Getting to Know Steve

Steve Pavis and John have been friends since they were five years old, growing up together on Staten Island, NY. Steve’s several older siblings made him a very hip music fan from a young age and he has been John’s music guru since the 6th grade. During the punk rock era of the late ‘70s … Read more

Getting to Know Marilyn


Marilyn Tuzzo, Volunteer Extraordinaire, started working with The Coffeehouse Project after observing the effect the music had on her mother during one of John’s Somerset County Senior Wellness Center programs. With her background in teaching and peer leadership facilitation and her fancy dance moves, it made all kinds of sense for her to join the … Read more

What’s the Point?

Our goal is to improve lives through music making. When I reflect on this goal, I sometimes wonder if an hour of smiling, singing and dancing is “enough”. I keep coming back to the conviction that it is – and, also, that it isn’t. The research scientist in me wants to make sure that the … Read more

My Guitar, Myself

Once, when the Italian actress Anna Magnani was having her portrait taken she told the photographer, “Please don’t retouch my wrinkles. It took me so long to earn them.” I used to be the kind of person who was so struck by the visual beauty of a Fender Stratocaster guitar that when I finally owned … Read more

In the Groove!

I want you to try something right now. Put on a pair of headphones if you’ve got them nearby.  Click here to play “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes on YouTube. Bring up the volume. Listen for 30 seconds, then pause the video. I’ll wait …. Now here’s a question for you: by the … Read more

Gig Mode

I was recently talking with Ryan, a college student who, as a middle schooler was one of the charter members of The Coffeehouse Project, back when it was an after school program. We were discussing the annual end of the school year rock concerts we staged and how I would be particularly hyped up and … Read more

Here’s Me

What happens when you take “titanic” Belfast accents, add a little Houston heat, sprinkle in some Port of Spain calypso beat and top it off with Wilkes Barre plain talkin’? You Feel Good of course! For several months we’ve been trading ideas and tunes with our community music partners at the Moon Base Project in … Read more

After School in Manville

The Coffeehouse Project, with the sponsorship of the  Manville Recreation Department, is running a nine-week after school music program for the students of the Alexander Batcho Intermediate School. The program is free to the students, will be held on alternating Friday afternoons from 3:30-4:30pm. We had a meet and greet on 1/18 which had 19 … Read more