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THE LATIN SIDE OF HOT HOUSE P31
November 2019 Birdland Jazz Club & Birdland Theater
Smoke Jazz & Supper Club
Where To Go & Who To See Since 1982
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WINNING SPINS WO TRUMPET PLAYERS STREtch out in new musical directions on T their latest albums. Bria Skonberg, who
came up over a decade ago on the trad jazz scene in Canada, continues to distance herself from those roots on her latest release, and keeps on showcasing her singing and songwriting. Nicholas Payton, who emerged in the 1990s on the mainstream modern neo-bop/hard bop scene, adds piano, keyboards and even some vocalizing to his new live album. Of the eight tracks of Bria Skonberg's Nothing Never Happens (briaskonberg. com), six feature her vocals, and four her own lyrics. One of those vocal tracks doesn't even include her trumpet, although the rest of the album does. More surprising, none of her own songs partake of early jazz traditions; however, a mash-up of Duke Ellington and The Beatles does. "Blackbird Fantasy" wraps The Beatles' "Blackbird" lyrics inside and over an instrumental of Duke's "Black and Tan Fantasy," highlighted by Bria's expressive 1930's-style trumpet lead and solo. Bria also vocally essays Sonny and Cher's old hit "Bang Bang," her voice mixing with guitar in an echo chamber, but her trumpet solo morphing into Chuck Mangione territory. Themes of unrequited love and angst more often found in country and R&B than jazz are at the fore of Bria's four originals. On "Blackout," her singing conjures the whiskey-ravaged tone of the country-folk singer Lucinda Williams, but the tune concludes with a bright, open trumpet solo. "So Is the Day" begins as a spare, whispery vocal, the words resembling haiku, before the track opens up, first as a piano cortege, then with Bria's voice rising and gaining strength toward rock stridency over John Cowherd's churning B-3 organ before she picks up her trumpet to take it out. "Square One" veers closest to country music territory, both vocally and in Doug Wamble's twangy guitar solo. "What Now" nods toward country and R&B with its backbeat and Grand Ole Opry-style vocal. Bria's instrumental original "Villain Vanguard," has a jazz-rock beat, and features some of her most fervent trumpet, both alone and in tandem with alto saxophonist Patrick Bartley and pianist Mathis Picard. The album concludes with an instrumental cover of Queen's "I Want to
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Break Free" enlivened by a boogaloo beat and scintillating trumpet, B-3, alto sax and drum (Darrian Douglas) solos. Trumpeter Nicholas Payton's Relaxin' with Nick (Smoke Sessions), features the rhythm section of the not-related bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, but this isn't a minimalist trumpet-bass-drums album. Nick does play his trumpet, often brilliantly, but he also plays piano and Fender Rhodes keyboard, employing EFX so he can occasionally keep keyboard chords going while he solos on trumpet. He even sings on a couple of tracks, although his lyrics on his own "Othello" are barely audible and, though impressive in a Donny Hathaway-way on "When I Fall In Love," still too low in the mix. He even plays samples of Max Roach's voice, dialoguing with the late drummer on "Jazz is a Four-Letter Word." What is really impressive about this two-CD set recorded at Smoke though, is Nick's prowess as not only a trumpeter— he's clearly one of the best of his generation—but also as a pianist and keyboardist. As an acoustic pianist he reveals the influence of early Ahmad Jamal, most clearly on the title track. He also owes a debt to the Miles Davis Quintet pianists Wynton Kelly and Red Garland, acoustically, but is funkier when he switches to Fender Rhodes. There's a free-form feel to some of the tracks, as Nick pushes rhythm veterans Peter and Kenny beyond their bop and swing roots. For instance, in his "F (for Axel Foley)"—Eddie Murphy's character in Beverly Hills Cop—Kenny rocks out as Nick jumps between EFX-backed trumpet and driving Fender Rhodes. Tempos and time signatures swirl and mix on an extended version of Benny Golson's "Stablemates" that finds Nick alternating between his two keyboards and trumpet. Other tracks mix Afro-Latin and Brazilian rhythms with swinging 4/4 and rubato passages, all with an ease that suggests these three musicians always know exactly where they are.
Bria Skonberg showcases her new album at Jazz Standard, Nov. 1-3. Nicholas Payton's trio with Peter Washington and Kenny Washington plays Smoke Jazz & Supper Club Oct. 31-Nov. 3.
10 Kellaway cover photo by Jorjana Kellaway, Payton by Gulnara Khamatova, Rosewoman by Chris Drukker, Skonberg by Dario Acosta.
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CLUBS & HALLS UPPER MANHATTAN (Above 70th Street)
92Y: 1395 Lexington Av at 92nd St. 212-4155500. www.92y.org. Nov 3: 3pm free adm Luke Marantz; 15: 7:30pm $35 Pedrito Martinez. 449 LA: 449 Lenox Av (bet 132nd & 133rd Sts). 212-234-3298. Sun: 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. ANNEX: Hargrave House. 111W 71st St (bet Columbus & Amsterdam Avs). 212-580-0888. Fri: 7:30-10:30pm $10 adm Open Mic w/Frank Owens. BEMELMANS: At Carlyle Hotel. 35E 76th St at Madison. www.thecarlyle.com. 212-744-1600. 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. BLOOMINGDALE SCHOOL OF MUSIC: 323W 108th St. www.bsmny.org. 212-6636021. Nov 1: 7-8pm free adm Jocelyn Medina. CAFÉ CARLYLE: At Carlyle Hotel. 35E 76th St at Madison. www.thecarlyle.com. 212-7441600. Sets: 8:45pm, Sat + 10:45pm. Mon: Woody Allen & Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band. Nov 5-9&12-16: John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey; 19-23&26-30: Herb Alpert & Lani Hall. 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. Nov 1: Miho Sosaki; 2: Soul Gard; 7: Noriko Kamo; 8: Masami Ishikawa; 9: Phil Briggs; 14: Alan Rosenthal; 15: Frank Russo Light House; 16: Fuku & Chihiro; 21: The Equilibrium Band; 22: Alan Chaubert; 23: Bruce Gregori Band; 28-29: tba; 30: Joel Forrester Duet. GIN FIZZ: 308 Malcolm X Blvd at 125th St. 2nd Fl. www.ginfizzharlem.com. 347-329-0167. Adm: $20/2 drink min. Nov 22: 8&9:15pm Audrey Silver; 23: 8&9:45pm Ty Stephens & The SoulJaazz. GINNY’S SUPPER CLUB: At Red Rooster. 310 Lenox Av (bet 125th & 126th Sts). www.ginnyssupperclub.com. 212-792-9001. Sets: 8pm. Nov 2: $15 adm Jonathan Michel; 7: $15 Emmaline; 8: $25 Corey Harris; 9: $15 DeWitt Fleming Jr. & Erica von Kleist; 16: $20 Alphonso Horne & The Gotham Kings; 21: Pedrito Martinez; 22: George Spanky McCurdy; 23: $15 Endea Owens & the Cookout; 29: $20 C. Anthony Bryant; 30: $20 Johnny O’Neal.
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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. LE CHÉILE: 839 181st St (bet Cabrini & Pinehurst Blvds). www.lecheilenyc.com. 212-740-3111. Nov 7: 8-9:30pm Sari Kessler Trio. LENOX SAPHIRE: 341 Lenox Av at 127th St. www.lenoxsaphireharlem.com. 212-8669700. Thurs: 8-11pm Keyed Up series w/Phil Young Oct. MILLER THEATRE: At Columbia University. 2960 Bway at 116th St. 212-854-7799. www.millertheatre.com. Nov 16: 8pm Brandee Younger Qnt. MINTON’S PLAYHOUSE: 206W 118th St (bet St. Nicholas Av & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd). www.mintonsharlem.com. 212-2432222. Sets: 7:30& 9:30pm. Residencies: Thurs except 11/7 Jazzmobile feat 11/14 Bertha Hope, 11/21 Marc Cary & Ben Williams Harlem Sessions Project, 11/28 Dayramir Gonzalez Qrt; Sat JC Hopkins Biggish Band. Nov 1: Shawn Whitehorn; 8: Karlea Lynne; 15: “King” Solomon Hicks; 22: Johnny O’Neal; 29: Jazzmobile feat Andy Bey. 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. 7-8:30pm. Nov 2: 2pm First Saturday Jam w/David Durrah, 7pm The Music of Benny Carter & Photographs of Ed Berger; 9: 3:30pm Vinyasa Jazz Flow; 10: 2pm Jazz Power Initiative’s Intergenerational Jazz Jam; 21: 7pm Jazz & Social Justice feat Arturo O’Farrill. 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: Keyed Up feat John Cooksey Spontaneous Combustion; Tues: tba; Wed: Les Goodson & the Intergalatic Soul Jazz Band; Thurs-Fri: tba; Sat: 69th Street Band. PARLOR JAZZ: firstname.lastname@example.org. 646337-0620. Sun: 2-5pm RSVP for information. incl BBQ, wine & dessert Parlor Jazz feat JaRon Eames Duo. ROOM 623: Below B Squared Harlem. 271W 119th St (bet Frederick Douglass & Saint Nick Blvds). www.b2harlem.com/room623. www.room623.eventbrite.com. 212-280-2248. Sets/adm: Sun 3-6pm $12/$15 min; Wed 811pm $12/$10 min; Fri 10pm-1am $20. Residencies: Sun Vocal Jazz Jam by Jocelyn Medina; Wed The Harlem Jazz Session w/Peter Brainin & friends; Fri The Late Set w/Marcus Goldhaber. Nov 1: Ron Affif Trio; 3: Lauren Lee; 8: Iris Ornig Qrt; 10: Miles Griffith; 15: Freddie Bryant Trio; 17: Tammy Scheffer; 22: Pete Zimmer Trio; 24: Jay Clayton; 29: Andrew Kushnir Trio. SETTEPANI: 196 Lenox Av at 120th St. 917492-4806. www.settepani.com. 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. Sets unless otherwise
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noted: Early (E) 6-7pm, Late (L) 7-8pm. Residencies (R): Sun E-L Jam; 1st Sun 810pm The Shrine Big Band. Nov 1: E David LoveTet; 2: L Griffin Ross Qrt; 3: R; 5: L The Scalicis; 10: R; 14: L Joe Pino Qnt; 16: E Joan Gonga Qnt; 17&24: R; 25: E-L Takeshi Otani Band. SILVANA: 300W 116th St at Frederick Douglass Blvd. www.silvana-nyc.com. 646692-4935. Sets unless otherwise noted: Early (E) 6-7pm, Late (L) 7-8pm. Nov 1: E-L Michael Sarian Acoustic Qrt; 2: 6-7:30pm Nathanael Koenig Gp; 5: E-L Andre Matos; 7: E-L Ben Kono; 8: E Asako Takasaki; 11: L Pearring Sound; 12: L Andy Bianco Qnt; 14: E-L Matt McDonald/Max Seigel; 16: E Jakob Ebers, L Griffin Ross Qrt; 19: E Joe Abba; 21: E-L Aaron Irwin Sxt; 22: E Joan Gonga Qnt, L Poveda; 23: L Cam Campbell Trio; 26: 9-10pm JQ Whitcomb & Five Below; 29: E Joe Pino Qnt, L Owen Chen Trio. SMOKE JAZZ & SUPPER CLUB: 2751 Bway (bet 105th & 106th Sts). 212-864-6662. www.smokejazz.com. Set: Early (E), Late (L); Sun-Mon&Thurs E 7&9pm, L 10:30pm; Tues 7,9&10:30pm; Wed E 7,9&10:30pm, L 11:45pm; Fri-Sat E 7,9&10:30pm, L 11:45pm &12:45am; adm/min vary. Residencies: Sun L Roxy Coss Trio; Mon (R) E Vincent Herring Qrt, L The New Jam Session; Tues (R) Mike LeDonne & Groover Qrt; Wed L Emmet Cohen B3 Trio; Thurs L Marc Cary & The Harlem Sessions; Fri L Lezlie Harrison; Sat L Johnny O’Neal Trio. Residencies: Sun L Roxy Coss Trio; Mon (R) E Vincent Herring Qrt, L The New Jam Session; Tues (R) Mike LeDonne & Groover Qrt; Wed L Emmet Cohen B3 Trio; Thurs L except 11/28 Marc Cary & The Harlem Sessions; Fri L Lezlie Harrison; Sat L Johnny O’Neal Trio. Nov 1-3: Nicholas Payton Trio; 4-5: R; 6: Reuben Wilson Trio; 7-10: Jeremy Pelt Qnt; 11-12: R; 13: Vivian Sessoms Qnt; 14-17: Wayne Escoffery Qrt; 18-19: R; 20: Freddie Hendrix Qnt; 21-24: Eddie Henderson Qnt; 25-26: R; 27: Michelle Lordi; 28: closed; 29-30: Allan Harris. SUGAR BAR: 254W 72nd St (bet Bway & West End Av). 212-579-0222. www.sugarbarnyc.com. Sets/adm: 8pm/$10 unless otherwise noted. Residencies: Thurs 9pm Open Mic w/Sugar Bar All Star Band. Nov 2: 9pm Irini Res & the Jazz Mix; 9: Rob Silverman Qrt; 22: $15 Nat Adderley Trio; 23: $15 Aziza Miller; 30: Zamb Up. SYMPHONY SPACE: 2537 Bway at 95th St. 212-864-5400. www.symphonyspace.org. Bar Thalia (BT). Nov 7: 7:30pm $20-30 adm Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio; 15: 8pm $15-30 AACM feat Douglas R. Ewart & Adegoke Steve Colson Duo + Oliver Lake Organ Qrt; 22: BT 9pm Corina Bartra. The TRIAD THEATER: 158W 72nd St (bet Bway & Columbus). www.triadnyc.com. 212362-2590. 2 drink/min. Nov 2: 7pm Peggy Sarlin & Smokin’ Hot Band; 18: 9:30pm One More Once; 30: 7pm Ken Slavin. UKRAINIAN INSTITUTE: 2E 79th St at 5thAv. www.ukrainianinstitute.org. 212-288-8660. Nov 1: 7pm Fima Chupakhin Qnt.
