Jazz Weekend 2019
September 14 - September 15
Join us to catch this fantastic lineup:
Camila Meza & The Nectar Orchestra
Camila Meza, equally prized as a vocalist, guitarist and composer, has brought a sound full of
warmth, intricacy and rhythmic clarity to the New York jazz scene ever since her arrival from
Santiago, Chile in 2009. Inspired by jazz, South American music and American popular song of
many eras and genres, she has uplifted audiences worldwide with her rare combination of talents:
assured and beautiful singing; highly advanced guitar; and vividly colorful, melodic songwriting
that reveals complex layers with every listen. Her latest album, Ámbar, released on Sony
Masterworks, features her group The Nectar Orchestra, an 8-piece group consisting of
guitar/voice, piano, bass, drums with string quartet.
Wayne Escoffery Quartet
Downbeat Critics Poll Winner and Grammy Award-winning tenor saxophonist Wayne
Escoffery is one of the jazz world’s most talented rising stars and in-demand sidemen.
For the past decade, Escoffery has toured the globe with trumpeter Tom Harrell, recorded seven
CDs with The Tom Harrell Quintet and co-produced four of those releases. He has also been a
member of The Mingus Dynasty, Big Band and Orchestra since 2000 and has made several
recordings with that group. He has recorded and performed internationally with the who’s who in
jazz including Ron Carter, Ben Riley, Abdullah Ibrahim, Eric Reed, Carl Allen, Al Foster, Billy
Hart, Eddie Henderson, Rufus Reid, Wallace Roney and Herbie Hancock. His current working
quartet features pianist David Kikoski, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Ralph Peterson.
Chano Domínguez – Piano Ibérico
For over 40 years, internationally acclaimed jazz pianist Chano Domínguez has integrated the
rhythms and languages of jazz and flamenco, placing him among the most influential musicians
in the history of flamenco-jazz. He has released over 20 albums as a bandleader, and has
collaborated extensively with other jazz artists including Paquito D’Rivera, Gonzalo Rubalcaba,
Joe Lovano, Chucho Valdes, Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Piano
Ibérico features Chano’s trio of piano, bass and percussion augmented by flamenco singer Ismael
Fernandez and flamenco dancer Sonia Olla. This performance of Chano Domínguez’s Piano
Ibérico has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America’s 2017 New Jazz
Works program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Nate Smith + KINFOLK
Since moving from Chesapeake, Virginia to New York City in 2001, Nate Smith has helped
reinvigorate the international jazz scene with his visceral style of drumming by playing with such
esteemed leading lights as guitarist Pat Metheny, bassist Dave Holland, saxophonists Chris
Potter and Ravi Coltrane, and singers Patricia Barber, Somi, and José James. The New York
Times described Smith as “a firecracker of a drummer.” Smith’s rising career reaches a new
benchmark with the release of his bandleader debut, KINFOLK: Postcards from Everywhere, on
which he fuses his original modern jazz compositions with R&B, pop, and hip-hop.
John Ellis & Double-Wide
Gifted, versatile saxophonist/clarinetist/composer John Ellis occupies an imaginary (and
extremely imaginative) space directly between the celebratory, welcoming spirit of New Orleans
and the edgy, frantic streets of New York City. Ellis expresses a keen intellect and easy
virtuosity while maintaining a mischievous gleam in his eye and never letting tongue stray far
from cheek. That dichotomy perfectly encapsulates his group Double-Wide’s split metropolitan
personality, with a chainsaw-juggling balance of bayou brass, raucous gospel, and devil-may-
care modern jazz.
Grammy-nominated vocalist, pianist and songwriter, Nicole Zuraitis blends clever songwriting
skills, an effervescent presence and dazzling vocals in a consummate package that has thrilled
audiences around the world. While pursuing a career that has spanned jazz, pop and classical,
Nicole has collaborated with Cyrille Aimee, Thana Alexa, Dave Stryker, Livingston Taylor, Tom
Chapin, Omar Hakim, Melanie Safka, Helen Sung and Bernard Purdie. She is the vocalist for the
world-famous Birdland Big Band in New York City and her latest album Hive Mind won Best
Jazz Album in the 2018 International Music and Entertainment Awards.
Dafnis Prieto Sextet
Cuban drummer, composer, bandleader and MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellow Dafnis Prieto’s
revolutionary drumming techniques and compositions have had a powerful impact on the Latin
and jazz music scene, nationally and internationally. His latest big band album Back to the
Sunset recently won a Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album. Since his arrival to New York
in 1999, Prieto has worked in bands led by Henry Threadgill, Steve Coleman, Eddie Palmieri,
Chico and Arturo O’Farrill, Dave Samuels and The Caribbean Jazz Project, Jane Bunnett, D.D.
Jackson, Edward Simon, Michel Camilo, Chucho Valdés, Bebo Valdés, Roy Hargrove, Don
Byron, and Andrew Hill.