Jazz with Jesse Junior Quartet to perform April 19

By Kay Stegall Miller | Apr 13, 2014
Photos by: Frank Zipperer Jesse Junior and his Quartet perform songs by Cole Porter on Saturday, April 19 at the Classic Wineseller in Waynesville.

The Classic Wineseller welcomes the Jesse Junior Jazz Quartet at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 19, in the underground environs at 20 Church St. Tickets are $34.99 per person and include a four-course dinner with the jazz performance. Call 452-6000 for reservations. Seating is limited.

Jesse Junior, vocals, will be joined by Richard Schulman, piano, Zack Page, bass, and Justin Watt, drums.

Jesse Earl Junior, a long time jazz singer on the New York jazz scene, studied with piano legend Barry Harris, worked with Cobi Norita and the Universal Jazz coalition, and played in numerous clubs in the New York area as well as his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, before embracing the bourgeoning jazz scene in the Carolinas. His influences include the Great Johnny Hartman, Joe Williams, and Louie Armstrong.

Pianist Richard Schulman has recorded 23 of his own albums as well as more than two dozen other recordings for which he has provided compositions, performances and/or musical production. Trained in the classical and jazz fields, he has developed a heartfelt language in these genres and performs original jazz as the Richard Schulman Trio.

Shulman has performed at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Art Park, the United Nations, the Kool Jazz Festival, The Amenia Peace Festival and a wide variety of other venues throughout North America and in Europe.

Zack Page has been playing bass for 23 years. In college, he focused heavily on jazz and blues, and performed regularly in small music venues. In his twenties, he worked with traveling theatrical productions and on cruise ships allowing him to perform in all 50 states and more than 30 other countries. Since then Page has played everything from children's music to straight-ahead jazz and hard-hitting blues.

Justin Watt began studying percussion and drums at the age of 10, eventually earning a Bachelor of Music degree from Kent State University, and a Master of Music from the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University. He worked for two-and-a-half years as the drummer with the world-famous Glenn Miller Band, touring the United States, Japan and Canada. He has also performed with such notable performers as Jim McNeely, Michael Burritt, Larry O'Brian, David Morgan, The Four Aces, Dolores Parker Morgan, Julia Rich, the Guy Lombardo Orchestra, Maddy and Masterpiece, Paul McGhee and many, many more. Watt teaches percussion at the Asheville Music School and is an adjunct professor at the UNCA.

The Classic Wineseller is Waynesville’s premier retail wine and craft beer shop, small plate restaurant, and intimate live music venue. For information about wine or beer dinners and tastings and live music events call 452-6000 or visit www.classicwineseller.com.