Cynthia Scott & Houston Person

Cynthia Scott & Houston Person

Wed, Jul 24

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $25 | $40 | $45 Cynthia Scott – vocals Houston Person – tenor saxophone John di Martino– piano Paul Beaudry – bass Dwayne “Cook” Broadnax – drums “In a rich, soulful voice, she sings messages of hope and compassion.” – Jazziz Cynthia Scott, a soulful, Grammy-nominated vocalist, leads a swinging quintet featuring the legendary tenor saxophonist Houston Person. Scott worked with Ray Charles as a Raelette before launching her successful solo career and subsequently performing with Hank Crawford, David “Fathead” Newman, Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., and many others. JazzTimes says Scott blends “the sinewy grit of Gladys Knight and the sophisticated sass of Shirley Horn” with “nods to such idols as Carmen, Ella, Sarah, and Dinah.” The Chicago Tribune called her “a mesmerizing vocalist.” Houston Person is a very special guest with this quintet. All About Jazz says, “Whatever imponderable talent it takes to stay at the top of one's game for almost six decades, as Person has, he still has it in abundance.” 

Cyrus Chestnut Trio

Cyrus Chestnut Trio

Thu, Jul 25

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $25 | $40 | $50 | $55 Cyrus Chestnut – piano Mark Lewandowski – bass Willie Jones III – drums with special guest Ekep Nkwelle – vocals (Friday only) “The best jazz pianist of his generation.” –Time Cyrus Chestnut, the soulful and brilliant jazz pianist, leads an exciting trio with bassist Mark Lewandowski and drummer Willie Jones III. He will also be joined by a very special guest vocalist and young rising star, Ekep Nkwelle, for Friday night’s sets. The New York Times says, “[Chestnut’] brand of crisp articulation and blues-inflected harmony evokes another era… multifaceted and dynamic. Chestnut infuses his swinging, classically trained style with a warm gospel sound but he draws on a range of musical influences while never straying too far from the blues, which The New York Daily News says makes him “the rightful heir to Bud Powell, Art Tatum, and Erroll Garner.” 

Cyrus Chestnut Trio

Cyrus Chestnut Trio

Fri, Jul 26

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $25 | $40 | $50 | $55 Cyrus Chestnut – piano Mark Lewandowski – bass Willie Jones III – drums with special guest Ekep Nkwelle – vocals (Friday only) “The best jazz pianist of his generation.” –Time Cyrus Chestnut, the soulful and brilliant jazz pianist, leads an exciting trio with bassist Mark Lewandowski and drummer Willie Jones III. He will also be joined by a very special guest vocalist and young rising star, Ekep Nkwelle, for Friday night’s sets. The New York Times says, “[Chestnut’] brand of crisp articulation and blues-inflected harmony evokes another era… multifaceted and dynamic. Chestnut infuses his swinging, classically trained style with a warm gospel sound but he draws on a range of musical influences while never straying too far from the blues, which The New York Daily News says makes him “the rightful heir to Bud Powell, Art Tatum, and Erroll Garner.” 

Cyrus Chestnut Trio

Cyrus Chestnut Trio

Sat, Jul 27

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $25 | $40 | $50 | $55 Cyrus Chestnut – piano Mark Lewandowski – bass Willie Jones III – drums with special guest Ekep Nkwelle – vocals (Friday only) “The best jazz pianist of his generation.” –Time Cyrus Chestnut, the soulful and brilliant jazz pianist, leads an exciting trio with bassist Mark Lewandowski and drummer Willie Jones III. He will also be joined by a very special guest vocalist and young rising star, Ekep Nkwelle, for Friday night’s sets. The New York Times says, “[Chestnut’] brand of crisp articulation and blues-inflected harmony evokes another era… multifaceted and dynamic. Chestnut infuses his swinging, classically trained style with a warm gospel sound but he draws on a range of musical influences while never straying too far from the blues, which The New York Daily News says makes him “the rightful heir to Bud Powell, Art Tatum, and Erroll Garner.” 

Cyrus Chestnut Trio

Cyrus Chestnut Trio

Sun, Jul 28

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $25 | $40 | $50 | $55 Cyrus Chestnut – piano Mark Lewandowski – bass Willie Jones III – drums with special guest Ekep Nkwelle – vocals (Friday only) “The best jazz pianist of his generation.” –Time Cyrus Chestnut, the soulful and brilliant jazz pianist, leads an exciting trio with bassist Mark Lewandowski and drummer Willie Jones III. He will also be joined by a very special guest vocalist and young rising star, Ekep Nkwelle, for Friday night’s sets. The New York Times says, “[Chestnut’] brand of crisp articulation and blues-inflected harmony evokes another era… multifaceted and dynamic. Chestnut infuses his swinging, classically trained style with a warm gospel sound but he draws on a range of musical influences while never straying too far from the blues, which The New York Daily News says makes him “the rightful heir to Bud Powell, Art Tatum, and Erroll Garner.” 

Abena Koomson-Davis Quintet featuring Steve Davis

Abena Koomson-Davis Quintet featuring Steve Davis

Wed, Jul 31

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $25 | $40 | $45 Abena Koomson-Davis – vocals Steve Davis – trombone Rick Germanson – piano Danton Boller – bass Neal Smith – drums Acclaimed vocalist Abena Koomson-Davis features her trombone master husband, Steve Davis, in an exciting quintet with pianist Rick Germanson, bassist Danton Boller, and drummer Neal Smith. From jazz to afrobeat to acapella choral singing, vocalist Abena Koomson-Davis spans a colorful range of musical genres. An original cast member of Broadway’s FELA and musical director of the Resistance Revival Chorus, she has shared the stage with many luminaries, including Angelique Kidjo and Natalie Merchant. Abena can be heard on two duets from Merchant’s most recent release, Keep Your Courage. Merchant remarked, “I was really blown away by her. Not just her voice — her voice is incredible — but her spirit.” Earlier this year, she released her first jazz album, Where Is Love? It also features Davis, one of the great jazz trombonists, who “has established himself as one of the most accomplished and lyrical improvisers on his instrument as well as a prolific composer,” according to JazzTimes, while Downbeat adds, “Davis thoughtfully balances modernism, lyricism, and drive—as a writer and a player.” 

