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Mulgrew Miller • Microscopic Septet • Origin • Event Calendar


Many people have spoken to us over the years about the methodology we use in
putting someone on our cover. We at AllAboutJazz-New York consider that to be
4 New York@Night prime real estate, if you excuse the expression, and use it for celebrating those
musicians who have that elusive combination of significance and longevity (our
Interview: Mulgrew Miller Hall of Fame, if you will). We are proud of those who have graced our front page,
6 by Laurel Gross
lamented those legends who have since passed and occasionally even fêted
someone long deceased who deserved another moment in the spotlight.
Artist Feature: Microscopic Septet But as our issue count grows and seminal players are fewer and fewer, we
7 by Ken Dryden
must expand our notion of significance. Part of that, not only in the jazz world, has
been controversy, those players or groups that make people question their strict
On The Cover: The Bad Plus
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rules about what is or what is not whatever. Who better to foment that kind of
by Martin Longley discussion than this month’s On The Cover, The Bad Plus, only the third time in
our history that we have featured a group. This tradition-upending trio is at
Encore: Lest We Forget:
10 Bill Smith Johnny Griffin
Village Vanguard from the end of December into the first days of January.
Another band that has pushed the boundaries of jazz, first during the ‘80s but now
with an acclaimed reunion, is the Microscopic Septet (Artist Feature). The group
by Marcia Hillman by Donald Elfman will celebrate the release of a new album of Monk repertoire at Birdland and the
Megaphone VOXNews
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Gershwin Hotel. And while Mulgrew Miller (Interview) may not go down in
history as a radical, jazz needs pianists like him, ones who give their all in the
by Scott Robinson by Suzanne Lorge
celebration of jazz as a communicative art form. Check out Miller in December
Label Spotlight: Listen Up!:
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leading his own group at Dizzy’s Club or with the Golden Striker Trio at Smoke.
Innovation comes in many forms, whether it be clarinetist and composer Bill
Origin Records Jamire Williams
Smith (Encore), late firebrand saxist Johnny Griffin (Lest We Forget), genre-
by Alex Henderson & Charenée Wade hopping omni-instrumentalist Scott Robinson (Megaphone), Seattle-based Origin

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Records (Label Spotlight) or the many artists featured in our CD Reviews.
Festival Report: Belgrade • Berlin • JAZZUV Happy Holidays from AllAboutJazz-New York and check out pages 38-39 for
some jazzy gift suggestions, musical and otherwise.
CD Reviews: Ches Smith, Conrad Herwig, Freddy Cole,
14 Helen Sung, William Hooker, Paquito D’Rivera, John Escreet and more
Laurence Donohue-Greene, Managing Editor Andrey Henkin, Editorial Director

38 Holiday Gift Ideas On the cover: The Bad Plus (©johnrogersnyc.com)

40 Event Calendar
In Correction: In last month’s Interview with Danilo Pérez, the pianist referred to

45 Club Directory something “totally improvised” on his new album Providencia; he was in fact talking
about “The Maze” parts 1 and 2.

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N EW YO R K @ NI GHT

The trumpet/drum duo has been coming into fashion In its earlier years, jazz was not always so - dare I say
lately. Before the past few years there were only a it? - serious. On Nov. 6th, conducting his big band for
handful of examples, but lately Wadada Leo Smith has an intimate gathering of family and friends at
been exploring the pairing as has Nate Wooley, Taylor University of the Streets, Andrew D’Angelo made it
Ho Bynum and a number of others. At Downtown clear that, in addition to his considerable talents as a
Music Gallery Nov. 14th, Kirk Knuffke (actually composer, arranger and improviser, he is serious
playing a cornet) and Kenny Wollesen accepted the about having fun. Abetted by an A-team of musical
horn/drum challenge while at the same time ‘character actors’ that included, among others, Bill
performing a small feat of engineering: they took two McHenry, Josh Roseman, Dan Weiss and Kirk Knuffke,
trios and compressed them into a duet. Knuffke and the alto saxophonist’s charts revealed a highly
Wollesen have recorded together separately with accessible if somewhat unconventional approach to
bassist Lisle Ellis and clarinetist Doug Wieselman and big-band writing, marrying catchy unison lines to
it was primarily from those two songbooks that the punchy riffs and dense, ‘bonky’ chords. The thickly
pair drew the material for their early evening set. With textured ‘shout’ sections of charts like “Egna Ot
Wollesen’s drums seemingly pitched low and Waog”, “Free Willy” and “Red Line” never
Knuffke’s naturally mellow tone, they delivered a overpowered the essential melodic ideas while the
breezy but thoughtful set. They played from scores but lush chorale voicings of “I Love You” and rock-funk
passed effortlessly into improvised sections that were bluster of “Big Butt” were equally compelling.
exploratory but still easy-going inventions, neither of Wearing a loud, yellow-gold shirt while delivering
them looking to push too hard, too fast or too long. keening, soulful solos, D’Angelo was an eye- and ear-
One piece began with a basic statement (four notes magnet, engaging even the most complacent listeners
ascending, three descending) repeated by Knuffke with his no-holds-barred approach to performance,
several times before the dots were connected to reveal which included running around the room during
a smart, jazzy melody. Knuffke swayed lazily with his solos, teasing the teenagers and, most importantly,
horn, more like a saxophonist than a bugler playing playing as if his life depended on it, whether it was a
“Taps” while Wollesen rolled comfortably behind his torchy reading of “Felicia”, a swinging solo on “Free
kit. The pieces they played were tuneful even while the Willy” or the full-throttle future-funk of “Egna Ot
structures seemed slight, making for a lightly perfect Waog”, the finale to a most impressive and - dare I say
set of songs. - Kurt Gottschalk it? - fun evening of jazz. - Tom Greenland
Photo by Scott Friedlander

©johnrogersnyc.com
Kenny Wollesen/Kirk Knuffke @ Downtown Music Gallery Andrew D’Angelo Big Band @ University of the Streets

H enry Threadgill’s three-night stand at Roulette Chris Speed and Jim Black, co-veterans of Bloodcount,
might not have been the event initially planned - a Pachora, yeah NO and AlasNoAxis, unveiled
scheduled collaboration with percussion ensemble and Endangered Blood, a project with Oscar Noriega and
a newly commissioned work didn’t come to pass - but Trevor Dunn Nov. 11th at Littlefield, a converted
the concerts he gave Nov. 11th-13th still proved to be a warehouse near Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal. The
flexing of muscle for Zooid, a band that may have event’s hipster ambience was heightened by two
taken a while to find itself but is now a powerful unit. muralists working in the lounge and the starkly-lit
The second night was a typical, if fired up, set by his performance space with scattered chairs and a lonely
standing group of over a decade. Zooid has gone festoon made from spiral-cut plastic bottles, six-pack
through various changes in lineup and holders and Christmas lights. The music began
instrumentation, but finally gelled with the return of fashionably (an hour) late with Sküli Sverrisson’s solo
Stomu Takeishi, who played in Threadgill’s previous set of electronically-enhanced bass, a 30-minute
band, Make a Move. The cohesiveness of the group montage of looping soundwashes peppered with
was all the more apparent on the third night, when the scratchy static, evoking radar blips, humpback whale
sextet played without a setlist, the leader listening songs, wind-blown sheets, muffled alarm clocks or
intently, directing the band and calling each rainy pavement, creating an overall effect that was
composition. It was a remarkably slow ramp-up, quiet eerily soothing. Speed and Co. opened their set with
and taut for the first 20 minutes, but at the same time “Plunge”, a 7/4 rocker that established their signature
confident and exhilarating. The last night might have sound: Dunn’s cranked-up acoustic bass anchoring
been the most satisfying, but the first was the Black’s unpredictable but inevitably emphatic beat,
important one. Zooid has always orbited around together propelling a relatively laid-back frontline of
acoustic strings, with Takeishi’s hollow-body bass Speed’s offhandedly charismatic tenor in dialogue
guitar in the current lineup and oud and dual cellos in with Noriega’s buoyant alto and bass clarinet. Along
the past. The cello seat has recently and very ably been with an odd-time cover of Monk’s “Epistrophy” were
filled by Christopher Hoffman and for the opening compelling originals: the chorale-like “Vibing France”,
night a full string quartet was added for Threadgill’s a bopping “Uri Bird”, a slow-swaggering “Iris” and
concert-length In Frontispiece. Beginning as a back- the night’s highlight, “Elvin Lisbon”, a free
and-forth, the piece came together in one, beautiful association of groaning drones, lock-step lines and
tentet. (KG) futuristic ‘calypso’. (TG)

4 December 2010 | ALLABOUTJAZZ-NEW YORK


WHAT’S NEWS
Is it laziness or inevitability that any saxophone-drum Celebrating the recent release of his latest CD, Circles
duo performance is discussed in terms of John (Furthermore), pianist Benito Gonzalez brought an
Coltrane-Rashied Ali’s soon-to-be 45-year-old incendiary quintet featuring saxists Azar Lawrence
recording Interstellar Space? Almost half a century is a and Myron Walden, bassist Nat Reeves and drummer
long time and thus the format has absorbed as many Jeff “Tain” Watts into Jazz Standard (Nov. 2nd) to play After a two-year, seemingly positive, relationship, the
paradigms as proponents. The only constant in this music from his fiery recording. Opening with the healthcare company CareFusion has ended its
‘genre’ is a commingling of roles: sax becomes disc’s closer, “Journey’s End” - a McCoy Tynerish-type sponsorship of George Wein’s New York Jazz,
percussive as drums emphasize their melodicism. of outing reminiscent of the leader’s work with Kenny Newport and Chicago Jazz Festivals. Large losses
Such was the case with Matana Roberts and Ches Garrett - the band immediately evinced a type of were reported by the company in August and its CEO
Smith at The Stone (Nov. 7th) but that only told part of intensity not often heard on bandstands these days. recently announced his retirement. Wein is now
the story. As often as Smith unleashed ferocious snare With Gonzalez pounding percussive left hand chords looking for new partnerships and interested parties
and tom rolls, he also worked with the decaying over Reeves’ fast walking bass and Watts’ relentlessly can email sponsor@newfestivalproductions.com.
resonance of small gongs and utilized a miniature flailing drumming, the horns played the appealing,
xylophone for atmospheric effect. And Roberts slightly dissonant melody that hearkened to the In a first celebration of pure jazz, Google devoted its
displayed a subtlety that makes her a complete player; spiritual nature of the music, Lawrence’s Coltrane- homepage icon to the birthday of Dizzy Gillespie on
not that she was shallow before but she tended more inspired tenor excursion referencing that master in his Oct. 16th. On Jan. 23rd of this year, it did the same
towards the straightforward and uncompromising own voice, as did Walden, who quoted from “A Love for the Centennial of Django Reinhardt. To see the
earlier in her career. Sitting in the small black box Supreme” in his solo. Gonzalez, whose admiration for logos, visit google.com/logos.
theater, a listener’s thoughts could wander to other Tyner is well known, showed that he is just as much
sax-drum duos that have graced the space - Evan his own man, displaying a distinctly personal The Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Jazz
Parker and Milford Graves one of the more recent and melodicism, reflected in both his playing and Festival is now accepting applications from student
energetic examples. Roberts and Smith, across four composing. Watts kicked things off on the leader’s big bands, combos, vocal ensembles, composers
longish improvisations, recalled that mighty pairing “Elvin’s Sight” - a quartet feature for Lawrence - with and individual musicians. Applicants will be
only slightly. If the first and third pieces were highly a drum solo distinguished by an intriguing call-and- competing for slots in the 54th Monterey Jazz
emotive, the second and fourth were more cerebral. response pattern between cymbals and drums. A most Festival, to be held in September 2011. The deadline
Some might apply the American versus British schools original arrangement of “Blues On The Corner” is Jan. 21st. For more information, visit
but even those dissimilar styles have bled into one followed, where the pianist offered an engagingly off- montereyjazzfestival.org.
other over time. So for 50 minutes, one was simply kilter bluesiness. The set closed with Gonzalez’ Latin-
taken with how fresh the form still is. - Andrey Henkin rooted tour de force “Taurus”. - Russ Musto The radio program JazzSet, hosted by Dee Dee
Bridgewater, has been named the recipient of a
$50,000 grant from the Doris Duke Charitable
Foundation. The money is intended to support two
years worth of programming that will feature new
music created under the auspices of Chamber Music
America’s New Jazz Works: Commissioning and

Photo by Jacob Blickenstaff/www.33-13.com


Ensemble Development program. For more
information, visit jazzset.npr.org.

The offspring of famed bandleader Artie Shaw and


Doris Dowling, Jonathan, a well-known tattoo artist,
was recently arrested in New York for weapons
Photo by Olympiad Ioffe

possession. When removing items from storage to


ship to Los Angeles, a cache of guns, including an
AK-47 assault rifle, a shotgun and nearly 100 knives,
was discovered by employees of a Manhattan Mini-
Storage. Shaw was released after posting bond.
Matana Roberts @ The Stone Benito Gonzalez @ Jazz Standard Highlights in Jazz, at one point the longest
continually running jazz series in New York, has
A short walk from the block that once housed the Well known for his piano work with the barrier- returned after what was called its last season last
legendary club Slug’s, The Fringe presented a set of breaking unit The Bad Plus, Ethan Iverson brought a spring. The 38th and “final” year will begin in January.
music (Nov. 6th) that would have fit in quite nicely more tradition-oriented, but no less exciting trio with For more information, visit highlightsinjazz.org.
with that venue’s aesthetic. It has been many decades exceptional young bassist Corcoran Holt and master
since Slug’s closed and Alphabet City (or East Village drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath into Smalls (Nov. 1st) Clint Eastwood’s new Dave Brubeck documentary,
to newer arrivals) is a much different locale but to explore richly musical straightahead jazz repertoire. Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way, premieres on
progressive music still has a place there, particularly Opening with Charlie Parker’s bebop anthem Turner Classic Movies Dec. 6th, part of the cable
during Nublu’s annual jazz festival. That club is “Confirmation”, the band displayed a quiet fire and channel’s celebration of the pianist’s 90th birthday.
known for its eclecticism and its festival reflects that: intense attentiveness to nuance that immediately made Also to be screened are Richard Bradley’s Southern
prior to the Fringe’s set, percussionist Adam Rudolph it evident that this was going to be more than an all- Crossing (1981) - Australian performances by the
presented his Moving Pictures group and waiting in too-typical evening filled with the breathless running Dave Brubeck Quartet - and All Night Long (1962), a
the wings was trumpeter Lew Soloff’s allstar Cuban of chord changes. On “Con Alma” Holt’s richly reimagining of Othello starring Brubeck. For more
band. Saxist/de facto leader George Garzone began bottomed bass took center stage for a medium-tempo information, visit tcm.com.
the trio’s set by saying, “We used to be in New York version of the Dizzy Gillespie classic, Heath’s ultra hip
but they kicked us out.” Perhaps this is a bit of rhythmic embellishments and Iverson’s melodically The Jazz Journalists Association is seeking
blowback from the Big Apple-Beantown sports rivalry informed comping subtly surrounding the soloist in a applicants for a four-month program of training in
but has led to fewer appearances by the group, way that made the reading revelatory. On the ballad video jazz journalism. A strong interest in jazz and
unfortunate because few do what The Fringe do or as “These Foolish Things”, Iverson’s harmonic genius journalism are required, as well as easy access to a
well. Garzone may have been referred to above as came to light, as he utilized a series of well-chosen computer, as most training will be online. For more
leader of the 35+ year group but that belies its true chord substitutions to breathe new life into the information, visit EyeJazz.tv.
nature: a masterful control of his instrument is the venerable standard. The band fired heatedly on an
easiest thing to pick out - and as is usually the case uptempo rendition of Parker’s rarely heard “Visa”, Applications are being accepted for the fourth edition
with Fringe concerts, the first few rows of listeners Heath growling encouragement to his younger of Camp MMW, a chance for musicians, ages 16 and
were intent students getting an intimate master class - colleagues. The drummer revealed his unparalleled up, to live and study with the band in the Catskill
but much has to be said of drummer Bob Gullotti’s mastery of the tambourine on an Eastern-tinged Mountains from Jul. 31st-Aug. 5th. For more
pliant, forceful timekeeping and bassist John introduction to “Speak Low” and then showed equal information, visit mmw.net/campmmw.
Lockwood’s firm pulse. Part freeform skittishness, skill playing New Orleans Second Line rhythms on
Coltrane-esque spirituality and academic focus, The “Perdido”, as Iverson exhibited a spirited Submit news to info@allaboutjazz-newyork.com
Fringe, but not the Red Sox, are welcome anytime.(AH) Monkishness on the closer. (RM)

ALLABOUTJAZZ-NEW YORK | December 2010 5


INT ER VI EW

Mulgrew
Boogaloo to play piano. I hesitate to say this, but I’d
play electric bass (laughs). I knew where some of the
notes were (laughs again). And had ears good enough
to hear the chord changes to the songs. But technically
speaking I wasn’t much of a bass player. Sometimes I’d
get to play piano, as I knew some R&B songs and then

Miller
there’d be a real bass player.

AAJ-NY: Since Oscar Peterson was such a big


influence on you, did you get to meet him?

MM: The first time was very scary. I was with Betty
photo by Alan Nahigian

Carter and we were playing in Berkeley, California at a


(CONTINUED ON PAGE 37)

by Laurel Gross
W hether he’s playing as a leader of his own groups or as a MM: Especially in the time I grew up. I was a child of
sideman, virtuosic pianist Mulgrew Miller is a savvy, the ‘60s and early ‘70s. I saw a lot of it, you know. I was
inventive improviser with the impressive technical prowess in 10th grade, about 15, before I went to a school that
to back it all up. He can be counted on to offer plenty of was fully integrated. Or in other words, I never came
surprises and challenges that will engage astute jazz in close contact with a white person until that point,
listeners as well as those just starting to explore the music. until I went to school with them … You know, growing
Originally from Mississippi, he attended Memphis State up “in” it, especially being so young, you don’t realize
University and in the following years distinguished himself all of the implications until you kind of mature,
with such groups as Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, the advance, travel the world and then think about, you
Woody Shaw Quintet, Mercer Ellington Orchestra and know, those times. I learned things after I left that I
Tony Williams Quintet as well as his own bands, including didn’t know when I was there. My parents were
Wingspan, which appears at Dizzy’s Club this month. mostly involved in protecting me. They tried to make
sure that you stayed in your place, because that’s what
AllAboutJazz-New York: Some people today have the you did growing up at that time. You stayed in your
impression that jazz is an intimidating music, that it’s place.
too difficult a music to listen to and that they need a lot
of special knowledge to appreciate it. What do you AAJ-NY: As Greenwood and the surrounding area
think of this, in terms of your own music? wasn’t much of a jazz scene, how were you introduced
to jazz? And then decide to be a jazz musician?
Mulgrew Miller: I don’t think a person should have to
have a Master’s Degree in music or theory to MM: I heard Oscar Peterson on the Joey Bishop Show on
Karl Berger’s
understand what’s going on. Hopefully the music
should be accessible on a number of levels. For
television. First of all, I never imagined that a piano
could be played like that. I had never seen nor heard
“Music Mind” Method
example, I don’t think the music should be 100% anybody do that live. It was like something from Karl Berger’s “Music Mind” method is now
progressive. There should be an accessible element another planet really. I had heard concert pianists on available in individual and group coaching
that I refer to as the folk element, something that TV but I hadn’t heard anybody play the piano telling sessions, live, and in dedicated online sessions.
reaches people where they live. In this music, jazz, for the story I could relate to, with that kind of technique “Music Mind” addresses how we play and listen,
me blues is the folk element. It’s also a storytelling and sophistication. When I heard that I said that’s deepening our feel and touch, expanding our
element; a storytelling element has to be there... what I want to do. I was a completely different child horizons, focus, confidence and creativity.
But my feeling is that the listener should be the next day. I knew what I wanted to do from then on.
When you got the chops, it is the strength
prepared to meet the artist halfway. They should be of your spontaneous mind that is needed
prepared for any kind of the unexpected. You don’t AAJ-NY: Were there any local influences? to come up with the right decisions for
want to go to a concert and know exactly what you’re a convincing performance.
going to hear and not somewhat be challenged as to MM: I never had any formal lessons. But there was a
Wherever you are now in your development,
what you can appreciate. And the musician has an guy in Greenwood called Boogaloo Ames, an
this will take you to a new level and outlook.
obligation to meet the audience halfway. It goes both interesting figure for me, an older fellow who kind of
ways. The listener shouldn’t be expected to be played in the style of Nat King Cole and Erroll Garner. If your aim is to become a great performer,
spoonfed every little thing. And they shouldn’t be Many years later he surfaced on a Cassandra Wilson this is the way. If you are a great performer
patronized. record (Belly of the Sun) on one or two tunes as a blues and you want your performances to be
unforgettable, this is the way.
piano player but I had known him long before as a jazz
AAJ-NY: Speaking of the blues as an important player. He played in this almost prebop style and Participation in this coaching program is limited.
element in your music, you grew up in the heart of knew every standard ever written. He worked at Only a few spots are available now to
blues territory. While you don’t have to be from the Baldwin, tuning pianos, and every Saturday when he individuals or groups.
Delta to appreciate the blues, your roots were there. was off I’d pick him up and drive him downtown to Contact Karl Berger at creativemusic@verizon.net
Where specifically did you grow up and what was it the piano store where we’d sit for hours and I’d watch
like? him play songs and different runs and things like that.

MM: A small town called Greenwood, Mississippi. AAJ-NY: Did he influence your playing?
Greenwood is supposedly where [legendary blues
guitarist] Robert Johnson lived for a while, in that area, MM: Initially I would say so. In fact, some of the
and I’m told he died there. He was poisoned I think townspeople called me “Little Boogaloo” because I
somewhere else, but died there. [14-year-old] Emmett was the young kid who played piano around,
Till was lynched a week or two after I was born [in everybody knew me. I did school and church functions
August 1955], a few miles from Greenwood actually. and dances and everything. I don’t think I would have
And the guy who shot [Civil Rights activist] Medgar had as much of an appreciation of him had I not
Evers [in June 1963] was from Greenwood. already seen Oscar Peterson. I met Boogaloo a year or
so after that. Boogaloo befriended my high school
AAJ-NY: When you talk about racism, it must have bandleader who was a saxophone player and a caterer.
been a pretty heavy place in those days. So when he catered parties sometimes he’d hire

6 December 2010 | ALLABOUTJAZZ-NEW YORK


AR T IST FEAT UR E

Microscopic For more information, visit microscopicseptet.com. This


group is at Birdland Dec. 2nd and Gershwin Hotel Dec.
11th. See Calendar.

Recommended Listening:
• Microscopic Septet - The History of the Micros,

Septet
Vol. One: Seven Men in Neckties
(Press/Osmosis - Cuneiform, 1982/1984/1990)
• Microscopic Septet - The History of the Micros,
Vol. Two: Surrealistic Swing
(Osmosis/Stash - Cuneiform, 1981/1986/1988/1990)
• Microscopic Septet - Lobster Leaps In (Cuneiform, 2007)
• Microscopic Septet - Friday the Thirteenth
Photo by Lars Klove

(The Micros Play Monk) (Cuneiform, 2010)

by Ken Dryden Junior Mance


… Jazz pianist
The Microscopic Septet is the brainchild of soprano Dworkin. Though several people have since held the Hide Tanaka….Bassist
saxophonist Phillip Johnston and pianist Joel tenor chair (Danny Nigro, Paul Shapiro and now at
Forrester. Their quirky music has been a cult favorite Michael Hashim) and Zorn departed early on Café Loup
among many jazz fans (Forrester’s theme for NPR’s (replaced by Don Davis), the band is remarkable for its
EVERY SUNDAY
Fresh Air, as performed by the Micros, is heard daily, stability. The pianist laughed, “People were fighting to
6:30 - 9:30 pm
nationwide, in hundreds of markets) though the band get into the band. When John Zorn, the original alto
has never been a full-time group. The sound of player, announced he was leaving, we knew we could
surprise and humor are integral components of the easily replace him with Don Davis, because Don would Junior Mance Quintet
Micros’ music, which defies being classified into any come to our gigs and announce that ‘I can cut that guy first Sunday
one style. Forrester mused, “Duke Ellington would say Zorn.’ I like that kind of attitude. It was a band that of each month
that Ben Webster was ‘beyond category’, which was had new compositions written not only for the saxes
his highest form of praise. Both Phillip and I have been involved but for the personalities and strengths of the
aiming for ‘beyond category’ for a long time.” people playing the saxes.” When asked about the
Forrester and Johnston remembered the origins of benefit of not having producers pushing pop tunes and NO COVER, JUST AWARD WINNING JAZZ AND FOOD
the group somewhat differently. Forrester recalled, standards, Forrester replied, “We were never tempted 105 West 13th Street 212-255-4746
“I’ve told the story so many times that I can’t vouch for with success. No one ever told us you could make it, www.juniormance.com
its accuracy. The real genesis of the band probably was but only if you play someone else’s music.”
around 1974, when I was walking up St. Mark’s Place With the exception of the newest CD, the
in New York City and heard Thelonious Monk’s ‘Well, compositions on a typical release are roughly split
You Needn’t’ coming from a building. That was really 50/50 between Forrester and Johnston. Forrester is a
odd at the time, not because his music had fallen into prolific composer. “Right now I’m up to 1,565 pieces.
disfavor, but not many people were playing bebop It’s a nice challenge to decide which ones to perform.
then. I had always been a Monk nut, so I decided to What I’ve found, and that’s what has been the
follow the sound and managed to talk my way into the energizing force behind the Microscopic Septet, is
building, went up to the right floor and to the door of when you have really good players, they like
Phillip Johnston, who had been practicing it on constantly being challenged. This band was always in
soprano sax. Phillip invited me in and I listened to him the process of looking at new music, finally being
for about 20 minutes. It turned out Phillip was leaving satisfied with the way we were playing older music
for the West Coast the next morning, so he and I got and trying to remember music we used to play.”
together at 8 am over at my pad on Tenth Street. I don’t Johnston explained, “I write Micros tunes specifically
remember what we played but it convinced us that for the Micros. When I’ve tried it the other way, it
there was a future in playing together. Awhile after hasn’t worked very well.”
that, the Microscopic Septet came into being.” Cuneiform’s two recent double-CD compilations
Forrester credited Johnston with the band’s (Seven Men in Neckties and Surrealistic Swing) restored
instrumentation: “Phillip formed the idea of having a all of the Micro’s earlier recordings to print and added
saxophone band and then thought of adding a rhythm previously unissued performances as well. This helped
section. He knew that by bringing me in that he’d be stimulate new interest in the group, which had not
bringing in my music, because at that time I was really recorded since 1990. They reunited to produce Lobster
strict about playing my own music. His idea was to Leaps In in 2007, followed by the just-released Friday
have a little big band that gave off the aura of a big the Thirteenth (The Micros Play Monk).
band.” Forrester noted, “Phillip had long proposed we do
Johnston recalled its roots in this way: “I an all-Thelonious Monk CD and I had resisted the
originally intended for the Micros to be a big band. I notion. Even though both of us are Monk babies, it
loved Ellington’s ‘jungle’ band, the big bands of seemed incestuous to me to do a compilation strictly of
Fletcher Henderson and Jelly Roll Morton, the modern his music. What we liked to do when the band was
big bands of Charles Mingus and Sun Ra, along with happening was to sneak Monk tunes and our strange
the arrangement-oriented bands of Tadd Dameron and arrangements of them into the middle of a set instead
Gil Evans. But organizing a big band seemed of songs by Phillip and me. Suddenly there was
impossible, so I started with the sax and rhythm something somewhat recognizable to people. I finally
sections. Another inspiration was Noise R Us, a punk- agreed to a Monk CD and couldn’t be happier.
funk band where I played in the horn section with Phillip’s arrangements take Monk far afield yet never
Dave Sewelson and George Bishop. We wanted to do lose sight of the origins of the music.”
something else together, so I invited John Zorn on alto. After this month’s gigs, the group will be in
He was one of my oldest friends and had previously hiatus, with Johnston temporarily living in Australia
played with Joel and I and that became the original and Forrester at work with his other projects. But the
Micros frontline.” Micros will reunite for a tour next year and perhaps,
The first recorded lineup included Johnston and another record date. Forrester remarked, “Now we’re
Forrester, Zorn, John Hagen (tenor), Sewelson all involved in other things, but we’re still willing to
(baritone), bassist Dave Hofstra and drummer Richard drop everything when we get together once a year. K

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©johnrogersnyc.com

THEThe BAD PLUS


Bad Ass Pulse
by Martin Longley
J ust as when they are playing music onstage, The Bad the last record, but didn’t mix it, the relatively looking over there and going ‘yes!’, y’know?”
Plus have their roles within the interviewing chamber. unknown Brent Sigmeth. We played live, with no Iverson wants to be a concert pianist. He also
So it transpired, in the dressing room during their last overdubs or edits, so in that way we kind of got back to wants to play in the corner of a bar until 5 am. As well,
NYC residency at Blue Note. There are degrees of the basic elements. We’d always made records with Iverson would be equally happy in a house of
natural chemistry in operation, with equal rights for some kind of production. We decided to let the songs experimental music.
glint-eyed humor and uncompromising seriousness. be the production and just to play.” “I worry that in post-jazz education culture there’s
As with their performing existence, it’s difficult to The Bad Plus seem to be a band of contradictory not enough idiosyncratic musicians,” Iverson reveals.
gauge how much pianist Ethan Iverson is being elements. Yes, they all have their writing personalities, “And I think that the three of us are pretty
urbanely ironic or whether he’s a genuinely studious but yes, also, once filtered through the threesome’s idiosyncratic. Three guys that were not going to fit in
old-school gentleman. Drummer Dave King is more of entangled interpretations, all works are subject to the every situation. I know that all of us spent moments on
an open japer, but this doesn’t prevent him from combo’s innate stylishness. bandstands with other people where it was awkward.
making highly pertinent observations, as expected “All three of us take composition seriously,” says Where we were the wrong guys. I moved to New York
from all good japers. Meanwhile bassist Reid Iverson, seriously. “We all write our pieces, then in 1991. I didn’t have a single jazz gig until basically I
Anderson is the quiet Plusser, but he too will step in present them to each other. They do change a bit, of was playing The Village Vanguard with The Bad Plus
with a pointed observation, when the moment is right. course. Everyone always has to make up their own all of a sudden. I couldn’t fit in with a lot of people and
This month, The Bad Plus are returning for parts to some extent. One thing that’s important to all I still can’t. Monk, his whole life, had fewer gigs than
another week at Village Vanguard. It will be the third three of us is that our music is diverse. There’s no one The Bad Plus have already had. He really fought
year that they’ve played the post-Yule-into-the-New way for us to do anything. Some pieces have a very against the current, despite being Thelonious Monk.
Year run - an appropriate booking for a trio that melds specific feel, a very specific melody. And then another He’s a great example of someone who was absolutely
entertainment with thoughtful gristle and the song might be completely free.” not accepted.”
nostalgic glow of popular songbook reinterpretation “I think that the composer tends to have the right Iverson’s “Bill Hickman At Home” rambles with a
with a forward-looking, innovatory spirit. Given that of way,” says Anderson. “Sometimes, you do Monk-ian barrelhouse wit.
their new album, Never Stop, contains entirely self- something very specific, that has to happen and people I inadvertently pronounce the dreaded term
generated compositions, maybe there’ll be less of the just honor it. And other times, you hand it over and the ‘piano trio’. “I think it shouldn’t be a piano trio,” says
Ornette, Aphex and Queen this time around and more idea becomes so much better when somebody’s Iverson. “It should be a piano-bass-drums trio. I don’t
of the Iverson, Anderson and King. This has lately allowed to hear it in a different way.” want to name these guys, but I’ve seen a few younger
been an increasing tendency: to move away from the “Maybe the common ground of the writing is that cats have some breaks in the last five years, who have
cover versions and more towards an embrace of their all three of us have a different writing style that we all put their name on it and they’ve had the opportunity
substantial original material. believe in,” decides King. “We all guard the aesthetic to do something else and they didn’t.”
The album opens with the classical pomp of the music. That’s why we assembled this band. King’s “Super America” is a trim gospel bounce.
statement of “The Radio Tower Has A Beating Heart”, There’s a trust that we’re going to try and make the “A lot of piano trios are collaborative,” says King.
extreme in its frilled majesty, like a minuscule suite, best music we can out of these ideas. We might write “If we think about what the piano trio was before 10
passing straight into the glam disco stomp of the disc’s separately, but we own it together. We share all the years ago, versus the last 10 years, we’re talking about
title track, a tune which the Scissor Sisters could easily writing royalties. We end up owning each other’s an evolution in jazz, from Jason Moran to Vijay Iyer
cover. The Bad Plus range effortlessly from rubbery music, not only literally, but we own it on the and back to Brad Mehldau. Brad’s name is on that, but
funk to stately poise. They sound like they dig bandstand.” that’s Brad and Larry [Grenadier] and Jorge [Rossy]
progressive rock, but they’re roughing up that One moment King is called upon to keep rickety, and now Jeff [Ballard] and that’s their sound. These are
influence, breaking it apart with improvisatory swaying or marching time, then he will disintegrate super-collaborative situations, the ones I’ve just
ruggedness. himself into minute introspection of small-tinkering, named. Whatever you call it, in the last 10 years, the
After a decade together, the three members have relishing the micro-possibilities of his drumset. “Beryl drummer hasn’t necessarily politely comped along.
formulated a unique bond, both as musicians and Loves To Dance” is like an entire movie soundtrack It’s more integrated in the bands I’ve just mentioned.
friends. Spending so much time on the road, they have compacted into four minutes of dynamism. “We’ve “This band is already an intense collaboration,”
to be friends. The interplay is obvious, even just refined our techniques,” says King. “The core of the says Iverson, who always admires the ongoing, stable
hearing them talk together, away from their band is still absolutely the same as when we started. outfits, where languages develop over time, enabling a
instruments. The joy of playing. It ebbs and flows in the normal way house sound.
“Our last record was a special project with a a 10-year relationship would. We’re all about it getting “That being said, we’re kicking Ethan out of the
singer,” King reminds us of 2009’s For All I Care, with better. We’re not a band that’s just gonna have our riffs band,” warns King. “And Brad’s coming in! It’s gonna
the guesting Wendy Lewis. “So, after that, we wanted and then just keep going. We’re always trying to figure be The Brad Plus!” K
to celebrate 10 years of the band with what we do out a way to push, from new types of material,
most. It’s a result of touring a record that was all different places to play, different things to reinterpret. For more information, visit thebadplus.com. This group is
interpretations for a year and a half. It’s almost like we There’s always a huge volume of ideas.” at Village Vanguard Dec. 28th-Jan. 2nd. See Calendar.
want to clear the palate.” Anderson’s “Snowball” floats with a luminous
“The sound of The Bad Plus is just the sound of the calm. Recommended Listening:
three of us playing together,” states Iverson. This King: “There’s no two musicians [not to turn this • The Bad Plus - Eponymous
might sound superficially simple, but we’re talking into a love-fest!] that I have felt more accepted by, (Fresh Sound-New Talent, 2000)
about the entwining of three massively individual and ever, in my entire playing career. The idea that what • The Bad Plus - These Are The Vistas (Columbia, 2002)
complex stylists. I’m doing over there is fine by these two. It doesn’t • The Bad Plus - Give (Columbia, 2003)
“We didn’t go with our longtime engineer and matter what night it is and where it’s going, there’s a • The Bad Plus - Blunt Object (Live in Tokyo)
collaborator Tchad Blake,” says King. “We did three total acceptance. I have never heard from Ethan, like, (Columbia, 2004)
records together for Columbia and he also mixed our ‘when you shoved that floor tom up my ass during my • The Bad Plus - Prog (Heads Up, 2006)
last album. We went with an engineer who engineered solo, I really didn’t like that so much!’ He’s just • The Bad Plus - Never Stop (E1 Entertainment, 2010)

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Bill Smith two years again and then I stayed on for four years
playing in a group with John Eaton. We had a group
called the American Jazz Ensemble and we toured all
Recommended Listening:
• Dave Brubeck - The Dave Brubeck Octet
(Fantasy, 1953)
by Marcia Hillman over Italy and throughout the United States actually.” • Red Norvo - Music to Listen to Red Norvo By
Back in the US, Smith began his teaching career at (Contemporary, 1957)
In the world of musical the University of Southern California and went on to a • Bill Smith - Folk Jazz (Contemporary, 1959)
Smiths there is Bill 30-year teaching stint at the University of Washington • Dave Brubeck - Near-Myth (Fantasy, 1961)
Smith - jazz clarinetist, in Seattle in 1966. But it wasn’t all teaching. He was • Various Artists - Dedicated to Dolphy (1928-1964)
composer and arranger. constantly writing - both classical and jazz (Cambridge, 1966)
Then there is William compositions - recording and performing as well. “For • Dave Brubeck - Moscow Night (Concord, 1987)
Overton Smith - ten years I was with Brubeck steady in the ‘80s,” he
‘50s ‘00s classical clarinetist and remembers. “I was teaching at the same time and it
composer. And, yes, they are the same person. Born in was a killer flying into the East Coast for weekend
Sacramento, California on Sep. 22nd, 1926, Smith gigs. It was great playing with Dave. We’ve played
started playing the clarinet at age ten. He also started and recorded together throughout the years. And
his double life in his teens by putting together a jazz during the ‘60s he commissioned me to write an album
group at 13 and joining the Oakland Symphony a year for him for his quartet to play with him.”
Orchestra at 15. “As a kid, I wanted to be like Benny Based in Seattle, Smith continues to teach
Goodman,” Smith relates. “He was a great inspiration privately. (He is Professor Emeritus at the University
for me. He could play Mozart or he could play blues. I of Washington.) The clarinetist continues to write,
only knew jazz when I was a kid, but finally in my late record and perform. Smith states, “Every summer I go
teens I heard Benny Goodman’s classical recordings of to Rome and to Italy and I play a concert every week or
Mozart and I thought there’s a whole world.” a couple of times some weeks throughout Italy. I play
After high school, Smith toured cross-country locally around Seattle with a trio, but there’s not much
briefly with a dance band and soured on the idea of happening there. I performed with Brubeck a couple of
being on the road as a jazz musician. He settled in New
York City to begin his formal music studies at the
years ago and when he comes to Seattle, I play with
him,“ he goes on. Smith has a new CD, TramJAZZ
December 7
Juilliard School of Music in the daytime and playing at (Trambus, 2008) with clarinetist Paolo Ravaglia. Frank Perowsky and the
jazz clubs at night. One of the most significant impacts Smith recently performed at the Symphony Space
on Smith’s education and life came in 1946 when he premiere of his jazz opera Space In The Heart. Written
Cats and Jammers
forsook the East Coast and headed back to California in 2008 (and first performed in Seattle), the work has a
to study music with Darius Milhaud at Mills College in libretto by Peter Monaghan and is written for three
Oakland. It was there he met fellow classmate Dave voices and a group composed of clarinet, piano, bass December 14
Brubeck and began a lifetime of friendship and and drums. The performance was done in concert style
musical collaboration. He recalls, “The first guy I (without sets) and featured singers Rachelle Fleming,
Mike Longo Funk Band
recorded with was Brubeck. It won the DownBeat Nicole Pasternak and Dominic Infererra with Smith,
award for small band for that year in the early ‘50s. pianist John Eaton, bassist Michael Bisio and drummer
The earliest thing on it is my ‘Schizophrenic Scherzo’ Alan Bergman. The story is ‘the eternal triangle’ Concerts Resume
and that was my first experiment with trying to marry
what I knew of classical music and jazz.” (This
among astronauts and takes place mostly in outer
space. Smith comments, “My opera tries to combine
January 11, 2011
integration was later given the name “Third Stream” basically what I love about Monteverdi and jazz. I
by Gunther Schuller.) heard an opera of his about two years ago and the lines
Continuing his studies, Smith went on to study were simple and direct and the music was improvised
composition with Roger Sessions at the University of by the baroque continual players. I thought if baroque
California, Berkeley, earning his Bachelor’s and musicians can improvise, why couldn’t I do that with
Master’s degrees. Then came a succession of awards jazz musicians?”
that offered him the opportunity to study in Europe. Bill Smith, aka William Overton Smith, always
The Prix de Paris in 1951 gave him two years of study “wanted to compose music and play music when I can
at the Paris Conservatory. In 1957, he was awarded the and be connected with universities.” And this
Prix de Rome. “That took me to Rome for a year to the renaissance man is still doing all of that. K
American Academy in Rome,” he explains. “In 1960 I
had a Guggenheim thing which took me to Rome for For more information, visit faculty.washington.edu/bills

LEST W E FOR GET

Johnny Griffin (1928-2008) from the Hampton band) had started a sextet that
lasted for several years. Griff can also be heard on
some early R&B recordings on the Atlantic label. The
Netherlands in 1978.) He recorded throughout this
period - with Dizzy Gillespie, the Kenny Clarke-
Francy Boland Big Band, Monk, Nat Adderley, Stan
by Donald Elfman saxophonist was soon based in New York but was Getz, Toots Thielemans and many others.
often on the road and then spent two years in the During the ‘90s he recorded with an American
J ohnny Griffin was one of the true masters of bop, and army, eventually returning to Chicago. Thelonious group that featured pianist Michael Weiss and
later hardbop, saxophone. He was known as “The Monk urged Orrin Keepnews to sign him for drummer Kenny Washington. Griffin’s sound had
Little Giant” due to his stature and extraordinary Riverside, but Blue Note beat him to it. (In that same mellowed some but his extraordinary musical sense
talent. His facility and control with tempos and deft period in the late ‘50s, he recorded with Art Blakey’s stayed intact. On Jul. 25th, 2008 Johnny Griffin died of
harmonic perception made him one of jazz’ finest Jazz Messengers and also several times with Monk.) a heart attack in France, where he’d lived for the
players. Griffin’s career as a leader started, for Blue Note, preceding 24 years.
John Arnold Griffin III was born in Chicago on in 1956. Introducing Johnny Griffin and then The It’s a study well worth pursuing - getting to know
Apr. 24th, 1928 and grew up on that city’s South Side. Congregation and A Blowin’ Session (with John Coltrane the music of Johnny Griffin. Strongly recommended
He studied music at the legendary DuSable High and Hank Mobley) introduced this dynamic player are the aforementioned Blue Notes, Art Blakey’s Jazz
School and by age 15 was playing with T-Bone Walker. with great speed and perfect intonation to the jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk (Atlantic) and The Cat,
Alto sax was his instrument when, almost immediately world. He made recordings as a sideman as well and from 1990 on Antilles. K
after graduation, he joined the big band of vibist soon switched to Riverside where, from 1960-62, he
Lionel Hampton. Hamp urged him to play tenor and and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis led their own quintet. A Johnny Griffin Tribute/The Big Soul Band 50th
he did, next to Arnett Cobb in the reeds section. In 1963, Griffin moved to France and stayed in Anniversary with Houston Person and others is at Jazz
In 1947, Griffin and trumpeter Joe Morris (also Europe through the ‘60s-70s (he moved to the Standard Dec. 14th-15th. See Calendar.

