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Dec
31
Mon
2018
New Year’s Eve Gala with Ty Stephens and the SoulJaazz
Dec 31 2018 @ 8:00 pm – Jan 1 2019 @ 1:00 am
New Year's Eve Gala with Ty Stephens and the SoulJaazz @ Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

8 p.m.-1 p.m. TY STEPHENS SHOW BEGINS AT 9 P.M.
Music and Fine Dining:  $125 pp (plus tax and gratuity)  

As of 11 p.m. on 12/30/18:  Only 3 tables of 2 left and 2 tables of 4-6 and seats at bar.  Call 973-444-0357  after 9 a.m. on 12/31 before purchasing tickets. No tickets at tables will be guaranteed unless you speak to ticket manager.

Our New Year’s Gala will begin at 8 p.m. Ticket price is for the entire evening. No separate tickets for music only.  Ticket price includes the show, a four-course meal, champagne toast at midnight, and party favors. One of Trumpets’ most popular and engaging acts, Ty Stephens and the SoulJaazz features elegantly funky R&B, Jazz and more! Presented by WillJam Entertainment Group.  

New Year’s Eve Gala!  Tickets will go fast! Get yours today!

We are thrilled to announce that Ty Stephen’s is the recipient of Audelco’s 2018  LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Ty Stephens (On Kentucky Avenue)

and musical director of SoulJaazz, Richard Cummings tied for outstanding musical director. 

OUTSTANDING MUSICAL DIRECTOR (TIED)
Richard Cummings, Jr. (On Kentucky Avenue)

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!

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.

Jan
4
Fri
2019
Enrico Granafei Group
Jan 4 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Enrico Granafei Group @ Trumpets Jazz Club  | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

 2 sets:  8:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.
$ 1o Cover  $12 pp minimum (food/drink)
John Di Stefano: Piano
Rick Crane: bass
Gordon Lane: Drums

 

Enrico Granafei-guitar/chromatic harmonica/vocals

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.”

 

 

 

 

Jan
5
Sat
2019
Dave Stryker Quartet
Jan 5 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Dave Stryker Quartet @ Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

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

Buy your tickets today here online and then call 973-744-2600 with time of your arrival.

Dave Stryker Trio
Dave Stryker – guitar
Jared Gold – organ
Mike Lee-sax
Steve Johns-drums

If you have never been to one of Dave’s gigs at Trumpets, you must catch this one!

A real burner of a set… it’s modern, contemporary touches are well evident showing how a cat that’s been hitting all the right notes for all these years can’t make a false step now.”    Chris Spector / Midwest Record
“A mainstream record of undeniable beauty”    Vittorio Lo Conte /  Music Zoom Italy

 

Jan
9
Wed
2019
Trumpets presents “OPEN STAGE,” hosted by Meg Beattie Patrick
Jan 9 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

7 p.m.-11 p.m.
no music charge  $7 pp minimum (food/drink)

Holiday Party Tonight with cake for all!

Trumpets Presents: “Open Stage” EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT (unless otherwise noted). All genres welcome! Come out to perform and/or enjoy live music, full bar & special menu! ($7 min)!

15-20 minute sets per act! Full PA, piano & drums on stage for use! Bring your own guitar, banjo, bass, flute, sax, oboe, squeezebox, cello, kazoo, etc! Hosted & Emcee’d by Meg Beattie Patrick!  Trumpets, 6 Depot Square, Montclair, 7-11pm! Parking lot across the street OK after 7 p.m. (do not park by EMS or AMS)!

See you Wed nights!

Meg Beattie Patrick BIO:

Vocalist, songwriter and guitarist, Meg Beattie Patrick, has spent years honing her skills performing varied genres including blues, jazz and indie folk-rock in NYC, New Orleans and Montclair area at many venues including Danny’s Skylight, Don’t Tell Mama, Trumpets Jazz Club, Tierney’s Tavern, Hat City Kitchen, Church Street Summer Music Festival at Montclair Center Stage, and the Montclair Art Museum through the auspices of Parents Who Rock. Meg is an Emeritus Board Member of the Montclair Arts Council and Outpost In The Burbs. Trumpets is thrilled to have Meg, a vibrant presence in performing, producing and presenting music of all genres, host the OPEN STAGE.  We look forward to you making Trumpets  your favorite Wed. evening hang for playing and listening to jazz, blues, rock, folk and world music (and more)….

