All-Star Jazz Series Kicks Off the New Year with 'Smokin’ at the Sweet Rhythm,' a Tribute to Jazz Greats and Special Welcome for the International Association of Jazz Education

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A special contemporary jazz series called “Smokin’ at the Sweet Rhythm,” featuring top jazz artists will be held at the Sweet Rhythm jazz club, 88 7th Avenue South, in New York City, January 11-15, 2006. The historic event is open to the public.

A five-night long contemporary jazz series featuring all-star jazz artists will be held at the premier jazz club Sweet Rhythm, 88 7th Avenue South, in New York City, January 11-15, 2006. "Smokin' at the Sweet Ryhtm," a tribute to jazz greats and a celebration of the jazz music tradition, will usher in the new year and welcome the International Association of Jazz Education. This historic event is open to the public.

The series will feature such notable musicians as legendary piano player Mulgrew Miller, the great acoustic bassist Reuben Rogers and his Quartet, Special Guest Eddie Henderson, the Duane Eubanks Quintet, Special Guest Donald Harrison, rising star Maurice Brown and his Quintet (look for trumpet player Maurice Brown who is set to star in a Jersey Style Films, Inc. release called The House of Malik starring Hollywood veteran Clifton Powell of Ray, Gospel, Brothers, and Woman Thou Art Loosed, as his uncle due to begin filming early Spring 2006), the Ray Drummond Quartet, the Yayoi Ikawa Trio, the Anthony Wonsey Trio, Robert Glasper, Curtis Fuller, Victor Bailey, legendary drummer Lenny White, and lastly Johnny O'Neal who played piano great Art Tatum in the movie Ray starring Jamie Fox soon to be featured in Spike Lee's up and coming movie.

Produced by M & M Management and Booking Agency, the jazz series is sponsored by La Diorgin Music, Pure Jazz Magazine, and PRiley Publicity. Sweet Rhythm is located at 88 7th Avenue South, between Grove and Bleecker. Tickets are $25 cover/ $10 minimum for 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. sets, or 11:30 p.m. and 1 a.m. sets; Sunday tickets are $20 cover/ $10 minimum for 11:30 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. For reservations, call: (212) 255-3626. For directions and more information about the Sweet Rhythm Jazz Club visit http://www.sweetrhythmny.com

The event’s title “Smokin' at The Sweet Rhythm” pays homage to one of the great recordings of legendary piano player Wynton Kelly “Smokin' at The Half Note.” That recording's quartet consisted of Wynton Kelly, Jimmy Cobb, Paul Chambers, and the great Wes Montgomery. The deeply spirited recording is considered by many to be one of the greatest jazz recordings of all time.

“The cultural legacy and deeply spiritual roots of the music is what ‘Smokin' at the Sweet Rhythm’ will be all about,” said Michelle Malega of M& M Management and Booking Agency. “The great musicians performing have all learned from the masters, everyone from Miles Davis to John Coltrane, Horace Silver, Betty Carter, Tony Williams, Woody Shaw, Freddie Hubbard, Thelonius Monk, Sarah Vaughn, Billy Eckstine, Dizzy Gillespie, and Art Blakey.” "This special jazz series is all about sharing this historical and cultural lineage with the audience," said Malega.

"For many musicians of all bents their first inspirations and impressions came from these Great Masters,” adds Malega. “What is unique about the musicians participating in this historical event is their ability to grasp the spirit of the Great Masters and reinterpret the music with their own ideas and understanding. It will be exciting and rewarding to hear the musicians explore the roots of the music and pay direct tribute to the Jazz Masters to whom we all owe so much. We hope that people will be touched by the beauty, intelligence, and spiritual legacy of the music."

