The Metuchen Arts Council continues to bring more jazz to Metuchen by launching Cornerstone Jazz Series, recalling the days of Metuchen’s Cornerstone Restaurant where many jazz greats performed. Held on the first Sunday of the month at 3 PM, sessions are designed to encourage all ages to attend. Don Braden (saxophone) Quartet presents Earth Wind and Wonder on June 2. Winard Harper (drums) & Jeli Posse perform on July 7 and Westerhoff School of Music & Art with organist Radam Schwartz on August 4.
Doors open at 3 PM at the Old Franklin School at 491 Middlesex Avenue (Rt 27) next to the fire house. Adults $10 and Students FREE. Venue is easily accessible from NJ Turnpike/Exit 10, Garden State Parkway Exit 132 and NJ Transit NE Corridor.
Saxophonist and flutist Don Braden (June 2) is an exciting, interactive jazz soloist, composer, and a passionate and educator. He has toured the world leading his own ensembles, as a special guest, and as a sideman with Jazz greats Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Haynes, and many others. He is a specialist at arranging and performing classic popular songs in the modern jazz style. His latest CD Earth Wind and Wonder features his quartet performing jazz interpretations of songs by R&B titans Earth Wind and Fire and Stevie Wonder.
Winard Harper (July 7), percussionist/drummer is internationally recognized for his passion for Jazz at its finest. His latest CD, Coexist, with his band The Jeli Posse bears witness to Winard’s passion for Jazz and his mentoring young talents. Harper is a featured educator in multiple Jazz Clinics and workshops. He has worked with many jazz legends including Betty Carter, Branford Marsalis, Nancy Wilson, Terence Blanchard, Dianne Krall, Jon Faddis, Geri Allen and 10 years with Billy Taylor. “To a band, the drums are what your heart is to your body.” Winard Harper
Westerhoff School of Music & Art (August 4) is a Metuchen based arts school that is recognized for the professionalism and quality of its faculty and educational programs. Performing will be faculty members Takao Heisho, drums, Nathan Reising, saxophone, and John Morrison, guitar.