Celebrate Women's History Month when Jazz973 Presents Nadine LaFond at Clements Place Jazz

Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 7-10PM
15 Washington St, Newark, NJ

By Gregory Burrus | Posted Tuesday, March 5, 2019

It's Women's History Month and what better way for your local live music ambassador to celebrate than to celebrate strong leading "Women In Jazz". This month a series of Women Bandleaders take over my Jazz973@Clements Place Jazz Live Music Series held this month at the Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies. Rutgers IJS Clements Place is managed by the Executive Director of the Jazz Institute Wayne Winborne who has turned this live music venue dedicated to noted Newark historian Clement Price into one very in-demand, special jazz listening venue right in the heart of Newark, NJ.

While there are many events run out of this venue, the Jazz973live music series is run by your local producer, promoter Gregory Burrus, yup that's me. This month I'm honoring a number of what I call large and in charge women making a difference on the Performing Arts scene all over Essex County and beyond.

This first week of March we are showcasing the intriguing Bandleader, Vocalist Songwriter Nadine LaFond.

Nadine Lafond lighting up the crowd at Newark Express in Newark Hahne Build 2017

Nadine Lafond lighting up the crowd at Newark Express in Newark Hahne Build 2017

About Nadine LaFond

"Vocalist and songwriter, Nadïne LaFond illustrates with performances that feel more like stirring storytelling sessions mixing diverse styles, cultures, and languages to set the tone. Moving from original tunes to soulful Jazz Standards to arrangements of her favorite “crusty” Blues to Haitian roots to pure Experimentation and Poetry, she and her band take audiences on a haunting and poignant journey.

Nadïne’s solo recording debut, Wisdom Child, features eleven original tracks mixing styles like blues, jazz, rock, Caribbean roots and experimental that create a unified sound across a chronicle of songs about transforming adversity into light as inspiration to keep moving beyond struggle.

Whether on festival stages or in intimate listening rooms, Nadïne connects deeply with audiences through her engaging presence, fearless voice and distinct sound, which she honed over the years as a jazz vocalist at open jams in New York then as backing vocalist for several rock/funk and jam bands, as vocalist/percussionist member of Pan African ensemble, Wogbledoe, and as lead vocalist / co-songwriter with Swampadelica. Currently writing and bringing to life "all those crazy ideas" she'd been working to articulate for years, Nadïne is developing several projects that best express the many classic roots to abstract sounds now coming through.

By the way Nadine is also a painter, mixed media & found objects artist, her art is inspired by her music and visa versa."  https://www.nadinelafond.com/

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Needless to say, I am very excited to say that Nadine always puts on a performance that always moves you to feel the moment and the excitement of the message during what are always heartfelt performances. Or as Nadine has stated: "Excited doesn't cover it ! So honored to play this stage. Come through for this one, people. 'Bout to saaaannnggg."

Joining Nadïne for this special concert at Clement’s Place are:

·       Anthony Ware – tenor sax

·       Mike Tichy – guitar

·       Mike Noordzy - bass

·       T.W. Sample – keys

·       Wahkiba Julion – drums

You can read more about the entire band and event right here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/j...

This event promises as usual to be another Nadine LaFond landmark performance and I urge you to come on out and enjoy a beautiful evening of live music. No cover Tickets available here at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/j...

Gregory Burrus

Your live music ambassador

Come on out and join us.....the fun is just beginning ... live no caver performances just 20 minutes away.  https://www.eventbrite.com/o/gregory-burrus-17227441816

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Meet the McClure Twins at ValleyArts Harvest Fest

Harvest Fest — the time of year when all the crops have been harvested and we celebrate by singing, dancing, playing games and giving back to those in need.

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By Gregory Burrus | Posted Wednesday, October 31, 2018

ValleyArts and CC Minton are asking the community to come together and celebrate with our Harvest Fest Ambassadors - Alexis and Ava McClure. This annual event will be hosted in the ValleyArts Courtyard for a Meet and Greet with the McClure Twins, enjoy harvest fest games, participate in a popular child-friendly live musical participatory performance led by Soul Xpressiion School of the Arts, take part in a history making Tile painting project, enjoy Mini Daddy Greek Potato Pie give-a-ways from Supreme Bakery, lots of photo opportunities and more.

This is a free event, open to the public and all we ask for is canned good donations that will be collected by representatives from our local food pantries. We invite you to stop by drop-off a donation, welcome bring your kids and have some fun with us in this season of giving.

