New Jersey Jazz Society

Jazzfest 2008
photos © Tony Mottola

Jazzfest 2008 presented 12 topflight jazz acts and two outstanding New Jersey high school big bands on the campus of Drew University in Madison, NJ on June 7 and 8. To view additional pictures of each group click on the band names or pictures below.

James L. Dean Big Band with Mike Vax

James L. Dean Big Band
with Mike Vax

James L. Dean (Leader/cl/ts),Mike Vax (tp guest soloist), Dave Gale, Mike Ponello, Bill Ash (tp), Phil Jones, Henry Heyzer, Steven Carr (tb), Gerald C. Cappuccio, Eric Neveloss, Scott Calvert, Bob Birch (reeds), Bob DeBenedette (p), Ron Naspo (b), Wayne Dunton (d)

Earl May Tribute Band

Larry Ham (Leader/p), Dave Glasser (as), Houston Person (ts), Benny Powell (tb), Lee Hudson (b), Eddie Locke (d), Catherine Russell (vo)

Earl May Tribute Band
Nicki Parrott, Rossano Sportiello, Bucky Pizzarelli

Nicki Parrott, Rossano Sportiello, Bucky Pizzarelli

Nicki Parrott (b), Rossano Sportiello (p), Bucky Pizzarelli (g)

Tony DeSare

Tony DeSare (Leader/p), Ed Decker (g), Mike Lee (b),
Carmen Intorre (d)

Tony DeSare
Eric Comstock Trio

Eric Comstock Trio

Eric Comstock (Leader/p/vo), Saadi Zain (b), Tim Horner (d), Barbara Fasano (vo)

Jazz Lobsters Big Band

James Lafferty (Leader/p), Audrey Welber, Lafferty, Rich Kraus (as), Tom Labella, Warren Fioretti (ts), Brian Axelrod (bars), John Ashcraft, Ernie Laughlan, Dennis Ionata, Al Harri (tp), Pete Reichlin, Ken Jackson, Hans Muhler (tb), Bob Ferry (g/voc), Angelo Savino (b), Joe Devico (d), Chino Roberts (per/voc)

Jazz Lobsters Big Band
Swingadelic

Swingadelic

Dave Post (Leader/b), Buddy Terry (as/voc), Paul Carlon (ts), John Martin (bs), Carlos Francis, Albert Leusink (tp), Robert Susman, Neal Pawley (tb), John Bauers (p/voc), George Naha (g), Paul Pizzuti (d)

Joe Temperley Quintet

Joe Temperley (Leader/reeds), Dan Nimmer (p), James Chirillo (g), Greg Cohen (b), Leroy Williams (d)

Joe Temperley Quintet
Carrie Jackson & Her Jazzin' All-Stars

Carrie Jackson
& Her Jazzin' All-Stars

Carrie Jackson (Leader/vo), Dave Robinson (ts), Tony Signa (fl),
Lou Rainone (p), Steve Freeman (b), Gordon Lane (d)

Cynthia Sayer and Sparks Fly

Cynthia Sayer (Leader/banjo/vo), Randy Sandke (tp), Jim Fryer (tb), Sara Caswell (vi), Jennifer Vincent (b), Joe Ascione (d)

Cynthia Sayer and Sparks Fly
Jerry Vezza Trio

The Jerry Vezza Trio
with Frank Noviello

Jerry Vezza (Leader/p), Frank Noviello (vo), Rick Crane (b), Glenn Davis (d)

Ed Metz
and The Bob Crosby Bob Cats

Ed Metz (Leader/p), Danny Tobias (tp), John Allred (tb), Paul Hubbell (cl/ss), Nelson Hill (ts/ss), Spencer Reed (g), Tim Metz (b), Ed Metz (d)

Ed Metz and The Bob Crosby Bob Cats
Sarah Partridge

Ramsey High School
Jazz Ensemble

Clifford Bialkin, Director

J. P. Stevens High School
Jazz Ensemble

Andrew DeNicola, Director

J. P. Stevens High School