 

Jan
11
Fri
2019
Carlos Franzetti Trio
Jan 11 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Carlos Franzetti Trio @ Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant

2 sets:  8 p.m. & 10 p.m.
$20 pp  music charge, $12 pp minimum  (food/drink)
Carlos Franzetti” Piano
Greg Jones: Bass

 

From symphonies to big band jazz, from chamber works to Latin American music and film scores – Carlos Franzetti has no limits.  He is a 2007 Latin Grammy® Nominee in the category of Best Instrumental Album, a 2006 Grammy® Nominee in the category of Best Classical Contemporary Composition for his opera, “Corpus Evita,” a double 2003 Grammy® Nominee for “Poeta de Arrabal,” in the categories of Best Classical Crossover Album and Best Instrumental Arrangement, and the winner of the 2001 Latin Grammy® Award for Best Tango Album, “Tango Fatal.”  Carlos Franzetti has received many outstanding grants and awards, including the 2002 New Jersey Council on the Arts Composers’ Fellowship, The Yamaha Composers Award, The Trofeu Laus from Spain, a Clio Award, The Prensario Award, ACE Award and Premio Konex from Argentina, The Foundation for New American Music, The Penfield Music Commission Project, several grants from Meet The Composer, and two gold records.  Mr. Franzetti adjudicates for SGAE and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.

Carlos Franzetti’s compositions and arrangements have most recently been performed and recorded by the International Sejong Soloists, the New World Symphony, the Youth Orchestra of the Americas the Moab Music Festival, and the Queens Symphony Orchestra; in 2006 he conducted his arrangements of music by Steve Kuhn (with Mr. Kuhn performing) at the Caramoor Festival.  Collaborations with major orchestras include the opening concert of the VI International Music Festival in Buenos Aires at the Teatro Colon with the Orquesta de la Plata, the Boston Pops, the National Symphony (Washington, D.C.), the St. Louis Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the National Symphony of Mexico, the National Symphony of Argentina, the Orquesta Filarmonica de Buenos Aires, the Czech National Symphony, the City of Prague Philharmonic, the Modus Chamber Orchestra, the Janacek Philharmonic, the Bratislava Radio Orchestra, and orchestras in Mexico, Venezuela, Spain, Sweden, Norway and France.  He performs and records with jazz artists Arturo Sandoval, Steve Kuhn, David Sanchez, Terence Blanchard, Jane Monheit, Jon Faddis, and Paquito D’Rivera and scores films for major producers and directors Sidney Lumet, Alan Pakula, Jerry Schatzberg, Harry Belafonte, and Edgardo Cozarinsky.  Credits include “La Pelicula del Rey,” “Q&A,” “Misunderstood,” “Beat Street,” “The Mambo Kings,” “See You in the Morning,” “Dans le rouge du couchant,” “Ronda Nocturna,” and “Tango Fatal.”

Upcoming recordings include the release of “Film Noir” on Sunnyside Records and The Carlos Franzetti – Eddie Gomez Duo on Acqua Records.  2007 recordings include “The Carlos Franzetti Trio Live In Buenos Aires” on Amapola Records, “Graffiti” on Sonorama Records, and “The Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble” on Signum Records.  2006 recordings include “Songs for Lovers” on Chesky Records.  2005 recordings by Carlos Franzetti are “Corpus Evita, an Opera in Two Acts” on Amapola Records and “Carlos Franzetti and the Jazz Kamerata,” on Chesky Records.  2004 recordings are his double CD, “Reflexiones,” on Amapola Records, “Promises Kept” with Steve Kuhn on ECM Records, and the Grammy Nominee/Latin Grammy Winner “Coral” with David Sanchez on Sony Records. “Carlos Franzetti – You Must Believe in Spring” was released on Amapola Records in May 2003 and EMI Argentina in October 2004. He conducted, arranged, and co-produced the 1997 Grammy Award Winner, “Portraits of Cuba” for Chesky Records.  Music Director of Orquesta Nova, his 2 CDs for Chesky Records received international critical acclaim. Several works are included on “Images Before Dawn – Symphonic Music of Carlos Franzetti,” for Premier Recordings.  World premieres and recordings of his compositions include “Gauchito and the Pony,” an opera for children, “Concierto del Plata” for guitar and chamber orchestra, released by Klavier Records, “Millenium Concerto for Flute and Orchestra,” commissioned by the Municipal Government of Buenos Aires, Argentina and premiered in September 1999, and “Piano Concerto No. 2,” commissioned by the Orquesta Filarmonica de Buenos Aires as part of their 50th Anniversary season and premiered in September, 1996 at the Teatro Colon.  This concerto is included on a CD with “Sinfonia No. 1,” released by Amapola Records.  Sinfonia No. 1” was performed by the Bratislava Radio Orchestra in November 2000, the Orquesta Filarmonica de Buenos Aires at the Teatro Colon in July 2003, and the National Symphony of Mexico in February 2005.  Other projects include the 1999 Grammy Award Nominee, “Remembrances,” for Chesky Records, the 1999 Grammy Award Nominee, “Obsesion,” for Sony Records, produced by Branford Marsalis, “Tango” with the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, released on DMP Records, and the 2002 Latin Grammy Nominee “Tango Bar” on Chesky Records.

