Jeff Bradshaw, local jazz greats headline West Orange’s 13th Anuual 'OSPAC Jazz & Brew Fest'
WEST ORANGE, N.J. (June 17, 2016) -- New Jersey Arts Incubator announced that talented trombonist Jeff Bradshaw will headline its 13th Annual OSPAC Jazz and Brew Fest.
This year’s festival will feature an eclectic array of performers across varied styles and genres, from jazz legends to R&B royalty. With R&B and jazz sensation Alyson Williams, West Orange greats Nat Adderley Jr. and Jan Carden and Montclair’s Jazz House Kids as part of the lineup, one of New Jersey’s most-popular jazz festivals will host live musical performances by top artists both local and national.
With the backdrop of Crystal Lake’s skyline, the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center has served as a musical arena of sounds performed by jazz powerhouses who have traveled the world. The outdoor amphitheater also offers a full-sized stage, cuisine from around the world and a beer and wine garden that often serves as the guests' favorite area to parlay.
Produced by the New Jersey Arts Incubator and Black Star Entertainment Group, this year guests will be in awe of the level of performances at the 13th Annual OSPAC Jazz and Brew Fest.
2016 PERFORMERS: Jeff Bradshaw; special guest Alyson Williams; Nat Adderley Jr; Bob DeVos Trio; Glenn Weber Quintet; Jan Carden; Jazz House Kids.
The 13th Annual OSPAC Jazz and Brew Fest will be held Saturday, Sept. 17 at its outdoor amphitheater, 4 Boland Dr. Here are the times and guidelines for the event:
Noon: Box office and Beer Garden opens.
13th Annual OSPAC Jazz and Brew Fest Lineup: Hosted by Gary Walker, WBGO
1 p.m. Jazz House Kids 2 p.m. Jan Carden
3 p.m. Bob DeVos
4 p.m. Nat Adderley
5 p.m. Glen Weber 6 p.m. Intermission
6:30 p.m. NJAI/Township and Sponsor acknowledgments 7 p.m. Alyson Williams
8:30 p.m. Jeff Bradshaw
Nat Adderley, Jr.
An American pop and rhythm and blues music arranger and pianist, Nat Adderley, Jr. spent much of his career arranging as music director for Luther Vandross tours and contributed as co-writer on most of Vandross' albums. His father, Nat Adderley (1931–2000), was a composer and jazz cornet and trumpet player, while his uncle, Cannonball Adderley (1928–1975), was a jazz alto saxophonist. He has returned to his jazz roots, performing his own works, as well as tributes to both his father and uncle. He cites his influences as Chick Corea, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk.
A North Philadelphia-born soul-jazz and hip-hop/funk innovator and trombone virtuoso, Jeff Bradshaw spent his formative years honing his chops alongside some of the biggest names both in and out of the Philly soul movement. By the time he got around to releasing his solo debut, 2004's critically acclaimed Bone Deep, he had shared the stage with such industry luminaries as Michael Jackson, Earth, Wind & Fire, Patti Labelle, Erykah Badu, and countless others. Bone Deep made him a festival circuit mainstay, and he spent the next eight years refining his signature smooth and immediate sound in both a solo setting and in support of artists like Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z, the Roots, and Jill Scott. In 2012 he issued his sophomore long-player, Bone Appetit, which featured a host of guest artists, including Kindred the Family Soul, Raheem DeVaughn, Floacist, and Marsha Ambrosius.
A well-regarded jazz singer and long-time resident of West Orange, Jan Carden has performed at many local venues as well as in New York, Jamaica, and Florida. His rich baritone voice has been heard in many theatrical performances as well. He released a wonderful jazz vocal CD called Free and Easy, which is available for purchase.
Bob DeVos Quartet
With long, blues-drenched lines; a warm, fat sound; and a horn-like, melodic approach, Bob DeVos has been proclaimed a living jazz legend. The masterful guitarist has an enthusiastic following for his innovative work, first with a who’s who of jazz greats both in and outside of the Hammond B3 organ genre–including Richard “Groove” Holmes/Sonny Stitt, Jimmy McGriff/Hank Crawford, and Charles Earland--and for the past 20 years as a leader. His longtime band thrills audiences nationwide with tight-knit performances of jazz standards, Rhythm & Blues, ballads, and his own hip compositions and arrangements. With his signature mix of groove and sophistication, He is critically hailed as “a brilliant knowing bebop player, a master with a sound to die for–rich, full, deep, positive, round and warm.” His recent Savant and American Showplace Records releases Playing for Keeps, Shifting Sands, and Shadow Box were on the top ten nationwide jazz radio airplay charts for many weeks, as well on many Top CDs of the Year lists.
