Jackie McLean: "Whenever I have a conversation about what's wrong with the jazz business, I always start out by saying, 'Where is Grachan Moncur?'"
Answer: Saturday and Sunday night at the Iridium. With Billy Harper (tenor sax), Michael Blake (alto sax), John Hicks (piano), Calvin Hill (bass), Noriko Kamo (electric piano) and Richard Pearson (drums).
Grachan has been largely absent from the scene for far too long. His comeback began with 2004's Exploration, a nonet record featuring classic Moncur compositions arranged by Mark Masters. While he has been quietly honing his chops at clubs in Newark and Brooklyn, this is Grachan's first appearance as a leader in a Manhattan jazz club in many years. Absolutely not to be missed.
Sets Saturday, April 08 and Sunday April 09, 8 PM and 10 PM. Cover is $27.50.