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Jakob Bro Black and White Photo

Photo by John Rogers


January 28 ‑ February 2

Mark Turner (saxophone)

Jakob Bro (guitar)

Thomas Morgan (bass)

Joey Baron (drums)

Bro’s music is not about flash and bravura; it subtly floats through quiet details, creating sound paintings of depth, warmth and beauty...As a leader, Bro clearly enjoys being part of an ensemble where the music and compositions shine.
— Downbeat
Fred Hersch Trio by John Abbott

Photo by John Abbott


February 4 - February 9

Fred Hersch (piano)

John Hébert (bass)

Eric McPherson (drums)

In the quest to describe the music of Fred Hersch in a word — a preposterous task, but not a pointless one — you could do a lot worse than “refinement.” Mr. Hersch is a pianist of cultivated taste and erudition; he’s also the sort of jazz musician who brings a lissome elegance to his playing, disinclined to accentuate the effort behind it all. But there’s another definition of refinement that has to do with painstaking progress, the incremental stretch toward an elusive ideal.
— The New York Times
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Live


Celebrating 54 Years of Monday Nights

February 11 - February 16

SAXOPHONES: Dick Oatts (lead alto) Billy Drewes (alto) Rich Perry (tenor) Ralph Lalama (tenor) Gary Smulyan (bari)

TRUMPETS: Nick Marchione (lead trumpet) John Chudoba, Terell Stafford, Scott Wendholt

TROMBONES: Marshall Gilkes (lead trombone) Jason Jackson, Dion Tucker, Douglas Purviance (bass trombone)

RHYTHM SECTION: Adam Birnbaum (piano) David Wong (bass) John Riley (drums)

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra began its life as the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra in 1966.The world-famous Village Vanguard jazz club in New York City booked the newly formed band for three Monday nights that February. Those performances were wildly successful and the engagement was extended indefinitely. The Village Vanguard’s owner, Max Gordon, told Mel Lewis, “We’ll keep it going until it tapers off.” Over half a century and more than 2700 Monday nights later, it still hasn’t. The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra stands apart from all other modern ensembles of its kind and is still as strong and vital as ever.
Emmet Cohen Trio



February 18 - February 23

Emmet Cohen (piano)

Ron Carter (bass)

Evan Sherman (drums)

Cohen isn’t turning out cheetah fast melodic lines for the sake of flash, and he’s not overcompensating. His nimble touch, measured stride and warm harmonic vocabulary indicate he’s above any convoluted technical showmanship.
— Downbeat Magazine


February 25 - March 1

Cecile McLorin Salvant (vocals)

Alexa Tarantino (alto sax)

James Chirillo (guitar)

Sullivan Fortner (piano)

Keita Ogawa (percussion)

She sings clearly, with her full pitch range, from a pronounced low end to full and distinct high notes, used sparingly [...] Her voice clamps into each song, performing careful variations on pitch, stretching words but generally not scatting; her face conveys meaning, representing sorrow or serenity like a silent-movie actor.
— The New York Times
Bill Stewart Gretsch Drums

Bill Stewart Trio

March 3 - March 8

Walter Smith III (saxophone)

Vicente Archer (Bass)

Bill Stewart (drums)

Stewart’s efficiency and exceptional taste are everywhere, whether when he hits the drums with roiling emotion or when slows down to a relaxed pace. He is a drummer with big ears, who categorically makes his co-workers sound better.
— Jazz Trail
Peter Bernstein Playing Guitar

Photo by Jordi Suol

Peter Bernstein Quartet

March 10 - March 15

Peter Bernstein (guitar)

Sullivan Fortner (piano)

Doug Weiss (bass)

Joe Farnsworth (drums)

The jazz guitarist, among the most sought after in the New York area, has a feather-light touch, an encyclopedic knowledge of chords and the ability to play standards like he’s inventing them on the spot.
— The Los Angeles Daily News
Marcus Roberts Trio

Marcus Roberts Trio

March 17 - March 22

Marcus Roberts (piano)

Rodney Jordan (bass)

Jason Marsalis (drums)

Jazz paragon Marcus Roberts exemplifies sterling artistic integrity, creativity, and pure talent. A true innovator, he has received numerous commissioning awards from the likes of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Chamber Music America, and ASCAP. Wynton Marsalis call him "the genius of modern piano."  
The Bad Plus

Photo by Christopher Kayfield

The Bad Plus

March 24 - March 29

Reid Anderson (bass)

Orrin Evans (piano)

Dave King (drums)

Activate Infinity is the second album from The Bad Plus since pianist Orrin Evans joined the trio back in 2018. With their sights set on a new trajectory, combined with an abundance of spirit and creativity, the trio have produced one of their finest and most original albums to date. This is group music played with vibrant imagination and vigour. It’s real, deeply honest and personal. Their joy in music making together is clear and their vision is committed and democratic.
Donny McCaslin

Photo by Jimmy Fontaine

Donny McCaslin

March 31 - April 5

Donny McCaslin (saxophone)

Jason Lindner (piano)

Tim Lefebvre (Bass)

Zach Danziger (drums)

For more than two decades, protean saxist and composer Donny McCaslin has relentlessly expanded his musical purview in a variety of ensemble settings: as a sideman, as the pilot of his own diverse groups and, more recently, as a collaborator on the late Bowie's final album, Blackstar. That investment in genres outside of jazz is visible on the tenorist’s recent work.
— Time Out New York