reopening of clubs and novelties
Reopens of jazz clubs, birthdays of jazz artists, and new jazz releases provide plenty of reasons to celebrate and enjoy the month of October.
Jazz clubs have been hit the hardest of any concert hall during the pandemic, and the hope is the worst is over, Avery Kleinman noted in a recent Washington Post article. He pointed out that over the summer some clubs in the United States started to reopen and that many musicians were and still are eager to get back on stage.
This is certainly the case here and abroad. It was only recently that a growing list of musicians released tour dates in the US and overseas that are quite extensive.
Kleinman’s article states, “The closures are part of a decades-long trend exacerbated by the pandemic. Although many have triumphantly reopened their doors in recent weeks and months, jazz clubs have been hit the hardest of all types of concert halls, according to Audrey Fix Schaefer, communications manager at the National Independent. Venue Association. The group was created during the pandemic to defend sites that languished for months with no income. “
“Keep in mind that jazz clubs are probably the most vulnerable to start with,” Schaefer said. “They operate on very thin margins. They are art houses. If you are going to open a blues club or a jazz club, it is because you are dedicated to this art and you love it. It’s not because you’re an entrepreneur looking to make a lot of money, ”Schaefer said.
The Dakota Club, which offers jazz in downtown Minneapolis, reopened in September. The Preservation Hall in New Orleans reopened in June. The Jazz Standard in New York and Blue Whale in Los Angeles are two popular jazz venues that unfortunately remain closed.
In addition to celebrating the reopening of many jazz clubs, including the iconic Village Vanguard and the famous Birdland in New York City, October is also a time to celebrate birthdays.
Celebrate their life, their heritage and their music
October jazz musicians celebrating birthdays include the late trumpeter Roy Hargrove, who would have turned 52 on October 16. Another great trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis, celebrated a milestone birthday when he was 60 on October 18.
The legendary Jelly Roll Morton, who proclaimed himself the inventor of jazz, celebrated a birthday on October 20.
Jazz fans are thrilled with the release of “A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle” by John Coltrane. The recordings of Coltrane’s 1965 live ensemble with “A Love Supreme” have remained in the basement of Seattle conductor Joe Brazil for years. Now a full album will be released on October 22 on Impulse! label.
This is important news because “A Love Supreme” is one of the most beloved music albums in jazz. The four-part suite features musicians including Coltrane’s rhythm section: Elvin Jones on drums, McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, as well as tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, a second bass player, Donald “Rafael” Garrett and alto saxophonist Carlos Salle.
Speaking of rare live recordings, High Note saxophonist Houston Person’s new album “Live in Paris” (The City of Love) is the real deal. It presents Houston on tenor saxophone in a moving and fine form and a first-class rhythm section that includes Ben Paterson on the B3 organ, Peter Bernstein on guitar and Willie Jones III on drums. The album was released on September 24.
The live recording took place during Person’s appearance at the Festival Jazz à la Villette in 2019. “I just play great music,” said Houston. “I’m looking for a nice melody and nice lyrics.” This is the 86-year-old’s first live recording in a while.
Among the stellar and stylish tracks on the album are “The Way We Were”, “Since I Fell for You” and “Sunny”.
Guitarist and singer Lionel Loueke’s new album “Close Your Eyes” (Soundscore Records) was released on October 22 and stars bassist Reuben Rodgers and drummer Eric Harland. It is his first standards record and was originally a vinyl exclusive on Newvelle Records in 2018. It is now available on streaming services and on CD or for download through iTunes and Band Camp.