Amid all the economic pain and uncertainty this year for jazz musicians, clubs and festivals due to the pandemic, there is some good news to share.
It comes on distant and local fronts, as we continue to await how the “new normal” affects the arts long term.
First, from Europe:
September 2, Denmark’s iconic venue, Jazz Club Montmartre in Copenhagen, announced
it was closing and laying off all staff. Management said it was economically
impossible to keep operating with a diminished audience. Sad news, indeed, for
a venue that opened in 1959 and had featured an array of global jazz talent. Saxophonists
Dexter Gordon, Ben Webster and Stan Getz all moved to Copenhagen because they
so liked the club’s vibe.
Christiansen said the club will be able to repay all debt and survive long term. “This rescue plan will secure an even stronger presence, both with regards to attracting the very best from the world elite … and developing a lot of new talents.”
from Southwest Florida:
from a small number of musical opportunities at local restaurants up and down
the coast, the Southwest Florida jazz scene has been in limbo since early March. No festivals, no
live indoor concerts.
Artis Naples is resuming its All That Jazz concert series that features the
Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra, a sextet that brings in a variety of
featured guests throughout the season. Instead of performing in the more
intimate, 275-seat Daniels Pavilion, the series moves next door to the much
larger (1,600 seat) Hayes Hall, where seating with safe distancing will accommodate
about 250 people. As usual, there will be separate admission shows each night at
5:30 or 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. All patrons will get their temperatures checked
upon arrival. Face masks are required.
Here is the All That Jazz schedule for this 11th season:
- October 14: The sextet performs the music of George Gershwin
- November 4: singer Kenny Washington
- December 16: guest TBA
- January 20: tenor saxophonist Billy Harper
- February 10: Italian-born, New York-based guitarist Pasquale Grasso
- March 3: singer Denise Donatelli
- March 31: alto saxophonist Dick Oatts
- May 12: NPJO celebrates the Charlie Parker centennial.
The Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra resident sextet includes tenor saxophonist (and artistic director) Lew Del Gatto, trumpeter Dan Miller, pianist Jerry Stawski, bassist Kevin Mauldin, drummer Mke Harvey and violinist Glenn Basham.