Bethany Jazz Vespers: Camille Thurman
New Jersey Jazz Society
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Camille Thurman stands out as a luminary in the world of jazz, possessing a rare combination of talents that place her among the elite in the industry. Not only does she command attention as a gifted jazz vocalist, but her skills as a saxophonist rival those of the great masters of the genre, showcasing a deep respect for tradition, coupled with authenticity. Her proficiency extends beyond vocals and saxophone, including the bass clarinet, flute, and piccolo, demonstrating remarkable dexterity. In addition to her solo endeavors, the 37-year-old Thurman’s collaborative work further underscores ..read more
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Rising Star: Olivia Hughart
New Jersey Jazz Society
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3d ago
Growing up in Lower Merion, PA, a Philadelphia suburb, Olivia Hughart started playing jazz saxophone in middle school. “My parents were big music lovers,” she recalled. “We were listening to music all the time. They’re huge Yellowjackets fans, so we’d always listen to Bob Mintzer playing. Also, Dexter Gordon, Larry McKenna, Melissa Aldana, and Roxy Coss.” Another influence was her older brother, who played saxophone and now does audio and music engineering in Denver. “When I was 13, in seventh grade,” the 22-year-old Hughart recalled, “I noticed that I was one of the only girls in the band, a ..read more
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Aaron Diehl at Kean Stage
New Jersey Jazz Society
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3d ago
Last September, pianist Aaron Diehl and The Knights, a Brooklyn-based classical orchestra, released a Mack Avenue album called Zodiac Suite, featuring the 12-piece work by the legendary pianist/composer Mary Lou Williams. When I interviewed Diehl in the June 2022 issue of Jersey Jazz Magazine, he said Williams arranged Zodiac Suite for chamber orchestra and jazz band, “but it ended up being a huge failure because they didn’t have enough rehearsal, so she never played that version again.” The new album was recorded to give Williams’ music “the kind of treatment that she didn’t have. I’m incred ..read more
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February 2024
New Jersey Jazz Society
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3d ago
On the Cover: On the Cover: ARTICLES/REVIEWS  .    VIEW DIGITAL ISSUE    The post February 2024 appeared first on New Jersey Jazz Society ..read more
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A Musical Journey Through Black History
New Jersey Jazz Society
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3d ago
If you were to learn about Black History through the lens of jazz, there would probably be no better teacher than Lance Bryant. At the February 4th Jersey Jazz LIVE! concert at the Madison (NJ) Community Arts Center, the veteran tenor saxophonist and educator, supported by bassist Tom DiCarlo and pianist James Austin, Jr., took his audience on a musical journey that began with the African-American spiritual, “Hold On” (aka “Keep Your Hand on the Plow”). It also included Lil Hardin Armstrong’s “Struttin’ With Some Barbeque”, Edgar Sampson’s “Stompin’ at the Savoy”, Eubie Blake’s “Memories of Y ..read more
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Wharton Arts to Honor Rufus Reid
New Jersey Jazz Society
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1w ago
On Thursday, March 7, bassist/educator Rufus Reid will receive Wharton Arts’ Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented at the performing arts education center’s annual gala at Westmount Country Club in Woodland Park, NJ. As a bassist, the 80-year-old Reid has worked with some of the giants of jazz, including trombonist J.J. Johnson, tenor saxophonist Stan Getz, pianist Kenny Barron, and flugelhornist Art Farmer. In the late 1970s, he was a member of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. As an educator, Reid helped build the Jazz Studies program at William Paterson University in Wayne ..read more
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Basie Orchestra Wins Grammy
New Jersey Jazz Society
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Congratulations to Scotty Barnhart and the Count Basie Orchestra for its 2024 Grammy Award in the Large Jazz Ensemble Album category for the Candid Records album Basie Swings The Blues! Barnhart and the CBO were the cover story in the December 2023 issue of Jersey Jazz Magazine. Trumpeter/Music Director Barnhart told Jersey Jazz‘s Jay Sweet that the idea of combining the Basie Orchestra with some of the great blues singers and guitarists came to him while delivering a speech at Basie’s induction into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2019. The blues artists who performed on the album included George ..read more
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Jazz at Birdland: Vince Giordano
New Jersey Jazz Society
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2w ago
Most of the music played by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks is from the 1920s and 1930s, but the band makes it all sound fresh. This band has been playing weekly gigs at various venues around Manhattan for decades, and its current home base is the Birdland Theater for two sets  every Monday, at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Giordano has a stellar crew of musicians who know how to capture the sounds of bygone eras as if they grew up playing on the bands of those times.  The players are Giordano on bass, tuba, bass saxophone, vocals, and conveyer of witty and informative commentary; Jon-Erik K ..read more
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Kate Baker in Metuchen
New Jersey Jazz Society
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2w ago
The Los Angeles Times has called vocalist Kate Baker, “one of the most impressive performers to come along in years,” and the Boston Globe described her as having “an unmistakably original voice that is smooth and hypnotic.” On Wednesday, February 14, Metuchen Jazz will present the Kate Baker Quartet in a special “It’s All About Love” Valentine’s Day concert at The Parlor at Hailey’s in downtown Metuchen. Baker will be joined by bassist Chris Berger, guitarist Paul Bollenback, and violinist Zach Brock. Berger is one of the most sought-after bassists in the New York/New Jersey a ..read more
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A Musical Journey Through Black History
New Jersey Jazz Society
by admin001alpha
2w ago
If you were to learn about Black History through the lens of jazz, there would probably be no better teacher than Lance Bryant. At the February 4th Jersey Jazz LIVE! concert at the Madison (NJ) Community Arts Center, the veteran tenor saxophonist and educator, supported by bassist Tom DiCarlo and pianist James Austin, Jr., took his audience on a musical journey that began with the African-American spiritual, “Hold On” (aka “Keep Your Hand on the Plow”). It also included Lil Hardin Armstrong’s “Struttin’ With Some Barbeque”, Edgar Sampson’s “Stompin’ at the Savoy”, Eubie Blake’s “Memories of Y ..read more
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