Friday, July 16, 2010


The Jazz Arts Project presents Summer Jazzfest 2010, Friday and Saturday evenings through August 7. World-class jazz in an intimate café setting. All performances begin at 8 PM; approximate running time 120 minutes. You'll be seated at cozy, candle-lit cocktail tables with coffee, tea and delectable treats available from our jazz café. These will surely be the most exciting and romantic evenings you will spend all summer.

July 16–17: Valery Ponomarev Quartet (with special guest Don Braden Saturday night only)
The first great jazz trumpeter to emerge from the Soviet Union, Valery Ponomarev toured and recorded 11 albums with A r t Blakey & Jazz Messengers during his four-year tenure with the band. Mr. Ponomarev is also dedicated to education and has performed Master Classes in improvisation, ensembles, performance, jazz theory and history: Annual Summer Workshop at the Vermont Jazz Center, Putney, Vermont; Conservatory of Groningen, Holland, and he is on the faculty of Jazz For Teens Wachovia, New Jersey Center for Performing Arts in Newark NJ, The New School, New York City, and Long Island University.

Don Braden is one of the great modern saxophonists playing today. He has worked with countless artists, including Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Haynes and many others. Braden is also a world renowned-educator whose resumé boasts running both the Litchfield Jazz Camp and Wachovia's Jazz For Teens Programs. This summer he lends his his beautiful sound, flawless technique and most importantly his sense of swing to the lineup of the Jazz Arts Project's Summer Jazz Cafe for one night (Saturday only) with Valery Ponomarev's group.

July 23–24, 2010:  Marlene Verplanck
Throughout her career, Marlene VerPlanck has stuck to her guns, paying loving care to the great standards and new songs from our finest composers, while ignoring mediocre pop tunes. Songwriter Hugh Martin ("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," etc.) expressed it well: "We know our songs are safe in the hands of Marlene VerPlanck, and she will sing them better than anyone."

Appearances at Carnegie Hall, Michael's Pub and the Rainbow Room brought rave notices, and national TV shows, including Entertainment Tonight, The Today Show and CBS's Sunday Morning, have featured profiles of the in creasingly popular singer. Today, Marlene performs across North America and much of Western Europe, while a growing roster of solo CDs continues to win critical acclaim.

July 30–31, 2010: Wayne Escoffery
Since moving to New York City in 2000, tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery has become one of the Jazz world’s most talented rising stars and in-demand sidemen.

“[A] young, self-assured, hard-swinging tenor saxophonist.” (—Ben Ratliff, The New York Times)

August 6–7, 2010: Cecil Brooks III
A contemporary drummer and aggressive, polyrhythmic stylist, Cecil Brooks III has worked in the New York area with such musicians as Greg Osby, Geri Allen and Lonnie Plaxico. He recorded his debut album as a leader for Muse in 1989, subsequently releasing efforts including 1990's Hangin' with Smooth, 1993's Neck Peckin' Jammie and 2000's Our Mister Brooks. In addition to touring and session work in swing, hard bop and bebop settings, Cecil has also played drums for TV's The Bill Cosby Show and is the owner of Cecil's Jazz Club in West Orange, NJ.

TICKETS: $20/students with valid ID $15
Available only at
RED BANK, NJ 07701
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