Jazz973 Presents Nadine LaFond at Clements Place Jazz Newark

Celebrate Women’s History Month when Jazz973 Presents Nadine LaFond at Clements Place Jazz

Vocalist and songwriter, Nadïne LaFond illustrates with performances that feel more like stirring storytelling sessions mixing diverse styles, cultures, and languages to set the tone. Moving from original tunes to soulful Jazz Standards to arrangements of her favorite “crusty” Blues to Haitian roots to pure Experimentation and Poetry, she and her band take audiences on a haunting and poignant journey.

Nadine LaFond

Nadïne’s solo recording debut, Wisdom Child, features eleven original tracks mixing styles like blues, jazz, rock, Caribbean roots and experimental that create a unified sound across a chronicle of songs about transforming adversity into light as inspiration to keep moving beyond struggle.

Whether on festival stages or in intimate listening rooms, Nadïne connects deeply with audiences through her engaging presence, fearless voice and distinct sound, which she honed over the years as a jazz vocalist at open jams in New York then as backing vocalist for several rock/funk and jam bands, as vocalist/percussionist member of Pan African ensemble, Wogbledoe, and as lead vocalist / co-songwriter with Swampadelica. Currently writing and bringing to life “all those crazy ideas” she’d been working to articulate for years, Nadïne is developing several projects that best express the many classic roots to abstract sounds now coming through.

Joining Nadïne for this special concert at Clement’s Place are:

  • Anthony Ware – tenor sax

  • Mike Tichy – guitar

  • Mike Noordzy – bass

  • T.W. Sample – keys

  • Wahkiba Julion – drums


Anthony Ware

Jersey-born virtuosic saxophone master and composer Anthony Ware style is very versatile and unique, ranging from Hip Hop, Funk, R&B to Jazz and Gospel. He has conquered New York music scene and now performing all over the globe with his band Anthony Ware Coretet. Combining styles and genres, he believes that ‘you have to tell the truth of yourself, the history and the present to really do the art justice.’ Anthony could also be seen accompanying some of the world’s famous artists on tour such as Grammy Winner Dee Dee Bridgewater, trumpeter Theo Croker’s DVRK funk, Chinese pop artist Khalil Fong. Ware also features on many records topping the list with J. Cole’s 2016 platinum album “4 Your Eyez Only” – a number-one record in the country selling up until 363,000 copies just in its first week. Ware himself says that he is very committed to the music and the culture, this is why whenever he gets time off touring worldwide or playing sets in the US he comes teaches music in several organizations including Jazz House Kids and Speak Music Academy sharing the love for music and his vast experience.


Mike Nordsky

Mike Noordzy is a NJ based musician and educator who plays upright and electric bass in a variety of styles. He teaches privately, at Rutgers University, Hudson Music Studios and Speak Music Conservatory as well as composes music for film and runs the experimental music label NACHT records. He holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Jazz Performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.
His bass sounds have graced stages all over the world including such notable venues as: The Blue Note, Birdland, Delacourte Theatre, City Winery, Sweet Rhythm, The Stone, CBGB’s, Barbes, the 55 Bar, ABC No Rio, the Zinc Bar, the Knitting Factory, Maxwell’s (Hoboken, NJ), Birch Hill (Old Bridge, NJ), the Saint (Asbury Park, NJ), The Stone Pony (Asbury Park, NJ), The Court Tavern (New Brunswick, NJ), The State Theater (New Brunswick, NJ), The Brighton Bar (Long Branch, NJ), World Cafe Live (Philadelphia PA), the Ark (Ann Arbor, MI) the 40 watt Club (Athens GA), the Reversible Eye (Atlanta GA), Old Town School of Folk (Chicago IL), The Church (Cleveland, OH), The Grog Shop (Cleveland, OH) The Spazzatorium (Greenville, NC), the Roxy (Los Angeles, CA), The Broadway Theatre (Saskatoon, Canada), Beat Niq (Calgary, Canada), Yardbird Suite (Edmonton, Canada)
Mike is also a studio recording artist. His upright and electric bass work is heard on several rock, jazz, country, folk, and experimental albums.



Mike Tichy is a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and producer and has been playing music full time since his teens. Born in New Jersey, he has toured The U.S., Canada and all over Europe many times, with NYC garage rock band The Mooney Suzuki, Neal Casal and as a solo artist. Whether playing rock, blues, jazz or pop, Mike is a prolific guitarist, bassist and drummer and has contributed to diverse projects both instrumentally and vocally as well as produced music and video and has taught privately sharing his years of expertise for two decades. He is currently the drummer and co-writer for comedian Jim Breuer’s heavy metal band Loud and Rowdy. Mike Tichy is a graduate of the Berkeley College of Music.



Memphis, Tennessee native T.W. Sample has a style that spans from Jazz to Gospel, R & B to Hip-Hop, and Classic Rock to Country. His talent allows him to be a proficient pianist, Hammond B3 organist, and keyboardist. T.W. Sample graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and from William Paterson University with a Master of Music in Jazz Performance. Currently, T.W. is a Doctoral candidate at Five Towns College with a concentration in Jazz Performance and Commercial music. He is also a proud member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, a film music supervisor, an adjunct professor, Assistant Director of Music, a music producer, a New Jersey certified public school teacher with advanced standings, Lawrenceville high school worship accompanist, and he leads his own piano and organ trio’s regularly in the tri-state area.



New Brunswick, New Jersey native Wahkiba Julion is a multi-faceted drummer/percussionist/producer playing a variety of styles ranging from reggae, hip-hop, Afro-Cuban, and Jazz. A graduate of the Institute of Audio Research in NYC. Wahkiba has been drumming since 2000 and developed his skills over the years working with Ras Ujima & Black Circle Symphony, Judah Tribe, and most recently Jesse Royal. His influences are A Tribe Called Quest, J Dilla, Sugar Minott, Giovanni Hidalgo. His work with the Black Circle Symphony has been a mentorship program for youth in the hub city area by performing workshops at community cultural events and public school assemblies. Wahkiba is performing next with tap dancer, musician and Broadway artist Omar Edwards in the Greater NYC area. He is currently a member of Judah Tribe reggae band as well as performs with a variety of artists in different genres.

This event is free but registration required due to limited seating.

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