Jazz Concert with Kristen Lee Sergeant @ First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford, Rutherford [4 August]

Jazz Concert with Kristen Lee Sergeant

19:30 - 21:00

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First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford
1 E Passaic Ave, Rutherford, New Jersey 07070
♬ and All THAT JAZZ ♬

In a major departure from previous concerts in the Karen Kaiser Concert Series, the First Presbyterian Church, Rutherford, will have a jazz singer, Kristen Lee Sergeant, in the Chapel on Friday, August 4, at 7:30. Kristen, who had her beginnings in musical theater, has made a successful transition to jazz. Great voice! Great show!

Kristen will be assisted by David Budway on piano and Chris Smith on bass, both extremely talented in their own right. Mark your calendars. The church is located on «The Triangle» at the intersection of Park Avenue and Ridge Road, 1 East Passaic Avenue.

Max Jazz Recording Artist David Budway is one of the most versatile pianists on the New York music scene today. While deeply rooted in many styles, his masterful command for Modern Jazz has propelled him into the midst of present day jazz pioneers.

As a Classical pianist David has performed countless recitals. He studied extensively with Ruth Slenczynska, Dr. Carole Riley, CDP, Gerald Jennings, and performed in Master Classes with Artur Balsam, Warren Jones, Eugene List and Sheila Paige. In Italy, David studied at the prestigious Rome Festival where he performed Opera and Chamber Music under the baton of Maestro Fritz Maraffi.

Born in Pittsburgh, PA, David grew up listening to the improvisations of his father Leo Budway, and became interested and well versed in the style of Arabic music. Later he earned his Masters Degree in Piano Performance and Percussion at Duquesne University where he also studied Jazz Composition and Arranging with Dr. John Wilson. David went on to be adjunct professor at Duquesne and Carnegie Mellon University for 15 years before moving to New York. In 1992, Mr. Budway made his solo debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with them on many occasions including special performances with the late Marvin Hamlisch.

Since moving to New York, David has performed at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Village Vanguard, Birdland, The Blue Note, The Jazz Standard and The Hollywood Bowl with both Liza Minnelli and Hubert Laws. David studied chamber music extensively with master musician Bernard Goldberg, and has continued his love for the flute repertoire throughout his 20 year tenure with Master Flutist Hubert Laws. Some of his recording credits include the entire Bach Sonatas for Flute and Piano. David's Trio is currently in residence at the famed Carlyle Hotel in New York City. Mr. Budway's recording credits as both a leader and a sideman include artists Branford Marsalis, Michael Brecker, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Hubert Laws, Stanley Turrentine, Jimmy Heath, Christiane Noll, Ravi Coltrane and Eric Leeds. David has toured worldwide with Stanley Turrentine, Hubert Laws, Jeff «Tain» Watts, Regina Carter and Liza Minnelli.

As a composer, David has several albums to his credit. His release “ A New Kiss” on the MaxJazz label was awarded 4 stars in Downbeat Magazine. His song “Love You Tonight” reached number one on WBGO's playlist in 2012. Most recently the disc was charted at number four in Canada. Other releases include “Brief Encounter to Last a Lifetime”, “The Music I Hear”, “Bud Way”, “Jazz… the Budway”, and his latest release “3 Budways” with siblings Kathy and Maureen Budway. “Sweet Candor”, Maureen Budway's release in 2015 on the MSG Jazz label received 4 ½ stars in Downbeat Magazine. Honoring his late sister, David and his wife Brianne Higgins have recently opened MAUREEN'S JAZZ CELLAR in Nyack NY. The intimate venue features Jazz, Classical, Cabaret, Acoustic Music, Comedy and Rock and Roll. Mr. Budway will be recording a new cd this summer that will feature songs with lyrics by recently deceased songwriting partner Lou Tracey. David was a proud recipient of two prizes in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition. He has scored the music to the motion pictures “Lift”, and “Giant Steps” starring Billy Dee Williams, and has been published in Downbeat Magazine’s Masterclass section: Contemporary French Music’s Influence in Jazz Harmonies.

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