Music in the Times of Covid-19

Gochild, performed by Virtual Jazz Trio of Rick Crane on bass, Vinnie Cutro on trumpet, and Joe Verrusio on guitar.

The musicians recorded this video in their own homes, during the time of the Corona Virus Pandemic.

The song Godchild was composed by George Wallington.

The following information is from the site Wikipedia:

His best-known compositions are “Lemon Drop” (which gained attention when played by Woody Herman in the late 1940s), and “Godchild” (one of the pieces played for The Birth of the Cool recordings led by Miles Davis). Birth of the Cool is a compilation album by American jazz musician Miles Davis, released in February or March 1957 on Capitol Records. It compiles eleven tracks recorded by Davis’s nonet for the label over the course of three sessions during 1949 and 1950. Featuring unusual instrumentation and several notable musicians, the music consisted of innovative arrangements influenced by classical music techniques such as polyphony, and marked a major development in post-bebop jazz. As the title suggests, these recordings are considered seminal in the history of cool jazz. Most of them were originally released in the 10-inch 78-rpm format and are all approximately three minutes long.

Wallington was born Giacinto Figlia in Sicily, and then moved to the United States (New York) with his family in 1925. His father sang opera and introduced his son to classical music, but Wallington listened to jazz after hearing the music of saxophonist Lester Young.

He said that he acquired the name Wallington in high school: “I like to wear flashy clothes and the kids in the neighborhood would say, ‘Hey, look at Wallington!'” He left school at the age of 15 to play piano in New York.

In 1960 Wallington stopped playing music and moved to Florida to work in the family air conditioning business, citing the stress of endless touring. He returned to music in 1984 and recorded three albums, Virtuoso in 1984, Symphony of a Jazz Piano in 1986 and Pleasure of a Jazz Inspiration in 1992. He also performed at the 1985 Kool Jazz Festival in New York

Entertainment in the time of COVID-19

We are musicians, our friends are musicians and the lock-down isn't going to stop us from doing what we love.

When the pandemic started we were out working at clubs, weddings, parties, etc. You name it, if someone wanted music, we were there for them. Most of us have degrees from some of the most prestigious music programs in the country. Those of us who don't have the degrees spent years studying under our mentors and learning our craft while performing. Some of our musicians have Grammys or are Grammy nominated artists. Currently these artists are making $0 income. They still have families to support.

Music is in the DNA of our friends and colleagues. While performing for the public has come to a screeching halt, we continue to compose, create and play our instruments. Just like athletes who must continue their daily workouts to remain in shape, we continue to practice every day in anticipation of our return to the work that we love.

In this video we are featuring three Jazz Musicians, they are: Rick Crane on upright bass, Vinnie Cutro on the trumpet and Joe Verrusio on the guitar. All three men have been performing together in the New York Area for over 40 years. In the course of their careers they have become dear friends.

The idea to create virtual videos came to Joe Verrusio. When the lock-down started, he was seeing a number of Zoom videos featuring orchestras and choirs and could not find any Jazz Trios doing the same thing. He still wanted too perform with his band mates to keep up his "chops." This is how this video came to be. To this date we have made three virtual videos, improving on each one based on what we learned from the previous ones. The first video in the series was Misty. If you watch the video you can see that the lighting is poor on Joe, while the lighting is much better on Rick Crane. The difference is that Joe taped himself using the Zoom app., while Rick used his iPhone. Our second video was When You Wish Upon a Star.
On When You Wish Upon a Star the lighting is much improved, because Joe used his iPad to self film.

Now we come to the third video in the series, On a Misty Night. In this video we feature three artists: Rick Crane on upright bass, Vinnie Cutro on trumpet and Joe Verrusio on the guitar.
The addition of a third instrument really enriches the overall sound and vibe that we want too convey to our viewers.

Cool Music for Your Holiday Parties

Jazz standard, Rosetta, performed on alto saxophone and jazz guitar by the duo of Bob Miller and Joe Verrusio.

This small jazz group has played the New York Area since the late 70’s.  They are known for their elegant renditions of jazz swing standards like Rosetta.

