Special Saturday Show with Freddie Hendrix at Hat City Kitchen

IMG_8528smallPlease join us this Saturday, October 3rd for Hat City Kitchen’s new weekend jazz series. For the first program, we’ll be featuring some of my favorite musicians anywhere. Anyone who follows the current NYC jazz scene knows that Freddie is one of the great stars of trumpet whose virtuosity is equally at home in the bands
of Christian McBride, Oliver Lake, or anything in between.  I’ve been fortunate enough to work with Freddie throughout the last few years in the Big Bands of Oliver Lake and Josh Evans and in Michele Rosewoman’s New Yor-uba. But this is the first time we’ve shared the front line in a quintet format and I couldn’t be more excited. He’s a great musican, educator and friend of my family.

The rhythm section joining us is made up of three core members of North Jersey’s thriving jazz community. These gentlemen have played countless gigs with both Freddie and me, as we have played in their bands as well. This promises to be an evening of beautiful inspired musicianship by good friends with a deep musical connection. In addition to standard repertoire, we will be featuring original music by both Freddie and me.  I hope you can make it out to hear this special evening.

Mike Lee Quintet Featuring Freddie Hendrix
Brandon McCune – Piano
Chris Berger – Bass
Vince Ector – Drums
Hat City Kitchen
459 Valley St, City of Orange, NJ 07050
(862) 252-9147
Saturday October 3rd, 2015
Two Sets:
8:30 pm & 10:00 pm

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September Music

September Music

September is looking like another excellent month of music making with some of my favorite musicians. It is a blessing to be able to play music from all ends of the jazz spectrum. This month, for me, exemplifies that idea. From Hat City Kitchen with my own bands, to OSPAC Jazz Festival with Oscar Perez' Jazz Explosion, to Music of Billie Holiday with Teri Roger in New Paltz, to the ever swinging Loston Harris Trio in Kentucky, and Josh Evans Big Band at Dizzy's, September will be a musical adventure. For more information, please visit mikeleejazz.com.


Hat City Kitchen Wednesday September 16

My weekly jam session continues to flourish. We're so honored by the large turnout of great musicians and fans who keep the jam session flowing at a high level. This week the house band will consist of Ed Howard on bass, and Jerome Jennings on drums, and yours truly on tenor saxophone.

Wednesday, September 16th
Hat City Kitchen
459 Valley St, City of Orange, NJ 07050
(862) 252-9147

Mike Lee - Saxophone
Ed Howard - Bass
Jerome Jennings - Drums


Teri Roiger Celebrates Billie Holiday Thursday

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Thursday, Sept. 17

McKenna Theatre

SUNY New Paltz ®
New Paltz, NY 12561
8 p.m.

Celebrate Billie Holiday, the great jazz singer, in her centennial year, with John Menegon, bass, Wayne Hawkins, piano, Mike Lee, saxophone and other special guests.


Oscar Perez Latin Jazz Explosion at OSPAC Jazz and Brew Festival Saturday September 19th 3:15pm

OSPAC Jazz and Brew Festival. Saturday September 19 3:15pm

Oscar Perez Latin Jazz Explosion! with Mike Lee, Ted Chubb, Thomson Kneeland,  Alvester Garnett.

4 Boland Drive, West Orange, NJ/973 669-7385/ Rain Date Sept 20.

Plan to spend the whole day at OSPAC. In addition to Osacar Perez' group, Enrico Granafei, Madame Pat Tandy, Bill Charlap, Bob Devos, Eric Alexander, and Dave Stryker will also be performing. 

With roots in Cuban folk music, and extensive classical and jazz studies, acclaimed pianist Oscar Perez has been widely recognized for his joyful performances, composing and teaching: An improviser and composer with his own distinct voice, Oscar Perez has expertly combined the traditions of his Cuban heritage with straight-ahead jazz.” He has toured with diverse musicians including Christian McBride and Wycliffe Gordon. www.oscarperezmusic.com


Loston Harris Trio at Glen Mahr Center for the Arts Septermber 26th.

Loston Harris Trio
Glen Mahr Center for the Arts
Madisonville Community College 2000 College Drive
Madisonville, Kentucky 42431
September 26, 2015 ∙ 7:30 p.m.