10 December 2010 | ALLABOUTJAZZ-NEW YORK


MEG APHONE

Sameness is the Enemy you’re gonna get - it’s always the same!”
This scourge of sameness has somehow
permeated nearly every part of our landscape and
be made by a computer program whose sole criterion
is that the next piece must sound the same or nearly
the same, as the last.
by Scott Robinson every aspect of our culture. And it isn’t just here at Why does uniformity have such a hold over us?
home. Thanks to globalization, multinational Why do humans, those most creative of animals (in
You know the feeling: you’re just arriving in a part of corporate behemoths now bring us Kraft cheese in America, that most creative of nations), seem so eager
the US you’ve never visited and looking forward to France, Coca-Cola in Chad, McDonald’s in Moscow to prostrate themselves before the altar of sameness? I
seeing what it has to offer. Your plane touches down and Starbucks in Beijing’s Forbidden City. Where have a theory: perhaps, like brute physical strength,
and, like magic, Muzak switches on. In the airport, the America’s jazz once fired the imagination of the world, creativity is becoming less critical for day-to-day
insipid music (or another version of it) is again your now her bland, pitch-corrected pop has stultified the survival. Where early humans had to use brawn and
unwanted companion, following you even into the cultures of other nations, driving out their indigenous brains to find a way to stay alive, now most (in the
bathroom. You wend your way past the same Chili’s music like an invasive species. In cafés from Kowloon developed world, at least) can simply pick up a pizza
Express, Cinnabon and Miller Brewhouse you saw in to Cameroon, I’ve had to endure the same stuff that I or buy groceries. Could we be in danger of losing our
the airport you departed from 2,000 miles ago and pick would in my local New Jersey bar. What’s disturbing is creative edge? Certain species of birds have, through
up your car keys at the rental desk. Out in the lot, the the tyranny of it, the ubiquity. We are not allowed to the centuries, lost the ability to fly. Consider the
music continues to follow you as you make your way escape it - it is required listening wherever we go. ostrich: does not such a flightless bird seem somehow
to your car, through speakers mounted every five feet The forces of sameness are at work in education, less a bird, absent such a distinguishing characteristic?
in the canopy overhead. too, where the push is toward ever more And would not a diminishment of our own creative
You hit the road, looking forward to the local standardization and away from innovation in powers make us, in some immeasurable but crucial
scenery on the way to your hotel. You’re on a highway teaching. Even the world of jazz, supposed bastion of way, less human?
and it looks disturbingly like a lot of other highways in unfettered imagination, is susceptible (theme-solos- If there is an answer to this dilemma, at least for
a lot of other places you’ve been, nowhere near this theme formats, formulaic endings, the dreaded musicians, perhaps it cannot be stated more simply or
one. You pass shopping centers, malls and large “everybody wear all black”). And thanks to more passionately than what Anthony Braxton said to
swaths of housing developments just like the ones deregulation and corporate greed, jazz has virtually me years ago: “We have to keep playing music like our
back home. These bear evocative names that recall disappeared from radio along with almost anything life depends on it - which it does!” He was speaking, of
whatever was destroyed in order to put them there: that isn’t pop or talk. Radio stations once had live course, of creative, far-reaching music, music that
Fox Run Woods, Turkey Glen Estates. Nervously you orchestras; now many of them don’t even have local elevates the imagination and transforms the listener.
turn on the radio, thinking, “maybe I’ll catch some DJs, as programming is prerecorded from a prescribed We musicians are often told that we must “give the
local music.” But up and down the dial is a seemingly playlist and piped in from corporate headquarters. audience what it wants”... but an audience can only
endless supply of the same pop/rock you were This trend began in the ‘90s with test marketing: test want what it already knows. I believe that part of an
subjected to back at the airport, along with a hefty dose groups determine playability based on just 10 seconds artist’s job is to find that which the audience never
of right-wing talk and a smattering of news. of music. Playlists shrink, songwriters start “writing to knew it wanted, that which it was not even equipped
Near a big intersection you find your hotel, one of the test” and sameness wins the day. Today, any sort to imagine. This way, the music is allowed to evolve
a giant chain (aren’t they all nowadays?). Your spirits of DJ autonomy has vanished from most radio, as and grow and perhaps take us humans along with it.
fall as you look around and realize that this highway corporations decide what gets played. There’s big Indeed, creativity - and creative music in particular -
interchange is indistinguishable from all the others money in sameness! may be the most powerful weapon we have against the
you’ve seen all across this continent. Wal-Mart, What about the Internet? There’s been much to be creeping tide of sameness and uniformity. Let us wield
Wendy’s, Home Depot... you are in the center of a thankful for, with independent musicians finally out it often and well. K
giant ocean of unrecognizable conformity. Where from under the yoke of record labels and distributors
Indians once hunted bison is now no different than who decide which music is worthy of release. But I see For more information, visit mysite.verizon.net/smoulden/
where steamy Floridian jungle once stood. Those an ominous new trend coming: subscription services, scott.html. Robinson is at Brooklyn Lyceum Dec. 8th, gives
worlds have been removed and replaced with... this. which many say will soon replace downloads. For a a seminar at The Stone Dec. 13th and is at Littlefield Dec.
You step into the hotel lobby (yes, the pop music monthly fee, listeners can access an entire library of 15th with Ron Horton/Tim Horner. See Calendar.
is playing there, too) and make your way to the check- music... but only whatever music the company chooses
in desk, passing by the hotel bar. Maybe you’ll drop in to provide. Even more unsettling are the new “acoustic Multi-instrumentalist/composer Scott Robinson has been a
later for a good local beer! Quickly you scan the taps: personalization” services, which provide listeners highly-active presence on the New York-based jazz scene for
Bud, Bud Light, Coors, Coors Light... no luck there. As with music matching the acoustical profile of whatever more than 25 years, appearing on some 200 CDs. He has
the perky young gal at the desk hands you your key, they listened to last - a virtual recipe for sameness! been heard with Frank Wess, Bob Brookmeyer, Maria
you ask, “Where can I get some good local chow?” How would someone listening to Coltrane discover Schneider, Anthony Braxton, Hank Jones and more and
“Well, there’s a Denny’s next door,” she answers Art Tatum by such a method, let alone Bartók’s string toured 11 African nations in 2001 as a US Jazz Ambassador.
cheerfully, “and an Applebee’s just across the quartets? The joy of discovering new sounds will be This year, Robinson’s ScienSonic label has released its first
highway. I like Applebee’s, ‘cause you know what forever lost if we start allowing our listening choices to two CDs of “worlds of tomorrow through sound”.

VO X NEW S

by Suzanne Lorge like music boxes and pebbles and wind chimes and singer’s musical contribution fairly and respectfully.
little bells. Keith plays piano and Julie adds voice. The The hefty amount of research that went into the book
In the liner notes of Silver Pony (Blue Note), Cassandra impressionistic musical portraits they create rely less (more than 800 pages!) is astounding.
Wilson’s latest album, is a photo of a four-year-old girl on an established vocabulary or a recognizable tonal End-of-year headliners: Perennial favorite John
in cowboy regalia sitting atop a brown and white center than on inspiration in the moment. But their Pizzarelli will be at Birdland Dec. 14th-18th, followed
pony. On her first release since the 2008 Grammy- new CD, Couple in Spirit: Live at the Purcell Room by Freddy Cole Dec. 21st-25th. Manhattan Transfer
winning collection of standards, Loverly, the team is (Ogun), is a recording of their improvised performance takes the stage at Blue Note Dec. 8th; Dianne Schuur
nearly the same (guitarist Marvin Sewell, bassist at the 2008 London Jazz Festival, so you’ll find it returns to Jazz at Lincoln Center Dec. 10th-11th and
Reginald Veal, drummer Herlin Riley, percussionist tagged as a jazz product on Amazon. A strong Dena DeRose and Dee Cassella both play The Kitano,
Lekan Babalola, co-producer John Fischbach) and the recommendation to free improv buffs to look for it. Dec. 17th-18th and 29th, respectively. And don’t miss
disc opens with a redux of “Lover Come Back to Me”, Will Friedwald is an accomplished music Cilla Owens in her tribute to the great voices of jazz at
which also appeared on Loverly. The content here is journalist with plenty of welcome insight into the art Brooklyn Central Library on Dec. 2nd.
different, though: Wilson is still exploring her New of singing. In his intelligent new book, A Biographical Season’s greetings: Holiday-related jazz offerings
Orleans roots, but this time through more blues tunes Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers (Pantheon), he this year include the Berlin Voices’ Jazz Christmas, 13
and instrumental solo sections. And this time, instead focuses on singers who made careers out of the Great traditional Christmas songs arranged for the tight
of heralding a return, she’s telling us how she saddled American Songbook, no matter what section of the vocal quartet, on the Hänssler Classic label. And on
up and took to the road. It was all those songs out record store their LPs ended up in. (The book Dec. 23rd you can attend the annual Jazz Nativity with
there, you see. The world owes a lot to that pony. catalogues singers primarily from the middle of the vocalist Amy London at BB Kings and/or Roseanna
In their improvs Keith and Julie Tippett use lots 20th century.) He lays out his selection criteria for a Vitro’s Christmas Celebration Concert with the NJCU
of fun things that you might have around the house, singer’s inclusion quite clearly and details each jazz singers at Miles’ Café. K

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LABEL SPOT LI GHT

Origin Records which was going out and making records and then
selling enough records to make the next record,”
Bishop asserts. “Thinking like musicians is built into
a trio called Scenes, which has recorded two albums
for the label. And Stowell says that one of the things he
appreciates about Bishop is the fact that he thinks
by Alex Henderson our DNA.” creatively but also knows how to run a business.
Bishop adds that as much as Origin has grown and Stowell explains: “John has good ears, musical
F or many years, when musicologists think of Seattle expanded in the last 13 years, the company has never integrity and taste and is easy to deal with. You know
and its music scene, they typically think of a long list adopted a corporate mindset. “Most record companies very quickly if a project submitted to the label will be
of rock ‘n’ rollers. But Seattle has also had plenty of are set up in a way that they need to make a lot of accepted. John puts out uncompromising - in the best
jazz activity over the decades and these days Origin money in a hurry, but that isn’t how we’re set up,” sense of the word - music and creates great covers and
Records is recognized as the Pacific Northwestern Bishop explains. “If you’re signing some young singer packages as well. I’m really happy that John has given
city’s busiest, most prolific independent jazz label. and are trying to make her into the next Diana Krall or so many musicians, around 175 and counting, a chance
2010 marks the 13th anniversary of Origin, which was the next Jane Monheit because you have to satisfy an to document their work and, in my case and some
founded by jazz drummer John Bishop in 1997 and is investor who invested 300 grand in your company, others, create a small body of work.”
very much a musician-run operation; Bishop’s partner, you try too hard - which ruins everything. Origin has Vibist Joe Locke also describes Origin as a
Matt Jorgensen, is also a jazz drummer and Artist never been run that way. Our approach has been to put company that understands both the business and
Relations Manager/Production Manager Chad out a quality record and build from there.” creative sides of music. “Having done several projects
McCullough (who came on board in 2006) is a jazz Pianist Darrell Grant, who has recorded for with Origin as a leader,” Locke comments, “I can attest
trumpeter. Origin, says that for him, the fact that Bishop and to the fact that John Bishop and Matt Jorgensen are
Origin has grown a lot since 1997; Bishop Jorgensen are actual musicians is a definite plus. Grant about the music 100%. Not only can I do what I want
estimates that the company has released around 300 remembers: “I went to Origin after running my own artistically with these guys, it is what’s encouraged at
CDs along the way and the Origin umbrella now label for eight years... After doing the work of the label. This plus the fact that they are very savvy in
includes not only Origin proper but also OA2 Records producing, duplication, marketing, promotion, their marketing approach - keeping up with current
(founded in 2002) and Origin Classical (founded in managing and distribution myself, I was ready to pass trends in worldwide promotion - makes me return to
2008). The Origin Records team also runs the Ballard some of those jobs onto someone else. But I wanted it them when I am looking for an outlet for my various
Jazz Festival, which has been held annually in Seattle to be someone I could trust to do what they said they projects.”
since 2003. would do. Because John and Matt are musicians, it was Although Origin has given exposure to an
According to Bishop, the fact that Origin is run by easy to talk to them.” abundance of Seattle-based artists, Bishop stresses that
honest-to-God jazz musicians - not Ivy League MBAs Guitarist John Stowell, who has been playing with having a Seattle address is hardly a prerequisite. He
or investment bankers - has had a major impact on the Bishop since the early ‘80s, has had extensive dealings estimates that “maybe 120” of the roughly 300 CDs
way the label has been doing things. “Origin was an with Origin; Stowell has been associated with the Origin has put out since 1997 are by artists from the
offshoot of what we were already doing as musicians, company for about ten years and plays with Bishop in (CONTINUED ON PAGE 37)

E Pluribus Unum
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Jessica Williams
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J AMIRE WILLIAMS is a thriving drummer, producer Did you know? I sleep with my eyes open… By Day: I teach at various schools including The Aaron
and composer on the New York City scene. A native of Copland School of Music (Queens College), Brooklyn
Houston, TX, Williams is a graduate of that city’s For more information, visit myspace.com/erimaj. Williams is at Charter School, The Jazzmobile Vocal Workshop, as
Grammy-Award winning High School for the Village Vanguard Dec. 7th-12th with Robert Glasper and Jazz well as private students.
Performing & Visual Arts. After moving to New York, Standard Dec. 28th-31st with Dr. Lonnie Smith. See Calendar.
he received his BFA in Jazz and Contemporary Music I knew I wanted to be a musician when... I went away
from New School University and was chosen as to a music summer program called NYSSSA School of
recipient of the university’s Young Beacon of Music Choral Studies in high school. The program was
Award. Recently named in DownBeat Magazine’s 2010 rigorous: choir practice in the morning, then
Critic’s Poll Rising Star Drum category, he’s definitely theory/ear training class, voice lesson, lunch, choir
one to keep your eye on. Williams has worked with practice again, then our elective, then dinner. We ate,
Roy Hargrove, Jason Moran, Pharoah Sanders, Kenny drank and slept music. I remember one day, I was
Garrett, Terence Blanchard, Bobby Hutcherson, Stefon sitting on the bridge/overpass working on some
Harris and Gretchen Parlato, to name a few. music. I looked up for a moment at the sunset and I
suddenly thought I could do this. I could be a musician
Teachers: Michael Carvin and Charli Persip. Jamire Williams Charenée Wade everyday, perform, practice, master my craft and
really be happy. Soon after, I got one of the teachers to
Influences: Anwar Sadat, James Baldwin and Jean- C HARENÉE WADE graduated from Manhattan allow me to lead a Jazz Vocal Ensemble as one of the
Michel Basquiat. School of Music with a Master’s degree and has elective courses.
performed at Jazz Gallery, Dizzy’s Club, Smalls and
Current Projects: Recording my own band ERIMAJ’s Zinc Bar. Her debut CD, Love Walked In (s/r), was Dream Band: This is hard for me to say because the
debut record. I also work regularly with Christian released in July 2010. Wade recently placed 2nd in the musicians that I work with now are so amazing. I love
Scott, Robert Glasper, Jacky Terrasson and Dr. Lonnie 2010 Thelonious Monk International Vocal playing with them. But if I had to choose, I would love
Smith. Competition. to play with Christian McBride, Gene Jackson and
Herbie Hancock.
By Day: Probably on a flight to the next show. Teachers: Peter Eldridge, Luciana Souza, Miles
Griffith, Cecil Bridgewater, Bob Stewart. Did You Know? When I was in high school, I used to
I knew I wanted to be a musician when... I heard my always be mistaken for being one of the teachers; I
mother singing and playing the piano as a little boy. Influences: Sarah Vaughan, Betty Carter, Carmen wore business suits and heels to school.
McRae, Dianne Reeves, Shirley Horn, Abbey Lincoln,
Dream Band: Me, Jimi Hendrix, Charles Mingus, Eric Nina Simone, Cassandra Wilson. For more information, visit chareneemusic.com. Wade is at
Dolphy, Herbie Hancock (with the afro), Larry Young Tribeca Performing Arts Center Dec. 11th as part of Monk
and commission Wayne Shorter to write the music. Current Projects: Promoting my debut CD. in Motion: The Next Face of Jazz. See Calendar.

12 December 2010 | ALLABOUTJAZZ-NEW YORK


F ESTIV AL R EPOR T

Belgrade Jazz Festival Berlin Jazz Festival JAZZUV


by Thomas Conrad by Fred Bouchard by Russ Musto
Photo by Stanislav Milojkovic

Photo by Sergei Gavrylov

Photo by Ana Tello


Wayne Shorter Joachim Kühn Francisco Mela

F rom Kalemegdan fortress above the old town of Berliners seeking to illuminate November gloom “N ow I realize why I was born. I was born to be
Belgrade, Serbia, you can see where the Sava and consider several bright options: a luminous ascent here,” a jubilant McCoy Tyner told the audience at his
Danube Rivers meet and across the former you can see inside the Reichstag’s glass dome, a stroll along sold-out Saturday night concert in Xalapa, Mexico’s
the stark architecture of Novi Beograd, New Belgrade. Kudamm to KaDeWe’s tinsellating Christmas Teatro del Estado. The legendary pianist had just
Even pretty views in Belgrade are austere, especially in windows or basking in the aural brilliance in and finished playing three original compositions - “Fly
the pale hazy light of late October. around Festival House during JazzFest Berlin. In JFB’s With The Wind”, “Ballad For Aisha” and “Walk Spirit,
The gray concrete of the city is covered in graffiti 46th edition and Swedish trombonist Nils Landgren’s Talk Spirit”, usual choices from his repertoire, but his
and the streets are gritty. Occasionally you come upon third as musical director, 27 bands with nearly 200 performance this evening was anything but typical.
the shocking ugliness of buildings with their guts musicians from 20 nations were summoned to the Inspired by the placid setting of the beautiful
exposed, hit with one of the bombs that NATO swinging synod. mountainside city, as well the exciting presence of his
dropped in 1999. An American can feel very far from Big bands ruled the week, classically-trained new drummer Francisco Mela, who recently joined the
home here. The streets signs are in Cyrillic. But there is ensembles playing concept programs, not blaring trio that also features stalwart bassist Gerald Cannon,
something about Belgrade that draws you back. There hard-driving bop or postbop as we usually know it. the pianist played with a joyous spirit, which filled the
is an edgy energy here that makes more romantic Jazz Bigband Graz (Austria) combined spacey, old songs with rhythmic and harmonic surprises that
destinations feel too tame. The people seem more real sensuous charts and airy solos, notably Heinrich von continued throughout the concert.
than those in more prosperous and fortunate places. Kalnein’s bluesy soprano, with grainy black/white The many musicians from north of the border that
The Belgrade Jazz Festival began in 1971, but went film and texts by Buzz Aldrin and Paul Simon to performed during the weeklong musical celebration
dark between 1991 and 2004 because of the wars in the transport a full house via the moon’s Sea of Tranquility echoed Tyner’s blissful assessment of the atmosphere
former Yugoslavia. The 2010 edition (Oct. 28th-31st) to a unison singularity. Zeitkratzer (Berlin), with guest of the Festival Internacional JAZZUV (Nov. 8th-14th).
was the 26th. After years of repression and isolation guitarist Terje Rypdal and trumpeter Palle Fellow headliner Jack DeJohnette was as effusive in his
and war, audiences in Belgrade embrace jazz with an Mikkelborg, scraped Nordic beach gravel in a thin- praise of the festival’s unique quality, which was
intensity not often equaled elsewhere. Wayne atmospheric, melancholic tribute to a tidal Miles typified in his two-hour-long SRO concert with a
Shorter’s quartet played on the first night in Sava Davis. Studio Dan (Vienna), 19 youths led by hastily-assembled sextet that included US artists -
Centar, the largest music venue in Serbia. At least two- trombonist Dan Riegler, plied Zappa-esque charts of trumpeter Jason Palmer, saxophonist Grace Kelly and
thirds of its 3,500 seats were occupied. The other six breathtaking wind unisons and ironic humors, served guitarist Nir Felder (each of whom also led groups and
events of the festival were at or very near capacity. The in a bloodless precision that squelched solos, except gave master classes during the week as part of the
city government supports the festival and keeps ticket the playful mewlings of pert singer Nika Zach. festival), along with Mexican players, pianist Edgar
prices low, around ten euros on average. With a wide-cast net embracing tolerance in Dorante - Director of the jazz program of Universidad
Historically, Shorter’s appearance was significant today’s backlash, some bands fused Arab-Western Veracruz, which sponsors the festival - and Emiliano
because no one of his stature had appeared in Belgrade connections in memorable encounters. After clearing Coronel, the phenomenal 18-year-old bassist, who
since the festival resumed in 2005. Artistically, it was dusty Wagner-ian brass blasts from hr-Bigband, avant stood out as an astonishing testament to the school’s
the same strange stream-of-consciousness marathon icon pianist Joachim Kühn’s charts warmed to the educational achievements. Performing an
that Shorter’s group offers these days. They played 80 Maghreb sands and intersected with Berber Majid uninterrupted set that included compositions by Joe
minutes without pausing. The individual components Bekkas’ hearty vocals, guembri and oud. Sparks flew Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Ornette Coleman,
of the music were often startling, especially John when Macedonia’s Kocani Orchestar, astir with Dorante and DeJohnette, the group played with
Patitucci’s powerful bass rituals and Brian Blade’s flamenco and klezmer brass, engaged the mid-Adriatic incendiary verve ignited by the leader’s
curse-like drum eruptions. But the whole was a with Municipale Balcanica, a marching nonet from uncompromisingly creative drumming.
continuum of inconclusive gestures. Shorter’s Bari, Italy. Conducted with Chaplin-esque flair by Dorante and Coronel teamed up with festival
contributions were mostly brief flurries or trills, accordionist Livio Minafra, this flamboyant 20-man Artistic Director Mela to form Trio DCM, a ubiquitous
presumably meant to splash paint on the greater coalition flowed across the footlights to involve its presence throughout the festival, playing as a tight
canvas but the music felt like an endless preamble to a affection-starved audience with Roma gypsy dance threesome and accompanying various others,
work that perversely refused to begin. and jittery shenanigans from Bollywood to Shanghai. including Kelly, Palmer, Felder and Cubana sonera
Charlie Haden’s Quartet West appeared in Dom Another multi-kulti coup linked two Indias: Noila Carrazana. Other Cuban artists who added fire
Sindikata, an old auditorium in downtown Belgrade. Kinsmen altoists Kadri Gopalnath and Rudresh to the fest included pianist Osmany Paredes and
They performed plaintive noir music so perfect they Mahanthappa ululated and swooned, the former on percussionist Mauricio Herrera, both of whom - like
must have played it many times before, yet it was his mat with violin and mridangam (tuned drum) fellow expatriate Mela - currently reside in New York,
resonant with new emotion. Ernie Watts is one of the playing dryly formal and decorative, the latter, afront making major contributions to the city’s Latin and jazz
great unsung tenor saxophone players in jazz. Haden’s electric guitar and rhythm, lithe as a mongoose and scenes. Canadian soprano saxophonist/flutist Jane
ballad “First Song” was a vast, convoluted tale told by spicier than currywurst, as drummers Poovalur Sriji Bunnett, whose groups have introduced many Cuban
Watts in clarion, harrowing calls interrupted by and Dan Weiss locked eyes and grooves. artists to the United States in the past, performed her
blistering runs. Watts is the star of Quartet West, but Landgren’s taste for bass-clef instruments personal brand of AfroCaribbean jazz with Xalapa’s
few bass soloists can tug at your heart like Haden and continues to lend the fest a sonorous and vibrant air. stellar resident conguero Miguel Cruz joining Herrera
Alan Broadbent is a fascinating, unpredictably lyrical Excluding string bassists, the informal tally ran to in her exciting band’s percussion section.
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C D R EVI EW S

blues for grounding while the slashing lines and refreshed and recharged for a strong finish.
distorted tones of guitarist Mary Halvorson provide an “From the Abyss”, the longest cut, is also the
avant rock edge. The consistently engaging Andrea disc’s most abstract. Even here, though, a metal-stomp
Parkins is the wild card, using combinations of guitar interrupts a dry rubato intro and the trio twines
accordion, organ and electronics to color the music or its lines into an exuberant granny knot. Midway
cover the low end, when Halvorson doesn’t. With this through the piece, a lone guitar introduces a slow,
unique blend of instruments and personalities, the sweet, lyrical melancholy theme, soon joined by the
music covers expansive territory. others, another surprise in an album that keeps on
The vaguely Middle Eastern “Anxiety Disorder” surprising, succeeding in this game even when the
Fables Hear You Say exemplifies the approach. Opening with a dramatic, strategy becomes patent.
Marty Ehrlich Anderson/Ehrlich tight ensemble passage boasting frenetic drums and
(Tzadik) Quartet (Intuition) emotive sax, the piece careens into chaos. Malaby’s For more information, visit bensyversen.com. This trio is at
by Jeff Stockton wails and Halvorson’s picked lines pierce the din, Café Orwell Dec. 3rd, University of the Streets Dec. 7th and
before Smith reestablishes the theme. Malaby starts the Freedom Garden Dec. 11th. See Calendar.
Marty Ehrlich has been around a while, with roughly title track with a jaunty repeating line that is soon
25 albums of his own compositions to his credit and contrasted by dirge-like drums and guitar, devolving
appearances on nearly 75 as a collaborator. Fables to a freer section. The pace subsides for “One Long
marks his second release among John Zorn’s Radical Minute”, its tender, warbling tenor line supported by
Jewish Culture series. This music is lyrical and elegiac, high-pitched accordion drones and impressionistic
dominated by Ehrlich’s lilting clarinet (as well as bass percussion. Smith’s skittering drums and clacking rims
clarinet, flute and soprano and alto saxes) with pace “Conclusion”, the group playing off the groove to
accompaniment from renowned Klezmer musician and develop a line with percussive accordion accents. A
scholar Hankus Netsky on piano and accordion. crashing flourish leaves Smith alone for a break, until
Numbered compositions entitled “Scroll” mark the he uses his tympani-like tom to reinvite the band. The
moment when the Torah is opened; the music is episodic “It Rained and the Tent Fell Down” begins
appropriately luminous and awestruck. The with sax squalls then alternates between amorphous
surrounding tunes, embellished here and there by sections and a repeating formal theme, which becomes
Marcus Rojas’ tuba, are “fables” telling stories that more intricate in the final round, as guitar and sax
occur outside the mystery. Jewish liturgical music is as double the rhythmic phrase.
emotional and heartfelt as any gospel or blues and
Ehrlich’s playing overflows with radiant beauty and For more information, visit skirlrecords.com. Smith is at Jazz
soulful commitment. Gallery Dec. 2nd with Tim Berne, Downtown Music Gallery
The Ray Anderson-Marty Ehrlich Quartet took 30 Dec. 5th, Zebulon Dec. 6th and 8th, The Stone Dec. 10th
years to come together, the pair having first played with Raz Mesinai and 14th solo and Littlefield Dec. 16th
together in an Anthony Braxton band. If only due to with Aarses. See Calendar.
sheer longevity, the pair has risen to the tops of their
respective lists for instrumental mastery and Hear You
Say (recorded live at the Willisau Jazz Festival)
documents what they do best. Along with bassist Brad
Jones and drummer Matt Wilson, Anderson growls,
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14 December 2010 | ALLABOUTJAZZ-NEW YORK


Herwig’s superb septet plus guests Randy Brecker on alto and trumpet fanfares. Ultimately the piece ends
trumpet and Eddie Palmieri on piano. up in the same exalted place as the first with swirling
Some of Hancock’s tunes are obvious choices for horns over churning drums. This session owes much to
‘Latinizing’, most notably “Watermelon Man”, which the extended energy playing trailblazed by Cecil
Cuban percussionist Mongo Santamaria turned into a Taylor; separately from Edwards, Levin also played
big pop hit in the early ‘60s. But instead of following with the legendary pianist. A final cathartic workout
Santamaria’s well-known groove version, Herwig for tenor sax and drums contrasts with a more
delivers a daring new take with rousing call-and- conversational closing coda, but if the cobwebs need
response horn parts and an explosive turn from blowing away look no further than this for a healthy
Roots & Grooves Palmieri. The pianist’s montuno vamps and incendiary blast of no-holds-barred purification.
Jowee Omicil (Bjuiss) solos also propel a wide-open reading of another early
by Elliott Simon Hancock classic, “Cantaloupe Island”. For more information, visit nowave.pair.com/ugexplode.
The Latin rhythms aren’t built in quite as readily Walter is at University of the Streets Dec. 4th and 6th with
Roots & Grooves is an expansive musical statement on other Hancock tunes, but Herwig and O’Connell Louise Dam Eckardt Jensen. See Calendar.
from saxophonist Jowee Omicil reflecting a universal are resourceful in digging them out. “The Sorcerer”
spirit. This is new millennium music that comes out of becomes an exhilarating descarga jam for Brecker and
a worldly mindset and speaks to a coming together,
not in a globally homogenized way, but in a manner
Herwig while “One Finger Snap” is expanded from
hardbop into a sizzling AfroCuban workout featuring
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that is respectful of the roots. Herwig and trumpeter Mike Rodriguez. Other
Possessing a horn that can be sweet as well as highlights include bassist Ruben Rodriguez and
sharply cutting, Omicil uses this to great advantage drummer Robby Ameen laying down some heavy
and the cadre of musicians and vocalists that he has Head Hunters-era funk on “Actual Proof” and Craig
assembled from different quarters fit with him Handy’s gorgeous flute work (he’s also heard on sax
perfectly. Opener “Introducing Roots and Grooves” and bass clarinet) on “Maiden Voyage”. Together it
sets the stage in Mother Africa while closer “Gospel adds up to another fine addition to Herwig’s growing
Medley” reverently pairs Omicil’s alto with pianist catalogue of consummate Latin jazz.
Johnny Mercier.
The cheerful anthem “You Know That’s Right” is For more information, visit halfnote.net. Herwig is at 92nd
constructed by Omicil’s forward-thinking soprano Street Y Dec. 4th with Eddie Palmieri. See Calendar. Swiss Radio Days:
leading a unique blend of trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and Jazz Live Trio Concert Series, Vol. 21
Sal Nistico/Tony Scott (TCB)
guitarist Nir Felder with bassists Kona Khasu and
by George Kanzler
Patrick Andyantsialonina and drummers Francisco
Mela and Manny Laine. The funky relaxer “4 My The 21st volume in TCB’s Swiss Radio Days series is
People” is a wonderfully hopeful testimonial to the actually a compilation of two separate sets recorded
Haitian people featuring Felder’s electric guitar months apart, featuring reedmen Sal Nistico and
alongside Omicil’s soprano while acoustic guitarist Tony Scott individually with the same rhythm
Mawuena Kodjovi pairs with Omicil’s resonant alto on section (pianist Klaus Koenig, bassist Peter Frei and
the chill-out masterpiece “Emily’s Groove”. drummer Peter Schmidlin), who were known as the
Lionel Loueke adds his expressive lead guitar to Jazz Live Trio.
several cuts with beautiful results; he elegantly Nistico, who worked in the big bands of Woody
renders the Haitian Creole prayer “Mesi Bon Dié” as a Blood of the Earth Herman, Count Basie, Don Ellis and Buddy Rich, as
Marc Edwards/Weasel Walter Group (ugEXPLODE)
positive and poignant statement. While jazz classicists well as leading his own groups, is heard first.
by John Sharpe
may shy away, Roots & Grooves is music that rouses Though the tenor saxophonist’s set is brief and
memories, fosters brotherhood and heralds an J ust one of the two leader’s names on the marquee consists of just three numbers, he meshes nicely
optimistic future. would warn the listener that entrance presages an with the rhythm section, gradually building steam
uncompromising full-blooded free jazz session. Both in a lengthy, bop-filled exploration of “The Song is
For more information, visit myspace.com/joweeo. Omicil is drummers together promise apocalyptic You”, saluting many of the giants of his instrument
at Blue Note Dec. 3rd. See Calendar. consequences. Marc Edwards may be best known for who emerged in the ‘50s-60s, followed by Koenig’s
his ‘70s tenure with pianist Cecil Taylor’s Unit, potent hardbop solo. “The Day Before Yesterday” is
documented on Dark To Themselves (Enja, 1977) and a less familiar ballad by Swiss composer Victor
subsequently with David S. Ware, but he has Burghardt, Nistico suggesting the lyricism of Getz
consolidated his powerhouse style even more in the in his majestic opening statement and Coltrane in
meantime, albeit through a slight discography. Weasel his forceful solo cadenza. The leader’s “Grooving
Walter formed the Flying Luttenbachers with Chicago Sal” is little more than a thinly-disguised reworking
iconoclast Hal Russell in the early ‘90s and thereafter of “Cherokee”, though both Nistico and Koenig
continues to blend no wave, hardcore and free jazz in a shine with their respective solos.
bellicose amalgam. At Walter’s invitation the pair Scott’s set is a bit more eclectic. Opening on
collaborated and since 2007 this is the third album to tenor sax with a robust yet gritty medley of
feature both in tandem. “Sophisticated Lady” and “Things Ain’t What They
The Latin Side of Herbie Hancock
In support they have assembled a potent cast of Used to Be”, he switches to clarinet for a captivating
Conrad Herwig (Half Note)
by Joel Roberts firebreathers to achieve their aims. This disc opens at interpretation of “Loverman”, incorporating both a
the level where most sets climax and just stays there, soft, feather-like vibrato and an explosive, bluesy
V eteran trombonist Conrad Herwig has hit on a with powerhouse drums and shrieking horns touch, well-accompanied by Koenig’s shimmering
winning, if somewhat predictable, formula with his sounding like the world’s worst traffic jam in the piano. Scott sings an effective interpretation of
widely-acclaimed “Latin Side” series. After earning middle of an industrial zone without noise restriction. “Lush Life” backed solely by Koenig, then
three Grammy nominations for his Latin jazz When the maelstrom does occasionally still it reveals accompanies himself on piano as he sings his
treatments of John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Wayne more nuanced interplay. These can be some of the original “Lady Day” (dedicated to Billie Holiday,
Shorter, it’s no surprise that Herwig should turn to the most interesting episodes, but each mode benefits who he accompanied on records). Its lyrics have a
music of another seminal figure from the ‘60s-70s for from the contrast: there needs to be light and shade. very personal touch and reinforce his claim that she
his latest release. Darius Jones’ full rich alto saxophone squawk was a close friend. Scott returns to clarinet (joined
On The Latin Side of Herbie Hancock, Herwig and blasts in train with Elliot Levin’s squalling tenor by the trio) for a playful, unpredictable romp
his co-arranger Bill O’Connell have dreamed up fresh, saxophone and Forbes Graham’s lacerating trumpet to through “Perdido”, full of twists and some wild
imaginative and hard-driving charts for eight visceral effect. Even a bassist as strong-toned as Adam scatting as well. Like the earlier volumes in this
compositions drawn from Hancock’s early solo career Lane struggles to be heard during the louder sections, series, these rewarding concert performances are
(while he was still a member of Davis’ legendary but acquits himself well in the breaks. “Black Earth”, warmly recommended.
quintet) as well as his groundbreaking ‘70s electric the second of two lengthy pieces, starts with Levin’s
funk and fusion outings. Recorded live at the Blue breathy flute over sparse drumming and arco bass For more information, visit tcb.ch
Note in the summer of 2008, the album features scrapes, before picking up momentum with unfurling

ALLABOUTJAZZ-NEW YORK | December 2010 15


GLOBE UNITY: FINLAND together in some true straightahead swing. And for
ballads, among several is the mysterious, introspective
and utterly lovely “I Sit and Then I Wonder”. So the
runner slows down and ponders the race.

