Friday, January 20, 2017


Jim Owens
Guitar Soloist playing Classic Jazz

WHEN: Saturday, January 21, 9:30 – 11:30 PM
WHERE: Mama’s Cafe Baci, 260 Mountain Ave., Hackettstown

Relax and unwind with some tapas, delicious drinks and some "Smooth Jazz" sounds.

Thursday, January 19, 2017




WHEN: Fridays, Jan. 20 and 27 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Jan. 21 and 28 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Jan. 22 and 29 at 2 p.m. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on Jan. 20.
Kelsey Theatre is located on the Mercer County Community College West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.
TICKETS: $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $14 for students and children. 
Tickets are available at or by calling the Kelsey Theatre Box Office at 609-570-3333.
Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking available next to the theater.

What do two cops, three crooks, eight doors, and a kilt-wearing killer have in common? They’re the moving parts in Unnecessary Farce, to be presented by The Pennington Players at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre. Seven actors deliver up the laughs.  

This classic farce, which features slapstick and pratfalls galore, pairs with a contemporary American plot. In a hotel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his new accountant. In the room next door, two undercover cops are supposed to catch the meeting on videotape. But there’s some confusion as to who’s in which room, who’s watching the video, who’s taken the money, who’s hired a hit man, and why the accountant keeps taking off her clothes. If it sounds confusing, it's all part of the fun!

The cast features seven of Kelsey Theatre’s favorite personalities: Michael Gilch of Princeton as Eric Sheridan, an underachieving cop in a small American town; Maria Aromando of Neshanic Station as Billie Dwyer, a newly minted police officer; Sarah Stryker of Princeton as Karen Brown, the accountant; John Maurer of Ewing as Mayor Meekly; Stephanie Zimmerman of Hamilton as Mrs. Meekly; Matthew Cassidy of Morrisville, Pa., as Frank, the Mayor’s head of security; and James Houston of Bound Brook as Todd, the progressively unintelligible Scotsman.

Says Director Peter Bisgaier, “Good farce can be very challenging. The actors do a lot of physical comedy, including some stage combat, combined with dialogue and dialect that are key to the plot. Our production team is creating side-by-side motel rooms with a total of eight doors. We are having a lot of fun at rehearsals and are looking forward to sharing it with our audience. It is a very silly, very zany show.”

In addition to Bisgaier, the production team includes Producer Judi Parrish, who is also the set and sound designer; Lighting Designer M. Kitty Getlik; Fight Choreographer Katie Downey and Stage Manager Vicki Kaiser.

IMAGE clockwise from left: James Houston as Todd, John Maurer as Mayor Meekly, Sarah Stryker as Karen, Maria Aromando (kneeling) as Billie Dwyer, Michael Gilch as Eric, Stephanie Zimmerman as Mrs. Meekly and Matthew Cassidy (foreground) as Frank. Photo by KyrusKeenanPhotography.


 Proof at the Barn Theatre


WHEN: January 13, 21, 27, 28, February 3 & 4 at 8pm; and on January 14, 15, 22 & 29 at 2pm
The Barn Theatre is located on Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ, just minutes off Exit 47 from Route 287.
TICKETS: $20 (senior/student tickets are $18 on matinees only).
For reservations, information or directions, call The Barn Theatre Box Office at (973) 334-9320, or visit The Barn Theatre on the web at

On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a troubled young
woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her fathers who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father's madness—or genius—will she inherit?

The cast of Proof features: Dominick DeNucci as Hal, Michael King as Robert, Jessica Phelan as Claire and Katie Sondermeyer as Catherine.

IMAGE: (left to right) Dominick DeNucci as Hal, Jessica Phelan as Claire, Katie Sondermeyer as Catherine and Michael King as Robert.  (Photo by Tom Schopper)




WHEN: Sunday, January 22nd at 3:00 pm.
Newton Theatre, located at 234 Spring Street in Newton
TICKETS: $7.00.
Purchase tickets by visiting or contact the Box Office at 973-383-3700. Proceeds will benefit Project Help, Stop Soldier Suicide and Disabled American Veterans of Morris County, NJ. 

