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Jerry Vezza with Hal Slapin & John Vourtsis
Jan
22
6:30 PM18:30

Jerry Vezza with Hal Slapin & John Vourtsis

Jerry Vezza is a celebrated pianist and Madison, NJ local, as well as a good friend. Our guests are thrilled anytime he comes to play. This special Tuesday will be a tremendous evening of beautiful, fun, live, piano driven jazz. Accompanying Jerry will be Tuesday’s regular performers, Hal Slapin on bass and John Vourtsis on drums. You will be hard pressed to not have a great time so, be sure to make your way in!

No music charge, $25 food & drink minimum with performance beginning at 6:30. Reservations strongly recommended.

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Piano Virtuoso Alberto Pibiri & Friends
Jan
23
7:00 PM19:00

Piano Virtuoso Alberto Pibiri & Friends

As legendary jazz guitarist, Dave Stryker says, Alberto Pibiri “just makes you happy to be around him.” He brings a joy to his piano playing and fills the room with fun. His first cd was released just over a year ago and has garnered great reviews! Alberto plays regularly with the likes of Olli Soikkeli, Dave Stryker and Harry Allen, among many others. This evening he is joined by Daniel Foose on bass and Brian Floody on drums.

No music charge, $25 food & drink minimum with performance beginning at 7:00. Reservations recommended.

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The Jazz Bassoon! Featuring Michael Rabinowitz
Jan
24
7:00 PM19:00

The Jazz Bassoon! Featuring Michael Rabinowitz

A totally unique evening here at Shanghai Jazz with this masterful jazz bassoonist. He has recorded with Ira Sullivan, Red Rodney, Wynton Marsalis, John Hicks, Dave Douglas, Chris Potter and Joe Lovano. His festival appearances include Chicago, Montreal, Berlin, Tri-city, Tanglewood, San Francisco and Hollywood Bowl. Michael is a founding member of The Charles Mingus Orchestra which can be heard regularly at the Jazz Standard in NYC.  No music charge, $25 food and drink minimum, music starts at 7:00. Reservations recommended.

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Billie Holiday Tribute!
Jan
25
7:00 PM19:00

Billie Holiday Tribute!

Billie Holiday will always be one of the most iconic vocalists in jazz history. She was a visionary and a pioneer of the genre. This evening we celebrate her career as a legendary vocalist and improvisor in music. Featuring: Doris Spears, vocal Dave Braham, piano, Belden Bullock, bass and Greg Bufford, drums.


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John Lee & Friends!
Jan
26
6:15 PM18:15

John Lee & Friends!

John Lee, current leader of the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band and long time bassist for Dizzy himself, leads a tremendous quartet this Saturday night! Joined by three time Gramm Nominee Diego Urcola. Diego is a long standing member of Paquito D’Rivera’s band and has also played with the legendary Jimmy Heath, Wynton Marsalis and many others. Pianist, composer, arranger, Alex Collins will take theh keys, and, on drums is Grammy Nominee, Gerry Gibbs who has also performed and recorded with a litany of legendary musicians including: Wynton Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, Alice Coltrane, James Moody, Joe Henderson, Parliament Funkadelics and too many to name!

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Vocalist Ben Cassara
Jan
27
6:00 PM18:00

Vocalist Ben Cassara

Ben Cassara performed at Carnegie Hall when he was 16 and he has been enthralling audiences since. "He connects emotionally with a song’s sentiments and actions—and does so without overstatement or fuss. He’s one jazz singer for whom words aren’t just syllables on which to hang notes. They’re the very center of the song." No music charge, $25 food & drink minimum. Performance will begin at 6:00. Reservations strongly recommended.

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John Korba with Hal Slapin and John Vourtsis
Jan
29
6:30 PM18:30

John Korba with Hal Slapin and John Vourtsis

John Korba, pianist and vocalist with Hal Slapin on bass and John Vourtsis on drums. I always say, Tuesdays are my favorite night of the week with these three as our regular Tuesday trio! John Korba has performed on the Broadway production of Rent and toured with Hall & Oates. You will enjoy tremendous renditions the Beatles, James Taylor, Hall & Oates, Van Morrison and plenty of others

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Brazilian Folk Guitar
Jan
30
7:00 PM19:00

Brazilian Folk Guitar

We are excited to bring Rodrigo Nassif into the Shanghai Jazz fray! Rodrigo is considered a reference in Brazilian folk music. The sound of his peculiar southern Brazil style is acoustically open, yet rhythmically sophisticated. Nassif’s album “Todos Os Dias Serão Outono” (Everyday will be Autumn) was the best-selling instrumental album in the Brazilian iTunes Store. Rodrigo recently finished a successful European tour. He will be joined at Shanghai Jazz with Jacob Webb on bass and Nathan Webb on drums.