For more information, visit petemalinverni.com,


jazzlegacyproductions.com and steeplechase.dk. Malinverni
is at Sofia’s Dec. 4th. Chestnut is at Dizzy’s Club Dec. 13th
and 27th-31st. Johnson is at Dizzy’s Club Dec. 11th with
Nasar Abadey. See Calendar.

A Beautiful Thing! Pete Malinverni Trio (Saranac)


Journeys Cyrus Chestnut Trio (Jazz Legacy Prod.)
Battle Grounds
Primal Mind: Live in Helsinki 1991 Richard Doron Johnson (SteepleChase)
UMO Jazz Orchestra (UMO) by Donald Elfman
3rd Version Eero Koivistoinen & Co.
(RCA Victor - Porter)
It’s a constant and delightful surprise that the piano
trio format remains vital and open to invention. Here
Conclusions Juhani Aaltonen Quartet (TUM)
by Marc Medwin are three players who would never let their music drift
into the cocktail lounge, despite the fact that some of
There is actually only one new recording in this their tunes are from the popular repertoire. Each is a
Camera Obscura
batch of avant garde music from Finland. That says deft master at the keyboard, a wise and sensitive
Ran Blake/Sara Serpa (Inner Circle Music)
nothing about the content, which is fresh and bandleader and a fine selector of material. by Ken Dryden
exciting, and continued vitality, as all these Pete Malinverni takes his working trio - Lee
musicians are still active. Taken together, this trio of Hudson on bass and Eliot Zigmund on drums - Ran Blake is a well-known pianist and jazz educator
discs speaks to an astonishingly diverse history and through the paces of a terrific and varied set on A who has previously worked with singers, including
development, from the early ‘70s to today. Beautiful Thing!. There are originals, standards from the late Jeanne Lee and Christine Correa. Vocalist Sara
At a concert in May 1991, the UMO Jazz the Great American Songbook (“My Shining Hour”, Serpa studied piano and voice in her native Portugal,
Orchestra recorded Raoul Björkenheim’s nine-part “Sweet and Lovely”), a spiritual (“Go Down Moses”) then came to the US to study jazz. Blake and vocalists
suite, Primal Mind. It rollercoasters through high- and even two tunes from the pop music hit parade (“A Dominique Eade and Theo Bleckmann were among
voltage scree and splatter, descending into valleys House is Not a Home” and “And So it Goes”). For Serpa’s most influential teachers.
of near silence punctuated by brass exhalations or dazzling invention, we can go directly to “My Shining Although Camera Obscura has a surprisingly short
maybe a bass dialogue. Guitarist Björkenheim has Hour”. Malinverni uses the changes to present a most running time of under 30 minutes, the magical blend of
many opportunities to shred his way through his musical exercise in both invention and counterpoint. Blake’s piano with Serpa’s voice proves captivating.
multi-genre epic and, occasionally, his playing The tune is hinted at and even, in a small way, quoted The chosen songs they had played together over the
borders on the prosaic. Those moments of invention and it swings, rocks and blows through its astounding past two years, yet there is a freshness that makes them
are so striking that they save the rest from the two minutes with no rhythmic accompaniment. Also sound as if they were only briefly discussed. Blake’s
mundane. UMO’s sound ranges from sinewy noteworthy is the beautiful Billy Joel ballad “And So it often-sparse accompaniment frequently incorporates
transparency to clouds of brick-like density that Goes”. The leader has wisely identified a song from sudden changes in key or tempo, keeping the vocalist
threaten overload and the meager applause seems a the popular canon with melodic and harmonic riches on her toes.
bit anticlimactic after such a wild performance. worthy of inclusion in the repertoire of improvisers. Eade’s influence upon Serpa is apparent in her
Porter Records complements its Heikki Cyrus Chestnut brings a powerful blues, jazz and adventurous spirit and haunting held notes. Blake’s
Sarmanto reissues with 3rd Version, a 1973 RCA gospel sensibility to his volcanic playing. The program wild backdrops in the standard “When Sunny Gets
album by saxophonist Eero Koivistoinen. In fact, on Journeys includes all Chestnut originals except for Blue” work well with Serpa’s clear voice and she sings
both Sarmanto brothers (pianist Heikki and bassist the Rodgers-Hart classic “Lover”. Speaking of this Monk’s “Nutty” in a straightahead manner, never
Pekka) are present on this high-powered session, tune, it’s a gas with the flavor of the best trio allowing Blake’s quirky chords to throw her. Serpa’s
Koivistoinen’s seventh album as leader and one that renditions so that we know its language but Chestnut moving vocalese accompanies Blake in his poignant
demonstrates European fusion’s debt to “India”-era somehow gives it a new spin. It’s perfectly lovely and “The Short Life of Barbara Monk” while she is also up
Coltrane. There’s also a fair amount of Latin his bandmates - Dezron Douglas (bass) and Neal Smith to the challenge of Blake’s dark ballad “Vanguard”
influence, to which the first and final tracks attest. (drums) - could not be more simpatico. For “Yu’s (with lyrics by the late Jeanne Lee). Their closing
Yet, none of these categories describe the music Blues”, the pianist plays down his considerable treatment of “April in Paris” is unusually dissonant,
accurately. The percussion-heavy textures groove technical prowess for some simple yet deeply rich featuring Blake’s sparse, striking chords and Serpa’s
and slide along with alternate ease and power, melodic statements and Douglas takes an equally compelling blend of wistfulness and raw emotion.
modality vying for prominence with myriad moving solo. Chestnut’s spiritual background is
percussives in evidence throughout. evident throughout but, perhaps, nowhere so much or For more information, visit innercirclemusic.net. Serpa is at
Late-period Coltrane is a palpable influence on so subtly as in the closer “Goliath”. It has a gospel feel The Local 269 Dec. 6th. See Calendar.
saxophonist/flutist Juhani Aaltonen’s new quartet but also works beautifully as a medium tempo jazz
album Conclusions, but the leader’s work conjures waltz with particularly pointed playing by Smith and
Ellington in that it is beyond category. It eases into an in-the-groove solo by Douglas.
life with deceptive simplicity, “Shimmer of Fallen Battle Grounds marks the debut as a leader by
Stars” in ballad territory, but Iro Haarla’s pianism pianist Richard Doron Johnson. Born in Pittsburgh, he
touches on the vast harmonic implications realized came to the attention of Wynton Marsalis and played a
throughout the disc. Her work is stunning and her number of formative gigs with the trumpeter. As
approach to piano and harp is as sensitive as it is revealed by the first notes, Johnson is in full command
complex. “Ronda” raises the stakes, bassist Ulf of the keyboard in its many colors and already adept at
Krokfors’ solo increasing the tension from the start creating music rich in tradition but always looking
of this slow burner. On this tune and overall, the forward. That opener, “It’s Been a Long Road”, is
gentler side of late Coltrane pervades the music, but meant to express the feelings of a marathon runner -
Aaltonen’s gentle fluttering and whisperings are Johnson is one - after he’s crossed the finish line. The
tempered with Ayler’s vibrato. Aaltonen can also music is propulsive and exhilarating and also
turn up the heat when necessary and even his flute descriptive of the challenges of improvisation. Johnson
work on the brief but pithy “Rautapallo” is high in has listened to the pianists of his day and his past, but
energy and miles deep. His disc is the best of these made of them something he can call his own. He comes
three and one of the best in TUM’s catalogue. through as a composer, too - in the way he uses color,
tempo and dynamics. His version of “Pent-Up House”
For more information, visit umo.fi, porterrecords.com uses a kind of ‘oriental’ intro to lead into a taut reading
and tumrecords.com of the theme. Bassist Kengo Nakamura pushes and
drummer Jason Marsalis shuffles but the three come

16 December 2010 | ALLABOUTJAZZ-NEW YORK


Scenes in the Live in Lisbon
House of Music Peter Evans
Parker/Guy/Lytton + Quartet
Peter Evans (Clean Feed) (Clean Feed)
by Stuart Broomer

Peter Evans may be best known as the virtuosic


trumpeter of Mostly Other People Do The Killing,
bassist Moppa Elliot’s simultaneous tribute to and
deconstruction of jazz traditions. Meanwhile, though,
Evans has other dimensions, both as a free improviser
and as a bandleader. Each aspect is emphasized in one
of the contrasting bands heard here.
Since the early ‘80s, the trio of saxophonist Evan
Parker, bassist Barry Guy and drummer Paul Lytton
has developed a profound level of interaction,
virtually redefining both the rate of musical
information exchanged and the expressive potential of
free jazz. Through the years, the group has welcomed a
few distinguished guests, including George Lewis and
Marilyn Crispell; for Scenes in the House of Music, Evans
joins for a concert in the Casa da Musica, a gem-like
concert hall in the Northern Portugal city of Porto. It’s
tribute to the trumpeter’s intrepid creativity that he
fits so well with the group, matching the sonic
exploration of his solo performances to the rapid-fire
shifts - in texture and in the alternately fragmentary
and tumultuous rhythmic language - that in part
define the Parker Trio. Each of the five improvised
episodes is around 13 minutes long, identified by just
“Scene” and number, and develops a shape of its own,
often contrasting solos and duets with intense group
dialogues. The interplay of the two horns is
remarkable. At times Evans’ singular blasts and
flurries can recall Don Cherry’s role as foil to some of
the great tenor saxophonists of the ‘60s while at other
moments he and Parker match one another’s timbres in
a way that’s uncanny.
Evans’ own band conception, as heard with his
quartet at Lisbon’s Jazz em Agosto festival in 2009, is a
radical mashup that layers the chord changes of
standards like “All the Things You Are” and “What Is
this Thing Called Love” with atonal and free elements,
at times creating dense stacks of contradictory
structures. These are sometimes employed freely by
the band while at other times diverse parts will
suddenly reassemble on a beat. Just as Anthony
Braxton has in the past, Evans seems to reinvent the
jazz crisis of the early ‘60s when chord changes were
literally breaking up before one’s ears. If the most
technically-gifted trumpeters of that era had a
reluctant relationship with free jazz, it’s a joy to hear in
Evans a trumpeter with the brash virtuosity of Lee
Morgan or Freddie Hubbard who has embraced a
radical freedom. His quartet here - pianist Ricardo
Gallo, bassist Tom Blancarte and drummer Kevin Shea
- tears into the special challenges of this music with
rare aplomb. While descriptions of Evans’ hybrid
music can suggest a bizarre stunt, it’s much more than
that. It’s often genuinely beautiful, at times in a
traditional way and also moving, in a way that seems
quite new.
While these bands are very different in their forms
and textures, both CDs are among the most
accomplished releases of 2010.

For more information, visit cleanfeed-records.com. Evans is


solo at The Stone Dec. 4th and University of the Streets Dec.
19th with Mostly Other People Do The Killing. See Calendar.

ALLABOUTJAZZ-NEW YORK | December 2010 17


Native American chief of the Sauk Tribe who made his
home in the middle of the country, near where the
guitarist grew up some 200 years later. The music is far
from the vocal-and-drum ritual the title might suggest,
but then his previous album didn’t sound much like
banshees, either.
Musicology and political correctness arguments
might be made, but if it doesn’t quite evoke tribal life
before European expansion, it’s still a sound portrait of
Here There… the prairie. Oceans and mountains may carry themes
Bossa Brasil & Mauricio de Souza Group and activity, but the flatlands have breadth: not a lot of
(Pulsa Music) activity but still an enormous stage. This is how
by Marcia Hillman DuBois’ music strikes: it’s not so much what’s going on
as the swathe of space he creates within which
This CD really sounds like a group of talented something might happen. There’s room to move.
musicians got together with songs that they liked, Key to bringing this about, oddly enough, is a
went into the studio and had a lot of fun. Drummer German horn player. Ullmann shares with DuBois an
Mauricio de Souza spearheaded the project and uncanny ability to suggest that he could go out
enlisted Mike Stern (guitar), Andrew Beals (alto without often needing to prove it. There’s something
saxophone), Gregory Rivkin (trumpet/flugelhorn), in his tone (on tenor and soprano saxophones and bass
Noah Haidu or Carl Viggiani (piano), Jerry Weir clarinet) that says, “Just because I’m not screaming
(vibraphone) and Morrie Louden (bass) to deliver a doesn’t mean I can’t.” Rarely does he, or does DuBois
wide variety of material choices. De Souza is a talented for that matter, step in front of the rhythm section.
drummer and the driving engine on this album, able to Rather, they contain an easy contentment, Morgan and
play in many styles with a delicate touch on the snare Osgood as well keeping pace rather than pushing it.
contrasting the heavy bottom of his bass drum. That pattern holds until the final five minutes of
The familiar Brazilian songs, Jobim’s “Chovendo the record. “Louis Frederic” finds the band amping up,
na Roseira” and Baden Powell-Vinicius de Moraes’ DuBois pushing his hollow-body guitar through a
“Consolocao”, have a fresh new look. The former is distortion pedal. It’s strangely disjointed, especially
given a “Take Five” time feel, building up to a spirited given the 50 minutes that preceded it, and interesting
dialogue between Viggiani and de Souza. The latter is that it was placed at the end rather than as a midpoint
a fast samba featuring Viggiani and some interesting apogee. Here, perhaps, the band is saying, “We’re
bass and drum statements. But the opening “Bebe” is screaming, but we don’t need to.”
an immediate attention-getter, a rousing samba that
highlights the fluid sound of Weir’s vibes powered by For more information, visit sunnysiderecords.com. DuBois is at
de Souza’s deft drumming. Miles’ Café Dec. 4th and Tea Lounge Dec. 18th. See Calendar.
But this CD is not all Brazilian favorites. Joe
Henderson’s “Inner Urge” brings together Stern’s
vibrant sound, Haidu’s flying fingers and Louden’s
melodic bass playing. Rivkin’s horn is heard in a
soulful rendition of the standard “I Can’t Get Started”
while also notable is the work done on Cedar Walton’s
“Firm Roots” by Beals. Each of the tracks on this album
is a little gem and since there is enough variety to suit
many tastes, this CD will probably garner much play. December 2010 Jazz Schedule
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the spirit. Sundays Lafayette Harris Jazz Open-Mic
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December 20th & 27th Eric Wyatt Jam Session
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8pm $30 advance/$40 at door $16 Drink Min
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Thursdays December 2nd & 9th Good Home Cookin’
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$20 cover per set plus $16.00 drink minimum per set - per person
G uitarist Scott DuBois’ first release for Sunnyside, the
2008 quartet album Banshees, showed him to be a
refreshingly individualistic composer and bandleader,
December 3rd Rochelle Thompson, Vocalist
capable of creating adventurous music that somehow December 4thMal Davis, Organist
didn’t need to push too hard. Without overusing December 10th Johnny O’Neal Trio
energy, speed or dissonance, DuBois crafted a set of
tunes that were at once unique and quite listenable. December 11th Ghanniya Green, Vocalist
DuBois seems to have found his own classic quartet December 17th & 18th Danny Mixon Quartet
with Gebhard Ullmann (reeds) and Kresten Osgood December 24th Alex Lane Quartet
(drums), retaining bassist Thomas Morgan from the
previous band. That quartet is back now with Black
Bring back Harlem’s famous Late, Late Night Jam Session
Hawk Dance, a set of seven new compositions that Every Friday and Saturday Nights 12am to 4am
rarely act as if they have something to prove. serving up Jazz and Wells’ Chicken’ and Waffles
DuBois takes the name of his album from the Featuring Gerald Hayes Quartet

18 December 2010 | ALLABOUTJAZZ-NEW YORK


Columbia in 1992, Triple Play is his first trio outing and
one wonders why he hasn’t done it sooner. It suits him.
And it’s not like this versatile musician doesn’t have
experience in the format, for instance as a regular
member of the Golden Striker Trio with bassist Ron
Carter and pianist Mulgrew Miller.
Giving originals prominence can be tricky - record
companies can’t be sure how listeners will respond to
unfamiliar songs. But nobody need have fussed here.
Moment to Moment Malone’s tunes are the standouts of these 11 tracks,
Houston Person (HighNote) well played by bassist David Wong and drummer
by Alex Henderson Montez Coleman. “Sweet Georgia Peach” is the
showstopper. First recorded in 1998 on a CD of the
Soul jazz (both with and without organists) has, for same name but freshly reinvisioned here, it’s a
many years, represented an exciting link between rousing, infectious, bluesy romp that merits many
hardbop and R&B - and Houston Person has reigned hearings simply because it’s so enjoyable and
supreme as one of its tenor titans. So many of his peers engaging. It’s not a dance number but can feel like it.
(from Gene Ammons and Stanley Turrentine to Illinois Malone’s narrative of sparkling, insistent guitar lines
Jacquet, Arnett Cobb and Jimmy Forrest) are no longer soar over Coleman’s driving - but never overpowering
with us but Person (76 this year) is still going strong. - rhythms and Wong’s on-the-mark support. Oliver
Recorded in June 2010, Moment to Moment finds Person Nelson’s highly effective, uptempo “Butch and Butch”
in fine form as the leader/producer of a session that is tastily sandwiched between two winning, more
employs Terell Stafford (trumpet), John Di Martino gently-paced originals, “Honeybone” and “Pecan Pie”.
(piano), Randy Johnston (guitar), Ray Drummond The rest of the material thankfully is not the
(bass) and Willie Jones III (drums). ubiquitous standards populating many jazz CDs.
Person’s more recent albums on HighNote have Quincy Jones’ “The Witching Hour”, Ron Carter’s
found him in a generally laid-back mood and Moment “Tail Feathers” and Bergman-Grusin’s “The Kind of
to Moment is no exception; this session emphasizes Girl She Is” clearly display Malone’s inventiveness,
ballads and relaxed medium-tempo performances. superb technique, respect for melody and soulful
There are no real barnburners here, but that isn’t to say warmth. Wong gets nice play in a compelling solo on
that Person has lost anything in the way of chops, John Hicks’ “Mind Wine” while Malone conjures a
emotion or feeling. Person’s big, gruff tone is as gorgeous, almost harp-like ‘classical’ effect for
appealing as ever on a diverse collection of songs that “Unchained Melody”.
ranges from Henry Mancini’s title track and the Billie
Holiday-associated “I Cover the Waterfront” to the For more information, visit maxjazz.com. Malone is at
Durval Ferreira-Lula Freire bossa nova “E Nada Mais” Smoke Dec. 10th-11th. See Calendar.
(“And Nothing More” in Portuguese).
Person has never been one of those myopic jazz
snobs who automatically cuts himself off from all rock
and R&B material; his perspective has always been
that quality popular songs are appropriate vehicles for
jazz expression whether they come from Tin Pan Alley,
Motown or the Lennon-McCartney songbook. So it
isn’t surprising that on this 56-minute CD, Person has
no problem transforming Billy Joel’s “Just the Way
You Are” and the Philly soul ballad “Love Won’t Let
Me Wait” (a big hit for ex-Delfonic Major Harris in
1975 and covered by the late Luther Vandross in 1988)
into improvisatory instrumental jazz. Unlike the
smooth jazz automatons who record saccharin note-
for-note covers, Person doesn’t let his creative
mentality fall by the wayside.
Person would have gone down in history as an
important figure in hardbop and soul jazz even if he
had retired 30 years ago. But thankfully, the tenor
veteran has kept busy and Moment to Moment is an
engaging addition to his sizable catalogue.

For more information, visit jazzdepot.com. Person is at


Dicapo Opera Theatre Dec. 10th with Ted Rosenthal and
Jazz Standard Dec. 14th-15th. See Calendar.

Triple Play
Russell Malone (MAXJAZZ)
by Laurel Gross
W hile guitarist Russell Malone has made three earlier
recordings for MAXJAZZ and numerous CDs on other
labels as a leader since his recording debut for

20 December 2010 | ALLABOUTJAZZ-NEW YORK


CD: “Paradox”, a composition by nonet saxophonist
Jon Gordon. Arranged by Ferber to contrast drum
tattoos with an urgent string riff - think the opening of
Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony or “I’m Late, I’m Late”
from Getz’ Focus - it opens out into full ensemble and
jazz solos from Gordon (alto sax) and three traded
rounds from Ferber, tenor saxophonist John Ellis,
trumpeter Scott Wendholt, guitarist Nate Radley and
violinist Zack Brock.
Chamber Songs (Music for Nonet and Strings) After three atmospheric/impressionistic pieces
Alan Ferber (Sunnyside) ranging from romantic (“Magnolia”) to eerie (“Ice
by George Kanzler Caves”) and the Mingus-ian blues sans strings “Union
Blues” (the nonet at its best), comes the album’s
F orget about comparisons to traditional “with culmination, the fully-realized melding of nonet and
strings” jazz recordings or even jazz ensembles/big strings on Ferber’s “Sedona”, a triumphantly episodic
bands that add strings. This combination of a nonet - Third Stream piece reminiscent of 20th Century ballet
whose impressive 2007 CD, The Compass (Fresh Sound- music, with cogent solos from Ellis and Radley. It ends
New Talent) is a harbinger of this project - and strings with an all-strings coda, setting up the album finale:
is an addition to and advancement of the Third Stream Monder’s “In Memoriam”, pairing strings and a horn
movement begun in the mid-20th Century as well as, choir.
at times, an expansion of concepts originally expressed
in the 1961 Stan Getz-Eddie Sauter jazz-and-strings For more information, visit sunnysiderecords.com. Ferber’s
recorded collaboration Focus (Verve). nonet is at Jazz Gallery Dec. 16th (with strings), Tea
Trombonist-leader-arranger Ferber’s well- Lounge Dec. 20th and Smalls Dec. 22nd. See Calendar.
thought-out album traces a very discernible arc from
largely through-composed pieces at the beginning and
end to increasingly jazz-oriented ones in the middle.
That the opening and closing tracks are the most
classical sounding, right down to rubato time feels, is
only surprising when you realize the composers are
both nominally jazz musicians: Keith Jarrett and Ben
Monder, respectively.
Jarrett’s “The River” and Ferber’s short
unresolved “Interlude” (Bryn Roberts’ piano with
ensemble) serve as preludes to the first of two Third
Stream highlights - and potential landmarks - on the Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B
Freddy Cole (HighNote)
by Andrew Vélez
F or over 50 years singer Freddy Cole has been making
audiences comfortable. He has always been notable for
both his expressive phrasing and the unhurried ease of
his delivery. Those are qualities he shares with the
admired object of this release, what Cole calls “a
celebration of my friend, Billy Eckstine.” It was in the
‘30s that he first met the vocalist and bandleader,
whom he calls “Mr. B”, and other jazz luminaries
through his brother, pianist Nat King Cole.
The songs chosen for this set are from a repertoire
closely associated with Eckstine and range from a pop
movie hit, “Tender is the Night”, to an erotically-
charged “Jelly, Jelly”. Happily and wisely Cole avoids
the pitfall of attempting to emulate his mentor’s sound
in any way. The easy, elegant and straightahead jazz
style of both is commonality enough. Those qualities
are complemented by the addition of Houston Person
on tenor saxophone, who joins Cole’s regular group.
The aforementioned “Tender is the Night” opens with
a masterfully thoughtful duet between Cole and
guitarist Randy Napoleon before the group swings in
and ultimately Person blows in with his customary
pithy perfection.
One of Eckstine’s biggest hits, “I Apologize”, gets
a limpidly uncluttered interpretation. John Di
Martino’s piano accompaniment is especially sensitive
on this number before Person’s sax echoes the gentle
depth of Cole’s reading. “Mister, You’ve Gone and Got
the Blues” and “Pretty One” are further testimony to
what a fine songwriter Eckstine was, but nothing tops
his and Earl Hines’ “Jelly, Jelly”. Although it’s atypical
of what Cole usually sings, in that classy way of his
and with more swell backing from Napoleon and
Person, they grind their way into every down and
dirty nook and cranny of this gem. Oh yes, they do.
Like both Mr. B and Mr. Cole, this set is classy all the
way.

For more information, visit jazzdepot.com. Cole is at


Birdland Dec. 21st-25th. See Calendar.

ALLABOUTJAZZ-NEW YORK | December 2010 21


personalized sound to the following discs.
Rodrigo Amado is a Portuguese sax player
(mainly tenor and bari) with a big, rough-hewn sound.
He’s released five previous albums under his own
name and three as a member of the Lisbon
Improvisation Players. His favored mode of
expression seems to be free improvisation and he
always commands attention. On Searching for Adam
he’s enlisted three American players: Bynum, bassist
French Suite John Hébert and drummer Gerald Cleaver. Sharing the
Thomas Savy (Plus Loin Music) frontline with Bynum makes for a study in contrast;
by David R. Adler Amado’s big blustery lines mesh nicely with Bynum’s
spiky, cleanly delineated cornet. If there’s a precedent
Thomas Savy’s French Suite is a bass clarinet trio for this, it’s the Sonny Rollins/Don Cherry group of
album and right away this gives it a certain 1962-63, which shared a similar mixture of heft and
uniqueness. But the disc’s standout qualities come grace. The rhythm section, both consummate outside-
equally from the rapport of the group and the strength inside players, work together to keep things
of the music itself. “I didn’t write for a bass and a interesting and at a high energy level. Even on the epic
drumset,” Savy declares in his illustrated, French- title track, which is a ballad for most of its 21 minutes,
language liner notes. “I wrote for him and for him,” he there are no sagging moments. While this is an ad-hoc
continues, referring poetically to bassist Scott Colley assembly of musicians, this quartet sounds like a
and drummer Bill Stewart. So one can speculate that working group.
Savy also didn’t write for bass clarinet, nor pick the A year later, Bynum, Hébert and Cleaver
horn just to be different. It so happens that he plays the reconvened for Book of Three, a set of nine pieces (five
instrument with uncommon agility, expressive range improvisations and two compositions each by Bynum
and sheer lung power. and Hébert). The influence of Bill Dixon on Bynum’s
Given the American rhythm section and the trumpet playing is all over these tracks. This is
presence of hard-hitting trumpeter David Weiss in the measured music, proceeding at a pace almost similar
producer’s chair, it makes sense that French Suite to a classic Paul Bley piano trio, organically
would pulse with an unmistakable, hard-swinging developing in a thoughtful deliberate fashion. That’s
New York energy. It’s most evident, of course, on the not to say there aren’t some satisfying energetic
uptempo “My Big Apple”, the fifth movement of a passages in this music but it’s the slow, languorous
seven-part suite that fills most of the program. passages that stand out.
“Ouverture”, “Ignition” and “Atlantique Nord”, the The OtherTet finds Bynum collaborating with one
earlier movements, establish a theme of spry unison of his mentors, trombonist Bill Lowe. Rounding out the
lines, elastic rhythm and open harmony. “E & L” and band are Joe Morris (on bass) and Ghanaian drummer
“L & E” offer contrasting takes on midtempo C blues, Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng. On their self-titled debut
prompting some of the richest horn-bass dialogues of they make music that hearkens back to free
the session. “Ballade de Stephen Edward” is too improvisation’s early days. The music sounds like a
multifaceted to be a ballad in the strict sense, but Duke modern descendant of the New York Art Quartet with
Ellington’s “Come Sunday” and John Coltrane’s Bynum’s cornet in the place of John Tchicai’s alto.
“Lonnie’s Lament” slow things down, highlighting Obeng’s drumming functions much like Milford
Savy’s bass clarinet at its most lyrical and most tenor Graves’ did in that band, providing a polyrhythmic
sax-like. By turns solemn and ecstatic, his accompaniment (at times a barrage) for the soloists.
improvisations show a remarkable control and purity The program consists of three free improvisations and
of tone across all registers. They’re something to two compositions each by Lowe and Bynum. Once
behold. again, it’s this contrast that works, Lowe’s burly bass
trombone complementing Bynum’s cornet. It’s
For more information, visit plusloin.net particularly effective on Bynum’s “Dream Sketch”,
where the deep, dark lines Lowe essays support
Bynum’s joyous shouts and muted bluesy phrases. The
recording quality is less than optimum, with an almost
muted quality, but the music still shines through.

For more information, visit nottwo.com, web.roguart.com and


espdisk.com. Bynum is at The Stone Dec. 12th. See Calendar.

Searching for Adam


Rodrigo Amado/Taylor Ho Bynum/
John Hébert/Gerald Cleaver (Not Two)
Book of Three
Taylor Ho Bynum/John Hébert/Gerald Cleaver
(Rogue Art)
Eponymous The OtherTet (Engine)
by Robert Iannapollo
Cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum has carved quite a niche
for himself in the jazz/improvised music sphere.
Emerging from the tutelage of Anthony Braxton in the
late ‘90s, he set out on his own path as a composer and
musician. What’s impressive about Bynum is how,
despite his own projects (of which there are many), he
seems more than willing to lend his talents as a
sideman. He’s a member of Jason Kao Hwang’s Edge
and Myra Melford’s Be Bread. And he adds his own

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expand out from the core trio, the quantity of musical
information becomes overwhelming. Pavone’s writing
begins with the bass, invites the piano and drums in,
then wraps the horns around them. Jimmy Greene and
Tony Malaby blare on saxes and newest bandmember
Dave Ballou smears the canvas with his trumpet, the
three sounding much bigger than they are.
Malaby’s tenor is the darker of the two, infusing
“West of Crash” with a hardness and gravity that just
Going Express about manages to keep the tune earthbound. Sex
Helen Sung (Sunnyside) Mob’s Steven Bernstein sits in on “17 Note”, yet
by Terrell Holmes another headlong rush, this one riding on the tireless
glide of his slide trumpet. On “East Arc”, Greene
H elen Sung has a prominent place in the vanguard of shades the composition with pithy runs before Ballou’s
excellent pianists who have emerged on the jazz scene trumpet blows them both away thanks to a searing
in recent years. Her new CD will do a lot to solidify solo statement. Here, Malaby’s weightiness on tenor
that position. This set, recorded live at Jazz Standard, complements and counterbalances the trumpet’s light;
captures Sung’s quartet at their finest with an inspired on “Poles” his soprano snake-charms while Cleaver
song list that blends the timeless and the new. works the cymbals and Pavone plucks feverishly. It’s
The mercurial title cut, a Sung original, sets the in these moments, when Ballou, Malaby or Greene
tone. Bassist Lonnie Plaxico, drummer Eric Harland solos on top of the bass and drums, that the Arc Suite
and Sung keep a pulsating groove brewing for truly becomes special.
saxophonist Seamus Blake’s passionate soprano. In what is often a mature-man’s game, Mario
Sung’s beautiful embroidery enhances Me’shell Pavone at 70 is as vital as ever. He surrounds himself
Ndegeocello’s sad lullaby “Bitter”; Blake’s earthy with top people and provides them with music that
tenor, punctuated with harmonics, deepens the song’s hearkens back to his avowed influences (Coltrane,
poignancy. There’s nothing fancy or clever about the Ornette, Mingus, Cecil), but is filtered through his own
band’s decidedly funky take on “Love For Sale”. If it compositional originality and contemporary
weren’t for the statement of the theme at the beginning vocabulary. Pavone and his Orange Double Tenor
and the end one might not know that this was the band make music the old-fashioned way, marked by
Porter classic. Plaxico’s pizzicato lays the foundation tight ensemble performance and bruising interplay,
for Blake’s ever-soaring soprano and Sung’s vibrant but never let you forget that this group is playing the
musing on her song “Hope Springs Eternally”. music of today.
The rhythm section shines on a pair of Monk
tunes, having a delightful time with a splendid and For more information, visit playscape-recordings.com. This
appropriately off-center approach to “In Walked Bud” group is at Cornelia Street Café Dec. 11th. See Calendar.
while only Sung and Plaxico duet on “Eronel”. Piano
and bass mesh with perfect tenderness and Plaxico
plays masterfully on what is the set’s best moment.
Sung’s last excursion into the book of standards is Billy
Strayhorn’s “Lotus Blossom”, a duet with Harland.
She plays with a lighthearted touch and Harland’s
sotto voce percussion gives the song perfect texture.
One key to the band’s synergy is that Sung’s
arrangements frequently use ostinatos, whose
centrifugal force builds tension and drives the soloists.
The most important factor, though, is the boundless
talent of the leader. Whether she’s absorbed in a ballad
or working out on a blistering uptempo tune, her
dynamism and musicianship are enviable. The band
feeds off this joyful energy and all listeners, at home or
in the club, are richly rewarded.

For more information, visit sunnysiderecords.com. Sung is


at Smalls Dec. 10th and Saint Peter’s Dec. 12th, both with
Carol Morgan, Jazz Standard Dec. 21st with this band and
Saint Peter’s Dec. 29th with Linda Ciofalo. See Calendar.

Arc Suite t/pi t/po


Mario Pavone Orange Double Tenor (Playscape)
by Jeff Stockton
There are no ballads on this CD. Yes, there are a few
interludes (under two minutes each), but the other
tracks careen along on the momentum of Mario
Pavone’s driving bass, pianist Peter Madsen’s
exploding note clusters and Gerald Cleaver’s stormy
drumming. The music is tightly composed in the usual
melody-solo-melody style, but as the interpretations

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torrid growls and brass flourishes break from the Hooker drops down a string of bombs to Smith’s
ascending violin melody and repeating guitar line. walking bass line. Walter adds an electrical storm.
Orton’s loping guitar rhythm and sound is apropos for Each in his own kind of world, nonetheless they orbit
“The Last Cowboy”, supporting subtle violin vibrato, around one another, shifting each other’s paths and
doubled by clarinet. Anderson’s turn is subdued at transmitting cosmic influence. The power intensifies to
first but becomes more playful with trombone-like the breaking point, but the broken parts again, like
vocalization. Adept at evoking atmospheres, on “New meteors, obtain their own orbits. The activity becomes
West” trumpet and violin entwine for a Spaghetti ever more varied and interesting.
Western/Mariachi vibe over the guitar’s stuttering. “And next comes the love, with a bash button,
Foreign Legion Causing a Tiger More surrealist aural travelogue than typical push button rhythmic tick,” Hooker recites a ways into
Tin Hat Kihlstedt/Bossi/Ismaily record, Causing a Tiger finds Kihlstedt collaborating the introductory poem on Yearn for Certainty. David
(BAG Prod.) (Victo) with Matthias Bossi and Shahzad Ismaily to create Soldier accompanies this fierce verse with a slow,
by Sean Fitzell music around location recordings she gathered. The lyrical mandolin. The poem itself, well into its reading,
musicians all play multiple instruments, from the seems random and scattershot. However, as it climaxes
V iolinist Carla Kihlstedt is an omnivorous musical usual violin, drums and guitar to exotics like with the percussive sounds and imagery, again the
personality: conservatory-trained with an improviser’s charango, saw blade gamelan and Armenian double- dynamic directive that defines Hooker as an artist
daring, she retains an appreciation of and ability to flute, along with the source samples. It’s best becomes clear.
deliver simple folk songs convincingly. Two typically experienced by letting go of the analysis and joining Soldier, who also plays banjo and violin, brings a
disparate releases demonstrate a continued growth their journey. folk feel to it. Sabir Mateen plays sax, flute and clarinet
and reveal her as a bold contemporary conceptualist. Kihlstedt’s lilting vocal twang over minimal and at times is just as gentle as Soldier. Elsewhere he is
Foreign Legion is the first live release by Tin Hat strumming evocatively conveys the story of a traveling in high-energy mode. All told he is a bridge between
and draws material from their entire oeuvre. It’s also life on the steeped-in-Appalachia opener “No Funeral Hooker and Soldier, who both are too thoroughly
the first recording to feature their current quartet At All”. Pealing church bells and dissonant violin saws present and voluble as musicians ever to take a back
lineup, trumpeter/keyboardist Ara Anderson joining begin “Three Suitcases” and as a beat is established, seat to the ostensibly more dominant horn. Hooker is a
founders Kihlstedt and guitarist Mark Orton and the anguished wordless wails segue to the industrial radically surprising leader, even shocking, taking the
longtime clarinetist Ben Goldberg. Known for creating repetitions of “A Swish of Nylon”. After a spoken trio in sharp spins and hairpin turns.
lush orchestrations in the studio, Tin Hat’s concert word introduction, the piece erupts with aggressive “What is this funk again? Where is this
recordings are necessarily rawer, stripping away neo-tribal drum breaks and distorted guitar shreds entertainment mode stuck to the system - stuff,”
layers to focus on the essence of the compositions and aping the mechanistic loop. The languorous “Hills Hooker begins on the final track. This poem is great all
the musicians’ improvisatory interplay. Made of Wool” showcases Kihlstedt’s Björk-like the way through and deserves to be quoted in full.
Orton sets the off-kilter swaggering of “Helium” singing and roughly maintains song form, as opposed Hooker can be harrying, but in the way of a stern
while Kihlstedt takes the Roma-esque melody, later to impressionistic pieces like “Bicycle Brigade” and “A professor, who wants to drive home certain points. He
shaded by Goldberg for added heft. During her Goose is a Goose” that are enmeshed with the location drives them home - down home and beyond.
soaring bowed feature, he switches to contra-alto samples. Returning home for “Still No Funeral at All”,
clarinet for a deeper anchor. He uses this horn for his guest Fred Frith adds throbbing electric bass and For more information, visit nobusinessrecords.com and
own whomping solo on “Company”, after Anderson’s fiddle for a rollicking instrumental conclusion. espdisk.com. Hooker is at The Local 269 Dec. 6th. See Calendar.