MID-TOWN MANHATTAN (Between 35th & 69th Street) AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM: 2 Lincoln Sq on Columbus Av (bet 65th & 66th Sts). www.folkartmuseum.org. 212-595-9533. Wed: 2-3pm free adm Bill Wurtzel Trio.
BIRDLAND: 315W 44th St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). 212-581-3080. www.birdlandjazz.com. Sets: 8:30&11pm; Early (E) 5:30pm except Mon 7pm. Residencies: Sun except 11/17 (R) Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orch; Wed E David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band; Fri E The Birdland Big Band; Sat E except 11/23&30 Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano Trio. Nov 1-2: Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller's Parlour Game; 3: E The Duke Ellington Center Big Band + R; 5-9: Issac Delgado; 7: E Cocomama; 10: E Ray Gelato + R; 12-17: The Django Reinhardt Festival feat Dorado Schmitt w/spec guests 11/12 Grace Kelly, 11/13 Ken Peplowski, 11/14 Tim Ries, 11/15-16 Roger Kellaway, 11/17 Joel Frahm; 14: Taulant Mehmeti Gypsy Qrt; 19-23: Cyrille Aimée; 21: Andy Ezrin Piano Trio; 23: E Jay Leonhart; 24: 4pm New York City Jazz Readers Awards, R; 2630: Veronica Swift w/Emmet Cohen Trio; 28: E Hyuna Park Trio; 30: E Emmet Cohen Trio. BIRDLAND THEATER: 315W 44th St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). www.birdlandjazz.com. 212-5813080. Sets: Early (E) 7pm; Late (L) 9:45pm except Mon 8:30pm. Nov 1: L Denise Reis; 2: Nicole Zuraitis & Dave Stryker; 3: L Alvin Atkinson Qrt; 4: L Fleur Seule; 5: E Darrian Ford; 6: E Eunha So Qrt, L Birdography: Celebrating Clifford Brown w/David DeJesus & Chris Smith; 7: Frank Vignola w/spec guests Vic Juris & Henry Acker; 8-9: Frank Vignola; 10: L Anna Kolchina Qrt; 11: L Donald Edwards Qnt; 12: E Inbar Paz; 13: Joe Alterman Trio; 14: E La Tanya Hall feat Andy Milne & Unison, L Joe Alterman Trio; 15-16: Roger Kellaway Trio; 18: L Sheila Jordan; 20: L Jamile Staevie Qrt; 21: Daryl Sherman w/Scott Robinson & Boots Maleson; 22-23: E Brandon Goldberg Trio; 27: L Kate Kortum; 28: E Hyuna Park Trio, L Wayne Tucker & The Bad Motha's; 29-30: E Sandy Stewart w/Bill Charlap & Peter Washington, L Wayne Tucker & The Bad Motha's. CARNEGIE CLUB: 156W 56th St. 212-9579676. www.hospitalityholdings.com. Sat: 8:30&10:30pm $40/2 drink min Sinatra tribute feat Steve Maglio & Stan Rubin Orch. CENTER BAR: 10 Columbus Cr, 4th Fl. 212823-9482. www.centerbarnyc.com. Tues-Sat: 6-10pm Janice Friedman Solo. CLUB BONAFIDE: 212E 52nd St (bet 2nd & 3rd Avs). 3rd Fl. www.clubbonafide.com. 646-918-6189. Nov 1: 6pm Yael & Gabriel, 8pm Tomoko Omura Qrt; 2: 4pm Yael & Gabriel, 8pm Richard Miller; 3: 6pm Yael & Gabriel; 7: 6pm Emilie Surtees; 7: 8pm Patrick Andy; 8: 6pm Yael & Gabriel, 8pm Aimée Allen Qrt; 9: 4pm Yael & Gabriel, 10pm Shawn Purcell; 10: 8pm The New York Nightingales; 14: 6pm Emilie Surtees; 15: 8pm MJ Territo Qrt; 16: 4pm Yael & Gabriel, 8pm Acute Inflections; 17: 8:30pm Violette; 21: 6pm Emilie Surtees; 22: 6pm Yael & Gabriel, 8pm Moth to Flame; 24: 4:30pm Gabriel Hermida; 27: 6pm Emilie Surtees, 8pm Yael & Gabriel; 29: 8:30pm Yael & Gabriel; 30: 8pm Mozayik, 10pm La Banda Ramirez Latin Jazz Qnt. COPINETTE: 891 1st Av (bet 50th & 52st Sts). 212-903-4001. www.copinettenyc.com. Sun: 6-9pm Trio. DAVID RUBENSTEIN ATRIUM: At Lincoln Center. Bway at 62nd St. www.lincolncenter. org/atrium. 212-875-5350. Nov 26: 7:30pm free adm Dayramir Gonzalez & Habana enTRANCé. 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
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noted: 7:30&9:30pm, 11:30pm Late Night Sessions; Sun-Wed $35, Thurs-Fri $40, Sat $45; $10 min. Nov 1-3: $45 11/1, $40 11/3 Stefon Harris & Blackout; 4: $40 Lew Tabackin; 5-6: Paul Nedzela Qrt; 7-10: Tom Harrell Infinity Band; 11: Berklee College of Music; 12: Jerome Jennings; 13: Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead; 14-17: Willie Jones III; 18-19: Alex Sipiagin Sxt feat Alina Engibaryan; 20-21: The Rodbros; 22-24: $45 11/22 Paula West; 25: $40 Jimmy Cobb Trio; 26-Dec 1: (11/28 7pm only) 11/26-27 $45, 28 $ tba, 11/29-30 $50, 12/1 $40 Wycliffe Gordon & friends. Late Night Sessions w/Nov 5-9: Lluc Casares; 12-16: Charles Turner & Uptown Swing; 19-23: Sean Mason Trio; 26-27&30: Jason Marshall. FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW: 254W 54th St, Cellar (bet Bway & 8th Av). 646-476-3551. www.54below.com. Nov 5: 7pm Renee Raff & Jay Leonhart w/Ken Peplowski. FUNKADELIC STUDIOS: 209W 40th St (bet 7th & 8th Avs). www.funkadelicstudios.com. 212-696-2513. Nov 10: 11am-1pm free adm William Hooker. GUANTANAMERA: 939 8th Av. 212-262-5354. www.guantanamerany.com. Sets: Sun-Thurs 8:30pm-12am, Fri-Sat 8:30pm-1am. TuesWed: Ariacne Trujillo Trio. 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. Nov 18: 8:30pm Ed Palermo Big Band. 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, FriSat $34/$20 min. Residencies: Sun (R) Jazz Brunch w/Tony Middleton; Mon (R) Jam by Iris Ornig; Tues Emerging Artists series. Nov 1-2: Frank Kimbrough Trio; 3-4: R; 5: Brandan Lanighan; 6: Addison Frei Qrt; 7: David Lopato Qnt; 8-9: Sacha Boutros Qrt; 10-11: R; 12: Ethan Helm Qrt; 13: Yuko Ito Qrt; 14: Iris Ornig Pilgrim; 15: Jonathan Karrant Qrt; 16: Roseanna Vitro Qrt; 17-18: R; 19: Julia Chen; 20: The Standard Procedures; 21: Leslie Pintchik Trio; 22: Pam Brennan Qnt; 23: free @ K4; 24-25: R; 26: Melody Dawn Qrt; 27: Melissa Hamilton Qrt; 28: closed; 29: David Kikoski Trio; 30: John Menegon Qrt. JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER: 10 Columbus Cr at 60th St. 5th Fl. www.jalc.org. 212-2589800. Appel Room (AR), Rose Theater (RT). Nov 1-2: RT 8pm ECM Records at 50 feat Jack DeJohnette, Egberto Gismonti, Enrico Rava, Joe Lovano, Craig Taborn, Vijay Iyer, Avishai Cohen, Meredith Monk, Bill Frisell, Larry Grenadier, Ravi Coltrane, Anja Lechner, Ethan Iverson & Nik Bartsch; 15-16: RT 8pm Chucho Valdés w/spec guest Chick Corea; 21-23: RT 8pm the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orch w/Wynton Marsalis & Chorale le Chateau dir by Damien L. Sneed. LE RIVAGE: 340W 46th St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). www.lerivagenyc.com. 212-765-7374. Mon 6:30pm & Thurs 7pm: Jam w/Kyle Colina Trio. LOCAL 802: Associated Musicians of Greater New York Club Room. 322W 48th St (bet 8th & 9th Sts). www.jazzfoundation.org. 212-2454802. Nov 4: 7-9:30pm Jazz Foundation of America feat Jam; 7: 5-7pm Akua Dixon & Quartette Indigo; 18: 7-9:30pm Jazz Foundation of America feat Jam; 19: 5-7pm Russ Anixter’s Hippie Big Band.
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. Nov 15: 7:30pm $15 Maria Guida. MORGAN LIBRARY: 225 Madison Av at 36th St. www.themorgan.org. 212-685-0008. Fri: 6:30-8:30pm BeBimBop Ens. 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: At Hotel Edison. 228W 47th St (bet Bway & 8th Av). 646-490-6924. www.edisonrumhouse.com. Nov 4&18: 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. Nov 3: James Zoller Qrt; 10: Stephan Santoro; 17: Sachiko Tatsuishi Trio; 24: Karen Maynard 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. Nov 3: Ike Sturm Ens; 6: Barry Harris Trio; 10: Ryan Keberle Big Band; 13: Ronny Whyte feat Daryl Sherman, Eric Comstock, Ben Cassara, Alex Leonard, Richard Holbrook, Josh Richman, Boots Maleson, Ray Marchica; 17: Anna Dagmar & Theo Bleckmann Qrt; 20: Roberta Piket & Virginia Mayhew; 24: Melissa Stylianou Trio; 27: Beegie Adair & Monica Ramey. SECRET ROOM: 707 8th Av (bet 44th & 45th Sts). www.secretroomnyc.com. 917-7088663. Wed: 7:30-10:30pm $25 adm Glenn Crytzer Orch. SONY HALL: 235W 46th St (bet 7th & 8th Avs). www.sonyhall.com. 212-997-5123. Nov 12: 8pm Jeff Goldblum & Mildred Snitzer Orch. SPOONFED NYC: 331W 51st St (bet 8th & 9th avs). 646-368-1854. www.spoonfednyc.com. 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: Mon Swingadelic; Tues George Gee Swing Dance Band; Wed Stan Rubin Orch w/Joe Politi. TOMI JAZZ: 239E 53rd St (Bet 2nd & 3rd Avs). Lower level. www.tomijazz.com. 646-4971254. Nov 3: 7-8:30pm free adm/$10min Bill Stevens; 10 7-8:30pm free/$10min & 21 79:30pm $10/10 min: 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.
