There’s a very old joke. A lost tourist in Manhattan asks a passerby, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” The grizzled New Yorker says, barely stopping, “Practice, practice, practice.” No one could accuse the performers for the coming jazz, pop and world music series at Carnegie Hall of skipping on rehearsals. The storied venue has announced its shows for the 2017-2018 season, including some excellent and even unexpected jazz shows.
The season starts, at least for jazz fans, on November 3 when Catherine Russell, daughter of the legendary orchestra leader/piano player Luis Russell, will celebrate the golden age of Harlem with tunes, at least according to the press release, inspired by Ethel Waters, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Fats Waller, Benny Carter, Irving Berlin, and others. That’s a whole lot of inspiration, but the kind that the versatile singer can handle.