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Jazz & Cabaret News & Reviews

Jazz Notes Intel: Eclectic French Violinist Scott Tixier Soars; Pianist George Burton Explores Complexity at Dizzy’s; and Three Dot Lounge . . .

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, February 22, 2018  (No. 1) In a Saturday early-afternoon conversation, Scott Tixier stresses that he’s beyond busy. “I get distracted easily,” said the rising-star France-born, Brooklyn-based jazz violinist and composer when asked if he were ramping ...

Aaron Tveit In Concert With Lincoln Center’s American Songbook: All That and Opera Too!

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, February 12, 2018 In case we’ve never met, there’s something you should know about me: I’m a little loony on the subject of Aaron Tveit. It all started a decade ago when I snagged a $10 preview ticket to an off-Broadway show I knew nothing about. For ten ...

What’s Coming Up at JALC’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola This Month

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, February 9, 2018 Jazz at Lincoln Center’s ideological goals could not be more evident from merely perusing the upcoming event listings for the most intimate space in its arsenal, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. The nightspot runs on a daily basis with ...

Jazz Notes Intel: Eclectic French Violinist Scott Tixier Soars; Pianist ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, February 22, 2018  (No. 1) In a Saturday early-afternoon conversation, Scott Tixier stresses that he’s beyond busy. “I get distracted easily,” said the rising-star France-born, Brooklyn-based jazz violinist and composer when asked if he were ramping up for a new recording ...

Review: 'At Home At The Zoo' — Albee At His Best

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, February 22, 2018 In Edward Albee’s world, people quarrel, threaten, argue, fight, and struggle against each other. They bite, tussle, demean, condemn. His world is a bleak place, and yet it’s so much fun to be there, at least from ...

Review: Anna Caterina Antonacci Captivates and Conquers in a Rare ...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, February 21, 2018 New York City Opera brings the celebrated Anna Caterina Antonacci to Carnegie Hall for a rare, intimate recital and audiences should run, not walk. It is a privilege to experience vocalism of this caliber, and this former mezzo turned ...

The 30th Anniversary Edition of The Art Show Can Change ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, February 21, 2018 The Art Show is one of those events that can change how you look at art. This show, now in its thirtieth year, is composed of ADAA (Art Dealers Association of America) members, all with extensive experience in ...

Review: The Met Revives the Rare 'Semiramide' With a Golden ...

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, February 19, 2018 Offering palace intrigue and plot twists that would make a Trump White House blanch, the Metropolitan Opera tonight revived its beautiful production of Rossini's Semiramide, swathed in blue and gold and filling the house with impressive vocal pyrotechnics. ...

NYC This Week: 2.19.2018

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, February 19, 2018 This President's Day, take some time to plan a great week of New York City culture. We have some great ideas. Tony Kushner's monumental Angels in America took Broadway by storm in 1993, with its unvarnished examination of AIDS ...

Art Break: LaToya Ruby Frazier Champions the Oppressed Through Photography ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, February 19, 2018 Art Break knows that art and the act of creating it is a powerful thing. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the pieces of LaToya Ruby Frazier, now at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in upper Manhattan. Her ...

Review: Drama Reigns at the New York Philharmonic, and Not ...

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, February 16, 2018 Those weren’t boos you heard at Thursday night’s Philharmonic concert at Geffen Hall—they were howls of rage and contempt, and cries of “What an idiot!,” and a shouting-match that might have led to fisticuffs if a ...

Review: The York Theatre's Oy-Vey-Worthy 'Bar Mitzvah Boy'

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, February 15, 2018 First, let’s all acknowledge a deep debt of gratitude to the venerable York Theatre and their commitment both to fostering new musicals, and to unearthing old ones, polishing them off, and giving them a chance to shine in ...

Review: 'Hey, Look Me Over' Surprises at Encores!

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, February 13, 2018 As any musical-theater devotee can tell you, Encores! is the annual series of performances at New York City Center of historical musicals that have somehow fallen through the cracks. Every year, Encores! chooses three musicals to resurrect, and each ...

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Features Legends, Established Artists and Emerging Talent

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, February 9, 2018 After the dust had settled from the 2000 demolishing of the once-touted, then-mocked New York Coliseum at Columbus Circle, the majestic twin-towered Time Warner Center rose from the ashes a few years later and revitalized the neighborhood as ...

Jazz Notes: Celebrated Jazz Vocalist Dianne Reeves Returns to Jazz at Lincoln Center for Her Valentine’s Blessings on February 9 and 10

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, February 7, 2018 It’s become a tradition. Dianne Reeves, jazz’s esteemed reigning vocalist, returns to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall to celebrate Valentine’s Day, even though her two-night showcase takes places the weekend before the Lover’s ...

Jazz Notes: Pianist David Virelles Contemplates With a Rich Polyrhythmic Groove at Jazz Standard

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, February  5, 2018 When the Cuban-born, New York-based David Virelles took the stage at the Jazz Standard on January 30, he exuded a confident air of upending the typical piano-led ensemble. He didn’t pose with long runs of bombast or stretch out with ...

