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Posted on on February 20th, 2013
by Pincas Jawetz (

Now at  At TRIBECA Performing Arts Center

199 Chambers Street, New York

New York’s Longest Running Jazz Concert Series

Jay Leonhart singing and playing the basse with Ken Peplowski serenading Jack Kleinsinger on 2/14/2013

All Photo Credits –  Jim Eigo
Publicist for Highlights In Jazz

Thursday, February 14th, 2013 – 8pm

Highlights In Jazz 40th Anniversary Gala

Barbara Carroll with Jay Leonhart

Bria Skonberg, Ken Peplowski

Harlem Blues and Jazz Band

Joey Morant, Fred Staton, Art Baron, Zeke Mullins, Jackie Williams, Bill Wurtzel, and  Michael Max Fleming

Barbara Carroll with Jay Leonhart

Barbara Carroll is an elegant pianist, composer and vocalist long recognized as one of the premier players of swinging jazz piano and expressive vocals.  Her inventive piano playing and totally unique vocal sound leads her into transforming any composition into her own art with her trade-mark emotional directness and respect for the tune, its lyrics and it’s many possibilities.

Barbara will be accompanied by the witty and superior jazz bassist Jay Leonhart who has been called the Fred Astaire of Jazz by LA Times jazz critic Don Heckman.

Barbara Carroll with Jay Leonhart and Ken Peplowski


Bria SkonbergKen Peplowski

Originally from Western Canada, Bria Skonberg is a trumpeter, vocalist, songwriter and bandleader taking New York by storm with her “red-hot” trumpet playing and “soul sultry and innocent sweet” voice.

Writing in the The Wall Street Journal author and jazz critic Will Friedwald had this to say  “…Bria Skonberg looks like a Scandinavian angel…plays trumpet like a red hot devil and sings like a dream…”

Ken Peplowski’s virtuosity – not only is he an outstanding clarinetist and saxophone player, but he’s also a charismatic entertainer who has been delighting audiences for over 30 years with his warmth, wit, and musicianship.  The late Mel Torme´said, “Since the advent of Benny Goodman,there have been too few clarinetists to fill the void that Goodman left.


Harlem Blues and Jazz Band featuring

Joey Morant-Trumpet, Fred Staton-Tenor Saxophone, Art Baron-Trombone, Zeke Mullins-Piano, Jackie Williams-Drums,
Wurtzel-Guitar, and Michael Max Fleming-Bass

Actually playing – Joey Morant, Art Baron, Zeke Mullins,  Jackie Williams, Bill Wurtzel, David Lee Jones and Michael Max Fleming

The Harlem Blues & Jazz Band Founded in 1973 by King Oliver’s trombonist/blues singer Clyde Berhardt and jazz aficionado Al Vollmer, the Harlem Blues & Jazz Band has as its main concept to keep significant side-men of the Classic Jazz Period working and not forgotten. The continued quality of this group has caused the band to be declared a  National Treasure and one of the most authentic Swing Bands playing today. A very special highlight for the 40th anniversary was announced  the saxophonist Fred Staton (the brother of Dakota Staton) will celebrate his 98th birthday but he did not appear.

A great feature of the concert were the young performers – the follow up generation:

Young sax player = Seven Frieder

The terrific Gal trumpet player  and singer = Bria Skonberg from Vancouver

The veteran trumpet player in the Harlem Blues and Jazz Band = Joey Morant

at the Piano = Zeke Mullins

Unanounced Special Guests:  Ehud Asherie on the piano,  Steven Frieder,  Marion Felder


the Grand Finale Jam – with everybody on stage was “Take The A Train”


Future performances:

Thursday, March 14th, 2013 – 8pm

Swing Memories Highlights Show

Artie Shaw with Strings feat


The Anderson Twins with 25 piece orchestra

Benny Goodman Combos feat Warren VacheHoward Alden, Wycliffe Gordon,
Ehud AsheriePeter AndersonWill Anderson


Thursday, May 9th, 2013 – 8pm

Salute to George Wein

Ron CarterAnat CohenWycliffe GordonJay Leonhart, Lewis NashLew Tabackin
Guest of Honor:   –  George Wein


By car take FDR Drive south to end, through underpass onto West Street, north to Chambers.
By Subway take 1, 2, 3, 9, A, C, E, J or M train to Chambers or N, R to City Hall stop. Walk west on Chambers.

For information call the box office at:
(212) 220-1460

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