New Jersey Jazz Society

Monday — Jun 5, 2017

Jazz at Bickford Theatre: Neville Dickie and the Midiri Brothers

Bickford Theatre, Morristown
Stride, boogie-woogie, jazz all-stars!

Wednesday — Jun 21, 2017

MidWeek Jazz in Ocean County: The Jazz Lobsters Big Band

Ocean County College, Toms River
Always popular with their fabulous swinging groove!

See our Events pages for more information regarding NJJS events.

Records at Play: The Institute of Jazz Studies@50

Records at Play:
The Institute of Jazz Studies @50

Jan 23, 2017 - Dec 22, 2017

The Large Gallery at Express Newark
54 Halsey Street, 3rd Floor
Newark NJ

The Institute of Jazz Studies (IJS) has been collecting jazz records at Rutgers University—Newark and sharing them with a wide audience for the past 50 years. These not only include sound recordings of jazz music, but also the “record” of jazz history found in photographs, documents, written music, and historic artifacts. Expanding on the original vision of IJS founder Marshall Stearns, the Institute has grown to become one of the biggest centers in the world for the study of jazz history. Most importantly, the IJS preserves these valuable materials that document jazz history so that people can use them now and into the future. IJS users listen to recordings, study archival documents, read books about jazz, or look for a piece of music to play, to name a few common uses. *Records at Play: The Institute of Jazz Studies @50* is the first time the IJS has exhibited so many of its treasures at once. Although they represent only a small fraction of the Institute’s collections, the artifacts, documents, and sound recordings in this exhibit provide a record of IJS history and the music at its core.

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Our May issue of Jersey Jazz is out - do you have your copy?

  • The cover story is a review of the fabulous Pee Wee Russell Memorial Stomp. We decided to have the event at the end of March, to take advantage of a later sunset, and less chance of snow. All four bands were enthusiastically received, and there was a wonderful energy for the entire event. Everyone who was there seemed to have a wonderful time, but if you weren’t able to attend, perhaps your reason(s) could help us with next year’s planning - feel free to email or call Mike Katz, President of NJJS.
  • Russ Kassoff was told by Frank Sinatra “you are the best” - and it certainly seems that way, when you read Schaen Fox’s interview with him. With perfect pitch, and in-demand talent, he’s played with countless notable musicians - sometimes playing 400 gigs in a year. It’s a great life - you can read all about it in your copy.
  • National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Dick Hyman celebrated his 90th birthday in March, and his performance with Ken Peplowski was the featured event at the Sarasota Jazz Festival in Florida. You won’t want to miss reading about this festival, and learning more about the legend that is Dick Hyman.
  • Have you been to the Institute of Jazz Studies in Newark recently? They have an inspiring exhibit “Records at Play: The Institute of Jazz Studies at 50”, a record of jazz history in the form of not only physical sound recordings, but photographs, documents, written music and historical artifacts. This is the first time the IJS has shown so many of its treasures at once. Our website, under the “Events” tab above, has more details.
  • It’s Mother’s Day this month - and Father’s Day in June … you can gift an annual NJJS membership (which includes a subscription to this award-winning journal) to that special person in your life for only $25 (provided your membership is in good standing). It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
  • Bill Crow’s “From the Crow’s Nest” is always good reading - you never know what you’ll learn about your favorite musician!

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!

High prices paid for your Jazz Records & Jazz CDs at Princeton Record Exchange, one of USA’s largest record stores. Over 10,000 Jazz Vinyl LPs and used CDs titles in stock including Blue Note Vinyl, Mosaic CDs, Prestige Jazz LPs & much more. We highly recommend Jersey Jazz magazine and New Jersey Jazz Society.
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