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Frank Sinatra famously sang, "If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere / It's up to you, New York, New York." Truth. All of our features this month have the greatest metropolis in the world in common. Saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock (On The Cover) has established herself as one of the city's key players since growing up in Germany and hustling in London; this month, among other gigs, she celebrates a new duo release with pianist Andy Milne at The Jazz Gallery. Bassist Avishai Cohen (Interview), from Israel and now based there once more, spent his formative musical years in New York, where he made his name with Chick Corea and later as a bandleader; he returns for a week to present a new trio recording at the Blue Note. Bassist Brandon López (Artist Feature), scion of a musical family, hails from New Jersey and made the small move up north to become an important contributor to the avant garde scene; he curates four days at The Stone at The New School among other appearances. Poet Abiodun Oyewole (Encore) was born in Cincinnati but moved to New York as a child, where years later he would co-found The Last Poets with a concert at Mount Morris Park (now known as Marcus Garvey Park) and go on to influence generations of poets and rappers; he returns to the park where it all started as part of Summerstage. And trumpeter Roy Hargrove (Lest We Forget), son of Texas, became a seminal figure in his adopted home of New York from the late '80s onwards, sadly dying here in 2018; a tribute to Hargrove by one-time sideman Evan Sherman is at Dizzy's Club.


By John Sharpe; photos by Janette Beckman & Helmut Berns

Brooklyn-based saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock keeps a busy schedule. Her simultaneously poised and experimental tones can be heard in an array of settings. While her focus is on her own projects, encompassing forward-looking vehicles like Anti-House, Serpentines and Ubatuba, as well as larger ensembles, she is also a generous collaborator. Laubrock is at The Stone Aug. 17th, The Jazz Gallery Aug. 20th with Andy Milne and Fridman Gallery Aug. 30th.


By Jim Motavalli; photo by Andreas Terlaak

Bassist Avishai Cohen made the big leap to New York, arriving on a wintry morning in 1992. Cohen is well known for playing with Chick Corea for six years in his Origin band as well as Corea's New Trio. Since then, Cohen, now based back in Israel, has made a considerable name for himself as a leader, especially in Europe, playing and recording with a wide cast of international musicians. Cohen's most recent record is Shifting Sands, a trio with two dynamic young players. Cohen is at Blue Note Aug. 16th-21st.

Artist Feature: BRANDON LÓPEZ

By George Grella; photo by Tim Pickerill

Bassist Brandon López is a plangent, almost granitic presence on recordings and the live stage. His articulation and rich, oval sound stake out a broad and responsive territory in ensemble improvisations. His playing has a balance between his careful listening and the certainty of his responses. López is at 411 Kent Aug. 10th and The Stone Aug. 17th-20th.


By Mike Cobb

Abiodun Oyewole (né Charles Davis) is a poet, author, teacher and a founding member of The Last Poets, the music and spoken-word group widely credited as the founding fathers of hip-hop and rap. Oyewole is at Marcus Garvey Park Aug. 18th with The Last Poets and Jamaaladeen Tacuma's Band of Resistance as part of Jazzmobile and Summerstage.

Lest We Forget: ROY HARGROVE

By Alex Henderson

When Roy Hargrove first emerged in the late '80s, the trumpeter's admirers hailed him as a valuable addition to the Young Lions movement. But as time went on, it became obvious that there was much more to Hargrove. A Hargrove tribute led by Evan Sherman is at Dizzy's Club Aug. 15th.

