Friday, May 17, 2019




WHEN: Sat May 25, 2019 7:00 PM
: UCPAC Mainstage, 1601  Irving St., Rahway
TICKETS: $25. Price increases to $30.00 at door on the night of the event.

We're extremely excited to announce The Wannabes' 2nd annual Open House: A Dance Showcase!

Open House Vol. 2 is an open dance party in a carefree and enjoyable setting to celebrate our community's mutual love and passion for the expressive art of dance and to cap off our hardworking competition season! Our lineup consists of performances produced by the collaborative efforts of both NJ and NY teams as well as of teams outside the Tri-State community. We hope to bring back the nostalgic 90s era of dance when it was just one big house party!

Show is roughly 2 hours long.

New Dance Camp for Children and Teens in Rahway This Summer

BOLD Arts Dance Camp

BOLD Arts Dance Camp

WHEN: August 5-9, 9 AM to 3 PM each day
UCPAC'S Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway

BOLD Arts and UCPAC invite you to join us in our inaugural summer partnership. New and experienced dancers, movement enthusiasts, and theater-lovers will enjoy a creative and rigorous week of dance camp, which will culminate in a high-energy, original performance with live music at Union County Performing Arts Center on Friday, 8/9/19.

Participants are immersed in a thought-provoking theme used to inspire their show. Each day dancers learn new choreography, create original work, make scenery and costumes, and sing with live music. Expect to have fun, be challenged, and be exposed to various styles of dance, physical storytelling, and incredible music. Sharpen your dance and performance skills in a supportive and energized environment with NYC teaching artists.

Enrollment is limited and ends Friday, 8/2/19 at 5 PM! Suitable for grammar school students (grades 3-6, "Child") and young teens (grades 7-10, "Teen").

For more info:

BOLD Arts: Final Performance!

WHEN: Fri Aug 09, 2019 2:15 PM
: UCPAC'S Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway

Participants in BOLD Arts' one-week dance camp have collaboratively created an original show inspired by dancemakers on the stage and on the silver screen. They've learned masterworks by famous choreographers and made their own dances using the tools and techniques of the greats! Come support these artists and see the culmination of a creative and rigorous week of dance camp in the form of a high-energy, original performance with live music.

State Theatre New Jersey presents “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live:

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!

King for a Day!

WHEN: Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 3pm & 6pm 
: State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
TICKETS: $19-$44
For tickets, more information, or group discounts, call State Theatre Guest Services at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at State Theatre Guest Services, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm; Saturday from 1pm to 5pm; and at least three hours prior to curtain on performance dates unless otherwise specified. Additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.

The hugely popular Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!, based on the #1 PBS KIDS TV series, has delighted live audiences on stages across the country. Now, in its third year of touring, your favorite characters are hopping back on-board Trolley and coming to State Theatre New Jersey!

Daniel and all of his friends invite you for a brand-new adventure in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe where Daniel learns just what it takes to be King. The beloved characters come alive on stage with new songs to sing along to, magical moments, and many surprise guests along the way! It’s an event filled with teaching the valuable lessons of kindness, helping others, and being a friend.

About State Theatre New Jersey

The theater exists to enrich people’s lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through arts education. State Theatre New Jersey’s programs are made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund. United is the official airline of the State Theatre.

The Thurnauer School of Music at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Invites Musicians of All Ages to Audition for Performance Ensembles


WHEN: Sunday, June 2
: Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly

The Thurnauer School of Music at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, New Jersey’s leading community music school, invites musicians from the tri-state area to its Spring Ensemble Auditions for the 2019-20 school year.

Auditions will be held for participation in chamber music ensembles:

  • The String Camerata and Thurnauer Symphony Orchestra
  • TeenTown Jazz Big Band
  • Young People’s Chorus @ Thurnauer
  • chamber music ensembles
  • In addition, the school will hold placement evaluations for music theory classes.
  • Auditions for Senior Flute Choir and the Percussion Ensemble are available by appointment.

“We are very excited for our 37th season at the JCC Thurnauer School of Music,” said founding director Dorothy Kaplan Roffman. “We invite musicians of all ages and abilities to share their talents with us and see how they can grow and thrive at the music school under the guidance of our outstanding faculty.”

Thurnauer ensembles rehearse weekly and are led by highly skilled and dedicated teachers.  Each ensemble performs several times throughout the year and has unique opportunities to perform with renowned guest artists. In the past this has included great legendary musicians such as violinist Joshua Bell, New York Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert, legendary jazz guitarist Larry Coryell, jazz artist New York Yankee, Bernie Williams, and artistic director and the founder of Young People’s Chorus Francisco J. Núñez.

For full descriptions of each ensemble, as well as required audition repertoire for the orchestras and chamber music ensembles, please visit

All auditions are by appointment only. To schedule an audition, call 201-569-7900, ext. 375 or email Alternate dates or video auditions may be arranged for those unable to attend on June 2. The JCC Thurnauer School of Music’s 2018-19 school year begins late September.

