Sunday Vocal Jam Session Hosted by Jocelyn Medina
Nov
19
8:00 PM20:00

Sunday Vocal Jam Session Hosted by Jocelyn Medina

The sounds and styles of vocalist/composer Jocelyn Medina cross cultures, creeds and continents. Her original music fuses elements of Brazil, Spain, Africa and India with jazz harmonies, neo-soul/funk grooves and adventurous improvisations.

Medina offers the jazz listener a musical journey that takes the foundation of Latin and Jazz idioms and successfully redefines the experience with thought provoking lyrics and vocal abilities far beyond the norm. Medina uses her voice as an instrument and storyteller, and invites the listener to delve into the corners of their mind with lyrics that reflect life and human conditions…” -Constance Tucker, All About Vocals

 Born into a family of singers, Jocelyn determined her identity as a musician at the tender age of five through choirs and piano lessons. She later pursued opera work at Stanford University, earned a Bachelors from Berklee College of Music, and a Masters in Vocal Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music.

Between her formal studies, Jocelyn spent 4 years living and performing in Madrid, Spain, where she recorded her first full-length CD of original compositions, "The Journey Begun." Further musical explorations brought Jocelyn to Ghana, West Africa, as well as to Salvador, Brazil. In 2005 she returned to the United States to pursue her Masters studies, and in 2011 released her second album of original work, "We Are Water," combining her jazz and Latin heritage with the rhythms and flavors of African and Brazilian music. Her most recent travels brought Jocelyn to Mumbai, India, where she was exposed to new vocal and instrumental aesthetics, elements that resonate throughout the material on her third album “Common Ground,” released in June, 2017, blending jazz with the world music styles of India and Africa.

As a bandleader, she has toured with jazz ensembles at venues and festivals throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. Outside of performing, Jocelyn works as a voice teacher and educator, giving classes and workshops in voice and vocal jazz.  Currently based in Brooklyn, Jocelyn plays regularly throughout the New York City area showcasing her compositions, and curates and hosts a weekly vocal jazz concert series and jam session, now every Sunday at Luca’s Jazz Corner. In addition to her original repertoire, she sings, plays percussion and arranges for her Brazilian/World-Jazz project, sings and drums and with the NJ-based Rhythm Monsters West African ensemble, and is a member of the classical Brooklyn Conservatory Chorale.

"A jazz artist whose compositions encompass the musical ethos of many different cultures… A Voice seductive, delicate, resonate, and crystalline – a major humanist who happens to communicate through singing." (5 stars) -Grady Harp, Amazon

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Roger Lent
Nov
20
7:00 PM19:00

Roger Lent

Roger Lent works as a jazz musician on both piano and trumpet. Roger maintains a busy schedule performing regularly in New York city, and leads his own piano trio and the Uptown Brass Quintet. He performs a large repertoire of jazz standards and the great American songbook. Over the years, Roger has performed in great venues around the world including Lincoln Center, Birdland, The Blue Note, The Iridium, Systems Two Studio, Sear Sound and Electric Lady Studios in New York as well as The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., ‘The Jazz Showcase’ in Chicago, ‘Ronnie Scotts’ in London, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Vancouver Jazz Festival and the Aspen Jazz Festival. Since 2012, Roger has played piano in the jazz band at 'Sleep No More', an off-Broadway theater production running nightly in Manhattan. 

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Sunday Vocal Jam Session Hosted by Jocelyn Medina
Nov
26
8:00 PM20:00

Sunday Vocal Jam Session Hosted by Jocelyn Medina

The sounds and styles of vocalist/composer Jocelyn Medina cross cultures, creeds and continents. Her original music fuses elements of Brazil, Spain, Africa and India with jazz harmonies, neo-soul/funk grooves and adventurous improvisations.

Medina offers the jazz listener a musical journey that takes the foundation of Latin and Jazz idioms and successfully redefines the experience with thought provoking lyrics and vocal abilities far beyond the norm. Medina uses her voice as an instrument and storyteller, and invites the listener to delve into the corners of their mind with lyrics that reflect life and human conditions…” -Constance Tucker, All About Vocals

 Born into a family of singers, Jocelyn determined her identity as a musician at the tender age of five through choirs and piano lessons. She later pursued opera work at Stanford University, earned a Bachelors from Berklee College of Music, and a Masters in Vocal Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music.

Between her formal studies, Jocelyn spent 4 years living and performing in Madrid, Spain, where she recorded her first full-length CD of original compositions, "The Journey Begun." Further musical explorations brought Jocelyn to Ghana, West Africa, as well as to Salvador, Brazil. In 2005 she returned to the United States to pursue her Masters studies, and in 2011 released her second album of original work, "We Are Water," combining her jazz and Latin heritage with the rhythms and flavors of African and Brazilian music. Her most recent travels brought Jocelyn to Mumbai, India, where she was exposed to new vocal and instrumental aesthetics, elements that resonate throughout the material on her third album “Common Ground,” released in June, 2017, blending jazz with the world music styles of India and Africa.

As a bandleader, she has toured with jazz ensembles at venues and festivals throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. Outside of performing, Jocelyn works as a voice teacher and educator, giving classes and workshops in voice and vocal jazz.  Currently based in Brooklyn, Jocelyn plays regularly throughout the New York City area showcasing her compositions, and curates and hosts a weekly vocal jazz concert series and jam session, now every Sunday at Luca’s Jazz Corner. In addition to her original repertoire, she sings, plays percussion and arranges for her Brazilian/World-Jazz project, sings and drums and with the NJ-based Rhythm Monsters West African ensemble, and is a member of the classical Brooklyn Conservatory Chorale.

"A jazz artist whose compositions encompass the musical ethos of many different cultures… A Voice seductive, delicate, resonate, and crystalline – a major humanist who happens to communicate through singing." (5 stars) -Grady Harp, Amazon

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Roger Lent
Nov
27
7:00 PM19:00

Roger Lent

Roger Lent works as a jazz musician on both piano and trumpet. Roger maintains a busy schedule performing regularly in New York city, and leads his own piano trio and the Uptown Brass Quintet. He performs a large repertoire of jazz standards and the great American songbook. Over the years, Roger has performed in great venues around the world including Lincoln Center, Birdland, The Blue Note, The Iridium, Systems Two Studio, Sear Sound and Electric Lady Studios in New York as well as The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., ‘The Jazz Showcase’ in Chicago, ‘Ronnie Scotts’ in London, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Vancouver Jazz Festival and the Aspen Jazz Festival. Since 2012, Roger has played piano in the jazz band at 'Sleep No More', an off-Broadway theater production running nightly in Manhattan. 

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Jonny King Trio
Nov
28
8:00 PM20:00

Jonny King Trio

Jonny King has been described by Downbeat as “one of the strongest piano voices” of his generation and a “bandleader who kicks ass.” JazzTimes likewise wrote that he “represents the best of what jazz has to offer” as both a performer and composer.  A native New Yorker, he grew up in the City’s jazz clubs, participating first as a fan and then as a performer.  Before he was a teenager, King had already performed onstage with Dizzy Gillespie and appeared on television at the piano alongside his early idol, Earl “Fatha” Hines.  Before he was 20, he was already sitting in with Art Blakey and playing his first gigs in New York’s many restaurants and clubs...

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John Dokes Quintet
Nov
30
9:00 PM21:00

John Dokes Quintet

Vocalist John Dokes has stepped into the spotlight at the dawn of a revival of jazz putting a fresh spin on swinging jazz music with veteran bandleader George Gee, and long time collaborated renowned jazz trombonist David Gibson. He uses his smooth baritone voice to perform fresh takes on old and new standards. Singing a mixture of blues, ballads, popular songs, and jazz standards, his musical influences include Nat King Cole, Joe Williams, Mark Murphy, Jon Hendricks, Abbey Lincoln, Ahmad Jamal, Jimmy Rushing and Frank Sinatra. 

John released his first project titled John Dokes Sings, George Gee Swings in 2010. This CD conducted and arranged by trombonist/composer David Gibson, paid tribute to Bird, Bacharat and Basie and featured some of the great Joe Williams classics including All Right, Ok, You Win and Roll em Pete. The CD also features a rendition of Ornithology with his favorite duet partner Hilary Garder with lyrics written by David Gibson. Their most recent duet of "Baby it's Cold Outside" provided the soundtrack on a commercial for Nautica. In addition to his developing solo efforts John continues to be featured as part of George Gee's stellar ensemble and can be heard on "Swing Makes You Happy". John's yet to be named second CD is scheduled for release this year. He continues to make strides in his storied marketing career that includes stints at Marvel Entertainment, MTV Networks-Viacom and AccuWeather.

The late, great and amazing Dawn Hampton, sister of Bop trombonist Slide Hampton also played a key role in bringing John's music to life. She was a legendary dancer former  saxophonist and cabaret singer who has taught dance around the globe. Dokes, who met Hampton nearly twenty years ago, says it was she who encouraged him to get behind the mic and sing. These close friends were known for cutting a rug at many of Dokes’ shows.

