Laurin Talese

Laurin Talese

Music charge: $10 per person per set. 

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“I just tell people I’m a song stylist. A song stylist allows me the freedom to sing anything I want. If the lyrics and melody please me, then that should be the only criteria for what I choose to sing.” -Nancy Wilson

Like Nancy Wilson, Laurin Talese is an Ohio native with an affinity for enchanting lyrics, entrancing melodies, and stories to be told. Accompanied by a band of distinguished gentlemen, Talese celebrates decades of the iconic Nancy Wilson’s expansive catalog during this carefully curated experience that you won’t want to miss!

In 2016, Laurin Talese released her debut album Gorgeous Chaos to wide acclaim. The recording was recognized as one of the top 10 best albums of 2016 by the Chicago Tribune and was highly ranked on 3 Billboard Jazz charts. It features modern day jazz elite such as Robert Glasper, Christian McBride, and longtime collaborator Eric Wortham II among others. Laurin has appeared both nationally and internationally in a host of venues, most recently touring with renowned singer-songwriter, Amos Lee at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC), Philadelphia's Academy of Music, and The National (Richmond, VA.)

For more information visit www.LaurinTalese.com and follow her on Instagram @laurintalese.

Saturday Brunch with Glenn Crytzer

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Glenn Crytzer’s New Yorkers (formerly Glenn Crytzer and his Syncopators) is a 6 piece combo that plays the music of the late 1930s and 1940s.  The band is influenced by artists like Fats Waller, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and other greats of the swing era, and plays classic arrangements, head arrangements, and original songs and arrangements by Glenn. Not only do the New Yorkers play the '30s and '40s, they focus on playing that music in its original style with a vintage sound set-up.

The New Yorkers have performed at hundreds of dances, concerts, festivals and events, across the US and Canada. They've released two full length albums (when they were still called the Syncopators), entitled “Harlem Mad” and Skinny Minne.” Tracks from both albums have been used extensively in TV and Film projects.

For more on Glenn and his bands please visit GlennCrytzer.com

Shareef Clayton

Shareef Clayton

Music charge: $10 per person per set. 

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Shareef Clayton, a jazz trumpeter, is a native of Miami, Florida. He has recorded with Grammy nominated musicians like Bobby Sanabria, opened for Slash from Guns-N-Roses, and held his own on the horn sections for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Melody Gardot, David Murray, Stevie Wonder, Michael McDonald, and many more.

Although he was heavily influenced by artist such as Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Arturo Sandoval, the cultural influence of Miami can still be heard throughout Clayton’s playing and on his debut album "North & South."

Sunday Brunch with Dandy Wellington

Sunday Brunch with Dandy Wellington

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Inspired by the Big Band Era of Jazz, Dandy Wellington and his Band have taken the sounds of the 1930’s and 40’s and created a world of well dressed music. With a passion for obscure songs steeped in the Jazz tradition, Dandy Wellington has assembled a catalog of music that invokes an atmosphere of class. From the golden age of cinema, to the bounce of New Orleans, each song is hand selected and played to perfection by a band cut from the cloth of elegance.

Singer Meets Saxophonist

Christopher McBride: saxophone

Jonathan Edward Thomas: organ

Curtis Nowosad: drums

This week's vocalist: Camille Thurman

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Superb alto saxophonist Christopher McBride has been slowly but steadily turning heads with his ubiquitous work as an invaluable sideman since the mid-aughts. Now Christopher is gaining respect amongst fans, critics and his peers as one of the most versatile musicians in the world. His 2012 debut album Quatuor de Force certainly establishes his ability to front a group and write his own soulful, melodically indelible tunes. Applauded for his ability to play in all musical situations, McBride has the ability to unleash a fiery attack and serrated tone, but on his recent album he explores a more measured, mellow sound heavily influenced by contemporary R&B—with a strong shot of Cannonball Adderley’s post-bop sensuality–but his improvising is very rigorous and cogent.

Starting his professional career in Chicago in 2007, Christopher has been in high demand as a musician and clinician, performing and teaching primarily in New York, Illinois, Missouri and various states throughout the country. Christopher has shared his musical gift with audiences across the globe, performing in China, England, France, Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Spain and Switzerland. In addition, since moving to New York in 2013 his group The Whole Proof has played venues all over New York such as Smalls Jazz Club, Smoke Jazz Club, Ginny's Supper Club & Fat Cat. Throughout his career, Christopher has played with musical greats including Billy Preston, Antonio Hart, John Clayton, Jimmy Heath, Bobby Broom, Percy Gray, Roy Hargrove, Talib Kweli, Lupe Fiasco, Guy Sebastian, Jennifer Hudson, 88 Keys, Milton Mustafa, Winard Harper, and the Marquis Hill Blacktet. He now currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. 

