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HREE DISPARATE POLES OF THE jazz vocal spectrum are represented in T the pair that comprises this Winning

Spins. On The Royal Bopsters Project, the tradition of the vocal group, which goes all the way back to earliest jazz and boasts exemplars in every era from the Roaring 20s through the Swing Era, bebop and beyond, is intertwined with the vocalese tradition and scatting: singing lyrics or improvising wordless vocals either to, or to emulate, instrumental improvisation. Another aspect of jazz vocals, the singer-songwriter (presaged by vocalese singer-writers), has grown prominent in more recent decades, as singers have looked beyond the classic standards or pop songs of their day to create their own material. Carmen Lundy, who has been largely writing her own original music since emerging on the scene in the late 1970s, is represented with one of her strongest discs to date. The Royal Bopsters Project, London, Meader, Pramuk & Ross (Motema), melds the vocal group harmonies and delivery of the quartet of Amy London, Darmon Meader, Dylan Pramuk and Holli Ross (LMP&R) with five pioneers of modern jazz vocalese and vocalizing: Mark Murphy, Jon Hendricks, Sheila Jordan, Annie Ross and Bob Dorough. The CD, originally conceived by London—who co-produced it with Meader—as a tribute to/showcase for her friend and inspiration, Mark Murphy, has become a paean to not only Murphy and the other guest Royal Bopsters, but also to the spirit of bebop-inspired vocalese and vocal groups like the Hi-Los, Four Freshman, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross and Manhattan Transfer. All four LMP&R members contributed vocal background, additional lyrics and new vocalese lyrics to the songs on the album and the results are terrific, especially in rejuvenating new versions of Royal Bopsters standbys like Murphy's take of Horace Silver's "Senor Blues" and Freddie Hubbard's "Red Clay (On the Red Clay)." Hendricks, wisely, sticks to scatting on his vocalese rendition of Gigi Gryce's "Wildwood (Music in the Air)," ceding the lyrics to the vocal quartet. Jordan delivers a poignant interpretation of Silver's "Peace" with surprising fluidity, cushioned by the quartet's horn-like backgrounds. Annie Ross employs parlando to speak-


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sing "Music is Forever," her rollcall of jazz immortals, while London does her proud in voicing her lyrics on "Let's Fly" in an ebullient quartet finale. The quartet also enhances a hip Dorough rendering of his "Nothing Like You Has Ever Been Seen Before" which he originally recorded with Miles Davis. London contributes new vocalese lyrics to Charlie Parker's "Chasin' the Bird (Bird Chasin')," with Murphy replicating his innovation on his classic Bop for Kerouac LP by reciting from On the Road. Also not to be missed are the vocal quartet's takes on Gryce's "Basheer's Dream (Basheer, The Snake and the Mirror);" Holli Ross' vocalese lyrics and vocal group tour-de-force on Roger Kellaway's "Just Step Right Up," and Meader's irresistible "Invitation." Soul to Soul, Carmen Lundy (Afrasia), presents 13 tracks, 11 of them written or co-written by Lundy, who also recorded demo versions where she played or mixed in all the instrumental sounds. On the album, which features pictures of her own artwork, she mostly sings but also plays guitar and some keyboards and percussion. In short: this is definitely Lundy's show. While some of the numbers here have a slick feel akin to smooth or fusion jazz (notably "Kindred Spirits," the opener), at her best, Lundy's appealingly velvety, seductively melodious voice invokes the incantatory spirit of 1970s and 1980s vocal jazz. She makes you believe the message of "Life Is a Song in Me" and can masterfully conjure up exotic auras and sultry moods on songs like the title track; the stunning, hypnotic "When Will They Learn" (don't miss the devastating last line) and her inspiring duet with South African Simphiwe Dana, "Grace." The two-part "Grateful" showcases Lundy's facility at both modern mode and swing and the closer, Mary Lou Williams' "What's Your Story Morning Glory," a duet with pianist Geri Allen, solidifies her place as a true jazz singer for the ages.

Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, Bob Dorough, Sheila Jordan and Andy Bey joining London, Meader, Pramuk & Ross are at Birdland Sept. 15-19 to celebrate the release of The Royal Bopsters Project. Carmen Lundy showcases music from Soul to Soul at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Sept. 18-20.

Lundy cover photo by Victor Dlamini, Redd by Mark Robbins, Cowings by Fran Kaufman.



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449 LA: 449 Lenox Av (bet 132nd & 133rd Sts). 212-234-3298. Thurs: 1-3:30pm Jazz & Dessert; Fri-Sat: 8:30pm; Sun: 1-3:30pm & 47pm Patio Jazz. ABYSSINIAN BAPTIST CHURCH: 132W 138th St (bet Lenox & Adam Clayton Powell Blvds). www.abyssinian.org. 212-862-7474. Sep: tba 4pm $20/10 adm Jazz Vespers. AMERICAN LEGION POST: 248W 132nd St (bet 7th & 8th Avs). 212-283-9701. www.colchasyoungharlempost398.com. Wed-Thurs&Sun: 7:30pm-12am Jam. BAR THALIA: At Symphony Space. 2537 Bway at 95th St. 646-597-7340. www.barthalia.org. Sets: 9pm. Sep 3: Wren Marie Harrington; 24: The Luke Hendon Acoustic Combo. BEACON BAR: 2130 Bway at W75th St. 212787-1100. www.beaconhotel.com. Tues: 710pm Benny Benack. BEMELMANS: At Carlyle Hotel. 35E 76th St at Madison. www.thecarlyle.com. 212-7441600. BILL’S PLACE: 148W 133rd St (bet Lenox & 7th Avs). www.billsplaceharlem.com. 212-2810777. Fri-Sat: 8&10pm $20 don Bill Saxton Bebop Band. BILLIE’S BLACK RESTAURANT & LOUNGE: 271W 119th St (bet St. Nicholas Av & Frederick Douglass Blvd). 212-2802248. www.billiesblack.com. BISTRO TEN 18: 1018 Amsterdam Av at 110th St. 212-662-7600. www.bistroten18.com. Thurs: 9:30pm-12am Morningside Jazz Collective. CAFÉ DU SOLEIL: 2723 Bway at 104th St. 212316-5000. www.cafedusoleilny.com. Fri: 811pm. Free adm. Sep 18: Yael & Gabriel. 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. CASSANDRA’S JAZZ & GALLERY: 2256 7th Av (bet 132nd & 133rd Sts). 917-435-2250. Sets: 8&10pm Mon-Thurs + 12am Fri-Sat $10 adm. Dr. Dwight Dickerson Qrt w/spec guests. CHÉRI: 231 Lenox Av (bet 121st & 122nd Sts). www.cheriharlem.com. 212-662-4374. FriSat: 8-11pm, Sun 12-3pm. Fri: Débora Watts Brazilian Jazz Trio; Sat: Parisianisme Serenade Lady Leah Trio; Sun: Brunch feat Lady Leah. CHEZ LUCIENNE: 308 Lenox Av at 125th St. 212-289-5555. www.chezlucienne.com. CLEOPATRA’S NEEDLE: 2485 Bway (bet 92nd & 93rd Sts). www.cleopatrasneedleny. com. 212-769-6969. Sets: Early (E), Late (L). Mon 8pm-1am, Tues E 8-9pm, L 9:30pm-1am; Wed-Thurs E 7-11pm, L 11:30pm-2:30am; Fri-Sat E 8pm-12am, L 12:30-3am; Sun E 48pm, L 9pm-1am. Free adm/$10 min. Trios


unless otherwise noted. Residencies (R): Tues-Sun L Jam; Mon Jam & Open Mic, Tues E Marc Devine; Wed E Open mic w/Les Kurtz; Sun E Open mic w/Keith Ingham. Sep 1-2: R; 3: E Kate Cosco Duo; 4: E Masami Ishikawa; 5: E Jordan Piper; 6-9: R; 10: E Ben Winkelman Duo; 11: E Dan Furman; 12: E Lluis Capdevilla; 13-16: R; 17: E Michael Vitali; 18: E Denton Darien; 19: E Alan Rosenthal; 20-23: R; 24: E Ray Parker Duo; 25: E Joel Forrester; 26: E Kayo Hiraki; 2730: R. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY: 116th St & Bway. www.cs.columbia.edu. 212-939-7000. GIN FIZZ: 308 Lenox Av at 125th St. 2nd Fl. 212-289-2220. www.ginfizzharlem.com. Sets: Thurs&Sat: 10:30pm-1am, Fri 10:30&11:30pm, $10 adm. Thurs: except 09/3 The Harlem Sessions by Marc Cary; Sat: except 09/5 Jazzamataz by Dice Raw. Sep 11: Allan Harris; 18: Fay Victor; 25: Marvin Sewell Ens. GINNY’S SUPPER CLUB: At Red Rooster. 310 Lenox Av (bet 125th & 126th Sts). www.ginnyssupperclub.com. 212-792-9001. Sets: 7:30&9:30pm $15 adm unless otherwise noted. Sep 10: Harlem Rent Party w/Evan Sherman & spec guests; 11-12: $20 Dion Parson & 21st Century Band w/Victor Provost; 24: Johnny O’Neal; 25-26: $25 Nicole Henry. GRAN PIATTO D’ORO: 1429 5th Av (bet 116th & 117th Sts). www.granpiattorestaurant. com. 212-722-2244/2161. 8pm: $10adm Jazz on Fifth. 1st,2nd&3rd Thurs: 7-11pm Phil Young Experience. HARLEM ON FIFTH: 2150 5th Av (bet 131st & 132nd Sts). www.harlemonfifth.com. 212234-5600. HARLEM TAVERN: 2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd at 116th St. www.harlemtavern.com. 212-866-4500. Sat-Sun: 11am-4pm Jazz Brunch. INDIAN ROAD CAFÉ: 600W 218th St (bet Indian Rd & Seaman Av). 212-942-7451. www.indianroadcafe.com. Sets: Thurs-Sat 810pm. Sep 11: Rob Silverman; 17: Judi Marie Canterino. JARON EAMES: jaroneames@gmail.com. 646337-0620. Sun 2-5pm: $20 Don BBQ & Jazz @ Home series feat JaRon Eames & Emme Kemp. LA MAISON D’ART: 259W 132nd St (bet Adam Clayton & Frederic Douglas Blvds). 718-5934108. www.lamaisondartny.com. LE CHÉILE: 839 181st St (bet Cabrini & Pinehurst Blvds). www.lecheilenyc.com. 212-740-3111. Wed: 8-11pm WaHi Wednesday Jazz Jam w/Louise Rogers & Mark Kross. LIME LEAF: 128W 72nd St (bet Columbus & Amsterdam Avs). 212-501-7800. Mon-Thurs: 7-10pm. Mon: Michael Vitali; Tues: Martin Reuter Band; Wed: Julie Grahm; Thurs: Emma Larsson. 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. Mon: 8:30-10:30pm. MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC: 120 Claremont Av & 122nd St. 212-749-2802. www.msmnyc.edu. MAYSLES INSTITUTE: 343 Lenox Av (bet 127th & 128th Sts). 212-582-6050/ www.mayslesinstitute.org, 212-348-8300/ www.jmih.org. Free adm.



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 8&9:30pm + Fri Jam 12-3am, Sun Brunch (B) 12,1:30&3pm, Evening (EV) 5:30,7&8:30pm. Adm: Tues& Sun EV $20 at table/10 at bar, Wed&Sun B $10/10, Thurs $25/15, Fri-Sat $50/25. Sep 6: EV Grachan Moncur III & Homecoming Ens; 18-19: JC Hopkins Biggish Band feat Jon Hendricks. No additional information was available at press time. Check website for full calendar. MIST HARLEM: 46W 116th St (bet Lenox & 5th Av). www.mistharlem.com. 212-828-MIST. 1st Mon: 10am-12pm Open meeting by Harlem Arts Alliance www.harlemaa.org 347735-4280. MOTHER AME ZION CHURCH: 140-6W 137th St (bet Lenox & 7th Avs). 212-2341544. Sep 20: 3-5pm Tocho Swing Beats. NABE HARLEM UNDERGROUND: 2367 Frederick Douglass Blvd at 127th St. 646370-4008. www.nabeunderground.com. Mon: 7-11pm free adm/2 drink min Jam w/Patience Higgins Trio feat Lady Cantrese. NATIONAL JAZZ MUSEUM IN HARLEM: 104E 126th St #2C. (bet Park & Lexington Avs). 212-348-8300. www.jmih.org. 7-8:30pm free adm. Sep 9: (at Maysles Institute) Desert Island Discs by Ted Panken feat Miguel Zenón; 14: (at Bronx Museum of the Arts) see Latin Jazz; 15: (at Maysles Institute) Jazz and R&B by Greg Thomas w/Michael Veal & Robert Glasper; 22: Desert Island Discs Ted Panken w/Lewis Nash; 24: A Musical Mosaic: Blue Note and the First Ten Years of Independent Jazz Labels by Dan Morgenstern; 30: Javon Jackson meets Frank Zappa and Others. NEW AMSTERDAM MUSIC ASSOCIATION: 107W 130th St (bet Lenox & Adam Clayton Powel Blvds). 212-510-8140. NEW HARLEM BESAME: 2070 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd (bet 123rd & 124th Sts). www.harlembesame.com. 646-863-2277. PARIS BLUES: 2021 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd at 121st St. www.parisbluesharlem. com. 212-222-9878. Sets: Early (E) 5-8pm, Jam 9pm-1am. Free adm. Mon: E Niki Rubin & Warren G Trio + John Cooksey & Spontaneous Combustion; Tues: Al Black w/Annette Bland McCoy & the Sultans of Soul; Wed: Les Goodson & the Intergalatic Soul Jazz Band; Thurs: E Patty Murry Mint Julip + Tyrone Govan & Top Secret; Fri: Melvin Vines & the Harlem Jazz Machine; Sat: alternate between The 69th Street Band/The Antoine Dowdell Gp; Sun: 1st&3rd La Banda Ramirez, 2nd Lucious Conway & Motown Review w/Terri Lowe, 4th Guest Band, 5th Elliot Pinero & Sumbaswing. PARLOR ENTERTAINMENT: 555 Edgecombe Av at 160th St. #3F. 212-781-6595. Sun: 3:30pm free adm w/Marjorie Eliot, Bob Cunningham, Sedric Choukroun & spec guests. RENDALL MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN: 59W 137th St, #61 (bet Malcom X Blvd & 5th Av). 212-283-2928. www.welcometoharlem calendar.com Tues: 12-1:45pm Harlem Afternoon Jazz Series $15 adm w/Craig Harris. RYAN’S DAUGHTER: 350E 85th St (bet 1st & 2nd Avs). www.ryansdaughternyc.com. 212628-2613. Fri: 8:30&10pm Josh Marcum & Gene Bertoncini. SETTEPANI: 196 Lenox Av at 120th St. 917492-4806. www.settepani.com. Thurs: 810pm.

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. SHRINE: 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (bet 133rd & 134th Sts). 212-690-7807. www.shrinenyc.com. Sets: 6-8pm unless otherwise noted. Free adm. Residency (R): Sun 5-8pm Jam w/Lu Reid. Sep 1: Mike Lattimore Band, 8-9pm Benjamin Furman Project; 2: David Kardas; 4: David Lovetet, 89pm Georgia Weber & The Sleeved Hearts; 6: 5-8pm R, 8-11pm Shrine Big Band; 7: The Erica Seguine/Shannon Baker Jazz Orch; 8: Joey Wagner; 9: Tomoko Omura; 10: Evan Francis; 11: Jocelyn Shannon Jazz Qrt; 12: Asako Takasaki; 13: R; 15: 6-7pm Charles Caldarola Trio; 17: The Stachel Qnt; 18: Noshir Mody; 19: Rodrigo Bonelli Spt; 20: R; 22: Tocho Swing Beats; 23: NY Jazz Force; 24: Valentina Marino; 26: The Forever Moonlight Band; 27: R; 30: Darrell Smith Trio. SILVANA: 300W 116th St at Frederick Douglass Blvd. www.silvana-nyc.com. 646692-4935. Sets: 6-8pm unless otherwise noted. Free adm. Sep 1: Tom Blatt Project; 2: 6-7pm Donna Singer; 3: Vito Chiavuzza; 4: Varmus-Sandoval Qnt; 5: Blue Cha Cha; 6: Valentina Marino; 8: The Grautet; 9: Kennon Keys Ward; 10: Natural Habitat; 11: Craig Yaremko Organ Trio; 12: Alonzo Wright; 13: Carl Burnett; 14: Norihiro Kikuta Trio; 15: Cameron Mizell Trio; 16: Zac Zingler; 17: Art Baron; 18: Rebecca Sullivan; 20: 7-8pm Faith Hope; 22: Alpha Band, 8-9pm Astrid Kuljanic; 23: Filipe Duarte Band; 24: Roger Lent; 25: MinJin Seo Qnt; 26: Stories Listen; 27: Annie Chen, 8-9pm Assanhoun Brass Band; 28: Andrew Hartman; 29: Michael McGarril; 30: The 72nd Street Band. SMOKE JAZZ & SUPPER CLUB: 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; Tues-Thurs E 7,9&10:30pm, L 11:30pm; FriSat E 7,9&10:30pm, L 11:45pm&12:45am; Sun B 11:30am,1&2:30pm, E 7,9&10:30pm, L 11:30pm. Adm/min vary. Residencies (R): Mon E Captain Black Big Band, L Smoke Jam; Tues E Mike LeDonne & Groover Qrt, L Emmett Cohen Organ Trio; Wed L Camille Thurman Qrt; Thurs L Nickel & Dime OPS; Fri L 09/4&18 John Farnsworth Qrt, 09/11&25 Patience Higgins & Sugar Hill Qrt; Sat L Johnny O’Neal & friends; Sun B Annette St. John Trio, L Willerm Delisfort Qrt. Sep 1: R; 2: E Le Boeuf Brothers, L R; 3: E Peppe Merolla Qnt, L R; 4-6: E The Power Qnt, L R, B 09/6 R; 7-8: R; 9: E Glenn Zaleski Trio, L R; 10-13: E Orrin Evans, L R, B 09/13 R; 14-15: R; 16-17: E Sarah Elizabeth Charles, L R; 1820: E Eddie Henderson Qnt, L R, B 09/20 R; 21-22: R; 23-24: E Rene McLean Qrt, L R; 2527: E Buster Williams & Something More, L R, B 09/27 R; 28-29: R; 30: Seleno Clarke & Harlem Groove Band, L R. SUGAR BAR: 254W 72nd St (bet Bway & West End Av). 212-579-0222. www.sugarbarnyc.com. Sets: 9pm/$10 adm unless otherwise noted. Residencies (R): Wed JT Project/Project Groove; Thurs Open Mic w/Andre Smith & Sugar Bar All Star Band. Sep 4: Abe Ovadia Organ Trio; 5: Irini Res & the Jazz Mix; 25: Rob Silverman. SYMPHONY SPACE: 2537 Bway at 95th St. 212-864-5400. www.symphonyspace.org. Sep 18: 7pm Reggie Workman & RW WORKz; 19: 7:30pm Alexia Gardner Trio.


UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY: 160 Central Park W at 76th St. www.4thu.org. Sep 28: 6-9pm Ettore Stratta Memorial. The UPTOWN LOUNGE: 1576 3rd Av (bet 88th & 89th Sts). www.uptownloungenyc.com. 212-828-1388. Tues: 7:30-10pm Justin Lees Jazz Trio. The WEST END LOUNGE: 955 West End Av at 107th St. www.thewestendlounge.com. 212-531-4859. www.vtyjazz.com/917-8829539. Sep 13: 4-7pm $25 adm/1 drink min Sunday Serenade series feat The Art Of Woods dedicated to Phil Woods feat Vincent Herring, Brian Lynch.

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


54 BELOW: 254W 54th St, Cellar (bet Bway & 8th Av). 646-476-3551. www.54below.com. Sep 3: 9:30pm Tina Fabrique. 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 (bet 7&8th Avs). 212-997-4144. www.bbkingblues.com. Sep 16: 8pm Billy Cobham & Spectrum 40; 26: 7&8:30pm @ Lucille’s Grill Peter Valera & Jumps the Blues Band. BEETHOVEN PIANOS: 211W 58th St (bet Bway & 7th Av). www.beethovenpianos. com. 800241-0001. Sep 26: 7pm Takeshi Asai Solo; 27: 3pm Scot Albertson & Stephen Fuller. 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 Barbara Carroll; Sun 6pm except 09/20 Birdland Jazz Party by Carole Bufford, 9pm Arturo O’Farrill Afro-Latin Jazz Orch. Sep 1-5: Cyrus Chestnut Trio; 3: 6pm Laszlo Gardony & Don Braden Duo; 6-7: R; 812: Arturo O'Farrill; 10: 6pm Pucci Amanda Jhones Qrt; 13-14: R; 15-19: The Royal Bopsters Project feat Amy London, Darmon Meader, Dylan Pramuk & Holli Ross w/guests Annie Ross, Andy Bey, Bob Dorough, Sheila Jordan & 09/16 Jon Hendricks; 20-21: R; 2226: Coltrane Revisited feat Eric Alexander; 24: 6pm Anthony de Mare; 27-28: R; 29-Oct 3: Nicholas Payton. 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. BRYANT PARK: 6th Av (bet 41st & 42nd Sts). www.bryantpark.org. 212-768-4242. Mon-Fri: 12:30-2:30pm Piano in the Park. Sep 1-4: Frank Owens; 7-12: Kuni Mikami; 14-18: Dan Manjovi; 21-25: Yuka Aikawa; 28-Oct 2: David Fernandez. CARNEGIE CLUB: At City Spire Centre. 156W 56th St. www.thecarnegieclub.net. 212-9579676. Fri: 9pm-12am free adm; Sat: 8:30&10:30pm $40 Sinatra tribute feat Steve Maglio & Stan Rubin 11 Piece Orch. CHEZ JOSEPHINE: 414W 42nd St (bet 9th & Dyer Avs). www.chezjosephine.com. 212594-1925. CLUB BONAFIDE: 212E 52nd St (bet 2nd & 3rd Avs). 3rd Fl. www.clubbonafide.com. 646-918-6189. Sets: 8&10pm unless otherwise noted. Sep 4: $10 adm Brazilian Night w/Davi Vieira; 9-11: $35 adm Richard Bona;

12-13: $30 Nik West; 15: $15 Kaissa; 16-18: $25 Eric Alexander; 19: $15 8pm Sinem Saniye, 10pm Ismael & the Radiant Select; 25-26: $20 Ari Hoenig; 27: 9pm $10 see 09/4. DAVID RUBENSTEIN ATRIUM: At Lincoln Center. Bway at 62nd St. www.lincolncenter. org/atrium. 212-875-5350. Thurs: 7:30pm Target Free Thursdays series. Sep 3: Jazz at Lincoln Center's "Let Freedom Swing"; 10: Global Jazz Ambassadors & Danilo Perez feat in Collaboration w/Panama Jazz Festival. DIMENNA CENTER FOR CLASSICAL MUSIC: 450W 37th St (bet 9th & 10th Av). www.dimennacenter.org. 212-594-6100. Sep 25: 8pm $20 Festival of New Trumpet Music feat Thomas Bergeron Ens w/Becca Stevens. 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-Thurs&Sun $35, Fri $40, Sat $45, Student $25, Late Nights $5-20; $10 min. Generations in Jazz Festival. Sep 1: Michael Mwenso, Brianna Thomas & the All-Stars; 2: $30 Charenee Wade; 3: $40 Louis Hayes; 4: Jimmy Cobb Qrt; 5: Tootie Heath; 6: $40 Kenny Barron Qrt; 7: Brandon Bain, 9:30pm Camille Thurman Qrt; 8: Revive Big Band by Igmar Thomas; 9: $30 Dan Tepfer/Gary Peacock/Billy Hart; 10-13: 09/10&13 $40 The Cookers; 14: Nasar Abadey & SUPERNOVA, 9:30pm Kush Abadey Qrt; 15: $40 Alexis Cole & Bucky Pizzarelli; 16: $30 Ryan Cohan Sxt; 17: Curtis Brothers feat Ray Vega; 1820: Carmen Lundy; 21: $30 Victor Gould Trio, 9:30pm Theo Hill Trio w/spec guest Myron Walden; 22: Steve Wilson Generations Band; 23-24: 09/24 $40 Gary Bartz; 25-27: Bryan Carter w/spec guests 09/26-27 Danielle Brooks & Wycliffe Gordon; 28: Andy Milne & Dapp Theory; 29: Josh Evans Big Band w/spec guest Billy Harper; 30: Riley Mulherkar, 9:30pm Joe Saylor feat Crescent City Samba. Late Night Sessions w/Sep 1: Michael Mwenso, Brianna Thomas & the AllStars; 2-5: Joel Ross; 8-12: Eddie Barbash; 15-19: 09/15-18 Sammy Miller & the Congregation, 09/19 Sammy Miller & the Congregation Big Band; 22-26: Yunie Mojica Qnt; 29: tba; 30: Evan Sherman Spt. EDISON BALLROOM: 240W 47th St (bet Bway & 8th Avs). www.edisonballroom.com. 212201-7650. Sep 11: 7:30pm-12:30am $100/150 adm Joe Battaglia New York Big Band. FLÛTE MIDTOWN: 205W 54th St (bet Bway & 7th Av). 212-265-5169. www.flutebar.com. Wed: 7-10pm. Sep 9: Lois Bruno; 16: Justin Rothberg Gp; 23: Bruce Edwards; 30: Melanie Marod. GRATA: 1076 1st Av at 59th St. 212-842-0007. www.gratany.com. HUNTER COLLEGE: Lang Recital Hall. 695 Park Av (68th St bet Park & Lex Avs). 4th Fl. 212-772-4000. www.hunter.cuny.edu. IGUANA RESTAURANT: 240W 54th St at Bway. www.iguananyc.com. 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. Fall Swing University 6:30-8:30pm: Sep 28, Oct 5,19&26 $115 adm w/Ed Berger; Sep 28-29, Oct 5-6,19-20&26-27 $226 w/John Wriggle; Sep 16&30, Oct 7,14,21&28 $226 w/Ben Young; Sep 29-30, Oct 6-7,13-14&20 $226 w/Phil Schaap.

IRIDIUM: 1650 Bway at 51st St. 212-582-2121. www.theiridium.com. Sets & adm unless otherwise noted: 8&10pm, $25 adm/15 min, student 1/2 price 2nd set Tues-Thurs&Sun. Sep 2-3: $27.50 Virgil Donati Band; 4-6: tba; 7: closed; 11: $27.50 Matt Schofield; 13: 8pm only “KAT” Modiano Jazz Qrt; 16-17: $27.50 Scott Henderson feat Travis Carlton & Alan Hertz. 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. Adm: Mon-Tues free/$15 min, Wed-Thurs $15/20 min, Fri-Sat $30/20 min, Sun $40 buffet. Residencies (R): Mon Jam w/Iris Ornig; Tues Logan Evan Thomas Solo; Sun Jazz Brunch w/Tony Middleton Trio. Sep 1: R; 2: Dee Cassella Qrt; 3: Carl Bartlett, Jr. Qrt; 4: Russ Nolan Qrt; 5: Teri Roiger Qrt; 6-8: R; 9: Mari Koga Qrt; 10: Kelley Suttenfield Qnt; 11: Sarah Hayes Band; 12: George Mraz Trio; 13-15: R; 16: Yuka Mito Qnt; 17: Noah Haidu Qrt; 18: Judy Niemack Gp; 19: Chuck Redd Qrt; 2022: R; 23: Lauren Kinhan Qrt; 24: David Berkman Trio; 25: George Cables Trio; 26: Bucky Pizzarelli & Ed Laub Duo w/spec guest Dag Markhus; 27-29: R; 30: Libby York Qrt. JUILLIARD SCHOOL: 60 Lincoln Center Plaza. 212-799-5000. www.juilliard.edu. L’YBANE: 709 8th Av (bet 44th & 45th Sts). 212582-2012. www.lybane.com. Tues&Fri 9pm12am: Rick Bogart Trio. LAGUARDIA HIGH SCHOOL OF MUSIC & ART AND PERFORMING ARTS: 100 Amsterdam Av at 65th St. 212-496-0700. www.laguardiahs.org. The LAMBS CLUB: 132W 44th St (bet 6th Av & Bway). www.thelambsclub.com. 212-9975262. Tues-Wed: 8-11:30pm; Sun: 11am-3pm Jazz Brunch. LE CIRQUE: One Beacon Ct, 151E 58th St (bet 3rd & Lexington Avs). 212-644-0202. www.lecirquecafe.com. Mon: except 09/7 7:30-10:30pm Musical Mondays. LEXINGTON HOTEL: 511 Lexington Av at 48th St. www.lexingtonhotelnyc.com. 212204-2318. Tues-Sat: 6-8pm The New York Jazz Workshop. LOCAL 802: Associated Musicians of Greater New York Club Room. 322W 48th St (bet 8th & 9th Sts). 212-245-4802. www.jazzfounda tion.org/what-we-do/monday-night-jamseries. Mon: 7-9:30pm Monday Night Jam presented by Jazz Foundation of America. MATTS GRILL: 932 8th Av at 55th St. 212-3075109. www.mattsgrill.com. Tues-Wed: 8:30pm-11am, Sun: 12:30-3pm. Free adm. Tues: Danny Walsh Qnt; Wed&Sun: Sarah Hayes. MONKEY BAR: 60E 54th St (bet Madison & Park Avs). www.monkeybarnewyork.com. 212-288-1010. Fri-Sat: 8-11pm Solo. MORGAN LIBRARY: 225 Madison Av at 36th St. www.themorgan.org/programs/sundayafternoon-jazz. 212-685-0008. Sun: 1-3pm New School Jazz Sunday Jazz Brunch. The NATIONAL: 557 Lexington Av at 50th St. 212-715-2400. www.thenationalnyc.com. Sun: 6-10pm. Sep 6: Rosalyn McClore Trio; 13: Akie Bermiss; 20: Michael Arenella Trio; 27: Robert Whaley. NATSUMI RESTAURANT: 226W 50th St (bet 8th & Bway). www.natsuminyc.com. 212258-2988. Tues: 6-8pm Joe Cohn Organ Trio. OPIA: At Renaissance New York Hotel: 130 E 57th St at Lexington Av. 212-688-3939. www.opiarestaurant.com. Sat: 8:30-11:30pm free adm. The PLAZA HOTEL: 768 5th Av at Central


Park S. 212-759-3000. www.theplaza.com. Wed: 8:30-11:30pm free adm Kat Gang. RAINBOW ROOM: 30 Rockefeller Plaza. 65th Fl. www.rainbowroom.com. 212-632-5000. Fri: 6-7:30pm Ben Paterson Gp, 8:30pm Brian Newman Band; Sun: 12-3pm $95 Jazz Brunch. Sep 6: Fleur Seul; 13: The Bailsmen; 20: Vanessa Trouble & The Red Hot Swing; 27: Holy Crow Jazz Band. 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. 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. 646490-6924. Sets: 9:30pm-12:30am, Mon 10pm2am. Residencies: Mon 10pm-2am 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. Sep 2: John Eckert & New York Nine; 6: Melissa Stylianou/Magos Herrera Qnt; 9: Barbara Carroll/Jay Leonhart; 13: Ike Sturm & Evergreen; 16: Terry Waldo; 20: Nadje Noordhuis Qnt w/Sara Caswell; 23: Marlene VerPlanck; 27: Tribute to Don Alias; 30: Joe Alterman Trio. SAN MARTIN RESTAURANT: 143E 49th St (bet Lexington & 3rd Avs). 212-832-0888. www.sanmartinrestaurantny.com. 1st Tues: 6-8pm Ron Odrich Qrt. STUDIO 100 BAR: At Marriott Residence Inn. 1033 6th Av (bet 38th & 39th St) 3rd Fl. 212768-0007. Free adm/no min. Thurs: 6-10pm Trios. TAGINE: 221 W38th St (bet 7th & 8th Avs). www.taginedining.com. 646-373-6265. $15 min. TGI FRIDAY’S: 677 Lexington Av at 56th St. 212-339-8858. www.tgifridays.com. Sun: 69pm Marc Devine Trio. TOMI JAZZ: 239E 53rd St (Bet 2nd & 3rd Avs). Lower level. www.tomijazz.com. 646-4971254. Sets: Mon-Wed&Sun 8-11pm, Thurs 911:30pm, Fri 9pm-1am, Sat 8-10:30pm + 11pm-1:30am. Adm: Mon-Wed&Sun free/$5 min, Thurs-Sat $10/10 min. Sep 1: Alex Hamburger Duo; 2: Suzanne Ross Trio; 3: Eileen Howard Trio; 4: Kuni Mikami Trio; 5: E Chieko Honda Trio, L Sein Oh Trio; 6: Yako Eicher; 7: Vivienne Aerts Duo; 8: Midori Sakurai Duo; 9: Lunana & Lunanos Trio; 10: Vicki Burns Duo; 11: Takenori Nishiuchi; 12: E Daniel Bennett Gp, L Yusuke Seki; 13: Allegra Levy Trio; 14: The Highliners; 15: Brooklyn Samba Fun; 16: Hiroko Kanna Trio; 17: Scot Albertson Duo; 18: Ayumi Ishito Trio; 19: E Standard Procedures, L tba; 20: Yuki Futami Trio; 21: Marla Sampson Duo; 22: Norihiro Kikuta Trio; 23: Racha Fora Trio; 24: Senri Oe; 25: Takenori Nishiuchi; 26: E Kathryn Allyn Duo, L Annie Chen Trio; 27: Kengo Yamada; 28: Atsushi Ouchi Trio; 29: Michael Gallant Trio; 30: Akemi Yamada Trio. The TOWN HALL: 123W 43rd St (bet 6&7th Avs). 212-840-2824. www.the-townhallnyc.org. Sep 27: 8pm Chick Corea & Bela Fleck.


LOWER MANHATTAN (Below 34th Street)

6BC GARDEN: 6th St (bet Ave B & C). www.artsforart.org. 212-254-5420. Sep 27: The Environmental Justice series feat 2pm Lamb/Dulberger, 3pm Nicholson Newman, 4pm Jonathan Finlayson Gp. 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 6-9pm, Late (L) 10pm. 1st Mon: E Sean Wayland; 1st Sat: E Ayana lowe; 2nd Fri: E Tessa Souter; last Fri: E Kendra Shank. Sep 3: E Amy Cervini & Janis Siegel; 27: L Pete McCann. ABC NO RIO: 156 Rivington St (bet Clinton & Suffolk Sts). www.abcnorio.org. 212-2543697. Sun: 7pm $5 don C.O.M.A. series 2 sets + open session. Sep 6: closed; 13: Enrico Oliva, Daniel Carter Qrt + Adam Fairhall; 20: Eric Duane Plaks & Aquiles Navarro + Ross Bonadonna/Ethan Montse/Blaise Siwula; 27: The Beyond Sxt + Dikko Faust/Ross Bonadonna Qrt. ALL THINGS PROJECT: At Neighborhood Chuch. 269 Bleecker St. 212-691-1770. www.allthingsproject.net. 1st Fri: 8&9:30pm free adm. Sep 4: Simona Premazzi/Dayna Stephens Qrt. AMUSE WINE BAR: 121 Ludlow St (bet Rivington & Delancey Sts). 212-477-0100. www.amusewine.com. Fri: 8-11pm. ANALOGUE: 19W 8th St (bet 5th Av & McDougal St). www.analoguenyc.com. 212432-0200. Sets: 7:30-10:30pm free adm. Mon: Renaud Penant Trio. ANTIBES BISTRO: 112 Suffolk St (bet Delancey & Rivington Sts). 212-533-6088. www.antibesbistro.com. Tues-Wed: 7:3010:30pm free adm/no min. 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. ARTURO’S: 106W Houston St at Thompson St. 212-677-3820. www.arturosnyc.com. AUTHENTIC BAR 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. BACK ROOM: 102 Norfolk St (bet Delancey & Rivington Sts). www.backroomnyc.com. 212-228-5098. Mon: 9pm-12:30am feat Svetlana & The Delancey Five. BAR HUGO: 525 Greenwich St (bet Vandam & Spring Sts). www.hotelhugony.com. 212608-4848. Mon: 6-8pm free adm Rooftop Jazz feat Gracie Terzian w/New Dominion Trio. BAR NEXT DOOR: 129 McDougal St. 212-5295945. www.lalanternacaffe.com. Sets: MonThurs Early (E) 6:30-7:45pm, 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. MonThurs: E Emerging Artists series; Mon: L Vocal Mondays series. Residencies (R): Wed L Jonathan Kreisberg; Sun Peter Mazza. Sep 1: E Yuto Kanazawa, L Craig Yaremko; 2: E Chase Baird, L R; 3: E Kevin Clark, L Justin Lees; 4: Paul Bollenback; 5: Ben Monder; 6: R; 7: E Gioel Severini, L Irene Jalenti; 8: E