Eddie Henderson Quintet

Eddie Henderson Quintet

Thu, Aug 01

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $25 | $40 | $50 | $55 Eddie Henderson – trumpet Vincent Herring – alto saxophone Peter Zak – piano Nat Reeves – bass Mike Clark – drums “His musical wisdom, gleaned during decades spent on the best jazz bandstands, informs every unerring note.” – Downbeat Trumpeter Eddie Henderson leads a spectacular quintet of close collaborators with alto saxophonist Vincent Herring, pianist Peter Zak, bassist Nat Reeves, and drummer Mike Clark. It has been an important year for Henderson: He was the subject of a compelling biographic documentary of his incredible life, Eddie Henderson: Uncommon Genius and he released an acclaimed new album in 2023, Witness to History, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of his 1973 recording debut as a leader, Realization. Henderson’s “deft feel and plush sound made him a central figure in the worlds of jazz-funk and hard-bop in the 1970s,” according to The New York Times. The Chicago Reader adds, “His progressive, assured, and imaginative improvisations roll out in a glorious sun-splashed tone… he seems to dance through his solos, balancing his quick clockwork technique with bursts of bluesy soul.” The eternally youthful Henderson has proven again that he is still making some of the most important music of his career into his 80s. 

Eddie Henderson Quintet

Eddie Henderson Quintet

Fri, Aug 02

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $25 | $40 | $50 | $55 Eddie Henderson – trumpet Vincent Herring – alto saxophone Peter Zak – piano Nat Reeves – bass Mike Clark – drums “His musical wisdom, gleaned during decades spent on the best jazz bandstands, informs every unerring note.” – Downbeat Trumpeter Eddie Henderson leads a spectacular quintet of close collaborators with alto saxophonist Vincent Herring, pianist Peter Zak, bassist Nat Reeves, and drummer Mike Clark. It has been an important year for Henderson: He was the subject of a compelling biographic documentary of his incredible life, Eddie Henderson: Uncommon Genius and he released an acclaimed new album in 2023, Witness to History, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of his 1973 recording debut as a leader, Realization. Henderson’s “deft feel and plush sound made him a central figure in the worlds of jazz-funk and hard-bop in the 1970s,” according to The New York Times. The Chicago Reader adds, “His progressive, assured, and imaginative improvisations roll out in a glorious sun-splashed tone… he seems to dance through his solos, balancing his quick clockwork technique with bursts of bluesy soul.” The eternally youthful Henderson has proven again that he is still making some of the most important music of his career into his 80s. 

Eddie Henderson Quintet

Eddie Henderson Quintet

Sat, Aug 03

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $25 | $40 | $50 | $55 Eddie Henderson – trumpet Vincent Herring – alto saxophone Peter Zak – piano Nat Reeves – bass Mike Clark – drums “His musical wisdom, gleaned during decades spent on the best jazz bandstands, informs every unerring note.” – Downbeat Trumpeter Eddie Henderson leads a spectacular quintet of close collaborators with alto saxophonist Vincent Herring, pianist Peter Zak, bassist Nat Reeves, and drummer Mike Clark. It has been an important year for Henderson: He was the subject of a compelling biographic documentary of his incredible life, Eddie Henderson: Uncommon Genius and he released an acclaimed new album in 2023, Witness to History, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of his 1973 recording debut as a leader, Realization. Henderson’s “deft feel and plush sound made him a central figure in the worlds of jazz-funk and hard-bop in the 1970s,” according to The New York Times. The Chicago Reader adds, “His progressive, assured, and imaginative improvisations roll out in a glorious sun-splashed tone… he seems to dance through his solos, balancing his quick clockwork technique with bursts of bluesy soul.” The eternally youthful Henderson has proven again that he is still making some of the most important music of his career into his 80s. 

Eddie Henderson Quintet

Eddie Henderson Quintet

Sun, Aug 04

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $25 | $40 | $50 | $55 Eddie Henderson – trumpet Vincent Herring – alto saxophone Peter Zak – piano Nat Reeves – bass Mike Clark – drums “His musical wisdom, gleaned during decades spent on the best jazz bandstands, informs every unerring note.” – Downbeat Trumpeter Eddie Henderson leads a spectacular quintet of close collaborators with alto saxophonist Vincent Herring, pianist Peter Zak, bassist Nat Reeves, and drummer Mike Clark. It has been an important year for Henderson: He was the subject of a compelling biographic documentary of his incredible life, Eddie Henderson: Uncommon Genius and he released an acclaimed new album in 2023, Witness to History, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of his 1973 recording debut as a leader, Realization. Henderson’s “deft feel and plush sound made him a central figure in the worlds of jazz-funk and hard-bop in the 1970s,” according to The New York Times. The Chicago Reader adds, “His progressive, assured, and imaginative improvisations roll out in a glorious sun-splashed tone… he seems to dance through his solos, balancing his quick clockwork technique with bursts of bluesy soul.” The eternally youthful Henderson has proven again that he is still making some of the most important music of his career into his 80s. 

Johnathan Blake Quintet

Johnathan Blake Quintet

Wed, Aug 07

*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.” 

Johnathan Blake Quintet

Johnathan Blake Quintet

Thu, Aug 08

*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.” 

Johnathan Blake Quintet

Johnathan Blake Quintet

Fri, Aug 09

*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.” 

Johnathan Blake Quintet

Johnathan Blake Quintet

Sat, Aug 10

*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.” 

Johnathan Blake Quintet

Johnathan Blake Quintet

Sun, Aug 11

*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.” 

