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Sarah Partridge with Tomoko Ohno
Sep
22
6:00 PM18:00

Sarah Partridge with Tomoko Ohno

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! Also joining these ladies is Juilliard Trained Bassist, Hal Slapin!

No music charge, $25 food & drink minimum, reservations required.

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John Korba with Hal Slapin and John Vourtsis
Sep
24
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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Nicki Parrott & John DiMartino
Sep
25
7:00 PM19:00

Nicki Parrott & John DiMartino

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.”

John DiMartino has received multiple Grammy nominations and is a celebrated pianist, composer, and arranger who travels extensively lending his talents to the likes of Freddy Cole, David “Fat Head” Newman, Keely Smith, Billy Eckstine and many others.

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

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Rossanno Sportiello's "The Art of Piano Improvisation"
Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

Rossanno Sportiello's "The Art of Piano Improvisation"

Rosanno Sportiello, at 16, he began “performing professionally at jazz venues in the Milan area, and in 1992, he joined one of Europe’s historic jazz bands, the “Milano Jazz Gang” touring with the group throughout Italy and West Europe until the end of 2000. That same year, Rossano met legendary jazz pianist and educator, Barry Harris, who became a mentor and good friend. Mr. Harris has touted Rossano as ‘the best stride piano player’ he has ever heard.”

Rosanno plays here regularly with Nicki Parrott and Harry Allen. On this Thursday, he is bringing some special guests as a surprise. Rossano, as the title of the evening tells us, will celebrate improvisation with the piano, “from Stride to Bebop through the American Songbook.” We cannot think of anyone who better to put such a program together! This promises to be an outstanding night of music—not to be missed!

No music charge, $25 food & drink minimum. Reservations required.

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Nat Adderley Jr. Trio
Sep
27
6:15 PM18:15

Nat Adderley Jr. Trio

As Luther Vandross’ long-time musical director, Nat’s compositions include “Stop to Love”, “Wait for Love”, “Make Me a Believer” and the Grammy-nominated “Give Me the Reason”. His many arrangements for Luther include “Superstar”, “Here and Now”, “So Amazing”, “If Only for One Night”, “If This World Were Mine”, “There’s Nothing Better Than Love” and “Never Too Much”. Also for Luther, Nat produced “My Favorite Things”, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, “Going Out of My Head” and “The Closer I Get To You” (the Grammy-winning duet with Beyonce). 

Nat wrote “The Wave” for Kirk Whalum, arranged Natalie Cole’s 1987 recording of “When I Fall In Love”, produced “Just Another Lonely Night” for Johnny Gill, arranged Aretha Franklin’s album Jump To It, and produced Gloria Lynne’s album No Detour Ahead

In 2016 and 2017, Nat produced the CD “Invitation” for Nicolas Bearde, and appeared as pianist on Jay Hoggard’s beautiful CD “Harlem Heiroglyphs”. His shows always sell out so, make reservations now!

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

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Eric Olsen Revision Trio
Sep
28
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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Audra Mariel - A Real Human Jazz Band
Sep
29
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!

Audra is an artist we are particularly excited to have as part of the Shanghai Jazz Family. Her take on tunes from the American Songbook to Marvin Gaye is always intriguing and she and her bandmates have enough fun on stage to draw the entire audience in and ensure everyone leaves pining to come see her again.

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

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John Korba with Hal Slapin and John Vourtsis
Oct
1
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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Alberto Pibiri & Miriam Waks
Oct
2
3:30 PM15:30

Alberto Pibiri & Miriam Waks

Husband-wife duo Alberto Pibiri (piano) and Miriam Waks (voice) celebrate the release of their first album CDrelease "So Many Stars" with this intimate live performance. Presenting a selection of songs from the album, including delicately rendered Italian classics, swinging standards, hard-hitting blues numbers, and of course, love s ongs, join them for a very special night of world-class music and stories.

Miriam Waks Prose Now based in New York City, Miriam Waks made her performing debut at the tender age of 10 singing solo at the Sydney Opera House. The years since have seen her develop into a diverse and vibrant performer who sings in 17 languages and a vast range of musical styles. She has performed at venues and residencies across the globe including New York, France, Cuba, Brussels, Edinburgh, London, India, Macau, & Hong Kong. 2018 saw Miriam release her first originals album, Tales from a Room. Recorded in Nashville and New York, Tales from a Room received radio airplay across USA and Canada.  Miriam performed a full season as featured vocalist and MC with Cuban modern dance company Danza Del Caribe (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015).  Miriam has several original music projects including comedic alter-ego Mimi LaRue, and experimental music duo Metabards whose debut EP was described by the Huffington Post as "Full of mystique, potent soundscapes, and.. profound lyricism, (they) have tapped into a sonic spirituality that travels beyond the confines of stereotypical electronic music." 


