enrico granafei 07/24/2014: Enrico Granafei Trio with special guest from Italy, Renato Pompilio on guitar following networking event!

6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Cool Down with Jazz
Networking event sponsored by the
North Essex Chamber of Commerce
Women to Women
Women to Women provides opportunities for the professional women of our area to learn from each other in a supportive, interactive environment

   Men & Women welcome

This event is open to members of the public, in particular to women who are interested in networking and in forming new business associations.
This event is open to members of the public, in particular to women who are interested in networking and in forming new business associations.

Cash Bar

2 sets: 7:30 p.m. & 9:00 p.m 
$10 pp music    $7 pp minimum

Straight-ahead Jazz, Brazilian music & originals

Enrico Granafei-chromatic harmonica, guitar & voice
Renato Pompilio-guitarist from

Enrico Granafei has a long history of musical experience which encompasses both Classical Music and Jazz. Enrico received a degree in classical guitar from the Conservatory of l’Aquila in Italy in 1976. His artistic career started in Rome where he soon became known in the musical community. n the early 1980s  Enrico started to broaden his horizons by discovering Jazz through the harmonica. 

Following in the tradition of the legendary Toots Thielemans, he began to explore new possibilities for the harmonica, an instrument too often associated solely with Rock and Blues. Besides playing in the best jazz clubs in Italy during that period, Enrico performed regularly on national television where he was a member of the Pippo Caruso orchestra. His love for Jazz led him to New York City, the world capital of Jazz, where he soon started to perform in local jazz clubs, including The Blue Note, Birdland, Visiones, Angry Squire, and the Bottom Line. In 1992 Enrico graduated with a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, where he was the only student of Toots Thielemans. Since 1999 Enrico has been the owner and musical director of the prestigious Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair, New Jersey (USA), the most important Jazz venue in the state. He continues to perform regularly at Trumpets and at other important jazz venues throughout the United States, as well as to record as a leader and sideman. Now living in New Jersey, Enrico  frequently returns to his native Europe as a featured performer  in major European Festivals, including Pori Jazz Festival (Finland), Euromeet Jazz Festival (Italy), Jazz Festivals throughout Italy and France, and major clubs throughout Europe.He is one of the most respected players of the Chromatic Harmonica in the world today and continues to cultivate an audience for the instrument through his international performances. Enrico’s latest accomplishment is his work on Hands-Free-Chromatic Harmonica. The revolutionary instrument invented by Vern Smith allows him to play Chromatic Harmonica and Guitar at the same time, something that nobody has ever done before in Jazz. Close your eyes and you will hear two or three musicians but in fact it’s only one.


Guitarist, session man and composer, Renato Pompilio is specialized in executions with the classical guitar  ranging from classical music to jazz, ethnic Brazilian and Flamenco music. In 1972 he starts his professional career as a session man on a tour around Europe. He then moves to Brazil for a year to deepen his knowledge of the music language. Since then he has been working with musicians and composers of worldwide renown. He has also attended to and given several lectures and played in important festivals, in which worldwide famous guests like: Miles Davis, Michel Camillo, Marcel Dadi, Elise Witt took part.

John Gatti 07/25/2014: John Gatti Trio

2 sets: 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.
$15pp music charge $12 pp minimum

John Gatti-piano, organ
Jeff Gellis-electric bass
Robert “Bobby” De Caro-drums
A musician, composer and arranger for over three decades, John Gatti has played with groups Truth, The Good Rats, and Grover Kemble and ZaZuZaz. Proficient on piano, organ and harmonica, as well as synthesized music through full orchestration, John is also an accomplished saxophone, clarinet and flute player, and one of a small number of keyboardists skilled at playing and programming the breath controller. Read more about this artist

jersey jazz collective2 07/26/2014: Jazz and Soul Revue

2 sets:  8 p.m. & 10 p.m.
$15 pp music charge  $12 pp minimum

3rdValve Productions presents  Jazz & Soul Revue                                                   A project of 3rdValve Productions (www.3rdValve.net), the “ Jazz & Soul Revue” is an exciting group that plays a mix of straight ahead Jazz, Soul and R&B  to bring you a variety of music that is  entertaining, engaging and interesting (music for the heart, the mind, and the feet)!  The group consists of four horns, four rhythm and singers, performing music by jazz greats such as Mulgrew Miller, Lee Morgan, and Dizzy Gillespie side by side with soulful classics by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and  Joss Stone. Our singers provide lush vocals, backed by the 3rdValve rhythm section and the big sound of the 3rdValve Horns!

