Yesterday I had the pleasure of Emceeing the 1st Annual Winter Jazz Fest, sponsored by Packet Publications and www.centraljersey.com. The event was held at the upscale Hamilton Manor.
The event was very well-attended, with perhaps a couple of thousand people passing through during the day. Admission was free, and guests received tickets that could be redeemed for tastings from the various food vendors serving diverse styles such as Italian, Japanese and Vegetarian. If you liked the samplers, then do check out the main course from any of these great establishments! (El Sham Restaurant, Villa Romanza, Marcello's Tomato Pie Restaurant, Mahzu Japanese Restaurant, Spoon & Sprout Restaurant, Revere Grill Room, Toscano Ristorante, Chocolate Lovers Club of Princeton). Numerous door prizes were also announced during the afternoon, donated by the likes of the Tiger's Tale and Anthony Vincent Salon in East Windsor (who was particularly generous with salon package giveaways!).
There were three live musical acts that were enjoyed throughout the afternoon: The Luke Elliot Band, Wenonah Brooks, and Meg Hanson Group.
In addition to keeping guests informed, I provided music in between the sets of the live acts, playing a variety of mainstream jazz (Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Stan Getz, Kenny Burrell, Charlie Parker, Herbie Hancock, Nina Simone) to contemporary jazz-influenced electronic music (e.g. Bebel Gilberto remixes, Brandt Brauer Frick, Thievery Corporation, Sweetback,Francois K.).
Thanks to Packet Publications and CentralJersey.com for sponsoring this amazing event
The incredible Benny Barksdale, Jr. - who performed with Alicia Keys at the Grammys
The Meg Hanson Group - Live!
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Other vendors supporting this fine event included:
David Lerner Associates, Inc. (investments)
Camp Bow Wow (doggy daycare)
Performance Spine and Sports Medicine
Real Life Designs (audio-visual consulting services for residential/commercial)
Hamilton Pet Meadow (pet burial and cremation)