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Broadway, Jazz and Spirituals with Peggy Lee Brown, Ray Brown, and Sylvia Brown-Roberts

June 22, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

Preservation New Jersey and the New Jersey Jazz Society are pleased to welcome Peggy Lee Brown back to the beautiful stained glass and wonderful acoustic space of the 1867 Sanctuary with vocalists Ray Brown, and Sylvia Brown-Roberts and pianist Jaclyn Duncan for a Saturday matinee concert of music of Broadway, jazz, and spirituals!

The program includes:

I Could Have Danced All Night, My Fair Lady,
Alan J. Lerner & Frederick Loewe
Tenderly, Walter Cross & Jack Lawrence
Call Me Irresponsible, James Van Heusen
Summertime, Porgy & Bess, George Gershwin & Dubose Heyward


Ain’t-A That Good News, Jacqueline B. Hairston
Deep River, H. T. Burleigh
I’m Just a’Traveling Through, Unknown
He’s Sweet I Know, A. Jackson
I’m Praying for You, S. O’Maley & Ira D. Sankey
Ride On, King Jesus, Hall Johnson

Peggy Lee Brown is a vocalist with a repertoire that includes Broadway, opera, jazz, and spirituals. She has performed in the United States and Europe.

New York Concert Review wrote this review after Ms. Brown’s performance at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall: Gospel tunes, the clear domain of Ms. Brown ended the recital… The final one, All Night, All Day was a duet arrangement by the two singers. Ms. Brown and Molinari-Hagner ‘hit it out of the park.’ They garnered an instant…standing ovation from their audience and fans.

Referring to her rendition of Gershwin’s Summertime from Porgy and Bess, New York Concert Review wrote, Even before the song’s final notes, the audience began to applaud vigorously once more and rose to give the artists another ovation.

The highlight of these works was Rossini’s Una voce poco fà from The Barber of Seville. Ms. Brown navigated this challenging terrain admirably, executing impressive leaps, often to the upper end of her range. These high notes, which one could easily mar with inaccurate pitch or harsh timbral qualities, bloomed beautifully from Ms. Brown’s mouth. Moreover, she not only sang impressively, but also exhibited an endearing coquettish persona as she did so. By the end of this piece, Ms. Brown and Ms. Cheadle had completely won over the audience.

Ms. Brown is a graduate of The College of New Jersey (B.S.) and Thomas Edison State College (M.A.). Ms. Brown’s website is www.peggyleebrown.org.

Ray Brown, vocalist and fashion designer of Ray Vincente has been designing since 1983 as a freelance designer for public and private individuals. He has a degree in Fashion Merchandising from ICS of PA, and has completed course work in fashion design, illustration, and production at FIT, NYC NY. In February of 2009 he launched his own collection for menswear, Ray Vincente Eclectic! Label. Ray’s website is www.rayvincente.com. He is featured on the Good News CD with Peggy Lee Brown and Sylvia Brown-Roberts.

Sylvia Brown-Roberts is a retired public school teacher, vocalist and author of the Church Doors novel series, Behind Church Doors, Beyond Church Doors, and Behind and Beyond Church Doors: Promises. Behind Church Doors is being made into a movie and the movie trailer has recently been completed. Sylvia is a graduate of Rutgers University (B.A.) and Rider University (M.A.). More information about the series can be found on her website at www.sylviabrownroberts.com. Sylvia is featured on the Good News CD with Peggy Lee Brown and Ray Brown.

Jaclyn Duncan
Jaclyn Duncan

Jaclyn Duncan, Boston University graduate (2000), brings years of diverse musical experience to every performance. Trained classically on the piano from the age of 8, Jaclyn has performed as an accompanist at such renowned locations as The Julliard School of Music, New England Conservatory and Boston University. She has also shared the stage with Carnegie Hall soloist and Brooklyn Opera Company member James McClure as accompanist for solo productions. In addition to her achievements in collaborative piano, Ms. Duncan has performed and recorded extensively on flute throughout Boston, Massachusetts and Tokyo, Japan, playing selections from genres as diverse as jazz, funk, hip hop, reggae, folk, tribal, techno and drum & bass. Recordings include a Sony Japan release with correlating MTV Japan video.

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!

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 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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For only $30.00 per year ($50.00 for families), members of the Friends of the 1867 Sanctuary receive  $5 off our General Admission concert tickets for all of 2019!


June 22, 2019
2:00 pm
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1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
101 Scotch Road + Google Map