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Jazz House Kids Orchestra under the leadership of Ted Chubb

Audiences love the big band sounds of Montclair’s famed Jazz House Kids award winning student orchestra. Come hear why.



Bill Charlap Solo Piano  


One of the world’s premiere jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed with many leading artists including Tony Bennett, Gerry Mulligan, Wynton Marsalis and Phil Woods. Known for his interpretations of American popular songs, Charlap has recorded albums featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. Time magazine wrote, “Bill Charlap approaches a song the way a lover approaches his beloved…no matter how imaginative or surprising his take on a song is, he invariably zeroes in on its essence.” 
His Bill Charlap Trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington (no relation) is recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz. In 2000, Bill was signed to Blue Note Records and has received two Grammy Award nominations, for Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein and most recently The Bill Charlap Trio: Live at the Village Vanguard. Charlap was pianist and musical director for The Blue Note 7, an all-star jazz septet celebrating the 70th anniversary of Blue Note Records and is the artistic director of Jazz in July Festival at the 92Y in NYC.



The Hendrik Meurkens Samba Jazz Quartet 

  Hendrik Meurkens - harmonica

  Miho Nobuzane - piano

  Itaiguara Brandao - bass

  Adriano Santos - drums


Virtuoso instrumentalist and composer Hendrik Meurkens began his career in Germany playing vibes. His musical life changed at age 19 when he heard Toots Thielemans play harmonica. His career has taken him from Brazil to Germany and throughout Europe where he became a pivotal force on the studio and jazz scene, performing, composing, recording, and touring extensively with his own ensembles as well as with visiting legends Harry “Sweets” Edison and Buddy Tate. Meurkens’ six recordings for Concord Records established him as the first major new voice on the harmonica since Thielemans. New York City based since 1992, Meurkens’ 25 CDs have received rave reviews and strong airplay, and established his immediately recognizable style of Brazilian Jazz. In 2014 he won the Brazilian International Press Award. Critics and the jazz listening public alike have recognized Meurkens' incredible talent, listing him repeatedly in the Downbeat and Jazziz Polls. He has worked with Ray Brown, Paquito D'Rivera, Oscar Castro-Neves, Herb Ellis, Herbie Mann, James Moody, Charlie Byrd, Jimmy Cobb, Ivan Lins, Monty Alexander, Astrud Gilberto and many others.



Bob DeVos Organ Quartet 

 Bob DeVos - guitar

 Ralph Bowen - tenor saxophone

 Dan Kostelnik - Hammond B3 Organ

 Joe Brown, Jr. - drums


Guitarist, composer, and arranger Bob DeVos is hailed as “a brilliant, knowing bebop player, a master with a sound to die for--rich, full, deep, positive, round and warm.” With long, blues-drenched melodic lines and a horn-like approach, Bob has a signature style of groove and sophistication. With his long time organ group, critics and fans dig his “infectious, funky groove.” A modern player with strong traditional roots, Bob is at home with straight-ahead jazz, blues, Rhythm & Blues, funk, Latin and more. Bob’s current CD Shadow Box catapulted to the Top Ten Airplay Charts and is enjoying widespread critical acclaim; his earlier CDs as a leader for HighNote/Savant were also Top Ten plays and on many Top Jazz CDs  lists. DeVos enjoys a strong following for his innovative work with a who’s who of jazz greats both in and outside of the Hammond B3 organ genre: As a sideman he has played on over 100 studio recordings. He came up in jazz playing/recording with legends Richard “Groove” Holmes-Sonny Stitt, Jimmy McGriff-Hank Crawford and especially Charles “The Mighty Burner” Earland.



Billy Drummond "Freedom of Ideas"

 Billy Drummond - drums

 Tim Ries - tenor saxophone

 Orrin Evans - piano

 Francois Moutin - bass

Heralded by Downbeat as "one of the hippest bandleaders now at work", Billy Drummond, who first came to prominence in the late 1980s in the bands of three jazz legends: Horace Silver, J.J. Johnson, and Sonny Rollins, is widely acknowledged as one of the great drummers of his generation. "Unique … he brings the kind of highly-refined intelligence which Max Roach introduced to drumming," says critic Stanley Crouch. "Powerful and highly musical" (AllAboutJazz), he is "one of the most crisp, popping, and sensitive drummers around" (Modern Drummer). "He likes to push the limits of jazz," says the Newark Star-Ledger, "drawing on its traditions while seeking a vibrant, open-doored present." An accomplished bandleader and purveyor of "fertile, exciting music" (New York Times), he has made several recordings under his own name - including Dubai, which The New York Times voted Number 1 on Peter Watrous' Top Ten Jazz CDs of 1996.