Loston Harris - piano, vocals
Mike Lee - saxophone
Gianluca Renzi - bass

Looking forward to getting back out on the road with this incredibly talented vocalist and pianist. We had a blast in Detroit this summer. Please join us if you're in the area. 

Loston Harris’ piano playing has often been described as percussive and incredibly fluid. He works hard to continue a legacy by blending traditional jazz, gospel and blues with his own unique stylings. With early musical inspirations ranging from artists such as Stevie Wonder, Carole King and other notable pop and R&B bands, it was jazz that ultimately chose Loston; for him jazz is hip, serious, complex, improvisational and limitless.

Tickets: $20 (general admission) – Hancock Bank & Trust Coffeehouse Series


Josh Evans Big Band at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Tuesday September 29th

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Josh Evans Big Band with Special Guest Billy Harper 

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
Broadway and 60th Street
5th Floor

Set Times - 7:30 & 9:30PM

Reserve by phone: 212-258-9595 In person after 6pm

Cover: $35 Student: $20 (9:30pm only)

With trumpeter, composer, and arranger Josh Evans, tenor saxophonist Billy Harper; saxophonists Bruce Williams, Yunie Mojica, Stacy Dillard, Mike Lee, and Lauren Sevian; trombonists Frank Lacy, Stafford Hunter, David Gibson, and Max Siegal; trumpeters Anthony Sisson, Linda Briceno, Vitaly Golenev, and Freddie Hendrix; pianists Theo Hill; bassist Corcoran Holt; and drummer Enoch Jamal Strickland

Trumpeter Josh Evans has performed in the bands of and/or recorded with an extraordinary list of artists, including Jackie McLean, Cedar Walton, Rashied Ali, and Gregory Porter. For one night at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Evans returns with his Big Band to perform his arrangements of standards and originals. The band features an exciting combination of well-established players and up-and-coming musicians, and we cannot wait to hear what they bring to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola alongside special guest and legend, tenor saxophonist Billy Harper.

This Weekend – Wallace Roney Sextet at Trumpets (Sat) and Hudson Valley Jazz Festival (Sun)

This Has Been a Phenomenal Summer!

This summer has been a constant flow of wonderful gigs. It's hard to believe that in just the past couple of months we've been lucky enough to perform at the Blue Note with the Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra, Kennedy Center with Michele Rosewoman's New Yoruba, Charlie Parker Festival with Oliver Lake, Montclair Jazz Festival with Radam Schwartz, Smalls Jazz Club with Josh Evans, Detroit Institute of Art with Loston Harris, Trumpets Jazz Club with Steve Johns, and of course my Wednesday night home at Hat City Kitchen with my favorite collaborators. But there's not much time to reflect on what's already happened, as more great music coming up this week has my undivided attention!

 

Wallace Roney Sextet at Trumpets in Montclair, and Hudson Valley Jazz Festival!

This Saturday at Trumpets and Sunday at Hudson Valley Jazz Festival, it will be my distinct honor to play in this group with 3 icons of the music. Trumpeter Wallace Roney, drummer Lenny White, and bassist Buster Williams are three musical heroes who have continued to change the music. Rounding out the band are my old buddy, Steve Myerson on piano, and up-and-comer Jordan Young on alto saxophone (at Trumpets) and the great alto saxophonist Eric Person (at Hudson Valley Jazz Festival). 

 
 

Wallace Roney All-Star Band
Trumpets Jazz Club
6 Depot Square | Montclair, NJ
Saturday, Aug 29 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

2 sets:  8 p.m. & 10 p.m. $18 pp music charge advanced online sales  
$20 pp music charge at door $12pp minimum (food/drink)
Wallace Roney-trumpet
Steve Myerson-piano
Mike Lee-sax
Buster Williams-bass
Lenny White-drums  

Wallace Roney All-Star Band
Hudson Valley Jazz Festival. 
Sunday Aug 30 @ 7:00 pm 

 
Wallace Roney-trumpet
Eric Person- alto saxophone.
Mike Lee- Tenor sax
Steve Myerson-piano
Buster Williams-bass
Lenny White-drums  

Candlelight Lounge – Saturday September 5th 

I'm looking forward to being featured next Saturday afternoon at the famous Candlelight Lounge in Trenton. This is a soulful club which has an old fashioned vibe like the clubs I grew up playing at in Cleveland. We'll just be calling tunes with the house rhythm section. Should be swinging!