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Brazilian & Latin Jazz Infusions ft. Glauco Lima Quartet!
Jan
31
7:00 PM19:00

Brazilian & Latin Jazz Infusions ft. Glauco Lima Quartet!

Glauco Lima is a tremendously talented pianist who has performed at The NY Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Fondazione Siena Jazz - Italy (Accademia Nazionale del Jazz), Un Tubo Jazz Club - Italy, Shanghai Jazz Club, Blue Note Jazz NYC, Zinc Bar NYC, and others. Additionally, he has offered his piano to greats like: Shari Pine, Steve Doyle, and Andrew Pastorino, Edwardo Bello, and Itaguara Brandao, to name a few!

This is a truly exciting evening of Latin rhythms and a chance to introduce yourself to a wonderful pianist!

No music charge $25 food & drink minimum.

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Steve Turre Quartet
Feb
1
7:00 AM07:00

Steve Turre Quartet

Award Winning trombonist Steve Turre, on a break from his weekly gig with The Saturday Night Live Band, brings an incredible two night event to Madison! Throughout his acclaimed career, Turre has worked with legendary musicians like Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, J.J. Johnson, Herbie Hancock, Lester Bowie, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Van Morrison, Pharoah Sanders, Horace Silver, Max Roach, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. His accolades are numerous and his skill as an entertainer is enthralling. Be sure to join us for at least one of these two great nights!

We have seatings at 6:15 and 8:35 for both Friday and Saturday night and NO MUSIC CHARGE! Just a $40 food & drink minimum per person and reservations are required.

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Copy of Steve Turre Quartet
Feb
2
7:00 AM07:00

Copy of Steve Turre Quartet

Award Winning trombonist Steve Turre, on a break from his weekly gig with The Saturday Night Live Band, brings an incredible two night event to Madison! Throughout his acclaimed career, Turre has worked with legendary musicians like Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, J.J. Johnson, Herbie Hancock, Lester Bowie, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Van Morrison, Pharoah Sanders, Horace Silver, Max Roach, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. His accolades are numerous and his skill as an entertainer is enthralling. Be sure to join us for at least one of these two great nights!

We have seatings at 6:15 and 8:35 for both Friday and Saturday night and NO MUSIC CHARGE! Just a $40 food & drink minimum per person and reservations are required.

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John Korba with Hal Slapin and John Vourtsis
Feb
5
6:30 PM18:30

John Korba with Hal Slapin and John Vourtsis

John Korba, pianist and vocalist with Hal Slapin on bass and John Vourtsis on drums. I always say, Tuesdays are my favorite night of the week with these three as our regular Tuesday trio! John Korba has performed on the Broadway production of Rent and toured with Hall & Oates. You will enjoy tremendous renditions the Beatles, James Taylor, Hall & Oates, Van Morrison and plenty of others

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Adrian Cunningham Trio
Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

Adrian Cunningham Trio

Adrian Cunningham is another of our favorite performers. A true virtuoso on all of his instruments, sax, clarinet and flute. Not to mention, he is a fantastic vocalist and all around great entertainer. (More talent than one man should have). His performances always surprise as he ranges from Sinatra, to the American Songbook, to great & lively New Orleans Jazz!

He is accompanied by pianist Oscar Perez and bassist, Frank Tate, both wonderful musicians in their own right. These three swing and improvise some of the most fun and entertaining music you can ask for!

No music charge, $25 food & drink minimum. First set begins at 7:00. Reservations required/

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Harry Allen Saxophone Trio Featuring Rossano Sportiello on Piano!
Feb
7
7:00 PM19:00

Harry Allen Saxophone Trio Featuring Rossano Sportiello on Piano!

Harry Allen is one of the most incredible tenor saxophonist in the world and we are honored to have him as a friend and regular performer at Shanghai Jazz! This evening, he is accompanied by one of the finest pianist in the world, the great Rossano Sportiello and bassist Pat O’Leary!

The great John Pizzarelli says, “Harry Allen’s playing is nothing less than perfect.” He is a multi-award winning recording artist, tours extensively and has performed with Rosemary Clooney, Ray Brown, Hank Jones, Frank Wess, Flip Phillips, Scott Hamilton, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Kenny Burrell, Herb Ellis, John Pizzarelli, Bucky Pizzarelli, Gus Johnson, Jeff Hamilton, Terry Gibbs, Warren Vache, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mandel, Ray Brown, Tommy Flanagan, James Taylor, to name a few!

First set at 7:00, no music charge, $25 food & drink minimum. Reservations required.

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Chinese New Year Celebration with Grammy Winner Russell Malone
Feb
8
7:00 PM19:00

Chinese New Year Celebration with Grammy Winner Russell Malone

Our annual Chinese New Year Celebration continues as we ring in the Year of the Earth Pig! Once again, Guitarist Russell Malone, will lead his acclaimed quartet in our festivities. Russell performed with Jimmy Smith, Harry Connick Jr., and Diana Krall, whose When I Look in Your Eyes won two Grammy Awards with Russell on guitar!

