CHELSEA TABLE + STAGE AND JAZZ FOUNDATION OF AMERICA
LAUNCH SPECIAL WEEKLY RESIDENCY IN APRIL WITH JAZZ STARS AND RISING TALENT
INCLUDING RUSSELL MALONE, STEFON HARRIS, CAMILLE THURMAN AND SULLIVAN FORTNER TO BENEFIT JFA MUSICIANS’ FUND
STARTING WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6
CHELSEA TABLE + STAGE – New York’s newest hotspot for intimate dining and extraordinary music – will continue its special partnership with Jazz Foundation of America. The unique concert series, taking place every Wednesday in April with shows at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM, will benefit the JFA Musicians’ Fund, which provides financial assistance to musicians in crisis. The series will feature guitarist Russell Malone Quartet (April 6), vibraphonist Stefon Harris (April 13), saxophonist and vocalist Camille Thurman (April 20), and pianist Sullivan Fortner (April 27). Tickets are $45, which includes a $15 food and beverage credit. CHELSEA TABLE + STAGE is located at 152 West 26th Street.
100% of ticket sales will support JFA artists and provide life-changing assistance to hundreds of jazz and blues musicians struggling due to illness, old age, lack of work, natural disaster, and the devastating effects of the pandemic. The series will feature a thrilling range of the leading voices of jazz. Past performers include Brandee Younger, Donald Harrison, Cyrus Chestnut, and Raul Midón.
Wednesday, April 6
RUSSELL MALONE QUARTET
Russell Malone is one of the signature guitar players of his generation. He is as well-known on the international circuit for helming a world-class quartet and trio as he is for his long-standing participation in Ron Carter’s Golden Striker Trio, and his recent contribution to the musical production of the likes of Sonny Rollins and Dianne Reeves, who recruited Malone for his singular tone, refined listening skills, limitless chops, and efflorescent imagination. He has played with artists as diverse as Harry Connick, Jr, Diana Krall, B.B. King, Andy Williams, and Ornette Coleman. Malone’s latest recording is Time for the Dancers on High Note Records.
Wednesday, April 13
STEFON HARRIS + BLACKOUT
Educator, vibraphonist and composer Stefon Harris has been heralded as “one of the most important young artists in jazz” by The Los Angeles Times. A four-time Grammy nominee, he is a seven-time Best Mallet player by the Jazz Journalist Association, the recipient of Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, DownBeat’s Critics Poll Winner for Vibraphone (2015, 2013) and 2014 Expanded Critic’s Poll for Vibes from Jazz Times. He won a 2014 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album for Wonder: The Songs of Stevie Wonder as a member of the SF Jazz Collective. Harris earned a BM in Classical Percussion and a MM in Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music. Harris teaches at New York University and is Artistic Director of Jazz Education at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC).
Wednesday, April 20
CAMILLE THURMAN with THE DARRELL GREEN QUARTET
As an composer, saxophonist, vocalist, and unique interpreter of the jazz tradition, Camille Thurman is one of the leading standard bearers of the art form, making a considerable and dynamic contribution to the legacy of jazz while paying tribute to its heroes. She has amassed several distinctive honors: 2021 recipient of the SOUTH Arts Jazz Road Creative Artistic Residency, DownBeat’s Critics Poll Nominee for Rising Star Tenor Saxophonist, and two-time winner of the ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award. Thurman was the first woman in 30 years to tour and perform full time with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as a saxophonist/woodwindist. A bandleader, she has headlined concert venues and jazz festivals around the world including the Kennedy Center and Alice Tully Hall. Her most recent project, Fortitude, is a collaboration with master drummer Darrell Green and his quartet. Thurman was chosen by the U.S. State Department under the Fulbright Scholarship grant to tour Paraguay and Nicaragua as a bandleader.
Wednesday, April 27
SULLIVAN FORTNER TRIO
Sullivan Fortner stretches his deep-rooted talents as a pianist, composer, band leader and uncompromising individualist. The Grammy Award-winning artist out of New Orleans received international praise as both key player and producer for his collaborative work on The Window (Mack Avenue, 2018), alongside multi-Grammy winner, vocalist-composer Cecile McLorin Salvant. As a solo leader, he has released Moments Preserved (Decca, 2018) and Aria (Impulse!, 2015) to critical acclaim. Now based in New York, Fortner has earned recognition in multiple DownBeat Critics Poll categories, winning first place in Rising Star Piano and Rising Star Jazz Artist. In addition to associations with such diverse voices as Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Diane Reeves, Etienne Charles and John Scofield, Fortner’s frequent and longtime collaborators have included Dee Dee Bridgewater, Stefon Harris, Peter Bernstein, Nicholas Payton, Billy Hart, Christian Scott, Fred Hersch and the late Roy Hargrove. Recent collaborations include Grammy-nominated releases Dear Love (Empress Legacy) and Generations from leaders Jazzmeia Horn and The Baylor Project, respectively.
CHELSEA TABLE + STAGE, highlighting a diverse range of musical genres, is a welcome addition to the list of high-end venues on the New York performance scene, deftly balancing a glamourous interior, traditional hospitality, and top musical talent. The current lineup features a dazzling array from the worlds of pop, folk, country, soul, jazz, and much more. Providing a wide variety of upscale American menu items, with distinguished wine and bespoke cocktails, audiences will experience some of the best touring performers in the world, alongside local emerging artists. CHELSEA TABLE + STAGE melds the ambiance of a classic supper club with the acoustics of a serious listening room and a contemporary spin appealing to several generations of music lovers.
CHELSEA TABLE + STAGE opens the doors to hospitality, entertainment, and enjoyment every night, featuring state-of-the-art sound and lighting, a 10-seat in-theatre bar, lofted VIP mezzanine for private groups, and table seating for the perfect date night. The ever-changing menu and entertainment schedule means guests never have the same night twice. CHELSEA TABLE + STAGE is located at 152 West 26th Street (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues), downstairs inside the Hilton New York Fashion District. Purchase tickets at chelseatableandstage.com @chelseatableandstage
THE JAZZ FOUNDATION OF AMERICA (JFA) has been a leader in supporting veteran jazz, blues and roots musicians for the past 30 years. Using a creative and holistic approach, JFA provides financial and emotional support to musicians who have made significant contributions to jazz, blues, and roots music. These musicians are often elderly, suffering from chronic health problems and facing a pervasive lack of work. Some face even more dire circumstances, such as being one missed paycheck away from homelessness. JFA employs two full-time licensed social workers and two musicians’ advocates to provide a myriad of services including emergency bill payments (such as rents, mortgages, and utilities), distributing food vouchers, replacing damaged instruments, and providing pro-bono medical care through its partnership with Englewood Hospital and Medical Center (which donates $300,000 annually in services, through a network of 80 physicians). In addition, JFA hosts free jazz and blues concerts through its Gig Fund and Jazz and Blues in the Schools programs providing much needed work for musicians, while also enriching the community. jazzfoundation.org