Jazz Masters Series 2015

24 Passaic St, Trenton, NJ 08618
(609) 695-9612

3:30-7:30 PM  Saturday September 5th: No Cover/$10 Minimum

Mike Lee - Tenor
Aaron Graves - Piano
Nimrod Speaks - Bass
Craig McIver - Drums

 

 

Stryker

 

Dave Stryker’s CD soaring!

Last winter I was lucky enough to be one of ten saxophonists to record a track in honor of the great Stanley Turrentine on Dave Strykers new CD. Dave's CD “Messin’ with Mister T” made #1 on JazzWeek Radio chart and has been on the chart now for 20 weeks. It’s also gotten great reviews in Downbeat (4.5 Stars), Jazz Times, Jazziz, Hot House and many others. Pick up a copy today! 

You can order a hard copy from Dave Stryker's Website

Or you can download it at: CD Baby

July Gigs – Bluenote, Back to Detroit & More

Off with a bang

I love July. More family time, reorganizing, cleaning, getting in shape and some great gigs! I'm thrilled to let you know about some of the exciting events coming up and hope to see you at one soon. 

Hat City Kitchen with Guest Artist John Hart

Wednesday July 8th, 2015. 8:00pm - 12:00pm

Hat City Kitchen 459 Valley St. City Of Orange, NJ

Last year the brilliant guitarist John Hart left New York after 30 years to accept a position as Professor of Guitar at the esteemed Miami University. John recorded with me on my Omnitone release "My Backyard" and we performed countless gigs together dating back to the 80's. His return to New York for a few weeks this summer allowed us to have a reunion at my weekly jam session. Also joining us is the phenomenal Vince Ector (we're going to be celebrating his recent BIG birthday) on drums and my cohort in Loston Harris Trio - Gianluca Renzi on Bass. This should be a great evening of music at a tremendous New Jersey Venue. Hat City Kitchen 459 Valley St, City of Orange, NJ 07050. We'll play a house-band set at 8:00 then the jam session will follow at 9:00. 


Radam Schwartz Trio Fat Cat

Thursday July 9th, 2015. 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Fat Cat 75 Christopher at 7th Ave. NYC

One of the great pleasures of my New Jersey experience is getting to know and play music with the great Organist, Radam Schwartz. Radam has been a fixture on the Norther Jersey/New York scene for decades. We'll be playing at the underground night spot in the village that you've got to see to believe. Drummer Earl Grice rounds out Radams trio for the evening. 


Steve Johns Family Band at Trumpets in Montclair

 

Friday July 10th, 2015 The Steve Johns Quartet

Trumpets Jazz Club, 6 Depot Square, Montclair, NJ 07042
Steve is one of the great drummers having been a member of Dr. Billy Taylor's Trio, Sonny Fortune Groups, and a host of others.  I'm subbing in Steve's "Family" band for his wife, Debbie who is on injured reserve in Arizona. We will be playing the music from Steve's debut CD FAMILY on Strikezone Records
" Unlike most family get together's, the Johns clan has a lot to say and many will enjoy their tales" Gary Walker, WBGO music director
Steve Johns-drums
Mike Lee-saxophones
Bob DeVos-guitar
Daryl Johns-acoustic and electric bass
 


Hat City Kitchen

Wednesday July 15th, 2015. Hat City Kitchen Jam 8:00 House Band, Jam Session starts at 9:00. 

Hat City Jam continues with one of the core trios of the Hat City Jam Session with Chris Berger and Alvester Garnett. We always have a great time starting out the session! These dudes are two of the best around. 


Bluenote With The Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band

Tuesday July 21 - July 26, 2015, Blue Note  NYC

Obviously I'm thrilled to being playing again with the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band. His spirit looms large over this great ensemble. Last time I worked with the band, I was subbing for Jimmy Heath, this time I'm looking forward to playing in the section with him. This is going to be a great week of music. 


Loston Harris at Detroit Institute of the Arts

 

Friday July 31st, 2015. 7:00pm and 8:30pm

For more than a decade, Loston Harris has been the headliner at New York’s legendary Carlyse Hotel, which has a legacy of hosting jazz greats, including Bobby Short, Eartha Kitt and John Pizzarelli. Loston blends traditional jazz, gospel and blues with his own unique stylings. For the last two years I've been developing a rapport with this gracious singer and pianist while playing in his trio at Bemelman's Bar at the Carlyle Hotel. I'm looking forward to returning to Detroit!


