2 sets: 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
$20 pp music charge advance purchase $22 pp music charge $12 pp minimum (food/drink)
Hendrik Meurkens – harmonica, vibes
Misha Tsiganov – piano
Eduardo Belo – bass
Byron Landham – drums
Hendrik Meurkens, a virtuoso on both the chromatic harmonica and the vibraphone, is one of the most important jazz harmonica player since Toots Thielemans. German-born but now based in New York, Meurkens’ recordings and performances garner worldwide acclaim because the transcendent beauty of his music has universal appeal. A two-mallet player in the tradition of Milt Jackson and Bobby Hutcherson, Hendrik Meurkens was en-route to being an instantly recognizable vibraphonist when he heard Toots Thielemans. Inspired by the sound of Thielemans’ harmonica, he taught himself the difficult-to-master instrument.Hendrik Meurkens’ other life-changing musical experience was his introduction to samba and bossa nova. He was so moved by Brazilian music that after perfecting his unique musical voice at Berklee, as a vibraphone major, he moved to Rio in the early 80s to totally immerse himself in music and culture of Brazil.As a featured artist, he has recorded with Charlie Byrd, Jimmy Cobb, Ivan Lins, Monty Alexander, Claudio Roditi, Manfredo Fest and Mundell Lowe, as well as backing such leading artists as Astrid Gilberto and Olivia Newton John and touring with the Ray Brown Trio, Paquito D’Rivera, Oscar Castro Neves, Herb Ellis, Herbie Mann, Charlie Byrd, and James Moody among many others.
Also a successful composer (his compositions have been recorded by other artists and featured in the Hollywood movie, “Dolores Claiborne,”) Hendrik Meurkens remains equally at home playing jazz or Brazilian music. “My mission is simple,” he explains. “I want to create music of great beauty.”
$10 Music charge. $7 for students. $7 minimum pp
JP STEVENS HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ ENSEMBLE
John P. Stevens High School Jazz Ensemble hails from a music program truly devoted to providing a variety of opportunities for its young musicians. Whether it’s serving the community at local tree-lightings, township festivals, parades, or performing at local and statewide festivals, these young musicians work diligently to continually bring their musical involvement to the highest level possible.
Each year, individual members of the band are encouraged to challenge themselves by auditioning for region and statewide ensembles. We take pride in having represented the state of New Jersey as having the greatest number of students from one school for both Region and All-State level bands, consistently over the past few decades. In the current 2017-2018 school year, 36 band members were selected by audition for Central Jersey Region II Ensembles. Of those members, 22 students were accepted into the 2018 NJ All-State Band.
The JPS Jazz Ensemble has been crowned State Champions in Division 1 of the N.J. Association of Jazz Educators on numerous occasions; most recently in both 2016 & 2017. In January, our drummer, Varun Das, performed with the National Grammy Big Band in New York City, directed by Justin DiCioccio.
Ever committed to a well-rounded music education, the John P. Stevens High School Band Program seeks to maintain its tradition of excellence in music.
The JPS Big Band would like to thank Joe Verderese, Tim Hayward, and the One More Once Big Band for the opportunity to perform tonight at their amazing venue here at Trumpets Jazz Club.
One More Once” is an 18-piece big band consisting of some of North Jersey’s top musicians. John Molloy and Joe Verderese founded the band early in 2008. The band, currently led by Joe and Tim Hayward is based out of Clifton/Nutley, NJ. The group was put together in an effort to have a new group who share a love of jazz and want to keep the great music of our past alive, while adding flavors of some more contemporary big band sounds. The group presents music from all different eras and styles, with music ranging from the big band era of Glenn Miller and Count Basie to Stan Kenton, Thad Jones and Maynard Ferguson favorites, as well as playing contemporary music from composers within the band and other writers.
