Saturday, December 3rd
Born in Silver Spring, MD, Justin Kauflin began playing music at age 4 with Suzuki violin and added piano a few years later. He began performing jazz professionally at the age of 15, and performed most notably with The Jae Sinnett Trio. Justin's relationship with his mentor, Clark Terry, was chronicled by friend and fellow musician Al Hicks in the documentary Keep On Keepin' On, which won numerous awards and made the Oscar's Short List. In addition to promoting Keep On Keepin' On across the country, Justin worked with Quincy Jones on his debut album for Jazz Village.
Sunset Jazz in December: Rock Me Baby
Charlie Apicella's "Rock Me Baby"Saturday, December 17th
Nanny Assis Brazilian Trio
Anybody who sees Nanny Assis performing immediately feels that music for him is more than just a career. He can snatch audiences away by translating rhythms and notes into pure essence, while other times energizing them enough so they can stand up and dance. His ability to make any kind of music sound smooth makes Nanny a notable and gifted artist.
Friday, December 23rd
James Weidman's "Aperturistic Trio" (piano/bass/drums)
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.
Oscar Perez's "Message To Monterey"Saturday, December 24th
and Friday, December 30th
Jon Davis Trio
Pianist and composer Jon Davis has been touring with the world's finest jazz musicians for over 25 years and has appeared on more than 50 recordings. Most widely known for his association with legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius, Davis has shown a rare versatility that ranges from solo to big band. He has performed with such artists as the John Handy Quartet, Johnny Coles, and Buddy Montgomery, as well as jazz legends Joe Henderson, Milt Jackson, and Stan Getz.
Monday, December 26th
Charlie Apicella & Oscar Perez duo
NYC's impressive swinging guitarist Charlie Apicella is joining forces with the prize-winning pianist Oscar Perez, who "has expertly combined the traditions of his Cuban heritage with straight-ahead jazz.” (Sheila Anderson, WBGO FM), for an evening of Jazz at The Top of The Standard.
Sunset Jazz at Top of The Standard
Monday through Saturday, 4-9pm
The Standard, High Line