APRIL 2024

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08:00 PM

The Harlem Jazz Circus

Upper Manhattan

Silvana,300 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026



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05:30 PM

The High Society New Orleans Jazz Band

Midtown Manhattan

Birdland Theater,315 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036



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07:00 PM

The Music of Nat King Cole ft. Marion Cowings, Charenee Wade, Charles Turner

Midtown Manhattan

Dizzy's Club At Jazz At Lincoln Center,10 Columbus Cir, 5th Fl, New York, NY 10019



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Featured Artists

Graham Haynes

Graham Haynes, a cornet player and composer, is an artist whose music defies classification. His compositions reflect a synthesis of diverse musical influences, including world music, traditional jazz, electronic, and the avant-garde. What sets Graham apart from other musicians is his deep interest in the search for music of spiritual significance. Rather than simply listening to music from different cultures, he immerses himself in a country's culture through travel in order to truly understand its music. This desire has led him to live in various locations around the world, allowing him to develop a deep understanding of music on a socio-cultural level comparable to that of a professional ethnomusicologist.
Although Graham grew up with jazz in the background, given that his father is legendary drummer Roy Haynes and his brother and nephew are both jazz drummers, his interests from the beginning had a wider scope. As a youth, he listened to Motown and R&B music, and his first instrument was the guitar. However, a visit to the orthodontist led him to switch to the trumpet, and this instrument became his primary means of expression. Graham's musical journey continued to evolve as he discovered recordings of his father playing with jazz greats like Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. The experience sparked a new level of respect and appreciation for the music that had surrounded him throughout his life.
Graham's exploration of music extended beyond jazz when he met saxophonist Steve Coleman, who became both a mentor and collaborator. Together, they formed a group called the Five Elements and began experimenting with different sounds and techniques, pushing the boundaries of music. In 1985, they released "Motherland Loop," which pioneered boundary-pushing music that influenced a group of musicians known as the M-Base Collective. Graham's own career as a leader began in 1995 with the release of his album "What Time it Be."

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Jacky Terrason

Pianist and keyboardist Jacky Terrasson showcases his unique musical style and versatility on his latest album, Moving On. Released under his Earth Sounds recording label, the album consists of 15 songs, including eight original compositions. Jacky's personal arrangements and intelligent interpretations of classic and contemporary compositions make Moving On a captivating musical journey.
Terrasson's experiences as a composer and performer living in both the USA and Europe are reflected in the album. Now based in France, he recorded Moving On in both France and America, adding a global touch to the musical landscape. The album tells the story of Terrasson's legacy and his ongoing exploration of different musical styles.
Accompanied by his long-time trio members, Terrasson brings together a talented group of musicians to create a rich musical tapestry. Singers Kareen Guiock Thuram and Camille Bertault, harmonicist Gregoire Maret, and drummers Billy Hart and Eric Harland join Terrasson on selected tracks, adding depth and diversity to the album.
Terrasson's piano-playing has drawn comparisons to jazz legends Bud Powell and Ahmad Jamal. His controlled velocity on the piano keys is evident in his reinvented version of Velaquez's "Besame Mucho," which now incorporates a Chopin prelude. On the other hand, his dynamic phrasing shines through in his interpretation of the classic "Misty" by Erroll Gardner/Johnny Burke.
One of the highlights of Moving On is the energetic jazz makeover of Pharrell's "Happy," featuring vocalists Davis, Harland, and Maret. Terrasson's spirited piano performance adds a fresh and vibrant twist to the popular song. Additionally, his collaboration with Camille Bertault on the French track "Est-ce que tu me suis?" showcases his melodic pianism and further exemplifies Terrasson's versatility.

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George Coleman

Smoke Jazz & Supper Club, founded by partners Paul Stache and Molly Sparrow Johnson, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month. The club, which opened in April 1999, quickly became a favorite among both musicians and patrons for its intimate atmosphere and great sound.
Paul Stache has a special fondness for tenor saxophone great George Coleman, who led the first band on Smoke's original stage at the opening in 1999. Since then, Smoke has hosted numerous jazz stars and built a reputation as a great place to play.
While jazz clubs often prioritize the music over the food, Chef Molly Sparrow Johnson aims to change that perception at Smoke. The restaurant, which opened in 2005, offers a diverse menu made from scratch. In addition, Smoke opens a sidewalk cafe in the spring and summer, providing a unique dining experience.
Smoke Jazz & Supper Club has faced challenges over the years, including the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the club has remained resilient, reopening soon after each crisis. George Coleman, a regular performer at Smoke, played a pivotal role in both instances, providing emotional performances that brought hope and healing.
Paul and Molly are committed to supporting the next generation of jazz musicians. They offer low-price tickets to make the music accessible to students and younger audiences. Additionally, they feature multigenerational bands to keep jazz alive and evolving.
In 2013, Paul and Molly founded Smoke Sessions Records as an extension of the club. The record label captures the spirit of live club music, even when recording in the studio. Smoke Sessions Records has released both live and studio recordings of artists who have played at Smoke, ensuring that the music remains vibrant and alive.

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