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October 2014 Smalls Jazz Club

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Frank Lacy

Ryan Keberle

Annie Ross

Gene Bertoncini

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WINNING SPINS

N INSTRUMENT OF ENDLESS possibilities, the trombone is perhaps A the most personal of the horns in jazz.

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Uniquely able to bend and conjoin notes because of its pitch altering slide, it can also emulate the human voice through, but not exclusively with, mutes and plungers. It also naturally has a range more akin to the human voice than almost any other horn. We hear two of the most personal and distinctive trombonists on the Big Apple scene today in this Winning Spins. Ryan Keberle puts forward his unique conceptual talents in ensemble writing-arranging, as well as his playing, while Frank Lacy fronts a muscular hard-bop leaning sextet whose home base is a vital Greenwich Village venue. Into the Zone, Ryan Keberle & Catharsis (Greenleaf), is the second CD from this distinctive unit, a quartet featuring the leader's trombone alongside Mike Rodriquez's trumpet, joined by bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Eric Doob. As on the group's 2013 CD, Music is Emotion, tenor saxophonist Scott Robinson joins in on two tunes. And for the first time, Keberle includes a vocalist: Camila Meza, who is present on six of the eight tracks. The guests are first heard, together, on the second cut, "Gallop," which Keberle has cast in candombe: a parade and samba-like Uruguayan rhythm. Meza's chanting, wordless voice followed by Robinson's tenor sax, waft over a brass riff and bouncing drums and bass of the candombe, building momentum that never flags through alternating solo and ensemble passages. The quartet is alone on the opening track, "Inevitable Blues," highlighting salient features of the group: counterpoint, interweaving harmonies and tandem soloing from the horns. In a historical context, it is an audacious extension of the concepts of the original Gerry Mulligan Quartet, a pioneer of piano-less modern jazz combos. But Keberle spotlights his own burnished, warm-toned trombone instead of a sax, along with Rodriguez's equally glowing, full-toned trumpet. The two can work up an exhilarating head of steam when tandem soloing, especially on the album's only other blues, and only non-vocal cover, Charlie Parker's "Cheryl." Keberle and Rodriguez solo singly after Robinson; they then "trade fours," culminating in a joyous tandem exchange over Afro-Latin rhythmic accents. Keberle's soloing throughout is com-

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manding, lyrical and consistently impressive tonally and conceptually. However, the album is not primarily a showcase for his playing, but for his writing and concepts. Chief among them here is his employment of Meza's voice as an expressive instrument on four tracks and as a singer on two standards. "Ballad of the Sad Young Men" benefits from her unschooled voice, which brings out the plaintive vulnerability that is the song's subject. On "Easy to Love" she breathes out the lyrics in a suggestive purr, the horns lightening the mood with faster solo sections. Meza's voice is also integrated into Keberle's most arresting originals including the complex yet engrossing "Without a Thought," the incantatory "Simple Sermon" and "Zone," on which he adds melodica chords behind the other soloists. Live at Smalls, Frank Lacy & the Smalls Legacy Band (Smalls Live), was recorded at one of this band's sporadic Tuesday night gigs at the Greenwich Village club. Based on the music of the CD, the "legacy" in this case is post-bop and hard bop in the form of tunes by its many practitioners, plus some originals from Lacy in a similar vein. His "Stranded," a tumbling hard bop piece with Afro-Latin beats, kicks things off in Jazz Messengers style. After a brash trumpet outing from Josh Evans and some tough tenor sax from Stacy Dillard, Lacy enters with the urgency so typical of his style, adding smears to his febrile tone and playing as if being pursued by something with murderous intent. When he's not pushing the dramatic envelope, Lacy can muffle and distort his tone, bringing more than a modicum of humor, even outright guffaws, to his soloing, as on George Cables' "Think On Me." And his own tunes can reach beyond hard bop in eccentric ways—like "The Spirit Monitor," with its heraldic, yearning modal theme or his "Carolyn's Dance," demonstrating his own chokingly urgent vocal verging on melodrama. This program, assembled like a single set, builds in intensity, culminating in Joe Bonner's "Sunbath," a boogaloo shuffle with incantatory riffs behind the solos and Lacy in dialogue with himself, and Freddie Hubbard's "The Intrepid Fox," a bravura showcase for soloists with a theme consisting of ever-heightening climaxes.

Ryan Keberle & Catharsis bring the

Keberle, Lacy & Bertoncini cover photos by Fran Kaufman, Ross by BBordnick

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449 LA: 449 Lenox Av (bet 132nd & 133rd Sts). 212-234-3298. Thurs: 1-3:30pm Jazz & Dessert; Fri-Sat: 8pm; Sun: 1-3:30&4-8pm Patio Jazz. 809 BAR & GRILL: 112 Dyckman St (Off Nagle Av). www.809restaurant.com. 212-304-3800. Thurs: 8:30-11pm Aquilito’s Jazz in the Heigthzz. Oct 9: Ruben Steijn, Sharik Hasan & Andrew Shilito. ABYSSINIAN BAPTIST CHURCH: 132W 138th St (bet Lenox & Adam Clayton Powell Blvds). www.abyssinian.org. 212-862-7474. Oct 5: 4pm $20/10 adm Jazz Vespers feat Jazzmeia Horn & Brian Owens. AMERICAN LEGION POST: 248W 132nd St (bet 7th & 8th Avs). 212-283-9701. www.colchasyoungharlempost398.com. WedThurs&Sun: 7:30pm-12am Jam. APOLLO THEATER: 253W 125th St. 212-5315300. www.apollotheater.org. Oct 24: 8:30pm Jazz Foundation of America gala honoring Herbie Hancock. BEMELMANS: At Carlyle Hotel. 35E 76th St at Madison. www.thecarlyle.com. 212-744-1600. Adm varies. Mon 5:30-8:30pm&9pm-12am, Fri 5:30-8:30pm, Sun 5-8pm: Earl Rose; TuesThurs 5:30-8:30pm, Fri-Sat 9:30pm-1am: Chris Gillespie; Tues-Thurs 9:30pm-12:30am: David Budway Trio; Sat 5:30-8:30pm: Levi Barcourt; Sun 9pm-12am: Billy Stritch & Jim Caruso. BILL’S PLACE: 148W 133rd St (bet Lenox & 7th Avs). www.billsplaceharlem.com. 212-2810777. $20 don. Fri-Sat: 8&10pm Bill Saxton Bebop Band. BILLIE’S BLACK RESTAURANT & LOUNGE: 271W 119th St (bet St. Nicholas Av & Frederick Douglass Blvd). 212-280-2248. www.billiesblack.com. BISTRO TEN 18: 1018 Amsterdam Av at 110th St. 212-662-7600. www.bistroten18.com. Thurs: 9pm-12am Morningside Jazz Collective. CAFÉ CARLYLE: At Carlyle Hotel. 35E 76th St at Madison. www.thecarlyle.com. 212-7441600. Sets: Mon-Fri 8:45pm; Sat add 10:45pm. Adm varies. Mon: Woody Allen & Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band. Oct 28-Nov 1: John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey. CAFÉ DU SOLEIL: 2723 Bway at 104th St. 212316-5000. www.cafedusoleilny.com. Fri: 811pm. Free adm. Oct 3: Marchelle Jackson; 10: Marianne Solivan; 17: Lois Bruno; 24: Susan Tobocman Gp. CAFÉ JAZZ: At Manhattan School of Music. Bway & 122nd St. 212-749-2802. Informal concerts feat students from School's jazz dept. Free adm. CAMPAGNOLA: 1382 1st Av at 74th St. 212861-1102. Fri-Sat: 8pm-12am Effie Jansen. CHÉRI: 231 Lenox Av (bet 121st & 122nd Sts). www.cheriharlem.com. 212-662-4374. Sun Brunch feat 12-3pm Lady Leah. Oct 30: 7:3010:30pm no cover Halloween party feat Marchelle Jackson.


CHEZ LUCIENNE: 308 Lenox Av at 125th St. 212-289-5555. www.chezlucienne.com. Oct 19: 7-10pm Carrie Jackson w/Iron City Band. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF MANHATTAN: Tisch Bldg. 212W 83rd St (bet Bway & Amsterdam). www.cmom.org. 212-721-1223. 33:30&4-4:30pm: All Jazzed Up feat Oct 4: Joseph Wiggan; 11: Sullivan Fortner; 18: Eric Paulin; 25: Fat Afrolatin Jazz Cats. CHOCOLAT RESTAURANT & LOUNGE: 2217-23 Frederick Douglass Blvd at 120th St. 212-222-4545. www.chocolatlounge.com. Sun: 6-9:30pm. Free adm/2 drink min. The CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK: 160 Convent Av at 138th St. www.ccny.cuny.edu. 212-650-7000. CLEOPATRA’S NEEDLE: 2485 Bway (bet 92nd & 93rd Sts). www.cleopatrasneedleny.com. 212-769-6969. Sets: Early (E), Jam (J). MonTues E 8-9pm, J 9pm-1am; Wed-Thurs E 711pm, J 11:30pm-2:30am; Fri-Sat E 8pm-12am, J 12:30-3am; Sun E 4-8pm, J 9pm-1am. Free adm/$10 min. Trios unless otherwise noted. Residencies (R): Mon E&J Jon Weiss; Tues E&J Mark Devine; Wed E Open mic w/Les Kurtz, J Joonsam Lee; Thurs J Kazu; Fri J Joanna Sternberg; Sat J Jesse Simpson; Sun E Open mic w/Keith Ingham, J Michika Fukumori. Oct 1: R; 2: Joel Forrester; 3: Masami Ishikawa; 4: Ken Simon; 5-8: R; 9: Marco Di Gennaro; 10: Will Terrill; 11: Kayo Hiraki; 12-15: R; 16: Kate Cosco; 17: Sarah Slonim; 18: Rudi Mwongozi; 19-22: R; 23: Lluis Capdevila; 24: Kuni Mikami; 25: Justin Lees; 26-29: R; 30: Adi Meyerson; 31: Jordan Piper. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY: 1214 Amsterdam Av. www.cs.columbia.edu. 212-939-7000. www.jazz.columbia.edu. GARDEN CAFÉ: 4961 Bway at W207th St. 212544-9480. www.gardencafeny.com. Fri-Sat: 7:30-10:30pm Annette A. Aguilar & String Beans or Paul Hemmings. GINNY’S: At Red Rooster. 310 Lenox Av (bet 125th & 126th). www.ginnyssupperclub.com. 212-792-9001. Sun: 10:30am-3:30pm Gospel Brunch. Sets: 7:30&9:30pm $15 adm unless otherwise noted. Oct 2: 8:30pm $10 Bruce Harris; 11: Brianna Thomas Qrt; 16: 8:30pm $10 Sammy Miller & Congregation; 23: 8:30pm $10 Dezron Douglas; 25: $10 Braxton Cook Qrt. GRAN PIATTO D’ORO: 1429 5th Av (bet 116th & 117th Sts). www.granpiattorestaurant.com. 212-722-2244/2161. HARLEM ON FIFTH: 2150 5th Av (bet 131st & 132nd Sts). www.shellsbistro.com. 212-2345600. HARLEM STAGE: At Aaron Davis Hall. 150 Convent Av at W135th St. 212-281-9240. www.harlemstage.org. Oct 8: 7:30pm Black Music Now w/Meshell Ndegeocello, Jocelyn Cooper & Rich Medina moderated by Fredara M. Hadley. HARLEM TAVERN: 2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd at 116th St. www.harlemtavern.com. 212866-4500. Sat: 12-4pm Jazz Brunch. INDIAN ROAD: 600W 218th St (bet Indian Rd & Seaman Av. www.indianroadcafe.com. 212942-7451. 8-10pm. Oct 3: Asher Ben-Or Duo; 10: Kinfolk; 17: Rob Silverman. JARON EAMES: jaroneames@gmail.com. 646337-0620. Sun 2-5pm: $20 Don BBQ & Jazz @ Home series. LENOX SAPHIRE: At Les Ambassades Bar & Restaurant. 341 Lenox Av (bet 127th & 128th Sts). www.lenoxsaphire.com. 212-866-9700. Thurs: 7-11pm Phil Young Experience. LIME LEAF: 128W 72nd St (bet Columbus & Amsterdam Avs). 212-501-7800. Mon-Thurs: 710pm. Mon: Michael Vitali; Tues-Wed: Julie Grahm; Thurs: Emma Larsson.

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LONDEL’S SUPPER CLUB: 2620 Frederick Douglass Blvd (bet 139th & 140th Sts). 212234-6114. www.londelsrestaurant.com. FriSat: 8-11pm. LURA: 949 Columbus Av (bet 106th & 107th Sts). 212-866-7500. www.lurany.com. Thurs &Sat: 9-11pm. MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC: 120 Claremont Av & 122nd St. 212-749-2802. www.msmnyc.edu. Oct 1: 7:30pm Tribute to Gerald Wilson feat MSM Concert Jazz Band cond by Justin DiCioccio; 17: 7:30pm Melba Liston Remembered feat Randy Weston Qrt w/T.K. Blue, Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orch cond by Justin DiCioccio & spec guest Fostina Dixon. MILLER THEATRE: At Columbia University. 2960 Bway 116th St & Bway. 212-854-7799. www.millertheatre.com. Oct 18: Lionel Loueke Trio. MINTON’S: 206W 118th St (bet St. Nicholas Av & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd). 212-243-2222. www.mintonsharlem.com. Sets: Tues-Thurs 7,8:30&10pm, Fri-Sat 6-11pm + 12-3am Jam, Sun 5:30,7&8:30pm. Adm: except Wed $20 @ table/$10 @ bar, Wed $25/15, Jam free adm. Residencies (R): Wed JC Hopkins Biggish Band w/Queen Esther & Charles Turner; Thurs Danny Mixon Trio w/guest; Fri-Sat Danny Mixon w/Minton’s Players; Fri Jam w/Wayne Tucker Qrt; Sat Jam w/Patience Higgins Qrt. Oct 1-4: R; 5: Brandee Younger Jazz Harp Qrt; 7: $25/15 Johnny O’Neal; 8-11: R; 12: Meg Okura w/spec guest Sam Newsome; 14: Jazzmeia Horn; 15-18: R; 19: see 10/5; 21: King Solomon Hicks; 22: R; 23: R feat Antoinette Montague; 24-25: R; 26: Akua Dixon Quartette Indigo; 28: Marianne Solivan; 29: R w/Jazzmeia Horn; 30: R feat tba. MOTHER AME ZION CHURCH: 140W 137th St (bet Lenox & 7th Avs). 212-234-1544. Oct 19: 3pm Jazz Vespers feat Bill Saxton Trio. NATIONAL JAZZ MUSEUM IN HARLEM: 104E 126th St #2C. (bet Park & Lexington Avs). 212-348-8300. www.jmih.org. Free adm. Mon-Fri: 10am-4pm Exhibit feat Bebo Valdés: Giant of Cuban Music. Tues 7-8:30pm Jazz for Curious Listeners series, in Oct A Fall Mandocopia – An International Harvest of Jazz Mandolin feat 10/7: Jazz as Diplomacy and Musicians as Refugees and Ambassadors; 14: Near East Sweet; 21: French Connection and Jazz Without Borders; 28: The Reign in Spain, the Caribbean and Way South of the Border. NEW AMSTERDAM MUSIC ASSOCIATION: 107W 130th St (bet Lenox & Adam Clayton Powel Blvds). 212-510-8140. $5/15 adm. Mon: 7:30-11pm Jam w/Antoinette Adams; Thurs: Pecola’s Party; Fri: Robey Norton & friends; Sat: Willie Mack Jazz Art. NEW LEAF CAFÉ: 1 Margaret Corbin Dr. Fort Tryon Park. www.newleafrestaurant.com. 212568-5323. Fri: 7-10pm. Oct 24: 7pm Daniel Bennett Gp. PARIS BLUES: 2021 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd at 121st St. 212-222-9878. Sets: Daily Jam 9pm-1am, Sun 12-3:15pm + 5-9pm. Free adm. Mon: John Cooksey & Spontaneous Combustion Qrt; Tues: 1st,3rd&5th John Cooksey Blues Crew, 2nd&4th Annette Bland McCoy & Sultans of Soul; Wed: Les Goodson & Intergalactic Soul Jazz Band; Thurs: Tyrone Govan & Top Secret; Fri: Melvin Vines & Harlem Jazz Machine; Sat: alternate between Antoine Dowdell Gp & 69th Street Band; Sun: B w/Luscious & Sugar Hill Brewmosa, 5pm 1st&3rd Sun La Banda Ramirez, 9pm Melvin Vine & Harlem Jazz Machine feat Okaru Hoshino Lovelace. Oct 26: Elliot Pineiro & Sumbaswing.


