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Jazz Standard Schedule for December
(Published: November 04, 2010)

JAZZ STANDARD Wraps Up 2010 with the 10th Annual "Tango Meets Jazz" Festival and Welcomes the New Year with Dr. Lonnie Smith
Best Jazz Club 2008 (New York Magazine)

JAZZ STANDARD, one of the nation's premier jazz clubs, presents another month of great jazz in December. From December 2-5, we commemorate 10 years of the "Tango Meets Jazz Festival" with pianist Pablo Ziegler and special guest saxophonist Prometheus Jenkins (12/2-12/3) and violinist Regina Carter (12/4-12/5). Internationally acclaimed singer/pianist Patricia Barber returns to our stage (12/9-12/12) followed by a 50th anniversary celebration of saxophone giant Johnny Griffin and his classic 1960 album Big Soul Band (12/14-12/15). During New Year's Eve week, (12/28-01/02) Hammond B3 organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith will perform with three different groups including his regular working trio (12/28-12/29), the U.S. debut of a fiery big band (12/30-1/1, including special New Year's Eve shows), and the world premiere of the jazz/India fusion "Yuga Adi" Trio with tabla and sitar (01/02).

Jazz Standard continues our celebrated "Mingus Mondays" residency this month with perform­ances by the Min­gus Big Band (12/6, 12/20) and Mingus Orchestra (12/13, 12/27). Below is a com­plete schedule of December performances at Jazz Standard, along with informa­tion on the musicians. For every­thing else, visit www.jazzstandard.com.


Jazz Standard is located at 116 E. 27th Street (between Lexington and Park)
Train 6 to E. 28th Street

Student Discounts (restrictions apply)
Enjoy "NYC's Best Barbecue" (Time Out New York) from BLUE SMOKE
and an extensive wine, beer and cocktail list

Jazz for Kids every Sunday (except for Dec 26th)
Open for lunch at 1pm, music from 2-3pm

For reservations call Jazz Standard at 212.576.2232 or visit www.ticketweb.com
Artists and schedules are subject to change


12/1 Peter Bernstein Quartet
Peter Bernstein - guitar
Mike LeDonne - piano
John Webber - bass
Joe Farnsworth - drums

The music of guitarist Peter Bernstein has enriched the New York jazz scene since 1989. Over the past two decades, he's participated in over 60 recordings; his latest CD is called Live at Smalls featuring drummer Jimmy Cobb, of Miles Davis' Kind of Blue fame. As a sideman, Peter has worked extensively with the organ groups of Larry Goldings, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Mel Rhyne; with saxophonists Sonny Rollins (European tour this past summer), Joshua Redman, Lee Konitz, and Eric Alexander; and with vocalist Diana Krall. "The guitarist, among the most sought-after in New York, has a feather-light touch, an encyclopedic knowledge of chords, and the abil­ity to play standards like he's inventing them on the spot." (Fred Shuster, L.A. Daily News)
Music Charge: $20

12/2 - 12/5 Tango Meets Jazz Festival with The Pablo Ziegler Quartet
Pablo Ziegler - piano
Claudio Ragazzi - guitar
Hector Del Curto - bandeon
Pedro Giraudo - bass
With Special Guests
· Prometheus Jenkins - tenor saxophone (12/2-12/3)
· Regina Carter - violin (12/4-12/5)

Jazz Standard celebrates the first decade of a grand tradition in New York music when we proudly present our 10th annual "Tango Meets Jazz" Festival, featuring and directed by the Latin Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer Pablo Ziegler, "the outstanding representative of the nuevo tango in his generation" (Stereo Review). Two very special guests will join the Ziegler quartet for the festivities: the brilliant beyond-category violinist Regina Carter, appearing December 4-5; and an underground legend of the tenor saxophone, Prometheus Jenkins, appearing December 2-3. On his latest recording, Canyengue, Pablo Ziegler joins forces with cello goddess Maya Beiser in a provocative and sensual ex­ploration of the true soul of Buenos Aires tango. Produced by Pat Philips and Ettore Stratta.
Music Charge: $30

12/6 Mingus Big Band

Our acclaimed "Mingus Mondays" series begins another memorable month tonight: two expansive sets of music by the late great Charles Mingus (1922-1979) as played by the most exciting and adventurous rep­ertory band on the scene today. Dr. Michael Bourne of jazz station WBGO hails the Mingus Big Band's latest CD, Live at Jazz Standard: "Every tune a classic, every player a master, every tune sounding new, every player keeping the spirit of Charles Mingus alive and swinging!"
Music Charge: $25

