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Dianne Reeves at Rose Hall, TK Blue at Sista’s, ‘Ramen and Jazz’

Ron Scott | 2/13/2014, 12:41 p.m.

In the colorful spectrum of jazz, Blue has been smooth enough to play with the noted vocalist Jimmy Scott while also having the intuitiveness to play with Archie Shepp. He was even asked to join the 11-piece saxophone choir the Wings of Manhattan, led by Sam Rivers (1982).

He’s also performed with Bobby McFerrin, Pharoah Sanders, Melba Liston, Reggie Workman, Eric Reed, Regina Carter and Paquito d’Rivera. From 1982 until 1985, he spent much time playing with African musicians, including the notable Manu Dibango and the Senegalese group Xalam.

Blue is a professor at Long Island University. Last year, his annual “Jazz Day” featured musicians Velery Ponomarev, Clifton Anderson and Charli Persip. Chris Botti was the featured evening artist. Over 100 high school students attended this event.

For Blue, the music is more than jazz; it’s a personal interpretation of a music that takes flight and demands to be heard.

  • Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Call 718-398-1766 for reservations.

International singer-songwriter Okaru Hoshino-Lovelace will host her final Wednesday show (Feb. 19) of the “Ramen & Jazz Jam” at Kuboya Restaurant on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, 536 E. Fifth St., between avenues A and B.

The Feb. 5 date was cancelled due to the recent snowstorm. The special tribute to legendary drummer Jimmy Lovelace will take place on Feb. 19. Jams run 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m. and feature keyboardist Yoshino Nakahara and bassist Nori Naraoka.

  • For more information, call 212-777-7010.