Jazz973 Presents Future Rising Caylen Bryant



Come on out and enjoy what Jazz973 is all about, the FUTURE RISING BAND is an emerging artist Jazz series by musicians serious about making a difference on the Jazz scene. We have not one but four rising stars being led by one serious professional and it definitely shows. Curated to showcase those musicians working amongst their peers and the professionals. FUTURE RISING is producing some serious beautiful music each and every time they hit the stage. Clements Place is the perfect place for you to come on out and experience the magic. It’s free, it’s local so come join us. RSVP a must due to limited seating.







The daughter of the native Detroiters and acclaimed duo Charles and Gwen Scales, Lauren Scales has been performing for most of her life. She earned her Bachelor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Michigan, and her Master of Music in Songwriting Composition from New York University. She was named the NYU Steinhardt Songwriting Scholar of 2017, received national recognition as a composer/performer in the 2016 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C, and claimed Second Runner Up in the 2016 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition hosted by the NJPAC and judged by such jazz icons as Christian McBride and Dianne Reeves. Most recently, she was a participant in the first annual 2018 UNISA Jazz Vocal Competition, hosted by the University of South Africa. Lauren continues to perform in a variety of configurations in the New York City area, and is working towards her debut E.P..


Gil Scott Chapman is a 28-year-old, classically trained jazz pianist from Westfield, New Jersey. He began his classical music studies with Dr. Loretta Jankowski at the tender age of 7; where under her tutelage, he won and placed in various classical piano competitions. He is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy (2008). Gil proceeded to earn his B.F.A. (Jazz Studies) and Master of Music (Improvisation) from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. While there, he studied under world renowned jazz pianist and educator Geri Allen (undergraduate); and also with another famed jazz pianist, Benny Green (Masters)–who was the late great Oscar Peterson’s protege. Chapman has performed and recorded alongside many celebrated artists including opera diva Jessye Norman and composer-pianist Bob James. In 2012, while matriculated at the University of Michigan, Chapman received praise from the incomparable Ahmad Jamal, whom he played for in a master-class setting. The following year, the University of Michigan Jazz Department recommended Gil Scott to participate in another master-class at Wayne State University with composer-pianist Danilo Perez. To his delight, Chapman was invited to perform with Perez at the Detroit Jazz Festival. Gil also played a crucial role in the development the “Gershwin Initiative”—where (The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance) entered into a long-term partnership with the Gershwin family to undertake a two-part initiative that will bring the music of George and Ira Gershwin to students, scholars, performers and audiences across campus and worldwide. A gifted artist with an insatiate curiosity, Gil Scott’s quest to push the jazz art form, therefore himself, is without end.


Caylen Bryant has been connected to music since she was a child. Growing up in a very musical household, she draws her inspiration from her family. She began on the cello as a young girl- but has been singing for longer than she can remember. She began playing the bass at Oberlin and now plays a wide variety of music on both the upright bass and electric bass. Caylen is an alumna of Oberlin College and Conservatory, and graduated from the double degree program in the class 2017. She currently lives in South Orange, New Jersey, and is an active working musician; playing in the New York city tri state area.


Jarrett Walser began his musical journey at the age of three but his love for jazz began at the age of 11 when he started studying at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s (NJPAC) Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens program in 2001. During his 7 years at NJPAC, he had the fortunate opportunity to study with jazz greats such as Ralph Peterson, Cecil Brooks III and Dion Parson. After his studies at NJPAC, he continued to pursue his passion for music at Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts, where he received his B.A.(2012) and M.M.(2017) in Jazz Performance. While there he was able to study with world class musicians Victor Lewis, Ralph Bowen and Conrad Herwig to name a few. Over the years, Jarrett Walser has performed with various groups at numerous venues and occasions including performances at the Iridium, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Allen Room, Victoria Theater at New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Trumpets, The Blue Note, Blues Alley and Carnegie Hall. He is currently a member of Amigos, Amigos! a Prog-Rock Band and Goddess Laskshmi an Indie Rock Band. He has recently performed with jazz trumpeter Eddie Allen’s groups PUSH, Eddie Allen Quintet and 3hree for Loius:Tribute to Louis Armstrong, as well as Jazz Saxophonist Chico Freeman. Jarrett continues to perform for a variety of public and private events and is working towards starting his own groups to perform his own music.


Saxophonist and vocalist, Lance Bryant comes out of Markham, Illinois, a small town near Chicago. He received his formal music education at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where he studied saxophone and, composition and arranging. After moving to New York City in the mid. 1980s, Lance continued his education, studying saxophone and arranging privately with Frank Foster, the former director of the Count Basie Orchestra. In 1990 Lance began his decade-long relationship with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra and in 1993 became the Orchestra’s Musical Director and Principal Arranger. Lance also made his film debut in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X and traveled extensively with Phyllis Hyman, Jon Hendricks, Pete “LaRocca” Sims, Wallace Roney, Abdulah Ibrahim, Bootsy Collins, James Williams and others. In the early summer of 2000, Lance was selected as an on-stage musician for the Broadway production of the musical review Swing!. More recently Lance performed in the orchestra for the Broadway production of George C. Wolfe’s “Shuffle Along …” featuring Tony Award winner Audra MacDonald and the choreography of Savion Glover. Lance’s earliest musical experience was established while growing up in the Baptist Church. His connection with spirituality and music has endured. In 2002 he released Psalm, the first of four Cds featuring original songs, and jazz arrangements of hymns and Spirituals. Lance’s current performing and touring activity includes the New Lionel Hampton Big Band featuring Jason Marsalis as co-director, with South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim and Ekaya, occasionally with the Count Basie Orchestra, as well as performing his own music in the New York/New Jersey area. While not touring Lance continues to serve on the faculty of the Jazz at Lincoln Center educational department in New York City.

