2 sets: 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.
$22 pp music charge $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.
7 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
$10 pp music charge $12 pp at door $7 pp minimum (food/drink)
One of Jersey’s ace ensembles should be much better known:The Real Deal Big Band, led by guitarist, composer and arranger Willy Dalton. An outgrowth of the smaller Dalton Gang, the band digs into a melding of jazz, blues and Latin styles with aplomb .
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Sets at 8:00 & 10:00
$20 pp music charge online advance sales; $25 pp at door $12 pp minimum (food/drink)
A Night of Friends, Celebration of Life
Join us to welcome in the New Year with Grammy Nominated Vocalist:
Mark Soskin piano
Ratzo Harris Bass
Karl Latham drums
Special guests: Gabrielle Stravelli and UK Jazz Stars: Vocalists Christine Tobin and guitarist Phil Robson*
Songs of love and celebration for those who are here and memories of those who have passed. More guests to be announced.
2 sets: 8:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.
$20 pp prepaid music charge $25 at door $12 pp minimum (food/drink)
Enrico Granafei-harmonica, guitar, vocals
With special guests!
Join us for cake for Kristine’s birthday!
Enrico Granafei has a long history of musical experience that encompasses both classical music and jazz. He received his degree in classical guitar from the Conservatory of l’Aquila in Italy in 1976 and his artistic career started in Rome where he soon became known in the musical community. In 1992 Granafei received his master’s degree in Jazz Performance from the Manhattan School of Music where he was the only student of Toots Thielemans. His love for jazz led him to New York City, where he soon started to perform in local jazz clubs including The Blue Note, Birdland,Visiones, Angry Squire, and the Bottom Line. He has performed extensively on the chromatic harmonica in the United States and continued to be a featured musician in major European Festivals, including Pori Jazz Festival (Finland), Euromeet Jazz Festival and Veneto Jazz Festival (Italy), and other jazz festivals throughout Italy, France, Spain and major clubs throughout Europe.
Granafei has been the owner and musical director of the prestigious Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair, New Jersey since 1999. One of the most respected players of the Chromatic Harmonica in the world today, Granafei continues to cultivate an audience for the instrument through his international performances. As jazz pianist/historian Lewis Porter says: “This could be the start of something big for harmonica players everywhere.”
New Year’s Eve Gala! Tickets are going fast! Get yours today!
Update: 12/31/2017 There are only about 8 seats available at bar. Please leave a message on 973-744-2600, if you are interested in seats at the bar.
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The amazing Ty Stephens & the SoulJaazz returns for our annual New Year’s Eve Gala! Ring in the New Year with dancing, great food, contests, prizes and surprise guests!
Ticket price includes the show, a four-course meal, one drink, champagne toast at midnight, and party favors. One of our most popular and engaging performers, Ty Stephens and the SoulJaazz features elegantly funky R&B, Jazz and more! Presented by WillJam Entertainment Group.
About Ty Stephens & the SoulJaazz
A consummate multi-talented entertainer and performer, Ty Stephens has performed around the world for over a decade, gaining an international audience with a cool, urban-tinged adult-contemporary sound, based on jazz, funk and R&B. In May 2016, he signed with a new management team led by music-industry veteran Buzz Willis and the legendary Robert “Kool” Bell (of Kool & The Gang).
He has also signed a U.S. distribution deal with All Access Entertainment Records distributed by BDG/RED (A Division of Sony LLC), for their latest album, “Good Medicine”. Starting off with the lead single, “Good Medicine,” the new partnership provides greater exposure for a rising star on the Urban Adult Contemporary scene.
“I’m thrilled that this new distribution deal, along with a legendary management team, are all in place to bring the music of “Good Medicine” to a larger worldwide audience,” said Stephens. “The goal of any artist is to have their music heard. As you listen to the album, let your heart be light and youthful and your spirit open, as the music will fill and enlighten you… and funk you up!”
