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 Lee Konitz and 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 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 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 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 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 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: Ron Bosse & Pursuance (June
1), the Philippe Crettien
Quartet
(June 8), the Rusty Scott Quartet (June
15), Kendrick
Oliver
, the New
Life Jazz Ensemble
(June 22) and the 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 Clark Terry will be joining
trumpeter Wynton
Marsalis
and the Lincoln Center Orchestra in
their Fourth of July blowout tribute to 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 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 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 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 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 Art Ensemble of Chicago,
Roscoe Mitchell is
set to play two shows June 2–3 at Chicago’s
HotHouse with his large band Concerto Grosso, featuring
Samuel “SavoirFaire”
Williams
and Julie
Pomerleau
on violin, Harrison Bankhead and
Jason Le Roebke on
bass, Chad Taylor
on percussion, Robbie Lynn
Hunsinger
on oboe, Janice Misurell-Mitchell on
flute, Jen Clare
Paulson
on viola, 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 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 Cal Tjader, percussion
legends Mongo
Santamaria
and 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 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 Coleman Hawkins that were
originally released on the Joe Davis label with Monk
as a sideman, his first recording session. …
Zimbabwean Chimurenga star Thomas Mapfumo plans to
record his next album with jazz trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and
guitarist Henry
Kaiser
. Mapfumo saw the duo lead 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 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 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