These two very special evenings will offer two seatings at 6:15 and 8:35 and feature a special $69 prix fixe menu. Including:

Beginning

Dim Sum Plate: marinated green beans, jicama salad, shrimp & chicken dumplings, little dragon dumplings, vegetarian sushi & California roll

Main Offerings

3 chili chicken

sesame chicken

 firecracker beef

 champagne prawns

 Braised Beef Short Ribs ($6 supplement)

 Vegetarian Pad Thai

 Crisp Beijing Duck ($9 supplement)

 Grilled Portobello Mushroom & Chinese Greens

 Ending

Dessert Plate:

brownie sundae, NY cheesecake,      ice cream spoons, flourless chocolate cake

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Chinese New Year Celebration with Grammy Winner Russell Malone
Feb
9
7:00 PM19:00

Chinese New Year Celebration with Grammy Winner Russell Malone

Our annual Chinese New Year Celebration continues as we ring in the Year of the Earth Pig! Once again, Guitarist Russell Malone, will lead his acclaimed quartet in our festivities. Russell performed with Jimmy Smith, Harry Connick Jr., and Diana Krall, whose When I Look in Your Eyes won two Grammy Awards with Russell on guitar!

These two very special evenings will offer two seatings at 6:15 and 8:35 and feature a special $69 prix fixe menu. Including:

Beginning

Dim Sum Plate: marinated green beans, jicama salad, shrimp & chicken dumplings, little dragon dumplings, vegetarian sushi & California roll

Main Offerings

3 chili chicken

sesame chicken

 firecracker beef

 champagne prawns

 Braised Beef Short Ribs ($6 supplement)

 Vegetarian Pad Thai

 Crisp Beijing Duck ($9 supplement)

 Grilled Portobello Mushroom & Chinese Greens

 Ending

Dessert Plate:

brownie sundae, NY cheesecake,      ice cream spoons, flourless chocolate cake

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Jan Fndlay Quartet
Feb
10
8:00 PM20:00

Jan Fndlay Quartet

Celebrating the Great American Songbook, Jan Findlay is one of our favorite singers and she brings a spectacular band together to compliment her incredible vocals! Along with Rick Crane on bass and Tomoko Ohno on piano, and John Zweig on guitar, this is always a memorable night of great jazz!

No music charge, $25 food & drink minimum, first set hits at 6:00 and the performance will run until 8:30. Reservations required!

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John Korba with Hal Slapin and John Vourtsis
Feb
12
6:30 PM18:30

John Korba with Hal Slapin and John Vourtsis

John Korba, pianist and vocalist with Hal Slapin on bass and John Vourtsis on drums. I always say, Tuesdays are my favorite night of the week with these three as our regular Tuesday trio! John Korba has performed on the Broadway production of Rent and toured with Hall & Oates. You will enjoy tremendous renditions the Beatles, James Taylor, Hall & Oates, Van Morrison and plenty of others

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Oscar Perez Piano Trio
Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

Oscar Perez Piano Trio

Oscar Perez is an exhilarating pianist from NYC with Cuban roots and a life long passion for music. From straight ahead jazz to Cuban or New Orleans swinging tunes, he brings a ton of fun and excitement to every performance. “His training has been as diverse as his musical tastes . . . and his talent has put him on stage or in a studio with jazz legends Bunky Green, George Russell, Curtis Fuller and George Garzonetrombonist Wycliffe Gordon, bassist Christian McBride, trumpeter Eddie Allen, saxophonist Mike Lee, trombonist Steve Turre, guitarist Dave Stryker, vocalists Melissa Walker and Charenee Wade along with saxophonist Adrian Cunninham with whom he has a recording entitled “Professor Cunningham and his Old School”. No music charge, $25 food & drink minimum with the performance starting at 7:00. Reservations required.

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Vocalist Jasia Ries celebrates Bernstein's 100th birthday!
Feb
16
6:15 PM18:15

Vocalist Jasia Ries celebrates Bernstein's 100th birthday!

Tim Ries is a saxophonist, performer, arranger, composer and educator who has toured and recorded with many of the biggest names in music across multiple genres. Since 1999 he has been playing with the Rolling Stones. Additionally he has performed with Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Donald Fagen, Michael Jackson, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Rod Stewart, Lyle Lovette, and jazz greats Red Garland, Donald Byrd, Hank Jones, Jack DeJohnette, Tom Harrell, Chico Hamilton, Joe Henderson, Tony Bennett, to name just a few!

