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Destination: Central Jersey Jazz Festival


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Over the past two decades, trumpeter, Freddie Hendrix has become one of the region's most in-demand players. An accomplished composer, arranger and educator, the Teaneck native's skill and versatility has resulted his working with top-flight performers from The Count Basie Orchestra and The Christian McBride Big Band to Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys. With the release of his first recording as a leader, JERSEY CAT, Freddie is serving notice that now is his time.

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Something New: Images of Jazz

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News: Novelist and His Collection Celebrated


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Wynton Marsalis leads an all-star lineup, including singers Catherine Russell, Angélique Kidjo, and Patti Austin, with Andy Farber and His Orchestra, in tribute to the great American novelist, Ralph Ellison and his remarkable jazz collection.

Ellison's life was filled with music. An evening of great entertainment is in store when renowned instrumentalists, singers and speakers gather to salute his writings and passion for jazz. Jazz in the Key of Ellison stars trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, joined by a host of artists who will present spoken excerpts of Ellison's writing between musical segments.

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Sad News: Remembering Rudy Van Gelder


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In the long shadow of New York City, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, became one of the cathedrals of jazz because of Rudy Van Gelder's studio, a sacred acoustic space where some of the music's giants and near giants have done their finest work: Sonny Rollins and Horace Silver, Art Blakey and Herbie Hancock, Antonio Carlos Jobim and George Benson and hundreds of others. Van Gelder, not a player, but still a giant in jazz history has died at 91.

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Destination: Two River Theater - Ma Rainey's Black Bottom


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August Wilson's MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, will run September 10 through October 9, at Red Bank's beautiful Two River Theater. The play, set in Chicago, 1927, is August Wilson’s powerful look at the 1920s music scene and takes us into the world of legendary singer Ma Rainey as she lays down tracks with her band in a Chicago recording studio. Ruben Santiago-Hudson has directed several successful shows at Two River Theater including Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine.

Look for several free events to advance this show: a live broadcast with WBGO featuring cast members(to be broadcast on WBGO at a later date) on Aug 18, and a community block party event on Aug 26 called A Taste of The Blues featuring blues performances and tastings from local restaurants. Contact the theater for tickets event details.

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Venues: Jam Session Calendar

Celebrating its third season, NJPAC’s free jazz series moves to Clement’s Place, the intimate new club in Newark’s downtown. Co-presented by NJPAC and the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University-Newark, Jazz Jam Sessions attracts ace musicians from New Jersey and beyond, as well as talented students seeking to play alongside their musical heroes. The series is curated and directed by pianist and bandleader James Austin Jr. in consultation with NJPAC’s Departments of Community Engagement and Arts Education.

Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations must be made in advance below.

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