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John Korba with Hal Slapin and John Vourtsis
Apr
23
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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Harry Allen & Rossano Sportiello
Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

Harry Allen & Rossano Sportiello

Two of the most celebrated jazz musicians in the world are back in Madison! Harry Allen is the preeminent tenor saxophonist in the world and Rossano Sportiello is similarly decorated as a pianist. Rounding out this trio on the drums is Mike Karn.

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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Peter & Will Anderson Trio
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

Peter & Will Anderson Trio

Peter and Will Anderson are true “virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone” (New York Times) and are another pair of our favorite musicians. They have performed with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Village Vanguard Orchestra, Wycliffe Gordon, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Paquito D’Rivera, Wynton Marsalis, and can be heard on the 2014 Grammy-winning soundtrack of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks.  They’ve headlined at The Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Feinstein’s 54 Below, and live on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion

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

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Karl Latham & Friends
Apr
26
6:15 PM18:15

Karl Latham & Friends

Karl Latham is an outrageously gifted drummer, arranger, musician, and all around entertainer. Hence, we are excited to celebrate the arrival of Spring (and for Karl, the NHL playoffs), with this “Weekend of Latham.” This Friday evening Karl is bringing two equally talented and exciting musicians along:

Mark Peterson is a celebrated bassist who has performed and recorded with everyone from Clark Terry to Gloria Gaynor to Stevie Wonder to Shakira.

Mitch Stein has offered his guitar skills to the likes of Tania Maria, David Sanborn, The Brecker Brothers and many more!

Together they are bringing an evening of high energy tunes, from classic rock song reimagined through the jazz lens to funk to standards to our bandstand!

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

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Big Funk!
Apr
27
6:15 PM18:15

Big Funk!

With a new cd ready to drop, Big Funk! brings an outrageous, raucous, fun, and, yes, FUNKY celebration! 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!

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Sarah Partridge with Tomoko Ohno & Paul Meyers
Apr
28
6:00 PM18:00

Sarah Partridge with Tomoko Ohno & Paul Meyers

Vocalist SARAH PARTRIDGE, who's wowed audiences everywhere from the legendary Algonquin Oak Room to the Bitter End rock club, with a repertoire that spans the Great American Songbook to Janie Ian! She will be joined on our bandstand by one of our favorite pianists, Tomoko Ohno and guitarist Paul Meyers! No music charge, $25 food & drink minimum, reservations required.

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John Korba with Hal Slapin and John Vourtsis
Apr
30
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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King James Gibbs Trio
May
1
7:00 PM19:00

King James Gibbs Trio

James Gibbs III known as King James III is a recording artist and the face for the new jazz record label Next Paradigm Records. He is a trumpeter, producer, music director, arranger, engineer, educator, and founder of Brick City Entertainment NJ LLC. Born in Newark and raised in Irvington, NJ James has been playing since he was 9 and professionally since he was 14 years old.

Star student of the New Brunswick Jazz Institute, James was sought out by the late great Betty Carter in 1994 and he played and performed with her since her death in 1998. James was also mentored by the late great Donald Byrd while attending Delaware State University.

James recently embarked on ha new journey recording and releasing his 4th album project as an artist (his 1st for Next Paradigm Records). In addition to his success as a side man, he is a successful band leader and the founder of Brick City Soul Collective. You can find their performances online via Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube. 

This will certainly be an exceptional evening of jazz! No music charge, $25 food & drink minimum. Show starts at 7:00, reservations strongly recommended

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John Lee & Friends
May
3
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 Friay night! Joined by world renowned tenor saxophonist, Andres Boyarsky, Pianist, composer, arranger, Alex Collins will take the keys, and, on drums is our good friend and one of the most exciting and in-demand drummers in music today, Karl Latham!

With two seatings at 6:15 and 8:35, no music charge, just a $40 food & drink minimum. Make reservations now for an unforgettable evening of legendary jazz. Reservations required.

