SMOKE’s 25th Anniversary Celebration featuring George Coleman and special guests

SMOKE’s 25th Anniversary Celebration featuring George Coleman and special guests

Sat, Apr 13

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7 PM and 9 PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Wednesday George Coleman –tenor saxophone Emmet Cohen – piano John Webber – bass Joe Farnsworth – drums Thursday, Friday, and Saturday George Coleman – tenor saxophone Peter Bernstein – guitar Michael Weiss – piano John Webber – bass Carl Allen – drums Sunday George Coleman - tenor saxophone Russell Malone - guitar Michael Weiss - piano John Webber - bass Carl Allen - drums “[Coleman] is still one of the most fluent and inventive tenor saxophonists around.”
– The Guardian Smoke celebrates its 25th Anniversary led by the legendary tenor saxophonist who launched the then-new club on its first night, April 9, 1999, the great George Coleman! Downbeat says, “When you hear the tenor sax of George Coleman, you know it’s him within a few notes. That deep spark of a tone evokes a time and place—be it his historic work with Max Roach, Chet Baker, and Miles Davis, or as a leader in his own right.” He is leading three exciting groups for the occasion; the first—starting on Wednesday night—features pianist Emmet Cohen, bassist John Webber, and drummer Joe Farnsworth—who was also inaugurated the Smoke stage 25 years ago. The next three nights—Thursday, Friday, and Saturday—feature a band with guitarist Peter Bernstein, pianist Michael Weiss, bassist John Webber, and drummer Carl Allen. Then, concluding on Sunday, guitarist Russell Malone replaces Bernstein in the quintet. 

SMOKE’s 25th Anniversary Celebration featuring George Coleman and special guests

SMOKE’s 25th Anniversary Celebration featuring George Coleman and special guests

Sun, Apr 14

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7 PM and 9 PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Wednesday George Coleman –tenor saxophone Emmet Cohen – piano John Webber – bass Joe Farnsworth – drums Thursday, Friday, and Saturday George Coleman – tenor saxophone Peter Bernstein – guitar Michael Weiss – piano John Webber – bass Carl Allen – drums Sunday George Coleman - tenor saxophone Russell Malone - guitar Michael Weiss - piano John Webber - bass Carl Allen - drums “[Coleman] is still one of the most fluent and inventive tenor saxophonists around.”
– The Guardian Smoke celebrates its 25th Anniversary led by the legendary tenor saxophonist who launched the then-new club on its first night, April 9, 1999, the great George Coleman! Downbeat says, “When you hear the tenor sax of George Coleman, you know it’s him within a few notes. That deep spark of a tone evokes a time and place—be it his historic work with Max Roach, Chet Baker, and Miles Davis, or as a leader in his own right.” He is leading three exciting groups for the occasion; the first—starting on Wednesday night—features pianist Emmet Cohen, bassist John Webber, and drummer Joe Farnsworth—who was also inaugurated the Smoke stage 25 years ago. The next three nights—Thursday, Friday, and Saturday—feature a band with guitarist Peter Bernstein, pianist Michael Weiss, bassist John Webber, and drummer Carl Allen. Then, concluding on Sunday, guitarist Russell Malone replaces Bernstein in the quintet. 

Ode for Joe: Celebrating the Music of Joe Henderson

Ode for Joe: Celebrating the Music of Joe Henderson

Wed, Apr 17

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Nicholas Payton – trumpet Ralph Moore – tenor saxophone Renee Rosnes – piano Peter Washington – bass Al Foster – drums An all-star group performs the music of Joe Henderson, one of the most distinctive and admired artists in jazz history. Henderson was a prolific composer who wrote numerous jazz standards and was a transcendent soloist who left a discography of classic albums. The Guardian called him “a giant of the jazz saxophone.” The New York Times added, “Mr. Henderson was unmistakably modern,” and quoted the great Benny Golson, “Joe had one foot in the present, the other in the future, and he was just a step away from immortality.” Pianist Renee Rosnes and drummer Al Foster each spent significant parts of their careers working alongside Henderson. They are joined in this inspired quintet by tenor saxophonist Ralph Moore, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, and bassist Peter Washington as they celebrate Henderson’s April 24th birthday. 

Ode for Joe: Celebrating the Music of Joe Henderson

Ode for Joe: Celebrating the Music of Joe Henderson

Thu, Apr 18

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Nicholas Payton – trumpet Ralph Moore – tenor saxophone Renee Rosnes – piano Peter Washington – bass Al Foster – drums An all-star group performs the music of Joe Henderson, one of the most distinctive and admired artists in jazz history. Henderson was a prolific composer who wrote numerous jazz standards and was a transcendent soloist who left a discography of classic albums. The Guardian called him “a giant of the jazz saxophone.” The New York Times added, “Mr. Henderson was unmistakably modern,” and quoted the great Benny Golson, “Joe had one foot in the present, the other in the future, and he was just a step away from immortality.” Pianist Renee Rosnes and drummer Al Foster each spent significant parts of their careers working alongside Henderson. They are joined in this inspired quintet by tenor saxophonist Ralph Moore, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, and bassist Peter Washington as they celebrate Henderson’s April 24th birthday. 

