FLEMINGTON, NJ – The lineup has been announced for the Flemington staging of the 2019 Central Jersey Jazz Festival.
The free tri-county event is held in conjunction with New Brunswick and Somerville. The open-air event attracts music and art lovers as well as foodies from all over the state and nearby metropolitan area.
Flemington will kick off the series on Friday, Sept. 13. The fest continues in New Brunswick on Saturday and Somerville on Sunday.
In Hunterdon, the event is produced by Flemington Community Partnership, a business development group funded by a special property tax assessed on businesses within the district.
Appearing here will be Winard Harper, Jeanne Gies and Willerm Delisfort.
Harper is a jazz drummer who was considered a child prodigy. He studied at the Conservatory of the University of Cincinnati and at Howard University, before being awarded a scholarship to study Jazz under the guidance of Jackie McLean at the University of Hartford. His first gig was with Dexter Gordon, followed by engagements with Johnny Griffin and - soon after - a permanent position in Betty Carter’s band.
By the late ‘80s, Harper was part of the Young Lions, sharing the limelight with his brother Philip and the stellar band members of The Harper Brothers. The group has five much-lauded albums and Billboard 100 positions to their name.
Gies is New York City-based singer-songwriter who has toured internationally, including to Scotland, France, England and Brazil. Dubbed “a pro” by Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein, she is recognized for her full-bodied, emotionally expressive voice and distinctive phrasing.
Gies’ newest duo recording features German 7-string guitar legend Helmut Nieberle. “Tomorrow and Today” will be released on Bobtale Records this fall. Gies is currently working on a recording of original music in collaboration with producer and guitarist Sandro Albert.
Delisfort is a pianist, organist and composer. In addition to leading the Willerm Delisfort Project, Delisfort’s stylistic breadth has led him to work with artists such as Fareed Haque, T-Pain, Lauryn Hill, Kirk Whalum, Louis Bellson, Red Holloway and many more.
NJPAC’s Jazz for Teens will also be performing. JFT brings together 7th to 12th grade instrumental and vocal students from diverse communities for multi-faceted, intensive instruction in jazz.
The fest here will be held on Stangl Road. Food and beverages will be available for purchase; attendees should bring their own chairs. Picnics are permitted but visitors are not allowed to bring alcoholic beverages. Seating will begin at 5 p.m. and the show will start at 6.
The Flemington event is held rain or shine. In the event of extreme weather conditions notification of any changes will be made by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12 on the festival website.