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Saron Crenshaw Quartet
May
4
6:15 PM18:15

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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Al and Joe Elefante Quartet, with guest vocalist Yvonne Greene
May
5
6:00 PM18:00

Al and Joe Elefante Quartet, with guest vocalist Yvonne Greene

Father and son Al and Joe Elefante return to entertain with the sweet sounds of jazz.

Al (sax/clarinet) has performed for decades in the tri-state area at venues from Atlantic City casinos to NYC hotels, theaters, restaurants and lounges. With talented and versatile singer Yvonne Greene, Al has led show bands, lounge acts and jazz ensembles.

Joe Elefante has traveled 4 continents as a pianist, saxophonist, vocalist, composer, arranger, and bandleader. He has been the musical director of several productions at NJ’s Paper Mill Playhouse, and conducted and played keyboards in ‘Jersey Boys’ on Broadway and the National Tour. Joe was named a Jazz Ambassador by the Kennedy Center, and has toured Eastern Europe and the Middle East as a jazz pianist for the US State Department.

Also joining Al and Joe this evening are Dave Heilman, drums, and Tom Pietrycha, bass.

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Hila Kulik Quartet
May
8
7:00 PM19:00

Hila Kulik Quartet

Hila Kulik is one of our favorite young pianists as incredible music pours out of her when she sits with a piano. She first caught our ears while accompanying blues guitarist, Saron Crenshaw—if you know Saron, you can imagine how good she is to stand out in that band!

We are most excited for this particular show as Hila has new, original music to weave into her sets of incredible, well known standards and swinging tunes this evening (she is releasing a new cd this summer!) Accompanied by the same band playing on her new album: Tamir Shmerling on bass, Mark Whitfield II on drums, and Wayne Tucker on trumpet.

Now music charge, $25 food & drink minimum. Reservations strongly recommended.

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Adrian Cunningham & Friends
May
9
6:15 PM18:15

Adrian Cunningham & Friends

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 Alberto Pibiri and bassist, Chris Berger, 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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Brynn Stanley Quartet
May
10
6:15 PM18:15

Brynn Stanley Quartet

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. She is joined by Dan Crisci on piano, Nick Scheuble on drums and Rick Crane on bass. No music Charge, $40 food and drink minimum per person for seatings at 6:15 and 8:35. Reservations required.

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King Solomon Hicks Band
May
11
6:15 PM18:15

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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Mother's Day with Viktorija Gecyte
May
12
12:00 PM12:00

Mother's Day with Viktorija Gecyte

Celebrate the most important woman in the world with this world class vocalist! “Elegant, swinging and sophisticated beyond her years, Viktorija bears comparison with the greats. She has great phrasing, impeccable timing, a low velvet voice with smoky hues, and hits every note on the button. Her fondness for jazz comes from her father, and her love of singing from her mother, an award-winning chef who comes from a long line of passionate traditional vocalists. For Viktorija, singing is a musical conversation, a human endeavor, a never-ending journey.”

We will have 3 seatings on this special day, 12:00, 2:15 and 4:30. We will offer a special menu, featuring:

Dim Sum Appetizer Plate for the table

followed by a choice of:

3 chili chicken

golden sesame chicken,

firecracker beef

champagne fish

Hunan Shrimp ($8 supplement)

vegetarian pad thai

crisp Beijing duck ($13 supplement)

Finished with a Plate of Sweets for the table.

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Jerry Vezza & Friends
May
14
6:30 PM18:30

Jerry Vezza & Friends

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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Olli Soikkeli and Friends
May
16
7:00 PM19:00

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!

No music charge, $25 food & drink minimum.

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Gabrielle Stravelli CD Release Party Celebrating the Music of Willie Nelson
May
18
6:15 PM18:15

Gabrielle Stravelli CD Release Party Celebrating the Music of Willie Nelson

Gabrielle Stravelli is delighted to present the release of her newest album "Pick Up My Pieces: The Music of Willie Nelson". The CD is dedicated to the music and life of the "Red Headed Stranger", and covers the full spectrum of Nelson’s catalog; from early hits like “Three Days” and “Blame It On The Times” to favorites from his blockbuster album of American standards “Stardust” to eternal classics like “Crazy” and “Nightlife”. Alongside the music, Stravelli will weave in stories from Nelson’s famously colorful personal life and storied 50-plus year career, while honoring and reimagining the music of one of America’s greatest songwriters.

