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The Jazz Connection featuring Pamela Orlando

July 21, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

Preservation New Jersey and the New Jersey Jazz Society present The Jazz Connection featuring top song stylist in Philadelphia’s noted jazz circles Pamela Orlando at the 1867 Sanctuary.

The Jazz Connection features:
Peter Lauffer – Piano
Peter Inverso – Drums
Jerry D’Anna – Bass
Angelo DiBraccio – Saxaphone

Regarded as a top song stylist in Philadelphia’s noted jazz circles, Pamela Orlando has been entertaining audiences throughout the Northeast region.

Among her many professional accomplishments are concert appearances at the Mellon Jazz Festival, Willingboro Jazz Festival, and the Historic Keswick Theater. By invitation, Pamela performed for President Ronald Reagan during his 1980 campaign. She has headlined at Hotel Atop the Bellevue, The Ritz-Carlton, The Four Seasons Hotel, and the internationally acclaimed restaurant, Le Bec-Fin . She has also appeared at Caesar’s Hotel-Casino and the Trump Plaza in Atlantic City as well as New York’s Plaza Hotel and the Palace of Versailles in Paris France.

Pamela’s work encompasses a blend of jazz and pop stylings. Her lush alto voice can be heard on the album, “From: Me… To:You … I Miss You “written and produced by Artie Singer(“At the Hop”) and Roy Straigis (“So Much in Love”) for Arro Records. You will hear Pam’s “Philadelphia Christmas” played on local radio stations throughout Philadelphia.

Her versatility is revealed on a host of CD’s and albums in Music Minus One’s Pocket Song Library featuring the music of Sarah Vaughn, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Marilyn Monroe, Michel Legrand, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Glen Miller. On behalf of Music Minus One she has made several promotional appearances on the QVC Cable TV Network.

Miss Orlando’s television experience also includes Special Guest Artist billing on Al Alberts Showcase, a weekly Philadelphia-produced forum spotlighting local talent. She has also recorded jingles for Mobil Oil Company and Mainland Productions, and has made live broadcast appearances on WPEN’s radiothon and Philadelphia’s top jazz station WRTI.

Throughout her career, Pamela has consistently been recognized as one of the area’s leading vocalists. As bandleader and radio personality Al Raymond observed in his “Big Band Beat” column for “Out on the Town” newspaper: Pamela Orlando is what premier female singing is all about!…You can take 98 percent of the singers in the country today, and she demolishes them all! There is not enough space to describe Pamela Orlando. Let’s just say she’s the greatest!

Peter Lauffer began his piano studies at the age of five with his father, James, and continued with William and Louise Cheadle of Westminster Choir College. He was awarded the title of the Lawrence Township Scholar in 1969 and was granted a full scholarship to the Lawrenceville School where, upon graduation, he was given the class award for “consistent and significant contributions to the music program”. During this time, he was a regular finalist in the Anna B. Stokes and Mary Simon Gindhart Competitions. He received the Stokes first prize in both the piano and voice categories, and was granted an appearance with the Trenton Symphony for winning the Gindhart Competition.

He continued his studies at Indiana University with Dr. Karen Shaw and Dr. David Baker where he earned the Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance. He migrated to New York City where he studied with German Diez for eight years. Later studies were in choral conducting with Doctor Michael Mendoza at The College of New Jersey where he received the Master of Arts Degree focused on vocal music.

Mr. Lauffer has been the Director of Music at The Peddie School and an adjunct instructor of piano at The Lawrenceville School. At The College of New Jersey, he was staff accompanist, head of the piano proficiency program, and Assistant Choral Director for the New Jersey Governor’s School. Mr. Lauffer was Director of the Hopewell Valley Community Chorus, and Director of Choral Activities at Mercer County Community College. From 1990 to 2005, Mr. Lauffer served as Director of Music at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton.

Mr. Lauffer is currently teaching jazz improvisation at the Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University. He maintains his private studio of 30 years in Trenton where he teaches with his wife and duo-piano partner, Marianne. Mr. Lauffer is well known as a jazz pianist and performs prolifically throughout the tri-state area. He is currently focusing on this aspect of his career developing performing and recording venues.

Peter L. Inverso has established a reputation as both a progressive and versatile drummer in the Metropolitan area. By the age of 15, he became a professional and was able to perform in front of large audiences.

Citing Max Roach, Joe Morello, and Buddy Rich as major influences on his drumming, he studied with renown drummer Tony DeNicola who was associated with big band leaders such as: Harry James, Freddy Martin and Charlie Ventura.

He has been blessed and honored to have performed with many legendary musicians such as singer-recording artist Doris Spears, guitarist-recording artist Vinnie Carro and many others.

He has performed with opening acts for legendary comedian Pat Cooper, Fischer & Marks comedy team, and became the club drummer where Frank Sinatra Jr., Buddy Rich Orchestra, Glenn Miller Orchestra under the direction of Clarinetist Buddy DeFranco and Woody Herman Band worked.

As such, his drumming is both compositional and melodic and comes from a strong rhythmic and conceptual foundation.

Angelo DiBraccio has built an impressive reputation through his years of working with very popular and well-known recording artists such as Roberta Flack, Evelyn King, Regina Belle, The Supremes, The Happenings, The 1910 Fruitgum Company, Brother to Brother.

He is blessed and honored to have worked with many legendary studio musicians such as Stevie Gadd, Bernard Purdie, The Brecker Brothers, Hamish Stewart (of Average White Band) as well as well as having worked with many of the greatest jazz artists on the scene today such as: Kenny Baron, Dave Stryker, Bob Devoe, Cecil Brooks.

Angelo has performed with opening acts for Natalie Cole, Kool & the Gang, The Commodores, Johnny Winter, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Savoy Brown.

Angelo has toured with a number of national acts, and has developed solid songwriting and producing skills, even winning awards for his songs.

His recording credits include:
* Roberta Flack – “Roberta Flack” Atlantic SD 19186
* Brother to Brother – “Shades of Creation”
* Bruce Sudano – “Fugitive Kind”
* NiteFlyte – “Niteflyte”
* Doris Spears – “9 Fold Muse – Blues for Grown Folks”
* Soul Minded – “Power of the Flock”
* Izzy James – “A Call To Conscience”

Angelo DiBraccio’s musical education began at the age 10 with private lessons on piano and saxophone. He went on the study at Berklee College of Music in Boston.  He studies with some of the most illustrious woodwind teacher’s ever.

* Studied instrumental performance (saxophone) at Berklee College of Music with Joe Viola.
* Studied saxophone with Joseph Allard (of Juilliard School of Music)
* Studied saxophone and jazz improvisation with Dave Tofani (Top New York Studio Musician Steely Dan, Paul Simon, John Lennon, Frank Sinatra)
* Studied jazz improvisation with Adolf Sandoli in Philadelphia
* Studied flute with Thomas Nyfenger (Yale University)
* Studied flute with Harold Bennett (of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Metropolitan Orchestra in New York)
* Studied flute and saxophone with Bernie Berger (Broadway Musician)

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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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!


July 21, 2019
2:00 pm
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1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
101 Scotch Road + Google Map