Monday, November 3, 2014

Dec. Jazz Standard

Carmen Lundy
Azar Lawrence Quartet – A Love Supreme 50th Anniversary
Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree–O featuring Anat Cohen
Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9
Richard Bona: Mandekan Cubano
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 December. Singer/songwriter Carmen Lundy will perform from December 4–7, playing songs from her new album Soul To Soul. On December 9–10, saxophonist Azar Lawrence will pay tribute to John Coltrane on the 50th anniversary of the recording of A Love Supreme. On December 16–17Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree–O with special guest Anat Cohen will put their special spin on a set of holiday classics. On December 18–21, the rousing Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9 return to our stage. Richard Bona & Mandekan Cubano will hold forth from December 30January 4 including two gala shows on New Year’s Eve. Our “Mingus Mon­day” resi­dency contin­ues this month with the GRAMMY Award–winning Mingus Big Band appearing 12/1, 12/8, and 12/29; and the Mingus Orchestra performing 12/15. Be­low is a com­plete sched­ule of December 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 on Sunday, December 7 and 14
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

12/1 Mingus Big Band
Our ever–popular “Mingus Monday” residency continues as we shake off the winter chill with two fiery sets by this GRAMMY Award–winning aggregation, playing the music of legendary bassist, composer and bandleader Charles Mingus (1922–1979). The Washington Post says: “The best jazz orchestra in the world bears the name of the Mingus Big Band. A remarkable high standard of musicianship, energy and consistency!”
Music Charge: $25
12/2 Melissa Stylianou CD RELEASE
Melissa Stylianou – voice
Billy Drewes – saxophones, clarinet, flute
Bruce Barth – piano
Linda Oh – bass
Matt Wilson – drums
Melissa Stylianou has been turning heads and capturing hearts in performances ranging from intimate club residencies to top festival stages since leaving Toronto for New York.  This special Jazz Standard one–nighter celebrates the release of the singer’s second Anzic Records CD, No Regrets, featuring her inventive and moving interpretation of the Gershwins’ “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” Ellington’s “I Got it Bad,” and the Thelonious Monk/Coleman Hawkins gem “I Mean You.” For instrumental support, Melissa has recruited a dazzling quartet, all of whom are acclaimed bandleaders and recording artists in their own right. “Melissa Stylianou has it all,” says GRAMMY– nominated pianist Fred Hersch, “a gorgeous instrument, superb musicianship and great taste.”
Music Charge: $25
12/3 Ben Sidran Presents Blue Camus CD RELEASE
Ben Sidran – acoustic piano, electric piano, vocals
John Ellis – tenor saxophone
Alexis Cuadrado – bass
Leo Sidran – drums
In his previous appearance at Jazz Standard, the great Ben Sidran presented music from his 2013 album Don't Cry For No Hipster. Now the veteran singer and keyboards player returns to premiere a new album, Blue Camus, due out in early 2015, that Ben calls “the follow up to Don't Cry For No Hipster. If the latter spoke to the hipster’s inner monologue, this project reflects the external input source that the hipster has been taking in. The references in Blue Camus go back almost one hundred years to Garcia Lorca’s poetry (referenced in “The King of Harlem”), Orwell’s fantastic fiction (found in “A Is For Alligator”), and a bit more recently to Albert Camus’ philosophy of existentialism…In a world that appears to be swallowing itself whole, jazz and literature, combined here as Blue Camus, provide a starting point to ask some questions about where we are and resolve them in swing.
