Sweet Rhythm quietly ends run as Village jazz stage

The 7th Ave. home in the '80s and early '90s of Gil Evans' last orchestra, David Murray's octets, Abdullah Ibrahim's bands, Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy and other avant-gutsy acts closed last night (Oct. 24) without notice or fanfare. Sweet Rhythm nee Sweet Basil was one of the coolest spots to listen, drink and hang out in Greenwich Village, a wood-paneled room with fine sound, sightlines, bookings and bartender, but it never recovered from what its most recent owner described as a post-9/11 decline in street traffic, competition from nearby … [Read more...]

Summertime, and the listening should be easy

My latest column in City Arts-New York is now online, with pick hits for free August concerts in NYC. I don't suggest the season's not right for serious, substantial music, just that we would appreciate the surrounding circumstances being comfortable and hassle-free. Here's the opening graph, meant to set the tone and keep you reading -- and notes about the Caramoor jazz fest in suburban Westchester. … [Read more...]