Danny Tobias with Strings, featuring Chris Buzzelli and Pat Mercuri
January 4, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
Preservation New Jersey and the New Jersey Jazz Society opens the year 2020 at the 1867 Sanctuary with Danny Tobias with Strings featuring Chris Buzzelli and Pat Mercuri. Three jazz masters will explore the most beautiful tunes from the great American song book in a swinging, intimate setting.
Chris Buzzelli was a member of the music faculty at Bowling Green State University from 1984 to 2015, where he was Professor of Guitar and Jazz Studies, director of the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and founding director of the New York Voices Vocal Jazz Camp. He has also served as adjunct faculty at the University of Michigan and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and has presented clinics and masterclasses at regional and national conferences and other colleges and universities around the nation. He has written articles for Jazz Educators Journal, Just Jazz Guitar, and American String Teacher, and has published a number of solo guitar arrangements and guitar ensemble compositions. He has contributed to numerous publications for Mel Bay Publications including their “Jazz Standards” series, “Guitar Ensemble” series and “Master Anthology of Jazz Guitar Solos” series, and is author of “The Complete Book of Seven-string Guitar”. Many of his arrangements for vocal jazz ensemble are published by Sound Music Publications.
He appears on several recordings, with two released under his own name. Buzzelli maintains an active performing schedule, mostly in the Northwest Ohio area, but has also played in some nationally recognized venues including the Classic American Guitar Show in Long Island, New York, the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society event held each summer in Nashville, and the first World Guitar Congress held in Towson, Maryland.
Pat Mercuri is a busy performer on guitar, banjo and mandolin. Local guitar legend Lou Mercuri was his father and mentor. In addition to his work with Blue Skies, Pat plays jazz regularly with the Midiri Brothers, Jerry Rife’s Rhythm Kings and groups led by Dave Posmontier. Pat also often plays with the Philadelphia Orchestra and has played show, jazz and classical music professionally in Philadelphia, Atlantic City and New York. His well-traveled career has also taken him to Broadway (Ragtime, Showboat), to concerts with The New York Philharmonic, and he has performed in Europe, England, Russia, Cuba, China and the Middle East with a variety of classical musical groups.
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.
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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!
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!
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 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**
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