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Happy New Year! Our January issue of Jersey Jazz is out - do you have your copy?
- Our cover story is of the 26th annual Suncoast Jazz Classic in Clearwater Beach, Florida - a fantastic event, with three plus days of performances from festival favorites and new-comers. If you’ve never been, after reading this piece, you might want to save the dates for November 2017.
- The annual meeting of the NJJS was held on December 4, together with a wonderful concert by Daryl Sherman, Scott Robinson, and Boots Maleson, and our President Mike Katz’s report is summarized in Prez Sez.
- Tickets for the 48th annual Pee Wee Russell Memorial Stomp, to be held on Sunday March 26th, are on sale - and don’t forget you can reserve a table and get in free (purchase a group of 10 tickets and receive one free admission - but book early!). We have a fabulous line-up of 4 popular stellar bands - and we’ve been able to hold the ticket prices down to last year’s prices too. Don’t miss this incredible event!
- Reed virtuosos Peter and Will Anderson are performing at the Pee Wee Russell Memorial Stomp - you can catch them before that on the NY Hot Jazz Winterfest stage in January, and at their special My Funny Valentine concert at Symphony Space in February. But even more exciting is the scholarship program they are initiating in memory of Joe Temperley - you can be an important part of this: check this article in your copy for details, or visit their website.
- Drummer and teacher Billy Drummond is Schaen Fox’s interviewee this month - he has toured extensively and performed at festivals in Monterey, Taiwan, China, to name a few, and his experiences in jazz venues overseas are fascinating. So too are his more local experiences - you’ll want to learn all about them.
- If you were swamped with preparations for the holidays and unable to attend the Exit 0 Jazz Festival, or the 5th Annual Sarah Vaughan Vocal Competition, or Bill Charlap’s fabulous American Songbook concert, and many others (aren’t we fortunate to have so many opportunities to enjoy live jazz!), your copy has comprehensive reviews for you to enjoy.
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!