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Reeves-Reed Arboretum announces final jazz concert of the summer season

School is back in session signaling the end of summer but not at Reeves-Reed Arboretum. Plan one more summer evening by attending the Arboretum’s last jazz concert of the season on Friday, September 16.  Alumni from the prestigious NJPAC's Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens program will be the performers for the evening. Bring a picnic or pre-order a picnic basket from What A Dish in Summit.  Gates open for picnicking at 6PM and the performance begins at 7PM.  Tickets are $18 per person for members and $25 for nonmembers and can be purchased in advance by contacting the Arboretum office at 908-273-8787, ext. 1414.  To order a picnic basket and have it waiting at the Arboretum call What A Dish at 273-3170. Jazz on the Terrace is made possible through the generosity of the Summit Area Public Foundation, Investors Savings Bank, Cheryl Barr and Tom O’Flynn and Peter and Cynthia Kellogg.

 Musicians for the evening will include Luca Provenzano,a resident of Summit currently attending Summit High School. He participates in NJPAC's Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens program, where he studies with jazz masters Don Braden and Mark Gross.  Luca has distinguished himself as a principal soloist and 1st Tenor for five years in the Summit School's select Jazz Ensembles.  He is a recipient of the All City Music Masters Award and the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. 

 Daniel Rufolo, a Summit native, is a jazz pianist with a wide-ranging repertoire. He was awarded the Presidential Scholarship to study Jazz Performance at William Paterson University under the direction of jazz master Mulgrew Miller.  He studied with NJPAC’s Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens and earned the Groningen Award to study at the Prince Claus Conservatory in Holland.

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 David Hardyhas been playing drums for 18 years.  He is a 2008 graduate of NJPAC’s Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens and is currently in the Jazz Studies program at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. 

 Marcus Millerstarted playing saxophone when he was nine and honed his skills by studying with various saxophonists, joining the Jazz Institute of New Jersey and participating in NJPAC’s Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens program. After high school, Marcus attended Harvard studying mathematics.  Marcus recently returned to New York to pursue a career as a freelance musician.

 Adrian Moring is an alumnus of NJPAC’s Wells FargoJazz For Teens, having participated for three years. He is currently at William Paterson University, enrolled in its highly acclaimed Jazz Studies program.  Originally taught by his father, professional bassist Bill Moring, Adrian’s musical experience covers a broad range of styles.   Adrian frequently gigs in the NY/NJ jazz scene. 

 Rounding out this very talented group of musicians is vocalist Tatev Yeghiazaryan. Tatev began classical lessons in voice and piano at the age of 6 in her native country of Armenia. She moved to the United States in 2003 after achieving recognition in the Armenian musical community. She graduated from NJPAC’s Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens program and earned a degree in jazz studies at William Paterson University. Tatev has been performing since the age of 9 and has won numerous musical competitions.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum is the only public garden and one of the largest green spaces in the City of Summit.  The Arboretum seeks to engage, educate and enrich its visitors so they may become better stewards of nature and the environment. This mission is achieved through the care and utilization of an historic estate and gardens. Reeves-Reed Arboretum is listed on both the National and New Jersey Historic Registries. For more information, visit our website at www.reeves-reedarboretum.org or call (908)273-8787.

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