Monday, May 5, 2014

Jazz Standard Schedule June 2014

jeff ballard trio, featuring miguel zenon & lionel loueke
Yosvany Terry & Afro-Cuban Roots: ye-dé-gbé
Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet

(New York City, NY) — JAZZ STANDARD, one of the nation’s premier jazz clubs, offers another im­pressive month of music with jazz legends and rising stars throughout June. Drummer Jeff Ballard joins forces with sax­ophonist Miguel Zenón and guitarist Lionel Loueke from June 5–8, followed by Yosvany Terry & Afro-Cuban Roots: Ye-dé-gbé appearing June 12–15. The Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet will perform June 17–18, and vibraphonist Warren Wolf & Wolfpack from June 19–22. Our “Mingus Mon­days” resi­dency continues this month with the Mingus Orchestra appearing June 2 and 30 as well as the Mingus Big Band appearing June 9, 16, and 23. Be­low is a com­plete schedule of June per­form­ances at JAZZ STANDARD, along with infor­ma­tion on the musicians. For every­thing else, visit
Jazz Standard is located at 116 E. 27th Street (between Lexington and Park) Train 6 to E. 28th Street
Student Discounts (restrictions apply)
Enjoy “NYC’s Best Barbecue” (Time Out New York) from BLUE SMOKE
And an extensive wine, beer and cocktail list

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6/1 Jacky Terrasson Trio with Burniss Travis & Justin Faulkner
Jacky Terrasson – piano
Burniss Travis – bass
Justin Faulkner – drums
Has it really been over 20 years since Jacky Terrasson made his recording debut as a leader? Cer­tainly, the pianist’s 2012 album Gouache showed no diminution of his creative powers or his love of ec­lectic reper­toire. Gouache’s many delights included Terrasson’s treatments of Sonny Rollins’ “Valse Hot,” John Lennon’s “Oh My Love” (with an enchanting vocal performance by rising star Cécile McLorin Salvant), and the album’s most surprising choice, an Erik Satie melody entitled “Je te veux.” “He remains one of the few post–bop pianists whose amiable virtuosity can recall Oscar Peterson, though his harmonic affinities fall more in line with Keith Jarrett…and Herbie Hancock. But by now, this syncretic style be­longs to Mr. Terrasson, who sounds intent but relaxed, as if he has little to prove.” (The New York Times)
Music Charge: $25
6/2 Mingus Orchestra

