b there or b square 9/17/18

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 17

Arthur’s Tavern Grove Street Stompers feat. Joe Licari ▲ Amadou Gaye, A Royal Crime
Bar Next Door Ryan Hernandez Trio w. Stephen Pale, Hank Allen-Barfield  ▲ Perry Beekman Trio w. Steven Frieder, Lou Pappas
Birdland Natalie Douglas ▲ Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
Blue Note Honoring The Legacy of McCoy Tyner: Eddie Palmieri and Friends
Cornelia St. Cafe Hannah Reimann & Michele Temple
The Cotton Club The Cotton Club All-Stars Big Band
Dizzy’s Clockwise—The Music of Cedar Walton: Ben Markley Big Band with guest Terell Stafford
Fat Cat Osso String Quartet ▲ George Braith Group ▲ Afterhours w. Billy Kaye
The Iguana Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
The Iridium Ed Palermo Big Band
The Jazz Standard Mingus Big Band
The Kitano Jam Session w. Iris Ornig
The Kola House Glenn Crytzer Orchestra
Le Poisson Rouge Mary Halvorson & Bill Frisell ▲ Robbie Lee & Mary Halvorson
Local 802 AFM Jam Session
Rockwood Music Hall Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh Dion
Rue B Seaton Hancock Trio
Smalls Corcoran Holt Quintet w. Stacy Dillard, Freddie Hendrix, Eric Lewis, McClenty Hunter ▲ Joe Farnsworth Trio w. Anthony Wonsey, John Webber ▲ Afterhours Jam Session
Smoke Vincent Herring and the New Jam Session
Swing 46 Swingadelic
Village Vanguard Vanguard Orchestra
Zinc Bar Frank Vignola Quartet w. John DiMartino, Dezron Douglas, Vince Cherico
11th Street Bar Richard Clements/Murray Wall Band

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Bar Lunatico John Chin Trio
Bushwick Public House Rich Rosenthal Quartet ▲ Stephen Gauci, Sandy Ewen, Adam Lane, Kevin Shea ▲ Judi Silvano/Bruce Arnold ▲ Colin Hinton, Tony Malaby, Todd Neufeld, Eivind Opsvik ▲ Igor Lumpert Quartet ▲ John Baylies, Uran Kamper, Hanol Kim, David Baylies

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b there or b square 9/10/18

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 10

Arthur’s Tavern Grove Street Stompers feat. Joe Licari ▲ Amadou Gaye, A Royal Crime
Bar Next Door Lucas Kadish Trio ▲ Beat Kaestli Trio w. Loic Da Silva, Ben Stivers
Birdland Amanda McBroom w. Michele Brourman ▲ Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
Birdland Theater Jenn Colella & Chilina Kennedy “Call it Love”
Blue Note Lawrence – “Living Room” Album Release Week ▲ Victory
Cornelia St. Cafe Ensemble Fanaa Album Release: Daro Behroozi, Dan Kurfirst, John Murchison
The Cotton Club The Cotton Club All-Stars Big Band
Dizzy’s Zaccai Curtis Orkesta w. Luques Curtis, Jonathan Powell, JS Williams, Peter McEachern, Joe Beaty, Albert Rivera, Don Braden, Mitch Frohman, Camilo Molina, Reinaldo de Jesus, Shenel Johns
Fat Cat Erik Robert Jacobson ▲ Ned Goold Quartet ▲ Afterhours w. Billy Kaye
The Iguana Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
The Jazz Gallery Festival of New Trumpet Music: Beheld: David Adewumi, Adam O’Farrill, Davy Lazar, Dean Torrey, Kate Gentile; Nabaté Isles’ Eclectic Excursions with Stacy Dillard, David Gilmore, Adam Klipple, Ben Williams, Johnathan Blake, Jaimeo Brown and guest Alita Moses
The Jazz Standard Mingus Big Band
The Kitano Jam Session w. Iris Ornig
The Kola House Glenn Crytzer Orchestra
Local 802 AFM Jam Session
Mezzrow Joy Brown, Joe Cohn, Clovis Nicholas ▲ Afterhours w. Pasquale Grasso
Rockwood Music Hall Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh Dion
Rue B Christian Cummings Trio
Smalls Jonathan Barber Quintet ▲ Joe Farnsworth Group ▲ Afterhours Jam Session
Smoke Bruce Williams and the New Jam Session w. Dave Kikoski, Chris Berger, Vince Ector
Swing 46 Swingadelic
Village Vanguard Vanguard Orchestra
Zinc Bar Lucia Jackson w. Ron Jackson, Yago Vazquez, Matt Clohesy, Corey Rawls and guests Daniel Garcia, Samuel Torres, Javier Sanchez, Frederika Krier
11th Street Bar Richard Clements/Murray Wall Band

