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Jazz Standard welcomes the Legendary Roy Haynes in his first appearance on our stage

Best Jazz Club 2008 (New York Magazine)

, one of the nation's premier jazz clubs, presents another month of great jazz in May. From May 18–22, we welcome a true living legend of music, drummer Roy Haynes, making his Jazz Standard debut with the exciting Fountain of Youth Band. Also appearing this month are two of the country's finest female jazz singers and a premier vocal ensemble: Gretchen Parlato, celebrating her new album The Lost and Found from May 6–8–; Paula West, holding forth from May 26–29; and the Grammy Award-winning New York Voices from May 12-15. Other artists celebrating new CD releases include guitarist Julian Lage (Gladwell, 5/4), and trumpeters David Weiss (Snuck Out, 5/24) and Sean Jones (No Need For Words, 5/31–6/1). Our acclaimed "Mingus Mon­days" residency continues this month with performances by the Mingus Big Band (5/2, 5/23), Mingus Dynasty (5/9), and Mingus Orchestra (5/16). Below is a com­plete schedule of May performances at Jazz Standard, along with informa­tion on the musicians. For every­thing else, visit www.jazzstandard.com.


Jazz Standard is located at 116 E. 27th Street (between Lexington and Park)
Train 6 to E. 28th Street

Student Discounts (restrictions apply)
Enjoy "NYC's Best Barbecue" (Time Out New York) from BLUE SMOKE
and an extensive wine, beer and cocktail list

Jazz for Kids every Sunday – Open for lunch at 1pm, music from 2–3pm

For reservations call Jazz Standard at 212.576.2232 or visit www.ticketweb.com
Artists and schedules are subject to change


5/1 Charlie Hunter & Shawn Pelton [7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Only]
From his seven–string instrument to album titles like Gentlemen, I Neglected To Inform You, You Will Not Be Getting Paid, Charlie Hunter has always "traveled to the beat of a different drum." Tonight is the last night of a special series in which the virtuoso guitarist performs in duos with four of the top percus­sionists on the contemporary scene. Millions of television viewers have heard Shawn Pelton's power­house drumming with the "Saturday Night Live" band, in which he's played a key role since 1992. Shawn's lengthy résumé of performing and recording credits ranges from Buddy Guy and Bruce Springsteen to Roseanne Cash and Joan Osborne.
Music Charge: $25

5/2 Mingus Big Band
Jason Marshall, tba – tenor saxophone
Abraham Burton, Mark Gross – alto saxophone, flute
Lauren Sevian – baritone saxophone
Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Clark Gayton, Earl McIntyre – trombones
Alex Sipiagin, Greg Gisbert, Alex Norris – trumpets
Orrin Evans – piano
Boris Kozlov – bass
Donald Edwards - drums

Our "Mingus Monday" series continues with tonight's performance by the Mingus Big Band, winners of the 2011 Grammy Award for Live at Jazz Standard as Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. "An almost flawless slice of some of Charles Mingus's finest work!" (PopMatters.com)
Music Charge: $25

5/3 Quincy Jones Presents: Alfredo Rodriguez Trio
Alfredo Rodriguez – piano
Peter Slavov – bass
Francisco Mela – drums

The gifted Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodríguez was just 23 years old when he made a memorable Jazz Standard debut in July 2009. A few months later, appearing at Vibrato in Los Angeles, "Rodríguez dem­onstrated his elegant yet explosive technique and command of an array of musical idioms." (Reed Johnson, The Los Angeles Times) Quincy Jones has been the piano prodigy's most fervent supporter ever since "Q" heard Alfredo perform at the 2006 Montreux Jazz Festival: "It knocked me on my booty, man!" To­night, the Rodriguez trio will include the explosive drummer Francisco Mela and adroit bassist Peter Slavov.
Music Charge: $20

5/4 Julian Lage Group
Julian Lage – guitar
Dan Blake – saxophone
Jorge Roeder – bass
Aristides Rivas – cello
Tupac Mantilla – percussion

Following his Grammy-nominated 2009 debut Sounding Point, Julian Lage returns with the evocative and finely wrought Gladwell. On songs like "233 Butler," "Listening Walk," and "Iowa Taken," the virtuoso guitarist and his eclectic quintet take their listeners on a sonic journey through "an imaginary and forgot­ten town known as Gladwell," Lage explains. "As a metaphor, Gladwell presented us with a clear archi­tecture, to compose songs that evoke feelings of people and places we hold dear." Completing the picture on Gladwell are five pieces for solo guitar, including a spontaneous rendition of the standard "Autumn Leaves" and the timeless folk song "Freight Train." The Julian Lage Group brings the music of Gladwell to life – for one night only, and only at Jazz Standard!
Music Charge: $20

