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Blue Note Concert Preview

The New York City jazz club brunch wars continue to heat up, as the Blue Note has countered the Iridium’s recent introduction of a jazz brunch by discontinuing its own jazz brunches indefinitely (see Jazz News 11/7/01). Apparently, the Blue Note wishes to concentrate on its evening concerts, which lack tea and crumpets but do feature some fine musicians.

From Nov. 13 through Nov. 18, Paquito D’Rivera and his quintet will be playing two shows a night. D’Rivera must be quite fond of the club at this point, as his album Live at the Blue Note garnered him a Latin Grammy nomination last year. Trumpeter Claudio Roditi will bring his lively horn to the party on Fri., Nov. 16.

Nov. 19 brings two shows by the Dewey Redman Quartet. Saxophonist Redman is father to famous Josh, but is more adventuresome, having played admirably with the Ornette Coleman Quartet for seven years and enjoyed occasional dates as a sideman to Pharaoh Sanders. Here, he takes the ultimate risk in playing a jazz club that does not offer a brunch on the weekends.

As part of the Blue Note’s ongoing 20th anniversary celebration, Roy Haynes (pictured left) and his Charlie Parker tribute band Birds of a Feather will take the stage from Nov. 20 to Nov. 25. “Birds of a Feather” also features Kenny Garrett, Nicholas Payton, Christian McBride and Dave Kikoski, playing under the direction of Haynes, a man who had the privilege of playing with Bird in the 1940s and 1950s.

For information on times and ticket prices, please call the Blue Note at (212) 475-8592 or visit www.bluenote.net. Bring your own quiche.

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