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Sunday Vocal Jam Session Hosted by Jocelyn Medina
Dec
3
8:00 PM20:00

Sunday Vocal Jam Session Hosted by Jocelyn Medina

The sounds and styles of vocalist/composer Jocelyn Medina cross cultures, creeds and continents. Her original music fuses elements of Brazil, Spain, Africa and India with jazz harmonies, neo-soul/funk grooves and adventurous improvisations.

Medina offers the jazz listener a musical journey that takes the foundation of Latin and Jazz idioms and successfully redefines the experience with thought provoking lyrics and vocal abilities far beyond the norm. Medina uses her voice as an instrument and storyteller, and invites the listener to delve into the corners of their mind with lyrics that reflect life and human conditions…” -Constance Tucker, All About Vocals

 Born into a family of singers, Jocelyn determined her identity as a musician at the tender age of five through choirs and piano lessons. She later pursued opera work at Stanford University, earned a Bachelors from Berklee College of Music, and a Masters in Vocal Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music.

Between her formal studies, Jocelyn spent 4 years living and performing in Madrid, Spain, where she recorded her first full-length CD of original compositions, "The Journey Begun." Further musical explorations brought Jocelyn to Ghana, West Africa, as well as to Salvador, Brazil. In 2005 she returned to the United States to pursue her Masters studies, and in 2011 released her second album of original work, "We Are Water," combining her jazz and Latin heritage with the rhythms and flavors of African and Brazilian music. Her most recent travels brought Jocelyn to Mumbai, India, where she was exposed to new vocal and instrumental aesthetics, elements that resonate throughout the material on her third album “Common Ground,” released in June, 2017, blending jazz with the world music styles of India and Africa.

As a bandleader, she has toured with jazz ensembles at venues and festivals throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. Outside of performing, Jocelyn works as a voice teacher and educator, giving classes and workshops in voice and vocal jazz.  Currently based in Brooklyn, Jocelyn plays regularly throughout the New York City area showcasing her compositions, and curates and hosts a weekly vocal jazz concert series and jam session, now every Sunday at Luca’s Jazz Corner. In addition to her original repertoire, she sings, plays percussion and arranges for her Brazilian/World-Jazz project, sings and drums and with the NJ-based Rhythm Monsters West African ensemble, and is a member of the classical Brooklyn Conservatory Chorale.

"A jazz artist whose compositions encompass the musical ethos of many different cultures… A Voice seductive, delicate, resonate, and crystalline – a major humanist who happens to communicate through singing." (5 stars) -Grady Harp, Amazon

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Roger Lent
Dec
4
7:00 PM19:00

Roger Lent

Roger Lent works as a jazz musician on both piano and trumpet. Roger maintains a busy schedule performing regularly in New York city, and leads his own piano trio and the Uptown Brass Quintet. He performs a large repertoire of jazz standards and the great American songbook. Over the years, Roger has performed in great venues around the world including Lincoln Center, Birdland, The Blue Note, The Iridium, Systems Two Studio, Sear Sound and Electric Lady Studios in New York as well as The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., ‘The Jazz Showcase’ in Chicago, ‘Ronnie Scotts’ in London, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Vancouver Jazz Festival and the Aspen Jazz Festival. Since 2012, Roger has played piano in the jazz band at 'Sleep No More', an off-Broadway theater production running nightly in Manhattan. 

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Jonny King Trio
Dec
5
8:00 PM20:00

Jonny King Trio

Jonny King has been described by Downbeat as “one of the strongest piano voices” of his generation and a “bandleader who kicks ass.” JazzTimes likewise wrote that he “represents the best of what jazz has to offer” as both a performer and composer.  A native New Yorker, he grew up in the City’s jazz clubs, participating first as a fan and then as a performer.  Before he was a teenager, King had already performed onstage with Dizzy Gillespie and appeared on television at the piano alongside his early idol, Earl “Fatha” Hines.  Before he was 20, he was already sitting in with Art Blakey and playing his first gigs in New York’s many restaurants and clubs...

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Paul Meyers & Peter Bernstein
Dec
7
9:00 PM21:00

Paul Meyers & Peter Bernstein

New York City-based musician Ron Wilkins has been performing on tenor and bass trombones, euphonium, tuba, bass, trumpet, and vocals for over forty years. He has performed at the highest levels touring around the world with his own groups as well as premiere artists. He runs his own New York City big band alongside trombonist Rebecca Patterson which features their writing and includes some of New York City's premiere musicians...

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Roger Lent
Dec
11
7:00 PM19:00

Roger Lent

Roger Lent works as a jazz musician on both piano and trumpet. Roger maintains a busy schedule performing regularly in New York city, and leads his own piano trio and the Uptown Brass Quintet. He performs a large repertoire of jazz standards and the great American songbook. Over the years, Roger has performed in great venues around the world including Lincoln Center, Birdland, The Blue Note, The Iridium, Systems Two Studio, Sear Sound and Electric Lady Studios in New York as well as The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., ‘The Jazz Showcase’ in Chicago, ‘Ronnie Scotts’ in London, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Vancouver Jazz Festival and the Aspen Jazz Festival. Since 2012, Roger has played piano in the jazz band at 'Sleep No More', an off-Broadway theater production running nightly in Manhattan. 

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Martin Pizzarelli Trio
Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

Martin Pizzarelli Trio

Martin Pizzarelli is a jazz double-bassist who is best known for his work with his brother John Pizzarelli, appearing on many of his albums in a swing trio that includes pianists Ray Kennedy and Larry Fuller. He has recorded one album as bandleader for Victoria Records with Kennedy and his father, legendary swing guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli. He was born in Paterson, New Jersey. He has also appeared on all albums released by John's wife, Jessica Molaskey.

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Peter Manness & The Master Keys
Dec
14
9:00 PM21:00

Peter Manness & The Master Keys

A swanky six-piece band that swingin'-ly blends the soulful sounds of Ray Charles's 1950's blues with the sophistication of classic jazz", and specializes in songs from artists such as Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Otis Redding and more.

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Roger Lent
Dec
18
7:00 PM19:00

Roger Lent

Roger Lent works as a jazz musician on both piano and trumpet. Roger maintains a busy schedule performing regularly in New York city, and leads his own piano trio and the Uptown Brass Quintet. He performs a large repertoire of jazz standards and the great American songbook. Over the years, Roger has performed in great venues around the world including Lincoln Center, Birdland, The Blue Note, The Iridium, Systems Two Studio, Sear Sound and Electric Lady Studios in New York as well as The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., ‘The Jazz Showcase’ in Chicago, ‘Ronnie Scotts’ in London, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Vancouver Jazz Festival and the Aspen Jazz Festival. Since 2012, Roger has played piano in the jazz band at 'Sleep No More', an off-Broadway theater production running nightly in Manhattan. 

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Jam Session with Mike Sailors
Dec
19
8:00 PM20:00

Jam Session with Mike Sailors

Mike Sailors has established himself as one of the most in-demand trumpeters on New York City’s thriving swing and traditional jazz scene. He has worked with Ralph Lalama, Orrin Evans and The Captain Black Big Band, James Langton and his New York All-Star Big Band, Baby Soda Jazz Band, The George Gee Swing Orchestra, The Dizzy’s Club All-Star Orchestra, The Hot Sardines and many other lesser-known, but nonetheless outstanding bands and instrumentalists in the NYC area. He’s also worked on and off Broadway in several pits, but most notably with the sell-out success Sleep No More, where he currently serves as the Music Director.

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Dave Gibson Quintet
Dec
21
9:00 PM21:00

Dave Gibson Quintet

Trombonist David Gibson has enjoyed a varied musical career which is deeply rooted in the genres of jazz and funk. While reared in Oklahoma, Gibson’s musical journey steered him to New York City. Jazz luminary Curtis Fuller said about Gibson, “Out of all the young players I hear in the music today, David is one of very few who speaks the language of jazz”.

David’s latest release, “Inner Agent”, is his fourth for Posi-tone Records. It follows on the heels of “Boom” and Gibson sees it as “a natural continuation of what we began with ‘BOOM’. There are more risks taken and more trust present in the performances. Like any successful team, the members of this quintet are often willing to risk failure knowing that they can depend on the support of their teammates to provide a soft landing.” The “team” of which Gibson speaks is the incredibly dynamic collection of NYC-based musicians that includes Freddie Hendrix-trumpet, Theo Hill-piano, Alexander Claffy-bass, and Kush Abadey-drums. The rapport between these musicians is palpable as they use their powers to propel the music.

