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News: Performance / Tour

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center Presents In-Person, Live Jazz Performances Starting September 24th With Grammy Award-Winning Vocalist Gregory Porter

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center Presents In-Person, Live Jazz Performances Starting September 24th With Grammy Award-Winning Vocalist Gregory Porter

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) is welcoming live, in-person jazz back to its stage throughout 2021 beginning with Grammy Award-winning vocalist Gregory Porter (Sep 24). The TD Jazz Series continues in the Fall with “Salsa Meets Jazz” (Sep 25), saxophonist Boney James (Oct 14), and vocal powerhouse duo Tierney Sutton and Ann Hampton Calloway ...

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Article: History of Jazz

Clifford Brown’s Trumpet and One Summer in Atlantic City

Read "Clifford Brown’s Trumpet and One Summer in Atlantic City" reviewed by Arthur R George


For 22-year-old trumpeter Clifford Brown, the summer of 1953 in jny: Atlantic City, New Jersey, was transformative. Playing with bebop elders, he cumulatively opened the door for what came next: a groove-oriented swinging style, in which small groups used structured arrangements like big bands, with room for improvisation, but less frenzy. It became known as hard ...

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Article: Live Review

Joey DeFrancesco Quartet at Van Gelder Studio

Read "Joey DeFrancesco Quartet at Van Gelder Studio" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Joey DeFrancesco Quartet Live from Van Gelder Studio Englewood Cliffs, NJ May 15, 2021 Rudy Van Gelder (1924-2016) was a rarity among sound engineers in that his name was highlighted on many album covers and he achieved legendary status in the jazz world. He initially held recording ...

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Payton MacDonald

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As a composer numerous ensembles have performed his music around the world, including Alarm Will Sound, Medeski, Martin, and Wood, Los Angeles Philharmonic, JACK Quartet, New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, So Percussion, To Hit Duo, Young Voices of Colorado, Quintet Mont Royal, Classical Jam, guitarists Mak Grgic and Eliot Fisk, Composers Concordance Ensemble, tabla soloist Shawn Mativetsky, accordionist Bill Schimmel, french hornist John Clark, and many others. He has received grants and awards from ASCAP, Meet the Composer, American Music Center, American Institute of Indian Studies, as well as fellowships from Yaddo and Ragdale

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Article: Jazz Raconteurs

Tony Malaby: Turnpike Diaries

Read "Tony Malaby: Turnpike Diaries" reviewed by Dave Kaufman


COVID-19 has decimated the live music business and left many jazz musicians without the much-needed income from gigs. The absence of live music has been partially compensated for by livestream performances and a small number of outdoor gigs, including those supported by the Arts for Arts group. Nevertheless, feel-good stories have been few and far between ...

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Article: Chats with Cats

The Studio Owner: Paul Wickliffe

Read "The Studio Owner: Paul Wickliffe" reviewed by B.D. Lenz


I remember a period of time around ten to fifteen years ago when I was constantly being propositioned by musician friends and audio wannabes to do some recording in their basements. It seemed that with the advent of home recording software, overnight, everyone had become an audio engineer. But after many recording sessions over the years, ...

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Article: Meet the Staff

Meet B.D. Lenz

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I currently live in: Hackettstown, New Jersey (USA) I joined All About Jazz in: 2018 Why did you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? I feel that having been a bandleader for so long has given me a much better understanding of the business side. I've accomplished a lot as an ...

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Article: Live Review

Akiko Tsuruga Quintet at William Paterson University

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Akiko Tsuruga Quintet Shea Center the the Performing Arts William Paterson University Summer Jazz Room at Home Wayne, NJ July 23, 2020 New York City area jazz venues have begun to make their first steps toward recovery through the vehicle of live streaming. While a band and audience sharing ...

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Article: Live Review

Jim Ridl: Solo Piano Livestream

Read "Jim Ridl: Solo Piano Livestream" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Jim Ridl: Solo Piano Global Music Foundation Online Concert Series Broadcast Live on ZOOM July 12, 2020 This hour-long Zoom-cast featuring Jim Ridl on solo piano in his home proved to be especially gratifying for a number of reasons. First and foremost, Ridl delivered a set that was ...

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Article: Profile

Bucky Pizzarelli: Remembering Family Rhythms On The Roads Of New Jersey

Read "Bucky Pizzarelli: Remembering Family Rhythms On The Roads Of New Jersey" reviewed by Arthur R George


Guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, from 1926 to his passing at age 94 on April 1, lived his entire life in New Jersey, and had said that he couldn't imagine living anywhere else. Forget the turnpike jokes. Remember instead the nearness to jazz in New York, the closeness of family, shared driving in the New Jersey night, the ...


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