The Ken Serio Jazz Trio
Jun 22 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
$10 Music charge, $7 Minimum pp

SINAN BAKIRTurkish guitarist/composer Sinan Bakir is noted as a virtuoso player and a masterful composer by the music critics and his peers. Sinan’s early musical experience started with mandolin lessons followed by an audition leading to the Ankara State Opera Children’s Choir. After attending a rock concert in his early teen years he was inspired to pick up his first guitar and started taking private lessons, spending most of his time practicing. Soon after he formed his first band and started playing gigs around the city while attending to college in his hometown Ankara. By the time he graduated from Hacettepe University with a degree in engineering he was granted a scholarship from the Hartford Conservatory and moved to United States. Sinan continued growing as a musician in Hartford, writing tunes, attending sessions,and playing regular gigs & festivals. His all original debut album “On My Way”(2009) with bassist Thomson Kneeland and drummer Mark Ferber, followed by a quartet recording titled “Tales and Stories”(2012) with pianist Warren Byrd. Both albums received great reviews from many respected music publications and featured in a variety of Radio and TV programs. While maintaining a busy teaching schedule guitarist continues to perform in diverse settings from solo recitals to trio concerts as well as many other musical situations.

Jedd Chlebowski

Jedd is a bassist with 30 years experience.  He is proud to be the bassist for the Michael Cleary Band ( an original group which has been a staple on the CT music scene for over 20 years! Jedd has been with the band for five years and counting. They have recently released their CD “Uplift”.  All of their CDs and music are available on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, and their website.  In 2014 they were nominated in various categories for the CT Music Awards and ended up winning for Best Jam Band.  In 2016 their song “2nd Nature” won Best New Song for the CT Music Awards.

Jedd’s newest project is Death Saddle Syndicate, an original hard rock power trio.  With releases on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, etc. the group is poised to explode onto the music scene.

Jedd is also currently bassist for the Ken Serio Jazz Trio and shares the bass responsibilities with Mark Egan in Ken Serio’s Ten Directions.  Jedd also fills his calendar with other original bands.  He also records remotely and has done so for Nashville artists and Corey Glover of Living Colour.

Jedd has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with an emphasis on jazz and a Master’s degree in Classical Performance on Upright Bass.  In 1994 Jedd toured Europe with a Broadway musical revue. In 1995 he joined jazz-fusion group Gotham which gigged in New York City and toured the mid-west. He has also played and recorded with pianist Dan Brodsky whose songs appeared on an episode of MTV’s The Real World and in the radio rotation on American Airlines. Jedd has subbed for the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, Wallingford Symphony and the Goodspeed Opera House. He has been both a permanent and substitute bassist with many jazz and rock groups performing from New Jersey through Maine. He has also performed at events for Ivana Trump, Robin Leach and Hillary Clinton. Jedd is the bassist for Rob Sbar’s Noesis which performed at NAMM in Anaheim, CA in 2005. He is eagerly awaiting the completion of the CD of Rob’s original material.

Ken Serio

23 years private study with the great Joe Morello

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Ken Serio. 

3 years private study with the great Joe Morello

23 years private study with Joe Morello
2 years private study with Kenwood Dennard

2 year private study with Zak Danziger

Relevant Experience

Various tours and recording session sand cd’s with some of jazz, blues, and pop’s top artists including bassist Mark Egan, guitarist Vic Juris, blues great Ronnie Earl, saxophonist David Mann, keyboardist Gil Goldstein, blues guitarist Victoria Warne, guitarist Pete McCann, drummer Danny Gottlieb, guitarist Billy Eric,Popa Chubby, guitarist Bill Turner (Bill Haley and the Comets),Alicia Keys Band, Billy Joel, Joey Ramone, The Beastie Boys to name a few. Ken also enjoys a successful solo artist career, having 6 Cd’s out under his own name. Ken is endorsed  SJC Snare Drums, Dream Cymbals, Hotsticks Drumsticks, Axis Pedals,Protection Racket Cases,and Mike Balter Mallets.


I believe my success as a drum instructor stems from my desire for my students to improve, and that I genuinely care about their progress, just as my many teachers cared about me. I like to think that I’m carrying on in their footsteps.

