soul Jazz Band; Thurs: E Patty Murry Mint Julip + Tyrone Govan & Top Secret; Fri: Melvin Vines & the Harlem Jazz Machine; Sat: alternate between The 69th Street Band/The Antoine Dowdell Gp; Sun: 1st&3rd La Banda Ramirez, 2nd Lucious Conway & Motown Review w/Terri Lowe, 4th Guest Band, 5th Elliot Pinero & Sumbaswing. PARLOR ENTERTAINMENT: 555 Edgecombe Av at 160th St. #3F. 212-781-6595. Sun: 3:30pm free adm w/Marjorie Eliot, Bob Cunningham, Sedric Choukroun & spec guests. RIVERSIDE CHURCH: 490 Riverside Dr (bet 120th & 122nd Sts). 1st Mon: 10am-12pm Open meeting by Harlem Arts Alliance www.harlemaa.org/347-735-4280. RYAN’S DAUGHTER: 350E 85th St (bet 1st & 2nd Avs). www.ryansdaughternyc.com. 212628-2613. Fri: 8:30&10pm Josh Marcum & Gene Bertoncini. SETTEPANI: 196 Lenox Av at 120th St. 917492-4806. www.settepani.com. Thurs: 810pm. SHOWMAN’S: 375W 125th St at Morningside. www.showmansjazzclub.com. 212-864-8941. Sets: Mon-Thurs 8:30,10&11:30pm, Fri-Sat 9:30,11:30pm&1:30am. Free adm/2 drink min/set.
SHRINE: 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (bet 133rd & 134th Sts). 212-690-7807. www.shrinenyc.com. Sets: 6-8pm. Free adm. Residency (R): Sun 5-8pm Jam w/Lu Reid. Jul 1: Alex Bryson Qrt; 3: Chandry Abreu; 4: Louis de Mieulle; 5: R; 7: Adam Machaskee; 8: The Forever Moonlight Band; 9: Nick Di Maria; 10: Jocelyn Shannon Jazz Qrt; 12: R; 13: Glenn White Project; 14: Jeff Morrison Qrt; 15: NY Jazz Force; 16: Claudia Hayden; 19: R; 20: Joe Pino Qnt; 21: David Lovetet Trio; 22: Michael-Louis Smith; 23: Luis D’Elias Ens; 26: R; 27: Kennon Keys Ward; 28: Jacob Varmus Qrt; 29: Steve Kaiser Band; 31: HC4. SILVANA: 300W 116th St at Frederick Douglass Blvd. www.silvana-nyc.com. 646692-4935. Sets: 6-8pm unless otherwise noted. Free adm. Jul 1: 8-9pm The Stachel Qnt; 2: Nick Scheuble; 3: Takao Heisho Qrt; 4: Tal Gur; 5: Karamel Day; 6: 6-7pm Benno Marmur; 7: Nick Brust Qnt; 9: Tim Newman; 10: 6-6:40pm Juan Mejia's Conspirancy; 11: Moth To Flame; 12: Marco Chelo Sxt; 12: 89pm Lathan' s Way; 13: David Bertrand Qrt; 14: Antonello Parisi; 15: Tucker Flythe Qrt; 16: Matt McDonald, 8-10pm Nick Videen; 17: Rodrigo Bonelli Spt; 18: Joe Barna & Sketches Of Influence; 19: Zolaband; 21: NanjoLee Trio; 23: Noah Bless; 24: 6-7pm Ebone Underground x Tajahniya Sapp; 25: Rachel Therrien; 26: Zac Zingler; 28: Andrew Schiller; 29: Joe Pino Qnt; 30: Mike Fahn; 31: The Highliners. SMOKE JAZZ & SUPPER CLUB: 2751 Bway (bet 105th & 106th Sts). 212-864-6662. www.smokejazz.com. Sets: Early (E), Late (L), Brunch (B); Mon E 7&9pm, L 10:30pm; Tues-Thurs E 7,9&10:30pm, L 11:30pm; FriSat E 7,9&10:30pm, L 11:45pm&12:45am; Sun B 11:30am,1&2:30pm, E 7,9&10:30pm, L 11:30pm. Adm/min vary. Residencies (R): Mon E Captain Black Big Band, L Smoke Jam; Tues E Mike LeDonne & Groover Qrt, L Emmett Cohen Organ Trio; Wed L Camille Thurman Qrt; Thurs L Nickel & Dime OPS; Fri L Patience Higgins & Sugar Hill Qrt 07/3&17, John Farnsworth Qrt 07/10&24; Sat L Johnny O’Neal & friends 07/4, Patience Higgins & Sugar Hill Qrt 07/11,18&25; Sun B Annette St. John Trio, L Willerm Delisfort Qrt. Jul 1-2: E Cynthia Scott, L R; 3-5: E Tribute to Nat Adderley feat Jimmy Cobb & Mike Ledonne, L R, B R 07/5; 6-7: R; 8: E Jacques Lesure Qrt, L R; 9: E Steven Kroon, L R; 10-12: E Jim Rotondi Qnt feat Joe Locke, L R, B R 07/12; 13-14: R; 15-16: E Brian Charette Sxt, L R; 17-19: E Marcus Strickland & Twi-Life, L R, B R 07/19; 20-21: R; 22: E Nick Finzer Qrt, L R; 23: E Saron CrenShaw, L R; 24-26: E Heads of State, L R, B R 07/26; 27-28: R; 29: E Chris Washburne & SYOTOS, L R; 30: E Freddie Bryant & Peter Bernstein, L R. STAGE 72: 158W 72nd St (bet Bway & Columbus). www.stage72.com. 212-3622590. Jul 30: 7-8:30pm $25 adm 2 drink/min Karen Oberlin. SUGAR BAR: 254W 72nd St (bet Bway & West End Av). 212-579-0222. www.sugarbarnyc.com. Sets: 9pm/$10 adm unless otherwise noted. Residencies: Wed JT Project/Project Groove; Thurs Open Mic w/Andre Smith & Sugar Bar All Star Band. Jul 3: 8pm Rodrigo Bonelli; 10: 8pm Chris Parker Trio; 11: Irini Res & the Jazz Mix. SYMPHONY SPACE: 2537 Bway at 95th St. 212-864-5400. www.symphonyspace.org. Bar Thalia (BT). Sets: 9pm. Residency (R): Sun except 07/5 BT Mostly Marcus feat Marcus Goldhaber & guest. Jul 2: BT Liz Childs Jazz; 9: R w/tba; 12&19: R w/John Hart; 23: BT Tamuz Nissim; 26: R w/Ron Affif.
The UPTOWN LOUNGE : 1576 3rd Av (bet 88th & 89th Sts). www.uptownlounge nyc.com. 212-828-1388. Tues: 7-10pm Justin Lees Jazz Trio. WHOLE FOOD: Upper West Side. 808 Columbus Av at 97th St. Jul 31: 4:30pm free adm Whitney Marchelle Qrt.
MID-TOWN MANHATTAN (Between 35th & 69th Street)
54 BELOW: 254W 54th St, Cellar (bet Bway & 8th Av). 646-476-3551. www.54below.com. Sets: 9:30pm. Jul 9: Tia Fuller; 25: Marcus Goldhaber. AACM: Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. www.aacmnewyork.com. AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM: 2 Lincoln Sq on Columbus Av (bet 65th & 66th Sts). www.folkartmuseum.org. 212-595-9533. Free adm. Wed: 2-3pm Bill Wurtzel & Mike Gari Duo w/Sharon Fisher. B. B. KING BLUES CLUB & GRILL: 237W 42nd St (bet 7&8th Avs). 212-997-4144. www.bbkingblues.com. Jul 26: 8pm Keiko Matsui. BAR NINE: 807 9th Av (bet 53rd & 54th Sts). 212-399-9336. www.bar9ny.com. Sun: 1-3pm Jazz Brunch. BEETHOVEN PIANOS: 211W 58th St (bet Bway & 7th Av). www.beethovenpianos. com. 800-241-0001. Jul 9: 8-10pm Johnny D. & Ms. Dana; 31: 7:30-10:30pm Scot Albertson & John Bianculli. BIRDLAND: 315W 44th St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). 212-581-3080. www.birdlandjazz.com. Sets: 8:30&11pm, except Mon 7&9:30pm, Sun 6,9&11pm. Adm varies. Residencies (R): Mon 9:30pm Jim Caruso Cast Party; Wed 5:307pm David Ostwald & Louis Armstrong Eternity Band; Fri 5-7pm Birdland Big Band by Tommy Igoe; Sun 6pm except 07/12 Birdland Jazz Party by Carole Bufford, 9pm Arturo O’Farrill Afro-Latin Jazz Orch. Jul 1-4: Ravi Coltrane Qrt; 2: 6pm Polly Gibbons; 56: R; 7-11: John Scofield Trio; 12 9pm & 13: R; 14-18: Birdland Big Band dir by Tommy Igoe feat spec guest James Genus; 19-20: R; 21-25: Stacey Kent; 23: 6pm Vinx; 26-27: R; 28-Aug 1: John Pizzarelli Sings Paul McCartney. BROADWAY THAI RESTAURANT: 241W 51st St (bet 8th Av & Bway). 212-226-4565. Mon&Sun: 6:30-10:30pm; Sat: 8pm-12am Rick Bogart Trio. BRYANT PARK: 6th Av (bet 41st & 42nd Sts). www.bryantpark.org. 212-768-4242. MonWed, Thurs 07/2 & Fri 12:30-2:30pm; Thurs except 07/2 2-4pm: Piano in the Park. Jul 13: Luiz Simas; 6-10: Jon Weber; 13-17: Russ Kassoff; 20-23: Isaac ben Ayala; 24: Deanna Witkowski; 27-31: Roy Eaton. CARNEGIE CLUB: At City Spire Centre. 156W 56th St. www.thecarnegieclub.net. 212-9579676. Fri: 9pm-12am free adm; Sat: 8:30&10:30pm $40 Sinatra tribute feat Steve Maglio & Stan Rubin 11 Piece Orch. CHEZ JOSEPHINE: 414W 42nd St (bet 9th & Dyer Avs). www.chezjosephine.com. 212594-1925. COBI: At Room 53. 516-922-2010. COOL MUSIC FOR WARM SUMMER DAYS: 345 Park Av at East 51st St. www.grandce ntralpartnership.org/things-to-do/summerconcert-series. Tues: 12:30-1:30pm free adm. Jul 9: Midiri Brothers; 16: Swingadelic.
DAMROSCH PARK: 62nd St (bet Columbus & Amsterdam Avs). 212-721-6500. www.mid summernightswing.org. Music: 7:30-10pm. $17 adm. Jul 1: Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses; 8: Gordon Webster Big Band w/Brianna Thomas; 11: Harlem Renaissance Orch. DIZZY’S CLUB COCA-COLA: At Jazz @ Lincoln Center. 10 Columbus Cr at 60th St. 5th Fl. www.jalc.org. 212-258-9800. Sets: 7:30&9:30pm; Late Night Sessions 11:30pm Tues-Sat, hosted by Michael Mwenso Thurs&Sat. Adm: unless otherwise noted Mon $30, Tues-Thurs&Sun $35, Fri $40, Sat $45, Student $25, Late Nights $5-20; $10 min. Jul 1-2: 7:30pm Honoring Lennie Tristano feat Kazzrie Jaxen Qrt, 9:30pm Honoring Dexter Gordon feat Dexter Gordon Legacy Ens; 2: 7:30pm Honoring James P. Johnson, 9:30pm Harlem Stride Piano Celeb feat Marc Cary, ELEW, Aaron Diehl, Ethan Iverson, Chris Pattishall, Chihiro Yamanaka; 3-17: closed; 18-19: Orrin Evans Captain Black Big Band; 20: $35 Hot Jazz Alliance; 21: $30 David Gibson & BOOM!; 22: $30 Duchess feat Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner & Melissa Stylianou; 23: $40 Harry Allen & friends; 2426: Jon Faddis Qrt; 27: Sharel Cassity Qnt; 28-29: $40 07/28 Nicole Henry; 30-Aug 2: Ben Wolfe Qnt w/spec guest Nicholas Payton. Late Nights w/Jul 1-2&18: Evan Sherman 07/1 w/Entourage, 07/2&18 w/Big Band; 21-25: Julian Lee; 28-Aug 1: Jonathan Barber. FLÛTE MIDTOWN: 205W 54th St (bet Bway & 7th Av). 212-265-5169. www.flutebar.com. Wed: 7-10pm. Jul 1: Bruce Edwards; 8: Lois Bruno; 22: 6pm Justin Rothberg Gp; 29: Becca Ball. GRATA: 1076 1st Av at 59th St. 212-842-0007. www.gratany.com. IGUANA RESTAURANT: 240W 54th St at Bway. www.iguananyc.com. 212-765-5454. Mon-Tues: 8-11pm Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks. IRIDIUM: 1650 Bway at 51st St. 212-582-2121. www.theiridium.com. Sets & adm unless otherwise noted: 8&10pm, $25 adm/15 min, student 1/2 price 2nd set Tues-Thurs&Sun. Jul 1: Cheryl Jones Qnt; 2: tba; 3-4: closed; 5: 8:30pm Liberte Big Band, 10:30pm $5 La Jazz Qrt; 6: tba; 7: 8pm only $35/50 Don Most; 8: tba; 9: 8pm only $30 Willy Porter; 10: $35 8:30pm only Jon Hendricks; 11-15: tba; 16: $27.50 Stu Hamm Band; 17-21: tba; 22: 8:30pm only $30/40 Kip Winger Solo; 2324: 8pm only Andy Timmons Trio; 25: 7:30&10pm $25/40 Mike Peters; 26: Arthur Sadowsky & The Troubadours; 27: tba; 28: $30 Rob Derke Qrt; 29: 8&10:30pm Peter Levin Band w/Dookey Shoe; 30: 8pm only $20 Robert Leslie; 31 8pm only $30/40 & Aug 1 7:30&10pm: $25/40 Marty Balin. JAZZ AT KITANO: 66 Park Av at 38th St. 212885-7119. www.kitano.com. Sets: Mon 811:30pm, Tues 8-11pm, Wed-Sat 8-9:15&1011:15pm, Sun 11am-2pm. Adm: Mon-Tues free/$15 min, Wed-Thurs $15/20 min, Fri-Sat $30/20 min, Sun $40 buffet. Residencies (R): Mon Jam w/Iris Ornig; Tues except 07/28 Megumi Yonezawa Solo; Sun Jazz Brunch w/Tony Middleton Trio. Jul 1: John Dokes Qnt; 2: Michele Bautier Qrt; 3: Rob Duguay & Songevity Qrt; 4: Eric Comstock/Barbara Fasano/Harry Allen Trio; 5-7: R; 8: Adrian Cunningham Qrt; 9: David Lopato Qrt; 10: Ignacio Berroa Qrt; 11: Marlene VerPlanck Qrt; 12-14: R; 15: Steve Picataggio Trio; 16: Adam Rongo Qrt; 17: Maucha Adnet & Helio Alves Duo; 18: Alexis Cole Qrt; 19-21: R; 22: Katie Thiroux Qrt; 23: Tammy Scheffer Sxt; 24: Edward Simon Trio; 25: Roseanna Vitro Band; 26-27: R; 28: Billy Test; 29: Frank
