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THE LATIN SIDE OF HOT HOUSE P31
Smoke Jazz & Supper Club
National Jazz Museum in Harlem
Jane Bunnett & Maqueque
Where To Go & Who To See Since 1982
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WINNING SPINS USICIANS EMBRACING THE music and rhythms of cultures outM side their North American homes are the
forces behind two new albums. Alto and soprano saxophonist, flutist and thumb piano player T.K. Blue (also known as Talib Kibwe) pays tribute to his longtime leader and mentor, Randy Weston. The pianist, jazz's leading apostle of African rhythms as the music's roots and bedrock, died last year at 92. Jane Bunnett, the Canadian soprano saxophonist and flutist, presents the latest offering from her 5year-old all-female collective sextet, Maqueque, a band rooted in Afro-Cuban traditions. The title of T.K. Blue's The Rhythms Continue (Jaja Records), alludes to the name Randy gave his combos: African Rhythms; T.K. was a member of those bands for three decades. He reunites here with two African Rhythms stalwarts, bassist Alex Blake and percussionist Chief Baba Neil Clarke, on a number of tracks that showcase a lineup similar to Randy's. Pianist Sharp Radway invokes the late master's spirit. Those band tracks are mostly T.K. Blue originals with prominent African-inspired rhythms, but they are but just facet of this recording’s myriad sides. On Randy's "Kucheza Blues," tenor saxophonist Billy Harper joins the basic ensemble, adding a solo that inspires T.K.'s following one as a CD highlight. Randy's most famous tune, "Hi Fly," also features Billy, as well as the four-handed piano duo of Mike King and Keith Brown, in a rendition that forgoes the head (lead melody) as well as the usual 6/8 beat in favor of a fast, swinging flag-waver. Five of Randy's compositions are played by T.K. alone. Four are resonant a cappella alto sax solos; the fifth, "Night in Medina," comprises both soprano and alto saxes, a cappella as well as sometimes overdubbed (or played together) in the manner of Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Two distinctive tunes represent Melba Liston, the trombonist who was Randy's frequent orchestrator and arranger. The catchy "Insomnia" and the deeply lyrical "Just Waiting: A Sister's Lament" are both done as duets of T.K.'s alto sax and the rhapsodic piano of Kelly Green. On a handful of tracks (the album boasts 19 altogether) the saxophonist also plays one or more of his four African thumb pianos, creating a traditional vibe accentuated by Neil's polyrhythmic percus-
By George K anzler
sion. T.K.'s "The Wise One Speaks" has thumb piano lines dubbed under his soprano sax solo, while the Senegalese-rhythmed "At the Crossroads of Touba" finds him soloing on flute over thumb piano riffs. The CD ends on an elegiac note with Talib's "World 3: The Last Goodbye," quoting "In a Sentimental Mood" (Randy revered Duke Ellington) in a gentle piece with piano, bass, flute and hints of thumb piano. Jane Bunnett and Maqueque's On Firm Ground / Tierra Firme (Linus), is imbued with the musical traditions of Cuba, from Afro-Cuban rhythms to the incorporation of voices into the sounds and textures of the ensemble. Almost all of the tracks are compositions by Jane or the members of Maqueque, some inspired by or partaking of traditional Cuban tunes. The only exception is producer Larry Kramer's reimagining of John Coltrane's "Moment's Notice" as the Afro-Cuban "Momentum," with Jane's scintillating flute flying over the beats. Jane employs either her flute or soprano sax, sometimes both, on all of the tracks, the flute taking on an ethereal bent on more meditative pieces like "Sky High," with its lighter rhythms and wordless vocals cushioning the warbling flute. Maqueque is a true collective, and that communal spirit bursts forth in both the polyrhythms of bassist Tailin Marrero, drummer Yissy García and percussionist MaryPaz Fernández, as well as the vocals of Joanna Tendai Majoko, Tailin, MaryPaz and added guest vocalists Daymé Arocena, Melvis Santa and Nicole Nikki D Brown. The latter also contributes a reverberant sacred steel (pedal steel guitar) solo on the inspirational "On Firm Ground." The women's wordless vocals add instrumental textures, enhancing the arrangements. They also provide call-response and chorus-invoking solo-response patterns based on Afro-Cuban and African musical traditions. This music conveys a spiritual resonance, a sense of ritual in both the highly evocative vocal delivery and buoyant, vibrant Afro-Cuban rhythms that enliven this unique ensemble of female musicians who have found inspiration and creativity in well-worn traditions and rhythms.
T.K. Blue appears at Turnmill Oct. 9; Mist Harlem, Oct. 25; and Minton’s Playhouse, Oct. 31. Jane Bunnett and Maqueque play the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, Oct. 8
10 Blue cover photo by Enid Farber, Bunnett & Maqueque by Rick McGinnis, Washington by Chris Drukker.
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CLUBS & HALLS UPPER MANHATTAN (Above 70th Street)
449 LA: 449 Lenox Av (bet 132nd & 133rd Sts). 212-234-3298. Sun: 1-3:30&4-7pm Patio Jazz; Thurs: 1-3:30pm Jazz & Dessert; Fri-Sat: 8:30pm. AMERICAN LEGION POST: 248W 132nd St (bet 7th & 8th Avs). 212-283-9701. Sun, atlernative Wed & Thurs: 6:30-10:30pm Jam. BEACON THEATRE: 2124 Bway (bet 74th & 75th Sts). www.beacontheatre.com. 212-4967070. Oct 1-2 7:30pm, 4-5 8pm: Tedeschi Trucks Band; 30: 8pm Pink Martini. BILL’S PLACE: 148W 133rd St (bet Lenox & 7th Avs). www.billsplaceharlem.com. 212-2810777. Fri-Sat: 8&10pm $20 don Bill Saxton Bebop Band. CAFÉ CARLYLE: At Carlyle Hotel. 35E 76th St at Madison. www.thecarlyle.com. 212-7441600. Mon: 8:45pm Woody Allen & Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band. 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. Oct 3: Kuni Mikami; 4: Paul Special Trio; 5: Denton Darien; 10: Didi Grooves; 11: Kuni Mikami; 12: Sachamo Mannan Qrt; 17: the Equilibrium Band; 18: Alan Chaubert; 19: Walter Williams; 24: Dan Furman; 25: Jesse Crawford; 26: Masami Ishikawa; 31: Roland Temple. GINNY’S SUPPER CLUB: At Red Rooster. 310 Lenox Av (bet 125th & 126th Sts). www.ginnyssupperclub.com. 212-792-9001. Sets: 8pm. Oct 18: Christopher McBride & the Whole Proof; 19: Allan Harris; 25: Alphonso Horne & The Gotham Kings. 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. 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.miller theatre.com. Oct 24: 8pm Vijay Iyer. 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: Sun Jason Marshall Big Band; Thurs Jazzmobile feat 10/3 Jimmy Owens, 10/10 Danny Mixon, 10/17 The Marc Cary/Ben Williams Project Harlem Sessions, 10/24 Bill Saxton, 10/31 T.K. Blue; Fri Jazz Diva Series feat 10/4
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Charles Turner, 10/11 Solomon Hicks, 10/18 Lezlie Harrison, 10/25 Joy Hanson; Sat JC Hopkins Biggish Band. MIST HARLEM: 46W 116th St (bet Lenox & 5th Av). www.mistharlem.com. 646-738-3043. Fri: 10pm-2am $10 adm Harlem Late Night Jazz. Oct 25: T.K. Blue. NATIONAL JAZZ MUSEUM IN HARLEM: 58W 129th St at Malcolm X Blvd. 212-3488300. www.jmih.org. 7-8:30pm $10 don. Oct 1: Harlem Speaks feat Jeh Johnson; 3: CsawideJazz and Social Justice, A Salon with Music feat Afro Yaqui Music Collective; 5: 2pm First Saturday Jam w/David Durrah; 8: Jane Bunnett; 12: 3:30pm Vinyasa Jazz Flow; 13: 2-5pm Jazz Power Initiative’s Intergenerational Jazz Jam; 15: Joe Lovano; 17: Kalia Vandever Gp & Mark Wade Trio. 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. PENNY JO’S: 3898 Bway (bet 162nd & 163rd Sts). 646-609-2216. Sets: 9pm-12am. Oct 5: MvH Organ Trio; 12&19: Reed Miller Trio. ROOM 623: At B Squared Harlem. 271W 119th St (bet Frederick Douglass & Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvds). www.b2harlem.com/ room623. 212-280-2248. Sets/adm: Sun 36&8-11pm, Fri 10pm-1am; $10/15. Sun: 36pm Vocal Jazz Jam feat 10/6 Aimée Allen, 10/13 Elisabeth Lohninger, 10/20 Bogna Kicinska, 10/27 Michelle Walker, 8pm The Harlem Jazz Session w/Peter Brainin & friends. Oct 4: Ron Jackson Trio; 11: Joe Pino Qrt; 18: D.O.G Organ Trio; 25: Sylvia Cuenca Trio. SHOWMANS: 375W 125th St at Morningside. 212-864-8941. SHRINE: 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (bet 133rd & 134th Sts). 212-690-7807. www.shrinenyc.com. Sets: Early (E) 6-7pm, Late (L) 7-8pm. Residencies (R): Sun E-L Jam w/Andrew Kushnir; 1st Sun 8-10pm The Shrine Big Band. Oct 2: E Jon Snell; 4: E Justus Heher, L Josiah Boornazian; 5: L Hong's Voices; 6: R; 7: E-L Jon Menges Qrt; 8: E Hajime Yoshida/Satoshi Kataoka; 9: E Charles Turner Qrt, L Bas van Andel Qrt feat Joris Teepe; 10: L Joe Pino Qnt; 11: L Furmi Gomez Qrt; 12: E Claudia Hayden, L Michael Morgan Trio; 13: R; 15: E-L Emiliano Lasansky; 18: L Dahna & Panas; 19: L Raquel Rivera + James Labrosse; 20: R; 22: E Elise Wood Duo, L The Time's Up Orch; 23: E-L Sahil Warsi; 24: E Jakob Ebers, L The Jade Collective; 26: L The Jade Collective; 27: R. 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. Oct 1: E-L Bruce Gregori; 2: E-L Carol Morgan; 3: E-L Don Hanson; 4: E-L Michael Sarian Acoustic Qrt; 5: E-L The Young Lions Jazz Orch; 8: 8-10pm Jrien Jamanila; 10: E-L Brandon Lee; 11: L Charles Turner Qrt; 14: 8-10pm Phillipe Lemm Trio; 15: L Jon Snell; 17: E-L Anibal Rojas; 18: E-L Andrew McGowan Trio; 24: EL Joe Fiedler's Big Sackbut; 25: E Joe Pino Qnt; 26: E KGVYK Qrt; 28: E-L Takeshi Otani Band; 30: L The Scalicis, 8-9pm The Uptown Guitars; 31: E-L Nicole Connelly. SMOKE JAZZ & SUPPER CLUB: 2751 Bway
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(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 11:30pm; Fri-Sat E 7,9&10:30pm, L 11:30pm &12:45am; adm/min vary. Residencies: Sun L except 10/6 Roxy Coss Trio, 10/6 Lucas Pino Trio; Mon (R) E Vincent Herring Qrt, L The New Jam Session; Tues (R) except 10/1 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. Oct 1: Brian Charette Organ Qrt; 2: tribute to Wayne Shorter feat Nicole Glover, Emilio Modeste; 3-6: Donald Harrison Qrt; 7-8: R; 9: Cynthia Scott; 10-13: Art Blakey centennial celeb feat Kenny Washington; 14-15: R; 16: Amina Figarova Sxt; 17-20: George Coleman Qrt; 21-22: R; 23: Carolyn Leonhart Qnt; 24-27: Elio Villafranca Qnt; 28-29: R; 30: Steven Kroon Latin Jazz Sxt; 31-Nov 3: Nicholas Payton Trio. SUGAR BAR: 254W 72nd St (bet Bway & West End Av). 212-579-0222. www.sugarbarnyc.com. Sets/adm: 8pm/$10 unless otherwise noted. Residencies: Wed except 10/16 Electrikana; Thurs 9pm Open Mic w/Sugar Bar All Star Band. Oct 5: 9pm Irini Res & the Jazz Mix; 12: Rob Silverman Qrt; 19: $15 Kym Hampton; 26: Bernadette Barnes & Call me dope. SYMPHONY SPACE: 2537 Bway at 95th St. 212-864-5400. www.symphonyspace.org. Bar Thalia (BT). Oct 5: 11am Oran Etkin’s Timbalooloo; 9: 8:30pm Petros Klampanis; 17: 7:30pm Lakecia Benjamin; 18: 8pm AACM feat Jay Clayton & Jerry Granelli Duo + Zone Trio; 20: BT 4pm International Women in Jazz Open Mic; 20: BT 7pm E.J. Decker; 27: BT 7pm Tunes at Thalia. The TRIAD THEATER: 158W 72nd St (bet Bway & Columbus). www.triadnyc.com. 212362-2590. 2 drink/min. Oct 10: 9:30pm Canary in Combats feat Alexis Cole; 11: 9pm Molly Tentarelli; 12: 7pm Datevik Hovanesian Trio; 28: 7pm AS IS feat Stacey & Alan Shulman.
