Join event Chairs, CC Minton and Gregory Burrus, for a private celebratory evening in Glen Ridge, NJ. This private Stevenson Moses Boxing For Life Ringside for a Cause event will be held on Friday, November 15, 2019,
This Stevenson Moses Boxing For Life Ringside for a Cause festive, celebratory evening will include the following:
• Round #1
An opening mix and mingle reception hosted by The historic Ridgewood Country Club. The nights culinary delights will include bits and bites paired with wine and selective beers.
During this round guest will mix and mingle while celebrating with other invitees and be treated to a behind the scenes view of the champs journey from his hometown of Newark, NJ to his WBO championship bout in Reno, NV.
Guess will have a chance to support our fundraising 50-50 or participate in a silent auction.
Please join us for our inaugural Jazzy Night of sophisticated live music and more in the beautifully appointed speakeasy styled Essex Room located in the very stylish South Orange restaurant – The Fox and Falcon Restaurant.
Jazzy Nights is happy to bring back to South Orange, NJ, one of Downtown After Sundown’s most popular bands DC Fusion featuring band leader and bassist Darryl Clark with Howard Hall on keys and Brazilian drummer extraordinaire Mauricio DeSouza!
Joining DC Fusion will be one the most requested 2017 Downtown After Sundown’s Live Music Concert’s Vocalist, the Lady of Soul Shadiyah Cobbertt-Hutchinson.
Please join us as recreate some of the summer as we move thru the fall and into the jazzy smooth nights of winter in the inviting and warm cozy confines of The Fox and Falcon’s Essex room. No Cover, Free Parking, 2 Drnk or Food Order Minimum.
About Darryl Clark
Darryl Clark developed his love of music as a youth in East Elmhurst (Queens), NY, where he was classically trained on guitar in elementary school. By high school, he discovered the fusion sounds of Stanley Clarke, falling in love with Stanley’s School Days album and was officially bitten by “the bass bug,” adopting a deep respect and affection for the styles of Larry Graham, Louis Johnson and Jaco Pastorius, to name a few.
The ‘70’s were a time of neighborhood bands and East Elmhurst had quite of few of them including neighbor and professional bassist Kim Clarke. Kim inspired Darryl to hone his chops by attending Jazzmobile in Harlem. While at Jazzmobile, Darryl studied under the direction of legendary bassist, Earl May.
Darryl has spent a musical lifetime living, learning and accomplished in the spectrum of styles; traditional jazz, fusion, funk, gospel, rock and alternative make up an inclusive repertoire playing with jazz artists including Nat Adderley Jr., Tina Fabrique, Peter Lin, Marshall McDonald and Slide Hampton.
Other projects include the Essex County Youth Detention Center Prison Ministry, Lafayette College Jazz Ensemble, St Matthew Ame Gospel Chorus, The Owens Brothers Band and The Perfect Alibi Quartet.
About Maurício de Souza
Born in Brasília, Brazil, Maurício de Souza is a professional jazz drummer who easily performs in both traditional jazz and Brazilian jazz styles. De Souza was a pupil of world renowned jazz drummer Joe Morello.
Coming from a musical family, de Souza began playing drums at age eleven. His early interest in complex music led him to explore numerous styles ranging from progressive rock, to classical music, to jazz.
Since 2004, de Souza has directed/performed with his own groups: Maurício de Souza Group (Straight Ahead Jazz) and Bossa Brasil® (Brazilian Jazz). As a band leader, he has released four albums to date: ˝Here. There…˝, ˝Different Directions˝, ˝Trajeórias˝, and ˝Five Roads˝ (new album). Lately, de Souza has been focusing more on his Brazilian Jazz project and writing his own compositions for that group.
Some of the amazing artists de Souza has had the pleasure of performing/recording with include Mike Stern (guitar), Marc Copland (piano), Greg Gisbert (trumpet), John Lee (electric bass), Gary Mazzaroppi (acoustic bass), Dmitry Baevsky (alto sax), and Adrian Cunningham (tenor sax).
