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A Tribute to Cole Porter – Alex Hiele Paris Jazz Combo with Guest Vocalist Michelle Lordi

March 9, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

Preservation New Jersey and the New Jersey Jazz Society are pleased to welcome the Alex Hiele Paris Jazz Combo with guest vocalist Michelle Lordi to the 1867 Sanctuary for a concert of the music of Cole Porter arranged by Alex Hiele. This concert is presented by Hue Entertainment.

Alex has created innovative original arrangements of these classics, some of which draw on pop, funk and even tango. The program features many of Cole Porter’s most popular songs from the 1930’s and 40’s, some featured in the top Broadway Musicals and Films of that era. The program includes: Love For Sale, What is This Thing Called Love?, I’ve Got You under my skin, Night and Day, I Love You, Every time We Say Goodbye, Just One of Those Things, I Love Paris, You’d be so Nice To Come Home To and I Get a Kick Out of You.

The concert is also a tribute to the many American Jazz Musicians who introduced the City of Lights to Jazz and made it one of the most popular art forms in Paris to this day.

The Alex Hiele Paris Jazz Combo is a Quartet featuring: Steve Rice (Piano), Jim Stagnitto (Trumpet), David Stier (Drums), Alex Hiele (Upright Bass), and for this concert Michelle Lordi as a guest vocalist.

Alex Hiele
Alex Hiele

Alex Hiele, founder of the Alex Hiele Paris Jazz Combo, is from Paris, France and moved to the US in 2005. He has played all over the globe (Moscow, Berlin, London, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, New York). He studied at the conservatory of Paris and quickly became the city’s most in demand Bass player. He toured in Europe with The Spirit of Life Ensemble featuring Ted Curson, recorded three albums with Mina Agossi, toured in Europe in a quartet featuring Mark Turner in 96 and co-wrote an album featuring Russian, French and American musicians in 2003. Alex co-wrote an album featuring French and Malian musicians in 2000. He also lead a classical trio playing a mix of Haydn, Frank Zappa and Jimi Hendrix pieces featuring Russian violinist, Alexei Aigui. Alex was also very active in the underground jazz scene in Paris from the late 90’s to 2005 and taught at the conservatory.

He played at the Cape May Jazz Festival in 2010 and the West Oak Lane Jazz Festival (Philadelphia) in 2009 as well as New York jazz clubs (Sweet Rhythm, Jazz Standard, Tonic, Joes Pub, Bitter End, the Cutting Room and Cleopatra’s Needle) as well as clubs in New Jersey and the Philadelphia area, and is currently writing a book of classical and jazz music that will be published in Paris and the U.S.

Steve Rice
Steve Rice

Steve Rice is a pianist/ composer/ accordionist new to the Philadelphia area. Steve spent the last 25 years based out of Seattle, WA where he toured and recorded with a large eclectic mix of jazz and world music groups including the Harry James Orchestra, the Mazeltones (Klezmer), Gary Gibson (calypso-jazz fusion), Jean Jacques Perrey (electronica) and “Walk All Ways” (third stream). Steve’s musical personality starts with Bebop, then veers thoughtfully and widely from that center.

Steve is a graduate of Berklee College of Music where he received a degree in Film Scoring and received the Oscar Peterson award. Steve’s jazz compositions and recordings have been heard in many popular television shows including The Big Bang Theory, The Blacklist, and Sons of Anarchy and films including Storks, Identity Thief, and Passengers.

Jim Stagnitto
Jim Stagnitto

Trumpeter Jim Stagnitto has worked in the commercial music world in various capacities for a long time – jingles, musicals, jazz, rock, funk, R&B, experimental, and Latin/salsa bands. Jim has recently completed his fourth CD with electro-acoustic provocateurs Monkeyworks (www.monkeyworks.squarespace.com), and his third CD with fearless guitar soundscaper Peter Biedermann (www.peterbiedermann.com). Jim is also a founding member of the New Hope Collective.

David Stier
David Stier

Drummer Dave Stier has 30 years of experience performing with a wide range of music ensembles. He studied music at Chapman University near Los Angeles, California where he was taught by noted jazz drummer and co-founder of the Los Angeles Jazz Quartet, Kevin Tullius. David also studied with jazz drummer, Tony Denicola, an influential music professor at The College of New Jersey well known for working with Harry James, Charlie Ventura, Kenny Davern and many other jazz icons. David has worked with many area musicians including Darla and Rich Tarpinian, Michelle Wiley and Jeannie Brooks. He has been both a leader and has had supporting positions in groups ranging from small combos to Big Bands.

Michelle Lordi
Michelle Lordi

Guest Vocalist Michelle Lordi received national and international acclaim for her 2017 vocal jazz album, Dream a Little Dream, a briskly swinging set of standards featuring some of Philadelphia’s most revered jazz musicians. Her previous album, Drive, takes listeners on a captivating personal journey, mining favorites from her varied repertoinre of American Songbook Clasics and modern pop hits. Michelle has performed as top jazz clubs including Birdland, and has performed at many local Philadelphia area venues including The Mann Music Center, Kimmel Center and the Philadelphia Art Museum.

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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!

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**

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.

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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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March 9, 2018
8:00 pm
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1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
101 Scotch Road + Google Map