On Friday, May 10th and Saturday, May 11th The Montclair Office of Art and Cultural Development will host a two-day tribute to THE MUSIC OF JOHN COLTRANE. Local and youth jazz ensembles will perform in several business districts during the early evening hours followed by a restaurant/pub crawl on May 10th. Saturday afternoon will be filled with afternoon concerts in the Montclair High School Amphitheater showcasing some of the finest in jazz ensembles, followed by an evening musical extravaganza in the High School Auditorium with the 21-piece AFRICA BRASS PROJECT and St. Paul¹s Baptist Church Gospel Choir.
Sponsored by Montclair Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, this month-long event will be a celebration of the life and works of John Coltrane. Beginning on May 1 and continuing through to May 10th, workshops and lectures will be held in Montclair High School, exposing students to the invaluable contributions and unique tradition of this revered composer, musician, and performer. Charles Tolliver, renowned jazz conductor, and Junko Arita, a vocalist and choir professional, will be in-residence rehearsing Coltrane¹s pieces with choir and band students. Reggie Workman, Director of the prestigious New School Jazz Program and Montclair resident who has developed an entire curriculum for similar Coltrane Projects, will give lectures on the life and music of this celebrated figure. Kato, a performance poet who has appeared at Serengeti Plains and works regularly in the New York Poet Scene, will work with students to develop creative literary interpretations in response to various musical pieces. The results of this workshop in "poetic jazz" will be showcased in the Amphitheater on Friday afternoon at 3:00 PM to launch the Jazz Festival weekend.
On Friday May 10, the festival will kick off with Street Scenes, a series of concerts held in several town business districts from 5:00-7:00 PM. Ike Brown and the Jazz Prophets, will perform on Church Street; Jazz Connections "In The Groove" youth jazz ensembles will be appearing in Watchung Plaza and Upper Montclair. These talented youths are members of Janet Leman Sky¹s Youth Jazz Program and have been featured as part of the Monday Night Music series at the Public Library and Trumpets Jazz Club. At 7:00 PM, as the Pub Crawl begins, the sounds of jazz will vibe through our bustling town center. Participating venues include: Trumpets Jazz Club with Marlene VerPlanck; Blue Sky Cafe with Mike De Fillip, Diva Lounge with Bradford Hayes John Witford will appear at Grill Fish, Stephanie Shelton will entertain audiences at Liberte; Palazzo Café will feature Andre Barnes, and the Soda Pop Shop audiences will be treated to the unique sounds of Richard Reiter and Josh Rubin.
On Saturday, May 11th, the Montclair High School Amphitheater located at the High School Campus at Chestnut and Park Streets, will host an entire afternoon of jazz concerts by some of the most talented musicians from the region. Beginning at Noon and continuing to 6:00 PM, the lineup will include The New School Coltrane Ensemble, The Ed Alstrom Trio, Rich Reiter and AfroJazz, The Derwyn Holder Quintet with Sue Terry, and The Montclair All Stars with Akua Dixon, John Blake, Andy McGee, Oliver Lake and T. S. Monk. Now, for those hearty jazz fans, the fun has just begun. Treat yourself to a jazz dinner at Trumpets or any of the numerous fine restaurants in our town and return to the Auditorium for an evening Jazz extravaganza. At 8:00PM The Africa Brass Project a 21-piece ensemble will perform "A Tribute to an African-American Legacy: The Music of John Coltrane featuring vocals by Montclair¹s own St. Paul¹s Baptist Church Gospel Choir. The North-Star Laboratory youth group will perform their unique style of percussion performance for early concert arrivals. Tickets for the afternnoon Amphitheater program are $10.00. Tickets for the evening Tribute to John Coltrane are also $10.00. A combination Day/Evening pass is $15.00.
The idea for a large-scale Jazz festival resulted from conversations with the musicians, club owners and operators, presenters and retailers in Montclair. Montclair boasts a large Jazz population; many of the genre¹s greats reside within its borders and clubs and restaurants feature Jazz during their regular schedules. It is no surprise, then, that Montclair is rapidly becoming a major Jazz center in Northern New Jersey. The festival is produced by the Office of Art and Cultural Development. Production co-coordinator for the school residency and concerts is Reggie Workman, and the Pub Crawl was organized by Bruce Tyler. The festival is sponsored by the Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs, PNC Bank, Montclair Jaguar, Wm. H. Connolly & Co. and funded in part by a grant from The New Jersey State Council on the Arts. For information or to reserve tickets contact the Office of Art and Cultural development at 973-509-4910.
Tue Apr 23 2002 (6:39:47 PM)