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American Folk Jazz with Monika Ryan and the Alex Otey Trio

October 3, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

Preservation New Jersey and the New Jersey Jazz Society welcome jazz singer Monika Ryan and the Alex Otey Trio for an evening of American Folk Jazz.

American Folk Jazz is a special blend of music representing the US experience through Hymns, Folk, Early Broadway and American Standards. Derivation of Gospel and Blues found their way into Folk, Theater and Popular repertoire. This program highlights and unleashes the roots of Jazz that underpin the music of America which is enjoyed world-wide today!

Performing will be Monika Ryan (Vocal), Alex Otey (Piano/Vocal), David Paller (Bass), Kevin Kuchinsky (Drums), and Howard Husik (Congas).

Monika Ryan is an acclaimed versatile vocalist, recording artist and touring musician, with 10 published albums. Monika sings from her heart, music steeped in Jazz with a unique and sultry style of her own. What the media has said: “Breathtaking” -NPR, “Sensuous and Audacious” -All About Jazz, “Luscious” -Jazz Weekly, “Chic” -Downbeat Magazine, “Beauty, Range and Power”-Jazziz. www.MonikaRyan.com

Alex Otey is an award-winning pianist, singer, trumpeter and composer/arranger who has performed with a number of prominent jazz musicians and recorded with Grover Washington Jr and Richie Cole. He’s a participant on a GRAMMY® Winning and on two GRAMMY® Nominated projects as a contributing artist, producer and arranger. He performs regularly as a Jazz Piano-Vocalist and hosts The Trenton Jazz Show aired on WWFM JazzOn2 89.1 HD2. www.AlexOtey.com

David Paller has over 40 years of experiences as a musician and bassist, with a number of those years focused on Jazz. He has been involved with numerous projects around the central New Jersey area. Having worked with The Jeff Fadden Trio, David Adolf Quintet and the JazzOn Purpose Sextet, David has also backed Michelle Wiley, Andrea Carlson, Wendy Zoffer and Richie Cole.

Kevin Kuchinsky is an in demand musician who performs regularly in the New Jersey/Pennsylvania area. He holds a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance from New Jersey City University and a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from The College of New Jersey. Kevin has studied guitar with Paul Meyers, Joel Perry, James Day, Christian Taggart, and Michael Kovacs. He has also studied Drums with Vanderlei Periera and Tim Horner. Aside from his freelance work, Kevin is a member of the ‘Brothers of Prevention’ which is a chamber duo that performs instrumental arrangements of the music of Frank Zappa. Kevin is the Instrumental Music Teacher at Holland Township School in Milford, NJ.

Howard “Howie” Husik is a dynamic percussionist who has performed on a number of projects. Providing strong rhythm foundation to a variety of genres such as Rock, Jazz, Americana/Country and Blues, be it on bongos, congas or full a trap set, some groups he’s performed with include: NYTROUS, The Philly Accent, The Generations Project, Edon Gunn, Eli T. Hawk and Howie And the Sunglasses.

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!

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 2018!


October 3, 2018
8:00 pm
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1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
101 Scotch Road + Google Map