12/7 Niels Lan Doky Trio
Niels Lan Doky - piano
Larry Grenadier - bass
Jeff "Tain" Watts - drums

Niels Lan Doky is the first Danish jazz musician since the late great bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen to attain international recognition and critical acclaim. At age 15, he was the protégé of American jazz legends Thad Jones and Ernie Wilkins; after moving to the US in 1981, he gigged and recorded with Joe Henderson, Clark Terry, David Sanborn, and Woody Shaw, among many other leaders. Niels released his debut album in 1986, and has since appeared on more than 30 recordings as a leader, sideman, and/or producer. His new CD is called Return to Denmark (Bro Recordings), and is a tribute to his motherland. A published writer and a skilled director (with his third film now in production), Niels Lan Doky is "a pianist of many parts," wrote Richard Palmer in UK Jazz Journal. "He can be spicily laconic, appropriately rhapsodic, and fiercely muscular."
Music Charge: $20

12/8 Maurice Brown Effect
Maurice Brown - trumpet
Chelsea Baratz - saxophone
Chris Rob - piano
Solomon Dorsey - bass
Joe Blaxx - drums

If your hips start swaying, your fingers starts snapping, and your heart beats a little faster, don't call the doctor: You might have caught the "Maurice Brown Effect." Maurice's group wowed the Jazz Standard crowds back in March and they are ready to do it again in December. This soulful trumpeter and his band have caused outbreaks of musical ecstasy with their exciting live shows (for example, back in March at Jazz Standard) and their latest CD, The Cycle of Love. Maurice's sideman credits range from chart-topping R&B (Aretha Franklin, Cee-Lo Green) to deep ex­ploratory jazz (Fred Anderson, George Freeman). "I know for a fact that Maurice Brown has the most promise of all the trumpeters out there," declares veteran trombonist Curtis Fuller. "I say this because I played with Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard when they were his age, and I see that promise in Maurice Brown."
Music Charge: $20

12/9 - 12/12 Patricia Barber
Patricia Barber - piano, vocals
Neal Alger - guitar
Larry Kohut - bass
Ross Pederson - drums

Two years has been too long to wait for the return of the great Patricia Barber to our stage. Let's just say she's been busy: with gigs everywhere from San Francisco and South Africa, and with the creation of her forthcoming Blue Note album The Storyteller, due out in 2011. The recipient of the first Guggenheim Fellowship ever award to a songwriter, Patricia Barber is among the most highly sought-after concert artists in jazz as well as one of the most eclectic and elusive. The Los Angeles Times says: "Her gripping interpretations and propulsive piano playing are among the great wonders of contemporary music." Don't miss this rare New York appearance by the one and only Patricia Barber!
Music Charge: $25/$30 Friday & Saturday

12/13 Mingus Orchestra

Charles Mingus unwittingly prophesized the formation of the Mingus Orchestra with its unique blend of jazz and orchestral instrumentation in the liner notes to his 1972 album Let My Children Hear Music. "If you like Beethoven, Bach or Brahms, that's okay," he said at that time. "They were all pencil composers. I always wanted to be a spontaneous composer. I think it is time our children were raised to think they can play bassoon, oboe, French horn, English horn, full percussion, violin, cello. If we so-called jazz musi­cians who are composers, the spontaneous composers, started including these instruments in our music, it would open everything up."
Music Charge: $25

12/14 - 12/15 "The Big Soul Band" 50th Anniversary: A Tribute to Johnny Griffin
Houston Person - tenor saxophone
Eric Alexander - tenor saxophone
Bobby Porcelli - alto saxophone
Jason Marshall - baritone saxophone
Mike Ponella - trumpet
Don Sickler - trumpet
Ku-umba Frank Lacy - trombone
Barry Cooper - bass trombone
Norman Simmons - piano
Bob Cranshaw - bass
Lewis Nash - drums

In 1960, tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin (1928-2008) rose to new heights of musical mastery with The Big Soul Band (Riverside), his first large-band recording as a leader. This session featured an 11- piece group (with Clark Terry, Pat Patrick, Frank Strozier, and Charlie Persip among the personnel) and a soul-stirring repertoire including the African-American spirituals "Deep River," "Wade In The Water," and "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen." This week, Jazz Standard hails the 50th anniversary of this classic album with an outstanding "Big Soul Band" of our own, performing the album repertoire and fea­turing contemporary tenor titans Houston Person and Eric Alexander.
Music Charge: $25