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. Oct 9: w/guest Roz Corral. 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 (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 10/26 Eric Comstock. Oct 1-8: Ron Carter's Great Big Band; 3: E Ronny Whyte w/Cecilia Coleman Big Band; 6: E Marcello Pellitteri benefit for the Veronica Pellitteri Memorial Fund + R; 8-12: Ron Carter's Golden Striker Trio; 10: E Taeko; 13: E Vanessa Racci + R; 15-19: Ron Carter Qrt; 17: E Mari Koga; 20: E Eyal Vilner Big Band + R; 22-26: Ron Carter Nnt; 24: E Adison Evans; 26: E Jay Leonhart; 27: E Paul Marinaro + R; 29-30: Frank Catalano Qrt; 31-Nov 2: Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller's Parlour Game. 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. Oct 2: L Birdography, celebrating Art Blakey w/David DeJesus & Chris Smith; 3: L Regina Martin; 4-5: E-L Bruce Harris; 6: E Kelly Green Trio; 7: E Tedd Firth Trio; 8: E Stephanie Nakasian; 9: E-L Sam Dillon Qrt; 10: E-L Youn Sun Nah; 11-12: L Hila Kulik Gp; 13: E-L Mafalda Minnozzi; 14: E Jed Levy Qrt; 16: E-L Jesse Harris w/spec guests; 17: L Matt Dwonszyk Wonderful World Qrt; 1819: E-L Joel Frahm Qrt; 20: L Michael Thomas Qrt; 21: E Emmet Cohen Trio; 22: E Matt Baker; 24: E-L Laszlo Gardony Trio; 25-26: E-L Gabrielle Stravelli Qnt; 28: E The Nextgen Qrt + Wayne Tucker & The Bad Motha's; 29: E Kristen Lee Sergeant w/spec guest Ted Nash; 30-31: E-L Champian Fulton. 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. CARNEGIE HALL: 57th St & 7th Av. 212-2477800. www.carnegiehall.org. Oct 5: 8pm $6580 adm Beegie Adair Trio; 18: 9pm $50-65 Joey Alexander Trio. 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. Oct 4: 6pm Mister Diva & The Gents, 8pm Moth to Flame; 5: 6pm Chloé Perrier & The French Heart Band; 6: 6pm The New York Nightingales, 8pm Violette; 10: 6pm Emilie Surtees, 8pm Jim Funnell’s Word Out; 11: 10pm Pia Salvia; 12: 8pm Acute Inflections; 13: 4pm So French Cabaret, 8pm Violette; 17: 6pm Emilie Surtees, 8pm Bas van Andel Qrt feat Joris Teepe; 18: 6:30&8pm James Austin Jr.; 19: 6pm Chloé Perrier & The French Heart Band, 8pm Louise Cappi; 20: 5pm So French Cabaret, 7pm Violette; 24: 6pm Emilie Surtees; 25: 8pm Meredith; 26: 6pm Saul Cosme Qnt, 8pm Barbara Martinez. CONSULATE GENERAL OF ARGENTINA: 12W 56th St. 212-603-0400. Oct 4: 8-9:30pm free adm Marco Sanguinetti Qrt. 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. 7:30pm: free adm. Oct 10: Melvis Santa; 18: Tito Rodríguez, Jr.; 24: Melanie Charles. DIMENNA CENTER FOR CLASSICAL MUSIC: 450W 37th St (bet 9th & 10th Av). www.dimennacenter.org. 212-594-6100. Oct 5: 8pm Rita Figueiredo & Benji Kaplan. DIZZY’S CLUB: At Jazz @ Lincoln Center. 10 Columbus Cr at 60th St. 5th Fl. www.jalc.org. 212-258-9800. Sets/adm unless otherwise noted: 7:30&9:30pm, 11:30pm Late Night Sessions; Sun-Wed $35, Thurs-Fri $40, Sat $45; $10 min. Oct 1: 7:30pm Mathis Sound Orch, 9:30pm Endea Owens & the Cookout; 3: Donald Edwards Qnt; 4: Sarah McKenzie Qnt; 5-6: Nnenna Freelon; 7-12: Art Blakey centennial celeb feat 10/7 Ralph Peterson & Gen-Next Big Band, 10/8-9 One For All, 10/1012 Valery Ponomarev; 13: $30 Oscar Hernandez Qnt; 14: Juilliard Jazz Ensembles; 15: $40 Bill Charlap Solo; 16: $40 7:30pm Dick Hyman & Ken Peplowski, 9:30pm Dick Hyman, Bill Charlap & Ken Peplowski; 17-20: Rufus Reid; 21: Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orch; 22: Trevor Watkis Qnt; 23-24: Andy Farber Big Band; 25-27: 10/25 $45, 10/27 $30 Eric Reed; 28: $40 Damien Sneed; 29: Samuel Torres; 30-31: Edmar Castañeda Qrt. Late Night Sessions
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w/Oct 1-5: Keith Brown; 8-12: George DeLancey; 15-19: Charles Turner & Uptown Swing; 22-26&29-Nov 2: tba. FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW: 254W 54th St, Cellar (bet Bway & 8th Av). 646-476-3551. www.54below.com. Oct 9: 9:30pm Fleur Seule; 26: 11:30pm Erica von Kleist. 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. Oct 2: 8:30pm Dave Larue/Glenn Alexander Band; 5-6: 8&10pm Stanley Jordan; 18-19: 8&10:30pm Larry Carlton; 22-23: 8pm Acoustic Alchemy; 28: 8pm 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. Oct 1: Helen Kay Qrt; 2: Celia Berk Comes Love Trio; 3: Zac Zinger Gp; 4: Frank Catalano Qrt; 5: Tom Pappas Qnt; 6-7: R; 8: Daisuke Konno Qrt; 9: Steve Sandberg Qrt; 10: Michelle Duda Trio; 11-12: Ken Peplowski/Frank Kimbrough Duo; 13-14: R; 15: Sabtiago Qrt; 16: Ted Brown Qrt; 17: Monday Michiru Trio; 18: Lew Tabakin Qrt; 19: Dave Pietro Gp; 2021: R; 22: Tony Bird Qrt; 23: Kyoko Oyobe Qrt; 24: Pamela Knowles Qrt; 25: Michael Morreale; 26: Mike Clark Trio; 27-28: R; 29: Elizabeth Tomboulian Qrt; 30: Akemi Yamada Qrt; 31: Vicki Burns Qrt. JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER: 10 Columbus Cr at 60th St. 5th Fl. www.jalc.org. 212-2589800. Appel Room (AR), Rose Theater (RT). Oct 5: 1&3pm RT Who is Chick Corea? feat Sean Mason, Micah Thomas & Tyler Henderson; 18-19: 7&9:30pm AR Joe Lovano Universal Jazz Ens; 25 7pm, 26 2&7pm: RT Sesame’s 50th anniv feat Jazz at Lincoln Center Orch w/Wynton Marsalis. 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. Oct 7&21: 7-9:30pm Jazz Foundation of America Jam. METRO BAPTIST CHURCH: 410W 40th St (bet 9th & 10th Avs). 212-594-4464. www.mbcnyc.org. Oct 11: 7:30-10pm $20/15 adm World Piano Summit feat Luiz Simas, Steve Sandberg, Armen Donelian & guests. 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. Oct 3: 7:30pm $30 Andrea Brachfeld & Insight. PARNELL’S: 350E 53rd St at 1st Av. 212-7531761. www.parnellsnyc.com. Oct 11: 7-10pm free adm/$25 min Scot Albertson/Dan Furman. The PIERRE: 2E 61st St at 5th Av. 212-8388000. www.thepierreny.com. Thurs-Sat: 6:309:30pm Antonio Ciacca. PULSE CLUB: At Marriott Vacation. 33W 37th St (bet 5th & 6th Avs). 212-448-1024. Sets: Tues-Thurs 5-8pm. Tues: Charlie Apicella & Iron City; Wed: Latin Sounds; Thurs: Peter Manes & The Keys.
RESIDENCE INN TIMES SQUARE: 1033 6th Av at 39th St. 212-768-0007. Tues: 7:3010:30pm free adm Daniel Bennett Gp. The RUM HOUSE: At Hotel Edison. 228W 47th St (bet Bway & 8th Av). 646-490-6924. www.edisonrumhouse.com. Oct 14&28: 10pm-2am Lou Caputo & Company. RUSSIAN SAMOVAR: 256W 52nd St (bet Bway & 8th Av). www.russiansamovar.com. 212-757-0168. Sun: 3-7pm. Oct 6: Yuko Ito Trio; 13: Satish Robertson Qrt; 20: Kay Mori Trio; 27: Patience Higgins Qrt. 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. Oct 2: Judy Niemack; 6: Magos Herrera; 9: Gene Bertoncini/Ike Sturm/Melissa Stylianou; 12: 3pm Friends of Alec Wilder concert feat Manhattan Brass; 13: Godwin Louis w/Choir; 16: Hilary Gardner & Ehud Asherie; 20: Heart Qrt; 23: Mark Christian Miller; 27: Heart Qrt; 30: Ron Aprea Big Band feat Angela Deniro. SECRET ROOM: 707 8th Av (bet 44th & 45th Sts). www.secretroomnyc.com. 917-7088663. Wed: 7:30-10:30pm $25/30 adm incl 1 drink Glenn Crytzer Orch. SONY HALL: 235W 46th St (bet 7th & 8th Avs). www.sonyhall.com. 212-997-5123. Oct 19-20: 8&10:30pm Hiromi; 26-27: 7:30pm Madeleine Peyroux. 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. Oct 6: 7-8:30pm free adm/$5 min Bill Stevens; 13 7-8:30pm free adm/$5 min & 17 7-9:30pm $10/10 min: Linda Presgrave Qrt. The TOWN HALL: 123W 43rd St (bet 6&7th Avs). www.thetownhall.org. 212-840-2824. Oct 19: 2:30&7:30pm Glenn Miller Orch; 24: 8pm The Preservation Hall Jazz Band w/Yusa & spec guests.
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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. Oct 14: L Will Sellenraad Trio. 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 10/16,21&23: Jordan Young Trio. Oct 5: Eric Zolan; 16,21&23: Matt Chertkoff Trio.
