PLAYING THE BLUES at the Montclair Jazz Festival, August 16, 2014 at Nishuane Park in Montclair NJ. This is our most popular video with over 204,472 views. Filmed by Flint Gennari of FlintFotos 917.273. 7883.

NEA Master Sheila Jordan

Melissa Hamilton was wonderful when she was asked to get up and add to the mix.

New York native Perez is a remarkable artist blessed with a strong expansive contralto voice that sets her apart from the myriad of female jazz vocalists producing new recordings almost daily. Releasing her third album and first on the ZOHO label, “It’s Happenin’” features a repertoire taken from the Great American Songbook cast in new exciting arrangements and performed with a cadre of luminaries from the top echelon of New York’s vibrant jazz scene.

Cameron Brown (born December 21, 1945) is an American jazz double bassist, perhaps best known for his association with the Don Pullen and George Adams Quartet.
Cameron started studying music at age 10, first on piano, later on clarinet. But, drawn to the bass, he found himself playing a tin bass in a student dance band.
As an exchange student in Europe, he worked with George Russell's Sextet and Big Band for one year and played with Don Cherry, Aldo Romano, Booker Ervin and Donald Byrd.
In 1966 he returned to graduate at Columbia College, Columbia University (1969, B.A. in Sociology).
In 1974, Brown met Sheila Jordan, gigged with free jazz pioneers Roswell Rudd and Beaver Harris, joined Archie Shepp's quintet in 1975, and recorded with Harris and The 360 Degree Music Experience around that time.
The famous Don Pullen & George Adams Quartet, with him and drummer Dannie Richmond developed into an intense and rewarding partnership which lasted during the 1980s. In addition to this quartet, Brown played with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, and various groups led by Shepp, Cherry, Rudd, and Richmond. He has also performed and recorded with Ted Curson, Chet Baker, Joe Lovano, Mal Waldron, Ricky Ford, Steve Grossman, Betty Carter and the John Hicks Trio, Etta Jones and Jane Ira Bloom.
Brown has appeared on more than 80 recordings. His first recording as a leader, after nearly 40 years of performing, was published in 2003 with his group The Hear and Now featuring Dewey Redman.
In addition to playing gigs and touring nationally and internationally, Brown is currently teaching jazz double bass at Green Meadow Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge, New York, as well as offering private lessons. The musician also substitute teaches music theory classes at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City.

Anita Wardell's singing is exciting and breathtaking. She is noted for her mesmerizing and captivating vocal improvisations and vocalise lyrics to instrumental solos. Anita is a musician who uses the voice as her instrument, displaying precision and agility, mixed with heartfelt emotion.

Richard Skelly, All Music Guide, creating his own blend of blues, roots and soul. Chris Bergson has performed and/or shared the stage with Hubert Sumlin, Levon Helm, B.B. King, Norah Jones, John Hammond, Etta James, and Bettye LaVette, to name just a few.

A versatile artist who has been proven to defy genres and labels, this young harpist has created a unique niche in both traditional and non-traditional harp arenas. In addition to expressively interpreting traditional harp repertoire, Ms Younger is most recognized for working with Jazz royalty as well as Grammy winning Hip-Hop producers and artists. Her ability to feature the harp in genres of music where the instrument is often absent is a testament of her love for the instrument, and her cross-reaching ability as a musician.

Known for his musical versatility bassist Dezron Douglas is one of the most in demand young bassists in jazz today. Composer, educator and bandleader, Dezron has established himself as a musician’s musician, respected not only for his talent but also for his dedication to the authenticity of the music.
Born and raised in Hartford, CT, Dezron grew up surrounded by music. His first musical influences weren’t actually jazz, even though he was the nephew of the legendary drummer and composer, Walter Bolden. The sounds that filled his home were of Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Minne Ripperton, Diana Ross, Gregory Isaacs, Peter Tosh, The Clark Sisters, Mahalia Jackson, and Commissioned, just to name a few.
As he explains, “Jazz was always around, but not at my House”. He was influenced by the music, moved by the way sound expressed. At the age of 12, he was determined to harness that ability.

PEREZ JAZZ MUSIC offers something different every time. This month we were treated to the wonderful musical styling's of Brandee Younger and Dezron Douglas. I like to think of it as music of the angels. Perfect for fathers day. Matter of fact Brandee's parents were both there soaking in the sounds of their offspring. Please contact Perez for upcoming events of email her at PerezJazzMusic@hotmail.com.

Dorthaan Kirk of WBGO JAZZ88 said a few words...

