Event information for the 2014 season will be posted here in soonest event first order. Please visit this page to obtain the most current scheduling information.

Free admission to all shows during the Friday Summer Concert Series!
All shows begin at 7pm unless otherwise indicated.

Schedule

Note: Dates and Artists are subject to change. Please check back for updates.

June 27: 63rd Army Band
July 11: Peter Karp & Sue Foley
July 18: Freedy Johnston
July 25: Fitz & FriendsPatrick Fitzsimmons with John Skehan III (Railroad Earth) on Mandolin, Johnny Grubb (Railroad Earth) on upright bass and Geoff Doubleday on guitar and backing vocals.
August 1: Danielia Cotton
August 8: Billy Hector
August 15: Organik Vibe Trio featuring Dave Samuels
August 22: Rhett Tyler & Early Warning

Please Note: rain policy for 2014. All shows will be at the Nicholson Pavilion in Dykstra Park. If there is a significant threat of inclement weather, the show will be held indoors at the Mohawk Ave School Auditorium at 7pm. Please check the home page on the day of each show for updated information regarding postponement or relocation.

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Aug 8 - Billy Hector

Billy Hector-considered by many as one of the “hottest” guitarists and songwriters, and named a "Living Legend" at the Asbury Park Music Awards. He participated in a historic studio session with Hubert Sumlin and Billy Boy Arnold to record "Juke" for fabled director Martin Scorsese's upcoming seven-part series "The Blues.”

Billy Hector will be one of the most popular shows of the summer! 

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August 15 - Organik Vibe Trio featuring Dave Samuels

Guitarist Vic Juris will be filling in tonight for Dave. From http://vicjurisjazz.com/,

A native of Jersey City, N.J., Juris took up guitar at age 10 during the summer of 1963. Accordion, he notes, was a far more popular instrument than guitar at that time. All that would change the following year when Beatlemania washed up on the Jersey shore.

Vic Juris

Juris got his first electric guitar on Christmas of 1964, and by the mid-’60s he was playing cover versions of Jimi Hendrix, Cream and the Temptations material in rock and R&B bands around his area. He discovered jazz in his late teens and subsequently studied with Philly jazz guitar legend Pat Martino.

In 1975, Juris made his recording debut on alto saxophonist Eric Kloss’ Bodies’ Warmth (Muse). He later gigged with fusioneer Barry Miles before hooking up with alto-sax burner Richie Cole, appearing on two hot, boppish offerings in 1977’s Alto Madness and 1978’s Keeper of the Flame (both on Muse). In the early ’80s, Juris immersed himself in acoustic guitar, performing duets with Larry Coryell and Biréli Lagrène, and by the late ’80s he joined bassist Gary Peacock’s group.

For the past 10 years Juris has been hitting the road hard with the Dave Liebman Group. “The band started out where we had keyboards,” says Juris, “and then Dave decided that he just wanted to go with the guitar. So my original role was kind of like a second horn, and the guitar is very cool for that. But now that’s completely changed to where I’m more of a colorist and chordal accompanist while also doing a bit of the second horn thing.”

The Liebman gig affords Juris quite a bit of freedom. “Dave is into doing a wide variety of stuff and he pretty much gives me the green light to do whatever I want,” says Juris. “He likes the fact that I can go through different styles in a given set and he also likes the effects for some of the electric Miles stuff that we do [culled from On the Corner, Get Up With It and Dark Magus, all recordings made during Liebman’s tenure with the tumultuous Miles Davis bands of the early ’70s]. So I carry a RAT pedal for a touch of distortion and I also use my Roland GR-50 guitar synth for colors and textures on some tunes. We also do some Jobim music in that band [from Liebman’s GMN.com recording, The Unknown Jobim], so he likes me to play the nylon-string acoustic on that stuff.”

Juris uses a nylon-string Takamine acoustic guitar for the Brazilian music, but his main ax since 1980 has been a thin hollow-body guitar made by New Jersey luthier Tom Doyle. He also plays a closed archtop (no f-holes) built by Phoenix luthier Glen McKerrihan.

