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Lorens Chuno

February 15, 2019 @ 8:00 pm

Preservation New Jersey and the New Jersey Jazz Society welcome Lorens Chuno to his first performance at the 1867 Sanctuary.  Lorens Chuno is a Nigerian musician based in New York. His music has been described as “west African influenced with a solid jazz foundation.”  According to All About Jazz Lorens Chuno’s forté is his remarkable vocal qualities, enhanced by his ability to establish and maintain a sense of groove.”  Lorens Chuno will be joined by bassist John Gray, drummer Michael Vitali, and pianist Nicki Adams.

Lorens Chuno
Lorens Chuno

Audiences have praised Lorens Chuno’s (www.lorenschuno.com) performance as energy-filled, captivating and elegant. The New York-based Nigerian musician has created a unique sound that has a broad appeal. His warm and dynamic vocal styling is the perfect vehicle for his catchy and bold modern jazz compositions that are always complete with soul and West African influences.

Lorens Chuno has played several distinguished venues and festivals across the country, and has opened for international acts including the Chicago Afrobeat Projectthe Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars, and Angelique Kidjo. He has also worked with some legendary jazz musicians including drummers Poogie Bell and Roger Humphries, and pianists Geri Allen and Marc Cary.

Lorens Chuno’s new studio album, Rhythm Sustained was released in September 2018. The singer/composer/dancer describes the album as a collection of music and lyrics that address contemporary issues from the perspective of a new generation African.

In addition to performing and composing, Lorens Chuno maintains a steady voice in the ongoing jazz discourse. He hosts the podcast and online radio show “Doing Jazz with Lorens Chuno” on which he presents captivating conversations with enterprising jazz musicians. Doing Jazz has become one of the major avenues where independent jazz musicians introduce their work.

Lorens Chuno is also a well-trained mathematician, and currently an assistant professor of mathematics at Manhattan College.

John Gray
John Gray

Bassist John Gray was born in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2005, John moved to New York City, and attended Manhattan School of Music where he studied jazz bass with Richard Sussman, Garry Dial, Larry Ridley, and Jeremy Manasia. John’s main artistic project is called The Jazz Thieves.

Michael Vitali
Michael Vitali

Drummer Michael Vitali is a native of Zurich. He studied at the Berklee College of Music, and is known for his versatility. He’s well studied in Jazz, Hatian music, and Afrobeat. Michael has worked with Lionel Loueke, Ed Cherry, Eve Cornelious, Rick Margitza, Sebastian Noelle, Deyna Stephans, Melissa Aldana and many other jazz greats. He leads the Michael Vitali trio which comprises him on drums, Yuka Tadano on bass, and Justin Wert on guitar.

Nicki Adams
Nicki Adams

Nicki Adams is a New York-based composer and pianist. He has worked with renowned artists including Ebony Bones and Fransisco Mela and appeared on NPR’s Soundcheck and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theatre. Nicki plays with many groups including his own band GADADU. His compositions and improvisations lead listeners on an odyssey of sound that encapsulates vast influences with depth and purpose. His works have appeared in film and radio throughout the world


Today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rri4tdt8E4E

What’s Going On: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2_O_Owtq6s

Come My Way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0odwWzpMhWo

Social Media:

twitter: @lorenschuno

instagram: @lorenschuno

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lorenschuno/

website: http://www.lorenschuno.com/

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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!

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!


February 15, 2019
8:00 pm
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1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
101 Scotch Road + Google Map