RED BANK, NJ – He’s the past, present and future of jazz; a sought-after session ace whose tenor reedwork has been an integral part of legacy tribute projects dedicated to Mingus, Monk and Miles — as well as a bandleader with an intuitive grasp of modern performance styles. Whatever your point of entry, Wayne Escoffery has it covered .

jazz_cafe_wayne_escofferyAcclaimed tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery comes to Red Bank on July 30 and 31, as the Summer Jazz Café series continues at Red Bank’s Two River Theater.

A veteran of the Lonnie Plaxico, Ben Riley and Tom Harrell bands, the swinging saxmaster and his combo take it to Red Bank this weekend, as the next featured act in the 2010 Summer Jazz Café series. The July 30 and 31 sets are presented by New Jersey’s own Jazz Arts Project within the spacious yet cozy “black box” room of the Two River Theater.

Inside the modern performing arts facility — located just steps from NJ Transit’s public transportation station and an array of popular restaurants, with plenty of free off-street parking — Jazz Café patrons can enjoy coffee, tea and delectable treats at candlelit cocktail tables, while enjoying sounds from some of the most dynamic players on the regional scene.

Jazz Café continues on the weekend of August 6 and 7, when drummer, bandleader, producer and nightclub owner Cecil Brooks III closes down the joint in grand style. All performances in the Jazz Cafe series are at 8:00 p.m. Reserve by calling the Two River box office at (732)345-1400, or via the venue’s website at tickets.trtc.org.