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UITARIST DAVE STRYKER scored last year with his organ trio G (plus vibes), Eight Track, a CD celebrating

and covering soul pop hits of the 1970s, released on his Strikezone label. Now he has produced two new albums for the label, one again featuring his organ trio/quartet, this time with a different tenor saxophonist on each of ten tracks. He's also produced, and appears on five tracks of, veteran drummer Steve Johns' first date as a leader. Both records reflect the solid mainstream-modern style and emotionally forthright commitment that has been a hallmark of Stryker's playing for well over three decades. Messin' With Mister T, Dave Stryker (Strikezone), is subtitled Celebrating the Music of Stanley Turrentine and Stryker has enlisted ten guests each to play a tune that the late tenor saxophonist had in his repertoire during the last 15 years of his life, when Stryker was a member of his band. Turrentine was known for his bluesy earthiness and ability to connect with and entertain audiences. The ten guests—all playing tenor sax for the occasion—seem inspired by the spirit of Mister T, playing with a direct, visceral feel for the material to produce what is one of the best recent all-star tribute albums. Each tenor fits in seamlessly with the working band core group: guitarist Stryker, B3 organist Jared Gold, drummer McClenty Hunter and percussionist Mayra Casales (on 6 tracks). Three of the ten tunes are Turrentine originals. Houston Person, a contemporary of Mister T, kicks things off with "La Place Street," a blues riff with a backbeat groove perfectly suited to Person's soulful tenor. "Sugar," Turrentine's most famous composition, has Javon Jackson in the tenor chair in a version that celebrates the resilience of the piece. And Tivon Pennicott, at 29 the youngest guest, takes things out with a get down version of "Let It Go," a quasi-sequel to "Sugar" which closes the album. The oldest guest, Jimmy Heath (88), brings a burnished mahogany romanticism to Duke Ellington's "In a Sentimental Mood," a tune he is known for playing on soprano rather than the tenor he wields here. Among the highlights of the versions of songs Turrentine liked to play are Chris Potter's intense "Impressions," mellowed soulfully down in final choruses that find Stryker initiating, and Potter picking up on, "Wade in the Water." Also Eric


Shorter & Garrett cover photos by Fran Kaufman.

By George Kanzler

Alexander's multi-tempo romp through Milton Nascimento's "Salt Song;" Don Braden's deep groove "Don't Mess with Mister T;" alto Steve Slagle's rare tenor foray on Stryker's boogaloo "Side Steppin'," and Bob Mintzer's tricky interactions with Stryker on Freddie Hubbard's fusiony, sprung rhythm "Gibraltar." Mike Lee also interacts deftly with Stryker on Michel Legrand's "Pieces of Dreams." The impetus for Family, Steve Johns (Strikezone), was the imminent departure for college of Johns' and Debbie Keefe Johns' son, Daryl, a precociously talented 18-year-old bassist. Johns wanted to document the musical rapport the three have developed, expanding, with producer Stryker or Bob DeVos, into a quartet for this debut album. While Johns' reputation as a top rank drummer is long established, the other Johns family members are revelations. Debbie Keefe Johns is commanding and authoritative on tenor sax, with strong ideas to match a distinctive tone; she also has an appealingly lilting sound on soprano sax. Bassist Daryl is not only a solid timekeeper on acoustic bass, but also a confident soloist. And, his electric bass work on three of the nine tracks has that too-rare quality of meshing with the rest of the group. Leader Johns contributes four tunes, one co-written with Jeff Holmes, who also composed "So You Say" for the date. His ballad, "Bogey and Bacall," is as captivating as the celebrated celluloid couple, with a dreamy tenor sax theme following moody nylon string guitar from Stryker and preceding a lyrical bass solo. "DKJ," for the three family members, is a catchy swing theme with alternating rhythms and spunky soprano sax, while "Sleepwalk" mixes stop-time and blues, with a Wes Montgomery vibe from Stryker, whose "Shadowboxing" is the CD's overtly neobop tune. As fitting for a drummer's album, myriad rhythms and a few time signatures are essayed along the way, all entertainingly. The whole thing ends on a quirky note, as Daryl adds his squeaking, squealing rubber pig toy's noises to the funky, odd-meter "Chunk."

Dave Stryker's Organ Trio and surprise guest tenor saxophonists celebrate the CD release of Messin' With Mister T at Trumpets on May 30. Steve Johns celebrates the CD release of Family with the musicians from the recording at Jazz at Kitano on May 28.



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Christopher Fleck Qnt; 8: Tamuz Nissim; 10: R; 11: Kelly Green Trio; 12: David Love Trio; 13: Sivan Arbel; 14: #AyeFam; 16: Asako Takasaki; 17: R, 8-9pm HC3; 20: David Love Trio; 21: Noe Codjia Qrt; 22: George Kostopoulos Trio; 24: R, 8-9pm Tori Gee; 26: Joe Pino Qnt; 27: Kyle K. Green; 28: David Kardas; 31: R. SILVANA: 300W 116th St at Frederick Douglass Blvd. www.silvana-nyc.com. 646692-4935. Sets: 6-8pm unless otherwise noted. Free adm. May 1: Nick Di Maria; 2: Noshir Mody; 5: Nolan Byrd; 6: Nick Grinder Gp; 7: Nathan Ecklund; 8: Valentina Marino, 8pm Florencia Gonzalez Duo; 9: New School Brazilian Jazz Ens; 10: Bite Trio; 11: Greg Skaff Trio; 12: Gaia Petrelli Wilmer Oct; 14: James Zollar; 16: William "Chan" Hall; 17: Kazuki Yamanaka; 18: Tim Talavera Qrt; 19: Triologue; 20: Sam Trapchak Qrt; 22: Andre Carvalho; 23: 11am-1pm Harlem4Kids Jazz Brunch; 23: Alberto Miranda; 24: Gabriel Zucker; 26: Mark Lockett Qnt; 28: Vitaly Golovnev; 29: MinJin Seo Qnt; 30: Jazzamboka. 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 John Farnsworth Qrt 05/1&15, Patience Higgins & Sugar Hill Qrt 05/8,22&29; Sat L Johnny O’Neal & friends 05/2&9, Patience Higgins & Sugar Hill Qrt 05/16,23&30; Sun B Annette St. John Trio, L Willerm Delisfort Qrt. May 1-3: E Jimmy Greene Qrt, L R, B R 05/3; 4-5: R; 6: E Sean Lyons Qnt, L R; 7: E Mimi Jones Band, L R; 8-10: E Billy Harper Qnt, L R, B R 05/10; 11-12: R; 13: E tba, L R; 14: E Victoria Cave Sxt, L R; 15-17: E Bruce Barth Qnt, L R, B R 05/17; 18-19: R; 20: E Luis Perdomo & Controlling Ear Unit, L R; 21: E Champian Fulton, L R; 22-24: E Miles Davis Celeb feat Eddie Henderson & Gary Bartz, L R, B R 05/24; 25-26: R; 27: E Benny Benack Band, L R; 28-31: E Mary Stallings, L R, B R 05/31. STAGE 72: 158W 72nd St (bet Bway & Columbus). www.stage72.com. 212-3622590. SUGAR BAR: 254W 72nd St (bet Bway & West End Av). 212-579-0222. www.sugarbarnyc.com. Sets: 9pm/$10 adm unless otherwise noted. Residencies: Wed JT Project/Project Groove; Thurs Open Mic w/Andre Smith & Sugar Bar All Star Band. May 1: Abe Ovadia Organ Trio; 2: 9:30pm Irini Res & the Jazz Mix; 22: 8pm Rob Silverman Qrt; 27: Roberta Donnay & the Prohibition Mob Band. SYMPHONY SPACE: 2537 Bway at 95th St. 212-864-5400. www.symphonyspace.org. May 1-2: 8pm Arturo O'Farrill & Afro Latin Jazz Orch; 19: 7:15pm Sweet & Lowdown Reunion feat Howard Alden, Kelly Friesen, Ken Peplowski, Bucky Pizzarelli, Byron Stripling & Ted Sommers; 28: 9pm Liz Childs Jazz.

MID-TOWN MANHATTAN (Between 35th & 69th Street)


54 BELOW: 254W 54th St, Cellar (bet Bway & 8th Av). 646-476-3551. www.54below.com. AACM: Association for the Advancement of

Creative Musicians. www.aacm-newyork.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. www.bbkingblues.com. 212-9974144. May 1: 8pm Sheila E. BEETHOVEN PIANOS: 211W 58th St (bet Bway & 7th Av). www.beethovenpianos. com. 800-241-0001. May 2: 7:30pm Barbotte Asai Duo. BIRDLAND: 315W 44th St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). 212-581-3080. www.birdlandjazz.com. Sets: 8:30&11pm, except Mon 7&9:30pm, Sun 6,9&11pm. Adm varies. Residencies (R): Mon 9:30pm Jim Caruso Cast Party; Wed 5:307pm David Ostwald & Louis Armstrong Eternity Band; Fri 5-7pm Birdland Big Band by Tommy Igoe; Sat 6pm Barbara Carroll; Sun 9pm Arturo O’Farrill Afro-Latin Jazz Orch. May 1-2: Joey DeFrancesco w/the City Rhythm Orch; 3-4: R; 5-9: Legendary Count Basie Orch dir by Scotty Barnhart feat guest Carmen Bradford; 10-11: R; 12-16: Freddy Cole Qrt w/spec guest Houston Person; 14: 6pm Diane Marino Qrt feat Ralph Lalama; 1718: R; 19-23: Diane Schuur; 21: 6pm Lorin Cohen; 24-25: R; 26-30: BossaBrasil feat Marcos Valle w/Carlos Lyra. 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. CARNEGIE CLUB: At City Spire Centre. 156W 56th St. www.thecarnegieclub.net. 212-9579676. Fri: 9pm-12am; Sat: 8:30&10:30pm Sinatra tribute feat Steve Maglio & Stan Rubin 11 Piece Orch. CARNEGIE HALL: 57th St & 7th Av. 212-2477800. www.carnegiehall.org. CHEZ JOSEPHINE: 414W 42nd St (bet 9th & Dyer Avs). www.chezjosephine.com. 212594-1925. COBI: At Pearl Studios NY. 516-922-2010. 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, Late Nights $5-20; $10 min. May 1-3: Joe Temperley & Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson; 4-5: $30 Dan Nimmer Trio; 6-9: Juilliard Jazz Orch; 10-11: $25 Jeff Hamilton Trio; 12: The Flail; 13: $30 Eva Cortes; 14: Mike Rodriguez Qnt; 15-17: The Music of Wayne Shorter feat Stacy Dillard, Tivon Pennicott, Julian Lee dir by Russell Hall; 18: Ingrid Jensen & Berklee Qnt; 19-24: Bill Charlap Trio; 25: Ibrahim Maalouf; 26-31: Bill Charlap Trio. Late Night w/May 1-2: Kyle Poole; 5-9: Riley Mulherkar; 12-16: Sammy Miller & the Congregation 05/12-13&15, Congregation Big Band 05/14&16; 19-23: Clovis Nicolas; 26-30: Joseph Doubleday. DON’T TELL MAMA: 343W 46th St at Restaurant Row. 212-757-0788. www.dont tellmamanyc.com. EDISON BALLROOM: 240W 47th St (bet Bway & 8th Avs). www.edisonballroom.com. 212201-7650. May 8: 7:30pm-12:30am $100/150 adm Joe Battaglia New York Big Band. FLÛTE MIDTOWN: 205W 54th St (bet Bway & 7th Av). 212-265-5169. www.flutebar.com. Wed: 7-10pm. May 13: Anna Elizabeth Kendrick; 27: Dorian Devins. GRATA: 1076 1st Av at 59th St. 212-842-0007. www.gratany.com. The HARP: 729 3rd Av (bet 44th & 45th Sts).

www.harpbargrill.com. 212-818-0123. May 10,17&31: 1-4pm Jazz Brunch w/Jeanne Gies. HUNTER COLLEGE: Lang Recital Hall. 695 Park Av (68th St bet Park & Lex Avs). 4th Fl. 212-772-4000. www.hunter.cuny.edu/music. IGUANA RESTAURANT: 240W 54th St at Bway. www.iguananyc.com. 212-765-5454. Mon-Tues: 8-11pm Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks. IRENE DIAMOND EDUCATION CENTER: At Jazz at Lincoln Center. 10 Columbus Cr at 60th St. 5th Fl. www.jalc.org. 212-7216500/212-258-9922. Spring Term Swing University. IRIDIUM: 1650 Bway at 51st St. 212-582-2121. www.theiridium.com. Sets & adm unless otherwise noted: 8:30&10:30pm, $25 adm/15 min, student 1/2 price 2nd set TuesThurs&Sun. May 1: Frank Catalano w/Theo Hill Trio; 2: $45/75 Danny Aiello, 11pm $30 Patrick DeGennaro; 3: 8pm $30/60 Rhonda Ross, 10:30pm Alex Nguyen Qnt; 4: $30 Ewan Dobson; 5: tba; 6: $30 Ewan Dobson; 7: $27.50 Bill Kirchen; 8: Omer Avital; 9: 8:30 only Matthew Curry; 10: Livio Almeida & Brazil Dectet, 10:30pm $5 Adriano Santos Qnt; 11: 8:00 only Tinsley Ellis; 12: 8:30 only only $27.50 Otis Taylor; 13-16: $30 John Patitucci; 17: 8:30 only Billy Vera; 18: tba; 19: 8:30 only Natasha Agrama; 20: 10:30pm $15 Nikki Pope & The Swing Drivers; 21: Screaming Headless Torsos; 22-24: 8&10:30pm $35 Kenny Garrett; 25: tba; 26: $30 Karen Wyman; 27: 8:30 only $27.50/35 Kruger Brothers; 28-29: $35 Steve Smith & Vital Information NYC Edition; 30-31: tba. JAZZ AT KITANO: 66 Park Av at 38th St. 212885-7119. www.kitano.com. Sets: Mon 811:30pm, Tues 8-11pm, Wed-Sat 8-9:15&1011:15pm, Sun 11am-2pm. 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 Kevin Harris Solo; Sun Jazz Brunch w/Tony Middleton Trio. May 1: Ben Allison Trio; 2: Bob Dorough & Ambassador Trio; 3-5: R; 6: Lisa Parrott & Round Tripper; 7: Lena Bloch Qrt; 8: Frank Kimbrough Band feat Ted Nash & Ron Horton; 9: Carl Allen Qrt; 10-12: R; 13: George Stella Qrt; 14: Judi Marie Canterino; 15: Tim Hagans Qrt; 16: Don Friedman Trio; 17-19: R; 20: Taeko Qrt; 21: Iris Ornig; 22: Kyoko Oyobe Qrt; 23: Harry Allen Qrt; 24-26: R; 27: Cathy Rocco Qrt; 28: Steve Johns; 29: Jane Ira Bloom Qrt; 30: Scott Robinson Qrt; 31: R. JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER: 10 Columbus Cr at 60th St. 5th Fl. www.jalc.org. 212-2589800. Appel Room (AR), Rose Theater (RT). May 8 2pm & 9 10am: RT Essentially Ellington Competition; 14-16: 8pm RT Wayne Shorter fest w/Jazz at Lincoln Center Orch & Wynton Marsalis; 29-30: 7&9:30pm Bill Frisell; 30: 8pm RT The artistry of Max Roach feat Ali Jackson. JUILLIARD SCHOOL: 60 Lincoln Center Plaza. 212-799-5000. www.juilliard.edu. KAUFMAN CENTER: 129W 67th St (bet Bway & Amsterdam). www.kaufman-center.org. 212-501-3330. L’YBANE: 709 8th Av (bet 44th & 45th Sts). 212582-2012. www.lybane.com. Tues&Fri 9pm12am: Rick Bogart Trio w/spec guest Mitch Winehouse 05/8. LAGUARDIA HIGH SCHOOL OF MUSIC & ART AND PERFORMING ARTS: 100 Amsterdam Av at 65th St. 212-496-0700. www.laguardiahs.org. 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. LE PARKER MERIDIEN: 119W 56th St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). www.klavierhaus.com/jazzhaus 212-245-4535. LEXINGTON HOTEL: 511 Lexington Av at 48th St. www.lexingtonhotelnyc.com. 212204-2318. Tues-Sat: 6-8pm The New York Jazz Workshop. May 7,21&26: Melissa Hamilton. LOCAL 802: Associated Musicians of Greater New York Club Room. 322W 48th St (bet 8th & 9th Sts). www.local802afm.org. 212-2454802. Mon: 7-9:30pm Jazz Foundation of America Jam. LUCY MOSES SCHOOL: At Kaufman Center. 129W 67th St (bet Bway & Amsterdam). www.kaufman-center.org. 212-501-3360. Jazz program dir by Roni Ben-Hur. MATTS GRILL: 932 8th Av at 55th St. 212-3075109. www.mattsgrill.com. Tues: 8-11pm free adm. MEASURE: At Langham Place. 400 5th Av (bet 36th & 37th Sts). www.measurenyc.com. 212-695-4005. Sets: 8-11pm. Free adm/1 drink min. Mon-Sat: Trio/Qrt; Sun: Solo. May 1-2,8-9,16,18-21&28-30: Antonio Ciacca; 3: Josh Richman; 4-7: Emilio Valdes; 8-9: see 05/1; 10&22-25: Marco Di Gennaro; 11-15: Peter & Will Anderson Qrt; 16: see 05/1; 17: Jon Davis; 18-21: see 05/1; 22-25: see 05/10; 26-27: Brandon McCune; 28-30: see 05/1; 31: Victor Gould. MICHIKO STUDIOS: 149W 46th St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). 3rd Fl. www.robertoswinds.com. 212-302-4011. Sets: 8:30pm, $15/10 adm. May 2: Hevreh Ens; 16: Kristin Mills Qrt; 28: $20/15 Antonio Sanchez & Miguel Zenón. MONKEY BAR: 60E 54th St (bet Madison & Park Avs). www.monkeybarnewyork.com. 212-288-1010. Fri-Sat: 8pm-12am 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. May 9&23: 8:3011:30pm Shailah Edmonds. PEARL STUDIOS NYC: 519 8th Av (bet 35th & 36th Sts). 12th Fl. Studio A. www.pearlstudio snyc.com. Fri: 7:30-10:30pm $10 adm Open Mic/Jam by Frank Owens for Singers, Tap Dancers & Instrumentalists. PERA MEDITERRANEAN BRASSERIE: 303 Madison Av (bet 41st & 42nd Sts). 212-8786301. www.peranyc.com. Free adm. Fri: 69:30pm. PETER JAY SHARP THEATER: 155W 65th St (bet Amsterdam & Bway). 212-769-7406. www.juilliard.edu. Free adm. The PLAZA HOTEL: 768 5th Av at Central Park S. 212-759-3000. www.theplaza.com. 8:30-11:30pm: free adm. Wed: Kat Gang. RAINBOW ROOM: 30 Rockefeller Plaza. 65th Fl. www.rainbowroom.com. 212-632-5000. Mon: 6:30-11pm $175 adm; Sun: 12-3pm $95. May 3: Dandy Wellington; 4: Spanish Harlem Orch; 10: $130 Nightingale Band; 11: Gordon Webster; 17: Holy Crow Band; 18: Max Weinberg; 24: Carte Blanche Band; 25: James Langton & New York All-Star Big Band feat Dan Levinson & Molly Ryan; 31: Baby Soda. 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.


