Jazz By Water, Jazzmobile, Jazz Gallery, Steve Turre
Although summer has passed like a match lit on a windy night, there are still a few outdoor concerts to enjoy.
On September 11, spend an afternoon (noon to 5:30 p.m.) on Governor’s Island (Colonels Row Green) swinging on Jazz By the Water.
The roster of accomplished musicians will include saxophonist and composer Patience Higgins with pianist Cyrus Chestnut, bassist Curtis Lundy and drummer Ronnie Burrage (all are full-fledged conductors and recording artists); Charles Butler & The Blues Bandits, a mix of funk and soul; Return of the Frozen Earth with Paul Brown; Eddie Allen & Friends and special guest drummer, vibraphonist and songwriter Joe Chambers.
Chambers will more than likely play tunes from his most recent album “Samba de Maracatu” released earlier this year which marked his return to Blue Note Records after 23 years. The album is a nine-track treasure chest of original compositions, standards and melodies by Wayne Shorter, Bobby Hutcherson and Horace Silver that features Chambers playing drums, vibraphone and percussion.
Many fans were upset to learn that singer Antoinette Montague’s recent Jazzmobile concert was canceled due to rain, but don’t worry, she will appear on September 23 (6-7:30 p.m.) at the park. St. Albans on Merrick Blvd., Queens. Montague, known for her blues and jazz timbre, will be joined by her longtime group of pianist and songwriter Danny Mixon, bassist Melissa Slocum, trumpeter Peter Velera and drummer Earl Grice. Sponsored by New York Council member I. Daneek Miller.
Montague’s voice sparks journeys that embrace the power of jazz history. The Montague experience is a bold and refreshing flavor of jazz-topped genres that swing in the moment. She released several albums; her latest is “World Peace in the Key of Jazz” and a children’s album, “Jazz Woman to the Rescue”. She is the CEO of the Jazz Woman to the Rescue Foundation, a non-profit organization that encourages the public to donate old instruments that are no longer used to young people without benefiting from the arts in their schools.
The Jazz Gallery which keeps its music on the brink of what’s going on and what’s to come will present three days of exhilarating music with strings at its heart. On September 9, it will be the Sara Caswell Quartet with violinist and composer Caswell, guitarist Jesse Lewis, bassist Ike Sturm and drummer Jared Schonio.
September 10 is Caroline Davis Portals with alto saxophonist Davis, trumpeter Mike Rodriguez, pianist Julian Shore, bassist Chris Tordini, violinists Sara Caswell, Josh Henderson and Joanna Mattrey, and Mariel Roberts on cello. Davis’s compositional practice integrates music with cognitive science, anatomical structures, trauma, and the brain, influenced by his doctoral work in musical cognition. Recently, Davis has used his Platform for Social Justice, which is particularly devoted to prison reform and the release of political prisoners. Its unique configuration of instruments will bring another dimension to the jazz voice. Fixed at 7:30 p.m. + 9:30 p.m. $ 25 / $ 10 members; Limited seats at the cabaret: $ 35 / $ 20 members.
On September 11, the Yosvany Terry Quintet performs a mix of Cuban rhythms and jazz. His group includes trumpeter Mike Rodriguez, pianist Osmany Peredes, bassist Yunior Terry and drummer Julian Miltenberger. Terry, originally from Cuba, is an acclaimed composer, saxophonist, percussionist, conductor, educator and cultural bearer of the Afro-Cuban tradition. On his album “Ancestral Memories”, Terry collaborated with French pianist Baptiste Trotignon to explore the cross-fertilization of France and Africa in the New World.
Fixed at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Admission is $ 15 / free for members. Limited seats at the cabaret: $ 25 / $ 10 members. Live streaming: $ 20 / $ 5 members (link available 24 hours). For more information, visit jazzgallery.org
It’s another Sunday Serenade (VTY Jazz Arts) on September 12 featuring the unique style of trombonist Steve Turre and The Next Generation Sextet, live and personal at the Cutting Room (44 East 32nd Street), from 3 p.m. at 5:45 p.m.
Turre’s Next Generation will feature young musicians from the school, trumpeter Wallace Roney Jr., saxophonist Emilio Modeste, bassist Corcoran Holt and pianist Isaiah J. Thompson. Turre is a pioneer in the use of seashells as instruments. For 58 years Turre has been active in jazz, rock and Latin jazz. He has recorded over 20 albums as a conductor and has been a member of the Saturday Night Live Band since 1984. Turre is never without new music and with this young generation of musicians anything is possible and will happen.
Music fees are $ 30; for reservations, call 917-882-9539.