Jazz Notes: Umbria Jazz Festival, Orvieto Dazzles In Its 25th Anniversary

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, January 8, 2018 As a result of his successful summer jazz festival founded in 1973 in the Umbria region of Italy, Carlo Pagnotta, the artistic director of the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, started a new festival twenty-five years ago in the historic ...

Jazz Notes: Winter Jazzfest—The Best Jazz Festival of the Year in NYC in a Variety of Venues

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, January 5, 2018 What started 13 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, the NYC Winter Jazzfest (January ...

Jazz Notes: Mike Stern Band In Residence at Iridium for the Holidays

ZEALnyc, December 19, 2017 Legendary guitarist Mike Stern will be joined by Randy Brecker (trumpet), Tom Kennedy (bass guitar) and Dennis Chambers (drums) for the week leading up to Christmas, and we’re sure this residency will make the season bright. Beginning on Tuesday, December 19 through ...

Big Band Holidays Offers the Sweetest, Kindest, and Best in Human Spirit at Jazz at Lincoln Center

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, December 15, 2017 For all that it’s alleged to be Central Command for the War on Christmas, New York City sure goes ape for the holidays. In the month of December alone, New York probably fields more performances of Messiah than South Dakota has ...

Jazz Notes: Two Weeks of Maestro Kenny Barron at the Village Vanguard

By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc Senior Editor, December 11, 2017 Two years ago Kenny Barron brought his piano magic to the Village Vanguard in the holiday season. This year he’s aboard for two six-day stands at the club he calls home. The National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master (class of ...

Jazz Notes: Pianist Jason Moran Takes His Trio Bandwagon on a Vibrant Ride at Village Vanguard

By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc Senior Editor, November 30, 2017 While top-tier pianist Jason Moran has had a busy year working with a big band—most notably his strikingly reimagined tour celebrating the historic Thelonious Monk Town Hall Concert in 1959—he slimmed down his format to trio for his ...

Richard Skipper Celebrates The Season With Special Guest Kathryn Crosby

ZEALnyc, November 27, 2017 Do you remember all those variety show holiday specials from yesteryear? Well, you can relive that experience on December 3rd at the Laurie Beechman Theater (407 West 42nd Street) when multi-faceted entertainer and arts advocate Richard Skipper hosts one of his ...

Review: Catherine Russell Is Thrilling In ‘Harlem On My Mind’ At Zankel Hall

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, November 6, 2017 As predicted, Catherine Russell’s Harlem On My Mind, this past Friday night at Zankel Hall, was….well, “thrilling” isn’t quite the right word: it was too happy and sweet for that, and maybe the Carnegie Hall demographic, ...

Jazz Notes: Dynamic Pianist/Vocalist Eliane Elias Marvels at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall With a Doubleheader of Inspiration

By Dan Ouellette, ZEAL Senior Editor, October 26, 2017 When the Brazil-born, New York-based pianist and vocalist Eliane Elias settles in to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall on November 3 and 4, she will be reflecting on the spectrum of her career in a cross-cultural doubleheader of her early ...

Jazz Notes: The Queen of Cabaret Marilyn Maye Dazzlingly Swings Into Jazz at Lincoln Center’s The Appel Room

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By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, October 19, 2017 The iconic cabaret singer Marilyn Maye loves to work. In fact, she says with gusto, “I work every day of my life.” As the preeminent singer of the “art of song,” as she calls it, Maye exudes a theatrical flair in conversation. One ...

Jazz Notes: The Jazz Foundation of America’s 26th Annual Loft Party — A Night for the Soul

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, October 18, 2017 With its motto (“Please help us to save the very people who saved you all these years with their music”), the New York-based Jazz Foundation of America has been raising funds to help and support elderly blues and jazz artists in ...

Jazz Notes: Renegade Upright Bassist Miles Mosley Plays Soul to Psychedelic to Jazz With the West Coast Get Down

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 ...

Jazz Notes: Virtuoso Conguero Pedrito Martinez Opens the 3rd Edition of BRIC JazzFest With a Free Show

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By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, October 9, 2017 The ambitious and creative BRIC JazzFest (October 14-21) kicks off its third annual festival with a free outdoor concert featuring Cuban virtuoso conguero Pedrito Martinez and his blazing band. The show hits on October 14 at The Steps at 300 ...

Jazz Notes: Visionary Arranger John Beasley Brings His Tribute to Thelonious Monk with His MONKestra Big Band at Jazz Standard

By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc Senior Editor, October 2, 2017 At the opening night of the North Sea Jazz Festival in July, from the opening angular piano notes followed by clarinets and bass clarinets taking the main melody line on the Afro-Cuban-inflected re-envision of “Epistrophy” through a ...

Jazz Notes: Berklee Hosts a Gala Honoring Jazz Impresario Fred Taylor and the Stars Come Out

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, September 20, 2017 In all his years as the legendary music promoter of the Boston area and cultivator of many renowned jazz musicians and contemporary artists, Fred Taylor hardly expected someone to be promoting musical acts for his benefit. But on the evening of ...