Alberto Pibiri Bio is an Italian jazz pianist and composer based in New York. He formed his experience between Italy and France studying classical and jazz music. During his studies, he became attracted by the music of Oscar Peterson whose records became the reference and example for Alberto. In the early years, Alberto performed many concerts and festivals with his trio featuring Oscar Peterson's music and Alberto's creativity including Sun Set Subside, Duc Des Lombards (France), Calagonone Jazz Festival, Time in Jazz, Orsara Jazz Festival (Italy). In France, he started to collaborate with Sheila Jordan during her workshop and she became his main mentor and a dear friend. In New York, he has worked with many illustrious jazz musicians such as Dave Stryker, Sheila Jordan, Harry Allen, Essiet Essiet, and Les DeMerle to tell a few. Alberto's first record NYC was produced by Dave Stryker (Strykezone records). The album has been presented in clubs such as Trumpets Jazz Club, Smalls, and Fat Cat and drew the attention of Monty Alexander who invited Alberto to play for the Monty Alexander Jazz Festival in Sep 2015. Winner of the Best Rhythm Section with Professor Cunningham and his old school at the World Jam in Madrid on October 2016. Alberto has performed at Carnegie Hall & Melbourne International Jazz Festival. His second album Jazz Legacy consists of 10 original songs with special guests like Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton, Miriam Waks, Dave Stryker,  and Adrian Cunningham. Jazz Legacy received rave reviews and airplay on jazz radio stations across the USA. His 3rd album Alberto Pibiri & the Al Peppers is an inspired tribute to Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass currently receiving airplay on jazz stations across the US.

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Deep Groove Jazz Trio
Oct
3
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, Grover Kemble, Jerry Vezza, Tomoko Ohno and Bob Himmelberger, among others.  

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Rob Paparozzi's Quartet
Oct
4
6:15 PM18:15

Rob Paparozzi's Quartet

Rob Paparozzi is co-lead singer of The Original Blues Brothers Band and a masterful harmonica player. He has opened for Bruce Springsteen and toured or recorded with everyone from Dolly Parton to Whitney Houston, Blood Sweat & tears, Cyndi Lauper and Bobby McFerrin. He is also a founder of the Hudson River Rats with legendary performers, and our friends, Bernard Purdie, John Korba, and Dan Boone.

Rob leads a great band this Friday featuring Yankee Stadium’s organist, Ed Alstrom on piano, Mark Berger on bass, and Frank Pagano on drums.

Always a performer who gets our audiences on their feet as the shows are too much fun to stay seated!

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

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Pablo Bencid with Cesar Orozco & Gabriel Vivas
Oct
5
3:00 PM15:00

Pablo Bencid with Cesar Orozco & Gabriel Vivas

Pablo Bencid’s trio finally returns to Madison to wow our dining room with their exciting, fun, upbeat, high-energy Latin Jazz. The Grammy Nominated drummer brings an equally talented pair of musicians to accompany him. Cesar Orozco on piano and Gabriel Vivas on drums. The exchanges between these three musicians throughout their performances are intricate, thrilling, whimsical, and even funny at times! Whether or not you have seen Pablo’s trio before, you do not want to miss this great night of music in Madison!

No music charge, $40 food & drink minimum per person. Reservations required.

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Stephanie Nakasian with Matt Baker Group
Oct
6
10:00 PM22:00

Stephanie Nakasian with Matt Baker Group

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.

Accompanying Stephanie is Matt Baker a young, award winning pianist from Australia, via NYC, who has worked with Tierney Sutton, Alexis Cole, Joel Frahm and many others.

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

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John Korba with Hal Slapin and John Vourtsis
Oct
8
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 Vezza & Friends
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

Jerry Vezza & Friends

Jerry Vezza is a celebrated pianist and Madison, NJ local, as well as a good friend. As Jerry explains,

In 1995 I recorded my first CD..."With a Song in My Heart." Unfortunately two marvelous musicians and dear friends on that recording have left us...the great Glenn Davis, drums and Frank Vicari, sax. They were both amazing musicians and people. I miss them every day. Several months ago I received an email from a relative of Frank's asking me to put a band together to perform much of the music on that CD. I feel very fortunate to have enlisted Anton, Steve and Eliot do just that.The concert will be in Wilmington Delaware on 11/15/19 almost 24 years to the day of the second date of that recording. On Thursday night of next week, 8/22 we will be presenting the music from "With a Song in My Heart" at Shanghai Jazz. It will be a dress rehearsal but more than that a tribute to Glenn and Frank. I hope you can join us.

