New York’s Smoke Jazz Club kick-starts 2023 with a stellar line-up of some of jazz’s greatest artists during the month of January. SMOKE honors two octogenarians with special birthday celebrations: saxophonist Billy Harper and drummer Al Foster. Master trumpeter and pianist Nicholas Payton is joined by two of the greatest: bassist Buster Williams and drummer Lenny White for a four-night album release series. SMOKE’s 10th Annual Coltrane Festival, an homage to the great saxophonist and composer John Coltrane, continues for one week with some of today’s leading artists. Wrapping up January is one of the most beloved pianists, Bill Charlap, returning with his Trio: bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington. Scroll down for complete schedule or visit SMOKEjazz.com, including ‘Countdown 2023’ on New Year’s Eve!
We are excited to hear about a 2023 album release by two of our favorite musical artists, the iconic pianist/composer Fred Hersch and visionary jazz vocalist esperanza spalding ~ with a release celebration at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) on January 29th, 2023.
On Saturday, September 24, 2022, 1:00pm – 7:00 pm at Marcus Garvey Park | Richard Rodgers Amphitheatre, in Harlem, iconic saxophone players Bill Saxton, Alvin Flythe, Todd Herbert, Sweet Lee Odom, Patience Higgins, TK Blue and John S. Mannan join three rhythm sections to play the music of John Coltrane from the Miles Davis/Monk Era thru the Impulse Record years of Trane’s performances. Doors Open at 1:00 pm performances begin with The Reggie Workman Group at 1:30pm. Enter at 5th Ave @ W. 124th Street.
This April, Flushing Town Hall celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month with an incredible line-up of jazz events, both in person and available to stream for free online for those unable to make it to the historic venue, a Smithsonian affiliate in Queens.
Founded in 1904, the New Amsterdam Musical Association (NAMA) is the oldest African-American musical organization in the country. It was founded at a time when the musicians union didn’t admit minority musicians, and the law stated that one had to be in the union in order to perform in New York City!
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club continues its season of in-person performances in January and February 2022, presenting a diverse lineup that pays tribute to jazz greats, showcases rising stars on the scene, and welcomes award-winning artists whose work runs the gamut of jazz styles and traditions.
The year begins with the return of Dizzy’s Club mainstays like pianistsEmmet Cohen and Cyrus Chestnut, as well as celebrations honoring the legacy of late jazz luminaries Ralph Peterson, Frank Wess,and Chick Corea. Powerhouse vocalists Vuyo Sotashe, Brianna Thomas, and Shenel Johns join forces for an evening of iconic early jazz and blues songs under the music direction of Riley Mulherkar, and Charles Turner invites audiences to put their dancing shoes on with his band Uptown Swing. In a feature double-billed program, genre-bending songwriter and keyboard player BIGYUKIperforms back-to-back with hard-swinging bassist Yasushi Nakamura. January at Dizzy’s also features a diverse range of artists performing works from recent albums that have won critical acclaim from TheNew York Times, DownBeat, Jazziz, NPR, and others, including a breakout debut album by young virtuoso Micah Thomas, a collection of favorite tunes by pianist and vocalist Diane Schuur, and the debut collaboration between up-and-coming vocalists Vanisha Gould and Lucy Yeghiazaryan.
Jazz prodigy Matthew Whitaker will be celebrating the release of his new album, Connection, with a live concert at Harlem Stage on Saturday, September 25th at 7:30pm!
Whitaker’s new album not only communicates his growth as a player, composer, and bandleader but also the importance of community and the connections it fosters. Having been musically trained in Harlem, it’s fitting for Whitaker to debut his new album at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse, celebrating his ties to the city that has shaped him as one of the leading artists of his generation.
Sittin’ Intells the little-known story of America’s jazz clubs of the 1940s and 1950s. In exclusive interviews, iconic musicians Sonny Rollins and Quincy Jones and preeminent jazz historian Dan Morgenstern give first-person accounts of the clubs Rollins called “a paradisiacal place to be.”
In additional interviews, musician, MacArthur Fellow and Kennedy Center creative director Jason Moran, and Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion critic Robin Givhan explore the music, history, culture and abundant style of the era.
Separate sections survey the jazz histories and clubs of New York City, Atlantic City, Washington D.C., Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, Kansas City, St. Louis, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Jazzmobile held its annual community fundraiser on Monday evening, April 30th at First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem, and it was smokin! Didn’t make it? We have you covered. Here are a few pictures from the event and a way that you can participate in the Jazzmobile fundraiser even if you weren’t there.
Get ready for the Alegria, Urban Latin Jazz Portrait Concert ~ new, original compositions by Samuel Torres from his forthcoming album, Alegria, presented by City College Center for the Arts on Friday, May 18th.