Jazz at Lincoln Center
With pianist Donald Brown, bassist Ray Drummond, drummer Marvin “Smitty” Smith, and alto saxophonist Bobby Watson The aptly-named MVP Jazz Quartet features Donald Brown, Ray Drummond, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, and Bobby Watson. These renowned musicians have a lot of shared history, including having worked with legendary bandleader, mentor, and drummer Art Blakey (with the exception of Smith, himself a drummer). They have reunited as the powerhouse MVP Jazz Quartet to pay tribute to two of their favorite peers and Art Blakey cohorts: the late, great pianists and composers Mulgrew Miller and James Williams. The Quartet’s far-reaching repertoire includes original tunes by the band members, select pieces that Williams and Miller both played at different times in their respective careers, and some of Williams and Miller’s celebrated original compositions.