Monday, February 2, 2015

New Schedule For The Jazz Standard!

March At Jazz Standard
Anat Cohen Quartet with Special Guests
Edward Simon & Ensemble Venezuela
Lee Konitz & Dave Douglas quintet
Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Bird Calls
Monty Alexander Harlem Kingston Express
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 March. Anat Cohen (clarinet, saxophone) and her quartet will appear with special guests March 4–8, and pianist Edward Simon will lead his Ensemble Venezuela on March 10–11. Saxophonist Lee Konitz and trumpeter Dave Douglas co–lead an all–star quintet from March 19–22, and saxopho­nist Rudresh Mahanthappa plays music inspired by Charlie Parker with his quintet on March 24. Pianist Monty Alexander Harlem Kingston Express play their unique Jamaican jazz blend from March 26–29. Our “Mingus Mon­day” resi­dency contin­ues this month with the GRAMMY Award–winning Mingus Big Band, appearing 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, and 3/30. Be­low is a com­plete sched­ule of March 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
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

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, Dexter Gordon, Freddie Hubbard, Nancy Wilson, Eddie Harris: These are just a few of the jazz giants with whom bassist Rufus 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.) But 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. In late 2014, Rufus Reid was 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 comprised of some of the most fiery young sidemen in the county.
Music Charge: $30 / $35 (Friday & Saturday)
3/2 Mingus Big Band
Our “Mingus Monday” residency continues to revive and reinvent the music of the legendary bassist, composer and bandleader Charles Mingus (1922–1979).  The excitement continues tonight with two blazing sets by the mighty Mingus Big Band, which recorded a GRAMMY Award–winning album Live at Jazz Standard.
Music Charge: $25
3/3 Duchess 

Amy Cervini – voice
Hilary Gardner – voice
Melissa Stylianou – voice  
Jeff Lederer – saxophone, clarinet
Michael Cabe – piano
Jesse Lewis – guitar
Paul Sikivie – bass
Matt Wilson – drums