Gibson’s early experience in New York had him performing with Slide Hampton, Jon Faddis, Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Heath, James Moody and others. In 2003, he was a finalist in the Thelonius Monk International Trombone Competition and has subsequently released seven recordings, as a leader. His current quintet has been cutting its teeth in the jazz clubs of NYC, such as Smalls, Fat Cat and Dizzy’s Club, at J@LC.  Though Gibson’s compositions make up the bulk of their music, this eclectic group’s repertoire also runs the gamut with arrangements of material from Dr. Billy Taylor to George Harrison.

David is busy performing with and composing for many diverse artists in New York City, including Roy Hargrove, Orrin Evans, and George Gee, in addition to teaching at the New School University and Columbia University. Legendary trombonist/composer Slide Hampton says, “David Gibson is one of the very talented, truly dedicated musicians on the New York scene today.”

Source: Jazzbone.org

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Ed Cherry
Dec
28
9:00 PM21:00

Ed Cherry

Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Ed moved to New York in 1978 to play guitar with Dizzy Gillespie from 1978 to 1992 performing in Gillespie's quartet, big band and with The United Nation Orchestra which recorded the Grammy Award-winning Live at Royal Festival Hall (Enja). Gillespie died in 1993, and Cherry released his first recording as a leader, 'First Take' (Groovin' High). That same year, Ed recorded with Paquito D'Riveras' small group which recorded "Havana Cafe" (Chesky Records). Ed also worked with composer/saxophonist Henry Threadgill for two years and recorded three CDs with Henry's 'Very Very Circus' group.

In 1995, Cherry released his second project as a solo artist, entitled A Second Look (Groovin' High Records). During that same period, Ed worked with Hammond organist John Patton recording three critically acclaimed CDs with Patton's quartet-'Blue Planet Man','Minor Swing' and 'This ones for Jah'(DIW). From 1997 to 1998, Cherry worked in Roy Hargrove's “Crisol” Latin jazz band, which performed in Havana, Cuba. During this same period, he also worked w/baritone saxophonist, Hamiett Bluiett, recording Bluiett's cd 'With Eyes Wide Open' on Justin-Time records.In 2001, Cherry toured Europe for the first time with his own group. He also released his cd, 'The Spirit Speaks' on the Canadian Justin Time Records label, inspired by the great jazz organist Jimmy Smith with whom he had also recently worked.Ed was asked to perform at the 'Vodaphone Madarao Jazz festival'in 2002 in Madarao Japan with his quartet featuring trumpeter Jon Faddis.

More recently, Ed toured with the great Hammond organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, recording one critically acclaimed cd, 'In The Beginning' on Pilgrimage Records in 2012. 

Currently, Ed has a brand new second recording released on Posi-Tone Records. ('It's All Good' his first release in 2012 for Posi-Tone stayed in the JazzWeek charts for 3 months) his second recording for the label is titled "Soul Tree" ( release date February 19, 2016 ) featuring Kyle Koehler on Hammond B3 organ and drummer Anwar Marshall. As of this pre-release date, it's already gathering rave reviews.

Ed continues to work nationally and internationally; concerts, workshops, jazz clubs.

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Roni Ben Hur Trio
Jan
2
8:00 PM20:00

Roni Ben Hur Trio

Jazz guitarist Roni Ben-Hur has earned a sterling reputation as a musician and educator, renowned for his golden tone, improvisational brilliance, compositional lyricism and ability to charm peers, students and listeners alike. Eminent jazz critic Gary Giddins wrote in the Village Voice: "A limber and inventive guitarist, Ben-Hur keeps the modernist flame alive and pure, with a low flame burning in every note... [He's] a guitarist who knows the changes and his own mind." Ben-Hur - born in Israel in 1962 but a longtime American citizen, now based in New Jersey - has released nine albums as leader or co-leader, with Time Out New York calling him "a formidable and consummately lyrical guitarist." The Star-Ledger of New Jersey summed him up this way: "A deep musician, a storyteller, Ben-Hur works with a warm, glowing sound and has an alluring way of combining engaging notes with supple rhythm." Along with releasing acclaimed educational products - including the instructional DVD Chordability and method book Talk Jazz: Guitar - Ben-Hur has directed international jazz camps for nearly 15 years. Jazz guitar star Russell Malone got it right when he said: "Everything Roni does is beautiful. He has the magic touch..."

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Ralph Lalama Quartet
Jan
4
9:00 PM21:00

Ralph Lalama Quartet

A solid fixture of the New York jazz scene and respected world-wide, Ralph Lalama embodies the best of the jazz sound ideal – great time, great swing, expressed through great melodic ideas. Everything he says and plays comes out of his deep connection and appreciation for “the Beat.” Jazz critic Zan Stewart put it succinctly: “Lalama is a grand, modern-minded storyteller…a first-class jazz soloist.” He excels in a chord-less trio format with his amazing command of the harmonic progressions articulated through his horn. But on top of being a great jazz soloist, Lalama is equally a solid veteran of jazz ensembles and orchestras. Over his impressive career starting with Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, and the Mel Lewis Orchestra – now the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra – he has honed the craft of sonic blending.

Lalama is a three-time Grammy winner through his work in the Joe Lovano Nonet and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. He has nine CDs out as a leader and is on more than sixty recordings as a sideman. He has received praise from the likes of critics Gary Giddins, Stanley Crouch, Ben Ratliff, Ira Gitler and Stuart Troup, among others. His latest release as a leader is the 2012 “Bop Juice: Ralph Lalama Trio, Live at Smalls.”

Ralph Lalama’s playing reveals an enormous depth of musical heart and knowledge. With his muscular, free-wheeling sound and masterful ability to tell a story through his horn, one understands why he so thoroughly connects with musicians, students and listeners alike.

Source: http://ralphlalama.com/

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Martin Pizzarelli Trio
Jan
9
7:00 PM19:00

Martin Pizzarelli Trio

Martin Pizzarelli is a jazz double-bassist who is best known for his work with his brother John Pizzarelli, appearing on many of his albums in a swing trio that includes pianists Ray Kennedy and Larry Fuller. He has recorded one album as bandleader for Victoria Records with Kennedy and his father, legendary swing guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli. He was born in Paterson, New Jersey. He has also appeared on all albums released by John's wife, Jessica Molaskey.

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Jam Session hosted by Mike Sailors
Jan
16
8:00 PM20:00

Jam Session hosted by Mike Sailors

Mike Sailors has established himself as one of the most in-demand trumpeter’s on New York City’s thriving swing and traditional jazz scene. He has worked with Ralph Lalama, Orrin Evans and The Captain Black Big Band, James Langton and his New York All-Star Big Band, Baby Soda Jazz Band, The George Gee Swing Orchestra, The Dizzy’s Club All-Star Orchestra, The Hot Sardines and many other lesser-known, but nonetheless outstanding bands and instrumentalists in the NYC area. He’s also worked on and off Broadway in several pits, but most notably with the sell-out success Sleep No More, where he currently serves as the Music Director.

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Fabrizio Sotti Trio
Jan
23
9:00 PM21:00

Fabrizio Sotti Trio

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Mafalda Minnozzi & Paul Ricci
Jan
25
9:00 PM21:00

Mafalda Minnozzi & Paul Ricci

The EMPATHIA JAZZ DUO with MAFALDA MINNOZZI and PAUL RICCI After many years on Italian stages and TV followed by a lasting career in Brazil that includes numerous CD`s and tours in major cities and theaters, singer Mafalda Minnozzi can fully exploit her versatile voice and draw from her many collaborations with, among others, Milton Nascimento, Guinga, Leny Andrade, Paulo Moura, and Martinho Da Vila. She has earned diva status in Brazil with her storytelling vocal style that incorporates the sounds of Europe and her native Italy with those of Brazil and New York through her many travels and recordings. In 2015 she united with New York guitarist Paul Ricci to form the "eMPathia JazzDuo".

Ricci has performed with Astrud Gilberto, Bobby Sanabria, Bebel Gilberto, Harry Belafonte, Dom Um Romao, Hugo Fattoruso as well as many noted sidemen in Latin, African, Jazz and Brazilian styles which are all present in the duo`s unique blend that draws from the great Italian, Brazilian, French and American songwriters such as Cole Porter, Jobim, Ivan Lins and Morricone among others. Noted Italian Jazz author and critic Gerlando Gatto wrote “…. the duo established an extraordinary musical entity befitting the name“ eMPathia”. In a perfect understanding the two are able to produce a sound that goes far beyond their basic restricted elements ..with your eyes closed you almost get the impression that you are hearing a larger group….not only due to the great intensity and interpretive skills oft he vocalist, but also to the expert …refined harmonic and rhythmic backdrop courtesy of Paul Ricci who is surely an underestimated artist gifted with sensitivity, arranging skills and uncommon technique…Mafalda Minnozzi is superb not only for her extraordinary ability to fully express herself in diverse languages .. but in the ease with which she is able to make each song she presents truly her own.”

