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Where To Go & Who To See Since 1982
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WINNING SPINS HE WORLD OF JAZZ SINGING T encompasses myriad approaches and possibilities, especially these days when
jazz is a worldwide enterprise. The two singers whose new albums are considered here present a study in contrasts. Mary Stallings came up during the hard bop and soul jazz years in the midst of the last century, while Camila Meza, 45 years Mary's junior, hails from Chile, moving stateside in 2008, at age 23. Mary honed her art on the jazz scene in the San Francisco Bay area when the Fillmore District was still known as the "Harlem of the West," before it became the domain of rock and hippies. Camila refined her vocal, guitar and composing talents at the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music at Manhattan's New School. Mary's album tells her story through songs she's encountered through the years, while Camila's mixes originals with, mostly, songs from Latin America. Her new release, Songs Were Made to Sing (Smoke Sessions), features Mary Stallings in a small band setting with pianist and arranger David Hazeltine, bassist David Williams and drummer Joe Farnsworth, with contributions from trumpeter Eddie Henderson, alto saxophonist Vincent Herring and percussionist Daniel Sadownick. Mary's tart, bluesy voice recalls Carmen McRae and the late soul jazz singer Etta Jones, as does her repertoire, which includes "Blue Monk," a tune Carmen covered on her Thelonious Monk songbook album. Works by other musiciancomposers include Oliver Nelson's "Stolen Moments," Tadd Dameron's "Lady Bird," and Stanley Turrentine's "Sugar." Duke Ellington's "Prelude to a Kiss" is given an unusual swing treatment, with a doubletime solo from Vincent. Another ballad, "Lover Man," is treated to a medium tempo tropical rhythm, as Mary adds melismatic touches to the lyrics. Mary favors standards that were popular on the jazz and soul jazz club circuit in the 20th century such as "Give Me the Simple Life," the only CD's duet with David's piano. Others include "When I Close My Eyes" and "Ill Wind," distinguished by Eddie's pensive Harmon-muted trumpet obligati and solo, a role he also plays on "'Round Midnight." Vincent's alto sax shines on "Blue Monk," "Soul Mates" and especially "Sugar," Stanley's signature song; it's refreshing to hear the rarely sung lyrics. We can say the same of Mary Stallings, who is still refreshingly reward-
By George K anzler
ing to hear on this highly successful outing. Ámbar (Sony Music Masterworks), the latest from Camila Meza & The Nectar Orchestra, showcases Camila's vocals—in three languages—and her impressive guitar amid a hybrid ensemble led by bassist and arranger Noam Wiesenberg, with pianist/keyboardist Eden Ladin, drummer/percussionist Keita Ogawa and a string quartet. There are precedents in jazz for Camila's clean, high, almost vibratoless voice, such as Astrud Gilberto, although Camila's rich clarity more closely recalls Esther Satterfield's work with Chuck Mangione. Camila is also a double talent who often sings wordlessly in unison with her guitar solos. One of Ámbar's unique aspects is how integrated the string quartet is into the music's texture. The title song, in Spanish, opens with the strings arco, caressing Camila's voice before the rest of the band introduces a fast, buoyant rhythm, the whole song culminating with soaring strings and voice. For a stirring climax, "This Is Not America" excels. The song, by Pat Metheny and David Bowie (for the movie The Falcon and the Snowman), builds to rising crescendos of strings and repetitions of the title line before Camila reels off a guitar-voice solo while the strings bow the song's refrain. Camila's guitar-voice tandem soloing is also heard to advantage on her English-language "Awaken," as she trades fours with Eden's horn-like, piping keyboard. Another original with English lyrics, "Fall," contrasts the strings, first only cello, with Camila's delicate vocal. Her voice is spectral bordering on ethereal in her wordless crooning on Milton Nascimento's "Milagre dos Peixes," and dreamy embellishments to Antonio Carlos Jobim and Chico Buarque's "Ohla Maria." While the string quartet and band are pivotal components of the album, Camila ends it with an intimate solo rendition of the Mexican huapango-style 1954 song "Cucurrucucú Paloma," accompanying herself on acoustic guitar.
Mary Stallings celebrates the release of Songs Were Made to Sing with pianist and arranger David Hazeltine, bassist David Williams and drummer Joe Farnsworth at Smoke Jazz Club & Lounge on May 16-18. Camila Meza and The Nectar Orchestra play Rockwood Music Hall on May 22.
10 Meza cover photo by Chris Drukker, Stallings by Jimmy Katz. Arriale by Juan Carlos Villorroel
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CLUBS & HALLS UPPER MANHATTAN (Above 70th Street)
449 LA: 449 Lenox Av (bet 132nd & 133rd Sts). 212-234-3298. Sun: 1-3:30&4-7pm Patio Jazz; Thurs: 1-3:30pm Jazz & Dessert; Fri-Sat: 8:30pm. AMERICAN LEGION POST: 248W 132nd St (bet 7th & 8th Avs). 212-283-9701. Sun, atlernative Wed & Thurs: 6:30-10:30pm Jam. BIERSTRASSE HARLEM: 701W 133rd St at Riverside Dr. www.bierstrassenyc.com. 347706-1896. May 11: 2pm West Harlem Jazz Festival www.westharlemjazzfestival.com feat Eric Alexander & Grant Stewart Qrt, Ed Cherry Trio, Bruce Harris Qrt, Lucy Yeghiazaryan Qrt, Sam Taylor Qrt. BILL’S PLACE: 148W 133rd St (bet Lenox & 7th Avs). www.billsplaceharlem.com. 212-2810777. Fri-Sat: 8&10pm $20 don Bill Saxton Bebop Band. CAFÉ CARLYLE: At Carlyle Hotel. 35E 76th St at Madison. www.thecarlyle.com. 212-7441600. Sets: Mon-Sat 8:45pm. Mon: Woody Allen & Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band. May 1-11: except 05/5-6 John Pizzarelli. CLEOPATRA’S NEEDLE: 2485 Bway (bet 92nd & 93rd Sts). www.cleopatrasneedleny. com. 212-769-6969. Sets: Early (E), Late (L); Sun E 4-8pm, L 9pm-1am; Mon-Tues E 89pm, L 10pm-1am; Wed-Thurs E 7-11pm, L 11:30pm-2:30am; Fri-Sat E 8pm-12am, L 12:30-3am. Free adm/$10 min. Trios except Mon&Thurs Duets unless otherwise noted. L Jam. Residencies: Sun E Open mic w/Keith Ingham, L Benno Marmur; Mon Mark Hagan; Tues Marc Devine; Wed E Open mic w/Les Kurtz, L Nathan Brown; Thurs L Nathan Brown; Fri L Robbie Lee; Sat L T. Kash. May 2: Noriko Kamo; 3: Denton Darien; 4: Satchmo Mannan Qrt; 9: Louise Rogers Band; 10: Bruce Gregori; 11: Walter Williams; 16: Light House All-Stars; 17: Jesse Crawford; 18: Alan Rosenthal; 23: Jon Weiss; 24: Ken Simon; 25: Fuku & Shihiro Band; 30: Equilibrium Jazz Gp; 31: Alan Chaubert. GIN FIZZ: 308 Malcolm X Blvd at 125th St. 2nd Fl. www.ginfizzharlem.com. 212-289-5550. Set: 7:30&9pm except Fri 7&8:30pm. Residencies: Mon except 05/6 Full Circle Mondays by Noah Jackson; Tues Jam; Fri Singers Showcase. May 2: Elisabeth Lohninger Trio; 3: Antoinette Montague; 4: Bernard Linnette feat Aimée Allen; 8: Keith Gamble & the Nu' Gypsies; 9: Frank Valdes Gp; 11: 6pm Laura Campisi Trio + Mario Abney & the Abney Effect; 15: Stacey Haughton; 16: María Pulgarín Qnt; 18: 6pm Joe Pino Gp + Strictly Sinatra; 22: Dennis Hernandez Orch; 23: Bernard Linnette feat Aimée Allen; 25: Spinkick; 26: Sista Zock Solid; 30: Tanghetto. GINNY’S SUPPER CLUB: At Red Rooster. 310 Lenox Av (bet 125th & 126th Sts). www.ginnyssupperclub.com. 212-792-9001. Sets/adm: 7&9pm/$15. May 2: Winard Harper & Jeli Posse; 3: Allan Harris; 4: Avery Sharpe; 9: Pedrito Martinez; 11: Jonathan
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Michel; 23-24: Lakecia Benjamin; 25: Johnny O’Neal; 31: Dezron Douglas Black Lion Qrt. GREATER CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH: 55W 124th St (bet Malcolm X Blvd & 5th Av). 212-348-6132. www.harlemjazzboxx.com. Tues 12pm $15 adm & Fri 7pm $20: Harlem Jazz series. May 24: Sam Newsome Qrt. HARLEM STAGE: At Aaron Davis Hall. 150 Convent Av at W135th St. 212-281-9240. www.harlemstage.org. Sets: 7:30pm free adm. May 16: Tia Fuller; 31: Kendrick Scott Oracle & the Attacca Qrt. LENOX COFFEE: 60W 129th St at Lenox Av. 646-833-7839. www.lenoxcoffee.com. Sun: 57pm Keyed Up feat Ilya Lushtak Trio. LENOX SAPHIRE: 341 Lenox Av at 127th St. www.lenoxsaphireharlem.com. 212-8669700. Thurs: 11pm-4am Keyed Up series w/Phil Young Oct. MINTON’S: 206W 118th St (bet St. Nicholas Av & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd). 212-243-2222. www.mintonsharlem.com. Sets: 7:30&9pm, Thurs-Sat 7:30&9:30pm. Residencies: Sun Singer Meets Saxophonist feat Christopher McBride w/guest; Thurs Latin Jazz series by Luisito Quintero & spec guest. May 11&25: Hopkins & The Biggish Band. MIST HARLEM: 46W 116th St (bet Lenox & 5th Av). www.mistharlem.com. 646-738-3043. Fri: 10pm-2am $10 adm Harlem Late Night Jazz. NATIONAL JAZZ MUSEUM IN HARLEM: 58W 129th St at Malcolm X Blvd. 212-3488300. www.jmih.org. May 4: 2pm $10 don First Saturday Jam w/David Durrah; 10: 7pm free Erica von Kleist & Flathead Ellington Project; 11: 3:30pm $15 Move and Groove feat Vinyasa Jazz Flow; 12: 2pm Intergenerational Jazz Jam; 14: 7pm $10-15 Wilkins' Europe feat Immanuel Wilkins; 28: 7pm free Harlem Speaks feat Joanne Brackeen. NEW AMSTERDAM MUSIC ASSOCIATION: 107W 130th St (bet Lenox & Adam Clayton Powel Blvds). 347-712-8568. www.nama harlem.org. Mon: 7-11pm $5/15 adm Jam. PARIS BLUES: 2021 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd at 121st St. 917-257-7831. www.paris bluesharlem.webs.com. Sets/adm: Early (E) 5-9pm, Jam 9pm-1am/free. Sun: E Double G & the Possee, 9pm 1st&3rd La Banda Ramirez; Mon: Antoine Dowdell; Tues: Tyrone Govan & Der Secret; Wed: Les Goodson & the Intergalatic Soul Jazz Band; Thurs: Chiemi & Chiemistry; Fri: tba; Sat: 69th Street Band. ROOM 623: At B Squared Harlem. 271W 119th St (bet Frederick Douglass & Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvds). 212-280-2248. www. b2harlem.com/room.623. Fri: 9pm $20/15 adm The Late Set. May 3: MP3; 10: Samba Jazz w/Marcello Pellitteri Trio; 17: Ginetta's Vendetta; 24: Peter Brainin; 31: Pat Firth Organ Trio. SHOWMANS: 375W 125th St at Morningside. 212-864-8941. SHRINE: 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (bet 133rd & 134th Sts). 212-690-7807. www.shrinenyc.com. SILVANA: 300W 116th St at Frederick Douglass Blvd. www.silvana-nyc.com. 646692-4935. SMOKE JAZZ & SUPPER CLUB: 2751 Bway (bet 105th & 106th Sts). 212-864-6662. www.smokejazz.com. Set: Early (E), Late (L); Sun E 5,7&9pm, L 10:30pm; Mon E 7&9pm, L 10:30pm; Tues 7,9&10:30pm; Wed-Thurs E 7,9&10:30pm, L 11:30pm; Fri-Sat E 7,9& 10:30pm, L 11:30pm&12:45am; adm/min vary. Residencies: Sun (R) E except 05/26
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Cynthia Scott, L Public Sound; Mon (R) Vincent Herring Qrt, L New Jam Session; Tues (R) Mike LeDonne & Groover Qrt; Wed (R) E Lezlie Harrison, L 05/1&15 Emmet Cohen Organ Qrt, 05/8,22&29 Joe Saylor & friends; Thurs L Isaiah J. Thompson Qrt; Fri L Johnny O’Neal & guests; Sat L The Harlem Sessions by Marc Cary. May 1: R; 2-4: no 10:30pm set Bobby Watson Qrt; 5-8: R; 9-11: Dayna Stephens Qrt w/spec guest Billy Hart; 12-15: R; 16-18: Mary Stallings; 19-22: R; 2326: Miles Davis B’day celeb feat Nicholas Payton, Vincent Herring; 27-29: R; 30-Jun 1: Nicholas Payton Trio. SUGAR BAR: 254W 72nd St (bet Bway & West End Av). 212-579-0222. www.sugarbarnyc.com. Sets: 8pm/$10 adm unless otherwise noted. Residencies: Wed except 05/15 Electrikana; Thurs 9pm Open Mic w/Sugar Bar All Star Band. May 4: 9pm Irini Res & the Jazz Mix; 17: $15 Nat Adderley Trio; 25: Rob Silverman Qrt. SYMPHONY SPACE: 2537 Bway at 95th St. 212-864-5400. www.symphonyspace.org. Bar Thalia (BT). May 3 7pm & 4 8pm: $10-45 adm Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orch; 4: 9pm BT Corina Bartra; 11: 8pm $3865 Rebirth Brass Band; 25: 8pm $35-253 Emeline Michel w/Mikaben. The TRIAD THEATER: 158W 72nd St (bet Bway & Columbus). www.triadnyc.com. 212362-2590. May 30: 7pm $25 adm 2 drink/min Ron Dabney.