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BAHA’Í CENTER: 53E 11th St (bet Bway & University). www.bahainyc.org. 212-2225159. Tues: 8&9:30pm $10/15 adm. Oct 1: Lena Bloch & Feathery Ens; 8: Paul West & the Lonnie West Memorial Big Band; 22: 8pm Dizzy Gillespie B’day concert w/Mike Longo’s NY State of the Art Jazz Ens feat Ira Hawkins & spec guests Jimmy Owens & Annie Ross. BAR NEXT DOOR: 129 McDougal St. 212-5295945. www.lalanternacaffe.com. Sets: Sun 8&10pm, Mon-Thurs Early (E) 6:30-7:45pm, Late (L) 8:30&10:30pm, Fri-Sat 7:30,9:30& 11:30pm. Adm: $12 all night + 1 drink min/set except Fri-Sat $12/set + 1 drink min/set, E free. Trios unless otherwise noted. MonThurs: E Emerging Artists series; Mon: L Vocal Mondays series. Residencies (R): Sun Peter Mazza; Wed L Jonathan Kreisberg. Oct 1: E Jake Richter, L Jonathan Saraga; 2: E Andrew Cheng, L R; 3: E Olin Clark, L Nate Radley; 4: Patrick Cornelius; 5: Quentin Angus; 6: R; 7: E Lisa Hoppe, L Teri Roiger; 8: E Alec Aldred, L Sebastian Noelle; 9: E Vid Jamnik, L R; 10: E Erich Jonhnson, L Dave Stryker; 11: Jocelyn Gould; 12: Rodney Jones; 13: R; 14: E Jacob Kohlhas, L Erli Perez; 15: E Jacob Kohlhas, L Richard Padron; 16: E Artur Akhmetov, L R; 17: E Olin Clark, L Perry Smith; 18: Kaleidoscope Trio; 19: Jostein Gulbrandsen; 20: R; 21: E Nick Marziani, L Roz Corral; 22: E Owen Chen, L Grant Gordy; 23: E Juan Munguia, L R; 24: E Yuma Uesaka, L Vaughn Stoffey; 25: Jeff McLaughlin; 26: Peter Slavov; 27: Peter Mazza Solo; 28: E Ryan Hernandez, L Irina Zubareva; 29: E Jake Richter, L Daniel Eli Weiss; 30: E Juan Munguia, L R. 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. Oct 1-2: Weedie Braimah; 3-6: Robert Glasper Trio feat Yasiin Bey; 7: Butcher Brown; 8-13: Robert Glasper Acoustic Trio; 14: Frédéric Yonnet; 15-16: Robert Glasper; 17-20: Robert Glasper feat Luke James; 21: Butcher Brown; 22-23: Robert Glasper; 24-27: Robert Glasper feat T3; 28: tba; 29-Jul 3: The Original Robert Glasper Experiment. Late Night Groove w/Oct 18-19: Marcus Machado; 25-26: Anu Sun & The Shed All-Stars. Sunday Brunch w/Oct 6: Ernie Hammes Gp; 13: Chris Potter & his NYU Jazz Ens; 20: Joey Morant & Catfish Stew; 27: Stephane Wrembel & friends. The CELL: 338W 23rd St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). 646-861-2253. www.thecelltheatre.org. The CUTTING ROOM: 44E 32nd St (bet Madison & Park Av). 212-691-1900. www.the cuttingroomnyc.com. Oct 13: 6pm $25 adm Band of Bones; 22: 7:30pm $15-20 Chloe Perrier. DIEGO: At The Public Hotel. 215 Chrystie St. www.publichotels.com. 212-735-6000. Wed: 7:30-10:30pm Dida Pelled. The DJANGO: At Roxy Hotel. 2 Av of the Americas at Walker St. www.roxyhotelnyc. com. 212-519-6600. Oct 4: 10:30pm Andy Farber Sxt. 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. Oct 1: 7:30pm free adm Silver Arrow Band; 6: 7pm $15 Christine
Karam; 14: 7:30pm free Silver Arrow Band; 14: 9:30pm $15 Mano a Mano; 29: 7:30pm free Silver Arrow Band. 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 10/1 Saul Rubin Zebtet; Wed E except 10/2 Raphael D'Lugoff Trio + 1, N Ned Goold; Fri L The Supreme Queens; Sat N Greg Glassman. Oct 1: E Allen Rubinstein Trio, L ProudYuma, N Craig Wuepper; 2: E Wen-Ting Wu, L TNT Qrt, N R; 3: E Rafael Mondeagudo & Music Connection, L Saul Rubin Zebtet, N Paul Nowinski; 4: E Leo Sherman, L R + Jared Gold/Dave Gibson, N Ray Parker; 5: E Anthony Wonsey, L Raphael D'Lugoff Qnt, N R; 6: E R, 8:30pm Jade Synstelien's FCBB, N R; 7: E Harold O'Neal, L Behn Gillece, N R; 8: E R, L Peter Brainin & the Latin Jazz Workshop, N Alexi David; 9: E&N R; 10: E Jamale Davis Qnt, L Greg Glassman Qnt, N Ray Gallon; 11: E MicroCorgi, L R + Lawrence Clark, N Avi Rothbard; 12: E Gabriel Guerrero Qrt, L Clafy, N R; 13: E&N R; 14: L Ned Goold Qrt, N R; 15: E R; 16: E R, L Don Hahn/Mike Camacho Band, N R; 18: L R + Bruce Williams; 19: L POD, N R; 20: E&N R; 21: E Amit Chaterjee, L George Braith, N R; 22: E R, L El Montuno; 23: E&N R; 25: L R; 26: N R; 27: E&N R; 28: N R; 29: E R, L Itai Kriss & Gato Gordo, N John Benitez's Latin Bop; 30: E&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. JAMES COHAN GALLERY: 48 Walker St. www.jamescohan.com. 212-714-9500. Oct 2: 6:30pm Akira Sakata w/Darin Gray. JAZZ GALLERY: 1160 Bway at 27th St. 5th Fl. www.jazzgallery.org. 646-494-3625. Sets: 7:30&9:30pm. Oct 2: Caroline Davis & Rob Clearfield; 3: Chris Lightcap; 4: Mat Maneri; 5: Fabian Almazan Trio; 9: Olli Hirvonen Qrt; 10: Alex Harding & Lucian Ban; 11: Godwin Louis; 12: Tivon Pennicott; 17: Martin Nevin; 18: Micah Thomas Trio; 19: Jaleel Shaw; 24: Abdulrahman Amer; 25: Nir Felder; 26: Bohemian Trio; 29: Ryan Keberle & Catharsis; 31: Brian Krock & Big Heart Machine. 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 10/20&27 Jazz For Kids Sunday Lunch feat Jazz Standard Youth Orch; Mon (R) Mingus Monday feat Mingus Big Band except 10/21 Mingus Orch. Oct 1-2: The Baylor Project; 3-6: Sullivan Fortner Trio; 7: R; 8-9: Ralph Peterson & The Messenger Legacy; 10-13: $30/$35 Gerald Clayton Qrt; 14: R; 15: closed; 16: Ethan Iverson Qrt feat Tom Harrell; 17-20: Yes! Trio; 21: R; 22: David Gilmore; 23: Quiana Lynell; 24: Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society; 2527: Christian Sands High–Wire Trio; 28: R; 29-30: Shai Maestro Trio w/spec guest Philip Dizack; 31: Scott Robinson's Heliotones. continued on page 20
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HETHER IT IS RAGTIME, STRIde, swing or bop, pianist Dick W Hyman plays it all with authority. During
a career spanning more than seven decades, Dick has recorded extensively as a solo pianist and in duos with Ruby Braff, Ken Peplowski, Derek Smith, Ralph Sutton, Dick Wellstood and Roger Kellaway, among others. In addition, as a leader he has recorded with groups of various sizes, composed and recorded soundtracks for Woody Allen's films, and enjoyed a long career in television. Dick's mental library of songs is likely unsurpassed, including standards and obscurities in both popular music and jazz. Honored as an NEA Jazz Master in 2017 for his contributions as a keyboardist, composer and arranger, Dick remains a formidable improviser and educator on the bandstand, often making it seem effortless. He also takes time to give background about many of the songs he plays. Even at 92, Dick is still adding new material to his repertoire, though he jests: "There's another factor when you get to be as old as I am. You not only want to learn new stuff, you want to be sure that you still know your old stuff! I often review music to be sure I'm familiar with the old ways of doing it. Things you did well in one era can be done possibly better in another era." Dick's chief influence was his elder brother Arthur. He recalls, "He really showed me around the keyboard at an early age. He was six years older than I. When he was in college, he began to collect 78 rpm records, bring them home and show me the marvels of stuff that had been done in the 1920s. Very early on, I heard Art Tatum, Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke and all kinds of people. Those records became very familiar to me and I can now play them in my head at any given moment. I also had an uncle named Anton Rovinsky, a concert pianist who played major halls in New York. He was my teacher later on, so I owe a great debt to him. My mother was musical and she was sympathetic with anything along those lines."
One of the turning points for Dick occurred while he was studying at Columbia. He explains, "I became aware of a jazz piano competition. I went down and won the contest, the prize was a dozen lessons with Teddy Wilson, who was one of my heroes. Teddy was a wonderful guy, a very good teacher and I learned many things from him." In recent years, the pianist has been delighted to perform as a twosome with Ken Peplowski. He explains, "I've known Ken for quite a while, but we began to work together as a duo about five years ago. That led to recordings and other appearances, but we had been together in various bands and concerts that I produced at the 92nd Street Y. I knew Ken when we were both doing something for Benny Goodman. Working with Ken is like having a double personality, we don't know quite how it works, but we are able to act as a double unit, think in unison and express points of view back and forth and have the other respond immediately or even simultaneously, it's like it's two brains in one. It was always excellent, but it didn't come about perfectly till the recent year or two. That's what I think we captured on the new album." Dick and Ken's new CD, Counterpoint Lerner & Lowe (Arbors Records), is due out in October. "We were fortunate to meet with a person who has an interest in the publishing of those songs and wanted to reintroduce and present them again to the public, because they are getting rather dated chronologically. This person wants to make them known to the present generation. 'Waitin' For My Dearie' is an unlikely piece to find something hip in, but I think that we did. It's from Brigadoon." The album also includes songs from Paint Your Wagon, Gigi, My Fair Lady and other Broadway musicals. Pianist Bill Charlap joins Dick and Ken
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S P O T L ORAN ETKIN SYMPHONY SPACE / OCTOBER 5 Forging a distinct presence as a woodwind specialist in the clarinet family, Oran Etkin's career has spanned children's music to the modernist movement. He has culled influences that are worldly and jazzy, with a particular emphasis on the bass clarinet. A native of Israel, he moved to Boston, studied with Yusef Lateef, and landed at the Manhattan School of Music. His latest effort Finding Friends Far from Home: A Journey with Clara Net is geared for the younger set and young at heart. It was recorded under the moniker Timbalooloo, in China, the Czech Republic, Turkey and Zimbabwe with their native musicians. At this 11 a.m. CD release concert, the band features pianist Hyuna Park, multi-instrumentalist David Hofstra and drummer Jeremy "Bean" Clemons. MGN
ERIK CHARLSTON ZINC / OCTOBER 10 Vibraphonist and percussionist Erik Charlston grew up in south Chicago, but he clearly knows his way around Brazilian melodies and rhythms. He's certainly no stranger to the music of one of the most acclaimed and beloved figures of the genre, the composer and multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal. Erik proved his bona fides with his first recording, Essentially Hermeto, and he delves deeper with his brand-new followup Hermeto: Voice and Wind (Sunnyside). Charles Pillow (sax, clarinet and flute) Vitor Gonçalves (piano), Eduardo Belo (bass) and Mauricio Zottarelli (drums) join Erik on the Zinc bandstand for Só Brasil: A Tribute to Hermeto Pascoal. Expect to hear melodies that lilt, flow and entice, sometimes evoking a gentle rain or meditative state, or practically commanding listeners to jump to their feet and dance. EK
