Thursday, January 21, 2010

Jazz socials and fundraisers

There are some special events this weekend -- check Friday night's Princeton High School Big Band Dance fundraiser, and Sunday's New Jersey Jazz Society social.

Thursday, Jan. 21
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. 22
The Princeton High School Studio Band and Jazz Ensemble will put the swing in a fundraising Big Band Dance, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at PHS. The Studio Band will be performing in Carnegie Hall March 5, so catch them before they hit the big time. Funds raised will be used to support the school’s musical education programs and band travel. Ticket are $6 for adults; $4 for students and seniors. Food and beverages will be available for sale. Click here for more information.

The John Bianculli Trio adds vocalist Jackie Jones and drummer Jonathon Peretz for tonight’s entertainment at
Christopher’s at the Heldrich Hotel, 10 Livingston Ave. in New Brunswick. There’s no cover for the music, offered 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.

Rio Clemente has a one-man engagement at the Watchung Art Center at 8 p.m.
Tomorrow, he’s at the Milton United Methodist Church at 4 p.m. for a solo concert, followed by a light meal – call 973-697-2120 for reservations or more information.

It’s a match for the ages: Jazz Vs. Space Tiger, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Beanwood Coffee Shop, 222 Farnsworth Ave. in Bordentown. I think jazz wins ...

Jane Stuart will be singing at the Hibiscus Restaurant in the Morristown Inn, playing from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Jim Lapidus steps in at Steakhouse 85 in New Brunswick.

Saturday, Jan. 23
Innovative trumpeter John Swana will blow minds and his trumpet at the Candlelight Lounge, 24 Passaic St. in Trenton, for the Jazz Disciples. Music starts at 3 p.m.

Dick Gratton is heading down Route 206 today, for a gig at Bordentown’s Farnsworth House, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 24
Love jazz music? Why not share your affections with like-minded folk: head to Shanghai Jazz today at 3 p.m. for the New Jersey Jazz Society Social. You can meet lots of fellow jazzbos, and enjoy Jerry Bruno and Bucky Pizzarelli. There’s a $10 food or beverage minimum at Shanghai Jazz, and a $10 admission if you’re not a member of NJJS (but you can click here and take care of that).

The Eric Olsen Trio will perform at the Bernardsville Public Library at 3 p.m., part of the “Sundays at Three” series funded by the Friends of the Bernardsville Public Library. Doors open at 2:45 p.m., and light refreshments will be served at intermission. No sign-up is needed.

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

Monday, Jan. 25
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. 26
Pianist Tomoko Ohno has a lot going on these days – she’s a regular featured artists at Trumpets Jazz Club, and a member of the DIVA Jazz Orchestra. Tuesday, she’ll be at the Hibiscus Restaurant from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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. 27
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.

Patty Cronheim is back at Princeton’s Mediterra Restaurant, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Coming up ...
You can catch the David Sanborn Quartet, with Joey DeFrancesco, at the South Orange Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Jan. 28 – if you reserve your tickets.

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