Book Review: The Essential W. Royal Stokes

W. Royal Stokes has had an interesting career spending a decade as a Professor of Greek and Latin Language and Literature and Ancient History at five different universities. After taking to the road for a transitional period, he settled down as a jazz journalist and radio host in the Washington, D.C. area.

Jazz in the Blink of an Eye: Photos by Ed Berger

When you visit the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University in Newark, you’re met with all sorts of jazz ephemera: Lester Young’s saxophone, a green Miles Davis trumpet, a miniature statue of Louis Armstrong, documents from various music luminaries.

Other Views – January/February 2020

(Continued from the January-February issue of Jersey Jazz)

Art Blakey was a mentor and inspiration for many jazz players who played in the Jazz
Messengers and then went on to individual prominence — players such as Lee Morgan,
Wayne Shorter, Benny Golson, Horace Silver, Walter Davis Jr., Cedar Walton, and Hank

All-Star Cast to Perform at Chicken Fat Ball

The Chicken Fat Ball returns Sunday, January 5, at 1 p.m, with another all-star cast of swing musicians to start off the New Year with a bang. Since the first CFB in 1964, this event has been fortunate to attract a star-studded lineup; and 2020 is no exception.

Sérgio Mendes Celebrates Bossa Nova 60th Anniversary

This past October, producer, composer, keyboardist, and vocalist Sérgio Mendes and singer/songwriter Bebel Gilberto presented a special “60th Anniversary of Bossa Nova” concert at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown.

Other Views: Christmas Edition

Each year the Christmas Season brings a new influx of holiday music. Here are the new releases from the current crop that I found most appealing.

‘Prized Sideman’ Frank Basile Leads Quintet on November 3rd

Baritone saxophonist Frank Basile was called a “prized sideman” by The New Yorker. That’s because he has appeared with a wide range of prestigious bands including the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars Big Band, and a Bill Charlap-led salute to Birth of the Cool at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. At 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 3 …