Sep
29
to Oct 2

Steve Wilson and Wilsonian's Grain

Shows at 7:30pm and 9:30pm nightly

Any performance by the great Steve Wilson offers “selflessness, a fresh and well–made take on the tradition, and the ability to reference a broad spectrum of strategies and styles without falling prey to pastiche or sacrificing an original voice.” (Detroit Free Press) The saxophonist, composer and bandleader has been a regular and welcome presence on our stage for years, including his gala 50th birthday celebration in February 2011. This appearance will feature him at the helm of a nonpareil quartet including pianist Orrin Evans, bassist Ugonna Okegwo, and drummer Nate Smith – and they’re guaranteed to rock the house! Steve Wilson, wrote Ben Ratliff in The New York Times, is “among the best New York jazz has to offer.” 

Steve Wilson – alto saxophone

Orrin Evans – piano

Ugonna Okegwo – bass

Nate Smith – drums

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Sullivan Fortner Trios
Sep
27
to Sep 28

Sullivan Fortner Trios

Shows at 7:30pm and 9:30pm nightly

At the ripe old age of 30, native New Orleanian Sullivan Joseph Fortner Jr. already is an accomplished accompanist, bandleader, and composer carving his own distinctive path in 21st century jazz. The former church pianist studied with Jason Moran at the Manhattan School of Music, and then went on to tour with the groups of Stefon Harris, Christian Scott, and Roy Hargrove. As a sideman, he appears on albums by Theo Croker (Fundamentals, 2007), Etienne Charles (Kaiso, 2011), Donald Harrison (Quantum Leaps, 2010), among others. His first release as a leader, Aria, was issued on Impulse! Records in 2015 and prompted The New York Times’ Nate Chinen to write: “His fundamentals as a player could hardly be stronger, and his instincts as a composer and bandleader are almost startlingly mature.” This week at Jazz Standard, Sullivan Fortner will perform 9/27 with his working trio (who happen to be Roy Hargrove’s rhythm section of choice), including bassist Ameen Saleem and drummer Jeremy “Bean” Clemons; and on 9/28 with the veteran rhythm section of Ray Drummond (bass) and Billy Hart (drums).  

On 9/27
Sullivan Fortner – piano
Ameen Saleem – bass
Jeremy “Bean” Clemons – drums
On 9/28
Sullivan Fortner – piano
Ray Drummond – bass
Billy Hart – drums

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Mingus Big Band
Sep
26
7:30pm 7:30pm

Mingus Big Band

Shows at 7:30pm and 9:30pm nightly

“One of those relatively few jazz figures who has inexorably accumulated a wholly singular body of work – like Duke and Monk and Miles and Trane…All of Mingus’ music is a symphony fused from the parts of his life, like a book.” – Nat Hentoff, from his liner notes to The Art of Charles Mingus: The Atlantic Years (Atlantic SD 2–302).

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Russell Malone Quartet
Sep
22
to Sep 25

Russell Malone Quartet

Shows at 7:30pm and 9:30pm nightly

Jazz guitar legend Russell Malone was 25 and not yet a legend in 1988 when organist Jimmy Smith recruited him as a sideman. He went on to play in the bands of Harry Connick, Jr. and Diana Krall, contributing to four GRAMMY–nominated albums by Krall. He made his debut as a leader in 1992 with a self–titled album for Columbia. The guitarist recorded well–received albums for Columbia (Black Butterfly), Impulse! (Sweet Georgia Peach), Verve (Heartstrings), and Blue Note, which documented his longtime relationship with bass legend Ron Carter in the Golden Striker Trio. “One of the best loved jazz guitarists by both fans and critics. His sound is full and rich; his fingers fleet, the ideas springing from his head to his hands with speed and dexterity.” (All About Jazz)

Russell Malone – guitar
Rick Germanson – piano
Luke Sellick – bass
Willie Jones III – drums [except 9/24]
Anwar Marshal – drums [9/24 only]

