If you know where to look, New Brunswick is a hotbed of jazz activity. A home-away-from-home for some great jazz players teaching and studying at Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts, New Brunswick has hotels, restaurants and stages that support the arts, as well as a culturally-aware population of students and professionals. Since 2010, the New Brunswick Jazz Project has been making this eclectic town a destination for great jazz, bringing in world renowned artists to mix with the remarkable emerging talent of the locals. NBJP organizes to meet in venues in the area every week, as well as organize special events.
Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival is live Jazz Every Tuesday Night in July & August, 7pm-9pm
It's, in fact, the 20th Annual Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival and residents, visitors, shoppers and diners are invited to enjoy the free music while strolling, dining and relaxing at the various outdoor venues around town featuring live musicians. Sponsored by the Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC), the festival takes place every Tuesday evening during July and August. Raindates are the following evening, Wednesday, each week.
The Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University–Newark is a gold mine of history and archives. It is a place where scholars and musicians come to wade in the deepest streams of jazz history. And there are some truly amazing things to be seen and heard there. In fact, it's where Ken Burns’s researchers had 30,000 photographs to choose from when searching for images for the PBS documentary series Jazz. It is where Gunther Schuller had 100,000 recordings to consult when writing his magisterial The Swing Era. It is home to Lester Young’s tenor saxophone, Miles Davis’s trumpet, Eddie Condon’s four-string guitar, and 170 boxes of Mary Lou Williams’s papers.
Something interesting - Rare and previously unpublished work from an influential critic, cultural theorist, and champion of jazz Murray Talks Music brings together, for the first time, many of Albert Murray’s finest interviews and essays on music—most never before published—as well as rare liner notes and prefaces. A celebrated educator and raconteur, and cofounder of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Murray engages with a variety of scholars and journalists while making insightful connections among music, literature, and other art forms—all with ample humor and from unforeseen angles.
Yes. In the image above you see Frank Foster, Clark Terry, and Al Grey. In 1966 Union Local No. 274 of the American Federation of Musicians (Philadelphia’s Black musicians’ union) founded The Clef Club as their social club.Still going strong today with educational programs and events you should know about. Learn more about one of Philadelpia's cultural attractions, the amazing Clef Club.