Coming Attractions in Jazz: Early November 2010

By J. R. Carroll

A couple of inspired collaborations, plus music from Colombia and Turkey, can all be heard in the first part of November. (We’ll have more events in our Coming Attractions in late November.)

Dave Liebman and George Garzone

Dave Liebman and George Garzone

A special night at the Lily Pad with the Fringe occurs on Monday, November 1:  saxophonist Dave Liebman and drummer Rakalam Bob Moses join George Garzone, John Lockwood, and Bob Gullotti at 10 and 11:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, November 2, at 8 p.m., violinist Ben Powell and his quartet come to Scullers.

Also on Tuesday, at 8:15 p.m, Colombian vocalist Maria Mulata performs with both her own group and a big band led by Bernardo Hernandez at the Berklee Performance Center. Maria and her ensemble make further stops at Ryles on Wednesday, November 3, at 9 p.m., and then again the next night at the Beehive at 10 p.m.

Not to be confused with saxophonist Fred Ho, “Mr. Ho” is the lounge lizard alter ego of eclectic percussionist Brian O’Neill and his Orchestrotica projects. While the large ensemble devoted to the “space age bachelor pad” music of Mexican bandleader Esquivel won’t have a local performance until January, his economy-sized Exotica quartet comes to Johnny D’s at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 3.

Back at the Lily Pad on Thursday, November 4, the Characteristic Pitches quintet performs at 10 p.m.

The Acton Jazz cafe has another nice double bill scheduled for Friday, November 5. At 7:30 p.m., catch vocalist Lutchina Leite and her coladeiras and other Cape Verdean rhythms, followed at 9 p.m. by pianist Pamela Hines and her quartet.

Bassist Stephan Crump combines the acoustic guitar of Liberty Ellman and the electric guitar of Jamie Fox in his Rosetta Trio; they’ll be at New Haven’s Firehouse 12 at 8:30 and 10 p.m on Friday, November 5.

Turkish music—traditional and contemporary—figures into two events this month. Boston-based pianist/composer Mehmet Sanlikol moves traditional Turkish idioms into a jazz setting when he appears with his ensemble at Ryles on Friday, November 5, at 9 p.m. Then, the following Monday, November 8, Turkish pianist Selen Gulun, who brings a distinctive voice to both notated and improvised music, arrives with her trio at the Lily Pad at 7:15 p.m.

Combining surviving members of the Buena Vista Social Club with a group of leading Malian musicians was an inspired concept. The resulting ensemble, Afro-Cubism, makes a long-anticipated appearance at the Berklee Performance Center at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 7.

Another, more familiar voice from Colombia, Marta Gomez, returns to the Regattabar on Tuesday, November 9, at 7:30 p.m.

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