Falkner Evans

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Pianist and composer Falkner Evans brings a diverse musical background to his art. A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, he was first drawn to the popular music of the 60s as a youth. He began playing piano when he was in high school, at around the same time he was turned on to jazz. After performing on the Tulsa jazz scene for a few years, Evans spent five years on the road with the grammy award-winning western swing group, Asleep at the Wheel. Musically it wasn't what the pianist looking for, but it was a great experience for him. In 1985, he moved to New York, where he immediately immersed himself in the crowded jazz scene, and eventually began studying with Mike Longo, the former pianist and arranger for Dizzy Gillespie. Longo, Evans says, “changed everything about my ideas of harmony, movement, and touch.” 

The pianist's first three trio discs, Level Playing Field (2000, Metropolitan), Climbing the Gates (2002, CAP), and Arc (CAP 2006), established Evans's voice as a player and composer. JazzTimes wrote that Evans “makes you listen carefully to discover the complexities beneath his music's attractive but subdued surface.” His fourth outing, Point of the Moon (CAP), featured the additions of saxophonist Greg Tardy and trumpeter Ron Horton to the trio of Evans, bassist Belden Bullock, and drummer Matt Wilson, and showcased compositions beautifully fleshed out by the expanded group. George Kanzler wrote in Hot House, “already notable in trio format, Evans's distinctive compositions stand out given full quintet arrangements.”

Evans says that his focus “is currently on composition. I love the element of surprise when putting together a piece of music. I want the music to be enjoyable on the first listen, but open up and show its depth on repeated listening.” He observes further that “all we can ever hope for is to absorb many difference influences as we go along and distill those into something unique and fresh.”

Lawrence Clark Quartet

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Tenor saxophonist Lawrence Clark has entrenched himself into the restive jazz scene in New York City. Driven by persistence and passion, Lawrence embarks on a journey into the spiritual realm of music. Inspired by the John Coltrane quartet the Miles Davis quintet and a 10-year apprenticeship in the Rashied Ali quintet Lawrence strives to reach new horizons.

Lawrence grew up in Camden, NJ a neighboring city to Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love. Coming from a non- musical family Lawrence took a liking to music at an early age. Starting out on the alto and baritone saxophones Lawrence worked his way into the concert band and jazz ensembles through out middle and high school. During his senior year in high school Lawrence won a scholarship for private lessons at the Settlement school of music in Philadelphia, Pa. After graduating high school Lawrence received a partial scholarship to attend Berklee College of music where he later changed his focus to the tenor saxophone. At Berklee Lawrence studied with Fred Lipsus, Andy McGee and Billy Pierce who started him off in the right direction and gave him a solid foundation. Berklee being in the heart of Boston there were many opportunities for Lawrence to network and perform at local jazz clubs there. After spending some time in Boston Lawrence decided to move to New York City to develop a higher level of musicianship.

Lawrence has performed with many respectable musicians such as, Norman Simmons, Winard Harper, David Bryant, Jeremy Pelt, OrrinEvans, Azar Lawrence, Tyshawn Sorey, Eric Mcpherson, David Weiss, Billy Hart, Anthony Wonsey, Gene Jackson, Reggie Workman, David Weiss, Babatunede Lea, Dwayne Burno, Billy Drummond, Rashied Ali to name a few. In addition to performing in New York Lawrence has traveled all through out Europe, Asia and Africa performing at many clubs and jazz festivals. Currently living in New York Lawrence leads his own Quintet, which consists of bass, drums, piano, trumpet and saxophone. Lawrence works to shape the sound and developing the harmonic and rhythmic concepts of this Quintet. Lawrence plans to release a CD the best represents the concept of his Quintet. Lawrence can be heard on the following CD’s “Judgment Day Vol. 1” “Judgment Day Vol. 2” with Rashied Ali, “Orientation” with Greg Murphy, “Make it Happen” with Winard Harper, “Live in Europe” with Rashied Ali, “Supa Lowery Bros Vol. 1” “Supa Lowery Bros Vol. 2” with Supa Lowery Bros, “Rashied Ali tribute band” at the Zinc Bar, “Inner City Hero” with Johhny Mez, “Dreams Beyond” with George Spanos, “Portrait” with Josh Evans, “Lux Hermetica” with Brandon Lewis, “Hope and Despair” Josh Evans and “Forward Motion” Lawrence Clarks Debut Album.

Lawrence strives to be sincere and expressive through out his music, employing creativity to its fullest and making an emotional attachment which is necessary to convey true purpose and intent.

