What’s Happening in the 3rd Annual "24 Hours Of Music Jamboree" This Weekend July 20 and 21 (South Orange, NJ)

By Gregory Burrus | Posted Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The 24 Hours of Music Jamboree in its 3rd year is a volunteer nonstop music event, much-loved by the local music community, those who come from afar to perform and our many visitors.   Normally held in May, this year it will be conducted on July 20 and the 21st. From the first event at noon July 20th to the last event starting at noon July 21st, the live music runs for 24 consecutive hours nonstop, covers multiple musical genres and highlights a good cause. In addition to regular scheduled events, there is live music all over South Orange, NJ.

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Sounds in Spiotta Park

In South Orange, Spiotta Park, New Jersey DJ Services will be warming us up at 11:15 am and then all day between the performances so you can expect New Jersey DJ Services  to be rocking the park all day long. Very happy that Soul Xpressiion School of Dance will be joining us for the first time and they will be live in Spiotta Park leading a Zumba session designed to make you work out and feel good.

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As the afternoon progresses come enjoy Dan Ogden music, the very popular Howling Poets, connect with some Latin Music from Carlos Frias and another new group called Psychedelic Fusion from the band YIRD. In the early afternoon Black Wax will have you toe tapping, head bopping to some great R&B music and in the evening you can dance the night away to popular cover songs by the exciting NXStage band. To close the night in the park, you can rock it out hard with the fabulous tribute band Deadful Greats. So come enjoy everything in Spiotta Park from POP, World music, Rock, Latin, R&B and more.

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We give a big thanks to Persaud Entertainment LLC and CEO Valerie Persaud in helping make the events happen in the park this year. Their band always attracts the largest Downtown After Sundown audience when Ricky Persaud Jr hits our stage which btw will be August 17th, 2019.


South Orange Gazebo

Meanwhile at the Jazz On Sloan at the South Orange Gazebo venue which has produced some wonderful live music performances from some truly great and well known musicians the mission continues with almost 24 Hours of Jazz and R&B from local musicians around the area. This year thanks to Wayne Winborne who is Executive Director of the Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies(IJS) the IJS is  extending their community engagement mission of building and sharing jazz with us right here in South Orange NJ.

 

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They are supporting all the Jazz events throughout the 24 Hours Of Music jamboree. DC Jazz Fusion bandleader and bassist Darryl Clark will bring on stage some really cool friends. Joining Darryl Clark will be the former songwriter for Luther Vandross’s, world renowned pianist Nat Adderley Jr along with another heavy hitter jazz professional from the Count Basie band, saxophonist Marshall MacDonald.

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The South Orange Gazebo will continue swinging hard all day into the evening with Richard Reiter’s Drum Circle and Jazz Band and a make you always want to dance MPAC R&B Music band. You also get to spend some time with our gifted versatile vocalist, actor, producer and director Lynette Sheard.

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There’s also some really new very cool up and coming jazz musicians, like Seniar Raines, Mike Petillo, the Ben Frank Trio, Tim Rodner and yes drummer Bruce Tyler.  

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The evening highlight of the jazz day will be a Jazz Jam to end all Jams when we hit it off with Percussionist Norman Mann’s Birthday Celebration Jazz Jam. The musicians will be swinging, the vocalist will be singing and the gazebo will be jumping. All musicians and vocalist are welcome to come join in and jam with us at this truly unique one of a kind Norman Mann birthday celebration. It’s going to be hot!!!!! Overnight, keeping the music live all night will be newcomer Ilan Esienzweig, pianist Brianne Ford Live with local vocalist Kari Capone joining us in the 5 AM hour. Then our newcomer from Flip Da Skrip Tasha R Williams goes solo at 6 AM followed by 24 Hour of Music veterans Patricia Walton from MPAC and then it’s the Steve Jones Music hour. This will be followed by Jazz at from the Hassenfeld group.


Back in the Park

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And also over in Spiotta Park there will be a real world 4 hour Blues Extravaganza in Spiotta Park kicked off by singer Liza Katzoff, followed by soulful Tara Layne and then Blues Jam Master Andy Lackow closes us out.


