(MADISON, NJ) -- Phyllis Blanford will be the featured performer at the New Jersey Jazz Society’s October 21st social at Shanghai Jazz in Madison. She will be joined by South Orange-based tenor saxophonist/flutist Don Braden, pianist Ted Brancato, and bassist Kenny Davis.
“Phyllis Blanford,” writes All About Jazz’ C. Michael Bailey, “demonstrates that adult contemporary jazz can be a suitable vehicle for standards.” He was referring specifically to her interpretations of Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen’s “Come Rain or Come Shine” and Gene DePaul and Don Raye’s “You Don’t Know What Love Is” on her recent CD Baby album, Edgewalker.
Braden has toured the world for more than 30 years, leading his own groups. In May he released an album, Earth Wind and Wonder, on the Creative Perspective Music label, featuring jazz interpretations of music by Earth Wind and Fire and Stevie Wonder. New York City Jazz Record’s Phil Freeman wrote that Braden “spins these classic songs into jazz gold.”
Brancato has recorded and performed with such jazz giants as tenor saxophonist Houston Person and bassists Ron Carter and Christian McBride. His 2013 Origin album, The Next Step, featured Carter on bass. Davis studied music under Carter and was the music arranger for a song on vocalist Cassandra Wilson’s Grammy Award-winning Blue Note album, Blue Light ‘Till Dawn.
Admission to the socials is free for New Jersey Jazz Society members and $10 for non-members. There is also a $10 food/beverage minimum. Shanghai Jazz is located at 24 Main St. in Madison, New Jersey. Doors open at 3:00pm, and the music is performed from 3:30pm-5:30pm, with one short intermission.
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Funding for the New Jersey Jazz Society socials has been made possible in part by Morris Arts through the N.J. State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.