March 26, 2010 § Leave a comment
Veteran Jazz trumpeter John McNeil has been appearing with regularity at Cornelia since 2004, when curator Poul Weiss saw him perform with John Abercrombie and insisted on bringing him down to the Cafe. From the first show forwards, McNeil’s gigs downstairs drew strongly and were frequently made a pick by Times. When RH opened up Night And Day in Park Slope, he gave McNeil and collaborator Bill McHenry a Sunday night weekly. Their premise: Reworkings of what McNeil calls “forgotten jazz tunes”, buried numbers from the famous and esoteric alike. Results were again positive; not too long after installation in the Cafe basement they could be found in weeklong residence at the Village Vanguard. McNeil & McHenry ultimately recorded two albums, the second during a pair of November performances in the Underground. This Friday at 9 & 1030pm McNeil & McHenry appear with a quintet to honor New England Conservatory’s Jazz department, which celebrates its 40th birthday with a series of performances throughout New York.