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Jazz Lines: Free Verse in the Key of Jazz Both Erudite and Playful by Gloria Krolak

Jazz Lines: Free Verse in the Key of Jazz Both Erudite and Playful by Gloria Krolak

Jazz Lines: Free Verse in the Key of Jazz
Gloria Krolak
96 Pages
ISBN 978-1-938417-53-5
Lydia Inglett Starbooks Publishing
2019 Jazz Lines: Free Verse in the Key of Jazz, is a unique, beautifully assembled coffee table book by longtime radio host, jazz columnist and distinguished patron of the arts, Gloria Krolak. The book features a number ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

The Jazz Corner's Lois Masteller Makes It Happen

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As a child my mother and legion of aunts--I'm from a large Italian family--tried to impose the “meant to be" philosophy on me. Remember the tune “Que Sera, Sera/Whatever will be, will be"? When something good happened, say you won a ribbon at the science fair, it was because “it was meant to be." The converse ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ NEAR ME

At Mara's... Sweet, Savory and Seasoned with Jazz

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On a Friday night at Mara's Café and Bakery in Berkeley Heights, you can satisfy several cravings at once: Answer the dinner bell, soothe a sweet tooth and hear eight New Jersey locals wail at some not-so-standard jazz tunes. The octet is Jazz Lab 6+2, which began as a sextet, then added two more players. These ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ NEAR ME

Ruby Lee's Dishes up Blues, Jazz and Soul Food

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Three-year-old Ruby Lee's, on the quieter north end of Hilton Head Island, SC, serves up the blues, jazz and soul food. That mix helps set the venue apart from more than 300 restaurants vying for the patronage of the resort town's 39,000 residents and some 2.5 million annual visitors.

Proud matriarch and head chef ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ NEAR ME

Due Mari Joins the New Brunswick Jazz Project

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Thanks to the efforts of three friends, Virginia DeBerry, Jimmy Lenihan and Mike Tublin, creators of the New Brunswick Jazz Project, it's getting harder to dine out in that Middlesex County city without hearing some jazz. The Hyatt Regency, Tumulty's Pub, The Garden State Ale House and Esquina Latina all offer jazz on a regular schedule. ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ NEAR ME

Sun and Stars at Montclair Jazz Festival

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At the 2015 Montclair Jazz Festival, the sun broiled and the stars sparkled over some 6,000 jazz fans, that number announced by emcee Gary Walker, a popular WBGO radio on-air personality. Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor S. Epatha Merkerson, best known for her 17 seasons as Lieutenant Van Buren on NBC's “Law and Order," was ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ NEAR ME

A Stable of Percussionists at the Barnes Foundation

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Tony Miceli, A-list vibes player and creator of the online Vibes Workshop, is a generous man. He shared his recent First Friday gig at the Barnes Foundation on Ben Franklin Parkway in jny: Philadelphia with a round-up of the Malletech company's stable of mallet masters.

After brainstorming with Leigh Howard Stevens, owner of Malletech, ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ NEAR ME

The Hunterdon Hills Are Alive With Jazz

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The town of Clinton in the green, rolling hills of Hunterdon County, NJ, celebrated her 150th birthday last May and, for an old lady, she looked downright spry. Town planners observed the sesquicentennial with a jazz quartet they know well. Guitarist Arturo--he goes by his first name--and some iteration of his group play the outdoor gig ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ NEAR ME

Jazz Cruising: A Recipe For Joy

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Blend well:
One mid-sized cruise ship with crew 100 or more jazz legends, go-to guys and young lions
About 2,000 diverse jazz fans
Assorted performance venues, about half a dozen
One big band
A small army of piano tuners
Ports of call (optional)
Top with musician interviews and jam ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ NEAR ME

The Frank Giasullo Quartet Raises A Good Question

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There were few people sitting at the bar when Michael and I entered the Lafayette Bar in Easton, PA, on a recent Saturday night. We went straight to the rows of nearly empty tables in front of the stage. There we spotted some friends and sat down to talk while the band sound-checked with Marcus, the ...