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Jazz Standard’s 10th Anniversary Celebration Continues



Jazz Standard’s 10th Anniversary Celebration Continues With  Dr. Lonnie Smith’s 70th Birthday Celebration, Don Byron’s New Gospel Quintet and  Anat Cohen’s “Invitation” Series with Special Guests

(New York City, NY) — JAZZ STANDARD, one of the nation’s premier jazz clubs, offers another impressive month of music with jazz legends and rising stars throughout July. This month, Jazz Standard continues its JS:10 Anniversary concert series with special engagements by three of our longtime favorites: Hammond organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith celebrates his 70th Birthday, performing with both his trio (7/3, 7/5) and his “In The Beginning” Octet (7/6–7/8); Don Byron’s New Gospel Quintet (7/12–7/15) with vocalist Carla Cook; and Anat Cohen hosts a special “Invitation Series” featuring ap­pearances by guitarists Romero Lubambo (7/26) and Howard Alden (7/27), her Anzic Orchestra (7/28), and pianist Fred Hersch (7/29). Our ever–popular “Mingus Mon­days” resi­dency continues in July with per­formances by the Grammy Award–winning Mingus Big Band (7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23) and the powerhouse Mingus Dynasty (7/30). Be­low is a com­plete schedule of July per­form­ances at Jazz Standard, along with informa­tion on the musicians. For every­thing else, visit

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

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


7/1 Cyrus Chestnut Trio with special guest James Carter *JS:10 anniversary concert*

Cyrus Chestnut – piano
Dezron Douglas – bass
Neal Smith – drums
With Special Guest
James Carter – saxophones

The gospel–rooted, blues–tinged playing of pianist Cyrus Chestnut has delighted Jazz Standard audiences for years. We’re pleased to welcome him back for this gala “JS10” appearance, especially in the company of the celebrated saxophonist James Carter (“always dazzling, always melodic,” wrote John L. Walters in The Guardian). Cyrus began his musical training at age five and made his first public performance at age seven at his father’s Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Maryland; between 1994 and 2001, he released seven CDs for the Atlantic label. His latest release The Cyrus Chestnut Quartet (WJ3 Records) was produced by Todd Barkan and is comprised entirely of Cyrus originals. “One hears in his smart stylings not only the gospel sounds at the root of his very being, but classic – some say nostalgic – jazz adorned with utterly uninhibited improvisations, flashes of pop and bop, whimsy and wit.” (Dan Rodricks, The Baltimore Sun)

Music Charge: $30

7/2 Mingus Big Band

Our acclaimed “Mingus Monday” residency continues in July with two blazing sets by the Mingus Big Band – winner of the 2010 Grammy Award in the category of “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album” for Live At Jazz Standard.

Music Charge: $25

7/3, 7/5 – 7/8 Dr. Lonnie Smith’s 70th Birthday Celebration *JS:10 anniversary concert* (Jazz Standard closed July 4)

A long–time favorite of our patrons and staff alike, Hammond B–3 organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith re­turns to Jazz Standard to celebrate our tenth anniversary, his seventieth birthday, and the release of a terri­fic new CD entitled The Healer through the artist’s own Pilgrimage Productions.

7/3 & 7/5 Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio Plus Special Guests 

Dr. Lonnie Smith – Hammond B–3 organ
Jonathan Kreisberg – guitar
Alison Miller – drums
Special Guests: TBA

In a review of the good Doctor live at Ronnie Scott’s in 2011, John Fordham wrote in The Guardian: “Dr. Lonnie Smith remains remarkably cliché–free, even after five decades in the game…Smith painted a landscape of constantly changing weather, through sudden lightning–strikes of chordal sound disappear­ing as fast as they emerged, spacily abstract, upward spiraling runs, drumbeat rattlings and urgent, string–orchestra drones.” Lonnie, guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg, and drummer Allison Miller will be joined by some special surprise guests on these nights.

Music Charge: $25

7/6 – 7/8 Dr. Lonnie Smith’s “In The Beginning” Octet

Dr. Lonnie Smith – Hammond B-3 organ
John Ellis – tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Ian Hendrickson–Smith – woodwinds, alto saxophone
Jason Marshall – baritone saxophone
Andy Gravish – trumpet
Ed Cherry – guitar
Alison Miller – drums
Little Johnny Rivero – percussion

In December 2010, Dr. Lonnie Smith debuted a thrilling big band whose performances earned strongly positive reviews in the New York Times and elsewhere. This week, the Doctor will lead his exciting “In the Beginning” octet, which blends the talents of skilled veterans like guitarist Ed Cherry with those of younger hotshots such as saxophonists John Ellis and Jason Marshall. “The Doctor is in” at Jazz Standard – make your appointment now!