King Solomon Hicks

King Solomon Hicks

Music charge: $10 per person per set. 

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Solomon Hicks has been called 'Lil" B.B. King, East Montgomery, and King Solomon by his fans from NYC, nationally and now internationally. 

He is the real deal…the next best thing out of New York City. Solomon has been in the biz since age 13 as the lead guitarist and performer at the Cotton Club, with a 13-piece band. He recorded his first CD, Embryonic, at age 14 with the Cotton Club All-Star Band. Solomon is also at B.B. King’s, Minton’s Playhouse, Terra Blues (in the Village), The Garage, Red Rooster, Shanghai Jazz (in New Jersey), Jazzmobile (Jazz Shrines), Settepani, Iridium, Gran Piatro (Jazz on the 5th), Ginny’s Supper Club, Harlem Arts Alliance events and many other clubs in the Tri-State Area. From October 30 – November 3, 2015, Solomon opened for the band KISS on the KISS Kruise V from Miami to Jamaica.

He has 2 CDs and is touring Europe and performing at national festivals. His latest CD Carrying on the Torch of the Blues has many original songs written, arranged and composed by Solomon. This includes a big band/swing anthem for the Cotton Club, “Jukin’ at the Cotton Club”.

Solomon is a jazz and blues guitarist, singer, and composer. An eclectic musician, Solomon excels at a number of styles ranging from jazz, blues, classical, gospel, R&B, funk and classic rock. He studied jazz, classical and Afro-Cuban guitar at Harlem’s School of the Arts, Boys Conservatory, Brooklyn Music Academy, Opus 118 Jazzmobile and Barry Harris’ Bebop workshops.

Several newspapers and magazines have written about Solomon’s extraordinary talents, including The Washington Post, New York Daily News, The New York Times, Amsterdam News, Montana’s Bigfork Eagle, Hartford, Conn., and the New Jersey Jazz Society News. His story also received coverage on the PBS and CUNY TV series American Music, ABC, multiple public access programs, and radio stations like WBGO 88.3 Jazz and WHCR 90.3. Solomon and his mentor Melvin Sparks played at the Blue Note. Solomon has worked with and played with many artists such as Ne-Yo, Tony Bennett, Jon Hendricks, Russell Malone, Stanley Banks, the B.B. King Blues Band (with Junior Mack, led by Jerry Dugger), Lonnie Youngblood, Winard Harper, Danny Mixon, Antoinette Montague, Roger Anderson, Elvin Bishop, the Cotton Club All Stars, JC Hopkins Big Band, Alex Blake, and more. Solomon teaches music theory, beginner guitar, and advanced guitar. He has taught music to children at the Children’s Aid Society.

Singer Meets Saxophonist

Christopher McBride: saxophone

Jonathan Edward Thomas: organ

Curtis Nowosad: drums

This week's vocalist: TBA

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Superb alto saxophonist Christopher McBride has been slowly but steadily turning heads with his ubiquitous work as an invaluable sideman since the mid-aughts. Now Christopher is gaining respect amongst fans, critics and his peers as one of the most versatile musicians in the world. His 2012 debut album Quatuor de Force certainly establishes his ability to front a group and write his own soulful, melodically indelible tunes. Applauded for his ability to play in all musical situations, McBride has the ability to unleash a fiery attack and serrated tone, but on his recent album he explores a more measured, mellow sound heavily influenced by contemporary R&B—with a strong shot of Cannonball Adderley’s post-bop sensuality–but his improvising is very rigorous and cogent.

Starting his professional career in Chicago in 2007, Christopher has been in high demand as a musician and clinician, performing and teaching primarily in New York, Illinois, Missouri and various states throughout the country. Christopher has shared his musical gift with audiences across the globe, performing in China, England, France, Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Spain and Switzerland. In addition, since moving to New York in 2013 his group The Whole Proof has played venues all over New York such as Smalls Jazz Club, Smoke Jazz Club, Ginny's Supper Club & Fat Cat. Throughout his career, Christopher has played with musical greats including Billy Preston, Antonio Hart, John Clayton, Jimmy Heath, Bobby Broom, Percy Gray, Roy Hargrove, Talib Kweli, Lupe Fiasco, Guy Sebastian, Jennifer Hudson, 88 Keys, Milton Mustafa, Winard Harper, and the Marquis Hill Blacktet. He now currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. 

Luke Carlos O'Reilly

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Luke Carlos O’Reilly is an award winning pianist who has always had a passion for music. Whether it be Jazz, Soul, R&B, Gospel, Latin Jazz, Classical or any other genre, Luke was drawn to good music at the early age of four. 

