I’ve been a fan of local New Jersey wines for many years. For ages I wondered why wineries would close at 5pm on Friday nights. With beautiful grounds, fantastic wines and local jazz musicians itching to play a show, they have everything they need to attract a crowd seeking to unwind on a Friday night. I figured it was such a no-brainer that there must be some kind of law or local ordinance preventing them from staying open, serving wine and giving people a place to socialize, relax and listen to some jazz.
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One Night Only: Chick Corea, Christian McBride & Brian Blade At Bergen PAC + A Chance To Win Free Stuff!
Listen up, folks – a bonafide supergroup is blowing through town this coming Tuesday, September 28th! Chick Corea along with friends Christian McBride and Brian Blade are set to knock your socks off at BergenPAC in Englewood. Billed as Corea + McBride + Blade, this trio is sure to equal one amazingly good time!
Pat Metheny’s “Orchestrion” To Mesmerize NJ Audiences With 3 Dates + Free Stuff For Jazzville, NJ Readers!
“Metheny’s Orchestrion is nothing short of spectacular… Endlessly fascinating and visually dazzling.” – Kansas City Star
Wow, the Kansas City Star’s review certainly caught my attention! And since Jazzville NJ’s sophisticated readers are always hot on the pulse of the latest jazz happenings, you probably already know about this tour which kicked off earlier in the year. What you might not have known is that Metheny’s Orchestrion Tour will be gracing NJ audiences with three dates in early October.
For those who don’t know who Metheny is or what an orchestrion does, allow me to explain:
In what seems to be a growing trend of hotel restaurants offering live jazz performances, the Hyatt Morristown Hotel will now be presenting a live act every Thursday evening from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. The “Jazz in the Hyatt” series kicks off September 23rd with the LauRio Quartet featuring vocalist Laura Hull and master pianist Rio Clemente.
As August quickly comes to an end, the Jazzville, NJ crew is looking back on all the terrific performances we’ve attended this summer. And despite the fact that we’d love for summer to continue for another three months, the end of the season does bring one piece of good news: the arrival of Labor Day weekend, which for avid jazz fans translates into the annual Chicago Jazz Festival.
In August of 2007, I took a week-long road trip through New England with a friend of mine. The first night’s itinerary called for a stop in my favorite New England town – Newport, Rhode Island.
Since the trip was a spur-of-the-moment event, I was blissfully unaware that we were about to drive into town on one of the most popular summer weekends – that of the Newport Jazz Festival. After driving around to a few bed & breakfasts, we realized finding a room was not going to be easy. But it was only after speaking with the folks at the majestic Hotel Viking and being quoted a rate of $700/night that we found out why we were having such trouble.
Folks, I just found out about the coolest event… well, probably ever!
Michael Arnella’s Dreamland Orchestra is throwing a Jazz-Age Lawn Party on August 28th & 29th.
For those who didn’t know, Newark has always played a big part in the New Jersey jazz scene, rich in history and cultural traditions. So it’s only natural to learn that a major jazz event will be taking place there this Friday in Lincoln Park.
The 5th Annual Lincoln Park Music Festival is set to kick off on July 30th at noon. Hosted by famed poet and activist Amiri Baraka, the Jazz All-Star Newark Arkestra will pay tribute to Newark composers, covering James Moody’s “Moody’s Mood for Love,” Babs Gonzalez & Dizzy Gillespie’s “Oo Pappa Da” and Sarah Vaughan’s (the “Divine One”) “Lullaby of Birdland.” Homage will also be paid to Newark icons Woody Shaw and Larry Young.
We’ve previously covered the Jazz Lobsters Big Band here on Jazzville, NJ. But unless you’re really in the know, you may not have heard of the Jazz Geese. Don’t be too hard on yourself though. After all, these performers aren’t even aware of their own musical talent.