Highlands, NJ – Highlands Borough Arts Council (HBAC) and Waterwitch Coffee & Tea Company are thrilled to invite you to an evening of JAZZ on Friday, August 8, 7pm – 9:30pm, featuring the Highlands Jazz Collective at Waterwitch Coffee & Tea Company, 67 Waterwitch Ave, Highlands. The Collective will take you on a unique musical journey in rediscovering why jazz is such an important part of American culture and how jazz can be both traditional and contemporary – at the same time.

The Highlands Jazz Collective is a multi-national fusion of styles, experiences, influences, and disciplines that transcend age and classification – like Jazz itself. A true collaboration, each artist contributes equally to the dynamic fabric of the collective. Classically trained at Berklee College of Music, Mark McCarthy wields the semi-acoustic guitar while Kevin Grewen intuitively serenades the upright bass.  Blending funk and reggae, Christopher Allen’s sax intermingles with the soulful voice and wide range of vocalist Crystal Amendola. Charismatic trombone and keyboard player, Jessie Ribyat’s years of touring are complemented by Steve Russo’s rock infused tenure with the NY Auxiliary Big Band.

Admission is free with a $5.00 minimum purchase per person. Light fare menu, assorted pastries and desserts, and coffee and tea drinks available.  

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Allan Dean

Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...