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

Jersey Jazz December 2017
Jersey Jazz
December 2017

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  • Our cover story is the New Jersey Jazz Society’s 45th Anniversary, celebrated at the Dorothy Young Theater in Drew University with a concert of Jersey-based musicians. We also honored the legendary Bucky Pizzarelli – it’s only apt that this master of the 7-string guitar should have a more than seven decade career in music! Artists who were unable to attend sent video messages which were played during the event – and segments are transcribed in your copy of Jersey Jazz. Randy Reinhart reminisced in a letter about the Chester Inn and the legendary Chuck Slate’s Dixieland Quartet, which was read to the audience by Joe Lang and is printed in your copy. Chuck was unable to attend the Anniversary and very sadly passed away shortly thereafter.
    If you were unfortunately unable to attend, there is wonderful coverage to help make up for what you missed.
  • Violinist Jason Anick is Schaen Fox’s interviewee this month. He co-leads the Rhythm Future Quartet with guitarist Olli Soikkeli – you may have seen them at the Chicken Fat Ball in January where they had standing ovations after almost every tune! But in addition to teaching at Berklee, he doesn’t only play in the style of gypsy jazz – he has quite a fascinating story to tell!
  • The Crossroads in Garwood is hosting more jazz events! The Greg Bufford Quintet performed a spirited tribute to Dizzy Gillespie not long ago – you can read Sanford Josephson’s review in your copy.
    The Florian Schantz Jazz Combo performed a tribute to those who gave their all in World War I.
    And guitarist Stanley Jordan will be performing there in December.
  • NJPAC is presenting a program series The Sounds of Broadway in Concert – be sure to check their schedule and catch some of your favorites performers live!
  • Joanne Brackeen, Pat Metheny, Dianne Reeves and Todd Barkan now join the ranks of the nation’s “highest honor in jazz,” the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters.
  • Jack Stine has a wonderful series – part 3 of Getting Even is in your copy, and continues an intriguing recollection of his service in WWII.
  • Dan Morgenstern’s Dan’s Den column is always a delight – he reports on numerous jazz happenings especially New York City This month he profiles a young big band, led by one of our members Glenn Crytzer – they perform each Monday at Kola, across from the Chelsea Market on West 18th
  • Joe Lang reviews numerous performances in each issue of Jersey Jazz, and also reviews many CDs and books. This month he features recordings that pay tribute to the holidays (no surprise there!) among others, and one of his recommendations is that we look into Hanukkah by the Eyal Vilner Big Band. Eyal is a reed virtuoso, composer and arranger. Joe says: “The overall excitement created by this unique collection is thrilling to experience. His musicians are first-rate, his writing is totally engaging, and the execution is spot on. No matter your background, it would be hard for you not to be moved by what Vilner has accomplished.”
    There are almost two dozen CDs reviewed by Joe in this issue – perfect holiday gifts for your loved ones! More details are in your copy!
  • 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

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

The 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.