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Wenonah Brooks

October 29, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

Wenonah Brooks

“When October Goes”

Wenonah Brooks

Preservation New Jersey and the New Jersey Jazz Society are pleased to welcome reknowned jazz vocalist Wenonah Brooks with Radam Schwartz on keyboards back to the renowned acoustic space of the 1867 Sanctuary.

Wenonah is a jazz vocalist who sings the music of Hart, Porter, Monk, etc…. in the traditional jazz style. She may “wenonah-size” a more contemporary tune as well!

Wenonah Brooks
Wenonah Brooks

Wenonah Brooks, born and raised in Hopewell, New Jersey has been performing in one way or another since the age of eight (8). Trained in the tradition of gospel music, Wenonah and her five (5) sisters have performed as the group “Brooks Ensemble Plus” in many public forums.

It is a natural transition for an artist with these roots to develop a singular style. The emergence of this style for Wenonah has been in the area of jazz, a music steeped in blues and gospel tradition.

Tradition is a key word in describing the music of Wenonah Brooks. In recent years, modern jazz has taken on a chaotic element, breaking with its past and leaving many conservative jazz audiences wanting for the music they had grown to appreciate. Wenonah’s concept has been to bring the performance of jazz back to its fundamentals, namely, recognizable standard songs expressed in the form of the artist. Specifically, her performance is a synthesis of standard material from Porter, Hart, etc.… and her personal style of subtle interpretation.

Wenonah’s notoriety increased over the years. Looking toward the future Wenonah is pursuing the study of music hoping to bring more of the standard songs of the past to the world of jazz through the application of jazz arranging. Her goal is to ultimately produce recorded music funded by jazz enthusiasts who are interested in preserving the authentic jazz tradition.

Wenonah finished a residency in Hopewell Elementary School with the music teacher, working with five fifth grade classes. She shared with them the history of blues, enabling each class to write lyrics and melody to their own blues song as a class project. The song that best demonstrated what the classes were taught was performed with Wenonah’s jazz trio at the annual spring concert.

In past years Wenonah has performed at an annual self-produced jazz concert in her hometown of Hopewell at the Off-Broadstreet Theatre. Her special guests at various concerts have been pianist Dr. John Valerio, saxophonist Ralph Bowen, baritone saxophonist Denis DiBlasio and tenor saxophonist Houston Person.


Radam Schwartz
Radam Schwartz

Radam Schwartz, Jazz Organist and pianist, has built his reputation over the last 30 years playing with such great musicians as Arthur and Red Prysock, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Al Hibler, David Fathead Newman and Jimmy Ford, Cecil Brooks III. He continues to make music history today playing with renowned artists Russell Malone, the Spirit of Life Ensemble, TK Blue, Conrad Herwig and many others.

Radam’s prolific career has led to many successful recordings, many making the national charts. In all, he has been on over 40 recordings, 6 as leader and 2 as a co-leader. Some of the artists that he has recorded with are Don Braden, Jay Hogard, Ed Cherry, Andy McCloud, Bill Saxton, Bruce Williams, Frank Lacy, Paul Beaudry, Alvester Garnett, Jeff Hackworth, Rodney Jones, Miles Griffith etc.

In 2009 and 2010 Radam received awards from Sesac for jazz composition. He was also mentioned in the world famous Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll in August 2009, 2010, 2015, and 2016. He is also known for his work with singers including Della Griffin, Irene Reid, Madame Pat Tandy, Cynthia Holiday, Yvette Glover, Annette St. John, Carrie Jackson, and many others.

Radam also has been a jazz educator for many years, formerly as music director at the Jazz Institute of New Jersey (for 20 years), artist-in-residence at Middlesex County Arts program (for 24 years), and an instructor at Jazz House Kids in Montclair NJ where he teaches jazz improv and directs several ensembles (his advanced ensemble won first place in the 2012 Charles Mingus Competition), and the Jazz Academy at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ. He currently is the director of the Rutgers-Newark Mosaic Jazz Ensemble as well.

In 2012 Radam obtained a Masters degree form the Rutgers Newark Jazz Research and History Department, directed by Dr. Lewis Porter. He is currently working on turning several aspects of his thesis into books.

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.

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**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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October 29, 2017
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1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
101 Scotch Road + Google Map