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Andrew Hill 85th Birthday Celebration
Sep
20
to Sep 21

Andrew Hill 85th Birthday Celebration

Shows at 7:30pm and 9:30pm nightly

This special two–night engagement celebrates the life and music of Andrew Hill (1931–2007) celebrating  the pianist/composer’s 85th birthday on June 30, 2016, with music by a host of Hill disciples and former sidemen including Vijay Iyer, Frank Kimbrough, and Nasheet Waits. “While many of his contemporaries were totally jettisoning the rhythmic and harmonic techniques of bop and hard bop, Hill worked to extend their possibilities; his was a revolution from within…As a pianist, Hill had a flowing melodicism and an elastic sense of time. Like his composing, Hill's playing had an ever–present air of spontaneity and was almost completely devoid of cliché.” (AllMusic)

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Mingus Big Band
Sep
19
7:30pm 7:30pm

Mingus Big Band

“A knockout band, full of players who combine ensemble spirit and instrumental mastery with the quirky roughness and individualistic timbres needed for Mingus’ turbulent scores. It is thrilling to hear such big music in a small room: the audience immerses itself in this complex, highly emotional music to a degree that is impossible in a concert hall or festival stadium.” (The London Guardian)

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Etienne Charles
Sep
15
to Sep 18

Etienne Charles

Shows at 7:30pm and 9:30pm nightly

Composer, arranger, recording artist, educator: Etienne Charles is a man of many talents and among the most exciting young jazz artists on the scene today. His work was recently recognized in the form of a Guggenheim Fellowship, one of the most prestigious awards a musician can achieve.  Jazz Standard is pleased to present this charismatic performer in three distinctly different but equally entertaining nights of creative music.

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Roxy Coss
Sep
14
7:30pm 7:30pm

Roxy Coss

Shows at 7:30pm and 9:30pm nightly

Winner of a 2016 ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award and a “Rising Star” in three consecutive Down Beat critics’ polls, saxophonist Roxy Coss has used her academic and sideman credentials as a springboard to an auspicious career as a bandleader, composer, and recording artist. Fresh from performing with her group at the prestigious 2016 Newport Jazz Festival, Roxy has also performed at clubs and theaters across the U.S., – as a leader, with the Mingus Big Band, and with the Diva Jazz Orchestra, and in the groups of Jeremy Pelt, who joins her onstage for this engagement. “As a player, on tenor and soprano saxophones, she possesses a poise and maturity beyond her years,” wrote Josef Woodward in his Down Beat review of her latest album Restless Idealism, which she releases tonight at Jazz Standard. “She’s also a composer of diverse instincts and a strong bandleader.”

Roxy Coss – tenor & soprano saxophones

Jeremy Pelt – special guest trumpet

Alex Wintz – guitar 

Chris Pattishall – piano

Rick Rosato – bass

Jimmy Macbride – drums

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Charenee Wade: The Gil Scott Heron Project
Sep
13
7:30pm 7:30pm

Charenee Wade: The Gil Scott Heron Project

Shows at 7:30pm and 9:30pm nightly

Beginning with his 1970 debut LP Small Talk at 125th and Lenox, the music of Gil Scott–Heron (1949–2011) blended elements of soul, jazz, blues, and funk, years before hip–hop came into existence. On her 2015 CD Offering: The Music of Gil Scott–Heron & Brian Jackson (Motéma Music), singer/composer Charenee Wade paid tribute to this revolutionary artist, accompanied by such luminaries as Christian McBride, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Lakecia Benjamin, Stefon Harris, and Marcus Miller. Ms. Wade has performed at top clubs and major festivals across the country; in addition, she serves on the faculty of the Aaron Copland School of Music at the City College of New York. “Charenee Wade,” wrote John Fordham in The Guardian (7.2.2015), “…has made herself the first woman to devote an entire album to the work of Gil Scott–Heron – and turned this tough call into a triumph of emotional empathy, intelligence and assured technique.”