Kimbrough Solo; 30: Jeremy Siskind Gp; 31: Michael Blake Qrt. JOHN JAY COLLEGE: 899 10th Ave #623 (bet 58th & 59th Sts). www.jazzforumarts.org. 914-631-1000. Jul 28: free adm Rooftop Community concert series feat Vanessa Falabella. L’YBANE: 709 8th Av (bet 44th & 45th Sts). 212582-2012. www.lybane.com. Tues&Fri 9pm12am: Rick Bogart Trio. The LAMBS CLUB: 132W 44th St (bet 6th Av & Bway). www.thelambsclub.com. 212-9975262. Tues-Wed: 8-11:30pm; Sun: 11am-3pm Jazz Brunch. LE CIRQUE: One Beacon Ct, 151E 58th St (bet 3rd & Lexington Avs). 212-644-0202. www.lecirquecafe.com. Mon: 7:30-10:30pm Musical Mondays. LEXINGTON HOTEL: 511 Lexington Av at 48th St. www.lexingtonhotelnyc.com. 212204-2318. Tues-Sat: 6-8pm The New York Jazz Workshop. LOCAL 802: Associated Musicians of Greater New York Club Room. 322W 48th St (bet 8th & 9th Sts). 212-245-4802. www.jazzfounda tion.org/what-we-do/monday-night-jamseries. Mon: 7-9:30pm Monday Night Jam presented by Jazz Foundation of America. LUCY MOSES SCHOOL: At Kaufman Center. 129W 67th St (bet Bway & Amsterdam). www.kaufman-center.org. 212-501-3360. Jazz program dir by Roni Ben-Hur. MATTS GRILL: 932 8th Av at 55th St. 212-3075109. www.mattsgrill.com. Tues-Wed: 8:30pm-11am, Sun: 12:30-3pm. Free adm. Tues: Danny Walsh Qnt; Wed&Sun: Sarah Hayes. MICHIKO STUDIOS: 149W 46th St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). 3rd Fl. www.robertoswinds.com. 212-302-4011. Jul 17: 8:30-10pm, $20 adm Ivo Perelmanin & Matthew Shipp Duo. MONKEY BAR: 60E 54th St (bet Madison & Park Avs). www.monkeybarnewyork.com. 212-288-1010. Fri-Sat: 8-11pm Solo. The NATIONAL: 557 Lexington Av at 50th St. 212-715-2400. www.thenationalnyc.com. Sun: 6-10pm. NATSUMI RESTAURANT: 226W 50th St (bet 8th & Bway). www.natsuminyc.com. 212258-2988. Tues: 6-8pm Joe Cohn Organ Trio. OPIA: At Renaissance New York Hotel: 130 E 57th St at Lexington Av. 212-688-3939. www.opiarestaurant.com. Sat: 8:30-11:30pm free adm. The PLAZA HOTEL: 768 5th Av at Central Park S. 212-759-3000. www.theplaza.com. Wed: 8:30-11:30pm free adm Kat Gang. RAINBOW ROOM: 30 Rockefeller Plaza. 65th Fl. www.rainbowroom.com. 212-632-5000. Mon: 6:30-11pm $34 adm; Sun: 12-3pm $95. Residency (R): Mon Max Weinberg Orch. Jul 5: Avalon Jazz Band; 6: R; 12: Nightingale Band; 13: R; 19: Carte Blanche Band; 20: R; 26: The Ladybugs; 27: R. ROBERT: 2 Columbus Cir. 9th Fl. 212-299-7730. www.robertnyc.com. Sets: Mon-Tues 6:309:30pm, Wed-Thurs 7-10pm, Fri-Sat 8-11pm, Sun 12:30-2:30pm Brunch & 6:30-9:30pm. ROBERTO’S WINDS: 149W 46th St. 212-3911315. www.robertoswinds.com. ROOM 53: 314W 53rd St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). 646-675-5341. www.room53.us. Fri: 710:30pm $10 adm Open Mic/Jam by Frank Owens for Singers, Tap Dancers & Instrumentalists. Jul 25: 7:3&9pm Lela Keels, Dor Green, Deborah Auer & Carol Randazzo. The RUM HOUSE: 228W 47th St (bet Bway & 8th Av). www.edisonrumhouse.com. 646490-6924. Sets: 9:30pm-12:30am, Mon 10pm2am. Residencies: Mon 10pm-2am Terry
Waldo & Rum House Jass Band; Sun Candy Shop Boys. SAINT PETER’S CHURCH: 619 Lexington Av at 54th St. (Citicorp Bld). www.saintpeters.org. 212-935-2200. 1st Mon: 7:30pm free adm International Women in Jazz Jam; Wed: 1pm $10 don Midtown Jazz at Midday; Thurs: 12:30pm free adm Jazz on the Plaza; Sun: 5pm free adm Jazz Vespers. Jul 1: Ted Rosenthal & Joel Frahm; 5: Sylvia Cuenca Qrt; 8: Geoff Gallante Qrt; 9: Alexis Cole Qrt; 12: Art Lillard & Heavenly Big Band; 15: Memories of Café Pierre feat Kathleen Landis & Nancy Winston; 16: Jamie Baum & Short Stories; 19: Eve Zanni; 22: Russ Kassoff Trio; 23: Ron Blake Qrt; 26: Emilio Teubal Ens; 29: Carli Munoz & Eddie Gomez; 30: Bria Skonberg. SAN MARTIN RESTAURANT: 143E 49th St (bet Lexington & 3rd Avs). 212-832-0888. www.sanmartinrestaurantny.com. 1st Tues: 6-8pm Ron Odrich Qrt. STUDIO 100 BAR: At Marriott Residence Inn. 1033 6th Av (bet 38th & 39th St) 3rd Fl. 212768-0007. Free adm/no min. Thurs: 6-10pm Trios. SUMMER GARDEN & BAR: Rockefeller Center. 5th Av (bet 49th & 50th Sts). www.patinagroup.com. 866-9PATINA. Sun: 11am-3pm Jazz Brunch series. TAGINE: 221 W38th St (bet 7th & 8th Avs). www.taginedining.com. 646-373-6265. TGI FRIDAY’S: 677 Lexington Av at 56th St. 212-339-8858. www.tgifridays.com. Sun: 69pm Marc Devine Trio. TOMI JAZZ: 239E 53rd St (Bet 2nd & 3rd Avs). Lower level. www.tomijazz.com. 646-4971254. Sets: Mon-Wed&Sun 8-11pm, Thurs 911:30pm, Fri 9pm-1am, Sat 8-10:30pm + 11pm-1:30am. Adm: Mon-Wed&Sun free/$5 min, Thurs-Sat $10/10 min. Jul 1: Emi Takada Trio + Jun Miyake Duo; 2: The Highliners; 3: David Zakarian Trio; 4: E Lunana & Lunanos, L tba; 5: Yuki Futami Trio; 6: Hillary Capps; 7: Vivienne Aerts + Wishing on Stars; 8: Ali Bello & the Sweet Wir; 9: Benjamin Servernay Trio; 10: Kuni Mikami Trio; 11: E Ken Kobayashi, L Aquiles Navarro Trio; 12: Yako Eicher; 13: Akemi Yamada; 14: Geo Progulakis + Alec Castro Duo; 15: Stephen Fuller Duo + Benno Marur Duo; 16: Scot Albertson Duo; 17: Nicholas Wight Trio; 18: E Daniel Bennett Gp, L Nick Morrison Trio; 19: Lunana & Lunanos Trio; 20: Marla Sampson Duo; 21: Edge of Jazz; 22: Hironobu Honshuku Trio; 23: Akihiro Yamamoto Trio; 24: Takenori Nishiuchi; 25: E Yuko Ito Trio, L Yusuke Seki Qrt; 26: Kengo Yamada; 27: Setsuko Hata Trio; 28: Michael Gallant Trio; 29: tba; 30: Senri Oe; 31: Ray Daisuke & Riyo Fukush. URBO: 11 Times Square (8th Av & 42nd St). 212-542-8950. www.urbonyc.com/bar-urbo. Tues-Fri: 6:30pm.
LOWER MANHATTAN (Below 34th Street)
11TH STREET BAR: 510E 11th St (bet Av A & B). www.11thstbar.com. 212-982-3929. Mon: 8-11pm Richard Clements & Murray Wall Jazz Express. 55 BAR: 55 Christopher St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). 212-929-9883. www.55bar.com. Sets: Early (E) 7-9pm except Fri-Sun 6-9pm, Late (L) 10pm. 1st Mon: E Sean Wayland; 1st Thurs: E Ami Cervini; 1st Sat: E Ayana lowe; last Fri: E Kendra Shank. Jul 10: Tessa Souter Trio. ABC NO RIO: 156 Rivington St (bet Clinton &
Suffolk Sts). www.abcnorio.org. 212-2543697. Sun: 7pm $5 don C.O.M.A. series 2 sets + open session. Jul 4: closed; 12: Harvey Valdes, Gian Luigi Diana & Blaise Siwula + Sam Newsome; 19: Scott May Ens + Rocco John Iacovone Ens; 26: Blaise Siwula, Dmitry Ishenko & David Miller + John Loggia Ens. ALL THINGS PROJECT: At Neighborhood Chuch. 269 Bleecker St. 212-691-1770. www.allthingsproject.net. 1st Fri: 8&9:30pm free adm. Jul 3: Manuel Valera Trio. AMUSE WINE BAR: 121 Ludlow St (bet Rivington & Delancey Sts). 212-477-0100. www.amusewine.com. Fri: 8-11pm. Jul 24: Dorian Devins Trio. ANALOGUE: 19W 8th St (bet 5th Av & McDougal St). www.analoguenyc.com. 212432-0200. Sets: 7:30-10:30pm free adm. Mon: Renaud Penant Trio. ANTIBES BISTRO: 112 Suffolk St (bet Delancey & Rivington Sts). 212-533-6088. www.antibesbistro.com. Tues-Wed: 7:3010:30pm free adm/no min. ANTIQUE GARAGE: 41 Mercer St. 212-2191019. www.antiquegaragesoho.com. ARTHUR’S TAVERN: 57 Grove St. 212-6756879. www.arthurstavernnyc.com. Sets: 710pm. Mon: Grove Street Stompers feat Joe Licari; Tues: Yuichi Hirakawa; Wed: Eve Silber; Thurs-Sat: Eri Yamamoto Trio; Sun: Creole Cooking. AUTHENTIC BAR B FLAT: Basement 277 Church St (bet Franklin & White Sts). www.bflat.info. 212-219-2970. Mon 8-11pm & Wed 8:30-11:30pm: Jordan Young Trio. BACK ROOM: 102 Norfolk St (bet Delancey & Rivington Sts). www.backroomnyc.com. 212-228-5098. Mon: 9pm-12:30am feat Svetlana & The Delancey Five. BAR HUGO: 525 Greenwich St (bet Vandam & Spring Sts). www.hotelhugony.com. 212608-4848. Mon: 6-8pm free adm Rooftop Jazz feat Gracie Terzian w/New Dominion Trio. BAR NEXT DOOR: 129 McDougal St. 212-5295945. www.lalanternacaffe.com. Sets: MonThurs Early (E) 6:30-7:45pm, Late (L) 8:30& 10:30pm, Fri-Sat 7:30,9:30&11:30pm, Sun 8&10pm. Adm: $12 all night + 1 drink min/set except Fri-Sat $12/set + 1 drink min/set, E free. Trios. Mon-Thurs: E Emerging Artists series; Mon: L Vocal Mondays series. Residencies (R): Wed L Jonathan Kreisberg; Sun Peter Mazza. Jul 1: E Kevin Clark, L R; 2: E Gioel Severini, L tba; 3: Alex Lore; 4: Ben Eunson; 5: R; 6: E Marty Isenberg, L Valentina Marino; 7: E Yuto Kanazawa, L Chad Lefkowitz-Brown; 8: E Tommy Hollyday, L R; 9: E Andrew Van Tassel, L Patrick Cornelius; 10: Dmitry Baevsky; 11: Davy Mooney; 12: R; 13: E Michael Stephenson, L Marianne Solivan; 14: E Bobby Katz, L Jonathan Saraga; 15: E Mural Trio, L R; 16: E Alex Sugerman, L Tony Mata; 17: Adriano Dos Santos; 18: Michael Valeanou; 19: R; 20: E Caroline Davis, L Kavita Shah; 21: E Arath Corral, L Jonathan Rangonese; 22: E Paul Jones, L R; 23: E Gianni Gagliardi, L Nicholas Brust; 24: Nick Russo; 25: Yotam Silberstein; 26: R; 27: E Casey Berman, L Michelle Walker; 28: E tba, L Nick Biello; 29: E Kyle Moffat, L R; 30: E Gioel Severini, L Kevin Wang; 31: Jack Wilkins. BLUE NOTE JAZZ CLUB: 131W 3rd St at 6th Av. 212-475-8592. www.bluenotejazz.com. Sets: 8&10:30pm + Fri-Sat 12:30am Late Night Groove series & Sun 11:30am&1:30pm Sunday Brunch. Adm varies. Jul 1: Bebel Gilberto; 2-5: Victor Wooten; 6: Carmen Rodgers & Zo!; 7: Gato Barbieri; 8-12; Eddie Palmieri Spt; 13: Jason Miles & Ingrid
Jensen; 14-19: Larry Coryell & The Eleventh House REUNITED; 20: Imani Uzuri; 21-26: Dizzy Gillespie™ All-Star Big Band feat Steve Davis; 27: Joe Gransden; 28-Aug 2: Earl Klugh. Late Night Groove series w/Jul 3: Giulia Valle Trio; 4: Project Grand Slam; 10: Naughty Professor; 11: Mauricio de Souza; 17: Matt “Pedals” Loescher Gp; 18: Coulon; 24: Emily Cavanagh; 25: Sarah Elizabeth Charles; 31: Evil Giraffes On Mars. Sunday Brunch w/Jul 5: Sean Smith Trio; 12: NYU Jazz Brunch feat Janis Siegel; 19: Peter & Will Anderson Qrt; 26: Pete McGuinness Jazz Orch. CAFÉ LOUP: 105W 13th St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). 212-255-4746. www.cafeloupnyc.com. Free adm/$5 min. Sun: 12:30am-3:30pm Jazz Brunch w/Bob Kindred, John Hart & Steve LaSpina, 6:30-9:30pm Junior Mance, Hide Tanaka & Michi Fuji Trio. CAFE NOCTAMBULO: At Pangea. 178 2nd Av (bet 11th & 12th Sts). 212-995-0900. www.cafenoctambulo.com. Encore Series: 7&9pm, $20 adm/$15 min. Jul 1: $15 + min Noel Simone Band Of Friends; 2: 8&9:30pm Ken Greves; 8&15: 8&9:30pm Craig Pomranz; 10: Deborah Latz; 11: Barbara Rosene; 15: see 07/8; 18: Janice Friedman Trio; 24: Michelle Walker; 25: 7&9pm Tribute to Mark Murphy feat Sheila Jordan, Judi Silvano, Steve Ross, Tessa Souter, Sean Smith, Marcelino Feliciano & Dylan Pramuk. CAFE WHAT?: 115 Macdougal St at Minetta Ln. www.cafewha.com. 212-254-3706. Jul 24: 7pm Andres Laprida; 30: 7:30pm Manny Moriera & Julie E. CAFFE VIVALDI: 32 Jones St (bet Bleecker & 4th St). www.caffevivaldi.com. 212-691-7538. Free adm. Jul 1,8&22: 8:30-9:30pm Joe Alterman; 12: 6-7pm Noel Brennan, 9-11pm John Lander Trio. CAPITAL GRILLE: 120 Bway (at Pine & Nassau). www.thecapitalgrille.com. 212-3741811. Free adm. Fri: 6:30-10pm Richard Russo Qrt. The CELL: A Twenty First Century Salon. 338W 23rd St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). 646-861-2253. www.thecelltheatre.org. CITY CRAB: 235 Park Av at East 19th St. 212529-3800. www.citycrabnyc.com. Sat-Sun: 12,1:20,2:20&3:20pm Jazz Brunch feat duos. Jul 4: Eyal Vilner; 5: Adam Moezinia; 11: Kyoko Oyobe; 12: George Weldon; 18: Mayu Saeki; 19: Jordan Pettay; 25: Carl Bartlett Jr.; 26: Justin Lees. CITY WINERY: 155 Varick St (bet Spring & Vandam Sts). www.citywinery.com. 212-6080555. Jul 12: 11am PJ Rasmussen & the Boardwalk Jazz Band. 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. Jul 1: Lauren Falls; 2: Scott Lee, Yago Vazquez & Jeff Hirshfield; 3: Sofia Ribeiro & Marco Mezquida Duo, 10pm Sol Liebeskind Trio; 4: Ingrid Laubrock/ Tyshawn Sorey/Kris Davis; 5: Diane Moser Qnt; 6: Amram & Co; 7: 7pm Zack Foley, 9pm Elder, Mulherkar & friends; 8: John Raymond Roots Trio; 9: The Horns Band; 1011: Ll4; 12: Mitch Marcus Gp; 14: Rob Garcia 4; 15: Julian Lage & Jorge Roeder; 16: Paul Jones Qrt; 17-18: Gilad Hekselman; 19: Elementos; 20: Rotem Sivan Trio; 21: Lena Hovanesian; 22: Mandology, 10pm Jonathan Powell & Nu Sangha; 24: Barry Altschul & 3dom Factor; 25: Loren Stillman Trio; 26: Logan Strosahl; 28: Marta Sanchez Qnt; 30: Antonio Mazzei Qrt; 31: Joel Harrison 5. The CUPPING ROOM CAFE: 359W Bway (bet Broome & Grand Sts). 212-925-2898.
