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Slide Hampton's 86th Birthday


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Join Slide Hampton and his friends live at his birthday bash/fundraiser this month. The event will feature an All-Star five-piece trombone and five-piece tenor sax ensemble with a killer rhythm section. All funds raised will be donated to the Spirit of the Horn Legacy Project.

The trombone ensemble will feature: Locksley Hampton, Steve Turre, Timothy Newman, Peter Lin and Alevtina Polyakova with a tenor sax ensemble of Jerry Weldon, Sam Dillon, Robert Bobby LaVell Garner, and Abel Mireles. Rhythm Section: David Hazeltine (piano), Vince Dupont (bass), Charlie Sigler (guitar), and Taylor Moore (drums).

Selections for the performance will featuring the repertoire of Slide Hampton, Coleman Hawkins, J.J. Johnson, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie.

Location: Trumpets Jazz Club at 6 Depot Square, Montclair, NJ 07042

Cover: $20 presale tickets at www.trumpetsjazz.com or $25 at the door, $10 food/drink minimum per person.

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Jazz at the Bickford Theater


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The Bickford Theater hosts some great jazz. This month, Ken Peplowski’s Benny Goodman Tribute will capture the spirit of Benny Goodman in May's event. Will Friedwald wrote in the Wall Street Journal, “Mr. Peplowski sounds the way [Benny] Goodman might have if he had kept evolving...”

The one and only Dick Hyman peforms solo in May. This is a chance to hear America’s greatest music performed by this living legend in the intimate setting of the Bickford Theatre.

Neville Dickie, one of the foremost advocates of stride piano and boogie woogie, reunites for this June performance with the incomparable Midiri Brothers.

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The Jazz Hole Podcast


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Dorthann Kirk Opportunity Fund


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Dorthaan Kirk is a Jazz events producer, an ambassador to Jazz artists, a community leader and, for the past 38 years, a stalwart of WBGO-FM, one of the most important Jazz radio stations in the world. She has nurtured hundreds of Jazz musicians, radio producers and many others throughout the world. The New York Times called her “Newark’s First Lady of Jazz.”

Dorthann has started an effort to provide scholarships to students in high school and college in the greater Newark area. It is for students who have insufficient financial resources but do have a sincere interest in careers in jazz that will keep America’s true art form alive and thriving. Awardees will be chosen by an organizing committee of The Dorthaan Kirk Opportunity Fund in association with the Community Foundation of New Jersey.

Consider making a tax-deductable contribution at the link below.

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