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.
Carla Cook, Jeremy Pelt, Vincent Herring, Eric Reed, Joe Farnsworth
HONORING ROBERT M. MUSIKER & THE FAMILY OF MAX ROACH Featuring the world premiere of Max Roach 100 at The Joyce Theater | 175 Eighth Avenue This spring, The Joyce Theater Foundation’s Annual Gala will celebrate the world premiere of Max Roach 100 featuring new works by Ayodele Casel, Rennie Harris, and Ronald K. Brown to the legendary Jazz pioneer's greatest works. Curated by Richard Colton, the evening will recognize the legendary musician and civil rights champion, Max Roach, a former Joyce Trustee, and honor his contributions to music and culture through dance. Dinner and dancing will follow at a nearby venue.
The Joyce Theater joins the nationwide centennial celebration of the iconic drummer, composer, and activist Max Roach with an evening of commissioned works made in tribute to this legendary Jazz pioneer's greatest works. Curated by Richard Colton, this special program brings Joyce artists together in conversation with Roach’s lasting legacy. Characterized by its Afro-Cuban percussion, the 1961 album Percussion Bitter Sweet becomes the soundscape for choreographer Ronald K. Brown’s latest work for dancers from Havana-based Malpaso Dance Company and Brown’s own EVIDENCE, A Dance Company. In The Dream/It’s Time, Roach’s band joins a recording of Martin Luther King Jr. in an aspirational and urgent conversation, now amplified by the streetdance storytelling of Rennie Harris Puremovement. Tap artist Ayodele Casel performs an explosively theatrical solo set to a series of duets between Roach and fellow Jazz pioneer,pianist Cecil Taylor. Funding Credits Lead Production Sponsor: Ann & George Colony Presenting Sponsor: Virginia & Timothy Millhiser This production was supported by a Joyce Creative Residency awarded to Rennie Harris made possible by generous funding provided by Mellon Foundation. Major support generously provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and additional residency support provided to Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE by a partnership project with Catskill Mountain Foundation. Additional support provided by Jane E. Goldberg. Additional creation support generously provided by Anonymous, Carol & Tony Friscia, Emi Gittleman, Olivia Howard & Greg Griffith, David Hughes, Jr., Christopher Jones & Deborah McAlister, Jane Kendall, Dana & Michael Robinson, and Susan Sillins.
“Marley was dead, to begin with…” — and what happens to Ebenezer Scrooge’s mean, sour, pruney old business partner after that? Chained and shackled, Jacob Marley is condemned to a hellish eternity. He’s even given his own private tormentor: a malicious little sprite who thoroughly enjoys their work. Desperate, Marley accepts his one chance to free himself: To escape his own chains, he must first redeem Scrooge. So begins a journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal, during which Scrooge’s heart, indeed, is opened; but not before Marley—in this irreverent, funny and deeply moving story— discovers his own.
Celebrate Dance with the performance of Artists unleashing their Creative Energies. Let it be Art to ring in the New Year for You. Live performances of vibrant artists and conversations with the audience about creating and performing dance. An Evening of Dance is the final event of the New York Winter Festival, a weeklong celebration held in New York City, the core of the world crossroads for the Arts. The show features dances of many styles and genres choreographed by the dancers as a whole and new choreography by emerging artists driven by cultural engagement. This performance is part of the Face to Face Series. No intermission. Attendees must have a ticket. No Door Sales. The Face to Face Series is an immersive live performance where the audience experiences the art of dance in an intimate venue. Hosted by the Ajkun Theatre’s CEO Ramona Vicenty and Company's Principal Dancer Klevis Tafaj in the intimacy of the Rudolf Nureyev Studio, located at Ballet Arts on the 6th floor of the historic landmark The City Center, An Evening of Dance offers a meet-and-greet the performers and fellow dance enthusiasts at the end of the show. There are no Door Sales. All Proceeds benefit "A Ticket To Dream" offering free tickets to underprivileged members of our community and supports showings in-Children Hospitals. For Inquiries about the show, please email email@example.com or call + 1 (347) 346-9951. The New York Winter Festival: conceived by Artistic Director Dr. Chiara Ajkun and produced by the Theater since 2014, the NYWF is organized by the Dancers of the Ajkun Ballet Theatre to applaud the beauty and diversity of creative minds from all over the globe.Since opening its door, dancers from Albania, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Ecuador, France, Greece, Guatemala, Italy, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, Turkey and all the United States traveled to New York to engage our audiences and to offer the opportunity to discover what is brewing in many parts of the world. The inspiration: the benefit of creative art is paramount in Chiara Ajkun’s philosophy and philanthropic effort. A choreographer herself, Chiara Ajkun knows of the struggles many artists face to perform new work and especially the lack of opportunities to do so in large metropolis. Art is an expression of inner thoughts and feelings, our perception of society and human relations and one of the greatest influencer of life itself. The New York Winter Festival came to life as an opportunity for Artists of all dance backgrounds to perform in New York City and as an exciting exchange with an audience with the gift of curiosity and perspective.
