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BILL STEWART TRIO

SEPTEMBER 18th - SEPTEMBER 23rd

Walter Smith III (saxophone)

Larry Grenadier (bass)

Bill Stewart (drums)

Bill Stewart is the furthest thing from a basher. His taste and intelligence and counterintuitive relationships to time have made him a favorite drummer of people like John Scofield and Pat Metheny...Stewart is an intriguing composer and a leader with a coherent aesthetic based on the same qualities as his drumming: understatement, dry wit, unpredictable decision-making, esoteric lyricism.
— Jazz Times

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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 TRIO

SEPTEMBER 25th - SEPTEMBER 30th

Chris Potter (saxophone)

James Francies (piano)

Eric Harland (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.
— New York Times

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TOM HARRELL'S "TRIP"

OCTOBER 2nd - october 7th

Tom Harrell (trumpet)

Mark Turner (saxophone)

Ugonna Okegwo (bass)

Adam Cruz (drums)

Since the 70s, trumpeter Tom Harrell has branded a prolific stature within the annals of modern jazz as an artisan who possesses an enviable technique marked by his exquisite phrasings, silky tone and fluid progressions.

The [Trip] quartet fuses harmonious content into movements created on searching thematic motifs amid capacious spots for the frontline’s glowing improvisational segments. They execute a sense of urgency and meticulously raise the intensity levels but do not overcrowd the soundscape.
— All About Jazz

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ANGELS QUARTET PLAYS
JOHN ZORN'S MASADA

OCTOBER 7th | 3:00pm MATINEE

John Zorn (sax)

Julian Lage (guitar)

Jorge Roeder (bass)

Kenny Wollesen (drums)

Anything and everything goes in Zorn’s constantly evolving musical world: his pieces are a vision of what happens when postmodern practices become something much more meaningful...Finding any one label to define the man and his work is pretty well impossible, but that impossibility reveals just how important his music is.
— The Guardian

  Photo by John Rogers

Photo by John Rogers

TOM HARRELL QUARTET

OCTOBER 9TH - october 14TH

Tom Harrell (trumpet)

Danny Grissett (piano)

Ugonna Okegwo (bass)

Adam Cruz (drums)

The trumpeter Tom Harrell has been doing this a long time, through various schools and vogues: He can play slow and fast and in between, sometimes all within a single line. But his improvising is always temperate and proportionate. He keeps you on the hook, but doesn’t shout, doesn’t stop the clock. Plenty of improvisers are specialists in now-ness, revealing a solo as a series of events, or present-tense flashes. With Mr. Harrell, it’s all one event. He’s always processing ahead and behind, and you feel as if you’re hearing the whole of the narrative at all times, from was to is to will be...Mr. Harrell has been one of the best composers, improvisers and bandleaders in jazz since the late ’80s, and he knows how to make contrasts sound exciting: playing slowly over a fast tempo, playing quietly but with power. But he also uses the contrast of his own sound set against that of the groups he’s playing in.
— The New York Times

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FRED HERSCH DUOS

OCTOBER 16th - october 18th

Fred Hersch (piano)

Anat Cohen (clarinet)

OCTOBER 19th - october 21st

Fred Hersch (piano)

Esperanza Spalding (vocals)

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

  Photo by John Rogers.

Photo by John Rogers.

RAVI COLTRANE

OCTOBER 23rd - october 28th

Ravi Coltrane (saxophone)

Gadi Lehavi (piano)

Scott Colley (bass)

Johnathan Blake (drums)

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 here, even if his fluid horn play recalls his father’s approach.
— The BBC

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JON BATISTE & FRIENDS

OCTObER 30th - November 4th

Jon Batiste (piano/vox/harmonabord)

Joe Saylor (drums)

Phil Kuehn (bass)

Tivon Pennicott (tenor sax)

Patrick Bartley (alto sax)

Giveton Gelin (trumpet)

With HOLLYWOOD AFRICANS, Jon Batiste dives deep into his own personal and cultural heritage, weaving an intimate and emotional tapestry out of original material and American standards that carries the listener from the early jazz of New Orleans to the present day. Guiding the acclaimed singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and leader of the group Stay Human—since 2015 the house band of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert—was legendary producer T Bone Burnett. The classic songs on HOLLYWOOD AFRICANS include the New Orleans standard “Saint James Infirmary,” “Smile,” “The Very Thought of You,” and Louis Armstrong’s iconic “What a Wonderful World,” which is slowed down to a soothing crawl. “On this record, I want us to bop, dance, laugh and cry to the sound of the music while we remember our black heroes and wield the superpowers they left us with.” says Batiste.

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THE BAD PLUS

NOVEMBER 6th - NOVEMBER 11th

Reid Anderson (bass)

Orrin Evans (piano)

Dave King (drums)

The Bad Plus came together at the end of the 20th century and has avoided easy categorization ever since, winning critical hosannas and a legion of fans worldwide with their creativity, unique sound and flair for live performance. The intensely collaborative trio has constantly searched for rules to break and boundaries to cross, bridging genres and techniques while exploring the infinite possibilities of three exceptional musicians working in perfect sync.

The band consists of founding members Reid Anderson (bass) and Dave King (drums) and new member Orrin Evans (piano) — a group of passionate collaborators with no single “leader.” Never Stop II is the first full-length release from this lineup, comprised entirely of original music with each member contributing fresh compositions. The New York Times calls it “an exhilarating document” that sparks an exciting new chapter for the iconic group.

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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.

  Photo by John Rogers

Photo by John Rogers

JASON MORAN & THE BANDWAGON

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