Coming Attractions in Jazz: Late November 2010

By J. R. Carroll.

The encroachment of winter weather meets its match in a month of Latin music mastery.

Inman Square is hopping on Wednesday, November 10. At 8 p.m., Outpost 186 hosts guitarist Roy Guzman and his quartet. At 9 p.m., composer and saxophonist Florencia Gonzalez introduces her 11-piece, mini big band to Ryles. And at 10 p.m., saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi inaugurates a monthly, third-Wednesday series with his quartet at the Lily Pad.

Meanwhile, over in Davis Square, you can check out up-and-coming São Paulo vocalist Luisa Maita at Johnny D’s at 8 p.m.

Versatile jazz and Latin veteran Ronnie Cuber brings his baritone sax and a lifetime of experience to Scullers at 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 11.

Pianist Donal Fox, in collaboration with bassist John Lockwood and Cuban drummer Dafnis Prieto, explores “Mashups in Afro Blue” at the Regattabar at 7:30 and 10 p.m. on Friday, November 12.

Down in New Haven the same evening at 8:30 and 10 p.m., Firehouse 12 presents bassist Dave Phillips and his Freedance quartet.

Timbalero Henry “Pucho” Brown and his Latin Soul Brothers bring the boogaloo to Brattleboro on Saturday, November 13, at 8 p.m. at the Vermont Jazz Center.

Heading south the same evening, vocalist Tulivu Donna Cumberbatch performs at New London’s Jazz Underground at 8 p.m.

On Tuesday, November 16, at 8 p.m. in Jordan Hall, the New England Conservatory (NEC) celebrates another milestone event with an 85th birthday tribute to composer, conductor, and pioneering jazz scholar, Gunther Schuller; recent fellow honoree Ran Blake and conductor Ken Schaphorst and the NEC Jazz Orchestra will be among the participants, and Schuller himself will deliver a pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m.

Also on Tuesday at 8 p.m., Swiss vibraphonist Natalie Dietrich and her quartet come to Scullers.

Back at Scullers the next night at 8 p.m., Cuban-born master drummer Ignacio Berroa arrives with his incendiary ensemble.

Meanwhile, over in Inman Square on the 17th at 8 p.m., San Francisco bassist Lisa Mezzacappa and her “garage jazz” quartet, Bait & Switch, pay a visit to Outpost 186, and at 9 p.m. at Ryles, flutist Fernando Brandao, guitarist Almir Cortes and their quintet are joined by samba da gafiera dancers Patrick Carvalho and Adriana Lima.

Starting Thursday, November 18, the Ahmad Jamal Trio plays a rare, three-night engagement at the Regattabar, with performances at 7:30 and 10 p.m.

Parla italiano? It’ll help if you’re in Inman Square on Thursday, November 18. At 8 p.m., Outpost 186 welcomes Milan saxophonist/bass clarinetist Achille Succi, while up the street at 8:30 p.m. at Ryles, Turin-born guitarist Giovanni Moltoni celebrates his latest CD release.

Also on Thursday, at 8:15 p.m., “El Judio Maravilloso,” pianist Larry Harlow (of Fania fame), performs with a Berklee ensemble directed by bassist Oscar Stagnaro and composer/arranger Matt Nicholl at the Berklee Performance Center.

Bassist Fernando Huergo

Bassist Fernando Huergo

On Friday, November 19 at 8 p.m., bassist Fernando Huergo joins the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, directed by Frederick Harris, in a program of original compositions and jazz classics at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium.

Meanwhile, at 8 p.m., the South End’s Villa Victoria Center for the Arts welcomes Puerto Rican trombonist William Cepeda, while out at the Acton Jazz Cafe, Racha Fora plays Brazilian jazz at 7 p.m.

A busy weekend in New Haven when, on Friday,November 19, at 8:30 and 10 p.m., Firehouse 12 presents drummer Ches Smith and These Arches. Then, back at Firehouse 12 on Saturday, November 20, the New Haven Improvisers Collective fills the stage at 8:30 p.m.

Banjoist Mark Whitaker and mandolinist/guitarist Geoff Brown (often abetted by bassist Gian Pangaro) are Hickory Strings; aficionados of Bela Fleck and David Grisman will want to catch their visit to the Lily Pad at 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 21.

Drummer Guillermo Nojechowicz

Drummer Guillermo Nojechowicz

Up in Methuen at the Sahara, Argentinian drummer Guillermo Nojechowicz and the quartet edition of El Eco (with vocalist Kim Nazarian, pianist Nando Michelin, and bassist Fernando Huergo) will be performing at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 23. They’ll also be back in Boston at the Beehive the next night at 9 p.m.

It may be Thanksgiving Eve, but it’s worth making the trip to the Fireplace to catch Israeli guitarist Assaf Kehati at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24.

Latin jazz at its best returns on Friday and Saturday, November 26–27, at 8 and 10 p.m., as Scullers hosts Cuban-born trumpeter Arturo Sandoval.

Also on Saturday, Venezuelan singer/songwriter/guitarist Juancho Herrera returns to Boston with a visit to the Beehive at 10 p.m.

Closing out the month, drummer Mark Walker and his Rhythm of the Americas octet will be at the Sahara in Methuen on Tuesday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m.

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