Our guests are thrilled anytime he comes to play. This Thursday Madison’s favorite pianist is accompanied by the great, Anton Denner on sax, bassist, Steve LaSpina, and drummer Eliot Zigmund.

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

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Saron Crenshaw Quartet
Oct
12
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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Vocalist Ben Cassara
Oct
13
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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Harry Allen
Oct
16
7:00 PM19:00

Harry Allen

One of the most celebrated jazz musicians in the world is back in Madison! Harry Allen is the preeminent tenor saxophonist in the world.

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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Olli Soikkeli celebrates his new CD
Nov
6
7:00 PM19:00

Olli Soikkeli celebrates his new CD

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.”

Olli recently release a new cd featuring his unique style of guitar driven music on tracks composed by Oscar Peterson, Django Reinhardt, Henry Mancini and more!

Make a reservation now and enjoy some truly amazing music!

No music charge, $25 food & drink minimum.

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Peter & Will Anderson Trio
Nov
21
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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Eric Mintel Quartet
Sep
21
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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King Solomon Hicks Band
Sep
20
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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Peter & Will Anderson Trio
Sep
19
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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Warren Vache Quartet
Sep
18
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
Sep
17
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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Jan Findlay Quartet
Sep
15
6:00 PM18:00

Jan Findlay Quartet

Celebrating the Great American Songbook, Jan Findlay is a favorite vocalist of ours and a good friend. She brings a band brimming with talent and who have the kind of fun playing together that permeates the whole room! Featuring the piano of Tomoko Ohno, guitar of John Zweig, and bass of Rick Crane. Join us for a night of fabulous jazz, enormous fun and great cuisine and cocktails!

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

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Champian Fulton Quartet
Sep
14
6:15 PM18:15

Champian Fulton Quartet

Champian Fulton, Hot House Magazine’s Female Vocalist of the Year, 2017 returns to our bandstand after a very busy summer! Champian is constantly touring and working so we are thrilled when we can get her out to Madison! Along with Fukushi Tainaka on drums, Hide Tanaka on bass, and Stephen Fulton on flugelhorn, their performances alway knock audiences out!

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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Bob DeVos Quartet
Sep
13
6:15 PM18:15

Bob DeVos Quartet

Bob DeVos – guitar

Behn Gillece – vibraphone

Steve LaSpina – bass

Jason Tiemann – drums

The celebrated virtuoso guitarist-composer Bob DeVos returns to Shanghai Jazz with a quartet of equally brilliant musicians: Downbeat Rising Star Behn Gillece on vibraphone, the veteran master Steve LaSpina on bass and in the pocket Jason Tiemann on drums. Extraordinary improvisers all, together they create a glorious blend of sound that is exhilarating, exciting, hip and sublime. World Class Musicians Not To Be Missed.

With long, blues-drenched lines; a warm, fat sound; and a horn-like, melodic approach, Bob DeVos has been proclaimed a living jazz legend. The masterful guitarist has an enthusiastic following for his innovative work, first with a who’s who of jazz greats in and outside of the Hammond B3 organ genre--including Richard “Groove” Holmes/Sonny Stitt, Jimmy McGriff/Hank Crawford, and Charles Earland–and for the past 20 years as a leader. A brilliant improviser, DeVos thrills audiences worldwide with tight-knit performances of jazz standards, Rhythm & Blues, ballads, and his own hip compositions and modern arrangements.

“A Living Jazz Legend,” David Orthmann, Allaboutjazz

No music charge, $40 food & drink minimum per person. We have seatings at 6:15 and 8:35. Reservations strongly recommended.

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Oscar Perez Trio
Sep
12
7:00 PM19:00

Oscar Perez 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 Garzone trombonist 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”.

Joining him this evening Tim Horner on drums and Joe Bussey on bass.

