On Stage

Wynton Marsalis at Mayo Performing Arts Center

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Morristown will host jazz great, Wynton Marsalis on March 24th at the historic Mayo Performing Arts Center.

Here are some other great performers coming to a New Jersey venue near you:

Friday April 05 - Pat Metheny at Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown

Friday May 03 - Bobby Rush at Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown

Saturday June 1 - Paula Cole at South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange.
Make your plans now to express your support for these great venues and help them to bring more great jazz to New Jersey.

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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.

Aloe Blacc, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Bettye LaVette, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Rachael Price, Christian McBride, Paula Cole

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Welcome in 2024 with an outstanding night of great jazz artists at NJPAC on Thursday February 8th. Don't miss this one.

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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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Released 2022, this is a live recording of standards and  originals with Jim Ridl piano, Tim Lekan bass, Bob Shomo drums.
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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.

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