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WO ENSEMBLES AT OPPOSITE ends of the big band spectrum, both T paying tribute to a composer-songwriter,
share this Winning Spins. One is the second volume of a big band exploration and expansion of the music of Thelonious Monk. A smaller ensemble brings the lyrics of Johnny Mercer with various composers to the fore in performances that echo the original, mostly swing era recordings with an emphasis on vocals. John Beasley Presents MONK'estra, Vol. 2 (Mack Avenue), is a cogent reminder that Thelonious didn't just write melodies, but complete, multi-faceted compositions, although mostly framed by familiar song forms: 32-bar AABA or 12-bar AAB blues. As an arranger, John is aware that Monk considered the chordal commentary and counter-lines that he played on piano on the head of his compositions to be as important as the main melody. So, John fleshes out both the melody and its various embellishments, creating rich instrumental voices for what were once piano notes. A perfect example of this musical creativity is "Crepuscule with Nellie," a
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haunting ballad brought to life with the unusual combination of Bob Sheppard's clarinet and guest artist Regina Carter's violin. As the pair explores every nuance of the melody, John adds blasts of brass where Thelonious had originally jabbed piano chords and he wraps Regina's improvised solo in a crepuscular penumbra from the ensemble. Some of the most creative re-imaginings of Thelonious Monk music here come from John's addition of rhythms and time signatures not found on the originals. "Brake's Sake," the opening track, rides on a hiphop backbeat, the theme strutting on contrasting high and low brass until trumpeter Dontae Winslow emerges, not playing but delivering a rap about Thelonious that morphs into one about prejudice and oppression. It turns a lesser known composition into a compelling contemporary protest anthem. Another guest artist, conga and bata percussionist Pedrito Martinez, adds an Afro-Latin flavor to "Criss Cross," infused with a high-powered arrangement full of ensemble parts that clash and intersect as solos ride on top, audibly reflecting the tune's title. A slinky, tango-like feel exotically alters "Work," another deceptively simple Monk tune explored and expanded by a colorful arrangement with muted trumpets contrasting with suave woodwinds as Ryan Dragon's trombone glides a long-noted solo on top. "Evidence," one of the supposedly simpler Thelonious piece (a contrafact of "Just You, Just Me"), is turned into a minisuite with three distinct parts. After the band delivers the stop-start, skeletal melody with full, contrasting sections, the tempo revs up for a breakneck solo from guest artist Kamasi Washington's tenor sax. That segues into a perky, waltz-time rendition of the tune leading to Conrad Herwig's trombone solo, the band back in 4/4 for a full-voiced climax. Dianne Reeves also makes a guest appearance singing "Dear Ruby," Carmen McRae's lyrics to "Ruby My Dear," and the familiar "I Mean You," revived here as a jazz march, and Thelonious' "Light Blue," a ballad given an Ellingtonian treatment with lush alto sax and reed voicings underpinning John's organ solo. MONK'estra's renditions of Thelonious' tunes bring new insights about them and appreciation for them. Swingadelic Mercerville, (Zoho), features 13 songs with lyrics by Johnny Mercer, pianist-arranger John Bauers sharing the vocals with Vanessa Perea.
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Beasley's MONK'estra cover photo by Lawrence Sumulong, McBride and Walker by Chris Drukker for Jazz House Kids.
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CLUBS & HALLS UPPER MANHATTAN (Above 70th Street)
92Y: 1395 Lexington Av at 92nd St. 212-4155500. www.92y.org. Oct 14: 8pm $45 adm Dick Hyman/Bill Charlap Duo. 449 LA: 449 Lenox Av (bet 132nd & 133rd Sts). 212-234-3298. Sun: 4-7pm Patio Jazz; Thurs: 1-3:30pm Jazz & Dessert; Fri-Sat: 8:30pm. AARON DAVIS HALL: At City College. 138 Convent Av at W133rd St. www.citycollege centerforthearts.org. 212-650-6900. Oct 27: 7:30-10pm Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orch. APOLLO THEATER: 253W 125th St. 212-5315300. www.apollotheater.org. Oct 6-7: 8pm $25-125 adm We Shall Not Be Moved. 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. The CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK: 160 Convent Av at 138th St. www.ccny.cuny.edu. 212-650-7000. Oct 5: 7pm free adm Lainie Cooke. 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 Kelly Green Duet; Mon Nathan Brown; Tues Marc Devine; Wed E Open mic w/Les Kurtz, L Nathan Brown; Thurs L Kazu; Fri L Ben Zweig; Sat L T. Kash. Oct 5: Keith Ingham; 6: Sachamo Mannan Qrt; 7: Kayo Hiraki; 12: Matt Baker; 13: Rudi Mwongozi; 14: Masami Ishikawa; 19: Joel Forrester; 20: Ken Simon; 21: Fuku & Chihiro; 26: Sonelius Smith; 27: Dotti Anita Taylor; 28: Denton Darien. EL TALLER: 215E 99th St (bet 2nd&3rd Avs). 212-665-9460. www.tallerlatino.org. Oct 7-9: www.artsforart.org Raza y Resistencia festival feat 10/7 $20 adm 7:30pm AfroHorn, 8:30pm Jesus Papoleto Melendez, 9pm Perelman/Shipp, 10pm Craig Harris/Jay Rodriguez, 10/8 $20 7:30pm MX=Trio Data, 8:30pm Quincy Troupe/Kelvyn Bell, 9pm Craig Taborn/Tomeka Reid, 10pm CooperMoore/Matt Mottel, 10/9 free 3pm Visionary Youth Orch, 7pm Roney/Modeste/Reis, 8pm Bernardo Palombo + Castle Bridge students, 9pm Songs of Freedom. GINNY’S SUPPER CLUB: At Red Rooster. 310 Lenox Av (bet 125th & 126th Sts). www.ginnyssupperclub.com. 212-792-9001. Sets: 7:30&9:30pm. Oct 13-14: $25 adm Nicole Henry. LUCA’S JAZZ CORNER: At Cavatappo. 1712 1st Av (bet 88th & 89th Sts). 212-987-9260. www.lucasjazzcorner.com. Sets/adm: Mon 710pm free adm Roger Lent Solo; Tues 810pm $10; Wed 6-9pm Vino & Jazz Guitar Solo; Thurs 9-11pm $10. Oct 3: Vinny Raniolo; 5: Simona De Rosa; 10: 6-8pm $15 Bucky Pizzarelli Trio; 11: 9-11pm Emanuele
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Trio; 26: Pasquale Grasso; 31: Dennis Joseph Qrt. METROPOLITAN ROOM: At The Triad. 158W 72nd St (bet Bway & Columbus). 212-2060440. www.metropolitanroom.com. Oct 9: 7pm Metropolitan Room/Hot House Jazz awards; 14: 9:30pm John Minnock. MILLER THEATRE: At Columbia University. 2960 Bway at 116th St. 212-854-7799. www.millertheatre.com. Oct 7: 8pm Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio. MINTON’S: 206W 118th St (bet St. Nicholas Av & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd). 212-243-2222. www.mintonsharlem.com. Sets: 7:30& 9:30pm. Residency (R): Sun Singer Meets Saxophonist. Oct 5-6: Harold Mabern; 7: Michelle Walker Qnt; 8: R; 10: Wayne Tucker; 11: Joe Pino Qnt; 12: “King” Solomon Hicks; 13: Eva Cortes Qnt; 15: R; 18: Lawrence Clark Qrt; 19: Brandon Bain; 20: Emily Braden; 21: Tom Tallitsch Qrt; 22: R; 25: Lawrence Clark Qrt; 26: Vivian Sessoms; 27: Tom Tallitsch Qrt; 28: Richard Padron; 29: R. NATIONAL JAZZ MUSEUM IN HARLEM: 58W 129th St at Malcolm X Blvd. 212-3488300. www.jmih.org. 7-8:30pm $10 don. Oct 3: Michael Cuscuna; 7: Monk Centennial Jam w/David Durrah; 10: Monk B’day celeb; 14: Move & Groove Vinyasa Flow; 17: Jazz Gallery mentoring feat Orrin Evans & Morgan Guerin; 21: Abdou Mboup Gp; 24: Juilliard School w/Elio Villafranca; 26: James Carter; 28: Don Morgenstern. NEW AMSTERDAM MUSIC ASSOCIATION: 107W 130th St (bet Lenox & Adam Clayton Powel Blvds). 347-712-8568. $5/15 adm. Mon: 7-11pm Jam. PARIS BLUES: 2021 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd at 121st St. www.parisblues harlem.com. 212-222-9878. Sets: Early (E) 59pm, Jam 9pm-1am. Free adm. Sun: E Double G & the Possee, 9pm 1st&3rd La Banda Ramirez. Mon: Keyed Up series w/John Cooksey Qrt; Tues: The Sultans of Soul; Wed: Les Goodson & the Intergalatic Soul Jazz Band; Thurs: Tyrone Govan & Top Secret; Fri: tba; Sat: alternate The 69th Street Band/The Antoine Dowdell Gp. 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 5-8pm Jam w/Lu Reid; 1st Sun 8-11pm The Shrine Big Band. Oct 1: R; 2: E-L Miriam Elhajili; 3: E Karen Tennison; 5: E Eugene Seow Qrt; 8: R; 12: E David Kardas; 13: E New York Groove Associate; 14: E-L Rodrigo Bonelli Qnt; 15: R; 17: E Andrew McGowan Trio; 20: E Steve & Jackie; 22: R; 25: E Craig Brann Trio; 26: E Juan Carlos Polo; 27: L Sydney & Jake; 28: L Sonia Aimy; 29: 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. Residency (R): Tues E Shevelovin' Qrt. Oct 2: E Clap Stomp Swinging; 3: R; 4: 6-7:30pm SlideAttack Qnt; 5: E-L J.C. Sanford; 6: E Andrew McGowan Trio, L Joel Gonzalez Qnt; 7: E Jon Sheckler Trio; 10: E R, L New York Groove Associate; 11: L Ravi Campbell Qrt; 12: E-L Samyakta Ranganathan; 13: L Dana Reedy; 17: R; 18: L Rei Hamada; 19: E-L Adam Kolker; 20: E Mojuba; 24: R; 26: E-L Peter Brainin; 27: L Rosie Yadid; 31: R. SMOKE JAZZ & SUPPER CLUB: 2751 Bway (bet 105th & 106th Sts). 212-864-6662. www.smokejazz.com. Sets: Early (E), Late (L), Brunch (B); Sun B 11:30am,1&2:30pm, E 7,9&10:30pm, L 11:30pm; Mon E 7&9pm, L 10:30pm; Tues-Thurs E 7,9&10:30pm, L 11:30pm; Fri-Sat E 7,9&10:30pm, L 11:45pm For comprehensive daily updated listings with sort-by options—by artist, location, day or time—go to www.hothousejazz.com.
&12:45am; adm/min vary. Residencies: Sun B Annette St. John Trio, L Willerm Delisfort Qrt; Mon (R) E Vincent Herring Qrt, L Smoke Jam by Vincent Herring; Tues (R) E Mike LeDonne & Groover Qrt, L Emmet Cohen Organ Trio; Wed (R) E Lezlie Harrison, L Mel Davis B-3 Trio; Thurs L Nickel & Dime OPS; Fri L 10/6&20 Patience Higgins & Sugar Hill Qrt, 10/13&27 John Farnsworth Qrt; Sat L Johnny O’Neal & friends. Oct 1: Eddie Henderson Qnt; 2-4: R; 5: Roseanna Vitro; 68: Thelonious Monk Tribute feat Tim Warfield, Joanna Pascale, Orrin Evans; 9-11: R; 12: Akie Bermiss Qrt; 13-15: Carl Allen Qnt; 1618: R; 19: Jack Walrath Qnt; 20-22: Larry Willis & the Heavy Blue Band; 23-25: R; 26: Benny Benack Qrt; 27-29: Johnny O’Neal & guests; 30-31: R. SUGAR BAR: 254W 72nd St (bet Bway & West End Av). 212-579-0222. www.sugarbarnyc.com. $10 adm unless otherwise noted. Residencies: Wed 8pm Electrikana; Thurs 9pm Open Mic w/Sugar Bar All Star Band. Oct 6: 8pm Mozayik; 7: 9pm Irini Res & the Jazz Mix; 13: 8:30pm Abe Ovadia Trio; 27: 8&9:30pm $15 Joe Bonacci. SYMPHONY SPACE: 2537 Bway at 95th St. 212-864-5400. www.symphonyspace.org. Bar Thalia (BT). Oct 7: 9pm BT Matt & Lainie Jazz; 12: 9pm BT Hendrik Helmer Trio; 13: 9pm BT Rale Micic's Guitar x 2 series; 15: 7pm BT The Mini-monic w/spec guests Jim Saporito & Harrison Hollingsworth. The WEST END LOUNGE: 955 West End Av. 212-531-4759. www.thewestendlounge.com. Oct 1&22: 4-7pm Another Sunday Serenade 917-882-9539/www.vtyjazz.com $25 adm feat 10/1 Tribute to Johnny Coles w/Duane Eubanks, 10/22 5 Bop Tet feat Bruce Barris, Jovan Alexandre.