McClure Twins

The McClure Twins’ parents began documenting the twins lives through pictures and videos and started "twin talks" with Ava and Alexis as their funny personalities were enjoyable. In one video, "Twins Realize They Look the Same", Alexis got upset because she was one minute younger than her identical twin Ava. As Alexis cooled down, she realized she was a little bit taller than Ava, which prompted Ava to meltdown. This feel-good moment went mega-viral, with millions of views around the world. In late October, 2016, the twins were on the Today Show and Good Morning America and have subsequently worked with Disney, Facebook and many other notable organizations. The rest is history. They set out to make positive high-quality content that represents their values of humor, compassion, empathy, & family values, while also being entertaining. With a focus on delivering positive content in an often negative world, the girls early viral success prompted them to produced more viral videos and use their influence for good.

CC Minton

Event Co-Sponsor — CC Minton    https://www.ccminton.com

Event Co-Sponsor — CC Minton https://www.ccminton.com

Event Co-Sponsor CC Minton is an author, media contributor, and a lifestyle empowerment maven. A President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Community Leadership Award recipient, CC works with adults, children and communities empowering them to embrace healthy living. Her various projects include working with the Office of First Lady Michelle Obama, Whole Foods Market, NY/NJ Superbowl organization, Apollo Theater, Olympic Day Committee and Harlem World Magazine. A community leader that has served on the Junior League Board of Directors and Wellness Council for the West Orange Board of Education and has tackled big business as a strategic partner for the New York/New Jersey NFL Super Bowl XLVIII where she and her team provided bits and bites, on game day, at the Official Super Bowl VIP Tailgate Party at New Jersey Metlife Stadium. Her love for community is at the center of what she does as a humanitarian. CC was Chairperson for the Junior League's Health and Nutrition Initiative, co-hosted the first Team USA Olympic Day sanctioned event in the City of Newark at B.R.I.C.K. Avon Academy honoring Hall of Fame boxing coach Wali Moses. She also served as a guest panelist at the Jack and Jill of America Childhood Obesity Forum in Washington, DC. More recently CC Minton is currently leading the advisory council for the former Olympian now Pro Boxer Shakur Stevenson and Olympic Coach Walli Moses NonProfit - Stevenson Moses Boxing for Life.


Event Co-Sponsor — ValleyArts    http://www.valleyartsnj.com

Event Co-Sponsor — ValleyArts http://www.valleyartsnj.com

Event Co-Sponsor — ValleyArts. With a key focus of community collaboration, ValleyArts produces free and fun events, offer donation-based and low cost workshops on topics relevant to the local residents. We work with local community partners; provide meeting space, creative space, and a gathering spot. We facilitate connections between community members who can help each other and we collaborate with community members to host creative events. When it comes to creative arts education our programs are not just about art, but about all things creative - including visual and performing arts, music, cooking, gardening, movement, and more. Providing creative opportunities for children and teens is important for developing confident and creative thinkers who do better in school and who grow into strong community members. On the economic opportunity front we provide exhibits and spaces for visual artists to display and sell art, host regular events to showcase local talent, and operate a boutique for local artists, makers, and businesses to sell their goods. Most of our boutique contributors are women- or minority-owned companies in the local community. Creating economic and business growth opportunities for our community members is good for the whole neighborhood and surrounding towns as well. 

Soul Xpressiion

Contributing Partner — Soul Xpressiion School of the Arts    http://www.soulxpressiion.org

Contributing Partner — Soul Xpressiion School of the Arts http://www.soulxpressiion.org

Contributing Partner Soul Xpressiion School of the Arts is winner of the 2017 "Best in Education" Award from NJ Black Businesses Organization aims to create a faith based environment for children and adults, with and without disabilities, to learn and develop their skills within the arts. Located On the border of Orange and West Orange and just a couple blocks from the Thomas Edison National Historical Park, Soul Xpressiion is a non-profit organization designed to educate students in the fine and performing arts, stage management, stage production management and to utilize their gifts to inspire others. Our school is a faith-friendly environment, ensuring our students receive a nurturing, fun and safe atmosphere for learning. We believe that every person has been blessed with a specific gift and purpose in life and it's essential to educate and develop ourselves within those gifts. We offer a diverse range for all ages and abilities and strive to target individual learning styles while enhancing creativity for children and adults. 