After a Boston upbringing, Luke moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to attend Esther Boyer School of Music at Temple University on an academic and music scholarship. He graduated Temple in 2004, earning his Bachelors of Fine Arts with a concentration in Jazz Performance. 

During his time in Philadelphia, he had the opportunity to tour with artists such as Curtis Fuller, Bobby Watson, Randy Brecker, Wycliffe Gordon, Dave Valentin, Billy Paul, Slide Hampton, Nicholas Payton, Fred Wesley, Red Holloway, Steve Turre, Chico Freeman, Musiq Soulchild, Carol Riddick, K’naan and many others.

Luke has two independently released solo albums; ‘Living In The Now’ (2011) and '3 Suites' (2013).  Both albums contain original compositions as well as covers from Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Cedar Walton, Mulgrew Miller, Janet Jackson, SWV and many more eclectic artists.  At this time, Luke plans to continue writing, performing, and recording music, as well as educating young aspiring musicians.

http://lukecarlosoreilly.com/

Jovan Alexandre

Jovan Alexandre

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Jovan Alexandre is an emerging jazz tenor saxophone phenomenon, known for the brightness of his tone, and for the elegant, spiritual bearing of his compositions.

He may be situated, broadly speaking, within the penumbra of a hard-bop style made popular by the iconic alto saxophonist Jackie McLean [1931-2006] in his later years, when McLean had moved from New York City to Hartford, Connecticut, a transition that both cemented McLean's place in the pantheon of modern jazz giants and revolutionized the teaching of the music to new generations of players such as Alexandre.

Just as Jackie McLean himself had – in such albums for Blue Note as Let Freedom Ring [1962] and One Step Beyond [1963] – extrapolated upon both the lyricism and projection of a Charlie Parker or a Dexter Gordon and the angular modes and scales of John Coltrane, so has Jovan Alexandre positioned himself as a spiritual heir to McLean with authoritative and imaginative excursions into the free-flowing modernist colloquy pioneered by McLean.

Alexandre made his debut as a leader at the prestigious New York City Winter JazzFest [on January 9, 2015]. He has been a soloist on recordings for drummers Ralph Peterson (Outer Reaches [2010]) and Winard Harper (Coexist, sharing the tenor spotlight with Frank Wess [2012]), and for the South African jazz singer Nonhlanhla Kheswa (Meadowlands, Stolen Jazz [2013]). His first album as a leader, Collective Consciousness, was released worldwide [on February 24, 2015][on Xippi Phonorecords, XP22540].

Alexandre’s Wallingford is fifteen miles due north of New Haven. Several times a week during his high school years, he made the further trek northward to Hartford, a city rich in jazz history, to study at the Artists Collective, a neighborhood institution founded to promote the art and culture of the African diaspora and much beloved of Hartford’s African-American and Caribbean communities. The Artists Collective was founded in 1969 by Jackie McLean with his wife Dollie McLean, transplanted New Yorkers, at a time of cultural and political ferment. The ensuing forty-five years have seen the Artists Collective evolve from humble physical beginnings in borrowed premises to become one of the nation’s most impactful grassroots teaching institutions in music – especially jazz – and other performing arts. In the 1980's, the University of Hartford’s Hartt School, a nationally prestigious conservatory, asked Jackie McLean to establish a jazz performance department. Alexandre is one of dozens of alumni of the Artists Collective to have continued their studies at Hartt. He graduated with distinction [in 2011] from the jazz program, now formally known as the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz.

At Hartt, in addition to intensive learning with Jackie McLean’s own son, René, Alexandre also studied with five other direct protégés of Jackie McLean, namely tenor saxophonist Jimmy Greene, alto saxophonist Kris Allen, pianist and arranger Chris Casey, trombonist Steve Davis, and bassist Nat Reeves. These instrumentalists are all key contributors to what some have called a “Hartford sound” grounded in Jackie McLean’s teachings and continuing influence, and especially his notions of historicity and the value of hand-to-hand transmission of jazz knowledge. Shortly after graduating from Hartt, Alexandre began to earn an almost “underground” reputation as one of the most compelling and talked- about of the new tenor saxophone soloists, through appearances with top-name musicians such as Hank Jones, Dionne Warwick, Curtis Fuller, Harold Mabern, Larry Willis, Charles Tolliver, Randy Brecker, Antoine Roney, Benito Gonzalez, Shimrit Shoshan, Ray McMorrin, Josh Evans, Curtis Torian, Tadataka Unno, and Kendrick Oliver & The New Life Jazz Orchestra.