May 6&20: Shailah Edmonds. ROBERTO’S WINDS: 149W 46th St. 212-3911315. www.robertoswinds.com. ROCKEFELLER UNIVERSITY: 1230 York Av at 66th St. www.rockefeller.edu. 212-327-8000. 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 except 05/7: 12:30pm free adm Jazz on the Plaza; Sun: 5pm free adm Jazz Vespers. May 3: Magos Herrera Qrt; 6: Bob Dorough Trio; 10: Dave Brubeck's Mass feat Holland Jancaitis & a 60-voice Choir; 13: Cecilia Coleman Big Band; 14: NYU Wayne Shorter Ens dir by Dave Pietro; 17: Sara Caswell Qrt; 20: Valerie Capers Trio; 21: Hunter College Jazz Band dir by Ryan Keberle; 24: Ike Sturm & Evergreen; 27: William Bolcom & Joan Morris Duo; 28: Seth Weaver & Manhattan School of Music Band, 7:30pm Duke Ellington Society meeting; 29: 7:3010pm fund raiser for The Jazz Center of New York; 31: Jon Cowherd. SAN MARTIN RESTAURANT: 143E 49th St (bet Lexington & 3rd Avs). 212-832-0888. www.sanmartinrestaurantny.com. 1st Tues: 6-8pm Ron Odrich Qrt. SIGNATURE CAFÉ & BAR: 480W 42nd St. (bet 9th & 10th Avs). www.signaturetheatre. org. 212-967-1913. May 21 6-7:30pm & 23 6:30-8pm: Deanna Witkowski Duo. STUDIO 100 BAR: At Marriott Residence Inn. 1033 6th Av (bet 38th & 39th St) 3rd Fl. 212768-0007. Free adm/no min. Thurs: 7-10pm Trios. SWING 46: Jazz & Supper Club. 349W 46th St (bet 8 & 9th Avs). www.swing46.com. 212262-9554. Sets: Mon-Tues&Thurs 8:30pm, Wed&Sun 8pm, Fri-Sat 9:30pm. Residencies (R): Mon Swingadelic; Tues except 05/5 George Gee Swing Orch; Wed Stan Rubin Orch w/Joe Politi. May 1&22: Ron Sunshine Orch; 2: Yalloppin Hounds; 3,24&31: Felix & the Cats; 4: R; 5&16-17: Swingadelic; 6: R; 7&14: Harlem Renaissance Orch; 8,15&29: George Gee Swing Orch; 9,23&30: Maulers; 10&28: Vanessa Trouble w/Red Hot Swing; 11-13: R; 14: see 05/7; 15: see 05/8; 16-17: see 05/5; 18-20: R; 21: Glenn Crytzer Savoy Seven; 22: see 05/1; 23: see 05/9; 24: see 05/3; 25-27: R; 28: see 05/10; 29: see 05/8; 30: see 05/9; 31: see 05/3. TAGINE: 221 W38th St (bet 7th & 8th Avs). 646373-6265. www.taginedining.com. Thurs: 8pm Amy Coleman; Fri: 9pm Kabyle Night. May 2: 9pm Roberos; 15: 7pm George Garzone; 25: 9pm George Dulin & John Snauwaert Duo; 27: 8pm Anna Kendrick. TAIPEI ECONOMIC & CULTURAL OFFICE: 1 East 42nd St. www.taipei.org. 212-6976188. May 13: 7:30-9:30pm Vincent Hsu Trio. 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 Early (E) 810:30pm, Late (L) 11pm-1:30am. Adm: MonWed&Sun free/$5min, Thurs-Sat $10/10 min. May 1: Hiroko Kanna Trio; 2: E Chieko Honda, L Tak Iwasaki Trio; 3: Bongwool Lee Trio; 4: Sigmar Por Matthíasson; 5: Eileen Howard; 6: Claire Duncan; 7: Vicki Barnes

Trio; 9: E Standard Procedures, L Dana Reedy Trio; 10: Ian Buss Trio; 11: Steve Bloom Trio; 12: Kyle Moffatt Trio; 13: Nick Dunston Duo; 14: Scot Albertson Duo; 15: Takenori Nishiuchi; 16: E Akihiro Yamamoto Trio, L Nick Morrison Trio; 17: Emy Tseng Trio; 18: Bongwool Lee Trio; 19: Kumika Trio; 20: The Highliners; 21: Benjamin Servenay; 22: Kazuki Yamanaka Trio; 23: E Yuko Ito Trio, L Aquiles Navarro; 24: Yako Eicher Trio; 25: closed; 26: Michael Gallant Trio; 27: Yoshiki Miura Trio; 28: Senri Oe; 29: Julio Botti Trio; 30: E Daniel Bennett Gp, L Yusuke Seki; 31: Akira Ishiguro Trio. ZANKEL HALL: At Carnegie Hall. 881 7th Av at 57th St. 212-247-7800. See Carnegie Hall.

LOWER MANHATTAN (Below 34th Street)

11TH STREET BAR: 510E 11th St (bet Av A & B). www.11thstbar.com. 212-982-3929. Mon: 8-11pm Richard Clements & Murray Wall Jazz Express. 55 BAR: 55 Christopher St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). 212-929-9883. www.55bar.com. Sets: Early (E) 7-9pm except Fri-Sun 6pm, Late (L) 10pm. 1st Mon: E Sean Wayland; 1st Sat: E Ayana lowe; last Fri: E Kendra Shank. May 7: E Amy Cervini Trio feat Nadje Noordhuis. 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. May 3: John Likides & Damien Olsen + David Grollman & Zachary Darrup; 10: Flandrew Fleisenberg Solo + Ayako Kanda, Jeff Platz, Dmitry Ishenko, Blaise Siwula & Tatsuya Nakatani; 17: 611pm An Inside/Outside benefit for ABC NoRio feat Jesse Dulman, Ras Moshe, Ken Lieberson & Lex Samu, Evan Gallagher Ens, David Grollman & Colleen McCarthy-Smee, Cheryl Pyle & Francois Grillot, Rocco John Iacovone Ens, Stan Nishimura, Evan Gallagher & Blaise Siwula, John Lutz, Tom Blatt Ens, Dom Minasi, Blaise Siwula, Donell Gibbons & Daisy Windley, Sean Ali Solo, The Restrictor, Christian Amigo, Michael Haffta & Yonat Haffta; 24: The Evan Gallagher Really Big Band + David Haney; 31: Beyond Duo + Jason Sherman Solo. ABRONS ARTS CENTER: 466 Grand St at Pitt St. www.abronsartscenter.org. 212-5980400. May 9: 8pm Nate Wooley & Seven Storey Mountain V. ALL THINGS PROJECT: At Neighborhood Chuch. 269 Bleecker St. 212-691-1770. www.allthingsproject.net. 1st Fri: 8&9:30pm free adm. May 1: Lage Lund Trio. ALWAN FOR THE ARTS: 16 Beaver St 4th Fl. www.alwanforthearts.org. 646-732-3261. AMUSE WINE BAR: 121 Ludlow St (bet Rivington & Delancey Sts). 212-477-0100. www.amusewine.com. Fri: 8-11pm. ANALOGUE: 19W 8th St (bet 5th Av & McDougal St). www.analoguenyc.com. 212432-0200. 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. ANYWAY CAFÉ: 34E 2nd St at 2nd Av. 212533-3412. www.anywaycafe.com. ARTHUR’S TAVERN: 57 Grove St. 212-6756879. www.arthurstavernnyc.com. Sets: 710pm. Mon: Grove Street Stompers feat Joe Licari; Tues: Yuichi Hirakawa; Wed: Eve

Silber; Thurs-Sat: Eri Yamamoto Trio; Sun: Creole Cooking. ARTS FOR ART: 107 Suffolk St. 212-254-5420. www.artsforart.org. ARTURO’S: 106W Houston St at Thompson St. 212-677-3820. www.arturosnyc.com. 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 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 unless otherwise noted. MonThurs: E Emerging Artists series; Mon: L Vocal Mondays series. Residencies (R): Wed L Jonathan Kreisberg; Sun Peter Mazza. May 1: Joe Giglio; 2: East West Guitar Trio; 3: R; 4: E Benjamin Bryden, L Nora McCarthy; 5: E Matt Solinger, L Jure Pukl; 6: E Rafal Sarnecki, L R; 7: E Tobias Meinhart, L Assaf Kehati; 8: Jon Irabagon; 9: Bjorn Solli; 10: R; 11: E Yehonatan Cohen, L Dida Pelled; 12: E Arath Corral, L Alex Levine; 13: E Yuto Kazakawa, L R; 14: E Nicholas Brust, L Jeff McLaughlin; 15: Quentin Angus; 16: Paul Bollenback; 17: R; 18: E Caroline Davis, L Linda Ciafolo; 19: E Alicyn Jaffee, L Hendrik Meurkens; 20: E Gianni Gagliardi, L R; 21: E Gioel Severini, L Roxy Coss; 22: Syberen Van Munster; 23: Jerome Sabbagh; 24: R; 25: E Andrew Van Tassel, L Beat Kaestli; 26: E Alex Sugerman, L Alex Norris; 27: E Paul Jones, L R; 28: E NanJo Lee, L Adam Larson; 29: Perry Smith; 30: Will Sellenraad; 31: R. BARUCH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 55 Lexington Av at E25th St. (bet Lexington & 3rd Avs). www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac. 646312-5073. The BITTER END: 147 Bleecker St (bet Thompson & LaGuardia). 212-673-7030. www.bitterend.com. BLUE NOTE JAZZ CLUB: 131W 3rd St at 6th Av. 212-475-8592. www.bluenotejazz.com. Sets: 8&10:30pm + Late Night Fri-Sat 12:30am, Sunday Brunch 11:30am&1:30pm. Adm varies. May 1-3: The Bad Plus; 4: Angela Johnson, 10:30pm Sharel Cassity; 510: Stanley Clarke; 11: NYU Jazz Orch; 1213: The Dizzy Gillespie™ Afro Cuban Experience; 14-17: Odean Pope Sax Choir w/spec guest James Carter 05/14-15, Ravi Coltrane 05/16-17; 18: The Baylor Project, 10:30pm Jay Rodriguez Sounder; 19-24: Dave Holland & Prism; 25: Gato Barbieri; 26: Albare; 27: Gato Barbieri; 28-31: Yellowjackets. Late Night w/May 1: Farah Siraj; 2: Chris Massey & Nue Jazz Project; 8: Deborah Latz; 9: r'kardo st'von; 15: Dulie; 16: Fuzz Band; 22: Ricardo Grilli Gp; 23: Lee Hogans; 29: Darren Lyons; 30: Abe Ovadia. Sunday Brunch w/May 3: East Meets West feat Takeshi Ohbayashi Trio; 10: Judy Wexler w/Mark Soskin Trio; 17: Roni BenHur Trio; 24: Steven Feifke; 31: Rotem Sivan Trio. 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. Residency: Tues 8pm-12am $20 adm/20 min Eric Comstock. Sets: 7&9pm $20 adm/15 min. May 15: Nancy Harms; 16: Duchess feat Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner & Melissa Stylianou; 21: Dennis Angel; 22: Nancy Kelly; 23: Alexis Cole; 27: New Young Jazz; 29: Tessa Souter Trio. CAFFE VIVALDI: 32 Jones St (bet Bleecker & 4th St). www.caffevivaldi.com. 212-691-7538. Free adm. Sun: 6-7pm Noel Brennan, 9-11pm John Lander Trio. 1st&3rd Wed: 7:15pm Roger Davidson. 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 WINERY: 155 Varick St (bet Spring & Vandam Sts). www.citywinery.com. 212-6080555. CLEMENTE SOTO VÉLEZ CULTURAL & EDUCATIONAL CENTER: 107 Suffolk St (bet Rivington & Delancey Sts). 212-2604080. www.csvcenter.org. May 1: 7,8&9pm Evolving Pop-Up series feat Larry Roland Duo, 8pm William Parker & Nederland Bass Trio, 9pm William Parker & Charles Gayle Duo; 3: 3-5pm New Music Horizons feat Mike Baggetta Trio & Mark Wade Trio. CORNELIA STREET CAFÉ: 29 Cornelia St. 212-989-9319. www.corneliastreetcafe.com. Sets unless otherwise noted: MonThurs&Sun 8:30pm, Fri-Sat 9&10:30pm. Adm varies. May 1-2: Rez Abbasi Acoustic Qrt; 3: Sara Serpa; 5: Musette Explosion; 6-8: The Claudia Qnt; 9: Kris Davis Qrt; 10: Oded Tzur Qrt; 11: Michael Blanco Qrt; 13: Adam O’Farrill & Guy Mintus Duo, 9:30pm Adam O’Farrill Qrt; 14: Stephan Crump & Rosetta Trio; 15: LL4; 16: Michael Formanek & Resonator; 17: Edu Neves Qrt; 18: David Lopato Qrt; 19: Dan Willis & Velvet Gentlemen; 20: The Tenth Muse; 21: The Horns Band; 22: Matt Brewer; 23: Nate Radley Qrt; 24: Jeremy Powell Qrt, 9:30pm Walking Distance; 26: Glenn Zaleski Trio; 27: Isaac Darche Gp, 9:30pm Pablo Masis Qrt; 28: David Cook Qnt; 29: David Smith Qrt; 30: Jon Irabagon Qrt; 31: Patrick Cornelius Oct. CUCINA DI PESCE: 87E 4th St (bet 2nd & 3rd Avs). www.cucinadipesce.net. 212-260-6800. Wed: 7-10pm Deanna Kirk. The CUPPING ROOM CAFE: 359W Bway (bet Broome & Grand Sts). 212-925-2898. www.cuppingroomcafe.com. Sets: Thurs-Fri 8-11pm, Sat 8:30pm-12:30am. Sat: Mal Stein. May 29: The Hot Club of Flatbush. 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. May 2&9: Steven Frieder Trio. DOWNTOWN MUSIC GALLERY: 13 Monroe St (bet Market & Catherine Sts). 212-4730043. www.downtownmusicgallery.com. May 2-5: 6:30pm don 24th Anniv celeb feat 05/2 William Parker & Tony Malaby, 05/4 Nate Wooley Solo, 05/5 Ava Mendoza & Unnatural Ways. DROM: 85 Ave A (bet 5th & 6th Sts). 212-7771157. www.dromnyc.com. Sets: 9:30pm $15/10 adm unless otherwise noted. May 9:


