Thursday, September 3, 2015





The 12th Annual 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, all playing with eminent musicians, many leaders in their own right. (See schedule and bios below)

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 will delve into blues and soul. WBGO Jazz88.3FM Music Director and on-air host Gary Walker returns with his knowledge and enthusiasm as the all-day festival’s emcee.
Saturday, September 19th at the OSPAC Amphitheater, 4 Boland Drive, West Orange, New Jersey, right off Rte 280.  Rain date is Sunday, September 20.
Grounds open at noon. 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 Children under 5 are free. Bring blankets and lawn chairs and prepare to be entertained by this great lineup of jazz musicians. Beer and wine, food and craft vendors will be on site.
For more information call 973-669-7385 or visit Ample parking, handicapped accessible.

12:30 “Two Sides of Singing” Enrico Granafei and Madame Pat Tandy
Dan Kostelnik and Steve Johns, accompanists

Side One: Harmonica virtuoso, classical guitarist, singer, songwriter, arranger, composer Enrico Granafei has a long history of extensive international performances encompassing both classical music and jazz. He studied with the great Toots Thielemans. Enrico will explore the Brazilian side of jazz with vocals, guitar and harmonica. Enrico’s latest CD “Alone and Together” received widespread airplay in multiple categories.

Side Two: Madame Pat Tandy establishes instant audience rapport with her powerful voice and unique interpretation of lyrics. Performing here and abroad, she assures her fans that this is more than a performance – it’s life. Early on, Pat was influenced by gospel and performed R & B with the “Pretenders.” Her latest CD is a tribute to Irene Reid.

2pm   Bill Charlap Trio  w/Peter Washington, Kenny Washington
One of the world’s premiere jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed with Tony Bennett, Gerry Mulligan, Wynton Marsalis and Phil Woods. Known for his interpretations of American popular songs, he has recorded albums featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. His Bill Charlap Trio with Peter Washington and Kenny Washington is long recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz. Time magazine: “No matter how imaginative or surprising his take on a song is, Bill Charlap invariably zeroes in on its essence.”

3:15pm  Oscar Perez Latin Jazz Explosion! w/Mike Lee, Ted Chubb, Thomson Kneeland,  Alvester Garnett
With roots in Cuban folk music, and extensive classical and jazz studies, acclaimed pianist Oscar Perez has been widely recognized for his joyful performances, composing and teaching: An improviser and composer with his own distinct voice, Oscar Perez has expertly combined the traditions of his Cuban heritage with straight-ahead jazz.” He has toured with diverse musicians including Christian McBride and Wycliffe Gordon.

4:30pm  Bob DeVos Organ Quartet w/Ralph Bowen, Dan Kostlenik, Steve Johns
Guitarist/composer Bob DeVos is hailed as “a brilliant, knowing bebop player, a master with a sound to die for.” With long, blues-drenched melodic lines and a horn-like approach, Bob’s 2013 CD Shadow Box catapulted to the Top Ten Airplay Charts to critical acclaim, as have his earlier CDs. DeVos has played/recorded with a who’s who of jazz greats in and out of the Hammond B3 Organ tradition including legends Richard “Groove” Holmes-Sonny Stitt, Jimmy McGriff-Hank Crawford and Charles “The Mighty Burner” Earland. Bob’s latest CD, “Six String Solos,” has just been released.

5:45pm  The Eric Alexander/Harold Mabern Quartet
This quartet brings together two generations of jazz giants, famed tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander and the legendary pianist Harold Mabern. The quartet has toured extensively around the world and has released seven recordings on the Milestone and Alfa (Japan) labels. Leader, sideman, composer, clinician, Eric Alexander has released dozens of top CDs for HighNote Records and has appeared on dozens more. For over 50 years, as both sideman and leader, Harold Mabern has played and recorded with the pantheon of jazz musicians: Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery, Lee Morgan, Sonny Rollins, Hank Mobley, and Freddie Hubbard, among many others.

7pm  Dave Stryker Organ Quartet w/Steve Slagle, Pat Bianchi, McClenty Hunter
Whether you’ve heard guitarist Dave Stryker leading his own group (with 26 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 current hit CD “Messing with Mr. T,” a celebration of the music of Stanley Turrentine, was no. 3 on the Jazz Charts for many weeks.

Sponsored by New Jersey Arts Incubator (NJAI) and the Township of West Orange. Special thanks to Yamaha Piano and Rockaway Music, and Trumpets Jazz Club & Restaurant, where many of these musicians perform year round. 

Additional sponsors include Assemblyman John F. McKeon, West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi, E.L.F. Circle Inc. Entertainment, 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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NJAI is a 501c3 non-profit organization with a dual mission: to present performances of the highest artistic quality for free or at a minimal cost to the public; and to have a strong commitment to arts education.

Note: All scheduled program times and personnel are subject to change.


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