"One of the great companies of the world" - The New York Times In a season entitled “American Legacies,” the Company explores Martha Graham’s relation to Americana and Modernism. Graham works to be performed include her visceral masterwork The Rite of Spring and her extraordinary collaboration with Aaron Copland and Isamu Noguchi, Appalachian Spring. Two explosive new additions to the repertory will shine light on uniquely American themes. The Company will present a production of Agnes de Mille’s 1942 classic Rodeo, with Aaron Copland’s iconic score reorchestrated for a Bluegrass ensemble, presenting the ballet in a way that explores the Black origins of that musical form. The dance will be paired with a new work by Jamar Roberts with a commissioned score by Grammy-winning composer Rhiannon Giddens. Programming subject to change. Xin Ying and Lorenzo Pagano in Martha Graham’s The Rite of Spring; photo by Hubbard Nash Photography
"If you see only one live performance this year … NDT is the one to see" - The New York Times For the first time since 2020, Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT 1) brings its rigor, artistry, and unforgettable stagecraft back to City Center with a season of premiere works. Legendary choreographer William Forsythe expands his quartet N.N.N.N. into a sinuous, sprawling new piece for 12 dancers that explores the linkages and breaking points of bodies in motion. Former NDT dancers Imre van Opstal and Marne van Opstal set the company’s uniquely exacting technique against thrillingly theatrical scenic design in a US premiere work. And renowned choreographic duo Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar craft a 35-minute opus for 16 dancers making its US debut after a world premiere in May 2023.
This vivid, impressionistic portrait of legendary jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton features Tony, Emmy, and Grammy winner Billy Porter (Pose) as the Chimney Man and Tony Award winner Joaquina Kalukango (Paradise Square) as Anita in a cast led by visionary director Robert O’Hara (A Raisin in the Sun). Written by George C. Wolfe (Shuffle Along) and set to Morton’s iconic music, Jelly’s Last Jam tells a fable of American history, legacy, and truth. In this production, original Broadway cast members Mamie Duncan-Gibbs, Stephanie Pope Lofgren, and Allison M. Williams, reprise their roles as the Hunnies. The original 1992 Broadway production secured nine Tony nominations, three wins, and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book. This wildly imaginative show interrogates Morton, the self-declared “inventor of jazz,” in a purgatorial afterlife, accusing him of denying and denigrating his cultural legacy. Crafting showstopping numbers and piercing ballads alike from Morton’s own music, lyricist Susan Birkenhead (Working) and composer Luther Henderson create a uniquely compelling musical backdrop for a show that brilliantly utilizes two of this country’s most potent forms of storytelling—jazz and musical theater. Additional casting to be announced.
Pontus Lidberg makes his return to The Joyce with the New York premiere of On The Nature Of Rabbits, inspired by true events occurring shortly after the fall of the Berlin wall and during the peak of the AIDS epidemic. In a series of dreamlike scenes, Lidberg contemplates the relationship between childhood mementos and the nuances of desire. Commissioned by La Biennale di Venezia, and co-commissioned and co-produced by Works & Process at the Guggenheim, the work further explores the delicate balance between reality and imagination in a time of fear. Animated projections by Emmy-Award winning Jason Carpenter add a playful and interactive layer to the dance.
With boundary-breaking creative vision, revolutionary choreographer Twyla Tharp continues to expand her artistic range with two world premieres at The Joyce Theater. Her company, Twyla Tharp Dance, also offers a classic work, characterized by Tharp’s wit, technical precision, and joyful ease. Unpredictable and dynamic, Tharp’s creations solidify her place as one of the century’s most innovative choreographers.
For over 50 years, PHILADANCO! has championed innovation, creativity, and the preservation of African-American traditions in dance. Founded by Joan Myers Brown and affectionately known as “New York’s favorite Philadelphians,” the company returns with a program of four works by Christopher Rudd, Ray Mercer, Tommie-Waheed Evans, and Christopher Huggins.
Tap, percussive dance, samba, house, and original live music come together in I Didn’t Come to Stay, an evening-length work from New York City-based Music From The Sole. Commissioned by Works & Process at the Guggenheim in 2020, the piece was first supported through a pioneering bubble residency in summer 2020. In this work, Brazilian tap dancer and choreographer Leonardo Sandoval and bassist/composer Gregory Richardson lead eight dancers and a five-piece band in a performance that explores tap’s lineage and connections to other Afro-Diasporic forms. Conceived as a Carnival fever dream, I Didn’t Come to Stay embraces shared roots across the diaspora to reflect on what shapes their cultural and artistic identity, and celebrates the joy, depth, and virtuosity of Black dance and music. The Joyce’s presentation of Music From The Sole is a HARKNESS FIRST Joyce Theater debut, generously supported by The Harkness Foundation for Dance.
Led by the imaginative choreographer Hervé Koubi, Compagnie Hervé KOUBI returns to New York with the mesmerizingly kinetic Sol Invictus. Named after the “invincible sun” deity, the work upholds love as the guarantor of peace, that despite fracture, communion emerges as humanity’s saving grace. The music score includes a composition by Swedish composer Mikael Karlsson, with excerpts by Steve Reich and digital composer Maxime Bodson. “I want to talk about light, solidarity, and those bonds that unite us,” says Koubi. “Here, the sun and the dance will emerge victorious.”