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VOLCÁN: GONZALO RUBALCABA, GIOVANNI HIDALGO, JOSE ARMANDO GOLA, HORACIO “EL NEGRO” HERNANDEZ OFFICIAL U.S. PREMIERE - MAR 18-23 M A R C H

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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

MARCH CALENDAR BOOGALOO SUNDAY WITH LOU DONALDSON MAR 2

LATE NIGHT GROOVE SERIES

KENNY WERNER & JANIS MANN CD RELEASE MAR 3

SÉRGIO GALVÃO GROUP MAR 7

DONALD HARRISON, RON CARTER & BILLY COBHAM TRIO MAR 4 - 9 THE OMAR HAKIM EXPERIENCE CD RELEASE MAR 10 SPYRO GYRA MAR 11 - 16 GORDON CHAMBERS MAR 17 U.S. PREMIERE VOLCÁN: GONZALO RUBALCABA, GIOVANNI HIDALGO, JOSE ARMANDO GOLA, HORACIO “EL NEGRO” HERNANDEZ MAR 18 - 23

ANNA SAEKI MAR 24 DOUBLE FEATURE: LARRY CARLTON GROUP + KYLE EASTWOOD GROUP MAR 25 - 30 4TH ANNUAL JAMES MOODY SCHOLARSHIP FOR NEWARK YOUTH BENEFIT CONCERT MAR 31

DARREN LYONS GROUP MAR 1

(718) - CD RELEASE SHOW MAR 8 AL MACDOWELL’S “JUST ORNETTE” QUARTET MAR 14 OUTER BRIDGE ENSEMBLE MAR 15 AKASHIC RECORD MAR 21 JESSE FISCHER MAR 22 MANNER EFFECT MAR 28 COLIN CANNON QUARTET MAR 29

SUNDAY BRUNCH SERIES RICH PERRY’S NYU JAZZ ENSEMBLE MAR 2 “EAST MEETS WEST BRUNCH SERIES”: MASAMI ISHIKAWA MAR 9 ERIKA MATSUO MAR 16 YOKO MIWA TRIO MAR 23 NOBUKI TAKAMEN TRIO MAR 30


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RICH PERRY’S NYU JAZZ ENSEMBLE MAR 2

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

Rich Perry is a jazz tenor saxophonist. He has been living and performing in New York City since 1976. His beautiful tone and sophisticated harmonic conception have given him a unique creative voice which critics have described as “eloquent,” “inventive,” “thoughtfully lyrical” and “impassioned yet cerebral.” n

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BOOGALOO SUNDAY WITH LOU DONALDSON MAR 2, 8:00PM & 10:30PM

Lou Donaldson is very honored to be performing at Blue Note Jazz Club with his world class quartet, with whom he has been touring the world playing festivals and clubs for the past two decades. Awarded an NEA Jazz Masters fellowship in 2013, Donaldson has been termed a “truly unique and absolutely indispensable creative voice in modern jazz whose greatness stretches from being one of sublime virtuosos of swinging bebop and hard bop to being the creator of his own genre of funky jazz boogaloo that has profoundly in-

fluenced contemporary American music in many ways for several decades.� Donaldson played an absolutely invaluable role in the creation and building of the classic Blue Note Records label, and the assembly and musical development of the the classic Jazz Messengers bands that originally featured Clifford Brown, Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Gene Ramey, Hank Mobley, and many other of the greatest creative virtuosos of the this entire era of modern jazz expression. n


KENNY WERNER & JANIS MANN CD RELEASE MAR 3, 8:00PM & 10:30PM

Pianist Kenny Werner returns to Blue Note for a special performance with vocalist Janis Mann, in support of their recent album, Celestial Anomaly (2013). Hailed by Andy Gilbert of the San Jose Mercury News as “a stellar 2013 album,” the project features innovative and challenging interpretations of jazz and pop standards.

KENNY WERNER

Kenny Werner is a world-class pianist and composer. His prolific output of compositions, recordings, and publications continue to impact audiences around the world. Born in Brooklyn in 1951 and growing up on Long Island, Werner began playing and performing at a young age, first recording on television at the age of 11. He formed his own trio in 1981 with drummer Tom Rainey and bassist Ratzo Harris. He has worked closely with legendary harmonica player Toots Thielemans, Betty Buckley, Joe Lovano, Ari Hoenig, Johannes Weidenmueller, Lionel Loueke and Miguel Zenon and countless others. A Guggenheim Fellowship Award winner, Werner is also a world-class educator. His groundbreaking book on improvisation, Effortless Mastery (2006), is required reading for all aspiring jazz musicians.

