Regency House Hotel & Suites
An evening of live music and dining you will NEVER forget!
Jason “Malletman” Taylor
his All-Star Band
Tito Puente, Jr. & legendary drummer, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie
Saturday, November 21, 2015
7:30PM & 10:00PM
Doors open at 6:00PM
Meet & Greet after the showThe Ballroom Regency House Hotel & Suites 140 Route 23 North Pompton Plains, NJ 07444 For information, please call 973.696.6525 $45.00 per person [Advance] $50.00 per person [At the Door] Price includes admission and dinner buffet | Cash Bar Guests under 21 years old must be accompanied by an adult Advance tickets go on sale starting July 1, and may be purchased online or telephone
Jason “Malletman” Taylor, vibraphonist, and protégé of the late jazz master, Lionel Hampton, comes to the Regency House Hotel & Suites with his all-star band, featuring the world’s most recorded drummer of all time, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, and Tito Puente, Jr., who honors his father, Tito Puente, by continuing his epic legacy in Latin music.
Jason “Malletman” Taylor, jazz recording artist, and protégé of the late, legendary, Lionel Hampton, has a fresh, “explosive” approach to playing the vibraphone. This five-time Grammy ballot-nominee, who is recognized for his unique presentation of jazz, R&B and swing, has developed his own signature sound known as “Vibrafunk.” And while his roots are in jazz, Taylor has expanded into many other genres. His instrument knows no boundaries. His performances attract people of all ages and cultures.
Taylor has been in the company of such greats as Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, James Brown, Branford Marsalis, Steve Washington, B.B. King, Albert King, Carmine Appice, Randy Brecker, Teddy Riley, Will Calhoun, and Bernard “Pretty” Purdie. Taylor has opened up for Earth Wind and Fire (2003), Isaac Hayes (2002), Pancho Sanchez (2000), The Manhattans (1996), Paquito D’Rivera (1996), Pieces of a Dream (1996), Diana Reeves (1995), and Maya Angelou (1992).
In addition to being a talented recording artist, the accomplished musician is CEO and President of Mallet Records, Inc., a company dedicated to keeping real music alive, host of Mallet’s Place-TV, a public access television program that is cultural and educational entertainment at its finest, and a clinician who is passionate about inspiring and educating our youth about the beauty and wonder of keyboard percussion instruments. Taylor’s instructional DVD, “The Mallet Code,” teaches vibraphone techniques to beginning and intermediate students.
Bernard “Pretty” Purdie began playing music when he was six years old, banging out rhythms on improvised equipment. He purchased his first real drum set when was 14 years old. Purdie moved to New York in 1960 after finishing high school, where he played with Lonnie Youngblood, and others, before landing his first hit with King Curtis. This led to Purdie booking an engagement with Aretha Franklin in 1970, and so began an unparalleled career. Since then, he has been a regular guest in the studios of Jazz, Soul, and Rock stars, working together with Paul Butterfield, as well as, Larry Coryell, Miles Davis, Hall & Oates, Al Kooper, Herbie Mann, Todd Rundgren, Steely Dan, Cat Stevens, the late B.B. King, and many more. And while he has “laid down the beat” on over 3000 albums to date, Purdie also produces his own solo albums.
Colleagues describe the drummer’s style as the “funkiest soul beat in the business.” Purdie has never limited his talents to the realm of jazz, but instead, has consistently sought out new musical experiences. He has anchored sessions with the Rolling Stones, James Brown and Tom Jones with equal ease, and proven that, with all his attention to precision playing, terms such as “drive” and “GROOVE” are definitely not missing from his vocabulary. Without a doubt, this is certainly why Purdie’s rhythms have appeared as samples on nearly every “Acid Jazz” record released in the past few years. His newest album is called “Soul To Jazz.”
Tito Puente, Jr. carries his father’s legacy of Latin music with him. It’s embedded into his looks, soul, joy, and music. Puente, Jr. is on a passionate mission to nurture the musical legacy left by his father. He refuses to let his father become a distant memory. The elder Puente was described as being “vibrant and exciting.” There was magic in the music he made. It made people happy all over the world. Crowds who were once lured to a venue by the father are returning to see the son to participate, once again, in the high-voltage celebration that takes place on stage.
Puente, Jr. has become an audience favorite at various venues and jazz festivals worldwide, performing more than 300 shows over the past five years. His 2004 album, “In My Father’s Shoes” featured the classic Puente titles, and was spun into a BET Jazz television special of the same name. Puente, Jr. was featured in a tribute to his father’s music on NBC’s two-hour special, “The Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem.” He has also appeared on the ABC soap opera hit “One Life to Live” with his big band. Puente, Jr.’s symphony appearances include performances with the Palm Desert Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the late Marvin Hamlisch.
Puente, Jr.’s newest CD, “Got Mambo?” is a blend of the old and the new as he takes a journey into some powerful new music that he can truly call his own. Guest artists, Bobby Cruz and Hansel & Raul, helped to make this a “coming-of age” project for Puente, Jr. The album received praise from critics in both the Tropical and Latin Jazz genres.