A citizen of the United States for many years, Carlos Franzetti was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1948. He began his musical studies at age 6 at the National Conservatory in Buenos Aires.  He later studied piano privately with Guillermo Iscla and Lucia Maranca and composition with Manuel Juarez.  During the years 1971 – 1973 he studied composition with Humberto Hernandez Medrano in Mexico.  After coming to the United States in 1974, he studied conducting with Vincent LaSelva at the Juilliard School.

Biographies of Carlos Franzetti are listed in Latin American Classical Composers Second Edition by Michel Ficher and Furman Schleifer, published by Scarecrow Press, Maryland 2002, The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, published by MacMillan Press Ltd., London 1988, Diccionario de Compositores, published by La Nacion/Corregidor, Buenos Aires 1998, and Chronology of Western Classical Music Volume 2 by Charles J. Hall, published by Rutledge Great Britain Taylor & Francis Books, Inc.

Jan
13
Sun
2019
Jazz House Kids presents The Jazz House Adult Ensembles and Vocal Academy Winter Concert
Jan 13 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Jazz House Kids logoJazz House Adult Ensembles and Vocal Solo Singers
11:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

$10 pp music charge advance online purchase  $12 pp music charge at door $7 pp minimum (food/drink)

Jazz House Adult Ensembles and Vocal Solo Singers

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
$10 pp music charge advance online purchase  $12 pp music charge at door $7 pp minimum (food/drink)
(We highly recommend that you purchase tickets online; go to “get tickets” in top bar; link will be removed by 11:30 a.m. on the day of the event. Tickets will be available at the door.)

4:00-4:20pm – Vocal Academy – Directed by Amy London & Dylan Pramuk
4:30-5:10pm – Adult Combo – Directed by Ted Chubb 
5:20-6:00pm – Jazz House Community Big Band – Directed by Ed Palermo

The Jazz House Adult Ensembles directed by Ed Palermo and Ted Chubb give students a chance to dust off their horns or instruments and learn how to jam with the pros. Students progress from learning how to play the blues and classic repertoire, to learning advanced improvisation and studying the compositions of the jazz icons.

The Vocal Jazz Academy is directed by renown vocalist Amy London and Dylan Pramuk. The Vocal Academy is a 3 hour Saturday program for vocalists preparing to attend jazz universities, as well as singers who simply love to sing jazz and learn the skills needed to be a professional jazz singer.  Each week students hone their vocal technique, learn to scat sing, sing as a soloist with a rhythm section, and perform with a large vocal group.3 p.m.-6 p.m.

Celebrating their 16th year, Jazz House Kids provides the framework inside which students from diverse backgrounds can play, sing and appreciate America’s original musical art form. Through music, mentoring, education and apprenticeship, Jazz House Kids cultivates tomorrow’s community leaders and global citizens so they may build vibrant communities where they live.

Jan
17
Thu
2019
Trumpets’ Broadway Show and Open Mic
Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Trumpets' Broadway Show and Open Mic @ Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. 

7:00-8:30 Performance
8:45 p.m.  Jam
$10 pp music charge   (at door or online; reserved seats for tkts purchased online)  $7 pp minimum (food/drink)

 

Bring your instrument/voice and join  or just sit back and listen.

