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Jazz House Kids Summer Programs

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This summer, musical kids of all levels will work hard and play hard at the award-winning JAZZ HOUSE Summer Workshop held on the campus of Montclair State University. The intensive two-week session immerses instrumental and vocal students in the art of jazz performance and helps them become well-rounded musicians. 

The summer workshop features: COMBOS Rehearse each day with a small ensemble – the “small combo” is at the heart of jazz, with Performance opportunities at outdoor community concerts. VOCAL JAZZ ACADEMY  Study with distinguished New York City-based faculty for advanced jazz ensemble singing, coupled with an exciting curriculum of vocal technique, theory and repertoire development.  FACULTY + GUEST ARTISTS Work with an incredible core faculty every day that includes more than 25 leading jazz musicians, composers and educators! 8-time GRAMMY Award-winning bassist Christian McBride leads masterclasses and coaches ensembles on a variety of techniques and subjects, as well as many weekly special guests.  CHiCA POWER Ⓡ This “girls only” initiative that empowers young women and the next generation of female jazz musicians, while having fun playing this great American art form and learning about the rich contributions of women in jazz. Masterclasses are led by internationally celebrated female jazz artists. TV & FILM SCORING Get the “tools” needed to navigate avenues open to today’s composers. This custom track focuses on technical skills and the composition process. COMPOSITION Experiment with writing concepts and expand your improvising voice through composition!  MUSIC PRODUCTION Students will explore the essential recording and production techniques necessary to create their own songs.

The workshop runs August 5-17, 2024
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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.


Jazz Legend Herbie Hancock at NJPAC

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An amazing 14x GRAMMY winner, HERBIE HANCOCK returns to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) on Sunday, September 29, 2024, at 7:00 p.m., in a highly anticipated one-night only concert. 
A true icon of modern music, Herbie is now 70 years into his astounding cross-genre career. He’s one of the most acclaimed and honored musicians of our time. With an illustrious career spanning five decades, multiple GRAMMY Awards including Album of the Year for River: The Joni Letters and a Lifetime Achievement Award, an Oscar, NEA Jazz Master, and Kennedy Center Honors awards, and more, he continues to amaze audiences across the globe. There are few artists in the music industry who have had more influence on acoustic and electronic jazz and R&B than Herbie Hancock. 

More details and ickets for Herbie Hancock can be purchased by visiting NJPAC.org or calling 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722) or by visiting the NJPAC Box Office at 1 Center Street, Newark, New Jersey.

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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This ensemble embraces a broad stylistic swath of jazz, Latin and Brazilian idioms and experiments with  intimate to 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

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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.

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