Jasia Ries is quickly building an impressive repertoire as a fabulous vocalist! This evening she celebrates the incomparable songbook of Leonard Bernstein and his 100th birthday! America’s greatest classical composer and conductor! His influence is seen throughout music and American culture and we are thrilled to celebrate with this fantastic band!

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John Korba with Hal Slapin and John Vourtsis
Feb
19
6:30 PM18:30

John Korba with Hal Slapin and John Vourtsis

John Korba, pianist and vocalist with Hal Slapin on bass and John Vourtsis on drums. I always say, Tuesdays are my favorite night of the week with these three as our regular Tuesday trio! John Korba has performed on the Broadway production of Rent and toured with Hall & Oates. You will enjoy tremendous renditions the Beatles, James Taylor, Hall & Oates, Van Morrison and plenty of others

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Jerry Bruno's 99th Birthday Celebration!
Feb
20
7:00 PM19:00

Jerry Bruno's 99th Birthday Celebration!

Legendary bassist Jerry Bruno just truned a spry 99 and we are thrilled to celebrate with him! Jerry played with too many legendary musicians to list. Most notably, Frank Sinatra, Bucky Pizzarelli, Liza Minelli, and on and on… Moreover, he is a fabulous gentleman and entertainer.

Along with pianist Russ Kassoff, who also performed with Sinatra and Minelli, and vocalist Catherine Dupuis, we will enjoy their timeless tribute to the music of Frank Sinatra!

The band will begin at 7:00 with no music charge, a $25 food & drink minimum. Reservations required

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John Korba with Hal Slapin and John Vourtsis
Feb
26
6:30 PM18:30

John Korba with Hal Slapin and John Vourtsis

John Korba, pianist and vocalist with Hal Slapin on bass and John Vourtsis on drums. I always say, Tuesdays are my favorite night of the week with these three as our regular Tuesday trio! John Korba has performed on the Broadway production of Rent and toured with Hall & Oates. You will enjoy tremendous renditions the Beatles, James Taylor, Hall & Oates, Van Morrison and plenty of others

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Bud Ayres, Steve Hess and Josh Rubin!
Jan
20
6:00 PM18:00

Bud Ayres, Steve Hess and Josh Rubin!

After studying piano, trombone and electric bass, Bud Ayres began performing on double bass in 1999, studying with Nate Lienhard and Michael Moore. Bud has performed at Shanghai Jazz since 2007 with Steve Hess and Josh Rubin. He has performed with the Caldwell University Jazz Band since 2012 under the direction of Rob Middleton. Bud has performed with a number of jazz luminaries over the past 20 years. He's a founding member of the Jazz Vespers Trio which leads music for worship services at the Presbyterian Church in Morristown and several other New Jersey churches. Bud teaches math at Governor Livingston High School.

After graduating Berklee College of Music in 1987, Josh Rubin embarked on a career as a performing guitarist and teaching.  He performed with such artists as George Coleman, David Grisman, Claudio Roditi, Grady Tate and Martha Reevesand the Vandellas in venues including Carnegie Hall, The Knitting Factory, Village Gate, Pier 16, Avery Fisher Hall, and Alice Tully Hall.

Steve Hess studied classical and jazz percussion at the University of Delaware. He has performed at  Shanghai Jazz since 2007 and was formerly a member of the Maplewood-based big band Swingtown. He has played in the pit for over a dozen musicals, and is a founding member of the Jazz Vespers Trio which leads worship services at the Presbyterian Church in Morristown and several other New Jersey churches. He is a math teacher at Governor Livingston High School.

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Rob Paparozzi & Bobby Harden Experience
Jan
19
6:15 PM18:15

Rob Paparozzi & Bobby Harden Experience

A very special event with two of the most charismatic and fun entertainers today! Co-Lead Singers of The Original Blues Brothers Band Bobby Harden and Rob Paparozzi and featuring other members of the band! Rusty Cloud, Dan Boone and Lee Finklestein.

This will be a truly outstanding evening. Bobby Harden, The Soul Man from NY, has been thrilling audiences internationally with incredible vocal performances. He performed at President Obama’s 2008 inauguration, and has also shared the stage with soul legends Solomon Burke, Eddie Floyd, Ben E. King, Robert Cray, Delbert McClinton and Howard Tate.

Rob Paparozzi is a grammy nominated harmonica player and equally talented vocalist and front man. He has toured with legends like: B.B.King, Dr. John, Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Carole King, Roberta Flack, Culture Club, Cyndi Lauper, Randy Newman, Jimmy McGriff, and James Galway.

This is a special event and reservations are required for either of two seatings at 6:15 and 8:35. We will feature a prix fixe menu at $59 per person which includes a three course dinner and entertainment, (drinks, tax and gratuity are not included).

