2014 BLUE NOTE JAZZ FESTIVAL and More Coming to the Blue Note in June 2014
Blue Note Jazz Club, one of the world's most iconic jazz and blues venues based in Greenwich Village, is proud to announce its June 2014 schedule. All June performances at Blue Note Jazz Club will be featured as part of the fourth annual, 2014 Blue Note Jazz Festival, scheduled to take place Sunday, June 1 through Monday, June 30 (with over 150 performances at more than 15 venues throughout New York City).
Festival highlights at Blue Note Jazz Club include a collection of premieres and rare collaborations, including the world premiere of André Previn & Christian McBride (produced by Jill Newman Productions); the U.S. premiere of "Children Of The Light Trio" featuring Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci, and Brian Blade; the New York City premiere of Michel Camilo Solo Piano, music his the album What's Up?; Ramsey Lewis Electric with Philip Bailey (of Earth, Wind & Fire); Lou Donaldson featuring Dr. Lonnie Smith; Beka & DJ Logic featuring Victor Bailey & Friends; The Dizzy Gillespie Afro Cuban Experience featuring Machito, Jr.; Hiromi: The Trio Project featuring Anthony Jackson & Simon Phillips - Album Release; Gato Barbieri, and many more.
JUNE 2014 ARTIST SCHEDULE:
8:00PM & 10:30PM shows each night, unless otherwise noted. Doors open at 6:00pm. $5 minimum.
Tuesday - Sunday, May 27 - June 1 Joe Lovano's Village Rhythms Band Saxophonist Joe Lovano kicks off Blue Note Jazz Club's June schedule and the 2014 Blue Note Jazz Festival presenting the Village Rhythms Band, his latest project. At Cleveland's infamous "Togo Suite," a then 28-year old Lovano met and performed with a group of Nigerian musicians involved in an impromptu and joyous cultural exchange. About one year later on his 29th birthday in 1981, as a result of that initial late night club session, Lovano found himself in Lagos, Nigeria, meeting and spending time with the esteemed godfather of the afro-beat movement - Fela Kuti. The meeting of Kuti and his extended family of musicians led to a performance with the Cleveland and Nigerian musicians joined together in "Tafawa Balewa Square." The entire experience of performing with Kuti and his family left Lovano with a lasting feeling that still touches him to this day, and a new sense of possibilities within his own music - in all aspects of the sonic palette. Over three decades later, one of the most prominent voices in jazz, looks back to a historic musical landmark in his life and brings it into his own evolving musical vernacular. Joined by guitarist Liberty Ellman, electric bassist Matthew Garrison, percussionist/African harpist Abdou Mboup, and drummer Otis Brown III, with guests, vocalist Judi Silvano and trumpeter Tim Hagans; "The Village Rhythm Band" showcases the linear relationship between West African music and jazz in a way that is totally unique to Lovano's voice - warm, sinuous, and constantly moving over an emphatic pulse. Music Charge: $20 - Bar, $35 - Table
Monday, June 2 Albare A virtuoso jazz guitarist with a strong melodic sense and a wealth of global influences, Albare will make his Blue Note debut with a one-night only engagement as part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival. Born in Morocco and raised in Israel and France, Albare - the nom de guerre of Albert Dadon - first worked as a musician in Paris, before emigrating to Australia at the age of 27. He is not only well known as a jazz musician but has maintained a highly successful career as one of Australia's most prominent businessmen. He directed the Melbourne Jazz Festival for many years and served as chairman of the Australian Jazz Awards. In 2008 he received the Order of Australia for his service to the arts. He currently lives in Melbourne but travels constantly. His latest album, Long Way, was released on enja Records in October 2012. Music Charge: $10 - Bar, $20 - Table
Tuesday - Wednesday, June 3-4 The Dizzy Gillespie Afro Cuban Experience Featuring Machito, Jr. In the early 1940s, Afro-Cuban jazz first emerged when Cuban musicians Frank "Machito" Grillo and Mario Bauzá formed Machito & His Afro-Cubans. Several years later, in 1947, Bauzá introduced Dizzy Gillespie to Cuban percussionist Chano Pozo, further developing Afro-Cuban jazz. Early combinations of jazz with Cuban music, such as Gillespie's and Pozo's "Manteca" and Charlie Parker's and Machito's "Mangó Mangüé," were commonly referred to as "Cubop," short for Cuban bebop. Gillespie loved the substyle so much that in 1975, he invited Machito and Machito's son, Mario Grillo (aka Machito, Jr.), to join his band for the recording of Afro-Cuban Jazz Moods. In 2014, almost 40 years later, Machito, Jr. reunites with the Gillespie legacy, joining The Dizzy Gillespie Afro Cuban Experience (under the direction of John Lee, Gillespie's longtime bassist and leader of the various Dizzy Gillespie bands, including The Dizzy Gillespie Big Band and Quintet). Music Charge: $20 - Bar, $35 - Table
