Jon Brooks, with Fred Gillen, Jr.
- Common Ground Coffeehouse at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester, Hastings-on-Hudson NY
Common Ground is proud to present an evening of jazz with The Ron Vincent Trio, with The RiverArts Jazz Ensemble, and special guest Mark Morganelli.
Ron Vincent is a veteran of the New York City jazz scene. Working often as a sideman, Ron has recorded for labels such as GRP, Concord and Palmetto records, the latter where he has been producer as well as co-producer for a number of projects.Ron was a member of the Gerry Mulligan Quartet and Mr. Mulligan’s Re-Birth of the Cool Tentet from 1989 until Mr. Mulligan’s passing in 1996. He recorded four CD’s with Mr. Mulligan and has also recorded with Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Randy Brecker, Bob Brookmeyer, Bill Charlap, John Lewis, and Slide Hampton to name a few. Ron has appeared with such notables as Art Farmer, John McNeil, Karrin Allyson, Jimmy Heath, Rob McConnell, Clark Terry, Rufus Reid and Dr. Billy Taylor. As a leader, his trio and quartet are active in the U.S. and Europe. As a jazz artist/educator for Sabian Cymbals, Ron has presented workshops at over 80 Colleges and Universities and has been on the faculty of the Jamie Aebersold Jazz Camps and the Stanford Jazz Camp.
Grammy nominated guitarist/composter Jay Azzolina has been part of the New York Jazz scene for the past three decades. Jay’s associations include Michael Urbaniak, Herbie Mann, Jaco Pastorius, Harvie S, Spyro Gyra, Dave Samuels, Kenny Werner, Chuck Mangione, Ron McClure, John Abercrombie, Randy Brecker, Jerry Bergonzi, The Westchester Jazz Orchestra and John Patitucci. Jay has also been a recurring accompanist for singers Michael Franks, Donna Summer, Rickie Lee Jones, Manhattan Transfer and Sheila Jordan. As a leader Jay has recorded four CD’s of original compositions with some of the most influential players in Jazz including, Chris Potter, Adam Nussbaum, Larry Goldings, Gary Versace, John Patitucci, Tim Ries and Greg Hutchinson. Jay continues to write and perform vigorously while maintaining a strong commitment to teaching and lecturing at Manhattanville College.
Bassist Dean Johnson has been busy freelancing with a wide variety of artists in the Northeast, and has had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and numerous tours of Europe, Japan, Brazil, Australia, Mexico, and Israel. Some of the eclectic array of artists Dean has been and continues to be involved with over that time include: Dave Liebman, Lee Konitz, Randy Brecker, Joe Lovano, Phil Woods, Grover Washington, Dave Grusin, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Samuels, Paul McCandless, Art Farmer, Bill Frisell, and vocalists Sheila Jordan, Jackie and Roy, Mark Murphy, Carol Sloane and Helen Merrill. Gerry Mulligan however is Dean's most prominent association. Dean spent over 10 years with Mr. Mulligan until his passing in 1996 in a variety of musical situations including the Quartet, Nonet, Big Band, and with symphony orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
As a trumpeter and flugelhornist, Mark Morganelli performed at the 1976 Montreux Jazz Festival, the 1992 & 1994 Syracuse Jazz Festivals, the Du Maurier Downtown Toronto Jazz Festival, JVC/NY and Saratoga Jazz Festivals, several tours of Italy, many concerts and festivals in Europe, Japan, Brazil and the Caribbean, and hosted nightly jam sessions aboard QE2 to the Newport Jazz Festival from 1996-99. He continues to perform with his Jazz Forum All-Stars around the region and has released "My Romance," his fourth CD as leader.
The RiverArts Jazz Ensemble formed two years ago under the direction of RA board member/jazz artist Ron Vincent and pianist/composer/arranger Nancy Kennedy. Students have learned the music of great composers such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock. Using the repertoire from America's Classical Music as a springboard, the ensemble members experience improvising in jazz, latin, funk, and pop styles. Since its inception the group has performed at Cabrini Nursing Home, Andrus Nursing Home, Dobbs Ferry Waterfront Concert Series and a handful of private affairs. RiverArts Jazz Ensemble members are, Jack Cattabiani, on bass and piano, Lucas Saur on bass and cello, Leah Alligood on flute and piccolo, Meena Chen on guitar and Zak Armacost on drums.
Common Ground Community Concerts is a grassroots music production and event planning organization based in Westchester County NY. For the past 13 years, Common Ground has produced its flagship Common Ground Coffeehouse series, sponsored by (and hosted by) The First Unitarian Society of Westchester, in Hastings-on-Hudson NY.
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