West Orange, New Jersey, August 24, 2015 – Saturday, September 19th, the 12th ANNUAL ALL STAR OSPAC Jazz & Brew Fest again presents an All-Star lineup: The Bill Charlap Trio, the Eric Alexander/Harold Mabern Quartet, the Bob DeVos Organ Quartet, the Oscar Perez Latin Jazz Explosion!, and the Dave Stryker Organ Quartet. The festival opens strong with a split bill, “Two Sides of Singing” with Enrico Granafei, also playing harmonica and guitar, who will explore Brazilian and standards, and Madame Pat Tandy, who will delve into blues and soul. WBGO Jazz88.3FM’s Music Director and on-air host Gary Walker returns with his knowledge and enthusiasm as the all-day festival’s emcee. Rain date is Sunday, September 20.
“We were thrilled with the enthusiastic response to last year’s festival,” said Susan Anderson, Executive Producer. “Once again, Artistic Director Bob DeVos has brought in outstanding musicians who cover the spectrum of modern, mainstream jazz.”
Band members include saxophonists Ralph Bowen, Mike Lee & Steve Slagle; trumpeter Ted Chubb; organist Pat Bianchi; bassist Peter Washington; and drummers Kenny Washington, McClenty Hunter, Alvester Garnett & Steve Johns.” Many are leaders in their own right.
Many of the performers make their homes in West Orange and neighboring towns. “There is an added excitement in playing to the OSPAC audience. Listeners return year after year,” DeVos said. “The audience is multigenerational. We attract jazz aficionados, casual listeners, and neighbors sometimes hearing jazz for the first time and
discovering how much they like it.”
The festival grounds open at noon and music runs until 8pm. The festival takes place at a spectacular setting, the Oskar Schindler Center for the Performing Arts (OSPAC) amphitheater, which is nestled on a mountain ridge next to Crystal Lake in West Orange, New Jersey. Music continues that night at Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair, where many of these artists perform year round.
“We have also expanded our beer garden to include wine,” Anderson said. The beer and wine garden features Roselle-based Climax Brewing, homemade sangria and is set next to the lake and its walking path. Proper ID is required. There will also be ample food and other vendors as well as children’s activities including face painting by artist Gina Riva-Velasquez.
Grounds open at noon with continuous performances from 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Set times and full band personnel may be found at the OSPAC website. Tickets are $10 for adults and include a discount voucher at Trumpets Jazz; restrictions apply. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the venue the day of the show.
Visit http://www.njai.org/events/ Children under 5 are free. Bring blankets and lawn chairs; some chairs are available for a nominal rental.
Prepare to be entertained by this great lineup of jazz musicians. Fully handicapped accessible and free onsite parking. Rain Date, Sunday, Sept. 20.
The OSPAC Amphitheater is located at 4 Boland Drive in West Orange, N.J. For more information call 973-669-7385 or visit www.ospac.org.
Sponsored by New Jersey Arts Incubator (NJAI) and the Township of West Orange. Special thanks to Yamaha Piano and Rockaway Music.
Additional sponsors include Assemblyman John F. McKeon, West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi, Trumpets Jazz Club & Restaurant, the Law Firm of Trenk, DiPasquale, Della Fera & Sodono, Bederson & Co., Kantor Plumbing Supply, Bam Bam Restaurant and Lounge, Creating Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, Fogon Latino Restaurant, Friends of Thomas Edison National Historical Park, The Scirocco Group, The Thomas and Agnes Carvel Foundation and Ysabel's Beauty Salon.
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