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Jazz Notes: Violinist/Vocalist Jenny Scheinman Launches Into Mischief & Mayhem With Guitarist Nels Cline at Le Poisson Rouge

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, May 6, 2016

Four years ago when violinist, songwriter and bandleader Jenny Scheinman put together her Mischief & Mayhem band with guitarist Nels Cline, bassist Todd Sickafoose and drummer Jim Black, she knew that ...


Jazz Notes: Joel Harrison-Produced Alternative Guitar Summit Celebrates Its Sixth Season With Shows at National Sawdust and DROM

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, May 5, 2016

The founder and producer of the annual Alternative Guitar Summit, Joel Harrison calls the two-day, two-venue event a labor of love that he likens to the idea of having a “musical commons.” ...


Jazz Notes: On May 9 The Jazz Gallery Gala Celebrates the Maestro of Bebop: Todd Barkan

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, April 29, 2016

Since 1995 The Jazz Gallery has been a jazz artist incubator where brilliant music has been created and supported—from MacArthur Fellow Steve Coleman to rising-star pianists such as Aaron Parks and ...

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Music and Cocktails at The Miller Theater—How Can You ...

ZEALnyc, March 24, 2017 Looking for a way to relax after a hard day at the office? Or maybe a way to hear a little music? Or maybe a place to have a drink? How about combining all these needs into 'one-stop shopping'?  The Miller Theater at ...

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Planning a Trip to Cuba? What You Need to Know ...

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, March 24, 2017 For years, visions of Cuba danced before my eyes like Shangri-La or El Dorado, the colorful, wonderful land that was very close, yet very far away. My partner and I have wanted to visit for ages. He loves Cuban ...

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Review: ‘Angry Young Man’ – A Zany Yet Serious Satire

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, March 24, 2017 Angry Young Man, by accomplished British playwright and director, Ben Woolf, is a satire that explores varying and complicated attitudes towards immigration. The imaginative and slapstick play was critically acclaimed in London and Australia, and in its U.S. ...

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Mark Ruffalo  Victor Franz Tony Shalhoub  Walter Franz Jessica Hecht  Esther Franz Danny DeVito  Gregory Solomon 

Arthur Miller  Playwright   Terry Kinney  Director 

Derek McLane—Set Designer
Sarah J. Holden—Costume Designer
David Weiner—Lighting Designer
Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen—Sound Designers

Review: 'The Price' Returns a Rarely Seen Miller Work to ...

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, March 23, 2017 What makes life a success? In Arthur Miller’s The Price, which opened on Broadway recently, policeman Victor gave up his dreams and dropped out of college to care for his father, who went bust in the Depression. His ...

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Jazz Notes: Review of Kevin Eubanks' Superb New Recording: 'East ...

By Denin Koch, Contributing Writer ZEALnyc, March 23, 2017 Too often, jazz concept albums are so dedicated to their premise that the music suffers. The tunes aren’t interesting, the rhythm section doesn’t groove, and the soloists are phoning it in. With East West Time Line, ...

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Manhattan Theatre Club Serves Up 'The Little Foxes'—With A ...

By Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, March 23, 2017 Manhattan Theatre Club presents a revival of Lillian Hellman’s classic 1939 drama of greed and ambition, The Little Foxes, which  begins previews on March 29 and opens on April 19 at Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 West 47th Street. This ...


Review: 'Beneath the Gavel' Interrogates the Art World Via the ...

By Justin Sharon, Contributing Writer, March 22, 2017 “I’ve always felt that a lot of modern art is a con, and that the most successful painters are often better salesmen and promoters than they are artists,” said by a man in 1987 who knows art, or at ...


Review: 'Chess Match No. 5'—A Tribute to Composer John ...

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, March 22, 2017 Chess Match No. 5 is the current production by the Abington Theatre Company playing at the June Havoc Theatre. The show, which felt more like a 90 minute monologue, centers around two characters, He (Will Bond) and She (Ellen Lauren), and ...