MID-TOWN MANHATTAN (Between 35th & 69th Street)
BIRDLAND: 315W 44th St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). 212-581-3080. www.birdlandjazz.com. Sets: Early (E) 5:30pm except Sun 6pm, Mon 7pm & Fri 5:15pm; 8:30&11pm, except Sun Late (L) 9&11pm & Mon 9:30pm. Residencies: Sun (R) Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orch; Wed E David Ostwald & Louis Armstrong Eternity Band; Fri E The Birdland Big Band; Sat E 05/4&18 Jay Leonhart, 05/11&25 Eric Comstock. May 1: Frank Catalano Qrt; 2-4: Emmet Cohen Trio; 5: E Migiwa Miyajima & Miggy Augmented Orch, L R; 7-11: David Murray w/Saul Williams; 9: E Ronny Whyte; 12: E Ken Peplowski Qrt feat spec guest Nicole Zuraitis, L R; 14-18: Curtis Stigers w/The Birdland Big Band dir by David Dejesus; 16: E Alex Frondelli & Haeun Joo; 19: E Pete McGuinness Jazz Orch, L R; 21-25: Dr. Lonnie Smith w/The Jazz Orch of the Concertgebouw; 23: E Alex Smith Organ Trio; 26: E Greg Ruvolo Big Band Collective, L R; 27: E Arianna Neikrug Qrt; 28-Jun 1: The Jazz Masters Play Ornette Coleman w/Tom Harrell, Donny McCaslin; 30: E JayCee Driesen. BIRDLAND THEATER: 315W 44th St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). www.birdlandjazz.com. 212-5813080. Sets: Early (E) 7pm except Sun 7:30pm & Mon 8:30pm, Late (L) 9:45pm. May 1-4: E Julie Budd; 1-2: L Fleurine & Boys from Brazil w/spec guest Brad Mehldau; 3-4: L Stephan Crump’s Rosetta Trio; 5: E Simas & Amorim Duo; 7: E Karen Oberlin; 8-11 E & 10-11 L: Clint Holmes & Billy Stritch; 8: L Ehud Asherie; 13: E Amanda Brecker; 14: E Anais Reno, L Roxy Coss Qnt; 15-16: L Konrad Paszkudzki & Pasquale Grasso; 15: E Allegra Levy; 17-18: Monty Alexander Solo; 19: E Myriam Phiro; 20: E Andy Farber; 22-23: John Patitucci Italian Trio; 24-25: John Patitucci Remembrance Trio; 26: E The Anderson Brothers; 28: Vocal Mania Series w/Janis Siegel & Lauren Kinhan feat Charles Turner; 29-31: Alan Broadbent Trio.
CARNEGIE HALL: 57th St & 7th Av. 212-2477800. www.carnegiehall.org. May 29: 8pm $35 adm Jacob Sacks & friends. CLUB BONAFIDE: 212E 52nd St (bet 2nd & 3rd Avs). 3rd Fl. www.clubbonafide.com. 646-918-6189. May 1: 8&10pm Charity concert feat Eiko Solaris Qrt; 3: 8pm Moth to Flame; 4: 8pm Ismael Fernández; 12: 4pm Chloé Perrier; 16: 8pm Lou Caputo & The Not So Big Band; 17: 10pm Fuse Patrol; 18: 8pm Aziza Miller & friends; 24: 8&10pm Richard Bona. COSMOPOLITAN CLUB: 122E 66th St at Lexington Ave. www.cosclub.com. 212-7345950. May 13: 6pm Jazz Gallery Gala honoring Jack DeJohnette, Manfred Eicher, Wendy Oxenhorn & Savion Glover + tribute to Roy Hargrove. DIMENNA CENTER FOR CLASSICAL MUSIC: 450W 37th St (bet 9th & 10th Av). www.dimennacenter.org. 212-594-6100. May 29: 7-9pm $150 www.jazzpower.org 15th Anniv gala feat Kenny Barron, Camille Thurman, Endea Owens + Zah! Youth Ens. DIZZY’S CLUB: At Jazz @ Lincoln Center. 10 Columbus Cr at 60th St. 5th Fl. www.jalc.org. 212-258-9800. Sets/adm unless otherwise noted: 7:30&9:30pm, 11:30pm Late Night Sessions; Sun-Wed $35, Thurs-Fri $40, Sat $45; $10 min. May 1: $30 Willerm Delisfort Project; 2: Bruce Forman Trio; 3-4: 05/3 $45 Houston Person; 5-6: Akiko/Hamilton/ Dechter; 7: 10pm DeWitt Fleming, Jr. & Erica von Kleist; 8: Essentially Ellington Alumni Band; 9-12: $45 05/10, $30 05/12 The Juilliard Jazz Orch; 13: Terraza Big Band; 14-19: 05/1415&19 $40 Bill Charlap Trio; 20: Berklee Global Jazz Institute Melissa Aldana; 21-26: 05/21-22&26 $40 Bill Charlap Trio; 27: Matthew Whitaker; 28: 7:30pm Alexa Tarantino Qrt, 9:30pm $30 Jeffery Miller; 2930: Nicole Henry; 31-Jun 2: 05/31 $45, 06/2 $40 Georgia Horns. Late Night Sessions w/May 1-4: tba; 7-11: Nate Sparks Big Band; 14-19: Simon Moullier; 21-25: Sam Chess; 28Jun 1: tba. IGUANA RESTAURANT: 240W 54th St at Bway. www.iguananyc.com. 212-765-5454. Mon-Tues: 8-11pm Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks. The IRIDIUM: 1650 Bway at 51st St. 212-5822121. www.theiridium.com. May 2: 8:30pm Project Grand Slam; 7-8: 8:30pm Jeff Lorber Trio; 9 8:30pm, 10-11 8:30&10:30pm: Ottmar Liebert Duo; 12: 8:30pm Frank Catalano Band; 16 8:30pm, 17-18 8:30&10:30pm: Moshulu; 22: 8:30pm Felix Pastorius & Hipster Assassins. JAZZ AT KITANO: 66 Park Av at 38th St. 212885-7119. www.kitano.com. Sets/adm: Sun 12-2:30pm, Mon-Tues 8-11pm, Wed-Sat 89:15&10-11:15pm; Sun $45 buffet, Mon-Tues free/$15 min, Wed-Thurs $18/$20 min, Fri-Sat $34/$20 min. Residencies: Sun (R) Jazz Brunch w/Tony Middleton; Mon (R) Jam by Iris Ornig; Tues Emerging Artists series. May 1: Native Soul; 2: Pam Brennan Qnt; 3-4: Jon Gordon Qrt; 5-6: R; 7: Alicia Rau Qrt; 8: Takaaki Otomo Trio; 9: Micah Thomas Trio; 1011: Tom Pappas Qnt; 12-13: R; 14: Eugenia Choe Qrt; 15: Lee Tomboulian Trio; 16: Leslie Pintchik Trio; 17: Michael Morreale Qnt; 18: Bill O'Connell Trio; 19-20: R; 21 Pureum Jin Qrt; 22: Alexis Parsons Trio; 23: Lluis Capdevila Duo; 24-25: Marcello Pellitteri & Brazilian Connection Band; 26-27: R; 28: Ken Kengchakaj Qrt; 29: Kyoko Oyobe Trio; 30: Yuka Mito Qrt; 31: Bob DeVos Qrt. JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER: 10 Columbus Cr at 60th St. 5th Fl. www.jalc.org. 212-2589800. Appel Room (AR), Rose Theater (RT). May 15 7pm, 16 7&9pm: AR Michael
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Feinstein & Tedd Firth Big Band; 17-18: 8pm RT Joey DeFrancesco w/the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orch; 31-Jun 1: 7&9:30pm AR Tribute to Danny Barker feat Michael White, Catherine Russell. LE RIVAGE: 340W 46th St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). www.lerivagenyc.com. 212-765-7374. Mon: 6:30pm Joe Cohn Trio; Thurs: 7pm Thursday Sessions w/Kyle Colina & friends. LOCAL 802: Associated Musicians of Greater New York Club Room. 322W 48th St (bet 8th & 9th Sts). www.jazzfoundation.org. 212-2454802. May 6: 7-9:30pm Jazz Foundation of America Jam; 17: 12-1:30pm Jazz in the Afternoon feat Greg Ruvolo Big Band Collective; 20: 7-9:30pm Jazz Foundation of America Jam; 21: 5pm Jazz in the Afternoon feat Kevin Blancq Big Band; 30: 5pm Jazz Mentors Student Jam. MICHIKO STUDIOS: 149W 46th St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). 3rd Fl. 212-302-4011. www. michikostudios.com. 2nd Wed: 8-10:30pm $20/15 adm Lew Tabackin Trio. The PIERRE: 2E 61st St at 5th Av. 212-8388000. www.thepierreny.com. Thurs-Sat: 6:309:30pm Antonio Ciacca. PULSE CLUB: At Marriott Vacation. 33W 37th St (bet 5th & 6th Avs). 212-448-1024. Sets: Tues-Thurs 5-8pm. Tues: Charlie Apicella & Iron City; Wed: Latin Sounds; Thurs: Peter Manes & The Keys. RESIDENCE INN TIMES SQUARE: 1033 6th Av at 39th St. 212-768-0007. Tues: 7:3010:30pm free adm Daniel Bennett Gp. The RUM HOUSE: 228W 47th St (bet Bway & 8th Av). www.edisonrumhouse.com. 646490-6924. May 23&30: 9:30pm-12:30am Lou Caputo & Company. RUSSIAN SAMOVAR: 256W 52nd St (bet Bway & 8th Av). www.russiansamovar.com. 212-757-0168. Sun: 3-7pm. May 5: John Wilmeth/Steph Walker Qrt; 12: Marco Di Gennaro Trio; 19: Nabuko Jazz Trio; 26: Teri Wade Trio. SAINT PETER’S CHURCH: 619 Lexington Av at 54th St. (Citicorp Bld). 212-935-2200. www.saintpeters.org. Sun: 6pm free adm Jazz Vespers; Wed: 1pm $10 don Midday Jazz Midtown; 1st Mon: 7:30pm $5 adm International Women in Jazz Jam. May 1: Remembering Marlene VerPlanck feat Ben Cassara, Carol Fredette, Carrie Jackson, Daryl Sherman, Sandy Stewart; 5: Godwin Louis; 8: Jon Davis & Gianluca Renzi; 12: Nadje Noordhuis Qnt; 15: Kendra Shank Trio; 16: 7:30pm Duke Ellington Society meeting; 19: Jaimeo Brown Transcendence; 22: Cecilia Coleman Big Band; 26: Jaimeo Brown Transcendence; 29: Bill Mays & Martin Wind. The SOUND BITE RESTAURANT: 737 9th Av (bet 49th & 50th Sts). 917-409-5868. www.the soundbiterestaurant.com. Sets: SunMon&Thurs: 6-9pm; Fri-Sat Early 7&9pm, Late (L) 10:30pm-12:30am. Mon&Thurs, FriSat L: Jam. May 3: Sounds of A&R; 4: Lynette Washington; 10: Gabriele Tranchina Qrt; 11: Pucci Amanda Jhones Qrt; 17: Duke Jones Qrt; 18: Charlie Apicella & Iron City feat Madame Pat Tandy; 24: Willie Martinez Qrt; 25: Barbara King & The Spirit of Jazz; 31: Peter Brainin & Talking Drum. SWING 46: Jazz & Supper Club. 349W 46th St (bet 8 & 9th Avs). www.swing46.com. 212262-9554. Sets/adm: Sun-Thurs 8:3011:30pm/$15; Fri-Sat 9:30pm-1am/$20. Residencies (R): Mon Swingadelic; Tues George Gee Orch; Wed Stan Rubin Orch feat Joe Politi & Lynne McCune. May 1: R; 2: Double Down; 3: Ron Sunshine & Full Swing; 4: The Crescent City Maulers; 5: Swingadelic; 6-8: R; 9: Sarah Hayes & Swing
Society; 10: George Gee Orch; 11: Danny Jonokuchi & the Revisionists; 12: Stephen Santoro Orch feat Michelle Collier; 13-15: R; 16: Kevin Blancq Swingin' Big Band; 17: Ron Sunshine & Full Swing; 18: Swingadelic; 19: Stephen Santoro Orch feat Michelle Collier; 20-22: R; 23: David Berger & The Sultans of Swing; 24: George Gee Orch; 25: Swingadelic; 26: George Gee Orch; 27-29: R; 30: Sarah Hayes & Swing Society; 31: Stephen Santoro Orch feat Michelle Collier. TOMI JAZZ: 239E 53rd St (Bet 2nd & 3rd Avs). Lower level. www.tomijazz.com. 646-4971254. May 12&16: 7pm free adm Linda Presgrave Qrt.
