Jazz By Water, Jazzmobile, Jazz Gallery, Steve Turre
Ron Scott | 9/9/2021, midnight
Although summer has come and gone like a lit match on a windy night, there are still a few more outdoor concerts to enjoy.
On Sept. 11 spend an afternoon (12 noon - 5:30 p.m.) on Governor’s Island (Colonels Row Green) swinging to Jazz By the Water.
The accomplished list of musicians will include saxophonist and composer Patience Higgins with pianist Cyrus Chestnut, bassist Curtis Lundy, and drummer Ronnie Burrage (all are band leaders and recording artists in their own right); Charles Butler & The Blues Bandits, a combination of funk and soul; Return of the Frozen Earth featuring Paul Brown; Eddie Allen & Friends and special guest drummer, vibraphonist and composer Joe Chambers.
Chambers will more than likely play tunes from his most recent album “Samba de Maracatu” released earlier this year that marked his return to Blue Note Records after 23 years. The album is a nine track treasure chest of original compositions, standards and tunes by Wayne Shorter, Bobby Hutcherson and Horace Silver that features Chambers playing drums, vibraphone and percussion.
Many fans were upset to learn vocalist Antoinette Montague’s recent Jazzmobile gig was cancelled due to rain, but don’t fret she will appear Sept. 23 (6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.) at St. Albans Park on Merrick Blvd., in Queens. Montague known for her belting blues and jazz timbre will be joined by her long-time abled band featuring pianist and composer Danny Mixon, bassist Melissa Slocum, trumpeter Peter Velera and drummer Earl Grice. Sponsored by NY Council member I. Daneek Miller.
Montague’s vocals elicit journeys that embrace the power of jazz history. The Montague Experience is a refreshing bold flavor of genres topped with jazz that swings in the moment. She has released several albums; her latest is “World Peace in the Key of Jazz” and a children’s album, “Jazz Woman to the Rescue.” She is the CEO of the Jazz Woman to the Rescue Foundation, a non-profit organization that encourages the public to give old instruments no longer in use to youths without benefit of the arts in their schools.
The Jazz Gallery that keeps its music on the shores of what’s happening and what’s coming will present three days of exhilarating music with strings at its core. On Sept. 9, it will be the Sara Caswell Quartet featuring violinist and composer Caswell, guitarist Jesse Lewis, bassist Ike Sturm and drummer Jared Schonio.
On Sept. 10 it’s Caroline Davis Portals with alto saxophonist Davis, trumpeter Mike Rodriguez, pianist Julian Shore, bassist Chris Tordini, violinists Sara Caswell, Josh Henderson and Joanna Mattrey, and Mariel Roberts on cello. Davis’ compositional practice integrates music with the cognitive sciences, anatomical structures, trauma, and the brain, influenced by her Ph.D work in music cognition. Recently, Davis has been using her platform for social justice, particularly devoted to prison reform and the release of political prisoners. Her unique configuration of instruments will bring another dimension to the jazz voice. Sets at 7:30 p.m. + 9:30 p.m. $25/$10 members; limited cabaret seating: $35/$20 members.
On Sept. 11, the Yosvany Terry Quintet performs a mix of Cubana rhythms and jazz. His group features trumpeter Mike Rodriguez, pianist Osmany Peredes, bassist Yunior Terry and drummer Julian Miltenberger. Terry, a native of Cuba, is an acclaimed composer, saxophonist, percussionist, bandleader, educator and cultural bearer of the Afro-Cuban tradition. On his album “Ancestral Memories,” Terry collaborated with French pianist Baptiste Trotignon to explore the cross-fertilization of France and Africa in the New World.
Sets at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Admission is $15/ Free for members. Limited cabaret seating: $25/$10 members. Livestream: $20/$5 members (link avail. 24 hrs). For more information visit the website jazzgallery.org
It’s another Sunday Serenade (VTY Jazz Arts) on Sept. 12 featuring the unique style of trombonist Steve Turre and The Next Generation Sextet, live and personal at the Cutting Room (44 East 32nd Street), 3 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Turre’s Next Generation will feature young school musicians trumpeter Wallace Roney Jr., saxophonist Emilio Modeste, bassist Corcoran Holt and pianist Isaiah J. Thompson. Turre is a pioneer of using seashells as instruments. For 58 years, Turre has been active in jazz, rock, and Latin jazz. He has recorded more than 20 albums as a bandleader and has been a member of the Saturday Night Live Band since 1984. Turre is never without new music and with this young generation of musicians, all is possible and will happen.
Music charge is $30; for reservations call 917-882-9539.