On Stage

Bobby Rush at Mayo Performing Arts Center

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

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.


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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Helping Hands

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In the meantime, click on the link to learn more about Philadelphia's JazzBridge organization.