Laurin Talese

Laurin Talese

Wed, Aug 14

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $25 | $40 | $45 Laurin Talese – vocals John Ellis – saxophone & flute Mike King – piano Jonathan Munir-Cotton – bass Anwar Marshall – drums "Some of the most luxuriant, sumptuously phrased jazz vocals you could hope to hear.” – Chicago Tribune Vocalist Laurin Talese is the epitome of the 21st Century jazz singer--delivering tradition informed by the present. The pure quality of her voice has captivated audiences around the world, from the Newport Festival and Jazz at Lincoln Center Shanghai to the Kennedy Center, NJPAC, and beyond. Talese has also served as cultural ambassador for the State Department. She has collaborated with artists such as Bilal, Robert Glasper, Christian McBride, Ulysses Owens, Christian Sands, and Yannick Nezet-Seguin with the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 2018, she won the Sarah Vaughn International Jazz Vocal Competition. Downbeat reports, “Laurin’s voice combines breathy intimacy with sharp clarity.” Jump: The Philly Music Project adds, “Laurin Talese has a knack for engaging her audience. The jazz sensation can induce a smile from the most cantankerous of listeners. She melts the room with her personality.” She is joined by an impressive group, including saxophonist John Ellis, pianist Mike King, bassist Jonathan Munir-Cotton, and drummer Anwar Marshall. 

Joe Farnsworth Quintet “Time to Swing”

Joe Farnsworth Quintet “Time to Swing”

Thu, Aug 15

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $25 | $40 | $50 | $55 Nicholas Payton – trumpet Sarah Hanahan – alto saxophone Sullivan Fortner – piano, except Thu Luther Allison – piano, Thu only Peter Washington – bass Joe Farnsworth – drums “One of the premiere straight-ahead drummers of his generation.”
 – Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine Joe Farnsworth leads a particularly fiery version of his “Time to Swing” quintet with trumpeter Nicholas Payton, saxophonist Sarah Hanahan, pianists Sullivan Fortner (fri-sun,) Luther Allison (thu,) and bassist Peter Washington. The New York Times says, “Joe Farnsworth is a briskly swinging drummer, especially persuasive with the dialect of hard bop.” Broadway World adds that he “is known for his blazing speed, precision, and melodic playing.” Farnworth released a momentous new album last year, In What Direction Are You Headed? furthering his growing reputation as an inspired bandleader, a reflection of his decades working for such notable leaders as George Coleman, Benny Golson, Pharaoh Sanders, Cedar Walton, Harold Mabern, and McCoy Tyner. The New Yorker concludes, “This most swinging of percussionists can spark any band with his perfect time and unwavering attention to detail.” 

Joe Farnsworth Quintet “Time to Swing”

Joe Farnsworth Quintet “Time to Swing”

Fri, Aug 16

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $25 | $40 | $50 | $55 Nicholas Payton – trumpet Sarah Hanahan – alto saxophone Sullivan Fortner – piano, except Thu Luther Allison – piano, Thu only Peter Washington – bass Joe Farnsworth – drums “One of the premiere straight-ahead drummers of his generation.”
 – Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine Joe Farnsworth leads a particularly fiery version of his “Time to Swing” quintet with trumpeter Nicholas Payton, saxophonist Sarah Hanahan, pianists Sullivan Fortner (fri-sun,) Luther Allison (thu,) and bassist Peter Washington. The New York Times says, “Joe Farnsworth is a briskly swinging drummer, especially persuasive with the dialect of hard bop.” Broadway World adds that he “is known for his blazing speed, precision, and melodic playing.” Farnworth released a momentous new album last year, In What Direction Are You Headed? furthering his growing reputation as an inspired bandleader, a reflection of his decades working for such notable leaders as George Coleman, Benny Golson, Pharaoh Sanders, Cedar Walton, Harold Mabern, and McCoy Tyner. The New Yorker concludes, “This most swinging of percussionists can spark any band with his perfect time and unwavering attention to detail.” 

Joe Farnsworth Quintet “Time to Swing”

Joe Farnsworth Quintet “Time to Swing”

Sat, Aug 17

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $25 | $40 | $50 | $55 Nicholas Payton – trumpet Sarah Hanahan – alto saxophone Sullivan Fortner – piano, except Thu Luther Allison – piano, Thu only Peter Washington – bass Joe Farnsworth – drums “One of the premiere straight-ahead drummers of his generation.”
 – Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine Joe Farnsworth leads a particularly fiery version of his “Time to Swing” quintet with trumpeter Nicholas Payton, saxophonist Sarah Hanahan, pianists Sullivan Fortner (fri-sun,) Luther Allison (thu,) and bassist Peter Washington. The New York Times says, “Joe Farnsworth is a briskly swinging drummer, especially persuasive with the dialect of hard bop.” Broadway World adds that he “is known for his blazing speed, precision, and melodic playing.” Farnworth released a momentous new album last year, In What Direction Are You Headed? furthering his growing reputation as an inspired bandleader, a reflection of his decades working for such notable leaders as George Coleman, Benny Golson, Pharaoh Sanders, Cedar Walton, Harold Mabern, and McCoy Tyner. The New Yorker concludes, “This most swinging of percussionists can spark any band with his perfect time and unwavering attention to detail.” 

Joe Farnsworth Quintet “Time to Swing”

Joe Farnsworth Quintet “Time to Swing”

Sun, Aug 18

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $25 | $40 | $50 | $55 Nicholas Payton – trumpet Sarah Hanahan – alto saxophone Sullivan Fortner – piano, except Thu Luther Allison – piano, Thu only Peter Washington – bass Joe Farnsworth – drums “One of the premiere straight-ahead drummers of his generation.”
 – Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine Joe Farnsworth leads a particularly fiery version of his “Time to Swing” quintet with trumpeter Nicholas Payton, saxophonist Sarah Hanahan, pianists Sullivan Fortner (fri-sun,) Luther Allison (thu,) and bassist Peter Washington. The New York Times says, “Joe Farnsworth is a briskly swinging drummer, especially persuasive with the dialect of hard bop.” Broadway World adds that he “is known for his blazing speed, precision, and melodic playing.” Farnworth released a momentous new album last year, In What Direction Are You Headed? furthering his growing reputation as an inspired bandleader, a reflection of his decades working for such notable leaders as George Coleman, Benny Golson, Pharaoh Sanders, Cedar Walton, Harold Mabern, and McCoy Tyner. The New Yorker concludes, “This most swinging of percussionists can spark any band with his perfect time and unwavering attention to detail.” 