Oliver Lake Big Band at the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

Oliver Lake is an icon of modern music. His writing and leadership create an environment for great individual expression while simultaneously promoting a fervent ensemble experience. On top of that he is a kind and soulful man. This is a great concert venue. Come join us!

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival is New York City's annual salute to the legendary saxophonist.City Parks Foundation is proud to celebrate this histories festival, featuring contemporaries of Charlie Parker as well as young jazz musicians that continue to shape and drive the art form.

Friday August 21st   6pm - 9pm
Marcus Garvey Park
*a new commission


Why Covenant House and the NYC Half Marathon are so Important to us.

NYC Half Marathon

Please Give to our Giving Page by clicking here

Why we’re at it again

 

Training!
Training!

Last year, Rebecca encouraged me to run my first distance race, the NYC Half-Marathon. It was an important statement about Rebecca’s triumph over injuries she suffered in December of 2011 when she was hit by a car. Her resilience and determination were astounding and running became her rehabilitation and she was determined to share the miracle of her recovery with the young people whom Covenant House serves every day. She wanted me on-board to share in the benefits and the giving to Covenant House. So, looking back on it, it was easy. It was easy because the recovery was still fresh to us. The power of our family and love for each other  were brought into focus by the test of her injuries. I was inspired to meet the physical challenge of running 13.1 miles and our friends were inspired to give to our fundraising efforts for Covenant House.

Now our challenge is to retain the lessons we learned when we were jolted out of our daily grind by a horrific accident. Thankfully, we have had much more mundane challenges over the past year and yet we want to keep our focus on the things that matter. Running is important because we can and we don’t take that for granted. Giving is important because we’re in a place to do that now. This race is our way of remembering the lessons of the winter of 2011/2012 and to invite you to join us in helping the homeless young people that Covenant House saves every day. Click here to help!

New York Half Marathon! Please Help Us Help Covenant House.

We are lucky people.

I don't like to list our blessings too often because I understand how temporary any circumstance is, and we don't like to tempt fate by dwelling on all the blessings that have come our way lately. Three years ago we learned how quickly a charmed life can be challenged by unexpected events. My wife was hit by a car and severely injured. Her comeback and recovery tested us and the kids. But we hung on and the experience revealed Rebecca's incredible fortitude and selflessness.

Last year my wife, Rebecca, encouraged me to run the New York City Half Marathon. She had already been raising money for Covenant House and it was time for me to join in. Training for this event was a daunting task. But buoyed by her encouragement and the wonderful contributions of my friends, I persevered and together we raised over $4000 for Covenant House, and I managed to finish the 13.1 mile run. Unfortunately, I did not win, but I wasn't dead last either!

Well, we're at it again. We look forward to raising funds and awareness for Covenant House. Covenant House provides shelter and services for young people 18 -21 who fall outside of most government safety nets, yet are some of the most vulnerable among the homeless. Often the help offered at this pivotal stage in their lives is the difference between a life on the streets or a college education and successful career. We have personally seen how Covenant House has worked with our young friend Jesse to give him housing, healthcare, and a college education. We know the difference that Covenant House makes and we hope you will consider making a contribution to Covenant House through our Giving Page.

Josh Evans Big Band at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Hat City Kitchen Jam, Loston Harris at Bemelman’s Bar

Let’s Keep it Going

This fall just keep getting better. I barely have time to stop and catch my breath. In just a few hours, on Tuesday night, I'll be playing the music of Josh Evans, one of the great young trumpet players of today. Then on Wednesday, I'll be burning hitting hard at Hat City Kitchen's weekly jam which has become a scene unto itself with some of the greatest artists in the world jumping in with us on any given week. Thursday and Friday, I'm back at Bemelman's bar with the exquisite Loston Harris where every gig feels like a scene out of a movie - a really fun, swinging, movie. Next week brings more holiday cheer as we do a special holiday Tuesday edition of the Hat City Jam on the 23rd and end the year with two gigs at Trumpets in Montclair; first with guitar master, Dave Stryker, as we perform music from his just recorded tribute to the great Stanley Turrentine on Friday, December 26th, then on Sunday December 28th I'll be playing with Willy's Dalton's great Real Deal Big Band, also at Trumpets.