MID-TOWN MANHATTAN (Between 35th & 69th Street)
BIRDLAND: 315W 44th St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). 212-581-3080. www.birdlandjazz.com. Sets: 8:30&11pm, except Mon 7&9:30pm, Sun 6,9&11pm. Adm varies. Residencies: (R) Sun 9pm Arturo O’Farrill Afro-Latin Jazz Orch; Mon 9:30pm Jim Caruso Cast Party; Wed except 10/4 5:30-7pm David Ostwald & Louis Armstrong Eternity Band; Fri 5:15-7pm Birdland Big Band; Sat 6pm except 10/28 Eric Comstock. Oct 1: 6pm Marcello Pellitteri benefit for the Veronica Pellitteri Memorial Fund, 9pm R; 3-7: Ron Carter's Great Big Band; 4: 6pm Kurt Elling; 8: 6pm Renee Manning/Earl McIntyre, 9pm R; 10-14: Ron Carter Qrt; 12: 6pm Rolando Morales-Matos tribute concert for Dave Samuels; 15: 9pm R; 17-21: Ron Carter Golden Striker Trio; 19: 6pm Sean Harkness Duo; 22: 6pm Hye Seon Hong Jazz Orch, 9pm R; 24-28: Lea DeLaria w/spec guests 10/24 Norm Lewis, 10/25 Sandra Bernhard, 10/26 Janis Siegel, 10/27 8:30pm Jennifer Nettles, 11pm Rachel Bay Jones, 10/28 Danielle Brooks; 26: 6pm Arianna Neikrug; 28: 6pm Veronica Swift; 29: 6pm Frank Perowsky Jazz Orch, 9pm R; 31Nov 4: Ann Hampton Callaway. CARNEGIE HALL: 57th St & 7th Av. 212-2477800. www.carnegiehall.org. Oct 7: 8pm Beegie Adair Trio. CHURCH OF THE COVENANT: 310E 42nd St at 2nd Av. www.covenantchurchnyc.com. 212-697-3185. Oct 8,15&21: Great Women In Music feat 10/8 3pm Claudette Morgan, 10/15 3pm Lil Phillips, 10/21 6:30pm Brianna Thomas. CLUB BONAFIDE: 212E 52nd St (bet 2nd & 3rd Avs). 3rd Fl. www.clubbonafide.com.
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646-918-6189. Sets: unless otherwise noted Early (E) 7:30pm, Late (L) 9:30pm, Late Night (N) 11pm. Oct 5: E-L First Ladies of Jazz & Blues feat Emilie Surtees; 7: 7&9pm Ladies of Jazz feat LaRita Gaskins; 10: E René Calvin, L Matt King; 14: 7&9pm Tribute to Cuba’s Golden Age feat Francois Wiss; 21: L Keith A. Dames & Danny Mixon Qrt. COMMUNITY CHURCH OF NEW YORK: 40E 35th St (bet Madison & Park Avs). 212683-4988. www.aacm-newyork.com. Oct 6: 8pm Chico Freeman Qrt. DIMENNA CENTER FOR CLASSICAL MUSIC: 450W 37th St (bet 9th & 10th Av). www.dimennacenter.org. 212-594-6100. Oct 19: 8-10pm $15/10 adm Jim Ridl. DIZZY’S CLUB COCA-COLA: 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: $40 Paquito D'Rivera Ens; 2: $30 Juilliard School Jazz Ensembles; 3: Rodney Green Trio; 4: $30 Nicki Parrott Qrt; 5: The Baylor Project; 6-8: 10/6 $45 The Big Band Sound of Rufus Reid; 9: Frank Carlberg Large Ens; 10-11: T.S. Monk Sxt; 12-15: Joey DeFrancesco; 16: Allison Miller & Boom Tic Boom; 17-18: Josh Evans Big Band; Oct 19-22: 10/20&22 $40 Jon Faddis; 23: Greg Reitan Trio; 24-25: Oran Etkin; 26: Mike LeDonne Trio feat Ron Carter; 27-29: 10/27 $45, 10/29 $40 The Georgia Horns; 30: Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orch; 31: Makoto Ozone Trio. Late Night w/Oct 3-7: Jonathan Michel; 10-14: Emmet Cohen/Antonio Capasso; 17-21: Nate Sparks Big Band; 24-28: Julius Rodriguez; 31-Nov 4: Dean Tsur. IGUANA RESTAURANT: 240W 54th St at Bway. www.iguananyc.com. 212-765-5454. Mon-Tues: 8-11pm Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks. IRIDIUM: 1650 Bway at 51st St. 212-582-2121. www.theiridium.com. Oct 2: 8pm $25 adm Alex Skolnick Trio; 3-4: 8pm $35/45 Tuck & Patti; 7: 8pm $25 Billy Vera; 13-14: 8&10pm $40/45 Brand X; 18: 8pm $25/35 Jaimoe & Jasssz Band; 23: 8pm $25 Ed Palermo Big Band; 24: 8&10pm $25/35 Luba Mason. 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 $40 buffet, Mon-Tues free/$15 min, Wed-Thurs $17/$20 min, FriSat $32/$20 min. Residencies (R): Sun Jazz Brunch w/Tony Middleton; Mon Jam by Iris Ornig. Oct 1-2: R; 3: Ben Rosenblum Solo; 4: Yuka Mito Qrt; 5: Chiemi Nakai Latin Jazz Project; 6: Janice Friedman Trio; 7: Jane Ira Bloom Qrt; 8-9: R; 10: Addison Frei Solo; 11: Plucky Strum Duo; 12: Judimarie Canterino Qrt; 13: Harry Allen Qrt; 14: The Royal Bopsters; 15-16: R; 17: Ben Rosenblum Solo; 18: Gabriele Tranchina Qnt; 19: Audrey Silver Qnt; 20-21: Michael Carvin Trio; 22-23: R; 24: Micah Thomas Solo; 25: Monday Michiru Qrt; 26: Amanda Monaco Qrt; 27: Joyce Breach Trio; 28: Lew Tabackin Qrt; 2930: R; 31: Angelo Di Loreto Solo. JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER: 10 Columbus Cr at 60th St. 5th Fl. www.jalc.org. 212-2589800. Appel Room (AR), Rose Theater (RT). Oct 6-7: 8pm RT Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski, John Scofield; 2021: 8pm RT Jazz at Lincoln Center Orch w/Wynton Marsalis; 27-28: 7&9:30pm AR Marilyn Maye. SAINT PETER’S CHURCH: 619 Lexington Av at 54th St. (Citicorp Bld). www.saintpeters.org. 212-935-2200. 1st Mon: 7:30pm $5 adm International Women in Jazz Jam; Sun: 5pm free adm Jazz Vespers feat Rogério
Boccato; Wed: 1pm $10 don Midtown Jazz at Midday; Oct 1: Matthew Sheens/Luke Sellick; 4: Bucky Pizzarelli/Ed Laub; 8: Fernando Correa/Matt Clohesy; 11: John Eckert & New York Nine; 12: 7:30pm Duke Ellington Society meeting www.thedukeellington society.org; 15: Vitor Gonçalves/Jure Pukl; 18: Sean Smith/David Hazeltine; 22: John Ellis; 25: Tony Middleton Qrt; 29: Ike Sturm Orch. SWING 46: Jazz & Supper Club. 349W 46th St (bet 8 & 9th Avs). www.swing46.com. 212262-9554. Sets: Sun-Thurs 8:30-11:30pm, FriSat 9:30pm-1am. Residencies (R): Mon Swingadelic; Tues George Gee Swing Orch; Wed Stan Rubin Orch w/Joe Politi. Oct 1: Vanessa Trouble Red Hot Swing, 2-4: R; 5: Ray Gelato w/City Rhythm Orch; 6: Ron Sunshine Orch; 7: Gordon Webster & friends; 8: Jerry Costanzo; 9-11: R; 12: Harlem Renaissance Orch; 13: Ron Sunshine Orch; 14: Eyal Vilner Big Band; 15: Sarah Hayes & Swing Society; 16-18: R; 19: Eyal Vilner Big Band; 20: George Gee Swing Orch; 21: Swingadelic; 22: Sarah Hayes & Swing Society; 23-25: R; 26: Harlem Renaissance Orch; 27: George Gee Swing Orch; 28: Crescent City Maulers; 29: Vanessa Trouble Red Hot Swing; 30-31: R. TOMI JAZZ: 239E 53rd St (Bet 2nd & 3rd Avs). Lower level. www.tomijazz.com. 646-4971254. Sets: Sun 8-11pm; Mon&Wed L 811pm, N 11pm-12:30am; Tues E 8-9:20pm, L 9:40-11pm, N 11pm-12:30am; Thurs 911:30pm; Fri 9pm-1am; Sat E 6-7:30pm, L 810:30pm, N 11pm-1:30am. Adm: Sun-Wed free/$5 min, Thurs-Sat $10/10 min. Oct 8: Bill Stevens; 19: Linda Presgrave Qrt.