Highlight performances as a band leader include appearances at Blue Note NY, NJPAC, Festival International de Jazz de Quebec, Westfield Downtown Jazz Festival, DiMenna Center, Kitano Hotel, Saint Peter’s Chruch, Gates Pub (Brazil), among many other prestigious venues/festivals.
De Souza and his music are/have been featured in Jazz Times Magazine, Hot House Jazz Magazine, NYC Jazz Record, WBGO, Music Choice, Pandora, Sirius XM, Jazz Week, and numerous radio stations in the US, Brazil, Canada, and Poland.
Keys: Howard’s diverse musical background includes classical, R&B, jazz, Latin jazz and gospel. Howard displays a soulful and melodic touch to his interpretations. Howard’s style drives the group to explore new places for many standards. Howard has played the Bitter End, NJPAC Clements Place Jazz Jam, The NJ summer concert series in Jersey city, Dukes, and Hat City Kitchen.
Aspiring talent Ife Basim; pronounced ee-fay baa-seem, is an unstoppable force in
the entertainment world, and her brand is soon to become a household name .
Born Joy Elaine, she adopted the name Ife Basim, a Yoruba and Arabic
combination that means ‘love is smiling’, to define her purpose and goal, which is
to present elegant, yet entertaining performances to the delight of audiences near
In her early days as a Contemporary Christian Artist, Songwriter and Arranger, she
co-produced 3 CD projects of original music which she performed nationally and
internationally with her band ‘Gifts’. She has opened for other well- known
Christian Artists, was signed with Jamm Records, a Los Angeles, California record
company, and has had her music played on radio stations throughout the US.
As a jazz vocalist, Ife Basim’s rich melodic voice and unique phrasing take you
back to the days of classic jazz, invoking shades of Sarah Vaughan and hints at the
daring of Billie Holiday. Warmly embraced by enthusiastic audiences, she has
appeared at several venues in the Tri-state area.
As a producer and promoter of special events, Ife Basim has received local acclaim
for the Annual Women’s History Month Celebrations held each March at the St.
Joseph’s Plaza (formerly known as the Priory) located in Newark New Jersey.
These uniquely memorable experiences have focused on honoring extraordinary
women for their outstanding accomplishments, while at the same time empowering
and encouraging women, young and old to pursue their dreams and practice the art
of protecting their peace. Each event has played to a packed house, with audiences
being treated to virtuoso performance by the Tri-statet’s most talented artists.
Ife Basim has now set her sights on becoming a Playwright, and her debut stage
production of “Storms Weathered” is quickly capturing the interest of many. This
intriguing production features fictional, intimate discussions between 4 of the most
renowned women in jazz and blues history – Josephine Baker, Billie Holiday,
Ethel Waters and Bessie Smith. The brutally honest discourse between these four
dynamic women reveals how they each found the courage to persevere in their
careers and personal lives despite the obstacles they each encountered. Courage
that allowed them to lay the foundation for the sound and style of entertainers past,
present, and future. Slated for full production in the Fall of 2019, or Spring of
2020, Ife has stimulated interest with dramatic readings of excerpts from the script
at several diverse venues including the Newark Public Library’s Women’s History
Month Celebration 2018, the Valley Arts Center in Orange NJ, St. Joseph’s Plaza (formerly known as the Priory) in Newark, NJ as well as the East Orange City
Council Department of Recreational and Cultural Affairs Women’s History Month
Ife Basim’s prowess as a writer was rewarded in her essay being selected and
performed by actress Marsha Stephanie Blake at the Billie Holiday Theater’s
50in50, “Letters to Our Daughters”. These monologue presentations premiered at
the Kumble Theater in Brooklyn, NY, and was also performed to sold out
audiences at the Waco Theater in Los Angeles, California.
You can anticipate great things from this uber-talented phenom Ife Basim as her
love for producing and performing great entertainment will leave you smiling and
Joy – Ife Basim – Love is certainly smiling.