For more information, visit bagproductionrecords.com and U


victo.qc.ca. Kihlstedt is at University of the Streets Dec. SE
15th with Matthias Bossi and The Stone Dec. 17th with EW D
Bossi and Shahzad Ismaily. See Calendar. N

236 West 26 Street, Room 804


New York, NY 10001

Earth’s Orbit Yearn for Certainty


Monday-Saturday, 10:00-6:00
William Hooker William Hooker Trio
(NoBusiness) (Engine) Tel: 212-675-4480
by Gordon Marshall Fax: 212-675-4504
William Hooker is a dynamic drummer, powerful Email: jazzrecordcenter@verizon.net
and concerned with tonal contrasts in force and speed.
He has learned this from rock, with the
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loud/soft/loud patterns that make for an impression
of ever-growing sonic strength, and from concert new LP’s, CD, Videos (DVD/VHS),
music. His work, however free and defined by sheer Books, Magazines, Posters,
energy it may get, is always characterized by Postcards, T-shirts,
architecture and orchestration. Calendars, Ephemera
His Bliss (East) trio, with Darius Jones (alto sax)
and Adam Lane (bass), is a tower of power. Jones plays Buy, Sell, Trade
his instrument with the fury of a tenor sax, combining
passion with cerebral cogency. Lane is no less a force, Collections bought
supporting Hooker’s heady drumming with high- and/or appraised
minded percussive plucks and stops of his own.
Hooker is all over the map, but the map is of his own
making - and it is precise and accurate, both in terms of
Also carrying specialist labels
the latitude and longitude of radical music history. e.g. Fresh Sound, Criss Cross,
Bliss (East) make up Disc 1 of his two-disc release Ayler, Silkheart, AUM Fidelity,
Earth’s Orbit, Disc 2 of which is played by his Bliss Nagel Heyer, Eremite, Venus,
(West) quartet, consisting of Aaron Bennett (tenor sax), Clean Feed, Enja and many more
Weasel Walter (guitar) and Damon Smith (bass).
Bennett opens with a stream of overblowing and

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shifting between the preordained and the inspired.
Evidence has come in a slew of splendid discs
including drummer Tom Rainey’s Pool School and the
collective Paradoxical Frog with drummer Tyshawn
Sorey and pianist Kris Davis (both Clean Feed). Now
to add to that roll of honor we have the saxophonist’s
Anti-House on the Swiss Intakt imprint. Rainey is a
holdover from her fine Sleepthief on the same label, but
this time out the cast also comprises everyone’s
Celebrations Look, Stop and Listen favorite guitarist Mary Halvorson and accomplished
Eugene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble (featuring Johnny Griffin) bassist John Hébert, with Davis along for half of the 14
(MEII Enterprises) Philly Joe Jones’ Dameronia (Uptown) cuts.
by Elliott Simon by Joel Roberts Laubrock’s writing is imbued with an open-ended
immediacy, so that away from the occasional driving
Interchanges among jazz, Jewish and Latin music have P hilly Joe Jones is best remembered as the drummer lines (the title track and “Oh Yes”), it can occasionally
resulted in everything from novelty one-off LPs to for Miles Davis’ first classic quintet in the mid ‘50s. But be hard to tell where the charts stop. Primarily she
serious new music with an avant-worldly tilt. In the before he joined Miles, Jones spent some formative frames a group music with little soloing in the
midst of this eclectic mix comes pianist Eugene years with the legendary bebop composer and conventional horn-and-rhythm-section mold. Rather
Marlow’s Celebrations. His in-depth musical arranger Tadd Dameron. Near the end of his career, in individual voices emerge from the discourse naturally
understanding of the jazz form and superb arranging the early ‘80s, Jones started Dameronia, a small big before engaging in two-, three- or even four-way
skills, combined with the expert musicianship of his band dedicated to keeping the music of his too-often debate. The leader’s expressive range continues to
Heritage Ensemble, provide in-the-pocket grooves and neglected old friend alive. grow as shown by the choked galumphing tenor sax,
reverent soulful performances just in time for Look, Stop and Listen is a reissue of Dameronia’s reminiscent of the late Bill Dixon’s tonal experiments,
Chanukah. second and final album, recorded in 1983. It features which opens “Funhouse Glockwork”. Halvorson’s
Marlow has assembled a wonderful rhythm Jones and a stellar lineup of veteran players including guitar thickens the ensembles, switching between
section for Celebrations, the second release from this trombonist Benny Powell, alto saxophonist Frank urgent palpitations, single-note runs and slurred
project that rearranges Jewish melodies into Wess, baritone master Cecil Payne and pianist Walter deconstructions with insouciant ease. Rainey is
traditional jazz forms. Drummer Bobby Sanabria, in Davis Jr., along with guest soloist Johnny Griffin on unshowy to a fault, blurring the distinction between
tandem with percussionist Cristian Rivera, is up in the tenor sax. Trumpeter Don Sickler served as the group’s time and no time, ably abetted by Hébert.
mix and this ‘Nuyo-Rican’ duo serves their latkes and musical director (and also made a rare appearance on Four of the pieces are fragments clocking in at less
hamantaschen with healthy dashes of salsa piquant. tenor sax) and transcribed some of the long-lost than two minutes: of these “Big Bang” does what it
Frank Wagner is a powerful yet poignant bassist and Dameron charts by ear from the old LPs. says on the tin while the mysterious “Is Life Anything
enables the band to stretch out while maintaining a The tunes covered include some of Dameron’s Like This” is full of breathy foghorn and booming bass
decidedly solid bottom. Saxophonist Michael Hashim better-known fare, like the classic ballad “If You Could notes. On the longer tracks Laubrock sometimes
is a very expressive alto and soprano player and his See Me Now” and the bebop workout “Our Delight”, explores stark juxtapositions. Introduced by Rainey’s
horns can both wail and tenderly caress. Paired with as well as obscurities deserving wider attention, like glockenspiel and Halvorson’s asymmetric guitar,
Marlow’s confident touch, a simple festive melody like the lovely “Theme of No Repeat”, which Dameron first “Tom Can’t Sleep” boasts a saxophone-and-bass
“Chanukah, O Chanukah” is turned into a funk-bop recorded with Clifford Brown in 1953. All the tunes are counterpoint evoking smoky Parisian bars (think the
jazz foray whose middle surprises with a delicate performed beautifully by the ensemble and offer a rare soundtrack to Jules et Jim) while “Quick Draw” opens
sax/piano chamber duet. chance to revisit Dameron’s sophisticated and with a duet for arco bass and wildly bent guitar notes
While most of these pieces are taken from the nuanced original arrangements. before Laubrock’s jaunty tenor kicks in for one of the
festive Chanukah and Purim songbooks, Marlow According to the exhaustive and revealing liner album’s highlights. Another comes on the title track
includes elegant piano interpretations of the notes by writer Bob Bernotas, Griffin had planned to where rippling piano and guitar set the scene for a
liturgically-based “Halleluyah” and his own self- sit in on only a couple of numbers, but he played up knotty staggered beat, the leader’s yelping soprano sax
penned “Yotvata”. The latter, a paean to Israeli such a storm that the rest of the band asked him to and a bravura display by Davis. One oddity arises in
pioneers who turned the desert into a successful stick around. He’s heard on six of the ten tracks here, the opaque “Mona Lisa Trampoline”, where a 35-
Kibbutz, opens and closes with a graceful piano solo including a couple of gorgeous solos on “If You Could second silence separates the opening interplay and the
by Lebanese classical pianist Nada Loutfi. See Me Now” and a rousing turn on “Killer Joe”, the stuttering improv which follows before a gradually
Celebrations succeeds on multiple musical levels Benny Golson tune that Philly Joe used as his theme coagulating riff periodically emerges to close out the
without sacrificing its jazz ethos at the expense of song (and the only non-Dameron composition on the album. There’s a lot to choose from in the 72-minute
worldly chic. Its message is not only a festive holiday album). As for Jones, his fills and solos are at turns program and while not all of it quite comes off, the hits
one but a celebration of jazz spirituality as fertile explosive and subtle, but always hip and right on the far outweigh the misses.
common ground. money.
Meticulously remastered by the session’s original For more information, visit intaktrec.ch. Laubrock is at
For more information, visit meiienterprises.com. This group engineer, the great Rudy Van Gelder, this is one of the Cornelia Street Café Dec. 30th with Tom Rainey and Mary
is at Baruch College Dec. 16th. See Calendar. more valuable reissues to come along in a while. Halvorson. See Calendar.

For more information, visit uptownrecords.net. A Johnny


Griffin Tribute/The Big Soul Band 50th Anniversary with
KERRY Houston Person and others is at Jazz Standard Dec. 14th-
POLITZER 15th. See Calendar.
QUARTET
Blue in Blue
available at
piloorecords.com

LIVE
AT
SMALLS Eponymous
December 17th Ingrid Laubrock Anti-House (Intakt)
7:30 pm by John Sharpe
Since moving to New York City from London in 2008,
German saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock has fallen in
kerrypolitzer.com with a like-minded coterie of musicians adept at

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with Ingrid Jensen, Marcus Strickland, David Sanchez
and Jaleel Shaw, among others. Lund’s second Criss
Cross CD focuses on his compelling originals, with the
potent support of pianist Edward Simon, bassist Ben
Street and drummer Bill Stewart.
The guitarist’s strengths as a composer are on
display throughout the date. His pieces are a varied lot
and despite his considerable technique, Lund doesn’t
use his music solely to show off his chops, as many
When I Was Long Ago young musicians do. A perfect example is the opening
Rebecca Martin (Sunnyside) cut, “Swagger”, which has a rather misleading title, as
by Donald Elfman there is nothing overtly flamboyant about it. Instead
this is a harmonically rich ballad with a tantalizing
Rebecca Martin’s new recording is a bold, daring and finale that adds a degree of mystery. Lund adds a bit of
beautifully successful approach to standards. With no distortion to his guitar in portions of his jagged
chordal instrument as an anchor and a live-to-two “Folly”, which is full of unexpected twists in its
track recording, this exceptional singer has made what melodic line. Street’s bass suggests a Brazilian rhythm
feels like a revolutionary approach to song and in the otherwise postbop vehicle “12 Beats”, with
imbued the tradition with life in a new way. Martin Lund’s effervescent guitar buoyed by Simon’s hip
honors every song by doing the verse, by crediting - in chords.
digital notes - the first performance of each and by Unaccompanied guitar introduces the lovely
finding tunes that we know and some that we might “Truck Stop Queen” (named for the leader’s wife’s
never have heard. joking reference to herself), an understated yet multi-
Right from the start we know we’re in special faceted melody that resists predictable paths. Slowly
territory. “For All We Know” comes to us the other musicians are added, with adept brushwork,
harmonically with Bill McHenry (tenor sax) and Larry introspective bass and soft piano backing providing
Grenadier (bass) playing around the changes. Then the perfect backdrop for the leader. The veteran Simon
comes the verse and the trio gets to the question provides a special spark to the date, though the
therein - “Why should we waste a night like this?” So synergy of the entire quartet produces outstanding
there’s no age-old moss hanging around here and no music throughout the session.
waste of a single moment as they get to the here-and- As he gets more worldwide exposure, Lund will
now of the song. Martin’s voice here and throughout is rise in stature to be acknowledged as one of the top
breathtakingly pure and in perfect complement to the talents of his generation.
saxophone and bass.
There are further surprises in the choice of tunes, For more information, visit crisscrossjazz.com. Lund is at
especially when it comes to the lesser-known ones. Miles’ Café Dec. 9th with Will Vinson. See Calendar.
Julie London did the first recording of “No Moon at
All” and it was covered by Ella Fitzgerald and Doris
Day among others. But when did we hear it last and Michael Blake
when was it ever done this intimately? Grenadier’s "Hellbent" (Label of Love)
walking bass is atmospheric and McHenry’s
saxophone swirls and breathes underneath and it Available at CD Baby
creates a shimmering picture. www.cdbaby.com/cd/MichaelBlake1
As an introduction to another rare gem, Rebecca
sings the verse of “Cheerup Charlie”, from 1971’s Willy
Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, with young Charlie
Grenadier, son of the bass player. Then comes the
lovely tune, which Martin makes into a personal,
intimate, almost-lullaby.
And there’s a vocal debut of an old tune. Martin
has written lyrics for the Ellington-Strayhorn “Low
Key Lightly”, music from Duke’s score for the film
Anatomy of a Murder. She calls it “Lucky in Love” and
makes it a wispy and romantic ballad. In fact, all of
these songs, even the uptempo ones, feel like ballads in
the best sense - rich and heartfelt stories.

For more information, visit sunnysiderecords.com. This


group is at Jazz Standard Dec. 16th. See Calendar.
Michael Blake - tenor saxophone
Steven Bernstein - trumpet
Marcus Rojas - tuba
G Calvin Weston - drums

"Mr. Blake, on tenor


especially, is an endlessly
engaging improviser,
Unlikely Stories and an inquisitive one."
Lage Lund (Criss Cross Jazz) - New York Times
by Ken Dryden
O nly in his early 30s, guitarist Lage Lund has already
built a hefty resumé. Winner of the 2005 Thelonious
Monk Guitar Competition, the Norway native studied michaelblake.net
at both Berklee and Juilliard (the first electric guitarist michaelblakemusic.blogspot.com
to attend the latter college) and has played or recorded

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However, they are interspersed with other rhythmical
treatments which add to the pacing. Ciofalo delivers
“Skylark” as a blues featuring guitar effects by
Minucci; “Moon River” is done dreamily with a fitting
guitar solo by Meyers and Ciofalo sings “One For My
New from
Baby” as the torchiest standard ever written. Di
Martino’s piano is evident on every track with tasteful
fills and solid solos. Frahm lends his magic to most of
the tracks, especially in “I’m Old Fashioned” where he
Dancing with Johnny adds to the sweetness of Ciofalo’s vocal.
Linda Ciofalo (Lucky Jazz Music) But foremost this is a vocalist’s CD and Ciofalo
by Marcia Hillman has widened her repertoire with Mercer selections
delivered with care, sensitivity and warmth -
J ohnny Mercer is the name on vocalist Linda Ciofalo’s especially in the lower range of her voice. She
dance card as she sings her way through 13 of the continues to display her storytelling skills in a most
songwriter/lyricist’s songs on her current CD. The listenable and smooth manner. And if you are going to
tunes are all familiar but are given fresh and choose a dance partner, Mercer is a good bet. Keep on
contemporary treatment - designed (according to the dancing, Linda!
liner notes) to “personalize the music with a rhythm
developed from phrasing Mercer’s lyrics.” The result For more information, visit lindaciofalo.com. Ciofalo is at
is an album that is both listenable and danceable.
Providing the music for Ciofalo’s vocalizing is a stellar
Saint Peter’s Dec. 29th. See Calendar.
RUSSELL MALONE
group: pianist John Di Martino, bassist John Benitez,
drummer Ernesto Simpson, percussionist Little Johnny
Rivero, guitarists Paul Meyers (nylon string) and
"TRIPLE PLAY"
Chieli Minucci (electric), Joel Frahm on saxes and Featuring: David Wong, bass & Montez Coleman, drums
Bryan Lynch on trumpet.
The teaming of Ciofalo’s voice and Mercer’s lyrics
has produced a great match. Mercer’s flow of words
"Russell Malone reasserts his
and images goes well with Ciofalo’s lyric-driven stature as a prime guitarist in the
approach. Mercer’s “Tangerine” (a big band hit in its
first incarnation) is served up with a little salsa coming
jazz mainstream." - New York Times
Tango Jazz (Live at Jazz at Lincoln Center)
up bright with Lynch’s trumpet coloring (he also
Paquito D’Rivera (Paquito-Sunnyside)
highlights the “Early Autumn” track with his sensitive
phrasing). Most of the rhythms on the album are on the
Latin side - samba, mambo, cha cha and bossa. The
by Alex Henderson
term Latin jazz is generally used to describe a
See Mulgrew Miller and Wingspan at
mixture of jazz and AfroCuban music, but not all Latin
music is AfroCuban. Latin music also includes
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola Nov. 30-Dec. 5
everything from Mexican norteño to Dominican
merengue and bachata to Colombian cumbia.
Argentinean tango is another form of Latin music
and an integral part of what Cuban alto
saxophonist/clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera does on
Tango Jazz (Live at Jazz at Lincoln Center). This excellent
CD documents a March 2010 concert, where a 61-year-
old D’Rivera joins forces with the ensemble of
Argentinean bassist Pablo Aslan - and the title is quite
accurate because their performances are, in fact, a
combination of jazz and tango. Aslan handles most of
the arrangements, which aren’t just slightly tango-
minded; they are very tango-minded. Aslan’s
bandoneón player, Michael Zisman, has a prominent
role in the ensemble, a definite plus as the accordion-
like instrument is so closely identified with the genre. MULGREW MILLER
And Aslan’s drummer is Daniel Piazzolla, grandson of
the late Astor Piazzolla (who has been exalted as “The
Charlie Parker of Tango” because he ushered in a
AND WINGSPAN
whole new era of tango in much the same way that
Bird and his allies ushered in a whole new era of jazz).
"THE SEQUEL"
D’Rivera, of course, has long been a major figure
in AfroCuban jazz, going back to his days with Irakere "One of the most in-demand
when he was still living in Cuba. But the Havana
native/New York City resident obviously appreciates
pianists in jazz." -New York Times
other forms of Latin music as well and his enthusiasm
for tango is impossible to miss on material that ranges
from Astor Piazzolla’s “Verano Porteño” (Spanish for
“Buenos Aires Summer”) to his own “Bandoneón” to
See Russell Malone and
an intriguing jazz-tango arrangement of Gordon
Jenkins’ “Goodbye”. D’Rivera, however, doesn’t forget Mulgrew Miller with Ron Carter's
about AfroCuban music during this concert; Aslan’s
“Tanguajira” successfully blends jazz, tango and Golden Striker Trio at Smoke Jazz &
AfroCuban guajira. But tango is the dominant Latin
influence here, a consistently absorbing demonstration
of the fact that great Latin jazz doesn’t necessarily
Supper Club-Lounge Dec. 10-11
have to be AfroCuban jazz.

For more information, visit sunnysiderecords.com. This project


Visit us online at www.maxjazz.com
is at Dizzy’s Club Dec. 20th-24th and 26th. See Calendar.

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joins forces here with 11 of the best. With just voice
and piano, it’s definitely about delivering the goods
with no place to hide.
The set opens on a very high level with the late
Hank Jones and “If I Had You”. Kole floats in easily
after Jones’ laid-back intro, typical of his distinctive
yet subdued style. Their approach is just as simple and
as true as the sweet old song itself. On a second turn
together with “But Beautiful”, Jones is limpidly
Delicious and Delightful Stick With Me understated and as always Kole is carefully attentive
Steve Turre Peppe Merolla to the lyrics.
(HighNote) (PJ Prod.) The only accompanist who also sings with Kole is
by George Kanzler Freddy Cole on “It’s Always You”. Their playful
warmth makes for a glowing, mellow duet. Dave
Both of these albums, though firmly in the jazz radio- Brubeck also accompanies Kole twice on the set: his
Wed Dec 1 BRAD SHEPIK QUARTET 8:30PM friendly mainstream, open with the exotic, arresting own “Strange Meadowlark” manages to be both
Tom Beckham, Jorge Roeder, Mark Guiliana tonal cries of conch shells from Steve Turre. But his haunting and swinging while on “These Foolish
Thu Dec 2 SCOTT LEE GROUP 8:30PM primary instrument is, of course, trombone and he is a Things”, he takes a beautiful, meditative solo.
Billy Drewes, Gary Versace, Jeff Hirshfield
Fri Dec 3 GERALD CLEAVER GROUP 9PM & 10:30PM
rare master of all aspects of the slippery horn, as Especially on Sondheim’s “I Remember”, shared
Jean Carla Rodea, Andrew Bishop, Dave Ballou, Chris Lightcap comfortable in traditional swing as modern bop. with Mike Renzi, Kole evinces a similarity to the
Sat Dec 4 JOELHARRISON SEPTET: SINGULARITY 9PM & 10:30PM Delicious and Delightful’s quintet pairs his clarion vocalizing of the young Barbra Streisand. But
Sun Dec 5 Zach Brock, Donny McCaslin, Dana Leong,
Gary Versace, Stephan Crump, Clarence Penn trombone in the frontline with the chainsaw timbre of it’s just an echo of that sound, because Kole is very
Sun Dec 5 SERIALUNDERGROUND 6PM Billy Harper’s authoritative tenor sax and leavens the much herself throughout. On his own “How Do You
Jed Distler, host results by contrasting the horns with the slyly lyrical, Keep the Music Playing?”, Kole is joined by Michel
Mon Dec 6 MONOLOGUES & MADNESS 6PM ruminative piano of Larry Willis. Aiding and abetting Legrand, with a light touch that does not obscure the
Tulis McCall, host
AMRAM & CO 8:30PM them is the punctiliously-swinging drummer Dion passion of his music.
David Amram, Kevin Twigg, John de Witt, Adam Amram Parson and a young newcomer on bass, Corcoran Holt. The title tune is a gem by Dave Frishberg and
Tue Dec 7 THEO BLECKMANN & BEN MONDER DUO 8:30PM Six of the nine tracks are Turre originals, ranging from Johnny Mandel. With Alan Broadbent at the piano it’s
Julie Hardy, Host
his “African 6” rhythm “Dance of the Gazelles”, with simply superb. Kole may well record a great deal
Wed Dec 8 POST FOLK: BB GUN 8:30PM
Ben Davis, Bridget Kearney guest Pedro Martinez on African hand drums, to the during her career, but this flawless collection, on
POST FOLK:THE FUNDIES 10PM boogaloo title track, with down-home contributions which she is paired with giants, seems destined to hold
Rachael Price, Margaret Glaspy, Brittany Haas, Bridget Kearney
Curated by Becca Stevens, host from guitarist Russell Malone, also a guest on the a very special place of its own.
Thu Dec 9 MICHAELATTIAS SEXTET 8:30PM equally bluesy “Ray’s Collard Greens”. The leader’s
Ralph Alessi, Mark Taylor, Matt Moran, Sean Conly, Nasheet Waits
open horn is featured on two ballads, Harper’s For more information, visit justin-time.com. Kole is at
Fri Dec 10 MALABY/MOTIAN/SANCHEZ/MONDER 9PM & 10:30PM
Tony Malaby, Paul Motian, Angelica Sanchez, Ben Monder affecting “Speak to Me of Love, Speak to Me of Truth” Birdland Dec. 20th-25th and 28th-31st with the Birdland
Sat Dec 11 ORANGE DOUBLE TENOR CD RELEASE and “Tenderly”, the latter gorgeously buttery. A Big Band. See Calendar.
AND 70TH BIRTHDAYCELEBRATION 9PM & 10:30PM definite highlight is the “Cherokee/Ko-Ko” contrafact
Mario Pavone, Tony Malaby, Marty Ehrlich,
Dave Ballou, Peter Madsen, Gerald Cleaver “Blackfoot”, with all the requisite forward momentum
Sun Dec 12 JAMES SHIPP’S NÓS NOVO 8:30PM and crisp solos that make bop a perennial joy.
Jo Lawry, Gilad Hekselman, Rogério Boccato, Special Guest: Doug Wamble Hardbop is the focus of drummer Peppe Merolla’s
Mon Dec 13 INSIDE/OUT 8:30PM debut Stick With Me. Also an Italian pop singer and
Tim Ferguson, Rob Henke, Diane Moser
“WORDS AND MUSIC” THE NEW SCHOOLFOR classical trumpeter, Merolla has assembled a top-notch
JAZZ AND CONTEMPORARYMUSIC 10PM cadre from the Smoke/Smalls axis for his sextet: Jim
Mika Harry, Tristan Cooley, Faiz Lamouri, Diederik Rijpstra,
Daniel Galvano, Rachel Housle, Kiril Orenstein, Diane Moser Rotondi (trumpet), John Farnsworth (tenor sax), Mike
Tue Dec 14 JAZZ AND LOVE SONGS.. MICHAELLYDON AND FRIENDS 8:30PM LeDonne (piano), Lee Smith (bass) plus Turre,
Ellen Mandel, Curtis Fowlkes, Dave Hofstra,
Rudy Lawless, Gennaro Kravitz, Amy Fitts Farnsworth writing six of the nine tracks. Merolla is a
Wed Dec 15 IDEALBREAD 8:30PM magnetic drummer with sharp swing and a deft,
Josh Sinton, Kirk Knuffke, Sean Conly, Tomas Fujiwara rolling command of his kit. Surprisingly, although
Thu Dec 16 SAM TRAPCHAK’S PUT TOGETHER FUNNY 8:30PM Turre is not featured as heavily as on his own CD, here
Tom Chang, Michael Attias, Arthur Vint
his versatility is showcased even more. He gets to
Fri Dec 17 REZ ABBASI’S INVOCATION 9PM & 10:30PM
Sat Dec 18 Vijay Iyer, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Johannes Weidenmueller, Dan Weiss samba-sway with open horn on “Marbella”; close
Sun Dec 19 JONI & JOHANNES 8:30PM waltz with a Harmon mute on “Princess of the
Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf, Simon Mulligan, Jessica Molaskey, Mountain” and display his evocative plunger-mute
Mary Beth Peil, Randy Landau
technique on “Crazy”. That Willie Nelson ballad, with
Tue Dec 21 CAMERON BROWN AND DANNIE’S CALYPSO 8:30PM
Tony Jefferson, Russ Johnson, Lisa Parrott, Jason Rigby Farnsworth’s tenor on the A-melody and Turre’s wah-
Wed Dec 22 MIKE & RUTHYFOLK CITY:THE PEARLYSNAPS 8:30PM wahs on the bridge, plus Rotondi’s trumpet in the
Stephanie Jenkins, Rosie Newton coda, is an indelible take on a classic pop song.
Thu Dec 23 MATT WILSON’S CHRISTMAS TREE-O 8:30PM
Jeff Lederer, Paul Sikivie
Sun Dec 26 ERI YAMAMOTO TRIO “ THANK YOU, 2010” 8:30PM
For more information, visit jazzdepot.com and
Dave Ambrosio, Ikuo Takeuchi peppemerolla.com. Turre is at Flushing Town Hall Dec.
Tue Dec 28 BLUE TUESDAYS Julie Hardy, Host 10th with Demetrios Kastaris and BB King’s Dec. 23rd with
LOSABRES QUARTET 8:30PM
Tammy Scheffer, Hadar Noiberg, Daniel Ori, Keita Ogawa A Jazz Nativity. See Calendar.
LOLADANZA 10PM
Wed Dec 29 PETE MCCANN 8:30PM
John O’Gallagher, Henry Hey, Matt Clohesy, Jordan Perlson
Thu Dec 30 TOM RAINEYTRIO 8:30PM
Mary Halvorson, Ingrid Laubrock
Fri Dec 31 NINAMOFFITT 8:00PM
PAULSHAPIRO’S FOOTSTOMPING RIBS AND BRISKET REVUE
returns for the 7th New Year’s Eve in a row 10:30PM
Cilla Owens, Glenn Turner, Dan Rosengard, Brad Jones, Tony Lewis

You Are There: Duets


Hilary Kole (Justin Time)
by Andrew Vélez
You Are There is all about celebrating how special the
pairing of voice and piano can be. Singer Hilary Kole

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Shade Shadow cleverly uses the cool jazz of this same
time period as a foundation for an integrated program
of new musical structures. His compositions stand tall
on their own and also serve as soundtracks to
individual films about the lives of Krisel and Wexler.
Greenfield is no stranger to using his pen, alto and
a healthy respect for those who came before him to
construct beautiful takes on the jazz icons of past eras.
But while his Duo + One (Dots & Lines, 2007) with late
Deep Drink drummer Rashied Ali veered several Monk and Trane
Elderflower (s/r) classics toward a freer existence, Light Shade Shadow
by Gordon Marshall has him eschewing alto for the rare C-melody sax and
rebirthing the cool into a sophisticated skyline of very
Elderflower is Loren Stillman (alto sax) and Ryan listenable modern jazz.
Ferreira (guitar) and on Deep Drink they produce The C-melody, with its slightly nasal tone, gives
liquid, almost steam- or smoke-like tones. Sax could be these tunes a relaxed feel that blends well with Neal
mistaken for flute and guitar for viola. Style-wise, it is Kirkwood’s laid-back piano comping. Whether it is a
aerial or ethereal, much like the ECM titles of the ‘70s. tender ballad like the touching “Best Friends”, the
It is darker though and more romantic - romantic, to be Latin nugget “Brazilian Dream”, the sprightly
precise, in the sense of 19th century Romanticism, with piano/sax thrust-and-parry of “Steel House Blues” or
gothic tinges and plangent emotions. Sounds drift by the pensive far away thoughts that come to us during
one another like ships on a night sea or interplanetary “Lonely Nights” leading into the gentle awakenings of
movements seen through clouds. “Early Days”, there is always a pleasant whimsical air
Stillman is reedier and Ferreira picks up his about things.
plectrum for the second of the seven tracks. This one Even when Greenfield wails (and he sure can
has a little angularity to it and involves chromatics and wail) or Kirkwood gets Monk-ish as he does on opener
atonality. That said, Ferreira is very gentle to his “Candy Apples” and the intriguingly coy “One Bar
guitar, though firm, and Stillman is likewise soft and Rip”, there is a wonderful attention to melody present.
lyrical. He even guides the piece back into tonal, Bassist Dean Johnson and drummer Tony Moreno
melodic territory halfway through, so what is on offer provide a perfectly understated rhythm that allows
is a blissful panoply of tonal contrasts. Not a study that to happen and confirm that revisiting yesterday’s
exactly: the duo stays clear of dry academicism, vision of the future can be a very pleasurable
however close it drifts. experience.
Tracks are so closely aligned that it comes to
appear they should all be taken as a whole. Again, the For more information, visit hayesgreenfield.com. Greenfield
titles are indicated by some sort of number system, is at Smalls Dec. 4th. See Calendar.
with some recursion, adding to that conclusion.
Stillman is quite unique stylistically, not immediately
to be pegged as a blend of Charlie Parker, Ornette
Coleman and their alto disciples. Perhaps Jan
Garbarek is an influence, as the chilly beauty of such a
place as Norway comes to mind. Still, there is a
definite infusion of both bebop and harmolodics.
Stillman introduces harmonics in his solo intro to
Track 6. Ferreira bends notes in a eerie yet somehow
cheery way here and sticks in some harmonics of his
own, to which Stillman responds with some
understated circular breathing. Ferreira turns up the
volume and crunches some rock chords and Stillman
exits with just a trace of a Coltrane-style overblowing.
They are back in space or at sea, again, in the final
track, but beautifully harmonized, like foghorns and
bell buoys in unison the morning after a storm when
the ships have reached port.

For more information, visit elderflowermusic.com. This duo


is at Barbès Dec. 29th. See Calendar.

Light Shade Shadow


Hayes Greenfield Quartet (Dots & Lines)
by Elliott Simon
In the ‘50s and early ‘60s, though operating in a
decidedly different discipline than Miles or Trane,
architects William Krisel and Donald Wexler were
equally significant social change agents. They realized
the future by creating modern desert “houses of
tomorrow” with striking use of light, shade and
shadow. Saxophonist Hayes Greenfield’s own Light

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(including “Trouble and Activity”, “Avaricious
World” and the opener “Civilization on Trial”) as well
as a passionate interpretation of Muhal Richard
Abrams’ “Charlie in the Parker”. The CD’s least avant
garde offering is “Gone But Not Forgotten”, a plaintive
ballad Escreet co-wrote with Binney.
Don’t Fight The Inevitable is not easy to absorb on
the first listen; Escreet obviously isn’t going for the
quick musical fix. But listeners who are patient enough
Top Shelf to go along for the ride will find that Escreet has a lot
Warren Vaché/John Allred Quintet (Arbors) going for him as both a pianist and a composer.
by Marcia Hillman
For more information, visit johnescreet.com. Escreet is at
Warren Vaché is a cornet player who can play in any 55Bar Dec. 17th-18th. See Calendar.
style, with anybody, at any time with brilliance and
taste. Top Shelf features him with trombonist John
Allred, pianist Tardo Hammer, bassist Nicki Parrott
and drummer Leroy Williams and is the second album
IN PRINT
he and Allred have done as co-leaders. The choice of
material here is mostly bebop standards with a couple
of ballads and an original (“Aussieology”) by Parrott.
The two horn players work beautifully in tandem.
Allred has the ability to play trombone in fast tempos
so the quicker bebop material doesn’t faze him a bit.
The two can hold a musical conversation with each
other in an antiphonal style, especially on Monk’s
“Tiny Capers”. Solo, Allred delivers a sensitive
rendition of the ballad “Moonlight In Vermont”.
This offering is an ensemble effort with equal Paul Bley: The Logic of Chance
by Arrigo Cappelletti (Vehicule Press)
opportunity playing time for everyone. On “The Best
by Francis Lo Kee
Thing For You”, each player has fun trading fours with
Williams who talks back with his drums. Also notable At first glance, this book’s reader may be confused
is Hammer’s swinging piano work on this track. as it’s published by the same company (Vehicule
Vaché’s presence is felt on every track through his Press) that released Stopping Time, Paul Bley’s 1999
clear tone and creativity but his phrasing sometimes autobiography. It is also approximately the same
takes your breath away. length with discography (arguably one of the most
Vaché’s horn of many colors and styles provides important parts of any book on a jazz musician) and,
enjoyable listening and encourages relistening to savor while adding recordings, doesn’t add details (for
every note. instance, track titles). Yet, Arrigo Cappelletti’s book
(translated into English by American pianist
For more information, visit arborsrecords.com. Vaché is at Gregory Burk) strives for something more than a
BB King’s Dec. 23rd with A Jazz Nativity. See Calendar. standard biography and he presents, within a very
unique structure, a poetic way of describing the
experience of listening to the pianist’s music.
For instance, the first chapter is entitled,
“Thirty-two Little Variations on Paul Bley” (a
playful reference to another great Canadian
musician: “Thirty-two Short Films about Glenn
Gould”), with the subdivisions having titles like
Silence, Stopping Time, Necessity, Contamination,
etc. However abstract they might sound, contained
within are some very unique perspectives. For
instance, in the subdivision called Minimalism,
Don’t Fight The Inevitable
Cappelletti states, “For Paul Bley minimalism is a
John Escreet (Mythology)
by Alex Henderson kind of availability - by remaining prudent,
polyvalent and mysterious, his music never moves
Sectarianism and dogmatic thinking have inspired in only one direction - it is always ready to receive
quite a few heated arguments in the jazz world. But new input and maintain the capacity to express
many jazz improvisers reject the rigid sectarian path everything, thanks to its infinite potential for rich
and John Escreet is one of them. After hearing his expression.” There is also a section in which the
acoustic pianism, some listeners have asked, “Is he author briefly describes some of the compositions
avant garde or is he postbop?” The answer is that that Bley has played over the years.
Escreet is both of those things and has no problem In the segment entitled A Musical Biography,
integrating them on Don’t Fight The Inevitable. Escreet Cappelletti groups Bley’s recordings and analyzes
would rather contrast the inside and the outside than them. In a duos section, he describes, at length,
be a totally outside player. And thankfully, he has a recordings made with Chet Baker as well as with the
supportive team that appreciates his perspective. lesser-known George Cross McDonald (drums) and
The cohesive quintet that Escreet leads on this Tiziana Ghiglioni (vocalist). Because Cappelletti
session is practically the same one he led on his 2006 praises Bley’s music with McDonald and Ghiglioni
session Consequences; the pianist is joined by alto as well as acknowledged masterpieces like 1974’s
saxophonist David Binney (with whom he co- Open, To Love (solo piano), he accomplishes what all
produced the album), trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire good music books should do: inspire a listener to
and acoustic bassist Matt Brewer, although Nasheet search those great recordings out and in doing so
Waits is on drums instead of Tyshawn Sorey. Saying makes Paul Bley: The Logic of Chance the ideal
that Don’t Fight The Inevitable integrates the inside and companion book to Stopping Time.
the outside is not to say that the material goes out of its
way to be accessible. An angular, cerebral, abstract For more information, visit vehiculepress.com
approach prevails on Escreet’s own compositions

