Avery Sharpe at Creole, University of the Streets
Ron Scott | 12/7/2011, 6:25 p.m.
On Dec. 9-10, the Creole Restaurant and Music Supper Club (2167 Third Ave. at 118th Street) will be hosting bassist Avery Sharpe and his CD release with two shows each night, 7 and 9 p.m. This exceptional bassist does not perform in Gotham on a regular basis, and this is one of those rare opportunities.
He will be joined by pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs, saxophonist Craig Handy and drummer Yoron Israel. Also joining Avery will be special guest vocalist Maya Sharpe. It promises to be an exciting event with his new CD, "Running Man," being released. For more information, call (212) 876-8836.
On Dec. 10, University of the Streets (UOTS), located at 130 E. 7th St. at Avenue A, the nonprofit organization that supports the jazz community and continues to keep it alive with its many programs of music instructions, panels and lively jam sessions, will present "Mama Saadia's Juke Joint: The Kitchen Is Open."
The donation for the evening is $15 and will help its educational programs. Southern cuisine is offered for an additional cost.
The swinging, swaying and misbehaving begins at 8 p.m., with the Richard Clemens Trio featuring bassist Bob Arkin, drummer Bernard Linnette and Clemens on piano.
Featured singers will include Okaru Lovelace, who will introduce "Singers of the Month" (Jim Malloy, Lisi Pakulski, Mary Lovelace and Roanna Judelson) from her weekly Singers Connection Open Mic and Jam sessions. Also featured will be the Barry Harris NYC Jazz Chorus.
At 10 p.m., it's Danny Biondo's Devil's Blues with Jeanne Carno on drums, Kevin Shaw on bass, David White on guitar and Biondo on guitar and vocals. At 11 p.m., it's the Robert Anderson Jazz Sextet with saxophonists Desta Walker and Marquis Sayles, pianist Shinya Yonezawa, drummer Paul Leufroy, trumpeter Satifh Robertson and Anderson on bass. MCs will include Deep Dark & Delicious, aka Kenneth Aytch, and Lady Lela B, aka Lela Keels.
This rousing event will be followed by the Jam Session, from 11:30 p.m.-3 a.m. Donation is $5.
Clemens also instructs a weekly piano workshop from 6-8 p.m. (Fridays) for only $20. Later on Friday evenings, he also hosts a weekly jam session that begins at 11:30 p.m.
Vocalist Okaru Lovelace hosts the Singers Connection Open Mic and Jam every Friday from 8:30-11 p.m. For jazz fans on a tight budget, this is a good opportunity to see some good jazz singers as well as aspiring singers perfect their craft for just a $5 donation.
UOTS was incorporated in 1969, spearheaded by Muhammad Salahuddeen. Over the past 40 years, UOTS has been committed to addressing the educational, vocational and cultural needs of the community. Initially, UOTS was launched to help deprived youngsters break out of a hopeless povertycycle. The target population has expanded with respect to age and diversity over the years due to historical and economic impact.
For more information on the fundraiser, call (212) 254-9300.