Thursday, October 2, 2014

November / Jazz Standard!

George Coleman New Quintet
Louis Hayes’ Jazz Communicators
Orrin Evans Quintet
Maria Schneider Orchestra 10th thanksgiving residency
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 November. Master saxophonist George Coleman and his quintet, with special guest Eric Alexander, will perform from October 30 through November 2. Drum legend Louis Hayes will lead his Jazz Communicators on November 4–5, and pianist Orrin Evans will lead an all–star quintet from November 13–16.  GRAMMY Award–winning composer and conductor Maria Schneider and her Orchestra return for the 10th consecutive year for their annual Thanksgiving residency, appearing November 25–26 and November 28–30.   Our “Mingus Mon­day” resi­dency contin­ues this month with the GRAMMY Award–winning Mingus Big Band appearing 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, and 11/24. Be­low is a com­plete sched­ule of November per­form­ances at JAZZ STANDARD, along with infor­ma­tion on the musicians. For every­thing else, visit
ALL SHOW TIMES through November 2nd7:30 & 9:30PM + 11:30PM ON FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS
ALL SHOW TIMES as of November 3rd7:30 & 10:00PM + 11:45PM ON FRIDAYS & SATURDAYSJazz 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
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

10/30 – 11/2 George Coleman New Quintet
George Coleman – 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 with longtime associate (and fellow Memphis native) Harold Mabern on piano. The group will welcome a very special guest in the person of tenor sax colleague 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 All Nights
11/3 Mingus Big Band
Our popular “Mingus Monday” residency, honoring the life and music of the legendary Charles Mingus (1922–1979), continues tonight with two incendiary sets by the Mingus Big Band. “Mingus packed his music so full of life, so full of the noise of the city, that thirty 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
11/4 – 11/5 Louis Hayes’ Jazz Communicators
Louis Hayes – drums
Steve Nelson – vibraphone
Abraham Burton – tenor saxophone
David Bryant – bass
Dezron Douglas – drums
Louis Hayes is one of the principal architects of modern jazz drumming. He has been the rhythmic engine on historic recordings by Horace Silver, Cannonball Adderley, Joe Henderson, Dexter Gordon, and McCoy Tyner, just to name a few. In the late Sixties, Hayes co–founded (with Henderson and Freddie Hubbard) the band he dubbed the Jazz Communicators; this week he’ll lead a new edition of this pioneering group, with the superb front line of tenor saxophonist Abraham Burton and vibes master Steve Nelson. “A lot of times people come to me and they say, ‘This is the first time I've heard real jazz.’…I’ve always played this art form the way I hear it and the musicians, the artists, that I've surrounded myself with—whether they were older or younger—they’ve always felt the same way. So we’ve always just played straight ahead in dealing with this art form on the highest level that we could.” (Louis Hayes,, September 2005)
Music Charge: $25
11/6 – 11/9 Houston Person Quartet
Houston Person – tenor saxophone
John DiMartino – piano
Matthew Parrish – bass
Chip White – drums
Houston Person and Jazz Standard go way back – to May 2002 (to be precise), when the veteran tenor saxophonist made his first appearance on our stage. In his review of Person’s 2012 engagement at Ronnie Scott’s in London, The Guardian’s John Fordham wrote: “His sound has become uniquely characterful: an idiosyncratic edit of all he has learned, expressed in shrugging hoots, briefly cantering bop sprints, spacious and softly blown ballads.” And in his Observer review of Houston’s latest HighNote CD So NiceDave Gelly attested: “Houston Person's tenor saxophone has all the hallmarks – poise, simple ele­gance and that mix­ture of gravitas and slight swagger that comes from having nothing left to prove… His playing just goes on getting better.” Don’t miss this gentle giant of the tenor saxophone, this week at Jazz Standard!
Music Charge: $30 All Shows
11/10 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
11/11 Jonathan Kreisberg Quintet CD RELEASE
Jonathan Kreisberg – guitar
Will Vinson – alto saxophone
Kevin Hays – piano
Rick Rosato – bass
Colin Stranahan – drums
Since graduating from the University of Miami, Jonathan Kreisberg has packed a remarkably diverse array of musical experiences into his 20–year professional career. The guitarist has performed 20th cen­tury works with the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas; played progressive rock with the group Third Wish; led his own jazz trio, and been a key sideman in groups led by Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lee Konitz, and Lenny White, among others. Kreisberg’s album The South of Everywhere, combining quintet and trio performances, spent fifteen weeks on the JazzWeek Jazz Album Chart. For this special Jazz Standard one–nighter, Kreisberg celebrates the release of Wave Upon Wave with his quintet featuring altoist Will Vinson – whose playing has left even acclaimed saxophonist Joshua Redman (in his words) “inspired, humbled, and, quite frankly, terrified.”
Music Charge: $25
11/12 Bria Skonberg featuring Victor Goines
Bria Skonberg – trumpet, vocal
Victor Goines – saxophone, clarinet
Dalton Ridenhour – piano
Sean Cronin – bass
Darrian Douglas – drums
