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Tuesday, December 11th
7:00pm-12:00am |$10/$15/$20
FROM NYC

NICK HEMPTON TRIO

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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The cost shown for each performance is the price for tickets per person, which are purchased in advance. There is a Food & Beverage Minimum for reservations downstairs. Tickets may be purchased on Eventbrite, or by making a reservation on Opentable By submitting a reservation, you are purchasing tickets to a show. Tickets are non-refundable but may be transferred to other people. No-shows or cancellations are charged the full ticket price per person to the card on file.

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Call us at 415.358.1999 or email us with any questions!

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events
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Brooklyn Jazz/Blues Guitar/Vocal sensation, TOM LARSEN “People vs. Larsen”, featuring Trumpeter Wayne Tucker

Brooklyn Jazz/Blues Guitar/Vocal sensation, TOM LARSEN “People vs. Larsen”, featuring Trumpeter Wayne Tucker

Brooklyn Jazz/Blues Guitar/Vocal sensation, TOM LARSEN “People vs. Larsen”, featuring Trumpeter Wayne Tucker

CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY

From Tokyo, The AYA TAKAZAWA Band

From Tokyo, The AYA TAKAZAWA Band

From Tokyo, The AYA TAKAZAWA Band

From NYC, The BENNY BENACK Quartet

From NYC, The BENNY BENACK Quartet

From NYC, The BENNY BENACK Quartet

From NYC, The BENNY BENACK Quartet

From NYC, The BENNY BENACK Quartet

From NYC, The BENNY BENACK Quartet

From NYC, The BENNY BENACK Quartet

From NYC, The BENNY BENACK Quartet

From NYC, The BENNY BENACK Quartet

From NYC, The BENNY BENACK Quartet

From NYC, The BENNY BENACK Quartet

From NYC, The BENNY BENACK Quartet

From NYC, The BENNY BENACK Quartet

From NYC, The BENNY BENACK Quartet

From NYC, The BENNY BENACK Quartet

CLOSED THIS EVENING

From CHICAGO: The MIKE KING Trio and Special Guest

From CHICAGO: The MIKE KING Trio and Special Guest

From CHICAGO: The MIKE KING Trio and Special Guest

GRAMMY Winner: The TONY PEEBLES Quartet: A Tribute to the Modern Tenor Sax Greats!

GRAMMY Winner: The TONY PEEBLES Quartet: A Tribute to the Modern Tenor Sax Greats!

GRAMMY Winner: The TONY PEEBLES Quartet: A Tribute to the Modern Tenor Sax Greats!

LILAN KANE: BAY AREA *All-Stars* Series! Night 1: JAZZ HANG

LILAN KANE: BAY AREA *All-Stars* Series! Night 1: JAZZ HANG

LILAN KANE: BAY AREA *All-Stars* Series! Night 1: JAZZ HANG

LILAN KANE: BAY AREA *All-Stars* Series! Night 2: R&B Lounge

LILAN KANE: BAY AREA *All-Stars* Series! Night 2: R&B Lounge

LILAN KANE: BAY AREA *All-Stars* Series! Night 2: R&B Lounge

Saxophonist, HOWARD WILEY & Extra Nappy

Saxophonist, HOWARD WILEY & Extra Nappy

Saxophonist, HOWARD WILEY & Extra Nappy

Freddy Clark & WOBBLY WORLD

Freddy Clark & WOBBLY WORLD

Freddy Clark & WOBBLY WORLD

CLOSED THIS EVENING

Bay Area’s Own – The DAHVEED BEHROOZI Quartet

Bay Area’s Own – The DAHVEED BEHROOZI Quartet

Bay Area’s Own – The DAHVEED BEHROOZI Quartet

Piano Rebel, JAVIER SANTIAGO’s Solar Return

Piano Rebel, JAVIER SANTIAGO’s Solar Return

Piano Rebel, JAVIER SANTIAGO’s Solar Return

Grammy-collaborator/Trumpet virtuosic SEAN JONES, with HOWARD WILEY & EXTRA NAPPY

Grammy-collaborator/Trumpet virtuosic SEAN JONES, with HOWARD WILEY & EXTRA NAPPY

Grammy-collaborator/Trumpet virtuosic SEAN JONES, with HOWARD WILEY & EXTRA NAPPY

Grammy-collaborator/Trumpet virtuosic SEAN JONES, with HOWARD WILEY & EXTRA NAPPY

Grammy-collaborator/Trumpet virtuosic SEAN JONES, with HOWARD WILEY & EXTRA NAPPY

Grammy-collaborator/Trumpet virtuosic SEAN JONES, with HOWARD WILEY & EXTRA NAPPY

Grammy-collaborator/Trumpet virtuosic SEAN JONES, with HOWARD WILEY & EXTRA NAPPY

Grammy-collaborator/Trumpet virtuosic SEAN JONES, with HOWARD WILEY & EXTRA NAPPY

Grammy-collaborator/Trumpet virtuosic SEAN JONES, with HOWARD WILEY & EXTRA NAPPY

Grammy-collaborator/Trumpet virtuosic SEAN JONES, with HOWARD WILEY & EXTRA NAPPY

CLOSED THIS EVENING

Keyboardist NICK LAMB’s “Big Trippin’!”

Keyboardist NICK LAMB’s “Big Trippin’!”

Keyboardist NICK LAMB’s “Big Trippin’!”

The WALTER EARL Group

The WALTER EARL Group

The WALTER EARL Group

From NYC, C.L.A.F.F.Y.

From NYC, C.L.A.F.F.Y.

From NYC, C.L.A.F.F.Y.

From NYC, C.L.A.F.F.Y.

From NYC, C.L.A.F.F.Y.

From NYC, C.L.A.F.F.Y.

From NYC, C.L.A.F.F.Y.

From NYC, C.L.A.F.F.Y.

From NYC, C.L.A.F.F.Y.

From NYC, C.L.A.F.F.Y.

From NYC, C.L.A.F.F.Y.

From NYC, C.L.A.F.F.Y.

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