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Earlier this summer, a real brouhaha erupted when anti-vaxxer protesters picketed the newly reopened Springsteen on Broadway, making false and, frankly, disgustingly ignorant and privileged equivalence between the show's requirement of proof of vaccination and separate facilities for different races in the U.S. or the yellow stars Jews were forced to wear under the Nazis. While we are all desperate for art and live experience after so many months, it is just as desperate that those whose selfishness prevent them from engagement with society are not allowed to bring us back to the lockdowns and isolation that seemed never-ending just a few months ago. One would have hoped that the rare experience of fear and loss and disorientation that crossed all societal and national lines since early 2020 would have brought humanity closer, setting aside differences for a larger good yet, apparently, there is much work still to be done.

For the vaccinated, NYC is reopening at a dizzying rate: pianist Renee Rosnes (On The Cover) will be at Blue Note with Ron Carter's Foursight; guitarist John Pizzarelli (Interview) will also be there, presenting his recent project of solo Pat Metheny interpretations; and saxophonist/vocalist Camille Thurman (Artist Feature) is all over town this month at Central Park Great Hill, Bryant Park and Drom. And our CD Review section features others offering performances indoors and out. Plus, we introduce a new section for the many who may have fled the five boroughs during the pandemic: "100 Miles Out", a selection of shows (found at the end of the Event Calendar) outside the city limits since, we have come to learn, there is life outside of 10001-10314.

On the Cover: RENEE ROSNES

By Ken Dryden; photos courtesy of DL Media

Renee Rosnes exudes self-assurance and total command of her instrument, whether as a bandleader, soloist or part of another's group. Since the gifted pianist arrived on the New York jazz scene in the mid '80s, she has built a formidable discography with Joe Henderson, J.J. Johnson, Slide Hampton, Gerald Wilson and Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band and leader dates for Blue Note, Smoke Sessions (including her soon to be released Kinds of Love] and Japanese labels. Rosnes is at Blue Note Aug. 4th-8th with Ron Carter.

Interview: JOHN PIZZARELLI

By Kyle Oleksiuk; photo by Jessica Molaskey

Over the course of his nearly 40-year-long career, prolific jazz guitarist, singer and composer John Pizzarelli has become one of the most celebrated modern interpreters of the Great American Songbook (GAS), a love for which he acquired from his father, the also-celebrated guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli. Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic he recorded an album of songs from a very different songbook: that of guitarist Pat Metheny. Pizzarelli's solo Pat Metheny project is at Blue Note Aug. 13th-15th.

Artist Feature: CAMILLE THURMAN

By Jordannah Elizabeth; photo courtesy of the artist

New York City native Camille Thurman has been making an impact on the jazz world for the past decade as both a tenor saxophonist/flutist and vocalist. She is the first female member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) and is ascending into jazz stardom with infinite grace and creativity. Thurman is at Central Park Great Hill Aug. 7th, Bryant Park Aug. 14th and Drom Aug. 19th.

Encore: TODD COCHRAN

By Jim Motavalli

Todd Thomas Cochran, born in 1951, got an early start in music, beginning piano lessons at just three years old...He learned the classical repertoire but then—a pivotal moment—a cousin turned him on to jazz.

Lest We Forget: LOWELL DAVIDSON

By Alex Henderson

31 years have passed since jazz pianist and organ player Lowell Davidson died on Jul. 30th, 1990 at only 48...he only recorded sporadically but musicians who are familiar with Davidson's work remember him as an adventurous, broad-minded player capable of both intensity and nuance.

Record Label Spotlight: AUT

By George Grella

The first impression of AUT Records is that it's another one of the numerous small, truly independent European jazz labels. Just into its second decade, AUT has built a catalogue of 80 releases, well beyond any fledgling stage. But there are two details that distinguish the label, one of which is its business model, the other the intriguing balance between free music and releases that fall into a more formal mainstream of modern jazz.

CD Reviews

(this month's performance/streaming venues in parentheses):

  1. HazarReincarnated (Special Guest Al Di Meola) IAN Productions (Blue Note)
  2. Daniel Carter/Matt LavelleHeart Sounds (The Piano Album) s/r (Bushwick Public House; Oliver Coffee)
  3. Daniel Carter/Tobias Wilner/Djibril Toure/Federico UghiNew York United, Volume 2 577 Records (Bushwick Public House; Oliver Coffee)
  4. Ayumi Ishito & The SpacemenVol. 1 577 Records (Bushwick Public House; Funkadelic Studios)
  5. JD AllenQueen City Savage-Palmetto (Bar Bayeux)
  6. JD AllenToys/Die Dreaming Savage-Palmetto (Bar Bayeux)
  7. Kari IkonenImpressions, Improvisations and Compositions Ozella Music (Porgy & Bess)
  8. Allan HoldsworthLeverkusen '97 Manifesto
  9. Alexa TarantinoFirefly Posi-Tone (Bryant Park)
  10. Stephane WrembelThe Django Experiment VI Water Is Life (Drom)
  11. Susan Alcorn/Leila Bordreuil/Ingrid LaubrockBird Meets Wire Relative Pitch (Scholes Street Studio)
  12. Pedro GiraudoImpulso Tanguero Tiger Turn (Terraza 7)
  13. Andy LaVerneRhapsody SteepleChase
  14. Harold DankoSpring Garden SteepleChase
  15. Mark SoskinBallad For A Rainy Afternoon SteepleChase
  16. The LocalsPlay The Music of Anthony Braxton Discus Music
  17. Enrico Pieranunzi/Thomas FonnesbækThe Real You (A Bill Evans Tribute) Stunt
  18. Shimpei Ogawa/Noa LevyYou Me & Cole Belle
  19. Jason Candler/Jesse DulmanThe Mighty Alpacas Guarsh
  20. Matt Mottel, Kevin Shea & The Clean AssociatesAntiseptic Release s/r
  21. Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks OrchestraBernstein Reimagined MCG Jazz
  22. Dave McMurrayGrateful Deadication Blue Note
  23. Thomas Buckner/Roscoe Mitchell/Gerald OshitaSoundscape 1979 Sciensonic
  24. Yusuf MuminSketches of the Invisible: A Tribute to Albert Ayler Phillips Enterprise
  25. Nik BärtschEntendre ECM
  26. Martial SolalComing Yesterday: Live at Salle Gaveau 2019 Challenge
  27. Scott SherwoodHeadin' Home (Live at the University of Rhode Island) Art of Life
  28. Palladium2020 s/r
  29. João DonatoJID7 Jazz is Dead
  30. Marc CoplandJohn Innervoice Jazz
  31. Wadada Leo SmithTrumpet TUM

...and Plenty More!

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Andrey and Laurence