 Bring your the sheet music, preferably in  your key. This is a Broadway Jam, so
sing a few Broadway tunes! Remember that some of our favorite jazz standards
began as tunes in Broadway shows!
 We will have a list for singers/instrumentalists to sign. Please include your title and key.
This is going to a be a fun evening for performers and members of the audience!

  

 Jacqueline Dougherty is a retired music teacher and choral conductor.  Among her gigs nowadays are Senior Clubs and a workshop called Singing for Health and Community.

Award winning and critically acclaimed mezzo-soprano, Ema Mitrović, is described: “I found..Mitrovic as the Monitress to be the standout” (Opera Manhattan, Suor Angelica ‘12), “…her rich mezzo is pure pleasure” (Hudson Opera Theatre, Lucia di Lammermoor ‘18).  She’s performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, International House Philadelphia in the title role, Carmen, Birdland, The Kitano, and Smalls.  Ema has worked with such names as Anthony Laciura, Tim Horner, Joe Locke, Roseanna Vitro, Paul Meyers, Allen Farnham.  As a performer of a wide range of music, Ema strives in joining audiences across all genres.  Opera/Theatre Credits include: Title/Mercédès (Carmen), Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Mrs. McLean (Susannah), Larina (Eugene Onegin), Siébel (Faust), Hansel (Hansel & Gretel), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Prince Charming (Cendrillon), Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Marta (Company), Jack’s Mother (Into the Woods), Alto Solo (Dvořák’s Requiem).

O’MARA LEARY has acted on the New York stage at the Signature Theatre, h.e.r.e., Ensemble

Studio Theatre, John Houseman Studio Theatre, Westbank Downstairs Theatre Bar and

Westbeth Theatre, among others. She has performed original spoken word at Nuyorican Poet’s

Café and created solo spoken works with music at gargoyle mecanique laboratory and the

Westbank Downstairs Theatre Bar, and as a singer/songwriter has performed at The Village Gate,

The Bitter End, and Triad, and cabaret at Don’t Tell Mama.

She wrote lyrics for the award-winning jazz musical Angel on My Shoulder (York Theatre, Midtown

International Theatre Festival 2014). She wrote book and lyrics for a new original musical, Snow.

She performed as a founding member of The First Amendment Comedy Group (with Bruce Willis),

The Usual Suspects at Who’s on First and Rubber Feet, and co-hosted and wrote for The Joke

Show for 2 years, performing with guests including Ray Romano and Lewis Black.

Her film work includes The Day Lincoln Was Shot (TNT), the independent horror feature Don’t Go

in the House, shorts Jake and The Patriot Game, and she provided dubbing for the Bruce Lee films

Fist of Fear and Game of Death. Her voiceover work includes doing Rosie O’Donnell for Topps’

Hollywood Zombies. She studied classical acting at Barnard College

Annette Altavilla

Although trained in acting and a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC Annettes first love is singing.  First inspired by her fathers music and the great jazz vocalists such as Sarah Vaughn and Nancy Wilson,  she has an extensive repertoire based on the American Songbook and our Broadway stage.

 This event is produced by Trumpets in collaboration with Bossanova Music.
Jan
18
Fri
2019
The EMPATHIA JAZZ DUO with MAFALDA MINNOZZI and PAUL RICCI
Jan 18 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The EMPATHIA JAZZ DUO with MAFALDA MINNOZZI and PAUL RICCI @ Trumpets Jazz Club | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

2 sets: 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.
$15 Music charge   $12 Minimum (food/drink)

After many years on Italian stages and TV followed by a lasting career in Brazil that includes numerous CD`s and tours in major cities and theaters and collaborations with, among others, Milton Nascimento, Guinga, Leny Andrade, Paulo Moura, and Martinho Da Vila, singer Mafalda Minnozzi has earned diva status in Brazil. In 2015 she united with New York guitarist Paul Ricci to form the “eMPathia JazzDuo”. Ricci has performed with Astrud Gilberto, Bobby Sanabria, Bebel Gilberto, Harry Belafonte, Dom Um Romao, Hugo Fattoruso as well as many noted sidemen in Latin, African, Jazz and Brazilian styles.  The duo`s unique blend draws from the great Italian, Brazilian, French and American songwriters such as Cole Porter, Jobim, Ivan Lins and Morricone among others. Following an extensive concert schedule at theaters and festivals in Italy and Brazil, their first 2015 CD “EMPATHIA” was nominated for Italy`s prestigious “Targa Tenco” award. The duo will be presenting at Trumpets their second CD “INSIDE” (2016) recorded and produced by noted Grammy winner Jeff Jones “the Jedi Master” (www.empathiajazz.com)

