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New Jersey 2011 Jazz Society Jazzfest

Each year since 1976, the New Jersey Jazz Society has presented Jazzfest, one of the best mainstream jazz festivals in the entire metropolitan area.  This year is no exception as this popular jazz festival presents nine hours of great music in the air conditioned comfort of two concert halls plus outdoor entertainment, a food court and vendors selling everything from hard-to-find CDs to crafts and interesting merchandise. Jazzfest will take place on the campus of the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey on Saturday, June 11th from Noon to 9:00 p.m.

The afternoon lineup includes:

· The Winard Harper Sextet with special guest Phillip Harper and a rare reunion of the renowned Harper Brothers.

· The always entertaining Jay Leonhart joined by Harry Allen on saxophone and Joe Cohn on guitar.

· The swinging sounds of the Jazz Lobsters Big Band featuring Carrie Jackson on vocals and Larry McKenna on Tenor Sax.

· And the ever popular Ken Peplowski Quartet.

In the food court, the trad sounds of Emily Asher’s Garden Party will fill the air and the virtuoso trombonist will be joined by Dan Levinson on reeds, Bria Skonberg on Trumpet, Jared Engel on Banjo and John Phillip on Sousaphone.

The evening concert kicks off at 6:00 p.m. with the exciting vocals and guitar of Allan Harris and his Quartet followed by the critically acclaimed Ellington Legacy Band under the leadership of Edward Kennedy Ellington II. The Legacy Band also includes Norman Simmons on piano and Virginia Mayhew on Tenor Saxophone. Also at the evening concert, the New Jersey Jazz Society will honor Mayor Mary Anna Holden of Madison, and Jon Brauer and Anthony Ferrara of Toyota of Morristown.

Most of the music takes place in two venues, Dolan Hall in the Annunciation Center and the Octagon Theatre right next door. As an extra bonus, there will be a variety of vendors offering a wide selection of food, hard to find records, jazz CDs, art and crafts of all kinds. Admission to the craft and food court is free.

Jazzfest is made possible through the generous support of Toyota of Morristown, RXR Realty, the Star-Ledger, WBGO Jazz99FM, Hot House Magazine, Songbirds Agency, Hullarious Productions and the Madison Arts and Culture Alliance.


SPECIAL ROOM RATE FOR JAZZFEST ATTENDEES

The Best Western Morristown Inn is the official festival hotel and offers a special discount room rate for attendees of the festival. The Morristown Inn is located just two miles from the College. For reservations, call 973-540-1700.

ORDER TICKETS BY JUNE 9 FOR SAVINGS

The College of Saint Elizabeth is on Route 124 (36 Madison Avenue) just a couple miles east of Route 287 in Morris Township, New Jersey. Tickets for Jazzfest are only $55.00 in advance, and $70.00 at the gate. New Jersey Jazz Society members enjoy a special rate available through the website. Full time students with valid ID are only $10.00 at the gate. Parking is free and train travel is easy with a station right at the college gate.  The gates open at 11:30 a.m. and the music begins at noon. For more information on tickets and directions visit the New Jersey Jazz Society website (www.njjs.org) or call the NJJS Hotline at 800-303-NJJS (6557).

2011 Backbeat Jazzfest Series

The Backbeat Jazzfest Series will present its sixth annual consecutive series of evening concerts from April 29 - May 8, 2011 coinciding with the weeks of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. This series celebrates the music and spirit of New Orleans and showcases internationally renowned bands and the best in local New Orleans music in a manner that encourages collaboration to create those magical musical moments for the audience and performers alike. As in past years, the 2011 Backbeat Jazzfest Series is an evening destination for music lovers across the country craving late night entertainment after a day filled with musical celebration at Jazzfest.

This year the Backbeat Jazzfest Series will feature shows at its usual spots, Blue Nile and Tipitina's French Quarter, plus venues new to the series Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré, 12 Bar, The Temple (also known as the Scottish Rite Temple.) and Tipitina's Uptown.

New Jersey Jazz Society 2010 Jazz Fest

Each year since 1976, the New Jersey Jazz Society has presented Jazzfest, one of the best mainstream jazz festivals in the entire metropolitan New York City area.  This year is no exception as this popular jazz picnic pays tribute to recent New Jersey Hall of Fame inductees Count Basie and Les Paul, plus Django Reinhart and Woody Herman. Jazzfest will take place on the campus of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey on Saturday, June 5th from Noon to 10:00 p.m. with a free concert on Friday evening, June 4th.



Headlining Jazzfest 2010 will be the great Bucky and John Pizzarelli with the Statesmen of Jazz, featuring Harry Allen, Rebecca Kilgore and Martin Pizzarelli.  Also on the bill will be Frank Vignola’s Hot Club, Cecil Brooks III CBIII Band, Harry Allen’s Four Others, the George Gee Swing Orchestra, the Aaron Weinstein/Joe Cohn Duo, the Madame Pat Tandy Band, and a special solo piano appearance by the legendary Marty Napoleon, who performed with Louis Armstrong for many years.



