Blue Note's Spontaneous Construction, no cover Fridays
9/14/2011, 5:46 p.m.
On Sunday, July 24, Harlem jazz vocalist Annette St. John and her trio perform brunch sets at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Followed at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. with post-bop and beyond "Prime Directive," featuring the fine creative vocalist Miles Griffith with soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome, Frank Lacy (trombone, flugelhorn and vocals), pianist Dan Kaufman, bassist Ryan Berg and drummer Chris Beck.
On Mondays, catch the Smoke Big Band, a 16-piece jazz orchestra led by Bill Mobley, with sets at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. A jam session follows at 10:30 p.m. with the John Farnsworth Quintet with Farnsworth on tenor saxophone, Andrew Beals on alto saxophone, Mike LeDonne on piano, Dwayne Burno on bass and Joe Strasser on drums.
On July 27, vocalist Eve Cornelious & Mosaic performs, featuring trumpeter Jeremy Pelt with trombonist Clark Gayton, pianist Carlton Holmes, bassist Andrew Klein and drummer Lawrence Leathers. Sets are at 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
I am not sure if Pelt is still considered a young lion, but one thing is for sure: He continues to progressively advance as a leader, sideman and composer.
On July 28, Allan Harris, one of my favorite jazz vocalists, appears with the Allan Harris Band. Harris is a well-rounded singer who knows his way around a great ballad or up-tempo swinger. He has the ability to take each well-traveled song and add his own signature. There are two sets at 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
For a performance schedule, visit smokejazz.com or call (212) 864-6662.