Cedar Walton is at the Vanguard this week. If you care about the details of bebop, go.
Down the block at Smalls, George Colligan is making a now-rare NYC appearance on Friday and Saturday. Read George's interview with Buster Williams. Before George on Saturday is the real old school, Joel Press with Mike Kanan and Steve Little. For some reason my interview with Steve got linked to a lot this past week. I looked at it again and it really is pretty cool.
Smalls is working on setting up a Musicians Revenue Sharing System. Go here to support it; also, here's a video about the history of Smalls. My own history in NYC is bound up with Smalls in many ways; I'm amazed at how many musicians of all kinds are playing there these days. Spike Wilner is doing a great job with that club!
Jason Crane is also looking for funding for the return of the Jazz Session. There's a link to an interview with Geoff Keezer, who's got a new solo piano album I want to hear.
On the completely free side, Jazzmobile is active uptown. I can't make Houston Person tonight at 7 at Grant's Tomb, but you should if you can. Lots of other upcoming groovy jazz on their calendar, too.
I was amused by the bulk email from Chris Morrisey about his new album North Hero and the relevant gigs next week:
...we'll be playing two nights at The Jazz Gallery on Friday, July 19th and Saturday, July 20th. Sets will be at 9:00 and 10:30 both nights...the same band who recorded North Hero will be joining me for these shows! Mark Guiliana on drums, Aaron Parks on piano and all the way from Minnesota/South Carolina, Mike Lewis on saxophone. Coincidentally North Hero's producer, Dave King will be playing just across town with his band The Bad Plus all week at the Village Vanguard which should be great for our draw. Maybe go see them Tues/Wed/Th/Sun, k?
Over the weekend Sarah and I stopped in to see the great Daniel Pinkwater, who was generous and hilarious.