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Buster Williams at Smoke

Buster Williams (from Bass Musician Magazine)

I’ve written about how much I love Smoke, the relative newcomer to the club scene at the lower edge of Harlem, but I just want to reiterate what a fabulous job I think they do not only of being a first-rate venue to see live music, but what great acts they bring through.

Take, for instance, this Friday/Saturday night (May 4th & 5th). The indomitable jazz bassist, Mr. Buster Williams will be in residence with his “Spanish Sun-Flamenco Rising” outfit, exploring the intersections of jazz & flamenco. 12-count rhythms, harmonic exploration and soaring Latin melodies all find their way into this fabulous group. Williams is joined by Mark Gross, Adam del Monte, George Colligan, David Silliman & Gonzalo Grau.

For ticket & concert information see the venue website. The cover charge is a little steep, so we recommend dining out and taking in the late show. Here’s a great video from 1987 of Williams with Herbie Hancock and Al Foster: