The New Jersey Jazz Society does a lot for jazz fans -- and for the future of jazz. One project the NJJS undertakes is the support of young jazz musicians, with scholarships awarded to students at New Jersey's fine schools of jazz: Rutgers University, William Paterson University, Rowan University and New Jersey City University.
Scholarships for Rutgers students are funded by the Pee Wee Russell Memorial Scholarship Fund, in memory of the clarinetist. The fund is maintained by the proceeds of the annual Pee Wee Stomp -- this year's event will be noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany. Tickets are $25 for NJJS members and $30 for non-members -- a terrific value for the show that includes performnaces by the Mark Shane Trio with Terry Blaine, Jon-Erik Kellso's EarRegulars, Kevin Dorn's Traditional Jazz Collective -- and this year's winners of the NJJS Jazz Scholarships. Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks are headlining -- here's a video: