[ M U S I C ] BY TAMMY LA GORCE Jazzing Up the Place
NOBODY IS MORE SURPRISED THAN
Dorthaan Kirk that her Sunday jazz
brunch series is a hit. The series—
dubbed Dorthaan’s Place—presents top-shelf artists at Nico Kitchen + Bar, the
upscale eatery at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.
Kirk, 75, will again curate and host
the series, which begins its second
season November 10 with the Paquito
D’Rivera Quartet as headliner. But Kirk
is also a big attraction. Revered as Newark’s “first lady of jazz,” the East Orange
resident was one of Newark-based jazz
radio station WBGO’s first hires in 1978;
she’s been special events and community relations coordinator ever since.
Last season, Kirk’s brunches were
consistent sellouts. “A lot of times people who are coming are friends of mine
or people who know of me from BGO,”
she says. Her followers know Kirk has
a knack for picking compelling guests;
this season’s lineup also includes such
renowned acts as the Steve Turre Quartet (January 19) and the Jon Faddis
Quartet (February 23).
Dorthaan’s Place has made some
changes for the new season, which runs
through April 27. Instead of a single PHOT
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