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Countdown 2013: John Coltrane Festival LIVE at SMOKE!

December 29, 2012

coltrane61John Coltrane’s music provides a reliable hook at Smoke this week and next, mostly with a band that features the tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander and the pianist Harold Mabern. On Friday they’ll join the alto saxophonist Steve Wilson in saluting Coltrane’s work with Cannonball Adderley; on Saturday and Sunday they’ll recreate the landmark album “Blue Train,” with help from the trombonist Steve Turre. On Monday, New Year’s Eve, they’ll add a singer, Vivian Sessoms, and on Tuesday they’ll address “My Favorite Things.” Then comes a shift change, on Wednesday and Thursday, when the tenor saxophonist Azar Lawrence leads his own band in a tribute to “A Love Supreme.” At 7, 9 and 10:30 p.m., (Monday at 6:30 and 9:45 p.m.), Smoke, 2751 Broadway, at 106th Street, (212) 864-6662,; $35 cover, special dinner packages on New Year’s Eve.

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