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starts to suggest a kind of soft-shoe Elvin Jones, with and cohesive instrumental excursion as the rhythm
heavy but somehow muffled syncopation. Finally at section supports and joins Politzer’s explorations of
midpoint bassist Julian F. Thayer ratchets his way into these varied shades of blue while the pianist is at her
the action along with Savolainen. The latter’s playing pensively chordal best with the all-too-short “Left
on this track has the fleet, birdlike quality of an early Unsaid”. Special mention goes to “Sing”, whose breezy
Chick Corea. perky rhythms are presented with and without voices
Thayer opens Part VI with some intermittent in two separate versions.
honks on sax from Scott Robinson - and some shaken Blue in Blue’s strength lies in Politzer’s obvious
bells. This one has an African feel to it, haunting, emotional attachment to these original compositions
Norwegian Invention mysterious, with a heavy beat that breaks quickly after and her ability to share this depth with her bandmates
Julian F. Thayer/Jarmo Savolainen/ two minutes and gives way to the soprano sax solo that on this very personal material.
Scott Robinson/Klaus Suonsaari (KSJazz) starts Part VII, on which Thayer booms out on banjo.
by Gordon Marshall Savolainen takes this as a cue to pluck the inside For more information, visit myspace.com/piloorecords.
strings of the piano as Robinson develops his Politzer is at Smalls Dec. 17th. See Calendar.
Norwegian Invention takes some patience. An eight- scattershot motif.
part suite lasting an hour, it really picks up pace The final Part VIII is the most exciting of the lot.
midway in Part III or 20 minutes in, when what started
as a dry, tempoless abstract weave segues into a bass-
What’s more, it concludes the suite (recorded as one
continuous performance with intentional pauses
ON DVD
propelled pedal point supporting a sonic adventure. included) with impeccable logic. The rhythm section
Such a strategy, involving a slow start and a surprise, interlocks like pieces of a wooden jigsaw puzzle and
has become a (good, I think) trend in recent jazz. three minutes in Robinson cuts into the mesh with
Deferred gratification, if you like, it makes for more driven, midtempo sheets of sound: seemingly random
cohesion and conceptually satisfying wholes. but highly considered recombinations of offbeat
Part IV brings another slow-down. It is a lyrical arpeggios. However overstated this may seem, this
piece, tinged with humor and the blues. It is pleasant conclusion gives us an idea of what it might have been
in itself and also more energy to come can be expected. like to hear Cecil Taylor, Max Roach, John Coltrane
Still, the mellow mood is seductive and the track and Charlie Haden play a dream date.
settles into a slow swinging dance tempo. Jarmo
Savolainen (who died in June 2009 and to whom the For more information, visit ksjazz.com. Robinson and Solos: The Jazz Sessions
Andrew Hill (MVD)
disc is dedicated) holds down the fort, like a Suonsaari are at Brooklyn Lyceum Dec. 8th. See Calendar.
by Ken Dryden
melancholy cocktail pianist no longer to be ignored,
ready to bare his true soul to the gathered patrons. This remarkable date features Andrew Hill
Klaus Suonsaari’s drums open Part V. He performing in Toronto’s Berkeley Church, filmed in
manages to blur the line between swing and HD video for broadcast by Bravo! Canada, circa
abstraction, with rubato sweeps of the snare giving 2004, just a few years prior to the pianist’s death
way to staccato pokes. As he builds tension, he even from cancer in 2007. Producer Daniel K. Berman
utilizes imaginative multiple camera angles,
dramatic lighting, superb audio and video, along
with creative editing (sometimes superimposing
different views) to interpret Hill’s intriguing
performances. Although Hill makes a few brief
Blue in Blue
comments to the camera at times, there is no
Kerry Politzer Quartet (Piloo)
by Elliott Simon audience, aside from the discreet, unseen
production staff.
An emotive piano tugs at your heartstrings while Hill made his mark in the ‘60s as a forward-
making you feel all warm and fuzzy at the same time. thinking composer/pianist who stretched the
Blend that into the context of a rhythm section not perceived boundaries of jazz without losing sight of
afraid to take chances and you have the depth needed melody, bridging the worlds of bop and avant garde
to do justice to these beautifully rendered artistic jazz. Throughout his four selections (three of which
compositions from pianist Kerry Politzer. Politzer’s he evidently never recorded for CD), Hill appears to
fifth offering is a solid return to this jazzwoman’s roots be reading his sheet music, yet each song sounds
and showcases her instrumental leadership and simultaneously improvised and fully composed.
compositional depth in the context of this superb There isn’t a lot of variety in tempo and overall
rhythm section. feeling between the four songs, though that isn’t
Although pianist Bill Evans’ influence can be really a problem, as the pianist seems to be more
heard on many of these intellectual and introspective interested in establishing a mood and building upon
pieces, these Blue in Blue shades are not the kind of it, rather than playing entertainer to a television
blue that necessarily instantly bring him to mind. This audience of the future. “East 19th Street” is a
is due in no small measure to Donny McCaslin, who brooding, ruminative work with a very
turns the trio into a quartet and contrasts with introspective flavor, its often-sparse essence adding
Politzer’s warm chords and precise delicate lines on to its dramatic air. “Bent Forward” has a definite
both tenor and soprano saxophone. McCaslin’s tonal Thelonious Monk influence with its choppy theme,
mastery and inventive soloing allow his sprightly though resemblance ends there, as Hill casts an
soprano to soar through the quickly “Shifting Clouds” ominous air while occasionally working in a Latin
elegantly portrayed by Politzer’s deft runs. He rhythm. “Unsmooth” is a jagged, dissonant work
likewise contributes both emotions to “Desolation or that has some brief flashes of pop-like snippets. An
Hope”, adds the right amount of breezy Latin lilt to earlier solo piano version of “Tough Love”
“Brazilian Accents” and sparks up what would appeared on Hill’s 2000 Palmetto CD Dusk, yet this
otherwise be a stark “November” day. later effort has a more melancholy air to it.
It is however as a piano trio that Politzer’s Likely one of the few (if not only) times that
elegance is best experienced and also where she really Andrew Hill performed on television, this
gels with bassist Paul Beaudry and drummer George rewarding solo piano session serves as a moving
Colligan (himself usually a pianist). “Early Spring coda to his brilliant career.
Chill” has its frosty yet pretty melody warmed up by
Beaudry’s gorgeous extended solo before he For more information, visit mvdb2b.com. A Hill tribute
aggressively leads the way through what becomes a by Ron Horton and Tim Horner is at Littlefield Dec.
Latin-tinged “Washington Park”, courtesy of 15th. See Calendar.
Colligan’s rhythms. The title cut is a contemplative

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BOXED SET symbolize the Chicago-New York connection bred in
the lofts of Brooklyn and lower Manhattan from the
current unit Zooid), the Sextett was his most
consistent expressive vehicle. In addition to three
mid ‘70s through the early ‘80s. The trio’s work was still-in-print LPs recorded for the About Time label,
well-represented on disc with recordings for Why the Sextett cut a like number of significant discs for
Not, India Navigation, Nessa, Black Saint, Antilles Novus between 1986-88. Mostly centered around the
and Novus, the latter being the focus of the first two strings of Hopkins and cellist Deidre Murray and
discs of this set. While disassembling the power-trio twin drummers Reggie Nicholson and Pheeroan
mode into explorations of space and ‘play’ is akLaff (or Newman Taylor Baker), the leader’s reeds
certainly a major textural/aesthetic point in the were augmented by trumpet and trombone and in
music of Air, that relationship isn’t only sonic. this sense, the Sextett was a lead-in to his later brass-
Threadgill’s work has always played with words directed writing. In reality, the group consisted of
and their meaning, even if sung/spoken parts aren’t seven musicians, though the drummers tended to act
The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings included in the music per se. Open Air Suit, which as one organism. You Know the Number seems to pick
Henry Threadgill (Novus/Columbia - Mosaic) comprises disc one, begins with “Card Two: The Jick up where Air leaves off and while displaying poise
by Clifford Allen or Mandrill’s Cosmic Ass”, Threadgill’s gutsy tenor less attributable to postwar academic composition
working through choppy, almost baroque rhythms than a thinner abstraction on Ellingtonia, things get
2010 might be the year in which reedman- rather than plowing ahead, yet retaining a clear positively jaunty on “Theme for Thomas Cole”.
composer Henry Threadgill returns to the greater bluesy lineage. The title track builds from spare, While certainly all of Threadgill’s music is written
jazz consciousness, on the heels of new recordings alto-keyed chatter to a bucking and yawing, for specific participants, the writing on this
for the Pi label and reissues of his discs for Black resoundingly physical beast, Hopkins’ maddeningly particular piece shows a clear understanding of
Saint, Novus and Columbia. This is an important liquid pizzicato and McCall’s dry insistence interdependent components while retaining the
notion, as the current creative-composition merging around popping alto flutter. Montreux burnished personality of each individual. Frank
environment contains more than a few nods to Suisse Air is a remarkable live date from the summer Lacy’s trombone slices yet holds true as Rasul
Threadgill’s oeuvre. While musically an outgrowth of 1978; on “Let’s All Go Down to the Footwash”, Siddik’s trumpet natters across volatile, boxed
of the AACM, Threadgill’s art subscribes to different Threadgill’s unfettered alto bubbles over furious waves, an agitated ebullience. While the ‘80s are
textural principles and has grown ever more arco and McCall’s waves of fine, pulsing often considered - especially in American jazz - the
rigorous in its attention to structural detail and particularities. Following the laconic, syrupy blues dark years of musical conservatism, the jubilant
sweeping gesture. Like Anthony Braxton before him, of “Abra”, Air launch into the improvisation “Suisse power and wry complexity of Henry Threadgill’s
Threadgill’s major label recordings have now Air”, featuring Threadgill’s hubkaphone, a music and the sway which it holds are testimony to
received the Mosaic treatment, spanning eight discs percussion instrument built from hubcaps. the fact that, then as now, many ears remain open.
that cover the years 1978-96 and a number of Though Threadgill worked in other contexts
different ensemble configurations. throughout the periods covered by this set, such as For more information, visit mosaicrecords.com.
Threadgill’s name is usually synonymous with the string, reeds and voice ensemble X-75 (here Threadgill is in conversation with Brent Hayes Edwards
Air, a cooperative trio also consisting of bassist Fred augmented with nearly an album’s worth of extra at 301 Philosophy Hall, Columbia University Dec. 1st.
Hopkins and drummer Steve McCall that seemed to material) and Make a Move (a direct precedent to his Visit jazz.columbia.edu.

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(INTERVIEW CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6) to hire musicians who had a broad scope on the music
and on all music, period. I like to think that even
jazz festival. She would often feature her trio before though the musicians have changed since the first
she came on and I was onstage with them. We got into recording, with the exception of [vibraphonist] Steve
this instrumental feature and I looked up into the Nelson who’s been in the band all these years, almost
wings and there was Oscar Peterson, kind of with his 25 years, our perspective is an expansive view of what
arms folded and listening. And I’ll tell you I couldn’t music is and what jazz is. K
play another note after that.
For more information, visit maxjazz.com/miller. Miller and
AAJ-NY: Besides Oscar Peterson, were there other Wingspan are at Dizzy’s Club Dec. 1st-5th. Miller is also at
musicians you looked up to? Smoke Dec. 10th-11th with the Golden Striker Trio of Ron
Carter and Russell Malone. See Calendar.
MM: There were guys like Ahmad Jamal, whom I still
admire and love, and Bud Powell. And then there were Recommended Listening:
horn players like Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown and • Woody Shaw - Lotus Flower (Enja, 1982)
Miles Davis. Certainly Charlie Parker. • Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - New Year’s Eve
at Sweet Basil (ProJazz-Evidence, 1985)
AAJ-NY: You’ve played over the years with so many • Tony Williams - Mosaic Select 24
top groups and sometimes for quite a run. Art Blakey, (Blue Note-Mosaic, 1985-91)
Tony Williams, Woody Shaw come to mind, though • Mulgrew Miller - Wingspan (Landmark, 1986)
there were several others. What did you learn from • Mulgrew Miller - With Our Own Eyes
any of these leaders that proved useful to you? (Novus, 1993-94)
• Mulgrew Miller - Live at the Kennedy Center,
MM: Most of them didn’t assertively teach you Vol. 1 & 2 (MAXJAZZ, 2002)
anything, they didn’t talk much about what they
wanted you to learn. Art and Tony certainly didn’t.
And neither did Woody Shaw. You just learned a lot
from just being around them. (LABEL CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12)
But one thing I learned from every leader I had is
how the music should be presented. I think that’s an Pacific Northwest. “Early on, Origin was more
important lesson for musicians to learn. Especially if Northwest-centric,” Bishop explains. “But we all know
you’re going to become a leader yourself. Generally people from other regions and it didn’t take long to
speaking, unless you have had that experience, the expand all over the country.”
tendency is sometimes to get on the bandstand and Bishop doesn’t buy into the notion that a jazz
kind of have a shabby presentation of the music as if improviser has to have a New York address in order to
it’s a jam session or something. But with Blakey and be legitimate. “One of the things we’ve tried to push at
those guys, music was always rehearsed and arranged. Origin is local jazz, whether it was local jazz from
So have the presentation a little bit neat. Not that it has Chicago, local jazz from Denver or local jazz from San
to be overorganized, but you do want some Francisco,” Bishop emphasizes. “There’s been an
organization. illusion in jazz that if it isn’t made in New York, it
doesn’t count. That’s part of the illusion of New York:
AAJ-NY: What’s the idea behind your own group, the we want magical things to happen in New York and
sextet Wingspan? we want magical things to happen in jazz. That’s the
illusion: go to New York and if you can make it there,
MM: I made a record called Wingspan and the title you must be the shit. But I miss the old days of local
song had a kind of beboppish melody that would jazz, when you had people talking up New Orleans,
remind one of Charlie Parker. Actually the opening Kansas City, Chicago, Minneapolis and San Francisco.
line of the song is a very Parker-ish type of line. So the In the old days, you always had a local newspaper guy
song was a kind of tribute to him and his legacy and all or a local radio guy in every town who was a
that... I thought that would be a good name for a cheerleader for their place - and I think we’ve lost that
group. I guess initially you could say that it was a in jazz. It would be nice to really build up those local
tribute to Charlie Parker but in the years since it was jazz communities again. I think that’s the only thing
formed I’d say the meaning of the name of the band that’s going to save jazz in the long run: having local
has been enlarged - in terms of flying, you know jazz communities.”
“wings”, and a certain kind of freedom. It was Origin’s releases have not only been applauded
originally intended to be a jazz group. But my idea was for how they sound, but also, for how they look. Locke
says: “The first thing that struck me about the Origin
label was the great aesthetic of their CD designs. I’ve
TED ROSENTHAL TRIO
Ted Rosenthal - piano, Noriko Ueda - bass, Quincy Davis - drums always thought that high-quality music that is artistic
"Impromptu" CD release event and creative should be packaged in a way that reflects
December 3rd & 4th that. Origin definitely brings that to the table.”
Kitano Hotel - 38th St. & Park Ave. Bishop points out that many of the great indie jazz
www.kitano.com labels of the past were known for attractive art work as
well as for exciting music - and with the Origin, OA2
Jazz at Dicapo - 3rd season and Origin Classical labels, the company has set out to
Ted Rosenthal - Artistic Director
build a catalogue that is both aurally and visually
Sunday December 5th at 11 am pleasing. “Being a musician myself, I want the same
A JAZZ HOLIDAY FOR KIDS feeling I always got when I walked into a record store
Ted Rosenthal - piano, Martin Wind - bass, Quincy Davis - drums,
Holli Ross - vocals, Mark Ettinger and Stephen Bent and found a new record that had a cover I liked,”
of The Flying Karamazov Brothers Bishop notes. “That’s what I want from this label: a
Friday December 10th at 8 pm collection of records that look good and are records
A JAZZ HOLIDAY that I would want to listen to myself.” K
Ted Rosenthal - piano, Martin Wind - bass, Quincy Davis - drums,
Houston Person - sax, Joel Frahm - sax For more information, visit origin-records.com. Artists
performing this month include Roy Assaf at Smalls Dec. 9th
Dicapo Opera Theatre with Michael Dease; Tim Green at Miles’ Café Dec. 15th
184 East 76th St NYC 212-288-9438
www.dicapo.com Tickets - $25; $10 Students with Soren Moller and Glenn White at Zinc Bar Dec. 15th.
www.smarttix.com See Calendar.

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along with a short bonus DVD. Ruffins is at BAMCafé Dec. 3rd-4th with Red Hot +
New Orleans. Wilson’s Tree-O is at The Kitano Dec.
$84.98, storyvillerecords.com 9th, Barbès Dec. 22nd and Cornelia Street Café Dec.
23rd. See Calendar.

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CALENDAR

Wednesday, December 1 • Red Hot + New Orleans: Davell Crawford


BAMCafé 10 pm
• Tango Meets Jazz Festival: Pablo Ziegler Quartet with Claudio Ragazzi,
Hector Del Curto, Pedro Giraudo and guest Regina Carter
ÌFrank Wess Quintet with Kenny Barron, Roni Ben-Hur, Santi Debriano, Victor Lewis • Rochelle Thompson Lenox Lounge 9, 10:30 pm 12 am $20 Jazz Standard 7:30, 9:30 pm $30
Birdland 8:30, 11 pm $30 • Strike Anywhere Ensemble: Donna Bouthillier, Rob Henke, Michel Gentile, ÌMulgrew Miller and Wingspan with Steve Nelson, Duane Eubanks, Ivan Taylor,
ÌMulgrew Miller and Wingspan with Steve Nelson, Duane Eubanks, Ivan Taylor, Nolan Kennedy, Damen Scranton, Rolf Sturm, Leese Walker Rodney Green Dizzy’s Club 7:30, 9:30 pm $30
Rodney Green Dizzy’s Club 7:30, 9:30 pm $30 Brecht Forum 8 pm $10 • John Scofield and Robben Ford Blue Note 8, 10:30 pm $35
• Dezron Douglas Trio Dizzy’s Club 11 pm $10 • Jazzheads Holiday party: Chris Washburne, Ole Mathisen, Randy Klein ÌFred Hersch solo Village Vanguard 9, 11 pm $30
• John Scofield and Robben Ford Blue Note 8, 10:30 pm $35 Klavierhaus 7:30 pm $15 ÌPrester John; Lorin Benedict, Jen Shyu, Ches Smith; Michael Thieke solo
• Peter Bernstein Quartet with Mike LeDonne, John Webber, Joe Farnsworth ÌCracked Vessel: Ben Syversen, Xander Naylor, Jeremy Gustin Downtown Music Gallery 6 pm
Jazz Standard 7:30, 9:30 pm $20 Café Orwell 9 pm ÌMatt Haimovitz solo Rubin Museum 6 pm
ÌFred Hersch solo Village Vanguard 9, 11 pm $30 • Marsha Heydt and the Project of Love with Norman Pors, Trifon Dimitrov, • Saint Peter’s Quartet + Voices with Rob Mosher
• Miguel Zénon Quartet Jazz Gallery 9, 10:30 pm $20 Rossen Nedelchev, Renato Thoms; Carlos Cuevas Trio with Alex Hernandez, Saint Peter’s 5 pm
ÌAnthony Coleman/Shelley Hirsch University of the Streets 9 pm $10 Vince Cherico Miles’ Café 7:30, 9:30 pm $10 • Tony Moreno NYU Ensemble Blue Note 12:30, 2:30 pm $24.50
• Brad Shepik Quartet with Tom Beckham, Jorge Roeder, Mark Guiliana • Matt Haimovitz solo Apple Store Upper West Side 7 pm • Ted Rosenthal’s Jazz Holiday for Kids with Martin Wind, Quincy Davis, Holli Ross
Cornelia Street Café 8:30 pm $10 • Evan Schwam Quartet Cleopatra’s Needle 8 pm Dicapo Opera Theatre 11 am $25
• Marina Rosenfeld; Raz Mesinai The Stone 8, 10 pm $10 • Nicole Zuraitis Group Shrine 9 pm • Alicia Svigals Trio Flushing Town Hall 2 pm $16
• Allison Miller’s Honey Ear Trio with Erik Lawrence, Rene Hart • Tango Meets Jazz Festival: Pablo Ziegler Quartet with Claudio Ragazzi, • Roz Corral Trio with Dave Stryker, Paul Gill
Barbès 8 pm $10 Hector Del Curto, Pedro Giraudo and guest Prometheus Jenkins North Square Lounge 12:30, 2 pm
• Jon Davis solo; Andrew Beals Group with Rick Germanson, Dwayne Burno, Jazz Standard 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 pm $30 • John Colianni Quintet; David Coss and Trio; Maurício de Souza Trio with Carl Viggiani,
Joe Strasser; Jeremy Manasia Trio with Jason Brown, Joe Lepore ÌJoanne Brackeen/Cecil McBee Knickerbocker Bar and Grill 9:45 pm $5 Debbie Kennedy The Garage 12, 7, 11:30 pm
Smalls 7:30, 9:30 pm 12:30 am $20 ÌFrank Wess Quintet with Kenny Barron, Roni Ben-Hur, Santi Debriano, Victor Lewis
• Nancy Marano Quartet with John Di Martino, Steve LaSpina, Joel Frahm Birdland 8:30, 11 pm $30 Monday, December 6
The Kitano 8, 10 pm ÌMulgrew Miller and Wingspan with Steve Nelson, Duane Eubanks, Ivan Taylor,
ÌGrupo Los Santos Brooklyn Lyceum 8, 9:30 pm $10 Rodney Green Dizzy’s Club 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 pm $35 • NYU Jazz Big Band with guest Joe Lovano
• Maynard Ferguson Tribute: Ryan Resky, Chris Donahue, Dan Voss, Sam Dillon, • Dezron Douglas Trio Dizzy’s Club 12:45 am $20 Dizzy’s Club 7:30, 9:30 pm $20
Matt Townsend, Gary Pickard, Mike Rubenstein, John Brierly, Joe Boardman, ÌMingus Big Band Jazz Standard 7:30, 9:30 pm $25
Damien Pacheco, Steve Barbieri, Ed Leone, Frank Hall, Justin Comito,
• John Scofield and Robben Ford Blue Note 8, 10:30 pm $35 • Landmarc: Marc Mommaas, Tony Moreno, Nate Radley, Vic Juris
Vinny Loccosani, Gregg Rai, Lou Dura, Ian Patillo; Diego Barber
• Electric Safari: Francisco Mela, David Gilmore, Jowee Omicil, Kona Khasu The Stone 8 pm $10
Blue Note 12:30 am $10 ÌTim Berne/Ches Smith; Bizingas: Brian Drye, Kirk Knuffke, Jonathan Goldberger,
Miles’ Café 7:30, 9:30 pm $10 ÌFred Hersch solo Village Vanguard 9, 11 pm $35
• Eric Wyatt Quartet; Dario Boente’s Proyecto Sur • Nick Moran Trio; Kevin Dorn and the Big 72 Ches Smith; Jacob Sacks Saloon Band with Eivind Opsvik, Mike McGinnis,
Zinc Bar 7:30, 9:30, 11 pm 1 am The Garage 6:15, 10:45 pm Dan Cords, Vinnie Sperrazza, Geoff Kraly
• Dalton Ridenhour Quartet with John Ritchie, Dan Loomis, Jared Schonig Zebulon 8:30 pm
ÌSara Serpa with Andre Matos, Ben Street, Adam Cruz; William Hooker with
• Yuko Yamamura Trio
Caffe Vivaldi 9:30 pm
Flute Bar Gramercy 8 pm
Saturday, December 4 Chris DiMeglio, Dave Ross, Adam Lane; James Ilgenfritz with Nate Wooley, Josh Sinton,
• Aki Yamamoto Trio Flute Bar 8 pm ÌEddie Palmieri Octet 92nd Street Y 8 pm $25-70 Chris Welcome, Jeff Davis The Local 269 7 pm $10
• Noriko Tomikawa Trio Tomi Jazz 9:30 pm $10 ÌThe Group (Redone) Marion Brown Tribute with Ahmed Abdullah, Billy Bang, • David Amram and Co. with Kevin Twigg, John de Witt, Adam Amram
• Jonathan Batiste Jazz Museum in Harlem 7 pm Andrew Cyrille, Bob Stewart, DD Jackson Cornelia Street Café 8:30 pm $10
• Mark Devine Trio The Garage 6 pm Sistas’ Place 9, 10:30 pm $20 ÌLenore Raphael/Mike Longo Steinway Hall 7 pm
• Kenji Yoshitake; Willerm Delisfort Shrine 6, 7 pm ÌOren Ambarchi, Keith Rowe, Crys Cole; Loren Connors • Louise Dam Eckardt Jensen with Dan Peck, Tom Blancarte, Brandon Seabrook,
• Sherrie Maricle, Jennifer Leitham, John Colianni Littlefield 8 pm $15 Weasel Walter University of the Streets 10 pm $10
Saint Peter’s 1 pm $7 ÌPeter Evans solo; Mark Dresser/Raz Mesinai Duo • Avi Rothbard; Ari Hoenig Group; Spencer Murphy
The Stone 8, 10 pm $10 Smalls 7:30, 9:30 pm 12 am $20
Thursday, December 2 ÌJim Staley with Kyoko Kitamura, Ikue Mori, Nate Wooley
Roulette 8:30 pm $15
ÌAmanda Monaco Holiday Trio with Michael Attias, Sean Conly
Tomi Jazz 9:30 pm $10
ÌMuhal Richard Abrams 80th Birthday Celebration with Adam Rudolph, Tom Hamilton, ÌWeasel Walter/John Blum; Anicha: Jean Rohe, Mariel Berger, Mark Small, • Red Light Growler; Mike Gamble’s Second Wind
Jay Clayton, Marty Ehrlich, Brad Jones Sebastian Noelle University of the Streets 8, 10 pm $10 Bar 4 7, 9 pm $5
Roulette 8 pm $15 • Kenny Wessel Trio with Matt Pavolka, Russ Meisner • Greg Wall’s Later Prophets with Shai Bachar, David Richards, Aaron Alexander
• Tango Meets Jazz Festival: Pablo Ziegler Quartet with Claudio Ragazzi, Bar Next Door 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 pm $12 Sixth Street Synagogue 8:30 pm $10
Hector Del Curto, Pedro Giraudo and guest Prometheus Jenkins • Joel Harrison’s Singularity with Zach Brock, Donny McCaslin, Dana Leong, • Joshua Shneider Easy-Bake Orchestra
Jazz Standard 7:30, 9:30 pm $30 Gary Versace, Stephan Crump, Clarence Penn Tea Lounge 9, 10:30 pm
ÌTim Berne and Los Totopos with Oscar Noriega, Matt Mitchell, Ches Smith Cornelia Street Café 9, 10:30 pm $10 • Elizabeth! with Miles Okazaki The Castello Plan 8 pm
Jazz Gallery 9, 10:30 pm $15 ÌKirk Knuffke/Brian Drye; Terrence McManus solo • Sian Pottok with Adam Stoler, Fima Ephron, Brahim Fribgane
• Ikue Mori; itsnotyouitsme: Grey McMurray, Caleb Burhans, Theo Bleckmann, Prospect Series 8, 9 pm $10 55Bar 7 pm
Skúli Sverrisson The Stone 8, 10 pm $10 • Dan Blake/Leo Genovese Quartet with Dmitry Ishenko, Mike Johnson; Jeremy Udden, • The Magic Trio: Chris McNulty, Paul Bollenback, Andrei Kondokov
ÌJoanne Brackeen/Cecil McBee Knickerbocker Bar and Grill 9:45 pm $5 Ben Monder, Ziv Ravitz Douglass Street Music Collective 8 pm $10 Bar Next Door 8:30, 10:30 pm $12
• Larry Ham solo; Kendrick Scott’s Oracle with John Ellis, Taylor Eigsti, Mike Moreno, ÌPete Malinverni, Michael Kanan, Tardo Hammer, Larry Ham with Lee Hudson, • Joni Paladin Zinc Bar 7 pm $7
Joe Sanders; Carlos Abadie Quintet with Jonathan Lefcoski, Luca Santaniello, Eliot Zigmund Sofia’s 7 pm • New School Presents: Yacine Boularès Quintet with Philip Dizack, Can Olgun,
Joe Sucato, Jason Stewart Smalls 7:30, 9:30 pm 12 am $20 • Red Hot + New Orleans: Big Sam Williams’Funky Nation Alexis Cuadrado, Arthur Hnatek; (U)nity: Amaury Acosta, Axel Tosca Laugart,
ÌAlexis Cuadrado Trio with Donny McCaslin, Jason Lindner BAMCafé 10 pm Maxwell Cudworth, Micheal Valeanu, Chris Smith and guests Pedrito Martinez,
Bar Next Door 8:30, 10:30 pm $12 ÌMonk in Motion: The Next Face of Jazz: Cécile McLorin Salvant Mike Rodriguez, Lucas Pino Fat Cat 8:30, 10:30 pm
• Rodriguez Brothers Zinc Bar 8, 9:30, 11 pm Tribeca Performing Arts Center 7 pm $25 • Howard Williams Jazz Orchestra; Ben Cliness Trio
• Stevie Wonder Tribute: Bill Warfield and the New York Jazz Repertory Orchestra with • Randy Johnston Trio Puppet’s Jazz Bar 9 pm $12 The Garage 7, 10:30 pm
Bob Millikan, Danny Cahn, Joe Mosello, John Owens, Tim Sessions, Sam Burtis, • Mel Davis Lenox Lounge 9, 10:30 pm 12 am $20
Mark Phaneuf, Dave Riekenberg, Dave Richards, Ed Xiques, Vic Juris, Tim Harrison, • Parias Ensemble: Daniel Reyes Llinas, Adrian Mira, James Ilgenfritz, Luis Ianes,
Gene Perla, Scott Neumann Iridium 8:30, 10:30 pm $25 John O’Brian, Mariel Roberts I-Beam 8:30 pm $10
• Tony Jefferson Quartet with Bennett Paster, Paul Beaudry, Jerome Jennings • Claude Diallo Situation with Luques Curtis, Massimo Buonanno; Roscopaje:
The Kitano 8, 10 pm Scott DuBois, Robin Verheyen, Pascal Niggenkemper, Jeff Davis; Ori Dakari
• Scott Lee Group with Billy Drewes, Gary Versace, Jeff Hirshfield Miles’ Café 5:30, 7:30, 9:30 pm $10
Cornelia Street Café 8:30 pm $10 • Mayu Seiki Trio Tomi Jazz 9:30 pm $10
• Devin Gray Trio with Kris Davis, Chris Speed • Dale Kleps Quartet Cleopatra’s Needle 8 pm
Tea Lounge 9, 10:30 pm • NOOK Rockwood Music Hall 1 am
• Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica with Geni Skendo, Noriko Terada, Jason Davis; • Hayes Greenfield Group with Dean Johnson, Adam Nussbaum, Roger Rosenberg;
Mika Hary Group with Nir Felder, Shai Maestro, Sam Minaie, Ziv Ravitz Tim Ries Group with Chris Potter, Kalman Olah, John Patitucci, Billy Drummond;
Caffe Vivaldi 7, 9:30 pm Stacy Dillard Trio with Diallo House, Ismail Lawal
• Marc McDonald Quartet with Adam Asarnow, Karl Spicer, Gene Lewin; Smalls 7:30, 10:30 pm 1 am $20
Pablo Masis with Alex Terrier, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Sam Harris, Linda Oh, ÌTerell Stafford Quintet with Tim Warfield
Christian Coleman Miles’ Café 7:30, 9:30 pm $10 Smoke 8, 10, 11:30 pm $30
• Jo-Yu Chen Trio Tomi Jazz 9:30 pm $10 ÌAmbrose Akinmusire Jazz Gallery 9, 10:30 pm $20
• Beaumont: John Beaty, Joe Beaty, Aki Ishiguro, Kevin Smith, Tomo Kanno ÌTed Rosenthal Trio with Noriko Ueda, Quincy Davis
Solo Kitchen Bar 9 pm The Kitano 8, 10 pm $25
• Jong-hun Song Tutuma Social Club 10:30 pm • Tango Meets Jazz Festival: Pablo Ziegler Quartet with Claudio Ragazzi,
• Field Vision: Anna Webber, Can Olgun, Desmond White, Martin Kruemmling Hector Del Curto, Pedro Giraudo and guest Regina Carter
Gershwin Hotel 8 pm $10 Jazz Standard 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 pm $30
• Lonnie Gasparini Trio Cleopatra’s Needle 7 pm ÌFrank Wess Quintet with Kenny Barron, Roni Ben-Hur, Santi Debriano, Victor Lewis
ÌMicroscopic Septet: Phillip Johnston, Joel Forrester, Don Davis, Mike Hashim, Birdland 8:30, 11 pm $30
Dave Sewelson, David Hofstra, Richard Dworkin ÌMulgrew Miller and Wingspan with Steve Nelson, Duane Eubanks, Ivan Taylor,
Birdland 6 pm $20 Rodney Green Dizzy’s Club 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 pm $35
ÌFrank Wess Quintet with Kenny Barron, Roni Ben-Hur, Santi Debriano, Victor Lewis • Dezron Douglas Trio Dizzy’s Club 12:45 am $20
Birdland 8:30, 11 pm $30 • John Scofield and Robben Ford Blue Note 8, 10:30 pm $35
ÌMulgrew Miller and Wingspan with Steve Nelson, Duane Eubanks, Ivan Taylor, ÌBurnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber Blue Note 12:30 am $15
Rodney Green Dizzy’s Club 7:30, 9:30 pm $30 ÌFred Hersch solo Village Vanguard 9, 11 pm $35
• Dezron Douglas Trio Dizzy’s Club 11 pm $10 • Nick Di Maria Shrine 6 pm
• John Scofield and Robben Ford Blue Note 8, 10:30 pm $35 • Larry Newcomb Trio; Evgeny Lebedev; Virginia Mayhew Quartet
ÌFred Hersch solo Village Vanguard 9, 11 pm $30 The Garage 12, 6:15, 10:45 pm
• Harlem Speaks: Mike LeDonne Jazz Museum in Harlem 6:30 pm
• Ryan Anselmi Quartet; Alex Stein/Matt Brown Group Sunday, December 5
The Garage 6, 10:30 pm
• Teriver Cheung; Meinhart/Momoi Quartet • The Music of Bob Dylan and The Band: Steven Bernstein, Larry Campbell,
Shrine 6, 7 pm John Medeski, Rob Burger, Tony Scherr, Kenny Wollesen and guests Jolie Holland,
Wesley Harding, Laura Cantrell, Nicole Atkins, Matt Friedberger
Friday, December 3 Le Poisson Rouge 8:30 pm $35
ÌMarcus Strickland Quartet with David Bryant, Ben Williams, Justin Falkner
ÌTerell Stafford Quintet with Tim Warfield Jazz Gallery 9, 10:30 pm $20
Smoke 8, 10, 11:30 pm $30 ÌJoel Forrester solo Gershwin Hotel 7 pm $10
ÌAmbrose Akinmusire Jazz Gallery 9, 10:30 pm $20 ÌNate Wooley, Reuben Radding, Harris Eisenstadt meet Sam Kulik, Adam Caine,
• José James and guests Littlefield 8 pm $10 James Ilgenfritz University of the Streets 8 pm $10
ÌTed Rosenthal Trio with Noriko Ueda, Quincy Davis • Jennifer Choi, Ikue Mori, Marco Cappelli
The Kitano 8, 10 pm $25 Roulette 8:30 pm $15
• Don Braden Trio with Joe Cohn Piano Due 8:30 pm • Tribute to Ruth Bisbane with Fred Staton, Art Baron, Zeke Mullins,
ÌAndy Laster’s Yiash with Curtis Hasselbring, Erik Friedlander, Kermit Driscoll and Michael Max Fleming, Buddy Henry
Recent Music for Strings with Erik Friedlander, Stephanie Griffin, Jennifer Choi Cobi’s Place 7:30 pm $25
Roulette 8:30 pm $15 ÌGato Loco Bowery Poetry Club 9 pm $8
• Gerald Cleaver Group with Jean Carla Rodea, Andrew Bishop, Dave Ballou, • Peter Leitch/Ugonna Okegwo Walker’s 8 pm
Chris Lightcap Cornelia Street Café 9, 10:30 pm $10 • Russ Flynn Large Ensemble Brooklyn Lyceum 9, 10:30 pm $10
• Arturo O’Farrill Quartet Puppet’s Jazz Bar 9 pm $12 • Spike Wilner Trio Smalls 10 pm $20
ÌKen Thomson’s Slow/Fast with Russ Johnson, Nir Felder, Adam Armstrong, • Willerm Delisfort Project; Martin Loyato Quartet with Eriko Nagai, Ben Brewer,
Fred Kennedy First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn 8 pm Jim Mansfield; George Petit 5 with Mark Small, Jeremy Beck, Phil Palombi,
• Particle Ensemble: Thomas Buckner, Earl Howard, Mari Kimura, JD Parran Eric Halvorson Miles’ Café 5:30, 7:30, 9:30 pm $10
Greenwich House Music School 8 pm $15 • Jon Lundbom and Big Five ChordGoodbye Blue Monday 8 pm
• Bow vs. Blow: Zentripetal: Jennifer DeVore/Lynn Bechtold; B3+: Franz Hackl, • Andy Gravish Quintet Sycamore 8 pm
John Clark, David Taylor Goethe Institut 8 pm • TriOletta!; M2Duo The Blue Owl 7 pm $10
• Shauli Einav; Tim Ries with Chris Potter, Kalman Olah, John Patitucci, Billy Drummond; • 9 Volt Circuistry Shrine 8 pm
Lawrence Leathers Smalls 7:30, 9:30 pm 12:30 am $20 • Secret Architecture: Wade Ridenhour, Julian Smith, Zach Mangan, Fraser Campbell
• Derrick Hodge Drom 8 pm $15 Caffe Vivaldi 9:30 pm
• Minerva: JP Schlegelmilch, Pascal Niggenkemper, Carlo Costa • Joel Harrison’s Singularity with Zach Brock, Donny McCaslin, Dana Leong,
I-Beam 8:30 pm $10 Gary Versace, Stephan Crump, Clarence Penn
• Sean Smith Trio with John Hart, Russell Meissner Cornelia Street Café 9, 10:30 pm $10
Rubin Museum 7 pm $20 • Drillbaby: Brad Henkel, Dustin Carlson, Sean Ali, Booker Stardrum; Pet Bottle Ningen:
• Paul Bollenback Trio with Steve LaSpina, Rogerio Boccato Nonoko Yoshida, David Scanlon, Dave Miller
Bar Next Door 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 pm $12 ABC No Rio 7 pm $5