Ode for Joe: Celebrating the Music of Joe Henderson

Ode for Joe: Celebrating the Music of Joe Henderson

Fri, Apr 19

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Nicholas Payton – trumpet Ralph Moore – tenor saxophone Renee Rosnes – piano Peter Washington – bass Al Foster – drums An all-star group performs the music of Joe Henderson, one of the most distinctive and admired artists in jazz history. Henderson was a prolific composer who wrote numerous jazz standards and was a transcendent soloist who left a discography of classic albums. The Guardian called him “a giant of the jazz saxophone.” The New York Times added, “Mr. Henderson was unmistakably modern,” and quoted the great Benny Golson, “Joe had one foot in the present, the other in the future, and he was just a step away from immortality.” Pianist Renee Rosnes and drummer Al Foster each spent significant parts of their careers working alongside Henderson. They are joined in this inspired quintet by tenor saxophonist Ralph Moore, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, and bassist Peter Washington as they celebrate Henderson’s April 24th birthday. 

Ode for Joe: Celebrating the Music of Joe Henderson

Ode for Joe: Celebrating the Music of Joe Henderson

Sat, Apr 20

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Nicholas Payton – trumpet Ralph Moore – tenor saxophone Renee Rosnes – piano Peter Washington – bass Al Foster – drums An all-star group performs the music of Joe Henderson, one of the most distinctive and admired artists in jazz history. Henderson was a prolific composer who wrote numerous jazz standards and was a transcendent soloist who left a discography of classic albums. The Guardian called him “a giant of the jazz saxophone.” The New York Times added, “Mr. Henderson was unmistakably modern,” and quoted the great Benny Golson, “Joe had one foot in the present, the other in the future, and he was just a step away from immortality.” Pianist Renee Rosnes and drummer Al Foster each spent significant parts of their careers working alongside Henderson. They are joined in this inspired quintet by tenor saxophonist Ralph Moore, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, and bassist Peter Washington as they celebrate Henderson’s April 24th birthday. 

Ode for Joe: Celebrating the Music of Joe Henderson

Ode for Joe: Celebrating the Music of Joe Henderson

Sun, Apr 21

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Nicholas Payton – trumpet Ralph Moore – tenor saxophone Renee Rosnes – piano Peter Washington – bass Al Foster – drums An all-star group performs the music of Joe Henderson, one of the most distinctive and admired artists in jazz history. Henderson was a prolific composer who wrote numerous jazz standards and was a transcendent soloist who left a discography of classic albums. The Guardian called him “a giant of the jazz saxophone.” The New York Times added, “Mr. Henderson was unmistakably modern,” and quoted the great Benny Golson, “Joe had one foot in the present, the other in the future, and he was just a step away from immortality.” Pianist Renee Rosnes and drummer Al Foster each spent significant parts of their careers working alongside Henderson. They are joined in this inspired quintet by tenor saxophonist Ralph Moore, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, and bassist Peter Washington as they celebrate Henderson’s April 24th birthday. 

Jacky Terrasson Trio "Moving On" Record Release

Jacky Terrasson Trio "Moving On" Record Release

Wed, Apr 24

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Jacky Terrasson – piano Kenny Davis – bass Alvester Garnett – drums with special guest Grégoire Maret – harmonica (Sat & Sun) “Terrasson boasts a smooth-rolling conception and sophisticated touch that have long set him apart from the pack.”
 – Time Out New York Pianist Jacky Terrasson celebrates the release of his new album, "Moving On," leading his American trio with bassist Kenny Davis and drummer Alvester Garnett with special guest Saturday and Sunday Grégoire Maret on harmonica. Since his arrival on the scene over 30 years ago, Terrasson has been one of the most groundbreaking and original pianists who has helped to reshape and redefine the sound of the classic trio. His inspired repertoire, bracing solos, and dramatic ensemble interplay are some of the hallmarks of his celebrated music. London Jazz News reports, “Terrasson has presence and theatricality, and his performance(s) brim with good ideas,” while JazzTimes reports, “There’s excitement and ingenuity embedded throughout (his) wholly original, shrewdly executed arrangements.” 

