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

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 …

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.