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Ridgewood High School Jazz Band Presents 'Jazz In The Wood'

Mark Friedman
Mark Friedman Photo Credit: Debra Anderson

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. -- An evening of big band jazz takes place at the Woman’s Club of Ridgewood on Friday, May 13. Ridgewood High School’s award winning jazz ensembles present "Jazz in the Wood." The bands will be joined by special guest artist Mark Friedman, a renowned jazz saxophonist and Wyckoff resident, and longtime friend to the Ridgewood Music Program.

Friedman will be the featured soloist with the RHS Big Band and Jazz Lab, playing music ranging from swing to bebop and Latin to funk. This gala event marks the culmination of Friedman’s three-month collaboration with the RHS jazz bands.

The dinner portion of the program will feature a three-course meal catered by Dawn’s Catering of Ridgewood, and will include a menu of salad, pasta, chicken and dessert with gluten-free and vegetarian options available. For children 12 and under, a kid’s menu option includes chicken tenders and fries.

Friedman has taught private flute, clarinet and saxophone lessons to area students for more than three decades. His students have been accepted to top conservatories and universities and are regularly selected to perform in honors ensembles at the County, Region, All-State and All-Eastern levels.

Friedman has toured, performed, and recorded with such great artists as Frank Sinatra, Buddy Rich, Tito Puente, the Big Three Palladium Orchestra, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, and numerous others, including a Grammy Award-winning record with Machito.

He is the director of the Indian Hills High School Band, and is on the music faculty at Ramapo High School.

The RHS Big Band and Jazz Lab are directed by Gary Fink and Jeffrey Haas, respectively, and feature many talented student musicians, including six who recently performed with the New Jersey Region I Jazz Ensembles.

The bands will present songs in a variety of styles, including swing, bebop, New Orleans, Latin, rock and funk.

There will be a seatings at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 per adult/$20 for children 12 and under.

Tickets for the event are only available in advance. Click here to purchase tickets online.

For more information, contact Nick Trent at (201) 805-8789 or via email at

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