Alexandre and his current group have honed their work as a unit in regular appearances in all the principal jazz venues in Connecticut, notably Stamford's 9th Note, The Outer Space in Hamden, The Owl Shop in New Haven, and Hartford's Black-Eyed Sally's, Bushnell Park Pump House Gallery, and the Charter Oak Cultural Center, and in numerous summer jazz festivals. They have also become habitués of the New York City jam sessions at Smalls, Fat Cat, Dizzy's, and Minton's. With the release of his debut album Collective Consciousness, and more regular appearances in New York City and national and international touring on the horizon, Alexandre is poised for wider recognition as leader of his own ensembles, and as a composer of polished skill and uncommon daring.

Saturday Brunch: Glenn Crytzer

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Glenn Crytzer’s New Yorkers (formerly Glenn Crytzer and his Syncopators) is a 6 piece combo that plays the music of the late 1930s and 1940s.  The band is influenced by artists like Fats Waller, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and other greats of the swing era, and plays classic arrangements, head arrangements, and original songs and arrangements by Glenn. Not only do the New Yorkers play the '30s and '40s, they focus on playing that music in its original style with a vintage sound set-up.

The New Yorkers have performed at hundreds of dances, concerts, festivals and events, across the US and Canada. They've released two full length albums (when they were still called the Syncopators), entitled “Harlem Mad” and Skinny Minne.” Tracks from both albums have been used extensively in TV and Film projects.

For more on Glenn and his bands please visit GlennCrytzer.com

Sunday Brunch: Benny Benack III

Sunday Brunch: Benny Benack III

ABOUT THE ARTIST

At the age of 25, Pittsburgh-born musician Benny Benack III has been hailed by Nate Chinen of the New York Times as “a charismatic young trumpeter who maintains an earnest sideline as a singer". As a dual-threat, he’s quickly established himself as one of the most versatile and virtuosic voices of his generation. He first made his mark internationally through competitions, winning the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Soloist Competition (2011), National Trumpet Competition for Jazz (2010), International Trumpet Guild Jazz Competition (2010), and was most recently a Finalist for the prestigious Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition (2014). Demonstrating his versatility, he also was a Finalist in two vocal competitions, the Gentlemen Sing Competition (2013) and the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Vocalist Competition (2014). 

Delivering on the promise of his early career, he has since recorded albums as a sideman for musicians such as Ulysses Owens Jr., Michael Dease, and Chihiro Yamanaka, the latter on the iconic Blue Note Records label. Sought after as a trumpet soloist, he's played in nearly every major big band, including the Christian McBride Big Band, Mingus Big Band, Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars, Jimmy Heath Big Band, and Bobby Sanabria's Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra. An international touring schedule includes frequent engagements in Japan, Mexico, Russia, and most recently, Italy. When not on the road, he calls NYC home, and remains in-demand at the finest jazz venues in town, leading engagements at Jazz @ Lincoln Center’s “Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola", The Blue Note, Birdland, SMOKE, Small’s, Fat Cat & the Iridium to name a few. He is featured as a vocalist during Jazz @ Lincoln Center’s upcoming 2016 Concert Series in the Appel Room, as a part of “Crooners" celebrating Bing Crosby, Mel Torme & Nat King Cole. 

https://www.bennybenackjazz.com

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Singer Meets Saxophonist

Christopher McBride: saxophone

Jonathan Edward Thomas: organ

Curtis Nowosad: drums

This week's vocalist: TBA

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Superb alto saxophonist Christopher McBride has been slowly but steadily turning heads with his ubiquitous work as an invaluable sideman since the mid-aughts. Now Christopher is gaining respect amongst fans, critics and his peers as one of the most versatile musicians in the world. His 2012 debut album Quatuor de Force certainly establishes his ability to front a group and write his own soulful, melodically indelible tunes. Applauded for his ability to play in all musical situations, McBride has the ability to unleash a fiery attack and serrated tone, but on his recent album he explores a more measured, mellow sound heavily influenced by contemporary R&B—with a strong shot of Cannonball Adderley’s post-bop sensuality–but his improvising is very rigorous and cogent.

Starting his professional career in Chicago in 2007, Christopher has been in high demand as a musician and clinician, performing and teaching primarily in New York, Illinois, Missouri and various states throughout the country. Christopher has shared his musical gift with audiences across the globe, performing in China, England, France, Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Spain and Switzerland. In addition, since moving to New York in 2013 his group The Whole Proof has played venues all over New York such as Smalls Jazz Club, Smoke Jazz Club, Ginny's Supper Club & Fat Cat. Throughout his career, Christopher has played with musical greats including Billy Preston, Antonio Hart, John Clayton, Jimmy Heath, Bobby Broom, Percy Gray, Roy Hargrove, Talib Kweli, Lupe Fiasco, Guy Sebastian, Jennifer Hudson, 88 Keys, Milton Mustafa, Winard Harper, and the Marquis Hill Blacktet. He now currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. 

