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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.


Kenny Chesney To Perform At Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
(ATLANTIC CITY, NJ) -- Focusing on smaller venues and markets not directly impacted by his massive stadium tours, Kenny Chesney sought to make his Songs for the Saints 2019 Tour mirror the intimacy of its namesake album. Inspired by the resilience of the people around him, Chesney doubles down on the human connection for his 2019 tour by seeking those members of No Shoes Nation who have spent the past decade and a half making the trip to stadium markets for what is now a summer tradition. On Saturday, May 11, 2019 he brings the tour to Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena in Atlantic City, NJ.
State Theatre New Jersey presents Cirque Dreams Holidaze
(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- State Theatre New Jersey presents Cirque Dreams Holidaze on Friday, December 7 at 8:00pm, Saturday, December 8 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sunday, December 9 at 2:00pm. Cirque Dreams Holidaze, a division of Cirque du Soleil, has become a critically acclaimed, state-of-the-art Broadway musical, and a fun-filled, holiday family show. Tickets range from $35-$98.
NJSO presents 2019 Winter Festival, 'Music Speaks'
(NEWARK, NJ) -- A trio of renowned guest artists with distinct musical voices—pianists Emanuel Ax and Daniil Trifonov and soprano Dawn Upshaw—headline the NJSO’s Winter Festival, “Music Speaks,” in January 2019. The Orchestra’s signature artistic event takes place across three weekends, January 10–27, in six New Jersey venues.
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(BRANCHBURG, NJ) --The RVCC Chorale will give its annual holiday concert on Saturday, December 8 at 8:00pm in the Welpe Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College’s Branchburg campus. The program will feature Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantata, Das Neugeborne Kindelein, as well as a cappella pieces from by Sergei Rachmaninov, Zoltan Kodaly and Giuseppe Verdi. The program also will include an audience singalong of traditional carols.
Classic Stones Live! The Complete Rolling Stones Tribute Show Comes To SOPAC
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"An Amazing Musical Genius!" Brian Wilson LIVE! at the State Theatre
In the music room in the back of our house, there’s an electric bass and amp, two acoustic guitars, a microphone and PA speakers, several pieces of music recording equipment, and a bookcase filled with books on music, not to mention a slew of assorted music memorabilia. But, perhaps, one of the most highly prized items in the room is hanging directly above the piano next to the college music diplomas.
Jazz Saxophonist Don Braden LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center
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Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, The Classics IV, and The Brooklyn Bridge LIVE! at The Strand, Lakewood
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Drummer, leader, and composer Terri Lyne Carrington made history as the first woman to win a Grammy for Best Instrumental Jazz for her album “Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue.” Now, she brings her interpretation of Duke Ellington’s “Money Jungle” to the TD James Moody Jazz Festival at NJPAC on November 11, 2018, as part of a program called “Jazz Vinyl Revisited.” Producer Susan Wallner talks to Carrington about her connections to the jazz greats Clark Terry and Max Roach; her newest project, the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice; and why she thinks drummers make natural leaders.
Sha Na Na LIVE! at the Newton Theatre
The audience is streaming into the Newton Theatre auditorium in Newton, NJ this Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 for a live concert starring Sha Na Na!

Event calendar
Friday, Nov 16, 2018


THE MERCURY BROTHERS @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

Heather Maloney with Izzy Heltai @ Hopewell Theater, Hopewell - 8:00pm

Shockenaw Mountain Boys at the Minstrel @ Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, Morristown - 7:30pm

Cecile McLorin Salvant: Ogresse @ The Chase Room @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 7:30pm

Renaissance @ The Newton Theatre, Newton - 8:00pm

James Day & The Fish Fry @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm


Annie @ Broad Street United Methodist Church, Burlington - 8:00pm

An Actor's Carol @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 7:30pm

Annie @ Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park - 8:00pm

Apples In Winter @ Centenary Stage Company - Kutz Theater of the Lackland Center, Hackettstown - 8:00pm

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm

Billy Bishop Goes to War @ Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, Morristown - 8:00pm

Kiss Me Kate @ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 8:00pm

Phoenix Productions Presents: The Hunchback of Notre Dame @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm

Enchanted April @ The Summit Playhouse, Summit - 8:00pm

Heathers, The Musical High School Edition @ Pebble Players, Oakes Center, Summit - 7:30pm

Spring Awakening: The Rock Musical @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 8:00pm

Into the Woods @ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 8:00pm

The Drowsy Chaperone @ Lauren K. Woods Theatre at Monmouth University, West Long Branch - 8:00pm


Ladies Let Loose Stand-Up Comedy @ Pax Amicus Castle Theatre, Budd Lake - 8:00pm

WHOOPI GOLDBERG @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 8:00pm


ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA JR. @ Ridgewood Ave School Theater, Glen Ridge - 7:00pm

Nugget & Fang @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 10:30am and 12:30pm

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