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Jerome Sabbagh Quartet | French Jazz Series

Part of French Jazz Series Live from New York!

From Left to Right: Jerome Sabbagh ©Vincent Soyez, Ben Monder, Joe Martin, Nasheet Waits.

On March 10, 2021, tune in to the second French Jazz Series@Smalls concert with the Jerome Sabbagh Quartet, featuring Nasheet Waits (drums), Joe Martin (bass), and Ben Monder (guitar).

French Jazz Series is a program of virtual concerts presented live on Facebook featuring world-class French and American jazz musicians at the legendary New York City venue, Smalls Jazz Club.

From February to June, tune in every second Wednesday of the month at 5pm EST on the Cultural Services of the French Embassy’s Facebook Page or at Smalls Jazz Club website & Facebook page.

This concert will also be aired by French radio TSFJazz on March 17th (TBC). Stay tuned!

Discover the full program here

Saxophonist and composer Jerome Sabbagh was born in Paris and has been living in New York since 1995. He strives for lyricism, directness, and tone in all of his musical pursuits. He has recorded six albums as an album leader: "The Turn" "Plugged In," "I Will Follow You," "One Two Three," "Pogo," and "North." The Jerome Sabbagh Quartet, as heard on the new "The Turn" (Sunnyside, 2014), "North," and "Pogo," features Ben Monder, Joe Martin, and Ted Poor. It focuses on original compositions. The Jerome Sabbagh Trio, as heard on "One Two Three" (Bee Jazz), features Ben Street and Rodney Green. It focuses on standards. "I Will Follow You" (Bee Jazz) is a freer project featuring European drum legend Daniel Humair and Ben Monder. Jerome Sabbagh co-directs a band with keyboardist Jozef Dumoulin, featuring electric bassist Patrice Blanchard and drummer Rudy Royston. Their record "Plugged In" came out on Bee Jazz in April 2012. Jerome Sabbagh also frequently performs duets with Danny Grissett.

Nasheet Waits, drummer/music educator, is a New York native. His interest in playing the drums was encouraged by his father, legendary percussionist Frederick Waits. While attending Long Island University (Bachelor of Arts and Music), Waits studied privately with renowned percussionist Michael Carvin. Carvin's tutelage provided a vast foundation upon which Waits added influences from his father, as well as his mentor Max Roach, who first gave Nasheet's formidable talent an international spotlight, hiring him as a member of the famed percussion ensemble M'BOOM. Nasheet's talent came to the attention of reedman Antonio Hart, who asked Waits to fill the percussion chair of his first quintet, for which he remained a standing member until 1998, recording three albums and touring nationally and internationally in noted venues and jazz festivals as well as on live television and radio performances. As an original member of pianist Jason Moran's Bandwagon, Nasheet, along with Jason and bassist Tarus Mateen, have been deemedthe most exciting rhythm section in jazz by JazzTimes. The 2001 recording Black Stars with the Bandwagon featuring Sam Rivers was named the Best CD of 2001 in (Jazz Times, Jan 2002) and The New York Times. 

Joe Martin is one of the most sought-after bassists in the current New York City jazz scene. Known for his warm sound, harmonic flexibility, and lyrical solos, he has performed on dozens of recordings as a sideman and has two critically acclaimed recordings as a leader, "Not By Chance" (Anzic) featuring Chris Potter, Brad Mehldau, Marcus Gilmore, and "Passage" (FSNT) which features Mark Turner, Kevin Hays, and Jorge Rossy. Continuous musical dialogue amongst great musicians is a major source of inspiration for Joe, and composition is another indispensable component of his musical world. 

A musician in the New York City area for over 30 years, Ben Monder has performed with a wide variety of artists, including Jack McDuff, Marc Johnson, Lee Konitz, Billy Childs, Andrew Cyrille, George Garzone, Paul Motian, Maria Schneider, and Marshall Crenshaw. He also contributed guitar parts to the last David Bowie album, "Blackstar". Ben conducts clinics and workshops around the world and has served on the faculties of the New England Conservatory, NYU, and the New School. He was the recipient of a Doris Duke Impact Award in 2014, and a Shifting Foundation grant in 2013. Ben continues to perform original music internationally in solo and trio settings, and in a long-standing duo project with vocalist Theo Bleckmann. He has appeared on over 200 albums as a sideman and has released 6 as a leader: Amorphae (ECM, 2015), Hydra (Sunnyside, 2013), Oceana (Sunnyside, 2005), Excavation (Arabesque, 2000), Dust (Arabesque, 1997), and Flux (Songlines,1995). 

This event is supported by FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.