Marcus Roberts Press Photo

MARCUS ROBERTS OCTET

NOVEMBER 13th - NOVEMBER 18th

Alphonso Horne (trumpet)

Corey Wilcox (trombone)

Ricardo Pascal (tenor and soprano saxophones)

Joe Goldberg (alto saxophone and clarinet)

Boyce Griffith (tenor saxophone)

Marcus Roberts (piano)

Thaddeus Expose (bass)

Jason Marsalis (drums)

In 2014, Marcus Roberts was honored to have his life and work featured on a segment of the celebrated CBS News television show 60 Minutes. The show, entitled “The Virtuoso”, traced Roberts’ life to date from his early roots in Jacksonville and at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind to his remarkable career as a modern jazz musician. Roberts is perhaps best known for the development of an entirely new approach to jazz trio performance.

Roberts toured with Wynton Marsalis starting at age 21 for six years, when he left to tour and record with his own band. Roberts’ critically-acclaimed legacy of recorded music reflects his tremendous versatility as an artist; his recordings include solo piano, duets, and trio arrangements of jazz standards as well as original suites of music, large ensemble works, and symphony orchestra recordings.

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Family Photo

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.


  Photo by John Rogers

Photo by John Rogers

JASON MORAN & THE BANDWAGON

Music of James Reese Europe

NOVEMBER 20th - NOVEMBER 25th

Jason Moran (piano)

Tarus Mateen (bass)

Nasheet Waits (drums)

Jason Moran is a specialist in the field of jazz abstraction. The pianist and leader of the trio Bandwagon has a rich knowledge of the music’s history and context — part of the reason, no doubt, that he serves as the Kennedy Center’s artistic adviser for jazz. But Moran rarely reads it straight: He prefers to dissect, fragment, distill and subvert it.
— The Washington Post

Mark Turner Press Photo

MARK TURNER

NOVEMBER 27th - DECEMBER 2nd

Jason Palmer (trumpet)

Mark Turner (tenor sax)

David Virelles (piano)

Matt Brewer (bass)

Nasheet Waits (drums)

The tenor saxophonist Mark Turner is possibly jazz’s premier player.
— The New York Times

  Photo by John Rogers

Photo by John Rogers

PETER BERNSTEIN TRIO

JIM HALL BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
DECEMBER 4 ONLY

Peter Bernstein (guitar)

Doug Weiss (bass)

Leon Parker (drums)

PETER BERNSTEIN QUARTET

DECEMBER 5 - DECEMBER 9

Peter Bernstein (guitar)

Sullivan Fortner (piano)

Doug Weiss (bass)

Leon Parker (drums)

Bernstein is a master of straight-ahead swing with submerged complexities, which is a way of saying that, while his music is advanced, the listener never feels shut out.
— The Times UK

  Photo by Philippe Levy-Stab

Photo by Philippe Levy-Stab

KENNY BARRON QUINTET

DECEMBER 11 - DECEMBER 16

Mike Rodriguez (trumpet)

Dayna Stephens (saxophone)

Kenny Barron (piano)

Kiyoshi Kitagawa (bass)

Johnathan Blake (drums)

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. Lately they have tended to be piano trios, but this sleek new quintet sounds full of promise.
— The Guardian

  Photo by Philippe Levy-Stab

Photo by Philippe Levy-Stab

KENNY BARRON TRIO
with special guest
REGINA CARTER

DECEMBER 18 - DECEMBER 23

Regina Carter (violin)

Kenny Barron (piano)

Kiyoshi Kitagawa (bass)

Johnathan Blake (drums)

Among the dozen or so most admired pianists in jazz today, Kenny Barron strikes me as the one who wears his mastery most comfortably. From a languid piece such as Dreams, to Thelonious Monk’s fiendishly tricky Shuffle-Boil, there’s a gentle firmness to his playing. In some mysterious way he makes the piano sound bigger too. Bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa and drummer Johnathan Blake follow every move with seamless subtlety.
— The Guardian

Chris Potter Press Photo

CHRIS POTTER QUARTET

DECEMBER 25 - DECEMBER 30

Chris Potter (saxophone)

David Virelles (piano)

Joe Martin (bass)

Marcus Gilmore (drums)

There are moments, in the tumble of a typical improvisation, when the saxophonist Chris Potter seems to be embarked on a hero’s journey. With his strong, focused tone and top-to-bottom proficiency on the horn, he brings a robust physical presence to his playing and an onward-driving sense of purpose. His deployment of notes, parceled into staccato bursts or gracefully arcing phrases, suggests a split-second calculation of risk and reward. He works with an intuitive logic, venturing far from a theme and only gradually returning there, all the while responding to the changing conditions set by his band.
— The New York Times

  Photo by Tamas Talaber

Photo by Tamas Talaber

NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH
CHRIS POTTER QUARTET!

DECEMBER 31 - 9:00pm & 11:00PM

Chris Potter (saxophone)

David Virelles (piano)

Joe Martin (bass)

Marcus Gilmore (drums)

Spend New Year’s Eve at the Village Vanguard with Chris Potter Quartet!

Admission includes two sets: 9PM & 11PM, hors d’oeuvres and party favors.

There are moments, in the tumble of a typical improvisation, when the saxophonist Chris Potter seems to be embarked on a hero’s journey. With his strong, focused tone and top-to-bottom proficiency on the horn, he brings a robust physical presence to his playing and an onward-driving sense of purpose. His deployment of notes, parceled into staccato bursts or gracefully arcing phrases, suggests a split-second calculation of risk and reward. He works with an intuitive logic, venturing far from a theme and only gradually returning there, all the while responding to the changing conditions set by his band.
— The New York Times