Singer Meets Saxophonist

Christopher McBride: saxophone

Jonathan Edward Thomas: organ

Curtis Nowosad: drums

This week's vocalist: Karen Marie


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. 

Victor Gould

Victor Gould

Music charge: $5 per person. 

Two-item minimum per person at tables. Reserve a table.


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Victor Gould, a pianist from Los Angeles, California, began playing piano at the young age of four. He was very fortunate to grow up in a household where his parents supported him wholeheartedly. His undergraduate degree was completed at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he was the recipient of a Herbie Hancock Presidential Scholarship. 

Immediately after he graduated from Berklee, Victor attended the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and received his Master's Degree. Gould's honors include the 2009 ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award, and in 2006 He was a semifinalist in The Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition. As a member of the Donald Harrison Quartet, Gould recorded three CD's and a DVD, and toured the United States and Europe. He has performed with Esperanza Spalding, Terence Blanchard, Branford Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Ralph Peterson, Wallace Roney and many others. Victor is currently residing in New York and has been a member of the Wallace Roney Quintet for over a year. In that time he has recorded 2 albums with him. Victor released his debut album in March 2014 to rave reviews. 

Corey Wallace

Corey Wallace

Music charge: $5 per person. 

Two-item minimum per person at tables. Reserve a table.


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Baltimore, MD native trombonist Corey Wallace has gained the respect and admiration of many in his relentless pursuit of all things good music and amazing life experiences.  He was selected as the 2012 Best Trombonist by the Washington [D.C.] City Paper for his “technical fluidity and for the heavy dose [of] introspection that sits right on the surface of his playing”.  He is well versed and feels equally at home in various styles of music and is always eager to contribute with like-minded musicians.  "Music is about life - communication, emotions, interactions, love and otherwise, as well as experiences; I want any and all music in which I take part to come from a real place and be able to connect with others," says Wallace.  

He has shared the stage with jazz legends and musicians such as Benny Golson, Nicholas Payton, Esperanza Spaulding, Robert Glasper, Robin Eubanks, Lee Konitz, Billy Harper, and Marc Cary, R&B icons Miss Lauryn Hill and Jill Scott, gospel music’s Kim Burrell, neo soul's Bilal and he is a member of both legendary groups The Mighty Impressions (formerly led by Curtis Mayfield) and the horn led funk group Mandrill. 

Wallace shows his vast knowledge of music and love for reaching people regardless of the style.  As an educator, he has taught at the Penn State University Summer Music Camp, the Baltimore School for the Arts, the Harlem School for the Arts, and in the New York Public School System.  He is currently based out of Brooklyn, NY and freelances all over the United States as a musician, composer, and arranger.  He leads the Corey Wallace DUBtet, featuring some of the best musicians from NYC and the world and also plays regularly in a number of bands in NYCs top venues for live music.

A Night of Afro-Cuban Jazz

A Night of Afro-Cuban Jazz

Music charge: $15 per person per set. 

Sets at 7:00PM & 9:30PM. 

Two-item minimum per person at tables. Reserve a table.


ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Tonight's bandleader is guitar virtuoso Richard Padron. Richard 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.

Havana-born artist Melvis Santa made a splash on the Cuban musical scene at 14, when she founded the collective Sexto Sentido—a project that jazz great Chucho Valdés deemed as “the best Cuban vocal quartet of the past 30 years”. Based in New York since 2014, she continues to make her mark as a performer who blurs the boundaries of Afro-Cuban music and jazz. Touching audiences and critics alike, her debut CD as a bandleader, Santa Habana, was critically acclaimed and nominated for the Cubadisco Awards in 2012. Her new compositions feature her project Ashedí, consisting of piano and batá drums. 

Coming along for the ride is Lara Bello! Born in Granada, Spain and now based in New York, singer/song-writer, Lara Bello conveys the music of her hometown: Flamenco, Arabic melodies and Mediterranean roots masterfully fused with African and Latin American rhythms. Her magical voice expressively touches your heart whilst her poetic lyrics take you on a beautiful journey. She has performed extensively around the world with her band, playing at such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington DC (selected by the Embassy of Spain as Best Spanish Artist in the European Month of the City, 2014), Auditorium of The Aga Khan Museum (Toronto, Canada), Auditorio Radio IMER (México DF), Beijing Ninegates Festival (National Library of Beijing, China) as well as concerts in Colombia, Japan, New York, Germany and many others. Lara Bello also performed at The Damascus International Jazz Festival 2010, just a few months before the conflict began in Syria.

