NJJS 45th Anniversary Celebration – October 22, 2017

The summer bumper issue of Jersey Jazz is out – do you have your copy?

Jersey Jazz July/Aug 2017
Jersey Jazz July/Aug 2017
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  • Tickets are on sale now for our 45th Anniversary celebration, a salute to jazz in the Garden State, which will be held the afternoon of October 22nd at Drew University. The concert will feature the legendary Bucky Pizzarelli and other notable musicians.
  • Our cover story focuses on the fabulous Ella Fitzgerald. She would’ve been 100 years old this year, and had she lived longer, chances are she would’ve added to her collection of Grammy awards, and numerous other honors. Especially considering the time she came up, she’s been such an inspiration to so many.
  • The recipients of this year’s scholarship awards performed at our jazz social (a free event for members) at Shanghai Jazz on May 21st – their program showcased their versatility and enthusiasm for this wonderful art form. A full review is in your copy.
  • Are you participating in the DIVA Jazz Orchestra’s 25th Anniversary? This all-female big band, led by drummer and musical director Sherrie Maricle, are commemorating their 25th anniversary with a special CD recording, DIVA Plays DIVA. You can be an important part of this endeavor by participating in their crowd-funding project on
  • Pianist Bill Charlap is Schaen Fox’s interviewee this month. With his parents in the music industry, he always had music in his life, and he credits Dick Hyman as being the most influential musician in his life. Through his life so far, he’s had some incredible experiences, and he describes them beautifully in this interview. You’ll enjoy his story!
  • REJS (Rich Elegant Jazz Sounds) is expanding the culture of jazz in Mercer County, with programs at Tavern on the Lake in Hightstown. The concert program will resume in September after a break over summer, and your copy has more details.
  • You’re probably a fan of Peter and Will Anderson, who played for us at the Princeton JazzFeast last year, and at our Pee Wee Stomp in March. Starting August, they have a “Songbook Summit” featuring some of your favorite pieces – more details are on their website and in your copy of Jersey Jazz!


In addition to many interesting pieces in this month’s issue, there are ads for dozens of opportunities to enjoy live jazz in New Jersey and its surrounds. To receive your copy of the Jersey Jazz Journal, become a member.

Records at Play: The Institute of Jazz Studies @50

Jan 23, 2017 – Dec 22, 2017

The Large Gallery at Express Newark
54 Halsey Street, 3rd Floor
Newark NJ

Records at Play: The Institute of Jazz Studies@50The Institute of Jazz Studies (IJS) has been collecting jazz records at Rutgers University—Newark and sharing them with a wide audience for the past 50 years. These not only include sound recordings of jazz music, but also the “record” of jazz history found in photographs, documents, written music, and historic artifacts. Expanding on the original vision of IJS founder Marshall Stearns, the Institute has grown to become one of the biggest centers in the world for the study of jazz history. Most importantly, the IJS preserves these valuable materials that document jazz history so that people can use them now and into the future. IJS users listen to recordings, study archival documents, read books about jazz, or look for a piece of music to play, to name a few common uses. Records at Play: The Institute of Jazz Studies @50 is the first time the IJS has exhibited so many of its treasures at once. Although they represent only a small fraction of the Institute’s collections, the artifacts, documents, and sound recordings in this exhibit provide a record of IJS history and the music at its core.