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06/19/2021
Steve Turre 'Generatiohs' Sextet

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THE STEVE TURRE "GENERATIONS" SEXTET
Bone & Shells: Steve Turre, Trumpet: Wallace Roney Jr., Tenor & Soprano Sax: Emilio Modeste, Piano: Isaiah Thompson, Bass: Corcoran Holt, Drums: Orion Turre
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06/05/2021
Louis Hayes Cannonball Legacy Band

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Jeremy Pelt (trumpet)
Vincent Herring (piano)
Rick Germanson (piano)
Yasushi Nakamura (bass)
Louis Hayes (drums)
“The master hard-bop drummer who set the beat for the legendary Cannonball Adderley bands.”
-- The New Yorker

Drummer Louis Hayes, one of the indispensable heartbeats of straight-ahead jazz for the past 50 years, leads his Cannonball Legacy Band with Jeremy Pelt, Vincent Herring, Rick Germanson and Yasushi Nakamura in two nights of state-of-the-art livestream concerts. These performances will be available for viewing all weekend. His impeccable feel and infectious swing can often make it seem as if Hayes invented jazz drumming. He established his reputation in the 1950s and ’60s with Horace Silver, Oscar Peterson, and, of course, Julian “Cannonball” Adderley whose soulful hard bop and effusive swing define one of the most popular jazz artists of all time. The Washington Post states, “Hayes is a catalyst, channeling his boundless energy into the band itself and being frugal with Blakey- and Roach-style pyrotechnics.”

06/04/2021
Louis Hayes Cannonball Legacy Band

Buy Streaming Pass:
www.SmokeJazz.com

Jeremy Pelt (trumpet)
Vincent Herring (piano)
Rick Germanson (piano)
Yasushi Nakamura (bass)
Louis Hayes (drums)
“The master hard-bop drummer who set the beat for the legendary Cannonball Adderley bands.”
-- The New Yorker

Drummer Louis Hayes, one of the indispensable heartbeats of straight-ahead jazz for the past 50 years, leads his Cannonball Legacy Band with Jeremy Pelt, Vincent Herring, Rick Germanson and Yasushi Nakamura in two nights of state-of-the-art livestream concerts. These performances will be available for viewing all weekend. His impeccable feel and infectious swing can often make it seem as if Hayes invented jazz drumming. He established his reputation in the 1950s and ’60s with Horace Silver, Oscar Peterson, and, of course, Julian “Cannonball” Adderley whose soulful hard bop and effusive swing define one of the most popular jazz artists of all time. The Washington Post states, “Hayes is a catalyst, channeling his boundless energy into the band itself and being frugal with Blakey- and Roach-style pyrotechnics.”

05/22/2021
Jeremy Pelt Quartet

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Jeremy Pelt (trumpet)
Geoff Keezer (piano)
Vicente Archer (bass)
Darrell Green (drums)

Jeremy Pelt leads his fiery quartet in two nights of state-of-the-art livestream concerts available for viewing all weekend. A prolific and beloved trumpeter, Pelt’s style and approach place him squarely in the tradition of giants like Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard. Of his recent work, the influential blog Burning Ambulance says, “He’s on an extended journey, taking snapshots along the way, and jazz fans would do well to follow him.” The Guardian called his latest project Griot: This Is Important! “a bold jazz attempt at bridge-building in a fragmented age.”

05/21/2021
Jeremy Pelt Quartet

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Jeremy Pelt (trumpet)
Orrin Evans (piano, Friday)
Geoff Keezer (piano, Saturday)
Vicente Archer (bass)
Darrell Green (drums)

Jeremy Pelt leads his fiery quartet in two nights of state-of-the-art livestream concerts available for viewing all weekend. A prolific and beloved trumpeter, Pelt’s style and approach place him squarely in the tradition of giants like Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard. Of his recent work, the influential blog Burning Ambulance says, “He’s on an extended journey, taking snapshots along the way, and jazz fans would do well to follow him.” The Guardian called his latest project Griot: This Is Important! “a bold jazz attempt at bridge-building in a fragmented age.”

