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Friday, July 10th  AND  Saturday, July 11th at  8:00PM

July 10th & July 11th, 2015 | Tony DeSare Quartet | Purchase Tickets

Named a Rising Star Male Vocalist in Downbeat magazine, DeSare has lived up to this distinction by winning critical and popular acclaim for his concert performances throughout North America and abroad. From jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall to Las Vegas headlining with Don Rickles and major symphony orchestras, DeSare has brought his fresh take on old school class around the globe. DeSare has three top ten Billboard jazz albums under his belt and has been featured on the CBS Early Show, NPR, A Prairie Home Companion, the Today Show and his music has been posted by social media celebrity juggernaut, George Takei.

Notwithstanding his critically acclaimed turns as a singer/pianist, DeSare is also an accomplished award-winning composer. He not only won first place in the USA Songwriting Contest, but has written the theme song for the motion picture, My Date With Drew, along with several broadcast commercials.

DeSare’s forthcoming appearances include the Pittsburgh Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Arizona Music Festival, The Smith Center in Las Vegas and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. DeSare releases new recordings, videos of standards and new originals every few weeks on his YouTube channel, iTunes and Spotify.



July 17th & July 18th, 2015

 Charenee Wade & Group “Tribute to Billie Holiday

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July 24th & July 25th, 2015

Bucky Pizzarelli and Ed Laub & Special Guests

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FINAL WEEKEND: “Jazz Legends & Lions”

    Friday July 31st, 2015

          Trumpet Phenom Jon Faddis & Quartet  | FRIDAY NIGHT ONLY |

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    Saturday August 1, 2015

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

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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. This entire series has been 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 year we 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, individual supporting members and patrons.  All net proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships help support our “head-start” style music educational programs for at-risk and underserved youth.  Ask about how you can help us continue to fulfill our mission.

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