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07/27/2014: 3 p.m. Ty Stephens and Soul Jaazz

3 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
$15 pp music charge  $7 pp minimum

Special Summer Show of one of your favorite artists-Ty Stephens and his fabulous band!

SOULJAAZZ personnel: Richard Cummings, Jr (Piano); Ron “Rondew” Monroe (Bass); Tony Lewis (Drums) and R.T. Taylor, (Guitar)   

Great music, great food and great fun!!

R&B, Jazz, Pop, Originals….

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa., TY STEPHENS is an Award-winning Singer/Songwriter, Entertainer/Recording Artist (Grand Prize Winner Jazzmobile/Anheuser-Busch Solo Jazz Vocalist Competition, NYC, 2006, and First Place Winner R&B/Blues Category of the International Songwriting Competition 2002, for “Somethin’ Strange”), Co-writer and original cast of “From My Hometown”, Co-writer/Production, Choreographer and Star of the long-running “Shades Of Harlem” revue show, and the new Off-Broadway hit “On Kentucky Avenue” (Songbirds Unlimited Productions/StepForward Entertainment); appeared on Broadway in the original productions of “Sophisticated Ladies” and “Marilyn,  An American Fable”.  Among many recordings, he is Guest Vocalist, alongside Sax Legend Houston Person, on a jazz disc from bassist Jon Burr, “Just Can’t Wait”.  Spring 2010, Ty joined with vocalists from Broadway’s The Lion King singing on the recording of the Soundtrack for the World CupRead more about this artist

Craig Yaremko Organ Trio 07/27/2014: Craig Yaremko Organ Trio CYO3x2

2 sets:  7 p.m. & 9 p.m.
$10 pp music charge  $7 pp minimum
Craig Yaremko Organ Trio:  Double Time/Double Trouble
Craig Yaremko-saxophones
Matt King-organ
Jonathon Peretz-drums
with guests
Vic Juris-guitar
Nathan Eklund-trumpet
Alan Ferber-trombone
The New York-based saxophonist Craig Yaremko, along with organist Matt King, drummer Jonathon Peretz, and special guest guitarist Vic Juris, push the limits of the tradition while displaying a powerful group chemistry. The band swings hard on originals by both Yaremko and King, and puts fresh spins on jazz classics by Monk, Strayhorn, Hubbard and Waller. CYO3 is Yaremko’s debut on OA2 Records and his forth as a leader, following his recording “Sync,” which was a Top Ten pick from New York’s Hot House Magazine for release.

“‘Sync’ reveals an artist who…already has a powerful musical personality.  Yaremko’s originals, which touch on the jazz tradition while also looking forward, are rife with musical adventures. Likewise, his covers of such songs as Lennon-McCartney’s “Michelle” offer fresh, open-minded approaches…”-Zan Stewart, Newark Star-Ledger Read more about this artist

diane moser 07/30/2014: Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band


2 sets: 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. $15 pp music charge $7 pp minimum

Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band features the music of:

Timothy Miller, Matthew Polashek, Keisha Slaughter, William Stevens, Whit Van Meter, and a new Radio Play by resident composer Rob Henke.

This month Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band has an exciting line-up of new music:
a new Radio Play by their resident composer and trumpet player Rob Henke, and music by alumni of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA Music Composition Program, where Diane Moser is a member of the faculty. From this group of composers there are world premieres by Timothy Miller and William Stevens composed specifically for this concert, a nod to Mingus by Whit Van Meter, a funky serialistic journey by Matthew Pollashek and takin’ it down to NOLA with the wonderful vocalist/composer Keisha Slaughter and more. And of course, music from the amazing resident composers in the band.

…“Moser is a sublime and powerful musician who has the innate ability to draw things out of expert players that you haven’t heard them do before.……The pianist has a Read more about this artist