LOWER MANHATTAN (Below 34th Street) 11TH STREET BAR: 510E 11th St (bet Av A & B). www.11thstbar.com. 212-982-3929. Mon: 8pm Keyed Up feat Jam w/Murray Wall. 55 BAR: 55 Christopher St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). 212-929-9883. www.55bar.com. Sets: Early (E) 7-9pm except Sun&Fri-Sat 6-9pm, Late 10pm. 1st Mon: E Sean Wayland; 1st Thurs: E Amy Cervini; 1st Sat: E Ayana lowe; 2nd Thurs: E Nicole Zuraitis; 2nd Fri: E Tessa Souter; 3rd Sun: E Ray Anderson & Pocket Brass Band; last Wed: E Paul Jost; last Fri: E Kendra Shank. May 27: E Will Sellenraad Trio. 75 CLUB: At the Bogardus Mansion. 75 Murray St (bet W Bway & Greenwich St). 212-2681746. www.the75clubnyc.com. Sets: TuesWed 7-11pm; Thurs 7:30-11pm; Fri-Sat 8&9:30pm. Residencies: Tues Gabriele Donati Trio; Wed Tardo Hammer Trio; Thurs Andy Bey. May 3: Joe Magnarelli Qrt; 4: Richie Vitale w/Frank Basile; 10: Jerry Weldon Qrt; 11: Grant Stewart Qrt; 17-18: The Art & Music of Dick Griffin; 24: Harry Allen Qrt; 25: Ray Gallon w/Steve Williams; 31: Zaid Nasser Qrt. BAHA’Í CENTER: 53E 11th St (bet Bway & University). www.bahainyc.org. 212-2225159. Tues: 8&9:30pm $10/15 adm. May 7: Mike Longo's NY Sate of the Art Jazz Ens w/Ira Hawkins; 14: Warren Chiasson Gp; 21: Russ Kassoff Big Band feat Catherine Dupuis. BAR NEXT DOOR: 129 McDougal St. 212-5295945. www.lalanternacaffe.com. Sets: Sun 8&10pm, Mon-Thurs Early (E) 6:30-7:45pm, Late (L) 8:30&10:30pm, Fri-Sat 7:30,9:30& 11:30pm. 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): Sun Peter Mazza; Wed L Jonathan Kreisberg. May 1: E Juan Munguia, L R; 2: E Andrew Pereira, L Patrick Cornelius; 3: Paul Bollenback; 4: Tom Dempsey; 5: R; 6: E Ryan Hernandez, L Alma Micic; 7: E Alec Aldred, L Yuval Amihai; 8: E Jocelyn Gould, L R; 9: E Nick Semenykhin, L Luke Schwartz; 10: Freddie Bryant; 11: Pasquale Grasso; 12: R; 13: E tba, L Aimée Allen; 14: E Alex DeLazzari, L Jon Irabagon; 15: E Artur Akhmetov, L R; 16: E Adam Cordero, L The IN Trio; 17: Petros Klampanis; 18: Jostein Gulbrandsen; 19: R; 20: E Chris Parker, L Valerie Farber; 21: E Andrew Cheng, L Justin Wert; 22: E Elijah Shiffer, L R; 23: E tba, L Nick Biello; 24: Alex Wintz; 25: Joe Giglio; 26: Peter Mazza Solo; 27: E Andrew Kushnir, continued on page 18
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S P O T L WILLERM DELISFORT DIZZY'S CLUB / MAY 1 The talents of Willerm Delisfort seem to be in demand everywhere, and it's easy to see why. A versatile virtuoso of the piano and organ, Willerm traverses musical styles with astonishing ease, inhabiting jazz, gospel, R&B, hip-hop and soul with equal facility. Perhaps it is no surprise then that Willerm's skills have graced projects of artists ranging from Jimmy Heath and Curtis Fuller to T-Pain and Lauryn Hill. While his own work as a bandleader has not yet drawn the press attention it deserves, Willerm has consistently proved himself as an inventive composer helming exciting bands. He presents the Willerm Delisfort Project, featuring vocalist Alexa Barchini, trumpeter Philip Dizack, saxophonist Brent Birckhead, organist Luke Carlos O'Reilly, bassist Jonathan Michel, drummer Jonathan Barber and percussionist Cedric Easton. SH
STEPHAN CRUMP'S ROSETTA TRIO BIRDLAND THEATER / MAY 3-4 Over the past two decades, the Rosetta Trio has become one of the premier original chamber jazz ensembles, period. Memphis-born bassist Stephan Crump is the leader, but San Francisco transplants electric guitarist Jamie Fox and acoustic guitarist Liberty Ellman are front men in their own right. Rosetta's extraordinary recordings Thwirl, Reclamation and the new disc, Outliers, on the independent Papillion Sounds label are modern, listenable and compelling. Amherst graduate Crump stays very busy, working with his band Rhombal, and with Mary Halvorson, Rez Abbasi and Ingrid Laubrock. Through collective experience playing with Vijay Iyer, Henry Threadgill and other pioneers of improvised music, Rosetta brings unique music to the stage. SH LASZLO GARDONY MEZZROW / MAY 16 Hungary-born Laszlo Gardony, the winner of 1987's Great American Jazz Piano Competition, has absorbed influences from many genres in his four decades as a working musician and educator. He uses them to put his own distinctive stamp on jazz. Don't be surprised by tinges of classical, American and European folk musicâ€”and even a bit of bluegrassâ€”in Laszlo's in-the-moment playing. This trio gig will include originals and Laszlo's arrangements of jazz, spiritual and rock standards from his sextet project, Life in Real Time, and solo recording, Serious Play. Along with bassist John Lockwood and drummer Yoron Israel, Laszlo will also explore some new compositions they plan to record this summer. It will be Laszlo's 10th Sunnyside release and this band's fifth recording in nine years. KF PETER MARTIN BACKCOUNTRY JAZZ AT BURNING TREE / MAY 16 Peter Martin is a seasoned veteran who deserves to be better known by the public, though the pianist's abilities are recognized by his peers. Nurtured early on by Wynton Marsalis, with whom he played, Peter also toured with the demanding NEA Jazz Master Betty Carter and with Christian McBride. Peter earned Grammies for his contributions to two CDs by vocalist Dianne Reeves, with whom he continues to work. Peter's inventive compositions and arrangements cover a wide stylistic range, though he has recorded only sporadically as a leader. Although gifted with considerable chops, the pianist focuses on giving his fellow musicians ample space. Peter will be one of several guests with tenor saxophonist Bennie Wallace, along with Herlin Riley, drums; Matt Dwonszyk, bass and Corey Wilcox, trombone. KD RANDY BRECKER HIGHLIGHTS IN JAZZ AT TRIBECA PAC / MAY 16 Not many musicians can claim to have played in both a pioneering rock band and a band known as a finishing school for young jazz musicians. But trumpeter Randy Brecker was a member of both the original Blood, Sweat & Tears and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. A versatile as well as virtuosic trumpet and flugelhorn player, Randy has also played with Motown great Stevie Wonder, jazz fusion bassist Jaco Pastorious and been featured with many orchestras, including Europe's WDR Big Band. Along with his late brother Michael, Randy led the Brecker Brothers Band, which successfully mixed fusion and hard bop. He's also become adept at Brazilian jazz. Randy will be saluted at this Highlights in Jazz concert by masters of jazz George Cables, piano; Buster Williams, bass; and Chuck Redd, drums, along with Jazz Millennials Peter and Will Anderson on saxophones, and singer Veronica Swift. GK
By Ken Dryden, Ken Franckling, Seton Hawkins, Stepha
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L I G H T TIA FULLER HARLEM STAGE / MAY 16 An artist whose expression reflects range and depth, saxophonist, flutist, composer and band director Tia Fuller sets the room on fire with deep-pocket sophistication. The Colorado native has garnered critical acclaim for her flawless ability to lead and imbibe, simultaneously. She has taken her own projects around the world, and has toured extensively with Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding and Beyoncé. While her sound may be unique, Tia's impetus for trailblazing and collaboration represents a direct connection to those luminaries who have come before her—from Geri Allen to Aretha Franklin. Tia garnered a Grammy nomination for her recently released Diamond Cut (Wambui), her fifth recording as a leader. Her performance is part of Uptown Nights & Carnegie Hall City Wide series. SJ
MULATU ASTATKE (LE) POISSON ROUGE / MAY 17 Unquestionably the greatest jazz musician from Ethiopia and a wondrous vibraphonist, percussionist and composer, Dr. Mulatu Astatke rarely appears in New York. He studied engineering in Wales, and also pursued Latin-jazz rhythms and came to prominence in the 1970s. He guested with Duke Ellington in Ethiopia, collaborated with Boston's Either/Orchestra and the British alt band The Heliocentrics, and toured Australia with Black Jesus Experience. He's also played with heavyweights Bennie Maupin and Phil Ranelin. His early instrumental recordings are rare but obtainable, and his compositions "Musicawi Silt" and "Yekèrmo Sèw" are standards. Jim Jarmusch's film Broken Flowers featured seven of his compositions. Mulatu eases through contemporary swing, funky beats or African melodic mystery. MGN
MELISSA ALDANA SIDE DOOR / MAY 18, DIZZY'S CLUB / MAY 20, JAZZ STANDARD / MAY 23-26 Artists who captivate listeners time and again are the ones who make themselves vulnerable and uncomfortable. They disrupt themselves intentionally. Melissa Aldana's expression is rare and wildly evolving as she continues to reach for more. Winner of the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, the Chile-born tenor saxophone player and composer has collaborated professionally with the music's most remarkable voices, and toured the world with her own ensembles, including Crash Trio and Melissa Aldana Quintet. This month marks the release of her latest recording as a leader, Visions (Motéma, 2019), a collection of original compositions she's crafted around the life and legacy of artist-activist Frida Kahlo. Her band features Joel Ross, Sam Harris, Pablo Menares and Tommy Crane. SJ CECILIA COLEMAN SAINT PETER'S CHURCH / MAY 22 Pianist and composer Cecilia Coleman's big band is an exceptional and long-standing fixture of New York City's big band scene. Now nearing a decade of operations, the ensemble was initially formed as an avenue for Cecilia's writing and arranging, expanding the palette for a composer previously noted for her quintet work. However, her big band quickly became an excellent showcase for Cecilia's compositions and for the broader possibilities of big band music. Capable of pivoting from hard-swinging numbers to more glistening and impressionistic fare, the ensemble beautifully highlights Cecilia's fascinating original music, as well as exciting arrangements of standards. The group's performance at Saint Peter’s will be a welcome afternoon for any fan of the genre. SH
MARCELLO PELLITTERI JAZZ AT KITANO / MAY 24-25, ROOM 623 / MAY 3 AND 10 A stellar sideman, powerhouse drummer and formidable composer, Italy-born Marcello Pellitteri also leads his own group. A longtime teacher at Berklee in Boston, Marcello's nearly four-decade career has seen him backing a who's who of straightahead and contemporary jazz greats, from Woody Shaw to John Scofield to Kenny Barron, appearing on more than 100 albums and 5 as a leader. His most recent effort, Aquarius Woman, received 4 1/2 stars from DownBeat. A furious player who can drive a band at well over 100 m.p.h., he's also very adept at slower, sensitive tempos, and communicates in a musical manner bordering on telepathy. His bandmates will include Bassist Nilson Matta, saxophonist John Snauwaert, and pianists Helio Alves May 24, and George Dulin May 25; the CD lineup features bassist Gabrio Bevilacqua, pianist Salvatore Bonafede and alto saxophonist Orazio Maugeri. MGN