Jazz is a truly American form of music; admired all over the world.  When planning a party or a special event you can make your guests feel truly special by having live music.  They will leave knowing that you took the extra steps to plan a fabulous party for them.

If you are having a large event this duo will add that cool, jazz flavor to the cocktail hour; for smaller, intimate gatherings this duo will give a backdrop of hip jazz throughout the evening.

Bob Miller and Joe Verrusio have performed together since the late 70’s.  They can be seen regularly throughout the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut at private parties and clubs.

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“Getting to Know You” with Jane Stuart Jazz!

Entertainment Consultants and Music New Jersey present:

The Jane Stuart Jazz Quartet, performing “Getting to Know You”

Jane Stuart Bio:

Jane shared the stage with Richard Gere, Jessica Harper and the late Vicki Sue Robinson (Turn The Beat Around) in “A Long Time Comin’ A Long Time Gone” written by Richard Farina. Jane’s portrayal of Joan Baez (Richard Farina’s sister- in-law) was another dramatic success for her. Her reviews were outstanding. Jane was featured in an innovative jazz musical, “Sambo”, written by Ron Steward, for Joe Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival Theatre. This show was a part of the Jazz Mobile Theater that performed throughout the five boroughs of New York City. The all star orchestra featured many legendary jazz musicians such as, Woody Shaw, Hal Vick and Freddie Waites to name a few.

In addition to stage appearances, some of Jane’s recording career consists of singing solo and background for National commercials. A few of her most popular “jingles” for TV and radio are: Bain de Soleil, Chevrolet’s “Heartbeat Of America”, Freedent Gum, Hawaiian Punch, and Stetson Cologne. Many of these were sung in groups consisting of Jane with Valerie Simpson, Patti Austin, Leslie Miller, Shawn Colvin and Vivian Cherry. Jane also sang on “Could It Be Magic” from Barry Manilow’s first album. One of Jane’s favorite performances, to be added to the list of many clubs and concert halls, was when she was part of the opening act for the great Sid Caesar at the renowned Rainbow Room in New York City. This act was comprised of Kathe Green (daughter of composer Johnny Green) and Grammy winner K.T.Oslin.

Jane Stuart’s debut CD, “Beginning To See The Light” received the very prestigious Blue Chip Award for “Best Jazz Vocals”, presented by Dr. Herb Wong for the International Association of Jazz Educators. She received accolades from jazz writers, reviewers and the general jazz community for this CD, her first effort as leader, producer and arranger with co-producer Rave Tesar.

Members of Jane Stuart Quartet:

Jane Stuart,vocals

Rave Tesar, keyboards

Rick De Kovessey, drums

Sue Williams, bass

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About the song,”Getting to Know You,”

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia “Getting to Know You”

Song from The King and I

Published 1951

Writer Oscar Hammerstein II

Composer Richard Rodgers

“Getting to Know You” is a show tune from the 1951 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I. It was first sung by Gertrude Lawrence in the original Broadway production and later by Marni Nixon who dubbed for Deborah Kerr in the 1956 film adaptation. In this show, Anna sings the song as she strikes up a warm and affectionate relationship with the children and the wives of the King of Siam.

This song is one of the few cases during the Rodgers and Hammerstein partnership when Rodgers re-used a melody he had written for an earlier show and then discarded. In this case the melody was a tune he wrote for South Pacific, called “Suddenly Lucky”, which he originally intended for the character of Nellie to sing but replaced it with the song “(I’m in Love with) a Wonderful Guy”.

Mary Martin, the star of South Pacific, who had proposed that Rodgers should cast Yul Brynner as the King, reminded Rodgers of this tune, and so Hammerstein wrote new lyrics to it.James Taylor covered the song off of the children’s music compilation called For Our Children.

Jazz Duo at Presby Memorial Iris Gardens

Entertainment Consultants and Music New Jersey present: Bob Miller and Joe Verrusio in concert.

Jazz standard, ” But Not For Me.”

The pairing of Bob Miller and Joe Verrusio, brings the cool sophistication of Jazz Music to your parties. This live concert event was titled: ” Jazz Among the Flowers.”
Held during the peak iris blooming season, at Presby Memorial Iris Gardens in Upper Montclair, NJ.

