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Jazz at Rutgers

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The AAPI Jazz Fest celebrates the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders pan-Asian jazz community and its ongoing, vital presence in the music world and honors Asian American artists and communities with a FREE indoor festival with performances from distinctive, multigenerational AAPI artists of varying jazz styles and opportunities to learn about cultural issues and opportunities.

This year's festival lineup includes: Helen Sung, Lisa Liu, Julius Tolentino, Victor Lin, Tyler Kaneshiro, AAPI Jazz Collective, Kevin Sun, Austin Zhang, Ace Williams, and more!

It all happens on Sun, May 22, 2022 1:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT Location 15 Washington Street 15 Washington Street Newark, NJ 07102

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Jazz in Central NJ

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New Brunswick Jazz Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting world class jazz performances in downtown New Brunswick & other Central Jersey venues. Since its inception in 2010 NBJP has gone from presenting two jazz performances a month, to offering FREE year around shows, four nights every week. The Jazz Project has successfully fostered a supportive environment for regular live jazz performance in New Brunswick and has presented more than 700 events featuring over 1000 acclaimed national and international jazz leaders.

NBJP presents Live Jazz every Thursday 7-10 pm at Tavern on George located at 361 George St. New Brunswick, NJ.
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Vocal Competition

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The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) has recently announced the opening of the 11th Annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. The competition recalls the humble beginnings of legendary jazz singer/NEA Jazz Master Sarah Vaughan (1924-1990) who, back in 1942, was a Newark teenager and winner of an amateur singing contest at the Apollo Theater.


Solo vocalists from around the world are encouraged to submit their entries before September 6, 2022, by visiting SarahVaughanCompetition.com.


In the Fall 2022, the top five finalists will be announced followed by a star-studded final performance on the iconic NJPAC stage.


The first-prize winner of The SASSY Awards will receive a $5,000 cash award, second-place $1,500, and third-place $500. 

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Best in NJ Jazz Radio

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WBGO is the global leader in jazz radio, broadcasting from the jazz capital of the world. Founded in 1979, WBGO is a publicly-supported cultural institution that preserves and elevates America’s music: jazz and blues. WBGO reaches a weekly audience of more than 400,000 in the New York/New Jersey metro area via 88.3FM. Through programs such Jazz Night in America, produced in partnership with NPR and Jazz at Lincoln Center, and WBGO's position as content provider to NPR, its reach extends to millions more across the country. From its home base of Newark, New Jersey, Public Radio station WBGO has long been an anchor institution in community engagement through its partnerships, concerts, education and news programming.

Jazz Currents & Education

The Hudson Valley Jazz Festival celebrates it’s 13th season on August 18-21 featuring Hudson Valley NY's resident jazz musicians. The event has been graced by jazz greats, Arturo O’Farrill, Bill Evans, Dave Liebman, Wallace Roney, The Vanguard Orchestra and many other top-flight artis.

Performances are produced by and at local venues with guidance and scheduling from the festival.

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Jazz Around the Globe
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  • Ches Smith - Interpret it well (Pyroclastic Records, 2022)
    By Kenneth Blanchard Drummers in jazz are like catchers in baseball. Have I said that before? If so, I just said it again. The catcher is the on-field manager because he is the only player who can see the entire field. In concert drummers tend to be positioned like catchers and because of the digital […]
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RSS Jazz Guitar Education
  • Chromatic Bebop Guitar Exercise - Barry Harris Concept
    Lesson By George Dafnos This video lesson focuses on a jazz concept created by Barry Harris called "The Chromatic Scale", which is to connect whole steps and half steps with chromaticisms. You will learn how to play the chromatic scale ascending and descending and also hear the related thirds, triads and seventh chords. This technique will be discussed […]
  • Dominant Bebop Scale Guitar Exercise - Free PDF With Tab & Short YouTube Video
    This free guitar lesson for beginners provides an easy exercise with tab/score and video for practicing the Bebop Dominant Scale. The free related PDF is available at the end of the lesson.
Reviews & CD Picks
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Bill O'Connell Latin Jazz


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Sonny Rollins Vinyl


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Steve LaSpina 

A Change in the Weather

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Reggie Quinerly

New York Nowhere

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Arturo O'Farrill - Latin Jazz

Questions

 Grammy Award: Best Latin Jazz Album 

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Arturo O'Farrill - Latin Jazz

 Questions

Grammy Award: Best Latin Jazz Album 

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Andy Fusco

Remembrance

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George Coleman

Previously Unreleased Live Tenor Sax Giant George Coleman from The Ballroom in Baltimore,1971

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Matt Aronoff
Morning Song
Composer: Matt Aronoff (b. 1980)
Label: Adhyâropa Records
Performers: Matt Aronoff (bass), Jason Rigby (tenor sax), Yago Vazquez (Frender Rhodes), Henry Cole (drums)
Footnotes

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What motivated the Jazz Greats
Developing Their Sound
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Jazz Collective

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  • Ches Smith - Interpret it well (Pyroclastic Records, 2022) May 16, 2022
    By Kenneth Blanchard Drummers in jazz are like catchers in baseball. Have I said that before? If so, I just said it again. The catcher is the on-field manager because he is the only player who can see the entire field. In concert drummers tend to be positioned like catchers and because of the digital […]
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  • Eddie Bert: 'Musician of the Year' May 16, 2022
    Today is Eddie Bert's centenary. The trombonist was born May 16, 1922 and died in 2012. Eddie was an extraordinary musician, a solid swinger and a great guy. And if we're looking at East Coast and West Coast doppelgängers, then...