“Good Medicine” by Ty Stephens and (the) SoulJaazz (Richard Cummings, Jr., Ron “Rondew” Monroe, Tony Lewis and Robert “R.T.” Taylor) features 15 delicious tracks of original, smooth, elegantly funky R&B/jazz, with singles including the title track “Good Medicine,” the dance anthem “Love Is In The Room,” the summer love jam “Ain’tcha Somethin’” and the remake of the very popular “Found”.
“Good Medicine” is available on all major digital distribution and steaming services. More about Ty Stephens & (the) SoulJaazz can be found at www.tystephensmusic.com.
Roberto Tarenzi, Roberto Pistolesi, Takashi Otsuka. Enrico Granafei
$10 Music charge, $5 Minimum pp
Roberto Pistolesi (1978), is a drummer/artist/composer born in Frosinone, Italy.
He gained acknowledgment from the jazz crowd playing with the worldwide-known saxophone player Stefano Di Battista, joining his band in 2010, touring with him in many countries through the most important jazz festivals in the world. Roberto also has been playing/plays with a variety of outstanding jazz players, such as Roberto Tarenzi, Francesco Cafiso, Steve Grossman, Dave Liebman, Scott Hamilton, Antonio Faraò.
“Music has been present in my life right from the start, and it’s just by accident that I now play the drums, because they got into my spirit later than my first love, which is melody.
As a baby I use to sing right from the cradle, then my parents made me do classical studies. I studied Violin at my hometown’s conservatory of classical music as a little kid, and I quit when I was 15. My love for drums came during my teens, as the manifestation of a relief from classical education and I never thought to be a professional when I was beating everything that came at handy (teachers were kicking me off the class all the time). Many years passed from when I was playing with local bands to the point where I am now. I perform in the Jazz field, still having gathered many experience in a lot of genres.”
After In 1998 he moved to Rome, the capital city, and attended U.M. (Università Della Musica), getting a 5 years degree in 2 years of time. From 2000 to current times, Roberto Pistolesi went through many musical changes, being at first a “pop” free-lance, playing and touring with rock bands, and finally gaining more confidence in the musical “field” he always loved the most: Jazz. From 2005 he finally quit being a “hard hitter” and declined all his commitments with pop bands, intensely willing to be a jazz musician. That new choice made him have a big turn, and he began to play and record with almost every jazz player in the city. He played with various settings, from Dixieland to modern jazz, and with occasional visitors, such as George Garzone, Eddie Henderson, Steve Grossman, the first ones to inspire him to go to U.S.A. From 2006 to 2008 he attended the conservatory of Jazz Music in his hometown.
From 2007 he started his trips to New York, visiting it every year for a month. At the same time he started his career as a Jazz player in Italy. In N.Y. he studied with master drummers Kenny Washington, John Riley, Sam Ulano. He occasionally had lessons from Kendrick Scott, Ari Hoenig, Michael Carvin. In N.Y. he had the chance to work, play and have private sessions with great musicians as Lew Tabackin, Dred Scott, George Garzone, Virginia Mayhew, Carol Sudhalter, Steve Slagle, Dave Stryker, Marco Panascia, Joseph Lepore and many others.
In 2008, he started to attend the Jazz Conservatory in his hometown in Italy.
As time has passed, Roberto Pistolesi was acknowledged as one of the “up and coming” drummers / musicians of his country, being a number one call for many bandleaders.
Here’s a short list of the most relevant players he had the occasion to play and record with:
Among “Pop” musicians and Songwriters:
Jimmy Carl Black, Erri De Luca, Alex Britti, Max Gazzè, Niccolò Fabi, Nicky Nicolai Ivan Segreto, Les Vois du Sete Sois, Teddy Reno, Carlotta, Francesco di Giacomo.
