The original charter members of the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium, Jazz 966 on Fulton Street and Sista’s Place on Nostrand Avenue, held sway last Friday and Saturday, with an 18 –piece orchestra and a CD launching, respectively.
Friday, count ‘em – 5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 4 rhythms, 1 vocalist, led by Don Echols Conway, bandleader for the past 10 years.
The Ray Abrams band is going strong nearly 60 years later.
Its founder, musician, arranger, conductor passed away 1992. A tribute to the many leaders and musicians who performed contributed to this legacy. Drummer Darrell Smith joined 3 years ago, Dotti Anita Taylor on Piano since ’02, loves playing the tune “Loose Change”, renowned trombonist Curtis Fuller recently brought his largess to their stage. And, Tuliva Donna Cumberbatch, vocalist, follows her father Harold, a member in the 1970/80’s.
The venue, Jazz 966 has staged the music every Friday since 1990.
Saturday, its close cousin, Sista’s Place, ’95, staged a CD launching as TK Blue provided fans with his new release entitled, “Amour” (love). He’s promoted 11 CDs as leader, however, this one he wanted to introduce to Sista’s audience.
“And not the ‘Blue Note’” yelled Viola Plummer, owner/hostess. “No, because here is the Black Note”, responded BLUE!
TK employs the flute, alto & soprano saxophone in his repertoire and brought with him George Coleman Jr. on drums, Essiet Essiet on bass, and Amina Figaroba on piano.
“My favorite influences were Milton Nasciemento, Brazilian singer and famed alto icon Charlie “Bird” Parker. He dedicated a tune on the new CD to his mother who purchased his first flute. The dedication is entitled “A Single Tear”. The official record release is March 12th, so stay tuned.
The evening ended in dialogue when Sista’s musical director Ahmed Abdullah and Blue reflected back to when they met on tour in Istanbul, then traveled on to Yugoslavia and Greece in 1991 .
Check out these Saturday schedules by calling 718-398-1766 or https//sistasplace.org