1st. Annual Underground Big Apple Jazz Tour June 26th – July 4th. This tour, hosted by New York jazz expert Gordon Polatnick, is the real deal for jazz buffs.”
NY Jazz Report : NY guide to Jazz with listings.
Don Friedman a New York based jazz man, a classically trained pianist who was good friends and roommate with bassist Scott LaFaro in the 50’s. You will find him playing Swing Jazz or Free Jazz in which A Day in the City is a great example of his Free style. Born in 1935 he’s still playing in todays jazz scene. Straight Ahead is his 2008 album of trio jazz. A true veteran of classic jazz.
At Birdland known as “The Jazz Capital of The World” in Newyork City, there are a couple of really good sessions in April that caught my eye. First on the 7th. thru the 11th the club will be featuring Joe Lovano’s Quartet with 91 years old Hank Jones (piano), Paul Motian (drums), and George Maraz (bass). Then beginning April 14th – the 19th. will be the The Blue Note 7 commemorating the 70th. anniversary of Bluenote. If you are in the area this would be a real treat.
John Hicks =For years a New York based artist with many gigs at all the local clubs, a great bop pianist whom was influenced by Fatts Waller, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, and George Gershwin. Many great albums, but I particularly enjoy his association with flautist and wife Else Wood. John Hicks Legacy Band was formed after his death in May 2006. Their first album “Mind Wine” is all about discovering his style of music.