Jazz Standard is proud to present the New York debut of Duchess, a scintillating new jazz vocal trio whose debut album was released 2/17 by Anzic Records. Three outstanding singers – Amy Cervini, Melissa Stylianou, and Hilary Gardner – join forces in a joyful, sophisticated blend inspired by the pioneering harmonies of the Boswell Sisters. Produced by Oded Lev–Ari, who helmed previous acclaimed Anzic releases by Cervini and Stylianou, Duchess matches the three singers with a quartet of New York instru­mental aces on songs ranging from Peggy Lee’s “I Love Being Here With You” to new twists on “Que Sera, Sera” and “I'll Be Seeing You.” “This threesome devises original arrangements of mostly vintage songs, both familiar and offbeat,” wrote Will Friedwald in The Wall Street Journal. “They understand that swinging music goes hand in hand with an auda­cious sense of humor.”
Music Charge: $25
3/4 – 3/8 Anat Cohen Quartet CD Release
Anat Cohen – clarinet, saxophone
Jason Lindner – piano
Joseph Martin – bass
Daniel Freedman – drums
Special Guests TBA
Clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtu­osity and delightful stage presence. Performing with her quartet at the North Sea Jazz Festival, “Cohen not only proved to be a woodwind revelation of dark tones and delicious lyricism, but also a dy­namic bandleader who danced and shouted out encouragement to her group…” (Down Beat) To date, Anat has released six albums as a leader on her own Anzic label as well as appearing on record dates with (among others) Duduka Da Fonseca, Howard Alden, and Wycliffe Gordon. Cohen’s 2012 Anzic release, Claroscuro, showcased her mastery of a global set of styles, from the creolized chanson of New Orleans and the evergreen swing of an Artie Shaw tune to African grooves and Brazilian chorosamba and more. Anat Cohen comes to Jazz Standard for these five nights to celebrate her seventh album as a leader, “Luminosa”.
Music Charge: $30 All Shows
3/9 Mingus Big Band
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 the MBB’s album Gun–Slinging Bird)
Music Charge: $25
3/10 – 3/11 Edward Simon & Ensemble Venezuela
Edward Simon – piano
Edmar Castaneda – harp
John Ellis - tenor sax & bass clarinet
Elena Pinderhughes – flute
Roberto Koch – bass
Adam Cruz – drums
Luis Quintero – percussion
In 2003, pianist and composer Edward Simon founded Ensemble Venezuela as a vehicle for exploring the affinities between jazz and Venezuelan music. The Ensemble explores the marriage between these styles through the creation of new works and arrangements of compositions by Venezuelan masters. In 2005 Chamber Music America awarded Simon a grant to compose his “Venezuelan Suite,” a work that crosses the boundaries between jazz, chamber music and Venezuelan folk music. “Despite its rich and varied folklore, Venezuelan music has yet to obtain the recognition that other musical traditions from Latin America have received,” says Edward Simon. “Ever since I rediscovered the music of my homeland, I've been fascinated by its sheer beauty…Reflected in it are the sounds of the various eth­nic groups that make up its inhabitants, an amalgamation predominantly of its indigenous people, Spanish and Africans, manifesting in a myriad of forms.”
Music Charge: $30
3/12 – 3/15 Steve Kuhn Trio
Steve Kuhn – piano
Buster Williams – bass
Joey Baron – drums
The eloquent pianist Steve Kuhn was a 22–year–old Harvard graduate when he joined the John Coltrane Quartet for a few unforgettable months in 1960; he went on to work with Stan Getz, Charles Lloyd, Art Farmer, Oliver Nelson, Gary McFarland, Sheila Jordan, and Miroslav Vitous. Kuhn solidified his creden­tials as a leader during a period of residency in Sweden (1967–1971) when he formed a trio that toured throughout Europe. An ECM recording artist since 1974, his many fine recordings include Mostly Coltrane (2009) and Wisteria (2012). The Steve Kuhn Trio, wrote Nate Chinen in The New York Times, is “an effort­lessly modern enterprise, with roots stretching through a tangle of post–bop traditions. For any admirer of jazz piano, or articulate small–group jazz in general, it's something that shouldn’t be missed.” He is joined by legendary bassist Buster Williams, and the ever-sensitive Joey Baron.
Music Charge: $30 / $35 (Friday & Saturday)
3/16 Mingus Big Band
“A spirited blend of the lush harmonies and boisterous blues sections, interwoven ensemble passages and sudden tempo shifts that made the late bassist Charles Mingus one of the most challenging and celebrated artists in jazz.” – The Los Angeles Times
Music Charge: $25
3/17 – 3/18 Kendrick Scott Oracle 
Kendrick Scott – drums
John Ellis – tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Mike Moreno – guitar
Taylor Eigsti – piano
Joe Sanders – bass 
Jazz Standard welcomes back drummer, composer and bandleader Kendrick Scott and his kinetic combo Oracle as they continue to dig beneath the musical surface in search of deeper truths. Newly signed to Blue Note Records, the group will be performing new material from its forthcoming third album as well as favorites from two previous CDs, The Source (2007) and Conviction (2013). “Kendrick Scott is a jazz drummer conversant in an ultramodern sense of propulsion: lightweight yet heavy–gauge, with room for tumbling accents and textures. He has brought this feeling to a few contemporary groups, notably the one led by the trumpeter Terence Blanchard. Now he has planted it at the center of Oracle, a cohort of smart and sympathetic players.” (Nate Chinen, The New York Times)
Music Charge: $25
3/19 – 3/22 Lee Konitz & Dave Douglas Quintet (7:30pm & 10:00pm only)
Lee Konitz – alto saxophone
Dave Douglas – trumpet
Matt Mitchell – piano
Linda Oh – bass
Ches Smith – drums
“Accompanying Lee Konitz requires very good ears and a kind of musical mind–reading power,” wrote jazz blogger Dustin Lindensmith after witnessing the 87–year–old alto saxophonist in performance at the Halifax Jazz Festival. “He knows every standard ever written and can probably play them in all twelve keys. He never writes a set list for his shows ahead of time, so his quartet has to be prepared to play any­thing, in any key, and probably at any tempo.” In trumpeter Dave Douglas and his rhythm section cohorts, Konitz has found a band to match his own musical acuity and sense of improvisational daring. This will be one of the most anticipated events of New York’s 2015 jazz calendar – make your reservations now!
Music Charge: $35 All Shows
3/23 Mingus Big Band
“The Mingus Band has taken a musical legacy and transformed it into a creative force that generates a contemporary originality and vitality all its own. They are an important part of the current jazz scene and a constant reminder that jazz—big band jazz, at that—is not merely entertainment but a powerful art form and means of expression.” – The New York Daily News
Music Charge: $25
3/24 Rudresh Mahanthappa Plays Bird Calls 
Rudresh Mahanthappa – alto saxophone
Adam O’Farrill – trumpet
David Virelles – piano
Francois Moutin – bass
Jordan Perlson – drums
Through a series of critically acclaimed releases over the past decade, saxophonist and composer Rudresh Mahanthappa has explored the music of his South Indian heritage and translated it through the vocabulary of his own distinctive approach to modern jazz. On his latest release Bird Calls (released 2/10 on the ACT label), Mahanthappa trains his anthropological imagination on an equally important cultural influence: the music of Charlie Parker. With a stellar quintet of forward–thinking musicians, which includes some long-time collaborators as well as rising star trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, Mahanthappa offers an angular and fiery examination of Bird’s foundational influence and how it manifests itself in a decidedly 21st century context. “This music says, ‘Yes, Bird’s influence is absolutely indelible, and here’s why,’” says Rudresh Mahanthappa. “This is music that is all directly inspired by Charlie Parker, but it sounds as modern as anything today.”
Music Charge: $25
3/25 Glenn Zaleski Trio with Ravi Coltrane CD RELEASE
Glenn Zaleski – piano
Ravi Coltrane – tenor & soprano saxophones
Dezron Douglas – bass
Craig Weinrib – drums
A semi-finalist in the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, the Brooklyn–based pianist/composer Glenn Zaleski maintains an active performance and teaching schedule, working with such artists as Ravi Coltrane, Lage Lund, and Melissa Aldana. He has released two albums with the co–operative trio including bassist Rick Rosato and drummer Colin Stranahan. The New York Times called the group’s 2011 release Anticipation “an estimable album” with a “meticulously flowing sound” while the Ottawa Citizen said: “Anticipation helps set the standard high for not only jazz 20–somethings, but for musicians of all ages.” This Jazz Standard one–nighter, with very special guest Ravi Coltrane, heralds the release of My Ideal – an album of standards, and Glenn Zaleski’s debut album as a leader, on Sunnyside Records.
Music Charge: $25
3/26 – 3/29 Monty Alexander Harlem Kingston Express
Monty Alexander – piano
Andy Bassford – guitar
Hassan JJ Shakur – bass
Joshua Thomas – electric bass
Karl Wright – drums
TBA – drums

