Calendar

Jul
11
Thu
2019
Michael Reitman
Jul 11 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Michael Reitman
Adding to the Joy, Bruce Tyler will be on hand percussion and Richard Reiter will be playing saxophone with us at Trumpets this Thursday, 7/11, with 2 sets starting at 7:30pm. Can you stand some more Joy/Love, (it’s what the world needs now), The Paul Lombardo Duo will be playing a set too!!!
$10 pp music charge   $7 pp minimum (food/drink)
The Band:
Larry, “The Lip” Lipschultz: Harmonica
Andy McGuire: Lead & Slide Guitar
Adam Gustavson: stand up Acoustic Bass
Michael Reitman: Lead Vocals & Rhythm Guitar
Jul
12
Fri
2019
Brazilian Night and Classic Bossa Nova with the Bossa Nova Quintet
Jul 12 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

2 sets:  8 p.m. & 10 p.m.
$15 pp online music charge   $18 pp at door $12 pp minimum (food/drink)

Join us for a night of Classic Bossa Nova and Originals:

Yashmin Abler-vocals
Enrico Granafei-vocals/ guitar/harmonica
Kristine Massari-vocals
Larry Corban-guitar
Mauricio deSouza-drums

Hang out at Trumpets’  Brazilian Night! Regular a la carte menu and specials also available for food/drink orders.

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Jul
13
Sat
2019
Peruvian Extravaganza featuring Lula Valdivia and SAOCO – Celebrate Peruvian National Day of Pisco Sour!
Jul 13 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Peruvian  Extravaganza featuring Lula Valdivia and SAOCO  -  Celebrate Peruvian National Day of Pisco Sour! @ Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

PERUVIAN EXTRAVAGANZA featuring LULA VALDIVIA & SAOCO

Music Starts at 8pm
$25 pp Music Charge 
$12 pp food/drink minimum

Lula Valdivia-Vocals

with special guests including Enrico Granafei-chromatic harmonica

and the participation of the Consul General of Peru, Yvan Solari Calvo

 

Lula Valdivia, singer, actress, recording star and television personality, moved to the United States from her native Peru only a few years ago, but her music has been internationally recognized throughout the world for decades.  Most recently she has released a CD of bachatas, co-hosted a TV show, judged a vocal competition, appeared in commercials and been awarded special recognition for her accomplishments as an ambassadress of Peruvian culture in the U.S. She is quite an accomplished lady!

Renowned for the lyrical beauty of her voice and her rhythmic phrasing,  Lula has captured U.S. aficionados of World Music, Jazz, Latin Jazz and Afro-Peruvian Music through her recordings and live performances.

Born in Arequipa, Peru, the second largest city in the country, Lula began to sing at an early age, influenced by her father, Dr. Félix Valdivia Cano, a guitarist who performed and composed folkloric songs; but it was her mother who encouraged her to share her unique talent by performing in public.  She began her career at fourteen by singing international pop, rock and Latin American music with one of the most popular groups in Arequipa while also singing with a well-known jazz trio. These experiences helped her to develop a wide repertoire of music that encompassed jazz standards, bossa novas, boleros, criollo and pop music.   She performed in several important festivals that headlined well-known singers including Celia Cruz, Joe Arroyo from Colombia, and Alejandra Guzmán from Mexico.  In 1996 she won the coveted “Golden Voice of Festibuga,” the most important song festival in Latin America, held in Cali, Colombia. Victor Manuel presented Lula with the first prize in competition against the finest singers from ten Latin American countries  This award brought Lula widespread recognition as a singer throughout her native Peru and the rest of South America.

Lula began to perform extensively throughout South America and Central America and upon returning to Peru was offered a recording contract with Iempsa, the most important recording company in Peru.  She released her first CD, Decídete!, in 1999 to rave reviews from the press.

