Roni Ben-Hur Trio
Aug 19 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Roni Ben-Hur Trio @ Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

Roni Ben -Hur: Guitar. Santi Debriano: Bass, Taro Akamoto: Drums

2 sets:  8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
$18 pp online advanced purchase 
  $20 pp at door  $12 pp (food/drink)

Roni Ben-Hur, known for his sweet tone, infectious rhythm, lush harmonies and innovative improvisation straddles comfortably the world of straight ahead jazz and the realm of samba jazz.  He has collaborated and recorded with iconic figures of both worlds, and has earned a sterling reputation as a musician and educator.

“A storyteller, Ben-Hur works with a warm, glowing sound and has an alluring way of combining engaging notes with supple rhythm.”- Zan Stewart, The Newark Star Ledger

“Ben-Hur is formidable and consummately lyrical guitarist.” – Time Out, New York

“A superior straight-ahead guitarist who can swing as hard as anyone.”- Scott Yanow,

“Ben-Hur evokes the sprightliness of jazz’ contemporary guitar generation, dripping away each intricate refrain like melodic water.  He harmonizes with his distinctive starry-eyed flair, setting forth a waterfall of pristine and pensive elaborations.”  Sharon Mizrahi, The New York City Jazz Record

“Roni Ben-Hur is one of the unheralded guitarists on the modern jazz scene. Each of his releases is an impressive display of picking, and his selection of material is stellar.” George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly


Frank Piombo CD Release Party
Aug 20 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Frank Piombo CD Release Party @ Trumpets Jazz Club | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

2 sets: 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
$15 pp music charge $12 pp minimum  (food/drink)

Frank Piombo-guitar
Donnie Harrell-piano 

Darryl Clark-bass
Dominick Gagliano-drums
Michael Mahadeen-sax

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 and create the “Frank Piombo” station on your laptop or mobile device today!All cds are available at the following locations: cdbaby, Amazonmp3,, 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,, 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.


Larry Corban “Corban Nation” Quartet
Aug 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Larry Corban "Corban Nation" Quartet @ Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant | Montclair | New Jersey | United States
$10 pp advanced online ticket purchase   $12 pp at door   $7 pp minimum (food/drink)
Larry Corban “Corban Nation” Quartet

Larry Corban – guitar, tunes
James Weidman – piano
Harvie S – upright bass
Steve Johns – drums
Larry Corban is a New York City-based guitarist, composer, and bandleader that has four CD’s available at His most recent 2017 cd, “Corban Nation,” charted on the CMJ Jazz Charts peaking at #1, RMR (Root Music Report) peaking at #1, Jazz Walk Top 50 Jazz Album Chart peaking at #28, and was a featured album on Modern Jazz Today for eight weeks. It continues to chart on Jazz Walk Top 50 Jazz Album Chart. Now in it’s 29th weeks.

Larry has had extensive experience working with some of the world’s greatest musicians. He has played, performed and/or recorded with James Weidman, Harvie S, Steve Williams, Steve Slagle, Dick Oats, Gerry Niewood, Buddy Williams, Sylvia Cuenca, Essiet Okon Essiet, Michael Olatuja, Ron Affif, Omer Avital, Avishia Cohen, Steve Johns, Vic Juris, Oz Noy, Nir Felder, and Wayne Krantz.

Larry holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Ithaca College, has studied privately with Pat Martino, Wayne Krantz, Joanne Brackeen, Jack Wilkins, Vic Juris, David Fuze Fiuczynski, Mick Goodrick, Steve Brown, and Rick Beato.

Here’s what reviewers are saying about Larry:

Blistering Lines, energetic rhythms and melodically pleasing melodies.

bop verging upon fusion but without the distortion, power chords, and usual outside paraphernalia……..In fact, one of the more surprising aspects of this CD is that the guy is ceaselessly splitting down the mathematics and possibilities of what he’s writing. It’s a fascinating process and quickly becomes apparent he’s improvising on multiple levels………this guy exceeds expectations………slotting him with Metheny and McLaughlin (and even George Benson, whose old stuff to this day knocks me out) is perfect. Several worlds meet in his work and spawn a fourth: Corban’s own

Larry Corban has a very different voice as a Jazz Guitarist. His single note lines are fluid and his chord solos very punchy and percussive. Fans of the more outside and modern players should give him a listen.

Corban is a no-nonsense player who can manage blistering chops without losing an in-the-pocket relaxed feel.

Corban described the energy on his latest release as capturing lighting in a bottle. I’d say I have to agree with that assessment. Corban’s chops on guitar are sometimes very melodic and, quite frankly, more often peppered with a sharp edge. Joined by both electric and strand up bass, piano, Hammond B-3, Fender Rhodes, drums and saxophone, “Corban Nation” is partly traditional jazz, and part get-em-goin’ high octane. Of course he can be soft and mellow as well, as superbly demonstrated on the fourth track, “Child’s Tune.” If there is some tangible link between what is typically considered traditional jazz and something more cutting edge, this release is probably it – and is one I really enjoyed.

