Thursday, December 1, 2011

Article on SJE at

A very nice article on our Nov. 18 concert at the Arts Council of Princeton, including some photos of the performance. The writeup is in the "panache" section of a new online magazine at

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Arts Council Performance--Friday, November 18

The Solley Theater on the second floor of the Arts Council of Princeton is one of the best places in town to hear live music. We'll be playing a mix of our sustainable standards and new material--all locally composed. Music starts at 8pm. Tickets are $10 or $5 for students/members/seniors.
      Steve Hiltner on tenor sax and clarinet, Ron Connor on the beautiful Arts Council grand piano, and Jerry D'Anna on acoustic bass.
       The Arts Council is at 102 Witherspoon St.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

November Performances Feature Note Up-cycling Demos

This month, during two Princeton performances of its original jazz and latin compositions, the Sustainable Jazz Ensemble will demonstrate the art of musical note recycling. Tonight, Thursday, Nov. 3, we'll be at the Labyrinth Bookstore, down in the book-lined basement.

Friday, Nov. 18 at 8pm we'll perform a concert at the Arts Council of Princeton, with their beautiful grand piano.

The group specializes in the so-called "upcycling" of notes, which involves utilizing well-worn C's, B flats, G sharps, what have you, to fashion fresh, new melodies. Our sophisticated jazz technology allows us to even utilize an occasional C flat or B sharp--notes that might otherwise sadly end up in a landfill. As is well known, most note recycling these days is done by iPods and other mechanical devices. To see a Sustainable Jazz Ensemble performance is to witness an updated form of ancient note recycling techniques, performed by real people operating real note-regenerating instruments.

In a culture where so much goes to waste, it can be satisfying to hear notes getting recycled in melodious ways at sometimes dizzying speeds, right before your very ears. Audience members are encouraged to bring spare musical notes for recycling. All scale tones, numbers 1-7, are accepted.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Arts Council Performance--Friday, November 18

The Arts Council of Princeton has a wonderful space for hearing music, and an excellent grand piano. We're looking forward to performing in this special space and hope you can come. Music starts at 8pm. More information upcoming.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Princeton Library Benefit

The Sustainable Jazz Ensemble will perform as part of an October 14 benefit for the Princeton Library. The event, for which tickets are required, includes a talk by New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast, a live auction, and sit down dinner.

Performance at the Antiques Show Preview Party

The Sustainable Jazz Ensemble takes its show to the Princeton Airport tonight to provide music for the Historical Society of Princeton's annual Antiques Show Preview Party. The party kicks off a weekend of Antique Show events. We'll be performing from 7-10pm in the expansive environs of the main hangar, next to a tent of vintage automobiles.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

US 1 Profiles the Sustainable Jazz Ensemble

In preparation for our performance at Palmer Square tomorrow, a nice writeup about SJE in U.S.1..

Free-Range Musicians To Perform this Thursday and Friday

Unlike industrially raised music, the original compositions of the Sustainable Jazz Ensemble are performed by musicians who live their lives roaming freely outside of cages. In addition to the obvious benefits for the performers, music performed by free range musicians is said to be higher in nutritive value.

You can sample locally grown compositions like Scrambled Eggs and Lemon Merengue while eating lunch on Palmer Square tomorrow (Thursday) from 12 to 2pm, as part of Palmer Square's Lunchtime Music on the Green series. Thanks to Palmer Square for having us.

We'll also be performing for free this Friday from 6:30 - 8pm, surrounded by books in the basement of Labyrinth Bookstore. The trio is composed of Jerry D'Anna on bass, Ron Connor on piano, and myself on saxophone and clarinet.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

July 28, noon - 2pm at Palmer Square

The Sustainable Jazz Ensemble will B there at P. Square in Princeton as part of the Lunchtime Music on the Green series, with performances of Scrambled Eggs, Lemon Merengue and other sustaining fare.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Three Fridays in July at Labyrinth Books in Princeton

Labyrinth Books is bringing back summertime jazz with 3 more performance by the Sustainable Jazz Ensemble: free and free-range, sustainable jazz. Coffee and tea will be provided; otherwise b.y.o. and join us for an informal evening of outstanding music.

July 1, 15 & 29, 6:30 - 8 PM 
Stephen Hiltner, Jerry d'Anna, Ron Connor

Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ

Monday, June 13, 2011

Potluck and House Concert in Princeton This Saturday Evening, June 18

SJE is giving an all-acoustic performance this Saturday, June 18, in a private music room in downtown Princeton. Potluck at 7pm; concert starts at 8pm. Please email me for details (see contact info in right column of this page).

Monday, May 23, 2011

Friday Night at the Labyrinth Bookstore, June 10, 6:30-8pm

The Labyrinth Bookstore on Nassau Street in Princeton has a nice space in the basement for literary and musical performances. Ron Connor is joining us on piano, Jerry D'Anna on bass. A free performance of free-range, sustainable jazz.

SJE to Perform at Updike Farm June 4, 1-3pm

From 1-3pm, we'll be performing as part of the "First Saturdays at the Farm" series at the newly renovated Updike Farm, out Quaker Bridge Road in Princeton. Other activities include "tours of the farmhouse, presentations by artisans, naturalists and farmers; historic games, scavenger hunts for children; and a variety of unique crafts for all ages." We'll play inside if it rains.
Cost:  $5/person (ages 3 and older); $8 for 2 people; $10 for group of 3; $15 for group of 4.  FREE for HSP members.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Performing This Saturday, April 30, 3:15 at Communiversity

An outdoor performance at Nassau Street and Chambers Street, as part of the fabled festival celebrating town and gown. Phil Orr on piano, and welcoming Gary Cattley on bass.