The music takes place in two venues, the Concert Hall in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, and a spacious jazz tent located on the lawn area adjacent to the arts center. As an extra bonus, there will be a variety of vendors offering a wide selection of food, hard to find records, jazz CDs, art and crafts of all kinds.



FREE CONCERT ON FRIDAY NIGHT



For those interested in seeing the future of jazz, there will be a concert in the tent at Drew University on Friday June 4 featuring the winners of the three division of the New Jersey high school jazz band competition.  This concert is free and will start at 7:00 P.M.



Jazzfest is made possible through the generous support of RXR Realty, Toyota of Morristown, Jazzmobile, WBGO Jazz99FM, Hot House Magazine, the Madison Downtown Development Commission and the Madison Arts and Culture Alliance. The Best Western Morristown Inn is the official festival hotel and offers a special discount room rate for attendees of the festival. The Morristown Inn is located just two miles from Drew University. For reservations, call 973-540-1700

My Morning Jacket Hit The Road With The Preservation Hall Jazz Band

It’s been almost a full year, but the wait is finally over.  My Morning Jacket are ready to bring their electrifying live show back on the road.  The guys will make their way around the Southeastern United States this Spring, including a performance at this year’s Jazzfest in New Orleans.  MMJ are also excited to both try something new with their choice for an opening act, and bring some of the spirit of NOLA along with them.  The band is honored that the historic Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be supporting them on the run.

The connection with the PHJB originated in the Spring of 2009 when MMJ frontman Jim James was invited to sing with them at their home turf, New Orleans’ legendary Preservation HallJames recorded two songs with the band: “St. James Infirmary” and “Louisiana Fairytale.”  The tracks will appear on the bands forthcoming album,  PRESERVATION: An Album To Benefit Preservation Hall & The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program, out February 16th.

“When I got the invitation to go to the legendary Preservation Hall – where SO much of the music we now know and love on this earth found its early roots – I did not waste a minute,”  James reminisces.  “Getting to sing while the guys played with such glorious bursts of sound – all live in that holy room with the ghosts and garbage trucks crankin’ along – was an experience I’ll never forget.”

The PHJB’s leader Ben Jaffe shares his memory of playing with James: “I couldn’t have imagined Jim fitting in any better with the guys at Preservation Hall.  Creating music is not a science.  There is no tried and true formula.  There is an unspoken bond amongst musicians.  One that exists in the notes we choose.  Jim’s like our long lost cousin coming home for the first time.”

MMJ Tour Dates With The Preservation Hall Jazz Band:

04/20:  Birmingham, AL @ Alabama Theater

04/21:  Nashville, TN @ Municipal Auditorium

04/23:  Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park

04/24:  New Orleans, LA @ Jazzfest

04/27:  St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheater

04/28:  Charleston, SC @ Family Circle

04/30:  Raleigh, NC @ Koka Booth

05/01:  Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

05/02:  Columbus, OH @ LC Outdoor Pavilion

Sanofi-aventis Jazzfest 2009

Despite the demise of the JVC Jazz Festival, there will still be a major jazz festival in the New York area – the sanofi-aventis Jazzfest. Originally started as part of the Newport Jazz Festival New York, Jazzfest has been presented by the New Jersey Jazz Society for 34 years. This popular jazz festival will take place on the campus of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey on June 5 and 6 and is now the region’s only true straight ahead jazz festival.

jazzfestJazzfest kicks off with a free concert sponsored by Jazzmobile and the Madison Downtown Development Commission on Friday at 7:00. Featuring three of New Jersey’s best student jazz bands, the concert has become a New Jersey Jazz Society tradition of celebrating jazz education and young talented musicians.

On Saturday, the gates open at 11:00 am and the music begins at noon and runs until 10:00 PM. In the afternoon, four bands will alternate sets on three stages both indoors in the Dorothy Young Performing Arts Center and outdoors under the jazz tent. Those bands include a tribute to the great Benny Goodman with the Allan Vache Benny Goodman Tribute Big Band, the Houston Person Quartet, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, Trio da Paz and the Generations of Jazz with Pam Purvis.

In the evening, three groups take the main stage with the Rio Clemente Trio and vocalist Laura Hull kicking things off at 5:30 pm. At 7:00 pm, jazz singer Curtis Stigers takes the stage followed by Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra.

 
·       The Benny Goodman Tribute Big Band is one of the official bands approved by the great clarinetist’s estate to celebrate the centennial of his birth. Led by Allen Vache, the band features some of the swingingest musicians in jazz, including Warren Vache, Terry Blaine, Randy Reinhart, Tom Artin, Mark Shane and Joe Ascione.

·       Complimenting the swing of the Goodman band will be Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks whose recreation of hot jazz from the twenties and thirties have made them one of the most sought after ensembles in the country, with many guest appearances in film and on radio.

·       Trio da Paz brings together three of Brazil’s top jazz musicians, Romero Lubambo, Nilson Matta and Duduka deFonseca. Their brand of infectious South American jazz has given them a worldwide audience.

·       Saxophonist Houston Person is riding a new wave of popularity as a younger generation is discovering his soulful, bluesy style. Although he has recorded more that 75 albums, he has never lost his creative, swinging edge.

