Jazz Summer 2005

'Tribute to Jaco Pastorius'
June 22

JVC Jazz Festival, Beacon Theatre, 2124 Bway, 212-307-7171. Chops, stampeding energy, farty basslines—they all belong to Jaco, but not exclusively, which is one irresistible reason to catch the big-boned musicians who salute him tonight, from Christian McBride, Gerald Veasley, and Victor Wooten to Randy and Michael Brecker and Mike Mainieri. KING

James Carter
photo: Courtesy James Carter
James Carter


'Voice' Jazz Supplement

Institutionalized: JAZZ and the retailer/record label/arts center/museum/university/conservatory

  • Post-Bop Shopping
    by Francis Davis

  • Uncharted World of Independent Labels
    by Tom Hull

  • Beyond Clubland—and Repertory
    by Larry Blumenfeld

  • Jazz Goes to College
    by Nate Chinen

  • The New Apprenticeship
    by D.D. Jackson

  • 'Two Times Three': Stanley Clarke, Béla Fleck & Jean-Luc Ponty+Paul Motian, Bill Frisell & Joe Lovano
    June 23

    JVC Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, 57th & Seventh Ave, 212-247-7800. Style and substance collide and conflate. Hyperactive fusion could easily prevail when virtuoso newgrass banjo picker Fleck and Parisian violinist Ponty meet double bassist Clarke in their new Trio! Drums, guitar, and saxophone alternately thrash and soar on Motian's recent album with Frisell and Lovano I Have the Room Above Her. GEHR

    Mose Allison With Bob Malach, Ratso Harris & Tom Wailey
    June 23-26

    Iridium, 1650 Bway, 212-582-2121. For a guy who's covered by the Who and whose daughter is making a name for herself as a pop chanteuse, Allison is content with steady sailing in the low-key vibe that made him a legend. He won't bowl you over, but he's fine with that. Jimmy Reed once pursued the same territory, and he never swung like Allison does. GROSS

    Harry Connick Jr. & Branford Marsalis+Miguel Zenon
    June 25

    JVC Jazz Festival, Zankel Hall at Carnegie, 57th & Seventh Ave, 212-247-7800. Harry's piano is outstanding. There. (Mea culpa.) The description applies equally to Branford's sheer texture and mixed-meter tempos, which lend incredible depth to their Occasion album, due this month. Tonight's performance is the U.S. debut, with free-leaning shouts from Miguel's wry, slippery sax. KING

    Howard Fishman
    June 25

    Barbès, 376 9th St, Bklyn, 718-965-9177. OK, so the guy's a little retro . . . at least he's not just a sad fogy who's stuck in another decade. Rather, Fishman celebrates the pre-rock (and sometimes later) pop tradition more joyfully than just about any chanteuse or male diva in the field today. His good times are infectious, and that counts for a lot with this type of music. GROSS

    Toshiko Akiyoshi Trio
    June 29-July 2

    Birdland, 315 W 44th, 212-581-3080. She's clearly an arranger—ever since she stormed the U.S. from Japan in the '50s—but she's also profoundly alert, if not brilliant, at the piano (she spent 30 years with that big band). It's a delightful mix of bebop, intricate melody, lucid touch, and all things koto; rarely has a pianist left a big band to command a small group with such orchestral range. KING

    Jeff Berlin Band
    June 30-July 3

    Iridium, 1650 Bway, 212-582-2121. Berlin's bass found its way everywhere from John McLaughlin to Yes (and supposedly almost Van Halen). Though his career stretches back decades, his own records only number a few, but his fluid playing shows why he's so in demand as a session man. Plus, his breezy songs have the cutest pun-twisted titles ("Reggae Ricardo," "Lien on Me"). GROSS

    Pete Robbins & Centric
    July 14

    55 Bar, 55 Christopher, 212-929-9883. There's a firmer pulse now. Blame it—and the outlandishness—on this promising Brooklyn saxophonist, who leads the group with unsentimental emotion and amorphous harmony. The concept is texture, not fire; blame that on the talented backers: saxophonist Sam Sadigursky, keyboardist Eliot Cardinaux, drummer Dan Weiss, and bassist Thomas Morgan. KING

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