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Jazz Standard, New York City, announces September 2018 concert schedule.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

We have received the following press release;

September At Jazz Standard
Rufus Reid Quartet
Theo Croker Quintet
Mark Guiliana Space Heroes featuring Chris Morissey,
Jason Rigby, and Mike Lewis
Freddy Cole

New York City, NY —JAZZ STANDARD, one of the nation’s premier jazz clubs, offers another im­pressive month of music with jazz legends and rising stars throughout September. Veteran bassist and composer Rufus Reid performs with his quartet from September 13–16, followed by trumpeter Theo Croker’s Quintet September 20–23. Drummer Mark Guiliana’s SPACE HEROES take the stage on September 25–26, and singer/pianist Freddy Cole makes a welcome return from September 27–30. Our “Mingus Mon­day” series contin­ues this month with the GRAMMY Award–winning Mingus Big Band appearing 9/10, 9/17, and 9/24. Be­low is a com­plete sched­ule of September per­form­ances at Jazz Standard, along with infor­ma­tion on the musicians. For every­thing else, visit

ALL SHOW TIMES: 7:30 & 9:30 PM

Jazz Standard is located at 116 East 27th Street between Lexington and Park Avenues

Train No. 6 to East 28th Street


Student Discounts restrictions apply

Enjoy “NYC’s Best Barbecue” (Time Out New York) from BLUE SMOKE

And an extensive wine, beer and cocktail list

Enjoy weekly Sunday brunch | Music 12:00-1:30 p.m. (doors open @ 11:30 a.m.) |
Tickets: $10 music charge/$35 all-inclusive/Free admission for kids under 12

For reservations call Jazz Standard at 212.576.2232 or visit

Artists and schedules are subject to change


8/30–9/2 Cyrus Chestnut Trio featuring Buster Williams and Lenny White
Cyrus Chestnut – piano
Buster Williams – bass
Lenny White – drums
Balancing “lithe tech­nical skill with a robust, soulful style that speaks to his deep gospel roots and love of swinging hard bop” (Ken Dryden,, pianist Cyrus Chestnut returns to Jazz Standard this week with the nonpareil rhythm team featured on one of his best albums, Natural Essence(HighNote, 2016). Here is bassist Buster Williams, whose path to the role of bandleader and recording artist took him through the groups of Miles Davis, Art Blakey, and Herbie Mann; and drummer Lenny White, a founding member of Return To Forever who has released 11 albums as a leader. “I believe the ability to play music is a gift from God and every time I play, I’m thankful. Every time I sit down to play, for me, is worship and expression.” (Cyrus Chestnut)
Music Charge: $35

9/2 Smokestack Brunch: Joe Alterman Trio
Joe Alterman – piano
Nathaniel Schroeder – bass
John Fatum – drums
A pianistic wunderkind whose style echoes the elegant style of artists like Erroll Garner and Red Garland, Joe Alterman drew positive notices following the release of his 2009 debut album Piano Tracks, Vol. 1. Eschewing the well–mined vein of hard bop in favor of a more rounded vintage technique, Alterman brandishes a lyrical pianistic touch and an intuitive sense of swing that are a uniquely wonderful joy to hear. His latest CD, Comin’ Home To You, features luxurious trio interpretations of songs by (among others) Marvin Gaye, Les McCann, and Stevie Wonder. “Talk about the joy of jazz! It’s a pleasure to hear this music.” (Nat Hentoff)
Music Charge: $10

9/3 Jazz Standard Is Closed for Labor Day

9/4–9/5 Steel House
Scott Colley – bass
Edward Simon – piano
Brian Blade – drums
The Los Angeles pianist, writer, and music educator Gary Fukushima said it best: “All–star bands are usually a hit–and–miss prospect; however, this big three exceeds expectations. Scott Colley is one of the best bassists in the world; Brian Blade remains one of the most creative and dynamic jazz drummers alive; and Edward Simon is at the top of his game. These extraordinary instrumentalists convert their shared histories into nimble, poetic, genre–leaping music.” The collective recording and performing cred­its of Steel House range from Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter to Joni Mitchell and Norah Jones; each member is a lauded bandleader and composer in his own right. “The communication among Simon, Colley, and Blade stays nimble, focused on moment-to-moment interaction. Musical structure is minimal, poetic, and full of purpose. Walls of genre, category, and style are torn down. Light and space abound. We can hear them down the street now, Simon, Colley, and Blade building their Steel House. The music is infectious. It is everything you wanted – spirited and serious, caring and carefree.” (From the Steel House website)
Music Charge: $30

