This Week in the Jazz Department

Musician's Show with Guitarist and Composer Mick Barr: Wednesday June 6th
Jazz Profile on Organist Shirley Scott hosted by Sid Gribetz: Sunday June 10th

Join us this Wednesday, June 6th, on the Musician's Show as Guitarist and Composer Mick Barr hand selects some of his favorite music and plays us some of his own, from the jazz, world music, and metal realm. Often pigeonholed as a progressive metal musician, Mick Barr's music can run the gamut from Bela Bartok to John Coltrane, Dark Throne to Nikhil Banerjee in a single breath. Based jointly in New Haven and New York City, Mick Barr has been lending his unique style of guitar shredding to avant-metal groups as well as jazz projects for over twenty years, and has been featured on over 40 recordings. While most known for his work with the groundbreaking duos Orthrelm (with Josh Blair on drums) and Crom Tech (with drummer Malcolm McDuffie), Barr also leads two separate solo projects, Octis and Ocrillim, and plays with the black metal band Krallice. In recent years Barr has also played on jazz projects with luminaries such as John Zorn, Milford Graves, Weasel Walter, and in a trio with Jon Irabagon and Mike Pride. Named as one of the 50 fastest guitar players of all time by Guitar World magazine, Barr has received notice for has relentless speed and endurance on the guitar, as well as for his angular and dissonant lines. Join us for this unique and enthralling set of music as Barr plays music from the outer realms of jazz, world music, and underground metal!

Join us on Sunday, June 10th as host Sid Gribetz presents a retrospective on hard bop and soul jazz organist Shirley Scott (1934-2002). Born in Philadelphia, PA, Shirley Scott grew up a fierce admirer of organ pioneer Jimmy Smith, and began to emerge as an original voice on piano on the Philadelphia club scene, before filling in on the Hammond organ one night and discovering her own unique voice on the instrument. In the late 1950s, she was discovered by the hard bop saxophonist Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, and together they recorded a string of legendary albums on the Prestige record. After her tenure with Davis, Scott would launch her own prolific solo career in which she recorded 45 full length LPs and a host of other sessions. In 1961 she was married to hard bop pioneer Stanley Turrentine, and together they would collaborate on a string of great Blue Note sessions. In the 1980s, Scott became noted as an educator and mainstay on the scene in Pittsburgh, PA. Throughout her career Scott distinguished herself with her bluesy and soulful lines, and her graceful touch on the organ. Join us as Sid helps us celebrate the life and music of the "Queen of the Organ"!