September is traditionally back-to-school month so it is appropriate that we feature on our cover this issue Kenny Burrell, not only a legendary and influential guitarist but also Director of Jazz Studies at the University of California-Los Angeles. And continuing the theme of education is our Interviewee, tuba player Bob Stewart, who is an instructor at both the Juilliard School and Lehman College.
Filling out our coverage, as summer gives way to fall and t-shirts to light sweaters, are stories on Porter Records (Label Spotlight) and Abrons Arts Center (Club Profile). Japanese saxophonist Sadao Watanabe (Encore) makes a rare stateside appearance this month and we continue our festival coverage with reports from Copenhagen, Denmark and Litchfield, Connecticut (home to the famed Litchfield jazz camp...another fine example of jazz education).
September also brings with it several important in-town festivals. First, represented by our Artist Feature, pianist Jessica Williams, is the annual month-long Diet Coke Women in Jazz Festival at Dizzy's Club. The Portuguese label Clean Feed has been documenting much of the local modern jazz scene over the past few years and presents its third festival Sep. 19th-24th. And the sixth annual Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT), curated by Dave Douglas, Taylor Ho Bynum and Jeremy Pelt, takes over a handful of city venues for an exciting program Sep. 14th-28th. More information is available in our Event Calendar as well as with some relevant items in our CD review section.
After an atypical New York City August, when you could actually walk outside, keep up the momentum this fall with all things jazz in New York. Whether you are a student or a parent, or even if you are neither, back to school should mean back to jazz, a subject for a lifetime of learning.
We'll be taking notes right along with you...
Laurence Donohue-Greene & Andrey Henkin