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thursday
April 24
jazz vocalist (no cover charge)
Cynthia Scott
For three decades, the vocal artistry of the multi-talented Arkansas-born vocalist Cynthia Scott has encompassed the swing of jazz, the soul of blues, R&B, and the sacred stirrings of gospel music. She is loved by audiences from New York to Africa, Europe and Asia; by musicians from Wynton Marsalis to Ray Charles – who discovered her – and by jazz critics like the Chicago Tribune’s Howard Reich, who called her “a mesmerizing vocalist.” 

Cynthia Scott (voice) • Lafayette Harris (piano) •
Paul Beaudry (bass) • Dwayne "Cook" Broadnax (drums)

7:00pm & 9:00pm three-course dinner prix-fixe available for $38 / no music charge
10:30pm $20 minimum (dinner optional) / no music charge


'round midnight session (no cover charge)
Nickel and Dime OPS

"Judging from the crowd dancing in the aisles on Thursday night, (Nickel) might be on to something!" (Clem Richardson, NY Daily News) For two years, lyricist "Nickel" and his octet "Dime OPS" have been jamming into the early morning hours turning this jazz meets hip hop series into a popular party with their fusion of clever, organic hip hop and acoustic jazz.
11:30pm / no music charge
friday
April 25

featured artist
Jim Rotondi Quintet
Featuring Antonio Hart
Trumpeter Jim Rotondi is a daring soloist in the tradition of Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw. He’s well known for his work with the sextet One for All and for his many recordings as a leader. Earlier in his career, he worked extensively with the big bands of Ray Charles, Lionel Hampton, and Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Bob Mintzer, as well as with the smaller groups of Charles Earland, Lou Donaldson, and Curtis Fuller. C. Andrew Hovan writing for AllAboutJazz.com calls him “one of the best of the post-Hubbard generation.” Jim is based in Graz, Austria these days, so don’t miss this opportunity to catch a brilliant jazz artist with a excellent quintet.

JIm Rotondi (trumpet) • Antonio Hart (alto saxophone)
David Hazeltine (piano) • John Webber (bass) • Willie Jones III (drums)

$38 music charge / sets @ 7pm & 9pm (dinner sets), 10:30pm (dinner optional)


'round midnight session

Patience Higgins & The Sugar Hill Quartet
"If you like your jazz uptempo and overflowing with vitality, look no farther. Patience is a cooking, muscular-toned tenorman somewhere between Coleman Hawkins and Sonny Rollins". (Jazz Times) Higgins won a Grammy as a member of Dee Dee Bridgewater's tribute to Ella Fitzgerald which he was featured on. Other credits include tour and recording engagements with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Count Basie Orchestra, Bobby Short, Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett, Stevie Wonder, and Yoko Ono, among many others.
11:45pm / 12:45am

saturday
April 26

featured artist
Jim Rotondi Quintet
Featuring Antonio Hart

Trumpeter Jim Rotondi is a daring soloist in the tradition of Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw. He’s well known for his work with the sextet One for All and for his many recordings as a leader. Earlier in his career, he worked extensively with the big bands of Ray Charles, Lionel Hampton, and Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Bob Mintzer, as well as with the smaller groups of Charles Earland, Lou Donaldson, and Curtis Fuller. C. Andrew Hovan writing for AllAboutJazz.com calls him “one of the best of the post-Hubbard generation.” Jim is based in Graz, Austria these days, so don’t miss this opportunity to catch a brilliant jazz artist with a excellent quintet.

JIm Rotondi (trumpet) • Antonio Hart (alto saxophone)•
David Hazeltine (piano) • John Webber (bass) • Willie Jones III (drums)

$38 music charge / sets @ 7pm & 9pm (dinner sets), 10:30pm (dinner optional)


'round midnight session

Johnny O'Neal & Friends
Pianist and vocalist Johnny O'Neal, whose credits include Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson and Milt Jackson has established a popular destination spot for jazz musicians and fans alike. "O'Neal is an extremely moving musician whose blend of styles (blues, gospel, stride) can take your breath away". (Justin Time Record) This late night institution often concludes with a vocal jam led by the unmistakeable scatting of O'Neal and includes an array of talented jazz vocalists.
11:45pm / 12:45am

sunday
April 27
jazz brunch (no cover charge)
Harlem Jazz Vocalist
Annette St. John and her Trio

On Sundays Executive Chef Patricia Williams welcomes you to our popular jazz brunch which features soulful Harlem jazz vocalist Annette St. John and her trio.
no music charge / sets @ 11:30am, 1pm & 2:30pm

blues (no cover charge)
SaRon Crenshaw
"SaRon might be one of the most soulful and exciting blues artists you haven't heard yet...(he) is a masterful blues artist in the lineage of B.B., Albert Collins, and Buddy Guy." -Big Apple BBQ News
SaRon Crenshaw (vocals & guitar) • George Papageorge (organ) •
Thomas Hutchings (saxophone) • Richard Lee (trumpet) •
Cliff Smith (bass) • Damon Due White (drums)

