Jazz Beat: Hargrove's Stolen Trumpet Recovered

'Friend' of culprit drops off instrument at Boston hotel.

Happy ending: Roy

Hargrove's stolen trumpet has been

recovered.

After the instrument was pilfered at his performance

at the Boston club Scullers on May 19, a media

explosion ensued. Local TV stations were all over the

story for days, and the Internet had the story running

on multiple Web sites.

Then, during the holiday weekend, the DoubleTree Guest

Suites in Boston got a call Sunday from a man who said

that a "friend" had taken Hargrove's trumpet. The

caller said that when he saw the stories on the news,

he felt bad about it, so he left the trumpet in a

plastic bag in the bushes in front of the hotel. The

caller said he wasn't interested in the $500 reward.

Later, he called back to make sure that the hotel had

the trumpet. It did, and Hargrove was notified.

The musician may travel to Boston on Thursday to pick

up the trumpet and possibly sit in with bassist

Ray Brown's trio,

is at Scullers from Thursday through Saturday with

singer Marlena

Shaw. ...

Just out on Galaxy records: Renascence, a

previously unreleased September 1975 live session from

late alto saxophonist Art

Pepper, recorded at the Bach Dancing and

Dynamite Society in Half Moon Bay, Calif. The gig came

a month after Pepper recorded Living Legend for

Contemporary, his first album as a leader since 1960.

... At the end of the year, Galaxy plans a five-CD

box set of the great, tormented Pepper's 1979–82

recordings for the Japanese Atlas label, in the

company of fellow altoists

COLOR="#003163">Lee Konitz and

COLOR="#003163">Sonny Stitt, trumpeter

Jack Sheldon,

pianist Lou Levy and others. ...

Controversy surrounds the awards segment of

Billboard magazine's BET on Jazz Conference and

Awards, the industry convention setting up in

Washington, D.C., on June 7–9. The awards, which

in previous years had been voted on by combinations of

critics and industry folk, will this year be

determined largely by sales data supplied by

SoundScan, owned by Billboard. In other words,

no surprises, bring on Diana

Krall, and who needs anyone's opinion? Both the

BET and BET on Jazz channels plan on televising the

ceremony. Aside from handing out trophies, the

conference will features panel discussions on subjects

such as the selling of jazz in a hip-hop age and what

to do with jazz radio. A few jazz musicians, such as

pianist Herbie

Hancock and saxophonist

COLOR="#003163">Stanley Turrentine, will

perform. …

The Black Entertainment Television channel dubs June

Black Music Month and celebrates via BET movies, with

14 feature films, documentaries and concerts on the

roster. Hosted by bassist

COLOR="#003163">Stanley Clarke, the films

include:

"A Great Day in Harlem," a documentary narrated by

Quincy Jones, June

5, 5:20 p.m.

"Sweet Love, Bitter," starring Dick Gregory and based

loosely on the life of

COLOR="#003163">Charlie Parker, June 6, 6:25

p.m.

"Funny Valentines," starring Alfre Woodard and scored

by Stanley Clarke,

June 8, 8 p.m.

"Say Amen, Somebody," a documentary on gospel music,

June 11, 12:35 p.m.

"Ain't Misbehavin'," a musical tribute to

COLOR="#003163">Fats Walle, June 19, 8:00

p.m.

"Can't You Hear the Wind Howl," a documentary on the

life of guitarist Robert

Johnson, June 20, 1:30 p.m.

"Lush Life," starring Forest Whitaker and Jeff

Goldblum as two jazz musicians, June 21, 8 p.m.

...

Saxophonist Karl

Denson's Tiny

Universe has been added to the Bell

Atlantic Jazz Festival in New York for two midnight

shows, June 9 and 10, at the Knitting Factory. As

heroes of the neo-funk-jazz movement, the band is

coming off a very successful national tour, which

culminated in three sold-out gigs at the New Orleans

Jazz & Heritage Festival. Denson, a former

COLOR="#003163">Lenny Kravitz sideman, has

also led the Greyboy

Allstars.