Prix Fixe Menu:

Dim Sum Appetizer Plate for the Table

Choice of: 3 Chili Chicken / Sesame Chicken / Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps / Ginger Scallion Shrimp ($7 supplement) / Vegetarian Pad Thai / Roast Beijing Duck ($9 supplement)

Sweet Ending Plate

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Blue Soul Quintet
Jan
18
7:00 PM19:00

Blue Soul Quintet

Blue Soul’s music is a unique fusion of Blues, Jazz, New Orleans, Soul, Rock, and R&B styles.

 Featuring songs by artists including:  Bill Withers, Ray Charles, Van Morrison, Marvin Gaye, B.B. King, Otis Redding, Al Green, George Benson, Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Taj Mahal – and many others.

 Blue Soul features the soulful vocals of Herb Woodson, and musical director/ bassist/ vocalist Bailey Gee. They are accompanied by: Ted Brancato on piano, Mike Hogan on guitar, and Joseph DeVico on drums.

We have two seatings at 6:15 and 8:45 for this fantastic night of music. No music charge, $40 food & drink minimum. Reservations required

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Shaan Pandiri Quintet
Jan
17
7:00 PM19:00

Shaan Pandiri Quintet

An exciting night of great jazz provided by 5 of our area’s most talented young musicians! Bassist, Shaan Pandiri has been playing at Shanghai Jazz since he was 15 years old and has become a fantastic band leader in his own right. Along with pianist Joe Block, TJ Reddick on drums, Sbdias Armenteros on sax, and Jacob Melsha on Trombone these gentlemen will offer an interesting, swinging night of great music!

No music charge, $25 food & drink minimum with a performance beginning at 7:00. Reservations required.

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Dan Levinson Celebrates Benny Goodman!
Jan
16
7:00 PM19:00

Dan Levinson Celebrates Benny Goodman!

Clarinetist Dan Levinson, world-renowned pianist Mark Shane and acclaimed drummer Paul Wells celebrate the 81st anniversary of Benny Goodman's famous 1938 Carnegie Hall jazz concert with an evening of music played by Goodman's trio and quartet.

A true virtuoso with a clarinet, Dan Levinson plays with both Vince Giordano and Leon Redbone regularly. He is a master of the jazz styles of the early 1900's He has performed with Mel Tormé, Wynton Marsalis, Dick Hyman, Bria Skonberg, Ed Polcer, Howard, Nicki Parrott and many others. He is indeed, as The Mississippi Rag calls him, “The most in demand reedman!”

Mark Shane is equally a virtuoso on the piano and regularly plays and has recorded with Grammy Winner Catherine Russell, Ken Peplowski. He is a brilliant composer, arranger, engineer and recording artist as well.

Also accompanying will be drummer Paul Wells rounding out an outstanding evening of jazz! No music charge, $25 food and drink minimum. Performance begins at 7:00. Reservations suggested.

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Tomoko Ohno with Hal Slapin & John Vourtsis
Jan
15
6:30 PM18:30

Tomoko Ohno with Hal Slapin & John Vourtsis

Tomoko Ohno will be taking our Baldwin baby grand piano over for this special Tuesday evening. She is one of our favorites pianists, and a wonderful composer, arranger and educator as well. She can fill a room with amazing tones and swinging rhythms like few others. Along with drummer John Vourtsis and bassist Hal Slapin Tuesday will continue to be our favorite night of the week!

No music charge, $25 food & drink minimum. First set begins at 6:30, reservations recommended.

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Audra Mariel and a Real Human Jazz Band
Jan
13
6:00 PM18:00

Audra Mariel and a Real Human Jazz Band

Since we met Audra Mariel last year, she has rapidly become one of our favorite vocalists with a fabulous voice. She has been acclaimed for her “unique sound, and sincere interpretation of timeless standards.” She is a NJ native who has released 2 cd’s, both have been very well received and she has a great perspective and natural ability to engage her audiences. A true talent we are excited to have back once again!

No music charge, $25 food & drink minimum. Performance begins at 6:00. Reservations are recommended.

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Saron Crenshaw Quartet
Jan
12
1:30 PM13:30

Saron Crenshaw Quartet

Saron Crenshaw is a Blues Hall of Fame Inductee, having opened for the likes of Robert Cray and B. B. King! He is a masterful performer with great stage presence and ability to draw audiences deep into his performance. You will dance in you seat, laugh out loud and wish you knew the songs well enough to sing along (so take a cd home with you)!

No music charge, $40 food & drink minimum for two seatings, 6:15 and 8:35. Reservations required!

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King Solomon Hicks Band
Jan
11
7:00 PM19:00

King Solomon Hicks Band

If you want a glimpse of what Muddy Waters was like at 23, look no further! King Solomon Hicks is one of the most electrifying and exciting young blues guitarists around. Trained in jazz guitar with the soul of a burgeoning blues master from Harlem. He sold out a European tour this summer and while there, opened for Jeff Beck and Ringo Starr! Definitely a young artist who you will love to say, “I saw him at Shanghai Jazz when he was just 23!”

