The Eric Mintel Quartet has been thrilling audiences of all ages with their electrifying jazz for over 25 years. The band includes pianist and composer Eric Mintel, Nelson Hill sax/flute, Jack Hegyi bass, and Dave Mohn drums. The EMQ is best known for its tribute to Dave Brubeck and the performance of many originals.
Eric was a featured guest on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz on NPR, and The Eric Mintel Quartet has opened for Dave Brubeck at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, appeared on the QVC television network. The band was featured in many jazz and newspaper publications including Down Beat, Jazz Times, Hot House Jazz, and Jazziz Magazines as well as New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Savannah Times, Baltimore Sun, and others.
Dave Brubeck would have turned 100 years of age in December of this year, so Mintel will present an all-Brubeck concert in celebration of his mentor’s centennial birthday. Mintel and Brubeck had a friendship that lasted for more than 20 years, and Brubeck once said that “As long as the music attracts dedicated young musicians like Eric Mintel, jazz will continue to thrive and progress as a voice of freedom.”
** In-Person Tickets are Currently SOLD OUT. Livestream tickets are available, or please call the Box Office for In-Person Wait List options. **
Adults $24, Seniors $20, Virtual $13
In-Person Tickets will be sold in socially distanced pods. Virtual tickets are 1 per viewing device.
The Jazz Lobster Big Band Featuring Tony Corrao
The Jazz Lobsters Big Band swings hard, featuring the timeless music of Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman, Quincy Jones, as well as hip new arrangements–everything from 40’s swing to hot Latin and Salsa. Led by keyboardist and arranger James “King Salmon” Lafferty, the full tilt big band is comprised of five saxes, four trumpets, four trombones, and the kickin’ Lobster rhythm section.
The ever-popular Jazz Lobsters Big Band, made up of some of the finest musicians in the tri-state area including the vocal stylings of the fantabulous Tony Corrao; the swinging Carrie Jackson, and velvet toned Michael Andrews. Leading the Lobster sax section on alto and clarinet is “Mrs. Lobster”, Audrey Welber-Lafferty who can really tear up Benny Goodman’s Sing Sing Sing. Featured soloists include: Matt Janiszewski-tenor, James Stewart- baritone sax and flute, and Adam Machaskee- trombone, Steve Varner- bass.
This event has been cancelled. Ticket holders should check email for details about refunds.
About the Show
A graduate of the Alvin Ailey School of Dance, dancer and singer Lucia Jackson has created her own hybrid of modern dance and jazz vocalizing. This successful combination melds the forward-looking motion of modern dance with the proud traditions and endless possibilities of jazz singing into a unique art form—one’s that exciting and unquestionably transcendent. Lucia is currently performing music from her debut album, You And The Night And The Music; released in September 2018 with the help of a devoted fan base through an Indiegogo campaign.
On the new album, Jackson is backed by a band that features her father, world-renowned jazz guitarist Ron Jackson, pianist Yago Vazquez, bassist Matt Clohesy and drummer Corey Rawls. Guest artists on the album include, Daniel Garcia (Flamenco Guitar), Frederika Krier, (violin) Javier Sanchez (bandoneon), Samuel Torres (congas, percussion) and Yaacov Mayman (tenor saxophone).
You And The Night And The Music mixes songs from the Great American Songbook. Notable songs include Cole Porter’s “Just One of Those Things,” and Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Lady.” The album also features new pop singer/songwriter tunes like “Issues” from Julia Michaels, and even a dip into rock royalty like her distinctive take on the Beatles classic, “And I Love Him.” The album includes an original composition, Feel the Love” and her special arrangement of the Frank Sinatra co-written classic, “I’m a Fool to Want You.”
Now based in New York City, Lucia grew up in Spain and draws upon these musical roots by incorporating Flamenco and Tango into her distinctive take on the jazz idiom. Her shows combine highly detailed and emotive jazz vocals with inventive solos from the world of modern dance.
TOMS RIVER, NJ — Seventeen-year-old singer-songwriter Alexis Morrast has proved her chops by twice taking the title at Amateur Night at the Apollo, and also winning “Showtime at the Apollo,” a Fox TV program hosted by Steve Harvey. This month, Morrast will grace the main stage of the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts. “Introducing Alexis Morrast” is set for 3:00 pm on Sunday, March 31, part of the arts center’s Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon Series.
The Grunin Center
is located on the Ocean County College Main Campus, on College Drive in Toms
The youngest of
six children, Morrast began singing at the age of three. The 17-year-old phenom
and native of Newark, New Jersey, now resides in Plainfield, New Jersey. In
addition to her success at the Apollo, Morrast was the recipient of the 2017
Hot House Magazine “Best Up and Coming Young Artist Award.”
Tickets: Adults $24, Seniors $20
New Jersey Jazz
Society is a proud media sponsor of the Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon Series.
To purchase tickets, contact the Grunin Center at 732-255-0500 or visit grunincenter.org.