5:30&8pm $69 adm Chembo Corniel; 12&26: 7:30pm free The Silver Arrows; 15: Lauren Desberg; 16: 9pm $13/10 Underground Horns; 27: Michael Sarian & The Big Chabones; 29: Hailey Niswanger. 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 w/Jon-Erik Kellso & friends. May 10: w/Evan Christopher. 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 Raphael D'lugoff Qrt, N Ned Goold; Fri 9pm Gospel Queens; Sat: N Greg Glassman; Sun N Brandon Lewis & Renee Cruz. May 1: E Greg Murphy Trio, L R + Jared Gold/Dave Gibson, N Todd Herbert; 2: E Mike King Qrt, L Raphael D'lugoff Qnt, N R; 3: E tba, 8:30pm Jade Synstelien & FCBB, N R; 4: E Osso String Qrt, L Simona Premazzi, N R; 5: E R, L&N tba; 6: E R, L Groover Trio, N R; 7: E Yunie Mojica Sxt, L Saul Rubin Zebtet, N Alexi David; 8: E Jared Kashkin, L R + Lauren Sevian, N David Weiss; 9: E Samba de Gringo, L Bruce Williams Qnt, N R; 10: E tba, L Jon Davis Trio, N R; 11: E Abhik Mukerjee, L Ned Goold Qrt, N R; 12: E R, L Peter Brainin & the Latin Jazz Workshop, N Yoshi Waki; 13: E R, L Harold Mabern Trio, N R; 14: E tba, L Greg Glassman Qnt, N Will Terrill; 15: E Alan Rubinstein Trio, L R + Noah Jackson, N Reid Taylor; 16: E Todd Herbert, L Steve Carrington, N R; 17: E tba, L Willie Applewhite Qnt, N R; 18: E tba, L George Braith, N R; 19: E R, L&N tba; 20: E R, L Don Hahn/Mike Camacho Sxt, N R; 21: E tba, L POD, N Jared Gold; 22: E tba, L R + tba, N tba; 23: E tba, L Darryl Yokley, N R; 24: E tba, L Ark Ovrutski Qrt, N R; 25: E&L tba, N R; 26: E R, L Itai Kriss & Gato Gordo, N John Benitez’s Latin Bop; 27: E R, L tba, N R; 28: tba; 29: E tba, L R + Jerome Jennings, N tba; 30: E Steve Blum Trio, L Point of Departure, N R; 31: E&L tba, N R. The FLATIRON ROOM: 37W 26th St (bet 6th Av & Bway). www.theflatironroom.com. 212725-3860. May 8: 9pm-1am Susan Tobocman. FLÛTE GRAMERCY: 40E 20th St (bet Bway & Park Av S). 212-529-7870. www.flutebar. com. Free adm. Wed: Jazz. Last Fri: 7-10pm Michael Sheridan Band. May 27: 8-11pm Susan Tobocman. GARAGE: 99 7th Av S (bet W 4th & Bleecker). www.garagerest.com. 212-645-0600. Free adm/no min. Sets: Early (E), Late (L), Brunch (B); Mon E 7-10pm, L 10:30pm-1:30am; TuesThurs E 6-10pm, L 10:30pm-1:30am; Fri E 6:15-10:15pm, L 10:45pm-2:45am; Sat B 124pm, E 6:15-10:15pm, L 10:45pm-2:45am; Sun B 11:30am-4pm, E 6:30-10:30pm, L 11pm-2am. Residency (R): Sun E except 05/3&31 David Coss Qrt. May 1: E Fukushi Tainaka Trio, L Kevin Dorn & the BIG 72; 2: B Larry Newcomb Qrt, E Evgeny Sivtsov Trio, L Akiko Tsuruga Trio; 3: B Lee Metcalf Trio, E tba, L Abe Ovadia Trio; 4: E Susan Wagner High School Jazz Band, L Kate Cosco Trio; continued on page 24

ENNY GARRETT HAS BEEN A prominent voice on the alto saxophone K for several years and, at 54, he is in the

sweet spot of his musical career. He has honed his skills the old-fashioned way: he's earned it with a career spanning close to four decades and associations with some of jazz's most celebrated creators. Garrett started in the Duke Ellington Band with Cootie Williams, was a member of The Mel Lewis Orchestra and played in Charles Mingus alum Dannyie Richmond's band. He was a member of the Art Blakey school of music and gigged with iconic stars Woody Shaw, Freddie Hubbard and Joe Henderson. Perhaps Garrett's most dogged association is with Miles Davis. Garrett played with the legendary bandleader for the last five years of Davis' life. Garrett recalled a first encounter with Davis when the trumpet player told him "You sound like you're wearing Sonny Stitt's dirty drawers." Although he admits to listening to Stitt and, of course, Stitt's major influence Charlie Parker, Garrett laughingly disavows the comparison saying, "I don't actually think I sounded anything like Stitt. But for Miles, he heard that." Perhaps a more accurate observation came from his mentor and associate Pharaoh Sanders, who hears a lot of John Coltrane in Garrett's playing. "I think for me it simply comes out of me‌ of course John Coltrane is one of my heroes, there's no denying that, but I can still find a way to get to that feeling in the music, that something which brought me to the music."

Today Garrett is the consummate professional and certainly his own man. His most recent two CDs, Seeds from the Underground and Pushing the World Away are proof in point. Both albums were nominated for Grammy awards under Best Instrumental Jazz Album. Both feature Garrett compositions that pay homage to some of his influences. "J Mac" from Seeds from the Underground is dedicated to alto great Jackie McLean and was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Instrumental Solo category. "Wiggins," also from Seeds, is a bow to Garrett's former high school band and private teacher Bill Wiggins. "Do Wo Mo" is a three-way tribute to Duke Ellington, Woody Shaw and Thelonious Monk, all important influences. On his most recent album, Pushing the World Away, Garrett continues in the same vein with compositions dedicated to friends and influences. Longtime friend Chick Corea gets "Hey Chick;" his mentor, the late Mulgrew Miller, "A Side of Hijiki;" Sonny Rollins, "J'ouvert;" and his producer Donald Brown is honored "Brother Brown." Garrett, no stranger to recognition, has garnered no less than eight wins in the Downbeat Best Alto Saxophonist category. Despite an innate desire to be creative with his music he is always aware of his audience. "What I would like the audience to experience is this journey that I would like to take them on," he says. "I am hoping the experience will touch them in some way." Garrett's music is energetic, contemporary and yet steeped in tradition. He has grown as a composer, introducing strong melodic content, voices, chanting and Asian influences from his trips to Japan and China. He credits his adaptation of more complex time signatures into his music to his work with guitarist John McLaughlin, whom he played with in the Grammy-winning Five Peace Band. He is without question an astonishingly creative improviser, weaving his signature sound without making it so complex as to be musically unreachable for the casual listener. His music is not crossover, but bridges the gap between driving hard bop and more popular contemporary fare. "I just try to play what I hear. I want people to experience what I do‌the joy," he says. As for what's next, he says, "I would like to do an album with strings and perhaps an album with Japanese Kabuki musicians." His current working band includes bassist Corcoran Holt, pianists Vernell Brown and Benito Gonzalez, McClenty Hunter and Mark Whitfield Jr. on drums and Rudy Bird on percussion.

The Kenny Garrett Quintet will play May 22 through 24 at the Iridium. Garrett photo by Keith Major.


S P O T L EVAN CHRISTOPHER THE PLAYERS / MAY 3 It's a magical moment hearing clarinetist Evan Christopher in person for the first time. A virtuoso with a bright sound and fluid technique, Christopher is influenced in part by Creole greats like Sidney Bechet, Omer Simeon, Barney Bigard and Jimmy Noone, fusing elements of their playing into his unique style. Christopher has excelled as a composer as well, particularly "The Remembering Song" and "Sunday Mornings" (from his "Treat It Gentle Suite," a Bechet tribute). His outgoing personality on stage fits his expressive music. Returning to live and work in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, he has taken his Clarinet Road bands all over the world to acclaim. Joining him will be guitarist James Chirillo, pianist Ehud Asherie and bassist Neal Caine, with vocalist Hilary Gardner guesting on a few songs. He is also in a duo with Asherie at Mezzrow May 5. KD

BRAD MEHLDAU VILLAGE VANGUARD / MAY 5-10 Pianist Brad Mehldau traverses the expectations of the modern jazz musician by seamlessly blending jazz, rock and classical music into a fresh and interesting brew. No matter the instrumentation, Mehldau's genre-melting personality creates a beautiful mix of control and chaos. Since his debut in the early 1990s, Mehldau has sculpted an ambitious résumé with recordings and performances with numerous musicians including Joshua Redman and Christian McBride. Mehldau's latest release, Mehliana: Taming the Dragon, features his collaboration with drummer Mark Guiliana, which combines electronica, funk, jazz and rock. The critically acclaimed album is another example of Mehldau's dedication to expanding the jazz medium. Mehldau will be joined by bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard for genre-bending music. EW

THE LEGENDARY COUNT BASIE ORCHESTRA BIRDLAND / MAY 5-9 It's been 54 years since the Count Basie Orchestra recorded Basie at Birdland (Roulette) and The Jazz Corner of the World has moved corners twice since then. After Basie's death in 1984, the "ghost band" has continued swinging under about a dozen leaders. Celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, the group is newly under the direction of Scotty Barnhart, a trumpeter and historian who's played with the band for 20 years, filling the chair once held by Harry "Sweets" Edison, Thad Jones and Clark Terry. Carmen Bradford, the perfect female vocalist for the ensemble, was hired by Basie in 1982 and spent nine years with the band. She has sung on many tours and albums with them since then, including three of its18 Grammy winners. YE

CHARENEE WADE ALHAMBRA BALLROOM / MAY 5 One of the most magnificently versatile jazz singers of her generation, Charenee Wade is a chameleon-like master capable of delivering everything from old-school blues to inspired tributes to Gil Scott-Heron, from hard-swinging standards to impeccably delivered and painfully gorgeous ballads. With a voice that bears the idiosyncratic mark of Betty Carter's influence, Wade has perfected an ability to sing far behind the beat without losing time or swing. At the Alhambra Ballroom, she will celebrate the music of the greats who performed at the legendary Café Society with an evening of song and dancing. Joined by rising guitar star King Solomon Hicks and his trio, as well as the George Gee Swing Orchestra, Wade will no doubt lead a thrilling and essential performance of classic fare. SH

BOBBY SANABRIA THE CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK / MAY 9 Drummer, educator, composer and activist Bobby Sanabria brings his thrice Grammynominated Multiverse Big Band to this finale of the fifth annual Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival. This special concert, co-featuring saxophonist Jimmy Heath, honors Jazzmobile's 50-year legacy as a "mobile shrine." While best known for vibrant Latin material, the power drummer/leader describes this 19-piece genre-blurring unit's sound as "Don Ellis meets Tito Puente meets Count Basie meets Frank Zappa meets Duke meets Machito." Sanabria has a few treats planned for the evening: Eugene Marlow's "Taylored for Billy" tribute to Jazzmobile founding father Dr. Billy Taylor; Kyle Athayde's "Que Viva Harlem!," which celebrates all of Harlem's different neighborhoods; and the band's multi-faceted "Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite for Ellington," composed by Michael Philip Mossman. And, yes, you can dance. KF


By Ken Dryden, Yvonne Ervin, Ken Franckling, Seton Ha

˜ by Michael Wilson, H Cohen photo by Nelson Corsino, Sanabria by Jemal Countess Getty Images North America, Mehldau


JEFF HAMILTON DIZZY'S CLUB COCA-COLA / MAY 10-11 A superb drummer, composer and bandleader, Jeff Hamilton gained notice in the mid1970s through recordings with Monty Alexander, Milt Jackson and the L.A. 4. Then he worked extensively with Ray Brown, Gene Harris, Diana Krall and others. Over the last two decades, Hamilton has had his own trio and co-leads the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra with bassist John Clayton, while remaining an in-demand sideman who is known for his crisp brushwork. His CD Red Sparkle is similar to a live set, featuring surprising twists on standards, time-tested jazz compositions and even unexpected pop tunes, along with tasty originals written by each member of the trio. Hamilton's working band includes two brilliant youngsters, pianist Tamir Handelman and bassist Christoph Luty. KD STEVEN KROON SUGAR HILL RESTAURANT & SUPPER CLUB / MAY 13 Similar to a predecessor like Ray Barretto, percussionist Steven Kroon is easily able to perform in contemporary or Latin jazz contexts. As part of the Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, Kroon will present a hot sextet for this early evening gig. The native of Spanish Harlem grew up in Queens, listening to his father's records and playing along with them. Kroon's larger history in the music spans five decades with R&B/pop musicians, jazz stars like Ron Carter, saxophonists Gary Bartz or Tim Ries, as well as Mavis Staples and Diana Krall. As a consummate sideman and formidable leader, Kroon has a small but mighty independently issued discography, and tons of respect. Vibraphonist Bryan Carrott, saxophonist/flutist Craig Rivers, keyboardist Igor Atalita, bassist Waldo Chavez and drummer Diego Lopez join Kroon. MGN

CURTIS NOWOSAD SHAPESHIFTER LAB / MAY 13 As an emerging drummer, composer, arranger, bandleader, instructor, event producer and article author, Curtis Nowosad has displayed many talents that command attention. Born in Winnipeg Canada, he moved to New York City for graduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music, while working with Candido, Jimmy Owens and Kenny Barron among others. This experience has provided a springboard for delivering his personal brand of bop, modified pop tunes, shuffles, mainstream, modern modal and contemporary jazz. His newly released second recording Dialectics (Cellar Live) touches all the bases in the variety of music he's able to swing, add blue beats, and power through. Nowosad's quintet is performing during this CD release party with alto saxophonist Jon Gordon, trumpeter Jon Challoner, pianist Will Bonness and bassist Steve Kirby. MGN

AVISHAI COHEN SUBCULTURE / MAY 18 One significant change on the 21st century jazz scene is the influx of Israeli musicians, among the most important the Cohen siblings: clarinetist/tenor saxophonist Anat, soprano saxophonist Yuval and trumpeter Avishai. The latter has the distinction of playing in two of the most idiosyncratic trios of the day: the all-horn 3 Cohens, an inventive offshoot of the siblings' sextet, and his own Triveni, teaming his trumpet with bassist Omer Avital and drummer Nasheet Waits. This bare bones instrumentation belies the trio's sound, which is expansive with a panoramic scope suggesting the emotional sweep of a larger ensemble. Cohen also occasionally adds to the cinematic effects by channeling his trumpet through electronic EFX. Sister Anat appears on Dark Nights, Triveni's new album, so don't be surprised if she makes an appearance. GK

KATE McGARRY JAZZ STANDARD / MAY 21 Although her career began rather conventionally with college music studies in Massachusetts, her home state, and periods singing jazz in Los Angeles and New York, Kate McGarry is now based in Appalachia. Her latest album, Genevieve & Ferdinand (Sunnyside), a duo with her husband, guitarist Keith Ganz, ventures into folk and singer-songwriter territory as well as essaying some jazzy standards. Her more overtly jazz CD, the Grammy-nominated Girl Talk, was a sly, feminist take on the Mad Men era. McGarry is a commanding singer with a subtle technique for whom the meaning of a song is often more important than a bravura rendering: she knows how to make her listeners value the words. Here she's the third of six musicians, and the only vocalist, in pianist Fred Hersch's Duo Invitational Series. GK

awkins, George Kanzler, Michael G Nastos & Eric Wendell

Hamilton by Alex Solca, McGarry by Matteo Trisolini, Christopher by Jason Kruppa.