No music charge, $40 food & drink minimum with seatings at 6:15 and 8:35. Reservations required.

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Latin Jazz with Pablo Bencid Trio
Jan
5
6:15 PM18:15

Latin Jazz with Pablo Bencid Trio

Pablo Bencid is a Grammy Nominated musician and one of the most in-demand drummers in music today. He brings a band of equally brilliant musicians and an exciting evening music. The exchanges between Cesar Orozco’s piano, Gabriel Vivas’ bass and Pablo’s drums throughout these performances are intricate, thrilling and even funny at times! Whether or not you have seen Pablo’s Trio before, you do not want to miss this night in Madison!

No music charge, $40 food & drink minimum for seatings at 6:15 and 8:35. Reservations required.

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Brynn Stanley & Jerry Vezza
Jan
4
10:00 AM10:00

Brynn Stanley & Jerry Vezza

Acclaimed vocalist Brynn Stanley is joined by Madison’s favorite pianist, Jerry Vezza, bassist Hal Slapin, and drummer John Vourtsis for a fabulous Friday night of world class music!

Brynn Stanley is a local girl who, after a few years polishing her performances in Los Angeles, she is back home, astounding audiences up and down the East Coast with her silky vocals, creative take on everything from the American Songbook to the Beatles, her grace and elegance.

Join us for this great event with seatings at 6:15 or 8:35. No music charge, $40 food & drink minimum. Reservations strongly recommended.

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Matt King Trio featuring Anton Denner
Jan
3
1:00 PM13:00

Matt King Trio featuring Anton Denner

Matt King is an incredible jazz pianist and composer. He is the winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition in 2000 and a Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition semi-finalistwith an acclaimed new cd called, Monk in Brazil, which we have celebrated a couple of times this year. This Thursday, Matt is joined by reedist, Anton Denner who has played with Ray Charles, Rosemary Clooney, Clifford Jordan, Mel Lewis, Al Foster, Norman Simmons, Brad Meldau, Bill Carrothers, Larry Goldings, Terell Stafford, Dave Stryker, and Bill Stewart, and many more.

No music charge, $25 food & drink minimum with the first set beginning at 7:00. Reservations recommended.

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Warren Vache Trio
Jan
2
7:00 PM19:00

Warren Vache Trio

"In Vaché, jazz has found a creator whose prodigious, hard-earned skills enable him to craft swinging performances of beauty, emotion and surprise."  Warren is a tremendous trumpet and cornet player and, with his acerbic wit between songs he keeps the entertainment rolling.  No music charge, $25 food and drink minimum, performance begins at 7:00. Reservations strongly recommended.

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Big Funk! New Years Eve Celebration
Dec
31
7:00 PM19:00

Big Funk! New Years Eve Celebration

Big Funk! brings an outrageous, raucous, fun, and, yes, FUNKY celebration for the New Year! Co-Led by celebrated saxophonist, Don Braden and drummer Karl Latham. Don Braden toured with The Harper Brothers, Lonnie Smith, Wynton Marsalis, The Mingus Band, and many others. He has recorded nearly 20 albums (most recently the acclaimed, Earth Wind and Wonder cd)! Karl Latham is an internationally recognized drummer and has performed with amazing artists like: Slide Hampton, Edgar Winter, Mark Egan, The Shirelles, Tomoko Ohno, Jerry Vivino and many more. He is one of the most in-demand drummers in the world and an incredible entertainer.

Big Funk! never disappoints. Touted as a “Grove / Funk / Soul journey” and “ a dream band” —both for the band members and audience members! Every night they perform here, our crowds are on their feet!

No better way or place to celebrate the New Year than our dining room enjoying a great prix fixe menu at one of two seatings, featuring: Dim Sum Appetizer Plate followed by a choice of: Fillet Mignon with bok choy and mushrooms - 3 Chili Chicken with broccoli - Ginger-Scallion Prawns with asparagus, Singapore Noodles with carrots, sprouts & egg. All followed by our special dessert sampling plate!

The 9:00 seating will also feature Wok Seared Maine Lobster with scallion, mushroom & asparagus, Two sets of music and a champagne toast to ring in the New Year!

$95 per person for the 7:00 seating and $115 for the 9:00 seating. Make your reservations soon as we are already filling up fast!

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Dan Crisci & Paul Ivory
Dec
30
7:00 PM19:00

Dan Crisci & Paul Ivory

A final celebration of the Holidays with the great pianist, Dan Crisci and bassist, Paul Ivory. Dan’s Christmas CD, Christmas Impressions is a fabulous exploration of the beautiful music of the season!

No music charge, $25 food & drink minimum. Performance will begin at 6:00. Reservations recommended.