GERRY GIBBS NUBLU 151 / OCTOBER 18 A drummer in the jazz/rock/global fusion arena, Gerry Gibbs and his various Thrasher bands have been wowing fans of multiple genres. The latest iteration, Thrasher People, can be heard on Gerry's new CD, Our People. Once again, the style evades pigeonholing, with Gerry playing the drum kit along with many of the roughly 60 different instruments incorporated. Influences come from everywhere, there's lots of volume, depth and substance. The son of renowned vibraphonist Terry Gibbs, Gerry is a native New Yorker, who grew up in Southern California. He has recorded 10 CDs, and worked with Ron Carter, Kenny Barron, Ravi Coltrane and Quincy Jones. At Nublu, keyboardist Alex Collins, bassist Gianluca Renzi, flutist Mayu Saeki and vocalist Kyeshie Gibbs join Gerry on stage. MGN
JOE LOVANO JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER / OCTOBER 18-19 Multiple-poll winning top-dog tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano stays on the leading edge and ahead of the pack via his definitive sound and forward-thinking ideas. His tough and tender tone still evokes the more sensitive sides of his heroes John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, but it has evolved far beyond into a distinctive realm of his own making. Joe recently joined the ECM label and has recorded with trumpeter Enrico Rava and pianist Marilyn Crispell, further expanding his already broad horizons. This month's can't-miss concert is the world premiere of his all-star large ensemble. This truly is an all-star band, featuring vocalist Judi Silvano, pianist Kenny Werner, guitarist Liberty Ellman, trumpeter Graham Haynes, bassist John Patitucci and drummers Tyshawn Sorey and Andrew Cyrille. MGN JOEL FRAHM BIRDLAND THEATER / OCTOBER 18-19; SMALLS JAZZ CLUB / OCTOBER 27 Joel Frahm's passion for experiences beyond the music informs the fire he blows through his horn. The acclaimed saxophonist-composer slays lines from the bandstand, always listening and responding to what he's hearing from one fraction of a moment to the next. His deep, dark tone interprets chorus after chorus with lyricism, harmonic inquiry and a sense of humor that captivates listeners and invites them into his sound—and his notoriously playful quotations have become famous on the New York scene. A fixture of downtown nightlife, Joel appears regularly at the clubs with different iterations of equally passionate artists. He has collaborated with such bold voices as Kurt Elling, Dianne Schuur, Brad Mehldau and Jane Monheit. Whether with his quartet at Birdland or trio a Smalls, expect new music and classic favorites. SJ
By Ken Dryden, Stephanie Jones, George Kanzler
Argue photo by Lindsay Beyerstein, Etkin by John Abbott, Frahm by Richard Green, Gibbs by Kyeshie Gibbs, Lovano by Ren
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L I G H T DAVE PIETRO JAZZ AT KITANO / OCTOBER 19 Dave Pietro has built a reputation over two decades as an imaginative improviser on numerous reeds, including alto, soprano and C-melody saxophones. Known for his great chops, Dave has a fresh sound of his own, whether playing a lyrical ballad or displaying his virtuoso technique. The reed man has also proved himself as a creative composer and arranger in diverse musical settings, particularly with his inspired scoring of Brazilian music on the CD Embrace, and his brilliant CD Standard Wonder, featuring vivid and surprising reworkings of the music of Stevie Wonder. Drummer Ari Hoenig joins the saxophonist on the bandstand at Kitano, along with Dave's band mates from his ArtistShare CD New Road: Iowa Memoirs: trumpeter and flugelhornist Alex Sipiagin, pianist Gary Versace and bassist Johannes Weidenmueller. KD
DARCY JAMES ARGUE JAZZ STANDARD / OCTOBER 24 To command a big band in 2019 is a bold musical statement. Composer Darcy James Argue, and his longstanding big band Secret Society, wrap their musical statements with a striking mix of jazz, rock and swing styles. Darcy displays a talent whose voice continues to grow with every release, building a musical toolkit that defies categorization. His most recent release, 2016's Real Enemies (New Amsterdam), was met with critical acclaim and nominated for a Grammy Award. Darcy's ambitions have been displayed with commissions from the likes of the Brooklyn Academy of Music to the Danish Radio Big Band. Expect Darcy and the Secret Society to take the stage at Jazz Standard with an impressive sound that is one in a million. EW
BENNIE WALLACE THE SIDE DOOR / OCTOBER 24-25; ST. BEDEâ€™S / OCTOBER 26 In his 50-plus-year career, Bennie Wallace has maintained one of the most original and distinctive voices on tenor saxophone in the annals of jazz. A cursory listen reveals that he occupies that big, fat-toned tenor sound originally associated with Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster. But he cites Sonny Rollins as one of his influences, and like Sonny he has often performed in the demanding sax trio format, with just bass and drums. Bennie also grew up steeped in the country and blues of the South. He is probably among the few jazzmen to release albums of country classics, make records with Memphis bluesmen, and enlist players such as Dr. John and Stevie Ray Vaughan for his recording dates. He brings his Disorder at the Border Orchestra for both the live recording sets on Oct. 24-25 and the fundraiser on Oct. 26. GK
MADELEINE PEYROUX SONY HALL / OCTOBER 26-27 Initially branded a Billie Holiday copycat, Madeleine Peyroux has developed her own sweet and subtle style while retaining the more refined qualities of Lady Day. She grew up in Athens, Ga., before moving with her mother to Paris, then to New York. Over years of touring and releasing several albums, she has learned to be herself. Her definitive song, "Don't Wait Too Long," is a cautionary tale about the risks of romance. Madeleine's ninth recording, Anthem, is more politically charged but sober and not overtly romanticized, as if saying we have to take action now. Time cannot change our ways. It's produced by Larry Klein, known for his work with Joni Mitchell, among others, and features keyboardist/guitarist David Baerwald, keyboardist Patrick Warren and drummer Brian MacLeod. MGN
JOHN YAO NUBLU 62 / OCTOBER 31 The young but experienced trombonist John Yao came to New York by way of Metro Chicago and Indiana University. In about a decade, he's racked up credits with various big-name Latin-jazz bands, orchestras including the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and teaching gigs at Molloy and Queens colleges. He's chief arranger for the JM World Orchestra. His tone is robust, clean, fluid and deft, recalling J.J. Johnson. While his music is complex, modernistic and updated, full of counterpoint, it's very accessible and so much fun. His recently released fourth CD, How We Do, could be his best. It's a hard-bop gem of all originals, with a dynamic front line including saxophonists Billy Drewes and Jon Irabagon, bassist Peter Brendler and drummer Mark Ferber. For this gig, Tim Armacost replaces Jon on sax and Eric Halvorson is on drums. MGN
nzler, Elzy Kolb, Michael G Nastos & Eric Wendell by Rene Goiffon, Pietro by D'Addario, Yao by Peter Koloff.
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JOE’S PUB: At Public Theater. 425 Lafayette St & Astor Pl. www.joespub.com. 212-967-7555. Adm varies. Oct 1: 7pm Julian Fleisher Rather Big Band; 7: Nora York; 11: 7pm Stephane Wrembel w/spec guest JeanMichel Pilc, 12am Shamarr Allen; 12: 7pm Stephane Wrembel w/spec guest JeanMichel Pilc; 29: 7pm Jana Herzen. 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. KNICKERBOCKER BAR & GRILL: 33 University Pl at 9th St. 212-228-8490. www.knickerbockerbarandgrill.com. Fri-Sat: 9pm-1am. Oct 4-5: Pete Malinverni Trio; 1112: Tom Placido Trio; 18-19: Ehud Asherie & Pasquale Grasso; 25-26: Mark Sganga & Martin Pizzarelli. (LE) POISSON ROUGE: 158 Bleecker St at Thompson St. www.lepoissonrouge.com. 212-796-0741. Adm varies. Oct 11: 7:30pm $20 adm Mark Guiliana; 20: 8pm $25-35 Nella. MEZZROW: 163W 10th St (bet 7th Av & Waverly Pl). www.mezzrow.com. 646-4764346. Sets: 8-10:30pm, Late (L) 11pm-1am except Fri-Sat 11pm-2am; adm varies. Residencies: Mon L Pasquale Grasso; Thurs L Spike Wilner & Pasquale Grasso. Oct 1: Marilyn Kleinberg, L Lucy Yeghiazaryan; 2: Duane Eubanks Trio, L Pete Malinverni; 3: Peter Mazza; 4: Paula West Trio, L Benny Benack; 5: Paula West Trio, L Jon Davis; 6: Neal Kirkwood Trio; 7: Randy Ingram Trio; 8: Giacomo Gates Trio, L Vanisha Gould; 9: Asen Doyken & Nick Vayenas; 10: Mike Longo & Paul West; 11: Todd Coolman Trio; 12: Todd Coolman Trio, L Anthony Wonsey; 13: John Dokes Trio, L Chris Flory Trio; 14: Carlos Homs; 15: Kendra Shank Trio, L Naama Gheber; 16: Matt Fries & Phil Palombi, L Miki Yamanaka; 17: Veronica Swift Trio; 18: Kevin Hays Trio, L David Kikoski; 19: Kevin Hays Trio, L Jon Davis; 20: David Gould; 21: Alan Broadbent Trio; 22: Kristina Koeller & Willerm Delisfort, L Lucy Yeghiazaryan; 23: Maucha Adnet Trio; 24: Ben Peterson Trio; 25: Mike LeDonne & John Webber; 26: Mike LeDonne & John Webber, L Anthony Wonsey; 27: Fleurine; 28: Hector Martignon Trio; 29: Libby York Trio, L Vanessa Perea; 30: Dave Stoler Trio; 31: closed. MILANO’S BAR: 51E Houston St (bet Mott & Mulberry Sts). 212-226-8844. Thurs: 2-5pm Carol Morgan/Jon Roche & guests. NATIONAL ARTS CLUB: 15 Gramercy Park South. www.nationalartsclub.org. 212-4753424. Oct 28: 9pm Fine & Mellow feat Sammy Miller & the Congregation. 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. Oct 4: Vinicius Gomes Qrt. 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. Oct 15: Brian Marsella; 8-12: Laura Ortman; 15-19: Will Bernard; 22-26: Assif Tsahar; 29-Nov 2: Trevor Dunn. 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. Oct 6: Roz Corral w/John Hart & Paul Gill; 13: Melissa Hamilton; 20: Kelsey
