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West Orange Arts Council Planning to Partner with Pleasantdale Presbyterian Church Monthly "Jazz Vespers"

Credits: Pleasantdale Presbyterian Church

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange Arts Council, is pleased to announce that they are in the initial stages of collaboration with Pleasantdale Presbyterian Church and their monthly "Jazz Vespers" program at PPC.  On Sunday, March 3, at 7:30 pm, Vespers at Pleasantdale will welcome back band leader Dave Rimelis on guitar and violin, Ted Brancato on keyboard, Dave Longworth on drums, and featured musician Lou Quagliato on alto saxophone and flute. Light refreshments will be served.

"Thin Places," the Celtic idea of places where the boundary between the physical world and the spiritual world is especially thin will be the theme of the March Jazz Vespers. Jazz Vespers combine  evening meditation with the unique musical language of jazz. It includes contemporary prose, poetry, sometimes even a joke or two and some truly outstanding music performed by an amazing group of internationally recognized jazz musicians.

The March Jazz Vespers will be led by Rev.Todd Shumpert of Pleasantdale Presbyterian Church. The program is presented in the main building at  471 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange. Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted. The building is fully accessible.

About the March musicians (Bios provided by Pleasantdale Presbyterian Church):

Dave Rimelis (bandleader and guitar, banjo, violin) – Dave Rimelis' music has been performed by orchestras internationally.  He is artist-in-residence for the New Jersey State Council on The Arts and teaching artist for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. He is also Director of Music Education for the AIDS Resource Foundation for Children in Newark. National Television appearances as featured musician include "Emeril Live" (improvising original music as "Dr Strings), CBS's "The Guiding Light" (fiddler and country band leader), and NBC's "Four Stories" (volunteer music teacher to HIV affected children). As a guitarist and violinist, Dave has toured the United States, South America, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and the Middle East. Dave is also a music teacher at Liberty Middle School in West Orange.

Ted Brancato (Piano / Keyboards) – Ted has freelanced as a musician, arranger, composer, musical director, professional transcriber and sound engineer. He has recorded several albums and toured inAsia, South America and Europe with vocalist Jeanie Bryson. For the past ten years, he has served as the Music Director/Arranger for Hunterdon Hills Playhouse. In 2009, he opened a recording studio, Mahogany Studio, which captures acoustic instruments and voices. 

David Longworth (Drums/Percussion) - From CBGB to Carnegie Hall, David Longworth brings over 30 years of performing experience. He has toured internationally with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Ben E. King, and Phoebe Snow. He has performed with Bruce Springsteen, Jon BonJovi, Michael McDonald, and countless R&B acts. He has worked Off-Broadway in 'Lone Star Love', featuring the Tony award winning "Red Clay Ramblers', 'Almost Heaven', the John Denver musical, and more recently, 'Godspell' at Bergen Community College. He has been a member of LaBamba and the Hubcaps for over 25 years, featuring the horn players from the Conan O'Brien Show.

Louis Quagliato (Saxophone, Flute) - Louis is employed by the West Orange Board of Education as the Director of Visual Performing Arts. He has been a music educator since 1986. 

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Louis has been performing for 35 years and has shared the stage with some of the finest musicians in the tri-state area including Cab Calloway, Berard Purdie, Claudio Roditi, Pete Yellin, Lenny Picket, Dave Liebman, Vic Juris, Quincy Davis, Ralph Lalama, Eddie Palermo, Vinnie Cutro, Gilad and more. Louis performs regularly at Trumpet's Jazz Club with the Pat Cuttitta/Lou Quagliato Quintet. 

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