Vinny Valentino Trio

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January 29, 2016 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Trumpets Jazz Club
6 Depot Square
Montclair, NJ 07042
$18 pp music charge $12 pp minimum

2 sets: 8:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.
$18 pp music charge  $12 minimum (food/drink)

Vinny Valentino-guitar

Versatile is an understatement when describing guitarist and composer, Vinny Valentino.  Playing guitar since age six, this native Virginian began touring in a progressive rock band while still in high school.  At age 16, influenced by the music of George Benson, Vinny began pursuing Jazz as a career.  He recalls, “The turning point for me was hearing George Benson in concert; I had never heard anybody play like that.  It was an eye-opening experience.”

Endorsements include Yamaha Guitars and Pro Audio, D’Addario strings, Cakewalk Music Software, Digitech Effects, ADK Microphones and TKL Cases.  Vinny has shared the stage with such jazz greats as Steve Smith, Tom Coster, Russell Ferrante, Tom Scott, Gary Bartz, Victor Bailey, John Benitez, Peter Erskine, Dave Weckl, John Pattitucci, Randy Brecker, George Benson, Steve Gadd, Chick Corea, Dennis Chambers, Bill Evans and Jimmy McGriff.

Ron OswanskiThough Ron Oswanski is one of the most prodigious Hammond B3 players on a jazz scene rife with rising organ talent, he’s just starting to introduce himself as a force in his own right. Also an accomplished accordion player, Oswanski has forged a lithe, lyrical and rhythmically charged contemporary sound steeped in the B3’s earthy roots but informed by post-bop developments. With his finely calibrated sense of dynamics and expansive harmonic palette, he can burn with the best of them, and then slow things down for an exquisitely crafted ballad. He showcases his multifaceted sensibility on his stellar CD December’s Moon, a revelatory debut album featuring heavyweights such as guitarist John Abercrombie, bassist John Patitucci, drummer Clarence Penn, and saxophonist Tim Ries, who produced the project.

marko MarcinkoDuring his many years in the music business, Marko Marcinko has  worked as drummer or pianist with such notables as pop sensation Jon Secada, mexican pop great Juan Gabriel, R&B Legend Melba Moore, John Legend, Clay Aiken, Connie Francis, Constantine Marulous and Little Anthony & The Imperials. Also comedians Joan Rivers, Bob Newhart, the legendary Don Rickles as well as stage/ film greats Jason Miller and Nicol Williamson .

 In the world of jazz he has performed with many of the greatest musicians on the scene, including  Vinny Valentino, Ron Oswanski, Kurt Elling, Tierney Sutton, Randy Brecker, Joe Lovano, Ilona Knopfler, Anthony Jackson, Wallace Roney, Bill Goodwin, Steve Gilmore, Bob Mintzer, Joe Locke, Roseanna Vitro, Mike Stern, Masuo Yoshiaki, Lincoln Goines, Steve Turre, Jim Pugh, Mike Davis, Tim Ries, Vinny Valentino, Cafe, Bob Velez, Steve LaSpina, Cameron Brown, Ron McClure, John Benitez, Tim Warfield Jr.,Orin Evans, Mark Soskin, Steve Weingart, Steve Slagle, Steve Smith, Dave Stryker, Francois Moutin, Vic Juris, Alan Farnham, Dean Johnson and  jazz legends Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Al Grey, Rob McConnell Johnny Coles, Bob Dorough, Lew Tabackin, Mark Murphy, Bucky Pizzarelli, Urbie Green,Joe Temperly, Bill Crow,Eddie Bert, Ross Tompkins ,Mulgrew Miller, John Hicks, Hod O’Brien, Henry Johnson, Arturo Sandivol, Dave Samuels and Will Lee.


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