“The New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) Faculty Jazz Quartet, led by Jazz Studies program director Dave Schumacher, will perform as part of Wharton Music Center’s Community Concert Series on February 22 at 3:00 p.m. at the New Providence Memorial Library located at 377 Elkwood Avenue in New Providence. The concert, which features classic jazz compositions and selections from the American Songbook, is free and open to the public.
Baritone saxophonist and NJYS Jazz Studies program director Dave Schumacher is joined by guitarist Joel Perry, bassist Calvin Jones, and drummer Bernard Linnette with guest appearances by students of the NJYS jazz studies program.
Chicago native Dave Schumacher has been a key player in the New York jazz scene for more than three decades, touring throughout the United States and internationally with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Art Blakely Big Band, T.S. Monk on Monk Ensemble, Nicholas Payton’s Louis Armstrong Tribute Big Band, and as an original member of the Harry Connick, Jr. Orchestra. Highlights of his international career include an appearance at Mount Fuji Jazz Festival in Japan with the Art Blakely Big Band. Schumacher can be heard on nearly a dozen Columbia Records recordings with the Harry Connick, Jr. Orchestra and with such jazz greats as Lionel Hampton and Mel Torme.“