Nat Adderley, Jr. Quartet 

 Nat Adderley, Jr. - piano

 Vincent Herring - alto saxophone

 Trifon Dimitrov - bass

 Rocky Bryant - drums 


Nat Adderley Jr. is best known for his long time work with Luther Vandross: Nat wrote and arranged Luther’s first top 20 pop hit, “Stop to Love” and other Luther songs, including “Wait for Love” and the Grammy-nominated “Give me the Reason”. He arranged many of Luther’s most popular records, including “Superstar”, “Here and Now”, “If Only for One Night”, “Creepin”, “If This World Were Mine”, “So Amazing”, “There’s Nothing Better Than Love”, “Never Too Much”, and “Love Won’t Let Me Wait”. More recently, Nat produced tracks on the last seven Vandross studio albums, including the 2004 Grammy winning “The Closer I Get To You”, a duet with Beyonce Knowles on her CD. Many other artists have had major successes with help from Nat: Natalie Cole, Johnny Fill, Aretha Franklin, Gloria Lynne and Doc Powell. He played piano and/or keyboards on all these recordings, and many, many more.  Nat has been performing worldwide with saxophonist Tom Scott and in the New York area with his own trio.



David Stryker Organ Quartet

  Dave Stryker - guitar

  Steve Nelson - vibraphone

  Jared Gold - organ

  McClenty Hunter – drums


Whether you’ve heard guitarist Dave Stryker leading his own group (with 25 CD’s as a leader to date), co-leading The Stryker/Slagle Band, or as a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, and many others, you know why the Village Voice calls him “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.” Dave’s new hit CD “Eight Track” is a celebration of classic pop tunes from the 70′s reimagined by his working trio... It has stayed on the Jazz Week radio charts for 20 weeks topping off at #3 for 3 weeks. Downbeat magazine ran a feature article in the June 2014 issue on Dave and he was recently voted into the 2014 Downbeat Critics and Readers Poll for the 7th time. “One of the most joyous feels around…”. -Pat Metheny.

Dave Stryker is an American jazz guitarist. He has 25 CDs as a leader to date, and has been a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, and Kevin Mahogany, among others. Gary Giddins in the Village Voice calls him "one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years." He was recently voted one of the Top Guitarists in the 2013 Critics and Readers Poll of Down Beat, and previously was elected a Rising Star in the 2004-2007 Downbeat Critics Poll.  Stryker moved to New York City in 1980, and joined organist Jack McDuff's group, travelling all over the U.S. for two years (1984-85).  He currently leads his own group, The Dave Stryker Organ Trio, as well as his Blue to the Bone Band. He co-leads The Stryker / Slagle Band with saxophonist Steve Slagle.



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While Gru, the ex-supervillain is adjusting to family life and an attempted honest living in the jam business, a secret Arctic laboratory is stolen. The Anti-Villain League decides it needs an insider's help and recruits Gru in the investigation. Together with the eccentric AVL agent, Lucy Wilde, Gru concludes that his prime suspect is the presumed dead supervillain, El Macho, whose his teenage son is also making the moves on his eldest daughter, Margo. Seemingly blinded by his overprotectiveness of his children and his growing mutual attraction to Lucy, Gru seems on the wrong track even as his minions are being quietly kidnapped en masse for some malevolent purpose.

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Bring friends, bring family and bring all!

It's FREE!!

come on out and see our screening of "the incredibles"

Known to the world as superheroes Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl, Bob Parr and his wife Helen were among the world's greatest crime fighters, saving lives and battling evil on a daily basis. Fifteen years later, they have been forced to adopt civilian identities and retreat to the suburbs to live "normal" lives with their three kids, Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack. Itching to get back into action, Bob gets his chance when a mysterious communication summons him to a remote island for a top secret assignment.

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MATILDA. THE MOVIE.  See the trailer here.

Matilda is a 1996 American fantasy children's film directed by Danny DeVito.

The screenplay by Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord is based on Roald Dahl's novel of the same name.

The film was released byTriStar Pictures on August 2, 1996 and stars Mara Wilson, Danny DeVito, Aileen Quinn, Rhea Perlman,Embeth Davidtz and Pam Ferris.

It became a great success known by many to be one of the best children's films of the 90s era.

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July 25 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Arts Play, Music, moon bounce, face painting and more. Admission is free!

Nishuane Elementary School
32 Cedar Ave.
Montclair, N.J.

For more information email
Or call 973-669-7385

This summer, enjoy OSPAC...and invite a friend.


Footloose The Musical
Jul 25

Footloose The Musical



FOOTLOOSE The Musical | Music by Tom Snow | Lyrics by Dean Pitchford | Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie | Based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford | Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman

One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

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VADIM NESELOVSKYI 7/12/14 tickets

Russian Phenom of Jazz Improvisation

Ukrainian-born pianist Vadim Neselovskyi (pronounced va-DEEM ness-el-OHV-ski) was classically trained at conservatories in his native Odessa and in Germany; honed his jazz chops on German jazz stages and at Berklee College of Music; and undertook his apprenticeship around the world as a member of master vibraphonist Gary Burton’s Next Generation Quintet. Burton has called Neselovskyi “truly a genius,” while the esteemed German music magazine has referred to him as the “Chopin of the jazz piano.”