“Smokin’ at the Sweet Rhythm” schedule:

M & M Management and Booking Agency is very proud to present “Smokin’ at the Sweet Rhythm”

Hosted by Sweet Rhythm

(Between Grove and Bleecker)

88 7th Avenue South

New York, NY 10014

For Reservations, call: 212.255.3626

Jazz Series, January 11-15, 2006

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Yayoi Ikawa Trio

2 sets 8:30 p.m. and 10:00 pm

Ray Drummond Quartet

11:30 pm to 2:00 am                    

2 sets 11:30 pm and 1:00am

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Duane Eubanks Quintet

Featuring drummer Rodney Green

Featuring piano player Orrin Evans

Featuring J.D. Allen on saxophone

2 sets 8:30 and 10:00pm

Donald Harrison/Louis Hayes' "Rising Star"

Featuring Mulgrew Miller, Reuben Rogers, Maurice Brown, and Sean Jones

2 sets 11:30 and 1:00am

Friday, January 13, 2006

Anthony Wonsey Trio

2 sets 8:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

M & M's All-star Roster

Featuring legendary piano player Mulgrew Miller, Special Guest Eddie Henderson on trumpet, acoustic bassist Reuben Rogers, Vincent Herring on saxophone, and the legendary Lenny White on drums

2 sets 11:30 p.m. and 1:00 a.m.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Maurice Brown Quintet

Featuring Curtis Fuller

2 sets 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

M & M 's All-star Roster

Featuring Lenny White legendary drummer,

Special Guest Eddie Henderson on trumpet, Anthony Wonsey on piano, acoustic bassist Reuben Rogers, Vincent Herring on saxophone

2 sets 11:30 p.m. and 1:00 a. m.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

The Grand Finale

Detroit plays New York Tribute to Roy Brooks, Teddy Harris, and Harold and Ray McKinney,

Johnny O'Neal, Donald Walden. There will also be special surprise guests.

2 sets 11:30 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Ticket prices:

$25 cover/ $10 minimum        

8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m./ 11:30 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Sunday $20 cover/ $10 minimum        

11:30 p.m. and 1:00 a.m.

Sweet Rhythm Jazz Club

(Between Grove and Bleecker)

88 7th Avenue South

New York, NY 10014

For Reservations, call: 212.255.3626

About M & M Management and Booking Agency

M & M Management and Booking Agency has been in business for 10 years representing such notable musicians as "The Prince of Keys" legendary piano player Mulgrew Miller, the most recorded jazz musician in modern history, appearing on over four hundred jazz recordings to date; Bob Hurst four-time Grammy award-winning bassist with multiple Top-10 recognition and 5 Star honors, with over 8 years of nightly performing, directing, arranging, and composing for NBC's the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and currently bassist for Diana Krall; legendary bassist the great Buster Williams who has played with Sarah Vaughn, Miles Davis, and Sonny Stitt; legendary drummer Lenny White, a Miles Davis alumni and an esteemed member of Buster Williams' stellar group; Pittsburg native and Rutgers University graduate vibist Steve Nelson, member of Dave Holland's band and frequent contributor to piano player Kenny Baron's band; veteran Ray Drummond known as the first call bassist for musicians throughout the Jazz world; newest rising star, twenty-four year old trumpet player Maurice Brown; and lastly Masters of Groove, featuring legendary drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Grant Green Jr., guitarist and son of famed Jazz guitarist Grant Green; Ruben Wilson organist, and Detroit native Karriem Riggins, drummer extraordinaire, currently traveling the world with Hip Hop superstars Kanye West and Common as lead percussionist. For more information about M&M Management and Booking Agency, contact Michelle Malega at 917-291-8270.

About the International Association of Jazz Education

The International Association for Jazz Education initiates programs which nurture and promote the understanding and appreciation of jazz and its heritage, provide leadership to educators regarding curricula, aesthetics and performance; assists teachers and practitioners with information and resources; and takes an active part in organizing clinics, festivals and symposia at local, regional, national and international levels. For more information about the IAJE visit online at http://www.iaje.org/

Media Contact:

Michelle Malega

M & M Booking

(917) 291-8270

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