SJC small logo 2015

Friday, July 24th  AND  Saturday, July 25th  at  8:00PM

July 24th & July 25th, 2015 | Jazz Legend Bucky Pizzarelli with Ed Laub & Special Guest Dag Markhus | Purchase Tickets 

The Bucky Pizzarelli and Ed Laub Duo have been performing for the past 12 years after a lifetime association as teacher/student. As a duo they perform for audiences all over the US and Canada in clubs, concert halls and jazz festivals. They combine instrumental and vocal arrangements with an emphasis on the Great American Songbook and well as some of the classic 1930’s guitar duos made popular by Carl Kress/ Dick McDonough, Eddie Lang and George Smith. Their great friendship of over 45 years is evident in their sound and the way they interact together on stage.

Bucky Pizzarelli Born in Paterson, NJ in 1926 Bucky is a world-renowned jazz guitarist. His career spans over 70 years from the Vaughn Monroe Orchestra, to the Johnny Carson Tonight Show. Hundreds of jazz concerts worldwide, including White House performances with Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, and Claude “Fiddler” Williams, with Presidents Reagan and Clinton add to the list.

His numerous worldwide tours also included performances with practically every jazz legend, such as Stephane Grapelli, Slam Stewart, Tal Farlow, Rosemary Clooney, Zoot Sims, Benny Carter, Michael Feinstein and Charlie Byrd, to name a few. He has hundreds of jazz recordings with every major jazz great, including his own solo albums and work with his two sons, John and Martin Pizzarelli. He is on the soundtrack of Woody Allen’s Sweet and Lowdown and appeared on PBS with Les Paul and Tal Farlow, The New Jersey Jazz Guitars [Filmed at Rutgers University].

Last year, Bucky became one of the very first musicians in New Jersey to have two of his guitars, along with a recorded history of his lifetime in music, inducted into the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. In 2011 Bucky was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame and in 2012 recorded with Paul McCartney on his latest Grammy Winning Album, “Kisses On The Bottom” Ed Laub is a locally renowned guitarist and vocalist whose style has been compared to a blend of Kenny Rankin, Chet Baker and James Taylor with a guitar style similar to his mentor, Bucky Pizzarelli.

Ed says, “ that’s not bad company to be associated with. They were amongst the artists to whom I listened to and was most influenced by. I guess I would say I am honored with that comparison” Because of Ed’s talent as an accompanist and the fact that he is one of the more accomplished 7 String guitarists, he is sought after by many of the top guitarists in the NYC metropolitan area to back them up and adds a pianistic style that makes a duo sound more like a trio. Focusing mostly on the American Songbook genre Ed also loves to perform the great Brazilian classics using a nylon 7-string guitar.

Born in northern Bergen County, New Jersey in 1952, Ed grew up in a family of musicians and his one uncle was an accomplished organist/arranger who spent June, 15 The Bucky Pizzarelli/Ed Laub Duo many years with Mitch Miller and the Fred Waring. There was always live music at every family gathering and the desire to be part of that encouraged Ed to pursue learning an instrument. After abandoning the trumpet and the piano, the February 1964 performance of the Beatles on Ed Sullivan’s show was the catalyst to taking up the guitar and singing.

In ’66 Ed had the good fortune to study with a marvelous guitarist and banjoist, Bobby Domenic (Uncle to jazz legend, Bucky Pizzarelli) and ultimately a few years later in 1969, studying the 7 String guitar with Bucky. Ed graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a degree in music and business and maintained a dual career in both his family business and as a musician in a variety of bands. 12 years ago Ed became the steady partner to his teacher, hero and close friend, Bucky Pizzarelli. They now travel all over the metropolitan area and major cities in the US, playing in clubs, concert venues and jazz festivals. All About Jazz Magazine said, “Pizzarelli is the complete jazz musician and Laub complements him perfectly!” Besides being the consummate rhythm guitarist and accompanist Ed is in demand as a vocalist and performs with such great artists as Gene Bertoncini, John Pizzarelli, Paul Meyers, Martin Pizzarelli, Howard Alden, Frank Vignola, Jay Leonhart, Russ Kassoff, Russell Malone, Jack Wilkins and special guest appearances with the late Kenny Rankin. For more information got to:

Special Guest Dag Markhus Although Norwegian jazz drummer Dag Markhus was born in the country of mountains,fjords, and northern lights, it was the excitement and swing of American jazz that captivated his musical ears and heart. At the core of his artistry is a consummate and selfless rhythmic drive, coupled with an intimate knowledge of the Great American Songbook.

As a member of the Konrad Paszkudzki Trio, Dag maintains a busy itinerary. After recording their debut album in “The Agnes Varis & Karl Leichtman Studio” at Jazz at Lincoln Center in the fall of 2012, they enjoyed an extended engagement as the resident house trio of the Broadway club 54 Below.

Other highlights of the trio’s concertizing include Jazz Sessions at the Jacob Burns Film Center (with a tribute to Erroll Garner), a celebrated appearance at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (which was broadcast on WBGO), and a performance with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. Their second album, “No Strings,” was released in the spring of 2014. Having finished his master’s degree on a scholarship at the Juilliard School, Dag currently resides in New York. A firm believer in the phrase “the cannon shoots far because it doesn’t scatter its fire,” he continues to strive for musical expressions of sophistication and nonchalant grace.



FINAL WEEKEND: “Jazz Legends & Lions”

    Friday July 31st, 2015

          Trumpet Phenom Jon Faddis & Quartet  | FRIDAY NIGHT ONLY |

          >> Click Here To Purchase Tickets


    Saturday August 1, 2015

          Jazz Arts Academy Student Summer Showcase! & Jazz Faculty All-stars

          >> Click Here To Purchase Tickets


Summer Jazz Cafe 2015! Tickets Now On Sale!
Summer Jazz Cafe 2015! Tickets Now On Sale!

Since the summer of 2006,  Jazz Arts Project has been presenting straight ahead swinging classic jazz throughout the Greater South/Central NJ region.  Audiences, artists, and critics alike rave about this Summer Jazz Cafe citing an excellent atmosphere, great acoustics, and a consistently high level of artistry as reasons to return. You will be seated at cozy candle-lit cocktail tables with Coffee, Tea and Delectable treats available from our jazz café. Elegant theatrical lighting and an intimate room add to everyone’s enjoyment. Last year the entire series was named a Tri-City News Pick of the Year. In past years at Summer Jazz Cafe we have presented such luminaries in the jazz world as Bucky Pizzarelli, Claudio Roditi, Joe Locke, Warren Vaché, Dave Valentin, Norman Simmons, Howard Johnson, Paul Meyers, Tony DeSare, Champian Fulton, Jay Leonhart, Aaron Weinstein, Cecil Brooks, Valery Ponomarev, Wayne Escoffery The Les Paul Trio, Wallace Roney, the Mingus Dynasty and many others. You can be assured that each years series will present truly inspired and exciting world-class artists. Ticket prices are kept to an absolute minimum in order to encourage wide participation and to build an audience for jazz in the local area. These events are subsidized to an extent by local grants and private funding and individual contributions from our members and patrons.