Among Jazz players:
Stefano Di Battista, George Garzone, Francesco Cafiso, Steve Grossman, Roberto Tarenzi, Enrico Rava, Eddie Henderson, Ruud Jacobs, Peter Beets, Scott Hamilton, Steve Slagle, Randy Sandke, John Allred, Virginia Mayhew, Gegè Telesforo, Rocco Zifarelli, Dario Deidda, Rigmor Gustaffson, Enrico Rava, Lew Tabackin, Shawn Monteiro, Juraj Stanik, Jos Machtel, Paolo Fresu, Giovanni Amato, Fabio Zeppetella, Marjorie Barnes, Deborah Carter, Joris Teepe, Andrea Pozza, Rossano Sportiello, Alfredo Paixao, Wendell Brunious, David Paquette, Joy Garrison, Joseph Lepore, Massimo Nunzi’s big band, Gianluca Renzi, Marcello Rosa, Carol Sudhalter, Max Ionata, Sandro Deidda, Alfonso Deidda, Pietro Lussu, Gianni Saint Just, “All Times Orchestra” directed by M. Stefano Zavattoni, Carlo Atti, Luigi Grasso, Lino Patruno, Claudio “Greg” Gregori, Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese.
TV SHOWS: National Television: on Channel Five “Il senso della vita” with Paolo Bonolis, “Un poeta per amico” with Enzo Decaro,“Premio Bellisario”.
On Rai television “Domenica In” a weekly television show 8 months long, with Paola Perego and Pino Insegno.
Currently Roberto divides his residency between Italy and the Netherlands and performs with:
-Stefano Di Battista’s quartet
-“La Musica Provata”, with writer Erri De Luca, Stefano Di Battista and singer Nicky Nicolai, with whom he recorded the cd/dvd album “La Musica Provata” ,available in Italian and French book stores.
-Rocco Zifarelli Trio: renowned jazz and fusion guitar player and composer, Ennio Morricone’s guitarist.
-Roberto Tarenzi trio: jazz pianist and composer, with who he just recorded 4 cds.
-Ivan Segreto, a non-conventional song-writer-pianist, with who he recorded the cd album “Integra” and tours in duo or trio settings, exploring live electronics and improv.
-Antonio Faraò trio: world-renowned piano player.
– As a free-lance in many trios, quartets, big bands.
Roberto Tarenzi Trio
-“Dig Deep”, 2008
-“One Day I’ll Fly Away” 2009.
-“Involvingevolvingrevolving”, 2012 Alice Records.
-“Other Digressions”, 2013 Abeat Records.
-“Roberto Tarenzi Trio Live” with Dario Deidda, 2015.
Stefano Di Battista:
-“La Musica Insieme”, 2015 Feltrinelli.
Roberto Tarenzi Nasce a Milano nel 1977, intraprende lo studio del pianoforte all’età di otto anni, dedicandosi agli autori classici.
Scopre il jazz nell’adolescenza e studia con: Ray Santisi presso i seminari della Berklee School a Umbria Jazz nel 1994, Franco D’Andrea e Enrico Pieranunzi a Siena Jazz 1996, Enrico Intra e Roberto Pronzato presso i Civici Corsi di Jazz di Milano, dove ottiene il diploma nel 1999.
Nel 1995 entra a far parte della Big Band diretta da Enrico Intra con cui incide quattro CD: “Italian Club Graffiti” per la Erga-Peer Music, NIght Creature”, “New Perspectives” e “New Italian Graffiti” per la Soul Note e accompagna, tra gli altri: Dave Liebman, Max Roach, Bobby Watson, Bob Brookmeyer, David Murray, Eddie Daniels, David Raksin, Franco Cerri, Enrico Rava, Franco Ambrosetti, Giovanni Tommaso.
Nel 2000, ispirandosi alla musica del pianista Ahmad Jamal, fonda CUES Trio assieme a Lucio Terzano e Tony Arco, con cui incide nel 2001 “Introducing CUES trio” per la DDQ-SoulNote e nel 2002 “Cues trio meets David Liebman – FEEL” per la Abeat records.
Nel 2003 incontra in una jam session a New York James Cammack, contrabbassista da oltre vent’anni al fianco di Ahmad Jamal stesso, con cui tiene successivamente una serie di concerti in Italia e registra nel 2008 l’album “Rather Odd”, in trio, a nome del batterista Tony Arco.
