4th Annual New Jersey Blues & Jazz Festival


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State Theatre presents the annual New Jersey Blues & Jazz Festival at the Backstage Jazz Club featuring:

Sugar Blue: Thursday, September 23 at 8pm
Eddie Palmieri: Friday, September 24 at 8pm & 10pm
Maria Muldaur: Saturday, September 25 at 8pm & 10pm
Regina Carter's “Reverse Thread": Sunday, September 26 at 11:30am

Ticket Office: 732-246-SHOW (7469)

New Brunswick, NJ (August 25, 2010)—The State Theatre presents the annual return of the New Jersey Blues & Jazz Festival at the Backstage Jazz Club, September 23-26, 2010. It's an all-star musical lineup for serious and casual jazz and blues fans alike. Featured performances during the festival include Sugar Blue (9/23/10 at 8pm); Eddie Palmieri (9/24/10 at 8pm & 10pm); Maria Muldaur (9/25/10 at 8pm & 10pm); and Regina Carter (9/26/10 at 11:30am).

All four performances take place in the exclusive 230-seat club-style venue on stage at the State Theatre. This club is custom designed to give patrons an exclusive experience just inches away from the artists. Tickets range from $30-75. The festival has been made possible by the generous support of New Millennium Bank and The Karma Foundation.

The schedule for New Jersey Blues & Jazz Festival at the Backstage Jazz Club is as follows:

Thu, September 23, 2010 at 8pm at the Backstage Jazz Club Sugar Blue

Grammy Award-winning harmonica virtuoso Sugar Blue and his 5-piece Blues band (guitar, bass, drum, and keyboards) open the 2010 State Theatre's New Jersey Blues & Jazz Festival! Combining dazzling technique with smoldering expressiveness, Sugar Blue, who has been called the “Charlie Parker of the Harmonica," has been known to give off enough energy during his awe-inspiring performances to light up several city square blocks!
Tickets: $30-40

Fri, September 24, 2010 at 8pm &10pm at the Backstage Jazz Club
Eddie Palmieri Afro-Caribbean Jazz Septet

Eddie Palmieri, the Spanish Harlem-born leader of salsa and Latin jazz orchestras and one of the foremost Latin pianists of all time, has had a musical career that has spanned over 50 years. His discography includes 36 titles and nine Grammy® Awards, one of which was the first-ever Grammy® Award for “Best Latin Album" in 1975 for The Sun of Latin Music. Now, Palmieri and his Afro-Caribbean Jazz Septet make their State Theatre debut with a set that is sure to please jazz and piano fans alike.
Tickets: $40-50

Sat, September 25, 2010 at 8pm &10pm at the Backstage Jazz Club
Maria Muldaur and her Red Hot Bluesianna Band

Folk-blues singer Maria Muldaur's musical roots run deep. Born and raised in New York City's Greenwich Village, Muldaur was surrounded by everything from bluegrass and jazz to blues and gospel music. However, it was the folk revival of the early 60s where Muldaur first got her start, performing in Greenwich Village with Bob Dylan, David Grisman, and John Sebastian. Then in 1974, Muldaur made a name for herself, charting at #6 in the Billboard Hot 100 with “Midnight at the Oasis." The chart-topping remake of Peggy Lee's “I'm a Woman," soon followed. Muldaur also went on to perform briefly with the Jerry Garcia Band in the late 70s. Now, Muldaur and her Red Hot Bluesianna Band rock the State Theatre stage in an energetic and soulful set that only the “sassy chanteuse" can perform.
Tickets: $40-50

Sun, September 26, 2010: Brunch with complimentary glass of champagne begins at 11:30am and the Regina Carter performance begins at 1pm at the Backstage Jazz Club Regina Carter's “Reverse Thread"

Combining technical wizardry with a fresh, bold approach, Regina Carter is a transcendent voice of contemporary jazz violin. Equally at home playing with Itzhak Perlman, Dolly Parton, Billy Joel, and the Atlantic Symphony, Carter seamlessly blends jazz fusion, percussive passages, swing, classical melodies, and Southern-style fiddle. For the “Reverse Thread" set Carter will perform a combination of jazz and African music, celebrating the culture and art of Africa with music from Mali, Senegal, and other areas. The instrumentation for this performance will include violin, accordion, bass, drums, and a kora (a 21-string harp-lute of West African origin).
Tickets: $75

On Stage Venue— Backstage Jazz Club

This 230-seat on stage venue is custom designed to give patrons an exclusive club-style experience just inches away from the artists. The Backstage Jazz Club provides a unique environment for patrons to relax on stage, face the beautiful interior of the magnificently renovated 1921 hall, and experience music from living jazz and blues greats up close and personal. The venue's entrance and all accommodations are backstage. There will be assigned table seating and assigned chair seating, as well as light fare, and a fully-stocked bar.

For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre ticket office at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at StateTheatreNJ.org. The State Theatre ticket office, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10am to 6pm; Wednesday 11am to 7pm and at least one hour prior to curtain on performance dates. For information on group outings and discounts, call 732-247-7200.

The State Theatre, a premier nonprofit venue for the performing arts and entertainment. The theater exists to enrich people's lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through education. The State Theatre's programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. Continental Airlines is the official airline of the State Theatre. The Heldrich is the official hotel of the State Theatre. The Star-Ledger is the official newspaper of the State Theatre.

New Jersey Blues & Jazz Festival
Sugar Blue -Thu, September 23 at 8pm
Eddie Palmieri—Fri, September 24 at 8pm & 10pm
Maria Muldaur—Sat, September 25 at 8pm & 10pm
Regina Carter's “Reverse Thread"—Sun, September 26 at 11:30am
Tickets range from $30-75.

15 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Ticket Office: 732-246-SHOW (7469)
Online at StateTheatreNJ.org

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