Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Sept. Jazz Standard Schedule

Steel House featuring Edward Simon, Scott Colley, & Brian Blade
Mark Turner Quartet
Fred Hersch Trio with Esperanza Spalding & Richie Barshay
(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 September. Steel House will hold forth on September 10–11. Saxophonist Mark Turner and his quartet will spotlight the music of a new ECM album from September 18–21, and from September 23–28 pianist Fred Hersch will return to our stage with bassist Esperanza Spalding and drummer Richie Barshay. Our “Mingus Mon­day” resi­dency contin­ues this month, with Grammy Award–winning Mingus Big Band appearing 9/8, 9/15, and 9/29 and the Mingus Orchestra performing 9/22. Be­low is a com­plete sched­ule of September per­form­ances at JAZZ STANDARD, along with infor­ma­tion on the musicians. For every­thing else, visit
Jazz Standard is located at 116 East 27th Street (between Lexington and Park)
Train 6 to East 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
For reservations call Jazz Standard at 212.576.2232 or visit
Artists and schedules are subject to change

9/1 Jazz Standard closed for Labor Day

9/2 – kavita shah 
Kavita Shah – vocals
Michael Valeanu – guitar
Jon Cowherd– piano
Mossimo Biolcati – bass
Kendrick Scott – drums
In May 2014, a new album entitled Visions announced the arrival of a strikingly original and globally-minded new voice in contemporary music. On her debut CD, New York-based singer and composer Kavita Shah blended her multicultural background with a rainbow of musical influences, combining the Indian tabla and West African kora with a traditional jazz quintet. Saxophonist Steve Wilson calls Kavita Shah “a musician's singer...always taking risks and searching for new levels of understanding. Her music defies categorization.” NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan says: ​“Kavita Shah is a masterful vocalist with a deep, personal connection to the music.”
Music Charge: $20
9/3 – Tootie Heath/Ben Street/Ethan Iverson
Ethan Iverson – piano
Ben Street – guitar
Albert “Tootie” Heath – drums
Drum master Albert “Tootie” Heath belongs to an elite group of musicians who have lived and breathed the history of jazz music. From performing in Lester Young’s working group to being the drummer on John Coltrane’s first album, Tootie has been performing and recording with the greatest musicians in the world for over 50 years. His current trio—with Ethan Iverson (of The Bad Plus) and consummate bassist Ben Street—focuses largely on the traditional repertoire that he has been playing his entire life, and combines that joyous swinging energy with the dry forward thinking wit of the trio’s younger members.
Music Charge: $25
9/4 – 9/7 Dafnis Prieto Sextet
Peter Apfelbaum – tenor saxophone
Mike Rodriguez – trumpet
Felipe Lamoglia – alto saxophone
Manuel Valera – piano
Johannes Weidenmueller – bass
Dafnis Prieto – drums
When Dafnis Prieto arrived in New York from his native Cuba at the turn of the 21st century, his free- ranging creativity and masterful technique put every rhythm section in the city on notice. Prieto’s mastery of the clave combined with his willingness to assay any kind of groove led to a MacArthur Foundation fellowship and a series of outstanding albums including Live at Jazz Standard (2009, with his Si O Si Quartet) and his latest release, Proverb Trio (2012). “A spectacularly proficient Cuban drummer… Dynamic to the extreme, his music advances a slippery amalgam of complex polyrhythm and incantatory melody. There’s always a lot going on, especially at the level of his forceful but supple drumming.” (New York Times)
Music Charge: $25/$30 Friday & Saturday
9/8 Mingus Big Band
Our “Mingus Monday” residency begins another exciting month with two incendiary sets by the Mingus Big Band—winners of a 2011 Grammy Award for their blazing CD Live At Jazz Standard. Bold and brawny, the Mingus Big Band roars in ways that would please its late namesake...Mingus’ sound is indomitable. Over time, his music has not lost an iota—instead, it has gained hefty measures—of relevance and resonance, wit and grit.” —From Down Beat four-star review of Gun-Slinging Bird by the Mingus Big Band.
Music Charge: $25

