Thursday, June 21, 2018

4th Annual Jazz Record Collectors’ Bash June 22-23, 2018

44th Annual Jazz Record Collectors’ Bash

WHEN: June 22-23, 2018. Doors open 8:00am on Friday & Saturday
WHERE: Hilton Garden Inn, Edison/Raritan Center, 50 Raritan Center Parkway, Edison
ADMISSION: $20.00 covers buyer’s admission for two days (Friday & Saturday). After 5:00 p.m. Friday (including Saturday re-entry) and all day Saturday admission is $10.00. Early buyers will be admitted Thursday evening after 7:30pm for $40.00.

78s, LPs, CDs & Memorabilia


  • 8:00pm: Rare film and TV clips by jazz collector and film historian David Weiner. Music researcher and film historian David Weiner presents two hours of rare film and TV clips, featuring jazz and pop artists from the 1920s to the present. Among the featured performers are soloists Louis Armstrong, Edmond Hall, Coleman Hawkins, Dave Tough, Benny Carter & more; the bands of Eddie Condon, Vince Giordano, Count Basie, Ambrose, Abe Lyman & Gene Krupa; and vocalists Elizabeth Welch, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Evelyn Dall, Bobby Darin, Buck & Bubbles & the Nicholas Brothers. Plus vintage musical cartoons, newsreel clips and Lobo, the Wonder Dog!
  • 10:00pm: LOREN SCHOENBERG, Senior Scholar at The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, will present a listening session of recordings from the Bill Savory collection. Loren’s presentation will concentrate on recordings, including of Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington, which, due to estate restrictions, could not be included in the recently issued Mosaic 6-CD set.


  • 2:00 to 3:30pm & 4:30 to 6:00pm: Two separate film presentations: Will Friedwald’s Clip Joint returns and California jazz film archivist and researcher Mark Cantor will make his first appearance at the Bash. Details TBA.

WILL FRIEDWALD writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL & VANITY FAIR (and reviews current shows for THE OBSERVER and Citiview). He also is the author of eight books including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

With a vast archive of more than 12,000 films and clips, Los Angeles music maven Mark Cantor’s spectacular collection of jazz and blues performances is widely considered one of the world’s premier collections of American popular music on film.


  • 8:00pm: RON HUTCHINSON co-founder of the Vitaphone Project

This year, in addition to some vintage early talkie shorts and cartoons, Ron will discuss and present the recently restored 1930 Technicolor Paul Whitman feature, KING OF JAZZ. The beautiful restoration features Whiteman, Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, Frank Trumbauer, Bing Crosby and The Rhythm Boys and pop tunes like HAPPY FEET, A BENCH IN THE PARK, RAGAMUFFIN ROMEO and I LIKE TO DO THINGS FOR YOU.


By car:

IMPORTANT: Although the hotel address is on Raritan Center Parkway, it is safer to enter the hotel grounds from King Georges Post Road.  For those approaching the hotel via Raritan Center Parkway, online mapping websites and GPS devices will instruct you to make a U-turn. Ignore those instructions and follow those below.

Via I-95 (NJ Turnpike) to exit 10. Keep right, follow signs for and merge into County Road 514 – Woodbridge Ave. Keep right and in less than ¼ mile take ramp to Raritan Center. Continue on Raritan Center Parkway. At the first traffic light turn left onto King Georges Post Road.  Make first left to hotel.

Via Garden State Parkway south: Take exit 129. Keep right at fork and follow signs for County Road 501. Take CR 501 about 1.5 miles. Entrance to hotel is on right, just before Raritan Center Parkway.

Via Garden State Parkway north: Take exit 127 (Industrial Ave / Riverside Dr). Continue on Riverside Dr approximately 2 miles. Turn right on Clearview Rd and take it to end. Turn left on King Georges Post Rd. Hotel entrance is about ¾ mile on right, just before Raritan Center Parkway.

Via I-287 south: Continue to NJ-440 North and take exit for County Road 514 West – Woodbridge Ave.  Keep right and in less than ¼ mile take ramp to Raritan Center. At the first traffic light turn left onto King Georges Post Road. Make first left to hotel.

From Outerbridge Crossing:

  1. Take NJ 440 South to exit for Industrial Ave / Riverside Dr and then follow directions as Garden State Parkway north, above.


  1. Take NJ-440 South to I-95 exit toward County Road 514 (Woodbridge Ave) West. Merge into CR 514. Keep right and in less than ¼ mile take ramp to Raritan Center. Continue on Raritan Center Parkway. At the first traffic light turn left onto King Georges Post Road. Make first left to hotel.

By public transportation:

Convenient from Penn Station in New York City, Newark Penn Station, Newark Liberty International Airport and Trenton, NJ. Take NJ Transit to Metuchen station on Northeast Corridor line. From Philadelphia 30th Street Station, take SEPTA to Trenton, NJ and transfer to NJ Transit NEC.

From Metuchen Station:
[or any point within a 3 mile (5km) radius of the hotel] A free shuttle is available to hotel guests and attendees of the Bash. Call the hotel ahead of time for shuttle pickup. From NYC, Metuchen is one stop past Metropark.