He is a composer with an unusually brilliant melodic sense.
John S. WIlson, New York Times
New York, NY (PRWEB) January 24, 2013
During Black History Month, the sister venue of Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster restaurant—Ginny’s Supper Club (310 Lenox Avenue, between 125th and 126th)—premieres two jazz series that evoke Harlem’s storied past and reflects its diverse present.
From February 21-23, the internationally renowned jazz composer and tenor saxophonist Benny Golson returns to Harlem with his quartet for “The Jazz Masters Series.” Latin Jazz percussionist and multi-Grammy nominee Bobby Sanabria leads Quarteto Aché for the “JazzPlus” series on Feb. 7th and 8th.
“We’re proud to add these superb series to our existing menu of musical offerings,” says Derek Fleming, Director of Business Development for the Marcus Samuelsson Group. “As with the Red Rooster, we strive to present a pleasurable mix of high quality food, cocktails and fine hospitality with musical entertainment that honors the rich cultural traditions of Harlem.”
The “JazzPlus” series will present rising stars and established jazz artists who integrate jazz with other genres, such as R&B, Classical, Caribbean, and—as in the case of Bobby Sanabria—Latin. “The Jazz Masters Series” will feature globally respected, award winning artists who have achieved the highest distinction of jazz artistry.
The two series are produced by Greg Thomas and Jewel Kinch-Thomas of G&J Productions.
Through such programming, Ginny’s Supper Club presents premier jazz in the midst of downhome sophistication and cosmopolitan flair. As a Harlem Supper Club for the 21st century, Ginny’s represents the diverse cultures and multinational flavor of New York while maintaining the spirit of Harlem. In the same manner that the Red Rooster is ecumenical, combining cuisine with American, Asian and European influence, music at Ginny’s Supper Club is eclectic, yet remains grounded in the forms and styling that derive from the capital of black America.
Ginny’s Supper Club February 2013 Music Mix (call 212 421-3821 for reservations)
Craig Harris & Tailgater’s Tales Ensemble Sat. Feb. 2: Trombonist 8/10 pm $15
Patience Higgins (Harlem Legends Series) Wed. Feb. 6: Saxophonist 7/8:30/10 pm
Bobby Sanabria & Quarteto Aché (JazzPlus Series) Thurs/Fri. Feb. 7 & 8: 8/10 pm $20
Chinese New Year w/Fred Ho & The Celestial Green Monster Big Band Sat. Feb. 9: 8/10 pm $25
Vy Higgensen’s Gospel for Teen Choir (Gospel Brunch) Sun. Feb. 10, 17, 24: 11 am-3 pm $39.99
Blue Nefertiti from Les Nubians (Le Cabaret Noir) Wed. Feb. 13 and 20: 8 pm (2/13) 7:30/10 pm (2/20) $20/$45 includes gourmet pre-fixe meal
Valentine’s Day with Maya Azucena Thurs. Feb. 14: 7 /8:30 pm
Benny Golson Quartet (The Jazz Masters Series) Thur/Fri/Saturday, Feb. 21-23: 8 /10 pm $30
Bill Saxton (Harlem Legends Series) Wednesday, Feb. 27: Saxophonist 7/8:30/10 pm
About Bobby Sanabria: Jazz drummer, educator and bandleader Bobby Sanabria has been nominated for seven Grammy Awards, with two in 2013: Best Latin Jazz Album for Multiverse and Best Instrumental Arrangement, “Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite for Ellington.” His diverse experience includes tenures with such legendary figures as Dizzy Gillespie, Henry Threadgill, Tito Puente, Paquito D’Rivera, Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaría, Arturo Sandoval, Chico O'Farrill, Candido, Larry Harlow, and the Godfather of Afro-Cuban Jazz, Mario Bauzá.
About Benny Golson: This NEA Jazz Master is an eloquent elder statesman of jazz whose body of originals forms a core part of the modern jazz songbook. Among them: “I Remember Clifford,” “Whisper Not,” “Killer Joe,” “Stablemates,” “Blues March,” and “Along Came Betty.” Mr. Golson has recorded over 30 albums and written over 300 compositions. A recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award and a Kennedy Center Living Jazz Legend honor, his career spans six decades—from his early years with John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and his work with The Jazztet, to his compositional brilliance for M*A*S*H, Mission Impossible, and The Cosby Show theme.
About G&J Productions: G&J Productions is a full service arts events and production management partnership run by Greg Thomas and Jewel Kinch-Thomas, who together bring over 20 years of experience to their enterprise. Jewel is the former artistic and executive director of the Riverside Theatre in upper Manhattan. Greg, a multi-media journalist and producer, served as a consultant with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, and is the jazz columnist for the New York Daily News.
Ginny’s Supper Club
310 Lenox Avenue (between 125th and 126th)
Tickets & Info. 212 421-3821