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HE STORY OF JAZZ PIANO stretches back to the music's earliest T days and has been parallel but somewhat
independent of jazz history as a whole. Pianists, especially when playing solo, belong to a jazz piano tradition that encompasses a much larger keyboard heritage including the instrument's European classical and folk traditions. Two pianists who take different approaches to solo piano jazz, Rossano Sportiello and Fred Hersch, have new albums that comprise this Winning Spins. While Rossano emphasizes the song or the melody, Fred approaches the music from a more personal, emotional and impressionistic level. Pastel: Solo Piano, Rossano Sportiello (Arbors Records), is a lively recital of 13 tracks, including three medleys, from the Italian-born, 40-something pianist who has become a champion of the mainstream jazz piano tradition. Avoiding barn burner tempos on this CD, Rossano grounds his playing in melody, unequivocally stating the tune, often with relaxed swing, before venturing into improvising, usually over a
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buoyantly striding left hand. He tosses in Art Tatum-like runs and flourishes on Cole Porter's "All Through the Night;" is off and running with allusions to the melody on Jerome Kern's "Nobody Else but Me" and manages to play both Erroll Garner's "That's My Kick" and its inspiration, "I Get a Kick Out of You," almost simultaneously while bouncing a stride beat reminiscent of Garner. Another effective tribute is Rossano's own "Dedicated to George Shearing," recognizable to anyone who heard the late pianist. Two medleys demonstrate creative use of the classical piano repertoire in a jazz context. One combines quite seamlessly Edvard Grieg's "Arietta Op. 21," with its echoes of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," with the Jimmy VanHeusen-Johnny Burke standard "Like Someone in Love." Another finds a close empathy between Debussy's "Dr. Gradus ad Parnassum" and Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life." He also essays Aram Khachaturian's "Waltz from Masquerade," romping off on a 3/4 time improvisation after sumptuously delivering the original melody. Rossano's own "Hymn" also borrows from the classical tradition, while the Italian song "Voglia 'E Turna" references more popular, deeply romantic Euro-pop roots. Other familiar melodies Rossano warmly presents here include "Dancing in the Dark," "When I Fall in Love" and a medley of Johnny Mandel's "A Time for Love/Close Enough for Love" enlivened with a stride improvisation. The album's title song is a rare gem from bassist Red Callender, presented with lush romantic flourishes. Open Book, Fred Hersch (Palmetto), was recorded with and without an audience in Seoul South Korea's JCC Arts Center Concert Hall. The centerpiece of the album is an almost 20-minute streamof-consciousness improvisation, "Through the Forest," made completely compelling by Fred's intelligent weaving of multiple musical strands and techniques into a narrative that holds the piece together into a cohesive whole. "I just went wherever it took me until it felt right to arrive at a musical and emotional destination," Fred writes in the notes. It is comparable to Keith Jarrett's famous solo piano concerts, but Fred seems more focused than even Keith was, as dramatic passages alternate with knuckled clusters in a constantly unfolding panorama. Six pieces with conventional melodic
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Hersch cover photo by John Abbott, McLorin Salvant by Fran Kaufman, Sportiello by Fran Kaufman, Wilson by John Abbott.
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CLUBS & HALLS UPPER MANHATTAN (Above 70th Street)
449 LA: 449 Lenox Av (bet 132nd & 133rd Sts). 212-234-3298. Sun: 1-3:30&4-7pm Patio Jazz; Thurs: 1-3:30pm Jazz & Dessert; Fri-Sat: 8:30pm. 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. CLEOPATRA’S NEEDLE: 2485 Bway (bet 92nd & 93rd Sts). www.cleopatrasneedleny. com. 212-769-6969. Sets: Early (E), Late (L); Sun E 4-8pm, L 9pm-1am; Mon-Tues E 89pm, L 10pm-1am; Wed-Thurs E 7-11pm, L 11:30pm-2:30am; Fri-Sat E 8pm-12am, L 12:30-3am. Free adm/$10 min. Trios except Mon&Thurs Duets. L Jam. Residencies: Sun E Open mic w/Keith Ingham, L Kelly Green Duet; Mon Nathan Brown; Tues Marc Devine; Wed E Open mic w/Les Kurtz, L Nathan Brown; Thurs L Kazu; Fri L Ben Zweig; Sat L T. Kash. Sep 1: Carol Sudhalter; 2: Mike Lattimore; 7: Alex Layn; 8: Libby Richman; 9: Clifford Barbaro; 14: Dan Furman; 15: Ai Murakami; 16: Alan Rosenthal; 21: Uri Zeling; 22: Bob Albanese; 23: Justin Lees; 28: Roland Temple; 29: Dona Carter; 30: Michika Fukumori. FARAFINA CAFÉ & LOUNGE HARLEM: 1813 Amsterdam Av (bet 149th & 150th Sts). www.farafinacafeloungeharlem.com. 212281-2445. Mon: 7:30&9:30pm; Fri-Sat: 11pm4am Keyed Up series. Sep 1: Patience Higgins; 2: Donald Smith; 8: Frank Lacy; 9: Sista Zock; 15: Lynette Washington; 16: 8:30pm Jazz In The Heightzz, 11pm Reggie Workman; 22: 8:30pm Andrea Brachfeld & the Jazzessence Spirit, 11pm Keith “The Captain” Gamble; 23: Norman Edwards Jr.; 29: Alyson Williams; 30: 8:30pm Jazz In The Heightzz, 11pm Alyson Williams. 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. Sep 1: Chris Turner; 2: Gotham Kings. LUCA’S JAZZ CORNER: At Cavatappo. 1712 1st Av (bet 88th & 89th Sts). 212-987-9260. www.lucasjazzcorner.com. Sets/adm: Mon 710pm free adm Roger Lent Solo; Tues 810pm $10; Thurs 9-11pm $10. Sep 5: Gene Bertoncini/Paul Meyers; 7: Ralph Lalama Qrt; 12: 6-8pm Bucky Pizzarelli Trio; 14: Gabrielle Stravelli Trio; 19: Jam Session by Mike Sailors; 21: Nicki Parrot Trio; 26: Dennis Joseph Qrt; 28: Donald Vega Trio. METROPOLITAN ROOM: 34W 22nd St (bet. 5th & 6th Avs). www.metropolitanroom.com. 212-206-0440. 212-206-0440. www.metropolitanroom.com. Sets unless otherwise noted: Early (E) 7pm, Late (L) 9:30pm. Sep 6: E Luana Sandoval/ Nataliya Medvedovskaya; 7: L Lydia Granered; 8: L Rico Jones Qrt; 16: 4pm Charlene Moore; 19: L Annie Ross; 23: 4pm Jazz in Time w/Angel, Charito & Louanne; 28: E Pamela Winslow Kashani/Jerry Mandel; 30: 4pm Andrew McGowan Trio, E Aziza Miller.
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NATIONAL JAZZ MUSEUM IN HARLEM: 58W 129th St at Malcolm X Blvd. 212-3488300. www.jmih.org. 7-8:30pm $10 don. Sep 2: Monk Centennial Jam; 26: Jazz Gallery Mentoring series feat Steve Lehman & Maria Grand. PARIS BLUES: 2021 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd at 121st St. www.parisblues harlem.com. 212-222-9878. Sets: Early (E) 59pm, Jam 9pm-1am. Free adm. Sun: E Double G & the Possee, 9pm 1st&3rd La Banda Ramirez. Mon: Keyed Up series w/John Cooksey Qrt; Tues: The Sultans of Soul; Wed: Les Goodson & the Intergalatic Soul Jazz Band; Thurs: Tyrone Govan & Top Secret; Fri: tba; Sat: alternate The 69th Street Band/The Antoine Dowdell Gp. SHRINE: 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (bet 133rd & 134th Sts). 212-690-7807. www.shrinenyc.com. Sets: Early (E) 6-7pm, Late (L) 7-8pm. Residencies (R): Sun 5-8pm Jam w/Lu Reid; 1st Sun 8-11pm The Shrine Big Band. Sep 1: E David Kardas; 3&10: R; 12: E Takeshi Otani Band; 14: E Joe Pino Qnt; 15: E-L Jacob Varmus Trio; 17: R; 21: E Tom Blatt Project; 23: E Josiah Boornazian; 24: R; 26: E Elise Wood Duo; 29: E Azat Bayazitov Band; 30: E Eyehear. SILVANA: 300W 116th St at Frederick Douglass Blvd. www.silvana-nyc.com. 646692-4935. Sets unless otherwise noted: Early (E) 6-7pm, Late (L) 7-8pm. Sep 3: E Eugene Seow Qrt; 7: E-L Bruce Harris; 8: E-L Jacob Varmus Qrt; 9: E Lior Milliger; 12: E Shai Golan Qrt; 14: E-L Charlie Gordon; 15: E Antoine Dowdell Gp; 19: E-L Michael Sarian & The Chabones; 21: E-L Dave Smith, 8-9pm Ethan Winogrand Trio; 22: E Josiah Boornazian, L Julphan Tilapornputt; 28: E-L John Yao Qnt. SMOKE JAZZ & SUPPER CLUB: 2751 Bway (bet 105th & 106th Sts). 212-864-6662. www.smokejazz.com. Sets: Early (E), Late (L), Brunch (B); Sun B 11:30am,1&2:30pm, E 7,9&10:30pm, L 11:30pm; Mon E 7&9pm, L 10:30pm; Tues-Thurs E 7,9&10:30pm, L 11:30pm; Fri-Sat E 7,9&10:30pm, L 11:45pm &12:45am; adm/min vary. Residencies: Sun B Annette St. John Trio, L Willerm Delisfort Qrt; Mon (R) E Vincent Herring Qrt, L Smoke Jam by Vincent Herring; Tues (R) E Mike LeDonne & Groover Qrt, L Emmet Cohen Organ Trio & guests; Wed (R) E Lezlie Harrison, L Mel Davis B-3 Trio; Thurs L Nickel & Dime OPS; Fri L 09/1,15&29 John Farnsworth Qrt, 09/8&22 Patience Higgins & Sugar Hill Qrt; Sat L Johnny O’Neal & friends. Sep 1-3: Peter Bernstein Qrt; 4-6: R; 7: Champian Fulton Qrt; 8-10: Steve WIlson & Wilsonian's Grain; 11-13: R; 14: Mark Soskin Trio feat Al Foster; 15-17: Jim Snidero Qnt celeb Cannonball Adderley; 18-20: R; 21: Laurence Hobgood Trio; 22-24: Russell Malone Qrt; 25-27: R; 28: Sammy Figueroa Qnt; 29-Oct 1: Eddie Henderson Qrt. SUGAR BAR: 254W 72nd St (bet Bway & West End Av). 212-579-0222. www.sugarbarnyc.com. Sets: 8pm/$10 adm unless otherwise noted. Residencies: Wed Electrikana; Thurs 9pm Open Mic w/Sugar Bar All Star Band. Sep 2: 9pm Irini Res & the Jazz Mix; 9: Jason Abraham; 16: Marvin Thompson Jr.; 22: 8&9:30pm $15 Joe Bonacci; 23: Rob Silverman Qrt; 29: Abe Ovadia Trio. SYMPHONY SPACE: 2537 Bway at 95th St. 212-864-5400. www.symphonyspace.org. Bar Thalia (BT). Sep 9: 9pm BT Chip Shelton PeaceTime Ens; 14: 9pm BT Hendrik Helmer Trio; 24: 7pm Abraham Inc feat David Krakauer & Fred Wesley w/Kathleen Tagg/ Andre Petersen Duo. For comprehensive daily updated listings with sort-by options—by artist, location, day or time—go to www.hothousejazz.com.
The WEST END LOUNGE: 955 West End Av. 212-531-4759. www.thewestendlounge.com. Sep 10: 4-7pm Sunday Serenade 917-8829539/www.vtyjazz.com $25 adm feat Mark Gross & Freddie Hendrix remembering Oliver Nelson.