Charenee Wade – vocals

Nikara Warren – vibraphone

Bruce Williams – alto saxophone

Oscar Perez – piano

Lonnie Plaxico – bass

Darrell Green – drums

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Mingus Big Band
Sep
12
7:30pm 7:30pm

Mingus Big Band

The Mingus Big Band “is a wonder and an anomaly,” wrote Victor Schermer at AllAbout¬Jazz.com. “The band has taken a musical legacy and transformed it into a creative force that generates a contemporary originality and vitality all its own. They are an important part of the current jazz scene and a constant re-minder that jazz—big band jazz, at that—is not merely entertainment but a powerful art form and means of expression.”

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Aaron Goldberg Trio
Sep
8
7:30pm 7:30pm

Aaron Goldberg Trio

Shows at 7:30pm and 9:30pm nightly

Hailed by Down Beat magazine for his “quick–witted harmonic reflexes, fluid command of line and cut– to–the–chase sense of narrative logic,” Aaron Goldberg has made his name as one of jazz’s most compelling pianists, both as a bandleader and frequent collaborator with Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Guillermo Klein and many more. A founding member of Betty Carter’s famed and indispensable Jazz Ahead program, Aaron continued his ascent performing in bands led by Al Foster, Freddie Hubbard, Nicholas Payton, Stefon Harris, and Mark Turner among others. By the late 1990s, he was garnering wider attention, and an incessant touring schedule found him both inspired by music from around the world yet appreciative of the Zen creativity that only jazz demands. As leader, the pianist has released five albums including his latest The Now (Sunnyside, 2015). This much–anticipated engagement features the great drummer Leon Parker, making his first major NYC club appearance since his move to France nearly fifteen years ago – make your reservations now!

Aaron Goldberg – piano

Matt Penman – bass

Leon Parker – drums

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Kevin Hays' New Day Trio
Sep
7
7:30pm 7:30pm

Kevin Hays' New Day Trio

Across the span of fifteen albums as a leader and years of performance on national and international stages with people like Chris Potter, Joshua Redman, and Nicholas Payton, Kevin Hays has become recognized as one of the premier jazz pianists of his generation. “There are plenty of talented pianists,” declared The New York Times, “but few have Hays’s melodic charms and sense of style.” Trumpeter Nicholas Payton stated: “I’ve never met a musician who is as perfect in their approach to improvisation.” This Jazz Standard one–nighter heralds the release of North, the New Day Trio’s new album and the successor to the acclaimed New Day (Sunnyside, 2015), with its imaginative treatments of songs by Henryk Gorecki and Bob Dylan, among others.

Kevin Hays – piano

Rob Jost – bass

Greg Joseph – drums

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Tivon Pennicott Quartet
Sep
6
7:30pm 7:30pm

Tivon Pennicott Quartet

Shows at 7:30pm and 9:30pm nightly

Georgia–born Tivon Pennicott was still in college when Kenny Burrell invited the saxophonist to join his quintet; with the jazz guitar legend, Pennicott performed at many of the world’s most prestigious jazz venues and festivals, and also appeared on Burrell’s 2008 live CD Be Yourself. After moving to New York in 2009, Tivon won second place in the Thelonious Monk Competition. He performed and recorded with GRAMMY Award winners Gregory Porter (on his albums Be Good and Liquid Spirit) and Esperanza Spalding (on her crossover success Radio Music Society). Other touring credits include master drummer Al Foster, trumpeter Roy Hargrove's RH Factor and Big Band, and jazz songstress Nellie McKay. Tivon Pennicott’s debut album, Lover Of Nature (2014, New Phrase Records) captures his tasteful melodic improvisations and unfailing grasp of the groove, showcasing a player whose musical maturity extends far beyond his years. Catch this rising star of tomorrow – tonight, live at Jazz Standard!

