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Alex Otey Trio, Johnny Mercer Songs
February 16 @ 8:00 pm
Preservation New Jersey and the New Jersey Jazz Society welcome the Alex Otey Trio back to the 1867 Sanctuary with a concert of Johnny Mercer songs and original songs and arrangements by Alex Otey. Performing will be Alex Otey (Piano/Vocal), Chris Clark (Bass), and Darrel Soltesz (Drums). They will be joined by Howard Husik (Congas).
Alex Otey is an award-winning pianist, singer, trumpeter and composer/arranger who has performed with a number of prominent jazz musicians and recorded with Grover Washington Jr and Richie Cole. He’s a participant on a GRAMMY® Winning and on two GRAMMY® Nominated projects as a contributing artist, producer and arranger. He performs regularly as a Jazz Piano-Vocalist and hosts The Trenton Jazz Show aired on WWFM JazzOn2 89.1 HD2. www.AlexOtey.com
Chris Clark teaches double bass at The College of New Jersey, the Lawrenceville School, and Arcadia University, and previously taught at Rider University and the University of North Texas. He holds performance degrees from the University of North Texas and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Chris performs jazz, musical theater productions, cabaret shows in New York City, and has recorded on several albums including GRAMMY® Nominated Fitness Rock & Roll CD in 2012. In 2016, he contributed to the short film “Home,” starring New York cabaret artist Charles Baran, a film which was been selected for the Winter Film Awards in New York City. www.ChrisClarkBass.com
Darrell “Double D” Soltesz is a world class drummer, singer, recording/session musician, music consultant who has performed with many prominent jazz/rock/country musicians including Richie Cole, Artimus Pyle (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Keith Carlock (Steely Dan), The Charlie Daniels Band, Johnny Cash and many more Grammy® award winning artists. He also performs with entertainer David Stone: The Johnny Cash Experience to SOLD OUT shows and has appeared at concert/theater venues nationwide including The Keswick Theater, World Café Live, The Sellersville Theater and Atlantic City/Las Vegas Casinos.
Howard “Howie” Husik is a dynamic percussionist who has performed on a number of projects. Providing strong rhythm foundation to a variety of genres such as Rock, Jazz, Americana/Country and Blues, be it on bongos, congas or full a trap set, some groups he’s performed with include: NYTROUS, The Philly Accent, The Generations Project, Edon Gunn, Eli T. Hawk and Howie And the Sunglasses.
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Preservation New Jersey is pleased that the New Jersey Jazz Society (NJJS) is co-sponsoring jazz events at the 1867 Sanctuary. We encourage fans of our jazz concerts and jazz musicians to join NJJS at www.njjs.org so they receive their award-winning Jersey Jazz journal 11 times a year and other special benefits, including a $5 discount on tickets to Jazz Music Series concerts at the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing!