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Like Father, Like Son: Cecil Brooks II and Cecil Brooks III Perform Together

// July 15th, 2010 // Comments Off on Like Father, Like Son: Cecil Brooks II and Cecil Brooks III Perform Together // Cecil Brooks III, Cecil's Jazz Club, West Orange, NJ, Commentary, Jazz Events, News, Recaps & Reviews

Father and son, Cecil Brooks II and Cecil Brooks III performed together at Cecil's Jazz Club in West Orange, NJ on July 9 and 10, 2010

Father and son jazz drummers, Cecil Brooks III (left, background) and Cecil Brooks II (right, foreground), performed together at Cecil's Jazz Club in West Orange, NJ, on July 9 & 10, 2010 PHOTO CREDIT: Joshua Wilwohl for Patch.com

Last week it came to my attention that father and son jazz drummers, Cecil Brooks II and Cecil Brooks III, would be performing a set together. Although they played on back-to-back nights, circumstances did not allow me to attend either evening.

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Tap Jam Kicks Off The Summer At Skippers

// July 9th, 2010 // Comments Off on Tap Jam Kicks Off The Summer At Skippers // Hillary-Marie, Joy Foster, Kyle Wilder, Recaps & Reviews, Skippers, Newark, NJ, Yvette Glover

The Skippers stage was on fire last night! (And no, it wasn’t because of this oppressive heat we’ve been having lately.) I’m talking about the talented tap dancers, singers and musicians that took part in Thursday’s Tap Jam.

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1st Annual Jersey Tap Fest

// July 6th, 2010 // Comments Off on 1st Annual Jersey Tap Fest // Hillary-Marie, News, Tap Events, Yvette Glover

Jersey Tap Fest Promo Poster, July 14-17th at South Orange Performing Arts Center, NJ

The 1st Annual Jersey Tap Fest will debut at the South Orange Performing Arts Center in New Jersey, July 14th - 17th, 2010 IMAGE CREDIT: JerseyTapFest.com

Tap dancers from far and wide will be converging at the South Orange Performing Arts Center in just over a week to participate in the 1st Annual Jersey Tap Fest.

An educational experience that includes 40+ classes taught by major stars from the world of tap, the event will culminate in a main stage show where both students and teachers will perform for an audience.

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Bill Wurtzel Trio With Yvette Glover In Manhattan, Friday 5/28

// May 27th, 2010 // Comments Off on Bill Wurtzel Trio With Yvette Glover In Manhattan, Friday 5/28 // Jazz Events, Yvette Glover

Sorry for the late notice! It’s been a little hectic this week.

If you’re in Manhattan on Friday night, drop by O’Neal’s Redbar across from Lincoln Center for a show featuring Bill Wurtzel’s group with guest vocalist Yvette Glover.

See full details in the image above.

Incredible Tap Jam Marks 21st Anniversary Of National Tap Dance Day

// May 26th, 2010 // Comments Off on Incredible Tap Jam Marks 21st Anniversary Of National Tap Dance Day // Amiri Baraka, Frank Clemente, Hillary-Marie, Jazz Events, Jeffry Foote, Justin Ballasy, Kyle Wilder, Lucas Ballasy, Skippers, Newark, NJ, Tap Events, Yvette Glover

We here at Jazzville love any occasion to celebrate. So what better way to observe National Tap Dance Day than to have a Tap Jam at Skippers? Hosted by Yvette Glover, mother of famed tapper, Savion Glover, last night’s festivities honored American tap legend Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, whose birthday was chosen for the holiday. Best known for dancing with Shirley Temple in several 1930s films, Mr. Bojangles has since inspired many generations to take the stage and show off their own skills. (more…)

Wednesday Evening Jazz Jams With Radam Schwartz

// May 16th, 2010 // Comments Off on Wednesday Evening Jazz Jams With Radam Schwartz // Chico's House of Jazz, Asbury Park, NJ, Jazz Events, Radam Schwartz

Our favorite Hammond B3 Organist, Radam Schwartz

Our favorite master of the Hammond B3 Organ, Radam Schwartz, is hosting a series of Jazz Jams at Chico’s House of Jazz in Asbury Park. The Jazz Jams started last Wednesday, the 12th, and will run until the end of May.

UPDATE: A quick review of the Chico’s website calendar shows that the jams have been extended indefinitely.

If you’re “down the shore” and need to scratch that Jazz itch, hop to! See you there.

More details at Chico’s House of Jazz Events Calendar

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A Lively Night Of Jazz At The Crossroads

// May 13th, 2010 // Comments Off on A Lively Night Of Jazz At The Crossroads // Dave Ginsberg, Dr. Cliff Howell, Jazz Events, Radam Schwartz, Recaps & Reviews, Yvette Glover

David Ginsberg blows the crowd away

Imagine entering a funky restaurant or club. You find a table and settle down with a hearty meal and libation in hand. The stage suddenly lights up featuring musicians with shiny instruments at the ready. As the drummer counts off the beat, the organ comes to life, its first notes sending a shiver of excitement through you. (more…)

Jazz Lunch Break At Wayne Public Library

// May 8th, 2010 // Comments Off on Jazz Lunch Break At Wayne Public Library // Gil "Bop" Benson, Jazz Events

Gil “Bop” Benson and his Quartet will be performing at the Wayne Public Library on Wednesday, May 26th from 12:30 – 1:30pm. Gil’s smooth vocals and soulful delivery are just the thing to make your Wednesday lunch hour a treat.

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Sunday Jazz At Skippers – May Schedule

// May 8th, 2010 // Comments Off on Sunday Jazz At Skippers – May Schedule // Bill Saxton, Jazz Events, Joy Foster, Radam Schwartz, Skippers, Newark, NJ

Hammond B3 Organist extraordinaite, Radam Schwartz, has posted his schedule for Sunday Jazz at Skippers in May.

Radam will be the organist at all the following events with guests, as listed:

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“Hoofers” Triumphantly Return To Skippers For Thursday Night Tap Jam

// April 25th, 2010 // Comments Off on “Hoofers” Triumphantly Return To Skippers For Thursday Night Tap Jam // Alicia Smith, Frank Clemente, Frank Noviello, Greg Bufford, Hillary-Marie, Jazz Events, Jeffry Foote, Justin Ballasy, Kyle Wilder, Radam Schwartz, Recaps & Reviews, Skippers, Newark, NJ, Tap Events, Yvette Glover

14-year-old Tap phenom, Justin Ballasy commands admiration when he takes to the stage.

Hoofers, vocalists and jazz enthusiasts alike flocked to Skippers in droves this past Thursday for the Tap Jam extravaganza. After an unbearably long three-month hiatus, the night’s event more than met our need for rhythm and soul that’s been missing all this time.

As soon as you entered the popular pub, you could feel the electricity in the air. While the band set up, performers and their supporters bustled about in great anticipation for the exciting evening ahead. Serenading the crowd were music masterminds Radam Schwartz on the piano, bassist Michael Logan and Gregory Bufford playing drums. The lively set also included feel-good, rousing performances from jazz vocalists Frank Noviello and Joy Foster, getting hearts pumping for what was to follow.

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