Jillette; 27: Roz Corral w/Josh Richman & Evan Gregor. NUBLU 62: 62 Av C (bet 4th & 5th Sts). 212375-1500. www.nublu.net. Oct 5: 9pm Marco Sanguinetti Qrt, 11pm Gileno Santana Trio; 31: 9pm John Yao Qnt. NUBLU 151: 151 Avenue C (bet 9th & 10th Sts). www.nublu.net. Oct 13: 8:30pm Tim Berne & Dave Torn; 18: 8pm Gerry Gibbs; 28: 8pm Adam Holzman & Brave New World. 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 10/1 Chembo Corniel, 10/8 The Straight Shooters, 10/15 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. Oct 25: 9:30pm Jazz Bastards; 26: 7pm Brenda Earle Stokes. RIZZOLI BOOK STORE: 1133 Bway (bet 25th & 26th Sts). www.rizzolibookstore.com. 212759-2424. Oct 27: 5-8pm Christine Tobin Trio. ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL: 196 Allen St at E Houston St. www.rockwoodmusichall.com. 212-477-4155. Thurs: 9pm-12am Ethan Eubanks & Detroit Grease. Oct 17: 1011:30pm Lauren Lee. ROXY HOTEL: 2 Av of the Americas at Walker St. www.roxyhotelnyc.com. 212-519-6600. Oct 1: 8-10pm Charlie Rhyner Qrt; 24: 7pm Rosana Eckert. RUE B: 188 Ave B (bet 11th & 12th Sts). 212-3581700. www.rueb-nyc.com. Sets: 9pm-12am. 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. Oct 31: Laurie Anderson. 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: Fri N After-hours 10/4&18 w/Wallace Roney Jr., 10/11&25 w/Corey Wallace DUBtet. Oct 1: E Steve Nelson Qrt, L Frank Lacy Band; 2: E Scott Sharrard & friends, L Hendrik Meurkens Qrt; 3: E Caroline Davis Qnt, L Michael Feinberg Qnt, N Malick Koly After-hours; 4-5: E Duduka da Fonseca NYC Trio, L Don Braden Qrt; 6: E Andy Farber Sxt, L Tad Shull Qrt; 7: E Lucas Pino Nnt, L Joe Farnsworth Qrt; 8: E Justin Robinson Qrt, L Abraham Burton Qrt; 9: E Jaz Sawyer Art, L Carl Bartlett Jr. Qrt; 10: E Or Baraket Qrt, L Perry Smith Qrt; 11: E Randy Napoleon, L Dezron Douglas Qrt; 12: E Randy Napoleon, L Dezron Douglas Qrt, N Philip Harper Qnt; 13: E Ehud Asherie Trio, L Ralph Lalama Bop Juice; 14: E Rodney Green, L Giveton Gelin Qnt; 15: E Steve Nelson Qrt, L Abe Burton Qrt; 16: E Alex LoRe Qrt, L Curtis Nowasad's CNQ +2; 17: E Adam Larson Qrt, L Steve LaSpina Qrt; 1819: E Steve Slagle Qrt, L David Weiss Sxt; 20: E Joe Magnarelli Qrt, L Bruce Harris Qnt; 21: E Ari Hoenig Trio, L Joe Farnsworth Qrt; 22: E Spike Wilner Trio, L Frank Lacy Band; 23: E David Berkman Qrt, L tba; 24: E David Berkman Qrt, L Antonio Ciacca Qrt, N Malick Koly After-hours; 25-26: E Michael Weiss Qrt, L Jason Brown Qnt; 27: E Asaf Yuria Exorcisms Sxt, L Tardo Hammer Trio; 28: E Ari Hoenig Trio, L Joel Frahm Trio; 29: E Josh Evans Qnt, L JD Allen Qrt; 30: E Pete Zimmer Qnt, L George Papageorge Trio; 31: closed. continued on page 22
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HEN HE WAS A CHILD, BROOKlyn-born drum master Kenny W Washington and his family moved from
the Bronx to Staten Island, per his mother's desire. The move had a curious impact on the young artist. There, he would come to understand the importance of sharing the music, not as a personal prerogative, but as a family value. "My father was big on trying to get cultural things out on the island," Kenny says. "It always bugged him that the Bronx and, of course, Manhattan and even Queens, they always got much more in terms of jazz." Because he wanted to offer his community the experience of hearing the music and its masters live, Kenny's father befriended Jazzmobile's then-director, drummer Dave Bailey. Together, they brought the music to the outer borough, and his father became an influential figure in Kenny's connection to the music. "He had a giant impact on me," Kenny notes. "He didn't have as many records as I have now. But what was slick about my father's collection was that from every era, he had the key ones that would inspire you." From that collection, Kenny remembers one recording in particular that shocked his system and changed him forever: the 1958 Argo recording Ahmad Jamal at the Pershing: But Not for Me. He recalls the moment he first heard Vernel Fournier play brushes. "It was that sound, the sound of his brushes, and the way it fit in with Ahmad Jamal's trio. When I heard that record, the first thing I'm thinking is,
'I want to learn how to do that,'" Kenny explains. After that first listen, Kenny wore out that record to where it would only crack and pop and spit. Then he wore out the next one. "We didn't have any copies for a long time," he says. "My father just refused to bring any more in." But Kenny couldn't get enough of that brushwork. And he had other drummers on other records to wear out with equal fervor. At a small record store on East 12th Street, he found a copy of Jo Jones Trio (Everest, 1959). "The sound of Jo Jones' brushes, that knocked me out." He devoured Ed Thigpen records and Oscar Peterson Trio records, and brush sounds from Denzil Best and Joe Morello. For Christmas one year, Kenny's father gave him a Music Minus One record from Charlie Perry titled Fun with Brushes. The box included the LP, a diagram for playing and, of course, a pair of brushes. "This is before VHS and DVDs," he says. "So I learned a little bit from [the diagram], but basically it was the hearing, then copying this guy—trying to get that sound." Kenny would go on to develop his own connection to the brush sound—and the full fire of sound—sitting on his smooth black throne. He landed gigs with such enduring figures as Lionel Hampton, Johnny Griffin, Betty Carter, and even Ahmad Jamal. The drummer currently tours the world as a key member of the Bill Charlap Trio. But the time he spent observing the great Art Blakey lit a fire in his gut that's still burning. "Everybody knows Art Blakey as the ultimate talent scout," Kenny says. "He knew how to pick bands." But Kenny contends one side of Blakey people often take for granted is what Kenny calls his ensemble playing. "Sculptors, they take this lump of clay, and the next thing you know there's a complete image. That's what Art Blakey is. He's a sculptor. He really shapes the whole tune into something. There's something about the colors he uses, his rhythms, how he phrases things—he makes that tune into something that even the leaders hadn't thought of." Kenny recalls his first time out with Betty Carter who shared the bill with Blakey for one performance. During soundcheck, he sat back and observed how Blakey interacted with his band, gleaning tips for orchestrating dynamics. "He stops the band and he says, 'You're not playing it soft enough. I want this so soft I can hear a rat pissin' on cotton.' And he got the pianissimo that he wanted." The year Blakey played the Mount Fuji Jazz Festival as an honored guest remains a potent memory for Kenny. As everyone gathered for rehearsal, Blakey was still
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Washington photo by Chris Drukker.
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TRIBECA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 199 Chambers St. www.tribecapac.org. 212220-1460. Oct 12: 7:30pm $30/20 adm Ernest Turner Trio. 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. Oct 9: T.K. Blue. 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. Oct 1-6: Barry Harris Trio; 7: R; 8-13: FLY; 14: R; 15-20: Donny McCaslin Qnt; 21: R; 22-27: Billy Hart Qrt; 28: R; 29-Nov 3: John Zorn New Masada Qrt. 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. Oct 2: 9pm-1am free VandoJam feat Alexa Tarantino; 6: 4-6:45pm $25/30 Another Sunday Serenade www.vtyjazz.com/917-8829539 dedicated to Yusef Latef feat JD Allen; 7: Tom Guarna Trio; 10: Erik Charlston JazzBrasil; 11: David Kikoski Trio; 14: Joel Harrison Qnt; 18: Donald Vega Trio; 21: Andy Bianco Qrt; 27: 4-6:45pm $25/30 Another Sunday Serenade www.vtyjazz.com/917-8829539 feat Benito Gonzalez 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. Oct 2: Alexis Cole Trio. HOSTOS: 450 Grand Concourse at 149th St. www.hostos.cuny.edu. 718-518-4455. Oct 12: 7:30pm salute to Richie Bonilla feat Ismael Miranda, Joe Bataan, Albita, Frankie Morales, Orlando Marín, Los Hermanos Moreno, Connie Grossman, The Steven Oquendo Mambo Orch.
BROOKLYN 440 GALLERY: 440 Sixth Av. 718-499-3844. www.440gallery.com. Oct 20: 4:40pm $10 don Me, Myself and Eye feat Simon Jermyn & Chet Doxas. BAR BAYEUX: 1066 Nostrand Av. 347-5337845. ww.barbayeux.com. Wed: 8-11pm free adm Keyed Up series. Oct 2: E.J. Strickland Qrt; 9: Lawrence Fields Trio; 16: Simona Premazzi Qrt; 23: Jochen Rueckert Qrt; 30: Caroline Davis’ Alula. BAR CHORD: 1008 Cortelyou Rd. 347-2406033. www.barchordnyc.com. Sun: 9pm Cortelyou Jam. BAR LUNÀTICO: 486 Halsey St. 718-513-0339. www.barlunatico.com. Sun: 2-5pm Keyed Up feat Gospel Brunch. 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; Fri 5-7pm The Crooked Trio. Oct 13: 7pm Mike Neer Qrt. BLUEBIRD BROOKLYN: 504 Flatbush Av. 718-484-9494. www.bluebirdbrooklyn.com.
Wed: 9pm-12am Keyed Up feat Noah Garibedian + Jam. BRIC ARTS: 647 Fulton St. 718-683-5600. www.bricartsmedia.org. Oct 24-26: 7:30pm $30 adm BRIC JazzFest feat 10/24 Ravi Coltrane, Dayramir Gonzalez, Mayaka McCraven, Sasha Berliner Azalea, Roxy Coss Qnt, Salami Rose Joe Louis, 10/25 Georgia Anne Muldrow, Amina Claudine Myers, Kneebody, Joel Ross’ Good Vibes, María Grand, Tosin Aribisala Trio, 10/26 Joe Russo, Ben Perowsky, Josh Kaufman, Stuart Bogie, Kassa Overall, Louis Col, Antonio Sanchez. BUSHWICK PUBLIC HOUSE: 1288 Myrtle Av. www.gaucimusic.com/bushwick-series-2. Mon: $10 don Buschwick Improvised Music series. Oct 14: 10:45pm Paul Austerlitz Qnt. 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. 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. HALYARDS: 406 3rd Av. 718-532-8787. www.barhalyards.com. Tues: 8-10pm, Late (L) 10:30-11:30pm. $10 adm/1 drink min. Oct 1: Ralph Alessi Qrt, L Dayna Stephens Qrt; 8: Adam Kolker Qrt feat Billy Hart & Bruce Barth, L Michael Kanan; 15: Peter Watrous Qnt, L Anthony Konsey; 22: Lena Bloch & Feathery w/Russ Lossing, L Bruce Barth; 29: Glenn Zaleski Qnt, L Kyle Nasser Gp. IBEAM: 168 7th St. www.ibeambrooklyn.com. Sets: 8:30pm $15 don. Oct 11: Mike McGinnis; 19: 8pm Devin Gray Trio + spec guest, 9pm Eva Novoa Trio + spec guest; 26: MCSD, Ch.2: Imaginary Kraken. 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. KINGSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE: 2001 Oriental Blvd. 718-368-5596. www.onstageatkingsborough.org. Oct 11: 7pm Veronica Swift Trio. KUMBLE THEATER: At Long Island University. 1 University Pl. 718-488-1624. www.kumbletheater.org. Oct 30: 7pm Kenyatta Beasley. MADE IN NEW YORK: 155 5th Av. 123-4567890. www.jazzcafe.nyc. NATIONAL SAWDUST: 80N 6th St. 646-7798455. www.nationalsawdust.org. Oct 2: 7:30pm $20 adm Magos Herrera w/Maucha Adnet, Kurt Elling, Anat Cohen, Gregoire Maret; 30: 7pm $25 The Stone feat Jen Shyu. ROULETTE: 509 Atlantic Av at 3rd Av. www.roulette.org. 917-267-0363. Oct 7: 8pm Jessica Pavone; 10: 8pm $18 Mary Halvorson & John Dieterich. SHAPESHIFTER LAB: 18 Whitwell Pl. www.shapeshifterlab.com. 646-820-9452. Oct 25: 7pm $10 adm Band of Bones & Makrokosmos Orch. SISTAS’ PLACE: 456 Nostrand Av at Jefferson Av. www.sistasplace.org. 718-398-1766. Sat: 9&10:30pm. Oct 5: Kamau Adilifu Qrt. ST. GEORGE THEATRE: 35 Hyatt St. Staten continued on page 24
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By Don Jay Smith
DAN LEVINSON DOLAN HALL AT COLLEGE OF SAINT ELIZABETH / OCTOBER 2 When Dan Levinson won the 2017 Hot House Jazz Magazine's "NYC Fans Decision Award" for Best Clarinetist, many listeners asked why it took so long. Dan has performed worldwide for more than 30 years, specializing in swing and trad jazz and appearing with a long list of musicians including Mel Tormé, Wynton Marsalis, Dick Hyman, Bria Skonberg, Vince Giordano and Howard Alden, to name a few. With an encyclopedic knowledge of songs and lyrics, he is a popular accompanist for vocalists as wide-ranging as Leon Redbone, Banu Gibson and Daryl Sherman. One of his favorites is his wife and partner, the talented Molly Ryan, who joins him along with an ensemble that includes trumpeter Mike Davis, trombonist Rob Edwards, pianist Rossano Sportiello, bassist Rob Adkins and drummer Kevin Dorn.
