“Soul of the Organ Quartet,” featuring Josh Rubin and Rob Middleton
Mar 15 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
“Soul of the Organ Quartet,” featuring Josh Rubin and Rob Middleton @ Trumpets Jazz Club and  Restaurant | Montclair | New Jersey | United States
$10 pp Music charge, $7 pp minimum (food/drink)
Rob Middleton – tenor sax
Josh Rubin – guitar
Roberta Piket– organ
Peter McDonald -drums

After graduating Berklee College of Music in 1987, Joshua Rubin embarked on a career as a performing guitarist and teacher.  He has performed with such artists as George ColemanClaudio RoditiGrady Tate and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas in venues, including Carnegie Hall, The Knitting Factory, Village Gate, Pier 16, Avery Fisher Hall, and Alice Tully Hall.  Josh has recorded a number of CDs as sideman and as a featured soloist.  Education is a large part of Josh’s musical life, he currently teaches privately in Montclair and Clifton and is also an adjunct faculty member at Caldwell College. 

Rob Middleton is a saxophonist, a prize-winning composer, and an active woodwind player and teacher in the New York area.  He works in a broad range of styles, from jazz and classical to commercial and ethnic music. He has performed around the U.S and abroad with many jazz greats, including Wynton Marsalis,  Branford MarsalisPhil WoodsHarry Connick Jr., Lionel Hampton, The New York Voices, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Lovano, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Woody ShawOliver Lake, David Liebman, Randy BreckerJane Ira Bloom, and Jim McNeely.  Rob’s recent recordings, both jazz and classical, include “Portraits and Places”  with the Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra, “Open Crossings,”music of Andy Teirstein, “Eleven” with the Birdland Big Band, “Composers in Collaboration,” new music by New Jersey women composers, and “Urban Soundscapes” with NewYorkestra, which he co-leads and writes for.  Rob also plays in and conducts the Birdland Big Band, which performs weekly at the famed Birdland Jazz Club in New York, and he is long-time member of the BMI/New York Jazz Orchestra, an ensemble dedicated to performing works created by the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop.  He is a former participant in that workshop and a winner of its composition prize.  His compositions and arrangements are performed regularly in the New York area and have appeared in a major motion picture, “The Thomas Crown Affair.” Rob is a member of the music faculty at Caldwell University in Caldwell, New Jersey.

Over the years, Roberta Piket has appeared professionally as a sidewoman with David Liebman, Rufus ReidMichael FormanekLionel HamptonMickey Roker, Eliot Zigmund, Benny Golson, Ted Curson, Valery Ponomarev, Virginia Mayhew, and the BMI/NY Jazz Orchestra. She has also toured and performed with some of the most interesting musicians in European and American improvised music, including drummers Klaus Kugel and Billy Mintz, and saxophonists Petras Vysniauskas and Louie Belogenis.

Kate Baker Quartet
Mar 16 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

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

Kate Baker-vocals
Vic Juris-guitar
Karl Latham-drums
Evan Gregor-bass

Kate Baker’s love of music is the basis for two remarkable talents, as a singer and an educator.She has a distinctive vocal style and lyrical expression and she has evolved into one of today’s most sought after singers. Her voice resonates with her love of diverse musical inspirations whether Jazz, Brazilian, Latin or the Blues. Be it a Cole Porter standard or an Antonio Carlos Jobim composition, English or Portuguese, Kate is at home. Ms. Baker is a musician’s singer. Her high level of musicianship has enabled her to successfully sing in a variety of settings, from an intimate duo to fronting her five-piece ensemble, as well as performing as a guest artist with Big Bands. Kate’s debut CD shines with Vic Juris, Richie Cole and the Alto Madness Orchestra.

Ms. Baker’s distinct and authentic sound has excited audiences worldwide. In Europe, she has been a featured vocalist at numerous Jazz events, including the Euro-Meet Jazz Festival, The Carini Jazz Festival and The Pergine Spettacolo Jazz Festival. In the U.S., her festival and concert credits include Berkshire Jazz Festival, The Texaco Jazz Series in NY City, William Paterson Jazz Room Concert Series, Liberty State Park Jazz Concert Festival, The Tarrytown Jazz Festival, The JVC Jazz Festival, The OSPAC Jazz Festival and many more. She has filled the rooms at major NYC area clubs such as: The Blue Note, Birdland, Trumpets and Visiones. Kate has had the pleasure of working with such talented artists as Claudio Roditi, Norman Simmons, Harvie Swartz, Houston Persons, Richie Cole, Vic Juris, Dick Oatts, Dave Stryker, Daduka Fonseka and many others.

