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The National Jazz Museum Events | February 16 - 21

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As a young man in Los Angeles, Drummer Forrest "Chico" Hamilton was entranced by Count Basie's band, especially his drummer Jo Jones, and the band's featured soloists, tenormen Lester Young and Herschel Evans. Join us for this week's  Jazz for Curious Listeners dedicated to Evans, the soulful titan of the Texas tenor. Chico Hamilton, still going strong as he approaches 90, is leading his famous band at Friday's Harlem in the HImilayas. We conclude the week on Sunday when the JAZZ MUSEUM IN HARLEM ALL-STAR BIG BAND joins the celebration of African-American Heritage Day at the Museum of Natural History.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Jazz for Curious Listeners
Herschel Evans
with Loren Schoenberg

7:00 – 8:30pm         
Location: NJMIH Visitors Center
(104 E. 126th Street, Suite 2C)
FREE | Reservations: 212-348-8300 or register online

Join us for an evening celebrating one of the lesser known giants of jazz, the earliest "Texas tenors," Herschel Evans, whose soulful sound was a perfect contrast to that of the cool-toned Lester Young in the Count Basie Orchestra. Evans started out playing in territory bands, including Troy Floyd (1929-1931) with whom he made his recording debut, and Benny Moten (1933-1935). In 1936, Evans had stints with Lionel Hampton and in Los Angeles and then joined Count Basie just in time to enjoy the band's success and participate on many recordings; his most famous solo was on a ballad feature "Blue and Sentimental" from 1938. Sadly, Herschel Evans died of a heart ailment before his 30th birthday.

He may be gone, but certainly not forgotten, as you'll discover!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Harlem in the Himalayas
Chico Hamilton
7:00pm
Location: Rubin Museum of Art
(150 West 17th Street)
$18 in advance | $20 at door |
Box Office: 212.620.5000 ext. 344

Chico Hamilton, drums
Cary DeNigris, guitar
Paul Ramsey, bass
Evan Schwam, flute, tenor & soprano saxophones
Eddie Barbash, flute, soprano & alto saxophones
Jeremy Carlstedt, percussion 

Legendary jazz drummer and bandleader Chico Hamilton, born September 21, 1921 in Los Angeles, had a fast track musical education in a band with his schoolmates Charles Mingus, Illinois Jacquet, Ernie Royal, Dexter Gordon, Buddy Collette and Jack Kelso. Engagements with Lionel Hampton, Slim & Slam, T-Bone Walker, Lester Young, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Charlie Barnett, Billy Eckstine, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Billie Holiday, Gerry Mulligan and six years with Lena Horne established this young West Coast prodigy as a jazz drummer on the rise, before he struck out on his own as a bandleader in 1955.

Chico's impact upon jazz includes the introduction of two unique and distinct sounds: first in 1955 with his Original Quintet which combined the sounds of his drums, the bass of Carson Smith, the guitar of Jim Hall, the cello of Fred Katz, and the flute of Buddy Collette; and the second in 1962 with his own drums, the bass of Albert Stinson, the guitar of Gabor Szabo, the tenor sax of Charles Lloyd, and the trombone of George Bohanon.

In 1997, Chico received the New School University Jazz & Contemporary Music Programs Beacons in Jazz Award in recognition for his "significant contribution to the evolution of Jazz". In 2002, Chico was awarded the WLIU-FM Radio Lifetime Achievement Award. At the IAJE in NYC January 2004, Hamilton was awarded a NEA Jazz Master Fellowship, presented to him by Roy Haynes. In December 2006, Congress confirmed the President's nomination of Chico to the Presidents Council on the Arts. And in 2007, Chico received a Living Legacy Jazz Award as part of The Kennedy Centers Jazz in Our Time Festival, as well as receiving a Doctor of Fine Arts from The New School.

Still swingin' at the age of 86, Chico Hamilton has a resume that includes scores for film, original compositions, commercial jingles, 50 + albums as a leader, and countless international tours. Come witness a living legend in collaboration with his young ensemble members, heard on Hamilton's most recent recordings, "Chico Hamilton Trio!," "The Alternative Dimensions of El Chico," and "It's About Time!"
Friday, February 21, 2009

Special Event
African-American Heritage Day
1:00 – 5:00pm
Location: American Museum of Natural History
(Central Park West @ 79th Street | get directions
Free with Museum admission

The National Jazz Museum All Star Big Band will be performing as part of

HARLEM SERENADE: A MOMENT IN TIME

This event is co-produced by Community Works and the New Heritage Theatre Group.
           
"A" Train to the Harlem Renaissance
 
Performance • 1:00-2:45 pm, Kaufmann Theater, first floor
 
Artistic Director and host James Stovall narrates an afternoon of musical performances by the All-Star Orchestra of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.
 
