Step into a world of profound artistic expression and boundless inspiration as the annual Choreographers’ Gallery takes center stage. Each performance is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, evoking a range of emotions that will leave you moved and uplifted.
New Year’s Eve at Smoke is one of the highlights of the year, and a jazz party like no other with great food and drink, a festive atmosphere, and the perfect band with special guest jazz vocalist Carla Cook joining the Eric Reed / Vincent Herring Quintet with Jeremy Pelt. 7PM Show Details: Your $250 ticket (plus tax & tip) includes a 3-course holiday dinner and one show 930PM Show Details: Your $350 ticket (plus tax & tip) includes a 3-course holiday dinner, two shows, a midnight celebration, hats & noise makers When Carla Cook sings, she swings. The Washington Post says, “She has sass that enlivens her impeccable diction, and tremendous soul that lets her swagger with gutbucket finesse, but it’s all buttressed with sparkling optimism and innocence.” Her improvisational style is steeped in the swing tradition yet eclectic and brimming with fresh interpretations. Cook will be joined by Smoke’s Coltrane Festival “Countdown 2024” band, the Eric Reed/Vincent Herring Quintet featuring Jeremy Pelt, and Smoke’s Coltrane Festival “Countdown 2024” core ensemble. JazzTimes reports, “Pelt is a technical marvel. He executes intricate solos with ease, plays gorgeous ballads in a tasteful manner, and never lacks flair or sensitivity.” Audiophile Audition adds he has “the power and range of Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard in their seminal years." The group is co-led by the perpetually swinging Eric Reed, who All About Jazz says “has fully established himself in the forefront of jazz pianists,” and the fiery Herring who “has firmly established himself as one of his generation’s masters,” adds The New York City Jazz Record. It also includes one of the elite musicians working today, drummer Joe Farnsworth.
Countdown 2024 at Smoke continues with an all-star sextet with two special guests: Trumpeter Eddie Henderson and trombonist Steve Davis. This outstanding group is co-led by pianist Eric Reed and alto saxophonist Vincent Herring with the unbeatable rhythm team of bassist Dezron Douglas and drummer Joe Farnsworth. Downbeat writes, “Henderson's muscular chops and round sound are astonishing for an 83-year-old and lovely to behold.” Steve Davis, who spent some of his formative years honing his craft and earning his reputation with a trio of giants: Art Blakey, Jackie McLean, and Chick Corea, “has established himself as one of the most accomplished and lyrical improvisers on his instrument, as well as a prolific composer,” reports JazzTimes. *PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows
Smoke’s annual year-ending festival celebrating the music of John Coltrane, Countdown 2024, gets off to an auspicious start with the one and only George Coleman leading an exceptional quintet featuring guitarist Peter Bernstein, pianist Emmet Cohen, bassist John Webber, and drummer Joe Farnworth. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Coleman is still making some of the most inspired music of his celebrated career, including work with B.B. King, Miles Davis, and Herbie Hancock, among many others. Downbeat reports, “When you hear the tenor sax of George Coleman, you know it’s him within a few notes. That deep park of a tone evokes a time and place—be it his historic work with Max Roach, Chet Baker, and Miles Davis, or as a leader in his own right.” *PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows
“An established force in contemporary jazz.” – Financial Times Trumpeter Marquis Hill, one of the leading trumpeters of our time, leads an adventurous group featuring vibraphonist Joel Ross, pianist Michael King, bassist Junius Paul, and drummer Kendrick Scott. His promise was recognized by winning two highly prestigious competitions: the International Trumpet Guild Jazz Competition (2012) and the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition (2014), which helped launch a career that continues to impress. Originally from the South Side of Chicago, Hill credits many of that city’s great artists for helping foster his development. Players like Von Freeman, Bobby Broom, and Willie Pickens, just to name a few. The New Yorker says, “His performances and recordings reveal a smart post-bop player who circumvents genre clichés by incorporating elements of hip-hop and contemporary R. & B.” Downbeat adds, “The groove-laden arrangements provide the perfect soundscape for Hill’s fluid improvisational style, which, with its glass-like lucidity, recalls the crisp elegance of hard-bop stalwart Donald Byrd.” *PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows
“His quartet has often been hailed as one of the leading bands in jazz.” – The New York Times NEA Jazz Master Billy Hart leads his acclaimed quartet in their Smoke debut, an acclaimed group that includes saxophonist Mark Turner, pianist Ethan Iverson, and bassist Ben Street. A legendary drummer, Hart collaborated with some of the essential artists in music history, including Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Shirley Horn, Jimmy Smith, and Wes Montgomery. Detroit Free Press explains, “Freedom, discipline, daring, passion, swing, broken rhythm, orchestral textures, interactive sparring, shocking dynamics, astounding creativity and authority. Want to know what jazz is really about? Listen to Billy Hart.” *PLEASE NOTE: All 7PM and 9PM shows at Smoke are Dinner Shows
Join us for a lively evening of jazz with Cuban-born pianist and composer Harold López-Nussa performing music from his new album, Timba a la Americana, with GRAMMY® winning harmonica master Grégoire Maret, Latin jazz bass great Luques Curtis, and drummer Ruy Adrian López-Nussa. The event includes a fully hosted reception with wine and light fare.