Video from “Corban Nation”

Grassella Oliphant Quintet
Aug 25 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Grassella Oliphant Quintet

$20 Music Charge, $12 Minimum pp

Grassella Oliphant, Brandon McCune, Chris Berger, Bruce Williams, Lance Bryant, Ted Chubb.

Drummer and leader Grassella Oliphant established himself as a top-flight jazzman in the late 1950s and early 1960s with performances with greats like singer Sarah Vaughan and organist Shirley Scott. He also released a pair of solid albums for Atlantic Records, including 1968’s “The Grass Is Greener,” which featured guitar ace Grant Green.

Mel Davis and Friends
Aug 26 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Mel Davis and Friends @ Trumpets Jazz club | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

2 sets: 8:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.
$18 music charge prepaid tickets  $20 music charge at door
$12 pp minimum (food/ drink)

Mel Davis-organ/vocals and trio
One of Trumpets’ favorite performers

Mel Davis-organ/vocals

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!

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.

Louis Castano Quartet
Aug 31 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Louis Castano Quartet @ Trumpets Jazz Club | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

2 sets:  7:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
$18 pp prepaid online music charge  $20 pp at door   $12 pp minimum (food/drink)

Louis Castano, vocals
Ian Howells, piano
Jeff Cierniak, bass
Luke Schaffel, drums


Louis Castano was born and raised in northern New Jersey, where his life has been, and still is, shaped by music. He started learning piano as a young child, and a few years later began studying percussion; college introduced formal studies in vocal performance and music theory.

Louis has appeared in several musicals, including Godspell and Cinderella, and has been a member of the orchestra in others. He also has extensive experience drumming, cantoring, accompanying vocalists, and coordinating music in churches in New York and New Jersey. He currently works as a percussionist for The Sunday Mass (, a Catholic mass which is both televised and broadcast online.
Through his wide range of experience, Louis has been able to develop a significant repertoire as both a musician and a vocalist, and is enthusiastic about adding to it as he continues performing.
Roy Meriwether Trio
Sep 1 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Roy Meriwether Trio @ Trumpets Jazz Club | Montclair | New Jersey | United States


2 sets: 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
$20 pp music charge $12 pp minimum (food/drink)

Roy Meriwether-piano
Saadi Zehn-bass
David Silliman-drums

Called the “Bruce Lee of the piano” by fans, friends, and fellow musicians, piano virtuoso Roy Meriwether kicks it into overdrive during a brilliant Jazz improvisation interlude while performing his unique arrangement of the classic hit “Summertime” (Gershwin).

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A multi-dimensional and self-taught virtuoso, Roy Meriwether blends jazz, blues, and gospel with classical elements in a unique and innovative style that has drawn enthusiastic crowds to night clubs, colleges, and concert halls across the country. Born in Dayton, Ohio, Mr. Meriwether started playing piano at the age of three and had composed two pieces before he was four. Shortly thereafter, he began playing in his father’s church, accompanying the family choir, and performing with gospel singers throughout the Midwest.Mr. Meriwether turned professional with his own group at age 18 and has devoted himself to both composing and performing ever since. Reviewers are frequently impressed by his power. Critic Arnold Shaw once described him as a “two-fisted pianist who in this day of right-handed wizards has the sound of a champion, with thunder in his left hand and lightning in his right.”

As recently reported in the Scottsdale, Arizona Daily Progress: “Mr. Meriwether performs both standards and original compositions with a creativity that is nothing short of genius. Meriwether himself is the epitome of a ‘giving’ musician, at his best with a responsive, listening audience. He does not require it, but appreciates it and rewards it with dynamite delivered with the power his hands produce.”

In 1973, the National Endowment for the Arts bestowed on Mr. Meriwether a Jazz Composition Fellowship Grant for the purpose of writing a musical work tracing the history of the black experience in America. The scope and breadth of the project resulted in the 21-piece suite, BLACK SNOW, written and premiered for the United States Bicentennial Celebration, April, 1976, with the Howard Roberts Chorale and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Guild.

