Previous Artists that have been on the REJS Stage
Nationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist Nelson Rangell will perform at the Cranbury Inn on Friday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m.
Rangell has received international kudos. The Times of London notes his “considerable crowd pleasing power” and his “extraordinary facility on a range of instruments.” The Saxophone Journal says: “He commands the alto saxophone with such authority there can be no denying that Rangell is a true artist.”
Denver-based Nelson Rangell entered the jazz world in the late ‘80’s and, since then, has become a favorite. He is the fourth child in a musical family. His brother, Andrew, is a well-known concert pianist living in Boston; his brother, Bobby, lives in Paris and is a leading woodwind player in European jazz and studio scenes. His sister, Paula, is a professional singer living in New Orleans.
Rangell first played flute at the age 15, and within months was studying both classical and jazz music at the Interlochen Arts Academy, a national camp for gifted music students. He went on to attend the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.
It will be a night of surprises. “Nelson Rangell creates the impression that anything is possible when he improvises,” says Flute Talk Magazine. Besides the alto, tenor and soprano saxophone, Rangell is proficient on the flute and piccolo—and even has whistling in his repertoire.
With his discography of 17 CD releases, Nelson Rangell continues on his musical path with two new albums, “Red,” a collection of dedicated saxophone recordings in pop jazz and contemporary jazz and “Blue” which features the flute and piccolo.
Charnett Moffett peformed for REJS March, 31 2017.
Moffett started playing bass in the family band, touring the Far East in 1975 at the age of eight. In the mid-1980s he played with Wynton Marsalis and Branford Marsalis. In 1987 he recorded his debut album Netman for Blue Note Records. He has performed and recorded with Alex Bugnon, Art Blakey, Arturo Sandoval, Babatunde Lea, Courtney Pine, David Sanborn, David Sánchez, Dianne Reeves, Dizzy Gillespie, Ellis Marsalis, Frank Lowe, Harry Connick, Jr., Herbie Hancock, Jana Herzen, Joe Henderson, Kenny Garrett, Kenny Kirkland, Kevin Eubanks, Lew Soloff, Manhattan Jazz Quintet, McCoy Tyner, Melody Gardot, Mulgrew Miller, Ornette Coleman, Pharoah Sanders, Sonny Sharrock, Stanley Jordan, and Wallace Roney.
Charnett Moffett attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City and later studied at Mannes College of Music and the Juilliard School of Music. In 1983, he played on saxophonist Branford Marsalis' debut as a leader, Scenes in the City, and the following year he joined trumpeter Wynton Marsalis’ quintet, appearing on 1985's acclaimed Black Codes (From the Underground). During the 1980s, Moffett also worked with Stanley Jordan, appearing on the innovative guitarist's best-selling 1985 Blue Note debut, Magic Touch, as well as two Blue Note albums with drummer Tony Williams’ quintet: 1987's Civilization and 1988's Angel Street. In 1987, Moffett signed with Blue Note Records and debuted as a leader that year with his first of three albums for Blue Note, Beauty Within, which featured his father Charles Moffett on drums, older brothers Codaryl Moffett on drums and Mondre Moffett on trumpet, Kenny Garrett on alto saxophone, and Stanley Jordan on guitar.
Sonya Robinson December 6, 2014
August 9, 2013 & Apr. 11, 2014
Yvonnick Prene has called New York home since 2007, but jazz fans in and around the Big Apple and beyond can be forgiven if they lacked awareness about his harmonica skills until more recent times. His first album—the inviting Jour de Fête (SteepleChase Records, 2013)—took a while to arrive, so the only way to learn about Prene prior to 2013 was through word of mouth or a chance live encounter. Now, judging from his recent output, it appears that he's making up for lost time. Two more albums—Wonderful World (Self Produced, 2014) and Merci Toots (Self Produced, 2015)—came in quick succession after his debut, a full gigging calendar in the past few years has kept him in the public eye, and a flurry of writing and publishing activity has produced a good number of jazz harmonica educational publications from this rising star. And now there's Breathe.
Steven Feifke November 7, 2014
Steven Feifke is a New York City based pianist, composer and arranger. A self proclaimed "lover of sounds and rhythm," the 25 year old is known around the world as one of the many promising young musicians of his generation. As a pianist, Feifke maintains an active performance schedule both in and out of New York City at venues like The Blue Note, Smalls Jazz Club, and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center, and was a semifinalist in the 2011 Thelonious Monk Competition. Feifke’s debut record “Peace In Time” features his seven piece ensemble, and has received much critical acclaim since its release in January 2015. Feifke currently resides in New York City, and holds a bachelors degree in music and a minor in economics from New York University.