Emily Braden

Emily Braden

Music charge: $10 per person per set. 

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ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Big, bad beauty from Boise, Idaho, Emily Braden covers a lot of ground. Whether she’s fronting a symphony in British Columbia or leading a world-class trio in Manhattan, Braden has the innate ability to win the heart of any audience with her powerhouse vocals and striking stage presence. 

Winner of New York City’s prestigious "Best of the Best" Jazzmobile Vocal Competition, Braden’s signature sound is an effortless blend of jazz and soul. Her knock-out debut album Soul Walk is composed of high-energy originals and "flipped-out" jazz standards. Producer Misha Piatigorsky says, “As a singer, Emily has no boundaries. She gives me goose bumps.” Braden has performed at notable NYC venues such as the Blue Note Jazz Club (Late Night Groove Series), Nublu, Smalls Jazz Club, Zinc Bar, The Kitano and the Iridium Jazz Club as well as on international festival circuits.

In April 2014, Braden was selected by the US Embassy to travel to Burkina Faso, West Africa as part of the Arts Envoy program. The Emily Braden Quartet closed out the Jazz a Ouaga Festival with a standing ovation.

Singer Meets Saxophonist

Christopher McBride: saxophone

Jonathan Edward Thomas: organ

Curtis Nowosad: drums

This week's vocalist: TBA

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Superb alto saxophonist Christopher McBride has been slowly but steadily turning heads with his ubiquitous work as an invaluable sideman since the mid-aughts. Now Christopher is gaining respect amongst fans, critics and his peers as one of the most versatile musicians in the world. His 2012 debut album Quatuor de Force certainly establishes his ability to front a group and write his own soulful, melodically indelible tunes. Applauded for his ability to play in all musical situations, McBride has the ability to unleash a fiery attack and serrated tone, but on his recent album he explores a more measured, mellow sound heavily influenced by contemporary R&B—with a strong shot of Cannonball Adderley’s post-bop sensuality–but his improvising is very rigorous and cogent.

Starting his professional career in Chicago in 2007, Christopher has been in high demand as a musician and clinician, performing and teaching primarily in New York, Illinois, Missouri and various states throughout the country. Christopher has shared his musical gift with audiences across the globe, performing in China, England, France, Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Spain and Switzerland. In addition, since moving to New York in 2013 his group The Whole Proof has played venues all over New York such as Smalls Jazz Club, Smoke Jazz Club, Ginny's Supper Club & Fat Cat. Throughout his career, Christopher has played with musical greats including Billy Preston, Antonio Hart, John Clayton, Jimmy Heath, Bobby Broom, Percy Gray, Roy Hargrove, Talib Kweli, Lupe Fiasco, Guy Sebastian, Jennifer Hudson, 88 Keys, Milton Mustafa, Winard Harper, and the Marquis Hill Blacktet. He now currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. 

Sharp Radway

Sharp Radway

Music charge: $10 per person per set. 

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Sharp Radway is a pianist / composer / arranger / author who is a native of Hartford, Connecticut and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.  He remains in demand throughout the country and abroad.  Sharp has worked with several Jazz luminaries as well as forefathers of the music.  Among them  are Yusef Lateef, Benny Golson, Red Holloway, Peewee Ellis, Hamiet Bluiett, Slide Hampton, Curtis Fuller, Benny Powell, Steve Turre,  Fred Wesley, Frank Lacy, Kiane Zawadi, Bucky Pizzarelli, Diane Schuur, Joe Lee Wilson, Kevin Mahogany, Nnenna Freelon, James Spaulding, Louis Hayes, Greg Bandy, Ben Dixon, Winard Harper, Candido, Leopoldo Fleming, Russell Gunn, Ted Curson, Nicolas Payton, Eddie Henderson, and Randy Brecker and many more.  

He also serves as music director, pianist, and arranger for The Celebration of Lionel Hampton Big Band and The New York City Ska Orchestra.  In addition to playing the piano he is also a prolific composer and arranger.  Staying true to his roots, he also continues to play in church regularly, serving as Music Director for a local church in Brooklyn, New York.

http://sharpradway.com

Saturday Brunch: Glenn Crytzer

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Glenn Crytzer’s New Yorkers (formerly Glenn Crytzer and his Syncopators) is a 6 piece combo that plays the music of the late 1930s and 1940s.  The band is influenced by artists like Fats Waller, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and other greats of the swing era, and plays classic arrangements, head arrangements, and original songs and arrangements by Glenn. Not only do the New Yorkers play the '30s and '40s, they focus on playing that music in its original style with a vintage sound set-up.

