Musicians

These are the schedules for our music Mondays. First Monday of the month - Mitch Schechter. Second Monday of the month - Joe Vincent Tranchina…..

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mitch schechter

Performance experience ranges from concerts, recitals, and recordings, to hotel, restaurant, and club work. As a sideman, pianist Mitch Schechter performed and recorded with mandolin and clarinet virtuoso Andy Statman for eight years. The quartet made appearances at Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, WNYC Radio, Symphony Space, and several European venues, including Bosendorfer Concert Hall in Amsterdam.

Mitch can be heard on numerous recordings with some of the finest musicians in the New York area.  Some recent CD recordings that Mitch is featured on include, 3 CD’s by Trumpeter Vincent Cutro, {leader} along with Mike Stern, Billy Hart, Jay Anderson, Victor Jones, and Jerry Bergonzie.  The Composer’s Workshop Big Band under the direction of Mike Treni featuring Jerry Niewood.  Other CD’s include, Drummer Aaron Alexander’s “Blues For Sparkey”, Peter Furlan’s, “Spy Glass Hill”. Also featured on 3 CD’s with Composer and Arranger Eric Storckman’s Septet “Scrapbook”, “Chuckle Factory” and “One Station Plaza”. Rich Rieter’s, “I Hear Africa.”  His trio “Jazz Spring Trio” has been together since 1994 and there Cd “Season and Sentiment’s”, has been well reviewed.

He has been composing and recording his music throughout his career. Some of his compositions have been featured in recent documentaries.  During the summer of 2006, he traveled to Prague and Poland to perform music from a CD “B’nai n Keshet Suite”, which he co-lead with friend and fellow musician Marty Fogel.  Currently Mitch is leading his own quartet performing his original compositions.  The band has been featured at venues such as Brandeis University, the JCC in West Orange, NJ, and the Max Raskin Art Center of Manhattan, and has recently completed their first CD, entitled “Mystic Autumn.”

Mitch has a range of teaching experience.  He has done clinics with such notables as Eddie Daniels and Buddy Baker, he was a professor at County College of Morris teaching piano, and has taught privately in West Milford for 30 years.

MITCH SCHECHTER MUSIC

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joe vincent tranchina

Joe Vincent Tranchina, voted Hudson Valley 2010 Jazz Musician of the Year in Times Herald-Record’s annual Best Of readers poll; recognized for 19 years with the annual ASCAP Plus (Jazz Category) award for “creative contributions to American music” and performances of his original jazz compositions; an Honorable Mention (2nd place) winner of the Women’s Choir Composition Competition, NY Sings: A Composer’s Symposium; and, twice consecutively, honored by the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts “Best of the Bronx” series with concert presentations of his original work, is an established pianist, composer, arranger, and accompanist.

Joe has performed in most of the major jazz and club venues throughout New York City and the surrounding area, including Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (Jazz at Lincoln Center), Birdland, the Oak Room, the Blue Note, the Iridium, the Zinc Bar, the 55 Bar, the Lenox Lounge, Shanghai Jazz and Trumpets. He has also performed in the concert venues of Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Jazz Mobile, among others, and has toured abroad in Germany, Switzerland, Greece, and Japan.

His media appearances include WKCR Radio’s “Som do Brasil” hosted by Jassvan DeLima, WBAI Radio’s “Stolen Moments,” host by Mahmoud Ibrahim; television appearances include FOX News Network’s “Fox and Friends” and the cable access programs of tenor legend Harold Ousley and the colorful drummer Bernice “Boom Boom” Brooks.

In addition to his extensive experience as an accompanist for instrumentalists and vocalists, including his wife, Gabriele Tranchina, Joe has frequently accompanied master classes for vocal legends Mark Murphy and Sheila Jordan. He worked for several years as a studio pianist at South Park Recording Studio recording tracks for jingles, educational disks, and dance schools.

Joe’s musical expressions have clearly been steeped in the vocabulary of bebop, but he remains a daring and sensitive melodist; He is a capable leader as well as a dependable sideman.

JOE VINCENT TRANCHINA

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Richard holds two degrees in composition from the Julliard School.  While there, he studied with American composers Stanley Wolfe, Vittorio Giannini and the ‘Dean’ of American composer teachers, Vincent Persichetti. He received the Alexandre Gretchanninov Memorial Prize in Composition for his String Quartet. He was a teaching assistant to the jazz arranger/educator Hall Overton known for his famous Monk Carnegie Hall album and the Italian composer Luciano Berio.

In addition to the piano, during the sixties and seventies, Richard played orchestral contrabass and toured the western states with the University of Utah concert band.  Beginning in the sixties, he played bass with various rock, jazz, and Brazilian groups. He also played stints with the Larry Elgart , Sammy Kaye and Tex Beneke Big Bands. Richard also was active in the theatre, writing music for various off-broadway plays  and the venerable Stella “This is not a democracy!” Adler Theatre Workshop. During this same period, and through to the present, he recorded and toured with various Brazilian groups such as composer/Grammy nominee Thiago de Mello, Afro-Brazilian flutist/composer Lloyd McNeill, the late Latin flutist/composer Mauricio Smith, and the late renowned percussionist Dom um Romão.

He began his professional teaching at the Juilliard School’s Extension Division, teaching Twentieth Century Music, Literature and Materials of Music, and Composer’s Workshop.  He also became the Pre-College Division’s composition teacher for several years both there and at the Manhattan School of Music.

In more recent years, Richard has concentrated his performance work on piano, composing and performing concerts with his own ensemble, playing night club gigs and accompanying, recording and collaborating with various vocalists, most notably, the great jazz singer Vivian Lord.  He is also well known for his thirty three years as co-house pianist along with Brazilian pianist Dom Salvador, under the Brooklyn Bridge at The River Cafe playing his unique arrangements of jazz standards and “The Great American Songbook”.

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jonathon werking

Jonathan Werking is a pianist, composer, and producer who has been working in the New York Metropolitan area for over 20 years. He has toured extensively in the United States, Europe, and Japan during his career. His musical experience includes performing and recording in many diverse genres of music including Rock, R&B, Jazz, Country, Latin, Contemporary Christian, Classical and more. Besides being an accomplished pianist, he is also a prolific composer/arranger and producer.

As a Pianist, Jon has worked with many great vocalists such as Toni Braxton, Patti Austin, Deborah Cox, Donna Summer, Angela Bofil, Rob Evan, Roberta Flack, and Phyliss Hyman. He’s also performed with the vocal groups Destiny’s Child, The Manhattan Transfer, The New York Voices, and the Saturday Night Live Band.

Jon was a member of the Bill Evans Superband and has performed with Michael and Randy Brecker, Steve Gadd, Chuck Loeb, Dennis Chambers, Will Lee, Buddy Williams, Omar Hakim, Mark Egan, Victor Bailey, Bob Berg and more.

As a Composer, Jon has written “Love’s In Our Hearts on Christmas Day”, recorded by NSYNC on their Double Platinum selling Album ” Home For Christmas “.  Jon wrote the songs “Hymn of the Highlands” and “You Were Meant For Me”, recorded by Kaitlyn Lusk (Lord of The Rings) and performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra.  Jon’s song “In a Heartbeat” was recorded by  Grammy-nominated guitarist, Chuck Loeb and is the title track of that  CD released on Shanachie Records.