BRANCHBURG, NJ - The brass sounds of old New Orleans will blend harmoniously with contemporary jazz when the Jeff Newell New-Trad Octet performs Thursday, May 19, at noon and 7 p.m., at The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College.

The octet’s performances are the final selection in this year’s popular Club28 series.

The Jeff Newell New-Trad Octet combines the instruments and elements of a traditional New Orleans brass band with those of a modern jazz group.

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The ensemble explores the early sources of our nation’s musical heritage – including church music, band music and blues – and combines those influences in ways that excite modern audiences.

Formed in 1994, the New-Trad has brought its sound to clubs, theatres, schools, festivals and churches, thrilling audiences from the Atlantic to the Rockies. 

AllAboutJazz-New York has written of the group: “With smart, inventive arranging...Newell [throws] his octet into handsprings through a multitude of musical territories.”

Tickets cost $10 for the noon performance and $25 for the 7 p.m. show. All seating is general admission. The noon performance is set in on-stage theatre-style seating and is approximately one hour in length.

Audience members are invited to pre-order a box lunch for $5 and dine at the Theatre before the noon show.

The evening show, set in a relaxed, on-stage cabaret setting, includes refreshments and is approximately two hours long.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Box Office, 908-725-3420, or order online at www.rvccArts.org. Senior citizen, student and group discounts are available for most performances.

Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ.