Celebrate the spirit of Mardi Gras with Marshall’s Dixieland Jazz Band. Hear standards like “Darktown Strutter’s Ball,” “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love,” “Up a Lazy River,” and “Just a Closer Walk with Thee”, played by Rod B. Anderson on clarinet, Warren Buckleitner on cornet, Henry Dale on banjo, George Dougherty on trombone, Charley Huck on piano, Jerry Gerard on drums, and Tom Spain on tuba.
Stangl Stage” on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at 50 Stangl Road, Flemington. Doors open at 7:00. BYO food and beverage.
Tickets are $25 per person in advance, $30 at the door. Purchase at Stangl Factory Farmer’s Market every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; online at Eventbrite.com; or by contacting Joanne Braun at (908) 268-6638.
The concert will benefit Friends of Historic Flemington.
The accomplished Danish String Quartet commands the great works of quartet literature with exceptional energy and an uncommonly fresh approach. Hailed for its impeccable technique, intonation, and balance, the quartet brings dynamic new understanding to Bartók’s Quartet No. 1 and Beethoven’s Quartet No. 7 on its Williams Center debut. Selections from its 2013 release Wood Works—centuries-old Scandinavian folk tunes, arranged for string quartet—will astonish and gratify. “Theirs is playing of unusual, and unusually effective, liberty. When at their best, their tone throbs with joy” (The New York Times).
Unequivocally enchanting, these seven superlative musicians from counties Waterford, Cork, Dublin, and Donegal have produced nine award-winning recordings and a multitude of fans on both sides of the Atlantic. Danú’s high-energy pluck bursts forth in exuberant slides, reels, jigs, and hornpipes, then plunges deep within the soul of Ireland to rend the heart with the most affecting ballads. Returning to the Williams Center is the young and abundantly decorated vocalist Nell Ní Chróinin, a luminous performer of the sean-nós style—the highly ornamented form of unaccompanied traditional Irish singing.
Beppe Gambetta & Friends Concert Kicks Off
2018 Folk Music Series at the Prallsville Mills
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 6, 2018
STOCKTON – Annual favorite Beppe Gambetta is returning to the Prallsville Mills on the weekend of March 3 and 4 for his sixth annual concert of creative collaboration with friends Rusty Hollaway, David Anthony and Bob Harris.
The concerts – Saturday, March 3 at 8 pm and Sunday, March 4 at 3 pm – typically draw a sell-out crowd to the Grist Mill at 33 Risler Street in Stockton, NJ. Tickets are $35 for adults, $15 for ages 25 and below.
The concerts are part of the “Music You Can’t Hear on the Radio” series that has drawn thousands of music lovers to the Mill over the years. Gambetta’s concerts began at the Mill in 2013 when he adopted Hunterdon County, NJ, as his second home. (Genoa, Italy, is the first.)
This year, Gambetta and friends will focus on Short Stories, Beppe’s new (and 13th) album that continues his path of artistic research, travel and study where communication among many peoples is more important than the hot fast licks for which he is also known. Like the album, the concerts will meld Beppe’s diverse musical passions including original compositions, Italian traditional music, American bluegrass and innovative vocal arrangements sung in English, German, Italian and Genovese.
Gambetta will be joined by Rusty Holloway on the upright bass, David Anthony on percussions and Bob Harris on the slide guitar.
From his unique background as an Italian musician in love with both American roots music as well as the music of his native country, Beppe has travelled the world to dazzle and charm music enthusiasts everywhere. After eleven CDs, DVDs, teaching books and collaborations with many other top-flight musicians, Gambetta is increasingly known as one of the true live master innovators of the acoustic guitar.
Tickets are available at Prallsvillemills.org.
Jeff Watts, the drummer they call “Tain,” spent his formative years with Wynton and Branford Marsalis, and his compositional skills now command equal attention.
Jeff initially majored in classical percussion at Pittsburgh’s Duquesne University, where he was primarily a timpanist, followed by enrollment at the Berklee School of Music. Jeff joined the Wynton Marsalis Quartet in 1981 and proceeded to win three Grammy Awards with the ensemble: Black Codes From The Underground, J Mood and Marsalis Standard Time. Watts left Wynton Marsalis in 1988. After working with George Benson, Harry Connick. Jr. and McCoy Tyner, he joined the Branford Marsalis Quartet in 1989, winning Grammy’s for I Heard You Twice the First Time and Contemporary Jazz.
In the film and television industry Jeff has appeared as both a musician on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and as an actor, Rhythm Jones in Spike Lee’s “Mo Better Blues”. Jeff joined Kenny Garrett’s band after returning to New York in 1995 and continued to record and tour with Branford Marsalis as well as Danilo Perez, Michael Brecker, Betty Carter, Kenny Kirkland, Courtney Pine, Geri Allen, Alice Coltrane, Greg Osby, McCoy Tyner, Steve Coleman, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Harry Connick Jr, and Ravi Coltrane.
Come see Watts play live at the Flemington DIY on March 3rd, at 7:30pm! Tickets are $10 at the door or online here. We hope to see you there!
About the performance:
The discovery of the music of Leadbelly was transformative for young Adam Nussbaum. The only child of artistic parents in Norwalk, Connecticut, Nussbaum was exposed to many recordings, from classical and folk to jazz and blues. It was the image of Huddie Ledbetter on the original Folkways 10-inch record covers that fascinated the five year old. The celebrated blues and folk musician’s music seared itself into his ears, as it does in young listeners, informing the future drummer’s musical approach for years to come, most explicitly on his new recording, The Leadbelly Project.
featuring Steve Cardenas, Nate Radley, and Ohad Talmor
A heady blend of acoustic and electronic, East and West, poetry and politics, Niyaz’s richly textured arrangements, sweeping choruses, and velvety vocals—courtesy of front woman Azam Ali—take inspiration from Sufi poetry, Middle Eastern folk music, and the musicians’ experiences as 21st-century global citizens. It’s “Los Angeles meets New Delhi meets Tehran,” notes NPR, yet The Fourth Light Project is a world unto itself—a modern-day global trance experience, featuring one of the first female whirling dervishes and hypnotic body-mapping projections that respond to sound and movement in real time.
A theme emerges from any study of Fred Hersch’s “shimmering pianism” (Chicago Tribune): balance. Hushed and buoyant, meticulous and playful, delicate and eruptive, Hersch plays with unbounded imagination. His storied career is punctuated with remarkable pairings (Charlie Haden, Art Farmer, Stan Getz, Joe Lovano, Audra McDonald, and Kurt Elling, to name a few), and his trio work consistently draws such raves as “the players combine so effortlessly and gracefully that the music achieves a truly rare apotheosis” (Hot House Magazine). The Williams Center provides the perfect setting for an intimate, exuberant communion.
No musical pairing behind the tragic Winterreise has been more admired in recent years than that of Britons Mark Padmore and Paul Lewis. Named Musical America’s 2016 Vocalist of the Year, Padmore is celebrated on the world’s opera and concert stages for his expressive, sensitive, and pure tenor; by turns hopeful and despairing, his is surely the voice Schubert heard when he conceived this heartbreaking journey. Padmore’s profoundly moving interpretation is equally matched by Lewis’ grasp of the piano’s vital role, a triumph in live performance and on their award-winning Harmonia Mundi recording.