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5: E Pasquale Grasso Qrt, L Chris Carroll Trio; 6: E Mauricio de Souza Trio, L Ben Patterson Organ Trio; 7: E Champian Fulton Qrt, L Ray Parker Trio; 8: E Brooks Hartell Trio, L Pater Valera & the Jump Blues Band; 9: B Daniela Schaechter Trio, E Al Marino Trio, L Virginia Mayhew Qrt; 10: B Lou Caputo Qrt, E R, L Jason Ennis Trio; 11: E New York Youth Symphony Jazz Band, L Alex Menassian Trio; 12: E Rob Edwards Qrt, L Benjamin Sutton Qrt; 13: E Yvonnick Prene Trio, L The Lintet Organ Edition; 14: E George Weldon Trio, L Nick Wright Trio; 15: E Joe Pino Qrt, L Hot House; 16: B Larry Newcomb Qrt, E Mark Marino Trio, L Daylight Blues Band; 17: B Kayo Hiraki Qrt, E R, L Masami Ishikawa Trio; 18: E Moonglowers, L Ray Blue Trio; 19: E NOWtet, L Jim Piela Gp; 20: E Marc Devine Trio, L Assaf Kehati Trio; 21: E Rick Stone Trio, L Tom Tallitsch Trio; 22: E Mauricio de Souza Trio, L Peter Valera & the Jump Blue Band; 23: B Marsha Heydt & the Project of Love, E Champian Fulton Qrt, L Virginia Mayhew Qrt; 24: B Matt Parker Qrt, E R, L Dave Kain Gp; 25: E Cecilia Coleman Big Band, L Kenny Shanker Qrt; 26: E Eric Wyatt Trio, L Alexander Bryson Trio; 27: E Victor Jones Orchestrio, L Emillio Teubal Trio; 28: E Dre Barnes Project, L Todd Herbert Trio; 29: E Bobby Katz Trio, L Hot House; 30: B Kyoko Oyobe Trio, E Michika Fukumori Trio, L Hot House; 31: B Iris Ornig Qrt, E Rob Edwards Qrt, L Mauricio de Souza Trio. GREENWICH HOUSE MUSIC SCHOOL: 46 Barrow St (bet 7th Av S & W 4th St). 212-2424770. www.greenwichhouse.org. Sound It Out series: 7:30pm $20/15 adm. May 1: Leni Stern & African Trio + Surface to Air; 15: Dan Blake. HOTEL CHANTELLE: 92 Ludlow St (bet Broome & Delancey Sts). 212-254-9100. www.hotelchantelle.com. Tues 8pm-12am & Sat Brunch 11:30am-5pm: Dandy Wellington Band; Sun Brunch 1-4pm: Martina & The Ladybugs. 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. May 1-2: 20th Anniversary celeb w/Jason Lindner Big Band; 7-9: closed; 14: Tony Tixier Dream Pursuit Trio; 15: Mike Moreno; 16: Ben Van Gelder; 21: Eric Doob; 22-23: Ohad Talmor Grand Ens; 26: Alan Ferber; 28: Jazz Composers Workshop; 30: Jamie Baum Spt +. 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, Fri-Sat $35. Residencies (R): Mon Mingus Monday; Sun except 05/24&31 1:30-3pm Jazz for Kids. May 1-3: $30 Gary Bartz Qnt feat Larry Willis; 4: R w/Mingus Big Band; 5-6: Michael Carvin Experience; 7-10: (no 3rd set) $30 Steve Wilson & Wilsonian’s Grain; 11: R w/Mingus Orch; 12-13: $30 Johnathan Blake; 14-17: Ryan Truesdell & Gil Evans Project; 18: R w/Mingus Big Band; 19-24: (no 3rd set) Fred Hersch Duo feat 05/19 $40 Brad Mehldau, 05/20 $30 Miguel Zenón, 05/21 Kate McGarry, 05/22 Ravi Coltrane, 05/23 $40 Kenny Barron, 05/24 $35 Regina Carter; 25: closed; 26: Matthew Stevens Gp; 27-31: $35 Terence Blanchard E-Collective. JOE’S PUB: At Public Theater. 425 Lafayette St & Astor Pl. www.joespub.com. 212-967-7555. Adm varies. May 7: 9:30pm $15 Cocomama; 8: 9:30pm $20 Michele Rosewoman & New Yor-Uba; 15: 11pm $12/15 adm Miss Ida Blue; 16: 7:30pm $18 Paulette McWilliams; 20: 9:30pm $20 Ethan Lipton Orch.


JULES BISTRO: 65 Saint Marks Pl (bet 1st & 2nd Avs). 212-477-5560. www.julesbistro.com. Sets: 8:30-11:30pm, Brunch 12-3pm. Sun: Jazz party & Jam. KNICKERBOCKER BAR & GRILL: 33 University Pl at 9th St. 212-228-8490. www.knickerbockerbarandgrill.com. Fri-Sat: 9:45pm-2am. May 1-2: Jill McCarron & Paul Gill; 8-9: Ehud Asherie & David Wong; 15-16: Warren Chiasson & Alex Gressel; 22-23: Mark Soskin, Tom Kennedy & Harvie S; 2930: Jay Leonhart, Tomoko Ohno & Avi Rothbard. LE PESCADEUX: 90 Thompson St (bet Prince & Spring Sts). www.lepescadeuxnyc.com. 212-966-0021. LE POISSON ROUGE: 158 Bleecker St at Thompson St. www.lepoissonrouge.com. 212-796-0741. Adm varies. May 15: 7:30pm $35/40 adm Esperanza Spalding; 19: 7:30pm $15-25 Casenave New Trio. LE SINGE VERT: 160 7th Av (bet 19th & 20th Sts). 212-366-4100. www.lesingevert.com. Mon-Tues: 8-10:30pm. Mon: Gina Vendetta. 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. May 5: L R; 9: 1pm Laurie Krauz's Jazz Soup; 12: L R; 13: E Tish Rabe; 16: E Sonya Perkins; 19: L R; 20: E Rosemary Loar; 23: 1pm Sharon Rae North; 26: L R; 30: E John Minnock. MEZZROW: 163W 10th St (bet 7th Av & Waverly Pl). www.mezzrow.com. 646-4764346. Sets: Early (E) free adm 7:30-8:45pm, Late (L) $20 9:30pm Mon&Sun, 8pm Tues, 9pm Wed-Sat, Night (N) 10:30pm Tues, 11:30pm Wed-Thurs. Residencies: Mon E John Merrill Solo; Tues N Jam; Wed E Solo Piano, N Jam; Thurs E Solo Piano, N Jon Davis Solo; Fri E Solo Piano; Sat E Spike Wilner. May 1-3: Gerald Cannon; 4: Chris Flory; 5: Ehud Asherie & Evan Christopher; 6-7: Richard Johnson; 8-9: Bill Mays & Todd Coolman; 10: Eli Digibri; 11: Dan Tepfer & Joanna Wallfish; 12-13: 8:30pm Nicki Parrott & Rossano Sportiello; 14-16: Ethan Iverson; 17: Freddie Bryant; 18: Hilary Gardner; 19: Kendra Shank & Frank Kimbrough; 20: John Di Martino; 21: OWL; 22-23: Ben Sidran; 24: Yotam Silberstein; 25: Spike Wilner; 26: Ray Gallon; 27-28: Adam Birnbaum; 29-30: Frank Kimbrough; 30: 4pm Dr. Frank masterclass. MOSCOW 57: 168 1/2 Delancey St at Clinton St. 212-260-5775. www.moscow57.com. 78pm Ellen Kaye Trio; Wed: 9pm Cleve Douglass & Grace Garland; Fri: 8pm Mary Foster Conklin, 10pm Jordan Pettay Band. May 3&17: 7-9pm 4/4-24/7 Qrt. NEIGHBORHOOD CHURCH: 269 Bleecker St (bet Jones & Cornelia Sts). 212-691-1770. www.ncgv.net. See All Things Project. NEW SCHOOL: 66W 12th St. 212-229-5600. www.newschool.edu. NEW YORK CITY BAHA’Í CENTER: 53E 11th St (bet Bway & University). 212-222-5159. www.bahainyc.org. Tues: 8&9:30pm $10/15 adm. May 5: Frank Perowsky Qnt feat Mike Longo; 12: John Kordelewsky & the Macanda Project; 19: Warren Chiasson Gp. NEW YORK UNIVERSITY: 35W 4th St 6th Fl. www.nyu.edu. 212-998-4550. NORTH SQUARE: At Washington Square Hotel. 103 Waverly Pl at McDougal. www.northsquareny.com/about-jazz. 212254-1200. Sun: 12:30&2:15pm free adm Jazz Brunch. May 3: Sarah Silverman Trio; 10: Thana Alexa Trio; 17: Roz Corral Trio w/Gilad continued on page 26

N 1949, ACHILLES D'AMICO, A music teacher at Newark's Arts High ISchool, told his class that the music of the

future was going in three directions. He played "Xtabay," by the five-octave Peruvian soprano Yma Sumac, Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" and a bebop composition by Charlie Parker. Little did he know that one of his students in that class, a music and art double major named Wayne Shorter, would personally fulfill his prophecy. For an astonishing five-decades, Shorter extended and expanded the fabric of 20th Century music with his evolutionary and iconoclastic compositions and his intricate, serpentine tenor and soprano saxophone playing that redefined and broadened the boundaries of jazz, world, classical and pop music. "It's all about trying to do the impossible, not in (only) music, but as human beings expanding, going beyond our limitations of what we think behavior should be like in this world," the 81-year-old Shorter says. Shorter was the compositional genius with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and as a member of Miles Davis' groundbreaking Second Great Quintet, as evidenced by his classic compositions with those bands, from "Ping Pong," to "E.S.P." to "Nefertiti." Shorter's classic 1960s Blue Note albums Juju, Speak No Evil, Night Dreamer, The All Seeing Eye and Schizophrenia, yielded many Shorter-penned compositions that became jazz classics including: "Infant Eyes," "Footprints," "Angola," "Lester Left Town" and "Fee Fi Fo Fum." He co-founded the fusion group Weather Report with Davis bandmate Joe Zawinul and collaborated with Brazilian vocalist/composer Milton Nascimento on the seminal 1974 LP, Native Dancer. His "beyond category" studio recordings of the 80s and 90s included Atlantis, High Life, and Alegria which showcased Shorter's evocative rendition of Heitor Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5." His astonishing solo on Steely Dan's jazz-rock track, "Aja" still sounds fresh as it first did in 1977, and his Icarusian soprano sax lines are the perfect foil to Joni Mitchell's equally evocative works. How did a vast musical mind like Shorter's manage to avoid the jazz police landmines that continue to explode the worthy ambitions of many musicians? "There's no such thing as 'beginning and end' in life: nothing is finished. There's only potential. The word eternity covers

that," he says with a laugh. "For me, the challenge of music is playing what you wish for. Not writing and composing what you've learned in music. It's got to be a challenge. Anything that I draw from the past, from the 60s, I'm continuing it. It's evolving. And what we're doing is challenging ourselves to play without rehearsing anything." When Shorter speaks of "we," he's referring to his phenomenal quartet consisting of Panamanian pianist Danilo Perez, Brooklyn bassist John Patitucci and Louisiana-born drummer Brian Blade. Formed in 2000, this formidable foursome's live recordings, Footprints Live!, Breaking the Sound Barrier and Without a Net, show why their impossibly telepathic rapport make them the superband that they are. In fact, Perez, Patitucci and Blade have formed their own group: a trio called Children of The Light, dedicated to taking Shorter's music one step beyond. "When we get together, we call it zero gravity," Shorter explains. "Meaning that we're not attached to this whole thing about 'having a band.' We're not attached to anything. We're free enough to know that freedom is not an arrival: it's a process that you have to have fun with." Well past the change of the 21st century, it's clear that Shorter is enjoying the process of his quest for artistic fulfillment. He was named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master in 1998. And the critically-acclaimed biography by Michelle Mercer, Footprints: The Life and Work of Wayne Shorter, was published in 2004. He toured with the self-governing, conductorless Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in 2013 when he turned 80, performing selections

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Shorter photo by Robert Ascroft.


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Hekselman & Edward Perez; 24: Roz Corral Trio w/Paul Bollenback & Boris Kozlov; 31: Roz Corral Trio w/Dave Stryker & Paul Gill. NUBLU: 62 Av C (bet 4th & 5th Sts). 212-3751500. www.nublu.net. May 2: 10-11:30pm Spacepilot. NUYORICAN POETS CAFÉ: 236E 3rd St (bet Avs B & C). www.nuyorican.org. 212-7809386/212-505-8183. Sets: 9pm. Tues: Latin Jazz; 1st Wed: All That - Hip Hop Poetry & Jazz; 1st Sat: Puddin’ Jazz series + Jam. May 5: Chembo Corniel; 14: 9:30pm The Bronx Conexión; 21: Hector Martignon; 28: Willie Martinez & La Familia Sxt. ONE BATTERY PARK PLAZA: 1 Battery Park at Bridge St. May 21: 12:30-1:30pm free outdoor concert feat String of Pearls. 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. May 18: 8pm Stephanie Chou. PIERRE LOTI: 258W 15th St (bet 7th & 8th Avs). www.pierrelotiwinebar.com. 212-6455684. Tues: 8-11pm. The PLAYERS: 16 Gramercy Park South. (bet Park Av S & 3rd Av). 212-475-6116. www.theplayersnyc.org. Ballroom (BR), Librairy Stage (LS), Ragtime & Stride Piano Room (RS), Film Room (FR). May 3: 12pm-2am $30-135 adm New York Hot Jazz festival. 12:05pm RS Mark Shane, 1pm BR Terry Waldo & Gotham City Band w/Tamar Korn & Blind Boy Paxton, 1:15pm LS Nicki Parrott Trio feat Warren Vaché, 1:45pm RS Pete Sokolow, 2:15pm BR Jon Erik Kellso & the EarRegulars w/Warren Vaché, 2:30pm LS Rhythm Future Qrt, 2:45pm RS Terry Waldo, 3:30pm BR Dan Levinson & Bix Millennium All-Stars, 3:45pm LS Stephane Wrembel, RS Jon Weber w/Margi Gianquinto, 4:45pm BR Andy Farber & After Midnight Orch w/Rebecca Kilgore, RS Bill Charlap, 4:50pm LS Mona’s Hot Four w/Martina DaSilva & Kate Davis, 6:30pm RS Blind Boy Paxton, 7:15pm BR Evan Christopher & Clarinet Road w/Hilary Gardner, 7:30pm LS Riley Mulherkar’s & Alphonso Horne’s Gotham Kings w/Michael Mwenso & Michela Marino Lerman, 8pm RS ELEW, 8:30pm BR Bria Skonberg & Jazz Compatriots w/Michael Mwenso, 8:45pm LS Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band, 9pm RS Chris Pattishall, 9:45pm BR Wycliffe Gordon & friends, 10pm LS The Grand Street Stompers w/Molly Ryan & Tamar Korn, RS Conal Fowkes, 11pm BR The Hot Sardines, 11:15pm LS Glenn Crytzer & Savoy Seven, 122am FR Jam w/David Ostwald & Gordon Au. ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL: 196 Allen St at E Houston St. www.rockwoodmusichall.com. 212-477-4155. RUE B: 188 Ave B (bet 11th & 12th Sts). 212358-1700. www.ruebnyc.com. Sets: 8:30, 9:30&10:45pm. Mon: Bill Moring Trio; Tues: Adrian Thomas Moring; Wed: Tim Regusis Trio feat Mike Camacho; Thurs: Grant Stewart & Joe Magnarelli; Fri: Frankie Valdez Mambo Orch; Sat: François Moutin Funk Trio; Sun: Vocal Jam by Jocelyn Medina. SMALLS JAZZ CLUB: 183W 10th St at 7th Av. 212-252-5091. www.smallsjazzclub.com. Sets unless otherwise noted: Afternoon (PM), Early (E), Late (L), Night (N); Mon E 7:30-10pm, L 10:30pm-1am, N 1am; Tues


