Dianne Reeves at Rose Hall, TK Blue at Sista’s, ‘Ramen and Jazz’
Ron Scott | 2/13/2014, 12:41 p.m.
Dianne Reeves, a four-time Grammy winner for Best Female Jazz Vocalist who doesn’t perform in New York often enough, will have a two-day engagement in time for that special day for lovers, Feb. 14 and 15.
The singer, who was mentored by the great Clark Terry since her college days, will front a noted ensemble that includes keyboardists Peter Martin and Raymond Angry; guitarist Peter Sprague; trumpeter Sean Jones; saxophonist Tia Fuller; bassist Robert Veal; drummer Terreon Gully; and vocalist Nadia Washington.
Reeves’ live performances are more than a flurry of jazz tunes. They are a musical biography that swings on African folk music, original songs, American songbook staples, little tidbits, some soul and scatting perhaps. She is one of the few women of this millennium who can be mentioned in the same sentence as Carmen McRae, Nancy Wilson and Dinah Washington. Her voice and body of work over the years speak volumes. For this special day, she is sure to be captivating and romantically inclined.
- For ticket information, call 212-258-9834 or visit jalc.org.
Jazz is swinging in Harlem every Thursday at Fara, formerly Les Ambassades (341 Lenox Ave. and 127th Street). The lineup features the Phil Young Experience, saxophonist Bill Saxton, Mel Davis on keyboards and vocals, guitarist Solomon Hicks and vocalist Marvel Allen. Happy hour is 4 p.m.-8 p.m., and the music takes off at 7 p.m. This band, which has a local as well as international reputation, will color the canvas of Black music from funk to jazz and around again in case you miss a beat. Emmet Causey, the promoter of this event, is aiding in keeping jazz alive in the Harlem community.
- For more information, call 917-742-1239.
When saxophonist, flautist, arranger and composer TK Blue plays, his audiences accompany him on a musical journey that swings from Manhattan to the shores of Africa with invigorating music that leaves one energized.
On Feb. 15, Blue will perform engrossing music from his new CD, “A Warm Embrace” (Blujazz Records), at Sista’s Place in Brooklyn (456 Nostrand Place) for two sets at 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. He will be accompanied by a group of well-abled musicians, including Essiet Essiet on bass, Sylvia Cuenca on drums, Ron Jackson on guitar and James Weidman on piano.
Blue has been honored to play with two master pianists in his career, including the South African Abdullah Ibrahim. “I was able to develop when I was in Abdullah’s band because he didn’t put any restraints on me in soloing,” said Blue. “It’s an honor and privilege to be in the company of masters when they let you stretch out.”
It was no coincidence that Blue met pianist Randy Weston while working with Ibrahim, as they are birds of a feather. Blue began working with Weston in 1980 when they both lived overseas.
Today, Blue is the musical director of Weston’s African Rhythms ensemble. Their musical union has lasted over 30 years, resulting in countless tours and critically acclaimed recordings and concerts that continue to dance long after they are over. Weston is one of the most influential figures in Blue’s professional life.