ScoBar Entertainment presents Bill Warfield
and Nicole Henry
, at the Iridium Jazz Club on Tuesday, April 19th, 2016.
These two talented artist join forces to present an exciting evening of jazz/funk arrangements, written by Bill, exclusively for this special union of music. Come and groove to the soul stirring sounds of Warfield and Henry!
Bill Warfield, since his 1988 opus, the New York City Jazz, trumpeter-composer-arranger has been widely known as a dyed-in- the-wool big band guy culminating in last year’s Trumpet Story
, with special guest Randy Brecker
This time out, Warfield had something completely different in mind. As he explained, “The original idea was to do a mid ‘60s Miles kind of thing, and as I got more into it and started thinking about it, my roots are really in rhythm ‘n’ blues. All the bands I played in growing up in Baltimore
were Motown bands and funk bands and Atlantic Starr kinds of bands.
Baltimore is like the Oakland
of the East Coast in that regard. That funky side of things is well represented on this project dubbed The Hell’s Kitchen Funk Orchestra
by their intrepid leader, who resides in the Hell’s Kitchen section of Manhattan. But to call it just a funk band is far too limiting for this remarkably versatile outfit. Indeed, few other bands have the wherewithal to go from Joe Zawinul
to Fats Waller
, Snarky Puppy
in a single record.
Warfield has released nine previous albums leading his own ensembles and has appeared in the horn sections of numerous other albums, including two by the acclaimed Bill Kirchner
Nonet. Over the years he has performed with such artists as Ornette Coleman
, Mel Torme
, Mel Lewis
, David Liebman
and Sonny Stitt
. He received a commission from the Spanish government to arrange and produce “Hollywood Jazz” for the 1992 Olympics in that country, and has also been commissioned by the Berlin Radio Orchestra and the US Air Force “Airmen Of Note.”
In addition, Warfield is the founder and director of the New York Jazz Repertory Orchestra as well as its offshoot, the New York Jazz Octet, and also the Lehigh Valley Jazz Repertory.
Nicole Henry has established herself as one of the jazz world’s most acclaimed vocalists, possessing a potent combination of dynamic vocal abilities, impeccable phrasing, and powerful emotional resonance. Her passionate, soulful voice and heart-felt charisma has earned her a 2013 Soul Train Award for “Best Traditional Jazz Performance,” three Top-10 U.S. Billboard and HMV Japan jazz albums. Heralded by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Japan Times, El Pais, Jazz Times, Essence and more, Ms. Henry tells real stories through repertoire from the American Songbook, classic and contemporary jazz, contemporary standards, blues and originals.
She has captivated audiences in over 15 countries, headlining at venues in cities including New York, Tokyo
, Los Angeles
, San Francisco
. Ms. Henry has also performed in more than 30 music festivals worldwide and in some of the world’s most famous venues including Blue Note, NYC; Jazz at Lincoln Center; Blues Alley; Arsht Center; Feinstein’s; Green Mill; Madrid Jazz Festival; the Regattabar; and Catalina Jazz.
What the critics have said: “There’s plenty for jazz and funk fans to savor here, and Warfield’s Hell’s Kitchen Funk Orchestra delivers a tasty meal for the ears.” Bill Milkowski, contributor to Down Beat & Jazziz. “Vocalist Nicole Henry pleasingly brings together a range of styles smooth and mainstream jazz, along with pop and gospel.” All About Jazz
Come and spend this special evening with two of the Best talents in the field of Jazz as they join forces: Bill Warfield and the Hell’s Kitchen Jazz Orchestra featuring Nicole Henry.