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We Want Beer: 80th Anniversary Of The Repeal Of Prohibition

Posted by D.A. Gutierrez in Commentary, History, News

December 5th, 2013   No Comments »

A Ford Model-T displays a sign demanding the repeal of Prohibition.

A Ford Model-T sits with a sign demanding the repeal of Prohibition. Photo taken at the August 18, 2013 Jazz-Age Lawn Party on Governors Island.

This day in 1933 brought with it an end to one of the most disastrous social experiments in American history, as the 21st Amendment to the Constitution took effect, repealing the 18th Amendment and effectively ending the period known as Prohibition.

Although today officially marks the 80th anniversary of this historic turning point, the country had been drinking legally for almost 8 months prior, courtesy of President Roosevelt’s signing of the Cullen-Harrison Act into law, which allowed the sale of certain beers and wines before full repeal of the Act took effect.

But what does this have to do with music?

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2013 Sweet Sounds Downtown Westfield Jazz Festival

Posted by D.A. Gutierrez in Jazz Events, News

June 14th, 2013   No Comments »

Local jazz group, Watson, performs at the Westfield train station July 2012.

Cadillac Phil and Michael Mullins head jazz group, Watson. Here they perform at last year’s Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival in Westfield, NJ.    PHOTO SOURCE:


Though you might not know it by the weather we’ve been having, one of the surest signs of the return of summer is almost upon us: Westfield’s annual Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival. This year marks the festival’s 17th edition and it’s bound to fill your summer Tuesdays with colors from all over the jazz spectrum.

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A Story Of Hope: Landfill Harmonic

Posted by D.A. Gutierrez in Commentary, News

April 19th, 2013   No Comments »

Violin made of trash, closeup on the bridge made from a fork.

A closeup of the improvised bridge on this violin made of recycled trash reveals that it’s a cleverly repurposed fork.

It has been said that necessity is the mother of invention and by the looks of the Recycled Orchestra, they are right. In an impoverished area of the Cateura slum of Paraguay, South America, the fact that a violin costs more than a house hasn’t stopped the children from making music, culminating in the formation of a traveling musical group they call The Recycled Orchestra.

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Interactive Jazz Fun at Rockn’ Joe Cafe

Posted by D.A. Gutierrez in Jazz Events, Recaps & Reviews

April 7th, 2013   No Comments »

A sandwich board in front of Rockn' Joe Cafe in Union promotes their upcoming Open Jazz Jam.

Rockn’ Joe Cafe in Union hosts an Open Jazz Jam on the First Friday of every month.

The sounds of jazz can be heard at Rock’n’ Joe Coffeehouse in Union on the first Friday of every month. As a venue without a liquor license, this comfy shop makes for an unconventional jazz venue, though BYOB is allowed and encouraged.

As the brainchild of Rock’n’ Joe owner, Ted Kwok, the jam taps into the Kean University student musician community for what’s officially known as the Friday Evening Open Jazz Jam at Rockn’ Joe, although it would be more appropriate to call it The Dan Hutchinson Show. Continue Reading

Free Jazz Appreciation Month Events – April 2013 Edition

Posted by D.A. Gutierrez in Jazz Events, News

March 31st, 2013   No Comments »

Stan Myers, Host of the Tuesday night Open Jazz Jam at Crossroads in Garwood, NJ

Stan Myers, Host of the Tuesday night Open Jazz Jam at Crossroads in Garwood, NJ gestures to make a point as he announces the next tune.

Just a quick announcement about some free events going on for Jazz Appreciation Month:

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Gas House Gorillas Mix It Up At Roxy & Dukes

Posted by D.A. Gutierrez in Gas House Gorillas, Jazz Events, Recaps & Reviews, Roxy & Dukes, Dunellen, NJ

March 2nd, 2013   No Comments »

The Gas House Gorillas perform at Roxy & Dukes in Dunellen on March 1, 2013.

The Gas House Gorillas perform at Roxy & Dukes in Dunellen on March 1, 2013.

Last night we recently made our first trip to a venue we’ve been clamoring to visit. Having opened a few years ago to much fanfare, Roxy & Dukes caught our attention with word of their unique style and dance floor — a feature missing from many jazz venues these days.

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Jazz-Age Lawn Party Is The Cat’s Pajamas

Posted by D.A. Gutierrez in History, Jazz Events, News, Recaps & Reviews

June 27th, 2011   1 Comment »

This past weekend we attended the Jazz-age Lawn Party on Governors Island which, for the last few years, has injected a bit of Roaring 20’s-style class and sophistication into NYC two weekends each summer. As usual, the event is nothing if not a great place to people-watch. It’s striking how over 85% of the revelers (not an official statistic) are decked out in full 1920’s regalia. Continue Reading

Lou Pallo And The Gibson Bus

Posted by D.A. Gutierrez in Crossroads, Garwood, NJ, Jazz Events, News

May 22nd, 2011   4 Comments »

Gibson Tour Bus

A bus similar to this, and no doubt loaded with musical goodies, will be at the Crossroads in Garwood on Tuesday, May 22.

Just got an email from organist Radam Schwartz, who runs the Tuesday Night Jazz Jam at the Crossroads in Garwood. Check it out and consider attending. Sounds like a fun time! Here’s Radam’s original email with full details:

Lou Pallo and friends pull up in the decked-out Gibson bus on Tuesday, May 24th to hang at the Crossroads weekly jazz jam.
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Full Details For Point Pleasant Beach Jazz & Blues Fest 2011 (Address, Schedule, Etc)

Posted by D.A. Gutierrez in Blues Events, Jazz Events, News

May 2nd, 2011   No Comments »

Well, this certainly is a rarity. Usually I find out what’s going on in the jazz & blues scenes around NJ and blog about it here, ultimately pointing you, faithful reader, to the official website for any given event.

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NJ Grindy Jazz Metal – Oh My!

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April 7th, 2011   No Comments »

Mothguts NJ grindy jazz metal Quartet

NJ grindy jazz metal quartet, Mothguts PHOTO CREDIT: RobotMojo

In my never-ending quest to bring you, my faithful Jazzville, NJ readers, all I can about the NJ jazz scene, I’ve come across a very interesting jazz band, mixing equal parts Sun-Ra, Ornette Coleman and Voodoo Glow Skulls. The NJ quartet bills itself as Mothguts and has launched a Kickstarter project seeking funding to cover recording & touring costs.

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