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Despite musical headwinds, local jazz is still alive and swinging in Rhode Island

BY ON MARCH 25TH, 2024


Jazz in the Ocean State has seen a myriad of tough times, including, COVID aftershocks, digital streaming, stubborn inflation, and changing demographics. But, just like the changing tides of Narragansett Bay, local jazz is here to stay. Live music venues and great jazz musicians have come and gone, but jazz lovers should not despair. 

While iconic landmarks, such as the Celebrity Club, Bovi’s, and the sizzling Hi-Hat Lounge have drifted into jazz heaven, a new crop of venues carries on the American jazz tradition.


Several nights a week, clubs including The Red Door, Knickerbockers, The Parlour, and Askew feature some of Rhode Island veteran jazz players such as trumpeter John Almark, bassist Joe Potenza, well-known drummer Vinnie Pagano, and guitar wizard Gino Rosato.

Some may say that jazz is dominated by men, however many women have made a significant contribution to the venerable art form throughout the years, starting with jazz great and pioneer Carol Sloane. Sloane began her career in the 1950s, signed to Columbia Records, and showcased at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1961, which opened the door for the current lineup of amazing female jazz vocalists, including  Kim Trusty, Shawnn Monteiro, Tish Adams, and Dyan Kane.

With a career that has spanned decades in a variety of entertainment fields, including movies and acting on TV, Dyan Kane recently brought her breezy, well-honed jazz stylings to one of my favorite jazz spots, The Red Door in downtown Providence. Kane, whose style is steeped in the classic jazz divas, including Sara Vaughn, Billie Holiday, and Nancy Wilson, showcased her considerable talents in the cozy upstairs venue backed by a stellar band that was anchored by guitar wizard Gino Rosato. 

From the opening number you could hear in Kane’s phrasing years spent listening and cultivating a captivating voice. As a young woman, Kane joined a Harlem gospel choir and soaked in the soulful sounds of the legendary Ray Charles and Baptist music. Her jazz stylings are influenced heavily by its ancestor, the American blues.

Following a stint in Los Angles doing movies and TV, Kane left L.A. for the Big Apple. While working at the Blue Note, a legendary jazz spot in Greenwich Village, Kane’s airy and powerful style reflected the vocal stylings of  jazz greats such as Carmen McCrae, Al Jarreau, master jazz vocalist, and Better Carter, one of the most important jazz singers of the 20th century.

She floated effortlessly as she mixed Brazilian influenced stylings with American jazz standards and wove in updated pop songs that showcased her vocal diversity on numbers such as the Bee Gees’ mega hit “To Love Somebody”, which she performed with a bluesy lament, as well as “Use Me” a Bill Withers mainstay, which she molded into a funky Brazilian jazz groove. 

(Note: For the avid listener, I recommend the Bill Withers 1973 live album  Live at Carnegie Hall. On it, Withers awes listeners with an eight minute version of the soulful “Use Me”.)

While listener’s might want more, Kanes’ latest release, Soul of the Water, recorded with a veteran L.A. sidemen, is available on Interplay Records and features a healthy dose of Kane’s main influences from “Summertime”, a gem from the great American Songbook along with “Moonglow” and “Caravan”, a Duke Ellington masterpiece.

For Rhode Island jazz lovers looking for more jazz, I highly recommend The Red Door, which was literally created by a mainstay in the Rhode Island music scene, Phil Martelly, who, following graduation from Berkeley School of Music, dabbled in the music business and played with a variety of bands before investing in a chain of music schools for young musicians called the School of Rock

During the height of COVID, Martelly invested in The Red Door, offering free jazz every Monday night. He understands the music business and said, “I want to keep it free’ adding “People will come.” 

The Blue Room in Pawtuxet Village also offers sizzling jazz nightly, while Sardella‘s, a delicious Italian restaurant in Newport, offers Wednesday night jazz. Talk about a night out, feasting on shrimp scampi while listening to some of the best jazz in Newport! 

Malule ZA meets Dyan Kane: 'Reality Check'

New single dropping soon .... collaborating with a brother from the land of Nelson Mandela .... because music makes the  people come together (when democracies fail us) .... Stay tuned.... (no filters)

NEW NEWS!!! SOUL of the WATER streams on all major platforms OCTOBER !st!! I cannot WAIT until you hear the song treatments on this CD, especially the beautiful and haunting "ESPERANTO", a Kurt Elling/Vince Mendoza tune, featuring LA's own IMPROV TRIO: Dominique Xavier Taplin, Dmitry Gorodetsky, and Donald Barrett! The title, "SOUL of the WATER", is a lyric from ESPERANTO. (Produced for Interplay Records and my by MOI and my new company, DOLLBABY MUSIC!! Attached below is another cut off the CD, a pre-mastered version of the iconic classic, I Can't Make You Love Me, re-imagined by Robert Turner and myself! Stay tuned!

