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.
Award-winning vocalist and songwriter Gabrielle Stravelli has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal following through her rich sound, original compositions and her unique take on an array of material from the Great American Songbook as well as by contemporary artists. A trained actor, Gabrielle has a soulful sensitivity for the story in the lyric and was called “a powerhouse of individual expression” by The Village Voice.
Gabrielle Stravelli began singing professionally at age 15 as a soloist with the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea in New Jersey, led by conductor Fr. Alphonse Stephenson, and has since performed on stages from Azerbaijan to New York including Birdland, The Jazz Standard, NJPAC and the Axelrod PAC in Deal, NJ to name just a few.
In 2017, Gabrielle released her third album, “Dream Ago” which garnered raves from DownBeat Magazine, the Huffington Post and many others. Highlights of her work in recent years include touring the world as a United States Department of State “Jazz Ambassador”, headlining the 2018 WBGO Jazz on the Mountain Festival and touring the US with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
For the Grunin Center, Gabrielle Stravelli is delighted to present “I Walk With Music” a show dedicated to the classic music of Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael- songs they wrote together, as well as works created with other legendary writers like Henry Mancini, Harold Arlen and Mitchell Parish. The set presents some of Mercer and Carmichael’s best loved songs like “Skylark”, “Stardust” and “In The Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening” and more than a few lesser-known gems they produced together and with other writers. “I Walk With Music” weaves in fascinating stories of Mercer and Carmichael’s collaborations- from their big hits to their flop Broadway musical- as well as a show-stopping medley of highlights from Johnny Mercer, a man who at the top of his career, had a song in the Top Ten every week of the year. Join Gabrielle along with pianist Art Hirahara, bassist Pat O’Leary and drummer Eric Halvorson, for an evening honoring two of America’s greatest writers.
Official Media Sponsor of the 2018 – 2019 Grunin Center Season