Thursday, September 4, 2014

New Jazz Standard Schedule!

Terence Blanchard Quintet
Steve Wilson Quintet
James Carter’s “Django Unchained”
Edmar Castañeda World Ensemble
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 October. Five–time GRAMMY Award winner Terence Blanchard leads his quintet from October 1–5 followed by multi–reeds master Steve Wilson and his group from October 9–12. From October 16–19, saxophonist James Carter pays tribute to the music of Django Reinhardt as heard on his latest album, Django UnchainedEdmar Castañeda brings his Colombian harp and the expanded group World Ensemble to the stage from October 21–22. Our “Mingus Mon­day” resi­dency contin­ues this month, with the GRAMMY Award–winning Mingus Big Band appearing 10/6, 10/20, and 10/27; and the Mingus Orchestra performing 10/13. Be­low is a com­plete sched­ule of October 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
Jazz for Kids every Sunday beginning October 19th
Open for lunch at 1:00pm, music from 1:30–3:00pm
For reservations call Jazz Standard at 212.576.2232 or visit
Artists and schedules are subject to change

10/1 – 10/5 Terence Blanchard Quintet
Terence Blanchard – trumpet
Brice Winston – tenor saxophone
Fabian Almazan – piano
Joshua Crumbly – bass
Justin Brown – drums
When trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard’s twentieth album, Magnetic, was released last year on Blue Note Records, it revealed a stunning array of sounds and styles pulled together by the irresistible force of Blanchard’s vision. Magnetic was another career triumph for the five-time GRAMMY Award winner and his quintet including its newest member, the 21-year-old bass prodigy Joshua Crumbly. The array of approaches undertaken by the ensemble was striking, from the blistering bop of “Don’t Run” to the fragile ballad “Jacob’s Ladder;” from the psychedelic electronic haze of “Hallucinations” to the urgent edginess of “Another Step.” “One of today's foremost jazz musicians and composers, Terence Blanchard's achievements have soared since his formative days in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers…a vibrant recording colored with the usual consummate performances, and a modernist bent that's replete with compelling themes.” (
Music Charge: $35
10/6 Mingus Big Band
Our acclaimed “Mingus Monday” series begins another exciting month, presenting the sounds of jazz legend Charles Mingus (1922-1979) in two blazing sets by the Grammy Award–winning Mingus Big Band. “The 15-piece band…[brings] the kind of vivacious, sometimes outrageous feel that Mingus him­self pulled from his groups…right down to the shouts of encouragement voiced by the participants.” (The Los Angeles Times)
Music Charge: $25
10/7 Ryan Keberle & Catharsis
Ryan Keberle – trombone
Camila Meza – voice
Mike Rodriguez – trumpet
Scott Robinson – saxophone
Matt Clohesy – bass
Eric Doob – drums
Few musicians have managed to navigate the richly varied avenues of New York City’s abundant music scene with the same passion and adaptability as Ryan Keberle. Since his arrival in 1999, Keberle’s diverse talents have earned him a place alongside a staggering array of legends, superstars, and up-and-coming innovators. Whatever kind of music he’s writing or performing, Keberle draws upon lessons learned playing alongside masters ranging from Maria Schneider and Wynton Marsalis to Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys. The trombonist/composer has released four albums as a leader including his latest, Live At WNYC Soundcheck (2013), a compelling sonic document of his group Catharsis—appearing for one night only, and only at Jazz Standard!
Music Charge: $20
10/8 Wolff & Clark Expedition
Hailey Niswanger – saxophone
Steve Wilson – saxophone
Mike Wolff – piano
James Genus – bass
Mike Clark – drums
“This trio’s groove-minded, harmonically savory style is so accessible, yet there aren’t a lot of other bands like it,” wrote Evan Haga in his review of Wolff & Clark Expedition (Random Act Records, 2013). “Being immediately likeable somehow fell out of fashion for a large part of the jazz set, and that’s a pity…These ten tracks aren’t heartbreaking or groundbreaking or indebted to some esoteric overarching concept, but they are inventively arranged, expertly performed and a lot of fun to listen to.” The combined career resumé of pianist Mike Wolff and drummer Mike Clark would form a long and impressive list ranging from Wolff’s stint as musical director for Nancy Wilson to Clark’s foundational role with Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters. Tonight—and tonight only—they join forces with the in-demand bassist James Genus and the exceptional young saxophonist Hailey Niswanger to perform the new tunes that will comprise the forthcoming second album by the Wolff & Clark Expedition.
