Sistas’ Place, Howard Johnson, Blue Note, ‘Trubone’

Ron Scott | 1/26/2017, midnight
Like his fellow native Brooklynites (Cecil Payne, Max Roach and Randy Weston), the pianist Ed Stoute wears his Brooklyn badge ...
"Trubone" Bernard James photo

Jazz Notes

Jazz Notes

Like his fellow native Brooklynites (Cecil Payne, Max Roach and Randy Weston), the pianist Ed Stoute wears his Brooklyn badge of honor with distinction as he celebrates the jazz tradition with spirited inspiration.

Jan. 28, The Ed Stoute Experience will share their musical evolutions at Brooklyn’s revolutionary cultural oasis, Sistas’ Place (456 Nostrand Ave, at Jefferson Avenue).

The Ed Stoute Experience features the saxophonist Gene Ghee, bassist Eric Lemon and drummer George Gray. They will perform two sets, at 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Stoute honed his skills earlier on playing at such noted clubs as Brooklyn’s Baby Grand, Moulin Rouge and the La Marchal (where the lively Blue Note, two-album record set “Night of the Cookers” was recorded). 

During the 1960s, he was a member of the Illinois Jacquet Quartet and later joined Jacquet’s big band in 1998 until his death in 2004. More recently, he has filled chairs with James Spaulding, Charles Davis, Clark Terry, Patience Higgins and Vanessa Rubin.

The Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium presented him with the Jazz Impact Award, an honor given to a local jazz musician who has improved and contributed to the community. The pianist, composer, arranger and historian Randy Weston noted Stoute is one of the most important artists coming from Brooklyn.

Tickets are $20 and $25 at the door. For reservations call 718-398-1766. 

At 75 years of age, the multi-instrumentalist Howard Johnson is one of the most renowned jazz tuba players in the world, along with Bob Stewart, Joseph Daley and Earl McIntyre.

Over the years, his music has been as colorful as the spontaneity of a rainbow after a brisk rain. His free-flowing style has been an asset to such bandleaders as Charles Mingus, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Hank Crawford and Archie Shepp, and his in intermittent 20-year association with Gil Evans that began in 1966.

Jan. 29, 2:30 p.m., the National Jazz Museum in Harlem will present the Howard Johnson @ 75 concert. His competent quartet will include the pianist Yayoi Ikawa, bassist Melissa Slocum, drummer Newman Taylor Baker, with Johnson on baritone sax, tuba and penny whistle.

During the 1970s, he conducted the “Saturday Night Live” band. He has also appeared in episodes of the TV series “Matlock” and “Hill Street Blues.” Johnson accompanied James Taylor in a performance of “Jelly Man Kelly” on Sesame Street in 1983, and played the tin whistle when Taylor sang to Oscar the Grouch.

Johnson has collaborated with the avant-garde Polish trumpeter and composer Tomasz Stanko, Substructure, Tuba Libre and GRAVITY, perhaps his most famous band.

Tickets are $15 and free for members. The museum is located at 58 W. 129th St. (between Lenox and Fifth avenues).

When your playing card includes dates with such high-powered musicians as Pharoah Sanders, B.B. King, Dr. John, Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, Marcus Miller and Public Enemy, you “ain’t no” regular drummer. No doubt Will Calhoun has serious skills.

He was voted “Best New Drummer of 1988” by Modern Drummer magazine’s readers’ poll, and then “No. 1 Progressive Drummer” three times (1989, 1991 and1992).

He has won two Grammy Awards, one in 1989 for Best Hard Rock Performance by a Group while in the band Living Colour, and then again for Best Hard Rock Performance with the band in 1990.

Although Calhoun’s legacy will remain the rock band’s progressive drummer, he continues to explore new valleys as he concludes his three-day engagement at Manhattan’s Blue Note jazz club Jan. 26.

The three-day stint that began with the saxophonist and composer Ravi Coltrane, followed by the trumpeter Randy Brecker and ending with the guitarist Russell Malone, whose crisp captivating sound will add yet another dimension to Calhoun’s collaborative book.

The engagement’s formal title is “Will Calhoun Celebrating Elvin Jones,” one of his drumming mentors. The title also represents his latest CD (Motema Music).

The CD’s special guest performer, the great Senegalese master drummer Doudou N’Diaye Rose, represents Calhoun’s commitment to this music’s African roots. “Meeting and briefly studying with Doudou has positively changed my life forever, both as a human being and as an artist,” stated Calhoun.

Although in the jazz spectrum, Calhoun refuses to be categorized. His stylistic influences vary from rock influences to integrating drum and bass grooves, percussion roots of Africa and sampling into his playing.

The Blue Note is located at 131 W. Third Street in the West Village. There are two sets, at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. For reservations, call 212-475-8592.

Black theater in Harlem has been a cultural release, as well as an outcry for equality, since Anita Bush organized the Lafayette Players in 1916.

Jan. 28-29, that vibrant tradition forges ahead with the premiere of “Trubone” at the Joseph P. Kennedy Community Center (34 W. 134th St.).

The Shades of Truth Theatre and Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theatre Group present the inspired recollections of a man preserved by time to rewrite history without paper, pen or apology.

“I tell you ‘bout life the way I lived it!” the character Trubone declares. “I was a runaway slave. I met John Brown, and Harriet Tubman was a friend of mine. I fought in the Civil War and I was lynched twice. I told Dr. King about a dream and gave Huey P. Newton a gun!”

Michael Green, conceived the play and is the director. He also plays Trubone and an ensemble of seven dynamic actors support him. The production was written by Michael Green, Vanessa Shaw, Vanessa L. Smith and Kisha Spence.

There are two shows Jan. 28, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and one 4 p.m. show Jan. 29. General admission is $35. For more information, visit the website shadesoftruththeatre@gmail.com or call 917-330-0132.