PARLOR ENTERTAINMENT: 555 Edgecombe Av at 160th St. #3F. 212-781-6595. www.parlorentertainment.com. Sun: 4pm free adm w/Marjorie Eliot, Bob Cunningham, Sedric Choukroun & spec guests. RIVERSIDE THEATRE: 490 Riverside Dr (bet 120th & 122nd Sts) 212-870-6784/www.the riversidetheatre.org/www.jazzmobile.org. SETTEPANI: 196 Lenox Av at 120th St. 917-4924806. www.settepani.com. Thurs: 8-10pm. SHOWMAN’S: 375W 125th St at Morningside. www.showmansjazzclub.com. 212-864-8941. Sets: Mon-Thurs 8:30,10&11:30pm, Fri-Sat 9:30,11:30pm&1:30am. Free adm/2 drink min/set. Oct 22: Jerry Weldon Trio feat Alessio Busanca. SHRINE: 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd (bet 133rd & 134th Sts). 212-690-7807. www.shrine nyc.com. Free adm. Residency (R): Sun 5-8pm Jam w/Lu Reid. Sets: early (E) 6-8pm, Late (L) 8-10pm. Oct 1: E Alex Bryson Qrt, L Stachel Qnt; 3: E Tom Blatt Project; 4: E Black Butterflies; 5: 5pm R, 8-11pm Shrine Big Band; 9: E Alan Leatherman; 12: 5pm R; 13: 6-7pm Glenn White Qrt; 15: E Tom Blatt Project; 16: E Ayumi Ishito; 18: E Harrington/Connors Four; 19: 5pm R; 26: 5pm R; 30: Gio Moretti. SILVANA: 300W 116th St at Frederick Douglas Blvd. www.silvana-nyc.com. 646-692-4935. Sets: 6-8pm unless otherwise noted. Oct 1: E Nick Grinder Gp; 2: E Joe Fiedler Trio; 3: Nick Brust Qnt; 4: Moth To Flame; 5: Scott Kulick Gp; 6: 6-7pm George Mel, 7-8pm Rebecca Sullivan; 7: Spoke; 9: tba; 13: Benno Marmur; 14: JAZZFORCE; 15: Tim Talavera Qrt, 8-10pm Stachel Qnt; 16: Austin Becker Qrt; 17: Christi Gehrish; 18: Diego Maldonado Trio; 19: Michael Sarian Qnt; 20: Joe Breidenstine Qnt; 21: Jan Kus; 23: Justin Flynn; 24: Steve Picataggio; 25: 7-9pm Chiara Izzi; 28: Jon Sheckler Trio; 30: Karina Colis; 31: Abedayo Fayemi Qnt, 8-10pm Alex Foster Band. SMOKE & SUPPER CLUB-LOUNGE: 2751 Bway (bet 105th & 106th Sts). 212-864-6662. www.smokejazz.com. Sets: Early (E), Late (L), Brunch (B); Mon: E 7&9pm, L 10:30pm, TuesSun: E 7,9&10:30pm, L 11:30pm& 12:45am, Sun: B 11:30am,1&2pm. Adm/min vary. Residencies (R): Mon E Fraternal Order of Jazz w/spec guest 10/6&20, Orrin Evans & Captain Black Big Band 10/13&27, L Jam w/John Farnsworth 10/6&20, w/Orrin Evans 10/13&27; Tues E Mike LeDonne’s Groover Qrt, L Emmett Cohen Organ Band; Wed L Camille Thurman Qrt; Thurs L Nickel & Dime OPS; Fri L Patience Higgins & Sugar Hill Qrt; Sat L Johnny O’Neal & friends; Sun B Annette St. John Trio, L Willerm Delisfort Qrt. Oct 1: E SYOTOS; 2: E Cynthia Scott; 3-5: Renee Rosnes Qrt; 6: R w/James Burton; 7: R; 8: E Duane Eubanks Qnt; 9: E The Baylor Project; 10-12: Thelonious Monk Celeb w/Orrin Evans; 13-14: R; 15: E Melanie Charles & Will Delisfort Qrt; 16: E Charenee Wade; 1719: One For All; 20: E R w/Joe Magnarelli; 21: R; 22: E Peter Zak Qrt; 23: E Alexis Cole; 24-26: Seamus Blake Qrt; 27-28: R; 29: E Dee Daniels Qnt; 30: E Allan Harris Band; 31-Nov 2: Willie Jones III Qnt. SUGAR BAR: 254W 72nd St (bet Bway & West End Av). 212-579-0222. www.sugarbarnyc.com. Sets: 8pm/$10 adm unless otherwise noted. Residencies (R): Wed JT Project/Project Groove; Thurs 9pm Open Mic w/Andre Smith & Sugar Bar All Star Band. Oct 1-2: R; 3: Rob Silverman Qrt; 4: 9pm Irini Res & Jazz Mix; 89,15-16,22-23&29-30: R. SYMPHONY SPACE: 2537 Bway at 95th St. 212-864-5400. www.symphonyspace.org. Oct 2: 7pm Modern Art Orch & Dave Liebman, 9pm Liz Childs; 6: 7:15pm the Sidney Bechet Society presents Evan Christopher feat Byron Stripling & Co.

SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH With The

BOB KINDRED TRIO

Bob Kindred, tenor saxophone, John Hart, guitar Steve LaSpina, bass Brunch menu from $9.50-$17.50 Bar minimum $5 Sunday 12:30-3:30

CAFE LOUP 105 West 13th Street Reservations: 212-255-4746

A zagat Rated Restaurant

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The WEST END LOUNGE: 955 West End Av at 107th St. www.thewestendlounge.com. 212531-4859. Oct 8: 7:30-9pm $10 adm Eileen Howard.

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

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54 BELOW: 254W 54th St, Cellar (bet Bway & 8th Av). 646-476-3551. www.54below.com. Oct 1&3-5: 7pm Tony DeSare; 2-3: 9:30pm Igor Butman & Moscow Jazz Orch. AACM: Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. www.aacm-newyork.com. See Community Church of New York. AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM: 2 Lincoln Sq on Columbus Av (bet 65th & 66th Sts). www.folkartmuseum.org. 212-595-9533. Free adm. Wed: 2-3pm Bill Wurtzel & Mike Gari Duo w/Sharon Fisher. B. B. KING BLUES CLUB & GRILL: 237W 42nd St. www.bbkingblues.com. 212-9974144. Lucille’s Grill (LG). Oct 5: 8pm Keiko Matsui; 23: 8&10:30pm George Benson; 25: LG 11:30pm Jaimoe & Jasssz Band. BEER CULTURE: 328W 45th St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). www.beerculturenyc.com. Oct 5: 6-9pm Susan Tobocman Trio. BIRDLAND: 315W 44th St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). 212-581-3080. www.birdlandjazz.com. Sets: 8:30&11pm, except Mon 7&9:30pm, Sun 6,9&11pm. Adm varies. Residencies (R): Mon 9:30pm Jim Caruso Cast Party; Wed 5:30-7pm David Ostwald & Louis Armstrong Eternity Band; Fri 5-7pm Birdland Big Band by Tommy Igoe; Sat 6pm except 10/4 Barbara Carroll; Sun 6pm Birdland Jazz Party w/guest, 9pm Arturo O’Farrill Afro-Latin Jazz Orch. Oct 1: Dave Liebman Big Band; 2-4: Kurt Elling; 4: 6pm Jay Leonhart Duo; 5: R w/Hilary Gardner; 6: R; 7-11: Chita Rivera; 12: R w/Gabrielle Stravelli; 13: R; 14-18: Benny Green Trio; 16: 6pm Ron Jackson Solo; 19-20: R; 21-25: Kenny Barron & Dave Holland; 23: 6pm Diane Marino Qrt; 26: R w/Jane Monheit; 27: 7pm Trevor McQueen; 28Nov 1: Ron Carter Nnt. BROADWAY THAI RESTAURANT: 241W 51st St (bet 8th Av & Bway). 212-226-4565. Mon&Sun: 6:30-10:30pm; Sat: 8pm-12am Rick Bogart Trio. CARNEGIE CLUB: At City Spire Centre. 156W 56th St. www.thecarnegieclub.net. 212-9579676. Fri: 9pm-12am; Sat: 8:30&10:30pm Sinatra tribute feat Steve Maglio & Stan Rubin 11 Piece Orch. CARNEGIE HALL: 57th St & 7th Av. 212-2477800. www.carnegiehall.org. Oct 17 8pm & 18 5pm: Abdullah Ibrahim. CHEZ JOSEPHINE: 414W 42nd St (bet 9th & Dyer Avs). www.chezjosephine.com. 212-5941925. COBI: At Pearl Studios NY. 516-922-2010. COMMUNITY CHURCH OF NEW YORK: 40E 35th St (bet Madison & Park Avs). 2126 8 3 - 4 9 8 8 . w w w. c c n y. o r g / w w w. a a c m newyork.com. Oct 24: 8pm Muhal Richard Abrams Qnt. DAG’S PATIO CAFE: 342E 47th St (bet 1st & 2nd Avs). 917-471-4827. Wed 5:30-8:30pm: free adm/no min Nick Paulumbo Trio. DAVID RUBENSTEIN ATRIUM: At Lincoln Center. Bway at 62nd St. www.lincolncenter. org/atrium. 212-875-5350. Thurs: 7:30pm Target Free Thursdays series. Oct 16: Andy Milne. DIMENNA CENTER: 450W 37th St (bet 9th & 10th Av). www.dimennacenter.org. 212-594-


6100. Oct 7: 6:30pm Jazz Drama Benefit hosted by Rondi Charleston, honoring Dorthaan Kirk feat Catherine Russell & Evan Christopher w/Eli Yamin Trio & Jazz Drama Program Students. DIZZY’S CLUB COCA-COLA: At Jazz @ Lincoln Center. 10 Columbus Cr at 60th St. 5th Fl. www.jalc.org. 212-258-9800. Sets: 7:30&9:30pm; Late Night Sessions 11:30pm Tues-Sat, hosted by Michael Mwenso Thurs&Sat. Adm: unless otherwise noted Mon $25, Tues-Thurs&Sun $35, Fri $40, Sat $45, Student $25, Late Nights $5-20; $10 min. Oct 1: David Chesky; 2-5: ($40 Thurs) Matt Wilson; 6: $35 Manhattan School of Music Jazz Band cond by Justin DiCioccio; 7: $30 Champian Fulton Qrt; 8: $30 Dan Block Qnt; 9-12: Nicholas Payton Trio; 13: $30 Sarah Mckenzie Qnt feat Ingrid Jensen; 14: $30 Joe Saylor; 1516: Kuumba Collective; 17-19: ($40 Thurs) DIVA w/spec guest Cynthia Scott; 20: closed; 21: $25 Juilliard Ens; 22: Gordon Au & Grand St. Stompers; 23: $40 Ann Hampton Callaway; 24-26: ($40 Sun) Crescent City Samba feat Joe Saylor; 27: $30 Fraternal Order of the Society Blues; 28-29: Ramptones & Organic Roots Oct; 30-31: ($40 Thurs) Helen Sung Trio w/spec guests Seamus Blake & Mike Rodriguez 10/30. Late Night w/Oct 1-4: The New Wonders; 14-18: Sammy Miller & Congregation. E&E GRILL HOUSE: 233W 49th St (bet Bway & 8th Av). www.eegrillhouse.com. 212-5059909. Tues-Wed: 8-11pm feat Craig McGorry Qrt or Matt Martysik Qrt. FLÛTE EAST SIDE: 303E 53rd St at 2nd Av. 646-998-5434. www.flutebar.com. Wed: 810pm. Oct 8: Dorian Devins. FLÛTE MIDTOWN: 205W 54th St (bet Bway & 7th Av). 212-265-5169. www.flutebar.com. Wed: 7-10pm. Oct 1: Dorian Devins. GERMAN CONSULATE: 871 United Nations Plaza at 1st Av bet 48th & 49th Sts. 212-6109700. Oct 23: 5:45pm Finger Band. GRATA: 1076 1st Av at 59th St. 212-842-0007. www.gratany.com. Wed-Thurs: 8-11pm; FriSat: 9pm. Ev Thurs: Sol Yaged. HUNTER COLLEGE: Lang Recital Hall. 695 Park Av (68th St bet Park & Lex Avs). 4th Fl. 212-772-4000. www.hunter.cuny.edu/music. IGUANA RESTAURANT: 240W 54th St at Bway. 212-765-5454. Mon-Tues: 8-11pm Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks. IRENE DIAMOND EDUCATION CENTER: At Jazz at Lincoln Center. 10 Columbus Cr at 60th St. 5th Fl. www.jalc.org. 212-7216500/212-258-9922. Swing University. Oct 13: 7pm Nicky Schrire. IRIDIUM: 1650 Bway at 51st St. 212-582-2121. www.theiridium.com. Sets: 8&10pm. Adm varies/$15 min. Student 1/2 price adm 2nd set Tues-Thurs&Sun. Oct 1: Albert Cummings; 2: Doyle Dykes; 3-4: Victor Wooten & Steve Bailey Bass Extremes w/Derico Watson; 5: 7&9pm Grace Kelly; 6: TR3 feat Tim Reynolds; 7-8: tba; 9: Hilary Kole; 10: Marty Balin; 11: tba; 12: Benefit for Karl Cochran; 13-14: tba; 15: Stanley Jordan Solo; 16: Tony MacAlpine; 17: Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown; 18-19: Stick Men; 20: Sophie B. Hawkins; 21: Maria Muldaur; 22-24: Stanley Clarke Band; 25: Glenn Tilbrook; 26: 7&9pm Jimmy Chamberlin/Frank Catalano Love Supreme Collective; 27: David Knopfler; 28-29: 8:30pm Anna Nalick w/Opener Justin Levinson 10/28, My Silent Bravery 10/29; 30-Nov 1: Kenny Garrett Qnt. JAZZ AT KITANO: 66 Park Av at 38th St. 212885-7119. www.kitano.com. Sets: Mon 811:30pm, Tues 8-11pm, Wed-Sat 8-9:15&1011:15pm, Sun 11am-2pm. $15 adm/$15

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min/set, except free adm+min Mon-Tues, $30 adm+min Fri-Sat, $35 buffet Sun. Residencies (R): Mon Jam w/Iris Ornig; Tues Carlos Cuevas Solo; Sun Jazz Brunch w/Tony Middleton Trio. Oct 1: Stan Killian Qrt; 2: Carol Fredette Qrt; 3: Aaron Parks Trio; 4: Eric Comstock/Barbara Fasano Qrt; 5-7: R; 8: Ben Cassara Qnt; 9: David Berkman Trio; 10: Gene Bertoncini/Clay Jenkins Gp w/spec guest Janet Planet; 11: Sacha Boutros Qrt; 12-14: R; 15: Kelley Johnson Qrt; 16: Peter & Will Anderson Qnt; 17-18: Tim Hagans Qrt; 19-21: R; 22: Scott Morgan Qrt; 23: Kendra Shank Qrt; 24: Joyce Breach Trio; 25: Kevin Hays New Day Trio w/spec guest Gregoire Maret; 26-28: R; 29: Lisa Ferraro Qrt; 30: Daryl Sherman Trio; 31: Giacomo Gates 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 4: 7:30pm AR Julius Rodriguez; 17 7pm & 18 9:30pm: AR Anat Cohen & Roots of Rio Trio; 17 9:30pm & 18 7pm: AR Victor Goines & Roots of Ragtime; 24-25: 7&9:30pm AR Spokfrevo Orquestra; 24-25: 8pm RT Winton Marsalis & Jazz at Lincoln Center Orch feat Mario Adnet. JUILLIARD SCHOOL: 60 Lincoln Center Plaza. 212-799-5000. www.juilliard.edu. The LAMBS CLUB: 132W 44th St (bet 6th Av & Bway). www.thelambsclub.com. 212-9975262. Tues-Wed: 8pm; Sun: 11am-2:30pm Jazz Brunch. LE CIRQUE: One Beacon Ct, 151E 58th St (bet 3rd & Lexington Avs). 212-644-0202. www.lecirquecafe.com. Mon: 7:30-10:30pm Musical Mondays. Oct 6: Tommy Mitchell; 13: Avalon French Jazz; 20: no music; 27: Sam Fazio. LEVEL R: at The Empire Hotel. 44W 63rd St at Columbus Av. www.levelrempire.com. 212255-2209. Mon: 6pm Jazz Monday series. LEXINGTON HOTEL: 511 Lexington Av at 48th St. www.lexingtonhotelnyc.com. 212-7554400. LIGHTHOUSE: 111E 59th St (bet Park & Lexington Avs). 516-627-4468. Sets: 7:15pm. LOCAL 802: Associated Musicians of Greater New York Club Room. 322W 48th St (bet 8th & 9th Sts). www.local802afm.org. 212-245-4802. Mon: 7-9:30pm Jazz Foundation of America Jam. LUCY MOSES SCHOOL: At Kaufman Center. 129W 67th St (bet Bway & Amsterdam). www.kaufman-center.org. 212-501-3360. Jazz program dir by Roni Ben-Hur. L’YBANE: 709 8th Av (bet 44th & 45th Sts). 212582-2012. www.lybane.com. Tues&Fri 9:30pm-12am: Rick Bogart Trio. MEASURE: At Langham Place. 400 5th Av (bet 36th & 37th Sts). www.measurenyc.com. 212695-4005. Sets: 8-11pm. Free adm/1 drink min. Mon-Sat: Trio/Qrt, Sun: Solo. Oct 1-4: Antonio Ciacca; 5: Jill McCarron; 6: Lucio Ferrara; 7: see 10/1; 8-26: Italian Days festival feat 10/8-11 Rachel Z Trio, 12-13 Simona Premazzi, 14-15 Pat O’Leary w/Scott Robinson feat Mario Nappi, 16 see 10/6, 17-18 Antonio Ciacca & guest, 19 Marco di Gennaro, 20 see 10/17, 21 Jerry Weldon Trio feat Alessio Busanca, 22 see 10/17, 23 Steve Ash Trio feat Corrado Cirillo, 24-25 Venanzio Venditti Qrt feat Mike Karn & Jerome Jennings, 26 Alberto Pibiri; 27-31: see 10/1. MICHIKO STUDIOS: 149W 46th St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). 3rd Fl. www.robertoswinds.com. 212302-4011. Sets: 7pm/$15 adm. Oct 3: 8pm Claude Diallo & Linus Wyrsch Duo; 17: Iconoclast Duo; 24: Dave Pietro Duo; 29: John O’ Gallagher Trio. MONKEY BAR: 60E 54th St (bet Madison &


