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World-Renowned Smoke Jazz Club Begins Spring With Four Of Today’s Leading Pianists, Album Releases By Bobby Watson And Eric Reed, And More Throughout March

World-Renowned Smoke Jazz Club Begins Spring With Four Of Today’s Leading Pianists, Album Releases By Bobby Watson And Eric Reed, And More Throughout March

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Described as “the most genuine, congenial and best-run jazz club in the city (Huffington Post),” New York’s Smoke Jazz Club presents a stellar line-up of some of jazz’s greatest artists during March. Four leading pianists return to the SMOKE stage: Renee Rosnes (Mar 2-5),Eric Reed celebrating his SMOKE Sessions album release (Mar 9-12), Jacky Terrasson (Mar 16-19), and George Cables (Mar 30-Apr 2). The legendary tenor George Coleman celebrates his 88th birthday with a special one-night-only concert featuring special guest artists (Mar 8). Another premier saxophonist, Bobby Watson, makes a stop on his East Coast tour at SMOKE (Mar 23-26) to celebrate his latest album Back Home in Kansas City, also released on SMOKE Sessions. Please scroll down for the complete schedule or visit SMOKEjazz.com.

March 2023

Wed Mar 1 Sarah Hanahan Quartet

Sarah Hanahan – saxophone

“Hanahan plays with an intense and driving conviction.” —WBGO Radio

Saxophonist Sarah Hanahan is one of the most exciting, young players to arrive in New York City in years. WBGO Radio says, “While she's comfortable building phrases within the language of Charlie Parker, Hanahan is also confident exploring along the outer edges of the music.” Originally from Massachusetts, she was based in Hartford while she attended the Jackie McLean Institute. The Hartford Courant raves, “It’s not hard to hear the connection to the legacy of McLean in her work.”

Thu-Sun Mar 2-5 Renee Rosnes Quartet

Renee Rosnes – piano
Steve Nelson – vibraphone
Peter Washington – bass
Lewis Nash – drums

“Few jazz pianists are as scarily satisfying.” —The Times (UK)

Renee Rosnes is one of the essential pianists and composers working today. “Her style at the keyboard is powerful and modernistic, combining classical technique and sharp, clean phrases with a dramatic compositional style,” says Stereogum. “The music is reminiscent of mid-’60s Blue Note albums by players like Joe Henderson, Andrew Hill, Bobby Hutcherson (with whom Rosnes worked), Sam Rivers, Wayne Shorter, and Tony Williams; it swings, and never loses touch with the blues, but it’s also abstract and biting.” Rosnes leads an impressive quartet of some of her favorite collaborators including vibraphonist Steve Nelson, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Lewis Nash.

Wed Mar 8 George Coleman Quartet 88th Birthday Celebration

George Coleman – tenor saxophone
Mike LeDonne—piano
George Coleman, Jr. – drums

Legendary tenor saxophonist George Coleman, a renowned performer and living legend, makes a very special, one-night appearance at SMOKE to celebrate is 88th birthday, which is March 8. He’ll be joined by a special quartet featuring his son George Jr. on drums and old friend Mike LeDonne on piano. Coleman is still making some of the most inspired music of his celebrated career, which has included work with B.B. King, Miles Davis, and Herbie Hancock among many others. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, the blues remains at the heart of Coleman’s harmonically advanced music. The Guardian says, “He’s still one of the most fluent and inventive tenor saxophonists around.” Downbeat adds, “When you hear the tenor sax of George Coleman, you know it’s him within a few notes. That deep park 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.” You won’t want to miss this music and the chance to wish George a happy birthday.

Thu-Sun Mar 9-12 Eric Reed Quartet Black, Brown, and Blue

Eric Reed – piano
Eric Lawrence – saxophone
Dezron Douglas – bass
Billy Drummond – drums

“Eric Reed has fully established himself in the forefront of jazz pianists.” —All About Jazz

Eric Reed celebrates the release of his inspiring new album Black, Brown, and Blue (SMOKE Sessions Records), which features a program of compositions written by composers of color. It includes works by jazz masters such as Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, Benny Golson, Horace Silver, Buddy Collette, and Buster Williams, along with jazz-conversant pop/R&B songwriters Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers. Reed calls Black, Brown, and Blue,“the culmination of my life thus far. I’m freer than I’ve ever been in my personal life, and I’m freer than I’ve ever been in my music. I’m accepting who I am. I love who I am. And as I continue to evolve – my artistry, my sexuality, and my overall humanity – my music will continue to become more and more personal.” A widely respected and popular musician and mentor, he first rose to fame with Wynton Marsalis and has performed with artists as varied as Jessye Norman, Quincy Jones, and Patti Labelle. His perpetually swinging and sophisticated style has made him one of the important ambassadors of the music.

