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'Tis the season to be...well, what exactly? We come into December and suddenly we have to feel jolly? Rather hard with a war in Europe, a midterm election that demonstrated exactly how divided this country is, a world struggling with food and energy needs, a World Cup that is rife with corruption and human rights violations and far too much attention spent on a narcissistic, destructive billionaire (no, not that one).

It may feel slightly delusional but it is times like these when we need music most. To think of all the periods of world upheaval that jazz has seen is to be inspired by its resilience and its need to reflect upon and try to better the people and places it touches. The supposed spirit of the holidays—divorced from the commercial and sectarian realities—is one of unified personhood, joy, generosity and understanding. All those apply to jazz no matter the season. So as we approach the end of yet another turbulent year, let us be thankful that we have music—and in person especially—to act as a soothing balm. We all need it.

On the Cover: FRANK LACY

By Mike Cobb; photoss by Alan Nahigian

Often called one of the "baddest sidemen in jazz", Frank Lacy prefers to be known for his own work as an artist. With an extensive recorded catalogue, leadership of many groups and numerous collaborations, the trombonist is justified in his desire to be acknowledged for what he brings to the world of music. Lacy is at Dizzy's Club with his Tromboniverse band Dec. 13th, New Amsterdam Music Association Dec. 14th and 28th, The Porch Dec. 15, Cellar Dog Dec. 23rd, Smalls Dec. 27th and Midnight Theatre Dec. 7th and 21st with Mingus Big Band.


By Robert Bush; photo by Guido Werner / courtesy of the artist

Marc Copland has been creating vital music for more than 40 years and the pianist is arguably at the very top of his game. He is most well known for his long associations with bassist Gary Peacock and guitarist John Abercrombie, issuing several game-changing albums on ECM. Copland is a consummate small-group ally in the duo, trio and quartet formats. His long-running trio with bassist Drew Gress and Joey Baron was consistently delightful and he is hitting the post-COVID landscape with aplomb, releasing Someday, a new quartet session on InnerVoice Jazz. Copland is at Bar Bayeux Dec. 28th.

Artist Feature: LAUREN SEVIAN

By Matty Bannond; photo courtesy of the artist

Baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian's career is marked by her unflinching willingness to take on tough challenges and grab opportunities for growth. In fact, that is how she wound up lugging around an instrument that weighs more than a bowling ball. Sevian is at The Django Dec. 2nd, Flushing Town Hall Dec. 8th with Lioness and Midnight Theatre Dec. 14th with Mingus Big Band.


By George Grella

"My friendship with Richard goes back to 1961." That is composer Alvin Curran, speaking from Rome, explaining how he first met Richard Teitelbaum, a composer, improviser and important electronic musician who died in April 2020. Curran will be in New York this month for a tribute to Teitelbaum. Curran is at Roulette Dec. 20th with a Richard Teitelbaum Memorial Celebration as part of the Infrequent Seams Festival.

Lest We Forget: URBIE GREEN

By Elliott Simon

In 1933, seven-year-old Urban "Urbie" Green left Mobile, Alabama for Hollywood, California with his mother, sister and 3 older brothers. A year later, they were back in Mobile with little to show for their trip save a trombone that Earle Hagen sold to Green's older brother. Hagen later wrote the Duke Ellington tribute "Harlem Nocturne" and became a celebrated TV soundtrack composer whereas Green, with over 600 credits, became one of the most recorded trombonists in history.


Jazzy gift ideas from boxed sets and books to holiday music albums and miscellany.

CD Reviews

(this month's performance venues in parentheses):

