6 Depot Square
Montclair, NJ 07042
2 sets: 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
$15 pp music charge $7 pp minimum
Toni Hamilton is driven by her love of creativity. A vocalist, first and foremost, Toni was hooked by the masters she grew up listening to – Ella, Sarah, Etta, Johnny Hartman, Nat King Cole, Smokey, Cutis Mayfield, James Brown, Bill Withers and Al Jarreau, to name a few. A jazz singer with a rich voice and wide range, she captivates her audience while performing at venues throughout the Metropolitan Area, including at the Lenox Lounge, Showman’s, and several cruise lines throughout the Caribbean and Mexico.
Toni is currently performing an act that encompasses multiple genres of the music she loves. Deeply committed to spiritual practices, Toni sings “new age” music at the Centers for Spiritual Living in the Northeast.
Toni has studied voice with Lewis McCollough, Danny Madden and Claude Stein and acting with Brian MCEleny.
Most recently, Toni has been blessed with the ability to draw and paint. She is also working on a book to fill a void she dare not ignore. Don’t miss Toni’s Trumpets debut. Enjoy listening to Toni’s sensitive interpretation of Jazz Standards, the Blues and melodic renditions of Ballads.
FRANK OWENS (pianist/arranger/music director) was conductor and pianist for the Broadway productions of “Ain’t Misbehavin” and Maurice Hines’ “Uptown It’s Hot!” as well as for the Broadway, Moscow and Kennedy Center productions of “Sophisticated Ladies”. Other theatrical credits include “Black Broadway”, Melvin Van Peebles’ “Don’t’ Play Us Cheap”, Hartford TheaterWorks’ “Paul Robeson”, “Blue Monday Blues” and his own “Shades of Harlem” (also a double CD set which he produced).
Mr. Owens was musical director for the first David Letterman Show (mornings, NBC TV – 1980). Other television credits include “It’s Showtime at the Apollo” (for seven years), “Eubie Blake: A Century of Music” televised over PBS stations from the Kennedy Center, and “Christmas In Washington”, a seasonal special on TNT. He has been musical director for Johnny Mathis, Chubby Checker, Melba Moore, Johnny Nash, Connie Francis, John Denver, Freda Payne, Ruth Brown, Ann Duquesnay, Lesley Gore, Oscar Brown, Jr., Irene Cara, Debbie Allen, Petula Clark, Lena Horne and currently, Keith David. As a studio musician, he has contributed to numerous recordings, receiving a gold record for his rhythm concept for Tony Orlando and Dawn’s “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Old Oak Tree’. As a recording session musician he won the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) sponsored MVP award for acoustic piano five times thereby enabling him to win the coveted Virtuoso Award. In the world of film he did dance arrangements for the film, The Wiz. He has done many radio and TV commercials; “Pristiq” being the most recent.
Mr. Owens was musical director for “Tan Manhattan” (as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival) and for “Hotcha Razz-Ma-Tazz” at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. For more than six years, he was resident pianist at Mortimer’s, a trendy east-side restaurant, and also performed several seasons at the Hotel Carlyle’s Bemelman’s bar. In addition, he has been musical director for the annual Tap Extravaganza in New York City, the annual Tap Extravaganza-Queens at Flushing Town Hall, and currently hosts an open mic Friday evenings at 53, a restaurant in Manhattan. As a recording artist, Mr. Owens recorded the music of, “Oliver” in an album entitled: “Oliver! Ole!” for Columbia Records. His latest CD, “Frank Owens Plays the Music of Eddie Heywood” is available on Earlwood Records.
For a week in early September every year, Mr. Owens can be seen performing at Bryant Park in Manhattan as part of its “Piano in the Park” Series.
Mr. Owens hosts an open mic every Friday evening at ‘53’, a restaurant on 53rd Street in Manhattan. He is also music director of “On Kentucky Avenue” a musical production about the Club Harlem in Atlantic City in late sixties. The second Thursday of the month, he hosts an open mic with Chad Carter at the Vicino’s Restaurant in Silver Spring, MD. Mr. Owens is a pianist for rehearsals at the Washington School of Ballet and the Maryland Youth Ballet.
Among his productions is a concert he produced as a tribute to Erroll Garner (his idol), at the Tribeca Theater at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC).
Lisle began studying the violin at the age of four: he gave his first concert at the age of six. Lisle continued studying and playing violin until he was introduced to the bass violin at the age of twelve. Shortly thereafter, Lisle entered Music and Art High School, NYC where he played in the school orchestra. Upon graduation, Lisle entered Manhattan Music Conservatory, where he received a degree in Music. Since that time, Lisle has appeared with such artists as: Nina Simone, Betty Carter, Wynton Kelly, Hazel Scott, Billy Taylor, Stanley Turrentine, The New York Bass Violin Choir, Clark Terry, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Big Band, Marylou Williams, the New York Jazz Quartet, Jon Hendricks and the Hendriks family, Hank Jones, Kenny Burrell and many, many other artists.
Greg Bufford studied Composition and Orchestra Percussion at
Berklee College Of Music. Jazz History and Performance at Rutgers
University. He pursued drum lessons as a private student of master drummer
“Philly Joe Jones.” Greg has worked with such artist as Dee Dee Bridgewater,
Freddie Cole, Dakota Staton, Little Jimmy Scott, Della Reese, Leon Thomas, Freda
Payne, Leslie Uggams, Suzzane Douglas, Sonny Stitt, Joe Lavano, Jay
Hoggard, Steve Nelson, Larry Ridley, Sun Ra, Frank Wright, Madonna, The
Duke Ellington Orchestra, Johnny Coles, Jimmy Heath, Randy Weston and
Nat Adderley Jr.
Greg has worked extensively in the world of Musical Theatre. He has performed in several productions, including “EUBIE,” “ALL THAT JAZZ,” “LITTLE HAM,”‘ “THE LATE GREAT LADIES OF JAZZ AND BLUES,” “ROLLIN ON THE T.O.B.A.,” ‘STORMY WEATHER,“ “GUN METAL BLUES,” “THE ELLA FITZGERALD STORY,” “AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’, and “THE WIZ.”
Greg currently runs Kobe Productions. Kobe Productions provides live music for events and recorded music for TV and film.