Ken’s new cd Sojourn coming out late June

ears private study with Kenwood Dennard

2 year private study with Zak Danziger

Relevant Experience

Various tours and recording session sand cd’s with some of jazz, blues, and pop’s top artists including bassist Mark Egan, guitarist Vic Juris, blues great Ronnie Earl, saxophonist David Mann, keyboardist Gil Goldstein, blues guitarist Victoria Warne, guitarist Pete McCann, drummer Danny Gottlieb, guitarist Billy Eric,Popa Chubby, guitarist Bill Turner (Bill Haley and the Comets),Alicia Keys Band, Billy Joel, Joey Ramone, The Beastie Boys to name a few. Ken also enjoys a successful solo artist career, having 6 Cd’s out under his own name. Ken is endorsed  SJC Snare Drums, Dream Cymbals, Hotsticks Drumsticks, Axis Pedals,Protection Racket Cases,and Mike Balter Mallets.


I believe my success as a drum instructor stems from my desire for my students to improve, and that I genuinely care about their progress, just as my many teachers cared about me. I like to think that I’m carrying on in their footsteps.

Ken’s new cd Sojourn coming out late June


Stephanie Nakasian
Jun 23 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Stephanie Nakasian
Syephanie Nakasian
$20 Music charge, $10 Minimum pp
Sets at 8:00 and 10:00
Stephanie called “the renaissance woman of jazz” by
With 13 CDs, 2 books and appearances all over the world
From la to Moscow and Tokyo
Known for her tribute CDs and co certain to June Christy Billie holiday Lee Wiley and Ella Fitzgerald and more
Appeared w terry gross on fresh air on NPR
Multiple appearances w jim Cullum band on public radios “riverwalk” show
Latest cd “show me the way to get out of this world”


Lula Valdivia
Jun 24 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Lula Valdivia @ Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

Afro-Peruvian Jazz
Music Starts at 8pm
$20 pp Music Charge Online
$25 pp At The Door
$12 pp food/drink minimum

Lula Valdivia-Vocals
John Benitez – Bass
Pedro Rodriguez – Guitar
Miguel Poggi – Percussion
Dante Poggi- Cajón
Lula Valdivia, singer, actress, recording star and television personality, moved to the United States from her native Peru only a few years ago, but her music has been internationally recognized throughout the world for decades.  Most recently she has released a CD of bachatas, co-hosted a TV show, judged a vocal competition, appeared in commercials and been awarded special recognition for her accomplishments as an ambassadress of Peruvian culture in the U.S. She is quite an accomplished lady!

Renowned for the lyrical beauty of her voice and her rhythmic phrasing,  Lula has captured U.S. aficionados of World Music, Jazz, Latin Jazz and Afro-Peruvian Music through her recordings and live performances.

Born in Arequipa, Peru, the second largest city in the country, Lula began to sing at an early age, influenced by her father, Dr. Félix Valdivia Cano, a guitarist who performed and composed folkloric songs; but it was her mother who encouraged her to share her unique talent by performing in public.  She began her career at fourteen by singing international pop, rock and Latin American music with one of the most popular groups in Arequipa while also singing with a well-known jazz trio. These experiences helped her to develop a wide repertoire of music that encompassed jazz standards, bossa novas, boleros, criollo and pop music.   She performed in several important festivals that headlined well-known singers including Celia Cruz, Joe Arroyo from Colombia, and Alejandra Guzmán from Mexico.  In 1996 she won the coveted “Golden Voice of Festibuga,” the most important song festival in Latin America, held in Cali, Colombia. Victor Manuel presented Lula with the first prize in competition against the finest singers from ten Latin American countries  This award brought Lula widespread recognition as a singer throughout her native Peru and the rest of South America.

Lula began to perform extensively throughout South America and Central America and upon returning to Peru was offered a recording contract with Iempsa, the most important recording company in Peru.  She released her first CD, Decídete!, in 1999 to rave reviews from the press.

Sharman & Alfred Nittoli Quartet
Jun 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Sharman & Alfred Nittoli Quartet @ Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.   Doors open at 2 p.m.
10 pp music charge prepaid (priority seating) and $12 pp at door   $7 pp minimum (food/drink)

Sharman & Alfred Nittoli-vocals
David Kikoski-piano
Sue Williams-bass
Peter Grant-drums

“..a cool and relaxed style and a great jazz sensibility that only comes from experience-outstanding lyrics-witty, profound, intimate and showcase a wonderful grasp of poetic rhyme.”