Nell’ottobre 2005 registra con il quartetto di Nat Su il CD “Volatile”, uscito per la TCB-Montreux. Nel Dicembre 2005 registra dal vivo con Dave Liebman nell’ambito di un tour italiano; da queste sessioni nascono due album: “Dream of Nite” e “Negative Space”, entrambi prodotti in Europa dalla Emarcy-Universal e usciti negli USA per la prestigiosa etichetta VERVE.
All’inizio del 2006 si trasferisce a New York per sei mesi, dove svolge un’intensa attività concertistica nei club e registra con la cantante Alice Ricciardi il CD “Comes Love”, uscito poco dopo per la Blue Note-EMI Music. Di questo periodo sono anche le registrazioni di “The Right place” (Emarcy-Universal) di Gaetano Partipilo, “13 Floors” e “Dig Deep” (Music Center) e “Locomotion” (SoundHills) con Franco Ambrosetti e Michele Bozza.
Di ritorno dagli Stati Uniti viene scelto assieme ad altri undici pianisti in tutto il mondo (tra cui Aaron Parks e Gerald Clayton) per partecipare al prestigioso “Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition”, esibendosi di fronte ad una giuria presieduta da Herbie Hancock e comprendente, tra gli altri, Danilo Perez e Andrew Hill.
Nel 2008 si trasferisce a Roma e inizia una intensissima attività concertistica al fianco di Stefano Di Battista e Rosario Giuliani, collaborando altresì con Roberto Gatto, Maurizio Giammarco, Dario Deidda, Fabio Zeppetella, Fabrizio Bosso, Max Ionata e praticamente tutti i migliori musicisti della scena italiana.
Compare nel 12° DVD “La grande storia del Jazz” in un progetto diretto da Massimo Nunzi.
Con Stefano Di Battista incide incide un disco per Casa del Jazz uscito nel 2009 nella collana del periodico L’Espresso e due dischi con la cantante Nicky Nicolai (“Più Sole” per la Emarcy-Universal e “Sophisticated Lady” per l’Espresso). Sempre nel 2009 escono “One Day I’ll Fly Away”, registrato in trio per la DejaVu, che riscuote un ottimo successo di vendite in Giappone, e “Night Walk” con il sassofonista Max Ionata, prodotto dalla stessa etichetta.
Nel 2010 realizza, assieme a Roberto Pistolesi, Pietro Ciancaglini, Stefano Di Battista e Dario Deidda: “Involving, evolving, revolving”, uscito per Alice Records a giugno 2011.
E’ del 2012 la registrazione del CD “Images” di Rosario Giuliani, effettuata a New York assieme a John Patitucci, Joe Locke e Joe LaBarbera.
Nel 2013 realizza il suo lavoro discografico “Other Digressions”, uscito di recente per Abeat Records.
DI recente uscita è il suo ultimo CD dal vivo “Trio Live”, con Dario Deidda e Roberto Pistolesi.
Attualmente è impegnato in tour europei ed italiani al fianco di Rosario Giuliani, Roberto Gatto (con la band Tributo a Miles Davis), oltre a collaborare stabilmente con Fabio Zeppetella, Pilàr e con il quintetto francese Equilibre de Nash.
The Levin Brothers’ 2014 self-titled debut release was a long overdue first album by two brothers who’ve been recording individually for … well, a lot of years! It was a return home to the music they first shared as kids, the ‘cool jazz’ of the 1950’s. After decades of making dozens of solo albums and hundreds as sidemen for other artists, ‘Levin Brothers’ was the first duo project they started together from the scratch. It was a labor of love to compose melody-based pieces in that ’50s style, and perform them with the chemistry of musicians who play like …like brothers! For the album and the live band, Pete and Tony recruited two friends, saxophonist Erik Lawrence and drummer Jeff “Siege” Siegel. In the studio and live they wear suits and ties, part of immersing themselves in the genre.In preparation for the original release, the Levins contacted a prominent Jazz manager to help them navigate today’s market. Tony recalls, “When the manager saw the album cover, he said, ‘this screams jazz!’, we looked at each other and thought, ‘great!’, but the manager said, ‘no, no, that’s terrible! that’s the worst thing you can do! Nowadays you have NOT to look like a jazz group.’ We were shocked! That’s a bizarre concept for the music industry, but it’s funny to us. We’re thinking, “if it screams jazz, no problem!’ We’re proud of that, still are!
