Meet Gregory Burrus- one of the many reasons South Orange was nominated for Jersey Arts People’s Choice Best Downtown Arts District

Originally posted by South Orange Village Center Alliance January 28 at 6:39 AM

Meet Gregory Burrus– one of the many reasons South Orange was nominated for Jersey Arts People’s Choice Best Downtown Arts District- cast your vote at 

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Gregory Burrus, former roles as a Business Process Consultant and Telecommunications Director consisted of traveling worldwide, being involved in numerous meetings and presentations while solving many last-minute computer and business process solutions. Managing multiple projects while traveling under pressure prepared Gregory well for his transition to handling the complexities associated with the handling of multiple live music events.  

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Gregory Burrus sits on a number of local boards, committees and currently serves as a Maplewood Community Music Board Member, Maplewood Civics‘ 4th of July Live Music Coordinator and was North Jersey Blues Alliance VP. He curates Newark’s Rutgers’ Jazz973 at Clements Live Music Series and for his efforts was selected as the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) March 2018 Community Champion. Gregory also sits on Stevenson Moses Boxing for Life Advisory Council and the John Jay College Myrna Bain Scholarship Fundraiser Advisory Team. Greg is also the Orange NJ ValleyArts Music Program Coordinator.  


Here, Gregory Burrus is our local live music ambassador and community partner that curates, manages, promotes and documents our South Orange Downtown After Sundown Live Music Concerts, the South Orange 24 Hours of Music Festival, the South Orange Farmers Market Jazz Jam including curating performers for the SOPAC South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) Playing Around South Orange Pianos Project along with booking bands at many other local venues.  


Jazz973 Presents Charlie Apicella & Iron City at Clements Place Jazz

Guitarist Charlie Apicella is the leader of Iron City. The band’s sixth CD, Groove Machine features Charlie’s hard bop-inspired originals and arrangements of classic Blue Note Records gems.


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Guitarist Charlie Apicella is the leader of Iron City. The band’s sixth CD, Groove Machine features Charlie’s hard bop-inspired originals and arrangements of classic Blue Note Records gems.

Charlie Apicella

Charlie Apicella is an Eastman Guitars Featured Artist, a Guild Guitars Sponsored Artist and a ZT Amplifiers Official Artist. He is a regular contributor to Vintage Guitar Magazine’s YouTube channel.

He has written lessons for DownBeat and Just Jazz Guitar magazines and has been profiled in Vintage Guitar and Hot House magazines.

==============Joining Charlie on this special event.

Gene Ghee – tenor sax
Radam Schwartz – organ
Alan Korzin – drums

Gene GheeGene Ghee – Instruments: tenor saxophone Secondary Instruments: soprano, alto and baritone saxophones, flute, alto flute, clarinet, and bass clarinet. As a leader:  solo, duo, trio, quartet and quintet with: John Patton, Eddie Gladden, Radam Schwartz, Geary Moore, Andy McCloud, Benito Gonzalez, Don Williams, Corcoran Holt, Casandra Wilson, Monte Croft, Danny Mixon, Dave Gibson, Greg Bandy, Larry Ridley, Ed Stoute, Gerald Hayes and others. In Big Bands Local 16 saxophone ensemble, Clark Terry Youth Band, Jaki Byard, Apollo House Band, Frank Foster, Barry Harris Ensemble, Charlie Persip, Odean Pope Saxophone Choir, Julius Hemphill Saxophone Ensemble, Grover Mitchell, Sam Rivers, Muhal Richard Abrams, Mercer Ellington, Clifford Jordan, George Gee, Lloyd Price, Panama Francis, Ringling Bros.Barnum and Bailey Circus, Harlem Renaissance Orchestra, Tito Puente, Machito, Wade Barnes’ Repertory Ensemble, Sam Wooding, Charles Sullivan, Supper Club Orchestra, Cotton Club Band, Newark All-Star Jazz Arkestra with Amiri and Amina Baraka and many others.

