The ‘Bishop of Jazz’ to perform at Country Club March 9


Rio Clemente, known as The Bishop of Jazz, will be appearing at the Pine Bluff Country Club, 1100 Country Club Lane, at 7:30 p.m. March 9.

Sponsored by Old Town Theatres Centre as part of its dinner theatre series, Clemente will play on a 7-foot, Steinway grand piano brought in special for this occasion.

Dinner starts at 6 p.m.

Legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck said Clemente is excellent. Linda Rodgers, the daughter of Broadway’s great song writer, Richard Rodgers, said, “Rio plays my father’s music better than anyone I ever heard – with unremitting style and sensitivity, and always with a technique that is elegant.”

Clemente has played jazz piano on concert stages, clubs, restaurants, churches and even on the historic 1938 Steinway, 10-foot, concert grand piano in the East Room of the White House.

At this performance, Clemente will charm and delight all with his musical prowess and talent. The audience will be treated to the energy and charisma of this jazz virtuoso and enjoy a night filled with musical inspiration and pure joy.

Clemente played at the JVC Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, as well as, jazz clubs from Manhattan to Cape Cod and from Florida to California.

He has entertained audiences in Europe, Bermuda, the Virgin Islands and Antigua. He has performed at the United Nations and has appeared with the Symphony in Golden, Co., with the Livingston, N.J. Symphony and with ensemble groups like the Morris Choral Society and Orchestra. In addition, he has traveled from coast to coast to entertain senators, governors, mayors and other dignitaries.

A native of Morristown, N.J., Clemente is a member of its Hall of Fame. He has been named Professional Artist of the Year by the Arts Council of the Morris Area. New Jersey Monthly Magazine selected him among its “Top 40 New Jerseyans” and the New Jersey Jazz Society named Rio Musician of the Year.

OTTC, a not-for-profit organization, sponsors monthly nationally acclaimed dinner theatre shows. The atmosphere is inviting, friendly and welcoming, according to an event spokesman. The shows are geared for adults and older teenagers. The dress code at the club is casual, but conservative when in doubt, the spokesman said.

The cost of the dinner and show is $45 per person, which includes the gratuities. For more information, call 870-535-2646 or visit the website at www.pbdtheatre.com.