7:30-10pm, L 10:30pm-1am, N 1am; Tues 7:30-9pm, L 9:30pm-12am, N 12:30am, WedThurs E 7:30-10pm, L 10:30pm-1am, N 1:30am; Fri 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 7:30-10pm, L 10:30pm. Jam following N. Adm varies. Residencies (R): Mon L except 05/4 Ari Hoenig, N Jonathan Michel 05/4&18, Jonathan Barber 05/11&24; Tues E Spike Wilner Qrt, N Next Generation Sessions by Kyle Poole; Sat PM Jam w/Tuomo Uusitalo Trio 05/2,16&30, Jonathan Thomas Trio 05/9&23; Sun 1pm Vocal masterclass by Marion Cowings. May 1: E Ed Cherry Trio, L E. J. Strickland & Transient Beings, N Tony Hewitt; 2: PM R, E Marcus Parsley Band, L E. J. Strickland & Transient Beings, N Stacy Dillard; 3: 1pm R, PM Marianne Solivan Big Band, E tba, L Behn Gillece; 4: E Michael Valeanu Gp, L Joel Frahm Band, N R; 5: E R, L Smalls Legacy Band feat Frank Lacy, N R; 6: E Melissa Aldana Qrt, L Noah Preminger Gp, N tba; 7: E Ben Van Gelder Qrt, L Nick Hempton Band, N tba; 8: E Ralph Lalama & Bop-Juice, L Stafford Hunter Qnt feat Emma Larsson, N Jeremy Manasia; 9: PM R, E Tardo Hammer Trio, L Stafford Hunter Qnt feat Emma Larsson, N Philip Harper; 10: 1pm R, PM Emilio Solla y La Inestable de Brooklyn, E Sole-ful Sunday Tap Show w/Michela Lerman, L Joe Magnarelli; 11: E Kenneth Salters, L&N R; 12: E R, L Lucas Pino No Net Nnt, N R; 13: E Eli Degibri Qrt, L Mitch Marcus Qnt, N tba, 14: E Josh Bruneau, L Spencer Murphy Band, N tba; 15: E Nasar Abadey & SUPERNOVA®, L Jimmy Greene Band, N Sanah Kadoura; 16: PM R, E Neal Kirkwood Qnt, L Jimmy Greene Band, N Stacy Dillard; 17: 1pm R, PM Eyal Vilner Big Band, E tba, L JC Stylles Qrt; 18: E Greg Murphy Gp, L&N R; 19: E R, L Ben Solomon, N R; 20: E Zaid Nasser Qrt, L George Papageorge Trio, N tba; 21: E Theo Hill Band, L Ken Fowser Band, N tba; 22: E David Gibson & BOOM!, L Jason Brown Band, N Anthony Wonsey Trio; 23: PM R, E Richie Vitale Qnt feat Frank Basile, L Jason Brown Band, N Philip Harper; 24: 1pm R, PM tba, E Sole-ful Sunday Tap Show w/Michela Lerman, L The Well Tempered Qrt; 25: E Lafayette Harris Band, L&N R; 26: E R, L Josh Evans Big Band, N R; 27: E Francisco Mela Band, L Craig Wuepper Band, N tba; 28: E Aaron Kimmel Trio, L Carlos Abadie Qnt, N tba; 29: E Lamy Istrefi Jr. Trio feat George Garzone, L Quincy Davis Band, N Tony Hewitt; 30: PM R, E David Schnitter Qrt, L Quincy Davis Band, N Eric Wyatt Gp; 31: 1pm R, PM George Gee Orch, E tba, L Ned Goold Qrt. SPECTRUM NYC: 121 Ludlow St 2nd Fl (bet Delancey & Rivington Sts). 212-533-5470. www.spectrumnyc.com. May 7: 8:3010:30pm Flin van Hemmen. The STONE: 2nd St at Av C. www.thestonenyc. com. Adm varies. Tues-Sun: 8&10pm weekly residencies. May 1-3: Ben Goldberg; 3: 24pm Students of SUNY Purchase; 5-10: John King; 12-17: Yuka C. Honda; 19-24: Aram Bajakian; 26-31: Mark Dresser. SUBCULTURE: 45 Bleecker St (bet Mott & Mulberry Sts). www.subculturenewyork. com. 212-533-5470. May 2: 9pm $15/20 adm Petros Klampanis Gp; 5: 11pm $10 Eric Michael Krop & Erica von Kleist; 8: 10:30pm $12/15 9 Horses; 10: 8pm $20/25 John Raymond Qrt feat Billy Hart; 16: 7:30pm $25/30 Vertical Voices; 18: 8pm $20/25 Avishai Cohen & Triveni; 27: $35-20 7:30pm Linda Oh & Sun Pictures, 8:30pm Donny McCaslin, 9:30pm Ryan Keberle & Catharsis.

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Lisa Parrott, Jazz at Kitano

Seize the day More than a dozen years had passed since saxophonist Lisa Parrott's last recording as a leader. But opportunity recently presented itself when guitarist Carl Dewhurst, a long-time friend and colleague from her native Australia, came to town. "I had a gazillion recording ideas and couldn't decide which to do, so I used Carl's visit as an excuse for a trip to the studio." She paraphrases Duke Ellington, declaring, "I don't need inspiration; I need a deadline." On the resulting CD, Round Tripper (Serious Niceness), "You can hear the relationship between me and Carl, the joyfulness in how we play off each other. It's not just my record: it's a nice joint project. I'm always looking for players to collaborate with me, rather than behind me or accompany me." The album includes "Rosa Takes a Stand," a Carlos Ward tune. "I love his playing and writing, they're incredibly unique compositions that don't sound like anyone else." Parrott also chose a piece by her friend and mentor Bernie McGann, an Australian icon who is often described as "Sonny Rollins on alto." After Parrott moved to Sydney in 1998, she went to every McGann gig for a year and spent a lot of time hanging out with him and playing. "People used to compare me to him in Australia. Nobody's heard of him here, so I'm trying to spread the word. He was a real mentor in the way he related to people; he connected to people in a wide range of ages." McGann also had a great sense of humor; there's no World War II connection

to "D. Day," the tune included on Round Tripper, it's named for actress Doris Day. A 1960s vintage microphone that once belonged to John Coltrane was used for part of the session, yielding a sound that Parrott especially appreciated for ballads. "It's so nice and dark, definitely the best my baritone has ever been recorded. It was really a treat to use it, not just the great tone, but also the beautiful history." Parrott celebrates the release of Round Tripper May 6 at Jazz at Kitano, with drummer Matt Wilson, bassist Chris Lightcap and trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis, all long-time collaborators who appear on the CD. Keyboardist Gary Versace takes the place of Dewhurst. "Gary is definitely a kindred spirit, and the feeling won't be much different," the saxophonist explains. "What I like in Carl is that we're like two horn players soloing together, and Gary can do that too. He has really big ears; he's a great listener and a quick learner."

Cocomama, Joe’s Pub

International incident There's bound to be a spectrum of musical styles and influences in a band whose members hail from locales as far-flung as Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, Israel, France, Argentina and Wisconsin. But the nine members of Cocomama create a new world of distinctive hybrid sounds and rhythms, displayed on their new CD, Quiero (Truth Revolution). Keyboardist/musical director/singer Nicki Denner points to the title track, which she wrote with percussionist/vocalist Mayra Casales, as an example: "The first half is straight-ahead Latin dance music. The second part is half Brazilian folkloric music and half hip-hop. I had a harmony in mind from the jazz standard 'The Sunny

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Cocomama photo by Thomas C. Delorenzo.


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SUBROSA: 63 Gansevoort St (bet Washington & Greenwich Sts). www.subrosanyc.com. 212-997-4555. Sets: 8&10pm $20 adm. Residencies (R): Wed-Thurs except 05/6-7 Pedrito Martinez Gp, Fri except 05/1 Red Baraat, Sat except 05/30 Sofia Rei. May 1: Pedrito Martinez Gp; 2: R; 3-4: Sie7e; 7: Los Master Plus + G-Flux; 8-9&13-16: R; 19: Chris Washburne & Syotos Band; 20-23,2728&30: R. The TOKYO TAPAS CAFÉ: 7 Cornelia St at West 4th St. www.tokyotapascafenyc.com. 212-242-6333. TOP OF THE STANDARD: 848 Washington St at 13th St. www.standardhotels.com/highline/food-drink/the-top-of-the-standard. 212645-4646. TOSHI’S LIVING ROOM: 1141 Bway at 26th St. www.toshislivingroom.com. 212-8398000. Sets: Early (E) 6-8pm, Late (L) 8-10pm. May 6: E Tine Bruhn, L Kristina Koller; 13: E Sergej Avanesov Trio; 26: L Kristina Koller; 27: E Christina Christofi Qrt. TR CRANDALL GUITARS: 179E 3rd St (bet Av A&B). www.trcrandall.com. 646-692-4235. TRIBECA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 199 Chambers St. www.tribecapac.org. 212220-1460. May 7: 8pm $45/40 adm Highlights in Jazz series feat Adrian Cunningham, Jay Leonhart, Terell Stafford, Aaron Diehl, Ted Rosenthal, Alvin Atkinson, Yasushi Nakamura & guest of honor Wycliffe Gordon. TURNMILL: 119E 27th St (bet Park & 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. May 1-3: Enrico Pieranunzi Qrt; 4: R; 5-10: Brad Mehldau; 11: R; 12-17: Guillermo Klein; 18: R; 19-24: Peter Bernstein; 25: R; 26-31: George Cables. 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. May 3: w/Sean Smith; 10: w/Ray Drummond; 17: w/Sean Smith; 24: w/Harvie S; 31: w/Jed Levy. WHYNOT JAZZ ROOM: 14 Christopher St at Gay St. www.whynotjazzroom.com. 646-7564145. May 1: 7-8:30pm Stachel Qnt; 2: 6-8pm Herbert/Matsuno Duo, 8:30-10pm Daniel Haedicke Qrt, 10:30-11:45pm Alex LoRe Qrt; 3: 7pm Jo-hann, 8:30pm GaGouDij{Ya}, 1011:30pm Mark Johnson & Edge of Jazz; 4: 89:45pm Jackson Hardaker Qrt, 10-11:55pm Jon LaTona; 5: 7pm Solange Prat & Simple Lovers, 9pm Sol Liebeskind; 6: 7-8:45pm Lauren Lee & Charley Sabatini; 7: 9-10:30pm Andrew Van Tassel Qrt; 9: 6-8pm Josh Deutsch & Nico Soffiato Duo; 10: 1011:45pm Stephanos Chytiris Trio; 11: 89:30pm Flip City, 10-11:45pm Three Daves; 15: 11pm-1am Marko Djordjevic Trio; 16: 8:30-10pm Dave Pollack Qrt; 17: Why Not Experiment? series feat 7pm Vinny Golia/Ken Filiano Trio, 8:30pm Jerry Danneman feat Sophie Nzayiseng; 20: 78:45pm Andrea Wolper Trio; 21: 11pm-1am Joe Goehle & Cerebral People Project; 22: 10pm-1am Jim Piela Gp; 23: 8:30-10pm Shu Odamura Trio; 24: 7-9:30pm Why Not Experiment? series feat Charles Downs & Centipede; 28: 9-10:30pm Kind Folk; 31: 7-


9:30pm Why Not Experiment? series feat Jason Mears 20 Ton Bridge. ZEB’S: 223W 28th St (bet 7th & 8th Avs). 2nd Fl. www.zebulonsoundandlight.com. 212-6958081. Wed: 8pm $10 adm Saul Rubin Trio w/vocalist guest + Jam. ZINC BAR: 82W 3rd St (bet Thompson & Sullivan). 212-477-8337. www.zincbar.com. Sets: Early set 7pm + 9,11pm&12:30am, Mon 2am. Adm varies. Residencies: Mon 11pm3am Ron Affif Trio; Tues 11pm Evolution Jam; Thurs 12am except 05/7&28 Roman Diaz Midnight Rumba; Sat 8pm Misha Piatigorsky Trio + Monika Oliveira & The Brasilians; Sun Emilio Solla. May 1: Gregorio Uribe Latin Big Band; 4: Vandojam feat Felix Peikli; 5: Johnny O'Neal; 6&8: Valery Ponomarev Sxt; 7: Unity Cuban Trio; 8: see 05/6; 12: Jay Rodriguez & Azucar; 14: Mitch Frohman & The Curtis Bros.; 15: Jack Jeffers Big Band; 16: Livio Almeida Dectet w/Eduardo Neves; 19: Monika Herzig; 21: Ray Vega w/The Curtis Bros.; 22: Svetlana Shmulyian Big Band; 26: Greg Diamond; 27: Eddie Allen Aggregation Big Band; 28: Francisco Mora-Catlett & Afrohorn w/Oliver Lake. Early sets w/May 7: Kelsey Jilette; 13: Jorge Vadio; 15: Davina & The Vagabonds; 20: Tony Travalini; 27: Ms. Blu; 28: Ark Ovrutski. ZURCHER STUDIO: 33 Bleecker St (bet Lafayette & Bowery). 212-777-0790. www.galeriezurcher.com. Sets: 8pm. May 5: Jonathan Pratt, Andy Haas & David Moreno; 26: Connie Crothers & Joe McPhee; 27: Mathew Shipp & Michael Bisio.


AN BEAL BOCHT CAFÉ: 445W 238th St. 718884-7127. www.lindasjazznights.com. 1st Wed 8&9:30pm Linda's Jazz Nights. May 6: Rale Micic Qrt. FORDHAM UNIVERSITY: 441 East Fordham Rd. www.fordham.edu. 718-817-1000. G-BAR: 579 Grand Concourse at 149th St. 718402-6996. www.gbarnyc.com. RIVERDALE Y: 5625 Arlington Av. 718-5488200. www.riverdaley.org. May 20: 7:30pm Jazz at the Riverdale Y series feat Ted Rosenthal w/Ken Peplowski, Warren Vaché. UNIVERSITY OF THE STREETS: 2381 Belmont Av. 2nd Fl. www.university ofthestreets.org. 212-254-9300. May 15: 711pm Opening night feat Bernard Linnette, Dave Schumacher feat Jazzmeia Horn, Rob Anderson, Cheryl-Martin Anderson, Ira Atkins & friends. Fri-Sat: starting 05/16 9pm Jam. Fri w/Bernard Linnette & Dave Schumacher, Sat w/Rob Anderson. WILLIE’S STEAKHOUSE: 1832 Westchester Av. 718-822-9697. Wed: 8pm-12am.


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Side of the Street,' I wanted to write something over those chord changes. Mayra wrote the lyrics, the rap was improvised on the spot, so it was a mix of ideas we all had." Alternatively, consider the Brazilian piece on which drummer Karina Colis (she's from Mexico) plays a folkloric Colombian rhythm. "In Cocomama, there's so much knowledge of so much different music. We put that all together to create a kind of music never heard before," Denner explains. "Everyone is so open and there's the potential to learn so much about such different music." And what surprises does the Wisconsin native, Denner, bring to the table? "If you were in America during a certain era there are certain popular songs everyone knows, that people from other countries probably don't know." Bill Withers' hit "Use Me" is one tune that some of Denner's band mates weren't familiar with. Still, the pianist believes the song could be a good fit for Cocomama. "The idea behind the band is to mix a lot of things together while keeping the integrity of the original." Besides expanding its musical horizons, Cocomama has a goal of uplifting and encouraging listeners. "I wish everyone could understand Spanish because the words are so positive. There's a lot of beautiful, poetic stuff, and even the instrumentals sound happy." In addition to the nine regular band members, Quiero features saxophonist Camille Thurman as a special guest. "Camille plays all the woodwinds. We wanted to provide a variety of musical colors on the CD and we knew the saxes would do that. In just one take, Camille gave us exactly what we wanted, and that makes life a lot easier," Denner says. Cocomama and special guests celebrate the release of Quiero at Joe's Pub on May 7. "We'll play songs for listening and songs for dancing. It may be a tight space, but we encourage dancing."

Steve Wilson, Jazz Standard

Going with the grain Saxophonist Steve Wilson isn't looking to dwell in the comfort zone, musically. After releasing several albums as a leader and spending decades as an in-demand sideman with Chick Corea, Maria Schneider, Dave Holland, Michele Rosewoman and dozens of others, "I wanted to put together a group that would challenge me to think differently as a player," Wilson says. "I wasn't looking for a uniform sound; I wanted something that was cohesive but with rough edges, that would have spontaneity as part of its character." Wilson found the energy he was looking for in three musicians he'd worked with in a variety of other settings: pianist Orrin Evans, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Bill Stewart. "I thought it would be unique but didn't know if it would work, since none of them had played together before." The band, now known as Wilsonian's Grain, has lived up to the saxophonist's expectations. After they'd played together for a while, Wilson stopped bringing completed arrangements to gigs: "It took away from the spontaneity. Now I bring in tunes that are just sketches and try them on the spot. I don't mind if we make mistakes while going for something; that helps me find new material every time we play." Perhaps it's not surprising that the comfort zone's not for him, when you consider his nearly lifelong fascination with simultaneous multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Wilson was less than 12 years old but already playing oboe and drums in school when he went to a concert featuring Cannonball Adderley, Eddie Harris and Kirk. "That changed the course of what I wanted to do," Wilson recalls. "Kirk was such an original thinker and player. He was a historian of African-American culture, deeply in touch with the past, present and future at all times. When I saw him live, I didn't completely understand it—but this energy that came through him and from him resonated with me." The youngster started spending his allowance money on Kirk albums and to this day feels his influence. The band will celebrate the release of Steve Wilson and Wilsonian's Grain Live in New York: The Vanguard Sessions (Random Act) May 7-10 at Jazz Standard. The CD contains seven compositions by Wilson, Evans, Thelonious Monk and others, recorded during a weeklong run at the historic club in spring 2014. The gig yielded such an abundance of great material that a second volume is set for release next year. "We reached our goal in capturing the live energy and capturing the band at its best. When you have musicians who are not afraid of taking chances and come up with new things every time, why not?" Wilson photo by John Abbott.