Through the years, “One More Once” has performed at concerts, fundraisers, school functions, corporate parties and town events throughout the North Jersey area, including a monthly event at Trumpets Jazz Club which features opening acts from local schools and world renowned guest artists such as: Wycliffe Gordon, Freddie Hendrix, Conrad Herwig, Matt Gallagher, Vinnie Cutro, Bob Ferrel, Gary Smulyan, Jim Hynes, Pete McGuinness, Dave Stryker, Rufus Reid, Denis Diblasio, John Riley, Don Braden, Cecil Bridgwater, Paul Bollenback, Walt Weiskopf, Bruce Williams, Joel Frahm, Jon Faddis, Steve Davis, Vincent Herring, Kenny Davis, Ralph Bowen, Robby Ameen, Marc Stasio, Gabriel Alegria, Mark Gross, Dave Demsey, Eric Alexander, Carl Allen, Ronnie Cuber and Claudio Roditi.
One More Once is grateful to the Athenia Veterans Hall in Clifton for allowing us to rehearse at their hall for 5 years and to St. Paul’s Church in Nutley, NJ for taking us in the most recent years for our rehearsals.
Tonight’s Band includes the following musicians:
Saxes: Tim Hayward, Mark Friedman, Mike Mullan, Vee Popat, Joao Goncalves
Trombones – Joe Verderese, Glen Lebitsch, Adam machaskee, Will Newrock
Trumpets – Vinny Borselli, Bill Ash, Jon Menges, Ben Hankle
Rhythm Section: Piano – Seyeon Chang, Bass – Takashi Otsuka, Guitar – Henry Heinitsch, Drums – Jon DiFiore
2 sets: 8:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.
$20 music charge prepaid tickets $22 at door
$12 pp minimum
One of Trumpets’ favorite performers
Audiences love Mel Davis’ playing! R & B, Jazz & Contemporary! Come out and listen to one of the finest organists and entertainers around! R & B, jazz, blues, pop.. . Mel is one of our favorite artists. You may have heard him here before, but if you haven’t, stop by. You will love Mel whether you like traditional or contemporary jazz. He does it all! Scroll down to listen to one of his tunes.
Melvin Davis, recording artist, vocalist, keyboard player and organist extraordinaire, has understood the power of his hands to transport the sound of instruments from his imagination to a concert hall or nightclub full of eager twitching bodies for all of his life, dating back to childhood. This was when Melvin?s ears, residing in the multi-cultural city of Paterson, NJ, just 20 miles west of New York, dined on the sounds of musical greats like Dizzy Gillespie, Peggy Lee, John Coltrane, Jimmy McGriff, Alvin Valentine and so many more. He played his first piano recital at 9, and at 15, when cats his age were learning how to charm young ladies, Davis was sneaking into local night clubs, hoping to charm the Hammond B3.
The Hammond’s big band grooves, thanks to masters and club mentors such as George Benson, Larry Young, Jr., Brother Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff and Dr. Lonnie Smith, worked their way into Davis? DNA. Eventually his hands were walking and talking good music. But 24 years ago, Davis lost the ability to play with his hands. Caught in the motorized belt of a fast-moving container-making machine where he worked to supplement his music income, a finger was ripped from his left hand, which was also split diagonally.
Eric Siereveld’s Organic Quintet debut album Walk the Walk, also talks the talk. The eight tracks are full of all the soul and fire you would expect from an organ record, but where the album surprises the listener is in the depth and substance each track delivers. “Writing music for an organ date can have pitfalls…you don’t want it to just sound like a blowing session,” Siereveld says. “The goal of this album was to create something that fit in with the organ jazz tradition, but also gave it a fresh perspective that brings new life to that tradition.” On February 23rd, Shifting Paradigm Records releases Walk the Walk and audiences will have a chance to hear the Organic Quintet blaze new pathways in the organ jazz genre.
Eric Siereveld lives in New York City, but says that his love of organ jazz goes back to his childhood growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio. “I first heard the B3 organ being played when I was in high school, by Cincinnati keyboardist Steve Schmidt with his organ trio at the now defunct Blue Wisp Jazz Club. After seeing Steve play the organ, I started seeking out records by Jimmy Smith, Big John Patton, Joey DeFrancesco, etc. and while it’s hard to explain, I could tell even then that I was listening to something familiar, yet different. I think it’s only fitting that my debut recording as a leader features a quintet with organ…it’s an instrument I’ve felt a connection to since I was a kid.”
