Jazz Series Starts On A High Note Sept. 18

The fifth season of Rutherfurd Hall’s Great Jazz Series launches Sunday, Sept. 18 in grand fashion with a Piano Spectacular.

Featuring the talent of great American pianists Ted Rosenthal and Billy Mays, the afternoon show runs 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and costs only $25 for advanced tickets.

Rosenthal and Mays both have extensive careers with some of the jazz greats, performing with the Gerry Mulligan, Phil Woods, and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, to name a few. Rosenthal has traveled worldwide in solo and group settings, and has been a featured soloist for several American orchestras. Mays performed for four years with the US Navy Band and then 15 years in the Hollywood Studios as a session player. He has performed with Frank Sinatra, among other big names.

The rest of the season promises to be filled with even more high caliber performances from world-renowned performers:

Oct. 16: Houston Person, tenor saxophone supreme, with the David Leonhardt Trio

Nov. 27: Bill Charlap, piano virtuoso

Jan. 8, 2017: Daryl Sherman Quartet featuring Warren Vache plays the music of Cole Porter

Feb. 26: Pete McGuinness Sextet salutes Mel Torme

March 26: Chico Mendoza Sextet plays Latin Jazz

April 23: Tony DeSare, inimitable song stylist and pianist

All shows will be held Sundays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Rutherfurd Hall, 1686 Route 517, Allamuchy, near the Route 80 ramp.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Special ticket packages are available until Oct. 14: All 7 shows, $160, Pick 5, $115, and Pick 3, $70.

Tickets can be purchased on Rutherfurd Hall’s website or in person at Panther Valley Pharmacy or Mama’s Café Baci. Additional information can be found on the website or by phone, (908) 852-1894 ext. 138.

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