Tenor saxophonist Ray Blue enjoys his WORK, creating a straight-ahead jazz set filled with warm melodies.
A Well-Balanced Program Of Originals, Standards And Tunes By Nat Adderley, Jimmy Smith And George Coleman
The New York based tenor saxophonist and MFM member Ray Blue, who has a deep tone and a melodic style, is featured on WORK, a set of accessible yet quietly creative music. The program mixes together three of his originals with surprising versions of standards and lesser known but superior jazz songs. He and Randy Klein, head of Jazzheads Music Group, worked diligently to achieve the appealing Old School feel and sound that Blue’s listeners want to hear.
Blue teams up with three pianists (Sharp Radway, Kirk Lightsey and Benito Gonzalez), guitarist Jeff Barone, bassist Essiet Okon Essiet, drummer Steve Johns and, on three songs apiece, the rambunctious trombonist Ron Wilkins and percussionist Neil Clark. Starting with the exuberant “Work,” the program includes such surprises as an uptempo transformation of “Lift Every Voice And Sing,” two versions of “That’s All” (including a duet with pianist Lightsey), a playful rendition of “Don’t Know Why,” and a cooking “Everything Happens To Me” which is normally taken as a slow ballad. Blue, displaying a large tone that almost sounds like a baritone in spots, is heard at his best on his original ballad “My Friend And I Took A Walk” and “Our Day Will Come” which benefits from a shuffle rhythm. Trombonist Wilkins is quite boisterous on Nat Adderley’s soulful “Sweet Emma,” the Jimmy Smith minor blues “Mellow Mood,” and George Coleman’s “Amsterdam After Dark.” Another highpoint is Blue’s “Attitude” which, after an energized and surprising melody, becomes a hot swinger that features the composer.
Ray Blue has been an important saxophonist for the past 20 years, leading his own CDs on a regular basis since 2001. Among those who he has worked with through the years have been John Gilmore, Art Davis, Ted Curson, Benny Powell, Eddie Henderson, Steve Turre, Wycliff Gordon, Bernard Purdie, Harold Mabern, Kirk Lightsey and the Sun Ra Arkestra. The saxophonist, who has appeared at many international jazz festivals, has also been an influential educator and is the founder of Cross-Cultural Connection, Inc. a non-profit organization that promotes jazz culture, performance and education.
WORK is one of Ray Blue’s most enjoyable outings to date, a melodic set that will appeal to a large audience, especially those who enjoy the Old School swinging jazz style and sound.
RAY BLUE QUINTET:
Ray Blue – Saxophone
Sharp Radway – Piano
Santi DiBriano – Bass
Alvester Garnett – Drums
Neil Clarke – Percussion
The 6-time Grammy winners and MFM AC member Arturo O’Farrill and the ALJO return to Hostos to perform Songs of Love & Resistance” utilizing song, spoken word, poetry, rap, and hip-hop in response to our turbulent times. The concert showcases the diverse vocal styles of Ana Tijoux (Chile) and Telmary Díaz (Cuba) as well as the Bronx’s own Caridad De La Luz “La Bruja,” Chilo Cajigas, Rebel Diaz and DJ Logic.
Presented by the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance in parnership with the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture.
Pre-Concert Talk 7:00 PM
SENIORS 65+: $30, $20
Musicians for Musicians and Eclectix Vol. 2 to Present an Evening of Jazz in Support of Professional Musicians
Musicians for Musicians (MFM) , a non-profit organization advocating sustainable professional career paths for musicians, and Eclectix , a new music presentation organization, will offer an evening of jazz to bring together musicians, music industry professionals and music lovers.
This music and networking event will take place on Wednesday, November 6 from 7:00 – 8;45 PM at the Zinc Bar, 82 West 3rd Street in Manhattan.
Featuring jazz master and MFM advisory board member David Liebman performing solo, as well as Eclectix Ensemble members Roger Blanc, Steve Sandberg, Michael Laderman, Nate Haselby and Ed Fast performing their own original music.
There will be a $10 cover charge and 2 drink minimum at the tables; there is no cover at the bar. FREE FOR MFM MEMBERS!
Music professionals are invited to attend as part of MFM’s effort to unify musicians of all disciplines, styles, traditions and localities. The music-loving public is invited to deepen their understanding of music’s true value to society, and to support of the social role of those musicians who earn a living from their art.
“We believe strongly that the time has come for the entire community of professional musicians to get together and advocate for themselves and their colleagues,” said MFM president Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi. “Without unity among musicians there’s no way to communicate that music is not, cannot and should not be free. If we are to have music in our lives, we must change this expectation that has developed in the digital age.”