Around South Orange

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In addition to the music at Spiotta Park and the South Orange Gazebo music will be all around South Orange, NJ on July 20th and 21st.  A number of local stores and restaurants are supporting the 24 Hours of Music Jamboree. Out on the avenue music lovers can enjoy the music on the way into and out of town when they encounter “The Little Shop of Hip Hop, BGR Burger, Café Word Bookstore, Elitist Coffee Shop, Jackie and Sons and more.

Events on the avenue are being supported by Lifestyle Advocate  CC Minton .

Events on the avenue are being supported by Lifestyle Advocate CC Minton.

Other around town regular live music locations are The Fox and Falcon hosting its popular Karaoke Night. Papillion 25 entertaining its customers with returning favorite MPACK music band while the South Orange Performing Arts Center has the wildly popular Ragtime, The Musical on its main stage. On Sunday morning attendees can attend an early morning Café Word Inspirational music session.


Support South Orange Rescue Squad

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This year the nonstop music jamboree is hoping to bring town wide awareness to the current needs of the South Orange Rescue Squad. As most folks do not know that the South Orange Rescue Squad is a completely volunteer organization. These folks are a full time support organization,  providing selfless service and are always there when we need them, so let’s be there for them when they need us. The public is invited to contribute to the South Orange Rescue Squad by making a donation at https://www.southorangerescuesquad.org or in person during the 24 Hours of Music Jamboree.


2018 Thank You All and here’s to 2019 and having another blast of a good time.

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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

https://www.facebook.com/events/239013333473530

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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Making a Difference - Mustafa Music King Daniels Playing Around South Orange

By Gregory Burrus | Posted Wednesday, September 26, 2018

South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)’s annual program, Playin’ Around South Orange, launches in the summer, bringing live music and art in the form of hand-painted pianos and outdoor performances to five separate South Orange locations. 

Playing Around South Orange - Artist, Piano, Musicians

Playing Around South Orange - Artist, Piano, Musicians

Kick-off day festivities include live performances by professional musicians at each of the piano locations. The visual artists will also be in attendance at their pianos. With simultaneous mini-concerts happening all over town, the day is sure to be music and art-inspired.

Each year, local artists complete an application process for the honor of transforming an old piano into a contemporary piece of art. On average, each artist donates 30 or more hours per piano to bring this musical event to life. Paint and supplies either come from the artists themselves or are donated by local businesses.

Pianos are donated by various individuals from throughout the community. Director of SOPAC Community Engagement, Linda Beard, keeps her eyes and ears open for possible donations all year long, sometimes asking people to “hold on to” their instruments for several months for lack of storage space until the summer comes around again. Her goal for the program is “to interrupt the humdrum day-to-day and allow people the opportunity to interact with different genres of art in a unique way.” She says with obvious enthusiasm, “It’s about bringing what we do inside the [SOPAC] building outside the building.”

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The pianos are deployed around South Orange, NJ for approximately 6 weeks. A wonderful part of this project is that anybody can play these pianos. 

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2017 Playing Pianos Around South Orange Peacock Piano

In prior years, the community has come to expect them and in early June, residents start inquiring about their deployment around South Orange. As the normal deployment is usually the last week of August, community anticipation is built up about their arrival throughout the summer. When the pianos are finally deployed around South Orange, they stay out for 6 weeks or more, and folks from in and out-of-town come through and enjoy them all day and sometimes all night. These pianos are available for all to perform on, anytime someone feels the need to tickle the ivories. 

Weather is an obvious challenge for the instruments. SOPAC staff try to watch the forecast while the pianos are out, but occasionally a compassionate citizen will take notice of an impending storm and spontaneously pull a SOPAC-supplied blue tarp over the artwork, preserving it for a few more improvisational concerts. “That’s exactly the kind of behavior we are looking to ignite,” notes SOPAC’S Linda Beard. “We want the community to take ownership of this experience and realize that these instruments are not ‘ours;’ they belong to South Orange.”

A wonderful part of this season is a set of orchestrated community jam performances that are conducted on a weekly basis. This year, Gregory Burrus, a local community live music producer, promoter and photojournalist, is coordinating and curating the musicians that will perform. For 2 hours once a week, a musician is selected to perform on and around these pianos. The musicians are allowed free rein in what they want their event to consist of during their performance time. And anyone from the community can come on in and join in the fun. 