MID-TOWN MANHATTAN (Between 35th & 69th Street)
BIRDLAND: 315W 44th St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). 212-581-3080. www.birdlandjazz.com. Sets: 8:30&11pm, except Mon 7&9:30pm, Sun 6,9&11pm. Adm varies. Residencies: Sun 9pm except 09/24 (R) Arturo O’Farrill AfroLatin Jazz Orch; Mon 9:30pm Jim Caruso Cast Party; Wed 5:30-7pm David Ostwald & Louis Armstrong Eternity Band; Fri 5:157pm Birdland Big Band; Sat 6pm 09/2,23&30 Veronica Swift, 09/9 Benny Benack III, 09/16 Eric Comstock/Sean Smith. Sep 1-2: Charlie Parker B’Day Celeb feat Vincent Herring, Greg Osby, Jeremy Pelt; 3: 6pm Kydykbaev Erkin & Salt Peanuts Jazz Band, 9pm R; 5-9: Steve Kuhn Trio; 7: 6pm Tamir Hendelman Trio; 10: 6pm Katie Thiroux, 9pm R; 12-13: Melissa Aldana; 14-16: Arturo O'Farrill & Resist; 17: 6pm David DeJesus; 19-23: Coltrane Revisited feat Eric Alexander, Jaleel Shaw; 21: 6pm Rondi Charleston; 24: 6pm Gabrielle Stravelli, 9pm R; 26-30: Pharoah Sanders; 28: 6pm Wayne Tucker & The Bad Motha's. 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: Frank Owens; 4-8: Kuni Mikami; 11-15: Yuka Aikawa; 18-22: Roy Eaton; 25-29: Jon Weber. CHRIST & ST. STEPHEN’S CHURCH: 120W 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus Av). www.csschurch.org. 212-787-2755. Sep 27: 8pm $20 adm Dave Chamberlain & Band of Bones feat Antoinette Montague. CLUB BONAFIDE: 212E 52nd St (bet 2nd & 3rd Avs). 3rd Fl. www.clubbonafide.com. 646-918-6189. Sets: Early (E) 7:30pm, Late (L) 9:30pm, Late Night (N) 11pm. Sep 1: E Ryan Slatko, L Liz Menezes Band; 2: L Secret Mall; 6: E Venezuela in Motion; 7: E-L Paa Kow; 9: E CharlElie Couture, L-N Circular Time Gp; 14: E Michael Sarian & The Big Chabones; 15: E Allegra Levy; 16: E Anna Danes, L Matkot; 21: E Ron Wilkins 4-tet, L 3D Rhythm Of Life; 22: E-L Moth To Flame Jazz; 23: E-L Richard Bona & Mandekan Cubano; 30: L-N The Chardavoine Band. DIMENNA CENTER FOR CLASSICAL MUSIC: 450W 37th St (bet 9th & 10th Av). www.dimennacenter.org. 212-594-6100. Sep 16: 8-9:30pm $20/17 adm Maurício de Souza & Bossa Brasil®. DIZZY’S CLUB COCA-COLA : At Jazz @ Lincoln Center. 10 Columbus Cr at 60th St. 5th Fl. www.jalc.org. 212-258-9800. Sets/ adm unless otherwise noted: 7:30&9:30pm, 11:30pm Late Night Sessions; Sun&Tues-Wed $35, Mon $30, Thurs-Fri $40, Sat $45; $10 min. Sep 1-Oct 1: Generations in Jazz Festival. Sep 1: Grassella Oliphant; 2: Johnny O’Neal; 3: Toshiko Akiyoshi; 4: $35 Ryan Keberle Big Band Living Legacy Project; 5: $30 7:30pm Bruce Williams Sxt, 9:30pm Allyn Johnson Qrt; 6: $30 Steven Bernstein Millennial Territory Orch; 7: Brianna Thomas; 8-10: Harold Mabern Trio; 11-12: Festival of New Trumpet Music feat Keyon Harrold & The Flow Anthology; 13-14: $30 09/13 Camille Thurman/Charenée Wade; 15-17: $30 09/17 Herlin Riley Qnt; 18: $35
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Dave Liebman Big Band; 19: $30 7:30pm Yasushi Nakamura Trio, 9:30pm Corcoron Holt; 20: $30 Little Johnny Rivero & His Giants; 21-24: Mary Stallings & Mike LeDonne Trio; 25: $40 the Mambo Legends Orch; 26: Andrew Cyrille/Bill McHenry; 27: Seamus Blake Qnt; 28: Joe Sanders Qrt; 29Oct 1: $45 09/29, $40 10/1 Paquito D'Rivera Ens. Late Night Sessions w/Sep 1-2: Patrick Bartley; 5-9: Marquis Hill; 12-16: Evan Sherman 09/12-13&15 Entourage, 09/14&16 Big Band; 19-23: Miki Yamanaka; 26-30: Julian Lee. IGUANA RESTAURANT: 240W 54th St at Bway. www.iguananyc.com. 212-765-5454. Mon-Tues: 8-11pm Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks. IRIDIUM: 1650 Bway at 51st St. 212-582-2121. www.theiridium.com. Sep 1-2: 8&10pm $35/45 adm Sax Appeal feat Jimmy Heath, Gary Bartz, Javon Jackson, Donald Harrison; 7-10: 8&10pm $27.50 Band of Other Brothers; 13: 8pm $25/35 Jaimoe & Jasssz Band; 17: 5:30&7:30pm $30 Bob Dorough Trio; 28-29: 8&10pm $25/35 Steve Smith & Vital Information NYC Edition. JAZZ AT KITANO: 66 Park Av at 38th St. 212885-7119. www.kitano.com. Sets/adm: Sun 12-2:30pm, Mon-Tues 8-11pm, Wed-Sat 89:15&10-11:15pm; Sun $40 buffet, Mon-Tues free/$15 min, Wed-Thurs $17/$20 min, FriSat $32/$20 min. Residencies (R): Sun Jazz Brunch w/Tony Middleton; Mon Jam by Iris Ornig; Tues Takaaki Otomo Solo. Sep 1-2: George Cables Trio; 3-5: R; 6: Decades Trio; 7: Kathleen Landis Trio; 8: Jamie Baum & Short Stories; 9: Larry Fuller Trio; 10-12: R; 13: Iris Ornig & IO-5; 14: August Riska Trio; 15: Gene Bertoncini Trio; 16: Kendra Shank Qrt; 17-19: R; 20: Takashi Matsunaga & JaRex Band; 21: Valentina Marino Trio; 22-23: Judy Niemack Special Project; 24-26: R; 27: Charito Qrt; 28: Maya Nova Qrt; 29: Patrick Cornelius Qrt; 30: Tom Pappas Qnt. JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER: 10 Columbus Cr at 60th St. 5th Fl. www.jalc.org. 212-2589800. Appel Room (AR), Rose Theater (RT). Sep 14-16: 8pm RT tribute to Jelly Roll Morton by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orch w/Wynton Marsalis & Dan Nimmer, Aaron Diehl, Sullivan Fortner, Micah Thomas, Joel Wenhardt; 15-16: 7&9:30pm AR Fred Hersch w/Kurt Elling & Kate McGarry; 22-23: 8pm Henry Threadgill Bands 09/22 Double Up Plus, 09/23 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg. 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. SAINT PETER’S CHURCH: 619 Lexington Av at 54th St. (Citicorp Bld). www.saintpeters.org. 212-935-2200. Wed: 1pm $10 don Midtown Jazz at Midday; Sun: 5pm free adm Jazz Vespers. Sep 3: David Bixler & Auction Project feat Arturo O’Farrill; 6: Sandy Stewart/Bill Charlap; 10: Catherine Russell; 13: Alexis Cole Trio; 17: Anna Dagmar & Strings; 20: Steven Richman Harmonie Ens New York; 24: Laila Biali; 27: Daryl Sherman Trio. SWING 46: Jazz & Supper Club. 349W 46th St (bet 8 & 9th Avs). www.swing46.com. 212262-9554. Sets: Sun-Thurs 8:30-11:30pm, FriSat 9:30pm-1am. Residencies (R): Mon Swingadelic; Tues George Gee Swing Orch; Wed Stan Rubin Orch w/Joe Politi. TOMI JAZZ: 239E 53rd St (Bet 2nd & 3rd Avs). Lower level. www.tomijazz.com. 646-4971254. Sets: Sun 8-11pm; Mon&Wed L 811pm, N 11pm-12:30am; Tues E 8-9:20pm, L
9:40-11pm, N 11pm-12:30am; Thurs 911:30pm; Fri 9pm-1am; Sat E 6-7:30pm, L 810:30pm, N 11pm-1:30am. Adm: Sun-Wed free/$5 min, Thurs-Sat $10/10 min. Sep 1: Sharp Tree; 2: E Yuko Togami, L Rocco John, N Juan Carlos Polo; 3: David Love; 4: L Atsushi Ouchi, N Andrew Kushnir; 5: E Chiemi & Lenny, L Michael Reis, N tba; 6: L Michael Vitali, N Motonori Kobayasi; 7: Ken Kobayashi; 8: Takenori Nishiuch; 9: E the Highliners, L Miyoko Yamakawa, N John Marino; 10: Bill Stevens; 11: L Hattie Simons, N Arthur Sadowski; 12: E-L tba, N Jun Xiao; 13: L Abel Mileles, N Richard Thai; 14: Omer Ashanov; 15: Kuni Mikami; 16: E tba, L Ken Kobayashi, N Sharp Tree; 17: Tsuyoshi Yamamoto; 18: L Yoshiki Miura, N Nicholas Brust; 19: E Jim Funnell, L Rev Chris, N Kenny Brooks; 20: L tba, N Gil Schwalz; 21: Linda Presgrave; 22: Matt Goudeuk; 23: E Akihiro Yamamoto, L Daniel Bennett, N Paul Lee; 24: Kengo Yamada; 25: L Dorian Devins, N Tomoko Omura; 26: E tba, L Arzu Kaner, N Alex Frondell; 27: L Michael Gallant, N Dana Reedy; 28: Senri Oe; 29: Takenori Nishiuchi; 30: E Kathryn Allyn, L Greg de Angelis, N Annie Chen. The TOWN HALL: 123W 43rd St (bet 6&7th Avs). www.thetownhall.org. 212-840-2824. Sep 13: 8pm $39.50-55 Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau; 15: 7pm $35-65 Mahmoud Ahmed & Hailu Mergia.
LOWER MANHATTAN (Below 34th Street)
55 BAR: 55 Christopher St (bet 6th & 7th Avs). 212-929-9883. www.55bar.com. Sets: Early (E) 7-9pm except Sun&Fri-Sat 6-9pm, Late (L) 10pm. 1st Mon: E Sean Wayland; 1st Thurs: E Amy Cervini; 1st Sat: E Ayana lowe; 2nd Thurs: E Nicole Zuraitis; 2nd Fri: E Tessa Souter; last Wed: E Paul Jost; last Fri: E Kendra Shank. ARTHUR’S TAVERN: 57 Grove St. 212-6756879. www.arthurstavernnyc.com. Sets: 710pm. Sun: Creole Cooking; Mon: Grove Street Stompers feat Joe Licari; Tues: Yuichi Hirakawa; Wed: Eve Silber; Thurs-Sat: Eri Yamamoto Trio. B FLAT: Basement 277 Church St (bet Franklin & White Sts). www.bflat.info. 212-219-2970. Sets: Mon 8-11pm; Wed 8-11:30pm; Sat 10pm-12am. Mon&Wed: Jordan Young Trio. Sep 2: Benny Oyama Trio; 9: Takeshi Asai Trio; 16: Yvonnick Prene Trio; 23: Takeshi Asai Trio; 30: Erena Terakubo Trio. BAHA’Í CENTER: 53E 11th St (bet Bway & University). www.bahainyc.org. 212-2225159. Tues: 8&9:30pm $10/15 adm. Sep 12: Claire Daly Gp; 19: Enrico Granafei. BAR NEXT DOOR: 129 McDougal St. 212-5295945. www.lalanternacaffe.com. Sets: Sun 8&10pm, Mon-Thurs Early (E) 6:30-7:45pm, Late (L) 8:30&10:30pm, Fri-Sat 7:30,9:30& 11:30pm. Adm: $12 all night + 1 drink min/set except Fri-Sat $12/set + 1 drink min/set, E free. Trios. Mon-Thurs: E Emerging Artists series; Mon: L Vocal Mondays series. Residencies (R): Sun except 09/17 Peter Mazza, Wed L Jonathan Kreisberg. Sep 1: Pasquale Grasso; 2: Jeff Miles; 3: R; 4: E Julphan Tilapornputt, L Christine Tobin; 5: E Mark McIntyre, L Mark Phillips; 6: E Alan Kwan, L R; 7: E Vaughn Stoffey, L David Kane; 8: Mike Rood; 9: Patrick Cornelius; 10: R; 11: E Cole Davis, L Alma Micic; 12: E Paul Jubong, L Andrew Van Tassel; 13: E Horace Bray, L R; 14: E Peter Amos, L The “IN” Trio;
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15: Sheryl Bailey; 16: Paul Bollenback; 17: Ricardo Grilli; 18: E David Kuhn, L Beat Kaestli; 19: E Prawit Siriwat, L Jon Irabagon; 20: E NanJo Lee, L R; 21: E Tommaso Gambini, L Sound Underground; 22: Perry Smith; 23: Alex Wintz; 24: R; 25: E David Kuhn, L Melissa Stylianou; 26: E Joey Lamb, L Steve Picataggio; 27: E Andrew Shillito, L R; 28: E Sagi Kaufman, L Hendrik Meurkens; 29: Alex Wintz; 30: Paul Meyers. 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 1-3: Roy Hargrove; 4: Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars; 5-6: Roy Haynes; 7: Talib Kweli; 8-10: Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers; 11: McCoy Tyner; 12-17: David Sanborn; 18: Marcus Strickland Twi-Life & friends; 19-23: Chick Corea/Steve Gadd Band; 24: tba; 25: Jeremy Pelt Qnt, 10:30pm Theo Croker; 26-30: Chick Corea/Steve Gadd Band. Late Night Groove w/Sep 1: Roy Hargrove; 2: Masta Ace; 8-9: Statik Selektah & friends; 15: Skyzoo & friends; 16: Large Professor; 22-23: A Bu & friends; 24: O.C. Sunday Brunch w/Sep 3: Dave Pietro NYU Gp; 10: Kevin Harris Project; 17: Roni Ben-Hur Trio; 24: East Meets West w/Jazz Triangle 65-77. The BOGARDUS MANSION: 75 Murray St. 212-268-1746. Sep 23: 7&9:30pm $30 adm Latin Side of Dizzy feat Arturo O’Farrill Sxt & George Coleman. The CAVE: At St. George’s. 209E 16th St at Rutherford Pl. www.olmstedsalon.com. 2nd Fri: 7:30&9:30pm $15 adm. Sep 8: Manuel Valera Trio + John Ellis. The CELL: 338W 23rd St (bet 8th & 9th Avs). 646-861-2253. www.thecelltheatre.org. Sep 30: 8pm Greg Osby INCMM festival feat Jason Yeager. CORNELIA STREET UNDERGROUND: 29 Cornelia St. www.corneliastreetcafe.com. 212-989-9319. Sets unless otherwise noted: Sun 8:30&10pm, Mon-Thurs 8&9:30pm, FriSat 9&10:30pm. Adm varies. Sep 1: Noise Ceiling; 2: Dan Weiss; 3: Ellie Goodman; 5: 6pm Elektra Kurtis & Elektra Ens, 8pm Verena McBee, 9:30pm Deanna Witkowski; 6: Immanuel Wilkins Qrt; 7: Marc Mommaas; 8: Leo Genovese & Gualichu; 9: Ben Monder Trio; 12: Andrew Hartman Qrt, 9:30pm Logan Strosahl Qnt; 13: Mostly Other People Do the Killing; 15: Michaël Attias Qnt; 16: Dayna Stephens Qrt; 17: Chico Pinheiro; 19: Camila Meza/Noam Wiesenberg, 9:30pm Rodrigo Recabarren; 20-21: Dan Tepfer Trio; 22-23: George Garzone Trio; 29: Greg Osby INCMM festival feat Aubrey Johnson & Lisanne Tremblay. The CUTTING ROOM: 44E 32nd St (bet Madison & Park Av). 212-691-1900. www.the cuttingroomnyc.com. Sep 23: 10pm $15/20 adm Rob Scheps Core-tet w/spec guest Roger Rosenberg; 30: 7:30pm $15/20 From Russia with Swing. DOWNTOWN MUSIC GALLERY: 13 Monroe St (bet Market & Catherine Sts). 212-4730043. www.downtownmusicgallery.com. Sun: 6pm In-Store shows. Sep 10: Thomas Helton/Michael Bisio, 7pm Lisa Mezzacappa/Josh Sinton Qrt. The DRAWING CENTER: 35 Wooster St (bet Broome & Grand Sts). 212-219-2166. www.drawingcenter.org. Sep 12-17: 7:30pm $20 adm The Stone at the Drawing Center feat 09/12 Marco Cappelli/VJ Andrea Lapsus Pennisi, 09/13 Zeena Parkins/Thomas Dunn, 09/14 Marc Ribot, 09/15 Ikue Mori/Craig Taborn, 09/16 Sara Serpa, 09/17 Brian Marsella.
