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 February. The month kick-starts with a four-night run February 2-5 by today’s leading vibraphonist Stefon Harris and his critically-acclaimed ensemble Blackout. SMOKE Jazz Club welcomes an interesting dual-guitar dialogue with Peter Bernstein and Kurt Rosenwinkel from February 9-12. Vocalist Lezlie Harrison celebrates Valentine’s Day February 14-15 followed by legendary drummer Louis Hayes leading his Cannonball Legacy Band Feb 16-19. The Emmet Cohen Quartet completes the month with a four-night run February 23-26. Please scroll down for complete schedule or visit SMOKEjazz.com.
Thu-Sun Feb 2-5 Stefon Harris + Blackout
Stefon Harris – vibraphone & marimba
Casey Benjamin – saxophone
Christian Sands – piano (Thu, Fri & Sun)
Dezron Douglas – bass
Terreon Gully – drums
Hailed by The New Yorker,
as “the standout vibraphonist of his generation,” Stefon Harris rolls into SMOKE for a multi-night stand with his razor-sharp quintet, Blackout. Heralded as “one of the most important artists in jazz” by The Los Angeles Times,
four-time Grammy nominated Harris leads a magnificent group of young musicians who are not afraid to include rock, funk, fusion and pop elements into their arrangements. When DownBeat’
s John Murph attended the group’s Kennedy Center concert in D.C. in 2018, he heard “an exploratory, tightly focused set that placed high stakes on rhythmic agility, communicative alertness and spontaneous invention…Each member admirably held their own next to Harris, whose virtuosic and imaginative improvisations can certainly prove unnerving for lesser talents.”
Thu-Sun Feb 9-12 Peter Bernstein & Kurt Rosenwinkel
Peter Bernstein – guitar
Kurt Rosenwinkel – guitar
Alexander Claffy – bass
Joe Farnsworth – drums
SMOKE is thrilled to welcome two of today’s leading six-stringers: Peter Bernstein and Kurt Rosenwinkel (marking his SMOKE debut). Universally respected amongst his contemporaries, Peter Bernstein has been a vital part of the New York jazz scene, as well as overseas, since 1989. Bernstein’s deep swinging feel and connection with the tradition, in tandem with his effortlessly forward-thinking approach to improvising are key aspects of his sound, and have seen him rise to prominence as one of the pillars of the contemporary jazz guitar scene. Bernstein is perhaps best known for his long-standing organ trio with Larry Goldings and Bill Stewart, which established its rapport on a weekly gig at SMOKE beginning in 1989. Their latest album Perpetual Pendulum
was released in March 2022 on the venue’s label, SMOKE Sessions Records.
Composer, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, and producer Kurt Rosenwinkel is one of the most celebrated musical voices in jazz and is widely renowned as one of the most distinctive and gifted guitarists to have ever played the instrument. According to the Observer,
he “has been one of the most important jazz guitarists in the game for the last quarter-century.”
Bernstein plays with a hard-driving post-bop flair, his approach makes for an interesting counterpoint to Rosenwinkel’s more introspective style. These two seldom work together onstage. I love the sound of two guitarists in a group," Rosenwinkel said. If there’s a chemistry there, it can be a great sound."
Tue-Wed Feb 14-15 Valentine’s Day Celebration featuring Jazz & Soul Vocalist Lezlie Harrison
Lezlie Harrison – vocals
As a vocalist both bold and subtle, Lezlie Harrison’s vulnerability attends to the fragile matters of our collective human affairs while her optimistic momentum inspires us to rise above any tribulation to rejoice. Be it Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Soul, The American Song Form, original compositions, or any song in ANY form, Ms. Harrison will imbue it with her distinctive stamp and make a very personal delivery. On the planet's premier jazz radio station, WBGO, her voice as a regular curator and presenter reveal the love and pride with which she regards America's classical music. Hyper-active on the New York and global jazz scenes, Lezlie is also, along with the late Dale Fitzgerald and trumpeter Roy Hargrove, a member of the triumvirate responsible for launching New York's world-renowned JAZZ GALLERY. On occasion Lezlie lends her regal presence to the stage as an actress, bringing to those endeavors, the same sense of organic elegance that she brought to the runways and photo studios of Paris some years ago. By way of her childhood in New York and North Carolina or her maturation in New York, Boston or on stages throughout Asia, Russia, Europe, and elsewhere, Ms. Lezlie Harrison shows aesthetic evidence that she is a recipient of the lessons of dignity, integrity, and grace bestowed upon her by her elders and fine-tuned by her own history
Thu-Sun Feb 16-19 Louis Hayes Cannonball Legacy Band featuring Jeremy Pelt & Vincent Herring
Jeremy Pelt – trumpet
Vincent Herring – alto saxophone
Rick Germanson – piano
David Williams – bass
Louis Hayes – drums
“Like his old-school contemporaries Jimmy Cobb and Mickey Roker, drummer Louis Hayes elevates the music from within, using finesse and hip nuance rather than playing on top of it with overt chops.” – Jazz Times
Born and raised in Detroit, in 1956 Louis Hayes moved to New York to replace Art Taylor in the Horace Silver Quintet; he recorded five Blue Note albums with Silver before joining Cannonball Adderley in 1959 for a six–year stint. Reviewing his 2017 album Serenade For Horace
in All About Jazz, Victor Schermer noted that “at 80, Hayes’ drumming is as superb and as youthful as ever.” The drummer’s legendary career included extended stays with the groups of Oscar Peterson and McCoy Tyner as well as co–leadership of the Cannonball Legacy Band (with saxophonist Vincent Herring). As a bandleader in his own right, Hayes surrounds himself with an abundance of talent in alto-sax burner Vincent Herring, rising star trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, bassist David Williams and pianist Rick Germanson. Don’t miss this special engagement by one of the great masters of the music, Louis Hayes!
Thu-Sun Feb 23-26 Emmet Cohen Quartet
Emmet Cohen – piano
“Thirty years old and one of the finest piano players to emerge in decades,” says All About Jazz. Emmet Cohen, a jazz sensation, has over 93K subscribers on YouTube and 70K+ followers on Facebook. He has accompanied numerous jazz luminaries and plays with the command of a seasoned veteran. Downbeat
observed that his “nimble touch, measured stride and warm harmonic vocabulary indicate he’s above any convoluted technical showmanship.”
His quartet is one of the hottest young quartets in jazz today and melds all styles of jazz, stride, swing, bebop, free, and contemporary with an emphasis on the Great American Songbook.
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
New York, NY 10025
In-Person $25-$60. Livestream $15. For more information and to make reservations visit our website (link below).