12/16 Rebecca Martin
Rebecca Martin - vocals
Bill McHenry - tenor saxophone
Larry Grenadier - bass

When acclaimed singer/songwriter Rebecca Martin set out to make an album of standards, she resolved to seek out the original vocal version of each song. It was a challenging but rewarding assignment through which Martin found that "many of the beloved old classics have been changed a great deal. Verses, lyrics and arrangements have been deleted or changed, in some cases quite dramatically." The result is When I Was Long Ago, a perfect showcase for Martin's "warm, unguarded voice" (New York Times) as she breathes new life and meaning into "Lush Life," "Someone to Watch Over Me," and "Willow Weep for Me" as well as such lesser-known gems such as "Cheer Up Charlie" and "No Moon at All." Rebecca brings her new music to Jazz Standard for this special one-nighter with album accompanists Larry Grenadier (Brad Mehldau, Pat Metheny) and saxophonist Bill McHenry (Guillermo Klein, Paul Motian).
Music Charge: $20

12/17 - 12/19 Edward Simon Trio featuring John Patitucci & Brian Blade
Edward Simon - piano
John Patitucci - bass
Brian Blade - drums

Pianist, composer, and Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Edward Simon confirmed his standing as "an important presence on the jazz and world music scene" (Los Angeles Times) with his beautiful 2009 CAM Jazz release, Poesia. It's a superb trio date recorded with the same group that will take to our stage for three special nights in December, including the Grammy Award-winning bassist John Patitucci and the scintillating drummer, and long-time leader of his own highly acclaimed The Fellowship Band, Brian Blade. "The friendship between the members of this trio," says Simon, "has blossomed into something beyond our individual selves, even beyond the music itself, it has blossomed into poetry. For this I'm grateful." This auspicious trio engagement will be recorded live for a forthcoming Live at Jazz Standard release on CAM Jazz, so come get your claps, hoots and hollers on immortalized!
Music Charge: $30

12/20 Mingus Big Band

"Charles Mingus was more than jazz. His audacious ear for dissonance put him on par with Charles Ives, while his penchant for layering various patterns to create a complex and dissonant contrapuntal web matched Stravinsky's prowess with the orchestra. Mingus' works did not seem like hybrids at all. They were not beholden to two different traditions but rather emerged out of the compositional sensibilities that informed twentieth-century American music without a concern for what was or was not jazz." (Chadwick Jenkins, PopMatters.com)
Music Charge: $25

12/21 Helen Sung Quartet
Seamus Blake - tenor saxophone
Helen Sung - piano
Lonnie Plaxico - bass
Eric Harland - drums

Helen Sung has graced our stage on multiple occasions with various Mingus legacy bands, but over the past two years she has emerged as a skilled and assured leader in her own right. Helen's impressive artis­tic growth is much in evidence on her new Sunnyside Records CD, Going Express, recorded live at (where else?) Jazz Standard. Sung plunges into a eight-song set of original tunes ("Going Express," "Hope Springs Eternally") and standards ("Love For Sale," Monk's "Eronel") with the stellar support of saxophonist Seamus Blake, bassist Lonnie Plaxico, and drummer Eric Harland. A favorite of critics and fellow pianists alike, Marian McPartland described Helen's playing as "dazzling and passionate" and Benny Green said it was full of "life-affirming joy."
Music Charge: $20

12/22 - 12/23 Francisco Mela Trio featuring Vijay Iyer
Vijay Iyer - piano
Larry Grenadier - bass
Francisco Mela - drums

In less than a decade as a US resident, Francisco Mela has become one of the most talked-about and in-demand Cuban musicians of his generation. His debut album, Melao, finds this gifted percussionist at the helm of an all-star band that includes Joe Lovano, Lionel Loueke, and Anat Cohen. "With his debut re­cording as leader," wrote Jim Santella at AllAboutJazz.com, "Francisco Mela provides the spontaneity
that we need in order to keep jazz's mainstream healthy and accessible." The acclaimed pianist Vijay Iyer and long-time Brad Mehldau bassist Larry Grenadier join forces with the drummer for two nights of thrilling music making - don't miss it!
Music Charge: $25