JANIS MANN

“A first class jazz singer!” Scott Yanow, jazz critic and author, proclaims. At once both a striking song stylist and a fearless improviser, Janis Mann is that rare artist who can sweep you away with her captivating sound. She is a true jazz singer in the manner of Carmen McRae, Betty Carter, and Shirley Horn, yet with a sound all her own. An exciting and engaging performer, Janis’ rich timbre, flexibility, and range often invite comparisons to Sarah Vaughan. “Janis Mann continues to generate some of the best vocal music anywhere.” These words from Cadence Magazine reviewer Alan Bargebuhr confirm what fans of this award-winning singer have known for years. Some of the jazz luminaries she has sung or recorded with include: Roy Haynes, Diane Schuur, Jack Sheldon, Jon Mayer, Ross Tompkins, John Heard, Red Holloway, and Dave Frishberg, earning their praises. n


“A venerated maestro.” — BBC

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DONALD HARRISON, RON CARTER & BILLY COBHAM TRIO MAR 4-9, 8:00PM & 10:30PM

The hard-swinging trio of Donald Harrison, Ron Carter, and Billy Cobham first demonstrated its strong chemistry and affinity for standards on its 2004 recording, Heroes. In April 2005, Half Note Records captured the trio live during a week-long series of shows at Blue Note Jazz Club, producing the album New York Cool (2005). Half Note again recorded the trio in action at the club several years later releasing the album This is Jazz near the end of 2011. AllMusic. com called the outing “the finest offering by this trio to date.” This week at Blue Note, the band looks build on its musical achievements with another hotly-anticipated residency. DONALD HARRISON Donald Harrison is rightly regarded as one of the most influential musicians on the scene today. The son of late great Big Chief Donald Harrison, he began working with Roy Haynes at age 19 and Jack McDuff at age 20. He joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers at age 21 and soon co-led a deeply influential group with Terence Blanchard. In addition to his collaborations with luminaries like Christian Scott, Christian McBride, Cyrus Chestnut, Lena Horne, and Eddie Palmieri, he is a prodigious bandleader, having released a number of wellreceived records, the latest of which is Quantum Leap (2011).

RON CARTER Ron Carter is among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz. With more than 2,000 albums to his credit, he has recorded with many of music’s greats: Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans, Lena Horne, Bill Evans, Jaki Byard, Eric Dolphy, B.B. King, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, Cannonball Adderley, and Bobby Timmons. From 1963 to 1968, he was also a member of the legendary Miles Davis Quintet. BILLY COBHAM Ever since his breakthrough in the early ‘70s as a founding member of the Mahavishnu Orchestra and progenitor of the jazz fusion movement, drummer Billy Cobham has remained a tireless musical explorer. In addition to his work with Mahavishnu, he also co-founded the fusion group Dreams, contributed to Miles Davis’s seminal Bitches Brew (1970) and Tribute to Jack Johnson (1971), and has led his own solo career, beginning with his debut release Spectrum in 1973. Recent years have seen him touring and recording with his “Art of Jazz” ensembles and continuing to release solo albums, including his recent effort Palindrome (2010). n


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SÉRGIO GALVÃO GROUP FRIDAY NIGHT, MAR 7 12:30AM

A remarkably gifted saxophonist-composer and in-demand session player, who performed and recorded with many of Brazil’s biggest stars such as Rosa Passos, Guinga and Simone, Sérgio Galvão is a talent worthy of wider recognition beyond his home base in Rio de Janeiro. His debut record, Phantom Fish, released in 2013, is a showcase for Galvão’s engaging tunes and potent playing on tenor and soprano saxes. His current group features New York musicians who manage to depict the spirit of the city: a fusion of Brazilian grooves and harmonies with American jazz. n

