Jazz lost one of its great pianists, bandleaders and educators when Geri Allen died in June 2017 much too young at 60. “Perhaps more than any other pianist,” wrote Giovanni Russonello in his New York Times obituary, “Ms. Allen’s style — harmonically refracted and rhythmically complex, but also fluid — formed a bridge between jazz’s halcyon midcentury period and its diffuse present.”
The Triangular: Ralph Peterson Trio will pay tribute to Geri Allen on June 12th and 13th at New York City's Jazz Standard.
Veteran drummer, Ralph Peterson Jr., had an association with Allen dating back some 30 years. They gigged and recorded together in two Peterson–led groups, the “V” (for Volition) quintet and the trio called Triangular. Pianist, Orrin Evans made his recording debut as a leader in 1995 (The Trio) and since has released some two dozen albums. Rounding out this version of Triangular is bassist, Luques Curtis. He is a recipient of the 2016 Down Beat Critics Poll award for “Rising Star” bassist, a co-owner of indie label Truth Revolution Records, and a veteran of stage and studio sessions with such leaders as Eddie Palmieri, Gary Burton, Brian Lynch, Christian Scott, and Etienne Charles, among others.
The South Jersey Jazz Society is presenting some great jazz this summer including A Tribute to “West Coast Cool” featuring The Brubeck Brothers on Wednesday, June 20th. It's a celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Dave Brubeck's State Department Tour to be hosted at The Gateway Playhouse. Show starts at 7:30 pm with tickets at $20 for members and $25 for the general public.
Next, Denis Di Blasio and Brian Betz will present A Tribute to Gerry Mulligan & Wes Montgomery on July 25 at 7:30 pm hosted by Clancy’s By The Bay in Somers Point where admission will be $20.00.
Summer Jazz Series 2018 also has Alto Attitude with The Howard Isaacson Group on Wednesday, August 22nd at Clancy's By the Bay 7:30pm with tickets at $15 for members and $20 for the general public.
September will see A Tribute to “West Coast Cool” at The Jersey Shore. A Tribute to Miles Davis will feature Mike Natale Quintet who will take the stage on Wednesday, September 12th Clancy's By the Bay at 7:30pm with tickets at $15 for members and $20 for the general public.
For mor information on South Jersey Jazz Society events visit www.gatewaybythebay.org/tickets or call 609-653-0553. Tickets for all events are also available at the door.
The Jazz Foundation provides housing and emergency assistance preventing homelessness and evictions of musicians and families in need assisting with rents and mortgages. In addition, the foundation proides pro bono medical. In partnership with Englewood Hospital, they provide a network of physicians and specialists for uninsured musicians in health crisis.
Recently, the Jazz Foundation became known for its disaster relief efforts helping musicians rebuild homes and restore their lives after hurricanes, floods, and other catastrophes.
By facilitating jazz and blues programs in schools, nursing homes, and concerts in public spaces, the foundation has found perhaps the best way to help musicians: keeping them working. Their programs reach thousands in need and in low-income communities, helping them experience the music.