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Jazz Standard Announces December '09 Concert Schedule
(Published: November 23, 2009)

JAZZ STANDARD Warms Up the Holiday Season With Some Hot Latin Jazz
Featuring a Special New Year's Eve Week Toast to the "Big Easy"

Best Jazz Club 2008 (New York Magazine)

(New York City, NY) - JAZZ STANDARD, one of the nation's premier jazz clubs, presents another month of great jazz in December. Jazz Standard and the Voll-Damm Barcelona International Jazz Festival host pian¬ist Chano Domínguez and his quintet in "The Flamenco Side of Kind of Blue" (12/3-12/6). The Pablo Ziegler Quartet stars in our annual "Tango Meets Jazz" festival (12/10-12/13) with special guest saxophon¬ists Miguel Zenon and David Sanchez. The Steve Wilson Ensemble (12/17-12/20) will pay trib¬ute to the late great composer and keyboard master Joe Zawinul. Jazz Standard celebrates New Year's Eve week (12/29-1/3) with an exclusive premiere gala run of soulful New Orleans-flavored jazz aptly themed, "Struttin' With Some Barbecue," consisting of an all-star ensemble co-led by pianist Henry Butler and alto saxophonist Donald Harrison Jr. This month, Jazz Standard continues our celebrated "Mingus Mondays" residency with perform¬ances by the mighty Mingus Big Band (12/7, 12/21, 12/28) and Mingus Orchestra (12/14). Below is a complete schedule of December performances at Jazz Standard, along with informa¬tion 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 " 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


Ingrid Jensen - trumpet, flugelhorn
Gary Thomas - tenor saxophone, flute
Dave Kikoski - piano
Ed Howard - bass
Victor Lewis - drums
Plus Special Guests to be announced!

For the first of two nights at Jazz Standard, Ingrid Jensen - trumpeter, composer, bandleader, and educator - will reconvene the group she led in a 2000 appearance on Black Entertainment Television's "BET On Jazz." "People around the around the world have seen that show," says Ingrid. "I've gotten countless requests to put this great band back together." These sets will be recorded and will include new Ingrid Jensen compositions as well as favorite tunes from the BET show.
Music Charge: $20

Ingrid Jensen - trumpet
Geoffrey Keezer - piano
Matt Clohesty - bass
Jon Wikan - drums
Plus Special Guests to be announced!

Ingrid leads the adventurous band featured on Live, At Sea - her first recording for ArtistShare, released December 2009. Pianist Geoffrey Keezer played in the last lineup of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (at age 17!) and has been a noted recording artist in his own right since 1988. Both nights will be recorded as part of Ingrid's upcoming ArtistShare project, Trail Stories. "Ingrid plays trumpet and flugelhorn with all the brilliance and fire of a true virtuoso, following the spirit of the muse as she creates...warm, sensitive, exciting and totally honest." (Marian McPartland)
Music Charge: $20

Chano Domínguez - piano
Mario Rossy - bass
Blas Córdoba - cantaor
Israel "Piraña" Suárez - cajón
Tomasito - dance and palmas

And now (as the saying goes) for something completely different: A stunning new interpretation of the 1959 Miles Davis classic Kind of Blue, as performed by a unique flamenco/jazz combo under the direction of the brilliant pianist Sebastian Domínguez Lozano, better known as Chano Domínguez. Born 49 years ago in the Spanish city of Cádiz, Chano began flamenco guitar studies at age eight, then switched to keyboards when he formed the band Caí, which fused traditional Andalusian roots with progressive rock. Beginning with the formation of his own trio in 1992, Chano has experimented endlessly with the alchemy of jazz and flamenco on such albums as Hecho a Mano and Imán. This is the final concert series of the Voll-Damm Barcelona International Jazz Festival, proudly co-presented with Jazz Standard. Don't miss the Chano Domínguez Flamenco Quintet in Kind of Blue - and somewhere, even Miles will be smiling.
Music Charge: $30

Seamus Blake, Mark Gross - tenor saxophone
Jaleel Shaw, Craig Handy - alto saxophone, flute
Jason Marshall - baritone saxophone
Earl McIntyre, Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Clark Gayton - trombones
Kenny Rampton, Earl Gardner, Avishai Cohen - trumpets
Orrin Evans - piano
Boris Kozlov - bass
Donald Edwards - drums

Our "Mingus Mondays" residency continues tonight with the exciting sounds of the Mingus Big Band. Randy Brecker, Jack Walrath, John Stubblefield, and James Carter are among its illustrious alumni, while such musicians as Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Craig Handy, Ryan Kizor, and Helen Sung uphold the band's tradition of adroit musician¬ship and kinetic excitement. "The huge group performs some of Mingus' most complex works with spirit, virtuos¬ity, and plenty of color." (Scott Yanow, AllMusic.com)
Music Charge: $25