www.cuppingroomcafe.com. Sets: Thurs-Fri 8-11pm, Sat 8:30pm-12:30am. Sat: Mal Stein. The CUTTING ROOM: 44E 32nd St (bet Madison & Park Av). 212-691-1900. www.the cuttingroomnyc.com. The DEAD RABBIT GROCERY & GROG: 30 Water St (Broad & Old Slip Sts). 646-4227906. www.deadrabbitnyc.com. Wed: 7:30pm-11:30pm Terry Waldo Solo. DOMA NA ROHU: 17 Perry St at 7th Av. 212929-4339. www.domanyc.com. $10 min. Wed: 7:30&9pm, Sat: 8&9:15pm. DOWNTOWN MUSIC GALLERY: 13 Monroe St (bet Market & Catherine Sts). 212-4730043. www.downtownmusicgallery.com. Sun: 6pm In-Store shows. Jul 5: 2pm The NU Band + Erhard Hirt, 6pm Rochus Aust, Jonathan Golove & Jokubas Aust. The DRAWING CENTER: 35 Wooster St (bet Broome & Grand Sts). 212-219-2166. www.drawingcenter.org. Jul 8-10: 7:30pm Drawing Sound I by Billy Martin. DROM: 85 Ave A (bet 5th & 6th Sts). 212-7771157. www.dromnyc.com. Jul 2: 9pm Mad Satta; 12: 7pm Dar Lahze; 14&28: 7:30pm Silver Arrow Band; 23: 7pm On The Spot Trio; 28: see 07/14. DUANE PARK CAFÉ: 157 Duane St (bet Hudson & W Bway). www.duaneparknyc.com. 212-732-5555. Fri: 9:30pm $95 adm incl dinner Plume Revue feat DP Jazz Qrt. The EAR INN: 326 Spring St (bet Greenwich & Washington Sts). www.earinn.com. 212-4319750. Sun: 8-11pm EarRegulars feat Jon-Erik Kellso & friends. Jul 5: w/Jay Rattman; 12: w/John Allred; 26: w/Scott Robinson. FAT CAT: 75 Christopher St at 7th Av. 212-6756056. www.fatcatmusic.org. $3 adm/no min. Sets unless otherwise noted: Early (E), Late (L), Night (N); Mon E 6pm, L 9pm, N 12:30am; Tues-Wed E 7pm, L 9pm, N 12:30am; Thurs&Sat E 7pm, L 10pm, N 1:30am; Fri E 6pm, L 9pm + 10:30pm, N 1:30am; Sun E 6pm, L 9pm, N 1am. Ev N: Jam. Residencies (R): Mon N Billy Kaye; Tues E Saul Rubin; Wed E except 07/1 Raphael D'lugoff Trio +1, N Ned Goold; Fri 9pm Gospel Queens; Sat: N Greg Glassman; Sun E Terry Waldo & Gotham City Band, N Brandon Lewis & Renee Cruz. Jul 1: E Mike King Qnt, L Groover Trio, N R; 2: E Lummie Spann Qnt, L Saul Rubin Zebtet, N Will Terrill; 3: E Allan Rubinstein Trio, L R + Jared Gold/Dave Gibson, N Paul Nowinski; 4: E Dave Schnitter, L Raphael D'lugoff Qnt, N R; 5: E R, 8:30pm Jade Synstelien & FCBB, N R; 6: E Malang Jobarteh, L George Braith, N R; 7: E R, L Nu D'lux, N Craig Wuepper; 8: E R, L Harold Mabern Trio, N R; 9: E Radam Schwartz, L Greg Glassman Qnt, N Jared Gold; 10: E Avi Rothbard Qrt, L R + Sylvia Cuenca, N Ray Gallon; 11: E Eiko Rikuhashi & La Descarga Band, L Troy Roberts, N R; 12: E R, L Corin Stiggal Qnt, N R; 13: E tba, L Ned Goold Qrt, N R; 14: E R, L Peter Brainin & the Latin Jazz Workshop, N tba; 15: E R, L Don Hahn/Mike Camacho Band, N R; 16: E tba, L Joris Tepee, N tba; 17: E tba, L R + Diego Voglino Qrt, N tba; 18: E tba, L Bruce Williams Qnt, N R; 19: E R, L tba, N R; 20: E-L tba, N R; 21: E R, L-N tba; 22: E R, L tba, N R; 23: tba; 24: E Todd Herbert Qrt, L R + Victor Gould Sxt, N tba; 25: E tba, L Ed Cherry Qrt, N R; 26: E R, L tba, N R; 27: E-L tba, N R; 28: E R, L Itai Kriss & Gato Gordo, N John Benitez & Latin Bop; 29: E R, L tba, N R; 30: E tba, L New York Cats, N tba; 31: E Ray Gallon Trio, L R + Point of Departure, N tba. The FLATIRON ROOM: 37W 26th St (bet 6th Av & Bway). www.theflatironroom.com. 212725-3860. Jul 17&25: 9pm-1am Susan
Tobocman. FLÛTE GRAMERCY: 40E 20th St (bet Bway & Park Av S). 212-529-7870. www.flutebar. com. Wed: 7-10pm free adm. Jul 8&22: Dorian Devins; 15: Melanie Marod; 22: see 07/8; 29: Jason Archimandritis Music; 31: Michael Sheridan. GARAGE: 99 7th Av S (bet W 4th & Bleecker). www.garagerest.com. 212-645-0600. Free adm/no min. Sets: Early (E), Late (L), Brunch (B); Mon E 7-10pm, L 10:30pm-1:30am; TuesThurs E 6-10pm, L 10:30pm-1:30am; Fri E 6:15-10:15pm, L 10:45pm-2:45am; Sat B 124pm, E 6:15-10:15pm, L 10:45pm-2:45am; Sun B 11:30am-4pm, E 6:30-10:30pm, L 11pm-2am. Residency (R): Sun E David Coss Qrt. Jul 1: E The Anderson Brothers, L Will Terrill Trio; 2: E Champian Fulton Qrt, L Geo Progulakis Trio; 3: E Evgeny Sivstov Trio, L Kevin Dorn & the BIG 72; 4: B Larry Newcomb Qrt, E Michika Fukumori Trio, L James Stewart Trio; 5: B Kayo Hiraki Trio, E R, L Abe Ovadia Trio; 6: E Howard Williams Jazz Orch, L Pasquale Grasso Trio; 7: E Tony Yezzo Qrt, L Darrian Douglas Trio; 8: E Yvonnick Prene Trio, L Ray Parker Trio; 9: E George Weldon Trio, L Subject to Change; 10: E Fukushi Tainaka Trio, L Peter Valera & the Jump Blues Band; 11: B Daniela Schaechter Trio, E Jordan Young Organ Trio, L Virginia Mayhew Qrt; 12: B Lou Caputo Qrt, E R, L Joonsam Lee Trio; 13: E Lou Caputo Not So Big Band, L Ram Erez Trio; 14: E Rob Edwards Qrt, L Edwin Canito Trio; 15: E Marc Devine Trio, L Richard Bomzer Trio; 16: E Rick Stone Trio, L Cheryl Pyle Trio; 17: E Kyoko Oyobe Trio, L Kevin Dorn & the BIG 72; 18: B Larry Newcomb Qrt, E Joe Pino Qrt, L Daylight Blues Band; 19: B Kristen Koller Trio, E R, L Afro Matra; 20: E Interplay Orch, L Chris Carroll Trio; 21: E Periscopes, L Roy Mor Qrt; 22: E Joe Alterman Trio, L Bedlam Swing; 23: E Mike Catalano-A Manhattan Affair, L Flea Circus; 24: E Champian Fulton Qrt, L Peter Valera & the Jump Blues Band; 25: B Marsha Heydt & the Project of Love, E Masami Ishikawa Trio, L Virginia Mayhew Qrt; 26: B Iris Ornig Qrt, E R, L Dave Kain Gp; 27: E Rob Edwards Big Band, L Justin Lees Trio; 28: E Ray Blue Trio, L Assaf Kehati Trio; 29: E Aida Brandes Trio, L Pablo Masis Qrt; 30: E Luke Hendon Trio, L Cheryl Pyle Trio; 31: E Al Marino Trio, L Dre Barnes Project. JAZZ GALLERY: 1160 Bway, 5th Fl at 27th St. www.jazzgallery.org. 646-494-3625. Sets: 8pm $15/10 adm & 10pm $10/8 adm, $22/12 Fri-Sat. Jul 10: Colin Stranahan & Pacemaker; 11: Godwin Louis; 16: Alex LoRe; 17: Shai Maestro; 18: Freddie Redd; 24: EJ Strickland; 25: Luis Perdomo; 30: Gabriel Zucker; 31-Aug 1: Ingrid Laubrock. JAZZ STANDARD: 116E 27th St (bet Park & Lexington Avs). www.jazzstandard.net. 212576-2232. Unless otherwise noted, sets: 7:30&10pm + 11:45pm Fri-Sat; adm: MonWed $25, Thurs-Sun $30. Residency (R): Mon Mingus Monday w/Mingus Big Band. Jul 1: Kevin Hays & New Day; 2-5: $35 James Cotton; 6: R; 7: Sofia Rei & Multinational Sxt; 8: Charenee Wade; 9-12: Joyce Moreno; 13: R; 14-15: $30 George Coleman Jr. New Oct; 16-19: Azar Lawrence Qnt; 20: R; 21-22: Allan Harris; 23-26: Houston Person Qrt; 27: R; 28-29: $30 Joey Alexander Trio; 30-Aug 2: Regina Carter. JOE’S PUB: At Public Theater. 425 Lafayette St & Astor Pl. www.joespub.com. 212-967-7555. Adm varies. Jul 14: 9:30pm Carte Blanche; 31: 9:30pm Ethan Lipton Orch. JUDSON CHURCH: 55 Washington Sq South at Thompson St. www.judson.org. 212-4770351. Jul 7-12: Vision Festival feat 07/7 7:30pm Douglas R. Ewart & Quasar w/spec
guest Joseph Jarman, 9:30pm Henry Grimes & Amina Claudine Myers, 10:30pm Roscoe Mitchell, 07/8 7pm Connie Crothers, 7:30pm Robinson/Whitecage/Filiano/Grassi, 8:30pm Crispell & Hemingway, 10pm Whit Dickey Ens, 11pm Sun Ra Arkestra, 07/9 7pm The Independents, 7:30pm Darius Jones Qrt feat Emilie Lesbros, 9pm Milford Graves HeArt Qrt, 10pm Dave Burrell Civil War Project, 11pm Joe McPhee & Four For Jazz, 07/10 7:30pm Karl Berger Improvisers Chamber Orch, 9pm Jason Kao Hwang/Sing House, 10pm David Murray w/Class Struggle Trio, 11pm William Parker Martin Luther King Project, 07/11 6:30pm Ingrid Laubrock Sxt, 7:30pm Wadada Leo Smith/Aruan Ortiz Duo, 9pm Tony Malaby TubaCello, 10pm Leandre/Cleaver/Maneri, 07/12 6pm HEAR in NOW, 7pm Matthew Shipp Trio, 8:30pm Rob Brown Qrt, 9:30pm Hamiet Bluiett Telepathic Orch. JULES BISTRO: 65 Saint Marks Pl (bet 1st & 2nd Avs). 212-477-5560. www.julesbistro.com. LE POISSON ROUGE: 158 Bleecker St at Thompson St. www.lepoissonrouge.com. 212-796-0741. Adm varies. Jul 19: 6pm Nepal Relief concert w/Claudia Qnt, Goonj Beyond Borders, Joel Harrison & Anupam Shobhakar, KJ Denhert Band, Beat Käestli Band, Xiomara & Axel Laugart, Trio Urbano feat Susan Pereira, Dario Eskenazi, Jamie Baum & spec guest Dave Liebman. LE SINGE VERT: 160 7th Av (bet 19th & 20th Sts). 212-366-4100. www.lesingevert.com. LITTLE BRANCH: 20 Leroy St at 7th Av S. 212-929-4360. METROPOLITAN ROOM: 34W 22nd St (bet. 5th & 6th Avs). www.metropolitanroom.com. 212-206-0440. Sets unless otherwise noted: Early (E) 7pm, Late (L) 9:30pm. Residency (R): Tues L Annie Ross. Jul 2: L Joseph Pino; 3: L Angelo Hart; 7: L R; 10: E Richard Malavet Qrt, 11:30pm Angelo Hart; 11: E Artie Thompson; 14: L R; 19: 1pm Andy Sharkey; 21: L R; 24: E Richard Malavet Qrt; 27: L Kay Matsukawa; 28: L R. MEZZROW: 163W 10th St (bet 7th Av & Waverly Pl). www.mezzrow.com. 646-4764346. Sets: Early (E) 7:30pm free adm, Late (L) 9:30pm $20, Night (N) 12am. Residencies: E Mon John Merrill, Tues-Thurs&Sun Happy Hour show, Fri Ehud Asherie, Sat Spike Wilner & guests. Jul 1: Allyn Johnson; 2: Tim Armacost/Don Friedman; 3-4: Joanne Brackeen/Ugonna Okegwo; 5: Mike Moreno; 7: Jill McCaron; 8-9: Taylor Eigsti w/Gretchen Parlato 07/8, w/Dayna Stephens 07/9; 10-12: Larry Willis; 11: N Jeremy Manasia; 13: David Hazeltine; 15: Evan Christopher/Ehud Asherie; 16: Mark Soskin; 17-18: Hod O’Brien/Ray Drummond; 19: E Bucky Pizzarelli/Ed Laub, L Grant Stewart; 21: Tada Unno; 22: Joe Martin/Ben Monder; 23: Neal Miner/Mike Kanan; 24-25: Dezron Douglas/Anthony Wonsey/Steve Nelson Trio; 27: Judi Silvano/Michael Abene; 28: Rick Germanson; 29: Steve Slagle/Bill O’Connell; 30: Larry Fuller; 31-Aug 1: Buster Williams/Victor Gould. MILANO’S BAR: 51E Houston St (bet Mott & Mulberry Sts). 212-226-8844. Thurs 2-4pm: Carol & Company. MOSCOW 57: 168 1/2 Delancey St at Clinton St. 212-260-5775. www.moscow57.com. NEIGHBORHOOD CHURCH: 269 Bleecker St (bet Jones & Cornelia Sts). 212-691-1770. www.ncgv.net. See All Things Project. NEW YORK CITY BAHA’Í CENTER: 53E 11th St (bet Bway & University). 212-222-5159. www.bahainyc.org. Tues: 8&9:30pm $10/15 continued on page 22
FTEN CALLED ONE OF THE LAST of the bebop pianists, Hod O'Brien O learned his jazz the old-fashioned way: on
the bandstand. Brief college studies were quickly dropped in favor of the life of a working musician and by 1956, the twentyyear-old O'Brien was leading his own trio at a local jazz club in the Berkshires with visiting musicians often featured as guests. By that time, O'Brien was already completely enamored with bebop, having abandoned the more traditional jazz styles he'd been practicing. Later that same year, O'Brien gravitated to New York City, the epicenter of jazz. "When I first got to New York, I was going around to the jam sessions and lofts," he recalls on the phone from his home in Virginia, "and I was very cocky, as I'd put in lots of time practicing all the bebop licks of Bud Powell and Charlie Parker phrases." At one jam, he sat in with Teddy Charles and the vibist was so impressed he asked O'Brien if he would like to be on a recording session (Charles was also an A&R man for Prestige Records). O'Brien's debut recording as a sideman resulted in the LP Three Trumpets, with Art Farmer, Donald Byrd and Idrees Sulieman, a minor classic he says sparks recognition of his name from many of today's top trumpeters who once studied it. His bebop piano style was already fully formed when O'Brien made that first album and, over the many years since, he
has remained faithful to its basic tenets while developing and refining it. He says Bud Powell epitomized it, but he came to the familiar conceptsâ€”long, often single note, right hand lines punctuated by intermittent chordal rhythmic accents from the left handâ€”first through hearing Nat Cole on early JATP records and Billy Taylor. Besides Powell, he sites Al Haig and Hank Jones as two other older bebop pianists who influenced him. "The first time I heard a pianist doing intermittently placed chords was Nat Cole, who was a stylistic bridge between swing and bebop," he says. And of the bebop style, he continues: "Bird's and Bud's ideas come right out of Bach's concepts of developing melodic lines out of chords, but with a different rhythmic feel." O'Brien's command of bebop piano led to his being hired by bassist Oscar Pettiford in 1958. "I call it one of my two dubious distinctions," he says. "Bill Evans was Oscar's pianist in the band, but Pettiford wasn't happy with Bill's comping and time feel. So [trumpeter] Red Rodney, who was in the group, recommended me and I replaced Evans. My other dubious distinction was coming in ahead of Bill Rodgers in a ten-mile race in New York, just a week after he had won the Boston Marathon. I heard all this applause as I crossed the finish line and then realized it was for Rodgers, who was right behind me." Pettiford became what O'Brien calls his "first jazz mentor," while Evans, along with McCoy Tyner, became two of the most influential post-bop jazz pianists of the 20th Century and two of the principal reasons so few practice the pure bebop style of piano today. O'Brien's other main jazz mentor was tenor saxophonist J.R. Montrose, probably best known for his work on Charles Mingus' classic album Pithecanthropus Erectus, who spent most of his career playing near his home in upstate New York. "J.R. was one of the most impressive cats I knew," he says, adding, "as was [alto saxophonist/arranger] Gigi Gryce, whose music I loved." Other musicians he worked with and admired over the years include trumpeter Chet Baker, saxophonists Phil Woods, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn and Warne Marsh and guitarists Ted Brown and Joe Puma. In the 1960s, he gave up jazz to study math and psychology, earn a degree and work as a research assistant, before returning full time to jazz in 1974. Since then he's worked regularly, traveling frequently to Japan, where his pure bop style is greatly appreciated. He's also worked widely, including at resorts in Virginia, with and without his wife, the singer Stephanie Nakasian, whom he first met in 1980. He's looking forward to reuniting
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O'Brien photo by Ronald Weinstock.