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L Melissa Stylianou; 28: E Yuma Uesaka, L Mike Bono; 29: E Juan Munguia, L R; 30: E Nick Marziani, L Jeff Miles; 31: Sheryl Bailey. BLUE NOTE JAZZ CLUB: 131W 3rd St at 6th Av. 212-475-8592. www.bluenotejazz.com. Sets: 8&10:30pm + Fri-Sat 12:30am Late Night Groove series, Sun 11:30am&1:30pm Sunday Brunch. Adm varies. May 1: Karriem Riggins; 2-5: Bill Frisell Trio w/guest Marvin Sewell 05/4-5; 6: Milos; 7-12: Maceo Parker; 13-15: Dizzy Gillespie Afro Cuban All-Stars; 16-19: Eric Krasno & friends w/spec guests; 20: Marcus Machado & friends; 21-22: Brandee Younger & friends w/spec guest Ravi Coltrane 05/21, Nicholas Payton 05/22; 23-26: Chris Dave & The Drumhedz w/spec guest; 27: Marcus Strickland’s Twi-Life; 2829: Roberta Gambarini Qrt; 30-Jun 2: Kenny Garrett. Late Night Groove w/May 10: Kassa Overall; 11: James Casey & friends; 17-18: Louis Cato & friends. Sunday Brunch w/May 5: The NYU Wayne Shorter Ens; 12: “Hot Lips” Joey Morant; 19: tba; 26: Charlie Apicella & Iron City. The CELL: 338W 23rd St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). 646-861-2253. www.thecelltheatre.org. May 11: 8pm Pheeroan akLaff w/String Qrt + Diane Moser Birdsong Trio; 18: 7:30pm Tessa Souter Qrt. CITY WINERY: 155 Varick St (bet Spring & Vandam Sts). www.citywinery.com. 212-6080555. Sets: 8pm. May 5: $38-28 adm Jane Monheit; 9: $30-20 Reza Khan; 10-11: $65-50 Herb Alpert & Lani Hall. The CUTTING ROOM: 44E 32nd St (bet Madison & Park Av). 212-691-1900. www.the cuttingroomnyc.com. May 25: 7pm $20-25 adm Gil Evans Orch; 27: 7:30pm $25-30 Lisa Maxwell's Jazz Orch. The DJANGO: At Roxy Hotel. 2 Av of the Americas at Walker St. www.roxyhotelnyc. com. 212-519-6600. May 2: 7:30pm John Dokes Qnt; 11: 7:30pm Dave Stryker Qrt. DOWNTOWN MUSIC GALLERY: 13 Monroe St (bet Market & Catherine Sts). 212-4730043. www.downtownmusicgallery.com. Sun: 6pm In-Store shows. DROM: 85 Ave A (bet 5th & 6th Sts). 212-7771157. www.dromnyc.com. May 7: 8pm $15 adm Bill Warfield & the Hell's Kitchen Funk Orch; 9: 8pm $25/10 Nana Simopoulos; 10: 9:30pm $15 Beatriz Nunes; 11: 8pm $15 Sammy Rae & friends; 14: 7:30pm free Silver Arrow Band; 22: 7pm $10 Hevreh Ens, 9pm $10 La Banda Ramirez; 28: 7:30pm free Silver Arrow Band; 31: 7:30pm Walter “Wolfman” Washington & The Roadmasters. The EAR INN: 326 Spring St (bet Greenwich & Washington Sts). www.earinn.com. 212-4319750. Sun: 8-11pm EarRegulars feat Jon-Erik Kellso & friends. 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); Sun E 6pm, L 9pm, N 1am; Mon E 6pm, L 9pm, N 12:30am; Tues E 7pm, L 9pm, N 12:30am; Wed 7pm, L 9pm, N 12:30am; Thurs 7pm, L 10pm, N 1:30am; Fri 6pm, L 9pm + 10:30pm, N 1:30am; Sat E 7pm, L 10pm, N 1:30am. Residencies (R): Sun E except 05/12 Terry Waldo & Gotham City Band, N The Program; Mon N Billy Kaye; Tues E Saul Rubin Zebtet; Wed E except 05/1 Raphael D'Lugoff Trio + 1, N Ned Goold; Fri L The Supreme Queens; Sat N Greg Glassman. May 1: E Bruce Jackson, L Groover Trio, N R; 2: E TNT Qrt, L Saul Rubin Zebtet, N Paul Nowinski; 3: E Ryan Berg, L R + Jared Gold/Dave Gibson, N Ray Parker; 4: E Roberto Quintero Latin Jazz Qnt, N R; 5: E
R, 8:30pm Jade Synstelien's FCBB, N R; 6: E Harold O'Neal, L Lafayette Harris, N R; 7: E R, L Willie Martinez y la Familia, N Alexi David; 8: E R, L Harold Mabern Trio, N R; 9: E Anthony Ware, L Greg Glassman Qnt, N Todd Herbert; 10: E Ai Murakami Qnt, L R + Lonnie Plaxico, N Nick Hempton; 11: E Roman Skakun Qnt, L Staford Hunter & Continuum, N R; 12: E Gamelan Dharma Swara, L Asaf Yuria, N R; 13: L Ned Goold Qrt, N R; 14: E R, L Peter Brainin & the Latin Jazz Workshop; 15: E R, L Don Hahn/Mike Camacho Band, N R; 17: L R; 18: N R; 19: E&N R; 20: L George Braith, N R; 21: E R; 22: E&N R; 24: L R; 25: N R; 26: E&N R; 27: N R; 28: E R, L Itai Kriss & Gato Gordo, N John Benitez's Latin Bop; 29: E&N R; 31: L R + David Weiss & Point of departure. JAZZ GALLERY: 1160 Bway at 27th St. 5th Fl. www.jazzgallery.org. 646-494-3625. Sets: 7:30&9:30pm. May 1: Harish Raghavan; 2: Variant 6 + Warp Trio + Kevin Sun Qrt; 3: Angelica Sanchez; 4: Kalia Vandever; 9: Caroline Davis; 10: Political Gangster Trilogy + Nikara Warren; 11: John Escreet; 15: Keith Witty & THIEFS; 16: Arta Jekabsone; 17: Ethan Iverson Qrt; 18: Godwin Louis; 20: 7:30pm Kaufman Center Youth Orch; 21: Kevin Sun; 23: Craig Taborn; 24: Miles Okazaki; 25: Joe Martin; 26: Brian & The Aardvarks; 29: Monder/Malaby/Waits; 30: Shawn Lovato. JAZZ STANDARD: 116E 27th St (bet Park & Lexington Avs). www.jazzstandard.net. 212576-2232. Sets/adm unless otherwise noted: 7:30-8:30&9:30-10:30pm/$30; Sun 2-3pm/ free. Residencies: Sun 2pm except 05/26 Jazz For Kids Sunday Lunch feat Jazz Standard Youth Orch; Mon (R) except 05/27 Mingus Monday feat Mingus Big Band except 05/6 Orch. May 1: Joe Locke Gp w/spec guest Raul Midón; 2-5: Chris Potter Circuits Trio; 6: R; 7-8: Duchess; 9-12: Jeremy Pelt; 13: R; 14: Michael Leonhart Orch w/spec guest Nels Cline; 15: Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orch w/spec guest Kurt Elling; 16-19: $35 Gil Evans Project dir by Ryan Truesdell w/Wendy Gilles 05/16-19, Tomas Cruz, Nathaniel Adams & Dominic Inferrera 05/16; 20: R; 21-22: Gil Gutierrez; 23-26: Melissa Aldana; 27: closed; 28-Jun 2: $35 Fred Hersch Duo w/Kenny Barron 05/28, w/Julian Lage 05/29, w/Kurt Elling 05/30, w/Drew Gress & Billy Hart 05/3106/1, w/Sullivan Fortner 06/2. JOE’S PUB: At Public Theater. 425 Lafayette St & Astor Pl. www.joespub.com. 212-967-7555. Adm varies. May 2 7pm, 3 9:30pm: Matt Ray & Kat Edmonson; 9: 7pm Ethan Lipton & His Orch; 16: 7pm Pete Muller & friends; 26: 7pm Karan Casey, 9:30pm The Hot Sardines. KNICKERBOCKER BAR & GRILL: 33 University Pl at 9th St. 212-228-8490. www.knickerbockerbarandgrill.com. Fri-Sat: 9pm-1am. May 3-4: Joseph Camarado & Justin Fink; 10-11: Matthew Fries & Steve LaSpina; 17-18: Manuel Valera Duo; 24-25: Valerie Capers & John Robinson. (LE) POISSON ROUGE: 158 Bleecker St at Thompson St. www.lepoissonrouge.com. 212-796-0741. Adm varies. May 17: 8pm $45/50 adm Mulatu Astatke. MEZZROW: 163W 10th St (bet 7th Av & Waverly Pl). www.mezzrow.com. 646-4764346. Sets/adm: 8-10:30pm, Late (L) 11pm1am except Fri-Sat 11pm-2am, Sun + 4:307pm; adm varies. Residencies: Mon L Pasquale Grasso; Thurs L Spike Wilner & Pasquale Grasso. May 1: Denny Zeitlin Solo, continued on page 20
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RECENT YEARS, THERE'S BEEN of a reawakening of interest Iin Nsomething the baritone saxophone, as new genera-
tions of young artists increasingly discover, fall in love with and take up the instrument in jazz ensembles. As more and more of the rising ranks of musicians recognize the baritone's expressive possibilities, we can thank masters such as Gary Smulyan for their crucial role in highlighting the incredible potential of this remarkable instrument. Indeed, when one contemplates the baritone saxophone in jazz today, it is all but impossible to speak of it without discussing Gary's accomplishments and influence on the instrument's direction. Consequently, it's surprising that Gary's mastery of the baritone saxophone wasn't an early goal. "I came to the baritone as an alto player," he recalls. "I never thought I would play the baritone; it was so far off my radar, and I was a die-hard Phil Woods and Charlie Parker guy." However, an out-of-the-blue phone call in 1980 changed the course of his career. He reveals, "The phone rang, and it was Woody Herman's band, asking if I wanted to go on the road and play baritone! I actually don't know why they called me, but I decided to give it a shot." Once he purchased the instrument, Gary was suddenly tasked with building a sound and aesthetic on an otherwise foreign horn. His initial inspiration come from two disparate places: the Duke Ellington Orchestra and the Bach Cello Suites. "Harry Carney and Pablo Casals became my first models," he notes. "I would practice along with them and try to get a baritone sonic concept." From those beginnings, Gary's baritone
career exploded. His horn has graced large ensembles ranging from the Mel Lewis Orchestra to the Mingus Big Band and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Besides embracing the baritone's anchoring role in these groups, Gary also finds ample expressive possibilities. "I've been really lucky to play music written and arranged by musicians who understand how to write for the baritone," he explains. "Sometimes the baritone isn't an interesting part in the band: You play roots or whole notes, but not the meat of the music. But with Dave Holland, Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, they really understand how to use the instrument, so their parts are just fun to play." The winner of DownBeat polls year after year, Gary has also embraced a sweeping array of projects ranging from trotting out lesser-known jazz contrafacts all the way to tackling Italian arias. Though his big band work highlighted his early career, more recently Gary has earned accolades for his pianoless trio of baritone saxophone, bass and drums. In all cases, Gary's efforts show off the range of the instrument, from its Pepper Adamsstyle burly tone and bebop pyrotechnics, to the Harry Carney-esque romanticism it can bring to ballads. "I love a challenge, and I love to put the baritone in settings that are not your standard frontlines," Gary explains. At the Jazz Forum, Gary will pay homage to one of his primary influences, the incomparable Pepper Adams. With a performance titled "Re-Encounter!" he revisits Pepperâ€™s landmark 1968 album Encounter! recorded with Zoot Sims, Tommy Flanagan, Ron Carter and Elvin Jones. For Gary's show, Eric Alexander, Renee Rosnes, Sean Smith and Carl Allen will step into the shoes of the album's luminaries. "This is one of my favorite records," Gary notes. "The playing is great and the tunes Pepper chose are great. So much of Encounter! is outside the box, and the baritone-tenor frontline is intriguing." While the opportunity to hear the music of this landmark album is exciting on its own, Gary's own position as one of the foremost descendants of Pepper Adams' particular approach marks this evening as especially essential. "Every baritone player has been an influence on me along the way, and I carry them in me," Gary says. "But if we're looking for an identifiable sound and concept in the big picture, for me it has to be Pepper. He has everything that I admire and look up to, not just in baritone saxophone players, but in improvising in general. Something drew me to Pepper's sound like a moth to the light."
Gary Smulyan presents ReEncounter! at the Jazz Forum on May 3-4.