Supreme Bakery

Contributing Partner — Supreme Bakery    http://www.supremebakery.com/

Contributing Partner — Supreme Bakery http://www.supremebakery.com/

Contributing Partner Supreme Bakery is located on Main Street in West Orange, NJ, less than one mile from Thomas Edison's house and his invention factory. It is quite likely that the world's greatest inventor was eating a Supreme Bakery glazed donut when he invented the light bulb. For the past 35 years, Supreme Bakery has been owned and operated by the Stolz family. It has been our goal to serve our customers the freshest and the finest products possible. We have an experienced and dedicated staff that is anxious to provide outstanding service. It is also our goal to be a contributing member of the community. Supreme Bakery takes part in many charitable activities that benefits local organizations. We also provide food for three local soup kitchens. We are a kosher bakery under the supervision of Rabbi Isaiah Hertzberg. All of our baking is done on our premises and is under the close supervision of owner and certified Master Baker Richard Stolz.

About the Author

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Gregory Burrus is a local live music ambassador, event developer an community partner that develops, manages, promotes and documents local community events in the Greater New Jersey and New York Area.

Gregory Burrus sits on a number of local boards and committees and serves as the Board Member Maplewood Community Music, Manages, Vice President of the North Jersey Blues Alliance, Curates and Promotes the South Orange Downtown After Sundown Live Music Concerts, the South Orange 24 Hours of Music Festival, the SOPAC Playing Around South Orange Music Initiative, the Maplewood 4th of Music Live Music Events, Newark’s Jazz973 at Clements Place Jazz Series, NYC John Jay College Myrna Bain Scholarship Fundraiser, the Orange NJ ValleyArts Music Programs, Creator of the South Orange Farmers Market Jazz Jam, along with booking bands at many other local venues. 

Showcasing, photographing, videotaping events and happenings as they occur around town while living life every day to the fullest. Learn more at: Gregory Burrus - Gregory Burrus Live Music Ambassador.    

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Outdoor Live Music Events in Essex County, NJ

Hello October! Lots of Free Outdoor Live Music Events
All Around Our Essex County Towns  

By Gregory Burrus | Posted Friday, October 5, 2018

OK folks, it's beautiful October, a little chilly at times, then a little warm which is great, and some outdoor activities tend to come to a close but not just yet as Outdoor Live Music Continues. BTW all events listed below that I'm involved with are free unless noted otherwise below.

So, “Hello October!”  

Every Wed. 5-8 PM, South Orange Farmers Market Jazz Jam - Peter Lin

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4 more jazz jams coming at you led by the awesome Peter Lin and his band. Every Wed 5-8 PM at 17 Sloan Street in South Orange NJ. Shop at the Farmers Market, secure some food and we invite you to come on over to sing, play, or listen and help us close out the last month of our 2nd Annual South Orange Farmers Market Jazz Jam. GPS 17 Sloan Street. Learn more: FB https://www.facebook.com/sofmj...

A side note - Yeah it's getting colder and have not found an indoor arena in South Orange yet to bring bands to but I'm open to suggestions and I'm still searching for indoor places to book some live music bands.... Hint hint restaurants and music venues. And on the inside venue we have a very special event:

Wed. Oct 17, 7 PM Clements Place Newark NJ Kelly Green Trio

Jazz973@Clements Presents the marvelous, awesome Kelly Green Trio at Clements Place. It's very special place in memory of Newark Historian Clement Price (RIP) and run by Institute of Jazz Studies Executive Director Wayne Winborne. It's all about jazz, it free access, snacks and libations are donated and the music is just swinging. Kelly is coming to rock your world and folks are excited like you wouldn't believe for Kelly Green as 65 of the 80 seats are gone already so if you plan on coming get your access RSVP now at Jazz973@Clements Place Oct 17 7-9 PM. RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/j...

OK. Back to this week...

Fri. Oct 5 Friday @7:30 pm – Mimi Jones Quartet at Clements Place Jazz Events

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IJS Concert Series presents Mimi Jones- 15 Washington Street in Newark and this event be truly a great one as Mimi was fabulous last time. Bassist/vocalist/producer/label owner and now filmmaker Mimi Jones has reigned supreme for the more than two decades she’s been on the scene as a side woman to an impressive coterie of musicians and as a leader with three CDs on her own Hot Tone Music label. She has been voted #2 rising star by the DownBeat poll for 3 years straight. Free but you must RSVP Go and click to RSVP register at  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/i... 