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718-934-5988. www.anywaycafe.com. BAMCAFÉ: 30 Lafayette Av. 718-636-4100. www.bam.org. May 2: 10pm Todd Sickafoose & Tiny Resistors. 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. May 2: 8pm Percy Jones & MJ-12; 3: 7pm Jason Loughlin & the String Gliders; 7: 10pm Andy Statman; 8: 8pm Rob Reich, 10pm People’s Champs; 9: 8pm Bopping At The Hop; 10: 5pm Margaret & the Marigolds. BELL HOUSE: 149 7th St. 718-643-6510. www.thebellhouseny.com. May 10: 8:30pm $16/20 adm Darcy James Argue's Secret Society 10th Anniversary, opening w/Nadje Noordhuis Qnt. BROOKLYN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS: At Brooklyn College. Campus Rd & Hillel Pl. www.brooklyncenter.org. 718951-4500. May 16: 8pm $35 adm Eddie Palmieri & Latin Jazz Spt. BROOKLYN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC: 58 7th Av. Park Slope. www.bqcm.org. 718622-3300. 1st Fri: 7pm $5 adm Open Stage. May 2: 8pm $10 adm Connection Works www.connectionworks.org presents Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open series feat WORKS Oct feat Melissa Stylianou. BROOKLYN LYCEUM: 227 Fourth Av (bet President & Union Sts). Park Slope. www.brooklynlyceum.com. 718-857-4816. 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. May 1-2,8-9&1516: 8pm-1am www.cbjcjazz.org Central Brooklyn Jazz festival feat BrownstoneJAZZ Ens. BROWNSVILLE HERITAGE HOUSE: 581 Mother Gaston Blvd. www.brownsville heritagehouse.org. 718-385-1111. May 16: 36pm free adm www.cbjcjazz.org Central Brooklyn Jazz festival feat Wade Barnes Tribute Band. CENTRAL BROOKLYN JAZZ CONSORTIUM: 718-569-1896. www.centralbrooklyn jazzconsortium.org. 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. May 24: 7pm $20 adm Gene Bertoncini. EMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH: 279 Lafayette Av at Washington Av. 718-6221107. www.ebcconnects.com. May 3: 3-5pm $20 adm www.cbjcjazz.org Central Brooklyn Jazz festival feat Jazz Vespers w/Jeff King Band. FIREHOUSE SPACE: 246 Frost St. 917-7097799. www.thefirehousespace.org. May 28: 8pm Nora McCarthy w/the Primitive Orkestra. FOR MY SWEET: 1103 Fulton St. 347-7704735. Mon: 7-11pm $10 adm Bill Jacobs Ens; 1st Mon: Jazz & Open Mic by Jeff King. May 11: Steve Cromity. FREDDY’S BAR: 627 5th Av (bet 17th & 18th Sts). www.freddysbar.com. 718-768-0131. 1st&3rd Tues: 9pm Miss Ida Blue; 4th Tues: 8:30pm Music from NY Underground. HOPE & ANCHOR: 347 Van Brunt St. 718-237-


0276. www.hopeandanchorredhook.com. Wed: 7-10pm Jam w/Ray Scro Qrt. I-BEAM: 168 7th St. www.ibeambrooklyn.com. Sets: 8:30pm $15 don. May 8: Anti-Social Music, 9:30pm Scorpion vs Snake; 11: 8pm Bill Payne/Connie Crothers, 9:30pm Eva Lindal/Virg Dzurinko; 15: Sam Bardfeld Trio; 16: 8:30pm Ellery Eskelin/Nick Fraser, 10pm Lina Allemano & Titanium Riot; 28-30: Deric Dickens residency. JALOPY: 315 Columbia St. www.jalopy.biz. 718-395-3214. JAZZ 966: 966 Fulton St. 917-593-9776. www.jazz966.com. Fri: 8-11pm $15 don. May 1,8&15: $20 www.cbjcjazz.org Central Brooklyn Jazz festival feat 05/1 Wycliffe Gordon Qrt, 05/8 Keisha St. Joan Trio, 05/15 Lou Donaldson Qrt. KORZO RESTAURANT & BAR: 667 5th Av (bet 19th & 20th Sts). 718-499-1199. www.facebook.com/konceptions. Tues: 9& 10:30pm $10 don/$10 min Konceptions Music series by James Carney. May 5: Adam Kolker Trio + Curtis Hasselbring, Petr Cancura & Andrew D’Angelo; 12: Glenn Zaleski Trio + New England Conservatory Honors Jazz Qnt dir by Ralph Alessi; 19: Rich Halley 4 + Marc Hannaford/Anna Weber Qrt; 26: James Carney Trio + Joh Stetch Trio. LAFAYETTE AVENUE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: 85 S. Oxford St. Fort Greene. www.lapcbrooklyn.org. 718-625-7515. May 17: 3:30pm www.cbjcjazz.org Central Brooklyn Jazz festival feat Jazz Vesper w/Vivian Sessoms. The LIVING ROOM: 134 Metropolitan Av. 718782-6600. www.livingroomny.com. May 1: 78pm Vienna Carroll Qrt. 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. NEW YORK AQUARIUM-CONEY ISLAND: 602 Surf Av at West 8th St. 718-265-FISH. www.nyaquarium.com. May 8: 4-6pm free adm www.cbjcjazz.org Central Brooklyn Jazz festival feat William Spaulding Qnt. 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, perezjazzmusic@hotmail.com. May 17: 2pm $20 don incl lunch/BYOB Hillary Gardner. ROULETTE: 509 Atlantic Av at 3rd Av. www.roulette.org. 917-267-0363. Set: 8pm. May 4: Tyshawn Sorey Double Trio; 6-8: ICP Orch. 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. May 27: $10 don Curriculum Qrt. 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. Residencies (R): Wed N free Jam by Matt Garrison; last 2 Sat 3-5pm $15 Matthew Garrison Bass Workshop. May 1: 8pm $16/20 continued on page 32

HOT FLASHES Musician-Bookers' Corner Dream gigs do happen and JC Hopkins can attest to that. As leader of the JC Hopkins Biggish Band, the West Coast native has established a role as booker and a resident artist at the legendary Minton's. With his Biggish Band anchoring given nights as a house band and a remarkable array of artists filling out each week, Hopkins has endeavored to bring a unique theme and vision to the venue's booking by linking the space's storied past and the area's renowned artists with up-and-coming musicians. It's a difficult balancing act to accomplish, but thus far Hopkins' tenure has shown beautiful outcomes and promise. A dedicated bandleader with a remarkably diverse performance and collaboration rĂŠsumĂŠ, Hopkins recalls a longstanding fascination with Minton's Playhouse. As the once-dormant club revived itself under the leadership of Alexander Smalls and Dick Parsons, Hopkins took the initiative to get involved. "I sent an email to the club expressing my desire to be a part of the venue," he remembers. "I didn't want to do just one show there; I wanted to do a residency, specifically. They were down for that, so we started with a trial residency, initially on Wednesday nights." The timing for Hopkins was fortuitous. Minton's past is storied, but also marked by upheavals and challenges and the latest incarnation had a deep legacy to confront. The venue was working through establishing a new identity for itself, trying to tie its history to an updated concept as an upscale venue and its music booking was struggling to find a particular niche. "They had a house band on a regular basis, but they were looking to try some new things and get something cohesive together," Hopkins explains. "The music needed to be in line with Alexander Smalls' and Dick Parsons' vision, which was a supper club idea for Minton's." Hopkins' trial residency turned out to be a good fit. Featuring exciting artists like Queen Esther and Charles Turner and offering a classic show, the Biggish Band proved a successful act for Minton's and Hopkins found himself approached to book more nights. "I had never booked a club before," he admits. "However, I reasoned it was similar to booking my band, with regards to hiring the personnel, managing the financial issues and moving forward from there. So I started curating a couple nights of the week. My idea was to mix the younger musicians who were working

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specifically in straight ahead jazz with some of the elders." Hopkins' recent bookings speak to this bridge, as bigger name acts like Andy Bey and Jon Hendricks have graced the stage, often in collaboration with top-notch young artists like Solomon Hicks. The expanse of the music, as Hopkins describes it, is on full display in these shows which have, in turn, provided a massive boon to Hopkins' own work as a musician. Indeed, it is a particularly fortuitous career marker for any artist to be able to back such artists as Hendricks and Bey. To Hopkins, this demonstrates the special place Minton's holds in jazz history, and the veneration musicians have for it. "These great artists play bigger venues all the time, but they still want to be here at Minton's," he notes. "It's a truly special place. I don't think there's any place like it in the world." To learn more, visit www.minton sharlem.com.

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Festivals, Book Releases and Education Updates The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra was one of the few remaining bright points and innovative forces in large-ensemble jazz following the decline of the big bands (and it continues to be, though now as The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra), thanks in no small part to its remarkable leaders. The life of drummer and co-leader Lewis has been chronicled in the biography The View from the Back of the Band: The Life and Music of Mel Lewis by Chris Smith. Copies are available for sale at untpress.unt.edu. The Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival continues its run throughout May as artists like Camille Thurman, William Spaulding, TK Blue and Steven Kroon perform at venues throughout the borough. A particular highlight: the legendary Lou continued on page 33


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Michele Brangwen Dance Ens feat The Tim Hagans/Joe Hertenstein Bad Duets w/spec guests; 2: free E NYU Jazz Repertory Nnt dir by Alan Ferber, L NYU Michael Rodriguez Ens; 3: 8pm $12 Rema Hasumi; 4: E&L Chris Biesterfeldt; 5: E Chris Komer Gp, L JC Sanford Qrt, N Robert Sabin; 6: 8pm Brian Pareschi & BP Express, N R; 7: E Sean Clapis & Bad Idea, L Sam Yahel Trio, N Yaron Herman/Ziv Ravitz Duet; 8: L $15 Troy Roberts Qrt; 11: L $12/15 Thomas Bergeron; 12: E Rubens Salles Qrt, L $15 The Odd Couple Qnt, N Juan Dhas; 13: E Curtis Nowosad, L Mareike Wiening, N R; 14: E Fujiwara/Lossing/Pavolka, 8pm Charles Evans Qrt, 9pm Mostly Other People Do the Killing; 15: E Flame Axis, 8pm Dale Wilson & Tall Tales of Jasper County; 16: E&L $12 The New Jazz Trio, N $8 Matt Panayides Gp; 17: 8pm $20 Bridging The Gap 2.0 Op Zoe Pose; 18: E $15 Monika Herzig & The Whole World In Her Hands Band, L&N Todd Marcus Jazz Orch; 19: E-N JC Sanford Orch; 20: E MadJen, L Gallo/Florez Duo, N R; 21: Cadence Night feat Steve Swell, Adam Lane, Jack DeSalvo, Ben Lee, Jay Rozen, Avram Fefer, Blaise Siwula, Jeremy Shaskus, Nadya Kadrevis & David Haney; 22: $12 7:30pm Sweet Lee Odom & John Chapman, 8:30pm Bern Nix Qrt, N The 12 Houses Orch w/spec guests DJ ITRUTH, Brafmatic & Bern Nix; 23: 3pm R, E Unigen, L The Secret Cult of Infinite Kitten, N Intra Faction; 24: L Dahka Band, N $12/15 Natalie Dietz; 26: E $11 Eva Kess Gp, L Lara Bello; 27: E $8 Giant Flying Turtles, N R; 28: E $8 Beautiful Losers; 30: 3pm R; 31: E Jazzamboka, L $8 Herb Robertson & Quantum CoHearance. SISTAS’ PLACE: 456 Nostrand Av at Jefferson Av. www.sistasplace.org. 718-398-1766. Sat: 9&10:30pm $30/25 adm. May 2,9&16: $20/25 www.cbjcjazz.org Central Brooklyn Jazz festival feat 05/2 Robert Rutledge, 05/9 T.K. Blue Qrt, 05/16 Alan Palmer; 23: Dwight West; 30: The New Cookers. ST. MAZIE: 345 Grand St. www.stmazie.com. 718-384-4807. Sun: 9:30pm-12am Baby Soda Jazz Band. SUGARHILL SUPPER CLUB: 609 Dekalb Av at Nostrand Av. 718-797-1727. May 13: 5pm www.cbjcjazz.org Central Brooklyn Jazz festival Gala concert feat Steven Kroon Latin Jazz Sxt. THREES BREWING: 333 Douglass St. 718522-2110. www.threesbrewing.com. May 6: $15 adm 8pm Andrew D’Angelo Trio, 9pm Krauss/Sinton Collective, 10pm Jon Irabagon’s Sonny Rollins Tribute Trio. VELVET LOUNGE: 174 Bway. 718-302-4427. www.velvetbrooklyn.com. Tues: 6-9pm free adm. May 5: Nanny Assis; 12&26: Charles Pulliam II & friends; 19: tba; 26: see 05/12. WILLIAMSBURG MUSIC CENTER: 367 Bedford Av. www.wmcjazz.org. 718-3841654. 10pm-2am. Fri: free adm/2 drink min Jam w/Gerry Eastman Qnt & friends; Sat: $10 adm Greyson Hackleman. May 1,8-9&1516: 9pm-2am www.cbjcjazz.org Central Brooklyn Jazz festival feat 05/1,8&15 Gerry Eastman Jazz Band, 05/9 Joe Blaxx + Kita P, 05/16 Nemiss ChiYork Trio + Asa Lovechild.


ARCH STREET TAVERN: 85 Arch St. Hartford. www.archstreettavern.com. 860246-7610. Mon: 8pm Hartford Jazz Orch. BUTTONWOOD TREE: 605 Main St. Middletown. www.buttonwood.org. 860-3474957. Sat: 8-10pm. May 2: The 2nd Line Qrt;


9: Medusa; 16: Sissy Castrogiovanni; 23: Alba’s Edge. CAFE NINE: 250 State St. New Haven. 203-7898281. www.cafenine.com. Sat: 4:30-7:30pm Jam. May 2: Billy Cofrances; 9: Gary Grippo & friends; 11: 9pm Joe McWilliams & Kevin Saint James; 16: Tony Dioguardi & friends; 23: George Baker Band; 30: Billy Cofrances. CAVE À VIN: 975 State St. New Haven. 203777-6206. www.caveavinwinebar.com. Sat: 8-11pm free adm. Ev Tues: 8:30-10:30pm Mark Kaplan & Uri Shaham Duo; 16: Uri Shaham Trio. FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY: 1073 N Benson Rd. Fairfield. www.fairfield.edu. 203-254-4000. FIREHOUSE 12: 47 Crown St. New Haven. 203-785-0468. www.firehouse12.com. Fri: 8:30pm $20 adm, 10pm $15. May 1: John Raymond Qrt w/Billy Hart; 8: Russ Nolan Qrt; 15: Tim Berne & Matt Mitchell Duo; 22: Spectral; 29: Brian Charette & Mighty Grinders. 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. The OUTER SPACE: 294 Treadwell St. Hamden. www.theouterspace.net. 203-6401684. Sun: 5-7pm $5 adm The Outer Space Jazz All Stars. May 3: Mike Augeri Gp; 10: Nate Trier; 17: Uri Shaham Trio & Julian Reid; 24: Dan Arcamone Gp; 31: Outfunked. 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 05/24: 6pm. May 3: $20 adm Birth of the Cool Nnt; 10: $12 Hashem Assadullahi Qrt; 17: $15 Jeff McGill Gp w/spec guest Ken Gioffre; 31: $15 Akiko Tsuruga Organ Trio. RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE: 80 East Ridge. Ridgefield. www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org. 203-438-5795. May 17: 2pm $35/25 adm Sunday Jazz Brunch feat Karrin Allyson. 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/home. aspx. Fri&Sat: 8:30-11:30pm. May 1: The Alvin Carter Project; 9: SMOOV; 29: Tony Harrington & Touch. The SIDE DOOR JAZZ CLUB: At Old Lyme Inn. 85 Lyme St. Old Lyme. 860-434-0886. www.thesidedoorjazz.com. Sets: 7:30pm. May 1: Paulette McWilliams; 2: Tivon Pennicot Sound Qrt; 8: Jon Regen; 9: Manhattan Vibes w/Christos Rafalides; 15: Dianne Schuur; 16: Super Nova; 17: Ingrid Jensen Berkley Qnt; 22: Joanna Pascale; 23: Mike Lebonne Trio; 29: Benny Sharoni Qrt; 30: Clarence Penn & Penn Station. TWO BOOTS: 281 Fairfield Av. Bridgeport. 203331-1377. www.twobootsbridgeport.com. May 30: 5-8pm &10 adm Dee Cassella & Ellynne Rey. UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD: 200 Bloomfield Av. West Hartford. www.hartford.edu. 860-768-4100. continued on page 34

FRESH TAKES The slick, black-and-white cover of Felix Peikli's debut album, Royal Flush, is a stark indicator of both the clarinetist's signature swagger and his clear musical vision. The 25-year-old Norwegian brings a contemporary approach to his instrument but he's nonetheless steeped in the great jazz clarinet tradition. As a teen, Peikli studied at the Barratt Dues Classical Institute of Norway, but his first musical excursions were in the realm of jazz. "Usually when you play a woodwind instrument, it's the other way around," he reflects. He studied at Berklee College of Music starting in 2008 and was quickly recognized as a virtuoso on the U.S. jazz scene. His American mentors include drummer Ralph Peterson Jr. and Berklee clarinet professor Harry Skoler. His new quintet record displays great stylistic range from the burning swing of "Heat" to his cadenza over "Summertime." Yet, he says, "Instead of individual tracks,


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Donaldson will take the stage at Jazz966 on May 15. Find out more at www.central brooklynjazzconsortium.org Living legends will light up the Audrey Sabir Cultural Center of Masjid Muhammad of Jersey City when Winard Harper leads his ensemble Jeli Posse in a special performance featuring legendary saxophonist Jimmy Heath. Tickets are available by calling 201-435-6845.

