Come on out and enjoy what Jazz973 is all about, the FUTURE RISING BAND is an emerging artist Jazz series by musicians serious about making a difference on the Jazz scene. We have not one but four rising stars being led by one serious professional and it definitely shows. Curated to showcase those musicians working amongst their peers and the professionals. FUTURE RISING is producing some serious beautiful music each and every time they hit the stage. Clements Place is the perfect place for you to come on out and experience the magic. It’s free, it’s local so come join us. RSVP a must due to limited seating.







The daughter of the native Detroiters and acclaimed duo Charles and Gwen Scales, Lauren Scales has been performing for most of her life. She earned her Bachelor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Michigan, and her Master of Music in Songwriting Composition from New York University. She was named the NYU Steinhardt Songwriting Scholar of 2017, received national recognition as a composer/performer in the 2016 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C, and claimed Second Runner Up in the 2016 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition hosted by the NJPAC and judged by such jazz icons as Christian McBride and Dianne Reeves. Most recently, she was a participant in the first annual 2018 UNISA Jazz Vocal Competition, hosted by the University of South Africa. Lauren continues to perform in a variety of configurations in the New York City area, and is working towards her debut E.P..


Gil Scott Chapman is a 28-year-old, classically trained jazz pianist from Westfield, New Jersey. He began his classical music studies with Dr. Loretta Jankowski at the tender age of 7; where under her tutelage, he won and placed in various classical piano competitions. He is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy (2008). Gil proceeded to earn his B.F.A. (Jazz Studies) and Master of Music (Improvisation) from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. While there, he studied under world renowned jazz pianist and educator Geri Allen (undergraduate); and also with another famed jazz pianist, Benny Green (Masters)–who was the late great Oscar Peterson’s protege. Chapman has performed and recorded alongside many celebrated artists including opera diva Jessye Norman and composer-pianist Bob James. In 2012, while matriculated at the University of Michigan, Chapman received praise from the incomparable Ahmad Jamal, whom he played for in a master-class setting. The following year, the University of Michigan Jazz Department recommended Gil Scott to participate in another master-class at Wayne State University with composer-pianist Danilo Perez. To his delight, Chapman was invited to perform with Perez at the Detroit Jazz Festival. Gil also played a crucial role in the development the “Gershwin Initiative”—where (The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance) entered into a long-term partnership with the Gershwin family to undertake a two-part initiative that will bring the music of George and Ira Gershwin to students, scholars, performers and audiences across campus and worldwide. A gifted artist with an insatiate curiosity, Gil Scott’s quest to push the jazz art form, therefore himself, is without end.


Caylen Bryant has been connected to music since she was a child. Growing up in a very musical household, she draws her inspiration from her family. She began on the cello as a young girl- but has been singing for longer than she can remember. She began playing the bass at Oberlin and now plays a wide variety of music on both the upright bass and electric bass. Caylen is an alumna of Oberlin College and Conservatory, and graduated from the double degree program in the class 2017. She currently lives in South Orange, New Jersey, and is an active working musician; playing in the New York city tri state area.


Jarrett Walser began his musical journey at the age of three but his love for jazz began at the age of 11 when he started studying at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s (NJPAC) Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens program in 2001. During his 7 years at NJPAC, he had the fortunate opportunity to study with jazz greats such as Ralph Peterson, Cecil Brooks III and Dion Parson. After his studies at NJPAC, he continued to pursue his passion for music at Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts, where he received his B.A.(2012) and M.M.(2017) in Jazz Performance. While there he was able to study with world class musicians Victor Lewis, Ralph Bowen and Conrad Herwig to name a few. Over the years, Jarrett Walser has performed with various groups at numerous venues and occasions including performances at the Iridium, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Allen Room, Victoria Theater at New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Trumpets, The Blue Note, Blues Alley and Carnegie Hall. He is currently a member of Amigos, Amigos! a Prog-Rock Band and Goddess Laskshmi an Indie Rock Band. He has recently performed with jazz trumpeter Eddie Allen’s groups PUSH, Eddie Allen Quintet and 3hree for Loius:Tribute to Louis Armstrong, as well as Jazz Saxophonist Chico Freeman. Jarrett continues to perform for a variety of public and private events and is working towards starting his own groups to perform his own music.


Saxophonist and vocalist, Lance Bryant comes out of Markham, Illinois, a small town near Chicago. He received his formal music education at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where he studied saxophone and, composition and arranging. After moving to New York City in the mid. 1980s, Lance continued his education, studying saxophone and arranging privately with Frank Foster, the former director of the Count Basie Orchestra. In 1990 Lance began his decade-long relationship with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra and in 1993 became the Orchestra’s Musical Director and Principal Arranger. Lance also made his film debut in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X and traveled extensively with Phyllis Hyman, Jon Hendricks, Pete “LaRocca” Sims, Wallace Roney, Abdulah Ibrahim, Bootsy Collins, James Williams and others. In the early summer of 2000, Lance was selected as an on-stage musician for the Broadway production of the musical review Swing!. More recently Lance performed in the orchestra for the Broadway production of George C. Wolfe’s “Shuffle Along …” featuring Tony Award winner Audra MacDonald and the choreography of Savion Glover. Lance’s earliest musical experience was established while growing up in the Baptist Church. His connection with spirituality and music has endured. In 2002 he released Psalm, the first of four Cds featuring original songs, and jazz arrangements of hymns and Spirituals. Lance’s current performing and touring activity includes the New Lionel Hampton Big Band featuring Jason Marsalis as co-director, with South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim and Ekaya, occasionally with the Count Basie Orchestra, as well as performing his own music in the New York/New Jersey area. While not touring Lance continues to serve on the faculty of the Jazz at Lincoln Center educational department in New York City.

Come on out and join us in Jazz973 and have some fun with us. Limited seating so please RSVP today.

Thank You

Gregory Burrus


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Organizer of Jazz973@Clements Place Presents Future Rising Quintet



Gregory Burrus is a local live music ambassador, event developer an community partner that develops, manages, promotes and documents local community events in the Greater New Jersey and New York Area.

Gregory Burrus sits on a number of local boards and committees and serves as the Board Member Maplewood Community Music, Manages, Vice President of the North Jersey Blues Alliance, Curates and Promotes the South Orange Downtown After Sundown Live Music Concerts, the South Orange 24 Hours of Music Festival, the SOPAC Playing Around South Orange Music Initiative, the Maplewood 4th of Music Live Music Events, Newark’s Jazz973 at Clements Place Jazz Series, NYC John Jay College Myrna Bain Scholarship Fundraiser, the Orange NJ ValleyArts Music Programs, Creator of the South Orange Farmers Market Jazz Jam, along with booking bands at many other local venues.

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Live Music Ambassador, Producer and Promoter - Gregory’s passion is making live music come alive for all of us to enjoy - Gregory Burrus is our local live music ambassador and community partner that curates, manages, promotes and documents our South Orange Downtown After Sundown Live Music Concerts, the South Orange 24 Hours of Music Festival, the South Orange Farmers Market Jazz Jam including curating performers for the SOPAC South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) Playing Around South Orange Pianos Project along with booking bands at many other local Essex County venues.

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