An Evening of Jazz

Chris DeVito Quintet

March 11 | 7:30 pm

Douglas Hall

An Evening of Jazz is music with a mission! Proceeds from the concert will support Malawi Visions, a ministry of Liberty Corner Church transforming the lives of orphan children in Malawi, Africa.

Tickets are general admission and are $50/person in advance or $60/person at the door.

Meet the Musicians

Chris DeVito

piano
Chris has performed both as leader and sideman with many of the areas finest jazz artists through the New Jersey/New York jazz scene for many years.  He has played piano at Liberty Corner Church for nearly 20 years. He also teaches piano, owns Blue Truffle Music, LLC, and is the New Brunswick Jazz Project treasurer.

Audra Mariel

vocals
Audra Mariel has been acclaimed for her unique sound, and sincere interpretation of timeless standards. Mariel frequently performs with A Real Human Jazz Band, but has also had the privilege of touring and recording with Frank Vignola, and in renowned NYC venues, including Symphony Space and Birdland. She also plays around New Jersey and has toured the east coast with her solo looping project, Martin Howth.

Greg Grispart

woodwinds
One of the area's most sought-after multi-instrumentalists, Greg regularly performs different genres of music with notable bands and orchestras throughout the greater New Jersey/New York City area. He has a degree in classical clarinet performance and education from Rutgers and a master's degree in jazz saxophone performance from Rowan.

John Lenis

bass
Bassist John Lenis has been active on the New York jazz scene for the past 20 years, performing and recording as a long-time member of ensembles led by such accomplished artists as Nobuki Takamen, Hyesceon Hong, Noshir Mody, and Julia Barry. In addition to appearance at many of the area's renowned clubs and festivals, John has toured the US, Canada, the UK and extensively in Japan. Most recently, he can be heard on guitarist Sean Harkness' 2022 release "Just What I Needed," which the group has been promoting at Birdland, The Cutting Room, and Chelsea Table + Sage.

Gavin Davies

drums
Gavin Davies has been an active drummer in the New Jersey music scene for the past 30 years. He holds a degree in Studio Music and Jazz from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL, and later earned his NJ teaching certificate from New Jersey City University. He subsequently taught music in the NJ public schools for 25 years.

About Malawi Visions

transforming the lives of orphan children in Malawi, Africa

Malawi Visions is a Christ-centered, projects-oriented mission working in partnership with Ministry of Hope, a Malawian organization who operates Community Development Centers to minister to the physical and spiritual needs of orphan children in the remotest villages in Africa. These six Community Centers feed and provide services for over 6,000 orphan children daily.

Malawi Visions is a hands-on development team who partner with the people of Malawi. Studies have shown that long-term growth and sustainability only occur when humanitarian programs engage with and operate under local peoples. Malawi Vision’s projects include:
  • Installing solar lighting systems at the six Ministry of Hope Centers, where there was previously no electricity to enable evening activities
  • Development of six free-standing libraries equipped with 45,000+ donated and shipped book and media donations
  • Expansion of libraries into four room After School Enrichment and Teen Life Internship Programs utilizing concepts adapted from those of New City Kids.
  • Installing solar powered irrigation systems for community vegetable gardens
  • Refurbishing treadle sewing machines; fabricating battery boxes for villagers to “carry electricity home”; collecting and restoring Bibles; creating handmade skirts and shorts
  • And more…
Donations greatly welcomed! Proceeds from An Evening of Jazz will benefit Malawi Visions. If you would like to make an additional donation to Malawi Visions, you may make a secure donation online by using the link below and designating Malawi Vision, or send a check to the church office payable to Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church with “Malawi Visions” in the memo.

Venue

Douglas Hall is located along Church Street of the Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church campus. Enter the one-way driveway. Parking in located along the side and back of the campus. Please use the marked entry to Douglas Hall along Church Street.