Rio Clemente on Piano
Gene Perla: Bass
$15 pp music charge $7 pp minimum (food/drink)
MASTER JAZZ PIANIST
A native of Morristown, NJ, Rio Clemente is a member of its Hall of Fame. He has been named Professional Artist of the Year by the Arts Council of the Morris Area, New Jersey Monthly Magazine has named him among its “Top 40 New Jersians” and the New Jersey Jazz Society has named him Musician of the Year.
Rio’s career began with a BMI scholarship for musical theater and subsequent studies at Juilliard School of Music. A grant for new composers followed from Broadway Tomorrow. Along with his classical training, Rio developed a style embracing a diversity of music, including jazz, that makes him a most expressive and versatile pianist.
After several television appearances, Rio advanced to playing at the JVC Jazz Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. He has entertained audiences in Europe, Bermuda, the Virgin Islands and Antigua. He has performed at the United Nations and has appeared with the Jefferson Symphony in Golden, CO, with the Livingston (NJ) Symphony and with ensemble groups like the Morris Choral Society and Orchestra.
He has performed from coast to coast for senators, governors, mayors and other dignitaries. He has played jazz clubs from Manhattan to Cape Cod and from Florida to California. He has also performed with Florence Henderson, Carol Lawrence, Norm Crosby and Jack Carter in the Florida Follies
In New York, Rio has appeared at Manhattan’s famed Iridium Jazz Club with the Les Paul Trio; Birdland., the Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, The West Bank Café’s Laurie Beechman Theater, the New York Friars Club, the Sylvia & Danny Kaye Theatre at Hunter College; Rainbow Room and the Player’s Club just to name a few venues.
He has recorded under contract for Holland labels, Showplace Music Productions and has published ten CDs under his own Etnemelc Music Productions label. As a composer, he has written a number of selections ranging from Gospel to Latin, and orchestral arrangements. In collaboration with lyricist/author Carmine Lombardo, Rio has composed the music for four musicals including the family musical, “Dare To Dream.” He has also performed Dave Brubeck’s Mass “To Hope! A Celebration.” (Dave Brubeck has written, “Rio Clemente is EXCELLENT!”)
Rio has recorded with bassist Milt Hinton, and prepared a feature CD on Richard Rodgers that led Linda Rodgers to say, “Rio plays my father’s music better than anyone I ever heard.” And comedian Freddy Roman has said, “I want to open for you!
As a music educator, Rio has served as music director for the Generations of Jazz program of the New Jersey Jazz Society.
Rio’s latest accomplishment was performing at the White House representing the United States Coast Guard and all Auxiliaries. He has also been given the honor of being selected as Auxiliarist of the Year for exemplary service from Sector New York, United States Coast Guard.
$10 pp music Charge, $7 pp minimum (food/drink)
John Stowell began his successful career in the early 1970’s with private study with guitarist Linc Chamberland and pianist John Mehegan. Both men were valuable mentors to John, allowing him to play with them as he progressed in his development. Several years later he met bassist David Friesen in New York City, and they formed a duo that recorded and toured prolifically for seven years, with performances in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.
In 1983, John and David joined flutist Paul Horn and Paul’s son Robin Horn (on drums) for a historic tour of the Soviet Union. This was the first time in forty years that an American jazz group had been invited to play public performances in Russia. In 1993, 1995, 1998 and 2012 John returned to Russia, playing in numerous cities. His two sold-out performances in Kursk may have been the first appearances there by an American jazz musician.
John continues to tour, record and teach internationally. He has been Artist-In-Residence at schools in Germany, Indonesia, Argentina, and in the United States and Canada. He served as assistant director and performer in Oregon Public Broadcasting’s PDX Jazz Summit in 1991, and since 1995 has been a contributing columnist for a number of magazines, including “Downbeat”, “Guitar Player”, “Canadian Musician”, “Soundcheck” (Germany), and “Guitar Club” (Italy).
Recording/Performance Credits: Milt Jackson, Lionel Hampton, Art Farmer, Conte Condoli, Herb Ellis, Bill Watrous, Mundell Lowe, George Cables, Billy Higgins, Billy Hart, Richie Cole, Paul Horn, Tom Harrrell, Don Thompson, Dave Liebman, and many others.
