NJ JAZZ SOCIETY NOVEMBER EVENTSVirtual Performance by Alexis Cole; Metuchen Arts Council Education Program on Ellington and Strayhorn
WHEN: Thursday, November 18, 7 p.m.
WHERE: streamed on the njjs.org website as well as on the NJJS Facebook page and YouTube channel. It will be archived on njjs.org and the YouTube channel.
ADMISSION: There is no admission charge, but donations are welcome and appreciated.
Funding for the NJJS Socials has been made possible, in part, by Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Cole recently returned to her alma mater, William Paterson University, as Chair of the Jazz Vocal program, succeeding her mentor, Nancy Marano, who has retired. She’ll also continue to teach Vocal Jazz at SUNY Purchase. “I feel grateful,” she said, “to be at the two greatest local conservatories close to my home.” Two of her former students at Purchase have recently been featured in Jersey Jazz — Lucy Wijnands (‘Rising Star’, June 2021) and Samara Joy (‘On the Road Again’ (July/August 2021).
ADMISSION: Attendance is free, but donations are suggested.
In the world of popular song, the perennial question is, “Which came first, the words or the music?” If there’s a parallel in jazz, it may be the question, “Who wrote that, Duke Ellington or Billy Strayhorn?”
David Hajdu, a professor at Columbia University and author of Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn (North Point Press: 1996) will address the latter in his upcoming talk—Ellington and Strayhorn: Alone and Together—sponsored by the Metuchen Arts Council-Jazz in collaboration with the New Jersey Jazz Society. (Photo by Takako Harkness)
Hajdu, originally from Phillipsburg, NJ, plans to open his discussion by considering the music each of the two composers made prior to their meeting in December,1938. He will take up an exemplary set of collaborations between them during their years of their close association; and he will examine the music Strayhorn made outside the Ellington orbit in his final days, as well as the music Ellington was inspired to write after Strayhorn’s death in 1967.