Living in New York City since 1976, Roy continually elicits standing ovations from his audiences.  He is frequently called upon to compose specific works for special events such as the November, 1989 NAUBA Salute to Women Conference in the Bahamas, where he performed his piece, “A Tribute To You, My Lady.”
He has received numerous awards including Jamaica Queens New York Jazz Community Award, the New York Manhattan Association of Cabaret Award (MAC Award), and has been considered for a Grammy nomination. In March of 1999, Mr. Meriwether received a Lifetime Achievement to Music Award.
Mr. Meriwether’s sound is unmistakable and his music is timeless!  His latest releases “The Art Of The Groove”, “Inspiration”, “Live at John Word’s”, and “Live at Gordy’s”, and he continues to tour regularly throughout the US and Europe. 
Kristina Koller Quartet
Sep 17 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Kristina Koller Quartet
$10 Music Charge, $7 Minimum pp
Kristina Koller Quartet
Kristina Koller – vocals
Michael Bond – piano
Alex Tremblay – bass
Joe Spinelli – drums
Emerging artist Kristina Koller encompasses the energy and creativity of the next generation of jazz. The 23 year old NYC-based vocalist was selected as a Discovery Artist for the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival & was a semi-finalist in this year’s DCJazzPrix competition. Kristina melds diverse genres of music into her songs, knowing that adding to the legacy of jazz is much more important than merely recreating the performances of others. She reinvents classic material while retaining their essence, putting her own winning personality and fresh ideas into the lyrics that she interprets.Kristina will perform original compositions and progressive arrangements of jazz standards – previewing music to appear on her debut album scheduled for release early next year.

Armen Donelian Trio with Calvin Hill and Steve Johns
Sep 22 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Armen Donelian Trio with Calvin Hill and Steve Johns @ Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

Armen Donelian Trio, with Calvin Hill and Steve Johns.

$18 advanced online purchase  $20 pp at door   $12 pp minimum (food drink)

2 sets:  8 p.m. & 10 p.m.

…Brings a serene sense of dignity and elegance to every

measure. (Berkshire Eagle)

…But don’t underestimate his ability to swing hard and throw

punches. (Phildelphia Weekly)

In 25 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia,

the Middle and Far East, ARMEN DONELIAN has

performed and recorded since 1975 as a featured solo

pianist, bandleader, and with Jazz legends including

Sonny Rollins, Chet Baker, Paquito D’Rivera, Mongo

Santamaria, David Liebman and Billy Harper.

A pianist with a crystalline touch but a penchant for avant gardism (New York Times), Armen

Donelian has performed in the Bilsak, Burlington, Caramoor, Cinco de Mayo, Hennessey,

Istanbul, Jacksonville, Jazz Jamboree, Jerusalem, Montreal, Nemu-no Sato, Oshanitsky,

Ottawa, Pori, Portsmouth, Toronto Harbourfront, Tucson, Veneto and Yerevan Jazz Festivals.

A poetic composer (Swing Journal) of 100 works, Armen Donelian has produced thirteen

critically acclaimed recordings for the Sunnyside, Playscape, Odin and Atlas labels. In his

2014 release Sayat-Nova: Songs Of My Ancestors (Sunnyside), a two-CD set of solo piano

and trio vignettes with bassist David Clark and drummer George Schuller, Donelian

transforms 18th Century Armenian folk songs through the lens of his contemporary Jazz

mastery, offering Countless exquisite moments (Downbeat).

Armen Donelian is a six-time Jazz Performance Fellow of the National Endowment for the

Arts for concerts and master classes in New York City, and a Fulbright Senior Scholar and

Specialist in Armenia, Finland, Greece Sweden and Switzerland. A faculty member at New

School Jazz since 1986 and William Paterson University since 1993, he has lectured at

schools in Athens, Bucharest, Corfu, Copenhagen, Gothenberg, Graz, The Hague, Helsinki,

Iasi, Jyväskylä, Lisbon, Malmö, Paris, St. Petersburg, Tblisi, Vienna, Yerevan and Zurich.

Armen Donelian authored Training the Ear, a standard two-volume book/CD set, and Whole

Notes: A Piano Masterclass (both Schott Music). A graduate of Columbia University, Donelian

has studied privately with Carl Bamberger (conducting), Ludmila Ulehla (harmonic analysis),

Harold Seletsky (Schoenberg theory and counterpoint) and Richie Beirach (jazz piano).

Wallace Roney Quintet
Sep 23 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Wallace Roney Quintet @ Trumpets Jazz Club | Montclair | New Jersey | United States


2 sets:  8 p.m. & 10 p.m.
$20 pp music charge advanced online sales   $22 pp music charge at door
$12pp minimum (food/drink)


Wallace Roney earned the admiration and respect of his colleagues and his elders since age 16. He has been an integral part of the band with Tony Williams, Ornette Coleman, Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Walter Davis Jr., Herbie Hancock, Jay McShann, David Murray, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Rollins, Curtis Fuller, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Dizzy Gillespie to name a few. He was one of the few musicians in his generation who learned and perfected his craft directly from alliances with Jazz Masters. But his most important and meaningful relationship was with Miles Davis.

Wallace was mentored by Miles Davis after Miles heard him in 1983 at his birthday gala performance in Carnegie Hall. Their association peaked when Miles chose Wallace to share the stage at his historic performance in Montreux in 1991. After Davis died, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams and Roney banded together and toured the world in tribute.

My goal is to make the best music I can. I enjoy, listen and can play ALL types of music I filter my expression through the jazz experience.