Rudy Royston June 27, 2014
A native of Ft. Worth, Texas, Rudy Royston was raised in Denver, Colorado. He began playing drums and percussion as a toddler, playing in church and along with an eclectic array of LPs his siblings would have on rotation. Rudy quickly integrated into the New York music scene, performing with world-renowned artists such as Javon Jackson, Bill Frisell, Les McCann, David Gilmore, Ben Allison, Jason Moran, JD Allen, Sean Jones, Jeremy Pelt, Greg Osby, Jennifer Holiday, Tia Fuller, Ravi Coltrane, Ralph Bowen, and many more. A lover of all genres of music, Rudy continues to expand his horizons as he gains increasing recognition in the world of Jazz.
Thomas Galliano August 15, 2014
Born in Nice, France Thomas did not have to look far to discover his passion for music.
His father a guitarist and his mother a radio host, Thomas grew up in a musical universe by spending much of his childhood in rehearsal space, jazz festivals and radio hall.
In 2011, Thomas made the move to New York City and has shared the stage with well recognized and respected musicians such as JD Allen, Dezron Douglas, Eric Legnini, Pierre De Bethmann, Eric Wyatt, Emanuele Cisi, Logan Richardson, Stacy Dillard, Benito Gonzalez, Ed Cherry and many others.
Nicholas Biello October 3, 2014
In demand as a composer and arranger, Nicholas has written arrangements that have been performed by artists such as Stevie Wonder, Dave Koz, and Kelly Rowland. His work has been televised on networks such as ABC and ESPN, and heard in venues in Las Vegas, L.A., and New York City. He has worked with members of the famed Apollo Theater house band in music composition and production.
Nick's saxophone has been heard at venues such as the Blue Note, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center, The Iridium, B.B. King's, The House of Blues in Chicago, The Paramount Theater, The Birchmere Theater, Smalls, Smoke and many more.
Gregg August September 19, 2014
August spans the jazz, Latin jazz, classical and avant-garde scenes. A sought-after composer and arranger, celebrated for his versatility, breadth and intelligence, Gregg has been an active member of the New York music scene for over ten years. August has played with Ray Barretto, Ornette Coleman, Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo O’Farrill, James Moody, The Chico O’Farrill Big Band, The Lincoln Center's Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, and Ochun among others.
Gordan James Jan. 2015
Gordon James February 6, 2015
Based out of New Jersey, USA, Gordon James, is a sought after performer, composer, arranger, producer & recording artist preparing to make a huge splash in the International music markets. Smoothjazz.com has referred to him as one of the “smooth Jazz elites on trumpet & flugelhorn.”
Gordon James has been categorized with other Jazz heavyweights such as: Chris Botti, Rick Braun & Greg Adams. Stylistically, he has been compared to: Chet Baker, Miles Davis & Chuck Mangione.
Gordon has appeared with or opened for such artists as Roy Aryes, Angela Bofill, Bobby Caldwell, Alex Bugnon, Pieces of a Dream, Chuck Loeb, Cassandra Wilson and others.
Steve Carrington April 17, 2015
Born in East Baltimore, Maryland, Steve grew up cultivating a deep love and respect for jazz music, picking up the sax at age seven. He attended the Baltimore School for the Arts, then went on to graduate from Frederick Douglass High, a school with a rich musical legacy whose alumni include Cab Calloway, Eubie Blake, and Ellis Larkin. His early influences were John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Grover Washington Jr., Hank Mobley, and Freddie Hubbard. While in New York, Steve sat in with the the likes of the late Elvin Jones, Joey DeFrancesco, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Wynton Marsalis, Wessel “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Eric Lewis (ELew) and Chick Corea. He is close friends with his mentor Kenny Garrett. As leader of his own quartet, Steve has opened for jazz giants Abbey Lincoln, Lionel Hampton, and Stanley Turrentine.
Sarah Elizabeth Charles February 20, 2015
Sarah Elizabeth Charles is a rising vocalist/composer based in New York City. She has worked and studied with artists such as George Cables, Geri Allen, Nicholas Payton, Sheila Jordan, Jimmy Owens and Carmen Lundy and released her debut record, “Red” in September of 2012 with her band SCOPE. As the active vocalist in a number of bands (including AJOYO, Manner Effect, Transient Beings and Enoch Smith Jr.’s “Misfits”), Sarah has performed at many venues throughout her career. These venues have included The White House, Gillette Stadium as a National Anthem singer for the New England Patriots, the Bern International Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival, The Kennedy Center, the Blue Note in New York City, the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival, the Burlington Jazz Festival, the Apollo Music Café, Blue Note NYC, Le Poisson Rouge, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and the Rose Theatre with Jazz at Lincoln Center.