Alan Paul, from the Manhattan Transfer

“…unusual chord patterns and song structure.  Lots of smooth surprises.  She whispers some songs like Julie London-subtle and sexy.”

Bucky Pizzarelli, guitarist

Sharman and Alfred Nittoli  have been performing in the tri-state area for many years. Together with Artie Schroeck they co-wrote “Here’s to the Band” recorded by Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli and Sammy Davis. They are pleased to debut their new CD “Double Standards”.

David Kikoski‘s distinction as world class pianist has allowed him to work and record with such jazz luminaries such as Chick Corea, Toots Thielemans, Marcus Miller, Pat Martino and many others. Dave played on the Mingus Big Band album, “Live at the Jazz Standard”, which won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble.

Drummer, Peter Grant, was born and raised in New York City and studied at the Manhattan School Of Music . Peter is a creative and versitile musician who has been in demand in the NY recording studios and clubs for 35 years . He has perfomed in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall and such clubs as the Blue Note to Royal Albert Hall and the Mount Fuji Jazz Festival in Japan.  Grant has recorded over 30 cds with artists such as Gerry Mulligan,Peggy Lee,New York Voices,Claire Daly,Harvie S.,Rodney Jones and Mark Murphy .  Peter has played live with Astrud Gilberto,Peter Cincitti,Dave Samuels and Chuck Loeb .His European tours include Spain with singer Bob Dorough and France with blues great Linda Hopkins .Last year he performed and participated in clinics at the Juneau Jazz and Classics Festival as a member of the Claire Daly Quintet . Most recently he has been touring with Woody Witt and Quantam Mechanics

Bass player, Sue Williams, is well known as a versatile, talented acoustic and electric bass musician. She has performed in different genres with artists like Eric Clapton, Rob Paprozzi Dave Stryker and many more. She also teaches Digital Recording at Bergen Community College.

Ron Aprea Big Band with Angela DeNiro
Jun 25 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ron Aprea Big Band with Angela DeNiro @ Trumpets Jazz Club | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

Two Sets:  7:30 pm and 9:00 pm
$10 pp music charge
$7 pp food/drink minimum

If you love jazz, this is the real thing! The big band features some of the hottest players in the metropolitan area with Angela DeNiro (vocals). Angela is one of Trumpets’ favorite vocalists and we are thrilled to have them back.

If you love singers, you have to hear the lovely voice and  interpretation of Angela DeNiro, one of the outstanding singers of our day! – Kristine Massari, owner of Trumpets

Ron Aprea, composer, arranger, producer, saxophonist, clarinetist, and flutist, has performed with Woody Herman, Les Elgart, Tito Puente, Frank Foster, Buddy Morrow, Billy May, Charlie Persip, Nat Adderley, Lionel Hampton, and Louis Armstrong.

While with Hamp’s band, some of the highlights were a Ramsey Lewis television special, and a recorded concert at the Smithsonian Institute, where Ron’s solos were taped and put into their Archives. Ron was the featured soloist and arranger for performances with Nat Adderley at the world-famous Apollo Theatre, and he also performed at the Paramount Theatre with King Curtis’ Big Band. Ron has played shows for literally hundreds of stars, including Clint Holmes, Rita Moreno, Robert Merrill, Chita Rivera, Rich Little, and Billy Eckstine.

In 1974, Ron recorded with John Lennon and Elton John on the album entitled Walls and Bridges. The all-star horn section included Howard Johnson, Frank Vicari, and Steve Madeo. Ron was a featured soloist on the jazz-gospel album Free to Be Free. He also wrote, arranged, and produced his own album, Ronnie April’s Positive Energy Volume 1. Ron had his own TV special on WNYC, and was a featured soloist on Broadway’s Song of Singapore.

Ron’s compositions, arrangements, and productions skills can be heard on Angela DeNiro’s first CD,Just For the Fun Of It, as well as her second  release, Angela DeNiro…Swingin’ With Legends, featuring Lionel Hampton, Frank Foster, and Lew Tabackin.

