Thursday, February 12, 2009

Jazz calendar for Central Jersey

Saturday is the 47th anniversary of Sonny Rollins' recording of "The Bridge" -- celebrate a great recording and musician by taking in some live performances. There's lots to choose from in the coming weeks:
Guitarist Dick Gratton will be playing in Lawrenceville and Hightstown this weekend -- catch him at the Chambers Walk Cafe, 2667 Main St., Lawrenceville, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; or at Sunday's jazz brunch at Hightstown's Bistro Soleil from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Trombonist Clifford Adams will be at the Trenton Marriott, 1 W. Lafayette St., from 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday in a benefit for the Tony Mack Cares Foundation -- bring a coat to donate.
Princeton University's Distinguished Teachers of Jazz will perform "My Funny Valentine: Composing in-the-Moment," under the direction of Anthony Branker at 8 p.m. Saturday at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. Admission is $23 (unless you're a student, then it's five bucks).
Jazz Night at Manville's Rhythms of the Night nightclub, at 729 S. Main St., Manville, 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday.
The Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra will be at the McCarter Theater, 91 University Place, at 8 p.m. Feb. 20. Tickets start at $40 -- steep, but this show will be worth it.

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