Tommy Holladay, L Eden Bareket; 9: E NanJo Lee, L R; 10: E Dave Juarez, L Ben Lapidus; 11: Leslie Pintchik; 12: Warren Chiasson; 13: R; 14: E Casey Berman, L Jocelyn Medina; 15: E Caroline Davis, L Rick Rosatp; 16: E Michael Vitali, L R; 17: E Tobias Meinhart, L Rotem Sivan; 18: Tom Dempsey; 19: Roberto Gatto; 20: R; 21: E Rafal Sarnecki, L Perry Beekman; 22: E Alicyn Yaffee, L Jonathan Ragonese; 23: E Yuto Kanazawa, L R; 24: E Arath Corral, L Dave Pietro; 25: Pete Zimmer; 26: Kaleidoscope Trio; 27: R; 28: E Paul Jones, L Beat Kaestli; 29: E Benno Marmur, L Hendrik Meurkens; 30: E Gianni Gagliardi, L R. The BITTER END: 147 Bleecker St (bet Thompson & LaGuardia). 212-673-7030. www.bitterend.com. Sep 18: 7-8pm $10 adm The Colleen Clark Collective. BLUE NOTE JAZZ CLUB: 131W 3rd St at 6th Av. 212-475-8592. www.bluenotejazz.com. Sets: 8&10:30pm + Fri-Sat 12:30am Late Night Groove series & Sun 11:30am&1:30pm Sunday Brunch. Adm varies. Sep 1-6: Jerry Gonzalez & the Fort Apache Band; 7: Abiah; 8-13: Roy Hargrove; 14: Gato Barbieri; 1516: Lou Donaldson; 17-20: Roberta Gambarini; 21: tba; 22-27: Jose James; 28: Gato Barbieri; 29-Oct 1: Trio 3 w/Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman & Andrew Cyrille feat 09/29 Ethan Iverson, 09/30 Vijay Iyer, 10/1 Jason Moran. Late Night Groove series w/Sep 12: Underground Horns; 19: Sugabush; 25: Nao Yoshioka; 26: Adrian Hibbs. Sunday Brunch w/Sep 6: NYU Jazz Brunch w/Combo Nuvo; 13: SA; 27: Jonathan Powell Latin Jazz Sxt. CAFÉ LOUP: 105W 13th St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). 212-255-4746. www.cafeloupnyc.com. Free adm/$5 min. Sun: 12:30am-3:30pm Jazz Brunch w/Bob Kindred, John Hart & Steve LaSpina, 6:30-9:30pm Junior Mance, Hide Tanaka & Michi Fuji Trio. CAFFE VIVALDI: 32 Jones St (bet Bleecker & 4th St). www.caffevivaldi.com. 212-691-7538. Free adm. Sun: 6-7pm Noel Brennan, 9-11pm John Lander Trio. 1st&3rd Wed: 7:15pm Roger Davidson. CAPITAL GRILLE: 120 Bway (at Pine & Nassau). www.thecapitalgrille.com. 212-3741811. Free adm. Fri: 6:30-10pm Richard Russo Qrt. The CELL: A Twenty First Century Salon. 338W 23rd St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). 646-861-2253. www.thecelltheatre.org. CHILDREN’S MAGICAL GARDEN: 129 Stanton St at Norfolk St. www.artsforart.org. 212-254-5420. Sep 19-20&26: Sandra Bland series feat 09/19 2pm Ana Isma Viel Solo, 3pm Amigo/Carletti, 4pm Yoni Kretzmer Duo, 09/20 2pm Juan Quinonez Qrt, 3pm Ras Moshe Friends, 4pm Carletti/Levin/Lopez, 09/26 2pm Nick Lyons Music, 3pm While We Still Have Bodies, 4pm Michael Wimberly Solo. CITY WINERY: 155 Varick St (bet Spring & Vandam Sts). www.citywinery.com. 212-6080555. Sep 13: 11am-2pm PJ Rasmussen & the Boardwalk Jazz Band. CLEMENTE SOTO VÉLEZ CULTURAL & EDUCATIONAL CENTER: 107 Suffolk St (bet Rivington & Delancey Sts). 212-2604080. www.csvcenter.org. Sep 1: 8-10pm free adm New Music Horizons Concert feat David Smith Qnt & Mark Wade Trio. CORNELIA STREET CAFÉ: 29 Cornelia St. 212-989-9319. www.corneliastreetcafe.com. Sets unless otherwise noted: MonThurs&Sun 8:30pm, Fri-Sat 9&10:30pm. Adm varies. Sep 1: Ricardo Rodriguez; 2: Benjamin Sutin; 3: Peter Brendler Qrt; 4: Loren Stillman Trio; 5: Angelica Sanchez Trio; 8: David Ullmann Qnt; 9: Daniel Levin; 10: Lage Lund & LL3; 11: Lucian Ban & ele-

vation; 12: Tony Malaby & Reading Band; 13: Rogerio Souza, Edinho Gerber, Billy Newman; 15: Seth Trachy Qrt, 10pm Rob Derke Qrt; 16: Anat Fort Trio; 17: Liberty Ellman Sxt; 18: Michael Bates & Northern Spy w/guest Donny McCaslin; 19: Barry Altschul 3DOM Factor; 20: Patrick Cornelius Oct; 21: Yuhan Su Qnt; 22: David Ambrosio Trio; 23: Ocion Jewell Qrt; 25: Ingrid Laubrock; 26-27 Ryan Keberle & Catharsis; 30: Tom Chang. CUCINA DI PESCE: 87E 4th St (bet 2nd & 3rd Avs). www.cucinadipesce.net. 212-260-6800. Wed: starting 09/16 7-10pm Deanna Kirk. The CUPPING ROOM CAFE: 359W Bway (bet Broome & Grand Sts). 212-925-2898. www.cuppingroomcafe.com. Sets: Thurs-Fri 8-11pm, Sat 8:30pm-12:30am. Sat: Mal Stein. The CUTTING ROOM: 44E 32nd St (bet Madison & Park Av). 212-691-1900. www.the cuttingroomnyc.com. $20 min. Sep 9: 8pm $15/20 adm Project Grand Slam; 27: 6-9pm $30-35 Cy Walter Celebratory Orch dir by Tedd Firth feat Doug Bowles, Lou Brockman, Eric Comstock, Jed Distler, Barbara Fasano, Heather Gehring, Jeff Harnar, Alex Hassan, Jenny Lin, Peter Mintun, Marissa Mulder, Karen Oberlin, Steve Ross, Jennifer Sheehan, KT Sullivan, Stacy Sullivan & Ronny Whyte. The DEAD RABBIT GROCERY & GROG: 30 Water St (Broad & Old Slip Sts). 646-4227906. www.deadrabbitnyc.com. Wed: 8:30pm-1:30am Terry Waldo Solo. DOMA NA ROHU: 17 Perry St at 7th Av. 212929-4339. www.domanyc.com. $10 min. Wed: 7:30&9pm, Sat: 8&9:15pm. Sep 16: Scrubboard Serenaders; 19: Steven Frieder Trio; 29: see 09/16. DOWNTOWN MUSIC GALLERY: 13 Monroe St (bet Market & Catherine Sts). 212-4730043. www.downtownmusicgallery.com. Sun: 6pm In-Store shows. Sep 20: Daniel Levin & Chris Pitsiokos; 27&28: $10 adm Festival of New Trumpet Music feat 7pm Chad McCullough, 8pm John Blevins, 9pm Leo Hardman-Hill, 09/28 7pm Jaimie Branch, 8pm Joe Moffett, 9pm Brandon Lewis. DROM: 85 Ave A (bet 5th & 6th Sts). 212-7771157. www.dromnyc.com. Sep 1: 7:30pm Silver Arrow Band; 8: 8pm Troker; 15: see 09/1; 18: 11pm Isabel Novella; 23: 8:30pm Fanfarai; 24: 7:30pm Paolo Angeli; 25: 11:45pm Raya Brass Band; 29: see 09/1. DUANE PARK CAFÉ: 157 Duane St (bet Hudson & W Bway). www.duaneparknyc.com. 212-732-5555. Fri: 9:30pm $95 adm incl dinner 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 feat Jon-Erik Kellso & friends. Sep 6: w/John Allred. 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 1am. Ev N: Jam. Residencies (R): Mon N Billy Kaye; Tues E except 09/1 Saul Rubin Zebtet; Wed E except 09/2 Raphael D'lugoff Trio + 1, N Ned Goold; Fri 9pm Gospel Queens; Sat N Greg Glassman; Sun E Terry Waldo & Gotham City Band, N Brandon Lewis & Renee Cruz. Sep 1: E Kyoko Oyobe Qrt, L Pablo Bencid Qnt, N Tada Unno; 2: E Joe Barna Qrt, L Groover Trio, N R; 3: E Jovan Alexandre Qnt, L Saul Rubin Zebtet, N Alexi David; 4: E Michal Bugala Qnt, L R + Jared Gold/Dave Gibson, N Reid Taylor; 5: E Eiko Rikuhashi & La Descarga Band, L Raphael D'lugoff Qnt, N R;


6: E R, 8:30pm Jade Synstelien & FCBB, N R; 7: E Johnny O'Neal, L Behn Gillece/Ken Fowser Vortex, N R; 8: E R, L Peter Brainin & the Latin Jazz Workshop, N tba; 9: E R, L Harold Mabern Trio, N R; 10: E tba, L Greg Glassman Qnt, N Jared Gold; 11: E Adi Meyerson, L R + Eric Wheeler, N tba; 12: E Steve Blum Trio, L New Cuban Express, N R; 13: E R, L Outspoken, N R; 14: E tba, L Ned Goold Qrt, N R; 15: E R, L-N tba; 16: E R, L The Don Hahn/Mike Camacho Band, N R; 17: E Theo Hill, L The Wonsey, Cox Expedition feat Steve Carrington, N tba; 18: E tba, L R + tba, N tba; 19: E-L tba, N R; 20: E R, L tba, N R; 21: E tba, L George Braith, N R; 22: E R, L-N tba; 23: E R, L tba, N R; 24: E tba, L P.O.D., N tba; 25: E tba, L R + Lamy Istrefi Qrt, N tba; 26: E-L tba, N R; 27: E R, L Alexi David, N R; 28: E-L tba, N R; 29: E R, L Itai Kriss & Gato Gordo, N John Benitez & Latin Bop; 30: E R, L tba, N R. The FLATIRON ROOM: 37W 26th St (bet 6th Av & Bway). www.theflatironroom.com. 212725-3860. FLÛTE GRAMERCY: 40E 20th St (bet Bway & Park Av S). 212-529-7870. www.flutebar. com. Wed: 7-10pm free adm. Sep 2: Rose Ellis; 9: Anna Elizabeth Kendrick; 16: Susan Tobocman; 23: Greg Diamond. 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 6:1510:15pm, L 10:45pm-2:45am; Sat B 12-4pm, 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 except 09/5 David Coss Qrt. Sep 1: E Coto Pioncheira Trio, L Chris Carroll Trio; 2: E Yvonnick Prene Trio, L Kate Cosco Trio; 3: E George Weldon Trio, L Benno Marmur Trio; 4: E Nobuki Takamen Trio, L Kevin Dorn & the BIG 72; 5: B Larry Newcomb Qrt, E tba, L Akiko Tsuruga Trio; 6: B Lou Caputo Qrt, E Michika Fukumori Trio; 7: E Howard Williams Jazz Orch, L Chris Bates Trio; 8: E Rob Edwards Qrt, L Seth Lewis Trio; 9: E the Anderson Brothers, L Arthur Sadowsky And the Troubadours; 10: E Champian Fulton Qrt, L Joe Pino Qrt; 11: E Guy Mintus Trio, L Peter Valera & the Jump Blues Band; 12: B Daniela Schaechter Trio, E Al Marino Qrt, L Virginia Mayew Qrt; 13: B Kyoko Oyobe Trio, E R, L Dave Kain Gp; 14: E Cecilia Coleman Big Band, L Dan Kleijn Trio; 15: E Jonathan Saraga Qrt, L Jeff Barone Trio; 16: E Marc Devine Trio, L David Love Trio; 17: E Rick Stone Trio, L Art Lillard Trio; 18: E Fukushi Tainaka Trio, L Solomon Hicks Trio; 19: B Larry Newcomb, E Mark Marino Trio, L Daylight Blues Band; 20: B Ray Blue Trio, E R, L Afro Mantra; 21: E Heckendorn Big Band, L Gene Segal Trio; 22: E Tsutomu Naki Trio, L Gabe Valle Qrt; 23: E tba, L Assaf Kehati Trio; 24: E Dre Barnes Project, L German Gonzalez Trio; 25: E Brooks Hartell Trio, L Peter Valera & the Jump Blues Band; 26: B Marsha Heydt & the Project of Love, E Champian Fulton Qrt, L Virginia Mayhew Qrt; 27: B Iris Ornig Qrt, E R, L Jason Ennis Trio; 28: E Lou Caputo Not So Big Band, L Kenny Shanker Qrt; 29: E Hiraki Kayo Trio, L Ben Patterson Organ Trio; 30: E Mauricio de Souza Trio, L Sam Taylor Trio. GREENWICH HOUSE MUSIC SCHOOL: 46 Barrow St (bet 7th Av S & W 4th St). 212-2424770. www.greenwichhouse.org. Sep 12: 8pm $20/15 adm Sound It Out series feat Ron Horton Sxt. HOTEL CHANTELLE: 92 Ludlow St (bet Broome & Delancey Sts). 212-254-9100. www.hotelchantelle.com. Tues 8pm-12am & Sat Brunch 11:30am-5pm: Dandy Wellington Band; Sun Brunch 1-4pm: Martina & The Ladybugs.


JAZZ GALLERY: 1160 Bway, 5th Fl at 27th St. www.jazzgallery.org. 646-494-3625. Sets: 8pm $15/10 adm & 10pm $10/8 adm, $22/12 Fri-Sat. Sep 1-9: closed; 10: Jeff Taylor & Musterion; 11-12: Adam Rudolph & Moving Pictures; 15: Mentoring serie feat Adam Rogers w/Jimmy McBride; 16: ACT; 17: Jazz Composers Workshop; 24: Guilhem Flouzat; 25: Ed Simon; 26: Festival of New Trumpet Music feat Marquis Hill; 30: Mark Guiliana Jazz Qrt. JAZZ STANDARD: 116E 27th St (bet Park & Lexington Avs). www.jazzstandard.net. 212576-2232. Sets/adm unless otherwise noted: 7:30&9:30pm; Mon-Wed $25, Thurs-Sun $30. Residency (R): Mon except 09/7 Mingus Monday w/Mingus Big Band. Sep 1: Moutin Factory Qnt; 2: Jon Irabagon Qrt; 3-6: $35 Benny Golson Qrt; 7: closed; 8-9: David Gilmore; 10-13: René Marie; 14: R; 15-16: Justin Kauflin; 17: $35 Ryan Truesdell & the Gil Evans Project w/Terell Stafford; 18-20: Dafnis Prieto Sxt; 21: R; 22-23: Kendrick Scott Oracle; 24-27: Jeff “Tain” Watts Blue 5; 28: R; 29: Shai Maestro Trio; 30: Miho Hazama & M_Unit. JOE’S PUB: At Public Theater. 425 Lafayette St & Astor Pl. www.joespub.com. 212-967-7555. Adm varies. Sep 3: 9:30pm Molly Ryan; 4: 7:30&9:30pm Somi; 15: 9:30pm Ethan Lipton Orch. JOHN L. TISHMAN AUDITORIUM: At New School. 63 5th Av. Room U100. www.events.newschool.edu. 212-229-5630. Sep 10: 7-10pm free adm Who Is Randy Weston? conversation w/Robin D.G. Kelley feat Randy Weston. JULES BISTRO: 65 Saint Marks Pl (bet 1st & 2nd Avs). 212-477-5560. www.julesbistro.com. Sets: 8:30-11:30pm. KNICKERBOCKER BAR & GRILL: 33 University Pl at 9th St. 212-228-8490. www.knickerbockerbarandgrill.com. Fri-Sat: 9:45pm-2am. Sep 4-5: Kathleen Landis & Dan White; 11-12: Russ Kassoff & Jay Anderson; 18-19: Ehud Asherie & Jon Erik Kellso; 25-26: Jill McCarron. LE POISSON ROUGE: 158 Bleecker St at Thompson St. www.lepoissonrouge.com. 212-796-0741. Adm varies. Sep 2: 8pm Sonacy; 12: 7pm Joseph C. Phillips Jr. & Numinous. LITTLE BRANCH: 20 Leroy St at 7th Av S. 212-929-4360. 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. Sep 1: E Nancy Harms, L R; 2: L Joe Pino; 3: E Abigail Rockwell; 4: E Willie-Mae Perry; 5: E Yoav Shlomov, L Sharón Clark; 6: L see 09/1 E; 8: L R; 9: E see 09/1 E; 15: L R; 16: E Hot House Jazz / Metropolitan Room Fan based Jazz Awards; 17: E Devin Bing, L Kyoko Saegusa; 19: 11:30pm see 09/1 E; 20: E Janine GilbertCarter; 22: L R; 25: L Sacha Boutros; 26: E Marcus Goldhaber, L Courtney Scheer & The Boyz; 27: L LaShonda Reese; 29: L R. MEZZROW: 163W 10th St (bet 7th Av & Waverly Pl). www.mezzrow.com. 646-4764346. Sets: unless otherwise noted Early (E) 7:30pm free adm, Late (L) 9:30pm except Tues 8pm $20, Night (N) 12am. Residencies: E Mon John Merrill, Tues-Thurs&Sun Happy Hour show, Fri Ehud Asherie, Sat Spike Wilner & guests. Sep 1: Claudia Acuña; 2-3: Dena DeRose; 45: David Kikoski; 6: Tad Shull; 8-9: 8pm Sachal & Gerald Clayton; 10: Frank Amsellem; 11continued on page 22


Storytelling with Song By Seton Hawkins

PERFORMANCE BY MASTER vocalist Marion Cowings could feature A anything from hard-driving blues to gor-

geously soul-drenched jazz ballads. If you're not sure which side of Cowings you're about to see, look to his hat. A white, wide-brimmed chapeau, guarantees a blues performance in which Cowings shows off his ample pipes with a sound that draws equal parts from Joe Williams and Jimmy Reed. In alternate headgear, Cowings transforms his performances to a classic jazz sound that amply demonstrates his love of musical storytelling while highlighting his magnificent baritone voice as well as a rhythmic and lyrical suppleness that recalls his youthful training with the legendary Jon Hendricks. To be sure, Cowings boasts a musical versatility that few artists can match. However, he's also trying his hardest to bring the competition up to speed by serving as a vocal teacher dedicated to training the newer generations of singers to effectively lead bands, find their unique styles and infuse their performances with the notion of musical storytelling. Born in the Bronx to a shopkeeper and a schoolteacher, Cowings began singing at an early age and found himself in a one-ofa-kind professional debut: singing for Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic in a performance of Copland's "Second Hurricane." "I was very fortunate to have had such doors opened for me," Cowings recalls. "Bernstein was effusive and ebullient. He was interested in what we were doing—he was, to my surprise, a snappy dresser for a classical musician!—and he showed me from an early age the importance of properly conducting a band." As his singing career progressed throughout his teens, Cowings encountered a watershed moment discovering the music of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, and would ultimately become a star protégé of Jon Hendricks. "When I first listened to the group I thought it was the most astounding thing I'd ever heard," he explains. "I began memorizing all of their music and copied it in my own performances. One day I got a call from Jon Hendricks who said he wanted to meet me! Then it really started!" The young Cowings undoubtedly impressed the elder musician, as shortly afterwards he joined the group as the replacement for Dave Lambert. Although Cowings moved into R&B performances during the 1960s, he ultimately

wound his way back to jazz and, in the process, increasingly found himself drawn toward teaching. Having been mentored by master artists, Cowings saw an opportunity and need to pass along the lessons he learned. Slowly but surely, he codified a pedagogical style that all vocalists can apply to their work. "Unfortunately, today's music schools are graduating many students without properly preparing them for the real world," he says. "It's a real problem because singers, for all our missteps, are the ones who hire the instrumentalists! So if singers don't have the tools to conduct the band, this will fall apart. All skills and ranges of singers need to know how to lead a band, so we can interact meaningfully. That's why I began teaching and I hope it may be my legacy." Central to Cowings' methodology is the notion of storytelling in song and he places particular emphasis on internalizing lyrics by speaking them conversationally. "Americans are eclectic in our musical tastes and we embrace many styles," he notes. "We often get caught up in considering what style we want to perform in, and so I try to get singers to go inside the lyrics and practice them as speech. This draws the words away from the rhythm of the music and into a natural pattern. When you do that, you develop a unique interpretation of the song, your own fingerprint, and it allows you to find your own style and not simply copy others." For Cowings, the ability to embrace a unique style and tell a story is the crucial factor in becoming a successful vocalist. "The most frustrating thing as a performer is when nobody listens to you," he explains. "And that's on the singer. You can have the greatest outfit, the greatest technique, the greatest vibrato, but if you don't get across the footlights telling stories, you'll walk away knowing you didn't get to them. I want to help singers reach the audience."