Ron and Angela brought the house down at the Five Towns College Jazz Concert in 1998 and 1999. Ron was featured with the Kenny Barron Trio at the 1998 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, and was part of the All-Star cast, which included Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Bill Watrous, Jon Faddis, Al Grey, Ray Brown, Marion McPartland, Abbey Lincoln, and Diana Krall. In addition to a full performance schedule, Ron spends much time composing and arranging, both for an instrumental big band album, and for vocalist Angela DeNiro.

During the summer of ’98, Ron performed extensively with both his Big Band and Quintet, and received a standing ovation from thousands at the Planting Fields Arboretum in New York, where he and Angela DeNiro again appeared as guest artists in concert with Lionel Hampton’s Big Band. Ron’s solos, and his impeccable “note-matching” with Angela at finger-breaking tempos during the scatting segments, wowed their audience!

Ron has three 1998 GRAMMY nomination entries: Producer of the Year (Swingin’ With Legends), and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist for Angela DeNiro’s Avalon & The Song Is You. Ron completed an arranging assignment for vocalist Alex Donner, featuring nine of Ron’s arrangements. Alex released the first of a 2-CD set in the spring of 2001. Ron co-hosted a weekly jazz radio show on WSHR, 91.9 FM, New York, with his wife, vocalist Angela DeNiro. Their show, Rush-Hour Rendezvous ran successfully for two years, and featured great jazz and musical conversation.

In January 2001, Ron’s band, with Angela DeNiro, was featured on “BET-TV”. The national program, called “Jazz Discovery”, showcased jazz artists in competition, and was judged by a panel of three, which included jazz legend Chick Corea. Angela, with Ron’s band, won.

Ron and Angela DeNiro made a cameo appearance on legendary jazz vocalist Mark Murphy’s new CD, released in September of 2001 on the High Note Label. In August 2001, Ron performed in an All-Star band for a Charlie Parker Birthday tribute in Harlem, New York. The band featured four alto saxophonists. Playing alongside Ron were Jimmy Zaff, Gerald Hayes, and James Spaulding. The rhythm section featured Danny Mixon on piano, Bob Cunningham on bass, and Andre Strobaer on drums. Needless to say , Ron and friends created total pandemonium!

Ron wrote for Angela DeNiro’s third CD, My Shining Hour. One of Ron’s compositions, For Phil, is dedicated to Phil Woods, who has been a major source of inspiration to Ron since the mid 60’s. Ron’s tribute to Phil, performed by Ms. DeNiro, exudes the warmth and love Ron has for the legendary alto saxophonist. This CD was released in August 2005. Angela and Ron are joined on this album by a smokin’ rhythm section comprised of Cecilia Coleman on piano, Tim Givens on bass, and Jim Young on drums. Trumpeter Don Sickler and trombonist Scott Whitfield join Ron’s alto sax & flute, and strings round out two of the cuts on the album.

Post Radiation Sextet
Jun 29 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Post Radiation Sextet @ Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

$20 Music charge, $10 Minimum

Bob Devos Organ Quartet
Jun 30 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Bob Devos Organ Quartet @ Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

Friday, June 30   8-11pm


Bob DeVos Organ Quartet


“By virtue of his prowess as a guitarist, composer, bandleader, and recording artist, DeVos has earned the right to be included in the circle of living jazz legends.” – David Orthmann ( Sept. 2015)

Bob DeVos – Guitar (Richard “Groove” Holmes-Sonny Stitt, Jimmy McGriff & Hank Crawford, Charles Earland)

Behn Gillece – Vibraphone (Posi-Tone Recording Artist)

Dan Kostelnik – Organ (DownBeat Rising Star)

Steve Johns – Drums (Sonny Fortune, Billy Taylor, Randy Brecker)

Start your fireworks on Friday June 30 when celebrated guitarist Bob DeVos returns to Trumpets: His soulful, electrifying performances are loved by both jazz aficionados and casual listeners. DeVos loves the sound of guitar, vibes, organ and drums, and looks forward to once again playing with rising star vibraphonist Behn Gillece as well as his longtime ace bandmates: Dan Kostelnik on organ and Steve Johns on drums. Make ready for a very exciting night!


With horn like, blues-drenched lines and a warm, fat sound, Bob DeVos has an enthusiastic following for his signature mix of groove and sophistication. Bob and his band’s tight-knit performances of jazz standards, Rhythm & Blues, ballads, and Bob’s hip compositions and arrangements thrill audiences nationwide. His recent HighNote/Savant and American Showplace releases were all high on the top ten jazz charts for many weeks & on many Top Ten CDs of the Year lists.


