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Jazz Standard Latin Jazz Schedule for October

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Latin jazz concert schedule at Jazz Standard @ October

ALL SHOW TIMES:  7:30 & 9:30PM + 11:30PM ON FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS
Jazz Standard is located at 116 E. 27th Street (between Lexington and Park) NYC – Train 6 to E. 28th Street

NEVER A MINIMUM
Student Discounts (restrictions apply)
Enjoy “NYC’s Best Barbecue” (Time Out New York) from BLUE SMOKE and an extensive wine, beer and cocktail list

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

10/7 Claudio Roditi with the West Point Jazz Knights Big Band
Claudio Roditi – trumpet

Born 1946 in Rio de Janeiro, Claudio Roditi arrived in New York in 1976 and quickly broke into the local circuit, performing and recording with Joe Henderson, Charlie Rouse, Herbie Mann, Tito Puente, McCoy Tyner, and Paquito D’Rivera. The trumpeter is a former member of Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra; he earned a Grammy Award nomination in 1995 for his album Symphonic Bossa Nova with Ettore Stratta and the Royal Philharmonic. There will be no music charge for tonight’s performances, featuring Claudio Roditi with the acclaimed Jazz Knights big band of the US Military Academy at West Point.
Music Charge: FREE

10/17 Fabian Almazan Trio with Strings
Fabian Almazan – piano
Kendrick Scott – drums
Joshua Crumbly – bass
Meg Okura – violin
2nd violin – TBD
Karen Waltuch – viola
Noah Hoffeld – cello
& special guest Camila Meza – voice & guitar

Known to audiences around the world for his superlative playing with the Terence Blanchard Quintet, in May 2012 Fabian Almazan released an auspicious debut album, Personalities, with an array of sounds ranging from 19th century Cuban danzon to tough, melodic modern jazz. Perhaps the most surprising track is his version of Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 10, one of Almazan’s favorite pieces from his years of classical piano lessons. The original performance by piano trio and string quartet was manipulated with signal processers “to create ghostly wails, chirps and rumbles within Shostakovich’s melody,” wrote Geoffrey Himes in The Washington Post. “…Almazan creates narratives with his instrumental music, whether it’s the story of his childhood in Havana, his early gigs in Manhattan, his classical piano lessons in Miami, his electronica experiments in Utah or his observation of stage parents everywhere.”
Music charge: $20

10/30 Francisco Mela Quartet
Francisco Mela – drums
Ben Williams – bass
Gilad Hekselman – guitar
Ben Wendel – saxophone

Known for his thrilling displays of percussive technique and signature ride–cymbal touch, drummer Francisco Mela speaks with Afro–Cuban tongues even as his music echoes the tradition of jazz giants like Chick Corea, Miles Davis, Elvin Jones and Thelonious Monk. Joe Lovano, McCoy Tyner, Kenny Barron, and JoAnne Brackeen are among those can attest to Mela’s charisma, sophistication, and peerless musi­cianship. He opens this Jazz Standard double–header with two sets by an outstanding quartet that features guitarist Gilad Hekselman and Grammy–nominated saxophonist Ben Wendel.
Music Charge: $20

10/31 Francisco Mela’s Cuban Safari
Francisco Mela – drums
Elio Villafranca – piano
Peter Slavov – bass
Uri Gurvich – alto saxophone
Arturo Stable – percussion

Tonight we celebrate the release of Tree of Life, a new album by Francisco Mela’s Cuban Safari. With this group, Mela pays homage to some of his key inspirations including Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter’s Weather Report; the Miles Davis group with Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett; and the Latin jazz supergroup Irakere. Travelers may expect a spell of thunder and lightning on this “safari” before we reach shimmering new horizons!
Music Charge: $20

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Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band to release new recording: “Vox Humana”

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Drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, Bobby Sanabria
Drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, Bobby Sanabria

Celebrating 25 years! The multi-Grammy nominated Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band is set to release their new recording: “Vox Humana” featuring vocalists Janis Siegel, Antoinette Montague, Jennifer Jade Ledesna.