Fred Hersch Trio

Fred Hersch Trio

Wed, Aug 21

*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 Fred Hersch – piano Alex Claffy – bass Jochen Rueckert – drums “Hersch’s work has developed an intensity of intelligence and emotional directness unparalleled among his peers.”
– The New Yorker Pianist Fred Hersch makes his highly anticipated Smoke debut leading an inspired trio featuring bassist Alexander Claffy and drummer Jochen Rueckert. Called “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade” by Vanity Fair and “a living legend” by The New Yorker, Hersch is a seventeen-time Grammy nominee and the recipient of many of jazz’s most prestigious awards. His trio is venerated as the epitome of thrilling interplay and dynamic spontaneity with The Wall Street Journal calling it “one of the major ensembles of our time. The Boston Globe concludes called Hersch, “a pristine pianist with a poet’s soul — a pair of qualities that combine to especially dazzling effect ...truly transcendent.” 

Fred Hersch Trio

Fred Hersch Trio

Thu, Aug 22

*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 Fred Hersch – piano Alex Claffy – bass Jochen Rueckert – drums “Hersch’s work has developed an intensity of intelligence and emotional directness unparalleled among his peers.”
– The New Yorker Pianist Fred Hersch makes his highly anticipated Smoke debut leading an inspired trio featuring bassist Alexander Claffy and drummer Jochen Rueckert. Called “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade” by Vanity Fair and “a living legend” by The New Yorker, Hersch is a seventeen-time Grammy nominee and the recipient of many of jazz’s most prestigious awards. His trio is venerated as the epitome of thrilling interplay and dynamic spontaneity with The Wall Street Journal calling it “one of the major ensembles of our time. The Boston Globe concludes called Hersch, “a pristine pianist with a poet’s soul — a pair of qualities that combine to especially dazzling effect ...truly transcendent.” 

Fred Hersch Trio

Fred Hersch Trio

Fri, Aug 23

*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 Fred Hersch – piano Alex Claffy – bass Jochen Rueckert – drums “Hersch’s work has developed an intensity of intelligence and emotional directness unparalleled among his peers.”
– The New Yorker Pianist Fred Hersch makes his highly anticipated Smoke debut leading an inspired trio featuring bassist Alexander Claffy and drummer Jochen Rueckert. Called “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade” by Vanity Fair and “a living legend” by The New Yorker, Hersch is a seventeen-time Grammy nominee and the recipient of many of jazz’s most prestigious awards. His trio is venerated as the epitome of thrilling interplay and dynamic spontaneity with The Wall Street Journal calling it “one of the major ensembles of our time. The Boston Globe concludes called Hersch, “a pristine pianist with a poet’s soul — a pair of qualities that combine to especially dazzling effect ...truly transcendent.” 

Fred Hersch Trio

Fred Hersch Trio

Sat, Aug 24

*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 Fred Hersch – piano Alex Claffy – bass Jochen Rueckert – drums “Hersch’s work has developed an intensity of intelligence and emotional directness unparalleled among his peers.”
– The New Yorker Pianist Fred Hersch makes his highly anticipated Smoke debut leading an inspired trio featuring bassist Alexander Claffy and drummer Jochen Rueckert. Called “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade” by Vanity Fair and “a living legend” by The New Yorker, Hersch is a seventeen-time Grammy nominee and the recipient of many of jazz’s most prestigious awards. His trio is venerated as the epitome of thrilling interplay and dynamic spontaneity with The Wall Street Journal calling it “one of the major ensembles of our time. The Boston Globe concludes called Hersch, “a pristine pianist with a poet’s soul — a pair of qualities that combine to especially dazzling effect ...truly transcendent.” 

Fred Hersch Trio

Fred Hersch Trio

Sun, Aug 25

*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 Fred Hersch – piano Alex Claffy – bass Jochen Rueckert – drums “Hersch’s work has developed an intensity of intelligence and emotional directness unparalleled among his peers.”
– The New Yorker Pianist Fred Hersch makes his highly anticipated Smoke debut leading an inspired trio featuring bassist Alexander Claffy and drummer Jochen Rueckert. Called “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade” by Vanity Fair and “a living legend” by The New Yorker, Hersch is a seventeen-time Grammy nominee and the recipient of many of jazz’s most prestigious awards. His trio is venerated as the epitome of thrilling interplay and dynamic spontaneity with The Wall Street Journal calling it “one of the major ensembles of our time. The Boston Globe concludes called Hersch, “a pristine pianist with a poet’s soul — a pair of qualities that combine to especially dazzling effect ...truly transcendent.” 

Brandon Goldberg Trio

Brandon Goldberg Trio

Wed, Aug 28

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $25 | $40 | $45 Brandon Goldberg – piano Dezron Douglas – bass Aaron Kimmel– drums “An unassailable technique, advanced harmonic understanding, a deep sense of swing and, most impressively, a clarity and plethora of ideas executed to near-perfection.” – DownBeat 18-year-old jazz piano prodigy Brandon Goldberg makes his Smoke debut leading an outstanding trio with bassist Dezron Douglas and drummer Aaron Kimmel. Goldberg’s concept is grounded in the great piano trios of the 1950s and 1960s. Drawing on the influence of legends such as Ahmad Jamal, Red Garland, Oscar Peterson, and Sonny Clark, his arrangements and compositions seek to pay homage to his predecessors through both tasteful renditions and intentional curation. Goldberg has already performed at the Newport Jazz Festival, SFJazz, PDX Jazz, Litchfield, Twin Cities, and Caramoor, as well as on Good Morning America. Making a Scene reports, “Don’t let his age fool you. This talented musician sparkles and shines with a talent far beyond his age.” 

Brad Mehldau

Brad Mehldau

Thu, Aug 29

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $40 | $55 | $65 “Mehldau is the most influential jazz pianist of the last 20 years”
– The New York Times Brad Mehldau is “universally admired as one of the most adventurous pianists to arrive on the jazz scene in years,” writes The Los Angeles Times. A transformative artist since the early 1990s, Mehldau has had a powerful influence on a generation of musicians and has attracted a large and devoted audience. 