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Winard Harper Quartet
Dec
29
7:00 PM19:00

Winard Harper Quartet

Winard Harper is a true virtuoso on the drums and one of the preeminent percussionists in music today. With a deep rooted passion for the beats, he began playing at 5 years old and has since been one of the most in-demand drummers in jazz, not to mention one of the genres’ greatest advocates! His passion and talent for jazz drumming has led him to play with greats like Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, and Ray Bryant to name a few. He founded the Harper Brothers Sextet with his brother and their second release, Remembrance, went all the way to #1 on Billboard’s Jazz Chart in 1991.

No music charge, $40 food & drink minimum with seatings at 6:15 and 8:35. Reservations required.

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Champian Fulton Holiday Celebration
Dec
28
3:30 PM15:30

Champian Fulton Holiday Celebration

Champian Fulton just released her 10th cd, The Stylings of Champian, we celebrated it in October. Last year she released Christmas with Champian which has been nominated for a Grammy! She is a virtuoso on the keys with a magnificent voice and she fills any room with fun, and a celebratory air--even before she sits down at the piano.  Champian's performances are captivating and joyful so be sure to make a reservation now!

No music charge, for our two seatings at 6:15 and 8:35, just a $40 food and drink minimum per person.

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Hila Kulik & Tim Armacost
Dec
27
7:00 PM19:00

Hila Kulik & Tim Armacost

Hila Kulik is one of the most exciting young pianists on the East Coast today and regularly plays with the likes of Saron Crenshaw, Antonio Hart, Donald Harrison, trumpeter Bria Skonberg, and has performed at the International Red Sea Jazz Festival in Eilat; the “Hot Jazz Concerts”: Charlie Parker Tribute (2016); Louis Armstrong tribute (2015); Nina Simone Tribute (2014); and others.

Accompanying Hila is Grammy Nominated saxophonist, Tim Armacost, who has performed with greats like, Al Foster, Jimmy Cobb, Kenny Barron, Tom Harrell, Billy Hart, Victor Lewis, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Peter Erskine, Ray Drummond, Roy Hargrove, Don Friedman and Randy Brecker. He has recorded 14 critically acclaimed records as a leader, performed on more than 50 as a sideman, and has composed for Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. 

An incredible duo for this final Thursday of December!

NO music charge, $25 food & drink minimum. Reservations strongly recommended.

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Olli Soikkeli and Friends
Dec
26
7:30 PM19:30

Olli Soikkeli and Friends

Olli Soikkeli is one of the most gifted young guitarists in the world right now and we try to get him to Madison as often as possible. The Wall Street Journal wrote: “Olli Soikkeli, a riveting finnish guitarist who combines astonishing dexterity and speed with pure soul in a way that places him among the worthiest current day successors to the legacy of the great Django.”

Make a reservation now and enjoy some truly amazing music before the New Year!

No music charge, $25 food & drink minimum.

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Tomoko Ohno & Hal Slapin: Vince Guaraldi Christmas Eve!
Dec
24
5:00 PM17:00

Tomoko Ohno & Hal Slapin: Vince Guaraldi Christmas Eve!

Two of our favorite musicians will get Santa’s sleigh moving towards Madison as they play everyone’s favorite Holiday tunes from Peanut’s Christmas jingles to Santa Claus is Coming to Town to White Christmas. Vince Guaraldi’s music, particularly his Holiday music inspires such cheer and brings out so many wonderful memories for countless people, how can we not celebrate it?

Two seatings at 5:00 and 7:00. No music charge, $40 food & drink minimum. Reservations required.

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Leoneike Scheuble
Dec
23
6:00 PM18:00

Leoneike Scheuble

Jazz piano prodigy Leokeike Scheuble first gained attention after winning the International Women in Jazz “Youth in Action Award” at age 11. The same year, she was the subject of an hour-long interview “The Future of Jazz” over America’s premier jazz radio station, WBGO and was recorded by Rudy Ban Gelder in her debut recording featuring the great Miles Davis’ drummer, Jimmy Cobb.

Since then, Leoneike has recorded as a sideman, released another CD as leader that features Mark Whitfield and Steve Davis. She has won Hot House Fans Decision Award for “Best Up and Coming Young Artist” and has become a TEDx speaker.

Now, at 16, Leonieke is a regular at Shanghai Jazz and consistenlty wows our audiences. You will thank us when you can say, “I saw Leoneike at Shanghai Jazz back when…”

No music charge, $25 food & drink minimum. First set begins at 6:00. Reservations required.

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Mark Peterson's Funky Christmas Show
Dec
22
6:15 PM18:15

Mark Peterson's Funky Christmas Show

Bassist, composer & musical director, Mark Peterson has performed and recorded with Stevie Wonder, shakira, Janet Jackson, Cirque Do Soleil, Gloria Gaynor and many, many more. He has put together a super fun, funk laden show of holiday favorites.