Park Avs). www.monkeybarnewyork.com. 212288-1010. Sat: 8-11pm Rosalyn McClore Solo. The NATIONAL: 557 Lexington Av at 50th St. 212-715-2400. www.thenationalnyc.com. Sun: 6-10pm. Oct 5: Melanie & The Bianco Martinis; 12: Charlie Apicella & Iron City; 19: Comic Tales of Tragic Heartbreak; 26: Rosalyn McClore Trio. NATSUMI RESTAURANT: 226W 50th St (bet 8th & Bway). www.natsuminyc.com. 212-2582988. Tues: 5-8pm Joe Cohn Organ Trio. PEARL STUDIOS NYC: 519 8th Av (bet 35th & 36th Sts). 12th Fl. Studio A. 212-904-1850. www.pearlstudiosnyc.com. Fri: 7:30-10:30pm $10 adm Open Mic/Jam by Frank Owens for Singers, Tap Dancers & Instrumentalists. PERA MEDITERRANEAN BRASSERIE: 303 Madison Av (bet 41st & 42nd Sts). 212-8786301. www.peranyc.com. Free adm. Fri: 69:30pm. PETER JAY SHARP THEATER: 155W 65th St (bet Amsterdam & Bway). 212-769-7406. www.juilliard.edu. Oct 14: 8pm free adm Juilliard Jazz Orch. The PLAZA HOTEL: 768 5th Av at Central Park S. 212-759-3000. www.theplaza.com. 8:3011pm: free adm. Wed: Kat Gang; Thurs: Lapis Luna Qrt. ROBERT: 2 Columbus Cir, 9th Fl. 212-299-7730. www.robertnyc.com. Sets: Mon-Tues 6:309:30pm, Wed-Thurs 7-10pm, Fri-Sat 8-11pm, Sun 12:30-2:30pm Brunch & 6:30-9:30pm. Oct 15: Shailah Edmonds. ROBERTO’S WINDS: 149W 46th St. 212-3911315. www.robertoswinds.com. ROCKEFELLER UNIVERSITY: 1230 York Av at 66th St. www.rockefeller.edu. 212-3278000. The RUM HOUSE: 228W 47th St (bet Bway & 8th Av). www.edisonrumhouse.com. 646-4906924. Sets: 9:30pm-12:30am, Mon 10pm-1am. Residencies: Mon Terry Waldo & Rum House Jass Band; Sun Candy Shop Boys. SAINT PETER’S CHURCH: 619 Lexington Av at 54th St. (Citicorp Bld). www.saintpeters.org. 212-935-2200. 1st Mon: 7:30pm free adm International Women in Jazz Jam; Wed: 1pm $10 don Midtown Jazz at Midday; Sun: 5pm free adm Jazz Vespers. Oct 1: Warren Chiasson & Rio Clemente; 5: Nadje Noordhuis Qrt; 8: Kyle Athayde Big Band; 12: Terell Stafford, 7pm-12am $25/30 All Nite Soul honors Gene Bertoncini w/spec guests; 15: Peter & Will Anderson Trio; 19: Amy Cervini; 22: Jay Clayton & John DiMartino; 23: Duke Ellington Society meeting; 26: The Wee Trio; 29: Alex Leonard, Jay Leonhart & Al Gafa. SAN MARTIN RESTAURANT: 143E 49th St (bet Lexington & 3rd Avs). 212-832-0888. www.sanmartinrestaurantny.com. 1st Tues: 68pm Ron Odrich Qrt. SOMETHIN’ JAZZ CLUB: 212E 52nd St (bet 2nd & 3rd Avs). www.somethinjazz.com. 212371-7657. Sets: Early (E) 7-8:45pm, Late (L) 9-10:45pm, Night (N) 11pm, add PM 5-6:45pm Sat-Sun. $12 adm unless otherwise noted/$10 min. Oct 1: L MarieClaire Giraud Qrt; 2: E Sisters Tsukamoto, L Brothers of Contrapuntal Swing, N Jam w/Tony Tixier; 3: E $10 YoungArts 2014 Alumni Band, L $20 David Kikoski Trio; 4: E Thick Trio, L see 10/3 L; 5: PM Luiz Simas; 6: E Frank Ponzio & 2 voices; 7: E Dan Adler Trio, L Craig Brann; 8: E Marc Devine Qrt, L Alignment; 9: E Tomoko Omura Qnt, L $10 Asen Doykin Qrt, N $10 Terence Hsieh; 10: E Melissa Fogarty & The Highliners feat Debra Kreisberg, L Mitch Marcus Qrt; 11: E $10 Linda Presgrave Qrt, L $10 Noshir Mody Qnt; 13: E Rebecca Sullivan Qrt, L Roberta Piket w/Andrea Marcelli; 14: L Kevin Harris Trio; 15: L Matt Malanowski Trio; 16: E Hiroko

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IT REAL" IS A MANTRA for many singers and stars, but in the "ageKEEPING of lip-syncing, Auto-Tune and electron-

ic magic, it's hard to imagine that many keep it nearly as real as Annie Ross. The veteran vocalist often evokes realness in conversation and her commitment to the concept shows up in her work: she recorded her new CD, To Lady with Love (Red Anchor), in less than five hours, start to finish. Even the planning was straightforward: Ross wanted to do a tribute to Billie Holiday, accompanied by a solo guitarist. "I had in mind something reminiscent of Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass: it was so effective, so unadulterated. I didn't want the distraction of a big band." Ross called guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli to ask if he'd like to go into the studio with her. Pizzarelli mentioned the gig to his son, John, who said he wanted to do it too. Done deal. "I was thrilled," Ross says. "I was very happy about working with Bucky and John. As musicians, we all think alike." Once the singer and the two guitarists were in the studio, the session was done in a very authentic, old-fashioned way. "We didn't rehearse," she explains. "I picked a tune, we'd run over it once, then we looked at each other and knew it was right. We knew what we were doing." With the 100th anniversary of Lady Day's birth approaching (she was born April 7, 1915), Ross decided it was time to delve into songs associated with Holiday. "She was a great friend of mine. There have been so many shows and so many documentaries on Lady, I wanted to tell my version as a musician and a friend." The two met in the 1950s, when Ross was called in to sub for an under-the-weather Holiday at the Apollo Theater. Duke Ellington, whom Ross had known since childhood, saw how nervous she was and took her to Holiday's dressing room to introduce them. The two hit it off, and then Ross took the stage, introduced by Ellington. "It was a baptism by fire," Ross says, noting that some of the audience walked out. "I had chutzpah; I forged ahead, singing things like 'Farmer's Market' and 'Twisted' that I had put words to. The audience loved it, and I was in a cloud!"

From then on, Holiday and Ross spent a lot of time together, with the younger singer sometimes caring for the ailing icon. "I was around her a lot. She didn't have the funds to get help, so I'd stay with her. We'd sit and talk and cook and listen to music. We ate a lot of good food, we were really great friends. It was a privilege." Anyone who can't imagine the glamorous Ross in the kitchen should know that she wrote a cookbook, Annie Ross Says "Come on In!" and Try Her Favourite Recipes, published in 1972. "That was done with love, like this album was," she says. Ross credits Holiday with influencing her phrasing and her attitude. "When she read a lyric, there was simplicity, but she got her point across." In choosing material for To Lady with Love, "I didn't want to do the obvious, and I wouldn't dare sing 'Strange Fruit.' I went for songs with great words, like 'Violets for Your Furs;' I'd never done that before." Most of the selections are from Holiday's legendary 1958 album Lady in Satin. "I wanted it to seem real; I wanted to pay great attention to the words. If they can evoke a memory in someone, that's what I'm after," Ross says of singing the Holiday songs. Ross wanted an ease in the "delivery of the words, with the timing of the musicians. It takes years of hard work to make that happen. That's when paying your dues counts." At 84, Ross has decades of dues paying to fall back on. Yet, she continues to challenge herself in her weekly Tuesday night gig at the Metropolitan Room. She rarely plans what she's going to sing before hitting the stage. "True originality is in being spontaneous, in the honesty of the delivery. It makes you think. If you decide to change tunes in the middle, the band has to be there—it's all about listening," Ross says. "I get to sing once a week and I get to sing whatever I want, that's a dream come true."

Annie Ross with Bucky and John Pizzarelli will celebrate the release of To Lady with Love at the Metropolitan Room on Oct. 14.

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6BC GARDEN: 6th St (bet Ave B & C). www.6bc.org/www.artsforart.org. Oct 4: 22:45pm Cooper-Moore Solo, 3-3:45pm Mike Bisio & Whit Dickey, 4-4:45pm Jason Kao Hwang & Michael Wimberly; 5: 2-2:45pm Lisa Sokolov Solo, 3-3:45pm Shayna Dulberger Solo, 4-4:45pm The Daves Duo. 11TH STREET BAR: 510E 11th St (bet Av A & B). www.11thstbar.com. 212-982-3929. Mon: 8-11pm Richard Clements & Murray Wall Jazz Express. 55 BAR: 55 Christopher St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). 212-929-9883. www.55bar.com. Sets: Early (E) 7-9pm except Fri-Sun 6-8pm, Late (L) 10pm-12am. 1st Sat: E Ayana lowe; last Fri: E Kendra Shank. Oct 2&15: E Duchesse feat Ami Cervini Melissa Stylianou & Hilary Gardner; 22: E Roz Corral Gp. ABC NO RIO: 156 Rivington St (bet Clinton & Suffolk Sts). www.abcnorio.org. 212-254-3697. Sun: 7pm 2 sets + Open Session. Oct 5: Kid Lucky, Sean Ali & Ben Bennet; 12: Trio Natura Morta, Ken Aldcroft Solo. ALL THINGS PROJECT: At Neighborhood Chuch. 269 Bleecker St. 212-691-1770. www.allthingsproject.net. 1st Fri: 8&10pm free adm. Oct 3: Tyler Blanton Trio. ALVAN FOR THE ARTS: 16 Beaver St 4th Fl. www.alwanforthearts.org. 646-732-3261. Oct 25: 8pm Armen Donelian Trio. AMUSE WINE BAR: 121 Ludlow St (bet Rivington & Delancey Sts). 212-477-0100. www.amusewine.com. Fri: 8-11pm. ANALOGUE: 19 8th St (bet 5th Av & McDougal St). www.analoguenyc.com. 212-432-0200. ANTIBES BISTRO: 112 Suffolk St (bet Delancey & Rivington Sts). 212-533-6088. www.antibesbistro.com. Free adm/no min. Tues-Wed: 7-10:30pm. ANTIQUE GARAGE: 41 Mercer St. 212-2191019. www.antiquegaragesoho.com. ARTHUR’S TAVERN: 57 Grove St. 212-6756879. www.arthurstavernnyc.com. Sets: 710pm. Mon: Grove Street Stompers feat Joe Licari; Tues: Yuichi Hirakawa; Wed: Eve Silber; Thurs-Sat: Eri Yamamoto Trio; Sun: Creole Cooking. ARTS FOR ART: 107 Suffolk St. 212-254-5420. www.artsforart.org. ARTURO’S: 106W Houston St at Thompson St. 212-677-3820. www.arturosnyc.com. Oct 16: Pat O’Leary feat Mario Nappi. B FLAT: Basement 277 Church St (bet Franklin & White Sts). www.bflat.info. 212-219-2970. Mon 8-11pm & Wed 8:30-11:30pm: Jordan Young Trio. BABYLON SOHO: 15 Watts St at Thompson St. 212-390-8538. www.babylonsoho.com. Thurs: 8:30&10pm free adm/2 drink min Sessions@Babylon Soho feat Robby Ameen. BACK ROOM: 102 Norfolk St (bet Delancey & Rivington Sts). www.backroomnyc.com. 212228-5098. Mon: 9:15pm-12:30am. BAR NEXT DOOR: 129 McDougal St. 212-5295945. www.lalanternacaffe.com. Sets: MonThurs Early (E) 6:30pm, Late (L) 8:30& 10:30pm, Fri-Sat 7:30,9:30&11:30pm, Sun 8&10pm. Adm: $12 all night + 1 drink min/set except Fri-Sat $12/set + 1 drink min/set, E free. Trios unless otherwise noted. Mon-Thurs: E Emerging Artists series; Mon: L Vocal Mondays series. Residencies (R): Wed L Jonathan Kreisberg; Sun Peter Mazza. Oct 1: E Ricardo Grilli, L R; 2: E Nicholas Brust, L Dan Ori; 3: Yotam Silberstein; 4: Steve Kovalcheck; 5: R; 6: E Alex Nguyen, L John Malino; 7: E Kevin Clark, L Jeff McLaughlin; 8: E Dan Hartig, L R; 9: E Andrew Van Tassel, L Ben Lapidus; 10: Nick Moran; 11: Tom Beckham; 12: R; 13: E Paul Jones, L Dida

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T'S NO WONDER THAT THE LATE writer Gene Lees knighted guitarist IGene Bertoncini "the Segovia of Jazz."

Even cursory glances at beloved jazz discs of the 1960s and 70s will locate Bertoncini among the personnel on a staggering range of albums by artists like Clark Terry, Toots Thielemans, Paul Desmond, Nancy Wilson, Wayne Shorter and many more. Impressive all the more, then, that during this same span of time Bertoncini cut several now-classic duo records with bassist Michael Moore, while simultaneously honing his nylon string guitar chops on classical, jazz, and Brazilian styles as he forged a harmonically lush and effortlessly virtuosic approach to the instrument. As a youngster growing up in the Bronx, Bertoncini first drew his inspiration from the jazz albums of Tal Farlow and Barney Kessel and, indeed, his earlier career centered on the electric guitar. However, Bertoncini also quickly encountered mentors that would dramatically change his outlook and inclination. "My first teacher to speak of was Johnny Smith and, after Johnny, was Chuck Wayne," Bertoncini recalls. "Chuck introduced me to the music of Julian Bream, a great classical guitarist from England. Before that, I was mostly playing jazz on the electric guitar and when Chuck suggested I check out Julian's music, I switched to studying more classical guitar. That in turn led me into the world of bossa nova. When Brazilian music became more popular in this country, I became friendly with Joao Gilberto, who used to borrow my guitar whenever he'd play in New York!" As Bertoncini's career progressed, this

As Bertoncini's career progressed, this trifecta of musical styles would remain at the forefront for him, continually influencing one another and helping Bertoncini define his sound. Through extensive duo work with bassist Michael Moore, as well as through solo, trio and larger ensemble efforts, Bertoncini also set about establishing an intimate, often understated approach to his playing, paired with an unwavering sense of structure in his arrangements. Indeed, regardless of ensemble format, Bertoncini manages to instill a perfect, unfussy sense of organization and story into his work, an angle he credits to his early studies in architecture. "I love the idea of writing arrangements for the guitar and coming up with a concept for each thing I do," he explains. "It's not just based on improvisation, but rather based on thought and on telling a personal story. For me, this comes from architecture, and from the idea of preparing a concept for a client in which you present them with something that works on a particular piece of property, or for a particular family. I apply this to music: when you think about any song, there's always something about it that can inspire a unique concept." Evidence of this abounds throughout his discography, though it's especially pronounced on Bertoncini's 2008 string ensemble effort Concerti. Drawing on some classical repertoire and juxtaposing it with both jazz and pop fare, Bertoncini, backed by a string quartet, positively dances through the unusual arrangements as he blurs the line between the lead horn in jazz and a concerto soloist in classical music.