Following an extensive concert schedule at theaters and festivals in Italy and Brazil, their 2015 CD "EMPATHIA" was nominated for Italy`s prestigious "Targa Tenco" award. The duo will be presenting their second CD "INSIDE" (2016) recorded and produced by noted Grammy winner Jeff Jones in a rare New York appearance. (www.empathiajazz.com)

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Jonny King Trio
Jan
30
8:00 PM20:00

Jonny King Trio

Jonny King has been described by Downbeat as “one of the strongest piano voices” of his generation and a “bandleader who kicks ass.” JazzTimes likewise wrote that he “represents the best of what jazz has to offer” as both a performer and composer.  A native New Yorker, he grew up in the City’s jazz clubs, participating first as a fan and then as a performer.  Before he was a teenager, King had already performed onstage with Dizzy Gillespie and appeared on television at the piano alongside his early idol, Earl “Fatha” Hines.  Before he was 20, he was already sitting in with Art Blakey and playing his first gigs in New York’s many restaurants and clubs...

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Mike Sailors Quartet
Feb
1
9:00 PM21:00

Mike Sailors Quartet

Mike Sailors has established himself as one of the most in-demand trumpeters on New York City’s thriving swing and traditional jazz scene. He has worked with Ralph Lalama, Orrin Evans and The Captain Black Big Band, James Langton and his New York All-Star Big Band, Baby Soda Jazz Band, The George Gee Swing Orchestra, The Dizzy’s Club All-Star Orchestra, The Hot Sardines and many other lesser-known, but nonetheless outstanding bands and instrumentalists in the NYC area. He’s also worked on and off Broadway in several pits, but most notably with the sell-out success Sleep No More, where he currently serves as the Music Director.

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Donald Vega Trio
Feb
6
8:00 PM20:00

Donald Vega Trio

Donald Vega was trained classically in piano in his native Nicaragua. He emigrated to the United States at age 14 and found a musical home with the Colburn School of Performing Arts. He began his studies there in classical piano with Teresa de Jong Pombo and Dr. Louis Lepley. Vega began learning the language of jazz from mentor Billy Higgins at The World Stage and continued at CSPA with Jeffrey Lavner, then later with bassist John Clayton at the University of Southern California. He went on to graduate from Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School where he studied with piano great, Kenny Barron. Vega currently performs internationally as the pianist for world renowned bassist Ron
Carter’s Golden Striker Trio. Mr. Vega also sits on the board of BackCountry Jazz, a non-profit organization which provides music education programs and performances to under privileged youth. Vega’s debut album, Tomorrows, was released in 2008 to rave reviews. In his sophomore album, Spiritual Nature (Resonance Records, 2012), he was joined by the regal rhythm tandem of bassist Christian McBride and drummer Lewis Nash. Vega's teams up again with Lewis Nash on his latest album, With Respect to Monty, (Resonance Records, 2015). Joining Vega and Nash is the great bassist and former Monty Alexander band member, Hassan Shakur and long time friend and grammy-nominated artist, Anthony Wilson on guitar. 

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Nick Myers and The Varitones
Feb
8
9:00 PM21:00

Nick Myers and The Varitones

The Vari-tones is one of New York's freshest new ensembles playing Blues, R&B and Surf Rock of the 1950's and 60's. They have developed their own unique approach to playing the hits of James Brown, Bill Doggett, Freddie King and Chet Atkins among others. The band's signature sound comes from seamlessly blending traditional blues and jazz instrumentation, resulting in a dynamic and fun musical experience.
 
Featuring Nick Myers on saxophone, Sam Raderman on guitar, Todd Caldwell on organ and Alex Raderman on drums, each member boasts an impressive resume of performances and recordings. They have played with Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Hot Sardines and The Louis Armstrong Eternity Band. They have performed at venues and festivals worldwide including the Blue Note Jazz Festival (Tokyo), The Serious Festival (London), the Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa Jazz Festivals, Dolce & Gabbana Spring Fashion Show (Milan), Porgy and Bess (Vienna), A-Trane (Berlin), Savannah Music Festival, Jazz At Lincoln Center, Joe's Pub at The Public Theater, Boston Symphony Hall, The Town Hall (NY), South By Southwest, Lollapalooza (Chicago) and countless others.

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Mafalda Minnozzi & Paul Ricci
Feb
13
8:00 PM20:00

Mafalda Minnozzi & Paul Ricci

The EMPATHIA JAZZ DUO with MAFALDA MINNOZZI and PAUL RICCI After many years on Italian stages and TV followed by a lasting career in Brazil that includes numerous CD`s and tours in major cities and theaters, singer Mafalda Minnozzi can fully exploit her versatile voice and draw from her many collaborations with, among others, Milton Nascimento, Guinga, Leny Andrade, Paulo Moura, and Martinho Da Vila. She has earned diva status in Brazil with her storytelling vocal style that incorporates the sounds of Europe and her native Italy with those of Brazil and New York through her many travels and recordings. In 2015 she united with New York guitarist Paul Ricci to form the "eMPathia JazzDuo".

Ricci has performed with Astrud Gilberto, Bobby Sanabria, Bebel Gilberto, Harry Belafonte, Dom Um Romao, Hugo Fattoruso as well as many noted sidemen in Latin, African, Jazz and Brazilian styles which are all present in the duo`s unique blend that draws from the great Italian, Brazilian, French and American songwriters such as Cole Porter, Jobim, Ivan Lins and Morricone among others. Noted Italian Jazz author and critic Gerlando Gatto wrote “…. the duo established an extraordinary musical entity befitting the name“ eMPathia”. In a perfect understanding the two are able to produce a sound that goes far beyond their basic restricted elements ..with your eyes closed you almost get the impression that you are hearing a larger group….not only due to the great intensity and interpretive skills oft he vocalist, but also to the expert …refined harmonic and rhythmic backdrop courtesy of Paul Ricci who is surely an underestimated artist gifted with sensitivity, arranging skills and uncommon technique…Mafalda Minnozzi is superb not only for her extraordinary ability to fully express herself in diverse languages .. but in the ease with which she is able to make each song she presents truly her own.”

Following an extensive concert schedule at theaters and festivals in Italy and Brazil, their 2015 CD "EMPATHIA" was nominated for Italy`s prestigious "Targa Tenco" award. The duo will be presenting their second CD "INSIDE" (2016) recorded and produced by noted Grammy winner Jeff Jones in a rare New York appearance. (www.empathiajazz.com)

$15 cover carnival.

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Martin Pizzarelli Trio
Feb
13
8:00 PM20:00

Martin Pizzarelli Trio

Martin Pizzarelli is a jazz double-bassist who is best known for his work with his brother John Pizzarelli, appearing on many of his albums in a swing trio that includes pianists Ray Kennedy and Larry Fuller. He has recorded one album as bandleader for Victoria Records with Kennedy and his father, legendary swing guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli. He was born in Paterson, New Jersey. He has also appeared on all albums released by John's wife, Jessica Molaskey.

$20 cover, Valentine.

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Marianne Sollivan Trio
Feb
15
9:00 PM21:00

Marianne Sollivan Trio

Quickly becoming one of the most buzzed about jazz singers on the New York scene, Marianne Solivan does not remember an “ah-ha" moment that brought her to the music she has devoted herself to: “I don’t recall having a big moment that made me like jazz. I just dug it."

It is that same simplicity of statement with its intrinsic honesty that characterizes Solivan’s style. The infallible swing of Ella, the daring of Betty Carter, the matter-of factness of Carmen McCrae…They can all be found in the voice of Marianne Solivan, whom trumpeter Jeremy Pelt has called “the modern-day paradigm to which all singers should aspire." 

It is no coincidence that the 2009 Jazzmobile Vocal Competition finalist has graced recital halls, jam sessions and club stages with such noted musicians as Roy Hargrove, Steve Lacy, Jeremy Pelt, Ray Gallon (Ron Carter, Lionel Hampton, T.S. Monk), Ugonna Ukegwo (Tom Harrell, Jacky Terrason) and Jane Monheit’s sidemen Neal Minor and Michael Kanan...

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Jam Session with Mike Sailors
Feb
20
8:00 PM20:00

Jam Session with Mike Sailors

Mike Sailors has established himself as one of the most in-demand trumpeters on New York City’s thriving swing and traditional jazz scene. He has worked with Ralph Lalama, Orrin Evans and The Captain Black Big Band, James Langton and his New York All-Star Big Band, Baby Soda Jazz Band, The George Gee Swing Orchestra, The Dizzy’s Club All-Star Orchestra, The Hot Sardines and many other lesser-known, but nonetheless outstanding bands and instrumentalists in the NYC area. He’s also worked on and off Broadway in several pits, but most notably with the sell-out success Sleep No More, where he currently serves as the Music Director.

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Fabrizio Sotti Trio
Feb
22
9:00 PM21:00

Fabrizio Sotti Trio

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Jon-Erik Kellso Quartet
Mar
1
9:00 PM21:00

Jon-Erik Kellso Quartet

Trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso started playing professionally in and around Detroit, Michigan where he was born in 1964. Jon began early, playing in a big band at age 11, in the International Youth Symphony at age 13, and in a concert alongside cornetist Wild Bill Davison at age 17. Kellso played with a wide variety of groups there, including the J.C. Heard Orchestra.