Music Charge: $25
12/4 – 12/7 Carmen Lundy Quintet
Carmen Lundy – vocals
Kris Bowers – piano
Andrew Renfroe – guitar
Darryl Hall – bass
Jamison Ross – drums
Soul To Soul is Carmen Lundy’s 14th album and the next exciting chapter in her critically acclaimed career as a singer, songwriter, and producer. Lundy composed and arranged 11 of the 13 tracks, played all the instruments (including bass, drums, piano, guitar and percussion) in her home studio to get a working “feel” for the music – then called upon a host of musical friends to lay down their own singular contributions. Among those special guests are keyboardists Patrice Rushen and Geri Allen, trumpeter Randy Brecker, saxophonist Bennie Maupin, and vibraphonist Warren Wolf. “I wrote the music with specific players in mind for each respective instrument,” says Lundy. “I consider these artists specialists on their instruments. These are players who bring a distinctive sound to everything they play and add another layer of individuality to my original music.”
Music Charge: $25/$30 Friday & Saturday
12/8 Mingus Big Band
“Everything he’s done on record is part of the essential Mingus…He is one of those relatively few jazz figures who has inexorably accumulated a wholly singular body of work – like Duke and Monk and Miles and Trane…All of Mingus’ music is a symphony fused from the parts of his life, like a book.” – Nat Hentoff, from his liner notes to The Art of Charles Mingus: The Atlantic Years (Atlantic SD 2–302)
Music Charge: $25
12/9 – 12/10 Azar Lawrence Quartet – A Love Supreme  50th Anniversary Celebration
Azar Lawrence – tenor saxophone
Benito Gonzalez – piano
Reggie Workman – bass
Billy Hart – drums
On December 9, 1964, in a single session at the Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, the John Coltrane Quartet recorded A Love Supreme – one of the most important and influential albums in American musical history. “Try thinking of the holy visitation in the grips of heroin withdrawal that Coltrane describes in the liner notes as a born–again experience, and this becomes his evangelical testimony,” wrote Francis Davis in The Village Voice, who declared A Love Supreme “Coltrane's most celebrated work, and rightly so.” On the 50th anniversary of this recording, we’re proud to present longtime McCoy Tyner sideman Azar Lawrence performing selections from the work. With his own powerfully individual sound and an outstanding quartet including Coltrane sideman Reggie Workman, Azar is a fitting representative of the mark Coltrane’s opus has made on music. In a review of the saxophonist’s December 2011 appearance at Jazz Standard in December 2011, Nate Chinen wrote in The New York Times: “Throughout his generously proportioned second set, he played as if plugging into a life force. He seemed committed to the idea of the self as a vessel; those winds were whipping through him… Letting loose with his big sound, often worrying a phrase into incantation, he worked toward a prayerful froth.”
Music Charge: $30
12/11 – 12/13 Jimmy Greene celebrates “Beautiful Life”
Jimmy Greene – tenor saxophone
David Bryant – piano
Luke Sellick – bass
Jimmy MacBride – drums
A native of Hartford, Connecticut, Jimmy Greene emerged as a positive presence in the jazz world even before the release of his 1997 debut album Introducing Jimmy Greene (Criss Cross). In addition to his recordings and appearances as a leader, the saxophonist, composer, and educator has appeared on over 70 albums as a sideman; he’s toured and/or recorded with Horace Silver, Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Harry Connick, Jr., Avishai Cohen, Kenny Barron, Lewis Nash, and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, among many others. Greene’s playing “is good for a couple of body chills every time you see him,” Jim Macnie wrote in The Village Voice. “He's got a big barrelhouse sound, and a way of negotiating changes that make academic moves seem natural.” And in Britain’s Jazzwise Magazine, Tony Hall called Jimmy Greene “...without doubt one of the most striking young tenors of recent years.”
Music Charge: $30
12/14 claudia acuna with special guest melissa aldana
Claudia Acuña – voice
Pablo Vergara – piano
Marvin Sewell – guitar
Ben Willis – bass
Yayo Serka – drums
Melissa Aldana – tenor saxophone
Since moving to New York in the mid–1990s, the Chilean–born singer Claudia Acuña has honed her vocal artistry on stages ranging from small clubs to major international festivals. The New York Times praised the “strength and grace” of Claudia’s singular voice, and she’s released a string of impressive, eclectic albums beginning with her 1999 Verve Records debut Wind From The South.  Singing primarily in Spanish, Claudia Acuña transforms her repertoire of Latin American songs and jazz standards with her own distinctive, personal, and restlessly adventurous style. The acclaimed saxophonist and fellow Chilean Melissa Aldana will be on hand for this very special one–nighter. “For whatever reason, there has never been a high-profile female tenor saxophonist in jazz who writes and plays with a bold and distinctive style,” wrote Britt Robson in the Minneapolis Star–Tribune. “Aldana seems destined to fill that void so completely that affixing any gender qualifiers seems moot.”
