Roni Music Productions announces the Live recording of: Jazz Guitarist , Ron Jackson Ron Jackson will record his arrangement of popular standards, R+B Classics and his original compositions.
Friday and Saturday
February 18 and 19 2005
Cecil's Jazz Club & Restaurant
364 Valley Road
West Orange, NJ
For Tickets and Info.
Information (973) 736-4800
Types of payment accepted:
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Directions From New York City: Take the Lincoln Tunnel to the New Jersey Turnpike South, to Exit 15W (I-280 West). Follow I-280 and stay in the left lanes at the split (avoiding the Oraton Pkwy). Take Exit 10 (W. Orange, S. Orange, Monclair) and at the end of the ramp (at the traffic light), take a right turn onto Northfield Ave. Then take a right turn at the next light (Valley Road). Cecil's is 1/10 of a mile down, on the left side.
Free parking in lot
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BIOGRAPHY ON PLAYERS
Ron Jackson- Guitar "...an exciting and individual minded player...he showed equally good taste in execution as he did in selection." The Herald, Edinburgh, Scotland
To say Ron Jackson is well traveled would be an understatement. He has performed and recorded in over 20 countries as a bandleader and ensemble performer, and is well established in the international jazz scene. Ron's style of guitar playing and compositions is a blend of jazz, and other American styles such as soul, rhythm and blues, pop that is influenced by his roots of the Phillipines. Ron is experienced in many musical idioms and brings it all together in his unique approach to playing jazz guitar. His releases as a leader are: "A Guitar Thing"and "Thinking of You" for Muse Records, "Song For Luis" - a duo with Rufus Reid on Mastermix Records, "Concrete Jungle" is co-led with bassist Nicki Parrott on Airmen Records. His latest CD "The Dream I Had" is on Roni Music. Winner of the first annual 1996 Heritage Guitars International Jazz Guitar Competition, his recordings have featured prominent sidemen like pianists Benny Green, Lafayette Harris and Darryl Grant, bassists Lonnie Plaxico and Essiet Essiet and drummers Cecil Brooks III, Dion Parson and Yoron Israel. His working unit has included drummer Marvin "Smitty" Smith and pianist Mulgrew Miller, among others. He also performed, played and recorded with greats such as Jimmy Mcgriff, Sandra Reeves Phillips, Benny Golson, James Spaulding, The Boys Choir of Harlem, Mor Thaim, Irene Reid, Hal Singer, TK Blue, Sarah Dash, Gene Anthony Ray, Cecil Brooks III, Melvin Rhyne, Oliver Lake, Jaki Byard, the Mingus Guitar Tribute Band, Jimmy Cobb, John Hicks, Cissy Houston, Ralph Peterson, Russell Malone, Larry Coryell, Jack Wilkins, Don Braden, Craig Handy, David Krakauer’s Klezmer Madness, The Metro Mass Choir, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Bernard Purdie, Hank Jones, Gary Bartz, Ron Blake, Little Anthony and The Imperials, Mulgrew Miller, Winard Harper, Kenny Drew Jr., Olatunji, Randy Weston, Gwen Guthrie, Rufus Reid, Akira Tana and Pucho Jr.; and drummers Winard Harper and Carl Allen. He also toured with the Boys Choir of Harlem; Mor Thaim's "Drums of Fire" and Pucho and The Latin Soul Brothers and David Krakauer's "Klezmer Madness." As well as being an accomplished jazz guitarist, Ron is also very active on the Broadway and studio scene in New York, having performed in the pit orchestras of such shows as "Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk","The Life," "Rent," "Saturday Night Fever", "Kat and the Kings", "Fosse","Harlem Song", and "Imaginary Friends." Ron has also written and recorded music for pop artists, vocalist Gisele Jackson, rock group Umbrella and Japanese vocalist Seako Haguchi and jazz artists Rufus Reid and Hal Singer. His has also contributed his talents to the recordings of scores of such films as "Fly By Night" and "Vulgar." Ron's jazz group appears frequently in New York City and has performed at such notable clubs as The Blue Note, Fat Tuesday, Iridium and Birdland. He has also appeared at the New Orleans Heritage and Jazz Festival, The Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival, The North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, the Pori Jazz Festival in Finland, the Kiama and Montsalvat