Vic Juris

A native of Jersey City, N.J., Juris took up guitar at age 10 during the summer of 1963. Accordion, he notes, was a far more popular instrument than guitar at that time. All that would change the following year when Beatlemania washed up on the Jersey shore.

Vic Juris

Juris got his first electric guitar on Christmas of 1964, and by the mid-’60s he was playing cover versions of Jimi Hendrix, Cream and the Temptations material in rock and R&B bands around his area. He discovered jazz in his late teens and subsequently studied with Philly jazz guitar legend Pat Martino.

In 1975, Juris made his recording debut on alto saxophonist Eric Kloss’ Bodies’ Warmth (Muse). He later gigged with fusioneer Barry Miles before hooking up with alto-sax burner Richie Cole, appearing on two hot, boppish offerings in 1977’s Alto Madness and 1978’s Keeper of the Flame (both on Muse). In the early ’80s, Juris immersed himself in acoustic guitar, performing duets with Larry Coryell and Biréli Lagrène, and by the late ’80s he joined bassist Gary Peacock’s group.

For the past 10 years Juris has been hitting the road hard with the Dave Liebman Group. “The band started out where we had keyboards,” says Juris, “and then Dave decided that he just wanted to go with the guitar. So my original role was kind of like a second horn, and the guitar is very cool for that. But now that’s completely changed to where I’m more of a colorist and chordal accompanist while also doing a bit of the second horn thing.”

The Liebman gig affords Juris quite a bit of freedom. “Dave is into doing a wide variety of stuff and he pretty much gives me the green light to do whatever I want,” says Juris. “He likes the fact that I can go through different styles in a given set and he also likes the effects for some of the electric Miles stuff that we do [culled from On the Corner, Get Up With It and Dark Magus, all recordings made during Liebman’s tenure with the tumultuous Miles Davis bands of the early ’70s]. So I carry a RAT pedal for a touch of distortion and I also use my Roland GR-50 guitar synth for colors and textures on some tunes. We also do some Jobim music in that band [from Liebman’s recording, The Unknown Jobim], so he likes me to play the nylon-string acoustic on that stuff.”

Juris uses a nylon-string Takamine acoustic guitar for the Brazilian music, but his main ax since 1980 has been a thin hollow-body guitar made by New Jersey luthier Tom Doyle. He also plays a closed archtop (no f-holes) built by Phoenix luthier Glen McKerrihan.

From Jazz Times.

DARYL SHERMAN Trio with Steve Johns, drums and Boots Maleson, bass
Mar 17 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
DARYL SHERMAN Trio with Steve Johns, drums and Boots Maleson, bass
2 sets:  8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
$20 pp  music charge  prepaid online  $22 pp music charge at door   $12 pp  minimum (food/drink)
The New Yorker heralds Daryl Sherman:
“A sure pianist and witty knowing singer who has been honing her art (for years) to shape her understated but eminently swinging style. No veteran singer inhabits the full range of the American popular-song repertoire quite like the irreplaceable Daryl Sherman and precious few possess her abundant versatility, style and charm. She gets kindred support from the bassist Boots Maleson”
“She’s sophisticated, she’s straightforward and she can swing!” – Marian McPartland, Piano Jazz
The Bloom project by Sharman Nittoli
Mar 18 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
The Bloom project by Sharman Nittoli @ Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

Only one show at 3:00 pm
The Bloom Project by Sharman Nittoli
$8 pp prepaid online sales  $10 pp at door  $7 pp minimum (food/drink)

Sharman Nittoli,-piano & vocals
Sue Williams- bass
Emedin Rivera- percussion

The Bloom Project is an eclectic collection of personal original short stories and songs by multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer and arranger Sharman Nittoli about the complicated journey of her life.