Jacky Terrasson Trio "Moving On" Record Release

Jacky Terrasson Trio "Moving On" Record Release

Thu, Apr 25

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Jacky Terrasson – piano Kenny Davis – bass Alvester Garnett – drums with special guest Grégoire Maret – harmonica (Sat & Sun) “Terrasson boasts a smooth-rolling conception and sophisticated touch that have long set him apart from the pack.”
 – Time Out New York Pianist Jacky Terrasson celebrates the release of his new album, "Moving On," leading his American trio with bassist Kenny Davis and drummer Alvester Garnett with special guest Saturday and Sunday Grégoire Maret on harmonica. Since his arrival on the scene over 30 years ago, Terrasson has been one of the most groundbreaking and original pianists who has helped to reshape and redefine the sound of the classic trio. His inspired repertoire, bracing solos, and dramatic ensemble interplay are some of the hallmarks of his celebrated music. London Jazz News reports, “Terrasson has presence and theatricality, and his performance(s) brim with good ideas,” while JazzTimes reports, “There’s excitement and ingenuity embedded throughout (his) wholly original, shrewdly executed arrangements.” 

Jacky Terrasson Trio "Moving On" Record Release

Jacky Terrasson Trio "Moving On" Record Release

Fri, Apr 26

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Jacky Terrasson – piano Kenny Davis – bass Alvester Garnett – drums with special guest Grégoire Maret – harmonica (Sat & Sun) “Terrasson boasts a smooth-rolling conception and sophisticated touch that have long set him apart from the pack.”
 – Time Out New York Pianist Jacky Terrasson celebrates the release of his new album, "Moving On," leading his American trio with bassist Kenny Davis and drummer Alvester Garnett with special guest Saturday and Sunday Grégoire Maret on harmonica. Since his arrival on the scene over 30 years ago, Terrasson has been one of the most groundbreaking and original pianists who has helped to reshape and redefine the sound of the classic trio. His inspired repertoire, bracing solos, and dramatic ensemble interplay are some of the hallmarks of his celebrated music. London Jazz News reports, “Terrasson has presence and theatricality, and his performance(s) brim with good ideas,” while JazzTimes reports, “There’s excitement and ingenuity embedded throughout (his) wholly original, shrewdly executed arrangements.” 

Jacky Terrasson Trio "Moving On" Record Release

Jacky Terrasson Trio "Moving On" Record Release

Sat, Apr 27

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Jacky Terrasson – piano Kenny Davis – bass Alvester Garnett – drums with special guest Grégoire Maret – harmonica (Sat & Sun) “Terrasson boasts a smooth-rolling conception and sophisticated touch that have long set him apart from the pack.”
 – Time Out New York Pianist Jacky Terrasson celebrates the release of his new album, "Moving On," leading his American trio with bassist Kenny Davis and drummer Alvester Garnett with special guest Saturday and Sunday Grégoire Maret on harmonica. Since his arrival on the scene over 30 years ago, Terrasson has been one of the most groundbreaking and original pianists who has helped to reshape and redefine the sound of the classic trio. His inspired repertoire, bracing solos, and dramatic ensemble interplay are some of the hallmarks of his celebrated music. London Jazz News reports, “Terrasson has presence and theatricality, and his performance(s) brim with good ideas,” while JazzTimes reports, “There’s excitement and ingenuity embedded throughout (his) wholly original, shrewdly executed arrangements.” 

Jacky Terrasson Trio "Moving On" Record Release

Jacky Terrasson Trio "Moving On" Record Release

Sun, Apr 28

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Jacky Terrasson – piano Kenny Davis – bass Alvester Garnett – drums with special guest Grégoire Maret – harmonica (Sat & Sun) “Terrasson boasts a smooth-rolling conception and sophisticated touch that have long set him apart from the pack.”
 – Time Out New York Pianist Jacky Terrasson celebrates the release of his new album, "Moving On," leading his American trio with bassist Kenny Davis and drummer Alvester Garnett with special guest Saturday and Sunday Grégoire Maret on harmonica. Since his arrival on the scene over 30 years ago, Terrasson has been one of the most groundbreaking and original pianists who has helped to reshape and redefine the sound of the classic trio. His inspired repertoire, bracing solos, and dramatic ensemble interplay are some of the hallmarks of his celebrated music. London Jazz News reports, “Terrasson has presence and theatricality, and his performance(s) brim with good ideas,” while JazzTimes reports, “There’s excitement and ingenuity embedded throughout (his) wholly original, shrewdly executed arrangements.” 

Charles McPherson Quintet | “Reverence” Record Release

Charles McPherson Quintet | “Reverence” Record Release

Wed, May 01

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Charles McPherson – alto saxophone Terell Stafford – trumpet Jeb Patton – piano Peter Washington – bass Billy Drummond – drums “No jazz musician of the past 60 years has more palpably channeled the sound of Charlie Parker than alto saxophonist Charles McPherson.” – Jazziz Alto saxophonist and bebop legend Charles McPherson celebrates the release of his new Smoke Sessions album, Reverence, with his quintet featuring trumpeter Terell Stafford, pianist Jeb Patton, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Billy Drummond. One of the most acclaimed and beloved voices in jazz, McPherson’s rich musical style is rooted in the blues and bebop and has influenced and inspired generations of musicians and listeners for over six decades. He has performed at concerts and festivals around the world with jazz greats like Barry Harris, Billy Eckstine, Nat Adderley, Jay McShann, Phil Woods, Wynton Marsalis, James Moody, Dizzy Gillespie, and others. In a recent review, Downbeat states, “As a still-vibrant jazz veteran with ties to innovators like Charles Mingus and Lionel Hampton, McPherson’s writing carries on the traditional weight of bebop and swing, buoyed with an inventive, contemporary spark.” 