Amy Cervini - voice
Michael Cabe - piano
Mark Lau - bass
Ernesto Cervini - drums

Jazz Standard and Anzic Records celebrate the release of Lovefool, the enchanting new album by vocalist Amy Cervini. On an eclectic mix of songs, from Depeche Mode to Fred Hersch, Amy's distinctive delivery "neatly straddles the line between confessional balladeering and breezy swing" (Time Out New York). Lovefool is a major step forward for a young singer who comes on "strong, but never strident. She presents songs with enough heart to convince a listener of her sincerity and enough musical talent to make it worth listening." (Bob Karlovits, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Music Charge: $20

Bill Mays - piano
Peter Washington - bass
Billy Drummond - drums

"Mays plays on pure inspiration, that exalted level where mere technical concerns have been long forgotten," wrote Mark Miller in the Toronto Globe and Mail. "The result is jazz of a sophistication and sheer spontaneity that's rarely heard." Born and raised in California, in 1960 16-year-old Bill Mays caught a live solo set by Earl "Fatha" Hines that changed his life: "It was so new to my ears, and it was burning! His rhythmic drive, unusual melodic twists, two-handed independence and use of the whole keyboard thrilled and inspired me." In the course of the en¬suing decades, Bill worked with everyone from Frank Zappa to Benny Golson while establishing himself as the respected leader of several groups including this superb piano trio. Tonight's sets will spotlight the tunes featured on Bill's fine new CD, Mays at the Movies!
Music Charge: $20

With Special Guests Miguel Zenon (12/10 & 12/11) and David Sanchez (12/12 & 12/13)
Produced by Pat Philips & Ettore Stratta
Pablo Ziegler - piano
Claudio Ragazzi - guitar
Héctor del Curto - bandoneon
Pedro Giraudo - bass
Special Guest: Miguel Zenon - alto saxophone (12/10-12/11)
Special Guest: David Sanchez - tenor saxophone (12/12-12/13)

From Puerto Rico to Buenos Aires the modern tango takes on a new musical dance when Jazz Standard proudly presents our seventh annual "Tango Meets Jazz" Festival, featuring and directed by pianist Pablo Ziegler, a master of this thrilling Argentine style and the creator (with Quique Sinesi and Walter Castro) of the Latin Grammy Award-nominated album Buenos Aires Report. Two outstanding saxophonists from Puerto Rico will be Pablo's special guests for this run, with Miguel Zenon appearing 12/10-11 and David Sanchez joining in 12/12-13. "Ziegler plays straight from the beating, bleeding heart of nuevo tango, with its Argentinian mix of swagger and sweetness. His tunes stay firmly within the tradition, with an urgent, finely tuned control of tension and release." (London Guardian)
Music Charge: $30

Wayne Escoffery - tenor & soprano saxophone, flute
Vincent Herring - alto & soprano saxophone, flute
Andy Hunter - trombone
Kenny Rampton - trumpet
Ben Monder - guitar
Michael Rabinowitz - Bassoon
tba - bass clarinet
Bobby Routch - French Horn
Boris Kozlov - bass
Donald Edwards - drums
Special Guest: Edmar Castaneda - Colombian harp

"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 differ¬ent 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, April 2009)
Music Charge: $25

Donny McCaslin - tenor saxophone
Alex Sipiagin - trumpet
Ryan Keberle - trombone
Marcus Rojas - tuba
John Clarke - French horn
Ben Monder - guitar
Edward Simon - piano
Hans Glawischnig - bass
Adam Cruz - drums

Declaration is an apt title for Donny McCaslin's new Sunnyside Records CD: It's a major large-scale work from one of the most inventive and emotionally compelling under-50 player/composers on the American jazz scene (and a Grammy Award nominee for his performance with the Maria Schneider Orchestra on the 2004 CD Concert In The Garden). After his last album on Greenleaf Music with the fiery trio session Recommended Tools, "David Binney and I talked about shifting gears and doing a larger project that would push me into new areas composition-wise and orchestration-wise," Donny explains. "I wanted this to be a beautiful record as it was recorded just before the birth of our daughter Claire. My hope is that this record conveys some of the feelings that have run so strongly through me during the process of birth and new parenthood; joy, wonder, and tremendous love."
Music Charge: $20

Steve Wilson - alto & soprano saxophone
Jeremy Pelt - trumpet
Danny Grissett - piano
Ugonna Okegwo - bass
Rodney Green - drums

Steve Wilson, hailed by NPR as "one of the finest saxophonists in the business," returns with his stellar band to Jazz Standard to perform a tribute to the late great keyboardist and composer Joe Zawinul (1932-2007). The Vienna-born, conservatory-trained Zawinul played with Maynard Ferguson and Dinah Washington before becoming a mainstay of Cannonball Adderley's powerhouse Sixties band and the composer of soul-jazz anthems like "Mercy Mercy Mercy." Zawinul was a crucial contributor to Miles Davis' Bitches Brew, a co-founder of Weather Report with Wayne Shorter, and the leader of his own internationally acclaimed band, the Zawinul Syndicate. In the New York Times in 2006, pianist Jason Moran wrote: "Usually an artist finds their ‘signature' and then they continue refining their signature over time. It's rare that an artist has multiple signatures. Joe has gone on to many signatures, and that is what inspires me. He's beyond being pegged."
Music Charge: $25 / $30 Friday & Saturday

Scott Robinson, Donny McCaslin - tenor saxophone
Jaleel Shaw, Craig Handy - alto saxophone, flute
Lauren Sevian - baritone saxophone
Andy Hunter, Dave Taylor, tba - trombones
Kenny Rampton, Alex Sipiagin, tba - trumpets
David Kikoski - piano
Boris Kozlov - bass
Donald Edwards - drums

"The band is equally adept on punchy up-tempo romps like ‘Wham Bam' and beautiful long-lined ballads such as ‘Celia.' Soloists challenge one another, often paired in trading choruses, fours, and ending in tandems. It all makes the music bristle with a palpable excitement." (George Kanzler, Newark Star-Ledger)
Music Charge: $25

12/22-12/23 EDMAR CASTANEDA TRIO plus Special Guest JOE LOCKE
Edmar Castaneda - Colombian harp
Marshall Gilkes - trombone
David Silliman - drums and percussion
Special Guests:
Joe Locke - vibraphone
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. These shows mark a welcome return to our stage for Edmar Castaneda, highlighted by special guest appearances from Joe Locke and Andrea Tierra, both featured on his beautiful new ArtistShare CD Entre Cuerdas.
Music Charge: $20


12/26-12/27 TRIO DA PAZ
Romero Lubambo - guitar
Nilson Matta - bass
Duduka da Fonseca - drums and percussion

For more than two decades, Trio da Paz has updated the infectious spirit of jazz-oriented Brazilian music with its "distinct and sometimes dazzling flair for sophisticated jazz interplay and improvisation" (Mike Joyce, The Washington Post). Trio da Paz has become one of the best-known Brazilian jazz groups in the world with such acclaimed albums as Brazil From the Inside (featuring Herbie Mann and Joanne Brackeen), Black Orpheus, and the 2008 CD Live at JazzBaltica.
Music Charge: $30

Donny McCaslin, tba - tenor saxophone
Mark Gross, tba - alto saxophone, flute
Lauren Sevian - baritone saxophone
Clark Gayton, Dave Taylor, tba - trombones
Kenny Rampton, Earl Gardner, Tatum Greenblatt - trumpets
David Kikoski - piano
Boris Kozlov - bass
Donald Edwards - drums

"Most people are forced to do things they don't want to for most of the time, and so they get to the point where they feel they no longer have any choices about anything important, including who they are. We create our own slavery. But I'm going to keep on getting through, and finding out the kind of man I am, through my music. That's the one place I can be free." (Charles Mingus [1922-1979], from a conversation with Nat Hentoff)
Music Charge: $25

12/29/09 - 1/3/10 NEW YEAR'S EVE WEEK
Henry Butler - piano
Donald Harrison - alto saxophone
Sean Jones - trumpet
Wycliffe Gordon - trombone
Ben Wolfe - bass
Ali Jackson - drums

We bid farewell to 2009 and ring in the New Year with six scintillating nights of celebratory music from "the Big Easy," New Orleans. Pianist Henry Butler, saxophonist Donald Harrison Jr., and an all-star sextet - its name inspired by the fabled Louis Armstrong recording of 1927 - will bring the excitement of a Crescent City street parade to our stage as they romp and stomp through a boundless book of standard and original tunes. Jazz Standard will be the place to be, every night for the New Year!
Music Charge: $35 (except New Year's Eve)

New Year's Eve - First Set (7:30 p.m.): $125
Includes music cover charge, three-course Blue Smoke feast, and gratuity on food.

New Year's Eve - Second Set (10:30 p.m.): $195
Includes music cover charge, three-course Blue Smoke feast, Champagne toast at midnight, and gratuity on food.

More Information: http://www.jazzstandard.com

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