Tivon Pennicott – tenor saxophone

Sullivan Fortner – piano

Bass – Russell Hall

Drums – Joe Saylor

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Antonio Sanchez & Migration
Sep
1
to Sep 4

Antonio Sanchez & Migration

Shows at 7:30pm and 9:30pm nightly

Four–time GRAMMY Award winner Antonio Sanchez has been hailed by critics and fellow musicians as one of the most talented drummers, bandleaders and composers of his generation. After moving to New York in 1999 after graduating from Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory, he performed and recorded with such jazz leaders as Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, Gary Burton and Toots Thielmans. As a sideman Sanchez has been featured on over a hundred albums – including eight releases with guitarist Pat Metheny, three of which have won GRAMMY Award. As a leader, he’s released four critically acclaimed albums; The Meridian Suite (Cam Jazz, 2015) recorded with his band Migration, brilliantly integrated composed and improvised music in a single album–length work. But Antonio Sanchez is best–known as the composer of original music for the 2014 film Birdman, directed by Alejandro Gonzales Iñárritu. Birdman won four Academy Awards and earned Sanchez a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score, among other citations. 

Antonio Sanchez – drums

Seamus Blake – saxophones

John Escreet – piano

Matt Brewer – bass

Thana Alexa – vocals

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Edward Simon Trio
Aug
31
7:30pm 7:30pm

Edward Simon Trio

Shows at 7:30pm and 9:30pm nightly

For one night only, Jazz Standard is proud to present Edward Simon and his trio in a showcase performance heralding the release of his outstanding new Sunnyside album Latin American Songbook. It’s the fourteenth album as a leader for the Venezuelan native who over decades has made his name as a jazz pianist, bandleader and composer/arranger, along with being a Guggenheim Fellow and member of the hit SFJAZZ Collective. The trio’s subtly virtuosic performances brim with lyricism, color and groove, giving instrumental voice to songs originally made famous by such singers as Caetano Veloso, Mercedes Sosa, and Carlos Gardel. The New York Times has praised Simon’s “light, warm touch” as a pianist, while the Jazz Journal International singled out “his deep emotional statements.” JazzTimes said: “Simon is less talked about than many other important jazz pianists from the Caribbean and South America, but he may be the most complete creative artist among them.” Make your reservations now!

Edward Simon – piano

Joe Martin – bass

Adam Cruz – drums

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James Francies' Kinetic
Aug
30
7:30pm 7:30pm

James Francies' Kinetic

Shows at 7:30pm and 9:30pm nightly

A recently signed Blue Note artist and two-time Downbeat Award winner for composition and arranging Francies has performed with Jeff "Tain" Watts, The Roots, Robert Glasper, Stefon Harris, Eric Harland, Chris Dave and elder statesmen Joe Lovano, Albert “Tootie Heath & Arturo Sandoval. He has recorded with Jasmine Sullivan and Kendrick Lamar, appearing at such prestigious venues as The Monterey Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival and The Kennedy Center – not bad for a 21 year old pianist from Houston – and tonight, pianist and composer James Francies makes his Jazz Standard debut as a leader. James Francies, says his fellow pianist and GRAMMY Award nominee Taylor Egisti, “is poised to become a major voice on the instrument. He has the passion, creativity and ability to be a real leader amongst his generation.”

James Francies – piano

Mike Moreno – guitar

Ben Williams – bass

Jeremy Dutton – drums

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Mingus Big Band
Aug
29
7:30pm 7:30pm

Mingus Big Band

Shows at 7:30pm and 9:30pm nightly

“A spirited blend of the lush harmonies and boisterous blues sections, interwoven ensemble passages and sudden tempo shifts that made the late bassist Charles Mingus one of the most challenging and celebrated artists in jazz.” (Don Snowden, The Los Angeles Times)

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George Coleman Quartet
Aug
25
to Aug 28

George Coleman Quartet

Shows at 7:30pm and 9:30pm nightly

After a rigorous apprenticeship in his native Memphis, including a stint with B.B. King, living legend George Coleman rose to jazz prominence for his solid, soulful playing with the Miles Davis Quintet of 1963–64 and his memorable performances on the classic Miles albums Seven Steps to Heaven (1963), My Funny Valentine (1964) and Four & More (1966). As a leader, Coleman has released such bracing albums as Amsterdam After Dark (1979), At Yoshi’s (1987), and most recently, the critically acclaimed A Master Speaks (2016). We’re pleased to welcome back this “Jazz Master” (as he was honored by the National Endowment for the Arts in April 2015) and his seasoned quartet, including fellow Memphian and longtime pianist Harold Mabern.