Music Charge: $30
12/15 Mingus Orchestra
With its unique blend of jazz and “non–jazz” instrumentation, the Orchestra may be the most intellectu­ally challenging and musically surprising of the three Mingus legacy bands. Don’t miss it – tonight, only at Jazz Standard!
Music Charge: $25
12/16 – 12/17 Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree–O featuring Anat Cohen
Matt Wilson – drums, timpani, jingle bells
Anat Cohen – clarinet
Jeff Lederer – soprano & tenor saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, piccolo, toy piano
Paul Sikivie – bass
Matt Wilson, that cheerful powerhouse of percussion, returns to Jazz Standard with his seasonally active Christmas Tree–O and very special guest Anat Cohen to perform head–turning interpretations of assorted holiday favorites. “Wonder and innocence, gaudiness and cheer: can it be any surprise that the jazz drummer Matt Wilson thrives around the holidays? His Christmas Tree-O…does more or less what you’d expect, batting around holiday standards with a mischievous but sentimental air…In any case, the band, with Paul Sikivie on bass and Jeff Lederer on reeds, represents something more than a side project or a symptom of seasonal opportunism. It has its own gait and style.” (The New York Times)
Music Charge: $30
12/18 – 12/21 Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9
Henry Butler – piano, voice
Steven Bernstein – trumpet, slide trumpet, alto horn
Curtis Fowlkes – trombone
Charlie Burnham – violin
Doug Wieselman – clarinets, tenor saxophone
Peter Apfelbaum – tenor & soprano saxophone
Erik Lawrence – baritone & soprano saxophone
Matt Munisteri – guitar
Brad Jones – bass
Donald Edwards – drums
Henry Butler, wrote Richard Skelly for the All Music Guide, “is arguably the greatest living proponent of the classic New Orleans piano tradition, playing an amalgam of boogie-woogie, jazz, blues and classical in the lineage of Professor Longhair, James Booker, Tuts Washington, Allen Toussaint and countless other emperors of the ivories...” In recent years, Butler has teamed with trumpeter/composer Steven Bernstein and the fiery unit he calls the Hot 9, including trombonist Curtis Fowlkes (Jazz Passengers, Bill Frisell, Sheryl Crow) and violinist Charlie Burnham (James "Blood" Ulmer, String Trio of New York, Norah Jones). Using a traditional New Orleans jazz palette for their launching point, Butler, Bernstein, and Company will explore everything from early 20th century pre–jazz to thoughtful yet fearless improvisations on a host of Crescent City classics. “Their collaboration is both historically aware and fully prepared to cut loose… The music was fully shared with a band that could deliver the sweetly piquant blend and brassy growls of old New Orleans jazz, dart through knotty post–bop counterpoint or latch onto a tricky funk vamp.” (The New York Times) Earlier this year their successful debut recording, Viper’s Drag, relaunched the storied Impulse label.  Since the initial world premiere of this group on the Jazz Standard stage in August of 2012, the band has toured throughout the world on grand stages from the Hollywood Bowl to the major European Festivals.
