A Free Concert Recalls a Former Downtown Jazz Scene

The back cover of the original "Valley of Search" album.

At the peak of the downtown NYC loft jazz scene some 40 years ago, Alan Braufman's debut album "Valley of Search" was recorded live in a performance space at 501 Canal Street by Bob Cummins, the owner of the India Navigation record label. Cooper-Moore, Cecil McBee, David Lee and Ralph Williams performed as Braufman's band.

Since its release in 1975, "Valley of Search" has enjoyed a cult status and captures the sounds of a long-gone improvised jazz underground. In 1974, reviewer Gary Giddins of The Village Voice said: "These are the musicians who are taking the chances today and their gifts and commitment ought to be attended."   

The free performance will be followed by a Q&A with New York writer Clifford Allen. The album is being reissued on June 29 by Nabil Ayers, Braufman's nephew, and Allen contributed the liner notes to the reissue.

On August 1New Sounds will present Alan Braufman, Cooper-Moore and a full band performing selections from Braufman's "Valley of Search" live for the first time in over 40 years. It will take place at WNYC's Greene Space, 44 Charlton St.  

For tickets and more information, click here. Seats are limited.