THE BEST IN LIVE JAZZ

BENNY REID
Friday, August 3
Alto sax player, keyboardist and vocalist, Benny Reid and his group are at The River Room this week. They’ll be playing the Kennedy Center in DC and then a tour of Japan. Some nights Benny swings with the Chico O’Farrill Big Band at Birdland.
ALEXIS COLE
Saturday, August 4
Winner of the 2007 Jazzmobile Vocal Competition, Alexis Cole is young singer with great dynamic feeling and a pitch perfect dark contralto voice that creates an immediate feeling of intimacy. Performing at least 3 months each year in Tokyo, her recordings receive airplay on jazz radio stations worldwide.
CHARENEE WADE
Friday & Saturday, August 10 & 11
Brooklyn native and River Room favorite, Charenee Wade has performed at the Festival du Riou, the Montreaux Jazz Festival, and the Ascona New Orleans Jazz Festival. She’s opened for Herbie Hancock, and sung at the Jazz Gallery and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Charenee appears regularly at The Zinc Bar and at other venues.
THE JONATHAN BATISTE BAND
FEATURING JENNIFER SANON
Friday & Saturday, August 17 & 18
Though still very young, these talented and appealing artists have an enviable list of accomplishments. Vocalist, Jennifer Sanon has won many awards and toured with Wynton Marsalis on whose next album she will be heard. New Orleans-born Jonathan Batiste started playing percussion at the age of 8 in the Batiste Brothers Band, switching to the piano at age 11. His first commercial as a singer was at age 9. Picked up the saxophone and bass in his spare time.
GREGORY PORTER AND SAM BARSH
Friday & Saturday, August 24 & 25
Appearing frequently on Broadway, national television and around the world, Gregory is especially well-known for his renditions of the music and life of Nat King Cole. This week, he performs with keyboardist, composer, producer/songwriter, Sam Barsh.
CHARENEE WADE
Friday, August 31
Brooklyn native and River Room favorite, Charenee Wade has performed at the Festival du Riou, the Montreaux Jazz Festival, and the Ascona New Orleans Jazz Festival. She’s opened for Herbie Hancock, and sung at the Jazz Gallery and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Charenee appears regularly at The Zinc Bar and at other venues.

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