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S P O T L ANJA LECHNER AND FRANCOIS COUTURIER RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART / OCTOBER 3 Anja Lechner and Francois Couturier are highly regarded as improvisers with strong European backgrounds. Working together in the Tarkovsky Quartet and the Pergolesi Project, German-born cellist Lechner and French pianist Couturier blend their disparate influences beautifully. Lechner has been known as a classical soloist with an interest in stretching improvisations, working prominently with bandoneon master Dino Saluzzi and Greek pianist Vasillis Tsabropoulos. Couturier is an explorer, influenced by anything from Bach to Joan Miro. He's acclaimed as a progressive jazz and world music performer, collaborating with John McLaughlin and Anouar Brahem. This performance is part of the potent Sound It Out series and celebrates their new ECM CD Moderato Cantabile. MGN

MARILYN CRISPELL AND RAYMOND MACDONALD GREENWICH HOUSE MUSIC SCHOOL / OCTOBER 5 In the pantheon of modern creative improvising pianists influenced by jazz, Marilyn Crispell ranks at the top of the list. Inspired by John Coltrane and, to a certain extent, Cecil Taylor, Crispell quickly found her voice while at the New England Conservatory and at the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock near where she has lived since 1977. Accompanying Anthony Braxton, Reggie Workman and others, her music grew exponentially and she’s one of the contemporary core recording artists of the ECM label. Crispell is joined by Scottish saxophonist Raymond McDonald. On more than 50 recordings with anyone from David Byrne to Jim O'Rourke, MacDonald's other career is as professor of music psychology and improvisation at Edinburgh University. They'll play tunes from a new CD, Parallel Moments (Babel). MGN

BYRON STRIPLING SYMPHONY SPACE / OCTOBER 6 Byron Stripling is a mighty fine musical triple threat as horn player, singer and bandleader. The spirited trumpeter and engaging entertainer developed his career momentum in the 1980s in the Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman and Count Basie orchestras, serving as lead trumpeter in the latter big band under the direction of both Thad Jones and Frank Foster. Then he signed on as the lead performer in the 1988 musical Satchmo: America's Musical Legend. Stripling loves the Louis Armstrong/New Orleans musical repertoire and performs it very well. In addition to soloing with big bands and pop and symphonic orchestras across North America, he is busiest as artistic director of the Columbus (OH) Jazz Orchestra. He will be joined by Evan Christopher for this event that will close the Sidney Bechet Society's 2014 season. KF

TOM HARRELL VILLAGE VANGUARD / OCTOBER 7-12 AND 14-19 Trumpeter/flugelhornist Tom Harrell has played in a variety of large ensembles. But, long stints with Horace Silver and Phil Woods were important in his stylistic development and had a lasting influence on his concept of a band as an interactive creative force. Renowned for his personal, lyrical yet harmonically complex and rhythmically keen style, Harrell is one of a very few trumpeters in jazz who can express vulnerability without sacrificing technical command. That command, and his leadership skills, come to the fore in this extended outing, featuring his long-term quintet with Wayne Escoffery, saxes; Danny Grissett, piano; Ugonna Okegwo, bass, and Johnathan Blake, drums, the first week, and Trip, his new quartet with Mark Turner, saxes; Adam Cruz, drums, and bassist Okegwo, the second week. GK

ETHAN IVERSON MEZZROW / OCTOBER 9-11 Good luck trying to encapsulate the range and scope of pianist Ethan Iverson's work. From his ground-breaking efforts with The Bad Plus to his beautiful Lennie Tristanoinspired collaboration with Lee Konitz, from his remarkable recorded takes on standard fare to his small ensemble interpretation of The Rite of Spring, Iverson rarely sits still artistically. Perhaps the only constant thread in Iverson's work is his consummate musicianship and talent for keeping his music accessible and enjoyable. Indeed, as Konitz, Tootie Heath, Billy Hart and many more luminaries have already discovered, Iverson can take his piano anywhere within the jazz tradition and beyond. At the newly launched piano room Mezzrow, Iverson will be joined by Ron Carter. SH

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L I G H T DAN TEPFER THE SIDE DOOR / OCTOBER 10 A brilliant pianist and composer who constantly expands his musical universe, Dan Tepfer studied classical piano in a Paris conservatory while exploring jazz on his own. Tepfer has won numerous prizes and fellowships for his work in both fields. His career took off with the 2011 release of Goldberg Variations/Variations, which alternates between Bach's complete song cycle and Tepfer's improvisations of each section. In addition to his seven CDs as a leader, Tepfer has worked extensively with jazz master Lee Konitz, a kindred spirit who delights in total improvisation. His latest album, Small Constructions, is an adventurous duo session with saxophonist Ben Wendel. Joining Tepfer at the Side Door will be bassist Chris Tordini and drummer Eric Doob. KD BRIANNA THOMAS GINNY'S SUPPER CLUB / OCTOBER 11 An outstanding talent whose star is finally rising to the heights it deserves, vocalist Brianna Thomas recently celebrated the release of her debut record You Must Believe in Love. A singer whose approach bears similarities to the full-voiced masters like Sarah Vaughan and Dianne Reeves, with a flavoring of Betty Carter, Thomas has made waves and turned heads with her versatile and expressive instrument, strong scat vocal technique and impressive songwriting skills. While she is at home in swing song, gospel and blues, Thomas is particularly masterful and memorable in her ballad work. At Ginny's, she will showcase selections from her new album, backed by a top-shelf band that includes pianist Sullivan Fortner, saxophonist Tivon Pennicott, drummer John Davis and a yet-to-be-announced special guest. SH

BENNY GREEN BIRDLAND / OCTOBER 14-18 In the early 1980s, pianist Benny Green gained recognition for his stints with Betty Carter and Art Blakey. Green cut two CDs for Criss Cross before signing with Blue Note where he made his mark leading a trio with Christian McBride and Carl Allen. Green developed into such a talented pianist that he drew the attention of jazz legend Oscar Peterson, who considered him to be one of the top young pianists in jazz and honored Green with a Canadian prize and a duo recording date with him in 1998. Green also toured and recorded with Ray Brown and Freddie Hubbard. His latest album, Magic Beans, focuses on his originals. For his booking at Birdland, Green's trio includes bassist David Wong and drummer Kenny Washington. KD CASSANDRA WILSON BLUE NOTE / OCTOBER 16-19 Vocalist Cassandra Wilson's combination of jazz, country and R&B textures provides an air of musical abandon and blurs any and all genres. Since her 1986 debut album Point of View (JMT), Wilson has crafted a career that is both adventurous and influential. Whether it's leading her own group, performing with the Black Rock Coalition or touring in trumpeter Wynton Marsalis' Pulitzer Prize-winning oratorio Blood on the Fields, Wilson's command of her voice has been met with critical acclaim with Time Magazine crowning her "America's Best Singer" in 2001. With two Grammy Awards and the 2012 Echo Award for Jazz under her belt, Wilson's concerts at the Blue Note will surely shine a light on her continued influence on jazz vocal styles. EW MICROSCOPIC SEPTET SHAPESHIFTER LAB / OCTOBER 22 An element of surprise can be found in tunes from the Microscopic Septet. The compositions start out sounding familiar and straightforward, maybe even a bit swingy and old-school; but, before long, a twist carries the music into new and delightful territory. The band was founded in 1980 by saxophonist Phillip Johnson and pianist Joel Forrester, in part to express their love for the wonderful ensemble-driven jazz tradition exemplified by Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, John Kirby, Raymond Scott, Charles Mingus, Sun Ra and the Art Ensemble of Chicago, according to Johnson's liner notes for Manhattan Moonrise (Cuneiform). The CD release concert at ShapeShifter will focus on Johnson's and Forrester's quirky and compelling compositions from Microscopic's first new album in four years. EK

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The CUPPING ROOM CAFE: 359W Bway (bet Broome & Grand Sts). 212-925-2898. www.cuppingroomcafe.com. Sat: 8:30pm Mal Stein. The CUTTING ROOM: 32nd St (bet Madison & Park Av). www.thecuttingroomnyc.com. 212260-0905. $20 min. Oct 8: 9:30pm $20/15 adm Marcus Goldhaber; 17: 9:30pm $30/25 Shunzo Ohno. The DEAD RABBIT GROCERY & GROG: 30 Water St (Broad & Old Slip Sts). 646-4227906. www.deadrabbitnyc.com. Fri: 9pm-1am Terry Waldo Solo. DESMOND’S STEAKHOUSE: 513 7th Av at 38th St. www.desmondssteakhouse.com. 212391-6900. Sun 11:30am-4pm: Jazz Brunch feat Solo Duo Tuto Giorno. DOMA NA ROHU: 17 Perry St at 7th Av. 212929-4339. www.domanyc.com. $10 min. Wed: 7:30&9pm & Sat: 8&9:15pm. DOWNTOWN MUSIC GALLERY: 13 Monroe St (bet Market & Catherine Sts). 212-4730043. www.downtownmusicgallery.com. Sun: 6pm In-Store shows. Oct 5: Frantz Loriot Solo; 12: David Grollman, Ryan Krause, Jill Burton, 7pm Ken Aldcroft; 19: Cheryl Pyle & Mark Alban Lotz Duo. DROM: 85 Ave A (bet 5th & 6th Sts). 212-7771157. www.dromnyc.com. Oct 5: Elio Villafranca Qnt; 27: 7pm Silver Arrow Band. DUANE PARK CAFÉ: 157 Duane St (bet Hudson & W Bway). www.duaneparknyc.com. 212732-5555. Fri: 9pm Plume Revue feat DP Jazz Qrt. The EAR INN: 326 Spring St (bet Greenwich & Washington Sts). www.earinn.com. 212-4319750. Sun: 8-11pm EarRegulars w/Jon-Erik Kellso & friends. Oct 5: Attila Korb; 19: Jay Rattman. ELLA LOUNGE: 9 Avenue A (bet 1st & 2nd Avs). www.ellalounge.com. 212-777-2230. Fri: 8pm Dandy Wellington Band. FAT CAT: 75 Christopher St at 7th Av. 212-6756056. www.fatcatmusic.org. $3 adm/no min. Sets unless otherwise noted: Early (E), Late (L), Night (N); Mon E 6pm, L 9pm, N 12:30am; Tues-Wed E 7pm, L 9pm, N 12:30am; Thurs&Sat E 7pm, L 10pm, N 1:30am; Fri E 6pm, L 9pm + 10:30pm, N 1:30am; Sun E 6pm, L 9pm, N 12:30am. Ev N: Jam. Residencies (R): Mon N Billy Kaye; Tues E Saul Rubin, N Greg Glassman; Wed E Raphael D'lugoff Qrt, N Ned Goold; Fri E Indian Classical Music, 9pm Gospel Queens; Sun E Terry Waldo & Gotham City Band, N Brandon Lewis & Renee Cruz. Oct 1: E R, L Groover Trio, N R; 2: E Rodney Green, L Saul Rubin Zebtet, N tba; 3: E R, L R + Jared Gold/Dave Gibson, N tba; 4: E tba, L Raphael D'lugoff Qnt, N Ray Gallon Qrt; 5: E R, 8:30pm Fat Cat Big Band, N R; 6: E tba, L Jason Lindner, N R; 7: E R, L tba, N R; 8: E R, L Harold Mabern Trio, N R; 9: E Oscar Williams Trio, L Greg Glassman Qnt, N tba; 10: E R, L R + Lauren Sevian, N tba; 11: E tba, L Doug Carn Band, N tba; 12: E R, L tba, N R; 13: E tba, L Ned Goold Qrt, N R; 14: E R, L Peter Brainin & Latin Jazz Workshop, N R; 15: E R, L Don Hahn/Mike Camacho Band, N R; 16: 3pm David Weiss, E Avi Rothbard Qnt, L Marti Mabin Sxt, N tba; 17: E R, L R + Stacy Dillard Qnt, N Jared Gold; 18: E Alan Jay Palmer Trio, L Point of Departure, N tba; 19: E R, L Jon Davis, N R; 20: E tba, L George Braith, N R; 21: E R, L tba, N R; 22: E R, L Samba de Gringo, N R; 23: E tba, L POD, N tba; 24: E R, L R + tba, N tba; 25: E Steve Blum Trio, L Nu Soil Ship & Alan Jay Palmer, N tba; 26: E R, L Tim Hegarty, N R; 27: E&L tba, N R; 28: E R, L Itai Kriss & Gato Gordo, N R; 29: E R, L Luca

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Santaniello, N R; 30: E Sanah Kadoura Qnt, L The Flail, N tba; 31: E R, L R + Jerome Jennings Sxt, N tba. FIRST STREET GREEN COMMUNITY GARDEN: 33E 1st St (bet 1st & 2nd Avs). www. firststre e tgre e npa rk. org/ www. a rts forart.org. Oct 11: 2-2:45pm Albey Balgochian & Jane Grenier B, 3-3:30pm Ancestral Duo, 44:45pm John Hebert & Michael Attias; 12: 22:45pm Lou Grassi & friends Aural Compass, 3-3:45pm William Parker & Patricia Nicholson, 4-4:45pm Collective Identity Saxophone Qrt; 13: 2-2:45pm Michael TA Thompson Trio, 33:30pm Miriam Parker Mysteries, 3:30-4:15pm Patrick Brennan & friends + Transparency Kestra, 4:15-5pm VoiceHorns-Bass. The FLATIRON ROOM: 37W 26th St (bet 6th Av & Bway). www.theflatironroom.com. 212725-3860. Sets: Tues-Wed 9pm-12am, ThursSat 9pm-1am. FLÛTE GRAMERCY: 40E 20th St (bet Bway & Park Av S). 212-529-7870. www.flutebar.com. Free adm. Wed: 7-10pm. Oct 15: Dorian Devins. GARAGE: 99 7th Av S (bet W 4th & Bleecker). www.garagerest.com. 212-645-0600. Free adm/no min. Sets: Early (E), Late (L), Brunch (B); Mon E 7-10pm, L 10:30pm-1:30am; TuesThurs E 6-10pm, L 10:30pm-1:30am, Fri E 6:15-10:15pm, L 10:45pm-2:45am; Sat B 124pm, E 6:15-10:15pm, L 10:45pm-2:45am; Sun B 11:30am-4pm, E 6:30-10:30pm, L 11pm-2am. Residency (R): Sun E David Coss Qrt. Oct 1: E Yvonnick Prene Qrt, L Masami Ishikawa Trio; 2: E Ben Patterson Organ Trio, L Gabe Valle Qrt; 3: E Doug McDonald Trio, L Kevin Dorn & Big 72; 4: B Daniela Schaechter Trio, E Evgeny Sivstov Trio, L tba; 5: B Ben Healy Trio, E R, L Tsutomu Naki Trio; 6: E Howard Williams Jazz Orch, N Will Terrill Trio; 7: E Mayu Saeki Trio, L Claude Diallo Situation; 8: E Anderson Brothers, L Victor Baker Qrt; 9: E Champian Fulton Qrt, L Michael Sheridan Trio; 10: E Fukushi Tainaka Trio, L Peter Valera & Jump Blues Band; 11: B Larry Newcomb Qrt, E Al Marino Qnt, L Virginia Mayhew Qrt; 12: B Lou Caputo Qrt, E R, L Ai Murakami Trio; 13: E Lou Caputo Not So Big Band, L Avi Rothbard Trio; 14: E Rob Edwards Qrt, L Austin Walker Trio; 15: E Marc Devine Trio, L Benno Marmur Trio; 16: E Dre Barnes Project, L Joe Pino Qrt; 17: E Joel Perry Trio, L Hot House; 18: B Eckroth, Brendler & Wells, E Mark Marino Trio, L Daylight Blues Band; 19: B Kyoko Oyobe Trio, E R, L Abe Ovadia Trio; 20: E Kyle Athayde Dance Party, L Kenny Shanker Qrt; 21: E Adam Moezinia Trio, L Joonsam Lee Trio; 22: E Nick Moran Trio, L Jocelyn Shannon Qrt; 23: E Rick Stone Trio, L Ray Parker Trio; 24: E Michika Fukumori Trio, L Peter Valera & Jump Blues Band; 25: B Marsha Heydt & Project of Love, E Champian Fulton Qrt, L Virginia Mayhew Qrt; 26: B Iris Ornig Qrt, E R, L Charles Ruggerio Trio; 27: E Eyal Vilner Big Band, L Sasaki Ryo Trio; 28: E Carl Bartlett Jr. Trio, L Paul Francis Trio; 29: E Mauricio de Souza Trio, L Chris Carroll Trio; 30: E George Weldon Trio, L Joe Abbatantuono Trio; 31: no music. GREENWICH HOUSE MUSIC SCHOOL: 46 Barrow St (bet 7th Av S & W 4th St). 212-2424770. www.greenwichhouse.org. Sets: 8pm. Sun: Sound It Out series. Oct 4: Michael Feinberg Band; 5: $20 adm Marilyn Crispell & Raymond MacDonald Duo; 9: $20/15 Roger Davidson Solo; 26: $15 Paradoxical Frog. JAZZ GALLERY: 1160 Bway, 5th Fl at 27th St. www.jazzgallery.org. 646-494-3625. Sets: 8pm $15/10 adm & 10pm $10/5 adm, $22/10 Fricontinued on page 28


ANOTHER REASON TO CELEBRATE

By Elzy Kolb

Out-of-towner pays a visit Seattle-based singer Kelley Johnson doesn't get to the Big Apple too often; but, when she does, she usually has something new to share. Her mentor, vocalist Mark Murphy, once told her that artists reinvent themselves every 15 years and Johnson, who has released four CDs since 1998, seems to be right on track. "I didn't really understand it then, when he first told me that, but it does feel like that's happening to me now," she says. "I feel a difference in attitude, in my sense of self, in my sense of the world." Johnson also senses new musical developments on the horizon. After her most recent recording, Home, came out in 2008, she got a feeling like finishing a really great book. "At the closing of the chapter, I felt dismay. But once a novel has ended, you have to find another good one. And you have to allow yourself to explore." She's been on that path since then. "I rearrange standards with storytelling at the core. Like the great instrumentalists, I'm interested in taking the music past the melody so it feels like the structure is expanding."

four years. She'll be joined by drummer Jon Wikan, a long-time collaborator; bassist Matthew Clohesy, with whom she's played occasionally; and for the very first time, pianist Anthony Wonsey. "It will be interesting to see what connections will be formed then and there," Johnson says. "I'll be there to celebrate that I love to sing, love to perform for people. It's important to have new projects, but unmarked celebrations are good, too."

Twofer special An autumn date at Dizzy's Club CocaCola has been an annual Diva Jazz Orchestra tradition. In fact, three of the band's last four albums were recorded there. This year, listeners are in for a double treat when the band hits the stage at Dizzy's Oct. 17-19. Besides celebrating the release of Diva's new CD, A Swingin' Life (MCG Jazz), parts of which were recorded at the club, there will be the added pleasure of hearing vocalist Cynthia Scott making her debut with the band.