Charles McPherson Quintet | “Reverence” Record Release

Charles McPherson Quintet | “Reverence” Record Release

Thu, May 02

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Charles McPherson – alto saxophone Terell Stafford – trumpet Jeb Patton – piano Peter Washington – bass Billy Drummond – drums “No jazz musician of the past 60 years has more palpably channeled the sound of Charlie Parker than alto saxophonist Charles McPherson.” – Jazziz Alto saxophonist and bebop legend Charles McPherson celebrates the release of his new Smoke Sessions album, Reverence, with his quintet featuring trumpeter Terell Stafford, pianist Jeb Patton, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Billy Drummond. One of the most acclaimed and beloved voices in jazz, McPherson’s rich musical style is rooted in the blues and bebop and has influenced and inspired generations of musicians and listeners for over six decades. He has performed at concerts and festivals around the world with jazz greats like Barry Harris, Billy Eckstine, Nat Adderley, Jay McShann, Phil Woods, Wynton Marsalis, James Moody, Dizzy Gillespie, and others. In a recent review, Downbeat states, “As a still-vibrant jazz veteran with ties to innovators like Charles Mingus and Lionel Hampton, McPherson’s writing carries on the traditional weight of bebop and swing, buoyed with an inventive, contemporary spark.” 

Charles McPherson Quintet | “Reverence” Record Release

Charles McPherson Quintet | “Reverence” Record Release

Fri, May 03

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Charles McPherson – alto saxophone Terell Stafford – trumpet Jeb Patton – piano Peter Washington – bass Billy Drummond – drums “No jazz musician of the past 60 years has more palpably channeled the sound of Charlie Parker than alto saxophonist Charles McPherson.” – Jazziz Alto saxophonist and bebop legend Charles McPherson celebrates the release of his new Smoke Sessions album, Reverence, with his quintet featuring trumpeter Terell Stafford, pianist Jeb Patton, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Billy Drummond. One of the most acclaimed and beloved voices in jazz, McPherson’s rich musical style is rooted in the blues and bebop and has influenced and inspired generations of musicians and listeners for over six decades. He has performed at concerts and festivals around the world with jazz greats like Barry Harris, Billy Eckstine, Nat Adderley, Jay McShann, Phil Woods, Wynton Marsalis, James Moody, Dizzy Gillespie, and others. In a recent review, Downbeat states, “As a still-vibrant jazz veteran with ties to innovators like Charles Mingus and Lionel Hampton, McPherson’s writing carries on the traditional weight of bebop and swing, buoyed with an inventive, contemporary spark.” 

Charles McPherson Quintet | “Reverence” Record Release

Charles McPherson Quintet | “Reverence” Record Release

Sat, May 04

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Charles McPherson – alto saxophone Terell Stafford – trumpet Jeb Patton – piano Peter Washington – bass Billy Drummond – drums “No jazz musician of the past 60 years has more palpably channeled the sound of Charlie Parker than alto saxophonist Charles McPherson.” – Jazziz Alto saxophonist and bebop legend Charles McPherson celebrates the release of his new Smoke Sessions album, Reverence, with his quintet featuring trumpeter Terell Stafford, pianist Jeb Patton, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Billy Drummond. One of the most acclaimed and beloved voices in jazz, McPherson’s rich musical style is rooted in the blues and bebop and has influenced and inspired generations of musicians and listeners for over six decades. He has performed at concerts and festivals around the world with jazz greats like Barry Harris, Billy Eckstine, Nat Adderley, Jay McShann, Phil Woods, Wynton Marsalis, James Moody, Dizzy Gillespie, and others. In a recent review, Downbeat states, “As a still-vibrant jazz veteran with ties to innovators like Charles Mingus and Lionel Hampton, McPherson’s writing carries on the traditional weight of bebop and swing, buoyed with an inventive, contemporary spark.” 

Charles McPherson Quintet | “Reverence” Record Release

Charles McPherson Quintet | “Reverence” Record Release

Sun, May 05

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Charles McPherson – alto saxophone Terell Stafford – trumpet Jeb Patton – piano Peter Washington – bass Billy Drummond – drums “No jazz musician of the past 60 years has more palpably channeled the sound of Charlie Parker than alto saxophonist Charles McPherson.” – Jazziz Alto saxophonist and bebop legend Charles McPherson celebrates the release of his new Smoke Sessions album, Reverence, with his quintet featuring trumpeter Terell Stafford, pianist Jeb Patton, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Billy Drummond. One of the most acclaimed and beloved voices in jazz, McPherson’s rich musical style is rooted in the blues and bebop and has influenced and inspired generations of musicians and listeners for over six decades. He has performed at concerts and festivals around the world with jazz greats like Barry Harris, Billy Eckstine, Nat Adderley, Jay McShann, Phil Woods, Wynton Marsalis, James Moody, Dizzy Gillespie, and others. In a recent review, Downbeat states, “As a still-vibrant jazz veteran with ties to innovators like Charles Mingus and Lionel Hampton, McPherson’s writing carries on the traditional weight of bebop and swing, buoyed with an inventive, contemporary spark.” 