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ARTHUR’S TAVERN: 57 Grove St. 212-6756879. www.arthurstavernnyc.com. Sets: 710pm. Sun: Creole Cooking; Mon: Grove Street Stompers feat Joe Licari; Tues: Yuichi Hirakawa; Wed: Eve Silber; Thurs-Sat: Eri Yamamoto Trio. B FLAT: Basement 277 Church St (bet Franklin & White Sts). www.bflat.info. 212-219-2970. Sets: Mon 8-11pm, Wed 8:30-11:30pm, Sat 10pm-12am. Mon&Wed except 11/11&27: Jordan Young Trio. Nov 9&23: Takeshi Asai Trio. BAHA’Í CENTER: 53E 11th St (bet Bway & University). www.bahainyc.org. 212-2225159. Tues: 8&9:30pm $10/15 adm. Nov 5: Mike Longo Trio; 12: Frank Perowski Big Band; 19: Santi Debriano Gp. 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. Residency (R): Sun except 11/10 Peter Mazza. Nov 1: Faton Macula; 2: Andrew Renfroe; 3: R; 4: E Andy Bianco, L Carlota Gurascier; 5: E Alec Aldred, L Alicyn Yaffee; 6: E Juan Munguia, L tba; 7: E Olin Clark, L Aki Ishiguro; 8: Rodney Jones; 9: Tyler Blanton; 10: Nat Janoff Duo; 11: E Andy Bianco, L Perry Beekman; 12: E Owen Chen, L Jon Irabagon; 13: E Andrew Cheng, L tba; 14: E Jake Richter, L Tobias Meinhart; 15: Dave Pietro; 16: Quentin Angus; 17: Peter Mazza Solo; 18: E Erich Johnson, L Beat Kaestli; 19: E Lisa Hoppe, L Jonah Udall; 20: E Artur Akhmetov, L tba; 21: E Nick Marziani, L Aleksi Glick; 22: Will Bernard; 23: Leandro Pellegrino; 24: R; 25: E Panas Athanatos, L Perez Jazz; 26: E Connor Evans, L Stephen Boegehold; 27: E Noah Becker, L tba; 28: E tba, L Yuval Amihai; 29: Ricardo Grilli; 30: Ben Bryden. The BLACK DOOR: 127W 26th St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). www.blackdoornyc.com. 212-6450215. Mon: 11pm-2am Terry Waldo & Gotham City Band. 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. Nov 1-3: The Original Robert Glasper Experiment; 4: Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Latin Experience; 5-6: Ranky Tanky; 7-10: Talib Kweli; 11-13: Roy Haynes; 14-17: Kenny Garrett; 18: Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Latin Experience; 19-24: Stanley Clarke Band; 25: tba; 26-Dec 1: John Scofield & Dave Holland Duo. Late Night Groove w/Nov 1-2: Kenneth Whalum; 15: Eric Person & One Step Beyond feat Bryan Carrott; 16: Telmary; 22-23: Natasha Agrama. Sunday Brunch w/Nov 3: Alan Ferber & The NYU Jazz Nnt; 10: Peter & Will Anderson; 17: Shoko Amano; 24: Stephane Wrembel & friends. The CELL: 338W 23rd St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). 646-861-2253. www.thecelltheatre.org. CHELSEA MUSIC HALL: 407W 15th St at 9th Av. www.chelseamusichall.com. 646-6091344. 1st & 3rd Wed: 7:30-10:30pm $17/20 adm Glenn Crytzer Orch. The CUTTING ROOM: 44E 32nd St (bet Madison & Park Av). 212-691-1900. www.the cuttingroomnyc.com. Nov 10: 4pm Pat Petrillo's NYC Big Rhythm Band. DIEGO: At The Public Hotel. 215 Chrystie St. www.publichotels.com. 212-735-6000. Wed: 7:30-10:30pm.
The DJANGO: At Roxy Hotel. 2 Av of the Americas at Walker St. www.roxyhotelnyc. com. 212-519-6600. Nov 23: 7:30-10pm Anderson Brothers Qnt. 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. Nov 12: 7:30pm Silver Arrow Band; 14: 11:30pm Leslie Cartaya; 19: 7:30pm Silver Arrow Band; 20: 7:30pm Nikolett Pankovits Sxt; 24: 7:15pm Kalí Rodríguez-Peña. 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-Wed E 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 Terry Waldo & Gotham City Band, N The Program; Mon N Billy Kaye; Tues E except 11/5 Saul Rubin Zebtet; Wed E Raphael D'Lugoff Trio + 1, N Ned Goold; Fri L The Supreme Queens; Sat N Greg Glassman. Nov 1: E Alex Hofman, L R + Jared Gold/Dave Gibson, N Nick Hempton; 2: E Dan Aran, L Raphael D'Lugoff Qnt, N R; 3: E R, 8:30pm Jade Synstelien's FCBB, N R; 4: E Camila Celin, L Behn Gillece, N R; 5: E Adi Meyerson, L Alvaro Benevitas Gp, N Alexi David; 6: E R, L Groover Trio, N R; 7: E Nicole Glover, L Saul Rubin Zebtet, N Paul Nowinski; 8: E Will Terrill, L R + Darryl Yokley Latin Project, N Ray Gallon; 9: E Steve Blum Trio, L Troy Roberts, N R; 10: E R, L Lafayette Harris, N R; 11: L Ned Goold Qrt, N R; 12: E R, L Peter Brainin & the Latin Jazz Workshop; 13: E R, L Joe Farnsworth Trio, N R; 14: L Greg Glassman Qnt; 15: L R; 16: N R; 17: E&N R; 18: L George Braith, N R; 19: E R; 20: E R, L Don Hahn/Mike Camacho Band, N R; 22: L R; 23: N R; 24: E&N R; 25: N R; 26: E R, L Itai Kriss & Gato Gordo, N John Benitez's Latin Bop; 27: E&N R; 29: L R + David Weiss & Point of Departure; 30: N R. HONEYBEE’S: 95 Av A, 2nd Fl (bet 6th & 7th Sts). www.honeybeesnyc.com. 212-6146818. Sun: 7pm Glenn Crytzer All Star Qrt. JAZZ GALLERY: 1160 Bway at 27th St. 5th Fl. www.jazzgallery.org. 646-494-3625. Sets: 7:30&9:30pm. Nov 1-2: Remy Le Boeuf; 5: Mareike Wiening Qnt; 7: Alfredo Colón & Lookalike; 8: Morgan Guerin; 9: Lee Konitz & Dan Tepfer Duo; 13: Afro Latin Roots of Jazz by Melvis Santa; 14: Colin Hinton; 15: Kevin Sun; 16: John Escreet; 20: Afro Latin Roots of Jazz by Melvis Santa; 21: Lex Korten; 2223: Joel Ross Good Vibes; 26: Immanuel Wilkins Qrt; 28: closed; 29-30: Linda May Han Oh. 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 Jazz For Kids Sunday Lunch feat Jazz Standard Youth Orch; Mon (R) Mingus Monday feat Mingus Big Band. Nov 1-3: Bria Skonberg; 4: R; 5: OASIS feat Rez Abbasi & Isabelle Olivier; 6-7: Maurice “Mobetta” Brown Soul Resurgence w/spec guest Donald Harrison; 8-10: Kenny Werner Qrt; 11: R; 12: Michael continued on page 20
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HEN MICHELE ROSEWOMAN received a New Jazz Works commisW sion from Chamber Music America, decid-
ing what her project would be was a nobrainer: She wanted to write an extended piece based on a sacred sequence of Cuban folkloric rhythms known as the Oru Seco for her large ensemble New Yor-Uba. Looking back over the rich musical life of the noted composer, pianist, arranger and educator, all roads seem to lead to the 10part "Oru de Oro" (room of gold) suite, the centerpiece of Michele's new CD, Hallowed (Advance Dance Disques). It seems as if she has been preparing to write such a piece practically from the get-go. From her early years in California, Michele has immersed herself in music, art and politics. Piano studies brought her to jazz; learning to play percussion led her to delve deeply into Cuban music, history, culture and folkloric traditions. The two genres have fueled her imagination and creativity, often combining and flavoring her music over the decades. A New Yorker since the late 1970s, Michele has played with some of the alltime greats of jazz and Cuban music, from Jimmy Heath to her mentor and teacher Orlando "Puntilla" Rios, and a host of others such as Reggie Workman, Celia Cruz, Billy Bang, Paquito D'Rivera, Gary Bartz, Andy Gonzalez, Billy Harper, Pedrito Martinez, Butch Morris and others. The pianist and composer's work with Arturo O'Farrill on 2015's Cuba: The Conversation Continues earned Latin Jazz Grammy honors. Michele has fronted a variety of ensembles, releasing two well-received albums with her trio, and five others with her renowned band Quintessence. Alumni of that quintet include Miguel Zenรณn, Greg Osby, David Sรกnchez, Terri Lyne Carrington, Tyshawn Sorey and Liberty Ellman (co-producer of Hallowed). She is now in her 36th year leading the brassand percussion-rich New Yor-Uba ensemble. Though the band has been wellregarded since its inception, its first album was a long time coming. The two-disc
Michele Rosewoman's New Yor-Uba, 30 Years! came out in 2013, garnering positive reviews and landing on numerous "best-of" lists. Hallowed is the band's second release. The album's opening suite, "Oru de Oro," is based on "a cycle of rhythms played in front of sacred chambers where ceremonies would take place as part of Yoruba spiritual practices and traditions," Michele explains. The patterns are associated with various Yoruba deities known as orishas. Developing the suite "involved learning, research, preparing myself to step into the ancient oral tradition. Drummers have spent their lives learning this. I had to immerse myself in the writing and take my understanding and knowledge to a whole other level." Years earlier, she studied the form in Cuba, where the godson of her mentor Orlando "Puntilla" Rios, "showed me the sequence, hands on," she notes. "Once I got the grant, my first and only thought was, I've studied this for years, I know what's going on pretty much end to end. I prepared myself without knowing what I prepared myself for. It's not an intellectual decision. In a life in music, something is guiding you along the way. It's not calculated steps, it's seeing what's in front of me, following my heart, things going as they should." The project is unique in that no one has previously written a musical piece built on the complete Oru Seco sequence, as Michele did in "Oru de Oro." The parts of the nuance-laden liturgical rhythms have unusual transitions and frequent time signature shifts. "It was a feat and a challenge like no other, every step was like giv-
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Rosewoman photo by Chris Drukker.
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S P O T L NIK BARTSCH JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER / NOV. 1-2 As part of the 50th anniversary of ECM Records, the Zurich, Switzerland-based keyboardist Nik Bartsch makes a rare U.S. appearance. Since the days of independent recordings with his ensemble Mobile to the ECM releases Stoa and recent Awase with his band Ronin, Nik has both mesmerized and energized audiences with music proclaiming a zen ritual groove that brands his unique sound. His group compositions are always identified in numerical modules. As atmospheric and minimalist as anything on ECM, Nik Bartsch sets the tone for this event honoring ECM founder Manfred Eicher. He’s in good company with the label's heavyweights such as Jack DeJohnette, Bill Frisell, Wadada Leo Smith, Egberto Gismonti, Marilyn Crispell, Craig Taborn, Vijay Iyer and others. MGN
EDMAR CASTAÑEDA THE SIDE DOOR / NOV. 1 Edmar Castañeda became enamored with jazz as a college-age student when he came to the United States from his native Colombia in the early 1990s. Although he was already proficient at the indigenous Colombian (folk) harp, he first pursued trumpet. But under the mentorship of Cuban-American reed player Paquito D'Rivera he was encouraged to play his harp in jazz settings, which he's been doing ever since. While incorporating the rich rhythms and folk music of Colombia into his playing, Edmar has also developed a refined, post-bebop improvisatory vocabulary that he effortlessly applies to his unusual-to-jazz-contexts instrument. He often has paired his harp with jazz saxophonists and Latinx vocalists, and at this gig he's joined by saxophonist Shlomi Cohen and singer Andrea Tierra, as well as bassist Rodri Villa. GK
TOMMY DORSEY ORCHESTRA EMELIN THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS / NOV. 2 The classic big band sound of trombonist Tommy Dorsey is alive and well with the legacy group the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Labeled the "The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing," Tommy's masterful way of commanding upbeat swing and heartfelt ballads set him apart from his contemporaries. Said mastery was evident in the numerous hits the orchestra scored, such as "Night and Day," "On the Sunny Side of the Street" and "Skylark." The orchestra featured many vocal talents throughout the years, with classic crooner Frank Sinatra the most well-known. The group disbanded when Dorsey died, but was resurrected in the late 1970s. Now under the direction of clarinetist and saxophonist Terry Myers, the orchestra aims to recreate the warm, tender character of Dorsey with upbeat and dynamic performances. EW
BARRY HARRIS SAINT PETER'S CHURCH / NOV. 6, FLUSHING TOWN HALL / NOV. 8 One of several great Detroit bop pianists who came to New York in the 1950s, Barry Harris is still going strong at age 89. A brilliant stylist who absorbed the influence of Art Tatum, Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell, Barry's rich voicings and potent technique have made him a favorite of critics for decades. In addition to being a creative interpreter of standards, the pianist has contributed numerous originals to the jazz canon. Though Barry has mellowed with age, his performances still engage the packed houses that come to hear him. At Saint Peter's, Barry is accompanied by bassist Murray Wall and drummer Yaya Abdul. Five fellow NEA Jazz Masters join Barry at Flushing Town Hall: Jimmy Owens, Paquito D’Rivera, Jimmy Cobb, Cándido Camero, and Reggie Workman. KD