MARIEL BILDSTEN TAVERN ON GEORGE / OCTOBER 16 Trombonist Mariel Bildsten is attracting a lot of attention for her unique musical voice and an ability to feel at home as a bandleader or part of an ensemble. She is comfortable playing jazz, world music, classical, funk, R&B or Latin, thanks to her studies at the New School and with teachers like Steve Turre, Elliot Mason, Reggie Workman and Jane Ira Bloom. Although still in her 20s, Mariel has appeared at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theater, the Chicago Jazz Festival, Smalls, and the Caramoor Jazz Festival, and alongside the likes of Dee Dee Bridgewater, Roy Hargrove, Wycliffe Gordon, Cyrus Chestnut and Lew Soloff. She performs in New Brunswick with bassist Steve Varner and guitarist Kevin Hill. MICHÈLE BAUTIER DEER HEAD INN / OCTOBER 19 More than three decades ago, The New York Times praised jazz vocalist Michèle Bautier as "a major talent," but she is equally at home on Broadway. Nominated for both the Outer Critics Circle and the Drama Desk awards for her leading role in the musical revue Stardust, she possesses a big voice with an impressive range spanning three octaves. Michèle has been compared to Better Carter or Sarah Vaughan, although she attributes her style to diverse influences from Bonnie Raitt to Carmen McRae. Significantly, she has been part of the renowned "Lyrics and Lyricists" concert series at New York City's Tisch Center for the Arts. Her trio at the Deer Head includes Joshua Richman on piano and Matthew Parrish on bass.
MIKI YAMANAKA FLEMINGTON DIY / OCTOBER 26 The young pianist Miki Yamanaka moved from Kobe, Japan, to New York just seven years ago and already has earned the acclaim of critics, fans and her peers. She holds residencies at Smalls Jazz Club and Mezzrow and is praised both for her assured creative touch and beautiful compositions. Miki, her first CD as a leader, showcases her virtuosity, passion and musicality. When not with her own group, Miki is the pianist for the saxophonist Roxy Coss and for trumpeter Philip Harper. Following an intensive composition residency at the Kennedy Center, Miki earned a master's degree from Queens College where she won the prestigious Sir Roland Hanna Award. She appears in the intimate Flemington space with vibraphonist Steve Nelson, best known for his tenure with bassist Dave Holland.
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Island. www.stgeorgetheatre.com. 718-4422900. Oct 19: 2pm $40-25 adm Universal Temple of the Arts’ Staten Island Jazz Festival feat Winard Harper, Danny Mixon, Leopoldo Fleming, Antoinette Montague, Jeannine Otis, Sylvester Scott, Karlus Trapp. SUNNY’S: 253 Conover St. 718-625-8211. www.sunnysredhook.com. Oct 12: 9pm free adm The Doggy Cats. THREES BREWING: 333 Douglass St. 718522-2110. www.threesbrewing.com. Oct 7: Idan Morim. 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. $10 adm. Residency: Sat 10pm12:30am Jam w/Gerry Eastman & friends. Oct 4: 8:30-9:30pm Adam Cordero’s Arcadia; 10: 9-10pm Eyal Gurvich Qnt; 11: 8:309:30pm Nicholas Rousseau Trio; 25: 8:309:30pm 2 Birds Band; 27: 9-10pm Earl J Miller, 10:30-11:30pm Andrew DeNicola.
CONNECTICUT BUTTONWOOD TREE: 605 Main St. Middletown. www.buttonwood.org. 860-3474957. Oct 5: 8-10pm Karen Frisk Jazz. FIREHOUSE 12: 47 Crown St. New Haven. 203785-0468. www.firehouse12.com. Fri: 8:30pm $20 adm, 10pm $15. Oct 4: Jessica Pavone String Ens; 11: Matt Wilson Qrt; 18: Nick Millevoi's Desertion Trio; 25: Fay Victor SoundNoiseFUNK. JORGENSEN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS: At University of Connecticut. 2132 Hillside Rd. Storrs. 860486-4226. www.jorgensen.uconn.edu. Oct 26: 7pm Mwenso & the Shakes. PALACE THEATER: 100 East Main St. Waterbury. www.palacetheaterct.org. 203346-2000. Oct 11: Cookie Thomas. RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE: 80 East Ridge. Ridgefield. www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org. 203-438-5795. Oct 22: 7:30pm $67.50 adm Preservation Hall Jazz Band w/Yusa & spec guests; 25: 8pm $42 Antonio Sanchez & Migration. The SIDE DOOR JAZZ CLUB: At Old Lyme Inn. 85 Lyme St. Old Lyme. 860-434-0886. www.thesidedoorjazz.com. Sets: 8:30-11pm. Oct 4: Katie Thiroux; 5: Benny Green; 11-12: Ralph Peterson's Messenger Legacy; 18: Eric Alexander; 19: Craig Brann; 24-25: Bennie Wallace & Disorder at the Border Jazz Orch; 26: Nicki Parrott. ST. BEDE’S: 270 Lake Av. Greenwich. 203-5613111. www.backcountryjazz.org. Oct 26: 7:30-9pm Bennie Wallace & The Disorder at the Border Jazz Orch.
LONG ISLAND GRASSO’S: 134 Main St. Cold Spring Harbor. www.grassosrestaurant.com. 631-367-6060. The JAZZ LOFT: 275 Christian Av. Stony Brook. 631-751-1895. www.thejazzloft.org. Sets: 7-9:30pm. Wed: Jam. Oct 3: Jazz Loft Big Band; 11: Arturo O’Farrill Afro-Latin Jazz Ens; 17: The Bad Little Big Band; 24: Interplay Jazz Orch; 25: Ray Anderson & Pocket Brass Band. TREME: 553 Main St. Islip. 631-277-2008.
www.tremeislip.com. Sets: Sun&Wed 711pm; Thurs-Sat 8pm-12am. Oct 3: Sabori; 6: Interplay Jazz Orch; 13: Jam by Bob Lepley, Frank Bellucci & James Cammack. UNION CANTINA: 40 Bowden Sq. Southampton. www.unioncantina.net. 621377-3500. www.thejamsession.org. Thurs: 79pm Keyed Up series.
NEW JERSEY ESSEX BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH: 275W Market St. Newark. www.bethany-newark.org. 973623-8161. Oct 5: 6-7:30pm Jazz Vespers feat Carrie Jackson & All Star Band. CLEMENT’S PLACE: At Rutgers University. 15 Washington St. Newark. Sets unless otherwise noted: 7:30pm. www.facebook.com/ jazz973. 3rd Thurs: 5:30-7pm Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens, 7:30-9:30pm Jam by James Austin, Jr. Oct 10: Andrea Brachfeld/Bill O’ Connell Latin Jazz Project. The FOX & FALCON: 19 Valley St. South Orange. www.thefoxandfalconnj.com. 973419-6773. Sets: 9pm-12am. Oct 4: Andrea Brachfeld Trio; 11: Nick Biello Trio; 18: Zach Brock; 25: Arlan Feiles & friends. GATEWAY CENTER PLAZA 4: 100 Mulberry St. Newark. 973-624-8880. Oct 2: 12-1pm tribute to Art Blakey w/Steve Davis Sxt. SOPAC: 1 SOPAC Way. South Orange. 973-3132787. www.sopacnow.org. Oct 29: 7:30pm $25 adm Lionel Hampton Big Band. SUZYQUE’S BBQ & BAR: 34 S Valley Rd. West Orange. www.suzyques.com. 973-7367899. Free adm. Sun: 2-5pm Brunch w/Curtis Lundy Ens; Mon: 8pm-12am John Lee & friends. Oct 14&28: 8pm Glenn Franke's BigBand. TRUMPETS: 6 Depot Square. Montclair. 973744-2600. www.trumpetsjazz.com. HUDSON The BRIGHTSIDE TAVERN: 141 Bright St. Jersey City. www.brightsidetavern.com. 201435-1234. Mon: 8pm Keyed Up feat Brightside Tavern Trio. HEADROOM BAR & SOCIAL: 150 Bay St. Jersey City. www.headroombar.com. 201963-4565. Sun 3-7pm All-Female Jam feat Andrea Brachfeld. J. OWEN GRUNDY PIER: At Exchange Pl. Jersey City. 201-547-5000. Oct 4: 6pm Victor Santos y Ocho con Clave, 7:30pm Yellow House Orch. NEW JERSEY CITY UNIVERSITY: 2039 Kennedy Blvd. Jersey City. www.njcu.edu. 201-200-2000. Oct 26: 8pm $30 adm Svetlana & Her Night at the Movies. HUNTERDON FLEMINGTON DIY: 90 Main St. Flemington. www.flemingtondiy.org/jazz. Oct 26: 7:30pm $15 adm Miki Yamanaka & Steve Nelson. MERCER 1867 SANCTUARY AT EWING: 101 Scotch Rd. Ewing. www.1867sanctuary.org/series jazz. 609-392-6409. Oct 6: 3pm Alex Hiele Paris Jazz Combo; 12: 8pm Toots & Kin. CANDLELIGHT LOUNGE: 24 Passaic St. Trenton. www.candlelightevents.way.to. 609695-9612. Sat: 3:30-7:30pm free adm/$10 min. www.jazztrenton.com. Oct 5: James Stewart; 12: Winard Harper. HOPEWELL VALLEY BISTRO & INN: 15 East Broad St. Hopewell. 609-466-9889. www.hopewellbistro.com. Thurs: 6-9pm/ $15/5 don Jazz On Broad. Oct 3: Luiz Simas/ continued on page 28
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ANOTHER REASON TO CELEBRATE
East West USIC WAS HER FIRST LOVE, BUT it took vocalist Taeko a long time to realize that it could also be a profession. Growing up in Japan, a life in the arts wasn't on the radar as she studied accounting and law. After passing the bar, she was ready for a break; it felt like an ideal time for an extended visit to New York. Her desire to travel created quite a stir among her relatives; members of her extended family spent months trying to persuade Taeko to stick close to home and immerse herself in a business career. "I just wanted to get out of Japan for a while, I knew I would have regrets if I didn't do it then. It was something I couldn't let myself regret later on, and I eventually convinced my parents," she says.
Her six-month stay in the Big Apple turned out to be a life changer. "In New York, jazz is so soulful, I could feel its power. In Japan, it is more technical." That's not the only difference Taeko discovered. "New York City teaches you to follow your heart and do what you love to do. Japan doesn't teach that," she muses. In her home country, "Following your dream in your 20s is not logical, not reasonable. Here, you can chase a dream at any ageâ€” you can be 90 and do what you want to do." She returned to Japan, working for a year as a real estate lawyer and studying jazz. "I had a lot of feeling but no knowhow," the singer notes with a laugh. Her next move: Immersing herself in jazz studies in New York, and releasing her first album in 2007. That proved to be another turning point: "Until then, I was pulled between New York and Japan, pulled between careers. Since then I've had no doubts: I'll pursue music for the rest of my life."
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This month, Taeko celebrates the release of her fourth recording, Contemplation (Flat Nine). In honor of the centennial of one of her jazz heroes, Art Blakey, she recorded "Ugetsu." In an introduction to the well-regarded Jazz Messengers' live recording of the piece, Blakey famously declares that ugetsu is Japanese for "fantasy." Taeko paraphrases his words on her own version of the Cedar Walton composition. However, the famed drummer had his facts wrong: Ugetsu actually means "rainy moons or rainy months," according to the vocalist. "I'm such a jazz fan and fan of Art Blakey, so I take it as he did," she says. Since no lyrics previously existed for the song, Taeko repurposed the words of Earth, Wind & Fire's hit tune "Fantasy" for her version. Contemplation also comprises jazz standards such as the McCoy Tyner-penned title track, with lyrics by Doug Carn, one of Taeko's favorite lyricists; Benny Golson's "I Remember Clifford" and Bill Evans' "Waltz for Debbie," are included, as well as material by Chick Corea, Mal Waldron and others. There are also some surprises, such as the Stylistics' "Betcha By Golly, Wow." "I didn't grow up with these songs, but I grew as a musician with them and feel attached to them," Taeko explains. "People Make the World Go Round, by the Stylistics, is the best album ever!" Join Taeko at Birdland Oct. 10, the day before the 100th anniversary of Blakey's birth, as she celebrates the release of Contemplation with pianist Theo Hill, bassist Alex Blake and drummer Victor Jones. The event is going to mark the singer's debut performance on koto, the traditional 13-string Japanese harp. About 18 months ago, she started studying the instrument with a teacher in Queens, Taeko's first koto lessons since she was about 6 years old. She plays her mother's instrument. "I brought it to New York last year, I wanted to incorporate something Japanese into my music and the koto feels natural," she explains. "I always record one Japanese song on each album, to bring something from my own country to the table. It's a nice balance between Western music and my heritage. I have no interest in playing world music, but I'm looking forward to how I'll travel through my music journey and what I'll produce in the future."
