2006 Jazz Supplement Listings


Sangam
JVC Jazz Festival, Zankel Hall at Carnegie, 57th & Seventh Ave, 212-247-7800

June 22Charles Lloyd's latest ensemble eschews everything save percussion, and with Zakir Hussain's tabla mixing it up with Eric Harland's traps, the incandescence of his reeds becomes primary. Agility, aggression—the saxophonist is at the top of his game these days. This stuff heats up quick. MACNIE

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

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    'Tenors Galore': Houston Person Quartet+ Eric Alexander Quartet+Harry Allen
    JVC Jazz Festival, Kaye Playhouse, 68th btwn Lexington & Park aves, 212-772-4448

    June 14A little old-fashioned, but gorgeous, no doubt. Houston Person brings the luster of the blues to the foreground, and though a veteran r&b dude, he's got lots of improvisational ideas and a seductive tone. Labelmate Eric Alexander moves quicker, a locomotive flying through changes with authority (see It's All in the Game). Guest Harry Allen is wily anachronism, using a fluency in Pres, Bean, and Chu to propel his lithe lines. MACNIE


    James Blood Ulmer
    BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival, Metrotech Commons, Flatbush & Myrtle aves, Bklyn, 718-636-4100, bam.org

    August 4Though he's primarily known for the harmolodic sparks that fly from his guitar, Ulmer has always nurtured a blues jones that's come out more and more in his music recently. His gruff voice doesn't always command the respect that the classic Chicago shouters summoned, but he's got just the right amount of Delta croon to get his tunes across. And he still plays a hell of a guitar. GROSS

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