(718) CD RELEASE SHOW SATURDAY NIGHT, MAR 8 12:30AM

The NYC-based electric trio (718) plays original alternative groove music that blends modern, creative jazz-inspired improvised music with the feel good rhythm of a funk-rock trio. Matthew Fries, winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, Phil Palombi, a Grammy Award winning bassist, and Eric Halvorson, a NYC first-call drummer, mix the sounds of vintage electric piano, electric bass and drum set with modern effects to create

a unique experience that is both soulful and progressive. Mark Corado of All About Jazz calls it “sticky chickenshack meets P-funk music as your satellite orbits New Orleans.” n


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MASAMI ISHIKAWA MAR 9

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

Hailing originally from Tokyo, guitarist Masami Ishikawa relocated to New York City in 1990, earning his bachelor’s degree from The New School in 1992. After graduating, he played with Brad Meldau, Larry Goldings, Arnie Lawrence, and many others. He soon moved back to Japan and enjoyed an extensive career playing with top Japanese jazz artists, including Geroge Otsuka, Masabumi Yamaguchi, and Colgen Suzuki. Ishikawa returned to New York at the end of 2000, and now, over 10 years later, he continues to perform at many clubs throughout the city. He has col-

laborated wtih L.D. Frazier, Lonnie Gasperini, Norika Ueda, and many other notable artists. Boasting a neo soul style with its roots planted firmly in tradition, he counts among his influences guitar giants like Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, Jimi Hendrix, George Benson, Django Reinhardt, and Jim Hall. n

HALF NOTE RECORDS NEW RELEASE

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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THE OMAR HAKIM EXPERIENCE CD RELEASE CELEBRATION CONCERT MAR 10, 8:00PM & 10:30PM

Widely acclaimed for his versatility, technological prowess and groove, Omar Hakim is one of the most successful drummers and session men of the past 40 years. Omar has collaborated with dozens of prominent artists including Daft Punk, George Benson, Lionel Richie, Chaka Khan, Anita Baker, Bobby McFerrin, John Scofield,

Urban Knights, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Jewel, J-Lo, D’Angelo, Mariah Carey, and Madonna to name a few, and has left his imprint on hundreds of recordings, including several under his own name. He appears in support of his new album, titled We Are One. n


SPYRO GYRA MAR 11-16, 8:00PM & 10:30PM

As Spyro Gyra contemplates upcoming milestones in its storied career, it’s tempting to fall back on the Grateful Dead lyric, “What a long strange trip it’s been,” to describe the band’s journey. During its career, the band has performed over five thousand shows, released 29 albums (not counting “Best Of” compilations), and sold over 10 million albums, while also achieving one Platinum and two Gold releases. As the band celebrates 35 years since its first release and looks forward to celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014, it slows little sign of slowing down, gaining GRAMMY® nominations for each of its last four albums. In its earliest days, Spyro Gyra took its cues from Weather Report and Return to Forever – bands whose creative flights were fueled by a willingness to do things that had never been done before. “I believed that we were springing from what Weather Report did,” says saxophonist and founding band member Jay Beckenstein. The first few years saw the group’s identity split into a dynamic live act and a producer-centric recording process, borne out of the rotating cast of characters springing from the band’s jazz jam beginnings. The group’s early albums were the

product of the core band and a great number of the top session players in New York. In 1983, Beckenstein made the decision to make the albums the work of the band members he shared the stage with night after night, only supplementing with occasional guests. Although the band underwent several personnel changes in the ‘80s, these shifts slowed down about 20 years ago. Julio Fernandez became the group’s guitarist in 1984, Scott Ambush assumed the bass chair in 1991, and Bonny Bonaparte took over the drums in 2006, making him the “new guy” at just over five years with the band. After stretches releasing albums on the MCA, Amherst, GRP, and Heads Up International imprints, Spyro Gyra returned to Amherst for its latest release, 2011’s A Foreign Affair. “I’ve always felt that music, and particularly instrumental music, has this non-literal quality that lets people travel to a place where there are no words,” says Beckenstein. “I would hope that when people hear our music or come to see us, they’re able to share that with us. That’s the truly glorious part of being a musician.” n


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AL MACDOWELL’S “JUST ORNETTE” QUARTET FRIDAY NIGHT, MAR 14 12:30AM

Bassist Al MacDowell has spent most of his passionate music career expanding the limits of jazz under the paternal wings of the legendary Ornette Coleman. MacDowell studied classical piano throughout his youth until he arrived at the Music and Art high school, where in his freshman year it became compulsory to adopt a second musical instrument, so he chose the double bass and also learned the electric bass. Ornette Coleman, who, at the time was search-

ing for an electric bassist, was referred to MacDowell, who at 15, was invited to join his band, and has remained in it since. MacDowell has the distinction of working with Coleman longer than any other musician. n