9/9 Ben Wolfe Quartet
Ben Wolfe – bass
Orrin Evans – piano    
Donald Edwards – drums
Stacy Dillard – tenor saxophone
One of the most in–demand bassists on the scene, Ben Wolfe “brings cool locomotion to any small-group setting” (New York Times)—especially when leading his own working quartet featuring the versatile pianist Orrin Evans and expressive tenor man Stacy Dillard. In his Hartford Courant review of a 2011 performance by this group, Chuck Obuchowski wrote: “While clearly well versed in bebop and subsequent jazz developments, the four improvisers frequently called upon their own resources for inspiration. During a set of Wolfe originals, they achieved a strong, unified sound without sacrificing the individuality of each musician.”
Music Charge: $20
9/10–9/11 Steel House
Scott Colley – bass
Edward Simon – piano
Brian Blade – drums
Jazz Standard is proud to present one of the defining piano trios of our time, with each member a respected bandleader and composer in his own right. Scott Colley’s forceful lines, deep tone, assured sense of swing and sensitive support have made him the bassist of choice for such jazz legends as Jim Hall, Andrew Hill and Herbie Hancock. Since his 1996 debut CD Portable Universe, he has released a series of acclaimed recordings on various labels. In 2010, Edward Simon was named a Guggenheim Fellow and joined the all-star SFJazz Collective; his discography includes a marvelous trio date recorded Live at Jazz Standard with Brian Blade and John Patitucci. Much-traveled drummer Blade has performed and/or recorded with everyone from Emmylou Harris to Wayne Shorter; in April 2014, his Fellowship Band released their fourth album, Landmarks, on Blue Note Records.
Music Charge: $25
9/12–9/14 Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio 7:30 and 9:30 sets only
Dr. Lonnie Smith – Hammond B-3 organ
Jonathan Kreisberg – guitar
Joe Dyson – drums
Dr. Lonnie Smith has reigned for more than five decades as an authentic jazz master of the Hammond B-3 organ. A Blue Note Records star of the late Sixties, he has been featured on over 70 albums and has recorded and performed with a virtual “Who’s Who” of America’s greatest jazz, blues and R&B giants. Remarkably, at age 74 the good doctor is not resting on his plentiful laurels but in recent years has created a range of exciting new sounds with his trio, octet, and powerhouse big band. “The organ is like the sunlight, rain and thunder,” says Dr. Lonnie Smith. “It’s all the worldly sounds to me!” The doctor is in, this week at Jazz Standard—make your appointment now!
Music Charge: $30

9/15 Mingus Big Band
“My whole conception…deals with nothing written. I ‘write’ compositions but only on mental score paper—then I lay out the composition part by part to the musicians. I play them the ‘framework’ on piano so that they are all familiar with my interpretation and feeling and with the scale and chord progressions to be used…but they choose their own notes and play them in their own style, from scales as well as chords, except where a particular mood is indicated. In this way, I find it possible to keep my own com­positional flavor in the pieces and yet to allow the musicians more individual freedom in the creation of their group lines and solos.” —Charles Mingus, from his liner notes to the 1956 Atlantic LP Pithecanthro­pus Erectus.
Music Charge: $25
9/16 Owl Trio
Lage Lund – guitar
Orlando Le Fleming – bass
Will Vinson – saxophones
Here is a most promising new chamber jazz group borne of the decade–long musical and personal friendship shared by its members. Owl Trio brings years of creative collaboration in a wide variety of contexts results to its drummer-less concept; what emerges is the sensitive, near–telepathic rendering of both standard tunes and soaring free improvisation. In Owl Trio’s very first performance at the Rochester (NY) Jazz Festival, “Lund’s gorgeous playing, Vinson’s sinuous sound, and Le Fleming’s sturdy anchoring made for a dream-like sound in a perfect setting.”​ (Rochester City Newspaper)
Music Charge: $20
Nate Smith + kinfolk
Nate Smith – drums
Jaleel Shaw – alto saxophone
Jeremy Most – guitar
Elena Pinderhughes – flute
Fima Ephron – bass
Amma Whatt – vocals

