Thursday, October 1, 2009

October is for cool jazzy nights

Thursday, Oct. 1Make your way to the Glen Rock Inn, 222 Rock Road, Glen Rock, by 7 p.m. tonight to catch Jack Wilkens and Howard Alden. They’re always a great duo.

John Henry Goldman and his friends have a standing Thursday night at 800 Alexander Road in Princeton Junction. Come and listen at 6:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m. or 8:45 p.m. The suggested donation of $5 helps defray some of the expenses at the studio. Send John a note if you need more info:, or call 609-610-1655. If Thursday nights aren’t good for you, check out his Saturday night gig.

Princeton University’s University Jazz Program Small Group, Anthony D.J. Branker, director will perform at 11:30 p.m. in CafĂ© Vivian in the Frist Campus Center. It’s free ...if you're still up.

Rio Clemente is at the Bernards Inn tonight from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Morristown’s Hibiscus tomorrow night.

Friday, Oct. 2
The Marriott in Trenton, 1 West Lafayette, will have live jazz from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 3
Randy Sutin meets the Jazz Disciples at 2 p.m. in the Candlelight Lounge, 24 Passaic St. in Trenton.

The StraightJazz Quintet -- Steve Rozek on tenor sax, Mike Ipri on drums, Doug Miller on piano, Tom McMillan on bass and John Henry Goldman on trumpet – will be at 800 Alexander Road, Princeton. Two shows – 6:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. – will feature jazz standards, such as “Willow Weep for Me,” “My Favorite Things,” “Lullaby Of Birdland,” and music by great 20th century composers Oscar Hammerstein II, George Shearing, Bill Evans, Wes Montgomery, Bird and Monk.

The Robert Ross Band will headline a special show at 7:30 p.m. at the Somerset County Vocational and Technical School Performing Arts Theatre, 14 Vogt Dr. in Bridgewater. Call 908-237-1238 to reserve tickets ($15-$20 in advance; more at the door).

The John Bianculli Jazz Trio performs at 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays nights at Makeda Ethiopian Restaurant, 338 George St., New Brunswick.

Sunday, Oct. 4
Ever wanted to hear how musicians like Mulgrew Miller and Gary Bartz approach a standard? Here’s a chance: they’ll be at William Paterson University, ready to talk at 3 p.m. They’ll play at 4 p.m. Talk is cheap – free, actually, but the performance comes at a price ($15; $12 for seniors and $8 for students). The gig is part of the New Jersey Jazz Society’s College Jazz Performance Series.

The Somerset Jazz Consortium jam session at PJ's Coffee on Raritan Avenue in Highland Park is a great place to meet musicians – or join the band. They play from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Sunday.

Monday, Oct. 5
Jim Jasion and His Jazz (the Somerset Jazz Consortium Horn Squad) will be at Home Town Buffet, 561 US Highway 1, Edison, beginning at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 6
The Somerset Jazz Consortium jam session lead by Jim Jasion has moved to the Subterranean Recording Studios in Edison. Call Jim if you’re interested in joining -- 732-325-7464.

Wednesday, Oct. 7
The Somerset Jazz Consortium Second Generation Band will be at Home Town Buffet on Route 1 in Edison, beginning at 6 p.m.
Vocalist Margie Notte lights up Libretti’s Restaurant, 554 Orange St. in Orange, at 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

Coming up:
The JP3 -- Hopewell resident Jim Popik (guitar), Mark Amentt on bass, and Andy Janowiak on drums – will play swing, bebop, blues and modern jazz at the Trenton Marriott 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 9.

Laura Hull will be the featured guest for Jazz Nights at the Hibiscus 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 9. The Hibiscus is in the Best Western Morristown Inn, 270 South St., Morristown.

Pam Purvis sings at Langosta, 1000 Ocean Ave. Asbury Park, on Oct. 11.

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