Chicago's Velvet Lounge closed in family dispute

From the Chicago Tribune:

The Velvet Lounge, a Near South Side jazz club admired around the world as home base for the late Chicago tenor saxophonist Fred Anderson, has been closed in a dispute among Anderson’s survivors. The staff of the club walked out last week, in support of Jasmine Sebaggala and Rasminee Harris, Anderson’s granddaughters, who have been managing the jazz shrine since the saxophonist’s death last June, at age 81. Sebaggala and Harris ceded control of the room, at 67 E.Cermak Rd., to their father, Eugene Anderson, and his brother, Michael Anderson, who are Fred Anderson’s sons. The cross-generational conflict came to a head on Nov. 30, and the club has been dark since Dec. 1.

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Mario Pavone’s Three-City 70th Birthday Tour Begins Tonight

Mario Pavone
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From Improvised Communications:

Starting tonight, at New Haven’s Firehouse 12, bassist/composer Mario Pavone and working sextet, Orange Double Tenor, will play three gigs over the next three nights in celebration of both their new CD, Arc Suite T/Pi T/Po (Playscape Recordings), and Pavone’s 70th birthday. Tomorrow night, the tour moves to New York’s Cornelia Street Café, where the group made its live debut back in early June before heading into the studio. The tour concludes on Sunday night at the International House with Pavone’s first Philadelphia performance in 15 years.

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A Quick Note…

Hi everyone.  At this time of year, we all get more than a little busy, myself included.

I’ve been receiving tons of material to look through, listen to, and so on over the last few weeks.  I’ve been giving priority to the timely matters (e.g., concert announcements and simple posts), and as a result have been neglecting a lot of other things.  Many of you submit music and I appreciate that and try to listen to all of it.  Nonetheless, I’m way behind.

My schedule will be clearing up after the 20th.  At that point (if not a little sooner), I suspect that I’ll have the time to catch up.  So please don’t be concerned if I’m slow to respond to email.  I’ll get there.

Thanks for the support.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

John Medeski
Cover of John Medeski

From NYTimes.com:

Aarses (Thursday) The guitarist David Torn, the alto saxophonist Tim Berne and the drummer Ches Smith make up this improvising trio. At 8 p.m., Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues, Gowanus, Brooklyn , (718) 855-3388, littlefieldnyc.com; $10. (Nate Chinen)

Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open (Wednesday) Joseph Jarman, a searching multireedist hailing from the first wave of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, appears here at 7:30 p.m. Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues, Gowanus, Brooklyn , (718) 855-3388, littlefieldnyc.com; $20. (Chinen)

David Fiuczynski Group (Friday through Sunday) His cohort here includes the alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and the keyboardist John Medeski. At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Iridium Jazz Club, 1650 Broadway, at 51st Street , (212) 582-2121, iridiumjazzclub.com; $27.50 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Ideal Bread (Wednesday) At 8:30 p.m. Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

Malaby, Motian, Sanchez, Monder (Friday) At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $15 cover, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

Mario Pavone’s Orange Double Tenor (Saturday) At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $15 cover, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

Snake Oil (Tuesday) The alto saxophonist Tim Berne, the pianist Matt Mitchell and the drummer Ches Smith. At 11 p.m., Korzo, 667 Fifth Avenue, at 20th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn , (718) 285-9425, myspace.com/konceptions; $5 suggested donation. (Chinen)

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