Audrey Silver
Mar 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Audrey Silver

$10 pp music charge, $7 pp minimum  (food/drink)

Bruce Barth – piano
Joe Magnarelli – trumpet
Paul Beaudry – bass
Gene Lewin – drums

Audrey grew up in New York City and fell in love with the American Songbook as a child.  Starting with her obsession as a 10-year-old with Fred Astaire and the Broadway musicals of the 20s through the 50s, Audrey’s love of the American Songbook eventually grew into a love of jazz and a fascination with the likes of Joe Williams, Bill Evans and Ella Fitzgerald.

Starting as a straight-ahead jazz singer who performed mostly standards, Audrey Silver now also sings original works, contemporary pieces, and elegant French songs.  Each time she performs, she hopes her audience will experience the same beauty, fascination, and joy in the music that she does.

Audrey Silver has been performing for over 15 years at venues including  Jazz at Kitano, the Cornelia Street Café, 55 Bar, Club Bonafide, the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, and the JVC Jazz Festival.

Audrey’s latest album, Very Early, was released in October 2016 and reached #100 on the Jazz Week Chart, #10 on the RMR’s top 50 jazz albums, and #11 on the CMJ chart.  It was in regular rotation on WBGO for several months earlier this year, including a live interview and performance with Michael Bourne on his Singers Unlimited show in October last year.

Trumpets is closed this evening due to inclement weather. Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band will be rescheduled!
Mar 21 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Trumpets is closed this evening due to inclement weather. Diane Moser's Composers Big Band will be rescheduled! @ Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant

Stay home. Be safe and warm. We look forward to seeing you when Diane Moser reschedules the Big Band. Look for our updates.

We hope to be open tomorrow, if weather allows.

Friday: Elise Wood-Hicks with Yashmin Abler on vocals at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Saturday:  Hendrik Meurkens Quartet at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Sunday: One More Once Big Band at 6 p.m.



Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band
Mar 21 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Diane Moser's Composers Big Band

Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band Celebrates Women in Jazz
with guest composer Ann Belmont and resident composers Barbara Cifelli and Diane Moser.
March 21st
Sets at 8PM & 10PM
Cover $20

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Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band Celeste’s Women in Jazz this month with guest composer Ann Belmont, and resident composers Barbara Cifelli and Diane Moser.

Ann Belmont is a long-time member of the BMI Jazz Composers’ Workshop. Her work has been featured in concert with the BMI Jazz Orchestra, Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band, Friends Jazz Orchestra, and under her own name.  She was awarded a Meet the Composer grant to present a performance in Hartford, Conn., of “Kansas”, a piece for jazz orchestra plus strings.
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Barbara Cifelli has held down the baritone sax/bass clarinet/alto flute chair in the CBB since the very first rehearsal in 1996. She is also the baritone/Eb clarinet/flute player of the Ed Palermo Big Band whose CD, Eddy Loves Frank, was nominated for a Grammy and continues to receive rave reviews. She has played with the Lynn Oliver Band, Joe Gallant’s Illuminati, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Buster Poindexter, the Birdland Big Band, the Diva Jazz Orchestra and many others. She has also toured with “Mame” and “Sugar Babies”, and has played multiple woodwinds on Broadway and at the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall.

Diane Moser, musical director, pianist and contributing composer, has had many of her compositions played by the CBB. She began composing for big band when she co-founded the band in 1996. Many of her compositions are audience favorites such as: Flipped Kitty in the City, The Journey Home and For My Mother.

Joining the CBB in the band tonight are: alto saxophonist Anton Denner, tenor saxophonist Paul Ostermayer, and trombonist Scott Reeves.

The members of the CBB are:
Saxes: Barbara Cifelli, Marty Fogel, Craig Yaremko, Tom Colao, Rob Middleton and Ed Xiques (emeritus).
Trombones: Erick Storckman, Ben Williams, Matt Haviland and Dennis Argul.
Trumpets: Mike Spengler, Jim Cifelli, Chris Rogers and Rob Henke.
Rhythm Section:
Diane Moser-piano, Larry Maltz-guitar, Andy Eulau-bass and Scott Neumann-drums.