In '88 Jon-Erik joined James Dapogny's Chicago Jazz Band with whom he's made appearances throughout North America, concertized on PBS TV, and recorded extensively.

Since moving to New York City in 1989 to join Vince Giordano's Nighthawks, Jon has enjoyed performing and recording with the likes of Ralph Sutton, Dan Barrett, Howard Alden, Marty Grosz, Milt Hinton, Bob Haggart, Dick Hyman, Catherine Russell, Linda Ronstadt, Leon Redbone, Levon Helm, Wynton Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Ken Peplowski, Bob Wilbur, and Kenny Davern.

Recent engagements include a week in Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola with Wynton Marsalis celebrating Louis Armstrong's Hot 5s and 7s; leading the EarRegulars at the Detroit Jazz Fest and Moab Music Fest; various appearances on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" live Public Radio International show, including a live cinecast to movie theaters everywhere with Elvis Costello; several jazz fest at sea cruises; concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. with John Lithgow; tours of the U.S. and Japan with Ken Peplowski's Kingdom of Swing big band; annual appearances in jazz clubs and festivals in New Orleans; and jazz parties, festivals, and concerts all over the world.

At home in New York City Kellso has been leading The EarRegulars featuring guitarist Matt Munisteri and various guest artists at the Ear Inn on Sunday nights since 2007. On Mondays and Tuesdays Jon plays with Vince Giordano's Nighthawks at Iguana on West 54th Street. Aside from these steadies, Jon can also be seen performing at all the great NYC venues, including Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Birdland, the Blue Note, the Iridium, the Jazz Standard, Small's, etc. 

Jon-Erik can be heard on several television and movie soundtracks, including “Ghost World,” "The Aviator," "The Good Shepherd," and "Revolutionary Road" with Vince Giordano's Nighthawks. He was on screen in "Revolutionary Road," and can also be seen and heard in the current HBO series, "Boardwalk Empire."

Jon is on well over a hundred CDs, including five as a leader and three with Ruby Braff. Jon pays tribute to Braff on his "Remembering Ruby" CD, on Gen-Erik Records. His latest Arbors release, "Blue Roof Blues: A Love Letter to New Orleans," is dedicated to Jon's friends in the Crescent City and all those affected by Hurricane Katrina.

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Matthew Fries Trio
Mar
6
8:00 PM20:00

Matthew Fries Trio

Winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition Pianist, Matthew Fries, has been making waves in the jazz world as both a soloist and accompanist. The winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, his debut album, Song for Today (TCB Music) was named a 2001 critics pick by Jazziz Magazine, and his continuing work with his collaborative trio, TRI-FI, “takes on the Jazz Trio challenge and delivers a ‘knock out’ punch” (Jazz Review). As a sideman his work has been described as “the best jazz accompaniment I’ve seen in a cabaret in years” (The New York Times), and “the crispest rhythm section imaginable” (The London Times).

Matthew has been playing piano all his life. He was born in the small town of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, and grew up in a musical home. His mother was a classical singer. His father was a professor of piano at Susquehanna University and was Matthew’s first teacher, teaching him piano and music theory. During high school he played trumpet and sang in school choruses, but returned to piano after a college jazz history course awakened his interest in jazz piano. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Ithaca College and went on to earn a Master’s Degree from The University of Tennessee, where he taught undergraduate classes and studied with jazz piano great, Donald Brown.

Matthew now lives and works in New York City. He tours frequently with his collaborative trio, TRI-FI, and with singer, Curtis Stigers, as a regular member of his band. He continues to perform with a diverse lineup of artists that has included Stacey Kent, Ann Hampton Callaway, DeeDee Bridgewater, Vincent Herring, Steve Wilson, Dave Samuels, Claudio Roditi, Terell Stafford, and many others.

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Charlie Apicella & Iron City feat. Madame P. D.
Nov
16
9:00 PM21:00

Charlie Apicella & Iron City feat. Madame P. D.

"Apicella is a lithe, swinging guitarist with an affinity for the contrasting styles of both Grant Green and Wes Montgomery... An all-around impressive debut by a guitarist of substance." - Mark Gardner, Jazz Journal

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Roger Lent
Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

Roger Lent

Roger Lent works as a jazz musician on both piano and trumpet. Roger maintains a busy schedule performing regularly in New York city, and leads his own piano trio and the Uptown Brass Quintet. He performs a large repertoire of jazz standards and the great American songbook. Over the years, Roger has performed in great venues around the world including Lincoln Center, Birdland, The Blue Note, The Iridium, Systems Two Studio, Sear Sound and Electric Lady Studios in New York as well as The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., ‘The Jazz Showcase’ in Chicago, ‘Ronnie Scotts’ in London, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Vancouver Jazz Festival and the Aspen Jazz Festival. Since 2012, Roger has played piano in the jazz band at 'Sleep No More', an off-Broadway theater production running nightly in Manhattan. 

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Sunday Vocal Jam Session Hosted by Jocelyn Medina
Nov
12
8:00 PM20:00

Sunday Vocal Jam Session Hosted by Jocelyn Medina

The sounds and styles of vocalist/composer Jocelyn Medina cross cultures, creeds and continents. Her original music fuses elements of Brazil, Spain, Africa and India with jazz harmonies, neo-soul/funk grooves and adventurous improvisations.

Medina offers the jazz listener a musical journey that takes the foundation of Latin and Jazz idioms and successfully redefines the experience with thought provoking lyrics and vocal abilities far beyond the norm. Medina uses her voice as an instrument and storyteller, and invites the listener to delve into the corners of their mind with lyrics that reflect life and human conditions…” -Constance Tucker, All About Vocals

 Born into a family of singers, Jocelyn determined her identity as a musician at the tender age of five through choirs and piano lessons. She later pursued opera work at Stanford University, earned a Bachelors from Berklee College of Music, and a Masters in Vocal Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music.

Between her formal studies, Jocelyn spent 4 years living and performing in Madrid, Spain, where she recorded her first full-length CD of original compositions, "The Journey Begun." Further musical explorations brought Jocelyn to Ghana, West Africa, as well as to Salvador, Brazil. In 2005 she returned to the United States to pursue her Masters studies, and in 2011 released her second album of original work, "We Are Water," combining her jazz and Latin heritage with the rhythms and flavors of African and Brazilian music. Her most recent travels brought Jocelyn to Mumbai, India, where she was exposed to new vocal and instrumental aesthetics, elements that resonate throughout the material on her third album “Common Ground,” released in June, 2017, blending jazz with the world music styles of India and Africa.

As a bandleader, she has toured with jazz ensembles at venues and festivals throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. Outside of performing, Jocelyn works as a voice teacher and educator, giving classes and workshops in voice and vocal jazz.  Currently based in Brooklyn, Jocelyn plays regularly throughout the New York City area showcasing her compositions, and curates and hosts a weekly vocal jazz concert series and jam session, now every Sunday at Luca’s Jazz Corner. In addition to her original repertoire, she sings, plays percussion and arranges for her Brazilian/World-Jazz project, sings and drums and with the NJ-based Rhythm Monsters West African ensemble, and is a member of the classical Brooklyn Conservatory Chorale.

"A jazz artist whose compositions encompass the musical ethos of many different cultures… A Voice seductive, delicate, resonate, and crystalline – a major humanist who happens to communicate through singing." (5 stars) -Grady Harp, Amazon

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King Solomon Hicks Trio
Nov
9
9:00 PM21:00

King Solomon Hicks Trio

Solomon is a jazz and blues guitarist, singer, and composer. An eclectic musician, Solomon excels at a number of styles ranging from jazz, blues, classical, gospel, R&B, funk and classic rock. He studied jazz, classical and Afro-Cuban guitar at Harlem’s School of the Arts, Boys Conservatory, Brooklyn Music Academy, Opus 118 Jazzmobile and Barry Harris’ Bebop workshops. He has been in the biz since age 13 as the lead guitarist and performer at the Cotton Club, with a 13-piece band. He recorded his first CD, Embryonic, at age 14 with the Cotton Club All-Star Band.
He has 2 CDs and is touring Europe and performing at national festivals. His latest CD Carrying on the Torch of the Blues has many original songs written, arranged and composed by Solomon. This includes a big band/swing anthem for the Cotton Club, “Jukin’ at the Cotton Club”.

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Jason Tiemann Trio
Nov
7
8:00 PM20:00

Jason Tiemann Trio

Jason Tiemann is a New York City based jazz drummer, where he maintains a busy schedule as a freelance performer and educator. Admittedly drawing influence from the great(s) Philly Joe Jones, Tony Williams, Elvin Jones and Billy Higgins, Tiemann is quickly forging his musical voice on the New York scene by fusing his depth of historical foundation with crisp technique and propulsive, intuitive swing.