Come on out and join us in Jazz973 and have some fun with us. Limited seating so please RSVP today.

Thank You

Gregory Burrus


Things To Do In Newark, NJ Performance Music



Wed, November 14, 2018

7:00 PM – 9:30 PM EST

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OrganizerGregory Burrus

Organizer of Jazz973@Clements Place Presents Future Rising Quintet



Gregory Burrus is a local live music ambassador, event developer an community partner that develops, manages, promotes and documents local community events in the Greater New Jersey and New York Area.

Gregory Burrus sits on a number of local boards and committees and serves as the Board Member Maplewood Community Music, Manages, Vice President of the North Jersey Blues Alliance, Curates and Promotes the South Orange Downtown After Sundown Live Music Concerts, the South Orange 24 Hours of Music Festival, the SOPAC Playing Around South Orange Music Initiative, the Maplewood 4th of Music Live Music Events, Newark’s Jazz973 at Clements Place Jazz Series, NYC John Jay College Myrna Bain Scholarship Fundraiser, the Orange NJ ValleyArts Music Programs, Creator of the South Orange Farmers Market Jazz Jam, along with booking bands at many other local venues.

Showcasing, photographing, videotaping events and happenings as they occur around town while living life every day to the fullest. Learn more at :

Gregory Burrus – Gregory Burrus Live Music Ambassador

Downtown After Sundown Lighting Scenarios

On lights – overhead lights are usually on. However for the dark  some folks bring a spotlight or two, others lighting is part of the bands presentation and performance.

Here’s some examples….

Here’s no lights but they relied on street light and a bright summer moon night –

Vin Mott – Nights attendance 60 Fans

Vin Mott – Nights

Other Bands combo their lights with Park Lights –

NXSTAGE -Nights attendance 103 Fans


– YAHSQUAD -Nights attendance 97 Fans


BELOW BANDS bring a complete light system and light up the park for their fans –

Ricky Persaud Jr. – Nights attendance 145 Fans



So truly your call on what you want your fans to see

Jazz On Sloan at the South Orange Gazebo comes alive for the 9th season of the popular Downtown After Sundown Live Concert Series.


South Orange NJ opens it’s Very Popular 9th Season of Downtown after Sundown – Jazz On Sloan Live Concerts this Memorial Day Weekend. Performances start every Friday, Saturday and selected Special Sundays with the sounds of Jazz glistening the airways throughout the entire Downtown South Orange area.  This jazz series of events features an extensive mix of North Jersey’s top classic seasoned jazz musicians along with some of the best up and coming jazz artist in this Northern New Jersey, New York region.

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From a professional 20-piece Swing Town Big Band, Blue Note Jazz Recording Artists, Contemporary Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Dixieland Jazz, Latin Jazz and of course Mainstream Jazz artist to a co- recipient of a Jazz Fellowship Grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, you name it we got it.

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2018 season has Jazz across the generations from seasoned Grammy Award winning jazz professionals, semi-finalist at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition in Switzerland, nationally acclaimed jazz performers and composers whose music has played to international audiences. Also this season is an  a young up and coming jazz piano prodigy who is a recipient of the 2017 Governor’s Award for “Exceptional Promise in Music”, recipient of two International Women in Jazz awards and also named the 2015 Hot House Fan Decision Awards Best Up and Coming Young Artist”.

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That’s right our South Orange Gazebo annual summer long free live concert series invites jazz music lovers to soak up some first-rate jazz hosted by jazz musicians that love what they do and love to do it for you.


Also, for those not directly connected to a band, for those free on a weekday or Sunday night, for those feeling the urge to perform, we have implemented a Friday or Saturday Jazz Jam, along with monthly Sunday Special Jazz performances where folks can come on thru and join in a special Sunday evening – 6 – 9 PM Jazz Jam hosted by several seasoned Jazz professionals.  So, check the schedule and Facebook pages for these special Jazz Jam performances.

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Overall our 2018 lineup of Downtown after Sundown – Jazz On Sloan performers have graced the stages of many prestigious local area venues such as The NJ State Theater, NJPAC, along with venues across the country from the Smithsonian, the Kennedy Center, The Kimmel Center, the Blue Note, Carnegie Hall, the Iridium, Kitano, SMOKE, Birdland, Jazz mobile, Smalls and more. They have played at numerous festivals around the country from San Diego, Texas, El Paso, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and many venues in between and they toured Germany, Italy and Japan and other venues around the world.  This 2018 seasons is shaping up to feature some of the best local and national professional jazz musicians in our area that are coming out to grace our intimate South Orange Gazebo with some top notch and intimate jazz performances. We urge you to come on out, get up close and personal and enjoy a night of jazz on us.

Events sponsored by the Village of South Orange in conjunction with the South Orange Village Center Alliance at the Jazz On Sloan and Sounds in Spiotta Park venues every Fri and Sat eve. The full calendar of summer events can be found here at http://www.sovillagecenter.org/pub/event/story/2281/. Tell a friend, grab a chair, bring a blanket, secure some food and come listen to some of the best Jazz performances in the North East.