Josh Evans Big Band at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola

Josh Evans is easily one of the most gifted musicians I've ever heard, let alone worked with. I've been playing in Josh's big band since May of this year and his writing and playing are simply masterful. If you haven't heard him, you've got to hear this band!

Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola
Broadway and 60th Street
5th Floor
Reserve by phone 212-258-9595
Tue, Dec 16 – 7:30 & 9:30pm

With Josh Evans, trumpet/composer/arranger;
Bruce Williams, Yunie Mojica, Mike Lee, Stacy Dillard, Lauren Sevian, saxophones;
Frank Lacy, Stafford Hunter, David Gibson, Max Siegal, trombones;
Marquis Hill, Linda Briceno, Vitaly Golenev, Anthony Sisson, trumpets;
Theo Hill, piano; Ameen Saleem, bass; Kush Abadey, drums; and Shenel Johns, vocals

Trumpeter Josh Evans has performed in the bands of and recorded with an extraordinary list of artists, including Jackie McLean, Cedar Walton, Rashied Ali, and Gregory Porter. For one night at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Evans brings his Big Band to perform his arrangements of standards and originals. This currently unrecorded band features an exciting combination of well-established players and up-and-coming musicians, and we cannot wait to hear what they bring to the scene.

Wed. December 17th: Hat City Kitchen Jam Featuring Jerome Jennings and Mike Karn

This Wednesday Dec 17th we once again welcome Jerome Jennings on Drums and Mike Karn on bass to round out our house band. These guys have played with everyone from Sonny Rollins to George Coleman. I'll do my best to keep up!

Mike Lee – saxophone
Mike Karn - bass
Jerome Jennings - drums

House band plays at 8, jam starts at 9.
Bring your horn!

Hat City Kitchen
459 Valley St, City of Orange, NJ 07050
(862) 252-9147

Thurs. & Fri. December 18th & 19th: Loston Harris at Bemelman’s Bar

Thursday & Friday December 18th and 19th: Loston Harris at Bemelman's Bar
Bemelman's Bar at the Carlyle Hotel is a throw back to a time when great music was appreciated by crowds of revelers. Loston is a brilliant pianist and singer. Stop by and feel the vibe.

35 E 76th St, New York, NY 10075
212 744.1600

Loston Harris, Piano
Gianluca Renzi, Bass
Mike Lee, Saxophone

Tuesday Decenber 23rd: Hat City Kitchen Special Holiday Jam

Tuesday Dec 23rd, Hat City Kitchen Holiday Jam Session
Special holiday Tuesday jam session. We'll have a lot of our favorite "youngsters" returning from college joining the master musicians who make this session one of the best in land.

House band plays at 8, jam starts at 9.

Bring your horn!

Hat City Kitchen
459 Valley St, City of Orange, NJ 07050
(862) 252-9147

Friday Dec. 26th Dave Stryker Quartet at Trumpets in Montclair

Sets at 8:00pm and 10:00pm

Dave Stryker - guitar, Mike Lee - saxophone, Jared Gold - Organ, Steve Johns - Drums

Last weekend I had the immense honor of recording with guitar titan, Dave Stryker for his upcoming CD release. Dave is a consummate musician, writer, and band leader. Fresh off of recording Dave's latest project, a tribute to Stanley Turrentine, this band performs Stanley's beautiful music live at my favorite hometown club for Dave's annual after Christmas gig.

Sunday Dec. 28th The Real Deal Big Band at Trumpets in Montclair

Willy Dalton's Great arrangements groove like crazy. Featuring a stellar line up of musicians.

Trumpets Jazz Club & Restaurant
6 Depot Square
Montclair, New Jersey 07042
973-744-2600

A New Week, Some More Great Gigs!

Wow, that was intense

Last week week was an amazing week of gigs. Performances at Hat City, Bemelman's Bar, Trumpets Jazz Club, and South Orange Performing Arts Center, were all packed, musically stimulating and ended in epic hangs! Thanks to all the friends, family, and students that showed up.