COCOMAMA BIRDLAND / NOV. 7 Members of the Latin jazz collective Cocomama hail from around the globe, gathering their influences from far and wide. Salsa, soul, R&B, Afro-Cuban and straight-up jazz are among the ingredients on the menu whenever they hit the stage. Many of the players are leaders in their own right, and each of them can claim more sideperson credits than would fit in this space. Since they first got together in 2005, they've reliably delivered danceable rhythms, enchanting vocal harmonies and a steady sense of swing at every set. The Birdland lineup includes pianist Nicki Denner, vocalist/keyboardist Ariacne Trujillo, bassist Jennifer Vincent, percussionist/singer Mayra Casales, drummer/vocalist Karina Colis and trombonist Reut Regev, along with a special guest, singer Eleanor Dubinsky. EK
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L I G H T IRIS ORNIG ROOM 623 / NOV. 8, JAZZ AT KITANO / NOV. 14 Germany-born bassist and composer Iris Ornig is an adventurous musical explorer. Less than a year after releasing her third CD, 2018's Storyteller, she was inspired to develop a new project called Pilgrim. She describes it as an "expression of women's collective voyage over historical time toward greater autonomy and independence, creativity, leadership and self-realization." Iris started writing material in August, and plans to record Pilgrim sometime next spring. These evenings feature those open and flowing compositions. Even with this fresh direction, listeners are going to savor her solid technique and sense of time as a player, and democratic tendencies as a bandleader that give her sidemen ample space to shine as soloists. Her quartet includes cornetist Kirk Knuffke, guitarist Gregg Belisle-Chi and drummer Michael Davis. KF
DAYNA STEPHENS VILLAGE VANGUARD / NOV. 12-17 Listeners often think of artists identifiable through a single note as elders of the music. Dayna Stephens' expression fully forms in a single breath. First-place winner of Tenor Saxophone Rising Star in the 2019 Downbeat Critics Poll, Dayna wastes neither sound nor space. He plays with harmonic mastery and experiments with rhythmic ideas, creating melodies that tend to tell honest stories with a beginning, middle and ending. His openness invites continued exchange of musical ideas; over the years, he's collaborated with diverse individualists including Brad Mehldau, Wayne Shorter, Becca Stevens, Gerald Clayton, Al Foster, Billy Hart, Gretchen Parlato and Julian Lage, among many others. His quintet features Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet, Eden Ladin on piano, Ben Street on bass and Eric McPherson on drums. SJ
ARUÁN ORTIZ THE STONE AT THE NEW SCHOOL / NOV. 12-16 The forward-thinking Afro-Cuban pianist Aruán Ortiz is in for a five-day residency, showcasing a variety of bold small ensembles with influences spanning his heritage, chamber music, and creative improvised sounds. At the head of the vanguard of modern music, Aruán plays with one group of peers per night, comprising open-minded musicians who share his progressive ideals such as percussionist Mauricio Herrera, drummers Reggie Nicholson, Ches Smith and Francisco Mela; saxophonists Darius Jones and Michaël Attias, violist Melanie Dyer, bassist Brad Jones and clarinetist Don Byron. While Aruán is nimble and quick, there's an unparalleled deliberate intelligence to his music. All of the pianist's many recordings display a depth and heavy vision that go beyond the son or dance forms of his heritage. MGN
RICHIE GOODS TRIBECA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER / NOV. 13 Listeners have come to love Richie Goods as an artist who's gathered sound and sense from an expansive lineage, and created a heavy vibration all his own. A master of the feel-it-deep feel on both upright and electric bass, the artist, composer and producer has been a sound architect for many enduring figures, as well as a boundary-dissolving leader. Over the years, he's collaborated with legendary voices including Louis Hayes, Milt Jackson, Common, Whitney Houston, Brian McKnight, and his friend and mentor, the late Mulgrew Miller. My Left Hand, Richie's third release as a leader, interprets 10 compositions from Mulgrew's canon in celebration of his contributions and legacy. Richie's quartet features Shedrick Mitchell, piano; John Roberts, drums, and David Rosenthal, guitar. SJ
PEREZ BAR NEXT DOOR / NOV. 25 Native New Yorker Perez is a self-described "hip chick" as well as an accomplished composer, photographer, producer, promoter, foodie and artist in a variety of media. But of all the hats she's been known to don, perhaps none fits her quite as well as the one labeled "singer." Perez has a vast repertoire—no surprise, considering that she began picking up songs by ear at age 4. She presents a unique take on familiar tunes, then digs deep in the archives for seldom-heard material she makes her own. Pianist Misha Tsiganov and guitarist Paul Bollenback join her for a pre-Thanksgiving gig predicted to be an evening of originals, favorites from the Great American songbook and material Perez intriguingly calls "Country Sinatra." EK
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Leonhart Orch; 13: Dan Weiss Trio; 14-17: $35 11/15-16 Vinicius Cantuária; 18: R; 19-24: $35 Bill Frisell Trio 11/19-20, Solo 11/21-22, Harmony 11/23-24; 25: R; 26-27&29-Dec 1: $40 Maria Schneider Orch. JOE’S PUB: At Public Theater. 425 Lafayette St & Astor Pl. www.joespub.com. 212-967-7555. Adm varies. Nov 5: 7pm Invoke; 10: 4:30&7pm Kendall Thomas; 16: 7pm AJOYO feat Sarah Elizabeth Charles; 17: 12pm Ma*JiD; 26: 9:30pm Luke Winslow-King. JUKE BAR: 196 2nd Av (bet 12th & 13th Sts) Downstairs. www.jukebarnyc.com. 212-2287464. Sun: 6:30-10:30pm free adm Jam by Albert Ahlf. JULES BISTRO: 65 Saint Marks Pl (bet 1st & 2nd Avs). 212-477-5560. www.julesbistro.com. Nov 20: 7:30-10:30pm Don Glaser Trio. KNICKERBOCKER BAR & GRILL: 33 University Pl at 9th St. 212-228-8490. www.knickerbockerbarandgrill.com. Fri-Sat: 9pm-1am. Nov 1-2: Sean Smith & Gary Versace; 8-9: Jon Davis & Gianluca Renzi; 15-16: Ronny Whyte & Boots Maleson; 22-23: Michael Wolff Trio; 29-30: Kathleen Landis & Gauvin Gamon. (LE) POISSON ROUGE: 158 Bleecker St at Thompson St. www.lepoissonrouge.com. 212-796-0741. Adm varies. Nov 16: 7:30pm Daymé Arocena; 30: 8pm Terri Lyne Carrington & Social Science. MARBLE COLLEGIATE CHURCH: 1W 29th St at 5th Av. www.marblechurch.org. 212686-2770. Nov 20: 7:30pm The Duke Ellington Society; 22: 6:15-7:15pm Jazz Vespers feat Chris Whittaker Jazz Ens. 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; adm varies. Residencies (R): Mon L Pasquale Grasso; Thurs L Spike Wilner & Pasquale Grasso. Nov 1: Joe Farnsworth Trio; 2: Joe Farnsworth Trio, L Jon Davis; 3: Ehud Asherie; 4: Hilary Gardner & Bruce Forman; 5: Liz Rosa Qrt, L Vanisha Gould; 6: Franck Amsallen & Johannes Weidenmuller, L Isaiah J. Thompson; 7: Jon Cowherd & Scott Colley; 8: Michael Wolff Trio, L Willerm Delisfort; 9: Michael Wolff Trio; 10: Paul Meyers; 11: Alan Broadbent Trio; 12: Michelle Zangara Qrt, L Naama Gheber; 13: Nitzan Gavrieli, L Julius Rodriguez; 14: George Cables Trio; 15: George Cables Trio, L Theo Hill; 16: George Cables Trio, L Jon Davis; 17: Kelly Green Trio, L Chris Flory; 18: Lafayette Harris Trio; 19: Champian Fulton & Hide Tanaka, L Lucy Yeghiazaryan; 20: Joel Frahm, L Isaiah J. Thompson; 21: Andrea Domenici; 22: Ted Rosenthal Trio, L Greg Murphy; 23: Ted Rosenthal Trio; 24: Bryn Roberts Trio; 25: Behn Gillece Trio; 26: Tardo Hammer Trio, L Vanessa Perea; 27: David Berkman & Dick Oatts, L Tuomo Uusitalo; 2930: Justin Kauflin Trio. MILANO’S BAR: 51E Houston St (bet Mott & Mulberry Sts). 212-226-8844. Thurs: 2-5pm Carol Morgan & Co. feat Panas Athanatos. NATIONAL ARTS CLUB: 15 Gramercy Park South. www.nationalartsclub.org. 212-4753424. Nov 25: 9pm Fine & Mellow feat Helen Sung. 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. Nov 1: Eduardo Belo Qnt. 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. Nov 12: Trevor Dunn; 5-9: Peter Evans; 12-16: Aruán Ortiz; 19-23: Chris Speed. 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. Nov 3: Linda Ciofalo; 10: Roz Corral w/Saul Rubin & Evan Gregor; 17: Brenda Earle Stokes; 24: Roz Corral w/Alex Minasian & Vince Dupont. NUBLU 62: 62 Av C (bet 4th & 5th Sts). www.nublu.net. Nov 9: 9pm Jeremy Powell/ Jeremy Udden Qnt. NUBLU 151: 151 Avenue C (bet 9th & 10th Sts). www.nublu.net. Nov 5: 10pm Blaque Dynamite; 6: 8pm Corey King; 7-18: Nublu Jazz Festival feat 11/7 8pm J.E.D.I, 9pm Ben Bryden's Figure of Eight, 10pm Brandon Ross & Melvin Gibbs, 11/8 12am Chris Rob, 8pm Lowdown Brass Band, 9pm Michael Blake, 10pm Brian Jackson, 11pm Ridhima, 11/9 12am Eddie Roberts' Green is Beautiful, 4pm Tomoki Sanders, 6pm Clarence Penn, 8pm Falu & The New Karyshma, 9pm Kamilah Gibson, 10pm Cochemea, 11pm Stuart Bogie Trio, 11/10 12am Freelance, 1am Stuart Bogie Trio, 4pm Val Jeanty Trio, 6pm Pedestrian by Will Shore, 8pm Elektrocumba, 10pm Ches Smith Trio, 11/11 12am Welf Dorr Unit, 8pm Kendra Foster, 9pm Diana Hickman, 10pm Marc Cary, 11/12 12am Producers Night, 8pm Casey Benjamin, 9pm Jochen Rueckert Trio, 10pm Hola w/Avi Bortnick, 11pm Jochen Rueckert Trio, 11/13 12am Keyon Harrold, 8pm Dark Matter Halo, 9pm Sasha Masakowski, 10pm Marcus Strickland, 11pm Mariella Price, 11/14 12am Clark Gayton, 8pm Spencer Zahn & Spencer Ludwig, 9pm Melike Konur, 10pm Shira Elias' Goods & Services, 11pm Jonathan Haffner Trio, 11/15 12am Maya Azucena, 8pm Dave Douglas, 10pm Ben Williams Qnt, 11/16 12am Project Logic, 9pm Alexia Bomtempo, 11pm Silver, 11/16 1am Silver, 4pm Nublu Orch, 6pm Ava Mendoza, 8pm Sun Ra Arkestra, 9pm Kamalata, 10pm Sun Ra Arkestra, 11pm Silver, 11/17 12am Mark de Clive, 1am Silver, 4pm Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orch, 6pm On/In, 8pm Billy Martin Meshes Orch, 10pm Jeffrey Alexander & The Heavy Lidders, 11/18 12am James Brandon Lewis; 19: 8pm Ben Tyree & Activator Trio. 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 11/5 Latin Jazz Big Band Night, 11/12 Chembo Corniel, 11/19 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. PANGEA: 178 2nd Av (bet 11th & 12th Sts). 212995-0900. www.pangeanyc.com. Nov 6: 7pm Lady Leah; 8: 7pm Mark Winkler & Mary Foster Conklin; 29: 9:30pm Jazz Bastards. RED ROOM: At KGB Bar. 85E 4th St (bet 2nd Av & Bowery). www.redroomnyc.com. 212787-0155. Nov 3: 7pm Mike Casey; 6: 9pm Nathan Bellott Trio. ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL: 196 Allen St at E Houston St. www.rockwoodmusichall.com. 212-477-4155. Thurs: 9pm-12am Ethan Eubanks & Detroit Grease. ROXY HOTEL: 2 Av of the Americas at Walker St. www.roxyhotelnyc.com. 212-519-6600. Nov 2: 8pm Svetlana; 19: 8pm Charlie Rhyner/Dan Schnapp Gp feat She She. RUE B: 188 Ave B (bet 11th & 12th Sts). 212continued on page 22
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OV. 1 MARKS THE 80 BIRTHday of one of jazz's most iconic and sinN gular musical voices: Roger Kellaway. A TH
pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader, Roger has also forged an utterly unique space in the industry, performing in settings from solo piano to orchestra, and playing with artists ranging from Clark Terry to Bobby Darin, from Oliver Nelson to Elvis Presley. Given the breadth and diversity of his work, a milestone birthday performance by Roger could take any number of musical avenues. However, at New York's Birdland Theater on Nov.15-16, Roni Ben-Hur and Jay Leonhart join Roger to celebrate his big day in the rather classic piano-guitarbass format popularized by masters like Nat King Cole and Oscar Peterson. That configuration might be a surprising choice in this day and age, but it has been Roger's go-to setting for more than a decade, and unquestionably provides him with a gorgeous platform for his unique and wonderful pianistic sensibility. Indeed, for Roger the classic trio format harks back to one of his earliest influences: "When I was growing up, the Oscar Peterson trio with Barney Kessel and Ray Brown was very attractive for me, though the one I love the most was his trio with Herb Ellis and Ray Brown," he explains. "That became my favorite trio sound of all time." Though in the late 1950s the trio configuration in jazz shifted to piano-bassdrums, Roger maintains that the alluring earlier lineup has a tremendous amount to offer. "When you're playing with drums, you have the midrange to the low range of the sound spectrum taken up with drums and cymbals," he notes. "Piano, guitar and bass is much more transparent, almost like a chamber group. You've got air between the instruments; the responsibility among the people changes because it's intimate." The love of space and of intimacy in performance, and a chamber music aesthetic certainly seem to serve as running themes in many of Roger's projects. Iconic efforts
