To anyone who grouses about jazz being moribund, I would offer these bits of late-breaking evidence. Perhaps only New Yorkers will be able to take advantage of these beauties, but they exist and are heartening.
Tonight, from 5-7, the wonderful pianist / composer Michael Bank (a student of life and of Jaki Byard) will be leading a septet — his Big 7 — at Somethin’ Jazz at 212 East 52nd Street between Second and Third Avenues. Michael tells me that the fare will be originals — which I look forward to!
And I am going to get in a cab and rush from the Upper East Side to Greenwich Village, to Smalls (183 West 10th Street) to hear the always-gratifying saxophonist Andy Farber lead a sextet: Dominick Farinacci, Vincent Gardner, Xavier Davis, Michael Karn and Ali Jackson. “New music and some older stuff that my uncle Mitch wrote for Donald Byrd and Jackie McLean.”
I can’t wait. Come join me!
May your happiness increase.