Brad Mehldau

Brad Mehldau

Fri, Aug 30

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $40 | $55 | $65 “Mehldau is the most influential jazz pianist of the last 20 years”
– The New York Times Brad Mehldau is “universally admired as one of the most adventurous pianists to arrive on the jazz scene in years,” writes The Los Angeles Times. A transformative artist since the early 1990s, Mehldau has had a powerful influence on a generation of musicians and has attracted a large and devoted audience. 

Brad Mehldau

Brad Mehldau

Sat, Aug 31

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $40 | $55 | $65 “Mehldau is the most influential jazz pianist of the last 20 years”
– The New York Times Brad Mehldau is “universally admired as one of the most adventurous pianists to arrive on the jazz scene in years,” writes The Los Angeles Times. A transformative artist since the early 1990s, Mehldau has had a powerful influence on a generation of musicians and has attracted a large and devoted audience. 

Brad Mehldau

Brad Mehldau

Sun, Sep 01

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $40 | $55 | $65 “Mehldau is the most influential jazz pianist of the last 20 years”
– The New York Times Brad Mehldau is “universally admired as one of the most adventurous pianists to arrive on the jazz scene in years,” writes The Los Angeles Times. A transformative artist since the early 1990s, Mehldau has had a powerful influence on a generation of musicians and has attracted a large and devoted audience. 

Dave Holland New Quartet

Dave Holland New Quartet

Wed, Sep 04

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $25 | $40 | $50 | $55 Jaleel Shaw – alto saxophone Kris Davis – piano Dave Holland – bass Nasheet Waits – drums “The quartet’s music was a powerful force that enveloped the audience, leaving a profound and unforgettable impression… It was a performance filled with many treasures and bright moments.” – All About Jazz Dave Holland makes his Smoke debut, leading his New Quartet featuring saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, pianist Kris Davis, and drummer Nasheet Waits. Holland is a legendary bassist, composer, and bandleader whose passion for musical expression of all styles and dedication to creating innovative ensembles have propelled a career of more than 50 years. A guiding light on acoustic and electric bass, Holland has earned top honors, including multiple Grammy Awards and Grammy Nominations and the title of NEA Jazz Master. Holland rose to prominence in groundbreaking groups led by such legends as Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Sam Rivers, Betty Carter and Anthony Braxton, and Joe Henderson—as well as collaborations with Chick Corea, Gary Burton, Jack DeJohnette, and John Abercrombie. Today, he is equally celebrated for his own remarkable ensembles, including this acclaimed new group, the New Quartet. 

Dave Holland New Quartet

Dave Holland New Quartet

Thu, Sep 05

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $25 | $40 | $50 | $55 Jaleel Shaw – alto saxophone Kris Davis – piano Dave Holland – bass Nasheet Waits – drums “The quartet’s music was a powerful force that enveloped the audience, leaving a profound and unforgettable impression… It was a performance filled with many treasures and bright moments.” – All About Jazz Dave Holland makes his Smoke debut, leading his New Quartet featuring saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, pianist Kris Davis, and drummer Nasheet Waits. Holland is a legendary bassist, composer, and bandleader whose passion for musical expression of all styles and dedication to creating innovative ensembles have propelled a career of more than 50 years. A guiding light on acoustic and electric bass, Holland has earned top honors, including multiple Grammy Awards and Grammy Nominations and the title of NEA Jazz Master. Holland rose to prominence in groundbreaking groups led by such legends as Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Sam Rivers, Betty Carter and Anthony Braxton, and Joe Henderson—as well as collaborations with Chick Corea, Gary Burton, Jack DeJohnette, and John Abercrombie. Today, he is equally celebrated for his own remarkable ensembles, including this acclaimed new group, the New Quartet. 

Dave Holland New Quartet

Dave Holland New Quartet

Fri, Sep 06

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $25 | $40 | $50 | $55 Jaleel Shaw – alto saxophone Kris Davis – piano Dave Holland – bass Nasheet Waits – drums “The quartet’s music was a powerful force that enveloped the audience, leaving a profound and unforgettable impression… It was a performance filled with many treasures and bright moments.” – All About Jazz Dave Holland makes his Smoke debut, leading his New Quartet featuring saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, pianist Kris Davis, and drummer Nasheet Waits. Holland is a legendary bassist, composer, and bandleader whose passion for musical expression of all styles and dedication to creating innovative ensembles have propelled a career of more than 50 years. A guiding light on acoustic and electric bass, Holland has earned top honors, including multiple Grammy Awards and Grammy Nominations and the title of NEA Jazz Master. Holland rose to prominence in groundbreaking groups led by such legends as Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Sam Rivers, Betty Carter and Anthony Braxton, and Joe Henderson—as well as collaborations with Chick Corea, Gary Burton, Jack DeJohnette, and John Abercrombie. Today, he is equally celebrated for his own remarkable ensembles, including this acclaimed new group, the New Quartet. 

Dave Holland New Quartet

Dave Holland New Quartet

Sat, Sep 07

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $25 | $40 | $50 | $55 Jaleel Shaw – alto saxophone Kris Davis – piano Dave Holland – bass Nasheet Waits – drums “The quartet’s music was a powerful force that enveloped the audience, leaving a profound and unforgettable impression… It was a performance filled with many treasures and bright moments.” – All About Jazz Dave Holland makes his Smoke debut, leading his New Quartet featuring saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, pianist Kris Davis, and drummer Nasheet Waits. Holland is a legendary bassist, composer, and bandleader whose passion for musical expression of all styles and dedication to creating innovative ensembles have propelled a career of more than 50 years. A guiding light on acoustic and electric bass, Holland has earned top honors, including multiple Grammy Awards and Grammy Nominations and the title of NEA Jazz Master. Holland rose to prominence in groundbreaking groups led by such legends as Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Sam Rivers, Betty Carter and Anthony Braxton, and Joe Henderson—as well as collaborations with Chick Corea, Gary Burton, Jack DeJohnette, and John Abercrombie. Today, he is equally celebrated for his own remarkable ensembles, including this acclaimed new group, the New Quartet. 

