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Voyage/Alex Laurenzi Quartet
January 12, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
Preservation New Jersey and the New Jersey Jazz Society are pleased to welcome Voyage to the 1867 Sanctuary. A band created by Alex Laurenzi, Maya Keren, Gus Allen, and Maya Stepansky. All students in the jazz program at Princeton University, they each bring an impressive high-school resume to the band. While their academic pursuits may vary, they share the experience of living a double life as musicians and academics. As new friends, they are excited to navigate this shared experience as student-musicians together and express it through their music. (soundcloud.com/alex-laurenzi/voyage)
Alex Laurenzi is a saxophonist and composer from Mountain Lakes, NJ. He grew up listening to classical and pop music played and sung in his house, but after beginning alto saxophone at the age of 9, he quickly found his way to jazz. A current student at Princeton University, he has performed with major artists, including Christian McBride, Wynton Marsalis, Gerald Clayton, Joe Lovano, Ambrose Akinmusire, Danilo Perez, Andra Day, and many more. Leading his own groups since he was 14, Alex is focused currently on composing and performing original music. He sees his compositions as observations and reflections of both the musical and non-musical worlds around him. Incorporating his love for jazz, pop, rhythm and blues, and classical music into his compositions and improvisation, he strives to present honest music that emotionally connects with his audience.
Philadelphia-raised jazz pianist Maya Keren has been pursuing music since she was seven years old. She began seriously studying jazz at the start of high school, joining several of Philadelphia’s renowned youth programs including the Kimmel Center’s Creative Music Program and Settlement Music School’s advanced jazz program. She also was one of four pianists chosen nationwide to attend the Lincoln Center Summer Jazz Academy, led by Wynton Marsalis, for two consecutive years. Under the tutelage of jazz giants like Anthony Tidd, Tony Miceli, Tom Lawton, Marcus Printup, Helen Sung, Sumi Tonooka, and Maria Grand, she developed her own unique musical voice. During the summer of 2018, Keren toured the Philly area with her jazz trio in a variety of venues, from opening for Kurt Rosenwinkel at the Chestnut Hill Jazz Festival to a Live at Lunch feature at Dilworth Park. Keren has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, the YoungArts Foundation and the Grammy Band Jazz program for her musicianship. Keren released her first solo EP, “Yesterdays,” on all major music streaming. She currently studies jazz piano and composition with Kris Davis and plays in ensembles under Rudresh Mahanthappa and Darcy James Argue in her first year at Princeton University.
Augustus (“Gus”) Allen is a freshman at Princeton University, where he is a bassist for several Princeton Jazz ensembles. He is a graduate of Houston’s iconic High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) where he was the principal Jazz bassist for three years. He has earned many state and national honors including YoungArts Honorable Mention and Merit awards. In 2018, Gus performed with the Grammy Jazz Band during Grammy week in New York City. He toured four times with the Thelonious Monk Institute All-Star Jazz Band, and performed with such jazz greats as Bobby Watson, Delfeayo Marsalis, Lisa Henry, and Dayna Stephens. Gus has performed with Jason Moran as both part of his Da Camera Homecoming Residency (Houston) and for his appearances in 2017 at The Jazz Church of Houston. Before discovering jazz, Gus acted as the principal youth symphony bassist in Kulturskolan’s 2013 production of “Luciakonsert,” performed in Stockholm, Sweden’s City Hall. Guscurrently lives in Princeton, New Jersey and is majoring in Physics.
Hailing from a musical family in Montclair NJ, Maya Stepansky is a versatile artist whose eclectic musical experiences and studies in the art of drumming—steeped in jazz, but with strong cross-genre influences in pop, rock, funk and R&B, —has led to a wide range of performances with noted artists on many local and national stages. The first female drummer chosen for the prestigious Brubeck Fellowship, Maya spent the 2017-18 season touring and recording with the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet, including appearances at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Brubeck Jazz Festival, Delta Jazz Festival, Take 5 Club, Dizzy’s at Lincoln Center, the Tri-C JazzFest and, internationally, in Paraguay. Her musicianship and artistic style has been most deeply influenced by her studies with two of jazz’s most eminent and legendary drummers, Billy Drummond and Lewis Nash, and she has also been very fortunate and honored to have received mentorship over the years through lessons & masterclasses from a who’s who of inspirational drum masters, including Carl Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Sherrie Maricle, and Matt Wilson. Maya was named a 2015 Stanley Kay Scholarship national jazz drums winner, the 2017 GRAMMY Jazz Combo drummer, and the recipient of the 2018 Hal Leonard Collegiate Jazz Scholarship by the Jazz Education Network (JEN). Following her year as a Brubeck Fellow, she has returned to the east coast to attend Princeton University to pursue her joint academic & musical studies, and to join the jazz program there directed by award-winning saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa.
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The 1867 Sanctuary Arts and Culture Center is wheelchair-accessible through a wheelchair ramp through the gate on the left side of the building. All parking is across the street in the Ewing Presbyterian Church lots, including an inner ring across the street for disabled parking. Passengers may be dropped off at the curb directly in front of the main entrance; please use your hazard flashers when stopped there. Concert parking is recommended in the north lot (by the field closest to I-295). For your safety, please cross at the marked crosswalk and press the yellow button to activate flashers.
To Purchase Tickets
- $20 for General Admission
- $15 for Members of the New Jersey Jazz Society
- $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary
- $5 for School and College students with ID
- $15 per person for Groups of 10 or more**
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**GROUP RATES (10 or more people). Group rates apply only to advance online sales and must be purchased in quantities of 10 or more within a single purchase. Group rate tickets cannot be purchased at the box office prior to the concert.
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