Thursday, June 5 Beka & DJ Logic Featuring Victor Bailey & Friends In the Summer of 2011 at the Black Sea Jazz Festival, piano prodigy Beka Gochiashvili met with an innovative turntablist and kindred spirit, Bronx-native Jason Kibler a.k.a. DJ Logic and his band members at Batumi, Georgia's Club Take Five. During jam sessions in the club, a musical chemistry quickly developed between them and they decided to form this band. In addition to Beka (now just 18 years old) and DJ Logic, the band features renowned electric bassist Victor Bailey with vocalist Butterscotch, adventurous keyboardist James Hurt, alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, and drummer Justin Tyson. Beka, Logic and friends perform in support of their debut album, Chillin' in Batumi (released in September 2013). Music Charge: $20 - Bar, $30 - Table
Friday - Sunday, June 6-8 World Premiere: André Previn & Christian McBride Produced by Jill Newman Productions Blue Note Jazz Festival and Jill Newman Productions are proud to present the highly anticipated world premiere collaboration of celebrated pianist André Previn and prolific bassist Christian McBride - in duo. While Previn and McBride will unite for the first time at Blue Note Jazz Club (a project that was conceived by Jill Newman and Mr. Previn), both have extensively explored the duo format in recent years, respectively. Previn enjoys a longstanding collaboration with bassist David Finck, having released a handful of albums, as well as performing at Blue Note Jazz Club in 2011 (Jill Newman Productions). McBride released Conversations with Christian in 2011, on which he documented a duet apiece with 13 of his closest musical friends and cohorts (ranging from Angélique Kidjo and Sting to Dr. Billy Taylor and Hank Jones). Music Charge: $35 - Bar, $55 - Table
Monday, June 9 Jeff Lorber Fusion Keyboardist/composer/producer Jeff Lorber, heralded as "one of the founding fathers of fusion" (Keyboard Magazine), will perform with his GRAMMY-nominated power trio, the Jeff Lorber Fusion, featuring bassist/co-producer Jimmy Haslip and saxophonist Eric Marienthal. Since the late 1970s, this contemporary jazz collective has blended elements of jazz, funk, rock, R&B and world music into a distinctive sound that has connected with audiences from a variety of continents, cultures and generations. In more recent years, the group's studio efforts such as their 2010 release, Now Is the Time (2010) and Galaxy (2012), influenced by extensive touring throughout Europe and Asia, have been colored with vibrant shades of dance and house music. He appear in support of his latest Heads Up/Concord Music Group album titled Hacienda (released in August 2013). Music Charge: $20 - Bar, $35 - Table
Tuesday - Wednesday, June 10-11 Lou Donaldson Quartet Featuring Dr. Lonnie Smith NEA Jazz Master Lou Donaldson will perform at Blue Note for a two-night engagement featuring his working Quartet - with whom he has toured the world, playing festivals and clubs for over two decades. The saxophonist played an absolutely invaluable role in the creation and building of the classic Blue Note Record Label, as well as the assembly and musical development of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers bands that originally featured legends such as Clifford Brown, Horace Silver, Gene Ramey, and Hank Mobley, among others. As The Wall Street Journal wrote, "Few musicians today can claim to have changed the direction of jazz. Lou Donaldson did so twice." He appears at Blue Note with his longtime collaborator, organist Dr. Lonnie Smith. Music Charge: $20 - Bar, $35 - Table EMERGING ARTIST SERIES/OPENER: Jake Sherman Organ Trio - Tuesday, June 10 Only - 6:30PM Purchasing a ticket to Lou Donaldson Quartet feat. Dr. Lonnie Smith - June 10, 8:00PM set will allow access to the above opening act.
Thursday - Sunday, June 12-15 Ramsey Lewis Electric With Philip Bailey (of Earth, Wind & Fire) Jazz icon/pianist Ramsey Lewis returns to Blue Note for a special engagement with his Electric Band and vocalist Philip Bailey, of Earth, Wind & Fire. Following his classic 1960s acoustic albums, Lewis began to collaborate with the enigmatic and iconic, Earth, Wind & Fire. Sun Goddess, the result of this creative summit, is an album with sleek grooves and gorgeous melodies that continues to flow with the upliftng and positive vibes of that time. The album reached across the musical rainbow and, rightfully so, it became a huge cross-over hit; charting #1 on the Billboard Black Albums chart as well as the Jazz album chart and it charted #12 in the Pop chart. At Blue Note, Lewis and Bailey will reunite to perform some of their top jazz and R&B classics. Music Charge: $40 - Bar, $65 - Table OPENING ACT: The Unforgettable Joe Alterman & James Cammack Duo - Thursday, June 12 Only - 6:30PM Purchasing a ticket to Ramsey Lewis Electric With Philip Bailey - June 12, 8:00PM set will allow access to the above opening act.
Monday, June 16 Andy Bey Solo Produced by Jill Newman Productions Multi-GRAMMY Award nominee, vocalist and pianist Andy Bey will make his second consecutive Blue Note Jazz Festival appearance (Jill Newman Productions). Bey is a true living legend, who has become an icon to a generation of vocalists, earning praise from singers such as Aretha Franklin and Diana Krall; John Coltrane even cited Bey as his favorite vocalist. Bey received a GRAMMY Award nomination for his latest 2013 HighNote album, The World According to Andy Bey. In advance of Bey's sets at Blue Note last year, The New York Times wrote, "Missing them could be a bad idea." Music Charge: $20 - Bar, $35 - Table