When this video was recorded, the 17 year cicadas were in full swing. If you listen closely, you will hear their incessant drone in the background…they were everywhere and on everybody!

To reserve this Jazz Duo, contact Joe at:


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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“But Not for Me” is a popular song, composed by George Gershwin, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin.

It was written for their musical Girl Crazy (1930) and introduced in the original production by Ginger Rogers. It is also in the 1992 musical based on Girl Crazy, Crazy for You. Judy Garland sang it in the 1943 film version of Girl Crazy.

Thumbnail Photo by Irene Jeruss

Presby Memorial Iris Garden Concert CANCELLED

Presby Memorial Iris Garden Concert CANCELLED

The concert that had been scheduled for Saturday, May 18, 2013 has been cancelled. The irises will not be in full bloom on that day; the severe winter has taken a toll on the blooming season.

Jazz Concert in New Jersey

UPCOMING CONCERT: Bob Miller and Joe Verrusio, NY/NJ/CT Jazz Duo

AT: Presby Iris Gardens, Montclair, NJ
WHEN: Saturday, May 18, 2013
2 pm – 3 pm

The Public is Invited

Bob Miller and Joe Verrusio, On a Misty Night

We taped this last May. It was one of those sweltering days…the instruments kept going out of tune…it was drizzling…and you could see the steam coming off the lawn! However, the irises looked divine! Joe and Bob will be returning to The Presby Iris Gardens this year, at the height of the Iris blooming season; all are encouraged to bring their cameras!

Bob and Joe will be bringing their selection of Jazz standards to Montclair. This duo performs mostly in New York area private clubs. The May 18 concert, will afford all the rare opportunity of hearing this jazz duo at a public venue.

This year we will try to create a slide show of the irises. Those of you that  have never visited the gardens, will be in for a treat.

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Jazz Music for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut!

The Manhattan Jazz Trio performs: It Could Happen to You

The Manhattan Jazz Trio performing this well loved jazz standard. In this video the trio is performing for a birthday party, at a New Jersey Country Club. They trio would also add a touch of class to the cocktail hour of a wedding reception.

This established group performs throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. They play jazz music at a volume that does not compete with intimate conversation. The trio has been together for over twenty years and they have a very extensive jazz song list!

The Manhattan Jazz Trio features:
Vinnie Cutro, trumpet
Bob Himmelberger, keyboards, bass
Joe Verrusio, Jazz Guitar

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“It Could Happen to You” is a popular standard with music by Jimmy Van Heusen and lyrics by Johnny Burke. The song was written in 1944 and was introduced by Dorothy Lamour in the Paramount musical comedy film, And the Angels Sing.

The Girl From Ipanema, Bossa Nova by Antonio Carlos Jobim

The Joe Verrusio Trio performing: The Girl from Ipanema

The Trio performs an elegant rendition of this Antonio Carlos Jobim classic…so go ahead, enjoy the music, and get your toes wet!

This trio is just the right addition to your party! We love them during cocktails, as an accompaniment to elegant dinner parties or just because. This group is one of our favorite small groups. They perform their elegant jazz music throughout the New York / New Jersey / Connecticut tri-state area.

The Joe Verrusio Trio features:

Upright Bass: Roy Cumming
Flute: Paul Grabow
Jazz Guitar: Joe Verrusio

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The Girl from Ipanema was composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim, 1927-1994.

Jazz: Alive and Well in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut!

Black Orpheus/The Manhattan Trio
New York/New Jersey/Connecticut Jazz Music

Jazz is still alive and doing well in the New York Metropolitan Area.  Very few folks are getting rich($$) from jazz, but all are gaining riches!

The Manhattan Trio will really set the mood at any cocktail hour, dinner party, or Christmas event.   We love their smooth jazz sound.  The combination of jazz guitar, trumpet and keyboard provides for beautiful sound in the smallest of spaces.

Regardless of setting, the Manhattan Trio will set the ambiance.

Reserve The Manhattan Trio, contact Joe at:


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Black Orpheus:
Manhã de Carnaval” (“Morning of Carnival”), is the title of the most popular song by Brazilian composer Luiz Bonfá and lyricist Antônio Maria.