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On the Cover: BERTHA HOPE
By Anders Griffen; photo by Jerry Lacay / courtesy of the artist
Bertha Hope (née Rosemond) is a pianist from a musical family with a remarkable story from a lifetime in music. In 1960 she married pioneering bebop pianist Elmo Hope and continues to present her late husband's music alongside her own while also championing women in jazz. Hope is at Bryant Park May 3rd-6th and Soapbox Gallery May 21st.
Interview: MARK MORGANELLI
By Gregory N. Heires; photo by John Abbott / courtesy of the artist
Trumpeter/flugelhorn player Mark Morganelli has devoted himself to spreading the gospel of jazz for decades. As Executive Director of the non-profit Jazz Forum Arts, Morganelli has promoted 150 concerts in New York, Westchester County and Connecticut. Each year, thousands enjoy performances at outdoor events and the Jazz Forum club in Tarrytown, NY. He has performed at the Montreux, Syracuse and Saratoga Jazz Festivals and toured Europe, the Caribbean, Japan and Brazil. Morganelli has recorded five albums, including his latest double CD, Brasil!. Morganelli and The Jazz Forum All-Stars are at The Interchurch Center May 18th presented by Jazzmobile.
Artist Feature: RYAN TRUESDELL
By Sylvia Levine; photo by Marc Santos / courtesy of the artist
Ryan Truesdell is one of those remarkable individuals who speak loudest through other people's music. His dedication to bringing to the concert stage and recording studio the unadulterated music of legendary arranger/composer/orchestrator Gil Evans, performed from the original scores, continues to win him wide acclaim and appreciative audiences. He is also deeply involved with the small-group music of valve trombonist and composer Bob Brookmeyer and has been amassing that as a special project (he is the manager of the Brookmeyer estate). Truesdell's Gil Evans Project is at Dizzy's Club May 17th-18th.
Encore: GUY KLUCEVSEK
By Mike Cobb
Guy Klucevsek was born in New York City and raised in Pennsylvania. At six, he convinced his father to buy him an accordion after seeing Dick Contino playing one on TV. He went on to pursue music composition with Robert Bernat at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Morton Subotnick at the University of Pittsburgh and California Institute of the Arts. Klucevsek is on the New England Conservatory of Music faculty and recipient of a 2010 United States Artists Collins Fellowship. Klucevsek's 75th Birthday Celebration is at Roulette May 14th.
Lest We Forget: ROBERT NORTHERN
By Elliott Simon
Robert Northern, born in 1934, was among the most important French horn players in jazz history. His work in classical music, Sun Ra Arkestra affiliation, solo projects, innovative radio programming and musical pedagogy are his lasting legacy.
(this month's performance venues in parentheses):
Joel Ross — The Parable of the Poet Blue Note ( Village Vanguard; Dizzy's Club; The Jazz Gallery )
Steven Bernstein & The Hot 9 — Manifesto Of Henry-isms (Community Music, Vol. 3) Royal Potato Family ( Birdland )
Alex "Apolo" Ayala — Bámbula Truth Revolution ( Chelsea Table & Stage )
Darius Jones — Raw Demoon Alchemy (a lone operation) Northern-Spy ( Roulette; National Sawdust )
Oded Tzur — Isabela ECM ( Joe's Pub )
Bruce Harris — Soundview Cellar Live ( Birdland; The Django; Cellar Dog )
Mark Zaleski — Our Time (Reimagining Dave Brubeck) Origin ( The Atlantic BKLN )
Ray Gallon — Make Your Move Cellar Live ( The Django )
Ivo Perelman/Gordon Grdina/Hamin Honari — The Purity of Desire Not Two
Urs Leimgruber/Jacques Demierre — It Forgets About The Snow Creative Works