Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Jazz Standard Schedule!





February @ Jazz Standard
Features
Ravi Coltrane Quintet
Tierney Sutton Band
George Coleman Quartet
the Big Band Sound of Rufus Reid
 
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 the month of February. Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and his quintet will hold forth from February 3–8 followed by singer Tierney Sutton and her longtime band appearing February 19–22. Blues guitarist/vocalist Chris Bergson and his horn–heavy band will perform February 24–25, and bassist/composer Rufus Reid will return February 26–March 1 to lead his acclaimed big band. Our “Mingus Mon­day” resi­dency contin­ues this month with the GRAMMY Award–winning Mingus Big Band, appearing 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, and 2/23. Be­low is a com­plete sched­ule of February per­form­ances at JAZZ STANDARD, along with infor­ma­tion on the musicians. For every­thing else, visit www.jazzstandard.com.
 
 
ALL SHOW TIMES:  7:30 & 10:00PM + 11:45PM ON FRIDAYS   & SATURDAYS
 
Jazz Standard is located at 116 East 27th Street between Lexington and Park
Train 6 to East 28th Street
 
NEVER A MINIMUM
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 www.ticketweb.com
Artists and schedules are subject to change
 


FEBRUARY 2015 SCHEDULE
 
2/1 Jazz Standard Is Closed
 
2/2 Mingus Big Band
 
Our acclaimed “Mingus Monday” residency continues to revive and reinvent the music of the legendary Charles Mingus (1922 – 1979). “Gospel fervor, flamenco tinges, fog–bound moodiness, bebop complexity, the joy and despair of the blues, Schoenbergian atonality, were all bound together by Mingus. A driven skipper, sometimes more crazed than Ahab, he conducted from the bridge, shouting praise, condemnation, and love.” – Doug Ramsey in Jazz Masters: Reflections on the Music & Some of Its Makers (1989, University of Arkansas Press)
Music Charge: $25
 
2/3 – 2/8 Ravi Coltrane quintet
Ravi Coltrane – tenor saxophone
Ralph Alessi – trumpet
Aaron Parks – piano
Bob Hurst – bass
Jeff “Tain” Watts – drums
 
As a saxophonist, composer, bandleader, and label entrepreneur, Ravi Coltrane is a renaissance man of 21st century jazz. He’s released six albums as a leader, including his latest Spirit Flame (Blue Note, 2012). For the past two years, he’s hosted the “Ravi Coltrane Invitational” on our stage with a diverse array of guest musicians. This week, however, he returns to Jazz Standard with an all–star quintet including trumpeter Ralph Alessi and drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts. “The ethereal quality of his tone renders even his most intense, intricate passagework immensely attractive and unintimidating,” wrote Howard Reich in The Chicago Tribune. “So regardless of how explosively he may be playing or how remote his harmonic journeys may become, the sheer luster of his sound and nimbleness of his technique play gently on the ear.”
Music Charge: $30/$35 Friday & Saturday
 
2/9 Mingus Big Band
 
“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
 
2/10 Justin Kauflin – CD RELEASE
Justin Kauflin – piano
Matthew Stevens – guitar
Chris Smith – bass
Billy Williams – drums
 
In 2004, Justin Kauflin (who lost his sight at age six) was a student at William Patterson University in New Jersey, where he was taken under the wing of legendary trumpeter Clark Terry and performed in the Clark Terry Ensemble. Kauflin also studied with piano greats Harold Mabern, Mulgrew Miller (1955–2013), and James Williams (1951–2004). At 23, Justin composed, produced, and performed his debut album Introducing Justin Kauflin; subsequently, his relationship with mentor Clark Terry was chronicled in the award–winning documentary Keep On Keepin’ On. After signing with legendary producer and music icon Quincy Jones for personal management, Justin Kauflin traveled the globe with performances in Montreux, Switzerland; Vienne, France; Seoul, Korea; and Tokyo, Japan. Quincy also produced Dedication, the artist’s sophomore CD and his first for the Jazz Village label. This special Jazz Standard one–nighter marks Justin Kauflin’s Jazz Standard debut and celebrates the January 2015 release of Dedication.
Music Charge: $25
 
2/11 – 2/12 George Coleman Quartet
George Coleman – 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). The Memphis–born saxophonist has appeared on our stage with organ groups, quintets and octets; this week he returns to the classic acoustic quartet format, with lifelong friend and collaborator Harold Mabern at the piano. “With more than 50 years of jazz experience beneath his belt, Coleman is still one of the finest lyrical saxophone players in the game.” (Helen Cooper, Encore Magazine)
Music Charge: $30
 
2/13 – 2/15 Mingus Big Band
 
The GRAMMY Award–winning Mingus Big Band returns this week in a series of special performances honoring the 2015 Mingus High School Competition & Festival – one of the year’s most important events in jazz education. The weekend includes a day of workshops led by music educators and seasoned players from the Mingus legacy bands; a full day devoted to the Competition; and special concerts by the Mingus Big Band. Outstanding high school soloists from the Competition will be invited to sit in with the Big Band on Sunday night (2/15) – and the winning soloist will be eligible for a full tuition scholarship at Manhattan School Of Music.
Music Charge: $30 all shows
 
