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JIM HALL” BILL FRISELL, JULIAN LAGE, SCOTT COLLEY, JOEY BARON AND FRIENDS

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“A venerated maestro.” — BBC

April 10, 2014

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TWO SHOWS NIGHTLY: 8:00PM & 10:30PM LATE NIGHT GROOVE SERIES: FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS 12:30AM MIDNIGHT SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH: 11:30AM & 1:30PM

APRIL CALENDAR ROY HARGROVE APR 1- 6 PURCHASE JAZZ ORCHESTRA FEATURING GARY SMULYAN APR 7 GARY BURTON & MAKOTO OZONE DUETS APR 8 - 13 BERKLEE GLOBAL JAZZ INSTITUTE FEATURING MIGUEL ZENÓN APR 14 SAVION GLOVER & FRIENDS WITH DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER, KENNY BARRON & MORE APR 15 - 17 PLAYING FOR JIM HALL: BILL FRISELL, JULIAN LAGE, SCOTT COLLEY, JOEY BARON & FRIENDS APR 18 - 20 DENNIS CHAMBERS & GRAFFITI APR 21

STANLEY CLARKE & FRIENDS APR 22 - 27 JJ SANSAVERINO APR 28 ERIC HARLAND’S VOYAGER WITH JASON MORAN APR 29 - 30

LATE NIGHT GROOVE SERIES LEX SADLER’S RHYTHM & STEALTH APR 4 NANNY ASSIS APR 5 SANGMIN LEE GROUP APR 11 MARCUS GOLDHABER APR 12 JOHN RAYMOND APR 18 MARK GUILIANA’S BEAT MUSIC APR 19 SWISS CHRIS APR 25 SCOTT TIXIER QUARTET APR 26

SUNDAY BRUNCH SERIES BRAD SHEPIK & HIS NYU ENSEMBLE APR 6 “EAST MEETS WEST BRUNCH SERIES”: MANAMI MORITA APR 13 THE ARCHI-TET (AKIHIRO YAMAMOTO) APR 20 KYOKO OYOBE GROUP APR 27


ROY HARGROVE APR 1 - 6, 8:00PM & 10:30PM

Trumpeter Roy Hargrove has firmly established himself as one of the premier players in jazz and beyond. Everstretching into more challenging and colorful ways to flex his musical chops, Hargrove has left indelible imprints in a vast array of artful settings. During his tenure on the Verve label alone, he recorded an album with a hand-picked collection of the world’s greatest tenor saxophonists (With the Tenors of Our Time), an album of standards with strings (Moment to Moment) and, in 2003, he introduced his own hip hop/ jazz collective, The RH Factor, with the groundbreaking CD Hard Groove (swiftly followed by the limited edition EP, Strength). Hargrove has also won GRAMMY® Awards for two vastly different projects. In 1997, Roy’s Cubanbased band Crisol (including piano legend Jesus “Chucho” Valdes and wonder drummer Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez) won the Best Latin Jazz Performance GRAMMY® for the album Habana. And in 2002, Hargrove, Herbie Hancock and Michael Brecker won the GRAMMY® for Best Instrumental Jazz Album, Individual or Group, for their three-way collaboration entitled Directions in Music.

Born in Waco TX, Roy was “discovered” by Wynton Marsalis midway through his junior year of high school, when Marsalis was conducting a jazz clinic at the school. Impressed, Marsalis invited Roy to sit in with his band at Ft. Worth’s Caravan of Dreams Performing Arts Center. Subsequently, Hargrove was able to return to the venue over a period of the next three months, sitting in with Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard and Bobby Hutcherson. Word of Roy’s talent reached Paul Ackett, founder and Director of The North Sea Jazz Festival who arranged for him to perform there that summer. Every one of Roy’s albums has been different from the one preceding it. And the same can be said of the array of talents who have invited him to grace the stage and/or their recordings - from jazz legends Sonny Rollins and Jackie McLean to song stylists Natalie Cole, Diana Krall and Abbey Lincoln. From pop veterans Diana Ross, Steve Tyrell and Kenny Rankin to younger stars John Mayer and Rhian Benson to the crème de la crème of jazz divas: Carmen McRae and the late, great Shirley Horn. n


“THE DYNAMIC SPANISH VOCALIST BUIKA HAS THE TIMBRE AND STYLE OF A SOUL SINGER AND THE REPERTOIRE OF A POP FLAMENCO STAR.” -THE NEW YORKER

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LEX SADLER’S RHYTHM & STEALTH FRIDAY NIGHT, APR 4 12:30AM

Rhythm and Stealth is the debut project of New York-based musician and producer, Lex Sadler. An accomplished bassist and synth bass player, Lex has toured nationally and internationally with numerous artists including Blitz The Ambassador and Dana Leong, and recently performed on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “Good Morning America” with electro-pop artist Ellie Goulding. Rhythm & Stealth fuses live instruments and jazz improvisation with glitchy electronic beats and samples. Combining hip hop, dance and drum ‘n’ bass, Rhythm & Steath boasts a unique and fresh sound within today’s EDM scene. n