Almost Sunrise tells the inspiring story of two young men, Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson, who in an attempt to put their haunting Iraq combat experiences behind them, embark on an extraordinary journey—a 2,700 mile trek on foot across America.

During this epic journey the two ex-soldiers  battle the moral injuries of war, and the temptation to escape through suicide. Step by step, Voss and Anderson confront the demons that haunt them, while discovering the power of community and spirituality to heal them.

While the film exposes some of the brutality of war, it doesn’t dwell there. It’s ultimately a story of hope. When Tom signs up for a special workshop for veterans, he must confront his deepest spiritual identity. He encounters Father Thomas Keating, a renowned Trappist monk who has counseled veterans for decades, who gently illuminates the need to turn inward to achieve true peace—and gives guidance that culminates in a remarkable inner transformation rarely depicted on screen.

Where the stereotypes of “the broken veteran” or “homecoming hero” leave off, the film continues onward, offering an unprecedented portrait of those who return from war; rich, complex, far more hopeful. Almost Sunrise allows us to connect with a universal human aspiration for happiness, and through Tom and Anthony’s genuine search for it, reminds viewers of our common soaring possibilities.

The historic Newton Theatre, located at 234 Spring Street in Newton, NJ, was founded in 1924. Revitalized and fully renovated, Sussex County’s premier entertainment venue reopened in 2011 as a 605 seat capacity live performing arts center. With it’s rich history and diverse programming The Newton Theatre is essential to the buoyancy of New Jersey’s Skylands region.

More information about The Newton Theatre may be found by calling 973-383-3700 or by visiting its website at    


See one show for $20, two shows for $30,  or three shows for $40!



WHEN: Sunday, January 22, 1 PM
Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church, 286 Main Street, Chatham
ADMISSION: Free will donation

The Concerts on Main series presents pianist Eunbi Kim in a special 1pm performance). This 35-minute concert is designed to resonate with listeners of all ages and backgrounds. Ms. Kim performs accessible classical and contemporary works: Mozart’s sublime Sonata No. 13 in B-flat Major, K. 333 and Fred Hersch’s genre-bending 2014 work Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky.  Kim will soon release this virtuosic piece—which is influenced by Mozart, ragtime and jazz, among other genres—on Albany Records.

New York City-based pianist Eunbi Kim has carved a niche as a classical and contemporary pianist who creates adventurous concert programs and interdisciplinary performances. Recent highlights include concerts at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Her performance piece, “Murakami Music,” has been presented at Symphony Space (NYC), Asia Society Texas Center (TX), Georgetown University (DC), and was featured in a special documentary produced by NHK, Japan’s public broadcasting organization. Eunbi made her European orchestral debut with “I Solisti di Perugia” in Italy, and has also performed solo and chamber programs in venues such as the National Museum of Women in the Arts and NYC’s 92nd Street Y. Ms. Kim graduated with her Master’s degree at Manhattan School of Music where she also held a fellowship at the Center for Music Entrepreneurship.

About Concerts on Main: Free and open to all, varied performances by NJ and NYC professionals are held in Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church’s historic and acoustically-engaging sanctuary. As needed, younger listeners can take advantage of a nearby indoor playspace.

Ogden is located a block from Chatham’s train station, with easy and fast NYC access; there is ample free parking in the vicinity of the church. Additional details:,, and (973) 635-5567.

The series continues on Friday, March 24 with a 7:30 pm performance by jazz vocalist Kristen Lee Sergeant.



WHEN: Tuesday, Januay 24, 7 PM
Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ,  901 Route 10, Whippany, NJ 07981

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


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Dr. Dubious and the Agnostics

WHEN: January 20 at 7-10 PM
WHERE: The Jazzberry Patch at Classic Quiche Cafe, 330 Queen Anne Road, Teaneck, NJ
ADMISSION: $12 admission, full dinner menu and BYOB. Reservations suggested to ensure seating.
Call 201-692-0150.

Hot jazz of the 20's and 30's. 7 piece band.

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Andrea Brachfeld Trio

WHEN: January 23 & 30 at 8:00PM
WHERE: Brightside Tavern, 141 Bright Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302

Age restrictions: All Ages

This is an ongoing Jam session every Monday night. Come on down and bring your ax! All vocalists welcome!