such as his cello quartet or his collaborative work with Eddie Daniels highlight a tremendous sense of space and almost classical sensibilities in execution. "I've been drawn to a chamber kind of situation without drums," he says. "It leads me to see how much I enjoy playing solo piano, too. I can move into any genre I want, without worrying about a rhythm section." November marks not only Roger's 80th birthday and New York performances, but also the release of his latest record, The Many Open Minds of Roger Kellaway. Featuring the piano-guitar-bass trio format, the album draws from earlier live dates at the Jazz Bakery and offers a dazzling portrait of the ensemble. "We had a few nights, as I recall," Roger explains. "So we had plenty of material in the can, and my wife, Jorjana, and I actually edited together the pieces on the album. What we chose were all set closers. So the album has an interesting energy to it. Although it starts with '52nd Street Theme,' that's a tune that I close with. The whole album has that kind of energy on each track." Roger's performances at the Birdland Theater offer a similarly unique energy. With his theater shows running concurrently with the Django Reinhardt Festival 20th Anniversary Celebration at Birdland Jazz Club, the two projects are taking advantage of the opportunity for mutual
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358-1700. www.rueb-nyc.com. 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. Nov 21: Simon Hanes. SKIRBALL CENTER: At New York University. 566 LaGuardia Pl at Washington Sq S. 212998-4941. www.skirballcenter.nyu.edu. Nov 10: 6pm $58-15 adm Bronze Doushin. 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: Sun N After-hours 11/3&24 w/Hillel Salem, 11/10&17 w/David Gibson; Mon N After-hours 11/4&18 w/Sean Mason, 11/11&25 w/Ben Barnett; Tues N After-hours 11/5&19 w/Malik McLaurine, 11/12&26 w/Jon Elbaz; Thurs N After-hours 11/7,21&28 w/Malick Koly, 11/14 w/Davis Whitfield; Fri N After-hours 11/8&22 w/Corey Wallace DUBtet; Sat N 11/2&23 Mimi Jones & The Lab Session, 11/9&16 Brooklyn Circle. Nov 1-2: E George Coleman Jr. Qrt, L Ralph Bowen Qrt; 3: E Behn Gillece Qrt, L JC Stylles Qrt; 4: E Ari Hoenig Qrt, L Joe Farnsworth Qrt; 5: E Justin Robinson Qrt, L Abraham Burton Qrt; 6: E Le Boeuf Brothers, L Rob Garcia Qrt; 7: E Arcoiris Sandoval Sonic Asylum Band, L Adam Kolker Qrt; 8-9: E Mark Sherman Qrt, L Charles Ruggiero Oct; 10: L Aaron Seebert Qrt, L tba; 11: E JD Allen Trio, L Tivon Pennicott Trio; 12: E Steve Nelson Qrt, L Frank Lacy Band; 13: E Dave Baron Qrt, L Ryan Berg Qrt; 14: E James Austin Sxt, L Noah Bless; 15: E Diego Urcola Qrt, L Jason Marshall Gp; 16: E Hal Galper Trio, L Jason Marshall Gp; 17: E Grant Stewart Qrt, L Charles Owens Trio; 18: E Ari Hoenig Trio, L Joe Farnsworth Qrt; 19: E Bruce Williams Qnt, L Abraham Burton Qrt; 20: E Andy Laverne Qnt, L Harold Mabern Tribute; 21: E Alexander Claffy Trio, L Nick Finzer Qnt; 2223: E Eliot Zigmung Qnt, L Dmitry Baevsky Qrt; 24: E Ralph Lalama & Bop-Juice, L Johnny O’Neal Trio; 25: E Anthony Pinciotti Qrt, L Brent Birckhead Qrt; 26: E Steve Nelson Qrt, L Frank Lacy Band; 27: E Itamar Borochov Qrt, L Santi Debriano & Flash of the Spirit; 28: E David Ambrosio Gp, L Carlos Abadie Qnt; 29-30: E Christopher McBride & The Whole Proof, L George Burton Qnt. TRIBECA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 199 Chambers St. www.tribecapac.org. 212220-1460. Nov 13: 7:30pm $35 adm Richie Goods. 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. Nov 1-3: John Zorn New Masada Qrt; 4: R; 510: Fred Hersch Trio; 11: R; 12-17: Dayna Stephens Qnt; 18: R; 19-24: Javon Jackson Qrt; 25: R; 26-Dec 1: Jason Moran & the Bandwagon. WALKER’S: 16N Moore St at Varick. 212-9410142. www.walkerstribeca.com. Sun: 8-11pm Duos. ZINC BAR: 82W 3rd St (bet Thompson & Sullivan). 212-477-8337. www.zincbar.com. Sets: unless otherwise noted 7:30&9pm. Nov
2: Michele Rosewoman's New Yor-Uba; 6: 9pm-1am free VandoJam feat Troy Roberts; 8: Michele Rosewoman's New Yor-Uba; 15: Silvano Monasterios Qrt; 17: 4-6:45pm $25/30 Another Sunday Serenade 917-8829539/www.vtyjazz.com feat Tribute to Harold Mabern w/Eric Alexander, Joe Farnsworth, John Webber & Mike LeDonne; 18: Ricardo Grilli Qrt; 19: The Ktet feat KiraG; 20: 7:30&9:30pm Vocal Mania Series w/Janis Siegel & Lauren Kinhan feat Claudia Acuña; 25: Will Sellenraad Trio.
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. Nov 6: Akiko Tsuruga Qrt. HOSTOS: 450 Grand Concourse at 149th St. www.hostos.cuny.edu. 718-518-4455. Nov 2: 8pm $35-5 adm Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orch; 15: 7:30pm $25-5 Havana Jam w/Yunior Terry & Son de Altura feat David Oquendo & spec guests Eddy Zervigon, Gema, Adonis González.
BROOKLYN 440 GALLERY: 440 Sixth Av. 718-499-3844. www.440gallery.com. Nov 17: 4:40pm $10 don Me, Myself and Eye feat Michel Gentile. BAM FISHER: 321 Ashland Pl. 718-636-4100. www.bam.org. Nov 9: 10:30am&2pm Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats. BAR BAYEUX: 1066 Nostrand Av. 347-5337845. ww.barbayeux.com. Sets: 8-11pm free adm. Wed: Keyed Up series; Thurs: Grassroots Jazz Effort. Nov 6: Luis Perdomo Trio; 13: Adam Kolker/Steve Cardenas/Billy Mintz; 20: Jerome Sabbagh & Greg Tuohey; 27: Jure Pukl feat Melissa Aldana. BAR LUNÀTICO: 486 Halsey St. 718-513-0339. www.barlunatico.com. Sun: 2-5pm Keyed Up feat Gospel Brunch. Nov 2: 9-11:30pm Greg Lewis Organ Monk; 12: 8:30-11:30pm The Secret Trio; 19: 9-11:30pm Yacouba Sissoko; 20: 9-11:30pm Pedro Giraudo Tango Qrt; 25: 9-11:30pm Chris Speed & Aurora Nealand; 27: 9-11:30pm Malaya Sol; 29: 9-11pm Michael Blake. 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; Wed 10pm Mandingo Ambassadors. Nov 1: 10pm Quatre Vingt Neuf. BLUEBIRD BROOKLYN: 504 Flatbush Av. 718-484-9494. www.bluebirdbrooklyn.com. Wed: 9pm-12am Keyed Up feat Noah Garibedian + Jam. BROOKLYN BOWL: 61 Wythe Av. 718-9633369. www.brooklynbowl.com. Nov 3: 8pm $25 adm The Bad Plus. BROOKLYN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC: 58 7th Av. www.bkcm.org. 718-622-3300. Nov 3: 7-11pm $20 adm Landline. BROWNSTONE JAZZ: 107 Macon St at Nostrand Av. 917-704-9237. https://www. ticketweb.com/events/org/203803. Fri-Sat: 8pm-12am Concert, Fish Fry & Open Mic’s. BROWNSVILLE HERITAGE HOUSE: 581 Mother Gaston Blvd. www.brownsvill eheritagehouse.org. 718-385-1111. 3rd Sat: 3-6pm free adm The Word on the Street Ens. continued on page 24
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By Don Jay Smith
ERIC COMSTOCK SHANGHAI JAZZ / NOV. 10 The gifted and entertaining singer Eric Comstock doesn't perform in New Jersey often enough, so his appearances are always special. Hailed by The New York Times as "the truest heir to Bobby Short," Eric is an acknowledged champion of the Great American Songbook. But his gigs are more than just history lessons. He has a knack for finding lesser-known gems by great composers, and has been honored for his performances and recordings with multiple MAC, Bistro and NY Nightlife Awards. A superb pianist, Rex Reed called him “hip, daring, confident and dynamic,” and Ira Gitler described him as “swinging, artistic and superbly entertaining.” In Manhattan, he can be heard most Saturdays at Birdland Jazz Club’s early set in the company of Barbara Fasano and Sean Smith. PAT LONGO COLLEGE OF SAINT ELIZABETH / NOV. 14 Saxophonist and band leader Pat Longo spent most of his career in Hollywood, but has now returned to his New Jersey roots. Born and raised in Lodi, Pat enlisted in the Marines after graduation and spent his tour playing in the Second Marine Air Wing Band. He worked with a variety of Latin jazz bands before joining the Jimmy Dorsey Band in 1972, followed by the Harry James Orchestra three years later. In 1978, he formed the Hollywood East Coast Big Band, which has released 14 recordings and has played with some of the world's top entertainers, including Tony Bennett, Steve Lawrence, Sarah Vaughan and Dizzy Gillespie. Singers Marilyn Maye and Danny Bacher join Pat along with the award-winning tenor saxophonist Harry Allen.
LEE RITENHOUR NJPAC / NOV. 21 Grammy-winning guitarist Lee Ritenhour has enjoyed a 40-year career spanning jazz, rock and blues, matching him with artists like Bob James, Patrice Rushen, George Benson, Chaka Khan and Herbie Hancock. His superb musicianship reaped 19 Grammy nominations, numerous No. 1 spots on guitar polls, and even a smooth-jazz hit recording, "Is It You?" in 1981. Lee pegs Wes Montgomery as his biggest influence. Though he worked with Lena Horne and Tony Bennett as a teenager, he spent much of his career in the 1970s and 1980s drawing on funk and fusion jazz. Lee occasionally focuses on straight-ahead jazz (1988's Stolen Moments) or classical (1997's Two Worlds). Pianist Dave Grusin joins Lee for this appearance at NJPAC's TD James Moody Jazz Festival.
DAVE POST RUTHERFURD HALL / NOV. 24 More than 20 years ago, bassist Dave Post launched Swingadelic to play gigs at new clubs like Swing 46, and he is still at it. Growing up in New Jersey listening to blues and rock, he became hooked on jazz when he heard Duke Ellington. His musical influences include Dexter Gordon, Thelonious Monk, Mel Lewis, Chick Corea and Tito Puente. Supplementing playing with club ownership (Maxwell's in Hoboken) for years, he now devotes himself to playing full time. He and pianist, singer John Bauer have created several popular repertoire shows devoted to artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, the Three Louies (Armstrong, Jordan and Prima) and Fats Domino. For Rutherfurd Hall, Dave and John add singer Vanessa Perea, saxophonist Bill Easley and drummer David Longworth for a tribute to Johnny Mercer.
Comstock photo by Matt Baker.
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BUSHWICK PUBLIC HOUSE: 1288 Myrtle Av. www.gaucimusic.com/bushwick-series. Nov 18: 9:45pm Buschwick Improvised Music series feat Michael Eaton Gp w/Judi Silvano. The COMMONS: 388 Atlantic Av. 347-9874966. www.thecommonsbrooklyn.org. Nov 15: 7pm $20 don Bonita Oliver. The COPPER POT: 347 Van Brunt St. 929-2763330. www.copperpotbk.com. Wed: 7:3010:30pm Keyed Up series. COUNTING ROOM: 44 Berry St. 718-599-1860. www.countingroom.com. Sun: 4-7pm Keyed Up feat The Cafe Society. GRACE REFORMED CHURCH: 1800 Bedford Av. 718-287-4343. Nov 3: 7pm free adm Gerry Hemingway & Sameer Gupta. HALYARDS: 406 3rd Av. 718-532-8787. www.barhalyards.com. Tues: 8-9:30pm, Late (L) 10-11pm. $10 adm/1 drink min. Nov 5: Ben Sher’s New Organ Trio, L Nate Radley Trio; 12: James Carney Qrt, L Adam Kolker Band; 19: Perry Smith Band, L Lage Lund; 26: George Schuller Band, L Jon Cowherd. HAPPYLUCKY NO 1: 734 Nostrand Av. 347295-0961. www.happyluckyno1.com. Fri-Sat: 8pm The Stone series. Nov 1-2: Pauline Kim; 8-9: Nicole Mitchell; 15-16: Matana Roberts; 22-23: Stephan Crump; 29-30: Matt Mitchell. IBEAM: 168 7th St. www.ibeambrooklyn.com. Nov 1: 8-10:30pm Aaron Irwin Sxt + Bryan Murray Band; 16: 8:30-10:30pm Neal Kirkwood Trio. 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. LAFAYETTE AVENUE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: 85 S Oxford St. 718-625-7515. www.lapcbrooklyn.org. Nov 17: 4-5:30pm Jazz Vespers feat Carla Cook, Janis Russell, Mike Weatherly, Dwayne Broadnax, Eddie Allen, Marco Di Gennaro. MADE IN NEW YORK: 155 5th Av. 718-6407000. www.jazzcafe.nyc. Sets: 7&9pm. Nov 1: Kennedy Administration; 3: Alina Engibaryan; 8-9: Allan Harris; 15-16: Robby Ameen & the Days in the Night Band; 21: Svetlana & the New York Swing Collective; 22: Teymur Phell Band. NATIONAL SAWDUST: 80N 6th St. 646-7798455. www.nationalsawdust.org. Sets: 7pm. Nov 13: Miho Hazama & m_unit; 27: John Zorn feat Ben Goldberg. ROULETTE: 509 Atlantic Av at 3rd Av. www.roulette.org. 917-267-0363. Sets: 8pm $18/25 adm. Nov 6: Joel Harrison Qnt feat Anupam Shobhakar w/Talujon Percussion Qrt; 17: Matana Roberts; 20: Nick Podgurski & Feast of the Epiphany. SHAPESHIFTER LAB: 18 Whitwell Pl. www.shapeshifterlab.com. 646-820-9452. SISTAS’ PLACE: 456 Nostrand Av at Jefferson Av. www.sistasplace.org. 718-398-1766. Sat: 9&10:30pm $30/25 adm. Nov 2: Jerome Jennings Gp; 9: George Gray Qrt; 16: Gerry Eastman Qnt; 23: Charenée Wade Trio; 30: Frank Lacy Gp. SOUP & SOUND: 292 Lefferts Av. 917-8284951. www.soupandsound.org. Nov 2: 7pm $20 don Ned Rothenberg Trio. VELVET LOUNGE: 174 Bway. 718-302-4427. www.velvetbrooklyn.com. Tues: 9pm-12am Key Up series feat 1st Tues Sivan Arbel; last Tues Rob Duguay & Low Key Trio.
