(MAPLEWOOD, NJ) -- Marion Meadows and Alex Bugnon, individually, have been staples in Contemporary Jazz for over two decades. Marion Meadows (Soprano Sax) and Alex Bugnon (keyboards) join together with an energetic show of contemporary jazz, and Holiday Cheer, at the historic Woodland Mansion, in Maplewood on Friday, December 17 at 8:00pm. Also Appearing is Jacquie Lee. The event is presented by Smooth Jazz NJ and the Maplewood Division of Arts & Culture.
Mario Meadows - Soprano Sax and Flute: With seven top charting albums to his credit, Marion Meadows has developed a trademark sharp edged, yet warm sweet tone, with a consummate sense of lyricism. Marion’s debut album “For Lovers Only “(RCA 1990) immediately made him a staple in Contemporary Jazz radio. Seven albums later he continues to be on the top of his game with his 2021 release of “Twice As Nice and his “Christmas With You” album. His live performances have been seen from western Europe, to Uganda, and has played all the major jazz festival statewide.
Alex Bugnon - Keyboards: After touring with notables such as Freddie Jackson, James Ingram Pattie Austin, Melba Moore, and Najee, the Swiss born, and Berkley School of Music trained, pianist broke into the Smooth Jazz scene big time with his award winning third Epic records album “107 Degrees In The Shade”. Now, with ten albums to his credit he is an established energetic force in Contemporary Jazz best know for his astonishing live performances.
Open Wine Bar to benefit JESPY House: The South Orange-based nonprofit JESPY House, which supports adults with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, will be providing a wine bar in the second floor Parlor, where the meet and greet and merchandise sales will also take place. Purchase your open wine bar ticket where 90% of the purchase price goes directly to JESPY to support their amazing work.
Keeping in the tradition of the #1 Contemporary Jazz station in the country, New York radio CD101.9, long time radio personality Steve Harris from the former station, will Co-Host with Maplewood Mayor Frank McGehee.
After decades of presenting Smooth Jazz in New York either as a Producer for NY based Marquee Concerts, or as a Promotor, the founder of the CD101.9 Smooth Cruise is bringing live “Smooth Jazz” to New Jersey.
Rich Engel a New Jersey resident has for decades, been involved with Smooth Jazz in NY with a particular concentration on the “Smooth Cruise” a two-hour music sailing with a view of the New York City skyline.
With the advent of Covid 19, the Smooth Cruise ended operations after the summer of 2019. Recognizing that approximately half of the passengers on the Smooth Cruise New York were making the trip from N.J. to see the top names in Adult Contemporary Jazz, it seemed apparent that a void existed.
With venues to few and far between, that present live nationally recognized Smooth Jazz artists, the creation of Smooth Jazz New Jersey now exists. The mission is to bring live adult contemporary music to various venues throughout the state. Venues Interested in having Smooth Jazz New Jersey come to you should contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org