LOWER MANHATTAN (Below 34th Street)
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 (L) 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; last Wed: E Paul Jost; Oct 30: E Kendra Shank. 75 CLUB: At the Bogardus Mansion. 75 Murray St (bet W Bway & Greenwich St). 212-2681746. Wilbur Ware Institute presents Wilbur’s Warehouse. Sets/adm: 7:30&9:30pm; TuesThurs free, Fri-Sat $25. Residencies: Tues John Webber & friends, Wed Singers Night, Thurs Dezron Douglas & friends. Oct 6-7: Vincent Herring Trio; 13-14: Harold Mabern/Eric Alexander Trio; 20-21: Lou Donaldson Qt; 27-28: Juini Booth Qt. B FLAT: Basement 277 Church St (bet Franklin & White Sts). www.bflat.info. 212-219-2970. Sets: Mon 8-11pm, Wed 8-11:30pm, Sat 10pm-12am. Mon&Wed: Jordan Young Trio. Oct 7: Mamiko Taira Trio; 14: Takeshi Asai Trio; 21: Richard Huntley Trio; 28: Takeshi Asai Trio. BAHA’Í CENTER: 53E 11th St (bet Bway & University). www.bahainyc.org. 212-2225159. Tues: 8&9:30pm $10/15 adm. Oct 3: Brian Pareschi Gp; 10: Santi Debriano Gp; 17: 8pm 100th B’day celeb of Dizzy Gillespie w/Mike Longo NY State of the Art Jazz Ens feat Ira Hawkins w/spec guests Jimmy Owens & Annie Ross, 9:30pm free documentary on Dizzy; 24: Warren Chiasson Gp. BAR NEXT DOOR: 129 McDougal St. 212-5295945. www.lalanternacaffe.com. Sets: Sun 8&10pm, Mon-Thurs Early (E) 6:30-7:45pm, Late (L) 8:30&10:30pm, Fri-Sat 7:30,9:30&
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11:30pm. Adm: $12 all night + 1 drink min/set except Fri-Sat $12/set + 1 drink min/set, E free. Mon-Thurs: E Emerging Artists series; Mon: L Vocal Mondays series. Residencies (R): Sun Peter Mazza, Wed L Jonathan Kreisberg. Oct 1: R; 2: E Julphan Tilapornputt, L John Malino; 3: E Prawit Siriwat, L David Rosenthal; 4: E Horace Bray, L R; 5: E Peter Amos, L Jeff McLaughlin; 6: Michael Valeanu; 7: Ben Eunson; 8: R; 9: E Cole Davis, L Gabrielle Stravelli; 10: E Mark McIntyre, L Alex Lore; 11: E NanJo Lee, L R; 12: E Vaughn Stoffey, L Casey Berman; 13: Paul Bollenback & World on a String; 14: Freddie Bryant; 15: R; 16: E David Kuhn, L Deborah Latz; 17: E Paul Jubong Lee, L Tommy Holladay; 18: E Alicyn Yaffee, L R; 19: E Tommaso Gambini, L Anthony Mata; 20: Benny Benack; 21: Ben Monder; 22: R; 23: E David Kuhn, L Carlota Gurascier; 24: E Joey Lamb, L Chase Baird; 25: E Andrew Shillito, L R; 26: E Sagi Kaufman, L Yotam Silberstein; 27: Nate Radley; 28: Barry Greene; 29: R; 30: E tba, L Elisabeth Lohninger; 31: no jazz. 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: Randy Weston/Billy Harper Duo; 2: John Colianni Jazz Orch; 3-8: TAKE 6; 9: Lee Konitz 90th B’day celeb; 10-15: Eddie Palmieri 80th B’day celeb; 16: Stanley Jordan; 17: McCoy Tyner; 18: Marcus Strickland & Twi-Life & friends; 19-20: Roy Ayers; 21-22: tba; 23-24: Harold López-Nussa Trio w/guests Grégoire Maret & Pedrito Martinez; 25-29: Arturo Sandoval; 30: Odean Pope Sax Choir B’day Celeb feat Ravi Coltrane; 31-Nov 5: Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars. Late Night Groove w/Oct 6-7: Stetsasonic; 13: Boyfriend; 14: Cormega; 20-21: Jean Grae; 27: Slaine & Termanology; 28: Rah Digga. Sunday Brunch w/Oct 1: Alan Ferber & NYU Jazz Ens; 8: Giacomo Gates; 15: Vadim Neselovskyi; 22: Sari Kessler Qrt; 29: East Meets West feat Shoko Amano. The CAVE: At St. George’s. 209E 16th St at Rutherford Pl. www.olmstedsalon.com. 2nd Fri: 7:30&9:30pm $15 adm. Oct 13: Uptown Jazz Tnt. CORNELIA STREET UNDERGROUND: 29 Cornelia St. www.corneliastreetcafe.com. 212-989-9319. Sets unless otherwise noted: Sun 8:30&10pm, Mon-Thurs 8&9:30pm, FriSat 9&10:30pm. Adm varies. Oct 1: Dan Levinson; 2: 8:30pm Amram & Co; 3: Rose Ellis, 9:30pm Compass; 4: Noam Wiesenberg Qrt, 9:30pm Nitzan Gavrieli; 5: Sam Bardfeld Trio; 6: Brandon Seabrook Trio, 10pm Olli Hirvonen Escape; 7: 10pm Yuhan Su Qnt; 8: KADAWA, 9:30pm Dor, Albagli, Menares Trio; 10: 8pm Marko Churnchetz Ruthenia Qrt; 11: Meinhart/Altura/Ladin/ Tate/Arruda; 12: The Jazz Samaritan Alliance; 13: Paul Jones Sxt; 15: 8pm Flavio Silva Qrt; 18: 8pm Alex Wyatt; 20: Dan Weiss Trio; 23: David Lopato; 25: 8pm James Shipp; 26: 8pm Jeff Miles Gp, 9:30pm Michael Thomas; 30: Yaniv Taubenhouse Trio. DOWNTOWN MUSIC GALLERY: 13 Monroe St (bet Market & Catherine Sts). 212-4730043. www.downtownmusicgallery.com. Sun: 6pm In-Store shows. Oct 1: Jeremy Carlstedt/Rick Parker; 15: 7pm Judi Silvano/ Bruce Arnold. The EAR INN: 326 Spring St (bet Greenwich & Washington Sts). www.earinn.com. 212-4319750. Sun: 8-11pm EarRegulars feat Jon-Erik Kellso & friends. Oct 1: w/Evan Christopher; 22: w/Aaron Johnson.
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); E 7pm except Sun-Mon&Fri 6pm; L 9pm except Thurs&Sat 10pm, Fri add 10:30pm; N 1:30am except Sun 1am, MonWed 12:30am. Residencies (R): Sun E except 10/1&22 Terry Waldo & Gotham City Band, N Brandon Lewis & Renee Cruz; Mon N Billy Kaye; Tues E except 10/3 Saul Rubin Zebtet; Wed E except 10/4 Raphael D'Lugoff Trio + 1, N Ned Goold; Fri L The Supreme Queens. Oct 1: E Ehud Asherie, 8:30pm Jade Synstelien & FCBB, N R; 2: E Osso String Qrt, L Ned Goold Qrt, N R; 3: E Bruce Harris, L David Oquendo & Havana 3, N Craig Wuepper; 4: E Cliff Barboro Qnt, L Groover Trio, N R; 5: E Emma Dayhuff, L Saul Rubin Zebtet, N Paul Nowinski; 6: E Ai Murakami Qnt, L R + Jared Gold/Dave Gibson, N Alexi David; 7: E Eiko Rikuhashi & La Descarga Band, L Raphael D'lugoff Qnt, N Grant Stewart; 8: E R, L Oriol Vallès López, N R; 9: E Ben Patterson, L Kelly Green Sxt, N R; 10: E R, L Peter Brainin & the Latin Jazz Workshop, N Todd Herbert; 11: E R, L Harold Mabern Trio, N R; 12: E Tyler Blanton Horne Electric Band, L NYC SKA Orch, N Avi Rothbard; 13: E Tad Shull Qrt, L R + Chris Beck, N Ray Gallon; 14: E Jamale Davis, L Wayne Escoffery, N Dave Schnitter; 15: E R, L Ark Ovrutski, N R; 16: E Amit Chaterjee, L George Braith, N R; 17: E R, N Yoshi Wak; 18: E R, L Don Hahn/Mike Camacho Band, N R; 19: E Ray Parker, L P.O.D.; 20: E Peter Zak Trio, L R + David Weiss & The Point Of Departure, N Jared Gold; 21: E Alevtina Polyakova Gp, L George Burton, N Joe Magnarelli; 22: E Ehud Asherie, L Gatos Finos, N R; 23: N R; 24: E R; 25: E&N R; 26: N Will Terrill; 27: L R + Mimi Jones; 28: N Greg Glassman; 29: E&N R; 30: N R; 31: E R, L Itai Kriss & Gato Gordo, N John Benitez & Latin Bop. GREENWICH HOUSE MUSIC SCHOOL: 46 Barrow St (bet 7th Av S & W 4th St). 212-2424770. www.greenwichhouse.org. 8pm: Sound It Out series. Oct 6: Stephan Crump & Rhombal; 9: Ethan Iverson & Orrin Evans. HUDSON STUDIOS: 601W 26th St #1330 (bet 11th & 12th Avs). www.hudsonstudios.com. 212-924-2430. Oct 14: 7pm Jazz Foundation Loft Party www.jazzfoundation.org. JAZZ GALLERY: 1160 Bway at 27th St. 5th Fl. www.jazzgallery.org. 646-494-3625. Sets/ adm: 7:30&9:30pm $15/10, $22/12 Fri-Sat. Oct 3-4: Adam Rudolph & Moving Pictures; 5: Tarun Balani Collective; 6-7: Alan Ferber Big Band; 8: Ingrid Laubrock; 12: Dan Weiss & friends; 13: Roman Filiú; 14: Jure Pukl; 17: Gerald Clayton; 18: Marta Sanchez Qnt; 19: Mara Rosenbloom Trio; 20: Jose Aqiles w/David Virelles; 21: Shai Maestro; 26: Micah Thomas Trio; 27-28: Marcus Gilmore; 31: Apocryphal, 9:30pm Standard Candle. JAZZ STANDARD: 116E 27th St (bet Park & Lexington Avs). www.jazzstandard.net. 212576-2232. Sets/adm unless otherwise noted: 7:30&9:30pm, Sun Brunch 11am&1:30pm, Sat Brunch 12-2:30pm; $30 except Mon-Wed $25, Brunch $10/$35 all-inclusive. Residencies: Sun 10/1&8 11:30am&1:30pm The Smokestack Brunch, 10/15,22&29 1:30-3pm Jazz for Kids; Mon (R) Mingus Monday feat Mingus Big Band; Sat 12-2:30pm except 10/7 The Smokestack Brunch. Oct 1: Freddy Cole Qrt; 2: R; 3: Steve Cardenas Gp; 4: Mike Moreno; 5-8: Larry Goldings/Peter Bernstein/ Bill Stewart; 9: R; 10: $35 Joey Alexander Trio; 11: $30 Kenny Barron Solo; 12-14: John Beasley's MONK'estra; 15: $25 Andrew Cyrille/David Virelles/Ben Street; 16: R; 17: continued on page 18
IERNEY SUTTON HAS BEEN ONE of the most distinctive, creative voices T in jazz for over two decades and, apart
from After Blue, her exploration of Joni Mitchell songs, all her albums have been by The Tierney Sutton Band. And that isn't just a name, it's an incorporated, collective unit, one that has enabled the singer to keep a band together for more than 20 years. "We're truly committed and invested in everything we do," she explains of the band in a call from her California home. "We go and play this music we were integral in creating. The band members [pianist Christian Jacob, bassists Trey Henry and Kevin Axt, drummer Ray Brinker] decide the parts they're going to play. We talk about it, what is going to serve the story and the lyrics and arrangement, but everybody is pretty invested in the final performance." That spirit of give and take and collaborative cooperation is the reason Tierney has the luxury of working with the same musicians over most of her career, a rare if not unique arrangement in jazz today. That's why every album project of The Tierney Sutton Band is focused on a topic. Across ten albums the themes have ranged from an exploration of happiness, On the Other Side, and yearning, Desire, to tributes to Bill Evans, Frank Sinatra and others. The band's latest offering, The Sting Variations (BFM Jazz), is their take on the songs of singer Sting, who came to fame as the leader, singer and bassist of the rock band The Police. "There aren't many pop artists that have a jazz pedigree; Sting definitely does," Tierney says of the band's choice of the composer. "He was a jazz bass player in
the UK and I also like how literary he is. He was an English teacher at one point and his lyrics are interesting and literary. And his music has always had a deep connection to jazz: He writes about it in his autobiography and memoirs. He's also toured with great jazz musicians like Kenny Kirkland and Branford Marsalis, so he's always had that kind of connection. There are not many pop performers you can say that about." Tierney and the band toyed with doing some standards that Sting recorded. She did do two standards that Joni recorded on Both Sides Now: "Don't Go to Strangers" and "Answer Me My Love." But she says that's because she did not know the songs before and hadn't heard Joni's versions until then. "I thought she was a very credible and great jazz singer and I wanted them on the album," she said. "In Sting's case, we started making a list, but none of the standards he recorded were ones I didn't know already from different versions, so from my standpoint they weren't as interesting for me. And we had so many of his songs to choose from." However, she reveals that they did weave some jazz standards into the Sting repertoire: "The first track, 'Driven to Tears,' has Miles Davis' 'So What' solo in the arrangement; and there's a tip of the hat to his 'All Blues' in 7/4 on 'Walking in Your Footsteps;' and you might hear other jazz echoes when you listen. Almost everything on the album is straight ahead jazz; there's no point in doing these iconic songs if you can't take them to a different place." A good example of that jazz approach is the classic Police song, "Message in a Bottle." Tierney and the band jettison the reggae beat of the original for a tropical montuno. And "Every Little Thing He Does Is Magic" becomes a highly swinging duet from Tierney and the drummer. But she feels her most radical approach is to "Every Breathe You Take." "In the original, it was a stalker song," she says. "But I'm singing it from the point of view of a parent watching their child going out into the world. It's a completely different perspective." And it works, too. As do almost all the often-original perspectives The Tierney Sutton Band brings to both Sting and the world of pop and jazz standards. One other singular feature of the band is: "We never do the same show twice," Tierney says. "We choose from over 100 arrangements and just about everything in the book that we've recorded is active." That's what infuses every appearance by the band with that key element in jazz: The sound of surprise.
The Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts presents the Tierney Sutton Band at the Kumble Theater, on Oct. 21.
