The New York City Jazz Record

The City's Only Homegrown Jazz Gazette!

Download our latest issue!

(click cover above to download pdf)

[download this month's crossword answers]

As we move from winter towards spring, we go from one Mary (Halvorson) to another, Mary Lou Williams, no less visionary and the ideal choice for the cover of our annual Women In Jazz issue in conjunction with Women's History Month. The pianist/composer was present for pretty much every innovation in jazz history and is definitely the only person to play with both Benny Goodman and Cecil Taylor. Jazz at Lincoln Center's Jazz for Young People series presents a celebration of Williams' life led by vocalist Catherine Russell and drummer LaFrae Sci.

As Williams' life was drawing to a close, two future jazz stars were born: clarinetist/saxophonist Anat Cohen (Interview) and saxophonist Tia Fuller (Artist Feature) are carrying on the legacy of female instrumentalists and composers, both with brand-new albums. Cohen is at 92nd Street Y as part of the Woman to Woman allstar band while Fuller gets a late-month weekend at Smoke. We also celebrate two figures whose careers were concurrent with that of Williams: singer/composer Nancy Harrow (Encore) and the late pianist/singer Hadda Brooks (Lest We Forget). And the front end of our CD Review section (pgs. 14-18) is dedicated to the many women whose contributions—year-round—make jazz as vibrant as it is.


By Scott Yanow; photos by William P. Gottlieb

Throughout her life, Mary Lou Williams was regularly called "the top female jazz musician." While meant to be a compliment, that title completely missed the point. As a pianist, arranger and composer, Williams was one of the top jazz musicians, period. A tribute to Williams with Catherine Russell and LaFrae Sci is at Rose Theater Mar. 24th.

Interview: ANAT COHEN

By Anders Griffen; photo by Shervin Lainez/JALC

Anat Cohen is a clarinetist and saxophonist raised in Tel Aviv, Israel and living in New York for almost 20 years. She has toured the world, performing and recording with a range of musicians...For the 2018 Grammy Awards she received two nominations: Outra Coisa: The Music Of Moacir Santos with Marcello Gonçalves in the Best Latin Jazz Album category and Rosa Dos Ventos with Trio Brasileiro in the Best World Music Album category. Cohen is at 92nd Street Y Mar. 2nd as part of the Woman to Woman band and Jazz at Kitano Mar. 30th-31st with Martin Wind.

Artist Feature: TIA FULLER

By Russ Musto; photo courtesy of the artist

Saxophonist Tia Fuller is one busy woman. Since her recent appearances at NYC's Winter JazzFest, she's kept a demanding schedule, commuting to Boston, where she is a professor at Berklee College of Music, and traveling westward, first to The Ozarks, where she was the first black woman guest conductor at the Missouri Music Educator Association Convention, and then to Lawrence, Kansas to give master classes and perform as a guest with the University of Kansas Big Band. Fuller is at Smoke Mar. 30th-Apr. 1st.


By Marilyn Lester

Among the many superlatives that come to mind for Nancy Harrow, the first might be "blessed". The singer has had a blessedly abundant career and is still going strong.

Lest We Forget: HADDA BROOKS

By Jim Motavalli

Remember Humphrey Bogart's pianist in Casablanca, Dooley Wilson, playing "As Time Goes By"? Well, Bogart and gal pal Gloria Grahame also take the time to listen to pianist/singer Hadda Brooks croon "I Hadn't Anyone 'Til You" in 1950's In a Lonely Place.

Record Label Spotlight: DARK TREE

By Stuart Broomer

There are certain labels that release very few CDs but manage a high percentage of masterpieces. It's not a great business model, but definitely contributes to the art...Bertrand Gastaut launched Dark Tree in 2011 and has so far released just nine CDs. Every one of them demands attention, whether contemporary free improvisation or California recordings from the '70s.

