Tuesday Night ‘Jazz in the Loft’ Series Back in Full Swing at Sandi Pointe

SOMERS POINT, N.J. — Top-flight jazz artists have returned to Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, with highly anticipated performances  once again turning the tiny coastal town of Somers Point into a sensational jazz hub.

The jazz nights are set to run every Tuesday through March from 8-11pm on the second floor of the Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, located at 908 Shore Rd., in Somers Point.
The featured artists for the events are as follows:

Rick Germanson, scheduled to perform in the Loft Nov. 27 with trumpeter Joe Magnarelli, is seen here (left) with legendary jazz guitarist Pat Martino.

Rick Germanson, scheduled to perform in the Loft Nov. 27 with trumpeter Joe Magnarelli, is seen here (left) with legendary jazz guitarist Pat Martino.

November 20 – Mike Boschen (trombone) and Katie Cosco (piano)
Mike Boschen has recorded music for radio, television, and movies, as well as for artists including Wayne Shorter, Audra McDonald, Slide Hampton, Steve Tyrell, and Manhattan Transfer. His interest in all styles of music has enabled him to establish a career in various musical avenues.
A student of classical piano since age five, Katie Cosco has spent most of her life playing piano. She is also a composer of jazz, new age and indie music. Her fondness for many types of music has made her an extremely versatile and skilled performer. Kate has always been happiest performing live with high-energy bands and great musicians.

November 27 – Rick Germanson (piano) and Joe Magnarelli (trumpet)
Rick Germanson has been a in-demand pianist on the New York City Jazz scene for over a decade. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rick moved to New York City on the heels of winning the grand prize at The American Pianists’ Association Jazz Piano Competition in 1996. His accomplishments have garnered much adoration from the media and led to him being chosen as Best of New Talent in 2004 by All About Jazz NYC.
Syracuse native Joe Magnarelli moved to New York City in 1986 and soon became a regular participant on the Manhattan-and-beyond jazz scene. He has performed with Jon Hendricks, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, Ben Wolfe, and many others.

December 4 – Barry Miles (piano) and Keith Hollis (drums)
Barry Miles was considered a child prodigy: he began playing drums when he was three and piano at five, and joined the Musicians Union when he was nine. While his initial interests were with drums, he soon became an avid piano player. He led Barry Miles & Silverlight for several years (his sidemen at various times included Woody Shaw, John Abercrombie, and Al di Meola), worked as Roberta Flack’s musical director from the early ’80s to the mid-’90s, and became a studio musician in New York.
Born and raised in Atlantic City, Keith Hollis started playing the drums when he was nine-years old. His musical talent also includes playing the trumpet from the time he was in elementary school all the way through high school. Hollis’ musical influence is deeply rooted in gospel. Hollis has performed with great local jazz musicians such as Gina Roché, John Andrews, Bob Ferguson, Tim Lekan, Eddie Morgan, Pete Chavez, and Tony Deluca.

December 11 – Jeff Morrison (tenor saxophone), Joe Breidenstine (trumpet), and Chris Simonini (piano)
Chicago based jazz saxophonist, Jeff Morrison, takes a modern approach to a foundation built upon the rich jazz saxophone tradition. Inspired by the music of John Coltrane, Morrison began playing the saxophone at a young age. Now, he has performed with his own groups as well as other top musicians. His third CD release, a quartet recording featuring pianists Rick Germanson and Steve Einerson will be coming out soon.
Trumpeter Joe Breidenstine began his musical studies at a very early age. He began playing piano at age 8 and took up trumpet at age 10. After graduating from Mainland Regional High School in Linwood, New Jersey, Joe attended the jazz studies program at William Paterson College. In the mid-90’s, Joe settled in New York City where he has had the opportunity to perform with some of the greats in music.
Chris Simonini, from Vineland NJ, began studying guitar at 14. His favorite musicians are Bill Evans and Coltrane, and favorite composers are Debussy, Bach and Shorter. He draws his inspiration from the treasury of great jazz music and legendary musicians, past and present. He’s been writing music and improvising from the age of 15, and his most memorable musical experience was his first paying gig.

December 18 – Dave Posmontier (piano)
Dave Posmontier has been playing piano since the age of 7 and professionally for the past 40 years. A pianist, organist, composer, arranger and teacher, he has performed and recorded with many jazz artists including Christian McBride, James Moody, Chris Potter, Duane Eubanks, Mickie Roker, Bobbie Durham, and John Blake.

January 1 – New Year’s Day Celebration with Rick Hannah (guitar) and special guestsJazz guitarist Rick Hannah was born in the US in Philadelphia and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He started playing guitar at 12 yrs of age, playing rock and other pop music of the day. By the age of 19 he became exposed to jazz and funk, and for the next 15 years played a combination of Jazz, Funk, and Blues usually in a fusion format. In 2012, Rick also launched the Strasbourg Jazz Initiative to promote live jazz.

January 8
Michael Pedicin (tenor saxophone) and Jim Ridl (piano)
Michael Pedicin, a Linwood resident who grew up in suburban Philadelphia, has enjoyed a prolific career that spans more than four decades. Pedicin has toured with such jazz greats as Maynard Ferguson, Dave Brubeck, Stanley Clarke, and Pat Martino, as well as R&B, rock, and pop icons Stevie Wonder, the O’Jays, David Bowie, and Lou Rawls.
Jim Ridl is a pianist, composer, arranger and educator and resides in New Jersey. He performs internationally, nationally, and locally, with the Jim Ridl Trio and Quintet, the Dave Liebman Big Band, in duet with Diane Monroe, the Denis DiBlasio Quintet, the JD Walter Quartet, the Ant Farm Quartet and the Manhattan Bones.

January 15 – Joanna Pascale (vocal) and Josh Richman (piano)
Since emerging onto Philadelphia’s jazz scene, Joanna Pascale has established herself as a compelling and skilled vocalist. She has a working repertoire of over four hundred songs and has appeared and recorded with jazz giants such as trumpeter and Director of Jazz Studies at Temple University, Terell Stafford; sax pyrotechnic and critic’s rave, Tim Warfield; legendary drummer, Mickey Roker, piano virtuoso, Cyrus Chestnut and others.
Pianist and composer, Joshua Richman received his BA from William Paterson University in 2008. In 2010, he completed his master’s degree studying jazz piano performance at The Juilliard School.  He has studied jazz with piano legends such as Mulgrew Miller and Kenny Barron, and classical piano with Gary Kirkpartrick. He is a two-time winner of the ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award.

January 22 – Orrin Evans (piano)
Jazz pianist Orrin Evans was born in Trenton, New Jersey and raised in Philadelphia. He attended Rutgers University, and following this studied with Kenny Barron. He worked as a sideman for Bobby Watson, Ralph Peterson, Duane Eubanks, and Lenora Zenzalai-Helm, and released his debut as a leader in 1994. He signed with Criss Cross Jazz in 1997, recording prolifically with the label. He was awarded a 2010 Pew Fellowships in the Arts.

January 29 – Dean Schneider (piano)
Dean Schneider is one of the most sought-after pianists, arrangers, accompanists, and musical directors on the East Coast.  His career spans twenty-six years of live performance based in the Philadelphia, New York, and Atlantic City regions, as well as touring the United States and international engagements.

Additional performances slated for February and March are as follows:

February 5 – Ken Fowser (tenor saxophone) and Behn Gillece (vibraphone); February 12 – Joe Mancini  (piano); February 19 – Bob DeVos (guitar); February 26 – Paul Jost (vocal)
March 5 – Jason Klinke (guitar); March 12 – Victor North (tenor sax), Lucas Brown (piano)

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— Christina Migioia

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