Sat. Oct 6, 6-7PM Bethany Baptist Church Jazz Vespers Saxophonist George Coleman 

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George Coleman has worked with some of the most prominent figures in jazz, including Lionel Hampton, Lee Morgan, Elvin Jones, Charles Mingus, Betty Carter, Chet Baker, Charles McPherson, Cedar Walton, Ahmad Jamal, and Hilton Ruiz - 275 W Market St. Newark NJ

Sat. Oct 6, 3:30-4:30PM Lil Bastad at Bloomfield Harvest Fest

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Lil Bastad will be playing at Bloomfield, NJ's Octoberfest on Sat. Oct. 6 @ 3:30-4:30 - Makin' it funky...  The dynamic character of the band is a result of its members' personalities. On lead guitar& vocals, Mark Bowers (JT Taylor of Kool & The Gang, The Manhattans, Mary J. Blige, Otis Rush, Lowell Fulson, Wilson Pickett); on drums, Dave Moore (Dave Fields, Nikki Armstrong, Kings in Disguise); on bass, Ronald "Boz" Bostick (Blue Magic, Funkadelic, Della Reese & Super Blue). From Long Island, NY on keyboards is John Palmer (Doyle Bramhall, Terence Trent-D'Arby); and on guitar & vocals, Luke Michura (Tanglefoot, Bourbon Street). You've got to hear them to believe it!  Located across from the Public Library -- the rain date, if needed, is Oct. 7 at the same time. https://www.facebook.com/pg/lilbastad

Sat Oct 6 10 AM - Sun Oct 7 3PM Valley Arts Gallery Pop Up Vinyl Shop with Brainiac Records 

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Valley Arts Community Gallery brings you the Pop Up Vinyl Shop with Brainiac Records - Brainiac Records and other vinyl vendors will be in the Community Gallery all weekend with tons of vinyl! All genres - you will definitely find something new for your collection. The biggest vinyl pop-up shop around!  ValleyArts 400 S Jefferson St, Orange, New Jersey 07050


Sat Oct 6 - 8PM South Orange Pierro Gallery Presents Below the Water Line

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South Orange Pierro Gallery invites you to join us for a free, one-night, open-air show on the South Orange Duck Pond. The debut of a water-born and waterborne series of visual and spoken poetry, the performance will take those gathered around the shore on an illuminated journey Below the Waterline.

The October 6th show will be presented outdoors and free to the public. Guests are invited to bring their own blankets and chairs for sitting on the grass. In case of rain, the show will take place October 13th, 6:00-8:00 pm. See the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/339637276803202/

OPEN Call:

Speaking of Valley Arts - you may know that I'm doing some music programming for Valley Arts Community Gallery right up the rode in Orange N.J. A number of folks have hit me up with ideas and that they want to play so here's a few parameters.

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1. I'm looking for some Solo and Duo acoustic artists to come on on out and play some music for an hour or two on certain days of the week in the Artful Bean Coffe Shop. Expenses Only Gig. If interested please email me your interests or FB Msg me (gregoryburrus) your interest and your email.

2. I'm also going to start a Live Music Series in the beautiful Valley Arts Gallery space next door. It's an intimate gorgeous space and we want the music to flow. Here I am looking for some smooth folk singers, country, jazz, neo soul, vocalist, classical music and more. It's an intimate space holds lots of seats but not looking to Rock the Block or the neighborhood. It will be a paid gig so If you have an idea hit me up here on FB Msg  (gregoryburrus) or email me at gregoryburrus@gregoryburrusproductions.com, I can give you more details and maybe we can work something out.

About the Author

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 Gregory Burrus with Chelsea Burrus at Clements Place

Gregory Burrus, Your Live Music Ambassador, invites you to stay tuned as there is much more to come.  

Gregory Burrus is a supporter of local businesses, community events, jazz, blues musicians and local art exhibitions. Gregory Burrus curates events at Jazz973 at Clements Place, Valley Arts Gallery along with being promoter and manager of Downtown After Sundown Live Music Concerts, Playing Pianos Around South Orange, NJ and is the founder, curator of South Orange 24 Hours of Music and the South Orange Farmers Market Jazz Jam along with many other live music  ventures.

Gregory promotes events through social media marketing, writing articles, blogging and photojournalism.  Having fun, living life, while helping others.

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