When it comes to dexterity, musicality and pure showmanship, no guitarist presents quite the performance excitement that Frank Vignola delivers. All About Jazz called his recent album “a finely crafted collection of some of the greatest classic(al) music melodies in existence, arranged by one of the most talented, earnest-and-enlightened guitarists in the business today.” He knows how to surround himself with partners who are equal to the task, so this concert will have Vinny Raniolo on a hard-driving second guitar and Gary Mazzaroppi on the bass. As one California presenter put it, “Yes, Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo are amazing guitarists with extraordinary technical skills, but what you should also know is that their music is fun!”
Trumpeter Geoff Gallante is only 14, but his talent is middle aged. He’ll be bringing a small group of his own choosing, and is likely to play a bit of piano and sing as well as tooting the horn of his choice for each tune: trumpet, cornet or flugelhorn. Backing him are Jim DeSalvo (piano), Steve Varner (bass), Steve Johns (drums) and Behn Gillece (vibes), a truly full, veteran rhythm section. Among the most popular segments of the season here.
Tickets are available online or by calling the box office at (732) 255-0500.
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Noon to 1:45 PM Swingadelic
2:00 to 3:45 PM Bucky Pizzarelli’s Guitar Summit
4:00 to 5:45 PM Bria Skonberg’s Quintet
6:00 to 7:45 PM Roomful of Blues
8:00 to 10:00 PM Charlie Musselwhite Band
Best to bring a blanket or beach chair, and you might plan on eating at one of the fine restaurants that encircle the Green. This year they are celebrating the centennials of Frank Sinatra, Les Paul and Muddy Waters, which might give you a hint as to the types of music that will be presented. NJJS is a co-sponsor of this event each year.
Bassist and “chick singer” Nicki Parrott is putting together an all-star group for this date. Her theme is “Day In, Day Out,” a tribute to Doris Day. Pianist Rossano Sportiello and sax star Harry Allen are also on board, adding to the star power, so you should be reserving your seats now. Any one of them could be at the top of the bill.
The Shane Gang Swings Again, with pianist Mark Shane headlining a stage filled with talent. He’s invited Dan Levinson (clarinet and sax), Matt Hoffmann (vibes), Jennifer Vincent (bass) and Kevin Dorn (drums) to play those foot-tapping favorites.
Cornetist Warren Vaché has many talented friends, and he’ll be inviting a few of them to join him for this return date. “Vache, who always had a beautiful tone and a chance-taking style… gained early experience playing with Benny Goodman, Vic Dickenson, and Bob Wilber; and has been a leader since the mid-'70s,” writes Scott Yanow, typical of the great reviews he always gets.
When it comes to Big Bands, it is hard to beat the Jazz Lobsters. The size, variety and quality of its book are well known, and they manage to attract top players, including musicians who are leaders in other contexts. They’ve filled this room before, because they’ve filled the stage with musicians and singers who really care about their craft.
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Palmer Square in Princeton is about halfway between Morristown and Toms River, so audiences from both series ought to be interested in an afternoon of mixed jazz, especially since the cost is zero. A bandstand is set up in a grassy clearing just off Nassau Street, across from the university. There are seats available and space to bring your own beach chair. The Feast reference is to food stands set up by all the major restaurants in the area, cooking and serving their tasty offerings, some of it gourmet fare, for the jazz fans to buy and consume. Ed Polcer has taken over the programming tasks in recent years from NJJS Founder Jack Stine, and made the following musical selections for the 2015 edition:
Alan Dale’s New Legacy Jazz Band
Ken Peplowski Quintet with Harry Allen
Willie Martinez and La Familia Sextet with Warren Vaché
Marlene verPlanck Quintet with Houston Person
Dennis Lichtman’s Brain Cloud (featuring vocalist Tamar Korn)
Music runs from noon to 6 PM in one hour sets, expected to be in the order listed above. Arrive early to get the best seats. Goes on rain or shine, but patrons are likely to get wet if it pours. CDs by the performers are sold by NJJS. Dine afterwards at one of the restaurants you sampled during the afternoon.
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Fresh from the Central Jersey Jazz Festival, Sarah Partridge comes to sing, backed by her own group. “Ms. Partridge belongs to a tradition of jazz singers who use hard rhythm as a kind of emotional armor,” says the New York Times. “Instead of exploring the interior worlds of her material, she sustains the image of a plucky, can-do gal and good sport who swings at a steady jogging pace.”
The acoustic duo of bassist Harvie S and guitarist Sheryl Bailey will be performing music from their brand new Whaling City Sound CD, "Plucky Strum," at the New Jersey Jazz Society's members' social Sunday afternoon, September 27 at Shanghai Jazz in Madison.
The album takes its title from the manner in which the duo play their instruments: "Plucky" for the acoustic bass and "Strum" for the guitar. Both Harvie and Bailey are experienced duo players, he having spent more than a decade with vocalist Sheila Jordan, pianist Kenny Barron and guitarists Jim Hall and Gene Bertoncini and she with the likes of guitarists Jack Wilkins, Howard Alden and Paul Bollenback.
The music they recorded pays tribute to friends both personal and professional, including Harvie's "Charlie Haden" for the late National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master bassist and Bailey's "Saint Nick," for modern swing stalwart, bassist Nicki Parrott.
They’re back! The Beacon Hill All Stars have brought smiles to Bickford audiences before, always drawing from their extensive stable of top local talent to present a program specifically tailored to each date. Come and see what they have prepared for this visit.
Guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli is New Jersey’s jazz icon, and when he plays for MidWeek Jazz, the seats quickly become scarce. He’ll be back with fellow guitarist Ed Laub doubtless at his side, demonstrating mastery of the seven string guitar that has made him a living legend. Reserve seats early.