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Kelley Johnson, Jazz at Kitano

Critics have compared Johnson to vocal icons like Carmen McRae and Sheila Jordan. "They're both such originals, both storytellers while being excellent musicians," Johnson says. "They're my musical mothers and I'm thrilled to be compared to them." The singer appears at Jazz at Kitano Oct. 15, her first New York gig in

"I've wanted to work with Cynthia for years but there's always been a scheduling conflict. I'm thrilled that this time it worked out," says Diva bandleader/drummer Sherrie Maricle. The new CD features performances by vocalists Nancy Wilson and Marlena Shaw, but Wilson has retired and Shaw has back surgery scheduled. "I wanted someone at Dizzy's who will bring the same level of swing and soul," Maricle says. "Cynthia is very soulful and has a

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Sat. Oct 2: Mentoring series w/Taylor Eigsti feat Jeremy Dutton; 3: Joe Fiedler & Big Sackbut; 4: Ferenc Nemeth Trio; 9: Simona Premazzi Gp; 10-11: Ben Wendel Gp; 17-18: Tyshawn Sorey Trio; 23: Julian Shore Gp; 24: Jamie Baum Spt +; 25: Claudia Acuña; 28: see 10/2; 30: Alex LoRe Qrt; 31: Brian Lynch. JAZZ STANDARD: 116E 27th St (bet Park & Lexington Avs). www.jazzstandard.net. 212576-2232. Sets: 7:30&9:30pm + 11:30pm FriSat. Adm: Mon,Thurs&Sun $25, Tues-Wed $20, Fri-Sat $30. Residencies (R): Mon Mingus Monday; Sun starting 10/19 1:30-3pm Jazz for Kids. Oct 1-5: $35 Terence Blanchard Qnt; 6: R w/Mingus Big Band; 7: Ryan Keberle & Catharsis; 8: $25 Wolff & Clark Expedition; 912: Steve Wilson; 13: R w/Mingus Orch; 14-15: $25 Romero Lubambo Qrt; 16-19: ($30 Thurs&Sun) James Carter; 20: R w/Mingus Big Band; 21-22: $25 Edmar Castañeda World Ens; 23-26: Richard Galliano Qnt; 27: R w/Mingus Big Band; 28: Kellylee Evans; 29: $25 Guillermo Klein Qrt; 30-Nov 2: ($30 Thurs&Sun) George Coleman Qnt feat Eric Alexander. JOE’S PUB: At Public Theater. 425 Lafayette St & Astor Pl. www.joespub.com. 212-967-7555. Adm varies. Oct 7&9 7pm, 10-11 7&9pm: $2575 adm Betty Buckley & T Bone Burnett. JOHN L. TISHMAN AUDITORIUM: At New School. 63 5th Av. Room U100. www.events.newschool.edu. 212-229-5630. JULES BISTRO: 65 Saint Marks Pl (bet 1st & 2nd Avs). 212-477-5560. www.julesbistro.com. Sets: 8:30-11:30pm, Brunch 12-3pm. Sun: Jazz party & jam feat Renaud Penant. KNICKERBOCKER BAR & GRILL: 33 University Pl at 9th St. 212-228-8490. www.knickerbockerbarandgrill.com. Fri-Sat: 9:45pm-2am. Oct 3-4: Warren Chiasson & Alex Gresse; 10-11: Cynthia Sayer & Conal Fowkes; 17-18: Jill McCarron & Paul Gill; 24-25: Junior Mance Trio; 31-Nov 1: Alexis Cole & David Finck. LE PESCADEUX: 90 Thompson St (bet Prince & Spring Sts). www.lepescadeuxnyc.com. 212966-0021. Wed: 7-10pm Sultry Jazz series; Sun: Brunch 11am-4pm feat Gabrielle Stravelli. Oct 19: Gabrielle Stravelli feat Mario Nappi. LE POISSON ROUGE: 158 Bleecker St at Thompson St. www.lepoissonrouge.com. 212796-0741. Adm varies. Oct 3: 8pm Mehmet Ali Sanlikol & Whatsnext; 25: 7:30pm Red Baraat. LE SINGE VERT: 160 7th Av (bet 19th & 20th Sts). 212-366-4100. www.lesingevert.com. Tues: 8-10:30pm Ginetta’s Vendetta. L.E.S GALLERY CAFÉ: At Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center: 107 Suffolk St (bet Rivington & Delancey Sts). 212-253-2280. www.csvcenter.com. See Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center. LILLIE'S UNION SQUARE: 13E 17th St (bet 5th Av & Bway). 212-337-1970. www.union square.lilliesnyc.com. Sun: 5pm-12am. LITTLE BRANCH: 20 Leroy St at 7th Av S. 212929-4360. METROPOLITAN ROOM: 34W 22nd St (bet. 5th & 6th Avs). www.metropolitanroom.com. 212-206-0440. Sets unless otherwise noted: Early (E) 7pm, Late (L) 9:30pm. Residency (R): Tues L Annie Ross. Oct 1: L Jumaane Smith; 2: E Luba Mason, L Sylvia Mims; 3: L John Ambrosini Qrt; 4: E John Minnock; 5: L Wren Marie Harrington; 6: E Harold Sanditen; 7: L R; 11: E James Rich; 14: E&L Annie Ross w/Bucky Pizzarelli & spec guest (2nd set); 15: L Devin Bing; 18: 4pm Artie Thompson, L Kristine Mills; 21: L R; 22: E Ann Hampton Callaway; 27: L Melba Moore B-Day Celeb; 28: L R; 29: E Tish Rabe & friends; 30: L Steven Chera.

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rich, beautiful voice." Singing with a big band is familiar territory for Scott, who worked with Ray Charles for years. "When I left Arkansas and went on the road with Ray, that was my beginning," she says. "Fronting a big band, you have all this harmony under you, all this support that you don't get with a trio—you get to ride, you get to paint. You don't compete with the horns; the lines are all written: you say one thing and they say one thing and it all melds together to tell a beautiful story with a lot of voices speaking." In choosing material for Diva, Maricle says, "It's got to swing, it's got to challenge the band, and it's got to be accessible to the audience. And the artistic focus—everyone in the band gets to blow at least one time in two sets, so the listeners get the full experience of all 15 of us, the diversity of the soloists." The Dizzy's gig will feature standards, blues, tunes by Burt Bacharach and Diva founder Stanley Kay, and at least one Scott original. The vocalist says, "We're gonna have a ball, honey. What's the purpose of getting up on stage if you're not gonna have a ball? I believe in having fun, I'm tired of fighting the world, I just want to ride." Sounds like the right attitude for Maricle's stated mission: "Playing great music and keeping the tradition of great straightahead swing." True that When saxophonist/flutist/composer Laura Dreyer moved to New York, she was fresh out of Berklee and having a great time going to jams, playing with her idols and with other up-and-comers. "I wanted

Laura Dreyer, Zinc Bar

to learn and, as woman, I had to prove myself. I had to show I can play fast, and play a million tunes in any key, at any tempo," she says. "One day, the music sounded old-fashioned, and I thought, 'This isn't really who I am.' I didn't grow up in the 1940s; the music I grew up with, the music I heard in New York in the '80s and '90s has a place in my life. I have to be true to myself." Thus began a musical evolution that now encompasses more than 20 years of writing and playing Brazilian jazz, influenced by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ivan Lins, Hermeto Pascoal, Cesar Camargo Mariano and other greats of the genre. "That's 95 percent of what I listen to now," Dreyer says. "It's an endless source of inspiration. Compositionally, it speaks to my sensibilities. The harmonies are complex but done in a beautiful way, rather than a deliberately confusing or unpredictable way." While visiting Rio, she discovered she had to slow down to get up to speed with Brazilian music. "The feeling is so different there. I went to the next level in capturing the flavor I wanted—Rio is where you have to be to get that flavor." Dreyer was so inspired by the city that she recorded her new CD, Vida. Arte. Amor. (Mayimba) there, in a hilltop studio with stunning panoramic views of Rio and the surrounding area. "You can see landmarks from the decks and hear the bells when the nearby churches chime on the hour," she says. "I'm sensitive to the vibe in different places: San Francisco, Seattle, New York, they all have a different feel. In Rio I felt like a fish in the right ocean. I don't have the advantage of growing up in the culture, though I love it. I immerse myself in the music, the style, the sentiment, and I intend to do that for the rest of my life." Join Dreyer in celebrating the release of Vida. Arte. Amor. at Zinc Bar Oct. 22.

Celebrate a sound Alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe has such an original tone, it's impossible to mistake him for anyone else. A prolific composer, bandleader, member of the World Saxophone Quartet and frequent collaborator with the likes of Gil Evans, Jack DeJohnette, Lester Bowie, Woody Shaw, McCoy Tyner and others, for more than 30 years Blythe stayed busy recording and touring. But for the past decade, the saxophonist has been living with Parkinson's disease. A 2003 recording of his music, The Arthur Blythe Quartet Live at Yoshi's, has just been released for the first time. It's available at http://gusttsilis.com/arthurblythe/ and all sales proceeds will benefit the Arthur Blythe Parkinson's Fund, to help support this unique, iconic voice in jazz. Dreyer photo by Kendra Heisler

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SKIRBALL CENTER: At New York University. 566 LaGuardia Pl at Washington Sq S. 212998-4941. www.skirballcenter.nyu.edu. Oct 23: 7:30pm $32-40 adm The Bad Plus. SMALLS JAZZ CLUB: 183W 10th St at 7th Av. 212-252-5091. www.smallsjazzclub.com. Sets unless otherwise noted: Afternoon (PM), Early (E), Late (L), Night (N); Mon E 7:30pm, L 10pm, N 12:30am; Tues E 7:30pm, L 10:30pm, N 1am; Wed-Thurs E 6pm, L 9:30pm, N 12:30am; Fri-Sat: PM 4:30pm, E 7:30pm, L 10:30pm, N 1am; Sun 1pm, PM 4:30pm, E 7:30pm, L 10pm, N 12am. Jam following N. Adm varies. Residencies (R): Mon L except 10/20 Ari Hoenig Qnt; Tues E Spike Wilner Qrt, N Next Generation Sessions by Kyle Poole; Wed E Tap Dance w/Michela Lerman; Fri PM Jam; Sat PM Joel Press Qrt; Sun 1pm Vocal masterclass by Marion Cowings. Oct 1: E R, L Danny Grissett Qrt, N Alex LeRoe Band; 2: E tba, L see 10/1 L, N Carlos Abadie Qnt; 3: PM R, E Alan Broadbent Trio, L Jimmy Green Qrt, N tba; 4: PM R, E tba, L see 10/3 L, N tba; 5: 1pm R, PM Falkner Evans Qnt, E Marianne Solivan Qrt, L Joe Magnarelli Qrt, N tba; 6: E Dan Tepfer Trio, L R, N Jonathan Michel; 7: E R, L Smalls Legacy Band feat Frank Lacy, N R; 8: E R, L Brian Charette Trio, N Wayne Tucker Gp; 9: E Zaid Nasser, L see 10/8 L, N Nick Hempton Band; 10: PM R, E Sean Smith Qrt, L Rick Germanson Qrt, N tba; 11: PM R, E tba, L see 10/10 L, N tba; 12: 1pm R, PM Dexter Mason Qnt, E tba, L Behn Gillece Qnt, N tba; 13: E Claude Diallo Trio, L R, N Spencer Murphy; 14: E R, L Lucas Pino No Net Nnt, N R; 15: E R, L Harold Mabern Trio, N Rob Duguay & SONGEVITY Qrt; 16: E Alex Hoffman Gp, L Fabien Mary Qnt, N see 10/2 N; 17: PM R, E Trio Music, L John Ellis Band, N tba; 18: PM R, E tba, L see 10/17 L, N tba; 19: 1pm R, PM Peter & Will Anderson Qnt, E&L tba, N Bruce Harris Qnt; 20: E Jill McCarron Trio, L Charles Ruggerio Qrt, N see 10/6 N; 21: E R, L Josh Evans Big Band, N R; 22: E R, L Luis Perdomo Qrt, N Tacuma Bradley Qnt; 23: E Dwayne Clemons Qnt, L see 10/22 L, N see 10/9 N; 24: PM R, E John McNeil, L E.J. Strickland Qnt, N tba; 25: PM R, E tba, L see 10/24, N tba; 26: 1pm R, PM,E&L tba, N Ned Goold; 27: E John Raymond, L R, N see 10/13 N; 28: E R, L Peter Bernstein Qrt, N R; 29: PM R, L see 10/28 L, N tba; 30: E tba, L see 10/28 L, N tba; 31: closed. SPECTRUM NYC: 121 Ludlow St 2nd Fl (bet Delancey & Rivington Sts). 212-533-5470. www.spectrumnyc.com. Oct 2: 7-10:30pm Spectral Interzone & Lena Bloch; 7: 9:3010:30pm Canyons; 9: 7-9:30pm Petros Klampanis Presents; 18 9-11pm & 19 78:30pm: Umberto Petrin; 21: 9-11pm Joel Forrester; 28: 8:30-9:30pm Guy Mintus. STEINHARDT: At NYU. 3rd Av at E 11th St. www.steinhardt.nyu.edu. 212-998-5424. The STONE: 2nd St at Av C. www.thestonenyc. com. Adm varies. Tues-Sun: 8&10pm weekly residencies. Oct 1-5: Ches Smith; 7-12: Tim Berne; 14-19: Julian Lage; 21-26: Oliver Lake; 28-Nov 2: Makigami Koichi. SUBCULTURE: 45 Bleecker St (bet Mott & Mulberry Sts). www.subculturenewyork.com. 212-533-5470. Sets: 7:30pm. Oct 2: Julien Labro & Spektral Qrt; 14: 8pm Joshua Kwassman & Brother Spirit; 17-18: Theo Bleckmann & Preston Bailey; 30: Jo Lawry. The TOKYO TAPAS CAFÉ: 7 Cornelia St at West 4th St. www.tokyotapascafenyc.com. 212-242-6333. Tues-Thurs: 8-10pm.

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HOT FLASHES Musician-Educator's Corner There are jazz educators; and there is Eli Yamin. An active pianist and composer whose early career included stints with Illinois Jacquet and Walter Perkins, Yamin serves as head of instruction in Jazz at Lincoln Center's Middle School Jazz Academy and is founder and director of the Jazz Drama Program, an organization that produces jazz musicals for students to perform in as they immerse themselves in the jazz vocabulary. While jazz and Broadway have enjoyed a longstanding simpatico and resonance, Yamin's own journey led him to discover a way to fuse the two in the service of jazz education. "It started in 1993, when I was the musical director for the 10th anniversary tour of Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies," Yamin recalls. "We had ten jazz musicians and 15 cast members, and I was the guy in the middle who had to help these mostly Broadway-trained actors find a bond and a common space with the jazz musicians! It was challenging, but also immensely fulfilling, particularly to travel the country and present Duke's music in the theater. It made me think that this was an amazing way of spreading the jazz word. I wondered how I could do that more." The opportunity soon presented itself, as Yamin immersed himself in education work, becoming the musical director for the Louis Armstrong Middle School's spring musical. "A teacher at the school named Cliff Carlson and I started writing our own jazz musicals because we realized that even though the school was named after Louis Armstrong, the students there didn't know much about jazz," Yamin explains. "We needed to find a new way of getting kids excited about the music. So Cliff and I started writing our own stories, not necessarily about jazz, but stories that kids could relate to. And the language we used to tell the stories was jazz." Having created and internationally performed two unique jazz musicals—Norah's Ark and Holding the Torch for Liberty— Yamin and Carlson have succeeded in establishing a new and exciting way for students to encounter and enthusiastically engage with jazz. For Yamin, this goal walks hand-in-hand with his performance experiences, notably his tutelage under the great drummer Walter Perkins. "Walter showed me how performing is a way to alight people's hearts," Yamin explains.

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"He could blaze up a room with the sound of his drums and the force of his personality. People just got happier when they heard him and he encouraged me to do that wherever I could." As Yamin prepares his third musical, the Sun Ra-inspired Message from Saturn, he continues to refine this unique strategy in jazz education. In lieu of lectures or instrument-based teaching, the program aspires to an immersive, experiential learning that allows students to see themselves as active parts of the music. "There's always been this way of realizing and actualizing jazz that is extramusical, that is literary, or that is visual," Yamin notes. "To me, the Jazz Drama Program is a chance for kids and grown-ups to live in this connection of theater, dance, music and literature, and to really deal with the whole jazz aesthetic and its treasures. Some people might not be turned on by only a concert, but say you put dance with it, or a story with it, then there's no way they can stay away." This month, the Jazz Drama Program will host its annual benefit at the DiMenna Center Concert Hall in an evening featuring performances by masters including Catherine Russell and Evan Christopher and honor WBGO luminary Dorthaan Kirk. "This is our opportunity to receive support from people who believe in jazz and believe in kids, and who see the potential of this project," Yamin says. "We hope to continue making an impact on jazz and education." To learn more about the Jazz Drama Program, or to purchase tickets to its benefit, visit www.thejazzdramaprogram.org.

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AN BEAL BOCHT CAFÉ: 445W 238th St. 718884-7127. www.lindasjazznights.com. Wed 8&9:30pm Linda's Jazz Nights. Oct 1: Akiko Tsuruga Qrt; 15: Cynthia Soriano Qrt. BRONX MUSIC HERITAGE CENTER: 1303 Louis 9 Blvd. www.bronxmusic.org. 718-8391100. Oct 21: 8pm Hilliard Greene & Jazz Expressions feat TK Blue. G-BAR: 579 Grand Concourse at 149th St. 718402-6996. www.giovanninyc.com. WILLIE’S STEAKHOUSE: 1832 Westchester Av. 718-822-9697. Wed: 8:30pm-12am.

