Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri Jan 1—2016—and Tues Jan 5

MarcDuke

What better way to ring in the new year than by programming a rerun on Friday January 1, 2016, at 8PM and noon the following Tuesday, Brooklyn Dodgers Timezone time? Well, on the other hand, it’s a mostly Duke Ellington show, and he’s got it good and that ain’t bad. Also onboard are selections from Marcus Roberts’ two-CD suite Romance, Swing, and the Blues, played by the dozen members of his Modern Jazz Generation, half students and half young lions, with tenorist Stephen Riley as featured soloist, helping nod Duke a fond and appreciative and by no means subservient hello. After that Miguel Zenón’s big band survives yet another sophisticated cloud of Ellingtonia and then we see how Cecil Taylor’s obsessively structured units fare in the arena. Finally a youngster name of Bach provides a Partita for a few pianists to try their hand at until an oldster name of Gould deploys enough absurdist virtuosity to make me laugh out loud almost every time. With Kip Hanrahan for the finish we can face the year ahead feeling fine about the prospects: so I hope for and wish us all.

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