 

Jul
20
Sat
2019
Carol Vazquez Quintet
Jul 20 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Carol Vazquez Quintet @ Trumpets Jazz Club | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

1 show only:  3 p.m.
$15 pp  music charge online tickets  $20 pp at door   $12 pp minimum (food/drink) 

Vocals: Carol Vasquez

Piano: Ted Brancato

Bass: Greg Jones

Drums: Greg Bufford

Guitar: Mike Hogan

After her successful CD release party in Montclair in April of this year, Carol Vasquez is thrilled to bring her music to Trumpets jazz club.  Performing selections from her new CD “Rising Up” and her 2011 release “I Have Dreamed” Carol and her quartet are looking forward to a fun evening of great music, good food and making new friends!

Carol Vasquez has her performing roots in musical theater, where she has had the pleasure of performing leading roles in such shows as West Side Story, Evita, Guys and Dolls, Pirates of Penzance and Nine.  She has traveled throughout the United States and internationally singing with the revue group “Broadway Exchange,” and performed her own show on the SS Rotterdam. Currently, Carol is a freelance lead vocalist for a number of bands and orchestras performing in major hotels and clubs in the tri-state area.  Carol’s debut CD “I Have Dreamed,” was released in the Fall of 2011. This compilation of songs from the American Songbook, Broadway and pop music features performances by jazz greats, guitarists Dave Stryker and Charlie Hunter. Carol’s new CD which was recently released on April 6th of this year, combines her two passions: music and spirituality.  These songs were written by Carol for Unity of Montclair, a positive place for spiritual living, where she is currently music director.  She is thrilled to share the positive messages of self-empowerment and unity among all people.  See more at carolvasquezmusic.com.
Jul
25
Thu
2019
The Dalton Gang
Jul 25 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Dalton Gang @ Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

8 p.m.-11 p.m.
$10 pp music charge    $12 pp at door   $7 pp minimum (food/drink)

Trumpets is very excited to feature The Dalton Gang, one of our favorites, on the 25th. Please join us for a spectacular evening!

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 around the New York 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. They performed for the first time in 1979 . They have performed over 100 original charts in the past 35 years.

The band members are: Vinnie Cutro— trumpet, Mark Friedman–alto sax and flute, Frank Elmo–tenor sax and flute,Dan Nigro— baritone sax, Conrad Zulauf— trombone, Frank Valdes–percussion, Mike DiLorenzo–piano, John Hughes–bass, Alessio Marc Cupo–drums, and Willy Dalton–guitar.

“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.”

Jul
27
Sat
2019
Carlos Franzetti Trio
Jul 27 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Carlos Franzetti Trio @ Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant

2 sets:  8 p.m. & 10 p.m.
$20 pp  music charge, $12 pp minimum  (food/drink)
Carlos Franzetti” Piano
Rick Crane: Bass
Victor Jones: Drums

From symphonies to big band jazz, from chamber works to Latin American music and film scores – Carlos Franzetti has no limits.  He is a 2007 Latin Grammy® Nominee in the category of Best Instrumental Album, a 2006 Grammy® Nominee in the category of Best Classical Contemporary Composition for his opera, “Corpus Evita,” a double 2003 Grammy® Nominee for “Poeta de Arrabal,” in the categories of Best Classical Crossover Album and Best Instrumental Arrangement, and the winner of the 2001 Latin Grammy® Award for Best Tango Album, “Tango Fatal.”  Carlos Franzetti has received many outstanding grants and awards, including the 2002 New Jersey Council on the Arts Composers’ Fellowship, The Yamaha Composers Award, The Trofeu Laus from Spain, a Clio Award, The Prensario Award, ACE Award and Premio Konex from Argentina, The Foundation for New American Music, The Penfield Music Commission Project, several grants from Meet The Composer, and two gold records.  Mr. Franzetti adjudicates for SGAE and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.