Marion Cowings offers a vocal masterclass every Sunday at 1 p.m. at Smalls Jazz Club. He is also be at the Steve Getz Music Hall Sep. 18.


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12: Steve Davis & Larry Willis; 13: Walter Smith & Gerald Clayton; 14: David Hazeltine; 15: John Dokes; 16-17: Uri Caine; 18-19: Joe Temperley; 20: Joe Magnarelli; 21 Joel Frahm; 22: Evan Christoher & Ehud Asherie; 23-24: Toshiko Akiyoshi; 25-26: Mike LeDonne & Bob Cranshaw; 27: Scott Wendolt; 28: Peter Bernstein; 29: Hilary Gardner; 30: Champian Fulton. MILANO’S BAR: 51E Houston St (bet Mott & Mulberry Sts). 212-226-8844. Thurs 2-4pm: Carol & Company. MOSCOW 57: 168 1/2 Delancey St at Clinton St. 212-260-5775. www.moscow57.com. 78pm Ellen Kaye Trio. NEIGHBORHOOD CHURCH: 269 Bleecker St (bet Jones & Cornelia Sts). 212-691-1770. www.ncgv.net. See All Things Project. NEW SCHOOL: 66W 12th St. 212-229-5600. www.newschool.edu. NEW SCHOOL JAZZ PERFORMANCE SPACE: 55W 13th St. 212-229-5488. www.newschool.edu/jazz. Sep 29: 4pm free adm Festival of New Trumpet Music feat Master Class w/Eddie Henderson, 7pm Panel w/Eddie Henderson, 8pm $20 Eddie Henderson Concert & FONT Music Award of Recognition. NEW YORK CITY BAHA’Í CENTER: 53E 11th St (bet Bway & University). 212-222-5159. www.bahainyc.org. Tues: 8&9:30pm $10/15 adm. Sep 15: Mike Longo Trio; 29: Cecilia Coleman Big Band. NEW YORK UNIVERSITY: 35W 4th St 6th Fl. www.nyu.edu. 212-998-4550. NORTH SQUARE: At Washington Square Hotel. 103 Waverly Pl at McDougal. www.northsquareny.com/about-jazz. 212254-1200. Sun: 12:30&2:15pm free adm Jazz Brunch Trios. Sep 6: Andrea Wolper; 13: Roz Corral w/Nir Felder & Santi Debriano; 20: Roz Corral w/Gene Bertoncini & Rusty Holloway; 27: Thana Alexa. NUYORICAN POETS CAFÉ: 236E 3rd St (bet Avs B & C). www.nuyorican.org. 212-7809386/212-505-8183. Sets: 9:30pm. Tues: 9pm Latin Jazz feat 1st Tues Chembo Corniel, 2nd Bronx Conxión, 3rd Hector Martignon; 1st Wed: All That - Hip Hop Poetry & Jazz; 1st Sat: $15 adm Puddin’ Jazz series + Jam; last Sun: Bobby Sanabria & New School Afro-Cuban Jazz Band. ONE IF BY LAND, TWO IF BY SEA: 17 Barrow St (bet 7th Av & W4th St). 212-2558649. www.oneifbyland.com. Tues&Thurs 611pm, Sun 11:30am-3pm: Ryo Sasaki & Nial Djuliarso Duo. PIANOS: 158 Ludlow St at Stanton. 212-5053733. www.pianosnyc.com. Fri: 8pm Cabinet Makers. PIERRE LOTI: 258W 15th St (bet 7th & 8th Avs). www.pierrelotiwinebar.com. 212-6455684. Tues: 8-11pm. PRIMO 135: 135 7th Av S (bet Charles & 10th Sts). 212-620-6196. www.primo135.com. Mon: 7-10pm Brazilian Duo w/Freddie Bryant feat Vanessa Falabella. ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL: 196 Allen St at E Houston St. www.rockwoodmusichall.com. 212-477-4155. Sep 2: 7pm $20 adm David Hajdu Gp feat Jo Lawry, Karen Oberlin, Michael Winther; 22: 7pm Ben Winkelman Trio; 24: 8:30pm $15 adm Festival of New Trumpet Music feat “Without a Frame” by Stephanie Richards & CJ Camerieri


w/yMusic, Brandon Ridenour & Founders, Asphalt Orch; 26: 1pm Bass Masterclass/Workshop w/Larry Grenadier. RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART: 150W 17th St. www.rubinmuseum.org/harlem. 212-6205000X344. Sep 18: 7-8:30pm $18/20 adm Jen Shyu. RUE B: 188 Ave B (bet 11th & 12th Sts). 212358-1700. www.ruebnyc.com. Sets: 8:30, 9:30&10:45pm. Tues: Adrian Moring Trio Jazz Jam; Sun: Jazz Vocal Jam/open mic by Jocelyn Medina. 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 7:30-10pm, L 10:30pm-1am, N 1am; Tues 7:30-9pm, L 9:30pm-12am, N 12:30am, WedThurs E 7:30-10pm, L 10:30pm-1am, N 1:30am; Fri-Sat PM 4-7pm, E 7:30-10pm, L 10:30pm-1am, N 1:30am; Sun 1-3pm, PM 4:30-7pm, E 7:30-10pm, L 10:30pm. Jam following N. Adm varies. Residencies (R): Mon L Ari Hoenig Qrt, N 09/7&21 Jonathan Michel, 09/14&28 Jonathan Barber; Tues E 09/1,22&29 Spike Wilner Qrt, 09/8&15 Ehud Asherie Trio, N Next Generation Sessions by Alex Claffy & friends; Wed N Sanah Kadoura Band; Fri PM Jam 09/4&18 w/Ai Murakami, 09/11&25 w/Tuomo Uusitalo Trio; Sat PM Jam; Sun 1pm Vocal masterclass by Marion Cowings. Sep 1: E R, L Smalls Legacy Band feat Frank Lacy, N R; 2: E Stream, L Jovan Alexandre Qnt, N R; 3: E Jared Gold Trio, L Nick Hempton Band, N tba; 4: PM R, E Woody Witt, L Alex Sipiagin Qnt, N John Webber Trio; 5: PM Jonathan Thomas Trio, E Eliot Zigmund Qrt, L Alex Sipiagin Qnt, N Stacy Dillard; 6: 1pm R, PM tba, E Johnny O'Neal Trio, L Joe Magnarelli Qrt; 7: E John Chin Trio, L-N R; 8: E R, L Theo Hill Qnt, N R; 9: E Seamus Blake, L Victor Gould, N R; 10: E Seamus Blake, L Lummie Spann Qrt, N tba; 11: PM R, E tba, L Rob Scheps Core-tet, N Tivon Pennicott; 12: PM tba, E Tommy Campbell & Vocal-Eyes feat Carolyn Leonhart, Marcelino Feliciano, L Rob Scheps Core-tet, N Philip Harper; 13: 1pm R, PM Marianne Solivan Big Band, E Johnny O'Neal Trio, L Grant Stewart Qrt; 14: E tba, LN R; 15: E R, L tba, N R; 16: E Lage Lund Qrt, L Vitaly Golovnev Qnt, N R; 17: E Lage Lund Qrt, L Ken Fowser Band, N tba; 18: PM R, E Richie Vitale Qnt, L Joe Farnsworth Qrt, N Tivon Pennicott; 19: PM Jonathan Thomas Trio, E Lou Rainone Qnt +1, L Joe Farnsworth Qrt, N Stacy Dillard; 20: 1pm R, PM The OM / ShalOM Project feat David Liebman, E Falkner Evans Qnt, L Behn Gillece Qrt; 21: E Jon Davis Trio, L-N R; 22: E R, L Josh Evans Big Band, N R; 23: E Taylor Eigsti, L Adam Larson Qrt, N R; 24: E Taylor Eigsti, L J.D. Allen Trio, N tba; 25: PM R, E Tardo Hammer Trio, L Mike DiRubbo, N Anthony Wonsey Trio; 26: PM tba, E Sean Smith Qrt, L Mike DiRubbo, N Philip Harper; 27: 1pm R, PM George Gee Orch, E Sole-ful Sunday Tap Show w/Michela Lerman, L Sacha Perry Trio; 28: E Diego Urcola Gp, L-N R; 29: E R, L Lucas Pino No Net Nnt, N R; 30: E Tom Tallitsch Qnt & spec guests, L Brian Charette Qnt & spec guests, N R. SPECTRUM NYC: 121 Ludlow St 2nd Fl (bet Delancey & Rivington Sts). 212-533-5470. www.spectrumnyc.com. Sep 3: 8:30-9:30pm Ole Mathisen; 11: 8:30-11pm Gabriel Zucker feat The Delegation; 19: 7-8:30pm Flin van Hemmen; 21: 6:30-11:30pm $10-20 adm The Jazzfakers, Aaron Moore, Adam Bohman & continued on page 26

INCE HIS FIRST BIG GIG AT AGE S 21 with Charlie Byrd, drummer and vibraphonist Chuck Redd has led a vibrant

career. He played or recorded with Mel TormĂŠ, Dizzy Gillespie, Houston Person, Tommy Flanagan and other impactful artists of the last 35 years. Redd started out as a drummer, but after hearing Milt Jackson for the first time, he ran to the music room in his high school, saying, "I needed to play with vibes!" But he also continued with drums and now gets hired for his ability on both instruments. "It's really wonderful to be able to express the music that I feel and hear in two different ways. At the core of it all, I'm a drummer. I will always be a drummer. I love the drums. It's a part of me." Redd says. "But, I also truly love playing the vibes. I love playing melodies. I love playing harmony. I even love playing parts on the vibes." On the scale of tradition and innovation, Redd is unafraid to tell you he's not a revolutionary. "I am someone who takes the lessons from people who came before me," Redd says. "I'm channeling them." This respect for the past manifests in his playing: it's difficult to find a recording of his that doesn't swing with the utter intention to swing. And on the vibes, Redd's lines decisively state the bebop tradition, while seeking the blues. One of Redd's biggest influences was guitarist Barney Kessel, whom he met in 1980 when he began playing drums in Byrd's trio. "Barney was a great, great teacher to me," Redd says. "He immediately took me under his wing and began mentoring and teaching me." Redd remembers Kessel, who passed away in 2004, as someone who was goodhumored, but also serious about music. "He was very articulate about his philosophy on the creative process and he was interested in how every instrument functioned in the band," Redd says. He also remembers Kessel's honesty: "Boy, when

he liked something, it meant a lot. He was going to give it to you straight, and that's what you need as a young musician, and that's what I got from Barney." Kessel led an outstanding career and played with musicians as influential and wide-ranging as Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Lawrence Welk, Elvis Presley and The Beach Boys. Kessel was also a member of The Great Guitars, a trio with Herb Ellis and Byrd. This month at Jazz at Kitano, Redd will lead his quartet through a night honoring Kessel with himself on vibes, Peter Bernstein on guitar, Lewis Nash, drums and David Wong, bass. The set list for the night will include selections from Redd's 2006 release on Arbors Records, Chuck Redd Remembers Barney Kessel: Happy All the Time, whose title derives from Kessel's indefatigable spirit even after a stroke late in his life. Of his fellow musicians in the quartet, Redd says, "it doesn't get much better than that." Nash is an old friend of Redd's. The two met 30 years ago when he went to see Nash play with Tommy Flanagan. "Peter and David are certainly two of the really bright shining stars on their own instruments, without a doubt," says Redd, accurately assessing the talent Bernstein and Wong bring to the modern bandstand. This fall, Redd hopes to do a recording for Blue Heron Records, a label for which he recently recorded an album with saxophonist Harry Allen. Additionally, he will be playing a concert to commemorate another mentor, Charlie Byrd, at the Strathmore Performing Arts Center in North Bethesda MD on Nov. 13 with Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo, saxophonist Scott Hamilton and Danish guitarist Jacob Fisher. In addition to another gig at Small's sometime before the New Year, he has several jazz festivals and jazz parties on his calendar as well as a sixnight stand at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola Nov. 22-27. This will be Redd's second showcase at The Kitano this year; his first was with the Adrian Cunningham Quartet in July. Redd says that, as always, he's looking forward to playing there and seeing friends in what promises to be a swinging night full of Kessel tales.

Chuck Redd leads his quartet through a night honoring his mentor, guitarist Barney Kessel on Sept. 19 at Jazz at Kitano featuring Redd on vibes, Peter Bernstein on guitar, Lewis Nash, drums and David Wong, bass.


S P O T L MICHAEL MALIS SHAPESHIFTER LAB / SEPTEMBER 1 Detroit-area jazz pianist/keyboardist Michael Malis makes his NYC debut as a leader, featuring original music from his first independently released CD Lifted from the No of All Nothing. Studying initially with the late Bess Bonnier, he progressed to the University of Michigan under Geri Allen, worked with bassist Jaribu Shahid, drummer Jesse Kramer, trumpeter Ingrid Racine, guitarist Dennis Coffey and the late Marcus Belgrave. He's also won awards writing scores for theater, dance and independent films. Malis' multi-faceted stylings cover a broad range of free expression. He bridges the gap between original composed, complex written material and the spontaneity of improvisation. Clearly, his thinking is strongly influenced by his time with Geri Allen. Michigan bassist Ben Rolston and drummer Stephen Boegehold joins Malis, and dancer Nola Smith opens. MGN

MIGUEL ZENÓN VILLAGE VANGUARD / SEPTEMBER 1-6 Alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón exemplifies the characteristics of the modern jazz master by traversing expectation and constantly refining his sound with each record. A native of Puerto Rico, Zenón attended the Berklee and the Manhattan schools of music where he supplemented his formal education with the fertile music scenes of Boston and NYC. In 2002, Zenón released Looking Forward, his debut as a leader that showed a talent hell-bent on making a name for himself. Since his beginning, Zenón has become one of the most honored musicians of his generation with numerous Grammy nominations, academic posts and high profile fellowships like the MacArthur and Guggenheim festooned on his résumé. He is joined by his "4tet" consisting of pianist Louis Perdomo, bassist Hans Glawischnig and drummer Henry Cole. EW DENA DEROSE MEZZROW / SEPTEMBER 2-3 Most singing jazz pianists excel in one role or the other, but Dena DeRose is the rare exception. Initially an instrumentalist, she became a vocalist during rehabilitation after wrist surgery. After recovering, she incorporated both roles. DeRose's assertive playing and versatile, swinging vocals win her many fans, whether playing timeless jazz compositions or singing heartfelt ballads that sound as if she has lived their lyrics. DeRose has a knack for uncovering forgotten chestnuts as well. Her new HighNote CD, due in October, features her long-time trio with Martin Wind and Matt Wilson in addition to Ingrid Jensen on trumpet and flugelhorn, plus guitarist Peter Bernstein. Her Sept. 2 set is a duo with bassist Wind; the following evening, pianist Michael Abene will accompany her all-vocal set. KD

VICTOR PROVOST with DION PARSON’S 21st CENTURY BAND GINNY'S SUPPER CLUB / SEPTEMBER 11-12 Steel pan master Victor Provost is on the cutting edge of the evolution of harmonic percussion. From an open embrace of cultures and musical expressions, he continues to develop a language unique to his instrument. Beyond technical facility, Provost's sensitivity to phrasing and lyrical approach to harmony have afforded him opportunities to play with vital voices Hugh Masekela, Joe Locke, Nicholas Payton, Terell Stafford and Wycliffe Gordon, and burgeoning contemporaries Etienne Charles, Ben Williams and Ulysses Owens. A current member of the Afro-Bop Alliance, he has toured with Paquito D'Rivera and played with The Reginald Cyntje Group and Michael Bowie's Sine Qua Non. He joins band leader Dion Parson and his 21st Century Band featuring Ron Blake, Riley Mulherkar, Kenny Davis, Carlton Holmes and Danny Sadownick. SJ

RALPH LALAMA STEVE GETZ MUSIC HALL / SEPTEMBER 11 Tenor saxophonist Ralph LaLama has some big shoes to fill at the opening of the Steve Getz Music Hall at Lehman College but he's up to the challenge. He's been a mainstay on the NYC scene for more than 30 years, having played with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra since it was Mel Lewis' band, and he's been enjoying a well-deserved higher profile lately. A tribute to Steve's father, Stan Getz, the evening features LaLama with two trios led by pianists. Andy LaVerne, who accompanied Getz for four years, will play the tenorman's favorite standards and originals. LaLama, LaVerne and Getz are all alums of the Woody Herman orchestra. Consummate accompanist John di Martino will play with LaLama and vocalists Judy Niemack and Carol Fredette. YE


By Ken Dryden, Yvonne Ervin, Seton Hawkins, Stephanie

Ellman photo by Alan Nahigian, Prieto by Henry Lopez, Farnworth by Paul Stache, Simon by Scott˜ Chernis.

