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To speak or even think about jazz without recognizing the quintessential concept of its history and amazing lineage would just be missing the point. Embodied in jazz is a special way of acknowledging, if not honoring, its great heritage. For what is history if not to learn from?

The theme of lineage inherently, inevitably and especially weaves itself through this issue’s features. Pianist Aaron Diehl (On The Cover) has taken over the reins as the Artistic Director of 92NY’s “Jazz in July” concert series, following in the esteemed footsteps of predecessors Dick Hyman (founder of the series) and, up until last year, Bill Charlap. Diehl’s inaugural season this month finds him curating and performing at the Upper East Side venue with a mix of new faces and long-standing colleagues as well as some “Jazz in July” regulars. Since Dena DeRose’s (Interview) debut album, it has seemed that every performance by the vocalist/pianist is a direct or indirect homage to one of her primary influences, Shirley Horn. DeRose has solidly established herself as an extension of the pianist/vocalist tradition epitomized by Horn. Be sure to catch DeRose for her three nights this month at Birdland Theater. Pianist/composer Herbie Nichols may have passed away at age 44 in 1963, but his music still lives on in the numerous projects that have fêted him, from the Herbie Nichols Project to, most recently, vocalist Fay Victor’s Herbie Nichols SUNG project; the latter has an album release concert at Dizzy’s Club this month. Drummer Marcus Gilmore (Artist) and bassist Don Pate (Encore) each have a personal, familial connection to their musical pasts and present. Gilmore’s grandfather is none other than almost 100-year-old Roy Haynes, jazz royalty to be sure. Grandson Gilmore leads his own band at the venerable Village Vanguard, where his grandfather played countless times with many fellow jazz giants (most of whom of course have since passed). And veteran Pate’s father is 100-year-old Johnny Pate, former house bassist for Chicago’s Blue Note as well as producer, arranger and key figure from Chicago’s vibrant jazz, soul and R&B scenes. Son Don can be heard live on several occasions this month: at National Jazz Museum in Harlem, Shapeshifter Lab and The New School.

Get out there and catch some shows. You’ll not only soak up some history, but also get a front-row view into jazz’ healthy and inspiring current state, not to mention getting a taste of its trajectory. Onwards and outwards...

On the Cover: AARON DIEHL—The Real Diehl

(by Marilyn Lester; photos by Adrien H. Tillman, Maria Jarzyna)

Not yet 40, pianist Aaron Diehl, long-acknowledged as a musical prodigy, has already accomplished what others might take years more to achieve. This July, Diehl assumes the prestigious post of Artistic Director of 92NY’s annual “Jazz in July” series, a position held by only two prior masters of the keys: Bill Charlap (from 2005-23) and his predecessor, founding Artistic Director Dick Hyman (who started his tenure in 1985). Diehl plays at 92NY’s “Jazz in July” on Jul. 17, 20, 25 and 27. (“Jazz in July” runs from Jul. 17-27).

Interview: DENA DEROSE—Not Just Your Standard(s) Singer

(by Jim Motavalli; photo by Roberto Cifarelli)

Though she’s best known in America for her regular performances as a first-rank jazz singer-pianist as documented on 14 albums, in Austria Dena DeRose is known as Professor DeRose. For 18 years, she’s taught at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria. With a fresh approach to the Great American Songbook, her recent albums reveal she’s branched out with songs by more modern composers as part of her repertoire, in addition to having written lyrics to several jazz classics. Though she was heavily influenced by singer-pianist Shirley Horn, they sound nothing alike and her upcoming (2025) release will be further proof of DeRose’s self-taught, natural style. Dena DeRose’s trio (with special guests Ed Neumeister and Houston Person) is at Birdland Theater Jul. 19-21.

Artist Feature: MARCUS GILMORE—Close To The Source

(by Matty Bannond; photo by Luciano Rossetti)

For Gilmore’s tenth birthday, he received his first-ever kit as a surprise. In truth, there’s limited shock value in the family’s decision to deliver the drums. His dad is a saxophonist, his mom is a singer, while drummer Craig Haynes and cornetist Graham Haynes are his uncles. It was Gilmore’s grandfather, pioneering jazz drummer Roy Haynes, who arranged that unexpected gift. Now thirty-seven years old, Gilmore is a Grammy-winner, has appeared on the cover of Modern Drummer and this month leads a group for six nights at the Village Vanguard Jul. 23-28.

Encore: DON PATE—In, Out and Any Which Way

(by Sylvia Levine; photo by Peter Gannushkin)

For bassist Don Pate, the youngest of three children of legendary arranger and bassist Johnny Pate (who celebrated his 100th birthday last December), playing music is as natural as breathing. His primary outlet for over 35 years has been performing and recording with drummer/percussionist Ra Kalam Bob Moses and guitarist Tisziji Muñoz, separately and together. Three upcoming gigs in New York this month with Pate’s two closest musical associates demonstrate that Pate is and will always be their bassist of choice. Pate is at National Jazz Museum in Harlem with Ra Kalam Bob Moses’ Heart Breath Ensemble Jul. 11, Shapeshifter Lab with Bob Moses/Tisziji Muñoz Group Jul. 13 (part of Wide Open Works Summer Festival) and The New School’s Arnhold Hall with Tisziji Muñoz/Ra Kalam Bob Moses’ Cosmic Spirits Jul. 15 (part of Downtown Music Gallery’s 33rd Anniversary Celebration).

