The last few weeks' performances have been scrambled by the weather -- a special event planned by John Bianculli has been delayed, possibly until April, and the Jazz Celebration Big Band February show at the Temperence House in Newtown, Pa., was called off.
And to top it off, the launch of a new jazz jam in Hopewell, led by Jim Popik was pushed back to this week. But get over the Hopewell Valley Inn, at 15 E. Broad St. in Hopewell, at 8 p.m. and be a part of tonight's launch.
Friday, March 5
Gordon James, with bandmates Matt King, Chris Plunkett and Al Johnson will be at the South Brunswick Arts Council Jazz Café performing 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Café is in the South Brunswick Municipal Complex, 540 Route 522 (Ridge Road), Monmouth Junction. Admission is $5 and there are refreshments.
Vocalist Amanda Homi will join the John Bianculli Trio at Christopher’s at the Heldrich Hotel, 10 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Joining them will be Tom Baker on drums and saxophonist Nick Franciosa. John, Tom and Nick head to Steakhouse 85 for a Saturday night gig.
Dick Gratton keeps them coming to the Chambers Walk Café in Lawrenceville on Friday nights. Come hear why from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Frank Noviello is the featured headliner tonight for the Hibiscus Restaurant’s Jazz Friday show, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, March 6
Jeff Hackman is this week's featured jazz disciple at the Candlelight Lounge, 24 Passaic St. in Trenton, today. Music starts at 3 p.m.
Terrence McManus and Gerry Hemingway will be at Small World Coffee, on Witherspoon Street in Princeton, at 8:30 p.m.
Laura Hull is at Cecil’s, in West Orange, tonight and Saturday night, with pianist Steve Myerson. The music starts at 9 p.m.
B.D. Lenz will perform at Hopewell Valley Vineyards, 5 – 8 p.m.
The John Bianculli Trio-- John Bianculli, Tom Baker and Nick Franciosa -- will be at New Brunswick’s STEAKHOUSE 85, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Joe Licari plays at the Palazzo Restaurant in Montclair.
Sunday, March 7
Anthony Branker and Ascent will be at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, on Witherspoon Street in Princeton. The event starts at 3 p.m.; tickets are $15/ $10 for ACP members. For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here or call 609-924-8777.
Pete Escovedo and the WPU Latin Jazz Ensemble will be onstage at William Paterson University’s Shea Theatre at 4 p.m. Admission is $15 ( $12 for seniors and $8 for students).
Pam Purvis, Bob Ackerman and Matt Chertkoff are at Cecil’s in West Orange at 5:30 p.m.
Monday, March 8
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, March 9
Nikki Denner will be at the Hibiscus Restaurant Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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, March 10
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 entertains at Libretti’s Restaurant, 554 Orange St. in Orange, at 7 p.m. Wednesdays.
John Bushnell Mary Fowle will be at BT Bistro, on Route1 I Princeton, 9 p.m.
Thursday, March 11
Jim Popik and the JP3 will host a jazz jam at The Hopewell Bistro, part of the Hopewell Valley Inn at 15 E. Broad St. in Hopewell, starting at 8 p.m.