Jersey Jazz Fest Salutes Legends

Festival presented by New Jersey Jazz Society to salute Count Basie, Les Paul, Django Reinhardt and Woody Herman

Bucky and John Pizzarelli
Harry Allen at the Estoril Jazz Festival in Portugal, 1999

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For well over 30 years, the New Jersey Jazz Society has presented Jazzfest, a festival dedicated to mainstream jazz. The festival, which is held on the campus of Drew University in Madison, NJ, is like a jazz picnic and features the very best in traditional jazz performers. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, June 5 from noon until 10 pm, with a free concert also scheduled the night before.

This year’s festival salutes the legacy of Count Basie, Les Paul, Django Reinhardt and Woody Herman. Basie and Paul were recently inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. Among the artists schedule to perform are: Bucky and John Pizzarelli with the Statesmen of Jazz, featuring Harry Allen, Rebecca Kilgore and Martin Pizzarelli; Frank Vignola’s Hot Club; Cecil Brooks III CBIII Band; Harry Allen’s Four Others; the George Gee Swing Orchestra; Aaron Weinstein/Joe Cohn Duo; Madame Pat Tandy Band; and a special solo piano appearance by Marty Napoleon, who performed with Louis Armstrong for many years.

The music takes place in two venues, the Concert Hall in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, and a spacious jazz tent located on the lawn area adjacent to the arts center. In addition, there will be a variety of vendors offering a wide selection of food, hard to find records, jazz CDs, art and crafts of all kinds.

On Friday night there will be a concert in the tent at Drew University, featuring the winners of the three division of the New Jersey high school jazz band competition. This concert is free and will start at 7:00 P.M.

For more information about Jazzfest, visit the New Jersey Jazz Society web site or call the NJJS Hotline at 800-303-NJJS (6557).