The EAR INN: 326 Spring St (bet Greenwich & Washington Sts). www.earinn.com. 212-4319750. Sun: 8-11pm EarRegulars feat Jon-Erik Kellso & friends. FAT CAT: 75 Christopher St at 7th Av. 212-6756056. www.fatcatmusic.org. $3 adm/no min. Sets unless otherwise noted: Early (E), Late (L), Night (N); E 7pm except Sun-Mon&Fri 6pm; L 9pm except Thurs&Sat 10pm, Fri add 10:30pm; N 1:30am except Sun 1am, MonWed 12:30am. Residencies (R): Sun E Terry Waldo & Gotham City Band, N Brandon Lewis & Renee Cruz; Mon N Billy Kaye; Tues E except 09/5 Saul Rubin Zebtet; Wed E Raphael D'Lugoff Trio + 1, N Ned Goold; Fri L The Supreme Queens; Sat N Greg Glassman. Sep 1: E Michael Weiss, L R + Jared Gold/Dave Gibson, N Nick Hempton; 2: E Ed Cherry, L Raphael D'lugoff Qnt, N R; 3: E R, L 8:30pm Jade Synstelien & FCBB, N R; 4: E Harold O'Neal, L Behn Gillece, N R; 5: E Gary Fisher Trio, L Willie Martinez Y la Familia, N Craig Wuepper; 6: E R, L Jordan Pettay, N R; 7: E Noller/Sylla, L Saul Rubin Zebtet, N Alexi David; 8: E Dida Pelled, L R + Antoine Drye Spt, N Avi Rothbard; 9: E Steve Blum Trio, L Noah Jackson & Full Circle, N R; 10: E R, L Vitaly Golovnev Sxt, N R; 11: E Ned Goold Qrt, N R; 12: E R, L Peter Brainin & the Latin Jazz Workshop; 13: E R, L Harold Mabern Trio, N R; 14: L Greg Glassman Qnt; 15: L R; 16: N R; 17: E&L R; 18: L George Braith, N R; 19: E R; 20: E R, L The Don Hahn/Mike Camacho Band, N R; 21: L P.O.D.; 22: L R; 23: N R; 24: E&N R; 25: N R; 26: E R, L Itai Kriss & Gato Gordo, N John Benitez Latin Bop; 27: E&N R; 29: L R; 30: N R. JAZZ GALLERY: 1160 Bway at 27th St. 5th Fl. www.jazzgallery.org. 646-494-3625. Sets/ adm: 7:30&9:30pm $15/10, $22/12 Fri-Sat. Sep 7: Ulysses Owens, Jr. Three; 9: Tom Rainey Trio; 14: Morgan Guerin Gp; 15-16: Dan Tepfer w/spec guest Dayna Stephens; 19: Theo Hill Trio; 21: Aurelia Trio; 22: Tomas Fujiwara & Triple Double. JAZZ STANDARD: 116E 27th St (bet Park & Lexington Avs). www.jazzstandard.net. 212576-2232. Sets/adm unless otherwise noted: 7:30&9:30pm, Sun Brunch (B) 11am& 1:30pm; $30 except Mon-Wed $25, B $10/$35 all-inclusive. Residencies: Sun B The Smokestack Brunch; Mon except 09/4 (R) Mingus Monday feat Mingus Big Band. Sep 1-3: $35 Cyrus Chestnut Trio; 3: B Ted Chubb; 4: closed; 5-10: $30 09/5-6, $35 09/810 Jeff “Tain” Watts; 10: B Emmet Cohen; 11: R; 12: Ethan Iverson Trio; 13: Tim Berne & Snakeoil; 14: $25 Camille Bertault; 15-17: Antonio Sanchez Gp; 17: B Alex Wintz; 18: R; 19-20: Matt Wilson; 21-24: Donald Harrison Qnt w/spec guest Brian Lynch; 24: B John Fatum; 25: R; 26: Eli Degibri Qrt; 27: Thana Alexa; 28-Oct 1: Freddy Cole. JOE’S PUB: At Public Theater. 425 Lafayette St & Astor Pl. www.joespub.com. 212-967-7555. Adm varies. Sep 16: 7pm Grace Kelly; 16: The Rite of Trio; 19: 7:30pm Gaby Moreno; 21: 7pm Hassan Hakmoun. KNICKERBOCKER BAR & GRILL: 33 University Pl at 9th St. 212-228-8490. www.knickerbockerbarandgrill.com. Fri-Sat: 9pm-1am. LE POISSON ROUGE: 158 Bleecker St at Thompson St. www.lepoissonrouge.com. 212-796-0741. Adm varies. Sep 10-14: 8pm $55-75 adm Norah Jones w/Brian Blade & Chris Thomas; 19: 8pm $15/20 The JuJu w/Grace Weber; 20: 10:30pm $20/25 Avishai Cohen Qrt; 30: 7:30pm $20/25 GoGo Penguin. McKITTRICK HOTEL: 530W 27th St (bet 10th & 11th Avs). www.mckittrickhotel.com. Sep continued on page 20
ATT WILSON WAS THE DRUMmer in the New York Jazz Composers M Collective's Herbie Nichols Project the first
time I saw him in the early 1990s in the basement cafeteria of the Museum of Modern Art. When Matt's turn came to solo, he abandoned his drum kit to apply his sticks to a cafeteria chair, fashioning a compelling solo by playing on the chair's metal frame and molded plastic seat. It succinctly highlighted what is appealing about Matt: his out-of-the-box creativity and his wry, antic wit and sense of humor. Those qualities are on display, as well as his leadership and conceptual abilities, on his latest project, Matt Wilson's Honey and Salt, Music Inspired by the Poetry of Carl Sandburg. Matt has had a fondness for Sandburg's poetry since his childhood, sharing a geographical and familial connection. Matt, like the poet, grew up of Swedish heritage in the prairie lands of Knox County, Ill.; the poet's first cousin and close friend, Charlie Krans, was married to Matt's great-grandaunt Emma. In fact, Charlie is referenced in "Prairie Barn," one of the tracks on the album. Matt has been incorporating Sandburg poems into his gigs for years; back in the late 1990s when he was
the guest artist with Diane Moser's Composers Big Band, he read "Jazz Fantasia" on the bandstand. "I find with Carl Sandburg people are totally immersed in his work or just lukewarmâ€”there's no middle ground," Matt says from his Long Island home. "I don't think he gets nearly the recognition as an American poet as other 20th Century giants; scholars didn't consider him as serious. But he was one of our first celebrity poets on TV. Johnny Carson said he was one of his very favorite guests on The Tonight Show, and he wrote a poem for Gene Kelly to dance to, with music by Nelson Riddle. He was on 'What's My Line?' and won a Grammy for his narration of Aaron Copeland's Lincoln Portrait. And he dug jazz." In 2001, Matt received a grant from Chamber Music America for his Sandburg poetry and jazz project. "That's when I wrote much of it. I didn't want just that one kind of jazz poetry, you know, the beatnik thing," he says. "I wanted lots of collision and grit, not just all Americana. The thing is not to have it all fall into one category or feeling but to express the diversity of Sandburg's poetry in the music, too." Matt says it liberated him to make copies of poems and notes and carry them around while thinking about ways to express them in music. He decided that for the children's poem, "We Must Be Polite," a Bo Diddley beat would be perfect, so on the track he lays down an exuberant Bo beat under John Scofield's reading and Jeff Lederer's honking tenor sax solo. John, Jeff and Matt are three of the ten readers on the album. Matt just made a list of musicians he admired to pick the readers. "I was intrigued how hip-hop artists will have guests on records just to sing a verse, you don't have to have them on the whole track" to document their voices reading poetry. One of his favorites is Jack Black's dramatizing of "Snatch of Sliphorn Jazz." "I had a full arrangement for that but we had a blackout at the studio that day so Jeff [soprano sax] and I improvised a duet around it." Most of the bands Matt has led, currently the Matt Wilson Quartet and Arts and Crafts, are quartets (Christmas Tree-O is a trio); but for Honey and Salt he convened a quintet. Dawn Thomson sings and plays guitar; Jeff, a longtime Quartet member, is on reeds and harmonium; Martin Wind, another long-time associate, plays acoustic bass guitar here for the first time on record providing, Matt says, "a different shape of the sound coming at you;" and cornetist Ron Miles is new to Matt's orbit and, according to Matt, "perfect for this project." The songs with Dawn range from country-folk to soul to jazz-like standards, while the settings for the poem readings span the scale from trad and swing to jazz-
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Wilson photo by John Abbott.
S P O T L ALLYN JOHNSON DIZZY'S CLUB COCA-COLA / SEPTEMBER 5 Fluid lines develop out of a continuum of soulful inspiration and give Allyn Johnson's playing its unmistakable character. Honing a style bred from inside the sanctified walls of the church, the D.C.-born-and-rooted pianist, composer and producer honors a musical legacy with each vital chord progression. Whether spontaneously composing on the bandstand or putting pen to notation paper, Allyn allows divine force to influence the form and direction of his creative expression. Both a graduate of and an instructor at Betty Carter Jazz Ahead, the University of D.C. professor founded his ensemble Divine Order in 2005 and, later, Sonic Sanctuary, a small group that draws from myriad musical expressions and traditions. His quartet features saxophonist Mark Gross, bassist Richie Goods and drummer Kush Abadey. SJ
GENE BERTONCINI LUCA'S JAZZ CORNER / SEPTEMBER 5 Once knighted as "the Segovia of Jazz," guitarist Gene Bertoncini has long been lionized for his graceful, elegant technique on the nylon string guitar. Forging a highly distinctive sound that has graced the albums of Clark Terry, Toots Thielemans, Paul Desmond, Wayne Shorter and many more, Gene positively dances on the guitar's fingerboard. In his own projects, Gene's lyrical lines and harmonically lush accompaniment cut seamlessly across jazz, classical and Brazilian styles with a technique almost without peer today. A highly versatile figure who can meld into almost any format, Gene particularly shines when featured in small ensembles, particularly in duo settings. This performance alongside fellow guitarist Paul Meyers offers an exciting opportunity to see this master in action. SH
TAMIR HENDELMAN THE SIDE DOOR JAZZ CLUB / SEPTEMBER 9 For more than two decades, pianist Tamir Hendelman has shown himself as an heir apparent to masters like Oscar Peterson. Wielding a ferocious keyboard technique, Tamir can jump between the rich orchestral tonal possibilities of the piano and the intensity of single note runs, offering a breadth of technique that has served him well in small and large ensembles. A brief glimpse at his résumé shows stints with the Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra, the Jeff Hamilton Trio, and bands led by Teddy Edwards, Barbara Streisand, Houston Person and many more. As a leader, Tamir offers a fresh and exciting read of the piano trio format, building interesting arrangements and taking full advantage of its timbral possibilities. Tamir is joined by bassist Marco Panascia and drummer Matt Wilson. They also take the 6pm slot at Birdland on Sept. 7. SH
MELISSA ALDANA BIRDLAND / SEPTEMBER 12-13 If a true artist follows what's honest to discover what's unexpected, Melissa Aldana has been walking the artist's path for years. Currents of pure intention pulse through her lines and phrases, as the saxophonist and composer plays each moment. Fully embracing the spontaneity and tradition of the chordless trio, Melissa released Back Home (Wommusic), her second trio record and fourth album as a leader, in 2016. Her résumé includes collaborative associations with artists who match her degree of intention and high level of artistry, such as those from her latest release: Pablo Menares and Jochen Rueckert. The first female instrumentalist and first South American to be named a winner of the Thelonious Monk Competition in 2013, Melissa continues to evolve a sophisticated and vulnerable expression. SJ
GRACE KELLY JOE'S PUB / SEPTEMBER 15 Grace Kelly has matured at age 25 into a fine crossover artist. She had that vision as a pre-teen, calling her label Pazz, a hybrid of pop and jazz. Grace was an instrumental protégé of fellow alto saxophonists Lee Konitz and Phil Woods. As a singer, the girlish voice of her early teens has evolved into something stronger and more bluesy. She has added dancing to her arsenal, as seen on a new Postmodern Jukebox video. Grace is joined by pianist Julian Pollack, bassist Julia Pederson and drummer Ross Pederson at Joe’s Pub and on Sept. 16 at Ridgefield Playhouse when she opens for singer Lizz Wright. She features songs from her tenth CD, Trying to Figure It Out, plus a couple of new tunes. KF
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Kelly photo by Taso Papadakis Photography, Niemack by Chris Drukker, Patitucci by Gus Cantavero.