Mustafa Music Man Daniels

Mustafa Music Man Daniels

This year on Sept 27, Mustafa MusicKing Daniels takes the reins in this very special installment of SOPAC South Orange Performing Arts Center’s Playing Around South Orange Pianos.  Last year, he was great; this year even better, as he will be joined by his friends from Soul Xpressiion.

Who is Mustafa Music King Daniels?

Mustafa Daniels was born and raised in Newark, NJ.  Daniels first began to discover and play piano at the tender age of nine-years-old, under the direction of Lanie Turner at Belmont Runyon Elementary School in Newark, NJ.  From there, he went on to receive numerous music and performance awards throughout his grade school years, such as the Connie Woodruff Jazz Competition Award in 2001 and the Star Ledger Performing Arts Scholarship in 2002.  He is a proud and distinguished alumnus of Arts High School in Newark, NJ.  He is accredited for participating in Arts High School’s Jazz Band, Male Chorus, Advanced Chorus, Gospel Choir, and had a lead role in the 2001 Arts High School Production of Guys and Dolls.

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Mustafa Daniels also had the pleasure and honor to perform at the 2001 VH1 televised Save the Music Foundation concert in the company of India.Arie, Mariah Carey, and former President Bill Clinton.

He was an active member in the United States Marine Corp Band, where he held an E3 rank of Lance Corporal. He spent three-and-a-half-years traveling and performing with the Corp as their pianist before he made his way back to New Jersey.

Daniels worked as a Music Consultant for Newark Public Schools for six years . He was also very active in community activities such as Newark Idol, the Lincoln Park Summer Series and, more recently, the Arts High School Latin Jazz Band.

Daniels works as a piano instructor, music producer, songwriter, composer, and director. He specializes in gospel, jazz, pop and R&B music. He is the current Minister of Music for Unity Freedom Baptist Church in Newark, NJ and has been an active member of the church’s music department for over ten years. In August of 2013, Daniels independently released his first gospel EP, Sounds of Praise and Worship that featured songs: “God Made Me a Promise,” “Lord I Give My All to You” and “Don’t Hold Back.” In January of 2014, he independently released his second gospel EP that featured songs: “Seek First, Are You Ready?,” and “Simply Beautiful".” In 2014, Daniels began to offer piano and music theory lessons to family, church members, and friends of all ages. In 2015, he joined Soul Xpressiion Performing Arts Studio out of Orange, New Jersey as their piano instructor.

Mustafa Daniels would ultimately like to advance in his music career as a songwriter, producer and instructor of great music to uplift and bring people closer to God and each other.

About Soul Xpressiion School of the Arts

Soul Xpressiion School of the Arts

Soul Xpressiion School of the Arts

“Our school aims to create a faith-based environment for children and adults, with and without disabilities, to learn and develop their skills within the arts.”

Who runs Soul Xpressiion School of the Arts? 
 Founder, Artistic Director Kenyani Shanai Henderson

Shanai is the owner and artistic director of Soul Xpressiion School of the Arts. She was born and raised in Linden, New Jersey with her loving family. She began her dance training within her church’s dance ministry, Judah, where she learned her foundation of ballet, modern, and liturgical dance. Shanai then continued her dance training as a dance major student in high school and a member of Linden High School’s Dance Company under the direction of Barbara Greco-Brady. Shanai was formally a company member of Work of Art (WOA) Dance Theater from 2010 to 2012 and was featured in the annual Christmas show Spellbound and production Deliver Us. Shanai also performed at Sisters Network, Inc.’s Women Empowerment program hosted by actress/dancer Victoria Rowell in 2011.

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Shanai was also a member of Revelations Dance ministry out of Newark, NJ under the direction of Crystal Glass, and performed along with company at Newark Symphony Hall’s Christmas production and the 2014 McDonald’s Gospel Fest at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. In 2014, Shanai was the choreographer of the off-Broadway play, Life of an Addict, at the renowned Symphony Space Theater in NYC.

She received her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy (OT) and holds a B.A. in Social and Behavioral Sciences with a concentration in Psychology, receiving both degrees from Seton Hall University. In conjunction with her academics, she was an instructor/choreographer for Touching Humanity Inc., a non-profit theatre/educational organization that creates services and opportunities for children/adults with various disabilities.

