All weekend I get to play with the legendary Earl Gardner at A Bronx Tale on Broadway in NYC. I also get to dust off the tuba and play some sweet baselines in the book.
Jason Jackson performing with Michael Feinstein for a Nat King Cole Tribute
I performed last night with Michael Feinstein and the American Song Book Big Band conducted by Tedd Firth for a tribute to Nat King Cole at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Appel Room. Great concert!!i
Tonight I’m at the South Orange Performing Arts Center in South Orange NJ with the Seaton Hall Faculty Jazz Ensemble. Concert starts at 7:30pm.
There are strict rules governing when a substitute musician is allowed to play on with a Broadway orchestra. One of the rules is that in a given section, if there is a 1st time sub, all the other musicians in that section must be a regular member OR a substitute that has been designated “as good as the regular player.”
Usually a person is not designated until they have played the show quite a number of times. In my case, I’ve played the show three times and tonight I was playing in the section with a first time lead trumpet player.
Although playing with a 1st time lead trumpeter can be nerve wrecking, I took it as a compliment to my playing. All went very well.
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra performing “Cherry Juice” by Thad Jones
Monday night with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
Join our weekly gig at the Village Vanguard.
We will perform the compositions of Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely and others from our library of over 300 tunes!
Sets 8:30pm and 10:30pm. Door open 7:30
Age limit: All ages
Gene Pritsker, Dan Cooper – Directors
Milica Paranosic, Peter Jarvis, Melissa Grey, Svjetlana Bukvich – Associate Directors
– CompCord Big Band –
Friday, March 3rd, 2017 at 7:30pm The Cutting Room
44 East 32nd Street, NYC
Featuring: Vesselin Gellev – violin, Melanie Mitrano – voice, Gerson Galante – clarinet, Sebastian Pritsker – voice, & Charles Coleman – conductor.
CompCord Big Band: Livio Almeida, Gerson Galante – alto saxophones;
Andrew Gould, Jay Rodriguez – tenor saxophones; Mercedes Beckman – baritone saxophone; Franz Hackl, Wayne J Du Maine, Peter Oswald, Jonathan Finlayson – trumpets;
John Clark – horn; Jason Jackson, Mike Seltzer – tenor trombones; David Taylor – bass trombone; Gene Pritsker – guitar; Carlton Holmes – piano; Laurence Goldman – bass; & Joe Abbatantuono – drumset.
1.) Groove From The Louvre – John Clark
2.) ADDIYO * – Alon Nechushtan
3.) Vav Hey Vav – Dan Cooper
4.) Three Paintings ‘Bout New York by Kostabi * – Gene Pritsker 5.) Waltz Heteroclite – David Taylor
6.) Forgotten Peoples – Anthony Branker
7.) Meu Adorado * – Melanie Mitrano / Gerson Galante
8.) Resist * – Joseph Martin Waters
9.) CLIMATE (a nasty woman’s guide to surviving the apocalypse) * – Marie Incontrera 10.) 139th Street – Kinan Azmeh
11.) New York, New York * – John Kander / Lyrics: Fred Ebb / Arrangement: Gene Pritsker
(* denotes a premiere)
The picture shows me sitting next to Scott Wendholt (Trumpet,) and Chris Byars (Sax,) packed in a passenger van leaving the hotel on our way to the 50th Elmhurst College Jazz Festival with the Grammy Award winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
The band was in rare form last night. The students and teachers gave us a rousing ovation after our set.
I’m standing next to the lead player with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Nick Marchione. One of the best lead trumpet players around.
Live jazz, food and sake …
“We Get Together” hosted by Inspiration Bridge
A gala evening with amidst soulful Jazz music led by Grammy nominated producer, composer and pianist Migiwa Miyajima, premium sake by Sake Master, Kinoshita Kazuhiro and sumptuous food by much celebrated city chef Daniel Chavez Bello!!
-Date: Thursday, January 26th, 2017
-Time: 6:30pm Door Open / 7:00pm Start
-Venue: Church of Holy Apostles (296 Ninth Avenue)
Early Bird (till 26 Dec) $63.99- with a complimentary sake cup by Rokkaku Ceramic Studio
General Admission $74.49-
JAZZ – Big Band Jazz led by Japanese composer, Migiwa Miyajima, and a multinational group of musicians
FOOD – Appetizers paired with Sake, created by Chef Daniel Chavez Bello, Chef de Cuisine from Bouley Restaurant
SAKE – Four types of premium Japanese Sake selected by Sake Master, Kazuhiro Kinoshita, from the Japan Sake Fest.
Miggy+ Jazz Orchestra
Migiwa Miyajima (Composer, Piano)
Saxophones: Ben Kono, Alejandro Aviles, Sam Dillon, Quinsin Nachoff, Carl Maraghi
Trombones: Jason Jackson, Alan Ferber, James Burton, Jennifer Wharton
Trumpets: Dan Urness, David Smith, Matt Holman, Nadje Noordhuis
Rhythm section: Jared Schonig (drums), Noriko Ueda (bass), Pete McCann (Guitar)
Join us our first fundraising event and make new friends! !
Inspiration Bridge’s mission is to promote cultural diversity and support international patients or patients who travel far from another states to get treatments in NYC. Through our event, “We Get Together”, we will provide an opportunity for people to experience something new and different. There will be the chance to meet people from different regions, experience different cultures, and broaden horizons. At our event in the center of New York, the city of diversity, you can enjoy the entertainment from different cultures and regions.
Dress code: Casual
Our generous sponsors:
-Beethoven PIanos http://
-Rokkaku Cermic Studio http://ritsukomoore.com/
Inquiry about the event :
Event Director, Naomi Oshiro (noshiro@inspirationbridge
Inspiration Bridge, Inc. is a public charity and an IRS recognized 501c(3) non-profit organization. All profits from ticket sales will be donated to organize supporting group for those patients as well as to support our continued cultural activities.
Broadway vocalist Rosena M. Hill (Come Fly Away, The Color Purple) and her husband, Grammy-winning trombonist Jason Jackson (Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band), pay tribute to the legendary vocalist Sarah Vaughan.
With jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut, saxophonist Don Braden, bassist David Wong, drummer Neal Smith, and trumpeter Greg Gisbert the couple together known as “JACK&HILL MUSIC” present a unique musical experience of Jazz, Blues, Broadway, Cabaret, Standards, American Songbook, Spirituals, Latin, and original arrangements into their performances, telling the story of Sarah Vaughan through the music she recorded.
Certified jazz royalty, the late, legendary Vaughan (b. 1924 in Newark, NJ) was nicknamed “The Divine One.” Jazz critic Leonard Feather called her “the most important singer to emerge from the bop era.” Ella Fitzgerald called her the world’s “greatest singing talent.”
The Sounds of Sarah Vaughan keeps her musical legacy alive and introduces new generations to Vaughan’s take on clasiic tunes.
Director / John Mosca
Orchestra Manager / Douglas Purviance
Artistic Director / Dick Oatts
Composer in Residence/ Jim McNeely
Project Director / Thomas Bellino
Associate Producer / Migiwa Miyajima
Nick Marchione (lead)
John Mosca (lead)
Douglas Purviance (bass trombone)
Dick Oatts (lead alto and soprano saxophones, flute)
Billy Drewes (alto and soprano saxophones, flute, clarinet)
Rich Perry (tenor saxophone, flute)
Ralph LaLama (tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet)
Gary Smulyan (baritone saxophone, bass clarinet)
Jim McNeely (piano)
John Riley (drums)
David Wong (bass)