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Waller rent party, Terry at Zinc, open mic, Rome Neal

Ron Scott | 8/1/2012, 4:57 p.m.

The quartet is an intuitive force playing with the intensive purpose of taking listeners on an exciting voyage that crosses the improvisational waters of Cuba and the United States.

What we have are the roots of Cuban tradition blended with the roots of jazz, another perspective on Afro-Cuban jazz through the music of Terry that is invigorating and memorable.

Okaru Lovelace, the talented international singer-songwriter, will be hosting Singers Connection Showcase Open Mic and Jam at its new home at the Westbeth Artist Community Room, 55 Bethune St. in the West Village on the corner of Washington Street. Opening night will be July 27 from 7:30-10:30 p.m.

The jazzy house band will feature pianist Nikolaj Hess and bassist Ralph Hamperian. The cost for great music is only $5 to watch or show your talent alongside established and aspiring singers or musicians.

Anyone may show up to perform, and it won't be the first time a celebrity has stepped to the mic for the open jam.

Rome Neal's Banana Puddin' Jazz hits on Aug. 4 at 9 p.m. at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 E. 3rd St., hosted by Eric Frazier and featuring his trio with pianist Danny Dalelio and bassist Alex Layne. The admission price is $15 and will be followed by the Jazz Jam and Open Mic. For online tickets, call (212) 780-9386.

Neal will be in London on July 28 watching his daughter Lia Neal swim in the 2012 Summer Olympics in the 4x100-meter freestyle. First of all, congratulations to Lia Neal. Making the Olympics is no easy task, which means she is already one of the best female swimmers in the world before she even steps on the block. Let's all say a prayer or concentrate on her bringing home the gold. Watch the meet on NBC on Saturday, July 28.