Music Charge: $25
10/9 – 10/12 Steve Wilson Quintet
Steve Wilson – alto & soprano saxophones, flute
George Cables – piano
Alex Sipiagin – trumpet
Larry Grenadier – bass
Ulysses Owens, Jr. – drums
We’re proud and pleased to welcome back this Jazz Standard stalwart to the stage where (in February 2011) he celebrated his 50th birthday with a gala six–night run. Looking back on Steve’s career in an article for the Wall Street Journal, Larry Blumenfeld enumerated a few of the acclaimed saxophonist’s many credentials: “Mr. Wilson got his first top-tier touring gig with vibraphonist Lionel Hampton in 1988. He played in some of jazz’s most creative small groups through the ‘90s, especially those led by drummers Ralph Peterson and Leon Parker, and with such large ensembles as the Mingus Big Band and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. He joined a terrific edition of bassist Dave Holland's quintet, then left that band for Origin, a chamber-like acoustic sextet led by pianist Chick Corea…Mr. Wilson is essential to this city's jazz landscape.”
Music Charge: $25/$30 Friday & Saturday
10/13 Mingus Orchestra
“Critical among his many innovations in jazz was the use of non-standard chorus structures, contrasting sections of quasi-‘classical’ composed material with passages of free-form and group improvisations, often of varying tempos and modes, in complex pieces knitted together by subtly evolving musical motifs. Such pieces as ‘The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady’ (1963) show enormous vitality and a great depth of immersion in all jazz styles, from New Orleans and gospel to bebop and free jazz.” — “Charles Mingus,” The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (Stockton Press; New York, 1995)
Music Charge: $25
10/14 – 10/15 Romero Lubambo Quartet
Romero Lubambo – guitar
Helio Alves – piano
Hans Glawishnig – bass
Mauricio Zotarelli – drums
Romero Lubambo—praised by the late Herbie Mann as “the best Brazilian guitarist there is”—is an uncommonly gifted soloist and musical improviser with a steady stream of unpredictably creative musical thoughts that range from the cool, sophisticated rhythms of Brazil to bracing hard bop. The guitarist has established himself as a composer and performer on his own critically acclaimed re­cording projects as well as on those of Trio Da Paz (with Nilson Matta and Duduka da Fonseca). As a first-call sideman, Romero Lubambo has worked with artists from Yo-Yo Ma and Kathleen Battle to Harry Belafonte and Wynton Marsalis. In February 2013, Romero appeared on our stage performing intimate duets with singer Luciana Souza. This week, he returns at the helm of his fine quartet featuring the versatile pianist Helio Alves.
Music Charge: $25
10/16 – 10/19 James Carter’s Django Unchained
James Carter – saxophones
Gerard Gibbs – Hammond B3 organ
Leonard King – drums
“Tribute albums and tribute bands are often content with summoning up old ghosts,” wrote Time Magazine. “Saxophonist James Carter took a more rewarding approach on his excellent CD, Chasin’ The Gypsy [Atlantic, 2000] and he continues that approach with his Organ Trio’s tribute performances to the music of Django Reinhardt by offering up fresh takes on the music of the French Gypsy guitarist. He does so by substituting his own instrument in the lead role. Carter, whether he’s playing tenor or soprano sax, shows off a sweet, sinuous tone; when he reinterprets Reinhardt’s classic ‘Nuages’ with a bass sax, the muscular sound is distancing at first, but then it wraps itself around the listener like an anaconda. These performances…do more than invoke Reinhardt’s spirit; they have a life of their own.”
Music Charge: $30
10/20 Mingus Big Band
“The Mingus Big Band—musician for musician—is one of the most spirited and technically gifted bands in the country.” (Seattle Examiner) “The hippest big band in the universe—robust, earthy, sanctified.” (Time Out New York)
Music Charge: $25
10/21 – 10/22 Edmar Castañeda World Ensemble
Edmar Castaneda – Colombian harp (arpa llanero)
Gregoire Maret – harmonica
Itai Kriss – flute
Marshall Gilkes – trombone
Pablo Vergara – piano
David Silliman – percussion
Rodrigo Villalon – drums
Andrea Tierra – vocals
Tamer Pinarbasi – canun
Serio Krakowski – pandero
“Edmar is…an enormous talent,” says award-winning saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera. “He has the versatility and the enchanting charisma of a musician who has taken his harp out of the shadow to become one of the most original musicians from the Big Apple.” With the release of Entre Cuerdas—his latest album and first with ArtistShare—Castañeda unveils an enchanting set of new compositions performed by his expanded World Ensemble. For this exclusive engagement, the group will include trombonist Marshall Gilkes (who appears on Entre Cuerdas), harmonica wizard Gregoire Maret, and vocalist Andrea Tierra. “Edmar Castañeda is a virtuoso, and a modern jazz musician in that he collects different musical languages of the New World and melts them together, fusing them with swing and improvisation…He can turn a harp into a bass, a guitar, a piano and a hand drum.” (The New York Times)
Music Charge: $25
10/23 – 10/26 Richard Galliano Quintet
Richard Galliano – accordion
Josh Nelson – piano
Peter Bernstein – guitar
George Mraz – bass
Mauricio Zottarelli – drums
Richard Galliano was born in Cannes, France in 1950, the son of an accordion teacher and a student of the instrument from the age of four. Galliano was fourteen when he discovered the music of trumpeter Clifford Brown – and later the works of adventurous accordionists from Brazil (Sivuca), Italy (Felice Fugazza), and the US (Art Van Damme). Over time, Galliano developed his patented “new musette” style, breathing new life into a thoroughly French tradition; he has played on countless recordings by French pop artists like Charles Aznavour and Juliette Gréco, as well as with Chet Baker, Toots Thielemanns, and Ron Carter. On such exceptional albums as New York Tango (1996, with George Mraz, Al Foster and Birélli Lagrène), Ricardo Galliano’s technical command, mastery of phrasing, and rainbow palette of tonal colors have allowed him to surmount musical barriers with a sound that cuts across all genres.
