Friday, October 16, 2009

Cold winds and hot trumpeters blowing

What's October without a change of seasons? Central Jersey always has lots of hot jazz, thanks to our local musicians and venues.

Friday, Oct. 16
Jim Popik brings his Black Diamond Jazz group to the Looking Glass Pond Studio on Alexander Road in Princeton, tonight at 8 p.m.

The Eric Mintel Jazz Quartet will entertain the Arts Council of Princeton at the Robeson Center, 102 Witherspoon St., at 8 p.m. Oct. 16. Mintel promises to feature Dave Brubeck’s music. Tickets are $15 – go to or call 609-924-8777.

The Marriott in Trenton, 1 West Lafayette, will have live jazz from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 17
Darla Rich and her Quintet return to the Hopewell Inn for shows at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 17.

Laura Hull will be at Ponte Vecchio at Murray Hill Inn, New Providence, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17. She joins Rio Clemente at the Mahwah Library, 100 Ridge Road, at 2 p.m. Sunday. Call 201-529-2183 for information, or check the Web site

NYC-based guitarist Sten Hostfalt will be at Garwood's Crossroads, 78 North Ave., tonight at 10 p.m. Don't know him? Read his bio here

Trumpeter Jean Caze will brave our cold weekend to join Trenton's Jazz Disciples 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Candlelight Lounge, 24 Passaic St.

The Princeton University Concert Jazz Ensemble will present "The Voice of the Jazz Composer: The Music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn" at 8 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall on campus. Admission is $15 general public, $5 students. Call 609-258-9220 or order online at

The John Bianculli Jazz Trio performs at 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays nights at Makeda Ethiopian Restaurant, 338 George St., New Brunswick.

Sunday, Oct. 18
The Princeton University Jazz Vespers Ensemble will perform in University Chapel at 11 a.m Oct. 18. Free admission.

Laura Hull and Rio Clemente will warm the rooms at the Mahwah Library, 100 Ridge Road, at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Jerry Rife and the Rhythm Kings will perform at Princeton’s Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 50 Cherry Hill Road, at 3 p.m. Oct. 18. Tickets are $15 at the door.

The Somerset Jazz Consortium jam session at PJ's Coffee on Raritan Avenue in Highland Park is a great place to meet musicians – or join the band. They play from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Sunday.

Monday, Oct. 19
Jim Jasion and His Jazz (the Somerset Jazz Consortium Horn Squad) will be at Home Town Buffet, 561 US Highway 1, Edison, beginning at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 20
The Somerset Jazz Consortium jam session lead by Jim Jasion has moved to the Subterranean Recording Studios in Edison. Call Jim if you’re interested in joining -- 732-325-7464.

Wednesday, Oct. 21
The Somerset Jazz Consortium Second Generation Band will be at Home Town Buffet on Route 1 in Edison, beginning at 6 p.m.

Vocalist Margie Notte lights up Libretti’s Restaurant, 554 Orange St. in Orange, at 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

Thursday, Oct. 22
John Henry Goldman and his friends have a standing Thursday night at Looking Glass Studio, 800 Alexander Road in Princeton. Come and listen at 6:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m. or 8:45 p.m. The suggested donation of $5 helps defray some of the expenses at the studio. Send John a note if you need more info:, or call 609-610-1655. If Thursday nights aren’t good for you, check out his Saturday night gig.

Rio Clemente is at the Bernards Inn tonight from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Morristown’s Hibiscus tomorrow night.

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