Guitarist, mandolinist and multi-instrumentalist John Ehlis is a prolific composer and atypical bandleader. His musical ventures transcend the boundaries of any single style of music, while his collective offerings showcase the creative artistry and talents of each musician.
Drawn to traditional and folk music from around the world, Ehlis blends the sounds of many cultures into his own style. As a multi-instrumentalist, he learned the mandolin busking on the streets of Denmark, Germany and Italy and has studied various woodwind instruments and percussion, including the Balinese Gamelan. While visiting Zimbabwe he was invited to perform with Motsi Uruka at the Amakhosi Theatre in Bulawayo. He also performs and studies music of the Basques.
It was in San Francisco during the 1990’s where Ehlis fully embraced performing and composing original works, contributing his spirit and ideas to the flourishing and diverse music scene of the time. Steadfast collaborators included cornetist Jon Birdsong, guitarist David Lofton and percussionist Horacio Altan.
Since relocating to the East Coast in 2000, percussionist Glen Fittin has been a vital force in realizing his creative vision. Ehlis’s association with saxophonist Oliver Lake, pianist Karl Berger and bassist Chris White have further contributed to the evolution and clarity of his concepts.
Ehlis has performed with musicians ranging from jazz artists John Tchicai, Oliver Lake, Joseph Jarman, Karl Berger, Perry Robinson, Francis Wong, to vocalists Marie Afonso, Loire Cotler and Olivia Foschi, the instrument maker Ken Butler, Joe Craven, frame drum master Glen Velez, classical guitarist Philip Hii, singer/songwriters Scott E. Moore and Jessica Owen, dancer Charmaine Warren, composer and pianist Elizabeth Woodbury-Kasius, and a host of international artists including, Argentine guitarists Juan Falu and Quique Sinesi, Basque musicians Tapia and Leturria, Ghanaian musicians Zorkie Nelson and Okee Nunoo, Danish drummer Kresten Osgood, Finnish saxophonist Mikko Innanen, Italian violinist Eloisa Manera, Pakistani singer Fawzia Afzal Khan, Russian painter Andrey Tamarchenko and Slovakian poet Gabriel Ariel Levicky.
Ehlis has participated in festivals ranging from the Copenhagen Jazz Festival in Denmark, Vision Festival in New York.Denmark, Claremont Folk Festival in California, Jai Aldi Basque Festival in Idaho, Festival of San Fermin in Pamplona, Festival of Colors in Detroit, Maiden Creek Old Time Music Festival in Pennsylvania, and Cowboy Poetry Festival in Nevada.
Takashi Otsuka studied bass with Lincoln Goines, Jay Anderson, David Finck and Louis Kozma, composition and arranging with Herb Pomeroy, Bob Freedman and Ken Pullig, and improvisation theory with Gary Burton at Berklee College of Music.
He has performed with various artists such as Boston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Seiji Ozawa, The Boys Choir of Harlem, Ben E. King, Swing Express under the direction of Bill Conway, Composer’s Workshop Big Band under the direction of Mike Treni, Latin Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Victor Rendon, Don Sebesky, Bob Mintzer, Charles McPherson, Marion Meadows, Lew Solof, Ted Curson, Claudio Roditi, Jon Faddis, Steve Turre, Slide Hampton, Norman Simmons, Andy Bey, Larry Coryell, Vic Juris, John Hart, Bob Devos, Ron Affif, Pete Levin, Jack Walrath, Billy Hart, Eliot Zigmund and many more.
Craig Levine has been tooling around on the drums, mainly in between his many endeavors since he was in junior high school. Craig has played in various big bands, and small groups, ranging from jazz to rock, to a hybrid blend of klezmer with punk. He lives in Montclair.
2 sets: 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.
