Peter Laurance is a Program Administrator/Educator for the Jazz Arts Project in Red Bank, as well as an accomplished graduate of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where he studied saxophone with Ralph Bowen and composition with Conrad Herwig.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Helping to kick off the opening week of the New Brunswick Jazz Project’s “Women in Jazz Month,” organist Akiko Tsuruga brought her swinging and grooving brand of jazz to Makeda. The Osaka native’s rhythmic approach and mastery was evident, as she poked and prodded her band into an excellent performance.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On a frigid night in New Brunswick, a faithful group of music lovers gathered at Makeda on George Street to hear the great Joe Magnarelli and his quartet play with enough fire to keep them warm.
Magnarelli is an established trumpeter renowned for his post-bop proficiency, and this show did not disappoint. On Herbie Hancock’s “Driftin,” Magnarelli opened the show with effortless flurries of notes and a brassy, cornet-like tone that brought a smile to my face.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--There was a moment during Lee Hogans’ New Brunswick Jazz Project performance at Makeda where the power of the performance really struck the audience.
As the music was at its most complicated, the tempo and time signature most obscured, a gentleman in the audience felt compelled to get up and start dancing in front of the stage. Jazz was first a dance music, and when firing on all cylinders, Hogans’ band was energetic enough to make the entire audience feel the groove.