Jazz in the Afternoon

“Jazz in the Afternoon” is a vibrant, informal sessions series during which popular jazz club musicians and players from Broadway, television/film and the classical orchestras at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall invite audiences to join the fun for free as they hone their musical chops. Go behind the scenes as the City’s best players sharpen their skills, playing through beloved charts, improvising and gleefully exploring new compositions as well as new approaches to old favorites. While there is no charge for admission, donations of any amount are accepted to benefit the NYC Musician’s Emergency Relief Fund of American Federation of Musicians Local 802, which helps musicians in times of crisis. Donations can be made in cash or by check or credit card.

January 18, 2018

The Ross Kratter Jazz Orchestra

Ross Kratter OrchestraThe Ross Kratter Jazz Orchestra is composed of members of the Mike Stern Band, Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Victor Wooten Band, Postmodern Jukebox, Streetlight Manifesto, various Broadway show orchestras and many more, and has played all over New York to sold-out audiences since its founding in 2010.

The band was founded by bass player, composer, and arranger Ross Kratter in 2010. Kratter’s compositions and arrangements, heavily influenced by Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, Charles Mingus, Sy Johnson, and others, make up the majority of the band’s book, with the rest being comprised of arrangements and compositions from other members of the band. While he is primarily known as a jazz musician, Kratter is equally comfortable in any and all styles of music and has performed with such notable and varied artists as Joshua Redman, the Drifters, Bob Franceschini, Victor Wooten, Bob Reynolds, Mike Longo’s New York State of the Art Jazz Ensemble, Randy Johnston, Badal Roy, Joe Alterman, Domenick Allen, Scott Record, Frank Lacy, the Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet, Allen Vizzutti, and many more.

From 5:00pm to 6:30pm at the Local 802 Club Room, 322 West 48th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues, first floor. Donations can be made by cash, check or credit card.
 

December 14, 2017

Jazz in the Afternoon Greg Ruvolo flyer

Trumpeter and commercial recording artist Greg Ruvolo’s Big Band Collective

Greg Ruvolo has toured with Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, and the big bands of Woody Herman, Gerry Mulligan and Louis Bellson, and he’s bringing his Big Band Collective back to Local 802’s Club Room for a special “Jazz in the Afternoon” holiday performance!

The Greg Ruvolo Big Band Collective performance will feature an exciting blend of selections from the Great American Songbook, jazz standards, and holiday compositions in the modern Big Band style. Ruvolo’s band boasts some impressive talent. The group’s live and session resumés include stints in the Saturday Night Live band, time backing Steely Dan, and various roles in the big bands of titans like Buddy Rich, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis and Count Basie.

From 5:00pm to 6:30pm at the Local 802 Club Room, 322 West 48th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues, first floor. Donations can be made by cash, check or credit card.
 

November 16, 2017

Manhattan Bridges Orchestra

Manhattan Bridges Orchestra

Acclaimed NYC Jazz Musician Memo Acevedo and daughter Jacquelene Acevedo with 10-piece Manhattan Bridges Orchestra

The “Jazz in the Afternoon” sessions series, featuring some of NYC’s best musicians, returns for another memorable event with Memo Acevedo and his daughter Jacquelene Acevedo, as they present their 10-piece band, Manhattan Bridges Orchestra.

Memo and Jacquelene have generated a great deal of buzz around the world, and now they bring their music to Midtown for a FREE “Jazz in the Afternoon” session, with any contributions collected going to support musicians in need through Local 802 Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund.

On drums and percussion, Memo combines the diversity of Latin styles with the classic sound of bebop, a mixture that he calls “global jazz.” Memo has performed with major artists and bands, including his mentor, the late Tito Puente, as well as Stephen Stills, Tom Scott, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Dave Valentin, Joss Stone, Frankie Valli, Moacir Santos, Mark Murphy, Cachao, Irakere and Klimax, and many others.

From 5:00pm to 6:30pm at the Local 802 Club Room, 322 West 48th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues, first floor. Donations can be made by cash, check or credit card.

October 12, 2017

Filmharmonic Brass Perfroms Excerpts from the Original Musical “Movie Music Magic!”

Filmharmonic Brass

Filmharmonic Brass

October’s “Jazz in the Afternoon” session was a great introduction for those who hadn’t been previously. Filmharmonic Brass performed excerpts from original musical “Movie Music Magic!” The Filmharmonic Brass is the brainchild of trumpet player Dominic Derasse. This ensemble of seven of New York’s top brass players exclusively records and performs music connected with the moving image. The group’s exciting musical is a live, magical, interactive experience for audiences of all ages to enjoy their favorite film soundtracks including The Magnificent Seven, Star Wars, Gone with the Wind, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Jaws, Fantasia, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and more.

From 5:00pm to 6:30pm at the Local 802 Club Room, 322 West 48th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues, first floor. Donations can be made by cash, check or credit card.

September 28, 2017

Trumpteter Greg Ruvolo and Friends Celebrate the Music of Composer and Arranger Dick Lieb

Trumpeter, commercial recording artist and band leader Greg Ruvolo, who has toured with Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and the big bands of Woody Herman, Gerry Mulligan and Louis Bellson brought his Big Band Collective to the Club Room to perform the music of Sesame Street and Tonight Show composer and arranger Dick Lieb. The group performed standards such as Yardbird Suite and ‘Round Midnight, as well as original compositions.

From 5:00pm to 6:30pm at the Local 802 Club Room, 322 West 48th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues, first floor. Donations can be made by cash, check or credit card.