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Friday, July 17th  AND  Saturday, July 18th  at  8:00PM

July 17th & July 18th, 2015 | Charenee Wade & Group “Tribute to Billie Holiday” | Purchase Tickets

Charenee Wade has the resume of a top-flight classic jazz singer. She came in 2nd place in the 2010 Thelonious Monk Competition. She’s a regular presence at Jazz at Lincoln Center, navigating the classic songbook with ease. She’s recorded with hard-swinging jazz stalwarts like bassist Rufus Reid and pianist Eric Reed. And, she teaches at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, passing on the tradition to a new generation of musicians.

But even with this traditional grounding, Wade is by no means a straight-laced jazz traditionalist. Instead, she uses her jazz background to explore a whole range of modern music.



July 24th & July 25th, 2015

Bucky Pizzarelli and Ed Laub & Special Guests

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FINAL WEEKEND: “Jazz Legends & Lions”

    Friday July 31st, 2015

          Trumpet Phenom Jon Faddis & Quartet  | FRIDAY NIGHT ONLY |

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    Saturday August 1, 2015

          Jazz Arts Academy Student Summer Showcase! & Jazz Faculty All-stars

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Summer Jazz Cafe 2015! Tickets Now On Sale!
Summer Jazz Cafe 2015! Tickets Now On Sale!

Since the summer of 2006,  Jazz Arts Project has been presenting straight ahead swinging classic jazz throughout the Greater South/Central NJ region.  Audiences, artists, and critics alike rave about this Summer Jazz Cafe citing an excellent atmosphere, great acoustics, and a consistently high level of artistry as reasons to return. You will be seated at cozy candle-lit cocktail tables with Coffee, Tea and Delectable treats available from our jazz café. Elegant theatrical lighting and an intimate room add to everyone’s enjoyment. Last year the entire series was named a Tri-City News Pick of the Year.

In past years at Summer Jazz Cafe we have presented such luminaries in the jazz world as Bucky Pizzarelli, Claudio Roditi, Joe Locke, Warren Vaché, Dave Valentin, Norman Simmons, Howard Johnson, Paul Meyers, Tony DeSare, Champian Fulton, Jay Leonhart, Aaron Weinstein, Cecil Brooks, Valery Ponomarev, Wayne Escoffery The Les Paul Trio, Wallace Roney, the Mingus Dynasty and many others. You can be assured that each years series will present truly inspired and exciting world-class artists.

Ticket prices are kept to an absolute minimum in order to encourage wide participation and to build an audience for jazz in the local area. These events are subsidized to an extent by local grants and private funding and individual contributions from our members and patrons.