Tonight's band will also feature sensational percussionist Roman Diaz and the electrifying Kenny Grohowski on drums.

Tom Tallitsch Quartet

Tom Tallitsch Quartet

Music charge: $15 per person per set. Sets at 7:00 & 9:30.

Two-item minimum per person at tables. Reserve a table.


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Tom Tallitsch is a Saxophonist, Composer, Recording Artist, Music Educator, and Host of ‘The Modern Jazz Radio Show’. Tom performs at jazz clubs and other venues throughout NYC including, Smalls Jazz Club, The 55 Bar, Birdland, The Sidedoor, Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Arts Council Of Princeton, WhyNot Jazz Room, Cornelia Street Cafe, The Garage, Bar Next Door, and more. He regularly performs at venues up and down the east coast, and tours throughout the United States.

His seventh album GRATITUDE was released in the spring 2016 on Posi-Tone Records, and and is receiving national and international airplay on Jazz radio stations. It features Jon Davis (Piano), Peter Brendler (Bass), Rudy Royston (Drums).

In addition to having his compositions and arrangements played by vocalists and musicians throughout New York and Philadelphia, Tom has had his works performed by individual dancers from the Martha Graham Dance Company at various choreographer showcase venues. 

He is musical director and composer for the multi-media dance company Big Sky Project, founded by his wife Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch. Big Skyʼs mission is: “Grassroots Community Fellowship. Gathering community and all of the resources and skills available for barter, thus creating commerce, self-sufficiency, and art with in a village. One project and location at a time, Big Skyʼs mission is to initiate the healing of the environment in which we all live, through imaginative, innovative, experimental, artistic, and inspired philosophy.”

Tom owns a highly recommended music tutoring business in Princeton, NJ and is a popular jazz educator and clinician. He works as a piano teacher to students on the autism spectrum at The Princeton Child Development Institute and teaches piano and woodwinds at The Princeton Junior School. 

He was the founding director of The Central NJ Homeschool Bands and was Artist Faculty at Mercer County Community College. He has taught at The Westminster Conservatory, Philadelphia Clef Club, Creative Music Studios, The Groove Academy, and many more. He is a gifted music educator who has given lectures and clinics at many top high schools including The Lawrenceville School and The Pennington School. He has had students continue on to pursue professional careers at conservatories throughout the country. 

He hosts his own jazz radio show titled “The Modern Jazz Radio Show” on the Mercer County Jazz Station WWFM Jazzon2 89.1 HD2. The show features Tom’s own personal jazz picks and commentary, and airs every Thursday evening from 8:00 to 10:00 pm. Weekly playlists are sent to all artists, record companies, and publicists. 

Tom currently resides in Jersey City, NJ. He is originally from Cleveland, Ohio where he began his musical training on the piano, clarinet and saxophone. He as also lived in Cincinnati, Philadelphia, and Hamilton, NJ. He holds a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM), and has participated in clinics with Joe Henderson and Chris Potter. He has studied with saxophonists Rick VanMatre, Ernie Krivda, Mike Lee, Ben Schachter, Seamus Blake, and pianist Phil DeGreg.

Sunday Brunch with Brandon Bain

ABOUT THE ARTIST

In the appropriately inherited vintage spirit of such greats as Nat King Cole, Sam Cooke and Sammy Davis Jr, Brandon Bain refreshingly blends pure silky tones, humor and modernly honest renditions of all of the greatest classics.

Bain skillfully engages audiences with personal stories that charmingly complement his natural and calming vocal style, which memorably results in an all-around uplifting and 'feel good' experience.

Bain offers heartfelt interpretations of jazz standards, showtunes, the Great American Songbook, popular music (from Queen to Billy Joel), and, in a nod to his Caribbean heritage, Calypso music.

Mr. Bain's love for the Jazz scene and storytelling through music led him to capably create Capsulocity.com, the innovative web series that documents NYC's up and coming Jazz artists. NPR succinctly profiled and reviewed Brandon Bain's series as "Unscripted Magic."

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.