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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.

"JaZZ in the Gallery"

ImpresaRIO Series: Rio Clemente
with guest, gypsy jazz violinist, Vitali Imereli

Friday,June 2, 8 p.m.

Featured in "Sunday's Best", the Courier-News, May 14, 2017

Rio Clemente

Rio Clemente mixes a strong classical background with a rich knowledge of jazz history, and then adds an amazing sense of creativity and interpretation which draws his audience up in a musical embrace and takes them on an extraordinary journey of fanciful melodies and scintillating rhythms. As a master pianist, educator, composer, arranger and recording artist, Clemente leaves an indelible melodic memory long after the piano becomes silent. As his infectious good humor enlivens the audience, he breathes new life into jazz and popular standards that make his legion of fans shake their heads in amazement. And those who hear Rio for the first time are instantly transformed into fans.

Joining Rio for this special evening is virtuoso gypsy jazz violinist, Vitali Imereli.

A child prodigy, Rio received a BMI scholarship for musical theatre and then continued his education at the Julliard School of Music.  He went from Julliard to Nashville, where he spent two years as a performer and composer, making appearances at the Grand Ole Opry. With his classical training, Rio developed a style embracing a diversity of music that makes him one of the most expressive and versatile pianists anywhere and one of the most sought after.

After several television appearances, Rio advanced professionally to playing at several distinguished concert halls and festivals, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Manhattan’s famous Birdland and the Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, as well as the Newport and JVC Jazz Festivals, and a memorable appearance at the White House. He regularly appears with groups such as The Morris Choral Society and Orchestra and at jazz venues from Manhattan to Cape Code and from Florida to California.

A native of Morristown, NJ, Clemente is New Jersey’s own jewel of the jazz world. He is a member of the Morristown Hall of Fame, was named by the NJ Council of the Arts as an Outstanding Professional of the Year, and recognized as one of the “Top 40 New Jerseyans” by the New Jersey Monthly. He is a proud member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary at Lake Hopatcong, NJ.

Rio Clemente

Vitali Imereli graduated from the National Music Academy of Georgia as a classically trained soloist but inspired by the great Stephane Grappelli, who became a friend and mentor, he turned to Gypsy Jazz early in his career. His 1996 album “Tribute to Stephane Grappelli” solidified his reputation and has led to performances all over the world including at the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Django Festival and many other prestigious sites.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $22 ($20 for WAC members, $10 for students) at the door. You may purchase tickets securely through Eventbrite. For more information, please call 908-753-0190 or e-mail us.

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Please enjoy videos of some past performances at the WAC