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Jazz Notes: Cuba’s Pedrito Martinez Moves to the U.S.

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, February 6, 2017

In anticipation of percussionist Pedrito Martinez collaborating with pianist Alfredo Rodriguez at Jazz Standard (February 9-10), the following is ...

Jazz Notes: Cuba’s Pedrito Martinez on His Cuban Childhood and Influences

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, February 3, 2017

In anticipation of percussionist Pedrito Martinez collaborating with pianist Alfredo Rodriguez at Jazz Standard (February 9-10), the following is ...

Jazz Notes: Cuba’s Pedrito Martinez—Percussionist and Vocalist Extraordinaire

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, February 2, 2017

In anticipation of percussionist Pedrito Martinez collaborating with pianist Alfredo Rodriguez at Jazz Standard (February 9-10), the following is ...

Review: Alison Fraser Stars In a 'Squeamish' One-Character Play

By Diana Mott, Contributing Writer, October 17, 2017 In Aaron Mark’s psychological horror play Squeamish, Alison Fraser’s character of "Sharon" starts off with a slow burn; she turns up at her psychiatrist’s office in a little black dress in the middle of the night ...

Canadian Composer Samy Moussa Makes Carnegie Debut with Montréal ...

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, October 16, 2017 This week the Montréal Symphony Orchestra plays Carnegie Hall with a program of Bartók, Brahms and the Canadian composer Samy Moussa. Moussa, who is 33, was born and studied in Montreal, and has a long history with ...

Jazz Notes: Renegade Upright Bassist Miles Mosley Plays Soul to ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, October 16, 2017 Diversity thematically informed the Monterey Jazz Festival last month with the brilliantly designed programming. Main stage acts honored the jazz masters Diz, Monk, Sonny, Ella. These pleasing sets were played by bona fides who had festival history. Upcoming ...

Art Break: Art Is Going To the Dogs (Courtesy of ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, October 16, 2017 The internet is full of animals doing all kinds of things: singing, jumping out of boxes, speaking in French. You could spend hours watching — and we know, because we’ve just finished doing it. But before the internet, ...

Review: American Symphony Orchestra Brings 'Sounds of Democracy' to Carnegie ...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, October 13, 2017 During these tumultuous times, it is a comfort to know that the arts are responding with bold examinations of current events. In fact, the classical music scene in New York has some important voices that are presenting programming relevant ...

A Memorial Concert For Violinist Paul Zukofsky Features Two Pianists

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, October 13, 2017 American violinist Paul Zukofsky (1943-2017) was especially renowned for his commitment to contemporary music; he premiered works by the likes of Milton Babbitt, John Cage, Elliott Carter, Philip Glass, and many others. A few months before his death earlier ...

Playwright Ken Urban Is 'Homesick' at the Huntington Theater And ...

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, October 12, 2017 When Science and Engineering majors or minors are mentioned alongside Theater and Performance Arts degrees, it's not a natural association. Ken Urban, the newly appointed Senior Lecturer in Theater Arts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (head of the playwriting ...

Review: Time and a Family Are Shaped In 'Time and ...

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, October 11, 2017 Who knew the Countess of Grantham had it in her? After years of playing the good-hearted American mom on everyone’s favorite British soap opera, Downton Abbey, Elizabeth McGovern finally gets to sink her teeth into someone more shady, ...

Review: A Bloated 'Honeymooners' at the Paper Mill Playhouse

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, October 11, 2017 They don’t write ‘em like this any more. For good reason. As any Baby Boomer knows, “The Honeymooners” was a short-lived but nonetheless enduring sitcom from the mid 1950s starring Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, and Audrey Meadows. Although ...

Review: New York City Center's Fall for Dance Festival Presents ...

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, October 11, 2017 The marvelous Fall For Dance Festival, presented annually by New York City Center, is once again providing audiences with a sampler from various dance companies for an astounding low price of admission ($15 a ticket). On Friday, October 6, four very ...

