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Final Lullaby For Pianist And Composer George Shearing

// February 14th, 2011 // Comments Off on Final Lullaby For Pianist And Composer George Shearing // Jazz Events, News

It was with great shock and sadness that I read today of the passing of George Shearing, the masterful pianist and composer who wrote one of my favorite tunes, “Lullaby Of Birdland.”

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Jazzville, NJ Invites You To Attend A Meetup

// February 11th, 2011 // 1 Comment » // Jazz Events, News

Tia Fuller poses with her saxophone close at hand

Tia Fuller will perform this Sunday at William Paterson University's ongoing Jazz Room Series. PHOTO CREDIT: Raj Najik

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we invite you to join Jazzville, NJ in sharing your love of New Jersey Jazz. Each month, we attend several events around NJ with a group of dedicated jazz fans, and this month features a special treat:

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Jimmy Cobb’s “Kind of Blue” 50th Anniversary Tour Passing Through Red Bank This Weekend

// February 9th, 2011 // Comments Off on Jimmy Cobb’s “Kind of Blue” 50th Anniversary Tour Passing Through Red Bank This Weekend // Jazz Events, News

It’s been two years since the world celebrated the 50th anniversary of Miles Davis’ seminal album “Kind of Blue” – an album so wide-reaching in its scope that musicians in both the rock and classical genres have cited it as an influence. Heck, according to Wikipedia, it’s still the best-selling jazz album of all time, certified quadruple platinum in 2008.

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Jazzville, NJ – Now With Facebook & Twitter Integration!

// January 19th, 2011 // Comments Off on Jazzville, NJ – Now With Facebook & Twitter Integration! // News

Jazzville, NJ - Now with Facebook and Twitter integration!

Readers of JazzvilleNJ.com can now post comments right from their Facebook & Twitter accounts.

Hey jazz fans! I’ve got some great news. It’s now easier than ever to comment and have your voice heard on JazzvilleNJ.com. We’ve implemented a system whereby you can post comments with minimal fuss if you have a Facebook, Twitter or Yahoo account.

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Join Jazzville, NJ For Two Meetups This Week

// January 17th, 2011 // Comments Off on Join Jazzville, NJ For Two Meetups This Week // Blues Events, Jazz Events, News, Radam Schwartz, Robin's Nest, Linden, NJ

Radam Schwartz at the Hammond B3 Organ

Master of the Hammond B3 Organ, Radam Schwartz will make his debut at Makeda Ethiopian on Thursday, Jan 20

Jersey jazz lovers: The weather outside is frightful, but don’t let that stop you from joining us this week at two live music events.

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Age Is Just A Number: 90-Year-Old Dave Brubeck Jams At Tarrytown Music Hall

// December 6th, 2010 // 2 Comments » // Jazz Events, News, Recaps & Reviews

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Legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck continues to tour and compose music for devoted fans. PHOTO CREDIT: berklee.edu

He was declared a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2000. The Kennedy Center presented him with the Living Legacy Jazz Award in 2007. But if you ask me what comes to mind when I think of Dave Brubeck, I’d say he’s an adorable and charming man who you simply can’t look away from.

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An Afternoon of Jazz – November 14, 2010

// November 7th, 2010 // Comments Off on An Afternoon of Jazz – November 14, 2010 // Jazz Events, News

jazz2010_saxHowdy Jazzville readers! Hope you’re all having a jazzy weekend so far. Just wanted to call your attention to this really cool event to raise awareness about the 2,771 abused and neglected children in Essex County.

With the holidays coming up fast, why not take time out to unwind with some great jazz music from the Bob Cunningham Ensemble and enjoy a lovely spread, all while helping out a great cause? Here are the details. For more information, please visit http://www.casaessex.org/jazz.aspx, but do act quickly – reservations must be made by November 9th.

What:  An Afternoon of Jazz

When:  Sunday, November 14, 2010 (3:00 – 6:00pm)

Where:  Van Gliek House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St #12, Montclair, NJ

Celebrating Dizzy Gillespie’s Birthday With A Google Doodle

// October 21st, 2010 // Comments Off on Celebrating Dizzy Gillespie’s Birthday With A Google Doodle // Commentary, History, Jazz Events, News

Google displayed a stylized version of its logo on Thursday, October 21, 2001 in honor of jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie's birthday.

Google displayed a stylized version of its logo on Thursday, October 21, 2001, in honor of jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie's birthday.

Having been sick for the last few days, I came home from work early today to fight off the last remnants of a nasty cold. At 5pm I downed a dose of NyQuil in an attempt to get some sleep, and boy did it help! I slept almost until midnight, or “Round Midnight” as may be apropos to say at this moment. Upon waking up, I logged on to the computer and was super excited to find that Google decided to honor what would have been Dizzy Gillespie’s 93rd birthday with a stylized Google Doodle.

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Trenton International Jazz & Blues Festival Controversy

// October 15th, 2010 // Comments Off on Trenton International Jazz & Blues Festival Controversy // Annette Njie, Commentary, Jazz Events, News

Screenshot of the 2010 Trenton International Jazz & Blues Festival Website

The website for the 2010 Trenton International Jazz & Blues Festival lists various sponsors, but problems paying the performers have left a negative mark on the event in the eyes of many.

I once heard a wise saying that went something like this: “Smart people learn from their mistakes; smarter people learn from the mistakes of others.”

Sadly, in the NJ jazz world we have an opportunity to learn from the mistakes of Annette Njie, the Trenton promoter who created the Trenton International Jazz & Blues Festival that ran earlier this year from September 17-19 at various venues around Trenton. The festival itself went off without a hitch, but when it came time to pay the two dozen acts, most were left high and dry, receiving partial payment or none at all.

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An Appeal To The Community: Acoustic Alchemy Gear Stolen

// October 13th, 2010 // 1 Comment » // Jazz Events, News

Black and white phot of Acoustic Alchemy's frontment: Miles Gilderdale and Greg Carmichael

Miles Gilderdale (left) and Greg Carmichael (right) front UK-based contemporary jazz group, Acoustic Alchemy.

In a great example of just how big the jazz genre is, today I was surprised to learn that Acoustic Alchemy – a group I had always considered to be “World Music” or “New Age” – is in fact considered a jazz group. Awesome! I’ve only followed their music for a few years, but everything I’ve heard is a fantastical mix of relaxed, mellow, upbeat and positive. Listening to their work is like listening to a motivational speech.

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