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The Swiss Global/OSPAC Jazz Festival
(Published: August 21, 2011)

The Swiss Global Artistic Foundation in partnership with The Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center (OSPAC) announces that its Ninth Annual Jazz Festival will take place on Friday, September 16th at 7:30pm and Saturday, September 17th from 1pm to 9pm at the spectacular OSPAC Amphitheater at Crystal Lake, 4 Boland Drive, West Orange. This event is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors. Children are free. Admission is taken at the entrance. Rain date is Saturday, September 24th.

For the ninth consecutive year, the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center will present a weekend of world-class jazz entertainment emceed by WBGO's Gary Walker, in an open-air setting, complete with international food vendors, artisans and crafts, health spa center, and entertainment and activities for children. Saturday will also include "Paint the Music" led by Nitza Horner, teaching artist and freelance educator affiliated with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where patrons will paint what they hear.

"The Swiss Global/OSPAC Jazz Festival has grown in the past nine years to be the most talked-about jazz event in the area," said internationally renowned jazz singer and OSPAC Executive Director / Swiss Global Jazz Advisor, Kate Baker. "And this year's event will be more spectacular than ever. Our lineup of artists is an international mix of quintessential jazz stylists and modern and cultural jazz interpreters."

"What makes this venue special is not only the beautiful surroundings where you can stroll around the lake, but the superb sound that you can hear from every location," said Swiss Global Executive Director Heather de Haes.

This year's stellar lineup includes: Ali Jackson Quintet featuring Hope Boykin of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater; Houston Person Quartet; Nat Adderley, Jr. Quartet featuring Dave Stryker; Sheila Jordan Quartet featuring Steve Kuhn with Cameron Brown; world-renowned pianist Bill Charlap; Brazilian All-Stars: Romero Lubambo, Nilson Matta, and Claudio Roditi; Kate Baker, Vic Juris, Ralph LaLama, Anthony PInciotti and Harvie S,; Bob DeVos and Oscar Perez with the West Orange/NJ All Stars featuring Mike Lee, Ed Howard, Vince Ector and more, with special guests Pam Purvis, Kevin Burke and other vocalists. The festival will also present The Young Lions with Joe Alterman and Marcus Miller; and upcoming artist, guitarist/singer Dida with special guest Enrico Granafei.

"OSPAC is considered New Jersey's premier outdoor theater, and we are proud of the great performances, like the Jazz Festival, that take place here," says Gary Walker of WBGO-FM. "I encourage everyone to come out to OSPAC and enjoy the beautiful surroundings at Crystal Lake and experience the season's signature event."

The Swiss Global / OSPAC Ninth Annual Jazz Festival is sponsored by Swiss Global Artistic Foundation, Millennium Homes, WBGO-FM 88.3 and Ferential Systems, Inc.

Schedule of Events

Friday, September 16th

7:30 pm Dida with Tal Ronen and Colin Stranahan with special guest Enrico Granafei

8:30 pm Bob DeVos and Oscar Perez with the West Orange/NJ All-Stars featuring Mike Lee, Ed Howard, Vince Ector and more, with Special Guests Pam Purvis, Kevin Burke and other vocalists

Saturday September 17th

1:00 pm Swiss Global Young Lions: Joe Alterman/Marcus Miller Band

2:00 pm Houston Person Quartet

3:00 pm Kate Baker/Vic Juris Quintet featuring Ralph LaLama, Anthony PInciotti, Harvie S and pianist TBA

4:00 pm Bill Charlap

5:00 pm Ali Jackson Quintet featuring Hope Boykin of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

6:00 pm Sheila Jordan Quartet featuring Steve Kuhn with Cameron Brown and ­­drummer TBA

7:00 pm Brazilian All-Stars: Romero Lubambo, Nilson Matta, Claudio Roditi and drummer TBA

8:00 pm Nat Adderley, Jr. Quartet featuring Dave Stryker

This event is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors. Children are free. Admission is taken at the entrance. The amphitheater is located at Crystal Lake, 4 Boland Drive in West Orange N.J. Audience members should bring blankets or chairs to enjoy the relaxed outdoor setting. Rain date is Saturday, September 24th.



For bios or event information, please visit: www.ospac.org or call 973-669-7385.

For high res press photos please visit:

http://www.ospac.org/Jazz...

Swiss Global Artistic Foundation has joined forces with the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center to promote its 9th Annual Jazz Festival in the noble enterprise to produce a cultural event of great quality that will entertain and edify the community through music and arts.

Swiss Global Artistic Foundation has a mission to benefit young artists while providing resonant cultural experiences for its friends and supporters. The Foundation plays a major role in maintaining the vitality of the cultural values and traditions which enlighten our lives by nurturing the finest emerging performing artists, worldwide; educating young artists by inspiration and example; lending outstanding instruments from our collection to deserving musicians; providing unforgettable artistic experiences for our friends, worldwide; and serving as provider of artistic events to the World Economic Forum. Since 1999, the Swiss Global Artistic Foundation has assisted over 80 talented artists from 18 countries. We started by mentoring classical musicians have grown to include jazz and popular genres, along with emerging talents in dance and the visual arts.

The Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center is a non-profit organization located at 4 Boland Drive in West Orange, N.J. Its mission is to bring performances of the highest caliber for free or at minimal cost to the public while maintaining a strong commitment to arts education through its annual Jazz and World Music Workshop.

More Information: http://www.ospac.org


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