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After surviving for almost 15 years in the white-knuckle world of running a New York City jazz club, Smoke co-owners Frank Christopher and Paul Stache decided that they were up for yet another daunting challenge, starting a jazz record label. Awed and inspired over the years by the music all around them, it was their dream to document and share it beyond the limited seats of the club. In the spring of 2013, they quit dreaming and instead recruited their friend Damon Smith to help turn the dream into a reality, Smoke Sessions Records.

The label’s initial focus is on the music and musicians associated with the club. Guided by the golden age of independent jazz labels like Blue Note, Prestige, and Riverside, Smoke Sessions’ ambitious plans are to release 10 to 20 new titles annually with 9 scheduled (one per month) through September 2014 and another full slate arriving starting again in January 2015. The first four titles are Harold Mabern‘s Right on Time (available now), Vincent Herring‘s The Uptown Shuffle (available now), Javon Jackson’s Expression (available now) and David Hazeltine‘s For All We Know (available April 8). Also arriving in 2014 are new titles from Louis Hayes, Jimmy Cobb, Cyrus Chestnut, Orrin Evans, and Eric Reed. Initially, the label planned to record live performances at Smoke exclusively, but future titles starting this year will also include studio sessions.

All Smoke Sessions releases are produced using vintage techniques and audio paths – i.e.; Rupert Neve-designed mixing consoles (Amek-Angela), Studer mastering decks, and Manley tube equalization – in combination with modern high definition recording techniques. Label co-founder Stache records the sessions then works closely with GRAMMY® Award-winner Roman Klun to mix and master them. Each releases features original photography by Jimmy Katz, as well as an original 2,000-word artist interview. The limited edition 200-gram audiophile collection was mastered for vinyl by celebrated engineer Kevin Gray and includes a classic “tip-on style” gatefold record jacket. Smoke Sessions titles are available on deluxe compact disc albums and as high resolution digital downloads; a 200gram audiophile vinyl compilation celebrating the first four releases is also available.

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  • Bobby Watson | “Keepin’ It Real” | Available June 26 via Smoke Sessions Records - Saxophonist/Composer Bobby Watson Convenes New Incarnation of His Horizon Quintet to Inaugurate Thrilling New Chapter in his Musical Life  Keepin’ It Real, Available June 26 on Smoke Sessions Records Features Trumpeters Josh Evans and Giveton Gelin, Bassist Curtis Lundy, Pianist Victor Gould and Drummer Victor Jones as New Horizon, Furthering the Legacy of Art Blakey’s…
  • Orrin Evans And The Captain Black Big Band | “The Intangible Between” | Available May 1 via Smoke Session Records - Pianist/Bandleader Orrin Evans Gathers Together His Close-Knit Village For The Spirited, Celebratory Fourth Album by the GRAMMY® Award-nominated Captain Black Big Band The Intangible Between, Due Out May 1 via Smoke Sessions Records If it takes a village to raise a child, as the proverb says, then it certainly takes at least that much to…
  • Harold Mabern | “Mabern Plays Mabern” | Available March 20 via Smoke Sessions Records - Mabern Plays Mabern: The Late Great Harold Mabern Performs His Classic Repertoire Available March 20 via Smoke Sessions Records Performances Feature Vincent Herring, Eric Alexander, Steve Davis, John Webber, and Joe Farnsworth It is with a mixture of pride and sorrow that Smoke Sessions Records announces the release of Harold Mabern’s Mabern Plays Mabern on March 20th. Pride because Mabern’s…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: Vincent Herring, Bobby Watson, Gary Bartz | “Bird at 100” via Smoke Sessions Records - AVAILABLE NOW on Smoke Sessions Records Vincent Herring, Bobby Watson, and Gary Bartz Collaborate to Honor and Extol the Great Charlie Parker in Anticipation of His 100th Birthday on Bird at 100 Album Celebrates the Centenary of the Jazz Icon Live with Compositions Written or Performed by Charlie Parker and Several Pieces Penned in Tribute to…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: Nicholas Payton’s “Relaxin’ With Nick” on Smoke Sessions Records - AVAILABLE NOW via Smoke Sessions Records: Acclaimed Trumpeter, Keyboardist and Composer Nicholas Payton Takes to the Stage of Smoke Jazz & Supper Club for Scintillating Live Date Live Double Disc Set, Relaxin’ with Nick, features Renowned Rhythm Section: Peter Washington and Kenny Washington Album Release Performances October 31 – November 4 at New York City’s Smoke Jazz…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: George Coleman’s “The Quartet” on Smoke Sessions Records - AVAILABLE NOW via Smoke Sessions Records Tenor Saxophone Legend George Coleman Finally Leads Longstanding Group into the Studio on Majestic New Album, Showcasing Two Decades of Scintillating Chemistry The Quartet  Teams the NEA Jazz Master with Harold Mabern, John Webber & Joe Farnsworth Album Release Performances October 17 – 20 at Smoke Jazz and Supper…
  • Vincent Herring, Bobby Watson, Gary Bartz | “Bird at 100” on Smoke Sessions Records - Vincent Herring, Bobby Watson, and Gary Bartz Collaborate to Honor and Extol the Great Charlie Parker in Anticipation of His 100th Birthday Bird at 100, Due Out November 29 on Smoke Session Records Album Celebrates the Centenary of the Jazz Icon Live with Compositions Written or Performed by Charlie Parker and Several Pieces Penned in…
  • Nicholas Payton | “Relaxin’ with Nick” on Smoke Sessions Records - Acclaimed Trumpeter, Keyboardist & Composer Nicholas Payton Takes to the Stage of Smoke Jazz & Supper Club for a Scintillating Live Date with the Renowned Rhythm Section Peter Washington and Kenny Washington Live Double Disc Set, Relaxin’ with Nick, Available October 25 via Smoke Sessions Records Nicholas Payton has evolved a singular approach to live performance,…
  • Nicholas Payton | “Relaxin’ With Nick” | Available October 25 via Smoke Sessions Records - Acclaimed Trumpeter, Keyboardist and Composer Nicholas Payton Takes to the Stage of Smoke Jazz & Supper Club for a Scintillating Live Double-Disc Set: Relaxin’ With Nick Performance Features Payton’s Innovative Approach to Live Performance, Accompanying His Trumpet Mastery with His Own Accompaniment on Piano and Fender Rhodes and Renowned Rhythm Section of Peter Washington and Kenny…
  • George Coleman | “The Quartet” | Available September 27 via Smoke Sessions Records - Tenor Saxophone Legend George Coleman Finally Leads Longstanding Group into the Studio on Majestic New Album, Showcasing Two Decades of Scintillating Chemistry The Quartet, out September 27 via Smoke Sessions Records, Teams the NEA Jazz Master with Harold Mabern, John Webber & Joe Farnsworth NEA Jazz Master George Coleman has been involved with notable bands throughout his…

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