Imagine yourself in an intimate place, absorbing the glorious sound of
music or laughing to the
comedian’s antics while surrounded by the inspiring colors and forms of works of art!
The Heinz W. Otto Gallery has 12-foot ceilings, superb acoustics, and a seating capacity of 100.
Contemporary - Acoustic Rock
Saturday, January 21, 8 p.m.
Acoustic Road is a NJ-based acoustic rock and classic rock duo specializing in the faithful re-creation of the legendary music that helped define the 60's, 70's, 80's and beyond. mellow acoustic rock to high-energy classic rock favorites by such artists as The Allman Brothers, America, Beatles, CSN, Eagles, Grateful Dead, Rolling Stones, U2 and lots more. Acoustic Road performs the music that audiences know and love - but rarely have the opportunity to hear... especially performed live.
Visit www.acousticroad.com to learn more.
Carrie Jackson's All Stars
Marty Eigen, Special Guest
“Sassy, Soulful, Swingin', and Sultry”
Saturday, February 4, 8 p.m.
Appearing with Carrie Jackson will be her “All-Star Band”: Lou Rainone, piano; Takashi Otsuka, bass; and special guest, saxophonist Marty Eigen. A dessert reception will follow the performance, offering an opportunity to meet Ms. Jackson.
“Carrie Jackson is an impressive vocalist and her voice swings with life. Deep and Soulful, she’s sensual at the same time she’s playful…Carrie has many talents, and is never afraid to use them.” JAZZ IMPROV
Carrie Jackson is a New York based vocalist who rekindles thoughts of America's great jazz history. She has performed at Top Jazz Venues in the New York Tri-State metropolitan area as well as touring in the USA and abroad. Ms. Jackson attributes her vocal style of singing to her mentors, the Great Ladies of Jazz, Sarah "Sassy" Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, and Carmen Mc Rae. She has taken all of her mentors and made them a part of her, bringing new horizons to this classical art form called Jazz. She is a performer who shares her joy and well-honed expertise on the stage. With her multifaceted singing style, Carrie can harmonize swing, scat, swing standards with sweet soul, or wail the blues, ballads, or Gospel, all complimented by her engaging stage presence and graceful moves. Carrie has a wide range with a strong command of the classic elements of jazz vocalizing. She is also a gifted lyricist, has great timing and truly sings from her heart and is comfortable performing with a small combo, big band and twenty-one piece orchestra.
Carrie’s renditions of the Great American Songbook “have a personal, not derivative, ring. Ms. Jackson delivers these in just the right volume and vigor to reach all listeners. She digs into her comely lower ranges, mixed with her own jazz smarts, and sings in a no no-nonsense manner, and makes the numbers breathe” according to Zan Stewart of the Newark Star-Ledger.
Carrie has acquired a vast amount of experience in a wide variety of musical genres. This versatile singer began performing at age six in the children’s and young adult choirs in Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Newark, NJ. She studied voice and jazz piano improvisation with Howard “Duke” Anderson, bandleader, teacher, composer, and arranger. She is a protégé of Duke's artistry and learned the music business from him and members of his big band. Under Duke's tutelage she became an accomplished seasoned singer as well as band leader. Carrie has been hailed as a principal performer in Thomas “Fats” Waller’s musical production of “Ain't Misbehavin’”, a principal performer in the musical“49th Street Jazz, NYC”, and a principal performer in the musicalproduction, “Nunsense”.
“Ms. Jackson is one of the most sought after vocalists in the metropolitan area, her resume looks like a Who’s Who of Jazz Extraordinary! She electrifies her audiences with her dynamic music and takes the audience by storm with her charm and temperament.”…..Jerome Wilson, Cadence Jazz Magazine
The evening will include a dessert reception and an opportunity to meet Ms. Jackson
Min Kwon & Friends
Sunday, January 29, 3 p.m
Classical pianist Min Kwon will perform with several pianists from Rutgers University. The show will highlight the colorful virtuosity of the pianists, and will feature Saint Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals” with narrators, as well as solo performance by the student pianists, as they each perform music from their home countries. The performers are: Suejin Jung (Korea), Leslie Theseira (Singapore), Anna Keiserman (Russia), Hui Dao (China), Abraham Alinea (Phillipines) and Rob Grohman (USA).
A Steinway Artist, pianist Min Kwon is in demand around the world as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. A graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music (BM), The Juilliard School (MM & DMA), and Mozarteum in Salzburg (post-doc), her professional engagements have taken her to over 60 countries on seven continents and to all 50 states in the US. Recent performance highlights include critically acclaimed solo recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in New York and at Steinway Halls in London and Sydney. Highlights of recent seasons include chamber music performances with ten principals of the Philadelphia Orchestra, a tour and recording of Schubert Four Hand recital with Viennese pianist Robert Lehrbaumer, and world premieres of three newly commissioned works for her in New York, Florida, and Serbia
Ms. Kwon has appeared as a soloist under James Conlon, Alan Gilbert, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski and, as a chamber musician, with the principal players of New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Czech Philharmonic and many other distinguished artists. With her sister, violinist Yoon Kwon, she has given over 200 joint recitals throughout the United States under the auspices of CAMI, and has recorded for BMG/RCA Red Seal. Her solo album of Schubert and Liszt (MSR Classics) earned a Grammy Award for Best Producer of the Year (David Frost) in 2009.
A dedicated teacher, Min Kwon has given master classes at major institutions and festivals around the world. Professor of Piano at Rutgers University in New Jersey since 2002, she is also the Founder and Director of CME, The Center for Musical Excellence in New York, a non-profit school for gifted young international pianists, and serves as Co-Director of Vienna ConcertoFest in Austria.
Saturday, February 11, 8 p.m.
The Watchung Arts Center is pleased to present a special, pre-Valentine's Day evening of doo-wop love songs, featuring RB Exprress.
Exemplifying the tight harmonies and rhythms of the early street corner groups, The RB Express offers a perfect blend of your favorite music, incorporating professionally orchestrated tracks, tight harmonies, stage presence, and audience interaction to deliver a dynamic and engaging performance. The RB Epress is one of the finest, most entertaining bands to emerge from the Jersey Shore. The three-person vocal group, whose members have years of diverse performing experience, was formed in March of 2004 from individual soloists expressing a love and respect for the music of days gone by. The members of the RB Express add their own touch to songs we’ve all heard on the radio. They have completed two albums, “On the Scene”, and "Back on Track", and recently finished their long-awaited 3rd album in the hope of continuing their tradition of tight harmonies to fans both old and new.
The RB Express has performed with such artists as Frankie Lymon's Teenagers, Little Anthony and The Imperials, The Tokens, Larry Chance and The Earls, The Passions, The Dimensions, Richard Street's Temptations Review, Felix Cavaliere and The Young Rascals, The Happenings, Lou Christie, The Angels, and even made appearances in the movie, "The Old Man and the Seymore", and on television with "Fox and Friends".
In addition to performing locally in New Jersey, they have performed in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and in January 2006 and again in 2007, the RB Express left their homes on the Jersey Shore (temporarily, of course!) to spread the word of doo-wop in the Pacific Islands of Hawai'i, for a 10 day, 5 concert tour. On December 12th, 2009, the RB Express made their international debut on the island of St. Maarten to weave their own brand of musical harmonies and funny antics.