Also performed with Monguito Santamaria, Art Blakey Jr., Brother Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, Tiny Grimes, John Patton, Teddy Pendergrass, Anita Baker, B.T.Express, Toru Oki Blues Band, Arthur Prysock, Little Jimmy Scott, Little Anthony and The Imperials, Della Griffin, Etta Jones, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Benny Powell, Eddie Palmieri, Machito, Barry Harris, Harlem Youth Symphony Orchestra, Eric Frazier, Rosalind Grant, Greg Bufford,Calvin Hill, Charlie Apicella, Carrie Jackson and many others.

Radam SchwartzRadam Schwartz, Hammond B3 Organist, and pianist has built his reputation over the last 30 years playing with such great musicians as Arthur Prysock, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Al Hibler, David Fathead Newman. He continues to make music today. Radam’s prolific career has led to many successful recordings. His recent recordings as a leader are Organized (1995 was mentioned in the B3 Bible as one of the essential organ records of all time, #28 on the national charts), Conspiracy for Positivity (2005, #15), Magic Tales (2007, #11), Blues Citizens (2009, #9), Songs for the Soul ( 2010, #23). In 2009 and 2010 Radam received awards from Sesac for jazz compositions. He was also mentioned in Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll in August 2009.

Radam Schwartz has been a jazz educator for almost 30 years: he was the musical director of the Jazz Institute of New Jersey for 15 years which won the Louis Armstrong Award from the IAJE in 1996, has been an artist in residence at Middlesex County Arts HS for over 25 years, and currently is on the teaching staff at Jazz House Kids in Montclair, NJ. In 2012 Radam’s ensemble at JHK won first place nationally in the Charles Mingus competition. He taught at the Montclair State University jazz Connections camp for 16 years and is currently a part-time instructor at the Jazz Academy at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank. He was also a staff accompanist at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University between 1986 and 1997. He received a Masters from the Jazz History and Research Program at Rutgers Newark in 2012.

Alan Korzin – drums – 

Alan Korzin


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Jazz973 Presents Leonieke Scheuble Trio at Clements Place Jazz

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Jazz973 Presents Leonieke Scheuble Trio at Clements Place Jazz

Rescheduled to April 10, 2019 Wed 7PM + 10PM


  • Selected by Carnegie Hall/Weill Music Institute -alternate 2018 NYO JAZZ
  • Performed with the NY/NJ All-Star Big Band
  • Performed at The Watchung Arts Center, Luna Stage and sold out multiple engagements at Shanghai Jazz, Downtown After Sundown Music Series
  • International Women in Jazz Award Winner (sole recipient )”Youth in Action Award”
  • Featured performer Jack Kleinsinger’s “Highlights in Jazz series” TriBeCa PAC.
  • Governor’s Award for “Exceptional Promise in Music”
  • The headliner for the New Jersey Jazz Society at Shanghai Jazz
  • Featured performer for the NJJS 45th Anniversary Gala
  • Recorded album 2013 titled “Debut
  • Recorded a follow-up album featuring guitarist Mark Whitfield; trombonist, Steve Davis; alto saxophonist, Mark Gross; and trumpeter Kevin Eubanks.
  • TEDx speaker and performer.
  • Four published articles on allaboutjazz magazine.
  • “Best Up and Coming Young Artist Award” at 2015 Hothouse Award Ceremony
  • Records as a sideman (organ) on vocalist Shelli LaTorre’s album.
  • Two recording sessions engineered by Rudy Van Gelder for her first CD
  • • Jimmy Cobb and was added to Birdland house music system).
  • • The subject of hour-long interview called “The Future of Jazz” by WBGO Gary Walker
  • • 2013 International Women in Jazz “Youth in Action” award winner.
  • • Dr. Lonnie Smith gives her a Hammond organ as a gift.
  • • Joey DeFrancesco brings Leonieke on stage at Dizzy’s to play his Hammond B-3

8 Jazz973 Presents Leonike Scheuble at Clements Place by Gregory Burrus Apr 10


Tim Givens plays with New York Electric Piano and the Cecilia Coleman Quintet. He has toured with Lou Donaldson, Curtis Fuller, and Chris Barron. He has recorded with Ray Bryant, Gloria Cooper, and Steve Smithie as well as recording for HBO and Nickelodeon. His own group features Tim on cello.


