Happy New Year! The January issue of Jersey Jazz is out – do you have your copy? This award-winning journal is free with your NJJS membership!
- It’s not too late to contribute to our annual fundraiser so that we can continue promoting and preserving jazz, providing sponsorships to students of jazz, hiring musicians for our various events, and encouraging youngsters to become fans – visit our donations page.
- We welcome new officers on our Board of Directors: Cydney Halpin as President, Jay Dougherty as Executive Vice President, Mike Katz as Treasurer and Carrie Jackson as Vice President of Music. Pete Grice remains Vice President of Membership, Sanford Josephson remains Vice President of Publicity and Irene Miller remains Recording Secretary. If you wish to reach out to any of them, our Contact page has their details.
- Our cover story is the 27th annual Suncoast Jazz Classic – a fantastic three-day festival held each November on the west coast of Florida. Featuring old favorites and introducing new traditions, it’s a much-loved event – if you haven’t had the chance to attend yet, it’s well worth the trip.
- Another fabulous festival to attend is the Sun Valley Jazz and Music Festival, although the commute is a little more onerous. Forty musical acts in five days – their 29th annual event will be from October 17-21, 2018. You can get an idea of its magic from the article and photos in your copy.
- Pianist extraordinaire John Colianni (“Johnny Chops”) is Schaen Fox’s interviewee this month. Now leading his own jazz orchestra, playing his own exquisite arrangements, New Jersey-born John also played many years with legendary artists including Lionel Hampton and the great Les Paul – you’ll want to read all about him in this month’s Jersey Jazz!
- Chances are, if it wasn’t for George Avakian, Columbia House might not have re-released works of artists such as Armstrong, Beiderbecke, Ellington, and Bessie Smith … and many of today’s fans of those artists may never have heard them. He pioneered the development of the 33 rpm record and did so much for the jazz scene. Sadly, in November in his 99th year, George Avakian left us. Even if you’d never heard of him before now, it’s well worth reading the tribute articles to him, to understand what an impact he had on your love of jazz.
- If you missed the Exit 0 Jazz Festival, or the TD Moody Festival at NJPAC, you can experience them through various pieces and photos in your copy of Jersey Jazz.
- Have you seen on our calendar – the Bickford Theatre is presenting two concerts of sons of jazz legends who have become musical stars in their own right: Chris Brubeck (son of Dave) and TS Monk (son of Thelonious). Your copy has the backstory to these performances – get your tickets soon, before they are sold out!
- Looking for gifts for that friend or loved one who has everything? How about a gift membership to the NJJS so they can receive our award-winning Jersey Jazz Journal? If you’re a member whose account is in good standing, a gift membership is only $25! More information is on our Membership page
In addition to many other 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.