By Nathan Kamal, student at The New School I focused more on the cohesive whole." The cohesion in the album is striking considering his compositions' episodic quality— especially the sprawling opener "Wagadou Roots," named for the 1st Century society in West Africa. Peikli, who is half African, wanted to open the album by showing gratitude and respect for his ancestors. Felix Peikli is performing at Zinc Bar for the Vando Jam on May 4 and at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola with the Joseph Doubleday Quartet May 26-30.

On May 4-9, Jazzmobile will celebrate its 50th anniversary as part of the Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival. Events throughout the week will feature Wycliffe Gordon, Charenee Wade, Cynthia Scott, Will Calhoun, Bobby Sanabria and more and venues throughout Harlem will participate as hosts. See a full schedule online at www.jazzmobile.org. Montclair-based Jazz House Kids will announce the James Moody Jazz Scholarship for New Jersey winner on May 14, as the highlight of its annual benefit, continued on page 40

Bria Skonberg

Fourteen hours of hot jazz and swing will hit The Players on May 3 as the Third Annual Hot Jazz Festival kicks off. Headliners include Wycliffe Gordon, Evan Christopher, Nicki Parrott, Bria Skonberg, Bill Charlap, Warren VachĂŠ and more. Find more details at www.nyhot jazzfest.com.

Will Calhoun Skonberg photo by Seth Cashman.


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WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY: 45 Wyllys Av. Middletown. www.wesleyan.edu. 860-6853355. May 1: 8pm free adm Jackie McClean Institute Ens. 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 (alternative week). BRIDGEHAMPTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY: 2539 Montauk Hwy. Bridgehampton. www.bridgehamptonhistoricalsociety.org. 631-537-1088. May 9: 7:30pm $25/15 adm Parlor Jazz series feat Houston Person. The CROOKED RAIL: 61 Larkfield Rd. East Northport. www.thecrookedrail.com. 631239-6082. Sun: 8pm-12am Jam Experience w/Mike Guido & Mike Nugent. ELMONT MEMORIAL LIBRARY: 700 Hempstead Tpke. Elmont. 516-354-5280. www.elmontlibrary.org. May 17: 2pm Paul Joseph Qrt. FIVE TOWNS COLLEGE: 305N Service Rd. Dix Hills. 631-656-2110. www.ftc.edu. GLEN COVE MANSION: 200 Dosoris Ln. Glen Cove. www.glencovemansion.com. 516-6716400. Fri: 8pm-12am. HARMONY VINEYARDS: 169 Harbor Rd. Head of the Harbor. 631-291-9900. www.har monyvineyards.com/main/jazz_glub. 2 drink min. Thurs&Sat: 8-10pm Ray Anderson w/Steve Salerno. LONG BEACH HISTORICAL SOCIETY: 226 West Penn St. Long Beach. 516-432-1192. www.longbeachhistoricalsociety.org. May 3: 6pm Paul Joseph Qrt. LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY-POST: 720 Northern Blvd. Brookville. www.liu.edu/post. www.tillescenter.org. 516-299-2895. LYNBROOK PUBLIC LIBRARY: 56 Eldert St. Lynbrook. www.nassaulibrary.org/lynbrook. 516-599-8630. Free adm. May 9: 2pm Paul Joseph Qrt. 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). PATCHOGUE THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS: 71 E Main St. Patchogue. www.patchoguetheatre.org. 631-207-1313. May 3: 3pm Artie Shaw Orch. 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. SPAGGIA: 40 E Park Av. Long Beach. 516-2088810. www.spiaggialb.com. TRATTORIA GRASSO: 134 Main St. Cold Spring Harbor. www.trattoriagrasso.com. 631-367-6060. 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. Fri: 5-8pm. May 8: Morris Goldberg; 15: Vanessa Trouble.



76 HOUSE: 110 Main St. Tappan. 845-359-5476. www.76house.com. Wed: 8-11pm free adm Quintets w/Mark Hagan & feat artists + Jam. May 6: Andy Gravish & Kenny Berger; 13: Duane Eubanks & Darryl Yokley; 20: John Castelman & Andrew Beals; 27: Warren Chiasson & Gabe Valle. ALBRIGHT-KNOX ART GALLERY: 1285 Elmwood Av. Buffalo. 716-882-8700. www.albrightknox.org. 1st Fri: 5:30-7:30pm Jazz & Happy Hour. May 9: 8pm $10/5 adm ICP Orch. AVIDA BAR: 159 Main St. Nyack. 845-353-2525. www.avidabar.com. Fri: 8-10:30pm free adm Alicia Crowe. CATSKILL MOUNTAIN PIZZA COMPANY: 51 Mill Hill Rd. Woodstock. 845-679-7969. www.catskillmountainpizza.com. Wed: 7pm. The DAUTAJ: 36 Oakland Ave. Warwick. 845986-3666. www.thedautaj.com. Free adm. Sat: 7:30-11:30pm Richard Wiggins. 1st Sun: 7-8:30pm NY Swing Exchange Band. 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). May 1: Jenny Scheinman w/Todd Sickafoose + The Tiny Resisters; 2: Rana Santacruz; 3: B The Saints of Swing, 7pm John Raymond Qrt feat Billy Hart; 4: Griffin House, Op Sam & Margot; 6: John Abercrombie/Rob Scheps Qrt; 7: Jean Rohe & The End of the World Show, Op Heather Robb; 8: Ari Hest, Op Aaron Zimmer; 9: Mad Satta, 8:30pm The Amigos; 10: B Alexis P. Suter & The Ministers of Sound; 11: David Torn; 13: Paul Oscher Trio; 14: Matuto; 15: Dayna Kurtz; 16: tba; 17: B Willa McCarthy Band, 7:30pm Orange County AHRC Fundraiser feat Cyrille Aimée & Michael Valeanu, Op 6:30pm Chris Fortune & Rich Syracuse Duo; 20: Organissimo; 21: Luis Perdomo; 22: City Boys Allstars; 23: The Big Takeover; 24: Sketchy Black Dog, Op Jocelyn Arndt; 27: bigBANG Jazz; 28: Jeff Wilkinson & the Shutterdogs; 29: Arlen Roth Band w/spec guest Cindy Cashdollar; 30: tba; 31: Rueben Wilson Combo. FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF PHILLIPSTOWN: 10 Academy St. Cold Spring. www.presbychurchcoldspring.org. 845-265-3220. 3rd Sat: 5:30pm free adm Jazz Vespers. MUSICALFARE THEATRE: 4380 Main St. Amherst. www.musicalfare.com. 716-8398540. May 19: 8pm Peter & Will Anderson Trio. QUINN’S: 330 Main St. Beacon. www.quinns beacon.com. Mon: 8pm free adm Monday Night Jazz Sessions. May 4: Mike Dopazo & friends; 11: Ray Blue Trio; 18: Rich Halley 4; 25: John Menegon 3Rio; 28: 9pm Bobby Previte Qrt. TOWN CRIER CAFÉ: 379 Main St. Beacon. 845-855-1300. www.townecrier.com. May 10: Latin Jazz Explosion. TURNING POINT CAFÉ: 468 Piermont Av. Piermont. www.turningpointcafe.com. 845359-1089. Mon: 8-11:30pm $5 adm Monday Jam by John Richmond. The WHEREHOUSE: 119 Liberty St. Newburgh. www.thewherehouserestaurant. com. 845-561-7240. May 21: 8-11pm Thunderhead Organ Trio. WINERY: At St. George. 1715 E Main St. Mohegan Lake. www.thewineryatstgeorge. com/winery. 914-455-4272. Mon: 7-10pm Andy Polay + Jam.

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B A C K S TA G E PA S S JAZZ ANECDOTE BY BILL CROW Bill Crow's books " Jazz Anecdotes" and " From Birdland to Broadway" can be found at your favorite bookstore, and at www.billcrowbass.com along with many interesting photos and links. Bill Mays was visited at his home by an IRS auditor who wanted to see Bill's music studio, and the second grand piano he had listed as a purchase for the year in question. After Bill answered a number of questions about the music business, contracts, etc., the auditor waved at the pianos and said, "You actually know how to play these things?" Bill said, "Yep, for about the last fifty years." The auditor said, "I'd love to hear something." Bill wasn't sure if this was part of the audit. "What would you like to hear?" he asked. The auditor immediately said, "Fur Elise. Beethoven's always been one of my favorites." "Which piano?" asked Bill. "The Steinway." Bill says he never played Beethoven with such verve and conviction before. When Leon Cohen and Boomie Richman were playing the Cavett show, leader Bobby Rosengarden warmed up the studio audience one day by opening one of his charts and letting Eddie Daniels take four or five exciting choruses. When Eddie sat down to thunderous applause, Boomie said to Leon, "I guess I'll go home and take up the bassoon." LISTINGS... continued from page 34


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. May 28: 6pm 36th Anniversary Gala. 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. LAGUARDIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: LaGuardia Community College/CUNI. 31-10 Thomson Av. Long Island City. 718-482-5151. www.lagcc.cuny.edu/lpac. The COMMUNITY CHURCH OF LITTLE NECK: 46-16 Little Neck Pkwy. Little Neck. www.cclittleneck.org. 718-229-2534. May 17: 4pm Alon Nechashtun Trio. LOUIS ARMSTRONG HOUSE MUSEUM: 3456 107th St. Corona. 718-478-8274.

www.louisarmstronghouse.org. $10 adm. Tues-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm: Guided Tours. PROPER CAFÉ: 21701 Linden Blvd. Cambria Heights. Queens. 718-341-2233. Wed: 811:30pm $10 adm. QUEENS COLLEGE: CUNY. 65-30 Kissena Blvd. www.qc.cuny.edu. 718-997-5000. TERRAZA 7 TRAIN CAFÉ: 40-19 Gleane St. Elmhurst. www.terrazacafe.com. 718-8039602. Sun: 9:30pm Jam w/John Benítez; 3rd Thurs: 9:30pm Victor Prieto. YORK COLLEGE: CUNY. 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. Jamaica. www.york.cuny.edu. 718-2622000.


ALVIN & FRIENDS: 14 Memorial Hwy. New Rochelle. www.alvinandfriendsrestaurant. com. 914-654-6549. Sets unless otherwise noted: 7-10:30pm free adm/2 drink min. May 8: Victor LaGamma Trio; 9: Leslie Pintchik; 14&21: 7:30-10pm $10 adm Bob Bisaccio; 16: Lisa Maxwell Trio. BEANRUNNER CAFÉ: 201 S Division & Esther St. Peekskill. 914-737-1701. www.beanrunnercafe.com. Fri-Sat: 810:30pm $10 adm. May 1: Annette A. Aguilar & StringBeans; 2: Kim Clarke & Magnets; 9:

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A Moment You Missed by Fran Kaufman Hot House Contributing Photographer Paquito D'Rivera, his wife, soprano and WBGO board member, Brenda Feliciano, and WBGO announcer Gary Walker mug for the camera as they walk the red carpet at this year's WBGO Champions of Jazz Gala, which honored the "chairmen"—Frank Sinatra on the 100th anniversary of his birth and WBGO Board Chair, Steve Ifshin—at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York, on the evening of Apr. 6. Frank Sinatra Junior provided the entertainment.



ATLANTIC SOMERS POINT JAZZ SOCIETY: 609-9276677. www.spjazz.org.

BERGEN BERGEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 30 N Van Brunt St. Englewood. 201-227-1030. www.bergenpac.org. May 1: 7pm Brazilian Jazz Trio. PUFFIN CULTURAL FORUM: 20 Puffin Way. Teaneck. www.puffinculturalforum.org. 201836-8923. May 16: 8pm Joshua Breakstone Cello Qrt. RIDGEWOOD WOMEN CLUB: 215W Ridgewood Av. Ridgewood. 201-444-5705. www.ridgewoodwomansclub.com. May 15: Michael Philip Mossman. 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. May 2&16: 8pm-12am Betty Liste Trio.

BURLINGTON TRI-STATE JAZZ SOCIETY: PO Box 896. Mount Laurel. www.tristatejazz.org. 856-7200232. CAPE MAY EXIT 0 INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL: Cape May. www.exit0jazzfest.com. 888-9431864. May 29-31: Exit 0 Jazz fest feat 05/29 5pm Roberta Donnay & The Prohibition Mob Band, Ernesto "Gato" Gatell, Daisy Castro, Joe Locke, Paul Jost, Joey Alexander Trio, Geno White, John "Papa" Gros Band, Rebirth Brass Band, 05/30 11am Dylan Reis Qrt feat Immanuel Wilkins, Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio, Joe Locke, Brian Charette Trio, Rebirth Brass Band, Ernesto "Gato" Gatell, Charenee Wade, José "Pepito" Gómez, Cyrille Aimée, Sean Jones, Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Roberta Donnay & The Prohibition Mob Band, Selwyn Birchwood, Joe Keyes & The Late Bloomer Band, 05/31 10:30am Ice 2nd Baptist Church of Atlantic City, Daisy Castro.

ESSEX ALJIRA: 591 Broad St. Newark. www.aljira.org. 973-622-1600. May 7: 4-5pm free adm Oliver Lake Big Band. BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH: 275W Market St. Newark. www.bethany-newark.org. 973623-8161. May 2: 6-7:30pm Jazz Vespers feat Dee Daniels. BRUSCHETTA RESTAURANT: 292 Passaic Av. Fairfield. 973-227-6164. www.bruschetta restaurantonline.com. Thurs: 7-10pm Rio Clemente Duo. CODA KITCHEN & BAR: 177 Maplewood Av. Maplewood. www.codamaplewood.com. 973-327-2247. Sun: 12-3pm Jazz Brunch feat Lee Glantz. DANA LIBRARY: Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University. 185 University Av. Newark. http://newarkwww.rutgers.edu/IJS/. 973-353-5595. DE’BORAH’S JAZZ CAFÉ: 18 Green St. Newark. www.deborahsjazzcafe.com. 862237-9004. DUKE’S SOUTHERN TABLE: 11 Clinton St. Newark. www.dukesnewark.com. 862-7635757. Fri-Sat: 7:30-11:30pm. Sun: 2-5:30pm The Brooklyn Soul Train feat Dakota MacLeod & Ray Naccari. May 1: Pat Van Dyke; 2: Lance Bryant; 8: Lee Hogans; 9: Sharp Radway; 15: Pat Van Dyke feat Lezlie


Harrison; 16: James Stewart; 22: Carlos Francis; 23: Jerome Jennings; 29: Matt Chertkoff Qrt; 30: Cynthia Holiday. FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH: 40S Fullerton Av. Montclair. 973-744-6560. www.outpostintheburbs.org. May 31: 3-5pm $10 adm Spiritual Drumming Workshops by Richard Reiter. GATEWAY CENTER 2: 2 Gateway Center. Newark. 973-624-8880. May 6: 12-1pm David Chamberlain & Band of Bones. HAT CITY KITCHEN: 459 Valley St. Orange. 862-252-9147. Wed: 8pm Jam by Mike Lee. JAZZ HOUSE KIDS: 14 S Park St. Montclair. 973-744-2258 www.jazzhousekids.org. KASSER THEATER: At Montclair State University. 1 Normal Av. Montclair. 973-6553059. www.peakperfs.org. May 14: 7:30pm Jazz House Kids Inside the Jazz Note® Annual Benefit feat Christian McBride & Sheila E. w/Jazz House Big Band dir by Julius Tolentino. 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. MEMORIAL WEST UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: 286S 7th St at South Orange Av. Newark. 973-242-1015. May 30: 6pm Flatted Fifth Jazz series feat Fiery String Sistahs Qnt w/Kenya Travitt Qrt. MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY: 1 Normal Av. Montclair. www.montclair.edu. 973-6554000. NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 1 Center St. Newark. 888-466-5722. www.njpac.org. May 2: 5&8pm Michael Franks & Raul Midón. 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: 8pm. May 21: Maurício de Souza & Bossa Brasil® feat Audrey Welber. PRIORY JAZZ CLUB: 233W Market St. Newark. 973-242-8012. Fri: 7-11pm. May 1: 711pm Rosalind Grant w/Victor Jones Trio. 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. RUTGERS UNIVERSITY: Institute of Jazz Studies. 185 University Av. Newark. www.rut gers.edu. 973-353-5595. SOPAC: 1 SOPAC Way. South Orange. 973-3132787. www.sopacnow.org. May 22: 8pm Sarah Partridge. 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. May 4&18: 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. May 1: Chip White Dedication Sxt; 2: Nat Adderley Jr. Trio w/Nicolas Bearde; 3: Carrie Jackson & Nick Verdi; 8: TK Blue; 13: One More Once Big Band; 15: Enrico Granafei Qrt; 17: Todd Marcus; 20: Harmonius Five; 22: Albare; 23: Garry Dial Trio; 30: Dave Stryker. WBGO: 54 Park Pl. Newark. www.wbgo.org. 973-624-8880. GLOUCESTER CAP’N CAT CLAM BAR: 3111 Delsea Dr.

