Institute Of Jazz Studies

Newark Jazz Legacy Concert Series: 2011 - 2012

Rutgers-Newark, Dana Library, Dana Room (free admission)

 

October 6, 2011

Leo Johnson and the Jazz Elders

Leo Johnson, saxophone, Richie McCrae, piano, Lisle Atkinson, bass, Steve Phillips, drums.

Saxophonist Leo Johnson has performed throughout Europe and the U.S. and has worked with such jazz notables as Jimmy McGriff, Jack McDuff, David "Fathead" Newman, Jimmy Witherspoon, Johnny Hammond and Rhoda Scott. Johnson has received threee proclamations from mayors Kenneth Gibson and Sharpe James in recognition of his contribution in the arts in Newark, and a fourth as one of Newark's "Jazz Elders." He was featured in the Star Ledger as one of 75 of the Garden State's most influential jazz figures. He taught saxophone and directed the Mosaic Jazz Ensemble at Rutgers University and currently teaches music at Essex County College. He holds a B.A. in Music and an M.A. in Jazz History from Rutgers.

 

Wycliff Gordon

 

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Newark Jazz Legacy Concert Series
Nov. 8, 2011

Bradford Hayes Ensemble

Saxophonist Bradford Hayes has been acclaimed by critics worldwide for his dynamic solo style and overall musicality. He has played with such jazz greats as Yusef Lateef, Ted Curson, Joe Lee Wilson, Jimmy Heath, Al Grey, Cecil Payne, Rufus Reid, Ray Bryant, Winard Harper, Ben Riley and Dr. Lonnie Smith. In addition to leading his own band, Hayes spent 15 years with Babatunde Olatunji's Drums of Passion Band, serving as Musical Director for the last 3 years, until Mr. Olatunji's passing. A high point of his career was his performance with Mr. Olatunji at Yankee Stadium during Nelson Mandela's first historical trip to the U.S. after his release from a South African prison. Lately, Bradford has also been performing with the Spirit of Life Ensemble. In addition to his musical accomplishments, Hayes has also had a distinguished career as an educator in Newark Public Schools. He holds a B. S. Degree in Music Education from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC. He has also studied privately with George Coleman and Charles Davis.


 

Bradford Hayes

 

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Newark Jazz Legacy Concert Series
March 27, 2012
, 2:30 - 4:00 PM

Carrie Jackson - Salute to Sarah Vaughan

Carrie Jackson is a native Newarker who began her musical career at age 6 in the children's choir at Newark's Mount Calvary Baptist Church. A product of the Newark Public School system, she attended Peshine Avenue Elementary School and Weequahic H. S. Jackson studied piano and voice with the legendary Howard "Duke" Anderson. Her vocal style evokes memories of the Great Ladies of jazz: Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Nancy Wilson, and Carmen McRae. Her critically acclaimed performances include a "Woman in Jazz" salute at the Newark Jazz Festival, a featured role in the musical "Ain't Misbehavin'" at the Villagers Theater, New Brunswick, NJ, and as principal artist in the 49th Street Jazz musical review and tribute to Eubie Blake, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Alberta Hunter. As Zan Stewart wrote in the Star Ledger: "Carrie is an advocate of the Great American Popular Songbook, a timeless wealth of material, and presents it with spirit and feeling; her renditions have a personal, not derivative, ring. Ms Jackson delivers these in just the right volume and vigor to reach all listeners; she digs into her comely lower ranges, mixed with her own jazz smarts, and sings in a no-nonsense manner, and makes the numbers breathe. Carrie Jackson is a rich-voiced blues, ballads and jazz standards singer who knows how to put a song across!" Ms Jackson will pay homage to one of Newark's greatest jazz legends - Sarah Vaughan.


 

Carrie Jackson

 

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Newark Jazz Legacy Concert Series
April 3, 2012
, 2:30 - 4:00 PM

The New Generation

Radam Schwartz is a jazz organist and pianist, recording artist, composer, arranger, educator, and is currently a student in the Rutgers Newark Jazz History and Research Program. He has been working with young jazz artists for years and will showcase some of them in a group he has assembled that includes himself on organ, James Gibbs (trumpet), Anthony Ware (alto sax), Julian Lee (alto sax), Rahsaan Pickett (guitar), and Michael Mohammed (drums).

 

 

Radam Schwartz

 

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all photos by Ed Berger

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Institute Of Jazz Studies
John Cotton Dana Library
Rutgers University
Newark, New Jersey