Evenings in the shoping district of South Orange are special. Musicians, including some great jazz, 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 and are weather permitting.
She is a twenty-seven-year-old singer named Cécile McLorin Salvant. This New Yorker Magazine article introduces her to those who might not know the name. Salvant, virtually unknown a few years ago, has built an avid following, winning a Grammy and several awards. Many are now singing this singer's praises. Wynton Marsalis has twice hired her to tour with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
The artistic scope of renowned saxophonist, composer, painter, and poet Oliver Lake’s half-century-long career is unparalleled. An extensive resume of his collaborations includes work with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Flux String Quartet, and a veritable who’s who of the jazz vanguard.
Know mainly for his alto sax work, Lake has been the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and was also presented with the Mellon Jazz Living Legacy Award at the Kennedy Center in 2006.Oliver Lake's Organ Quartet will perform at Trumpets in Montclair, NJ on May 26.
The South Jersey Jazz Society has announced that the annual “Bob Simon” scholarship award will once again be available to aspiring middle school and high school students. Bob was a long time support of the arts, and specifically jazz in southern New Jersey The purpose of this scholarship is to give aspiring student musicians a chance to work one on one with a professional jazz educator. This scholarship is open to any middle or high school student in Atlantic, Cape May, Ocean or Cumberland counties. Applications due by June 1st.
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.