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.