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adm. Jul 7: Jorge Sylvester ACE Collective; 14: Rosemary George; 21: Jabbo Ware & the Me, We and Them Jazz Orch; 28: Lou Caputo & the Little Big Band. NIGHTHAWKS: 679 Greenwich St at Christopher St. www.nighthawksnyc.com. 646-329-6390. Mon-Tues&Thurs: 8-10:30pm, Sun: 12-3pm. NORTH SQUARE: At Washington Square Hotel. 103 Waverly Pl at McDougal. www.northsquareny.com/about-jazz. 212254-1200. Sun: 12:30&2:15pm free adm Jazz Brunch. Jul 5: Elizabeth Lohninger Trio; 12: Roz Corral Trio w/John Hart & Boris Kozlov; 19: Dee Cassella Trio; 26: Roz Corral Trio w/Ron Affif & Paul Gill. NUBLU: 62 Av C (bet 4th & 5th Sts). 212-3751500. www.nublu.net. NUYORICAN POETS CAFÉ: 236E 3rd St (bet Avs B & C). www.nuyorican.org. 212-7809386/212-505-8183. Sets: 9:30pm. Tues: 9pm Latin Jazz feat 1st Tues Chembo Corniel, 2nd Tues Bronx Conxión, 3rd Tues Bobby Sanabria, last Tues Hector Martignon; 1st Wed: All That - Hip Hop Poetry & Jazz; 1st Sat: $15 adm Puddin’ Jazz series + Jam; last Sun: Bobby Sanabria & New School AfroCuban Jazz Band. ONE IF BY LAND, TWO IF BY SEA: 17 Barrow St (bet 7th Av & W4th St). 212-2558649. www.oneifbyland.com. Tues&Thurs 611pm, Sun 11:30am-3pm: Ryo Sasaki & Nial Djuliarso Duo. PEGU CLUB: 77W Houston St (bet W Bway & Wooster St). 2nd Fl. www.peguclub.com. 212-473-PEGU. Sun: 6:30-9:30pm Glenn Crytzer & Pegu Club All Stars. PIANOS: 158 Ludlow St at Stanton. 212-5053733. www.pianosnyc.com. Fri: 8pm Cabinet Makers. PIERRE LOTI: 258W 15th St (bet 7th & 8th Avs). www.pierrelotiwinebar.com. 212-6455684. Tues: 8-11pm. PRIMO 135: 135 7th Av S (bet Charles & 10th Sts). 212-620-6196. www.primo135.com. Mon&Sun: 7-10pm Brazilian Duo w/Freddie Bryant feat Vanessa Falabella (Mon), Andromeda Turre (Sun). RED ROOM: At KGB Bar. 85E 4th St (bet 2nd Av & Bowery). www.redroomnyc.com. 212787-0155. ROBERT F WAGNER JR. PARK: 20 Battery Pl. www.bpcparks.org. 212-2679700. Thurs: 7-8:30pm Battery Park City Parks Conservancy feat free River & Blues Festival. Jul 9: John Hammond; 16: Valerie June; 23: Henry Butler & friends; 30: Alexis P. Suter & The Ministers of Sound. ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL: 196 Allen St at E Houston St. www.rockwoodmusichall.com. 212-477-4155. Jul 19: 7-8:15pm Andrea Wood; 20: 7pm Yoshino Nakahara; 21: 7-8pm Colleen Clark; 25: 1am Pericopes + 1. RUE B: 188 Ave B (bet 11th & 12th Sts). 212358-1700. www.ruebnyc.com. Sets: 8:30, 9:30&10:45pm. Mon: tba; Tues: Adrian Moring Trio feat Kelly Green; Wed: Randy Johnston Trio; Thurs: 07/2,9&23 tba, 16&30 Seth Kessel Trio; Fri: Frankie Valdez Mambo Orch; Sat: Reina Williams Funk Trio; Sun: Jazz vocal open mic w/Jocelyn Media. SMALLS JAZZ CLUB: 183W 10th St at 7th Av. 212-252-5091. www.smallsjazzclub.com. Sets: Afternoon (PM), Early (E), Late (L), Night (N); Mon E 7:30-10pm, L 10:30pm-1am, N 1am; Tues 7:30-9pm, L 9:30pm-12am, N 12:30am, Wed-Thurs E 7:30-10pm, L 10:30pm-1am, N 1:30am; Fri PM 4-7pm, E 7:30-10pm, L 10:30pm-1am, N 1:15am, Sat
PM 4-7pm, E 7:30-10pm, L 10:30pm-1am, N 1:15am; Sun 1-3pm, PM 4:30-7pm, E 7:3010pm, L 10:30pm. Jam following N. Adm varies. Residencies (R): Mon L except 07/6&27 Ari Hoenig, N except 07/27 Jonathan Barber; Tues E Spike Wilner Qrt, N except 07/6 Next Generation Sessions by Alex Claffy & friends; Wed N Sanah Kadoura Band; Fri PM Jam w/Ai Murakami 07/3,17&31, w/The Corey Wallace DUBtet 07/10&24; Sat PM Jam w/Jonathan Thomas Trio 07/4&18, w/Tuomo Uusitalo Trio 07/11&25; Sun 1pm Vocal masterclass by Marion Cowings. Jul 1: E Dexter Mason Band, L Lummie Spann Band, N R; 2: E Jeff Williams Qrt + 1, L Nick Hempton Band, N tba; 3: PM R, E Joey Caveseno Band, L Grachan Moncur Band, N tba; 4: PM R, E Clifford Barbaro Band, L Grachan Moncur Band, N Philip Harper; 5: 1pm R, PM Marianne Solivan Big Band, E-L tba; 6: E Bill Goodwin Band, L Marcus Strickland Band, N R; 7: E R, L Smalls Legacy Band feat Frank Lacy, N R; 8: E Dave Scott Qnt, L Christopher McBride & The Whole Proof, N R; 9: E Ben Perowsky Band, L Spencer Murphy Band, N tba; 10: PM R, E Randy Johnston Trio, L Tim Green Band, N Jeremy Manasia; 11: PM R, E Dmitry Baevsky Band, L Tim Green Band, N Stacy Dillard; 12: 1pm R, PM Rob Burke & The Power of the Idea Sxt, E-L tba; 13: E Carol & Company, L-N R; 14: E R, L Lucas Pino No Net Nnt, N R; 15: E Zaid Nasser Band, L Dayna Stephens Qnt, N R; 16: E Fukushi Tainaka Qnt, L Ken Fowser Band, N tba; 17: PM R, E Joshua Breakstone Trio, L Montez Coleman Band, N tba; 18: PM R, E Bob DeMeo Band, L Montez Coleman Band, N Philip Harper; 19: 1pm R, PM-L tba; 20: E Kyoko Oyobe Gp feat Ben Monder, L-N R; 21: E R, L Theo Hill Band, N R; 22: E Akiko Qrt, L Jon Beshay Qrt, N R; 23: E Bryn Roberts Trio, L Carlos Abadie Qnt, N tba; 24: PM R, E tba, L John Marshall Qnt, N tba; 25: PM R, E Rudy Petschauer Qrt, L John Marshall Qnt, N Stacy Dillard; 26: 1pm R, PM George Gee Orch, L Charles Owens Trio; 27: E Will Sellenraad 3, L Joe Farnsworth Band, N Jonathan Michel; 28: E R, L Josh Evans Big Band, N R; 29: E Adam Birnbaum Qnt, L Curtis Lundy Gp, N R; 30: E Adam Birnbaum Qnt, L Brian Lynch Band, N tba, 31: PM R, E Peter Malinverni Trio, L Ken Peplowski Qrt, N Anthony Wonsey Trio. SPECTRUM NYC: 121 Ludlow St 2nd Fl (bet Delancey & Rivington Sts). 212-533-5470. www.spectrumnyc.com. Jul 2: 8:30-10:30pm Guillermo Gregorio. The STONE: 2nd St at Av C. www.thestonenyc. com. Adm varies. Tues-Sun: 8&10pm weekly residencies. Sun: 3pm John Zorn & friends. Jul 1-5: Fast Forward; 7-12: Gyan Riley; 1419: Secret Chiefs 3; 21-26: Cleric; 28-Aug 2: Gerry Hemingway. SUBROSA: 63 Gansevoort St (bet Washington & Greenwich Sts). www.subrosanyc.com. 212-997-4555. Sets: unless otherwise noted 8&9:30pm $20 adm. Jul 1-2,24-25&30-31: (8&10pm 07/1) Pedrito Martinez Gp; 3: Telmary; 6: Barbara Martinez & Rumba Flamenca; 9-10: Tiempo Libre; 11: Mr. Pauer; 12: Torreblanca & Masa; 13: 8&10pm Colette Michaan; 15: 8&10pm Jose Pepito Gomez; 16: Zeitlin Perez; 17: Lean Burke; 19: 8&10pm Eliacim; 22: 8&10pm Yuniel Jimenez; 23: Moneco; 24-25: see 07/1; 27: Liz Menezes; 30-31: see 07/1. The TOKYO TAPAS CAFÉ: 7 Cornelia St at West 4th St. www.tokyotapascafenyc.com. 212-242-6333. TURNMILL: 119E 27th St (bet Park & continued on page 26
HEN HE CAME TO NEW YORK from California in 1991, saxophonist W Ravi Coltrane could have traded on his
father and mother's brilliant legacies. Instead, with humility, patience and an uncompromising commitment to excellence, he is known today as a serious and celebrated musician on his own terms. The fact that he's only released six CDs— Moving Pictures, From the Round Box, Mad 6, In Flux, Blending Times and Spirit Fiction—from 1998 to 2012, proves that, for him, it's about quality, not quantity. "To make a record because you can, for me, is not enough of a reason to make a record," he says with a laugh. "I need some ideas and motivation and a little inspiration." The 49-year-old, Long Island-born Coltrane has plenty of inspiration to draw from, as evidenced by the wide-ranging and eclectic assemblage of musicians he's worked with—from Steve Coleman, Elvin Jones, Geri Allen, Jack DeJohnnette and McCoy Tyner, to Terence Blanchard, Joe Lovano, Joanne Brackeen and Dave Liebman—along with the vivid and varied ensembles he leads. His latest group is his Guitar Quartet, formed two years ago and composed of guitarist Adam Rogers, bassist Scott Colley and drummer Nate Smith, "These guys are players that I've known for decades," he says. "Scott Colley and I went to the same music school, Cal Arts. And I've been playing with Nate Smith in many different configurations. Adam Rogers is one of my favorite musicians of all times and he's one of my favorite guitarists. I wanted a band of guys that I not only admire as musicians, but who I would also enjoy hanging out with. There's definitely something to be said for that type of camaraderie. It really gets into the music." For Coltrane, the guitar gives him another unique sonic palette for his moving and melodious soprano/tenor sax lines to swoon and soar over. "You get two for one," he says. "It feels like you're playing with another melodic line player, like another horn player. And you also get the richness and harmony available as if you had a piano there." The rich harmonies radiating from this foursome manifest themselves in a number
of original compositions by the leader and by his bandmates, along with selections from a dearly departed jazz immortal. "From this day on, you'll most likely hear a lot of Ornette Coleman's music," Coltrane says. This interview took place hours after Coleman's death was reported. And Coltrane, who recorded two Coleman compositions, "Check Out Time" and "The Blessing," speaks beautifully and emphatically on Coleman's galactic influence. "It's funny to speak of him in the past tense, so I won't," he says, with a mixture of reverence and regret. "Ornette is a complete original: a total original. And he's fearless. What he did in New York in the late '50s was miraculous. To come up with a brand new conception, with those incredible likeminded individuals—Billy Higgins, and Charlie [Haden] and Don Cherry—they were complete originals. There is no one like him." Coltrane's passion for Coleman is matched by his life-long exploration of his father’s music, along with other saxophone colossuses including Wayne Shorter and Joe Henderson. He studied them when he was growing up near Los Angeles, where he lived after his father died in New York in 1967. The youngest of three children (his brother, John Jr., died in a car crash in 1982), Coltrane credits his mother as the driving force that made him the human being and musician he is today. "I learned a lot from her," he says, "how she interacted with people and what she was able to do as a musician. I was very fortunate to receive the things that I did from her. And making that album Translinear Light was something I dreamed about for years. My mother had retired from music before I began my musical journey. I'd say, 'Mom, please, we gotta do a record!' She said 'No, I already did
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Coltrane photo by Michael Weintrob.
S P O T L DIANE MOSER CORNELIA STREET CAFÉ / JULY 5 and TRUMPETS / JULY 29 Composer/pianist Diane Moser has been leading one of jazz's unique orchestras for almost two decades. The 17-piece Diane Moser's Composers Big Band is dedicated to playing new works and arrangements by its 11 members and guest artists. Those guests have ranged from Howard Johnson and Jim McNeely to Jane Ira Bloom and Matt Wilson. The DMCBB began performing monthly at Tierney's, then settled in its current home, Trumpets, where this month's gig celebrates the band's 18th anniversary. Moser has also been composing chamber jazz pieces for her quintet including Ben Williams, trombone and Marty Ehrlich, alto sax/clarinet. Expect to hear music from the quintet's latest recording, Music for the Last Flower, as well as Moser's new The Birdsong Project at Cornelia Street Café. GK
BILL WARE MASTERS SCHOOL / JULY 8 Whether performing with a jazz group, composing a symphony or experimenting with technology, vibraphonist Bill Ware demonstrates that innovation should be a constant spice in the jazz musician's cabinet. Whether as a leader or supporting acts such as Steely Dan and Groove Collective, Ware portrays the vibraphone as not just an instrument but rather an extension of his artistic prowess and musical curiosities. Since coming onto the New York jazz scene of the late 1980s, Ware has been a consummate force showcasing the vibraphone as a premiere instrument of the jazz idiom. Ware's colleagues have taken notice; guitarist Marc Ribot states, "Bill is one of the most talented musicians I've ever known." For this Jazz Forum Arts event, Ware is joined by pianist Matt King, bassist Alex Blake and drummer Jaime Affoumado. EW AMINA FIGAROVA THE SIDEDOOR / JULY 18 and FALCON ARTS / JULY 30 Pianist/composer Amina Figarova's musical output directly corresponds to her passions. Equal parts Ellington and Rachmaninov, Figarova's compositions have a fresh, multi-genre feel that puts her in a class all her own. After stints at the Baku and Rotterdam conservatories and Berklee College, Figarova's 1994 debut album, Destination, introduced the world to her refined and unpredictable post-bop styles. Appearances at the Newport Jazz Festival and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival showcased Figarova's prodigious character on a platform ripe with musical talent. Figarova's most recent recording is 2012's Twelve but she has a forthcoming release, Blue Whisper. She plays music from both with her husband, Belgian flutist Bart Platteau, and a complement of American players, including trumpeter Alex Norris and drummer Jason Brown. EW
FREDDIE REDD JAZZ GALLERY / JULY 18 Freddie Redd made his recording debut as a leader in 1955 yet the pianist has been so sporadically recorded that, now in his 80s, he remains a talent deserving wider appreciation. Recognized for his intricate, challenging compositions and dynamic approach to his instrument, Redd's best-known writing and performances were featured in the play and the film The Connection, music that has stood the test of time on its own merits. Bud Powell remains an influence in his style, though the New York City native has evolved into a more subdued, reflective performer. Redd's new trio CD with Jay Anderson on bass and drummer Billy Drummond is Music For You recently issued by SteepleChase, his first recording in more than a quarter century. KD
KATIE THIROUX JAZZ AT KITANO / JULY 22 Following in the footsteps of Brandi Disterheft, Linda Oh and Mimi Jones, Katie Thiroux represents a new wave of younger female jazz bass players. Based in Los Angeles, she trained on violin but swapped it out for upright bass, obtained opera pit jobs as a ten-year-old, and studied jazz with Tierney Sutton and John Clayton. Berklee College offered a scholarship; she graduated, taught at their satellite school in Ecuador, then completed a Master's degree at Cal State Long Beach. Her tight rhythmic underpinnings and solid sense of swing suggests West Coast cool influences like mentor Clayton, Leroy Vinnegar or Ray Brown. She performs music from her debut CD, Introducing Katie Thiroux (Basskat) with woodwind veteran Ken Peplowski, pianist Konrad Paszkudzki and drummer Matt Witek. MGN
By Ken Dryden, Yvonne Ervin, Ken Franckling, G
Ware photo by Angela Bartolo, Elling by Anna Webber, Peplowski by Fran Kaufman.
