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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.


State Theatre Presents Diana Krall: Turn Up the Quiet Tour
(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- State Theatre New Jersey presents Diana Krall live in concert as part of her Turn Up The Quiet World Tour on Friday, October 12 at 8:00pm. Tickets range from $43-$153.50.  This concert will feature songs from Diana Krall’s stunning new album, Turn Up The Quiet, out now on Verve Records as well as a mix of some fan favorites. 
Kean Stage Presents The Manhattan Transfer
(UNION, NJ) -- Going strong after more than 45 years, Grammy Award winner The Manhattan Transfer, with tenor vocals from Kean University alumnus Alan Paul '71, will captivate Kean Stage audiences with their distinctive four-part harmonies at Enlow Recital Hall on Sunday, September 30 at 3:00pm.
3rd Annual North Jersey Indie Rock Festival
(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- The North Jersey Indie Rock Festival returns to Jersey City on October 6. Presented by Mint 400 Records and Sniffling Indie Kids, the festival includes acts from those labels and Little Dickman Records, Rhyme and Reason Records, and State Champion Records.  The festival takes place at White Eagle Hall. Doors are at 4:00pm and the music starts at 4:30pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
The Dryden Ensemble Presents Bach Cantata Fest
(PRINCETON, NJ) -- The Dryden Ensemble will present a Bach Cantata Fest on Saturday, October 20 at 7:30pm at Trinity Episcopal Church, 6587 Upper York Road, Solebury, Pennsylvania, and on Sunday, October 21 at 3:00pm at Miller Chapel, located on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary, 64 Mercer Street, Princeton, New Jersey. Tickets are $25 for general admission and free to students with an ID. They may be purchased at the door or online at
Steve Barton & Robert Darlington From Translator To Perform at Randy Now's Man Cave
(BORDENTOWN, NJ) -- Whether it's pure pop or moody acoustic ballads, singer/songwriter/guitarist, Steve Barton, has developed a reputation for crafting some of the most literate and poignant music in underground rock.  In addition to being a founding member of the revered punk/psychedelic band Translator, perhaps best known for the Barton-penned song "Everywhere That I'm Not", he has released several solo albums.  The seventh and latest, "Tall Tales and Alibis", is a sprawling triple album tour de force filled with Steve's brand new songs, which was released in March by Sleepless Music.   To celebrate the release of the record, Barton will be making a rare live appearance with his Translator partner Robert Darlington, this Sunday, September 23 at Randy Now's Man Cave in Bordentown (134 Farnsworth Ave) at 7:00pm.  

From the Ballpark to the Concert Stage: Bernie Williams LIVE! at The Grunin Center
Fans of sports and music are lining up outside Toms River, NJ’s Grunin Center of the Arts this Saturday, September 8, 2018 for a concert by four-time World Series Champion and Latin Grammy-Nominated guitarist/composer Bernie Williams and his All-Star Band!
“Here’s Lucie!” Lucie Arnaz LIVE! at the PNC Bank Arts Center
Even though the weather outside Holmdel, NJ’s PNC Bank Arts Center is cloudy with some light intermittent drizzle this Wednesday, September 12, 2018 afternoon, the venue’s stage is still shining brightly with talent thanks to a live performance by television, film, and stage actress/singer Lucie Arnaz!
Mike Aiken Talks About Aiken & Friends Fest, North Branch At RVCC
(BRANCHBURG, NJ) -- Raritan Valley Community College presents Aiken & Friends Fest, North Branch on Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22.  The three-day event will feature a number of different musical shows by Mike Aiken, as well as other solo artists and groups.  
Virtuoso Jazz Violinist Jean-Luc Ponty LIVE! at the Newton Theatre
It’s a warm but lovely Aug. 23, 2018 evening here in Newton, NJ. After enjoying some hand-dipped Cliff’s ice cream from the window at Hayek Market, we march up Spring Street looking forward to hearing some world-class jazz at one of the Garden State’s favorite concert venues, The Newton Theatre.
An Interview with Bernie Williams
Four-time World Series Champion and Latin Grammy-Nominated guitarist and composer Bernie Williams will perform with his All-Star Band at the Jersey Shore this Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 at The Grunin Center of the Arts in Toms River, NJ!

Event calendar
Saturday, Sep 22, 2018


Asbury Park Porchfest @ Booskerdoo, Asbury Park - 12:00pm

Carl Chesna & Co. @ Hotel Tides, Asbury Park - 1:00pm

Echoes @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

Cole Swindell @ Hard Rock Live Etess Arena at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 8:00pm

GRUPO NICHE @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 8:00pm

The History of Motown @ Englewood Public Library, Englewood - 7:00pm

Drake Bell @ iPlay America, Freehold - 7:00pm

Classic Stones Live feat. The Glimmer Twins @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm

Opera Theatre of Montclair Presents Hansel and Gretel @ Central Presbyterian Church, Montclair - 4:00pm

Oscar D’León with Tony Vega and Los Hermanos Moreno @ Prudential Hall @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 8:00pm

SunDog Band at Duffy's Tavern, Paterson NJ @ Duffy's Tavern, Paterson NJ, Paterson - 9:00pm

Celtic Thunder X @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm

Young Person's Concert @ River Dell Middle School Auditorium, River Edge - 1:00pm

Tigerman record release show for “Descend Into Savagery” @ Debonair Music Hall, Teaneck - 8:00pm

Hubby Jenkins @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm


Souvenir @ Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven - 8:00pm

East Lynne Theater Company presents SILENT SKY @ First Presbyterian Church (Cape May), Cape May - 8:00pm

The Shuck @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 3:00pm and 7:30pm

Incorruptible @ Ritz Theatre Company, Haddon Township - 8:00pm

West End Festival of the Arts- Theatre Brut Session 2 @ West End Arts Center, Long Branch - 2:00pm

Evita @ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Seuls en Scene French Theater Festival - "Claire, Anton et Eux" @ Class of 1970 Theatre, Whitman College, Princeton - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

HUMAN ERROR by Eric Pfeffinger @ West Windsor Arts Center, Princeton Junction - 8:00pm

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 8:00pm

Assisted Living: The Musical @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 2:00pm

Brick City @ Premiere Stages at Kean University, Union - 3:00pm


SWAN LAKE - THE ATLANTIC CITY BALLET @ The Strand Theater, Lakewood - 7:00pm

SOLE Defined @ Mainstage @ Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC), Rahway - 8:00pm


Monthly Saturday Writing Retreats @ Tiferet Journal, Bernardsville - 9:00am

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