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61 LOCAL: 61 Bergen St in Cobble Hill. www.61local.com. 347-763-6624. Oct 5: 7pm $10 adm Snug’s concert series feat Andrew White III Solo. ALOR CAFÉ: 2110 Richmond Rd. Staten Island. 718-351-1101. www.alorcafe.com. BAMCAFÉ: 30 Lafayette Av. 718-636-4100. www.bam.org. BAR TABAC: 128 Smith St at Dean St. Cobble Hill. www.bartabacny.com. 718-923-0918. Tues&Thurs: 7-10pm. Tues: Blue Vipers of Brooklyn; Thurs: Stephane Wrembel. BARBÈS: 376 9th St at 6th Av. Park Slope. www.barbesbrooklyn.com. 718-965-9177. Residencies: Mon 7pm Brain Cloud; Tues 9pm Slavic Soul Party; Wed 10pm Mandingo Ambassadors; Sun 9pm except 10/12 Stephane Wrembel. Oct 1: 8pm Sofia Rei; 3: 8pm Leo Sidran; 5: 5pm Ben Monder Solo; 12: 5pm see 10/5 5pm, 9pm Olli Soikelli; 14: 7pm Max Johnson. BASIK BAR: 323 Graham Av. Brooklyn. 347889-7597. www.basikbrooklyn.com. Sun 710pm: Jam w/Isaac Darche Qrt feat Matt La Von. BRIC ARTS: 647 Fulton St. 718-683-5600. www.bricartsmedia.org. Oct 16: 7:30pm $15/20 adm Alicia Olatuja. BROOKLYN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS: At Brooklyn College. Campus Rd & Hillel Pl. 718-951-4500. www.brooklyncen ter.org. Oct 25: $36-60 adm 8pm Bobby McFerrin. BROOKLYN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC: 58 7th Av. Park Slope. www.bqcm.org. 718622-3300. 1st Fri: 7pm $5 adm Open Stage. Oct 4: 8pm $10 adm Connection Works www.connectionworks.org presents Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open series feat Scott Robinson, Michel Gentile, Daniel Kelly & Rob Garcia w/spec guest. BROOKLYN LYCEUM: 227 Fourth Av (bet President & Union Sts). Park Slope. www.brooklynlyceum.com. Thurs: 7-9pm Open Mic. BROWNSTONE JAZZ: 107 Macon St at Nostrand Av. www.sankofaaban.com. 917-7049237. Fri-Sat: 8pm $30 adm incl 1 drink Brownstone Jazz. Fri-Sat: 11pm-1am Open Mic w/Eric Lemon & BJ Ens. Oct 11: 9pm Baano feat Frank Owens Trio. BROWNSVILLE HERITAGE HOUSE: 581 Mother Gaston Blvd. www.brownsvilleheritage house.org. 718-385-1111. 3rd Sat: 3-6pm free adm Wade Barnes Tribute Band. CHEZ OSKAR: 211 Dekalb Av at Adelphie St. Fort Green. www.chezoskar.com. 718-8526250.

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The CLASSON SOCIAL CLUB: 807 Classon Av. 718-484-4475. www.theclasson.com. Sets: 89&10-11pm. Free adm/no min. Oct 2: John Caban Trio; 3-4: KJ Denhert; 10: Greg Lewis Organ Monk Trio; 11: Classon Social Lounge; 24: see 10/10; 25: see 10/11; 30: Emilio Solla Trio. CUBANA SOCIAL: 70 N 6th St. Williamsburg. www.cubanasocial.com. 718-782-3334. Sets: Thurs 9pm-12am; Fri: 9pm-2am Afro-Jazz. The DRAWING ROOM: 56 Willoughby St #3. www.drawingroommusic.com. Sets: 7pm, $20 adm. Oct 19: Gene Bertoncini; 25: Charles Davis Qrt. FIREHOUSE SPACE: 246 Frost St. 917-7097799. www.thefirehousespace.org. Sets: 8pm $10 adm. Oct 2: Joshua Sinton & Senhor Vasques; 9: Connie Crothers; 16: How to Make a Mountain. The FLAT: 308 Hooper St. Williamsburg. www.theflatbkny.com. 718-599-5151. FOR MY SWEET: 1103 Fulton St. 347-770-4735. Mon: 7-11pm $10 adm Bill Jacobs Ens; 1st Mon: Jazz & Open Mic by Jeff King. FREDDY’S BAR: 627 5th Av (bet 17th & 18th Sts). www.freddysbar.com. 718-768-0131. 1st & 3rd Tues: 9pm Miss Ida Blue. Oct 8: 8pm David McDonnell; 28: 8:30pm Josh Sinton & Ava Mendoza. HOPE & ANCHOR: 347 Van Brunt St. Red Hook. www.hopeandanchorredhook.com. 718237-0276. Wed: 7-10pm Jam w/Ray Scro Qrt. I-BEAM: 168 7th St. www.ibeambrooklyn.com. $15 adm. Oct 2-4: Matt Pavolka & The Horns Band; 9: 8:30pm Belogenis/Lossing/Wollesen; 22: Russ Lossing & King Vulture; 24: 8pm Harris Eisenstadt & Golden State, 9pm Josh Sinton & Musicaner; 25: 8pm $10 Josh Sinton Solo & Duo w/Tomas Fujiwara. JALOPY: 315 Columbia St (Columbia Water- front District). www.jalopy.biz. 718-395-3214. JAZZ 966: 966 Fulton St. 917-593-9776. www.jazz966.com. Fri: 8-11pm $15 don. KORZO RESTAURANT & BAR: 667 5th Av (bet 19th & 20th Sts). 718-499-1199. www.face book.com/konceptions. Tues: 9&10:30pm $10 don/$10 min Konceptions Music series by James Carney. LAKE CLUB: 1150 Clove Rd. Staten Island. 718442-3600. www.lake-club.com. Sat: 7-10pm free adm Charles Sibirsky Solo. LAFAYETTE AVENUE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: 85 S. Oxford St. Fort Greene. www.lapcbrooklyn.org. 718-625-7515. Oct 12: 4pm Jazz Vesper feat Brooklyn Jazz Orch w/Brian Newman. LORENZO’S RESTAURANT, BAR & CABARET: At Hilton Garden Inn. 1100 South Av at Lois Ln. Staten Island. 718-4772400X3222. www.lorenzosdining.com. Sun: 122pm Jazz Brunch. MANHATTAN INN: 632 Manhattan Av. www.manhattaninn.com. 718-383-0885. Oct 29: 10pm Rick Parker & Li Daiguo Duo + Jonah Parzen-Johnson Solo. MELANIE’S NEW YORK: 1285 Fulton St. www.melaniesny.com. 718-399-2960. Wed: Jazz Night. MOMINETTE: 221 Knickerbocker Av. Bushwick. www.mominette.com. 929-234-2941. Tues: 10:30pm Jam w/Trad & Gypsy. MUCHMORE’S: 2 Havemeyer St. Williamsburg. Oct 5: 8pm Alex Weiss & Outhead. PANE E VINO: 174 Smith St at Warren. www.panevinony.com. 718-501-1010. Sun: 710pm Carl Thompson Gp w/Virginia Mayhew. ROULETTE: 509 Atlantic Av at 3rd Av. www.roulette.org. 917-267-0363. Oct 14: 8pm Sound Rhythm feat Billy Martin, Chris Cochrane, Kato Hideki, Kevin Bud Jones w/ Jessica Lurie & Brian Chase. continued on page 34


FRESH TAKES

By Kosta Galanopoulos, student at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music

The essence of Braxton Cook's artistry can be heard in his playing of the refined melodies on Sketch, his 2014 EP. As the saxophonist for the Christian Scott Sextet and a full-time student at Juilliard, technical prowess is a given, but the thoughtfulness of his playing on his debut record is bold for a musician of any age, let alone a 23-year-old. A native of Washington D.C., Cook grew up listening to Motown and R&B, influences which blend seamlessly on Sketch. Additionally, Cook cites Grover Washington Jr. as his inspiration for picking up the saxophone and he credits his mentors Paul Carr, Ron Blake and Steve Wilson for nurturing his musical development. Cook's tutors’ guidance and his own constant drive to grow as a performer and composer have led to the refreshing maturity heard on Sketch. Hear it in person at Ginny's Supper Club as Cook leads his quartet in a performance of works from the EP, new compositions and jazz standards. HOT FLASHES...

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Tim Berne

Benefits, Tributes and Residencies Saxophonist and composer Tim Berne celebrates his 60th birthday with a weeklong residency at The Stone Oct. 7-12. Featuring his ensembles Snakeoil, Ice Station Zebra, Decay and Cornered, he will showcase his prodigious talents, as well as those of Michael Formanek, Tyshawn Sorey, Ches Smith, Ryan Ferriera and more. See a full schedule at www.thesto nenyc.com. Billy Martin, Chris Cochrane, Kato Hideki, Kevin Bud Jones, Jessica Lurie and Brian Chase will collaborate to present Sound Rhythm, a unique evening of improvised sets at Roulette on Oct. 14. Find out more at www.roulette.org.

Alto Saxophonist Braxton Cook will be performing with his quartet featuring Mathis Picard, keyboards; Zach Brown, bass and Kush Abadey, drums, on Oct. 25 at Ginny's Supper Club.

Legendary pianist Randy Weston will remember his longtime friend and collaborator, the master arranger and trombonist Melba Liston, in a special performance at the Manhattan School of Music on Oct. 17. Reserve seats at www.msmnyc.edu. On Oct. 24, the Jazz Foundation of America hosts "A Great Night in Harlem," an exceptional evening that will honor the extraordinary achievements of Herbie Hancock. Offering a host of performances by jazz, R&B and rock legends, the evening will raise funds for the foundation's crucial work. Buy tickets and make a donation by visiting www.jazzfoundation.org.

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RUSTIK NEIGHBORHOOD TAVERN: 417 DeKalb Ave. www.rustiktavern.com. 347-4069700. 1st Tues: 8pm $5 adm Jam w/Eric Frazier. SCHOLES STREET STUDIO: 375 Lorimer St. www.scholesstreetstudio.com. 718-964-8763. SEEDS: 617 Vanderbilt Av. www.seedsbrook lyn.org. Sets: 8:30&10pm. Oct 3&9: $10 adm Jazz Gallery mentoring series w/Taylor Eigsti feat Jeremy Dutton. 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 1: E $8 Areni Agbabian Solo, L Kaleidos; 2: E $15 Multiplicity, L $15 Afrika meets India; 3: E $8 Lisette Santiago, L StringsNskins, N Luisa Bastidas; 4: $15 L Sarah Manning & Harmonious Creature; 5: $25 Babilonas; 6: E $8 Michael Whalen, L Terry Hsieh Collective; 7: E&L Tobias Meinhart Qrt feat Ingrid Jensen + Beekman Collective; 8: E&L $15 Schapiro 17, N SPOKE; 9: E&8pm Karl Berger & Improvisor's Orch, N The Out Side Within; 10: 8pm Ken Thomson & Slow/Fast; 11: E $20 Mozayik & spec guest Sarah Elizabeth Charles; 12: 8pm Breath Taking Songs, 9pm Pookestra feat Sarah Renfrooriginal; 14: L Kenji Shinagawa, N $8 Nathan Parker Smith Large Ens; 15: E Tomas Fujiwara Trio, L Charles Evans Qrt, N Mostly Other People Do the Killing; 16: Jazz Gallery mentoring series w/Taylor Eigsti feat Jeremy Dutton; 17: E Marko Djordjevic & Sveti Electric, L Hyper Consort; 18: 8pm $15 Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica, N AGBA; 19: E Burke/ Trobollowitsch, L Alejandro Meola & Robinsones; 20: E&L $12 William Hooker & Double Qrt; 21: E Occasional Noise feat William Lang; 22: 7:30pm Curtis Hasselbring & Number Stations, 8:30pm The Microscopic Spt, N $20 Ideal Bread; 23: E Yiorgos Kostopoulos Qrt, L Livio Almeida; 24: E Couple Coffee, Susto E Soranzio & Gio Moretti, L Thenth Intervention; 25: N Walking Distance; 26: E $8 Pravin Thompson Qrt, L Alex Weiss & Outhead; 28: E John Yao, L Hyeseon Hong Jazz Orch; 29: E James Weidman Aperturistic Trio, L $15 Larry Corban & Aperturistic Trio; 30: E Dan DeChellis Trio, L Mike Lorenz Qrt. SISTAS’ PLACE: 456 Nostrand Av at Jefferson Av. www.sistasplace.org. 718-398-1766. Sat: 9&10:30pm $30/25 adm. Oct 4: Brandon Sanders Gp; 11: Doug Carn Qnt; 18: Kahil Kwame Bell; 25: Sonny Fortune Qrt. SNUG HARBOR CULTURAL CENTER: 1000 Richmond Ter. Staten Island. www.utasi.org. 718-448-2500. Oct 18: 2-7pm Staten Island Jazz fest feat Javon Jackson Qrt, Hamiet Bluiett, Kiane Zawadi, Winard Harper Ens, Leopoldo Fleming Afro-Caribbean Jazz Ens, Danny Mixon Qrt, Betty Shirley, Karlus Trapp, Vinnie Ruggieri, Darrell Smith, WaFoo, Earl Saul, Bob Kaiser, Jeannine Otis, David Jones, Rudi Mwongozi, Sajda Musawwir Ladner. TEA LOUNGE: 837 Union St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). Park Slope. www.tealoungeny.com. 718789-2762. Wed: 9-11pm free adm Tea And Jam. Oct 18: 10-11pm Dida Pelled; 23: 911pm Joe Pino. VELVET LOUNGE: 174 Bway. 718-302-4427. www.velvetbrooklyn.com. 2nd Fri: 9pm-12am Low Key Trio. WILLIAMSBURG MUSIC CENTER: 367 Bedford Av. www.wmcjazz.org. 718-384-1654. 10pm-2am. Fri: free adm/2 drink min Jam w/Gerry Eastman Qnt & friends; Sat: $10 adm Greyson Hackleman. Oct 4: 8&10pm Rob Fulton Qrt.

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FIREHOUSE 12: 47 Crown St. New Haven. 203-785-0468. www.firehouse12.com. 8:30pm $20 adm, 10pm $15. Oct 3: Michael Musillami Trio + Kris Davis; 10: Manuel Valera Trio; 17: Mike Pride & From Bacteria to Boys; 24: The Wee Trio; 31: Joe McPhee, Daniel Levin & Chris Corsano. PICCOLO PIZZA: 24 Prospect St. Ridgefield. 203-438-8200. Sets: 6-9pm. Free adm. Tues: Arildo Desouza Solo; Thurs: Gary Mac Fadden; Sun: John Judd Solo. RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE: 80 East Ridge. Ridgefield. www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org. 203438-5795. Oct 1: 8pm Esperanza Spalding; 10: 7:30pm Cab Calloway Orch; 22: 8pm Natalie Cole. RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE: 80 East Ridge. Ridgefield. www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org. 203438-5795. Oct 1: 8pm Esperanza Spalding; 10: 7:30pm Cab Calloway Orch; 22: 8pm Natalie Cole. SCATZ RESTAURANT & JAZZ LOUNGE: 139 Main St Ext. Middletown. 860-347-2289. www.scatzrestaurantandlounge.com. Fri& Sat. The SIDEDOOR JAZZ CLUB: At Old Lyme Inn. 85 Lyme St. Old Lyme. 860-434-2600. www.thesidedoorjazz.com. Sets: 8:30pm. Oct 3: Harold Lopez-Nussa Trio; 4: closed; 10: Dan Tepfer; 11: Hector Martignon & A Foreign Affair Ens; 12: David Liebman Qrt; 17: Steve Wilson & Lewis Nash Duo; 24: Chelsea Baratz Qrt; 25: Marianne Solivan; 31: Yosvanny Terry. UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD: 200 Bloomfield Av. West Hartford. www.hartford.edu. 860-768-4100. WESTPORT ARTS CENTER: 51 Riverside Av. Westport. www.westportartscenter.org. 203-222-7070. Oct 5: 3-5pm Bernard Purdie Soul Band. WILTON PIZZA: 101 Old Ridgefield Rd. Wilton. Thurs: 6-9pm free adm Matt Criscuolo Qrt.

