Sunday, April 7, 2019


Jazz Appreciation Month (fondly known as "JAM") was created at the Smithsonian in 2001 to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz for the entire month of April.

Throughout 2019, NBJP celebrates the 125th Birthday of New Brunswick's own
James P. Johnson

February 1, 1894 - November  17, 1955

Part of NBJP's mission is to showcase the next generation of jazz musicians ... the future "greats!" This is a chance to see them NOW! Manhattan School of Music drummer, Garbriel Bar-Cohen leads the band and the Open Session.

Josh Lawrence is a critically acclaimed trumpeter and composer. His ensemble was dubbed "an all-star outfit" by The New York Times. Bandmates include alto saxophonist Caleb Curtis, drummer Anwar Marshall, pianist Zaccai Curtis, and bassist Luques Curtis. The quintet's third album Triptych will be available March 29, 2019, on Posi-Tone Records. Lawrence has received awards from Chamber Music America, the American Composers Forum, the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. Lawrence also codirects the Fresh Cut Orchestra and is a member of pianist Orrin Evans' GRAMMY nominated Captain Black Big Band.

Mike Lee, an Ohio native, is a gifted tenor saxophonist who studied music at Cleveland State University and the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Lee was resident in New York, playing with the Village Vanguard Orchestra, Maria Schneider's orchestra, Ron Affif, Dave Douglas and Bill Mobley. Lee's activities continued into the late 90s, with two of his compositions rating in the top five at 1997's Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and BMI International Jazz Composers Competition. His touring schedule included dates with Benny Green, Marian McPartland and Freddie Cole, and he has also played and recorded with his wife Rebecca, a violinist, and guitarist John Hart.

Jackie delivers a brand of performance excellence and professionalism that places her among an elite category of vocalists of exceptional caliber and unsurpassed capability. A product of the Jazz program at Rutgers University—she studied with a coalition of legendary talents. Jackie's abundant talents have carried her overseas to perform at festivals in Russia, Berlin and Switzerland while at home, she makes regular appearances at local music festivals. Her fresh interpretations of standard, popular and original material enthralls audiences and leave them eager for more.



Jazz Matinees

at the



24 Passaic St., Trenton, NJ

April 20 | Behn Gillece Quartet | TICKETS

All shows start at 7:30PM, tickets $15 in advance or at the door
Please Note: The May 18 show has been CANCELLED


The festival culminates inside Richardson Auditorium with a ticketed concert *($15 general/$5 student) by legendary bassist Dave Holland alongside Princeton University's Jazz Small Group I.

Free and open to all. No tickets required.

12:00pm -1:00pm
Small Group X with Special Guest Joel Frahm, saxophone (Free, non-ticketed)

1:20-2:20pm Small Group A with saxophonist Tia Fuller and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen (Free, non-ticketed)

2:40-3:40pm Charenée Wade Quartet with Wade on vocals, pianist Oscar Perez, bassist Paul Beaudry, drummer Darrell Green (Free, non-ticketed)

4:00-5:00pm Pedrito Martinez Group with Martinez on percussion and lead vocals; Isaac Delgado, Jr. on keyboards and vocals; Sebastian Natal on electric bass and vocals; Jhair Sala on percussion (Free, non-ticketed)

5:20-6:30pm Donny McCaslin Quartet with McCaslin on saxophones, keyboardist Jason Lindner, bassist Jonathan Maron, drummer Zach Danziger (Free, non-ticketed)

For more local  New Jersey Jazz events please visit: NJJAZZLIST