Carlos Franzetti’s compositions and arrangements have most recently been performed and recorded by the International Sejong Soloists, the New World Symphony, the Youth Orchestra of the Americas the Moab Music Festival, and the Queens Symphony Orchestra; in 2006 he conducted his arrangements of music by Steve Kuhn (with Mr. Kuhn performing) at the Caramoor Festival.  Collaborations with major orchestras include the opening concert of the VI International Music Festival in Buenos Aires at the Teatro Colon with the Orquesta de la Plata, the Boston Pops, the National Symphony (Washington, D.C.), the St. Louis Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the National Symphony of Mexico, the National Symphony of Argentina, the Orquesta Filarmonica de Buenos Aires, the Czech National Symphony, the City of Prague Philharmonic, the Modus Chamber Orchestra, the Janacek Philharmonic, the Bratislava Radio Orchestra, and orchestras in Mexico, Venezuela, Spain, Sweden, Norway and France.  He performs and records with jazz artists Arturo Sandoval, Steve Kuhn, David Sanchez, Terence Blanchard, Jane Monheit, Jon Faddis, and Paquito D’Rivera and scores films for major producers and directors Sidney Lumet, Alan Pakula, Jerry Schatzberg, Harry Belafonte, and Edgardo Cozarinsky.  Credits include “La Pelicula del Rey,” “Q&A,” “Misunderstood,” “Beat Street,” “The Mambo Kings,” “See You in the Morning,” “Dans le rouge du couchant,” “Ronda Nocturna,” and “Tango Fatal.”

Upcoming recordings include the release of “Film Noir” on Sunnyside Records and The Carlos Franzetti – Eddie Gomez Duo on Acqua Records.  2007 recordings include “The Carlos Franzetti Trio Live In Buenos Aires” on Amapola Records, “Graffiti” on Sonorama Records, and “The Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble” on Signum Records.  2006 recordings include “Songs for Lovers” on Chesky Records.  2005 recordings by Carlos Franzetti are “Corpus Evita, an Opera in Two Acts” on Amapola Records and “Carlos Franzetti and the Jazz Kamerata,” on Chesky Records.  2004 recordings are his double CD, “Reflexiones,” on Amapola Records, “Promises Kept” with Steve Kuhn on ECM Records, and the Grammy Nominee/Latin Grammy Winner “Coral” with David Sanchez on Sony Records. “Carlos Franzetti – You Must Believe in Spring” was released on Amapola Records in May 2003 and EMI Argentina in October 2004. He conducted, arranged, and co-produced the 1997 Grammy Award Winner, “Portraits of Cuba” for Chesky Records.  Music Director of Orquesta Nova, his 2 CDs for Chesky Records received international critical acclaim. Several works are included on “Images Before Dawn – Symphonic Music of Carlos Franzetti,” for Premier Recordings.  World premieres and recordings of his compositions include “Gauchito and the Pony,” an opera for children, “Concierto del Plata” for guitar and chamber orchestra, released by Klavier Records, “Millenium Concerto for Flute and Orchestra,” commissioned by the Municipal Government of Buenos Aires, Argentina and premiered in September 1999, and “Piano Concerto No. 2,” commissioned by the Orquesta Filarmonica de Buenos Aires as part of their 50th Anniversary season and premiered in September, 1996 at the Teatro Colon.  This concerto is included on a CD with “Sinfonia No. 1,” released by Amapola Records.  Sinfonia No. 1” was performed by the Bratislava Radio Orchestra in November 2000, the Orquesta Filarmonica de Buenos Aires at the Teatro Colon in July 2003, and the National Symphony of Mexico in February 2005.  Other projects include the 1999 Grammy Award Nominee, “Remembrances,” for Chesky Records, the 1999 Grammy Award Nominee, “Obsesion,” for Sony Records, produced by Branford Marsalis, “Tango” with the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, released on DMP Records, and the 2002 Latin Grammy Nominee “Tango Bar” on Chesky Records.

A citizen of the United States for many years, Carlos Franzetti was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1948. He began his musical studies at age 6 at the National Conservatory in Buenos Aires.  He later studied piano privately with Guillermo Iscla and Lucia Maranca and composition with Manuel Juarez.  During the years 1971 – 1973 he studied composition with Humberto Hernandez Medrano in Mexico.  After coming to the United States in 1974, he studied conducting with Vincent LaSelva at the Juilliard School.