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AMERICAN HOTEL: 49 Main St. Sag Harbor. 631-725 3535. www.theamericanhotel.com. Fri-Sat: 6:30-10:30pm Lee Glantz. APERITIF: 242 Sunrise Hwy. Rockville Centre. www.aperitifbistro.com. 516-594-3404. Oct 12: 6-9pm Al Cardillo Trio feat Carol Sudhalter. BRIDGEHAMPTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY: 2539 Montauk Hwy. Bridgehampton. www.bridgehamptonhistoricalsociety.org. 631537-1088. Oct 25: 7:30pm $25/15 adm Parlor Jazz series feat The Howard Sisters. DANFORDS INN: 25E Broadway. Port Jefferson. www.danfords.com. 631-928-5200. Sat: 6:30-10:30pm Dennis Raffelock Duo. DIX HILLS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: At Five Towns College. 305N Service Rd. Dix Hills. 631-656-2148. www.dhpac.org. Oct 2325: 7:30pm $10 adm Guitar Festival Jazz Brazil feat 10/23 Gene Bertoncini & friends, 24 David Burgess, 25 Carlos Barbosa-Lima & friends. ECLECTIC CAFÉ: At UU of South Suffolk. 28 Brentwood Rd. Bay Shore. 631-661-1278. www.eclecticcafe.org. FIVE TOWNS COLLEGE: 305N Service Rd. Dix Hills. 631-656-2110. www.ftc.edu. continued on page 38


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By Gary Walker, “Morning Jazz Host”, WBGO, 88.3 FM/wbgo.org

SHARP RADWAY BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH / OCTOBER 4 Growing up in Connecticut, pianist Sharp Radway gleaned early inspiration from the work of Red Garland, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk and McCoy Tyner. His dedication has led to work with Bucky Pizzarelli, Yusef Lateef, Benny Golson, Steve Turre, Kevin Mahogany and Randy Brecker. Radway has demonstrated versatility in jazz, Latin, R&B, hip-hop and gospel. He serves as musical director, composer and arranger for The Celebration of Lionel Hampton Big Band and his work has been seen in the film Cadillac Records, as well as in the off-Broadway play The Connection. Radway has authored books on music and passes along his knowledge as instructor on elementary and collegiate levels. In Newark, he'll have a quintet covering standards like “Autumn Leaves” mixed with his originals. DICK HYMAN SOPAC / OCTOBER 7 In a career spanning six decades, pianist Dick Hyman has been one of the bright lights in music, keeping alive the spirit of Jelly Roll Morton, Scott Joplin, James P. Johnson, Fats Waller and Eubie Blake, with additional solo work focusing on Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, Cole Porter and Duke Ellington. Hyman's talent can be heard in many Woody Allen films and he's written dance scores for the Cleveland Ballet and Twyla Tharp. As Columbia Magazine stated, "When you've studied with Teddy Wilson and jammed with Charlie Parker, Lester Young and Zoot Sims, and made over 100 recordings under your own name, then surely, you're young at heart." Dick Hyman presents Jazz'n In The Hall, in a trio with guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and bassist Jay Leonhart. ONAJE ALLAN GUMBS NEWARK MUSEUM / OCTOBER 11 Onaje is a Nigerian word meaning "sensitive one." For pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs his musical sensitivity started at seven and continued through Manhattan High School of Music and SUNY Fredonia, to a career beginning with guitarist Kenny Burrell, followed by Norman Connors, Buster Williams, Cecil McBee, Betty Carter, Nat Adderley, Phyllis Hyman and Woody Shaw. A prolific composer, Gumbs has many recordings to his credit, including Sack Full of Dreams (18th & Vine), picked by Jazz Improv Magazine as one of the top releases of 2007. Gumbs wrote and performed music for Override, a Showtime film directed by Danny Glover. For this WBGO Kids' Concert, Gumbs will demonstrate how to create a jazz tune and show young ones the relationship between music and some of their favorite cartoon characters, enhanced by audience participation. RUSSELL MALONE WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY / OCTOBER 18 Russell Malone was 12 when he saw George Benson on television and knew then what he wanted from life. Malone pursued his dream, eventually playing guitar with organist Jimmy Smith, appearing with Harry Connick Jr. and recording with Diana Krall, Gerald Wilson, Roy Hargrove, Ron Carter and Kenny Barron. His guitar duets with pianist Benny Green made Oscar Peterson smile and his electricity can be felt on recordings such as Live at Jazz Standard (Maxjazz). His guitar lines are stunning displays of form, history, humor and originality, interspersed with a sensitivity that can make a guitar weep. Standards and originals are the fare as Malone is joined by pianist Rick Germanson, bassist Gerald Cannon and drummer Willie Jones III.

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

BERGEN BERGEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 30 N Van Brunt St. Englewood. 201-227-1030. www.bergenpac.org. Oct 27: 8pm Jane Monheit. GLEN ROCK INN: 222 Rock Rd. Glen Rock. www.glenrockinn.com. 201-445-2362. Thurs: 7pm Duos. HARVEST BISTRO: 252 Schraalenburgh Rd. Closter. www.harvestbistro.com. 201-7509966. SOLARI’S: 61 River St. Hackensack. 201-4871969. Ev 1st Tues: 8pm One More Once Big Band. STONY HILL INN: 231 Polifly Rd. Hackensack. www.stonyhillinn.com. 201-342-4085. Oct 11&25: 8pm-12am Betty Liste Qrt.

BURLINGTON TRI-STATE JAZZ SOCIETY: PO Box 896. Mount Laurel. www.tristatejazz.org. 856-7200232.

ESSEX BAIRD THEATRE: At South Orange Middle School. 5 Mead St. S Orange. 973-763-1140. www.thebaird.org. BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH: 275W Market St. Newark. www.bethany-newark.org. 973623-8161. Oct 4: 6-7:30pm Jazz Vespers feat Sharp Radway. BRUSCHETTA RESTAURANT: 292 Passaic Av. Fairfield. 973-227-6164. www.bruschettarestaurantonline.com. Thurs: 7-10pm Rio Clemente Duo. CLINTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: 27 Berkshire Rd. Maplewood. 973-378-7686. www.clintonelementary.org. Oct 25: 12:301:30pm www.wbog.org/kids free adm w/a child Kids Jazz series feat Lauren Hooker. CODA KITCHEN & BAR: 177 Maplewood Av. Maplewood. www.codamaplewood.com. 973327-2247. Sun: 12-3pm Jazz Brunch feat Lee Glantz. DANA LIBRARY: Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University. 185 University Av. Newark. http://newarkwww.rutgers.edu/IJS/. 973-3535595. Oct 14: 2-4pm free adm Kazzrie Jaxen Qrt. FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH: 40S Fullerton Ave. Montclair. 973-744-6560. www.outpostintheburbs.org. Oct 12: 3-5pm $10 adm Spiritual Drumming Workshops by Richard Reiter. JAZZ HOUSE KIDS: 14 S Park St. Montclair. 973-744-2258 www.jazzhousekids.org. KEY CLUB: 58 Park Pl. Newark. 973-799-0306. www.keyclubnj.com. Sun: 11am-3pm $20 adm. MCLOONE’S BOATHOUSE: 9 Cherry Ln at Northfield Av. West Orange. 862-252-7108. www.mcloonesboathouse.com. Sun: 11am3pm Jazz Brunch feat Doug Clarke Duo. MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY: 1 Normal Av. Montclair. 973-655-4000. www.montclair.edu. NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 1 Center St. Newark. 888-466-5722. www.njpac.org. Oct 17: 8pm Jonathan’s Choice feat Tierney Sutton. NEWARK MUSEUM: 49 Washington St. Newark. www.newarkmuseum.org. 973-5966550. Oct 11: 12:30-1:30pm free adm w/a child www.wbog.org/kids Kids Jazz series feat Onaje Allan Gumbs.

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NEWARK SYMPHONY HALL: 1020 Broad St. Newark. www.newarksymphonyhall.org. 201507-8900. Oct 18: 12:30-1:30pm free adm w/a child www.wbog.org/kids Kids Jazz series feat Michael Carvin. PALAZZO RESTAURANT: 11 S Fullerton Av. Montclair. www.palazzonj.com. 973-746-6778. Fri-Sat: 7-10:30pm. PAPILLON 25: 25 Valley St. South Orange. 973-761-5299. www.papillon25.com. Oct 25: 10pm-1am free adm Maurício de Souza & Bossa Brasil® feat Anton Denner. RUTGERS UNIVERSITY: Institute of Jazz Studies. 185 University Av. Newark. www.rut gers.edu. 973-353-5595. SOPAC: 1 SOPAC Way. South Orange. 973-3132787. www.sopacnow.org. Oct 4: 12:301:30pm www.wbog.org/kids free adm w/a child Kids Jazz series feat Shamie Royston; 7: 7:30pm Dick Hyman & Bucky Pizzarelli Duo; 11: 8pm Christine Ebersole w/Aaron Weinstein Trio. SUZYQUE’S BBQ & BAR: 34 S Valley Rd. West Orange. www.suzyques.com. 973-7367899. Free adm. Thurs: 8-11pm John Lee Trio w/spec guests. Oct 6&20: 8-11pm Glenn Franke BigBand. TRUMPETS: 6 Depot Square. Montclair. 973744-2600. www.trumpetsjazz.com. Sets: unless otherwise noted 7:30&9pm, Fri-Sat 8&10pm, closed Mon-Tues. Adm varies. Oct 3: Manuel Valera Trio; 5: 4-7pm Jam w/Carrie Jackson; 22: Diane Moser & Composers Big Band. WBGO: 54 Park Pl. Newark. www.wbgo.org. 973624-8880.

HUDSON LIBERTY HOUSE RESTAURANT: 82 Audrey Zapp Dr. Jersey City. 201-395-0300. www.lib ertyhouserestaurant.com. Sun: 11am-3pm Jazz Brunch. LIGHT HORSE TAVERN: 199 Washington St. Jersey City. www.lighthorsetavern.com. 201946-2028. Sun: 6-10pm. MADAME CLAUDE: 364 1/2 4th St. Jersey City. www.madameclaudecafe.com. 201-876-8800. Thurs: 8pm Manouche Bag. MADE WITH LOVE ORGANICS: 530 Jersey Av. Jersey City. www.madewithloveorganics. com. 201-451-5199. MOORE’S LOUNGE: 189 Monticello Av. Jersey City. 201-332-4309. Fri-Sat: 8:30pm free adm/no min Jam by Winard Harper & Rosalind Grant; 1st Sun: 6-10pm Winard Harper w/spec guests. NEW JERSEY CITY UNIVERSITY: 2039 Kennedy Blvd. Jersey City. www.njcu.edu. 201-200-2000.

MERCER CANDLELIGHT LOUNGE: 24 Passaic St. Trenton. www.candlelightevents.way.to. 609695-9612. Sat: 3:30-7:30pm free adm/$10 min. www.jazztrenton.com. Oct 4: Carrie Jackson; 11: Joe Ford; 18: Jullian Pressley; 25: Duane Eubanks. MCCARTER THEATRE: 91 University Pl. Princeton. 609-258-2787. www.mccarter.org. Oct 17: 8pm Christian McBride Trio; 26: 7:30pm Cecile McLorin Salvant. PRINCETON UNIVERSITY: Princeton. 609258-4241. www.princeton.edu/music. SALT CREEK GRILLE: At Forrestal Village. 1 Rockingham Row at Rte 1. Princeton. 609419-4200. www.saltcreekgrille.com. Fri-Sat: 711pm.


MIDDLESEX DESTINATION DOGS: 101 Paterson St. New Brunswick. www.destinationdogs.com. 732993-1016. Free adm. 1st Fri: 10pm-1am New Brunswick Groove Fusion feat Matt Echols. HYATT HOTEL: 2 Albany St. New Brunswick. www.newbrunswick.hyatt.com. 732-873-1234. Wed: 8-10:30pm. Oct 8: Vanessa Perea Gp; 29: Joanna Pascale Gp. LA TAVOLA CUCINA RISTORANTE: 700 Old Bridge Tpk. South River. 732-238-2111. www.latavolacucinanj.com. Thurs: 7:30pm Jam. MAKEDA: 338 George St. New Brunswick. 732545-5115. www.makedas.com. Thurs: 8-11pm free adm/$5 min. Oct 2: Akiko Tsuruga Qrt; 16: Behn Gillece Qrt; 23: Ralph Peterson Gp; 30: Benito Gonzalez Qrt. NOVITA: 25 New St. Metuchen. 732-549-5306. www.novitanj.com. Sets: Thurs: 6pm; Fri-Sat 7pm. Thurs: Champian Fulton; Fri: Lou Watson; Sat: George Fitzsimmons. RUTGERS UNIVERSITY: 126 College Ave. New Brunswick. www.rutgers.edu. 732-4454636. STATE THEATRE: 15 Livingston Av. New Brunswick. www.statetheatrenj.org. 732-2467469. Oct 24: 8pm George Benson. STEAKHOUSE 85: 85 Church St. New Brunswick. www.steakhouse85.com. 732-2478585. Fri-Sat 7-11pm. TUMULTY’S: 361 George St. New Brunswick. www.tumultys.com. 732-545-6205. Tues: 8pm + 9:30pm Jam feat Emerging Artists Band. Oct 14: Mike Noordzy Band; 21: Anthony Fazio Gp; 28: tba.

MONMOUTH BRIGHTON BAR: 121 Brighton Av. Long Branch. www.brightonbar.com. 732-229-9676. Oct 15: 9-10pm Abe Ovadia Organ Trio. COUNT BASIE THEATRE: 99 Monmouth St. Red Bank. www.countbasietheatre.org. 732842-9000. Oct 19: 7:30pm Preservation Hall Jazz Band w/Allen Toussaint. GIAMANO’S: 301 Main St. Bradley Beach. 732775-4275. www.giamanos.com. Free adm/no min. HERB ECKERT AUDITORIUM: At Senior Center South Brunswick Municipal Complex. 540 Rte 522. Monmouth Junction. www.sbarts.org/jazz-cafe. 732-329-4000X 7635. $6 adm. Oct 17: 8-10pm Eric Mintel Qrt. HOTEL TIDES: 408 7th Av. Asbury Park. 732897-7744. www.hoteltides.com. Sets: 7-10pm free adm. Oct 12: Debra & Patrick Duo; 26: Carrie Jackson Qrt. MILL: At Spring Lake Heights. 101 Old Mill Rd. Spring Lake Heights. www.themillnj.com. 732448-1800. Oct 11: 7-11pm Carrie Jackson Qrt.

MORRIS BICKFORD THEATRE: 6 Normandy Heights Rd. Morristown. 973-971-3706. Concerts 89:30pm. www.njjs.org. Oct 6: Emily Asher & Garden Party; 20: Full Count Big Band. DREW UNIVERSITY: 36 Madison Av. Madison. www.drew.edu. 908-273-7827. HIBISCUS RESTAURANT: 270 South St. Morristown. www.hibiscuscuisine.com. 973359-0200. Sets: Tues 6-9pm, Fri 7-10pm, Sun Brunch 12-3pm. Oct 3: Elena Zabiyako; 5: Joan Streit; 7: Mark Minchello; 10: Jane Stewart; 12: Stephen Fuller; 14: Rio Clemente; 17: Julie Mac; 19: Singers showcase; 21: Loren Daniels; 24: Carol Hamersma; 26: Pam Purvis; 28: see 10/14; 31: Ty Stephens.

MAXFIELD’S ON MAIN: 713 Main St. Boonton. www.maxfieldsonmain.com. 973588-3404. Oct 3: 8:30-11:30pm Craig Yaremko; 14&28: Lou Pallo & spec friends. MAYO CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS: 100 South St. Morristown. www.mayoarts.org. 973-539-8008. Oct 22: 8pm Preservation Hall Jazz Band & Allen Toussaint. NEW JERSEY JAZZ SOCIETY: 800-303NJJS. www.njjs.org. SHANGHAI JAZZ: 24 Main St. Madison. 973822-2899. www.shanghaijazz.com. Free adm. Sets: Tues 6:30-9pm, Wed-Thurs 7-9:30pm, Fri 6:30&8:30pm, Sat 6:30&8:45pm, Sun 68:30pm. Closed Mon. Oct 4: Dion Parson Qt; 10-11: Jerry Vivino Qrt; 24: Four For Qrt w/Renee Rosnes & Rich Perry; 26: Bill Charlap; 31: Bernard “Pretty” Purdie Trio.

OCEAN OCEAN COUNTY COLLEGE: College Dr. Toms River. 732-255-0500. www.ocean.edu. $15/13 adm. www.njjs.org. Concerts: 89:30pm. Oct 1: Barbara Rosene Trio; 22: Peter & Will Anderson Trio.

PASSAIC CORTINA RISTORANTE: 118 Bershire Av. Paterson. 973-942-1750. Wed: 6:30-10pm Joe Licari & Mark Shane Duo. WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY: 300 Pompton Rd. Wayne. www.wpunj.edu. 973720-2371. Oct 18: 8pm Russell Malone.

SOMERSET RARITAN VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE: 111 Lamington Rd. North Branch. www.rvccarts.org. 908-526-1200. SOMERSET COUNTY LIBRARY: N Bridge & Voght Dr. Bridgewater. 908-526-4016. Oct 10: 7:30pm free adm Kazzrie Jaxen Qrt. WATCHUNG ARTS CENTER: 18 Stirling Rd. Watchung. www.watchungarts.org. 908-7530190. Oct 25: 8pm $18-22 adm Beacon Hill Jazz Band, Op w/Bob Acquino.

UNION 16 PROSPECT WINE BAR & BISTRO: 16 Prospect St. Westfield. 908-232-7320. www.16prospect.com. Free adm/no min. Thurs: 8-11pm Carrie Jackson Qrt. CROSSROADS: 78 North Av. Garwood. 908232-5666. www.xxroads.com. Tues: 9pm free adm Jam w/Crossroads All Stars. HAMILTON STAGE: 360 Hamilton St. Rahway. www.hamiltonstagenj.com. 732-428-4592. Oct 18: 8pm Vadim Neselovski & Doug Carn Trio. JEFFREY’S RESTAURANT: 114 Central Ave. Westfield. www.jeffreysofwestfield.com. 908232-4517. Jazz it up at Jeffrey's. ROBIN’S NEST: 3103 Tremley Point Rd. Linden. www.robinsnestrhythmandblues.com. 908-275-3043. Sun: 6-10pm free adm/2 drink min Cool Jazz Jam w/Don Williams. VAN GOGH’S EAR CAFÉ: 1017 Stuyvesant Av. Union. www.vangoghsearcafe.com. 908810-1844. Sun: 8-11pm $4 adm. Oct 5: Motion 3; 12: Dave Hessel Qrt; 19: Steve Minzer; 26: QED.

