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Smoke Announces Concert Line-up For April Aka Jazz Appreciation Month As The Jazz Club Kickstarts Its 25th Anniversary Festivities

Smoke Announces Concert Line-up For April Aka Jazz Appreciation Month As The Jazz Club Kickstarts Its 25th Anniversary Festivities

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SMOKE Debuts: Nabaté Isles (Apr 3) and Walter Smith III (Apr 4-7); SMOKE’s 25th Anniversary Celebration: George Coleman and Special Guests (Apr 10-14); Ode to Joe: Celebrating the Music of Joe Henderson (Apr 17-21); Jacky Terrasson Trio (Apr 24-28)

SMOKE Jazz Club is thrilled to present the first of many 25th anniversary celebrations starting with George Coleman and special guests (Apr 10-14). NEA Jazz Master George Coleman opened the doors to SMOKE in April 1999, then christened its newly renovated space post-pandemic in July 2022, and returns in April to celebrate the club’s 25th anniversary. Joining Coleman are several special guests such as Joe Farnsworth who also inaugurated the SMOKE stage 25 years ago. This marks the beginning of year-round Silver Jubilee festivities to be announced soon. For the most updated calendar, please visit SMOKEjazz.com.

April 2024 Concert Schedule

Wed Apr 3: Nabaté Isles Sextet

Nabaté Isles – trumpet
Don Byron – clarinet & tenor saxophone
Paul Bollenback – guitar
Manuel Valera Jr. – piano & keyboards
Eric Wheeler – bass
Johnathan Blake – drums

Trumpeter Nabaté Isles makes his SMOKE debut leading this exciting sextet with clarinetist and saxophonist Don Byron, guitarist Paul Bollenback, pianist Manuel Valera, bassist Eric Wheeler and drummer Johnathan Blake. Isles “seeks to bring the groove and movement back to jazz, in order to get people to dance, just like at a block party.” In addition to releasing two acclaimed albums as a leader, he has performed or recorded with an impressive and eclectic list of artists, including Christian McBride, Yasiin Bey, Jeffrey Osborne, Jill Scott, Dianne Reeves, Robert Glasper, Steve Coleman, and Ravi Coltrane.

Thu-Sun Apr 4-7: Walter Smith III Quintet

Walter Smith III – tenor saxophone
Matt Stevens – guitar
Brad Mehldau – piano
Harish Raghavan – bass
Kendrick Scott – drums

“A tenor saxophonist for our times.” – The Guardian

Tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III makes his long-awaited and highly anticipated SMOKE debut, leading a highly impressive quintet with pianist Brad Mehldau, guitarist Matt Stevens, bassist Harish Raghavan, and fellow Houston native drummer Kendrick Scott. Since his arrival almost 20 years ago, Smith has been a key figure and performer who has been a member of several legendary groups, including the Roy Haynes’ Fountain of Youth Band, the Terence Blanchard Quintet, Eric Harland’s Voyager, the Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet, as well as groups with Jason Moran, Christian McBride, Gerald Clayton, and Sean Jones Quintet to name a few. JazzWise reports, “Walter Smith III expresses his deep modern jazz roots with an airy tenor sax tone and a ferocious but understated technique,” while Downbeat adds, “His tone and melodicism are just killing with a flow of ideas that’s vast and beautiful.”

Wed-Sun Apr 10-14: SMOKE’s 25th Anniversary Celebration featuring George Coleman and special guests

Wed + Sun only: George Coleman – tenor saxophone
John Webber – bass
Emmet Cohen – piano
Joe Farnsworth – drums

Thu–Sat only:

George Coleman – tenor saxophone
John Webber – bass
Peter Bernstein – guitar
Michael Weiss – piano
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 two exciting groups for the occasion; the first group bookends the engagement on Wednesday and Sunday with pianist Emmet Cohen, bassist John Webber, and drummer Joe Farnsworth—who also inaugurated the SMOKE stage 25 years ago. The middle three nights—Thursday, Friday, and Saturday—feature a band with guitarist Peter Bernstein, pianist Michael Weiss, bassist John Webber, and drummer Carl Allen.

Wed-Sun Apr 17-21: Ode for Joe: Celebrating the Music of Joe Henderson

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.

Wed-Sun Apr 24-28: Jacky Terrasson Trio

Jacky Terrasson – piano
Burniss Travis – bass
Alvester Garnet – drums

“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 leads an exciting trio with bassist Burniss Travis and drummer Alvester Garnett. 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.”


Located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side at the junction of Broadway and 106th Street (aka Duke Ellington Boulevard), Smoke Jazz Club is one of New York City’s premier live music venues. Renowned for offering top-notch programming of accessible, timeless jazz featuring legendary performers, modern masters and rising stars, Smoke stands apart with its candlelit dining room, stellar acoustics, and classic American cuisine. Founded in 1999, SMOKE also boasts a GRAMMY-nominated label, Smoke Sessions Records, and a celebrated streaming concert series, Smoke Screens.

Every Wednesday-Sunday @ 7:00 p.m. + 9:00 p.m. and additional 10:30 p.m. (Fri & Sat only). Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

Smoke Jazz & Supper Club 2751 Broadway
New York, NY 10025

In-Person $25-$60. Livestream $15. For more information and to make reservations visit our website (link below).

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