$20 pp music prepaid online purchase $22 pp at door $12 pp minimum (food drink)
Bob Devos – guitar
Behn Gillece – vibraphone
Chris Simonini –organ
Tim Horner –drums
A longtime Trumpets favorite, virtuoso guitarist Bob DeVos returns with an exciting quartet that has been wowing NYC audiences the past couple of years. Come hear why when Bob blends his signature guitar sound with featured player and DownBeat Rising Star #1 Vibraphonist Behn Gillece, up and coming organist Chris Simonini, and veteran ace drummer Tim Horner. Bob–who in his long, storied career has played with most all of the classic and modern organ greats–has always loved the sound of guitar, vibraphone, organ and drums. With Behn’s energy, harmonic sense, compositional skills and a great rhythmic feel, Bob has found the vibes player who fully complements the fervor and soul of Bob’s playing.
With long, blues-drenched lines; a warm, fat sound; and a horn-like, melodic approach, Bob DeVos has been proclaimed a living jazz legend. The masterful guitarist has an enthusiastic following for his innovative work, first with a who’s who of jazz greats in and outside of the Hammond B3 organ genre–including Richard “Groove” Holmes/Sonny Stitt, Jimmy McGriff/Hank Crawford, and Charles Earland–and for the past 20 years as a leader. A brilliant improviser, DeVos thrills audiences worldwide with tight-knit performances of jazz standards, Rhythm & Blues, ballads, and his own hip compositions and modern arrangements. With his signature mix of groove and sophistication, Bob’s releases on Savant/HighNote ranked in the Top Five in national airplay and have been included on Top CDs of the Year lists.
See www.bobdevosjazzguitar.com for more information!
8 p.m.-1 p.m. TY STEPHENS SHOW BEGINS AT 9 P.M.
Music and Fine Dining: $125 pp (plus tax and gratuity)
As of 11 p.m. on 12/30/18: Only 3 tables of 2 left and 2 tables of 4-6 and seats at bar. Call 973-444-0357 after 9 a.m. on 12/31 before purchasing tickets. No tickets at tables will be guaranteed unless you speak to ticket manager.
Our New Year’s Gala will begin at 8 p.m. Ticket price is for the entire evening. No separate tickets for music only. Ticket price includes the show, a four-course meal, champagne toast at midnight, and party favors. One of Trumpets’ most popular and engaging acts, Ty Stephens and the SoulJaazz features elegantly funky R&B, Jazz and more! Presented by WillJam Entertainment Group.
New Year’s Eve Gala! Tickets will go fast! Get yours today!
We are thrilled to announce that Ty Stephen’s is the recipient of Audelco’s 2018 LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Ty Stephens (On Kentucky Avenue)
and musical director of SoulJaazz, Richard Cummings tied for outstanding musical director.
OUTSTANDING MUSICAL DIRECTOR (TIED)
Richard Cummings, Jr. (On Kentucky Avenue)
The amazing Ty Stephens & the SoulJaazz returns for our annual New Year’s Eve Gala! Ring in the New Year with dancing, great food, contests, prizes and surprise guests!
About Ty Stephens & the SoulJaazz
A consummate multi-talented entertainer and performer, Ty Stephens has performed around the world for over a decade, gaining an international audience with a cool, urban-tinged adult-contemporary sound, based on jazz, funk and R&B. In May 2016, he signed with a new management team led by music-industry veteran Buzz Willis and the legendary Robert “Kool” Bell (of Kool & The Gang).
He has also signed a U.S. distribution deal with All Access Entertainment Records distributed by BDG/RED (A Division of Sony LLC), for their latest album, “Good Medicine”. Starting off with the lead single, “Good Medicine,” the new partnership provides greater exposure for a rising star on the Urban Adult Contemporary scene.
“I’m thrilled that this new distribution deal, along with a legendary management team, are all in place to bring the music of “Good Medicine” to a larger worldwide audience,” said Stephens. “The goal of any artist is to have their music heard. As you listen to the album, let your heart be light and youthful and your spirit open, as the music will fill and enlighten you… and funk you up!”
“Good Medicine” by Ty Stephens and (the) SoulJaazz (Richard Cummings, Jr., Ron “Rondew” Monroe, Tony Lewis and Robert “R.T.” Taylor) features 15 delicious tracks of original, smooth, elegantly funky R&B/jazz, with singles including the title track “Good Medicine,” the dance anthem “Love Is In The Room,” the summer love jam “Ain’tcha Somethin’” and the remake of the very popular “Found”.