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Bar Lunatico Jeong Lim Yang Quartet w. Oscar Noriega, Jacob Sacks, Gerald Cleaver
Bushwick Public House Kaelen Ghandi, Aaron Rubinstein, Kevin Murray ▲ Stephen Gauci, Sandy Ewen, Adam Lane, Kevin Shea▲ Welf Dorr Quartet ▲ Christof Knoche, Kirk Knuffke, Stomu Takeishi ▲ Axel Filip, Camila Niebla, Kenneth Jimenez ▲ Dave Miller, Daniel Carter, Tom Kotik, Robert Boston

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be there or be square 9/3/18

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 3

Arthur’s Tavern Grove Street Stompers feat. Joe Licari ▲ Amadou Gaye, A Royal Crime
Bar Next Door David Leon Trio w. Sam Weber, Stephen Boegehold ▲ Rose Ellis Trio w. Daan Kleijn, George Delancey
Birdland Clint Holmes ▲ Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
Blue Note Georger Coleman Quartet feat. Harold Mabern
Cornelia St. Cafe Our Band: Sasha Papernik, Justin Poindexter, Leon Boykin & Special Guest David Amram ▲ David Amram w. Kevin Twigg, Rene Hart, Elliot Peper, Jose Pacheco
The Cotton Club The Cotton Club All-Stars Big Band
Dizzy’s Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra
Fat Cat Jarod Kashkin ▲ Cesar Orozco Quintet ▲ Afterhours w. Billy Kaye
The Iguana Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
The Kitano Jam Session w. Iris Ornig
The Kola House Glenn Crytzer Orchestra
Local 802 AFM Jam Session
Mezzrow Pete Malinverni Trio w. Doug Weiss, Aaron Seeber ▲ Afterhours w. Pasquale Grasso
Rockwood Music Hall Jim Campilongo Trio with Chris Morrissey, Josh Dion
Rue B Seaton Hancock Trio
Smalls Ari Hoenig Trio w. Nitai Hershkovits, Or Baraket ▲ Palladium: Celebrating Wayne Shorter w. Giveton Gellin, Emilio Modeste, Julius Rodriguez, Neal Caine, Joel Ross, Joe Saylor ▲ Afterhours Jam Session
Smoke Bruce Harris w. Jerry Weldon, Marty Jaffe, Luca Santaniello
Swing 46 Swingadelic
Village Vanguard Vanguard Orchestra
11th Street Bar Richard Clements/Murray Wall Band

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Bar LunaticoParadox Trio: Matt Darriau, Brad Shepik, Seido Salifoski and guest Arthur Kell

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Michael Formanek Quartet at The Stone 5/5/18 (by Noah Berman)

PERSONNEL: Michael Formanek (bass), Ralph Alessi (trumpet), Tim Berne (alto saxophone), Ches Smith (drums, percussion)

SET LIST: A Fine Mess, Wobble and Spill, The Soul Goodbye (all by Formanek)

HIGHLIGHTS: The loud “THWACK” from Smith that marked the end of “A Fine Mess” was followed by such an efficient and seamless transition to “Wobble and Spill” that the first half of the concert felt like a long, multi-movement suite.