CD Reviews

(this month's performance venues in parentheses):

  1. Nate SmithKinfolk 2: See The Birds Edition (Blue Note)
  2. Stephen Gauci/Joe HertensteinSoundlift Berlin-New York (featuring Alexander von Schlippenbach & Jan Roder) Gaucimusic (Ibeam Brooklyn; Downtown Music Gallery; Scholes Street Studio)
  3. William HookerBig Moon ORG Music (Governors Island; Ibeam Brooklyn; Funkadelic Studios)
  4. Melissa StylianouDream Dancing Anzic (Mezzrow)
  5. Allison Miller/Carmen StaafNearness Sunnyside (Birdland)
  6. Giacomo GatesYou Savant (Birdland Theater)
  7. Peter Brötzmann/Milford Graves/William ParkerHistoric Music Past Tense Future Black Editions
  8. Matthew SaglioLive in San Javier 2021 Pulpito
  9. Violeta Garcia/Chris PitsiokosUanmortaim Relative Pitch
  10. My Hellgren/Peter SöderbergPlucked and Bowed Frim
  11. Zoh AmbaO Life, O Light Vol. 1 577 Records (Nublu 151; The Stone at The New School; Downtown Music Gallery)
  12. Zoh AmbaO, Sun Tzadik (Nublu 151; The Stone at The New School; Downtown Music Gallery)
  13. Yuval AmihaiMy 90s Summer Fresh Sound (Ornithology)
  14. Sheila JordanLive at Mezzrow Cellar Live (Dizzy's Club; Arthur's Tavern; Birdland Theater)
  15. Geoffrey KeezerPlaydate Markeez (Dizzy's Club)
  16. Sean Ali/Michael Foster/Cecilia Lopez/Eli WallaceThe Inflatable Leviathan Tripticks Tapes (411 Kent; The Stone at The New School)
  17. Cecilia Lopez/Joe MoffettCaprichos Tripticks Tapes (411 Kent; The Stone at The New School)
  18. Martin WindAir Laika (Birdland Theater)
  19. Grant StewartThe Lighting of the Lamps Cellar Live (Cellar Dog)
  20. Pasquale GrassoBe-Bop! Sony Masterworks
  21. Eric Ineke Jazzxpress (feat. Tineke Postma)What Kinda Bird Is This? (The Music of Charlie Parker) Challenge
  22. Roseanna VitroSing A Song of Bird Skyline
  23. Abdullah IbrahimSolotude Gearbox (Blue Note)
  24. Tbone Paxton/RJ Spangler SeptetAnthem For The New Nation Eastlawn
  25. Rudresh MahanthappaAnimal Crossing Whirlwind (Smoke)
  26. Tony MalabyThe Cave of Winds Pyroclastic (Scholes Street Studio)
  27. Tony Malaby/Angelica Sanchez/Tom RaineyHuapango RogueArt (Scholes Street Studio)
  28. Lucian BanWays of Disappearing (Piano Solo) Sunnyside (Bar Lunàtico)
  29. Elias StemesederPiano Solo Intakt (The Stone at The New School)
  30. Tom HarrellOak Tree HighNote (VIllage Vanguard)
  31. Abraham Burton/Eric McPherson Trio (featuring Dezron DouglasThe Summit Rock Session at Seneca Villag Giant Step Arts (Bar Lunàtico)
  32. Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic XIII/Magnus Lindgren/Georg BreinschmidCelebrating Mingus 100 ACT
  33. Ethan PhillionMeditations on Mingus Sunnyside
  34. Alan BroadbentLike Minds Savant (Birdland Theater)
  35. Stix HooperOrchestrally Speaking Stix Hooper Enterprise
  36. Nate RadleyPuzzle People SteepleChase
  37. Samuel Blaser/Marc DucretVoyageurs Jazzdor
  38. Archie SheppLive in Paris (1974): Lost ORTF Recordings Transversales Disques
  39. Jamie SaftPlays Cage and Granelli Veal
  40. Kristine ScholzPlays Otte and Cage Thanatosis
  41. Max RoachWe Insist! Freedom Now Suite Candid
  42. Bill EvansMorning Glory (The 1973 Concert at the Teatro Gran Rex, Buenos Aires) Resonance
  43. Bill EvansInner Spirit (The 1979 Concert at the Teatro General San Martin, Buenos Aires) Resonance
  44. Enrico RavaEdizione Speciale ECM
  45. Wadada Leo SmithThe Emerald Duets TUM

...and Plenty More!

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