Event List Calendar

David Sanborn, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble & Maurice “Mobetta” Brown

@ Seaport District NYC – Shows @ 5:30PM, 6:45PM & 8:00PM

5:30PM – 6:30PM
Maurice “Mobetta” Brown SOUL’D U OUT
(Grammy Award Winning Jazz Trumpeter)

6:45PM – 7:45PM
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (Eight-Piece Brass Ensemble)

8:00PM – 9:00PM
David Sanborn (Six-Time Grammy Award Winning Saxophonist)


The Seaport District NYC and Chase Sapphire® present The Seaport Summer Concert Series as part of their summer programming in conjunction with Live Nation. The free two-part live music event will take place outdoors in the heart of the neighborhood on Fulton Street on July 4th and August 3rd. Curated by Blue Note, this concert will feature headliner David Sanborn, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and Maurice “Mobetta” Brown.

The location of this event does not have access to a view of fireworks.

Start: July 4, 2017
Venue: South Street Seaport
Cost: FREE

Cassandra Wilson

@ Blue Note Jazz Club – Shows @ 8PM & 10:30PM (Doors @ 6PM & 9:45PM)

Cassandra Wilson is a jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi. Described by critic Gary Giddins as “a singer blessed with an unmistakable timbre and attack who has expanded the playing field” by incorporating blues, country and folk music into her work.

She began playing piano at six, guitar by the age of twelve and was working as a vocalist by the mid-’70s, singing a wide variety of material. After moving to New York City in the early 80’s, Cassandra met saxophonist Steve Coleman and became one of the founding members of the M-Base Collective. She signed with Blue Note Records in 1992 and released a landmark album titled “Blue Light ‘Til Dawn” which would pave the way for a new generation of jazz singers seeking an approach and repertoire that challenges the supremacy of the American Standard songbook.

Wilson has continued interpreting in fresh and creative ways vintage blues, country and folk music up until the present day. Her awards include: two Grammys, the Django D’Or, The Edison Music Award, a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail, and the 2012 Echo Award for Jazz. She also performed one of the leading roles in Wynton Marsalis’ “Blood on the Fields,” the first jazz work to receive a Pulitzer Prize.

Start: July 2, 2017
Venue: Blue Note Jazz Club
Cost: $35 - $65

Cassandra Wilson

@ Blue Note Jazz Club – Shows @ 8PM & 10:30PM (Doors @ 6PM & 9:45PM)

Cassandra Wilson is a jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi. Described by critic Gary Giddins as “a singer blessed with an unmistakable timbre and attack who has expanded the playing field” by incorporating blues, country and folk music into her work.

She began playing piano at six, guitar by the age of twelve and was working as a vocalist by the mid-’70s, singing a wide variety of material. After moving to New York City in the early 80’s, Cassandra met saxophonist Steve Coleman and became one of the founding members of the M-Base Collective. She signed with Blue Note Records in 1992 and released a landmark album titled “Blue Light ‘Til Dawn” which would pave the way for a new generation of jazz singers seeking an approach and repertoire that challenges the supremacy of the American Standard songbook.

Wilson has continued interpreting in fresh and creative ways vintage blues, country and folk music up until the present day. Her awards include: two Grammys, the Django D’Or, The Edison Music Award, a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail, and the 2012 Echo Award for Jazz. She also performed one of the leading roles in Wynton Marsalis’ “Blood on the Fields,” the first jazz work to receive a Pulitzer Prize.

Start: July 1, 2017
Venue: Blue Note Jazz Club
Cost: $35 - $65

Cassandra Wilson

@ Blue Note Jazz Club – Shows @ 8PM & 10:30PM (Doors @ 6PM & 9:45PM)

Cassandra Wilson is a jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi. Described by critic Gary Giddins as “a singer blessed with an unmistakable timbre and attack who has expanded the playing field” by incorporating blues, country and folk music into her work.

She began playing piano at six, guitar by the age of twelve and was working as a vocalist by the mid-’70s, singing a wide variety of material. After moving to New York City in the early 80’s, Cassandra met saxophonist Steve Coleman and became one of the founding members of the M-Base Collective. She signed with Blue Note Records in 1992 and released a landmark album titled “Blue Light ‘Til Dawn” which would pave the way for a new generation of jazz singers seeking an approach and repertoire that challenges the supremacy of the American Standard songbook.

Wilson has continued interpreting in fresh and creative ways vintage blues, country and folk music up until the present day. Her awards include: two Grammys, the Django D’Or, The Edison Music Award, a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail, and the 2012 Echo Award for Jazz. She also performed one of the leading roles in Wynton Marsalis’ “Blood on the Fields,” the first jazz work to receive a Pulitzer Prize.