Closing his residency at The Stone, Michael Formanek assembled a new quartet lineup to present three compositions. Various subsets of the band have previously played together in working groups such as Berne’s Bloodcount and Snakeoil, the Drew Gress Quintet, and the Anthony Pirog Trio. This existing familiarity enabled the musicians to prioritize interaction and conversation over a more conventional soloist/accompanist dynamic, resulting in an open, evolving soundscape that highlighted the musicians near-telepathic improvising abilities.

Formanek began “A Fine Mess” with the only unaccompanied statement of the night. His kinetic playing set the stage for the next 30 minutes of music, which found the group improvising their way through two of his compositions. For the most part, these improvisations were trios featuring Formanek, Smith, and either Alessi or Berne, which were connected with full quartet moments. Smith used a range of devices to delineate sections and create movement, such as switching between sticks, mallets, and brushes, zeroing in on small subsets of his drum set, and playing a contrasting pulse in relation to Formanek. Following the seamless transition into “Wobble and Spill,” Alessi and Berne improvised as a duo, matching each others changes in register and density. Throughout the set, motivic development was a key factor in shaping the group sound.

“The Soul Goodbye” was focused on drone, space, and duo improvisations. Beginning with Formanek and Berne, a long crossfade gave way to a duet between Alessi and Smith on short, high percussive sounds. Formanek’s re-entry led to a rhythm section feature, with Smith switching to cymbals. The theme emerged following a droning crescendo, a short, noir-ish earworm that had members of the audience humming to themselves after the performance.

by Noah Berman

b there or b square 5/28/18

MONDAY MAY 28

Arthur’s Tavern Grove Street Stompers feat. Joe Licari ▲ Amadou Gaye, A Royal Crime
Bar Next Door Elijah Shiffer Trio w. Alec Goldfarb, Nick Jozwiak ▲ Rose Ellis Trio w. Alex Goodman, George DeLancey
Birdland The Donny Nova Band ▲ Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
Blue Note Wlodek Pawlik Trio feat. Randy Brecker
Caffe Vivaldi Open Mic Night
Cornelia St. Cafe New York Nightingales: Lena Dabrusin, Jen Delac, Jennifer Mergele, Yoonmi Choi, Leo Smith
The Cotton Club The Cotton Club All-Stars Big Band
Dizzy’s Will Calhoun with Buster Williams, Donald Vega, Troy Roberts, Eric Person
Fat Cat Harold O’Neal Piano Cinema Raw ▲ Alexi David’s Three or Four Shades of Mingus ▲ Afterhours w. Billy Kaye
The Iguana Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
Jazz Standard Mingus Big Band
The Kitano Jam Session w. Iris Ornig
The Kola House Glenn Crytzer Orchestra
Local 802 AFM Jam Session
Mezzrow Ed Howard & David Kikoski ▲ Afterhours w. Pasquale Grasso
Rockwood Music Hall Jim Campilongo Trio w. Chris Morrissey, Josh Dion
Rue B Mara Rosenblum Solo Piano “Monday Blues Series”  ▲Soul & Jazz Singers Jam Session feat Darnell Thomas
Smalls Ari Hoenig Trio ▲ Joe Farnsworth Quartet ▲ Afterhours Jam Session
Smoke Vincent Herring Quartet & The New Jam Session w. Benito Gonzalez, Yasushi Nakamura, Carl Allen
Swing 46 Swingadelic
Village Vanguard Vanguard Orchestra
Zinc Bar Strings Attached: Jack Wilkins, Vic Juris, Ron Affif, Mark Whitfield, Essiet Essiet, David F. Gibson and guest Chico Pinheiro
11th Street Bar Richard Clements/Murray Wall Band

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Bar Lunatico Jeff Lederer’s Shakers ’n Bakers w. Mary LaRose, Miles Griffith, Jamie Saft, Chris Lightcap, Allison Miller
Roulette Vision Festival—Jaimie Branch Fly or Die w. Anton Hatwich, Lester St. Louis, Chad Taylor ▲ Cooper-Moore solo ▲ Julie Ezelle Patton w. Ken Filiano, Nasheet Waits, Paul Van Curen ▲ Jemeel Moondoc New World Pygmies w. William Parker, Hamid Drake ▲ Oliver Lake Big Band w. Bruce Williams, James Stewart, Alex Harding, Darius Jones, Mike Lee, Adam O’Farrill, Freddie Hendrix, Nabate Isles, Greg Glassman, Aaron Johnson, Al Patterson, Terry Greene II, Robert Stringer, Yoichi Uzeki, Robert Sabin, Chris Beck
Sir D’s Lounge Alec Castro Octet