The Jazz Orchestra will be joined by members of the Silver Belles – 2nd Generation, a group of exceptional senior female dancers inspired by the original Silver Belles, who appeared in the choruses of the prestigious Cotton Club and Apollo Theater during Harlem's heyday. Also joining them will be the Jitterbug Kids, a group of young dancers who recapture Harlem's Swing era. The performances will be woven together with classic film clips from Harlem's Golden Era.

Jazz Appreciation Series Features Tyner, Frisell, Smith & Scofield

John Scofield - photo by Sanjay Suchak- for the Grateful Web

Brilliant "sheets of sound" pianist, member of legendary John Coltrane Quartet.

Boulder Theater and Jazz89 KUVO present the Jazz Appreciation Series in celebration of April Jazz Appreciation Month with Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio, Bill Frisell Trio featuring Rudy Royston and Tony Scherr, McCoy Tyner and John Scofield's Piety Street Band featuring George Porter Jr., Jon Cleary and Ricky Fataar.

It is not an overstatement to say that modern jazz has been shaped by the music of McCoy Tyner. His blues-based piano style, replete with sophisticated chords and an explosively percussive left hand has transcended conventional styles to become one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised music. His harmonic contributions and dramatic rhythmic devices form the vocabulary of a majority of jazz pianists.

At 17 he began a career-changing relationship with Miles Davis' sideman saxophonist John Coltrane. Tyner joined Coltrane for the classic album My Favorite Things (1960), and remained at the core of what became one of the most seminal groups in jazz history, The John Coltrane Quartet. The band, which also included drummer Elvin Jones and bassist Jimmy Garrison, had an extraordinary chemistry, fostered in part by Tyner's almost familial relationship with Coltrane.

In 1965 Tyner broke out as a leader and has since released nearly 80 albums under his name, earned four Grammys and was awarded Jazz Master from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2002. He continues to leave his mark on generations of improvisers, and yet remains a disarmingly modest and spiritually directed man.

Dr. Lonnie Smith is an authentic Master of the Hammond B3 organ. For over five decades he has furthered the sound of Jazz Organ, created a worldwide fan-base, and revealed his musical talents on over seventy albums. Today, his name is truly synonymous with the instrument. Lonnie Smith has consistently been a leading force in jazz since 1969 when critics for Downbeat magazine hailed him as 'Top Organist of 1969.' More recently he has been selected as 'Organ Keyboardist of the Year' by The Jazz Journalist Association in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Guitarist, composer and band leader Bill Frisell explores the musical possibilities of his own multi-faceted compositions and time-honored jazz and folk songs with this ever-evolving constellation of extraordinary musicians. Bill Frisell Trio features Denver-raised percussionist Rudy Royston and bassist Tony Scherr.

John Scofield's Piety Street Band features John Scofield (guitar), Jon Cleary (keyboards) George Porter Jr. (bass) and Ricky Fataar (drums). In introducing this all new group for 2009, John forges a connection from jazz to blues to gospel. "I've always wanted to record and tour a blues project...that's where I started as a guitarist and I'm feeling that music more than ever of late. My jazz is funky, my funk is jazzy and R&B flavors run through it. I'm just shifting the balance for this one and I am really excited to be making music with Jon Cleary (Boonie Raitt), the legendary George Porter, Jr. (The Meters) and Ricky Fataar (Bonnie Raitt, Beach Boys)."  Inspired by the songs of Thomas A. Dorsey and Mahalia Jackson, John Scofield's Piety Street Band has all the swing and blues needed to finally make a real jazz/funk fusion project.

An Evening with McCOY TYNER @ the Boulder Theater
Tuesday, April 28
doors: 6:30pm, show: 7:30pm
Reserved=$38.00, GA seated=$29.50

An Evening with the DR. LONNIE SMITH TRIO @ the Boulder Theater
Wednesday, April 1
doors: 7:00pm, show: 8:00pm
Reserved=$34.50, GA seated=$29.00 / 21+

An Evening with the BILL FRISELL TRIO @ the Boulder Theater
ft. Rudy Royston & Tony Scherr
Tuesday, April 7
doors: 6:30pm, show: 7:30pm
Reserved=$32.00, GA seated=$25.00 / All Ages

An Evening with the JOHN SCOFIELD'S PIETY STREET BAND @ the Boulder Theater
ft. George Porter Jr., Jon Cleary & Ricky Fataar
Wednesday, April 29
doors: 7:00pm, show: 8:00pm
GA / 21+ / $34.00

Tickets sold separately to each show

Genre-Bending Fiddler Casey Driessen's New CD Streets 5/12

With one Grammy nomination and two years of solo touring under his belt for 3D, his debut release on Sugar Hill Records, inventive genre-warping fiddler Casey Driessen has recorded a fascinating new CD.