5/5 Azar Lawrence Quintet
Azar Lawrence – tenor saxophone
Jeremy Pelt – trumpet
Benito Gonzalez – piano
Essiet Essiet – bass
tba – drums

Jazz Standard is proud to present, in his debut as a leader on our stage, the great saxophonist Azar Lawrence and his all–star quintet. One of the most powerful and distinctive of all post–Coltrane tenorists, Lawrence was born 1952 in Los Angeles and by the age of 21 had worked with Ike & Tina Turner, War, and Charles Wright's Watts 103rd Street Band ("Express Yourself"). He joined drummer Elvin Jones for two years, and for the next eight years moved between Jones' group and that of McCoy Tyner. Azar then briefly joined the Miles Davis band, appearing on the live album Dark Magus (1974) and recorded with Roberta Flack and Marvin Gaye (appearing on Gaye's Here My Dear). He released three albums as a leader, and had his songs recorded by Stanley Turrentine and Earth Wind & Fire, among others. In 2010, Azar Lawrence released Mystic Journey (Furthermore Recordings), his first album in nearly 30 years.
Music Charge: $25

5/6 – 5/8 Gretchen Parlato
Gretchen Parlato – vocals
Taylor Eigsti – piano and keyboards
Derrick Hodge – bass
Kendrick Scott – drums (5/6 & 5/8)
Jamire Williams – drums (5/7)
Special Guests:
Alan Hampton – guitar
Dayna Stephens – tenor saxophone

Gretchen Parlato, wrote C. Michael Bailey at AllAboutJazz.com, "is emerging as the most important jazz singer since Cassandra Wilson. Her vocal approach is so unique and her repertoire so eclectic that she stands to create a jazz vocal genre unto herself." Winner of the 2004 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition and the creator of two acclaimed albums, Gretchen goes even deeper on her latest album, The Lost and Found (ObliqSound). Among the highlights are her sensitive, soulful interpretations of Wayne Shorter's "Juju" and the Miles Davis/Bill Evans standard "Blue In Green," and "Holding Back The Years," Simply Red's international pop hit of 1985. "In an inconspicuous way, Gretchen Parlato knows how to play the same instrument that Frank Sinatra played," says Wayne Shorter. "There's no one out there like Gretchen."
Music Charge: $30/$25 Sunday

5/9 Mingus Dynasty
tba – tenor saxophone
Alex Foster – alto saxophone
Avishai Cohen – trumpet
Ku-umba Frank Lacy – trombone
tba – piano
Boris Kozlov – bass
Donald Edwards – drums

This is the original Mingus legacy band, a septet formed shortly after Charles Mingus' death in 1979 and named for the 1959 album Mingus Dynasty (inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999). Its illustrious alumni role includes Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Joe Farrell, Jaki Byard, Kenny Washington, and Charlie Haden, just to name a few.
Music Charge: $25

5/10 ERIMAJ featuring Jamire Williams, Jason Moran, Corey King, Chris Turner, Matt Stevens, John Ellis and Vicente Archer
John Ellis – tenor saxophone
Corey King – trombone
Matt Stevens – guitar
Jason Moran – piano
Vicente Archer – bass
Jamire Williams – drums
Chris Turner – voice

ERIMAJ is largely comprised of musicians hailing from the American South including former New Orleans resident John Ellis and Houston natives Jason Moran and Jamire Williams (ERIMAJ is his first name backwards). Given these roots, it's no wonder that ERIMAJ expertly delivers what New York Times critic Ben Ratliff described as "jazz that was intuitive about funk, a subtle music instigated by smart young Southerners in the North that didn't undersell itself by going obviously abstract or retro." This is a special "sneak peak" of the forthcoming release "Conflict of a Man."
Music Charge: $20

5/11 Dominick Farinacci Band
Dominick Farinacci – trumpet
Dan Kaufman – piano
Yashushi Nakamura – bass
Lawrence Leathers – drums
Keita Ogawa – percussion