Critics hail DeVos as “the thinking man’s guitar hero,” “a brilliant, knowing bebop player,” and dig his “infectious, funky groove.” Bob has played with a who’s who of jazz legends both in and outside of the Hammond B3 organ genre, including Richard “Groove” Holmes-Sonny Stitt, Jimmy McGriff & Hank Crawford, and The Charles Earland Band with Eric Alexander, as well as many modern players.

“A Powerhouse Group that Delivers!” Zan Stewart


2 sets:  8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
$18 pp prepaid tickets    $20 pp music charge    $12 pp minimum

Bob Devos-guitar

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Flutes and The Abstract Truth
Jul 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Flutes and The Abstract Truth

Nicki Denner, piano      
Rick Faulkner, bass
Diego Lopez, drums

FLUTES AND THE ABSTRACT TRUTH performs jazz and world music in the unconventional yet endlessly appealing setting of flute quartet with rhythm section.  Performing on the full range of sizes of the flute family, they present skillfully-crafted arrangements and innovative interpretations of standards, traditional music, and original compositions.  The four featured flutists are a who’s-who of flute virtuosi in the Garden State, with glowing credentials from the worlds of jazz, Latin, Brazilian music, classical, theater, and commercial music.

Andrea Brachfeld, a graduate of The Manhattan School of Music, is a major figure in the worlds of jazz, Latin jazz, and Latin dance flutists. She began her musical career at age 16 and has performed and/or recorded with such jazz and Latin music luminaries as Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Hubert Laws, Nestor Torres, Dave Valentín, Paquito D’Rivera, Wycliffe Gordon and Wallace Roney, to name just a few.  She is the first female professional charanga flutist in the United States. She has released seven highly-praised, full-length CDs as a leader, and has performed on the JVC Jazz Festival, the Havana Jazz Festival, and the International Flute Festival.  She is the winner of numerous awards, including Best Jazz Flute (Hothouse Magazine), Chico O’ Farrill Lifetime Achievement Award (Latin Jazz USA), the Latin New York Music Award, and she is a three-time winner of the National Flute Association’s Jazz Flute Big Band competition.


Anton Denner holds a degree in jazz performance from William Paterson University and a master’s degree from Columbia University.  He has performed with Ray Charles, Rosemary Clooney, and Rita Moreno, as well as with world-class jazz artists Clifford Jordan, Mel Lewis, Al Foster, Terrel Stafford, Bill Stewart, and Rufus Reid. He has been a featured soloist at the Napa Valley Jazz Festival, Istanbul Jazz Festival, and La Villette Paris Jazz Festival, as well as the Eric Dolphy Festival in Montclair, New Jersey. As an educator, he has been a faculty member of the Stanford Jazz Workshop and Seton Hall University. Anton’s flute and piccolo playing can be heard regularly on the Emmy award winning animated PBS TV series,

Mark Friedman received his B.A. in music education and jazz performance from New Jersey City University (then Jersey City State College).  He has performed and/or recorded with Frank Sinatra, Buddy Rich, such giants of jazz, Latin music, and popular music as Tito Puente, Machito, The Big Three Palladium Orchestra, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, Manhattan Transfer, Glenn Miller, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Frankie Valle, Andy Williams, Wayne Newton, and many others.  He appears on Machito’s 1983 Grammy Award-winning album, Machito and His Big Salsa Band 1982.  He has performed in 23 countries and 23 states. Mark is currently a member of the Ramapo Indian Hills music faculty, and maintains an active private teaching studio.

 Jessica Valiente holds a B.A. in music from Barnard College in conjunction with Manhattan School of Music, an M.A. in music performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music (Queens College, CUNY) and a D.M.A. in music performance from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.   In addition to her activities in the worlds of symphonic music, chamber music, and historical performance practice, she has performed in the conjunto of Latin legend Orlando Marín, and currently performs with the Latin jazz big band, Bronx Conexión.  She has been the musical director of the salsa and Latin jazz ensemble Los Mas Valientes since 1995.  With Los Mas Valientes She has performed released five albums, all to critical acclaim.  She has performed at such world-class venues as Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, The National Cathedral, The 92nd Street Y, The Gaillard Center, Baltimore Symphony Hall, The Hartford Jazz Festival, and many others.  She has taught flute at Brooklyn College, the John J. Cali School of Music of Montclair State University, and is currently on the flute faculty of the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music program.