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Review: 'How To Transcend a Happy Marriage' Is, Well, Transcendent

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, March 21, 2017 We are all so confused. Here are the headers of the first two Show-Score member reviews of the new Sarah Ruhl play, How to Transcend a Happy Marriage. The first says: “Boring, Excruciating, Overrated, Overwritten, Overbloated writing.” The second: “...

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Review: Paul Taylor Presents 'Soup To Nuts' and More at ...

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, March 21, 2017 I hadn’t seen Paul Taylor’s signature dance, Esplanade, for many years, and I’m happy to report that it is still the joyous experience that I remembered. Beginning with everyday movements—walking, skipping, running, and even crawling—...

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Jazz Notes: Pianist Kenny Barron Gives a Lesson on Intuition at Jazz Standard

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, April 25, 2016

Remarkably, while piano maestro Kenny Barron has recorded more than forty albums as a leader (and countless others as a valued sideman), he had never documented his impressive working trio of bassist Kiyoshi ...

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Jazz Notes: Trumpeter Avishai Cohen Introduces His Brilliant New Album of Reflection and Celebration at Jazz Standard

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, April 25, 2016

Artists create in a variety of settings with a full spectrum of circumstances. Their works could be a gut-wrenching response to chaos and uncertainty. Or they could come alive in the placid midst of peace ...


Jazz Notes: 2016’s Most Buzzed About Newcomers, GoGo Penguin, Come to Le Poisson Rouge After Playing Coachella

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, April 18, 2016

While many people want jazz to stay mired in a straightahead, neotraditional realm, on the fringes meanwhile, a plethora of musicians have been applying the evolution factor—taking jazz into the future ...

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Jazz Notes: Part 3 of Harlem Series—The National Jazz Museum in Harlem Reopens in New Space

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, April 15, 2016

In its nearly twenty-year history as an essential institution of America’s indigenous music, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem finds itself in a spanking new space in a reinvigorated area of the ...

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Jazz Notes: Grégoire Maret Takes the Harmonica Into a World It’s Never Been Before

By Dan Ouellette, ZEAL Senior Editor, March 31, 2016

It can fit into your pocket (an iPhone of sound), and it can de dismissed as a toy instrument that someone gifted you with when you were a child. A zip of notes and it’s set aside for something ...


Jazz Notes: Taking the Role of Charlie Parker, Bel Canto Tenor Lawrence Brownlee Brings Opera to the Apollo

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, March 28, 2016

Saxophone legend and bebop co-founder Charlie Parker played at the Apollo Theater in Harlem many times in his short but charged career, including his first date there with the Earl Hines Orchestra in ...


Jazz Notes: Rock Hall of Famer Steve Miller Debuts “Out of This World—Ma Rainey Meets Miles Davis” at Jazz at Lincoln Center

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, March 24

A seminal rocker from the late ’60s/early ’70s San Francisco music scene, guitarist/vocalist Steve Miller not only perfected a catchy psychedelic blues vibe but also scored big AM radio hits with it ...

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Jazz Notes: As the Rising Star of the Tenor Saxophone, the 27-Year-Old Chilean Native/New York-Based Melissa Aldana Delivers Her Impressive New Recording, “Back Home”

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, March 21, 2016

At the young age of 27, tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana has already matured into a major jazz star, possessing a singular voice on her instrument and a developing style of leading a trio. That’s evidenced ...


Jazz Notes: Jazz Master Tenor Saxophonist Jimmy Heath Helps to Induct Bebop Founder Charlie Parker Into Apollo Theater’s Walk of Fame

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor, March 16, 2016

“Charlie Parker is still the true icon of African-American music—jazz,” says tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath, who played with and had a friendship with his mentor. He’ll be an integral figure on March ...