Andrea Brachfeld and Phoenix Rising

WHEN: January 27 at 8:00PM
Maureen’s Jazz Cellar, 2 North Broadway, Nyack, NY, 10960
ADMISSION: $15, Age restrictions: All Ages

Bill O’ Connell- piano
Harvie S -bass
Noel Sagerman- drums

Andrea Brachfeld Trio

WHEN: January 28 at 10:00PM
The Fox and Crow, 594 Palisade Ave., Jersey City, NJ, 07307
ADMISSION: $15, Age restrictions: All Ages

organ- TBA
drums- Noel Sagerman

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Florian Schantz Jazz Combo

WHEN: Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 2:00 PM. Program begins at 2:oo p.m.  The doors open at 1:30 p.m. Seating is first come, first served. 
WHERE: Fort Lee Public Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 320 Main Street, Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Band information at
More information at or 201-592-3614

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Pee Wee Stomp 2017
48thAnnual New Jersey Jazz Society Pee Wee Russell Memorial Stomp

WHEN: Sunday, March 26, 2017 Noon - 5PM
Birchwood Manor, Whippany, NJ


  • Peter and Will Anderson Quintet
  • Professor Cunningham and his Old School
  • Dan Levinson's Russell of Spring Band
  • Midiri Brothers Quintet

More informtation at:


Calling Anyone with a STORY to TELL!

Do you have something to say about MOTHERHOOD?

Join the National Movement that Gives Motherhood a Microphone!

The 4th annual North Jersey LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER Show, sponsored by Midtown Direct Rep, is coming to THE WOODLAND on Saturday, May 13th at 2:00 & 5:00 PM.

EVERYONE is invited to audition! (Men, Women, Kids, Teens, Young Adults, Parents & Non-Parents!)


  • Saturday, February 11th, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday, February 12th, 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Monday, February 13th, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM


  • Send an email to
  • Put the word AUDITION in the subject line
  • Please include FULL NAME, PHONE NUMBER and DATE/TIME PREFERENCES (We will try to accommodate you.)

This is a spoken word event; so performers must come prepared to read aloud an original 3 - 5 minute piece about motherhood. ALL STORIES are welcome to celebrate motherhood in all its complexities. Hilarious, Heartfelt, ridiculous, challenging … we love them all!

Commitment includes two rehearsals in the spring (TBD) and a pre-show run-through on May 13th. NO professional writing or stage experience required.

To get a great sense of the show visit:


Dorthaan's Place Jazz Brunch at NJPAC:

A sumptuous buffet brunch, including an omelet station and a medley of desserts, is served at NICO Kitchen + Bar at 11am and 1pm, with performances scheduled at 11:30am and 1:30pm. (Click dates to buy tickets)

Toshiko Akiyoshi and Lew Tabackin Quartet

WHEN: Sunday, January 22, 11am and 1pm
NICO Kitchen + Bar, NJPAC, One Center St., Newark

One of the greatest marriages in jazz history! NEA Jazz Master pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi and virtuosic saxophonist-flutist Lew Tabackin are a treat for the ears at NJPAC's jazz brunch series at NICO Kitchen + Bar.

These acclaimed musicians have been swinging jazz in various formats, from small groups to big bands, since the Sixties. Toshiko Akiyoshi is known for challenging and full-textured arrangements that sometimes evoke her homeland, Japan, while Lew Tabackin is recognized for his dedication to showing the full range of possibilities of his instrument -- melodically, rhythmically and dynamically. The couple have established distinctive sounds and styles over careers that have spanned more than five decades each.

Show Page:

Kevin Mahogany

WHEN: Sunday, February 12, 11am and 1pm
NICO Kitchen + Bar, NJPAC, One Center St., Newark

Kevin Mahogany, the renowned jazz baritone from Kansas City, performs in NJPAC's Sunday brunch series at NICO Kitchen + Bar.

With more than 10 recordings as a leader, vocalist, businessman and educator, Kevin Mahogany has been the standard setter for jazz vocalists for three decades. Newsweek called him "the standout jazz vocalist of his generation." In his hometown, he learned to swing like Charlie Parker, shout the blues like Big Joe Turner and cry a ballad like Lester Young. He elaborates and refines the jazz vocal legacies of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, Eddie Jefferson and Al Jarreau into myriad dimensions of music -- from gutbucket, the Great American Songbook and gospel to Mingus and Motown.

