Thursday, October 22, 2009

Jazz for a cause -- or just because

More Jersey jazzbos are back at work this week, with gigs galore to enjoy.
Thursday, Oct. 22
Celebrate big band music – get out to the Temperance House, at 5 S. State St. in Newtown, Pa., and enjoy the 17-piece Jazz Celebration Big Band, playing from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. It’s always a good idea to call ahead for reservations at the Temperance House – 215-860-9975.

If you’ve got an appetite for Latin jazz, catch Karen Rodriguez at the Salt Creek Grille in Forrestal Village tonight and Saturday night, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Vinnie Rome entertains at Limelight, 812 N. Easton Road in Doylestown, this weekend, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. nightly.

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.

Friday, Oct. 23
Brian Pastor takes his big band to Philadelphia’s Devon Theater for a show at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 ...

Catch some funked-up jazz and swing by The Franklin-Alison Jazz Combo at the BT Bistro, 3499 Route 1 S., West Windsor, at 7 p.m., 609-919-9403
Jazz, blue, swing, and funk.

Eric Mintel will be at the Salt Creek Grille in Forrestal Village tonight. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The John Bianculli Trio with Jackie Jones moves to Christopher's in the Heldrich Hotel, 10 Livingston Ave. in New Brunswick, for a show at 8:30 p.m.

Jerry Vivino, of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, will be “Walking with the Wazmo” tonight at Shanghai Jazz. Check here for times and seatings.
The Marriott in Trenton, 1 West Lafayette, will have live jazz from 5:30
p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 24
Joe Ford is this week’s featured disciple at Trenton’s Jazz Disciples, meeting at 3 p.m. in the Candlelight Lounge, 24 Passaic St.

Pam Purvis will participate in a fundraising concert from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Stanley Congregational Church in Chatham’s Cornerstone Café. She’ll be working with organist Pat Bianchi (you could call him an understudy of Joey DeFrancesco) and drummer Noel Sagerman. Proceeds from the $15 tickets will be donated to area charities. The church is at 94 Pairmount Ave.

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

Saxman Tom Tallitsch returns to Small World Coffee in Princeton at 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 25
Jerry Topinka headlines today’s Jazz Brunch at the Salt Creek Grille 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pam Purvis has a standing gig at Cecil’s Jazz Party from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Sunday. She’ll be alongside Bob Ackerman and Matt Chertkoff.
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. 26
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. 27
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. 28
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.

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