About Jazzy Nights
South Orange NJ has live music scene that for a small town has a wonderful season of live outdoor music that runs from May thru September in various venues all over town. While Jazz is our love, Jazzy Nights is not only about extending the wonderful South Orange Live Music Scene which truly does runs all summer, but should continue int the fall and spring.
So Jazz Nights is not just jazz but all flavors of live music along with the mission of keeping the community of live music lovers entertained throughout the year. Since you didn’t go away, and your love for the music is always with you, we want to be here for you. Thanks to Fox and Falcon, we get a chance to explore this opportunity.
So no matter where you are, we hope you come on out and join us, meet old and new friends and have some fun with us in the speakeasy style Essex Room of the Fox and Falcon restaurant. It’s warm and cozy so join us.
The Abel Mireles Group is an ensemble of some of the best musicians in the NYC area, who with their vast cultural backgrounds create an exciting sound based on the tradition of jazz. With the great opportunity to incorporate the legendary musicians such as, drummer Winard Harper, and pianist James Weidman, Mireles seeks to incorporate their large experience, solidness and creativity as the foundation of the music. Also, bassist Myles Slonikler in conjunction with Harper, and Weidman, create a platform characterized by both, the tradition and modern jazz. This platform is used with the purposes of exploration and communication of ideas within the straight-ahead jazz style. The repertoire consists mostly of compositions by the leader as well as arrangements of traditional songs of the American jazz standard book.
Winard Harper – Drums
Downbeat magazine says, “Winard Harper is one of his generation’s greatest standards bearers. Harper’s goal seems plain and simple – propel the ensemble with a dynamic sense of swing. “Harper’s lifelong jazz apprenticeship has taken him around the world. It includes playing and recording with many greats, including Betty Carter, Johnny Griffin, Dr. Billy Taylor and Dexter Gordon. Influences include Jackie McClean, Clifford Brown, Max Roach, Cannonball Adderley, and Billy Higgins. “Higgins had a big impact on me as a person and musician. He played with such joy. He saw jazz as spiritual and social work and walked the talk.”
James Weidman – Piano
Pianist James Weidman is indisputably an essential addition to whatever bandstand he graces. A partial list of Weidman’s affiliations is staggering in depth & breadth: Max Roach, Woody Herman, Archie Shepp, James Moody, Greg Osby, Bobby Hutcherson, Slide Hampton, Jay Hoggard, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Gloria Lynne, Dakota Staton, MBase Collective, Cassandra Wilson, TK Blue (co-leader of Taja), Abbey Lincoln, Ruth Naomi Floyd (Producer), Kevin Mahogany (Music Director), Joe Lovano, Marty Ehrlich and Ray Anderson. That list includes several NEA Jazz Masters, musical trailblazers, and great singers; relationships requiring both the skilled touch of an adept soloist as well as superior accompaniment expertise. The gifted Mr. Weidman has it all. Adroit in myriad styles, Weidman’s resourcefulness has served him well. “The more genres you’re comfortable with, the deeper your understanding of music,” is how Weidman characterizes his broad range of associations. Such versatility has helped Weidman develop his brilliant technique and, as his mantra to his students at William Paterson University suggests, “the better your technique, the better your communication.” However, the content of that communication is the most important thing. “You’re really telling a story to your audience,” he says. “It’s a shared journey. That’s why I called my first solo album People Music, because we are all supposed to share this music.”
Bassist and composer based in New York City. Equally at home in a multitude of styles from straight-ahead jazz to classical, folk, and experimental music, Sloniker has established himself as a prominent young voice even among New York’s fractured musical cliques, and has performed with a long list of eclectic musical luminaries including Seamus Blake, Ron Miles, Jeff Coffin, David Hazeltine, and David Amram, among others. Outside of school, Sloniker became an in-demand sideman and collaborator throughout Northern Colorado and at the age of 20, moved to New York City to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. There, his studies included private lessons with legendary bassist Ron Carter and composition lessons with Kirk Nurock. Aside from his work in jazz circles, Sloniker has also been involved in collaborations with theatre and dance, most notably at the New York International Fringe Festival, and with artist and choreographer Nick Cave.
