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.
The Greater Philadelphia Metro area has never had a compilation of important original contributions the region’s jazz and blues musicians/composers have made and are continuing to make to the world of music. The Philadelphia Real Book Project hopes to remedy this with this compendium of philly-centric tunes.
Working with the nonprofit groups Jazz Bridge, the Philadelphia Clef Club of the Performing Arts, the Philadelphia Jazz Project and other funders, coordinator David Dzubinski will be collaborating with musicians and singers submitting their work to bring original music in lead sheet form to a wider audience on the local, national and international scenes. The Philadelphia Real Book Project’s only goal is to help promote and support the interests of jazz and blues musicians/composers/singers in the Philadelphia area through their original compositions.
Henry Threadgill, who on Monday was awarded this year’s Pulitzer Prize for music, is a composer and bandleader of intense, unyielding originality, nobody’s idea of a compromise. An alto saxophonist and flutist with a distinguished career in the post-1960s American avant-garde, he has amassed a body of work with its own functional metabolism, perpetually humming in a state of flux. He has certain affinities with, but no particular allegiance to, the jazz tradition.
Jazz icon, Herbie Hancock, leads an all-star cast of jazz players from around the globe to entertain at the White House in an concert celebrating International Jazz Day.
Missed it on TV? Watch the entire performance via International Jazz Day’s website and YouTube. Highlights include a cover of Miles Davis’ ‘Take Five’ at 37mins, a Prince tribute at 72mins featuring Herbie Hancock, Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Rapsody and Aretha Franklin singing ‘Purple Rain’, and legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy at 82mins.
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.