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James Popik

With 20 years of professional experience as a musician, James Popik has met and developed high quality working relationships with many talented and creative people. Jazz, Acoustic Americana, Funk, and Jamband.

Currently recording the "Sourland Symphony" an all acoustic all instrumental record inspired by and dedicated to the Sourland mountain, James plans a Spring '22 release. Influenced by guitarist as diverse as Wes Montgomery and Duane Allman, Popik eschews labels and genres. Always striving for the highest level of craft and deepest honesty in musical expression.

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Article: Rhythm In Every Guise

Evan Sherman: Not Just A Throwback

Read "Evan Sherman: Not Just A Throwback" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


It is too easy to simply consign Evan Sherman to the throng of young drummers in the thrall of bebop masters such as Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Philly Joe Jones. Throughout Sidewalkin', Sherman's self-produced recording from 2021, and a recent live performance at the Madison Community Arts Center in Madison, NJ, these influences are perceptible, ...

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News: Education

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center Opens Registration For The Annual Geri Allen Jazz Summer Camp Led By Regina Carter

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center Opens Registration For The Annual Geri Allen Jazz Summer Camp Led By Regina Carter

Four workshops take place July 11 & 14 and August 18 & 22 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. EST. How: Via Zoom (link provided upon registration) Students ages 14-26 who identify as female or non-binary Register: $200 per workshop or $600 for all four workshops. Registration is required and financial aid is available. Registration closes July 11. For ...

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News: Contest

Registration For The 11th Annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition Is Now Open

Registration For The 11th Annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition Is Now Open

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) announced the opening of the 11th Annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. The search is on for the next great jazz singer! 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 ...

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Article: Live Review

Mike Lee Quartet at the Metuchen Public Library

Read "Mike Lee Quartet at the Metuchen Public Library" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


Mike Lee Quartet Metuchen Public Library Metuchen, NJ April 30, 2022 Tenor saxophonist Mike Lee is well into his middle years, a time when many jazz musicians fulfill the promise of their youthful endeavors. Lee's live appearances as a leader convey a deep-seated belief in the music, an impressive skill ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Bill Charlap And The Bill Charlap Trio Celebrate The Theater Songs Of Leonard Bernstein, Friday, June 17th at 7:30 p.m.

Bill Charlap And The Bill Charlap Trio Celebrate The Theater Songs Of Leonard Bernstein, Friday, June 17th at 7:30 p.m.

Leonard Bernstein composed some of the most memorable theater scores of his generation—"West Side Story." “Candide." “On the Town."— but who was the man behind the music? This edition of NJPAC’s Conversations in Concert, hosted by theater insider Ted Chapin, promises to be a thought-provoking evening of stories about the iconic composer-conductor complemented by Bernstein songs. ...

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News: Event

Hundreds Gathered For New Jersey Performing Arts Center's International Jazz Day Event Including Newark Mayor Baraka

Hundreds Gathered For New Jersey Performing Arts Center's International Jazz Day Event Including Newark Mayor Baraka

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) hosted a free musical celebration in honor of International Jazz Day 4/30 featuring performances by 100+ young New Jersey musicians with special guest Newark Mayor Ras Baraka. Co-produced by NJPAC, City Verses, and Jazz House Kids, this popular concert unites youth musicians from NJPAC's City Verses jazz and poetry ...

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News: Education

NJPAC's Arts Education Summer Camp Offers Free Jazz And Poetry Program At Rutgers-Newark Campus In July

NJPAC's Arts Education Summer Camp Offers Free Jazz And Poetry Program At Rutgers-Newark Campus In July

NJPAC’s Arts Education Summer Camp returns to in-person learning for Summer 2022. The award-winning arts education Summer Camp introduces NJPAC’s Colton Institute for Training and Research in the Arts. This dynamic new initiative supports and advances NJPAC’s Arts Education programs, including best-in-class hip hop, jazz, poetry, and theater classes happening this summer. For all students enrolling ...

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News: Event

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center Celebrates International Jazz Day With Free Performances By 100+ Student Musicians, Mayor Baraka, And More

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center Celebrates International Jazz Day With Free Performances By 100+ Student Musicians, Mayor Baraka, And More

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka WBGO Radio Host Sheila Anderson NJPAC’s City Verses Jazz and Poetry Ensemble NJPAC’s Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens Ensembles JAZZ HOUSE Big Band Science Park High Big Band Arts High Afro-Latin Big Band The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) today announced a free musical celebration ...

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Article: Chats with Cats

The Music Lawyer: Ron Bienstock

Read "The Music Lawyer: Ron Bienstock" reviewed by B.D. Lenz


If there's one thing we've seen about artists over the centuries is that they often have a hostile relationship with the business end of making their art. Musicians are no different and jazz musicians often exemplify this. It could be due to temperament, it could be from bad experiences along the way, it could even be ...


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