Marcia Hillman writes from Manhattan

With the weather cooling down and Daylight Savings Time soon to disappear, NYC puts on its fall colors and new arts season. But the Trio Da Paz paid its annual end of summer visit to Dizzy‘s Club Coca-Cola to liven up the scene with samba and bossa rhythms. The Trio (guitarist Romero Lubambo, bassist Nilson Matta and drummer Duduka da Fonseca) were at their virtuostic best joined by Harry Allen on sax and Joe Locke on vibes. Maucha Adnet was also on hand to do vocalistic justice to several songs (―Eu E Meu Amor‖, ―Caminhos Cruzados‖, ―The Girl From Ipanema‖) in her soft and sensitive style. Allen deliv-ered several exciting solos during the set (especially one on Jobim‘s ―Aguas de Marzo‖) and Joe Locke made several driving solo statements as well. It was an occasion designed to celebrate the joy of Brazilian music and the Brazilian spirit. It certainly achieved goal as evidenced by an audience full of smiles and applause.
As part of Dizzy‘s Club Coca-Cola‘s Generations in Jazz Festival, the team of Karrin Allyson and Sheila Jordan joined forces for several eve-nings of songs in their own inimitable styles. Backed up by a trio con-sisting of Bruce Barth on piano, Cameron Brown on bass and Billy Drummond on drums, the ladies chose to do a lot of duets rather than totally splitting their efforts. The result was an amazing musical feat. Even though stylistic differences are there, both Allyson and Jordan communicated vocally with each other in duet fashion on such standards as ―I Remember You‖, ―Wouldn‘t It Be Loverly‖ and ―Everything Hap-pens To Me‖. Jordan took the stand alone to do a masterful job on Abby Lincoln‘s ―Bird Alone‖ and told the story of ―Baltimore Oriole‖ with Cameron Brown (with whom she works a lot) on bass behind her. Ally-son had solo time with a version of ―Jordu‖ (with her own lyrics) and then took over both the piano and singing chores to do Jobim‘s ―This Happy Madness‖, To close the set, the ladies joined up again to sing ―The Touch Of Your Lips‖ and ―Honeysuckle Rose‖. Both Allyson and Jordan were in fine voice, conversing with each other in between songs and really ―singing together‖ while still retaining their individual styles. The trio also shone in some memorable moments and supported the vo-cals perfectly. The evening certainly proved that the generations learn from each other in order to continue the legacy of jazz.