OUTER BRIDGE ENSEMBLE SATURDAY NIGHT, MAR 15 12:30AM

The Outer Bridge Ensemble (OBE) is made up of Mark DeJong on saxophone, Steve Hudson on piano, Jerome Jennings on drums and David Freeman on percussion - joining the group on their newest recording, Determined, (April 2013) - up and coming bassist, Soren Nissen on bass and modern legend of funk and jazz, James Zollar on trumpet, who has played with such greats as John Faddis and Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra as well as Wynton Marsalis and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. OBE’s audience continues to grow as the group continues to present original music in a high energy and dynamic live

show. Big horn lines, deep grooves, heart pumping percussion are elements that continue to bring fans back to shows. OBE has been performing in theaters and festivals throughout North America and Europe for ten years and have featured notable guests such as Steve Bernstein (Sex Mob), Claire Daly, David Braid, Achille Succi and Oscar Noriega. The group’s sound is complexly textured, eclectic, collaborative and improvisational, emerging from jazz, soul, Latin and Afrobeat influences. n


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ERIKA MATSUO MAR 16

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

Erika Matsuo celebrates the release of her new CD, True Colors, at Blue Note Jazz Club. The CD features an all-star cast including: Dr. Lonnie Smith, Gil Goldstein, Romero Lubambo, Dana Leong, Grégoire Maret, among many others. A native of Japan, Erika grew up playing music and was a member of an all-girl rock group, Tear Drops, that won first prize in Japan’s Yamaha Teen Music Festival. After relocating to New York City, she immersed herself in the city’s jazz scene. She studied jazz voice with Sheila Jordan at the City College of New York where she received her BFA in 2003.

She has performed at venues such as BB Kings, Sweet Rhythm, Kitano and S.O.B.’s, and has regularly toured in Japan. In March 2007, Erika won first prize in the Asakusa Jazz Contest, Japan’s number one jazz contest. Later that year, she was featured in Coca Cola’s So-Ken-Bi Cha TV commercial - her voice became one of the most recognized in the nation. n

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GORDON CHAMBERS MAR 17, 8:00PM & 10:30PM

Gordon Chambers is no stranger to the music industry. The Teaneck, New Jersey, native has written for over 60 recording artists, including household names Aretha Franklin, Queen Latifah, Usher, Brandy, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, and Marc Anthony. He is best known for his 1994 Grammy®-winning hit “I Apologize” for Anita Baker and his 1995 No. 1 GRAMMY®-nominated smash “If You Love Me” for the trio Brownstone (which was later featured as the theme song of the film Living Out Loud). More recently, he’s penned

tunes for superstars like The Isley Brothers, Yolanda Adams, Patti LaBelle & Ron Isley, Whitney Houston & Bobby Brown, Angie Stone, and Beyoncé. In 2011 Chambers broke new ground as an artist with the release of his third solo album, Sincere. The album effortlessly melds a pop and R&B sound with a classic soul aesthetic that is certain to surprise and delight contemporary R&B fans and soul enthusiasts alike. n


OFFICIAL U.S. PREMIERE:

VOLCÁN: GONZALO RUBALCABA, GIOVANNI HIDALGO, JOSE ARMANDO GOLA, HORACIO “EL NEGRO” HERNANDEZ

MAR 18 - 23, 8:00PM & 10:30PM

Volcán, an all-star group featuring the prodigious talents of Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Jose Armando Gola, Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernandez and Giovanni Hidalgo, is proud to make its official U.S. debut at Blue Note Jazz Club. The group is the product of years of friendship, respect and a diverse and rich musical heritage. With over 150 albums among them as leaders and sidemen, these highly revered musicians have joined forces to our delight. GONZALO RUBALCABA With eight Grammy nominations under his belt, Gonzalo Rubalcaba has undoubtedly proven himself as established force in the modern jazz world. In whatever idiom he works, Rubalcaba’s future musical creations will be melodious, rhythmic and exciting. He continues to transform the daily routines of our lives into something more beautiful and significant. Born in 1963 in postrevolutionary Havana, Rubalcaba has become a true icon in the modern jazz world. JOSE ARMANDO GOLA Havana native Jose Armando Gola has played bass since the age of thirteen. He attended the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory in Cuba. He plays both upright and electric bass in various settings and has toured internationally,

