Thursday, October 19, 2023

Pianist James Austin, Jr., Metuchen Library, Sunday, 10/22, 2:00PM, FREE




Metuchen Jazz

Cornerstone Series



James Austin Jr. Quartet

Sunday, October 22, 
2 PM

Metuchen Public Library



James Austin, piano 
Charlie Sigler, guitar
Ben Rubens, bass  
Jeremy Warren, drums

James Austin grew up in Chicago playing in church and studying classical piano for a while before developing a strong love for jazz music in high school and college. Austin was a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and has played for jazz, R&B and gospel artists such as Ledisi and Brian McKnight.  His respect for the music of Stevie Wonder grew into Austin’s recording Songs in the Key of Wonder, a straight-ahead jazz album featuring some of Wonder’s biggest hits and album cuts. James honed his craft while studying under the tutelage of legendary pianist Barry Harris, one of the great jazz educators.

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A production of Metuchen Arts Council, Metuchen Library and Friends of Metuchen Arts.  Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of Commissioners through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund. 

Metuchen Public Library
480 Middlesex Avenue
Metuchen, NJ