9/6–9/9 Steve Wilson & The Analogue Band Album Release (Vinyl only)
Steve Wilson – alto saxophone
Ray Angry – piano
Ben Williams – bass
Willie Jones III – drums
Steve Wilson is a musician’s musician. He’s brought his distinctive saxophone sound to more than 150 recordings led by such varied and celebrated artists as Chick Corea, George Duke, Michael Brecker, Dave Holland, Bill Bruford, Gerald Wilson, and Joe Henderson, among many others. His reputation as “an end­lessly adaptable alto and soprano saxophonist, at home in myriad settings,” (The New York Times) means that in 2018 alone, and in addition to his own gigs, Steve has performed with groups led by Michael Weiss, Buster Williams, Maria Schneider, and Geoffrey Keezer. The saxophonist made his recording debut as a leader in 1991 with New York Summit(Criss Cross); his legacy continues with the September label debut release of Sit Back, Relax, & Unwind (Brown Brothers/JMI), featuring such impressive original compositions as “Jake’s Place” and “Rest Of Our Times” as well as a beautiful duet with pianist Ray Angry on David Bowie’s classic “Space Oddity.” This engagement boasts the original personnel from the label debut, which was recorded on analogue tape and will be released on vinyl only.
Music Charge: $30

9/9 Smokestack Brunch: Anthony Ware
Anthony Ware – tenor saxophone
Mike King – piano
Nimrod Speaks – bass
Kassa Overall – drums
A model of musical versatility, Anthony Ware blends straight–ahead acoustic jazz with elements of funk, hip-hop, gospel, and R&B. The New Jersey–born saxophonist and composer has toured the world with GRAMMY Award–winning singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, trumpeter Theo Croker, and the best–selling Chinese pop artist Khalil Fong. He was also featured on J. Cole’s 2016 platinum album 4 Your Eyez Only. “You have to tell the truth of yourself, the history and the present to really do the art justice.” (Anthony Ware)
Music Charge: $10

9/10 Mingus Big Band
Our popular “Mingus Monday” residency begins another exciting month tonight with the fiery Mingus Big Band, performing two incendiary sets of music composed by legendary bassist and bandleader Charles Mingus (1922–1979).
Music Charge: $30

9/11–9/12 Marquis Hill Blacktet CD Release
Marquis Hill – trumpet
Josh Johnson – alto saxophone
Joel Ross – vibraphone
Junius Paul – bass
Jonathan Pinson – drums
Marquis Hill has something special on tap with his forthcoming CD Modern Flows Vol II: 18 orig­inal pieces that, when combined with compelling guest performances, state the Chicago trumpet dyna­mo’s case for the depth of soil and toil from which the great African–American musical genres continue to grow. In addition to the working band that will appear on our stage this week, Modern Flows Vol. IIfeatures contributions from saxophonist/vocalist Braxton Cook, writer and MC Brandon Alexander Williams, and Windy City poet/activist M’reld Green. As for Marquis Hill, time and effort have only bur­nished his golden sound: “His articulation, precise but unlabored, calls to mind the precedent of Clifford Brown, while his bravura phrasing suggests an equal immersion in Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw.” (Jazz Times)
Music Charge: $30

9/13–9/16 Rufus Reid Quartet
Rufus Reid – bass
Yosvany Terry – alto saxophone
Steve Allee – piano
Duduka da Fonseca – drums
A celebrated composer as well as one of today’s premiere bassists, Rufus Reid never fails to bring some­thing fresh and distinctive to every appearance on our stage. In 2014, for example, it was Quiet Pride, an extended work in five movements for large jazz ensemble inspired by the sculptures of the artist Elizabeth Catlett. Quiet Pride – The Elizabeth Catlett Project (Motéma Music) received two nominations in the 57th annual GRAMMY Awards, for Best Large Jazz Ensemble and Best Instrumental Composition for suite’s first movement, “Recognition.” Meanwhile, since 2010 Reid has continued to lead his Out Front Trio with pianist Steve Allee and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca, releasing two fine Motéma Music CDs (Out Frontand Hues Of A Different Blue) with this group plus guest players like saxophonist Bobby Watson. This week at Jazz Standard, the trio is joined by another outstanding saxophonist, Yosvany Terry – and the proceedings will be recorded live for CD release. Make your reservations now!
Music Charge: $30