Writing in The Wall Street Journal, Will Friedwald declared: “Bria Skonberg looks like a Scandinavian angel (or Thor’s girlfriend), plays trumpet like a red–hot devil, and sings like a dream.” Jazz guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli says: “Bria radiates an energy that is so refreshing to see, and her compositional chops are on par with her ability to swing!” This prodigiously talented musician earned a 2013 Jazz Journalists Association nomination for “Up and Coming Jazz Artist of The Year” and has been cited as a “Rising Star” in the Down Beat Critics‘ Poll for the past two years. Best known for her knowledge of classic jazz and pursuit of worldwide adventure, Skonberg is now creating a style rooted in hot jazz, Afro–Latin per­cussion, and electronic effects, as captured on her latest album Into Your Own (Random Act Records).
Music Charge: $25
11/13 – 11/16 Orrin Evans Quintet CD RELEASE
Orrin Evans – piano
Terell Stafford – trumpet (11/13 only)
Ingrid Jensen – trumpet (11/14 - 11/16)
J.D. Allen – tenor saxophone
Luques Curtis – bass
Bill Stewart – drums
Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, two–time GRAMMY Award nominee and Pew Fellow Orrin Evans has been recognized as one of the most distinctive and inventive pianists of his generation – in the words of The New York Times, “ poised artist with an impressive template of ideas at his command.” Over the course of a twenty–year career, Orrin has moved to the forefront of the international jazz scene as a pia­nist, composer, bandleader, teacher, producer and arranger. His latest album, It Was Beauty, is Evans’ 20th recording as a leader and his seventh release for the Criss Cross label for which he began recording at age 21. Critically acclaimed for his imposing chops and his propulsive take on rhythm and harmony, Orrin Evans celebrates the release of Liberation Blues at Jazz Standard this week at the helm of an exceptional band including trumpeters Terell Stafford and Ingrid Jensen and the powerhouse drummer Bill Stewart.
Music Charge: $25/$30 Friday & Saturday
11/17 Mingus Big Band
“Gospel and blues, the New Orleans polyphony of Jelly Roll Morton and the urbane sophistication of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the stride piano of James P. Johnson and the dazzling harmonizations of Art Tatum: all went into the Mingus cauldron, seasoned with dashes of circus music, obscure pop tunes, B-movie scores, flamenco, scraps of Mozart and Richard Strauss. To listen to Mingus is to hear the black American musical tradition talking to itself.” (Adam Shatz, “An Argument With Instruments: On Charles Mingus” – The Nation, 9.17.2013)
Music Charge: $25
11/18 Jazz Standard closed for private event
11/19 Frank Kimbrough Quartet
Frank Kimbrough – piano
Steve Wilson – saxophones, flute
Jay Anderson – bass
Lewis Nash – drums
An in–demand sideman and a frequent performer on our stage with (among many others) Noah Preminger, the Herbie Nichols Project, and the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Frank Kimbrough returns to Jazz Standard to perform new music from his latest Palmetto CD Quartet (released 10/14/14) with the wonderfully creative unit of Steve Wilson, Jay Anderson, and Lewis Nash. Quartet includes seven of Kimbrough’s original tunes, with Kurt Weill’s “Trouble Man,” John Lewis’ “Afternoon in Paris,” and the Rodgers & Hart standard “It Never Entered My Mind" rounding out the program. Frank Kimbrough, said The New Yorker, is “a near–visionary whose piano–improvising, composing, and band–leading skills seek out the dark corners of untrod jazz terrain. His work simmers with melodic intrigue and formal invention.”
Music Charge: $25
11/20 – 11/23 Vinicius Cantuaria Sings Jobim
Vinicius Cantuaria – guitar
Vitor Gonsalves – piano
Paul Socolow – bass
Helio Alves – drums
Starting out in the Seventies as a drummer and composer for Brazilian superstar Caetano Veloso’s group A Outra Banda Da Terra, since settling in Brooklyn in 1994 Vinicius Cantuária has devoted himself to voice and guitar, to jazz and bossa nova, honing a gorgeous body of songs that embody his singular syn­thesis of New York City and Rio de Janeiro. Many listeners discovered Cantuária through a pair of pro­jects with guitarist Bill Frisell, including Frisell’s 2003 world–jazz session The Intercontinentals and their inspired album of duets, 2010’s Lágrimas Mexicanas. An entrancing solo performer, Cantuária is a bossa nova poet who accompanies his light, João Gilberto–like vocals with caressing guitar work and gorgeous melodies. He has led a prolific recording career, releasing thirteen albums under his own name since the early ‘80s. Along the way, he has collaborated with a heavyweight cast of sonic explorers such as David Byrne, Angélique Kidjo, Laurie Anderson, Bebel Gilberto, Brian Eno, Brad Mehldau, Jenny Scheinman and others. Vinicius Cantuária is one of the great interpreters of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s treasured com­positions, and for this special Jazz Standard run he will pay tribute to the giant of Brazilian music. Make your reservations now!
Music Charge: $25/$30 Friday & Saturday
11/24 Mingus Big Band
“There once was a word used: swing. Swing went in one direction, it was linear, and everything had to be played with an obvious pulse and that’s very restrictive. But I use the term ‘rotary perception.’ Imagine a circle surrounding each beat—each guy can play his notes anywhere in that circle and it gives him a feel­ing he has more space. The pulse is inside you. When you’re playing with musicians who think this way, you can do anything.” — Charles Mingus, Beneath The Underdog (Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1971)
Music Charge: $25
11/25 – 11/30 Maria Schneider Orchestra [closed 11/27 for Thanksgiving] 10th ANNIVERSARY
Steve Wilson, Dave Pietro, Rich Perry, Donny McCaslin, Scott Robinson – saxophones