Our acclaimed “Mingus Monday” residency resumes this month with the genre–crossing Mingus Orchestra performing compositions by legendary bassist, composer and bandleader Charles Mingus (1922–1979) that reveal the profound influence of classical and serial music on his unique body of work.
Music Charge: $25
6/3 Emilio Solla CD Release
Emilio Solla – piano
Tim Armacost – tenor, soprano, & alto saxophones, flute
John Ellis – tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, flute
Alex Norris – trumpet & flugelhorn
Ryan Keberle – trombone
Meg Okura – violin
Victor Prieto – accordion
Jorge Roeder – double bass
Eric Doob – drums
The wonderful pianist and composer Emilio Solla emerged from a generation of classically-trained Argentine musicians nurtured on a rich diet of traditional and nuevo tango of Buenos Aires, the “folklore” music of northwest Argentina, and modern jazz. Tonight—and only at Jazz Standard—he leads an ex­panded ensemble of exceptional players in a rainbow array of dramatic and beautiful sounds. “The crisis this planet is dealing with is not at all economical, it is deeply spiritual,” says Emilio Solla. “The econ­omy [is] only a reflection of the greed, the lack of brotherhood and the loss of essential values mankind is going through…So here we humbly put our very small grain of sand, singing as naked, as fragile and deeply as we can.”
Music Charge: $20
6/4 Zach Brock Quartet  CD Release
Zach Brock – violin
Lage Lund – guitar
Matt Penman – bass
Obed Calvaire – drums
Equipped with what Bill Milkowski of Jazz Times calls “audacious ingenuity and masterful command of his instrument,” violinist and composer Zach Brock is forging a unique musical identity. 2013 proved to be a landmark year in Zach’s career: He toured as a co-leader with pianist Phil Markowitz, made festival appearances with the Stanley Clarke Band, and premiered new classical works by Laurie Altman and Preston Stahly. Downbeat named Zach Brock its 2013 “Rising Star” on violin, and his Criss Cross debut album, Almost Never Was, was listed as one of the Chicago Tribune’s top 10 jazz recordings of 2012. Zack Brock, wrote the Chicago Tribune, is a violinist “whose every phrase argues for the instrument’s value in 21st century jazz” while Neil Tesser hails him as “the pre-eminent improvising violinist of his generation.”
Music Charge: $20
6/5 – 6/8 Jeff Ballard Trio featuring Miguel Zenón & Lionel Loueke  
Jeff Ballard – drums
Miguel Zenón – alto saxophone
Lionel Loueke – guitar
The acclaimed drummer Jeff Ballard started out the new year on a high note with the release of Time’s Tales—his debut as a leader, his first release on the Sony–distributed jazz imprint OKeh Records, and his first recorded collaboration with the gifted guitarist Lionel Loueke and the great Miguel Zenón on alto saxophone. Time’s Tales offers a globe-spanning, genre-crossing repertoire ranging from Thelonious Monk to Iranian folk melodies, with influences from Bartók, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and Stevie Wonder to name but a few. “For all of the chops at work, Time’s Tales is mostly just a whole lot of fun. Sometimes that’s quite enough.” (
Music Charge: $25/$30 Friday & Saturday
6/9 Mingus Big Band
“He was a great bass player. But he was hard to get along with, especially about music, because he had his own definite ideas about what was good and what was bad, and he didn’t mind telling anybody what he had on his mind. In that way, we were a lot alike. Our musical ideas were different sometimes. But he was always an inventive, hard–driving, imaginative musician.” — Miles Davis on Charles Mingus, from Miles: The Autobiography by Miles Davis with Quincy Troupe (Simon & Schuster, New York, 1989)
Music Charge: $25
6/10 – 6/11 Adam Rogers Quartet
Adam Rogers – guitar
David Virelles – piano
Scott Colley – bass
Eric Harland – drums
Over the course of his impressive career, Adam Rogers has released five albums as a leader (all on Criss Cross Jazz) and proved himself an invaluable contributor to recordings by such artists as Norah Jones (the multiple GRAMMY Award winning Come Away With Me), Chris Potter (on four albums including Ultrahang), Eliane Elias (Around The City), and Jacky Terrasson (What It Is). Although Adam recently branched out into a rock/funk/blues hybrid with trio he calls DICE, for this week’s Jazz Standard run the guitarist turns once again to the jazz repertoire with an exceptional quartet comprised of today’s top im­provising musicians.
Music Charge: $20
6/12 – 6/15 Yosvany Terry & Afro-Cuban Roots: Ye–dé–gbé   CD Release
Yosvany Terry – alto saxophone, chekere
Osmany Paredes – piano
Yunior Terry – bass
Justin Brown – drums
Pedro “Pedrito” Martinez – percussion
Roman Diaz – percussion
Since his 2007 debut on our stage, the fiery Cuban altoist Yosvany Terry has never failed to captivate Jazz Standard listeners with the spirit and inventiveness of his playing. This expanded edition of his working group includes two outstanding percussionists, Pedrito Martinez and Roman Diaz. “In recent years, along with a few other bandleaders of similar background, [Yosvany Terry] has helped reframe the sound of Afro-Cuban jazz in New York, reaching for a flexibly cerebral, harmonically advanced and culturally resonant kind of fusion… In performance and on record, the band’s established rapport makes a differ­ence, rounding out the sharp-cornered complexities of Mr. Terry’s writing and giving the music a visceral punch.” (The New York Times) 
