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World-Renowned Smoke Jazz Club Announces November Concert Schedule
(Published: October 05, 2022)

George Coleman Jr & TK Blue: Shades of Melba and Benny (Nov 2)

Nicholas Payton CD Release Concert Series: The Couch Sessions (Nov 10-13)

The Classic Trio: David Hazeltine, Peter Washington, and Louis Hayes (Nov 16)

Black Art Collective (Nov 25-27)

and more...

NEW YORK, NY (For Release 10.05.22) - One of New York City's premier live music venues, Smoke Jazz Club, presents a stellar line-up of some of music's greatest artists during the month of November. Acclaimed for its essential music programming and inspired setting, Smoke Jazz Club recently reopened to much fanfare after being closed to indoor performances and dining for over two years. This revered institution has undertaken an impressive expansion and renovation that anchors its place as a world-renowned destination for the best in classic and modern jazz.

Historically overshadowed, the trombone is back in the game with a one-night tribute (Nov 2) of trombone greats Melba Liston and Benny Powell. Some of the most highly acclaimed voices of jazz hit the Smoke stage: alto saxophonist Charles McPherson and his Quintet (Nov 3-6), "The Classic Trio" comprising David Hazeltine, Peter Washington, and Louis Hayes (Nov 16), and the Black Art Jazz Collective founded by Jeremy Pelt and Wayne Escoffery spends Thanksgiving Weekend with Smoke (Nov 25-27). For four special nights (Nov 10-13), visionary multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Payton celebrates his new album The Couch Sessions (Smoke Sessions Records). Please scroll down for complete schedule or visit SMOKEjazz.com.

When: Every Wednesday-Sunday @ 7:00 p.m. + 9:00 p.m. and additional 10:30 p.m.
(Fri & Sat only). Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

Where: SMOKE, 2751 Broadway (between 105/106th Streets), New York, NY, Train: 1 to 103rd Street.

Tickets: In-Person $25-$60. Livestream $15. For more information and to make reservations, please visit SMOKEjazz.com.

(subject to change)

Wed Nov 2 George Coleman Jr & TK Blue "Shades of Melba and Benny"
TK Blue - alto saxophone
Wayne Escoffery - tenor saxophone
Kuumba Frank Lacy - trombone
Dave Kikoski - piano
Paul Beaudry - bass
George Coleman Jr. - drums
Drummer George Coleman Jr. and saxophonist TK Blue, two artistic catalysts on the New York scene, celebrate two historical masters of the trombone-Melba Liston and Benny Powell-featuring modern trombone giant Frank Lacy. Notable additions to the celebration are the tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, pianist David Kikoski, and bassist Paul Beaudry. Liston and Power were two essential voices in the evolution of the music and groundbreaking trombonists.

Thu-Sun Nov 3-6 Charles McPherson Quintet
Terell Stafford - trumpet
Charles McPherson - alto saxophone
Jeb Patton - piano
David Wong - bass
Billy Drummond - drums

"No jazz musician of the past 60 years has more palpably channeled the sound of Charlie Parker than alto saxophonist Charles McPherson." - JazzIz

Alto saxophonist Charles McPherson is one of the most acclaimed and highly regarded voices in jazz. His rich musical style is rooted in the blues and bebop and has influenced and inspired generations of musicians and listeners for over six decades. McPherson has performed at concerts and festivals around the world with jazz greats like Barry Harris, Billy Eckstine, Nat Adderley, Jay McShann, Phil Woods, Wynton Marsalis, James Moody, Dizzy Gillespie, and others. In a recent review, Downbeat states, "As a still-vibrant jazz veteran with ties to innovators like Charles Mingus and Lionel Hampton, McPherson's writing carries on the traditional weight of bebop and swing, buoyed with an inventive, contemporary spark." His impressive quintet comprises trumpeter Terell Stafford, pianist Jeb Patton, bassist David Wong, and drummer Billy Drummond.

Wed Nov 9 TBA

Thu-Sun Nov 10-13 Nicholas Payton Trio The Couch Sessions (Smoke Sessions Records) cd release
Nicholas Payton - trumpet, piano & Rhodes
Buster Williams - bass
Lenny White - drums

"Payton dazzled the audience, simultaneously playing his trumpet and a Fender Rhodes. It's his signature, resonant sound... Payton's genius virtuosity captivated both faithful fans and anyone in the NPR crowd just discovering his music for the first time. - NPR

Multi-instrumental virtuoso and visionary Nicholas Payton celebrates the release of his new album The Couch Sessions (Smoke Sessions Records) with his trio featuring two of the greatest: bassist Buster Williams and drummer Lenny White. Originally from New Orleans, Payton is a master trumpeter and pianist steeped in acoustic jazz, post-bop, and the music of his hometown, but who also explores other lanes encompassing the entirety of Black American Music. He has recorded and performed with Wynton Marsalis, Dr. Michael White, Christian McBride, Joshua Redman, Roy Hargrove, Doc Cheatham, and Joe Henderson, among many others and is widely considered one of the most important artists of our time. In a review, the Chicago Tribune reports, "No descriptive label or category could be affixed to Payton's solos, which were as brashly original as they were technically imposing."