Virtuoso Pianist Marcus Roberts Uplifts the Art of Jazz With His Simpatico Trio at Miller Theatre

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, January 23, 2017

When pianist Marcus Roberts and his longtime simpatico trio of bassist Rodney Jordan and drummer Jason Marsalis settle into Miller Theatre for the first time, they’ll be transcending beyond a typical ...

A new concert series ‘Voices on the Hudson’ premieres next week at City Vineyard

ZEALnyc, January 17, 2017

Do you ever think ‘where can I get a great glass of wine, good food AND hear great music?’ Well, City Winery has got you covered. In 2008, Michael Dorf (founder of the Knitting ...

Jazz Notes: Maestro Composer/Arranger Miho Hazama Leads Her Superb m_unit Ensemble in a Wonderland of Energetic Jazz

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, January 10, 2017

When Miho Hazama headlined Jazz Standard on September 30, 2015 in celebration of her spirited second album, Time River, her authentic music and graceful poise as the conductor of her 13-piece ...

Chicago-Based Cellist Ian Maksin Performs a Compelling Eclectic Solo Show at Le Poisson Rouge

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor, January 3, 2017

Unknown to many people, the legendary jazz bassist Ron Carter began his string career playing the cello, the low-register voice of a standard string quarter. In talking about the four cellos in his nonet ensemble, ...

The Best Jazz Festival of the Year Happens to be in NYC

Various locations

http://www.winterjazzfest.com/

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor, December 28, 2016

What started twelve years ago as an inspired goal of giving voice to the plethora of relatively unknown but immensely talented jazz musicians toiling in the multitude of the New York’s tiny and obscure clubs, ...

Jazz Notes: Distinctive Cuban Pianist David Virelles Highlights ECM Records’ ‘Unroutine’ Showcase Evening at Winter Jazzfest

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

Each year as Winter Jazzfest expands, you can expect new twists in the mix. One of the most prominent this season is the one-night record imprint showcase of Germany-based ECM Records (Saturday, January ...

Jazz Notes: Top 5 Sizzling Hot Winter Music Festivals in Frigid New York City

(l. to r.) Andrew Cyrille; photo: Petra Cvelbar; Thelonious Monk (1966); photo: Everett Collection

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, December 19, 2016

Think the brutal cold and sometimes snow or freezing rain of ...

The Twin Flute Adventure Seekers ‘Flutronix’ Bring Their ‘Urban Pop Art’ to Baruch PAC for Milt Hinton Jazz Perspective Series

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor, November 21, 2016

It’s about time. The flute is coming back.

The instrument best known in the classical world had been an emotive, fiery and dreamy component of the pop and jazz worlds in the ‘60s and ‘70s. In jazz, ...

Jazz Notes: With History Behind Him, Christian McBride Celebrates James Brown, the Godfather of Soul

By Dan Ouellette, ZEAL Senior Editor, November 9, 2016

In the mid ’90s when he was a young, frisky jazz guy from Philadelphia who was taking New York by storm, bassist Christian Scott talked to me for an article in Strings magazine about some of ...

Jazz Notes: Dynamic Duo of Jazz Piano Improvisation: Herbie Hancock Converses Musically With Chick Corea in His Birthday Engagement at the Blue Note

Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea (late 1970s); courtesy of artists

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, November 1, 2016

“It’s special playing with Chick,” said Los Angeles-based musical polyglot ...

Jazz Notes: The Young Elder Norah Jones and the New Upstart Kandace Springs Bring Fresh Vocal Life to Blue Note Records

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

Entering into the elegant 274-seat neoclassical proscenium Loreto Theater at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture in the East Village to hear the singular-voice Norah Jones officially launch her national and ...