Boston's WGBH-FM (89.7) will present free lunchtime

jazz concerts each Thursday next month at South

Station. The two-hour concerts will begin at 11:30

a.m. The schedule includes:

COLOR="#003163">Ron Bosse & Pursuance (June

1), the Philippe Crettien

Quartet (June 8), the

COLOR="#003163">Rusty Scott Quartet (June

15), Kendrick

Oliver, the New

Life Jazz Ensemble (June 22) and the

COLOR="#003163">Victor Mendoza Quintet

(June 29). ...

The radio station also is teaming up with the Coolidge

Corner Theatre for a June Monday night series that

pairs performances by New England Conservatory

musicians with screenings of jazz films. The schedule, focusing on documentary and performance films, is: "Last of the Blue Devils: Count Basie and his Orchestra, Big Joe Turner, Jay McShann" on June 5; "Texas Tenor: The Illinois Jacquet Story" on June 12; "Different Drummer: Elvin Jones" and "Sonny Rollins: Live at Laren" (double feature) on June 19; and "Mingus: Charles Mingus 1968" on June 26. ...

Pianist Marcus

Roberts has announced that he will replace

singer Dianne

Reeves, who canceled her June 3 performance

at the Spoleto USA Festival in Charleston, S.C., in

support of the NAACP's boycott of events in the state,

which will continue to fly the Confederate flag atop

the state Capitol building until July 1. After that,

the flag, which many view as a symbol of slavery, will

fly at a Civil War monument.

"As someone who understands discrimination very well,

especially because of the fact that I'm blind, I view

the flag as nothing more than a symbol," Roberts said.

"I see my role as someone who can get onstage and

provide some therapy, or alternatives to seeing

differences as a dividing and bad thing, but as

something to embrace. As a culture, I can't believe

that a flag is still that big of an issue."

In a statement issued after she canceled, three-time

Grammy nominee Reeves said, "My forefathers and

mothers suffered, died and fought the power that this

flag represents so that our voices could be free.

Although I looked forward to participating, I have

decided to cancel my performance until the

circumstances evolve into a satisfactory

resolution."

Meanwhile, Reeves and trumpeter

COLOR="#003163">Clark Terry will be joining

trumpeter Wynton

Marsalis and the

COLOR="#003163">Lincoln Center Orchestra in

their Fourth of July blowout tribute to

COLOR="#003163">Louis Armstrong, part of

the Liberty State Park Music and Heritage Festival, in

the shadow of the Statue of Liberty. ... The San

Francisco Jazz Festival, running Oct. 25 through Nov.

5 in venues around the city, has announced a few

dates. Singers Abbey

Lincoln and Jimmy

Scott will open the festival at the Masonic

Auditorium, R&B legends Lou

Rawls and Ruth

Brown will sing on Oct. 27 at the Masonic,

and the same night the Herbst Theatre will host a

double bill of the Lee

Konitz-Paul

Bley duo and Trio

3, featuring alto saxophonist

COLOR="#003163">Oliver Lake, bassist

Reggie Workman and

drummer Andrew

Cyrille. On Nov. 5 at Herbst it's harmonica

ace Toots

Thielemans' "Jazz in Brasil," and on Nov.

19 guitarist John

McLaughlin and tabla master

COLOR="#003163">Zakir Hussain revive their

group Shakti.

..

Jimmy Scott clearly has a thing for the San Francisco

Bay Area. He'll also perform in the city June 22 at

the Great American Music Hall and the following night

at Sweetwater's in Marin County. Little Jimmy is the

subject this week of National Public Radio's "Jazz

Profiles" (check with your local station for exact

date and time of broadcast). Produced by Njemile Carol

Jones, the program is hosted by singer

COLOR="#003163">Nancy Wilson, who says she

owes her entire singing style to Little Jimmy, who

turns 75 in July. Scott's new CD, Mood Indigo,

featuring saxophonist Hank

Crawford, guitarist

COLOR="#003163">Joe Beck and pianist

Cyrus Chestnut, is

due from Fantasy Records in June. On Aug. 10–12,

Scott sets up at New York's Birdland. ...