Recorded Live at Dizzy’s Club Cola in NYC
Release Date: Spring 2023
Record Label: Jazzheads

New York – January 18th – On the heels of their Grammy nominated and 2019 Jazz Journalists Association Album of the Year Award winning critically acclaimed masterwork, West Side Story Reimagined, and in celebration of their 25th anniversary – drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, Bobby Sanabria and his Multiverse Big Band return with their most ambitious work to date, VOX HUMANA.

Bobby states, “Over the course of our many Grammy nominated albums we’ve occasionally featured tracks with vocals. But I’ve always envisioned doing an entire vocal album framed by the Multiverse Big Band. Now with three of today’s greatest contemporary singing talents – multi-Grammy award winner Janis Siegel from the Manhattan Transfer, blues and jazz Queen Antoinette Montague, and the multilingual powerhouse, Jennifer Jade Ledesna, today that vision has finally become a reality.

The individually distinct voices that Janis, Antoinette, and Jennifer possess make them each unique. But the X factor they all have is they are all masterful improvisors in the best sense of the jazz tradition. Added to the mix is our great conguero, Oreste Abrantes, who also sings lead on two tracks. Having that multi- dimensional vocal talent framed by the power, nuance, and tonal variety that only a big band can provide, combined with the repertoire I’ve chosen to showcase them and the band and the incredible variety of Afro- Latin, straight ahead swing, funk, R&B, and rock rhythmic vocabulary that we are masters of and readily have at our disposal in the Multiverse, I believe VOX HUMANA will prove to be our greatest achievement. 

Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band: "Vox Humana"
Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band: “Vox Humana”

That repertoire has a personal meaning to me as I see VOX HUMANA as a biographical work. I’m a product of my environment. I’m a Nuyorican, a person of Puerto Rican descent growing up in New York City. In my case the South Bronx during a time period when pop, jazz, R&B, rock, funk, and Latin music of all kinds all co-existed as equals. It was the last era when the big bands of masters like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Machito, Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Don Ellis, and more were in the public eye, and they became my heroes. Vocalists who could deliver a message with subtlety, nuance, and when needed, power, were called upon to deliver poetry crafted by genius song writers. You’ll hear all that and more through the soaring vocals and improv talents of Janis, Antoinette, and Jennifer, along with Oreste, as well as the incredible jazz-oriented arrangements and exciting Pan Afro-Latin rhythms played by a big band that literally takes no prisoners when it hits the stage.”

The repertoire Bobby speaks of includes 1 original and 12 unique re-workings of pop hits like Spooky, Christine Aguilera’s Genie In a Bottle, and Steely Dan’s Do It Again; NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri’s, Mi Congo and Puerto Rico along with the island’s greatest composer, Rafael Hernandez’s, Capullito De Aleli; the classic Joe Cuba R&B bolero, To Be With You; Brazilian standards Partido Alto and Amazonas; and from the world of Broadway theater, I Love You Porgy, and the iconic jump blues, Let The Good Times Roll. The CD also includes an original message bearing piece, Who Taught You That, as well as what may possibly be the most exciting interpretation of the Ellington associated classic, Caravan, and that has ever been recorded. 

Adding to the excitement of the performance, VOX HUMANA was recorded in front of a live audience. Bobby states, “As with our previous work, we recorded VOX HUMANA live at NYC’s Dizzy’s Club Coca – Cola. My musicians represent NYC’s finest. That means they’re the greatest in the world. The added level of excitement created by the audience inspired us in the MULTIVERSE Big Band to a heightened new level of performance virtuosity that listeners will hear explode out of the speakers just as the audience at Dizzy’s experienced in person.”

The history of the Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band is indeed one based on his rich multi-cultural heritage as a Nuyorican growing up in New York City’s South Bronx. His concept of having a big band that has no genre boundaries with limitless possibilities was forged 25 years ago back in 1998. It has yielded a series of groundbreaking, critically acclaimed albums that have all been Grammy-nominated with the band thrilling audiences worldwide at venues like the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The Ravinia Festival, Verona Jazz Festival in Europe, and more.

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