L I G H T LIBERTY ELLMAN CORNELIA STREET CAFÉ / SEPTEMBER 17 In 2006, guitarist Liberty Ellman delighted adventurous listeners with his outstanding solo work Ophiuchus Butterfly, a thrilling effort that juxtaposed spiky and complex— yet funky—experimental jazz-rock outings with delicately contemplative and moody ballads, all the while showing off the full, expressive potential of the electric guitar. Nine years later, we are finally treated to the follow-up release of Ellman's, as this longtime collaborator of Henry Threadgill releases Radiate and celebrates with a performance at the Cornelia Street Café. Ellman is joined by like-minded bandmates in alto saxophonist Steve Lehman, trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, Jose Davila on trombone and tuba, bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Damion Reid. Ellman's work as a leader has proven stellar and fans of experimental music should not miss this opportunity to hear him. SH

DAFNIS PRIETO JAZZ STANDARD / SEPTEMBER 18-20 Drummer Dafnis Prieto's style beautifully blends the swing of jazz with the crossrhythms of Latin music. Since moving from his native Cuba to NYC in 1999, Prieto has demonstrated his singular style in the bands of Henry Threadgill, Steve Coleman, Eddie Palmieri and others. As a leader, Prieto has shown a willingness to push jazz's palette with his debut album, 2005's About the Monks, showcasing robust melodies and demanding chord changes. Prieto's style carried through to his most-recent release, 2015's Triangles and Circles, with the Wall Street Journal calling it "emotionally charged and stylistically diverse." At Jazz Standard, Prieto is joined by his sextet with tenor saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum, alto saxophonist Felipe Lamoglia, trumpeter Mike Rodriquez, pianist Manuel Valera and bassist Johannes Weidenmueller. EW

JOE FARNSWORTH SMALLS / SEPTEMBER 18-19 If you're looking for an imprimatur attesting to rhythmic excellence, look no further than the drummer in the personnel list. If it's Joe Farnsworth, you're guaranteed topnotch, effervescent, modern swing. Farnsworth, a grad of William Paterson University's stellar jazz program, learned well from hard bop masters Art Taylor and Alan Dawson and has worked with jazz giants Benny Golson and Pharaoh Sanders. He's practically the house drummer at Smoke, where he anchors Mike LeDonne's organ band every Tuesday and he's been a member of the neo-hard bop sextet One for All since 1995. At Smalls, his One for All bandmate tenor saxist Eric Alexander joins him on Sept.19; the first night's horn is trumpeter Jeremy Pelt; bassist Bob Cranshaw and pianist Tabor Gable round out the group. GK

PETE MCCANN 55 BAR / SEPTEMBER 27 The diversity of electric and acoustic guitarist Pete McCann has branded him as an individual far removed from cookie-cutter status. The Wisconsin native attained his Bachelors in Music from the University of North Texas, studied at the Banff School and currently teaches at the City College of New York and the New School. Over three decades, he's well established as a consummate sideman, working with many singers, in post-bop, creative improvised, Latin and fusion styles, and alongside greats Lee Konitz, David Liebman and Kenny Wheeler. His fifth and newest CD, Range (Whirlwind), is exactly as the title suggests, spanning the diversity of his background. He's accompanied by alto saxophonist John O'Gallagher, multi-keyboardist Henry Hey, bassist Matt Clohesy and drummer Mark Ferber. MGN

ED SIMON JAZZ GALLERY / SEPTEMBER 25 Pianist Ed Simon's blend of jazz, Latin and classical music showcases a talent that is dedicated to the musical gumbo that jazz is privy to producing. Simon's melodic insight and rhythmic malleability have served to set him apart from his contemporaries. In 1989, Simon moved from Venezuela to NYC where his skills were employed by saxophonist Greg Osby, guitarist Kevin Eubanks and others. Five years later, Simon released his debut album, Beauty Within, and took third place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, resulting in a huge boost in his musical profile. With nearly a dozen recordings as a leader, several fellowships under his belt and various academic appointments to his credit, Simon is a consummate example of the working jazz musician at the top of his game. EW

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Clive Graham, Schuyler Tsuda, Naked Roots Conducive. The STONE: 2nd St at Av C. www.thestonenyc. com. Adm varies. Tues-Sun: 8&10pm weekly residencies. Sun: 3pm John Zorn & friends. Sep 1-6: Harris Eisenstadt; 7: Annie Gosfield; 8-13: Marco Cappelli; 15-20: Mycale; 22-27: Peter Evans; 29-Oct 4: Anthony Coleman & Hankus Netsky w/Students of New England Conservatory. SUBROSA: 63 Gansevoort St (bet Washington & Greenwich Sts). www.subrosanyc.com. 212-997-4555. see Latin Jazz. TERRA BLUES: 149 Bleecker St (bet Thompson St & LaGuardia Pl). 212-777-7776. www.terrablues.com. Sep 12: 6:30pm Holy Crow Jazz Band. TOSHI’S LIVING ROOM: 1141 Bway at 26th St. www.toshislivingroom.com. 212-8398000. Sets: Early (E) 6-8pm, Late (L) 8-10pm, Night (N) 10pm-12am. Tues: E Jason Clotter Band. Sep 2: N Steven Chelliah; 16: L Brian Plautz Project, 10pm-2am see 09/2; 23: Mari Koga Qrt; 30: L see 09/16 L, N see 09/2. TURNMILL: 119E 27th St (bet Park & Lexington Avs). www.turnmillnyc.com. 646524-6060. Wed: 11pm-2am Jam w/Rob Duguay & Low Key Trio. VILLAGE VANGUARD: 178 7th Av S at 11th St. 212-255-4037. www.villagevanguard.com. Sets: 8:30&10:30pm. Adm: Mon-Thurs $25/1 drink min. Residency (R): Mon Vanguard Jazz Orch. Sep 1-6: Miguel Zenón 4tet; 7: R; 8-13: Bill Charlap Trio; 14: R; 15-20: Bill Charlap Trio; 21: R; 22-27: Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio; 28: R; 29-Oct 4: Ravi Coltrane Qrt. The WAYLAND: 700 E 9th St at Av C. 212-7777022. www.thewaylandnyc.com. Sets: 911:30pm. Free adm. Wed: Grandpa Musselman & Syncopators; 1st Tues: Robert Ross Trio. WALKER’S: 16N Moore St at Varick. 212-9410142. www.walkerstribeca.com. Sun: 8-11pm Duos. WHYNOT JAZZ ROOM: 14 Christopher St at Gay St. www.whynotjazzroom.com. 646-7564145. Sep 1: 7:30pm Daiana Segovia, 9:30pm Carte Blanche; 2: 8pm Lucas Kadish Spearhead Qnt; 3: 7:30pm Paul Jones Qrt; 4: 8pm $12 Allegra Levy; 5: 9pm $12 WAStretch, 11pm $12 Bob Gingery Gp; 8: 7:30pm Lily Virginia, 9:30pm Noa Fort; 9: 8pm On Time Band Qrt; 10: 7:30pm 1in2; 12: 9pm $12 Gabriel Guerrero Quantum Trio; 13: 7-9:30pm $12 WhyNot Experiment? feat 7pm Armadillo in Sunset Park, 8:30pm ExPosed Blues Duo, 10pm Tim Hagans & Joe Hertenstein; 16: 8pm Lou Volpe; 18: 8pm Laurie Dapice & Sheryl Bailey, 10pm $12 Rob Garcia Soapbox Band; 19: 11pm $12/$10 min Solie; 25: 8pm $12 Timo Vollbrecht & Fly Magic; 26: 9pm $12 Mind Open, 11pm $12/$10 min Elias Meister Qrt; 27: WhyNot Experiment? feat 7pm Caine/deProphetis Duo, 8:30pm Rocco John Trio; 29: 7:30&9:30pm $15 Anya Marina. WOW CAFE THEATER: 59-61E 4th St (bet Bowery & 2nd Av). 4th Fl. 917-725-1482. www.wowcafe.org. Sep 10-12: 7pm Ghosts Appearing through the Sound: a Tribute to Abbey Lincoln feat Kosi, Brendon Biagi. ZINC BAR: 82W 3rd St (bet Thompson & Sullivan). 212-477-8337. www.zincbar.com. Sets: Early set 7pm + 9,11pm&12:30am, Mon 2am. Adm varies. Residencies: Mon 10pm2am Ron Affif Trio; Tues 10pm Evolution Band, 11pm Jam by Ingmar Thomas; Thurs


12am Midnight Rumba; Sat 8pm Misha Piatigorsky Trio + Monika Oliveira & The Brasilians; Sun Tango Trio & Milonga. Sep 1: Juan-Carlos Formell; 2: Valery Ponomarev Sxt; 4: Gregorio Uribe Latin Big Band; 5: Livio Almeida Brazilian Big Band; 7: E Kathleen Potton + VandoJam w/Dmitry Baevsky; 8: see 09/1; 9: Dave Chamberlain & Band of Bones w/guests Hendrik Meurkens & Antoinette Montague; 11: E Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sxt + Valery Ponomarev & Art Blakey Big Band; 14: E Natalia Bernal; 15: see 09/1; 16: Sheriff Bob & Bluegrass Jam; 17: Eva Cortez & The Curtis Brothers; 18: E see 09/11 E + Jack Jeffers & NY Classics Big Band; 21: E Vanisha Gould; 23: Misha Piatigorsky Spt; 25: E Big Band + Seth Weaver Swing Band feat Svetlana; 27: Francisco Mora-Catlett & AfroHORN; 28: E Nadia Washington; 30: Eddie Allen Conregation Big Band.


AN BEAL BOCHT CAFÉ: 445W 238th St. 718884-7127. www.lindasjazznights.com. 1st Wed 8&9:30pm Linda's Jazz Nights. Sep 2: Battle on the Bronx feat Eric Alexander & Vincent Herring. G-BAR: 579 Grand Concourse at 149th St. 718402-6996. www.gbarnyc.com. LEHMAN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS: At Lehman College. 250 Bedford Park Blvd W. 718-960-8833. www.lehman center.org. Sep 12: see Latin Jazz. The STEVE GETZ MUSIC HALL: At Lehman College. 250 Bedford Park Blvd W. 718-9608833. www.lehmancenter.org. Fri-Sat except 09/4-5: 8&10pm $25/20 adm A Tribute To Stan Getz series. Sep 11: Andy LaVerne Trio & Jonn Di Martino Trio feat Ralph LaLama, Carol Fredette & Judy Niemack; 12: Vic Juris & Dave Stryker Qrt; 18-19: Jazz Vocalist Jazz Workshop 09/18 by Marion Cowings w/Roseanna Vitro & Audrey Silver, 09/19 w/Nicole Pasternak feat John Di Martino & Nora McCarthy feat Ray Gallon; 25: Santi Debriano Qrt & String Qrt; 26: Harry Allen Qrt w/Grant Stewart. UNIVERSITY OF THE STREETS: 2381 Belmont Av. 2nd Fl. www.university ofthestreets.org. 212-254-9300. Fri-Sat: 9pm Jam. Fri: w/Bernard Linnette; Sat: w/Rob Anderson.


65FEN: 65 Fenimore St. www.65fenmusic series.tumblr.com. Mon: 9&10pm $10 don 65Fen Music series. Sep 7: Kuba Cichocki/Flin van Hemmen Duo, 10pm Michael Foster/Anais Maviel Duo; 14: Douglas Bradford & Longest Day of the Year, 10pm tba; 21: Pascal Niggenkemper Solo, 10pm CACAW; 28: Jacob Wick Solo, 10pm Five Dollar Ferrari. ALOR CAFÉ: 2110 Richmond Rd. Staten Island. 718-351-1101. www.alorcafe.com. BAR CHORD: 1008 Cortelyou Rd. 347-2406033. www.barchordnyc.com. Sun: 9pm Cortelyou Jam. BAR LUNÀTICO: 486 Halsey St. 718-513-0339. www.barlunatico.com. BAR TABAC: 128 Smith St at Dean St. Cobble Hill. www.bartabacny.com. 718-923-0918.

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By Elzy Kolb

Album album Listening to pianist Orrin Evans' new release The Evolution of Oneself (Smoke Sessions) could be compared to turning the pages of a family photo album. It contains tunes written for loved ones such as his 90year-old godmother ("Ruby Red") and a mentor Sid Simmons ("Sweet Sid"), two compositions inspired by his son Miles ("For Miles" and "Tsagli's Lean"), along with vocal contributions from his wife, singer Dawn Warren Evans, and an electronic track provided by his son Matthew. Even the personnel is personal. Evans has deep connections with bassist Christian McBride: "We've played with the idea of doing something together for 20 years;" and Karriem Riggins: "We moved to New York together; we were roommates. We hadn't talked in years until we reconnected on Facebook." "Everything is composed for or about people in my life," Evans says. "That's what fuels my music, the people I came through this life with, as you go through the seasons of your life. Everyone in your life doesn't go through all of these seasons with you, but they're still there, part of your evolution, and this is how I recognize them." Evans predicts one tune on the CD will surprise some listeners: "Wildwood Flower," written by country music icons the Carter Family. "I'm open with who I am as a person, about my history, as a man, as an African American, I talk about it a lot. This will keep people guessing; it's the last thing they expect from me—a country tune. Just when you think you know me, I throw one at 'em!" However, the song wasn't chosen to provoke; once again, there's a deeply personal link to the music. "Drummer Matt Wilson introduced 'Wildwood Flower' to me; I fell in love with it and I wanted to do it. It was his wife Felicia's favorite. He lost her just over a year ago," Evans explains. The album also contains some nonstandard arrangements of the standards "Autumn Leaves" and "All the Things You Are." According to Evans, "The goal was to see what else we can do with the songs. When I first got into music, a lot of bands had a formula when you saw them live; that's not my thing. I grew up in theater, so I was used to having a show have a form. What drew me to jazz is it didn't have to have the same form every night. There are still familiar tunes I like to play, but reharmonizing, rearranging them gives me the opportunity to try them out a

different way." Join Evans in celebrating the release of The Evolution of Oneself at Smoke on Sept. 10-13 with Luques Curtis on bass and Clarence Penn on drums, plus special guests each night, such as Antonio Hart, Steve Wilson and Mark Whitfield. Though the players are different from on the CD, "We'll be respectful to the vibe, to the direction the trio's going, to the tunes and to the idea of evolution."

Orrin Evans, Smoke

Mettle and medals Trumpeter Eddie Henderson's story could fill a book. The child of a pair of Cotton Club entertainers, he grew up thinking that the frequent visitors to the house, such as Billie Holiday, Lena Horne and Sarah Vaughan were average people. The notion wasn't dispelled by his first trumpet lesson, which took place backstage at the Apollo Theater when he was nine. Providing the horn and the instruction was none other than Louis Armstrong. In his early teens, figure skating became Henderson's passion and, for about seven years, he divided his time between the ice and his trumpet. Though he medaled in competitions, the self-described "first black person on the planet to compete as a figure skater" eventually got fed up with the racism he encountered and hung up his skates. In the meantime, Henderson had drawn musical inspiration from Miles Davis, a patient of his stepfather, who was a doctor. "Once I heard Miles play, that veered me even more toward music," he declares. A challenge from his stepfather set Henderson on course toward his third great love: medicine. "My stepfather inspired me in kind of a backwards way," he recalls with a laugh. "He told me I wasn't smart enough to be a doctor, so I went out of my way to prove him wrong." Henderson received his license to practice medicine at roughly the same time continued on page 29

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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 Stephane Wrembel. Sep 5: 8pm Lucian Ban & Mat Maneri BROOKLYN CHILDREN’S MUSEUM: 145 Brooklyn Av. www.brooklynkids.org. 718735-4400. Sep 27: 1pm free adm Festival of New Trumpet Music feat Blast Of Brass. BROOKLYN LYCEUM: 227 Fourth Av (bet President & Union Sts). Park Slope. www.brooklynlyceum.com. 718-857-4816. BROWNSTONE JAZZ: 107 Macon St at Nostrand Av. www.sankofaaban.com. 917704-9237. Fri-Sat: 8pm $30 adm incl 1 drink Brownstone Jazz. Fri-Sat: 11pm-1am Open Mic w/Eric Lemon & BJ Ens. BROWNSVILLE HERITAGE HOUSE: 581 Mother Gaston Blvd. www.brownsville heritagehouse.org. 718-385-1111. 3rd Sat: 36pm free adm Wade Barnes Tribute Band. CHEZ OSKAR: 211 Dekalb Av. 718-852-6250. www.chezoskar.com. Mon: 8-11pm. CUBANA SOCIAL: 70 N 6th St. 718-782-3334. www.cubanasocial.com. see Latin Jazz. The DRAWING ROOM: 56 Willoughby St #3. www.drawingroommusic.com. Sets: 7pm. Sep 13: $20 adm Gene Bertoncini; 20: $15 Lena Bloch & Russ Lossing; 27: $10 Stefan Vasnier. EMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH: 279 Lafayette Av at Washington Av. 718-6221107. www.ebcconnects.com. Sep 13: see Latin Jazz. FIREHOUSE SPACE: 246 Frost St. 917-7097799. www.thefirehousespace.org. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF CROWN HEIGHTS: 450 Eastern Pkwy. 718-778-1200. www.myfbcch.org. Sep 27: 3-7pm $20 adm Jazz Vespers. FOR MY SWEET: 1103 Fulton St. 347-7704735. Mon: 7-11pm $10 adm Bill Jacobs Ens. FREDDY’S BAR: 627 5th Av (bet 17th & 18th Sts). www.freddysbar.com. 718-768-0131. 1st&3rd Tues: 9pm Miss Ida Blue; 4th Tues: 8:30pm Music from NY Underground feat 09/22 Laura Ortman Trio, 10pm Giacomo Merega Solo. GAMBRINUS: 3100 Ocean Pkwy. 718-2651009. www.gambrinusny.com. Thurs: 811pm Yaakov Mayman Qrt. I-BEAM: 168 7th St. www.ibeambrooklyn.com. Sets: 8:30pm $15 don. Sep 5: Sylke E. Bearheart; 10-12: Kate Gentile; 18: Cortex. JALOPY: 315 Columbia St. www.jalopy.biz. 718-395-3214. Sep 4: 10pm Carte Blanche. 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.facebook.com/konceptions. Tues: 9&10:30pm $10 don/$10 min Konceptions Music series by James Carney. Sep 1: 10:30pm Phase Reader; 8: Kyle Nasser, 10:30pm Aaron Burnett & The Big Machine; 15: James Carney, 10:30pm tba; 22: Lark, 10:30pm J Granelli; 29: Loren Stillman, Gary Versace & Nate Radley, 10:30pm Color Wheel. LORENZO’S RESTAURANT, BAR & CABARET: At Hilton Garden Inn. 1100 South Av at Lois Ln. Staten Island. 718-4772400X3222. www.lorenzosdining.com. Sun: 12-2&2-4pm Jazz Brunch.