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B A C K S TA G E PA S S JAZZ ANECDOTE BY BILL CROW Bill Crow's books " Jazz Anecdotes" and " From Birdland to Broadway" can be found at your favorite bookstore, and at www.billcrowbass.com along with many interesting photos and links. As a youth, Herb Wekselblatt attended the High School of Music and Art. At one rehearsal of the concert band, there was a very difficult passage for the first clarinets. None of them could play it, and the conductor, Bernie Weiss, told them to take the parts home and work on them. At the next rehearsal, that passage sounded even worse than before, so Weiss had each clarinetist play it alone. All of them had difficulty with it, even the seniors, and as they got closer to the last stand, some of the clarinetists were unable to finish the passage. When the last victim began to play, the band members were surprised to hear an amazing performance of the excerpt, every note crisp and clear. The whole band began to stamp their feet and yell "bravo!" Herb was sure the clarinet teacher, Mr. Klotzman, was sitting in just for fun, but then Mr. Weiss moved the section over and had the last player move to the third stand. It was not the teacher, but one of the youngest freshmen, Stanley Drucker, who later went on to a 60 year career as principal clarinetist with the New York Philharmonic. LISTINGS... continued from page 34

GLEN COVE MANSION: 200 Dosoris Ln. Glen Cove. www.glencovemansion.com. 516-6716400. Fri: 8pm-12am. HIGH NOTE: 136 Bway. Amityville. 631-6088000. www.highnoteny.com. 1st Tues: Bay Big Band. LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY-POST: 720 Northern Blvd. Brookville. www.liu.edu/post. 516-299-2895. ONDA LOUNGE: At Allegria Hotel. 80W Bway. Long Beach. 516-889-1300. www.allegria hotel.com. Thurs: 8pm-12am Jazz & Sushi. PIERRE’S: 2468 Main St. Bridgehampton. www.artofsong.org/Jazz_at_Pierres. 631-5375110. Tues&Sun: 6:30-9:30pm. 1st Tues: Jody Carlson Trio. TRATTORIA GRASSO: 134 Main St. Cold Spring Harbor. www.trattoriagrasso.com. 631367-6060. Wed&Sat 7pm, Thurs 6:30pm, Fri 7:30pm, Sun 6pm. Oct 1: Wayne Sabella & friends; 2: Frank O'Brien & Tim Givins Duo; 3: Mark Marino Trio; 4: Ayako Shirasaki & Noriko Ueda; 5: Richie Iacona; 8: Wayne Sabella & friends; 9: Frank O'Brien & Tim Givins Duo; 10: Marissa Mulder & friends; 17: Danny Mixon Trio; 18: James Weidman. VOLPE RISTORANTE: 7725 Jericho Tpk. Woodbury. www.thefoxhollow.com/volpe. 516802-7501. Mon: 8-11pm. WALK STREET TAVERN: 1218 Jericho Tpk. New Hyde Park. 516-1st Sun: 7-8:30pm NY Swing Exchange Band. 8:30pm-12am Jam.

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76 HOUSE: 110 Main St. Tappan. 845-359-5476. www.76house.com. Wed: 8-11pm free adm Quintets w/Mark Hagan & feat artists + Jam. CARNEGIE ROOM: At Nyack Library. 59 S Broadway. Nyack. www.rcjbs.org. 845-3583370. Oct 10: 7:30-9:30pm Lee Konitz Qrt. CATSKILL MOUNTAIN PIZZA COMPANY: 51 Mill Hill Rd. Woodstock. 845-679-7969. www.catskillmountainpizza.com. Wed: 7pm. The DAUTAJ: 36 Oakland Ave. Warwick. 845986-3666. www.thedautaj.com. Free adm. Fri: tba; Sat: 7:30-11:30pm Richard Wiggins. 1st Sun: 7-8:30pm NY Swing Exchange Band. EASTMAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC: 26 Gibbs St. Rochester. www.esm.rochester.edu. 585-2741000. FALCON ARTS: 1348 Rte 9 West. Marlboro. www.liveatthefalcon.com. 845-236-7970. $20 don suggested. Sets: 7pm unless otherwise noted, Opening act (Op); Sun 10am-2pm Brunch (B). Residency (R): Mon Corey Dandridge & Friends' World of Gospel. Oct 1: OROD Band, Op w/Sweet Clementines & Rev. Television's Whiz Bang; 2: Chris Beard & Prince of the Blues; 3: Arlen Roth, Op w/Lexie Roth; 4: Ed Palermo Big Band; 5: B w/Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fis, 7pm Tisziji Munoz Qrt w/John Medeski; 6: R; 8: The Costellos; 9: Chris O'Leary Band; 10: tba; 11: Mose Allison continued on page 40

A Moment You Missed by Fran Kaufman Hot House Contributing Photographer The great Jon Hendricks played the late set at Jazz at Kitano on Aug. 30, to a standingroom-only audience filled with fans and musicians. After the set, the irrepressible 93-yearold Hendricks held forth in the hotel's lobby, telling stories, posing for photos, greeting fans and schmoozing until well after midnight. Here, trumpeter James Zollar and his wife are captured on a fan's phone as I capture them on my camera.


BRIDGE CROSSINGS SINGULAR GUITAR VOICE OF HIS or any other generation, Ben Monder is A an ever searching explorer of personal

sounds and layered colors and textures. He has recorded and performed with Paul Motian, Maria Schneider, Guillermo Klein, Miguel Zenon, Bill McHenry, Donny McCaslin, Frank Kimbrough and other leading contemporary creative voices. And his own recordings and performances are considered landmarks in modern guitar playing. His most recent album, Hydra, was greeted with universally rave reviews. He will be performing solo at Barbès on Oct. 5 and 12.

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feel the history emanating from the walls, and it helps you. Private would be my apartment, where I always sound better. Anything you'd rather be doing other than playing music? There must be but I haven't come up with it yet. Do you think playing, appreciating jazz requires intelligence? Well, it probably requires some musical intelligence. What do you know today that you didn't know ten years ago? I finally know what zeugma means, thanks to MW Word Of The Day. Is jazz music a political statement? "Jazz" is an abstract concept and as such cannot be said to be a statement of any kind. Maybe at one time it could be seen as a reaction against an established power structure, but at this point the term has become so vague and diffuse it would be hard to make that argument any longer. No one can agree on what it is, or whether the word should even be used at all. Also, it's subjective; I could write a tune with an angular melody and a bunch of polychords —does it suddenly become a political statement when I call it "Song for Anthony Weiner"? More musical ideas come to you from dreams or the news of the day? Neither, I just sit down and grind it out, and hopefully come up with something meaningful. Honestly, I think I've only once dreamt of an idea I later wrote out and it turned out to be a Steve Swallow tune. If you were starting out now would you change anything? The current environment is so different continued on next page

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from what it was 30 years ago that a different approach would now be built in. Honestly, I don't think I would do too well today, where every individual is saddled with the task of making him or herself noticed (primarily electronically) among an ever increasing roar of voices, and this within an ever decreasing degree of interest by the public. This gives rise to some embarrassing self-promotion, I've noticed. If you didn't live in NYC where would you live? Maybe someplace warmer. San Diego? A couple of your favorite websites, blogs, apps? I don't really like to read on a computer screen so alas don't follow too many blogs. Also, I just got my first smart phone a week ago and so far my only app is Scrabble. Is that even an app? How have your recorded music listening habits changed? Regrettably, I listen to less music and do so in less concentrated way the more readily and freely it is available. That said, I do still make an effort to buy physical CDs when I can. What do you struggle with in your creative life? A creative life is by definition a struggle. To continue to have energy, stay inspired and motivated, and trust my choices are all challenges I face daily. And then there's the perpetual battle not to let my instrument gain the upper hand on me. But I'm not complaining. A life in music: more perspiration or inspiration? I have found that inspiration rarely visits without doing a lot of work first. Is there anything you'd rather be doing than making music? See question #5 What is something you've gotten into and excited about late? I'm pretty excited about the Mick Goodrick voice leading almanacs. (Guitarists: I believe he is about to rerelease them in 6 or 7 volumes). I have also recently begun to learn the modulation examples from Schoenberg's "Theory of Harmony" on the guitar, which is lots of fun. What's your favorite thing to do in your spare time? I don't have (or allow myself) much spare time but nothing beats alligator wrestling. If there's an afterlife, one piece of music you heard here that you'll remember there? I'll definitely remember the theme from the Odd Couple. Other than that, probably the Ligeti Cello Concerto, but hopefully other stuff will gradually come to me as I become acclimated to my new surroundings.

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Project w/John Chin Qrt & Richard Julian; 12: B w/Gustafer Yellowgold; 13: R; 15: Big Bang Jazz Gang Monk & More!; 16: Cirque d' New Paltz; 17: Eddie Henderson Qnt, Op w/Kathleen Grace; 18: Simone Felice; 19: B w/Willa McCarthy Band, 7pm Duke McVinnie Band, Op w/Connor Kennedy; 20: R; 22: Karen Mantler Trio; 23: Todd Coolman Four For Qrt; 24: Professor Louie & The Crowmatix, Op w/BK Project; 25: 1-3:30pm Fall Into Fashion Benefit for the Milton train station, 7pm tba; 26: B w/Pete Levin; 26: John Menegon Qrt; 27: R; 29: Nicole Henry; 30: Club d'Elf w/John Medeski; 31: Ed Palermo Big Band. FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF PHILLIPSTOWN: 10 Academy St. Cold Spring. www.presbychurchcoldspring.org. 845-265-3220. 3rd Sat: 5:30pm free adm Jazz Vespers. QUINN’S: 330 Main St. Beacon. www.quinns beacon.com. Mon: 8pm free adm Monday Night Jazz Sessions. Oct 6: Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso & Ken Filiano; 13: Tarana; 16: Jane Scarpantoni & Jill Burton; 20: Mario Pavone Trio; 23: The Spanish Donkey; 27: Eric Person & Shinnosuke Takahashi Duoscope. TOWN CRIER CAFÉ: 379 Main St. Beacon. 845-855-1300. www.townecrier.com. Oct 12: 7:30pm $15/10 adm Larry Moses & Latin Jazz Explosion. TURNING POINT CAFÉ: 468 Piermont Av. Piermont. www.turningpointcafe.com. 845359-1089. Mon: 8-11:30pm $5 adm Monday Jam by John Richmond. TUSTEN THEATER: 210 Bridge St. Narrowsburg. 845-252-7272. Oct 4: 8pm $15 adm Kazzrie Jaxen Qrt. WINERY: At St. George. 1715 E Main St. Mohegan Lake. www.thewineryatstgeorge. com/winery. 914-455-4272. Mon: 7pm Trio, 8pm Jam.

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ASTOR ROOM: 34-12 36th St. Astoria. 718255-1947. www.astorroom.com. Fri-Sat 711pm & Sun 11:30am-3pm. Fri: except 10/10 6:30pm Marianne Solivan. CLARET WINE BAR: 4602 Skillman Av at 46th St. Sunnyside. www.claretwinebar.com. 718937-7411. Sat: 9-12am. FLUSHING TOWN HALL: 137-35 Northern Blvd. Flushing. www.flushingtownhall.org. 718-463-7700. 1st Wed: 5pm Clinic, 7pm Jam. Oct 17: Barry Harris & Valerie Capers; 24: 7pm From Spain to New York feat Javier Ruibal & Victor Prieto. JACKSON ROOM: 192-07 Linden Blvd. St Albans. www.jacksonroom.com. 718-5252387. Last Sat: 8&10pm $15 adm incl snacks/beverage feat Ed Jackson Qrt. LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY: 1 University Plaza. Brooklyn. www.liunet.edu/brooklyn. 718-488-1011. LOUIS ARMSTRONG HOUSE MUSEUM: 34-56 107th St. Corona. 718-478-8274. www.louisarmstronghouse.org. $10 adm. Tues-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm: Guided Tours. PROPER CAFÉ: 21701 Linden Blvd. Cambria Heights. Queens. 718-341-2233. Wed: 811:30pm $10 adm. QUEENS BOTANICAL GARDEN: 43-50 Main St. Flushing. www.queensbotanical.org.

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718-886-3800. Oct 26: 4-5:30pm Carl Bartlett, Jr. Qnt. QUEENS COLLEGE: CUNY. 65-30 Kissena Blvd. www.qc.cuny.edu. 718-997-5000. QUEENS LIBRARY LANGSTON HUGHES: 100-01 Northern Blvd. Corona. 718-651-1100. www.queenslibrary.org. Oct 18: 2pm Carol Sudhalter & Astoria Jazz Band feat Marti Mabin. ST ALBANS CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH: 172-17 Linden Blvd. St. Albans. 718-657-8282. www.stalbanscc.org. Oct 4: 5pm Arlee Leonard & Bryan Carrott Gp. TERRAZA 7 TRAIN CAFÉ: 40-19 Gleane St. Elmhurst. www.terrazacafe.com. 718-803-9602. Sets: 8pm unless otherwise noted, $7 adm. Sun: 9:30pm Jam w/John Benítez; 3rd Thurs: Victor Prieto. WATER’S EDGE: 401 44th Dr. Queens. 718482-0033. www.watersedgenyc.com. Fri-Sat: 6:30-10:30pm free adm/no min Bill Gati Solo. YORK COLLEGE: CUNY. 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. Jamaica. www.york.cuny.edu. 718-2622000.

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ALVIN & FRIENDS: 14 Memorial Hwy. New Rochelle. www.alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com. 914-654-6549. Fri: 7:30-10:30pm $20/15 adm; Sat: 8-11pm; Sun: 11:30am-3pm Brunch feat Yoyoi Ikawa Trio. BASS LINE: 130E 1st St. Mount Vernon. www.basslineclub.com. 914-433-1052. Free adm/2 drink min. BEANRUNNER CAFÉ: 201 S Division & Esther

Esther St. Peekskill. 914-737-1701. www.beanrunnercafe.com. Fri-Sat: 8-10:30pm $10 adm. Oct 4: Eric Person Organ Gp; 5: 47pm Pat Tomasso & Company; 11: Fred Smith Jazz Ens; 18: Nelson Riveros Latin-Jazz Qrt; 26: 4-6pm Claude Bourbon. CRABTREE'S KITTLE HOUSE: 11 Kittle Rd. Chappaqua. www.kittlehouse.com. 914-6668044. Thurs: 7-10pm Alexis Cole Solo. ELEMENTS: 161 Mamaroneck Av. White Plains. www.elementswhiteplains.com. 914-358-4930. Tues: 6:30-9:30pm. FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: 199N Columbus Av at E Lincoln Av. Mount Vernon. www.pjsjazz.org. 914-636-4977. $22-14 adm. Ev 2nd Sun: 5:15-9pm Second Sunday Jazz series. Oct 12: Jimmy Heath. LAGOND MUSIC SCHOOL: 9 Haven St. Elmsford. www.lagondmusic.org. 917-8829539/www.vtyjazz.com. Oct 26: 5-8pm $25 adm Sunday Serenade series tribute to Joe Lee Wilson feat Marion Cowings. PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: At Purchase College. 735 Anderson Hill Rd. Purchase. www.artscenter.org. 914-251-6200. Oct 24: 8pm Preservation Hall Jazz Band & Allen Toussaint. RED HAT ON THE RIVER: 1 Bridge St. Irvington-On-Hudson. www.redhatbistro.com. 914-591-5888. Wed: 6-10pm Bill Crow & Hiroshi Yamazaki Duo w/guest Glenda Davenport or Takeshi Ogura. UNDERHILLS CROSSING: 74.5 Pondfield Rd. Bronxville. 914-337-1200. www.under hillscrossing.com. Wed: 7-10pm Alexis Cole. WATERCOLOR CAFÉ: 2094 Boston Post Rd. Larchmont. www.watercolorcafe.net. 914-8342213.

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music of In the Zone to Jazz Standard on Oct. 7. Frank Lacy & the Smalls Legacy Band make their latest sporadic Tuesday night appearance at Smalls on Oct. 7.

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For him, this bridging of styles goes with the territory. "I don't consider myself a classical guitarist, but I know enough of the repertoire and technique; and I find that playing music with the nylon string guitar really brings out classical qualities," he notes. "To me, it's all music. I think some guys box themselves in, even though they love all types of music. I try to open myself to everything, and I've tried to do that all my life." Looking back on his successes and efforts, Bertoncini adopts a characteristically understated tone. "I think it comes down to a mutual respect among the musicians, the ability to give artists chances to speak and show their voices," he explains. "Great things come together based on the people involved and the give-and-take they create with one another."

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" All Night Soul" with many special guests. Bertoncini also will perfom with Janet Planet and the Clay Jenkins, Ike Sturm trio at Jazz at Kitano on Oct. 10. NJ LISTINGS... continued from page 37

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DEER HEAD INN: 5 Main St. Delaware Water Gap, PA. www.deerheadinn.com. 570-4242000. Sets: Thurs 8-11pm, Fri-Sat 7-11pm, Sun 5-8pm. Adm varies. Residency (R): Thurs Jam w/Bill Goodwin Qrt & friends. Oct : 2: R; 3: Carolyn & Jay Leonhart; 4: Eric Doney & Zach Brock; 5: Celay@Wright Jazz & Pop Duo; 9: R; 10: Jay Rattman Qrt; 11: Luiz Simas & the Recipe for Rhythm; 12: Skip & Denny Duo; 16: R; 17: Erin McClelland Band; 18: O’Brien Family; 19: Bill Mays & Marvin Stamm; 23: R; 24: Funk Xpress; 25: Houston Person; 26: Corrine Mammana; 27: 7:30-10:30pm Deer Head Inn Jazz Orch; 30: R; 31: Najwa Parkins & After Hours Trio. DELAWARE WATER GAP: www.cotajazz.org. 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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