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Tuesday, December 7 • Diane Schuur and Trio with Randy Porter, Scott Stead, Reggie Jackson
and guest Lew Tabackin Allen Room 7:30, 9:30 pm $55-65
• Curtis Macdonald Group
• Andreas Arnold Trio
Rose Live Music 10 pm
Rockwood Music Hall 12 am
ÌRoy Haynes Quartet Birdland 8:30, 11 pm $30 • Ches Smith/Raz Mesinai; Sergei Tcherepnin • Secret Architecture: Wade Ridenhour, Julian Smith, Zach Mangan, Fraser Campbell
• Arturo O’Farrill with John Patitucci, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Ivan Renta The Stone 8, 10 pm $10 Caffe Vivaldi 9:30 pm
Dizzy’s Club 7:30, 9:30 pm $30 ÌBucky Pizzarelli, Russ Kassoff, Jay Anderson • Jacob Varmus; Matt Snow The Blue Owl 7 pm $5
• Willie Martinez Y La Familia Dizzy’s Club 11 pm $10 Knickerbocker Bar and Grill 9:45 pm $5 ÌDavid Fiuczynski Group with John Medeski, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Skoota Warner,
ÌRobert Glasper Trio with Vicente Archer, Jamire Williams • Golden Striker Trio: Ron Carter, Mulgrew Miller, Russell Malone David Ginyard Iridium 8:30, 10:30 pm $25
Village Vanguard 9, 11 pm $30 Smoke 8, 10, 11:0 pm $30 • Patricia Barber with Neal Alger, Larry Kohut, Ross Pederson
ÌNiels Lan Doky Trio with Larry Grenadier, Jeff “Tain” Watts • Jazz Band Classic with guest Steve Wilson Jazz Standard 7:30, 9:30 pm $25
Jazz Standard 7:30, 9:30 pm $20 Leonard Nimoy Thalia 7:30 pm $15 • Arturo O’Farrill with John Patitucci, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Ivan Renta
• Manhattan Transfer Blue Note 8, 10:30 pm $65 • Carol Morgan’s Case Study with Mike Moreno, Helen Sung, Ike Sturm, Richie DeRosa; Dizzy’s Club 7:30, 9:30 pm $30
• Doug Acosta Orchestra Iridium 10 pm $25 Eric McPherson/Abraham Burton Group with David Bryant, Dezron Douglas; ÌRobert Glasper Trio with Vicente Archer, Jamire Williams
• Frank Perowski and the Cats and Jammers Eric Wyatt Group Smalls 7:30, 9:30 pm 12:30 am $20 Village Vanguard 9, 11 pm $30
NYC Baha’i Center 8, 9:30 pm $15 • Matt Stevens Trio with Ben Williams, Eric Doob • Manhattan Transfer Blue Note 8, 10:30 pm $65
• Ehud Asherie solo The Kitano 8, 10 pm Bar Next Door 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 pm $12 • Ben Gerstein/Garth Stevenson Downtown Music Gallery 6 pm
ÌDoug Wieselman solo; Trio S: Doug Wielselman, Jane Scarpantoni, Kenny Wollesen • Latin-Jazz Coalition Big Band led by Demetrios Kastaris with guest Steve Turre; • Melissa Stylianou Quartet; Carol Morgan Quintet with Helen Sung, Mike Moreno
The Stone 8, 10 pm $10 Theofilos Katechis/Yiannis Economides; Kathari’s Gospel Salsa Saint Peter’s 5, 7 pm
• Theo Bleckmann/Ben Monder Cornelia Street Café 8:30 pm $10 Flushing Town Hall 8 pm $15 • Jennifer Leitham Trio Blue Note 12:30, 2:30 pm $24.50
• Jack Jeffers’New York Classics Zinc Bar 9:30, 11 pm 1 am • Johnny O’Neal Trio Lenox Lounge 9, 10:30 pm 12 am $20 • Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi City Winery 10 am $10
Ì5 for Marion: Randy Borra, Marcus Cummins, Sam Kulik, Gene Janas, Federico Ughi; ÌTed Rosenthal’s Jazz Holiday with Martin Wind, Quincy Davis and guests • Roz Corral Trio with Roni Ben-Hur, Santi Debriano
Cracked Vessel: Ben Syversen, Xander Naylor, Jeremy Gustin Houston Person, Joel Frahm Dicapo Opera Theatre 8 pm $25 North Square Lounge 12:30, 2 pm
University of the Streets 8, 10 pm $10 • Joe Cohn Quartet Piano Due 8:30 pm • Lou Caputo Quartet; David Coss and Trio; Dylan Meek Trio
• Chris Cheek Band The Fifth Estate 10 pm • Deanna Witkowski Trio Tomi Jazz 9:30 pm $10 The Garage 12, 7, 11:30 pm
• Tarras Band: Pete Sokolow, Michael Winograd, Ben Holmes, David Licht • Julian Waterfall Pollack with Chase Baird, Billy Buss, Nir Felder, Chris Tordini,
Sixth Street Synagogue 8:30 pm $10
• David Lopato Trio with Ratzo Harris, Tom Rainey Evan Hughes I-Beam 8:30 pm $10 Monday, December 13
Korzo 9:30, 11 pm
• Steven Husted Quartet with Eric Schugren, Lars Pottieger, Allan Mednard • Cyrus Chestnut Quartet with Stacy Dillard, Dezron Douglas, Willie Jones III
Miles’ Café 9:30 pm $10 Dizzy’s Club 7:30, 9:30 pm $20
• Arlee Leonard/Art Hirahara; Adam Kolker Trio Plus • Richard Benetar Quartet Cleopatra’s Needle 8 pm
Miles’ Café 7:30, 9:30 pm $10 ÌMingus Orchestra Jazz Standard 7:30, 9:30 pm $25
ÌDavid Fiuczynski Group with John Medeski, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Skoota Warner,
• Yaala Ballin/Pasquale Grasso; Adam Birnbaum Trio with Yasushi Nakamura, David Ginyard Iridium 8:30, 10:30 pm $25 • Les Paul Trio with guests Jane Monheit, Frank Vignola
Rodney Green; Ken Fowser/Behn Gillece Jam ÌRed Hot Holiday Stomp: Wycliffe Gordon with Aaron Diehl, Victor Goines, Niki Haris,
Iridium 8, 10 pm $35
Smalls 7:30, 9:30 pm 12 am $20 ÌEvil Eye: Johnathan Moritz, Ben Gerstein, Ken Filiano, Mike Pride; Matt Nelson
Sherman Irby, Marcus Printup, Herlin Riley, Joe Temperley, Don Vappie, Reginald Veal University of the Streets 8, 10 pm $10
ÌJack Wilkins/Bucky Pizzarelli Bella Luna 7:30 pm Rose Theater 8 pm $10-120
• Yuko Okamato Trio Tomi Jazz 9:30 pm $10 • Patricia Barber with Neal Alger, Larry Kohut, Ross Pederson • Pasquale Grasso solo; Ari Hoenig Group; Spencer Murphy
• Valery Ponomarev Big Band; Justin Lees Trio Jazz Standard 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 pm $30 Smalls 7:30, 9:30 pm 12 am $20
The Garage 7, 10:30 pm ÌRoy Haynes Quartet Birdland 8:30, 11 pm $30 • Sarah Bernstein’s Unearthish with Satoshi Takeishi; Mossa Bildner Quartet with
• Eric Plaks Band Shrine 6 pm • Arturo O’Farrill with John Patitucci, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Ivan Renta Hill Greene, Steve Swell, Daniel Levin; Roy Campbell solo; Timucin Sahin Group
Dizzy’s Club 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 pm $35 The Local 269 7 pm $10
Wednesday, December 8 • Willie Martinez Y La Familia Dizzy’s Club 12:45 am $20 • Edom: Eyal Maoz, Brian Marsella, Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz, Yuval Lion; Rashanim:
Jon Madof, Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz, Matthias Kunzli
ÌScott Robinson/Klaus Suonsaari Brooklyn Lyceum 8, 9:30 pm $10 ÌRobert Glasper Trio with Vicente Archer, Jamire Williams
Village Vanguard 9, 11 pm $35 Sixth Street Synagogue 8:30 pm $10
ÌNate Wooley Quintet with Josh Sinton, Matt Moran, Eivind Opsvik, Harris Eisenstadt • JC Sanford Orchestra Tea Lounge 9, 10:30 pm
Barbès 8 pm $10 • Manhattan Transfer Blue Note 8, 10:30 pm $65 • Kaoru Watanabe Trio Zebulon 9 pm
• Ches Smith’s Congs for Brums; Matthew Welch’s Blarvuster; Dave Crowell Ensemble • Tessa Souter/Ron McClure 55Bar 6 pm • Inside/Out: Tim Ferguson, Rob Henke, Diane Moser; Words and Music Ensemble:
Zebulon 8 pm • Jonas Ganzemuller Quintet Puppet’s Jazz Bar 6 pm $6 Mika Harry, Tristan Cooley, Faiz Lamouri, Diederik Rijpstra, Daniel Galvano,
• Maurice Brown Effect with Chelsea Baratz, Chris Rob, Solomon Dorsey, Joe Blaxx • Evan Schwam Quartet; Dre Barnes Project Rachel Housle, Kiril Orenstein, Diane Moser
Jazz Standard 7:30, 9:30 pm $20 The Garage 6:15, 10:45 pm Cornelia Street Café 8:30, 10 pm $10
• Lainie Cook Quartet with Tedd Firth, Martin Wind, Matt Wilson • Emily Wolf/Pedro Tsividis Caffe Vivaldi 6 pm • Deanna Witkowski Trio with Dave Ambrosio, Scott Latzky
The Kitano 8, 10 pm • Diederik Rijpstra; Claudio MarquezShrine 6, 7 pm Bar Next Door 8:30, 10:30 pm $12
• Eric DiVito Group with Moto Fukushima, Alyssa Falk; Jamie Baum Septet with • WSMB; Mike Gamble’s Second Wind
Taylor Haskins, Doug Yates, Chris Komer, George Colligan, Johannes Weidenmueller, Saturday, December 11 Bar 4 7, 9 pm $5
Jeff Hirshfield Miles’ Café 7:30, 9:30 pm $10 ÌMicroscopic Septet: Phillip Johnston, Joel Forrester, Don Davis, Mike Hashim, • Douglas Bradford’s Atlas Obscura with John Beaty, Pascal Niggenkemper,
• Conal Fowkes solo; Jon Cowherd Trio with Obed Calvaire; Craig Wuepper Trio with Dave Sewelson, David Hofstra, Richard Dworkin Nick Anderson Spike Hill 8 pm
Jeremy Manasia, Chris Haney Smalls 7:30, 9:30 pm 12:30 am $20 Gershwin Hotel 8 pm $25 • Ben Tyree solo Rose Live Music 9 pm
• Erik Deutsch Band with Brandon Seabrook, Ben Rubin, Marc Dalio; Andy Stack Trio ÌMario Pavone 70th Birthday Celebration with Tony Malaby, Marty Ehrlich, Dave Ballou, • Seung-Hee SoRieN Project Tomi Jazz 9:30 pm $10
with Ben Rubin, Zach Jones Rose Live Music 9 pm Peter Madsen, Gerald Cleaver Cornelia Street Café 9, 10:30 pm $10 • Elizabeth! Banjo Jim’s 9 pm
• Rob Duguay’s Low Key Trio Flute Bar Gramercy 8 pm • Bill Charlap/Sandy Stewart Grace R. Rogers Auditorium 7 pm $45 • Emily Braden Zinc Bar 7 pm $7
• Tyler Blanton Trio Flute Bar 8 pm ÌMonk in Motion: The Next Face of Jazz: Charenée Wade • Amanda Baisinger Rockwood Music Hall 8 pm
• Danny Weller Group Puppet’s Jazz Bar 8:15 pm $6 Tribeca Performing Arts Center 7 pm $25 • Howard Williams Jazz Orchestra; Michael O’Brien Trio
• Jason Cady University of the Streets 9 pm $10 • National Jazz Museum in Harlem Allstars The Garage 7, 10:30 pm
• Aryeh Kobrinsky Project; Anna Webber Quartet with Matt Holman, Fred Kennedy, Dwyer Center 7 pm $15 • Chris Botti Blue Note 8, 10:30 pm $65
Owen Stewart-Robertson Douglass Street Music Collective 8:30 pm $10 • Para Quintet: Laurence Cook, Forbes Graham, Jim Hobbs, Steve Lantner, Jacob William; • The Oulipians Shrine 6 pm
• Koran Hasanagic Trio Tomi Jazz 9:30 pm $10 Kelly Roberge’s All of Us University of the Streets 8, 10 pm $10
• Justin Wert Trio; Matthew Albeck Group • Sean Wayland Quintet; Alex Blake Quartet
Goodbye Blue Monday 8 pm Puppet’s Jazz Bar 6, 9 pm $6-12
ÌRoy Haynes Quartet Birdland 8:30, 11 pm $30 • Rick Stone Trio with Marco Panascia, Tom Pollard
• Arturo O’Farrill with John Patitucci, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Ivan Renta Bar Next Door 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 pm $12
Dizzy’s Club 7:30, 9:30 pm $30 • Ghanniya Green Lenox Lounge 9, 10:30 pm 12 am $20
• Willie Martinez Y La Familia Dizzy’s Club 11 pm $10 • Dwight West Sistas’ Place 9, 10:30 pm $20
ÌRobert Glasper Trio with Vicente Archer, Jamire Williams • Ty Stephens & SoulJaazz! with Richard Cummings, RT Taylor, Ron Monroe
Village Vanguard 9, 11 pm $30 ParlorJazz 9, 10:30 pm $30
• Manhattan Transfer Blue Note 8, 10:30 pm $65 ÌCracked Vessel: Ben Syversen, Xander Naylor, Jeremy Gustin
• Enoch Smith Jr. Trio; Anderson Brothers Freedom Garden 10 pm
The Garage 6, 10:30 pm • Jeremiah Lockwood; DROID: Adam Holzman, Amir Ziv, Jordan McLean
• Vinnie Zummo/Cameron Brown Saint Peter’s 1 pm $7 Cameo Gallery 9 pm $10
Thursday, December 9 • Daniel Glaude Quintet with Tristen Napoli, Noah Kellman, Walter Stinson,
Pat Morrison; Hiromi; Jason Yeager Trio with Michael Gleichman
ÌDavid Fiuczynski Group with John Medeski, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Skoota Warner, Miles’ Café 5:30, 7:30, 9:30 pm $10
David Ginyard Iridium 8:30, 10:30 pm $25 • Danny Walsh Trio with Joe Cohn Piano Due 8:30 pm
ÌMatt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O with Jeff Lederer, Paul Sikivie • Daniel Bennett Group Tomi Jazz 9:30 pm $10
The Kitano 8, 10 pm • Joonsam Lee Quartet Cleopatra’s Needle 8 pm
ÌRed Hot Holiday Stomp: Wycliffe Gordon with Aaron Diehl, Victor Goines, Niki Haris, ÌJunior Mance Quartet with Hide Tanaka, Kim Garey, Ryan Anselmi
Sherman Irby, Marcus Printup, Herlin Riley, Joe Temperley, Don Vappie, Reginald Veal The Kitano 8, 10 pm $25
Rose Theater 8 pm $10-120 • Diane Schuur and Trio with Randy Porter, Scott Stead, Reggie Jackson
ÌMichaël Attias Sextet with Ralph Alessi, Mark Taylor, Matt Moran, Sean Conly, and guest Lew Tabackin Allen Room 7:30, 9:30 pm $55-65
Nasheet Waits Cornelia Street Café 8:30 pm $10 ÌBucky Pizzarelli, Russ Kassoff, Jay Anderson
ÌTyshawn Sorey and guests SALT SPACE 8 pm $10 Knickerbocker Bar and Grill 9:45 pm $5
ÌAngelica Sanchez Trio with Chad Taylor; Jesse Stacken with Robin Verheyen, • Golden Striker Trio: Ron Carter, Mulgrew Miller, Russell Malone
Ziv Ravitz; Michael Bates Quintet with Dave Ballou, Curtis Hasselbring, Smoke 8, 10, 11:30 pm $30
Angelica Sanchez, Tom Rainey Douglass Street Music Collective 8 pm $10 • Jazz Band Classic with guest Steve Wilson
• Jean-Michel Pilc Trio with Noah Garabedian, Shareef Taher Leonard Nimoy Thalia 7:30 pm $15
Bar Next Door 8:30, 10:30 pm $12 ÌNed Goold Trio; Eric McPherson/Abraham Burton Group with David Bryant,
• John McNeil Quartet Puppet’s Jazz Bar 9 pm $12 Dezron Douglas; Ian Hendrickson-Smith
• Patricia Barber with Neal Alger, Larry Kohut, Ross Pederson Smalls 7:30, 10:30 pm 1 am $20
Jazz Standard 7:30, 9:30 pm $25 ÌDavid Fiuczynski Group with John Medeski, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Skoota Warner,
• Ehud Asherie solo; Michael Dease Quartet with Roy Assaf, Belden Bullock, David Ginyard Iridium 8:30, 10:30 pm $25
Ulysses Owens; Dwayne Clemons Quintet with Josh Benko, Sacha Perry, Murray Wall, ÌRed Hot Holiday Stomp: Wycliffe Gordon with Aaron Diehl, Victor Goines, Niki Haris,
Jimmy Wormworth Smalls 7:30, 9:30 pm 12 am $20 Sherman Irby, Marcus Printup, Herlin Riley, Joe Temperley, Don Vappie, Reginald Veal
• Jason Palmer and the Public Option with Michael Thomas, Greg Duncan, Lim Yang, Rose Theater 2, 8 pm $10-120
Lee Fish Jazz Gallery 9, 10:30 pm $15 • Patricia Barber with Neal Alger, Larry Kohut, Ross Pederson
• Yoko Miwa Trio with Greg Loughman, Scott Goulding; Will Vinson with Lage Lund, Jazz Standard 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 pm $30
Aaron Parks, Matt Brewer, Marcus Gilmore ÌRoy Haynes Quartet Birdland 8:30, 11 pm $30
Miles’ Café 7:30, 9:30 pm $10 • Arturo O’Farrill with John Patitucci, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Ivan Renta
• Nico Soffiato Quartet with Nick Videen, Giacomo Merega, Zach Mangan Dizzy’s Club 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 pm $35
Tea Lounge 9, 10:30 pm • Willie Martinez Y La Familia Dizzy’s Club 12:45 am $20
• Aki Ishiguro Trio with Pascal Niggenkemper, Nick Anderson ÌRobert Glasper Trio with Vicente Archer, Jamire Williams
Solo Kitchen Bar 9 pm Village Vanguard 9, 11 pm $35
• Brian Adler’s Helium Tutuma Social Club 7 pm • Manhattan Transfer Blue Note 8, 10:30 pm $65
• German Gonzales Trio Tomi Jazz 9:30 pm $10 • The JT Project Blue Note 12:30 am $10
• Shai Maestro Caffe Vivaldi 8:15 pm • Britton Brothers Band Shrine 6 pm
• Michika Fukumari Trio Cleopatra’s Needle 7 pm • Nasar Abadey’s Supernova with Richard Doron Johnson, Joe Ford, Corcoran Holt
• Sergio Salvatore Birdland 6 pm $20 Dizzy’s Club 12:30 pm
ÌRoy Haynes Quartet Birdland 8:30, 11 pm $30 • Gypsy Jazz Caravan; Brooks Hartell Trio; Akiko Tsuruga Trio
• Arturo O’Farrill with John Patitucci, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Ivan Renta The Garage 12, 6:15, 10:45 pm
Dizzy’s Club 7:30, 9:30 pm $30
• Willie Martinez Y La Familia Dizzy’s Club 11 pm $10 Sunday, December 12
ÌRobert Glasper Trio with Vicente Archer, Jamire Williams ÌDave Schnitter Quintet with Spike Wilner, Ugonna Okegwo, Anthony Pinciotti
Village Vanguard 9, 11 pm $30 Smalls 10 pm $20
• Manhattan Transfer Blue Note 8, 10:30 pm $65 • Guillermo Brown; Abraham Gomez/Taylor Ho Bynum
• Champian Fulton Trio; David White Quintet The Stone 8, 10 pm $10
The Garage 6, 10:30 pm • James Shipp’s Nos Nuvo with Jo Lawry, Gilad Hekselman, Rogério Boccato
and guest Doug Wamble Cornelia Street Café 8:30 pm $10
Friday, December 10 • Courtney Bryan University of the Streets 8 pm $10
ÌJunior Mance Quartet with Hide Tanaka, Kim Garey, Ryan Anselmi • Peter Leitch/Dwayne Burno Walker’s 8 pm
The Kitano 8, 10 pm $25 • Dan Block Brooklyn Lyceum 9, 10:30 pm $10
ÌTony Malaby, Paul Motian, Angelica Sanchez, Ben Monder • Nick Finzer Quintet with Alex Wintz, Kris Bowers, Dave Baron, Bryan Carter;
Cornelia Street Café 9, 10:30 pm $10 Deborah Latz Quartet with Daniela Schaechter, Oleg Osenkov, Elisabeth Keledjian;
ÌEric Revis, Orrin Evans, Nasheet Waits Yuka Tadano Quintet with Brian Girley, Sylvester Onyejiaka, William Tatge,
Jazz Gallery 9, 10:30 pm $20 Nick Anderson Miles’ Café 5:30, 7:30, 9:30 pm $10

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Tuesday, December 14 • The Dymaxion Quartet: Gabriel Gloege, Dan Fabricatore, Mike Shobe, Mark Small
Caffe Vivaldi 9:30 pm
ÌCraig Harris’God’s Trombones
ÌPoncho Sanchez
The Gatehouse 7:30 pm $35
Iridium 8:30, 10:30 pm $37.50
ÌThe Big Soul Band 50th Anniversary: A Tribute to Johnny Griffin with Houston Person, • Holger Scheidt Quartet with Rich Perry, Michel Reis, Anthony Pinciotti • Cedar Walton Trio with David Williams, Willie Jones III
Eric Alexander, Bobby Porcelli, Jason Marshall, Mike Ponella, Don Sickler, Tea Lounge 9, 10:30 pm Village Vanguard 9, 11 pm $35
Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Barry Cooper, Norman Simmons, Bob Cranshaw, Lewis Nash • Aki Ishiguro Trio with Linda Oh, Ronen Itzik • Samba Jazz and The Bossa Nova Years: Duduka Da Fonseca, Helio Alves,
Jazz Standard 7:30, 9:30 pm $25 Solo Kitchen Bar 9 pm Maucha Adnet, Claudio Roditi, Romero Lubambo, George Mraz
• Cedar Walton Trio with David Williams, Willie Jones III • Melissa Aldana Tutuma Social Club 10:30 pm Dizzy’s Club 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 pm $35
Village Vanguard 9, 11 pm $30 • Roberto Poveda Puppet’s Jazz Bar 11:30 pm $10 ÌNeal Smith Quartet Dizzy’s Club 12:45 am $20
• Samba Jazz and The Bossa Nova Years: Duduka Da Fonseca, Helio Alves, • Keith Ingham Trio Cleopatra’s Needle 7 pm • John Pizzarelli Quartet Birdland 8:30, 11 pm $30
Maucha Adnet, Claudio Roditi, Romero Lubambo, George Mraz ÌPoncho Sanchez Iridium 8:30, 10:30 pm $37.50 • Chris Botti Blue Note 8, 10:30 pm $65
Dizzy’s Club 7:30, 9:30 pm $30 • Cedar Walton Trio with David Williams, Willie Jones III • Colin Cannon Quartet Puppet’s Jazz Bar 6 pm $6
ÌNeal Smith Quartet Dizzy’s Club 11 pm $10 Village Vanguard 9, 11 pm $30 • Iris Ornig Quartet; Mark Marino Trio; Virginia Mayhew Quartet
• John Pizzarelli Quartet Birdland 8:30, 11 pm $30 • Samba Jazz and The Bossa Nova Years: Duduka Da Fonseca, Helio Alves, The Garage 12, 6:15, 10:45 pm
• Karen Mason Iridium 8, 10 pm $30 Maucha Adnet, Claudio Roditi, Romero Lubambo, George Mraz
• Mike Longo Funk Band NYC Baha’i Center 8, 9:30 pm $15 Dizzy’s Club 7:30, 9:30 pm $30 Sunday, December 19
• Marianne Sollivan; Grant Stewart Quartet with Ehud Asherie, Joel Forbes, Phil Stewart; ÌNeal Smith Quartet Dizzy’s Club 11 pm $10 ÌMostly Other People Do The Killing: Peter Evans, Jon Irabagon, Moppa Elliott,
Alex Stein Quintet with Matt Brown, Marc Devine, Paul Sikivie, Lawrence Leathers • John Pizzarelli Quartet Birdland 8:30, 11 pm $30
Smalls 7:30, 9:30 pm 12 am $20 Kevin Shea University of the Streets 8 pm $10
• Gary Morgan’s Panamericana! Zinc Bar 9:30, 11 pm 1 am • Chris Botti Blue Note 8, 10:30 pm $65 ÌDan Weiss/Ari Hoenig Jazz Gallery 9, 10:30 pm $20
• Ehud Asherie solo The Kitano 8, 10 pm
• Harlem Speaks: Greg Osby Jazz Museum in Harlem 6:30 pm • Dezron Douglas and Friends with Steve Davis, Spike Wilner, Jason Brown,
• Ches Smith solo; Pete Fitzpatrick The Stone 8, 10 pm $10 • Rick Stone Trio; Maurício de Souza Trio with Noah Haidu, Mike Karn Cyrille Aimee Smalls 10 pm $20
The Garage 6, 10:30 pm • Joni & Johannes: Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf, Simon Mulligan, Jessica Molaskey,
• Matt Mitchell’s Central Chain with Tim Berne, Oscar Noriega, Mary Halvorson, • Emily Wolf; Cameron Mizell Organ Trio Mary Beth Peil, Randy Landau Cornelia Street Café 8:30 pm $10
John Hébert Korzo 9:30 pm $10 Shrine 6, 7 pm
• Chris Cheek Band The Fifth Estate 10 pm • Peter Leitch/Harvie S Walker’s 8 pm
• Di Tsvey: Pete Rushefsky/Steven Greenman • David Smith Quintet Sycamore 8 pm
Sixth Street Synagogue 8:30 pm $15
Friday, December 17 • Ryan Sawyer Experience Zebulon 9 pm
• Nick Lyons, Lorenzo Sanguedolce, Adam Caine, Adam Lane, John Wagner; • Edward Simon Trio with John Patitucci, Brian Blade • Al Street Brooklyn Lyceum 8, 9:30 pm $10
Charlie Rauh University of the Streets 8, 10 pm $10 Jazz Standard 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 pm $30 • Eleonora Bianchini with Eric Kurimski, Andres Rot, Franco Pinna;
• aRAUz Quartet: Alicia Rau, Adam Lomeo, Marcus McLaurine, Bruce Cox; • Eric Reed Quartet with Ben Wolfe, McClenty Hunter Steve Hudson Chamber Ensemble with Zach Brock, Jody Redhage, Martin Urbach;
Aaron Irwin Group with Rich Perry, Sebastian Noelle, Thomson Kneeland, Jeff Davis Smoke 8, 10, 11:30 pm $30 Dan White with Angelo Di Loreto, Cameron Kayne, John Hubbell
Miles’ Café 7:30, 9:30 pm $10 ÌMatana Roberts/Raz Mesinai; Causing A Tiger: Carla Kihlstedt, Matthias Bossi, Miles’ Café 5:30, 7:30, 9:30 pm $10
• Diana Wayburn Ensemble with Justin Wood, Nathan Bontrager, Ryan Kotler, Shahzad Ismaily The Stone 8, 10 pm $10 • Aidan Carroll Trio Rockwood Music Hall 11 pm
Dikko Faust Puppet’s Jazz Bar 8:30 pm $6 ÌRez Abbasi’s Invocation with Rudresh Mahanthappa, Vijay Iyer, • Evan Gallagher Ensemble; Restless Motion: Bill Stevens, Rich Russo, Gary Fogel with
• Michael Lydon and Friends with Ellen Mandel, Curtis Fowlkes, Dave Hofstra, Johannes Weidenmueller, Dan Weiss Praxis: Brainard Carey, Delia Bajo ABC No Rio 7 pm $5
Rudy Lawless, Gennaro Kravitz, Amy Fitts Cornelia Street Café 9, 10:30 pm $10 • Os Clavelitos; Yuko Ito The Blue Owl 7 pm $5
Cornelia Street Café 8:30 pm $10 ÌDena DeRose Trio with Martin Wind, Matt Wilson • Edward Simon Trio with John Patitucci, Brian Blade
ÌJack Wilkins/Gene Bertoncini Bella Luna 7:30 pm The Kitano 8, 10 pm $25 Jazz Standard 7:30, 9:30 pm $30
• Lou Caputo Not So Big Band; Paul Francis Trio • Kerry Politzer Quartet with Tom Guarna, Paul Beaudry, George Colligan; ÌPoncho Sanchez Iridium 8:30, 10:30 pm $37.50
The Garage 7, 10:30 pm Tim Armacost Group with Yutaka Shiina, Ugonna Okegwo, Ali Jackson; • Cedar Walton Trio with David Williams, Willie Jones III
• Chris Botti Blue Note 8, 10:30 pm $65 Lawrence Leathers Smalls 7:30, 9:30 pm 12:30 am $20 Village Vanguard 9, 11 pm $30
• Yvonnick Prene Group; Jung Min Lee Quartet ÌJohn Escreet, David Binney, Wayne Krantz, Marcus Gilmore • Samba Jazz and The Bossa Nova Years: Duduka Da Fonseca, Helio Alves,
Shrine 6, 7 pm 55Bar 10 pm Maucha Adnet, Claudio Roditi, Romero Lubambo, George Mraz
• Danny Mixon Quartet Lenox Lounge 9, 10:30 pm 12 am $20 Dizzy’s Club 7:30, 9:30 pm $30
Wednesday, December 15 • Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra with Dennis Lichtman, Andy Laster, • Chris Botti Blue Note 8, 10:30 pm $65
Petr Cancura, Curtis Hasselbring, Mazz Swift, Ron Caswell, Rob Garcia • Secret Architecture: Wade Ridenhour, Julian Smith, Zach Mangan, Fraser Campbell
ÌBrooklyn Jazz Wide Open: Joseph Jarman, Works: Michel Gentile, Daniel Kelly, Barbès 10 pm $10 Caffe Vivaldi 6 pm
Rob Garcia and guest Joseph Jarman; Ron Horton/Tim Horner Andrew Hill Project • Peter Hess Trio with Matt Mitchell, Jeff Davis; Jesse Stacken, Kirk Knuffke, • Ras Moshe, Shayna Dulberger, Andrew Drury
with John O’Gallagher, Marc Mommaas, Scott Robinson, Nate Eklund, Alan Ferber, Simon Jermyn, Jeff Davis I-Beam 8:30 pm $10 Downtown Music Gallery 6 pm
Mark Sherman, Frank Kimbrough, Martin Wind • Mark Guiliana’s Beat Music Jazz Gallery 9, 10:30 pm $20 • Marc Copland/Ike Sturm Saint Peter’s 5 pm
Littlefield 8, 9:30, 11 pm $20 • Warren Chiasson Trio with Joe Cohn • Trios to Remember: Oscar Perez, Matthew Ribicki, Ulysses Owens Jr.; Donald Vega,
ÌPoncho Sanchez Iridium 8:30, 10:30 pm $37.50 Piano Due 8:30 pm Essiet Essiet, Leroy Williams Creole 5 pm $20
ÌIdeal Bread: Josh Sinton, Kirk Knuffke, Sean Conly, Tomas Fujiwara • Jason Domnarski Trio with Aaron Nevezie, David Mason ÌCraig Harris’God’s Trombones The Gatehouse 3 pm $35
Cornelia Street Café 8:30 pm $10 Tea Lounge 9, 10:30 pm • Misha Tsiganov and guests 92nd Street Y 4 pm $35
ÌPeter Bernstein solo; Joe Sanders’Infinity with Logan Richardson, Luis Perdomo, • Matt Slocum Trio with Dayna Stephens, Massimo Biolcati • Aaron Diehl Trio with David Wong, Rodney Green
Justin Brown; Simona Premazzi and Trio with Stacy Dillard, Ryan Berg, Jason Brown Bar Next Door 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 pm $12 Blue Note 12:30, 2:30 pm $24.50
Smalls 7:30, 9:30 pm 12:30 am $20 • Zach Brock and The Magic Number with Matt Wigton, Fred Kennedy; • Roz Corral Trio with Paul Meyer North Square Lounge 12:30, 2 pm
• Mercedes Hall Quartet with Glafkos Kontemeniotis, Gaku Takanashi, George Mel Mala Waldron Group with Michael TA Thompson, Mimi Jones, Steve Salerno • John Colianni Quintet; David Coss and Trio; Ryan Anselmi Quartet
The Kitano 8, 10 pm Miles’ Café 7:30, 9:30 pm $10 The Garage 12, 7, 11:30 pm
ÌNow You: Carla Kihlstedt/Matthias Bossi • Paula Jaakkola Tomi Jazz 9:30 pm $10
University of the Streets 9 pm $10 • Masami Ishikawa Quartet Cleopatra’s Needle 8 pm
• Nate Smith’s The Wink and The Gun with Jaleel Shaw, Nir Felder, Fima Ephron • 31st Annual Winter Solstice Celebration: Paul Winter Consort with
Jazz Gallery 9, 10:30 pm $15 Arto Tunçboyaciyan, Theresa Thomason, Forces of Nature Dance Theatre,
• York College Big Band York College Performing Arts Center 8 pm Paul McCandless, Eugene Friesen, Paul Sullivan, Jamey Haddad, Bill Cahn,
• Jean Carl Rodea with Darius Jones, Joe Morris, Pascal Niggenkemper, Gerald Cleaver Tim Brumfield The Cathedral of St. John the Divine 8 pm $35-80
Barbès 8 pm $10 ÌCraig Harris’God’s Trombones The Gatehouse 7:30 pm $35
• Soren Moller Group with Tim Green, Luques Curtis, Obed Calvaire; BJ Jansen’s ÌPoncho Sanchez Iridium 8:30, 10:30 pm $37.50
Conjura with Marcus Persiani, Daud El-Bakara, Jonah Jonathan, Kenneth Salters • Cedar Walton Trio with David Williams, Willie Jones III
Miles’ Café 7:30, 9:30 pm $10 Village Vanguard 9, 11 pm $35
• Glenn White’s Time in Transit; Misha Piatigorsky Septet • Samba Jazz and The Bossa Nova Years: Duduka Da Fonseca, Helio Alves,
Zinc Bar 7:30, 9:30, 11 pm 1 am Maucha Adnet, Claudio Roditi, Romero Lubambo, George Mraz
• Melissa Stylianou Quartet 55Bar 7 pm Dizzy’s Club 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 pm $35
• Jonathan Batiste Jazz Museum in Harlem 7 pm ÌNeal Smith Quartet Dizzy’s Club 12:45 am $20
• Bryan and the Aardvarks: Fabian Almazan, Chris Dingman, Bryan Copeland, Joe Nero • John Pizzarelli Quartet Birdland 8:30, 11 pm $30
Sidewalk Café 10 pm • Chris Botti Blue Note 8, 10:30 pm $65
• Melanie Marod Trio Flute Bar Gramercy 8 pm • Champian Fulton Trio; Kevin Dorn and the Big 72
• Tobias Meinhart Trio Flute Bar 8 pm The Garage 6:15, 10:45 pm
• Marsha Heydt and the Project of Love • Asako Takasaki; Bomi Choi Shrine 6, 7 pm
Tomi Jazz 9:30 pm $10
ÌThe Big Soul Band 50th Anniversary: A Tribute to Johnny Griffin with Houston Person,
Eric Alexander, Bobby Porcelli, Jason Marshall, Mike Ponella, Don Sickler,
Saturday, December 18
Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Barry Cooper, Norman Simmons, Bob Cranshaw, Lewis Nash ÌJoe McPhee, Joel Freedman, Ras Moshe; Dogon Duo: Andrew Lamb/Warren Smith
Jazz Standard 7:30, 9:30 pm $25 Brecht Forum 8 pm $10
• Cedar Walton Trio with David Williams, Willie Jones III • Dafnis Prieto Proverb Trio with Jason Lindner, Kokayi
Village Vanguard 9, 11 pm $30 Jazz Gallery 9, 10:30 pm $20
• Samba Jazz and The Bossa Nova Years: Duduka Da Fonseca, Helio Alves, ÌEddie Allen’s Jazzy Brass for the Holidays with Cecil Bridgewater, W. Marshall Sealy,
Maucha Adnet, Claudio Roditi, Romero Lubambo, George Mraz Clark Gayton, Kenny Davis, Carl Allen
Dizzy’s Club 7:30, 9:30 pm $30 Sistas’ Place 9, 10:30 pm $20
ÌNeal Smith Quartet Dizzy’s Club 11 pm $10 ÌScott DuBois Quartet with Jon Irabagon, Pascal Niggenkemper, Jeff Davis
• John Pizzarelli Quartet Birdland 8:30, 11 pm $30 Tea Lounge 9, 10:30
• Chris Botti Blue Note 8, 10:30 pm $65 ÌSenor Vasques: Jon Irabagon, Dan Blake, Brian Settles, Josh Sinton; Tomas Fujiwara
• Bernal/Eckroth/Ennis; Austin Walker Trio and The Hook Up with Jonathan Finlayson, Brian Settles, Mary Halvorson,
The Garage 6, 10:30 pm Danton Boller; Irene Aebi and Friends with Josh Sinton, Kirk Knuffke, Tomas Fujiwara,
• Igor Lumpert; Jennifer Vazquez Shrine 6, 8 pm Jeremy Udden, Dan Blake play Steve Lacy
• Janice Friedman/Gary Wang Saint Peter’s 1 pm $7 Douglass Street Music Collective 7:30 pm $10
• Kato Hideki/James Fei; Sleepwalker: Raz Mesinai, Jonathan Gandelsman,
Thursday, December 16 Shahzad Ismaily The Stone 8, 10 pm $10
• George Colligan Trio with Josh Ginsburg, EJ Strickland
• 31st Annual Winter Solstice Celebration: Paul Winter Consort with Bar Next Door 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 pm $12
Arto Tunçboyaciyan, Theresa Thomason, Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, ÌMonk in Motion: The Next Face of Jazz: Cyrille Aimée
Paul McCandless, Eugene Friesen, Paul Sullivan, Jamey Haddad, Bill Cahn, Tribeca Performing Arts Center 7 pm $25
Tim Brumfield The Cathedral of St. John the Divine 8 pm $35-80 • York College Blue Notes York College Performing Arts Center 8 pm
ÌCraig Harris’God’s Trombones The Gatehouse 7:30 pm $35 • SARIS: Harris Eisenstadt/Sara Schoenbeck
ÌAarses: David Torn, Tim Berne, Ches Smith Prospect Series 8, 9 pm $10
Littlefield 8 pm $12 • Michael Sperone I-Beam 8:30 pm $10
• Eugene Marlowe’s Heritage Ensemble with Bobby Sanabria, Michael Hashim, • Jazzy Christmas with Yumi K, Ian Duerr, Danny Zanker; Kenny Wessel Trio;
Frank Wagner, Cristian Rivera Baruch College 7 pm Bruce Arnold Trio with Dean Johnson, Tony Moreno; Jung Min Lee Trio
• Alan Ferber Nonet with Strings Jazz Gallery 9, 10:30 pm $20 Miles’ Café 5:30, 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 pm $10
ÌRebecca Martin with Bill McHenry, Larry Grenadier • Kenji Yoshitake Trio Tomi Jazz 9:30 pm $10
Jazz Standard 7:30, 9:30 pm $20 • Irini and the Jazz Mix Cleopatra’s Needle 8 pm
• Richie Flores Zinc Bar 9:30, 11 pm 1 am • Nico Soffiato Goodbye Blue Monday 8 pm
• Miya Masaoka The Stone 8 pm $10 • Edward Simon Trio with John Patitucci, Brian Blade
ÌSam Trapchak’s Put Together Funny with Tom Chang, Michael Attias, Arthur Vint Jazz Standard 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 pm $30
Cornelia Street 8:30 pm $10 • Eric Reed Quartet with Ben Wolfe, McClenty Hunter
• Fahir Atakoglu Trio with Anthony Jackson, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez Smoke 8, 10, 11:30 pm $30
Drom 9 pm ÌRez Abbasi’s Invocation with Rudresh Mahanthappa, Vijay Iyer, Dan Weiss
• Spike Wilner/Ned Goold; Jill McCarron Quartet with Vincent Herring, Essiet Essiet, Johannes Weidenmueller Cornelia Street Café 9, 10:30 pm $10
Joe Strasser; Carlos Abadie Quintet with Jonathan Lefcoski, Luca Santaniello, ÌDena DeRose Trio with Martin Wind, Matt Wilson
Joe Sucato, Jason Stewart Smalls 7:30, 9:30 pm 12 am $20 The Kitano 8, 10 pm $25
• Ben Wendel Trio with Joe Sanders, Kendrick Scott • Chris Flory Trio with Lee Hudson, Chuck Riggs; Tim Armacost Group with
Bar Next Door 8:30, 10:30 pm $12 Yutaka Shiina, Ugonna Okegwo, Ali Jackson; Stacy Dillard Trio with Diallo House,
• David Weiss Group Fat Cat 10 pm Ismail Lawal Smalls 7:30, 10:30 pm 1 am $20
• Nicole Zuraitis Group with Jeff Miles, Craig Akin, Dan Pugach, Akil Davis; ÌJohn Escreet, David Binney, Wayne Krantz, Marcus Gilmore
Michael Bates’Outside Sources with Russ Johnson, Quinsin Nachoff, Jeff Davis 55Bar 10 pm
Miles’ Café 7:30, 9:30 pm $10 • Danny Mixon Quartet Lenox Lounge 9, 10:30 pm 12 am $20
• LaRe Quartet with Art Hirahara The Kitano 8, 10 pm • 31st Annual Winter Solstice Celebration: Paul Winter Consort with
• Grupo Los Santos: Pete Smith, David Ambrosio, William “Beaver” Bausch, Arto Tunçboyaciyan, Theresa Thomason, Forces of Nature Dance Theatre,
Paul Carlon Barbès 8 pm $10 Paul McCandless, Eugene Friesen, Paul Sullivan, Jamey Haddad, Bill Cahn,
Tim Brumfield The Cathedral of St. John the Divine 2, 8 pm $35-80