NANNY ASSIS

SATURDAY NIGHT, APR 5 12:30AM

Nanny Assis was born in the northeastern Brazilian city of Salvador, Bahia, in 1969. One of Brazil’s first cities, with predominant African influences, Salvador is the birthplace of some of the country’s most remarkable music creations. That, in part, explains why Nanny has music running through his veins, making him an outstanding singer, a terrific drummer/percussionist, and a talented songwriter who has touched hearts and souls through musical expressions that go beyond comprehension. Since 1986, when he began his successful professional career, Nanny Assis has played with amazing artists like Vinicius Cantauria, Eumir Deodato, and

John Patitucci. Yet, despite the grandeur of the folks with whom he’s sided, Nanny has always managed to find his forte. In 2011, Assis was the recipient of the prestigious Brazilian International Press Award as “Best Singer of the Year.” Nanny Assis has recorded two albums: Brazilian Vibes and Double Rainbow. n


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BRAD SHEPIK & HIS NYU JAZZ ENSEMBLE APR 6

11:30AM & 1:30PM $29.50 includes music, entree & 1 drink

In addition to performing with his own groups, The Brad Shepik Trio, The Brad Shepik Quartet and Human Activity Suite, across Europe and North America, Brad Shepik has performed and/or recorded with Paul Motian, Joey Baron, Bob Brookmeyer, Carla Bley, Charlie Haden, Dave Douglas as well as oud/ violin virtuoso Simon Shaheen, and Bulgarian saxophone legend Yuri Yunakov. Shepik has been a member of a wide variety of groups including Dave Douglas’ Tiny Bell Trio, Matt Darriau’s Paradox Trio, Pachora with Chris Speed, Jim Black and Skuli Sverrisson, and BABKAS. He has also performed with Carla

Bley’s Escalator Over the Hill, Charlie Haden’s Liberation Orchestra and toured and recorded with Paul Motian’s Electric Bebop Band for five years. Concurrently, the guitarist extended his interest in world music idioms by performing and recording in such groups as Yuri Yunakov’s Bulgarian Wedding Band and Simon Shaheen’s Quantara. Shepik’s first two records as a leader, The Loan and The Well, were praised for their marriage of world music styles and jazz. n

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WILD BEAUTY BRUSSELS JAZZ ORCHESTRA FEATURING JOE LOVANO Following its triumphant partnership with pianist Kenny Werner (Institute of Higher Learning), the award-winning Brussels Jazz Orchestra turns its attention to Joe Lovano, long heralded as a towering soloist among tenor saxophonists. Wild Beauty illuminates the composer side of Lovano’s musicianship, featuring a palette of earthy tunes previously recorded with small groups, but now re-imagined for the 17-piece BJO. Gil Goldstein wrote the evocative arrangements.

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PURCHASE JAZZ ORCHESTRA FEATURING GARY SMULYAN APR 7, 8:00PM & 10:30PM

PURCHASE JAZZ ORCHESTRA The Purchase Jazz Orchestra is a 17-piece big band that performs jazz from every era. From staples like Ellington and Basie, to more modern works by today’s leading composers and arrangers like Jim McNeely, John Clayton, Michael Abene, and Maria Schneider, the PJO swings and is always a pleasure to listen to. GRAMMY® Award-winning jazz bassist Todd Coolman, and legendary trumpeter Jon Faddis co-direct the group. GARY SMULYAN Baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan is critically acclaimed as one of the major voices on the baritone saxophone today. As a teenager growing up on Long Island, Gary had the opportunity to perform with Lee Konitz, Chet Baker, and Jimmy Knepper. In 1978, he was asked to join Woody Herman’s Young Thundering Herd, which at that time included Joe Lovano, Marc Johnson and John Riley. He left Herman in 1980 and moved back to New York to join the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, led by Bob Brookmeyer. Mr. Smulyan has recorded and performed worldwide with Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Tom Harrell. Cedar Walton, George Coleman, Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano, Tommy Flanagan, Chick Corea,

Diana Ross, Clark Terry, Kenny Wheeler, Charles McPherson, James Moody and Slide Hampton, among others. He has recorded five CDs for the CrissCross label: The Lure of Beauty; Saxophone Mosaic (voted one of the best 25 CDs of 1995 by WBGO); Homage (featuring Tommy Flanagan); Gary Smulyan with Strings (selected as one of the 10 best jazz CDs of 1997 by the Boston Globe); and Blue Suite with Brass. Gary’s new release, The Real Deal, on Reservoir Records is currently available. Smulyan currently performs with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Joe Lovano Nonet, the Dave Holland Octet and Big Band, the Three Baritone Saxophone Band, the George Coleman Octet, the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band and the Tom Harrell Octet, as well as his own projects. Over a span of 20-plus years, Gary has won the DownBeat and JazzTimes Critics and Readers Polls multiple times for Baritone Saxophonist of the Year in addition to winning the 2009, 2010 and 2012 Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Award for Baritone Saxophonist of the Year. Smulyan is currently on faculty at William Paterson University and is a clinician and endorser for Vandoren Woodwind Products and Keilworth Saxophones. n


