The UBS Atrium Series continues its series of free midday music with Holiday Jazz on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 12:30. The Oscar Feldman Holiday Jazz Quartet, featuring two Grammy winners, will play selections from A Charlie Brown Christmas plus other songs of the season. The concert will take place in the Atrium at 1000 Harbor Boulevard in the Lincoln Harbor section of Weehawken.
Oscar Feldman is an Argentinean saxophonist and composer based in New York City. He is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Feldman has recorded and toured internationally with renowned artists including Al Di Meola, Eumir Deodato, Bebo Valdes, Gato Barbieri, Dave Samuels, and Paquito D’Rivera. He has performed at notable venues including the Vienna Opera House, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Park La Villette in Paris, the Blue Note in NYC as well as many international jazz festivals in Europe, the Americas and Africa. Oscar most recently performed in Greece with his own band featuring Horacio Negro Hernandez.
Lou Rainone grew up in Baltimore where he began his music studies at age five and piano studies at age nine. He pursued jazz at Towson State University where he formed a trio which gave performances at both the Eubie Blake Festival and the Kool Jazz Festival. Lou was often called upon to play with musicians touring through town such as Jimmy Heath, Jim Snidero, Rick Margitza, Eric Alexander, Vincent Herring, and Jim Rotundi. In 2000, Lou moved to New York City where he performs regularly with many groups including Richie Vitale for the Jazz Foundation, the Rudy Walker Quartet, and the Braith Quartet. Lou also composes and has been featured on several CD’s.
Boris Kozlov is a two-time Grammy winning bass player. He was born in Moscow where he studied piano and classical music starting at a young age. In his teens he was drawn to rock and then jazz. After winning top honors from the USSR Jazz Journal Competition in 1991, Kozlov moved to New York.
Here in the US, he has worked with a Who’s Who of jazz luminaries, including Manhattan Transfer, Michael Brecker, John Blake, Ray Barretto, Lew Tabackin, McCoy Tyner, James Moody, Eddie Palmieri, Bryan Lynch, and many others. Boris has worked with various bands celebrating the legacy of Charles Mingus and for the last 25 years has served as bassist and one of the arrangers and musical directors of the Mingus Big Band, Mingus Dynasty, and the Mingus Orchestra. Over his career, Boris has been featured on more than 160 albums and CD’s.
Raphael Cruz was born in the Dominican Republic. During his professional career, he has shared the stage and/or worked in the recording studio with such legendary performers as Mongo Santamaría, Ray Barretto, George Benson, Paquito D’Rivera, Herbie Mann, McCoy Tyner, Bette Midler, Flora Purim, Harry Connick Jr., and Chaka Khan. His CD, Bebop Timba, won the Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Recording. His most recent CD, Time Travel, features an impressive guest list of stars including Sonny Fortune, Claudio Roditi, Dave Valentin, Danilo Aviles, Stefan Held, Manuel Valera, Sergio Brandau, Pablo Vergara, Roman Diaz, Giovanni Valladares, Diego Lopez, Alexis Zayas, and Victor Prieto, with special appearances by vocalists Pedro Martinez, David Oquendo, and Chico Alvarez.
All performances for the UBS Atrium Series begin at 12:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public and the Atrium at 1000 Harbor Boulevard is wheelchair accessible. Parking is available in the adjacent outdoor lot and public transportation options include NJ Transit Bus #158 as well as the Hudson Bergen Light Rail to Lincoln Harbor. For directions and more info, please check the HRPAC website – www.hrpac.org – or call the concert hotline at 201-716-4540.