L I G H T WAYNE ESCOFFERY GINNY'S SUPPER CLUB / JULY 24-25 Tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery has been one of the giants among the young lions who have emerged in the 21st Century. He combines an adventurous spirit, potent songwriting and inventive improvising in his big-toned playing, occasionally doubling on soprano sax. Escoffery's small groups have been diverse, as demonstrated by his bands for both nights at Ginny's. The first night band is Wayne Escoffery and Phenom featuring two promising young musicians: drummer Kojo Roney, the ten-year-old son of saxophonist Antoine Roney who has been playing in jazz ensembles since age four, plus 12-year-old pianist Esteban Castro. The second night showcases his band Soul Stop with guest Jeremy Pelt performing groove-oriented music inspired by Mwandishi, Lee Morgan, Miles Davis and Eddie Harris. KD
JOEY ALEXANDER JAZZ STANDARD / JULY 28-29 There are many examples of players who caught jazz fever from listening to their fathers' record collections. Joey Alexander made that discovery at age six, then taught himself to play the piano in his native Bali Indonesia and absorbed enough of the jazz canon, musicality and spirit over the next four years for the movers and shakers in jazz to take note. He made his recording debut before turning 12 last month. My Favorite Things (Motéma) reveals an intuitive player with keen improvisational talent, whether playing challenging standards or originals. Now based in New York, Alexander has a full summer schedule of club and festival appearances. For these two nights at Jazz Standard, he's joined by his working trio mates, Russell Hall on bass and Sammy Miller, drums. KF
KURT ELLING 92Y / JULY 28 "Frank Sinatra is American popular song. The voice, the phrasing, the attitude: these qualities make him the single most important popular vocalist of all time," Jazz in July's artistic director and pianist Bill Charlap writes in the program for Swing a Song of Sinatra. Filling the shoes of Ol' Blue Eyes in this tribute is another singer with a unique approach to lyrics and, especially, swing: Kurt Elling. With a four-octave range and the heart of a poet, this charismatic performer will put his own stamp on Sinatra's many hits. Joining Elling in the frontline for the Sinatra 100th birthday celebration is cornetist Warren Vaché and tenorman Harry Allen with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington rounding out the rhythm section with Charlap. YE
CHRIS WASHBURNE SMOKE JAZZ & SUPPER CLUB / JULY 29 Trombonist Chris Washburne's SYOTOS Jazz Band has been pushing forward Latin jazz with elements of bebop, funk, gospel and contemporary classical music for 23 years. This evening celebrates the release of Low Ridin', their sixth CD, which features "acid mambo" versions of rock classics from the 1960s and '70s. One clever mash-up layers Duke Ellington's sacred work "Heaven" over Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven." SYOTOS includes Ole Mathisen, saxes; John Walsh, trumpet; Andre Mehmari, piano; Leo Traversa, bass; Vince Cherico, drums and Orestes Abrante, congas. The band name means "see you on the other side," which Washburne told them before his 1992 surgery for severe nerve cancer. Doctors said he had a 50/50 chance of surviving—and would never play again. He sure proved them wrong. KF
KEN PEPLOWSKI SMALLS / JULY 31-AUGUST 1 Back in the Swing Era, tenor saxophonists doubled on clarinet, or vice versa. In the post-bop era, the clarinet gave way to the soprano sax as a second for tenors, but Ken Peplowski is one of a handful today who plays both instruments equally as well and as often. Peplowski came up in the late 1970s and 1980s, playing in big bands, Broadway shows and, as a clarinetist, in traditional jazz contexts. However, he's always been willing to expand his horizons. His 1998 album Grenadilla featured him interacting with both trad/swing clarinetist Kenny Davern and downtown avant clarinetist Marty Ehrlich. Besides his group gig at Smalls, Peplowski is part of the 92Y's Benny, Basie and Bucky, a salute to Benny Goodman, Count Basie and special guest Bucky Pizzarelli. GK
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Lexington Avs). www.turnmillnyc.com. 646524-6060. Wed: 11pm-2am Jam w/Rob Duguay & Low Key Trio. VILLAGE VANGUARD: 178 7th Av S at 11th St. 212-255-4037. www.villagevanguard.com. Sets: 8:30&10:30pm. Adm: Mon-Thurs $25/1 drink min. Residency (R): Mon Vanguard Jazz Orch. Jul 1-5: Fred Hersch Trio; 6: R; 712: Russell Malone Qrt; 13: R; 14-19: Henry Threadgill & Zooid; 20: R; 21-26: Jenny Scheinman; 27: R; 28-Aug 2: Leo Genovese Qnt. VISION FESTIVAL: www.artsforart.org. 212254-5420. see Judson Church. The WAYLAND: 700 E 9th St at Av C. 212-7777022. www.thewaylandnyc.com. Sets: 911:30pm. Free adm. Wed: Grandpa Musselman & Syncopators; 1st Tues: Robert Ross Trio. WALKER’S: 16N Moore St at Varick. 212-9410142. www.walkerstribeca.com. Sun: 8-11pm Peter Leitch Duo. WHYNOT JAZZ ROOM: 14 Christopher St at Gay St. www.whynotjazzroom.com. 646-7564145. $10 adm unless otherwise noted. Residency (R): Sun 7&8:30pm WhyNot Experiment? series by Andrea Wolper. Jul 1: 8-9pm Eiko Rikuhashi Qrt, 10-11:30pm Aaron Comess Trio; 2: 7-8:30pm Julio Botti Jazz Tango Trio, 9:30-10:30pm Roy Mor Gp; 3: 8-9:30pm $12 Steve Picataggio Trio; 4: 68pm $12 Jae young Jeong Qrt; 5: R feat Denver General + Anna Webber Qrt; 7: 910:30pm Nossa Nova; 9: 7-8:30pm Daniel Ori & Mindset; 10: 10-11:55pm Aaron Shragge; 12: R feat Lola Danza, 10-11:55pm Nick Fraser Trio; 15: 10-11:30pm Richi Debonis; 17: 8-9:30pm Caroline Davis Gp; 19: R feat James Ilgenfritz Qrt; 22: 8-9:30pm Morrie Louden Trio; 24: 8-9:30pm Kevin Harris Gp; 25: $12 6-8pm Kenji Herbert & Aaron Darrell, 11-11:55pm Hot Jazz Jumpers; 26: R feat Claire de Brunner & friends; 29: 8-9:30pm Alex Hamburger Qrt. ZEB’S: 223W 28th St (bet 7th & 8th Avs). 2nd Fl. www.zebulonsoundandlight.com. 212-6958081. Wed: 8pm $10 adm Saul Rubin Trio w/vocalist guest + Jam. ZINC BAR: 82W 3rd St (bet Thompson & Sullivan). 212-477-8337. www.zincbar.com. Sets: Early (E) 7pm, Late 9,11pm&12:30am, Mon 2am. Adm varies. Residencies: Mon 11pm-3am Ron Affif Trio; Tues 10pm Evolution + Jam by Ingmar Thomas; Thurs 12am Midnight Rumba; Fri Big Bands; Sat Monika Oliveira & The Brasilians; Sun Tango Trio & Milonga. Jul 1: Valery Ponomarev Sxt; 2: Misha Piatigorsky Qrt; 3: Gregorio Uribe Colombian Big Band; 6: E Vanisha Gould + VandoJam feat Steve Wilson; 8: Dave Chamberlain & Band Of Bones Big Band; 9,16,23: Francisco Mora-catlett & AfroHORN; 10: Valery Ponomarev & Our father who Art Blakey Big Band; 11: E Misha Piatigorsky Trio + Livio Almeida Brazilian Big Band; 13: E Lainie Cooke; 15: E Iris Ornig + Sheriff Bob’s Bluegrass Jam; 17: Jack Jeffers & The New York Classics Big Band; 18: E Misha Piatigorsky Trio; 20: E Kalena Nash; 22: Andy Bey; 24: Misha Piatigorsky Big Band; 27: E Marianne Solivan; 31: Seth Weaver Swing Band feat Svetlana Shmulyian.
CO-OP CITY: Greenway at Section V. Jul 8: 68pm free adm Antoinette Montague. UNIVERSITY OF THE STREETS: 2381 Belmont Av. 2nd Fl. www.university ofthestreets.org. 212-254-9300. $10 adm. Fri-
Sat: 9pm Jam. Fri: w/Bernard Linnette; Sat: w/Rob Anderson. Jul 11: 7:30pm Aida Brandes Trio +; 25: 7pm Robert Anderson Qrt. WAVE HILL: 675W 252nd St. 718-549-3200. www.wavehill.org. Jul 29: 7-8pm Sunset Wednesdays series feat Hilliard Greene & the Jazz Expressions. WILLIE’S STEAKHOUSE: 1832 Westchester Av. 718-822-9697. Wed: 8pm-12am.
65FEN: 65 Fenimore St. www.65fenmusic series.tumblr.com. Mon: 9&10pm $10 don 65Fen Music series. Jul 6: Naked Roots Conducive, 10pm Foster/Bennett; 13: Lockwood/Warren, 10pm tba; 20: Fraser/Qu, 10pm Real Adult; 27: Cymerman, 10pm Eisenstadt/Sinton. ALOR CAFÉ: 2110 Richmond Rd. Staten Island. 718-351-1101. www.alorcafe.com. BAR CHORD: 1008 Cortelyou Rd. 347-2406033. www.barchordnyc.com. Sun: 9pm Cortelyou Jam. BAR TABAC: 128 Smith St at Dean St. Cobble Hill. www.bartabacny.com. 718-923-0918. Tues&Thurs 7-10pm; Tues: Blue Vipers of Brooklyn; Thurs: Stephane Wrembel. BARBÈS: 376 9th St at 6th Av. Park Slope. www.barbesbrooklyn.com. 718-965-9177. Residencies: Mon 7pm Brain Cloud; Tues 9pm Slavic Soul Party; Wed 10pm Mandingo Ambassadors; Sun 9pm Stephane Wrembel. Jul 11: 10pm The Claudettes; 21: 7pm Michael Oien. BROWNSTONE JAZZ: 107 Macon St at Nostrand Av. www.sankofaaban.com. 917704-9237. Fri-Sat: 8pm $30 adm incl 1 drink Brownstone Jazz. Fri-Sat: 11pm-1am Open Mic w/Eric Lemon & BJ Ens. BROWNSVILLE HERITAGE HOUSE: 581 Mother Gaston Blvd. www.brownsville heritagehouse.org. 718-385-1111. 3rd Sat: 36pm free adm Wade Barnes Tribute Band. CHEZ OSKAR: 211 Dekalb Av. 718-852-6250. www.chezoskar.com. Mon: 8-11pm. CUBANA SOCIAL: 70 N 6th St. 718-782-3334. www.cubanasocial.com. Sets: Thurs 9pm12am; Fri: 9pm-2am Afro-Jazz. The DRAWING ROOM: 56 Willoughby St #3. www.drawingroommusic.com. Jul 19: 7pm $20 adm Andre Canniere. FOR MY SWEET: 1103 Fulton St. 347-7704735. Mon: 7-11pm $10 adm Bill Jacobs Ens; 1st Mon: Jazz & Open Mic by Jeff King. FREDDY’S BAR: 627 5th Av (bet 17th & 18th Sts). www.freddysbar.com. 718-768-0131. 4th Tues: 8:30pm Music from NY Underground - On the Way Out. GAMBRINUS: 3100 Ocean Pkwy. 718-2651009. www.gambrinusny.com. Thurs: 811pm Yaakov Mayman Qrt. HOPE & ANCHOR: 347 Van Brunt St. 718-2370276. www.hopeandanchorredhook.com. Wed: 7-10pm Jam w/Ray Scro Qrt. HOUSE OF ART GALLERY: 408 Marcus Garvey Blvd. www.hoagallery.com. 347-6638195. I-BEAM: 168 7th St. www.ibeambrooklyn.com. JACK: 505 1/2 Waverly Av. www.jackny.org. JALOPY: 315 Columbia St. www.jalopy.biz. 718-395-3214. JAZZ 966: 966 Fulton St. 917-593-9776. www.jazz966.com. KORZO RESTAURANT & BAR: 667 5th Av (bet 19th & 20th Sts). 718-499-1199. www.facebook.com/konceptions. Tues: 9&10:30pm $10 don/$10 min Konceptions
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ANOTHER REASON TO CELEBRATE
By Elzy Kolb
The art of now The jazz world has had more than one 11-year-old piano whiz. Pianist/composer/ educator Joanne Brackeen was gigging at that age and, over six decades later, continues to play—and live—with an enviable level of intensity, freshness and enthusiasm. Besides writing hundreds of compositions and releasing dozens of albums as a leader, Brackeen has played, collaborated and recorded with a litany of jazz giants including Charlie Haden, Charles Lloyd, Pharoah Sanders, Woody Shaw, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Konitz, Joe Henderson, George Benson and Dave Holland. She was the first female member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and played with Stan Getz from 1975 to 1977; Getz ranked her among "the most original and creative composers" in his bands. During Brackeen's tenure with Getz, they performed at Keystone Korner in San Francisco with bossa nova inventor Joao Gilberto, drummer Billy Hart and bassist Clint Houston. "Todd Barkan recorded the whole thing every night," she recalls. Brackeen is thrilled that two CDs of those recordings will be released on the Resonance label in 2016: "Stan was a very innovative player, but I never heard any albums that are near what he did with our band. These recordings are breathtaking; it was an unbelievable experience." Her achievements have been recognized with numerous grants and awards, including the 2014 BNY Mellon Jazz Living Legacy Award bestowed at the Kennedy Center; she's scheduled to play there in October, honoring this year's winner Gary Bartz. Brackeen is also excited that she's been asked to talk about her experiences for a Yale University oral history project. However, she'd rather look ahead. "I think about today and what I'm doing. That's the only way the music we play in the jazz world really exists—in the here and now." Brackeen's to-do list includes working on a solo piano album, taking weekly Chinese language lessons; a fall sabbatical from teaching at Berklee, during which she intends to "write a lot more music;" and a Labor Day weekend gig at the Detroit Jazz Festival with her quartet consisting of Rudresh Mahanthappa, Ugonna Okegwo and Matt Wilson. "They love playing my music," Brackeen says. "That's what I need, people who want to do something they don't normally do."
The pianist will celebrate her 77th birthday this month and when the subject of retirement comes up, she quotes Tony Bennett: "I've never worked a day in my life." Brackeen continues, "I've always been very involved, like any very hard worker, but it's all play, every minute of it." She'll headline the Cambridge Jazz Festival on her actual birth date, July 26, and will set off some musical fireworks with a piano/bass duo at Mezzrow Jazz Club on July 3-4. The bassist was unknown at press time, but listeners can count on hearing one of the greats. Brackeen has a well-documented affinity with bass players such as Cecil McBee, Kim Clarke, John Patitucci and Eddie Gomez. "A great bass player is a necessity. You can go ahead and play what you want and they can have a great time too," she explains. "Eddie Gomez is at the top of the list of bass players. He's just like me—we don't know what tune we're going to play 'til we get out there. Then we hear exactly what the other one's doing and make it happen." Count on hearing standards and a few originals at Mezzrow; birthdays are special days, but Brackeen makes it her business to play as if every day is special.
Joanne Brackeen, Mezzrow
New location, firm roots When it comes to playing trumpet, "The Chicago sound is engraved in my DNA," says Marquis Hill, the winner of the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Trumpet Competition. "But if you play jazz, you've got to come to New York and stay for at least a while. It's where all the greats are from and there's so much happening here. You get different influences from being here." Hill recently moved from his hometown to the Big Apple and is enjoying exploring the local jazz scene. "Spending time here is like going away to college; it's a beautiful thing. There are lots of places to go and I make the rounds. I get out three or four
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Music series by James Carney. Jul 7: James Weidman & Aperturistic Trio, 10:30pm Mike McGinnis; 14: James Carney Qrt, 10:30pm Jeff Davis Gp; 21: Deric Dickens, 10:30pm Jon Irabagon, Stan Baguettz Band; 28: Adam O’Farrill feat Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, 10:30pm Michael Attias. LITTLEFIELD: 622 Degraw St (bet 3rd & 4th Avs). www.littlefieldnyc.com. 718-855-3388. The LIVING ROOM: 134 Metropolitan Av. 718782-6600. www.livingroomny.com. LORENZO’S RESTAURANT, BAR & CABARET: At Hilton Garden Inn. 1100 South Av at Lois Ln. Staten Island. 718-4772400X3222. www.lorenzosdining.com. Sun: 12-2&2-4pm Jazz Brunch. MOMINETTE: 221 Knickerbocker Av. Bushwick. www.mominette.com. 929-2342941. Tues: 9-11pm. NORTHERN BELLE: 612 Metropolitan Av. www.northernbellny.com. 718-388-9040. Wed: 9:30pm-12:30am Jam w/Ian Petillo. PANE E VINO: 174 Smith St at Warren. www.panevinony.com. 718-501-1010. Sun: 710pm Carl Thompson Gp w/Virginia Mayhew. PEREZ JAZZ: 71 Ocean Pkwy #2J. 917-7571901, firstname.lastname@example.org. Jul 12: 2pm $20 don incl lunch/BYOB feat Aubury Johnsonback. RADEGAST HALL & BEER GARDEN: 113N 3rd St. www.radegasthall.com. 718-963-3973. ROULETTE: 509 Atlantic Av at 3rd Av. www.roulette.org. 917-267-0363. RUSTIK NEIGHBORHOOD TAVERN: 417 DeKalb Ave. www.rustiktavern.com. 347406-9700. 1st Tues: 8pm $5 adm Jam w/Eric Frazier. RYE RESTAURANT: 247 S. 1st St. 718-2188047. www.ryerestaurant.com. Jul 1: 9&10pm $10 adm Curriculum Quextet. SAGE: 299 Graham Av. www.sageongraham. com. 718-218-6644. SEEDS: 617 Vanderbilt Av. www.seedsbrook lyn.org. SHAPESHIFTER LAB: 18 Whitwell Pl. www.shapeshifterlab.com. 646-820-9452. Sets/adm unless otherwise noted: Early (E) 7pm, Late (L) 8:15pm, Night (N) 9:30pm; $10. Jul 1: E Ender & Valentine, L Crystal Voyager; 2: E Echoes, L David Bertrand Qrt w/Chris Bacas; 6: $12 E Mighty Alpacas, L Earth People; 7: $12/15 L Mari Koga Qrt, N Gustavo Moretto Spt; 8: 8pm Marco Volcy; 9: E $8 Verticalson, L Travis Reuter Gp, N Beekman; 10: E Justin Purtill, 8pm Lola Danza, Steve Jenkins, Kenny Grohowski & Fung Chern Hwei; 11: E $8 A Band In Ship; 12: E Yabuno Ettun Project, L Sissy Castrogiovanni_unplugged, N $15 Band Burrage; 13: L Cameron Orr, Levy Lorenzo & Shannon Hayden; 14: E $15/8 Four (un)Score(d), L Stuart Breczinski, N Goes Without Saying; 15: E Logan Strosahl/Alex LoRe Qnt, L Nick Sanders Trio; 16: E Beledo Trio; 18: E-L The Black Lodge w/spec guests Master Lee & Mr. Patrick, N Noshir Mody Ens; 19: Chris Buckridge & His Musician Friends; 20: L Glenn Zaleski Solo, N the OWL; 21: E Ole Mathisen Solo; 22: E Mike Lorenz Trio, L $15 Pericopes + 1; 23: E The Velocity Duo; 24: $12 E Michael Sarian & The Big Chabones, L Jacinta & The Chamber Birds, N No Small Money Brass Band; 26 E Leni Stern Africa Trio; 28: $15 7:30pm Erica Seguine & Shannon Baker Jazz Orch, L Miggy + NY Jazz Orch; 29: E Anthony Izzo & Kristin Samadi Duo, 8pm Shekasteh Mouyeh; 30: L Rachel Friedman Lives Here; 31: E Palmslap. SISTAS’ PLACE: 456 Nostrand Av at Jefferson Av. www.sistasplace.org. 718-398-1766.