The Music of Benny Golson

The Music of Benny Golson

Wed, May 08

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Eddie Henderson – trumpet Ralph Moore – tenor saxophone Steve Davis – trombone Mike LeDonne – piano Buster Williams – bass Carl Allen – drums “Among jazz’s greatest living composers.” – The Washington Post The music of jazz legend Benny Golson is celebrated and performed by the New Jazztet featuring trumpeter Eddie Henderson, trombonist Steve Davis, pianist Mike LeDonne, bassist Buster Williams, and drummer Carl Allen with special guest Ralph Moore on tenor saxophone. This group recorded together under Golson’s leadership in 2008, which resulted in the acclaimed album, New Time, New ’Tet. Golson is one of the most important contributors to jazz history as a player and the jazz canon as composer writing such enduring classics as “Killer Joe,” “I Remember Clifford,” “Along Came Betty,” “Stablemates,” “Whisper Not,” “Blues March,” “Five Spot After Dark,” and “Are you Real?” among quite a few others. He also was a major influence on the tenor saxophone playing in the bands of Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Earl Bostic, and Art Blakey. The full impact of his career on American culture is hard to summarize but Downbeat called him “a defining voice of modern jazz.” 

The Music of Benny Golson

The Music of Benny Golson

Thu, May 09

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Eddie Henderson – trumpet Ralph Moore – tenor saxophone Steve Davis – trombone Mike LeDonne – piano Buster Williams – bass Carl Allen – drums “Among jazz’s greatest living composers.” – The Washington Post The music of jazz legend Benny Golson is celebrated and performed by the New Jazztet featuring trumpeter Eddie Henderson, trombonist Steve Davis, pianist Mike LeDonne, bassist Buster Williams, and drummer Carl Allen with special guest Ralph Moore on tenor saxophone. This group recorded together under Golson’s leadership in 2008, which resulted in the acclaimed album, New Time, New ’Tet. Golson is one of the most important contributors to jazz history as a player and the jazz canon as composer writing such enduring classics as “Killer Joe,” “I Remember Clifford,” “Along Came Betty,” “Stablemates,” “Whisper Not,” “Blues March,” “Five Spot After Dark,” and “Are you Real?” among quite a few others. He also was a major influence on the tenor saxophone playing in the bands of Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Earl Bostic, and Art Blakey. The full impact of his career on American culture is hard to summarize but Downbeat called him “a defining voice of modern jazz.” 

The Music of Benny Golson

The Music of Benny Golson

Fri, May 10

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Eddie Henderson – trumpet Ralph Moore – tenor saxophone Steve Davis – trombone Mike LeDonne – piano Buster Williams – bass Carl Allen – drums “Among jazz’s greatest living composers.” – The Washington Post The music of jazz legend Benny Golson is celebrated and performed by the New Jazztet featuring trumpeter Eddie Henderson, trombonist Steve Davis, pianist Mike LeDonne, bassist Buster Williams, and drummer Carl Allen with special guest Ralph Moore on tenor saxophone. This group recorded together under Golson’s leadership in 2008, which resulted in the acclaimed album, New Time, New ’Tet. Golson is one of the most important contributors to jazz history as a player and the jazz canon as composer writing such enduring classics as “Killer Joe,” “I Remember Clifford,” “Along Came Betty,” “Stablemates,” “Whisper Not,” “Blues March,” “Five Spot After Dark,” and “Are you Real?” among quite a few others. He also was a major influence on the tenor saxophone playing in the bands of Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Earl Bostic, and Art Blakey. The full impact of his career on American culture is hard to summarize but Downbeat called him “a defining voice of modern jazz.” 

The Music of Benny Golson

The Music of Benny Golson

Sat, May 11

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Eddie Henderson – trumpet Ralph Moore – tenor saxophone Steve Davis – trombone Mike LeDonne – piano Buster Williams – bass Carl Allen – drums “Among jazz’s greatest living composers.” – The Washington Post The music of jazz legend Benny Golson is celebrated and performed by the New Jazztet featuring trumpeter Eddie Henderson, trombonist Steve Davis, pianist Mike LeDonne, bassist Buster Williams, and drummer Carl Allen with special guest Ralph Moore on tenor saxophone. This group recorded together under Golson’s leadership in 2008, which resulted in the acclaimed album, New Time, New ’Tet. Golson is one of the most important contributors to jazz history as a player and the jazz canon as composer writing such enduring classics as “Killer Joe,” “I Remember Clifford,” “Along Came Betty,” “Stablemates,” “Whisper Not,” “Blues March,” “Five Spot After Dark,” and “Are you Real?” among quite a few others. He also was a major influence on the tenor saxophone playing in the bands of Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Earl Bostic, and Art Blakey. The full impact of his career on American culture is hard to summarize but Downbeat called him “a defining voice of modern jazz.” 