7:00pm & 9:00pm three-course dinner prix-fixe available for $38 / no music charge
10:30pm $20 minimum (dinner optional) / no music charge


'round midnight session
Lummie Spann Quartet
Saxophonist Lummie Spann, mentored by jazz legend Jackie McLean at the University of Hartford, has a soulful, fiery, and original sound. Spann has performed with notables such as Louis Hayes, Cyrus Chestnut, Steve Davis, Nat Reeves, Winard Harper, George Cables, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Jeremy Pelt, and the Curtis Brothers, and is currently an assistant professor of music at the Jackie McLean Institute at the Hartt School, University of Hartford.
11:30pm / no music charge
monday
April 28
big band (no cover charge)
Captain Black Big Band
Captain Black, the celebrated 16-Piece Jazz Orchestra under the direction of pianist Orrin Evans, performs on alternating Mondays and frequently features musicians like Marcus Strickland, Todd Bayshore, Stacy Dillard, Freddie Hendrix, Conrad Herwig, Dave Gibson, Tia Fuller, Bruce Williams , Luques Curtis, Vince Ector and more. There most likely isn't a more "jazz-like" improvisational approach to running a big band: while Captain Black has a tight book of regular arrangements that the band draws from, the uniqueness of this particular big band project lies within the group's ability to let Evans "call" tunes and make arrangements on the spot, keeping the material fresh, new and exciting from week to week.
7pm & 9pm three-course dinner prix-fixe available for $38 / no music charge

classic jazz & bebop / jam session (no cover charge)
The SMOKE Jam Session
hosted by John Farnsworth

Tenor saxophonist John Farnsworth leads his quintet in a set of classic jazz and bebop at 10:30 before hosting one of the longest running and popular jam sessions in the city.
10:30pm three-course dinner prix-fixe available for $38 / no music charge
11:30pm jam session / $20 minimum (dinner optional) / no music charge
tuesday
April 29

B3 organ grooves (no cover charge)
Mike LeDonne's Groover Quartet

Hammond B3 master Mike LeDonne, who was nominated for Best Keyboard Artist 2012 by the prestigious Jazz Journalists Association, leads a jazz dream team of artists in this long-running house party. “...saxophonist Eric Alexander, guitarist Peter Bernstein and drummer Joe Farnsworth are joining LeDonne to present their version of what in the trade is called ‘grits and gravy’ jazz. This is groove music that's fun and good for the soul.” (Greg Thomas, NY Daily News)

Vincent Herring (alto saxophone) • Dave Stryker (guitar) •
Mike LeDonne (B3) • Jason Tieman (drums)

7:00pm & 9:00pm three-course dinner prix-fixe available for $38 / no music charge
10:30pm $20 minimum (dinner optional) / no music charge


'round midnight session
Charles Turner III
Vocalist Charles Turner, the newest addition to Smoke’s lineup, is an LA native and a recent Berklee College of Music graduate. He has performed at Carnegie Hall with Bobby McFerrin, as well as with Marcus Miller, Dee Dee Brigdewater, Patrice Rushen, Terri Lynn Carrington, and Lalah Hathaway.
11:30pm / no music charge

wednesday
April 30
midweek feature (no cover charge)
Fleurine
"Brazilian chic has nudged its way for two generations into pop and jazz, but few insinuate as distinctively candid and original an interpretation as does vocalist Fleurine. Her tender, personal smile-through the tears, lyrics some in Portuguese, some her translation from Portuguese or original English lyrics-come through on this set of pretty, haunting tunes." (Downbeat)
7:00pm & 9:00pm three-course dinner prix-fixe available for $38 / no music charge
10:30pm $20 minimum (dinner optional) / no music charge


'round midnight session (no cover charge)
Camille Thurman Quartet
Camille Thurman, multitalented saxophonist, flutist, vocalist, composer and educator is a
young musician emerging on the horizon, acquiring an impressive list of accomplishments that extend well beyond her years. Her lush, velvety, rich & warm sound on the tenor saxophone has encouraged others to compare her sound to the likeness of tenor greats Gene Ammons, Dexter Gordon and Lester Young to name a few. Camille’s ability to sing 4 octaves and perform vocalese has given her the capability to influence audiences with melodies reminiscent to the sounds of Minnie Riperton, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan.

Camille Thurman (voice & saxophone) • David Bryant (piano) •
Rashaan Carter (bass) • Darrell Green (drums)

11:30pm / no music charge

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