1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
Preservation New Jersey • 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing • PO Box 7815• West Trenton, NJ 08628
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Grand Opening Festival
Jazz Music Series
Jazz Music Series:
Fascinating Rhythm

Steve Kaplan-Woodwinds
Mary Sobin Jewell-Piano
Blair Olson- Bass
Pasquale "Pat" Pratico - Guitar
Bob “Mose” Marsley-Drums

Saturday, June 4, 2016, 7:00 pm
at the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing

Preservation New Jersey is pleased to present Steve Kaplan's Fascinating Rhythm, a music group specializing in jazz and popular music standards.

The group has performed as a Dixieland ensemble each year since 1992 at the Ewing Independence Day parade, and for the last few years for Cranbury’s Memorial Day parade. The Dixie group has also played some private celebrations.

The program for June 4 at the 1867 Sanctuary will include music from the Great American Songbook, featuring selections by some of our country’s great songwriter/composers, such as Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, and George Gershwin, but will also include some funk, Latin favorites, and even popular top 40’s hits in a jazz setting.

The organizer of the group, Steve Kaplan, has been a music educator and performer in the Trenton and Ewing public and private schools for over thirty five years. He currently directs the Ewing High School Blues Devils Jazz Band, and will be inviting members of that group to appear at this event! Steve has performed with most of the finest musicians and big bands in the New Jersey and Philadelphia on various saxophones and piano, and recently assumed leadership of the Summer Swing Orchestra, a swing dance and jazz group based in Hunterdon County.

The musicianship in this group is distinguished and you are sure to hear some of your favorite jazz and popular music standards.

Mary JewellPianist Mary Jewell's love of music began at the age of 5, when her father gave her lessons on the accordion. The piano followed at the age of 6, and many other interests came later, including the clarinet, guitar, bass guitar, and bassoon. Throughout her early years, Mary was also deeply involved with singing, later traveling to Boston for a musical festival of high school musicians from the eastern United States, singing second soprano.

After graduating with high honors from West Chester University with a Bachelor of Music degree (majoring in clarinet and minoring in piano and voice), Mary continued clarinet studies with the late Kalmen Opperman of New York City. Later on, Mary collaborated with Kal in arranging many works for clarinet and piano, clarinet and guitar and clarinet and stringed instruments.

Mary has been devoted to teaching and performing locally since the 1970s. She has performed with the Rutgers Collegium Musicum (on recorder), the Plainfield Symphony (on clarinet), and the Brio Wind Ensemble (on clarinet) among others. She is currently a self-employed music teacher and also teaches at the Big Bang Music Studios in Hillsborough, New Jersey. Mary is currently the pianist with the Summer Swing Orchestra.

Bassist Blair Olson performs with many bands in the Central Jersey and Philadelphia area. He is well versed in classical, swing, blues, rock, fusion and Latin musical styles. Blair graduated from Upper Moreland High School in Willow Grove, PA and received a degree in Music Education from West Chester University. Blair has been teaching instrumental music at Ewing High School for 23 years where he directs the Marching Band, Concert Band and String Orchestra. He is a charter member of the TEMPOraries, a unique band combining students, alumni, parents and staff from the Ewing public schools and community. He is also active in musical activities at his church. Blair has performed with many popular musicians such as, Roger Williams, Richie Cole, Clifford Adams, Ms. Amy Otey and Joey Lawrence. Blair has taken master classes with bassists Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten and John Patitucci.

Pat PraticoPat Pratico has been a presence in the Trenton area jazz scene since the mid 1970s as a six and seven string jazz guitarist, as both a sideman and leader. He has performed with alto sax jazz artist Richie Cole. Pat released a CD in 2001, “For My Jazz Mentors” featuring Richie Cole as guest artist. It received excellent reviews in and had radio air play. Pat is also a music arranger and copyist. He has created adaptations of arrangements of Frank Sinatra hits for a smaller group of eight musicians. These arrangements were performed at John Henry’s in 2013 to a sold out crowd and the following year at the Mercer County Italian Heritage Festival. He currently appears monthly with the Midnight Sun Orchestra at Havana in New Hope, PA. He also is a highly respected guitar and bass teacher.

Steve KaplanBob "Mose" Marsley has been a major force in the Trenton music scene for over forty years, performing on drum set and an astounding variety of percussion instruments. He has appeared with local legends such as Joe Zook, vocalist Edward Boutross, and all sizes and configurations of Swing, Dixieland, Rock and Blues bands. Mose also performed with the TEMPOraries at many community functions, including fundraisers for the restoration of the 1867 Sanctuary. He is a frequent performer with Odessa Klezmer and can be heard on the recently released CD, ‘Bagels and Hot Freilachs’. Mose has been playing with Steve Kaplan’s Fascinating Rhythm band for about five years, appearing annually in the Ewing Independence Day parade, Cranbury’s Memorial Day parade, and the Parkway Elementary School pasta and jazz event. He is an in demand musician, performing with the Monday Blues Jazz Orchestra, as well as a band led by Joe Cataldo. Mose’s versatility and affable manner make him a valued member of any musical group he participates in.

Steve KaplanSteve Kaplan’s resume includes performing credits on saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor and baritone), clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, bassoon, and keyboards with swing bands, pit orchestras, rock bands and wedding bands, as well as Ed Goldberg's Odessa Klezmer Band, and Joe Zook's Blues Deluxe. He has done contract work for studio recordings for various projects, and can be heard on radio broadcasts. Steve has a gift for creating original compositions and arrangements for all types of musical groups, particularly for swing band, small chamber wind ensembles, and classic rock horn sections. Many are currently being performed at dances and concerts.

Steve has acted as lead saxophonist, clarinet soloist, vocalist and musical director of the Summer Swing Orchestra since 2007, a seventeen piece swing band specializing in popular dance, swing, and jazz music from the 1930s to more contemporary selections. He also performs regularly with Odessa Klezmer band, an ensemble specializing in Yiddish, Jewish, and Eastern European dance and folk music. Retired recently after over thirty years teaching music in the Trenton Public and Parochial Schools, Steve continues to direct the Ewing High School ‘BLUES DEVILS’ jazz band.

New Jersey Jazz Society

Preservation New Jersey is pleased to share the news 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!

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!

Tickets are $20 for General Admission, $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary, 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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