GARY BURTON & MAKOTO OZONE DUETS APR 8-13, 8:00PM & 10:30PM pianists Makoto Ozone and Chick Corea. His current band, Next Generation, features his protégé, Julian Lage, a young guitarist and composer of rare talent. Gary Burton records for Concord Records. In addition to a busy performance career, Mr. Burton has been continuously involved in education. In the 1971, Burton began his faculty career at Berklee College of Music. In 1996 he was appointed Executive Vice President, a position he held until his relocation to South Florida in 2004. Mr. Burton works extensively from his home base in Fort Lauderdale and serves as Artistic Advisor to South Florida JAZZ. MAKOTO OZONE GARY BURTON Gary Burton was born and raised in Indiana. He taught himself to play the vibraphone, becoming a virtuoso as well as a major innovator on his instrument having mastered the challenging four-mallet technique. Gary studied at Boston’s Berklee College of Music then joined George Shearing and subsequently Stan Getz. Burton’s first quartet was a progenitor of the jazz/ rock fusion phenomenon. The Gary Burton Quartet expanded to include guitarist Pat Metheny and the band began to explore a repertoire of modern compositions. Burton also has focused on more intimate contexts for his music. Alone at Last, a solo performance at the 1971 Montreux Jazz Festival, was honored with a GRAMMY® Award, his first of 13 GRAMMY® nominations and five awards. He also favors the duo format, which he has pursued primarily with

Born in Kobe, Japan in 1961, Makoto Ozone began playing organ at the age of 2 and started improvising at the age of 7. At the age of 12, he started to play piano after being exposed to and falling in love with the music of Oscar Peterson. In 1980, Ozone moved to Boston and began his studies at Berklee College of Music. While at Berklee, he met Gary Burton. In 1983, he joined the Gary Burton Quartet, released his first album as a leader and had his debut solo piano concert at Carnegie Hall. Beginning in 1996, Makoto met and began a longstanding collaboration with bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa and drummer Clarence Penn. He has collaborated with musicians including Gary Burton, Chick Corea, Christian McBride, Paquito D’Rivera, Eddie Gomez, Marian McPartland, Branford Marsalis and Chuck Loeb, among many others. n


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SANGMIN LEE GROUP FRIDAY NIGHT, APR 11 12:30AM

Sangmin Lee is one of the most indemand recorded live session drummers in South Korea. Lee performed with artists such as all time famous Rain, Lena Junghyun Park, Juck Lee, Sora Lee, and many other renowned Korean musicians in various genres. After attaining 10+ years of session experience, Sangmin moved to the states and graduated from Berklee College of Music (B.M.) and New York University (M.M). The fresh and vibrant New York music scene lured him to explore and expand his musi-

cality by collaborating with artists such as GRAMMY® winning music producer Fran Cathcart, Casey Benjamin, Dave Pietro, Hiram Bullock and several others. Sangmin released his first solo album titled Evolution in 2010 as a music producer, composer, and a drummer. n

MARCUS GOLDHABER SATURDAY NIGHT, APR 12 12:30AM

Having shared stages with the likes of Les Paul, Billy Stritch, and Bono, New York-based jazz vocalist Marcus Goldhaber has garnered critical raves for his “wonderfully imaginative” (JazzTimes) interpretations of straight-ahead jazz standards while earning a reputation among critics and fans for his accessible songwriting. Backed by a formidable jazz quartet, Marcus “will have you giddy one moment, melancholy the next and loving every note” (People) with material from his forthcoming album, A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening, a mixture of his favorite standards and new originals, produced in part by Billy Jay Stein (Linda Eder, Spider-Man, Beautiful Broadway cast album). Gold-

haber credits his mother for introducing him to the Great American Songbook, and throughout his career he’s developed a vast repertoire that includes selections from his current co-starring role in the hit off-Broadway Harold Arlen tribute, The Wonderful Wizard of Song. n


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MANAMI MORITA APR 13

11:30AM & 1:30PM $29.50 includes music, entree & 1 drink

Pianist Manami Morita was born in Saitama, Japan in 1984. She moved to the United States in 2006 to pursue her music studies at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, where she majored in Jazz Composition. In 2007, she was awarded Berklee’s Mary Jane Earnhart Endowed Scholarship. In 2008, she was selected as a representative of the Jazz Composition Department and was also awarded the Herb Pomeroy Award. In 2009, she participated in the International Kodolanyi Jazz Competition in Hungary with tenor saxophonist Mitsuru Hirayama and won third place. Manami has performed with internationally acclaimed musicians, such as Esperanza Spalding, Greg Hopkins, Mark Walker, Rosa Passos, Oscar Stagnaro and more. n

