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Champian Fulton at OCC

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The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts welcomes world-renowned jazz pianist and vocalist Champian Fulton back to the Main Stage at 3 p.m. on October 9, as part of the Center's Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon series.

An internationally acclaimed musician with 14 recordings to her credit, Fulton has performed with musical royalty such as Lou Donaldson, Frank Wess, Scott Hamilton, Buster Williams and Louis Hayes.

From North America to Europe, Africa to Australia, her swinging style and charismatic performances have made her a guardian of the legacy of jazz.

Come hear why writer Mark Stryker of the Detroit Free Press once called Fulton “the most gifted pure jazz singer of her generation.”

Tickets are $24 for adults/$20 for seniors and can be purchased online at or by calling the Grunin Center Box Office at 732-255-0500. The Grunin Center is located on the main campus of Ocean County College in Toms River, New Jersey.

NJ's Jazz Radio

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WBGO is the global leader in jazz radio based in Newark, NJ. Filling the airways with jazz music, personalities, and news, WBGO broadcasts is the radio station of the NY-NJ-Philadelphia tri-state area, the jazz capital of the world. 

Founded in 1979, WBGO is a publicly-supported cultural institution that preserves and elevates America’s music: jazz and blues. WBGO reaches a weekly audience of close to 300,000 in the New York/New Jersey metro area via 88.3FM. Through programs such as Jazz Night in America, produced in partnership with NPR and Jazz at Lincoln Center, and WBGO's position as content provider to NPR, its reach extends to millions more across the country. From its home base of Newark, New Jersey, Public Radio station WBGO has long been an anchor institution in community engagement through its partnerships, concerts, education and news programming.

WBGO seeks to educate, entertain and inspire the public by providing access and opportunity to engage with the highest quality, curated jazz and blues programming produced in the jazz capital of the world. We believe that jazz in all its forms represents America’s cultural gift to the world, and we are committed to connecting the vibrancy of our local community’s past, present and future in the music to a global audience.

WBGO/Newark Public Radiois operated as a non-profit, 501(C)3 organization in the public trust and is funded mostly by listener donations, memberships, and grants.
Come hear the best

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The 11th annual TD James Moody Jazz Festival presents dozens of free and ticketed events! This year’s program offers events combining jazz luminaries in collaboration with artists known for R&B, poetry, hip hop, and so much more. The powerhouse vocalist Fantasia takes the stage on November 10th with Jazzmeia Horn, a very notable  American jazz singer and songwriter. Horn won the Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition in 2015 and is a Grammy moninee. Her repertoire includes jazz standards and covers of songs from other genres, including by artists such as Stevie Wonder.  Also not to be missed, NJPAC’s talented jazz advisor Christian McBride will lead a night of jazz, hip hop and spoken word with Represent! presented as part of NJPAC’s City Verses program.
The festival kick-starts in person on November 10th with two powerhouse concerts: one of the today’s most creative forces in the contemporary jazz scene, Terence Blanchard, will be joined by his E-Collective and Turtle Island Quartet for a special tribute to Wayne Shorter. The spirit of jazz takes center stage with two dance-jazz collaborations: NJPAC dance advisor Savion Glover joins vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater on November 12th and renowned violinist Regina Carter performs with Carolyn Dorfman dance company in a world premiere commissioned by NJPAC. 
This year, the Moody Festival is something not to be missed. 
September 29 - October 2, 2022 

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Great Jazz is Happening in Historic Cape May, NJ

The Exit Zero Jazz Festival debuted in November 2012 in the national historic landmark city of Cape May, a picturesque beach town on the very southern tip of New Jersey. The Festival takes place twice a year, Spring and Autumn, in the shoulder tourist seasons of Cape May. The 2022 Fall Exit Zero Jazz Festival is a 4-day musical feast featuring hundreds of musicians and thousands of visitors. Presented by the Worldwide Logistics Group, Exit Zero Jazz presents international touring artists performing on 2 outdoor stages on the beautiful grounds of Exit Zero Ferry Park overlooking the Delaware Bay, and, at night, concerts are staged in Cape May Convention Hall.
Each night of the festval, the musical feast continues with Fest shows in the bars and restaurants of Cape May. You might find yourself one minute second-lining to a New Orleans brass band, and, in the next, snaking through town behind a 22-piece Brazilian drum bloco. The joy of the Exit Zero Jazz Festival is in the discovery of incredible music and musicians you may never have known existed.  Click to get this year's amazing lineup of performers.
Jazz Currents & Education

The Hudson Valley Jazz Festival celebrates it’s 13th season on August 18-21 featuring Hudson Valley NY's resident jazz musicians. The event has been graced by jazz greats, Arturo O’Farrill, Bill Evans, Dave Liebman, Wallace Roney, The Vanguard Orchestra and many other top-flight artis.

Performances are produced by and at local venues with guidance and scheduling from the festival.

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Bill O'Connell Latin Jazz

This ensemble embraces a broad stylistic swath of jazz, Latin and Brazilian idioms and experiments with diverse instrumental combinations from intimate ensembles to full scale large groups. 
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.

Steve LaSpina - A Change in the Weather

Since his debut album New Horizon, SteepleChase has been bassist, Steve LaSpina’s main outlet for his marvelous compositions. This is his 12th album as leader, and explores some of his old tunes, as well as new works. It gives the listener a rare opportunity to experience how original compositions in jazz develop after decades of live performance on stage. PERSONNEL: Steve LaSpina - bass, Joel Frahm - tenor & soprano saxophone, Luis Perdomo - piano, and Eric McPherson - drums.

Reggie Quinerly New York Nowhere

Drummer, Reggie Quinerly, offers his latest album as a fond good-bye as he relocates to Los Angeles.  The quintet of trumpeter Antoniene Drye, tenor saxophonist John Ellis, pianist John Chin, and bassist Sean Conly,  recorded their seven tracks together in one room, old school.

Arturo O'Farrill - Four Questions

Four Questions is a 2020 album by Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. It won the 2021 Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album.  Label: Zoho Music

Andy Fusco - Remembrance

Veteran alto man Andy Fusco has appeared on many sessions over the years including his work with the Buddy Rich big band and sideman duties with the likes of Walt Weiskopf and drummer Steve Smith. Bravo to Steeplechase Records who have given him the opportunity to record an album a year with this being his fifth release.

George Coleman in Baltimore

Previously Unreleased Live Tenor Sax Giant George Coleman from The Ballroom in Baltimore,1971

Matt Aronoff
Morning Song
Composer: Matt Aronoff (b. 1980)
Label: Adhyâropa Records
Performers: Matt Aronoff (bass), Jason Rigby (tenor sax), Yago Vazquez (Frender Rhodes), Henry Cole (drums)

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Ken Peplowski Needs Our Help

Downbeat Magazine called Ken Peplowski "brilliantly entertaining" and his fans around the world agree. Ken is as at home on the concert stage as he is an intimate jazz club. Wherever you have seen him, he has given each of us tremendous pleasure with his masterful clarinet and saxophone playing and his warm, funny personality.

A dear friend and renowned jazz guitarist, Frank Vignola, has created a Go Fund Me Campaign, to help Ken get through his arduous, exhausting treatment for cancer, and we hope you will give him your generous support at the link below.

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