The Week in Jazz is your roundup of new and noteworthy stories from the jazz world. It’s a one-stop destination for the music news you need to know. Let’s take it from the top.
New Single from Previously Unreleased Erroll Garner Live Recording: Octave and Mack Avenue have shared “Dreamy,” a new single and track from a massive previously unreleased live concert recording of Erroll Garner and his classic trio recorded in 1959 at Boston’s storied Symphony Hall. Symphony Hall Concert is due out September 17 and is part of a trio of releases celebrating Erroll Garner’s centennial year. Pre-order it here.
The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance Announces Plans for New Housing Development in East Harlem: The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) has announced plans to bring a new 16,000 square feet Afro Latin Music & Arts Center along with 330 affordable housing units to East Harlem. The project, Timbale Terrace, will construct a new mixed-use development on the east side of Park Avenue between East 118th Street and East 119th Street with a performing arts center operated by ALJA. Timbale Terrace will offer housing for low-income families while the Afro Latin Music & Arts Center will provide community programs, music and training in technical production, after-school programs, free arts education classes, community event spaces, world-class live performances, and more. Click here for more.
Nubya Garcia Announces Remix Album: Saxophonist/composer Nubya Garcia has announced a forthcoming remix album, SOURCE ⧺ WE MOVE, out October 22. The album reinvents her 2020 debut album, SOURCE, through collaborations with several artists and producers. The announcement coincides with the release of its first single, “La Cumbia Me Está Llamando,” remixed by Kaidi Tatham. You can listen to it via the player below. Pre-order SOURCE ⧺ WE MOVE here.
Carlos Henriquez, The South Bronx Story (Tiger Turn): Celebrated bassist/composer Carlos Henriquez takes inspiration from personal experience and history, drawing from his personal Puerto Rican heritage to offer a retrospective of the social history of the South Bronx on his new bold multi-movement work. The South Bronx Story is due out August 27 and features an elite ensemble with Marshall Gilkes, Melissa Aldana, Robert Rodriguez, Obed Calvaire, Michael Rodriguez, Terrell Stafford, Anthony Almonte and Jeremy Bosch.
Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Skyline (5 Passion): Pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba reunites with the mentors of his youth, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Jack DeJohnette, on his new album, Skyline, featuring reinterpretations of compositions by all three musicians and more. Skyline, due out September 17, is Rubalcaba’s eighth album on 5 Passion, the imprint he co-founded in 2010, and the first in a trilogy of encounters intended for release. Pre-order it here.
Andy Farber and His Orchestra, Early Blue Evening (ArtistShare): Saxophonist/arranger/composer/bandleader Andy Farber will release his second album with his 17-piece swing and blues big band, Early Blue Evening, on August 27 via ArtistShare. Its program comprises nine originals and two reimagined standards, including Farber’s arrangement of the Parker and King standard “How Am I To Know” with vocalist Catherine Russell, which you can listen to via the player below.
Jeff Lederer Sunwatcher, Eightfold Path (little(i)music): On Eightfold Path, saxophonist Jeff Lederer reunited with the Sunwatcher Quartet – featuring Jamie Saft, Steve Swallow and Matt Wilson – for the first time in ten years. Recorded outdoors in the summer of 2020, the LP is inspired by Buddhist teachings and is described via a press release as “an exuberant showcase of togetherness and an embrace of the moment.” Eightfold Path is out on September 3 and you can pre-order it here.
Live Music and Festival News
28th Annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, August 27-29: New York City’s Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage will present the 28th edition of the annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival on August 27-29. The lineup includes free performances at Harlem’s historic Marcus Garvey Park, in addition to other events across New York City, including listening parties and film screenings, celebrating the legacy of the trailblazing saxophonist. Click here for a full schedule and more information.
NEC Jazz Studies and Contemporary Improvisation Departments Present Fall 2021 Season: New England Conservatory’s Jazz Studies and Contemporary Improvisation Departments have announced their 2021 Fall season, which will feature an array of concerts with NEC performing alongside faculty and guests. Special guests include Arturo O’Farrill, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Mary Halvorson and Dave Holland. The concerts are free and open to the public, and are scheduled to take place in person as well as streamed. Click here for more.
Noah Haidu Trio Livestream Concert, August 26: Pianist Noah Haidu celebrates his recent Sunnyside Records album Slowly: Song for Keith Jarrett with a livestream concert on August 26 at 7 p.m. EDT. The concert is part of the Thursday Live at the Jazz Forum series. Joining Haidu are his trio with bassist Todd Coolman and drummer Billy Hart. Click here for more. Slowly: Song for Keith Jarrett was released on May 7 and we included it in a list highlighting the most noteworthy new albums released that month.
Jazzmeia Horn Shares New Single, Announces Album Release Shows at NYC’s Joe’s Pub: Jazzmeia Horn and Her Noble Force have released “Let Us (Take Our Time).” This is the second single from Horn’s forthcoming album, Dear Love, due out September 10. The album, released via Empress Legacy Records, marks her first full-length big-band effort. In addition to the new single, Horn has announced that she will perform a series of album release shows at New York City’s Joe’s Pub on November 16-20. Tickets here.
Robert Glasper Fall 2021 Residency at NYC Blue Note Jazz Club: Robert Glasper will return to New York City’s Blue Note Jazz Club for a Fall 2021 residency that will take place on October 1-November 7. The residency is part of Blue Note’s historic 40th-anniversary festivities and will see Glasper performing a total of 66 shows across 33 nights, including Halloween weekend. “The Blue Note is special to me because it’s the pinnacle of jazz, but it doesn’t stop there,” states Glasper via a press release. “They allow me to step outside the box and be who I really am, unapologetically. They give me the venue to do it.” Click here for more info and tickets.
Detroit Jazz Festival Reverts to Digital Format: The Detroit Jazz Festival will be held virtually on Labor Day weekend, September 3-6, instead of in-person as initially announced. Performances will be streamed or broadcast live and free from indoor sound stages. As of this date, the original lineup remains intact and includes performances by Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kurt Elling, Kenny Barron and Gregory Porter, among others. Click here for more.
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