Combining her OT and dance skills, she is able to fulfill her dream in assisting those with disabilities, to help children and adults participate in performing arts despite their disabilities. Devoting her dance to Christ, Shanai was the Dance ministry leader at Abundant Life Family Worship Church in New Brunswick, NJ, the liturgical dance instructor for Inspira Performing Arts & Cultural Center, and is now the Director of Dance at Resting Place HOP in Woodland Park, NJ.

Filled with the love to teach, Shanai was also an educator at North Star Academy in Newark, NJ, teaching advance drill step to her after-school enrichment program and currently works as a school-based occupational therapist. She is also an Adjunct Professor for the Dance Fundamentals Course at Seton Hall University.

She loves to see others learn and find a joy in learning the arts. She plans to continue to inspire others through dance and all art forms, while creating an atmosphere where students can “Express themselves with all their Heart and Soul.” http://www.soulxpressiion.org/ 

Mr. Mustafa and Friends, Soul Xpressiion, in Playing Around South Orange Pianos

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This Thursday 9/27, Mustafa MusicKing Daniels takes the reins in this very special installment of SOPAC South Orange Performing Arts Center’s Playing Around South Orange Pianos Project. Last year, he was great; this year even better as he will be joined by his friends from Soul Xpressiion. Kenyani Shanai Henderson of Soul Xpressiion School of the Arts stated, “Soul Xpressiion will be accompanying Mr. Mustafa in South Orange as he plays for Playing Around South Orange Pianos Project. Come out and watch our students and friends dance along to the numerous piano songs. All of our Thursday dance instructors will be present, conducting their classes and PERFORMING! You don’t want to miss this event.”

This event is free and open to the public and very kid-friendly. Spread the word, bring yourself, bring the kids and join in.

Learn more and join us: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mustafa-musicman-daniels-and-friends-soul-xpressiion-tickets-50674683342 

 

Are You Ready To Start Playing Around South Orange - Pianos Projects?

By Gregory Burrus | Posted Wednesday, August 29, 2018

For the 5th year, to the delight of many residents in the community, Playin’ Around South Orange project pianos were deployed on August 25th all Around South Orange.  Playin’ Around South Orange is a public art project that highlights both the visual and the performing arts.  Pianos transform into works of art themselves by extraordinary local artists, providing unexpected and delightful encounters and encourage active arts engagement in our day-to-day lives through the spontaneous making of music. https://www.sopacnow.org/community/sopianos/.

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Playin’ Around South Orange Project Artist

This year, five artists were selected to design these pianos and then they are placed on the streets of South Orange, NJ.  The artists are: 

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  • The ARTS COUNCIL OF EAST ORANGE painted the piano at the South Orange Gazebo venue. Members of the council are: Gwendolyn ‘Arri’ Jackson, Irene Pomianowski lead the team (Jae Bianca Jackson, Helena L Branch, Jeffrey ‘Sizzy’ Osborne and Marsha Wilderson).

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  • Elina Rosenblum and Veronika Hapco painted the piano located at Spiotta Park.

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  • Jessica Skultety painted the Baby Grand piano on South Orange Ave.

  • Kurk Maynard painted the piano located at Irvington.

  • Bill Beillec painted the piano located at Seton Hall.

Playin’ Around South Orange Project Community Participation

A wonderful part of this project is that anybody can play these pianos.  In the last years, the community has come to expect them and start inquiring to their deployment Around South Orange in June.  Since the normal deployment is at the end of August, much anticipation is built up all summer long.  The pianos are out on the South Orange streets for 6 weeks and folks from in and out-of-town come through and enjoy them all day and night, too.  There is a map at https://www.sopacnow.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/PASO-Map-2018. These pianos are available for all to perform on, anytime the urge hits you.

Part of this weekend’s fun was the musicians that came out to play, such as Theo Walentiny playing on the South Orange Baby Grand piano with vocalist Elora Aclin while Mark Madonna of the Five Cent Philosophers and his son played tunes at the Jersey Divas piano.

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Playin’ Around South Orange Project Musician’s Community Jam  Performances

Next up, we conduct community jams and performances during the evening for folks to come out and enjoy.  With some returning performers and a few newly selected performers, we now have a weekly performance/community jam schedule.  Also, in line with the Jazz Divas piano theme, our first selected pianist, Hal Keshner, has informed us that he may honor each Jersey Diva by playing a tune dedicated to each diva. 