9/16 Smokestack Brunch: Astrid
Astrid Kuljanic – voice
Ben Rosenblum – accordion
Mat Muntz – bass
Vicente Hansen – drums
In a creative partnership with bassist Mat Muntz that began in 2015, Astrid Kuljanic continues to render jazz repertoire and improvisations as immersive soundscapes through the use of electronics. The Croatian–born artist’s love for jazz brought her to New York, where she has studied and performed with world–class musicians including Theo Bleckman, Gretchen Parlato and Rogerio Boccato. With her quin­tet ‘Mildreds’ she released two albums for the Croatian label Aquarius Records; a recent recording enti­tled Rivawas recorded with her group Transatlantic Exploration Company. “It’s an exploration,” says Astrid Kuljanic. “I love exploring my roots and I love learning about other music. You can take inspira­tion from all sorts of places and over time, it becomes part of you.”
Music Charge: $10

9/17 Mingus Big Band
“My entire association with Charles Mingus was an honor and a treat – including all the moods, temper­aments, personality clashes, cooperation, and feelings of accomplishment and self–gratification. I can’t find any superlatives strong enough to define what those years meant to me…Jazz, in my language, is a four–letter word spelled L-O-V-E. Charles Mingus was one of the people who taught me how to spell.” – Pianist Jaki Byard, from his liner notes to Prestige LP Portraitby Charles Mingus (1980).
Music Charge: $30

9/18 Ethan Iverson/Mark Turner Duo CD RELEASE
Ethan Iverson – piano
Mark Turner – tenor saxophone
For one night only, in celebration of their new ECM Records release, two master musicians will meet on our stage for two expansive sets of intimate duo improvisations. Pianist, composer, and prose writer Ethan Iverson was a co–founder of The Bad Plus, a game–changing trio that The New York Timescalled “better than anyone at melding the sensibilities of post-‘60s jazz and indie rock.” Iverson also has been part of drummer Billy Hart’s quartet for well over a decade; in April 2018, Iverson, Hart, and bassist Ron Carter performed some truly memorable music together on our stage. Post–bop tenor saxophonist Mark Turner, whose sound reflects the influences of both John Coltrane and Warne Marsh, has gigged and/or recorded with a host of jazz greats including James Moody, Jimmy Smith, Leon Parker, and Joshua Redman. In 2012, Turner became an ECM recording artist; of his 2017 album Lathe of Heaven, Ben Ratliff wrote in The New York Times: “It’s his best record. It has a group sound, the force of em­bodied unity. It does something that jazz records used to do more: you might hear it, feel there’s really nothing to add, and decide not to listen to records, including this one, for, say, a week.”
Music Charge: $30

9/19 Davina & The Vagabonds CD RELEASE
Davina Lozier – piano & vocals
Zack Lozier – trumpet & vocals
Steve Rogness – trombone & vocals
Liz Draper – bass
George Marich or Andrew “Dizzy” Gillespie – drums
Since exploding onto the Twin Cities music scene in 2005, this Minneapolis–based quintet has grown from a down–and–dirty blues band into one of the most exciting acoustic ensembles on the international stage. With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the band draws from a century–plus of America’s musical heritage; converting audiences one show at a time, Davina & the Vagabonds have performed in 45 states, two Canadian provinces, and 12 European countries. This Jazz Standard debut heralds the release of a great new live album, Nicollet and 10th– don’t miss it!
Music Charge: $30

9/20–9/23 Theo Croker CD RELEASE
Theo Croker – trumpet
Irwin Hall – alto saxophone, alto flute
Michael King – keyboards
Eric Wheeler – bass
Kassa Overall – drums
As the grandson of the late trumpeter Doc Cheatham, and former student of legendary jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd, trumpeter Theo Croker is well–versed in the swing, bop, and modal styles of acoustic jazz. His own music, however, is a groove–oriented amalgam that would have pleased the forward–thinking Byrd, whose own beat–heavy albums of the ‘70s were an obvious touchstone for Croker on his 2016 CD Escape Velocity. This Jazz Standard run celebrates a new Theo Croker release and finds him in the com­pany of longtime sidemen Michael King (keyboards) and Kassa Overall (drums) as well as newcomer Irwin Hall on alto sax and flute. “He has the tools, the intelligence, the ability and the talents,” says Wynton Marsalis. “The future looks bright for Croker!”
Music Charge: $30

