About This Event
Doors Open:6:00 PM
Show Time:7:00 PM
Come swing into the New Year as Keystone Korner Nights continues with Igor Butman & the Moscow Jazz Orchestra with special guest Allan Harris on January 12 at Le Poisson Rouge. Produced and programmed by jazz guru Todd Barkan, Keystone Korner Nights kicks off this evening’s performance at 7pm.
This powerful jazz orchestra from Russia is fronted by tenor saxophonist/conductor Igor Butman, who formed the band in 1999. They have played everywhere from Jazz at Lincoln Center to Carnegie Hall to major jazz festivals worldwide. The New York Times calls their performance “a show of great competence and fluency.” Butman pushes the boundaries of jazz mainstream with creative crossover projects. The big band has shared the stage with diverse artists from Wynton Marsalis to Mike Stern.
Special guest Allan Harris is a world-class singer, guitarist and songwriter. Perhaps best known for his interpretations of jazz standards, Allan’s smooth vocals and guitar-styling easily cross genres, from jazz to rock to blues. He is unquestionably one of the most versatile talents in contemporary jazz and blues music. Tony Bennett has called Allan “my favorite singer” and The New York Times’ Stephen Holden raves about “the protean talent that is Allan Harris.”
$30 ADV / $35 DOS (seated)
$25 ADV / $30 DOS (standing)
TABLE SEATING POLICY
Table seating for all seated shows is reserved exclusively for ticket holders who purchase “Table Seating” tickets. By purchasing a “Table Seating” ticket you agree to also purchase a minimum of two food and/or beverage items per person. Table seating is first come, first seated. Please arrive early for the best choice of available seats. Seating begins when doors open. Tables are communal so you may be seated with other patrons. We do not take table reservations.
A standing room area is available by the bar for all guests who purchase “Standing Room” tickets. Food and beverage can be purchased at the bar but there is no minimum purchase required in this area.
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The hottest jazz orchestra of Russia. A ten and a half splendid jazz musicians. It’s all about Igor Butman Orchestra, which was founded in 1999 by a renowned saxophone player Igor Butman. Since then Big Band has frequently toured Russia, Europe, and the USA, appearing at the world’s most prestigious jazz venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, “Birdland” and others.In 2012 Igor Butman Orchestra became Moscow state jazz orchestra conducted by Igor Butman. A special collaboration between Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis and Igor Butman Big Band which opened 2003-04 season at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York in September 2003 caused a sensation in the whole jazz world! New music by both bandleaders and arrangements of Russian folk songs concerts were premiered by two big bands. The New York Times called the performance of Igor Butman Big Band “a show of great competence and fluency.”
The first Big Band’s album “eternal Triangle” featuring Randy Brecker was recorded in Moscow in August 2003 and engineered by the best American jazz sound engineer James Farber in November 2003 in New York. “Eternal Triangle” set a very high level of performance and quality of sound for all Russian jazz. The proof for this is that many US jazz radio stations rotated the music from “Eternal Triangle” even before the album was released!
Internationally renowned jazzmen were excited by performing with Igor Butman Big Band, among them are Dee Dee Bridgewater, “New York Voices”, Kevin Mahogany, George Benson, Gino Vanelli, Wynton Marsalis, Larry Corryell, Billy Cobham, Bill Evans. Joe Lovano, Gary Burton, Toots Thielemans.
Igor Butman Big Band and a famous Russian pop star Larisa Dolina created a jazz extravaganza “Carnival of Jazz”, and toured Russia, Ukraine, Israel and the USA with this program. In 2003 a double album “Carnival of Jazz” recorded live at “Rossiya” concert hall was released. The premiere of a new program “Carnival of Jazz 2. No comments” was held in July, 2008 at Jazz at Lincoln Center within JVC jazz festival and caused a stir among jazz lovers: Rose Theatre hardly seated all comers!
Igor Butman, the leader of the Big Band, enjoys pushing the boundaries of jazz mainstream and create crossover projects. Big Band often performs with American pianist and composer Igor Raykhelson, “Grammy” winning altoist Yuri Bashmet and his chamber ensemble “Moscow soloists”. A big US tour with these remarkable musicians took place in the most celebrated venues of the country (including Seattle Symphony Hall, Wilshire Theatre, Severance Hall, Strathmore Hall, Boston Symphony Orchestra Hall etc.) in February and March 2009 and gathered non less than 20000 listeners!
In June 2009 Igor Butman Big Band’s second album “Moscow@3am” was released by a new jazz label Butman Music! On this CD the Band featuring a very special guest Wynton Marsalis plays music by an outstanding composer and pianist Nick Levinovsky! Some tracks from the CD are already played by WBGO!
