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Patrick Bartley @ The New York Hot Jazz Festival & Dizzy's

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Patrick Bartley @ The New York Hot Jazz Festival & Dizzy's

Dec 27, 2018

The New York Hot Jazz Festival presents

“Mahogany Hall Stomp”
The Triad (Stage 72)
158 West 72nd Street, 212-279-4200
Saturday, December 29

Patrick Bartley: “The Mighty Cannonball Adderley”
Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall
Broadway at 60th Street, 5th Floor
Friday, January 4

Next time the alto saxophone chair opens up in the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (not that I want to see the wonderful Sherman Irby go anywhere) my recommendation for the job is Patrick Bartley. Even more than post young musicians, Mr. Bartley is a true multi-generic, pan-stylist player, equally adept at New Orleans jazz or swing one minute and bebop or soul jazz the next: it’s hardly surprising that two of his major presentations at Dizzy’s thus far have been the music of Frank Trumbauer, the pioneering saxophone savant of the jazz age, and the post-bop master composer, bandleader, and alto heavyweight Julian “Cannonball” Adderley - two players who couldn’t be more inapposite - unless Mr. Bartley knows something that we do not, which is altogether likely.
But before his next Dizzy’s show on Friday January 4, Mr. Bartley headlines a special presentation this Saturday December 29, produced by the New York Hot Jazz Festival, in celebration of both the holiday season, as well as the music of Spencer Williams, one of the great New Orleans songwriters, whose music is as as well known and widely performed (“Mahogany Hall Stomp,” “Basin Street Blues,” “I Found A New Baby, Everybody Loves My Baby,” “I Ain’t Got Nobody”) even though Williams's own name is barely known to anyone. Along with Mr. Bartley and his Orchestra, the show will feature the excellent singers Queen Esther and Charles Turner, the sparkling new vocal trio the Copacetics (with Tatiana Eva-Marie and Sasha Masakowski) and the inspired young tap dancer Dewitt Fleming, Jr. It’s a great way to send the old year out with a bang.

New York Hot Jazz Festival
Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola

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Author: Will Friedwald
Photography by: STEPHEN SOROKOFF

Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, November 2017)