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Hackensack Music Festival Coming May 26

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Hackensack Music Festival Credits: HACPAC
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HACKENSACK, NJ -- An array of talented musicians will be sharing the stage of Saturday, May 26 as the Hackensack Performing Arts Center (HACPAC) hosts the Hackensack Music Festival.

Among them will be trumpeter Duke Jones, the co-founder and former member of multiple Grammy award-winning R&B/pop group Atlantic Starr. He is also an award-winning music producer, having worked in the past with August Darnell of Kid Creole & the Coconuts and drummer/producer Norman Connors (Starship Orchestra). Jones has toured Japan, Europe and Africa, working with established musicians as the Temptations, Angela Bofill, Larry Coryell and Marion Meadows.

Also on the bill will be Armando son Jimenez and his band “Sabor.” Jimenez started out as a percussionist in the bands of Colombia and the late Bolero singer Tito Cortez and Los Del Caney by Maestro Luis Carlos Ochoa. Armando Son Jimenez and his band “Sabor” has become a fixture in many local dancing venues throughout New York and New Jersey and has played Las Palmas restaurant every month for the past six years. 

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Multi-genre electric violinist Priya DeBerry, of Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn, will be performing as well. Classically-trained through the Noel Pointer Foundation since age 9, DeBerry’s love for various genres continues to grow, particularly in gospel. She gained many years of experience as a musician while performing with her family I church.

Daneik Ashley is also scheduled to perform. The Brooklyn native began acting and singing by the age of 6 and has been songwriting since she was only 11.

Rounding out the show is SOAR (Sounds of A&R), the brainchild of vocalist April May Webb and trumpeter Randall Hayward. Partners in both music and life, the couple has created a unique sound that uses aspects of Swing, cool, hard bop and Avant-garde jazz. SOAR has enjoyed three weeks topping the Jazz music charts as well.

The show is scheduled to begin at 7:00pm and last until 10:00pm. Tickets are $20.

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