$10 Music charge. $7 for students. $7 minimum pp
JP STEVENS HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ ENSEMBLE
John P. Stevens High School Jazz Ensemble hails from a music program truly devoted to providing a variety of opportunities for its young musicians. Whether it’s serving the community at local tree-lightings, township festivals, parades, or performing at local and statewide festivals, these young musicians work diligently to continually bring their musical involvement to the highest level possible.
Each year, individual members of the band are encouraged to challenge themselves by auditioning for region and statewide ensembles. We take pride in having represented the state of New Jersey as having the greatest number of students from one school for both Region and All-State level bands, consistently over the past few decades. In the current 2017-2018 school year, 36 band members were selected by audition for Central Jersey Region II Ensembles. Of those members, 22 students were accepted into the 2018 NJ All-State Band.
The JPS Jazz Ensemble has been crowned State Champions in Division 1 of the N.J. Association of Jazz Educators on numerous occasions; most recently in both 2016 & 2017. In January, our drummer, Varun Das, performed with the National Grammy Big Band in New York City, directed by Justin DiCioccio.
Ever committed to a well-rounded music education, the John P. Stevens High School Band Program seeks to maintain its tradition of excellence in music.
The JPS Big Band would like to thank Joe Verderese, Tim Hayward, and the One More Once Big Band for the opportunity to perform tonight at their amazing venue here at Trumpets Jazz Club.
One More Once” is an 18-piece big band consisting of some of North Jersey’s top musicians. John Molloy and Joe Verderese founded the band early in 2008. The band, currently led by Joe and Tim Hayward is based out of Clifton/Nutley, NJ. The group was put together in an effort to have a new group who share a love of jazz and want to keep the great music of our past alive, while adding flavors of some more contemporary big band sounds. The group presents music from all different eras and styles, with music ranging from the big band era of Glenn Miller and Count Basie to Stan Kenton, Thad Jones and Maynard Ferguson favorites, as well as playing contemporary music from composers within the band and other writers.
Through the years, “One More Once” has performed at concerts, fundraisers, school functions, corporate parties and town events throughout the North Jersey area, including a monthly event at Trumpets Jazz Club which features opening acts from local schools and world renowned guest artists such as: Wycliffe Gordon, Freddie Hendrix, Conrad Herwig, Matt Gallagher, Vinnie Cutro, Bob Ferrel, Gary Smulyan, Jim Hynes, Pete McGuinness, Dave Stryker, Rufus Reid, Denis Diblasio, John Riley, Don Braden, Cecil Bridgwater, Paul Bollenback, Walt Weiskopf, Bruce Williams, Joel Frahm, Jon Faddis, Steve Davis, Vincent Herring, Kenny Davis, Ralph Bowen, Robby Ameen, Marc Stasio, Gabriel Alegria, Mark Gross, Dave Demsey, Eric Alexander, Carl Allen, Ronnie Cuber and Claudio Roditi.
One More Once is grateful to the Athenia Veterans Hall in Clifton for allowing us to rehearse at their hall for 5 years and to St. Paul’s Church in Nutley, NJ for taking us in the most recent years for our rehearsals.
Tonight’s Band includes the following musicians:
Saxes: Tim Hayward, Mark Friedman, Mike Mullan, Vee Popat, Joao Goncalves
Trombones – Joe Verderese, Glen Lebitsch, Adam machaskee, Will Newrock
Trumpets – Vinny Borselli, Bill Ash, Jon Menges, Ben Hankle
Rhythm Section: Piano – Seyeon Chang, Bass – Takashi Otsuka, Guitar – Henry Heinitsch, Drums – Jon DiFiore