Music Charge: $25/$30 Friday & Saturday

7/9 Mingus Big Band

The Washington Post says: “The best jazz orchestra in the world bears the name of the Mingus Big Band. A remarkable high standard of musicianship, energy and consistency!”

Music Charge: $25

7/10 Chris Bergson Band with Horns

Chris Bergson – guitar, vocals
Steven Bernstein – trumpet
Erik Lawrence – tenor sax
Chris Karlic – baritone sax
Bruce Katz – piano, organ
Matt Lindsey – bass
Tony Leone – drums, backing vocals

With MOJO Magazine’s #1 Blues Album of 2008, Fall Changes; and #2 Blues Album of 2011, Imitate the Sun, New York guitarist/singer Chris Bergson has established himself as “one of the most inventive songwriters in modern blues music.” (Richard Skelly, All Music Guide) Chris Bergson has performed and/or shared stages with Hubert Sumlin, Levon Helm, John Hammond, Little Sammy Davis, Etta James, Bettye LaVette, Annie Ross, Norah Jones, Al Foster, and Matt Wilson, to name just a few. MOJO’s Tony Russell hailed Bergson “a powerful spirit with flavors of Ray Charles and Tom Waits.” Tonight and to­night only, The Chris Bergson Band brings its potent, horn–powered blues ‘n’ soul to Jazz Standard – make your reservations now!

Music Charge: $20

7/11 Lauren Kinhan

Lauren Kinhan – vocals
Andy Ezrin – piano
Dean Johnson – bass
Jared Schonig – drums

Lauren Kinhan has shone brightly on our stage in her performances with the group New York Voices; now we’re pleased to welcome her back again at the helm of her own group. Avalon (E1 Music) is Laura’s latest recording and the successor to her well–received debut Hardly Blinking. Key tracks include “Dory And A Single Oar,” with its smoking Donny McCaslin tenor solo; “Here After,” a beautiful and poignant duet with Jonatha Brooke; and the title track “Avalon,” featuring a flawless sax solo by Joel Frahm. The end result was Lauren Kinhan’s most personal project to date. Lauren says, “You know, it never gets old, that excitement of sharing your music with people. It’s an opportunity that I really appreciate.” Tonight, Lauren will be previewing brand new material from a forthcoming release.

Music Charge: $20

7/12 – 7/15 The Don Byron New Gospel Quintet *JS:10 anniversary concert*

Don Byron – clarinet, saxophones
Carla Cook – vocals
Nat Adderley Jr. – piano
Jerome Harris – bass
Pheeroan akLaff – drums

In the spring of 2009, a memorable four–night debut at Jazz Standard officially launched The Don Byron New Gospel Quintet. Flash forward three years to the band’s latest CD Love, Peace, and Soul (Savoy Jazz), a celebration of the joyful, house-rocking side of the African–American gospel tradition. As Richard Gehr wrote in The Village Voice: “Byron’s latest genre experiment will take you to the river and quite possibly wash you in the water with the help of Carla Cook, who began her singing career in a Detroit Methodist Church.” Carla is one of three recent additions to the Quintet; the other two are the ex-Sonny Rollins bassist Jerome Harris, and the great pianist and arranger Nat Adderley Jr., whose career résumé includes decades of stage and studio work with Aretha Franklin, Herbie Mann, Luther Vandross, and many more.

Music Charge: $25/$30 Friday & Saturday

7/16 Mingus Big Band

The Mingus Big Band “is a wonder and an anomaly,” wrote Victor Schermer at AllAbout­ “The band has taken a musical legacy and transformed it into a creative force that generates a contemporary originality and vitality all its own. They are an important part of the current jazz scene and a constant re­minder that jazz—big band jazz, at that—is not merely entertainment but a powerful art form and means of expression.”

