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Jazz Standard Latin Jazz Schedule for October



Latin jazz concert schedule at Jazz Standard @ October

Jazz Standard is located at 116 E. 27th Street (between Lexington and Park) NYC – 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

For reservations call Jazz Standard at 212.576.2232 or visit
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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