2013 Concerts

Monday, October 14 – 7:15pm — Evan Christopher’s Clarinet Road

Evan Christopher & Eli YaminEvan Christopher, New Orleans-based ambassador of the Creole clarinet style, returns to The Bechet Society stage for what has become an annual event to honor reed-master, Sidney Bechet.

For 2013, a duo CD release from pianist Eli Yamin, Louie’s Dream: Celebrating Our Jazz Heroes anchors the program. Inspired originals, choice standards and Bechet rarities delivered with refined heat and drive aim to convey the essence of the artists they most admire. Joining Evan and Eli are vocalist Hilary Gardner and cornetist Randy Reinhart. Bassist Thaddeus Exposé and drummer LaFrae Sci round out the rhythm section. As an extra treat, Louis Armstrong alumnus Marty Napoleon, composer of the tune “Louie’s Dream”, makes a special appearance.

Hillary Gardner Marty Napoleon

Monday, September 9 – 7:15pm — Traditional Cornet Master Ed Polcer

Ed PolcerEd Polcer returns to the Bechet Society stage along with a veteran SBS rhythm section: Mark Shane on piano, Frank Tate on bass, and Marion Felder on drums. Joining Ed on the frontline are SBS first timers, The Midiri Brothers. On soprano sax & clarinet, Joe Midiri, and on trombone & vibes, Paul Midiri.

Listen to Ed:

and check out the Midiris:

Monday, June 3 – 7:15pm — Dan Levinson’s JAM SESSION OF THE MILLENNIUM

Dan LevinsonFeaturing the New Torch Bearers of Trad Jazz
The recent resurgence of “trad jazz” and swing dancing has brought about an explosion of talented young musicians. They can be seen and heard in a burgeoning variety of bars and restaurants throughout New York City such as Mona’s in the East Village and Radegast in Williamsburg. Dan Levinson has assembled a dozen of these dedicated stalwarts for the June 3 concert. They’ll assemble in various combinations, culminating in a spectacular collective jam session for the grand finale. This will surely be the jam session of the millennium.

Check out a video of the original “Jam Session of the Millennium

Monday, April 15 – 7:15pm — Grammy Winning Vocalist Catherine Russell

Catherine RussellCatherine Russell sings “From Swing to Rhythm ‘n Blues” with Mark Shane (piano), Matt Munisteri (guitar), Jon-Erik Kellso (trumpet), Dan Block (clarinet/sax), Ed Howard (bass), and Rocky Bryant (drums).

Catherine’s website: www.catherinerussell.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/catherinerussellmusic
Interview/EPK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlLCC-1CnAg

Wednesday, March 20 – 7:15pm — The Jim Cullum Jazz Band

Jim CullumTraditional jazz, Texas style, as The Sidney Bechet Society presents San Antonio’s Jim Cullum Jazz Band. In their first NYC appearance in 5 years, the stars of Public Radio International’s long running weekly program, “Riverwalk Jazz”, travel north to usher out the cold of winter with their brand of hot jazz.

2013 marks the JCJB’s 50th Anniversary! They have brought jazz far & wide, from legendary venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, & Wolf Trap, to a bull ring in Mexico & concert halls in Siberia. Their public radio series, “Riverwalk Jazz”, broadcasting since 1987, is heard on over 150 Public Radio stations nationwide and on the internet.

The band’s repertoire covers a lot of ground including small pre-war Benny Goodman ensembles. The core of the band’s music consists of the sounds of Jelly Roll Morton, Original Dixieland Jazz Band, New Orleans Rhythm Kings, King Oliver Creole Jazz Band, Louis Armstrong, and Sidney Bechet, as well as a heavy emphasis on Bix Beiderbecke and Hoagy Carmichael.

The ensemble will include Jim Cullum (cornet), Alan Vache (clarinet), Mike Pittsley (trombone), John Sheridan (piano), Hal Smith (drums).

For more information, see info on the band and check out the sounds of their radio show.