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News: Jazz in So. Orange

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Evenings in the shoping district of South Orange are special. Musicians, including some great local jazz players, can be heard on the streets and free venues every Friday and Saturday night. The event committee has coordinated a great series that will run through the summer. Join in the fun at South Orange Village Center for live entertainment and great shopping & dining! Concerts are from 7pm to 10pm weather permitting.

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Spotlight: Diana Krall

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Diana Krall is pretty amazing. The only jazz singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart, her albums have garnered five Grammy Awards, eight Juno Awards and have also earned nine gold, three platinum and seven multi-platinum albums.

Krall's unique artistry transcends any single musical style and has made her one of the most acclaimed artists of our time. She's a jazz singer and a very fine pianist. Don't miss her New Jersey appearance on Friday, June 16th at Newark's NJPAC.

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News: A Bridge for Rollins

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Almost every day between the summer of 1959 and the end of 1961, the jazz great, Sonny Rollins, practiced atop the Williamsburg Bridge. In 1962, he released an album called “The Bridge,” effectively ending his three-year recording furlough. The Bridge and Rollins have a close connection that may soon be memorialized.

A management consultant with an ear for jazz and a bend for jazz history is about to begin leading free, jazz-themed walking tours of the neighborhood. Since last summer, Caltabiano has been working to convince the city to rename the Williamsburg Bridge after Rollins. A fitting tribute to this New York jazz icon.

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Sad News: Eddie Diehl Passes

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Diehl's big break came when appeared with Brother Jack McDuff as guitarist in the early '60s. He has recorded with McDuff, Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons, George Braith, and, in 1970, Thinking of Home, with Hank Mobley. He also played with many names on the Latin scene. He worked as a guitar repairman through 1983. moved to Poughkeepsie, NY in 1984, and continued to repair and perform. His solo CD, Well, Here it Is, was released in 2006. It featured Hank Jones, piano, John Webber, bass, and Mickey Roker, drums.

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News: Rutgers Summer Jazz Institute

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The Rutgers Summer Jazz Institute is ideal for young instrumentalists, ages 11–18, interested in improving their jazz improvisation, small group, and large ensemble skills. Students will work with the award-winning jazz faculty of Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts in a comprehensive workshop environment on the Douglass/Cook campus of Rutgers University.

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Destinations: Local Jam Calendar

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jam calendar compliments of The Lintet »