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Rob Paparozzi

WHEN: Sunday, March 12, 11am and 1pm
NICO Kitchen + Bar, NJPAC, One Center St., Newark

Jersey-based frontman, singer and harmonica player Rob Paparozzi brings a wide range of musical styles to NJPAC's jazz brunch series at NICO Kitchen + Bar.

Rob Paparozzi has been a blues performer since 1967, but is at home playing music from rock to blues and jazz to pop. This versatility is reflected in the remarkably diverse list of artists he has worked with, including B.B. King, Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Culture Club and James Galway. A former lead singer with the band Blood, Sweat & Tears, Paparozzi has been touring the world with the Original Blues Brothers Band, featuring guitar legend Steve Cropper and special guest Eddie Floyd, and leads the Rob Paparozzi Band.

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The Bucky Pizzarelli and Ed Laub Duo

WHEN: Sunday, April 2, 11am and 1pm
NICO Kitchen + Bar, NJPAC, One Center St., Newark

The accomplished guitar duo perform American Songbook selections and classic 1930s guitar duets in NJPAC's Sunday jazz brunch series at NICO Kitchen + Bar.

Born in Paterson in 1926, Bucky Pizzarelli is a world-renowned jazz guitarist. His career spans over 70 years, from the Vaughn Monroe Orchestra to The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. In 2011, Pizzarelli was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame and a year later he recorded with Paul McCartney on his latest Grammy-winning album, Kisses on the Bottom. Ed Laub is a locally acclaimed guitarist and vocalist whose style has been compared to a blend of Kenny Rankin, Chet Baker and James Taylor, all accompanied by Bucky Pizzarelli. Because of Laub's talent as an accompanist, and the fact that he is one of the more accomplished seven-string guitarists, he is sought by many of the top guitarists in the New York metro area to back them up and add a pianistic style that makes a duo sound more like a trio.

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New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, New Jersey, is among the largest performing arts centers in the United States and is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey - where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the state's and the world's best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted more than 10 million visitors (including over 1.5 million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents. NJPAC is a proud partner of Newark Celebration 350.


2017-2018 Auditions


WHEN: March 6 – 10
WHERE: Montclair State University, Cali School of Music, Upper Montclair
WHERE: Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts, New Brunswick for information and to register (Click “Musicians”)



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WHEN: Sunday, January 29 at 6pm, Friday, February 3 at 7pm and Sunday, February 5 at 2pm. The door will open 30 minutes before the start of auditions. Sign-in will continue for one hour.
WHERE: Montclair Operetta Club studio, 494 Valley Road in Upper Montclair

The Montclair Operetta Club, one of the country’s oldest continuously operating community theatres, concluding its 92nd season, announces open auditions for its upcoming production of Dreamgirls. Bob Cline of New York City is the director; Amy Shera of Succasunna is the choreographer; and Gonzalo Valencia of Belleville is the musical director.

The show is best described by its Broadway director, the late Michael Bennett, “Dreamgirls is a show about a time in American musical history when rhythm and blues blended with other styles of popular music creating a new American sound. Act One is set in the fabulous Sixties — a time when we were still screaming at Elvis and listening to the Beatles, but were dancing to the new beat of countless girl and boy groups like The Supremes, The Marvelettes, The Temptations and The Shirelles. Dreamgirls is not just about the singing and the dancing and the performing. The play is also about the behind-the-scenes reality of the entertainment industry — the business part of show business that made possible this cultural phenomenon. Act Two shows the creation and the arrival of disco — though the word is never used in the script. The subject matter of this play deals with a musical contribution to America of such importance that only now — decades later — are we beginning to understand.”

There is no pay, no stipend and no travel money.

Those who wish to audition are asked to bring a photo and a resume as well as sheet music in the proper key for a song in the style of the show or from the show; an accompanist will be provided.

Performance dates and location:  April 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30 at the Westminster Arts Center at Bloomfield College, 449 Franklin Street, Bloomfield, NJ.

M.O.C. is a membership company that earnestly supports non-traditional casting. For more information, send email to, or visit