Born and raised just outside of New York City, pianist Kris Tokarski was lucky enough to be exposed to classical music, jazz, and traditional Hungarian music from his family as a young child. Kris then attended and completed his bachelor’s degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston. While attending Berklee, he would make regular pilgrimages back to New York to study with bebop master Barry Harris.
In 2011, Tokarski moved to New Orleans to complete his master’s degree at the University of New Orleans’ jazz studies department, led by Ellis Marsalis Jr. Shortly after moving here to the “Cradle of Jazz,” he embraced the early piano traditions of the city as well as those of the early New York and Chicago masters. A keen interest in the music of Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson, Earl Hines and Teddy Wilson, combined with his bebop roots, allowed Tokarski to develop an all encompassing voice of his own, deeply rooted in the jazz piano tradition.
In addition to performing at many world class jazz festivals, Kris has shared the stage with acclaimed artists such as Jason Marsalis, Duke Heitger, Evan Christopher, Tim Laughlin, Andy Schumm, Connie Jones, Hal Smith, and many others. While he is recognized largely by traditional jazz lovers, he has also recorded and toured in the realm of popular music with pop band, the Squirrel Nut Zippers.
Today, Tokarski is a specialist in early jazz and ragtime piano styles based in New Orleans. He plays with Hal Smith‘s On the Levee Jazz Band, The Riverside Jazz Collective, his own trio and other groups.
Joins us tonight, as he presents the Kris Tokarski Trad Jazz All-Stars, featuring:
Kris Tokarski – piano
Tim Laughlin – clarinet
Andy Schumm – clarinet, cornet
Hal Smith – drums
Shows at 8pm & 10pm.
Doors at 7:00pm & 9:30pm.
Restaurant is Open 6pm – 10pm for dinner before or after your showtime:
Advance Ticket Holders can now automatically make dinner table reservations in the Dining Room online via OpenTable here!
Advance Ticket-Holders can also make table reservations for dinner by Emailing email@example.com after your tickets have been purchased online. All dinner table reservations must be attached to advance concert tickets. Dinner Service without advance concert tickets is first-come, first-served based on availability upon arrival.
Full Bar is Open 6pm – Midnight for all, on show nights, with or without tickets.
Kind Reminder: Snug Harbor does not serve food inside the Music Room. In order to preserve the integrity, quiet and focus of our world class intimate concerts, only cocktails and soft drinks are available for table service inside the Music Room. However, we encourage you to arrive 90 Minutes prior to your showtime in order to enjoy full, relaxing dinner service in the Dining Room right next door, before getting seated in the Music Room for the show. 8pm ticket holders can also enjoy dinner, dessert or appetizers after the show, with Dining Room seating only guaranteed by submitting your table request before 8pm.
As announced by the City of New Orleans, as of March 24th, Snug Harbor is no longer requiring valid proof of Covid vaccination or negative test for entry, and while masks are still suggested when not actively eating or drinking indoors, they are now optional for all. We are now seating at just under our regular audience capacity.
However, with our intimate venue’s regularly limited seating capacity, advance tickets are still strongly suggested in order to guarantee seats for this show.