Tonight at the Luna Stage in West Orange, New Jersey-the Luna continues the second season of its jazz series, “Music In The Moonlight: An Intimate Evening of Jazz,” at 7 p.m. with a one-night only concert by acclaimed pianist and vocalist Daniela Schachter.
The Linden, NJ-based pianist, vocalist, composer and arranger will be joined at Luna Stage by tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm, bassist Steve La Spina and drummer George Schuller to present “Jazz and the American Songbook: The Music of Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen.”
Daniela Schachter moved from Sicily to the United States when she received a scholarship from the Berklee College of Music. She studied at Berklee under pianist Joanne Brackeen and counts Thelonius Monk as one of her main influences. Allaboutjazz.com calls her a “beautifully talented composer and pianist with an important touch and a suave mature voice.” The Washington Post describes her piano playing as “fluid improvisation with a soulful touch.” And La Gazzetta del Sud predicts that “she might be the new Diana Krall.”.
Tickets are on sale now ($18 in advance, $20 at the door) and can be purchased in person, over the phone at 973-395-5551, or on the Luna Stage website: www.lunastage.org.
Daniela Schachter started early her musical career: by her mid-teens was already performing publicly in Sicily, Italy, as well as doing studio session work. After her classical studies she moved to Boston, MA as recipient of a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music, where she studied with Phil Wilson, Joe Lovano, Hal Crook and above all with Joanne Brackeen.
Daniela has won many prestigious awards, such as the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition 2005, The Sister in Jazz Competition 2002, the Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Competition 2002, the Terri Lyne Carrington Endowed Scholarship, the ‘Tindari 93, Prize’ for the best jazz duo with her brother Davide and also she appeared in the Jazziz magazine collector’s CD (July 2001).
Daniela Schaechter was guest artist of the prestigious Marian McPartland Piano Jazz radio program in June 2006 and JazzSet hosted by Dee Dee Bridgewater on WGBO 88.3 FM. She is leading her group in several NYC venues and she was part of the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival 2006 and the Java Jazz Festival 2006.
Recently she was featured among the top jazz musicians in NYC in the Japanese Playboy Magazine of October. Her CDs “Quintet” and “I colori del mare” are available on www.cdbaby.com. Her second CD, which features Gene Jackson, Jimmy Greene and Alex Sipiagin among others, has been released with the Italian jazz label Splasc Records. Her new “vocal” CD will be out in Fall 2008.
Luna Stage is in West Orange at 555 Valley Road, right in the heart of the Valley Arts District. The facility features a 99-seat black box theatre. The theatre is handicapped accessible and assisted listening devices are available.