New Jersey Jazz Society Presents 40th Anniversary All-star Concert

The New Jersey Jazz Society will celebrate its 40th Anniversary with an All-Star Jam and Reception at the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey on Sunday, January 27 at 3:00 p.m. The concert was rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy.

The all-star celebration will feature 24 of the finest jazz musicians and singers on the scene today, all of whom have an association with the Jazz Society. Four groups of five to seven artists each will perform.
The leaders of each ensemble will include cornetist Warren Vaché, trumpeter/vocalist Bria Skonberg, saxophonist Bob Ackerman and trombonist Emily Asher. The musicians slated to perform include vocalists Roseanna Vitro (2012 Grammy nominee), Nancy Nelson, Marlene VerPlanck and Pam Purvis; pianists Rio Clemente, Norman Simmons, and Tomoko Ohno; drummers Winard Harper, Sherrie Maricleand Jackie Williams, horn players Randy Reinhart, Peter Anderson, Will Anderson, Tom Artin, Dan Levinson; guitarist James Chirillo and bassists Nicki Parrott and Jon Burr.

A wine and cheese reception will immediately follow in the rotunda and wings of the arts center where a collection of memorabilia from the 40-year history will be displayed and where the artists will join with the attendees while emerging jazz stars pianist Billy Test and guitarist Adam Lomeo entertain.
Tickets are on sale through the NJJS website at or by calling 908-273-7827. Tickets in advance are $30.00 for NJJS members and $35.00 for nonmembers. At the door, prices will be $5 more. Drew University is conveniently located on Route 124 in Madison and parking is free. Led by its first president Jack Stine of Pluckemin, the New Jersey Jazz Society was formed by a group of 18 jazz enthusiasts, who were regulars at the weekly jazz gigs at the Hillside Lounge in Chester. The mission of the Jazz Society is to promote and preserve the great American musical art form known as jazz through live performances and educational outreach initiatives and scholarships.

The NJJS runs several major annual events, monthly performance socials at Shanghai Jazz in Madison and co-sponsors numerous other events throughout the year. It boasts nearly 900 members, publishes an award-winning magazine, conducts in-school jazz education programs, administers the American Jazz Hall of Fame and funds jazz studies scholarships at New Jersey colleges. The NJJS is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization and contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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