Start: June 30, 2017
Venue: Blue Note Jazz Club
Cost: $35 - $65

Professor Cunningham & His Old School New York Jazz Band

@ Lucille’s Grill – Shows@ 7:30PM & 9:30PM (Doors @ 5:30PM & 9PM)

Take a growling horn section, a grooving and soulful rhythm section, a woodwind virtuoso/vocalist frontman, add the soul of a New Orleans party, and you’ve got Professor Cunningham and his Old School. This 8 piece piece band performs the most swinging and grooving repertoire deeply steeped in the New Orleans tradition; from early jazz to early R&B– the likes of Sidney Bechet, Fats Waller, even Fats Domino!

Professor Cunningham and His Old School, since it’s formation in NYC four years ago by bandleader Adrian Cunningham- has risen to become one of the most prominent swing groups in the Swing Dance scene worldwide, playing events and festivals in Spain, Poland, Sweden, and of course the New York City.

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Start: June 30, 2017
Venue: Lucille
Cost: $15

Kelli Sae

@ Subrosa – Shows @ 7:30PM & 9:30PM (Doors @ 6:30PM & 9PM)

“Sae it’s so!” Kelli Sae returns to NYC after spending another spectacular season as a principal vocalist on the hit television series Dancing With The Stars!

Sae’s Wonderfully sultry, soulful and powerful vocals lace dance grooves- pulsating beats and heart wrenching lyrics into an experience that demands your attention. As the former lead vocalist for global jazz/funk collectives Incognito, Defunkt & long standing history as featured vocalist for the band Count Basic, she has performed around the world and worked with legends such as Tina Turner, Eddie Palmieri and Paul Simon to name a few. Kelli Sae has created a signature sound that has reached millions around the world. “The depth and realness of her performance and songwriting is undeniable and downright intoxicating. You’re pulled into Sae’s world within seconds…”- Billboard

Internationally acclaimed vocalist Kelli Sae is not new to the limelight, and she’s not blinded by it either. As the former lead vocalist for global jazz/funk collectives Incognito, Defunkt & long standing history as featured vocalist for the band Count Basic, she has performed around the world and worked with legends such as Tina Turner, Eddie Palmieri and Paul Simon to name a few. In 2008 Count Basic won an Amadeus award for the song “Visible Scars” and just this past December 2015 She & Peter Legat (Leader and Founder of Count Basic) were inducted into the Wall Of Fame in Austria, which is a very prestigious honor.

Kelli also a principal vocalist on the hit television show Dancing With The Stars.

New York born and bred with Puerto Rican, Native/African American blood, she says of her childhood soundscape – “music in our house ranged from the Spanish classics of Tito Puente and Celia Cruz to the Jazz stylings of Ella Fitzerald and Dinah Washington to the soul of James Brown and The Motown Sound. “ Her music is a masala of sounds, cultures and influences that drive her instincts.

Put all of these instruments, rhythms and beats together and you have an audacious sound that is distinctly Kelli Sae. Whimsical, fresh and boundless!

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Start: June 30, 2017
Venue: Subrosa
Cost: $20 - $25

Tobias Meinhart feat. Charles Altura, Orlando Le Fleming, Yago Vázquez & Jesse Simpson

@ Blue Note Jazz Club – Show @ 12:30AM (Doors @ 12AM)

Tobias Meinhart – Saxophone
Charles Altura – Guitar
Orlando le Fleming – Bass
Yago Vázquez – Piano
Jesse Simpson – Drums

Two years after releasing his highly acclaimed 2015 album, Natural Perception (ENJA Records), Tobias Meinhart returns with his ponderous and compelling sophomore release, Silent Dreamer.

This album is decidedly darker than his debut, both in tone and in subject matter, as Tobias makes use of a tonal palette more familiar to brooding alternative and popular music. Lumbering straight-8th grooves, synthesizers, effects pedals, Rhodes and electric bass all coalesce underneath Tobias’s melodic modern jazz sensibility to form a single sound that is at once engaging, grating and cathartic.

As implied by the album’s title, Silent Dreamer is intended to recapture the essence of the unconscious imagination: He seeks to represent both ethereal daydreams and bitter nightmares, as well as all the invisible worlds that live between the two. Tobias says about his new album: “When improvising and composing, I like to think of myself as a ‘SOUND-PAINTER’ adding strokes to a canvas and bringing it to life.”