Biographies of Carlos Franzetti are listed in Latin American Classical Composers Second Edition by Michel Ficher and Furman Schleifer, published by Scarecrow Press, Maryland 2002, The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, published by MacMillan Press Ltd., London 1988, Diccionario de Compositores, published by La Nacion/Corregidor, Buenos Aires 1998, and Chronology of Western Classical Music Volume 2 by Charles J. Hall, published by Rutledge Great Britain Taylor & Francis Books, Inc.

Jul
28
Sun
2019
Jeree Wade in Rhythm, Romance and All That Jazz
Jul 28 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Jeree Wade in Rhythm, Romance and All That Jazz @ Trumpets Jazz Club | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

1 show only:  3 p.m.
$15 pp  music charge   $12 pp minimum (food/drink) 

JEREE WADE PERFORMS

RHYTHM, ROMANCE, AND ALL THAT JAZZ

July 28, 2019 @ 3:00 pm

Trumpets Jazz Club, 6 Depot Square Montclair, NJ 07042

Special Guest Adam Wade * Staged by Ty Stephens

Introducing The Talented LaToya Britton and Featuring Surprise Guest Duo.

Amazing Singers with Jeree are Sharon Brooks and  Janet Van Kline.

Adam and Jeree Wade with Ty Stephens and their TEAM gained great success in 2018 by being nominated for 10 Audelco Awards and taking home 6 for their show ON KENTUCKY AVENUE. With the future success of ON KENTUCKY AVENUE assured, Jeree Wade takes the Trumpets Stage after a five-year hiatus in solo performing. She will do what she does BEST and LOVES MOST…To Sing and Entertain. This show embodies the Rhythm, Romance and Jazz of marvelous, timeless words and music…old school with contemporary flavors mixed in. Jeree brings with her longtime notable and exciting musicians. The Frank Owens Trio, directed by the masterful and brilliant pianist Frank Owens, is rounded out by two of his favorite sidemen: the heart-pulse, moving and grooving bassist, Wilbur Bascomb, and Montclair’s own David Silliman, a versatile and multi-faceted drummer, keeping the rhythm, jazz and romance moving. The show is staged by a Trumpets favorite, Ty Stephens. Her special guests are Jeree’s other half, Adam Wade, who charms and caresses the audience with his Romantic Ballads and smooth sexy presence. He will spotlight Music from his upcoming CD: The Hungry Years, produced by Ty Stephens and Associate Producer Richard Cummings. Jeree and Adam round out the show with their signature duet, HOW DO YOU KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING? On that note, they will keep the music playing with these “GREAT” musicians and vocalists in a Top Rated New Jersey Club where LIVE Music still reigns. Come, be inspired and energized by an afternoon of “Rhythm, Romance and all that Jazz.” 

 
Aug
3
Sat
2019
Mel Davis and Friends
Aug 3 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

2 sets: 8:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.
$15 music charge 
$12 pp minimum (food/drink)

One of Trumpets’ favorite performers
Audiences love Mel Davis’ playing! R & B, Jazz & Contemporary! Come out and listen to one of the finest organists and entertainers around! R & B, jazz, blues, pop.. . Mel is one of our favorite artists. You may have heard him here before, but if you haven’t, stop by. You will love Mel whether you like traditional or contemporary jazz. He does it all! Scroll down to listen to one of his tunes.

Melvin Davis, recording artist, vocalist, keyboard player and organist extraordinaire, has understood the power of his hands to transport the sound of instruments from his imagination to a concert hall or nightclub full of eager twitching bodies for all of his life, dating back to childhood. This was when Melvin?s ears, residing in the multi-cultural city of Paterson, NJ, just 20 miles west of New York, dined on the sounds of musical greats like Dizzy Gillespie, Peggy Lee, John Coltrane, Jimmy McGriff, Alvin Valentine and so many more. He played his first piano recital at 9, and at 15, when cats his age were learning how to charm young ladies, Davis was sneaking into local night clubs, hoping to charm the Hammond B3.

The Hammond’s big band grooves, thanks to masters and club mentors such as George Benson, Larry Young, Jr., Brother Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff and Dr. Lonnie Smith, worked their way into Davis DNA. Eventually his hands were walking and talking good music. But 24 years ago, Davis lost the ability to play with his hands. Caught in the motorized belt of a fast-moving container-making machine where he worked to supplement his music income, a finger was ripped from his left hand, which was also split diagonally.