WILLIAMSBURG MUSIC CENTER: 367 Bedford Av. www.wmcjazz.org. 718-3841654. Residency: Sat 10pm Jam w/Gerry Eastman & friends. Nov 2: 10-11pm Nicholas Rousseau; 14: 9-11pm P Jacob Fossum; 22: 8:30-9:30pm Naima Sings; 23: 10pm-12am Simona Smirnova World Jazz Qrt.
CONNECTICUT BUTTONWOOD TREE: 605 Main St. Middletown. www.buttonwood.org. 860-3474957. Sets: 8-10pm. Nov 9: Frank Varela Trio; 16: Brett Bottomley Trio; 22: Mary DiPaola Trio; 29: Saskia Laroo. FIREHOUSE 12: 47 Crown St. New Haven. 203785-0468. www.firehouse12.com. Fri: 8:30&10pm. Nov 1: Peter Evans Being & Becoming; 8: Taylor Ho Bynum Sxt; 15: Jeremy Pelt Qnt; 22: Anna Webber Spt. INFINITY HALL: 32 Front St. Hartford. 860560-7757. www.infinityhall.com. Nov 3: 8pm $47-67 adm Ruben. INFINITY MUSIC HALL & BISTRO: 20 Greenwoods Road, Norfolk. 860-542-5531. www.infinityhall.com. Nov 20: 8pm $54-74 adm Spyro Gyra. PALACE THEATER: 100 East Main St. Waterbury. www.palacetheaterct.org. 203346-2000. Sets: 7&9pm. Nov 1: Sally Terrell & friends; 20: Svetlana & The Delancey Five. RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE: 80 East Ridge. Ridgefield. www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org. 203-438-5795. Nov 23: 8pm $85-110 adm Scott Bradlee. The SIDE DOOR JAZZ CLUB: At Old Lyme Inn. 85 Lyme St. Old Lyme. 860-434-0886. www.thesidedoorjazz.com. Sets: 8:30-11pm. Nov 1: Edmar Castañeda; 2: Curtis Brothers; 8: Roxy Coss; 9: Joe Saylor; 15: Andy Milne; 16: Helen Sung; 22: Rodriguez Brothers; 23: Allan Harris; 29: Charles Turner; 30: Rhythm Future Qrt.
LONG ISLAND GRASSO’S: 134 Main St. Cold Spring Harbor. www.grassosrestaurant.com. 631-367-6060. Sets: Sun 12-3pm Brunch (B) + 6-9pm; Mon 6-9pm; Fri-Sat 7-11pm; Thurs 6:30-10:30pm. Residencies: Sun B Danny Marx Duo; Mon 11/11&25 Robert LePley; Thurs Jen & Larry; Sat except 11/30 Ayako Shirasaki & Noriko Ueda. Nov 1: Jerry Weldon Trio; 8: Barbara King Trio; 10: 6pm Gail Storm; 17: 6pm Joe Tranchina; 22: Dudley Music Trio; 24: 6pm Gail Storm; 30: Noriko Ueda & Ayako Shirasaki Duo. The JAZZ LOFT: 275 Christian Av. Stony Brook. 631-751-1895. www.thejazzloft.org. Sets: 7-9:30pm. Wed: Jam. Nov 12: Amadis Dunkel Duo; 14: Brazilian Jazz; 19: Darrell Smith & Eli Yamin; 21: The Bad Little Big Band; 22 8pm & 23: Michele Brangwen Dance Ens+ Tim Hagans Qrt w/guest. LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY-POST: 720 Northern Blvd. Brookville. www.liu.edu/post. www.tillescenter.org. 516-299-2895. Nov 3: 7pm $55-35 adm Blue Note’s 80th Anniv feat Kandace Springs, James Carter & James Francies. TREME: 553 Main St. Islip. 631-277-2008. www.tremeislip.com. Sets: Sun&Wed 711pm; Thurs-Sat 8pm-12am. Nov 3: Bob Lepley Trio; 7: Sabori; 10: Jam w/Bob Lepley, Frank Bellucci & Jame Cammack. UNION CANTINA: 40 Bowden Sq. Southampton. www.unioncantina.net. 621continued on page 26
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ANOTHER REASON TO CELEBRATE
It's for you… ID YOU EVER PLAY THE PARTY game "Telephone," in which a word or phrase is whispered from one person to the next, changing and evolving according to what everyone thinks they hear? Imagine a musical version of "Telephone," in which a band member works on a new piece for set amount of time; when the originator's deadline is up, he passes his newly hatched composition to another musician, who makes as many or as few changes as desired. The chart circulates until everyone in the band has one chance to contribute to each piece, with the sound evolving as it passes from hand to hand.
Landline, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
That's a rough description of how the collective quartet Landline created the material for its self-titled debut album. "True socialist planned anarchy" is drummer Vinnie Sperrazza's summation of the process. “On some of them, everything changed except two notes; others were such explicit masterpieces that you could only ruin them if you did more than erase four notes," he recalls. The joint effort produced 24 new works co-written by Vinnie, saxophonist Chet Doxas, pianist Jacob Sacks and bassist Zack Lober. The quartet's brand-new recording, Landline (Loyal Label), includes a dozen of these new charts. Karl Marx probably wasn't thinking about composing music when he came up with his famous dictum, "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs." But these words spring to the drummer's mind when explaining the collaboration. "I have never before been part of a group with true equality, where each could do what they needed to do. No time? Just send it on," he says. "You can't govern what others do. There's trust. No one's going to sabotage it. Everyone wants it to sound good. There was no friction: 100 percent respect at all times, that's the engine behind the band." The collaboration continues behind the scenes, as members of the collective also
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split responsibilities when it comes to nonmusical tasks such as booking tours, applying for grants, reviewing contracts, sharing contacts, handling publicity and the like. "We're as equal as we can be, so it's sustainable. Instead of having a bossand-employee setup, what if we carry the weight equally? The music is so important, let's focus on that and figure out how to make it happen," Vinnie explains. Not surprisingly, the collective has a unique event planned to celebrate the release of Landline. Four visual artists— Maya Stackhouse, Suyi Xu, Iris Wechsler and Alley Horn—are set to join the musicians on stage at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music Nov. 3. As Landline plays, the artists, all recent Barnard grads, are creating four collaborative works of their own. During each of four sets, every painter is going to work on a different canvas. "They're modeling what we do—they are playing 'Telephone' in paint," Vinnie notes. "We're all motivated, we can't wait to play." Over the course of the evening, the band is likely to perform all of the 24 tunes they've co-written so far. "Live is always different from the recording. Some melodies tend to be played the same. Sometimes we open up and connect the tunes with free improvisation, and luxuriate in the moment," Vinnie says. All of the songs co-written during their round of musical "Telephone" have already been recorded, mixed and mastered, and Landline is debating releasing a second CD of the material. Vinnie is leaning against it: "I think there should be a second round of writing, a variation on the same process. Why do the same thing again?" the drummer muses. However, he notes, "Landline is like a marriage, we talk things over." Silver lining Not all breakups are bad. Just ask Michelle Lordi, who releases an end-of-a-
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Michelle Lordi, Smoke Jazz & Supper Club and Jazz Forum
Landline photo by Evan Shay.
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relationship album of a different kind this month. Instead of the familiar—and often quite wonderful—collection of songs documenting a romantic split, on Break Up with the Sound (Cabinet of Wonder), the Philadelphia-based vocalist bids farewell to her attraction to sadness. In the process, she expands her repertoire beyond the Great American Songbook classics she focused on in her previous three CDs. On this outing she includes long-time favorites from various genres, and for the first time, several of her originals. A catastrophic house fire almost two years ago was the catalyst for Michelle's artistic change of direction. The blaze destroyed all of her possessions, including journals, poems, songs and original art. "The fire was incredibly disruptive, but creatively it was a great opportunity to start over," the singer muses. "I was always about to put an original project together, but never did. I had lyrics and melodies in my head for 20-30 years, but I didn't get them out. I was too scared; I worried that they were not good enough, that no one would like them. Now I don't care. In grieving something I loved, I made this album happen." Break Up with the Sound includes a variety of tunes Michelle fell in love with during her early years, among them the Hank Williams classic "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry." She recalls getting to know the song while spending summers and vacations with her grandmother in Virginia, listening to country music on a shortwave radio. "That's the saddest song ever written. It's not, 'I lost my truck, I lost my job, I lost my girl.' It's, 'I'm alone in this pointless universe'." One phrase in particular made a lasting impression: the image of a bird that "sounds too blue to fly." "I thought about that a lot, after my personal experience. It's one thing to be sad, but another to be so overwhelmed by it and fall in love with it. At some point you have to break that attachment to your own sadness: You can't get so sad you can't fly," she says. Williams' lonesome whippoorwill of the song inspired Michelle to pen the album opener, "Poor Bird," one of four pieces she wrote or co-wrote for Break Up with the Sound. "I wasn't stuck in my unhappiness, that's not the complete story. But after the fire, all the things I hadn't done, the weight that kept me from getting things done, that was gone. Creatively, it has been very useful and inspirational," she muses. "So much has come together for me since then, and the music is making me open to things I've always wanted to do. I don't advocate setting your house on fire, but sometimes doing a little Marie Kondo
doesn't hurt." Michelle has high praise for her studio mates on the new album, including Tim Motzer on guitar and electronics, producer and arranger Matthew Parrish on bass and Rudy Royston on drums; tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin appears on four tracks. "We're all visual artists—painters or photographers—they're all such allencompassing artists, and that made this very organic," she notes. Matt and Rudy appear with Michelle at Smoke Jazz & Supper Club Nov. 27, to celebrate the release of Break Up with the Sound, along with Brandon McCune on piano and Jay Rodriquez on reeds. In addition to music from the new album, expect a few standards and likely some brand-new originals. Michelle also plays Jazz Forum Nov. 10, in a trio setting with Matt, pianist Jim Ridl and drummer Otis Brown III. LISTINGS... continued from page 24
377-3500. www.thejamsession.org. Thurs: 79pm Keyed Up series.
CAPE MAY EXIT ZERO JAZZ FESTIVAL: Cape May. www.exit0jazzfest.com. 609-849-9202. Nov 710: Exit Zero Jazz Festival feat The Bad Plus, Big Village Little City, Bria Skonberg, Brother Joscephus & the Love Revolution, Cintron, C.L.A.F.F.Y. feat Alina Engibaryan, Daisy Castro, Dan Barry, David Sanborn Qnt, Davis Rogan, Delvon Lamarr, Emmaline, Gerald Veasley’s Electric Mingus Project, Harold Lopez-Nussa Qrt, Jennifer Hartswick & Nicholas Cassarino Duo, John Oates Good Road Band, John “Papa” Gros, Kathy Kosins, Lowdown Brass Band, Manhattan Tranfer Meets Take 6, Marcella & Her Lovers, New Breed Brass Band, Ola Onabulé, PhillyBloco, Ralph Peterson & The Messenger Legacy Band, Spanish Harlem Orch, Stooges Brass Band, Tim Price Jazz-ADelic, The War and Treaty. ESSEX AHAVAS SHOLOM: 145 Bway. Newark. 973485-2609. www.ahavassholom.org. Nov 3&17: TD James Moody Jazz Festival feat 11/3 1-4pm NJPAC's Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens & Mark Gross, 11/17 2-4pm Bobby Sanabria. BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH: 275W Market St. Newark. www.bethany-newark.org. 973623-8161. Nov 9: 6-7:30pm Jazz Vespers feat Bobby Sanabria. The CASSIDY BAR + KITCHEN: 160 Maplewood Av. Maplewood. 973-762-5433. Nov 3: 11:30am-2:30pm Maurício de Souza & Bossa Brasil®. CLEMENT’S PLACE: At Rutgers University. 15 Washington St. Newark. 3rd Thurs: 7:309:30pm Jam by James Austin, Jr. DORTHAAN’S PLACE: At Nico Kitchen + Bar in NJPAC. 1 Center St. Newark. 888-466-5722. www.njpac.org. Nov 24: 11am&1pm $45/15 adm Jazz Brunch feat Houston Person Qrt. The FOX & FALCON: 19 Valley St. South Orange. www.thefoxandfalconnj.com. 973419-6773. Sets: 9pm-12am. continued on page 28
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HOT FLASHES Jerome Jennings: In Solidarity
O SAY THAT SOLIDARITY, THE T sophomore album release of master drummer Jerome Jennings, tackles
social issues would be an understatement. An intensely personal and thoughtful expression of love and insight, Solidarity examines the lives, stories and agency of figures like the intersectional feminist scholar Audre Lorde, transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson, and Civil Rights activist and icon Recy Taylor. Throughout the album, Solidarity explores how to embrace being an ally, acknowledging voices, acknowledging and celebrating difference, and amplifying the messages of groups most at risk in our society.
