Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Bernardsville Public Library is pleased to present a free concert on Sunday, October 14 at 3:00 pm by the newly formed jazz quartet Brynn, Grover & Jazz Jump, featuring both the single and double vocals of singer Brynn Stanley and singer/guitarist Grover Kemble.  Their sound specializes in arrangements of The Great American Songbook interspersing clever medleys with elements of swing and Jump/Blues from the 1940's. Extra highlights also include wonderful Latin American bossa nova stylings to round out a uniquely entertaining and enjoyable program.  The two singers will be backed up by Tim Metz on upright bass and John H’Vasta on drums.  This concert is part of the Sundays at Three concert series funded by the Friends of the Bernardsville Public Library.  Doors open at 2:45 pm.  No sign-up is needed to attend.  

In 2011, at a famous local jazz spot, a chance encounter between gifted young jazz singer, Brynn Stanley, and seasoned veteran jazz entertainer, Grover Kemble, led to a great friendship and a unique joint venture.  This fresh and adventurous musical act features both artists’ ample and diverse song styling.  Mr. Kemble’s popularity and notoriety stem from many years as a well-known jazz entertainer, vocalist, and guitarist. He has graced many famous concert halls, festivals, and venues, while Ms. Stanley has recently garnered glowing reviews for her remarkable voice, exuberant jazz sensibility, and presence.  Together, this swinging act makes for an enjoyable and varied musical event.  As a duo, they create a tapestry of songs ranging from Gershwin to Ellington.   

Brynn Stanley has been singing professionally for several years at special venues throughout the New York metropolitan area.  Upon graduating from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a fine arts major and a concentration in theatre, Ms. Stanley immediately embarked on a singing career.  She has been a featured performer at several events held at the New Jersey Governor's Mansion, most notably the "NJ Heroes" celebration.  She continues to perform at Shanghai Jazz in Madison, NJ and many well-known jazz concert series throughout the tri-state area.  Her smooth and soulful voice takes familiar songs and flips them into contemporary versions in a unique style that's all her own.  Focusing primarily on jazz, soul, and pop, Ms. Stanley’s collection of music continues to expand with the integration of original music into her performances.

Grover Kemble's unique and colorful interpretations of jazz, Latin, R&B, and original   compositions have garnered him considerable  attention and acclaim from music connoisseurs  and critics for well over two decades.  Mr. Kemble has been in constant demand as one of the New York metropolitan area's premier entertainers since he captivated audiences in the 1970's at New York City's The Bottom Line, The Other End  and the Newport Jazz Festival.  His career has been nationally highlighted with stints at The Roxy in Los Angeles, the Spoleto Arts Festival in Charleston, and the Wolf Trap Jazz Festival in Vienna, Virginia.  Internationally, Mr. Kemble has been a regular performer at the world famous Jazz Keller in Frankfurt, Germany.  He began playing professionally in his early teens and performed with numerous acts before touring nationally with the novel groups, Sha­na-na and Za Zu Zaz.  He has played in both duo and group settings with world-renowned jazz artist John Pizzarelli and accompanied his band in 2005 at the JVC Jazz Festival at Carnegie Hall. 

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


Photo attachment (left to right): Tim Metz, Grover Kemble, Brynn Stanley, and John H'Vasta

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