Tonight! (Tuesday Dec. 2nd) Josh Evans Big Band at Smalls

Smalls Jazz Club
183 West 10th St. NYC
Sets at 9:30 and 11:00

Bruce Williams, Yunie Mojica, Mike Lee, Stacy Dillard, Lauren Sevian, saxophones;
Frank Lacy, Stafford Hunter, David Gibson, Max Siegal, trombones;
Marquis Hill, Linda Briceno, Vitaly Golenev, Anthony Sisson, trumpets;
Theo Hill, piano; Ameen Saleem, bass; Kush Abadey, drums; and Shenel Johns, vocals

Wednesday Dec 3rd: Hat City Kitchen Jam

Mike Lee – saxophone
Chris Berger - bass
Alvester Garnett - drums

House band plays at 8, jam starts at 9.
Bring your horn!

Hat City Kitchen
459 Valley St, City of Orange, NJ 07050
(862) 252-9147

Thursday, Dec 4th Montclair State University Combos

Thursday, Dec 4th Montclair State University Combos
Montclair State University
1 Normal Ave
Montclair, New Jersey 07043
973-655-4000

Join us for our season ending performance by by my student combo at Montclair State. Also performing will be the student groups directed by my colleagues, Dave Stryker, Steve Johns, and Bill Moring.

Saturday December 6th Hat City Kitchen with Chris Berger

Saturday December 6th Hat City Kitchen with Chris Berger
One of my favorite people in the world is also one of my favorite bass players. Come hear Chris Berger as he leads his own quartet at Hat City Kitchen.

Sets at 8:00 and 9:30

Hat City Kitchen
459 Valley St City of Orange, NJ 07050
(862) 252-9147

Chris Berger, Bass
Mike Lee, Saxophone
Brandon McCune, Piano
Alvester Garnett, Drums

Wednesday December 10th Hat City Jam Special Event – Recording Preview

8:00pm - 11:45pm

Hat City Kitchen
459 Valley St City of Orange, NJ 07050
(862) 252-9147

Mike Lee - saxophone, Dave Stryker - guitar, Jared Gold - Organ, McClenty Hunter - Drums

Special prerecording event. Join us as we prepare for a weekend recording session by Dave Stryker paying tribute to the great Stanley TurrentineDave Stryker

House band plays a short set at 8:00, Jam session starts at 9. Bring your horn! The hat city Kitchen Jam Session has become one the premier sessions of Northern Jersey featuring a dazzling array of the finest young musicians to some of the biggest names in jazz.

A Lot Of Music To Be Thankful For

Another great week of gigs

This year has brought so much music to my family that I'm filled with joy. I'm so thankful to have the opportunity to make music with so many like-minded musicians and to share that joy with so many eager students every week. I hope you have a chance to scroll through the list of the coming week of gigs and stop by one of them if you're in the area.

Wed. Nov 26th: Hat City Kitchen – EARLY TIME!

We are doing a special Thanksgiving eve early edition of my weekly Hat City Kitchen jam session. We start our house band set at 7:00pm and finish at 10:00pm

Mike Lee – saxophone
Radam Schwartz – 0rgan
Noel Sagerman – drums

House band plays at 7, jam starts at 8.
Bring your horn!

Hat City Kitchen
459 Valley St, City of Orange, NJ 07050
(862) 252-9147

Thurs. Nov. 27th Loston Harris at Bemelman’s Bar

Wednesday Nov 12, 9:30 – 12:30

35 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021, USA | T: +1 212 744 1600 | Reservations: 888 ROSEOOD (888 767 3966)|

Spend Thanksgiving night at this great upscale venue listening to this amazing talent sing and swing the night away. Always a blast.

Friday November 28, 2014 Oliver Lake Big Band

Trumpets Jazz Club
6 Depot Square, Montclair, NJ
973 744 2600
8 & 10 PM Sets

Featuring: Oliver Lake – alto saxophone / Terry L. Greene II – trombone / Alfred Patterson – trombone / Aaron J. Johnson – trombone / Stafford Hunter – trombone / Darius Jones – alto sax / Bruce Williams – alto sax / James Stewart – tenor sax / Mike Lee – tenor sax / Jason Marshall – baritone sax / Josh Evans – trumpet / Freddie Hendrix – trumpet / Nabaté Isles – trumpet / Duane Eubanks – trumpet / Yoichi Uzeki – piano / Robert Sabin – bass / Chris Beck – drums

Sat. Nov. 29 Giants of Jazz Honoring McCoy Tyner

SOPAC | One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079 |
info@sopacnow.org | (973) 275 1114 |

Tickets: $50, $60
Seniors/Students with valid ID: $40, $50

Click here to BUY TICKETS online now!
Call the Box Office (973) 313-2787

Join us at this annual celebration! Honoree McCoy Tyner will be joined by some of the greatest names in Jazz in this star-studded night of music.