In a career spanning five decades, virtuoso swinging pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression. In the process, he has performed and recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe and entertainment world: Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Bobby McFerrin, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare. “Monty Alexander has been bringing jazz back to reggae music (and vice versa) for decades,” wrote Rick Anderson at “Harlem–Kingston Express finds him…continuing to explore the connections between traditional reggae and straight–ahead jazz while also forging new ones.”
Music Charge $35 / $40 (Friday & Saturday)
3/30 Mingus Big Band
“The city’s hardest-working big band lifts your spirits in Gramercy, serving up Charles Mingus’s unique combination of lofty ambition and bluesy Holy Roller soul.” – Time Out New York
Music Charge: $25
3/31 E.J. Strickland Quintet CD RELEASE
E.J. Strickland – drums
Jaleel Shaw – alto saxophone
Marcus Strickland – tenor & soprano saxophones
Luis Perdomo – piano
Linda Oh – bass
Noted for his percussive presence behind leaders like Ravi Coltrane, Russell Malone, and identical twin brother Marcus Strickland, E.J. Strickland currently leads his own dynamic bands The E.J. Strickland Quintet and The E.J. Strickland Project. His discography includes over 30 albums as a sideman with extremely varied recording artists as well as In This Day, his impressive 2009 debut as a leader. He adds to his impressive oeuvre with Undying Spirit which he releases tonight at Jazz Standard. “Strickland encourages tight communication among his musicians and gives them ample leeway to stretch,” Jeff Tamarkin wrote in his review of In This Day. “Strickland’s soloing and ability to navigate hairpin melodic turns is exemplified on ‘Wrong Turn,’ and his tandem work with Marcus throughout is especially impressive.”
Music Charge: $25