Jazz Vespers featuring Joe Lovano,  Leader and Saxophone~ James Weidman, Piano~  Peter Slavov, Bass~ and Lemy Istrefi on Drums. Bethany Baptist Church 275 West Market Street, Newark NJ

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Joseph Salvatore Lovano was born in Cleveland, Ohio on December 29, 1952 and grew up in a very musical household. His dad, Tony, aka Big T, was a barber by day and a big-toned tr player at night. "Big T," along with his brothers Nick and Joe, other tenor players, and Carl, a bebop trumpeter, made sure Joe's exposure to Jazz and the saxophone were early and Joe's mom, Josephine, and her sister Rose were serious listeners, as well, His Mom remembers hearing Big T play opposite Stan Getz and Flip Phillips when they were engaged. And Aunt Rose went to hear Jazz at the Philharmonic with Ella Fitzgerald when they came through Cleveland.
Not surprisingly, Joe began playing the alto at five, switching to the tenor a few years later. By the time he got his driver's license at sixteen, Joe Lovano was a member of the Musician's Union, Local 4, and working professionally. He started playing club dates (sometimes subbing for his dad), and Motown cover bands, eventually saving enough money from these gigs to put himself through college.
“My dad was a fantastic saxophone player with a really deep passion for the music. I grew up with his record collection and when I was a teenager, he’d bring me around to rehearsals and jam sessions"

Really have tremendous resect for this young recording artist.  She blew us away with her tales and songs based on her own experiences. Sparsely done with Matt Aronoff on stand up bass, the team worked up the audience to nearly tears as Jo weaved her melodies and fine vocals with wonderful imagery.

Perez Jazz presented another great afternoon of modern jazz in her ongoing monthly series of House Duo Concerts.

Harlem-born Diana Perez's circuitous path to a jazz singing began in L.A., where she relocated in her teens to pursue a career in art and design.
While in the City of Angels, she learned to appreciate Coltrane, Parker, Evans, Mingus and Baker. But it was her love for Abbey Lincoln and Nina Simone that prompted the untrained youngster to alter her professional course.
She hitched and hiked her way to Europe, spent a decade honing her craft, self-produced two albums for Holland's Timeless label and landed back in her native Manhattan.
Now, with the release of her third disc, she's dropped the "Diana" and is simply Perez. Stanley Crouch describes her as "the real thing,"

Perez Jazz herself performed this month at her HOUSE DUO CONCERTS. It was a wonderful event with Perez trading riffs with master guitarist Paul Bollenback and singing alcapella.

Guitar master George Benson has described Bollenback’s work as ". . . bona-fide playing, unambiguous, up-front and powerful," calling him “a versatile dynamo on guitar.
His approach to jazz and blues has a uniqueness unto itself . . ..”. That comment has special resonance in that Bollenback counts Benson high among his wide range of influences; these also include Carlos Santana, Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, John McLaughlin, Johnny Winter, and Jimi Hendrix (among guitarists), as well as such giants of improvisation and composition as pianists Herbie Hancock and Bill Evans, and saxists Wayne Shorter and John Coltrane.

A surprise guest made an appearance, Mrs. Bertha Hope who played some of her husband's (Elmo Hope) music.

Although she recorded three piano duets with her husband Elmo Hope in 1961, few knew that Bertha Hope was a talented pianist until her 1992 Minor Music release "Between Two Kings."
She grew up in California, started studying classical piano when she was three, became interested in jazz through the playing of Bud Powell, and in the late '50s worked in Los Angeles clubs with a trio.
Bertha was married to Elmo Hope from 1960 up until his death in 1967, but put her own career on hold until emerging in the early'90s.

The pianist and composer, Elmo Hope (1923-1967) was one of the most gifted and original artists of the hard bop period.
He was a close childhood friend of both Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk and frequently interacted with these giants in the 1940s when the bebop innovations were being formulated and refined.
Early in his professional career he served apprenticeships in various B bands, not emerging as a jazz recording artist until 1953. During the period 1953-1966, he performed and/or recorded with a host of jazz greats including Sonny Rollins, Clifford Brown, John Coltrane, Jackie McLean, Harold Land, Chet Baker, Frank Foster, Philly Joe Jones and served as leader on several outstanding sessions for the Blue Note, Prestige and Riverside labels.
He was one of the few musicians to establish himself as an important figure of the hard bop school on both the East and West Coasts. Hope also left a substantial legacy of intriguing and memorable compositions and must be ranked highly among the many talented composers of his period including Benny Golson, Gigi Gryce, Charles Mingus, Horace Silver, Herbie Nichols, Kenny Dorham, Randy Weston and Hank Mobley.
Because of Hope's premature demise at the age of only 43, his discography is not an extensive one. Nonetheless, it must be noted that several of the recordings on which he participated either as leader or sideman have been consistently available over the years through domestic and foreign reissue programs and are considered classics.

Anita with Jo Lawry, April 21's vocalist/musician (yes that is her on stage singing with STING!). Contact Perez at 917 757 1901 to be put on the list.