Music Charge: $30/$35 Friday & Saturday
12/22 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
12/23 Andy Farber and the After Midnight Orchestra featuring Catherine Russell
Andy Farber – leader, saxophones, flute
Catherine Russell – vocals
Mark Gross, Godwin Louis, Lance Bryant, Dan Block, Kurt Bacher – saxophones
Greg Gisbert, Bruce Harris, Alphonso Horne & James Zollar – trumpets
Art Baron, Wayne Goodman, James Burton, Max Siegel – trombones
Bob Grillo – guitar
Mark Shane – piano
Jennifer Vincent – bass
Alvester Garnett – drums
Broadway theatergoers who’ve attended the hit musical After Midnight have come away raving about the show’s superb stage band playing Tin Pan Alley favorites (“I've Got the World on a String,” “On the Sunny Side of the Street”), classic Ellingtonia (“Daybreak Express,” “The Mooche”), downhome blues (“Women Be Wise”) and more. That’s why all of us at Jazz Standard are thrilled to present, for one night only, Andy Farber and the After Midnight Orchestra with the scintillating singer Catherine Russell. This is the same all–star aggregation that backed the show’s succession of guest stars including Fantasia Barrino, k.d. lang, Vanessa Williams, and Patti LaBelle; it’s the band that performed with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga last July for a PBS Great Performances television special. It’s a holiday celebration not to be missed – make your reservations now!
Music Charge: $30
12/24 – 12/25 jazz standard is closed
12/26 – 11/28 Freddy Cole Quartet (7:30pm + 10:00pm only)
Freddy Cole – voice, piano
Randy Napolean – guitar
Elias Bailey – bass
Curtis Boyd – drums
The New York Times called him “the most maturely expressive male jazz singer of his generation, if not the best alive.” Jon Hendricks hailed him as “a real Prince of Song, upholding a noble tradition as only he can.” “He” is Lionel Frederick “Freddy” Cole – singer and pianist extraordinaire, and a masterful inter­preter of The Great American Songbook (a family business. His brother was the great Nat “King” Cole). Writing in the Topeka (KS) Capital–Journal, Chuck Berg hailed Freddy Cole as “one of American popular music’s great performers…whose toe–tapping forays recall the bluesy minimalism of Count Basie, the urbane so­phistication of George Shearing, and the uptown swagger of Duke Ellington.” Freddy Cole’s latest HighNote album, This-And-That, includes his warmly inviting renditions of such classic tunes as “Sometimes I'm Happy,” “Everybody's Talkin’,” and “What Color Is Love?”
Music Charge: $30 All Shows
12/29 Mingus Big Band
“Mingus was always true to his ever–changing moods: he wanted to create music that, in his words, was ‘as varied as my feelings are, or the world is.’ For sheer range of expression, his work has few equals in postwar American music: furious and tender, joyous and melancholy, grave and mischievous, ecstatic and introspective. It moves from the rapture of the church to the euphoria of the ballroom, from accusation to seduction, from a whisper to a growl, often by way of startling jump cuts and sudden changes in tempo.” (Adam Shatz, “An Argument With Instruments: On Charles Mingus” – The Nation, 9.17.2013)
Music Charge: $25
12/30 – 1/4 Richard Bona: Mandekan Cubano
Richard Bona – bass, vocal
Dennis Hernandez – trumpet
Rey David – trombone
Osmany Parredes – piano
Luisito Quintero – percussion
Roberto Quintero – percussion
For over two decades, the Cameroon–born bassist/vocalist/composer Richard Bona has performed and recorded with a host of internationally renowned musicians such as Pat Metheny, Harry Belafonte, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Branford Marsalis, and more. His thrilling Afro–Cuban project Mandekan Cubano weaves together disparate roots, alchemizing ancient traditions into surprising new forms. This journey unites African and South American beats in a stunning overflowing celebration of sound, rhythm, and passion. “When I was a kid, music was not music to us unless there was a beautiful story behind it. That’s my background. That’s still where I live.” (Richard Bona)
Music Charge: $35 (12/30, 1/1-1/4)
New Year’s Eve **Special Times + Rates**
Music Charge: New Year’s Eve - $135 for 7:30pm show (includes three–course dinner, music charge)
10:30pm: New Year’s Eve - $195 for 10:30pm show (includes three–course dinner, champagne toast, music charge)