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Frank Kimbrough Qrt; 18: Brian Lynch Qnt; 19-22: 10/20-21 $35 Charles Tolliver Tnt; 23: R; 24-25: $30 Azar Lawrence Qrt feat Steve Turre; 26-29: Yosvany Terry/Baptiste Trotignon Qrt; 30: R; 31: Scott Robinson & the Heliotones. KNICKERBOCKER BAR & GRILL: 33 University Pl at 9th St. 212-228-8490. www.knickerbockerbarandgrill.com. Fri-Sat: 9pm-1am. Oct 6-7: Pete Malinverni Trio; 1314: Roy Meriwether/Saadi Zane; 20-21: Rob Silverman/David Zox; 27-28: Luis Bonilla Trio. MEZZROW: 163W 10th St (bet 7th Av & Waverly Pl). www.mezzrow.com. 646-4764346. Sets/adm: Early 8-10:30pm, Late (L) 11pm-close; adm varies. Residencies: Sun L John Merrill & friends; Mon L Pasquale Grasso; Tues L Jam w/Miki Yamanaka & Adi Meyerson; Wed L Pete Malinverni; Thurs L Spike Wilner w/spec guest; Fri L Johnny O'Neal; Sat L tba. Oct 1: Judy Niemack; 2: Ulysses Owens; 3: Marilyn Kleinberg; 4: Peter Mazza; 5: Uri Caine/Mark Helias; 6-7: Gary Smulyan; 8: Tardo Hammer; 9: Ed Howard/Dave Kikoski; 10: Sasha Dobson; 11: Ben Allison/Michael Wolff Duo feat Allan Mednard; 12: Richard Sussman; 13-14: Buster Williams; 15: Neal Kirkwood/Andy McKee; 16: David Hazeltine/Todd Coolman; 17: Kendra Shank; 18: Randy Ingram/Drew Gress; 19: Brockowitz Duo; 20-21: Danny Grissett/Dayna Stephens Qrt; 22: Tivon Pennicott; 23: Evan Christopher/Ehud Asherie; 24: Tessa Souter; 25: Hilary Gardner/Ehud Asherie; 26: Maucha Adnet; 27-28: Jonny King; 29: Chris Flory; 30: Dred Scott; 31: closed. 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 6: Fernando Correa Trio. NEW SCHOOL: 66W 12th St. 212-229-5600. www.newschool.edu. Oct 12: 7pm Steven Bernstein & The New School Studio Orch. NEW SCHOOL JAZZ PERFORMANCE SPACE: 55W 13th St. 212-229-5488. www.newschool.edu/jazz. Fri-Sat: 8:30pm The Stone at the New School. Oct 6-7: Cyro Baptista; 13-14: Steven Bernstein; 13: 7:30pm Louis Arques/Richard Boukas; 2021: Erik Friedlander; 27-28: Jen Shyu; 27: 7:30pm Louis Arques/Richard Boukas. 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 unless otherwise noted. Oct 1: Ed Laub Duo; 8: Melissa Hamilton; 15: Roz Corral w/Roni Ben-Hur & Harvie S; 22: Roz Corral w/Billy Test & Jay Leonhart; 29: Kelsey Jillette. NUBLU 62: 62 Av C (bet 4th & 5th Sts). 212375-1500. www.nublu.net. Oct 14: 1011:30pm Marco Sanguinetti Qnt. NUBLU 151: 151 Avenue C (bet 9th & 10th Sts). www.nublu.net. Oct 4: 9&11pm Bryan & the Aardvarks. 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 26: Julian Lage. SKIRBALL CENTER: At New York University. 566 LaGuardia Pl at Washington Sq S. 212998-4941. www.skirballcenter.nyu.edu. Oct 6: 7:30pm Bagatelles Qnt feat John Zorn, Sylvie Courvoisier/Mark Feldman, Mary Halvorson Qrt, Matt Mitchell Trio, Erik
Friedlander/Jay Campbell Duo, Trigger, Vadim Neselovskyi Solo, Peter Evans Solo, Jim Black Qrt; 7: 7:30pm Bagatelles Qnt feat John Zorn, Brian Marsella Trio, Chris Otto/Mark Feldman, Matt Hollenberg/Nick Millevoi, Ikue Mori, Kris Davis, Gyan Riley/ Julian Lage, Harris Eisenstadt Trio, Craig Taborn Solo, Asmodeus. SMALLS JAZZ CLUB: 183W 10th St at 7th Av. 212-252-5091. www.smallslive.com. Sets: Afternoon (PM) Sun 4:30-7pm, Sat 4-7pm, Early (E) 7:30-10pm, Late (L) 10:30pm-1am, Night (N) 1-4am; jam following N; adm varies. Residencies (R): Sun 1pm Vocal masterclass by Marion Cowings, PM Ai Murakami Trio feat Sacha Perry, N 10/1,15&29 Robert Edwards, 10/8 Hillel Salem, 10/22 Joe Farnsworth; Mon L-N 10/2&9 Jonathan Michel, 10/16,23&30 Jonathan Barber; Tues L-N Abraham Burton Qrt; Wed N 10/4&18 Jovan Alexandre, 10/11&25 Aaron Seeber; Thurs N 10/5&26 Davis Whitfield, 10/12&19 Jonathan Thomas; Fri N 10/6&20 Joe Farnsworth, 10/13&27 Corey Wallace; Sat N 10/7,21&28 Brooklyn Circle, 10/14 Philip Harper. Oct 1: 1pm-PM R, E Johnny O'Neal Trio, L Saul Rubin Qrt, N R; 2: E Emmet Cohen Trio, L-N R; 3: E Frank Lacy Gp, L-N R; 4: E Chet Doxas Qrt, L Dave Glasser Qrt, N R; 5: E Marshall McDonald Jazz Project, L John Chin Qnt, N R; 6: E Mark Zaleski Sxt, L Jack Walrath Qnt, N R; 7: E Dave Stryker Qrt, L Jack Walrath Qnt, N R; 8: 1pm-PM R, E Kyoko Oyobe Trio, L Uptown Jazz Tnt, N R; 9: E Tony Moreno Qnt, L-N R; 10: E Mark Whitfield Trio, L-N R; 11: E Lage Lund Gp, L Clovis Nicolas Qrt, N R; 12: E Lage Lund Gp, L Wayne Tucker Qnt, N R; 13: E Neal Smith Gp, L Stafford Hunter & Continuum, N R; 14: PM Ark Ovrutski Qrt, E Stafford Hunter & Continuum, L Neal Smith Gp, N R; 15: 1pmPM R, E Johnny O'Neal Trio, L Alex Hoffman Qnt, N R; 16: E Anthony Pinciotti Qrt, L-N R; 17: E Steve Nelson Qnt, L-N R; 18: E Guillermo Klein Gp, L Harold Mabern Trio, N R; 19: E Guillermo Klein Gp, L JC Stylles/Steve Nelson Hutcherson Project, N R; 20: E Eliot Zigmund Qrt, L Scott Wendholt/Adam Kolker Qrt, N R; 21: PM Una Stade, E Eliot Zigmund Qrt, L Scott Wendholt/Adam Kolker Qrt, N R; 22: 1pm-PM R, E Michela Lerman, L Jerry Weldon Qrt, N R; 23: E Ari Hoenig, L-N R; 24: E Spike Wilner Trio, L-N R; 25: E Charles Blenzig Gp, L Tatum Greenblatt Qrt, N R; 26: E Darrell Green Gp, L Luke Sellick Qrt, N R; 27-28: E Quincy Davis Qnt, L Sam Newsome Qrt, N R; 29: 1pm-PM R, E Johnny O'Neal Trio, L Ned Goold Qrt, N R; 30: E Ari Hoenig, L-N R; 31: closed. The STONE: 2nd St at Av C. www.thestone nyc.com. Adm varies. Sets: 8:30pm weekly residencies. Oct 1: Darius Jones; 2: Wasser Works; 3-8: Peter Evans; 9: On Ka'a Davis; 10-15: Ben Goldberg; 17-22: Okkyung Lee; 24-29: Billy Martin; 31-Nov 5: Louie Belogenis. TRIBECA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 199 Chambers St. www.tribecapac.org. 212220-1460. Oct 20: 7pm $10 adm “Person Place Thing” w/Randy Cohen feat Jack Kleinsinger. VILLAGE VANGUARD: 178 7th Av S at 11th St. 212-255-4037. www.villagevanguard.com. Sets: 8:30&10:30pm. Adm: $30/1 drink min. Residency (R): Mon Vanguard Jazz Orch. Oct 1: Cécile McLorin Salvant/Sullivan Fortner; 2: R; 3-8: Renee Rosnes Qrt; 9: R; 10-15: The Bad Plus & Bill Frisell; 16: R; 17-22: Chico Freeman Plus+tet; 23: R; 24-29: Terell Stafford Qnt; 30: R. continued on page 22
LANKETS AND LAWN CHAIRS cover a grassy clearing surrounded by B towering maple trees that line the perime-
ter of Montclair's Nishuane Park. Leather cases bake in the Saturday sun, protecting the trumpets and saxophones nestled inside them. As they make their way across a crowd of 10,000 listeners, several of 135 young artists in eight separate ensembles ready their reeds, fingers, drum pedals and voices and steady their nerves before they arrange themselves on the bandstand for another spontaneous performance, another live act of civic engagement through artistic expression and expansion. This dynamic has become the legacy of Jazz House Kids, New Jersey's leading educational institution where artistic mentors come together with young people, their families and the broader community to share, appreciate and learn about the jazz experience. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the community-driven organization led by president, founder and master vocalist Melissa Walker. "Our mission is to use this homegrown music of jazz to enrich the lives of young people and to build community," she says. "Part of that enrichment means you're exposed to it at a young age. You're invited to participate as a singer and an instrumentalist and to be part of the creative process." In the spirit of its mission, Jazz House partners with community organizations and corporate enterprises to provide students with countless opportunities to play, coined affectionately as "giglets." Melissa, her staff and even some alumni help set up roughly 80 giglets per year, so Jazz House students can experience the professional world of playing out in the community. "Each month we're doing multiple giglets," Melissa says. "It's real-life experience that a musician would have, from being a featured performer to being background at an event, to participating in television shows." Celebrating 15 years of community, creativity and a legacy of offering young people opportunities to listen, play and be heard, Jazz House presents its third gala. Under the musical direction of artist and virtuoso Christian McBride, the performance pays tribute to visionaries Roy Haynes and McCoy Tyner, and features Andra Day, Kenny Barron, Sheila E. and David Sanborn. In addition to the veteran artists sharing their energy and artistic expression, emerging players such as Coleman
Hughes, Julian Lee and Alex Warshawsky help debut the Jazz House Alumni Band. "We're so proud that they can come back and be part of this Alumni Band and hold their own next to these longtime professionals," Christian says. "I think that is the real legacy and impact of Jazz House Kids." Bringing in master players and composers who have spent years touring the world equips the Jazz House curriculum with authenticity. Citing such artists as Dave Stryker, Billy Hart and Michele Rosewoman, Christian posits that the education Jazz House students receive reflects the real world of professional music performance. "These teaching artists have seen the beauty and the ugliness of being out on the road," he says. As more students move through the Jazz House mentorship and go on to become mentors themselves, Christian believes the skillset they develop empowers them as problem solvers and critical thinkers who will strengthen their communities and write their narrative in whatever way they choose. "Some of the kids who've graduated and gone to college and have not become professional musicians, carry those lessons they learned by being in a program like Jazz House Kids with them to whatever career they choose," he says. The Jazz House is a continuum of community involvement and education. Students enrich their community; community members strengthen the Jazz House; teaching artists mentor students and the cycle continues. But as the country moves away from enhancing public and arts education at the federal level, Christian urges every community member to become a mentor for every child. "It's now very important for all of us who know to pull a child aside and give them a book or give them a link to a website where they can read up on some history or some theoriesâ€”something to keep their minds sharp," he says. For Melissa, the result of facilitating a legacy of mentorship is undeniable. "We're about building community," she says, "and
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McBride and Walker photo by Richard Conde for Jazz House Kids.
