Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Free Concert @ Bernardsville Library

Bernardsville Public Library is pleased to announce a free concert by pianist John Bianculli and singer Jackie Jones on Sunday, April 29 at 3:00 pm—the second of this year’s Sundays at Three concerts funded by the Friends of the Bernardsville Public Library. It will be a program of jazz standards, American popular song, renditions of some contemporary pop songs, and original music. Doors open at 2:45 pm. No sign-up is needed to attend.

John Bianculli is a lyrical and soulful pianist and composer. His dynamic original music is a unique blend of jazz, Latin, Brazilian, rhythm and blues, and world music. A self-taught, accomplished and versatile musician, Mr. Bianculli was born and raised in New York City’s Greenwich Village across from the Village Vanguard. He got much of his training playing the jazz circuit from New York to Washington D.C. His compositions have been performed by his quartet, quintet and sextet in New York City at the Blue Note, Jazzmania, Jazz Cultural-Theatre, Greene Street, the Rainbow Room and Jilly's; and in Washington D.C. at the One Step Down and Blues Alley.

About his music, the Home News and Tribune wrote, “It invokes beauty and playful fancy, stirs the imagination, and goes straight to the heart. It is unique, lyrical, dynamic, rich, and uplifting. . .” The Star Ledger described it as “ music that will draw you in and make you listen. . .”

Jackie Jones is a graduate of Newark's High School of the Performing Arts and Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey. While earning her degree in Psychology at Rutgers University, she continued her formal music education at the Mason Gross School of the Arts. There she trained and further refined her musical style under such noteworthy jazz talents as pianist Kenny Barron, drummer Keith Copeland, vibraphonist Steve Nelson and bassist Larry Ridley. As an alumna of Rutgers University, Ms. Jones maintains close ties with the jazz program, frequently returning as a guest performer. She has electrified audiences throughout the United States as well as internationally.

Ms. Jones has opened for the legendary Lou Rawls and has performed with numerous noteworthy artists. Her greatest vocal influences are anchored in the tradition of jazz song stylists Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, and Etta Jones.

For further information, call the library at 908-766-0118.

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