L I G H T BOB DOROUGH IRIDIUM / SEPTEMBER 17 At 89, singer and pianist Bob Dorough is still the epitome of hip and he's still sporting a ponytail, albeit silver. In fact, he even wrote the song "I'm Hip" with fellow hipster Dave Frishberg. He's so cool he worked with Miles Davis in 1962 and wrote and recorded two songs: "Nothing Like You" and "Blue Xmas." In turn, Miles recorded Bob's classic, "Devil May Care." He co-wrote Mel TormĂŠ's hit, "Comin' Home, Baby" and worked with controversial comedian Lenny Bruce and beatnik Allen Ginsburg. But Bob, and Dave, are probably best known outside of the jazz world for the coolest cartoon educational series, "Schoolhouse Rock," which Bobâ€™s celebrating at this gig. It's time to head to "Conjunction Junction;" the sets are early, so bring the kids! YE JUDY NIEMACK JAZZ AT KITANO / SEPTEMBER 22-23 A singer from California introduced to the Big Apple in the late 1970s by saxophonist Warne Marsh, Judy Niemack quickly became a go-to voice for both fans of good jazz singing and musicians searching for a singer who could not only improvise, and sing lyrics with the sensitivity of a cabaret singer, but also write lyrics to original compositions. Since the mid-1990s, Judy has been based mostly in Europe; she heads the vocal program at Jazz Institut Berlin and was the first jazz vocal instructor in Germany. This past spring Sunnyside released Listening to You, a duo album with pianist Dan Tepfer. The title tune is Lee Konitz's contrafact on "All the Things You Are" with lyrics by Judy. Lee is Judy and Dan's special guest at this gig. GK CHRIS BYARS SMALLS JAZZ CLUB / SEPTEMBER 22-23 A prodigy who began his music studies at 7 and completed his master's degree by age 20, Chris Byars is equally accomplished on alto, tenor and soprano saxes, plus flute, with a knack for incorporating surprising twists in his solos. Chris' fresh arrangements of forgotten gems by artists like Lucky Thompson, Duke Jordan, Freddie Redd, Gigi Gryce and Frank Strozier are just a part of his impressive discography as a leader. Chris' next SteepleChase CD, New York City Jazz, which interprets the sounds he has heard over the past three decades, will be released in January 2018. The saxophonist will play charts from several recent CDs plus new originals. Chris' sextet includes trombonist John Mosca, bass clarinetist Stefano Doglioni, guitarist Pasquale Grasso, bassist Ari Roland and drummer Phil Stewart. KD
LAURENCE HOBGOOD SMOKE JAZZ & SUPPER CLUB / SEPTEMBER 21 Known primarily as the music director and pianist for Kurt Elling over three decades, Laurence Hobgood is a premier artist in his own right. The North Carolina native emigrated to Chicago to hone his craft and now lives in NYC. A string of excellent CDs for the NAIM and Circumstantial import labels, working prominently alongside the late Charlie Haden, validated his contemporary voice with modern extensions. He's a worthy successor to the Herbie Hancock-Chick Corea-McCoy Tyner lineage. Not only a masterful, inspired performer, he has a substantial book as an original composer. A recent CD, Honor Thy Fathers, reflects his reverence for his roots and a desire to extend the tradition from his personal perspective. Jared Schonig on bass and drummer Matt Clohesy round out this favored classic jazz trio format. MGN
JOHN PATITUCCI JAZZ FORUM / SEPTEMBER 29-30 The wide-ranging technique of bassist John Patitucci showcases a talent that brings out the best in his fellow musicians. Whether performing jazz, pop or blues, John's versatility is the essential glue in every band leader lucky enough to secure his talent, including Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Sting and Carole King. Since the release of his self-titled debut in 1987, John has strived to show the acoustic and electric bass as not merely a rhythmic instrument but also as a strong melodic device. This is especially prominent on his most recent release where John's tone and melodic dexterity shines bright: 2015's Brooklyn by his group featuring guitarists Adam Rogers and Steve Cardenas and drummer Brian Blade. John is joined by pianist Jon Cowherd and drummer Nate Smith. EW
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24: 4pm-2am $45-135 adm New York Hot Jazz festival www.nyhotjazzfest.com feat The Hot Sardines, Stephane Wrembel w/Cyrille Aimée, Bria Skonberg Sxt, Brianna Thomas, Gordon Webster Oct feat Charles Turner, Jumaane Smith Band, Jon-Erik Kellso & The EarRegulars, Aaron Weinstein Trio, Dennis Lichtman & Mona's Hot Four, Felix Peikli & Joe Doubleday Showtime Band, Stephane Seva, Brass Kickers. MEZZROW: 163W 10th St (bet 7th Av & Waverly Pl). www.mezzrow.com. 646-4764346. Sets/adm: Early 8-10:30pm, Late (L) 11pm-close; adm varies. Residencies: Sun L John Merrill & friends; Mon L Pasquale Grasso; Tues L Jam w/Miki Yamanaka & Adi Meyerson; Wed L Tony Hewitt/Pete Malinverni; Thurs L except 09/14 Spike Wilner; Fri L except 09/15 Johnny O'Neal. Sep 1-2: Bill Mobley Trio; 2: L Jon Davis 3: Tad Shull Trio; 4: Greg Murphy Trio; 5: Fred Hersch Pocket Orch; 6: Claudia Acuña Trio; 7: Mike Longo/Paul West; 8-9: Aaron Goldberg; 10: Julian Shore Qrt; 11: Dan Tepfer/Miguel Zenón; 12: Teri Roiger Qrt; 13: Hector Martignon; 14: Janis Siegel, L Joe Magnarelli; 15-16: Luis Perdomo Trio; 15: L Robert Edwards; 17: Theo Hill; 18: Larry Browne; 19: Evan Christopher/Ehud Asherie; 20: Adrian Cunningham; 21: Rachel Z; 22-23: Rossano Sportiello Trio; 24: Deborah Davis Trio; 25: tba; 26: Julian Lage/Steve Swallow; 27: Yotam Silberstein; 28: Sachal Vasandani/Taylor Eigsti; 29-30: Dave Kikoski Trio. NEIGHBORHOOD CHURCH: 269 Bleecker St (bet Jones & Cornelia Sts). 212-691-1770. 1st Fri: 8&9:30pm free adm All Things Project www.allthingsproject.com. NEW SCHOOL JAZZ PERFORMANCE SPACE: 55W 13th St, 5th Fl. 212-229-5488. www.newschool.edu/jazz. Fri-Sat: 8:30pm The Stone at the New School. Sep 1-2: John Zorn & spec guests; 8-10: Festival of New Trumpet Music feat 09/8 8:30pm High & Mighty Brass Band & Slavic Soul Party, 09/9 8:30pm Dave Douglas w/Stephanie Richards, Jeremy Pelt, Nate Wooley, 09/10 57:30pm Charles Tolliver, Dave Douglas, Keyon Harrold; 15-16: Uri Caine; 22-23: Ned Rothenberg; 29-30: Mary Halvorson. NORTH SQUARE: At Washington Square Hotel. 103 Waverly Pl at McDougal. www.northsquareny.com/about-jazz. 212254-1200. Sun: 12:30&2pm free adm Jazz Brunch Trios. Sep 3: Lezlie Harrison; 10: Beat Kaestli; 17: Amy Cervini; 24: Yaala Balin. NUBLU 62: 62 Av C (bet 4th & 5th Sts). 212375-1500. www.nublu.net. Sep 9: 8-9pm Chet Doxas. NUYORICAN POETS CAFÉ: 236E 3rd St (bet Avs B & C). www.nuyorican.org. 212-7809386/212-505-8183. Sets: 9:30pm. Tues: $10 adm Latin Jazz feat 1st Tues Chembo Corniel, 2nd Tues Bronx Conexión, 3rd Tues Willie Martinez & La Familia Sxt; 1st Wed: $13 All That - Hip Hop Poetry & Jazz; last Sun: Bobby Sanabria & New School AfroCuban Jazz Band. Sep 2: $15 Banana Puddin’ Jazz series feat Rome Neal w/Dynamic Ladies Qrt + Jam. ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL: 196 Allen St at E Houston St. www.rockwoodmusichall.com. 212-477-4155. Sep 17: 7pm free adm The Liberté Big Band, 8:45pm $10/12 William Hooker Trio. RUSS & DAUGHTERS CAFE: 127 Orchard St (bet Delancey & Rivington Sts). 212-4754880. www.russanddaughterscafe.com. Last
Fri: 8pm free adm The Stone at Russ & Daughters Cafe. Sep 28: Guy Klucevsek. SMALLS JAZZ CLUB: 183W 10th St at 7th Av. 212-252-5091. www.smallslive.com. Sets: Afternoon (PM) Sun 4:30-7pm, Sat 4-7pm, Early (E) 7:30-10pm, Late (L) 10:30pm-1am, Night (N) 1-4am; jam following N; adm varies. Residencies (R): Sun 1pm Vocal masterclass by Marion Cowings, PM Ai Murakami Trio feat Sacha Perry, N 09/10&24 Hillel Salem, 09/3&17 Robert Edwards; Mon E except 09/25 Ari Hoenig, N 09/4&25 Jonathan Michel, 09/11&18 Jonathan Barber; Tues L-N Abraham Burton Qrt; Wed N 09/6&20 Jovan Alexandre, 09/13&27 Aaron Seeber; Thurs N 09/7 Sarah Slonim, 09/14,21&28 Jonathan Thomas; Fri N 09/1,15&29 Corey Wallace, 09/8&22 Joe Farnsworth; Sat N 09/2,23&30 Brooklyn Circle, 09/9 Eric Wyatt Qrt, 09/16 Philip Harper. Sep 1: E Ralph Lalama & BopJuice, L Winard Harper Qnt, N R; 2: E Bob DeVos Qrt, L Winard Harper Qnt, N R; 3: PM1pm R, E Marianne Solivan Qrt, L David Gibson Qnt, N R; 4: E R, L J.D. Allen Gp, N R; 5: E Frank Lacy Gp, L-N R; 6: E Dayna Stephens Gp, L Nick Finzer Sxt, N R; 7: E Dayna Stephens Gp, L Nick Hempton Band, N R; 8: E Rick Hollander Gp, L tba, N R; 9: E Will & Peter Anderson Qnt, L tba, N R; 10: 1pm-PM R, E Johnny O'Neal Trio, L Joe Magnarelli Gp, N R; 11: E R, L Jonathan Barber Gp, N R; 12: E Behn Gillece Qrt, L-N R; 13: E Matt Brewer Qnt, L Harold Mabern Trio, N R; 14: E David Ephross Gp, L Remy Le Boeuf, N R; 15-16: E Joe Farnsworth Trio, L EJ Strickland Gp, N R; 17: 1pm-PM R, E Craig Wuepper Qrt, L Grant Stewart Qrt, N R; 18: E Ari Hoenig Gp, L Jonathan Barber, N R; 19: E Steve Nelson Qnt, L-N R; 20: E Ed Cherry Trio, L Will Bernard Qrt, N R; 21: E Ed Cherry Trio, L Troy Roberts Trio, N R; 22-23: E Chris Byars Sxt, L Jean-Michel Pilc & Total Madness Qnt, N R; 24: 1pm-PM R, E Johnny O'Neal Trio, L Spike Wilner Trio, N R; 25: E Ricardo Grilli Qnt, L Jonathan Michel Gp, N R; 26: E Lucas Pino Nnt, L-N R; 27: E David Berkman Qrt, L Itai Kriss & Televana, N R; 28: E David Berkman Qrt, L Dave Baron Qrt, N R; 29: E Tardo Hammer Trio, L Mike Moreno Qrt, N R; 30: E David Schnitter Qrt, L Mike Moreno Qrt, N R. The STONE: 2nd St at Av C. www.thestone nyc.com. Adm varies. Tues-Sun: 8:30pm weekly residencies. Sep 1-3: Trevor Dunn; 510: Craig Taborn; 12-17: Mark Dresser; 19-24: Julian Lage; 26-Oct 1: Darius Jones. TURNMILL: 119E 27th St (bet Park & Lexington Avs). www.turnmillnyc.com. 646524-6060. Wed: 11pm-2am Keyed Up series Jam feat Rob Duguay & Low Key Trio w/spec guest. Sep 6: Jerome Sabbagh; 13: Bill Saxton; 20: Josh Evans; 27: Cliff Lee. VILLAGE VANGUARD: 178 7th Av S at 11th St. 212-255-4037. www.villagevanguard.com. Sets: 8:30&10:30pm. Adm: $30/1 drink min. Residency (R): Mon Vanguard Jazz Orch. Sep 1-3: Kurt Rosenwinkel Qnt; 4: R; 5-10: Bill Charlap Trio; 11: R; 12-17: Bill Charlap Trio; 18: R; 19-24: Barry Harris Trio; 25: R; 26-Oct 1: Cécile McLorin Salvant w/Sullivan Fortner. ZINC BAR: 82W 3rd St (bet Thompson & Sullivan). 212-477-8337. www.zincbar.com. Residencies: Sun 9pm-12am Tango feat Fernando Otero; Mon 9:30pm except Ron Affif Trio; Tues 10pm Evolution Jam by Revive Music; Thurs 10pm Roman Diaz & Rumba Habanera; Sat 10,11:30pm&1am Monika Oliveira & The Brasilians. Sep 4: 10pm-2am VandoJam feat Gary Smulyan; 13: Tulivu-Donna Cumberbatch & Seasoned Elegance. continued on page 22
ÉCILE McLORIN SALVANT C laughs as she describes herself as a complainer, as someone who can usually