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Band of Bones at Zinc Bar, 5/15/18 (by Dan Lehner)

PERSONNEL: David Chamberlain (tenor trombone, flute, vocals), Mark Miller, Alex Jeun, Mark Patterson, Matt McDonald, Charley Gordon, Robert Edwards (tenor trombone, auxiliary percussion), Dale Turk, Max Seigel (bass trombone), Kenny Ascher (piano), Dick Sarpola (bass), Mike Campenni (drums), Chembo Corniel (percussion), Antoinette Montague (vocals), Mercedes Ellington (poetry)

SETLIST: “Band of Bones Blues” (Chamberlain), “Recado” (Djaima Ferrera/Luiz Antonio), “A Flower is a Lovesome Thing” (Billy Strayhorn), “All Too Soon” (Duke Ellington) “The Purple People and the Green People” (Duke Ellington/Chris Rinaman), “Miss Celie’s Blues (Sister)” (Quincy Jones/Rod Temperton), “Just a Closer Walk With Thee” (traditional)

HIGHLIGHTS: Mercedes Ellington (Duke’s granddaughter) read her grandfather’s “The Purple People and the Green People,” a parabolic poem that was an excerpt from “My People,” in tandem with a florid, storytelling musical accompaniment that ebbed and flowed with the moods of the piece.

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There’s a type of bandleader – defined not by genre but by general intuition – that knows how to use the trombone to its fullest extent. For Dave Chamberlain, there are two disparate but equally indispensable groups of people who belong in that category – the mambo and Latin jazz impresarios like Tito Puente and Eddie Palmeri and the big band royalty of composers like Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Absent the heterogeneous textures of trumpets and saxophones, Band of Bones carries on the legacy of groups like Slide Hampton’s World of Trombones where warm backgrounds and soaring melodies melt into each other, and BoB’s set at Zinc Bar (in celebration of their CD release) chose these two groups as catalysts to further carve out their role in that lineage.

BoB kept the Latin and straight-ahead sounds in a refreshing shuffle. The pithy “Band of Bones Blues,” a plunger-driven mission statement sung by Chamberlain, gave way to a spry rendition of “Recado,” featuring a brightly manic but dexterous solo by Alex Jeun and a rhythmically bouncy one from Dale Turk. Their version of Strayhorn’s “A Flower is a Lovesome Thing” managed to encompass both idioms, the delicate, forest-like dispersion of the melody giving way to a mambo deconstruction. Ellington’s slightly obscure “All Too Soon” was given a gorgeous arrangement by Max Seigel, marked by lush chords and a stereophonic volley between the flanking bass trombones.

The set’s centerpieces both painted the impression of an unseen genius working magic from beyond. Mercedes Ellington brought a theatrical flair to the proceedings by reciting her grandfather’s poem “The Green People and the Purple People,” a parabolic piece where Duke’s warnings of war and jealousy were set to an original, musically responsive score. On their rendition of Tito Puente’s classic “Picadillo,” Robert Edwards and Matt McDonald gave harmonically unpredictable solos full of original character, but everyone eventually bowed to the master Barry Rogers by playing a harmonized rendition of his iconic solo, a joyous but stern reminder of what the platonic ideal of Latin trombone playing is like.

Not to be too austere, Band of Bones brought out vocalist Antoinette Montague to close the set in a bluesy and vivacious way. Montague’s swoops and bends on The Color Purple’s “Miss Celie’s Blues” recalled the amicable soul of Dinah Washington, giving similar vocal treatment to “Just a Closer Walk With Thee.” Not to waste the obvious opportunity, the band stood up on the latter to give a hell of a second line, elevating the group energy to bring the set to a charming close.

by Dan Lehner