MOMINETTE: 221 Knickerbocker Av. Bushwick. www.mominette.com. 929-2342941. Tues: 9-11pm. PANE E VINO: 174 Smith St at Warren. www.panevinony.com. 718-501-1010. Sun: 710pm Carl Thompson Gp w/Virginia Mayhew. PEREZ JAZZ: 71 Ocean Pkwy #2J. 917-7571901, perezjazzmusic@hotmail.com. Sep 20: 2pm $20 don incl lunch/BYOB feat Sheila Jordan & Cameron Brown. ROULETTE: 509 Atlantic Av at 3rd Av. www.roulette.org. 917-267-0363. Sets: 8pm. Sep 9: Mary Halvorson & Ches Smith; 23: Evan Parker, Ikue Mori, Sylvie Courvoisier, Mark Feldman Qrt; 24: Anthony Coleman. RUSTIK NEIGHBORHOOD TAVERN: 417 DeKalb Ave. www.rustiktavern.com. 347406-9700. 1st Tues: 8pm $5 adm Jam w/Eric Frazier. SAGE: 299 Graham Av. www.sageongraham. com. 718-218-6644. Fri-Sat: 7pm. 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. Sep 1: E Nola Smith, 8pm $8 Michael Malis Trio; 2: E Adam O'Farrill & Stranger Days, L David Bixler & Auction Project feat Arturo O'Farill; 3: E/A/Z Collective feat E Thana Alexa, L Nicole Zuraitis, 9pm Rachel Eckroth; 4: N $12 Ludovica Burtone String Qrt; 8: E Davis & Greg Saunier Duo, L SUN SPEAK, N Benjamin Furman; 9: E The Future Scares Me, L Omoo feat Emilie Weibel; 10: E Seven)sun, L Tom Swafford & String Power; 13: E Sumari, 8pm 12 Houses; 14: E Jacinta Clusellas Band, L $8 Foreign Hues, N Mike Bugala Gp; 15: E Kicks & Sticks, Hessen State Youth Jazz Orch, 9pm Kali RodriguezPena; 16: E Evil Giraffes, L Louis de Mieulle; 17: E $20 Cortex, N Jon Sheckler Trio; 18: E Cowboys & Frenchmen Jazz Qnt; 22: E André Matos Trio, L André Carvalho 5tet, N Ben Tyree & BT3 Acoustic; 23: E New Chamber Works by Nathan Kamal, L $8 Civilians; 27: E $15 Longleash + Bearthoven. SISTAS’ PLACE: 456 Nostrand Av at Jefferson Av. www.sistasplace.org. 718-398-1766. Sat: 9&10:30pm $30/25 adm. THREES BREWING: 333 Douglass St. 718522-2110. www.threesbrewing.com. Sep 2: 8:30pm $10 adm The Music for Wing Walkers series feat Karl Lyden Mixtet + Kenny Warren Qnt + Wing Waler Orch. URBAN MEADOW: President St at Van Brunt St). Columbia Waterfront District. Red Hook/Carroll Gardens. Sep 20: 1-6pm Red Hook Jazz Festival feat Kenny Wessel Qrt, The Mighty Grinders, Vinnie Sperrazza Qrt, Eric Person Trio, Nate Radley Qnt. WILLIAMSBURG MUSIC CENTER: 367 Bedford Av. www.wmcjazz.org. 718-3841654. 10pm-2am. Fri: free adm/2 drink min Jam w/Gerry Eastman Qnt & friends.


CAFE NINE: 250 State St. New Haven. 203-7898281. www.cafenine.com. Sat: 4:30-7:30pm Jam. CAVE À VIN: 975 State St. New Haven. 203777-6206. www.caveavinwinebar.com. Sat: 8-11pm free adm. FIREHOUSE 12: 47 Crown St. New Haven. 203-785-0468. www.firehouse12.com. Fri: continued on page 30

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pianist Herbie Hancock asked him to play for a week with his band Mwandishi. Landing the Hancock gig was "a fluke, an accident that turned into the whole rest of my life." The weeklong gig extended into a couple of years and established Henderson as a serious contender on the jazz scene. "As [saxophonist] Joe Henderson once said, by playing with Herbie Hancock, everyone assumes your credentials are in order," the trumpeter points out. "I've played with all my heroes: Elvin Jones, Art Blakey, Jackie McLean, Dexter Gordon, McCoy Tyner, the Mingus big band—people I've admired all my life." In addition to leading his own quartet, for the past eight years Henderson has been a member of The Cookers, an all-star band that includes pianist George Cables, saxophonists Billy Harper and Donald Harrison, drummer Billy Hart, bassist Cecil McBee and trumpeter/arranger David Weiss. "We all came from the same generation, influenced by music of the '60s that we heard coming up. We've all been around long enough to have individual sounds and been sidemen long enough to know how to be sidemen, to subjugate our individual talents to the group effort, rather than trying to be up front all the time." The trumpeter, who will turn 75 in October, is set to receive the Award of Recognition honoring his pioneering work in the field, at the Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT) Sept. 29, at the New School. The day's celebrations will include a master class, a panel discussion and a concert in Arnhold Hall featuring Henderson's quartet with Cables on piano, Doug Weiss, bass and Billy Drummond, drums. Or you can catch his quintet (the previously named foursome with Kevin Hays on piano and the addition of alto saxophonist Gary Bartz) at Smoke Sept. 18-20. Henderson claims to carry a rabbit's foot in his back pocket, but his success in such a variety of fields has more to do with discipline, determination and a certain amount of right place/right time than with any good-luck charm. "If I see something I like, I'm 100 percent effort, whether it was skating, music or medicine," he says. "That molded my character to what it is. Like it or not, it's me."

Eddie Henderson, New School and Smoke

What’s your number? Vocalist Libby York has written newspaper columns and poetry, but so far hasn't written any songs. "The available repertoire is so great; it's hard to write anything as good as some of what's already out there. How could I write a lyric as good as Johnny Mercer's?" But it's way too soon to rule out York as a songwriter—she moves at her own pace. Born and reared in the Midwest, York came from a musical family. Both her parents played piano and sang and there's a legend that the Bob Crosby tune "Big Noise from Winnetka" was written about them. "My father could get loud after a couple of drinks," she recalls with a laugh, "and he always sat in with the big bands that came to town, so he knew Bob Crosby well."

Libby York, Jazz at Kitano

York knew from the get-go that she had a good voice; she sang in schools and in choirs and was always chosen for solo parts, but she didn't begin singing professionally until she was 35. "Sometimes, when something comes easily you take it for granted. It took a while to figure out I had a unique gift." Turning pro was a process, not a result of an "aha! moment." After sitting in and gigging a bit in the Midwest, York moved to New York in the early 1980s and delved deeply into the musical life, attending workshops at Cobi Narita's loft, hanging at the Vanguard with Abbey Lincoln and absorbing music as a performer, student and listener. "It was such a great experience, getting that exposure to the legends. Though I had a gift, I worked hard and pursued it. I had to learn how to work with a band and connect with the audience." Along with honing her vocal skills and stage craft, York also took on the business side. "It was hard," she admits. "You've got to be tough and learn to take rejection." Now based in Chicago and with more than three decades of experience and a handful of well-received CDs under her belt, York is returning to New York to celebrate her 71st birthday at Jazz at Kitano Sept. 30. "My voice has never been better; I take good care of myself. As Gypsy Rose Lee said, 'I have everything I

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York by Linda Schwartz.


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8:30pm $20 adm, 10pm $15. Sep 18: Jon Cowherd Mercy Project; 25: Amir ElSaffar & Two Rivers. FUJI OF JAPAN RESTAURANT & BAR: 111 Old Kings Hwy North. Darien. 203-655-4995. www.fujiofjapan.com. Thurs: 6:30-9pm Music Thursdays series feat Nicole Pasternak or Maria Tiscia. KELLY’S GASTRO PUB: 196 Crown St. New Haven. www.kellysnewhaven.com. 203-7761111. Sun: 12-3pm Jazz Brunch. The OUTER SPACE: 294 Treadwell St. Hamden. www.theouterspace.net. 203-6401684. Sun: 5-7pm $5 adm The Outer Space Jazz All Stars. OWL SHOP: 268 College St. New Haven. 203624-3250. www.owlshopcigars.com. Wed: 9pm-12am free adm Hawkins Jazz Collective. RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE: 80 East Ridge. Ridgefield. www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org. 203-438-5795. Sep 13: 12pm Sunday Jazz Brunch feat Oran Etkin. SARAH’S WINE BAR: At Bernard’s. 20 West Ln. (Route 35). Ridgefield. 203-438-8282. www.bernardsridgefield.com. Sep 27: 6:30pm Cyrille Aimée. The SIDE DOOR JAZZ CLUB: At Old Lyme Inn. 85 Lyme St. Old Lyme. 860-434-0886. www.thesidedoorjazz.com. Sets: 8:30pm. Sep 3: Power Qnt; 4: Noah Preminger 4tet; 5: Somi; 11: Glen Zaleski Trio; 12: Justin Kauflin Trio; 18: Steve Wilson & Wilsonian's Grain; 19: Duane Eubanks; 24: Nat Reeves Trio; 25: Clifton Anderson Qrt; 26: Freddy Hendrix Qrt. TWO BOOTS: 281 Fairfield Av. Bridgeport. www.twobootsbridgeport.com. 203-3311377.


AMERICAN HOTEL: 49 Main St. Sag Harbor. 631-725-3535. www.theamericanhotel.com. Sep 2-7: 6:30-10:30pm Lee Glantz; 19: 8-9pm Judy Carmichael. BOCA: 74 Shore Rd. Glen Cove. 516-674-8000. www.bocakbny.com. Mon: 7-10pm: Ian Petillo. GRILLFIRE: 33 Berry Hill Rd. Syosset. 516364-2144. www.georgemartinsgrillfire.com. Tues: 7-10pm Petillo Jazz Trio. ONDA LOUNGE: At Allegria Hotel. 80W Bway. Long Beach. 516-889-1300. www.allegriaho tel.com. Thurs: 8pm-12am Jazz & Sushi feat Ian Petillo Trio (alternative week). OSTERIA SALINA: 108 Wainscott Stone Rd. Wainscott. www.osteriasalina.net. 631-5275396. Sep 5: 9pm-12am Vanessa Trouble. PIERRE’S: 2468 Main St. Bridgehampton. www.artofsong.org/jazz_at_pierres. 631537-5110. Tues&Sun: 6:30-9:30pm. 1st Tues: Jody Carlson Trio. RAM’S HEAD INN: 108 Ram Island Dr. Shelter Island. www.theramsheadinn.com. 631-7490811. Sun: 6-9:30pm Sun Jazz series feat Jane & Peter w/spec guests. TRATTORIA GRASSO: 134 Main St. Cold Spring Harbor. www.trattoriagrasso.com. 631-367-6060. Sets: Tues 8pm; Wed&Sat 7pm; Thurs 6:30pm; Fri 7:30pm; Sun Brunch (B) 12pm, Evening 6pm. Residencies: Sun B Joe Carter, Wed Wayne Sabella, Thurs Frank O’Brien. Sep 20: Gail Storm; 25: Jazzphonics. WALK STREET TAVERN: 1218 Jericho Tpk.


New Hyde Park. 516-354-9732. Last Tues: 9pm-12am Jam w/John Ray & Ian Petillo. WOLFFER WINE STAND: 3312 Montauk Hwy. Sagaponack. www.wolffer.com. 631-5375106. Thurs: 5-8pm Twilight Thursdays series. Sep 3: LUMA; 10: Lilly-Anne Merat; 17: Morris Goldberg; 24: Certain Moves.


76 HOUSE: 110 Main St. Tappan. 845-359-5476. www.76house.com. Wed except 09/9&16: 811pm free adm Quintets w/Mark Hagan & feat artists + Jam. Sep 23: Warren Chiasson; 30: Duane Eubanks & Darryl Yokley. ALBRIGHT-KNOX ART GALLERY: 1285 Elmwood Av. Buffalo. 716-882-8700. www.albrightknox.org. 1st Fri: 5:30-7:30pm Jazz & Happy Hour. Sep 4: Doug Yeomans & Sue Kincaid. AVIDA BAR: 159 Main St. Nyack. 845-353-2525. www.avidabar.com. Fri: 8-10:30pm free adm Alicia Crowe. The BOP SHOP: 1460 Monroe Av. Rochester. 585-271-3354. www.bopshop.com. Sep 6: 8:30pm Peter & Will Anderson Trio. 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. FALCON ARTS: 1348 Rte 9 West. Marlboro. www.liveatthefalcon.com. 845-236-7970. $20 don suggested. Sets: 7pm, if opening act (Op) 8pm main act; Sun 10am-2pm Brunch (B). Sep 3: The Moutin Factory Qnt; 4: Shayna Steele; 6: B Saints of Swing, 7pm Impetus; 13: Jason Miles & Ingrid Jensen; 14: Jazz Gallery's Mentoring series feat Adam Rogers Gp w/Jimmy McBride; 18: Donald Harrison Jr.; 24: Jaimeo Brown & Transcendence; 25: Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith, Op Maiko Hata; 27: Tisziji Munoz & Free Horse Trio; 28: Ingrid Sertso/Karl Berger w/Peter Apfelbaum & Celebrating Life; 30: Marine Futin. QUINN’S: 330 Main St. Beacon. www.quinns beacon.com. Sets: Mon 8pm, Tues-Wed 8:30pm, Fri-Sat 10pm. Free adm. Mon: Monday Night Jazz Sessions; Wed: Cocktail Wednesdays feat The Tony DePaolo Project. Sep 1: Club/Draw; 7: Antonin Fajt Trio; 8: Mary Halvorson & Ches Smith Duo; 11: Joe Fiedler & Big Sackbut; 14: 5th Floor Walk Up; 15: 9pm Jaimie “Breezy” Branch Trio; 19: Dead Empires/Oscar Hansson Trio; 21: Michael Bisio & Accortet; 22: tba; 28: Daniel Carter/William Parker/Federico Ughi Trio; 29: Beacon Music Factory Night. TURNING POINT CAFÉ: 468 Piermont Av. Piermont. www.turningpointcafe.com. 845359-1089. Mon: 8-11:30pm $5 adm Monday Jam by John Richmond.


ASTOR ROOM: 34-12 36th St. Astoria. 718-2551947. www.astorroom.com. Fri-Sat: 7-11pm & Sun: 11:30am-3pm. Sep 11: Dorian Devins Trio. FLUSHING TOWN HALL: 137-35 Northern Blvd. Flushing. www.flushingtownhall.org. 718-463-7700. 1st Wed: 7pm Jam. Sep 18: 810pm Tocho Swing Beats. FRONT TOWARD ENEMY: 40-11 30th Av. Astoria. www.fronttowardenemynyc.com.

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HOT FLASHES Musician-Club Owners Corner Cameroonian bassist Richard Bona has never been one to adhere to expectations. A first-call collaborator to a dizzying array of artists, including Manu Dibango, Salif Keita, Larry Coryell, Mike Stern, Bobby McFerrin and Branford Marsalis, Bona has consistently defied genre conventions in his music, drawing instead on a massive array of styles and applying them in unique fusions with a ferocious bass technique that many liken to Jaco Pastorius. Now, as he prepares to launch his namesake venue Club Bonafide, Bona intends to apply his lifetime of innovative thinking to revolutionizing the club scene.

Richard Bona

Bona views the club as an opportunity to present an improved business arrangement for performing artists. "As musicians we are missing something," he explains. "We compose, we write and we create music, but when it comes time to sell it, we give it to someone else. And if we do that, we own nothing. This has been bad for us: costs have tripled and quadrupled since I came to New York 21 years ago, but salaries for musicians have not gone up. I went to a club to see a friend release his record and I found out that he had to pay $600 to even play in the club! When I saw that, I thought 'Why must every cost go up, but artists' fees go down?' So I considered how we can get out of that, and I decided to create a club where the musicians can

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make money playing, where they can sell their CDs and get 100% of the revenue. I want to do something different and I believe we can run a club where everybody can make money." Taking over the site once occupied by the Somethin' Jazz Club, Bona now prepares for the opportunity to present new solutions to the industry and bring a much-needed respect to artists. On the horizon, Bona envisions increased outreach for the venue through subscription-based streaming services, the profits of which can be given to the performing artists. Additionally, he views the club as a vehicle for reigniting an openness within venues both by doing away with exclusivity clauses and by looking to instill a more genre-blind booking. In this way, Bona hopes to encourage a celebration of live music and an environment of collaboration that he views as crucial to building a scene. "Charlie Parker was performing on 52nd Street every night," he notes. "And that's part of what made him great. The artists have to be able to perform, and it helps no one if a great musician can only play in New York at a major club maybe three times a year." To be sure, opening a new place anywhere is a risky endeavor, and particularly so in New York; however, Bona does not view it that way, and counters that new thinking and a focus on artist ownership are paramount to success. So far, preview events at the club are extremely promising, as the beautiful space boasts a dedicated listening area with outstanding sound equipment and an exciting set of artists on the horizon. Bona’s vision offers an enticing picture of a quality venue that can properly serve and celebrate artists, one that with luck could inspire other establishments to follow suit. Richard Bona performs at Club Bonafide Sept. 9-11. Learn more about the club at www.clubbonafide.com. Concerts and Series Noted author David Hajdu embarks on a new project as a lyricist, releasing his debut album Waiting for the Angel Aug. 28. On Sept. 2, he celebrates with a CD release party at Rockwood Music Hall, where artists including Jo Lawry, Fred Hersch, Renee Rosnes, Carl Allen, Steve Wilson—as well as Hajdu himself—will bring the

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718-545-2269. Wed: 7:30-10:30pm Keyed Up series. 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. LOUIS ARMSTRONG HOUSE MUSEUM: 3456 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: 911:30pm $10 adm. ROCKAWAY BEACH: Boardwalk at B. 97th St. Rockaway Beach. Sep 5: 6-10pm www.rock awaybeach97.com Rockaway Beach Jazz Festival feat Lisa Parrott Band, 7:30pm Michael Blake, 9pm John Mettam & Flying Home. SUNNYSIDE REFORMED CHURCH: 48-03 Skillman Av. Sunnyside. 718-426-5997. www.queenschurches.org. Sep 19: 5:30-9pm Flicks & Jazz in the Garden.


ALVIN & FRIENDS: 14 Memorial Hwy. New Rochelle. www.alvinandfriendsrestaurant. com. 914-654-6549. Sep 11: 7:30-11pm free adm/2 drink min Jazmyn feat Jim Farley & Inez Wilson; 18: 8-11pm $10 adm Peter Hand Qrt; 25: 7-10:30pm $10 adm/2 drink min Paul Carlon Latin Qrt; 26: 7:30-11pm free adm/2 drink min Leslie Pintchik Trio. BEANRUNNER CAFÉ: 201 S Division & Esther St. Peekskill. 914-737-1701. www.beanrunnercafe.com. Fri-Sat: 810:30pm $10 adm. Sep 12: Lines of Reason; 26: Chip White. DON COQUI: 115 Cedar St. New Rochelle. 914637-3737. www.doncoqui.com. ELEMENTS: 161 Mamaroneck Av. White Plains. www.elementswhiteplains.com. 914358-4930. FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: 199N Columbus Av at E Lincoln Av. Mount Vernon. www.pjsjazz.org. 914-636-4977. 2nd Sun: 69pm $25 adm Second Sunday Jazz series. Sep 13: Houston Person. PETE'S SALOON: 8 West Main St. Elmsford. www.petessaloon.com. 914-592-9849. Sep 19: 10:30pm $10 adm John Tropea. 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 Pondfield Rd. Bronxville. www.underhillscrossing.com. 914-337-1200. WHIPPOORWILL HALL: 19 Whippoorwill Rd East. Armonk. www.northcastlelibrary.org. 914-273-3887. Sep 26: 8pm Charlie Lagond & friends. WHITE PLAINS: Downtown. White Plains. www.artswestchester.org. 24-27: JazzFest feat 09/24 8pm $20 adm South American Jazz Project, 09/25 12pm free Ed Fast & Conga-Bop, 8pm $20 Women of Piedmont Blues, 09/26 2-4pm free Latin Jazz Workshop, 3pm free Duende Project, 8pm $35/25 Brazil Meets Jazz feat Helio Alves, Nilson Matta & Duduka Da Fonseca w/Maucha Adnet & Mark Morganelli, 09/27


12-5pm free Orange Julius & the Big Beat, Doug Munro & Big Boss Bossa Nova w/Charlie Lagond, Rocky Middleton Qnt, Sherry Winston, John Patitucci Qrt w/Tim Armacost & Jay Azzolina.

