We are continuing the revival of our beloved Priory Jazz Club, now known as Monsignor Linder Plaza! After a series of successful Jazz Nights, we are thrilled to announce the addition of our next highly acclaimed performer, Lynette Sheard. Join us for an unforgettable evening of live music as Lynette brings together a lineup of incredible musicians and performers.
Lynette Sheard is a gifted versatile vocalist with a five-octave range. She is an actor, producer and director. She is the unseated “West Orange Idol”.
Lynette’s performances have been acknowledged in numerous publications including the New York Times, The Record and the Chronicle. The Star Ledger proclaims that “Her voice reaches deep into one’s soul and finds a soft spot” She performs Jazz, R&B, Gospel, Soul and Pop music throughout the tri-state area. Theater credits include principal roles in: Dream Girls, Smokey Joes Café, Ragtime, Swing, Aida, and an encore performance as Lena Younger Mama in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. She has received countless awards and recognition for her musical service work with children, the elderly and veterans. She is a founding member of the Guiding Stars, a Medical Missions group of professional performers who volunteer to entertain veterans and children. Her performances have raised thousands for Hurricane Katrina Survivors, Haitian Relief efforts, The Red Cross and numerous other local charities.
New Community Jazz Night
Joining Lynette on this special occasion will be:
Jeffry Foote is an actor, singer and tap dancer, and has been performing for over 20 years. Jeffry has trained in the art of tap with Deborah Mitchell, Karen Calloway Williams, Omar Edwards, and many others. Some of his past credits include “Riffin & Tappin”, “Dance Bojangles Dance”, “42nd Street”, “Shades Of Harlem”, and recently New York City Center Encores “Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope” directed and choreographed by Savion Glover.
He also occasionally performs as Sammy Davis Jr in The Rat Pack Together Again which performs all over the east coast. Jeffry also teaches tap in the tri state area and is a member and a principal dancer of the New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble under the direction of Deborah Mitchell.
As a young girl, Monet Sheard’s canvases were her living room walls. Her creative soul has always made its presence in the physical world. Art, for her, is a crucial means for simply living, gathering inspiration from imperfection, and not taking life too seriously. Monet’s art is driven by her interests in perception, embodied experience, musicians, and feelings of self. She strives to make the concerns of art relevant to society at large.
Her work explores the varying relationships between popular culture and fine art. Monet admires the beauty of faces, unique expressions, depth, color, and geometry. Within her work, she aims for realism and a beautiful, unique portrayal of her subjects. Monet’s digital works span graphic design, website development, animation, and logo design. For her physical art, Monet’s choices in mediums are abundant, ranging from paint to plaster.
Glenn Meritt on Piano
Originally hailing from the vibrant city of New York, Glenn now calls New Jersey home. His musical journey began in his youth, and over the past two decades, his jazz skills have continued to flourish. Glenn has graced the stages of popular venues such as the Deerhead Inn in PA, Smoke Jazz Club in New York, Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair, and Cafe Vivace in Plainfield, the South Orange Performing Art Center Loft, the Priory Jazz Club in Newark, and corporate assignments at Disney Mars corporation and Liberty State Museum in Jersey City and more. You can also catch Glenn regularly at the acclaimed Shanghai Jazz in Madison, NJ. With an impeccable technique, lush chord voicing, and a flair for improvisation, Glenn attributes his exceptional style to his mentor, the late Morris Nanton of the renowned Morris Nanton Trio.
Clarence Conover on Bass
Clarence Conover on Bass – ‘Groove Master’. With a mastery of multiple instruments and a knack for captivating performances, Clarence is a bandleader like no other. Over 40 years ago, he founded M-Pack Music Productions, driven by the mission of creating life-changing sounds. Along his impressive journey, Clarence has been involved with legends like Patti Labelle, Teddy Pendergrass, and Grover Washington Jr., to name just a few. Currently, you know him as the bassist lighting up venues across the Tri-State area, from recent performances in Atlantic City, the Morris Museum, the South Orange Performing Arts Center, Orange Food Truck and Jazz Festival and the West Orange Jazz Festival at OSPAC and more. He’s a sought-after artist for many NJ towns’ annual live music outdoor series Cranford to South Orange to Passaic and beyond. When Clarence isn’t gracing the stage, he’s busy crafting new music in the studio for his devoted fans.
Gordon Lane on Drums
Gordon Lane is a highly respected presence on the jazz scene. Gordon Lane has been a recurring member of world-renowned guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan’s New York trio since 2003. In February of 2008, Mr. Lane was invited to perform at the Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, Russia with saxophonist George Garanian. The sold-out concert was a resounding success.” Gordon Lane’s first CD recording, as a co-leader, was completed in March 2013 with the release of “Shades of Blue” by the Mood Indigo Trio. In August of 2013, Gordon completed a one-week engagement, with Jordan and Charnett Moffett, at the Iridium Jazz Club of New York City, presenting Jordan’s latest CD release: “State of Nature”. The list of artists Gordon has performed with illuminates his skill and versatility. Some of the notables are: Ahmad Jamal, Claudio Roditi, Arthur Prysock, Rhoda Scott, Alvin Batiste, James Moody, Houston Person, Freddy Cole, Stanley Jordan, Eric Reed, Slide Hampton, Donald Braden and Michel LeGrand.
Monsignor William J Linder Plaza aka The Priory Jazz Club
New Community Jazz Night is back in full swing. Enjoy a special holiday performance by the Lynette Sheard Experience on Friday, Dec. 1 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Monsignor William J. Linder Plaza, 233 West Market St., Newark. Tickets are $20 each and proceeds will benefit New Community Career & Technical Institute (NCCTI). NCCTI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
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