Jazz Standard welcomes Dominick Farinacci in his debut appearance as a leader on our stage. After Wynton Marsalis heard Dominick play in his native Cleveland, he invited the trumpeter (then just 17 years old) to perform with him on a special PBS broadcast, "Live from Lincoln Center." Soon, Dominick was one of only 18 young artists invited to join the inaugural class of the Jazz Studies Program at The Juilliard School. He won first place in the Carmine Caruso International Trumpet Competition, released his US debut CD Lovers, Tales & Dances (E1 Music) in February 2010, and on May 31, 2011, will release his second domestic disc, Twilight Blue. This rising jazz star will shine bright tonight – don't miss him!
Music Charge: $20

5/12 – 5/15 New York Voices
Kim Nazarian – vocals
Lauren Kinhan – vocals
Darmon Meader – vocals
Peter Eldridge – vocals
Andy Ezrin – piano
Paul Nowinski – bass
Marcello Pellitteri – drums

New York Voices, who celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2009, is the Grammy Award–winning vocal group renowned for their excellence in the art of group jazz singing. They've learned from the best of their predecessors (Lambert Hendricks & Ross, Manhattan Transfer) and taken this singular genre to new heights, infusing their material with pop, R&B, and Brazilian shadings. The songs of NYV's most recent CD, A Day Like This (MCG Jazz), ranged from "Stoned Soul Picnic" to "Darn That Dream," with guest appearances by saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera and vibraphonist Dave Samuels. "New York Voices lives up to its reputation as the most exciting vocal ensemble in current jazz!" (The Boston Herald)
Music Charge: $30

5/16 Mingus Orchestra
Wayne Escoffery – tenor saxophone, flute
Mark Gross – alto & soprano saxophone, flute
Ku-umba Frank Lacy – trombone
Avishai Cohen – trumpet
Michael Rabinowitz – bassoon
John Clark – French horn
tba – bass clarinet
tba – guitar
Boris Kozlov – bass
Donald Edwards – drums

In two exciting sets, the Mingus Orchestra will bring its singular blend of jazz and "non – jazz" instruments (oboe, French horn) to bear on some of its namesake's most classically–influenced compositions.
Music Charge: $25

5/17 Jazz Passengers: Roy Nathanson's 60th Birthday Celebration
with Special Guests Marc Ribot & Marty Ehrlich
Roy Nathanson – saxophones
Curtis Fowlkes – trombone
Sam Bardfeld – violin
Bill Ware – vibes
Brad Jones – bass
E.J. Rodriguez – drums
Special Guests:
Marc Ribot – guitar
Marty Ehrlich – saxophones

Happy birthday, Roy Nathanson – a co-founder and guiding spirit of the fabled Jazz Passengers for the band's entire 24–year history. (Roy is also a successful soundtrack composer who's appeared in films by Jim Jarmusch and Elaine May.) In 2010, the band regrouped for Reunited, its first new album in a dozen years, which PopMatters.com called "a nugget of gold for jazz fans—or for anyone who digs offbeat joy in music." Their September 2010 performances drew large and enthusiastic crowds to Jazz Standard, and we expect no less for tonight's action–packed sets featuring very special guest Passengers Marc Ribot and Marty Ehrlich.
Music Charge: $25

5/18 – 5/22 Roy Haynes Fountain Of Youth Band
Jaleel Shaw – alto saxophone
Martin Bejerano – piano
David Wong – bass
Roy Haynes – drums

Jazz Standard proudly presents master drummer Roy Haynes and his Fountain of Youth Band in their very first appearance on our stage. Born in 1925, Roy is the only living and active jazz musician to have worked with Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Sarah Vaughan, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane. His immense discography includes more than 30 albums as a leader, in­cluding such classic dates as Out Of The Afternoon (Impulse!, 1962) and Fountain of Youth (Dreyfus, 2004). "By now all the slogans about the miraculous Mr. Haynes have become well-worn clichés – that he's an ‘ageless wonder' who has ‘found the fountain of youth' and plays with a ‘seemingly inexhaustible supply of energy and ideas.' And they're all true." (Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes.com)
Music Charge: $35

5/23 Mingus Big Band
Scott Robinson, tba – tenor saxophone
Mark Gross, tba – alto saxophone, flute
tba – baritone saxophone
Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Earl McIntyre, tba – trombones
Kenny Rampton, Greg Gisbert, tba – trumpets
Orrin Evans – piano
Luques Curtis – bass
Donald Edwards - drums