9/23 Smokestack Brunch: Jamie Reynolds
Jamie Reynolds – piano
Gary Wang – bass
Mark McLean – drums
Ever since his move to NYC in 2005, the Canadian pianist and composer Jamie Reynolds has been in a continual creative fervor. He’s collaborated with instrumentalists like sax player Rob Scheps and singers Laila Salins and Michael Londra; released the albums Time With People (2012), Counterpart(2013) and Grey Mirror (2017); and taught jazz piano, theory, and composition at the 92nd Street Y School of Music. “Most artists can be put in a box, or at least in the proximity of one. That can’t be said of Jamie Reynolds. The attentive listening pays off.” (All About Jazz)
Music Charge: $10

9/24 Mingus Big Band
“Just because I’m playing jazz, I don’t forget about me. I play or write me, the way I feel, through jazz or whatever. Music is, or was, the language of the emotions…My music is alive and it’s about the living and the dead, about good and evil.” – Charles Mingus, from “An Open Letter to Miles Davis,” DownBeat(1956)
Music Charge: $30

9/25–9/26: Mark Guiliana Space Heroes featuring Chris Morrissey, Jason Rigby, Mike Lewis
Mark Guiliana – drums
Chris Morrissey – bass
Jason Rigby – tenor saxophone
Mike Lewis – tenor saxophone, synthesizer
Mark Guiliana is “a technical master with a rare sense of musicality,” says Jazz Times, “who has over the past decade become one of the most influential drummers of his generation.” Admired and in demand across the musical spectrum for his rhythmic sophistication, creative impulse, and individual sound, Guiliana’s drumming was the pulse beneath Blackstar, David Bowie’s multiple GRAMMY Award–winning final album. Guiliana teamed with keyboardist Brad Mehldau as the duo Mehliana for the None­such release Taming the Dragon; and has also collaborated with such artists as saxophonist Donny McCaslin, guitar hero John Scofield, neo–soul singer–songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello, and reggae/hip-hop artist Matisyahu, just to name a few. NPR says “groove is tantamount, and melody assumes heroic dimensions” on Guiliana’s latest Motéma Music release, Jersey. Now, Guiliana is unveiling his latest group project, SPACE HEROES, featuring supple bassist Chris Morrissey and the fierce front line of sax­ophonists Jason Rigby and Mike Lewis.
Music Charge: $30

9/27–9/30 Freddy Cole
Freddy Cole – piano, voice
Randy Napoleon – guitar
Elias Bailey – bass
Jaz Sawyer – drums
Building his career at the same time as his brother, the iconic Nat King Cole, it was never going to be easy for Freddy Cole to establish his own musical identity. But with 20 albums released over the past quarter–century – three of them nominated for GRAMMY Awards – the singer/pianist has carved out a rock–solid reputation as an individual and prolific force in the jazz world. Amongst the greatest contem­porary crooners, Cole’s lyrical sensitivity and effortlessly powerful delivery have for years made him an enduring favorite with Jazz Standard audiences. “You simply don’t encounter phrasing as nonchalant yet polished as this anymore. It takes a lifetime to learn to make a lyric sound as colloquial as speech, yet as musical as an instrumental solo. Cole has spent his career mastering the art.” (The Chicago Tribune)
Music Charge: $30/$35 Friday and Saturday

9/30 Smokestack Brunch: Svetlana and the Swing Collective
Svetlana – voice
Willerm Delisfort – piano
Endea Owens – bass
Rob Garcia – drums
After taking New York City by storm, scintillating soprano Svetlana is conquering the world with the sound of her New York Swing Collective, a determined group of young jazz talents on a mission to uplift, energize…and spread the joy of what WPIX/11 News called “exuberant foot–stomping music that com­bines New York swing with pop singer/songwriter sensibilities.” A performance by Svetlana and the Swing Collective is a colorful carnival of sound, seamlessly moving from sophisticated and sultry retro­spection to a joyfully rowdy dance party.“An outstanding band…Exceptional vocalist and songwriter!” (The Wall Street Journal)
Music Charge: $10

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