The 2015-16 Live at Lunch series got off to a rousing start on Sept. 22 with “Notes at Noon,” headlined by acclaimed jazz flutist Galen Abdur-Razzaq.
A Montclair native and Rutgers University alumni, Abdur-Razzaq is an arranger, composer, director, educator, and writer who has brought his unique brand of jazz to audiences across the globe over the last 30 years.
He has performed and recorded with some of the world’s greatest recording artists, including Billy Taylor, Sonny Phillips, Gwen Guthrie, Curtis Boyd, Melba Moore and Sun Ra.
The Live at Lunch performance, hosted by Brookdale’s Office of Student Life and Activities and presented by Flute Juice Productions, treated students to an afternoon of free food, refreshments and virtuosic jazz in the Student Life Center.
Backed by a pianist and drummer, Abdur-Razzaq led his trio through a ranging, eclectic set-list of smooth rhythms, moving melodies and triumphant solos, encouraging students to jump on the dance floor and join in the groove.
Student Life and Activities’ lunch hour events will continue on Sept. 29 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., when comedians Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton host a special “Laugh at Lunch” performance in the Student Life Center.
Better known by their stage name Frangela, Callier and Shelton are alumni of the world famous Second City Theater company.
Live at Lunch and Laugh at Lunch performances will continue throughout the year, and are free to all Brookdale students. Learn more by visiting the Student Life and Activities events calendar.
Check out more photos of the Notes at Noon performance here.
[Photos by Mark DeYoung, college relations intern]