Nick Scheuble has established a reputation as both a first-rate Jazz drummer and Latin percussionist and offers an impressive list of artists he has performed and/or recorded within each genre. Additionally, his expertise in early New Orleans jazz has enabled him to work with some of the most respected exponents of this style as well.

Citing Max Roach, Art Blakey, Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones, and Tony Williams as major influences on his drumming, he also holds a degree in piano and is equally influenced by artists such as Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis and Billie Holiday. As such, his drumming is both compositional and melodic and comes from a strong rhythmic and conceptual foundation in be-bop and post-bop.

Born in the Bronx, New York, Nick Scheuble moved to New Jersey shortly before his sixth birthday. By the age of thirteen, he began to take a serious interest in music. Subsequent studies followed in drums and piano under Carl Wolf and Dr. John Gorman, respectively. He enrolled in the prestigious Jazz Studies and Performance program at the William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey studying under the tutelage of renowned drummer/educator, John Riley.

Upon graduation in 1991, Nick began a distinguished career as both a sideman and a bandleader. He has performed and/or recorded with, among others, Wynton Marsalis, Ray Barretto, Dave Valentin, Chico Mendoza, David Berger, Peter Bernstein, Jim Rotondi, Bill Crow, Vince Giordano, Mike LeDonne, Hilton Ruiz, Jeanie Bryson, Tim Ries, Jimmy Bosch, Wycliffe Gordon, Don Braden and Eric Alexander. He has been recorded by Rudy van Gelder and performed at The Stanley Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center, Birdland, The Village Gate, The West End Gate, Kitano, Café de Muze (Belgium), Aaron Davis Hall, Walter Reade Theatre, John Harms Center, Mechanics Hall, and other noted venues throughout America and Europe.

As a percussionist, he has toured much of the United States with The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra – a premiere American orchestra formed at The Juilliard School that has served as Ambassador of Good Will for the United States Government.

As a leader, Nick leads several very successful bands that have earned considerable praise from several noted Jazz critics including George Kanzler and David Orthmann. He has been the subject for feature articles in such prestigious publications as the New York Times and has received critical acclaim for his debut CD as a leader, “In the Pocket,” which features his latest Quintet performing many of his compositions.

Between 2000 and 2006, Nick performed extensively in Europe and alternated residence between the Netherlands and The U.S. He currently resides in Rockaway, New Jersey with his wife and their three children.

Stevenson & Moses Boxing for Life Corp. appointed CC Minton as President

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Stevenson & Moses Boxing for Life Corp. appointed CC Minton, as President of the company.  Ms. Minton joined the Board of Directors in September 2018 and has led the company, as President, since her appointment in November 2018.  She is a President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Leadership award recipient and has over 15 years of experience in the sports & fitness and non-profit industry.

Read details at CC Minton, Appointed President of Newark Based Stevenson & Moses Boxing For Life Corp


Roy Hargrove Celebration of Life at Lincoln Center

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On Tuesday, January 8, 2019, a global jazz community came together at Jazz at Lincoln Center to celebrate the life and music of the great Roy Hargrove, who passed away on November 2, 2018.

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It was the kind of sendoff Roy would have wanted: a five-hour musical blowout in Rose Theater, free and open to the public—followed by a jam session at Dizzy’s Club that lasted into the early morning hours—featuring more than 150 musicians. A crowd of 2000 was in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall to watch the concert in Rose Theater or to view the event live on screens in The Appel Room and the Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Atrium. More than 95,000 people around the world tuned in to the free livestream.

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I captured and met with a Roy a few times and one memorial time I asked why are you so Damm good. His answer was I hear music in my head 24 hours a day. Later I found and interview where he States what his life is about.

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Read a great review on  Jazz Org.



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