February 05 2018

Sunset Jazz in February

New York-Standard Sounds
Join us for Sunset Jazz at Top of The Standard, bringing the best of the New York scene to the skyline.
Monday, February 5th
Rob Duguay Duo
Enjoy Sunset Jazz with our curator, New York composer and bassist Rob Duguay

Tuesday, February 6th
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 well and living in New York.

Wednesday, February 7th
Franck Amsallem Duo
Franck Amsallem is a French-American jazz pianist, arranger, composer, and singer. He was born in 1961 in Oran, French Algeria, but grew up in Nice, France. He moved to New York City in 1986 to earn a master's in jazz composition at the Manhattan School of Music. Now based in Paris, Franck has recorded nine CDs under his name as well as a major collaboration on Blue Note USA titled New York Stories.

Friday, February 9th
Dario Boente Trio 
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. 
Saturday, February 10th
Kelly Green Trio
Kelly Green is an up-and-coming jazz pianist vocalist who currently resides in Harlem, New York City. Born and raised in Florida, she started piano lessons at age seven, became interested in jazz at eleven. and began attending the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Workshop every year with her father, who is a professional bass player. Kelly has performed at notable clubs and venues such as Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Apollo Theater, Minton's, and Smalls Jazz Club. She recorded her debut jazz album, Life Rearranged, in 2016.

Monday, February 12th
Mariella is a soulful vocalist and mainstay of the New York City circuit. Her masterful song writing have earned her accolades worldwide including being named Billboard World Song writing Contest grand prize winner in 2008, and John Lennon Song writing Contest 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 session, Freestyle Mondays. 

Wednesday, February 14th
Valentine Sunset feat. Aria & the Soul of Peru
Aria Nadège is an independent recording artist from Greenwich Village, New York City. 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. On February 14th, Aria and her band, The Soul of Peru, will perform a special Valentine's Day set incorporating love songs by Sade, Nina Simone, Jill Scott, and more. 

Thursday, February 15th
Chloé Perrier's Band
Chloé Perrier is a French jazz singer based in NYC. She started acting, singing, and playing the violin when she was a little girl. After years of acting and singing school and many acting shows, she studied vocal jazz with Sara Lazarus and composing and piano with Joe Makholm for three years at the Bill Evans Piano Academy in Paris. Whether she interprets great jazz standards, bossa nova, French songs, or her own compositions, she transports us into her poetic and romantic universe. 

Zem Audu plays Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze" in Ibiza

Friday, February 16th
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, February 17th
Zem Audu's Band
Nigerian-born, London-raised, and Brooklyn-based Zem Audu is an award-winning saxophonist, composer, and producer with a fresh sound that blends contemporary jazz with the multicultural grooves of his touring and life experiences. His work is garnering attention from the international press, with reviews and interviews in the New York TimesAll About Jazz, and more. Zem Audu’s latest studio album, Spirits, features fusion guitar legend Mike Stern alongside Benito Gonzalez, Ben Williams, and John Davis.

Monday, February 19th
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, February 20th
Aria & The Soul of Peru

Wednesday, February 21st
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.  
Thursday, February 22nd
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.

Friday, February 23rd
Endea Owens Trio
A Detroit native, Endea Owens is a vibrant up-and-coming bassist. She has been mentored by the likes of Marcus Belgrave, Rodney Whitaker, and Marion Hayden and has worked with hip-hop group The Blat Pack. As a recent graduate of Michigan State University, Endea has had the opportunity to do music exchange programs with Cuba's Colegio San Geronimo and Trinidad's University of Trinidad and Tobago.

Monday, February 26th
The Smoke Rings

Wednesday, February 21st
Stacia Hobdy

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