Much like her subject, Willie Nelson, Gabrielle Stravelli has stuck to her artistic vision, and gone forward where others might have compromised or thrown in the towel. Her program of songs written by and/or associated with Willie Nelson found her reconceiving the Nelson material in a jazz context with intelligence, imagination, musicality and a voice that equaled all of the challenges that the material presented.” – Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz

The band for the evening will be: 

Joshua Richman, piano

Pat O'Leary, bass

Eric Halvorson, drums

Scott Robinson, sax and flute

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John Korba with Hal Slapin and John Vourtsis
May
21
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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Warren Vache Quartet
May
22
7:00 PM19:00

Warren Vache Quartet

"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.  Joined this evening by guitar great, Vinnie Corrao, Earl Sauls on bass, and acclaimed accordionist Eddie Monteiro!

No music charge, $25 food and drink minimum, performance begins at 7:00. Reservations strongly recommended.

 

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Grover Kemble & Jerry Vezza!
May
24
6:15 PM18:15

Grover Kemble & Jerry Vezza!

You will be hard pressed to find a more entertaining pair in live jazz! Grover Kemble on guitar and vocals with Jerry Vezza on piano are two great friends playing world class music. They have been playing together for over 20 years and the fun they have on a bandstand is definitely infectious. As a leader, Grover draws the audience into every lyric, engaging everyone in the crowd. On piano, Jerry "just swigs. He is a very lyrical player. You always have these beautiful melodies in his solos.  There’s a real delicacy to his playing.  It’s not just arpeggios and flashy technique.” 

NO music charge $40 food and drink minimum for seatings at 6:15 and 8:45. Reservations required.

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Vocalist Maria Raquel with Pablo Bencid & Cesar Orozco
May
25
6:15 PM18:15

Vocalist Maria Raquel with Pablo Bencid & Cesar Orozco

Maria Raquel is a Colombian singer based in New York since 2016. She has participated in festivals such as the Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, the Summer Arts Festival, Color Es Festival and the Primavera Fest. She has taken her talent from Colombia to Germany, Israel, Netherlands now the United States. Her powerful voice makes her an outstanding ambassador of Latin music in the world specially Colombian Cumbia and salsa , she is known in NY as the leader of Maria Raquel Trio and Maria Raquel Quartet and as the lead singer of Astoria Salsa Company, also for her outstanding collaborations with La Cumbiamba eNeYe, LaMar NYC, La Pachamambo, and Samuel Torres Band.

Pablo Bencid is one of the most in-demand drummers in music today and he plays with a control and tempo that will mesmerize! Cesar Orozco is one of the finest pianists you will ever see! We are ecstatic to have these three coming to Madison for this incredibly unique night of Latin music!

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




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Meant To Be Quartet
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

Meant To Be Quartet

With Glen Merritt on piano, Alan Hayes on bass, Pete Omelio on drums, and John Higgins on trumpet, Meant To Be keeps audiences swinging throughout the night! These four fantastic musicians have been playing together for over 15 years and each feeds off of the others’ enthusiasm and improvisations.

No music charge, $25 food & drink minimum for two sets beginning at 7:00. Reservations required.

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Dan Levinson Trio
Jun
19
7:00 PM19:00

Dan Levinson Trio

Among the worlds finest clarinetists, Dan Levinson is an honored member of the Shanghai Jazz Family. A true virtuoso with a clarinet, Dan 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!”

Accompanying Dan is pianist Mark Shane, an acclaimed pianist, composer, arranger, and accompanist. He has played with some of the finest musicians in the world including Grammy Winner Catherine Russell, The New York Allstars, and many others. He is, in fact, one of the finest jazz pianists in the world!