Noted Italian Jazz author and critic Gerlando Gatto wrote “…. the duo established an extraordinary musical entity befitting the name“ eMPathia”. In a perfect understanding the two are able to produce a sound that goes far beyond their basic restricted elements … Paul Ricci is surely an underestimated artist gifted with sensitivity, arranging skills and uncommon technique … Mafalda Minnozzi is superb not only for her extraordinary ability to fully express herself in diverse languages, but in the ease with which she is able to make each song she presents truly her own.”
     

Jan
19
Sat
2019
Hernan Romero & Monica Abrego WILL BE RESCHEDULED DUE TO IMPENDING SNOWSTORM
Jan 19 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

 

 

This act will be rescheduled due to impending snowstorm

7 p.m.-10 p.m.
$15 Cover charge   $12 pp minimum  (food/drink)

Perhaps the finest flamenco guitarist in the world!  We are very lucky that Hernan happens to be in town. He is usually busy touring worldwide.

Don’t miss this phenomenal, charismatic performer with amazing vocalist Monica Abrego

 

Hernan Romero-guitar & vocals 
Virtuoso guitarist and composer Hernan Romero. 
“His music will take you on an incredible journey of the senses!”
 Al Di Meola

“An exceptional show! Hernan creates magic with his guitar! One of my favorite musicians!”   Kristine Massari, co-owner, Trumpets Jazz Club

Spiced with the exotic traditions that infuse flamenco-gypsy, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean folk interwoven with textures of classical, jazz, and Latin rhythms, composer and guitarist Hernan Romero’s music is both sophisticated and accessible. It is sensuous, passionate, romantic and inescapably infectious. 
Inspired by the music of his family from his earliest memory “It’s powerful, flamenco is very strong, and has its influence from the Middle East,” says Romero.

 

Jan
25
Fri
2019
T.K. Blue Quartet: Tribute to Randy Weston
Jan 25 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

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

 

T.K. Blue–alto/soprano sax, flute, kalimba
Paul Beaudry : bass,
Greg Murphy : piano
George Coleman Jr:drums

T.K. Blue

Short Biography

T.K. Blue (Saxophonist/Flautist): composer, educator, bandleader and current musical director

and arranger for NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston. T.K. Blue appears on over eighty recordings

and has performed with such artists as Don Cherry, Abdullah Ibrahim, Sam Rivers, Archie Shepp,

Dizzy Gillespie, Pharoah Sanders, Melba Liston, Chico Hamilton, Stefon Harris, Regina Carter,

Bobby McFerrin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jimmy Scott, Jayne Cortez, Benny Powell, Mal Waldron,

Winard Harper, Warren Wolf, Gregoire Maret, Allan Harris, Candido Camera, Bobby Sanabria,

Steve Turre, and Arturo O’Farrill, to name just a few. In May 2017, T.K. released Amour, his 11th

CD, cited as one of the best jazz recordings of the year by DownBeat Magazine (four stars).

Deeply indebted to organizations such as Jazzmobile, Jazz-interactions, Henry Street

Settlement, and the Muse for his own jazz studies, T.K. has remained committed to music

education from pre-K to the university level. In addition Professor Blue has a Bachelor’s Degree

in Liberal Arts from NYU, with a major in Music and Psychology, and a Master’s in Music

Education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. He has taught at Suffolk Community

College, Montclair State University, and Long Island University where he was also the Director

of Jazz Studies from 2007 to 2014. In 2007, T.K was commissioned by NYSCA and Transart Inc.

to compose a work dedicated to the early African American presence in the Hudson Valley area

of upstate New York. He released Follow the North Star, a suite based on the life of Solomon

Northup and his memoir, Twelve Years a Slave.

Having lived close to ten years in Paris, T.K. Blue was hired by the USIA and his band embarked

on three State Department Tours of Africa. He currently resides in Jersey City, New Jersey and

continues to perform, teach privately, and engage in clinics and adjudication.

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