New Heritage, Music Japan, Ron Carter, Jazzmobile, Monk

10/5/2017, 2:29 p.m.
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Jazz Notes

The summer is over, but Jazzmobile is still moving forward Oct. 12. They will collaborate with the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University to present a free program, “The Louis Armstrong Continuum,” at the Miller Theatre at Columbia University, 2960 Broadway at 116th Street, at 7 p.m.

This program by far is one of the best fall concerts of the season and it’s free. Tickets are moving fast, so don’t hesitate or someone will be explaining what you missed.

The Louis Armstrong Tribute All-stars will feature the hard swinging New Orleans pianist and bandleader Jon Batiste of the Stay Human Band on “Late Night Stephen Colbert.” He will be joined by the trombonist, composer, singer Wycliffe Gordon, drummer/member of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Herlin Riley, pianist Courtney Bryan, multi-instrumentalist Adrian Cunningham, trumpeter Leroy Jones and bassist Ben Wolfe. Most of these musicians are natives of New Orleans, so be ready to move and groove, jump and shout.

Also, a performance by the 2017 Satchmo Award recipient saxophonist Kidd Jordan, with the prolific pianist Dave Burrell, drummer Hamid Drake and bassist William Parker, will take place.

This group is an all-star squad known on the Lower East Side and worldwide for their creativity and improvisational stance. They are all bandleaders and composers in their own right. It is a treat to have them uptown, where they should be on a regular basis as opposed to special occasions. Tickets are free but an RSVP is a necessity at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-armstrong-continuum-tickets.

Jazz clubs and organizations around the world will celebrate the 100th year of the genius composer and pianist Thelonious Monk. The Jazz at Lincoln Center celebration, with performances in Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, is Oct. 9 to Oct. 15.

Opening night (Oct. 9) will feature the Frank Carlberg Large Ensemble performing compositions from “Monk Dreams, Hallucinations and Nightmares.” The ensemble will include a host of performers, such as trumpeters and flugelhorn players Jonathan Powell, Kirk Knuffke, John Carlson and Dave Smith, vocalist Christine Correa, pianist/composer Frank Carlberg; and conductor JC Sanford, among others.

“The album ‘Monk Dreams, Hallucinations and Nightmares’ is not intended as a Thelonious Monk tribute album,” said Carlberg. “It is a celebration of the beauty and vitality of his music.” Carlberg takes a unique approach to engaging with Monk’s music. Aside from “Round Midnight,” all of the pieces are new compositions, not Monk arrangements, and yet Monk’s tunes are directly quoted and paraphrased throughout. Two shows are at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Oct. 10, Monk’s 100th birthday celebration continues with his son T.S. Monk, who was on hand for quite a few of his father’s earlier birthdays. He, like his father, has carried on Monk’s tradition with his own voice as a drummer. He also founded the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which has educated and helped launch the careers of some of our best musicians.

T.S. Monk first performed with his father’s group in the early 1970s, but for the past few decades, he has been an excellent band leader, forging his own path playing obscure compositions deserving of larger audiences.

The T.S. Monk Sextet will perform for two sets at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

For a complete listing of Monk’s 100th celebration, visit the website jazz.org/dizzys or call 212-258-9595.