Thursday, January 14, 2010

A great weekend for fans of guitar jazz

This weekend is full of great events, including several noteworthy guitarists in the area: B.D. Lenz, Frank Vignola and Joshua Breakstone are performing in Central Jersey, along with local favorites like Dick Gratton. It's a six-string spectacular.

Thursday, Jan. 14
The Eric Mintel Quartet will perform 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Thursday night through January at Mediterra, on Hulfish Street in Princeton.

Rio Clemente is back at The Bernards Inn, 27 Mine Brook Road 7 p.m.- 10 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 15
Catch The John Bianculli Trio, with Tom Baker on drums, and Jed Levy on sax, at Steakhouse 85, 85 Church St. in New Brunswick. There’s no cover charge, but help show support for the band by enjoying some food and drinks while there.

Pat Tandy and her trio will be at
Christopher’s at the Heldrich Hotel, 10 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, from 8:30 p.m. to midnight.

Dick Gratton returns to the Chambers Walk CafĂ© in Lawrenceville, playing from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. He’ll head to the Farnsworth House in Bordentown, Jan. 9.

Hopewell Valley Vineyards will feature music by Jersey Jazz – David Berends, Lance Sulton, Rich Saborsky from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Steve Lynn Group will be at the Beanwood Coffee Shop, 222 Farnsworth Ave. in Bordentown.

B.D. Lenz is bringing his guitar and band to the Hibiscus Restaurant in the Morristown Inn, playing from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

If you’re in Morristown, you can also catch The Frank Vignola Trio playing 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road. Adults’ admission is $7; children 12 and under, free – teach your children well. For more information, call 973-335-9489 or go to

Jim Lapidus steps in at Steakhouse 85 in New Brunswick.

They call Francine Evans “Lady Sinatra” and if you want to know why, catch her with Joel Zelnik from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m., at Marcello’s Ristorante at 8 Lafayette Ave. in Suffern, N.Y.

The Eric Mintel Quartet moves to the Crossing Vineyard and Winery in Washington Crossing, Pa., for an 8 p.m.-to-10 p.m. gig.

Drivetime will perform at New Hope’s Triumph Brewery, 500 Union Sq. at 10 p.m. Admission is $5.

Saturday, Jan. 16
The Darla Rich Quintet is back at the Hopewell Inn, playing from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Joshua Breakstone will be picking in the Candlelight Lounge, 24 Passaic St. in Trenton, with Trenton’s Jazz Disciples. Music starts at 3 p.m.

Laura Hull returns to Ponte Vecchio at Murray Hill Inn New Providence.

It’s Jazz in Bridgewater … at the Somerset County Vo-Tech, with Joe Midiri and the Midiri Brothers Orchestra’s tribute to Benny Goodman, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. The school is at 14 Vogt Dr. in Bridgewater; tickets are $25 – check here for information on how to get them.

Sunday, Jan. 17
Pam Purvis, Bob Ackerman and Matt Chertkoff are at Cecil’s in West Orange at 5:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 18
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, Jan. 19
It’s the Franklin-Alison Jazz Quartet at The Witherspoon Grill, 57 Witherspoon St., Princeton, tonight. They’ll play from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Ted Brancato will be at the Hibiscus Restaurant from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight.

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, Jan. 20

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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