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Dinner at: 8:00PM
Doors Open at 6:00PM

$10.00 $20.00

A reserved or advance ticket to this show gets you a free Christmas from the Blue Note CD on Half Note Records when you arrive!

Christmas from the Blue Note ft. Combo Nuvo + Special Guests
David Schroeder, saxophones, woodwinds & harmonica
Rich Shemaria, piano & arrangements
Lenny Pickett, saxophones & woodwinds
Brad Shepik, guitar
Mike Richmond, bass
John Hafield, percussion

Special guests:
Janis Siegel, vocals (8PM ONLY)
Abby Dobson, vocals
Jean-Michel Pilc, piano & whistling
Jon Batiste, piano & vocals
Jonathan Kantor, tenor saxophone

The Blue Note recently released an ambitious Christmas recording featuring some of the biggest names in jazz: McCoy Tyner, Bela Fleck, Little Jimmy Scott, Stefon Harris, Jean-Michel Pilc, Lenny Pickett, Francisco Mela, Jon Batiste, Maya Azucena, and Kate Davis. The music, conducted and arranged by Rich Shemaria, is backed by the NYU All-Star Big Band on seven of the ten tracks.

Tonight's show will feature the all-star ensemble Combo Nuvo plus special guests playing Christmas music from the recording. Each ticket will include a free Christmas from the Blue Note CD to be delivered to your seat at the show!

Since 2001, Dave Schroeder's main musical focus has been leading Combo Nuvo, where he displays his skills on multiple woodwinds and in composition. He has also performed or recorded with a wide array of artists, including Kenny Werner, Gil Goldstein, Lenny Pickett, Teo Macero, Larry Coryell, Airto Moreira, Brian Lynch, Lee Konitz, and Dave Liebman. Since 2003, Schroeder has been the director of the Jazz Studies Program at New York University, where Combo Nuvo is currently the Artists-in-Residence Ensemble.

Composer, arranger, and pianist Rich Shemaria has penned half of the band's compositions and recently orchestrated the group's music in two different formats: the string orchestra and symphony orchestra. He moved to New York City in 1985, where he became part of the jazz scene, forming his own big band, the Rich Shemaria Jazz Orchestra. He has served as musical director of the prominent UMO Jazz Orchestra, during which time he toured with Natalie Cole and conducted performances with artists like Michael Brecker, Paquito de Rivera, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Roy Hargrove, Randy Johnston, and Nicholas Payton.

Bassist Mike Richmond has been featured on over 250 recordings, including 12 solo releases, with artists and ensembles such as Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Ravi Shankar, Stan Getz, the Charles Mingus Dynasty, Elvin Jones, Joe Henderson, and Michel Legrand. He has won Grammy Awards with Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Percussionist John Hadfield enjoys a wide-ranging career in the fields of jazz, world, and contemporary music. This diversity has allowed him to perform with a broad variety of ensembles, including Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road ensemble, Bang on a Can, The Michael Gordon Band, the rock band Capital M, the Middle Eastern jazz group Anistar, the Ethos Percussion Group, the Perspectives Ensemble, MAYA, and the NYC gamelan group Darma Swara. He released his first CD as a leader in the fall of 2007.

Autodidact Lenny Pickett toured through the 1970s with Tower Of Power, and recorded with David Bowie, The Talking Heads, and many others in the 1980s. Now a musical director for Saturday Night Live, he has also composed music for dance, theater, and film, including the opera Welfare with filmmaker Fredrick Wiseman and poet David Slavitt; recordings with Alan Ginsberg and William Burroughs; and the critically acclaimed recording Lenny Pickett with the Borneo Horns.

Guitarist Brad Shepik moved to New York in 1990 and began performing in numerous groups, including Paul Motian's Electric Be Bop Band (1991-96), Dave Douglas's Tiny Bell Trio (1992-2002), Matt Darriau's Paradox Trio (1992-present), Pachora (1993-2006), BABKAS (1992-8), and Yuri Yunakov's Bulgarian Wedding Band (1995-96). In addition, he performs regularly with The Brad Shepik Trio and is currently a member of Joey Baron's Killer Joey and other high-profile bands.


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