“Good Medicine” is available on all major digital distribution and steaming services. More about Ty Stephens & (the) SoulJaazz can be found at www.tystephensmusic.com.
2 sets: 8:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.
$ 1o Cover $12 pp minimum (food/drink)
John Di Stefano: Piano
Rick Crane: bass
Gordon Lane: Drums
Enrico Granafei-guitar/chromatic harmonica/vocals
Enrico Granafei has a long history of musical experience that encompasses both classical music and jazz. He received his degree in classical guitar from the Conservatory of l’Aquila in Italy in 1976 and his artistic career started in Rome where he soon became known in the musical community. In 1992 Granafei received his master’s degree in Jazz Performance from the Manhattan School of Music where he was the only student of Toots Thielemans. His love for jazz led him to New York City, where he soon started to perform in local jazz clubs including The Blue Note, Birdland,Visiones, Angry Squire, and the Bottom Line. He has performed extensively on the chromatic harmonica in the United States and continued to be a featured musician in major European Festivals, including Pori Jazz Festival (Finland), Euromeet Jazz Festival and Veneto Jazz Festival (Italy), and other jazz festivals throughout Italy, France, Spain and major clubs throughout Europe.
Granafei has been the owner and musical director of the prestigious Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair, New Jersey since 1999. One of the most respected players of the Chromatic Harmonica in the world today, Granafei continues to cultivate an audience for the instrument through his international performances. As jazz pianist/historian Lewis Porter says: “This could be the start of something big for harmonica players everywhere.”
2 sets: 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
$20 pp online advanced tickets $22 pp at door $12 pp minimum (food/drink)
Buy your tickets today here online and then call 973-744-2600 with time of your arrival.
Jared Gold – organ
If you have never been to one of Dave’s gigs at Trumpets, you must catch this one!
7 p.m.-11 p.m.
no music charge $7 pp minimum (food/drink)
Holiday Party Tonight with cake for all!
Trumpets Presents: “Open Stage” EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT (unless otherwise noted). All genres welcome! Come out to perform and/or enjoy live music, full bar & special menu! ($7 min)!
15-20 minute sets per act! Full PA, piano & drums on stage for use! Bring your own guitar, banjo, bass, flute, sax, oboe, squeezebox, cello, kazoo, etc! Hosted & Emcee’d by Meg Beattie Patrick! Trumpets, 6 Depot Square, Montclair, 7-11pm! Parking lot across the street OK after 7 p.m. (do not park by EMS or AMS)!
See you Wed nights!
Meg Beattie Patrick BIO:
Vocalist, songwriter and guitarist, Meg Beattie Patrick, has spent years honing her skills performing varied genres including blues, jazz and indie folk-rock in NYC, New Orleans and Montclair area at many venues including Danny’s Skylight, Don’t Tell Mama, Trumpets Jazz Club, Tierney’s Tavern, Hat City Kitchen, Church Street Summer Music Festival at Montclair Center Stage, and the Montclair Art Museum through the auspices of Parents Who Rock. Meg is an Emeritus Board Member of the Montclair Arts Council and Outpost In The Burbs. Trumpets is thrilled to have Meg, a vibrant presence in performing, producing and presenting music of all genres, host the OPEN STAGE. We look forward to you making Trumpets your favorite Wed. evening hang for playing and listening to jazz, blues, rock, folk and world music (and more)….
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
$10 pp music charge advance online purchase $12 pp music charge at door $7 pp minimum (food/drink)
(We highly recommend that you purchase tickets online; go to “get tickets” in top bar; link will be removed by 11:30 a.m. on the day of the event. Tickets will be available at the door.)
4:00-4:20pm – Vocal Academy – Directed by Amy London & Dylan Pramuk
4:30-5:10pm – Adult Combo – Directed by Ted Chubb
5:20-6:00pm – Jazz House Community Big Band – Directed by Ed Palermo
The Vocal Jazz Academy is directed by renown vocalist Amy London and Dylan Pramuk. The Vocal Academy is a 3 hour Saturday program for vocalists preparing to attend jazz universities, as well as singers who simply love to sing jazz and learn the skills needed to be a professional jazz singer. Each week students hone their vocal technique, learn to scat sing, sing as a soloist with a rhythm section, and perform with a large vocal group.3 p.m.-6 p.m.
