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Monday, June 24, 2024

Jumaane Smith Takes the Sitnik Stage to Open Winter Thaw Concert Series for Centenary Stage Company 

PRESS RELEASE: HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. – Centenary Stage Company’s (CSC) Winter Thaw Festival of concerts kicks off 2024 with a performance by Jumaane Smith in his show “Louis! Louis! Louis!.” The concert will take place at CSC’s Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown on January 13 at 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $25 for adults and $15 for students of any age and children under 12. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit centenarystageco.org or call the CSC box office at 908-979-0900. 

Jazz trumpeter, vocalist and composer Jumaane Smith has performed on five GRAMMY Award-winning records, two Emmy Award-nominated TV performances, the GRAMMY Awards with Stevie Wonder, in Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story,”, at the White House, on the “Today Show,” “Tonight Show,” “Oprah,” “Good Morning America” and “American Idol.” He’s spent the last 17 years touring and recording with Michael Bublé as lead trumpeter and vocalist and was a member of Harry Connick Jr. ‘s house band for the syndicated daytime TV show “Harry.” He’ll take the Sitnik stage to give his renditions of classics from his biggest influences – Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima and Louis Jordan. 

Smith was featured guest soloist for Jackie Evancho’s “Songs of the Silver Screen” world tour backed by a 60-piece symphony orchestra. He has toured with his own band to such world-class venues as Jazz At Lincoln Center, Vail Jazz Festival, Java Jazz Festival, Low’s Regency, North Star Festival, Joe’s Pub, Rochester International Jazz Festival, Catalina Island and Jazz Festival. 

His debut album, “I Only Have Eyes For You,” features special guests Michael Bublé, Jackie Evancho and Naturally 7. His sophomore album, “When You’re Smiling” was released in January 2020.

As a composer, Smith has scored music for films such as “Handsome Harry” and the documentary “Being in the World,” as well as for his own recordings and the interactive sheet music company Tomplay. Smith has worked with musical legends such as Quincy jones, Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin, Christian McBride and Barbra Streisand. As a full scholarship recipient at the Juilliard School of Music’s Jazz Studies program (2001-2005), Wynton Marsalis was Smith’s primary trumpet teacher. 

The music festival will continue with concert performances by Reverie Road on January 20, Rosaway on January 27 and Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba on Februrary 3. All performances will begin at 8 p.m.

The CSC box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and two hours prior to performances. The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center on the campus of Centenary University at 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown.