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

// December 5th, 2013 // No Comments » // Commentary, History, News

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?


2013 Sweet Sounds Downtown Westfield Jazz Festival

// June 14th, 2013 // No Comments » // Jazz Events, News

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.


A Story Of Hope: Landfill Harmonic

// April 19th, 2013 // No Comments » // Commentary, News

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.


Free Jazz Appreciation Month Events – April 2013 Edition

// March 31st, 2013 // No Comments » // Jazz Events, News

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:


Jazz-Age Lawn Party Is The Cat’s Pajamas

// June 27th, 2011 // 1 Comment » // History, Jazz Events, News, Recaps & Reviews

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. (more…)

Lou Pallo And The Gibson Bus

// May 22nd, 2011 // 4 Comments » // Crossroads, Garwood, NJ, Jazz Events, News

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.

Full Details For Point Pleasant Beach Jazz & Blues Fest 2011 (Address, Schedule, Etc)

// May 2nd, 2011 // No Comments » // Blues Events, Jazz Events, News

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.


NJ Grindy Jazz Metal – Oh My!

// April 7th, 2011 // No Comments » // News

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.


From Dawn Till Dusk: Fill Your Day With Jazz

// April 2nd, 2011 // 2 Comments » // Jazz Events, News, Robin's Nest, Linden, NJ

Pat Metheny standing, surrounded by the mechanized instruments that make up his Orchestrion tour.

Pat Metheny redefines the term "solo concert" with his Orchestrion Tour. Here, he stands surrounded by the mechanized instruments that share the stage with him.

Sunday April 3rd is set to be a windfall for NJ jazz fans:

First, wake up to the sounds of Pat Metheny and his Orchestrion (a show we attended this past October) at 9am on Channel 2’s “CBS News Sunday Morning.” Full details for this interview & performance can be found here.


Grammy Winner Esperanza Spalding To Play Union County Performing Arts Center

// February 16th, 2011 // 3 Comments » // Esperanza Spalding, Jazz Events, News

Esperanza Spalding, dressed in a smart black turtleneck and bead necklace, poses with her hands wrapped around the fretboard of her bass, her trademark hair swirling about her head in a display of ordered chaos.

Six years ago, at the age of 20, Esperanza Spalding became one of the youngest teachers in the history of the famed Berklee School of Music. This past Sunday she added to her list of achievements with a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. PHOTO CREDIT: Kyle Gustafson/FTWP.

Fresh off her win for Best New Artist at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards (and all the Bieber controversy that surrounded it), Esperanza Spalding will be playing at the historic Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway on March 5th.