Music Charge: $25

7/17 – 7/19 “Three Shades of Orrin” featuring Orrin Evans

7/17 Orrin Evans Trio

Orrin Evans – piano
Vicente Archer – bass
Obed Calvaire – drums

The New York Times described Orrin Evans as “a poised artist with an impressive template of ideas at his command.” These qualities have made him one of the most distinctive pianists of his generation – as well as a respected and in–demand bandleader, teacher, producer and arranger. For the opening night of his three-night-stand at Jazz Standard, Orrin and his trio will focus on the tunes that comprise his new Posi–Tone CD Flip The Script. The album features such compelling Evans originals as “Question” and “Flip The Script” along with a reinvention of the timeless standard “Someday My Prince Will Come.”

Music Charge: $20

7/18 Orrin Evans Trio Plus Special Guests Jack Walrath & Tim Warfield

Orrin Evans – piano
Vicente Archer – bass
Obed Calvaire – drums
Special Guests:

Jack Walrath – trumpet
Tim Warfield – tenor, soprano saxophone

The second night of our “Three Shades of Orrin” run brings in two very special guests to augment Orrin’s trio, and promises to be a burning night of music. The Grammy-nominated trumpeter Jack Walrath has lent his talents to everyone from Charles Mingus to Ray Charles; and the fiery saxophonist Tim Warfield shares a long-time, soulful Philly connection with Orrin.

Music Charge: $20

7/19 Captain Black Big Band

TBA – tenor saxophone
Tim Green, Todd Bashor – alto saxophone
Mark Allen – baritone saxophone
Duane Eubanks, Freddie Hendrix, Tatum Greenblatt, Josh Lawrence – trumpets
David Gibson, Conrad Herwig, Brent White, Stafford Hunter – trombones
Orrin Evans – piano
Vicente Archer – bass
Obed Calvaire – drums

“This town hall meeting of a band makes the kind of jazz that nearly everyone could agree to call jazz. There are layers of squirming saxes, bright piano and serious brass blasts — low–end, high–note, and mid–range alike — tied together with a surplus of swing. But it doesn’t sound stuck in a misremembered era — there are jutting edges to the writing, and they’re played with a fashionably loose vibe. (As analogues, think of contemporary big bands led by trumpeters Roy Hargrove, or Nicholas Payton, or Charles Tolliver, or even the Charles Mingus repertory group, which Orrin Evans has served in.) And no soloist is afraid to hold anything back: There’s audacity of spirit here.” – Patrick Jarenwattananon, NPR Music, 3/20/2011.

Music Charge: $25

7/20 – 7/22 Sean Jones Group

Sean Jones – trumpet
Brian Hogans – alto saxophone
Robert Rodriguez – piano
Luques Curtis – bass
John Davis – drums

Over the course of six albums, Sean Jones has steadily advanced the art of jazz through his playing and compositions. The former lead trumpeter of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra stepped down from that exalted position in 2010 to join Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Marcus Miller for a major European tour. He soon released his sixth career album, No Need For Words (Mack Avenue), and focused more intently on his own career as a bandleader and recording artist. Anyone who thinks of jazz as an overly serious and cerebral art form just hasn’t seen the man whose soulful swing and physical charisma have left Jazz Standard audiences shouting for more. “There are few trumpet players as good as Sean Jones!” (Bob Karlovits, Pittsburgh Tribune Review)

Music Charge: $30/$25 Sunday

7/23 Mingus Big Band

“Most people are forced to do things they don’t want to for most of the time, and so they get to the point where they feel they no longer have any choices about anything important – including who they are. We create our own slavery. But I’m going to keep on getting through, and finding out the kind of man I am, through my music. That’s the one place I can be free.” – Charles Mingus in conversation with author Nat Hentoff

Music Charge: $25

7/24 Dario Boente & Proyecto Sur – “New Dimensions in Latin Jazz”

Dario Boente – piano
Christos Rafalides – vibraphone
Boris Kozlov – bass
Mauricio Zottarelli – drums
Special Guest: Hernan Romero – guitar

The term “crossover artist” can mean many things. In the case of Argentine pianist and composer Dario Boente, it’s shorthand for a musician as effective in playing romantic jazz tunes on a grand piano as he is in programming world–beat electronica. Since moving to New York in 1999, Dario has released seven albums and compilations as a leader alongside such top–shelf players as Antonio Sánchez, Miguel Zenón, and Ronny Jordan; and he’s performed in more than 20 countries around the world. Tonight, our ongoing “New Dimensions In Latin Jazz” series presents Dario Boente at the helm of Proyecto Sur – an acoustic group whose repertoire encompasses jazz standards, Argentine classics, and Boente’s sparkling original compositions. “Dario’s performances are full of lyricism, rich harmonies, impeccable technique, rhythm and jazz vocabulary, all wrapped up with exquisite romanticism.” (The Village Voice)

