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July 2016 Newsletter

JULY 29 release

A Season to Believe

Greg Murphy’s Summer Breeze is hot to the touch
Greg Murphy’s Summer Breeze isn’t so much a session as a celebration, a jazz party full of great sounds, really good vibes, and an ensemble that came ready to give Murphy’s musical vision real shape.
His fourth outing as a leader and his Whaling City Sound debut, Summer Breeze finds the Chicago native turned New Yorker in a very expressive mood. In fact, there’s so much to talk about—in terms of notable moments, in terms of style-blazing—it’s hard to know where to start. There are moments when Murphy steps into the spotlight, as in the dazzling opening tune “Solar,” a Miles Davis composition, and in the closing “Suspended Time,” a ripper that brings the session to a resounding close. There are other moments when he steps back to let his trio—including Eric Wheeler (Dee Dee Bridgewater) on bass and impressive upstart Kush Abadey on drums (Wallace Roney, Ravi Coltrane)—do the heavy lifting. And at still other times guest trumpeter Josh Evans handles solos the way a juggler catches plates, with fizz and aplomb.

While there’s a certain refreshing quality that suffuses bright color throughout, make no mistake, this one comes in hot, with excellent performances and the kind of musicianship that makes spinning a session like this immensely rewarding.
 7.8 Paris Blues - Les Goodson Intergalactic Soul Jazz Band, 2021 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd, NYC  212.222.9878 With: John Cooksey & Don Pate, 9p-1a
7.11 Kanawauke Summer Camp - Ray Blue Organ Trio, Rockland County, NY, 6-8p
7.13 Harry Moore School- Spirit of Life Ensemble, 2078 JFK Blvd. Jersey City, NJ (201) 200-3138, 1p
7.13 Paris Blues - Les Goodson Intergalactic Soul Jazz Band, 2021 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd NYC 212.222.9878 With: John Cooksey & Don Pate, 9p-1a
7.14 Light Rail Cafe - Spirit of Life Ensemble, 237 Randolph Avenue Jersey City, NJ (201)-434-9900, 7-10p
7.15 Lorenzo's - Solo Piano 1100 South Avenue Staten Island, NY 718-477-2400, 7-10p
JULY 29 release

A Step in the Right Direction

Steppin’ Up features Eric Hargett
And his baritone sax truly stepping out

There’s certainly something about the baritone sax that gets your attention. The sounds are commanding; they grab and don’t let go. They can throttle. They can lurk. They can dominate the soundscape. In the right hands, it’s devastating. Eric Hargett has just those hands. 
On Steppin’ Up, Hargett’s remarkable debut as a bandleader, the upstart leader manages to avoid opening night jitters, thanks to a diverse and tasty ten-spot of tunes and the incredible support of Joey DeFrancesco on the B3 and piano, and drummer Gerry Gibbs. Of course, when you’ve got that kind of seasoned experience behind you, one can only imagine how it’d soothe the nerves.

Hargett hails from Houston, got schooled in Austin, and has since moved to LA. He met up with Gibbs after an invite to play in his Thrasher Big Band back in 2006. Hargett later teamed up with Gibbs’ father, the vibist and composer Terry Gibbs, in the master’s own Terry Gibbs Dream Band. He has clearly gained some savvy and some sophistication along the way, and it shows up grandly on Steppin’ Up. From ballads to burning funk, Hargett proves he can do it all, and this, his first real crack at leadership. He’s had some good apprenticeships during his brief career thus far, and he’s got A-list support to bring it all home, which is why Steppin’ Up is an incredible step in the right direction. 
7.22 Dave Bass Afro-Cuban Jazz Trio with Vocalist Michelle Deveaux

7:30p William J. Geery Theater
2130 L St. - Sacramento, CA 95816

Dave Bass (piano), Carlos Caro (conga, bongo, & perc.), David Belove (electric bass)

Limited Tickets Remaining. Purchase NOW!

Upcoming Greg Abate Shows

7.9 - 7.10 TBA Swanage Jazz Festival (UK)
7.11 Bexley Jazz Club Bexley (UK)
7.12 Saint Ives with Craig Milverton Trio (UK)
7.13 Concorde Club with Craig Milverton Trio (UK)
7.14 The 606 Club London with The Craig Milverton Trio (UK)
7.15  Oxfordshire with Craig Milverton piano, Paul Jefferies bass, Nick Millward drums (UK)
7.16 Marlborough Jazz Festival with Bo Hop Trio (UK)
7.17 Oxford Wine BarWith Paul Jeffries /Alex Steele Oxford 6:30p (UK)
7.18 The Daffodil with Alex Steele and Paul Jefferies, 8p Cheltenham (UK)
7.19 Fleet Jazz Club with Alan Barnes, The Harlington Center, UK 236 Fleet Road, Fleet GU51 4BY (UK)
7.20 The Walnut Tree Blisworth with Tad Newton 8p (UK)
7.21 With Tad Newton and Friends The Bedford Golf Club Jazz Night Denham nr Beadford (UK)
7.22 The Bronx Bar Teignmouth with Matt Carter Trio 9 p £10 (UK)
7.23 Jazz workshop Torquay school (UK)
7.25 Cheadle Hulme Conservative Club (UK)
7.26 Swansea Wales Jazz Workshop Swansea Jazzland (UK)
7.27  Concert Swansea Jazz land Wales with David Cottle Trio (UK)
7.30 Greenvale Vineyards Concert 1-4p, Ben Cook, Todd Baker, Gary Johnson (RI)
7.31 Sakonnet Winery Outdoor concert series 1-4p, Matt Richards piano, Paul Del Nero Bass, Artie Cabral drums (RI)

Upcoming Monika Herzig Shows:

7.13 Class Concert, Graz, Austria
7.24 WW Big Band, Ludwigshafen
7.28 With Peter Kienle, ISME Conference, Glasgow, 12pm

Upcoming Rale Micic Shows

7.8 With Sheryl Bailey duo at Bar Thalia, NYC
7.20 With Abe Rabade Duo, Bar LunAtico, Bar LunAtico, New York, 8:30p
7.22 Rale Micic & Guilherme Monteiro duo at Bar Thalia, NYC


On the Horizon

On the Horizon

8.12 Kristen Lee Sergeant's Inside Out

Upcoming Shows:

7.22 Moscow 57 (with the M57 house band), 168 1/2 Delancey Street New York, NY, 8-9p
7.26 The Ear Inn, 326 Spring Street New York, NY, 12p-3a
7.31 Streaming Gig with Kris Kaiser, guitar, 8-8:30p

8.12 Steven Kirby's Illuminations

8.12 Tim Ray Trio's Windows
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