Palmieri Mondays, PR music, Bobbi Humphrey, Jazz Gallery
Ron Scott | 5/5/2017, 4:36 p.m.
Today Humphrey remains a major performing crowd pleaser, as she has displayed (since her residency began) at Harlem’s popular jazz room Ginny’s, downstairs from the Red Rooster Restaurant (310 Lenox Ave., between 125th and 126th streets).
Humphrey continues her dynamite performance at Ginny’s on May 12, billed as Bobbi Humphrey’s Birthday Bash & Jam, with two shows at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
She will perform with her longtime abled quartet and surprise guests. Her music will be a mixture of hits from her catalogue and new music. Her range continues to be somewhat eclectic, with straight-ahead jazz with some funky Harlem River drive rhythms.
She has recorded with a variety of musicians, from George Benson to Lee Morgan, but for sure her most memorable has to be with pianist, composer and arranger Duke Ellington.
For information or reservations, call 212-421-3821.
The Jazz Gallery is a jazz club that separates itself from all the others with young musicians who have the musical audacity to challenge the jazz tradition while moving it forward with great respect and hard swing.
May 15, the nonprofit club will host its annual gala fundraiser at the Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park South, at 7 p.m.
This year’s honorees will include the Lifetime Achievement Award to the renowned saxophonist and composer Charles Lloyd, one of the most powerful and deeply lyrical voices in jazz for more than five decades.
The pianist, composer, arranger and nine-time Grammy Award winner Chucho Valdes will receive the Founders Award. He is one of the most influential figures in modern Afro-Cuban jazz.
The Contribution to the Arts Award will be presented to Arthur Barnes, former chairman at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, president of 100 Black Men and president the New York Urban Coalition, and to Michael Cuscuna, prolific jazz record producer, Grammy winner, founder of Mosaic Records and leading discographer at Blue Note Records.
There will be a special tribute performance by the trumpeter and composer Roy Hargrove, alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon, tenor saxophonist Tivon Pennicott, pianist Fabian Almazan, percussion Mauricio Herrera, bassist John Benitez and drummer EJ Strickland. There is a special VIP dinner with honorees at 8:30 p.m. Space is limited.
For tickets, visit the website www.jazzgallery.org.