WHEN: Friday, October 19, at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Grace Episcopal Church, 4 Madison Avenue, Madison
ADMISSION: Admission is by freewill donation at the door, and a reception follows.
For more information about Grace Community Music call 973-377-0106 or visit www.gracemadison.org
This eclectic concert has something for everyone. Versatile musician Max Morden will be joined by his trio, John Prioi, and Anders Bostrom, performing on a variety of trumpets, flutes, pianos, synthesizers, guitars & vocals, in a fusion of jazz, pop, rock, Broadway, movies and beyond, from Miles Davis, Al Jarreau, Chick Corea, to The Beatles.
Max Morden is a musician noted for his abilities to cross genres He has been heard in a variety of groups from orchestras to Broadway, and has performed with numerous artists such as Dave Brubeck, Wycliffe Gordon, Joe Locke, Billy Drummond, Rob Paparozzi, Wyclef Jean, Little Steven, Max Weinberg, Gloria Gaynor, and Bernard Purdie. Much of his professional performance is as the principal soloist for numerous churches. He serves as principal trumpet for Oratorio Society of New Jersey and Bergen Sinfonia, is trumpeter for Chico Mendoza Latin Jazztet, Cubano Be Cubano Bop, leads a trio called Max’d Out, and is principal cornet for Gramercy Brass. His work with rocker Glen Burtnik includes arranging for horns and strings, soloist, guitar, voice, and leading the horn section Glen calls the Maximum Horns. He frequently finds himself as a guest soloist with the world-renowned Celtic group Cherish the Ladies, and as conductor for an all-star big band comprised of members of the Lincoln Center, Duke Ellington, Vanguard, and Count Basie jazz orchestras. As a composer and arranger, many of his works have been published and featured on recordings, in schools, churches, bands, choirs, and for artists like Allen Vizzutti, Steve Turre, Canadian Brass, New York Philharmonic Brass, Dena DeRose, Dave Brubeck, and Scott Mendoker. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Eastern Michigan University, a Masters in Jazz/Commercial Music Performance from Manhattan School of Music, and Doctoral studies in classical performance from Rutgers University. Max has a dog named Zep, a cat named Ginger, a son named Matthew, a daughter named Amanda, and a wife named Robyn.
Anders Bostrom started his flute studies in Sweden at the age of 12. After finishing his studies at the music high school, Sodra-Latin in Stockholm, he recorded an album with the Swedish group, Sonant Space, on Caprice records. Further studies, at the Royal Academy in Stockholm in the jazz instrumental program, led to a desire for a higher level of jazz education and subsequently a transfer to Berklee College of Music, in Boston. At Berklee College of Music, Anders performed with a student group at the Norwegian Floating Jazz Festival with Gary Burton. While still in Boston, Anders won the Down Beat College Jazz Instrumentalist award and recorded with Ahmad Monsour, Sergio Brandao and Manga-Rosa, Jonatha Brook and the Story, Brian Ales and three albums with the world music group, Full Circle, on CBS records. After finishing his studies in Boston where he studied with Charlie Banacos and Jerry Bergonzi, Anders moved to New York City. In New York, Anders got to play, record, and tour with conga legend, Giovanni Hidalgo, along with other well-known jazz leaders: Walt Weiskopf, Donny McCaslin, and Roberta Picket. He additionally played with McCoy Tyner’s Latin band as a sub for David Valentin. Anders has appeared as a sideman on some 40+ albums and has for the last 20 years been playing on Broadway, where his extensive use of ethnic flutes has landed him positions in shows such as Shrek the Musical, Tarzan, Amazing Grace, and a 20 year continuing substitute at The Lion King.
John Priori, keyboards, received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Manhattan School Of Music. While living in New York City, he performed with many different groups until finally forming his own trio called Two Plus One. The group played in and around the New York area for seven years, including performances for numerous East River dinner cruises. Mr. Priori has played with such artists as Lionel Hampton, Sal Salvador, Curtis Fuller, Jon Faddis, Lenny Pickett, Randy Brecker and Frank Foster. He is in his 13th year of teaching at Valleyview School in Denville, NJ, continues to teach privately after school, and remains an active freelance performer with a variety of groups. Mr. Priori also enjoys his work accompanying concerts for Gateway to the Arts located in Boonton, NJ and as Musical Director for the Watching School in Montclair.