The Music of Benny Golson

The Music of Benny Golson

Sun, May 12

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Eddie Henderson – trumpet Ralph Moore – tenor saxophone Steve Davis – trombone Mike LeDonne – piano Buster Williams – bass Carl Allen – drums “Among jazz’s greatest living composers.” – The Washington Post The music of jazz legend Benny Golson is celebrated and performed by the New Jazztet featuring trumpeter Eddie Henderson, trombonist Steve Davis, pianist Mike LeDonne, bassist Buster Williams, and drummer Carl Allen with special guest Ralph Moore on tenor saxophone. This group recorded together under Golson’s leadership in 2008, which resulted in the acclaimed album, New Time, New ’Tet. Golson is one of the most important contributors to jazz history as a player and the jazz canon as composer writing such enduring classics as “Killer Joe,” “I Remember Clifford,” “Along Came Betty,” “Stablemates,” “Whisper Not,” “Blues March,” “Five Spot After Dark,” and “Are you Real?” among quite a few others. He also was a major influence on the tenor saxophone playing in the bands of Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Earl Bostic, and Art Blakey. The full impact of his career on American culture is hard to summarize but Downbeat called him “a defining voice of modern jazz.” 

Jane Monheit | Record Release

Jane Monheit | Record Release

Wed, May 15

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Jane Monheit – vocals Max Haymer – piano Karl McComas-Reichl – bass Curtis Nowosad – drums “A voice of phenomenal beauty.” – The New York Times Jane Monheit makes a highly anticipated Smoke debut to celebrate the release of her new album. A celebrated vocalist with a deep passion for the Great American Songbook, Monheit has been at the forefront of jazz singing since she emerged over 20 years ago to instant acclaim. During the ensuing years, she has collaborated with some of the greatest musicians, arrangers, and producers in jazz, including Tommy Flanagan, Ron Carter, Kenny Barron, Terence Blanchard, John Pizzarelli, Christian McBride, and many more. All About Jazz writes, “Monheit has great chops, a terrific voice,” while Downbeat adds, “Monheit continues to dazzle.” Her stellar backing trio includes pianist Max Haymer, bassist Karl McComas-Reichl, and drummer Curtis Nowosad. 

Jane Monheit | Record Release

Jane Monheit | Record Release

Thu, May 16

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Jane Monheit – vocals Max Haymer – piano Karl McComas-Reichl – bass Curtis Nowosad – drums “A voice of phenomenal beauty.” – The New York Times Jane Monheit makes a highly anticipated Smoke debut to celebrate the release of her new album. A celebrated vocalist with a deep passion for the Great American Songbook, Monheit has been at the forefront of jazz singing since she emerged over 20 years ago to instant acclaim. During the ensuing years, she has collaborated with some of the greatest musicians, arrangers, and producers in jazz, including Tommy Flanagan, Ron Carter, Kenny Barron, Terence Blanchard, John Pizzarelli, Christian McBride, and many more. All About Jazz writes, “Monheit has great chops, a terrific voice,” while Downbeat adds, “Monheit continues to dazzle.” Her stellar backing trio includes pianist Max Haymer, bassist Karl McComas-Reichl, and drummer Curtis Nowosad. 

Jane Monheit | Record Release

Jane Monheit | Record Release

Fri, May 17

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Jane Monheit – vocals Max Haymer – piano Karl McComas-Reichl – bass Curtis Nowosad – drums “A voice of phenomenal beauty.” – The New York Times Jane Monheit makes a highly anticipated Smoke debut to celebrate the release of her new album. A celebrated vocalist with a deep passion for the Great American Songbook, Monheit has been at the forefront of jazz singing since she emerged over 20 years ago to instant acclaim. During the ensuing years, she has collaborated with some of the greatest musicians, arrangers, and producers in jazz, including Tommy Flanagan, Ron Carter, Kenny Barron, Terence Blanchard, John Pizzarelli, Christian McBride, and many more. All About Jazz writes, “Monheit has great chops, a terrific voice,” while Downbeat adds, “Monheit continues to dazzle.” Her stellar backing trio includes pianist Max Haymer, bassist Karl McComas-Reichl, and drummer Curtis Nowosad. 