The compositions on Walk the Walk are a musical journey based on the places the leader has lived, or the musicians that have deeply influenced him. “The Last Innovator” is a nod to jazz trumpeter Woody Shaw. Siereveld says, “I wanted a tune that conjured the sound of Woody on Larry Young’s seminal classic Unity. Woody was the last truly innovative jazz trumpeter, and this tune was written to capture his inventive style.” “Toughin’ Up” is a fast blues, and represents the leader’s time in Brooklyn. “New York is a hard place to live at times… and it was never any harder then when I first moved to the city. But, after getting acclimated, I learned to feed off that energy and allow it to push me to become a better musician.”
The addition of acclaimed guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg, well-known for his work with jazz organ legend Dr. Lonnie Smith, was a no-brainer, and the two even worked together to write some of the music for the album. “The title track, ‘Walk the Walk’, was a collaboration with Jonathan,” states Siereveld. “As I was writing, I hit a bit of a block, so I brought it to Jonathan, he revised the bridge and made an adjustment to the melody in the A section. This was my first collaboration, and the result is an original tune that really sets the attitude of the album.”
“Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered” is the only song on the record that is not an original, but it is presented in an original way. “This was a completely spontaneous moment,” says Siereveld. “Jonathan and I were just recording a rehearsal of the verse, and we kept rolling. One take. I knew we had something special when our drummer Mitch said, “I have nothing to add to that. That was beautiful.” The warmth of Siereveld’s flugelhorn and depth of Kreisberg’s tone give this Rodgers & Hart composition a vulnerability rarely captured on record. Danish bassist Morten Haxholm and Jonathan Kreisberg wrote “Occam’s Razor” for the bassist’s album coming out later this spring. But Kreisberg thought this sharp, driving tune would be an excellent addition to the Organic Quintet’s debut proceeding.
“B-Town Bop” evokes a Tadd Dameronian sensibility and is a tribute to the late great jazz educator David Baker. “I was fortunate enough to be a part of David’s legacy at Indiana University,” says Siereveld. “The man was one of a kind and he helped me develop my musical voice at a pivotal time in my life. For me, this tune reflects his selfless spirit and dedication to jazz education.” In contrast to “Toughin’ Up,” Siereveld describes “The Other Side (of the Hudson)” as a “slow, pulsating blues that reflects the sleepy nature of nighttime across the river from the city that never sleeps.” Siereveld continues, “After my time in Brooklyn, I moved to West New York, NJ. This tune grew out of a memory I have walking my dog along Hudson late one night. Hearing the sounds of the city bounce off the water and echo through the buildings was the inspiration for the call and response in the melody.”
Walk the Walk comes to a conclusion with a spirited Blue Note style Boogaloo titled “Split-Finger.” Siereveld attributes this tune to his hometown baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds and to his fondness for the 60’s boogaloos of Blue Mitchell and Lee Morgan. The final track brings the album to a funky, soulful conclusion. Order the album here: https://shiftingparadigmrecords.bandcamp.com/album/walk-the-walk
About Eric Siereveld –
For more than a decade, NYC trumpeter Eric Siereveld has built a reputation as a multifaceted performer, composer and educator. Deeply influenced by the hard bop/post bop tradition, his compositions and improvisations are historically rooted yet forward thinking. In 2014 Eric relocated to Madison, WI to take the position of Instructor of Jazz Trumpet and Director of the Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble at the University of Wisconsin’s Mead-Witter School of Music. Eric returned to NYC in 2017 and is an active performer, educator, and clinician and is a private instructor at the United Nations International School in Manhattan. Eric frequently performs on and off Broadway. In addition to the Organic Quintet, he can be heard performing with his trio and quartet as well as many engagements as a sideman in small groups, and big bands.
