We are blessed in this area with abundant opportunities to hear fine music -- including lots of terrific local jazz musicians.
Thursday, Oct. 8
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 609-610-1655. If Thursday nights aren’t good for you, check out his Saturday night gig.
Rio Clemente is at the Bernards Inn tonight from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 9
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 wrote to say she'll be joined by Eddie Monteiro and guitarist Lenny Argese at this week's Jazz Nights at the Hibiscus 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 9 -- thanks, Laura! The Hibiscus is in the Best Western Morristown Inn, 270 South St., Morristown.
Matt Richards, Bill Zola and Adrian Valosin are booked for the Taste of Woodbridge event at 6 p.m. today in the Woodbridge Community Center, before heading to the Witherspoon Grill in Princeton on Sunday.
The Marriott in Trenton, 1 West Lafayette, will have live jazz from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 10
Guitarist Dick Gratton will be busy this weekend at the Allentown, N.J., Fall Harvest festival. He’s on stage at 3:30 p.m. both days, Saturday at the Methodist Church on Church Street; Sunday on Main Street.
Fingerstyle wiz Tim Thompson is this week’s Jazz Disciple featured at 2 p.m. in the Candlelight Lounge, 24 Passaic St. in Trenton.
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. 11
Pam Purvis sings at Langosta, 1000 Ocean Ave. Asbury Park, on Oct. 11.
Guitarist Matt Richards will be at the Witherspoon Grill at 2:30 Sunday for a fundraising event.
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. 12
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. 13
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. 14
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.