Johnathan Blake Quintet

Sat, Aug 10

Johnathan Blake Quintet Cover

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows WEDNESDAY PRICING: $15 | $30 | $40 | $45 THURS-SUNDAY PRICING: $25 | $40 | $50 | $55 Steve Wilson – alto saxophone Chris Potter – tenor saxophone (wed - fri) Marquis Hill – trumpet (sat - sun) Sullivan Fortner – piano Dezron Douglas – bass Johnathan Blake – drums “Despite his roots in Philadelphia, Johnathan Blake is the quintessential New York City jazz drummer.” – JazzTimes Johnathan Blake—a drummer whose dynamic playing, artistic vision, and innate versatility led NPR’s John Murph to call him “the ultimate modernist” — leads a scintillating quintet with saxophone masters Steve Wilson, Chris Potter (Wed – Fri) trumpet star Marquis Hill (Sat – Sun,) piano phenom Sullivan Fortner, and rock-solid bassist Dezron Douglas. Blake’s most recent album, Passage, was widely recognized as among the best of 2023 and was dedicated to the memory of his father, the renowned violinist John Blake Jr., who composed the title track. The New York Times says, “Blake’s drumming is as bold as thunder and as subtle as the patter of rain.” The Guardian adds, “his command of time is quite unbelievable – tricky and playful but accurate to the millisecond.”