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The selected musicians that you should come out and support are:

  • Bandleader, guitarist, singer, and pianist Hal Keshner - Thursday 8/30/2018 6-8PM

  • Piano Man Robert Richardson & Vocalist Steven Grice - Thursday 9/13/2018 6-8PM

  • Vocalist Barbara Hassenfeld and Friends - Tuesday 9/18/2018 6-8PM

  • Music teacher and pianist Mustafa “Music King” Daniels - Thursday 9/27/2018 6-8PM

Join us, as all vocalists/instrumentalists are welcome to come join in the fun, before, after and during the performances.

Playin’ Around South Orange Project Wrap-Up

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The closing of the Playin’ Around South Orange program falls on or about Sunday, October 7th. To honor each year’s pianos as pieces of art, they are auctioned off and/or donated to benefit SOPAC’s education programming.  Playin’ Around South Orange is proudly sponsored by Patti Donovan.  Artist and piano design are managed by the South Orange Performing Arts Center with local live music promoter Gregory Burrus managing the weekly community jams.  For more details please contact Linda Beard at (973) 382-1035.

About the Author

Gregory Burrus with Artist Irene Pomianowski

Gregory Burrus with Artist Irene Pomianowski

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. On a regular basis, Gregory Burrus is promoter and manager of Downtown After Sundown Live Music Concerts, Playing Pianos Around South Orange, NJ, Farmers Market Jazz Jam along with many other musical ventures.

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

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2018 Mid-Season Downtown After Sundown Live Jazz Music Recap & Preview

By Gregory Burrus | Posted Friday, August 10, 2018

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In the first half of our 2018 Downtown After Sundown Summer Season that started May 25, 2018, we have had some absolutely wonderful, truly professional and swinging live jazz concerts. From a very pleasing opening weekend performances by vocalist Candice Reyes with saxophonist Abel Mireles of the CRQ Quintet that was followed by the TNT Quartet with Peter Lin and then Charlie Apicella, Gene Ghee and Radam Schwartz. We had a number of 100 plus audience members enjoy memorable performance led by the award winning 16-year-old pianist Leonieke Scheuble with Nick Scheuble, and the dynamic bassist Thadeus Expose. A very entertaining jazz fusion performance by Darryl Clark's DC Fusion band with drummer Abdullah Rahman, pianist Howard Hall and vibraphonist Kevin Sloane had folks hanging off the sidewalk, blocking gazebo traffic and continually asking for more.

Leonieke Scheuble Trio in Downtown After Sundown 2018

Leonieke Scheuble Trio in Downtown After Sundown 2018

We've also had some truly great and well know jazz professionals and their bands come through our Jazz on Sloan Gazebo such as guitarist Charlie Apicella, saxophonist Gene Ghee, guitarist Bob DeVos, every body's favorite pianist Dave Braham, trombonist Ben Williams, veteran saxophonist Mike Kaplan, sax man Mike Lee, bassist Ed Howard, to a former semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Drum Competition, drummer Sylvia Cuenca to everybody in between that played with all these folks, we can truly say "thank you" because the music has been jumpin.

We've had some absolutely wonderful local, talented vocalist come thru and knock us out, such as very talented vocalist Ife Basim, Hollis Donaldson, vocalist Omisanya Karade's Love and Light event and the 2014 International Women in Jazz “Youth in Action” award winner Natazsha Scheuble. Add in a few special performances like Eddie Brown's TASE Band, the special performance by the semi-finalist competitor of the prestigious Montreux Switzerland Jazz Festival, pianist Mamiko Wantanbe, and of course the extremely crowd pleasing evening by Flamenco guitarist Jonathan Fritz. Add in the live music of the Free Speech Quintet, the smooth night of music provided by the Richard Reiter Jazz band and the beautiful jazz music doesn't stop.

Allison V Brown production -Schwartz- Sanity in Downtown After Sundown

Allison V Brown production -Schwartz- Sanity in Downtown After Sundown

We just closed this half of the season with one phenomenal astounding night of live music when the prolific organist Radam Schwartz, who has played with the greats Arthur Prysock, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Al Hibler, David Fathead Newman and one of my favorite organists Charles Earland. To our delight Radam brought out his 1970's real world Hammond B3 Organ, combined with Desmond Schwartz on Drums and Peter Lin on Trombone, they absolutely blew away another 100 plus standing room only gazebo crowd because once folks heard the music, they stopped and never left. Clearly we can say part 1 of the Downtown After Sundown Season has gotten off to a great start.

