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As listeners, we often think of musicians as sprouting out of the ground fully developed; yes, we all know the history, the family background or formative listening and playing, but it is all too easy to forget the process that brought a musician to the fore, one that continues throughout the course of their careers, no matter the length.

All of our features this month have their own stories, how they became who they are and the gradual development of identity that came with exposure and hard work. Vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant (On The Cover) seemed to come almost out of nowhere when she won the 2010 Monk Competition but that was just a pinnacle of a mountain she had been climbing since childhood. This month she celebrates her latest release, Ghost Song (Nonesuch) at Blue Note. Trumpeter Sean Jones (Interview) came out of the church tradition and the cauldron that is the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra under Wynton Marsalis, growing from both to become a compelling performer and valued educator. He is at Dizzy's Club in September. Composer David Sanford (Artist Feature) had to work against the strictures of academia to write the music he heard in his head. Some of that music will be presented at New School Stiefel Hall as part of the Festival of New Trumpet Music. Organ player Ronnie Foster (Encore) grew up listening to Blue Note LPs, then made five himself, and has now returned to the label after 50 years with Re-Boot. And the late Tomasz Stańko attained the freedom he could not have in Soviet-era Poland through American jazz and his development of same. A tribute to the late trumpeter is at Roulette this month with many of his past collaborators.

On the Cover: CÉCILE McLORIN SALVANT

By Jordannah Elizabeth; photos Shawn Michael Jones / courtesy of Nonesuch Records

The word "genius" should never be thrown around lightly, but jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant has proven since her 2009-10 debut album with the Jean-François Bonnel Paris Quintet that "genius" is not pinned to the lapel of her garments, but pierced through her skin and uneasily removed. McLorin Salvant is at Blue Note Sep. 20th-25th.

Interview: SEAN JONES

By Russ Musto; photo courtesy of the artist

At the relatively young age of 44, Warren, Ohio born trumpeter Sean Jones has accomplished more in his two decades on the international jazz scene than most musicians can hope to achieve in a lifetime, with a resumé that includes membership in the Gerald Wilson Orchestra and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and sideman recordings with veterans Charles Fambrough, Steve Turre, Ralph Peterson, Nancy Wilson and Dianne Reeves. Most notably he has made a name for himself as the leader of his own forward looking ensembles with eight well received Mack Avenue albums, which showcase his talent as an original composer. Just as importantly he has distinguished himself as an important figure in the field of jazz education with auspicious tenures at Berklee College and Peabody Institute. Jones is at Dizzy's Club Sep. 23rd-25th.

Artist Feature: DAVID SANFORD

By George Grella; photo by Sabato Visconti / courtesy of the artist

One thing that is very, very cool about the composer David Sanford is that last year's album, A Prayer For Lester Bowie (Greenleaf Music), and his recomposition of Ornette Coleman's "Chronology" for the Shape of Jazz to Come reimagining at the Long Play 2022 festival this spring show an artist with a command of the exciting balance between form and freedom. Sanford is at New School Stiefel Hall Sep. 10th as part of FONT.

Encore: RONNIE FOSTER

By Matty Bannond

Blue Note albums circulated at high speed in Ronnie Foster's community in the '60s. When somebody in Buffalo had the latest release revolving on their turntable, they made a lot of new friends quickly. Those initial experiences of the iconic label set the young man's head spinning. In 1972, Blue Note released Foster's debut album Two Headed Freap. Half a century later, the Hammond organ player is now returning to the label with a new record, Reboot.

Lest We Forget: TOMASZ STAŃKO

By Eric Wendell

Jazz is a music of freedom, a language supporting collaboration while cutting through political dogma. In concert with the inherent spirit of collaboration, jazz sustains itself through the individuals who hear its calling. The late trumpeter Tomasz Stańko was born into a world that required the young mind to think beyond political discourse and take charge of his creative voice. A tribute to Stańko is at Roulette Sep. 18th.

CD Reviews

(this month's performance venues in parentheses):