ST. MAZIE: 345 Grand St. www.stmazie.com. 718-384-4807. Sun: 9:30pm-12am Baby Soda Jazz Band. SUNNY’S: 253 Conover St. www.sunnysred hook.com. 718-625-8211. Jul 3: 10pm Miss Ida Blue. THREES BREWING: 333 Douglass St. 718522-2110. www.threesbrewing.com. Jul 12: 8pm Kretzmer/Evans, 9pm Grass Roots, 10pm Chris Pitsiokos & Co. WAY STATION: 683 Washington Av. Prospect Heights. www.waystationbk.blogspot.com. 347-627-4949. WILLIAMSBURG MUSIC CENTER: 367 Bedford Av. www.wmcjazz.org. 718-3841654. 10pm-2am. Fri: free adm/2 drink min Jam w/Gerry Eastman Qnt & friends. WOLF & LAMB STEAKHOUSE: 1635 Coney Island Av. 718-627-4676. www.wolfandlamb brooklyn.com. Jul 28: 7:45pm Richard Samuels.
BUTTONWOOD TREE: 605 Main St. Middletown. www.buttonwood.org. 860-3474957. Sat: 8-10pm. Jul 11: Sissy Castrogiovanni Unplugged Trio; 18: La Hot Jazz CAFE NINE: 250 State St. New Haven. 203-7898281. www.cafenine.com. Sat: except 07/4 4:30-7:30pm Jam. Jul 11: w/Gary Grippo; 18: w/Tony Dioguardi; 25: w/George Baker. CAVE À VIN: 975 State St. New Haven. 203777-6206. www.caveavinwinebar.com. Sat: 8-11pm free adm. CHASE: 100 Putnam Av. Greenwich. 914-6311000. www.jazzforumarts.org. Jul 14: 12-1pm free adm Mark Morganelli & Jazz Forum AllStars. FUJI OF JAPAN RESTAURANT & BAR: 111 Old Kings Hwy North. Darien. 203-655-4995. www.fujiofjapan.com. Mon: 6:30-9pm Music Mondays series feat Nicole Pasternak or Maria Tiscia. KELLY’S GASTRO PUB: 196 Crown St. New Haven. www.kellysnewhaven.com. 203-7761111. Sun: 12-3pm Jazz brunch. MUSIC MOUNTAIN: 225 Music Mountain Rd. Falls Village. www.musicmountain.org. 860824-7126. Jul 11: 6:30-8:30pm Vince Giordano & Nighthawks. The OUTER SPACE: 294 Treadwell St. Hamden. www.theouterspace.net. 203-6401684. Sun: 5-7pm $5 adm The Outer Space Jazz All Stars. OWL SHOP: 268 College St. New Haven. 203624-3250. www.owlshopcigars.com. Wed: 9pm-12am free adm Hawkins Jazz Collective. PICCOLO PIZZA: 24 Prospect St. Ridgefield. 203-438-8200. Sets: 6-9pm. Free adm. Tues: Matt Criscuolo; Sun: Kids open mic w/Joey Digrazia. PIZZERIA LAURETANO: 291 Greenwood Av. Bethel. www.pizzerialauretano.com. 203792-1500. Sun: except 07/5 6-8pm $15 adm/10 min. Jul 12: Sambeleza feat Isabella Mendes; 17: Bill Crow Qrt. RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE: 80 East Ridge. Ridgefield. www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org. 203-438-5795. Jul 11: 7:30pm $38 adm Glenn Miller Orch. SARAH’S WINE BAR: At Bernard’s. 20 West Ln. (Route 35). Ridgefield. 203-438-8282. www.bernardsridgefield.com. SCATZ RESTAURANT & JAZZ LOUNGE: 139 Main St Ext. Middletown. 860-347-2289. www.scatzrestaurantandlounge.com. continued on page 30
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times a week, meeting people, jamming, setting up sessions. It makes me want to come up with new music." He recognizes differences between the Chicago and New York sounds. "With Chicago, there's the history of the city, the AACM, a lot more influence of free or avant garde playing coming out of Chicago, which I incorporate in my music a lot. New York I think of as the new sound of modern jazz, it's big on original compositions and people writing music and stretching boundaries. I like that a lot." In fourth grade, Hill was introduced to jazz when his teacher, Diane Ellis, gave him Lee Morgan's album Candy. "That record made me fall in love with this music. Diane Ellis is my first jazz hero, one of the few elementary school teachers I know of with a heavy jazz curriculum. She still teaches to this day, gets 'em hooked to the music really young." From that time on, "I knew I wanted my career to be related to music. I had tunnel vision; I didn’t consider anything else.” By the time he was a high school sophomore, Hill was jamming at Chicago venues the Velvet Lounge and the Apartment Lounge, with renowned saxophonists like Fred Anderson and Von Freeman. "They knew I was hungry for the music and they let me in," Hill recalls. "My mother, a single parent, saw I loved it. She went with it and supported me from the start." Among his other influences, Hill cites saxophonist Ronald Carter, with whom he studied music education at Northern Illinois University, before going on to earn a Master's in jazz pedagogy at DePaul. "I met Professor Carter really young, he inspired me, I still have the passion for teaching he instilled." Eventually, Hill hopes to set up a studio for teaching private lessons.
band for his gig at Minton's on July 23. "I'm excited. This is my first opportunity to put together a New York band and write some new arrangements for it. It's exciting to hear new musicians approach your music from a new standpoint."
Many sides, many sounds On her new CD, Inner Dialogue (MusiqHaus), singer/composer Sarah Elizabeth Charles delves into a variety of influences. "I'm pushing boundaries on this record. I hope it will spark a dialogue as to what jazz is or what it can be." From the music's earliest history, jazz composers have been inspired by the popular music of their era and Charles readily acknowledges she's following in that tradition. In addition to jazz studies, "Growing up in the '80s and '90s, Michael Jackson, Jill Scott, Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu were all on my radar. It would be hard for any musician my age to say they could totally lock that out." Charles' Haitian heritage and music she heard while volunteering there also sparked her creativity. She has traveled to Haiti three times in recent years, creating a music education program with the charity Rise2Shine. "I'm training teachers in basic musical principles they can incorporate into their curriculum," she explains. "They work with very young students, four- and five-year-olds, and the capacity of some of those kids is enormous. I can't wait to see how this will impact them over time."
Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Blue Note
Marquis Hill, Minton’s
In the meantime, a contract with Concord was part of his Monk award prize, so Hill has a recording session in October on his schedule—perhaps an album of standards. "The music I fell in love with when growing up with this music." Plus, the trumpeter is gigging regularly in both Chicago and New York. Perhaps foremost on his list of projects is putting together a
In spite of the range of influences, she has no doubts about what category the new album fits in. "There's way too much jazz in there for it not to be jazz," Charles says. "It's a jazz record from jazz musicians— improvising musicians—tapping into other worlds and melding genres." The singer has kept her S.E. Charles Quartet together for five years, a rare feat in current jazz circles. However, there are additional musicians who substitute regularly for core quartet members when they have conflicting commitments. "There are nine members of the quartet community who have played the repertoire as often as the original members. Everyone is so busy
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Charles photo by Shervin Lainez.
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The SIDE DOOR JAZZ CLUB: At Old Lyme Inn. 85 Lyme St. Old Lyme. 860-434-0886. www.thesidedoorjazz.com. Sets: 8:30pm. Jul 3: Johnny O’Neal Trio; 4: Aaron Goldberg Trio; 10: Joyce DiCamillo Trio; 11: Nir Felder Qrt; 17: Etienne Charles Sxt; 18: Amina Figarova Sxt; 24: Alan Jay Palmer; 25: Jimmy Greene Qrt. TOWN HALL MUSIC: 45 Main St. Newtown. www.townhallmusic.net. 203-426-2475. Jul 18: 8-11pm $35 adm Les Paul's Trio celeb 100 Years of Les Paul feat Nicki Parrott, Lou Pallo & John Colianni. TWO BOOTS: 281 Fairfield Av. Bridgeport. www.twobootsbridgeport.com. 203-3311377. Jul 26: 7-10pm $10 adm Dee Cassella & Billy CoFrances + open mic. WILTON PIZZA: 101 Old Ridgefield Rd. Wilton. Wed: 6-9pm free adm Matt Criscuolo Qrt.
AMERICAN HOTEL: 49 Main St. Sag Harbor. 631-725-3535. www.theamericanhotel.com. Fri-Sat: 6:30-10:30pm Lee Glantz. BOCA: 74 Shore Rd. Glen Cove. 516-674-8000. www.bocakbny.com. Mon: 7-10pm: Ian Petillo. The CROOKED RAIL: 61 Larkfield Rd. East Northport. www.thecrookedrail.com. 631239-6082. Sun: 8pm-12am Jam Experience w/Mike Guido & Mike Nugent. GLEN COVE MANSION: 200 Dosoris Ln. Glen Cove. www.glencovemansion.com. 516-6716400. Fri: 8pm-12am. GUILD HALL: 158 Main St. East Hampton. 631324-0806. www.guildhall.org. Jul 28: 7:30pm $40-15 adm Peter & Will Anderson Jazz Trio feat Alex Wintz. OLD WESTBURY GARDENS: 71 Old Westbury Rd. Old Westbury. 516-333-0048. www.oldwestburygardens.org. Jul 8: 7-9pm Vince Giordano & Nighthawks. ONDA LOUNGE: At Allegria Hotel. 80W Bway. Long Beach. 516-889-1300. www.allegriaho tel.com. Thurs: 8pm-12am Jazz & Sushi feat Ian Petillo Trio (alternative week). PIERRE’S: 2468 Main St. Bridgehampton. www.artofsong.org/jazz_at_pierres. 631537-5110. Tues&Sun: 6:30-9:30pm. 1st Tues: Jody Carlson Trio. RAMS HEAD INN: 108 Ram Island Dr. Shelter Island. www.theramsheadinn.com. 631-7490811. Sun: 6-9:30pm Sun Jazz series feat Jane & Peter w/spec guests. Jul 19: w/Antoinette Montague. TRATTORIA GRASSO: 134 Main St. Cold Spring Harbor. www.trattoriagrasso.com. 631-367-6060. Sets: Tues 8pm; Wed&Sat 7pm; Thurs 6:30pm; Fri 7:30pm; Sun Brunch (B) 12pm, Evening (EV) 6pm. Residency (R): Thurs Frank O’Brien & Tim Givens Duo. Jul 2: R; 5: EV Frank O'Brien; 9: R; 10&19: EV Gail Storm Trio; 12: Richie Iacona; 16: R; 17: Alexis Cole Trio; 19: B Joe Carter & guest; 19: EV see 07/10; 23: R; 24: James Rich Trio; 25: Tony Middleton Trio; 30: R. TREME: 553 Main St. Islip. 631-277-2008. www.tremeislip.com. WALK STREET TAVERN: 1218 Jericho Tpk. New Hyde Park. 516-354-9732. Last Tues: 9pm-12am Jam w/John Ray & Ian Petillo. WOLFFER WINE STAND: 3312 Montauk Hwy.
Sagaponack. www.wolffer.com. 631-5375106. Thurs: 5-8pm Twilight Thursdays series. Jul 2: Ludmilla; 9: Lilly-Anne Merat; 16: Morris Goldberg; 23: Certain Moves; 30: Vanessa Trouble.
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76 HOUSE: 110 Main St. Tappan. 845-3595476. www.76house.com. Wed: 8-11pm free adm Quintets w/Mark Hagan & feat artists + Jam. ALBRIGHT-KNOX ART GALLERY: 1285 Elmwood Av. Buffalo. 716-882-8700. www.albrightknox.org. 1st Fri: 5:30-7:30pm Jazz & Happy Hour. AVIDA BAR: 159 Main St. Nyack. 845-3532525. www.avidabar.com. Fri: 8-10:30pm free adm Alicia Crowe. The CAPTAIN TABLE: 547 Rte 17M. Monroe. 845-783-0209. www.captains-table.com. Jul 8: 6-9pm Russ Kassoff Duo w/spec guest Irene Walsh. CARAMOOR CENTER FOR THE ARTS: 149 Girdle Ridge Rd. Katonah. 914-232-5035. www.caramoor.org. Jul 18: Caramoor Jazz Festival feat Alphonso Horne, The Amigos, Ben Flocks, Bryan Carter Qnt, Cécile McLorin Salvant, David Linard, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orch w/Wynton Marsalis & Cécile McLorin Salvant, Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orch feat Joey Alexander, Joey Alexander Trio, Jon Lampley, Let Freedom Swing w/Jerome Jennings Qnt, Orrin Evans Qrt, Sammy Miller & the Congregation. CARNEGIE ROOM: At Nyack Library. 59 S Broadway. Nyack. www.rcjbs.org. 845-3583370. Jul 31: 8pm Alexis Cole. CATSKILL MOUNTAIN PIZZA COMPANY: 51 Mill Hill Rd. Woodstock. 845-679-7969. www.catskillmountainpizza.com. Wed: 7pm. The DAUTAJ: 36 Oakland Ave. Warwick. 845986-3666. www.thedautaj.com. EDWARD HOPPER HOUSE: 82 N Bway. Nyack. www.edwardhopperhouse.org. 845358-0774. Thurs: 7:30-9:30pm Jazz in the Garden. Jul 9: Cameron Brown Qrt; 16: Richie Hart & Linc Milliman Duo; 23: Erik Lawrence Ens; 30: Richie Morales Qrt. FALCON ARTS: 1348 Rte 9 West. Marlboro. www.liveatthefalcon.com. 845-236-7970. $20 don suggested. Sets unless otherwise noted: 7pm, if opening act (Op) 8pm main act; Sun 10am-2pm Brunch (B). Jul 1: Sam Reider & Uptown Trio; 2: Jane Ira Bloom Op The Out of Towners; 3: Slam Allen; 4: Chris Bergson & BBQ Americana Band, Op Hoochie Coochie Men; 5: B Saints of Swing, 7pm CocoMama; 7: Neil Alexander; 9: Peter & Will Anderson Trio; 10: Bluebirds of Paradise; 11: Banda Magda; 12: B Lee Falco & friends; 15: Upstate Rubdown; 16: Christine Spero Gp; 17: Jeffery Gaines Solo; 18: Lindsey Webster, Op John DeRosalia; 19: B Alexis P. Suter & The Ministers of Sound, 7pm Tisziji Munoz Qrt w/John Medeski; 23: Bucky Pizzarelli & Ed Laub Duo; 24: Peter Prince & Moon Boot Lover, Op Shelley King; 25: tba; 27: Joe Carozza Trio; 30: Amina Figarova Gp; 31: KJ Denhert & The New York Unit, Op Margaret McDuffie.
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HOT FLASHES Musician/Artistic Director's Corner The upcoming Jazz in July at the 92nd Street Y offers a tantalizing array of concerts: a Duke Ellington tribute blending the talents of Ernie Andrews, Houston Person, Steve Nelson and more; a threepianist exploration of piano greats ranging from Jelly Roll Morton through to Oscar Peterson and beyond; a set of musical tributes to both Sondheim and to Sinatra; and an all-around remarkable array of established and rising talents in new and interesting line-ups. At the center of it all is the program's artistic director—pianist Bill Charlap—who, since taking the reins from his predecessor Dick Hyman in 2004, has continued to uphold exceptional programming standards while also placing his own unique thumbprint on the proceedings.
"I think that it's really about being inclusive and about calling on what is, for me, an expanded musical family," he explains. "The artists playing in Jazz in July are musicians who are a part of my musical world and family as well as musicians I admire and have dreamed of playing with, and also newer artists who have become important to me." Indeed, for Charlap the programming opportunity provides him with an intensive musical laboratory and enables him to showcase the range of his musical vision, to take programming challenges his touring schedule might not allow and to stretch his own imagination to new levels. To be sure, this constant creative stretch through genres and generations shows the influence of master pianist Dick Hyman—a cousin of Charlap as well as an early mentor—and demonstrates the musical ties these two remarkable artists have long shared.