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Audra Mariel - A Real Human Jazz Band
Jun
30
6:00 PM18:00

Audra Mariel - A Real Human Jazz Band

Audra Mariel is a tremendously talented vocalist who joined the Shanghai Jazz family last spring and we are thrilled to have her back in Madison. A Real Human Jazz Band features guitarist, Tom Monda, drummer Kevin Grossman, and bassist Cody McCorry behind Audra’s melodic and intoxicating voice!

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

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Cesar Orozco & Jorge Glem celebrate their new CD, Stringwise
Apr
20
6:15 PM18:15

Cesar Orozco & Jorge Glem celebrate their new CD, Stringwise

Virtuoso Venezuelan cuatro player Jorge Glem, has joined forces with Cuban/Venezuelan pianist, composer and arranger César Orozco, to record their first album as a duo entitled “Stringwise,”released worldwide on February 6, 2019. After working together in several projects for many years while living in Venezuela, these long-time partners in music have reunited again now in New York City and decided to put together this unprecedented and original duo. On this album, both performers explore their instruments to the fullest by mixing the rhythmic richness and energy of traditional Latin American genres such as Venezuelan joropo, merengue, and Cuban son with a repertoire of worldwide renowned masterpieces from pop and jazz. Stringwise is also the first album recorded only with a Venezuelan cuatro and piano. This particular instrumentation, along with the constant presence of jazz elements, such as improvisation, creates a homogeneous and coherent sound despite the varied mixture of songs and genres involved in the recording. The end result is a fascinating journey full of rhythms, melodies and harmonies that listeners will enjoy through 7 covers, one piece of Venezuelan folklore, and 3 original songs, all produced and arranged by both Glem and Orozco.

According to Cuban legendary saxophonist and clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera, “César Orozco manages to make the best combination between Cuban, Jazz and Venezuelan music I ever heard”. Orozco, who was born and raised in Cuba, moved to Venezuela in 1998, where he developed an important and prolific career as a pianist, arranger, composer and producer. After 14 years, Orozco moved to the United States in 2012 and enrolled, with a full tuition Assistantship, to The Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he earned a Graduate Performance Diploma (GPD) in Jazz Piano. Since relocating to the New York tri-state area in 2015, Mr. Orozco has become an in-demand pianist. Some of the artists he has worked with include Paquito D’Rivera, Pedrito Martinez, Gary Thomas, Yosvany Terry, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Luis Enrique, Itai Kriss, Troy Roberts, Paul Bollenback, and Giovanni Hidalgo just to name a few.

Jorge Glem, who is also a mandolin player, composer and producer, is probably the greatest living master of the infectiously rhythmic four-string Venezuelan cuatro. Hailing from Cumaná, Venezuela, Glem, who currently resides in New York City, has set out with a clear and driven purpose of presenting the Venezuelan cuatro as a universal instrument. His amazing talent and purpose have allowed him to share the stage with renown worldwide figures such as Paquito D’Rivera, Jordan Rudess, Rubén Blades, Carlos Vives, Calle 13, Natalia Lafoucarde, Guaco, Desorden Público, Ensamble Gurrufío, Gualberto Ibarreto, Etienne Charles and many other important music personalities allowing him to fuse the sound of this traditional instrument in genres such as jazz, salsa, bluegrass, rock, and pop. Glem is without a doubt one of Venezuela’s musical treasures. "Glem's performance at Lincoln Center, reaffirmed his status as one of the most individualistically talented players in any style of music around the world" - New York Music Daily.

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Eric Mintel Quartet
Apr
19
6:15 PM18:15

Eric Mintel Quartet

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! No music charge, $40 food & drink minimum for seatings at 6:15 and 8:45. Reservations required.

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Ed Laub Trio
Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

Ed Laub Trio

Along with pianist, Tomoko Ohno and bassist, Martin Pizzarelli, guitarist, Ed Laub will keep a groove swinging through the evening. Ed is a protege of the great Bucky Pizzarelli and always puts on a memorable show.

