August-13th-2008, 02:38 PM
OSPAC - Sept 6-7
Two Hot Days of Cool Quintessential Jazz
6th Annual Jazz Festival
Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center
Saturday and Sunday, September 6 and 7
West Orange New Jersey –
The Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center (OSPAC) announces that the Sixth Annual Jazz Festival will be held on September 6 & 7 at the spectacular OSPAC Amphitheater at Crystal Lake, 4 Boland Drive, West Orange. This event is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors. Children are free. Admission is taken at the entrance.
For the sixth consecutive year, the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center will present an entire weekend of world-class jazz entertainment emceed by WBGO’s Gary Walker, in an open-air setting, complete with international food vendors, artisans and crafts, health spa center, and entertainment and activities for children. This weekend will also include “Paint the Music” led by Nitza Horner, teaching artist and freelance educator affiliated with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where patrons will paint what they hear.
"The OSPAC Jazz Festival has grown in six years to be the most talked about jazz event in the area,” said international renowned jazz singer and OSPAC’s Executive Director, Kate Baker. “And this year’s event will be more spectacular than ever. Our lineup of artists is an international mix of quintessential jazz stylists and modern and cultural jazz interpreters.”
“What makes this venue special is not only the beautiful surroundings where you can stroll around the lake, but the superb sound that you can hear from every location,” said guitarist Vic Juris.
This year’s stellar lineup includes: OSPAC Jazz Workshop Big Band led by Don Braden, Joe Lovano/Dave Liebman Quintet, Duke Ellington Legacy Big Band, Maucha Adnet Quartet - Celebrating 50 years of Bossa Nova, Dave Stryker and the West Orange All Stars, Allan Harris Quintet, Richie Cole and the Alto Madness Orchestra, Joe Locke Force of Four, Nilson Matta and Brazilian Voyage with special guest Harry Allen, Kate Baker Quintet featuring Vic Juris with special guest Judi Silvano, Cecil Brooks III Trio, Carrie Jackson Quartet, Grupo Latin Vibe, and Enrico Granafei.
“OSPAC is considered New Jersey’s premier outdoor theater and we are proud of the great performances, like the Jazz Festival, that take place here,” says Mayor John F. McKeon, “I encourage everyone to come out to OSPAC and enjoy the beautiful surroundings at Crystal Lake and experience the season’s signature event.”
OSPAC’s Sixth Annual Jazz Festival is sponsored by Commerce Bank; Millennium Homes; Leaf, Saltzman, Manganelli, Pfeil & Tendler, LLP; Reckson Associates Realty Corp.; Matzel & Mumford; Ferential, PSE&G; and WBGO-FM.
Schedule of Events
Saturday September 6th
12:30 pm OSPAC Jazz Workshop Big Band led by Don Braden
1:00 pm Carrie Jackson Quartet
2:00 pm Duke Ellington Legacy Band Featuring Norman Simmons and Nancy Reed
3:00 pm Dave Stryker and the West Orange All Stars with special guest Billy Hart
4:00 pm Maucha Adnet Quartet - Celebrating 50 Years of Bossa Nova!
5:00 pm Allan Harris Quintet featuring Don Braden
6:00 pm Geri Allen Trio
7:00 pm Grupo Latin Vibe
Sunday September 7th
12:30 pm OSPAC Jazz Workshop Ensemble led by Vic Juris
1:00 pm Enrico Granafei
1:30 pm Richie Cole and the Alto Madness Orchestra
2:30 pm Kate Baker Quintet featuring Vic Juris with special guest Judi Silvano
3:15 pm Nilson Matta and Brazilian Voyage with special guest Harry Allen
4:15 pm Joe Locke Force of Four
5:15 pm Joe Lovano/Dave Liebman Quintet
6:20 pm Cecil Brooks III Trio
This event is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors. Children are free. Admission is taken at the entrance. The amphitheater is located at Crystal Lake, 4 Boland Drive in West Orange N.J. Audience members should bring blankets or chairs to enjoy the relaxed outdoor setting.
For bios or event information, please visit www.ospac.org or call (973)-669-7385
For high resolution photos please visit http://www.ospac.org/JazzFestivalPhotos.htm
The Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center is a non-profit organization located at 4 Boland Drive in West Orange, N.J. Its mission is to bring performances of the highest caliber for free or at minimal cost to the public while maintaining a strong commitment to arts education through its annual Jazz and World Music Workshop.