Tiemann previously taught at the University of Louisville for 12 years as professor of jazz drums and percussion. Additionally, he has been an artist/clinician for the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops since 1998. Before moving to NYC, he was an active component of the Midwest Jazz community where he was in constant demand throughout the region as a performer and educator and was afforded the opportunity to accompany numerous jazz luminaries.

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Roger Lent
Nov
6
7:00 PM19:00

Roger Lent

Roger Lent works as a jazz musician on both piano and trumpet. Roger maintains a busy schedule performing regularly in New York city, and leads his own piano trio and the Uptown Brass Quintet. He performs a large repertoire of jazz standards and the great American songbook. Over the years, Roger has performed in great venues around the world including Lincoln Center, Birdland, The Blue Note, The Iridium, Systems Two Studio, Sear Sound and Electric Lady Studios in New York as well as The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., ‘The Jazz Showcase’ in Chicago, ‘Ronnie Scotts’ in London, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Vancouver Jazz Festival and the Aspen Jazz Festival. Since 2012, Roger has played piano in the jazz band at 'Sleep No More', an off-Broadway theater production running nightly in Manhattan. 

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Sunday Vocal Jam Session Hosted by Jocelyn Medina
Nov
5
8:00 PM20:00

Sunday Vocal Jam Session Hosted by Jocelyn Medina

The sounds and styles of vocalist/composer Jocelyn Medina cross cultures, creeds and continents. Her original music fuses elements of Brazil, Spain, Africa and India with jazz harmonies, neo-soul/funk grooves and adventurous improvisations.

Medina offers the jazz listener a musical journey that takes the foundation of Latin and Jazz idioms and successfully redefines the experience with thought provoking lyrics and vocal abilities far beyond the norm. Medina uses her voice as an instrument and storyteller, and invites the listener to delve into the corners of their mind with lyrics that reflect life and human conditions…” -Constance Tucker, All About Vocals

 Born into a family of singers, Jocelyn determined her identity as a musician at the tender age of five through choirs and piano lessons. She later pursued opera work at Stanford University, earned a Bachelors from Berklee College of Music, and a Masters in Vocal Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music.

Between her formal studies, Jocelyn spent 4 years living and performing in Madrid, Spain, where she recorded her first full-length CD of original compositions, "The Journey Begun." Further musical explorations brought Jocelyn to Ghana, West Africa, as well as to Salvador, Brazil. In 2005 she returned to the United States to pursue her Masters studies, and in 2011 released her second album of original work, "We Are Water," combining her jazz and Latin heritage with the rhythms and flavors of African and Brazilian music. Her most recent travels brought Jocelyn to Mumbai, India, where she was exposed to new vocal and instrumental aesthetics, elements that resonate throughout the material on her third album “Common Ground,” released in June, 2017, blending jazz with the world music styles of India and Africa.

As a bandleader, she has toured with jazz ensembles at venues and festivals throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. Outside of performing, Jocelyn works as a voice teacher and educator, giving classes and workshops in voice and vocal jazz.  Currently based in Brooklyn, Jocelyn plays regularly throughout the New York City area showcasing her compositions, and curates and hosts a weekly vocal jazz concert series and jam session, now every Sunday at Luca’s Jazz Corner. In addition to her original repertoire, she sings, plays percussion and arranges for her Brazilian/World-Jazz project, sings and drums and with the NJ-based Rhythm Monsters West African ensemble, and is a member of the classical Brooklyn Conservatory Chorale.

"A jazz artist whose compositions encompass the musical ethos of many different cultures… A Voice seductive, delicate, resonate, and crystalline – a major humanist who happens to communicate through singing." (5 stars) -Grady Harp, Amazon

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Sam Raderman Trio
Nov
2
9:00 PM21:00

Sam Raderman Trio

Since arriving on the New York Jazz scene in 2007, Sam Raderman has performed at many of the City’s top jazz venues including Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Midsummer Night Swing Festival, Fat Cat and The Blue Note. In addition to his many other performances, Sam maintained weekly residences at Smalls and Smoke Jazz Club for over two years. He holds a B.A. in Jazz Performance from Berklee College of Music and an M.A. in Jazz Studies from NYU. While there, his mentors included John D. Thomas, Peter Bernstein, Randy Johnston, Ralph Lalama and John Scofield.

As well as leading his own groups, Sam works as a sideman with many of NYC’s top jazz artists. In 2014, he recorded all of the guitar and banjo parts for The Hot Sardines’ debut album, which was released by Decca Records. He recently joined them again to record their second album with Decca.

Sam is also a dedicated jazz educator. Since 2009, he has held an adjunct faculty position at SUNY Westchester Community College where he teaches courses in Guitar, Jazz History, Music Theory and Music Appreciation.

Sam is very excited to announce that he has just completed his debut album with the Sam Raderman Quartet. Entitled, “With Great Pleasure,” it features Aaron Kimmel on drums, Dave Baron on bass and Ray Gallo on piano.

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Dennis Joseph Quartet
Oct
31
8:00 PM20:00

Dennis Joseph Quartet

A mainstay of the New York City music scene for over 20 years, Dennis Joseph, sax & clarinet, has performed with artists ranging from Pierre Boulez to Ashford & Simpson and has been featured on the Broadway Stage as Benny Goodman. In addition to leading his own band, Dennis currently performs regularly with Vince Giordano & the Nightwawks, with whom he appeared on NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien, the soundtrack to Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, and the current documentary “There’s a Future in the Past,” and is a member of the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony.  Dennis has also been heard at jazz, solo and chamber music recitals throughout the metropolitan area including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, The Concert Space at Beethoven Pianos, 92Y and conducted at Avery Fischer Hall and Symphony Space.

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Roger Lent
Oct
30
7:00 PM19:00

Roger Lent

Roger Lent works as a jazz musician on both piano and trumpet. Roger maintains a busy schedule performing regularly in New York city, and leads his own piano trio and the Uptown Brass Quintet. He performs a large repertoire of jazz standards and the great American songbook. Over the years, Roger has performed in great venues around the world including Lincoln Center, Birdland, The Blue Note, The Iridium, Systems Two Studio, Sear Sound and Electric Lady Studios in New York as well as The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., ‘The Jazz Showcase’ in Chicago, ‘Ronnie Scotts’ in London, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Vancouver Jazz Festival and the Aspen Jazz Festival. Since 2012, Roger has played piano in the jazz band at 'Sleep No More', an off-Broadway theater production running nightly in Manhattan. 

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Sunday Vocal Jam Session Hosted by Jocelyn Medina, Featuring Anita Wardell
Oct
29
8:00 PM20:00

Sunday Vocal Jam Session Hosted by Jocelyn Medina, Featuring Anita Wardell

The sounds and styles of vocalist/composer Jocelyn Medina cross cultures, creeds and continents. Her original music fuses elements of Brazil, Spain, Africa and India with jazz harmonies, neo-soul/funk grooves and adventurous improvisations.

Medina offers the jazz listener a musical journey that takes the foundation of Latin and Jazz idioms and successfully redefines the experience with thought provoking lyrics and vocal abilities far beyond the norm. Medina uses her voice as an instrument and storyteller, and invites the listener to delve into the corners of their mind with lyrics that reflect life and human conditions…” -Constance Tucker, All About Vocals

 Born into a family of singers, Jocelyn determined her identity as a musician at the tender age of five through choirs and piano lessons. She later pursued opera work at Stanford University, earned a Bachelors from Berklee College of Music, and a Masters in Vocal Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music.

Between her formal studies, Jocelyn spent 4 years living and performing in Madrid, Spain, where she recorded her first full-length CD of original compositions, "The Journey Begun." Further musical explorations brought Jocelyn to Ghana, West Africa, as well as to Salvador, Brazil. In 2005 she returned to the United States to pursue her Masters studies, and in 2011 released her second album of original work, "We Are Water," combining her jazz and Latin heritage with the rhythms and flavors of African and Brazilian music. Her most recent travels brought Jocelyn to Mumbai, India, where she was exposed to new vocal and instrumental aesthetics, elements that resonate throughout the material on her third album “Common Ground,” released in June, 2017, blending jazz with the world music styles of India and Africa.

As a bandleader, she has toured with jazz ensembles at venues and festivals throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. Outside of performing, Jocelyn works as a voice teacher and educator, giving classes and workshops in voice and vocal jazz.  Currently based in Brooklyn, Jocelyn plays regularly throughout the New York City area showcasing her compositions, and curates and hosts a weekly vocal jazz concert series and jam session, now every Sunday at Luca’s Jazz Corner. In addition to her original repertoire, she sings, plays percussion and arranges for her Brazilian/World-Jazz project, sings and drums and with the NJ-based Rhythm Monsters West African ensemble, and is a member of the classical Brooklyn Conservatory Chorale.