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Gary Walker, “Morning Jazz Host”, WBGO, 88.3 FM/wbgo.org SHEILA E. KASSER THEATER / MAY 14 Her inner rhythms have taken her to stages around the world, a trailblazing career providing percussion for a diverse group of performers including Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Prince, Beyoncé, Diana Ross and her godfather, Tito Puente. Growing up in the Oakland CA area around her percussionist father, Pete Escovedo, Sheila E. would accompany her father to gigs, or sit outside her local theater listening to Sly & The Family Stone or Tower of Power rehearsing. Her debut album, The Glamorous Life (Warner Bros.), was a fusion of jazz, Latin, R&B, funk and pop. Sheila E. brings the explosive beat of her own drum into the Kasser Theater to join master bassist Christian McBride and the Jazz House Big Band for Inside The Jazz Note, the annual Jazz House Kids' benefit.

MICHAEL PHILIP MOSSMAN RIDGEWOOD WOMEN'S CLUB / MAY 15 Trumpeter Michael Philip Mossman has been on the scene since age 17. His formidable skills had him alongside Art Blakey, Horace Silver, McCoy Tyner, Gil Evans and Slide Hampton. Mossman's arranging skills drew him to the bands of Latin giants Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Chico O'Farrill and Mario Bauza. He arranged and conducted "Mambo Nights" with Arturo Sandoval and "Missa Afro-Cubana" with the WDR Big Band of Cologne. Mossman's composing and arranging can also be heard in the films Bossa Nova and the Academy Award-nominated Chico and Rita. The result of a fourmonth residency with the Ridgewood High School Jazz Lab Band and RHS big bands will feature percolating versions of "Cubano Chant," "Afro Blue," Jerome Kern's evergreen "Yesterdays," Ellington's "Oclupaca" and originals. FREDDIE HENDRIX HOTOKE / MAY 21 When he was directing The Count Basie Orchestra, Frank Foster told me, "I just hired this young man on trumpet, Freddie Hendrix. Watch out, he's a monster!" Hendrix always takes his playing to higher ground, a focus which has been featured with George Benson, Rufus Reid, Aretha Franklin, Christian McBride, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and the big bands of Illinois Jacquet and Oliver Lake. A student of trumpet since age 12, Hendrix absorbed the styles of Louis Armstrong and Clifford Brown, building his own distinctive voice, comfortable in traditional jazz, funk and hip hop. With pianist Brandon McCune, bassist Chris Berger and drummer Chris Beck he'll perform music from his upcoming CD, Jersey Cat (freddiehendrix.com). JOE LOCKE EXIT 0 JAZZ FESTIVAL / MAY 29-30 A glockenspiel in a high school marching band led Joe Locke to the vibraphone and a career as one of the world's most versatile vibes masters. He has shimmered Henry Mancini, made magic with pianist Geoffrey Keezer, shown bags of love for Milt Jackson, hushed audiences with his solo genius, swung with symphony orchestras and been featured on more than 100 recordings, 25 as leader. His upcoming release, Love Is a Pendulum (Motéma), the most personal of his career, is based on a poem by Barbara Sfraga, showing shifting rhythms anchored in the blues. Locke uses his stunning technique to push himself, whether cool or funky, heady or relaxed, through tightly composed originals. In Cape May, Locke's pendulum swings with pianist Robert Rodriquez, bassist Ricardo Rodriguez and drummer Jaimeo Brown.

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Franklinville. www.capncatclambar.com. 856-694-9888. Thurs-Sat 6:30-10:30pm & Sun 5-9pm: Gil Lewis Trio.

HUDSON AUDREY SABIR CULTURAL CENTER OF MASJID MUHAMMAD: 297 MLK Dr. Jersey City. 201-435-6845/401-8613. May 6&8pm $30/20 adm Winard Harper & Jeli Posse w/Jimmy Heath. LIBERTY HOUSE RESTAURANT: 82 Audrey Zapp Dr. Jersey City. 201-395-0300. www.lib ertyhouserestaurant.com. Sun: 11am-3pm Jazz Brunch. LIGHT HORSE TAVERN: 199 Washington St. Jersey City. www.lighthorsetavern.com. 201946-2028. Sun: 6-10pm. MADAME CLAUDE: 364 1/2 4th St. Jersey City. www.madameclaudecafe.com. 201-8768800. Thurs: 8pm Manouche Bag. MAXWELL’S TAVERN: 1039 Washington St. Hoboken. www.maxwellsnj.com. 201-6537777. Tues: 8pm free adm. May 5: Nelson Riveros; 12: Tim Hegarty; 19: Manuel Valera Groove Square; 26: Mike Clark. 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. NEW JERSEY CITY UNIVERSITY: 2039 Kennedy Blvd. Jersey City. www.njcu.edu. 201-200-2000.

MERCER CANDLELIGHT LOUNGE: 24 Passaic St. Trenton. www.candlelightevents.way.to. 609695-9612. Sat: 3:30-7:30pm free adm/$10 min. www.jazztrenton.com. May 2: Jullian Pressley; 9: Lynn Riley; 16: Duane Eubanks; 23: Ladies in Jazz; 30: James Stewart. MCCARTER THEATRE: 91 University Pl. Princeton. 609-258-2787. www.mccarter.org. PRINCETON UNIVERSITY: Princeton. 609258-4241. www.princeton.edu/music. SALT CREEK GRILLE: At Forrestal Village. 1 Rockingham Row at Rte 1. Princeton. 609419-4200. www.saltcreekgrille.com. Fri-Sat: 7-11pm. May 1: Keith Franklin; 2: George Hazelrigg; 8: Rainbow Fresh; 9: Charles Clarke; 15: Carrie Jackson; 16: Jerry Topinka; 22: Jackie Jones; 23: Bob Himmelberger; 29: William Hart Strecker; 30: LaDee Streeter.

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. HOTOKE RESTAURANT BAR LOUNGE & SUSHI: 350 George St. New Brunswick. 732246-8999. www.hotokerestaurant.com. Thurs: 8-11pm free adm/$5 min. May 7: Stafford Hunter Qrt; 14: Ralph Peterson Unity Project; 21: Freddie Hendrix Qrt; 28: Lee Hogans Qrt. HYATT HOTEL: 2 Albany St. New Brunswick. www.newbrunswick.hyatt.com. 732-8731234. Wed: 8-10:30pm. May 13: Chris McNulty Qrt. 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.


RUTGERS UNIVERSITY: 126 College Ave. New Brunswick. www.rutgers.edu. 732-4454636. STEAKHOUSE 85: 85 Church St. New Brunswick. www.steakhouse85.com. 732247-8585. Fri-Sat 7-11pm. TUMULTY’S: 361 George St. New Brunswick. www.tumultys.com. 732-545-6205. Tues: 8pm + 9:30pm Jam feat Emerging Artists Band. May 5: Jordan Lubkeman Gp; 12&19: tba; 26: Dave Pollack Band.

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. May 10: John Morrison & Kate Baker; 17: Jan Findlay.

MORRIS BICKFORD THEATRE: 6 Normandy Heights Rd. Morristown. 973-971-3706. Sets: 89:30pm, $15/18 adm. www.njjs.org. May 4: GroundHog Day Jam w/Herb Gardner feat Sarah Gardner, Abbie Gardner, Randy Reinhart, Joe Licari; 18: Marty Eigen & Beacon Hill Jazz Band. 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. May 8: 8:30pm Mr. Gone. 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. Tues: John Korba. May 1: Tony DeSare Trio; 6: Bucky Pizzarelli Trio; 10: John Korba; 11&29: Cyrille Aimée; 15: Rhythm Future Qrt; 29: see 05/11.

OCEAN OCEAN COUNTY COLLEGE: College Dr. Toms River. 732-255-0500. www.ocean.edu. www.njjs.org. May 27: 8-9:30pm $18/22 adm Midiri Brothers. PASSAIC WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY: 300 Pompton Rd. Wayne. www.wpunj.edu. 973720-2371.

SOMERSET WATCHUNG ARTS CENTER: 18 Stirling Rd. Watchung. www.watchungarts.org. 908-7530190. May 2: 8pm Bucky Pizzarelli & Ed Laub Duo.

SUSSEX STANHOPE HOUSE: 45 Main St. Stanhope. 973-347-7777. www.stanhopehousenj.com. May 8: 7pm New York Ska-Jazz Ens.

UNION 16 PROSPECT WINE BAR & BISTRO: 16 Prospect St. Westfield. 908-232-7320. www.16prospect.com. Free adm/no min. Thurs: 8-11pm Carrie Jackson & friends. MONDO: 426 Springfield Av. Summit. 908-3011285. www.mondosummit.com. May 16: 810pm Dan Rufolo Trio. continued on page 40

BRIDGE CROSSINGS ICH HALLEY IS A SAXOPHONIST and composer based in Portland OR R who has released 17 CDs as a leader and recorded more than a 100 original compositions. He leads the Rich Halley 4 which has put out five critically acclaimed recordings and features trombonist Michael Vlatkovich, bassist Clyde Reed and drummer Carson Halley. Creating Structure is the band's latest abum, showcasing 16 spontaneously improvised musical statements. Halley has performed with Tony Malaby, Julius Hemphill, Vinny Golia, Bobby Bradford, Nels Cline, Michael Bisio, Obo Addy, Andrew Hill and Oliver Lake. The Rich Halley 4 is playing at Quinns May 18 and Korzo May 19.

Q. Anything in your life that rivals your love, dedication to music? A. I've always been very interested in nature and the outdoors so I studied biology and love fly fishing, hiking, scuba diving and travel to remote places. One gig or recording of yours you can't shake? The one I can't shake is the one I'm actively working on. I often hear that music in my head. One gig or recording of a contemporary? Probably the most memorable gig I can think of was seeing Sun Ra's band for two nights in a row during the 70s. It was in Portland at a place appropriately called The Earth. Favorite place in the world to play, public or private? I'm usually looking ahead so my favorite place is where I will be playing my next gig.

By Cary Tone

I don't generally play in places that aren't conducive to the music. Do you think playing, appreciating jazz requires intelligence? Of course! Jazz requires intellect as well as emotion. The music we play makes reference to many aspects of musical tradition and in order to hear those references it helps to have some background in the music. What do you know today that you didn't know ten years ago? I think I'm better at knowing what not to play. And I've learned more about how to write for a band in a way that leverages the strengths of the individual players. Is jazz music a political statement? It can be, but all instrumental music is abstract and non-verbal in nature so words are required to clearly communicate political ideas. More musical ideas come to you from dreams or the news of the day? Although I pay close attention to the news, I operate more on an interior level when it comes to creating music. I've definitely had the experience of waking up with part of a composition in my head. If you were starting out now would you change anything? I feel fortunate to have come up in the old school where you learned by the oral tradition, so I wouldn't change a thing. How have your recorded music listening habits changed over the years? I tend to listen to more disparate bits and pieces of many types of music these days. That includes music online and on the radio. What do you struggle with in your creative life? Figuring out how to fit all the things I want to do into the day! A life in music, more perspiration or inspiration? Creating good music requires lots of effort but without inspiration there’s no creativity or deep feeling. What have you been listening to this week? This week I’ve listened to Pygmy music, Jimmie Rodgers and Roland Kirk among other things.

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Gerry Malkin Qnt; 16: Todd Londagin Band; 22: Five Toed Dragon; 23: Valerie Capers Qrt; 30: Antoinette Montague. 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. FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: 199N Columbus Av at E Lincoln Av. Mount Vernon. www.pjsjazz.org. 914-636-4977. 2nd Sun: 5:15-9pm $22-14 adm Second Sunday Jazz series. May 3: Eric Person Big Band. LAGOND MUSIC SCHOOL: 9 Haven St. Elmsford. www.lagondmusic.org. 917-8829539/www.vtyjazz.com. May 31: 5-8pm $25 adm Sunday Serenade series feat tribute to Clifford Brown & Booker Little w/Bruce Harris & Golonev Vitaly. PETE'S SALOON: 8 West Main St. Elmsford. www.petessaloon.com. 914-592-9849. Tues: 9:30pm Open Mic. 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.

Wayne Shorter performs with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis at the Rose Theater May 14-16 as part of the Wayne Shorter Festival, May 14-17.

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by Beethoven, Charles Ives and two of his own orchestral works, "Prometheus Unbound" and "Pegasus," with a forthcoming CD with the Orchestra to be released on Blue Note. A full-length documentary, Zero Gravity, featuring Esperanza Spalding, Herbie Hancock and Carlos Santana is currently in production. He is also slated to appear on the astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson's radio show, Star Talk. A life-long Buddhist, Shorter today is a god-like figure in the jazz pantheon, whose utterances like "composition is improvisation slowed down," and "to me, jazz means I dare you," are dissected and revered by a worldwide legion fellow of mysterious travelers who, like him, savor the journey, not the destination. "I like the phrase 'the grasp going further than your reach,'" he says. "That's what I feel right now. No matter how old I am, I'm still going to go for something further than I can touch."


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and will conclude with a concert featuring the trailblazing percussionist Sheila E. To learn more, visit www.jazzhousekids.org. Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington high school competition takes place May and 9 at the Rose Theater as 16 bands try to best the winner from the last two years, the Tucson Jazz Institute. The event is free and more information is at www.JALC.org.


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What are a few pieces of music that made you the person or musician you are today? Many pieces of music have influenced me, but in my mid-teens I bought Sonny Rollins' The Bridge and Coltrane Live at Birdland and they got me started on a musical path. You're having a dinner party and can invite three musicians. Who would they be? The dinners I share with musicians most often involve the members of the Rich Halley 4: Michael Vlatkovich, Clyde Reed and Carson Halley. The time you spend with the people you play with helps to create empathy and feeling which can translate to the music.


VAN GOGH’S EAR CAFÉ: 1017 Stuyvesant Av. Union. www.vangoghsearcafe.com. 908810-1844. Sun: 8-11pm $4 adm. May: MB4; 17: Steve Minzer; 24: closed; 31: QED.


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. May 1: Carolyn & Jay Leonhart; 2: Luiz Simas Qrt; 3: Dixieland Salutes Rick Chamberlain; 7: R; 8: Jay Rattman Qrt; 9: Guitar Trio feat Bucky Pizzarelli, Ed Laub & Walt Bibinger; 10: Derwyn Holder Ens w/spec guest “Sweet” Sue Terry; 14: R; 15: Laila Biali & Zach Brock; 16: Phil Woods, Vic Juris & Tony Marino; 17: Dave Lantz Choral; 21: R; 22: Lisa Ferraro w/spec guest Houston Person; 23: Fundraiser event for Rick Chamberlain Memorial COTA Scholarship Fund feat DIVA Orch; 24: Bill Mays & Marvin Stamm Duo; 25: 7:3010:30pm Deer Head Inn Jazz Orch; 28: R; 29: Denny Carrig & Skip Wilkins Duo; 30: Hailey Niswanger; 31: Mitch Cheng Trio. DELAWARE WATER GAP: www.cotajazz.org.

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