2/16 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
 
2/17 – 2/18 Russell Malone Quartet – CD RELEASE
Russell Malone – guitar
Rick Germanson – piano
Gerald Cannon – bass
Willie Jones III – drums
 
“I’ve always felt that jazz is the way in which something is done,” Russell Malone once told an interviewer. “The material can come from anywhere – what makes it jazz is the way you approach it. Sonny Rollins playing ‘Tennessee Waltz’ isn’t a song you associate with jazz. But man, Sonny plays his heart out on that song…I can have just as much fun playing a Willie Nelson song as I would have playing something by Duke Ellington.” A valued sideman for the late Jimmy Smith and a key player on GRAMMY Award–winning albums by Harry Connick Jr., Branford Marsalis, and Diana Krall, the swinging and soulful Georgia–born guitarist makes a welcome return to our stage for the release of Love Looks Good on You, a record which documents the recent work of this particular group. Make your reservations now!
Music Charge: $30
 
2/19 – 2/22 Tierney Sutton Band – 7:30pm & 10:00pm ONLY
Tierney Sutton – vocals
Christian Jacob – piano
Ray Brinker – drums
Kevin Axt – bass
 
Welcome back, Tierney Sutton – and congratulations on the GRAMMY Award nomination for your latest album, Paris Sessions, in the category of Best Jazz Vocal Album! Recorded in the City of Light with flawless instrumental support from French guitarist Serge Merlaud and Tierney Sutton Band bassist Kevin Axt, Paris Sessions is an intimate collection of standards and original songs in a unique and cozy setting. In performance, noted Stephen Holden in The New York Times, each musician in the Tierney Sutton Band “has a more or less equal say in the creation of elaborate, trickily metered arrangements through which Mr. Jacob’s piano catapults. Above it all flies Ms. Sutton’s flexible voice, which she wielded with a fearless adventurousness.”
Music Charge: $30/$35 Friday & Saturday
 
2/23 Mingus Big Band
 
“For sheer range of expression, Mingus’ 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
 
2/24 – 2/25 Chris Bergson Band
Chris Bergson – guitar, vocals
Ellis Hooks – vocals
Steven Bernstein – trumpet
Jay Collins – tenor & alto saxophones
Ian Hendrickson–Smith – baritone saxophone
Craig Dreyer – organ, Wurlitzer piano, backing vocals
Matt Clohesy – bass (2/24 only)
Andy Hess – bass (2/25 only)
Ethan Eubanks – drums
 
Fan favorite Chris Bergson returns to Jazz Standard, fresh from England’s MOJO Magazine naming his  Live at Jazz Standard among its Top Three Blues Albums of 2014! In his four–star review of Live At Jazz Standard, Tony Russell lauded “another bulletin from the New York street poet with a blues soul. The music is as tight as a hangman's knot!” Elmore Magazine adds: “This recording captures the sheer exhilaration of one of the most talented bands playing today...From blazing rock to funk to soul to Delta blues and all that's in between.” This exciting Jazz Standard run features the expanded lineup of the Bergson aggregation, with a triple–threat horn section of trumpeter Steve Bernstein and saxophonists Jay Collins and Ian Hendrickson–Smith.
Music Charge: $25
 
2/26 – 3/1 The Big Band Sound of Rufus Reid
Rufus Reid – bass
Steve Allee - piano
Vic Juris – guitar
Chris Beck – drums
Charenee Wade – voice
John Irabagon – alto & soprano saxophones, flute, clarinet
Jason Curry – alto saxophone, clarinet
Scott Robinson – tenor saxophone, clarinet
Tom Christensen – tenor saxophone, clarinet
Carl Maraghi – baritone saxophone, bass clarinet
Tanya Darby – lead trumpet
Freddie Hendrix – trumpet
Tim Hagans – trumpet
Scott Wendholt – trumpet
Ryan Keberle – trombone
Marshall Gilkes – trombone
Dave Taylor – bass trombone
Luis Bonilla – trombone
John Clark – French horn
Vincent Chancey – French horn
 
Sonny Stitt, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Dorham, Dexter Gordon, Lee Konitz, Freddie Hubbard, Nancy Wilson, Eddie Harris, and Kenny Burrell are just a few of the jazz giants with whom Reid has performed and/or recorded since the mid–Sixties. (He also served for 20 years as the Director of Jazz Studies and Performance Program at William Patterson University.) In March 2014, this MVP sideman stepped out as a composer and bandleader with his ambitious Motema Music album Quiet Pride – The Elizabeth Catlett Project and the Jazz Standard debut of his very own big band. Rufus Reid is currently nominated for not one, but two GRAMMY Awards, for Quiet Pride as Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album and for the track “Recognition” as Best Instrumental Composition.  This week, we welcome the big band sound of Rufus Reid back to our stage, performing songs from Quiet Pride along with new compositions created for this powerful 20–person ensemble.