Dimitri Vassilakis Quartet @ Onassis Cultural Center - NYC

Dimitri Vassilakis- for the Grateful Web

Greek saxophonist and composer Dimitrios Vassilakis was born in Athens and studied Chemical Engineering at the Athens University obtaining a Bachelor's Degree (6/1986). He then moved to London and studied saxophone, piano and composition at the London College of Music with the aid of the Onassis Foundation. He graduated with Honors with an additional Diploma in Classical Saxophone and won national UK competitions and the LCM Society prize. He continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music (advanced studies in jazz saxophone and composition) gaining a scholarship from the British Council and was awarded the LRAM diploma in jazz teaching (6/1991. Dimitri's had three CDs from the UK based Candid label; "Secret Path", "Daedalus Project-Labyrinth", and "Parallel Lines."

Thursday, February 12, 2009 
ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTER
Olympic Tower Atrium
645 Fifth Avenue - entrance on 52nd Street,
New York City

Fareed Haque +The Flat Earth Ensemble New CD 'Flat Planet'

Flat Planet- for the Grateful Web

Hindustani music swings! says Fareed Haque, leader of the Flat Earth Ensemble. A jazz and classical guitar virtuoso, Haque's latest project is the culmination of years of study and innovation, a blending of Hindustani folk rhythms and groove jazz. All my life Ive loved the rhythms of South Asian folk music the folk music from northwestern India and Pakistan, that is the basis for much of what is today called Bollywood film music, Qawwali, Bhangra. All of these are styles of South Asian music that GROOVE with hypnotic, high energy, danceable rhythms...much the same as the African-American gospel that is the basis of so much popular American music. In South Asia, as on the South Side of Chicago, charismatic music music that builds to an emotional and many would say spiritual climax is at the core of traditional culture and the basis for much in popular culture...simply put Punjabi folk music is to India what gospel is to America funky, fun, danceable and spiritual.

"Its a perfect match...I remember listening to Hindustani film and folk music as a child [Haque's lineage is Pakistani and Chilean], and the way that music shuffles is right up there with most jazz shuffles... I remember going to see the Sabri Brothers, a Qawwali group from Pakistan, and the audience was losing it! Rolling on the stage, going into the same kind of trance that once might see at a gospel revival in Mississippi."

Ukulele Master Jake Shimabukuro Releases His First LIVE CD

photos by Phil & Janie- for the Grateful Web

Perhaps you were in the audience at one of Jake Shimabukuro's shows last year when he "entered the zone, created unforgettable music, and wowed the crowd. The odds are that Jake's tech crew recorded that concert, and the moment is captured on Live, his upcoming HITCHHIKE RECORDS release (distributed by Thirty Tigers/RED, April 14 release). This is Jake's first full-length CD since 2006's best-selling Gently Weeps. After taping dozens of U.S. and overseas performances Jake chose these tracks as representing the best of the best of his live playing.

I've always wanted to release a live CD because there's something magical about capturing the energy of the audience during a performance, says Jake. "Every cheer and chuckle writes itself into each tune and becomes a part of the arrangement. Every track reveals a different side of the ukulele. Soft and sensitive at times, other times cheery and playful, occasionally dramatic, and, once in a while, hard and aggressive.

I enjoyed putting this album together because it preserved the feeling of each concert. Every venue had a refreshingly intimate vibe that made the creation of music pleasurable. My favorite moments are the spontaneous ones of laughter and joy between songs. Music should bring happiness. The sound of the ukulele always makes me smile. I think the world would be a greater place if everyone played the ukulele.

The 17-song CD includes 12 Shimabukuro originals (Nine versions of his best-known compositions, plus three brand-new tunes) and five covers (including a jaw-dropping version of J.S. Bach's "Two-Part Invention No. 4 in D Minor"and a memorable interpretation of Thriller," the Rod Temperton song made famous by Michael Jackson). Of course there's a live version of George Harrison's While My Guitar Gently Weeps"which might be Jake's best-recorded version yet!

Live documents the fascinating journey and musical growth of one of the most original musical talents on the planet, Jake Shimabukuro.