having played at most of the important jazz festivals of the world. Only in his mid-20s, he has worked with Gonzalo Rubalcaba for the past seven years. HORACIO “EL NEGRO” HERNANDEZ Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernandez is a gifted musician who represents a new generation of great players following in the footsteps of countrymen Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Ignacio Berroa and others. Hernandez plays on the cutting edge of today’s music with technical prowess and versatility. His drumming also reflects a proud musical heritage rooted in folklore tradition. GIOVANNI HIDALGO Giovanni Hidalgo was raised in a household surrounded by drums, bongos, congas and timbales. Hidalgo auditioned and was hired by the Batacumbele Band in 1980. In 1981, he traveled with the band to Cuba where he met a musician by the name of José Luis Quintana “Changuito”. Together they were able to create a unique style of rhythm and ushered in a new musical era in Latin music. In 1988 Hidalgo joined Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nation Orchestra. From 1992-1996, he was an adjunct professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where he taught percussion. 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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AKASHIC RECORD FRIDAY NIGHT, MAR 21 12:30AM

Akashic Record is Boston’s premier funk machine. The concept and sound is inspired by the Hammond organ driven grooves of the soul jazz and funk outfits of the 60′s and 70s. Playing consistently in the Northeast over the last 7 years, their floor shakin’ live show continues to thrill capacity crowds night after night. Akashic Record has gone on to share the bill with legends Steely Dan, Michael MacDonald, Chicago, Earth, Wind and Fire, and Soulive. Special guests have included Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC), Melvin Sparks, The JGB, Tom Sholz (Boston),

NEPHROK!, Sam Kininger (Soulive), Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce), Alan Evans (Soulive), Jarrett Cordes (PM Dawn), John Ellis (Charlie Hunter Trio), Gordon Beedle (Jimmy Smith) and Fareed Haque (Garaj Mahal). n

JESSE FISCHER SATURDAY NIGHT, MAR 22 12:30AM

Brooklyn-based pianist/composer Jesse Fischer is crafting a fresh new hybrid sound, with eclectic influences ranging from electro jazz, funk, garage rock, and psychedelic soul. With a strong emphasis on catchy, infectious grooves and memorable melodies, Fischer’s music easily crosses boundaries between jazz, soul, and pop. A triple threat as musician, engineer, and producer, Fischer has recorded six albums as a leader with his working unit Soul Cycle, most recently the ObliqSound release Retro Future. Fischer’s warm, soulful touch, and bold, spacious compositions have earned him three SoulTracks Award nominations and most recently an Independent Music Award nod.

Fischer currently tours internationally with Prince protégé Andy Allo and Atlantic recording artist Laura Izibor, and his playing is featured on Anthony Hamilton’s Grammy-nominated album Back To Love. In addition, Fischer coproduced and engineered Laura Izibor’s Brooklyn Sessions, Vol. 1 EP on Atlantic Records and is currently lending his production/engineering talents to emerging artists Rachel Eckroth, Ezra Brown, Melanie Charles, and Brenda Nicole Moorer. n


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YOKO MIWA TRIO MAR 23

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

Renowned pianist and JVC Victor Entertainment Recording Artist, Yoko Miwa is on a roll. In June 2012, the Yoko Miwa Trio was voted Best Jazz Act by the Boston Phoenix in the outlet’s Best Music Poll. In July, her trio released their major label debut CD in Japan titled Act Naturally on the JVC Victor Entertainment label. In 2011, she was appointed Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music, she played sold-out shows in Boston and NYC, and she was chosen to play a special concert, Marian McPartland & Friends as part of The Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival. Miwa, a native of Kobe, Japan, and a

graduate of Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Miwa’s performance and recording credits include Slide Hampton, Arturo Sandoval, George Garzone, Jon Faddis, Jerry Bergonzi, Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lynne Carrington, Sheila Jordan, Kevin Mahogany, John Lockwood, and Johnathan Blake. n

