Summer Jazz Café
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.
Summer Jazz Cafe 2015 at the Two River Theater
Summer 2015 Lineup
Friday, July 10th AND Saturday, July 11th at 8:00PM
Friday, July 17th AND Saturday, July 18th at 8:00PM
Friday, July 24th AND Saturday, July 25th at 8:00PM
Friday, July 31st AND Saturday, August 1st 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” | Purchase Tickets
Charenee Wade has the resume of a top-flight classic jazz singer. She came in 2nd place in the 2010 Thelonious Monk Competition. She’s a regular presence at Jazz at Lincoln Center, navigating the classic songbook with ease. She’s recorded with hard-swinging jazz stalwarts like bassist Rufus Reid and pianist Eric Reed. And, she teaches at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, passing on the tradition to a new generation of musicians.
But even with this traditional grounding, Wade is by no means a straight-laced jazz traditionalist. Instead, she uses her jazz background to explore a whole range of modern music.
July 24th & July 25th, 2015 | Jazz Legend Bucky Pizzarelli & Friends | Purchase Tickets
Bucky Pizzarelli has enjoyed a career in jazz and popular music that spans over a half a century and includes associations with several music legends including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Benny Goodman, and Doc Severinson. Pizzarelli is a master of the seven string guitar. He is part of an exclusive club that plays that particular guitar. Other members include George Van Eps and Pizzarelli’s son John.
When it comes to swinging jazz, one would be hard pressed to find a better musician with more history than Bucky Pizzarelli. Quite simply he has done it all. He has backed most of the great singers of his time including Sinatra, Bennett, Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney, and in recent years his son John, who is becoming a major star in his own right. Besides high profile TV appearances as a member of the Tonight Show Orchestra, Bucky Pizzarelli has played on several film soundtracks including the recent Woody Allen films “Sweet and Lowdown” and “Mighty Aphrodite”.
He has collaborated with several immortal jazz instrumentalists like Benny Goodman, Les Paul, Ray Brown, and Doc Severinson, and is he has exerted an important influence on many of the top jazz guitarists of the present including Gene Bertoncini, Howard Alden, Frank Vignola, and of course his son John. Bucky Pizzarelli has played every kind of venue imaginable including all the major jazz festivals worldwide and at the White House in Washington DC.
July 31st, 2015 | Trumpet Phenom Jon Faddis & Quartet | ONE NIGHT ONLY | Purchase Tickets
Known for having an extraordinary and virtually unparalleled range, Faddis has complete mastery over the trumpet. He evokes the voices of Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Roy Eldridge, and, of course, Gillespie, all while remaining true to his own. Jon Faddis possesses a virtually unparalleled range and full command of his instrument, making the practically impossible seem effortless. Time Out New York praises Faddis as “the world’s greatest trumpeter … brash soloistic logic and breathtaking technical acuity.”
Jon Faddis was born in Oakland, California on July 24, 1953, and began playing the trumpet at the age of eight, inspired by an appearance of Louis Armstrong on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Jon Faddis has become known throughout the world as one of the most innovative and inspiring jazz trumpeters of our time. He has an unfailing commitment to the education of young musicians and frequently conducts clinics and master classes to help the next generation of jazz musicians.
Saturday August 1, 2015 | Jazz Arts Academy Summer Showcase! | Purchase Tickets
This very special event will showcase our own “jazz lions” in what promises to be an impressive and inspiring opening set. These talented middle school and high school musicians, hailing from all over the region, have just completed a one-week intensive summer course focusing on Jazz improvisation, ensemble playing and jazz history.
Ticket Prices and Additional Information:
- General admission tickets, $25, Season series discount (choice of 4 shows) $80.00 Student discount – $10.00 per ticket (with student ID) Each ticket is subject to a $3 box office fee.
- For tickets contact the Two River Theater Box Office at 732.345.1400
- Click here to buy tickets online
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