Dave Holland New Quartet

Dave Holland New Quartet

Sun, Sep 08

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $25 | $40 | $50 | $55 Jaleel Shaw – alto saxophone Kris Davis – piano Dave Holland – bass Nasheet Waits – drums “The quartet’s music was a powerful force that enveloped the audience, leaving a profound and unforgettable impression… It was a performance filled with many treasures and bright moments.” – All About Jazz Dave Holland makes his Smoke debut, leading his New Quartet featuring saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, pianist Kris Davis, and drummer Nasheet Waits. Holland is a legendary bassist, composer, and bandleader whose passion for musical expression of all styles and dedication to creating innovative ensembles have propelled a career of more than 50 years. A guiding light on acoustic and electric bass, Holland has earned top honors, including multiple Grammy Awards and Grammy Nominations and the title of NEA Jazz Master. Holland rose to prominence in groundbreaking groups led by such legends as Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Sam Rivers, Betty Carter and Anthony Braxton, and Joe Henderson—as well as collaborations with Chick Corea, Gary Burton, Jack DeJohnette, and John Abercrombie. Today, he is equally celebrated for his own remarkable ensembles, including this acclaimed new group, the New Quartet. 

Jazzmeia Horn “Record Release”

Jazzmeia Horn “Record Release”

Wed, Sep 11

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $25 | $40 | $50 | $55 “Horn is among the most exciting young vocalists in jazz, with a proud traditionalism that keeps her tightly linked to the sound of classic figures like Nancy Wilson and Betty Carter, but a vivacity of spirit and conviction that places her firmly in the present.” – The New York Times Jazzmeia Horn celebrates the imminent release of a highly anticipated new recording with her stellar quartet. An award-winning vocalist (2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and the 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition), Horn is “without a doubt among the jazz world’s most exciting young vocalists…her sound is explosive and bright and rich, catnip for audiences looking for boldness that’s still traditional,” reports Billboard. Downbeat adds, “Jazzmeia Horn harbors both astounding technique and an acute artistic vision…[she] has a thrilling presence with a musical sensibility that strikes a deft balance between mid-century jazz and contemporary neo-soul.” 

Jazzmeia Horn “Record Release”

Jazzmeia Horn “Record Release”

Thu, Sep 12

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $25 | $40 | $50 | $55 “Horn is among the most exciting young vocalists in jazz, with a proud traditionalism that keeps her tightly linked to the sound of classic figures like Nancy Wilson and Betty Carter, but a vivacity of spirit and conviction that places her firmly in the present.” – The New York Times Jazzmeia Horn celebrates the imminent release of a highly anticipated new recording with her stellar quartet. An award-winning vocalist (2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and the 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition), Horn is “without a doubt among the jazz world’s most exciting young vocalists…her sound is explosive and bright and rich, catnip for audiences looking for boldness that’s still traditional,” reports Billboard. Downbeat adds, “Jazzmeia Horn harbors both astounding technique and an acute artistic vision…[she] has a thrilling presence with a musical sensibility that strikes a deft balance between mid-century jazz and contemporary neo-soul.” 

Jazzmeia Horn “Record Release”

Jazzmeia Horn “Record Release”

Fri, Sep 13

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $25 | $40 | $50 | $55 “Horn is among the most exciting young vocalists in jazz, with a proud traditionalism that keeps her tightly linked to the sound of classic figures like Nancy Wilson and Betty Carter, but a vivacity of spirit and conviction that places her firmly in the present.” – The New York Times Jazzmeia Horn celebrates the imminent release of a highly anticipated new recording with her stellar quartet. An award-winning vocalist (2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and the 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition), Horn is “without a doubt among the jazz world’s most exciting young vocalists…her sound is explosive and bright and rich, catnip for audiences looking for boldness that’s still traditional,” reports Billboard. Downbeat adds, “Jazzmeia Horn harbors both astounding technique and an acute artistic vision…[she] has a thrilling presence with a musical sensibility that strikes a deft balance between mid-century jazz and contemporary neo-soul.” 

Jazzmeia Horn “Record Release”

Jazzmeia Horn “Record Release”

Sat, Sep 14

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $25 | $40 | $50 | $55 “Horn is among the most exciting young vocalists in jazz, with a proud traditionalism that keeps her tightly linked to the sound of classic figures like Nancy Wilson and Betty Carter, but a vivacity of spirit and conviction that places her firmly in the present.” – The New York Times Jazzmeia Horn celebrates the imminent release of a highly anticipated new recording with her stellar quartet. An award-winning vocalist (2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and the 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition), Horn is “without a doubt among the jazz world’s most exciting young vocalists…her sound is explosive and bright and rich, catnip for audiences looking for boldness that’s still traditional,” reports Billboard. Downbeat adds, “Jazzmeia Horn harbors both astounding technique and an acute artistic vision…[she] has a thrilling presence with a musical sensibility that strikes a deft balance between mid-century jazz and contemporary neo-soul.” 

Jazzmeia Horn “Record Release”

Jazzmeia Horn “Record Release”

Sun, Sep 15

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $25 | $40 | $50 | $55 “Horn is among the most exciting young vocalists in jazz, with a proud traditionalism that keeps her tightly linked to the sound of classic figures like Nancy Wilson and Betty Carter, but a vivacity of spirit and conviction that places her firmly in the present.” – The New York Times Jazzmeia Horn celebrates the imminent release of a highly anticipated new recording with her stellar quartet. An award-winning vocalist (2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and the 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition), Horn is “without a doubt among the jazz world’s most exciting young vocalists…her sound is explosive and bright and rich, catnip for audiences looking for boldness that’s still traditional,” reports Billboard. Downbeat adds, “Jazzmeia Horn harbors both astounding technique and an acute artistic vision…[she] has a thrilling presence with a musical sensibility that strikes a deft balance between mid-century jazz and contemporary neo-soul.” 

