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The November issue of Jersey Jazz is out – do you have your copy? This award-winning journal is free with your NJJS membership!

Jersey Jazz November 2017
Jersey Jazz
November 2017

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  • Our cover story profiles the Princeton JazzFeast, which took place in September. DC-based Alan Dale’s New Legacy Jazz Band opened the event, as they have done each year. Houston Person followed, with Larry Fuller on piano, Matthew Parrish on bass and Vince Ector on drums. Ben Polcer’s Band had the crowd on their feet! Violinist and composer Jonathan Russell, whose first appearance at this event was in 2006 at age 11, took to the stage with guitarist Vinny Raniolo and worked their magic. And the day’s festivities closed out with the Stan Rubin Orchestra, another crowd favorite.
  • Pianist and composer John DiMartino is Schaen Fox’s interviewee this month. He has been wonderfully busy, working often with musicians such as Freddy Cole, Giacomo Gates, Janis Siegel, Nikki Parrott and Paquito Rivera. He’s also self-produced two CDs – one with Warren Vaché called Impromptu, and the other with Boris Kozlov and Alvin Atkinson called Turnaround. The interview has many more tidbits – all in your copy of Jersey Jazz!
  • Manhattan Transfer’s Janis Siegel’s concert at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center was fantastic, and her pre-concert interview describing her partnerships with various musical artists is enlightening.
  • A review of the fabulous gala to celebrate NJPAC’s 20th Anniversary also highlights the upcoming TD James Moody Festival at NJPAC being held November 4-12. Christian McBride promises the concert will be “almost all new” so don’t delay getting your tickets to attend!
  • Jack Stine has a wonderful series – part 2 of Getting Even is in your copy, and continues an intriguing recollection of his service in WWII.
  • Joe Lang reviews numerous performances in each issue of Jersey Jazz – an ongoing weekly show, in its 15th year, that you really should experience at least once is Jim Caruso’s Cast Party, which takes place at Birdland each Monday evening. The Cast Party “Orchestra,” comprising (usually) Tedd Firth on piano, Steve Doyle on bass and Daniel Glass on drums, provides the backing to an eclectic roster of musicians, vocalists and other performers. More details are in your copy!
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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.

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.