Kristine Massari & John DiStefano sponsored by Whole Foods Market West Orange

Sonsored by Whole Foods Market West Orange

Kristine Massari (voice and mandolin)
Having been raised in a musical family, Kristine has been performing music since a child. She made her vocal performance debut at the age of four at a recital of the Arcaro Sisters School of Dance, her aunts? studio, in New York City. She has also plays violin, piano and mandolin.
Kristine has also performed as a Jazz Vocalist in several clubs in the Metropolitan Area, including Trumpets Jazz Club in New Jersey, and most recently, Flushing Library. Kristine has toured Italy, performing with the Enrico Granafei Quartet at music festivals including those at Roseto degli Abruzzi, Castelalto, Palermo, Cosenza, Catanzaro, San Giorgio Albanese, Laurino, Veneto, Sicilia. She was a featured performer at the Rutherford International Jazz Festival in NJ, a jazz festival at the Altamura Center for Arts and Cultures in Round Top, N.Y., and the Laurino Jazz Festival in Italy. She also appeared as a special guest with the Enrico Granafei Quartet at the Euromeet Jazz Festival in Veneto, Italy; in Budapest, Hungary; in Finland, where she performed with renowned jazz violinist Vitali Imereli, and in Estonia with bassist, Toivo Unt. She sings in English, Italian and Spanish.

John DiStefano
came from a musical family where he began to gain ?jam experience? with his Dad who played jazz fiddle and brothers Jim (guitar) and Al (alto sax and flute). After graduating high school, John toured Europe with the Concordia Youth Chorale then returned to Boston to study arranging and composition at Berklee College of Music. In the 1970?s, John left Massachusetts for New York City where he played at the Carlisle, Waldorf Astoria, Jilly?s and in small jazz clubs in the Village. John began to expand his music experience by touring with the Joeffrey Ballet (he will tell you ?I really can?t dance?!); he did some recording in Nashville Tennesee; and was also involved in several ?rock? recording projects. Because of his eclectic experiences, the music John plays and composes spans from pieces with a ?childlike simplicity? to funky contemporary tunes to jazz standards. He will tell you ?I?m more focused on playing jazz and honing my improvisational skills. It takes a lot of work and I?m working at it.? For the past two years, John has been regularly playing with the Ted Curson Jam Band at Trumpets. ?Playing with Ted, Enrico, Takashi and Gordon has been an incredible journey because the music always takes you somewhere wonderful.? He is very grateful for the gift of music and for what he has learned and experienced playing with Ted, Enrico and all of the fine musicians who come by at Trumpets.