Posts Tagged ‘NewJersey’

Tia Fuller Blows Away Audience In Jazz Room Series

// February 15th, 2011 // Comments Off on Tia Fuller Blows Away Audience In Jazz Room Series // Jazz Events, Recaps & Reviews

Tia Fuller smiles and poses with her saxophone

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

// January 25th, 2011 // 3 Comments » // Blues Events

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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Bobby Caldwell Opens The Great American Songbook For Centenary College’s “Jazz In January” Series

// January 23rd, 2011 // Comments Off on Bobby Caldwell Opens The Great American Songbook For Centenary College’s “Jazz In January” Series // Jazz Events

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World-famous singer Bobby Caldwell performed classic jazz standards for his home city of Hackettstown. PHOTO CREDIT: NJskylands.com

The JazzvilleNJ crew came out of hibernation this weekend to take a stroll down nostalgia lane courtesy of Bobby Caldwell and His 14 Piece Big Band. The world-famous singer appeared in his home city of Hackettstown on Saturday, January 22, as part of Centenary College’s Jazz in January series to perform the popular jazz standards that have come to be known as The Great American Songbook.

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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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An Early Christmas Present: Tia Fuller Quartet Jams at Makedas

// December 26th, 2010 // Comments Off on An Early Christmas Present: Tia Fuller Quartet Jams at Makedas // Jazz Events, Recaps & Reviews

The Tia Fuller Quartet

Our view of The Tia Fuller Quartet at Makeda's on Thursday night!

The Jazzville crew wishes all of you a very Merry Christmas! We hope Santa was good to you this year, but then again, why wouldn’t he be? You cats are awesome!

We were lucky enough to get an early present from Old Saint Nick this past Thursday, December 23rd in the form of The Tia Fuller Quartet. They jammed for a pretty big crowd at Makedas, an Ethiopian restaurant in New Brunswick. Nothing was more inviting than the smooth and ubercool melodies of four insanely talented musicians beckoning us inside from the freezing temps we’ve been experiencing lately.

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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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