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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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  • 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…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: Al Foster’s “Inspirations & Dedications” on Smoke Sessions Records - AVAILABLE NOW via Smoke Sessions Records Legendary Drummer Al Foster Pays Tribute and Offers Thanks To Loved Ones and Mentors Like Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis on Heartfelt New Album Inspirations & Dedications Features a Superb Quintet with Jeremy Pelt, Dayna Stephens, Adam Birnbaum and Doug Weiss Inspiration comes from many sources. For legendary drummer Al Foster,…
  • Smoke Sessions Records Celebrates Jazz Masters in 2019 - Smoke Sessions Records Celebrates Jazz Masters in 2019 Forthcoming Releases from George Coleman, Nicholas Payton, and Gary Bartz/Vincent Herring/Bobby Watson 2019 has marked a momentous year for the New York’s Smoke Sessions Records. As the young label continues to grow, they’ve not only expanded their roster but continued to produce high quality recordings featuring some of…
  • Jimmy Cobb | “This I Dig Of You” | Available August 16 via Smoke Sessions Records - Iconic Drummer Jimmy Cobb, at 90 Years Old and as Vital as Ever, Releases His New Album This I Dig of You, Featuring his Rich, Classic Swing Longtime Miles Davis Collaborator is Last Surviving Player from Momentous 1959 Album, Kind of Blue Available August 16 on Smoke Sessions Records on the 60th Anniversary of the Historic Miles…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: Mary Stallings’ “Songs Were Made to Sing” via Smoke Sessions Records - AVAILABLE NOW on Smoke Sessions Records Vocalist Mary Stallings Reflects on 80 Years of Life in Music on Songs Were Made To Sing Acclaimed Singer Tells Her Personal Story Through 13 Classics with Stellar Band Featuring David Hazeltine and Eddie Henderson Not a single lyric on Songs Were Made To Sing was written by Mary Stallings, but each…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: Eric Reed’s “Everybody Gets the Blues” - Available Now on Smoke Sessions Records Eric Reed Finds Solace in Shared Experience on Everybody Gets the Blues, Reimagining the Music of Cedar Walton, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, John Coltrane and Freddie Hubbard Veteran Pianist Reaches New Heights in his Lifelong Pursuit to Revitalize the Gospel Roots Intrinsic to Jazz Whenever problems arise, it’s always…
  • Al Foster | “Inspirations & Dedications” | Available June 28 via Smoke Sessions Records - Legendary Drummer Al Foster Pays Tribute and Offers Thanks To Loved Ones and Mentors Like Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis on Heartfelt New Album Inspirations & Dedications Album Due Out June 28 on Smoke Sessions Records; Features a Superb Quintet with Jeremy Pelt, Dayna Stephens, Adam Birnbaum and Doug Weiss Inspiration comes from many sources. For…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: Steve Davis’ “Correlations” - AVAILABLE NOW on Smoke Sessions Records Master Trombonist Steve Davis Debuts Powerhouse New Sextet on Correlations New Album Features Stellar Lineup Including Wayne Escoffery, Joshua Bruneau, Xavier Davis, Dezron Douglas and Jonathan Barber Album Release Performances March 7-9 at Smoke Jazz & Supper Club One of the most acclaimed trombonists of his generation, Steve Davis has been a…
  • Mary Stallings | “Songs Were Made To Sing” | Available May 17 via Smoke Sessions Records - Vocalist Mary Stallings Reflects on a Life in Music on Songs Were Made To Sing, Available May 17 on Smoke Sessions Records Acclaimed Singer Tells Her Personal Story Through 13 Classics with Stellar Band Featuring David Hazeltine and Eddie Henderson New York Release Performances at Smoke Jazz & Supper Club: May 16 – 18 Not…

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