An ensemble performing an extensive repertoire from the1930's hot jazz age - with a few originals to boot. Hugely inspired by Thomas "Fats" Waller, they continue to breathe new life into songs from an era of playful composers. Featuring David Rubin on resophonic guitar, Jerry Fabris on upright bass, Megan Burleyson on snare drum & vocals and Dale Burleyson on guitar & vocals. From uptown dance hall events to downtown burlesque reviews, 4th Street NiteOwls are an absolute hoot…
photo by jon waits
Real soul music isn’t about physical geography; it’s about emotional resonance.
Soul music is true to its name. It comes from inside the artist, and deeply touches the listener. Soul singersongwriter Numa Edema comes from Norway, but his music is born from universal pathos, the human condition.
Singer/songwriters Ari Hest and Chrissi Poland create this scintillating duo, an infusion of jazz & indie-folk steeped in Brazilian/world overtones.
An evening of great singer-songwriter performances, featuring musicians and their songs - many of them developed through the on-going Spaghetti Sessions workshops.
About our featured artist: Sylvana Joyce is a native New Yorker, former child actress with credits on Broadway, conservatory pianist turned rock and roll songwriter. Her band, Sylvana Joyce + The Moment, explores a fusion of Balkan/Latin with Rock with a sound that has been compared to the cinematic compositions of artists such as Tori Amos and Kate Bush. Attracting national coverage (Huffington Post, MTV, NBC), Sylvana and her band has played various festivals in the US including CMJ and Musikfest, and is set to release a new record this year.
About Spaghetti Sessions Performing Songwriter Workshop: Since 2011, the Spaghetti Sessions has held their monthly songwriter workshop in downtown Jersey City. Musicians perform to a roomful of their peers who offer insights and feedback on the works-in-progress. Over the years, the Sessions have fostered a growing community of musicians, many of whom have gone on to become established artists throughout the JC area and beyond.
Jocelyn Medina Quartet:
Jocelyn Medina - voice
Art Hirahara Music - piano
Thomson Kneeland - bass
Ross Pederson - drums
The sounds and styles of Brooklyn-based vocalist/composer Jocelyn Medina cross cultures, creeds and continents. Her latest album, COMMON GROUND, fuses jazz harmonies with raga-based melodies from India and polyrhythms from Africa to create an exciting new soundscape. As a storyteller, Medina’s lyrics recount personal experiences that reflect universal themes and a socially conscious worldview. Jocelyn celebrates the New Jersey Release of Common Ground at the Fox & Crow presenting material from the new CD and arrangements of jazz and Brazilian standards, accompanied by Art Hirahara on piano, Thomson Kneeland on bass, and Ross Pederson on drums. More info at www.jocelynmedina.com.
“Medina offers the jazz listener a musical journey that takes the foundation of Latin and Jazz idioms and successfully redefines the experience with thought provoking lyrics and vocal abilities far beyond the norm. Medina uses her voice as an instrument and storyteller, and invites the listener to delve into the corners of their mind with lyrics that reflect life and human conditions…” (Constance Tucker, All About Vocals)
The Skullers play their blues-soaked brand of modern rock and roll with a down-to-the-bone rockabilly soul. Frontman Jack Skuller’s songwriting and musicianship was recognized by the Songwriters Hall of Fame who awarded him the 2014 Holly Prize in tribute to the legacy of Buddy Holly. Jack’s 7” single debut at age 14 on indie label Bar/None Records set the stage for an authentic rock and roll teen life. Radio Disney took notice and sponsored a 15 city tour. Press paid attention as well with stories in the New York Post, Time Out New York, The Deli NYC, Teen Vogue and American Songwriter.
Part of the 2017 Riverview Jazz Festival:
Part of the 2017 Riverview Jazz Festival: www.riverviewjazz.org
Leni Stern has fearlessly led bands with guitar in hand for over 25 years. She has won numerous guitar, songwriting and composition awards, and just recently she was named one of the 50 most sensational female jazz guitarists of all time by Guitar Player Magazine. Her trio features Senegalese master musicians Mamadou Ba (bass) and Alioune Faye (percussion/vocals) performing originals featuring Leni's unique style which seamlessly melds American Jazz, Blues and Rock with West African tonalities and rhythms. www.lenistern.com