Branford Marsalis Quartet

Branford Marsalis Quartet

Tue, Sep 17

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $50 | $75 | $125 Branford Marsalis – tenor saxophone Joey Calderazzo – piano Eric Revis – bass Justin Faulkner – drums “Branford Marsalis’ quartet has been a model of daring, unapologetic artistry for the past three decades.” – Jazziz Saxophonist Branford Marsalis makes his Smoke debut, leading his acclaimed quartet with pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis, and drummer Justin Faulkner, in its first New York City club dates since 2019. Marsalis is one of the most influential and revered figures in contemporary music. An NEA Jazz Master, Grammy Award winner, and Tony Award nominee, he is equally at home performing concertos with symphony orchestras and sitting in with members of the Grateful Dead, but the core of his musical universe remains the Branford Marsalis Quartet. After more than three decades of existence with minimal personnel changes, this celebrated ensemble is revered for its uncompromising interpretation of a kaleidoscopic range of both original compositions and jazz and popular classics. John Zeugner captured the impact of the Quartet in a concert review, calling it “casually confident, professional, cerebral, and supercharged with energy. The Branford Marsalis Quartet...was all of those adjectives and more.” 

Branford Marsalis Quartet

Branford Marsalis Quartet

Wed, Sep 18

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $50 | $75 | $125 Branford Marsalis – tenor saxophone Joey Calderazzo – piano Eric Revis – bass Justin Faulkner – drums “Branford Marsalis’ quartet has been a model of daring, unapologetic artistry for the past three decades.” – Jazziz Saxophonist Branford Marsalis makes his Smoke debut, leading his acclaimed quartet with pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis, and drummer Justin Faulkner, in its first New York City club dates since 2019. Marsalis is one of the most influential and revered figures in contemporary music. An NEA Jazz Master, Grammy Award winner, and Tony Award nominee, he is equally at home performing concertos with symphony orchestras and sitting in with members of the Grateful Dead, but the core of his musical universe remains the Branford Marsalis Quartet. After more than three decades of existence with minimal personnel changes, this celebrated ensemble is revered for its uncompromising interpretation of a kaleidoscopic range of both original compositions and jazz and popular classics. John Zeugner captured the impact of the Quartet in a concert review, calling it “casually confident, professional, cerebral, and supercharged with energy. The Branford Marsalis Quartet...was all of those adjectives and more.” 

Branford Marsalis Quartet

Branford Marsalis Quartet

Thu, Sep 19

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $50 | $75 | $125 Branford Marsalis – tenor saxophone Joey Calderazzo – piano Eric Revis – bass Justin Faulkner – drums “Branford Marsalis’ quartet has been a model of daring, unapologetic artistry for the past three decades.” – Jazziz Saxophonist Branford Marsalis makes his Smoke debut, leading his acclaimed quartet with pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis, and drummer Justin Faulkner, in its first New York City club dates since 2019. Marsalis is one of the most influential and revered figures in contemporary music. An NEA Jazz Master, Grammy Award winner, and Tony Award nominee, he is equally at home performing concertos with symphony orchestras and sitting in with members of the Grateful Dead, but the core of his musical universe remains the Branford Marsalis Quartet. After more than three decades of existence with minimal personnel changes, this celebrated ensemble is revered for its uncompromising interpretation of a kaleidoscopic range of both original compositions and jazz and popular classics. John Zeugner captured the impact of the Quartet in a concert review, calling it “casually confident, professional, cerebral, and supercharged with energy. The Branford Marsalis Quartet...was all of those adjectives and more.” 

Branford Marsalis Quartet

Branford Marsalis Quartet

Fri, Sep 20

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $50 | $75 | $125 Branford Marsalis – tenor saxophone Joey Calderazzo – piano Eric Revis – bass Justin Faulkner – drums “Branford Marsalis’ quartet has been a model of daring, unapologetic artistry for the past three decades.” – Jazziz Saxophonist Branford Marsalis makes his Smoke debut, leading his acclaimed quartet with pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis, and drummer Justin Faulkner, in its first New York City club dates since 2019. Marsalis is one of the most influential and revered figures in contemporary music. An NEA Jazz Master, Grammy Award winner, and Tony Award nominee, he is equally at home performing concertos with symphony orchestras and sitting in with members of the Grateful Dead, but the core of his musical universe remains the Branford Marsalis Quartet. After more than three decades of existence with minimal personnel changes, this celebrated ensemble is revered for its uncompromising interpretation of a kaleidoscopic range of both original compositions and jazz and popular classics. John Zeugner captured the impact of the Quartet in a concert review, calling it “casually confident, professional, cerebral, and supercharged with energy. The Branford Marsalis Quartet...was all of those adjectives and more.” 

Branford Marsalis Quartet

Branford Marsalis Quartet

Sat, Sep 21

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $50 | $75 | $125 Branford Marsalis – tenor saxophone Joey Calderazzo – piano Eric Revis – bass Justin Faulkner – drums “Branford Marsalis’ quartet has been a model of daring, unapologetic artistry for the past three decades.” – Jazziz Saxophonist Branford Marsalis makes his Smoke debut, leading his acclaimed quartet with pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis, and drummer Justin Faulkner, in its first New York City club dates since 2019. Marsalis is one of the most influential and revered figures in contemporary music. An NEA Jazz Master, Grammy Award winner, and Tony Award nominee, he is equally at home performing concertos with symphony orchestras and sitting in with members of the Grateful Dead, but the core of his musical universe remains the Branford Marsalis Quartet. After more than three decades of existence with minimal personnel changes, this celebrated ensemble is revered for its uncompromising interpretation of a kaleidoscopic range of both original compositions and jazz and popular classics. John Zeugner captured the impact of the Quartet in a concert review, calling it “casually confident, professional, cerebral, and supercharged with energy. The Branford Marsalis Quartet...was all of those adjectives and more.” 