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Inn Jazz Orch. DELAWARE WATER GAP: www.cotajazz.org. Sep 11-13: Jazz and Arts Festival feat 09/12 12pm Nancy Reed Trio, 1:15pm Tribute to Eric Done w/Zach Brock, Bobby Avey, 3:45pm The New Quintet, 5pm COTA Festival Orch, 6:30pm Dave Liebman & Expansions Gp, 7:45pm Tom Hamilton & A Work In Progress, 09/13 12:15pm Sue Terry Gp, 1:30pm Dixie Gents, 2:45pm COTA Cats Volume XXXV, 4:15pm Adam Niewood & Paradigm Shift, 5:30pm Bob Dorough Qrt, 6:45pm Brass Arts Collective, 8pm The Bobby Syvarth Combo.

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NEW JERSEY NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 1 Center St. Newark. 888-466-5722. www.njpac.org. Sep 12: 8pm El Gran Combo & Eddie Palmieri Orch. OSKAR SCHINDLER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 4 Boland Dr. West Orange. 973669-7385. www.ospac.org. Sep 19: Jazz and Brew Fest www.njai.org feat 3pm Oscar Perez Latin Jazz Qnt. QUEENS TERRAZA 7 TRAIN CAFÉ: 40-19 Gleane St. Elmhurst. www.terrazacafe.com. 718-8039602. Sets: unless otherwise noted 9:30pm $7 adm. Sun: $5 adm Jam. Sep 3: 9pm Terraza 7 BIG Band; 4: Ricky Rodriguez & the New Electrico-Acoustic Gp; 5: 10:30pm Diego Obregon & Grupo Chonta; 11: Nelson Riveros Qnt; 12: Benito Gonzalez Trio; 15: Victor Prieto; 18: 10pm Chota Madre; 19: 10:30pm Rebolu; 25: Los Aliens. WESTCHESTER ALVIN & FRIENDS: 14 Memorial Hwy. New Rochelle. www.alvinandfriendsrestaurant. com. 914-654-6549. Sep 25: 7-10:30pm$10 adm Paul Carlon Latin Qrt. EDGE-ON-HUDSON: 50 River St. Sleepy Hollow. 914-631-1000. Sep 18 7pm, 19-20 2&6pm: $20-10 adm Circus Latino! feat Mark Morganelli, Grupo Inkhay, Monika Oliveira. WHITE PLAINS: Downtown. White Plains. www.artswestchester.org. 24-27: JazzFest feat 09/24 8pm $20 adm South American Jazz Project, 09/25 12pm free Ed Fast & Conga-Bop, 09/26 2-4pm free Latin Jazz Workshop, 8pm $35/25 Brazil Meets Jazz feat Helio Alves, Nilson Matta & Duduka Da Fonseca w/Maucha Adnet & Mark Morganelli, 09/27 12-5pm free Doug Munro & Big Boss Bossa Nova w/Charlie Lagond.

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.

FRESH TAKES Yuhan Su and her quintet take on Cornelia Street Café on Sept. 21, playing selections from the vibraphonist's latest release A Room of One's Own, named for the Virginia Woolf essay collection. Su crafts the spirit of Woolf's prose into contrapuntal knitwear-intricate arpeggiation combined with a choralesque melodic instinct. Compared to other vibes players, her mallet-on-bar effect is gentle and legato. "I prefer to have a warmer sound, so actually what I'm using is closer to marimba mallets," she says. The record showcases her classical technique and passion for new music on her tune "Painters Mind," on which she plays malletKAT—a pitched-percussion MIDI controller. The album also offers two extended suites, "Valedicere" and "I Do Not Always Understand What You Say. What Is, Is By Its Nature On Display." The latter borrows lines from a James Schuyler poem for its title. "A story must have a beginning, HOT FLASHES...

By Nathan Kamal, student at The New School middle and end," says Su. "I like to extend my compositions to this format…I can describe my subjects from a different angle, in a different color or mood." By invoking masters of literature, Su is a rising force of jazz portraiture. The Yuhan Su Quintet celebrates its CD release at Cornelia Street Café on Sept. 21.

On Sept. 16, Hot House will team up with the Metropolitan Room to honor the legendary impresario Jack Kleinsinger. Hosted by Antoinette Montague, the event will also celebrate the winners of the NYC Jazz Fans Decision, an online public vote celebrating New York's top jazz talents. Learn more at www.nycjazzcontest.com. Tokyo-based Tocho Swing Beats, a 20piece orchestra that was founded 67 years ago and comprises members with jobs at public offices, undertakes its eighth NYC visit Sept. 18-20. Presenting shows at Flushing Town Hall, Mother Zion Church

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new music to life. Find out more at www.davidhajdu.com. Lehman College’s Studio Theater will play host to the Steve Getz Music Hall as promoter and manager Steve Getz kicks off a new month-long jazz series as a tribute to his father, Stan, on Sept. 11. The monthlong series of concerts includes performances by Andy LaVerne, Dave Stryker, Marion Cowings, John di Martino and Harry Allen. Find a full schedule online at www.stevegetzmusic.com.

Tocho Swing Beats Hajdu photo by Chester Higgins, Jr.


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. Eddie Thompson, the blind British pianist, was doing a tour through the Midwest on small commercial planes. At one layover for fuel, most of the passengers got off the plane for a snack and a stretch. Eddie decided to stay on board. The pilot asked if he would like anything, and Eddie said his guide dog might need to go out. When the other passengers saw the pilot walking up and down the tarmac with a guide dog, they were reluctant to get back on the plane. Eddie's favorite joke involved a blind man who sat in the same location at a railway station every day selling pencils. One commuter always dropped a dime in his tray, but never took a pencil. The blind man stopped the commuter one day and said, "You're the guy who comes every day and drops a dime in my tray, but never takes a pencil." The commuter agreed that he was the one. "Well, I just wanted to let you know, the pencils are fifteen cents now." ANOTHER REASON... continued from page 29

once had; it's just slower and lower.' You have to let go of the number and just enjoy life." She's likely to present tunes from her most-recent CD, Memoir, "I'll also be adding some new material that I've always loved but not done. Learning new songs is like meeting new friends." And don't give up hope of eventually hearing York sing some originals. "I have a few things I'm working on that I would like to include on my next CD," the vocalist reveals. "Everyone has her own unique voice and experience. No one else sounds like you. Songwriting is another way to open up and share more of ourselves."


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and the Shrine, the ensemble performs on this tour in gratitude to the U.S. for its relief efforts following the 2011 earthquake. Learn more at www.tsb.banbi.net. Bassist Reggie Workman assembles a

remarkable array of talents for his new projectRW WORKz, including ELEW, James Carter, Tapan Modak, and Ferenc Nemeth. The group will present a genrebusting performance at Symphony Space on Sept. 18. Find out more at www.sym phonyspace.org. A new season begins for the Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT), as director Dave Douglas curates a series of forwardthinking concerts Sept. 24-29 at a variety of venues throughout the city. Marquis Hill, Stephanie Richards, Josh Evans, Ingrid Jensen are some of the brass talents featured, while the legendary Eddie Henderson will be honored with a celebration on Sept. 29. Find out more at www.fontmusic.org. On Sept. 28, the Fourth Universalist Society hosts a memorial tribute to the “Pioneer of Crossover,� pianist, composer and conductor Ettore Stratta. The event begins at 6 p.m. and will offer a number of remembrances and musical performances.

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A Moment You Missed by Fran Kaufman Hot House Contributing Photographer Hearing about 12-year-old pianist Joey Alexander is one thing. But actually being in the room when he plays is quite something else! The young man exhibits total pleasure and ease as he seems to channel the greats. Listen and you'll hear strains of Hank Jones and Cedar Walton. Between sets of his gig at Jazz Standard on Jul. 28 Joey hung out backstage with bassist Russell Hall (left) and drummer Sammy Miller. Yes, that's Joey in the middle!



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WYNTON MARSALIS & NJCU ALUMNI BIG BAND J. OWEN GRUNDY PIER / SEPTEMBER 10 The contributions of Wynton Marsalis would fill two normal musical lifetimes. Marsalis' creativity has been felt across the full spectrum, from New Orleans roots to bebop to modern jazz. But alongside this musical motion, it's about giving back, attitudes firmly instilled along the way from his parents, Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie and Clark Terry, among countless other jazz legends. Marsalis' giving back has been to the church, jazz clubs, concert halls, classrooms and in the feet of world-class dance companies. His contributions, noted by nine Grammy awards and a Pulitzer Prize, can be traced directly to those who mentored him in the spirit of swing, those like trumpeter Terry. Marsalis joins the NJCU Alumni Jazz Big Band, under the direction of Professor Richard Lowenthal, to raise high the spirit of Clark Terry. JEFF HACKWORTH HOTOKE / SEPTEMBER 10 Saxophonist Jeff Hackworth developed his big, hard-swinging sound in the R&B and blues bands in the smoky clubs of his hometown of Buffalo. There was an organ scene that pulled him close, and road work with the Tommy Dorsey Band and bluesman Matt "Guitar" Murphy provided a blissful mix of soul and intellect, a balance that's evident whether seeing Hackworth in performance or checking out one of his albums. Compared to master tenorists like Gene Ammons, Stanley Turrentine or Houston Person (who mentored him early on), Hackworth's latest recording, The Heart of the Matter (Big Bridges Music) displays a comfort with Ellington or Arlen & Mercer, while showing off his own big bad boogaloo. Hackworth joins organist Radam Schwartz, drummer Vince Ector and guitarist Charlie Sigler. SHAREL CASSITY RIDGEWOOD JAZZFEST / SEPTEMBER 13 When she was nine, Sharel Cassity received an old Conn saxophone for Christmas. With her determination, it was a gift that kept on giving through the musically rich roots of her Oklahoma youth, to advanced degrees at the New School and Juilliard, to experience with Jimmy Heath, the DIVA big band, Roy Hargrove and the Dizzy Gillespie All Stars. Cassity's alto expressions draw upon both her conservatory training, and flights described by Jazziz Magazine as "absolutely Bird-like." As Cassity depicts it, "I'm interested in using the history of blues, swing, bebop, postbop and contemporary jazz to reflect the sound of my generation and the time we are living." Whether playing Black Orpheus, Over the Rainbow, or a fire-breathing original, Cassity and her quintet will have a lot to say.

ERIC ALEXANDER OSPAC JAZZFEST / SEPTEMBER 19 Eric Alexander was six when he approached music, first at the piano, then clarinet and alto sax, before settling on the tenor sax. He studied at Indiana University and, later, William Paterson University, made his recording debut with organist Charles Earland and has gone on to display his big soulful sound on stages around the globe and on more than 70 recordings. His Friendly Fire (HighNote) sessions with Vincent Herring document the combination of furnace, soul and subtlety that keep him at the top of any jazz fan's list of "must sees." With his "don't follow the crowd" attitude, Eric Alexander's inventions play out alongside co-leader Harold Mabern on piano and his long-time musical compadres, bassist Jon Weber and drummer Joe Farnsworth; knowing each other so well sets the stage for guaranteed sparks.

Alexander photot by Jimmy Katz.



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. Sep 10: 7pm $30 adm Live! At the Cabaret feat Roy Assaf Trio. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF TEANECK: 1592 Teaneck Rd. Teaneck. 201-837-9139. www.firstbaptistteaneck.org. Sep 19: 3pm Jazz Vespers feat Kim Clarke & Daille Ketrell. PUFFIN CULTURAL FORUM: 20 Puffin Way. Teaneck. www.puffinculturalforum.org. 201836-8923. RIDGEWOOD DOWNTOWN: Ridgewood. Sep 13: 12-6pm $5 adm Ridgewood Jazz Fest www.ridgewoodguild.com feat Sharel Cassity Qnt, Jazzmeia Horn, Antoinette Montague w/Solomon Hicks & Bobby Sanabria. 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. Ev other Sat: 8pm-12am Betty Liste Qrt. BURLINGTON TRI-STATE JAZZ SOCIETY: PO Box 896. Mount Laurel. www.tristatejazz.org. 856-7200232. ESSEX BRUSCHETTA RESTAURANT: 292 Passaic Av. Fairfield. 973-227-6164. www.bruschettarestaurantonline.com. Thurs: 7-10pm Rio Clemente Duo. CODA KITCHEN & BAR: 177 Maplewood Av. Maplewood. www.codamaplewood.com. 973-327-2247. Sun: 12-3pm Jazz Brunch feat Lee Glantz. DUKE’S SOUTHERN TABLE: 11 Clinton St. Newark. www.dukesnewark.com. 862-7635757. Fri-Sat: 7:30-11:30pm, Sun: 1-4pm. Sep 4: Carrie Jackson; 11: James Stewart; 12: Champian Fulton; 13: Akie Bermiss; 18: Pat Van Dyke; 19: Brevan Hampden; 20: Janet Van Kline; 25: Craig Yaremko; 26: Sharp Radway; 27: Peter Winstead Jr. FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH: 40S Fullerton Av. Montclair. 973-744-6560. www.outpostintheburbs.org. Sep 27: 3-5pm $10 adm Spiritual Drumming Workshops by Richard Reiter. HAT CITY KITCHEN: 459 Valley St. Orange. 862-252-9147. Wed: 8pm Jam by Mike Lee. HIGHLAWN PAVILION: 1 Crest Dr. West Orange. www.highlawn.com. 973-731-3463. Sets: 7-10pm. Sat: Phillip Della Penna. Sep 4: Ron Thompson Trio; 11: Mark Peterson Trio; 18: Rick Crane Trio; 25: see 09/11. 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. MCLOONE’S BOATHOUSE: 9 Cherry Ln at Northfield Av. West Orange. 862-252-7108. www.mcloonesboathouse.com. Sun: 10am3pm Jazz Brunch feat Doug Clarke Duo. MEMORIAL WEST UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: 286S 7th St at South Orange Av. Newark. 973-242-1015. Sep 26: 6-7:30pm free adm Flatted Fifth Jazz Vespers series feat Jackie Jones & Lewis Porter Qrt. NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 1 Center St. Newark. 888-466-5722. www.njpac.org. Sep 11: 8pm Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra w/Wynton Marsalis; 12: 8pm El Gran Combo & Eddie Palmieri Orch;


17: 7:30pm Christian McBride w/Pat Metheny; 25 7:30pm & 27 3pm: New Jersey Symphony Orch w/Branford Marsalis. OSKAR SCHINDLER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 4 Boland Dr. West Orange. 973669-7385. www.ospac.org. Sep 19: Jazz and Brew Fest www.njai.org feat 12:30pm Enrico Granafei Band w/Madame Pat Tandy, 2pmBill Charlap Trio, 3pm Oscar Perez Latin Jazz Qnt, 4pm Bob DeVos Qrt, 5pm Eric Alexander/Harold Mabern Qrt, 6pm Dave Stryker Qrt. PAPILLON 25: 25 Valley St. South Orange. 973-761-5299. www.papillon25.com. Thurs: 8:30pm. RICALTON’S: 19 Valley St. South Orange. www.ricaltons.com. 973-763-1006. Tues: 7:30-10:30pm Greg Bufford Trio. RUTGERS UNIVERSITY: Institute of Jazz Studies. 185 University Av. Newark. www.rut gers.edu. 973-353-5595. 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. Sep 7&21: 8-10pm Glenn Franke's 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. Sep 6: 4-7pm Master Class & Jam w/Carrie Jackson; 27: Ron Aprea Big Band feat Angela DeNiro. WBGO: 54 Park Pl. Newark. www.wbgo.org. 973-624-8880. HUDSON J. OWEN GRUNDY PIER: Jersey City. Sep 10: 6:30pm free adm The NJCU Alumni Jazz Big Band Saluting Clark Terry w/spec guest Wynton Marsalis. LIBERTY HOUSE RESTAURANT: 82 Audrey Zapp Dr. Jersey City. 201-395-0300. www.lib ertyhouserestaurant.com. Sun: 12am-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. 201-8768800. Thurs: 7:30pm Manouche Bag. MAXWELL’S TAVERN: 1039 Washington St. Hoboken. www.maxwellsnj.com. 201-6537777. Tues: 8pm free adm. Sep 1: Alejandro & Paul Jazz Guitar Duo. MOORE’S LOUNGE: 189 Monticello Av. Jersey City. 201-332-4309. Fri: 8:30pm-12am free adm/no min Jam by Winard Harper & Rosalind Grant. NEW JERSEY CITY UNIVERSITY: 2039 Kennedy Blvd. Jersey City. www.njcu.edu. 201-200-2000. www.njcu.edu.

HUNTERDON DOWNTOWN FLEMINGTON: Flemington. Sep 18: free adm Central Jersey Jazz Festival www.centraljerseyjazzfestival.com feat 6pm Sarah Partridge, 8pm Mona's Hot Four, 8pm Chuck Lambert, 9pm Bria Skonberg. 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. Sep 5: Mike Lee; 12: Shakera Jones; 19: Lee Hogans; 26: Jullian Pressley. MCCARTER THEATRE: 91 University Pl. Princeton. 609-258-2787. www.mccarter.org. Sep 24: 7:30pm Chick Corea & Bela Fleck. PALMER SQUARE GREEN: Downtown Princeton (off Rte 206). www.palmer square.com. Sep 20: JazzFeast feat 12pm

Alan Dale & New Legacy Jazz Band, 1:15pm Ken Peplowski Qnt feat Harry Allen, 2:30pm Willie Martinez & La Familia Sxt w/spec guest Warren Vaché, 3:45pm Marlene VerPlanck Qnt feat Houston Person, 5pm Dennis Lichtman & Brain Cloud feat Tamar Korn.

MIDDLESEX DESTINATION DOGS: 101 Paterson St. New Brunswick. www.destinationdogs.com. 732993-1016. Free adm. 1st Fri: 9pm-12am New Brunswick Groove Fusion feat Matt Echols. Sep 18: 10pm-1am Ralph Bowen Qrt. HOTOKE RESTAURANT BAR LOUNGE & SUSHI: 350 George St. New Brunswick. 732246-8999. www.hotokerestaurant.com. Thurs: 8-11pm free adm/$5 min. Sep 3: Benito Gonzalez Qrt; 10: Jeff Hackworth Qrt; 17: Orrin Evans Qrt; 24: Oscar Perez Qrt. HYATT HOTEL: 2 Albany St. New Brunswick. www.newbrunswick.hyatt.com. 732-8731234. Wed: 8-10:30pm. Sep 2: Vivian Sessoms; 23: Carrie Jackson. LA TAVOLA CUCINA RISTORANTE: 700 Old Bridge Tpk. South River. 732-238-2111. www.latavolacucinanj.com. Thurs: 7:30pm Jam. MONUMENT SQUARE: George St at Livingston Av. New Brunswick. Sep 19: Central Jersey Jazz Festival free adm www.centraljerseyjazzfestival.com feat 1pm Alexis Morrast Qrt, 2:15pm The New Brunswick District Jazz Band, 2:45pm Dave Liebman & Expansions Gp, 4pm see 2:15pm, 4:30pm Sean Jones Qrt. NOVITA: 25 New St. Metuchen. 732-549-5306. www.novitanj.com. Thurs: 6-10pm Champian Fulton. RUTGERS UNIVERSITY: 126 College Ave. New Brunswick. www.rutgers.edu. 732-445-4636. STATE THEATRE: 15 Livingston Av. New Brunswick. www.statetheatrenj.org. 732-2467469. Sep 26: 8pm New Jersey Symphony Orch w/Branford Marsalis. STEAKHOUSE 85: 85 Church St. New Brunswick. www.steakhouse85.com. 732247-8585. 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. Sep 1: Jimmy Merchant; 8: Erez Lirov; 15: Justin Jones; 22: Dave Pollack.

