Mclean, Belgrave, Jazzmobile, Saxton and Dr. Lonnie
Ron Scott | 7/13/2017, 4:05 p.m.
When you attend a concert of the multireed player and flutist Rene McLean, his music will ascend the boundaries of the hard bop American tradition. Because he has researched the traditional music of South Africa and Japan, his music sports a universal overcoat that speaks multiple languages.
July 15 Rene McLean and Music of the Spirit will bring its universal force to Brooklyn’s Sistas’ Place (456 Nostrand Ave.). No need for translation booklets. Just a set of human speakers will keep you swinging on the edge of your seat and dangling in the realm of great music that crosses all barriers without political permission, only a passport of the heart.
The competent musicians making up Music of the Spirit are pianist Hubert Eaves, bassist Nat Reeves, drummer Carl Allen and Yacouba Sissoku on the kora, a 21-string lute-bridge-harp used in West Africa.
McLean noted aside from standards and his originals, they will play compositions from his latest CD, from a 1984 live radio broadcast at Whippoorwill, due out next week.
The Whippoorwill was a refurbished jazz club and restaurant located downstairs in an old building on East 18th Street during the mid-1980s.
There will be two sets, at 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. For reservations, call 718-398-1766. Tickets are $25 at the door.
The jazz vocalist Joan Belgrave and her sextet perform for one night only, July 17, at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (60th Street and Broadway).
Belgrave, who has been residing in New York for a brief period is still a true Detroit native. The “Motor City” has a long history of blues, R&B and jazz from Motown and her late husband, the great trumpeter/educator Marcus Belgrave, who mentored so many along his distinguished path.
Her sextet for the evening will include saxophonist/flutist T.K. Blue, trumpeter Greg Glassman, bassist Endea Owens, drummer Camille Gainer-Jones and special guest, her homeboy and master pianist, Kirk Lightsey.
As Belgrave celebrates her 60th birthday, she will reform the clouds with harmonic shapes and jazz blue skies. Two shows are at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Visit the website jazz.org/dizzy’s or call 212-258-9595 for
Once the smoke clears from Independence Day, better known as the Fourth of July “charade” or “farce” (That independence didn’t cover Blacks. They remained slaves under the watchful eye of their terrorist masters.), an honest celebration begins as Jazzmobile hits the neighborhood with music that will make you dance, swing to the beat and feel the truth.
The Summerfest, as it is called, is a continuing cultural legacy that began in 1964. NEA jazz master, pianist, composer and educator Dr. Billy Taylor and philanthropist and arts administrator Daphne Anstein were the founders of Jazzmobile.
The Summerfest featuring some of the best jazz musicians on the scene runs now through Aug. 30. A short list includes the vocalist Lynette Bell, with music director Dennis Bell, July 13 (7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.) at Harlem River Park “Jazzmobile on the Beach.” The Entrance ramps are located on Madison Avenue/East 135th Street and Fifth Avenue/139th Street.