This Weekend: Kenny Barron Trio @ Jazz Forum!

Friday & Saturday July 20 & 21 7 & 9:30 pm

Kenny Barron Trio
Performing on our new Steinway B Classic Grand Piano!
Honored by The National Endowment for the Arts as a 2010 Jazz Master, pianist Kenny Barron has an unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms. As a teenager, he started playing professionally with Mel Melvin's orchestra. While still in high school. Kenny worked with drummer Philly Joe Jones and at age 19, he moved to New York City and freelanced with Roy Haynes, Lee Morgan and James Moody, after the tenor saxophonist heard him play at the Five Spot. Upon Moody's recommendation Dizzy Gillespie hired Barron in 1962 without even hearing him play a note. It was in Dizzy's band where Kenny developed an appreciation for Latin and Caribbean rhythms. After five years with Dizzy, Barron played with Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Milt Jackson, and Buddy Rich. The early seventies found Kenny working with Yusef Lateef whom Kenny credits as a key influence in his art for improvisation. In 1974, Kenny recorded his first album as a leader; this was to be the first in over 40 recordings (and still counting!) as a leader. Come see the Kenny Barron Trio with David Wong on bass and Savannah Harris on drums at the Jazz Forum!

Brazilian Music Sunday July 22 4 pm

Rodrigo Bonelli Quintet feat. Guilherme Dias Gomes

Known for his impeccable groove, sophisticated taste, and stylistic versatility, drummer Rodrigo Bonelli maintains a busy performing and recording schedule throughout NYC and the United States. He has been privileged to perform with such renowned musicians as Don Friedman, Ron McClure, George Garzone, and Claudio Roditi. In 2013, his modern jazz tune "Ups and Downs" was a finalist in the Jazz category of the USA Songwriting Competition, an international contest. Guilherme Dias Gomes is a Brazilian born trumpeter, composer and music producer. Guilherme is also requested by artists of different music styles, like Joanna, Erasmo Carlos, Kid Abelha, Fafá de Belém, Angela RoRô, Fagner and Ivan Lins. He took part in tours that went through Latin America, Europe and the USA. See Rodrigo Bonelli Quintet feat. Guilherme Dias Gomes at the Jazz Forum!

Sunday Evening Jazz July 22 6 pm

Gerry Malkin Quintet feat. Ingrid Jensen
Gerry Malkin graduated with a degree in performance from The University of Bridgeport in 1974. He subsequently studied with Dave Liebman, Frank Foster and Bob Berg. He has performed with The Temptations and The Four Tops along with Tito Puente, Dave Weckl, Adam Nussbaum, Joey Calderazzo, Lew Soloff, Harvie S., Chip Jackson, Yoron Israel, Ray Vega, Steve Johns, George Colligan and Jon Burr. Born in Vancouver and raised in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Ingrid Jensen has been hailed as one of the most gifted trumpeters of her generation. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1989, she went on to record three highly acclaimed CDs for the ENJA record label, soon becoming one of the most in-demand trumpet players on the global jazz scene.

Next Weekend!
Friday & Saturday July 27 & 28 7 & 9:30 pm

Freddy Cole
Three-time Grammy nominee Freddy Cole is a singer/pianist and younger brother to Nat King Cole. While there are certain unmistakable similarities in timbre to his brother, he has a unique voice and personality. His vocals – suave, elegant, formidable, sometimes spoken and articulate – make him the most respected lyrical storyteller in jazz. Cole's career continues to ascend as he has moved into the front ranks of America's homegrown art form with a style and musical sophistication all his own.

Brazilian Music Sunday July 29 4 pm

Adriano Santos Quartet
Adriano Santos is at the epicenter of New York's contemporary Brazilian drummers. Growing up in São Paulo and studying at the acclaimed Zimbo Trio Music School since age twelve, he moved to Boston in 1988 and earned a degree in Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music. In 1995 he relocated to New York City to pursue a master's degree at City College and has never turned back. Adriano's playing style is typified by a natural clarity, swing and deep-seated groove in the tradition of Airto Moreira and Milton Banana. In addition to his extensive experience as a sideman, he has also shared his knowledge about Brazilian music teaching at Columbia University, New York University and for the past fifteen years at the renowned Drummers Collective Music School in NYC. As a professional musician, he has performed with top international artists such as Filó Machado, Romero Lubambo, Claudio Roditi, Gato Barbieri, David Binney, Bill Charlap, John Pizzarelli, Slide Hampton, Harry Allen, Vic Juris, Vana Gierig and Eileen Ivers to name a few.

Sunday Evening Jazz July 29 6 pm

Polly Gibbons & Her Quartet
Polly Gibbons is a singer/songwriter who hails from the small town of Framlingham in Suffolk, England. Once she began to sing around age 13, Polly discovered jazz and blues through listening to artists such as Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone, Miles Davis, Donny Hathaway and Thelonious Monk. Polly has cultivated her craft and eclecticism over the past decade, performing at all the leading UK jazz clubs, international festivals and as a regular at the legendary venue Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, where she has sung with the All-Stars, led by pianist and house musical director James Pearson. Now, Polly is quickly establishing herself in the States as well, with shows these past few years in Florida, Boston, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Los Angeles and Birdland in NYC. See Polly Gibbons with Shedrick Mitchel (piano), Paul Bollenback (guitar), Richie Goods (bass) and Willie Jones III (drums) at the Jazz Forum!

August 3 - August 5
Friday & Saturday Aug 3 & 4 7 & 9:30 pm

T.S. Monk Sextet
Percussionist T.S. Monk was born into the world of jazz. As the son of Thelonious Monk, his home was the gathering place for musicians such as Art Blakey, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Max Roach, who gave him his first pair of drumsticks. An accomplished musician, Monk has charted his own course as a composer, arranger and melodic drummer. In 1986, he established the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. His work with the institute inspired the drummer to return to jazz. He played in Clifford Jordan's big band and with Walter Davis before putting together his own sextet, which has had stable personnel since the late '80s.

Brazilian Music Sunday Aug 5 4 pm

Diego Figueiredo

"Diego Figueiredo is one of the greatest guitarists I've seen in my whole life. The world needs to listen to his music." - George Benson

Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo is a virtuoso with an infectious, joyful feeling that will leave you amazed and happy. He is an extraordinary fast-rising star among the world's greatest jazz guitarists. His superb technique, timing and imagination have made him one of the hottest international names right now. He has very unique skills and his concerts have been a great success in more than 50 countries around the world. Diego has already released 23 CDs, 3 DVDs and a book, and has received awards twice at the "Montreux Jazz Festival" as one of the greatest guitarists in the world. Diego Figueiredo is a brilliant musician who keeps the tradition of the true essence of Brazilian music and at the same time can be extremely virtuous, modern and innovative. Don't miss this opportunity to discover this incredible artist!

Sunday Evening Jazz Aug 5 6 pm

Neal Spitzer Quartet
Neal Spitzer is a full-time musician, composer, educator and sound engineer. He has lived and performed in the New York City area since moving there from Boston to attend the New School for Jazz Performance. He is the son of accomplished concert pianist, Rosalie Spitzer, and was often surrounded by composer

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