NEW BRUNSWICK—The State Theatre will present the annual return of the New Jersey Blues & Jazz Festival at the Backstage Jazz Club, Sept. 23-26. It’s an all-star musical lineup for serious and casual jazz and blues fans alike. Featured performances during the festival include Sugar Blue (Sept. 23 at 8 p.m.); Eddie Palmieri (Sept. 24 at 8 & 10 p.m.); Maria Muldaur (Sept. 25 at 8 & 10 p.m.); and Regina Carter (Sept. 26 at 11:30 a.m.).
All four performances take place in the exclusive 230-seat club-style venue on stage at the State Theatre. This club is custom designed to give patrons an exclusive experience just inches away from the artists. Tickets range from $30-75. The festival has been made possible by the support of New Millennium Bank and The Karma Foundation.
Grammy® Award-winning harmonica virtuoso Sugar Blue and his 5-piece Blues band (guitar, bass, drum, and keyboards) open the 2010 State Theatre’s New Jersey Blues & Jazz Festival. Combining dazzling technique with smoldering expressiveness, Sugar Blue, who has been called the “Charlie Parker of the Harmonica,” has been known to give off enough energy during his awe-inspiring performances to light up several city square blocks!
Eddie Palmieri, the Spanish Harlem-born leader of salsa and Latin jazz orchestras and one of the foremost Latin pianists of all time, has had a musical career that has spanned over 50 years. His discography includes 36 titles and nine Grammy® Awards, one of which was the first-ever Grammy® Award for “Best Latin Album” in 1975 for The Sun of Latin Music. Now, Palmieri and his Afro-Caribbean Jazz Septet make their State Theatre debut with a set that is sure to please jazz and piano fans alike.
Folk-blues singer Maria Muldaur’s musical roots run deep. Born and raised in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Muldaur was surrounded by everything from bluegrass and jazz to blues and gospel music. However, it was the folk revival of the early 60s where Muldaur first got her start, performing in Greenwich Village with Bob Dylan, David Grisman, and John Sebastian. Then in 1974, Muldaur made a name for herself, charting at #6 in the Billboard Hot 100 with “Midnight at the Oasis.” The chart-topping remake of Peggy Lee’s “I’m a Woman,” soon followed. Muldaur also went on to perform briefly with the Jerry Garcia Band in the late 70s. Now, Muldaur and her Red Hot Bluesianna Band rock the State Theatre stage in an energetic and soulful set that only the “sassy chanteuse” can perform.
Combining technical wizardry with a fresh, bold approach, Regina Carter is a transcendent voice of contemporary jazz violin. Equally at home playing with Itzhak Perlman, Dolly Parton, Billy Joel, and the Atlantic Symphony, Carter seamlessly blends jazz fusion, percussive passages, swing, classical melodies, and Southern-style fiddle. For the “Reverse Thread” set Carter will perform a combination of jazz and African music, celebrating the culture and art of Africa with music from Mali, Senegal, and other areas. The instrumentation for this performance will include violin, accordion, bass, drums, and a kora (a 21-string harp-lute of West African origin).
For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre ticket office at 1-732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit www.StateTheatreNJ.org. The State Theatre ticket office, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and at least one hour prior to curtain on performance dates. For information on group outings and discounts, call 1-732-247-7200, ext. 517.
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