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DOUBLE FEATURE: OMAR SOSA + MELISSA ALDANA MAY 1 - 4

EDDIE PALMIERI LATIN JAZZ BAND WITH SPECIAL GUESTS MAY 6 - 11


ANNA SAEKI MAR 24, 8:00PM & 10:30PM

Anna Saeki, born in Hokkaido, Japan, made her debut in 1987 as a tango singer after being crowned Miss Sapporo. Soon afterward, she traveled to Argentina to record her first album. Since then, she has received critical acclaim on TV, radio and in various magazines. She was responsible for the boom of latin music in Japan in the 1990s/2000s and was also the vocalist for the band “Orquesta del Sol”. In addition, she has become involved in acting and has hosted a variety of talent shows. She is an active performer in Japan, the U.S. & Europe as well as many other major cities and countries around the world. She is now considered a top artist in the Tango world.

Saeki was named one of the “100 Most Respected Japanese People in the World” in Japanese News Week and was named one of “20 people who have contributed to the Tango” at the 2008 Festival Nacional del Tango La Falda, where she became the first Japanese artist to perform. After meeting legendary singer Mecerdes Sosa, Saeki released an album of Argentian folk music in 2009. An invited guest to the event that honored the 200th anniversary of Argentina in 2010, Saeki also became the first Japanese artist to perform at the Salon Dorado in Casa De La Culutra, where she performed in 2010 at a concert that was sponsored by the City of Buenos Aires. n


DOUBLE FEATURE:

LARRY CARLTON GROUP + KYLE EASTWOOD GROUP MAR 25 - 30, 8:00PM & 10:30PM

LARRY CARLTON Nineteen-time GRAMMY® nominee, four-time Grammy winner and all-time guitar great, Larry Carlton established himself from his first recording, A Little Help From My Friends. His studio credits include musicians and groups like Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson, Sammy Davis Jr., Herb Alpert, Quincy Jones, Bobby Bland, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and literally dozens of others. He went on to perform with the Crusaders and then with the multi platinum jazz super group Fourplay. With 30 albums to his credit and having performed on over 100 albums that have gone Gold or Platinum, Larry Carlton has set a standard for artistry that spans three decades. “If Royal Scam is the definitive Steely Dan guitar album, then Larry Carlton is the reason why.” -WALTER BECKER (OF STEELY DAN) KYLE EASTWOOD As someone who has had a myriad of opportunities to shine, Kyle Eastwood has truly carved his own path as a musician and his bass playing and composing talents reflect the richness and diversity of his experience.

No stranger to jazz music, at a young age his father, film actor/director Clint Eastwood introduced him to jazz stars such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dave Brubeck, Thelonious Monk, and Miles Davis. Kyle began playing electric bass in high school, learning R&B, Motown, and reggae tunes by ear. After studying with French bassist Bunny Brunel, he engrossed himself in the New York and Los Angeles area jazz scene, and signed with Sony in 1998 where he released his debut recording From Here to There. After relocating to Europe Kyle signed with Candid Records and released Paris Blue in 2004. This recording climbed to No. 1 on the French Jazz Charts. His third recording Now (Candid) was released in 2006 and features songs written by Ben Cullum as well as a who’s who of musicians from the London jazz scene. His live performances have been met with sold out venues and critical acclaim across Europe, Asia, and North America. Kyle has composed or arranged seven of Clint Eastwood’s latest films including Mystic River. Million Dollar Baby, Flags Of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, Gran Torino, and Invictus. n


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MANNER EFFECT FRIDAY NIGHT, MAR 28 12:30AM

Manner Effect is a five-piece collective based out of New York City. Their music is a fusion of modern jazz, soul, R’n’B and rock with all music written collectively by the members of Manner Effect. Their debut album, Abundance, made the 2012 GRAMMY® nominating ballot, and members of the band have performed with artists such as Stefon Harris & Blackout, Ben Williams, Kris Allen, Marcus and EJ Strickland, Jonathan Batiste & The Stay Human Band, Mulgrew Miller, Gerald Clayton and Branford Marsalis. Manner Effect performs regularly in NYC at venues such as Rockwood Music Hall, Le

COLIN CANNON QUARTET SATURDAY NIGHT, MAR 29 12:30AM

The music of guitarist/composer Colin Cannon has been described as a unique fusion of modern jazz laced with funk, rock, and drum ‘n bass. His music is widely enjoyed by fans of jazz, rock, funk and the jam band scene. Cannon is based in New York City where he performs regularly at The 55 Bar. He has opened for legends including Ron Carter, Russell Malone, Karrin Allyson and Brian Auger, and he has also performed at major festivals including the Xerox-Rochester International Jazz Festival. n

Poisson Rouge, Bowery Electric and The McKittrick Hotel, and also tours throughout the U.S. Manner Effect was a finalist in WNYC’s Manhattan “Battle of the Boroughs” in 2013, and they’ve recently released a music video for their single, “My Turn”, from their forthcoming sophomore album. n


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NOBUKI TAKAMEN TRIO MAR 30

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

A mainstay of the New York jazz scene, guitarist Nobuki Takamen currently leads his own group which has toured the USA, Canada and Europe, and has appeared at jazz festivals and clubs including the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival, Blue Note and The Iridium. He has also toured annually throughout his homeland, Japan since 2004.

on writing and arranging new materials for solo guitar to record his fifth album, which is to be released in 2014.

Nobuki currently has four albums out under his name. Besides leading his group, Nobuki frequently performs solo and has performed solo concerts including the Montreal International Jazz Festival as part of 100% Guitare concert series in 2009. He is currently working

Jazz historian Scott Yanow describes him as “an excellent improviser in his own bop-inspired style.” John Heidt of Vintage Guitar Magazine has also called him “a mature player with keen sense of composition [and] considerable technical skill.” n

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4TH ANNUAL JAMES MOODY SCHOLARSHIP FOR NEWARK YOUTH BENEFIT CONCERT MAR 31, 8:00PM All proceeds from tonight’s concert will go towards Moody’s foundation, the CFNJ James Moody Jazz Scholarship Fund for Newark Youth. For over six decades, saxophone master James Moody serenaded lovers with his signature song “Moody’s Mood for Love,” an improvisation on the chord progressions of “I’m in the Mood for Love.” Born in Savannah, Georgia on March 26, 1925, and raised in Newark, New Jersey, James Moody took up the alto sax, a gift from his uncle, at the age of 16. Within a few years he fell under the spell of the deeper more full-bodied tenor saxophone after hearing Buddy Tate and Don Byas perform with the Count Basie Band at the Adams Theater in Newark, New Jersey. In 1946, following service in the United States Air Force, Moody joined the seminal bebop big band of Dizzy Gillespie, beginning an association that - on stage and record, in orchestras and small combos - afforded a young Moody worldwide exposure and ample opportunity to shape his improvisational genius. Upon joining Gillespie, Moody was at first awed, he now admits, by the orchestra’s incredible array of talent, which included Milt Jackson, Kenny Clark, Ray Brown, Thelonius Monk. The encouragement of the legendary trumpeter-leader, made his mark on the young saxophonist. His now legendary 16-bar solo on Gillespie’s Emanon alerted jazz fans to an emerging world-class soloist. During his initial stay with Gillespie, Moody also recorded with Milt Jackson for Dial Records in 1947. One year later he made his recording debut as

a leader James Moody and His Bop Men for (Blue Note). In 1949 Moody moved to Europe where in Sweden he recorded the masterpiece of improvisation for which he is renowned, Moody’s Mood for Love. Returning to the States in 1952 with a huge “hit” on his hands, Moody employed vocalist Eddie Jefferson. Also, working with him during that period were Dinah Washington and Brook Benton. In 1963 he rejoined Gillespie and performed off and on in the trumpeter’s quintet for the remainder of the decade. Moody moved to Las Vegas in 1973 and had a seven year stint in the Las Vegas Hilton Orchestra, doing shows for Bill Cosby, Ann-Margaret, John Davidson, Glen Campbell, Liberace, Elvis Presley, The Osmonds, Milton Berle, Redd Foxx, Charlie Rich, and Lou Rawls to name a few.


