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5/19 HCAS Acoustic Series Presents: Tom Tallitsch
Tom Tallitsch is a saxophonist, composer, and Posi-Tone Records artist. He has seven albums to his name and has arrived on the Jazzweek Radio Chart top 30 with his last three albums. His bands perform at jazz venues throughout the country, with regular performances on the east coast at Birdland Jazz Club, Smalls Jazz Club, Minton's Harlem, The Sidedoor Jazz Club, 55 Bar, Bar Next Door, Chris' Jazz Cafe, Paris Jazz Bistro, and others. Tom is a popular music educator in the Princeton area for jazz saxophone, clarinet, and piano students, as well as piano students on the Autism Spectrum at The Princeton Child Development Institute. He recently concluded a six year run as the host of The Modern Jazz Radio Show on WWFM 89.1. www.tomtallitsch.com
Tom will be joined by double bassist Jason Fratacelli and guitarist Greg Sneider for an intimate night of acoustic jazz featuring his own original compositions, modern jazz classics, and songs from The Great American Song Book.
Jason Fratacelli is a highly sought after bassist and Ropeadope Records Artist in the Philadelphia area. He was recently featured on NPR as co-leader of the Fresh Cut Orchestra, a highly creative 10-piece ensemble that recently performed their second album release at Jazz At Lincoln Center.
Greg Snyder is a highly sought after guitarist and mainstay on the Philadelphia music scene. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Kimmel Center, the Midwest Jazz Clinic, the July 4th Welcome America Festival in Philadelphia, The Iridium, The Bitter End, Musikfest, and many more.
Friday May 19th
Doors at 7:30, show from 8:00-9:30
$10-$20 sliding scale
3/17 HCAS Acoustic Series Presents: The Darla Rich Trio
3/24 Performance: Teddy K's Groove 21
4/21 HCAS Acoustic Series Presents: Sounds of Strings and Steel
HCAS is proud to showcase acoustic talent on the third Friday of each month. Our February performance features Uncle Ho and the HoTet.
About 15 years ago, in the little town of Hopewell, an automobile mechanic
named Art Helmke would periodically sweep up the metal chips, wipe down the greasy workbench, and open his garage to artists and musicians. From these humble beginnings, the HoTet was born - a group of like-minded musicians dedicated to having fun creating music spontaneously.
Fast forward to February 2017. The Hopewell Creative Arts Studio (just a block away from the old Art's Garage) is hosting Uncle Ho and the HoTet!
Chuggy Carter - Percussion
Dan Manchester- Upright Bass
Dave Homan- Woodwinds
Lars Wendt- Brass
Friday February 17th
Doors at 7:30
Show 8-9:30 p.m
$10 at the Door
Hopewell Creative Arts Studio, 17 Seminary Avenue Hopewell, NJ 08525
1/20 HCAS Acoustic Series Presents: James Popik
HCAS is proud to showcase acoustic talent on the third Friday of each month. Our January performance features artist James Popik.
Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter, Bandleader, Grammy Nominated Featured Artist, Impresario.
At the age of five, Jim was chosen to be the MC of his kindergarten class' Christmas play. He was first out on stage greeting the crowd and introducing the skits. Since then not much has changed.
Since forming A & R Music the many artists Jim has engaged with and the repertoire he and his musicians perform has grown exponentially. Hence A&R Music. With a B.A. degree in Music Performance and a 15 year history in music education Jim's knowledge of both music theory and artistic expression and his ability to communicate on many levels has enabled him to achieve success in numerous areas. Roots, Pop, Jazz, Rock, Children's music, it's all Soul music.
At last check Jim has logged over 1000 gigs in the last few years in over 150 different venues.
Recent recording activity includes: Grammy nominated featured artist on the "Fitness Rock & Roll" CD by Miss Amy & Her Big Kids Band. Ten Foot Tall has completed a 4 song EP with Grammy winning producer David Ivory. The lead track "Get Back On The Highway" has been licensed by Crucial Music for Film/TV placement and has won Sonicbids song contest sponsored by Gary Allen (Charlie Daniels, JJ Cale.) In addition to recording with The Backdoor Band he has recently recorded with Jen Starr (opening act for Ray Charles) on her debut CD and received extensive airplay for the song Nothin's Guaranteed the title track from the Ten Foot Tall Band's eponymous CD. Their follow up titled Feelin' Fine is out now and can be purchased on iTunes and CD Baby.
Notable performances include a run of shows in the north east opening for Los Lonely Boys, opening for Dave Mason, jazz gigs with Richie Cole (Doc Severinson, Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton. ) Ten Foot Tall's Starland Ballroom shows with Marshall Tucker and backing Rock & Roll hall of famer Bernie Worrell (Parliament, Talking Heads) at the 2010 Sourland Music Festival, as well as billings with Steve Forbert and Robert Hazard. And not least, performing outside at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave for thousands.
Somewhere in between there were piano lessons with Sister Mary of the Sacred Heart, guitar and piano lessons with some rock guy named Tee, all nighters wearing out the needle as well as continued studies with Grammy nominated Jazz greats Dave Stryker,Pat Martino, Peter Bernstein and Vic Juris.
Friday January 20th
$10 at the Door
Hopewell Creative Arts Studio
9.16 HCAS Acoustic Series Presents: Pyrenesia
HCAS is proud to showcase local acoustic talent on the third Friday of each month. Our September performance features a trio offshoot of the Eastern European gypsy swing band River City Healers, Pyrenesia features fiddle, accordion, and upright bass in unique combinations to perform songs both old and new. Influenced by Tin Hat Trio, Yann Tiersen, Tom Waits, Django Reinhardt, and Astor Piazzolla, and drawing from French, Italian, Russian, and Yiddish folk traditions, Pyrenesia experiments in sound and emotion; musical color and form. The members of Pyrenesia met in Lambertville, NJ during the cold winter of 2014 and have been practicing, playing, and performing ever since.
Pyrenesia is: Tony Kovatch (accordion), Pat Knapp (bass), and Daniella Fischetti (violin).
Friday September 16th
Doors at 7:30 show starts at 8:00 pm
$10 at the door