EMERGING ARTISTS JAZZ NIGHT: GREG DEANGELIS BAND
GREG DEANGELIS - LEADER/TROMBONE
Justin Jones - Alto Sax
Will Gorman - Keyboard
Kyle Duppstadt - Drums
Ian Kenselaar - Bass
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ALEXIS MORRAST TRIO
ALEXIS MORRAST - VOICE
James Austin - Piano
Ben Rubens - Bass
Alexis, a native of Newark and currently lives in Plainfield, began singing in church at the age of three. Since that time Alexis has performed at U.S. OPEN, Central Jersey Jazz Festival/ New Brunswick, NJPAC with Christian McBride, South Jazz Parlor in Philadelphia and Millennium Stage at The KENNEDY CENTER. In February 2017 she won first place on SHOWTIME at the APOLLO hosted by Steve Harvey. Alexis Morrast
WAYNE ESCOFFERY - Tenor Sax
Pat Bianchi - Organ
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Grammy Award-winning tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery began his career touring and recording with the Eric Reed Septet. Wayne has since performed with Tom Harrell, Carl Allen, the Mingus Big Band, Ralph Peterson, Rufus Reid, Bill Charlap, Bruce Barth, Jimmy Cobb, Eddie Henderson, Mary Stallings, Cynthia Scott, LaVerne Butler, and Carolyn Leonhart. In addition to performing with his own band, Escoffery also plays and tours with Monty Alexander, Amina Figarova and many others. In 2014 Wayne won the 62nd Annual Downbeat Critics Poll for rising star on the Tenor Saxophone. Wayne Escoffery
HENDRIK MEURKINS - Vibes/Harmonica
Steve Ash- Piano
Chris Berger - Bass
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Hendrik Meurkens, a virtuoso on both the chromatic harmonica and the vibraphone, is the most important jazz harmonica player since Toots Thielemans. German-born-now NY based, Meurkens' recordings and performances garner worldwide acclaim because the transcendent beauty of his music has universal appeal.
"The ease with which Meurkens masters a chromatic harmonican is evident in the fluidity of his lines and phrasing." —Nance Ann Lee, Jazz & Blues Report
JACKIE JONES DUO
Jackie Jones has electrified audiences throughout the United States as well as internationally, including tours in Switzerland, Russia, Germany and Portugal, and is currently teaching Jazz Voice at NJPAC.
Ms. Jones musical associations are formidable indeed. She has opened for the legendary Lou Rawls and has performed with numerous noteworthy artists including Nat Adderley, Jr.,Roy Ayers, Steve Nelson, Don Braden, Ray Gaskins, Houston Person, Jimmy Ponder, Christian McBride. Jackie Jones