News and Updates

Cobi Narita’s Universal Jazz Sunday October 20, 2014 Coalition & Sunjump Records Presents Sangeeta Michael Berardi

@ Zeb’s

223 W28th St, NYC     2 pm

CD Release concert for:

Sangeeta Michael Berardi; The Mr P Sessions  a double CD SJCD0014

Sangeeta Michael Berardi - acoustic & electric guitars, voice, Tibetan & Japanese singing bowls


Mikhail Horowitz - reading Sangeeta’s poems

Rosi Hertlein - violin & voice

Kendra Shank - voice & electronic loops

Mitch Kessler - flute, soprano, alto & tenor saxophones & bass clarinet

John Esposito - piano, prepared piano & harmonica

Hilliard Greene - acoustic bass

Peter O’Brien - drums


Jeff Marx

Saxophonist Jeff Marx, 62, died on December 16, 2013, at his home in the suburbs of Detroit, where he was born and raised. Marx began playing the tenor saxophone in 1973, later adding soprano and mezzo-soprano saxes, harmonica, and flutes. Residing successively in San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, and Detroit, and touring widely in the United States and Europe, he crafted his own distinctively emotive style rooted in the work of John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and Joe Henderson.

In the mid ’70s Marx moved to Berkeley, California, to study with Hal Stein. In Oakland and San Francisco he played with Eddie Henderson and Mark Levine. Next residing in New York for 14 years, he played with Reggie Workman, Steve Slagle, Kevin McNeal, Donald Byrd, Ed Schuller, Jim Pepper, Gene Jackson, Ira Coleman, Santi Debriano, and Dave Stryker, among others. From 1985–90 he co-led the group Second Sight with John Esposito, Jeff Siegel, Dave Douglas, Allen Murphy and Frederick Berryhill. Marx contributed compositions to the band’s two studio recordings, Flying with the Comet (Sunjump Records) and the soon-to-be-released Tiger Tracks (Sunjump).

In New York Marx played at the Greenwich Village Jazz Festival and various clubs including Mikell’s, The West End Café, and Visiones. His radio performances included WKCR in New York City as well as the National Public Radio memorial program for his friend and colleague Jim Pepper. Subsequent European performances included concerts at the Cascais Portugal Jazz Fest and at venues in Spain, the Czech Republic, Germany, and Austria. Performances in the European Union saw him working with Jeff Jerolamon, Czech/US Out (featuring Czech bassist Jaromir Honzák and Jeff “Siege” Siegel), and the Marx, Siegel, and Esposito Trio.

From 1993 to 2011 Marx resided in Chicago, performing locally and traveling to Detroit, New York, Memphis, Little Rock, Milwaukee, Washington D.C. and Ann Arbor, playing clubs, concert halls, and the Montreux Detroit Jazz Festival in 2002 and 2003. In 2008, he appeared at the Morse Theater performing the music of Kahil Elzabar and Elbio Barilari with an all-star Chicago group, and at Ravinia, Millenium Park, and venues in concerts presented by a number of regional Jazz societies. He performed regularly in Chicago at the Velvet Lounge, the Green Mill, and Pete Miller’s Steakhouse in Evanston, Illinois.


While living in Chicago Marx worked with Don Bennet, Malachi Thompson, Jesse Davis, Harrison Bankhead, Reuben Hoch’s Chassidic Jazz Project, Fred Anderson and Bob Murad. He returned to New York regularly for recordings and performances with Siegel and Esposito at venues including Bard College, the Stone (New York City), and Community Music Space (Red Hook). He also continued his creative collaboration in NYC with photographer Todd Weinstein, a life long friend who provided the cover art for most of  Marx’s CDs.

In 2000 Marx organized a band with pianist Michael Jefry Stevens, bassist Santi Debriano, and drummer Jeff Siegel for his first outing as a leader, Great Unknown on his own Naugual label, produced by Ben Bierman. He recorded his second CD as a leader, Treading Air Breathing Fire (2003 Soluna Records), with Esposito, piano; Ira Coleman, bass; and Peter O’Brien, drums; again featuring several of his own compositions. reviewer Celeste Sunderland wrote that Treading Air Breathing Fire “ponders metaphysical relations on an immense scale … while Marx wildly churns out vibrantly diverse streams of notes.”

In 2006 Marx recorded a duo CD with Siegel titled Dreamstuff (Ayler Records), followed by a 2008 tour of Germany and the Czech Republic with Siegel and Honzák. Stuart Kremsky in Cadence described Marx’s playing as “varying his sound from rich and burred in the lower registers to shrill but controlled in the upper range, all the while having a vigorous give and take with Siegel … clearly enunciating [his] immersion in the Jazz tradition and [his] commitment to move the music forward.”

