Event Calendar

Friday, January 18, 2019

All day
Before 1am
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor
Jazz Cafe: Sari Kessler & the John Wilmeth Trio
Jazz Cafe: Sari Kessler & the John Wilmeth Trio
Friday, January 18, 2019 -
7:00pm to 9:30pm
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

“a vital new voice” – Christopher Loudon, Jazztimes

“Pull up a chair and enjoy this musical journey." – Richard Kamins, Step Tempest

“Sari Kessler is a very talented…jazz singer.” -Anne Alex, Bebop Spoken Here

With her debut album Do Right released in 2016, Sari Kessler has quickly become a singular force in jazz, praised by critics for her recorded material and live performances alike. All About Jazz proclaimed her “a first-rate interpreter, (able) to tap into the marrow of a lyric and bring its essence to the foreground.” JazzTimes named her a “vital new voice,” stating, “Kessler maintains a welcome less-is-more approach that emphasizes the purity of her tone, with its enticing hint of duskiness, and the immaculate quality of her phrasing.”

Do Right has been getting great reviews and significant radio play all over the country and around the world, including the Jonathan Schwartz show and WBGO! A compelling storyteller and tasteful improviser, Sari exudes warmth and a joyful spirit both on and off the stage. She says, “I know my stories and I know myself. Being an effective jazz singer means finding myself in the lyric and investing each word with meaning.”

Sari has appeared at such leading venues and festivals as The Blue Note, Jazz at Kitano, Cornelia Street Café, Minton’s, 55 Bar, Jazz on the Plaza, Shelter Island Jazzfest, and LI Winterfest. She has shared the stage with the legendary talents of Houston Person, Gene Bertoncini, Phoebe Snow, and many others.

Join Sari on an exciting musical journey of jazz, soul, and originals as she celebrates her debut at the Jazz Café at Ethical. See www.sarikessler.com for more information.

Following our featured artist is the Open Mic hour. Sign up to perform, sit back and enjoy, and get up and dance if the spirit moves you!

The Jazz Café is curated by John Wilmeth and Steph Walker. Music Director pianist John Wilmeth is a multi-instrumentalist with experience in many genres. He has worked with the likes of Jerry Garcia, Boz Scaggs, Al Jarreau, James Moody, and Jon Hendricks.  Open Mic Emcee Steph Walker is a singer of many genres, and a poet, and has performed at such popular jazz venues as Silvana’s, Flute Bar, The Metropolitan Room, and The Triad. 

The John Wilmeth Jazz Trio includes Dave Meade, renowned drummer/percussionist.  He has worked with a wide spectrum of artists and musicians, including Nancy Wilson, Keely Smith, and Tony award winning singers Leslie Uggams, Paulo Szot, and Diahann Carroll. Meade has toured with Aretha Franklin, The Mamas and the Papas, and the Arturo O’Farrill Afro Cuban Orchestra, to highlight a few.  Back in the day, Dave played nightly at the world-famous Rainbow Room.  Bassist Ratzo Harris, a Thelonious Monk Competition semi-finalist, has worked with such musicians as Les Paul, Charles Lloyd, and Betty Carter.  “Ratzo Harris plays bass that's living root and steel girder.” (blogcritics).