Drummer, bandleader, composer, and producer, Nate Smith and his group Kinfolk create what Smith calls “a chilled-out, R&B-informed take on jazz” that is as musical as it is accessible. Nate is featured regularly with the groups of bassist Dave Holland and saxophonist Chris Potter, among others. His own compositions have been heard on PBS and the Discovery Channel, and he recently served as faculty leader for the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program sponsored by the Kennedy Center.
Music Charge: $20
9/18–9/21 Mark Turner Quartet
Mark Turner – tenor saxophone
Avishai Cohen – trumpet
Joe Martin – bass
Justin Brown – drums 9/18-9/20
Jonathan Blake – drums 9/21
“One of the most productive and vital artists of the last dozen years” (New York Times), Mark Turner has starred in bands led by veteran drummer Billy Hart and guitarist Gilad Hekselman; has toured with the SFJazz Collective; and has been an integral member of the influential chamber trio FLY. This Jazz Standard engagement celebrates the release of his new ECM album, his first as a leader since 2001’s Dharma Days, and Turner brings his piano-less quartet featuring the fleet and forceful trumpeter Avishai Cohen and the expert rhythm team of Joe Martin (bass) and Justin Brown (drums). “With a keyboard or guitar, the chords are right there, so you don’t have to be specific about what notes each voice is going to play to create the chord,” says Mark Turner. “It’s more of a challenge than when you’re writing for horns without a chordal instrument, because you have to specify what notes the horns and bass are going to play to form the harmony. But I like a challenge.”
Music Charge: $25/$30 Friday & Saturday

Mingus Orchestra
The Mingus Orchestra brings its unique blend of jazz and classi­cal instrumentation to bear on some of Mingus’ most inventive and surprising compositions. “The lean, sharp ten-piece band features such uncommon instrumentation as a bassoon and a French horn, but this isn’t staid cham­ber jazz. When the spirit of the late great one hits them, they steam.” (The New Yorker)
Music Charge: $25

9/23–24, 9/26-28 
Fred Hersch Trio with Esperanza Spaulding & Richie Barshay
Fred Hersch – piano
Esperanza Spaulding – bass
Richie Barshay – drums
Hailed by Vanity Fair as “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so,” six-time GRAMMY Award nominee Fred Hersch balances his internationally recognized instrumental skills with significant achievements as a composer, bandleader, and theatrical conceptualist while remaining an in-demand collaborator with other noted bandleaders and vocalists. This five-night stand by the thrilling trio of Hersch, GRAMMY Award-winning bassist Esperanza Spalding, and dynamic drummer Richie Barshay is certain to be one of the highlights of the New York jazz season. Floating is Fred Hersch’s latest release on Palmetto Records, an eclectic studio session featuring original compositions like “Home Fries” and “West Virginia Rose” alongside Lerner & Loewe’s “If Ever I Would Leave You” and Thelonious Monk’s “Let’s Cool One.”
Music Charge: $30
9/25 Fred Hersch Solo
Fred Hersch – piano
One of the finest solo pianists of our time, Fred Hersch draws on his vast knowledge of the piano, playing a mix of old standards, compositions by the masters, and original material. Come see him at work in this one night only showing at Jazz Standard. “Fred Hersch has earned special acclaim for his work as an unaccompanied soloist capable of building a mesmerizing intensity across the span of an entire set.” (Time Out New York)
Music Charge: $25

Mingus Big Band
“The hippest big band in the universe—robust, earthy, sanctified!” (Time Out New York)
Music Charge: $25

Harold López-Nussa Trio
Harold López-Nussa – piano 
Ruy Adrian López-Nussa – percussion
Jorge Sawa Perez– bass
The son of drummer Ruy López-Nussa and nephew of pianist Ernan López-Nussa, this 30-year-old pianist is one of the brightest lights on Havana’s thriving jazz scene. Harold gained international attention when he won top honors at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Piano Competition in 2005—a triumph that earned him a featured festival spot the following year. Harold made his US debut as a bandleader on the acclaimed 2009 album Herencia and followed up in 2011 with El País de las Maravillas featuring the trio and special guest saxophonist David Sánchez. “Harold López-Nussa has superior keyboard skills and an uncommon ability to play independent chord sequences with his left hand as he improvises with the right,” wrote Irwin Block in the Montreal Gazette. “He makes it all sound rich, rewarding and cohesive…” Tonight at Jazz Standard, this exceptional pianist will be joined by his brother, the phenomenal drummer and percussionist Ruy Adrián López-Nussa.
Music Charge: $20