A Program of Jazz with John Bianculli, Pianist, and Jackie Jones, Vocalist

Date: Apr 29, 2012
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Bernardsville Public Library
John Bianculli [Photo by Bridget Laudien]

John Bianculli is a lyrical and soulful pianist and composer.  His dynamic original music is a unique blend of jazz, Latin, Brazilian, rhythm and blues, and world music.

A self-taught, accomplished and versatile musician, Mr. Bianculli was born and raised in New York City’s Greenwich Village across from the Village Vanguard. He got much of his training playing the jazz circuit from New York to Washington D.C.  His compositions have been performed by his quartet, quintet and sextet in New York City at the Blue Note, Jazzmania, Jazz Cultural-Theatre, Greene Street, the Rainbow Room and Jilly’s; in Washington D.C. at the One Step Down and Blues Alley. His website is www.JohnBianculliMusic.com.

About his music, the Home News and Tribune writes, “It invokes beauty and playful fancy, stirs the imagination, and goes straight to the heart. It is unique, lyrical, dynamic, rich, and uplifting. . .“ The Star Ledger says “It is music that will draw you in and make you listen. . .”

Jackie Jones has electrified audiences throughout the United States as well as internationally. She is a graduate of Newark’s High School of the Performing Arts and Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey. While earning her degree in Psychology at Rutgers University, she continued her formal music education at the Mason Gross School of the Arts. There she trained and further refined her musical style under noteworthy jazz talents as pianist Kenny Barron, drummer Keith Copeland, vibraphonist Steve Nelson and bassist Larry Ridley. As an alumna of Rutgers University, Ms. Jones maintains close ties with the jazz program, frequently returning as a guest performer.

Ms. Jones has opened for the legendary Lou Rawls and has performed with numerous noteworthy artists. Her greatest vocal influences are anchored in the tradition of jazz song stylists Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, and Etta Jones. Her website is www.jackiejones.com.

Free. No sign-up is needed. Doors open at 2:45 pm.