"This is a journey for me," Jerome explains. "I have been educating myself on what is happening with the people who are the most vulnerable in our society. There is so much happening right now with the
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LGBTQ+ communities, with women's rights, with the #MeToo movement, with Black Lives Matter. And inside each of those movements, there are further vulnerable people." After first encountering the seminal 1970 essay anthology The Black Woman, Jerome read the writings of Audre Lorde (who contributed to the book), which ultimately led him to her own iconic work Sister Outsider. "In that book she had essays like 'There Is No Hierarchy of Oppressions,' and 'The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House,'" he recalls. "I knew I had to write music in dedication to her. She was a lesbian, and so her sexuality put her in a marginalized group, but inside that group she was also a black woman. I had not thought of the complexity of that until I read her work. She coined this term 'Theory of Difference,' which is the name of the piece I wrote for her. We're all different, but we don't need to run from those differences; we don't need to try to be like one another." Jerome's album, highlighting narratives of people representing marginalized groups, comes out at an interesting time in jazz's own history. A musical genre infamous for its own misogyny throughout the past century, jazz has in recent years seen an increasing reckoning with its history. "We're finally getting to a point where men are conscious about the lack of women on the bandstand," Jerome notes. "People like Melba Liston, Clora Bryant and Mary Lou Williams are getting more ink these days, but it's long overdue. They still don't get the recognition they should be getting." The narrative and conceptual ambition of Solidarity is exceptional, made all the more impactful by the quality of the compositions and performances. In recent years, Jerome has demonstrated himself to be not only one of the best young drummers in jazz today, but also one of its more interesting composers. The music and album are celebrated with a Nov. 12 release party at Dizzy's Club. Percussionist Paula Winter, pianist Zaccai Curtis, bassist Devin Starks, saxophonists Stacy Dillard and Jorge Castro, trumpeter Josh Evans, trombonist Andrae Murchison and vocalist/flautist Melanie Charles join Jerome on stage for the event. To learn more about Jerome Jennings, visit www.jeromejennings.com. continued on page 28
Jennings photo by John Abbott.
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FRESH TAKES EW YORK CITY NATIVE ALFREdo Colón returns to The Jazz Gallery N this month to present his new project, Lookalike. Inspired by other alto players such as Jackie McLean, Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman and Henry Threadgill, Alfredo's music pays tribute to chordless trios of the past century. "I'm trying to honor the beautiful history of the saxophone-bass-drums trio and do it in my own way. I've always felt it's where a lot of my heroes have sounded like their truest selves and I have been finding that I feel that for myself with these musicians," he says. In addition to the saxophone, the majority of the music he makes involves the use of the electric wind instrument (EWI). "It's an instrument with such a short history and such a small amount of individuals who have really mastered it, so it's always been a great joy to dive deep into something without the pressure of upholding some tradition or even having any rules on how to properly play it." Alfredo uses the EWI as an extension of his saxophone playing and explores sonic textures in a new way HOT FLASHES...
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Festivals and Events ECM Records celebrates its 50th anniversary with performances at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Nov. 1-2. A stunning array of artists—Meredith Monk, Joe Lovano, Craig Taborn, Vijay Iyer, Avishai Cohen, Ravi Coltrane, Bill Frisell, Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier, Wadada Leo Smith, Anja Lechner, Ethan Iverson, Enrico Rava, Egberto Gismonti, Matthew Garrison and Jack DeJohnette—convene for the celebration. Visit www.jazz.org for tickets. NJPAC hosts the 8th Annual TD James Moody Jazz Festival Nov. 10-24. Themed tributes to Nina Simone, Nat King Cole and Nancy Wilson, as well as headlining performances by Buddy Guy, Chaka Khan, Steps Ahead and Lee Ritenour appear in the lineup. To see a full schedule, visit www.njpac.org. The 20th anniversary of the Django Reinhardt New York Festival takes place at Birdland Nov. 12-17. Grace Kelly, Ken Peplowski, Tim Ries, Roger Kellaway and Joel Frahm join Dorado Schmitt and the Django Festival Allstars on various nights. Visit www.birdlandjazz.com to learn more.
By Addie Vogt within his role in a band. Combining the electronic sounds with his more traditional jazz influences, "It has been a huge influence in my composing as well as my sax playing and it's something I'll always value with all my heart."
Hear Alfredo Colón's Lookalike, featuring Steve Williams on bass and Henry Mermer on drums, at The Jazz Gallery Nov. 7.
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GATEWAY CENTER PLAZA 4: 100 Mulberry St. Newark. 973-624-8880. Nov 6: 12-1pm Scott Robinson Qrt. NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 1 Center St. Newark. 888-466-5722. www.njpac.org. Nov 10,14-16,21-24: TD James Moody Jazz Festival feat 11/10 7pm Buddy Guy w/Mavis Staples, 11/14 7pm Nimbus Dance w/New Jersey Symphony Orch, 8pm Chaka Khan w/spec guest Emmaline, 11/15 7:30pm Clint Holmes, Catherine Russell & Billy Stritch, 8pm Steps Ahead, Michael Franks & Spyro Gyra, 11/16 8pm A Christian McBride Situation, 11/21 7:30pm Lee Ritenour w/Dave Grusin & friends, 11/22 7:30pm Christian Sands feat Helen Sung & Tadataka Unno, 11/23 3&7pm Maurice Hines w/The DIVA Jazz Orch, 11/24 3pm Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. SOPAC: 1 SOPAC Way. South Orange. 973-3132787. www.sopacnow.org. Nov 1: 8pm $30-45 adm Glenn Miller Orch; 16: 8pm $55-65 Giants of Jazz honoring Harold Mabern feat Eric Alexander, Tommy Campbell, Bill Charlap, Cyrus Chestnut, Jimmy Cobb, George Coleman, Steve Davis, Mike DiRubbo, Joe Farnsworth, Roberta Gambarini, Louis Hayes, David Hazeltine, Freddie Hendrix, Vincent Herring, Vic Juris, Mike LeDonne, Russell Malone, T.S. Monk, Jeb Patton, Jeremy Pelt, Nat Reeves, Rufus Reid, Claudio Roditi, Nana Sakamoto, Dave continued on page 30
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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.
Barney Kessel was on a recording date in the late 1950s with Shelley Manne, Hampton Hawes and Red Mitchell. Listening to a playback, Barney said, "Red, that bass tone is great." Red thanked him. A bit later, Barney said, "Red, I really like the sound of your bass. I have a record date next month. Can we borrow your bass?"
Frank Portolese was playing a hotel job, and on a break he looked in another ballroom to see if anyone he knew was playing there. There was, his friend Bobby Roberts was playing guitar in the band. As Frank walked in, someone was giving a toast, and said, "Please join me in raising your glasses." Dutifully, Bobby took off his eyeglasses and raised them high above his head. ROSEWOMAN...
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ing birth for everyone involved," she says. In addition to the 40-plus-minute "Oru de Oro," Hallowed contains two shorter suites. "The Wind is the First to Know" is another piece built on folkloric material. "Alabanza" is a Rosewoman original that appeared on Cuba: The Conversation Continues. "It feels great to present it in the context of New Yor-Uba," she notes. With the release of Hallowed, Michele hopes "the folkloric world will see the spirit and depth of knowledge and respect shown to make this happen. And for the rest of the world, I hope the music is felt and enjoyed. "Folkloric masters from Cuba shared their knowledge so people could hear this," she continues, "I learned from those who hold the key, hold the tradition sacred and are grounded by it. You have got to go to the source."
Michele Rosewoman and New YorUba celebrate the release of Hallowed with a residency at Zinc Nov. 2 and Nov. 8.
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guest appearances. Indeed, Roger is going to join the Django Reinhardt Festival as a special guest, while Ludovic Beier and Pierre Blanchard are scheduled to sit in with the Roger Kellaway Trio. The logistics questions aside, the cross-pollination promises a one-of-a-kind experience for listeners as the two bands traverse the floors to play with one another. "I don't want to talk with my knees about it!" Roger jokes. "That flight of stairs is not to be taken in five or ten seconds! But we're going to work all that out." Ultimately, the weekend offers a truly perfect encapsulation of Roger Kellaway's career: an artist whose creativity is so boundless that his musical energy requires two simultaneous shows. Visit www.rogerkellaway.com to learn more about Roger Kellaway, his performances, and The Many Open Minds of Roger Kellaway.
Roger Kellaway plays Birdland Theater Nov. 15-16, and also appears on those dates at Birdland Jazz Club as special guest of the Django Reinhardt Festival. A Moment You Missed by Fran Kaufman Hot House Contributing Photographer On Sunday, Oct. 6, I headed to Jazz Standard to hear the Sullivan Fortner trio: Sullivan on piano, John Patitucci on bass and Nasheet Waits on drums. Hoping to get a photo for this page, I arrived early, and lucked out when I ran into John and Sullivan at the club's bar, talking about the upcoming set. As friendly offstage as on, they graciously mugged for my camera.
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Stryker, Peter Washington, John Webber. SUZYQUE’S BBQ & BAR: 34 S Valley Rd. West Orange. www.suzyques.com. 973-7367899. Free adm. Sun: 2-5pm except 11/10 Brunch w/Curtis Lundy Ens; Mon: 8pm-12am John Lee & friends. Nov 10: 2-6pm Vince Ector Organatomy Trio+ feat Houson Person; 11&25: 8-10pm Glenn franke's BigBand. HUDSON The BRIGHTSIDE TAVERN: 141 Bright St. Jersey City. www.brightsidetavern.com. 201435-1234. Mon: 8pm Keyed Up feat Brightside Tavern Trio. FOX & CROW: 594 Palisade Av. Jersey City. www.foxandcrowjc.com. 201-984-2775. HEADROOM BAR & SOCIAL: 150 Bay St. Jersey City. www.headroombar.com. 201963-4565. Sun 3-7pm All-Female Jam feat Andrea Brachfeld. NEW JERSEY CITY UNIVERSITY: 2039 Kennedy Blvd. Jersey City. www.njcu.edu. 201-200-2000. Nov 1: 8pm $15/5 adm Gabriel Alegria & The NJCU Jazz Orch; 23: 5-10pm $20/5 NJCU Fall Jazz Fest feat Gabriel Alegria. HUNTERDON FLEMINGTON DIY: 90 Main St. Flemington. www.flemingtondiy.org. Sets: 7:30pm/$15 adm. Nov 23: Philip Dizack Qrt. MERCER 1867 SANCTUARY AT EWING: 101 Scotch Rd. Ewing. www.1867sanctuary.org/series jazz. 609-392-6409. Nov 1: 8pm Joe Holt Solo; 16: 2pm Jan Baldwin & Tim Brown, 8pm Steve Sandberg & Rob Thomas; 23: 8pm Darla Rich Qrt. CANDLELIGHT LOUNGE: 24 Passaic St. Trenton. www.candlelightevents.way.to. 609695-9612. Sat: 3:30-7:30pm free adm/$10 min. www.jazztrenton.com. Nov 2: Carl Barlett, Jr; 9: Lars Haake; 16: James Burton; 23: Landon Gros; 30: Julian Pressley. HOPEWELL VALLEY BISTRO & INN: 15 East Broad St. Hopewell. 609-466-9889. www.hopewellbistro.com. Thurs: 6-9pm/ $15/5 don Jazz On Broad. Nov 7: Marta Sanchez/Caleb Curtis Duo; 14: James Popik & JP4; 21: Dave Schlossberg Solo. McCARTER THEATRE: 91 University Pl. Princeton. 609-258-2787. www.mccarter.org. Nov 6: 7:30pm Harlem 100 feat Mwenso & the Shakes w/spec guests Brianna Thomas, Michela Marino Lerman & Vuyo Sotashe. PRINCETON UNIVERSITY: Richardson Auditorium. 68 Nassau St. Princeton. 609258-5000. www.princeton.edu/richaud. Sets: 8pm. Nov 16: Rudresh Mahanthappa & Small Groups I & A; 23: Darcy James Argue & Creative Large Ens. PRINCETON UNIVERSITY: Fine Hall. 304 Washington Rd. Princeton. 609-258-4200. www.princeton.edu/music. Sets: 7:30pm. Nov 8: Sara Serpa; 21: Dr. Trineice RobinsonMartin & Jazz Vocal Collective. MIDDLESEX CHAMBER 43: 427 Raritan Av. Highland Park. www.chamber43.com. 732-354-3047. Nov 10: 6pm Lisa Parrott feat Jamie Fox. DELTA’S RESTAURANT: 19 Dennis St. New Brunswick. www.deltasrestaurant.com. 732249-1515. Nov 9: 6:30-10:30pm Maurício de Souza & Bossa Brasil® feat Matt Schoenbaum. 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. Nov 1: Jackie Jones Duo; 8: Mike Bond Duo; 15: Alex Collins Duo; 22: Emma Larsson Duo.
