2006 Jazz Supplement Listings

June 23 He's a superhero we take for granted until he sits down at the piano and illustrates just how he earned such a rep in the first place: dispensing very sophisticated ideas with clarity, commitment, and élan. The four-band program stretches from duets with Gonzalo Rubalcaba to his summit meeting with Holland, Shorter, and Brian Blade. MACNIE

Hank Jones
JVC Jazz Festival, Kaye Playhouse, 68th btwn Lexington & Park aves, 212-772-4448

David S. Ware
photo: Juliette Conroy
David S. Ware


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  • June 13 Coming up on his 88th birthday, every time this master sits down to the 88s is a gift, for him and especially for us. Typically leading his own trio with bassist George Mraz and drummer Willie Jones III, the pianist with a light touch and rich harmonic ear will also be joined by vocalist Roberta Gambarini, guitarist Russell Malone, and Joe Wilder, a versatile trumpeter who has been around almost as long as Jones has. HENDRICKSON

    'Ladies Sing the Blues': Etta James+ Susan Tedeschi
    JVC Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, 57th & Seventh Ave, 212-247-7800

    June 20 On recent evidence from the Jazz and Heritage Festival, James's authority is only diminished slightly by her occasional seated delivery thanks to advanced years, but the way that she still can break into a song like "At Last" will bring out the tears. Tedeschi doesn't sing the blues as well but her guitar's been known to stand toe-to-toe with the Allman Brothers on a good night. GROSS

    Joe Morris & Barre Phillips
    Vision Festival XI, Angel Orensanz Foundation Center for the Arts, 172 Norfolk, 212-696-6681, visionfestival.org

    June 17 The idiosyncratic guitarist is all about collaboration; he's got several ways to nurture the action of his teammates. Especially bassists. I recall an ancient duet with Lowell Davidson that made each participant seem more eloquent than previously considered. Morris's skittish lines should be an intriguing foil for the famed free bassist's considerable skills at abstraction. MACNIE

    'New Century: Same Genius': Ornette Coleman Quartet
    JVC Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, 57th & Seventh Ave, 212-247-7800

    June 16 The dapper living legend has been reminding us of his horn's keen lyricism during the last few JVC affairs, and with each passing year, those playful squiggles emit more emotion. Happily, the two-bass group Coleman's led for years now sounds like a tight little band. MACNIE

    New Orleans Jazz Vipers
    Midsummer Night Swing, Josie Robertson Plz, Columbus Ave & 64th, 212-875-5766, lincolncenter.org

    June 23 The Crescent City's finest trad jazzers perform their canonic repertoire with a scruffy non-ironic ardor perfect for late-night dancing at regular haunts like Donna's. Which is where they tore it up with their guest, a blind teenaged multi-instrumentalist, during last month's first post-Katrina Jazz Fest. Request Joe Braun's timeless "I Hope You're Coming Back to New Orleans," a rare original. GEHR

    'One for My Baby: The Songs of Harold Arlen'
    Jazz in July, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave, 212-415-5500, 92y.org July 27 "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "Blues in the Night," and "Stormy Weather" alone make Arlen a contender for one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century. What's always drawn a jazz crowd to his tunes are the indelible melodies that he anchored them with, making them perfect for torch song treatment. As such, a four-piece horn band anchored by pianist Bill Charlap seems just right for his oeuvre. GROSS

    Eddie Palmieri
    BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival, Metrotech Commons, Flatbush & Myrtle aves, Bklyn, 718-636-4100, bam.org

    June 30 This salsa and Latin-jazz giant has won eight Grammys during his 50-year career and influenced generations of musicians. Lately he's been leaning more toward jazz, fronting an outstanding midsize band that allows him to display the influence of Thelonious Monk and McCoy Tyner on his playing, but the horn charts are still sizzling and the rhythms unstoppable. HENDRICKSON

    Paul Rutherford Trio
    Vision Festival XI, Angel Orensanz Foundation Center for the Arts, 172 Norfolk, 212-696-6681, visionfestival.org

    June 15 Like Albert Mangelsdorff before him, Rutherford is a monster on the trombone, messing with timbre, texture, and multiphonics to bring his free vocab-ulary to life. He's one of the few brass outcats who can tickle you with a solo gig, so the fact that he's making a rare U.S. appearance with an inspired rhythm section gives this gig the air of an event. MACNIE

    'Raphe Malik Memorial Tribute'
    Vision Festival XI, Angel Orensanz Foundation Center for the Arts, 172 Norfolk, 212-696-6681, visionfestival.org

    June 13 Vision Fest's opening night is always an emotional affair and this is no exception. As always, the invocation comes from Art Ensemble's Joseph Jarman, joined by Vision organizers bassist William Parker and choreographer Patricia Nicholson. In addition, there's the homage to a fiery trumpeter and late Cecil Taylor veteran, starring Parker, the Arkestra's Marshall Allen, ace saxist Sabir Mateen, and trumpeter Roy Campbell, a supergroup that should make this evening worth attending. GROSS

    'Sam Rivers Lifetime Achievement'
    Vision Festival XI, Angel Orensanz Foundation Center for the Arts, 172 Norfolk, 212-696-6681, visionfestival.org

    June 14 Great choice of a still-vital vet to celebrate (see Jason Moran's Black Stars for proof). The multi- instrumentalist and loft patriarch opens the evening with the hubbub of his Rivbea Orchestra and closes out the program with the long-standing trio of bassist Doug Matthews and drummer Anthony Cole. What connects the two events is the way that Rivers fills each with tumbling energy and plenty of horn (and piano and flute). MACNIE

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