HAWTHORNE, NJ - This past Wednesday evening, residents living in the vicinity of Diamond Bridge Avenue and Lafayette Avenue were treated to an impromptu outdoor jazz session by the “Griffin Ross Trio”.
The musicians set up in the little memorial park area on the corner of the above two streets and played “unplugged” (no amps or microphones) for a little over an hour. They were playing in the style of Be-Bop, a type of jazz made popular in the 40’s and 50’s. Hearing this type of jazz outdoors could lend a feeling of being transported to Greenwich Village in NYC where street musicians would play and pass the hat. These young players all seemed quite accomplished in the genre they were performing, and in true jazz tradition, each one took solos while the others paused and then all joined in.
The fellows are students at William Paterson University, and are transplants to the area from other states. The leader of the band, Griffin Ross (Alto Sax), hails from North Carolina, and has been in New Jersey for 2 years. The same applies to the other band members consisting of Matt Holmes on Upright Bass, originally from West Virginia; and drummer Joe Mc Caffrey, originally from New Hampshire, now residing in Haledon.
TAPinto Hawthorne asked if they would be playing again sometime soon, and Griffin seemed responsive to the idea. With the nice weather holding up, locals could potentially look forward to more performances by this band in the weeks to come.
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