Jazz Vespers Returns to Pleasantdale Church
Saturday, November 2, 2013 • 11:49am
WEST ORANGE, NJ - Jazz Vespers has returned for another great season at Pleasantdale Church. The next event, entitled “Thanks,” will be held on Sunday, November 3, at 7:30 PM. Jazz Vespers combines the age-old tradition of evening meditation with the unique musical language of jazz. It includes contemporary prose and poetry and outstanding music performed by internationally recognized jazz musicians.
The November Jazz Vespers will be led by Todd Shumpert. Vespers @ Pleasantdale will welcome back band leader Dave Rimelis on guitar and violin, Ted Brancato on keyboard, Dave Longworth on drums, and will feature Mike Richmond on bass.
Light refreshments are offered before and after the event in the Church Narthex, where visitors will enjoy the beautiful photography of Namrta Shah, in an exhibit sponsored through the West Orange Arts Council.
Jazz Vespers is held in the main building at Pleasantdale Church, 471 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange. Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted. The building is fully accessible. Vespers are held on the first Sunday evening of each month (October through May) at 7:30 PM.
About the November musicians:
Dave Rimelis (bandleader and guitar, banjo, violin) – Dave Rimelis’ music has been performed by orchestras internationally, including the Boston Pops, National Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Western Australia Symphony, Minnesota Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, and the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. He has been a featured artist with the Colorado Symphony, Eugene Oregon Symphony, Waco Texas Symphony, Concordia Orchestra, Plainfield New Jersey Symphony, The Cascade Festival of Music Orchestra, the New Sussex Symphony, the New Jersey Pops, the Oregon Festival of American Music Orchestra, and the Cabrillo Music Festival Orchestra.
Dave is artist-in-residence for the New Jersey State Council on The Arts and teaching artist for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. He is also Director of Music Education for the AIDS Resource Foundation for Children in Newark. He served as composer-in-residence for the Concordia Orchestra in New York City from 1990 - 2002. His music is featured in the film about violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg “Speaking in Strings”, PBS and New Jersey Network documentaries “Summer Camp”, “It’s Red It’s Edible It Bounces”, the Mo Willems cartoon “The Man Who Yelled,” and the feature film “She Devil.”
National Television appearances as featured musician include “Emeril Live” (improvising original music as “Dr Strings), CBS’s “The Guiding Light” (fiddler and country band leader), and NBC’s “Four Stories” (volunteer music teacher to HIV affected children). As a guitarist and violinist, Dave has toured the United States, South America, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and the Middle East. His unique charanga violin style has been featured with many prominent Latin ensembles, including Jose Fajardo, Johnny Pacheco, Roberto Torres, Orchestra Broadway, and Africando. Rimelis is the founder and leader of the band “Life,” which performs original world jazz. The son of country western singer “Idaho Ed,” Dave was raised on American folk and popular music; he has won prizes in a number of regional fiddle contests. Dave is also a music teacher at Liberty Middle School in West Orange.
Mike Richmond (Featured Musician, Bass) – A Philadelphia native, Mike Richmond played guitar as a youth but picked up bass in 7th grade. He has been featured on over 500 recordings (12 solo) and has recorded and performed internationally with Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby McFerrin, Ravi Shankar, Stan Getz, Charles Mingus Dynasty, Elvin Jones, Gil Evans, Horace Silver, Joe Henderson, Henry Mancini, Michel Legrand, Richie Havens, and Pat Metheny. He has won Grammy Awards with Miles Davis, Quincy Jones and the Philadelphia Orchestra. His solo recording "Dance for Andy" was voted one of the top ten recordings in 1991.
He has been a guest soloist with the Bratislava Philharmonic Orchestra, United Arab Emirates Philharmonic Orchestra, Lima Peru Symphony, Costa Rica National Symphony, Cologne Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Cologne Radio Big Band, the Hamburg State Opera, and the Turkish National Symphony.
His book Modern Walking Bass Technique (Ped Xing Music) is used worldwide as one of the leading texts on jazz bass technique. Mike is a professor of Double Bass at New York University. He was the recipient of Department of Music and Performing Arts Profession's Teacher of the Year award in 1991 and 1994.
Ted Brancato (Piano / Keyboards) – Originally hailing from Washington State, Ted has worked as a freelance musician, arranger, composer, musical director, professional transcriber and sound engineer. He has recorded several albums and toured to Asia, South America and Europe with vocalist Jeanie Bryson. For the past ten years, he has served as the Music Director/Arranger for Hunterdon Hills Playhouse. In 2009, he opened a recording studio, Mahogany Studio, with the goal of capturing the full warmth and depth of acoustic instruments and voices. Since opening, the studio has catered to folk, country, classical and jazz artists. The studio’s first full album, completed in September 2010, was Mark Pearson’s “Following the Light.” He is currently working on another album project for vocalist Mari Green. Both projects have utilized Ted’s many talents as owner and engineer. He is also in the process of mixing an album of his own jazz compositions featuring bassist Ron Carter. The album is expected to be released in the Spring of 2013.
David Longworth (Drums/Percussion) - From CBGB to Carnegie Hall, David Longworth brings over 30 years of performing experience to our Jazz Vespers. He has toured internationally with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Ben E. King, and Phoebe Snow. He has performed with Bruce Springsteen, Jon BonJovi, Michael McDonald, and countless R&B acts. He has worked Off-Broadway in 'Lone Star Love', featuring the Tony award winning "Red Clay Ramblers', 'Almost Heaven', the John Denver musical, and more recently, 'Godspell' at Bergen Community College. He has been a member of LaBamba and the Hubcaps for over 25 years, featuring the horn players from the Conan O'Brien Show.