Lest We Forget: HERBIE NICHOLS—Rescued From Obscurity

(by George Kanzler; photo by Francis Wolff © Blue Note Records)

When Herbie Nichols died at 44 in 1963 of leukemia, the 1960 edition of Leonard Feather’s Encyclopedia of Jazz devoted a scant three inches to the Nichols entry. “Lady Sings the Blues” was Nichols’ most famous work during his lifetime. Now considered a genius ahead of his time, Nichols as pianist and composer—whose advanced bop-era concepts of rhythm, harmony and form predicted aspects of free jazz—continues to achieve well-deserved recognition denied him in life. A Herbie Nichols tribute featuring Fay Victor’s Herbie Nichols SUNG is at Dizzy’s Club Jul. 24.

Album Reviews: In Print, On Screen, Boxed Set, Drop The Needle Reviews, Globe Unity…

Kenny Barron - Beyond This Place


Yusef Lateef - Atlantis Lullaby: The Concert From Avignon

(Elemental Music)

Philip Golub - Abiding Memory


Harold Land - Choma (Burn)


Harold Land - The Fox


Charles McPherson - Reverence

(Smoke Sessions)

Aaron Irwin Trio - (after)


Bruno Råberg - Look Inside - solo bass

(Orbis Music)

Bruno Råberg Tentet - Evolver

(Orbis Music)

Arooj Aftab - Night Reign


Rodrigo Recabarren. Pablo Menares, Yago Vazquez - Familia

(Greenleaf Music)

Antonio Gavrila - Tango Suite Buenos Aires


Guillermo Gregorio - Two Trios


Guillermo Klein Quinteto - Telmo's Tune


Songevity - Looking Up Through the Trees

(Mighty Quinn)

Fay Victor Herbie Nichols SUNG - Life Is Funny That Way

(TAO Forms)

Cannonball Adderley - Poppin’ in Paris: Live at L’Olympia 1972

(Elemental Music)

Cannonball Adderley - Burnin' in Bordeaux: Live in France 1969

(Elemental Music)

Tomasz Stanko Quartet - September Night


Tastenarbeiter: Alexander von Schlippenbach by Tilman Urbach

(Modofilm/isar film)

Naama - Wild is Love

(La Reserve)

Bernie Worrell, Cindy Blackman Santana, John King - Spherical

(Infrequent Seams)

Archie Shepp - Derailleur

(Triple Point)

Bruce Ackley, Andrea Centazzo, et al. - Two Views of Steve Lacy's The Wire

(Don Giovanni)

Spike Wilner Trio - Contrafactus

(Cellar Music)

Frank London - Conspiracy Brass


Sir Frank London's Klezmer Brass Allstars - Chronika

(Borscht Beat)

Frank London/The Elders - Spirit Stronger Than Blood


Matt Mitchell - Illimitable


Dave Stryker Trio (with Bob Mintzer) - Groove Street


David Haney - New York Jazz Stories at The Public (Vol. 9)

(Cadence Media)

David Haney - Exotic Materials in Development (Vol. 2)

(Cadence Media)

Alyssa Allgood - From Here


Jon Gordon - 7th Ave South


Michael Musillami Trio - Block Party


Rodrigo Amado and The Bridge - Beyond the Margins


Schubert-Pilz-Scheib-Kugel - Live at FreeJazzSaar 2019


Roby Glod, Christian Ramond, Klaus Kugel - No Toxic


Various - The Bal Musette/Les As du Musette


Bordlands Trio (Stephan Crump, Kris Davis, Eric McPherson) - Rewilder


Ivo Perelman, Mark Helias, Tom Rainey - Truth Seeker

(Fundacja Słuchaj)

Mark Helias - Snapshot

(Radio Legs Music)

Itai Kriss & Telavana - All Aboard: Vol. 1 Departures

(Avenue K)

Kiki Valera - Vacilón Santiaguero

(Circle 9 Music)

Gary Smulyan/Frank Basile Quintet - Boss Baritones


Groove, Bang and Jive Around by Steve Cannon

(Ophelia Press-Blank Forms)

Álvaro Torres Quartet - Live in Barcelona

(Fresh Sound New Talent)

Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet - As Things Do


Old Mountain - Another State of Rhythm

(Clean Feed)

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque - Playing With Fire

(Linus Entertainment)

Noah Haidu - Standards II


Ricky Alexander - Just Found Joy

(Turtle Bay)

Mark Morganelli Italian Quartet - For Miles

(Blue Chip Jazz)

Alex Harding & Lucian Ban - Blutopia


Duck Baker - Duck Baker Plays Monk

(Triple Point-Fulica)

Kari van der Kloot - Window


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