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Danny Tobias and Friends Featuring Conal Fowkes

April 19 @ 2:00 pm

Preservation New Jersey and the New Jersey Jazz Society welcome Danny Tobias and Friends to the 1867 Sanctuary for a concert featuring pianist Conal Fowkes with bassist Doug Drewes.

Conal Fowkes is a Grammy winning pianist, double-bassist, vocalist, arranger and teacher. His skills and expertise cover diverse fields of music from traditional jazz to swing and post-bop, from traditional Cuban Son to Salsa and Latin jazz.

Born in Zambia and having spent most of his early childhood in Mexico, Conal moved to England in 1971. His classical studies gained him a place at the world-renowned Royal College of Music, London, where he studied with legendary concert pianist Yonty Solomon. At this time he also studied privately with Cuban Maestro Chucho Valdes.

During his four years of classical studies at the RCM he entered the International Wavendon Allmusic Competition where he was presented with the award as Winner of the College Student Allmusician of the Year by HRH Princess Margaret.

While living in London he performed at most of the premier concert halls and jazz venues throughout Europe with many leading musicians including Cleo Laine, Johnny Dankworth, Nigel Kennedy, Stacey Kent, John R.T. Davies, George Chisholm, Roberto Pla, Patato Valdes, Alfredo Rodriguez, Adalberto Santiago, Steve Turre, Henry Fiol, and Jesus Alemani.

Since moving to New York in 1996 he has performed in 48 States at most of the premier concert halls and jazz clubs including NY’s Blue Note, Village Vanguard, Birdland, Smalls, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Cafe Carlyle, Algonquin, Feinstein’s, Rainbow Room, World Trade Center, Kennedy Center (DC), Yoshi’s (CA) and Blues Alley (DC).

He has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Bucky Pizzarelli, Wycliffe Gordon, Bob Wilber, Ray Santos Big Band, Houston Person, Johnny Pacheco, Gene Bertoncini, Paquito D’Rivera, Marion McPartland, Romero Lubambo, Boston Pops Orchestra, Chocolate Armenteros, Manhattan Rhythm Kings, Cheo Feliciano, Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks Orchestra, Cyro Baptista and Bette Midler.

He has made several appearances on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion and the Rosie O’Donnell Show and was featured soloist in the hit Broadway show, One Mo’ Time. He can be heard and/or seen in the films Lipstick On Your Collar, Madame Suzatska, Ghost World, Finding Forrester, five time Oscar winner The Aviator, Proud and The Loss of a Tear-drop Diamond. He is featured on the soundtrack of Woody Allen’s film You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and plays the voice and piano of Cole Porter in Allen’s Oscar winning film Midnight in Paris, from which the soundtrack album won a GRAMMY award in 2012 for Best Compilation Soundtrack. He is featured playing the theme, “Blue Moon” in Allen’s 2013 release Blue Jasmine and plays in Magic In The Moonlight and appears and plays in Cafe Society.

He can be seen on the DVDs, Live at Montreux Jazz Festival ( with Eddy Davis, Wycliff Gordon and Evan Christopher), Live at the Campidoglio (with Woody Allen) and Eddy Davis and Conal Fowkes Live in Barcelona. He is featured in the PBS documentary Sound Revolution presented by Morgan Freeman.

He has been with the Woody Allen New Orleans Jazz Band since 2001, touring extensively around the world while also maintaining their regular Monday nights at the Cafe Carlyle. He is part of a duo with the great banjoist/singer Eddy Davis with whom he regularly tours in Europe. He is also a member of John Gill’s Yerba Buena Stompers, award winning Cuban group Los Soneros de Oriente, Charanga Orchesta Yerason, Orchesta Tipica Novel and Grammy nominated Latin group The New Swing Sextet. He is also pianist to movie star Danny Aiello.

He has performed in 34 countries and has over 35 recordings to his name.

Danny Tobias is an old-fashioned jazz player in the best modern way, at home in any swinging jazz context. Like his heroes Buck Clayton and Ruby Braff, he loves melody, his improvisations have a beautiful shape, and he is always recognizably himself. Danny didn’t learn his jazz from a textbook but through experience – early gigs with Ed Metz Jr., Joe and Paul Midiri, Joe Holt, and a fifteen-year musical apprenticeship with drummer Tony DiNicola and master clarinetist Kenny Davern. Danny’s quietly lyrical cornet can be heard at jazz festivals across the United States. www.DannyTobias.

Doug Drewes is a freelance bassist, composer and educator in Philadelphia. He has over 20 album credits and his playing can be heard on tv shows for NBC, MTV, IFC and USA. Doug has performed throughout the US and Canada including performances at Carnegie Hall, CMJ Music Festival, and the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. He has performed/recorded with Robert Randolph, Alexis Cole, Greg Hopkins, Peggy King, indie rock band Hurrah! A Bolt of LIght!, producer John Fields, and hip/hop producer IceRocks. Doug is the former Associate Director of Settlement Music School in Willow Grove, PA and a current faculty member at the New York Jazz Academy in New York City and Trenton Music Makers in Trenton NJ. Mr. Drewes received his bachelors of music at the State University of New York at Purchase College.

Jazz at the 1867 Sanctuary and throughout the Trenton/Princeton area is featured on trenton.jazznearyou.com. Download their app for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire!

New Jersey Jazz Society
New Jersey Jazz Society

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!

Tri-State Jazz Society
Tri-State Jazz Society

Preservation New Jersey also welcomes members of the Tri-State Jazz Society (www.tristatejazz.org) to our Jazz Music Series concerts. We also offer a $5 discount on General Admission for current TJJS members!

Wheelchair accessibleThe 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 Members of the Tri-State 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**

Tickets can be purchased online or reserved at the box office for payment by cash, check or credit card by calling 609-392-6409 or emailing 1867sanctuary@preservationnj.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door as space allows.

For online purchases, PLEASE PRINT AND KEEP YOUR RECEIPT emailed from PayPal. You will not be mailed tickets. While our notification from PayPal is usually sufficient, the receipt will provide your proof of purchase, particularly for same-day purchases.

**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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April 19
2:00 pm
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1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
101 Scotch Road + Google Map