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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)February 25, 2008

(Mahwah) – Jazz at The Berrie Center presents “Our Father Who Art Blakey,” a tribute to the late legendary drummer Saturday, March 15, 8 p.m. in the Sharp Theater on the campus of Ramapo College of New Jersey.

The performance features Valery Ponomarev, a Russian trumpeter discovered by Blakey in the mid-70s along with a group of Messenger alumni.  In addition to Ponomarev, the band includes Bobby Watson on alto sax, Dave Schnitter on tenor sax, Ronnie Mathews on piano, Jerome Jennings on drums and Curtis Lundy on bass.

Ponomarev joined Blakey with the Jazz Messengers, a band whose legacy is not only its music, but also its reputation as a proving ground for several generations of jazz musicians.  After four years and eleven albums with the band, Ponomarev set out on his own, ushering in a young Wynton Marsalis to replace him.

Tickets for “Our Father Who Art Blakey” are $26, $23 and $20 for adults, $15 for children under 17, and a five percent discount for senior citizens and members of the New Jersey Jazz Society and WBGO Radio.  The Sharp Theater is located in the Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts on the Ramapo College campus.  For more information call 201.684.7844.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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