"A jazz artist whose compositions encompass the musical ethos of many different cultures… A Voice seductive, delicate, resonate, and crystalline – a major humanist who happens to communicate through singing." (5 stars) -Grady Harp, Amazon

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This week featuring Anita Wardell.

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 Fabrizio Sotti Trio
Oct
26
9:00 PM21:00

Fabrizio Sotti Trio

 

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Rossano Sportiello Trio
Oct
24
8:00 PM20:00

Rossano Sportiello Trio

Award-winning jazz pianist Rossano Sportiello was born in Vigevano, Italy on 1 June 1974. He began studying piano at the age of 9 under the tutelage of Italian classical pianist Carlo Villa and continued until his graduation in classical piano from the Conservatory in 1996. At 16, he was performing professionally at jazz venues in the Milan area, and in 1992, he joined one of Europe’s historic jazz bands, the “Milano Jazz Gang” touring with the group throughout Italy and West Europe until the end of 2000. That same year, Rossano met legendary jazz pianist and educator, Barry Harris, who became a mentor and good friend. Mr. Harris has touted Rossano as “the best stride piano player” he has ever heard.

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Roger Lent
Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

Roger Lent

Roger Lent works as a jazz musician on both piano and trumpet. Roger maintains a busy schedule performing regularly in New York city, and leads his own piano trio and the Uptown Brass Quintet. He performs a large repertoire of jazz standards and the great American songbook. Over the years, Roger has performed in great venues around the world including Lincoln Center, Birdland, The Blue Note, The Iridium, Systems Two Studio, Sear Sound and Electric Lady Studios in New York as well as The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., ‘The Jazz Showcase’ in Chicago, ‘Ronnie Scotts’ in London, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Vancouver Jazz Festival and the Aspen Jazz Festival. Since 2012, Roger has played piano in the jazz band at 'Sleep No More', an off-Broadway theater production running nightly in Manhattan. 

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Sunday Vocal Jam Session Hosted by Jocelyn Medina, Featuring Yaala Ballin
Oct
22
8:00 PM20:00

Sunday Vocal Jam Session Hosted by Jocelyn Medina, Featuring Yaala Ballin

The sounds and styles of vocalist/composer Jocelyn Medina cross cultures, creeds and continents. Her original music fuses elements of Brazil, Spain, Africa and India with jazz harmonies, neo-soul/funk grooves and adventurous improvisations.

Medina offers the jazz listener a musical journey that takes the foundation of Latin and Jazz idioms and successfully redefines the experience with thought provoking lyrics and vocal abilities far beyond the norm. Medina uses her voice as an instrument and storyteller, and invites the listener to delve into the corners of their mind with lyrics that reflect life and human conditions…” -Constance Tucker, All About Vocals

 Born into a family of singers, Jocelyn determined her identity as a musician at the tender age of five through choirs and piano lessons. She later pursued opera work at Stanford University, earned a Bachelors from Berklee College of Music, and a Masters in Vocal Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music.

Between her formal studies, Jocelyn spent 4 years living and performing in Madrid, Spain, where she recorded her first full-length CD of original compositions, "The Journey Begun." Further musical explorations brought Jocelyn to Ghana, West Africa, as well as to Salvador, Brazil. In 2005 she returned to the United States to pursue her Masters studies, and in 2011 released her second album of original work, "We Are Water," combining her jazz and Latin heritage with the rhythms and flavors of African and Brazilian music. Her most recent travels brought Jocelyn to Mumbai, India, where she was exposed to new vocal and instrumental aesthetics, elements that resonate throughout the material on her third album “Common Ground,” released in June, 2017, blending jazz with the world music styles of India and Africa.

As a bandleader, she has toured with jazz ensembles at venues and festivals throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. Outside of performing, Jocelyn works as a voice teacher and educator, giving classes and workshops in voice and vocal jazz.  Currently based in Brooklyn, Jocelyn plays regularly throughout the New York City area showcasing her compositions, and curates and hosts a weekly vocal jazz concert series and jam session, now every Sunday at Luca’s Jazz Corner. In addition to her original repertoire, she sings, plays percussion and arranges for her Brazilian/World-Jazz project, sings and drums and with the NJ-based Rhythm Monsters West African ensemble, and is a member of the classical Brooklyn Conservatory Chorale.

"A jazz artist whose compositions encompass the musical ethos of many different cultures… A Voice seductive, delicate, resonate, and crystalline – a major humanist who happens to communicate through singing." (5 stars) -Grady Harp, Amazon

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Cydney Halpin & Bucky Pizzarelli
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

Cydney Halpin & Bucky Pizzarelli

John Paul "Bucky" Pizzarelli (born January 9, 1926) is an American jazz guitarist and banjoist, and the father of jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli and upright bassist Martin Pizzarelli. Pizzarelli has also worked for NBC as a staffman for Dick Cavett (1971) and also ABC with Bobby Rosengarden in (1952). The list of musicians Pizzarelli has collaborated with over his career includes Les Paul, Stéphane Grappelli, and Benny Goodman. Pizzarelli acknowledges Django Reinhardt, Freddie Green, and George Van Eps for their influences on his style and mode of play.

Pizzarelli began his professional career at 17 when he joined the Vaughn Monroe dance band in 1944. Near the end of World War II, while in Austria as an infantryman fulfilling wartime military service for the Army, Pizzarelli was absent from Monroe's band (though he rejoined the outfit in 1946 and played for another five years with them). While in the military, he played in an unauthorized dance band.

In 1952 Pizzarelli became a staff musician for NBC, playing with Skitch Henderson. In 1964, he became a member of the Tonight Show Band on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. During his time spent performing for the Tonight Show, he accompanied guest bands and musicians playing through a variety of musical genres, including playing with Tiny Tim (after tuning the performer's ukulele) on the day that Tiny Tim married Miss Vicki on Carson's show. While not a big fan of rock and roll, he performed seven hits with Dion and the Belmonts. George Barnes solo on Connie Francis's Lipstick on Your Collar has been described as " the greatest pop rock 'n' roll guitar solo of all time".

From 1956–1957, Pizzarelli, using the stage name "Johnny Buck," performed with the Three Suns pop music trio. He toured several times with Benny Goodman until Goodman's death in 1986. The following year he and guitarist George Barnes formed a duo and recorded two albums, including a live performance in August, 1971 at the Town Hall for the Guitar Album on Columbia Records. Beginning in the 1970s, Pizzarelli began recording as a leader, performing many tributes to musicians of the 1930s era. He has performed at the White House in Washington, D.C. with artists such as Benny Goodman, two performances for President Ronald Reagan and one for President Bill Clinton. He also played a private birthday party for former First Lady Pat Nixon at her home.

"Jersey Jazz Guitars" was the name of a 1985 concert held at the Rutgers University Nicholas Music Center in New Brunswick. The ticket featured Pizzarelli, Les Paul, Tal Farlow, and Pizzarelli's son, John. The concert was aired on New Jersey's public radio station as part of their three-part New Jersey Summerfare Series. Pizzarelli and Les Paul had performed together before with one another, as they were neighbors and friends. The show aired for one hour in August 1985, with son John adding his vocals on two selections.

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Jam Session hosted by Mike Sailors
Oct
17
8:00 PM20:00

Jam Session hosted by Mike Sailors

Mike Sailors has established himself as one of the most in-demand trumpeter’s on New York City’s thriving swing and traditional jazz scene. He has worked with Ralph Lalama, Orrin Evans and The Captain Black Big Band, James Langton and his New York All-Star Big Band, Baby Soda Jazz Band, The George Gee Swing Orchestra, The Dizzy’s Club All-Star Orchestra, The Hot Sardines and many other lesser-known, but nonetheless outstanding bands and instrumentalists in the NYC area. He’s also worked on and off Broadway in several pits, but most notably with the sell-out success Sleep No More, where he currently serves as the Music Director.

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Roger Lent
Oct
16
7:00 PM19:00

Roger Lent

Roger Lent works as a jazz musician on both piano and trumpet. Roger maintains a busy schedule performing regularly in New York city, and leads his own piano trio and the Uptown Brass Quintet. He performs a large repertoire of jazz standards and the great American songbook. Over the years, Roger has performed in great venues around the world including Lincoln Center, Birdland, The Blue Note, The Iridium, Systems Two Studio, Sear Sound and Electric Lady Studios in New York as well as The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., ‘The Jazz Showcase’ in Chicago, ‘Ronnie Scotts’ in London, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Vancouver Jazz Festival and the Aspen Jazz Festival. Since 2012, Roger has played piano in the jazz band at 'Sleep No More', an off-Broadway theater production running nightly in Manhattan. 

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Sunday Vocal Jam Session Hosted by Jocelyn Medina
Oct
15
8:00 PM20:00

Sunday Vocal Jam Session Hosted by Jocelyn Medina

The sounds and styles of vocalist/composer Jocelyn Medina cross cultures, creeds and continents. Her original music fuses elements of Brazil, Spain, Africa, and India with jazz harmonies, neo-soul/funk grooves, and adventurous improvisations.

