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Matt King Trio with Rufus Reid!
May
23
7:00 PM19:00

Matt King Trio with Rufus Reid!

Pianist Matt King with legendary bassist, Rufus Reid, drummer, Pat McDonald and special guests. Matt King is a celebrated pianist with a range and talent not to be missed. Rufus Reid is truly a legend—bassist, composer, educator. Rufus was famously bassist for Dexter Gordon and played with Thad Jones, Nancy Wilson, Eddie Harris and many more!

No music charge, $25 food & drink minimum. Music starts 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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John Korba with Hal Slapin and John Vourtsis
May
28
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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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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Nilson Matta's Brazilian Quartet
May
31
6:15 PM18:15

Nilson Matta's Brazilian 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, John Snauwaert on saxophone, and Helio Alves 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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Saron Crenshaw Quartet
Jun
1
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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Stephanie Nakasian
Jun
2
10:00 PM22:00

Stephanie Nakasian

Stephanie Nakasian is an internationally celebrated vocalist and jazz artist first garnering attention while touring with Jon Hendricks. Truly part of Jazz Royalty, she performed with her husband, the late Hod O’Brien, Urbie Green, Pat Metheny, Clark Terry, Scott Hamilton, and many, many more.

June is the last month of Sunday Vocalists at Shanghai Jazz until September, so please join us for this exceptional evening!

No music charge, $25 food & drink minimum. Stephanie takes the bandstand at 6:00! Reservations strongly recommended.

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Piano Driven Jazz with Bob Himmelburger, Hal Slapin and John Vourtsis
Jun
4
6:30 PM18:30

Piano Driven Jazz with Bob Himmelburger, Hal Slapin and John Vourtsis

Pianist and Educator, Bob Himmelburger with Hal Slapin on bass and John Vourtsis on drums. I always say, Tuesdays are my favorite night of the week and this is a special guest performance from an amazing piano player! Bob’s style is exciting, unpredictable and fun. He will keep you drawn to the music through the whole evening!

No music charge, $25 food & drink minimum per person. Reservations Suggested.

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Eric Olsen Revision Trio
Jun
8
6:15 PM18:15

Eric Olsen Revision Trio

Eric Olsen has crafted a distinguished career in both jazz and classical music, as a pianist and composer, harpsichordist, synthesist, organist, conductor, and accompanist.  He has recorded twenty albums to great critical acclaim, with artists Randy Brecker, Ted Nash, George Garzone, Don Braden, Ratzo Harris, Tim Horner, Peter Olsen, Bucky Pizzarelli, Lou Caimano, Jan Carden, Kevin Maynor, and Larry Newcomb, and performed with jazz luminaries Billy Hart and Eliot Zigmund. He has appeared in concert from Carnegie Hall to Birdland, with orchestra in Taiwan, throughout the United States, and overseas in France, Germany, India, the Fiji Islands, and New Zealand.  He teaches at Montclair State University and the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, and is Director of Music and Organist at Union Congregational Church in Montclair, NJ.  More information is available at www.ericolsenmusic.com and www.dyadplays.com.

The Eric Olsen ReVision Trio transforms familiar melodies from the classics to the Beatles into cutting edge jazz that transcends musical boundaries. “Perhaps the most amazing transformation of cultural enlightenment in the last quarter century”. The band features Eric Olsen on piano, Ratzo B. Harris on bass, and Tim Horner on drums.

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

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Eric Comstock celebrates the American Songbook and beyond!
Jun
9
6:00 PM18:00

Eric Comstock celebrates the American Songbook and beyond!

“Smart, suave & utterly delightful … an ingenious musical wit … a dispenser of cabaret caviar.” – The New York Times “Erudite … Expert musicianship & joie de vivre in equal measure.” – The New Yorker Hailed as “the truest heir to Bobby Short” in The New York Times, pianist/singer Eric Comstock returns to Shanghai with songs by everyone from George Gershwin to George Harrison. It’s a swinging Sunday supper where the music and stories are equally great, and where you’re bound to hear a song you didn’t know you loved! An acknowledged champion of the pop, jazz & saloon songbooks, Eric is as entertaining as he is musically savvy. He has performed and recorded with some of the world’s finest musicians, including Andy Bey, Frank Wess, Peter Washington, Wycliffe Gordon, Matt Wilson, Ken Peplowski and Harry Allen. His most recent CD is “bitter/sweet”, on which he appears with star guitarist Randy Napoleon. As a performer/commentator, he has appeared on PBS, CNN, BBC and Radio France. Please visit www.ericcomstock.net

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John Korba with Hal Slapin and John Vourtsis
Jun
11
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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Deep Groove Jazz Trio
Jun
12
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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Celebrate Father's Day with the Miles Hudgins Trio!
Jun
16
6:00 PM18:00

Celebrate Father's Day with the Miles Hudgins Trio!

Miles Hudgins has exercised his talents as both a performer and producer composing an original dance recital soundtrack for the University of North Carolina, honing and showcasing knowledge in electronic music production at “Grammy Camp” in Los Angeles, CA., playing in a big band setting with the Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra, appearing on-air twice for PBS, as well as performing more traditional pieces in Carnegie Hall. In addition, Miles has played shows at the small combo and solo levels, such as his “Cultural Festival sets in Golden, CO. and opening the main stage at the Hub City Jazz Festival for Brian Culberson and Pieces of a Dream in New Brunswick, NJ. Miles Hudgins’ sophomore album, Resolve is available now on iTunes,Amazon, and streaming services.

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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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Eric Mintel Quartet
Jul
13
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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Cesar Orozco & Jorge Glem celebrate their new CD, Stringwise
Aug
10
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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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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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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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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Tribut to Aretha Franklin with April Webb & John Korba
May
17
6:15 PM18:15

Tribut to Aretha Franklin with April Webb & John Korba

The combined vocal forces of April May Webb and John Korba will guarantee an inspiring night of delightful entertainment.  We are thrilled to bring them together once again to pay homage to the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin. April and John will be joined with Juilliard graduate Randall Haywood on trumpet, Billboard chart-topper Jacob Webb on Bass, and drummer and music director Nathan Webb. This will be a magnificent evening filled with memorable soulful music.

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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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Thaddeus Expose and Tomoko Ohno
May
15
7:00 PM19:00

Thaddeus Expose and Tomoko Ohno

Originally from New Orleans, Thaddeus Expose, in addition to having the coolest name in music and being an all around gentleman, is a tremendous musician, composer, inventor, and educator. Along with everyone’s favorite pianist, Tomoko Ohno, the house will be grooving and swinging throughout the evening!

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

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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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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 for $65 per person, $49 for children under 10, 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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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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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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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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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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Tomoko Ohno with Hal Slapin & John Vourtsis
May
7
7:00 PM19:00

Tomoko Ohno with Hal Slapin & John Vourtsis

The incomparable Tomoko Ohno joins the Tuesday crew, John Vourtsis on drums and Hal Slapin on bass, for an especially fun Tuesday night. Tomoko is certainly one of the finest pianists we know, and our favorite! Be sure to join us, we guarantee a wonderful evening.

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

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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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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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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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Nat King Cole's 100'th Birthday Celebration with Marty Eigen & Stephan Fuller
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Nat King Cole's 100'th Birthday Celebration with Marty Eigen & Stephan Fuller

Stephan Fuller and Marty Eigen are a tremendous combination of talent and we are thrilled to have them help us celebrate this momentous 100th year of Nat King Cole! This will be a tremendous evening filled with memorable music.
No music charge, $25 food & drink minimum with the first set beginning at 7:00. Reservations strongly recommended.

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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