Wed Mar 15 Nicole Glover Quintet

Nicole Glover – tenor saxophone
Simon Moullier – vibraphone
Miki Yamanaka – piano
Tyrone Allen – bass
Kayvon Gordon – drums

“[Glover's] set was something else entirely, damn near the stuff of which legends are made." —All About Jazz

Saxophonist Nicole Glover is one of the most exciting new voices in jazz.WBGO Radio already calls her “a fixture on the scene in New York” and says, “we’re sure to be hearing a lot more from her soon.” Originally from Portland, Oregon, she has worked with Esperanza Spalding and George Colligan as well as Reggie Workman, Victor Lewis, and Renee Rosnes among many others. She leads a sensational quintet of rising stars featuring vibraphonist Simon Moullier, pianist Miki Yamanaka, bassist Tyrone Allen, and drummer Kayvon Gordon.

Thu-Sun Mar 16-19 Jacky Terrasson Trio

Jacky Terrasson – piano
Burniss Travis – bass
Jeremy Dutton – drums

“Jacky 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 makes a rare New York appearance from his base in Paris leading an exciting trio. For over three decades, Jacky Terrasson has been subtly reimagining the possibilities of the piano trio and even the sound and role of the piano itself within that context to great acclaim. Unorthodox approaches to standards, surprising choices of repertoire, and bracing, dramatic solos are some of the hallmarks of his celebrated playing.

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.” Terrasson spent important formative time early in his career alongside two giants in Betty Carter and Eddie Harris. Today, Terrasson shares those invaluable lessons with the next generation. His trio features the outstanding tandem of bassist Burniss Travis and drummer Jeremy Dutton.

Thu-Sun Mar 23-26 Bobby Watson Quintet Back Home in Kansas City

Bobby Watson – alto saxophone
Wallace Roney Jr – trumpet
Cyrus Chestnut – piano
Curtis Lundy – bass
Victor Jones – drums

“Watson displays that rarest ability to truly express not just feelings, but also full-fledged stories through his playing.” – Downbeat

Alto saxophonist Bobby Watson, one of the most acclaimed and beloved artists of the last 40+ years, returns to New York City and SMOKE to celebrate belatedly the 2022 release of his latest record Back Home in Kansas City (SMOKE Sessions Records) with the stellar rhythm section featured on it including pianist Cyrus Chestnut, bassist Curtis Lundy, and drummer Victor Jones with the special addition here of trumpeter Wallace Roney Jr. Audiophile Audition recommends this album for listeners who “love Cannonball Adderley, and the soulfulness of Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt, and hearing church gospel roots with blues influences.” All About Jazz describes Watson as “very intensely, echoing those powerful Kansas City sounds while moving forward through all the bebop and mainstream trends while maintaining his own consistent style.”

Thu Mar 30-Apr 2 George Cables Quartet

George Cables – piano
Craig Handy – tenor saxophone
Essiet Essiet – bass
Jerome Jennings – drums

“Anyone who is serious about jazz will tell you that George Cables belongs in the pantheon of the greatest jazz pianists.” —All About Jazz

One of the essential artists of piano, George Cables (aka “Mr. Beautiful”) is known for his impeccable sound, sensitive accompaniment, and original playing. A trusted collaborator over the past 50 years for artists like Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Dexter Gordon, and Art Pepper, Cables has also released numerous important recordings as a leader. The New York City Jazz Record says, “He is a piano giant.” National Public Radio adds “His solos reveal a deep sense of groove and pacing and a mind at work.”His compelling quartet features saxophonist Craig Handy, bassist Essiet Essiet, and drummer Jerome Jennings.


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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