Star Ledger 

Drummond and Levy in West Orange

You may not think you’d find superb live jazz at a supermarket, but if you stop by the Whole Foods in West Orange on a Tuesday, that’s exactly what you’ll hear. This week, Teaneck bassist Ray Drummond will be joined by tenor saxophonist Jed Levy. Between them, they have played with a who’s who in jazz, including Stan Getz, Wynton Marsalis and Jaki Byard. The pair will sound off each other from 6 to 8 p.m., and like all events in the mart’s ongoing Baldwin Jazz Series, the…

Read more

Helio Alves will make a trip to the market, to play jazz, tonight. 

Whole notes

It may be a stretch of the imagination to envision a grocery store as a hip jazz venue, but that’s precisely what Whole Foods Market in West Orange aims to do with its series of Tuesday evening performances.

This week, Brazilian pianist Helio Alves takes the “stage” with drummer Adriano Santos. The two will play Brazilian standards and original compositions. Alves’ excellent new CD, “Musica,” was released last year on the South Orange-based Jazz Legacy Productions label.

The store is at 235…

Read more

Jazz at the Check-Out Counter - West Orange Patch 


Jazz at the Check-Out Counter Jazz at the Check-Out Counter

Husband, wife team offer music at Whole Foods

By Charles Paikert | Email the author | August 23, 2010

View full size   new   Paul Abler strums his guitar during a show Tuesday at Whole Foods in West Orange. The jazz program started with Abler's wife, Yashim, in 2007 in New York. Credit Elliot Rubin   It's an incongruous sight — but a very cool one — a jazz trio playing a lilting bossa nova tune behind the check-outRead more

Jazz in the checkout line 

Jazz in the checkout line By Matthew Oshinsky/The Star-Ledger July 20, 2009, 6:51PM Patti SaponeMontclair drummer Sylvia Cuenca will leads a powerful trio with rising organ star Jared Gold and the veteran guitarist Ed Cherry tomorrow at Whole Foods in Montclair.The robust alto and soprano saxophonist Steve Slagle continues the music scene Tuesday, 6-8 p.m., in the cafe at Whole Foods West Orange, 235 Prospect Ave., West Orange. Slagle, often heard in the company of West Orange guitar ace Dave Stryker,…Read more

Star Ledger NJ 

Mingus in MontclairThe legendary jazz bassist, composer, and bandleader Charles Mingus (1922-1979) would have been 85 tomorrow, and a free musical celebration of that anniversary takes place 12-2 p.m., at Whole Foods Montclair, 701 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair. On hand will be the powerhouse Mingus Dynasty Quartet, with saxophonist Craig Handy, guitarist Paul Abler, bassist Andy McKee and drummer Donald Edwards to play a wealth of Mingus favorites. Call (973) 746 5110. Another free Whole Foods event is set…Read more


How About Some Mingus With Your Free-Range Chicken? Tuesday, April 21, 2009 mingus dynasty.jpgOther grocery stores may be cheaper, but nothing beats Whole Foods for that pampered feeling. So for the ultimate in cool grocery shopping, you'll want to swing by Whole Foods Montclair with your shopping list tomorrow (Wednesday April 22) from noon to 2 pm for a little concert by Mingus Dynasty, the successor band to jazzman Charles Mingus, directed by his widow Sue Mingus. Free, of course. And here's a little…Read more

Jazz at the supermarket 

Jazz at the supermarket

by Zan Stewart/The Star-Ledger Monday March 30, 2009, 2:45 PM

West Orange-based saxophonist Virginia Mayhew and pianist Norman Simmons, of Montclair, have been developing a solid musical relationship over the past few years. The pair gets together as members of the Duke Ellington Legacy, and occasionally pop up in each other's ensembles. Tonight, from 6-8 p.m., in the cafe at Whole Foods Market, 235 Prospect Ave., West Orange, they'll pare things down to just saxophone and piano…

Read more

Star Ledger NJ 

For this couple, love is set to a Brazilian beat by Zan Stewart/The Star-Ledger Thursday March 19, 2009, 2:25 PM AMANDA BROWN/THE STAR-LEDGERYashmin Charnet-Abler and her husband Paul Abler will be performing at Trumpets in Montclair tomorrow night. Yashmin Charnet-Abler and Paul Abler. When: 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Where: Trumpets Jazz Club, 6 Depot Square, Montclair. How much: $15 cover; $10 minimum. Call (973) 744-2600 or visit Singer and lyricist Yashmin Charnet-Abler and her…Read more

Jazz Improv - NY 

JAZZ AND WHOLE FOODS – PERFECT TOGETHER By Joe Lang In July of 2007, jazz vocalist Yashmin Charnet-Abler happened into the Bowery location of the Whole Foods Market, and found her way into the food court. It immediately struck her that this would be a great venue for presenting live jazz. She made a few inquiries in the store that led her to contact Rob Twyman, the Regional Vice President of Whole Foods, who was open to the concept of presenting jazz at the Bowery store. Charnet-Abler and her husband,…Read more

Star Ledger NJ 

Live jazz in aisle five, as supermarket hosts concert series by Zan Stewart/The Star-Ledger Wednesday January 21, 2009, 3:19 PM JENNIFER BROWN/THE STAR-LEDGERJazz pianist Daniela Schachter plays solo in the cafe, just behind the cash registers, at the Whole Foods supermarket in West Orange. As pianist Daniela Schachter explored her beguiling original, "Dark Blue," early Tuesday evening, a few people listened intently, savoring the notes as they ate and drank. But Schachter, a native of Messina,…Read more