A continuation of his work with Siegel with the addition of Esposito  resulted in the release of Inyo (2009 Sunjump), a CD that “could best be described as unquiet meditations or chaotic lyricism … a true moment of musical Zen created by three masterful musicians … saxophonist Jeff Marx takes some bold flights on the saxophone, ” wrote Jakob Baekgaard in

In 2011 Marx reclaimed Detroit as his base of operations, while returning to New York for gigs and recordings. He completed another CD with Esposito and Siegel titled Tahrir (Sunjump 2012) and in spring 2012 completed his final tour of Germany and Austria.

Jeff Marx is survived by his sister, Fern Marx, and father, Martin Marx, along with cousins and many friends.  

Sunjump Records Announces New Release:

Sangeeta Michael Berardi; The Mr P Sessions  a double CD SJCD0014

Sangeeta Michael Berardi - acoustic & electric guitars, voice, Tibetan & Japanese singing bowls


Mikhail Horowitz - reading Sangeeta’s poems

Rosi Hertlein - violin & voice

Kendra Shank - voice & electronic loops

Mitch Kessler - flute, soprano, alto & tenor saxophones & bass clarinet

John Esposito - piano, prepared piano & harmonica

Hilliard Greene - acoustic bass

Peter O’Brien - drums

available from


The Saugerties Performing Arts Factory in conjunction with Sunjump Records present:

Sangeeta Michael Berardi

Sunday Oct 6 at SPAF 3:00-5:00 PM

169 Ulster Ave.

Saugerties, NY


Admission $15


Mikhail Horowitz - reading Sangeeta’s poems

Rosi Hertlein - violin & voice

Kendra Shank - voice & electronic loops

Mitch Kessler - flute, saxophones & bass clarinet

John Esposito - keyboards

Emma Alabaster - bass and voice

Peter O’Brien - drums

   Sangeeta Michael Berardi is a multi media artist based in Pacifica, California and has worked as a composer, guitarist, poet & visual artist. The SPAF performance will include preview excerpts from Burrill Crohn’s documentary film on Sangeeta’s life & works: Playing With Parkinson’s.  The concert will include music from his new Sunjump Records CD release The Mr P Sessions and Sangeeta’s poems read by Mikhail Horowitz with band accompaniment. A selection of Sangeeta’s visual art will be projected as a slide show.

 This is a rare East Coast performance that should not be missed. More information on Sangeeta can be found at Click on EPKs and Sangeeta Michael Berardi.

Second Ward Foundation in conjunction with Sunjump Records present an inaugural concert event:

John Esposito & A Book Of Five Rings featuring the video artist Laura Steele.

Second Ward - 71 North Third St, Hudson, NY

Friday October 4 & Saturday October 5, 2013.  Pre-show reception at 7:00 pm, Performance at 8:00 pm. Suggested donation $10.

A Book Of Five Rings performers:

   John Esposito - keyboards, electronic loops and drums

   Rosi Hertlein - violin & voice

   Greg Glassman - trumpet

   Stacy Dillard - saxophones

   Mitch Kessler - flute & bass clarinet

   Emma Alabaster - bass & voice

   Hilliard Greene - bass

   Peter O’Brien - drums

John Esposito is an American pianist/composer/drummer/

producer who works on a wide array of creative music projects. His technical skills and the range of his artistic palette extend across the stylistic boundaries of the Stride Piano, Swing, Bebop, Modal and Free Music movements. He has performed and recorded with artists including Nick Brignola, Dave Douglas, Dave Holland, Carter Jefferson, Franklin Kiermyer, Joe Lovano, J.R. Monterose, David “Fathead” Newman, Eric Person, Arthur Rhames, Sam Rivers, Roswell Rudd, Pharaoh Sanders and John Stubblefield.

John is the owner/executive producer of Sunjump Records. He has created music for theater, dance, film, TV commercials, and multimedia performance art. He is a music faculty member and Artist-In-Residence at Bard College and resides in New York State’s Hudson Valley.

Laura Steele is a photographer/video artist whose artistic practice embraces a multitude of mediums, including photography, video, performance, and installation.  Laura teaches fine art printing and digital imaging techniques  at Bard College and was appointed lecturer in photography at Yale in the fall of 2011. She has been the assistant and studio manager to Stephen Shore since 2003.

She has received numerous awards for her work including the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. Her work has been shown widely in venues such as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Bard College, Meridian gallery (San Francisco, CA), and Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center (NYC). Laura received her B.A. in Photography from Bard College in 2003 after studies at Northwestern University, Massachusetts College of Art and Instituto

Sunjump Records is owned and operated by John Esposito. Its purpose is to release John’s new works, archival projects and creative collaborations with

Second Ward Foundation is a non-profit organization that lends and exhibits contemporary art. The foundation occupies a 1920’s school house formerly known as the Charles Williams Memorial located in Hudson, New York at 71 North Third Street.  The 23,000 square foot facility has 12 classrooms that are being repurposed into galleries, artist studios, and a reference library, as well as a 500 person auditorium with a stage that will be used for performance and film events.



