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  • Matt Chertkoff Trio

    Matt Chertkoff Trio

    3:57 pm
    2017.04.01-2017.04.02
    277 Church St, NYC, NY, United States

    277 Church St, NYC, NY, United States

    Matt started studying music at the early age of 7 and switched to the guitar at age 11. By that time his varied listening habits included George Benson, Eric Gale, B.B. King as well as guitarists such as Eric Clapton and Jerry Garcia.
    Before attending University of Miami as a jazz guitar major. Matt studied privately with Josh Breakstone and Gene Bertoncini at Eastman’s summer program. Upon graduation from University of Miami with a jazz guitar degree Matt immerced himself in the cities vibrant music scene. Working most nights of the week in clubs he also made TV and record appearances.

    Subsequently Matt decided to move to New York and concentrate on Jazz. Matt has performed or recorded with Fathead Newman, Grady Tate, Curtis Lundy, Bobby Forrester, Venesa Rubin, Cecil Brooks, Bernie Worrell, Percy Sledge, Lester Chambers and appeared on international TV shows on Telemundo and Nippon networks.

    He currently has weekly gigs at Smoke [weds, 6.30-9pm.] and Cecill’s [Sunday nights] and has recently performed or is scheduled to play at B.B. kings, the Blue Note, and the 55bar among other club engagements. Matt’s recently recorded debut album features David “fathead” Newman and was recorded by Grammy winning Producer Rob Fraboni [Keith Richards,Bob Dylan.]

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  • George Papa George Trio

    George Papa George Trio

    8:00 pm-11:00 pm
    2017.04.03
    277 Church St, New York, NY, United States

    277 Church St, New York, NY, United States

    George Papageorge is a blues, jazz, funk and rock organist, keyboard player based in New York City. First acitve in the early 1990s, Papageorge toured, recorded, and co-wrote music for soul singer Mighty Sam McClain and soul-jazz guitar legend Melvin Sparks, among many others. Always delivering energetic performances both on stage and on over 25 recordings, Papageorge has supported the most soulful and driven artists as a sideman.

    2015 introduces Papageorge’s debut recording “Snowstorm Blues” with guitarists Randy Johnston and Matt Chertkoff and drummers Vince Ector and Brian Floody.

    All of the nine tunes were performed in a trio setting and two were written by Papageorge. Notable tracks include “Cocaine,” written by the recently deceased J.J Cale and made famous worlwide by Eric Clapton. This rendition has a funky soul-jazz pulse. From the Beatles’ Hard Day’s Night, the tune “And I love Her” is given a soulful treatment. Other highlight include a dramtaic Hammond solo on the Johnie Taylor breakthrough number one hit, “Whose Making Love,” and a well crafted organ solo on “Heaven.” Papageorge’s influences include Charles Earland, Jimmy Smith and Booker T. Jones.

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  • Brian Charette Trio

    Brian Charette Trio

    8:00 pm-11:00 pm
    2017.04.10
    277 Church St, New York, NY, United States

    277 Church St, New York, NY, United States


         New York City organist/pianist Brian Charette has established himself as a leading voice in modern jazz. Charette is a Grammy-nominated, Hammond-endorsed artist who was the winner of the 2014 Downbeat Critics’ Poll in the “Rising Star: Organ” category and has climbed to 4th place in The 2015 Critic’s Poll in the main Organ category. This year Brian also won The Hot House Magazine Fan’s Decision Jazz Award for Best Organist in New York and had three releases on the Jazz Week Top 20.
         Charette was born in Meriden, Connecticut in 1972, and was introduced to music by his mother, Catherine. By the age of 17, he was playing with jazz luminaries Lou Donaldson and Houston Person. After graduating on the Dean’s List from UConn in 1994 with a BA in Classical Piano Performance, Charette began touring Europe and was drawn to the culture and scene of Prague, Czech Republic, where he now works often.
         Besides being a critically acclaimed composer and bandleader, Brian has worked with notable artists such as Joni Mitchell, Chaka Khan, Paul Simon, Cyndi Lauper, and many more. Charette is also an active author and educator, writing for Keyboard magazine, New York City Jazz Record, DownBeat, and the Czech magazine Muzikus. Brian teaches masterclasses all over the world and is on the faculty of the Czech Summer Jazz Workshop at Jesek Conservatory in Prague. His first book, 101 Hammond B3 Tips, was just released in fall 2014 through publisher Hal Leonard, and he has a popular instructional video on the website, mymusicmasterclass.com. Outside of music, Charette is passionate about chess and White Crane kung fu, in which he holds a black sash.

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  • Mamiko Taira Trio

    Mamiko Taira Trio

    10:00 pm-12:00 am
    2017.04.29-2017.04.30
    277 Church St, NY, United States

    277 Church St, NY, United States

    A New York based Japanese jazz vocalist, Mamiko Taira has been always a cloud pleaser. Author of “the Color of Water,” James McBride describes her “She is the kind musicians love to play with and audiences love to appreciate… she is a standout…” Her mentor, Mark Murphy quotes “She is a talent in the art of vocal jazz.”

    Mamiko began studying music at the age of eight with a local piano teacher. At the age of sixteen, she went to a private music school to major piano studied with Fumio Itabashi. Itabashi noticed her vocal quality immediately and suggested her to be a singer. In 1988, she moved to Philadelphia to study Jazz Voice at Temple University. Eventually she emerged into the Philly music scene. After graduating in 1992 she performed in Philly until her return to Tokyo in the fall of 1993. Back at home she has performed extensively in the Tokyo metropolitan area between 1993 through 1998. In 1994 she won the grand prize at the Asakusa Jazz Festival Competition. She was invited to sing at the Manly Jazz Festival (Manly, Australia) in 1994 and 1996. In 1999, Mamiko moved to New York. She was a finalist at the Third Annual Jazzconnect Jazz Vocal Competition in 2002. Out of 197 singers from around the world, Mamiko took 3rd place. She also toured with James McBride group in 2003 visited 30 cities and 54 venues nationally. She continues to perform in New York vicinity and beyond.

    In May 2012, she has released her debut album, “and it begins” from Japanese independent jazz label, D-musica. The album presents 9 songs including 2 Japanese pops performed with Toru Dodo (piano), who co-produced the album with her. Then, she began its CD release tour from Japan in October 2012 and concluded in New York Blue Note in January 2013.

    The second leader album, “Heart’s Calling” came out in June 2015 from D-musica’s sister label, D-neo. This album was recorded in Japan with her Japanese quartet, Jun Furuya (piano), Daiki Yasukagawa (bass), and Ryo Shibata (drums) featuring Miki Hirose (trumpet), Akihiro Yoshimoto (saxes & flute) and Yuu Uesugi (trombone). It contains 10 songs in various musical settings from duo to septet. Japanese critics has raved about her creative approach and the band sound in “Heart’s Calling” as well as her musical uniqueness and growth. CD release tour in November was finished with success visiting 5 cities in 8 venues.

    In January 2016, her debut album, “and it begins” was relaunched distributing in MP3 and now available through online retailers worldwide.

    Mamiko is a legal resident of New York City, and available for performing opportunities in New York Metro area and beyond.

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