By J. R. Carroll.
Updated Sept. 19. Performances tonight and tomorrow evening by the Fred Hersch Trio and the Jeremy Pelt Quintet at Scullers have been cancelled due to a power outage at the DoubleTree hotel. Also, a late addition to the schedule: poet Robert Pinsky and pianist Laurence Hobgood at Club Oberon; plus, a reminder that Brazilian guitarist Rogerio Souza is at Ryles tonight. (For details, see below.) As autumn approaches, Berklee celebrates Ray Charles, NEC kicks off 40th anniversary festivities for its Contemporary Improvisation department, and New England jazz boasts a series of spectacular duo performances, Brazilian music in a variety of flavors, release events for new CDs, and some all-star quintets.
Choro das 3, a trio of sisters from São Paulo, are making a brief CD release tour though New England. On Wednesday, September 5 at 4:30 p.m., they’ll perform at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI, and the next day they’re at the Rochambeau Library in Providence. The tour concludes with a Friday visit to Cambridge at 11 p.m. at the Lily Pad.
Also on Tuesday, September 5, at 12:30 p.m., Colombian bassist and arranger Esther Rojas and her quartet bring a program of Latin jazz standards to the Harvard Longwood Campus as part of Berklee Summer in the City.
I once described German reedman Peter Brötzmann—with only a hint of hyperbole—as having a tone that could peel the paint off your wall. On Wednesday, September 6, at 8 p.m., the still ferocious and wildly imaginative Brötzmann, who in recent years has often teamed with Chicagoans like Ken Vandermark, comes to U. Mass. Amherst’s Bezanson Recital Hall in tandem with Chicago vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz.
Trumpeter Jerry Gonzalez will forever be associated with the South Bronx and his Fort Apache Band, but for the past decade, he’s actually been based in Madrid, soaking up the influences of flamenco. On Friday, September 7 he’ll bring his latest trans-Atlantic project, El Comando de la Clave, to the Regattabar at 7:30 p.m.
Brazil’s wizard of the 10-string bandolim (mandolin), Hamilton de Holanda, makes his first visit to New England since 2009 on Tuesday, September 11, with an 8 p.m. appearance at the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, MA. It’s a schlep for Bostonians, but trust me, the trip will be worth it.
Trumpeter/arranger Greg Hopkins and his nonet (a.k.a. the Cryogenic Renaissance Orchestra) have a busy month, starting on Tuesday, September 11, with a 7:30 p.m. performance in Watertown, MA, at the Arsenal Center for the Arts. They head out to Framingham’s Amazing Things Arts Center on Sunday, September 23 (performance at 2 p.m.) and, a week later, on September 30 at 6 p.m., to Portsmouth’s Press Room.
At 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 13, in Jordan Hall, saxophonist Marty Ehrlich wraps up a week-long residency as part of the year-long, 40th anniversary celebration for the New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Improvisation Department.
Saxophonist Joe Lovano brings his exceptional Us Five (featuring pianist James Weidman, bassist Esperanza Spalding, and drummers Otis Brown III and Francisco Mela) to Scullers at 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, September 13–14. (Lovano returns on Tuesday, September 25, at 7:30 p.m. as guest artist with ensembles from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute at the David Friend Recital Hall.)
In from the West Coast, virtuoso bassist Mark Dresser plays solo and in duet with guitarist Joe Morris at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 14, at the Lily Pad, following up a morning master class at the New England Conservatory.
Then slip around the corner to Outpost 186 to catch some of the 8 p.m. performance of tenor saxophonist Ras Moshe with trumpeter Scott Getchell, cellist Junko Fujiwara, guitarist Jeff Platz, bassist Kit Demos, and drummer John McLellan.
Up in Brattleboro, VT (and, appropriately, almost on the eve of the return of HBO’s Treme), saxophonist and Big Chief Donald Harrison brings his Congo Square Nation to the Vermont Jazz Center at 8 p.m. on Friday, September 14.
Up in Portsmouth, NH, at the Press Room, at 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 16, check out saxophonist Benny Sharoni and his quintet (with trumpeter Barry Reis, pianist Gilson Schachnik, bassist Sean Farias, and drummer Steve Langone).
Carrying on the tradition of Art Blakey, drummer and trumpeter Ralph Peterson seeks out exceptional, young musicians for his projects; his latest group will be at Scullers at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18.
[CANCELLED due to power outage.] Topping off a master class at the New England Conservatory earlier in the day, pianist Fred Hersch and his trio arrive at Scullers at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19, to celebrate the release of their new CD, a live recording from the Village Vanguard.
As part of a three-day symposium on the music of Ray Charles, Berklee presents a genre-spanning tribute concert entitled “inspiRAYtion” at the Berklee Performance Center at 8 p.m. on Friday, September 21.
Treat yourself to “A Night of Little Music” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, September 24, with the Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra performing music by Inserto and Jeff Claassen at Berklee’s David Friend Recital Hall.
[NEW]. Over at Club Oberon in Harvard Square, poet Robert Pinsky and pianist Laurence Hobgood team up for an evening of POEMJAZZ starting at 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, September 27–28. (This should provide an interesting bookend to the collaboration by Hobgood’s regular partner, Kurt Elling, with John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet for a program based on Kenneth Patchen poems at this year’s Newport Jazz Festival.)
Simultaneously, the Berklee Performance Center features “A Night of Two Pianos” with Geri Allen and Joanne Brackeen (and a host of special guests) to open this year’s BeanTown Jazz Festival. (Check out our upcoming Coming Attractions in Jazz: Autumn Festivals 2012 for details on the festival’s afternoon-long outdoor component.)
Down in New Haven, Dub meets Kabbalah when keyboardist Jamie Saft and his New Zion Trio (with bassist Jonathan Maron and drummer Craig Santiago) hit Firehouse 12 at 8:30 and 10 p.m. on Friday, September 28.
Also on Saturday evening, U. Mass. Amherst’s Bezanson Recital Hall presents guitarist Rez Abbasi and his impressive quintet (with saxophonist Mark Turner, pianist Vijay Iyer, bassist François Moutin, and drummer Ravish Momin) at 8 p.m.
Closing out the BeanTown Festival weekend, banjo innovator Béla Fleck brings his collaboration with pianist Marcus Roberts and trio to the Berklee Performance Center at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 30.