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Jazz Social: Kate Baker Trio w/ Norman Simmons @ Shanghai Jazz

January 21 @ 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Doors open 3:00 pm;

Kate Baker’s love of music is the basis for two remarkable talents, as a singer and an educator. She has a distinctive vocal style and lyrical expression and she has evolved into one of today’s most sought after singers. Her voice resonates with her love of diverse musical inspirations whether Jazz, Brazilian, Latin or the Blues. Be it a Cole Porter standard or an Antonio Carlos Jobim composition, English or Portuguese, Kate is at home. She will be performing with Jazz Legend Norman Simmons, Rick Crane, bass.

Pianist Norman Simmons is a consummate musician, best known for his ability to connect with jazz singers like Carmen McRae, Anita O’Day, and Joe Williams. Much more In 1960, Davis recommended Simmons to vocalist Carmen McRae (left), who had a reputation for being extremely demanding of accompanists. But the skilled and versatile pianist exceeded McRae’s high expectations and they spent the next nine years performing and recording together.than just an accompanist, Simmons is an extremely accomplished soloist, arranger, composer and educator. In 1969, Simmons decided to pursue new musical avenues with other vocalists. With Betty Carter and Anita O’Day, he found greater freedom to improvise and his soloing prowess crystallized. In 1979, he began his long-standing collaboration with singer Joe Williams. Simmons’ ability to challenge himself and other musicians carries over into his work as an educator. He has taught at Paterson State College in New Jersey since 1982 and also participated in the Jazzmobile program for 20 years, fostering music education at New York’s public schools. Simmons’ dedication to his students is equal to his commitment to jazz itself. Rick Crane, bassist, Rick Crane is a world renowned bassist, recognized by progressive jazz listeners for his percussive, melodic style and expansive repertoire. A lifelong New Jersey resident, he was drawn to Jazz by listening to his brother’s extensive Jazz record collection. He started playing acoustic bass and was performing professionally by age 17. While studying privately with bassist Michael Moore in Manhattan, Rick enrolled in William Paterson University’s prestigious Jazz Studies program. The jazz department was then headed by trumpeter Thad Jones and shortly after, bassist Rufus Reid. He played in rhythm sections backing visiting featured jazz greats such as Dave Liebman, Jackie Byard, Bucky Pizzarelli and Joanne Brackeen.

Shows 3:30pm – 5:30pm (unless otherwise noted)

NJJS, in collaboration with Shanghai Jazz, presents Sunday afternoon socials, held monthly. Come for the entertaining and educational music programs, social hour, and fine food and drink.

Admission: free for NJJS members, $10 for guests. Please note that Shanghai Jazz requires a $10 food/beverage minimum for all NJJS-sponsored events; there are no exceptions. Drinks and food will be available throughout the afternoon.


January 21
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Shanghai Jazz
24 Main St.
Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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