April 09 2018

Sunset Jazz in April

New York
Join us for Sunset Jazz at Top of The Standard, bringing the best of the New York scene to the skyline.
Friday, April 6th
Tyler Blanton Trio
Vibraphonist and composer Tyler Blanton is becoming recognized as a rising star in the New York City jazz scene. Over the past five years, his work has received reviews by numerous major publications, including DownbeatJazztimesVillage Voice, and The New York Times. A native of California, Blanton has performed and conducted workshops throughout the U.S. and Asia. His 2010 debut album, Botanic, was chosen as a top album of the year by both Hot House Magazine and Village Voice's critic polls.
Saturday, April 7th
Jon Davis Trio
Pianist and composer Jon Davis has been performing and touring with many of the finest jazz musicians around the world for more than 25 years and has appeared on over 50 recordings. He has performed with such artists as the John Handy Quartet, Johnny Coles, Buddy Montgomery, as well as jazz legends Joe Henderson, Milt Jackson, and Stan Getz. 

Tuesday, April 10th
Mariella
Mariella is a soulful vocalist and mainstay of the New York City circuit. Her masterful song writing has earned her accolades worldwide, including being named Billboard World Song Writing Contest's grand prize winner in 2008, and John Lennon Song Writing Contest's honorable mention. She is also the co-creator and co-host of one of NYC’s longest running and most critically acclaimed hip-hop jam sessions, Freestyle Mondays. 

Wednesday, April 11th
Aria & The Soul of Peru
Aria Nadège is an independent recording artist from Greenwich Village, NYC. Her gorgeous, velvet voice and warm tone has graced many stages in Los Angeles and New York, including The House of Blues, The Xen Lounge, and The Bowery Electric. Her band, Aria & The Soul of Peru, is working on their debut EP Vintage Vacation.

Thursday, April 12th
Christos Rafalides
Christos Rafalides is a force of nature on the world music circuit. His approach to his instrument, the vibraphone, is one of strength and storytelling. His 2002 album Manhattan Vibes was reviewed as one of the top ten jazz albums of the year. He will play duo on the 6th and trio on the 16th (vibraphone/bass/piano).

Friday, April 13th
Yacine Boulares Quartet
Yacine Boulares is a French-Tunisian saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer based in New York. After studying at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, he soon understood the necessity to get to the roots of jazz, and in 2009 he was granted a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. In New York, Yacine got to learn from Chris Cheek, Donny McCaslin, Reggie Workman, and with countless other musicians. But New York also exposed him to a myriad of music. Soon he was part of ex Fela Kuti drummer Jojo Kuo's Afrobeat Collective, late Cameroonian singer Martino Atangana's African Blue Note, and Tabou Combo. Through his music, he connects to his North African roots.

Saturday, April 14th
Michael Louis-Smith Quartet
Guitarist Michael-Louis Smith radiates positivity and brings amazing musicians and music-lovers together under the same beat. Drawing comparisons to jazz guitar legend Grant Green, Michael attracted critical acclaim for meshing his classic bebop chops with his modern soul sensibilities on his debut album "Portrait of MLS". Michael has toured nationally at major venues such as LA’s Troubadour Club, Discover Jazz Festival, Saratoga Jazz and Blues Festival, and Round Lake Jazz Festival. 

Sunday, April 15th
Eva Balazs 
Eva is a fantastic jazz pianist and has developed her own fan club of regulars on Sundays at Top of The Standard. 


The Standard
Monday, April 16th
The Smoke Rings
The Smoke Rings evoke the elegance and charm of the Swing Era. Anchored by the unique vocals of Sarah King, the group specializes in songs from The Great American Song Book. Since its inception in 2010, The Smoke Rings have played to huge crowds at festivals as well as more intimate settings in New York City and across the country. For the past six years, the band has been performing weekly at Top of The Standard. 

Wednesday, April 18th
Stacia Hobdy
Stacia is a multifaceted vocalist and songwriter, incorporating jazz, R&B, blues, progressive, inspirational, and gospel into her music. She leads her own jazz trio, funk quartet, and cabaret revue, and hosts open mics in the Tri-State New York area with her band.  

Friday, April 20th
James Weidman's Aperturistic Trio
James Weidman is one of the most versatile pianists in the world of music. He has performed with the likes of Abbey Lincoln and Joe Lovano, and plays classical and atonal music. With a player as talented as Weidman, it's no wonder the press used terms such as "unfailingly lyrical," "convivially assertive," and "exquisite" to describe him.

Saturday, April 21st
David Gibson Quartet
Trombonist David Gibson has enjoyed a varied music career that is deeply rooted in the genres of jazz and funk. While reared in Oklahoma, Gibson’s musical journey steered him to New York City. Jazz luminary Curtis Fuller once said about Gibson: “Out of all the young players I hear in music today, David is one of the very few who speaks the language of jazz.”

Monday, April 23rd
The Smoke Rings
The Smoke Rings evoke the elegance and charm of the Swing Era. Anchored by the unique vocals of Sarah King, the group specializes in songs from The Great American Song Book. Since its inception in 2010, The Smoke Rings have played to huge crowds at festivals as well as more intimate settings in New York City and across the country. For the past six years, the band has been performing weekly at Top of The Standard. 

Tuesday, April 24th
Sweet Megg & The Wayfarers
Sweet Megg & The Wayfarers seamlessly incorporate elements of Dixieland, Harlem swing, Parisian cabaret, and gut bucket blues into one charming musical performance. Saxophonist Ryan Weisheit reimagines a world where Sidney Bechet, Lester Young, and Charlie Parker blow side-by-side. Together Sweet Megg, Ryan, and all the Wayfarers create a world where jazz is alive and living in New York.

Thursday, April 27th
Takuya Nakamura
Takuya Nakamura was born in Japan and moved to New York in the '90s. A multi-instrumentist, composer, and producer, he is considered a pioneer of the sci-fi du noir genre, which is a mix of lo-fi, jazz analog, and space techno. He has collaborated with musicians like Coco Rosie, The Brooklyn Gypsies GZA of Wu-Tang Clan, David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, Quincy Jones, and many more.

Saturday, April 28th
Dario Boente Group
Immersed in the culture of tango and jazz, Argentine pianist and composer Dario Boente is a musician who is equally at home performing romantic Argentine and jazz compositions on a grand piano as he is programming world-beat electronica. Since moving to NYC in 1999, Dario has released ten albums and compilations and worked with world-class jazz musicians such as Antonio Sanchez, Ronny Jordan, and Fernando Otero, and DJs such as Louie Vega and Kerri Chandler. 

Monday, April 30th 
The Smoke Rings
The Smoke Rings evoke the elegance and charm of the Swing Era. Anchored by the unique vocals of Sarah King, the group specializes in songs from The Great American Song Book. Since its inception in 2010, The Smoke Rings have played to huge crowds at festivals as well as more intimate settings in New York City and across the country. For the past six years, the band has been performing weekly at Top of The Standard. 

Sunset Jazz at Top of The Standard
Monday through Saturday, 4-9pm 
First performance at 6:30pm
The Standard, High Line