Hargrove tribute, Ginny’s, Lovano Appel Room, Taylor Made

Ron Scott | 10/17/2019, 11:31 a.m.
When one mentions great trumpeters in jazz history like Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Clifford Brown and Freddie Hubbard, the name ...
Jaleel Shaw

When one mentions great trumpeters in jazz history like Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Clifford Brown and Freddie Hubbard, the name of Roy Hargrove must be included. He was the best trumpeter of his generation, as well as the most influential.

On Oct. 16—what would have been Hargrove’s 50th birthday—there will be a “special birthday jam session” for the composer, vocalist and big band leader, at The Jazz Gallery (1160 Broadway) from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. The evening will open with a concert by Jaleel Shaw Group featuring pianist Julius Rodriguez, bassist Ameen Saleem, drummer TBA, and Shaw on alto saxophone playing Hargrove’s music along with special guests. Following the performance Shaw will open the floor for a jam session.

Hargrove founded The Jazz Gallery along with Dale Fitzgerald and Lezlie Harrison, in 1995 in the loft space at 290 Hudson Street which Hargrove and Fitzgerald had leased in 1992. The second floor of 290 Hudson Street was The Jazz Gallery’s home until they moved to 1160 Broadway in 2012. Hargrove passed on Nov. 2, 2018. “Roy’s spirit and profound musicality had a deep and continuing impact on all we did and will continue to do at The Jazz Gallery,” stated Hank O’Neal, chairman of the board of directors.

Tickets are $25/$10 members; reserved table seating $35/$20 members and $10 for musicians with an instrument. For more information visit the website info@jazzgallery.org.

Also now through December “The Jazz Gallery Remembering Roy A Tribute Exhibition” to the TJG co-founder. Many memorable never seen before photographs of Hargrove line the walls of TJG. Photographers featured are Hank O’Neal, Jonathan Chimene, Jimmy Katz, William Brown, Mike Shur, Nina D’Alessandro and Jean-Jacques Abadie.

On Oct. 19, alto saxophonist/composer Jaleel Shaw returns to The Jazz Gallery with his group Jaleel Shaw 4TET featuring guitarist Lage Lund, bassist Rashaawn Carter and drummer Justin Brown. Like his Philadelphia homeboys (Benny Golson, Bobby Timmons, Sonny Fortune and transplant John Coltrane), Shaw follows his own musical path as he stays true to the tradition of jazz while still exploring his own narrative that ranges from fiery touching ballads to balling riffs that drift into the periphery beyond mere jazz. Shaw earned his reputation as a long-standing member of Roy Haynes’ exciting Fountain of Youth band for which he still plays.

There are two sets at 7.30 p.m. and 9.30 p.m. For tickets visit the website info@jazzgallery.org.

Ginny’s Supper Club (310 Lenox Avenue) located on Harlem’s main thoroughfare on 125th Street may be the premiere jazz venue in the community. For this autumn weekend beginning on Oct. 17, the club will bring a varied taste of jazz for consumption with the SuperTone Brass Band bringing their funky New Orleans grooves for a night of big easy throw down. The band began its journey in 2002 in a Brooklyn basement and has been soaring since.

On Oct. 18 Ginny’s welcomes Christopher McBride & The Whole Proof whose repertoire covers terrain from the African diaspora to R&B, and Latin Music with a truth for the straight-ahead swing. Since 2007 the saxophonist and composer McBride has played in a variety of diverse groups that include Winard Harper, Roy Hargrove, Lupe Fiasco, Solange, Jason Marshall and Bobby Broom.