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BERKLEE GLOBAL JAZZ INSTITUTE FEATURING MIGUEL ZENÓN APR 14, 8:00PM & 10:30PM

BERKLEE GLOBAL JAZZ INSTITUTE The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment where students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment. MIGUEL ZENÓN Miguel Zenón, a multiple GRAMMY® Nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow, represents a select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended the oftencontradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered as one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, he has also developed a unique voice as

a composer and as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin American Folkloric Music and Jazz. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Zenón studied classical saxophone at the Escuela Libre de Música in Puerto Rico before receiving a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies from Berklee College of Music, and a master’s degree in Jazz Performance at Manhattan School of Music. Zenón’s more formal studies, however, are supplemented and enhanced by his vast and diverse experience as a sideman and collaborator. Throughout his career he has divided his time equally between working with older jazz masters and working with the music’s younger innovators --irrespective of styles and genres. The list of musicians Zenón has toured and/or recorded with includes: The SFJAZZ Collective, Charlie Haden, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner, David Sánchez, The Village Vanguard Orchestra, The Mingus Big Band, Bobby Hutcherson and Steve Coleman. n


SAVION GLOVER & FRIENDS

WITH KENNY BARRON (4/15), DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER (4/16) & MORE APR 15-17

Famous tap dancer, choreographer, and actor Savion Glover is the epitome of a living legend. Born in 1973, the tapping marvel has graced the stage since childhood. He set a record as the youngest person ever to receive a scholarship in the Newark Community School of the Arts, and before he was a teenager, he made his mark starring in the leading role in the Broadway musical, The Tap Dance Kid. Early in his career, Glover developed his own dancing style he dubbed “freestyle hard core.” The Tony Awardwinning dancer eventually worked with dancing greats Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr. Among his credits are starring roles in shows like Jelly’s Last Jam, a role for which he made history as the youngest ever recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant.

As a choreographer, Glover’s work has helped maintain tap dancing as an art form in the modern dance world. In 1996, he choreographed and debuted in the starring role in the Broadway musical Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk. The musical brought Glover a Tony for Best Choreographer. He later expanded his appeal to younger generations with recurring appearances on Sesame Street, and he holds the credits for the choreography and the live captured dancing motion behind Mumble, the penguin in the Disney film Happy Feet (2006). Glover’s quick steps and amazing rhythms continue to influence the lives of young people. His production company tours across the country visiting schools, spreading enthusiasm for tap dancing and cementing his place in history. n


“PLAYING FOR JIM HALL”:

BILL FRISELL & JULIAN LAGE (APRIL 18, 19), SCOTT COLLEY & JOEY BARON (APRIL 18-20) & FRIENDS FEATURING: GREG OSBY & KATE SCHUTT (APRIL 18); CHRIS POTTER, LARRY GOLDINGS, BRIAN CAMELIO, BILL STEWART, LEWIS NASH & STEVE LASPINA (APRIL 19); RUSSELL MALONE, ADAM ROGERS, JOHN PONDEL, SATOSHI INOUE, BILL CHARLAP, GIL GOLDSTEIN (APRIL 20)

APR 18-20, 8:00PM & 10:30PM On April 17-22, 2012, exactly two years prior to this memorial program, Hall completed what would ultimately become his last Blue Note engagement (joined by Scott Colley & Joey Baron, and Julian Lage as a special guest). As arrangements were being finalized for Hall’s return to Blue Note during the April 18-20 timeframe, news of his December 10, 2013 passing broke. With the dates on hold and his band already in place, the engagement naturally evolved into a memorial program to celebrate Hall’s life and music. Blue Note Jazz Club is proud to present “Playing for Jim Hall,” the official memorial tribute celebrating the life and music of legendary guitarist/ NEA Jazz Master Jim Hall. The tribute was programmed in conjunction with the Hall Family (Jane, Hall’s wife, and Devra, Hall’s daughter and manager) and friends. Guitar legend Jim Hall was a major figure in the jazz world for over six decades. His signature hollow-body jazz guitar sound, rhythmic subtlety and empathetic accompaniment style made instant classics of his recordings with fellow jazz legends Sonny Rollins, Chico Hamilton, Bill Evans, Jimmy Giuffre, Ron Carter and Paul Desmond. A perennial favorite among fellow guitarists, Hall had the dual distinction of strongly influencing as well as sometimes collaborating with the most recognizable guitarists in jazz including Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell, John Abercrombie, John Scofield and Mike Stern. The New Yorker called Jim Hall, “the reigning master of the jazz guitar... a poetic player who says more with fewer notes than any living improviser.”