Tony Kadleck, Greg Gisbert, Mike Rodriguez, Augie Haas – trumpets

Keith O’Quinn, Ryan Keberle, Marshall Gilkes, George Flynn – trombones

Gary Versace – accordian

Lage Lund – guitar

Frank Kimbrough – piano

Jay Anderson – bass

Clarence Penn – drums
“To call Maria Schneider the most important woman in jazz is missing the point,” said TIME Magazine. “She is a major composer, period.” From the very start, with her orchestra’s debut album Evanescence (1994), Schneider began to develop a deeply personal way of writing for the seventeen–member collective; like Duke Ellington, she has tailored her compositions to highlight the uniquely creative voices of her soloists. Schneider and her orchestra have established a distinguished recording career with ten GRAMMY nominations and three GRAMMY Awards; her 2004 album Concert in the Garden made his­tory as the first recording sold only on the Internet to win a GRAMMY. This Jazz Standard engagement will preview new music from a forthcoming album, The Thompson Fields, of which Maria Schneider says: “The pieces range from being descriptive of the open landscape of my home in southwest Minnesota, to being inspired by the first time I heard a samba school rehearse in Rio. There’s a piece in­spired by the Birds of Paradise Project from Cornell University, and we’re recording ‘A Potter’s Song,’ written in memory of our beloved Laurie Frink, the dearest of friends who we were lucky to make music with for over twenty years.” All of us at Jazz Standard are proud and pleased to welcome back this gifted American musician and her acclaimed ensemble for the 10th consecutive year.
Music Charge: $35 All Shows