The Smoke Jazz Club in NYC is one of the cities premier live music venues. It has announced its long awaited return, with modified operations including live streams, sidewalk concerts, and outdoor dining. Created in 1999, the club is internationally recognized for its classic and modern jazz performances. It has survived economic crashes, fires in the building, and more but the pandemic proved to be much more difficult, co-owners Paul Stache and Molly Sparrow Johnson said in a statement.
Smoke Jazz Club has so much history. Despite the struggles of the last few years, we just knew that the music couldn’t stop here. The past couple of years have not been easy for anyone, but having live music back in the club with everyone together, musicians and listeners, seems like a turning point. We are very excited to take this next step. We feel very fortunate that our landlord has been so supportive these last two years.
The Smoke Jazz Club will be hosting a four-night grand reopening concert celebration July 21-24 (also streaming live worldwide). There will also be a number of different jazz concerts until September. Some of the bands performing at the club include the Bobby Watson Quartet, Louis Hayes & The Cannonball Legacy Band, The Heavy Hitters, and more.
Smoke Sessions Records will be holding different album release shows during the rest of the year.
Album Release Schedule:
August 26 – Al Foster
September 16 – Steve Turre
October 7 – Bobby Watson
October 28 – Wayne Escoffery
November 11 – Nicholas Payton
December 2 – Buster Williams