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