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JAZZ NOTES: Jazz up your New Year's Eve

Special to AmNews | , Ron Scott | 11/1/2012, 12:06 p.m.
Craig S. Harris

Ring in the New Year in the West Village at the Village Vanguard (178 Seventh Avenue South) with the Bad Plus. Sets are 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $150 for both sets. Ticket includes finger food and party favors. For reservations call 212 929-4589.

The Iridium Jazz Club in the heart of Manhattan on 51st Street (1650 Broadway) will feature hard-hitting jazz fusionist guitarist Mike Stern with Victor Wooten, Dave Wecki and Bob Malach. Tickets for the evening start at $45 for the first set at 7:30 p.m. ($20 food/beverage minimum). The second set at 10:30 p.m. has tickets for $65 for mezzanine seating with $20 minimum, and $125 for VIP seating and a three-course dinner. Mike Stern got his start with the hot 1960s group Blood, Sweat & Tears. At age 22, he had a brief stint with drummer Billy Cobham's fusion band before being recruited by Miles Davis to play in his celebrated comeback band of 1981 with bassist Marcus Miller, drummer Al Foster and percussionist Mino Cinelu. For reservations call 212-582-2121.

The Blue Note features trumpeter Chris Botti with guitarist Mark Whitfield, bassist Robert Hurst, pianist Billy Childs and drummer Billy Kilson. Showtime is 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Admission is $85 at the bar and $150 for table seating. Seating at the bar is limited and not guaranteed. Tables are first-come, first-seated. Seats at the bar for the 10 p.m. - 1 a.m. show are already sold out. Seating at tables are still available at $195. Price includes champagne toast, hats and noisemakers. An a la carte menu will be available. Gratuity is not included. Pre-purchased tickets only. No refunds. For reservations call 212475-8592.

On the Upper West Side (2751 Broadway at 105th Street) at Smoke Jazz and Supper Club-Lounge, swing with Miles Davis alumnus George Coleman Quartet with pianist Harold Mabern, bassist John Webber and drummer Joe Farnsworth. The first set at 7 p.m. is priced at $118 (including gratuity) for bar seating and tables are $151.04, which includes a three-course dinner plus beer and wine open bar. The second set at 9:45 p.m. is $230 at the bar and $269.40 for table seating, which includes two sets, a three-course dinner, beer and wine open bar and champagne toast at midnight. This is the most expensive on my list. Definitely for the high spenders who want to end the year on a high note. For more information and reservations call 212 864-6662.

Regardless of what you do, have a great time and a most healthy and prosperous New Year. Thank you so much for reading this column, it's greatly appreciated.

Remember: sometimes in life, as in jazz, you have to improvise.