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ANOTHER REASON... continued from page 25
NOLA to NYC Trumpeter Kenyatta Beasley's new release, Frank Foster Songbook (ArtVsTransit), pays tribute to his mentor, the acclaimed saxophonist, composer and arranger who is perhaps best known for his work with the Count Basie Band and his own Loud Minority Big Band. The twoCD set was originally planned as a conventional studio album, and there's no doubt it would have been a fine recording. Just consider all of the great players involved: Kenyatta's septet comprises trombonist Vincent Gardner, saxophonists Mark Gross and Keith Loftis, drummer Alvester Garnett, bassist Dezron Douglas and pianist Anthony Wonsey. Plus, special guests Wynton Marsalis, Carla Cook, Mark Whitfield and Eric Wyatt each make their presence known.
Kenyatta Beasley, Kumble Theater
But the confluence of Frank Foster's history of playing for dancers and Kenyatta's roots in New Orleans, with its history of joyous tributes to departed loved ones, complete with parades and secondline bands, made a live recording an obvious choice. "I wanted it to be a life celebration of 'Foss.' He came up when jazz was the popular music, it was the dance music era. I wanted to get that vibe for a celebratory record of his career." The trumpeter aimed to capture the vibrant feel of live recordings by Miles Davis or Cannonball Adderley from the 1960s, on which the audience's response becomes an important part of the record. He knew exactly the right place to find that vibe: Jazz 966, in Brooklyn. "It's one of the few places where you have true jazz connoisseurs who like to dance," Kenyatta explains. "Foss loved playing for dancers, so we needed to be where people are dancing, enjoying life and enjoying the music. It's a versatile audience that could enjoy both the dance music and the slightly more contemporary things as well." Late in his life, Foster encouraged Kenyatta to arrange some of his material,
Beasley photo by Javier Oddo.
with an eye toward possibly publishing a book of charts. "There are no African American composers with jazz-arranging textbooks," he notes. Pursuing the project became imperative when the trumpeter landed a job teaching arranging. "I didn't know much about jazz arranging," he admits. "A lot of times you need that pressure. I had to call Foss many nights. He sent me all his notes breaking down jazz arranging. I stayed two steps ahead of my students, and I called him at inopportune times, in desperation. He never turned me down." Instead of mining Foster's greatest hits for the Frank Foster Songbook arrangements, Kenyatta suggested, "Let's do songs people don't know you for." Foss had only one request: Don't play "Shiny Stockings." Though it's a jazz and popular standard, with hundreds of versions recorded, Kenyatta says until the final years of his life the composer did not own the publishing rights for what's arguably his bestknown tune. "Foss didn't understand how publishing worked," the trumpeter says. "Imagine, these musicians who contributed to the evolution of the music and didn't understand publishing, people took advantage of them and they didn't earn the money for their work." Knowing the back stories of some of his heroes, Kenyatta now strives to be part of the solution. As the founding director of the Music Technology/Entrepreneurship and Performance Program at Long Island University's Brooklyn campus, he teaches musicians how to be self-sufficient, how to own, produce and distribute their intellectual property. "It's very important they learn to produce and monetize their own work, and to understand the roles of people they hire, like managers, agents and others, and understand how they should help you. Sometimes musicians give money to people, but are not sure what they do," he says. "Though it may seem easier to walk around with a cloak of ignorance, real life can hit you hard and you have to make difficult decisions. Life comes down to optionsâ€”and it's always good to have them." Though his mentor passed away a year before the recording session, Kenyatta continues to feel his influence. "I think Foss was looking down on everything. Everyone I called was available for rehearsals, preparation, gigs; that's the only time that's ever happened." He expects the same all-star band to be on hand Oct. 30 for a free performance at Kumble Theater at Long Island University in Brooklyn, joining the trumpeter in celebrating the release of Frank Foster Songbook. "Everybody's committed so far. We've been playing the music around town and keeping it fresh," he notes.
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HOT FLASHES Exploring New Worlds: Caroline Davis AROLINE DAVIS' MUSIC WILL not only get a listener excited to hear more, it will also inspire listeners to learn more. It's clear she finds inspiration from a variety of sources: In 2019 alone, the saxophonist and composer released an album inspired by the anatomical structure of birds that aids their flight, followed by another album inspired by the work of Ingmar Bergman. Indeed, Caroline seems to channel the mind, body, and natural world into such remarkable and wonderful music that it might drive an auditor to stream the entire Criterion Collection or perhaps dive into the Field Museum's online collection.
Caroline's most recent release, Anthem, features a collaborative project she leads with keyboard virtuoso Rob Clearfield. The two met in Chicago while Caroline was pursuing her Ph.D. in music cognition at Northwestern. In working together, the
By Seton Hawkins
two artists have found that their distinct musical viewpoints complement each other superbly. With that, the new band Persona was born, its name indicating their shared passion for film. "One of our common interests is Ingmar Bergman's work," she explains. "We have had many conversations about how deep and reflective Bergman's work is. It's emotional and heavy. We identify with it, and it informs our musical choices." Indeed, the name Persona invokes Bergman's film of the same name, in which the personalities of two characters begin to merge into one. To be sure, while hearing Anthem one is struck by moments in which the intense rhythmic drive of Caroline's earlier projects merge with Rob's unique lyrical sense into a seemingly new entity. Anthem stands as a unique contrast to Alula—released by Caroline earlier this year—which features her own trio and is inspired by birds' flight-enabling anatomy. "A lot of what I think about is extra-musical," she explains. "How bodies work, how we remember things, what we choose to remember. It's fascinating to me." Indeed, listening to the two albums side by side, one gets a sense of the breadth of vision in her work, her adaptability and her exceptional gifts as a composer and improviser. "I have various projects that are going on at the same time," she notes. "I feel like they all define me as an artist, a person who wants to do it all. I want to be in the world of straight-ahead jazz, and I also want to be an improviser who opens up to free structures, or even without any form." At her Oct. 3 performance at Smalls, Caroline leads yet another project: her quintet, an ensemble that was featured on her 2018 album Heart Tonic. The show is going to include original compositions inspired by her father's passing earlier this year. "I've been focusing on writing a new book of music," Caroline notes. "I'm gathering influences including writing for strings and voice, as well as samples of people talking, for that book of music." Caroline Davis performs at the Jazz Gallery Oct. 2 with Rob, and Smalls Jazz Club Oct. 3 with her quintet— Marquis Hill, trumpets; Julian Shore, piano; Chris Tordini, bass; and Allan Mednard, drums. To learn more about her and her music, visit www.carolinedavis.org.
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Davis photo by Alex Free.
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FRESH TAKES AY AREA-NATIVE SASHA BERliner made her move to New York B around three years ago to attend the New
School, and has risen in the jazz scene as a vibraphonist and composer. Her voice has been heard not only through her music, but also through her writing advocating for women in jazz, which has been featured by The New York Times, The PBS NewsHour and elsewhere. Her album Azalea is set for release this winter, and Sasha cites Esperanza Spalding, Ambrose Akinmusire, Tyshawn Sorey, Radiohead, Brad Meldhau and Donny McCaslin as her main influences. "The album is supposed to resemble going through the motions of a coming of age...making music into a professional career; sociopolitical dominance, dealing with and witnessing discrimination, recovering from/coping with depression and anxiety, the passing of some close friends; love, companionship and peace," she says. Sasha uses her position as a prominent young female musician to advocate wherever and whenever she can. "I talk about my position as a white woman in a black HOT FLASHES...
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Residencies and Education Jazz at Lincoln Center's Swing University fall term begins Oct. 10. Will Friedwald's course on Jazz and the Great American Songbook kicks off the class roster, which also includes courses on Chick Corea, jazz in Europe and gospel music. To learn more or to enroll in a class, visit www.jazz.org/swingu. Guitarist Will Bernard curates a fascinating residency for The Stone Oct. 15-19. Joining him throughout the week are an array of outstanding artists including Charlie Burnham, Ikue Mori, Kenny Wollesen, Bill Laswell and Ben Perowsky. Visit www.thestonenyc.com for more details. LISTINGS... continued from page 24
Wesley Amorim Duo; 10: Svetlana & The New York Swing Collective; 17: Warren VachĂŠ & friends; 24: Doris Spears; 31: Hot Club of Philadelphia. McCARTER THEATRE: 91 University Pl. Princeton. 609-258-2787. www.mccarter.org. Oct 18: 8pm Hiromi. PRINCETON UNIVERSITY: Richardson Auditorium. 68 Nassau St. Princeton. 609-
Berliner photo by Feldheim Gaya.
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American art form at almost every concert I play now, and I advocate openly for programs like We Have Voice, and the accountability and awareness all musicians should have."
Catch Sasha Berliner at the BRIC Jazz Festival Oct. 24, featuring Jongkuk Kim on drums, Kanoa Mendenhall on bass, and Chris McCarthy on piano, keyboards and synths.
258-5000. www.princeton.edu/richaud. Oct 12: 8pm $15/5 adm Rudresh Mahanthappa Tiger Qrt+. MIDDLESEX CHAMBER 43: 427 Raritan Av. Highland Park. www.chamber43.com. 732-317-9427. Oct 13: 6-8:30pm Hendrik Meurkens feat Misha Tsiganov. 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. Oct 6: Jenn Starr/James Popik Duo; 11: Nancy & Spencer Reed; 18: Stephen Fuller Duo; 25: Tamuz Nissim 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. OLD FRANKLIN SCHOOLHOUSE: 491 Middlesex Av (RT 27). Metuchen. 862-3682202. First Sun: 3-5:15 pm CornerstoneJazz series. Oct 6: Matt Kane Qrt feat Alex Laurenzi. STATE THEATRE: 15 Livingston Av. New Brunswick. www.statetheatrenj.org. 732-2467469. Oct 20: 7pm Tony Bennett w/spec guest Antonia Bennett. TAVERN ON GEORGE: 361 George St. New Brunswick. www.tavernongeorge.com. 732545-6205. Mon&Wed-Thurs: 8-11pm free adm The New Brunswick Jazz Project/ www.nbjp.org. Mon: Roseanna Vitro Open Session. Oct 2: Lucy Yeghiazaryan Trio; 3: Joe Magnarelli Qrt; 9: Dave Stryker Trio; 10: Jerry Weldon & the Italian All Stars; 16:
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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.
Hide Tanaka said, "When I was a street musician in 1980, we were playing near City Hall. We thought this area was supposed to be good, but no money was coming into our hat. One day, a beggar from down the street was really getting into our music. He said, 'You guys sound really great... I love that Bird and Trane... I can't believe I'm able to listen to this music for free. Now, for my exchange, I can give you a good tip. You guys should move to my space over there, it's a magical spot. I'm always there until four PM every day, but after that, it's yours. We were skeptical at first... but we decided to try it. He was right, just fifty feet made a hatful of difference." HYMAN...
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at Dizzy's this month to celebrate the release of the new CD. Bill took over the reins of the 92nd Street Y jazz series from Dick and was among the performers who played tribute to him at his NEA Awards gala. Dick notes, "He's my third cousin. I've known him since he was 15, his mother, the singer Sandy Stewart, brought him to my studio. Bill is one of the great pianists now. Bill is going to preside over the official release of the new album by Ken and me at Dizzy's and add an extra piano to our duet."
Dick Hyman celebrates the release of Counterpoint Lerner & Lowe at Dizzy's Oct. 16. WASHINGTON...