Branford Marsalis Quartet

Branford Marsalis Quartet

Sun, Sep 22

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $50 | $75 | $125 Branford Marsalis – tenor saxophone Joey Calderazzo – piano Eric Revis – bass Justin Faulkner – drums “Branford Marsalis’ quartet has been a model of daring, unapologetic artistry for the past three decades.” – Jazziz Saxophonist Branford Marsalis makes his Smoke debut, leading his acclaimed quartet with pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis, and drummer Justin Faulkner, in its first New York City club dates since 2019. Marsalis is one of the most influential and revered figures in contemporary music. An NEA Jazz Master, Grammy Award winner, and Tony Award nominee, he is equally at home performing concertos with symphony orchestras and sitting in with members of the Grateful Dead, but the core of his musical universe remains the Branford Marsalis Quartet. After more than three decades of existence with minimal personnel changes, this celebrated ensemble is revered for its uncompromising interpretation of a kaleidoscopic range of both original compositions and jazz and popular classics. John Zeugner captured the impact of the Quartet in a concert review, calling it “casually confident, professional, cerebral, and supercharged with energy. The Branford Marsalis Quartet...was all of those adjectives and more.” 

Christian Sands Quartet “Embracing Dawn” record release

Christian Sands Quartet “Embracing Dawn” record release

Thu, Sep 26

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $25 | $40 | $50 | $55 Christian Sands – piano Marvin Sewell – guitar Eric Wheeler – bass Ryan Sands – drums “In addition to being a technically adroit, harmonically sophisticated player, Sands is one of the most profoundly rhythmic young pianists in jazz today.”
– Downbeat Pianist and composer Christian Sands celebrates his new release, Embracing Dawn, with a stunning quartet featuring guitarist Marvin Sewell, bassist Eric Wheeler, and drummer Ryan Sands. An emerging jazz force, Sands has collaborated with jazz luminaries such as Christian McBride, Gregory Porter, Geri Allen, Esperanza Spaulding, and Warren Wolf, among many others. His virtuosic technique and compelling musical vision encompass and reexamine the entire language of jazz. Whether it’s stride, swing, bebop, progressive, fusion, Brazilian, or Afro-Cuban, he expresses himself through an extensive vocabulary of patterns, textures, and structures, all the while maintaining a strong sense of understatement, sensitivity, taste, and swing — hallmarks for as long as he has been playing. The Boston Globe calls Sands “a fabulously gifted instrumentalist, a piano protege of Dr. Billy Taylor, Geri Allen, Jason Moran, and Vijay Iyer.” 

Christian Sands Quartet “Embracing Dawn” record release

Christian Sands Quartet “Embracing Dawn” record release

Fri, Sep 27

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $25 | $40 | $50 | $55 Christian Sands – piano Marvin Sewell – guitar Eric Wheeler – bass Ryan Sands – drums “In addition to being a technically adroit, harmonically sophisticated player, Sands is one of the most profoundly rhythmic young pianists in jazz today.”
– Downbeat Pianist and composer Christian Sands celebrates his new release, Embracing Dawn, with a stunning quartet featuring guitarist Marvin Sewell, bassist Eric Wheeler, and drummer Ryan Sands. An emerging jazz force, Sands has collaborated with jazz luminaries such as Christian McBride, Gregory Porter, Geri Allen, Esperanza Spaulding, and Warren Wolf, among many others. His virtuosic technique and compelling musical vision encompass and reexamine the entire language of jazz. Whether it’s stride, swing, bebop, progressive, fusion, Brazilian, or Afro-Cuban, he expresses himself through an extensive vocabulary of patterns, textures, and structures, all the while maintaining a strong sense of understatement, sensitivity, taste, and swing — hallmarks for as long as he has been playing. The Boston Globe calls Sands “a fabulously gifted instrumentalist, a piano protege of Dr. Billy Taylor, Geri Allen, Jason Moran, and Vijay Iyer.” 

Christian Sands Quartet “Embracing Dawn” record release

Christian Sands Quartet “Embracing Dawn” record release

Sat, Sep 28

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $25 | $40 | $50 | $55 Christian Sands – piano Marvin Sewell – guitar Eric Wheeler – bass Ryan Sands – drums “In addition to being a technically adroit, harmonically sophisticated player, Sands is one of the most profoundly rhythmic young pianists in jazz today.”
– Downbeat Pianist and composer Christian Sands celebrates his new release, Embracing Dawn, with a stunning quartet featuring guitarist Marvin Sewell, bassist Eric Wheeler, and drummer Ryan Sands. An emerging jazz force, Sands has collaborated with jazz luminaries such as Christian McBride, Gregory Porter, Geri Allen, Esperanza Spaulding, and Warren Wolf, among many others. His virtuosic technique and compelling musical vision encompass and reexamine the entire language of jazz. Whether it’s stride, swing, bebop, progressive, fusion, Brazilian, or Afro-Cuban, he expresses himself through an extensive vocabulary of patterns, textures, and structures, all the while maintaining a strong sense of understatement, sensitivity, taste, and swing — hallmarks for as long as he has been playing. The Boston Globe calls Sands “a fabulously gifted instrumentalist, a piano protege of Dr. Billy Taylor, Geri Allen, Jason Moran, and Vijay Iyer.” 

Christian Sands Quartet “Embracing Dawn” record release

Christian Sands Quartet “Embracing Dawn” record release

Sun, Sep 29

*PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows $25 | $40 | $50 | $55 Christian Sands – piano Marvin Sewell – guitar Eric Wheeler – bass Ryan Sands – drums “In addition to being a technically adroit, harmonically sophisticated player, Sands is one of the most profoundly rhythmic young pianists in jazz today.”
– Downbeat Pianist and composer Christian Sands celebrates his new release, Embracing Dawn, with a stunning quartet featuring guitarist Marvin Sewell, bassist Eric Wheeler, and drummer Ryan Sands. An emerging jazz force, Sands has collaborated with jazz luminaries such as Christian McBride, Gregory Porter, Geri Allen, Esperanza Spaulding, and Warren Wolf, among many others. His virtuosic technique and compelling musical vision encompass and reexamine the entire language of jazz. Whether it’s stride, swing, bebop, progressive, fusion, Brazilian, or Afro-Cuban, he expresses himself through an extensive vocabulary of patterns, textures, and structures, all the while maintaining a strong sense of understatement, sensitivity, taste, and swing — hallmarks for as long as he has been playing. The Boston Globe calls Sands “a fabulously gifted instrumentalist, a piano protege of Dr. Billy Taylor, Geri Allen, Jason Moran, and Vijay Iyer.”