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Andrew Cyrille

ANDREW CYRILLE QUARTET

August 20 ‑ August 25

Bill Frisell (guitar)

David Virelles (piano)

Ben Street (bass)

Andrew Cyrille (drums)

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["The Declaration of Musical Independence" is a] portentous title for an unself-consciously inquisitive, selflessly collective quartet nominally led by the great drummer Andrew Cyrille, an elderly master of unpredictable yet flowing free-jazz momentum, steered by the kind of patience that drummers aren’t always famous for. It all swings without regular swing, sounding fluently melodic, though much of it is cell-like and episodic.
— The Guardian

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Every Monday Night

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Performs Every Monday Night

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Every Monday Night Since 1966

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra is the current title for the band that began its life as the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra in 1966 and has performed continuously for over 50 years.

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Chris Potter Saxophone

CHRIS POTTER UNDERGROUND

August 27 - September 1

Chris Potter (saxophone)

Adam Rogers (guitar)

Fima Ephron (bass)

Dan Weiss (drums)

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The first incarnation of Chris Potter’s Underground Quartet in 2006 was a full-volume blast of collective virtuosity and urban grime infused with the spiky bass lines and rhythmic layers of Craig Taborn’s Fender Rhodes piano. [Today] the grit and fluency remains intact and are equally compelling but are delivered at an acoustic level more in keeping with the saxophonist’s current label, ECM. Taborn is replaced by holding-role bassist Fima Ephron, making for a more orthodox sax and rhythm jazz quartet that brings out individual skill as much as crunchy collectivity. And with Potter and guitarist Adam Rogers fully focused and playing at full stretch, skill is in generous supply.
— The Finanical Times
Charlap Trio

Photo by Philippe Levy Stab

BILL CHARLAP TRIO

September 3 - September 8

Bill Charlap (piano)

Peter Washington (bass)

Kenny Washington (drums)

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As a unit, this must be one of the best piano trios ever, and certainly as instantly recognisable as any of its great predecessors. Charlap’s touch on the keyboard is light, almost stealthy, even when playing full chords, but always firm, clear and beautifully articulated. With the spirited support of bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington (famously unrelated), the total effect is just perfect. As always, Charlap’s playing provides convincing proof that it is still possible to create fresh but pertinent treatments of well-known standard songs.
— The Guardian
Bill Charlap Trio

Photo by Philippe Levy Stab

BILL CHARLAP TRIO

September 10 - September 15

Bill Charlap (piano)

Peter Washington (bass)

Kenny Washington (drums)

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As a unit, this must be one of the best piano trios ever, and certainly as instantly recognisable as any of its great predecessors. Charlap’s touch on the keyboard is light, almost stealthy, even when playing full chords, but always firm, clear and beautifully articulated. With the spirited support of bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington (famously unrelated), the total effect is just perfect. As always, Charlap’s playing provides convincing proof that it is still possible to create fresh but pertinent treatments of well-known standard songs.
— The Guardian
Ravi Coltrane

RAVI COLTRANE

September 17 - September 22

Ravi Coltrane (saxophone)

David Virelles (piano)

Dezron Douglas (bass)

Johnathan Blake (drums)

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The New York saxophonist has amassed a solid reputation outside of his last name...With such a strong lineage, he must feel great pressure to create like his parents. Yet Ravi sounds natural, even if his fluid horn play recalls his father’s approach.
— The BBC
Aaron Parks

AARON PARKS TRIO

September 24 - September 29

Aaron Parks (piano)

Ben Street (bass)

Billy Hart (drums)

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Pianist Aaron Parks’ trio with Ben Street and Billy Hart create a deep and rich mosaic of intricate sounds on his collection of originals. Parks has a rich and classical feel to his delivery, and is able to create rich dynamics with Hart’s  pulsating high hat and dancing cymbals.
— Jazz Weekly

Barry Harris Trio

October 1 - October 6

Barry Harris (piano)

Ray Drummond (bass)

Leroy Williams (drums)

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Barry always had a nice dynamic attack and approach to the piano.  He was quick to get hip to Bud Powell, devoted more time to that style than anyone else on the scene then.  He took it another step.  He had a lot of confidence, too.  He was one of the few guys who would just wait for Charlie Parker to come to town and go up and sit in with him.
— Tommy Flanagan
Fly Trio

Fly

October 8 - October 13

Mark Turner (saxophone)

Larry Grenadier (bass)

Jeff Ballard (drums)

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Tenor saxophone with bass and drums is a jazz format with a wild and woolly tradition. For tenor virtuosos like sonny Rollins and Joe Henderson, trios have been opportunities to risk everything, to dance on a tightrope with no net. The tenor trio that calls itself Fly breaks with this tradition explicitly. Fly plays cerebral, rapt, interactive chamber jazz, deriving a wide range of textures and colors from three instruments. […] The music of Fly is sophisticated and sincere and enormously competent.
— Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times
McCaslin At The Vanguard

Photo by Loren Wohl

Donny McCaslin Quintet

October 15 - October 20

Donny McCaslin (saxophone)

Gregoire Maret (harmonica)

Ben Monder (guitar)

Dezron Douglass (bass)

Johnathan Blake (drums)

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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
The Billy Hart Quartet standing near an underpass.

Billy Hart Quartet

October 22 - October 27

Mark Turner (tenor sax)

Ethan Iverson (piano)

Ben Street (bass)

Billy Hart (drums)

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One of the leading drummers of his generation, Billy Hart continues to make jazz history with his quartet. Working with the phenomenally creative and talented pianist Ethan Iverson, saxophonist Mark Turner, and bassist Ben Street, Hart constantly seeks new territory, pushing the boundaries of post-bop and straight-ahead, of free jazz and composition, all the while embracing beauty and soulful communication. Turner’s rich, gorgeous tenor and Iverson’s exquisite technique combine to create a nearly infinite variety of textures and colors. Street and Hart have an uncanny connection that enables them to move effortlessly between swinging, tight grooves and sonic landscapes. Hart made an indelible mark on the jazz world in the ’60s and ’70s with his work with such jazz legends as Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery, McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Eddie Harris, Marian McPartland, Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock, and Miles Davis. Less known is his earlier work with soul artists Otis Redding and Sam and Dave.
Zorn

John Zorn: New Masada Quartet

October 29 - November 3

John Zorn (saxophone)

Julian Lage (guitar)

Jorge Roeder (bass)

Kenny Wollesen (drums)

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Composer and saxophonist John Zorn is the creator and curator of a specific yet far-reaching strain of the musical avant-garde...He transcended comparisons to other improvising musicians long ago: Far better to draw lines from the quintessential Downtowner to, say, filmmakers Robert Altman and John Cassavetes, in his repeated use of a trusted, versatile troupe of his design. Or to Baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann, for his laughably prolific output. Or to any number of artists who’ve expanded the parameters and function of ethnic tradition.
— Jazz Times