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.
Called Qwest TV, the video-on-demand service will offer exclusive, original content including concerts, documentaries, interviews and archival footage to its subscribers on their mobile devices and computers in HD or 4K for a monthly fee starting at $7.49. The service touts itself as a vast source of jazz and the many artists the genre has influenced, stating that it will explore music from “Billie Holiday to Esperanza Spalding, Sun Ra to Kamasi Washington, Bill Evans to Flying Lotus, and Ravi Shankar’s soaring sitar solos to the traditions of Cuban Santería.”
“The dream of Qwest TV is to let jazz and music lovers everywhere experience these incredibly rich and diverse musical traditions in a whole new way," says Jones.
Now in its seventh year the Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival is one of the summer’s most popular free music festivals. Music fans of all ages enjoy great performances by Bucky Pizzarelli, Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks, Louis Prima, Jr and many more on the beautiful Green located in the center of the historic town. Parking is available in the many public lots and the train station is just a couple of blocks away. This great jazz event returns each year on the third Saturday in August, this summer’s festival will be on Saturday, August 19, Noon to 10:00 PM so make your plans now.
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts proudly announces their jazz season will kick off on October 4 with Grammy Award-winning pianist Herbie Hancock.
Starting his career with Donald Byrd, Hancock joined the Miles Davis Quintet where he helped to redefine the role of a jazz rhythm section and became one of the primary architects of the post-bop sound. As one of the first jazz musicians to embrace synthesizers and funk music, Hancock's music is often melodic and accessible. Many of his songs "crossed over" to achieve success among pop audiences.
The remainder of the Kimmel jazz season includes: Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, Afro-Cuban All Stars, Philadelphia-based vocalist Laurin Talese, saxophonist Branford Marsalis with organist Jean-Willy Kunz, jazz violinist Regina Carter, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis with the legendary Chick Corea.
A guitarist central for many years to the jazz scene in Philadelphia, Jimmy Bruno, has had a terrible fall at home, which has left him on a respirator. His family is bracing for a long rehabilitation with considerable medical bills and a dramatic loss of needed family income. His wife, Peg, and his children are at his side 24/7 and hoping that Jimmy regains consciousness. You can help by making a tax-deductable donation at www.jazzbridge.org (designate your amount is for "The Jimmy Fund").
Well known jazz guitarist, Frank Vignola had an accident that will leave him out of work for about a year. To date, he has had several surgeries and will need more in the near future. Frank and his family must spend all of thier time focusing on his full recovery, but they are also facing the burdens of living and medical expenses. To help, friends and fans are raising funds through a gofundme appeal at GoFundMe for Frank