The New Yorkers have performed at hundreds of dances, concerts, festivals and events, across the US and Canada. They've released two full length albums (when they were still called the Syncopators), entitled “Harlem Mad” and Skinny Minne.” Tracks from both albums have been used extensively in TV and Film projects.

For more on Glenn and his bands please visit GlennCrytzer.com

Singer Meets Saxophonist

Christopher McBride: saxophone

Jonathan Edward Thomas: organ

Curtis Nowosad: drums

This week's vocalist: TBA

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Superb alto saxophonist Christopher McBride has been slowly but steadily turning heads with his ubiquitous work as an invaluable sideman since the mid-aughts. Now Christopher is gaining respect amongst fans, critics and his peers as one of the most versatile musicians in the world. His 2012 debut album Quatuor de Force certainly establishes his ability to front a group and write his own soulful, melodically indelible tunes. Applauded for his ability to play in all musical situations, McBride has the ability to unleash a fiery attack and serrated tone, but on his recent album he explores a more measured, mellow sound heavily influenced by contemporary R&B—with a strong shot of Cannonball Adderley’s post-bop sensuality–but his improvising is very rigorous and cogent.

Starting his professional career in Chicago in 2007, Christopher has been in high demand as a musician and clinician, performing and teaching primarily in New York, Illinois, Missouri and various states throughout the country. Christopher has shared his musical gift with audiences across the globe, performing in China, England, France, Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Spain and Switzerland. In addition, since moving to New York in 2013 his group The Whole Proof has played venues all over New York such as Smalls Jazz Club, Smoke Jazz Club, Ginny's Supper Club & Fat Cat. Throughout his career, Christopher has played with musical greats including Billy Preston, Antonio Hart, John Clayton, Jimmy Heath, Bobby Broom, Percy Gray, Roy Hargrove, Talib Kweli, Lupe Fiasco, Guy Sebastian, Jennifer Hudson, 88 Keys, Milton Mustafa, Winard Harper, and the Marquis Hill Blacktet. He now currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. 

Jerome Sabbagh Trio

ABOUT THE ARTIST

"Mr. Sabbagh avoided direct allusions to the saxophone totems. What he is working toward, simply and effectively, is a sincerely personal vocabulary."
–Nate Chinen, New York Times

Saxophonist and composer Jerome Sabbagh was born in Paris in 1973 and has been living in New York since 1995. A prolific forward-thinking composer, as well as a musician with a deep connection to the well of the jazz tradition, he has recorded six albums as a leader. Jerome Sabbagh was one of Paul Motian's last saxophone players. After one gig together, shortly before he passed, the legendary drummer asked him to play for a week at the Village Vanguard, in his "New Trio" with guitarist Ben Monder, in September 2011.

Jerome Sabbagh’s longstanding quartet with Ben Monder, Joe Martin and Ted Poor, a band which has been together since 2004, has released three albums, the critically acclaimed “North”, “Pogo" and "The Turn". Jerome has recorded an album exclusively devoted to standards, "One Two Three", in a saxophone trio setting with Ben Street and Rodney Green. Most Sundays, when he is in town, Jerome Sabbagh can be found at Grassroots Tavern in the East Village, playing with Adam Kolker, Jeremy Stratton and George Schuller, in what has become known as the Grassroots Jazz Effort. Jerome Sabbagh has shared the stage with Victor Lewis, Bill Stewart, Jeff Ballard, Greg Hutchinson, Billy Drummond, Justin Brown, Eliot Zigmund, Andrew Cyrille, Damion Reid, Reggie Workman, Vicente Archer, Matt Penman, Joe Sanders, Steve Cardenas, Lage Lund, Mike Moreno, Gilad Hekselman, Dan Tepfer, Pete Rende and Jean-Michel Pilc, among others. As a sideman, Jerome has been involved most notably with pianist Laurent Coq's quartet, Guillermo Klein's Los Guachos and the Marta Sanchez Quintet. He has played in some of the world's most famous festivals, including Newport, San Francisco, Paris, Tokyo and Medellin. In 2011, DownBeat included him in their "Rising Stars" list for tenor saxophone.