festivals in Australia, the Berlin Jazz Festival, and the Grimsby and Edinburgh Festivals in the UK. He has also toured and performed in Spain, Italy, France, Portugal, Austria, Canada, and Japan. Jackson has been featured in interviews and articles in Just Jazz Guitar Magazine, Downbeat, The Western Australian Jazz Guitar Magazine, and in the books The Masters of Jazz Guitar and The Jazz Guitar. He is currently on the faculty of The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) WBGO Jazz For Teens Program And the North Netherlands Conservatoire in Groningen, Holland. Ron has also taught at The New School, New York University, at Jazzmobile, and at The National Summer Guitar Workshop Jazz Summit, as well as in workshops in The United Kingdom, Australia, France, Spain, and Portugal. Ron also teaches privately. www.ronjacksonmusic.com
Kyle Koeler-Organ Originally from Philadelphia, Koehler attended William Paterson College, studying with Rufus Reid and Harold Mabern. With a degree in music performance and composition, he has made his home in New York City. He leads his own trio and has performed with Lou Donaldson, Mark Whitfield, Nicholas Payton and Bobby Watson. He recently toured Japan with his CD EXIT 13 and was featured on NPR's Jazzset, performing live from Birdland with the Don Braden Quartet. As a Kennedy Center and US State Department Jazz Ambassador, Koehler has traveled Africa extensively sharing his knowledge of jazz and American culture.
Otis Brown-Drums has performed with Joe Lovano, Stanley Clarke, Peter Cincotti
Don Braden-Tenor Sax Don Braden has toured the world and recorded extensively both as a leader and as a sideman with jazz greats Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Haynes, Freddie Hubbard, Tom Harrell, and many others. He has also spent many years composing and producing for comedian and actor Bill Cosby. His latest CD on the HighNote label is Brighter Days, and the new one, The New Hang, is out. http://www.DonBraden.com
Bruce Williams-Alto Sax Bruce Williams is a versatile saxophone stylist, performing in a variety of diverse playing environments - from traditional to hip-hop to the avant-garde. He has been an honored recipient of awards from DownBeat magazine and The Charlie Parker Music and More Foundation. His ability to perform masterfully in a range of jazz styles has placed him on two Grammy nominated recordings and sent him to numerous cities throughout the US and abroad - France, Italy, Germany, Scandinavia, Switzerland, the West Indies, and Japan. www.BruceWilliamsJazz.com
Melvin Sparks-Producer Melvin Sparks is the Essential Guitar Player! He’s The Master Of The Groove! The Acid-Jazz Pioneer! The Originator of Soul Jazz, Old School Acid Jazz & BarbecueFunk(FUNKJAZZ)
Over the last thirty years he has played with some of Jazz’s greatest musicians: David "Fathead" Newman, Lou Donaldson, Hank Crawford, Reuben Wilson and John Patton (are amongst the many). During the 1970s, Sparks backed up Lou Donaldson on the Funk-Jazz classics "Everything I Play Is Funky" and "Hot Dog".
Sparks recorded seven albums of his own and played on over 100 other albums. As a session man for Blue Note and Prestige Records, Sparks laid his signature guitar work on many other musicians’ albums without ever being in spotlight. It was during this time that Melvin defined the jazz-guitar sound of a generation.
Melvin Sparks is still a much sought-after studio player, both new and old talents seek him out now more than ever. He continues to perform with the greats of this genre such as Leon Spencer Jr., Mike Clark and Idris Mohammed and is now breaking out his legendary guitar wizardry with many younger bands and artists such as Galactic, The Greyboy Allstars, Karl Denson's Tiny Univers, Derek Trucks and Robert Walter's 20th Congress.
Melvin is geared up to show us all what he does better than anyone else. Groove hard and in the pocket. Melvin Sparks has perhaps the most inspiring and soul-energizing guitar chops on this planet or another. He is admired by many performers, and audiences old and young alike, but continues to be a hidden treasure for music fans worldwide. He is Soul-Jazzy and Funky to the core! . http://www.melvinsparks.com
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