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West Orange Hispanic Foundation Inaugural Party; Greek Fest; 12th OSPAC Jazz & Brew Festival and More Coming to OSPAC

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – The West Orange Hispanic Foundation is holding its inaugural party on September 5 at the Oskar Schindler Center for the Performing Arts, which is located at 4 Boland Drive. Performances from Bachata Klan and others will heat up the stage starting at 5:30 p.m., with the event ending at 9:30 p.m. The free event is open to the public.

West Orange is set to experience the best of Latin American culture at one of the township’s most vibrant events this Labor Day weekend, according to the New Jersey Arts Incubator.

The event will consist of live music, cultural arts, dancing, cuisine and children's activities. The free, family-friendly event will also feature a beer, wine and sangria garden and cuisine from West Orange-based Latin restaurants like Bam Bam Restaurant and Lounge and others.

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Kids are invited to enjoy child-centric activities like face painting and a hands-on arts and crafts station.

Dancing is highly encouraged at the foundation’s kickoff party and the musical lineup is geared to get festivalgoers moving with merengue, mariachi and bachata tunes, according to the NJAI.

In addition entertainment, the West Orange Hispanic Foundation will be offering community resources and information.

Other upcoming events are as follows:

  • On August 25, it is free Movie Night at OSPAC again, this time featuring Maleficent  Maleficent at 7:30 p.m. (Note: This is a new date because of the rain on August 11.) 
  • On August 28, Freespace Dance will be performing at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15.
  • Lakeside Yoga is being held on Aug. 29 at 10 a.m, lakeside at OSPAC. Space is limited. Register by email to drjosievelez@aol.com. This program is being sponsored by the West Orange Public Relations Commission.
  • NEW EVENT: Elf Circle Presents: The Staycation Sound Stage, hosted by The Breakfast Club on Sunday, Sept. 6, from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This 21+ only event “will be NJ’s largest day party and networking event for the entertainment, lifestyle, and fashion industries’ emerging artists and service providers of music, fashion, and film,” according to NJAI. Tickets are $30 online and $40 at the gate and can be purchased HERE.
  • Greek Fest 2015 is coming to the OSPAC on September 12, from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., where VMedia and Inspire Talent Brand Management will present "SUMMER WORLD STAGE - The Divine Nine Greek Fest." Guests will enjoy a full day of music celebrating the "Divine Nine," with music featuring DJ Flavien, Live Experiment, Alyson Williams and A Grown Groovefest. In addition, there will be a Sangria Garden and lots of food. Tickets are: $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door.
  • The 12th OSPAC Jazz & Brew Festival is being held on Sept. 19, from noon to 8 p.m.  * Rain Date: September 20). The public is invited to enjoy day of live jazz performances by Bill Charlap Trio, Eric Alexander-Harold Mabern Quartet Oscar Perez Latin Jazz, the Dave Stryker Quartet, and the Bob DeVos Quartet, as well as vendors, and a beer and wine garden. There will also be kids activities, like face painting by Gina Rivas-Velazquez. Admission will be charged. Click here to purchase tickets.  For information, call 973-669-7385.

DETAILS

-- 12:30 p.m. – “Two Sides of Singing” – Enrico Granafei-Vocals; Guitar; Harmonica; Madame Pat Tandy-Vocals; Dan Kostelnik-Hammond organ; and Steve Johns–drums.

Harmonica virtuoso, classical guitarist, singer, songwriter, arranger, composer Enrico Granafei has a long history of extensive international performances encompassing both classical music and jazz. He studied with the great Toots Thielemans. Granafei will explore the Brazilian side of jazz with vocals, guitar and harmonica. Granafei’s latest CD “Alone and Together” received widespread airplay in multiple categories. 
 
Madame Pat Tandy establishes instant audience rapport with her powerful voice and unique interpretation of lyrics. Performing here and abroad, she assures her fans that this is more than a performance—it’s life. Early on, Tandy was influenced by gospel and performed R & B with the “Pretenders.” Her latest CD is a tribute to Irene Reid.
 
-- 2 p.m. – Bill Charlap Trio: Bill Charlap-piano; Peter Washington-bass; and Kenny Washington-drums.

