Summer Jazz Café 2012 was a great success with

standing room only attendance and a great roster of top notch jazz artistry

 

A WEEKEND IN BRAZIL!

We first Took a trip to sunny Rio de Janeiro and experienced the exciting breezy lyrical Samba/Jazz/Bossa-nova hybrid made famous by the likes of the great composers and bandleaders such as Antonio Carlos Jobim and Sergio Mendez.

Friday July 6th, 2012 at 8:00PM

Special Guest CLAUDIO RODITI – with THE MAURICIO ZOTTARELLI TRIO

Brazilian composer/arranger and trumpet artist, Claudio Roditi has fourteen critically acclaimed albums, two Grammy nominations, and a busy international touring schedule that includes the most prestigious jazz festivals in the world. His career spans decades of performances and recordings with numerous jazz legends such as McCoy Tyner, Horace Silver Herbie Mann, Paquito de Rivera and Dizzy Gillespie.

 

Saturday July 7th, 2012 at 8:00PM

MAURICIO ZOTTARELLI TRIO with Special Guest Vocalist FABIANA MASILI

Brazilian born, percussionist and composer Mauricio Zottarelli has been on the forefront of the Jazz, Latin, and Brazilian music scene for many years. He has performed as a sideman with a veritable “who’s who” of modern jazz artists including Esperanza Spalding, Elaine Elias, Joe Locke and Hiromi. As a bandleader he works regularly with is own project, Dig Trio, with whom he released his first soloalbum “7 Lives.” This evening Mauricio welcomes acclaimed Brazilian songstress Fabiana Masili.

 

SONG STYLIST CYNTHIA HOLIDAY

Friday July 13th, 2012 at 8:00PM

AND Saturday July 14th, 2012 at 8:00PM

Not Billie, Not Sarah, Not Dakota, Not Dee Dee, Not Ella … It’s Cynthia Holiday. Cynthia always gets asked two questions about her name: Is Holiday a stage name? “My maiden name is Cynthia Joyce Holiday,” and, Are you related to Billie Holiday? “I find it flattering and always say, We are sisters in the name of song.”

Newark Native Cynthia Holiday grew up surrounded by music, as her stepfather, trumpeter Calvin Hughes, played with legends like Frank Foster and Clark Terry. Ms. Holiday has continued that legacy, recording the critically acclaimed “All the Way” with pianist Cedar Walton’s trio, garnering her praise from Kevin Mahogany, WBGO’s Sheila Anderson, and many other notable figures in jazz. Holiday has performed and shared billing with John Hicks, Louis Nash, Cassandra Wilson, and Alex Bugnon.

Ms. Holiday enjoys singing humorous songs or injecting humor into a song when least expected. This engagement will reprise a Birdland recording session awaiting release that included her opening theme song, “I Love Being Here With You’ / “Getting to Know You” Medley. Kevin Mahogany, wrote: “Cynthia has fantastic stage presence and it’s time for her music to be heard.”

 

“THE TWO AND ONLY”

Back by popular demand! Jazz Guitar Legend Bucky Pizzaerelli this time brings with him Violin wünderkind Aaron Weinstein along with Bucky’s long time collaborator guiarist/singer Ed Laub.

Friday July 27th, 2012 at 8:00PM AND Saturday July 28th, 2012 at 8:00PM

BUCKY PIZZARELLI & AARON WEINSTEIN with Ed Laub

Bucky Pizzarelli is truly a living jazz legend, having played and recored with everyone from Les Paul to Stephane Grappelli to Benny Goodman. He has been featured on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, on the PBS Special “Jersey Jazz Guitars,” and many times at the White House in Washington D.C.

Aaron Weinstein, named a “rising star violinist” by Downbeat Magazine, has built a respectable career in his short time in the spotlight. He has been a featured soloist at venues including Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Birdland performing with artists like Les Paul, Ken Peplowski, John Pizzarelli, and Annie Ross.

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JAZZ LEGENDS AND LIONS

Noted Jazz Saxophonist Bruce Williams brings a group of current day jazz legends and leads an opening set showcase of our own talented Jazz Academy students from the Jazz Arts project summer jazz camp culminating this week at the Count Basie Theater.

Friday August 3, 2012 at 8:00PM

AND Saturday August 4, 2012 at 8:00PM

One of the New York Area’s most electrifying improvisers, Bruce Williams closes out the festivities at the Two River Theater. Bruce has toured and played with some of the premier musicians working today, including Roy Hargrove’s “RH Factor” and Big Band, the Count Basie Big Band, the World Saxophone Quartet, and Frank Foster. Bruce’s soloing style is electrifying and exciting, and his concert will feature a special guest appearance.

A Special Student Showcase will feature students of the Jazz Arts Academy Summer Camp, showing off some of what they’ve learned to open up for our main event. This group of talented middle school and high school musicians has been working hard during an intense comprehensive program all week in preparation for this performance.