“Soul of the Organ Quartet,” featuring Josh Rubin and Rob Middleton

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March 15, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant
6 Depot Square
Montclair, NJ 07042
$10 pp music charge $7 pp minimum (food/ drink)
“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.

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