05/14/2021
Marc Cary Trio

Marc Cary (piano)
Nasheet Waits (drums)
Rashaan Carter (bass)

Tickets: www.SmokeJazz.com

“Cary shows how creatively he can stretch cool piano-jazz swingers over complex and cutting-edge rhythms, producing music that sounds old and new at once.” – The Guardian

Marc Cary leads a mesmerizing trio featuring Nasheet Waits and Rashaan Carter in two nights of livestreaming concerts. One of New York’s best jazz pianists, Cary has been a singular presence in New York for three decades including celebrated work with Betty Carter and Abbey Lincoln. Today, he is at the forefront of the musically diverse, genre blending contemporary jazz scene. As The New York Times observed, “There isn’t much in the modern-jazz-musician tool kit that Marc Cary hasn’t mastered, but he has a particular subspecialty in the area of groove…with a range of rhythmic strategies, from a deep-house pulse to a swinging churn.”

04/03/2021
Sullivan Fortner Trio

Tickets: www.SmokeJazz.com

“Fortner’s remarkable accompaniment helps to bring the song from a dreamlike hush to a dramatic, impressionistic instrumental peak and back.” – Rolling Stone

Sullivan Fortner (piano)
Adam Olszewski (bass)
Kayvon Gordon (drums)

Sullivan Fortner leads his trio in two nights of livestreaming concerts. For the past decade, the Grammy Award-winning artist has been stretching his deep-rooted talents seeking connections among different musical styles that are at once deeply soulful and wildly inventive. The New York Times says, “Sullivan Fortner, a pianist born in New Orleans, has an extravagant amount of talent and a hyperactive flow on the keyboard. He mixes chords and crossing patterns and two-handed unison lines, all at a rapid clip. Sometimes he’ll play with both hands right around the center of the instrument, but you’ll swear that he’s using every key. At other times, he really is.”

03/12/2021
The Melissa Aldana Quintet

Tickets: https://www.smokejazz.com/
“Aldana…embodies a new sense of possibility and direction in jazz.” – The Washington Post

Melissa Aldana (tenor saxophone)
Charles Altura (guitar)
Sullivan Fortner (piano)
Pablo Menares (bass)
Kush Abadey (drums)

Tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana, a major rising talent originally from Santiago, Chile, leads an exciting quintet with pianist Sullivan Fortner, guitarist Charles Altura, bassist Pablo Menares and drummer Kush Abadey. Since arriving in New York from Berklee in 2009, she won the 2013 Monk competition and numerous accolades for her work as a soloist, with her Crash Trio and with the all-star Grammy nominated group Artemis. The New York Times calls her “one of the more exciting young tenor saxophonists today” and Hot House adds, Melissa Aldana’s expression is rare and wildly evolving as she continues to reach for more.”

03/07/2021
Nicole Glover Quartet ft. George Cables

Tickets: www.SmokeJazz.com

Nicole Glover (tenor saxophone)
George Cables (piano)
Daniel Duke (bass)
Nic Cacioppo (drums)

Saxophonist Nicole Glover is one of the most exciting new voices in jazz. WBGO already calls her “a fixture on the scene in New York” and says, “we’re sure to be hearing a lot more from her soon.”

Originally from Portland, Oregon, she has worked with Esperanza Spalding and George Colligan as well as Reggie Workman, Victor Lewis, and Renee Rosnes among many others. She is a frequent leader of her own groups and recently joined the all-star collective band Artemis. Glover’s quartet features legendary pianist George Cables as a special guest. The New York City Jazz Record says, “He is a piano giant.” All About Jazz adds, “Anyone who is serious about jazz will tell you that George Cables belongs in the pantheon of the greatest jazz pianists.”

03/06/2021
Nicole Glover Quartet ft. George Cables

Tickets: www.SmokeJazz.com

Nicole Glover (tenor saxophone)
George Cables (piano)
Daniel Duke (bass)
Nic Cacioppo (drums)

Saxophonist Nicole Glover is one of the most exciting new voices in jazz. WBGO already calls her “a fixture on the scene in New York” and says, “we’re sure to be hearing a lot more from her soon.”

