Alexis Morrast Performs at SOPAC 3/15/2019 Gregory Burrus Around Town Event

I am Excited beyond words to have the phenomenal Jazz Vocalist Alexis Morrast on the Main Stage at the South Orange Performing Arts Center. This young 2 time Apollo winner, NJPAC standout, Clements PlaceJazz knock out and other venues worldwide. This singer, songwriter and jazz vocalist will make you go wow!!  If you heard her, you know what I’m talking about. She’s awesome so tonight this 17-year-old will make a little history.
Alexis Morrast at Clements Place Jazz

Alexis Jessica Morrast youngest of six, a 17-year-old phenom, native of Newark, now residing in Plainfield, New Jersey began singing at the age of three. Since that time she’s performed on several stages; the U.S. OPENS, NJPAC with Christian McBride and Dizzy’s Coca-Cola Club with jazz legend Barry Harris. Her resounding tone has been heard on the Millennium Stage of The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, abroad in Cape Town South Africa, Austria and worked with greats like Greg Phillinganes, Steve Jordan, Ray Chew, Lisa Fischer, Michael Feinstein, and Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole;   the list only names a few leaving her humbled and striving for her best!!!  

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Tonight 3/15/2019 8 PM Alexis is leading one awesome band so you are guaranteed one wonderful night of music!!!!!
James Austin on the Baby Grand. James was a semi-finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. James also leads the awesome NJPAC Clements Place Jazz Jam for the last 4 years and it’s always a phenomenal night of music.
Ben Rubens on Bass – Ben’s performances include the Kennedy Center, The Apollo Theater, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Blue Note Milano and Roseland Ballroom. Ben has performed with Randy Weston, Winard Harper and was also a featured artist on Johnny O’Neal’s 60th Birthday Celebration Concert at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, which received widespread international acclaim. 
Jeremy Warren on Drums is one awesome drummer who rocked us in former Sopac Performance Arts Center Performances, you have also been entertained in numerous performances  
Justin Robinson on Saxophone whom you have heard in the Annual SOPAC Giants of Jazz performances and has also performed with Harper  Brothers, Cecil Brooks III, Abbey Lincoln, Diana Ross, Little Jimmy Scott, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star
 Band. And he was a member of the quintet and big band of trumpeter Roy Hargrove. 
As you can see, this is one stellar,  killer cast of musicians led tonight by 17-Year-old vocalist Alexis Morrast whose smooth, sweet mellow voice is just amazing. The SOPAC stage is gonna EXPLODE!!!! 
Please come support us and keep rising young artist moving forward and upward.  This is another of my  Women’s History Month Celebrations and tonight it happens on the main stage,  tonight. It’s gonna be awesome. Click the link and get your tickets now. 
Thank You.
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Gregory Burrus – Alexis Morrast
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Happy Women’s History Month to Some of The Women I Know Just Keep Doing It

I watched this video – it’s Powerful when your Presence Changes Lives.

Michelle Obama Oprah Winfrey 30 High School Girls 2019

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After listening, it made me glad I am Celebrating,  Acknowledging and Honoring  Women’s History Month

Women in Newark Annual Women’s History Month  Celebration –  Playwright Vocalist Joy Topping-Mann of Ife Basim Masterpieces who held her 6th Annual Women’s History Night Celebration.

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Jazz in a Newark Rutgers University Building at 15 Washington Street, there is a performance space called Clements Place Jazz – It’s run by Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies,  Executive. Director. Wayne Winborne, it’s the home to the country’s most extensive jazz archive and library.

Pretty much Women’s History Month events in March are every Wednesday and most Fridays. Read more on the schedule here and about Clements place here: 

Clements Place Jazz Events – An Awesome Truly Cool Newark Venue to Enjoy Some Serious Jazz

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And a Wednesday Jazz973 Series curated, promoted by me, Gregory Burrus. A Monthly Live Music Concert at the premier Jazz listening environment produced by The Institute of Jazz Studies: Clement’s Place. This is a new monthly Wednesday evening series called “Jazz973”, which focuses on local and emerging musicians and is curated by Gregory Burrus local promoter and producer.

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And the Women-Led Bandleaders this month n Jazz973 are: :

Alexis Morrast aand Family

Here around South Orange at the SOPAC South Orange Performing Arts Center this Fri 3/15/2019 we have Jazz Vocalist Alexis Morrast who is a 17-year-old musical phenomenon. She’s a two-time winner of Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY and has already performed with top-flight musicians on stages around the world. Says the Coltrane Jazz Festival, “The voice, the song list, the stage presence are all astonishing.” Clearly a young woman on the rise and someone to celebrate. You can read more right here.

Deborah Davis Ford and Sheena Collum for South Orange Mayor

Also here in South Orange, we have 2 awesome women running for South Orange Mayor – Trustee Debra Davis Ford and President Sheena Collum. Strong and powerful and definitely wishing them the best.

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Dec 29, 2018 – At Fundraiser Ringside For A Cause: Stevenson Moses Boxing For Life (Recap) 

Of course, I have to shout out to my Community Buddies of Stevenson Moses Boxing for Life CEO Robyn Ware-Moses and President Cecelia CC Minton, and I can’t forget the Marketing Expert & Jersey Indie CEO, Sonia Schnee.


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Can’t forget my recent College Graduate Chelsea G Burrus and the rock who is going to be an Elmwood Church Elder Roxanne Hinton Burrus who has the coolest Pastor I’ve ever seen Rev Maria Crompton

And yes I may have left some other powerful women out and I could go on but this post came about from watching this video.

