This week we begin a new cycle of featured tunes for our six meetings through March 3, 2019. I’ve selected tunes from two themes: Miles Davis tunes and Coltrane “ballads.” The Miles tunes will be the “easy” tunes of each week, if you can call them that. They’re songs that many jazz players learn relatively early in their studies because they’re pretty basic in harmonic terms. More challenging are the Coltrane “ballads.” These are very pretty, more harmonically complex standards that Trane recorded on various albums OTHER THAN his famous Ballads record of 1963. In addition to being very pretty, they’re also very fun to play. Check out our schedule page on the website for the full list of featured tunes through March 3.

For the December 16 jam, we’ll do “Four” from Miles’s Workin’ album and “Imagination.” The house band will be composed of the very capable Paul Dietrich (tpt), Paul Muench (pno), John Schaffer (bs), and Rodrigo Villanueva (dr). We’ll see you at North Street Cabaret on the 16th.