Music Charge: $20

7/25 Noah Preminger Quartet

Noah Preminger – tenor saxophone
Ben Monder – guitar
John Hebert – bass
Collin Stranahan – drums

In the Boston Phoenix, John Garelick wrote: “His sound is informed by everybody but beholden to no one. Which makes him continually unpredictable, and continually satisfying.” In the Hartford (CT) Courant, Owen McNally described him as “playing with the grace and expressiveness of a jazz veteran… [who] mixes cool restraint with emotional depth and old-fashioned poetry with contemporary bite.” It seems everybody’s talking about Noah Preminger: Crown prince of the tenor saxophone, creator of two of the most acclaimed small–group jazz albums of the last decade (Before The Rain and Dry Bridge Road), and a bandleader who always brings out the best in his stellar sidemen. Make your reservations now for this much–anticipated one–night stand!

Music Charge: $20

7/26 – 7/29 Anat Cohen Invitation Series featuring Romero Lubambo, Howard Alden, The Anzic Orchestra, and Fred Hersch *JS:10 anniversary concert*

Idiomatically conversant with modern and traditional jazz, classical music, Brazilian choro, Argentine tango, and an expansive timeline of Afro–Cuban styles, tenor saxophonist and clarinetist Anat Cohen has established herself as a leading voice of her musical generation since arriving in New York City in 1999. This week, Jazz Standard proudly presents this gifted artist in a series of unique collaborations.

7/26 Anat Cohen and Romero Lubambo

Anat Cohen – clarinet, tenor saxophone
Romero Lubambo – guitar

Anat joins forces with the superb Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo. “Equally facile on electric and acoustic, Lubambo has become one of the most frequently recorded guitarists in the world…” — Mark Holston, Guitar Player magazine.

Music Charge: $25

7/27 Anat Cohen and Howard Alden with Special Guests

Anat Cohen – clarinet, tenor saxophone
Howard Alden – guitar
Special Guests: TBA

When Anat meets guitarist Howard Alden, the combination promises traditional and swing jazz at its finest. George Kanzler of the Newark Star Ledger proclaims that Howard is “The most impressive and crea­tive member of a new generation of jazz guitarists.” Howard’s compendious credits include Warren Vaché, Woody Herman, Benny Carter, and Dizzy Gillespie.

Music Charge: $30

7/28 Anzic Orchestra

Anat reconvenes her superb Anzic Orchestra, with which she recorded her acclaimed 2007 album Noir. (2007). “While the writing is exemplary, Cohen’s playing is no less so…Anat Cohen is a bright young talent, and she and the orchestra are sunny and sparkling throughout.” (Jack Bowers,

Music Charge: $30

7/29 Anat Cohen and Fred Hersch

Anat Cohen – clarinet, tenor saxophone
Fred Hersch – piano

Fresh off his stellar “duos week” run back in May, the multiple Grammy Award nominee Fred Hersch has released nearly 40 albums as a leader including his stirring homages to Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, and Johnny Mandel. Fred and Anat are certain to make musical magic – tonight at Jazz Standard!

Music Charge: $25

7/30 Mingus Dynasty

This is the original Charles Mingus legacy band, formed shortly after its namesake’s death in 1979 and named for the 1959 album Mingus Dynasty. (This recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.) Dynasty’s 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

7/31 – 8/1 The Michael Carvin Experience

Keith Loftis – saxophones
Yayoi Ikawa – piano
Jansen Cinco – bass
Michael Carvin – drums

Master drummer Michael Carvin has been a valued participant in the New York creative music scene since 1973, when he joined Freddie Hubbard’s band. Over the succeeding four decades, Michael worked with leaders ranging from Dexter Gordon and Ruth Brown to Pharoah Sanders and Alice Coltrane. He’s appeared on over 250 albums and is among the nation’s most respected drum teachers. Any band with Michael Carvin in the drum seat is guaranteed to swing – and this one, with fellow Texan/saxophonist Keith Loftis aboard, will be no exception! “Michael Carvin is no ordinary drummer,” declared Jon Hendricks, “he is a human rhythm machine.” Branford Marsalis calls Michael Carvin “a true jazz stalwart who has taught many of the major jazz drummers who have emerged in the past fifteen years.”

Music Charge: $20

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