The 49th Annual Pee Wee Russell Memorial Stomp

It’s almost time for the 49th Annual Pee Wee Russell Memorial Stomp – March 18th! Click on the link for tickets!

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Jersey Jazz February 2018
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The 49th Annual Pee Wee Russell

Memorial Stomp

March 18 @ 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Pee Wee Russell Memorial Stomp


Daryl Sherman Sextet; Professor Cunningham and His Old School
Warren Vaché Quintet; George Gee Swing Orchestra

Sunday, March 18, 2018 Noon – 5:00pm

Birchwood Manor, Whippany, NJ

Click here for directions to Birchwood Manor.

12noon – 1:00pm: Daryl Sherman Sextet Daryl Sherman (piano and vocal), Jon-Erik Kellso (trumpet), Jay Rattman (reeds), James Chirillo (guitar), Jay Leonhart (bass), Kevin Dorn (drums)

1:15pm – 2:15pm: Professor Cunningham and His Old School “Professor” Adrian Cunningham (clarinet/sax and vocals), Jon Challoner (trumpet), Jim Fryer (trombone), John Merrill (guitar), Oscar Perez (piano), Daniel Foose (bass), Paul Wells (drums)

2:30pm – 3:30pm: Warren Vaché Quintet Warren Vaché (cornet), Houston Person (tenor sax), Steve Ash (piano), Earl Sauls (bass), Steve Williams (drums)

3:30pm – 4:00pm: Awards, 50/50 and announcements

4:00pm – 5:00pm: George Gee Swing Orchestra George Gee (leader); Shenel Johns and John Dokes (vocalists); Julius Tolentino, Michael Hashim and Tony Lustig (saxophones); Andy Gravish and Freddie Hendrix (trumpets); David Gibson (trombone); Steve Einerson (piano); Marcus McLaurine (bass); Brian Fishler (drums)

Advance: Members $30, Non-Members $35; At the Door: Members $40, Non-Members $45

Students with current i.d.: $10 (in advance or at the door) 3 ways to order tickets:

online at 
by phone: 1-800-838-3006, select option 1.
by mail: send a check payable to NJJS, including a $3 handling fee, together with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: NJJS, c/o Mike Katz, 382 Springfield Avenue, Suite 217, Summit, NJ 07901

Special: Reserve a table and get in free! Available for groups of 10 to 14. Purchase tickets for your entire group and get one free admission. Book early for best results. By phone only: 908-273-7827

A cash bar and food buffet will be set up next to the ballroom. PLEASE DO NOT BRING FOOD INTO THE BIRCHWOOD MANOR. Bring your dancing shoes!

Doors open at 11 AM. Merchandise will be available, including special-priced CDs. Artist CDs will also be available.

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.
  • 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.
  • Have you seen 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!
  • 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.