Arts Watch: International Jazz Day Celebration Comes to Drom

Sharel Cassity Photo courtesy artist website.

Sharel Cassity
Photo courtesy artist website.

Drom has a great double bill planned for Tuesday night in honor of International Jazz Day. Yes, Jazz; it’s still alive and kicking. With sold out houses at the annual NYC Winter JazzFest, clubs like Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, and local venues like The Stone, Rockwood Music Hall, and Antibes Bistro regularly hosting live jazz — not to mention bands like the NY Gypsy All-Stars creating their own genre-bending brand of jazz that mixes the lush musical sounds of Macedonia, Greece and Turkey, with American roots music, the genre is holding strong.

Best of all, the rising stars of today’s jazz movement, like saxophone player Sharel Cassity, who has embraced straight-ahead jazz and made it her own, are proving that “America’s music” is as fresh as ever.

Not only is Cassity a powerhouse on the Saxophone, (soprano, alto, tenor and baritone–you name it) she also plays the flute, piccolo and clarinet. Her virtuosity has led her to play with the big bands of Jimmy Heath, Roy Hargrove and The Dizzy Gillespie All Stars, to name a few.  She has toured the world playing her original music at festivals including the Playboy Jazz Festival, Costa Rica Jazz Festival, Hanover Jazz Festival, and at venues like Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center. Here at home she has played a wide range of venues from Avery Fischer Hall to the venerable Blue Note.

We get this Oklahoma native “Jazz Hall of Fame” inductee for one night only at the intimate Drom club on Avenue A.  Get there early—the doors open at 7, to enjoy Drom’s eclectic menu of Mediterranean tapas, burgers and salads, and plan on staying late. The NY Gypsy All-Stars close out the night.

International Jazz Day Celebration / Sharel Cassity and the NY Gypsy All-Stars / Drom / 85 Avenue A / doors open 7pm, showtime 8pm / $10