A diversified, professional musician, Bill Easley joined the musicians union, Local 115 in 1959. After military service, he joined The George Benson Quartet in January of 1968 and traveled with the great guitarists for the remainder of the decade. He eventually moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where he did a variety of things including: performing and recording with Isaac Hayes, other studio work, big bands, show bands, and jazz clubs. It was in the mid 1970’s that he first toured with the Duke Ellington Orchestra under the direction of Mercer Ellington. In January of 1980, he moved back to New York City with the promise of a job on Broadway. In addition to his extensive discography as a sideman, he also has six recordings as a leader: Wind Inventions, First Call, Easley Said, Business Man's Bounce, Hearing Voices and Love Stories. His arsenal of woodwind instruments includes: Tenor, Alto and Soprano Saxophones, Clarinet and Bass.
Dynamic and musical with extensive experience playing and recording in a wide range of styles, Steve Johns is one of the most versatile drummers on both the New York City and international Jazz scenes. Since the early 1980’s he has performed and recorded with virtually the “Who’s Who” of the Jazz World. Johns has played with The Benny Carter Quartet, The Billy Taylor Trio, Nat Adderley, Jimmy Owens, Stanley Turrentine, Jimmy Heath, The Randy Brecker Quintet, Jesseye Norman, Dave Liebman, The Ronnie Cuber Band and many others. He is also currently part of the Sonny Fortune Quartet and The Count Basie Orchestra.
An impressive resume on both classical and jazz piano, Dan Kostlenik studied jazz performance while at William Paterson College. He brings a mastery over the traditional organ idiom combined with the ability to handle modern, harmonically complex structures. An in-demand player, he is a Down Beat Rising Star.
An immensely talented vocalist able to sing New Jack Swing tunes or old-time soul ballads with equal skill, Alyson Williams is daughter of trumpeter and bandleader Bobby Booker. She did background vocals for Curtis Hairston, Melba Moore, B.B. & Q., Ca$hflow, Unlimited Touch, Bobby Brown, and Barbara Mitchell before joining High Fashion in 1982. She also sang with the Affair before going solo in 1986 with a cover of the Pointer Sisters' "Yes We Can Can." She joined Def Jam in 1987, and the scorching duet "Make You Mine Tonight" with Chuck Stanley established her credentials with urban audiences. She also did a duet with Oran "Juice" Jones, "How to Love Again," that was featured on his LP G.T.O.: Gangsters Takin' Over. Her Def Jam debut was Raw in 1989. Williams did another duet, this time with Tashan, in 1989, and the two later toured England together. She returned in 1991 with a self-titled release for the OBR/Columbia label, but it was her last.
Jazz House Kids
The only community arts organization in New Jersey exclusively dedicated to educating children through jazz: America’s homegrown art form. The Jazz House ensures that every student has access to music, education, mentoring, and apprenticeship. Jazz House Kids has gained a reputation as one of the nation’s preeminent arts education and performance organizations. Its mission is to transform young lives and open doors to the future by offering pre-professional, year-round musical training along with community engagement and education programs for K-12 students from diverse backgrounds. Internationally-renowned jazz performers teach alongside their professional staff, offering students a wide range of creative programming that develops musical potential, enhances leadership and life skills, and strengthens academic performance
PARKING AND ADMISSION GUIDELINES
Parking is available onsite in the parking lot located directly across from the amphitheater. Fans entering OSPAC must have a ticket to the concert or must purchase one at the onsite box office. Tickets can be purchased in advance at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2551077 or at the park’s box office. Major credit cards are accepted. For more information visit www.ospac.org or call 973-669-7385.
CODE OF CONDUCT
Outside food and alcoholic beverages are prohibited. All coolers are subject to inspection.
Food and alcohol, including beer, wine and sangria are available for purchase inside the park.