Centenary Stage to Host JANUARY JAZZ FEST with International Spin, Begin. 1/11



With first-class musicians coming all the way from Moscow and world-famous bands bringing in rhythms from Latin America and beyond, this year's January Jazz Fest at Centenary Stage Company has a certain global appeal. Performances will begin January 11th, with a different ensemble each Saturday, filling the Lackland Center with the sounds of jazz that everyone knows and loves.



Kicking off this annual music festival is Igor Butman's Moscow Jazz Orchestra featuring Allan Harris on Saturday, January 11th at 8 p.m. Igor Butman, now Russia's top jazz personality, is not only the artistic director of the country's best jazz club, he also leads the hottest jazz orchestra in Russia. The band has evolved into Russia's best touring hardcore jazz unit. Butman`s marvelous coalescence of soul, sound and technique drew praise from President Bill Clinton, one time tenor man, at a state dinner hosted by Vladimir Putin at the Moscow Kremlin. Clinton stated, that Igor Butman "may be the greatest living jazz saxophone player, who happens to be a Russian." Allan Harris is a world-class singer, guitarist and songwriter. Perhaps best known for his interpretations of jazz standards, Allan's smooth vocals and guitar-styling easily cross genres, from jazz to rock to blues.



Tizer Jazz Quartet-a 2011 nominee for "Jazz Group of the Year"- will bring their talents to the stage on Saturday, January 18th at 8 p.m., featuring Karen Briggs on jazz violin. Over the past few years, Tizer has taken their multi-faceted world fusion vibe around the globe, galvanizing thousands. Tizer has a multi-genre, multi-national appeal that expands beyond just jazz enthusiasts. Their diverse resume includes performance slots alongside musicians like Jethro Tull, Isaac Hayes, Al Jarreau, George Benson, Babyface, Bruce Hornsby and Robin Thicke. They bring an intensity with expansive arrangements and exciting soloing to each concert. Often described as "that lady in red", Karen Briggs' fiery performances on violin in the multi-platinum selling, "Live at the Acropolis" PBS special have been seen by literally millions of people around the world.



And wrapping up this year's Jazz Fest is the legendary Sammy Figueroa and his Latin Jazz Explosion on Saturday, January 25th at 8 p.m. Sammy Figueroa has long been regarded as one of the world's great musicians. Well-known for his versatility and professionalism, he is one of the few percussionists equally comfortable in a multitude of styles, from R & B to rock and pop to bebop, Latin to Brazilian, and New Age. In 2001 Sammy discovered a rich treasure trove of Latin jazz virtuosos in South Florida from Cuba, Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia and Argentina, along with members of the University of Miami's extraordinary music department. Since then, Sammy and his band have been unstoppable and they are now one of the most exciting groups in Latin jazz today.



Igor Butman tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for children under 12.

Tizer Jazz Quartet and Sammy Figueroa tickets are $22.50 for adults and $15 for children under 12.

Concert ticket prices increase $5 when purchased the day of the event.



Tickets may be purchased online at www.centenarystageco.org<http://www.centenarystageco.org/>, at the CSC Box Office in The Lackland Center at 715 Grand Ave in Hackettstown, or by calling 908-979-0900. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday 1-5 p.m. (Closed on Mondays in December only), and 2 hours prior to performance times. CSC also operates a second Box Office during the season at 217 Main Street in Hackettstown open Monday through Friday 3-6 p.m.



The 2013-14 season of performing arts events at the Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, and CSC sponsors, including Premier Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, The Holiday Inn in Budd Lake, and Fulton Bank, Bronze Sponsors The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and Wells Fargo Bank, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.




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