1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
Preservation New Jersey • 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing • PO Box 7815• West Trenton, NJ 08628
Physical (GPS) address: 101 Scotch Road, Ewing, NJ 08628 Map and Directions
609-392-6409
1867sanctuary@preservationnj.org

150th Anniversary Festival
Jazz Music Series
Jazz Music Series:
Steve Kessler and Friends


Steve Kessler
Steve Kessler, Piano
Kathy Price, Vocals
Jerry Rife, Clarinet
Danny Tobias, Horn
Peter Reichlin, Horn

Friday, January 6, 2017, 7:30 pm
at the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing


Preservation New Jersey is pleased to welcome jazz pianist Steve Kessler to the reknowned acoustic space of the 1867 Sanctuary. While largely a solo concert, some of the region's top jazz performers will sit in on what promises to be an exciting and unique session!

Jerry Rife says Steve Kessler is one of the finest jazz artists I have ever heard. From album notes from his 3 Trios CD, If Steve Kessler is the best kept secret in jazz, it is by his own design. Fame has not so much eluded pianist Steve Kessler as he has eluded it. Over the years he resisted high-profile band offers from jazz legend Freddie Hubbard to Bruce Springsteen to Dave Matthews, to maintain a personal vision of the music he sought to play. Kessler is s stunningly imaginative and engaging player. He thinks quickly, plays fluidly and doesn't sound like any one else.

Virginia born pianist and composer Steve Kessler refers to himself as an improvisor first. The self taught musician has led his own groups throughout the US East Coast for years, and performed at jazz venues and festivals including Blues Alley, Twins in Washington, D.C., Smalls in NYC, The Deerhead Inn in PA, the Spoletto Festival and the Kennedy Center.

He has performed with the Woody Herman band, flugelhornist Johnny Coles, saxophonist Steve Wilson, trumpeters John Dearth, drummers Billy Drummond and Howard Curtis, bassists Marc Johnson and Paul Langosch, bari saxophonists Glenn Wilson and Gary Smulyan, violinist Joe Kennedy, Jr. and many others.

Kessler has recorded CD’s as pianist and/or composer, including his 3 Trios and trumpeter Victor Haskins’ recent CD “The Truth”.

Review excerpt - His playing is bracing, articulate, unpredictable and totally individual. Ideas flow in torrents rich in charm and quicksilver wit, but without the familiar comforts of repetition. Lovely melodies rise and then cascade into glittering dissonance; fragments of familiar tunes surface just long enough to be recognized before sweeping past. - Peter McElhinney, Music Critic, Style Magazine, RVA


Hear clips on YouTube and purchase tracks from CD Baby of his 3 Trios CD.

Kathy KesslerKathy Kessler Price, soprano (M.M., Ph.D.), teaches graduate vocal pedagogy courses and applied voice, and directs the Presser Voice Laboratory at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. She is a founding member of the Washington Vocal Consortium, and conducts the acclaimed D.C. women’s ensemble, Philomela. Dr. Price has performed as soloist in such distinguished venues as The Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, The National Museum for Women in the Arts, and in a solo concert tour of the Czech Republic, and has sung and conducted at The White House. Her current research interests include lifespan female singing voices focusing on menopausal vocal transitions, aging voice, historical vocal pedagogy with particular emphasis on female pedagogues, the role of voice teachers in interdisciplinary voice habilitation and rehabilitation, and voice assessment procedures for colleges and universities. She is a member of such academic and professional organizations as Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Kappa Phi, AGMA, NATS, and NAfME.

Jerry RifeJerry Rife, clarinet and soprano saxophone, grew up playing jazz in New Jersey and across the midwest. He is the chair of the Fine Arts department at Rider University. Originally from Kansas, he learned jazz from an early age and organized a high school dixieland band, The Mason Dixie, that performed live on Ted Mack's Amateur Hour in 1966. He has been extremely active in the jazz scene in the Midwest and east coast and is a member of the John Johnson Trio, Blue Skies Quartet and the Blawenburg Dixieland Jazz Band.

Danny TobiasEqually at home with a cornet or trumpet, Trentonian Danny Tobias brings beautiful shape and individuality to his performances. Playing professionally since the age of 15, though his skills and repertoire embrace a variety of styles, Danny’s best known for traditional jazz and swing, artfully reproducing classic arrangements or uniquely improvising. In addition to playing with the Midiri Brothers at events and festivals across the USA, Danny has led bands and performed for the PA Jazz Society, NJ Jazz Society and the Tri-State Jazz Society, and has also worked with a number of prolific artists such as Warren Vaché, Scott Robinson, Vince Giordano, Wycliffe Gordon, Harry Allen, Jon-Erik Kellso, Brooks Tegler and Howard Alden. Danny has performed at Birdland, the Lincoln Center Atrium, the Players Club, and other jazz-loving venues in New York City, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore and surrounds.

Peter ReichlinPeter Reichlin is an extremely versatile trombonist who is comfortable playing classical and all types of jazz music. He has toured with the Metropolitan Opera and with the Jimmy Dorsey Band and is currently principal trombonist with the Capitol City Orchestra. He also plays tuba in the Blue Skies Quartet and is a respected recording engineer and piano technician. (He is also our highly regarded piano tuner and voicer at the 1867 Sanctuary!)

Jazz at the 1867 Sanctuary and throughout the Trenton/Princeton area is featured on trenton.jazznearyou.com. Download their app for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire!

New Jersey Jazz Society

Preservation New Jersey is pleased that the New Jersey Jazz Society (NJJS) is co-sponsoring jazz events at the 1867 Sanctuary. We encourage fans of our jazz concerts and jazz musicians to join NJJS at www.njjs.org so they receive their award-winning Jersey Jazz journal 11 times a year and other special benefits, including a $5 discount on tickets to Jazz Music Series concerts at the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing!

Tickets are $20 for General Admission, $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary, $15 for New Jersey Jazz Society Members, and only $5 for school and college students with ID. Tickets may be purchased online below by selecting your ticket option and clicking on the "Buy Now" link to use credit or debit card or your PayPal account. If ordering two or three ticket types, each type must be purchased in a separate order. You will receive an email confirmation of each purchase. Online tickets will be held at the box office; please print and bring your receipt in case it is needed to confirm your purchase.

GROUP RATES are now available! Choose the Group ticket option and each ticket will have a $5 discount from the General Admission price (same as the Friends of the 1867 Sanctuary ticket price)! Group rate tickets must be purchased in quantities of 10 or more within a single purchase. Group rates apply only to advance online sales and cannot be purchased at the box office prior to the concert. Groups must present themselves at the box office at the same time. For group orders of fewer than 10 people, the full General Admission rate (less the amount prepaid) may be required at the box office at the time of admission. Group rates do not apply to Student prices.

Tickets may be reserved at the box office for payment by cash, check or credit card by calling 609-392-6409 or emailing 1867sanctuary@preservationnj.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door as space allows.

Wheelchair accessibleThe 1867 Sanctuary is wheelchair accessible using the ramp on the left side of the building.

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For only $30.00 per year ($50.00 for families), members of the Friends of the 1867 Sanctuary receive advance notice of special events, our member newsletter, gift shop discounts and $5 off our General Admission concert tickets! BECOME A MEMBER NOW!

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