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missing, so Kenny filled the chair. "Finally, Art comes down in a robe," Kenny recalls. He didn't see Blakey enter the room, but all of sudden, he felt a hand on the back of his shoulder. "I turned around and it was Art, so I
automatically got up and he said, 'No, no, no! Play! Play! Play!' So I sat up there playing, and he's walking around with his arms crossed, listening. He would stop the band and say, 'What part is that?' so we'd say, 'That's letter C.' He'd say, 'Cut that out. We don't need that.' So we go on playing, and he does this quite a few times. After he gets through, he sits down at the drums and plays his ass off. He played the whole arrangement. He played it like he wrote it. This cat could hear wet paint drying." Years of experience have fashioned Kenny into a deliberate artist with a personal connection to the music. Ahead of the Art Blakey Centennial Celebration at Smoke, he admits taking time to select repertoire that pays a particular kind of tribute to a particular kind of artist. "I want to try to make it fun for the other musicians as well, play things that are not often played. It's a lot of good stuff. And there's a lot of music out here."
Kenny Washington plays the Art Blakey Centennial Celebration with Josh Bruneau, Eric Alexander, Mike LeDonne and Clovis Nicolas at Smoke Jazz and Supper Club, Oct. 10-13. A Moment You Missed by Fran Kaufman Hot House Contributing Photographer Trio da Paz (Romero Lubambo, Duduka da Fonseca and Nilson Matta) celebrated their 15th consecutive end-of-summer two-week run at Dizzy's Club. I met up with them in the busy greenroom at the club on their final night (Sept. 1). Vocalist Maucha Adnet puts finishing touches on her makeup, guest tenor saxophonist Harry Allen checks his reeds, and Desmond L. Prass, assistant manager at Dizzy's, takes it all in.
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Mariel Bildsten Qrt; 17: Sharp Radway Trio; 23: Champian Fulton; 24: Mike Bond Qrt; 30: Myron Walden Qrt; 31: JC Styles Trio. MONMOUTH COUNT BASIE THEATRE: 99 Monmouth St. Red Bank. www.countbasietheatre.org. 732842-9000. Oct 4: 8pm Chris Botti; 8: 7pm documentary Miles Davis: Birth of Cool (2019); 23: 7:30pm The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. HERB ECKERT AUDITORIUM: At Senior Center South Brunswick Municipal Complex. 540 Rte 522. Monmouth Junction. www.sbarts.org/jazz-cafe. 732-329-4000X 7635. Oct 4: 7:30pm $6 adm Jane Stuart Qrt. MORRIS BICKFORD THEATRE: 6 Normandy Heights Rd. Morristown. 973-971-3706. www.morris museum.org/jazz-showcase. Oct 7: 7:30-9pm $18/20 adm Andy Farber. DOLAN HALL: At College of Saint Elizabeth. 2 Convent Rd. Morristown. 973-290-4000. Oct 2: 7:30pm $25/22 adm Dan Levinson & Molly Ryan feat Mike Davis. MAYO CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS: 100 S St. Morristown. 973-539-8008. www.mayoarts.org. Oct 3: 8pm $39-89 adm Pink Martini w/spec guest Meow Meow; 12: 8pm $49-89 Kenny G; 15: 8pm $39-79 Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue; 22: 7:30pm $49-89 Sergio Mendes & Bebel Gilberto; 27: 7pm $29-69 Mwenso & The Shakes “Harlem 100” w/spec guests Brianna Thomas, Vuyo Sotashe & Michela Marino Lerman. RANDOLPH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: At Music Den. 1030 Route 10W. Randolph. www.themusicden.com. 973-927-5800. Oct 19: 7:30-9pm $15-5 adm Maurício de Souza & Bossa Brasil® feat Andrew Beals. 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. Oct 2: Alberto Pibiri & Miriam Waks; 3: Deep Groove Jazz Trio; 4: Rob Paparozzi Qrt; 6: Stephanie Nakasian w/Matt Baker Gp; 12: Saron Crenshaw Qrt; 13: Ben Cassara. OCEAN The JAY & LINDA GRUNIN CENTER FOR THE ARTS: 1 College Dr. Toms River. 732255-0500. www.grunincenter.org. Oct 27: 3pm $24/20 adm Gerry Mulligan Tribute Band. PASSAIC WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY: 300 Pompton Rd. Wayne. www.wpunj.edu. 973720-2371. Sets: 4pm. Oct 13: Trio da Paz; 27: Vincent Herring & Eric Alexander Qnt. SOMERSET WATCHUNG ARTS CENTER: 18 Stirling Rd. Watchung. www.watchungarts.org. 908-7530190. Oct 19: 8-10pm Sandy Sasso.
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). Oct 6: Karl Berger; 9: FU 7pm Jazz Sessions w/Tony Jefferson; 12: Joni Mitchell, "Shadows & Light" A Tribute; 13: B Uncommon Ground, 8pm Jean-Michel Pilc Trio; 16: Common Tongue; 17: Latin Jazz Express; 19: Ed Palermo Big Band feat Denny Walley; 27: B Saints of Swing, 8pm Edmar Castañeda Qrt. HOWLAND CULTURAL CENTER: 477 Main St. Beacon. www.howlandculturalcenter. org. 845-831-4988. Oct 19: 8pm $25/20 adm Robin Holcomb. LYDIA’S CAFE: 7 Old US Hwy 209. Stone Ridge. www.lydias-cafe.com. 845-687-6373. Sets: 7-10pm. Oct 4: Jimmy Madison Trio; 11: The Saints of Swing feat Rene Bailey; 12: Pete Levin Trio; 18: Steven Frieder, Peter Tomlinson, Bob Meyer, Mark Usvolk; 25: Nancy Donnelly & friends; 26: Charlie Knicely/Chuck Lamb Qrt. MAUREEN’S JAZZ CELLAR: 2 N Bway. Nyack. www.maureensjazzcellar.com. 845535-3143. Sets/adm Sun 6pm, Fri-Sat 8&9:30pm; $20. Oct 4: Fabrizio Sotti Trio; 5: John Hart Qrt; 6: Marianne Sollivan; 11: Frank Kohl Qrt; 12: Ron Vincent Qrt; 18: Anne Carpenter Qrt; 19: Andrew Beals Qrt; 20: Jerry Bruno; 27: Judi Silvano. ORIGINAL VINYL RECORDS: 314 State Rte 94 S #7. Warwick. www.originalvinyl records.com. 845-987-3131. QUINN’S: 330 Main St. Beacon. 845-202-7447. www.quinnsbeacon.com. Oct 11: 9pm $10 don Nick Millevoi's Desertion Trio. TRATTORIA MARBELLA: 151 Canal St. Ellenville. www.trattoriamarbella.com. 845647-9269. 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 Jam w/Bill Washer & friends. Oct 3: R; 4: Erin McClelland Band; 5: The Trio & spec guest; 6: Joanie Samra; 10: R; 11: Joshua Breakstone; 12: Jerry Vivino Qrt; 13: Jim McGee; 17: R; 18: Alan Broadbent Trio; 19: Michele Bautier Trio; 20: Mike Fahn; 24: R; 25: Steve Sandberg Qrt feat Zach Brock; 26: Paul Meyers; 27: Riverside Rhythm Band; 28: 7:30-10:30pm Matt Vashlishan & The Water Gap Jazz Orch; 31: R.
NEW YORK STATE
ATLAS STUDIOS: 11 Spring St. Newburgh. www.atlasnewburgh.com. 845-391-8855. Jazz at Atlas series. Oct 5: 8pm $25/20 adm Karen Borca. CATSKILL MOUNTAIN PIZZA COMPANY: 51 Mill Hill Rd. Woodstock. 845-679-7969. www.catskillmountainpizza.com. Wed: 9pm Jazz Night. CHILL WINE BAR: 173 Main St. Beacon. 845765-0885. www.chillwinebarbeacon.com.
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. Oct 5: 8pm $16/10 adm Antonio Hart Qnt; 19: 7pm $20-10 Winard Harper w/spec guest Jimmy Owens.
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YOU ARE FORTUNATE YOU WILL Paul Austerlitz when he comes IupFcatch for air. But you might ask, Where has
he been? The truth is that Paul has been totally immersed in music; temporally— primarily as a bass clarinetist—and spiritually, as a pursuer of the truth in music and its effects on human existence. For more than three decades he has been fully engaged in the cultural topography of Dominican and Haitian music, studying its origins in Mother Africa. This has led to a doctorate in ethnomusicology. He credits as his inspiration the great Milford Graves, as he is quick to remind anyone who will give an ear. But in reality, when he was studying at Bennington College with the iconic percussionist, this inspiration came sometime after a continuing and total absorption in the music of John Coltrane. "Milford Graves taught a course on the influence of music and suggested that I study nonWestern musical cultures, particularly the Afro-Caribbean one," Paul recalls. "He planted in me a deep and abiding curiosity about the efficacy of music, a drive to understand the ways that music can affect the mind and body. It was a life-altering experience for me." Another epiphany came when the legendary trumpeter Bill Dixon suggested he pick up the bass clarinet (in addition to the B and the saxophone). An important piece in the jigsaw of Paul's early formation came from the late poet and teacher Michael S. Harper. "He opened my mind to the fact that African American improvised music—jazz—is an amphitheater of word-consciousness, one piece of powerful sisterhood and brotherhood," Paul notes. "It became my mantra and set me off to seek a universal communion in my ethnomusicological journey." Since then, music has come in titanic waves at the confluence of the bass clar-
inet's wooden timbre, the African drum and the human voice. Paul's music has taken him through Europe and the U.S., and to the Dominican Republic and Haiti for extended periods. Along the way he has been heavily influenced by the legendary king of merengue, Joseíto Mateo, who paved the way for his doctorate in ethnomusicology. Paul's dissertation later gave rise to the book Merengue: Dominican Music and Dominican Identity (Temple University, 1997). He has also authored Jazz Consciousness: Music, Race and Humanity (Wesleyan, 2005) and Machito and His Afro-Cubans: Selected Transcriptions (A-R Editions, 2016), co-written with Jere Laukkanen. Meanwhile Paul’s concentration on Dominican and Haitian cultures has produced a number of recordings. This mystical journey was first documented on Journey (Innova) and has since ascended to a rarefied realm with a recent trilogy. Dr. Merengue, The Vodou Horn and Water Prayers for Bass Clarinet were all released in 2018. This music is spectacular, with melodic lines, harmonic shapes and visceral rhythms; it is the product of a creative spirit, awakened by the dormant powers of the soul to further the evolution of human consciousness. Paul Austerlitz performs Oct. 14 at Bushwick Public House.
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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. Oct 10: Tivon Pennicott. 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 $7 adm Jam w/John Benitez Trio. Oct 8: 9pm $12 Los Aliens; 9&23: 9pm TR7 Jam w/John Yao & Peter Brendler; 30: 9pm $10 Ricardo Gallo's Horse's Mouth.
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. Oct 4: Chip Shelton & the Peacetime Ens; 5: Rocky Middleton Trio; 12: Leslie Pintchik Trio; 24: 7-9pm Chip Shelton & the NY Jazz Flutet; 26: 7:3011:30pm Leslie Pintchik Trio. BEANRUNNER CAFÉ: 201 S Division & Esther St. Peekskill. 914-737-1701. www.beanrunnercafe.com. Fri-Sat: 810:30pm $15 adm. Oct 5: Tony Jefferson; 11: Jacqui Naylor Qrt; 12: Ray Blue; 25: Ahlfabet Jazz Band; 26: Eric Person & Trio-Kinesis. 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. Oct 13: “King” Solomon Hicks. JAZZ FORUM: 1 Dixon Ln. Tarrytown. 914-6311000. www.jazzforumarts.org. Sets/adm: Sun 4&6pm $15/20, Late (L) 8-10pm; Fri-Sat 7&9:30pm. Oct 4-5: $25 Jeremy Pelt Qnt; 6: Pete Malinverni Trio; 11-12: $30 Benny Green Trio; 13: David Weiss Sxt; 18-19: $25 Mike LeDonne Qrt; 20: Behn Gillece Gp; 25-26: $30 Veronica Swift; 27: Kenia Ashby. Hot House is not responsible for any errors in the listings which may have occured from late changes or incorrect information supplied to us. Please call the venues or check websites for up to date calendars.
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