George Coleman – tenor sax

Harold Mabern – piano

John Webber – bass

Joe Farnsworth – drums

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Sachal Vasandani
Aug
23
7:30pm 7:30pm

Sachal Vasandani

Shows at 7:30pm and 9:30pm nightly

Sachal Vasandani has been acclaimed by critics and cheered by audiences for the pure tone and unique phrasing that mark him as one of the most compelling voices on the jazz scene today. His fourth and lat­est album, Slow Motion Miracles (Sony/OKeh, 2015), showcases his original music – memorable melodies framing poetic lyrics – in a flawless production by Michael Leonhart of the Steely Dan touring band. When not leading his own groups, Vasandani has performed as a special guest alongside greats like Wynton Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, and Michael Feinstein, to name but a few. A frequent collaborator with musicians of all styles, the singer/composer saw two of his original songs recorded by pianist Gerald Clayton on the latter’s GRAMMY Award–nominated 2013 album Life Forum.

Sachal Vasandani – vocals

Dayna Stephens – tenor sax

Grace Kelly – alto and bari sax

Taylor Eigsti – piano

Joshua Crumbly – bass

Kendrick Scott – drums

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Mingus Big Band
Aug
22
7:30pm 7:30pm

Mingus Big Band

Shows at 7:30pm and 9:30pm nightly

“For sheer range of expression, Mingus’ work has few equals in post–war American music: furious and tender, joyous and melancholy, grave and mischievous, ecstatic and introspective. It moves from the rap­ture of the church to the euphoria of the ballroom, from accusation to seduction, from a whisper to a growl, often by way of startling jump cuts and sudden changes in tempo.” (Adam Shatz, “An Argument With Instruments: On Charles Mingus” – The Nation, 9.17.2013)

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John Beasley Big Band plays MONK'estra with special guests
Aug
18
to Aug 21

John Beasley Big Band plays MONK'estra with special guests

Shows at 7:30pm and 9:30pm nightly

Very special guest vocalist 8/18, Regina Carter from 8/19-8/20

John Beasley has shared stages with some of the most important names in jazz during his three-decade career. From his days as a member of Freddie Hubbard's quintet and one of Miles Davis' last touring bands to his role as Music Director for Jazz Day galas for the Thelonious Monk Institute with the most recent concert at the White House.

Beasley reimagines Thelonious Monk's Legacy with his big band in a large scale exploration of compositions by the High Priest of Bebop in this Mack Avenue Records debut release “John Beasley presents MONK’estra volume 1.” John Beasley’s smashing 15-piece big band captures the spirit of Monk’s singular music –the off-beat melodies and humor, strange beauty and unbounded swing in fresh arrangements flavored with New Orleans spirit, hip-hop, Afro-Cuban rhythms and atmospheric colors.        

Woodwinds – Bob Sheppard, Oliver Santana, Greg Tardy, Adam Kolker, Dave Rickenberg 

Trumpets – Bijon Watson, Shawn Edmonds, Scott Wendholt, Brian Lynch

Trombones – Conrad Herwig, Frank Lacy, Ryan Dragon 

John Beasley – piano, conducting, arranging

James Genus – bass

Terreon Gully – drums

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Black Art Jazz Collective
Aug
17
7:30pm 7:30pm

Black Art Jazz Collective

Shows at 7:30pm and 9:30pm nightly

“Though its name suggests a link to the Black Arts Movement, spearheaded by the poet Amiri Baraka, this ensemble is bound by less contentious aims. The group upholds a vision of jazz derived partly from the racial heritage of its all–star roster [including] the trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, the tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, the trombonist James Burton…and the drummer Johnathan Blake. (The New York Times) This appearance by the hard-driving collaborative ensemble comprised of the finest rising stars on the New York scene heralds the release of BAJC’s debut CD, featuring such memorable original compositions as “Double Consciousness” by Wayne Escoffery and “The Essence of Beauty” by Jeremy Pelt.