By Seton Hawkins
The love and respect held for Hyman will be particularly evident this year, as Charlap and Hyman share the headline on Bill and Dick's All-Star Jazz Party, the July 21 concert that opens the series, in what promises to be a jaw-dropping traverse of the Great American Songbook. While Charlap's background and vision have left an indelible stamp on Jazz in July—it's all but impossible to think of the festival as separate from Charlap—the benefit has proven reciprocal as the series provides Charlap with intensive musical training each summer. "I'm like a kid in a candy store," he says, laughing. "I get to play with the best musicians in the world, of all the generations and the styles. Every year I get to do this, and it's like a great summer thesis. I learn something new each time; it's exciting and mind-expanding and I always come away having learned a great deal." For more information about Jazz in July and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.92y.org/Uptown/Jazz-in-July.
Celebrating master vocalist Mark Murphy Sheila Jordan, Judi Silvano, Steve Ross, Tessa Souter, Sean Smith, Marcelino Feliciano and Dylan Pramuk—as well as yet-to-be-announced guests—will grace Café Noctambulo on July 25 in a tribute to the master vocalist Mark Murphy. The evening will present a musical retrospective of Murphy’s career; find out more at http://www.cafenoctambu lo.com/. continued on page 33
Mark Murphy Murphy photo courtesy of The Jazz Paisan.
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LASDON PARK: 2610 Amawalk Rd. Rte 35. Katonah. www.lasdonpark.org/event. 6-308:30pm: $5 adm. Jul 10: Gerard Carelli; 17: Jon Doty & friends. MAVERICK CONCERT HALL: 120 Maverick Rd. Woodstock. www.maverickconcerts.org. 845-679-8348. Sat: 8pm Jazz at The Maverick series. Jul 11: Perry Beekman Trio; 18: Eldar Djangirov Trio. PETE & TOSHI SEEGER RIVERFRONT PARK: 1 Flynn Dr. Beacon. www.beacon jazz.com. Jul 25: 12-6pm $65-35 adm Beacon Jazz Festival feat Sun of Goldfinger, Karl Berger/Ingrid Sertso Qnt, George Coleman Jr. & Rivington Project, International Brass & Membrane Corps, Mike Dopazo & the HV All Stars. QUINN’S: 330 Main St. Beacon. www.quinns beacon.com. Mon: 8pm free adm Monday Night Jazz Sessions. Jul 20: Dana Hanchard, Nioka Workman & Michael Wimberly. TURNING POINT CAFÉ: 468 Piermont Av. Piermont. www.turningpointcafe.com. 845359-1089. Mon: 8-11:30pm $5 adm Monday Jam by John Richmond. Jul 26: 7:30-10pm Rez Abbasi Acoustic Qrt.
The DOG AND DUCK: 45-20 Skillman Av. Sunnyside. www.thedogandduckny.com. 718-406-9048. Tues: 8:30-11pm free adm Jon Price Duo. FLUSHING TOWN HALL: 137-35 Northern Blvd. Flushing. www.flushingtownhall.org. 718-463-7700. 1st Wed: 6pm Clinic, 7pm Jam. FRONT TOWARD ENEMY: 40-11 30th Av. Astoria. www.fronttowardenemynyc.com. 718-545-2269. Wed: 7:30-10:30pm Keyed Up series. JACKSON ROOM: 192-07 Linden Blvd. St Albans. www.jacksonroom.com. 718-5252387. Last Sat: 8&10pm $15 adm incl snacks/beverage feat Ed Jackson Qrt. LOUIS ARMSTRONG HOUSE MUSEUM: 3456 107th St. Corona. 718-478-8274. www.louisarmstronghouse.org. $10 adm. Tues-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm: Guided Tours. Jul 4&18: 2pm Hot Jazz/Cool Garden feat The Ladybugs 07/4, Jon-Erik Kellso & friends 07/18. PORTOFINO: 109-32 Ascan Av. Forest Hills. www.portofinoforesthills.com. 718-2611239. Jul 30: 7&9:30pm Naomi Okai Qrt. PROPER CAFÉ: 21701 Linden Blvd. Cambria Heights. 718-341-2233. Wed: 8-11:30pm $10 adm. QUEENSBRIDGE PARK: Queensboro Bridge. 41 Rd at 40 Ave (bet East River, Vernon Blvd & 21st St). www.cityparksfoundation.org. Jul 19: 4-7pm Wycliffe Gordon & friends, B-Love & Hip Hop Jazzy Groove, Karisma Jay & AbunDance, Master Class w/Samuel Coleman TERRAZA 7 TRAIN CAFÉ: 40-19 Gleane St. Elmhurst. www.terrazacafe.com. 718-8039602. 3rd Thurs: 9:30pm $7 Victor Prieto. WATER’S EDGE: 401 44th Dr. Long Island City. www.watersedgenyc.com. 718-482-0033. FriSat: 6:30-10:30pm free adm/no min Bill Gati Solo.
ALVIN & FRIENDS: 14 Memorial Hwy. New Rochelle. www.alvinandfriendsrestaurant. com. 914-654-6549. BEANRUNNER CAFÉ: 201 S Division & Esther St. Peekskill. 914-737-1701. www.beanrunnercafe.com. Fri-Sat: 810:30pm $10 adm. Jul 24: The Tin Pan Band. The BRONKERS TAP HOUSE: 790 McLean Av. Yonkers. 914-327-4001. Wed: 7:3010:30pm free adm John Lang Trio. ELEMENTS: 161 Mamaroneck Av. White Plains. www.elementswhiteplains.com. 914358-4930. Tues: 6:30-9:30pm. LYNDHURST ESTATE: At Hudson River. 635 S Bway. Tarrytown. www.jazzforumarts.org. 914-631-1000. Thurs 6-8:30pm: free adm Sunset Concerts. Jul 9: Nancy Kelly Trio; 16: Gil Parris Qrt; 23: Duchess feat Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner & Melissa Stylianou; 30: Sudan Baronian & TAKSIM. MASTERS SCHOOL: 49 Clinton Av. Dobbs Ferry. 914-479-6400. www.mastersny.org. www.jazzforumarts.org. 914-631-1000. Wed: 6:30-8pm free adm. Jul 1: Gerry Malkin Jazz Collective; 8: Bill Ware Qrt; 15: Ricardo Gautreau & The Missing Link; 22: Sue Maskeleris & Trio do Rio; 29: Spero Plays Nyro. PIERSON PARK: W Main St & Hudson River. Tarrytown. 914-631-1000. www.jazzforum arts.org. Fri: 6:30-8pm free adm. Jul 10: Terry Silverlight Qnt; 17: Mark Wade Qrt; 24: Mr. Gone feat Neil Alexander; 31: Hiromi Kasuga Qrt. RECOLOGIE: 49 Lawton St. New Rochelle. 914-278-9350. www.recologie.com. RED HAT ON THE RIVER: 1 Bridge St. Irvington-On-Hudson. www.redhatbistro.com. 914-591-5888. Wed: 6-10pm Bill Crow & Hiroshi Yamazaki Duo w/guest Glenda Davenport or Takeshi Ogura.
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.
FRESH TAKES Last year, 14-year-old trumpeter Geoffrey Gallante was the subject of news piece on "Voice of America." The broadcast offered a portrait of the young artist through montage—home videos of early lessons with awestruck teachers, footage of the youngster with a head of cropped blond hair serenading the aisles of a church, and tapes of orchestral and jazz performances. His early childhood culminated in an appearance on "The Tonight Show" at age five. Barely out of kindergarten, Gallante had the abbreviated career of a veteran behind him. The pressures of a precocious career have had little impact on his relaxed showmanship. Gallante dances onstage between solos. Sometimes his hair is slicked to the side, other times covered by a fedora. "To entertain your audience is a must," Gallante says. “You always want to create a level of comfort and relaxation; it can only improve the audience's experience, which
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Festivals and Residencies The Louis Armstrong House Museum brings back its popular Hot Jazz/Cool Garden series this month, opening with an outdoor performance by The Ladybugs on July 4. The series continues on July 18 with a set by Jon-Erik Kellso and Friends. All shows are paired with complimentary red beans and rice and tickets are available at www.louisarmstronghouse.org. The Vision Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with a series of movie screenings and performances July 5-12. An extraordinary assortment of artists is scheduled to perform; highlights include the Matthew Shipp Trio, the Hamiet Bluiett Telepathic Orchestra, the Ingrid Laubrock Sextet, the Darius Jones Quartet, as well as a multi-ensemble set by
By Nathan Kamal, student at The New School directly improves yours.” Gallante looks forward to his July show at Saint Peter's Church, his second at the venue. "Beautiful sanctuary, great musicians, appreciative audience, and it's in the heart of New York City. What more could you ask for? Come on out, we would love to play music for you!" Geoffrey Gallante is headlining Midday Jazz at Saint Peter's Church on July 8.
Roscoe Mitchell. For more information visit http://www.artsforart.org/. Jazz at Lincoln Center sets up shop at Caramoor on July 18 and offers a full day of concerts and family activities featuring musicians like Cecile McLorin Salvant, Orrin Evans, Sammy Miller, Jerome Jennings and more. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis headline with an evening performance. Find out more at www.caramoor.org. Master percussionist Gerry Hemingway begins a residency at The Stone on July 28 running through Aug. 2. July dates alternate completely improvised sets with presentations of his compositions and feature performances by Terrence McManus, Kermit Driscoll, Oscar Noriega, Lisa Sokolov, Reggie Workman, Miya Masaoka and many more. A full schedule can be found at www.thesto nenyc.com. The sixth annual Sunset Jazz at Lyndhurst, presented by Jazz Forum Arts, begins July 9 and offers weekly performances each Thursday night. Artists including Nancy Kelly, Gil Parris, Amy Cervini, and TAKSIM will open the series’ run. Additionally, Jazz Forum Arts offers more events in July—notably Mark Morganelli and the Jazz Forum All-Stars at Chase in Greenwich CT on July 14 and Ricardo Gautreau on July 15 at the
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Gallante photo by Steven Parke, Hemingway by Jordan Hemingway.
B A C K S TA G E PA S S JAZZ ANECDOTE BY BILL CROW Bill Crow's books " Jazz Anecdotes" and " From Birdland to Broadway" can be found at your favorite bookstore, and at www.billcrowbass.com along with many interesting photos and links.
Conversation heard in a record store in Toronto: Customer: "Hi, I'm looking for a gift for my dad. He likes jazz. What do you recommend?" Clerk: "Well, Louis Armstrong is pretty popular." Customer: "Isn't he the astronaut? Like, the first guy to walk on the moon?" Clerk: "That's Neil." Customer: "Fine, whateverâ€Ś the first guy to kneel on the moon."
A tour manager told John Simon about a time that Neil Young did a concert of all new material. After about a half hour of it, a frustrated fan yelled from the audience, "Play us something we've heard before!" So Young played the last number over again.
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with bassist Ray Drummond, whose deep, warm sound he loves, this month in Manhattan.
Pianist Hod O'Brien and bassist Ray Drummond perform at Mezzrow Jazz Club on July 17-18.
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that. It's time for young people to take the ball and go forward.' And after a lot of begging and cajoling, I finally convinced her. That remains the highlight of my career: helping my mother get that record made." The greatest lesson Alice Coltrane imparted to her son was for him to be himself. "This music is about having the courage to accept who you are, embracing your strengths and being aware of your weaknesses," he says. "I get the fact that I'm the son of John and Alice Coltrane. But at the same time, we all have our roles to play. I can't be John Coltrane or Alice Coltrane. I can only be Ravi Coltrane."
The Ravi Coltrane Guitar Quartet performs at Birdland June 30-July 4.
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working and that's what we all need to push this music forward." The S.E. Charles Quartet performing at the Blue Note July 25 is likely to be a mix of regulars and regular subs, focusing on tunes from Inner Dialogue and possibly some new compositions. For Charles, hearing what each musician brings to the music is part of the fun and excitement. She points out that the group has been playing the Inner Dialogue material for more than a year. "Over time, it has taken on a different form. We're open to experimentation; we've pushed it, and new life has been breathed into the music. It's fun to reexplore, rediscover, notice some little nuanced part and develop it." Charles also plays the Jazz Gallery on July 24 with E.J. Strickland's Transient Beings; Ravi Coltrane is set to be a special guest on the gig.
A Moment You Missed by Fran Kaufman Hot House Contributing Photographer Saxophonist Adam Larson adjusts the reed on his tenor sax during a recording session at the legendary Sear Studio in New York on Jun. 6. Adam was recording his third CD, and his first for a label (Inner Circle Music), with his quintet, which is comprised of Fabian Almazan on piano, Matt Penman on bass, Jimmy MacBride on drums and guitarist Matthew Stevens. If their sound is any indication, jazz has a marvelous future!
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Gary Walker, “Morning Jazz Host”, WBGO, 88.3 FM/wbgo.org
GARY BARTZ NEWARK MUSEUM / JULY 2 Alto saxophonist Gary Bartz describes himself as a warrior fighting in a peaceful manner to create music that's worthy, a battle he initially engaged at 11 with his first instrument. After studies at Juilliard, Bartz's nonstop style would be featured in the bands of Art Blakey, Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln, Charles Mingus, Jackie McLean, Miles Davis, and a lengthy association with McCoy Tyner, appearing on the Grammy winning Illuminations (Telarc) in 2004. Bartz's own groups have shown a spirit in hard bop, African, funk and the avant garde. Most recently, Coltrane Rules: Tao of a Music Warrior (OYO) demonstrates both sensitive and aggressive approaches with an infinite display of ideas from this alto master. Bartz's quartet includes bassist James King and drummer Greg Bandy. STEVE NELSON ENGLEWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY / JULY 16 His first rhythms were expressed on a set of drums but, soon after, Pittsburgh native Steve Nelson picked up four mallets and made the vibraphone his instrument of choice. Hooked on jazz from the beginning, Nelson felt the mastery of Milt Jackson, developed his own voice, received a Master's degree in Music, and vibed with Kenny Barron, David Newman, Johnny Griffin, Mulgrew Miller, Jackie McLean and bassist Dave Holland in both big band and small group settings. On Nelson's recordings like New Beginnings (TCB), he combines a mature craftsmanship with vigor, and a blurring attack with a sweet shimmer on standards from Jobim, Berlin and Carmichael or on his own inventive originals. Nelson's considerable talents are featured in this performance led by bassist Calvin Hill.
CECIL BRIDGEWATER WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY / JULY 20 Trumpeter/flugelhornist Cecil Bridgewater realizes the lineage of the instrument and its place in contemporary music. His formidable talents have been appreciated by audiences around the globe. Along the way, he's played with Horace Silver, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Heath, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra and the Count Basie and Duke Ellington orchestras. His compositions and arrangements have been part of the works of Max Roach, Lena Horne, Dee Dee Bridgewater and more. His own recordings like Mean What You Say (Brownstone) display his comfort with styles including straight ahead, samba, a Louisiana strut or a gorgeous ballad. As the newest member of the WPU Faculty Workshop, Bridgewater joins trombonist Tim Newman, pianist James Weidman, bassist Steve LaSpina and surprise guests.
JON FADDIS TWO RIVER THEATER / JULY 31- AUGUST 1 When trumpeter Jon Faddis plays, he gives the feeling to those watching and listening that any one of us could do it. But don't be fooled! You are witnessing a musician whose comfort comes from full mastery of his instrument. This comfort comes from first-hand knowledge gained from experience with Charles Mingus, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra and Dizzy Gillespie, his mentor starting as a teen growing up in Oakland. Faddis' style can go from a whisper into the "Faddisphere," displaying astonishing technique along the way. With his long working quartet that includes pianist David Hazeltine, bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa and drummer Dion Parson, Faddis explores music from his recording Teranga (Koch Jazz) and a small group version of Gillespiana, written by Lalo Schifrin for Dizzy.
Bartz photo by Visual Champagne, Faddis by John Abbott.
NEW JERSEY BY COUNTY
ATLANTIC SOMERS POINT JAZZ SOCIETY: 609-9276677. www.spjazz.org.
BERGEN ENGLEWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY: 31 Engle St. Englewood. www.englewoodlibrary.org. 201-568-2215. Thurs: 7:30pm Outdoor concerts. Jul 16: Steve Nelson & Calvin Hill. SOLARI’S: 61 River St. Hackensack. 201-4871969. Ev 1st Tues: 8pm One More Once Big Band. STONY HILL INN: 231 Polifly Rd. Hackensack. www.stonyhillinn.com. 201-342-4085. Ev other Sat: 8pm-12am Betty Liste Qrt. BURLINGTON TRI-STATE JAZZ SOCIETY: PO Box 896. Mount Laurel. www.tristatejazz.org. 856-7200232. CAMDEN HADDONFIELD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: 29 Warwick Rd. Haddonfield. 856-429-0403. www.haddonfieldumc.com. Jul 19: 2-4:30pm Red Hot Ramblers.
