Jazz Society Will Present 40th Anniversary All-Star Concert

MORRISTOWN – The New Jersey Jazz Society will celebrate its 40th Anniversary with an All-Star Jam and Reception at the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 3:00 p.m. The concert was rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy.

The all-star celebration will feature 24 of the finest jazz musicians and singers on the scene today, all of whom have an association with the Jazz Society. Four groups of five to seven artists each will perform.

The leaders of each ensemble will include cornetist Warren Vaché, trumpeter/vocalist Bria Skonberg, saxophonist Bob Ackerman and trombonist Emily Asher. The musicians slated to perform include vocalists Roseanna Vitro (2012 Grammy nominee), Nancy Nelson, Marlene VerPlanck and Pam Purvis; pianists Rio Clemente, Norman Simmons, and Tomoko Ohno; drummers Winard Harper, Sherrie Maricleand Jackie Williams, horn players Randy Reinhart, Peter Anderson, Will Anderson, Tom Artin, Dan Levinson; guitarist James Chirillo and bassists Nicki Parrott and Jon Burr.

A wine and cheese reception will immediately follow in the rotunda and wings of the arts center where a collection of memorabilia from the 40-year history will be displayed and where the artists will join with the attendees while emerging jazz stars pianist Billy Test and guitarist Adam Lomeo entertain.

Tickets are on sale through the NJJS website at www.njjs.org or by calling 1-908-273-7827. Tickets in advance are $30 for NJJS members and $35 for nonmembers. At the door, prices will be $5 more. Drew University is located on Route 124 in Madison and parking is free.

Led by its first president Jack Stine of Pluckemin, the New Jersey Jazz Society was formed by a group of 18 jazz enthusiasts, who were regulars at the weekly jazz gigs at the Hillside Lounge in Chester. The mission of the Jazz Society is to promote and preserve the great American musical art form known as jazz through live performances and educational outreach initiatives and scholarships.

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