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William Paterson Jazz Room Series

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Inaugurated in the spring of 1978, the Jazz Room Series at William Paterson's Shea Center is the longest-running campus-based jazz concert series in the nation. With a tradition of encompassing the complete spectrum of jazz from New Orleans to the avant-garde, it features world-class professionals and William Paterson student ensembles. There are three series of concerts each year, including the six-concert Fall and Spring Jazz Room Series, and the weeklong Summer Jazz Room held the third week of July. 

The Jazz Room has received over two decades of continuous grant support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, as well as numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. The series has been featured on national and metropolitan-area media, including recorded broadcasts and live CD recording sessions. The Jazz Room Series is directly connected to the William Paterson Jazz Studies Program. Unique among college and university programs, the Jazz Studies program is one of the few in the nation with an emphasis on small-group playing, improvisation, and a genuine commitment to the jazz tradition. Founded by music faculty member Martin Krivin and joined by trumpeter/arranger Thad Jones in 1973, the program was led by bassist Rufus Reid for twenty years, then by the great jazz pianists James Williams, Mulgrew Miller, and most recently Bill Charlap, who accepted the position in fall 2015. The program is co-led and coordinated by David Demsey. .

This season's featured artists include vocalist Karrin Allyson, saxophone virtuoso Gary Smulyan, Sprit of Life horn ensemble, and saxophonist Steve Wilson. Click on the image above for details.

Live Jazz Every Tues & Thurs 7-10 pm
Tavern on George
361 George St. New Brunswick

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New Brunswick Jazz Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting world class jazz performances in downtown New Brunswick & other Central Jersey venues. Since its inception in 2010 NBJP has gone from presenting two jazz performances a month, to offering FREE year around shows, four nights every week. The Jazz Project has successfully fostered a supportive environment for regular live jazz performance in New Brunswick and has presented more than 700 events featuring over 1000 acclaimed national and international jazz leaders, sidemen and special guests, including among many others: Arturo O’Farrill, John Lee, Ed Cherry, Dave Stryker, Akiko Tsuruga, Roseanna Vitro, Mimi Jones, Jerry Weldon, Rudy Royston, Virginia Mayhew, Luis Perdomo, Dezron Douglas, Joe Magnarelli, Ralph Peterson, Steve Williams, Kenny Davis, Tia Fuller, Orrin Evans, Jared Gold, Tim Ries, Victor Lewis, Conrad Herwig, and Ravi Coltrane.

NBJP also regularly partners with the New Brunswick Public Schools and the Hub Teen Center to provide after-school enrichment programming in the form of jazz performances with student participation and talk backs.

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James Moody Jazz Festival

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This year’s program presents a unique bill of genre-crossing collaborative concerts that reflects both musical form and its force for and response to social change. The stellar lineup includes vocal powerhouses starting with Dee Dee Bridgewater joined by New Jersey-based pianist Bill Charlap (Nov 3), followed by Lisa Fischer in a special performance with Gullah band Ranky Tanky (Nov 9), the multifaceted Cuban legend Omara Portuondo (Nov 10) on her Farewell Tour, 10-time GRAMMY Award-winning a cappella group Take 6 in a unique pairing with tap dancer Hillary-Marie(Nov 11), Gladys Knight and New Orleans pianist/vocalist Davell Crawford (Nov 12), and the spirit of Newark’s own Sarah Vaughan at the 12th annual SASSY Awards (Nov 19). Other highlights include: NEA Jazz Master and South African cultural icon Abdullah Ibrahim making his NJPAC debut in an intimate performance with his Trio (Nov 12); and explorations of jazz’s impact on Musical Theater and Film with the production of Sound of (Black) Music reimagining of Rogers & Hammerstein’s classic (Nov 16) as well as tribute concerts to prolific film composer Dave Grusin (Nov 17) and to Disney and its iconic tunes from the past 100 years (Nov 17). "Probably my favorite quote about performing is from Cannonball Adderley: 'I give the audience 50% of what they want to hear, and 50% of what I think they need to hear,' " says NJPAC Jazz Advisor Christian McBride, who helped curate the Festival schedule. "As an artist, I think that's a smart balance. Whatever your favorite kind of music is, you'll hear it at some point in this festival."

Complete Festival details can be found at NJPAC.org/jazz.

New Jersey’s Jazz Clubs You Should Know

The following is a short list of venues in New Jersey that are devoted to live jazz performance. Many other clubs and performance spaces lend their stage to jazz for special performances and regularly scheduled jam sessions, too. Check for them on the NJJazzList Calendar here  and support live jazz.
Clement's Place 15 Washington St, Newark, NJ 07102 https://www.facebook.com/clementsplacejazz Phone: (862) 205-7660
Brush Culture (aka brvshcul7ur3) 482 Cedar Ln, Teaneck, NJ 07666 https://brvshcul7ur3.com Phone: (201) 357-5745
Medley's Bayou 980 Teaneck Rd, Teaneck, NJ 07666 https://www.medleysbayou.com Phone: (201) 851.3663
Shanghai Jazz  24 Main St, Madison, NJ 07940 https://www.shanghaijazz.com Phone: (973) 822-2899
Moore's Lounge189 Monticello Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304 Phone: (201) 332-4309
The Statuary 53 Congress St, Jersey City, NJ 07307 https://www.facebook.com/thestatuaryofjc Phone: (201) 936-7191
Candlelight Lounge 24 Passaic St; Trenton, NJ 08618 https://www.candlelighteventsjazz.com Phone: (609) 695-9612
Dorthaan's Place (at NJPAC) 1 Center St Newark, NJ 07102 https://www.njpac.org/search/dorthaan%27s Phone: (888) 696.5722 
Special thanks to Peter Lin, the trombonist and musical director of the New Jersey-based band Lintet who helped to curate this list. Learn more about Peter and his music at www.peterlinmusic.com.
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Bill O’Connell – piano and Fender Rhodes, Lincoln Goines – bass, Robby Ameen – drums with special guests Randy Brecker – flugelhorn, Craig Handy – alto sax, Conrad Herwig – trombone, Andrea Brachfeld – flute, and Dan Carillo – guitar.

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