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L Mike King; 2: Denny Zeitlin Solo; 3: Denny Zeitlin Trio, L Neal Caine; 4: Denny Zeitlin Trio, L Jon Davis; 5: Behn Gillece Trio, L John Merrill & friends; 6: Larry Ham Trio; 7: Libby York Trio, L Naama Gheber; 8: Myron Walden w/Strings feat Jon Cowherd; 9: Tadataka Unno Trio; 10: Harry Allen Trio, L Eden Ladin; 11: Harry Allen Trio; 12: Simona Premazzi Trio, L Panas Athanatos & friends; 13: Danny Fox Trio; 14: Veronica Swift Qrt, L Vanessa Perea; 15: Martin Bejerano & Roxana Amed; 16: Laszlo Gardony; 17: Ben Sidran Qrt, L Steve Ash; 18: Ben Sidran Qrt, L Jon Davis; 19: Lew Tabackin w/Natalia Sheptalova; 20: Shai Maestro & Chris Potter; 21: Giacomo Gates Trio; 22: Dan Cray Trio; 23: Uri Caine Trio; 24: Billy Drummond Trio, L Micah Thomas; 25: Billy Drummond Trio; 26: Henry Hey & David Cook, L Greg Ruggiero; 27: Michael Kanan Trio; 28: Deanna Kirk Trio, L Lucy Yeghiazaryan; 29: Randy Ingram Trio; 30: Frank Kimbrough Trio; 31: Joanne Brackeen, L Benny Benack III. NEIGHBORHOOD CHURCH: 269 Bleecker St (bet Jones & Cornelia Sts). 212-691-1770. 1st Fri: 8&9:30pm free adm All Things Project www.allthingsproject.org. May 3: Andrew D’Angelo, Carmen Rothwell & Allan Mednard. The NEW SCHOOL JAZZ PERFORMANCE SPACE: 55W 13th St, 5th Fl. 212-229-5488. www.newschool.edu/jazz. Tues-Sat: 8:309:30pm The Stone at the New School. May 14: Satoko Fujii; 3: 7pm Richard Boukas; 7-11: Matthew Shipp; 14-18: Nicole Mitchell; 21-24: Alexandria Smith; 28-Jun 1: Uri Caine. NORTH SQUARE: At Washington Square Hotel. 103 Waverly Pl at McDougal. www.northsquareny.com/about-jazz. 212254-1200. Sun: 12:30&2pm free adm Jazz Brunch Trios. May 5: Roz Corral w/Paul Meyers & Santi Debriano; 12: Melissa Stylianou; 19: Roz Corral w/Eddie Monteiro & Nanny Assis; 26: Kelsey Jillette. NUBLU 62: 62 Av C (bet 4th & 5th Sts). 212375-1500. www.nublu.net. NUBLU 151: 151 Avenue C (bet 9th & 10th Sts). www.nublu.net. NUYORICAN POETS CAFÉ: 236E 3rd St (bet Avs B & C). www.nuyorican.org. 212-7809386/212-505-8183. Sets: 9:30pm. Tues: $10 adm Latin Jazz feat 05/7 Chembo Corniel, 05/14 Big Band Night, 05/21 Willie Martinez & La Familia Sxt; 1st Wed: $13 All That - Hip Hop Poetry & Jazz; 1st Sat: $15 Banana Puddin’ Jazz series feat Rome Neal + Jam. ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL: 196 Allen St at E Houston St. www.rockwoodmusichall.com. 212-477-4155. Thurs: 9pm-12am Ethan Eubanks & Detroit Grease. May 22: Camila Meza & The Nectar Orch. RUE B: 188 Ave B (bet 11th & 12th Sts). 212358-1700. www.rueb-nyc.com. Sets: 9pm12am. Sun: Kazu Pf Yokoshima Qrt feat Frank Sr.; Mon: Paul Bollenback Trio; Tues: Miss Maybell & friends; Wed: Sam Barrios Qrt feat Andrea Chavarro; Thurs: Gregg Robbins Trio. May 4&25: The Gotham Easy; 11&24: Luc Moutin Trio; 17&31: The Blue Moons. RUSS & DAUGHTERS CAFE: 127 Orchard St (bet Delancey & Rivington Sts). 212-4754880. www.russanddaughterscafe.com. Last Thurs: 8pm free adm The Stone at Russ & Daughters Cafe. May 30: Erik Friedlander. SMALLS JAZZ CLUB: 183W 10th St at 7th Av. 212-252-5091. www.smallslive.com. Sets: Early (E) 7:30-10pm, Late (L) 10:30pm-1am, Night (N) 1-4am; jam following N; adm
varies. Residencies (R): Sun N Hillel Salem & Alon Near; Tues N Malik McLaurine Trio. May 1: E Dan Blake & The Digging, L Matt Dwonszyk, N tba; 2: E Tony Moreno Qnt, L Carlos Abadie Qnt, N Malick Koly; 3-4: E Jason Marshall Qnt, L Joe Farnsworth Qrt, N tba; 5: E Ehud Asherie Trio, L Richie Vitale Qnt, N R; 6: E Ari Hoenig & Edmar Castañeda, L John Escreet Qrt, N Sean Mason Trio; 7: E Justin Robinson Qrt, L Jon Beshay Qrt, N R; 8: E Jure Pukl Gp, L Dan Aran's New York Family feat Peter Bernstein, N tba; 9: E Jure Pukl Gp, L Benny Benack Band, N Jonathan Thomas Trio; 10-11: E Greg Glassman Qnt, L Quincy Davis Sxt, N tba; 12: E Alex Hoffman Qnt, L Alex Norris Qnt, N R; 13: E Lucas Pino Nnt, L Joe Farnsworth Trio, N Jon Elbaz Trio; 14: E Champian Fulton Qrt, L Abraham Burton Qrt, N R; 15: E George Papageorge Trio, L Harold Mabern Trio, N tba; 16: E Mike Karn Qrt feat Harry Allen, L Greg Murphy Trio, N Malick Koly; 17-18: E Gerry Gibbs & Thrasher People, L Rich Perry Qrt, N tba; 19: E Charles Owens Trio, L JC Stylles Gp, N R; 20: E tba, L Jonathan Barber Qrt, N Sean Mason Trio; 21: E Steve Nelson Qrt, L Theo Hill Gp, N R; 22: E Jimmy Macbride Qrt, L Will Bernard Qrt, N tba; 23: E Adam Larson Qrt, L George DeLancey Band, N tba; 24-25: E Mike Rodriguez Qnt, L Jack Walrath Qnt, N tba; 26: E Chris Byars Original Sxt, L Nick Hempton Band, N R; 27: E Guillermo Klein Gp, L Joe Farnsworth Trio, N Jon Elbaz Trio; 28: E tba, L Frank Lacy's Tromboniverse, N R; 29: E Mike Moreno Gp, L Jovan Alexandre Qrt, N tba; 30: E Mike Moreno Gp, L John Hebert Qnt, N Malick Koly; 31: E Pete Malinverni’s Invisible Cities Band, L Winard Harper Gp, N tba. TRIBECA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 199 Chambers St. www.tribecapac.org. 212220-1460. May 16: 8pm $45/50 adm Highlights in Jazz feat salute to Randy Brecker w/George Cables, Busters Williams, Kenny Washington, Pete & Will Anderson, Veronica Swift; 18: 7:30pm $55-45 Made in New York Jazz Competition Gala feat Al Foster, John Lee, Bobby Sanabria, Alex Sipiagin’s NYU Jazz Ens, Yaacov Mayman w/spec guest Alex Norris. TURNMILL: 119E 27th St (bet Park & Lexington Avs). www.turnmillnyc.com. 646524-6060. Wed: 11pm-2am Keyed Up series feat Rob Duguay & Low Key Trio + spec guests. VILLAGE VANGUARD: 178 7th Av S at 11th St. 212-255-4037. www.villagevanguard.com. Sets: 8:30&10:30pm. Adm: $35/1 drink min. Residency (R): Mon Vanguard Jazz Orch. May 1-5: Gilad Hekselman; 6: R; 7-12: Antonio Sanchez; 13: R; 14-19: Ben Wendel; 20: R; 21-26: Joe Lovano; 27: R; 28-Jun 2: Mark Guiliana. ZINC BAR: 82W 3rd St (bet Thompson & Sullivan). 212-477-8337. www.zincbar.com. Sets: unless otherwise noted 7:30&9pm. May 1: 9pm-1am free VandoJam feat TK Blue; 3-4: Ethan Iverson Trio; 3: 10:30pm Memo Acevedo’s Manhattan Bridges Orch; 5: 46:45pm $25 Another Sunday Serenade 917882-9539/www.vtyjazz.com tribute to Fort Apache Band feat Joe Ford, Papo Vazquez; 6: Mark Elf Trio; 10: Ingrid Jensen Qrt; 17: Craig Handy Qrt; 18: Bobby Broom & Peter Bernstein; 24: Eric Alexander Qrt; 29: 8&9:30pm Eddie Allen Aggregation Big Band; 30: Josh Evans Qrt; 31: Lew Tabackin Qrt. ZURCHER STUDIO: 33 Bleecker St (bet Lafayette & Bowery). 212-777-0790. continued on page 22
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ANTONIO SÁNCHEZ Speaking about dignity and humanity through music By Ken Franckling
T HIS CORE, DRUMMER AND composer Antonio Sánchez is a A humanist. Born and raised in Mexico City
but based in the United States for more than 25 years, he has a keen perspective on immigration issues that are in the headlines every day. They have become key ingredients in the music he makes. "I feel this strange dichotomy and conflict," says Antonio, who became an American citizen three years ago. "I really, really love this country because of all it has provided for me. It has opened its arms to me in a way that I never thought would be possible. But at the same time, I am also Mexican and I see how this administration is really trying to vilify Mexican people, and immigrants from certain countries and certain skin tones. It has become a big part of my work as an artist to be a filter for what is going on in real life." With his regular working band, Migration, he is devoting a large portion of 2019 to touring performing material from his newest release, Lines in the Sand. Like its predecessor, Bad Hombre, it is focused on the immigrant experience. Migration includes John Escreet on piano and keyboards, Matt Brewer on bass; Antonio's wife, Thana Alexa, on vocals and effects; and Chase Baird or Seamus Blake on tenor saxophone and EWI. Antonio finds it cathartic to put into music "some of the not-so-nice feelings that I have about this whole thing. I always tell audiences that this project is more about focusing our attention on the people who need it the most. It's all about empathy, dignity and humanity, not so much about politics. It's about people being separated from their families, kids being separated from their parents," he says. "How would we want to be treated if we had to flee our home country or home state because of famine, because of war, because of violence, because of persecution? That's a question that I like to put out there. It is something for other people, who are not in our position, to think about." At 47, he can look back on the interesting musical journey that brought him to where he is today. He started playing drums at age 5, was playing professionally in his teens and earned a degree in classical piano from Mexico's National Conservatory before moving to Boston in 1993 to study at Berklee College of Music
and New England Conservatory. One highprofile association led to another—from work with the Paquito D'Rivera-led Dizzy Gillespie United Nation Orchestra to pianist Danilo Pérez to 17 years in various Pat Metheny bands. Along the way, Antonio found the time to make seven recordings as a leader, plus the award-winning one-man soundtrack to the 2014 film Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). He has performed on nearly 100 other albums as a sideman. Birdman and the extended tenure with Pat Metheny have been major boosts for his musical profile. He credits the latter experience with shaping his own approach as a bandleader. "Pat has been such an amazing influence and mentor," Antonio says. "It's his sheer professionalism and the way he prepares a concert. He wants to leave people with an impression that they just saw something special. You want to make them feel that whatever they did to come see you was really worth it. I also take a lot of pride in the presentation of the music, and I ask all of my musicians to memorize the music so nobody is playing with charts on the bandstand." Antonio's six-night engagement at the Village Vanguard this month finds him in very different creative company. He is bringing together three favorite musicians who have been frequent collaborators with him over the years, often working in one another's bands. They are bassist Scott Colley and saxophonists Donny McCaslin and Chris Potter. This gig "is really a blank canvas for everyone to do what they do best. It's more about openness and interaction," Antonio says. "I tell them: 'Play as if it was your
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www.galeriezurcher.com. May 20: 8pm Barre Phillips Solo.
BRONX AN BEAL BOCHT CAFÉ: 445W 238th St. 718884-7127. www.lindasjazznights.com. 1st Wed: 8&9:30pm $30-10 adm Linda's Jazz Nights. May 1: Rick Germanson Trio w/spec guest Wayne Escoffery. HOSTOS: 450 Grand Concourse at 149th St. www.hostos.cuny.edu. 718-518-4455. May 24: 7:30pm $35-5 adm Machito & the Impact of the Afro-Cubans at 80 feat The Machito Orch w/Mario Grillo & guest Herman Olivera.
