Saturday, August 6th
Ken Fowser (tenor sax/piano/bass)
Talented tenor man Ken Fowser is a first-rate soloist who can be emotionally engaging, uplifting, and entertaining, and also possesses a delicate balance of modernity and classic aesthetics. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Ken began playing music at age 11. Since his arrival on the New York scene in 2005, he's been enjoying downtown and uptown residencies at iconic New York venues.
Sunset Jazz in August: Little Red Echo
"Little Echo" by Ken Fowser and Behn Gillece
(Posi-tone Records)Wednesday, August 10th
Ron Affif Duo (guitar/bass)
Ron Affif is an American jazz guitarist of mixed Lebanese and Italian origin. He is the son of boxing welterweight and middleweight Charley Zivic, who as a jazz fan initiated Affif into music. He is also the nephew of guitarist Ron Anthony (who played with George Shearing and Frank Sinatra) who gave him his first guitar lesson when he was 12. Based in New York, he has gained a reputation for his personal approach to jazz.
Monday, August 15th
Rick Germanson (piano/bass)Rick Germanson has been a highly in-demand pianist on the New York City jazz scene for well over a decade. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he relocated to New York City in 1998. Germanson won Grand Prize at The American Pianists' Association Jazz Piano Competition in 1996, and the awards keep coming.Wednesday, August 17th
Jon Davis (piano/bass)Pianist and composer Jon Davis has been performing and 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, Buddy Montgomery, as well as jazz legends Joe Henderson, Milt Jackson, and Stan Getz.
"Exodus" by Justin Kauflin
(Live at Jazz à Vienne 2014)Saturday, August 20th
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.Monday, August 22nd
Justin Kauflin (piano/bass)
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.
"My Boat For You" by Tadataka Unno
Wednesday, August 24th
As a New York local for over ten years, George’s music is a staple in the scene. The George Burton Duo fuses traditional hard bop, avant-garde, post bop, and R&B, among other genres. He has the ability to shake hands with the past while firing toward the future. This group swings hard, and is also inventive in that it allows each musician to tell his or her own story.Wednesday, August 31st
Tadataka Unno (piano/bass)
Tadataka Unno, or "Tada" as he's called on the NY scene, is a brilliant Japanese-born pianist who is considered among the best of today's up-and-coming jazz musicians. Having already played with jazz greats like Frank Wess and Curtis Fuller, the young pianist is off to a surging start!
Sunset Jazz at Top of The Standard
Monday through Saturday, 4-9pm
The Standard, High Line
Header photo by Neil Aline