12/24 - 12/25 Jazz Standard Closed for the Holiday

12/26 Edmar Castañeda Trio plus special guest Andrea Tierra
Edmar Castañeda - Colombian harp
Itai Kriss - flute
Eric Doob - drums
Special Guest: Andrea Tierra - vocals

Edmar Castaneda transforms the unique and beautiful sound of the Colombian harp with his commanding technique and ingenious improvisations. "A jazz harpist of imposing talent" (The New York Times), Edmar has performed and recorded with Paquito D'Rivera, John Scofield, Trio De Paz, Lila Downs, and Chico O'Farrill's Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra. His latest ArtistShare release is Entre Cuerdas, featuring guest appearances by vibraphonist Joe Locke and vocalist Andrea Tierra. Paquito D'Rivera calls Edmar Castaneda "an enormous talent" and "one of the most original musicians living in the Big Apple."
Music Charge: $25

12/27 Mingus Orchestra

"Among the giants of jazz, Charles Mingus ranged the furthest stylistically. While focusing on bop, es­pecially hard bop, his performances explored all of the other main currents in jazz - the New Orleans style, swing, free jazz and fusion - and other genres as well - blues, rhythm & blues, boogie-woogie, and gospel music." (Barry Kernfeld, from The Blackwell Guide To Recorded Jazz)
Music Charge: $25

12/28 - 1/2 New Year's Eve Week with Dr. Lonnie Smith!

Dr. Lonnie Smith is an authentic master of the Hammond B3 organ and a leader in the genre of organ jazz for over five decades. This week, Jazz Standard swings in the New Year with Dr. Lonnie Smith and three entirely different but equally exciting groups.

12/28 - 12/29 Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio
Dr. Lonnie Smith - Hammond B-3 organ
Jonathan Kreisberg - guitar
Jamire Williams - drums

The good doctor's regular working group is a tightly knit trio with almost extrasensory powers of com­munication. Smith, Kreisberg, and Williams came together with scintillating results on the 2010 album Spiral on Palmetto Records, featuring "Sweet & Lovely," "Frame For The Blues," and "I Didn't Know What Time It was."
Music Charge: $30

12/30 - 1/1 Dr. Lonnie Smith Big Band
Dr. Lonnie Smith - Hammond B-3 organ
Kyle Wilson - tenor saxophone
Jon Ellis - tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Logan Richardson - alto & soprano saxophone
Clark Gayton - tuba
Anne Drummond - flute
Corey King - trombone (musical director)
Josh Roseman - trombone
Keyon Harrold, Miki Hirose, Phil Dizack - trumpets
Jonathan Kreisberg - guitar
Vicente Archer - bass
Jamire Williams - drums

Here a group that Dr. Lonnie Smith fans have been awaiting for years! Some of the finest younger players on the scene fill the ranks of this exciting big band, including saxophonists Jon Ellis and Logan Richardson, trumpeter Keyon Harrold, and flutist Anne Drummond. With the U.S. premiere of Dr. Lonnie Smith's Big Band, these Jazz Standard dates offer a unique opportunity to hear the Boss of the B3 in a thrilling, roof-raising, foot-stomping big band setting.
Music Charge: $35 (except New Year's Eve)

New Year's Eve - First Set (7:30 p.m.): $125
Ticket purchase is all-inclusive and guarantees you admission to the show and a 3 course feast of award winning Blue Smoke Barbecue.

New Year's Eve - Second Set (10:30 p.m.): $195
Ticket purchase is all-inclusive and guarantees you admission to the show, a 3 course feast of award winning Blue Smoke Barbecue, and a Midnight champagne toast.

1/2 Dr. Lonnie Smith's "Yuga Adi" Trio
Dr. Lonnie Smith - Hammond B-3 organ
Neel Murgai - sitar, frame drum
Sameer Gupta - drums, tabla

What better way to begin the New Year than by hearing Dr. Lonnie Smith premiere a brand new band at Jazz Standard! Yuga adi ("beginning of a new age") is a traditional Hindi expression referring to the New Year, and it's a fitting name for this unique Indian-influenced trio combining Hammond B-3 with sitar, tabla, and frame drum. Sitarist Neel Murgai has worked with a wide range of artists such as Wyclef Jean and Cyndi Lauper, and drummer/tabla player Sameer Gupta is a key force in Marc Cary's Focus Trio. You've never heard Lonnie Smith music like this before, and we don't know when you'll get an­other chance - so make your reservations now!
Music Charge: $30

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