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What's Going On In West Orange for Sunday, February 10, 2013

February 9, 2013 at 11:27 AM

WEST ORANGE, NJ  - After a snowy Saturday, there's good news for residents that want to get out of the house on Sunday and enjoy some fabulous entertainment.

On Sunday, February 10 at 2:00 pm, Pleasant Valley Productions will present Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the smash Broadway hit by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, at Roosevelt Middle School, located at 36 Gilbert Place in West Orange.  The show tells the biblical tale of Joseph, the prophetic boy from Israel who was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers.  Despite that and the ups and downs he encountered along the way, Joseph went on to become the right hand man to Pharoah and help save Israel from famine.  To this day his family, including his brothers, represent the tweleve tribes of Israel. Joseph is directed by Camille Vecchio-DiLorenzo.  The Musical Director is Ilene Greenbaum and the show is Choreographed by Cindy McArthur. 

In addition to February 10, there will be performances on February 16 and 7:00 pm; February 17 at 2:00 pm, and February 18 at 3:00 pm.

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Tickets are $15.00.  You can purchase tickets at:

For more information contact Howie Tilkin at

Also at 2:00 pm Sunday, the Black Maria Festival Rolls into town at the Essex Green Cinemas as part of the West Orange Classic Film Festival.  The Black Maria Festival, named after Thomas Edison's Black Maria laboratory, offers young filmmakers the opportunity to present short films in a traveling venue.  West Orange's own Matt Stryker was selected as one of the filmmakers that are showing in the Black Maria Festival.

Tickets are $10.00 and can only be purchased at the box office tomorrow.

It’s time for Mardi Gras!!

Pleasantdale Church will offer a Mardi Gras Jazz Vespers  Sunday evening, February 10th, at 7:30 PM.  Jazz Vespers combine the age-old tradition of evening meditation with the unique musical language of jazz. It includes contemporary prose, poetry, sometimes even a joke or two and will feature some truly outstanding music performed by an amazing group of internationally recognized jazz musicians that hail from West Orange.

February’s Jazz Vespers will be led by Todd Shumpert.  We are pleased to welcome band leader Ed Palermo on saxophone, Dave Stryker on guitar, Molly Palermo on bass and Oscar Perez on piano, with special guest Chris Kerwin on alto sax.  In keeping with the special spirit of Mardi Gras, light refreshments will be offered.

About the musicians: Ed Palermo (bandleader and saxophone) -- Since 1994, Ed Palermo has devoted the bulk of the performance by his NY-based, 18-piece Ed Palermo Big Band to his arrangements of Frank Zappa’s compositions. Palermo moved to New York in 1977 and immersed himself in performing, touring and/or recording with Aretha Franklin, Tito Puente, Eddy Palmieri, Celia Cruz, Lena Horne, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Lou Rawls, Melba Moore, Debbie Gibson, The Spinners, and others. 

Dave Stryker (Guitar) - - Whether you’ve heard guitarist Dave Stryker fronting his own group (with 23 CD’s as a leader to date), or as a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, and many others, you know why Gary Giddins in the Village Voice calls him “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.” He was voted one of the Top Ten Guitarists in the 2001 Downbeat Readers poll, and a Rising Star for the last 5 years in the Downbeat Critics Poll. His approach combining the jazz burn to a soulful blues feeling is communicating to new fans wherever he plays. His most recent CD “Blue Strike” has made many Best of 2011 lists including WBGO Jazz Radio and Tom Reney/New England Pulic Radio.

Molly Palermo (Bass) - - After achieving a bachelor's degree in jazz bass, Molly spent a year playing gigs in the New York City area.  During that time, she supplemented her income by working at Memorial Sloan/Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan while living in Brooklyn.  She was able to fulfill her lifelong dream of joining the Peace Corps where she was stationed in the Ukraine for 27 months. She taught children and adults how to speak English.

Oscar Perez (Piano) -- After many years performing at St. Edward’s Church in Harlem, Perez was recently appointed music director for the congregation. His long-standing gig as accompanist for the Nightingale/Bamford Gospel Choir embodies his commitment to sacred music. And Perez has found several paths to explore his passion for education, including teaching privately, offering master classes through Jazz at Lincoln Center, and teaching at vocalist Melissa Walker’s community program Jazz House Kids, which brings music to underserved children and adults in Newark. But his most fully realized creative outlet is Nuevo Comienzo. Perez traces the band’s origins to an opportunity that arose in 2003, when he was hired to assemble a group of musicians that traveled to Russia and the Far East.

Chris Kerwin (Alto saxophone) - - Chris is a sophomore at West Orange High School and a member of Jazz II.  He has studied with Ed Palermo since 2007.  When he is not playing his saxophone, he can usually be found with a lacrosse stick in his hand.

Pleasantdale Prespyterian Church is located at 471 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange.

(Thanks to Brenda Kerwin for her assistance in providing musician bios).



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