BROOKLYN 440 GALLERY: 440 Sixth Av. 718-499-3844. www.440gallery.com. May 19: 4:40pm $10 don Me, Myself and Eye feat Michel Gentile. ARETÉ: 67 West St #103. www.arete venue.com. $15 adm. May 7: 7pm Dan Lippel & Alejandro Flórez Duo; 26: 6pm Lior Milliger Qrt. BAR BAYEUX: 1066 Nostrand Av. 347-5337845. ww.barbayeux.com. Wed: 8-11pm free adm. May 1: Adam Kolker Qrt; 8: Jerome Harris Gp; 15: Will Sellenrad Trio; 22: Dan Tepfer Trio; 29: Jerome Sabbagh Qrt. BAR LUNÀTICO: 486 Halsey St. 718-513-0339. www.barlunatico.com. Sun: 2pm Keyed Up feat Gospel Brunch. May 2: 9pm Itamar Borochov; 8: 9pm Arthur Kell & friends. BARBÈS: 376 9th St at 6th Av. Park Slope. www.barbesbrooklyn.com. 718-965-9177. Residencies: Sun 9pm Stephane Wrembel; Mon 7pm Brain Cloud; Tues 9pm Slavic Soul Party; Fri 5pm Crooked Trio. May 9-10: 8pm $10 adm Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller’s Parlour Game. BROOKLYN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC: 58 7th Av. www.bkcm.org. 718-622-3300. May 11: 7:30pm $15 adm Erik Friedlander Solo & Qrt w/WORKS. COUNTING ROOM: 44 Berry St. 718-599-1860. www.countingroom.com. Sun: 4-7pm Keyed Up feat The Cafe Society. HALYARDS: 406 3rd Av. 718-532-8787. www.barhalyards.com. Tues: except 05/14 89:30pm + 10pm-1am Jam $10 adm/1 drink min. May 7: Devin Gray Trio; 14: 10pm Adam Kolker w/Billy Hart; 21: Jim Whitney Dodecahedron; 28: Vinnie Sperazza w/Angelica Sanchez & Matt Pavolka. IL PORTO: 37 Washington Av. 718-624-0954. www.ilportobrooklyn.com. Thurs-Sat: 710pm Keyed Up feat Charlie Apicella & Iron City. JAZZ 966: 966 Fulton St. 917-593-9776. www.fortgreenecouncil.org/jazz966. Fri: 8& 9:45pm $15 don. May 3: Sharp Radway; 10: James Fleet Band. MIRROR TEA HOUSE: 575 Union St. www.mirrorinthewoods.com. 917-909-0577. May 18: 8-11pm Instrumental Underground; 26: 7-10pm Lena Bloch Band. NATIONAL SAWDUST: 80N 6th St. 646-7798455. www.nationalsawdust.org. Sets/adm: 7pm/$25. May 16: Linda May Han Oh; 29: The John Zorn Commissioning series feat Ingrid Laubrock. ON STAGE AT KINGSBOROUGH: At Kingsborough Community College. 2001 Oriental Blvd. 718-368-5596. www.onstage
atkingsborough.org. May 17: 7pm $42/40 adm Oleg Butman & Natalia Smirnova Trio. ROULETTE: 509 Atlantic Av at 3rd Av. www.roulette.org. 917-267-0363. Sets/adm: 8pm/$18. May 4: Jaimie Branch’s Anteloper & Fly or Die; 14: Shayna Dulberger; 20: Kelly Moran; 21: Travis Laplante & Yarn/Wire; 22: Joel Ross; 23: Kit Fitzgerald & Peter Gordon; 25: 2pm free Joseph Jarman memorial; 28: María Grand. SCHOLES STREET STUDIO: 375 Lorimer St. www.scholesstreetstudio.com. 718-9648763. May 5: 7pm Pearring Sound Double Trio. 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. May 3: E Noah Rott Qrt, L $15 Aaron Bahr Spt, N Brass Monkeys; 4: E Rachyl Duffy & The Elevate Ens, L Jake Chapman & Chappy Milkshake, N Marlon Martinez & The Jazz Marlonius Qnt; 10: $20/25 8:30pm Gashford Guillaume & Creole Fusion Ens; 11: E Take Off Collective; 14: E $15 Classical Trance, L Flux Moongel Orange, 9:05pm Moongel, 9:55pm Orange; 15: E $15 Bruce Mack w/Nubian Messengers, 8pm Turning Jewels Into Water; 16: E $15 Earl McIntyre, Renee Manning, Jim Seeley, Ivan Renta, Patience Higgins; 22: E $12 The Pittsburgh Collective feat Lara Downes; 23: E $15 Ways To Freedom, N Jon Snell Trio; 24: E $9 Lucas Kando + friends, L Broken Reed Saxophone Qrt; 29: E $15 Jim Funnell Trio, L AfuriKo. SISTAS’ PLACE: 456 Nostrand Av at Jefferson Av. www.sistasplace.org. 718-398-1766. Sat: 9&10:30pm $30/25 adm. May 4: Frank Lacy Sxt; 11: Rodney Kendrick; 18: Napoleon Revels-Be; 25: Ronnie Burrage. The SLOPE LOUNGE: 837 Union St. www.theslopelounge.com. 347-889-5005. Mon: 8-11pm Big Band Jazz. May 13: Scott Reeves/Jay Brandford Tnt. WILLIAMSBURG MUSIC CENTER: 367 Bedford Av. www.wmcjazz.org. 718-3841654. $10 adm. Residency: Sat 10pm12:30am Jam w/Gerry Eastman & friends. May 2: 9-11pm Louis Apollon Trio; 3: 8:309:30pm Meryl Rudy Band; 9: 9-10pm Ryan Slatko; 11-12: 10pm-12am Simona Minns; 16: 9-11pm Alex Cummings Qrt; 17: 8:30-9:30pm Boaz Marva; 18-19: 10pm-12am Ahmed Abdullah; 19: 9-10pm Common Qrt; 23: 910pm Yochai Noah Sadeh; 24: 8:30-9:30pm David Zheng; 25-26: 10pm-12am Emanuele Filippi; 26: 9-11pm Marlon Martinez; 30: 911pm Steve Bilodeau.
CONNECTICUT BURNING TREE COUNTRY CLUB: 120 Perkins Rd. Greenwich. May 16: 6:30-9:30pm www.backcountryjazz.org 203-561-3111 Back Country Jazz gala feat Bennie Wallace & friends w/Peter Martin. BUTTONWOOD TREE: 605 Main St. Middletown. www.buttonwood.org. 860-3474957. May 4: 7:30-10:30pm Composers & Improvisors Festival feat Joe Fonda, Kevin Norton & Taylor Ho Bynum; 24: 8-10pm Matt Dwonszyk Trio. FIREHOUSE 12: 47 Crown St. New Haven. 203-785-0468. www.firehouse12.com. Fri: 8:30pm $20 adm, 10pm $15. May 3: Zwelakhe-Duma Bell le Pere Qnt; Jaimie Branch & Fly or Die; 17: Michael Formanek continued on page 24
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By Don Jay Smith
STEPHANIE TRICK BICKFORD THEATRE / MAY 6 Fats Waller, Willie "The Lion" Smith and James P. Johnson created the stride piano style that has been praised as both a musically and visually exciting technique. One of the best of today's young virtuosos is St. Louis pianist Stephanie Trick. The classically trained Stephanie turned to stride and classic jazz while a student at the University of Chicago. Ragtime critic Jack Rummel has written that she "has come to dominate the stride piano field." Though only in her early 30s, she has recorded 10 albums and won several awards. Her equally talented husband, pianist Paolo Alderighi, joins her for this gig. The two provide a fresh take on many popular swing era songs, dazzling audiences with their seamless keyboard switching and rollicking four-hand performances. GABRIELLE STRAVELLI SHANGHAI JAZZ / MAY 18 Gabrielle Stravelli celebrates her new critically praised CD, Pick Up My Pieces: The Music of Willie Nelson. Her performance celebrates the full spectrum of the Nelson catalog including "Crazy," "Always on my Mind" and "Nightlife," interpreting the country icon in a jazz context. Critic Joe Lang cited the CD for "intelligence, imagination, musicality and a voice that equaled all of the challenges that the material presented." The award-winning vocalist has garnered a loyal following thanks to her unique take on the American Songbook as well as her interpretation of contemporary artists. At Shanghai Jazz, Gabrielle will be joined by pianist Joshua Richman, bassist Pat O'Leary, multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson and drummer Eric Halvorson. STANLEY JORDAN CROSSROADS / MAY 19 Four-time Grammy-nominated guitarist Stanley Jordan is right at home in many styles, though he is truly a jazz musician. A Princeton graduate, he studied with Milton Babbitt and played with Dizzy Gillespie and Benny Carter, as well as Christian McBride, Quincy Jones, Bucky Pizzarelli and Nicholas Payton. His first album, for the Blue Note label, sat atop the Billboard charts for a record-setting 51 weeks. While Stanley has recorded with different groups, he most often performs as a solo artist, and has played festival such as Montreux, Kool Jazz and Concord Jazz. This solo Crossroads appearance will showcase his well-known innovative tapping technique and his unusual all-fourths tuning. SU TERRY DEER HEAD INN / MAY 24 Multitalented woodwind player, composer and author Su Terry was a protégé of Jackie McLean and has played with a long list of greats including Charlie Persip, Clifford Jordan, Jaki Byard, Dr. Billy Taylor, Clark Terry, Al Jarreau, and Carmen McRae. She has also performed with the National Symphony and the Brooklyn Philharmonic, underscoring her comfort level in both the classical and jazz worlds. Since 2016 she has been based in South America where she teaches and works with a group called Jazz de Barro. A graduate of the Hartt School, which named her Alumni of the Year, Su is the author of two nonfiction books. Praised by critics and fans, she appears here with Vic Juris on guitar and Bill Goodwin on drums.
Stravelli photo by Shervin Lainez.
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Elusion Qrt; 24: Shipp/Lowe/Cleaver/Ray; 31: Brian Krock. INFINITY MUSIC HALL & BISTRO: 20 Greenwoods Road, Norfolk. 860-542-5531. www.infinityhall.com. May 17-18: 8pm Pat Metheny Solo. The PACKING HOUSE: 156 River Rd. Willington. www.thepackinghouse.us. 518791-9474. May 4: 7:30-10pm June Bisantz & Alex Nakhimovsky. RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE: 80 East Ridge. Ridgefield. www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org. 203-438-5795. Sets: 8pm. May 3: $110 adm Chris Botti; 24: $90 Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. The SIDE DOOR JAZZ CLUB: At Old Lyme Inn. 85 Lyme St. Old Lyme. 860-434-0886. www.thesidedoorjazz.com. Sets: 8:30-11pm. May 2-4: Bill Charlap Trio; 10-11: Donald Harrison Qrt; 17: Ed Fast & Conga Bop; 18: Melissa Aldana Berklee Qnt; 24: Carl Allen Qrt; 25: Sanah Kadoura Qrt; 31: Nick Finzer Qrt.
LONG ISLAND GRASSO’S: 134 Main St. Cold Spring Harbor. www.grassosrestaurant.com. 631-367-6060. The JAZZ LOFT: 275 Christian Av. Stony Brook. 631-751-1895. www.thejazzloft.org. Sets: 7-9:30pm. Wed: Jam. May 2: Jazz Loft Big Band; 16: The Bad Little Big Band feat Madeline Cole; 23: Rich DeRosa Trio + Tom Manuel New Directions Nnt; 25: Eli Yamin Trio; 30: Interpay Jazz Orch. LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY-POST: 720 Northern Blvd. Brookville. www.liu.edu/post. www.tillescenter.org. 516-299-2895. May 4: 7pm $59-39 adm Louis Prima Jr. & The Witnesses; 31: 8pm $65 Dee Dee Bridgewater w/Bill Charlap. TREME: 553 Main St. Islip. 631-277-2008. www.tremeislip.com. Sets: Sun&Wed 711pm; Thurs-Sat 8pm-12am. May 2: Sabori; 12: Lepley/Cammack/Bellucci Jazz Trio; 16: Latinology; 19: Jim Cammack feat Mala Waldron; 23: Sabori; 26: Jam w/Lepley/ Cammack/Bellucci.
NEW JERSEY BERGEN PUFFIN CULTURAL FORUM: 20 Puffin Way. Teaneck. www.puffinculturalforum.org. 201836-8923. May 10: 7pm Anna Webber’s Rectangles. ESSEX BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH: 275W Market St. Newark. www.bethany-newark.org. 973623-8161. May 4: 6-7:30pm Jazz Vespers feat Vanessa Rubin. The CASSIDY BAR + KITCHEN: 160 Maplewood Av. Maplewood. 973-762-5433. Sun: 12-3pm Jazz Brunch. May 5: Maurício de Souza & Bossa Brasil®; 12: Reut Regev Trio; 19: Anton Kosachev Tally Trio. CLEMENT’S PLACE: At Rutgers University. 15 Washington St. Newark. Sets: Wed 7pm; 3rd Thurs 5:30-7pm + 7:30-9:30pm. May 1: Abelita Mateus Trio; 4: Dave Stryker Qrt; 8: Carrie Jackson Jam/Open Mic; 11: Tammy McCann; 15: Razia Said; 16: Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens, 7:30-9:30pm Jam by James Austin, Jr.; 18: George Gray Coalition.
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH: 40S Fullerton Av. Montclair. 973-744-6560. www.outpostintheburbs.org. May 19: 3:155:15pm $10 adm Spiritual Drumming Workshops by Richard Reiter. NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 1 Center St. Newark. 888-466-5722. www.njpac.org. May 4: 7:30pm $65 adm Yellowjackets. PAPILLON 25: 25 Valley St. South Orange. 973761-5299. www.papillon25.com. Thurs: 8:30pm. May 30: Maurício de Souza & Bossa Brasil®. SUZYQUE’S BBQ & BAR: 34 S Valley Rd. West Orange. www.suzyques.com. 973-7367899. Free adm. Sun: 2-5pm Brunch w/Curtis Lundy Ens; Mon: 8pm-12am John Lee & friends. May 13&27: Glenn Franke's BigBand. TRUMPETS: 6 Depot Square. Montclair. 973744-2600. www.trumpetsjazz.com. May 17: 8pm Dave Stryker Qrt; 23: 7pm Yashmin Abler Qnt; 31: 8pm Garry Dial Trio. HUDSON The BRIGHTSIDE TAVERN: 141 Bright St. Jersey City. www.brightsidetavern.com. 201435-1234. Mon: 8pm Keyed Up feat Brightside Tavern Trio. MOORE’S LOUNGE: 189 Monticello Av. Jersey City. 201-332-4309. Sun: 6:30pm Keyed Up feat Meet the artist series. HUNTERDON FLEMINGTON DIY: 90 Main St. Flemington. www.flemingtondiy.org. May 15: 7:30pm $15 adm Jeremy Dutton w/spec guest James Francies. MERCER 1867 SANCTUARY AT EWING: 101 Scotch Rd. Ewing. www.1867sanctuary.org/series jazz. 609-392-6409. May 1: 7:30pm Nate Philips; 11: 2pm Joe Holt & Cody Leavel; 12: 3pm Jerry Rife’s Rhythm Kings. 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 4: Farid Baron; 11: Jullian Pressley; 18: Duane Eubanks; 25: Lynn Riley. HOPEWELL VALLEY BISTRO & INN: 15 East Broad St. Hopewell. 609-466-9889. www.hopewellbistro.com. Thurs: 6-9pm/ $15/5 don Jazz On Broad. May 2: Tom Tallitsch Trio; 9: Blue Skies Qrt; 16: Flip Peters Trio; 23: Marty Grosz & friends; 30: Blackbird Society Orch. MCCARTER THEATRE: 91 University Pl. Princeton. 609-258-2787. www.mccarter.org. May 1: 7:30pm Chris Botti; 18: 8pm Ahmad Jamal. MIDDLESEX CHAMBER 43: 427 Raritan Av. Highland Park. www.chamber43.com. 732-317-9427. May 19: 6pm Lisa Parrott. DUE MARI: 78 Albany St. New Brunswick. www.duemarinj.com. 732-296-1600. Fri: 6:309:30pm free adm The New Brunswick Jazz Project/www.nbjp.org feat Duos. May 3: Stephen Fuller; 10: Emma Larsson; 17: Jackie Jones. GEORGE STREET ALE HOUSE: 378 George St. New Brunswick. www.gsalehouse.com. 732-543-2408. The New Brunswick Jazz Project/www.nbjp.org. Tues: 8-11pm Emerging Artists + Jam. May 7: NJCU Jazz Ens; 14: Ilan Eisenzweig Gp; 21: Dave Mosko Gp; 28: Jared Clifton Gp. HYATT HOTEL: 2 Albany St. New Brunswick. www.newbrunswick.hyatt.com. 732-8731234. Thurs: 8-11pm free adm The New continued on page 26
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ANOTHER REASON TO CELEBRATE
By Elzy Kolb
Welcome back HIS MONTH IS KIND OF A HOMEcoming for Erica von Kleist, who has lived in Montana since 2013. She gets to the Big Apple regularly, but it's been quite a while since she's played a gig here as a leader or co-leader. This time around, Erica, a flutist, saxophonist, pianist, composer, educator, arranger and small business owner, is set to appear at Dizzy's Club May 7 with tap dancer DeWitt Fleming Jr., plus a trio. This will be the first time she and DeWitt have appeared together in New York, and also the premiere for their new material, which she describes as "fun, provocative and swinging, with space for improvisation."
