11/23/2014: Dave Rimelis and Louisiana Hot Sauce

3 p.m.-6 p.m.
$10pp music charge $7pp minimum

Dave Rimelis-violin
Matt King-piano

Jazz , Swamp Pop, Cajun and Zydeco

David Rimelis’ music has been performed by orchestras internationally, including the Boston Pops, National Symphony, Royal Liverpool  Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Western Australia Symphony, Minnesota Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, and the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra.

He has been featured artist with the Colorado Symphony, Eugene Oregon Symphony, Waco Texas  Symphony, Concordia Orchestra, Plainfield New Jersey Symphony, The Cascade Festival of Music Orchestra, the New Sussex Symphony, the New Jersey Pops, the Oregon    Festival of American Music Orchestra, and the Cabrillo  Music Festival Orchestra.

Rimelis is artist-in-residence for the New Jersey State Council on The Arts and teaching artist for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center He is also  Director of Music Education for the AIDS Resource Foundation for Children in Newark New  Jersey.  He has served as composer-in-residence for the Concordia Orchestra in New York City  from 1990 – 2002.

His music is featured in the film about violinist  Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg “Speaking  in Strings”, PBS and New Jersey Network documentaries “Summer Camp”,  “It’s Red It’s Edible It Bounces”, the Mo Willems cartoon “The Man Who Yelled,” and the feature film “She Devil.”  .

National Television appearances as featured musician include “Emeril Live”  (improvising original music as “Dr Strings), CBS’s “The Guiding Light” (fiddler and country band leader), and NBC’s “Four Stories” (volunteer music teacher  to HIV affected children).

As a guitarist and violinist, Rimelis has toured the United States,  South America, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and the Middle East

His unique charanga violin style has been featured with many prominent Latin ensembles, including Jose Fajardo, Johnny  Pacheco, Roberto Torres, Orchestra Broadway, and Africando.

Rimelis is the founder and leader of the band “Life,” which performs original world jazz. The son of country western singer “Idaho Ed,”  Rimelis was raised on American folk and popular music; he has won prizes in a number of regional fiddle contests.


Pianist, organist, vocalist, composer, and arranger, Matt King began his piano studies when he was 5, and was playing professionally by age 14. He attended the University of Illinois as a classical music major before relocating to the New York area, where he earned his degree in Jazz Studies & Performance from William Paterson University in NJ. A Composition Fellowship recipient from the NJ State Council on the Arts, he has garnered numerous awards for his playing, composing, and arranging.

Matt was a Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition semi-finalist, and the winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition in 2000. He has performed with many renowned jazz artists including Chris Potter, Rufus Reid, Billy Hart, Vic Juris, and Joe Morello; noted Brasilian musicians Nilson Matta and Claudio Roditi; iconic groups such as Blood, Sweat & Tears and The Shirelles; pop vocalists Phoebe Snow and Curtis Stigers; blues great Earl King, bluegrass master Tony Trischka, and many other artists across a broad stylistic spectrum.

Matt is also currently keyboardist and musical director for the distinguished jazz guitarist Chuck Loeb. He has performed with four symphony orchestras in the US, appeared on The Today Show and Good Morning America, and played Holland?s renowned North Sea Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the Vermont Mozart Festival, and at numerous other venues throughout the US and 18 other countries. King has appeared at Lincoln Center, New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), the Beacon Theater, the Rainbow Room, the Waldorf-Astoria, Tavern on the Green, the United Nations, Rockefeller Center, and the Empire State Building; at venues in the Catskills, the Poconos, Atlantic City, and Las Vegas; and at regional jazz meccas including The Blue Note, Birdland, Smoke, Sweet Rhythm, Shanghai Jazz, and Trumpets. Currently free-lancing as a pianist, Hammond organist, and vocalist in a variety of musical genres, King also teaches piano and music theory privately, and in residencies through NJPAC, the Paper Mill Playhouse, and the Morristown Community Theatre Performing Arts School.