Doug Munro CD Release Party: A Gypsy Swing Infused Tribute to the Music of Harry Warren
Jul 8 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
2 sets:  8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
$20 pp prepaid tickets  $25 pp at door    $12 pp minimum (food/drink)
Doug Munro- guitar
Vinny Raniolo- guitar
Ted Gottsegen- guitar
Ernesto Pugliese- guitar
Matt Dwonszyk- bass
Michael Goetz- bass
Andrei Matorin- violin
Doug’s latest release, “Doug Munro and La Pompe Attack: The Harry Warren Songbook” is a Gypsy Swing infused tribute to Doug’s great uncle Harry Warren. The CD features guitarists Howard Alden, Vic Juris, Vinny Raniolo, Ted Gottsegen and Ernesto Pugliese along with violinists Howie Bujese and Andrei Matorin and bassists Matt Dwonszyk and Michael Goetz.

Master musician and guitar virtuoso Doug Munro is an established veteran of the New York music scene. Since 1987 he has released 15 albums as a leader and has appeared on over 75 recordings as a sideman, producer, and arranger working with a diverse array of artists including Dr. John, Michael Brecker, and Dr. Lonnie Smith.  Doug has over 75 original published compositions and over 300 recorded arrangements performed by some of the finest players in the world. He has released recordings in many jazz styles including: Soul-Jazz, Organ Trio, Latin and Gypsy Jazz.

In the recording field Doug has received two Grammy nominations and two NAIRD awards. picked Boogaloo to Beck , on which Doug performed, arranged, and co-produced, as one of its Top Ten Jazz CD’s of 2003. Doug also did orchestration work on the Oscar winning documentary When We Were Kings. In 2011 “A Very Gypsy Christmas “ was picked as one of the top five holiday releases by the Wall Street Journal.

Doug has written 4 books on jazz improvisation for Alfred Music Publications, including “Swing to Bebop”, which won the Music and Sound Retailers instructional book of the year award in 2000.

As an educator Doug created and was Director of the Jazz Studies Program at The Conservatory of Music at Purchase College from 1993-2002. He continues to teach there as Director Emeritus. This esteemed jazz program boasts a faculty that includes John Abercrombie, Todd Coolman, Jon Faddis, Eric Alexander, John Riley and many other top jazz performers.

Having worked with a veritable Who’s Who of Jazz and Soul artists Doug has garnered high praise from both his fellow artists and the press.

“Doug Munro…well he can flat out play!”

Dr. Lonnie Smith

“Doug Munro is a tremendously talented guitarist and composer who deserves the ears of a larger audience”

Steve Khan

  “Doug Munro is one of the finest Guitarist I’ve heard perform. His music is great to listen to, very entertaining, funky, danceable, not to mention his straight ahead groove. Doug is just GREAT!!!”

Melvin Sparks

  “Doug Munro plays in the tradition, but he has his own voice, combining elements of mainstream jazz guitar, Brazilian bossa nova and classical music. He has a great sound and swings with authority. I always enjoy playing with him.”

John Stowell

” In sum, Munro displays a hip musicality where discipline, audacity and an ebullient sense of joie de vivre co-mingle with devilish glee. Great Stuff!”

Chuck Berg, Jazz Times

Vinny Raniolo Bio
Vinny Raniolo is best known for his accompanying skills and is a very high demand rhythm guitarist. His dynamic playing has taken him to 14 countries on three continents (and still growing), and he has performed in some of the world’s most illustrious venues, including the Sydney Opera House in Australia, The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, New York’s Lincoln Center and the world’s oldest indoor concert hall, Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Italy.
Often featured on National Public Radio in duo with Frank Vignola, Vinny has become a familiar figure on Public Television, featured previously on three popular shows, including the heavily programmed Tommy Emmanuel and Friends. Frank and Vinny’s own PBS special, Four Generations of Guitars premieres in the 2014-15 season as part of the forthcoming 13 episode series Music Gone Public.
Vinny also has worked with artists like Leon Redbone, Vince Giordano, Deana Martin and Olli Soikkeli as well as on screen appearances on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.