  1. Bill FrisellFour Blue Note (Blue Note)
  2. Danilo PérezCrisálida Mack Avenue (Birdland)
  3. Die HochstaplerBeauty Lies Umlaut (Streaming)
  4. Die HochstaplerWithin Umlaut (Streaming)
  5. Harvie S/Roni Ben-Hur (with Sylvia Cuenca)Wondering Dot Time (Flushing Town Hall)
  6. Rich PerryEverything Happens SteepleChase (Smalls; Village Vanguard)
  7. Fabian Neubauer/Duy Luong/Pablo LiebhaberTales Leo
  8. River PeopleSol Expression Chap-Chap
  9. Megumi YonezawaResonance Sunnyside
  10. Whit DickeyRoot Perspective TAO Forms (411 Kent)
  11. David CheskyThe Great European Songbook The Audiophile Society (Dizzy's Club)
  12. Judy NiemackWhat's Love Sunnyside (Pangea)
  13. Laszlo GardonyClose Connection Sunnyside (Birdland Theater)
  14. Surya BotofasinaEveryone's Children Spiritmuse (Public Records)
  15. William ParkerUniversal Tonality Centering
  16. Aimée AllenLove and the Catalyst Azuline Music (Pangea)
  17. Jason YeagerUnstuck in Time: The Kurt Vonnegut Suite Sunnyside (Soapbox Gallery)
  18. Dan WeissDedication Cygnus (The Jazz Gallery)
  19. Ikue MoriTracing The Magic Tzadik (The Stone at The New School; 411 Kent; Roulette)
  20. Nick DunstonSpider Season Out of Your Head (Roulette)
  21. Samara JoyLinger Awhile Verve (Rose Theater)
  22. Pauline Oliveros/James Ilgenfritz (with Anagram EnsembleAltamirage Infrequent Seams (Roulette)
  23. Andrew Cyrille/Elliott Sharp/Richard TeitelbaumEvocation Infrequent Seams (Roulette)
  24. Julius RodriguezLet Sound Tell All Verve (Aaron Davis Hall)
  25. Mike MorenoStandards From Film Criss Cross (Bar Lunàtico)
  26. Steve Lacy/Evan ParkerChirps FMP-Corbett vs. Dempsey (Roulette)
  27. Gary VersaceTime Frame SteepleChase (Birdland Theater)
  28. Anthony FerraraCold Faded SteepleChase
  29. Josh SintonFour Freedoms Form is Possibility (Academy Records Annex)
  30. Carmen LundyFade To Black Afrasia Productions (Aaron Davis Hall)
  31. Amina FigarovaJoy AmFi
  32. Patricia BrennanMore Touch Pyroclastic (The Jazz Gallery)
  33. Dave Liebman/Adam Rudolph/Tyshawn SoreyNew Now (Meta/Yeros7 (The Jazz Gallery)
  34. Jim McNeely/Frankfurt Radio Big Band (featuring Chris Potter)Rituals Double Moon-Challenge (VIllage Vanguard)
  35. Chris ByarsRhythm and Blues of the 20s SteepleChase (Smalls; Cellar Dog)
  36. Ingrid Laubrock/Tom RaineyCounterfeit Mars Relative Pitch (411 Kent; The DiMenna Center)
  37. Charles MingusA Modern Jazz Symposium of Music and Poetry Bethlehem-New Land
  38. Clark TerryColor Changes Candid
  39. Mototeru TakagiLove Dance Nadja 21-King International
  40. Donald ByrdLive: Cookin' with Blue Note at Montreux Blue Note
  41. Martin Küchen/Agustí Fernández/Zlatko KaučičThe Steps That Resonate Not Two
  42. Agustí Fernández/Rafał MazurCorrespondence With No Words Not Two
  43. Rahsaan Roland KirkHere Comes the Whistleman Atlantic-Modern Harmonic
  44. Rahsaan Roland KirkBlacknuss Atlantic-Modern Harmonic
  45. Derek BaileyDomestic Jungle Scatter Archive
  46. Derek BaileyDomestic Jungle DAT Scatter Archive
  47. Derek Bailey, Charlie Morrow and FriendsNew York 1982 Recital
  48. Larry BluthNever More Here Fresh Sound
  49. Jeff Kaiser Ockodektet132350 pfMENTUM
  50. Roswell Rudd/Duck BakerLive Dot Time
  51. Dave BrubeckLive From Vienna 1967 Brubeck Editions
  52. Kate Baker/Vic JurisReturn To Shore (The Duo Sessions) Strikezone
  53. Masayuki TakanayagiStation '70: Call in Question / Live Independence PSF.-Black Editions
  54. Freddie HubbardThe Complete Blue Note & Impulse '60s Studio Sessions Mosaic
  55. Joe McCarthy's New York Afro Bop Alliance Big BandThe Pan American Nutcracker Suite Angelface(Dizzy's Club
  56. Jazzrausch BigbandAlle Jahre wieder ACT
  57. Lyn Stanley (with her Big Band Jazz Mavericks)Novel Noël (A Jingle Jazz Celebration A.T. Music

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