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

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Olli Soikkeli and Friends
Sep
11
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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John Korba with Hal Slapin and John Vourtsis
Sep
10
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
Sep
8
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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Nicki Denner's Brazilian Piano Trio
Sep
7
6:15 PM18:15

Nicki Denner's Brazilian Piano Trio

Nicki Denner and Pablo Bencid bring their Latin flair along with Jennifer Vincent on bass! This is always very fun evening as Nicki's graceful & scintillating piano and vocals pair with the excitement of one of the most in demand drummers in jazz today! Seatings at 6:15 and 8:35. Reservations required, no music charge, $40 food and drink minimum per person

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Jerry Vivino Quartet
Sep
6
7:00 PM19:00

Jerry Vivino Quartet

Jerry Vivino has accompanied the likes of Tony Bennett, Dr. John, Lyle Lovett, Donald Fagen, Max Weinberg and many others. His saxophone & clarinet skills are mesmerizing, exciting, and will keep you groovin’ in your seat! Accompanied by drummer Jordan Young, Ken Levinsky on piano, and Martin Pizzarelli on bass, Jerry will take you on a musical adventure that you do not want to miss.

No music charge, $40 food & drink minimum for two sets beginning at 7:00. Reservations required.

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Dan Levinson with Kris Tokarski
Sep
5
7:00 PM19:00

Dan Levinson with Kris Tokarski

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. Kris Tokarski is a native of East Rutherford, NJ and a masterful pianist in his own with a masters degree from the University of New Orleans. Along with drummer Kevin Dorn, this promises to be a brilliant and exuberant night of live swinging jazz! No music charge, $25 food and drink minimum per person. Musicians hit at 7:00. Reservations required

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Charlie Apicella Trio
Sep
4
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
Sep
3
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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Helio Alves Piano Trio
Aug
31
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.

Helio always brings remarkable musicians along with him to swing through the evening with high energy and a ton of fun for all!

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

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Stevie Wonder Tribute with Ty Stephens
Aug
30
6:15 PM18:15

Stevie Wonder Tribute with Ty Stephens

Friday, June, 21, 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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King James Gibbs Trio
Aug
29
7:00 PM19:00

King James Gibbs Trio

This Thursday is going to be truly special and I will bet no one in our audience stays in their seats when this quartet hits the bandstand! Featuring music giants like Nat Adderley Jr. on piano, Kenny Davis on bass, and Joe Brown Jr. on drums with trumpet prodigy James Gibbs III leading the band!

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. 

James told me he wanted to “bring some special people on this gig,” and he does not exaggerate. This is going to be a memorably fun and exciting evening.

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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Adrian Cunningham & Friends
Aug
28
7:00 PM19:00

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! With Accompanists Alberto Pibiri on piano and Noel Mason on bass, this Thursday will certainly be plenty of fun!

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

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John Korba with Hal Slapin and John Vourtsis
Aug
27
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 Solomon Hicks Band
Aug
24
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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Bernard Purdie Trio
Aug
23
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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Jerry Vezza & Friends
Aug
22
7:00 PM19:00

Jerry Vezza & Friends

Jerry Vezza is a celebrated pianist and Madison, NJ local, as well as a good friend. As Jerry explains,

In 1995 I recorded my first CD..."With a Song in My Heart." Unfortunately two marvelous musicians and dear friends on that recording have left us...the great Glenn Davis, drums and Frank Vicari, sax. They were both amazing musicians and people. I miss them every day. Several months ago I received an email from a relative of Frank's asking me to put a band together to perform much of the music on that CD. I feel very fortunate to have enlisted Anton, Steve and Eliot do just that.The concert will be in Wilmington Delaware on 11/15/19 almost 24 years to the day of the second date of that recording. On Thursday night of next week, 8/22 we will be presenting the music from "With a Song in My Heart" at Shanghai Jazz. It will be a dress rehearsal but more than that a tribute to Glenn and Frank. I hope you can join us.

Our guests are thrilled anytime he comes to play. This Thursday Madison’s favorite pianist is accompanied by the great, Anton Denner on sax, bassist, Steve LaSpina, and drummer Eliot Zigmund.

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

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John Korba with Hal Slapin and John Vourtsis
Aug
20
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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Big Funk!
Aug
17
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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Brynn Stanley Quartet
Aug
16
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 John Bianculli on piano, Jay Dittamo 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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Harry Allen
Aug
15
7:00 PM19:00

Harry Allen

One of the most celebrated jazz musicians in the world is back in Madison! Harry Allen is the preeminent tenor saxophonist in the world. Joining Harry on Thursday will be John DiMartino on piano and Vince Dupont on bass!

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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Alex Laurenzi
Aug
14
7:00 PM19:00

Alex Laurenzi

Alex Laurenzi is leading a band of some of the most exciting young musicians in jazz today and they always offer a tremendous show! We have been fortunate to get to watch these amazing talents grow over the last 5 years and they continue to improve.

Alex Laurenzi on Saxophone

Isaiah Thompson on Piano

Ian Kinselaar on Bass

Zach Adleman on drums

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