·       In the evening, Jazzfest will feature the locally popular Rio Clemente Trio with singer Laura Hull from 5:30 to 7:00. They will be followed by singer Curtis Stigers who has made the transition from pop star in the 1980s to jazz star today. He has appeared with Eric Clapton, Herbie Hancock, Diana Krall and Wynton Marsalis, to name a few of the great artists who love his style. He has been called the “best male jazz singer of his generation” by the critics.

·       The evening concludes with one of the best big bands on the scene today, the all-woman big band Sherrie Maricle & the DIVA Jazz Orchestra. Leading critic and reader polls consistently rank them as one of the best big bands in the world and for good reason. Following in the tradition of the Buddy Rich Big Band, DIVA blends a contemporary sound with a big band tradition. Their performances are uniquely spontaneous, energetic and lots of fun.

The sanofi-aventis Jazzfest co-sponsored by RXR will also feature great food and many vendors all day on Saturday, including a special Southern Barbecue, sales of rare CDs and vinyl records, jazz related art and jewelry as well as many craft and retail vendors. The festival is also made possible by the generous support of corporations and local organizations, including JazzMobile, Riker Danzig, Madison Downtown Development Commission, Toyota of Morristown, WBGO Jazz88FM and JazzTimes Magazine. The Best Western Morristown Inn is the official festival hotel and offers a special discount room rate for attendees of the festival. The Morristown Inn is located just two miles from the Drew campus in historic Morristown.

The New Jersey Jazz Society will also take time out to honor Bill Hyland, for many years the legal and music advisor for Benny Goodman, Todd Rechler whose company RSR Realty is a champion of the arts in the region, and sanofi-aventis which has supported Jazzfest for the past five years.

Tickets are only $50.00 in advance, but will be $65.00 at the gate on June 6. New Jersey Jazz Society members enjoy even larger savings. For more information, advance sale discount tickets, membership information and hotel reservations log onto http://www.njjs.org/ or call 800-303-6557. Students are $10.00 at the gate and kids 16 and under are free. Drew University is conveniently located on Route 124 in Madison and parking is free. The university is also easily accessible by public transportation.

4th Annual Backbeat Jazzfest Series @ The Studio at Colton Theatre!

Located in the heart of the historic Faubourg Marigny neighborhood The Studio at Colton, a program of the Creative Alliance of New Orleans, is a brilliant new arts venue providing both studio and exhibition space to nearly 100 New Orleans artists of all disciplines and cultural organizations. As part of the 4th Annual Backbeat Jazzfest Series the Backbeat Foundation will present a series of concerts at The Studio at Colton Theater and The Studio at Colton Red Ballroom for music lovers craving late night entertainment after a day filled with musical celebration in the magnificent converted arts studio complex. The impressive roster of talents includes such musical heavyweights as Medeski, Martin and Wood, Grupo Fantasma, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Soulive, Charmaine Neville, the Benevento/Russo Duo and many more.

By bringing the 4th Annual Backbeat Jazzfest Series to The Studio at Colton the Backbeat Foundation aims to support and promote the general art community of New Orleans while also providing audiences and musicians access to a new music and art venue.

Don't miss the incredible line-up of the 4th Annual Backbeat Jazzfest Series at The Studio at Colton!

And don't forget, this year, the Backbeat Jazzfest Series will be offering music lovers and the musicians they love smoke-free environments at all shows.

Additional details and information about the events can be found at www.backbeatfoundation.org or by visiting the Foundation's Myspace and Facebook pages. Additional information and updates about the series can be found at the Jazz Fest Series 2009 group page.

For information about The Studio at Colton please visit www.studioatcolton.org.

 
The Studio at Colton Theater
 
4/ 23    Roots of Music All-Star Benefit feat. Roots of Music Crusaders, Free Agents Brass Band, Como Mamas, Ivan Neville, Big Sam, Anders Osborne, Terence Higgins & More 

4/24     The Iguanas, Seth Walker and 007
 
4/25     Grupo Fantasma, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Brownout! & Soul Rebels Brass Band
 
4/30     Bonerama and Midnite Disturbers --Stanton Moore, Kevin O'Day, Ben Ellman,Troy Andrews, Big Sam and Mark Mullins
 
5/1       Soulive with the Shady Horns & Special Guest Nigel Hall and the Benevento/Russo Duo
 
5/2       Medeski, Martin & Wood with DJ Logic
 
5/2 -     Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with DJ Logic  - Late Show (technically Sunday morning at 2am)
 

 
The Studio at Colton Red Ballroom
 
4/24     Young Fellas Brass Band, Charmaine Neville and Yosvany Terry with Ye-De-Gbé
 
4/25     Singer Songwriter Sessions: Kristin Diable, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Alex McMurray, and Chuck Perkins; Voices of the Big Easy & More
 
5/1       Morikeba Kouate, Shannon Powell & His Funky Friends & Big Chief Monk Boudreaux Record Release Party 
 
5/2       Paul Sanchez & His Rolling Road Show and The Jon Batiste Band