Live At The Village Vanguard
May 15, 2013 — Ever since he started becoming one of the best alto saxophone players in the world, Zenón has drawn from his upbringing in Puerto Rico. But, like many Puerto Ricans, Zenón lives in New York — where his quartet of 10 years has finally been invited to play the Vanguard. It presents new music in concert.
Apr 10, 2013 — With his ever-changing Fairgrounds band, the drummer gets to mix and match his favorite musicians. And when you've been tapped to play drums for Chick Corea, Ray Charles and Brad Mehldau, you get to know a lot of musicians. Ballard and a multi-generational band play live in New York.
Mar 27, 2013 — At 66, the jazz trumpeter is as busy as ever: His current band has released five excellent albums since 2007 alone. His new, piano-less project provides further testament to his prolific composing. Harrell presents new music live at the venerable New York jazz institution.
Feb 6, 2013 — The history of jazz is often told as a sequence of epic heroes, legends whose careers proceed from one great accomplishment to another. Coincidentally, one widely admired saxophonist has been reading Homer lately. Potter presents his new Odyssey-inspired suite The Sirens in concert.
Jan 30, 2013 — Following in a long line of Cuban-born pianists, Virelles has quickly become an elite New York jazz pianist. But his personal vision is full of mystery — a back-to-the-future refraction of Afro-Cuban ritual through multiple generations of musicians, poetry and even abstract painting.
Dec 5, 2012 — A saxophonist, a pianist and a bass player walk into a bar. But the bar happens to be one of the world's preeminent jazz clubs, where they're regularly sighted on stage. And they're working as a collective band: no drummer, no hierarchy. Watch their live concert.
Nov 28, 2012 — Few jazz bandleaders are as active — and as actively acclaimed — as saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas. Inspired by Wayne Shorter, but featuring their own tunes, they've launched a band together with friends new and old. Hear a live performance.
Sep 5, 2012 — Wilson is always a colorful drummer — a timekeeper who exploits all the timbres a snare drum can give him. He's also a colorful personality, a bandleader who wears his goofy joy on his sleeve. He brings one of his long-running bands to the famed New York basement.
Aug 22, 2012 — Albert "Tootie" Heath was on John Coltrane's first album and would go on to play with every other major name in hard bop. He reunites with the pianist of The Bad Plus and a bassist everyone wants to hire to cook up comfort food from the extended songbook of jazz standards.
Jun 28, 2012 — The guitarist has played in just about every conceivable setting in New York City — and carried a love of jazz throughout. For this live concert, his trio takes on Albert Ayler and John Coltrane, dirty blues, punk energy and fully liberated improvisation.