Tobias cites Wayne Shorter and Carla Bley as influences for the compositions on Silent Dreamer, but with the addition of band members Charles Altura (Chick Corea, Terence Blanchard) and bassist Orlando le Fleming (Kurt Rosenwinkel and Branford Marsalis), this band can easily be seen as not only influenced by great masters, but as touched by their direct lineage.

Silent Dreamer’s core is Tobias’s two long-term collaborators, pianist Yago Vázquez and drummer Jesse Simpson. Jesse is a long-time friend and collaborator, and Yago shares an apartment with Tobias in Brooklyn, putting the two musicians in an ideal position to practice together and form a unique bond and a cohesive aesthetic.

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Start: June 30, 2017
Venue: Blue Note Jazz Club
Cost: $10 - $15

Cassandra Wilson

@ Blue Note Jazz Club – Shows @ 8PM & 10:30PM (Doors @ 6PM & 9:45PM)

Cassandra Wilson is a jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi. Described by critic Gary Giddins as “a singer blessed with an unmistakable timbre and attack who has expanded the playing field” by incorporating blues, country and folk music into her work.

She began playing piano at six, guitar by the age of twelve and was working as a vocalist by the mid-’70s, singing a wide variety of material. After moving to New York City in the early 80’s, Cassandra met saxophonist Steve Coleman and became one of the founding members of the M-Base Collective. She signed with Blue Note Records in 1992 and released a landmark album titled “Blue Light ‘Til Dawn” which would pave the way for a new generation of jazz singers seeking an approach and repertoire that challenges the supremacy of the American Standard songbook.

Wilson has continued interpreting in fresh and creative ways vintage blues, country and folk music up until the present day. Her awards include: two Grammys, the Django D’Or, The Edison Music Award, a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail, and the 2012 Echo Award for Jazz. She also performed one of the leading roles in Wynton Marsalis’ “Blood on the Fields,” the first jazz work to receive a Pulitzer Prize.

Start: June 29, 2017
Venue: Blue Note Jazz Club
Cost: $35 - $65

McCoy Tyner

@ Blue Note Jazz Club – Shows @ 8PM & 10:30PM (Doors @ 6PM & 9:45PM)

Jazz pianist McCoy Tyner is widely considered one of the finest and most influential pianists in jazz history. His signature booming left-hand and fleeting right created a unique sound that can be heard on his recordings as a sideman with the John Coltrane Quartet in the 1960s and on his 80-plus albums as a leader. Tyner’s most recent project for McCoy Tyner Music/Half Note Records is his first solo effort in almost a decade titled Solo: Live From San Francisco. The release is the third for his label and features eleven solo vignettes recorded at the Herbst Theater in 2007.

Tyner’s blues based piano style, replete with sophisticated chords and an explosively percussive left hand has transcended conventional styles to become one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised music. His harmonic contributions and dramatic rhythmic devices form the vocabulary of a majority of jazz pianists.

Born in 1938 in Philadelphia, he became a part of the fertile jazz and R&B scene of the early ‘50s. His parents imbued him with a love for music from an early age. His mother encouraged him to explore his musical interests through formal training.

At 17 he began a career-changing relationship with Miles Davis’ sideman saxophonist John Coltrane. After Coltrane left Davis’ band, Tyner joined Coltrane for the classic album My Favorite Things (1960), and remained at the core of what became one of the most seminal groups in jazz history, The John Coltrane Quartet. The band, which also included drummer Elvin Jones and bassist Jimmy Garrison, had an extraordinary chemistry, fostered in part by Tyner’s almost familial relationship with Coltrane.

During his tenure with John Coltrane, Tyner also held the piano chair on seminal albums such as Live At The Village Vanguard in 1961, Ballads, Live at Birdland in 1963, Crescent, A Love Supreme, The John Coltrane Quartet Plays, Kulu Se Mama, Ascension, Sun Ship, and Meditations. “He was like a big brother to me,” Tyner recently said of Coltrane. “He looked out for me and taught me an incredible amount. It was a wonderful period in my life.”

In 1965, after over five years with Coltrane’s quartet, Tyner left the group to explore his destiny as a composer and bandleader. Among his major projects is a 1967 album entitled The Real McCoy, on which he was joined by saxophonist Joe Henderson, bassist Ron Carter and fellow Coltrane alumnus Elvin Jones. His 1972 Grammy-award nomination album Sahara, broke new ground by the sounds and rhythms of Africa. Since 1980, he has also arranged his lavishly textured harmonies for a big band that performs and records when possible.