“Everyone I know, and thousands I have never met, from all over the world, loved Jim. But I was lucky to share life with him for 50 years,” says Jane Hall, Jim’s wife. “I got to see his gentle way, his kindness and generosity and sense of humor up close and personal. His legacy is his music which came from the biggest heart ever. Joey, Scott, Bill, and Julian along with every musician invited to play this weekend held a special place in his heart and I think his influence on all musicians who knew him or heard him will be everlasting. Special thanks to Satoshi Inoe who flew here from Tokyo, and to Brian Camelio who recorded and traveled with him these past few years, to Steve LaSpina, one of his two favorite bass players, and to all of you helping celebrate Jim’s life.” “Jim was one of the warmest, funniest and most profoundly talented people I have ever met,” reflects Brian Camelio (Hall’s friend and Founder/CEO of ArtistShare, Hall’s recording platform). “He was also one of my closest friends. It was one of the great privileges of my life to have known him.” n


ARETHA FRANKLIN, BOBBY MCFERRIN & QUESTLOVE, MICHAEL MCDONALD, REGGIE WATTS, DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER, MICHAEL BOLTON, JOSÉ JAMES, ANDRÉ PREVIN & CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE, RAMSEY LEWIS WITH PHILIP BAILEY, MARCUS MILLER, SÉRGIO MENDES, MONTY ALEXANDER, DANILO PÉREZ - JOHN PATITUCCI BRIAN BLADE TRIO GATO BARBIERI, AND MANY MORE

150 CONCERTS IN MORE THAN 15 VENUES THROUGHOUT NEW YORK CITY


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JOHN RAYMOND

FEATURING GILAD HEKSELMAN, SULLIVAN FORTNER, MATT BREWER, OTIS BROWN III FRIDAY NIGHT, APR 18 12:30AM

Labeled “a prepossessing young trumpet player…” (Nate Chinen, The New York Times), John Raymond is quickly making a name for himself as an upand-coming artist to keep an eye on. A featured artist at the 2012 10th Annual FONT Festival (Festival of New Trumpet) and the 2013 Winter Jazz Festival, Raymond has already performed as a leader at some the nation’s top venues including Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the Dakota Jazz Club, the Jazz Showcase, Smalls Jazz Club and the Blue Note Jazz Club. John has also performed

at notable events such as the Austin City Limits Music Festival and on NPR’s Toast of the Nation New Year’s Eve celebration, and he has collaborated or performed with musicians such as John Abercrombie, Chris Potter, Ben Williams, Mike Moreno, Orrin Evans, Linda Oh and Otis Brown III among others.His debut album Strength & Song, released in February 2012 and was produced by legendary trumpeter Jon Faddis. n

MARK GUILIANA’S BEAT MUSIC SATURDAY NIGHT, APR 19 12:30AM

Mark Guiliana is an acclaimed drummer, composer, educator, producer and founder of the independent record label, Beat Music Records; through which, he will release both My Life Starts Now and Beat Music: The Los Angeles Improvisations as a bandleader later this year. His forward-thinking, conceptual approach to the instrument is also featured in Mehliana, the electric duo featuring Brad Mehldau on keyboards and synthesizers. The group’s highly anticipated debut album, Taming the Dragon (Nonesuch), was released in early 2014. Over the past decade, Guiliana’s extensive touring has taken him across six continents with artists including Meshell

Ndegeocello, Gretchen Parlato, Avishai Cohen, Matisyahu, Lionel Loueke, Now vs. Now, Dhafer Youssef, and his own groups, Beat Music and Heernt. Time Out London sums him up perfectly: “What happens when you add hard bop drum masters Elvin Jones and Art Blakey to a 1980s Roland 808 drum machine, divide the result by J Dilla and then multiply to the power of Squarepusher? Answer: Mark Guiliana.” n


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THE ARCHI-TET (AKIHIRO YAMAMOTO) APR 20

11:30AM & 1:30PM $29.50 includes music, entree & 1 drink

Archi-tet, led by bassist Aki Yamamoto, was formed in 2008 with the release of their first CD. One of the band’s original compositions was used as a theme song in a TV program at NHK station in Japan. The Archi-tet’s music style has roots in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers with modern tastes of hip-hop, and popular music. The name “Archi-tet” comes from the word “Architect”, and the concept is to construct the new art work from many different elements.

Yamamoto earned his master’s degree in Jazz composition and arranging from William Paterson University. He has played and worked with great musicians including Mulgrew Miller, Jim McNeely, and Gene Bertoncini, among others. n

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KENNY WERNER WITH THE BRUSSELS JAZZ ORCHESTRA

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Long regarded as one of Europe’s premier big bands - a group that “manifests love,” according to Grammy-winning arranger Maria Schneider - The Brussels Jazz Orchestra has joined hands with Kenny Werner to create a winning tableau vivant of spirited writing and performance. The Institute of Higher Learning features a sumptuous 3-part suite, “Cantabile,” that reinforces in a singular way Werner’s place among forward-thinking jazzmen. Textural, rhythmic, evincing cascading swirls of color, it was inspired by and dedicated to Bob Brookmeyer. Led by reedman and group founder Frank Vaganee, the BJO offers a perfect canvas for Werner’s painterly approach to composition and arranging.

