Separate but Equal

Crossing the Great Jazz Divide

November 16
Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Avenue, 903-9600

On any short list of great songwriters, Jerome Kern is bound to come in near the top, if not at the top. It would be hard to imagine popular song or jazz without his melodies and harmonies—"All the Things You Are," "The Way You Look Tonight," "I'm Old Fashioned," "Yesterdays," "Song Is You," and many others. This evening is made doubly irresistible because Jon Faddis's guest soloist is Jackie McLean, who can make a ballad jump through hoops or bleed all over the stage.

Lee Konitz performs at Blue Note and Birdland.
photo: Sylvia Plachy
Lee Konitz performs at Blue Note and Birdland.

December 5-10
Iridium, 48 West 63rd Street, 582-2121

Four of the best musicians on the scene come together in this band's infrequent appearances, and the pleasure they take in watching each other work is infectious. Joe Lovano plays a lot of notes, Jim Hall very few, and George Mraz and Lewis Nash as many as it takes.

December 6-9
Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, 581-3080

Not the usual convention of ornithologists, but an intriguing mix, including the virtuoso vibist Gary Burton, soul man Junior Mance, hard bop veteran Jimmy Cobb, and front-line dependables Tom Harrell and Donald Harrison.

December 12-17, 19-26
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, 255-4037

Walton has a touch all his own, percussive and full and foursquare, and a consistent level of inventiveness that is as apparent in his book of originals as in standards that he invariably makes his own. He was a masterful sideman for a decade, often stealing albums from bigger stars, until he began leading trios, quartets, and other groups in the early '70s. He leads his trio the first week and a quartet with altoist Vincent Herring the second.

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