Medina offers the jazz listener a musical journey that takes the foundation of Latin and Jazz idioms and successfully redefines the experience with thought-provoking lyrics and vocal abilities far beyond the norm. Medina uses her voice as an instrument and storyteller, and invites the listener to delve into the corners of their mind with lyrics that reflect life and human conditions…” -Constance Tucker, All About Vocals

 Born into a family of singers, Jocelyn determined her identity as a musician at the tender age of five through choirs and piano lessons. She later pursued opera work at Stanford University, earned a Bachelors from Berklee College of Music, and a Masters in Vocal Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music.

Between her formal studies, Jocelyn spent 4 years living and performing in Madrid, Spain, where she recorded her first full-length CD of original compositions, "The Journey Begun." Further musical explorations brought Jocelyn to Ghana, West Africa, as well as to Salvador, Brazil. In 2005 she returned to the United States to pursue her Master's studies, and in 2011 released her second album of original work, "We Are Water," combining her jazz and Latin heritage with the rhythms and flavors of African and Brazilian music. Her most recent travels brought Jocelyn to Mumbai, India, where she was exposed to new vocal and instrumental aesthetics, elements that resonate throughout the material on her third album “Common Ground,” released in June 2017, blending jazz with the world music styles of India and Africa.

As a bandleader, she has toured with jazz ensembles at venues and festivals throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. Outside of performing, Jocelyn works as a voice teacher and educator, giving classes and workshops in voice and vocal jazz.  Currently based in Brooklyn, Jocelyn plays regularly throughout the New York City area showcasing her compositions, and curates and hosts a weekly vocal jazz concert series and jam session, now every Sunday at Luca’s Jazz Corner. In addition to her original repertoire, she sings, plays percussion and arranges for her Brazilian/World-Jazz project, sings and drums and with the NJ-based Rhythm Monsters West African ensemble, and is a member of the classical Brooklyn Conservatory Chorale.

"A jazz artist whose compositions encompass the musical ethos of many different cultures… A Voice seductive, delicate, resonate, and crystalline – a major humanist who happens to communicate through singing." (5 stars) -Grady Harp, Amazon.

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Vanessa Racci Quartet
Oct
12
9:00 PM21:00

Vanessa Racci Quartet

The 1950s through the ‘70s were a golden age of Italian-American male crooners—Vic Damone, Dean Martin, Al Martino, Jimmy Roselli, Sergio Franchi, Jerry Vale—who honored the Italian popular song, with all its lush melody and openhearted sentiment. But for Vanessa Racci, who grew up in a Neopolitan-descended, Italian-American family in Thornwood, New York, the queen of that repertoire was Connie Francis. “She was always my idol. She has a cry in her voice that is characteristic of Neopolitan singers; you can feel the emotion and the authenticity.”

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Emanuele Cisi Trio
Oct
11
9:00 PM21:00

Emanuele Cisi Trio

Born in Torino, Italy, in 1964, self-thaugt musician, he’s one of the most representative voices on tenor saxophone in today’s international jazz scene.
His unique tone, along with a deep knowledge of the tradition mixed with a personal taste for composition, are became a landmark for jazz lovers.
Since he won the Musica Jazz magazine critic’s prize in Italy as New Best Talent back in 1995, he recorded 12 cd’s as a leader or co-leader and more than 50 as a sideman, for labels based in Italy, France, Belgium, Japan and U.S.A.
During his career, he played and recorded with many great artists like Clark Terry, Jimmy Cobb, Albert Tootie Heat, Walter Booker, Joe Chambers, Ron Carter, Joe Chambers, Nat Adderley, Jack McDuff, Jimmy Owens, Branford Marsalis, Joe Lovano, Billy Hart, Adam Nussbaum, Billy Cobham, Joey Calderazzo, Kenny Wheleer, Aldo Romano, Daniel Humair, Enrico Pieranunzi, Enrico Rava, Paolo Fresu, Sting and many many others.
He has toured extensively in Europe, U.S., China, Oceania, South America.
In spring 2012, the north American première of the Detroit Torino Urban Jazz Project (a multimedia project he founded in and co-leaded since 2006 with the Detroit born tenor player Chris Collins) took place at the Detroit Orchestra Hall along with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
In last years he also recorded and toured extensively around Europe as a jazz soloist with the baroque ensemble “La Venexiana”, considered as a world-class interpreter of Monteverdi’s music.
He’s visiting more and more the U.S. scene, and his new trio project, recorded in New York, has been released in October 2013 for the prominent jazz label Maxjazz.
His last cd, featuring Eric Reed on piano, has been released in January 2016.
Since 2013 he conceived and promoted a collaboration between the Conservatory of Torino and the Juilliard Jazz School of New York, through workshops, concerts, student exchanges. In October 2016 he has been invited to take a lecture at Juilliard.
In 2015 and 2016 he has been voted best Italian tenor saxophone player on the eminent Jazzit magazine.

He’s full professor of Jazz Saxophone at the Conservatory of Torino since 2012.

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Sunday Vocal Jam Session Hosted by Jocelyn Medina
Oct
8
8:00 PM20:00

Sunday Vocal Jam Session Hosted by Jocelyn Medina

The sounds and styles of vocalist/composer Jocelyn Medina cross cultures, creeds and continents. Her original music fuses elements of Brazil, Spain, Africa and India with jazz harmonies, neo-soul/funk grooves and adventurous improvisations.

Medina offers the jazz listener a musical journey that takes the foundation of Latin and Jazz idioms and successfully redefines the experience with thought provoking lyrics and vocal abilities far beyond the norm. Medina uses her voice as an instrument and storyteller, and invites the listener to delve into the corners of their mind with lyrics that reflect life and human conditions…” -Constance Tucker, All About Vocals

 Born into a family of singers, Jocelyn determined her identity as a musician at the tender age of five through choirs and piano lessons. She later pursued opera work at Stanford University, earned a Bachelors from Berklee College of Music, and a Masters in Vocal Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music.

Between her formal studies, Jocelyn spent 4 years living and performing in Madrid, Spain, where she recorded her first full-length CD of original compositions, "The Journey Begun." Further musical explorations brought Jocelyn to Ghana, West Africa, as well as to Salvador, Brazil. In 2005 she returned to the United States to pursue her Masters studies, and in 2011 released her second album of original work, "We Are Water," combining her jazz and Latin heritage with the rhythms and flavors of African and Brazilian music. Her most recent travels brought Jocelyn to Mumbai, India, where she was exposed to new vocal and instrumental aesthetics, elements that resonate throughout the material on her third album “Common Ground,” released in June, 2017, blending jazz with the world music styles of India and Africa.

As a bandleader, she has toured with jazz ensembles at venues and festivals throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. Outside of performing, Jocelyn works as a voice teacher and educator, giving classes and workshops in voice and vocal jazz.  Currently based in Brooklyn, Jocelyn plays regularly throughout the New York City area showcasing her compositions, and curates and hosts a weekly vocal jazz concert series and jam session, now every Sunday at Luca’s Jazz Corner. In addition to her original repertoire, she sings, plays percussion and arranges for her Brazilian/World-Jazz project, sings and drums and with the NJ-based Rhythm Monsters West African ensemble, and is a member of the classical Brooklyn Conservatory Chorale.

"A jazz artist whose compositions encompass the musical ethos of many different cultures… A Voice seductive, delicate, resonate, and crystalline – a major humanist who happens to communicate through singing." (5 stars) -Grady Harp, Amazon

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Simona de Rosa Trio
Oct
5
9:00 PM21:00

Simona de Rosa Trio

Simona De Rosa is an award-winning singer, composer, educator. Having released two albums as a leader and appearing on numerous albums, she has established herself in the NY jazz scene and continues touring internationally. 
Born in Napoli, Italy, Simona De Rosa started to play piano at the age of 10. As a teenager she discovered her voice and started singing different types of music from classical to pop and soon become fascinated by jazz and the thrilling possibilities of spontaneous improvisation. 
While studying geology in Napoli, Simona already had the chance to work with many bands ranging from a duo to big bands. After graduating from Federico II in 2008, Simona moved to New York, and has been living there and in Italy since then. During the time in New York, she was also enrolled at Queens College where she developed her skills in arranging and performance. She was offered to travel with her projects gracing several stages in USA and Europe also as opening act such as Louis Prima jr. Simona joined the Duke Ellington Sacred Concerts conducted by Randal Keith Horton and was invited to sing many times at the prestigious Friars Club in Manhattan by the actor/singer Dominic Chianese. Simona is also very close to her roots in the USA, organizing events for the italian-american community with the traditional neapolitan music. She was awarded by Ed. Mangano for her spirit of leadership and dedication to the italian-american community. Now she is working on her third album with the finest musicians on the New York jazz scene. 

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