Raine Torae

Raine Torae

Music charge: $10 per person per set. 

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Raine Torae is a beautiful, gifted and sultry jazzy Soul & R&B singer who is a native New Yorker. Taking the stage almost 10 years ago she began to take her career as singer very serious, pursuing that what she loves, music after debuting in several stage plays acting & singing. Raine's favorite singers are Nancy Wilson, Diane Reeves, Angela Bofill and the late greats, Phyllis Hyman and Whitney Houston and she takes a little from each.

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.

Shareef Clayton

Shareef Clayton

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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

Gabrielle Murphy: saxophone

Jonathan Edward Thomas: organ

Curtis Nowosad: drums

This week's guest vocalist: Tahiri Clayton

Jochen Rueckert

ABOUT THE ARTIST

German-born drummer Jochen Rueckert presents his working quartet. The New York City-based band plays Jochen's compositions containing surprisingly more optimistically swinging sections rich with chords than one would expect from a teutonic drummer, sprinkled with the occasional 3/8 bar for good measure. Jochen's deliberate avoidance of formal music education, albeit initially for budgetary reasons, provides a great lack of erudite nonsense in his writing. Jochen is celebrating his 4th album, titled "Charm Offensive" (Pirouet records, 2016). The band has been touring for over seven years, reaching greater depths of musical interaction as it continues to do so, proudly devoid of the mounting gimmickry and desperate festival-pandering observed in many of its peers. Jochen is mostly known for his twelve years in the Marc Copland Trio, the mid-2000 Kurt Rosenwinkel New Quartet, all of Nils Wogram's Root 70, recent work with the Melissa Aldana Trio, his electronic music programmed under the alias "Wolff Parkinson White" as well as his series of ebooks aptly titled "Read the Rueckert- travel observations and pictures of hotel rooms".

Irwin Hall

Irwin Hall

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Irwin Hall is an internationally renowned saxophonist, flautist and clarinetist. His infectious sound, enchanting melodies, and natural charm immediately draw the attention of any room he plays. A natural improviser, Irwin is known and respected for his ability to weave contemporary and traditional jazz, soul, gospel, avant-garde, and blues into any song he plays. His versatile and open approach to music and improvisation has resulted in a steady stream of back to back world tours, performing in London, Tokyo, Prague, NYC, Paris, Pori, Shanghai, Melbourne, and many more. Over the past decade, Irwin has established himself as a leading soloist and in-demand sideman, touring and recording with the likes of 3x Grammy/Tony Award winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, Universal Recording artist Melody Gardot, award-winning trumpeter Theo Croker, and bass virtuoso Charnett Moffett, to name a few. Critics and fans agree - Irwin Hall is one of the dominant saxophonists on the global music scene.


"Reed player Hall is someone Gardot discovered while on tour in Japan. He shone in his solo...showing a mastery of both traditional and modern jazz idioms with an understated sound that highlighted the originality of his improvisation."

- Victor Schermer, AllAboutJazz.com

Tom Tallitsch Quartet

Tom Tallitsch Quartet

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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.

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.

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.

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: Kelly Green Trio

Kelly Green: piano // Kush Abadey: drums // Alex Tremblay: bass

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Kelly Green is an up and coming pianist / vocalist who currently resides in Harlem, New York City. Born and raised in Florida, she began singing as a toddler and started piano lessons at age seven. At age eleven she became interested in jazz and began attending the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Workshop every year with her father, who is a professional bass player. Her senior year of high school she recorded and produced her own album of twelve original songs called “Aspire”.
 
She received her Bachelors in Jazz Studies- piano performance at the University of North Florida. She studied piano with accomplished jazz pianist, Lynne Arriale as well as voice with vocalist, Michelle Amato. She received the outstanding musician’s award her last three years at the University. While living in Jacksonville she performed weekly with her trio at the Ponte Vedra Lodge and Club. She also performed steadily at the Times Union Center, Lilly’s Coffee Shop, and Rhett’s Piano Bar as well as doing many private events at various locations. In May 2011, she competed in the Generation Next Youth Talent Competition at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival taking home first prize and a $2,000 savings bond for playing and singing Herbie Hancock’s “Eye of the Hurricane”.
 
In September 2012 she began attending William Paterson University where she received her Masters in Jazz Piano Performance. She took private lessons with acclaimed pianists Harold Mabern and James Weidman. She also had the privilege of taking a semester of arranging lessons with master Cecil Bridgewater and three semesters of classical piano lessons with the amazing pianist and educator Gary Kirkpatrick. While studying at William Paterson she performed in ensembles directed by the late master of the piano, Mulgrew Miller, as well as Bill Mobley, Rich Perry, and Bill Goodwin among many others. For her last two semesters he was the pianist in the William Paterson Jazz Orchestra led by head of the WP Jazz Department, Dr. David Demsey. In this band she had the opportunity to perform with NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath and legendary jazz vibraphonist Steve Nelson. Kelly also received the Outstanding Graduate Music Student Award for her class. In June 2014 Kelly was chosen to be the pianist in the William Paterson Colombia Band, which toured three cities in Colombia, South America. In Colombia, the band taught at two week long jazz clinics and performed at three large concert halls.
 
Although Kelly just moved to New York City about two years ago, she performs and hosts weekly jam sessions at Cleopatra's Needle and Rue B in the city. She also had a solo performance every Saturday at the 9th Note Jazz Club in Stamford, CT where she opened up for jazz legends such as George Coleman, Jimmy Cobb, and Louis Hayes among many others.
 