From Jazz Timeshttp://jazztimes.com/articles/19834-vic-juris

 

Dave Samuels has established himself as the top mallet player of his generation. He is recognized for his fresh new sound and creative approach to both the vibraphone and marimba. Samuels has demonstrated his versatility and gained world wide recognition by performing and recording with a broad scope of artists ranging from Gerry Mulligan, Oscar Peterson, Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Carla Bley and Pat Metheny to the Yellowjackets, Bruce Hornsby, Frank Zappa, The Fantasy Band and Spyro Gyra. For over a decade, Samuels has been performing and recording with his group The Caribbean Jazz Project whose most recent CD ‘Afro Bop Alliance’ serves notice that the CJP is the most thoroughly inventive Latin Jazz ensembles of this or any era. The album received a Latin Grammy and was also nominated for a Grammy. Previous CDs ‘Hear and Now – Live in Concert’ and ‘Birds of a Feather’ were nominated for “Best Latin Jazz Recording”. Their recording ‘The Gathering’ won the Grammy in 2003 for ‘Best Latin Jazz Recording’. Some of his other recording projects include ‘Remembrances’, a percussion recording that features a commissioned marimba concerto for chamber orchestra and soloist composed by Jeff Beal, and ‘Tjaderized – A Tribute to Cal Tjader’ (Verve) that features contributions from some of Cal’s former band mates Chick Corea, Eddie Palmieri, Clare Fischer, Ray Barretto, Michael Wolff and Karl Perazzo as well as performances by Dave Valentin and David Sanchez.

Ron Oswanski, a Manhattan School of Music graduate, has performed with some of the most renowned musicians in jazz and contemporary music including: The Maria Schneider Orchestra, Maynard Ferguson & Big Bop Nouveau, Blood Sweat & Tears, Tim Ries & The Rolling Stones Project, Jack Wilkins & Mike Clark, Milt Hinton, Sheryl Bailey 3, Myron Walden Countryfied, Ira Sullivan, John Corbett’s Band, Dave Berger & the Sultans of Swing, Dan Willis & Velvet Gentlemen, The Temptations, and Aretha Franklin just to name a few. His touring credits include: world tours with Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau, and national touring with Blood, Sweat, and Tears. Active on the New York jazz scene since 1992, Ron can be found deep inside the trenches of New York’s most cutting edge jazz.

Marko Marcinko attended The University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, and gained an enormous amount of schooling in classical /ethnic percussion, drum set, piano, and arranging/composing. While at Miami he had the great fortune to study with one of the best music faculties in collegiate music education. During his time performing with the University’s top concert jazz ensembles, Marko had the chance to play with some of his greatest musical jazz mentors/performers, such as; Joe Henderson, Red Rodney, Michael Brecker and Paquito D’Rivera. For the past 11 years Marko has been a member of the Dave Liebman group as well as the Dave Liebman Big Band and is featured on numerous recordings with both. He also has toured and recorded with Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau . Marko currently is artistic director of the Scranton Jazz Festival and leads the PA Jazz Alliance which promotes, jazz in North Eastern Pennsylvania and through out the state.

The cats in the band:

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August 22 - Rhett Tyler & Early Warning

Rhett Tyler & Early Warning takes their audience on a soulful musical journey stimulating mind, body and spirit. Their entertaining high-energy house rockin’ shows leave spectators craving more. Pete Hoff of Uncle Pete’s Blues Party (WNTIHackettstown, NJ) describes their performance as “Musical Lightening!”

Passion and love of music fuel the dynamic synergy of this progressive fusion-blues power trio. Compelling rhythms provide the foundation for Tyler’s sizzling guitar leads and heartfelt vocals. This explosive combination pushes modern blues-rock to the next level and beyond.

Donald Wilcock, author of the Buddy Guy biography “Damn Right I’ve Got The Blues”, summed it up with ”Rhett is not just proficient throughout the spectrum of today’s blues, he’s a universal master of all… You gotta hear him live!”

Rhett Tyler & Early Warning features Rhett Tyler on guitar and lead vocals, Doug Howard (Edgar Winter, Todd Rundgren, Touch, Stun Leer) on bass and vocals, and Bo Matheson (Los Gusanos, TC Kross, Rooster) on drums and vocals.

More info via these links:

Website: RhettTyler.com

Facebook: RhettTylerMusic

Facebook: Official Fan Page

YouTube Channel: RhettsFrets

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