Wayne Escoffery – Tenor Sax
Jeremy Pelt – Trumpet
James Burton III – Trombone
Victor Gould – Piano
Vicente Archer – Bass
Johnathan Blake – Drums

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Stranahan/Zaleski/Rosato with Mike Moreno
Aug
16
7:30pm 7:30pm

Stranahan/Zaleski/Rosato with Mike Moreno

Shows at 7:30pm and 9:30pm nightly

On Limitless - their second album for Capri Records, released 2013 - the collective of drummer Colin Stranahan, pianist Glenn Zaleski, and bassist Rick Rosato achieved a new level of musicality and sophistication. Separately the band members have been turning heads in the jazz world as the first calls for such great musicians as Ravi Coltrane, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and others, but when all three are together, the special connection between them is readily apparent. Joined by special guest guitarist Mike Moreno, Stranahan/Zaleski/Rosato will make their debut as a collective on the Jazz Standard Stage. Come see these three rising stars of the New York jazz scene! "Helps set the standard high for not only jazz 20-somethings, but for musicians of all ages." - The Ottawa Citizen, review of Anticipation (Capri, 2011) by Stranahan/Zaleski/Rosato.        

Glenn Zaleski – piano

Mike Moreno – guitar

Rick Rosato – bass

Colin Stranahan – drums

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Mingus Big Band
Aug
15
7:30pm 7:30pm

Mingus Big Band

Sets at 7:30pm and 9:30pm nightly

“Charles Mingus was a pre–Bird musician...in his love of pure emotion as exemplified in the blues, the church, and the polyphony of New Orleans; in his willingness to embrace the full panoply of jazz styles; in his absorption of the colors, styles, subtleties, and charms of Ellington and Tatum. He brought all of that into the modern era with individuality and a startling magnanimity of expression.” (Gary Giddins, Riding On A Blue Note: Jazz and American Pop)

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Jeff Tain Watts Quartet
Aug
11
to Aug 14

Jeff Tain Watts Quartet

Shows at 7:30pm and 9:30pm nightly

Explosive power, blinding speed and mastery of complex rhythms and time signatures...A rare sense of ele¬gance, trial-by-fire composure, and a gritty street funk...All these elements are more combine in the music of drummer, composer, and bandleader Jeff "Tain" Watts. Over the course of eight albums as a leader and countless collaborations with artists ranging from Alice Coltrane to Harry Connick Jr. to Wynton Marsalis, Tain's artistic ingenuity has expressed itself in his incomparable technique and unerring sense of swing. This jazz innovator never fails to deliver the percussive magic that has been his trademark in the decades since his emergence on the contemporary jazz scene.        

Jeff "Tain" Watts – Drums

Troy Roberts – Saxophone

David Kikoski – Piano (8/11,8/12,8/14)

 Benito Gonzalez – Piano (8/13)

Yunior Terry – Bass (8/11-12)

Orlando LeFleming – Bass (8/13-14)

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Cindy Blackman Santana Group
Aug
9
to Aug 10

