$20 Music Charge, $12 Minimum
WM Project releases debut From a Familiar Place
featuring Jeremy Pelt, Marshall Gilkes and Rafal Sarnecki
On November 30, 2017, WM Project released their debut album From a Familiar Place on WM Records.
While WM Project is a brand-new constellation, the musical masterminds behind it, pianist Andrzej Winnicki and tenor saxophonist Krzysztof Medyna, go back a long way. In the 90’s, they have played together in the fusion group Electric Breakwater (“In the Bush” CD with Mark Egan on bass and Rodney Holmes on drums), and have furthered appreciation of Polish composer and pianist Krzysztof Komeda through their widely acclaimed Komeda Project. KP’s “Requiem”, featuring bassist Scott Colley, drummer Nasheet Waits and trumpeter Russ Johnson, made the list of Top New Albums in The Village Voice Critics Poll: 2009.
Now the time is ripe for another beginning. Their new album From a Familiar Place is a personal project for Winnicki and Medyna whose surnames are ingrained in the name: WM Project. The music sums up a long life lived with jazz, but also looks forward to the future. Winnicki’s own son, Michael Winnicki, is a highly talented drummer and brings youthful energy to original compositions and classics like Paul Desmond’s “Take Five” and Joe Zawinul’s “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy”. In fact, rhythm is the essence of the group, as Medyna explains: “The only thing I care about is groove which we have in both re-worked tunes. We need to stay in tune with the African-American roots of jazz”.
These roots of rhythm also include hip-hop that provided inspiration for the grooves used on the tunes. As Winnicki says: “Arrangements for both ‘Mercy, Mercy, Mercy’ and ‘Take Five’ started with a groove. Just a drum groove to be exact. I don’t actively listen to hip-hop music at all, but it’s hard not to be aware of its impact on the culture of today. So consciously or subconsciously I was drawn into the hip-hop beats when looking for the fresh sounding grooves I could use to build my arrangements upon.”
Another influence is the inclusion of five-time Downbeat & Jazz Journalists Association Rising Star Award winner trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and 2016 double Grammy nominated trombonist Marshall Gilkes. As Winnicki explains: “Krzysztof, Michael and I all played gigs with Jeremy and Marshall before so we were very comfortable with how they played and some of the arrangements I wrote were done with them in mind (because of their musical personalities). Jeremy is so deeply rooted in the tradition of this great American art form and plays in such a soulful way. Marshall’s command of his instrument is just amazing (no wonder he was awarded a name of Rising Star in the latest DownBeat Magazine Poll). I knew no matter how hard the arrangement he would execute it flawlessly and play some great solos to boot.”
The group also includes the melodic dexterity of guitarist Rafal Sarnecki while bassist Jeff Dingler and Michael Winnicki form the rhythm section. Elaborating on their connection, Andrzej Winnicki says: “Jeff and Michael have been playing in different projects together since their time at the Mason Gross School of Arts. They understand and complement each other musically really well so the choice of the rhythm section was easy to make.”
The most striking proof of their ability to communicate together is “Praeludium” whose complex tapestry of odd rhythm and a catchy theme sounds tightly rehearsed, but is in fact unfolding live for the first time in the studio with Gilkes and Sarnecki delivering glistering solo flights. From a Familiar Place was recorded in Tom Tedesco’s Tedesco Studios and there is a feeling of warmth and spontaneity to the recording like a classic Blue Note-recording, which is supported by the intimacy of the studio and very little separation between the musicians.
It all adds up to a family of musicians playing modern jazz with strong ties to tradition. A tune like “On Sunday after Church” has subtle shades of Herbie Hancock’s “Cantaloupe Island” with Pelt shaping the melody with his lucid lines, but Medyna and Winnicki also engage with their own catalog, performing reimagined versions of Electric Breakwater compositions “Blind Warriors” and “Looking Ahead”.
Looking ahead while also looking back is exactly what the album is about. The familiar place of the title is not a comfort zone of nostalgia, but a challenging source of creativity, as Medyna says: “All of us have a kind of ‘familiar place’ in our memories, desires or places left on the path of our lives. To me this title must stimulate the listener’s individual imagination and the music shall take the listener to such familiar place.”
With this album, WM Project shows the boundless possibilities of a deep understanding of jazz
Yoron has performed, toured internationally and recorded with such renown artists as, Sonny Rollins, Ahmad Jamal, Horace Silver, Art Farmer, Abbey Lincoln, Tony Bennett, David “Fathead” Newman, Kenny Burrell, Clifford Jordan, Jim Hall, Gloria Lynn, James Williams, Cedar Walton, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Oliver Lake, Eddie Gomez, Eliane Elias, Red Holloway, Larry Coryell, Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Roy Hargrove, Vanessa Rubin, Cyrus Chestnut, and Avery Sharpe, among numerous others.