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DENNIS CHAMBERS & GRAFFITI APR 21, 8:00PM & 10:30PM

Initiated and led by Norweigen bandleader, producer & keyboardist Haakon Graf after hearing Chambers and Grainger at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival in 1988, Grafitti is a quartet, which features top notch veterans, and is a newby on music scene today. Original drummer with Santana and original P-Funk Dennis Chambers, bassist Gary Grainger (John Scofield), extremely versatile and talented young

French guitarist U-Nam, and the man behind it all, keyboardist Haakon Graf, will be performing some of the best Jazz fusion on this planet. Their music is a perfect blend of funk, jazz, nujazz, and Latin. The re-release of their 1988 album, Grafitti, is now available digitally at CDBaby.com or http://www. myspace.com/hgraf n


STANLEY CLARKE & FRIENDS APR 22-27, 8:00PM & 10:30PM “EMERGING ARTIST SERIES”/OPENING ACT: ZAYN MOHAMMED APR 23 6:30PM

Bassist Stanley Clarke was barely out of his teens when he exploded into the jazz world in 1971. Fresh out of the Philadelphia Academy of Music, he arrived in New York City and immediately landed jobs with famous bandleaders such as Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson, Pharaoh Sanders, Gil Evans, Stan Getz and a budding young pianist-composer named Chick Corea. All of these musicians immediately recognized Clarke’s ferocious dexterity and complete musicality on the acoustic bass. Not only was he an expert at crafting bass lines and functioning as a timekeeper – in keeping with his instrument’s traditional role – but the young prodigy also possessed a sense of lyricism and melody distilled from his bass heroes Charles Mingus, Scott LaFaro and others, as well as non-bass players like John Coltrane. Clarke envisioned the bass as a viable, melodic solo

instrument positioned at the front of the stage rather than in a background role, and he was uniquely qualified to take it there. The vision became a reality when Clarke and Corea formed the seminal electric jazz/fusion band Return To Forever. RTF was a showcase for each of the quartet’s strong musical personalities, composing prowess and instrumental voices. “We really didn’t realize how much of an impact we were having on people at the time,” Clarke recalls. “We were touring so much then; we would just make a record and then go back on the road.” The band recorded eight albums, two of which were certified gold (Return To Forever and the classic Romantic Warrior). They also won a GRAMMY® (No Mystery) and received numerous nominations while touring incessantly. n


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SWISS CHRIS FRIDAY NIGHT, APR 25 12:30AM

Swiss Chris is an in-demand first-call session drummer/music director. While teaching at Berklee College of Music in Boston this last Summer 2012, Swiss celebrated the release of his first Drum Book Modern Drum Set Stickings (Cherry Lane /Hal Leonard). He also recently worked with the legendary Gloria Gaynor doing TV appearances and touring for the 30th anniversary “I Will Survive” promo. Swiss is well-known for his work as musical director and drummer for the nine-time GRAMMY® winner John Legend, with whom he worked for over four years. He is now concentrating on his own solo career

SCOTT TIXIER QUARTET SATURDAY NIGHT, APR 26 12:30AM

Considered by Jean-luc Ponty as “the best violinist of his generation,” violinist Scott Tixier is an award-winning recording artist and is quickly becoming known as the new voice of jazz violin. He has earned international recognition for his playing. GRAMMY® award winning bassist Marcus Miller says that Tixier “is making an international name for himself. I heard him in France and was immediately struck by his individuality and his sound.“ Guitarist Pat Metheny says, “Scott has found a place for himself within the elite community of New York jazz musicians, no small feat.” n

with a forthcoming album. Swiss is also actively involved with his charitable organization, S.W.I.S.S. (Saving With Instruments, Samples and Soundz), dedicated to healing, education, and promoting communication through music for the betterment of the world. n


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KYOKO OYOBE GROUP FEATURING

CHRIS SPEED, FRANCOIS MOUTIN, DAVE KING APR 27

11:30AM & 1:30PM $29.50 includes music, entree & 1 drink

Kyoko Oyobe is a pianist and composer from Japan. She started playing piano at the age of four. At the age of 17, her mother started inviting famous Japanese musicians such as Terumasa Hino to have the concerts at her parents’ house. At the age of 19, she was greatly inspired by the one of Hino’s live performances and began playing jazz piano. In 2005, she moved to New York and started performing with her own band. It has been Oyobe’s pleasure to perform at such great venues as The Kitano,