Maplewood Community Swing Town Big Band in Spiotta Park South Orange NJ

Maplewood Community Swing Town Big Band in Spiotta Park South Orange NJ

So, yes, from a 19-piece Maplewood Community Music Big Band in Spiotta Park to the always professional sounding Carol Deminski's Little Jazz Birds, we covered the gamut of jazz music that just makes people happy. 

We've has some wonderful visitors in our audience, such as noted jazz historian Barbara Kukla who recently completed The Encyclopedia of Newark Jazz, the venerable 85-year trombonist Slide Hampton, and more.  Yes, the audiences now pop in to spend the evening from Central Jersey, North Jersey and from New York City for our Jazz performances, which is very cool and we are just at the half way point.

2018 Downtown After Sundown 2nd Half of the Season - Jazz Preview

Well the 2nd half of the summer is here and as you can see we have a plethora of great Jazz performances coming your direction starting this weekend with our very own Grammy Award winning composer and violinist Zach Brock, whom Stanley Clark confirmed French Violinist Jean Luc Ponty's impression that Zach Brock is the guy "whose got the Stuff."

2018 Downtown After Sundown Jazz in the South Orange Village

2018 Downtown After Sundown Jazz in the South Orange Village

Also this weekend from our South Orange family of jazz professionals will be the Johnson Brothers, Mark and Billy Johnson.  Drummer Mark Johnson, who is an established name in the international jazz scene since 1978 and a recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts grant, has played and toured with such artists as Abbey Lincoln, Walter Davis Jr., Cassandra Wilson, Jackie McLean, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Steve Colman and David Murray to name just a few.  William Owens Johnson - Billy studied with such jazz greats as Ron Carter, Richard Davis, Buster Williams, Cecil McBee, and Rufus Reid, played with the touring big bands of vibraphone giant, Lionel Hampton and the great tenor saxophonist Illinois Jaquet, with whom he played at the 1992 presidential inaugural ball. Billy then went on to work with his greatest mentor, the most recorded hard bop drummer in history, Arthur Taylor. As a member of the final incarnation of Taylor’s Wailers, Billy toured the world extensively and developed fully from a big band sideman into a modern jazz musician.

In future articles we will mention other upcoming events but for now we will mention that Maplewoodstock standout performer Whitney Jackson will be gracing the South Orange Gazebo and showcasing her Jazz Vocalist skills. And a very special Jazz event is coming when DarrylClarkFusion is at Spiotta Park showcasing the likes of pianist Nat Adderley Jr., who spent much of his music career arranging and writing as music director for Luther Vandross tours, saxophonist Marshall McDonald, best known for his 20+ years on the Lead Alto chair with The Count Basie Orchestra, and performances with Lionel Hampton and Paquito D’Rivera amongst many other luminaries.  This special August 24th event will be in Spiotta Park.

Add in the fact we added in special once-a-month Sunday Jazz Jams which next up is the Peter Lin Jazz Jam and than add in a season ending major jazz jam with the Carrie Jackson All Stars. All vocalists and instrumentalists are invited in to participate.

South Orange Farmers Market and Playing Pianos Around South Orange

South Orange Farmers Market and Playing Pianos Around South Orange

We still have more jazz performers and events we did not mention that happen at the Gazebo, like the Wednesday South Orange Farmers Market Jazz Jam and the Thursday SOPAC Playing Piano's Around South Orange, but its clear the Jazz On Sloan at the South Orange Gazebo is going to be swinging hard right up 'til the end of the Jazz season.

Yes, the Jazz scene is alive and kicking all Around South Orange, New Jersey with some of the best professionals, worldwide gracing the stage of the South Orange Gazebo and Spiotta Park, and we have a lot more to come.  Come on out and join your neighbors and friends and experience some of the best jazz there is worldwide right here in South Orange, New Jersey. It's all free, brought to you by the South Orange Village Center Alliance and the Town of South Orange, so stop on in and say hi.

Slide Locksley Hampton Gregory Burrus

Slide Locksley Hampton Gregory Burrus

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. On a regular basis, Gregory Burrus is promoter and manager of Downtown After Sundown Live Music Concerts for South Orange, NJ.

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