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Introducing Adi Meyerson

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This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. As a teenager in Israel, Adi Meyerson played the electric bass and was “into fusion and rock, listening to Jaco (Pastorius) and stuff. I was about 17, and I think it was a family friend who gave me a bunch of Sonny Rollins albums. I kinda ...

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Meet Saxophonist Zoe Obadia

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This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. In April 2019, alto saxophonist Zoe Obadia sat in with the Bill Charlap Trio to play Dave Brubeck's “Time Out" at International Jazz Day. “I was definitely very nervous to sit in with such an established and refined trio," she said," but I had fun and ...

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Meet Laura Simone-Martin

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This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. As a fifth grader at Lawrence Intermediate School in Lawrenceville, NJ, Laura Simone-Martin was planning to play the cello. But her mother, Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin, who teaches Vocal Jazz at Princeton University, showed her a video of bassist Esperanza Spalding performing at the White House. “I ...

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Meet Liam Sutcliffe, Jimmy Waltman, Sam AuBuchon, Derick Freitas Campos

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This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine.The winners of the New Jersey Jazz Society's new Juried Scholarship Competition are:$1,000 prize for PerformanceTrumpeter Liam Sutcliffe, Rutgers' Mason Gross School of the Arts Jazz Studies Program$1,000 prize for Composition Vocalist Jimmy Waltman, Princeton University Program in Jazz Studies$500 prize ...

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Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens

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This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine Clay Hudson grew up in a family “surrounded by music, and it rubbed off on me." Henry Spencer remembers that in the second grade at St. Luke's School in the West Village, “every student took drum lessons. I was the only one who stuck with it." ...

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Meet Trumpeter Anthony Hervey

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This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. Anthony Hervey was in the sixth grade when he discovered jazz. “My mother encouraged me to play trumpet because my grandfather played trumpet," he said. “I was very reluctant to do so, but she convinced me to do it and said I could quit after a ...

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Meet Vocalist Anais Reno

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This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. When she was eight years old, Anais Reno (now 18) began taking voice lessons from singer/songwriter Sarah Tolar. “I feel very grateful to her," Reno said, “because after a couple of months of working together, she sensed that maybe some older American Songbook music would be ...

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Meet Bassist Hannah Marks

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This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. Growing up in Des Moines, Iowa, Hannah Marks started off playing guitar. “I didn't really take to the instrument," she recalled, “so I picked up the cello in fourth grade. I was shy and wanted to be in the background." She discovered jazz when the middle ...

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Meet Pianist Caelan Cardello

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This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. On November 16, 2019, the Giants of Jazz concert at the South Orange Performing Arts Center honored the late pianist and educator Harold Mabern, who died two months earlier on September 17. The majority of performers that night were recognizable jazz veterans, but there were also ...

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Meet Vocalist G. Thomas Allen

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This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. When G. Thomas Allen was a freshman vocal performance major at Baltimore's Morgan State University, he initially concentrated on classical music, “because of my range. I'm classified as a countertenor (a type of classical male singing voice whose vocal range is equivalent to that of the ...


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