206 West 118th Street
7:30 pm – Doors Open 6 pm
9:00 pm – Doors Open 8:30 pm
Sets are 1 hour long
The admission price is $15.00 per set PLUS a $30 minimum per person.
* Admission may increase depending upon a given week’s performance schedule.
During performances, quiet policy is enforced !
Superb Alto Saxophonist Christopher McBride has been slowly but steadily turning heads with his ubiquitous work as an invaluable sideman since the mid-aughts. Now Christopher is gaining respect amongst fans, critics and his peers as one of the most versatile musicians in the world. His 2012 debut album Quatuor de Force certainly establishes his ability to front a group and write his own soulful, melodically indelible tunes. Applauded for his ability to play in all musical situations, McBride has the ability to unleash a fiery attack and serrated tone, but on his recent album he explores a more measured, mellow sound heavily influenced by contemporary R&B—with a strong shot of Cannonball Adderley’s post-bop sensuality–but his improvising is very rigorous and cogent.
Starting his professional career in Chicago in 2007, Christopher has been in high demand as a musician and clinician, performing and teaching primarily in New York, Illinois, Missouri and various states throughout the country. Christopher has shared his musical gift with audiences across the globe, performing in China, England, France, Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Spain and Switzerland. In addition, since moving to New York in 2013 his group The Whole Proof has played venues all over New York such as Smalls Jazz Club, Smoke Jazz Club, Ginny’s Supper Club & Fat Cat. Throughout his career, Christopher has played with musical greats including Billy Preston, Antonio Hart, John Clayton, Jimmy Heath, Bobby Broom, Percy Gray, Roy Hargrove, Talib Kweli, Lupe Fiasco, Guy Sebastian, Solange, Alice Smith, Brandon Flowers, Jennifer Hudson, 88 Keys, Milton Mustafa, Winard Harper, and the Marquis Hill Blacktet. He now currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
About Nico Sarbanes
Nico Sarbanes is a jazz vocalist, trumpeter, and composer currently residing in New York City. He has already emerged as one of the genre’s most talented young performers, combining a virtuosic technique on the trumpet with an impressive command of the vocal repertoire of the Great American Songbook. As a bandleader, Nico has led performances and recorded with some of today’s greatest jazz players, including Antonio Hart, Cyrus Chestnut, Warren Wolf, Ben Wolfe, Winard Harper, Mark Gross, and Tim Green. As a composer, he draws on his jazz and classical influences, as well as the klezmer music of his Jewish heritage, to create exciting new works.
Nico grew up listening to the sounds of Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald, and began singing popular jazz standards in elementary school. He picked up the trumpet at age 10, but it wasn’t until high school, upon hearing Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, and above all, Clifford Brown, that he seriously devoted himself to the study of jazz. Nico received his Bachelor of Music degree from the esteemed Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal. While at Schulich, he received numerous awards for performance, and for multiple years occupied the solo trumpet chair in the school’s premier touring big band ensemble. Under the tutelage of venerable jazz composers such as Kevin Dean, Joe Sullivan, and Jean-Nicholas Trottier, Nico honed his own compositional talent, earning additional accolades. Quickly establishing himself as an artist to watch on the Montreal jazz scene, Nico led two successful performances at the Festival International de Montreal, including opening for Grammy Award-winning vocalist Dianne Reeves at the Theatre Maisonneuve.
Nico is a proud native of the city of Baltimore, and consistently seeks to bring attention to both the city’s impressive jazz history and its current wealth of musical talent. In the Fall of 2015, he led a successful series of performances at the Downbeat-recognized venue An Die Musik, where he shared the stage with Baltimore jazz titans Antonio Hart, Warren Wolf, Winard Harper, and Tim Green. An album featuring live recordings from those performances, “Nico Sarbanes: Live in Baltimore” was released in February 2017.
Nico is also passionate about music education. He recently completed his teaching certification coursework at Towson University, and looks forward to passing on his love of music to future generations.