Saddle Brook HS Jazz Band ? led by Frank Ortega
The Saddle Brook HS Jazz program started under the direction of Frank Ortega in 2006. During their innaugural season the Jazz Band took a trip to Williamsburg Virginia where they won excellent ratings from the judges. Since than, the band has grown and performed extensively in the area. By 2008 there were now two full Big Bands, an Intermediate Band for students grades 7 and 8 and an Advanced Band for those advanced players from Grades 7-12.
The band was the centerpiece for a Saddle Brook Music Association fundraiser called the Swing Dance for 3 years and played in conjunction with the Fun Bunch, a professional Big Band. A slightly toned down version was establish in the third year called a Jazzy Dinner. These events helped to raise over $10,000 toward new Uniforms for the Marching Band. The Saddle Brook HS Jazz Program also commissioned a piece called Santa Clause is Coming to Town for Jazz choir and Big Band in 2009 from Brenda Earl, a prominant young jazz pianist and composer. The Saddle Brook HS Jazz Program is also proud to be the first band in this concert series at Trumpets Jazz Club to sponsor a guest artist, the incomparable, Wycliffe Gordon.
Musical ambassador and interpreter of America?s music, Wycliffe Gordon experiences an
impressive career touring the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz receiving great acclaim from audiences and critics alike. His unmatched modern mastery of the plunger mute and his exceptional technique and signature sound, has solidified Gordon a place in musical history known as one of the top trombonists of his generation. Jazz Journalists Association named him ?Trombonist of the Year? again in 2011 as well as previous years 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, and 2008. He is a past recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Vanguard Award, among others.
In addition to an extremely successful solo career, Gordon tours regularly leading the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet, headlining at legendary jazz venues and performing arts centers throughout the world. Gordon is a former veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and has been a featured guest artist on Billy Taylor’s “Jazz at the Kennedy Center” Series. Gordon?s extensive performance experience includes work with many of the most renowned jazz performers of the past and present. His ?Jazz a la Carte? show, which debuted at the Apollo Theater last year, was named one of the ?top five best moments in jazz? for the year 2011 by The Wall Street Journal.
Gordon?s recordings are a model of consistency and inspiration, and his musical expertise has been captured on numerous recordings, including fourteen solo CDs and seven co-leader CDs. His most recent release, ?Hello Pops, A Tribute to Louis Armstrong? has received rave reviews and pays homage to Wycliffeʼs musical hero. Wycliffe Gordon is also a gifted composer and arranger. He is commissioned frequently by renowned jazz groups and organizations and has an extensive songbook of original compositions that span the various timbres of jazz music. His music is performed throughout the world by musicians and ensembles of every caliber.
Gordon is one of America?s most persuasive and committed music educators, and currently serves on the faculty of the Jazz Arts Program at Manhattan School of Music. Kendor Publishing recently released ?Sing It First? Wycliffeʼs own unique approach to playing the instrument. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2006 from the University of Scranton, for his tireless dedication to the field. His work with young musicians and audiences from elementary schools to universities all over the world is extensive, and includes master classes, clinics, workshops, children?s concerts and lectures ? powerful evidence of his unique ability to relate musically to people of all ages.
Wycliffe Gordon is a Yamaha Performing Artist and has his own line of Wycliffe Gordon Pro Signature Mouthpieces by Pickett Brass. When playing the trumpet, Wycliffe performs on the Wycliffe Gordon Signature Hybrid by Chasons Music. For additional information visit www.wycliffegordon.com or contact Brumfield & Associates, firstname.lastname@example.org.
?One More Once? Big Band ? led by Joe Verderese & Tim Hayward
?One More Once? is a 19-piece big band consisting of some of North Jersey?s top musicians. The band was founded in 2008 consisting of local professionals from North Jersey and is based out of Clifton. Members of the band include music teachers, music department alumni from local universities such as Montclair State University, William Paterson University, and New Jersey City University, free-lance musicians and performers from many other walks of life.
In April 2008, this group was created in an effort to have a new group of fresh, young musicians 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.
Saxes: Timothy Hayward, Jeff Zelnik, Mike Mullan, Craig Yaremko, Shane Zwiebel Trombones: Joe Verderese, Glen Lebitsch, Henry Heyser, Will Newrock // Trumpets: Dennis Truncellito, Rob Henke, Ryan Krewer, Jose Oliva // Piano : Aaron Kotler // Guitar : Joe La Belle // Bass : Jeff Little // Drums : Louis Imparato// Vocalist : Karen Verderese
Timothy Hayward was born and raised in Paris. He is a graduate of the Conservatoire Sup