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JJ SANSAVERINO APR 28, 8:00PM & 10:30PM Over the past several years, guitarist Joe “JJ” Sansaverino has reached millions with his music, touring the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, Asia, the South Pacific, and the Caribbean. He has worked with the best in the business in a wide range of idioms, both live and in the studio, and has appeared on hundreds of recordings. An accomplished composer, arranger, and musical director, Sansaverino was playing trumpet and violin by age 11 and the guitar by age 13. Growing up in and around New York, his diverse influences - Santana, Hendrix, as well as jazz, Motown, and doo-wop - helped mold his unique style. After performing locally in NYC for several years in the early ‘90s, he embarked on his first European tour with the popular alternative rock band Heads Up. Upon returning to the U.S., he attended Berklee College of Music, graduating in 1994. Relocating to New York, he began performing nightly, quickly earning a reputation as one of the hardest-working musicians on the scene. It wasn’t long before he started appearing and recording with artists like George Clinton, Kelly Price, SuperCat, Shabba Ranks, Monty Alexander, the Jungle Brothers, Rita & Ky-Mani Marley, and Toots and the Maytals, and recording TV jingles. He eventually settled in as the lead guitarist for Maxi Priest in 2000, immediately embarking on the first of several world tours. In 2005, he released a stunning collection of his original compositions titled Sunshine After Midnight. Together with his band Nu Jazz, he continues to perform while simultaneously preparing for the recording of his forthcoming sophomore album, Waiting for You. n


ERIC HARLAND’S VOYAGER WITH JASON MORAN APR 29-30, 8:00PM & 10:30PM

ERIC HARLAND Multi-GRAMMY® nominated drummer, Eric Harland is the most “in demand drummer” of his generation. He has already been on close to 200 recordings at his age of 36. Eric has been recognized in the Boston Globe, New York Times, JazzTimes, Modern Drummer, All About Jazz, The New Yorker, DownBeat, L’uomo Vogue and other prominent publications. It has been his privilege to share the stage with masters such as Betty Carter, Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, Michael Brecker, Terence Blanchard, Branford and Wynton Marsalis, Wayne Shorter, Savion Glover, Bill Cosby and many others, as well as todays up and coming artist like Esperanza Spalding, Jane Monheit, Taylor Eigsti, Julian Lage, Stacie Orrico and so on. His current list of performing groups are “JAMES FARM” with Joshua Redman, “PRISM” with Dave Holland and Kevin Eubanks, “SANGAM” with Charles Lloyd and Zakir Hussain, “Charles Lloyd New Quartet,” “OVERTONE” with Dave Holland, Jason Moran, Chris Potter and “VOYAGER,” Eric’s own widely recognized group. But Eric doesn’t stop there, he also manages to fit in many collaborations with world renowned artist like Les Claypool “PRIMUS,” “DISPATCH” the band, John Mayer, Spike Lee, Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson from “AMERICAN IDOL” and etc.

Through Harland’s extensive travels, he has come to realize that “The deepest secret is that life is not a process of discovery, but a process of creation.” When Eric Harland contributes... his intention is therefore to create the highest musical experience so that every listener may have insight... into the musical moment. JASON MORAN An ambitiously creative musician who frequently collaborates with artists in film and dance, pianist Jason Moran is jazz’s wild card, a probing conceptualist who transforms everything he touches into a bracingly contemporary statement. His music combines jagged, kinetic expressionism and unabashed romanticism, bristling with ideas lifted from some of the less explored corners of the jazz piano pantheon. Winner of numerous awards and honors, including a coveted MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship in 2010, the 37-year-old pianist has released a series of projects as satisfying conceptually as they are sonically, showcasing his capacious intelligence, rollicking touch, and road-less-traveled sensibility. Since he emerged in the late90s in the quartet of alto saxophonist and ace talent scout Greg Osby, Moran has developed at an exponential rate in the company of his supremely flexible quartet the Bandwagon, honing an approach that soaks up influences and reconfigures them to suit his own exacting needs. n


BLUE NOTE DRINK MENU MARTINIS $15 MANHATTAN

HENNESSY SIDECAR

Redemption rye whiskey, Carpano Antico sweet vermouth

Hennessy Cognac with Grand Marnier and fresh lemon juice

NEGRONI

BLUE NOTE MARTINI

Bombay Saphire, Campari, Carpano Antico sweet vermouth

citrus vodka, blue curocao, lime juice

VESPER

“MANTECA” MARTINI

Tanqueray gin, Chopin Vodka, and Lillet with a lemon twist

Brinley Gold coconut rum, coconutcream & pineapple juice

FRENCH MARTINI

ITALIAN CHOCOLATE MARTINI

Grey Goose vodka, Chambord & pineapple juice

Meletti Chocolate Liquer Stolivanilla vodka

APPLE MARTINI

Ketel One & apple schnapps

COSMOPOLITAN

Citrus Vodka, Triple Sec, cranberry & lime juice

METROPOLITAN

Absolut Kurant with Triple Sec, cranberry & lime juice

MARGARITA MARTINI

Sauza Conmemorativo tequila, agave, fresh lime & splash orange juice

MIXED DRINKS $13 ELDERFLOWER FIZZ Beefeater, elderflower liqueur, fresh lemon

RUBY RYE

Redemption rye whiskey, grapefruit juice, Chambord

CAIPIRINHA

Muddled limes, sugar and Beija Brazilian cachaca

BELLINI

BRANDY ALEXANDER

Prosecco & white peach puree

Brandy, crème de cacao & cream

PCPUNCH

CUBA LIBRE

Grey Goose pear vodka, Brinley coconut rum, pineapple juice

Blackwell rum, Coke & freshly muddled lime

MAI TAI

TOASTED ALMOND

Bacardi light rum, Meyers dark rum, almond liqueur, Triple Sec, Pineapple juice, splash sour mix