find a problem. That characteristic doesn't come across as she chats about topics from her new recording to upcoming gigs to how she listens to music and picks material to the current state of musical theater. The singer, who just turned 28 on Aug. 28, has opinions, yes. Observations, certainly. Complaints, not so much. The critically acclaimed vocalist has a new double album coming out this month, Dreams and Daggers, her third Mack Avenue release and her fourth overall. The mix of almost two dozen songs spans decades and genres, from the blues to Broadway to Bob Dorough, from standards to originals. It also combines studio tracks that include trio augmented by a string quartet with trio material recorded live last year at the Village Vanguard and the DiMenna Center. "I wanted an element of sonic contrast," Cécile notes. "I had played with the Catalyst Quartet before, and in brainstorming about the album it seemed like that would be a good difference in texture that would carry us in certain songs, like bridges." Most of the live portions of the album came from the final set of 2016's threenight Vanguard run. Going into that set, Cécile was concerned that she and her trio—pianist Aaron Diehl, bassist Paul Sikivie and drummer Lawrence Leathers—hadn't quite hit their stride. "We were not quite getting to our sound, our vibe, it felt bland, like we knew we were being recorded." Cécile credits a pre-set pep talk from Lawrence as among the elements firing them up for the last set, along with the fact that the club was full of family, friends and fellow musicians. "There was a certain atmosphere in the club," she explains. "People we loved were there, it felt like magic; it felt like our only shot. I was happy to be able to record it. When you have moments like that, you want to keep them." From the abundant and enthusiastic audience response audible on the recording, the magic was felt throughout the room. The singer is back at the Vanguard at the end of the month in a duo setting with her frequent musical partner, pianist Sullivan Fortner. Despite the timing, their run at the fabled club is not a CD release celebration—the gig was booked before the release date was set, in what the singer refers to as a kind of "Twilight Zone," "Twin Peaks" weirdness. Cécile and Sullivan have toured together and made a
so-far unreleased record earlier this year; she anticipates minimal overlap with Dreams and Daggers material at the Vanguard this time around. Their repertoire includes tunes by Cole Porter, Stevie Wonder and Cy Coleman, among others. Listening to music is a daily pleasure for Cécile, for whom choosing material is something that comes from "an instinctive, unexplainable place." Lyrics are often the attraction, plus a strong connection to a song and the feeling that she can do something with it. She's noticed a difference in listening for fun versus work. "When I'm digging, knowing that I'm digging, I rarely hit on something to connect with—it can feel academic and I hate that feeling. It becomes contrived and I hate that I got to that place." When listening for fun, flamenco has been in Cécile's rotation, including the duo Lole y Manuel, and La Marelu. "She's from a place near Portugal, so La Marelu's flamenco is different from what we're used to. Her videos make me crazy!" She also cites Thundercat, D'Angelo, Kendrick Lamar, R&B, and neo-soul on her playlist: "Something I can loll to." In addition to music, Cécile has a broad array of interests, from the visual arts to the history of law. It should come as no surprise to anyone who has heard Cécile's ability to convey emotion and tell a story with a lyric, that she's always wanted to act. She'd welcome the opportunity to play a dramatic role, but has reservations about the current state of musical theater. "Everything is so clean, so devoid of emotion, and so loud," she says of the current state of Broadway musicals. "That's a general trend in the performing arts: perfect, virtuosic and loud, lacking the grit and humanity in singers like Elaine Stritch. I don't want to sound arrogant. But when I'm part of something, I want to feel excited, like it could push me, challenge me." The vocalist brings an attitude of gratitude to her current career. "This is better than anything I could imagine. I'm realistic: I know things can go south at any time. I appreciate things as they are now."
Cécile McLorin Salvant and pianist Sullivan Fortner play the Village Vanguard Sept. 26 through Oct. 1. McLorin Salvant photo by Mark Fitton.
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BRONX AN BEAL BOCHT CAFÉ: 445W 238th St. 718884-7127. www.lindasjazznights.com. 1st Wed: 8&9:30pm $30-10 adm Linda's Jazz Nights. Sep 6: Battle in the Bronx III w/Eric Alexander & Vincent Herring. LEHMAN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS: At Lehman College. 250 Bedford Park Blvd W. 718-960-8833. www.lehmancen ter.org. Sep 16: 7:30pm Eddie Palmieri & Del Caribe Latin Jazz All Stars feat Emilio Morales w/spec guest Giovanni Hidalgo.
BROOKLYN BARBÈS: 376 9th St at 6th Av. Park Slope. www.barbesbrooklyn.com. 718-965-9177. Residencies: Sun 9pm Stephane Wrembel; Sat 6pm Sanda Weigl; Mon 7pm Brain Cloud; Tues 9pm Slavic Soul Party; Wed 10pm Mandingo Ambassadors. Sep 6: 8pm Andy Statman; 7: 10pm Gato Loco; 9: 8pm Lucian Ban/Abraham Burton; 22: 8pm Regional de NY. The DRAWING ROOM: 56 Willoughby St #3. www.drawingroommusic.com. I-BEAM: 168 7th St. www.ibeambrooklyn.com. Sets: 8:30pm $15 don. Sep 21: Mara Rosenbloom Trio w/spec guest Michael Wimberly, 9:30pm Sean Conly Trio; 22: Javier Moreno Qnt. 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 12: Marc Hannaford, 10:30pm Charlotte Greve. MEDGAR EVERS COLLEGE: 1638 Bedford Av. www.mec.cuny.edu. 718-270-4900. Sep 1: 7-10pm free adm Alex Blake Collective. NATIONAL SAWDUST: 80N 6th St. 646-7798455. www.nationalsawdust.org. Sep 27: $25 adm 7pm The Stone feat Rory Cowal + Kris Davis w/spec guest Michael Nicolas. The OWL MUSIC PARLOR: 497 Rogers Av. www.theowl.nyc. 718-774-0042. Sep 22: 9:30pm $10 adm Sarah Bernstein. ROULETTE: 509 Atlantic Av at 3rd Av. www.roulette.org. 917-267-0363. Sep 5: 7:30pm Resonant Bodies festival feat Theo Bleckmann, Jennifer Walshe, Davóne Tines; 18: 8pm James Brandon Lewis + Val Jeanty Duo. SHAPESHIFTER LAB: 18 Whitwell Pl. www.shapeshifterlab.com. 646-820-9452. Sets/adm unless otherwise noted: Early (E) 7pm, Late (L) 8:15pm, Night (N) 9:30pm; $10 adm. Sep 6: L TanoTrio feat Leo Genovese; 7: L Take Off Collective; 13-14: Festival of New Trumpet Music feat 09/13 E Oskar Stenmark Qrt, L Danny Gouker & Signal Problems, N Wing Walker Orch w/Jonathan Finlayson, 09/14 E Allison Phillips Trio, L Jason Palmer Qnt, N Wing Walker Orch w/Jason Palmer; 15: $12 E Off the One, L Matt Davis & Aerial Photograph; 17: E Marco Bolfelli Trio, 8pm $8 Creative Apocalypse, 9pm Micah Gaugh Trio; 18: E Alicyn Yaffee, L Pravin Thompson 4tet; 20: E-L Jeff McGregor Qrt; 21: L $12 Chris Lightcap & SuperBigmouth; 27: E $8 Nick Semenykhin Trio, L $15 Bobby Kapp All Star Qrt feat Ivo Perleman & HepTaCon; 28: Greg Osby INCMM festival feat E Tomoko Omura
Roots Qnt, L The Way The Light Falls, N Omurasu; 30: N $12 Eleanor Dubinsky w/spec guest Greg Stamper & Soul21. SIR D’S LOUNGE: 837 Union St. 718-623-9065. www.facebook.com/Sirdslounge. Mon: 811pm Monday Night Big Band Jazz. Sep 18: The Neal Kirkwood Big Band; 25: Scott Reeves/Jay Brandford Tnt. SISTAS’ PLACE: 456 Nostrand Av at Jefferson Av. www.sistasplace.org. 718-398-1766. Sat: 9&10:30pm $30/25 adm. Sep 23: Chico Freeman Qrt; 30: Antonio Hart Qrt. URBAN MEADOW: President St at Van Brunt St. Sep 24: 1-6pm Red Hook Jazz Festival feat Iris Ornig's IO-5I, Tomchess & Moonship Qrt, 40Twenty, Stephan Crump & Borderland Trio + 1, Matt Lavelle & the 12 Houses Orch. WILLIAMSBURG MUSIC CENTER: 367 Bedford Av. www.wmcjazz.org. 718-384-1654. Fri: 10pm-2am free adm/2 drink min Gerry Eastman Qnt w/spec guests + Jam.
CONNECTICUT FIREHOUSE 12: 47 Crown St. New Haven. 203785-0468. www.firehouse12.com. Fri: 8:30pm $20 adm, 10pm $15. Sep 15: Tom Rainey Trio; 22: Frode Gjerstad Trio w/Steve Swell; 29: Peter Evans Spt. RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE: 80 East Ridge. Ridgefield. www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org. 203-438-5795. 8pm. Sep 16: Lizz Wright w/spec guest Grace Kelly; 21: Jon Cleary w/spec guest Jimmy Greene. The SIDE DOOR JAZZ CLUB: At Old Lyme Inn. 85 Lyme St. Old Lyme. 860-434-0886. www.thesidedoorjazz.com. Sets: 8:30-11pm. Sep 1: Steve Kroon Sxt; 2: Brian Charette & Kürrent; 8: Dr. Lonnie Smith; 9: Tamir Hendelman; 15: Eric Person Trio; 16: Theo Hill Trio; 22: Matt Wilson Qrt; 23: Dave Stryker Qrt; 29: Thana Alexa Project.
LONG ISLAND GRASSO’S: 134 Main St. Cold Spring Harbor. www.grassosrestaurant.com. 631-367-6060. Sets: Sun 6pm; Tues-Wed&Fri-Sat 7pm; Thurs 6:30pm. Residencies: Wed Wayne Sabella, Thurs Frank O’Brien. Sep 1: 7pm Sympatico feat Toni Washington. The JAZZ LOFT: 275 Christian Av. Stony Brook. 631-751-1895. www.thejazzloft.org. Sets/adm: 7pm $20-10. Wed: 7-8pm $10, 8pm $5 Jam w/FM Band. Sep 7: The Jazz Loft Big Band; 9: Swing Dance Long Island; 14: Tom Manuel & Firehouse Five; 15: Tim Hagans Qrt; 16: Tim Hagans w/Michele Brangwen Dance Company; 21: Rich Iancona & The Bad Little Big Band; 28: Interplay Jazz Orch; 29: Nick Mancini; 30: Hendrik Helmer Organ Trio. LONG BEACH LIBRARY: 111W Park Av. Long Beach. 516-432-7201. Sep 14-17: free adm Long Beach Jazz festival www.longbeach jazzfest.com feat 09/14 7pm Charlie Hunter, 8:30pm Kerry Kearney Band, 09/15 4pm Jeff Berlin clinic, 7pm The New Stick-Tet, 8:30pm Jeff Berlin & friends, 09/16 12pm Chieli Minucci & Special EFX, 1:15pm Dave Frank, 2:15pm The World of Oz, 3:45pm Michael Manring, 5pm Alex Blake Collective, 09/17 12pm Robert Lepley, Frank Bellucci, Jimmy Cammack, 1:15pm Peter Bernstein/Yotam Silberstein, 2:30pm Bakithi Kumalo Gp, 3:45pm Vicki Genfan/Manalo Badrena Duo, 4:45pm Uppercut. LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY-POST: 720 continued on page 24
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Gary Walker, “Morning Jazz Host”, WBGO, 88.3 FM/wbgo.org
CYRILLE AIMÉE J OWEN GRUNDY PIER / SEPTEMBER 15 For singer Cyrille Aimée, capturing a crowd started early. Living in a small French town, she would sneak out of the house to sing around a fire all night with the gypsies camped nearby. It's a sense memory you can't buy. With almost cellular depth, Cyrille's rich, playful style has taken her to clubs and concerts around the world, or singing Sondheim with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Whether singing standards like "Caravan" or "Love Me or Leave Me," Cyrille's delivery makes these nuggets her own. With the NJCU Alumni Jazz Big Band, under the direction of Richard Lowenthal, Cyrille celebrates the 100th birthday of Ella Fitzgerald, a longtime inspiration. Cyrille says, "Ella sounded so natural, like she was on a swing in a kids' playground."
