Our March issue of Jersey Jazz is out - do you have your copy?
Tickets for the 48th Annual Pee Wee Russell Memorial Stomp are on sale! It will take place at the end of March this year, so that the weather has much less influence. On the bandstand we’ll have the Midiri Brothers Quintet, Peter and Will Anderson Quintet, Dan Levinson’s Russell of Spring Band, and Professor Cunningham and his Old School - what a lineup! There will be a hot/cold buffet, a cash bar, and merchandise for sale (CDs, LPs, books, etc.). And don’t forget your dance shoes! Ticket prices are the same as last year - and if you reserve a table for 10, you will receive one free entrance.
Have you heard the new WBGO Sunday program hosted by Bob Porter? It’s called “The WBGO Swing Party” and is a real treat, especially for traditional and swing jazz fans - more details in your copy.
Trumpeter Freddie Hendrix is Schaen Fox’s interviewee this month. A New Jersey native, Freddie is well known on the NJ and NY circuit, and his new CD Jersey Cat is an essential for anyone’s collection. Like so many musicians, his love of jazz started as a result of the NJ schools music programs - and his story is fascinating. He also has some great tips for musicians trying to break into the scene.
Newark’s famed saxophonist and composer will be celebrated during the Wayne Shorter weekend, taking place at the NJPAC - details and ticket information are in your copy.
If you’ve not yet experienced Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band, you’re missing out on something wonderful. Listeners can count the DMCBB concert being dedicated, adventurous and flat-out fun, celebrating 20 years of developing and presenting new big band music. You will be entertained and inspired! Check your copy for details of their upcoming concert.
Dan Morgenstern profiles the late Ed Berger, a gifted writer, editor and photographer - he was Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers, a founder of the Institute’s Journal of Jazz Studies, and was also a discographer and solographer. Our world is better because he was a part of it.
There are many other interesting pieces in this month’s issue, as well as ads for dozens of opportunities to enjoy live jazz in New Jersey and its surrounds. To receive your copy of the Jersey Jazz Journal, and to take advantage of other benefits including discount admission to events, become a member by clicking on the Membership tab above!