CD Reviews

(this month's performance venues in parentheses):

  1. MJ Territo -- Ladies Day Jollie Mollie (Club Bonafide)
  2. Cheryl Bentyne -- reArrangements of Shadows ArtistShare (Birdland)
  3. Fred Hersch/Jay Clayton -- Beautiful Love Sunnyside (VIllage Vanguard)
  4. Sinne Eeg -- Dreams ArtistShare (Jazz at Kitano)
  5. En Corps -- Generation Dark Tree
  6. Anita O'Day -- Live in Tokyo 1964 Boundee
  7. Mia Zabelka -- Cellular Resonance LCR
  8. Irene Kepl -- SololoS Fou
  9. Mari Kimura -- Voyage Apollonian Innova
  10. Muriel Grossmann -- Momentum Dreamland
  11. Satoko Fujii -- Solo Libra
  12. KAZE -- Atody Man Libra
  13. Paula Shocron/Germán Lamonega/Pablo Díaz -- Tensegridad hatOLOGY
  14. Anne Mette Iversen -- Ternion Quartet Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records
  15. Norma Winstone -- Descansado ECM
  16. Joey Alexander -- Joey.Monk.Live! Motéma (The Appel Room)
  17. Bobby Previte -- Rhapsody RareNoise (Roulette)
  18. Subtle Degrees -- A Dance That Empties New Amsterdam (Spectrum; Union Pool)
  19. Steve Swell -- Music for Six Musicians (Hommage à Olivier Messiaen) Silkheart (H0l0; Happylucky no.1)
  20. Jim Campilongo -- Live at Rockwood Music Hall NYC Blue Hen (Rockwood Music Hall; 55Bar)
  21. Ron McClure -- Hope and Knowledge McJolt (Mezzrow)
  22. Andrew Dickeson -- Is That So? s/r
  23. Julian Lage -- Modern Lore Mack Avenue (Le Poisson Rouge)
  24. Mark Whitfield -- Live & Uncut Chesky (Zinc Bar; The Django)
  25. Hélène Breschand/Elliott Sharp -- Chansons du Crepuscule Public Eyesore (Roulette)
  26. Nick Fraser -- Is Life Long? Clean Feed (Downtown Music Gallery; Bushwick Public House; Korzo)
  27. Cory Weeds -- Let's Groove: The Music of Earth Wind & Fire Cellar Live
  28. Cory Weeds & Jeff Hamilton Trio -- Dreamsville Cellar Live
  29. Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette -- After The Fall ECM
  30. Dialectical Imagination -- The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Wrath Atmanadi
  31. Bill Warfield -- For Lew Planet Arts (Zinc Bar)
  32. George Colligan -- More Powerful Whirlwind (Smoke)
  33. Carl Winther/Jerry Bergonzi -- Inner Journey SteepleChase Lookout (Jazz at Kitano)
  34. Turtle Island Quartet -- Bird's Eye View Azica (Cutting Room)
  35. Spinifex -- Amphibian Ardour Trytone (H0l0)
  36. John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble -- All Can Work New Amsterdam (Miller Theater)
  37. Omar Sosa & NDR Bigband -- es:sensual Otá (Roulette)
  38. Omar Sosa/Seckou Keita -- Transparent Water Otá (Roulette)
  39. Harry South -- The Songbook Rhythm and Blues
  40. Ralph Towner -- My Foolish Heart ECM (Roulette)
  41. Ra Kalam Bob Moses/Bukky Leo -- Spaceships Over Africa Ra-Kalam
  42. Martin Wind -- Light Blue Laika (Jazz at Kitano)
  43. Helmut Brandt -- Spree Coast Jazz (Berlin 1963) Sonorama
  44. Frode Gjerstad -- With Hamid Drake and William Parker Not Two

...and Plenty More!

Look for other sections like In Memoriam, On This Day, In Print, On DVD, VOXNews, NY@Night, Recommended New Releases, Birthdays, and our invaluable Event Calendar.

Thanks so much for reading The New York City Jazz Record, the city's only homegrown gazette devoted to the music.

All the best,
Andrey and Laurence