NJJS 45th Anniversary Celebration – October 22, 2017

June’s issue of Jersey Jazz is out – do you have your copy?

Jersey Jazz June 2017
June 2017
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  • Save the date! Our 45th Anniversary celebration, a salute to jazz in the Garden State, 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 education in music and arts – the Essentially Ellington Festival kicked off with a N’awlins-style Second Line to draw attention to this important cause. Especially now, the continuance (and increase) of funding for musical education is essential. Doing our part, the NJJS is energetically revitalizing its Generations of Jazz program, introducing youngsters to jazz, and educating them on its history. More about this in a future issue.
  • The Newark Academy’s Chameleon in Livingston is one of New Jersey’s top high school jazz bands, and is the reigning winner of the New Jersey Association for Jazz Education Festival Division III – they’ve held this position for eight consecutive years! In addition, they won 11 group and individual awards at this year’s Essentially Ellington competition at Jazz at Lincoln Center. You can read all about how they maintain this level of excellence, and what inspires their members.
  • Another anniversary celebration to participate in is for DIVA, the all-female big band led by drummer and musical director Sherrie Maricle, who 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 – more details are in your copy.
  • Bassist Martin Wind is Schaen Fox’s interviewee this month. The German Academic Exchange Service awarded him a scholarship to study in New York – and he was hooked. In addition to his wonderful bass skills, he is a gifted composer, and his work is often performed by noteworthy musicians including reedmaster extraordinaire Scott Robinson. You’ll enjoy his story!
  • If you missed the recent performances of the Ocean County College Jazz Band, directed by the highly accomplished Dave Marowitz, you can enjoy it vicariously through NJJS Board Director Sanford Josephson’s review.

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.