The Jazz Scene Updates
Next Show: THE (pre) FOURTH OF JULY SPECIAL - CLASSIC AMERICANA
Tuesday June 24, 7-10 PM
BUNGA'S DEN at 137 W 14th St (bet 6 & 7 Ave)
Tuesday June 24 (a whole week before July 4, to make sure that some of you will still be in town!)
7PM - 10PM
AN EVENING OF CLASSIC AMERICANA
Frank Sinatra singing "The House I Live In" - Bing Crosby singing "Old Glory" - Elvis singing "American Trilogy" plus Bob Dylan - Woody Guthrie - Tom Waits - The Golden Gate Quartet - Cookie Monster - Fred Astaire - Busby Berkeley - Spike Jones - Patti Page - The Four Vagabonds - The Three Haircuts - The Four Skins - The Shicksa Sisters - Emily Bergl - Eddie Cantor - Hank Williams - Frankie Laine - Shecky Greene - Kevin Meaney - Bugs Bunny & his Hillbilly Hares - Billie Holiday - "Marilyn Monroe" - Allan Sherman - Liberace & Cassius Clay - Jack Kerouac - Pete Seeger - Celia Cruz - Trini Lopez - Slim Gailliard - Chuck Berry - The Beach Boys - Ray Charles - Johnny Cash - Lady Rizo - Lady Rizo's Gay Uncle - The HiLos - Merle Haggard - Buck Ownes & his Buckaroos - The Beatles - Marty Robbins - Steve Martin - Judy Garland Kate Smith singing "God Bless America" & other Patriotic Songs + Old Lefty Folk Songs
all this and the immortal BALLAD FOR AMERICANS!
(and, as always, "cocktails for two!")
And I promise, I'm NOT going to play "The Star Spangled Banner," so you needn't rise.
(Our first two shows - Tuesday April 29 & May 27 - were both packed to capacity! OPA!)
sizzle / sample / promo reel (opening & closing) <http://youtu.be/HLWxhvAoww4>
special preview <http://youtu.be/t6pQ_pa6E1M>
more details on Broadway World <http://bit.ly/1hXc0rG>
To reserve a seat, RSVP to : Bob Levis <email@example.com>
(one drink minimum; $10 cover charge)
forthcoming CLIP JOINT specials:
July Show - CAFFE TACI SPECIAL : A CELEBRATION OF ALL THINGS ITALIAN - INCLUDING OPERA! [Details TBA]
CLIP JOINT at The New York Sheet Music Society: "SONGS YOU SHOULD KNOW" (Saturday November 8)
The Jazz Scene: Weekend Jams and One Night of Judys
Anat Cohen Trio
The Village Vanguard
178 Seventh Ave. South, (212) 255-4037
What's not to love about a young clarinetist and saxophonist who plays everything we love-modern jazz, world music, "hot" New Orleans style jazz-and does it all brilliantly? And she frequently does it all on the same project, as on her recent album "Tightrope," which co-stars her brothers, soprano saxophonist Yuval Cohen and trumpeter Avashi Cohen. The Three Cohens, as they call themselves, intersperse classic jazz warhorses ("Just Squeeze Me," "Indiana") with free-form improvisations and other pieces that celebrate their Israeli heritage. Her current all-star trio features the marvelous Martin Wind on bass and Matt Wilson on drums.
Vision Festival 19
Violinist Mazz Swift Alan Nahigian
509 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, (917) 267-0368
This is your father's avant-garde, except that it's still as challenging, uncompromising and relentlessly experimental as it was 50 years ago. Some recommended sets: four young "Women With an Axe to Grind," one of them promising violinist Mazz Smith; James Blood Ulmer's Music Revelation Ensemble, a trio that suggests Ornette Coleman playing the Delta Blues (or is it the other way around?); the prodigious pianists Matthew Shipp and Orrin Evans (Mr. Evans with his trio Tarbaby); the duo of vocalist Fay Victor and percussionist Tyshawn Sorey; and what might be called the Vision all-star quartet, with Kidd Jordan, Dave Burrell, William Parker and Hamid Drake.
Night of a Thousand Judys
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center
129 W. 67th St., (212) 501 3330
This fourth annual Judy Garland birthday celebration has a serious purpose behind it-to raise funds for the Ali Forney Center. But its chief strength is that it captures not only the solemn diva of Garland's classic ballads and the larger-than-life sacred monster that we all adore, but also the zany, irreverent Garland, born in 1922, with a wicked sense of humor, that comes through in her movies and TV shows. Justin Sayre of the Meeting, a comedy/variety show he created, has cast a wide net for artists in styles from Broadway to soul and disco. There may not be a thousand Judys, but there will be more than enough: Natalie Douglas, Jane Monheit, Julia Murney, Jackie Hoffman, Karen Wyman, Gabrielle Stravelli, Sarah Dash, and the Judy-licious violinist Aaron Weinstein.
Michael Arenella's Dreamland Orchestra
The Jazz Age Lawn Party
Saturday and Sunday
For better or worse, the term that seems to have stuck is "retro nouveau," designating those events where you're literally transported back to the 1920s by means of vintage music, period costumes, the Charleston, and the black bottom. The al fresco, family friendly side of the phenomenon is represented this weekend at the ninth annual Jazz Age Lawn Party, in which the sight of some 4,000-plus very young people pounding the parquet in full Gatsby drag must be seen to be believed. Impresario and bandleader Michael Arenella not only offers his own Dreamland Orchestra but a full vaudeville-style bill of warblers and hoofers: Roddy Caravella and the Canarsie Wobblers, Gelber & Manning, Queen Esther, The Minsky Sisters, and the sublime piano wizard Peter Mintun.
Actress Emily Bergl performs at 54 Below earlier this week. Getty Images
254 W. 54th St., (646) 476-3551
Friday and Saturday
"My real love is television," Emily Bergl announces. "I only do cabaret for the money." It's a typically arch aside from the "Shameless" singer-actress, who might just be the most subtly subversive pop deconstructionalist since Richard Cheese. Ms. Bergl's specialty is radically recontextualizing songs from across the generations and genres, often in the service of illuminating a clearly-defined character, like the Muscovite trophy bride who belts a minor-key mashup of Cole Porter and Tchaikovsky.
June 6, 2014: THE BEST ARTISTS IMPROVE WITH AGE
A Listing of Jazz Concerts in the New York City Area
May 30, 2014: BROADWAY STAR'S NIGHTCLUB DEBUT
Megan Hilty Plays Café Carlyle and More in This Week's Jazz Scene
May 30, 2014: FESTIVAL PROMOTES SPIRIT OF BLUE NOTE
Aretha Franklin on the Bill for the Annual Blue Note Jazz Festival
May 29, 2014: SUN RA: STILL OUT OF THIS WORLD
Celebrating the centennial of this radical postmodern jazz maestro.
May 23, 2014: THE CENTENNIAL OF SWING
Plus an Ingénue And a Tribute To Ragtime
May 16, 2014: WEEKEND OF JAZZ ALL-STARS
NYU Jazz Expo, the New York Hot Jazz Festival and More in This Week's Jazz Scene
May 9, 2014: REVISITING CARSON AND VAUDEVILLE
Bria Skonberg, Marilyn Maye's Tribute to Johnny Carson and More in This Week's Jazz Scene
May 2, 2014: SPARRING DUETS AND CLASSIC CABARET
Denny Zeitlin, Vocalist Kendra Shank and More in This Week's Jazz Scene