Concert Announcement:

LVanHart Artist Productions &
Saugerties Performing Arts Factory


 at The Factory

Hello Jazz Fans!  Beginning Sunday, September 9th, Saugerties Performing Arts Factory, will host a weekly Jazz Workshop at 4:00pm each week.  The first concert/Workshop will be led by Grammy winner Malcolm Cecil.  A local favorite and our favorite bass player!

SPAF room shot from July 20 2012The Factory, July 20, 2012

Jazz Workshop at The Factory

Please join us and hear great jazz, have a drink, and some good fun!  Students are welcome to sit in with master musician Malcolm Cecil.  You won’t find any experience like this in Ulster county.  Quality jazz right in our own back yard.

Malcolm Cecil

Jazz Workshop at The Factory Schedule - September
9/9     Leader:  Malcolm Cecil, Bass

Featuring Neil Alexander, Synthesizer and Andrew Greeney, Drums and Surprise Guests!

Grammy winner engineer and producer Malcolm Cecil will feature works by Stevie Wonder (for whom he worked on several albums including Inner Vision, Talking Book and Fulfillingness’ First Finale), plus original material and jazz standards.


9/16    Leader:  John Esposito, Keyboard

Featuring Otto Gardner, Bass and Peter O’Brien, Drums and Special Guest Eric Person, Saxophone

John’s trio will be playing all original material.  For sitting in, bring in your favorite jazz standard or a tune from the Great American Songbook


9/23    Leader:  Matthew Finck, Guitar

          Featuring Malcolm Cecil, Bass and T. Xiques, Drums

            The music of Charlie Parker, plus original material and jazz standards


9/30    Leader:  Malcolm Cecil, Bass

          Featuring:  TBA



Every Sunday, Beginning September 9, 2012

Music at 4:00pm

Music for ALL Ages!

169 Ulster Ave., Saugerties, NY  12477

Reservations:  845-246-7723 or

Tickets:  $15 general admission/$8 students


Saturday June 30 - 8pm concert  with saxophonist Esa Pietila, a great artist visiting from Finland . You can (and should ) visit his website at I will be playing acoustic piano, electric keyboard with loops and drums. Otto Gardner will join us on bass for some very open music.  A rare and special event for the Hudson Valley - at Ben Senterfit’s  Community Music Space,  in the Chocolate Factory, 54 Elizabeth Street, Red Hook, NY  (845) 444-0607

Friday July 20 -   8 pm Jazz concert with Steve Wilson, sax; John Esposito,piano;  Matthew Finck, guitar;  Malcolm Cecil, bass and Peter O’Brien, drums.
 at Saugerties Performing Arts Factory (SPAF)169 Ulster Avenue Saugerties, NY  12477 845-246-7723    presented by Lvanhart Productions
    I am looking forward to my first time playing with the very fine musician Steve Wilson in the Hudson Valley’s newest major  art  and performance venue. Proprietor Erica Price has done an amazing job putting this space together. I played the premier art show opening on June 9 with Malcolm Cecil as a prelude to Laura Hartman’s concert upcoming Jazz concert series and was amazed at the sound and visuals in the place. Definitely check it out. It joins Beacon’s DIA and Marlboro’s Falcon as the third major venue in the Hudson Valley for creative work.


Due to Michael Stuart having a car accident ( car wrecked, saxophonist fine) we have to cancel our concert at Bard College Monday April 16. I will be in contact to announce the rescheduling of the event. Hopefully next week. So don’t come tomorrow, we won’t be there. But we surely are improvising right now. All the best, John

Concert Announcement:

Hello, music lovers- I’m happy to announce that I am playing a concert of new compositions with my trio and a very special guest artist from Toronto ( that’s near Canada). I hope you can come. All the best, John

     Michael Stuart - Saxophone
    John Esposito - piano
    Ira Coleman - bass
    Peter O’Brien - drums

Stuart has played, toured and/or recorded with some of the finest musicians in the world including Jimmy McGriff, Jay McShann, Sadik Hakim, Junior Mance, Kenny Garrett, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Franklin Kiermyer, Kenny Wheeler, Pepper Adams, Sam Rivers, Clark Terry, and Elvin Jones, as well as Canadian names Russ Little (who is Stuart’s brother), Keith Blackley, Sonny Greenwich, Hagood Hardy, Ted Moses, Rick Tait, and Doug Riley.

In 1977 and 1978 Stuart toured and recorded with the great Elvin Jones as a member of The Jazz Machine, playing in Germany, Sweden, France, Denmark, the United States, Austria, Italy and The Netherlands. In 1991, he toured the Soviet Union as a featured member of The Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra. A jazz special for television recorded in Budapest, Hungary followed in 1992, and a tour of Germany in 1993.

 Monday April 16, 8 pm
Blum Hall, Blum Music Institute
Blythewood Ave, Bard College
Annandale-On-Hudson (not actually on it), NY
 Admission Free