OSCAR PEREZ OSKAR SCHINDLER PAC / SEPTEMBER 16 Pianist Oscar Perez has been immersed in music since age 7. Growing up in Queens, he was exposed to his father's Cuban folk music, studied classical in high school, then on to New England Conservatory and a master's degree at Queens College under the guidance of Sir Roland Hanna. Oscar has shown his fire on bandstands with Christian McBride and Steve Turre and toured the world with Phoebe Snow. With recordings like Afropean Affair (Chandra), Oscar moves with ease between feelings of Latin, classical and straight-ahead jazz, displaying impeccable technique while showcasing his long form composing with the piece "Afropean Suite." On piano and keyboards, Oscar brings his Cuban Afro-Fusion Quintet for island fire, a spirited update on the feeling that first inspired his life in music. JIMMY COBB NEW BRUNSWICK, CENTRAL NJ JAZZ FEST / SEPTEMBER 16 Every drummer and jazz fan should experience a performance from NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Cobb. To each appearance, this self-taught masterful drummer brings a history of working with Sonny Stitt, Cannonball Adderley, Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis for whom Jimmy provided the rhythms for many classic recordings including Kind of Blue, Live at The Blackhawk and Porgy and Bess (Columbia), a relationship he would later celebrate with Four Generations of Miles (Chesky). Jimmy's push forward is documented with his Cobb's Mob albums, and West of 5th (Chesky), a must-hear trio date with legendary pianist Hank Jones and extraordinary bassist Christian McBride. In New Brunswick, Jimmy, has a trio featuring guitarist Matt Chertkoff, for standards, originals and surprises only this master could conjure.
ZACH BROCK DEER HEAD INN / SEPTEMBER 23 Violinist Zach Brock was raised in Lexington Ky. rising to the challenge of his musical family with performances beginning at age 6. With an early interest in classical and folk, Zach discovered jazz in high school, moving to Chicago for further classical investigation at Northwestern University while embracing the local jazz scene. Described by Bill Milkowski in Jazz Times, "Zach Brock is a violinist whose every phrase argues for the instrument's value in 21st Century jazz." Zach's creativity advances the inspirations of Stephane Grappelli, Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang and Stuff Smith, which Zach displays on recordings like Purple Sounds (Criss Cross). Zach joins pianist Steve Sandberg's quartet, alongside bassist Michael O'Brien and drummer Mauricio Zottarelli, for originals and a new look at standards.
Aimée photo by Ariane Rousselier, Brock by Jimmy Katz.
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Northern Blvd. Brookville. www.liu.edu/post. www.tillescenter.org. 516-299-2895. Sep 7: 7:30pm Snarky Puppy; 15: Ramsey Lewis/ John Pizzarelli. TREME: 553 Main St. Islip. 631-277-2008. www.tremeislip.com. Sets: Sun&Wed 711pm; Thurs-Sat 8pm-12am. Sep 2: Gil Parris; 6: Adam Larson; 7: Sabori; 10: Bill Heller Trio; 13: Chris Covais Gp; 20: The Swing Sessions.
NEW JERSEY BERGEN EDGEWATER: Old River Rd at Thompson Ln. Edgewater. www.edgewaterartsnj.org. Sep 10: Art + Music Festival feat 1pm Kayla Rae, 2:15pm Joel Zelnik Trio feat Annette Sanders, 4pm Bobby Harden & Soul Purpose, 5pm Curtis Lundy Ens. ESSEX NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 1 Center St. Newark. 888-466-5722. www.njpac.org. Sep 23: 7pm NJPAC@20 feat Paquito D'Rivera, Christian McBride Big Band. OSKAR SCHINDLER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: 4 Boland Dr. West Orange. 973669-7385. www.ospac.org. Sep 16: 12-8pm Annual Jazz & Brew Fest feat Oscar Perez, Bill Charlap, Alyson Williams, Jeff Bradshaw, Citrus, Nat Adderley, Vince Ector. SUZYQUE’S BBQ & BAR: 34 S Valley Rd. West Orange. www.suzyques.com. 973-7367899. Free adm. Thurs: 8pm-12am John Lee & friends; Sun: 2-5pm Brunch w/Curtis Lundy Ens. Sep 4&18: 8-10pm Glenn Franke's BigBand. TRUMPETS: 6 Depot Square. Montclair. 973744-2600. www.trumpetsjazz.com. Sets: 7:30-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 8-11pm/adm varies. Sep 1: Roy Meriwether Trio; 2: Ray Blue; 8: Mel Davis & friends; 9: Dave Stryker; 17: Kristina Koller Qrt; 20: Melissa Morgan; 22: Armen Donelian Trio; 23: Wallace Roney Qnt; 27: Susana Raya; 29: Mordy Ferber Trio. HUDSON J. OWEN GRUNDY PIER: At Exchange Pl. Jersey City. 201-547-5000. www.njcu.edu. 201-200-2000. Sep 15: 6pm NJCU Alumni Jazz Big Band w/Jon Faddis feat Cyrille Aimée. HUNTERDON The HISTORIC COUNTY COURTHOUSE: 75 E Main St. Flemington. Sep 15: Central Jersey Jazz Festival www.centraljerseyjazz festival.com free adm feat 6pm Willie Martinez, 7pm Jazz House Kids, 7:30pm Lezlie Harrison, 8:30pm Jazz House Kids, 9pm Jeff “Tain” Watts. 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 2: Mike Boone; 9: Mike Bond; 16: Voichi Uzeki; 23: Duane Eubanks; 30: Daryl Yokley. MIDDLESEX DELTA’S RESTAURANT: 19 Dennis St. New Brunswick. www.deltasrestaurant.com. 732249-1515. Sep 12: 7-10pm Alexis Morrast Band. DUE MARI: 78 Albany St. New Brunswick. www.duemarinj.com. 732-296-1600. Fri: 6:30-9:30pm free adm The New Brunswick Jazz Project/www.nbjp.org. Sep 8: Brynn
Stanley Duo; 15: Jackie Jones Duo; 22: Kate Curran Duo; 29: Misha Josephs Duo. GARDEN STATE ALE HOUSE: 378 George St. New Brunswick. www.gsalehouse.com. 732-543-2408. Mon: 8pm + 9:30pm Jam free adm The New Brunswick Jazz Project/ www.nbjp.org feat Emerging Artists. GEORGE STREET: (bet Livingston & Paterson). New Brunswick. Sep 16: Central Jersey Jazz Festival www.centraljerseyjazz festival.com free adm feat 1pm Cocomama, 2:15pm New Brunswick Brass Band, 2:45pm Lucien Barbarin & NOLA Sxt, 4pm New Brunswick Brass Band, 4:30pm Jimmy Cobb Trio w/Matt Chertkoff. HYATT HOTEL: 2 Albany St. New Brunswick. www.newbrunswick.hyatt.com. 732-8731234. Thurs: 8-11pm free adm The New Brunswick Jazz Project/www.nbjp.org. Sep 7: Dave Schumacher Qrt; 14: Hendrik Meurkens Qrt; 21: Shirazette Tinnin & Sonic Wallpaper; 28: Dave Strykers Qrt. INC RESTAURANT: 302 George St. New Brunswick. www.increstaurant.com. 732640-0553. Wed: 8-11pm free adm The New Brunswick Jazz Project/www.nbjp.org. Sep 6: Carrie Jackson Trio; 13: Wayne Escoffery Trio; 20: Vince Ector Trio; 27: Mariel Bildsten Trio. MORRIS BICKFORD THEATRE: 6 Normandy Heights Rd. Morristown. 973-971-3706. Concerts 7:30-9pm. www.morrismuseum.org. Sep 28: 7:30pm $25/30 adm George Gee Swing Orch. SHANGHAI JAZZ: 24 Main St. Madison. 973822-2899. www.shanghaijazz.com. Free adm. Sets: Sun 6-8:30pm, Tues 6:30-9pm, WedThurs 7-9:30pm, Fri 6:30&8:35pm, Sat 6:15&8:35pm. Closed Mon. Tues: except 09/5 John Korba. Sep 1: King Solomon Hicks Qrt; 2: Don Braden Karl Latham Big Funk Band; 7: Three Divas Trio; 8: Peter & Will Anderson Brothers Qrt; 9: Jerry Vivino Qrt; 10: Marlene VerPlanck; 14: Warren Vaché Trio; 15: Pablo Bencid Trio; 16: Helio Alves; 17: Sarah Partridge; 22: Elias Bailey & the Avalon Jazz Band; 23: Rob Paparozzi; 24: 3:30-5pm NJS monthly Jazz Social, Leonieke Scheuble Trio; 29: Blue Soul Qnt feat Herb Woodson & Bailey Gee; 30: Nilson Matta Trio. OCEAN OCEAN COUNTY COLLEGE: College Dr. Toms River. 732-255-0500. www.ocean.edu. www.njjs.org. Sep 19: 8-9:30pm $18/22 adm Champian Fulton. SOMERSET SOMERSERT COUNTY COURTHOUSE GREEN: E Main & Grove Sts. Somerville. Sep 17: Central Jersey Jazz Festival www.centraljerseyjazzfestival.com free adm feat 1pm Jazz House Kids, 1:30pm Marion Cowings, 2:40pm Jazz House Kids, 3:05pm Claire Daly, 4:15pm Jazz House Kids, 4:45pm Davell Crawford.
NEW YORK STATE 76 HOUSE: 110 Main St. Tappan. 845-359-5476. www.76house.com. Wed: 8-11pm free adm Quintets w/Mark Hagan except 09/13 & feat artists + Jam. Sep 6: Andrew Beals; 13: Freddie Jacobs; 20: Matt Haviland & Tom Christensen; 27: The Lighthouse Sxt w/Frank Tolksdorf, Allen Namery, Dave Wells. ATLAS INDUSTRIES: 11 Spring St. Newburgh. www.atlasnewburgh.com. 845391-8855. Jazz at Atlas series. Sep 14: 811pm Tim Berne & Snakeoil. continued on page 30
ANOTHER REASON TO CELEBRATE Active voice Pianist, composer and vocalist Deanna Witkowski doesn't sing on every gig, and she has a strictly instrumental album coming out soon, but even when she's not lifting her voice in song, lyrics are important to her. Whether she's crafting an original piece or arranging a Cole Porter classic, "The words are always in my head. Everything I do instrumentally is influenced by words: how people would experience the words, how they would sing the text."
Deanna Witkowski, Cornelia Street Underground
Deanna's instrumental training started in early childhood, and singing, too, has been important to her from the get-go. She recalls looking forward to Sunday services as a youngster: "We always sang in church; there aren't many places in American culture where we're singing together." That experience continues to resonate: For her new album, Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns (Tilapia), Deanna has penned jazz arrangements for 14 classic hymns (downloads and sheet music are already available; the CD drops later this fall). Part of the attraction of the material is, "I get the chance to bring something new to really old music that's often been done the same way," Deanna notes. She has experienced a warm response to jazz arrangements of familiar hymns that she's done over the years, with congregants and choir members frequently exclaiming, "Wow, I never imagined it could sound this way!" Demonstrating her immersion in group singing in a different way, Deanna recently composed "We Walk in Love," co-writing the lyrics with Lemuel Colon. The tune has been published in The Justice Choir Songbook, Vol. 1. by a Minneapolis-based group that put out a call for new material for free, noncommercial use that protest marchers could sing during demonstra-
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tions. "It's so people are not just singing 'We Shall Overcome' or 'This Little Light of Mine,' which are great. But with this project they have something to sing that's new, immediate, and pertinent to the times." Deanna wasn't kidding about "immediate:" Marchers sang "We Walk in Love" on the day it was posted to JusticeChoir.org. Deanna is looking forward to an upcoming deep dive into another of her passions: Brazilian music. Next spring, she's slated to spend two months in Bahia doing research for a new composition, "The Nossa Senhora Suite," as a fellow of the Sacatar Institute. "This is something I've wanted to do for years. I'll be researching the Afro-Brazilian religion of candomblé— rhythmic stuff, learning songs from women, trying to find snippets of chants. Eventually, I'll record it with my jazz quartet plus voices." At the Cornelia Street Underground on Sept. 5, Deanna plays piano and sings in English and Portuguese, spotlighting many facets of her creative muse with her longtime trio-mates, bassist Daniel Foose and drummer Scott Latzky, who appear on the new album. Expect to hear a range of material from previews of songs from Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns to originals, Brazilian tunes, her arrangements of standards and more. The gig is part of the ongoing Deborah Latz-produced VoxEcstatic series.
