This, however, is a New York-based jazz blog, and selecting a New Haven show as my second POW! feels like cheating. So, this week's Pick Of the Week is James P. Johnson's Last Rent Party!, a Sunday afternoon and evening benefit at Smalls to help purchase a grave stone for James P. Johnson. For those who don't know who James P. Johnson is, check out Ethan Iverson's excellent primer. The man who wrote "Carolina Shout" and "The Charleston" (yeah, like 20s flappers dancin' the Charleston) has, since his death in 1955, occupied an unmarked grave in Queens. The Smalls event should change that.
Johnson talks start at 1:30. Solo piano in half-hour intervals starts at 4. The aforementioned Ethan Iverson (he of the entity that collectively is the Bad Plus) is scheduled to go on at 7.