All working musicians have suffered from the COVID era – the loss of camaraderie and connection as well as the loss of income. Jazz musicians, however, are arguably the most affected. Improvised, irreplaceable and highly interactive, jazz is fundamentally live music. Most classic jazz records have been recorded live in the studio, usually in a single day. In terms of technical musicality and theoretical understanding, the entry bar for jazz is high. Players are thus able to combine and recombine freely, often jumping on shows with extremely short notice and without any preparation, except for a lifetime of practice, a few charts and a mastery of conventions. of the kind. All this to say that while all musicians have lost something in quarantine, jazz players have lost the essential.
The Central Hudson Valley is disproportionately rich in jazz: a breeding ground of musicians and composers of unusual depth, a number of venues that favor jazz in their reservation (The Falcon, Lydia’s Café and more) , and the existence of several jazz promoters and advocacy groups including the Catskill Jazz Factory and, of course, Jazzstock. Founded in 2011 by the accomplished couple of bassist / songwriter John Menegon and singer / pianist Teri Roiger with founder of Bread Alone and jazz enthusiast Dan Leader, Jazzstock was launched with a bang. His first production was a celebration of the 70se birthday of Jack DeJohnette, longtime Woodstock resident and one of the most important drummers of the second half of the 20e Century and beyond. The Bearsville Theater show drew over 500 people and Jazzstock was on.
After a spell of working at several venues in the Woodstock area, in recent years, Jazzstock has found a stable (and trendy) home at Senate Garage in downtown Kingston, asserting itself as a staple of the thriving culture. county seat. When it all suddenly came to a halt in the spring of 2020, Teri and John did what musicians all over the world have been doing: they grabbed all the outdoor and remote performances they could, then returned to the stake, composing and training, developing and expanding their game and waiting for the post-COVID sunrise that we always seem to be waiting for. At the height of his fame, the great tenor jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins disappeared from sight for three years, perfecting his craft in seclusion under the Williamsburg Bridge. In 2020, most musicians pulled a Sonny, through Obligate.
As the new ground rules of live music continue to be set, Jazzstock is back with a range of new recordings, new shows and new ventures. John and Teri have agreed to an email interview regarding what turns out to be an eventful downfall for them as jazz players and promoters.
Teri Roiger Piano Trio, November 21, Bearsville Theater, Woodstock
While best known as a singer, Teri has played the piano her entire life, serving as a church organist in her hometown of Minneapolis, and studying with legendary stride pianist Butch Thompson in the years before her discovery of Billie Holiday redirected her passion to jazz vocals.
“One of the silver liners in my 40s awakened my lifelong passion for playing the piano,” she said. This led to her dating a piano / voice trio with John and drummer Matt Garrity. “Hearing and seeing the late great pianist and singer Shirley Horn sparked something in me. She has a great influence on my playing and my singing. I had the chance to work and record with his drummer, Steve Williams, who greatly contributed to his overall sound. I also like players / singers like Blossom Dearie and Nat King Cole, as well as Andy Bey. Thelonious Monk’s music has been extremely influential in my playing. It’s great to finally be really engaged in this lifelong passion. “
Sunday November 21, 3 p.m.
Bearsville Theater Lounge, 291 Tinker Street, Woodstock
Tickets: $ 5 – $ 25
Sheila Jordan 93e Anniversary celebration, November 27, Senate Garage, Kingston
NEA jazz singer Sheila Jordan has been a part of the New York jazz scene since moving from Detroit in the 1950s. Her career spanning more than seven decades is a testament to the great continuity of jazz music. She was married to Charlie Parker pianist Duke Jordan and she studied with one of jazz’s greatest secret weapons, pianist Lennie Tristano. She often worked with the legendary pianist and jazz theorist George Russell. “His ballad performances simply exceed the emotional and expressive capacities of most other singers,” wrote The New York Times.
“I first heard of this amazing singer when I was still living in Minneapolis because all the ‘cats’ were telling me to check her out,” Teri said. “I was impressed that the male instrumentalists were all in awe of her, so when I came to New York in the early 80’s I went to hear her on Fat Tuesdays and immediately fell in love with her. extreme passion for music. like his playfulness. Over the years, Sheila, John and I have become great friends and we still appreciate her enthusiasm and incredible storytelling.
Saturday November 27, 7:30 p.m.
Senate Garage, 4 North Front Street, Kingston
Tickets: $ 30, available from Rhino Records, 6 North Front Street, Kingston
or to https://jazzstock.com.
Places limited to 100.
Valley of Jazz Records
In early 2021, Teri and John founded Valley Jazz Records, a new jazz label featuring artists from both inside and outside the Hudson Valley. “We are consolidating all of our past recordings and will be releasing them on our new label. Also, we are going to make a vinyl of the first recording we made together, “Misterioso” (a Monk tune with lyrics from Teri), with Jack DeJohnette and fellow jazz legend, guitarist Kenny Burrell. “
Some of the musicians involved in the ten reissued recordings include the late great pianist Frank Kimbrough and trombonist Roswell Rudd, Steve Williams, Tineke Postma, Matt Wilson, Wayne Hawkins, Steve Gorn, Jay Collins, John Gunther, Mark Dziuba, Tani Tabbal, John Di Martino, Marc McLean, Judi Silvano, Maryanne de Prophetis, Sarah James, Joel Frahm, Greg Osby, Rebecca Coupe-Franks, Bob Meyer, Harvey Sorgen and Jonathan Lorenz.
For more information visit https://valleyjazzrecords.com.
Pointed 5, Shine bright light
The new inaugural release on the Valley Jazz label, Shine bright light is a collection of original standards and covers reinvented by Sharp 5, a quintet composed of Roiger, Menegon, keyboardist Pete Levin, drummer Jeff “Siege” Siegel and Brazilian percussionist Nanny Assis.
“We recorded the album in two days, exploring new material brought in by Pete Levin, as well as three of John’s originals. The wonderful arrangements Pete made to some of the tunes were influenced by the fact that he played for many years in Gil Evans’ orchestra. The fact that we are all vaccinated and eager to play this music has created a very positive and exciting experience for all of us. “
Noteworthy is a radically reimagined version of King Crimson’s song “Matte Kudasai”, a song co-composed by Pete’s brother Tony Levin. “I never thought I would do a King Crimson tune,” Teri said, “but when Pete brought ‘Matte Kudasai’ to a rehearsal one day, I immediately fell in love with the song and the simplicity of it. the story. Mat Kudasai is Japanese for “please wait”. It was also covered by Kurt Elling, KD Lang and others, although we didn’t realize it until after we recorded it.
Shine like a brilliant is a testament to the ensemble’s shared love for Brazilian music, a tradition that has played such a huge role in the history of jazz. “I have always loved Bossa Nova and Samba and started singing Jobim songs many years ago,” Teri said. “The rhythms are exciting but at the same time calming, and the beautiful poetry of the Portuguese lyricists makes this music timeless and appealing to everyone. I feel a genuine naturalness when I sing and play this music.
To verify Shine bright light To https://teriroiger.bandcamp.com/album/shine-a-bright-light.