Chet Doxas, Nublu
See hear Saxophonist and composer Chet Doxas has always had a musical response to looking at art, pointing out that certain sounds and chords sometimes bring specific colors to mind, and that compositional elements of a piece of art can influence the form of a piece of his music. "Seeing how an image is cropped could inspire a seven-bar phrase versus a tidy eight-bar phrase. The crop creates a sense of urgency, of searching—a continued on page 26
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question mark," he explains. The Montreal-born, New York-based musician finds freedom when composing in art museums. Wandering through galleries armed with a notebook or manuscript paper, Chet jots down ideas and fragments and occasionally completes a composition on the spot. "Twice I stood in front of paintings for 40 minutes and whole tunes tumbled outâ€”that was a lucky break." Focusing on the art has helped quell his internal critic. "It's one of the few times I've made music without that inner voice saying, 'That's stupid.' It's a delight to walk around a museum and make music that way." Gazing at 1980s-vintage art produced by Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Fab 5 Freddy and Robert Mapplethorpe prompted the seven compositions on Chet's new CD Rich in Symbols (Ropeadope). As Chet became more immersed in the art, he found himself delving into No Wave music and the history of the era, when painters and musicians would hang out together; New York was more affordable, and artistic roles were more flexible. "David Byrne crossed over into visual arts projects when he wasn't making music and Basquiat played in bands," Chet says. "I love the grit of that period. Things were stripped down, there was a primitivism. Haring's stuff looks like cave paintings and some of the things Keith Jarrett played with Dewey Redman sounds like cavemen; it was scary, pure and raw." Live performances of Rich in Symbols include projections of the artworks that inspired the tunes. The CD is unlikely to be Chet's final word on combining music and visual arts. In hopes of fulfilling his dream of performing in a museum, he has pitched a project to an art institution in Montreal. "I offered to write original pieces for works they have in their collection, then play them in front of the paintings." He's also writing a show that involves projections and an original storyline, in an installation that audiences will walk through. "I'm inspired by the energy art can give, the experience you can only get at a live show. Let's get off our phones and enjoy." Join Chet Sept. 9 at Nublu, where he's celebrating the release of Rich in Symbols with high-definition projections. The band from the album (guitarist Matthew Stevens, bassist Zack Lorber and drummer Eric Doob) is on hand, and likely some special guests, since the CD includes contributions by trumpeter Dave Douglas, pianist John Escreet, guitarist Dave Nugent and keyboardist Liam O'Neil. "I've sent up flares and people are saying they'd love to do it," Chet says. Present history Tomas Fujiwara was just 10 when he
Fujiwara photo by Amy Touchette.
began studying drums with Alan Dawson. His late teacher had a lot of jazz history under his sticks, having played with greats Dexter Gordon, Booker Ervin, Dave Brubeck, Gerry Mulligan and scores of others. Tomas taped the lessons and has recently begun revisiting those sessions while digitizing and archiving the cassettes. "I had a lot of feelings listening back to the 10-year-old me, all these years later. Even when I'm not hearing the voice on tape, I remember what I was hearing, feeling, thinking," Tomas muses.
Tomas Fujiwara, Jazz Gallery
While growing up, Tomas heard his teacher in action in clubs around Boston many times. Even when Alan was sharing a bandstand with legends, "He'd always introduce us as equals, 'Tomas Fujiwara, Bobby Hutcherson.' Very matter of fact, no irony. That's him as a person and as a musician, graceful and effortless; he played with great beauty and elegance. "Going through the tapes, hearing his voice, hearing my voice, reflecting on the time spent with him, I heard our voices as part of a project, but I didn't know how." In the process of making his soon-to-bereleased album, Triple Double (Firehouse 12), some soundbites from the lessons found their way into a duet Tomas plays with fellow drummer Gerald Cleaver, titled "For Alan." "Everything you're dealing with at the same time works its way in to a project," Tomas notes. "We played around with different ideas until it clicked." Joining Tomas and Gerald on Triple Double are guitarists Mary Halvorson and Brandon Seabrook, cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and trumpeter Ralph Alessi, playing ten Fujiwara originals. In planning who to record with, "Number one for me is musical personalities and involvement in the music I want to play, plus musicians I want to write for," Tomas explains. "A sense of community creates an environment where we're free to take risks, because there is trust and support, and interest in adventurous, creative music. From the time of the first rehearsal for Triple Double, there were unique moments that I cherish, the kind of moments we live for as artists."
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HOT FLASHES Musicians Talk Inspiration: Brian Charette
OBODY HAS EVER ACCUSED Brian Charette of sitting still musiN cally. An intensely versatile organist, Brian
has worked with a staggering array of artists from Lou Donaldson to Chaka Khan. In his own projects, Brian has demonstrated a keen ear and respect for the tradition of jazz organ, while at the same time taking risks and incorporating impressive influences from progressive rock to avant-garde classical fare. With that in mind, the remarkable new ground he covers in his latest record, Kürrent, may come as no surprise: indeed, Brian routinely delivers surprises and defies expectations. However, even in the context of Brian's diverse career, Kürrent manages to break new musical grounds and distinguish itself as delightfully unusual in Brian's career.
The inspiration for Kürrent came from a surprising source. "When I was very young, before I even played the piano, my grandfather had a radio that got a ship to shore station," Brian recalls. "When you would move the dial on the radio it would create all of these bleeps and strange incidental music that I would listen to for hours. And I believe this is the inspiration for the music on Kürrent." Indeed, listening to the album one gets the sense of a trio embarking on an exciting adventure, as the artists tackle rockinfused jazz forms alongside otherworldly electronic glitches. These glitches, which force the band to react and alter course mid-performance, come by design. "Reed Ghazala is a gentleman who formed a branch of music called Found Sounds," Brian explains. "This was before I would listen to my radio, but I think without knowing it, I was becoming interested in this kind of music: found sound, circuit
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bending, some kind of glitching electronic music. This project is a 'traditional' organ trio, but on top of it we add samples and instruments that are purposefully broken. We try to control this as the music is going on." If the idea of musicians attempting to navigate purposefully broken instruments sounds far-fetched in the abstract, the results themselves are exciting. Kürrent offers a raw sense of fun and adventure that many albums lack, as the ensemble uniquely melds the forms of Brian's original works, buttressed by beautiful and memorable melodic material, with the chaos of the electronic glitches and broken sounds. The result offers both in-pocket grooves coexisting with aleatoric music and free jazz. "For the past eight years, I had been making more traditional jazz recordings for record labels," he notes. "This one I did myself and added electronics that I don't have on the earlier releases. Those were geared toward jazz radio and this one isn't. It's a bit avant-garde and more outside of the box that my earlier music was in." For Brian, the new direction of Kürrent represents a true synthesis of his musical life and career, drawing on his strong jazz bona fides as well as his love for and longstanding involvement in electronic music. "I feel like this is my most authentic music," he explains. "As much as I enjoy the other albums I did, this one reflects my voice. I really love this album: it was done down-and-dirty, and for not a lot of money. It's a little raw and unpolished and I love to listen to it. When I hear it, I get the same feeling that I felt when I'd listen to the ship to shore radio as a kid. There's surprise, you don't know what's coming and that's what I like about it." Brian Charette presents Kürrent at The Side Door Jazz Club on Sept. 2. To learn more, or to purchase the album, visit www.briancharette.com Festivals, Education, and More Sept. 8-14, the Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT Music) resumes its programming with Impact: Celebrating 15 Years of Boundary-Breaking Music, featuring concerts and education events throughout the city. Highlights include performances by Keyon Harrold, Marquis Hill, the High and Mighty Brass Band and more. Visit www.fontmusic.org for a full schedule of events. Author Adam Schatz moderates a dis-
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Charette photo by Anna Yatskevic.
FRESH TAKES HEN HE'S NOT ON TOUR, BASsist Corcoran Holt seems to be everyW where at once in the New York scene of jazz
and improvised music. One of the many things that set him apart from his peers is his roots in West African music. "Djembe was my first instrument, which I started when I was 4 years old," he recalls. "I started bass after that, but I was influenced on the instrument coming out of the djembe. To me, the bass is a drum, a percussive instrument." Corcoran's values as a leader have been largely influenced by some of the legends in jazz he's played with over the years, such as Kenny Garrett, the Heath Brothers, Wycliffe Gordon, and Steve Turre, to name a few. "One of the things I've learned is how to get inside of the music right away, and how to quickly tap into the spiritual side," he says. "I always select people who have that same state of mind, the people who have HOT FLASHES...
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cussion with Greg Tate, George Lewis, Mary Jane Leach and Brandon Ross on the music of Butch Morris on Sept. 12 at ISSUE Program Room. Ross' ensemble Phantom Station, featuring JT Lewis, Graham Haynes and sound designer Hard Edge, will also perform. Learn more at www.issueprojectroom.org. The Long Beach Jazz Festival celebrates its 15th anniversary with performances, talks and clinics Sept. 14-17. Performances by Charlie Hunter, Rachel Z, Bakithi Kumalo, as well as education events featuring Jeff Berlin fill out the schedule. Visit www.longbeachjazzfest.com for more information. The Cookers, Emilio Sola and Dave Liebman headline the 2017 Lake George Jazz Festival, running Sept. 16-17 at Lake George's Shepard Park. Visit www.lakege orgearts.org for a schedule. Jazz at Lincoln Center's Swing University begins its fall term Sept. 19 with a four-week course titled Count Basie: From Kansas City to Harlem. Additional courses, including one on Latin jazz and a survey of jazz history, will commence later in the fall. Visit www.jazz.org/swingu for more details. Greg Osby's independent label, Inner Circle Music, will showcase six of its artists in various venues throughout the city Sept. 28-30. Performances by forward-thinking
Holt photo by John Herr.
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great technical ability but who also know that it comes from a spiritual place."
Corcoran Holt performs music from his upcoming record, The Mecca, at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola on Sept. 19.
artists and composers like Tomoko Omura, Lisanne Tremblay and Aubrey Johnson will grace the Cornelia Street Underground, the Cell theatre, and ShapeShifter Lab. Learn more at www.innercirclemusic.com.
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the Jazz Foundation of America, would have certainly appreciated a concert put together by another jazz-loving team. The institute's vision, says Gloria Ware, the president, was always to "put musicians in a place where they could mentor young people, but also play and record and share their history and their music with everybody." Gloria's deep regret is that "in America, the music is not acknowledged and celebrated." But thankfully, George Aprile allows the institute to use the Bogardus Mansion, a historic landmark, for free. "That was his dream to have jazz at his place," John says. "So, he restored the building over time and kept a lot of the original details. As the neighborhood changed, he realized what he hadâ€”he actually had a jazz club there." The Tribeca concert will be an uncompromising celebration of music trailblazers put together by music lovers.
Arturo O'Farrill and George Coleman perform at the Bogardus Mansion on Sept. 23.
B A C K S T A G E PA S S JAZZ ANECDOTE BY BILL CROW Bill Crow's books " Jazz Anecdotes" and " From Birdland to Broadway" can be found at your favorite bookstore, and at www.billcrowbass.com along with many interesting photos and links. The late Joe Wilder once told Bill Wurtzel about having played at a memorial service for a departed friend. For his solo, Joe chose the ballad "Yesterdays," but the pianist went into the Beatles' "Yesterday," and wouldn't let up. They finally got it straightened out, but Joe said it was an awful experience. Fortunately, no one made that sort of gaffe at Joe's memorial. WINNING SPINS...continued from page 4 and harmonic structures make up the balance of the album; although Fred, unlike Rossano, seems little interested in presenting, or sometimes even reminding us of, the song. Rather, he muses on and meditates around the tunes, creating impressionistic aural landscapes out of four standards and two of his own compositions. Of the four, the most playful and rhythmically zesty is Benny Golson's "Whisper Not," presented as fragmented bop-swing until the final minute or so, when the melody is finally revealed. Thelonious Monk's "Eronel" is also rhythmically spunky, with echoes of Monk in the left hand. Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Zingaro (aka Picture in Black and White)" loses its bossa beat and is mashed up with a Chopin nocturne. Classical inspiration can also be felt in Fred's dreamy "The Orb" and hymnlike "Plainsong." But he closes with a fondly melodic version of Billy Joel's "And So It Goes."
Rossano Sportiello is at Mezzrow leading a trio with bassist Frank Tate and drummer Dennis Mackrel, Sept. 22-23. Fred Hersch presents his setting of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass with an octet and vocalists Kurt Elling and Kate McGarry at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Sept. 15-16.
WILSON...continued from page 17 rock and blues. The poet's recording of "Fog" becomes a repeated incantation over a kinetic drum solo. It all makes for one of the very best jazz and poetry projects ever.
Matt Wilson's Honey and Salt presents the music and poetry from the new CD at Jazz Standard on Sept. 1920. They are also at The Side Door Jazz Club on Sept. 22.
ANOTHER REASON...continued from page 26 Tomas and his Triple Double cohort assemble at the Jazz Gallery Sept. 22 for a pre-release celebration. While the focus is on the compositions from the upcoming album, he expects the tunes to differ from the studio versions. "Every time we come together as people and artists, we have more to talk about, more chances to take," he says. "No one in this group is about playing it safe and retracing old paths. We'll have something fresh to say at the Jazz Gallery. "Community is integral to the album and to the music we'll play at the Jazz Galleryâ€”it's music coming from a community band process." Perhaps the sense of community Tomas feels with his musical colleagues is a lasting legacy of those early lessons with his graceful mentor. A Moment You Missed by Fran Kaufman Hot House Contributing Photographer These days, weâ€™re all photographers; and trumpeter Jeremy Pelt does the photo honors at a rehearsal for Jazz in July at the 92 Y. Artistic director and pianist Bill Charlap conducts as NEA Jazz Masters Jimmy Heath and Benny Golson go through their paces on the afternoon of July 19 just prior to their sold-out concert.