Aug
10
Sat
2019
Ron Aprea Quartet with special guest Angela DeNiro on vocals
Aug 10 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Ron Aprea Quartet with special guest Angela DeNiro on vocals @ Trumpets Jazz Club | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

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

No online tickets for this event; pay on site

One of our favorite groups!

Warm, melodic tones of saxophonist Ron Aprea blend beautifully with one of the finest jazz interpreters on the scene, vocalist DeNiro. They are accompanied by a stellar trio.

special guest: Angela DeNiro-vocals
Ron Aprea-saxophone
Cecilia Coleman-piano
Christian Fabian-bass
Gordon Lane-drums

 If you love jazz, this is the real thing!   The big band features some of the hottest players in the metropolitan area with  Angela DeNiro (vocals). Angela is one of Trumpets’ favorite vocalists and we are thrilled to have them back.

If you love singers, you have to hear the lovely voice and  interpretation of Angela DeNiro, one of the outstanding singers of our day!
Kristine Massari, owner of Trumpets

Ron Aprea, composer, arranger, producer, saxophonist, clarinetist,and flutist, has performed with Woody Herman, Les Elgart, Tito Puente, Frank Foster, Buddy Morrow, Billy May, Charlie Persip, Nat Adderley, Lionel Hampton, and Louis Armstrong.

 While with Hamp’s band, some of the highlights were a Ramsey Lewis television special, and a recorded concert at the Smithsonian Institute, where Ron’s solos were taped and put into their Archives. Ron was the featured soloist and arranger for performances with Nat Adderley at the world-famous Apollo Theatre, and he also performed at the Paramount Theatre with King Curtis’ Big Band. Ron has played shows for literally hundreds of stars, including Clint Holmes, Rita Moreno, Robert Merrill, Chita Rivera, Rich Little, and Billy Eckstine.

 In 1974, Ron recorded with John Lennon and Elton John on the album entitled Walls and Bridges. The all-star horn section included Howard Johnson, Frank Vicari, and Steve Madeo. Ron was a featured soloist on the jazz-gospel album Free to Be Free. He also wrote, arranged, and produced his own album, Ronnie April’s Positive Energy Volume 1. Ron had his own TV special on WNYC, and was a featured soloist on Broadway’s Song of Singapore.

Ron’s compositions, arrangements, and productions skills can be heard on Angela DeNiro’s first CD,Just For the Fun Of It, as well as her second  release, Angela DeNiro…Swingin’ With Legends, featuring Lionel Hampton, Frank Foster, and Lew Tabackin.

Ron and Angela brought the house down at the Five Towns College Jazz Concert in 1998 and 1999. Ron was featured with the Kenny Barron Trio at the 1998 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival,and was part of the All-Star cast, which included Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Bill Watrous, Jon Faddis, Al Grey,Ray Brown, Marion McPartland, Abbey Lincoln, and Diana Krall. In addition to a full performance schedule, Ron spends much time composing and arranging, both for an instrumental big band album, and for vocalist Angela DeNiro.

 During the summer of ’98, Ron performed extensively with both his Big Band and Quintet, and received a standing ovation from thousands at the Planting Fields Arboretum in New York, where he and Angela DeNiro again appeared as guest artists in concert with Lionel Hampton’s Big Band. Ron’s solos, and his impeccable “note-matching” with Angela at finger-breaking tempos during the scatting segments, wowed their audience!

Ron has three 1998 GRAMMY nomination entries: Producer of the Year,(Swingin’ With Legends), and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist for Angela DeNiro’s Avalon & The Song Is You. Ron completed an arranging assignment for vocalist Alex Donner, featuring nine of Ron’s arrangements. Alex released the first of a 2-CD set in the spring of 2001. Ron co-hosted a weekly jazz radio show on WSHR, 91.9 FM, New York, with his wife, vocalist Angela DeNiro. Their show, Rush-Hour Rendezvous ran successfully for two years, and featured great jazz and musical conversation.

In January 2001, Ron’s band, with Angela DeNiro, was featured on “BET-TV”. The national program, called “Jazz Discovery”, showcased jazz artists in competition, and was judged by a panel of three, which included jazz legend Chick Corea. Angela, with Ron’s band, won.

Ron and Angela DeNiro made a cameo appearance on legendary jazz vocalist Mark Murphy’s new CD, released in September of 2001 on the High Note Label. In August 2001, Ron performed in an All-Star band for a Charlie Parker Birthday tribute in Harlem, New York. The band featured four alto saxophonists. Playing alongside Ron were Jimmy Zaff, Gerald Hayes, and James Spaulding. The rhythm section featured Danny Mixon on piano, Bob Cunningham on bass, and Andre Strobaer on drums. Needless to say , Ron and friends created total pandemonium!

Ron wrote for Angela DeNiro’s third CD, My Shining Hour.  One of Ron’s compositions, For Phil, is dedicated to Phil Woods, who has been a major source of inspiration to Ron since the mid 60’s. Ron’s tribute to Phil,  performed by Ms. DeNiro, exudes the warmth and love Ron has for the legendary alto saxophonist.  This CD was released in August 2005.  Angela and Ron are joined on this album by a smokin’ rhythm section comprised of Cecilia Coleman on piano, Tim Givens on bass, and Jim Young on drums.  Trumpeter  Don Sickler and trombonist Scott Whitfield join Ron’s alto sax & flute, and strings round out two of the cuts on the album.  Oh…Matt Aprea makes his debut in the string section, also.  Check it out!

 

 

 

Aug
11
Sun
2019
John Ehlis Trio with special guests Craig Yaremko and Glen Velez
Aug 11 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
John Ehlis Trio with special guests Craig Yaremko and Glen Velez @ Trumpets Jazzz Club and Restaurant | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

sets:  7:30 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.
 $10 Music Charge prepaid online tickets  $7 pp minimum (food/drink)

John Ehlis Trio
John Ehlis guitar 
Glen Velez-frame drums
Craig Yaremko-woodwinds

Guitarist John Ehlis combines creative forces with saxophonist Craig Yaremko and percussionist Glen Velez for another spirited and energetic musical evening from the stage at Trumpets.

Most anyone with an affinity for World Music and/or hand drumming, is familiar with the mastery of Glen Velez.  A cultural traveller, Velez possesses an astonishing knowledge and command of rhythm coupled with an expansive array of techniques, textures and colors.

Each of these artists is an explorer with a genuine sense of curiosity.  As a trio, they generate a fresh and original sound, and as performers they are as engaging to see and to hear, as much for first time listeners, as for repeat audiences.   

Drawn to traditional and folk music from around the world, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist John Ehlis blends the sounds of many cultures into his own style, one that is as rich, as it is varied.  He has performed with visionary artists ranging from saxophonists Oliver Lake and John Tchicai, to vocalists Marie Afonso, Loire Cotler and Olivia Foschi, Argentine guitarists Juan Falu and Quique Sinesi, singer/songwriter Scott E. Moore, Basque musicians Tapia and Leturria, Danish drummer Kresten Osgood, and Finnish saxophonist Mikko Innanen.

A dynamic performer on all saxophones, flutes and clarinets Craig Yaremko is a broad-minded-and-talented musician.  He has performed alongside jazz artists Geri Allen, Helio Alves, Jerry Bergonzi, Don Braden, Paulo Braga, Randy Brecker, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Candido, Jimmy Cobb, Paquito D’Rivera, and Ray Vega, as well as with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, New York City Symphony, and has backed-up such artists as Clay Aiken, Frankie Avalon, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Mathis and Frankie Valli.

 A legendary figure amongst musicians and audiences world-wide, Glen Velez is the first percussionist to gain international recognition as a successful solo artist with frame drums.  His extensive array of frame drum innovations and sounds have inspired collaborations with an epic and eclectic list of renowned artists, including Steve Reich, the Paul Winter Consort, Suzanne Vega, Maya Beiser, Tan Dun and Pat Metheny.

www.glenvelez.com

 

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