This a new FREE monthly Wednesday evening series called “Jazz973@Clements”, which focuses on local and emerging musicians and is curated by Gregory Burrus local promoter and producer at Clements Place Jazz.
Set 1 Sold out We now have two sets – Set 1 – 7 – 8:25 Set 2- 8:40 – 10:00
Acclaimed jazz pianist vocalist Kelly Green will present her trio, featuring incredible musicians Alex Tremblay on upright bass and Evan Hyde on drums. They will play an interactive, tightly arranged, and exciting set of material from the great American songbook and jazz classics including Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Duke Ellington and Mulgrew Miller as well as original compositions by Kelly Green from her recently released debut album “Life Rearranged”.
“(Green) is no mere songwriter, but an artist and performer in toto…(she demonstrates) sure command of the piano and well trained voice”- C Michael Bailey, ALL ABOUT JAZZ. “Kelly Green is a triple threat here as pianist, vocalist, and composer,” -George Harris, JAZZ WEEKLY
New York based pianist, vocalist, composer, bandleader, and educator Kelly Green was born and raised in a musical family in Central Florida. She began singing as a toddler, studying piano at age five, and found her passion for jazz at age eleven.
She received her Bachelors in Jazz Studies – performance at the University of North Florida where she studied piano and voice. She received the outstanding musician’s award every year at UNF. While in Jacksonville she performed weekly with her trio at many different venues and private events. In May 2011, she won the Generation Next Youth Talent Competition at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival.
In September 2014 she received her Masters in Jazz Piano Performance from William Paterson University where she studied with pianists Harold Mabern, James Weidman, and Mulgrew Miller among many other note-worthy faculty members. She was the pianist in the WP Jazz Orchestra in which performed alongside NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath and legendary vibraphonist Steve Nelson. Kelly received the Outstanding Graduate Music Student Award for her class. In June 2014 Kelly was chosen as the pianist in the William Paterson Colombia Band, which toured three cities in Colombia, South America where she taught at two week-long clinics and performed at three large concert halls.
Since moving up north, Kelly has performed at many notable clubs and venues in the area such as Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Apollo Theater, Minton’s, Smalls Jazz Club, Mezzrow, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Jazz Standard, Ginny’s Supper Club, Gin Fizz, The Django, Zinc Bar, Fat Cat, B.B. Kings, Rockwood Music Hall, the 9th Note, Deerhead Inn, Trumpets Jazz Club, and Shanghai Jazz among many others. She performs most often with her trio, then her sextet. The Kelly Green Trio hosts weekly jam sessions at Cleopatra’s Needle every Sunday.
Kelly has performed in bands alongside established jazz musicians such as Christian McBride, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jimmy Heath, Steve Nelson, Nat Reeves, Steve Williams, Bill Goodwin, Rich Perry, Winard Harper, Philip Harper, Steve Wilson, Stacy Dillard, Jonathan Barber, Josh Evans, Bruce Williams, Frank Lacy, James Zollar and Jovan Alexandre among others.
In December 2016 she recorded her debut album “Life Rearranged” featuring wonderful musicians Christian McBride, Steve Nelson, Josh Evans, Kush Abadey, Jovan Alexandre, Matt Dwonszyk, Noam Israeli, Tamir Shmerling, and Mike Troy. Since it’s release in October 2017, “Life Rearranged” has received notable reviews and radio play. It is featured as one of the Top 50 albums of 2017 in the LA Times by Scott Yanow. Yanow describes Green’s piano playing as, “sophisticated and modern while also being connected to the tradition,” and “her vocals are subtle, quietly expressive and full of insight.”
Born and raised in North Providence, RI, Alex Tremblay found his passion in music at a young age. He came from a family of musicians which enabled him to hone his craft at a young age and would eventually lead him to further his studies at the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, where he was a student of the schools renowned jazz department that was founded by the legendary Jazz Saxophonist/Composer, Jackie McLean. It was there that he met an studied with one of his bass heroes, Professor Nat Reeves.
After completing his studies in 2013 he moved to New York City to continue to study, grow, and perform. Since moving to New York his most recent teachers have been Larry Grenadier and Gregg August. He currently resides in Brooklyn and is an active member of the music community in and around New York City. He has performed at many well known New York venues as well as venues abroad such as, Ginny’s Supper Club, The Blue Note, Jazz Standard, The Cotton Club (Tokyo), Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Iridium, BB King’s, Minton’s, The Cutting Room, Shanghai Jazz, The Kitano, Smoke Jazz Supper Club, Mezzrow, Smalls Jazz Club, Fat Cat, Sleep No More, Bar Next Door, SubCulture, and Terra Blues. He has also performed with the likes of Cyrille Aimeé, Jerry Dodgion, Bennie Wallace, Lew Tabackin, Andrew Renfroe, Taber Gable, Jonathan Barber, Kelly Green Trio, Jovan Alexandre, Gary Smulyan, Johnny O’ Neal, Larry Willis, Donald Vega, Phillip Harper, Pete Malinverni, Alina Engibaryan, Shawnn Monteiro, Steve Davis, Winard Harper, David Schnitter, Lawrence Clark, Philip Dizack, Jumaane Smith, Khalili Kwame Bell, Antoinette Montague, Josh Evans, Solomon Hicks, Highline Chamber Ensemble, Billy Drummond, Don Hahn, John Mosca, and Ralph LaLama.
