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Christian McBride

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CHRISTIAN McBRIDE & INSIDE STRAIGHT

December 10 ‑ December 15

Steve Wilson (saxophone)

Warren Wolf (vibraphone)

Peter Martin (piano)

Christian McBride (bass)

Carl Allen (drums)

TICKETS
The deep, dark-maple tone that Christian McBride elicits from an upright bass is one of jazz’s forthright pleasures, and so is the pleasure he seems to extract from it himself...He calls this band Inside Straight, applying the phrase as a badge of intent and maybe a deflective maneuver: He’ll brand this music as conventional before you ever have the chance. What that says about Mr. McBride is that he has his principles but sees the bigger picture.
— New York Times
Kenny Barron

KENNY BARRON QUINTET

December 17 - December 22

Mike Rodriguez (trumpet)

Dayna Stephens (tenor sax)

Kenny Barron (piano)

Kiyoshi Kitagawa (bass)

Johnathan Blake (drums)

TICKETS
The style is modern mainstream jazz, a combination of post-bop, modal and Latin elements, of which Kenny Barron is among today’s reigning masters. In fact, he helped invent it, 40-odd years ago, by simply absorbing the sounds in the air at the time. Now, a pianist, composer and bandleader of apparently infinite resource and ingenuity, he records albums as close to perfection as anyone could wish.
— The Guardian
Kenny Barron

Photo by Philippe Levy-Stab

KENNY BARRON TRIO

Featuring Buster Williams

December 24 - December 29

Kenny Barron (piano)

Buster Williams (bass)

Jeff “Tain” Watts (drums)

TICKETS
The style is modern mainstream jazz, a combination of post-bop, modal and Latin elements, of which Kenny Barron is among today’s reigning masters. In fact, he helped invent it, 40-odd years ago, by simply absorbing the sounds in the air at the time. Now, a pianist, composer and bandleader of apparently infinite resource and ingenuity, he records albums as close to perfection as anyone could wish.
— The Guardian
Chris Potter Circuits Trio

Photo by Dave Stapleton

Chris Potter Circuits Trio

NEW YEAR’S EVE / Sets at 9pm & 11pm

December 31 -

Chris Potter (saxophone)

James Francies (keyboard)

Eric Harland (drums)

TICKETS
For more than two decades, Chris Potter’s limitless creativity, effortless virtuosity and vibrant sense of swing has wowed critics, musicians and fans alike, who cite him as one of the most influential saxophonists and inventive improvisors of the modern day. His new album, Circuitsis immediate and uplifting, rooted in a strong sense of groove and intense improvisation. Featuring an all-star band of 23rd year keyboard and Blue Note Artist James Frances and drum virtuoso Eric Harland. Blending a vibrant sound world of electronics, memorable hooky melodies and surprising turns of phrase, Circuits is sure to delight both the dedicated Potter fans and new listeners alike.
Chris Potter Circuits Trio

Photo by Dave Stapleton

Chris Potter Circuits Trio

January 1 - January 5

Chris Potter (saxophone)

James Francies (keyboard)

Eric Harland (Wed)

Obed Calvaire (Thu-Sun)

TICKETS
For more than two decades, Chris Potter’s limitless creativity, effortless virtuosity and vibrant sense of swing has wowed critics, musicians and fans alike, who cite him as one of the most influential saxophonists and inventive improvisors of the modern day. His new album, Circuitsis immediate and uplifting, rooted in a strong sense of groove and intense improvisation. Featuring an all-star band of 23rd year keyboard and Blue Note Artist James Frances and drum virtuoso Eric Harland. Blending a vibrant sound world of electronics, memorable hooky melodies and surprising turns of phrase, Circuits is sure to delight both the dedicated Potter fans and new listeners alike.
Scott Colley

SCOTT COLLEY QUARTET

January 7 - January 12

Ralph Alessi (trumpet)

Craig Taborn (piano)

Scott Colley (bass)

Nasheet Waits (drums)

TICKETS
Scott Colley’s stature as a leading bassist in the field of improvised music is well known, and easily measured. He’s been called “one of the leading bassists of our postbop era, and a composer-bandleader of quietly serious resolve” by The New York Times. Musical colleagues, like saxophonist Joshua Redman, praise him for being “one of the most musical bassists playing today.
Julian Lage

Photo by Nathan West

JULIAN LAGE TRIO

January 14 - January 19

Julian Lage (guitar)

Jorge Roeder (bass)

Dave King (drums)

TICKETS
Hailed as one of the most prodigious guitarists of his generation, Julian Lage has spent more than a decade searching through the myriad strains of American musical history via impeccable technique, free association and a spirit of infinite possibility. Though only 31, the New York-based musician boasts a long, prolific résumé as a sideman, duo partner, soloist and bandleader. Love Hurts – which marks Lage’s third Mack Avenue LP recorded with a trio, and his first to feature bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Dave King – sees the GRAMMY® nominated guitarist exploring the American song catalog from a truly unique vantage point, performing music written by a range of audacious and original artists.
Sound Prints

JOE LOVANO & DAVE DOUGLAS QUINTET

Sound Prints

January 21 - January 26

Joe Lovano (saxophone)

Dave Douglas (trumpet)

Lawrence Fields (piano)

Linda Oh (bass)

Joey Baron (drums)

TICKETS
Both in sound and improvisational approaches, the two offer fascinating contrasting and complementary sensibilities. Lovano’s cobalt-blue tone on tenor saxophone paired with Douglas’ crimson-tinged trumpet flares create startling timbres when they play in unison or intertwine improvisational lines.
— DownBeat
Jakob Bro Black and White Photo

JAKOB BRO QUARTET

January 28 - February 2

Mark Turner (saxophone)

Jakob Bro (guitar)

Thomas Morgan (bass)

Joey Baron (drums)

TICKETS
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

FRED HERSCH TRIO

February 4 - February 9

Fred Hersch (piano)

John Hébert (bass)

Eric McPherson (drums)

TICKETS
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

VANGUARD JAZZ ORCHESTRA

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)

TICKETS
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

EMMET COHEN TRIO

FEATURING RON CARTER

February 18 - February 23

Emmet Cohen (piano)

Ron Carter (bass)

Evan Sherman (drums)

TICKETS
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
CECILE McLORIN SALVANT

CECILE McLORIN SALVANT

February 25 - March 1

Cecile McLorin Salvant (vocals)

Alexa Tarantino (alto sax)

James Chirillo (guitar)

Sullivan Fortner (piano)

Keita Ogawa (percussion)

TICKETS
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