Neselovskyi draws upon all of those experiences on his debut solo CD, Music for September. An elegant, lyrical collection that is equal parts classical recital and jazz session, the album is a deeply personal expression that evidences the pianist’s unique biography while sounding resolutely fresh and inspired.

“A musician sitting alone on the stage playing piano is a context that’s been around for the last 200 years,” Neselovskyi says. “Liszt did it, Chopin did it, Rachmaninov, Scriabin - I find it very interesting to basically continue that same tradition but to use everything new that the jazz tradition has brought and all the modern musical developments in classical and pop music.”  buy tickets now


Chuchito Valdes, Manuel Valera and Aruan Ortiz.
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Chuchito Valdes, Manuel Valera and Aruan Ortiz.

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The Soul of Cuban Piano.
Chuchito Valdes, Manuel Valera and Aruan Ortiz


When three of New York’s dynamic voices from the genre of modern Cuban solo piano come together, sparks fly, and that’s the case on Sunday afternoon July 6th when OSPAC wraps up the Roots and Ribs Festival of Music and Food July 4th weekend extravaganza.

Manuel Valera

Manuel Valera's Grammy nomination for his group New Cuban Express served notice that

this virtuoso musician has made his move up to elite status at a very young age. Manuel 

stands in a long line of virtuoso Cuban-born musicians based in New York, and starts the

afternoon with a stunning set of solo piano that captures the essence of the sound of Cuba’s percussive and infectious piano tradition.

Aruán Ortiz 

is a critically acclaimed Cuban pianist, award-winning composer, and a solid producer and educator, not only on the New York City scene, but internationally as well.  Named “the latest Cuban wunderkind to arrive in the United States” by BET Jazz, this classically trained violist and pianist from Santiago de Cuba, considers himself “a curious person who loves music”, and portrays his music as an architectural structure of sounds, incorporating contemporary classical music, Afro-Cuban rhythms, and improvisation as primary material for his compositions.

Chuchito Valdes

Chuchito Valdes, following in the footsteps of his famed father Chucho Valdes and grandfather Bebo Valdes, continues the legacy of great piano players form Cuba. With influences of Caribbean rhythms and jazz, Chuchito creates an exciting and energetic blend of spicy music that drives audiences wild. Chuchito has recorded and performed piano with the world renowned Cuban band, Irakere, which he led for 2 years. He has also performed at festivals, clubs and concerts throughout the world: from Cuba and the Caribbean to North America, South America, and Europe. Chuchito is recognized as a master of Cuban music including Son, Danzon, Cuban Timba and Guaguanco.

He has also extensively studied classical music including harmony and composition. His original compositions and arrangements draw on classical harmonic and structural techniques. 

In his performances, Chuchito's music draws on many styles including Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz, Bebop, Danzon, Cha-Cha-Cha, Son Montuno and much more.

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A Piano Powerhouse Comes To Delight with a complete concert of the master works of Bach, Boulez, Stravinsky and Chopin.

From the NY Times:

It's hard to put your finger on just what it is that makes the pianist Taka Kigawa a phenomenon, but there's no denying that he's something special. True, other pianists have made a specialty of the demanding modernist works that Mr. Kigawa favors. Webern, Boulez, Xenakis and Stockhausen are among his staples. (Bach, too.) And in his considerable technical prowess, Mr. Kigawa is not without peers. Still, something about his work has attracted a veritable cadre of devoted followers. On Monday night, they turned up in force at the Greenwich Village nightclub Le Poisson Rouge, where he has become a regular, for a characteristically challenging, eventful program built around two milestone pieces by Elliott Carter. Having watched Mr. Kigawa at work several times, I have grown convinced that part of what makes him a magnetic attraction is awe: not only in the sense that his skill dazzles the listener, but also in his own evident humility and zeal. Some listeners will intuit more fully than others the exact challenges of this or that work. But anyone can appreciate how the wonder and joy Mr. Kigawa conveys in talking about his repertory during a concert is also manifest in the way he performs it. 


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It might have been the most legendary long-lost composition in modern jazz. “Universe,” an orchestral work, written by sax legend Wayne Shorter during his tenure with Miles Davis. Thanks to a “gift” from its writer after it was discovered buried in a Library of Congress collection, “Universe” now is in the hands of another trumpet player with big vision --Wallace Roney.

On July 4th, Wallace Roney brings his orchestra to OSPAC to perform "Universe"

“We all love Wayne; he’s one of the greats, and he’s like my best friend,” Roney said. “He contacted me, said he had this music and said, ‘No one else can do this but you.’  ”