Saturday Brunch with Richard Padron

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Richard Padron was born in Havana, Cuba in 1982, emigrated to Miami in 1988 and lived there until 2003.  Having recorded and performed with such artists as Paquito D'Rivera, Chino Maurice, Michele Rosewoman, Lauryn Hill, Michael Phillip Mossman,  Zé Luis Oliveira, Benny Reid, Antonio Hart, Will Calhoun, José José, Tony DeSare, Fabio Morgera, Francis Mbappe, Stacy Dillard and other artists of many genres has reinforced his versatility and made him a growing influence on the New York music scene.

Although the only musician in the family, there was an overabundance of both music and support.  Growing up listening to Beny Moré, Fernando Alvarez, Tchaikovsky, Irakere and Billie Holiday instilled within him a musical appreciation from an early age that would later provide a rich musical foundation to draw from.

At the age of 12, Richard began playing guitar and attended the prestigious New World School of the Arts in Miami, where he began formal conservatory training when he was 16. Before graduating he began playing with some of Miami's most reputable musicians and ensembles such as Ira Sullivan, Othello Mollineaux, Gary Campbell, For If the Flies and Carlos Averhoff.  Intuitively utilizing his musical heritage as well as the musical diversity Miami had to offer, he developed a unique style of both playing and composing.  Drawing from many genres he breathes new life into the guitar and brings an inventive approach to his compositions.

Alex Claffy

Alex Claffy

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

CLAFFY - The Bass.
Alexander Claffy was raised in a musical household (his father is a pianist, his mother, a vocalist), and had many of his earliest lessons on bandstands in the heart of Philadelphia. As a teenager, Claffy was fortunate enough to find a mentor in many Philly natives, and has continued his study of the double bass with some of the world's finest musicians, including Ron Carter, Dwayne Burno and Orin O'Brien. Since moving to New York City in 2011, he has had the honor of working with many of his living heroes, including Johnny O'Neal, Jimmy Cobb, Louis Hayes, Sean Jones, Russell Malone, Christian Scott, Wallace Roney and many more.  In the past 3 years he has appeared on records with Victor Lewis, Orrin Evans, JD Allen and more. Alexander currently resides in Harlem.

"CLAFFY" - His Music.
He has just finished writing, recording and producing his debut concept album: CLAFFY. With the help of engineer/ producer Michael Perez-Cisneros (Kurt Rosenwinkel, Esperanza Spalding and many others), he has documented his own true story of love, heartbreak, and the eternal question: were we meant to be? Just shy of 40 minutes, this groundbreaking LP introduces many of New York's unheard young talent - including vocal powerhouse Michael Stephenson. 

Sunday Brunch with Dandy Wellington

Sunday Brunch with Dandy Wellington

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Inspired by the Big Band Era of Jazz, Dandy Wellington and his Band have taken the sounds of the 1930’s and 40’s and created a world of well dressed music. With a passion for obscure songs steeped in the Jazz tradition, Dandy Wellington has assembled a catalog of music that invokes an atmosphere of class. From the golden age of cinema, to the bounce of New Orleans, each song is hand selected and played to perfection by a band cut from the cloth of elegance.

Singer Meets Saxophonist

Christopher McBride: saxophone

Jonathan Edward Thomas: organ

Curtis Nowosad: drums

This week's vocalist: TBA

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Superb alto saxophonist Christopher McBride has been slowly but steadily turning heads with his ubiquitous work as an invaluable sideman since the mid-aughts. Now Christopher is gaining respect amongst fans, critics and his peers as one of the most versatile musicians in the world. His 2012 debut album Quatuor de Force certainly establishes his ability to front a group and write his own soulful, melodically indelible tunes. Applauded for his ability to play in all musical situations, McBride has the ability to unleash a fiery attack and serrated tone, but on his recent album he explores a more measured, mellow sound heavily influenced by contemporary R&B—with a strong shot of Cannonball Adderley’s post-bop sensuality–but his improvising is very rigorous and cogent.

Starting his professional career in Chicago in 2007, Christopher has been in high demand as a musician and clinician, performing and teaching primarily in New York, Illinois, Missouri and various states throughout the country. Christopher has shared his musical gift with audiences across the globe, performing in China, England, France, Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Spain and Switzerland. In addition, since moving to New York in 2013 his group The Whole Proof has played venues all over New York such as Smalls Jazz Club, Smoke Jazz Club, Ginny's Supper Club & Fat Cat. Throughout his career, Christopher has played with musical greats including Billy Preston, Antonio Hart, John Clayton, Jimmy Heath, Bobby Broom, Percy Gray, Roy Hargrove, Talib Kweli, Lupe Fiasco, Guy Sebastian, Jennifer Hudson, 88 Keys, Milton Mustafa, Winard Harper, and the Marquis Hill Blacktet. He now currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.