S P O T L RENEE ROSNES VILLAGE VANGUARD / OCTOBER 3-8 One of the most staggering piano talents in jazz today, Renee Rosnes has long been renowned not only for her versatile keyboard abilities, but also for her intensely creative and gorgeously lyrical compositions. Moving into her fourth decade performing music in New York City, Renee began as a first-call collaborator to such luminaries as Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, J.J. Johnson and James Moody, before ultimately rising to her well-deserved status as one of the top bandleaders in the music today. Headlining a truly exceptional quartetâ€”saxophonist Chris Potter, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Lenny White join herâ€”Renee delivers a tour-de-force at the Village Vanguard in what promises to be a must-see for any fans of swinging, lyrical, creative takes on jazz. SH LEE KONITZ JAZZ FORUM / OCTOBER 6-7 and BLUE NOTE / OCTOBER 9 Alto saxophonist Lee Konitz gets an early start on his 90th birthday celebration (he was born Oct. 13, 1927). Lee has been at the forefront of jazz since the late swing/early bebop era, in a career that started in the big bands of Stan Kenton and Claude Thornhill, where Gil Evans was an arranger. In the late 1940s and 1950s, he was a member of the Lennie Tristano school of modern jazz, playing often with the pianist and his acolytes. But he was also a member of the Miles Davis nonet/tentet that recorded the seminal "Birth of the Cool" sessions at the turn of those decades. In subsequent years, Lee has led a recently resurrected nonet and recorded a host of duo albums, lately with pianist Dan Tepfer. GK
JOHN MENEGON SENATE GARAGE / OCTOBER 8 A quintessential sideman, especially with musical mate vocalist Teri Roiger, bassist John Menegon also is a very capable composer and bandleader. He has been a stalwart on the Canadian and upstate NY jazz scenes, moving to New York City in the 1980s to study at Long Island University on full scholarship. Since then John was a member of the small ensembles led by Dewey Redman and David "Fathead" Newman for the last decade of their respective lives. His recordings as a leader for the Dot Time label reflect a thoughtful, fully flowered musician seeking new horizons. This 100-year celebration of Thelonious Monk in Kingston features Teri and Judy Silvano who follow in the footsteps of the late Carmen McRae interpreting the angular, off-minor musings of Monk. MGN
GABRIELE TRANCHINA JAZZ AT KITANO / OCTOBER 18 While many vocalists specialize in a single genre, Gabriele Tranchina can sing many styles. The German-born Gabriele straddles the lines of original vocal jazz, fusion, world musics, various Latin styles and pop tunes, as reflected in her small discography's diverse repertoire. Her multi-national and multi-lingual roots stem from her native land, but her love for Antonio Carlos Jobim, Flora Purim and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as other cultures, inspired her to explore via extensive travel. In NYC, she's established an image as equal parts Parisian chanteuse and Brazilian romantic. This is a CD release party for her latest effort Of Sailing Ships & The Stars in Your Eyes. The back-up band includes her husband, pianist Joe Vincent Tranchina, bassist Andy Eulau, drummer Vince Cherico and percussionist Renato Thoms. MGN
DAVID LOPATO CORNELIA STREET UNDERGROUND / OCTOBER 23 A diversely talented and musically omnivorous pianist, David Lopato is an artist who defies easy categorization. Having forged an intensely unique and personal sound in his pianistic touch, David has absorbed not only the jazz piano canon, but also the musical worlds of Indonesian gamelan traditions, West African drumming practices and electro-acoustic compositions. Indeed, on his latest release, Gendhing for a Spirit Rising, David leads a mixed ensemble of talents through a dizzying tour of musical languages from around the world. At Cornelia Street Underground, David leads his trio, featuring bassist Ratzo Harris and drummer Michael Sarin, in a performance that portends an exciting evening for listeners who like their jazz surprising and liberally seasoned with musical influences from around the globe. SH
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LeDonne photo by Gerhard Richter, Rosnes by John Abbott, Williams by Giorgio Bianchi.
L I G H T MAUCHA ADNET MEZZROW / OCTOBER 26 A premier Brazilian singer, Maucha Adnet broke onto the scene as a leader with her impressive 2006 CD for the Kind of Blue label The Jobim Songbook, backed by notables Randy Brecker, Claudio Roditi, Romero Lubambo and Duduka DaFonseca, and her brother, guitarist Mario Adnet, followed by 2013's effort, Milagre. A strong connection to music through her parents and siblings led to her touring and recording with Antonio Carlos Jobim. Her voice has been described as soulful and rich without histrionics. What Maucha adds to the enjoyable and sensual samba/bossa nova tradition is not subtle as Leny Andrade or Elis Regina, but far from over the top like Flora Purim. Drummer and vibraphonist Chuck Redd and pianist Helio Alves are capable accompanists for Maucha's vocal inventions. MGN MIKE LeDONNE DIZZY'S CLUB COCA-COLA / OCTOBER 26 An artist who plays intimate spaces of an extended piano intro as deliberately as those buoyant, burning organ lines, Mike LeDonne keeps the legacy of the music vital and pulsing. A true virtuoso, the award-winning pianist, B3 organist, composer and educator has played alongside such legends as Milt Jackson, Art Farmer, Clifford Jordan, James Moody, Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby Hutcherson, Etta Jones and Annie Ross, among other transitional visionaries. More than 100 records serve as testament to the creative force of Mike's evolving sound. He keeps his feet and fingers moving weekly at Smoke with his Groover Quartet that includes modern masters Peter Bernstein, Eric Alexander and Joe Farnsworth. At Dizzyâ€™s he brings a trio featuring living legends Ron Carter on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums. SJ BUSTER WILLIAMS THE SIDE DOOR / OCTOBER 27-28 Groomed to be a bassist by his demanding father, Buster Williams' hard work has paid great dividends over his long, productive career. Buster also counts Oscar Pettiford, Ray Brown, Charles Mingus and Paul Chambers among his many influences, though he long ago developed a signature dark tone to go with his superb technique. Buster backed great vocalists like Betty Carter, Sarah Vaughan and Nancy Wilson during the 1960s and toured extensively with Herbie Hancock. Since Buster began working as a leader in the mid-1970s, he has been composing abundantly as well. The bassist's Something More band, which will be recording a new CD in December, includes alto and soprano saxophonist Bruce Williams, pianist George Colligan and drummer Lenny White. Buster also performs at Mezzrow Oct. 13-14. KD
QUINCY DAVIS SMALLS JAZZ CLUB / OCTOBER 27-28 Few players weave a sense of humor into their sophisticated, hard swinging sound the way Quincy Davis can. Interactivity and nuance complement his melodic approach to drumming. A versatile player with depth of experience, Quincy has collaborated with a range of artists from Russell Malone, George Coleman and the late Frank Wess to Roy Hargrove, Gerald Clayton and Nicholas Payton. Having appeared on more than 40 recordings, Quincy released his debut album as a leader, Songs in the Key of Q, in 2014. His current position as Professor of Jazz Drum-set at the University of Manitoba allows him to continue evolving the music's legacy among the next generation of players. His sextet includes Philip Dizack, Myron Walden, Stacy Dillard, Adam Birnbaum, David Wong (10/27) and Richie Goods (10/28). SJ
FRANK PEROWSKY JAZZ ORCHESTRA BIRDLAND / OCTOBER 29 A contemporary straight-ahead purveyor, multi-saxophonist and clarinetist Frank Perowsky leads a big band, celebrating ten years as a unit. With considerable academic background and experience since his days at Juilliard, working with major jazz pop singers from Peggy Lee to Frank Sinatra, inspired by alternative wordsmith Jack Kerouac, and big bands with Woody Herman and Jimmy Dorsey, Frank has all the tools necessary to swing. His new CD An Afternoon in Gowanus (the infamous superfund site) is the debut recording for the FPJO, a statement in the post-Thad Jones/Mel Lewis era. His son, drummer Ben Perowsky, is a leader in his own right and drives the big band with acute clarity and a force all his own. Other bandmates should include Jerry Dodgion, Sam Burtis, Seneca Black, Roger Rosenberg and David Berkman. MGN
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ZINC BAR: 82W 3rd St (bet Thompson & Sullivan). 212-477-8337. www.zincbar.com. Residencies: Sun 9pm-12am Tango feat Fernando Otero; Mon 9:30pm except 10/2 Ron Affif Trio; Thurs 10pm Roman Diaz & Rumba Habanera; Sat 10,11:30pm&1am Monika Oliveira & The Brasilians. Oct 2: 10pm-2am VandoJam feat Don Aliquo; 18: 7pm Jeff “Siege” Siegel Sxt w/spec guest Feya Faku.
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. Wed Oct 4: Battle in the Bronx IV w/Eric Alexander & Vincent Herring. HOSTOS: 450 Grand Concourse at 149th St. www.hostos.cuny.edu. 718-518-4455. Oct 14: 7:30-9:30pm $15 adm Elio Villafranca Latin Jazz Trio. LEHMAN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS: At Lehman College. 250 Bedford Park Blvd W. 718-960-8833. www.lehmancen ter.org. Oct 28: 8pm $100-55 adm Spanish Harlem Orquestra & Cuban Elito Revé and his Charangón.
BROOKLYN 440 GALLERY: 440 Sixth Av. 718-499-3844. www.440gallery.com. 1st Sun: 4:40pm $5 don Me, Myself and Eye. Oct 1: André Matos. BAR LUNÀTICO: 486 Halsey St. 718-513-0339. www.barlunatico.com. Oct 9: 8:30&10pm Brian Charette & Kürrent. 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. Oct 1: 8pm Pedro Giraudo Tango Qrt; BRIC ARTS: 647 Fulton St. 718-683-5600. www.bricartsmedia.org. Oct 14-21: JazzFest feat 10/14-15 free adm documentary screening 14 7pm & 15 4pm Chasing Trane, 14 9pm & 15 2pm I Called Him Morgan, 10/17 7pm free Jazz & Justice panel discussion w/Samora Pinderhughes, Imani Uzuri & Melvin Gibbs, 10/19 $25-30 Marshall Allen & Sun Ra Arkestra, Miles Mosley & The West Coast Get Down, Terri Lyne Carrington & Social Science, Binky Griptite Orch, Troker, Matthew Stevens, Mike Casey Trio, Kavita Shah Qnt, Sharel Cassity & Elektra, 10/20 $25-30 Regina Carter, Vijay Iyer Sxt, Samora Pinderhughes, Braxton Cook, Dave Douglas Meets The Westerlies, Papo Vazquez Mighty Pirate Troubadours, Jazzmeia Horn, Miramar, LaFrae Sci + the Groove Diplomacy Youth Orch, 10/21 $25-30 Maceo Parker, GoGo Penguin, Theo Croker Escape Velocity, Rudresh Mahanthappa Indo-Pak Coalition, Harriet Tubman, Imani Uzuri, Butcher Brown, Matana Roberts. BROOKLYN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC: 58 7th Av. www.bqcm.org. 718-622-3300. 1st Fri: 7pm $5 adm Open Stage. Oct 21: 7:30pm $15 adm Connection Works feat Wide Open Works (WOW) w/WORKS & spec guest Masa Kamaguchi + Billy Mintz Two Bass Band. The DRAWING ROOM: 56 Willoughby St #3. www.drawingroommusic.com. Oct 7: 7pm $10 adm Jeff Walton Qrt; 8: 2pm $20 Gianna Montecalvo/Antonella Chionna w/Harvey Diamond Trio & Pat Battstone Trio; 13: 8:30pm $15 Jacob Sacks; 14: 7pm $10 Glass
Bath & Mike DeiCont Trio; 21: 8pm $15 Shawn Lovato. I-BEAM: 168 7th St. www.ibeambrooklyn.com. Sets: 8:30pm $15 don. Oct 6: 8pm Jochem van Dijk Solo, 8:45&9:45pm Darren Johnston & Wind Over Walls. JAZZ 966: 966 Fulton St. 917-593-9776. www.jazz966.com. Fri: 8:15&10:15pm KUMBLE THEATER: 1 University Pl (bet DeKalb & Willoughby). 718-488-1624. www.kumbletheater.org. Oct 21: 8pm $35 adm www.brooklyncenter.org Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts feat Tierney Sutton Band. ON STAGE AT KINGSBOROUGH: At Kingsborough Community College. 2001 Oriental Blvd. 718-368-5596. www.onstage atkingsborough.org. Oct 13: 7pm $40 adm Jazz at the Lighthouse series feat Eddie Allen Ens. OUR LADY OF VICTORY: 583 Throop Av. 718574-5772. www.smdpp.org. Oct 28: 7:30pm Tulivu Cumberbatch. ROULETTE: 509 Atlantic Av at 3rd Av. www.roulette.org. 917-267-0363. Sets: 8pm $20/15 adm. Oct 10: Brandon Ross & Blazing Beauty; 12: Lisa Mezzacappa & Glorious Ravage; 21-22: Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sxt w/spec guest Arturo O'Farrill. SHAPESHIFTER LAB: 18 Whitwell Pl. www.shapeshifterlab.com. 646-820-9452. Sets/adm unless otherwise noted: Early (E) 7pm, Late (L) 8:15pm, Night (N) 9:30pm; $10 adm. Oct 3: E Nathan DeCusatis & Mob Rule; 4: E Symphony of Chimes by Skip Laplante, 9pm Keyboards II feat Lucie Vítková, Assaf Gidron, Coleman Alexander Zurkowski, Douglas Farrand & Teodora Stepancic; 5: E Maya Ramchandran/Audrey Vardanega, L Uncle Cyclops & Aunt Natalie feat Broken Reed Saxophone Qrt w/Angela Ortiz; 6: E $12 Threefifty, L Secret Mall, N $15/10 ShoutHouse feat Quilan Arnold, Akinyemi, Zach Gonder, Taylor Labruzzo & George Meyer; 11: E Ludovic; 12: L Beholder, N JMR Qrt; 13: E Marko Djordjevic & Sveti, L Justin Mullens Gp, N David Acevedo & Eyehear; 16: E $5/students free BOKCO MASS; 17: E Will Brahm & Homenaje, L Andy Bianco Qnt; 19: $8 E LittleBoyBigHeadonBike, L The Brazen Youth; 20: N Take Off Collective feat Ole Mathisen; 22: L Laszlo Gardony, N Christian Artmann Qrt; 24: E Yuriy Galkin Nine Of A Kind Nnt, L Pasha Karchevsky Qnt, N Andrew Pereira Qrt; 25: E $8 The Flushing Remonstrance, N $13 Ryota Sugawara BFN Band; 26: E Jay Rodriguez; 30: E $5/students free BOKCO MASS. SIR D’S LOUNGE: 837 Union St. 718-623-9065. www.facebook.com/Sirdslounge. Mon: 811pm Monday Night Big Band Jazz. SISTAS’ PLACE: 456 Nostrand Av at Jefferson Av. www.sistasplace.org. 718-398-1766. Sat: 9&10:30pm $30/25 adm. Oct 7: Taru Alexander; 14: Organ Monk; 21: George Gray/Robert Rutledge Gp; 28: Ahmed Abdullah & Diaspora. SNUG HARBOR CULTURAL CENTER: 1000 Richmond Ter. Staten Island. www.utasi.org. 718-448-2500. Oct 21: 2-7pm Jazz Festival. WILLIAMSBURG MUSIC CENTER: 367 Bedford Av. www.wmcjazz.org. 718-384-1654. 10pm-2am. Fri: 10pm-2am free adm/2 drink min Gerry Eastman Qnt w/spec guests + Jam.
