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Talkin' Jazz is back! — April 2019

This Year Honoring Women in Jazz

In a special arts partnership with Two River Theater, we are presenting this year's Talkin' Jazz series at the iconic Red Bank theater as an homage to women in jazz.  Two River's upcoming production of Oo-Bla-Dee  paints a shimmering portrait of an all-female band of African-American bebop musicians traveling the country following the end of World War II.  With our lecture series, the Two River production, and our own Summer Jazz Café, this portends to be an entire season celebratiing womens contribution to the art form. 

This series will take place at

Two River Theater

Although this is a free event, space is limited.  Please reserve your ticket through the Two River Theater Box office

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April is National Jazz Appreciation Month initiated by the Smithsonian Institute and established by an act of Congress. It is an annual celebration that pays tribute to jazz as an historic and living American art form. Since 2008, Jazz Arts Project has participated by curating a series of lectures and Q & A panels featuring noted jazz luminaries and scholars, hosted & moderated by Joe Muccioli, Artistic Director of Jazz Arts Project. This free community event is a great introduction to jazz for novices or a wonderful extension of knowledge for connoisseurs.

Guest Speakers & Subjects



Leonieke Scheuble:  “Young Women in Jazz, (the future)”


April Grier:  “Mary Lou Williams, the Lady Who Swings the Band”


TUESDAY, APRIL 23rd at 7:00PM

 “the Music and Story of OO-BLA-DEE”








Champian Fulton:  “Women of Song”

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Talkin' Jazz  2017

“One for the Count!” — Tribute to Count Basie — Guest Speaker: Darrell Lawrence Willis

Jazz icon, Count Basie, was born William James Basie August 21, 1904 in Red Bank, New Jersey. Count Basie is considered one of the greatest bandleaders of all times. He was the arbiter of the big band swing sound and his unique style of fusing the blues and jazz forms established swing as a predominant music style. Basie changed the jazz landscape and shaped mid-20th century popular music, duly earning the title “King of Swing” because he made the world want to dance.  Basie earned nine Grammy Awards making history in 1958 by becoming the first African-American to receive the award. He has had an unprecedented four recordings inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame – One O’Clock Jump (1979), April in Paris (1985), Everyday I Have the Blues (1992), and Lester Leaps In (2005), along with a slew of other awards and honors not only for his music, but for his humanitarianism and philanthropy around the world.  Basie died April 26, 1984 in Hollywood, FL but his legacy is still swinging strong.

“Mulligan Stew” — The Life & Music of Gerry Mulligan — Guest Speaker: Sanford Josephson

In the pantheon of jazz, Gerry Mulligan represents not one, but two major voices. He is not only one of the unarguably historic voices on the baritone saxophone, but he is also a major arranger who wrote for some of the major big bands and his own recordings, not to mention the game-changing 1949 Birth of the Cool recording which is often credited only to Gil Evans but also featured Mulligan’s arranging voice.

“100 Years of Ella!” — Guest Speaker: Champian Fulton

Let’s celebrate Ella’s legacy of songs! Ella sang everything. Every kind of music. She started out as a Big Band Singer, hitting the charts with the popular tunes of the thirties and forties. Ella was the greatest female interpreter of American Popular Song. She revolutionized the music world with her perfect pitch, melodious voice and her unforgettable ability to “scat”.  She sang Jazz using her voice like one of the instruments in the band.  Through the many decades of her performing career she recorded countless albums including her beloved “songbook” series.

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This is a work in progress there is much more to come...

 Here are some of Jazz Arts Project’s speakers from previous years:

  • “The State of Jazz”  Dorthaan Kirk and Sheila Anderson, two venerable personalities from WBGO Jazz 88.3

  • “Jazz Jokes and Anecdotes” with Master Bassist and author Bill Crow

  • “What A Wonderful World” Ricky Riccardi Project Archivist for the Louis Armstrong House Museum

  • “Improvisation and Education with venerable saxophonist and Jazz Arts Academy instructor Bruce Williams

  • “Mary Lou Williams – The First Lady of Jazz” with Vincent Pelote from the Institute of Jazz Studies

  • “Jazz Clubs then and now”  with veteran musician and club owner of Cecil’s jazz club Cecil Brooks III

  • ‘From Russia with Love”  with Russian born trumpet artist Valery Ponomarev

  • “A Great Day In Harlem”  discussing and showing of that historic film documentary film

  • “Ragtime” with specialist and Eubie Blake Protege´ Terry Waldo

  • The Quintessential Charlie Parker” with jazz historian, radio personality and raconteur Phil Schaap

  • “Jazz and the American Culture” with Musician/ Educator/ Author – Warren Smith.

  • The Ellington Mystique” with Duke Ellington’s grandson Edward Kennedy Ellington

  • “Listen” with Ed Berger, Associate Director of The Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University.

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