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Monday Jazz Room

VANGUARD JAZZ ORCHESTRA

Every Monday Night

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

TRUMPETS:

John Chudoba (lead trumpet), Brian Pareschi, Terell Stafford, Scott Wendholt

TROMBONES:
Dion Tucker (lead trombone)
Jason Jackson, Robert Edwards, Douglas Purviance (bass trombone)

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


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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.

Marcus Gilmore

July 23 - July 28

Morgan Guerin – Saxophone/EWI

David Virelles – Piano

Rashaan Carter – Bass

Burniss Travis – Bass

Marcus Gilmore – Drums

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It’s hard to think of a drummer who manifests experimental imperatives and idiomatic mastery of a global array of rhythmic codes -- call it Afro-Cuban meets Carnatic meets North African meets second line meets swing — more elegantly, efficaciously and bodaciously than Marcus Gilmore.
— JazzIz

Dayna Stephens

July 30 - August 4

Dayna Stephens – Reeds

Emmanuel Michael – Guitar

Gerald Clayton – Piano (tues – thurs. sun)

Rick Rosato – Bass

Kendrick Scott – Drums

 

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Dayna Stephens can cry and rip it up on tenor, but at heart, he’s a streamlined melodic player. His handsome down-the-middle tone is not too heavy or light, though he can lean either way. His sound is sleek, with very light vibrato. And the lines he improvises are uncluttered and well-organized. His horn sings.
— NPR

ANDREW CYRILLE QUARTET

August 6 - August 11

Bill Frisell  – Guitar

David Virelles – Piano

Ben Street – Bass

Andrew Cyrille – Drums

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The indefatigable risk taker.
— The New Yorker
Bill Frisell

Photo by Monica Frisell

Bill Frisell Four

August 13 - August 18

Bill Frisell – Guitar

Greg Tardy – Saxophone

Gerald Clayton – Piano

Johnathan Blake – Drums

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Mr. Frisell can pen a tender ballad, and wring from it both complex musical ideas and straightforward emotion. He can thrash his way through distortion and feedback without losing his melodic thread. He swings playfully yet forcefully, then sounds as if relaxing around a campfire. And it all fits a single narrative.
— The Wall Street Journal
Bill Frisell

Bill Frisell Five

August 20 - August 25

Bill Frisell – Guitar

Tony Scherr – Bass

Thomas Morgan – Bass

Rudy Royston – Drums

Kenny Wollesen – Drums

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Mr. Frisell can pen a tender ballad, and wring from it both complex musical ideas and straightforward emotion. He can thrash his way through distortion and feedback without losing his melodic thread. He swings playfully yet forcefully, then sounds as if relaxing around a campfire. And it all fits a single narrative.
— The Wall Street Journal
Joe lovano and Dave Douglas

JOE LOVANO & DAVE DOUGLAS QUINTET

Sound Prints

August 27 - September 1

Joe Lovano – Saxophone

Dave Douglas – Trumpet

Lawrence Fields – Piano

Yasushi Nakamura – Bass

Rudy Royston – Drums

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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

COMING SOON!

September 3-8 & 10-15 Bill Charlap Trio

September 17-22 Miguel Zenon

September 24-29 Mark Guiliana

 

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Changes come and go in Manhattan’s West Village neighborhood, but the basement club occupying 178 Seventh Avenue South since 1935 remains a stable and revered New York City landmark.
— Steinway.com