Though the organization has been quiet for a while, the founding "fathers" continue to be quite busy. Kimbrough is a member of The Maria Schneider Orchestra, works with vocalists Mary Anne DeProphetis and Kendra Shank, leads his own Trio and teaches. Nash is a member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra plus leads an exciting new quartet. Blake leads several bands in New York City as well as Vancouver, British Columbia, while Horton also works with Ms. DeProphetis, with the Will Holhouser Trio and leads his own group. As for Ben Allison, he not only continues to lead his own bands but works with The Millennial Territory Orchestra (led by trumpeter Steven Bernstein), has been working in a duo setting with poet Robert Pinsky and recently testified before the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce concerning performer's rights (read about his work by going to benallison.com/blog/.)
The Jazz Standard, 11 groups will appear, including the Herbie Nichols Project who, according to Frank Kimbrough, will be playing several newly-discovered works from Mr. Nichols (40 new tunes! found in a trunk long considered lost.) 212-576-2232.
You can see the great lineup by checking out the poster on the left but, better yet, go to benallison.com/collective/ and see who is performing and what they will be playing (each night is worth going to see.) Medicine Wheel will reunite, Ron Horton plays 2 shows as a leader, one with his rarely-seen Eleventet (co-led with drummer Tim Horner) and Ted Nash reunites with his Double Quartet (the Nonet includes a string quartet.) For reservations, go to jazzstandard.net or call 212-576-2232.
I can't think of a better way to end this (endless) election season than by enjoying what looks to be one of the best concert series of the year!