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

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John Korba with Hal Slapin and John Vourtsis
Apr
16
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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An Evening of Jazz with Montclair State University's School of Music
Apr
14
6:00 PM18:00

An Evening of Jazz with Montclair State University's School of Music


The John C Cali School of Music at Montclair State University will be showcasing its best groups. Combos directed my Dave Stryker, Mike Lee and Holli Ross will feature the music of many jazz legends. These young musicians are excited to bring their unique talents and professionalism to Shanghai Jazz! 

No music charge, $25 food & drink minimum. Reservations strongly suggested for performance beginning at 6:00

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Helio Alves Piano Trio
Apr
13
6:15 PM18:15

Helio Alves Piano Trio

Helio Alves is an award winning pianist & composer having played on multiple Grammy winning albums including Yo Yo Ma’s grammy winning Obrigado Brasil, Claudio Roditi’s nominated Brazilliance X4, and Brazilian Dreams by Paquito D’Rivera. Helio is a thrilling performer and masterful arranger of music.

Joining Helio on are two award winning musicians: bassist & composer, Nilson Matta (who will be headlining his own show on Saturday, 12/15) and Duduka Da Fonseca on drums. These gentlemen are founding members of Trio da Paz the world renowned Brazilian jazz group who have been touring and recording together since 1986.

Two seatings at 6:15 and 8:35, no music charge but a $40 food & drink minimum. Reservations required.

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Abelita Mateus
Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

Abelita Mateus

Abelita Mateus, a magnificent pianist, composer and vocalist with a masters in Jazz Performance from William Paterson University. Her latest release, Mixed Feelings is a tremendous sophomore effort and has received critical acclaim from Downbeat Magazine, NY City Jazz Record and many more. She is originally from Sao Paolo, Brazil, where she developed a deep love for Brazilian music and, eventually jazz. Her talents have placed her in bands with music legends like Claudio Roditi, John Lee, Vinicius Dorin, Raul de Souza and she is pianist for the Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban Experience. 

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Charlie Apicella Trio
Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

Charlie Apicella Trio

Guitarist Charlie Apicella is the leader of Iron City.  The band's sixth CD, Groove Machine features Charlie's hard bop inspired originals and arrangements of classic Blue Note Records gems. 

Charlie Apicella is an Eastman Guitars Featured Artist, a Guild Guitars Sponsored Artist and a ZT Amplifiers Official Artist.  He is a regular contributor to Vintage Guitar Magazine's YouTube channel.

He has written lessons for DownBeat and Just Jazz Guitar magazines and has been profiled in Vintage Guitar and Hot House magazines.

"I think you will find that "Sparks" will light the artistic fires of the soul and intellect." Heartfully, YUSEF LATEEF

"As a player, Apicella immediately brings to mind Grant Green. He’s funky, he’s bluesy, and he’s not afraid to get dirty at times. The perfect illustration of how great this band is together is Charlie’s “64 Cadillac.” Apicella and band have that perfect jazz rapport that allows them to be tight as hell and play off each other beautifully." JOHN HEIDT, Vintage Guitar Magazine

"Apicella's playing shines...[he] is aware of the straight-ahead tradition, showcasing his Wes Montgomery influence...Apicella's guitar sound is bright and clean, and easily cuts through the huge sound of the organ." TIM FISCHER, Just Jazz Guitar Magazine

"Apicella is a lithe, swinging guitarist with an affinity for the contrasting styles of both Grant Green and Wes Montgomery...An all-around impressive debut by a guitarist of substance." MARK GARDNER, Jazz Journal

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John Korba with Hal Slapin and John Vourtsis
Apr
9
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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Leonieke Scheuble
Apr
7
6:00 PM18:00

Leonieke Scheuble

Leoneike Scheuble was named Hot House Magazine’s “Best Up and Coming Young Artist” and, though she is just 16, she has established herself as a truly special musician. She has been performing at Shanghai Jazz for three years now and the fun she has when seated at a piano is infectious! Her music is inspired and her talent unmistakeable. A true Jazz piano prodigy Leokeike 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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Bernard Purdie Trio
Apr
6
6:15 PM18:15

Bernard Purdie Trio

The most recorded drummer in history is back! Bernard Purdie’s shows never disappoint. He has performed on hit records an toured with everyone from Aretha Franklin to The Jackson 5, Steely Dan, James Brown, Cat Stevens, Hall & Oates, and The Rolling Stones, to name just a fraction of the superstars who needed “the funkiest soul beat in the business!”

