Thursday, February 18, 2010

Thursday, Feb. 18
Rio Clemente … The Bernards Inn … it’s your Thursday night date night. The Inn is at 27 Mine Brook Road in Bernards. You can enjoy Rio from 7 p.m.- 10 p.m.

Shenole Latimer will appear in a special community outreach performance at the Secaucus Public Library at 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 19
It’s 40 miles away (according to my Mapquest), but Randy Brecker makes a good reason to travel anywhere – he’ll be at the Sellersville Theater 1894, at 24 West Temple Ave. in Sellersville, Pa.(it’s just a bit west of Doylestown). Curtain opens at 8 p.m.

The John Bianculli Trio and vocalist Jackie Jones are moving up to "The Jazzberry Patch" at the Classic Quiche Café, at 330 Queen Anne Road in Teaneck. There’s a $10 cover but it all goes to the band, which includes Jonathon Peretz on drums, and Nick Franciosa on sax.

Singer Francine Evans has hit on a great idea with the show she and her pianist/husband Joel Zelnik have arranged, “Girl Singers of the ‘50s.” They will perform the hits of such great performers as of Patti Page, Rosemary Clooney, Gogi Grant and Dinah Washington Friday at Mina's-On-The-Mountain, 140 Rifle Camp Road in Woodland Park (West Paterson). The restaurant has two shows scheduled, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., and 10 to 11 p.m. Call 973-279-7400 to make reservations.

Dick Gratton returns to Chambers Walk Café in Lawrenceville tonight, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Betty Liste and Bill Robinson are featured tonight for the Hibiscus Restaurant’s Jazz Friday show, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Dana Reedy Trio will perform at Lounge Zen, 254 DeGraw Ave. in Teaneck, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Feb. 19. There’s a $10 minimum; call 201-692-1002 to make your reservations.

Crossing Vineyards and Winery’s All That Jazz show will feature the Karen Rodriguez Latin Jazz Ensemble 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight at the vineyard at 53 Wrightstown Road, Washington Crossing, Pa. Call 215-493-6500 for more information.

Saturday, Feb. 20
Gregg Riley will be this week’s featured jazz disciple at the Candlelight Lounge, 24 Passaic St. in Trenton, today. Music starts at 3 p.m.

Jazz Master Kenny Barron will host a master class at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 36 South 8th St., Allentown, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for adults. Click here to get your tickets. The class will include Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts instructors Frank DiBussolo and Greg Eicher, and selected students.

Laura Hull will be at Ponte Vecchio at Murray Hill Inn in New Providence, starting at 6:30 p.m. Laura will be joined by guitarist John Hart and Jon Burr on bass.

The Darla Rich Quintet will be at the Hopewell Inn, 15 E. Broad St. in Hopewell, from 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

The John Bianculli Trio, with Earl Sauls on bass and Taro Okamoto on drums, will be at
New Brunswick’s STEAKHOUSE 85, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.


Sunday, Feb. 21
The Princeton University Jazz Vespers Ensemble will perform at University Chapel at 11 a.m. The concert is free, but it’s good to reserve tickets.

Rio Clemente will be playing at the Monmouth County Library in Manalapan from 2 p.m. 4 p.m.

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

Monday, Feb. 22
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, Feb. 23
Tomoko Ohno returns to the Hibiscus Restaurant Tuesday 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, Feb. 24
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 entertains at Libretti’s Restaurant, 554 Orange St. in Orange, at 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

Adrienne and Josh Hindmarsh will be at Paramus’ Chakra Lounge 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 25
Jim Popik and the JP3 will host a jazz jam at The Hopewell Bistro, part of the Hopewell Valley Inn at 15 E. Broad St. in Hopewell, starting at 8 p.m.

The Jazz Celebration Big Band will be back at the Temperance House in Newtown, Pa., playing 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Feb. 25.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Make a mighty wind to blow away the storm

There's a winter storm heading our way -- but let's hope it spares us: there's too many wonderful opportunities for great music.
Start with a special appearance by uber-bassist Michael Manring at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. Feb. 4. It's being presented The Folk Project, a non-profit organization promoting acoustic music in Northern New Jersey. Admission will be $20 at the door -- and if you've seen Manring play, you'll know he's worth it.


Advance tickets may be purchased before the show for $15 at www.folkproject.org. For further information, contact Pam Robinson at concerts@folkproject.org or 908-591-6491.

Thursday, Feb. 4

Rio Clemente will be at The Bernards Inn, 27 Mine Brook Road 7 p.m.- 10 p.m. tonight.

How about a rematch of Jazz vs. the Space Tiger? Head to BT Bistro on Route 1 in West Windsor for the opening round at 9 p.m. It’s an acid-jazz title fight …

Al Oliver and Gerry Groves will perform on sax and flute, respectively, at Nick’s Café 72, on West Upper Ferry Road in West Trenton, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

It’s Jazz Night at Princeton University’s Café Vivian, in the Frist Campus Center. Come out at 11:30 p.m. to hear the Princeton University Jazz Program. Anthony D.J. Branker will be directing.


Friday, Feb. 5
The John Bianculli Trio and vocalist Jackie Jones will be 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. The trio heads to Steakhouse 85 in New Brunswick tomorrow ...

Dick Gratton returns to Chambers Walk Café in Lawrenceville tonight, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Lauren Hooker is known for her arrangements of standards that utilize her three-octave range for best effect. Hear and see her at the Hibiscus Restaurant in the Morristown Inn, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Pam Purvis is headlining at the Hibiscus

The Franklin-Alison Jazz Quartet will be at the Salt Creek Grille from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 6
Jim Stewart will be this week’s featured jazz disciple at the Candlelight Lounge, 24 Passaic St. in Trenton, today. Music starts at 3 p.m.

Dick Gratton returns to Bordentown’s Farnsworth House, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Eryn Shewell will be at The Shoppes at the Arcade in Asbury Park at 6 p.m. Feb. 6. She’s coming to Small World Coffee in Princeton next week.

Lauren Hooker will perform at Lounge Zen, 254 DeGraw Ave. in Teaneck, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Feb .6
There’s a $10 minimum; call 201-692-1002 to make your reservations.

Black Diamond Jazz, the collaboration of guitarist James Popik, bass player Mark Amentt, and Kartikkeya on drums and percussion, will blend bebop, blues, Americana and World Jazz at Princeton’s Small World Coffee at 8:30 p.m. Small World calls it “Scofield meets Metheny meets Dharma” Jazz.

Sunday, Feb. 7
Pam Purvis, Bob Ackerman and Matt Chertkoff are at Cecil’s in West Orange at 5:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 8
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, Feb. 9
Sarah Jane Cion entertains at the Hibiscus Restaurant Tuesday 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, Feb. 10
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 entertains at Libretti’s Restaurant, 554 Orange St. in Orange, at 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Hindmarsh duo video

Adrienne and Josh Hindmarsh have been performing around New York and New Jersey, putting their spin on tghe Songbook's standards -- here's a video of them performing "Cheek to Cheek" they sent. If you like what you hear, catch them Friday at the Players Club in the city (from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), or at the Chakra Lounge (on Route 4 in Paramus) from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 10.

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