Beat Kaestli at Smoke Jazz Club - NYC, Feb. 8th

Beat Kaestli- for the Grateful Web

On Sunday, February 8th, Beat Kaestli is returning to Smoke Jazz Club (sets @ 6 & 7pm). Smoke is one of NYC premier Jazz venues with a great atmosphere and a delicious food and drink menu- perfect to listen to Jazz and enjoy a great meal. Please call for reservations - space is limited.
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Beat Kaestli Quartet @ Smoke Jazz Club, NYC
feat. Aria Hendricks (voc) and Adrian Mira (sax)
Sunday, February 8th - 2 sets 6 & 7pm
2751 Broadway (between 105/106 st)
212 864 6662 | www.smokejazz.com
Cover: $5 ($20 min @ tabels)
Directions: 1/9 train to 103rd st

Line up:
Beat Kaestli - voice
John Chin - piano
Michael O'Brian - bass
Russ Pederson - drums
feat. Aria Hendricks and Adrian Mira

Teddy Charles All Stars 'Word From Bird' at The Iridium

Teddy Charles- for the Grateful Web

Teddy Charles is considered to be one of the great jazz vibraphonists and composers of all time, playing with such jazz legends as Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. As a student at Julliard in the mid 40s, he haunted New York's jazz clubs, occasionally sitting in with the bands on vibes or piano. His break came unexpectedly one night when he was asked to sit in on piano with Coleman Hawkin's band for the overdue Thelonious Monk. Soon after, Charles began to appear regularly with the top jazz groups of the day, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Buddy De Franco, playing alongside and writing for such jazz stars as Coltrane, Parker, Max Roach and Miles Davis. Recently appeared with Max Roach, David Amram, Lee Konitz. In the early 1950s he began leading his own groups, composing, producing and recording original works such as No More Nights, Blues Become Elektra and Word from Bird.

Teddy Charles All Stars "Word From Bird" - March 19-22, 2009 at the Iridium Jazz Club

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB
1650 BROADWAY (Corner of 51st)
NEW YORK, NY 10023
RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121
Sets At 8:30 & 10:30PM

Joey DeFrancesco w/ special guest Larry Coryell @ the Iridium

Joey DeFrancesco- for the Grateful Web

Joey DeFrancesco has come a long way from his recording debut as a leader made in 1989 as a fresh-faced 17-year-old. From the get-go, the Philadelphia native established his credentials with virtuoso technique and an innate soulfulness that he brought to bear on the hulking Hammond B-3 organ which belied his young age but spoke of his deep Philly roots under the tutelage of his father, Papa John DeFrancesco, a B-3 burner in his own right. Through the 90s, DeFrancesco was widely recognized as spearheading a renewed interested in the Hammond organ, an instrument that had fallen out of favor among musicians and the public since its golden period during the 60s and 70s.

Very special guest Larry Coryell will be appearing Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

LARRY CORYELL is one of the world's acknowledged guitar masters. He has recorded more than 75 albums over the past 40 years as a bandleader, soloist and 'featured accompanist'. Hailed by his legion of fans as one of "the guitar gods" in the late 1970s and as a "truly Renaissance musician who excels at all styles of playing", he has also been christened as "a true pioneer of rock-jazz fusion" by the New York Times, and dubbed "the Godfather of Fusion" by Dan Ouellette of Down Beat Magazine.

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB

1650 BROADWAY (Corner of 51st)

NEW YORK, NY 10023

RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121

Sets At 8:30 & 10:30PM

Charlie Hunter Quartet @ Boulder Theater

photos by Sam Holloway- for the Grateful Web

Charlie Hunter's going indie with his first self-release, Baboon Strength, in a career spanning 18 years, 14 albums, a dozen side projects and a zillion miles on the road performing live! Though he continues this tradition on Baboon Strength, the record is an absolute progression from his previous albums. The music has an electronic feel to it yet the tone is undeniably playful. Charlie Hunter continues to astound audiences with his prodigious and unique ability to play both guitar and bass lines simultaneously.

Born of hippie parents, blah blah blah. Grew up poor, yadda yadda yadda. Eight-string guitar, whoopee shit. Sure, the eight-string thing is cool—if not a little demented—and the reason we all know who he is, but it only reflects Charlie Hunter the craftsman. But what's really most notable about Charlie Hunter is the force behind the craft; the drive that causes him to do the improbable; his raison de rock.

KUVO & Creative Music Works present
CHARLIE HUNTER QUARTET
feat. Eric Kalb (Deep Banana Blackout, Greyboy All Stars) on drums, Eric Biondo (Antibalas) on trumpet, and "Cheme' Gastelum (Sharon Jones, Soulive) on baritone sax w/ guests

KUVO & Creative Music Works present
CHARLIE HUNTER QUARTET
feat. Eric Kalb (Deep Banana Blackout, Greyboy All Stars) on drums, Eric Biondo (Antibalas) on trumpet, and "Cheme' Gastelum (Sharon Jones, Soulive) on baritone sax

February 28th at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street Boulder, CO 80302 303.786.70