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FALCON ARTS: 1348 Rte 9 West. Marlboro. www.liveatthefalcon.com. 845-236-7970. $20 don suggested. Sets: 7-10pm, if opening act (Op) 8-10pm main act; Sun 10am-2pm Brunch (B). Falcon Underground (FU). Sep 1: FU Neil Alexander & NAIL; 3: Dave Stryker; 10: Susana Raya Band; 11: Nicholas Payton Qrt; 13: FU Jazz Sessions by Doug Weiss; 15: Op Natalie Forteza, Charlie Hunter & friends; 17: The Cookers; 20: Sal Maneri Qrt; 21: FU bigBANG; 24: B Saints of Swing, 7pm Bill Crow Qrt. HOWLAND CULTURAL CENTER: 477 Main St. Beacon. www.howlandculturalcenter. org. 845-831-4988. 8pm. Sep 11: Tom Rainey Trio; 23: Brandon Seabrook Trio. MAUREEN’S JAZZ CELLAR: 2 N Bway. Nyack. www.maureensjazzcellar.com. 845535-3143. Sets: unless otherwise noted Sun 6pm, Fri-Sat 8&9:30pm. Sep 1: Marshall McDonald Jazz Project; 6: 9pm Purchase Jam w/Jsaon Clotter & friends; 8: Luis Perdomo Trio; 9: Dave Kikoski Trio; 15: Mike Holober/Marvin Stamm Qrt; 16: Kimberly Hawkey; 17: Bucky Pizzarelli; 22: Claire Daly Qrt; 23: Hudson River Jazz Ens; 24: Judimarie Canterino; 29: Mark Patterson Qnt; 30: Mike Longo Trio. MAVERICK CONCERT HALL: 120 Maverick Rd. Woodstock. www.maverickconcerts.org. 845-679-8348. Sep 2: 8pm Karl Berger & the Creative Music Studio™. QUINN’S: 330 Main St. Beacon. 845-202-7447. www.quinnsbeacon.com. Sep 29: 8pm free adm Rob Scheps w/Jacob Bernz. SHEPARD PARK: Canada St. Lake George. 518-668-2616. www.lakegeorgearts.org. Sep 16-17: Lake George Jazz weekend feat 09/16 1pm Cynthia Hilts & Lyric Fury, 2:30pm Ola Onabulé, 4:15pm The Cookers, 7:30pm Dave Liebman Big Band, 09/17 1pm Camille Thurman/Darrell Green Trio, 2:30pm Orrin Evans Trio, 4:30pm Emilio Solla & La Inestable de Brooklyn. TURNING POINT CAFÉ: 468 Piermont Av. Piermont. www.turningpointcafe.com. 845359-1089. Mon: 8-11:30pm $5 adm Monday Jam by John Richmond. UNION ARTS CENTER: 2 Union Av. Sparkill. 845-359-0258. www.uacny.com. Sep 8: 89:30pm Gene Bertoncini/Melissa Stylianou; 15: 7-8pm George Cables Trio.
PENNSYLVANIA DEER HEAD INN: 5 Main St. Delaware Water Gap, PA. www.deerheadinn.com. 570-4242000. Sets: Sun 5-8pm, Thurs 8-11pm, Fri-Sat 7-11pm. Adm varies. Residency (R): Thurs Jam w/Bill Washer & friends. Sep 1: Nellie McKay; 2: Amina Figarova; 3: Bill Washer/Jon Ballantyne; 7: R; 8: COTA Cats; 9-10: COTA festival feat 09/9 2pm Mitchell Cheng & Patrick McGee, 3:30pm Kirk Reese Trio, 5pm Dan & Skip Wilkins, 6:30pm Katie Thiroux Qrt, 8:30pm Bill Goodwin Trio & Marianne Solivan, 10pm Jam, 09/10 2pm Richard Burton, 3:30pm Esteban Castro Trio, 5pm Billy Test Trio, 6:30pm Davey Lantz/Dan Wilkins, 8pm Jam; 14: R; 15: Martha Lorin Qr; 16: Troy Roberts Qrt; 17: Jon Weber; 21: R; 22: Erin McClelland Band; 23: Steve S. & Zach Brock; 24: Joanie Samra Qrt; 25: 7:3010:30pm Matt Vashlishan & The Water Gap Jazz Orch; 28: R; 29: Vinny Bianchi & La Cuchina; 30: Bob Dorough, Rosanna Vitro & Sheila Jordan. DELAWARE WATER GAP: www.cotajazz.org. Sep 8-10: COTA festival feat 09/9 12pm Jay Rattman Qrt, 1:20pm Phil Markowitz/Zach
Brock, 2:40pm Four Way Split w/Dave Stryker, 4pm 3Divas & John Manzari, 5:20pm Dave Liebman & Expansions Qnt, 6:40pm Bovine Social Club & spec guest Timothy Carbone, 8:30pm Water Gap Jazz Orch, 10pm Jazz Mass, 09/10 12:30pm The New Qnt, 1:30pm COTA Cats, 1:50pm Nancy Reed/Spencer Reed, 2:50pm Jay & Brenda’s Blue Note Combo, 3:10pm Najwa & The Resolute Sounds, 4:10pm Funky Knuckle 5, 4:30pm The Gene Machine, 5:30pm The Freeformists, 5:50pm Bob Dorough Ambassador Trio Plus, 6:50pm The Andrew’s Groove, 7:10pm Lara Bello.
QUEENS FLUSHING TOWN HALL: 137-35 Northern Blvd. Flushing. www.flushingtownhall.org. 718-463-7700. 1st Wed: 7pm $10 adm Jam w/Carol Sudhalter. 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. Sun&Sat 125pm, Tues-Fri 10am-5pm: $10 adm Guided Tours of Louis Armstrong House. TERRAZA: 40-19 Gleane St. Elmhurst. www.terraza7.com. 718-803-9602. Sun: 9pm $5 adm Jam w/John Benitez Trio.
WESTCHESTER ALVIN & FRIENDS: 14 Memorial Hwy. New Rochelle. www.alvinandfriendsrestaurant. com. 914-654-6549. Sets: Fri 7-10:30pm, Sat 7:30-11pm/free adm. Sep 8: Mark Adams; 9: Leslie Pintchik; 15: Jon Weiss; 16: Peter Hand; 23: Leslie Pintchik; 29: Victor LaGamma Trio. BEANRUNNER CAFÉ: 201 S Division & Esther St. Peekskill. 914-737-1701. www.beanrunnercafe.com. Fri-Sat: 810:30pm $10 adm. Sep 8: Ahlfabet Jazz Band w/Albert Ahlf; 9: Gerry Malkin Qnt; 23: Orchestra Pastrana; 29: Todd Londagin Band; 30: WaliJazz. CHAPPAQUA PAC: 480 Bedford Rd. Chappaqua. www.chappaquapac.org. 914458-5143. Sep 23: 8pm $25-75 adm Cyrille Aimée. FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: 199N Columbus Av at E Lincoln Av. Mount Vernon. www.pjsjazz.org. 914-636-4977. 2nd Sun: 5:15-9pm $25 adm Second Sunday Jazz series. Sep 10: Houston Person. JAZZ FORUM: 1 Dixon Ln. Tarrytown. 914-6311000. www.jazzforumarts.org. Sets: Sun 4&6pm; Fri-Sat 7&9pm. Sep 1-2: Dave Stryker Qrt; 3: Portinho NY Qrt; 8-9: Jimmy Cobb Trio; 10: Eduardo Belo Qrt; 15-16: George Coleman Qrt; 17: Eddie Monteiro Qrt; 22-23: Joe Lovano Trio; 24: Laura Dreyer & The Manhattan/Rio Connection; 29-30: John Patitucci Trio.
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cians in jazz. He didn't think of Latin jazz as a sub-chapter." The pianist finds divisions between jazz and Latin music "silly." "The real truth," he says, "is that jazz is an African gift to the entire new world and a version of what we call jazz exists in every single nation where slaves were brought. The rhythms of jazz also exist in samba." This concert will draw on two major influences: Both Dizzy and George Coleman have been part of Arturo's musical journey since the beginning. Miles Davis' album Seven Steps to Heaven, which features George, is "the very first record that turned me into a jazz aficionado," says Arturo. "It's the key to my entire life." Entire lives dedicated to jazz are what the Wilbur Ware Institute, which is organizing the concert, is all about. Since the 1980s, the institute has aimed at "bringing jazz to people," says vice president, bassist John Webber. Dizzy, a major supporter of continued on page 28
RUMPET ICON AND COMPOSER Dizzy Gillespie would have turned 100 T this year and pianist Arturo O'Farrill is
celebrating the occasion. "Dizzy was an incredibly gracious human being," Arturo says. "He was always fun; always hanging out. I'll never forget the fact that he didn't hide behind a suit, he didn't hide behind his position. He was really cool." In the same approachable manner and spirit as Dizzy, Arturo will pay tribute to jazz, Latin jazz and Dizzy with saxophonist George Coleman at the Bogardus Mansion, the house of jazz aficionado George Aprile, in Tribeca. "The difference between Latin jazz and jazz is in the interpretation," Arturo says. "When Chano Pozo and Dizzy started playing together, they realized that both of them were playing African music. "It's always interesting to me because I knew Dizzy," he says of the tribute. "I played with him when I was a kid and he was my father's friend." But, Arturo doesn't want his concert to be melancholy. "I believe in the spirit of Dizzy as much as I believe in Dizzy," he says. "It's not about nostalgia. It's much more important to recognize that Dizzy was a great experimenter with Brazilian music, Pan American music. He was one of the first readily open musi-
BRIDGE CROSSINGS J
ERSEY BOY, DAVE KIKOSKI, IS A pianist for all seasons. If he'd done nothing else but play with Roy Haynes and the Brecker Brothers, his place in the jazz piano pantheon would be secure. But that hardly tells the whole story. He's a sparkling player who can play everything.
Q- You've performed with so many great band leaders. Your longest association was probably with Roy Haynes. How did you meet Roy and how does that musical and personal association impact your life and music? A- I was playing with drummer Les DeMerle out in Long Island not far from where Roy lived and met him there. I feel very lucky to be a part of his legacy. He's like a father to me. We started touring and recording back in 1986 and have made so much music since then with many different configurations. Roy impacted my life so much and in so many ways by showing me how to play a melody with conviction and always swinging hard. He also brought me on my first tour and showed me how to handle myself on the road in a professional manner. Sometimes we would take a flight, a train, and a car all day and then that night, we would get on the stage and hit. He told me how to conserve energy and summon it right on the first tune until the end of the gig. He is the master... Q- You recorded a CD I've recently listened to again, Surf's Up, that includes a piece by Frank Zappa, and the title tune is one of my very favorite Brian Wilson gems. What attracts you to composers like these two icons or other composers for that matter? A- Composition is something I am very interested in developing and Frank Zappa is one of my favorites as well as Brian Wilson, both I enjoy arranging and improvising over. The way the songs are structured have a fascinating twist to them in different ways. Q- Your latest recording is Kayemode. What does that word mean and tell us a bit about the recording?
Kikoski photo by Brian Friedman.
By Cary Tone
A- People call me K as a nickname and it became "Kayemode." That is why I called the new CD that. I guess I'm looking for my own "mode." I did a gig a while back with Branford Marsalis and felt an amazing vibe with Justin Falkner and Joe Martin is a great bassist. We did a trio version of Chick Corea's song "Mirror Mirror" which I used to play with Roy. I also did some Bird, Monk, "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" and some new originals. "Binge Watching" came about from some experimenting I've been doing with odd intervals such as flat 9s and major 7th which were utilized in the early 20th century. It ended up sounding a bit Monk-ish. Joe plays a great solo over the changes, and then it gets very free. "Morning Glory" is my newest waltz and even though it gets intense on the out bump, I tried to write something simple and pretty. I wrote "Switching Roles" after working on some Chopin pieces where the hands cross over each other at certain times. In the middle, Joe drops out and Justin and I get into a free duet where our meters overwrap at will. I'm very happy they could do it with me... Q- What do you know today about music and a life in music that you didn't know 20 years ago? A- I feel my playing is getting more seasoned and personal. I was born in the 1960s when rock, soul, jazz, classical and music from all cultures started blending and categories started becoming blurred. I started doing that in my music even back then. I will continue to try and develop that in my own way. Q- What do you struggle with in your creative life? A- Sometimes it's a challenge to book more of my own tours but at this point in my life I am trying to struggle less and create more... Q- You're having a dinner party and can invite three musicians. Who would they be? A- Living: Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock. Not Living: Bach, Charlie Parker, Frank Zappa. For the complete interview, visit our website: http://hothousejazz.com/blog/David-Kikoski.
Dave Kikoski brings a trio at Maureen's Sept. 9â€”bassist Ed Howard and drummer Mark Ferber, and at Smalls Sept. 29-30â€”Rick Rosato, bass and Colin Stranahan, drums; Mark replacing Colin the 30th. More details at: www.davekikoski.com.