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.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

The full Jazz in the Afternoon Fall 2018 Line-Up poster can be found here.

October 18, 2018
The Ed Palermo Big Band

The Ed Palermo Big Band has been together since 1980 and has been playing and honing the music of Frank Zappa (among other composers) for twenty years, mainly in performance at the Bottom Line and Iridium nightclubs in New York City.

From 5:00pm to 6:30pm at the Local 802 Club Room, 322 West 48th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues, first floor. Donations can be made by cash, check, or credit card. More info about this event can be found here.

 

October 25, 2018
The Greg Ruvolo Big Band Collective

The Greg Ruvolo Big Band Collective performance features an exciting blend of selections from the Great American Songbook, jazz standards, and 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 8th and 9th Avenues, first floor. Donations can be made by cash, check, or credit card. More info about this event can be found here.

November 15, 2018
Frank Perowsky Jazz Orchestra

New York City-based saxophonist and clarinetist Frank Perowsky is a a freelance musician who throughout his career has toured or performed with such artists as Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan, Billy Eckstine, Stan Getz and has been member of the big bands of Jimmy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Les and Larry Elgart and Mike Longo. He has recorded with Tito Rodriguez, Johnny Richards, Bill Watrous’ big band in the ’70s, Roland Hanna and Liza Minnelli to name a few.

Since 2007 he has led his own 17-piece big band which has made appearances at such venues as New York City’s the Bowery Poetry Club and the Baha’i Center’s Jazz Tuesdays series.

From 5:00pm to 6:30pm at the Local 802 Club Room, 322 West 48th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues, first floor. Donations can be made by cash, check, or credit card. More info about this event can be found here.

December 11, 2018
The Roger Rhodes Jazz Ensemble

“In 1960, when I was a bass player on the road, I never aspired to be a big band leader, but here I am, 50+ years later, not standing behind the bass but in front of the band with New York’s best musicians playing the euphoric post-WWII era music I love. We get together once a month and dozens of players have contributed their exceptional talents over the past few years. Our rehearsals are free and open to the public, but this one is a Benefit Concert for the Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund. Admission is by voluntary donation on December 11th , 5:00-6:30 in the Club Room of Local 802 at 322 West 48th St. Put it on your calendar now and I look forward to seeing you then.” – Roger Rhodes

From 5:00pm to 6:30pm at the Local 802 Club Room, 322 West 48th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues, first floor. Donations can be made by cash, check, or credit card. More info about this event can be found here.

 

PAST PERFORMANCES

September 20, 2018
Bill Warfield & the Hell’s Kitchen Funk Orchestra

The Hell’s Kitchen Funk Orchestra is a group of jazz artists that have come together to facilitate and explore the bond that exists between musicians from many different countries. The Orchestra performs compositions born of the genres of funk, contemporary, and Latin Jazz while embracing the varied backgrounds and experiences of its members. Audiences are treated to high-powered contemporary music that communicates, transcends, and inspires. Originally known as the “International Core-tet,” the group was made of trumpeter Bill Warfield and saxophonist Glenn Cashman from the U.S., saxophonist Jens “Chappe” Jensen from Denmark, and from the Czech Republic, guitarist Libor Smoldas and keyboardist Jakub Zomer. Bill and Jakub met each other in the summer of 2012, when they were working together in Graz, Austria. An invitation by Jakub led Bill to Prague a few weeks later where he met Libor Smoldas. The three worked together for a week and found a real “magic” in the music they played. Between gigs and sets they discussed the idea of forming a core group to continue the transcendent experience they had that week.

Ross Kratter OrchestraJuly 12, 2018
The Ross Kratter Jazz Orchestra

The 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.

June 12, 2018
The Emile Charlap Jazz Ensemble

Emile Charlap’s contracting and copying office dominated the New York recording scene for decades. During that time, Emile’s avocation was his personal “rehearsal” band (featuring himself on second trumpet), which gradually expanded from its original quintet format into a full twelve-piece ensemble. Rehearsing weekly for over 30 years, the group attracted many of New York’s best musicians, and accumulated a repertoire of jazz arrangements by some of New York’s finest.

May 17, 2018
Art Baron & Friends

Art Baron is a trombonist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. His defining work was with Duke Ellington, with whom he toured and recorded from 1973 to 1974. He’s also worked with a host of luminaries, including Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, B.B. King, and Cab Calloway, and he toured with Bruce Springsteen’s Seeger Sessions Band on trombone, sousaphone, penny whistles, and mandolin. He has received several commissions, including one from Jazz at Lincoln Center. Art has been deeply involved with education and conducts workshop and clinics in preschools, universities, and every place in between. In addition, Art was featured nightly as a soloist in the Broadway hit “After Midnight,” where he brought his Ellington expertise to the production. Currently, he leads The Duke’s Men, an ensemble of Ellington alumni, and is a mainstay at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City, with his group Art Baron & Friends.

The band includes Art Baron (bandleader & trombone), Steve Elson (reeds), David Phelps (guitars), Ben Stapp (tuba) and Alvester Garnett (drums). Art says: “The repertoire comes from all kinds of sources, including songs I’ve written while jogging (pay no attention to the fact that these tunes have gotten slower over the years)! The possibilities include rock, jazz, folky, ethnic, etc.  This group swallows them whole and creates a joyful musical gustatory experience!”

 

April 19, 2018
The Greg Ruvolo 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 brought his Big Band Collective back to Local 802’s Clubroom for a “Jazz in the Afternoon” performance!

The Greg Ruvolo Big Band Collective performance features an exciting blend of selections from the Great American Songbook, jazz standards, and 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.

 

March 8, 2018
The Russ Kassoff Big Band

The Russ Kassoff Big Band was formed in 2003 after a successful run of concerts featuring Russ as featured composer, arranger, orchestrator, and piano soloist. The virtuosity of the magnificent musicians in the band contributes to the new fresh sound of these hard-swinging original charts. Russ’s repertoire is eclectic and diverse, including many new and innovative arrangements of his original compositions in addition to such classics as Ellington’s Perdido, Horace Silver’s The Preacher,  Fats Waller‘s The Joint Is Jumpin’, and Tori Amos’ Winter.

 

February 15, 2018
The Ed Palermo Big Band
with guest vocalist Nina Hennessey

Ed Palermo is not a “business as usual” musician. After all, when most people think of “big bands” they think of Duke and Dorsey. But go to see Ed Palermo’s Big Band and you might hear Zappa, Hendrix, the blues of Paul Butterfield & Mike Bloomfield, or one of Ed’s own compositions, loaded with lush turns and unexpected twists.

 

 

Ross Kratter OrchestraJanuary 18, 2018
The Ross Kratter Jazz Orchestra

The 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.

 

Jazz in the Afternoon Greg Ruvolo flyerDecember 14, 2017
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.

 

Manhattan Bridges OrchestraNovember 16, 2017
Acclaimed NYC Jazz Musician Memo Acevedo and daughter Jacquelene Acevedo with 10-piece Manhattan Bridges Orchestra

Manhattan Bridges OrchestraThe “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.

 

October 12, 2017
Filmharmonic Brass Perfroms Excerpts from the Original Musical “Movie Music Magic!”

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.

 

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.