Jazz Notes: Arturo O’Farrill Leads His Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra With Sizzling Rhythms and Subversive Politics

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

Earlier this year at one of his concerts, Arturo O’Farrill thanked the crowd with his credo of music. “We’re so anti-war, so anti-Congress, so anti-consolidation. We are so [counter],” the ...

Jazz Notes: Mega Jazz Action Coming To New York This Fall

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor, September 3, 2016

After a summer’s worth of primo jazz festivals spread all over the city of New York and throughout North America and Europe, you’d think that the end of August would signal the shuttering of 2016’s jazz ...

Jazz Notes: Young Vocalist/Composer Cécile McLorin Salvant Plays Jazz on Her Own Terms—From Eclectic Styles to Feminist Backlash

By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc Senior Editor, August 30, 2016

For the dynamic and creative jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant to be largely unaware that the idiom was still vitally alive as she grew up is part of the good news of her ascent as the top singer in the ...

Jazz Notes: Bird Lives Forever—Modern Graffiti Makes Its Debut in New York

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

Modern graffiti was born when bebop king Charlie Parker tragically died at the age of 34 on March 12, 1955.

While the jazz saxophonist nicknamed Yardbird (or Bird for short) lived a relatively brief ...

Jazz Notes: ‘Enjoy the View’—The Final Recording by Jazz Master Bobby Hutcherson / 1941-2016 (Part 2)

By Dan Ouellette, ZEAL Senior Editor, August 19, 2016

In 2014 NEA Jazz Master Bobby Hutcherson made his triumphant return to Blue Note Records, where the virtuoso vibraphonist had started his career in the early ‘60s, with the superb album, Enjoy the ...

Jazz Notes: California Dreamer Jazz Master Vibraphone Virtuoso Bobby Hutcherson Passes Away at 75 (Part 1)

By Dan Ouellette, ZEAL Senior Editor, August 19, 2016

The jazz world lost a legend on Monday when 75-year-old vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson passed away at the home that he built in northern California, losing his long fight against emphysema. He had been awarded ...

Jazz Notes: Seven-String Jazz Guitarist Charlie Hunter Returns With Another Winner

By Dan Ouellette, ZEAL Senior Editor, July 22, 2016

Whether he’s been high profile or low profile on the music scene, seven-string guitarist Charlie Hunter has spent a quarter century honing his art as a jazz artist, a groove master and a blues-fueled ...

Jazz Notes: The Top 5 Summer Jazz Festivals Across the Northeast

Photo: Newport Jazz Festival

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor, Summer 2016

When the sun boldly arrives after the winter turns into a tentative spring, tomato and basil plants applaud in the verdant fields; short sleeves and shorts become the de ...

Jazz Notes: On the NYC Jazz Front, 6 Summer Festivals That Are Trending

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor, Summer 2016

OK, the winter wasn’t so very horrific this year (except for the record-breaking 29 inches of blizzardy snow), but it does seem like it’s taken summer a long time to arrive. Here we are at the brink of the ...

There’s a ‘Fascinating’ Brit Off Broadway

59E59 Theaters

http://www.59e59.org

59 East 59th Street

By Don Adkins, Managing Editor, June 10, 2016

I’ve read that there’s a large percentage of Americans who are Anglophiles, either openly or somewhat closeted, who love everything British, from their wonderful comedy series, movies, and probably some ...

Jazz Notes: Finger Lickin’ Soul Jazz by Young-Forever Hammond B-3 Bomber Dr. Lonnie Smith

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor, June 9, 2016

These days, it’s all about going home for 73-year-old Dr. Lonnie Smith, jazz’s preeminent Hammond B-3 organist, in light of his long-in-coming return after 45 years to Blue Note Records, the label that essentially ...

Jazz Notes: Forever Ellington Auction of the Duke’s Personal Treasures at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, May 13, 2016

In 1999, jazz scribe Bob Blumenthal wrote in The Boston Globe: “In the century since his birth, there has been no greater composer, American or otherwise, than Edward Kennedy Ellington.” Ten years ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...