Simone Porter and Blake Pouliot have been best friends since they met as students at the Colburn School in Los Angeles 10 years ago – and they happen to be two of the most prodigious young violinists in the world today. Their eclectic program assembles a kaleidoscope of scenes inspired by Southern California, ranging from The Eagles to Stravinsky, and will be performed with their other longtime friend, pianist Hsin-I Huang. The event includes a hosted reception with light desserts from Napa’s Monday Bakery after the performance.
Live Public Performance for All Ages The genre defying Time for Three trio performs a special program of high energy instrumental and vocal compositions including collaborations with members of the Napa Valley College Chorale and Napa High School Chamber Choir. Noted for their collaborations with artists as diverse as Ben Folds, Branford Marsalis, Joshua Bell, Aoife O’Donovan, Natasha Bedingfield, and Arlo Guthrie, Time for Three creates across the exciting intersection of classical music, Americana, and singer-songwriter traditions. Tickets available through the NVC Performing Arts Center box office online or by calling 707.256.7500.
Celebrate the season with Napa Regional Dance Company’s 22nd annual performance of The Nutcracker. Bring the whole family this holiday season to experience Clara’s whimsical journey to the Land of Sweets. Relive the magic of dancing dolls, mischievous mice, a brave Nutcracker, sword fights, snowflakes, exquisite fairies, and an enormous Christmas tree in this classic holiday favorite. Each performance will be accompanied by a live symphony orchestra conducted by Steven Thompson.
The Jazz Gallery presents Songs of the Season Silver Bell(e)s & Holiday Harmonies – A Very Special TJG Holiday Concert We hope you'll join us as some of our favorite singers & musicians present a festive holiday program to close out 2023 Tickets are on sale now!
São Paulo born and New York based guitarist/composer, Vinicius Gomes explores the dialogue between modern jazz and Brazilian music, as registered on his debut album, "Resiliência" (2017- Blackstream), "Changes" (2020-FreshSound), in collaboration with spanish saxophonist Santi De la Rubia featuring drummer Jorge Rossy and bassist Doug Weiss and the most recent release "HOME" (2022-Greenleaf) in duo with Korean singer Song Yi Jeon. His career includes collaborations with mexican singer/composer Magos Herrera, recording her latest album "Aire" (National Sawdust Tracks), grammy Award winner drummer Edu Ribeiro’s trio, recording the album "News", drummer Duduka da Fonseca, recording his latest album "Quarteto Universal" (Sunnyside), pianist/composer Guillermo Klein, pianist/composer Jon Cowherd, saxophonist Seamus Blake, cuban singer Melvis Santa brazilian accordionist Toninho Ferragutti (recording two albums including the Brazilian Music award winner “A Gata Café”), Zizi Possi (as a guitarist and musical director), orchestras such as São Paulo State Symphony (OSESP), Orlando Symphony and many others. Vinicius is featured as a collaborator in more than 30 records by artists from all over the world. His latest project "Home" in collaboration with korean singer/composer SongYi Jeon has been critically acclaimed by publications such as Downbeat magazine (4.5 stars "Home glows from within and impresses on multiple levels. A powerful empathetic link binds SongYi Jeon and Vinicius Gomes as they explore a near perfect example of a duet project" - Josef Woodard). The album was picked "Jazz album of the year 22" by Star Revue magazine. Vinicius was part of the Focus Year Program in Basel- Switzerland, where he won the 2019 Keep An Eye Award in Amsterdam. Vinícius possesses a masters degree in music from the University of São Paulo (2012) and an Artist diploma from the New York University (2020). He has been performing extensively worldwide in festivals such as Carnegie Hall Citywide (NY), Newport Jazz, Winter Jazz Fest (NY), Jarasum Fest (Korea), Vienna Jazz (Austria), Offbeat (Switzerland), Riviera Maya Jazz (Mexico), Jazz Aspen Snowmass, Savassi Jazz (Brazil), Ilhabela in Jazz (Brazil), Festival de Jazz de Buenos Aires (Argentina) and others. Vinicius has performed with his own projects and as a collaborator in important venues such as Dizzy's Club (NY), Smalls (NY), Jazz Gallery (NY), Bimhuis (Amsterdam), Bellas Artes (Mexico City), National Sawdust (NY), Blue Note (NY), Duc Des Lombards (Paris), Sunset Sunside (Paris), JazzStation (Brussels), B-Flat (Berlin), Zigzag (Berlin) Bird’s Eye (Basel), Porgy And Bess (Vienna), UC Berkeley Theater and many others. Vinicius has performed in more than 20 different countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia, and has been traveling extensively within the US as well as Mexico, Brazil, Europe, Korea, India and many others.
Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) and Mary Halvorson (guitar) will perform brand new compositions, as well as music from their most recent release, Searching For the Disappeared Hour (Pyroclastic Records, 2021). An eagerly awaited follow-up album to 2017’s Crop Circles, the duo presents intricate compositions, telepathic interplay, riotous and ferocious fun: acoustic piano and electric guitar duets have rarely provoked such pleasure. Courvoisier and Halvorson mine the jazz canon for inspiration while finding ways to playfully disrupt each other’s style. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times Top jazz albums of 2021: “The simpatico is now utter and a wonder. Both are players in the New Jazz world who value strong writing and how it connects to improvisation that is not defined or bounded by sets of chord changes.” - Will Layman, PopMatters ★★★★ Courvoisier and Halvorson have a chemistry that brings out something new in both of them. The sounds they make here are both familiar and alien at the same time. This is a totally involving and, in its own warped way, beautiful session of music. - Jerome Wilson, All About Jazz Pianist-composer Sylvie Courvoisier, a native of Switzerland, has earned just renown for balancing two distinct worlds: the deep, richly detailed chamber music of her European roots and the grooving, hook-laden sounds of the downtown jazz scene in New York City, her home for more than two decades. Few artists feel truly at ease in both concert halls and jazz clubs, playing improvised or composed music. But Courvoisier – “a pianist of equal parts audacity and poise,” according to The New York Times – is as compelling when performing Stravinsky’s iconic Rite of Spring in league with Flamenco dancer-choreographer Israel Galván and pianist Cory Smythe as she is when improvising with her own widely acclaimed jazz trio, featuring bassist Drew Gress and drummer Kenny Wollesen. Then there are her ear-opening collaborations with such avant-jazz luminaries as John Zorn, Wadada Leo Smith, Evan Parker, Ikue Mori, Ned Rothenberg , Susie Ibarra, Fred Frith, Christian Fennesz, Mark Feldman, Ken Vandermark and Nate Wooley . In music as in life, Courvoisier crosses borders with a creative spirit and a free mind; her music-making is as playful as it is intense, as steeped in tradition as it is questing and intrepid. JazzTimes has said: “Courvoisier keeps you on the edge of your seat because it feels like the piano cannot contain her. Her careening solos seem to overwhelm and overflow the keyboard and keep spilling.” Guitarist, composer and MacArthur Fellow Mary Halvorson has been called “NYC’s least-predictable improviser” (Howard Mandel, City Arts), “the most forward-thinking guitarist working right now” (Lars Gotrich, NPR.org) and “one of today’s most formidable bandleaders” (Francis Davis, Village Voice). Halvorson’s most recent releases, Amaryllisand Belladonna, showcase her string quartet writing deftly interpreted by The Mivos Quartet, alongside a new sextet featuring Adam O’Farrill (trumpet), Jacob Garchik (trombone), Patricia Brennan (vibraphone), Nick Dunston (bass) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums). The twin debuts for Nonesuch Records, released in May 2022, were called “...new landmarks in Halvorson’s already inimitable discography” in a five star review by The Guardian. Collaborative projects include the longstanding collective ensemble Thumbscrew (also with Formanek and Fujiwara), and a chamber-jazz duo with violist Jessica Pavone. Over the past two decades Ms. Halvorson has also performed in bands led by Anthony Braxton, Tim Berne, Taylor Ho Bynum, Trevor Dunn, Tomas Fujiwara, Ingrid Laubrock, Jason Moran, Joe Morris, Tom Rainey, Tomeka Reid, Marc Ribot, Ches Smith and John Zorn, among others.