ESSEX BRUSCHETTA RESTAURANT: 292 Passaic Av. Fairfield. 973-227-6164. www.bruschettarestaurantonline.com. Thurs: 7-10pm Rio Clemente Duo. CITY HALL: 44 City Hall Plaza. East Orange. 973-266-5100. Jul 14: 6pm free adm Antoinette Montague. CODA KITCHEN & BAR: 177 Maplewood Av. Maplewood. www.codamaplewood.com. 973-327-2247. Sun: 12-3pm Jazz Brunch feat Lee Glantz. DANA LIBRARY: Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University. 185 University Av. Newark. http://newarkwww.rutgers.edu/IJS/. 973-353-5595. DUKE’S SOUTHERN TABLE: 11 Clinton St. Newark. www.dukesnewark.com. 862-7635757. Fri-Sat 7:30-11:30pm, Sun 1-4pm. Jul 3&19: The Brick City Soul Collective; 5: Lot On 7th; 10&24: Pat Van Dyke; 11: Billy Carrion Jr.; 12: Carrie Jackson; 17: Kahlil Kwame Bell; 18: Vince Ector; 19: see 07/3; 24: see 07/10; 25: Anthony Nelson; 26: Peter Winstead Jr. HAT CITY KITCHEN: 459 Valley St. Orange. 862-252-9147. Wed: 8pm Jam by Mike Lee. IRVINGTON PARK: Cor Augusta St at Lyons Av. Irvington. Jul 8: 7-8:30pm free adm Carrie Jackson Qrt. JAZZ HOUSE KIDS: 14 S Park St. Montclair. 973-744-2258 www.jazzhousekids.org. KEY CLUB: 58 Park Pl. Newark. 973-799-0306. www.keyclubnj.com. Sun: 11am-3pm $20 adm. MCLOONE’S BOATHOUSE: 9 Cherry Ln at Northfield Av. West Orange. 862-252-7108. www.mcloonesboathouse.com. Sun: 11am3pm Jazz Brunch feat Doug Clarke Duo. NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 1 Center St. Newark. 888-466-5722. www.njpac.org. Jul 31: 8pm $69-119 adm Beres Hammond w/spec guest Monty Alexander. NEWARK MUSEUM: 49 Washington St. Newark. www.newarkmuseum.org. 973-5966550. Thurs: 12:15-1:45pm Jazz in the Garden series. Jul 2: Gary Bartz Qrt; 9: Akiko Tsuruga Trio; 16: David Gibson Qnt; 23: Cocomama.
PALAZZO RESTAURANT: 11 S Fullerton Av. Montclair. www.palazzonj.com. 973-7466778. Fri-Sat: 7-10:30pm. PAPILLON 25: 25 Valley St. South Orange. 973-761-5299. www.papillon25.com. Thurs: 8:30pm. Jul 9: Maurício de Souza & Bossa Brasil® feat Adrian Cunningham. PRIORY JAZZ CLUB: 233W Market St. Newark. 973-242-8012. Fri: 7-11pm. RICALTON’S: 19 Valley St. South Orange. www.ricaltons.com. 973-763-1006. Tues: 7:30-10:30pm & Sun Brunch 11am-3pm: Greg Bufford Trio. SUZYQUE’S BBQ & BAR: 34 S Valley Rd. West Orange. www.suzyques.com. 973-7367899. Free adm. Thurs: 8-11pm John Lee Trio w/spec guests. Jul 13&27: Glenn Franke's BigBand. TRUMPETS: 6 Depot Square. Montclair. 973744-2600. www.trumpetsjazz.com. Sets: unless otherwise noted 7:30&9pm, Fri-Sat 8&10pm, closed Mon-Tues. Adm varies. Jul 2: VINX; 10: Steve Johns; 11: Cathy Rocco Qrt; 17: Marlene Verplanck; 24: Mike Bono Trio; 26: Ron Aprea Big Band w/Angela DeNiro; 29: Diane Moser & Composers Big Band. WBGO: 54 Park Pl. Newark. www.wbgo.org. 973-624-8880.
GLOUCESTER CAP’N CAT CLAM BAR: 3111 Delsea Dr. Franklinville. www.capncatclambar.com. 856-694-9888. Thurs-Sat 6:30-10:30pm & Sun 5-9pm: Gil Lewis Trio.
HUDSON LIBERTY HOUSE RESTAURANT: 82 Audrey Zapp Dr. Jersey City. 201-395-0300. www.lib ertyhouserestaurant.com. Sun: 11am-3pm Jazz Brunch. Jul 14: 7-9pm Rosalind Grant. LIGHT HORSE TAVERN: 199 Washington St. Jersey City. www.lighthorsetavern.com. 201946-2028. Sun: 6-10pm. MADAME CLAUDE: 364 1/2 4th St. Jersey City. www.madameclaudecafe.com. 201-8768800. Thurs: 8pm Manouche Bag. MOORE’S LOUNGE: 189 Monticello Av. Jersey City. 201-332-4309. Fri-Sat: 8:30pm free adm/no min Jam by Winard Harper & Rosalind Grant. WASHINGTON PARK: 2nd St. Union City. 201-435-6845/401-8613. Jul 15: 6pm free adm NJCU Musical Theatre Ens + Andrea Brachfeld & La Charanga 76.
MERCER CANDLELIGHT LOUNGE: 24 Passaic St. Trenton. www.candlelightevents.way.to. 609695-9612. Sat: 3:30-7:30pm free adm/$10 min. www.jazztrenton.com. Jul 4: Annual Jazz Barbecue; 11: Bob Devos; 18: Sylvia Cuenca. SALT CREEK GRILLE: At Forrestal Village. 1 Rockingham Row at Rte 1. Princeton. 609419-4200. www.saltcreekgrille.com. Fri-Sat: 7-11pm.
MIDDLESEX DESTINATION DOGS: 101 Paterson St. New Brunswick. www.destinationdogs.com. 732993-1016. Free adm. 1st Fri: 9pm-12am New Brunswick Groove Fusion feat Matt Echols. DUE MARI: 78 Albany St. New Brunswick. www.duemarinj.com. 732-296-1600. Jul 3: 6:30-9pm free adm Misha Josephs Solo.
HOTOKE RESTAURANT BAR LOUNGE & SUSHI: 350 George St. New Brunswick. 732246-8999. www.hotokerestaurant.com. Thurs: 8-11pm free adm/$5 min. Jul 2: Jerry Weldon Gp; 9: Ainbal Rojas Qrt; 16: Behn Gillece Qrt; 21: Peter Lin Gp; 30: Akiko Tsuruga Qrt. HYATT HOTEL: 2 Albany St. New Brunswick. www.newbrunswick.hyatt.com. 732-8731234. Wed: 8-10:30pm. Jul 15: Nat Adderly Jr.; 29: Joe Magnarelli Gp. ITALIAN BISTRO: 441 Raritan Av. Highland Park. 732-640-1959. Jul 11: 7pm free adm John Bianculli & Scot Albertson. ITALIAN BISTRO: 441 Raritan Av. Highland Park. 732-640-1959. Jul 11: 7pm free adm John Bianculli & Scot Albertson. LA TAVOLA CUCINA RISTORANTE: 700 Old Bridge Tpk. South River. 732-238-2111. www.latavolacucinanj.com. Thurs: 7:30pm Jam. NOVITA: 25 New St. Metuchen. 732-549-5306. www.novitanj.com. Sets: Thurs: 6-10pm; FriSat 7-11pm. Thurs: Champian Fulton; Fri: Lou Watson; Sat: George Fitzsimmons. STEAKHOUSE 85: 85 Church St. New Brunswick. www.steakhouse85.com. 732247-8585. Fri-Sat 7-11pm. TUMULTY’S: 361 George St. New Brunswick. www.tumultys.com. 732-545-6205. Tues: 8pm + 9:30pm Jam feat Emerging Artists Band. Jul 7: Audrey Betsy Welber Gp; 14: Mike Bernabe Gp; 21: Peter Lin Gp; 28: Nathan Hook Gp.
MONMOUTH GIAMANO’S: 301 Main St. Bradley Beach. 732775-4275. www.giamanos.com. Free adm/no min. HOTEL TIDES: 408 7th Av. Asbury Park. 732897-7744. www.hoteltides.com. MOONSTRUCK: 517 Lake Ave. Asbury Park. 732-988-0123. www.moonstrucknj.com. Jul 24: 6-10pm free adm Maurício de Souza Trio. TWO RIVERS THEATER: 21 Bridge Av. Red Bank. www.tworivertheater.org. 732-3451400. Fri-Sat: 8pm Summer Jazz Cafe series. Jul 10-11: Tony DeSare; 17-18: Charenee Wade; 24-25: Bucky Pizzarelli & friends; 31Aug 1: Jon Faddis Qrt.
MORRIS BICKFORD THEATRE: 6 Normandy Heights Rd. Morristown. 973-971-3706. Concerts 89:30pm. www.njjs.org. $15/18 adm. Jul 7: Aaron Weinstein & Matt Munisteri; 13: Harry Allen & Ken Peplowski; 27: Dan Levinson & friends feat Molly Ryan. HIBISCUS RESTAURANT: 270 South St. Morristown. www.hibiscuscuisine.com. 973359-0200. Tues 6-9pm, Fri 7-10pm, Sat 6:309:30pm, Sun Brunch 12-3pm. MAXFIELD’S ON MAIN: 713 Main St. Boonton. www.maxfieldsonmain.com. 973588-3404. NEW JERSEY JAZZ SOCIETY: 800-303NJJS. www.njjs.org. SHANGHAI JAZZ: 24 Main St. Madison. 973822-2899. www.shanghaijazz.com. Free adm. Sets: Tues 6:30-9pm, Wed-Thurs 7-9:30pm, Fri 6:30&8:30pm, Sat 6:30&8:45pm, Sun 68:30pm. Closed Mon. Jul 1: Adrian Cunningham Trio; 3: John Zwieg Trio; 4-9: closed; 10,14,21&28: John Korba Trio; 11: Mark Egan/Karl Latham/John Hart Trio; 14: see 07/10; 15: Harry Allen Trio; 17: Herb Woodson; 21: see 07/10; 22: Bucky Pizzarelli Trio; 25: Dave Stryker Trio; 28: see 07/10.
PASSAIC WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY: 300 Pompton Rd. Wayne. www.wpunj.edu. 973720-2371. Sets: 7:30pm. Jul 20: Jazz Workshop Faculty feat Cecil Bridgewater; 21: Warren Vaché Qrt; 22: Dena DeRose & WP Summer Jazz Orch; 23: Steve LaSpina Qrt; 24: Heath Brothers Reunion Qnt w/Tony Purrone.
SUSSEX NEWTON THEATRE: 234 Spring St. Newton. 973-383-3700. www.thenewtontheatre.com. Jul 12: 3pm Glenn Miller Orch.
UNION 16 PROSPECT WINE BAR & BISTRO: 16 Prospect St. Westfield. 908-232-7320. www.16prospect.com. Free adm/no min. Thurs: 8-11pm. Jul 2: Carrie Jackson & friends. CROSSROADS: 78 North Av. Garwood. 908232-5666. www.xxroads.com. Tues: 9pm free adm Jam w/Crossroads All Stars. DOWNTOWN WESTFIELD: Westfield. www.westfieldtoday.com/jazzfestival. 908789-9444. Tues: 7-9pm free adm. Jul 7: Cynthia Holiday, Eric Mintel Qrt, Richard Reiter Swing Band, Almonte, Gus Bardaji Gp; 14: Glenn Alexander, Jason Green & the Labor of Love, Lynette Washington, The Gold Magnolias, Pat Cuttitta; 21: Radam Schwartz, Daniel Ori, La Balteuband, Roxy Perry, Gordon James; 28: Lauren Shub Trio, Stringbean & the Stalkers, Claudio Roditi Qnt, Don Braden/Karl Latham Big Fun(k), Dave Leonhardt Trio. MONDO: 426 Springfield Av. Summit. 908-3011285. www.mondosummit.com. Jul 11&25: 8pm Eric Przedpelski Qrt. VAN GOGH’S EAR CAFÉ: 1017 Stuyvesant Av. Union. www.vangoghsearcafe.com. 908810-1844. Sun: 8-11pm $4 adm. Jul 12: Motion 3; 19: Free Speech.
WARREN RUTHERFURD HALL: 1686-R Rte 517. Allamuchy. 908-852-1894. www.rutherfurd hall.org. Jul 25: 3:30-9pm $45-15 adm Jazz Picnic feat Diva Jazz Trio, Diva Jazz Orch, Five Play.
DEER HEAD INN: 5 Main St. Delaware Water Gap, PA. www.deerheadinn.com. 570-4242000. Sets: Thurs 8-11pm, Fri-Sat 7-11pm, Sun 5-8pm. Adm varies. Residency (R): Thurs Jam w/Bill Goodwin Qrt & friends. Jul 2: R; 3: Joanna Pascle; 4: Patrick McGee Qrt; 5: Bill Goodwin & Special Trio + 1; 9: R; 10: The Jost Project feat Tony Miceli & Marko Marcinko; 11: Warren Vaché Trio; 12: Ed Laub & Gene Bertoncini Guitar Duo; 16: R; 17: Amina Figarova Qnt; 18: Donna Antonow; 19: Regina Sayles; 23: R; 24: Najwa Parkins & the After Hours Trio; 25: Adison Evans Qnt; 26: Bob Leive & the Wooster Street Trolley Band; 27: 7:3010:30pm Deer Head Inn Jazz Orch; 30: R; 31: Dave Liebman Master Saxophone Class. DELAWARE WATER GAP: www.cotajazz.org.
BRIDGE CROSSINGS OMPOSER/TRUMPETER WADADA Leo Smith is one of the most boldly C original figures in creative contemporary
music and one of the great trumpet players of our time. A 2013 Pulitzer finalist, Smith was named One of the 80 Coolest Things in Jazz Today by Downbeat. His landmark 2012 civil rights opus Ten Freedom Summers is "a staggering achievement and merits comparison to Coltrane's A Love Supreme in sobriety and reach," writes Francis Davis in the Rhapsody Jazz Critics Poll. The Great Lakes Suites earned high praise including second place in NPR Music's 2014 Jazz Critics Poll.
Q: Anything you'd rather be doing other than playing music? A: As long as I live it's Music. Q: Are there recordings of yours you'd like to say a few words about? A: Ten Freedom Summers, Occupy the World and The Great Lakes Suites were all conceived as projects with an intent to pull together my complete musical world view. I never try to change what's outside of my horizontal field but, in the best way I can, to complete a creative vision of what's in my heart and head. Q: What's the difference in your approach to recording Ten Freedom Summers versus Golden Quartet? A: GQ, as an ensemble, is the biggest
Smith photo by Maarit Kytöharju.
By Cary Tone
dream of my musical life. So far, TFS is the largest completed compositional project and it contains my total music language. What I am working on now is larger and deeper than TFS. It's the only dream I can have after creating TFS, Occupy and The Great Lakes Suites. Q: Favorite place in the world to play, public or private? A: In my bedroom...alone. Q: What sort of intelligence does playing jazz require? A: None. Creative music requires being creative not "intelligent." Q: What do you know today that you didn't know ten years ago? A: Ten years of new awareness, new dreams and knowing of myself. Q: Is jazz music a political statement? A: Any music or art can be anything the "creator" says it is. Q: What's a word or two that jumps into your mind when you think about the current place of jazz music in our culture? A: HELP! Q: How have your recorded music listening habits changed over the past few years? A: It has not changed. I still listen to learn something about the work or artist I am listening to. Q: What do you struggle with in your creative life? A: To be creative is to struggle. Q: If there's an afterlife, is there one piece of music you heard here that you'll remember there? A: No. After Life could not possibly be the same as life in this world. Q: What's the last truly great piece of music you listen to live or recorded? A: I don't think like that. I only listen
“I don't listen for joy or pleasure; those emotions are connected to love .”
when I need to. Q: Expound for a second on the statement "I only listen when I need to." When do you need to? A: I don't listen for joy or pleasure; those emotions are connected to love. In art making one's musical love can hinder our growth. Unless we are in control, we can become afraid of changing directions—we love the way our music is. I believe when I listen or make art to learn through, I can grow and I keep on moving ahead to realize my complete musical vision. Q: Your favorite musician of all time? A: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Bob Marley, Bessie Smith. Q: What are a few pieces of music that made you the person or musician you are today? A: Life. Q: You're having a dinner party and can invite three musicians. Who are they? A: Scott Joplin, Bessie Smith and Miles Davis. Q: Can you say a few words about Ornette and his music? A: He was a true artist and his music will live forever. For us (the people who love him) to comprehend his musical vision on just a few of its levels will take us a lifetime, even the musicians who have clear sight.
Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and Cuban pianist Aruan Ortiz perform at Judson Church on July 11 during the Vision Festival.
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DG 5tet, with the same musicians on BOOM!, appears at Jazz in the Garden, Newark Museum, July 16, and at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola July 21.
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Estherwood Mansion—and a full schedule can be found at www.jazzforumarts.org. The National Jazz Museum in Harlem will present two events focusing on the music of South Africa and an exploration of its Jazz scene. On July 14 at Maysles Cinema, the event “Roots of South African Jazz” will offer a glimpse into the roots and foundations of the country’s unique Jazz scene, while July 21’s “South Africa Underground,” held at the Museum will feature some of the great records of South Africa’s “golden age” of Jazz. Find out more at http://jazzmuseuminharlem.org/. The Beacon Jazz Festival kicks off at noon on July 25, and showcases a wide range of talents, including Tim Berne, Karl Berger, George Coleman Jr, Ted Daniel, Joe Fiedler, Charles Burnham, and more. Learn more at www.beaconjazz.com.