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Gary Walker, “Morning Jazz Host”, WBGO, 88.3 FM/wbgo.org
BILL MAYS AND MARVIN STAMM DEER HEAD INN / OCTOBER 8 Pianist Bill Mays' and trumpeter Marvin Stamm's collective experience plays out so much larger than just two great musicians getting together in a duet setting. Marvin has made indelible music with Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Duke Pearson and Thad Jones/Mel Lewis. Bill was musical director for the legendary Sarah Vaughan, accompanied Sinatra and cooked with Shelly Manne, Art Pepper and Sonny Stitt. It's a collective résumé that when reduced to a duet on their recording By Ourselves (Marstam Music) puts a new sparkle on "The Lamp Is Low" or the Sonny Rollins mover "Airegin." Their Inventions Trio with cellist Alisa Horn on Delaware River Suite (No Blooze Music) had Bach meeting Charlie Parker. Bill and Marvin's sizzling simpatico brings originals and surprising interpretations of tunes you thought you knew. DIANE MOSER BIG BAND TRUMPETS / OCTOBER 11 This year marks the 20th anniversary of Diane Moser's Composer's Big Band. For this Midwestern-born pianist, the journey has put Diane in large and small settings, along with composing for dance, classical ensembles and film. Over the years, the Composer's Big Band has celebrated Oliver Nelson, Charles Mingus and Jaki Byard, with whom Diane studied at Manhattan School of Music. Diane leads the band through the musical worlds of straight ahead jazz, Latin, Indian ragas, funk and blues, highlighted by special compositions and arrangements from the many talented band members. For this annual Peace Concert in tribute to Daniel Pearl World Music Days, expect a coming together with the mission of having a good time, exploring and going forward with big band music as only Diane and her bandmates could deliver. DON BRADEN NJJS’ 45 TH ANNIVERSARY AT DREW UNIVERSITY / OCTOBER 22 For more than three decades, saxophonist Don Braden has developed skills that have put him in musical conversation onstage or in the studio with Betty Carter, Roy Haynes, Freddie Hubbard and Wynton Marsalis. Don's latest recording, Conversations (Creative Perspective), co-led with bassist Joris Teepe, is a duo and trio exploration of Elvin Jones, Charles Mingus, Wayne Shorter and Kurt Weill, where they don't let the standard approach get in the way. For the New Jersey Jazz Society's 45th Annual Gala, it's "Big Band to Bebop and Beyond." With Don as musical director and special guest Bucky Pizzarelli, the stew at Drew features Dave Stryker, Ed Laub, Tomoko Ohno, Nick Sheuble, Bernard Purdie, Danny Bacher, Antoinette Montague, Alexis Morrast and Marlene VerPlanck. ALVESTER GARNETT INC RESTAURANT / OCTOBER 25 For drummer Alvester Garnett, rhythm first struck sitting in the Zion Grove Baptist Church in Richmond, Va., hearing his mother sing in the church choir. Tap dance lessons furthered a rhythmic sense leading to his life's work as one of today's top drummers. Alvester has worked with Abbey Lincoln, Joe Henderson, James Carter, Betty Carter, Cyrus Chestnut, Wynton Marsalis, Jacky Terrasson, Benny Golson, Jimmy Witherspoon and in the studio with his wife, Regina Carter, on her tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, Ella: Accentuate the Positive (Okeh). Alvester's been on Broadway in After Midnight, where he helped reimagine the spirit of the famed Cotton Club. With saxophonist Mike Lee and bassist Kenny Davis, Alvester explores Clifford Jordan, Kenny Dorham, some Monk, Duke Ellington and an original tribute to New Orleans.
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Middletown. www.buttonwood.org. 860-3474957. Sat: 8-10pm. Oct 20: $20 adm Avery Sharpe/Kris Allen; 27: $10 The Painters. FIREHOUSE 12: 47 Crown St. New Haven. 203785-0468. www.firehouse12.com. Fri: 8:30pm $20 adm, 10pm $15. Oct 6: Brian Charette Trio; 13: Myra Melford & Snowy Egret; 20: Yosvany Terry/Baptiste Trotignon & Ancestral Memories; 27: Daniel Levin/Tony Malaby/Randy Peterson. LYRIC HALL THEATRE: 827 Whalley Av. New Haven. www.lyrichallnewhaven.com. 203389-8885. Oct 14: 8pm Giacomo Gates. PALACE THEATER/POLI CLUB: 100 East Main St. Waterbury. 203-346-2000. www. palacetheaterct.org. Oct 27: 7&9pm Dave Stryker. RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE: 80 East Ridge. Ridgefield. www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org. 203-438-5795. Oct 17: 8pm $75 adm Sergio Mendes. 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 6: Renee McLean; 7: Mark Zaleski Band; 13: Chico Freeman Plus+tet; 14: Ed Fast & Congabop; 20: Makanda Project; 21: Nicki Parrott; 27-28: Buster Williams. ST. BEDE’S: 270 Lake Av. Greenwich. 203-5613111. www.backcountryjazz.org. Oct 14: 79pm Back Country Jazz feat Thelonious Monk 100th B’day celeb w/Bennie Wallace, Godwin Louis.
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/adm: 7pm $20-10 adm. Wed: 7-8pm $10, 8pm $5 Jam w/FM Band. Oct 12: Mike Carubia Big Band; 19: Rich Iancona & The Bad Little Big Band; 26: Interplay Jazz Orch; 28: Tardo Hammer Trio. LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY-POST: 720 Northern Blvd. Brookville. www.liu.edu/post. www.tillescenter.org. 516-299-2895. Oct 6: 8pm $89-39 adm Herbie Hancock. TREME: 553 Main St. Islip. 631-277-2008. www.tremeislip.com. Sets: Sun&Wed 711pm; Thurs-Sat 8pm-12am. Oct 5: Sabori; 8: Interplay Jazz Orch; 11: Bill Heller; 29: Jam by Bob Lepley & Frank Bellucci.
NEW JERSEY ATLANTIC SOUTH JERSEY JAZZ SOCIETY: Oct 12-16: www.southjerseyjazz.org. BERGEN BERGEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 30 N Van Brunt St. Englewood. 201-227-1030. www.bergenpac.org. Oct 18: $69-29 adm Sergio Mendes; 22: $129-49 Wynton Marsalis w/the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orch. PUFFIN CULTURAL FORUM: 20 Puffin Way. Teaneck. www.puffinculturalforum.org. 201836-8923. Oct 21: 8pm Uri Gurvich Qrt. ESSEX BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH: 275W Market St. Newark. www.bethany-newark.org. 973623-8161. Oct 7: 6-7:30pm Jazz Vespers feat Davell Crawford. NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 1 Center St. Newark. 888-466-5722.
www.njpac.org. Oct 24: 7pm $29-89adm www.jazzhousekids.org Jazz House Kids Turns 15! feat Christian McBride w/Andra Day, David Sanborn, Sheila E & Kenny Barron. NEWARK SYMPHONY HALL: 1020 Broad St. Newark. www.newarksymphonyhall.org. 201507-8900. Oct 14: 1:30-2:30pm free adm WBGO Kids Jazz series feat Eli Yamin. SOPAC: 1 SOPAC Way. South Orange. 973-3132787. www.sopacnow.org. Oct 13: 8pm The Hot Sardines; 28: 6pm Gala feat Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks; 31: 7:30pm Lionel Hampton Big Band. SUZYQUE’S BBQ & BAR: 34 S Valley Rd. West Orange. www.suzyques.com. 973-736-7899. Free adm. Thurs: 8pm-12am John Lee & friends; Sun: 2-5pm Brunch w/Curtis Lundy Ens. Oct 2,16&30 8pm Glenn Franke's BigBand. TRUMPETS: 6 Depot Square. Montclair. 973744-2600. www.trumpetsjazz.com. Sets: 7:3010:30pm, Fri-Sat 8-11pm/adm varies. Oct 4: 710pm International Jazz Night w/Enrico Granafei, Kristine & Yashmin w/guests; 6: Lenore Raphael Trio w/spec guest; 7: Ty Stephens & The SoulJaazz; 11: Diane Moser Big Band; 13: Robert Ottaviano; 14: Royal Scam-Steely Dan Tribute Band; 15: 3-6pm Amy London Sxt, 7:30pm Jeff “Siege” Siegel Sxt feat spec guest Feya Faku; 19: The Mia Jazz Ens; 22: Rose Kingsley; 26: John Ehlis Trio w/spec guests Loire Cotler & Glen Velez; 27: Enrico Granafei Qrt; 29: 4-6pm Bajopontino. HUDSON DEBAUN AUDITORIUM: At Stevens Institute. 24 5th St. Hoboken. 201-216-5000. www.stevens.edu. Oct 7: 7-9:30pm Swingalic. NEW JERSEY CITY UNIVERSITY: 2039 Kennedy Blvd. Jersey City. www.njcu.edu. 201-200-2000. Oct 18: 1pm free adm Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sxt. MERCER 1867 SANCTUARY AT EWING: 101 Scotch Rd. Ewing. www.1867sanctuary.org/series jazz. 609-392-6409. Oct 13: 8pm Alex Otey Trio; 29: 3pm Wenonah Brooks. ALEXANDER HALL: At Princeton University. 68 Nassau St. Princeton. 609-258-5000. www.princeton.edu. Oct 14: 8pm $15/5 adm Gerald Clayton Trio. 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 7: Landom Brothers; 14: Carl Barlett; 21: Lee Hogans. MIDDLESEX 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: Candice Reyes Duo; 13: Molly Mason Duo; 20: Cynthia Soriano Duo; 27: Brynn Stanley Duo. GARDEN STATE ALE HOUSE: 378 George St. New Brunswick. www.gsalehouse.com. 732543-2408. Tues: 8pm + 9:30pm Jam free adm The New Brunswick Jazz Project/ www.nbjp.org feat Emerging Artists. Oct 3: Kyle Duppstadt Band; 10: Dominic Palombi Project; 17&24: tba. HYATT HOTEL: 2 Albany St. New Brunswick. www.newbrunswick.hyatt.com. 732-873-1234. Thurs: 8-11pm free adm The New Brunswick Jazz Project/www.nbjp.org. Oct 5: Akiko Tsuruga Qrt; 12: Benito Gonzalez Qrt; 19: Yvette Norwood Tiger Qnt; 26: Bruce Williams Qrt. INC RESTAURANT: 302 George St. New Brunswick. www.increstaurant.com. 732-6400553. Wed: 8-11pm free adm The New Brunswick Jazz Project/www.nbjp.org. Oct continued on page 29
ANOTHER REASON TO CELEBRATE Exploratorium As soon as bassist Lisa Mezzacappa heard Fay Victor sing, she wanted to do a major project with her. "It was as if we could finish each other's sentences. I often write for a specific player, and I could imagine what her personality would contribute. I can't think of another vocalist who could do what Fay does."
