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For over a decade, Jazz Standard has been setting the standard—world-class jazz, warm hospitality, pitch-perfect sound, and award-winning Southern cuisine and barbecue in an intimate and comfortable environment. As one of the world's top jazz venues, Jazz Standard hosts both legendary artists of today and bright stars of tomorrow.

Mark Maynard-Parisi

Senior Managing Partner and Co-Founder


Mark Maynard-Parisi is the Senior Managing Partner of Blue Smoke, Jazz Standard, Blue Smoke on the Road and Porchlight. As the founding General Manager, Mark has led virtually every aspect of the restaurant and jazz club, helping to build them from concept to reality and overseeing operations. Together with Union Square Hospitality Group's CEO, Danny Meyer, Mark also conceptualized and designed Porchlight, a New York bar with a Southern accent. He is the co-founder of Jazz Standard's Jazz for Kids program, along with Seth Abramson and David O'Rourke.


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Seth Abramson

Artistic Director


Seth provides the artistic vision for the room and is the founding Artistic Director. Through his curatorial expertise in spotting talent, Jazz Standard has given many now well-established jazz artists their first major break in the NY market. A guitarist himself, Seth holds degree in music from NYU, and has worked in just about every aspect of the music business from publishing and record labels to agencies and management. As President and Founder of Rabbit Moon Productions, Inc., Seth continues to produce a number of music events and festivals, including the Oval Lawn Series in Madison Square Park, and served as the founding music director and producer for the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party for over a decade. He is a Grammy Award winning producer with multiple Grammy nominated recordings.

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Jean-Paul Bourgeois

Executive Chef


Growing up in the small town of Thibodaux, Louisiana, Chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois grew up surrounded by vibrant Southern cuisine. After a spell in St. Thomas, he worked at Maialino and Gramercy Terrace, eventually becoming Chef de Cuisine at the latter. He was named Executive Chef of Blue Smoke Enterprises in 2014.

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Grant Gardner

Manager


As Jazz Standard's manager, Grant is charged with ensuring that every guest's experience exceeds expectations. Before joining us, Grant spent four years at the Blue Note Jazz Club in a variety of roles including Director of Marketing & PR. Grant holds a Masters in Jazz Guitar and has done everything from bus tables to bartend along the way.

Photo by John Rogers

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Louis Armstrong