Music Charge: $25/$30 Friday & Saturday
6/16 Mingus Big Band
“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)
Music Charge: $25
6/17 – 6/18 Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet
Jason Marsalis – vibraphone
Austin Johnson – piano
Will Goble – bass
Dave Potter – drums
The youngest of the Marsalis clan, Jason Marsalis makes his Jazz Standard debut on the coattails of his universally acclaimed release, In a World of Mallets, which highlights the master drummer as “a full-fledged vibraphonist.” (JazzTimes). He brings to the stage his fiery quartet of young musicians he’s been cultivating his music with for many years. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Downbeat’s 2013 rising star in action!
Music Charge: $20
6/19 – 6/22 Warren Wolf & Wolfpack
Warren Wolf – vibraphone
Jaleel Shaw – alto saxophone
Jake Sherman – organ
Dana Hawkins – drums
All of us at Jazz Standard are pleased to welcome back one of today’s most significant young jazz leaders, Warren Wolf, at the helm of an exciting new quartet he calls the Wolfpack. Along with organist Jake Sherman and drummer Dana Hawkins, the group features alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, who was among the first people Warren met on campus after entering Berklee College of Music in 1997. In 2013, the vibraphonist (who’s also an excellent and in-demand drummer) released his second Mack Avenue album as a leader, Wolfgang, a nine-song set including six original compositions. “I wish I could verbal­ize how special Warren Wolf is,” says Christian McBride. “He’s one of the few musicians I’ve met in the last decade who has me incredibly excited, beyond anything I could ever communicate!”
Music Charge: $25/$30 Friday & Saturday
6/23 Mingus Big Band
“Mingus packed his music so full of life, so full of the noise of the city, that 30 years in the future someone listening to ‘Pithecanthropus Erectus’ or ‘Hog Calling Blues’ or any of those other wild steam­rolling things wouldn’t be sure whether that wail and scream was a horn on the record or the red-and-white siren of a prowl car shrieking past the window. Just listening to the music would be a way of join­ing in with it, adding to it.” (From But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz by Geoff Dyer)
Music Charge: $25
6/24 Bruce Barth Quartet CD Release
Bruce Barth – piano
Steve Nelson – vibraphone
Vicente Archer – bass
Montez Coleman – drums
“The things that make Bruce Barth such a superb jazz pianist,” wrote The Chicago Reader, “show up in the work of many of his contemporaries—his balanced attack and wide dynamic range, his ability to draw upon a treasure trove of complex harmonic theory, his inventive self-assurance as an improviser. The key to his playing lies not in his doing something radically different at the piano, but in his doing it better than 90 percent of the other young pianists.” For this Jazz Standard one-nighter, Barth will reconvene the musicians featured on his latest Savant CD Daybreak including vibraphonist Steve Nelson, a key participant in Dave Holland’s quintet and big band for almost two decades; and drummer Montez Coleman, the rhythm engine of the Roy Hargrove Quintet.
Music Charge: $20
6/25 Camila Meza Quartet
Camila Meza – guitar, voice
Fabian Almazan – piano
Matt Penman – bass
Kendrick Scott – drums
Camila Meza belongs to that minority of jazz musicians whose instrumental skill is complemented by a compelling and distinctive singing voice. As a composer and arranger, she possesses a creative voice that embraces jazz tradition as well as her Latin-American background. Since relocating to New York from her native Chile in 2009, this charismatic performer has shared stages with such established artists as Bucky Pizzarelli, Jaleel Shaw, and Jason Lindner; her 11th album as a leader, Caminos Cruzados (Prisma, 2013), features saxophonist John Ellis, drummer Clarence Penn, and pianist Aaron Goldberg. “Camila approaches songs with a zest and poetic innocence that gives them fresh life and intelligence.” (
Music Charge: $20
6/26 – 6/29 Cyrus Chestnut Trio
Cyrus Chestnut – piano
Dezron Douglas – bass
Neal Smith – drums
The gospel-rooted, blues-tinged playing of pianist Cyrus Chestnut has delighted Jazz Standard audiences for years. Cyrus began his musical training at age five and made his first public performance at age seven at his father’s Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Maryland; between 1994 and 2001, he released seven CDs for Atlantic Records. His 2013 CD Soul Brother Cool (WJ3 Records) is a richly diverse set of origi­nal compositions and irrefutable proof that Chestnut “remains a distinctive original pianist whose work has continued to grow.” ( “What makes Chestnut the best jazz pianist of his generation, wrote Time Magazine, “is a willingness to abandon notes and play space.”
Music Charge: $25/$30 Friday & Saturday
6/30 Mingus Orchestra
Had American symphony orchestras not discriminated against African–American musicians throughout much of the 20th century, Charles Mingus might have led an entirely different career. Mingus was as much a student of Beethoven and Debussy as of Fats Waller and Duke Ellington, and his classical aspira­tions found their outlet in dozens of compositions written for a sort of jazz–band–plus that included non-jazz instruments like bassoon, oboe, and French horn. The Mingus Orchestra is devoted to this often-overlooked aspect of the jazz giant’s protean legacy.
Music Charge: $25