Their resident composers include:
Dennis Argul, Barbara Cifelli, Jim Cifelli, Marty Fogel, Matt Haviland, Rob Henke, Rob Middleton, Diane Moser, Chris Rogers, Erick Storckman,Russ Vines, Ed Xiques, and Craig Yaremko.

“You can always hear jazz big bands that play the classic repertoire, where the music has been. To hear where big band music is going, check out the Composers Big Band.”
– George Kanzler – Star Ledger Newark NJ

“…big band lives…barroom or church, it’s all the same to this band of musical trail-blazers. Most amazing are the crowds that are flocking to hear [this] new music- a pivotal point if jazz is to survive and grow”
– Jim Beckerman – Bergen Record New Jersey

“Big, swinging, and Mingus-esque!”
– admin – Lurid Culture-Wordpress

” …this stellar band is as good as it gets”
– Zan Stewart – Star Ledger Newark NJ

Closed this evening: Wolff-Clark Expedition will be rescheduled
Mar 22 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Closed this evening:  Wolff-Clark Expedition will be rescheduled

$10 Music charge, $7 Minimum pp

Wolff & Clark Expedition, is co-led by pianist Michael Wolff and drummer Mike Clark.  On this show at Trumpets they are joined by bassist Essiet Essiet and Saxophonist Michael Zilber. 

Michael Wolff was a member of the bands of Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Rollins, Jean Luc Ponty, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim, and singer Nancy Wilson, among many others. As musical director of The Arsenio Hall Show, Wolff performed with artists ranging from Yo Yo MA to Grandmaster Flash, and with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and Chick Corea as well.

Mike Clark created his own innovative style of drumming as a member of Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters Band, and has gone on to be a leader of the Headhunters himself. Clark has performed and recorded with Wayne Shorter, Wallace Roney, Donald Harrison, Chet Baker, Christian McBride, Eddie Henderson, Nicholas Payton, Lenny White, and countless others.

The music of the Wolff & Clark Expedition takes advantage of the experience and soulful playing of Wolff and Clark, combining their looseness and experimental jazz natures with their funky roots.

Elise Wood-Hicks Luminous Quartet
Mar 23 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Elise Wood-Hicks Luminous Quartet @ Trumpets Jazz Club & Restaurant | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

2 sets: 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.
$20 pp music charge $12 pp minimum

Elise Wood-flute
Roni Ben Hur-Guitar
Santi Debriano-bass
Steve Williams-Drums
Special guest vocalist-Yashmin Charnet Abler

ELISE WOOD – a flutist who hails from Philadelphia, has appeared as featured soloist, band-leader and band-member with such notables as David Murray, Archie Shepp, Butch Morris and Arthur Blythe, Sir Roland Hanna, Spirit of Life Ensemble and most frequently

with her partner of two decades, John Hicks. She has recorded for Mapleshade Records, Landmark Records, Evidence Records and the recently established record company with John Hicks, HiWood Records. International festivals and tours include Japan, Finland, Italy, France, and most recently Taiwan. Documentary films such as “Femme du Jazz” and books “Madame Jazz” as well as magazine articles in WindPlayer and Fa La Lut and Jazz Hot place Ms. Wood in the cutting edge of this creative American art form, Jazz.

With Mr. John Hicks was a further collaborative album called “Beautiful Friendship,” a duet cd which is composed of standard love songs and was also released on their label HiWood. A further Sextet recording called “Sweet Love of Mine” (Highnote) with John Hicks was released in Jan. 2007 – the first album to be released in his memory.

For the last two years Ms. Wood has dedicated herself to memorializing the life and music of her late-husband/partner with creation of the John Hicks Legacy Band. This five- to six-piece band is composed largely of alumni of the John Hicks ensembles and plays exclusively the repertoire of John Hicks. A recording of his music as performed by the Legacy Band will soon be released on Highnote records. Ms. Wood also works with Jazz Foundation of America in the Education program with children from the ages of 8- 14.

She is also and active member of the NY Jazz Flutet, a six flute jazz ensemble that includes an instrumentation from contra-bass flute to piccolo w/drums (to be featured in the National Flute Convention 2006).

Hendrik Meurkens Quartet
Mar 24 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm


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
David Berkman – piano
Chris Berger – bass
Jason Tiemann – 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.”