Steve Smith will perform at the Birdland Jazz Club in New York

Drummer Steve Smith will perform at New York’s Birdland Jazz Club for an unprecedented five consecutive weeks with five different bands from September 16 to October 16, 2022. Steve Smith is known for playing with Jean-Luc Ponty, Journey, Steps Ahead and his own group Steve Smith and Vital Information. Smith will unveil the new version of his group Vital Information at the Birdland Theater on September 16, 17 and 18. Vital Information’s new trio release features Manuel Valera on keyboards and Janek Gwizdala on electric bass. Vital information is approaching its 40th anniversarye Anniversary in 2023 when Vital Information’s first album was released in 1983. Wounded Bird Records recently released a four-CD set of Vital Information’s first four albums called The Complete Columbia Recordings. For more information:

The Coltrane Revisited group will celebrate music, and on September 23rd John Coltrane’s birthday from September 20 to 24. In addition to Smith on drums, Coltrane Revisited features Vincent Herring, Jimmy Greene and Greg Osby on saxes, Helen Sung on piano (Sept 20.21), Jeremy Pelt on trumpet (Sept 22-24) and Lonnie Plaxico on the bass. Coltrane Revisited performs Birdland each September performing different elements from John Coltrane’s varied recorded output. For their September 2022 engagement, the band will perform the entire Giant step album.

The Bouncing Back with the Bud Trio will perform the music of Bud Powell from September 29 to October 2 to celebrate Bud Powell’s birthday on September 27. Drummer Steve Smith will join pianists Helen Sung (September 29), Manuel Valera (September 30, October 1 and 2) and bassist Lonnie Plaxico to perform music from Bud Powell’s album The scene changes. The album contains some of Powell’s most beloved compositions, such as “Cleopatra’s Dream”, “Duid Deed”, “Danceland”, and “Crossin’ the Channel”. The band will also tackle chopbusters “Un Poco Loco” and “Tempus Fugue-It!”

The Mysterious Quartet, featuring Tim Hagans on trumpet, Steve Cardenas on guitar, Ben Allison on bass and Steve Smith on drums, will perform music by Thelonious Monk on October 7, 8 and 9 at the Birdland Theatre. This line-up of some of the world’s greatest jazz improvisers has a deep knowledge and appreciation of Monk’s compositions. The Misterioso Quartet will bring the music of Monk to 21st century.

The Thelonious Monk tribute line-up called four in one, will perform the music of Thelonious Monk at the Birdland Theater from October 13-16. Four In One will feature Jimmy Greene and Greg Osby on saxes, Paul Bollenback and Mitch Stein on guitars and Steve Smith on drums. This unique line-up will perform singular arrangements – and interpretations – of some of Monk’s best love compositions.

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