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Jazz Notes (No. 2 in the Harlem Series): The Apollo Theater Launches a Celebration of Charlie Parker Ranging From Walk-of-Fame Induction to a New York Premiere of an Opera

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, March 15, 2016

Charlie Parker was an original, an innovator and as such was a pure artist. Along with his trumpeting buddy Dizzy Gillespie, the alto saxophonist broke all the rules of jazz in the mid ‘40s by upending ...


Jazz Notes: NEA Jazz Master Vocalist and National Treasure Sheila Jordan Revisits Material From a 1991 Recording at National Sawdust

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor, March 11, 2016

What’s impressive about her performance at National Sawdust (curated by vocalist Theo Bleckmann) on March 17 is that the 87-year-old vocalist treasure Sheila Jordan will be revisiting material ...

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Jazz Notes: Virtuoso Guitarist Julian Lage Returns to New York at Rockwood With His New Album

By Denin Koch, Contributing Writer ZEALnyc, and Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, March 1, 2016

The last major gig guitarist Julian Lage played in New York was in October at Zankel Hall. He returns to the city to celebrate his new album Arclight with ...

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Jazz Notes: Celebrated Pianist Marcus Roberts Debuts Songs About Presidential Candidates With His Trio at Birdland

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, February 29, 2016

In his five-evening residency at Birdland, pianist Marcus Roberts with his trio will be debuting music from an EP of songs, Race for the White House, inspired by four presidential ...

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The Magic of Trending Jazz Star Saxophonist Kamasi Washington

Dan Ouellette, Sr. Editor, February 26, 2016

Thanks to his association with 2015’s breakout pop star Kendrick Lamar (he played sax on his To Pimp a Butterfly album that the Village Voice’s Pazz & ...

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Jazz Notes: The Beginnings of Marc Ribot’s Brilliant Los Cubanos Postizos

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, February 22, 2016

Before he formed his brilliant band Los Cubanos Postizos in circa 1997, guitarist Marc Ribot had never stepped foot in Cuba. He doesn’t have an ounce of Latino blood flowing through his veins. And ...

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Jazz Notes: Gin Fizz Brings Back the Spirit, Soul and Innovation of an Old-Time Speakeasy in Harlem

Photos by  Caroline Conejero.
Left: Marc Cary’s band; right, Francesco Pini

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, February 12, 2016

It’s a Thursday night in Harlem at 125th Street and Lenox Avenue (aka Malcolm X Boulevard) and ...

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Sweet Spots in Harlem—Gin Fizz Speakeasy: Second in ZEALnyc Harlem Neighborhood Series

Photos by Caroline Conejero.

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, February 12, 2016

It’s a Thursday night in Harlem at 125th Street and Lenox Avenue (aka Malcolm X Boulevard) and juicy uptown jazz is ready to cook. The street is relatively ...


Jazz Notes: Clarinet Virtuoso David Krakauer Talks About His Life in Music as a Backgrounder for His Show at Le Poisson Rouge

Photo by GMD

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, February 2, 2016

David Krakauer is a marvel…as a virtuoso clarinetist, as an adventurous spirit who’s steeped in his Eastern European Jewish heritage, as a musical boundary breaker ...

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Jazz Notes: Pianist Aaron Goldberg Tells the Story of How Expatriate Drummer Leon Parker Returns and Begins His Next Chapter at National Sawdust

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor, February 1, 2016

“Leon Parker was the cat who was starting to push the boundaries of what it meant to be a jazz drummer in the early ‘90s,” recalls pianist Aaron Goldberg who at ten years younger was a keen observer ...


Jazz Notes: Saxophonist Charles Lloyd Brings in the Guitars for His New Recording

By Dan Ouellette, ZEAL Senior Editor January 25, 2016

In 2015, iconic saxophonist/flautist Charles Lloyd continued his innovative trajectory into the upper spheres of jazz and the spiritual realms of wonder and beauty. It was a banner year for the veteran jazz ...