In 2010 Igor Butman Orchestra featuring renowned NY jazz artists Sean Jones, Kathy Jenkins, Peter Bernstein and James Burton presented crossover program “Sheherazade’s tales” at “Cherry Forest” festival in Moscow. The program included Nikolay Levinovsky’s jazz arrangements of Russian romances and symphonic suite “Sheherazade” by N.A.Rimsky-Korsakov. It’s no surprise that such original fusion of classic and jazz music became a revelation for audience and mass media, because hardly anyone connected such polar musical worlds with such ingenuity before. Live album “Sheherazade’s tales” was released at Butman Music Records on CD (November 2011) and vynil (March 2012).
In July 2013 Moscow jazz orchestra conducted by Igor Butman did a big European tour and performed at the biggest jazz festivals including Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy, Jazz a Juan in France, Wigan Jazz Festival in Great Britain. Orchestra’s US tours are scheduled for September 2013 and January 2014.
In November 2013 Butman Music will release a brand new album by Igor Butman Orchestra! It was recorded in January 2013 with fusion and jazz rock super stars: drummer Dave Weckl, guitarists Mike Stern and Mitch Stein, saxophone player Bill Evans, trumpeter Randy Brecker and bassist Tom Kennedy.
ALLAN HARRIS is a world-class singer, guitarist and songwriter. Perhaps best known for his interpretations of jazz standards, Allan’s smooth vocals and guitar-styling easily cross genres, from jazz to rock to blues. He is unquestionably one of the most versatile talents in contemporary jazz and blues music. “Harris is a velvet-voiced jazz singer, with a savvy manner and music in his veins.” (Variety) Very few vocalists in the industry have his charismatic combination of soulful yet elegant phrasing, exciting musicianship, and dynamic stage presence.
Tony Bennett has called Allan “my favorite singer” and The New York Times’ Stephen Holden raves about “the protean talent that is Allan Harris.” Allan has cultivated a global following, playing for packed audiences and receiving outstanding reviews throughout the United States, Europe, Russia and the Far East. A three-time winner of the New York Nightlife Award for “Outstanding Jazz Vocalist,” Allan is regularly featured at the world’s great music festivals. The Miami Herald wrote that Harris’ voice and demeanor “project the warmth of Tony Bennett, the bite and rhythmic sense of Sinatra, and the sly elegance of Nat ‘King’ Cole.”
Growing up in Brooklyn, Harris was meant to be a musician. His mother was a classical pianist, and his Aunt was an opera singer, who turned to the blues. Because Aunt Theodosia attracted the attention of famed music producer Clarence Williams, he became a regular dinner guest and often brought along other performers such as Louis Armstrong. Once Armstrong even baby-sat and terrified young Allan with his “frog like voice.” Sunday afternoons were spent at the Apollo matinees, which was across the street from his Aunt Kate’s Soul Food restaurant, where he got to meet many of the artists who played the Apollo during his formative years.
As a teenager, Harris moved to Pittsburgh where he learned from some of the masters like Harold Betters and Roger Humphries. He worked with bands around the area and learned to play many different styles of guitar from country to soul music, and ultimately found his niche in jazz. Early on in his career he was known as a guitar player who sang, but as audiences began hearing his voice he became more focused on singing. While his guitar style was influenced by rock musicians of the day, his voice always was most comfortable singing the American Songbook. Harris moved to Atlanta and then to Miami where he continued developing his voice and stage presence. It was in Miami that he first met Tony Bennett who encouraged him to return to New York in 1991.
Since then Harris has been a featured soloist and producer of a three-year jazz series at Sotheby’s where he first teamed up with Tommy Flanagan. He has paid tribute to Nat “King” Cole at the Kennedy Center where he recorded, Long Live the King (Love Productions Records, 2007) and continues to tour around the world. In 2007, Mr. Harris was awarded the Chamber Music of America Residency Grant for his “Cross That River” project which toured 12 schools in Harlem. Since then, the Cross That River Band has been invited to perform in schools across the country from Savannah, GA, to San Angelo, TX. In addition to touring schools, The Kennedy Center chose to broadcast the performance to children across the country via satellite, as part of their Distance Learning Program.
“Cross That River,” is now a full-scale musical celebrating the Old West as told through the words and music of a black cowboy, and played to rave reviews during the 2009 New York Musical Theater Festival and is currently in pre-production for a long-term run in early 2014. Several original songs from “Cross That River” are also frequently featured in The Allan Harris Band’s concert performances.
In addition to music, Allan is passionate about giving back. He is a long-time supporter of the St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital, Guitars in the Classroom, and Challenge Aspen/America where he donates a performance every year, along with Vince Gill and Amy Grant. As a Gibson Guitar featured artist, Allan and Ruby (his constant 6 lb. canine companion and the first dog music critic) can frequently be found rehearsing at the Gibson Hit Factory, and along with The Allan Harris Band, enjoy playing the top music clubs in his hometown of New York City.