This is the 2nd season of a FREE monthly Wednesday evening series called “Jazz973@Clements”, which focuses on local and emerging musicians and is curated by Gregory Burrus , a local producer, curator and promoter of events at Clements Place Jazz .
NEWARK, NJ, October 1, 2019 — Stevenson & Moses Boxing for Life (SMBFL) has appointed Gregory Burrus to the Board of Directors. In his new role as Vice President of Communications, he is responsible for communication outreach, community engagement through special events, and internet properties. Mr. Burrus joined the organization’s Advisory Board in 2019 and co-hosted Ringside for a Cause in 2018.
“Stevenson and Moses Boxing for Life has a tremendous opportunity to use boxing as a tool to build character, camaraderie, and responsibility for the communities in which we live,” stated Gregory Burrus. “I’m excited to be a part of the Stevenson and Moses Boxing for Life organization which has the potential to transform individuals locally and around the world.”
Wali and Robyn Moses, along with their grandson, Pro Boxer and 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist in Boxing Shakur Stevenson founded the organization with the vision of teaching Olympic-style boxing. A viable force in the community, Stevenson and Moses Boxing for Life offers boxing as a deterrent to bullying and gun violence.
Mr. Burrus is a local live music producer, promoter, manager, photographer, social media manager, and community engagement supporter. Currently producing live music events across the Greater New Jersey, New York City area for a number of the local area live music venues. A former Information Technology Director and Business Process Consultant with a strong telecommunications management, business process, information technology background, Gregory led major corporate-wide systems, customer service teams and operational support systems service order delivery teams in AT&T and Verizon. Gregory traveled extensively as a business systems consultant across, the US, Canada, and Europe analyzing business requirements, developing service delivery systems all focused on improving the customer experience.
“I am excited that Gregory will be joining the Board of Directors. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise in various areas to our team,” said CC Minton President. Gregory has been a supporter along the way and we welcome him,” said Robyn Moses CEO of the organization.
Mr. Burrus brings his extensive IT, business, community relations, and documentation experience to drive community improvements. Gregory Burrus is considered the community’s Live Music Ambassador. Gregory is the creator of the Annual South Orange 24 Hours of Live Music event with musicians performing 24 hours of live music across multiple locations throughout South Orange NJ. For Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies, Gregory Burrus produces documents and showcases some of the best local emerging jazz musicians for the weekly Jazz973 program at Newark’s Clements Place Jazz venue.
About Stevenson and Moses Boxing for Life
Stevenson and Moses Boxing for Life is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization committed to using boxing as a tool to teach camaraderie among peers in the community. Our signature program teaches Olympic style boxing that provides participants with the skills necessary to become a contender in the Olympics for Boxing if they choose to do so. We provide training for athletes to build endurance and perseverance for the sport of their choice and believe that the work and experience in and of itself is an asset to one’s life. Our goal is to offer boxing as a deterrent to bullying and gun violence by building character and responsibility for the community in which participants live. Stevenson and Moses Boxing for Life, a viable force in the community, is the vision of Willie and Robyn Moses, along with their grandson Pro Boxer & 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist in Boxing Shakur Stevenson.
For more information, contact CC Minton, President SMBFL
We have booked 24 Hours of Music Jamboree Around South Orange starting Noon Sept 7th into Noon Sept 8th . Its going to be a great day of music. As we will be playing in multiple locations Around South Orange from parks to gazebos to storefronts, we are still looking for folks who want to perform. Please tell those you know to get in touch with me, if they play, perform to live music and we will find a place.
More folks are coming on board and a schedule of performance times and locations coming out tomorrow. Everyone on the list has been contacted so lets do this. Thank you to all the performers, truly appreciate your support. Vendors, sponsors, supporters are welcome to join us.