JAZZ IT UP @ JOHNNY K's with THE RICHARD REITER SWING BAND in Concert
Come enjoy life with acclaimed jazz music artists in concert on the last Wednesday of each month at the popular JAZZ IT UP @ JOHNNY K's Concert & Dining Experience. The event is hosted by the new elegant Johnny K's restaurant, conveniently located at 1030 Raritan Road, Clark, NJ, in association with the SunRex E Group. The experience includes a choice of dinner entree, dessert and a beverage (additional bar service is available).
The concert series continues on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm with the in-demand swing and jazz sounds of The Richard Reiter Swing Band in concert that promises to captivate the audience.
The RICHARD REITER SWING BAND, for over twenty years perhaps New Jersey's most popular swing combo, performs familiar standards from the swing era, and, when requested, the best of classic rock. The group features Reiter on saxophone, clarinet and flute, plus vocalist Tricia Slafta, accompanied by keyboard, bass and drums, plus, when desired, guitar, trumpet, trombone. Repertoire includes: "Our Love is Here to Stay," "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "As Time Goes By," "Sing Sing Sing," "Jump Jive an' Wail." The audience is invited to both listen and dance to their exciting music.
Richard Reiter is a nationally acclaimed jazz performer and composer whose music has also reached international audiences. Reiter performs ten woodwinds: saxophones (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone), flutes (C-flute, alto flute, bass flute), clarinets (Bb soprano, Bb bass clarinet), and piccolo. He improvises exciting solos that are emotional, adventuresome and thoughtfully structured. The four CDs by his contemporary jazz group (originally called Crossing Point, now called The Richard Reiter Afro-Jazz Project) received rave reviews and steady national airplay. The fourth CD "I Hear Africa" and the recording "Swing This!" by The Richard Reiter Swing Band are both on Reiter's label City Pigeon Records, as is his latest CD "Live at China Gourmet." Of Reiter's playing, Bill Milkowski wrote in Downbeat: "Richard Reiter has forged an expressive and personal sound." George Kanzler wrote in the Newark Star Ledger: "Reiter is a resourceful soloist who composes exceptionally melodic compositions."
Reiter has appeared as guest soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (performing David Amram's "Triple Concerto") and featured artist on both national television (CROSSING POINT's half hour PBS show "Live & Listener Friendly") and worldwide television (their three "Arts America" half hour shows produced by the United States Information Agency). He was on-stage soloist in Bob Fosse's Broadway musical "Dancin'" (performing Benny Goodman's clarinet solo from "Sing Sing Sing") and backup for such notables as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett (playing the "jazz tenor sax" chair), Nancy Wilson, Johnny Mathis, Linda Hopkins, Temptations and Supremes. Reiter has recorded with such artists as Marshall Hawkins, Buck Hill, Jimmy Hopps, Stan Rubin, Joe Carson and Mother Scott.
In 1979 Reiter received an EMMY Award for Best Musical Score for an Independent Production for his music to "Generation on the Wind," an Academy Award nominated feature documentary. Piano star Michel Camilo performed Reiter's chart "Fast Feet" with Camilo's big band and Diane Moser's Composers Big Band has featured Reiter's "Bumpy Road."
Reiter recently traveled to Dakar, Senegal (west Africa) where he performed with many "Afro-Pop" bands. Senegal's national radio station "Dakar FM" featured Crossing Point CDs and an interview with Reiter, who played his sax live on the air. In recognition of his talent, and with a support letter from legendary jazz artist Sonny Rollins, he has been awarded three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Reiter is listed in the Marquis "Who's Who in Entertainment." Of Reiter's group, Gil Perlroth wrote in the Westport (Connecticut) News: "Focused around Richard Reiter's soaring sax and Tricia Slafta's beautiful voice, the RICHARD REITER SWING BAND has a great feel for this music...the audience cheered and gave them a standing ovation."
Visit the group at www.RichardReiter.com
The management and staff at Johnny K's strive to make sure that every visit to this unique cultural experience is better than the time before. The venue offers the perfect ambience for a relaxing monthly evening of listening pleasure. Deliciously prepared cuisine and a warm contempory setting helps to create a fun and friendly atmosphere for everyone's enjoyment. Good Music, Good Food, Good Friends, Good Times at Jazz It Up!
Johnny K's (View)
1030 Raritan Road
Clark, NJ 07066
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