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From Dawn Till Dusk: Fill Your Day With Jazz

Posted by D.A. Gutierrez in Jazz Events, News, Robin's Nest, Linden, NJ

April 2nd, 2011   2 Comments »

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.

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Tearing Down The Nest With Gas House Gorillas

Posted by D.A. Gutierrez in Blues Events, Gas House Gorillas, Recaps & Reviews, Robin's Nest, Linden, NJ

March 20th, 2011   2 Comments »

Gas House Gorillas rock out during their first set of the night.

Gas House Gorillas lead singer Rick Fink cuts an imposing silhouette in his fedora, A-shirt and suspenders.

Wow. Talk about a band that does not disappoint! It’s Saturday night and Jazzville, NJ Meetup Group is in attendance at the Gas House Gorillas show at the Robin’s Nest in Linden. It’s a friendly, if cozy, little juke joint that specializes in blues acts. But if you’re here to sit back and take in a quiet, relaxing evening, you are at the wrong show. Early in the night, the crowd’s energy boils over into spontaneous dancing as couples -and even singles- writhe and twist rhythmically among the tables.

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Best New Artist Esperanza Spalding Mesmerizes Crowd In Her Only NJ Appearance

Posted by Maria Miaoulis in Artists, Esperanza Spalding, Jazz Events, Recaps & Reviews, UCPAC, Rahway, NJ

March 6th, 2011   No Comments »

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Grammy Award winner Esperanza Spalding's innovative style is paving the way for future jazz musicians. PHOTO CREDIT: Afrobella.com

She may have made history at this year’s Grammy Awards by becoming the first jazz musician EVER to win Best New Artist, but Esperanza Spalding hasn’t let the hype change her. Humbly walking onto the unlit stage of the Union County Performing Arts Center on Saturday, March 5, Spalding turned on a lamp, took off her coat and poured herself a glass of wine, creating an atmosphere of tranquility amidst the whirlwind of activity that’s occurred in these few weeks since then. Having read Esperanza’s bio detailing how she first decided she wanted to be a musician at age four after watching Yo Yo Ma perform on an episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, I couldn’t help but feel that her “arrival”  was a small tribute to the daily ritual he performed at the start of every episode.

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Grammy Winner Esperanza Spalding To Play Union County Performing Arts Center

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

February 16th, 2011   3 Comments »

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.

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Tia Fuller Blows Away Audience In Jazz Room Series

Posted by Maria Miaoulis in Jazz Events, Recaps & Reviews

February 15th, 2011   No Comments »

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Tia Fuller proved to the audience at William Paterson University's Jazz Room Series that she is a force to be reckoned with. PHOTO CREDIT: StanfordJazz.org

Jazz lovers received an early Valentine’s Day treat on Sunday, February 13, courtesy of William Paterson University’s Jazz Room Series. The magnificently talented Tia Fuller performed a set from her latest record entitled “Decisive Steps.”

The Jazzville, NJ crew first had a chance to see this incredible young saxophone player when the The New Brunswick Jazz Project hosted an event at Makeda Ethiopian Restaurant late last year. Fuller completely stole our hearts that night, and this past weekend was no different.

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Final Lullaby For Pianist And Composer George Shearing

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

February 14th, 2011   No Comments »

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

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

February 11th, 2011   1 Comment »

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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The Queens Jazz Trail Walking Tour

Posted by Maria Miaoulis in History, Jazz Events

February 10th, 2011   No Comments »

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Ella Fitzgerald’s home: The current owners still receive mail addressed to “The First Lady of Song.” PHOTO CREDIT: CBS New York

Ever wonder where jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald and Milt Hinton went after giving incredible performances night after night? Well now you can find out when you sign up for The Queens Jazz Trail Walking Tour.

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

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

February 9th, 2011   No Comments »

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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The Gas House Gorillas Throw It Down At Robin’s Nest In Linden

Posted by Maria Miaoulis in Blues Events

January 25th, 2011   3 Comments »

D.A. Gutierrez, Rick Rink & Angelo Merendino

Jazzville, NJ's D.A. Gutierrez caught up with Gas House Gorillas lead singer Rick Fink & outgoing drummer Angelo Merendino during a break.

So after listening to the smooth and refined Bobby Caldwell earlier in the day, we headed down to the Robin’s Nest in Linden to check out what is probably the most underknown band on the music scene today – The Gas House Gorillas!

JazzvilleNJ founder D.A. Gutierrez has been raving about these guys forever, but the timing and location never worked out. But when he heard they were performing so close by, he practically dragged me to the show. Boy, am I glad he did!

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