Bill Charlap Trio/Peter Washington, Kenny Washington: “One of the world’s premiere jazz pianists,” Charlap has performed with Tony Bennett, Gerry Mulligan, Wynton Marsalis and Phil Woods. Known for his interpretations of American popular songs, he has recorded albums featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. His Bill Charlap Trio with Peter Washington and Kenny Washington has is long recognized as “one of the leading groups in jazz.” Time magazine said: “No matter how imaginative or surprising his take on a song is, Bill Charlap invariably zeroes in on its essence.”

-- 3:15 p.m. – Oscar Perez Latin Jazz Explosion!: Oscar Perez-piano; Mike Lee-tenor saxophone; Ted Chubb-trumpet; Thomson Kneeland-bass; and Alvester Garnett-drums.

Oscar Perez Latin Jazz Explosion! With Mike Lee, Ted Chubb, Thomson Kneeland Alvester Garnett: With roots in Cuban folk music, and extensive classical and jazz studies, “acclaimed pianist” Perez has been widely recognized for his “joyful performances, composing and teaching: An improviser and composer with his own distinct voice,” Perez has “expertly combined” the traditions of his Cuban heritage with “straight-ahead jazz.” He has toured with diverse musicians including Christian McBride and Wycliffe Gordon. 
 
-- 4:30 p.m. – Bob DeVos Quartet: Bob DeVos-guitar; Ralph Bowen-tenor saxophone; Dan Kostelnik-Hammond organ; and Steve Johns–drums.

Bob DeVos Organ Quartet w/Ralph Bowen, Dan Kostlenik, Steve Johns guitarist/ composer DeVos is hailed as “a brilliant, knowing bebop player, a master with a sound to die for.” With long, blues-drenched melodic lines and a horn-like approach, DeVos’ 2013 CD Shadow Box catapulted to the Top Ten Airplay Charts to critical acclaim, as have his earlier CDs. DeVos has played/recorded with a who’s who of jazz greats in and out of the Hammond B3 Organ tradition including legends Richard “Groove” Holmes-Sonny Stitt, Jimmy McGriff-Hank Crawford and Charles “The Mighty Burner” Earland. Bob’s latest CD, “Six String Solos,” has just been released. 
 
-- 5:45 p.m. – Eric Alexander/Harold Mabern Quartet: Eric Alexander-tenor saxophone; Harold Mabern-piano; John Webber-bass; and Joe Farnsworth-drums.

The Eric Alexander/Harold Mabern Quartet: This quartet brings together two generations of jazz giants, famed tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander and the legendary giant of jazz, Harold Mabern. The quartet has toured extensively around the world and has released seven recordings on the Milestone and Alfa (Japan) labels. Leader, sideman, composer, clinician, Alexander has released dozens of top CDs for HighNote Records and has appeared on dozens more. For over 50 years, as both sideman and leader, Mabern has played and recorded with the giants: Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery, Lee Morgan, Sonny Rollins, Hank Mobley, and Freddie Hubbard, among many others.. 
 
-- 7 p.m. – Dave Stryker Quartet: Dave Stryker-guitar; Steve Slagle-tenor saxophone; Pat Bianchi-Hammond organ; and McClenty Hunter-drums.

Dave Stryker Organ Quartet w/Steve Slagle, Pat Bianchi, McClenty Hunter: Whether one has heard guitarist Stryker leading his own group (with 26 CD’s as a leader to date), co-leading The Stryker/Slagle Band, or as a featured sideman with Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, and many others, he/she knows why the “Village Voice” calls him “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.” Stryker’s current hit CD “Messing with Mr. T,” a celebration of the music of Turrentine, was no. 3 on the Jazz Charts for many weeks.

About NJAI

The mission of the New Jersey Arts Incubator is to create an environment where Essex County artists of all socio-economic and cultural origins may explore, create and communicate their craft in a supportive and nurturing environment; to present works of artistic expression by local, regional and visiting artists in an effort to foster the communications of ideas and perspectives; and to provide educational experiences to students of all ages with a special emphasis on programming for children of diverse cultures in low socio-economic backgrounds. 

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