Friday, May 11th
8:00 PM and 9:30 PM
Barbara Sfraga & Center Search Quest: The Timelessness Project
Voicist Barbara Sfraga
CSQ's Bass Artisan Christopher Dean Sullivan and
Soundrhythium *Michael T.A. Thompson with
Keyboardist/Pianist/Vocalist Mala Waldron and Multi-Reedist Allen Won
Enzo's Jazz at The Jolly Hotel Madison Towers
22 East 38th Street (at Madison Avenue)
$15. cover charge, 1 drink min.
...these jazzicists are a cohesive group, both in terms of their own interplay and the ease in which they incorporate soul, funk, rap and adventurous modern jazz into the mix...the whole set has a soaring energy that is in keeping with its positive message music slant. ~ JAZZIZ MAGAZINE
Ms. Sfraga claims her quintet, Center Search Quest plays music without borders. Consider her background; church organist to rock- and-roll belter to jazz singer-writer-arranger. She has never met a genre she didn't like or couldn't assimilate...Bottom line: few fusion groups can compete with such jazz-oriented diversity. The trio of singers, singers, scat-savvy Sfraga, Mala Waldron (Mal's daughter) who doubles on keyboards, and Thompson doubling on percussion, bark out phrases with the bite of a brass section, and Barbara's soprano cuts through massed sonorities like a laser. ~ JAZZ TIMES MAGAZINE
...taking on the guise, the trappings, of a pop music approach, but with the sensibility of jazz artistry. And I think that that's something that is gonna make this album one of my favorites as the year winds down. ~ Neil Tesser, LISTEN HERE! RADIO
Cutting edge from start to finish, even when tackling some well known funk, this set of mostly group written originals succeeds in pushing the envelope in the tradition of the best progressive jazz in contemporary times no matter what freak flag it flies under. Anyone who's dug progressive jazz in the past has something new to look forward to. ~ MIDWEST RECORD RECAP
It is too smart" for smooth jazz and too funky for R&B jazz radio. Let's hope that someone sees the potential. ~ All About Jazz
Enzo's Jazz Room at The Jolly Hotel Madison Towers brings you the crme de la crme of the jazz world, offering a rare opportunity to catch top artists in a most intimate and elegant setting. Feast on the wonderful Italian cuisine or have a cocktail at the bar while you take in some of the finest music NYC has to offer!
The jazz room comes as a surprise amid all of this early 20th century sophistication - at once chummy and expansive, vibrant and sedate - yet the room swings. ~ Suzanne Lorge, All about Jazz
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