11 am - Northern Valley Regional High School/Old Tappan Jazz Band
11:30 am - Northern Valley Regional High School/Demarest Jazz Band
12:00 pm - Welcome from Mayor John Glidden, Closter, Joined by Sponsoring Town’s Mayors
12:15 pm - Indian Kathak Dance Performed by Abha and Anya Kasubhai
12:45 pm - Jane Kelly Williams & Friends
1:45 pm - Robert Levin & Mama Yaa
2:45 pm - Hip Replacements
Jane Kelly Williams, originally from Georgia, arrived in New York City and made her American debut on Mercury Records with Tapping the Wheel. She had a Top 10 Contemporary radio hit with Breaking into the Past and another single Show Me How To Catch a Fish which was featured in the movie Picture Perfect starring Jennifer Aniston.
Recently, Jane performed with Victoria Clark (Tony Award Winner and star of A Light at the Piazza) at Lincoln Center's esteemed American Songbook Series, where Victoria sang 3 of Jane's songs. For the inauguration of the same series, Audra McDonald (4 time Tony Award Winner) performed Jane's song Wonderful You and then included it on her 2006 CD release Build a Bridge (Audra McDonald).
Since the Spring of 2006, Jane has initiated 3 concert/presentations called Songs for Darfur to benefit refugees in Darfur. Jane is currently completing her debut release on Sojourn Records due out in 2011.
Dave has recorded and or performed with The Indigo Girls, Rosanne Cash, Marshall Crenshaw, Buster Poindexter, Madeline Peyroux, Neshama Carlebach, Little Jimmy Scott, Jewel, Richie Havens, Jane Kelly Williams, Nina Nastasia and others. He has played throughout Europe and North America, doing tours in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Holland, Spain, Sweden, Canada and the US. He’s appeared in the Ottawa Jazz festival, the Toronto Blues festival, The Austin City Limits festival and music festivals in Spain and Holland.
Dave was born in Palo Alto, California and spent most of his formative years in southern and central California. Dave picked up the bass in his early teens. At the age of 17 he was playing jazz five nights a week in Orlando, Florida with Billy Peebles, the drummer for Ray Charles on many classic Atlantic recordings.
Dave lives with his wife, singer songwriter, Jane Kelly Williams and daughter in Northern NJ.
A specialist in traditional West African music, Robert is a performer, composer and teacher. Robert received his B.A. in ethnomusicology, composition and performance at Wesleyan University where he studied composition with Bill Barron and West African music with Abraham Adzenyah and Freeman Donkor. He received his Masters in composition at Yale University where he studied composition with Martin Bresnick, Lukas Foss, Tanya León, Marlos Nobre and Joan Panetti.
Robert has spent much time in Ghana, West Africa, studying drumming, singing and dancing. With his teacher Godwin Agbeli, Levin also founded a public elementary and junior high school in a farming village in southeastern Ghana in 1988, and has been building and supporting it ever since (visit www.kgsf.org).
Since 1981, Robert has brought traditional West African Music to many students in the USA, including teaching classes at Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Cali School of Music at Montclair State University, Sarah Lawrence, University of Northern Iowa, Princeton University, Yale and Wesleyan, and Brooklyn Academy of Music’s DanceAfrica Festival.
Robert is an active performer on keyboards, percussion and West African drums, and has played for film soundtracks, TV programs, album projects, and live tours in the USA and abroad. These days - and since the show opened in 1997 - he performs regularly on Broadway in The Lion King. He also played in the Broadway productions of Hair, Hairspray, Hott Feett, Drowsy Chaperone, Fosse.
Robert's composing credits include the feature film Inside, directed by Arthur Penn, as well as many documentaries and works for television. Robert wrote a West African drumming, singing and dancing number for the Broadway show Amazing Grace (2015). He has composed new music commissions which have been performed throughout the USA and Europe.
The Hip Replacements is a musical act that every audience falls in love with. Lori Gretz' silky smooth lead vocals are truly, in a word, breathtaking. Barry Gretz' guitar playing runs the gamut from finger-style delicacy to hard-driving rock anthems, and his vocals harmonize beautifully with Lori’s. Together, their sound sets them several notches above your typical bar or wedding band. The songs they sing are also guaranteed audience pleasers, being the best-loved popular hits of the last seventy years, including Sinatra, Cole Porter, Patsy Cline, the Ronettes, the Beatles, CSN&Y, James Taylor, Carole King, Linda Ronstadt, Eagles, U-2, Garth Brooks, and Norah Jones, among many, many others. Their sets can have you laughing over memories of “the good old days”, up on the dance floor, and often both!
The Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest Jazz Band & Old Tappan. Stage Times: 11 AM & 11:30 AM
These two area High School Bands play jazz and contemporary music while learning to improvise and gain a knowledge of important and influential jazz musicians. Both Regional High Schools at Demarest & Old Tappan Jazz Bands explore progressive jazz, bebop and jazz-rock music styles. The groups perform in concerts, community events, special performances and at national festivals.