Kelly has already performed at legendary clubs such as Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Apollo Theater, Smalls Jazz Club, Mezzrow, Fat Cat Jazz Bar, Zinc Bar, Rockwood Music Hall and Caffe Vivaldi among many other restaurants and venues in the city. She has performed in bands alongside established jazz musicians such as Christian McBride, Steve Wilson, Jimmy Heath, Steve Nelson, Bill Goodwin, Rich Perry, Winard Harper, Philip Harper, Stacy Dillard, Jonathan Barber, Josh Evans, Bruce Williams and Jovan Alexandre among others.

In addition to being an outstanding performer, Kelly is a wonderful educator. She teaches at the Jazz House Kids Summer Workshop and the William Paterson Jazz Workshop every year. In Jacksonville, she taught at the University of North Florida Jazz Workshops for four years. She currently teaches private lessons in New Jersey and New York for piano and is a Teaching Artist at Jazz House Kids.

Kelly’s latest project was recording her first jazz album featuring her originals and arrangements with her small group and her sextet featuring Christian McBride, Steve Nelson, Josh Evans, Noam Israeli, Tamir Shmerling, Jovan Alexandre, Matt Dwonszyk, Mike Troy, and Kush Abadey. She plans to release this record in 2017. With this album she strives to allow listeners to feel a sense of connectedness and relatability with the world, and seek comfort and relaxation in her music.

For more information and keep up to date with Kelly's musical journey please visit: www.kellygreenpiano.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. 

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.

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. 

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.

Henry Conerway III Trio

Henry Conerway III Trio

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Henry Conerway III has been described as a ‘musician who caresses the music deep within his spirit as he searches for the pivotal technique to let it all out’ and that was when he was a young boy, participating in an elementary school music class in Detroit, after attending his first percussive instrument class at the age of four, and continuing an extraordinary journey into the moment that is now. The prequel spotlights his grandmother preparing his inheritance, the love for and the understanding of true jazz, in its heyday, as she absorbed jazz in Detroit's Paradise Valley and over on Hastings Street where jazz lived and saturated her free spirit, and her soul. Henry’s parents were a conduit for the legacy, his mother falling asleep every night to the sounds of Ella, Sara and Nancy to name a few. And his father, a brilliant classical violinist in his own right, yet forced to massage his love for jazz from afar. The rhythm, the syncopation, the creative exactness and the freedom of the flow were embedded in Henry’s mind, body and soul, before he took his first breath!

Willie McAllister, the consummate high school teacher and musician, introduced his students, including Henry to Detroit Jazz Festival stages and to the city's great jazz musicians, one of which was the renowned, Marcus Belgraves. On his journey to NOW, Henry spent several years under Belgrave’s tutelage as a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Jazz Band and later as a young colleague and friend.

While matriculating at Morehouse College, Henry cofounded the group “Jaspects,” a group that quickly settled in as a staple of the Atlanta music scene. The group wrote, recorded and released four independent albums, booked their own tours, selling thousands of copies nationwide. Creative collaborations with the industries rising stars; Maroon 5's PJ Morton; Tyler Perry’s Tony Hightower, and equally talented beauties including; Chantae Cann and Janelle Monáe can be heard on Jaspects’ recordings. 

Henry has established a reputation as a stellar performer working with world class musicians including: Russell Gunn; Dionne Farris; Curtis Fuller; Julie Dexter; Marcus Printup, to name a few. Henry is fearlessly versatile, bursting with creatively styled energy that melts seamlessly into jazz standards and beyond. Henry has won numerous performance and composition awards throughout this awesome journey to now. He is also passionately involved in the education of young musicians, having developed an innovative program for a non-profit agency and providing private lessons currently. 

Henry is sincerely dedicated to preserving our preciously rich jazz history, while continuing to infuse the music with his passionate fresh youthful perspective. Henry recognizes the bridge that most assuredly must be created and maintained to introduce, awake and merge the cultural music of our youth with our historic prolific jazz.

Community service, including educational opportunities are staples in Henry’s journey to now. He has served as an Ambassador and instructor for How Big Is Your Dream? Foundation, a non-profit under the leadership of Henry’s mentor, Jorel “J-Fly” Flynn. 

Henry’s accomplishments continue to expand; he has established himself as an entrepreneur; recording artist on numerous albums; consistent collaborator with Dwight Andrews, Freddy Cole and Jennifer Holliday; a residency with Jazz at Lincoln Center, Doha; and an off-broadway theatre run of Bob Marley’s music…Henry Conerway III’s journey to now is a simplistic divergence of progressively demonstrative music perspectives molded from the creative distinctive energy, uniquely crafted from his ability to live in the moment, where life and music explosively happens. 

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. 

Michael King

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Virtuosic pianist Michael King, a Chicagoan native, began playing drums in his local church band at the early age of 4. This fortuitously melodic schooling nurtured an undeniable affinity to the piano and organ, the very seat that he began to occupy, by ear, at age 14.

Mr. King is an alumni of Lincoln Park High School and the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory. He was selected to attend the Thelonious Monk Institute and The Ravinia Jazz Scholars program on merit scholarships. Michael has performed with Herbie Hancock, Bobby Watson, Kevin Eubanks, Dave Liebman, Gary Bartz, Billy Hart, Joel Frahm, Rufus Reid, & Antonio Hart, among others.

Currently you can catch Mr. King touring internationally with: DeeDee Bridgewater, Robin Eubanks, Theo Croker's DVRK FUNK, Soul Understated, Marcus Printup, & Mark Whitfield