Cindy Blackman Santana Group

Shows at 7:30pm and 9:30pm nightly

"I think of playing as controlled freedom," says virtuoso drummer Cindy Blackman Santana, "and in jazz, that's exactly what you have...You want the music to grow and breathe, and you want to invite creativity from all the musicians." In addition to collaborating onstage and in the studio with her own group, she has toured and recorded with artists including Pharaoh Sanders, Cassandra Wilson, Joss Stone, Joe Henderson, Hugh Masakela, and Angela Bofill. Blackman was the rhythm engine in Lenny Kravitz's band from 1993 to 2007, through multiple world tours and hit albums; in 2010, she was part of the all-star line-up performing "Bitches Brew," a tribute to Miles Davis' seminal fusion album staged at both the San Francisco Jazz Festival and NYC Winter JazzFest. Married to Carlos Santana since 2010, she has been the group's drummer for the past five years. In a Washington Post review of Cindy's 2010 album Another Lifetime, Mike Joyce wrote: "It's a labor of love. Inspired by (and named after) Tony Williams' groundbreaking ensemble Lifetime, which helped define fusion jazz 40 years ago, the album combines Blackman's personal perspective with the fierce power and collaborative sparks to get the job done...Blackman consistently shines in this setting - as player, arranger, composer and bandleader."        

Cindy Blackman Santana – drums & leader

Zaccai Curtis – piano

Aurelien Budynek – guitar

Felix Pastorius – bass

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Madison Square Park Oval Lawn Series presented by Sony: Jake Owen
Aug
3
7:00pm 7:00pm

Madison Square Park Oval Lawn Series presented by Sony: Jake Owen

Jake Owen has had five No. 1 singles to date – the 2X PLATINUM anthem “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” PLATINUM-certified hits “Beachin’,” “Anywhere with You,” “Alone with You” and “The One That Got Away.” The RCA Nashville recording artist will release his fifth studio album on July 29, 2016, produced by award-winning songwriters/producers Shane McAnally and Ross Copperman plus Owen co-produced three tracks, which marks his first time as a co-producer with Lukas Bracewell. The Vero Beach, FL native is well known for his high-energy performances and laid-back style.

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Madison Square Park Oval Lawn Series presented by Sony: Ruth B
Jul
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

Madison Square Park Oval Lawn Series presented by Sony: Ruth B

So much has happened so quickly for 21-year-old Canadian singer /songwriter Ruth B. The beautifully rendered viral hit “Lost Boy” takes flight under Ruth’s stunning vocal command. Note the organic way she went about posting the first staggered snippets of “Lost Boy” on the short-form video sharing service Vine – looping snatches of the song in haunting, six second reveals.  Such patient handling reflected the quiet confidence in her own muse – a crucial indicator as to how a complete unknown could go on to garner two million followers on Vine, blaze a self-propelled sales-trail on iTunes, and ink a major label record contract all in a six month window. Since then, “Lost Boy” is now Certified Platinum in the US, Canada, Sweden (x2) and The Netherlands and streamed more than 100 million times on Spotify around the globe. In November of 2015, Ruth released her debut EP, The Intro, which includes “Lost Boy” and three new original tracks: “Superficial Love,” “Golden” and “Two Poor Kids.”

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Dr. Lonnie Smith's "Evolution"
Jul
1
to Jul 3

Dr. Lonnie Smith's "Evolution"

Shows at 7:30pm & 9:30pm nightly:

“Jazz is American Classical,” declares Dr. Lonnie Smith, “and this music is a reflection of what’s hap­pening at the time. The organ is like the sunlight, rain and thunder – it’s all the worldly sounds to me!” Last January, the legendary groovemaster of the Hammond B–3 released Evolution – his first new album for Blue Note Records in 45 years, recorded with a powerhouse two–drummer band that also featured special guests Robert Glasper and Joe Lovano. “The wisdom he's gained in the intervening years is parceled out in his every gesture, flourish, and note,” wrote Dan Bilawsky at AllAboutJazz.com. “Evolution is but a single album, yet it speaks to a lifetime of music making from one of our most treasured organists.”

Dr. Lonnie Smith – Hammond B3 organ

Jonathan Kreisberg – guitar

Alicia Olatuja – vocals

Keyon Harrold – trumpet

Maurice Brown - trumpet (7/3 only)

John Ellis – saxophones, flute

Johnathan Blake – drums

Joe Dyson – drums

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