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The 6th Annual Central Jersey Jazz Festival To Take Place September 14-16

originally published: 08/13/2018

The 6th Annual Central Jersey Jazz Festival To Take Place September 14-16(CENTRAL NJ) -- The 6th Annual Central Jersey Jazz Festival will take place on Friday, September 14 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm in Flemington, Saturday, September 15 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm in New Brunswick, and Sunday, September 16 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm in Somerville. The free, three day, mega-musical event is the largest outdoor musical event of its kind in the area and will take place rain or shine with BYO seating in all 3 locations. The festival is the work of an unprecedented collaborative partnership of three New Jersey County seats- Flemington, New Brunswick and Somerville.

The weekend long jazz super-fest kicks off Friday September 14 with a well-crafted roster of jazz ambassadors. Renowned guitarist, Jersey resident Dave Stryker who has worked with legends Jack Mc Duff and Stanley Turrentine, has been listed in the Downbeat Critics and Readers’ Poll 10 times, will be the main attraction on the Peroni Stage Friday evening in Flemington.  Chicago native, jazz vocalist Sachal Vasandani who has collaborated with many prominent jazz artists including: Jon Hendricks, Wynton Marsalis, Bill Charlap, Bobby McFerrin and Stefon Harris will also perform on Friday night. Opening the show will be saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin a New Yorker who has performed on four continents, for President Barack Obama's 2009 Inauguration, and with titans Clark Terry and Reggie Workman. Jazz House Kids will perform between sets. Visitors to the Central Jersey Jazz Festival-Flemington may begin seating in Downtown Flemington at the Historic Court House at 5:00pm. The performances will begin at 6:00pm.

On Saturday, 15 September, three-time Grammy Winner, drummer extraordinaire Terri Lyne Carrington will headline the all-star New Brunswick Festival day. Ms Carrington’s impressive resume includes work with Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Clark Terry, Herbie Hancock, Esperanza Spaulding, Wayne Shorter, Joe Sample, Al Jarreau and Geri Allen.  New Brunswick’s Peroni Main Stage lineup also includes a salute to the father of modern day jazz, Louis Armstrong with 3 for Louis, a sextet led by Eddie featuring 3 trumpeters representing 3 generations and a 3- piece rhythm section. The dynamic young organist Matthew Whittaker, who happens to be blind, will open the September 15performance day. Matthew is the youngest artist to be endorsed by Hammond in its 80+ year history and a 2016 winner of Showtime at the Apollo. The New Brunswick Jazz Brass Band will get the afternoon off to a swinging start and keep the music going between main stage performers. Seating for the Central Jersey Jazz Festival - New Brunswick begins at 12:00pm at George Street and Livingston Avenue. The show starts at 1:00pm.

In Somerville on Sunday September 16, the Festival culminates with Grammy nominated jazz vocalist Carla Cook whose style has been described as “earthy, sophisticated & versatile” will topline the bill. Cook has performed or recorded as a guest artist with such luminaries as the JALC Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Cyrus Chestnut, the Count Basie Orchestra and Lionel Hampton’s Big Band...she was the last of a long line of esteemed vocalists to regularly perform with Hamp before his death.  Sunday’s lineup also includes vibraphonist Monte Croft a thirty four-year veteran of the New York music scene who has performed with artists like Nicholas Payton, Terence Blanchard, David “Fathead” Newman, and Cassandra Wilson.  Husband and wife jazz duo, JALCO veteran trumpeter Marcus Printup and acclaimed harpist, Riza Printup complete the Sunday afternoon lineup on the Peroni Main Stage. On the Courthouse steps, Jazz House Kids will keep things going between sets. Seating begins on E. Main Street and The Courthouse Green in Somerville at noon and the show starts at 1:00pm.

The Central Jersey Jazz Festival is presented by RWJ/Barnabas Health and produced by Flemington Community Partnership, New Brunswick Jazz Project, Somerville Arts on Division and Sheila Anderson.


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(NEWARK, NJ) --  Celebrate the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix as Experience Hendrix comes to Newark’s New Jersey Performing Arts Centeron Friday, March 29 at 8:00pm. This critically acclaimed multi-artist tribute to Hendrix features performances by Billy Cox, Joe Satriani, Dave Mustaine, Jonny Lang, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Johnson, Doug Pinnick, Chris Layton, Mato Nanji, Kenny Aronoff, The Slide Brothers, Henri Brown, Kevin McCormick and special guest Taj Mahal.
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(NEWARK, NJ) -- Uforia Bachata Fest 2019 at Prudential Center will bring together the world’s best Bachata artists including, Frank Reyes “The Prince of Bachata”, Hector Acosta “El Torito”, Zacarias Ferreira, Luis Vargas and Raulin Rodriguez "El Cacique”. Uforia Bachata Fest 2019, presented by Zamora Live, Euforia Radio (Univision) and Corona Extra, will be held on Saturday, March 16 at 8:00pm.  The contagious Caribbean rhythm known as "Bachata" will have its gala night, marking the first time in history these world-renowned artists will perform on the same stage. 
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(TOMS RIVER, NJ) -- Two-time Grammy winner Rickie Lee Jones exploded onto the pop scene in 1978 and has made a career of fearlessly experimenting with her sound and persona on more than 15 critically acclaimed albums. She brings her show “An Intimate Evening with Rickie Lee Jones” to the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts on Friday, February 22 at 8:00pm.  

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Some of our favorite childhood memories growing up at the Jersey Shore involved going to our town’s grand old movie palace, The Community Theater, in Toms River. Built with colonial architecture and featuring large white columns in the front, paned glass windows in the lobby, a circular brick walk from the sidewalk to the box office, and a white picket fence which enclosed a lawn and a flower bed, this local gem presented the latest Hollywood films. For kids like us back in the 1960’s, that meant pictures like Mary Poppins, Cinderella, The Love Bug, and Flipper.
Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes At Riverside Rhythm & Rhyme
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