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Wednesday, December 12th
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NICK HEMPTON TRIO

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Nick Hempton is an alto and tenor saxophonist, composer, and bandleader, producing new music in the modern/mainstream tradition. Calling New York home since 2004, he headlines clubs throughout the city, as well as concert halls and festivals around the world. Influenced by the greats of the instrument– Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt, Cannonball Adderley, etc., and informed by a youth misspent playing Rhythm & Blues and Ska in his native Australia, Hempton’s jazz is original, approachable, and always swinging.

From 2005 to 2016, Nick led The Nick Hempton Band: “an unusually sharp, cohesive unit” (David Orthmann– AAJ) performing original compositions at most of the major New York venues, as well as touring regionally and internationally. With this group, Nick released four highly praised studio albums: “Nick Hempton Band” (self-released, 2008); “The Business” (Posi-Tone, 2011); “Odd Man Out” (Posi-Tone, 2013); and in 2015, the innovative “Catch and Release” Experiment, which was recorded and released track-by- track every six weeks, before being collated for CD release.

In the past year, through its residency at Smalls Jazz Club, the Hempton Band has morphed into “Trio Stonk,” a streamlined three-piece outfit whose performances bring melody, swing, and blues to the fore. Trio Stonk is known for ditching complicated compositions and arrangements in favour of navigating freely around standard chord structures, incorporating elements of Free Jazz into its hard-wired hard bop. It is with this group that Nick has recorded his fifth album as leader, in performance at Smalls Jazz club, to be released in the fall of 2017 on the SmallsLive label. The album will be launched at Smalls Jazz Club, then taken on an intensive tour of Europe, Asia, and Australia/New Zealand.

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IRWIN HALL #JUSTMUSIC FT. VOCALIST JACKIE GAGE

CLOSED THIS EVENING

FREDDY CLARKE & WOBBLY WORLD

GUITAR LEGEND RON JACKSON

MISTERKA COLLECTIVITY

FRISSON PRESENTS MATT DIBIASE QUARTET

FRISSON FT. MATT DIBIASE, SARA SITHI-AMNUA, NATHAN RICE, RUSSELL GELMAN SHEEHAN, MICHAEL ORENSTEIN, ELI HEATH, & CHASE KUESEL

FRISSON PRESENTS MICHAEL ORENSTEIN TRIO FT. NATHAN RICE

FRISSON FT. MATT DIBIASE, SARA SITHI-AMNUA, NATHAN RICE, RUSSELL GELMAN SHEEHAN, MICHAEL ORENSTEIN, ELI HEATH, & CHASE KUESEL

FRISSON PRESENTS SARA SITHI-AMNUAI QUARTET

FRISSON FT. MATT DIBIASE, SARA SITHI-AMNUA, NATHAN RICE, RUSSELL GELMAN SHEEHAN, MICHAEL ORENSTEIN, ELI HEATH, & CHASE KUESEL

FRISSON FT. MATT DIBIASE, SARA SITHI-AMNUA, NATHAN RICE, RUSSELL GELMAN SHEEHAN, MICHAEL ORENSTEIN, ELI HEATH, & CHASE KUESEL

CLOSED THIS EVENING

THE ROMAIN PILON QUARTET

TRUMPET SENSATION ITAMAR BOROCHOV & HIS QUARTET

TRUMPET SENSATION ITAMAR BOROCHOV & HIS QUARTET

VOCALIST REN GEISICK “LOVE AND OTHER MISUNDERSTANDINGS”

TRUMPET SENSATION ITAMAR BOROCHOV & HIS QUARTET

VOCALIST REN GEISICK “LOVE AND OTHER MISUNDERSTANDINGS”

TRUMPET SENSATION ITAMAR BOROCHOV & HIS QUARTET

THE WALTER EARL GROUP

FREDDY CLARKE & WOBBLY WORLD

CLOSED THIS EVENING

JAVIER SANTIAGO & HIS BAND, EXPLORING HIS HIGHLY-ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM “PHOENIX”

JAVIER SANTIAGO & HIS BAND, EXPLORING HIS HIGHLY-ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM “PHOENIX”

VALENTINE’S DAY WITH INTERNATIONAL SENSATION SHOLA ADISA-FARRAR!

DANIELLE WERTZ AND HER SWINGIN’ QUARTET

PARIS’S SHOLA ADISA-FARRAR!

MARK ROBINSON “SONGS OF FRANK!”

PARIS’S SHOLA ADISA-FARRAR!

THE JEFF DENSON QUARTET

CLOSED THIS EVENING

FREDDY CLARKE & WOBBLY WORLD

THE AARON KRUZIKI QUARTET “THE COLE PORTER SONGBOOK”

KAMASI WASHINGTON’S DRUMMER JONATHAN PINSON & HIS BOOM CLAP! FEATURING MELOGIA

DANIELLE WERTZ AND HER SWINGIN’ QUARTET

KAMASI WASHINGTON’S DRUMMER JONATHAN PINSON & HIS BOOM CLAP! FEATURING MELOGIA

LILAN KANE “THE SULTRY SIDE OF JAZZ AND SOUL”

KAMASI WASHINGTON’S DRUMMER JONATHAN PINSON & HIS BOOM CLAP! FEATURING MELOGIA

DANIEL ROTEM, FROM THE ALBUM “SERENADING THE FUTURE”

KAMASI WASHINGTON’S DRUMMER JONATHAN PINSON & HIS BOOM CLAP! FEATURING MELOGIA

KAMASI WASHINGTON’S DRUMMER JONATHAN PINSON & HIS BOOM CLAP! FEATURING MELOGIA

CLOSED THIS EVENING

TERRY DISLEY & THE JAZZ-ROCK EXPERIENCE

THE WALTER EARL GROUP

STEVEN LUGERNER’S JACKNIFE: CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF JACKIE MCLEAN

NATE SMITH + KINFOLK

NATE SMITH + KINFOLK

NATE SMITH + KINFOLK