Jane Monheit | Record Release

Jane Monheit | Record Release

Sat, May 18

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Jane Monheit – vocals Max Haymer – piano Karl McComas-Reichl – bass Curtis Nowosad – drums “A voice of phenomenal beauty.” – The New York Times Jane Monheit makes a highly anticipated Smoke debut to celebrate the release of her new album. A celebrated vocalist with a deep passion for the Great American Songbook, Monheit has been at the forefront of jazz singing since she emerged over 20 years ago to instant acclaim. During the ensuing years, she has collaborated with some of the greatest musicians, arrangers, and producers in jazz, including Tommy Flanagan, Ron Carter, Kenny Barron, Terence Blanchard, John Pizzarelli, Christian McBride, and many more. All About Jazz writes, “Monheit has great chops, a terrific voice,” while Downbeat adds, “Monheit continues to dazzle.” Her stellar backing trio includes pianist Max Haymer, bassist Karl McComas-Reichl, and drummer Curtis Nowosad. 

Jane Monheit | Record Release

Jane Monheit | Record Release

Sun, May 19

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Jane Monheit – vocals Max Haymer – piano Karl McComas-Reichl – bass Curtis Nowosad – drums “A voice of phenomenal beauty.” – The New York Times Jane Monheit makes a highly anticipated Smoke debut to celebrate the release of her new album. A celebrated vocalist with a deep passion for the Great American Songbook, Monheit has been at the forefront of jazz singing since she emerged over 20 years ago to instant acclaim. During the ensuing years, she has collaborated with some of the greatest musicians, arrangers, and producers in jazz, including Tommy Flanagan, Ron Carter, Kenny Barron, Terence Blanchard, John Pizzarelli, Christian McBride, and many more. All About Jazz writes, “Monheit has great chops, a terrific voice,” while Downbeat adds, “Monheit continues to dazzle.” Her stellar backing trio includes pianist Max Haymer, bassist Karl McComas-Reichl, and drummer Curtis Nowosad. 

Russell Malone Quartet

Russell Malone Quartet

Thu, May 23

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Russell Malone – guitar Rick Germanson – piano Vincent DuPont – drums Neal Smith – drums “Russell Malone has the storytelling skills of a great singer, perhaps a legacy of his many years with Harry Connick, Jr. and Diana Krall. – The Times (UK) Guitar master Russell Malone leads his popular quartet with pianist Rick Germanson, bassist Vincent Dupont, and drummer Neal Smith. Malone is a musician deeply rooted in the blues and bebop, and his soulfully swinging approach is just one of many reasons why he is so popular. Chicago Tribune states, “Though he spikes his solos with occasional running lines, it’s gently rolled chords and lush sequences of harmonies that ultimately define his work,” and Jazz Times describes him as “an uncommonly sensitive interpreter of ballads.” 

Russell Malone Quartet

Russell Malone Quartet

Fri, May 24

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Russell Malone – guitar Rick Germanson – piano Vincent DuPont – drums Neal Smith – drums “Russell Malone has the storytelling skills of a great singer, perhaps a legacy of his many years with Harry Connick, Jr. and Diana Krall. – The Times (UK) Guitar master Russell Malone leads his popular quartet with pianist Rick Germanson, bassist Vincent Dupont, and drummer Neal Smith. Malone is a musician deeply rooted in the blues and bebop, and his soulfully swinging approach is just one of many reasons why he is so popular. Chicago Tribune states, “Though he spikes his solos with occasional running lines, it’s gently rolled chords and lush sequences of harmonies that ultimately define his work,” and Jazz Times describes him as “an uncommonly sensitive interpreter of ballads.” 

Russell Malone Quartet

Russell Malone Quartet

Sat, May 25

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Russell Malone – guitar Rick Germanson – piano Vincent DuPont – drums Neal Smith – drums “Russell Malone has the storytelling skills of a great singer, perhaps a legacy of his many years with Harry Connick, Jr. and Diana Krall. – The Times (UK) Guitar master Russell Malone leads his popular quartet with pianist Rick Germanson, bassist Vincent Dupont, and drummer Neal Smith. Malone is a musician deeply rooted in the blues and bebop, and his soulfully swinging approach is just one of many reasons why he is so popular. Chicago Tribune states, “Though he spikes his solos with occasional running lines, it’s gently rolled chords and lush sequences of harmonies that ultimately define his work,” and Jazz Times describes him as “an uncommonly sensitive interpreter of ballads.” 

Russell Malone Quartet

Russell Malone Quartet

Sun, May 26

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Russell Malone – guitar Rick Germanson – piano Vincent DuPont – drums Neal Smith – drums “Russell Malone has the storytelling skills of a great singer, perhaps a legacy of his many years with Harry Connick, Jr. and Diana Krall. – The Times (UK) Guitar master Russell Malone leads his popular quartet with pianist Rick Germanson, bassist Vincent Dupont, and drummer Neal Smith. Malone is a musician deeply rooted in the blues and bebop, and his soulfully swinging approach is just one of many reasons why he is so popular. Chicago Tribune states, “Though he spikes his solos with occasional running lines, it’s gently rolled chords and lush sequences of harmonies that ultimately define his work,” and Jazz Times describes him as “an uncommonly sensitive interpreter of ballads.” 