The Levin Brothers band first hit the road in 2015. Their second tour, in 2017, kicked off with three weeks in South America, then back home to the USA: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, upstate New York, finishing up in New York City. When they returned from South America, the band was “hot”. So they arranged to have three of their live gigs recorded. This album is the result, eleven of their favorite pieces recorded at three of their shows.
2 Sets: 8 p.m.and 10:00 pm
$20 pp prepaid online tickets $25 pp music charge at door $12 pp minimum (food/drink)
Enrico Granafei : Harmonica
Amina Figarova: Piano
Vince Ector : Drums
Seating will be assigned in order of ticket purchase
A virtuoso violinist, Vitali’s feeling, interpretations and charisma have charmed audiences all around the world. Vitali is one of the truly great performers of our time. You do not want to miss hearing VITALI IMERELI perform! He is unique and will stun you with his virtuoso playing.
Vitali Imereli is the best and most accomplished jazz violinist in the world. A child prodigy, violinist Vitali Imereli graduated from the National Musical Academy of Georgia in Tbilisi as a soloist. After completing his studies, he taught for six years at the prestigious Tbilisi College of Music.
Vitali decided to leave his native Georgia to find his new home in Turku, Finland. At this time he could play different music styles: swing, fusion, funky, modern, and was touring Germany with Big Band “Experiment Berlin”, conducted by Michael Henning. Later he participated in Pori Jazz festival in Finland. Here in Pori he performed with Michael Urbaniak and here he meat Stephane Grappelli.
|Inspired by the great Stephane Grappelli who became his friend and mentor, Vitali started playing Gipsy Jazz. In 1996 Vitali released his album “Tribute to Stephane Grappelli”, where he masters the Grappelli sound so brilliantly that even the maestro himself could not distinguish between his own and Vitali’s play. Stephane had great admiration for Vitali and gladly accepted an offer of the world tour with him. Unfortunately the tour never took place because Stephane passed away.Since 1996 Vitali Imereli participated in a variety of festivals throughout Europe. Here he was on the tour with the internationally renowned Rosenberg Trio, performing in Turku, Helsinki, continuing to the Kajaani, Alandia, Pori Jazz Festivals and Concertgebouw Concert Hall in Amsterdam. Later he enjoyed successful performances with Didier Lockwood and the Rosenberg Trio in a Tribute to Stephane Grappelli at the North Sea Jazz Festival.|
|His future activities took him to Germany, Sweden, Holland, Russia, Switzerland, Denmark, Turkey, Israel and Estonia as well as to many parts of Finland, where he participated in TV and radio programs. In March of 2000 Vitali released his album “Impression”. In October 2000 one of his recordings was included in the CD “Django Festival” published by Hot Club Records of Norway.Since 2003 Vitali Imereli has performed in the USA with musicians of the caliber of Joe Morello, Elliot Zigmund, Mark Soskin, Richie Cole, Stanley Jordan, Regina Carter, Brian Torff, Ludovic Beier, Dorado Schmitt, Enrico Granafei. The same year he participated in the CD “Patrick Saussois meets Richie Cole and Alto Madness Orchestra”. Same year Vitali was scheduled to perform at Lincoln Center in New York with some of the best European musicians in the Gipsy Style, unfortunately he could not attend because of a delay in the visa processing, but he did perform at the Birdland Django Festival 2 months later. He was interviewed by Down Beet Jazz magazine and this interview was published in April 2004.|
|Since 2005 Imereli has been touring Israel, Russia, USA and Europe, performing with Bill Evans, Bucky Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola, Ken Peplovski, Leonid Ptashka. Every year, starting in 2008 Vitali takes part in George Garanian’s project, performing with his Big Band as a soloist in Moscow Philharmonic Big Concert Hall, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and Concert Hall of Moscow Conservatoire.|