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. Nov 5: Evan Kilgore; 12: Benjamin Weise; 19: Gabriel Bar-Cohen; 26: tba. OLD FRANKLIN SCHOOLHOUSE: 491 Middlesex Av (RT 27). Metuchen. 862-3682202. First Sun: 3-5:15 pm CornerstoneJazz series. Nov 3: Bruce Harris Band. STATE THEATRE: 15 Livingston Av. New Brunswick. www.statetheatrenj.org. 732-2467469. Nov 6: 8pm Blue Note’s 80th Anniv feat Kandace Springs, James Francies & James Carter. STEAKHOUSE 85: 85 Church St. New Brunswick. www.steakhouse85.com. 732247-8585. Nov 23: 6-10pm Chris DeVito Trio. TAVERN ON GEORGE: 361 George St. New Brunswick. www.tavernongeorge.com. 732545-6205. Wed-Thurs: 8-11pm free adm The New Brunswick Jazz Project/www.nbjp. org. Nov 6: Nicole Glover Trio; 7: Marianne Solivan Qrt; 13: Nat Adderley, Jr. Trio; 14: Ray Gelato & City Rhythm; 20: Brian Landrus Qrt; 21: Cynthia Soriano Qrt; 27: Dave Schumacher/Jerry Weldon Qrt. MONMOUTH HERB ECKERT AUDITORIUM: At Senior Center South Brunswick Municipal Complex. 540 Rte 522. Monmouth Junction. www.sbarts.org/jazz-cafe. 732-329-4000. Nov 1: 7:30pm $6 adm Jack Furlong Qrt. MORRIS BICKFORD THEATRE: 6 Normandy Heights Rd. Morristown. 973-971-3706. www.morris museum.org/jazz-showcase. Nov 4: 7:309pm $20/25 adm Bickford benefit concert feat Randy Reinhart, Herb Gardner, Dan Levinson. COLLEGE OF SAINTE ELIZABETH: 2 Convent Rd. Morristown. www.lksarts.org. 800-838-3006. Nov 14: 7:30pm $25/22 adm Marilyn Maye & Danny Bacher w/Pat Longo's Hollywood East Coast Big Band & spec guest Harry Allen. HIBISCUS RESTAURANT: 270 South St. Morristown. www.hibiscuscuisine.com. 973359-0200. SHANGHAI JAZZ: 24 Main St. Madison. 973822-2899. www.shanghaijazz.com. Free adm. Sun 6-8:30pm, Tues 6:30-9pm, Wed-Thurs 79:30pm, Fri-Sat 6:15&8:45pm. Closed Mon. Nov 1: Eric Mintel Qrt; 2: Maria Raquel; 5: Jerry Vezza; 6: Olli Soikkeli; 10: Eric Comstock; 12&19: Grover Kemble & Jerry Vezza; 21: Peter & Will Anderson Trio. PASSAIC WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY: 300 Pompton Rd. Wayne. www.wpunj.edu. 973720-2371. Sets: 4pm. Nov 10: Carl Allen Qnt; 17: New York Voices w/WPU Jazz Orch; 24: Daisy Castro. SOMERSET WATCHUNG ARTS CENTER: 18 Stirling Rd. Watchung. www.watchungarts.org. 908-7530190. Nov 9: 8-10pm Rio Clemente. WARREN RUTHERFURD HALL: 1686 Rte 517. Allamuchy. 908-852-1894. www.rutherfurd hall.org. Nov 24: 3-5pm $25/20 adm Jazz at the Rutherfurd feat Swingadelic.
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UNIOR TERRY CABRERA WAS born to a higher calling. Like his brothY ers Yosvany and the late Yoel, he is part of
the dynasty that flourished under family patriarch, Eladio "Don Pancho" Terry Gonzalez who, with his wife, Lidia Cabrera León, brought song, dance and worship to their home in Camagüey, Cuba. "After completing a year of study and ceremonies, I was initiated into the Sabalú cabildo de Matanzas, Cuba," Yunior says. "Now I have joined Yosvany in becoming an Arará practitioner. That is, I joined the community as a cultural bearer of African rhythms, chants and ceremonies that originated in the African kingdom of Dahomey," the composer, bassist, violinist explains. Today he is a cup-bearer for his family and the communal diaspora to which they belong. "Arará people have descended from Fon, Ewe, Popo, Mahi and other ethnic groups in Dahomey," Yunior says. "Arará is also the music, dance and religion of our people in Cuba and elsewhere." To the uninitiated, Arará music may sound similar, if not the same, as Cuba's many other musical forms, such as Lucumi, Bantu and rumba. However, it is markedly different, despite the ubiquitous presence of the batá and conga drums that drive all Afro-Cuban music and dance ceremonies, Cuban comparsas and performances on the concert stage. The difference with Arará is found in the core sound of Ye-Dé-Gbé percussion: the yonofó, apitlí, wewé and akotó drums that accompany prayers and chants in the Dahomey tradition. Yunior does not play those drums—they are played by musician-priests of the tradition. But as a bassist, what he is able to do, like very few in today's music, is accompany the drummers, anchoring them solidly as they lead the musical and communal groups in song, dance and prayer. Masterful displays of this are best heard in the environs of Camagüey itself. However, Yunior and his brothers, led by their patri-
arch-father, also gave notice of their special endowments on 1996's From Africa to Camagüey: Afro-Cuban Jazz (Round World Music). The breathtaking and viscerally energetic music showed, among other things, why Yunior is now one of the most sought-after bassists in Afro-Cuban jazz wherever it is played. A melodic player, Yunior's virtuosity shines in cascades of exquisite, voluptuous notes that echo from the belly of the contrabass. He is an inspiration to dancers and acts as a bridge between the long line of bassists playing in the Cuban and jazz traditions. His rhythmic sensibility also matches that of the great drummers. "I dedicate my gifts to God who gave them to me," Yunior says shyly. These extraordinary gifts grace many recordings, including Yosvany's New Throned King (5Passion) in 2014. Meanwhile, 2012's landmark Mi Bajo Danzón (Palo Santo Music) defined his role as leader. With characteristic excitement he promises, "Brand-new music in the Afro-Cuban tradition is coming soon!"
Yunior Terry and Son de Altura and special guests headline Havana Jam at the Hostos Center for the Arts, Nov. 15 celebrating the 500th anniversary of Havana. Terry photo by Nicola Dracoulis.
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Jazz at Atlas series. Nov 2: 8pm $25/20 adm James Emery Trio. CATSKILL MOUNTAIN PIZZA COMPANY: 51 Mill Hill Rd. Woodstock. 845-679-7969. www.catskillmountainpizza.com. Wed: 9pm Jazz Night. 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). Nov 2: FU Neil Alexander & Nail; 3: Matt Darriau's Paraodox Trio; 10: Vic Juris Trio; 13: FU 7pm Jazz Sessions; 17: Sheila Jordan Trio; 20: Common Tongue; 24: B Saints of Swing, 8pm Jeff “Tain” Watts Travel Band. HOWLAND CULTURAL CENTER: 477 Main St. Beacon. www.howlandculturalcenter. org. 845-831-4988. Nov 23: 8pm $15/20 adm Chris Forbes. HUDSON HALL: 327 Warren St. Hudson. www.hudsonhall.org. 518-822-1438. Nov 2: 7-9pm Adam Rudolph’s Go Organic Orch w/Brooklyn Raga Massive; 16: 7-8:30pm Steven Feifke Big Band. LYDIA’S CAFE: 7 Old US Hwy 209. Stone Ridge. www.lydias-cafe.com. 845-687-6373. Sets: 7-10pm. Nov 8: Rob Scheps/ Francesca Tanksley Qrt; 9: Patricia Dalton & John Esposito; 22: Linus Wyrsch Qrt; 23: Steve Raleigh Trio; 30: Neil Alexander & Nail. MAUREEN’S JAZZ CELLAR: 2 N Bway. Nyack. www.maureensjazzcellar.com. 845535-3143. Sets: unless otherwise noted Sun 6pm, Fri-Sat 8pm. Nov 2: Richard Sussman Trio, 10pm Jam w/Freddie Jacobs & friends; 8: +9:30pm Dave Kikoski Trio; 9: Shwizz & Fig; 10: Sacha Boutros Qrt; 15: Pete Malinverni Trio; 16: Roz Corral Qrt feat Bruce Barth; 22: Frank Perowsky w/Bop on Top; 23: Matt Haviland Qrt; 24: +7:30pm Kim Hawkey & the Swingaroos; 29: +9:30pm Souren Baronian Taksim; 30: Nathan Peck Family Band. QUINN’S: 330 Main St. Beacon. 845-202-7447. www.quinnsbeacon.com. Nov 9: 9pm $10 don New Zion Trio; 17: Joe McPhee. 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, Thurs 8-11pm, Fri-Sat 7-11pm. Adm varies. Residency (R): Thurs except 11/28 Jam w/Bill Washer & friends. Nov 1: Giacomo Gates Trio; 2: Peter & Will Anderson Trio; 3: Bill Charlap Solo; 4: 710pm Phil Woods Annual Scholarship Fundraiser feat Matt Vashlishan, Chris Persad; 7: R; 8: Adison Evans Qrt; 9: Vinny Bianchi's La Cuchina; 10: Stephanie Niles; 14: R; 15: Skip Wilkins, Dan Wilkins & friends; 16: Troy Roberts Qrt; 17: the Lantz Family; 21: R; 22: Alexis Cole Trio; 23: Houston Person w/David Leonhardt Trio; 24: The Pretty Boys; 25: 7:30-10:30pm Matt Vashlishan & The Water Gap Jazz Orch; 28: closed; 29: Davey Lantz Qrt; 30: The Autumn Qrt.
QUEENS DOMINIES: 34-07 30th Av. Long Island City.
718-728-1834. Sun: 9pm-12am Keyed Up feat Christian Coleman’s Trample Man. FLUSHING TOWN HALL: 137-35 Northern Blvd. Flushing. www.flushingtownhall.org. 718-463-7700. 1st Wed: 7pm $10 adm Jam w/Carol Sudhalter. Nov 8: 8pm NEA Jazz Masters w/Candido Camero, Barry Harris, Paquito D’Rivera, Jimmy Owens, Jimmy Cobb & Reggie Workman; 16: 1&2:15pm Native American Hip Hop Jazz Fusion panel discussion w/Chris Bidtah & Delbert Anderson; 22: 8pm Gustavo Casenave Qrt. JACKSON ROOM: 192-07 Linden Blvd. St Albans. www.jacksonroom.com. 718-5252387. Last Sat: 8-11pm. 8&10pm $20 adm incl snacks/beverage feat Ed Jackson Qrt. JAMAICA CENTER OF ARTS & LEARNING: 161-04 Jamaica Av. Jamaica. www.jcal.org. 718-658-7400. 2nd Thurs: 8pm $10 adm Thursday Night Jazz series. Nov 14: Melvis Santa. 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. TERRAZA 7: 40-19 Gleane St. Elmhurst. www.terraza7.com. 718-803-9602. Sun: 9:30pm-2am $7 adm Jam w/John Benitez Trio; 2nd&4th Wed: 9pm TR7 Jam w/John Yao & Peter Brendler. Nov 6: 9:30pm Ari Hoenig Trio; 29: 9:30pm Edy Martinez Qnt.
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. BEANRUNNER CAFÉ: 201 S Division & Esther St. Peekskill. 914-737-1701. www.beanrunnercafe.com. Fri-Sat: 810:30pm $15 adm. Nov 2: Haven Street Qnt; 9: Wali Ali Band; 15: Soul Purpose; 16: Nova Blue; 23: Valerie Capers Qrt; 30: Ed Croft Trio. EMELIN THEATRE: 153 Library Ln. Mamaroneck. www.emelin.org. 914-6980098. Nov 2: 8pm $65-45 adm Tommy Dorsey Orch. FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: 199N Columbus Av at E Lincoln Av. Mount Vernon. www.pjsjazz.org. 914-636-4977. 2nd Sun: 5:15-9pm $25 adm Second Sunday Jazz series. Nov 10: Firey Strings Sistas. JAZZ FORUM: 1 Dixon Ln. Tarrytown. 914-6311000. www.jazzforumarts.org. Sets/adm: Sun 4&6pm $15/20; Fri-Sat 7&9:30pm. Nov 1-2: $25/30 Ann Hampton Callaway; 3: Tommy Campbell Qrt; 8-9: $25/30 Houston Person Qrt; 10: Matthew Parrish Qrt feat Michelle Lordi; 15-16: $20/25 David Amram; 17: Rogerio Boccato Qrt; 22-23: $25/30 Fred Hersch Trio; 24: Noah Haidu Trio; 29-30: $20/25 Vic Juris & Kate Baker Qnt.
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