Amaretto, coffee liqueur & cream

BRAVE BULL

SPANISH COFFEE

Cuervo Gold, Kahlua & coffee

Tia Maria & coffee

SWISS COFFEE

MOCA ALMOND

WARM DRINKS $12 IRISH COFFEE

Jameson Irish whiskey & coffee

NUTTY IRISHMAN

Bailey’s Irish Cream, Frangelico & coffee

Peppermint Schnapps, crème de cacao & coffee

Meletti chocolate liquer amaretto, coffee

BEER AND TEAS IMPORTED - $9

Sapporo, Amstel Light, Corona, Heineken, Guinness, Stella Artois, Bass Ale

DOMESTIC - $9

Brooklyn Lager, Budweiser, Bud Light

BELGIAN-STYLE ALE - $18

Brother Thelonious Abbey Ale (750 ml)

Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew - $30 American Double / Imperial Stout style beer Dogfish Head Brewery (750ml)

NON-ALCOHOLIC - $7 Buckler

REPUBLIC OF TEA ICED TEAS - $7 Pomegranate Green Iced Tea Republic Darjeeling Black Iced Tea Ginger Peach Decaf Black Iced Tea


DESSERTS & PAIRINGS SEASONAL FRUIT & SORBET NEW YORK CHEESECAKE RED VELVET CAKE TIRAMISU CINNAMON APPLE STRUDEL WARM LEMON TARTE CHOCOLATE & VANILLA TARTUFO FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE ICE CREAM SORBET OF THE DAY

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Limoncello Meletti Tia Maria Baileys Grand Marnier Amaretto Lazzaroni Drambuie Frangelico Taylor Fladgate 20 year Kahlua Prosecco

12 12 12 13 12 12 12 15 12 12

DIGESTIFS SINGLE MALT SCOTCH

Glenlivet 12 year 13 Glenfiddich 12 year 13 15 Macallan 12 year 14 Talisker 10 year Glenmorangie 14 15 Oban 14 year 16 Dahlwinnie 15 year Lagavulin 16 year 18 34 Mackillop’s 1989 Scapa Deanston 30 year 40 Scott’s 1967 Glenlivet 58

SCOTCH BLENDS

Chivas 13 Dewars 13 J & B 13 Johnny Walker Red 13 Johnny Walker Black 15 38 Johnny Walker Blue

LIQUEURS Amaretto Lazzaroni Aperol Baileys Irish Cream B&B Campari Chambord Cointreau Drambuie Dubbonet Fernet Branca Frangelico Grand Marnier Kahlua Lillet Limoncello Meletti Nocino Walnut Liqueur Pernod Poli Miele Honey Liqueur Sambuca Meletti Tia Maria

12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 13 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12

BRANDY & COGNAC

Courvoisier Hennessy VS Hennessy XO Remy Martin VSOP Remy Martin XO Martell VS Martell Cordon Bleu VSOP Paul Beau XO Poli Grappa Moscato

13 15 36 18 36 14 25 25 15

DESSERT WINES Sherry, Dry Sack Sherry, Harvey’s Bristol Cream Taylor Fladgate 20 year Cab Franc Icewine, Inniskillin

12 13 15 20/125

BOURBON / RYE Redemption Rye 13 Basil Hayden 14 Booker’s 14 Knob Creek 14 Woodford Reserve 15 Whistle Pig 17

RUM

Beija Cachaca 13 Bacardi Silver 13 Bacardi Gold 13 Brinley Gold Coconut 13 Captain Morgan’s 13 Meyer’s 13 Mount Gay 13 Pyrat XO 15


UPCOMING SHOWS AT BLUE NOTE MAKE RESERVATIONS UPSTAIRS IN THE GIFT SHOP

MAY 1 - 4

DOUBLE FEATURE: OMAR SOSA + MELISSA ALDANA MAY 6 - 11

EDDIE PALMIERI LATIN JAZZ BAND WITH SPECIAL GUESTS MAY 13 -18

JOHN SCOFIELD ORGANIC TRIO W/ LARRY GOLDINGS & GREG HUTCHINSON MAY 20 - 22

TUCK & PATTI MAY 23 - 25

BENNY GOLSON QUARTET

MAY 27 - JUNE 1

JOE LOVANO’S VILLAGE RHYTHMS BAND *BLUE NOTE JAZZ FESTIVAL! - JUNE 1-30*


Blue Note April 2014 Program