Lisa Mezzacappa, Roulette
That creative spark resulted in "Glorious Ravage," a song cycle Lisa composed for a 14-piece ensemble with visuals from four filmmakers, sharing the stories of female explorers from the mid-19th to early 20th centuries. "The way these women saw the world is the meat of what it's about," Lisa says. In researching the explorers, the bassist was struck by the timeliness of the thoughts and feelings they expressed in their writing. "They were running from something. Some were unhappy at home and, in their travels, they discovered they felt more at home among strangers. It was a modern way of thinking. As I was reading, I'd think: 'This could be now.' They were real, flawed, interesting people; not always their best selves." Also striking in their modernity were descriptions of the Bay Area written during the Gold Rush era by the Australian explorer and author Ida Pfeiffer. Her observations about the social scene and the high cost of living would be right at home in today's news reports. Lisa used the writings of Arctic explorer Louise Earner Boyd, biologist and botanist Marianne North, mountaineers Annie Smith Peck and Fanny Bullock Workman and others as the basis for lyrics for "Glorious Ravage." She read everything she could get her hands on, then tweaked, edited and revised the words and concepts into a lyrical form. "The song cycle is about a feeling, more than a story," Lisa
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explains. She was especially pleased to find handwritten letters by Sarah Winnemucca, a Paiute writer, educator and advocate. "I was looking for the colonial picture from the other side. Sarah Winnemucca was so articulate; it's great to have her perspective, its seriousness and its weight. It was really moving." The Staten Island-born bassist made a journey of discovery of her own when she moved to the Bay Area to attend grad school. Though she thought the move would be temporary, Lisa is still a West Coast resident after more than 15 years. "It was a big change in my lifeâ€”different coast, different mindset." She notes that the Northern California music scene is more grassroots than in the Big Apple. "There aren't as many high-visibility opportunities as in New York, but there's a lot going on from day to day." Besides "Glorious Ravage," Lisa is involved in a variety of projects as sidewoman and leader including her recent release avantNoir (Clean Feed), which garnered a 4.5-star review in DownBeat. Lisa presents the East Coast premiere of the "Glorious Ravage" song cycle, coinciding with the release of the CD Glorious Ravage (New World Records), at Roulette in Brooklyn on Oct. 12. Besides vocalist Fay Victor, Lisa has put together a 14piece East-West ensemble including Myra Melford on keyboards, Crystal Pascucci on cello, Steve Adams and Cory Wright on woodwinds, Darren Johnston, trumpet, and others.
Amanda Monaco, Jazz at Kitano
Let the games begin! A longtime fan of organ bands, guitarist Amanda Monaco played with trios and quartets rocking the Hammond B3 groove as far back as 2005. Now she has turned the spotlight on that sound with her sixth CD, Glitter (Posi-Tone). "This is more
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Mezzacappa photo by Heike Liss, Monaco by Anna Yatskevich.
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straight-ahead than my other albums. It's my homage to The George Benson Cookbook, though I can't play as fast," she says with a laugh. Seven of the tunes on the new recording are originals, written specifically with her Glitter bandmates—baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian, drummer Matt Wilson and organist Gary Versace—in mind. Amanda often comes up with song titles first and creates a story in her mind as she works on new compositions. "A lot of people write thematically; I'm not the only one doing that. I come from a big Italian family; we'd get together in the back yard and tell stories. I could do a whole oral history on stories my father and my uncles told." There's a certain tongue-in-cheek aspect to some of the back stories of her compositions. The title track is based on memories of the early days of Amanda's friendship with Lauren Sevian, going back almost two decades when they lived in the same neighborhood, played in the same bands and prepped for gigs together, right down to generous applications of glittery makeup. "Girly Days" is inspired by hanging with Lauren, talking about everything, including what it means to be a female instrumentalist. "Everybody expects you to sing—I'm a terrible singer, just ask my husband," Amanda points out. She compares the vibe of "Dry Clean Only" to the Sonny Rollins classic "The Bridge," noting, "It has that same vibe, but it's taken from a guitar lesson with Ted Dunbar in the '90s. And I try to buy no dry clean-only clothing—I look at the label and think: Oh, come on!" As you may have guessed, a sense of fun is also an important element of Amanda's music. "Jazz sometimes takes itself too seriously, but jazz doesn't have to be stodgy," the guitarist declares. "One of the reasons I got into jazz was the sense of community, the social aspect; the funny, committed, humble, human aspect that I got from people like Milt Hinton and Bobby Rosengarden. That feeling always stuck with me, the continuity of one generation to another passing the baton and sharing the music." Join Amanda in celebrating the release of Glitter—as well as her birthday—at Jazz at Kitano, Oct. 26 with baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian, drummer Jeff Davis and keyboardist Justin Carroll. "It's great playing new stuff with people I've been playing with for a very long time," Amanda notes. "One of the best things about getting older as a jazz musician is staying in touch with people, seeing the path they've taken, how they've grown, how our circles touch. Good people who are good musicians—I'm lucky enough to know a lot of them."
Generations in jazz Vocalist Tulivu, a Brooklyn native, is justly proud of her hometown and her musical family. "So many artists lived in Brooklyn when they first came to New York: Monk, Lester Young, Max Roach," she notes. Her father, baritone saxophonist Harold Cumberbatch, lived in Bed-Stuy at a time when there was a jazz club on every corner. He became a regular on the New York jazz scene, playing with Arnett Cobb, Al Grey and Al Harewood (the renowned drummer—a mainstay of the Blue Note label—was Tulivu's godfather).
Tulivu, Our Lady of Victory Church
Her mother, too, aspired to a musical career, hoping to become a vocalist, "But her mother, my grandmother, didn't want her to sing." Nevertheless, Tulivu's grandmother had a good voice herself and loved music, serenading young Tulivu with Lady Day tunes. "Billie Holiday songs were my lullabies," she recalls. Later, when Tulivu decided to spend her life singing jazz, her grandmother supported her desire. The versatile vocalist has performed with ensembles from the Kronos Quartet to the Brooklyn Philharmonic to the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra, as well as with greats including Cecil Payne, Steve Wilson, Andy Bey and many more. She's toured across the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Europe, Japan, West Africa and elsewhere. Tulivu is equally at home in a classroom as on a concert stage. As part of the Jazz Foundation of America's Jazz in the Schools program, she introduces students from elementary through high school to jazz in interactive sessions that include fun activities such as swing dancing and calland-response vocals. "The younger they are, the more they love it, though it's always fun regardless of the age," Tulivu says. "If they had more exposure to jazz through their parents or on the radio, they would be our next generation of jazz fans." Though Tulivu has gigged extensively around the globe, this month she's appearing close to home, and close to her roots, when she plays a benefit concert for Our Lady of Victory Church, celebrating the church's 150th anniversary. "It's my alma mater," Tulivu reveals. "I went to elementary school there and still live in the neighborhood." continued on page 29
HOT FLASHES Artists Talk Inspirations: Melanie Scholtz
TERRIFIC BOON FOR NEW York's creative jazz scene occurred this A year with the arrival of vocalist Melanie Scholtz. A remarkable musical force from South Africa, Melanie has long brought a genre-busting vision to the music, as evidenced on projects ranging from superb reinterpretations of the Great American Songbook on Living Standards, to beautiful original works on Connected, to even Gregory Porter-esque settings of antiapartheid legend James Matthews' poetry on Freedom's Child. As Melanie now prepares to bring her unique artistry to New York, she is delivering her latest effort, The Lone Looper, in which she utilizes her voice layered in loops—all generated live—to build her compositions. Though the project has developed into a thrilling and often profound exploration of the human voice, Melanie describes The Lone Looper origins as something of a pragmatic decision.
"The looping project emerged for me because I couldn't always get band members to commit," she says. "People might be busy and I was often having to change configurations and change how I'd approach gigs when certain musicians weren't available." Several years ago, a solution presented itself almost by accident: while packing boxes to prepare for a move from her native Cape Town to Johannesburg, she came across a TC-Helicon Looper that she had previously purchased. The re-discovery of the looper proved illuminating. "I took it out after I moved and on a thundery night in Johannesburg I started playing with it and looping small phrases," Melanie recalls. "Then I wanted to add percussive qualities, so I learned how to beat
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box and I tried out elements from the Xhosa and Zulu languages, as clicks in our languages sound like percussion when run through the looper. And truly, the project was born out of that: let's figure out how to work this machine and build a project where I use only the voice for the music." While the project started simply with experiments and exercises to build her timing and intonation, it quickly expanded as Melanie began to collaborate with other artists in Johannesburg who also used the device. "I had a project with vocalist Siya Makuzeni and bassist Benjamin Jephta called Hypnagogia, and Siya and I both used the Helicon Looper," Melanie explains. "From there I began to really see the possibilities for it and even now I still think I'm only scratching the surface for this machine." Working within a 29-second time limit for building loops, Melanie has found both tremendous challenge and clarity in the resulting song creation process. Additionally, she has also found that many standards, pop pieces, traditional African works, as well as her original compositions fit well with the live looping approach. As the project has progressed, she has found inspiration in other artists who have explored similar territory. "I love Bobby McFerrin and he's the original lone looper, only without the machine!" Mel says. "I also love Imogen Heap, particularly her Just for Now track. She is one of the first singers to use live looping as a concert piece. From New Zealand is Kimbra, another artist I love. Her first album is a big inspiration for me." Seeing the live looping in action is a tremendously exciting experience, as the slow layering of pieces gives the listener insight into the interlocking harmonies, textures and rhythms of each work. Melanie Scholtz presents The Lone Looper at Rockwood Music Hall on Oct. 2. Visit www.melaniescholtz.com for more information. Special Events
The New York premiere of We Shall Not Be Moved, an opera by composer Daniel Bernard Roumain and librettist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, takes place at the Apollo Theater. The piece—inspired by the 1985 MOVE Crisis in Philadelphia, where a standoff between police and a Black liberation group resulted in the deadly bombing
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Scholtz photo by Tatjana Dachsel.
FRESH TAKES IANIST MICAH THOMAS MOVED to New York just a couple years ago, but P he's already a distinguished and original voice in the jazz community. Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Micah recalls some of his earlier influences in music: "There were a few really great musicians who mentored me there. One was Christian Howes, a violinist. Byron Stripling, too, had been letting me play with him and getting me my first professional opportunities. Besides those two people being very important to my development, my dad has a pretty big record collection. He has hipped me to most of the music I've been listening to." Already an in-demand sideman, Micah is starting to come into prominence as a band leader. "I've played with both [bassist] Dean Torrey and [drummer] Kyle Benford separately a lot and a couple times together," he says, speaking of his trio. "I've gotten to know them both well at jam sessions, especially at Smalls. We have a lot of com-
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monalities. I'm excited to get together with them and to play a few new tunes I wrote and I just think we've got a really good vibe."
Micah Thomas performs at The Jazz Gallery on Oct. 26.
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of a residential neighborhoodâ€”runs Oct. 67. Visit www.apollotheater.org for more details. The Church of The Convenant celebrates the Ella Fitzgerald Centennial by presenting three singers in performances throughout the month. Claudette Morgan kicks off the series on Oct. 8, with Lil Phillips and Brianna Thomas rounding out the concert set on Oct. 15 and 21, respectively. To make reservations, call 646-373-3690. Oct. 14 marks the 26th Annual Jazz Loft Party to raise money for the Jazz Foundation of America. Beginning at 7 p.m. at Hudson Studios, the all-night event features Gladys Knight, Danny Glover, Gary Bartz, Bill Frisell, Mary Halvorson, Wallace Roney, Patrice Rushen and many more in what promises to be an unforgettable night. Visit www.jaz zfoundation.org to purchase tickets. BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center partners with host Randy Cohen to present his Person, Place, Thing show and podcast this season. Kicking off the series on Oct. 20, jazz impresario Jack Kleinsinger appears as special guest, speaking on topics in the show's unique format: avoiding discussing himself directly, Jack instead speaks on one person, one place and one thing that are important to him. Visit personplacething.org to learn more.