$20 Music charge, $12 Minimum pp
Enrico Granafei: Harmonica
Bob Cat drums,
Alessandro Manzoni Piano,
Al Presta Trumpet,
Matt Burton Bass
Enrico will play with the Italian band that won the 2017 award organized by the Jazzit magazine as the best jazz group in the country
2 sets: 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
$15 pp music charge $12 pp minimum (food/drink)
Veronica Piombo: Vocals
His mother searched high and low. In every corner of the house, under the beds, she would search for her young son. Then hearing a sound from the closet, she’d open it up to find three-year-old Frankie strumming on his late grandfather’s acoustic guitar. Yes, at just three years of age, Frank Piombo knew that music would play an important role in his life.Born and raised in Libya, Tripoli, to Italians parents, it’s no wonder that music was a constant in Frank’s life. At the tender age of six, Frank’s family would move to Rome (his mother’s birthplace), where he was inspired by the sounds of his father’s music.
An avid accordion player, Frank was moved by the romantic tunes produced by his father, and their effects can be heard in Frank’s music even today.By the time the family immigrated to the United States, at age eight, Frank was inspired by the sounds of the late fifties and early sixties, prompting him to take guitar lessons. But it was the sound of The Beatles that motivated Frank most, and helped the teen to focus more seriously on his music.By his late teens, Frank was playing gigs at weddings and small venues, eventually graduating to known jazz venues in and around town.
Flash forward more than thirty years, and today Frank Piombo’s portfolio is an impressive one. Appearing as lead guitarist and vocalist alongside Sidewalk Symphony, The Fantasy Band, Stepping Out, The New Prince Band, US & Co, the original Infernos; and sharing the stage with the likes of The Duprees, The Mello Kings, Vito and the Salutations, and Vito and the Elegants, Frank has proved to be much more than a jazz guitarist.In addition to touring the New York Metropolitan Area, where he has built a solid fan base, Frank has also shared the stage with various European artists, such as “I Nuovi Angeli” and the “Formula Tre.”
Frank’s CDs (The Night Speaks; Sleepwalk; and Smooth Reminiscence) have led to a large international following, prompting several fan pages on Facebook. And his music is now heard throughout North America, and several other continents, including: Africa, Australia, Europe, and South America.
Since June 2012, Frank Piombo has held the #1 jazz artist position in New Jersey, according to ReverbNation’s Jazz Charts! And in 2014, Frank Piombo was accepted on the popular digital radio station Pandora, where he now boasts his own station.
Log onto Pandora.com and create the “Frank Piombo” station on your laptop or mobile device today!All cds are available at the following locations: cdbaby, Amazonmp3, ReverbNation.com, iTunes and other locations. They are a combination of Straight- Ahead Jazz, Latin Jazz, Smooth Jazz, and Easy Listening Vocal Tunes.
All cds are available at the following locations: cdbaby, Amazonmp3, ReverbNation.com, iTunes and other locations. They are a combination of Straight- Ahead Jazz, Latin Jazz, Smooth Jazz, and Easy Listening Vocal Tunes.
As well as his own compositions, Frank performs the works of George Benson, Kenny Burrell, Sonny Rollins, Erroll Garner, Larry Carlton, Ronny Jordan, Nick Colionne, Euge Groove, Horace Silver, Lionel Richie, Bobby Hebb, Duke Ellington, Cannonball Adderley and many others.
$20 Music charge. $12 Minimum pp
Amy London + Bardamu represents a new concept of original Italian songs combined with jazz repertoire,
mixed with hot Cuban rhythms and a 60’s retro vibe.
Amy London, motema recording artist, is known for her effortless sound, excellent musicianship and depth of emotion. Based in Rome, Bardamu is comprised of brothers Alfonso Tramontana and Ginaski Wop, who lived in Cuba for 6 years, absorbing the deep Cuban rhythms and performing with top musicians there.
2 sets: 7:30 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.
$10 music charge online preadvanced ticket sale $12 pp music charge at door $7 pp minimum (food/drink)
Suzanna Ross sings a romantic journey through yesteryear, a Paris Café, and the swinging 60s. From classics and popular, to the French chanson and jazz standards, Suzanna sings from the American, French, and British songbooks. She has been performing her show Love and L’amour in Manhattan at venues including Metropolitan Room, Kitano Jazz Club, Tomi Jazz Club, and Pangea. Songs are from the lists of Peggy Lee, Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour, Charles Trenet, Cole Porter, Dusty Springfield, Marlene Dietrich, Burt Bacharach, Sting, Francoise Hardy, and more.