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Our bumper July/August issue of Jersey Jazz is out - do you have your copy?
- Our cover story profiles the Highlights in Jazz concert held in May, where the Audience Favorites event showcased popular artists such as Wycliffe Gordon, Bria Skonberg, Jack Wilkins, Frank Vignola, Nicki Parrott, Alvin Atkinson, Alexis Cole and others.
- Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival in Westfield is taking place every Tuesday evening through July and August, from 7-9PM (rain date Wednesdays). Over 45 performers are lined up for this free event being held simultaneously in five different locations - be sure to attend!
- Another free festival, the Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival, takes place on the Green on August 20th from noon until 10PM, and features the George Gee Swing Orchestra, the Bucky Pizzarelli Quartet, Louis Prima & The Witnesses, Quinn Sullivan, and Robert Randolph & The Family Band.
- Saxophonist Tia Fuller is Schaen Fox’s interviewee this month. From a musical family, and inspired by Ellington, Stravinsky and Terrance Blanchard among others, Tia’s schedule is daunting. She loves to compose and also teaches at the Berklee College of Music, in between touring with the Mack Avenue Superband and/or Beyoncé, and performing with her own band. She was also included in the iconic “Girls in the Band Harlem 2008” photograph - you’ll want to read her interesting story.
- Were you a participant at the inaugural New York Hot Jazz Camp, under the direction of Bria Skonberg and Molly Ryan? They are planning another next year - if you’re a musician, you might want to add this to your calendar.
- Dick Hyman, pianist, arranger and composer, has been named a 2017 Jazz Master by the National Endowment of the Arts, along with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ira Gitler, Dave Holland and Dr. Lonnie Smith.
- It’s that time of the year again - festival time! There are so many festivals to attend, in and around New Jersey, and around the country too. Check your copy for details.
In addition to this brief taster, there are many other interesting pieces in this month’s issue, as well as ads for dozens of opportunities to enjoy live jazz in New Jersey and its surrounds. To receive your copy of the Jersey Jazz Journal, and to take advantage of other benefits including discount admission to events, become a member by clicking on the Membership tab above!