Music Charge: $25/$30 Friday & Saturday
10/27 Mingus Big Band
“His head was a drawer crammed with the remains of intentions and fragments of what was still to come. Long compositions were full of the debris of previous ones and more and more he was moving toward a single piece which would include everything he had ever written before…He believed you could say everything in music but there was still more he wanted to say.” (Portrait of Charles Mingus from But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz by Geoff Dyer) 
Music Charge: $25
10/28 Kellylee Evans
Kellylee Evans – voice
Dov Manski – keyboards
David Bailis – guitar
Derek Nievergelt – bass
Mark McLean – drums
The natural charm and improvisational jazz vocal style of Canadian rising star Kellylee Evans have propelled her on an adventurous journey through jazz, soul, pop and hip-hop over the past decade. In that period, she released two indie solo albums of original songs in Canada; earned two Juno Award nominations and won “Best Jazz Vocal Album” for Nina, her impassioned tribute to Nina Simone; and performed around the world, opening for such stars as John Legend, Dianne Reeves, George Benson, and Willie Nelson. In July 2014, Kellylee dropped her US debut album I Remember When (Motéma Music), on which she brilliantly refreshes and puts her stamp on songs by Eminem, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, Kanye West and others. “When I’m on a stage, I’m happy and want to share that with the audience,” says Kellylee Evans. “I keep reminding myself how lucky I am. Whether I’m opening for Tony Bennett at a big festival or performing in a little club in front of thirty people, this is still a dream.”
Music Charge: $20
10/29 Guillermo Klein Quartet
Miguel Zenon – alto saxophone
Mark Turner – tenor saxophone
Guillermo Klein – piano
Aaron Goldberg – piano/Rhodes
In 2011, the brilliant and enigmatic composer/arranger Guillermo Klein and the gifted pianist Aaron Goldberg joined forces for a Sunnyside album entitled Bienestan—a collection of potent originals and provocative interpretations of jazz standards with Goldberg on acoustic piano and Klein manning the Fender Rhodes electric piano. Special guests Miguel Zenón on alto sax and Chris Cheek on tenor and soprano saxes augmented the proceedings on five tracks. For tonight’s special Jazz Standard engagement, the two keyboard masters will revisit this fertile ground with Zenón reprising his alto role and joined by the incisive tenor man Mark Turner. “It’s all Guillermo's music and arrangements, and that was the idea," Goldberg stated at the time of the CD release. “We were conceiving of it almost in a Gil Evans/Miles Davis kind of way, where I was the featured soloist and he was thinking of me when he wrote the stuff. I didn’t contribute anything compositionally—I wanted to do something that would put me in Guillermo's universe, so to speak.”
Music Charge: $25
10/30 – 11/2 George Coleman Quintet featuring Eric Alexander
George Coleman Sr. – tenor saxophone
Eric Alexander – tenor saxophone
Harold Mabern – piano
John Webber – bass
George Coleman Jr. – drums
Even if he’d never recorded a string of fine albums as a leader, George Coleman would be a revered name in jazz for his crucial role in the Miles Davis Quintet of 1963-64 and his soulful, articulate playing on Miles’ Columbia albums Seven Steps to Heaven (1963), My Funny Valentine (1964) and Four & More (1966). Last year, Coleman brought his grooving organ band to our stage; this week, he returns to the classic acoustic jazz format. The group will welcome a very special guest in the person of tenorist Eric Alexander, whose 2014 Highnote album Chicago Fire was lauded as “one of the most vital” of his 30-plus releases by Jeff Tamarkin at “His blowing is extraordinarily articulate and ecstatic, his tone bright and muscular, leadership and inspiration flowing nonstop.”
Music Charge: $30