Jazz Notes: Drummer Matt Wilson Channels Poet Laureate Carl Sandburg at Jazz Standard

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, September 8, 2017 The kinship between jazz and poetry has been a mainstay of the fine arts world, dating back to the 1920s and most prominently spawned during the Harlem Renaissance, the Beat movement and the hip-hop generation. Most often, the poets were ...

Jazz Notes: Photographer Adriana Mateo’s Exhibit at WBGO Spiritually Shows How She Engages With Her Subject

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, September 5, 2017 Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the New York-based photographer since 1992 Adriana Mateo not only engages the viewer with her art work but also in the process of capturing her image makes an intimate connection with the artists themselves. ...

Jazz Notes: Guitar Legend Mike Stern’s Latest Album ‘Trip’ Takes Us On a Thrilling Ride

By Denin Koch, Contributing Writer, August 29, 2017 Mike Stern has never been one to take himself too seriously but has also always put out seriously good music. Never has this paradox been more apparent than with his latest effort, Trip, released on the Heads Up imprint of Concord Records. Named ...

Jazz Notes: Improviser Par Excellence, Guitarist John Abercrombie Passes Away August 22

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, August 25, 2017 After a long fullness, guitarist John Abercrombie passed away peacefully in the presence of his family on August 22 at Hudson Valley Hospital outside of Peekskill, NY, not far from where he lived. I spoke with John in 2012 for DownBeat on the ...

Jazz Notes: Discovering the U.K. Jazz Underground With Shabaka Hutchings

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, August 22, 2017 In the past couple of years, there has been an excitement in the jazz underground of the U.K., finally getting recognition across the pond with its dynamic acts that have wowed the home crowd as well as intrigued various European jazz ...

Jazz Notes: Guitarist John Pizzarelli Celebrates Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim on New Recording

By Denin Koch, Contributing Writer ZEALnyc, August 3, 2017 American Frank Sinatra and Brazilian Antonio Carlos Jobim are arguably the most important figures in the history of the pop music of their respective countries. Their 1967 collaboration Francis Albert Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim is ...

Jazz Notes: Umbria Jazz Festival In Perugia, Italy Brings Out the Stars

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, August 1, 2017 Fact of the matter: There are dozens of top-tier jazz festivals spread around the globe—especially in the U.S. and European countries—that attract modest to huge crowds to a lineup that isn’t always all that much jazz. That’s the ...

Jazz Notes: What To Look Out For at This Year’s 63rd Annual Newport Jazz Festival

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, July 25, 2017 The Newport Jazz Festival celebrates its 63rd anniversary this summer, promising three full days of exceptional live musical performances across multiple stages at Fort Adams Park in Newport, Rhode Island from Friday, August 4 through Sunday, August ...

Jazz Notes: Passing the Newport Jazz Festival Baton from Founder George Wein to New Artistic Director Christian McBride

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, July 19, 2017 As the new artistic director of the Newport Jazz Festival, Christian McBride has put his stamp on this year’s lineup for the 2017 performances, adding a mix of incredibly diverse musicians—though, by his own account, he was totally surprised when ...

Jazz Notes: Rising-Star Pianist Christian Sands ‘Reaches’ for New Horizons in the Jazz Cosmos

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, July 11, 2017 Pianist Christian Sands’ debut Mack Avenue recording, Reach, pretty much tells the evolving story of a 28-year-old artist who is embracing the vanguard of expansive expression. On Reach, the New Haven, Connecticut-based rising star on the ...

Jazz Notes: Guitarist Mary Halvorson Is the Avant-Leaning Artist for the New Generation

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, July 7, 2017 Mary Halvorson has been heralded as the next “new” guitarist who has been captivating listeners for the last decade, whether it’s sitting in (i.e., joining Marc Ribot’s band the Young Philadelphians) or recording albums ranging from solo ...

Jazz Notes: Jazztopad Festival Presents Its Third Annual Best of Polish Jazz Bash

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, June 15 2017 For the past thirteen years, the Jazztopad Festival has taken place at the National Forum of Music in Wroclaw, Poland. It’s commissioned genre-stretching new works as well as given young musicians the opportunity to perform for large ...

Jazz Notes: The Duo Project ‘Endless Field’ Celebrates Its Genre-Resistant Debut Album

By Denin Koch, Contributing Writer, June 13, 2017 Endless Field gives new meaning to the term “genre-resistant music.” It is at once ambient music, jazz music, pop music, and yet to call it any one of these things alone would fail to capture the breadth of this group. Guitarist Jesse Lewis and ...

Jazz Notes: Project Grand Slam Bandleader Robert Miller Talks About Its Post-Fusion of Jazz and Rock

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, May 25, 2017 On the eve of new fusion ensemble Project Grand Slam’s fifth recording, The PGS Experience, founder and leader Robert Miller says that even though his 11-year-old group experienced a profile elevation this past year, he still finds that ...

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