Originally from Portland, Oregon, she has worked with Esperanza Spalding and George Colligan as well as Reggie Workman, Victor Lewis, and Renee Rosnes among many others. She is a frequent leader of her own groups and recently joined the all-star collective band Artemis. Glover’s quartet features legendary pianist George Cables as a special guest. The New York City Jazz Record says, “He is a piano giant.” All About Jazz adds, “Anyone who is serious about jazz will tell you that George Cables belongs in the pantheon of the greatest jazz pianists.”

02/28/2021
The Wayne Escoffery Quartet

Tickets: www.SmokeJazz.com

Wayne Escoffery (tenor saxophone)
Peter Bernstein (guitar)
Ugonna Okegwo (bass)
Johnathan Blake (drums)

“Every time he plays, saxophonist Wayne Escoffery brings a sense memory that includes early days in the church choir in New Haven, Connecticut; the wisdom and watchful eye of the legendary Jackie McLean; time spent with The Mingus Big Band, Ron Carter and Tom Harrell.”
– Gary Walker, WBGO.org

Saxophonist Wayne Escoffery leads an exquisite quartet—with guitarist Peter Bernstein, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Johnathan Blake--to help celebrate his birthday belatedly (It’s February 25th.) Escoffery was a protégé of the great Jackie McLean and he faithfully channels his former mentor’s powerful approach. All About Jazz says, “Not since the works of bassist Charles Mingus and saxophonist John Coltrane has there been music so charged with emotion and so engulfed in spirituality” with Stereogum adding “the leader’s playing has thoughtfulness and muscle in equal measure.” In recent years, he’s released a series of acclaimed recordings including last year’s The Humble Warrior.

02/27/2021
The Wayne Escoffery Quartet

Tickets: www.SmokeJazz.com

Wayne Escoffery (tenor saxophone)
Peter Bernstein (guitar)
Ugonna Okegwo (bass)
Johnathan Blake (drums)

“Every time he plays, saxophonist Wayne Escoffery brings a sense memory that includes early days in the church choir in New Haven, Connecticut; the wisdom and watchful eye of the legendary Jackie McLean; time spent with The Mingus Big Band, Ron Carter and Tom Harrell.”
– Gary Walker, WBGO.org

Saxophonist Wayne Escoffery leads an exquisite quartet—with guitarist Peter Bernstein, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Johnathan Blake--to help celebrate his birthday belatedly (It’s February 25th.) Escoffery was a protégé of the great Jackie McLean and he faithfully channels his former mentor’s powerful approach. All About Jazz says, “Not since the works of bassist Charles Mingus and saxophonist John Coltrane has there been music so charged with emotion and so engulfed in spirituality” with Stereogum adding “the leader’s playing has thoughtfulness and muscle in equal measure.” In recent years, he’s released a series of acclaimed recordings including last year’s The Humble Warrior.

02/22/2021
Joe Farnsworth's TIME TO SWING ft/ Kenny Barron & Peter Washington

Tickets: www.SmokeJazz.com

“One of the premiere straight-ahead drummers of his generation.” – Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine

Kenny Barron (piano)
Peter Washington (bass)
Joe Farnsworth (drums)

It is definitely time to swing with the irrepressibly swinging drummer Joe Farnsworth as he leads the trio featured on his recent album, Time to Swing, with incredible pianist Kenny Barron and indispensable bassist Peter Washington. Farnworth’s professional credits provide some idea of his importance to the modern jazz scene including extended stays with George Coleman, Benny Golson, Pharaoh Sanders, Cedar Walton, Harold Mabern, and McCoy Tyner among many others. The New York Times says, “Joe Farnsworth is a briskly swinging drummer, especially persuasive with the dialect of hard-bop.” Broadway World adds that he “is known for his blazing speed, precision and melodic playing.” Kenny Barron is “one of the top jazz pianists in the world” says The Los Angeles Times and “the most lyrical piano player of our time” by Jazz Weekly. The trio is competed by Washington who is a former Jazz Messenger and later spent years working with pianists Tommy Flanagan and Bill Charlap as well as countless others.

