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25358Monk's Dream

The Appel Room 2018-19 Season • 7:00PM, 9:30PM

Fri, Oct 26 • Sat, Oct 27

In this one-of-a-kind Thelonious Monk celebration, bassist Russell Hall leads a supremely talented and diverse band as eclectic and full of life as Monk’s music. These performances will be particularly special, as living legend and Monk’s close personal friend Barry Harris joins on piano alongside Mathis Picard, and one of the best drummers of our time, jazz veteran Jeff “Tain” Watts, shares the stage with rising star drummer Kyle Poole. The core ensemble also includes vibraphonist Joel Ross, vocalist Vuyo Sotashe, trumpeter Bruce Harris, saxophonists Ruben Fox and Julian Lee, guitarist Gabe Schnider, and tap dancer Michela Marino Lerman.

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25364Piano Master: The Oscar Peterson Story

The Appel Room 2018-19 Season • 7:00PM, 9:30PM

Fri, Feb 22 • Sat, Feb 23

Six extraordinary pianists with deep connections to the legendary Oscar Peterson perform a collection of his compositions—some of which have never before been heard—plus a few new originals written in his honor. The lineup features NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron, Afro-Cuban jazz legend Gonzalo Rubalcaba, rising stars Gerald Clayton and Ben Paterson, and Peterson’s protégés Robi Botos and Benny Green. In addition to solo pieces, they will perform small group numbers with a rhythm section featuring drummer Jeff Hamilton, guitarist Ulf Wakenius, and bassist John Clayton. Vocalist Paul Marinaro joins for a couple of tunes, and Oscar’s daughter Céline Peterson will host.

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25365Danny Barker: A New Orleans Life in Jazz

The Appel Room 2018-19 Season • 7:00PM, 9:30PM

Fri, May 31 • Sat, Jun 1

“He made us believe in the music,” says Wynton Marsalis. Jazz raconteur Danny Barker spent most of his career here in New York, but when he finally returned home to New Orleans as a local legend, he gave the world a gift that you will see on stage tonight. The youth band that Barker founded nurtured a new generation of jazz leaders, and a group of those musicians now reunites in The Appel Room as a tribute to their mentor. The band includes music director and clarinetist Dr. Michael White, trombonist Lucien Barbarin, trumpeters Gregg Stafford and Leroy Jones, pianist Sullivan Fortner, bassist/tuba player Philip Norris, drummers Shannon Powell and Herlin Riley, and guitarist/banjoist Don Vappie in the role of Danny Barker. Wendell Pierce will narrate an original script. Enjoy authentic New Orleans jazz at its finest.