In addition to his illustrious performing accolades, Alex is a wonderful educator. He is currently the director of the after school jazz program for BackCountry Jazz, the Bassist/Contractor for the Newport Festival Foundation’s Newport Jazz Assembly, and a Clinician for Arts By The People’s “And the Beat Goes On” program for seniors and the elderly.
Drummer, percussionist, composer, and educator Evan Hyde is a sensitive and versatile musician with extensive experience performing in a wide spectrum of styles and genres. Hyde began his career in 2004 in his hometown of Grand Rapids, MI, where he began working as a freelance percussionist during high school. Evan has since become a high in-demand jazz drummer throughout the United States and abroad. Evan has performed with a veritable “who’s who” in the jazz world, with recent collaborations including Russell Malone, Helen Sung, Stanley Jordan, Shelly Berg, Kenny Barron, Cheryl Bentyne, John Daversa, Brian Lynch, David Binney, Ira Sullivan, Gene Perla, Antonio Adolfo & Carol Saboya, Jamey Haddad, and Take 6.
Hyde’s pursuits as a composer and a bandleader have also earned recognition. He was competitively selected to be a member of the 2015 class of Betty Carter’s ‘Jazz Ahead’ artist-in-residence program at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., as well as the 2016 International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. Hyde has also been recognized by Downbeat Magazine’s annual Student Music Awards with his band, the Evan Hyde Group, winning the graduate small jazz combo category in 2016 and receiving an outstanding small group composition award for his original composition “Depredation”, also in 2016.
As an educator, Hyde has established himself as a knowledgable and passionate mentor, having taught as adjunct faculty at Grand Rapids Community College and Kellogg Community College. He has presented clinics and master classes at numerous schools and jazz camps around North America including the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), the Keith Hall Summer Drum Intensive (Kalamazoo, MI) and the Jalisco Jazz Festival Tónica Jazz Workshop (Guadalajara, Mexico), while also teaching in his own private home studio.
Hyde completed his undergraduate studies in music at Western Michigan University, where he studied with Keith Hall and jazz legend Billy Hart. He then went on to study with drummer Bill Goodwin and pianist Mulgrew Miller at William Paterson University for one year before choosing to continue his graduate studies at University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. At the Frost School, Evan studied with Steve Rucker and Terence Blanchard, and he was also appointed a fellow of the prestigious Henry Mancini Institute. Evan received his Master of Music degree in Studio Music & Jazz from the University of Miami, and is currently based in New York City.
Kelly Green Trio
Kelly Green and Alex Tremblay met in 2015 while playing in various bands and having many mutual friends in New York City. They began playing together often, hiring each other whenever possible, and soon began running two weekly jam sessions together. Evan Hyde moved to the city at the end of 2016 and began frequenting their jam sessions. He and Alex Tremblay were both selected for the Betty Carter “Jazz Ahead” program in 2015 and already knew each other very well as friends and musicians. Kelly and Evan had also met previously at William Paterson University where they both attended during different years. Once they began playing as a trio they realized there is a very special connection began playing as many performances together as possible. Through playing together often they are creating a specific sound, language and vibe; they enjoy playing arrangements of jazz standards and original music.
This trio is special because they have spent time cultivating a sound as a unit and have built the repertoire and arrangements together. They have created a specific language within the group and love sharing their passion with diverse audiences. There is room for the music to change and grow as the ensemble continues to build its repertoire and audience; each performance is unique, highly interactive, and improvised.
Hi This is Gregory Burus, Your Live Music Ambassador aand Jazz973Producer, Curator and Promoter. . I encourage you to come on out and hear this very special group- the Kelly Green Trio as they continue delivering their deep and important contributions to this musical genre we love called jazz.
What better place than Clements Place Jazz which has established itself for it’s absolutely fabulous listening environment and for having some of the best jazz patrons in the tri state area. You will be very impressed with their pofessionalism and their very beautiful sound. We will be rocking.
SAVE THE DATE – Please come on out so we can do this more often and hope to see you in this FREE Clements Place Jazz Event Space in Newark.
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