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. A video clip showed up on Facebook of a Harry Connick performance in which he is playing a rhythmic riff on the piano, and the audience members are happily clapping along with him. They start out clapping on beats one and three, but Harry just inserts a 5/4 measure, and with the extra beat, presto! They are clapping on beats two and four. WINNING SPINS...continued from page 4
The arrangements vary, as does the ensemble, from swing bigger band to jump combo and, on that quintessential saloon song "One for My Baby," a piano trio. John has explored the pedigrees of the tunes and many of these renditions give more than a nod to famous recorded takes. "I Wanna Be Around," a piece Johnny also wrote the music to, echoes the Tony Bennett hit version; "That Old Black Magic" finds John and Vanessa channeling Louis Prima and Keely Smith and "G.I. Jive" reflects Louis Jordan's jump version, complete with Michael Weisberger's reprise of Jordan's alto sax solo. John has delved deep into Johnny Mercer lore, resurrecting a patter chorus, delivered by Vanessa, from the film where "You're Just Too Marvelous for Words" appeared in 1937. He also imagines a Beatles/Mercer collaboration that never happened by combining two numbers titled "P.S. I Love You," John singing Johnny's words and Vanessa singing John Lennon's. It all adds up to an appealing, entertaining swing trip through the witty world of Johnny Mercer's words.
MONK'estra appears Oct. 12-14 at Jazz Standard. Swingadelic is at the Bickford Theatre, Morristown, Oct. 5; part of a Frank Sinatra tribute at Stevens College, Hoboken, Oct. 7 and also has a regular Monday night gig at Swing 46, NYC.
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On Oct. 28, Tulivu and her Seasoned Elegance trio, including drummer Mark Johnson, pianist Rod Williams and bassist Rachiim Ausar-Sahu, appear at the Jazz CafĂŠ in McGuinness Hall at Our Lady of Victory Church in Brooklyn. They'll focus on classic and contemporary jazz and Brazilian favorites. "It'll be old and new, everything from Jobim to Djavan," she promises.
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now we're saying to young people, 'Move into the world as adults and enrich your community.' And to me, that's awesome."
The Jazz House Kids gala, Swinging Doors Open for 15 Years, honoring Roy Haynes and McCoy Tyner with Andra Day, Kenny Barron, Sheila E. and David Sanborn, is at NJPAC on Oct. 24. LISTINGS...continued from page 24 4: Nat Adderley, Jr. Trio; 11: JC Styles Trio; 18: Pat Bianchi Trio; 25: Alvester Garnett Trio. MORRIS BICKFORD THEATRE: 6 Normandy Heights Rd. Morristown. 973-971-3706. www.morris museum.org/jazz-showcase. Sets: 7:30-9pm. Oct 5: $20-25 adm Swingadelic; 23: $17-20 continued on page 30
A Moment You Missed by Fran Kaufman Hot House Contributing Photographer In addition to the marvelous music almost 24/7 on The Jazz Cruise, there are always the unexpected moments when musicians surprise each other and their audience members. During a Dena DeRose gig with Dena on piano, Bucky Pizarelli on guitar and Tom Kennedy on bass, reedman Ken Peplowski surprised everyone by appearing on stage to show his appreciation for the music by planting a big kiss on Buckyâ€™s head.
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Nicki Parrott. DREW UNIVERSITY: 36 Madison Av. Madison. www.drew.edu. 908-273-7827. Oct 22: $40-15 adm 3-6pm www.njjs.org NJJS 45th Anniversary celeb honoring Bucky Pizzarelli feat Don Braden, Nathan Eklund, Jason Jackson, Danny Bacher, Antoinette Montague, Alexis Morrast, Marlene VerPlanck. MAYO PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 100 South St. Morristown. www.mayoarts.org. 973-539-8008. Oct 1: 7pm $109-59 adm Jazz at Lincoln Center Orch w/Wynton Marsalis. SHANGHAI JAZZ: 24 Main St. Madison. 973822-2899. www.shanghaijazz.com. Free adm. Sets: Sun 6-8:30pm, Tues 6:30-9pm, WedThurs 7-9:30pm, Fri 6:30&8:35pm, Sat 6:15&8:35pm. Closed Mon. Oct 1: Catherine Russell; 15: 3:30-5pm NJJS Social feat tba. OCEAN OCEAN COUNTY COLLEGE: College Dr. Toms River. 732-255-0500. www.ocean.edu. www.njjs.org. Oct 11: 8-9:30pm $18/22 adm Dan Levinson & Roof Garden Jass Band. PASSAIC WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY: 300 Pompton Rd. Wayne. www.wpunj.edu. 973720-2371. Oct 8: 4pm Nancy Marano Qrt w/Joel Frahm; 22: 4pm Melissa Aldana. SOMERSET WATCHUNG ARTS CENTER: 18 Stirling Rd. Watchung. www.watchungarts.org. 908-7530190. Oct 6: 8pm ImpresaRIO series feat Rio Clemente; 21: 8pm Alexis Morrast. WARREN RUTHERFURD HALL: 1686-R Rte 517. Allamuchy. 908-852-1894. www.rutherfurd hall.org. Oct 8: 3-5pm $25/20 adm Jazz at the Rutherfurd feat Bucky Pizzarelli/Aaron Weinstein.
NEW YORK STATE 76 HOUSE: 110 Main St. Tappan. 845-359-5476. www.76house.com. Wed: 8-11pm free adm Quintets w/Mark Hagan & feat artists + Jam. Oct 4: Warren Chiasson; 11: Kenny Berger; 18: Lena Bloch; 25: Lee Green. BARD COLLEGE: 60 Manor Av. Annandale-onHudson. www.fishercenter.bard.edu. 845758-7900. Oct 7: 7:30-9pm Fred Hersch/ Sullivan Fortner. FALCON ARTS: 1348 Rte 9 West. Marlboro. www.liveatthefalcon.com. 845-236-7970. $20 don suggested. Sets: 7-10pm, if opening act (Op) 8-10pm main act; Sun 10am-2pm Brunch (B). Falcon Underground (FU). Oct 5: FU Andy Stack & American Soup; 8: B Pete Levin & Co, 8pm Libor Šmoldas, Jay Anderson & Adam Nussbaum; 11: FU Jazz Sessions by Doug Weiss; 15: B Tony Jefferson & Groovocity, 8pm Amina Figarova Gp; 19: FU bigBANG; 22: Jeff Siegel Qnt w/Feya Faku; 29: 11am Saints of Swing, 8pm Giacomo Gates; 31: Jazzquerade! MAUREEN’S JAZZ CELLAR: 2 N Bway. Nyack. www.maureensjazzcellar.com. 845535-3143. Sets: unless otherwise noted Sun 6pm, Fri-Sat 8&9:30pm. Oct 1: Vanessa Racci; 4: 9pm Jam w/Jason Clotter & friends; 6: Richard Sussman Qrt; 13: Jamie Baum Qrt; 14: Pete Malinverni Trio; 15: Ed Laub Trio; 20: David Budway Qrt feat Miles Griffith; 21: Benny Benack III Qrt; 28: Ron Affif Qrt; 29: Nancy Marano Qrt. QUINN’S: 330 Main St. Beacon. 845-202-7447. www.quinnsbeacon.com. Oct 5: 8:30pm Judi Silvano/Bruce Arnold.
SENATE GARAGE: 4 N Front St. Kingston. www.senategarage.com. 845-802-5900. Jazzstock series www.jazzstock.com. Oct 8: 7:30pm $20 adm Thelonious Monk’s 100th B’day celeb feat Teri Roiger, Judi Silvano, Jay Collins.
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 1: Skip Wilkins Trio feat Amber Emerson; 5: R; 6: Eric Mintel Qrt; 7: Sherrie Maricle & the DIVA Orch; 8: Bill Mays/Marvin Stamm Duo; 12: R; 13: Jeff “Siege” Siegel Sxt feat spec guest Feya Faku; 14: Roberta Piket Trio; 15: The Deer Head Inn Qrt; 19: R; 20: Spencer Reed Qrt; 21: The Jost Project; 22: Benny Benack III; 26: R; 27: Barry Greene Trio; 28: Bob Dorough Trio; 29: Bill Charlap Solo; 30: 7:3010:30pm The Water Gap Jazz Orch.
QUEENS FLUSHING TOWN HALL: 137-35 Northern Blvd. Flushing. www.flushingtownhall.org. 718-463-7700. 1st Wed: 7pm $10 adm Jam w/Carol Sudhalter. Oct 13: 8pm George Gee Swing Orch. JAMAICA CENTER OF ARTS & LEARNING: 161-04 Jamaica Av. Jamaica. www.jcal.org. 718-658-7400. Oct 12: 8pm The Jazz Gallery feat John Escreet Trio. 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.
WESTCHESTER 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 8: Antoinette Montague. JAZZ FORUM: 1 Dixon Ln. Tarrytown. 914-6311000. www.jazzforumarts.org. Sets: Sun 4&6pm; Fri-Sat 7&9pm. 1st Sun: 8pm Jam. Oct 1: Roger Davidson Qrt feat Hendrik Meurkens; 6-7: Lee Konitz Qrt; 8: Joe Carter Samba Rio Qrt; 13-14: Bobby Sanabria & Quarteto Aché + Candido; 15: Sandro Albert Qrt feat Vanessa Falabella; 20-21: Monty Alexander; 22: Helio Alves Qrt; 27-28: Forever Ray; 29: Abelita Mateus Qrt.
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OR MORE THAN A DECADE, trumpeter, composer and bandleader F Gabriel Alegria and the Afro-Peruvian
Sextet have presented their Latin jazz to audiences through recordings and live performances. On their sixth and most adventurous effort to date, titled Diablo en Brooklyn (Devil in Brooklyn), the ensemble cleverly combines two traditions that seemingly are worlds apart. "This is a conceptual and very visual album," Gabriel says. "Also, it's an opportunity to bring together two parts of my life: Living in South Brooklyn and Lima, Peru. The 'Son de los Diablos' tradition, where mock devils parade down the streets of Lima combine with the bass-driven sounds of 'speakers on wheels,' and in my imagination, the devils take over!" At the core of the album is the intriguing four-part "Brooklyn Suite." Also included are three original compositions: "Buscando a Huevito," "El Norte" and the Peruvian hit single, "Summertime." Gabriel was born in Lima and his
grandfather, Ciro Alegria, was a renowned novelist who spent time in political exile in Cuba and Chile. His father, Alonso, is a prominent playwright and theater director. "My dad is so humble that I never knew he was famous when I was a kid," Gabriel says. "I thought it was normal to fly to New York to see plays like 'Crossing Niagara.' My father's work is positive, and so is mine. It's all about making people happy." He developed the concept of AfroPeruvian jazz during the five years he spent playing trumpet in the Lima Philharmonic while performing side gigs in jazz and rock bands. In 2005, while completing a Ph.D. in jazz studies at USC, Gabriel formed his first sextet and recorded the Afro-Peruvian Sextet's debut album, Nuevo Mundo. The bicultural ensemble's core members include saxophonist Laura Andrea Leguía, master percussionist Freddy "Huevito" Lobatón, bassist Mario Cuba, drummer Hugo Alcázar and acoustic guitarist Yuri Juarez. In what promises to be a rare event, Gabriel and the Afro-Peruvian Sextet celebrates the release of Diablo en Brooklyn at Roulette with guest pianist Arturo O' Farrill and, direct from Lima, dancers Graciela Bramon, Javier Barrera and Wendy Cotito, with choreography by Antonio Vilchez. "We want the authentic power and sincerity of the 'Son de los Diablos' tradition to come through. Also, the staging integrates musicians and dancers in a way that I have not seen before. It's a true 'takeover' of Brooklyn by the devils!" On a broader scale, Diablo en Brooklyn represents what Afro-Peruvian jazz music and a bicultural ensemble can contribute to the world.
The Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet’s CD release concert with Arturo O'Farrill and dancers takes place at Roulette on Oct. 21-22.
Tickets: $35 for reserved seating / $25 for seniors and students For more information, visit www.citycollegecenterforthearts.org or call (212) 650-6900 33