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#16, 3 weeks on chart
Greg Abate with the Tim Ray Trio
Gratitude: Stage Door LIVE @ The Z

 
On his fourth recording with the Tim Ray Trio, all on Whaling City Sound, Greg Abate and friends search for and find the true essence of jazz. With no formal rehearsals, and subsequently, no overdubs, mulligans, and redo’s, the band captures its performance in truth, in full, and in the moment.
With the seasoned support of Tim Ray (piano), John Lockwood (bass) and Mark Walker (drums), Abate and his various horns (alto, tenor and baritone saxes, as well as flute) cruise through a slate of mainly originals, along with Joe Henderson’s “Inner Urge” and Roland Kirk’s “Serenade to a Cuckoo,” done here on tenor sax rather than the customary flute. Tim Ray and the trio add their surprising version of Fats Waller’s “Jitterbug Waltz.”
Abate is one of jazz’s pure, natural talents, with energy, imagination and technique. The crowd must have really enjoyed this session because the sound, recorded and mixed by John Mailloux, is superb and the performances creative and exhilarating.
 
6.1 8p, Chan's, 267 Main St., Woonsocket, RI, CD release and Gemini Night, with Tim Ray, John Lockwood, Mark Walker
6.7 3-5p, Laurelmead Kent Hewitt, Todd Baker Gary Johnson 
6.8 3:30-4:45p, Eastern CT Jazz Festival, Yurechko Tree Farm, 55 Yurechko Dr., Griswold CT, Phil Palonen, Lou Bocciarelli, Ben Bilello
7:30p, Arts Block, Greenfield, MA with Paul Arslanian, George Kaye, Jon Fisher
6.14 Dancehall, Kittery, ME 
6.15 Jazz In June, Camden Opera House, ME
6.20 5:30-7:30p, The Stomping Ground, Main St., Putnam, CT with Straight up Jazz
6.22 TBA, WCCA TV Central Massachusetts Jazz Festival, Christoforo
Columbus Park, East Park on Shrewsbury St., Worcester, MA with Ben Cook ,Todd Baker, Gary Johnson
6.30 7-9:30p, Jazz in the Factory, Old Slater Mill, Pawtucket, RI, with Dan Moretti and Matt Richard Trio
8.28 Birdland, NYC, with Mike Longo, piano; Harvie S, bass; Steve Johns, drums

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June 7 Release
Gerry Gibbs Thrasher People
Our People
Multi-instrumentalist and composer Gerry Gibbs returns with his 12th album as a leader, Our PeopleUnlike anything the visionary musician has ever produced before, this epic, 19-part suite is a sonic masterpiece that pays tribute to the many different cultures that make up our world. Our People sounds like a full orchestra but is, in fact, the work of five gifted multi-instrumentalists- two of which are part of Gerry’s versatile Thrasher People Band. The amalgamation of styles and influences create a wonderfully universally significant sound that seems to transcend genre while awing listeners. 
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#17, 7 weeks on chart
Dave Zinno Unisphere
Stories Told
January 25, 2019 Bright Idea Greg Murphy Trio featuring Greg Murphy, Jeff Tain Watts, and Eric Wheeler
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#47, peaked at #1 TWICE, 19 weeks on chart
Greg Murphy Trio
Bright Idea

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6.3 6:30p-8, York Street Project - WFM Year End Recital - 89 York Street, Jersey City, NJ
6.8, 6.21, 6.29 7p-10, Lorenzo's - Solo Piano, 1100 South Avenue · Staten Island, NY, 718-477-2400
6.9 12:30p, WHPK 88.5 FM - Interview with Alvin Carter-Bey, Chicago, IL, 773-702-8424
6.11 8p, The Promontory - Greg Murphy Trio, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. West · Chicago, IL, (312) 801-2100 With: Marcus Evans & Harrison Bankhead
6.19 8p, 
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation -JazzTeenth Freedom Ensemble - Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame Juneteenth Ceremony - Celebrating Randy Weston1368 Fulton St · Brooklyn, NY · (718) 636-6900
6.20 6p-10, Tea House Garden - Solo Piano, 1100 South Avenue · Staten Island, NY, 718-477-2400
9.14 6p, Chart House (DeVito Wedding) - GM Trio, Lincoln Harbor Pier D-T · Weehawken, NJ, (201) 348-6628
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Mini-documentary on the making of Still Happy

Danny Bacher
Still Happy
Danny Bacher is the winner of the 2019 Margaret Whiting award, presented by the American Songbook Association and My Ideal Music. Join us to honor Danny and see performances from previous winners like Celia Berk, Natalie Douglas, Eric Yves Garcia, and Josephine Sanges.
6.25 7p, Laurie Beechaman Theatre - 407 W. 42nd St. at 9th Ave
Jim Robitaille Trio
A View From Within
To Be Announced

Guitarist and award winning composer, Jim Robitaille, has performed and or recorded and shared the bill with Dave Liebman, Karl Berger, Bob Moses, Joe Beck Gerry Gibbs, Santi Debriano, Julian Lage, and Esperanza Spalding. Jim has appeared on over 20 recordings as a leader and sideman.

His television and live performances include: The BET Jazz Channel, The Time Warner Music Choice Jazz Channel, PBS Television, The Baird Auditorium at the Smithsonian Institute's Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C. and many more venues.

6.2 1-3p, Marion Music Hall - Jim Robitaille Trio, 164 Front Street, Marion, MA, (508) 748-9556

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6.30 11a-12:30p 38th Annual Jazz Service First Unitarian Church in NB, 71 8th St., New Bedford, MA, FREE! Dan Schwartz, percussion; Jackie Santos, drums; Billy Thompson, tenor, soprano sax & flute; Dori Rubbicco, vocalist; Dino Govoni, tenor saxophone; Alan Bernstein, bass; Keegan Marshall-House, piano
7.8 3:30-4:15p New Bedford Folk Festival, Custom House Square Stage, with Donn Legge, Dan Schwartz, & Ian Legge
7.22 6-9p 
Cork Wine & Tapas, New Bedford, The Quartet w/ Chris Richards, Dan Schwartz & Mike Lavoie
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For release July 26, 2019
Dave Bass No Boundaries

6.9 Byron Colborn Big Band, CLARA Auditorium (see video below), Sacramento, CA
7.2, 8.6, 9.3 Cunha Big Band, The Clubhouse, Carmichael, CA - Free!
8.10 Dave Bass Jazz Quartet, Auburn State Theater, Auburn, CA
8.17 Dave Bass Afro-Cuban Jazz Quintet, Rowell Ranch, Castro Valley, CA 
9.27, 28 Dave Bass Afro-Cuban Jazz Quintet, Sequoia Room, Fort Bragg, CA

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Peaked at #23, 14 weeks on chart, one of 2015’s Best Jazz Albums by DownBeat

6.10 7:30 & 9p Zinc Bar, 82 West 3rd St, NY, 212-477-9462
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Jim Robitaille with Dave Liebman, Tony Marino, Alex Ritz A View From Within TBA
Tim Ray Trio with John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington TBA
Eric Wyatt Tribute to Sonny Rollins TBA
John Stein TBA

 
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