Simply Awesome.

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.

Continue reading “Jazz973 Presents Nadine LaFond at Clements Place Jazz Newark”

South Orange Black History Month Celebration

PROGRAM Hosted by South Orange Trustee Deborah Davis Ford

• African American Musical History from 1928 – present performed by History Maker  Nat Adderley Jr. and Bassist Darry Clark.

• History of South Orange African American Residents presented by Rev. Richardson  of First Baptist Church of South Orange, NJ

Save Our Nations: Presentation of helping African Americans locally and African Community on the continent presented by Michael Gray.

All are welcome to come on out to listen, learn and enjoy this historical journey.
Join us at The Fox and Falcon Restaurant in South Orange, NJ. and your
No Cover, Complimentary bits, bites, cash bar and full menu available.



February is the month for celebrating African American history. This program will feature impactful and inspiring African Americans with strong ties to the South Orange and the community overall.

PROGRAM Hosted by South Orange Trustee Deborah Davis Ford

Deborah Davis Ford
• African American Musical History from 1928 – present performed by Nat Adderley Jr. and Darry Clark

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Darryl Clark

• History of South Orange African American Residents presented by Rev. Richardson

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• Save Our Nations: Presentation of helping African Americans locally and African Community on the continent presented by Michael Gray.

Michael Gray

Event CoChairs:  South Orange Trustee Deborah Davis Ford and Gregory Burrus invite all to come on out to listen, learn and enjoy this historical journey.

Join us at The Fox and Falcon Restaurant in South Orange, NJ.

The Fox and Falcon
No Cover, Complimentary bits, bites, cash bar and full menu available.

Contact Information
  1. Event Cohost Gregory Burrus
  2. 8622057660

#gregoryburrusaroundtown #southorangenj #livemusicambassador

Ringside For A Cause Stevenson Moses Boxing For Life Recap

On Monday, December 10, 2018, Olympic medalist & Pro Boxer Shakur Stevenson, New Jersey Hall of Fame Boxing Coach Wali Moses along with CEO Robyn Moses were  special guest at the Stevenson Moses Boxing for Life Ringside for a Cause Benefit. The Event was held at Primavera Lounge of The Wilshire Grand Hotel.

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The purpose of the benefit event was to raise awareness and support for the work being done by the Stevenson Moses Boxing for Life not-for-profit organization.  The event was co-hosted by CC Minton, the Stevenson Moses Boxing for Life Board President and Gregory Burrus, Local Live Music Ambassador and Promoter at the Wilshire Grand Hotel Primavera Lounge.

Live Music Nat Adderley Jr and Darryl Clark

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Round 1 of the evening kicked off with a live music performance by Grammy Award Winning Artist, Songwriter, and Pianist Nat Adderley, Jr. along with dynamic jazz fusion Bassist Darryl Clark. Stevenson Moses Boxing for Life Board members Kenny Jones,  Yusef Suliman and (name) spoke with attendees about the organization’s mission and its’ ongoing commitment to guiding young people.  Yusef made it clear that “We have to encourage our kids, support, and get behind them.  We at Stevenson boxing will give kids a chance to watch someone go from not knowing how to do something to knowing how to do it and give them the opportunity to compete all over the world if they choose too” .

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Round 2 of the evening’s main event was an intimate conversation with the Stevenson Moses Boxing for Life leadership. This interview was excellently moderated by Stephanie Hutton, Board President of the Junior League of Montclair-Newark, Inc.  Round two gave us an opportunity to get up close and personal with Robyn, Wali and Shakur as they expanded on the group’s vision, how it all came about, its importance to the community, what’s happening now and we also gained insight in to the future of Stevenson Moses Boxing for Life.

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“It takes a village and that is why we use boxing as a tool to reach the kids,” said Coach “Wali”.  Robyn expressed her commitment to the community and believes that education is just as important as the tools that boxing provides to young people.

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Literally flying in from the 2018 Elite and Youth National Championships and Junior and Prep Open held in Utah, Shakur Stevenson landed and arrived to join the ringside conversation and clearly agreed that Boxing made a big difference in his life supporting the fact the discipline and direction it gave him makes him know he will never give up on any goal he chooses to pursue. The Q and A portion of round 2 further highlighted how the community supported Shakur in his journey from the city of Newark to 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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Round 3 of the evening concluded ended with networking and acknowledgement of some notable supporters in attendance. Michael Gray, Founder of Save our Nations and Chief of Staff for Congressman Donald Payne, L Mani Viney, Executive Director of the Kappa League, Professional Boxer Wal Muhammad, Joy Topping Mann of Ife Basim Masterpieces, Celeste Bateman of Celeste Bateman & Associates and Founder of the NIA Network.

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Rounding out the night’s supporting activities were  TVRNVP Company, along with those capturing and historically documenting the night Maria B Photography, Kingdom Art Live Event Art and G2B Video Productions.

About Stevenson Moses Boxing for Life

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Stevenson and Moses Boxing for Life is the vision of Willie and Robyn Moses, along with their grandson 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist in Boxing Shakur Stevenson. The organization teaches Olympic style boxing to open the possibility of competing anywhere in the world.  Our goal is to offer boxing as a deterrent to gun violence, to build character and responsibility for the community in which members live and to teach camaraderie amongst peers.  We train athletes to build endurance and perseverance for the sport of their choice.  Stevenson and Moses Boxing for Life is the vision of Willie and Robyn Moses, along with their grandson 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist in Boxing Shakur Stevenson.


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