Paquito D'Rivera,

the Cuban jazz saxophonist who fled his homeland in

1981 and now makes his home in New Jersey, has

published his memoirs. "Mi Vida Saxual" (Seix Barral)

has come out in Spain. His most recent album, Live

at the Blue Note (Half Note), was released last

month. ...

Composer, multi-instrumentalist, educator and one of

three remaining members of the

COLOR="#003163">Art Ensemble of Chicago,

Roscoe Mitchell is

set to play two shows June 2–3 at Chicago's

HotHouse with his large band

COLOR="#003163">Concerto Grosso, featuring

Samuel "SavoirFaire"

Williams and Julie

Pomerleau on violin,

COLOR="#003163">Harrison Bankhead and

Jason Le Roebke on

bass, Chad Taylor

on percussion, Robbie Lynn

Hunsinger on oboe,

COLOR="#003163">Janice Misurell-Mitchell on

flute, Jen Clare

Paulson on viola,

COLOR="#003163">Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello,

Vincent Davis on

drums and Willy

Walter on bassoon. The group also boasts

dancers Atala-Nicole

Loud and Maia

McKinney and poet

COLOR="#003163">Martha Stahl. ...

Concord Records has tapped its vast Latin jazz library

for a series of six Colors of Latin Jazz CDs,

featuring such players as vibesman

COLOR="#003163">Cal Tjader, percussion

legends Mongo

Santamaria and

COLOR="#003163">Tito Puente, singer/pianist

Tania Maria,

conguero Poncho

Sanchez and many others. The Colors of

Latin Jazz discs are subtitled A Latin

Vibe, Soul Sauce, Corcorvado,

From Samba to Bomba!, Sabroso! and

Cubop! ...

Tenor sax legend Sonny

Rollins, 69, completed two sessions at a

New York studio recently and plans to mix the material

at Fantasy's Berkeley, Calif., studios in August,

making a year-end release likely. The music features

two members of Rollins' working band — pianist

Stephen Scott and

bassist Bob

Cranshaw — plus drum master

COLOR="#003163">Jack DeJohnette. Rollins

leaves next week for Japan, where he'll perform 10

concerts. ... A three-CD box set of piano legend

Thelonious Monk's

Complete Prestige Recordings (1952–54)

will be released in July. The set also will contain

four 1944 tracks by tenor great

COLOR="#003163">Coleman Hawkins that were

originally released on the Joe Davis label with Monk

as a sideman, his first recording session. ...

Zimbabwean Chimurenga star

COLOR="#003163">Thomas Mapfumo plans to

record his next album with jazz trumpeter

COLOR="#003163">Wadada Leo Smith and

guitarist Henry

Kaiser. Mapfumo saw the duo lead

COLOR="#003163">Yo Miles!, their tribute

band to early '70s Miles

Davis, twice at the Fillmore in San

Francisco. ... Meanwhile, Kaiser has canceled the Yo

Miles! Sept. 1 gig at the Chicago Jazz Festival

because the event is sponsored by Philip Morris, and a

clause in all Kaiser's contracts stipulates that

events at which he performs must be free of tobacco

sponsors. ... Yo Miles! will record their second CD

soon and will perform again at the Fillmore in August

or September. ... Meanwhile again, Yo Miles! is not

the only band performing Davis' dark '70s Afro-funk.

Bitches Brew, led

by trumpeter Jab

Nabulo and guitarist

COLOR="#003163">Ezra Gale, performs

regularly at San Francisco's Paradise Lounge.

...

Pianist Chick

Corea will release two solo CDs on June 6.

On the first he'll tackle standards such as "Monk's

Dream;" on the second he'll play tunes of his own that

have become standards: "Spain" and "Brazilia," to name

two. Stretch/Concord is releasing the discs. ...

Warner Bros. is shooting for a fall release of a

two-CD live set from the Pat

Metheny Trio, featuring bassist

COLOR="#003163">Larry Grenadier and drummer

Bill Stewart.

There could be a studio date this fall for the

Pat Metheny Group

as well. ...

— sonicnet.com staff report