Teddy Gottsegen
<h1>“A TRUE AMERICAN GYPSY! AMBASSADOR AND PIONEER OF THE STYLE IN AMERICA!”While not of Gypsy descent, Teddy Gottsegen (Got-say-ɡen) has been an active journeyman guitarist for 15 years. The New York native got his start in Seattle, WA in 2001 playing locally with a variety of acts performing swing based jazz music, touring and recording Big Band Jazz with the Solomon Douglas Swingtett. He was also asked to join reedman Hamilton Carson for a three-year weekly residency at Seattle’s famed New Orleans Creole Restaurant in a band that included jazz legends Buddy Catlett and Bob Hammer. This is also where he dedicated himself to the sound, style and music of his idol, Django Reinhardt. There he helped create and became house band performer at the father of all Django inspired festivals, Djangofest Northwest. He also toured and played with Andreas Oberg, Philadelphia’s Kruno Spisic, Patrick Saussois and others.

Through happenstance While attending the Festival Django Reinhardt; held annually in Samois-Sur-Seine, France, a travel related delay led to a performance on the festival main stage with German born Sinti gypsy Wawau (Wow-wow) Adler, in addition to another performance the following evening with Andreas Öberg.

2007 brought a return to New York City and led subsequent work with the Baby Soda Jazz Band, Dan Levinson’s Swing Wing, Vince Giordano & His Nighthawks, Bria Skonberg, Gordon Webster, Michael Arenella’s Dreamland Orchestra, Dorado, Samson & Tchavolo Schmitt, Aurore Voilque, Lollo Meier, Pierre Blanchard, Ludovic Beier, Andreas Öberg, Joel Frahm, Robin Nolan, Terrell Stafford, Curtis Stigers.

2010 brought him to Paris for an extended stay for an emersion in Gypsy Jazz music in the styles historic center where he performed with Jean-Philippe Watremez, Moreno Winterstein, Aurore Voilqué, Darko Andelkovic and Dick Miller. Upon returning to the US, he continued playing and touring the country and was a founding member of Svetlana and The Delancey Five.

In July, 2011 he fulfilled a dream and traveled to The Sultanate of Omar, via the US State Departmen, as a member of the award winning western swing power trio The Hot Club of Cowtown. There the trio was the first American group to perform at the Khareef Festival in Salalah. Another concert followed in Muskat for US Ambassador Richard Schmierer and the entire international diplomatic presence.

He again returned to France in 2015 where he lived in a caravan in a gypsy camp with Dallas Baumgartner and his family. The Baumgartner family are the direct descendants of Django Reinhardt’s first son Lousson. He and Dallas recorded a soon-to-be-released album. Upon returning to the US in 2016 continued his association with Robin Nolan on a tour throughout the northeast and mid-west. He has performed in 8 countries, 30 US States and three Canadian Provinces and continues to work around the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut areas and to wherever else the music brings him.

Ernie Pugliese Bio
Ernie has been playing in and around the Philadelphia/ Delaware Valley as a sideman/accompanist for many years.  He has played in a number of straight ahead jazz groups and has chosen to focus on the Gypsy Jazz genre for the last decade. He’s performed in clubs, restaurants and concert venues throughout the NE and Mid Atlantic markets  Besides the New York based group La Pompe Attack, Ernie plays in  Philly gypsy groups, Zazous and Hot Club Canaries.  He also works with in a York, PA band called Hot Club DuJour.  He has appeared on stage with Bucky Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola, Vinny Rainiolo, Ed Laub, Gonzalo Bergara, Evan Perri and Olli Soikkeli. And recorded and appeared with the outstanding young French Chanteuse and Sarah Vaughn vocalist winner, Cyril Aimee.  Ernie has also had his interviews, articles and CD reviews published in a number of Jazz Periodicals.

Hendrik Meurkens Quartet
Jul 15 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm


2 sets:  8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
$18 pp music charge advance purchase $20 pp music charge  $12 pp minimum (food/drink)

Hendrik Meurkens – harmonica, vibes
Misha Tsiganov – piano
Gustavo Amarante – bass
Adriano Santos – drums



Hendrik Meurkens – harmonica, vibes
Misha Tsiganov  –  piano
Eduardo Belo –  bass
Byron Landham  –  drums

Hendrik Meurkens

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.”