Thursday, May 7, 2009

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Your Augmented Ear calendar for the week ...

Thursday, May 7

Pianist Rio Clemente will be at the Bernards Inn on Route 202 in Bernardsville, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Princeton University Sinfonia will conclude its 2008—2009 season at 8 p.m. May 7 with the premiere of Princeton-area composer Laurie Altman’s jazz-influenced work In Another Time, as well as several orchestra favorites. The orchestra, conducted by Ruth Ochs, will be joined by Fuma Sacra, a professional vocal ensemble directed by Andrew Megill, guitarist Nate Radley, and the Princeton University Concert Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Anthony D.J. Branker. In Another Time was commissioned and supported by the Lewis Center for the Arts, the Princeton University Jazz Program, and the Princeton University Music Department. Tickets for the concert are $5 and seating is general admission. For tickets call 609-258-9220 or order online at

The Cornelia Street CafĂ© at 29 Cornelia St. in New York has a special ECM release event at 8:30 p.m. featuring Theo Bleckmann and the Ben Monder Duo and Cyminology. I had the pleasure of interviewing Cymin Samawatie of Cyminology for, as well as enjoy the band’s new ECM release “As Ney.” There’s a beautiful and compelling blend of harmonies in the compositions, which are spellbinding with Ms. Samawatie’s Farsi-language poetry. I’m hoping this band catches on – they’re talented and skilled, with an original sound.

Friday, May 8

Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair has the Houston Person Quartet tonight and tomorrow night. There’s a $20 cover and $12 minimum. Get details at

Guitarist Dick Gratton will be at the Chambers Walk Cafe on main Street in Lawrenceville, with sets at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

The Trenton Marriott at 1 West Lafayette, always features live jazz music from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. No cover.

Steakhouse 85 , 85 Church St., New Brunswick, has live jazz music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 9

Duane Eubanks will be at the Candlelight Lounge, 24 Passaic St., Trenton, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Princeton University Concert Jazz Ensemble will present “Celebrating Jazz at Princeton University: 35 Years and into the Future,” billed as “the beginning of a yearlong anniversary salute to the Princeton University Jazz Ensembles featuring Jazz Program Alumni.” The Concert Jazz Ensemble will perform the works of Herbie Hancock, Bob Brookmeyer, Ryan Kisor, Pat Metheny, and Freddie Hubbard while several alumni from the university jazz program will be spotlighted in small group settings including trumpeter Eli Asher; pianists Keigo Hirakawa, Julia Brav, and Vivek Mathew; saxophonist Ben Wasserman; bassists Julian Rosse, Dean Reynolds, and Dan Ryan; as well as the Klez Dispensers featuring Adrian Banner, Ben Holmes, Amy Zakar, and Audrey Welber. It’s set for Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $15 ($5 for students) and may be purchased at the Box Office in Alexander Hall. For more information, call 609-258-5000 or go to

McCarter Theater will feature Tiempo Libre and the Conga Kings at 8 p.m. The theater’s Webs ite says “The music of Tiempo Libre explodes in dance floor ecstasy, and the band is renowned for its incendiary performances of timba – that mix of high-voltage Latin jazz and the seductive rhythms of son. With two Grammy nominations already, Tiempo is the first authentic all-Cuban timba band in the USA.” Can you say, “Ticketes, por favor?” Click here to get your tickets.

Steakhouse 85 , 85 Church St., New Brunswick, has live jazz music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday, May 10

Salt Creek Grille in Forrestal Village has a jazz brunch, with live music, starting this weekend. The brunch is offered from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Dick Gratton makes his regular appearance at Hightstown's Sunday Jazz Brunch at Bistro Soleil, 173 Mercer St. Sets at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The Somerset Jazz Consortium hosts a jam session from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Sunday at PJ's Coffee on Raritan Avenue in Highland Park.

The Darla Rich Quartet will be appearing in the Starlight Room at the Hopewell Valley Inn on East Broad Street in Hopewell from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., part of the Inn’s Mother’s Day brunch. Call 609-466-9889 for reservations … then call mom.

The fifth annual Barn Dance to benefit the New Jersey Conservation Society will feature pianist Fred Miller, 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, at Brook Hollow Farm barn in Sergeantsville. Tickets are $100.

Monday, May 11

In case you forgot – you can still see Les Paul and his trio at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at the Iridium. What a legend!

Tuesday, May 12

Steakhouse 85, 85 Church St., New Brunswick, has live jazz music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Wednesday, May 13

Dick Gratton will perform for the Trenton Downtown Association - Wednesday on Warren event, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Warren Street between State and Front streets, in Trenton.

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