Wed Nov 16 David Hazeltine "The Classic Trio" featuring Peter Washington and Special Guest Louis Hayes
David Hazeltine - piano
Peter Washington - bass
Louis Hayes - drums

Pianist David Hazeltine reunites with two of music's great artists-drummer Louis Hayes and bassist Peter Washington-known as The Classic Trio. These celebrated musicians recorded two landmark albums together under Hazeltine leadership in the late 90s / early 00s, The Classic Trio and The Classic Trio, Volume II. Hazeltine was called "for sure, the brightest star on the jazz piano horizon" by none other than Cedar Walton while JazzTimes reported, "[he] always sounds as if he is digging what he's playing, and his approach makes well-known tunes sound fresh." Louis Hayes has been one of the indispensable drummers of straight-ahead jazz for the past 60 years, and as The Washington Post stated, "Hayes is a catalyst, channeling his boundless energy into the band itself and being frugal with Blakey- and Roach-style pyrotechnics."

Thu-Sun Nov 17-20 George Coleman Quartet
George Coleman - tenor saxophone
Orrin Evans - piano
John Webber - bass
Joe Farnsworth - drums

Legendary tenor saxophonist George Coleman, a renowned performer and living legend, returns home to Smoke with his quartet for a highly anticipated four-night stand. At 87, Coleman is still making some of the most inspired music of his celebrated 70-year career, which has famously included work with B.B. King, Miles Davis, and Herbie Hancock among many others.
Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, the blues remains at the heart of Coleman's harmonically advanced music. The Guardian says, "he's still one of the most fluent and inventive tenor saxophonists around." Downbeat adds, "When you hear the tenor sax of George Coleman, you know it's him within a few notes. That deep park of a tone evokes a time and place-be it his historic work with Max Roach, Chet Baker, and Miles Davis, or as a leader in his own right." For these performances, Coleman's features his long-established accompanists John Webber on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums, as well as renowned pianist Orrin Evans in their first collaboration.

Wed Nov 23 Lezlie Harrison Quintet
Lezlie Harrison - vocals
Antoine Drye - trumpet
Yoshi Waki - bass
John di Martino - piano
Russell Carter - drums
Vocalist Lezlie Harrison, whose burnished, soulful alto and striking beauty illuminate a distinctive blend of standards, classic 70s soul, as well as her own original music, leads a quintet with trumpeter Antoine Drye, pianist John di Martino, bassist Yoshi Waki, and drummer Russell Carter. Drawing her diverse repertoire from foundational sources like the soul music of her childhood and the gospel she sang in her grandfather's church, as well as the omnipresent traditional jazz standards throughout her life, Harrison creates a captivating and personal music that listeners love. The New York Amsterdam News says, "Lezlie Harrison has a smoky sensuous voice that keeps you on the edge of your chair."

Thu Nov 24 Closed for Thanksgiving Day

Fri-Sun Nov 25-27 Black Art Jazz Collective
Jeremy Pelt - trumpet
Wayne Escoffery - tenor saxophone
James Burton III - trombone
Victor Gould - piano
Rashaan Carter - bass
Mark Whitfield Jr. - drums

"Straight-ahead excellence." - Rolling Stone

Black Art Jazz Collective is a celebrated and popular collaborative sextet "dedicated to celebrating African American cultural and political icons, as well as preserving the historical significance of African Americans in Jazz." Founded almost 10 years ago by trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and saxophonist Wayne Escoffery with trombonist James Burton III, the group now features an exciting new rhythm section with pianist Victor Gould, bassist Rashaan Carter, and drummer Mark Whitfield, Jr.

Stereogum reports that this new lineup "is a band of highly skilled improvisers with a fondness for harmonic complexity, energetic but thoughtful solos, and swing, nodding explicitly to musicians like McCoy Tyner, Woody Shaw, and others who were making high-level acoustic jazz when fusion was much more fashionable and lucrative." Downbeat adds, "The ensemble has an eye on tradition, a feel for the past's turbulence and a way of looking back as they forge ahead."

Wed Nov 30 TBA

Located on Manhattan's Upper West Side at the junction of Broadway and 106th Street (aka Duke Ellington Boulevard), Smoke Jazz Club is one of New York City's premier live music venues. Renowned for offering top-notch programming of accessible, timeless jazz featuring legendary performers, modern masters and rising stars, Smoke stands apart with its candlelit dining room, stellar acoustics, and classic American cuisine. Founded in 1999, SMOKE also boasts a GRAMMY-nominated label, Smoke Sessions Records, and a celebrated streaming concert series, Smoke Screens. For everything else, visit SMOKEjazz.com.

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