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Penny Weather Quartet

July 25, 2019 @ 8:00 pm

Preservation New Jersey and the New Jersey Jazz Society welcomes the Penny Weather Quartet, led by pianist and composer Maya Keren, who performed with the Alex Laurenzi Quartet last year.

The Penny Weather Quartet offers a night of creative interpretations of both jazz standards (Cedar Walton, Thelonious Monk, Benny Golson) and original compositions, tied together with Philadelphia swing and the Boston modern jazz aesthetic.

The Penny Weather Quartet are four musicians (Sandy Eldred on bass, Maya Keren on piano, Jeff Gordon on guitar, and Julian Miltenberger on drums) whose collective sound blends elements of the jazz tradition with creative improvised music.

Both Gordon and Keren enjoy skateboarding on “penny” boards in their free time in addition to studying music, and find a sense of flow and inspiration from this hobby. “Penny Weather” means fresh air, sunshine, and a clear mind, and they hope to imbue this group with that sense of exhilaration.

Maya Keren
Maya Keren

Maya Keren is a pianist and composer from Philadelphia currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music at Princeton University. Recognized by the National YoungArts Foundation for her musicianship, Keren has studied at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Summer Jazz Academy and the Kimmel Center Creative Music Program under Anthony Tidd. At Princeton, under the direction of Rudresh Mahanthappa, she studies with Kris Davis and has performed with Ingrid Jensen, Tia Fuller, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Mahanthappa. This summer she will attend both the Amsterdam Keep an Eye Jazz Summer Workshop and the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music. Her current interests include Messiaen’s study of bird calls, Steve Coleman’s exploration of negative harmony, and the physics of tuning and temperament.

Julian Miltenberger
Julian Miltenberger

Born in Philadelphia, PA, Julian Miltenberger has been playing drums since the age of 8. He studies under renowned saxophonist and composer Yosvany Terry at Harvard University, where he recently finished his freshman year. Next fall, he will start a dual degree program with Berklee college of music, where he also studies with master drummer and educator Neal Smith. During his first year in Boston, Julian regularly played at Wally’s jazz club alongside fellow students, as well as once with trumpeter Jason Palmer. This past May, he performed at the Arlington Jazz Festival with the Yosvany Terry quintet.

Sandy Eldred
Sandy Eldred

Sandy Eldred is an internationally acclaimed bassist, improviser, recording artist, jazz composer, and music educator from Atlantic City, NJ, currently living in Philadelphia, PA. Eldred is an in-demand player known for his inventiveness and command across music genres.

Eldred is a member of notable large ensembles on the east coast including, Norman David and the Eleventet, Jamal Jones’ Bureau of Sonic Wonderland, Ian O’Beirne’s Slowbern, and the Earl Phillips Big Band. He has also performed with the South Philly Big Band, the Lars Halle Jazz Orchestra, Matt Gallagher’s Philly Big Band, and Bobby Zankel and the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, featuring Muhal Richard Abrams. Eldred is a member of small groups: U.S.E. (Urbina, Scarano, Eldred), Many Mansions, the Bogdan Gumenyuk Quintet, Mars Apes, Buzz (Talk), and the Sandy Eldred Trio.

Eldred received a Masters Degree in Double Bass Performance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. As an educator, Eldred has taught students in the United States, Canada, and Eastern Europe.

Jeffrey Gordon
Jeffrey Gordon

Jeffrey Gordon, from Lexington, MA, is a genre-defying guitar player with influences ranging from jazz guitar greats Bill Frisell and Ben Monder to the Jewish music he grew up playing and teaching locally. Having just finished his first year studying music at Princeton University under the tutelage of Rudresh Mahanthappa and Nate Radley, Gordon will spend his summer studying at the Keep an Eye Jazz Summer Jazz Workshop (Amsterdam), School for Improvisational Music (NYC), and in Boston. He performs regularly along the East Coast, at venues such as the Newport Jazz Festival, the Regattabar, and Wally’s Jazz Cafe and with groups such as the Beantown Swing Orchestra and the Tea Cooks.

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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July 25, 2019
8:00 pm
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1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
101 Scotch Road + Google Map