WITH RENEE ROSNES (MUSICAL DIRECTOR), PAQUITO D’RIVERA, JAMES CARTER, ANTONIO HART, GARY SMULYAN, FRANK GREENE, GREG GISBERT, BILL CHARLAP, TODD COOLMAN, ADAM NUSSBAUM, AND ALEXIS COLE + SURPRISE SPECIAL GUESTS! Moody returned to the East Coast and put together his own band again - much to the delight of his dedicated fans. In 1985, Moody received a GRAMMY® Award Nomination for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance for his playing on Manhattan Transfer’s Vocalese album thus setting the stage for his re-emergence as a major recording artist. Moody’s 1986 (RCA/NOVUS) debut Something Special ended a decadelong major label recording hiatus for the versatile reedman. His follow-up recording, Moving Forward showcased his hearty vocals on What Do You Do and his interpretive woodwind wizardry on such tunes as Giant Steps and Autumn Leaves. Music was more than a livelihood to Moody, so much so that portions of Sweet and Lovely, dedicated to his wife, Linda, figured prominently in the saxophonist’s wedding ceremony on April 3, 1989. As well as being on the album, Gillespie was best man at the wedding for his longtime friend. The bride and groom walked down the aisle to Gillespie’s solo on Con Alma, then everyone exited the church to the vamp on Melancholy Baby. As their first act of marriage Linda and James Moody took communion accompanied by the groom’s recording of Sweet and Lovely. In 1990, Moody and Gillespie received a Grammy Award Nomination for their rendition of Gillespie’s Get the Booty, which showcases scatting at its best. Moody returns the soprano sax to his woodwind arsenal on Honey, his nickname for his wife, Linda, and Moody’s last recording for (RCA/NOVUS). On March 26th, 1995 Moody got the surprise of his life with a birthday party

in New York. It was an evening of historical significance for Jazz with many guest stars and Bill Cosby as the emcee. It can be heard on Telarc’s recording, Moody’s Party-- James Moody’s 70th, Birthday Celebration, Live at the Blue Note. In 1995 Moody’s (Warner Bros.) release of Young at Heart, was a tribute to songs that are associated with Frank Sinatra. With an orchestra and strings many people feel this is among the most beautiful of all James Moody recordings. Moody’s last recording for Warner Bros. is Moody Plays Mancini which showcases Moody on all of his horns and flute. A tribute to the American icon Henry Mancini. Moody’s 2004 release of Homage on the Savoy Label has been a great cause for celebration. His first new studio album in 6 years, the aptly named Homage is a tribute to Moody featuring new tunes specially written for him by the likes of Joe Zawinul, Chick Corea, Kenny Barron, Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock, David Hazeltine and Marc Copland. Bob Belden produced the project. His last CD, 4B just won a Grammy Award in 2011 for best instrumental jazz recording. Featuring standards and two originals by pianist Kenny Barron, the recording is a testament to Moody’s strength both as a saxophonist and indidivdual well into his 80s. At 85 years young, Moody left us on December 9, 2010. Tonight’s concert is a celebration of life and love with so many incredible musicians that have been taught and influenced by Moody. n


BLUE NOTE DRINK MENU MARTINIS $14 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 $12 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 - $8

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

12 10 10 10 9 9 10 10 9 8

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

11 12 11 12 11 12 11 15 11 11

DIGESTIFS SINGLE MALT SCOTCH

Glenlivet 12 year 12 Glenfiddich 12 year 12 15 Macallan 12 year 13 Talisker 10 year Glenmorangie 13 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 12 Dewars 12 J & B 12 Johnny Walker Red 12 Johnny Walker Black 13 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

11 11 11 12 11 11 12 12 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 12 11 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

12 14 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

11 12 15 20/125

BOURBON / RYE Redemption Rye 12 Basil Hayden 14 Booker’s 14 Knob Creek 14 Woodford Reserve 15 Whistle Pig 17

RUM

Beija Cachaca 12 Bacardi Silver 12 Bacardi Gold 12 Brinley Gold Coconut 12 Captain Morgan’s 12 Meyer’s 13 Mount Gay 13 Pyrat XO 15


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

APR 1 - 6

ROY HARGROVE

APR 8 - 13

GARY BURTON & MAKOTO OZONE DUETS

APRIL 15 -17

SAVION GLOVER & SPECIAL GUESTS APRIL 18 - 20

PLAYING FOR JIM HALL: BILL FRISELL, JULIAN LAGE, SCOTT COLLEY, JOEY BARON & FRIENDS

APRIL 22 - 27

STANLEY CLARKE & FRIENDS APRIL 29 & 30

ERIC HARLAND’S VOYAGER W/ JASON MORAN


Blue Note March 2014 Program