On 3/27/2020, about 2 weeks into the the Covid19 mandatory quarantine, I put together a new band, 'The Social Distance Club', to perform jazz concerts in our apartment complex courtyard, where cooped-up tenants could sip martinis and enjoy a little reprieve from the doldrums.  They watched us and listened to our music from their balconies and apartment windows, safely distant from us and each other.  Go to the video page here to see segments of our concert.  This was the first time I'd ever streamed LIVE on Facebook, but we managed to record our performance to friends across the country.  Folks dropped dollars and checks into a huge bucket a few feet from us, and those online sent Paypal and Venmo donations!  Wow!  The tenants LOVED US and WELCOMED the spiritual and psychological relief from the chaos.  The positive response was so compelling I am planning a The Balcony Tour in Apartment buildings in Santa Monica and Los Angeles for as long as the Pandemic lasts.  Photographer Renee Newberry filmed the entire 1 1/2 hours! (Joe Gaeta/G, Peter Marshall/B, Tony Jones/D)

Today, as fires rage just miles from our home here in Santa Monica, I head up the 405 to another mix session for my 2nd CD.  ....I cannot WAIT for you all to hear. 

UPCOMING SHOW booked for ....wait for my hometown, Providence RI.  That oughta give me ample time to prep, what'd'ya think?



12/6/2018      SECOND ACTION ALERT! 

I am charting at NUMBER 2 on REVERBNATION.COM.  We need to be NUMBER 1, to be picked up by BILLBOARD MAGAZINE STREAMING CHARTLIST.  Please google REVERBNATION DYAN KANE, then hit the blue button, "Become a Fan",  Your support makes the difference!  IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE KANE!!!  LET'S DO IT!!!  ALSO....please visit my fundraiser for my next CD (see below).  Your help is greatly appreciated! XOXOXOX

11/2018 - ACTION ALERT! 

Contribute NOW to my IndieGoGo fundraiser for my 2nd CD project "Tooth and Nail", and receive your FREE download of my new single "I Can't Make You Love Me", climbing the Reverbnation charts WITH A BULLET!  Go here:   (Goal: $5000; end date, 1/17/2019). YOU'RE GONNA LIKE THE WAY YOU FEEL!

11/2018 - Dropped first single off 2nd upcoming CD, a smooth jazz re-do of "I Can't Make You Love Me". Check it out at Itunes, Amazon, Soundcloud and here at Reverbnation.

11/2018 -TRIP in Santa Monica: Featured vocalist with the Louis Van Taylor Quartet (Ray Charles, Kool & the Gang).

10/2016 - 11/2018 - Montana Avenue Annual Artwalk (June) and Holiday Walk (December) (Rick Olson, Marc Van Aken, Leslie Baker), ongoing shows @Trip in Santa Monica featuring Robert Turner, Louis Van Taylor, Victor Orlando, Kevin O'Neal, Marc van Aken, Peter Marshall, Joe Gaeta, Early McAlister and other stellar artists.

9/2016  Grammy Bassist Kevin O'Neal , Pianist extraordinaire Bobby West (Wynton Marsalis, Ray Charles) and Drummer/Bandleader/Producer Rayford Griffin (George Duke, Michael Jackson) join me for a 90 minute concert (see 'Show Calendar' above).

8/2016  Scott Yanow of the L.A. Jazz Scene, LA's ONLY Jazz Newspaper, gives DYATRIBE CD a stunning review!  (See 'Press' page above!)

8/2016  Rehearsing with Robert Turner on new content for upcoming CD!! Stay tuned!

12/2015  INTERPLAY RECORDS distributes DYATRIBE in Japan!

6/2015  In monthly rotation at Danny's Venice and Trip on Lincoln, Santa Monica, CA

6/2015   Holding in Top 40 on Reverbnation for Jazz, West LA.

10/2014  INTERPLAY RECORDS will represent 'DYATRIBE' domestically and internationally

6/30/2014  'Eleanor Rigby' Mp3 download available at CD BABY, ITunes, and AMAZON!

Feb-Oct, 2014 Performing snippets from dyatribe around L.A. with Robert Turner

2/4/2014:  I just recorded a CD/EP with Robert Turner, Ryan Cross and Lyndon Rochelle.  Very excited!  Will keep you posted!!