He earned his Masters of Music degree from Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ) and Bachelor of Music degree from Roosevelt University (Chicago IL). He is currently Percussion Department Co-Chair and Professor, at Berklee College of Music.
For more information, including videos and recording excerpts visit: www.yoronisrael.com
$10 music charge, $5 pp minimum (food/drink)
Alsamarol 2057 is group of musicians who play a style of music they call “raw street music.” It’s essentially the bending and blending of Jazz, R&B, Blues, Soul, Funk, Gospel, and a strong Latin and African influence. It is music from their hearts to your heart. The group was founded by guitarist Allan Burnett in Rahway New Jersey.
Samuel Clark -alto saxophone;
Eva Marie Harris-keyboard and vocals;
Robert Turner-eyboard and vocals;
Sabrina Edwina Jones-drums and vocals;
Alsamarol 2057 plays original song along with cover versions of previously recorded classics. Their live shows are unexpectedly exciting and entertaining. For additional information visit their web site:
2 sets: 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.
$20 pp music prepaid online purchase $22 pp at door $12 pp minimum (food drink)
Bob DeVos – guitar (Charles Earland, Richard ‘Groove’ Holmes, Jimmy McGriff, Sonny Stitt, Hank Crawford)
Andy LaVerne – piano (Frank Sinatra, Stan Getz, Woody Herman, Dizzy Gillespie)
Steve LaSpina – bass (Jim Hall, Clark Terry, Chet Baker, Stan Getz)
Jason Tiemann – drums (Benny Golson, Harold Mabern, Eric Alexander)
Trumpets proudly presents acclaimed jazz performer Bob DeVos returning with this quartet of four brilliant virtuoso musicians. Together they boast 100s of recordings and propel forward the history of straight ahead jazz with each member having his own distinctive voice and deep experience and heritage.
Veteran musicians and composers Bob DeVos, Andy LaVerne, and Steve LaSpina have long admired one another’s playing, improvising and composing. In recent years they have taken that musical affinity to the stage in quartet form, joined by NYC ace, first-call drummer Jason Tiemann. Come hear why this group performs to SRO audiences and standing ovations.
With long, blues-drenched melodic lines and a horn-like approach, Bob has a signature style of groove and sophistication. A modern player with strong traditional roots, DeVos is at home with straight-ahead jazz, blues, Rhythm & Blues, funk, Latin and more. Beginning with Breaking the Ice, produced by Charles Earland, DeVos’ CDs as a leader for HighNote/Savant and other labels have earned rave reviews and many stars in Downbeat and throughout the jazz media, were among top five on the jazz charts for many months, and appeared on top CDs lists. Bob performs at major jazz clubs, concert stages and jazz festivals worldwide.
1 seating only with intermission 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
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This is the band’s Trumpets’ debut.
$30 pp online advance sales for entire evening
price is for both shows; we do not sell tickets to shows separately
New York State of Mind has been selling out their shows! Don’t wait! Get your tickets today. Seating is in order of purchase.
$35 pp at door, if there is room (not guaranteed)
2 sets 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
$12 pp minimum
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Marc G. Dalio-piano Man
Isaac Del Rosario-keyboards
Jenna Rose Ravenda-background vocals
Ashley Leone-background vocals
Marc G. Dalio – Piano Man
Marc G. Dalio is an award-winning performer whose stage credits include leading roles in such Broadway shows as Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Les Miserables and Miss Saigon as well as leading roles in regional performances of West Side Story, Pippin, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat, Dracula, Aida, South Pacific, Children of Eden, The Fantasticks and Romance/Romance. He has performed throughout the United States and Europe as a vocalist, actor, pianist, director, musical director and conductor. Marc is currently the Coordinator of the Musical Theatre Program at New Jersey City University. www.marcgdalio.com
Mike Ravenda – Bass
On Bass Guitar for NYSOM is Mike Ravenda formerly with Baby Blue, a touring band during the 70’s and 80’s. His resounding bass and wide vocal range made them one of the most popular bands in both the New England and New Jersey club circuits. Additionally, Mike has performed with such luminaries as “The Big Man” Clarence Clemons and Sly Stone.
Paul Dinkin – Drums
Anchoring the line-up on Drums is Paul Dinkin. Having lived and played on both coasts, Paul has performed with many top shelf musicians in both the LA and NY/NJ Metro circuits. “Dink” has established his forte as a pocket player that combines studio steadiness with powerful, live performances.
Dave Battelene – Guitar
Before teaming up with New York State of Mind, Dave Battelene toured the globe with the famed Commodores, sessioned with Lenny Kravitz and enjoyed international success as a founding member of the band Djinn, which featured Mr. Mister lyricist, John Lange on lead vocals. Dave is also the lead man for the well followed local band, Red House.