Seatings at 6:15 and 8:35 with no music charge, just a $40 food & drink minimum. Reservations required.

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Blue Soul Quintet
Apr
5
6:15 PM18:15

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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CD Release Party with Matt Kane
Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

CD Release Party with Matt Kane

Drummer, educator and composer Matt Kane recently released collection of original tunes, The Other Side of the Story . The CD has garnered fantastic reviews and spent more than three months shooting up the Charts, topping out at number 1 on KZSU Stanford’s jazz chart in February, and number 15 on Jazz Week’s, Jazz Album Chart!

Album Press says of the release, “The cascade of sound on this album is akin to a personal narrative of his life as a musician that has traversed both geography and hard work. . . This new project will have listeners . . . want to listen to this album over and over again and shuffle your brain into the thought of what could be next for this talented modern-day drummer that continues to add to his jazz force in modern music.”

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Jerry Bruno's 99th Birthday Celebration, Part Two!
Apr
3
7:00 PM19:00

Jerry Bruno's 99th Birthday Celebration, Part Two!

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
Apr
2
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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Daryl Sherman
Mar
31
6:00 PM18:00

Daryl Sherman

Daryl Sherman, James Chirillo and Boots Maleson are a favorite trio and always fill the room. Dary Sherman is a fabulous pianist and vocalist, and a rarity, “equally talented in both roles.” She performed as Artie Shaw’s singer, and had a “stellar 14 year run at the Waldorf Astoria.”

No music charge, $25 food & drink minimum, sets at 7:00 and 8:30!

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Rob Paparozzi & Bobby Harden Experience
Mar
30
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 $60 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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Champian Fulton is coming home from a long tour!
Mar
29
6:15 PM18:15

Champian Fulton is coming home from a long tour!

Champian Fulton, Hot House Magazine’s Female Vocalist of the Year, 2017 returns to our bandstand after a very busy summer to celebrate the release of her brand new CD! . Her travels included a full European tour and a performance with the great Bria Skonberg’s new project “The Sisterhood of Swing.” So much talent, a joy to be around, and a fabulous entertainer are some of the reasons we love when Champian comes to Madison! No music charge, $40 food and drink minimum for seatings at 6:15 and 8:45. Reservations required

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Deep Groove Jazz Trio
Mar
28
7:00 PM19:00

Deep Groove Jazz Trio

The Deep Groove Jazz Trio features Hammond Organist Dan Kostelnik, Guitarist Leo Jordan and Drummer John Vourtsis.  They’ll perform Jazz Standards, Monk, Funk, Michael, Miles and beyond. 

Dan Kostelnik, a featured WBGO Jazz 88 artist is a William Paterson Jazz Studies alum who’s toured Europe with We Three and recorded 3 albums with guitarist Bob Devos.

Leo Jordan, also a graduate of the William Paterson Jazz Studies program has performed extensively in the NY area for over 30 years in the Jazz, Blues and Rock genres. 

John Vourtsis, a multi-instrumentalist is a Shanghai Jazz regular, drumming with John Korba, Jerry Vezza, Tomoko Ohno and Bob Himmelberger, among others.  