MONMOUTH COUNT BASIE THEATRE: 99 Monmouth St. Red Bank. www.countbasietheatre.org. 732842-9000. Sep 26: 8pm Chick Corea & Bela Fleck. 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. Sep 11: 7:30pm $6 adm Laura Hull Qrt. HOTEL TIDES: 408 7th Av. Asbury Park. 732897-7744. www.hoteltides.com. Sep 20: 7pm Jazz Duo w/Debra & Patrick.

MORRIS BICKFORD THEATRE: 6 Normandy Heights Rd. Morristown. 973-971-3706. Concerts 89:30pm. www.njjs.org. $15/18 adm. Sep 9: Warren Vaché; 21: Sarah Partridge. HIBISCUS RESTAURANT: 270 South St. Morristown. www.hibiscuscuisine.com. 973359-0200. Tues 6-9pm, Fri 7-10pm, Sat 6:309:30pm, Sun Brunch 12-3pm. MAXFIELD’S ON MAIN: 713 Main St. Boonton. www.maxfieldsonmain.com. 973588-3404.

MAYO PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 100 South St. Morristown. www.mayoarts.org. 973-539-8008. Sep 25: 8pm Chick Corea & Bela Fleck. NEW JERSEY JAZZ SOCIETY: 800-303NJJS. www.njjs.org. RAILS STEAKHOUSE: 10 White Hall Rd. Towaco. www.railssteakhouse.com. 973335-0006. 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. Sep 1: John Korba; 2: Bucky Pizzarelli Trio; 4-5: Claudio Roditi Qrt; 6-8: closed; 18: Unit 1 Trio; 20: Nancy Nelson & Jerry Vezza.

OCEAN OCEAN COUNTY COLLEGE: College Dr. Toms River. 732-255-0500. www.ocean.edu. $18/22 adm. www.njjs.org. Concerts: 89:30pm. Sep 16: Jazz Lobsters. PASSAIC WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY: 300 Pompton Rd. Wayne. www.wpunj.edu. 973720-2371.

SOMERSET SOMERVILLE: Somerset County Courthouse Green (corner E Main & Grove Sts). Sep 20: free adm Central Jersey Jazz Festival www.centraljerseyjazzfestival.com feat 1pm Alphonso Horne, 2pm Jazz House Kids, 2:20pm Gregory Generet, 3:20pm see 2pm, 3:40pm Wolff & Clark Expedition 2, 4:40pm see 2pm, 5pm Buster Williams Qrt.

UNION 16 PROSPECT WINE BAR & BISTRO: 16 Prospect St. Westfield. 908-232-7320. www.16prospect.com. Free adm/no min. Thurs: 8-11pm. CROSSROADS: 78 North Av. Garwood. 908232-5666. www.xxroads.com. Tues: 9pm1am free adm Jam w/Crossroads All Stars. Sep 19: 6-7:30pm Maurício de Souza & Bossa Brasil®. VAN GOGH’S EAR CAFÉ: 1017 Stuyvesant Av. Union. www.vangoghsearcafe.com. 908810-1844. Sun: 8-11pm $4 adm. Sep 20: Ran Tan Toon; 27: MB4.

WARREN RUTHERFURD HALL: 1686-R Rte 517. Allamuchy. 908-852-1894. www.rutherfurd hall.org. Sep 20: 3-5pm $25/20 adm Jazz at the Rutherfurd feat Rio Clemente Trio w/spec guest Aaron Weinstein.


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. Sep 3: R; 4: Peter & Will Anderson Trio; 5: Kate Baker & Vic Juris; 6: “Sweet” Sue Terry & Peggy Stern Duo; 10: R; 11-12: COTA Cats; 13: Post COTA Festival Jam; 17: R; 18: Kumalo; 19: Bob Dorough Trio; 20: Stephanie Nilles & Zach Brock; 24: R; 25: Bill Warfield; 26: Nancy & Spencer Reed; 27: Bill Charlap Solo; 28: 7:30-10:30pm Deer Head continued on page 32


BRIDGE CROSSINGS AXOPHONIST AND COMPOSER S Ole Mathisen has more than 100 recordings as a sideman to his credit. In

2009 Mathisen received the New Jazz Works Grant from Chamber Music America with the group FFEAR, and in 2013 his composition, "Tone Poem: The Mind's Eye Inverted," was read by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Mathisen is the Assistant Director of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program at Columbia University, where he also teaches saxophone and directs ensembles. He has a new recording whith his Outlier Ensemble called 7 Seconds to Sundown.

Q. What would you be doing if you weren't playing music? A. I was pretty nerdy growing up— doing science projects and practicing my saxophone when my friends went to parties. So I probably would have become a chemist, like my Dad. I talk about this in the liner notes to my album, Periodic Table, which I dedicate to him. Q. One gig or recording of yours you can't shake? A. Two years ago my band, Outlier Ensemble, with Julian Pollack and Marko Djordjevic performed at the Nublu Jazz Festival. Nublu doesn't have a lot of seating so the audience was standing around the bandstand. We had a ferocious gig and the audience was dancing! They weren't dancing to the beat exactly, but more to the phrasing and shape of our lines. It was


Mathisen photo by Hnoss Design.

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probably one of the most enjoyable nights I've ever had playing music and it was encouraging to connect on this level, as "danceable" is not the first adjective that comes to mind when hearing my music. Q. Favorite place in the world to play, public or private? A. I favor playing anywhere, period, but Porgy and Bess in Vienna and The Cotton Club in Tokyo are great venues. Q. What sort of intelligence do you think playing, appreciating jazz requires? A. Just being open to exploring sound. Q. What do you know today that you didn't know ten years ago? A. That microtonal playing is a lot of fun! And that I really enjoy teaching. Q. Is jazz music a political statement? A. Don't know if jazz is political in and of itself. However, like all forms of art, it can certainly be used to highlight injustice and draw attention to political issues. My new album, 7 Seconds to Sundown, is a rallying cry to tend to the environmental difficulties facing the planet. Not releasing this album on a label or involving any of the download or streaming sites could be construed as a political statement as well. It certainly is a commentary on the state of the music industry today, but also one of simple arithmetic. If I were to go through the usual channels, my effort and investment would most likely go up in smoke. Q. More musical ideas come to you from dreams or the news of the day? A. Most musical ideas come from external sources, things I've read and experienced etc., but recently I had a dream that I attended an orchestra concert. The music sounded awesome to me and I still remembered it vividly when I woke up so I decided to try to recreate it, and ended up writing and orchestrating the piece pretty much as I recalled it. I even kept the ridiculous title from my dream: "Bicycle"! Q. Why did you relocate to NYC, was it your first stop in the U.S., was it the right move, why?

“My new album, 7 Seconds to Sundown, is a rallying cry to tend to the environmental difficulties facing the planet.”

A. I moved to Boston to attend Berklee right after graduating high school in Norway, the reason being that I was not accepted into the only conservatory jazz program in Norway at the time. I got upset and wanted to leave. I stayed in Boston for nine years. It was a wonderful period of growth for me and I ended up working a lot with one of my mentors and all-time favorite drummers, Rakalam Bob Moses. An impetus for moving to NYC was a call I received in the early 90s to come play a recording session with Omar Hakim (of Weather Report at the time), Darryl Jones (from Miles Davis' group) and Hiram Bullock. We even recorded a tune I had cocomposed. Not only that; while in the studio that day, Mike Mainieri (of Steps Ahead) called to get together for a meeting! I thought, 'Wow okay, New York is definitely the place to be!' This was the first and the last day I felt on top of the world. That said, moving to New York was the right thing to do. Q. Was there a teacher or mentor who told you something about music that you've never forgotten? A. Bob Mintzer let me know that my sources of inspiration were too few and too narrow in scope. Sometimes it takes a person you really respect to set you straight. Joe Viola advised me to think of my sound as a blue balloon swaying gently! I'm still contemplating that one. He also said, maybe the world is waiting for you. Maybe it is the word "maybe" that is holding me back! Q. What do you struggle with in your creative life? A. What I'm trying to do with my current group is to break down the traditional soloist/rhythm section relationship, as I'm jealous of the intimacy you find within a piano trio. As Julian, Marko, and I operate on very similar wavelengths, this is getting more attainable; and since Julian also plays synth bass, we still retain the sonic possibilities and variety of a quartet. It becomes a continuous dance between the instruments and the written material, which we are referencing constantly. Q. Your favorite or most important recording of yours to you? A. The last one is probably always going to be the most important, as being a jazz musician and composer is about growing and deepening your expression. On 7 Seconds to Sundown, the music is presented to the musicians as classical writing. There are no chord changes or vamps like one would normally find as vehicles for improvisation. Periodic Table with Tony Moreno, Kenny Wessel, and Francois Moutin is also important to me. I believe we did something unique as the melodies and bass lines are placed within different ratios to the original tempo, much like Canlon Nancarrow's music.

Q. What's the last truly great piece of music you listened to live or recorded? A. I experienced a truly mesmerizing performance in Central Park by Ensemble LPR and Simone Dinnerstein, performing the 23rd Mozart piano concerto. Georg Friedrich Haas' premiere of his string quartet No. 8 with the JACK quartet at Miller Theatre is a strong second. Q. Your favorite musician of all-time? Your favorite playing or composing today? A. John Coltrane hands down! Wayne Shorter and Henry Threadgill are two of my favorite artists working today. Both have a unique and complete artistic expression in my opinion. Q. What are a few pieces of music that made you the person or musician you are today? A. "Quartet for the End of Time," Olivier Messiaen; "Doin' It Again," David Liebman; "Oceanus," Ralph Towner; "Every Day (I Thank You)," Pat Metheny; "Quartet No. 2," Chick Corea. Q. You're having a dinner party and can invite three musicians. Who would they be? A. If they could be from the past, I would invite Charlie Rouse, Jim Pepper and George Adams. They are three of my favorite tenor players, but people I know very little about.

Ole Mathisen's Outlier Ensemble celebrates the release of 7 Seconds to Sundown, on Sept. 3 at Spectrum. HOT FLASHES...

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begins at 6 p.m. and will offer a number of remembrances and musical performances.

Book releases In commemoration of the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, photojournalist Leon Morris has released Homage: New Orleans. Offering a photographic look at the city’s influence on contemporary music, the book serves as a beautiful tribute to New Orleans’ rich culture and extraordinary musical talents. Copies are available at www.homagethebook.com. Children’s author Gary Golio releases Bird & Diz, an innovatively designed—a 12-foot-long foldout that can be read pageby-page or opened up completely—BeBop picture booked aimed at teaching children about Jazz. Find out more about Golio’s work at www.garygolio.com. Author Sanford Josephson prepares to release Jeru’s Journey: The Life & Music of Gerry Mulligan, documenting the multifaceted career of the legendary baritone saxophonist. Pre-orders are available through Hal Leonard Publishing at www.halleonard.com.



TH E L AT I N S I D E O F HOT HO USE By Emilie Pons Jazz at Lincoln Center's bass player Carlos Henriquez is about to perform in the Bronx, his home borough. “It's a great feeling to be able to head back home to the Bronx. I've never left the Bronx,” Henriquez says. “I still have family in the Bronx, friends. My association with the Bronx is the closest thing to Jazz at Lincoln Center right now.” The concert will feature music from The Bronx Pyramid, Henriquez's new album—with the collaboration of Ruben Blades, vocals; Bobby Allende, percussions; and Ali Jackson, drums, among many—which comes out on Sept. 18. Special guests to the show include Allende and percussionist Marc Quiñones. Wynton Marsalis, one of Henriquez's mentors, will also be a guest. Henriquez started playing with Marsalis when he was about 15 or 16. “Working with him has taught me so much,” he explains. “How to be a professional, how to put things together, how to make decisions, how to sacrifice in life. Knowing that with patience, things come, and giving a lot of respect to the music, which is the main thing.” In 2010, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra recorded the album Live in Cuba, with the label Blue Engine Records and Henriquez was music director. “Sometimes the music director is the one that did the arrangements and in this case, for the Sept. 12 show, I am writing and arranging all the pieces,” the bassist explains. “The music director has to make sure that everything goes right: he's basically the captain of the ship.” Henriquez feels close to percussion players, “especially the congas, just because the bass itself is an extension of the congas, especially in Latin music,” he explains. “And in African music, the bass is a very powerful instrument–not the string bass, but the function of anything that's a bass or the foundation of the music is very powerful.” Henriquez's talent and expertise also stem from his teenage apprenticeship alongside the most important Latin performers: Celia Cruz, Eddie Palmieri and Tito Puente. Their professionalism is what Henriquez has learned from the most. “They were showmen, entertainers and musicians who were really powerful on stage,” he recalls. “And musically, they

knew what they were doing. They knew what they wanted.” Respecting mentors has always been one of Henriquez's trademarks. “I met so many great bass players at a young age that I was able to fall in love with the instrument very fast,” he remembers. Some of those luminaries are Victor Venegas and Joe Santiago, who played with Mario Bauza and many other great bands. Henriquez also looks up to the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Count Basie band and Mel Lewis' band. Henriquez would love to play with Pat Metheny, Roy Haynes and Keith Jarrett, but he is also aware that balance is necessary to a touring musician's life. It's good to try and “make as much money as you can,” he says, but also to spend time at home. “It's a fun life, but very heavy on decision making.”

Bassist Carlos Henriquez and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra perform on Sept. 12 at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts.

UPPER PAPASITO: 223 Dyckman St. 212-544-0001. Sat: 1-4pm Latin Jazz Brunch w/Paul Carlon Latin Jazz Trio. SILVANA: 300W 116th St at Frederick Douglass Blvd. www.silvana-nyc.com. 646-692-4935. Sep 5: 6-8pm free adm Blue Cha Cha. MIDTOWN CLUB BONAFIDE: 212E 52nd St (bet 2nd & 3rd Avs). 3rd Fl. www.clubbonafide.com. 646918-6189. Sep 4 8&10pm, 27 9pm: $10 adm Brazilian Night w/Davi Vieira. LOWER BLUE NOTE JAZZ CLUB: 131W 3rd St at 6th Av. 212-475-8592. www.bluenotejazz.com. Sep 27: 11:30am&1:30pm Sunday Brunch feat Jonathan Powell Latin Jazz Sxt.

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JOE’S PUB: At Public Theater. 425 Lafayette St & Astor Pl. www.joespub.com. 212-9677555. Sep 5: 9:30pm Elsten “Fulano” Torres; 28: 7:30pm Migguel Anggelo & The Immigrants. NUYORICAN POETS CAFÉ: 236E 3rd St (bet Avs B & C). www.nuyorican.org. 212-7809386/212-505-8183. Sets: 9:30pm. Tues: 9pm Latin Jazz feat 1st Tues Chembo Corniel, 2nd Bronx Conxión, 3rd Hector Martignon; last Sun: Bobby Sanabria & New School Afro-Cuban Jazz Band. SOBS: 200 Varick St. www.sobs.com. 212-2434940. Sets: 8&10pm $10/15 adm. Sep 4: Los Hermanos de Leon: 5: Azul Eletrico; 11: Williamsburg Salsa Orch; 25: NYC Salsa Jam. SUBROSA: 63 Gansevoort St (bet Washington & Greenwich Sts). www.subrosanyc.com. 212-997-4555. Sets: Early (E) 8&10pm $20 adm, Late (L) 11:30pm. Residencies: Mon $12 Latin Jazz Monday, Wed L free La Rumba Nights feat DJ Medina & Live Cuban Rumba, Sat L free Habana Nights feat Danny Rojo & DJ Victor Raul. Sep 2: $12 Lowereastsalsa; 3-4: Pedrito Martinez Gp; 5: Gerardo Contino Y Los Habaneros; 6: 8&9:30pm $10 Supermambo! A Vibes Tribute to Tito Puente; 7: L feat Pedrito Martinez Gp; 8: see 09/3; 10-11: see 09/3; 14: L feat Yuri Juarez Afroperuano Gp; 15: see 09/3; 16: Tres Del Solar; 19: $10 Spanglish Fly; 21: L feat Mitch Frohman Latin Jazz Qrt; 24-25: see 09/3; 28: L feat Ariacne Trujillo Qnt. BRONX BRONX MUSEUM OF THE ARTS: 1040 Grand Concourse. 718-681-6000.


www.bronxmuseum.org. Sep 14: 7pm free adm National Jazz Museum in Harlem 212348-8300/www.jmih.org presents Exhibit Opening of More Than A Tinge: Latin Jazz. BRONX MUSIC HERITAGE CENTER: 1303 Louis 9 Blvd. www.bronxmusic.org. 718839-1100. Sep 15: 6pm Joe Conzo Latin Music Tertulia series; 19: 7pm InnoveGnawa & Nelida Tirado. GUANTANAMERA: 939 8th Av. 212-262-5354. guantanamerany.com. Sets: Mon-Wed&Fri 8:30pm, Thur&Sat 9:30pm, Sun 9pm, free adm. Tues-Wed: Ariacne Trujillo y su banda; Thurs-Fri: Gerardo Contino y los Habaneros; Sun: A Son Radical. Sep 7: Saul Noda y Sus Invitados. LEHMAN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS: At Lehman College. 250 Bedford Park Blvd W. 718-960-8833. www.lehmancenter.org. Sep 12: 8pm $30-65 adm Jazz at Lincoln Center Orch w/Wynton Marsalis feat Carlos Henriquez; 19: 8pm $45-60 A Tribute to the Big Latin Bands. WILLIE’S STEAKHOUSE: 1832 Westchester Av. 718-822-9697. Wed: 8pm-12am. BROOKLYN BARBÈS: 376 9th St at 6th Av. Park Slope. www.barbesbrooklyn.com. 718-965-9177. Sep 14&28: 9:30pm $10 don Tropical Vortex Mondays. CUBANA SOCIAL: 70 N 6th St. 718-782-3334. www.cubanasocial.com. Sets: 8pm-12am. Fri: Afro Latin Jazz; Sat: Afro-Cuban. EMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH: 279 Lafayette Av at Washington Av. 718-6221107. www.ebcconnects.com. Sep 13: 35pm $20 adm Jazz Vespers feat Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats. continued on page 32






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Hot House Jazz Guide | September 2015  

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