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Once again we bring you this ever popular series the Summer Jazz Caf�

World Class Jazz in an intimate caf� setting

This year we've rounded up an outstanding roster of performing artists for your listening pleasure.  You'll be seated at cozy candle-lit cocktail tables with Coffee,  Tea and Delectable Treats available from our jazz caf�.    

Tickets are on sale now at the Two River Theater Box Office. Discounts are available for the 4 show package and greatly reduced for students with ID. 

July 12 and 13

 Steve Turre Quintet


July 19 and 20

Champian Fulton Quartet 


July 26 and 27

 "Dueling Keys Quartet" 

Brandon McCune (Piano)

Kyle Koeher  (Jazz Organ)

with Matt Chertkoff (Guitar) 

with Cecil Brooks III (Drums) 


August 2 and 3 

"No Relation Quartet" 

Buster Williams and Bruce Williams



Jazz Arts Academy Student Showcase!

Talented students from our summer jazz camp. 


as well as other special and surprise guests.



Audiences, artists, and critics alike rave about these programs citing an excellent atmosphere, great acoustics, and consistently high level of artistry as reasons to return.  This  series has been named a Tri- City News "Pick of the Year."

Come on out and support live music. Listen to these current day jazz greats honor America's music.  Enjoy a roster of talent unrivaled anywhere, it will surely be the most romantic and exciting evenings you will spend all summer




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Week 1:
Steve Turre Quintet

One of the world's preeminent jazz innovators, trombonist and sea-shellist Steve Turre has consistently won...


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July 12th and 13th
Steve Turre Quintet

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One of the world's preeminent jazz innovators, trombonist and sea-shellist Steve Turre has consistently won both the Readers' and Critics' polls in JazzTimes, Downbeat, and Jazziz for Best Trombone and for Best Miscellaneous Instrumentalist (shells). Turre was born to Mexican-American parents and grew up in the San Francisco Bay area where he absorbed daily doses of mariachi, blues and jazz.


In 1972 Steve Turre's career picked up momentum when Ray Charles hired him to go on tour. A year later Turre's mentor Woody Shaw brought him into Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers.  After his tenure with Blakey, Turre went on to work with a diverse list of musicians from the jazz, Latin, and pop worlds, including Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, J.J. Johnson, Herbie Hancock, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Van Morrison, Horace Silver, Max Roach, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk.  Since 1984 Steve has appeared with the Saturday Night Live band weekly on NBC TV. Turre has lead ten recordings; his most recent is "Keep Searchin'."


Artist2 July 19th and 20th 
Champian Fulton Quartet 

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Week two of the Summer Jazz Caf� brings dynamic songstress and pianist Champian Fulton to Red Bank with her Quartet.  With a voice that draws comparisons to everyone from Billie Holiday to Carmen McRae and some serious piano chops, this multitalented performer is making a major name for herself.


A vocal devotee of Dinah Washington and Nat King Cole, Fulton also counts as her influences many great pianists like Bud Powell, Red Garland, and Thelonious Monk. Since her graduation from SUNY Purchase Music Conservatory in 2003, she has paid her dues performing around New York City in venues including Birdland, Lincoln Center, and Shanghai Jazz, and has since been touring internationally.  Recently, she's been showing up all over the world; in fact Red Bank is Champian's last stop before a European tour that will take her to France, Scotland, Belgium, and Sweden.  She has shared the stage with many legendary figures in jazz as well, from Jimmy Cobb to Frank Wess to Lou Donaldson. Ms. Fulton has released three CD's as a leader to this point; her most recent work is "The Breeze and I," on Gut String Records.
July 26th and 27th
"Dueling Keys Quartet"
Brandon McCune vs. Kyle Koehler


Two keyboard heavyweights will engage in an intense musical battle, but the winner will no doubt be all of us in the audience!


In this corner ...  Hailing from Chicago Illinois, Pianist Brandon McCune!  From 1998-1999 Brandon served as U.S. Jazz Ambassador to Africa. He has collaborated with jazz legends Terrence Blanchard, Abbey Lincoln, and Russel Mallone among many others.  He is an accomplished soloist, bandleader, and dedicated educator with a CD release of his own: "Tell the Story," available on


And, hailing from Philadelphia, jazz organist Kyle Koehler!

That city of brotherly love, the historic hot bed for jazz organ and the birthplace of the cheese-steak produced some great jazz organists such as Jimmy Smith, Richard "Groove" Holmes and Jimmy McGriff.  Koehler is a natural heir to those classic and progressive traditions. Also a U.S. Jazz Ambassador to Africa in 2002, he has shared the stage with the likes of Jimmy Heath, Bobby Watson, Lou Donaldson, and David "Fathead" Newman, among many others.


Presiding over this bout will be "referee" jazz drummer and entrepreneur Cecil Brooks III and "Corner-man" guitar heavyweight Matt Chertkoff.
Artist4August 2nd and 3rd 

"Legends and Lions"
Buster Williams and Bruce Williams (No Relation)


Buster Williams is a living jazz legend whose credits include recordings and performances with a veritable "who's who" in jazz.  From his very first recording, "Boss Tenors," with Gene Ammons, he has been a fixture in some of the classic groups of his time, lending his remarkable sound and rhythmic acuity to the bands of Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, and Nancy Wilson to name a few. Buster is an outstanding bandleader in his own right as well, as he has recorded and toured extensively under his own name since the 1970's. He currently tours with his "Something More Quartet," and holds down an impressive amount of sideman work with the likes of Benny Golsen, Steve Kuhn, and Jimmy Cobb.



Bruce Williams is one of the New York Area's most electrifying improvisers.  Bruce has toured andplayed with some of the premier musicians of today, including Roy Hargrove's "RH Factor" and Big Band, the Count Basie Big Band, the World Saxophone Quartet, and Frank Foster.  Bruce is also an inspiring educator at and serves as the principle jazz instructor for our own Jazz Arts Academy. A leader on three recordings and a sideman on dozens more, he is truly a musical force to be reckoned with. 



Opening Act: Jazz Arts Academy Summer Camp Students




This very special event will showcase our own "jazz lions" in what promises to be an impressive and inspiring opening set.  These talented middle school and high school musicians, hailing from all over the region, have just completed a one-week intensive summer course focusing on Jazz improvisation, ensemble playing and jazz history.



We look forward to seeing you for this year's summer concert series, and thank you very much for your support.

Jazz Arts Project, Inc.
P.O. Box 415
Red Bank, New Jersey 07701

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