Celebrating their 16th year, Jazz House Kids provides the framework inside which students from diverse backgrounds can play, sing and appreciate America’s original musical art form. Through music, mentoring, education and apprenticeship, Jazz House Kids cultivates tomorrow’s community leaders and global citizens so they may build vibrant communities where they live.
7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
8:45 p.m. Jam
$10 pp music charge (at door or online; reserved seats for tkts purchased online) $7 pp minimum (food/drink)
Bring your instrument/voice and join or just sit back and listen.
Jacqueline Dougherty is a retired music teacher and choral conductor. Among her gigs nowadays are Senior Clubs and a workshop called Singing for Health and Community.
O’MARA LEARY has acted on the New York stage at the Signature Theatre, h.e.r.e., Ensemble
Studio Theatre, John Houseman Studio Theatre, Westbank Downstairs Theatre Bar and
Westbeth Theatre, among others. She has performed original spoken word at Nuyorican Poet’s
Café and created solo spoken works with music at gargoyle mecanique laboratory and the
Westbank Downstairs Theatre Bar, and as a singer/songwriter has performed at The Village Gate,
The Bitter End, and Triad, and cabaret at Don’t Tell Mama.
She wrote lyrics for the award-winning jazz musical Angel on My Shoulder (York Theatre, Midtown
International Theatre Festival 2014). She wrote book and lyrics for a new original musical, Snow.
She performed as a founding member of The First Amendment Comedy Group (with Bruce Willis),
The Usual Suspects at Who’s on First and Rubber Feet, and co-hosted and wrote for The Joke
Show for 2 years, performing with guests including Ray Romano and Lewis Black.
Her film work includes The Day Lincoln Was Shot (TNT), the independent horror feature Don’t Go
in the House, shorts Jake and The Patriot Game, and she provided dubbing for the Bruce Lee films
Fist of Fear and Game of Death. Her voiceover work includes doing Rosie O’Donnell for Topps’
Hollywood Zombies. She studied classical acting at Barnard College
Although trained in acting and a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC Annette’s first love is singing. First inspired by her father’s music and the great jazz vocalists such as Sarah Vaughn and Nancy Wilson, she has an extensive repertoire based on the American Songbook and our Broadway stage.
2 sets: 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.
$15 Music charge $12 Minimum (food/drink)
After many years on Italian stages and TV followed by a lasting career in Brazil that includes numerous CD`s and tours in major cities and theaters and collaborations with, among others, Milton Nascimento, Guinga, Leny Andrade, Paulo Moura, and Martinho Da Vila, singer Mafalda Minnozzi has earned diva status in Brazil. In 2015 she united with New York guitarist Paul Ricci to form the “eMPathia JazzDuo”. Ricci has performed with Astrud Gilberto, Bobby Sanabria, Bebel Gilberto, Harry Belafonte, Dom Um Romao, Hugo Fattoruso as well as many noted sidemen in Latin, African, Jazz and Brazilian styles. The duo`s unique blend draws from the great Italian, Brazilian, French and American songwriters such as Cole Porter, Jobim, Ivan Lins and Morricone among others. Following an extensive concert schedule at theaters and festivals in Italy and Brazil, their first 2015 CD “EMPATHIA” was nominated for Italy`s prestigious “Targa Tenco” award. The duo will be presenting at Trumpets their second CD “INSIDE” (2016) recorded and produced by noted Grammy winner Jeff Jones “the Jedi Master” (www.empathiajazz.com)
Noted Italian Jazz author and critic Gerlando Gatto wrote “…. the duo established an extraordinary musical entity befitting the name“ eMPathia”. In a perfect understanding the two are able to produce a sound that goes far beyond their basic restricted elements … Paul Ricci is surely an underestimated artist gifted with sensitivity, arranging skills and uncommon technique … Mafalda Minnozzi is superb not only for her extraordinary ability to fully express herself in diverse languages, but in the ease with which she is able to make each song she presents truly her own.”