02/21/2021
Joe Farnsworth's TIME TO SWING ft/ Kenny Barron & Peter Washington

Tickets: www.SmokeJazz.com

“One of the premiere straight-ahead drummers of his generation.” – Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine

Kenny Barron (piano)
Peter Washington (bass)
Joe Farnsworth (drums)

It is definitely time to swing with the irrepressibly swinging drummer Joe Farnsworth as he leads the trio featured on his recent album, Time to Swing, with incredible pianist Kenny Barron and indispensable bassist Peter Washington. Farnworth’s professional credits provide some idea of his importance to the modern jazz scene including extended stays with George Coleman, Benny Golson, Pharaoh Sanders, Cedar Walton, Harold Mabern, and McCoy Tyner among many others. The New York Times says, “Joe Farnsworth is a briskly swinging drummer, especially persuasive with the dialect of hard-bop.” Broadway World adds that he “is known for his blazing speed, precision and melodic playing.” Kenny Barron is “one of the top jazz pianists in the world” says The Los Angeles Times and “the most lyrical piano player of our time” by Jazz Weekly. The trio is competed by Washington who is a former Jazz Messenger and later spent years working with pianists Tommy Flanagan and Bill Charlap as well as countless others.

02/14/2021
Jazzmeia Horn w/ The Orrin Evans Trio

Tickets: www.SmokeJazz.com

“A singer of ironclad capability, creative drive and irrepressible panache, she has emerged as the breakout new talent in a formidable jazz-vocal tradition. This is her moment” - NPR

“A viable candidate for jazz’s most resourceful and invigorating contemporary pianist.” – The New York Times

Jazzmeia Horn (voice)
Orrin Evans (piano)
Luques Curtis (bass)
Anwar Marshal (drums)

The incredible vocalist Jazzmeia Horn is joined for three nights of livestream concerts by a spectacular trio led by pianist Orrin Evans. Not yet 30, Horn has already released two Grammy-nominated albums and is the winner of both the 2013 Sarah Vaughn and the 2015 Thelonious Monk competitions among other accolades. “Horn has a thrilling presence with a musical sensibility that strikes a deft balance between mid-century jazz and contemporary neo-soul,” according to DownBeat. Billboard says that she is “Without a doubt among the jazz world’s most exciting young vocalists.” As for Evans, All About Jazz calls him “one hell of a jazz pianist” and WBGO adds that he is “a highly esteemed pianist with post-bop dynamism in his bloodstream.” Two frequent Evans collaborators—bassist Luques Curtis and drummer Anwar Marshall—add to this impressive group.

02/13/2021
Jazzmeia Horn w/ The Orrin Evans Trio

Tickets: www.SmokeJazz.com

“A singer of ironclad capability, creative drive and irrepressible panache, she has emerged as the breakout new talent in a formidable jazz-vocal tradition. This is her moment” - NPR

“A viable candidate for jazz’s most resourceful and invigorating contemporary pianist.” – The New York Times

Jazzmeia Horn (voice)
Orrin Evans (piano)
Luques Curtis (bass)
Anwar Marshal (drums)

The incredible vocalist Jazzmeia Horn is joined for three nights of livestream concerts by a spectacular trio led by pianist Orrin Evans. Not yet 30, Horn has already released two Grammy-nominated albums and is the winner of both the 2013 Sarah Vaughn and the 2015 Thelonious Monk competitions among other accolades. “Horn has a thrilling presence with a musical sensibility that strikes a deft balance between mid-century jazz and contemporary neo-soul,” according to DownBeat. Billboard says that she is “Without a doubt among the jazz world’s most exciting young vocalists.” As for Evans, All About Jazz calls him “one hell of a jazz pianist” and WBGO adds that he is “a highly esteemed pianist with post-bop dynamism in his bloodstream.” Two frequent Evans collaborators—bassist Luques Curtis and drummer Anwar Marshall—add to this impressive group.

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