Roy Assaf/ Gary Bartz / Tommy Campbell / Sharel Cassity / Cyrus Chestnut / Dezron Douglas / Vince Ector / Josh Evans / James Gibbs / Gerry Gibbs / Greg Gisbert / Russell Hall / Billy Harper / Antonio Hart / Jimmy Heath / Freddie Hendrix / Julian Lee / Mike Lee / Abelita Mateus / T.S. Monk / Jeb Patton / Wallace Rodey / Claudio Roditi / Renee Rosnes / Evan Sherman / E.J. Strickland / Steve Turre /

… and more Giants of Jazz to be announced!

Presented by Village of South Orange, The Baird, andSouth Orange Performing Arts Center.

The New York Times called Giants of Jazz the “premier (jazz) festival in the state.”

Tues. Dec. 2nd: Josh Evans Big Band at Smalls 9:30 – 12:30pm Smalls Jazz Club 183 W 10th St. NYC

Bruce Williams, Yunie Mojica, Mike Lee, Stacy Dillard, Lauren Sevian, saxophones;
Frank Lacy, Stafford Hunter, David Gibson, Max Siegal, trombones;
Carlos Abadie, Linda Briceno, Vitaly Golenev, Anthony Sisson, trumpets;
Theo Hill, piano; Ameen Saleem, bass; Kush Abadey, drums; and Shenel Johns, vocals

Tues. Dec. 16 Josh Evans Big Band at Dizzy’s

Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola
Broadway and 60th Street
5th Floor
Reserve by phone 212-258-9595
Tue, Dec 16 – 7:30 & 9:30pm

With Josh Evans, trumpet/composer/arranger;
Bruce Williams, Yunie Mojica, Mike Lee, Stacy Dillard, Lauren Sevian, saxophones;
Frank Lacy, Stafford Hunter, David Gibson, Max Siegal, trombones;
Marquis Hill, Linda Briceno, Vitaly Golenev, Anthony Sisson, trumpets;
Theo Hill, piano; Ameen Saleem, bass; Kush Abadey, drums; and Shenel Johns, vocals

Trumpeter Josh Evans has performed in the bands of and recorded with an extraordinary list of artists, including Jackie McLean, Cedar Walton, Rashied Ali, and Gregory Porter. For one night at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Evans brings his Big Band to perform his arrangements of standards and originals. This currently unrecorded band features an exciting combination of well-established players and up-and-coming musicians, and we cannot wait to hear what they bring to the scene.

 
 

Great Week of Gigs

Wed Nov. 5th, Hat City Kitchen

My weekly jam session continues!

Mike Lee - saxophone

Mike Karn, bass

Chris Beck - drums

House band plays at 8, jam starts at 9.
Bring your horn!

Hat City Kitchen
459 Valley St, City of Orange, NJ 07050
(862) 252-9147

Thursday, Nov 6th Brandon McCune at Deborah’s Jazz Cafe

Special Performance at Deborah’s Jazz Cafe tomorrow November 6th 730pm

The Brandon McCune Quartet
Featuring:

Brandon McCune-piano
Chris Berger – bass
Jaimeo Brown – drums
Mike Lee – tenor sax

18 Green Street Newark NJ
BYOB….food purchase required

See you there…!!!

Saturday, Nov 8th with Oscar Perez at Hat City Kitchen

This Saturday November 8th at Hat City Kitchen in Orange, NJ $10 Cover

Playing some Latin Jazz with Oscar Perez, Ted Chubb, Thomson Kneeland and Alvester C Garnett!
Set start at 8pm.
Hope to see you there!
Hat City Kitchen
459 Valley St, City of Orange, NJ 07050
(862) 252-9147

Tuesday, November 11. Josh Evans Big Band at Smalls

At Smalls Jazz Club Tuesday, Nov 11 at 9:30 and 11:00.

Come hear this rising star of trumpet with his big band!

Wednesday, Loston Harris at Bemelman’s Bar

Wednesday Nov 12, 9:30 – 12:30

35 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021, USA | T: +1 212 744 1600 | Reservations: 888 ROSEWOOD (888 767 3966)|