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Paul Meyers with Steve Laspina and Andy Watson
Mar
27
7:00 PM19:00

Paul Meyers with Steve Laspina and Andy Watson

Jazz guitarist Paul Meyers has led various groups in the NYC area for many years. One of the finest was a quartet featuring the legendary Frank Wess, and that quartet recorded a critically acclaimed CD on the Miles High label and had numerous performances in New York City clubs and concert stages around the Northeast.Since that time Paul has often led a trio like the one that backed up Frank Wess, and our night at Shanghai will be with this great group. The trio features two fantastic musicians who were both veterans of the great Jim Hall’s trio - drummer Andy Watson and bassist Steve LaSpina - 

Paul Meyers - "one of the most eloquent jazz guitarists since Kenny Burrell"  -  James Gavin, NY Times - 

Andy Watson has been a fixture on the New York jazz scene for over two decades. He has performed and recorded with an impressive list of artists and groups, including: Toshiko Akiyoshi, Bill Frisell, Benny Golson, Jim Hall, Tom Harrell, Jon Hendricks, Woody Herman, Joe Lovano, Wynton Marsalis, Marian McPartland, James Moody, Marvin Stamm, Mike Stern, Lew Tabackin and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.

As a member of Jim Hall’s trio, Andy played on the critically acclaimed recording, “Dialogues “.  All About Jazz magazine called his performance on David Bixler’s “Call It A Good Deal” “one of the top ten for 2006”. Bassist Steve Laspina has been a prominent feature on the NY and National Jazz scene for 30+ years. He has performed and recorded with greats like Benny Carter, Stan Getz, Phill Woods, Clark Terry, Chet Baker, Pat Martino and many more. Steve has also played the wold’s foremost jazz festivals including North Sea and Umbia Jazz!

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John Korba with Hal Slapin and John Vourtsis
Mar
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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Don Braden's Earth Wind and Wonder CD Celebration
Mar
23
6:15 PM18:15

Don Braden's Earth Wind and Wonder CD Celebration

Don Braden is a masterful clarinet, saxophone and flute player and has composed and recorded a new CD blending and celebrating the genius of Earth Wind and Fire and Stevie Wonder. The recording has received tremendous reviews and a lot of air play from terrestrial radio like our favorite, WBGO, and Sirius XM's Real Jazz station! No music charge, $40 food and drink minimum for seatings at 6:15 and 8:45, reservations required.

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Stevie Wonder Tribute with Ty Stephens
Mar
22
6:15 PM18:15

Stevie Wonder Tribute with Ty Stephens

Friday, March, 22, Ty Stephens, Greg Buford, Alva Nelson, Miho Nobuzane, and Bill Dotts bring a phenomenal night honoring the musical genius of Stevie Wonder! The band executes the music perfectly and Ty Stephens’ vocals are engaging, soulful, and too much fun!

A consummate multi-talented entertainer and performer, Ty Stephens has performed around the world, gaining an international audience with a cool, urban-tinged adult-contemporary sound, based on jazz, funk and R&B.

"Stephens' voice is like honey... pure and sweet..." 
- The Philadelphia Tribune

"...a must-see band to be experienced live...!" 
- The New York Amsterdam News

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

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Olli Soikkeli and Friends
Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

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!

No music charge, $25 food & drink minimum.

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Alex Laurenzi Quartet!
Mar
20
7:00 PM19:00

Alex Laurenzi Quartet!

Saxophone prodigy Alex Laurenzi, one of the most promising and exciting young jazz musicians in NJ brings a tremendous quartet of young musicians back to Madison! Joining him will be pianist Isaiah Thompson with Ian Kenselaar on bass and Matt Kane on drums.

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

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John Korba with Hal Slapin and John Vourtsis
Mar
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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St. Patrick's Day All Jazzed Up with Alison Kurtz, Arturo & Ernie Fortunado
Mar
17
6:00 PM18:00

St. Patrick's Day All Jazzed Up with Alison Kurtz, Arturo & Ernie Fortunado

Alison Kurtz is a wonderful vocalist whose influences range from the American Songbook to the Beatles and beyond. This evening she is accompanied by two tremendous guitarists, Arturo and Ernie Fortunado who are eachincredibly talented instrumentalists, arrangers, and performers who regularly tour the East Coast.

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

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