In the summer of 2005, Tyner joined forces with the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York and became the first client of Blue Note Management. That summer, Tyner began work on some unique projects, including performances with tap-dancer Savion Glover and the development of the Impulse! Septet, featuring his trio with some of today’s top hornmen.

Tyner’s partnership with the Blue Note has led to the formation of his own record label, aptly titled McCoy Tyner Music. The label is a subsidiary of the Blue Note’s
In-House record label, Half Note Records. The label launched on September 11, 2007, upon the release of Tyner’s latest CD, “Quartet” featuring Joe Lovano, Christian McBride, and Jeff “Tain” Watts.

McCoy Tyner’s second release for the McCoy Tyner Music label, titled GUITARS, was released on September 23, 2008. The recording features the stellar rhythm section of Tyner, Ron Carter, and Jack DeJohnette with four modern guitarists (and one banjo) of our time: Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot, John Scofield, Derek Trucks, and Bela Fleck. The package is a CD/DVD that includes 3 hours of multi-angle viewing capabilities. In August 2009, Tyner released his third recording for McCoy Tyner Music, a solo piano performance recorded live in San Francisco during the summer of 2007 titled Solo: Live From San Francisco. The recording featured Tyner playing eleven vignettes, both standards and original compositions.

Tyner has always expanded his vision of the musical landscape and incorporated new elements, whether from distant continents or diverse musical influences. More recently he has arranged for big bands, employed string arrangements, and even reinterpreted popular music. Today, Tyner has released nearly 80 albums under his name, earned four Grammys and was awarded Jazz Master from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2002. He continues to leave his mark on generations of improvisers, and yet remains a disarmingly modest and spiritually directed man.

Start: June 28, 2017
Venue: Blue Note Jazz Club
Cost: $30 - $45

Jill Newman Productions Presents:
DONNIE RETURNS!
I Am Donnie CD Celebration

Special Openers: GINA YASHERE & MANKIND

Presented by Jill Newman Productions

@ Highline Ballroom – Show @ 8PM (Doors @ 6PM)

Donnie Johnson was generating buzz on Atlanta’s local music scene even before his debut CD, an indie production called The Colored Section.

While some compare his style with another Donny (Hathaway), he credits contemporary gospel singers such as the Clark Sisters and Commissioned as his biggest musical influences. He grew up in Atlanta, the son of preachers whose strict religious upbringing left him little room to pursue his dream of becoming a soul singer. “As a teen I went through that whole church-versus-the-world complex,” says Donnie

Donnie left home (and the church) at age 20, hitting the local open-mic scene and performing with people like India. Arie in the late nineties. Today his concerts are part gospel revival, part unity rally, with fans singing along to his Black-and-proud anthems (“Beautiful Me” and “Cloud 9”) and love songs that avoid the typical R&B male bravado (“Heaven Scent”). And he’s getting used to all the attention. “I was walking through the park and this girl went off,” he recalls. “She took my hand and told me she loved my music. It’s kind of scary, but it makes me feel wonderful.”

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GINA YASHERE

Gina was born & raised in London UK, of Nigerian parents, and previously worked as an elevator engineer for Otis. Gina has been a stand up and TV star in the UK for several years now, with appearances on iconic TV shows such as Live At The Apollo & Mock The Week, as well as creating & performing popular comedic characters on The Lenny Henry Show.

She broke onto the American comedy scene with her appearances on Last Comic Standing (NBC), where she made it to the final 10, and then never went home! Gina went on to be named one of the top 10 rising talents in the Hollywood Reporter.

She is also known in the US for being the only British comedian to ever appear on the iconic Def Comedy Jam, as well as for her hilarious appearances on The Tonight Show (NBC), Crashing (HBO), @Midnight on Comedy Central, her 1 hour Stand Up Special, Skinny B*tch on Showtime & now as the new British Correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.

She recently shot her 3rd Stand Up Special, Gina Yashere: Ticking Boxes, which was filmed at the iconic 02 Academy, London, in front of over 2000 of her fans, and is currently streaming on Seeso TV in the US. Gina has performed for audiences not just in Europe, the US & Australia, but she is in fact, a highly sought after comedian in Asia, making numerous sold out appearances in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia & Hong Kong.

It’s a wonder she found the time to pick up her 4th award in a row for “Best Comedian” at the recent Black Entertainment & Comedy Awards (UK). Gina has performed numerous times at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and Toronto. Feature films appearances have included Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Mr. in Between, and She has also appeared on the West-End stage in The Vagina Monologues.

Gina currently resides in New York and tours non-stop around the world.

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Start: June 28, 2017
Venue: Highline Ballroom
Cost: $25 - $50