Erica von Kleist, Dizzyâ€™s Club
She and DeWitt met for the first time about 15 years ago when he did a show with Max Pollack and she was in the pit band. They reconnected in 2017 when DeWitt visited Montana with the Alpine Theater Project, the same organization that brought Connecticut-born Erica to the Big Sky state for the first time. "We have many colleagues in common, and the universe put the two of us in the same Montana town at the same time, so we decided to just play and have a ball." After listening to a recording of their collaboration, "The connection was so cool, and it sounded so great," Erica declares. The two are co-writing original music for their Dizzy's gig, intending to play off each other. DeWitt grew up studying drums, and started tapping after high school. Though he and Erica "play in different moods and styles, there's a bebop component, that's how our rhythm works together. It's a collaborative process, which is different for me, I'm used to working alone. He'll be the time keeper and a melody instrument as well," she notes. They'll be joined on stage by a TBD trio. "I told DeWitt, You're in the rhythm section, so you choose the band," Erica explains with a laugh. She plans to record the gig, with hopes
of releasing it in the near future. "Live albums are kind of 'what you see is what you get.' You can manipulate it a bit, but I won't spend hours mixing. The gig and the album are both a long time coming; I'll do it and go from thereâ€”worry about postproduction later." Erica enjoys visiting the Big Apple, but these days Montana feels like home. She cites the area's beauty, and notes that she got an education in life, people and living since making the move west. "I haven't skipped a beat music-wise or career-wise by not living in New York," Erica muses. "But I do things you forget to do when you're in the city all the time. I have friends in a lot of careers, from farmers to lawyers; in New York, the jazz world is your world. In Montana, people care more about who I am than my most recent gig or who I played with." She also discovered her entrepreneurial side after moving to Montana, where she has started two businesses. The Montana Artists Collective does booking and production; her nonprofit, Groovetrail, brings live music into nursing homes, care facilities and rehab centers. Another Groovetrail initiative, the Flathead Ellington Project, is an all-star high school jazz ensemble focusing on Duke Ellington's music. "Learning Ellington changed my life," she recalls, an experience Erica wants to share with the project's 16- to 18year-old students. The Flathead Ellington Project will make its New York debut May 10, at National Jazz Museum in Harlem, in the company of DeWitt, Erica, three Montana band directors. "The kids have open minds and open ears. I want to make this as enriching and fun for them as I can. I want them to get a feel for this, a feel for what it means to play jazz." Old and new dreams
Brandee Younger, Blue Note
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von Kleist photo by Kat Gebauer, Younger by Erin Patrice O'brien.
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been a long time coming. Recorded in 2012 and completed in 2013, she intended it to be her quartet's first release. Instead, it's the fourth. It ended up on the shelf for several years while she put out her debut CD, Live at the Breeding Ground, followed by Supreme Sonacy and Wax & Wane. Among the mix of material on Soul Awakening are compositions by legendary jazz harpists Dorothy Ashby ("Games") and Alice Coltrane ("Blue Nile"). The title track is an original by the album's bassist and producer Dezron Douglas; he also composed "Soulris," featured on his 2018 EP, Black Lion. Perhaps unexpectedly, Brandee says her original pieces are the ones she is least familiar with. "They're some of the newer ones," she notes. "I play 'Blue Nile' all the time, I'll play it till I die. It's like a reflex at this time. Some of the others I play regularly, and I'm revisiting the material I never play at all." Brandee's composition "Love's Prayer" is one of her favorite tracks on Soul Awakening. Dezron came up with the name for the piece in the studio when he got tired of referring to it by its track number. "I'm in the habit of writing tunes and not having a title," she admits. When she does have a moniker for a tune, you can bet there's a story behind the choice. The title "Respected Destroyer" came from inputting her brother's name into the WuTang Clan name generator (https://wutangclan.net/name-generator/). "Linda Lee" is titled for her mother. "Lee is her middle name, and I put her on blast with that: She doesn't use it, and now everyone will know it," Brandee says with a laugh. "My father said, 'You wrote a song for your mother, I'm not jealous.' I promise that eventually there will be a song named for everybody!" She credits Dezron as the "catalyst behind the arranging, except for 'Save the Children.' I thought, What am I going to do with the harp on this one?" Brandee worked out her version of the Marvin Gaye classic shortly after the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre. "Sandy Hook completely shook us all. For the situation as a whole, there are no words for it," Brandee says. "I always loved 'Save the Children,' and decided to do it. One of the things about the harp, you can't sustain notes. You can play the melody, but you can't sustain. It meant so much to me to do the song; as soon as I recorded the track, I called a singer friend in L.A., Niia, then sent the track to her to do the vocal." The piece is dedicated to the memory of Ana Grace Marquez-Greene, a victim of the Sandy Hook carnage. The harpist is a long-time friend of the little girl's parents, saxophonist Jimmy Greene and Nelba Marquez-Greene, stretching back to their days at the Hartt School in Hartford,
Connecticut. In addition to vocalist Niia, other special guests on Soul Awakening include saxophonists Ravi Coltrane, Antoine Roney, trumpeters Freddie Hendrix and Sean Jones, and more. "Ravi and Antoine have been huge mentors for me and it means a lot to have them as part of this." Soul Awakening is set to drop early in June, but Brandee Younger and Friends have a pre-release gig scheduled for the Blue Note on May 21-22; this is her first time at the club as a leader. Joining her onstage will be Dezron, saxophonist Chelsea Baratz, flutist Anne Drummond and drummer Allan Mednard, along with special guests Ravi Coltrane and Nicholas Payton. In addition to the tunes from Soul Awakening, listeners can expect to hear material from Brandee's earlier releases, as well as the debut of some brand-new compositions. Advance copies of the new CD will be available at the gig. LISTINGS... continued from page 24
Brunswick Jazz Project/www.nbjp.org. May 2: Bruce Harris Qrt; 9: Ralph Bowen Qrt; 16: Michelle Lordi Qrt; 23: Hammond Groovers feat Jerry Weldon; 30: Alexis Morrast Qrt. METUCHEN HIGH SCHOOL: 400 Grove Av. Metuchen. www.metuchenarts.com. 732-6328502. May 18: 4pm $10 don Metuchen Jazz Fest feat Terell Stafford Qnt + Andrea Brachfeld & Insight. TAVERN ON GEORGE: 361 George St. New Brunswick. www.tavernongeorge.com. 732545-6205. Wed: 8-11pm free adm The New Brunswick Jazz Project/www.nbjp.org feat Trios. May 1: Dave Stryker; 8: Alverster Garnett; 15: Lucy Yeghiazaryan; 22: Mimi Jones Black Madonna; 29: Nat Adderley, Jr. MONMOUTH MOONSTRUCK: 517 Lake Ave. Asbury Park. 732-988-0123. www.moonstrucknj.com. May 24: 6-10pm Maurício de Souza Trio. MORRIS BICKFORD THEATRE: 6 Normandy Heights Rd. Morristown. 973-971-3706. www.morris museum.org/jazz-showcase. Sets: 7:30-9pm. May 6: Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi; 23: Neville Dickie & the Midiri Brothers. MAYO CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS: 100 S St. Morristown. 973-539-8008. www.mayoarts.org. May 17: 8pm $29-69 adm Battle of the Big Bands feat The Glenn Miller Orch & The Cab Calloway Orch. SHANGHAI JAZZ: 24 Main St. Madison. 973822-2899. www.shanghaijazz.com. Free adm. Sets: Sun 6-8:30pm, Tues 6:30-9pm, WedThurs 7-9:30pm, Fri 6:30&8:45pm, Sat 6:15&8:45pm. Closed Mon. May 3: John Lee & friends; 4: Saron Crenshaw; 5: Al & Joe Elefante Art w/guest Yvonne Greene; 8: Hila Kulik Qrt; 9: Adrian Cunningham & friends; 10: Brynn Stanley Qrt; 11: . “King” Solomon Hicks; 12: Viktorija Gecyte; 14: Jerry Vezza; 18: Gabrielle Stravelli; 24: Grover Kemble w/Jerry Vezza. OCEAN The JAY & LINDA GRUNIN CENTER FOR THE ARTS: 1 College Dr. Toms River. 732v
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By Seton Hawkins
Musician-Advocate's Corner: Celebrating Antoinette Montague
ALL BUT IMPOSSIBLE TO being swept up in the excitement IandTresistISemotion of a performance by Antoinette Montague. A vocalist of unstoppable swing and superb interpretive nuance, Antoinette is also a captivating performer, immersing the audience as active participants in the emotional and spiritual space of a live performance. Given her tireless stage presence, it is perhaps no surprise that Antoinette also serves as an unflagging advocate for the arts, helming the not-for-profit organization Jazz Woman to the Rescue. She also hosts a weekly show on WHCR.
Noting an ongoing decline in arts education, Antoinette established Jazz Woman to the Rescue to combat arts cutbacks in the schools. "We are about absolute advocacy for music and art in public schools throughout this country," she notes. "We must persuade legislators to abolish the separate and unequal art education in this land. We must stop letting music be the first thing wiped off as a line item in the budget. It's supposed to be STEAM—with the capital A for Arts—and yet we have been asleep at the wheel in areas of the country where the home values have a lesser price tag." This mission, to bring a sense of equality and improved access to arts education for all children throughout America, sits at the core of Jazz Woman to the Rescue, and informs Antoinette's own performances. "I advocate at every performance for people to go into their closets, take out their used
instruments and donate them to disenfranchised children," Antoinette says. "Better still, they can underwrite music lessons for children. We can start a whole system." Pushing for individual action, community organization and ultimately codification of arts education in public policy, Antoinette envisions a systemic change for schools today. But she points out, "We have to unify, get the word out and understand that we aren't our own silos. We affect and reverberate throughout the world." Antoinette's platform for pushing the change has expanded recently, as she has taken on the role of Saturday morning radio host for WHCR. With it, she envisions a community-driven approach to jazz radio. "I want to have the Three E's—emerging artists, established artists and elder statespersons—all at the table so we can talk about the state of this business," she explains. "I want it to be a place for the cats to come, sit down and have it be home so they could get their music played. A lot of our artists aren't played on the big stations, and so we need a community radio station that's truly community. It's growing by steps." Antoinette Montague performs on May 3 at Gin Fizz with Eli Yamin on piano, Melissa Slocum on bass and Willie Martinez on drums. She hosts on WHCR (90.3 FM) every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. To learn more, visit www.antoinette montague.com.
Special Sets and Galas On May 8, the Historic Brass Society presents Making the Jazz Gumbo: An International Conference on Repertoires that Influenced and Were Influenced by Early Jazz, at the CUNY Graduate Center. Examining the impact of bandleader James Reese Europe, the event will feature discussion by scholars including Ned Sublette and a performance of Europe's music by an ensemble directed by Jimmy Owens and Bobby Sanabria. Find out more at www.historicbrass.org. May 13 marks the Jazz Gallery Honors Gala, this year celebrating the achievements of Wendy Oxenhorn, Jack DeJohnette, Manfred Eicher and Savion Glover. Tribute performances throughout the evening will include a special remembrance of Roy Hargrove. To purchase tickets, go to www.jazzgallery.org. continued on page 28
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FRESH TAKES ASSIST SHAYNA DULBERGER IS ubiquitous in the subcultures of jazz B and contemporary music. However, pinpointing the totality of what she does is difficult. For her residency at Roulette, she'll feature three of her own projects. Shayna explains, "Hot Date, in duo with Chris Welcome, is an exploration of musique concrete and other influences. Chris gave me my first four-track tape recorder for my 20th birthday back in 2003, after expressing a lot of interest in his work with musique concrete and noise, which were exciting to discover as a jazz bassist. Warrior of Light, my most performancebased project, with dancer, choreographer, filmmaker Djassi daCosta Johnson, has been one of the most wonderful projects of my life. Our connection was instantaneous. For our fourth WoL piece, our theme is 'Balance.' We are both always so busy with a million projects, motherhood, love and the struggle with self-care that this is HOT FLASHES...