42 December 2010 | ALLABOUTJAZZ-NEW YORK


Monday, December 20 • William Tatge Trio with Craig Akin, Nick Anderson
The Kitano 8, 10 pm
Tuesday, December 28
ÌCharles Evans/Neil Shah; Jon Irabagon Foxy Trio with Peter Brendler, Barry Altschul • Bryan and the Aardvarks: Fabian Almazan, Chris Dingman, Bryan Copeland, Joe Nero ÌThe Bad Plus: Ethan Iverson, Reid Anderson, Dave King
University of the Streets 8, 10 pm $10 Tea Lounge 9, 10:30 pm Village Vanguard 9, 11 pm $30
ÌPaquito D’Rivera Tango Jazz Celebration with Pablo Aslan and Company • Douglas Bradford Trio with Pascal Niggenkemper, Ronen Itzik ÌDr. Lonnie Smith Trio with Jonathan Kreisberg, Jamire Williams
Dizzy’s Club 7:30, 9:30 pm $30 Solo Kitchen Bar 9 pm Jazz Standard 7:30, 9:30 pm $30
ÌMingus Big Band Jazz Standard 7:30, 9:30 pm $25 • Camila Meza Tutuma Social Club 7 pm • Improv Benefit: Raz Mesinai, Ikue Mori, Sylvie Courvoisier, Ned Rothenberg and
• Bucky Pizzarelli/Jay Leonhart Trio; Ari Hoenig Group • Ray Parker Trio Cleopatra’s Needle 7 pm guests The Stone 8, 10 pm $20
Smalls 7:30, 9:30 pm $20 • 4 Generations of Miles: Mike Stern, Sonny Fortune, Buster Williams, Jimmy Cobb • Birdland Big Band directed by Tommy Igoe with Hilary Kole
ÌAlan Ferber Nonet Tea Lounge 9, 10:30 pm Iridium 8:30, 10:30 pm $35 Birdland 8:30, 11 pm $30
• Paul Harding’s Juju Seahorse; ExPosed Blues Duo: Fay Victor/Anders Nilsson; ÌFrancisco Mela Trio with Vijay Iyer, Larry Grenadier • Terese Genecco Little Big Band Iridium 8, 10 pm $25
Brad Farberman Group; Pet Bottle Ningen: Nonoko Yoshida, Dave Scanlon, Jazz Standard 7:30, 9:30 pm $25 • Yuko Kimura/Roberta Piket; John Farnsworth Quartet; Alex Stein Quintet with
Dave Miller The Local 269 7 pm $10 • A Birdland Christmas with Jim Caruso, Hilary Kole, Billy Stritch, Aaron Weinstein Matt Brown, Marc Devine, Paul Sikivie, Lawrence Leathers
• The New American Quartet: Greg Wall, Takashe Otsuka, Jonathon Peretz, Birdland 6 pm $20 Smalls 7:30, 9:30 pm 12 am $20
Mitch Schechter Sixth Street Synagogue 8:30 pm $10 • Freddy Cole Birdland 9, 11 pm $30 • Ehud Asherie solo The Kitano 8, 10 pm
• Jessica Lurie Ensemble; Mike Gamble’s Second Wind • Cedar Walton Quartet with Vincent Herring, David Williams, Willie Jones III • Clarino with Thomas Heberer, Pascal Niggenkemper; Improv Night: Speed Dating
Bar 4 7, 9 pm $5 Village Vanguard 9, 11 pm $30 University of the Streets 8, 10 pm $10
• Geoff Vidal Miles’ Café 9:30 pm $10 ÌPaquito D’Rivera Tango Jazz Celebration with Pablo Aslan and Company • Losabres Quartet : Tammy Scheffer, Hadar Noiberg, Daniel Ori, Keita Ogawa
• Andrea Wolper Trio with Michael Howell, Ken Filiano Dizzy’s Club 7:30, 9:30 pm $30 Cornelia Street Café 8:30 pm $10
Bar Next Door 8:30, 10:30 pm $12 • Alex Brown Band Dizzy’s Club 11 pm $10 • Vicki Burns Trio with Vladimir Katz; Greg Skaff Trio with Pat Bianchi, Ralph Peterson
• Lezlie Harrison Zinc Bar 7 pm $7 • Chris Botti Blue Note 8, 10:30 pm $65 Miles’ Café 7:30, 9:30 pm $10
• Howard Williams Jazz Orchestra; Kenny Shanker Quartet • Ted Kooshian Trio; Dave Kain Group • Cecilia Coleman Big Band The Garage 7 pm
The Garage 7, 10:30 pm The Garage 6, 10:30 pm • Cyrus Chestnut, Benny Green, Dezron Douglas, Willie Jones III
• Chris Botti Blue Note 8, 10:30 pm $65 Dizzy’s Club 7:30, 9:30 pm $30
• A Birdland Christmas with Jim Caruso, Hilary Kole, Billy Stritch, Aaron Weinstein Friday, December 24 • Antonio Madruga Dizzy’s Club 11 pm $10
Birdland 6 pm $20 • Chris Botti Blue Note 8, 10:30 pm $65
ÌSteve Turre Quintet Smoke 8, 10, 11:30 pm $30
Tuesday, December 21 • Sacha Perry Trio; John Marshall Quintet with Johan Horlen, Tardo Hammer,
David Wong, Jimmy Wormworth; Shimrit Shoshan with Aidan Carrol, Eric McPherson
Wednesday, December 29
ÌThe New Mellow Edwards: Curtis Hasselbring, Chris Speed, Trevor Dunn, Smalls 7:30, 9:30 pm 12:30 am $20 • Mike Stern Band with Victor Wooten, Dave Weckl, Bob Malach
John Hollenbeck; Kevin Shea with Sam Kulik, Tim Dahl, Ron Stabinsky, Tom Blancarte • Ronny Whyte Trio with Boots Maleson, David Silliman Iridium 8:30, 10:30 pm $40
University of the Streets 8, 10 pm $10 The Kitano 8, 10 pm $25 ÌReBirth Brass Band with guests Le Poisson Rouge 7 pm $30
• A Birdland Christmas with Jim Caruso, Hilary Kole, Billy Stritch, Aaron Weinstein • Yotam Silberstein Trio with Massimo Biolcati, Ulysses Owens ÌElderflower: Loren Stillman/Ryan Ferreira
Birdland 6 pm $20 Bar Next Door 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 pm $12 Barbès 8 pm $10
• Freddy Cole Birdland 9, 11 pm $30 • Alex Lane Quartet Lenox Lounge 9, 10:30 pm 12 am $20 • Dee Cassella Quintet Birthday Bash with Steve Slagle, Mark Soskin, Bill Moring,
• Cedar Walton Quartet with Vincent Herring, David Williams, Willie Jones III • Keiki Kurito Quartet Cleopatra’s Needle 8 pm Marcello Pellitteri The Kitano 8, 10 pm
Village Vanguard 9, 11 pm $30 • 4 Generations of Miles: Mike Stern, Sonny Fortune, Buster Williams, Jimmy Cobb • Birdland Big Band directed by Tommy Igoe with Hilary Kole
• Cameron Brown and Dannie’s Calypso with Tony Jefferson, Russ Johnson, Iridium 8:30, 10:30 pm $35 Birdland 8:30, 11 pm $30
Lisa Parrott, Jason Rigby Cornelia Street Café 8:30 pm $10 • A Birdland Christmas with Jim Caruso, Hilary Kole, Billy Stritch, Aaron Weinstein • Andrea Parkins University of the Streets 9 pm $10
• Helen Sung Quartet with Seamus Blake, Lonnie Plaxico, Eric Harland Birdland 6 pm $20 • Pete McCann with John O’Gallagher, Henry Hey, Matt Clohesy, Jordan Perlson
Jazz Standard 7:30, 9:30 pm $20 • Freddy Cole Birdland 9, 11 pm $30 Cornelia Street Café 8:30 pm $10
• Cyrille Aimee/Spike Wilner; Brian Charette Group with Joel Frahm, Mike DiRubbo, • Cedar Walton Quartet with Vincent Herring, David Williams, Willie Jones III ÌPeter Bernstein solo; Sean Smith Quartet with John Hart, John Ellis, Russ Meissner;
Jay Collins, Jochen Rueckert; Ken Fowser/Behn Gillece Jam Village Vanguard 9, 11 pm $35 Josh Davis Trio Smalls 7:30, 9:30 pm 12:30 am $20
Smalls 7:30, 9:30 pm 12 am $20 ÌPaquito D’Rivera Tango Jazz Celebration with Pablo Aslan and Company • Will Sellenraad Miles’ Café 9:30 pm $10
ÌPaquito D’Rivera Tango Jazz Celebration with Pablo Aslan and Company Dizzy’s Club 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 pm $35 • Skyline Trio Flute Bar Gramercy 8 pm
Dizzy’s Club 7:30, 9:30 pm $30 • Alex Brown Band Dizzy’s Club 12:45 am $20 • MLS Trio Flute Bar 8 pm
• Alex Brown Band Dizzy’s Club 11 pm $10 • Chris Botti Blue Note 8, 10:30 pm $65 • Erika Dagnino/Blaise Siwula Goodbye Blue Monday 9 pm
• Phoebe Legere Quintet Iridium 8, 10 pm $25 ÌThe Bad Plus: Ethan Iverson, Reid Anderson, Dave King
• Ehud Asherie solo The Kitano 8, 10 pm Saturday, December 25 Village Vanguard 9, 11 pm $30
• Joan La Barbara; Shahzad Ismaily ÌDr. Lonnie Smith Trio with Jonathan Kreisberg, Jamire Williams
The Stone 8, 10 pm $10 ÌTzadik Label Festival: Hasidic New Wave; Midnight Minyan; Pitom; Ayn Sof Arkestra Jazz Standard 7:30, 9:30 pm $30
• Sean Smith Quartet with John Ellis, John Hart, Russell Meissner and guests Sixth Street Synagogue 7 pm • Improv Benefit: Raz Mesinai, Ikue Mori, Sylvie Courvoisier, Ned Rothenberg
55Bar 7 pm • Katsuka Tanaka Quartet Cleopatra’s Needle 8 pm and guests The Stone 8, 10 pm $20
• Brad Linde Quartet with Ted Brown, Murray Wall, Taro Okamoto; Dan White with ÌSteve Turre Quintet Smoke 8, 10, 11:30 pm $30 • Cyrus Chestnut, Benny Green, Dezron Douglas, Willie Jones III
Angelo Di Loreto, Cameron Kayne, John Hubbell • Dwayne Clemons Quintet with Sacha Perry, Josh Benko, Murray Wall; John Marshall Dizzy’s Club 7:30, 9:30 pm $30
Miles’ Café 7:30, 9:30 pm $10 Quintet with Johan Horlen, Tardo Hammer, David Wong, Jimmy Wormworth; • Antonio Madruga Dizzy’s Club 11 pm $10
• Klezmerfest! with Greg Wall Sixth Street Synagogue 8:30 pm $10 Anthony Wonsey Smalls 7:30, 10:30 pm 1 am $20 • Chris Botti Blue Note 8, 10:30 pm $65
• Douglas Detrick Quartet with Josh Sinton, Christian Coleman • 4 Generations of Miles: Mike Stern, Sonny Fortune, Buster Williams, Jimmy Cobb • Andrew Hadro Quartet; Kyoko Oyobe Trio
The Local 269 8 pm $10 Iridium 8:30, 10:30 pm $35 The Garage 6, 10:30 pm
• This Sporting Life: Owen Stewart-Robertson, Jacob Wick, Myk Freedman, Josh Sinton • A Birdland Christmas with Jim Caruso, Hilary Kole, Billy Stritch, Aaron Weinstein • Linda Ciofalo/Helen Sung Saint Peter’s 1 pm $7
Sycamore 10 pm $10 Birdland 6 pm $20
• Scot Albertson/Dr. Joe Utterback Tomi Jazz 9:30 pm $10 • Freddy Cole Birdland 9, 11 pm $30
• Lena Bloch Band Puppet’s Jazz Bar 8:30 pm $6 • Cedar Walton Quartet with Vincent Herring, David Williams, Willie Jones III
• Jack Wilkins/Howard Alden Bella Luna 7:30 pm Village Vanguard 9, 11 pm $35
• David White Jazz Orchestra; Fukushi Tainaka Trio • Chris Botti Blue Note 8, 10:30 pm $65
The Garage 7, 10:30 pm • Eve Silber Trio; Evan Schwam Quartet
• Chris Botti Blue Note 8, 10:30 pm $65 The Garage 6:15, 10:45 pm
• Yoshiko Iwata Miles’ Café 5:30 pm $10
Wednesday, December 22 Sunday, December 26
ÌMatt Wilson Christman Tree-O with Jeff Lederer, Paul Sikivie
Barbès 8 pm $10 • Raz Mesinai Ensemble with guests; BADAWI
ÌAdam Lane’s Full Throttle Orchestra The Stone 8, 10 pm $10
Brooklyn Lyceum 8, 9:30 pm $10 • Eri Yamamoto Trio with Dave Ambrosio, Ikuo Takeuchi
• 4 Generations of Miles: Mike Stern, Sonny Fortune, Buster Williams, Jimmy Cobb Cornelia Street Café 8:30 pm $10
Iridium 8:30, 10:30 pm $35 • Edmar Castañeda Trio with Itai Kriss, Eric Doob and guest Andrea Tierra
ÌFrancisco Mela Trio with Vijay Iyer, Larry Grenadier Jazz Standard 7:30, 9:30 pm $25
Jazz Standard 7:30, 9:30 pm $25 • Johnny Butler University of the Streets 8 pm $10
ÌAlan Ferber Nonet with Scott Wendholt, Jon Gordon, Ben Wendel, Douglas Yates, • Ryan Keberle Brooklyn Lyceum 8, 9:30 pm $10
Nate Radley, Bryn Roberts, Matt Clohesy, Mark Ferber; Todd Herbert Trio • Joe Magnarelli Quartet with Rick Germanson, Ugonna Okegwo, Anthony Pinciotti
Smalls 9:30 pm 12:30 am $20 Smalls 10 pm $20
ÌJames Fei solo; Joan La Barbara, Shahzad Ismaily, Marina Rosenfeld • Peter Leitch/Sean Smith Walker’s 8 pm
The Stone 8, 10 pm $10 • LaRe/Bertha Hope Miles’ Café 9:30 pm $10
• A Sam Kulik Christmas with Jon Irabagon, Nathan Kuruna, Moppa Elliott, Kevin Shea • Nana Yamakawa; Meg & Aki The Blue Owl 7 pm $5
University of the Streets 9 pm $10 • David Coss and Trio; Ai Murakami and Friends
• Abigail Riccards Quintet with Peter Bernstein, Michael Kanan, Neal Miner, Tom Melito The Garage 7, 11:30 pm
The Kitano 8, 10 pm ÌSteve Turre Quintet Smoke 8, 10, 11:30 pm $30
• Alexander Clough Trio; Hironobu Saito Group • 4 Generations of Miles: Mike Stern, Sonny Fortune, Buster Williams, Jimmy Cobb
Miles’ Café 7:30, 9:30 pm $10 Iridium 8:30, 10:30 pm $35
• Pyeng Threadgill Rockwood Music Hall 9 pm • Cedar Walton Quartet with Vincent Herring, David Williams, Willie Jones III
• Tim Kuhl Band Zebulon 9 pm Village Vanguard 9, 11 pm $30
• Ryan Meagher with Ralph Alessi, Sam Minaie, Caleb Dolister ÌPaquito D’Rivera Tango Jazz Celebration with Pablo Aslan and Company
Puppet’s Jazz Bar 8:30 pm Dizzy’s Club 7:30, 9:30 pm $30
• Russ Nolan Trio Flute Bar Gramercy 8 pm • Alex Brown Band Dizzy’s Club 11 pm $10
• Dorian Devins Trio Flute Bar 8 pm • Chris Botti Blue Note 8, 10:30 pm $65
• Champian Fulton Trio Tomi Jazz 9:30 pm $10 • Rob Silverman Trio Saint Peter’s 5 pm
• A Birdland Christmas with Jim Caruso, Hilary Kole, Billy Stritch, Aaron Weinstein • Carolyn Leonhart Group with Wayne Escoffery
Birdland 6 pm $20 Blue Note 12:30, 2:30 pm $24.50
• Freddy Cole Birdland 9, 11 pm $30 • Vicki Burns Trio with Saul Rubin, Boris Kozlov
• Cedar Walton Quartet with Vincent Herring, David Williams, Willie Jones III North Square Lounge 12:30, 2 pm
Village Vanguard 9, 11 pm $30 • Margo Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys
ÌPaquito D’Rivera Tango Jazz Celebration with Pablo Aslan and Company City Winery 10 am $10
Dizzy’s Club 7:30, 9:30 pm $30
• Alex Brown Band Dizzy’s Club 11 pm $10 Monday, December 27
• Chris Botti Blue Note 8, 10:30 pm $65 ÌLamy Istrefi; Long Island City Jazz Alliance: Amanda Monaco, Josh Deutsch,
• Jean Caze Trio; Michika Fukumori Trio Peter Brendler, Christian ColemanUniversity of the Streets 8, 10 pm $10
The Garage 6, 10:30 pm • Cyrus Chestnut, Benny Green, Dezron Douglas, Willie Jones III
• Flow Trio Shrine 6 pm Dizzy’s Club 7:30, 9:30 pm $30
• Yuletide Celebration: Daryl Sherman, Joyce Breach, Jann Parker, Alex Leonard, • Antonio Madruga Dizzy’s Club 11 pm $10
Ronny Whyte, Boots Maleson, David Silliman ÌMingus Orchestra Jazz Standard 7:30, 9:30 pm $25
Saint Peter’s 1 pm $7 • Jimmy Bruno solo; Ari Hoenig Group; Spencer Murphy
Smalls 7:30, 9:30 pm 12 am $20
Thursday, December 23 • Vocal Improv Session #7: Nora McCarthy, Andrea Wolper, Nicole Peyrafitte,
• A Jazz Nativity: Steve Turre, Warren Vaché, Max Pollak, Candido, Lew Soloff, Francois Grillot; Erika Dagnino, Steve Dalachinsky, Jason Mears, Ken Filiano,
Slide Hampton, Jon Gordon, Bob Kindred, Art Baron, Frank Wess, Arturo O’Farrill, Harris Eisenstadt; Sean Conly Quartet with Darius Jones, Alex Harding, Chad Taylor
Amy London BB King’s 7:30 pm $35 The Local 269 7 pm $10
ÌMatt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O with Jeff Lederer, Paul Sikivie • Ayn Sof Arkestra & Bigger Band Sixth Street Synagogue 8:30 pm $10
Cornelia Street Café 8:30 pm $10 • Jon De Lucia/Hironobu Saito; Mike Gamble’s Second Wind
• Massimo Biolcati Trio with Lionel Loueke, Ferenc Nemeth Bar 4 7, 9 pm $5
Jazz Gallery 9, 10:30 pm $20 • Joe Giglio Trio with Rob Thomas, Ratso Harris
ÌSpike Wilner/Ned Goold; Rick Germanson Quartet with Abraham Burton, Bar Next Door 8:30, 10:30 pm $12
Gerald Cannon, Steve Williams; Alex Hoffman • Chris Botti Blue Note 8, 10:30 pm $65
Smalls 7:30, 9:30 pm 12:30 am $20 • Sweet Diane Zinc Bar 7 pm $7
• John McNeil Quartet Puppet’s Jazz Bar 9 pm $12 • Howard Williams Jazz Orchestra; Kurt Bacher Quartet
• Ben Monder Trio with Ben Street, Adam Cruz The Garage 7, 10:30 pm
Bar Next Door 8:30, 10:30 pm $12 • Swingadelic Empire State Building Lobby 10 am
• Tobias Gebb and Trio West with Ugonna Okegwo, Eldad Zvulun; Roseanna Vitro
Miles’ Café 7:30, 9:30 pm $10

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Thursday December 30 R E G U L A R E N G A G E M E N T S
ÌDr. Lonnie Smith Big Band with Kyle Wilson, John Ellis, Logan Richardson,
Clark Gayton, Anne Drummond, Corey King, Josh Roseman, Keyon Harrold, MONDAYS
Miki Hirose, Phil Dizack, Jonathan Kreisberg, Vicente Archer, Jamire Williams • Tom Abbott Big Bang Big Band Swing 46 8:30 pm
Jazz Standard 7:30, 9:30 pm $35 • Ron Affif Trio Zinc Bar 9, 11pm, 12:30, 2 am
ÌGeorge Coleman Quartet with Harold Mabern, John Webber, Joe Farnsworth • Sedric Choukroun and The Brasilieros Chez Lola 7:30 pm
Smoke 8, 10, 11:30 pm • Pete Davenport/Ed Schuller Jam Session Frank’s Cocktail Lounge 9 pm
ÌTom Rainey Trio with Mary Halvorson, Ingrid Laubrock • Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band The Carlyle 8:45 pm $75-100
Cornelia Street Café 8:30 pm $10 • Smoke Big Band; John Farnsworth Quartet Smoke 7, 9, 10:30 pm
• Scot Albertson Quintet with Daryl Kojak, Cameron Brown, Anthony Pinciotti, • Mike Gamble Trio Bar 4 7, 9 pm $5
“Sweet” Sue Terry The Kitano 8, 10 pm • George Gee Swing Orchestra Gospel Uptown 8 pm
• Ehud Asherie solo; Mike LeDonne Group; Carlos Abadie Quintet with • Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks Sofia’s 8 pm (ALSO TUE)
Jonathan Lefcoski, Luca Santaniello, Joe Sucato, Jason Stewart • Patience Higgins Sugar Hill Quartet Lenox Lounge 9:30 pm $10
Smalls 7:30, 9:30 pm 12 am $20 • JFA Jazz Jam Local 802 7 pm
• Akiko Pavolka’s House of Illusion with Nate Radley, Matt Pavolka, Bill Campbell • Roger Lent Trio Jam Cleopatra’s Needle 8 pm $10
Barbès 8 pm $10 • John McNeil Jam Session Puppet’s Jazz Bar 9 pm
• Joe Deninzon Trio with Steve Benson, Jon Price • Iris Ornig Jam Session The Kitano 8 pm
Bar Next Door 8:30, 10:30 pm $12 • Les Paul Trio with guests Iridium 8, 10 pm $35
• Matt Garrison; Deborah Davis and A Few Good Men • Stan Rubin All-Stars Charley O’s 8:30 pm
Miles’ Café 7:30, 9:30 pm $10
• Uri Gurvich Group with Asen Doykin, Pascal Niggenkemper • Emilio Solla y la Inestable de Brooklyn Miles’ Café 9:30 pm $10
Tea Lounge 9, 10:30 pm • Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Village Vanguard 9, 11 pm $30
• Ben Tyree 3 with Theo Harden, Lawrence Qualis • Melvin Vines Kortet with Kay Mori St. Nick’s Pub 10 pm
Rose Live Music 9 pm TUESDAYS
• Aki Ishiguro Trio with Chris Lightcap, Nick Anderson • Evolution Series Creole 9 pm
Solo Kitchen Bar 9 pm • Irving Fields Nino’s Tuscany 7 pm (ALSO WED-SUN)
• Josh Gilgoff’s Glow in the Drum Metropolitan Room 7 pm $10 • Joel Frahm Bar Next Door 8 pm $12
• Roberto Poveda Puppet’s Jazz Bar 11:30 pm $10
• George Gee Swing Orchestra Swing 46 8:30 pm
• Burt Eckoff Trio Cleopatra’s Needle 7 pm
• Mike Stern Band with Victor Wooten, Dave Weckl, Bob Malach • Loston Harris Café Carlyle 9:30 pm $20 (ALSO WED-SAT)
Iridium 8:30, 10:30 pm $40 • Art Hirahara Trio Arturo’s 8 pm
• Birdland Big Band directed by Tommy Igoe with Hilary Kole • Yuichi Hirakawa Trio Arthur’s Tavern 7, 8:30 pm
Birdland 8:30, 11 pm $30 • Sandy Jordan and Larry Luger Trio Notaro 8 pm
ÌReBirth Brass Band with guests Le Poisson Rouge 7, 11:55 pm $30 • Mike LeDonne Quartet; Dan Christensen Trio Smoke 7, 9, 10:30, 11:30 pm
ÌThe Bad Plus: Ethan Iverson, Reid Anderson, Dave King • Long Island City Jazz Alliance Jam Session LIC Bar 8 pm
Village Vanguard 9, 11 pm $30 • Joey Morant Lenox Lounge 8 pm $10
• Improv Benefit: Raz Mesinai, Ikue Mori, Sylvie Courvoisier, Ned Rothenberg • Iris Ornig Quartet Crooked Knife 7 pm
and guests The Stone 8, 10 pm $20 • Annie Ross The Metropolitan Room 9:30 pm $25
• Cyrus Chestnut, Benny Green, Dezron Douglas, Willie Jones III • Robert Rucker Trio Jam Cleopatra’s Needle 8 pm $10
Dizzy’s Club 7:30, 9:30 pm $30 • Dred Scott Trio Rockwood Music Hall 12 am
• Antonio Madruga Dizzy’s Club 11 pm $10 • Slavic Soul Party Barbès 9 pm $10
• Chris Botti Blue Note 8, 10:30 pm $65
• Nick Moran Trio; Andrew Atkinson Trio WEDNESDAYS
The Garage 6, 10:30 pm • Astoria Jazz Composers Workshop Waltz-Astoria 6 pm
• Bill Cantrall Trio 718 Restaurant 8:30 pm
• Sedric Choukroun and the Eccentrics Chez Oskar 7 pm
NEW YEAR’S EVE 2010 • Walter Fischbacher Trio Water Street Restaurant 8 pm
• Jeanne Gies with Howard Alden and Friends Joe G’s 6:30 pm
• Frank Lacy St. Nick’s Pub 10 pm
• Nilson Matta’s Samba Meets Jazz with Helio Alves, Roni Ben-Hur, Amy London, • Les Kurz Trio Cleopatra’s Needle 7 pm $10
Nilson Matta, Portinho; Jazz Legends Of The Guitar: Gene Bertoncini, • Jazz Jam Session Sucre Café 7:30 pm
Bucky Pizzarelli, Ed Laub The Kitano 9 pm $85, $25 minimum, party favors • Jonathan Kreisberg Trio Bar Next Door 8:30, 10:30 pm $12
and champagne toast at midnight • Guillaume Laurent Trio Bar Tabac 7 pm
• Jack Wilkins, Harvie S, Vanderlei Pereira • Jed Levy and Friends Vino di Vino Wine Bar 7:30 pm (ALSO FRI)
Bella Luna 9 pm $69 full menu, • Nat Lucas Organ Trio Lenox Lounge 8 pm $3
complimentary glass of champagne and music • Jacob Melchior Philip Marie 7 pm (ALSO SUN 12 PM)
• Ed Cherry Trio with Jared Gold, Chris Beck • Arturo O’Farrill solo Puppet’s Jazz Bar 7 pm $10
Bar Next Door 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 pm $12 • Alex Obert’s Hollow Bones Via Della Pace 10 pm
• Birdland Big Band directed by Tommy Igoe with Hilary Kole • David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Centennial Band Birdland 5 pm $10
Birdland 8, 11 pm $50-75, $20 minimum • Stan Rubin Big Band Swing 46 8:30 pm
• Paul Shapiro’s Ribs and Brisket Cornelia Street Café 10 pm $55-100 • Bobby Sanabria Big Band FB Lounge 7:30, 9:30 pm $10
• Johnny O’Neal Smalls 8 pm $40, includes champagne toast • Alex Terrier Trio Antibes Bistro 7:30 pm
• Smalls All-Stars and Jam session Smalls 12 am $20 • Vocal Wednesdays Zeb’s 8 pm
• Bruce Harris Quartet Cleopatra’s Needle 9 pm $20, • Justin Wert/Corcoran Holt Benoit 7 pm
• Bill Wurtzel/Tony Decaprio American Folk Art Museum Lincoln Square 2 pm
includes champagne toast • Jordan Young Group Bflat 8:30 pm
• David White Quintet The Garage 7:30 pm
ÌDr. Lonnie Smith Big Band with Kyle Wilson, John Ellis, Logan Richardson, THURSDAYS
Clark Gayton, Anne Drummond, Corey King, Josh Roseman, Keyon Harrold, • Eric Alexander and Joe Farnsworth Ibiza Lounge 8, 10 pm $10
Miki Hirose, Phil Dizack, Jonathan Kreisberg, Vicente Archer, Jamire Williams • Jason Campbell Trio Perk’s 8 pm
Jazz Standard 7:30, 10:30 pm $125-195, first set • Sedric Choukroun Brasserie Jullien 7:30 pm (ALSO FRI, SAT)
includes three-course dinner; second set also • Claude Diallo Domaine Wine Bar 9 pm
includes champagne toast • Aki Ishiguro Jam Session Solo Kitchen Bar 9 pm
ÌGeorge Coleman Quartet with Harold Mabern, John Webber, Joe Farnsworth
• Jazz Vocal Workshop University of the Streets 8:30 pm $5
Smoke 8, 10, 11:30 pm • Edward Perez Afro-Peruvian Collective Tutuma Social Club 8:30 pm
• Gregory Porter Smoke 7, 9, 10:30 pm
• Mike Stern Band with Victor Wooten, Dave Weckl, Bob Malach • Eri Yamamoto Trio Arthur’s Tavern 7 pm (ALSO FRI-SAT)
Iridium 8:30, 10:30 pm $40-125, includes
three-course dinner and champagne toast FRIDAYS
ÌThe Bad Plus: Ethan Iverson, Reid Anderson, Dave King • Gabriel Alegria Sextet Tutuma Social Club 8, 10:30 pm (ALSO SAT-SUN)
Village Vanguard 9, 11 pm $125 • Steve Blanco Trio Domaine Wine Bar 9 pm (ALSO SAT)
• Cyrus Chestnut, Benny Green, Dezron Douglas, Willie Jones III with guests • Deep Pedestrian Sintir 8 pm
Jimmy Heath, Nicholas Payton Dizzy’s Club 7:30, 11 pm $150-250, • Charles Downs’ Centipede The Complete Music Studio 7 pm
includes three-course dinner • George Gee Swing Orchestra Swing 46 9:30 pm
• Antonio Madruga Dizzy’s Club 1 am $20 • Kengo Nakamura Trio Club A Steakhouse 11 pm
• Chris Botti Blue Note 7, 10 pm $125-175 • Open Jazz Jam Session University of the Streets 11:30 pm $5 (ALSO SAT)
• Albert Rivera Organ Trio B Smith’s 8:30 pm (ALSO SAT)
• Puppet’s New Year’s Eve Extravaganza with Arturo O’Farrill, Jim Seeley, • Brandon Sanders Trio Londel’s 8, 9, 10 pm (ALSO SAT)
Alex Blake, Bill Ware, Jaime Aff and guests • Bill Saxton and Friends Bill’s Place 10 pm 12 am $15
Puppet’s Jazz Bar 5 pm - 4 am $25 • Donald Smith St. Nick’s Pub 10 pm
SATURDAYS
• Jesse Elder/Greg RuggieroRothmann’s 6 pm
• Guillaume Laurent/Luke Franco Casaville 1 pm
• Johnny O’Neal & Friends Smoke 12:30 am
• Wayne Roberts Duo City Crab 12 pm (ALSO SUN)
• Jeremy Siskind Trio; Lea DeLaria Smoke 11:30 am, 1, 3 pm (ALSO SUN)
• Skye Jazz Trio Jack 8:30 pm
• Michelle Walker/Nick Russo Anyway Café 9 pm
• Bill Wurtzel Duo Henry’s 12 pm
SUNDAYS
• Bill Cantrall Trio Crescent and Vine 6:30 pm
• Marc Devine Trio TGIFriday’s 6 pm
• Noah Haidu Jam Cleopatra’s Needle 8 pm $19
• Ear Regulars with Jon-Erik Kellso The Ear Inn 8 pm
• Marjorie Eliot/Rudell Drears/Sedric Choukroun Parlor Entertainment 4 pm
• Sean Fitzpatrick and Friends Ra Café 1 pm
• Enrico Granafei solo Sora Lella 7 pm
• Lafayette Harris Lenox Lounge 7 pm $10
• Stan Killian Trio Ocean’s 8 8:30 pm
• Bob Kindred Grouo Café Loup 12:30 pm
• Lapis Luna Trio Bocca 7 pm
• Alexander McCabe Trio CJ Cullens Tavern 5 pm
• Junior Mance/Hide Tanaka Café Loup 6:30 pm
• Peter Mazza Bar Next Door 8 pm $12
• Tony Middleton Trio The Kitano 11 am
• Zack O’Farrill Quartet Puppet’s Jazz Bar 12 pm $6
• Rose Rutledge Trio Ardesia Wine Bar 6:30 pm
• Gabrielle Stravelli Trio The Village Trattoria 12:30 pm
• TC III’s Singer Workshop St. Nick’s Pub 10:30 pm
• Jason Teborek Quartet Smoke 11:30 pm
• Cidinho Teixeira Zinc Bar 10, 11:30 1 am
• Jazz Jam hosted by Michael Vitali Comix Lounge 8 pm
• Brian Woodruff Jam Blackbird’s 9 pm

44 December 2010 | ALLABOUTJAZZ-NEW YORK


CLUB DIRECTORY

• 5C Café 68 Avenue C (212-477-5993) • Dicapo Opera Theatre 184 East 76th Street at Lexington Avenue • Miles’ Café 212 E. 52nd Street, 3rd floor (between Second and
Subway: F to Second Avenue 5ccc.com Subway: 6 to 77th Street Third Avenues) (212-371-7657) Subway: 6 to 51st Street; E to
• 55Bar 55 Christopher Street (212-929-9883) • Dizzy’s Club Broadway at 60th Street, 5th Floor (212-258-9800) 53rd Street MilesCafe.com
Subway: 1 to Christopher Street 55bar.com Subway: 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, B, D, F to Columbus Circle jalc.org • NYC Baha’i Center 53 E. 11th Street (212-222-5159)
• 718 Restaurant 35-01 Ditmars Boulevard • Domaine Wine Bar 50-04 Vernon Boulevard Subway: 4, 5, 6, N, R to 14th Street-Union Square bahainyc.org
(718-204-5553) Subway: N, Q to Ditmars 718restaurant.com Subway: 7 to Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue • New School 55 W. 13th Street
• 92nd Street Y Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street • Douglass Street Music Collective 295 Douglass Street (212-229-5488) Subway: F, V to 14th Street jazz.newschool.edu
(212-415-5500) Subway: 6 to 96th Street 92y.org Subway: R to Union Street myspace.com/295douglass • Nino’s Tuscany 117 W. 58th Street (212-757-8630)
• ABC No Rio 156 Rivington Street (212-254-3697) • Downtown Music Gallery 13 Monroe Street (212-473-0043) Subway: 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, B, D, F to Columbus Circle
Subway: J,M,Z to Delancey Street abcnorio.org Subway: F to East Broadway downtownmusicgallery.com ninostuscany.com
• American Folk Art Museum 45 W 53rd Street (212-265-1040) • Drom 85 Avenue A • North Square Lounge 103 Waverly Place at McDougal Street
Subway: E to 53rd Street folkartmuseum.org (212-777-1157) Subway: F to Second Avenue dromnyc.com (212-254-1200) Subway: A, B, C, E, F to West 4th Street
• Antibes Bistro 112 Suffolk Street • Dwyer Cultural Center 259 St. Nicholas Avenue northsquarejazz.com
(212-533-6088) Subway: J, Z to Essex Street antibesbistro.com (212-222-3060) Subway: D to 125th Street dwyercc.org • Notaro Second Avenue between 34th & 35th Streets (212-686-3400)
• Antique Garage 41 Mercer Street (212-219-1019) • The Ear Inn 326 Spring Street at Greenwich Street (212-246-5074) Subway: 6 to 33rd Street
Subway: N, Q, R, W to Canal Street Subway: C, E to Spring Street • Nublu 62 Avenue C between 4th and 5th Streets (212-979-9925)
• Anyway Café 34 E. 2nd Street (212-533-3412) • Empire State Building Lobby 350 5th Avenue Subway: F to Second Avenue nublu.net
Subway: F to Second Avenue Subway: 6 to 33rd Street • Ocean’s 8 at Brownstone Billiards 308 Flatbush Avenue
• Apple Store Upper West Side 1981 Broadway at 67th Street • FB Lounge 172 E 106th Street (212-348-3929) (718-857-5555) Subway: B, Q to Seventh Avenue
(212-209-3400) Subway: 1 to 66th Street apple.com Subway: 6 to 103rd Street fondaboricua.com • Parlor Entertainment 555 Edgecombe Ave. #3F between 159th and
• Ardesia Wine Bar 510 West 52nd Street • Fat Cat 75 Christopher Street at 7th Avenue (212-675-6056) 160th Streets (212-781-6595) Subway: C to 155th Street
(212-247-9191) Subway: C to 50th Street ardesia-ny.com Subway: 1 to Christopher Street/Sheridan Square fatcatmusic.org parlorentertainment.com
• Arthur’s Tavern 57 Grove Street (212-675-6879) • Fetch 1649 Third Avenue between 92nd and 93rd Streets • ParlorJazz 119 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn (718-855-1981)
Subway: 1 to Christopher Street arthurstavernnyc.com (212-289-2700) Subway: 6 to 96th Street Subway: G to Clinton-Washington parlorjazz.com
• Arturo’s 106 W. Houston Street (at Thompson Street) • The Fifth Estate 506 5th Avenue (718-840-0089) • Piano Due 151 West 51st Street (212-399-9400)
(212-677-3820) Subway: A, B, C, D, E, F to W. 4th Street Subway: F to 4th Avenue fifthestatebar.com Subway: 1 to 50th Street pianoduenyc.net
• BAMCafé 30 Lafayette Ave at Ashland Pl, Fort Greene, Brooklyn • First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn 124 Henry Street • Prospect Series 363 Prospect Avenue, ground floor between
(718-636-4139) Subway: M, N, R, W to Pacific Street; Q, 1, 2, 4, 5 to Subway: 2, 3 to Clark Street Sixth and Seventh Avenues Subway: D, N, R to Prospect Avenue
Atlantic Avenue bam.org • Flushing Town Hall 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing • Puppet’s Jazz Bar 481 5th Avenue, Brooklyn (718-499-2622)
• Bflat 277 Church Street (between Franklin and White Streets) (718-463-7700) Subway: 7 to Main Street flushingtownhall.org Subway: F to 7th Avenue puppetsjazz.com
Subway: 1, 2 to Franklin Streets • Flute Bar 205 W. 54th St.between 7th Avenue and Broadway • Rockwood Music Hall 196 Allen Street (212-477-4155)
• BB King’s Blues Bar 237 W. 42nd Street (212-997-2144) (212-265-5169) Subway: B, D, E to 7th Avenue Subway: F to Second Avenue rockwoodmusichall.com
Subway: 1, 2, 3, 7 to 42nd Street/Times Square bbkingblues.com • Flute Bar Gramercy 40 E. 20th Street • Rose Live Music 345 Grand Street between Havemeyer and Marcy
• Banjo Jim’s 9th Street and Avenue C (212-529-7870) Subway: 6 to 23rd Street (718-599-0069) Subway: L to Lorimer Street liveatrose.com
Subway: L to 1st Avenue; 6 to Astor Place banjojims.com • Frank’s Cocktail Lounge 660 Fulton St. at Lafayette, Brooklyn • Rose Theater Broadway at 60th Street, 5th floor (212-258-9800)
• Bar 4 15th Street and 7th Avenue, Brooklyn (718-832-9800) (718-625-9339) Subway: G to Fulton Street Subway: 1, 2, 3, 9, A, C, E, B, D, F to Columbus Circle jalc.org
Subway: F to 7th Avenue, N, M, R, D to Prospect Avenue • Freedom Garden 294 Troutman Street Subway: L to Jefferson Street • Roulette 20 Greene Street (between Canal and Grand Streets)
bar4brooklyn.com • Galapagos 16 Main Street, Brooklyn (718-782-5188) (212-219-8242) Subway: 1 to Franklin Street roulette.org
• Bar Next Door 129 MacDougal Street (212-529-5945) Subway: F to York Street galapagosartspace.com • Rubin Museum 150 West 17th Street (212-620-5000)
Subway: A, C, E, F to W. 4th Street lalanternacaffe.com • The Garage 99 Seventh Avenue South (212-645-0600) Subway: A, C, E to 14th Street rmanyc.org
• Barbès 376 9th Street at 6th Avenue, Brooklyn (718-965-9177) Subway: 1 to Christopher Street garagerest.com • St. Nick’s Pub 773 St. Nicholas Avenue at 149th Street
Subway: F to 7th Avenue barbesbrooklyn.com • The Gatehouse 150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street (212-283-9728) Subway: A, C, B, D to 145th Street
• Barnes and Noble 86th Street at Lexington Avenue (212-650-7100) Subway: 1 to 137th Street harlemstage.org • Saint Peter’s Church 619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street
(212-369-2180) Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th Street bn.com • Gershwin Hotel Living Room 7 East 27th Street (212-935-2200) Subway: 6 to 51st Street saintpeters.org
• Bella Luna 584 Columbus Avenue Subway: B, C to 86th Street (212-545-8000) Subway: 6 to 28th Street • SALT SPACE 1158 Broadway at 27th Street, 5th floor
• Benoit 60 W. 55th Street • Goethe Institut 1014 Fifth Avenue (212-439-8700) Subway: F to 23rd Street saltspacenyc.com
Subway: F to 57th Street, N, Q, R,W to 57th Street Subway: 4, 5,6 to 86th Street goethe.de/ins/us/ney/enindex.htm • Showman’s 375 West 125th Street at Morningside) (212-864-8941)
• Birdland 315 W. 44th Street (212-581-3080) • Gospel Uptown 2110 Adam Clayton Powell Junior Boulevard Subway: 1 to 125th Street
Subway: A, C, E, to 42nd Street birdlandjazz.com (212-280-2110) Subway: A, B, C, D to 125th Street • Shrine 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard (212-690-7807)
• Blackbird’s 41-19 30th Avenue (718-943-6898) gospeluptown.com Subway: B, 2, 3 to 135th Street shrinenyc.com
Subway: R to Steinway Street blackbirdsbar.com • Grace R. Rogers Auditorium 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street • Sintir 424 E. 9th Street between Avenue A and First Avenue
• Blue Note 131 W. 3rd Street at 6th Avenue (212-475-8592) (212-570-3949) Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th Street metmuseum.org (212-477-4333) Subway: 6 to Astor Place
Subway: A, B, C, D, E, F to W. 4th Street bluenotejazz.com • Greenwich House Music School 46 Barrow Street (212-242-4770) • Sistas’ Place 456 Nostrand Avenue at Jefferson Avenue, Brooklyn
• The Blue Owl 196 Second Avenue (at 12th Street) Subway: 1 to Christopher Street greenwichhouse.org (718-398-1766) Subway: A to Nostrand Avenue sistasplace.org
(212-505-2583) Subway: L to First Avenue • Greenwich Village Bistro 13 Carmine Street (212-206-9777) • Sixth Street Synagogue 6th Street between First and
• Bocca 39 East 19th Street (212-387-1200) Subway: A,C,E,F,V to W. 4th Street Second Avenues (212-473-3665) Subway: 6 to Astor Place
Subway: 4, 5, 6, L, N, R, Q, W to Union Square • Henry’s 2745 Broadway (212-866-060) 1 to 103rd Street eastvillageshul.com
• Bowery Poetry Club 308 Bowery (212-614-0505) • I-Beam 168 7th Street between Second and Third Avenues • Smalls 183 W 10th Street at Seventh Avenue (212-252-5091)
Subway: 6 to Bleecker Street bowerypoetry.com Subway: F to 4th Avenue ibeambrooklyn.com Subway: 1,2,3,9 to 14th Street smallsjazzclub.com
• Brecht Forum 451 West Street (212-242-4201) • Ibiza Lounge 220 W. 242nd Street, Bronx • Smoke 2751 Broadway between 105th and 106th Streets
Subway: A, C, E, L, 1, 2, 3, 9 to 14th Street brechtforum.org (646-256-9968) Subway: 1 to 242 Street ibizany.com (212-864-6662) Subway: 1 to 103rd Street smokejazz.com
• Brooklyn Lyceum 227 4th Avenue (718-857-4816) • Iridium 1650 Broadway at 51st Street (212-582-2121) • Sofia’s 221 W. 46th Street Subway: B, D, F to 42nd Street
Subway: R to Union Street brooklynlyceum.com Subway: 1,2 to 50th Street iridiumjazzclub.com • Solo Kitchen Bar 1502 Cortelyou Road (between E 16th and
• Buona Sera 12th Street and University Place • Issue Project Room 232 Third Street (at the corner Third Avenue) Marlborough Road) (718-826-0951) Subway: Q to Cortelyou Road
Subway: 4, 5, 6, L, N, R, Q, W to Union Square Subway: M to Union Street issueprojectroom.org • Sora Lella 300 Spring Street
• CJ Cullens Tavern 4340 White Plains Road, Bronx • Jack 80 University Place Subway: 4, 5, 6, N, R to 14th Street (212-366-4749) Subway: C, E to Spring Street soralellanyc.com
Subway: 2 to Nereid Avenue/238th Street • Jazz 966 966 Fulton Street (718-638-6910) • Spike Hill 184 Bedford Avenue Subway: L to Bedford spikehill.com
• Café Carlyle 35 East 76th Street (212-744-1600) Subway: C to Clinton Street illbrew.com/Jazz966.htm • Steinway Hall 109 W. 57th Street (212-246-1100)
Subway: 6 to 77th Street thecarlyle.com • Jazz Gallery 290 Hudson Street (212-242-1063) Subway: 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, B, D, F to Columbus Circle
• Café Loup 105 W. 13th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues Subway: C, E, to Spring Street jazzgallery.org steinwayhall.com
(212-255-4746) Subway: F to 14th Street • Jazz Museum in Harlem 104 E.126th Street between Park and • The Stone Avenue C and 2nd Street
• Café Orwell 247 Varet Street Lexington Avenues (212-348-8300) Subway: 6 to 125th Street Subway: F to Second Avenue thestonenyc.com
(347-294-4759) Subway: L to Morgan Avenue jazzmuseuminharlem.org • Sucre Café 520 Dekalb Avenue (718-636-2000)
• Caffe Vivaldi 32 Jones Street between Bleecker and W. 4th Streets • Jazz Standard 116 E. 27th between Park and Lexington Avenue Subway: G to Bedford-Nostrand Avenues
Subway: A, B, C, D, E, F, Q to W. 4th Street-Washington Square (212-576-2232) Subway: 6 to 28th Street jazzstandard.net • Swing 46 349 W. 46th Street (646-322-4051)
• Cameo Gallery 93 N. 6th Street Subway: L to Bedford Avenue • Joe G’s 244 West 56th Street (212-765-3160) Subway: A, C, E to 42nd Street swing46.com
• Casaville 633 Second Avenue Subway: 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, B, D, F to Columbus Circle • Sycamore 1118 Cortelyou Road (347-240-5850)
(212-685-8558) Subway: 6 to 33rd Street casavillenyc.com • Joe’s Pub 425 Lafayette Street (212-539-8770) Subway: B, Q to to Cortelyou Road sycamorebrooklyn.com
• The Castello Plan 1213 Cortelyou Road (718-856-8888) Subway: N, R to 8th Street-NYU; 6 to Astor Place joespub.com • Tea Lounge 837 Union Street, Brooklyn (718-789-2762)
Subway: Q to Cortelyou Road thecastelloplan.com • The Kitano 66 Park Avenue at 38th Street (212-885-7000) Subway: N, R to Union Street tealoungeNY.com
• The Cathedral of St. John the Divine 1047 Amsterdam Avenue Subway: 4, 5, 6 to Grand Central kitano.com • Tomi Jazz 239 E. 53rd Street (646-497-1254)
(212 316-7490) Subway: 1 to 110th Street stjohndivine.org • Klavierhaus 211 West 58th Street Subway: 6 to 51st Street tomijazz.com
• Charley O’s 1611 Broadway at 49th Street (212-246-1960) (212-245-4535) Subway: 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, B, D, F to Columbus Circle • Tribeca Performing Arts Center 199 Chambers Street
Subway: N, R, W to 49th Street klavierhaus.com (212-220-1460) Subway: A, 1, 2, 3, 9 to Chambers Street
• Chez Lola 387 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn (718-858-1484) • Knickerbocker Bar & Grill 33 University Place at 9th Street tribecapac.org
Subway: C to Clinton-Washington Avenues bistrolola.com (212-228-8490) Subway: N, R to 8th Street-NYU • Tutuma Social Club 164 East 56th Street 646-300-0305
• Chez Oskar 211 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn (718-852-6250) knickerbockerbarandgrill.com Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 59th Street TutumaSocialClub.com
Subway: C to Lafayette Avenue chezoskar.com • Korzo 667 5th Avenue (between 19th and 20th streets), Brooklyn • University of the Streets 130 East 7th Street (212-254-9300)
• City Winery 155 Varick Street (718-285-9425) Subway: R to Prospect Avenue Subway: 6 to Astor Place universityofthestreets.org
(212-608-0555) Subway: 1 to Houston Street citywinery.com eurotripbrooklyn.com/info.html • Via Della Pace 48 East 7th Street and Second Avenue
• Cleopatra’s Needle 2485 Broadway (212-769-6969) • LIC Bar 45-58 Vernon Boulevard (212-253-5803) Subway: 6 to Astor Place
Subway: 1, 2, 3 to 96th Street cleopatrasneedleny.com (718-786-5400) Subway: 7 to Vernon-Jackson Boulevard • The Village Trattoria 135 West 3rd Street (212-598-0011)
• Club A Steakhouse 240 E. 58th Street (212-618-4190) • Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker Street (212-228-4854) Subway: A, B, C, D, E, F to W. 4th Street thevillagetrattoria.com
Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 59th Street clubasteak.com Subway: A, B, C, D, E, F to W. 4th Street lepoissonrouge.com • Village Vanguard 178 Seventh Avenue South at 11th Street
• Cobi’s Place 158 West 48th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues • Lenox Lounge 288 Lenox Avenue between 124th and 125th Streets (212-255-4037) Subway: 1, 2, 3 to 14th Street villagevanguard.com
(516-922-2010) Subway: 1,2 to 50th Street (212-427-0253) Subway: 2, 3 to 125th Street lenoxlounge.com • Vino di Vino Wine Bar 29-21 Ditmars Boulevard, Queens
• Comix Lounge 353 W. 14th Street Subway: L to 8th Avenue • Leonard Nimoy Thalia 2537 Broadway at 95th Street (718-721-3010) Subway: N to Ditmars Blvd-Astoria
• The Complete Music Studio 227 Saint Marks Avenue, Brooklyn (212-864-5400) Subway: 1, 2, 3, 9 to 96th Street • Walker’s 16 North Moore Street (212-941-0142)
(718-857-3175) Subway: B, Q to Seventh Avenue symphonyspace.org Subway: A, C, E to Canal Street
completemusic.com • Littlefield 622 Degraw Street • Waltz-Astoria 23-14 Ditmars Boulevard (718-95-MUSIC)
• Cornelia Street Café 29 Cornelia Street (212-989-9319) (718-855-3388) Subway: M, R to Union Street littlefieldnyc.com Subway: N, R to Ditmars Blvd-Astoria Waltz-Astoria.com
Subway: A, B, C, D, E, F to W. 4th Street • The Local 269 269 East Houston Street at Suffolk Street • Water Street Restaurant 66 Water Street (718-625-9352)
corneliastreetcafé.com Subway: F to Second Avenue rucma.org Subway: F to York Street, A, C to High Street
• Creole 2167 3rd Avenue at 118th Street • Local 802 322 W. 48th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues • York College Performing Arts Center 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.,
(212-876-8838) Subway: 6 th 116th Street creolenyc.com (212-245-4802) Subway: C to 50th Street jazzfoundation.org Queens Subway: E to Jamaica Center york.cuny.edu
• Crescent and Vine 25-01 Ditmars Boulevard at Crescent Street • Londel’s 2620 Frederick Douglas Boulevard between 139th and • Zeb’s 223 W. 28th Street Subway: 1 to 28th Street
(718-204-4774) Subway: N, Q to Ditmars Boulevard-Astoria 140th streets (212-234-6114) Subway: 1 to 145th Street • Zebulon 258 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn (718-218-6934)
• Crooked Knife 29 East 30th St between Madison and Park Avenue londelsrestaurant.com Subway: L to Bedford Avenue zebuloncafeconcert.com
(212-696-2593) Subway: 6 to 33rd Street thecrookedknife.com • Metropolitan Room 34 West 22nd Street (212-206-0440) • Zinc Bar 82 West 3rd Street (212-477-8337) Subway: A, C, E, F,
Subway: N, R to 23rd Street metropolitanroom.com Grand Street Shuttle to W. 4th Street zincbar.com

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pianist. On Ornette Coleman’s “Lonely Woman”, three dozen bass-clef players. Several proved major Dorante also performed with the fine trio led by
Watts’ dramatic hovering out-of-time introduction soloists: Céline Bonacina on irrepressible bari and bassist Ray Drummond, with Boston-based drummer
made you sit very still in your chair. Denis Colin, Ulrich Drechsler, Per “Texas” Johansson, John Ramsay (two more master class presenters),
Enrico Rava’s new quintet, with exciting all on bass clarinet. playing a concert of both standards and originals,
trombonist Gianluca Petrella and brilliant young Tributes to Charlie Parker went literal and including Drummond’s own “Ballade Poetique” and
pianist Giovanni Guidi, played an incandescent set in subliminal; octogenarian altoist Emil Mangelsdorff’s “Maya’s Dance”, with a combination of fire and taste.
a full-to-overflowing Kolarac. It is a 78-year-old opening set dimly enshrined “Confirmation” and Ramsay’s fellow Berklee instructor, saxophonist
concert space with approximately 900 seats and, like “Night In Tunisia” while Django Bates’ Beloved Bird Daniel Ian Smith did a fine job rehearsing the student
everything in Belgrade, looks its age. But its acoustics piano trio fractaled “Billie’s Bounce”, tripped “Little Big Band JAZZUV through a difficult songbook of
are extraordinary. Most of the pieces were slow burns, Suede Shoes” over Latin lines from 4/4 to 7/4, arrangements of both familiar and not-so-familiar
Rava’s trumpet veering sideways to make revelatory lockhanded “Star Eyes” in the George Shearing style compositions - “Monk’s Mood”, Ralph Burns’ “Early
melodic breakthroughs. In live performance, Rava’s and atomized “Ah-leu-cha” into wispy Ravel cirrus. Autumn”, Oliver Nelson’s “Stolen Moments” and
poetic persona, so dominant on his ECM recordings, is Billie Holiday’s book got punk’d by Orchestre Dizzy Gillespie’s “I Waited For You” among the
more likely to diversify into shattering trumpet spikes National de France, when singers Karen Lano and Ian former while those from the latter category, Nat
soaring straight up. He and Petrella often soloed Siegal unfurled a noirish “Strange Fruit”, ac/dc “My Adderley’s “Sweet Emma”, Jaki Byard’s “Aluminum
simultaneously and created complex contrapuntal Man” and rocked-out “You’ve Changed”, with nice Baby” and Herb Geller’s “Geller’s Cellar”
synergies. Guidi is the perfect pianist for Rava because alto flute by Joce Mieniel. The audience at first demonstrated the veracity of Smith’s declaration that
he can allocate single notes into cryptic disembodied appeared outraged (some walked out) but later settled the aggregation was as capable as any student band
designs or smash the keys with the flats of his hands into amused, or at least grudging, surprise. getting off the bus in New York City. A tour de force
and make turgid heaving layers, as the moment Rock inflections rang out as frequently as black performance of the guest conductor’s “Dynamic Duo”
requires. Don Cherry’s “Art Deco” was one of the few turtlenecks, often as bold backbeats or guitar cameos, backing his tenor sax in a heated dialogue with Jason
recognizable themes. like Peter Rom’s violin-like finesse or Pierre Palmer’s virtuosic trumpet (that would continue
On the last night Jason Moran’s Bandwagon Perchaud’s blistering riffs or perky mandolin and were subsequently on Smith’s own daring club set) put an
played the Student Cultural Center. The crowd was the greeted with cheers in this hall that airs classical acts exclamation point on the revelatory concert.
youngest and loudest of the festival and filled all the most of the year. Electronica surfaced regularly in Numerous members of the young orchestra
seats and stood around the edges of the large two- supporting roles, but was prime in Heavy Rotation’s regularly proved themselves to be equally excellent
story room and spilled out into the smoky foyer. loops-n-patches at Quasimodo and Peter Bolte’s alto soloists (joined by a few fine songstresses) in the
(Cigarette smoke is the national plague of Serbia.) wired to Jim Campbell’s laptop jungle in the Side nightly jam sessions that followed each evening’s main
Perhaps in response to the party atmosphere, Moran Stage’s comparatively cozy confines. events, ending long days that often began with
played more Fender Rhodes and more funk than usual. Experimental vocals, a ripe mix of improvised and morning master classes and continued with afternoon
But he did offer “Study No. 6” by Conlon Nancarrow carefully scripted, were noted from Nika Zach, Studio jazz-related theater and films and free outdoor
on acoustic piano, a rapt, slow melody searching to Dan’s pixilated pixie, and Little Red Suitcase’s stark, concerts. Utilizing myriad venues, each with its own
coalesce in halting notes. And he did confirm that he is seriocomic duos. Paavo, co-led by bold pianist Cecilia individual charm and character, the festival afforded
the strongest living interpreter of Monk with a ringing Persson and crystalline singer Sofia Jernberg, were listeners (many coming from different Mexican locales,
“Crepuscule With Nellie”. midnight showstoppers at JFB’s black box sidestage. but very few from other countries, including the
Because of the insightful decisions of Artistic Their witty, brilliant chamber miniatures, with agile United States) the opportunity to partake in the beauty
Director Vojislav Pantic and Program Manager Dragan reeds and trumpet, danced on pinheads with utter of one Mexico’s greenest cities, strewn with
Ambrosic, the Belgrade festival always offers unpredictability - ever playful yet purposeful. spectacular landscapes, parks and mountain views.
opportunities for important discoveries. The cross- Statesiders were few but iconic. Vocal group Moss With a temperate climate often described as
cultural trio of outcats led by trombonist Reut Regev broke out with Neil Young’s “Old Man” and Tom “perfect” and a thriving music scene of its own,
rocked the Student Cultural Center. So did Zerkman Waits’ “Take It With Me”. Tony Malaby ripped lusty featuring both local musicians and students and
Big Bang. They played electrified thunder through tenor treads opposite Denis Colin’s refined bass teachers from throughout Mexico, as well as Cuba,
which trumpeter Zoran Erkman interwove improbable clarinet. And Jazz-Institut Berlin’s concert featured a Xalapa and its Festival Internacional JAZZUV may
haunting melodies. Sinne Eeg, from Denmark, is a percussion ensemble led by John Hollenbeck and well become an international destination. But as with
singer with the whole package: looks, height, pipes, singer Judy Niemack’s Chillida Project. its grand finale, a free great hall concert featuring the
range, control and the ability to both scat and tell a An ‘intriguing instrument award’ goes to JAZZUV Big Band (under the direction of the fine
story. She also writes nice songs in English like Matthias Loibner for mastery of the hurdy-gurdy, a Cuban altoist Raúl Gutiérrez) playing its regular Latin
“Waiting For Dawn”, a poignant set of reflections on a medieval Tyrolean hybrid of accordion, fiddle and repertoire - with guests Herrera, Paredes, Bunnett,
long-distance love affair. crank organ; his turns wove exotic skeins in Jazz Smith and Mela (singing) that had many of the
The people of Serbia are in the process of rejoining Bigband Graz’ astonishing ‘rhythm section’ with estimated 5,000 attendees up and dancing for an hour
the world community. One of the best ways ever Barbara Buchholz’ theremin, Uli Rennert’s lap-steel long-encore - it is already, in its third year, one of the
devised to bring people together is jazz. K guitar and Christof Dienz’ e-zither. K best places in the world to hear music. K

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IN MEMORIAM
by Andrey Henkin
GARY BANNISTER - Seattle’s place among jazz cities would have been much lower without the HOTEP IDRIS GALETA - A contemporary of Abdullah Ibrahim and Chris McGregor, the South
efforts of the promoter/producer. After moving to the city in 1974, Bannister had a radio show and African pianist also left his native country to pursue jazz, ending up in the United States and in the
ran a record label but most importantly was the booker for Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley and co-founded groups of such players as Hugh Masekela, Jackie McLean and Mario Pavone and on the faculty of
the Earshot Jazz Festival, one of the United States’ most important avant garde music festivals. the Hartt School of Music. Galeta died Nov. 3rd at 69.
Bannister died Oct. 18th at 61.
BRIAN GRICE - The son of French hornist Maurice Grice, the drummer moved from his native
JACK BROKENSHA - The vibraphonist truly had an international career, getting started in the ‘50s Chicago to New York City in the ‘80s and worked with Oscar Brown, Jr, Charles Earland and in
as part of the Australian Jazz Quartet then Quintet before moving to Detroit and joining that city’s Broadway pit orchestras. Grice died Jul. 17th at 57.
jazz and soul scenes, recording often for early Motown sessions. Brokensha died Oct. 28th at 84.
CARL HENDRIX - The pianist got his start in army bands during the ‘40s, worked with the Dorsey
DICK BUCKLEY - Radio listeners in the Windy City from the mid ‘50s to 2008 knew the voice of Brothers in New York after the war and then was a fixture in Florida during the past decades.
Dick Buckley, the elder statesman of jazz broadcasters, whose knowledge and bass-baritone voice Hendrix died Aug. 3rd at approximately 85.
were famous. Buckley died Jul. 22nd at 85.
WALTER PAYTON - The bassist should be known as more than father to trumpeter Nicholas. The
TITO BURNS - The accordionist was one of the first British beboppers, leading groups that elder Payton was one of the linchpins of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a famed traditional New
included such future stars as Johnny Dankworth, before shifting his attentions to rock and roll in the Orleans ensemble, as well as a music educator, both in schools and leading the youth band at New
role of manager and impresario. Burns died Aug. 23rd at 89. Orleans’ Jazz and Heritage Festival. Payton died Oct. 28th at 68.

VINCENT DAVIS - The percussionist was an assistant professor at Berklee College of Music but HARVEY PHILLIPS - He was responsible for getting the tuba respect as a solo instrument and as a
made his name as a free-thinking drummer for a number of Chicago ensembles stemming from the destination for commissioned works. Though primarily working in the classical field, he also
AACM world like those of Roscoe Mitchell and Malachi Favors. Davis died Aug. 25th at 53. performed jazz in clubs and recital halls. Phillips died Oct. 21st at 80.

BILL FITCH - Who helped shape the Latin jazz sounds of Cal Tjader and Vince Guaraldi during the SID SIMMONS - The pianist worked early on with the famed Grubbs brothers of Philadelphia, was
‘60s? Conga player Bill Fitch, that’s who. An older contemporary of Gary Burton and Chick Corea at part of Locksmith, a famed local band of future stars like Tyrone Brown and John Blake, and became
Berklee College of Music, Fitch died Aug. 29th at 91. a mainstay of the city of Brotherly Love, being part of a first-call rhythm section for visiting
musicians. Simmons died Nov. 5th at 63.
S. NEIL FUJITA - While he may have gotten more exposure for his cover design of Mario Puzo’s
novel The Godfather, the graphic artist, while working for Columbia Records, was also responsible WALLY “GATOR” WATSON - The drummer had a few sticks in the pop world but also worked
for running the team that produced some of the most iconic jazz album art of the ‘50s, including with the large tribute ensembles of Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Cab Calloway
Dave Brubeck’s Time Out and Charles Mingus’ Mingus Ah Um. Fujita died Oct. 23rd at 89. as well as being on faculty at York College. Watson died Sep. 4th at approximately 60.

BIRTHDAYS
December 1 †Eddie Gladden 1937-2003 Bob Dorough b.1923 †Joe Farrell 1937-86 Quinsin Nachoff b.1973 December 27
†Ike Isaacs 1919-96 Jay Leonhart b.1940 †Dodo Marmarosa 1925-2002 Radu Malfatti b.1943 †Bunk Johnson 1889-1949
†DickJohnson 1925-2010 Miroslav Vitous b.1947 Toshiko Akiyoshi b.1929 John Abercrombie b.1944 December 22 †Booty Wood 1919-87
Ted Brown b.1927 Harvie S b.1948 Juhani Aaltonen b.1935 Ronnie Ball b.1927 Bill Crow b.1927
Hadley Caliman b.1932 Jason Stein b.1976 Michael Carvin b.1944 December 17 Joe Lee Wilson b.1935 Walter Norris b.1931
†Jimmy Lyons 1933-86 †Tony Williams 1945-97 †Ray Noble 1903-78 †Nick Ceroli 1939-85 TS Monk b.1949
Carlos Garnett b.1938 December 7 Bruce Ditmas b.1946 †Sonny Red 1932-81 John Patitucci b.1959 Pablo Held b.1986
†Jaco Pastorius 1951-87 †Teddy Hill 1909-78 †Walter Booker 1933-2006
Sonny Phillips b.1936 December 13 John Ore b.1933 December 23 December 28
December 2 Mads Vinding b.1948 †Sonny Greer 1895-1982 Vyacheslav Ganelin b.1944 †Chet Baker 1929-88 †Earl “Fatha” Hines 1903-83
†Charlie Ventura 1916-92 Matthew Shipp b.1960 Ben Tucker b.1930 Chris Welcome b.1980 †Frank Morgan 1933-2007 †Al Klink 1915-91
†John Bunch 1921-2010 Borah Bergman b.1933 John McAll b.1960 †Moe Koffman 1928-2001 JEROME COOPER
†Wynton Kelly 1931-71 December 8 Reggie Johnson b.1940 December 18 †Ed Thigpen 1930-2010 December 14th, 1946
†Ronnie Mathews 1935-2008 Sol Yaged b.1922 †Fletcher Henderson December 24 Bob Cunningham b.1934 Drummer Jerome Cooper
Jason Rigby b.1974 †Jimmy Smith 1928-2005 December 14 1897-1952 †Baby Dodds 1898-1959 †Dick Sudhalter 1938-2008 may have spent the last
Tal Wilkenfeld b.1986 Tim Armacost b. 1962 †Budd Johnson 1910-84 †Willis Conover 1920-96 †Jabbo Smith 1908-91 Ted Nash b.1960 few decades concentrating
†Spike Jones 1911-64 †Harold Land 1928-2001 †Henry Coker 1919-79 on his solo performance,
December 3 December 9 Clark Terry b.1920 †Nick Stabulas 1929-73 Ray Bryant b.1931 December 29 including the recent A
†Corky Cornelius 1914-43 †Matty Malneck 1903-81 †Cecil Payne 1922-2007 Wadada Leo Smith b.1941 †Chris McGregor 1936-90 †Cutty Cutshall 1911-68 Magical Approach
†Herbie Nichols 1919-63 †Bob Scobey 1916-63 †Phineas Newborn 1931-89 †Woody Shaw 1944-89 †Irving Ashby 1920-87 (Mutable), but his biggest
Donald Byrd b.1932 †Leo Wright 1933-91 December 19 Ralph Moore b.1956 Jan Konopasek b.1931 contribution, apart from
December 4 Jimmy Owens b.1943 Jerome Cooper b.1946 †Erskine Tate 1895-1978 Paal Nilssen-Love b.1974 Joe Lovano b.1952 sideman work with figures
†Eddie Heywood 1915-89 Bob Brookmeyer b.1929 George Schuller b.1958 like Cecil Taylor and
Frank Tiberi b.1928 December 10 December 15 †Bobby Timmons 1935-74 December 25 Danilo Pérez b.1960 Rahsaan Roland Kirk, was
Jim Hall b.1930 †Irving Fazola 1912-49 †Stan Kenton 1911-79 Milcho Leviev b.1937 †Louis Cottrell 1878-1927 Reuben Radding b.1966 as one-third of the
†Denis Charles 1933-98 †Ray Nance 1913-76 †Jimmy Nottingham 1925-78 Lenny White b.1949 †Kid Ory 1886-1973 George Colligan b.1969 Revolutionary Ensemble.
Andy Laverne b.1947 †George Tucker 1927-65 †Gene Quill b.1927-89 Kuni Mikami b.1954 †Big Jim Robinson 1892-1976 With violinist Leroy
Cassandra Wilson b.1955 Bob Cranshaw b.1932 Barry Harris b.1929 †Cab Calloway 1907-94 December 30 Jenkins and bassist Sirone,
Andrew Drury b.1964 Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky Curtis Fuller b.1934 December 20 †Oscar Moore 1912-81 †Jimmy Jones 1918-82 the trio created the
b.1933 †Dannie Richmond 1935-88 †John Hardee 1918-84 Pete Rugolo b.1915 †Jack Montrose 1928-2006 concept of ‘chamber jazz’,
December 5 Eddie Palmieri b.1936 Sam Falzone b.1933 †Eddie Safranski 1918-74 Wolfgang Dauner b.1935 releasing six albums
†Art Davis 1934-2007 December 11 Toshinori Kondo b.1948 Larry Willis b.1940 †Don Pullen 1941-95 Jerry Granelli b.1940 during the ‘70s and two
Enrico Pieranunzu b.1949 †Perez Prado 1916-89 Kris Tiner b.1977 Ehud Asherie b.1979 Ronnie Cuber b.1941 Lewis Nash b.1958 acclaimed discs in 2004
Anders Bergkrantz b.1961 McCoy Tyner b.1938 Frank Vignola b.1965 and 2008 after a reunion
Mara Rosenbloom b.1984 December 16 December 21 December 26 concert at the Vision
December 6 †Andy Razaf 1905-73 †Marshall Brown 1920-83 Butch Ballard b.1917 December 31 Festival. Cooper’s pliable,
†Ira Gershwin 1896-1985 December 12 †Turk Murphy 1915-87 Rita Reys b.1924 †Monty Budwig 1929-92 †John Kirby 1908-52 multi-layered drumming
Dave Brubeck b.1920 †Eddie Barefield 1909-91 †Steve Allen 1921-2000 †Hank Crawford 1934-2009 Billy Bean b.1933 †Jonah Jones 1909-2000 was integral to the group’s
†Bob Cooper 1925-93 †Frank Sinatra 1915-98 †Johnny “Hammond” Smith †John Hicks 1941-2006 Brooks Kerr b.1951 †Peter Herbolzheimer sound. - Andrey Henkin
Frankie Dunlop b.1928 †Joe Williams 1918-99 1933-97 Cameron Brown b.1945 John Scofield b.1951 1935-2010

ONbyTHIS DAY
Andrey Henkin

All Night Long The Call Call AIR Mail Cubism


Prestige All Stars (Prestige) Henry Grimes (ESP-Disk) Michael Naura (MPS) AIR (Black Saint) Ronnie Cuber (Fresh Sound)
December 28th, 1958 December 28th, 1965 December 28th, 1970 December 28th, 1980 December 28th, 1991
Alternately credited to Donald Byrd Part of what made Henry Grimes’ MPS Records was responsible for After debuting in 1969 on a Muhal Ronnie Cuber has been a mainstay on
and Kenny Burrell, this session was rediscovery in the early 2000’s releasing albums by a wide swathe of Richard Abrams disc, saxist Henry that burliest of horns, the baritone
actually one of the Prestige label’s compelling was that prior to his the European jazz scene, players who Threadgill didn’t record again until sax, for over 40 years, working with
mixed roster sessions that began disappearance he was one of the more would go on to international success 1975 with the newly formed trio AIR everyone from George Benson and
earlier in the year (and would prolifically recorded bassists of the and those whose fame was limited to (with bassist Fred Hopkins and Dr. Lonnie Smith to Idris Muhammad
continue through early 1959). This late ‘50s-mid ‘60s, working across the continent. Pianist Michael Naura drummer Steve McCall). That group and Eddie Palmieri. Cuber has also
particular edition featured both the genre with many seminal musicians is of the latter category though he worked off and on for seven years in released a number of albums as a
trumpeter and guitarist, along with (Sonny Rollins and Cecil Taylor, continues to perform. As with all of its original incarnation before changes leader, the obviously titled Cubism his
saxists Hank Mobley and Jerome anyone?). By the time of this album, his albums, the real draw is his in the drumming chair during the mid seventh. The lineup for the session is
Richardson, pianist Mal Waldron, his leader debut, he had established sidemen: here we have an appearance ‘80s. This disc, the group’s eighth, was an interesting mix of NYC musicians:
bassist Doug Watkins and drummer himself firmly in the burgeoning by bassist Eberhard Weber along with recorded in the group’s adopted Joe Locke (vibes), Bobby Broom
Art Taylor (the sole holdover from the avant garde, and this session, six regular bandmate Wolfgang Schlüter home of New York City and (guitar), Michael Formanek (bass),
earlier recording) filling out the tunes with clarinetist Perry Robinson (vibes) and drummer Joy Nay for a demonstrates the trio’s cooperative Ben Perowsky (drums) and Carlos
rhythm section. Mostly member and drummer Tom Price, showed a session of eight compact Naura nature: three tunes, one by each “Patato” Valdes (congas), playing
originals make up the program. potential cut off for decades. originals. player, 36 minutes in total. mostly the leader’s originals.

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