Jazz Notes: David Bowie Collaborators Saxophonist Donny McCaslin and His Trio at Village Vanguard

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, January 20, 2016

On January 11 that day after David Bowie died, Billboard interviewed tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin, who had been a major figure in the recording of the pop icon’s finale, Blackstar. A ...


Jazz Notes: Saxophonist/Composer Adam Larson Tells Stories by Choosing Marathon Over Sprint

By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc Senior Editor, January 11, 2016

In the midst of his still-young career, saxophonist/composer Adam Larson has had to learn the difficult challenge of choosing between the sprint and the marathon. “I’m a go-getter person and I want ...


Jazz Notes: A Winter Jazzfest Special Event: the Two-Evening Spotlight on Primo Label ECM’s Artists

ECM photos: (left) Michael Formanek Ensemble Kolossus (photo by John Rogers); (right) Craig Taborn (John Rogers); David Torn (Wes Orshoski); Ches Smith, Mat Maneri, Craig Taborn (Paolo Soriani)

Think the brutal cold and sometimes snow or freezing rain of New York in January can keep ...

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Jazz Notes: Winter Jazzfest—The Jazz Party of the Year in New York City

By Dan Ouellette, ZEAL Senior Editor, December 30, 2015

Ultimately the 12th annual NYC Winter Jazzfest season that runs this year from January 13-17 triumphs as a showcase of the vitality of jazz, displaying the underexposed and thus underappreciated. It’s not ...

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Jazz Notes: Reflections on Pat Metheny From Up-Close

By Denin Koch, Contributing Writer, December 21, 2015

Many musicians dream of the opportunity to see their heroes in concert. Some get the chance. Fewer get to meet them. And even fewer get to spend three days with them.

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Jazz Notes: Conversation With Sue Mingus About the Mingus Big Band—Its Jazz Standard Weekly Residency and the Club’s New Year’s Eve Party

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, December 17, 2015

It’s a late Monday afternoon and Sue Mingus is sitting comfortably in the living room of the apartment she had shared with her husband, the iconic jazz artist Charles Mingus—one of the greatest ...

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Jazz Notes: Top 3 Jazz Debut Albums for 2015

By Dan Ouellette, ZEAL Senior Editor, December 9, 2015

Every year in December, music critics/journalists/bloggers weigh in on what they think are the best albums of the year. From the considerably weakened Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop list to the influential ...


Jazz Notes: The Story Behind Singer/Activist Somi’s Latest Album

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, November 30, 2015

Artists take a variety of paths to discover the wellsprings of their creativity. Some encounter passages close to home while others embark on a bold, risk-taking journey into the unknown—without a ...


Jazz Notes: The Story Behind Alto Saxophone Crossover Hero David Sanborn’s Latest Album

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, November 24, 2015

After saxophonist David Sanborn recorded the well-received Quartette Humaine acoustic jazz album with pianist Bob James as a one-off for OKeh Records in 2013, the label continued the conversation ...


Jazz Notes: Rising Star Vocalist Cyrille Aimée Bucks the Gypsy Jazz Tag and Launches Into an Improvised Music Week at Birdland

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, November 17, 2015

Born in a family with a French father and a Dominican Republic mother, rising-star vocalist Cyrille Aimée grew up in a small rural French town one hour away from Paris. The town, also the birthplace of ...

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Pangea Jazz Fest – Festival of World Jazz Launches November 15th at East Village’s DROM

Dan Ouellette, Sr. Editor, November 10, 2015

You can travel the world and find jazz pretty much everywhere. It truly has become an international language. But if your passport’s out of date or the funds are short in coming, you can always check out the ...


Jazz Notes: Vocalist/Composer/Bandleader Luciana Souza Basks in the Beauty and the Challenge of Pursuing Something New

By Dan Ouellette, ZEAL Senior Editor, November 11, 2015

Ravishing vocalist/composer/bandleader Luciana Souza can’t wait to return to New York and play. Her return to the city where her career spawned is always a pleasure—both for her and her adoring ...