No music charge, $40 food & drink minimum with seatings at6:15 and 8:35. Reservations required.

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Eric Mintel Quartet's Vince Guaraldi & Holiday Celebration, Take Two!
Dec
21
6:15 PM18:15

Eric Mintel Quartet's Vince Guaraldi & Holiday Celebration, Take Two!

The great Dave Brubeck once said, "As long as the music attracts dedicated, young musicians like Eric Mintel, jazz will continue to thrive and progress as a voice of freedom." Eric has played at The White House, The Kennedy Center, and the United Nations.  These 4 great musicians never disappoint an audience and our dining room swings and rocks all night.  Along with bassist, Jack Hegyi, drummer, Dave Mohn, and Saxophonist Nelson Hill the Eric Mintel Quartet will get you swinging into the Holiday Spirit! No music charge, $40 food & drink minimum for seatings at 6:15 and 8:45. Reservations required.

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Harry Allen Saxophone Trio Featuring Rossano Sportiello on Piano!
Dec
20
7:00 PM19:00

Harry Allen Saxophone Trio Featuring Rossano Sportiello on Piano!

Harry Allen is one of the most incredible tenor saxophonist in the world and we are honored to have him as a friend and regular performer at Shanghai Jazz! This evening, he is accompanied by one of the finest pianist in the world, the great Rossano Sportiello and bassist Joel Forbes!

The great John Pizzarelli says, “Harry Allen’s playing is nothing less than perfect.” He is a multi-award winning recording artist, tours extensively and has performed with Rosemary Clooney, Ray Brown, Hank Jones, Frank Wess, Flip Phillips, Scott Hamilton, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Kenny Burrell, Herb Ellis, John Pizzarelli, Bucky Pizzarelli, Gus Johnson, Jeff Hamilton, Terry Gibbs, Warren Vache, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mandel, Ray Brown, Tommy Flanagan, James Taylor, to name a few!

First set at 7:00, no music charge, $25 food & drink minimum. Reservations required.

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Nicki Parrott & Rossano Sportiello Holiday Spectacular
Dec
19
7:00 PM19:00

Nicki Parrott & Rossano Sportiello Holiday Spectacular

It has become increasingly difficult to get these two amazing musicians together—they are two of the most in-demand musicians in jazz today. Nicki Parrott toured with the Legendary, Les Paul who said of her, “She has that special gift you cannot buy in a music store.” Furthermore, Australian music & arts magazine, Limelight says she is “a rarity, a first class bassist whos playing is a sublime as her vocals.” Rossano Sportiello is likely the finest jazz pianist in the world today. Together these two plan to celebrate the Holiday Season with style, verve, excitement and international class!

No music charge, $25 food & drink minimum per person. First set begins at 7:00, reservations required.

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John Korba with Hal Slapin and John Vourtsis
Dec
18
6:30 PM18:30

John Korba with Hal Slapin and John Vourtsis

John Korba, pianist and vocalist with Hal Slapin on bass and John Vourtsis on drums. I always say, Tuesdays are my favorite night of the week with these three as our regular Tuesday trio! John Korba has performed on the Broadway production of Rent and toured with Hall & Oates. You will enjoy tremendous renditions the Beatles, James Taylor, Hall & Oates, Van Morrison and plenty of others

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Alison Kurtz, Arturo & Chris Bauer Holiday Show!
Dec
16
6:00 PM18:00

Alison Kurtz, Arturo & Chris Bauer Holiday Show!

With the Holiday Season in full swing we have the marvelous vocals of Alison Kurtz accompanied by guitarist Arturo and Chris Bauer with his amazing harmonica! This trio will keep your spirits in full Holiday swing with sweet & fun melodies of the Season!

No music charge, $25 food & drink minimum. The first set will begin at 6:00. Reservations required.

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Nilson Matta's Brazilian Voyage Quartet
Dec
15
6:15 PM18:15

Nilson Matta's Brazilian Voyage Quartet

Nilson Matta is a Brazilian born bassist, founding member of Trio da Paz, composer, and touring and recording artist. He has played with amazing musicians like Luis Bonfa, Claudio Roditi, Paquito D’Rivera, Slide Hampton and many more. Nilson is a frequent side man in various bands here at Shanghai Jazz and we always love the groups he leads. This evening will feature amazingly talented musicians including: Marcello Pelliteri on drums, Diego Urcola on trumpet, and Dario Eskenazi on piano! This promises to be a great night with plenty of festive tunes intertwines with Latin rhythms and, of course, the best cocktails in Morris County and fantastic Asian cuisine.

No music charge, $40 food & drink minimum per person. Seatings at 6:15 and 8:35. Reservations required.

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