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On May 18, the Sixth Annual Made in New York Jazz Gala will celebrate this year's winners of the Made in New York Jazz Competition with a performance at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Special guests for the evening's show include Al Foster, John Lee, Bobby Sanabria, Alex Sipiagin, and Yaacov Mayman. Reserve seats at tickets.tribeca pac.org/. Harlem Stage celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance with a gala on May 20 at the Gatehouse. Celebrating Disrupters-Then, Now and in the Future, the evening—hosted by JoyAnn Reid—includes performances by Nona Hendryx, Carl Hancock Rux, Brianna Thomas and Terrance McKnight. For more information, visit www.harlemstage.org. The Jazz Power Initiative, brainchild of pianist and educator Eli Yamin, celebrates its 15th anniversary—as well as Yamin's 50th birthday—this year with a gala celebration at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music on May 29. Performances by Yamin, Endea Owens, Camille Thurman, the Zah! Youth Ensemble and the evening's honoree, Kenny Barron, round out the evening. Learn more at www.jazzpower.org.
By Nick Dunston
the perfect concept for us to breathe life into WoL's new chapter. Dromedaries is an explosive free jazz trio with Keir Neuringer and Julius Masri. I have always loved listening and playing in saxophone trios. I'm looking forward to playing bass for the final set, and who better to do it with than with wonderful players and people Shayna Dulberger Roulette on May 14.
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255-0500. www.grunincenter.org. May 5: 3pm The Midiri Brothers. SOMERSET WATCHUNG ARTS CENTER: 18 Stirling Rd. Watchung. www.watchungarts.org. 908-7530190. Sets: 8-10pm. . May 4: Alexis Morrast; 18: Viktorija Gecyte w/Gene Perla Trio. UNION CROSSROADS: 78 North Av. Garwood. 908232-5666. www.xxroads.com. May 19: 7:30pm $29-45 adm Stanley Jordan. v
NEW YORK STATE CATSKILL MOUNTAIN PIZZA COMPANY: 51 Mill Hill Rd. Woodstock. 845-679-7969. www.catskillmountainpizza.com. Wed: 9pm Jazz Night. May 15: Armen Donelian Trio. The FALCON: 1348 Rte 9 West. Marlboro. www.liveatthefalcon.com. 845-236-7970. Sets/adm: 8pm, Sun 11am Brunch (B); $20 don suggested. Falcon Underground (FU). May 5: Karl Berger's “Musica Poetica”; 8: 7pm Brian Auger's Oblivion Express, FU Jazz Sessions; 9: Latin Jazz Express; 12: Dave Stryker's Eight Track III; 15: Common Tongue + Nate Wood; 16: Jonathan Scales Fourchestra + Telepathic Moon Dance; 19: Malcolm Cecil Qrt; 26: B Saints of Swing, 8pm Guillermo Klein Sxt. LYDIA’S CAFE: 7 Old US Hwy 209. Stone continued on page 29
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B A C K S T A G E PA S S JAZZ ANECDOTE BY BILL CROW Bill Crow's books " Jazz Anecdotes" and " From Birdland to Broadway" can be found at your favorite bookstore, and at www.billcrowbass.com along with many interesting photos and links. With Bob Kindred and Dave and Iola Brubeck, Anne Phillips wrote the Jazz opera called "Bending Towards the Light… A Jazz Nativity." Many famous musicians like Clark Terry, Lionel Hampton and Tito Puente have been featured performers in the roles of the participants in the Christmas story. The third year of the show Phil Woods was a King. Then they re-wrote The First Noel featuring a saxophone playing shepherd. Who else but Phil? When Anne called him to tell him he would no longer be a King, but a shepherd, Phil's retort was "What next? A camel?" SÁNCHEZ...
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band, not as if it was my band. Especially because there is no piano and no guitar, I want you to do a lot of backgrounds whenever you feel it. If the bass is taking a solo, do backgrounds. If the other sax player is taking a solo, if I'm doing a solo, do whatever you want.' Everybody has such instincts and good ears; it's just a lot of fun." He's also working on his next CD project, which will be called Bad Hombre II. He's recording it solo using drums, piano and keyboards, plus more electronica and soundscapes, but he plans to tour the project with a trio.
Antonio Sánchez, bassist Scott Colley, and saxophonists Donny McCaslin and Chris Potter appear at the Village Vanguard on May 7-12. LISTINGS... continued from page 28
Ridge. www.lydias-cafe.com. 845-687-6373. Sets: 7-10pm. May 10: Teri Roiger Qrt; 11: Donica, Meyer, Armacost Trio; 18: Rob Sheps/Tony Garnier Qrt; 25: Roland Vazquez Sxt; 30: Nancy Ostrovsky & Michael Bisio; 31: The Saints of Swing. MAUREEN’S JAZZ CELLAR: 2 N Bway.
Nyack. www.maureensjazzcellar.com. 845535-3143. Sets: unless otherwise noted Sun 6pm, Fri-Sat 8&9:30pm. May 3: $20 adm Deanna Witkowski Trio; 4: $20 Ed Laub Trio; 5: 3pm $15 Peter Furlan & Rockland Youth Jazz Ens; 10: Jay Leonhart Trio; 11: Sue Matsuki Qrt; 17: Mike Holober feat Marvin Stamm; 24: Tania Grubbs; 25: Burr Johnson Trio. ORIGINAL VINYL RECORDS: 314 State Rte 94 S #7. Warwick. www.originalvinyl records.com. 845-987-3131. Sun: 4-5pm Talkin' Vinyl series. May 5: Joe Conzo; 19: Scott Wenzel. QUINN’S: 330 Main St. Beacon. 845-202-7447. www.quinnsbeacon.com. May 19: 8pm $10 adm Gary Lucas Solo. TURNING POINT CAFÉ: 468 Piermont Av. Piermont. www.turningpointcafe.com. 845359-1089. Mon: 8-11:30pm $5 adm Monday Jam by John Richmond.
PENNSYLVANIA DEER HEAD INN: 5 Main St. Delaware Water Gap, PA. www.deerheadinn.com. 570-4242000. Sets: Sun 5-8pm, Wed 7:30-10:30pm, Thurs 8-11pm, Fri-Sat 7-11pm. Adm varies. Residency (R): Thurs Jam w/Bill Washer & friends. May 2: R; 3: Matt Vashlishan Qrt; 4: Nancy & Spencer Reed; 5: Ron Bogart Qrt;. 8: Dan Levinson; 9: R; 10: Viktorija Gecyte w/Gene Perla Trio; 11: Peter & Will Anderson Trio; 12: Sharon Norris Gp w/spec guests Patrick McGee & Jim McGee; 15: Sleeping Bee; 16: R; 17: Patrick McGee Qrt; 18: Eric v
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A Moment You Missed by Fran Kaufman Hot House Contributing Photographer Wednesday at noon is a swinging time at Saint Peter’s Church in Midtown. That's when jazz lovers gather to hear the best of the best, as an impressive roster of performers show up to play. Here, trumpeter James Zollar and trombonist Art Baron, members of the Eyal Vilner Big Band, shared a laugh as they prepared for the gig.
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FTEN DESCRIBED AS COUSINS who were separated at birth, jazz and O Latin were destined to meet again. They
showed up not far from each other: the former in Congo Square in New Orleans, and the latter in Haiti; from there to Cuba and soon elsewhere in the Caribbean. Eventually they met in a flash of lightning that some say occurred when Chano Pozo began to chant his legendary bass line melody to Dizzy Gillespie, which became "Manteca." But history says otherwise. "New York, 1937," says the great historian Joe Conzo Sr., "Machito made his first appearance with Mulato's quartet La Estrella Habanera, which was followed by an appearance with Alfredito Valdez at the Havana Madrid night club. On the same bill was an all-girl group, El Septeto Anacaona, in which Machito's sister, Graciela was a singer." Joe continues, "That was the beginning. Everything exploded when Machito and the Afro-Cubans toured Japan and then Helsinki. This was the beginning of reign of the Big Three, as I call it: and I mean, of course, Machito, Tito Rodriguez and Tito Puente; although Puente only played with Machito for just one year. But that was enough to establish the all-important genealogy that linked Afro-Cuban music and jazz; the music we now call Latin jazz." After Dizzy, the next jazz giant to be swept up by the Afro-Cuban wave was tenor saxophonist Flip Phillips whose presence graced the Afro-Cuban Orchestra in 1949 when they recorded mambo classics such as Mario's "Tanga" and René Hernández's "Bacabu." The legendary December 1948 recording featured Charlie Parker who joined in to blitzkrieg his way through "Okiedoke" and "Mango Mangue." All this was, of course, before the Afro-
Grillo photo by Ocavfsab.
Cubans recorded Chico O'Farrill's "AfroCuban Jazz Suite," four full years before Dizzy's celebrated "Manteca Suite." It is important to add to that great pantheon the name of composer, arranger, drummer and bandleader Bobby Sanabria, the lightning rod for the music today. He affirms, "The Machito Afro-Cubans with Mario Bauza as musical director became the first Afro-Cuban, Latin jazz orchestra—in this case, Cuban music steeped in jazz—completing the fusion that had begun at the turn of the 20th century." Meanwhile, Machito's legacy lives on through his son Mario Grillo who conducts the Machito Orchestra. "Daddy's music is enshrined in the Library of Congress, in Washington, D.C., but he lives eternally every time Latin jazz is played. He was a pioneer, creator and innovator," Mario opines. "And his influence is felt worldwide. My Aunt Gracie came into the band when daddy was drafted by U.S. Army. She had the ability to do up-tempo songs and ballads that would bring you to tears." Besides, what Machito did with the maracas Graciela did with the claves, helping not only lay down the rhythm, but define the clave. And like that drum-call to action, Latin jazz became a heady medicine coded as music for the world to savor and be healed.
Machito & the Impact of the AfroCubans at 80: a 3-day celebration at HOSTOS Center on May 2-4
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Mintel Qrt; 19: Joanie Samra; 22: Joe Cirotti Trio; 23: R; 24: Su Terry & The Jazz Magicians; 25: Jim Snidero Qrt; 26: Riverside Rhythm Swing Band; 27: 7:30-10:30pm Matt Vashlishan & The Water Gap Jazz Orch; 30: 7-8pm COTA Camp Jam + R; 31: Spencer Reed Qrt.
QUEENS AIRTRAIN JAMAICA STATION: 93-02 Sutphin Blvd. Jamaica. www.theairtrainjazz festival.com. Thurs: 5-7pm. May 2: George Gray; 9: Willie Martinez Qrt; 16: Lloyd Haber; 23: Libby Richman & Co.; 30: Prest4time. DOMINIES: 34-07 30th Av. Long Island City. 718-728-1834. Sun: 9pm Keyed Up feat Trampleman. FLUSHING TOWN HALL: 137-35 Northern Blvd. Flushing. www.flushingtownhall.org. 718-463-7700. 1st Wed: 7pm $10 adm Jam w/Carol Sudhalter. LOUIS ARMSTRONG HOUSE MUSEUM: 3456 107th St. Corona. 718-478-8274. www.louisarmstronghouse.org. Sun&Sat 125pm, Tues-Fri 10am-5pm: $10 adm Guided Tours of Louis Armstrong House. SUNNYSIDE REFORMED CHURCH: 48-03 Skillman Av. Sunnyside. 718-426-5997. www.queenschurches.org. May 18: 7pm Carol Sudhalter’s Astoria Big Band. TERRAZA 7: 40-19 Gleane St. Elmhurst. www.terraza7.com. 718-803-9602. Sun: 9:30pm-2am $7 adm Jam w/John Benitez Trio. May 30: 8pm Cristina Morrison.
WESTCHESTER ALVIN & FRIENDS: 14 Memorial Hwy. New Rochelle. www.alvinandfriendsrestaurant. com. 914-654-6549. Sets/adm: Fri 7-10:30pm, Sat 7:30-11pm/free. May 3: Dinah Vero; 4: 711pm Rocky Middleton Trio; 11: Leslie Pintchik Trio; 17: The Brazilwood Trio; 25: Leslie Pintchik Trio; 31: 7-11pm Victor LaGamma Trio. BEANRUNNER CAFÉ: 201 S Division & Esther St. Peekskill. 914-737-1701. www.beanrunnercafe.com. Fri-Sat: 810:30pm $15 adm. Bobby Rozario & RUDRA; 5: 3-6pm $10 Ray BluePro-Am Ens; 11: MamboNegro; 18: Marion Cowings; 25: Bradford Hayes Qrt; 31: Slide Attack. EMELIN THEATRE: 153 Library Ln. Mamaroneck. www.emelin.org. 914-6980098. May 31: 8pm $55/45 adm Cab Calloway Orch. JAZZ FORUM: 1 Dixon Ln. Tarrytown. 914-6311000. www.jazzforumarts.org. Sets: Sun 4&6pm; Fri-Sat 7&9:30pm. May 3-4: Gary Smulyan Qnt feat Eric Alexander & Renee Rosnes; 5: Fleurine's Brazilian Dream; 10-11: Steve Kuhn Trio; 12: Marianne Solivan Qrt; 17-18: Jimmy Greene Qrt; 19: Richard Boukas & Quarteto Moderno; 24-25: Wallace Roney Qnt; 26: Teka Penteriche Qrt; 31-Jun 1: Billy Harper Qnt. Hot House is not responsible for any errors in the listings which may have occured from late changes or incorrect information supplied to us. Please call the venues or check websites for up to date calendars.
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