  1. Al FosterReflections Smoke Sessions (Smoke)
  2. Steven Feifke/Bijon WatsonGeneration Gap Jazz Orchestra Cellar Music Group (Birdland)
  3. Charles RuggieroRooGeeAirOh!!! RMP (Smalls; The Django)
  4. Larry Goldings/Peter Bernstein/Bill StewartPerpetual Pendulum Smoke Sessions (Village Vanguard; Zinc Bar)
  5. Caesar FrazierTenacity / As We Speak Track Merchant
  6. John ColtraneA Love Supreme: Live in Seattle Impulse
  7. Jimmy BranlyThe Meeting Branly Music
  8. Axel FilipSendero ears&eyes
  9. Alex AcuñaGifts Le Coq
  10. John HebertSounds of Love Sunnyside (Mezzrow)
  11. Dawn Clement/Elsa Nilsson/Emma Dayhuff/Tina RaymondEsthesis Quartet Orenda (Roulette; Bar Bayeux)
  12. Elsa NilssonAtlas Of Sound - Coast Redwoods - 41°32'09.8"N 124°04'35.5"W ears&eyes (Roulette; Bar Bayeux)
  13. Perry Robinson/Mark Whitecage/Ken Filiano/Lou GrassiLive@VisionFest20 Not Two (Children's Magical Garden de Carmen Rubio; Roulette; LaSalle Open Streets)
  14. Tony Falco/Josh Sinton/Jed WilsonAdumbrations Form is Possibility (Roulette; Downtown Music Gallery)
  15. Josh Sintonb. Form is Possibility (Roulette; Downtown Music Gallery)
  16. Josh SintonSteve Lacy's Book of Practitioners, Vol. 1 "H" Form is Possibility (Roulette; Downtown Music Gallery)
  17. Sarah BernsteinVEER Quartet New Focus (Roulette; Central Park Summerstage)
  18. Bennie Maupin/Adam RudolphSymphonic Tone Poem for Brother Yusef Strut (Central Park Summerstage; The Jazz Gallery)
  19. Michaël Attias/Nataniel Edelman/Santiago Lamisovski/Nicolás del ÁguilaLos Ángeles ears&eyes (411 Kent Ave; Bar Lunàtico; Downtown Music Gallery)
  20. Omar Sosa/Marialy PachecoManos Skip (Dizzy's Club)
  21. The Chicago PlanFor New Zealand Not Two
  22. Marcin WasilewskiEn Attendant ECM (Roulette)
  23. Grace FoxEleven O'Seven Outside In Music-Next Level (Dizzy's Club)
  24. Battle TranceGreen of Winter New Amsterdam (Pioneer Works)
  25. Satoko FujiiPiano Music Libra (Roulette)
  26. Satoko Fujii/Alister SpenceAny News ASM (Roulette)
  27. Satoko FujiiMosaic: This Is It! Libra (Roulette)
  28. Zoh AmbaBhakti Mahakala Music (Roulette)
  29. Kurt Rosenwinkel/Jean-Paul BrodbeckThe Chopin Project Heartcore (VIllage Vanguard)
  30. David VirellesNuna Pi (Roulette; Bar Bayeux)
  31. Mark ShermanBright Light The Audiophile Society (Smalls)
  32. Troy RobertsNu-Jive: Nations United Toy Robot (Nublu 151)
  33. Ralph LalamaStaycation SteepleChase (Ornithology; Flying Lobster; Village Vanguard)
  34. Christian McBrideThe Q Sessions Mack Avenue (Blue Note)
  35. CinghialeExit...Stage Left! Catalytic Sound
  36. Paul Lytton/Joe McPhee/Ken VandermarkPrime Numbers Catalytic Sound (Michiko Studios)
  37. Ken VandermarkThe Field Within A Line Corbett vs. Dempsey (Michiko Studios)
  38. John ScofieldEponymous ECM (Blue Note)
  39. Billy DrummondValse Sinistre Cellar Music Group (Smalls)
  40. Randal DespommierA Midsummer Odyssey (featuring Ben Monder) Sunnyside (Soapbox Gallery)
  41. Tyshawn SoreyMesmerism Yeros7 Music (Smoke; Park Avenue Armory)
  42. Vinny GoliaEven To This Day… Movement One: Inoculations (Music For Orchestra and Soloists) Ninewinds/pfMENTUM (Roulette)
  43. Wadada Leo Smith/Henry Kaiser/Alex VartyPacifica Koral Reef 577 Records (Roulette; The DiMenna Center)
  44. Ray CharlesA Message From The People Tangerine
  45. 3 More SoundsPlay Ray Charles SP Productions
  46. Steve TyrellShades of Ray (The Songs of Ray Charles) New Design
  47. Jack McDuffMoon Rappin' Blue Note
  48. Toots Thielemans/Rob FrankenStudio Sessions 1973-1983 Nederlands Jazz Archief
  49. Mike Nock/Hamish Stuart/Julien Wilson/Jonathan ZwartzAnother Dance Lionsharecords
  50. Pepper AdamsLive at Room at the Top Reel to Real
  51. Harold MabernMabern Plays Coltrane Smoke Sessions
  52. Brandon AllenThe Stanley Turrentine Project Ubuntu
  53. Craig DavisTone Paintings (The Music of Dodo Marmarosa) MCG Jazz
  54. Judson TrioLight and Dance RogueArt

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