"The best jazz orchestra in the world bears the name of the Mingus Big Band. A remarkable high standard of musicianship, energy and consistency!" (The Washington Post)
Music Charge: $25

5/24 David Weiss & Point Of Departure
David Weiss – trumpet
J.D. Allen – tenor saxophone
Nir Felder – guitar
Matt Clohesy – bass
tba – drums

In a crowded and competitive jazz scene, David Weiss has distinguished himself by finding novelty and flexibility in the mainstream. Over the past quarter–century, he has studied and performed with some of the music's quintessential figures including Jaki Byard, Frank Foster and Jimmy Heath as well as fellow trumpeters Freddie Hubbard and Tommy Turrentine. David formed the ambitious New Jazz Composers Octet in 1996; he also organized, performed, and arranged music for a series of all–star tribute concerts to trumpet greats Freddie Hubbard, Booker Little, and Lee Morgan. David Weiss' latest album, Snuck Out (Sunnyside), is a sequel to his CD Snuck In, which was recorded live on our stage in 2008 (with the same outstanding band) and received a four–star review in DownBeat.
Music Charge: $20

5/25 Emilio Solla Y La Inestable De Brooklyn presents Suite Piazzollana
John Ellis – tenor saxophone, flute, bass clarinet
Tim Armacost – tenor & soprano saxophone, clarinet
Alex Norris – trumpet, flugelhorn
Alan Ferber – trombone
Sara Caswell – violin
Victor Prieto – accordion
Emilio Solla – piano
Jorge Roeder – double bass
Eric Doob – drums

The music of Emilio Solla embodies his ongoing and always impressive artistic development. The pianist has composed, arranged and/or performed music with Paquito D'Rivera, Arturo O'Farrill's Latin Big Band, and Pablo Aslan's Avantango in addition to leading his NY Tango Jazz Conspiracy. This Jazz Standard date will spotlight the music of the album Suite Piazzollana, inspired by and dedicated to the late great Astor Piazzolla. "Proficient in the classical, jazz and Argentinean folk traditions, Emilio Solla has reached an artistic level where his mastery of performance practice and creativity mesh into a single vision of the musical act, be it improvisational or composed." (Martin Gladu, AllAboutJazz.com)
Music Charge: $20

5/26 – 5/29 Paula West with The George Mesterhazy Quartet
Paula West – vocals
George Mesterhazy – piano
Barak Mori – bass
Jerome Jennings – drums
Ed Cherry – guitar

Rarely has "The Great American Songbook" sounded so captivating as when sung by Paula West. Her rich, dusky voice has captured the hearts of critics and audiences alike, from The Plush Room in San Francisco to The Oak Room in New York. "Some voices are astringent like gin, some sweet like sherry," wrote Joe Brown in The San Francisco Chronicle. "West has a red wine voice – a deep, mellow Cabernet voice. And she's blessed with Ella-mentary precision and pitch control, too." Her accompanists include George Mesterhazy, who played piano for the late Shirley Horn and ar­ranged her Grammy–nominated album Loving You; and Ed Cherry, guitarist with Dizzy Gillespie from 1978 to 1992, whose résumé includes extensive work with Paquito D'Rivera, Henry Threadgill, Roy Hargrove, and Big John Patton.
Music Charge: $30

5/30 Closed for Memorial Day

5/31 – 6/1 Sean Jones Group
Sean Jones – trumpet
Brian Hogans – alto saxophone
Orrin Evans – piano
Luques Curtis – bass
John Davis – drums

Over the course of five previous albums for the Mack Avenue label, Sean Jones has plumbed complex emotional depths through his trumpet playing and composing. So when he set his mind to creating No Need For Words, "I didn't want to do your typical love songs record that just deals with one aspect of love," Jones explains. "I wanted to do an album that really dealt with a few different shades of love." Thus "Look and See" opens the set with a bright, engaging fanfare that celebrates a less intimate, more universal brand of love. But the title track, "No Need For Words," evokes those physical, carnal moments in which the verbal becomes unnecessary, as the leader's horn virtually reaches out of the speakers to lower the blinds and light the candles in the room where you listen. No matter what angle they take on the subject, Jones & Company's blazing interactions reveal what any jazz fan knows is the greatest love of all: that which exists between an artist and his music. "I like to play from the heart and not the head," says Sean Jones." Come and get his soul message at Jazz Standard!
Music Charge: $20


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*NYU Stern MBA Candidate*

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