John-Ehlis-new-Dec_-2012-100x149 09/12/2014: John Ehlis Quartet with vocalist LOIRE (Lori Cotler)

2 sets: 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.
$15 pp music charge $12 pp minimum

LOIRE – voice
Leonor Falcón – 5 string violin
Yasuno Katsuki – euphonium
John Ehlis – guitar
Glen Fittin – percussion

The John Ehlis Quartet, with Leonor Falcón (5 string violin), Yasuno Katsuki (euphonium), John Ehlis (guitar), and Glen Fittin (percussion), is a collective of creative artists with an attractive and unusual instrumentation.  Their collaboration is based on an organic approach of playing music, yielding engaging performances that truly are “one of a kind” and music that is often times beyond categorization.

Special guest LOIRE combines World Music, Jazz and Pop elements with Jazz Scat improvisations and her original reworking of the highly sophisticated and vocal art of Konnakol, the South Indian drum language, into a mesmerizing and often jaw-dropping experience.  Described by the New Yorker as “Using her voice in mystically percussive ways,” LOIRE is quickly gaining an international reputation as one of the most captivating and original Read more about this artist

09/13/2014: Dee Lucas Quartet

2 sets: 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.
$15 pp music charge $12 pp minimum

Trumpets has been presenting the best in contemporary jazz for many years and is proud to have introduced some of the finest artists in the field to our NJ audiences. Ragan Whiteside (who will be back at Trumpets in January) introduced us to Dee Lucas, one of the rising stars on the soprano sax. We know that all of our fans who have enjoyed our Contemporary and Smooth Jazz series at Trumpets will love Dee, so please come on out and give him a warm welcome as he returns to Trumpets.

Benjie Porecki – keys
Myles Mattison – drums
Billy Grant – bass
Dee Lucas – sax
Once considered one of the country’s best kept secrets, soprano saxophonist Dee Lucas has evolved and catapulted onto the jazz scene.  After launching his well-received 2004 debut CD, Remembrance”, a tribute to legendary saxophonist George Read more about this artist

dalton gang 09/17/2014: The Dalton Gang

 8 p.m.-11 p.m.
$10 pp music charge $7 pp minimum

The Dalton Gang is a ten piece band led by guitarist, arranger and composer Willy Dalton. The band mixes jazz with a blend of funk and latin music. The members are freelance musicians in the New York metropolitan area. Among their credits are recordings and performances with such artists as Buddy Rich,Machito, Lionel Hampton, Tito Puente, Daniel Ponce, Cissy Houston, and others. The Dalton Gang is a real “group”, not a band of musicians brought together for a special project.  The band performed for the first time in 1979 . “The Dalton Gang is really a labor of love,” says bandleader Willy Dalton. “The dedication and commitment of the musicians is what keeps the band alive. When I write for the band, I try to draw on the mix of sounds that we play as working musicians in the New York area- -jazz, funk, latin, big band, etc. Putting this all in one package and making the music challenging to play is what I’m aiming for.”