Nicholas Payton Trio

Nicholas Payton Trio

Wed, May 29

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Nicholas Payton – trumpet, piano & keyboards Peter Washington – bass Kenny Washington – drums “Payton's genius virtuosity captivated both faithful fans and anyone in the NPR crowd just discovering his music for the first time. – NPR Multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Payton reunites the trio—with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington—that recorded his acclaimed Smoke live album live Relaxin’ with Nick. A multi-instrumental virtuoso from New Orleans, Payton is a master trumpeter (and pianist) who brings insight, inspiration, and passion to a wide spectrum of Black American Music. Over the years, he has recorded and performed with Wynton Marsalis, Dr. Michael White, Christian McBride, Joshua Redman, Roy Hargrove, Doc Cheatham, and Joe Henderson, among many others, and is widely considered one of the most important artists of our time. In a review, the Chicago Tribune states, “No descriptive label or category could be affixed to Payton’s solos, which were as brashly original as they were technically imposing.” 

Nicholas Payton Trio

Nicholas Payton Trio

Thu, May 30

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Nicholas Payton – trumpet, piano & keyboards Peter Washington – bass Kenny Washington – drums “Payton's genius virtuosity captivated both faithful fans and anyone in the NPR crowd just discovering his music for the first time. – NPR Multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Payton reunites the trio—with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington—that recorded his acclaimed Smoke live album live Relaxin’ with Nick. A multi-instrumental virtuoso from New Orleans, Payton is a master trumpeter (and pianist) who brings insight, inspiration, and passion to a wide spectrum of Black American Music. Over the years, he has recorded and performed with Wynton Marsalis, Dr. Michael White, Christian McBride, Joshua Redman, Roy Hargrove, Doc Cheatham, and Joe Henderson, among many others, and is widely considered one of the most important artists of our time. In a review, the Chicago Tribune states, “No descriptive label or category could be affixed to Payton’s solos, which were as brashly original as they were technically imposing.” 

Nicholas Payton Trio

Nicholas Payton Trio

Fri, May 31

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Nicholas Payton – trumpet, piano & keyboards Peter Washington – bass Kenny Washington – drums “Payton's genius virtuosity captivated both faithful fans and anyone in the NPR crowd just discovering his music for the first time. – NPR Multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Payton reunites the trio—with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington—that recorded his acclaimed Smoke live album live Relaxin’ with Nick. A multi-instrumental virtuoso from New Orleans, Payton is a master trumpeter (and pianist) who brings insight, inspiration, and passion to a wide spectrum of Black American Music. Over the years, he has recorded and performed with Wynton Marsalis, Dr. Michael White, Christian McBride, Joshua Redman, Roy Hargrove, Doc Cheatham, and Joe Henderson, among many others, and is widely considered one of the most important artists of our time. In a review, the Chicago Tribune states, “No descriptive label or category could be affixed to Payton’s solos, which were as brashly original as they were technically imposing.” 

Nicholas Payton Trio

Nicholas Payton Trio

Sat, Jun 01

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Nicholas Payton – trumpet, piano & keyboards Peter Washington – bass Kenny Washington – drums “Payton's genius virtuosity captivated both faithful fans and anyone in the NPR crowd just discovering his music for the first time. – NPR Multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Payton reunites the trio—with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington—that recorded his acclaimed Smoke live album live Relaxin’ with Nick. A multi-instrumental virtuoso from New Orleans, Payton is a master trumpeter (and pianist) who brings insight, inspiration, and passion to a wide spectrum of Black American Music. Over the years, he has recorded and performed with Wynton Marsalis, Dr. Michael White, Christian McBride, Joshua Redman, Roy Hargrove, Doc Cheatham, and Joe Henderson, among many others, and is widely considered one of the most important artists of our time. In a review, the Chicago Tribune states, “No descriptive label or category could be affixed to Payton’s solos, which were as brashly original as they were technically imposing.” 

Nicholas Payton Trio

Nicholas Payton Trio

Sun, Jun 02

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows Nicholas Payton – trumpet, piano & keyboards Peter Washington – bass Kenny Washington – drums “Payton's genius virtuosity captivated both faithful fans and anyone in the NPR crowd just discovering his music for the first time. – NPR Multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Payton reunites the trio—with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington—that recorded his acclaimed Smoke live album live Relaxin’ with Nick. A multi-instrumental virtuoso from New Orleans, Payton is a master trumpeter (and pianist) who brings insight, inspiration, and passion to a wide spectrum of Black American Music. Over the years, he has recorded and performed with Wynton Marsalis, Dr. Michael White, Christian McBride, Joshua Redman, Roy Hargrove, Doc Cheatham, and Joe Henderson, among many others, and is widely considered one of the most important artists of our time. In a review, the Chicago Tribune states, “No descriptive label or category could be affixed to Payton’s solos, which were as brashly original as they were technically imposing.”