Steve Schwesenger – Sax
A New Jersey native, Steve Schwesinger began studying saxophone at a very young age. He has studied various forms of music from R&B to Jazz to the rockin’ sounds of Billy Joel. He continues to perform with numerous bands throughout the Tri-State area. NYSOM is lucky to have him.
Jenna Rose Ravenda – BGV
Jenna Ravenda is a graduate of New Jersey City University with a degree in Music Education and a concentration in classical and musical theatre voice. She is currently a private voice and piano instructor in North Jersey. She is an active performer in NY/NJ. Some favorite credits include Urinetown (Little Sally), Spelling Bee (Olive/Logainne), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Les Misérables (Cosette), The Secret Garden (Lily), and Little Women (Jo March). She has spent countless hours in the recording studio doing original music but also in collaboration with GKM, Sony Records, and The Metropolitan Opera. Jenna has appeared in the USA World Showcase at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV where she took first place in “Best Original Song.” Additionally she has performed with the Encore Orchestra of New Jersey and at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and NJPAC where she had the pleasure of opening for Kool and The Gang. #dominatelife #likethegarden
Ashley Leone – BGV
Ashley Leone is a graduate of New Jersey City University with a BA in Music. She works professionally in the NJ/NYC area. Previous theater credits include: A Christmas Carol (ensemble), American Idiot (Extraordinary Girl), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (DeLee), Little Women (Meg March), Les Miserables(Lovely Lady) yAvenue Q (p. Thistletwat), Cabaret (Sally Bowles/Fraulein Kost), Urinetown (Soupy Sue), City of Angels (Gabby/Bobbi), Once on this Island (Andrea/Storyteller) and Into The Woods (Witch), Dogfight (Marcy),Young Frankenstein (Frau Blucher), Hair (Dionne),Pippin (Leading Player), High School Musical(Gabriella), Grease (Rizzo), Pajama Game (Babe Williams) and Godspell (Sonia). She is very excited to be hopping on this project with such a wonderful group of musicians in NYSOM. @ashley_leone_ firstname.lastname@example.org
Isaac DelRosario – Keyboards
As a freelance musician, Isaac Ezekiel Del Rosario spends a majority of his time in the greater New York City area. He performs mainly as an accompanist in the styles of classical, jazz and theatre music. Specializing in music education, Isaac has an affinity for teaching piano and general music studies. In his free time he provides audio/visual assistance for DJ’s across the Tri-State area. Isaac hopes to combine his passion for music and formal education in building a lifelong career in the music industry.
2 sets: 7:30 p.m. & 9:15 p.m.
$12 pp online advanced tickets $15 pp at door $7 pp minimum
Warm, melodic tones of saxophonist Ron Aprea blend beautifully with one of the finest jazz interpreters on the scene, vocalist DeNiro. They are accompanied by a stellar trio.
Ron Aprea-alto sax & flute
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. Oh…Matt Aprea makes his debut in the string section, also. Check it out!
Ron’s most recent CD releases include Remembering Blakey and A Tribute To John Lennon
2 sets: 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
$18 advance ticket sales $20 pp music charge at door $12 pp minimum (food/drink)
Burr Johnson is an innovative guitarist whose powerful technique and artistic diversity have won wide recognition nationally and internationally among both Jazz and Rock audiences. His dazzling repertoire is spiced liberally with flavors of jazz, rock, and blues.
Johnson has toured nationally with Jazz organist Jack McDuff, and can be heard with McDuff on radio broadcasts. He has performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and with legendary artists Ray Charles, B.B.King, Buddy Guy, Spyro Gyra and Rick Derranger. The Burr Johnson Band, who has perfomed at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival two years in a row, is currently touring the United States and Germany. Mr Johnson recently performed alongside B.B. King in Montreux, and then went on to headline the Manchester Jazz festival.
Burr Johnson completed a music video for Terratech in Germany. He has worked with Lauryn Hill, Pat Metheny, and Jeff Berlin, records freequently in New York City, and has performed with Spyro Gyra. He appeard in the major motion picture, ?Beat Street,?and has done many national television commercials for QVC. Mr Johnson has developed, with David Lee, a new signature ?Burr Johnson model? Hagstrom guitar which will be available in the summer of 2009. He has won honors in several jazz competitions and recently completed a series of performances in the Caribbean. He holds frequent guitar clinics to demonstrate the Axon guitar synthesizer that he helped to develop. Johnson has performed annually since 1996 at the Inter-national NAMM show in Los Angeles, the Music Meese show in Germany, and has been featured on CNN. Fresh from performances in Frankfurt, Germany, Johnson is currently promoting his new compact disc, “What It Is” (Lexicon Records).