About the JCC Thurnauer School of Music

Founded in 1984, the JCC Thurnauer School of Music serves over 500 students from infancy through adulthood, offering a comprehensive program similar to the finest pre-college conservatories. The Thurnauer experience includes instrumental lessons, ensembles, and classes, master classes with world-renowned artists; a chamber music series; faculty recitals; frequent student performances; and a long-term partnership with the Englewood Public School District. Thurnauer is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, has been named a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and received an award for “excellence and high standards” from The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Thursday, May 16, 2019



WHEN: May 24 through June 2 with specific performance times varying
: All performances are held in the Little Theatre located at 400 Jefferson street on the campus of Centenary University.
TICKETS: $12.50 for adults and $10.00 for children under 12.
For performance dates, times and to purchase tickets visit or call the box office at (908) 979 – 0900.

Centenary Stage Company’s critically acclaimed Young Performers Workshop returns to the Little Theatre at 400 Jefferson Street on the campus of Centenary University for the annual Spring Festival of Shows. The Spring Festival of Shows runs in rep . Tickets for performances are

book, lyrics and music by Warren Casey & Jim Jacobs

Grease is among the world’s most popular musicals with an eight–year run on Broadway, two subsequent revivals, a film adaptation and innumerable school and community productions.  Here is Rydell High's senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding "Burger Palace Boys" and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking "Pink Ladies" in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head "greaser" Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their "Summer Nights" as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as "Greased Lightnin'," "It's Raining on Prom Night," "Alone at the Drive-In Movie" recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. Grease is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

WHEN:  Friday, May 24 at 8pm; Sunday, May 26 at 7pm; Thursday, May 30 at 7:30pm; Saturday, June 1 at 8 pm and Sunday, June 2 at 1pm.

book, Lyrics and Music by C. Robert Jones

The Clown is the story of Mumbles, a shy clown, who falls in love with the beautiful ballerina, Doria.  When Dr. Tutto, the jealous circus owner discovers this, he frames Mumbles with the theft of the circus money box, and Mumbles is banished. The Clown is presented through the Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency, Inc.

WHEN: Saturday, May 25 at 2pm; Sunday, May 26 at 4pm and Saturday, June 1 at 5pm.

book by Michael Blevins & Beth Clary and music & lyrics by Michael Blevins, Scott Knipe, Bruce Sacks, and David Wollenberger

Loner, and unemployed actor/writer Victor heads to Starwood Performing Arts Camp in the Catskill Mountains where he is forced into producing his unfinished original musical with a cast of adolescents. Madoc Dean, whose long unkept hair barely covers the suspicious look in his eyes, learns with Victor that no man can make it alone. Despite Victor's inherent distrust of women he eventually learns to love one, Claire the camp's ballet teacher. Count to Ten is a high-spirited, toe-tapping, rich and satisfying musical that gets richer with repeated viewings. Count to Ten is presented through special arrangement with Group Theatre Too.

WHEN: Saturday, May 25 at 5pm; Friday, May 31 at 8PM; Saturday, June 1 at 2PM and Sunday, June 2 at 7PM.

book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer, music by Mary Rodgers and lyrics by Marshall Barer

If you thought you knew the story of 'The Princess and The Pea,' you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken's love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it wasn't the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again. Once Upon a Mattress is presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals.

WHEN: Saturday, May 25 at 8PM; Sunday, May 26 at 1PM and Saturday, June 2 at 4PM

The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Avenue Hackettstown, NJ. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5pm and two hours prior to every performance. Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Like and follow to receive the latest in Centenary Stage Company news and special offers.

The 2018-2019 season of performing arts events at the Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Sandra Kupperman Foundation, and CSC corporate sponsors, including Premier Season Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community, The House of the Good Shepherd, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Medical Center, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

Bergen County Players (BCP) continues its 86th season with “Rumors” by Neil Simon

by Neil Simon
directed by Peter Colletto

WHEN: through June 2nd; 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 pm on Sundays. There will be no performances on Mother?s Day, May 12th or Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-26.
Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell. Parking is free at the lot off Park Avenue, one-half block north of the theater.
TICKETS: $21 for Friday/Saturday performances and $17 for Sunday matinees, and can be purchased online at, by calling 201-261-4200 or by visiting the box office at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell during regular box office hours. Visa, Mastercard, and American Express are accepted.
Those interested in Group Sales of 20 or more tickets can email or call the main number and press #6.
Advance discount tickets for students age 25 and under with proper ID are available for $14 by phone or walk-up only, and student rush seats can be purchased for $5 (cash only) starting 30 minutes before curtain at every performance, pending seat availability. There is a limit of one rush ticket per student.
Row K, Seats #1 and #2 are held to accommodate people with disabilities; they can be purchased by calling the box office at 201-261-4200. These seats will be released for public sale two weeks prior to performance.

Neil Simon, called the “Broadway Master of Comedy” by the New York Times, was both a critically and commercially successful playwright.

In addition to winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Simon was nominated for 17Tony Awards, winning three. Simon wrote numerous screenplays as well as more than 30 Broadway plays; among his most famous are Barefoot in the Park and The Odd Couple.

In Rumors, Simon returns to laugh-out-loud comedy. This 1988 farce finds us at a dinner party in which the first guests discover the hostess missing and the host upstairs with a superficial gunshot wound. To prevent a scandal, the first couple hides this situation from the second, and they hide it from the third, all the way down the line. It is filled with half-prepared meals, car accidents, marital affairs, slapstick pratfalls, back spasms, mistaken identities and illogical alibis; and ? that?s just Act One! These hilarious rumor-based circumstances provide an evening, according to the News Tribune, that is "loud, raucous, fast-paced, witty and pretty much over the top from curtain to curtain?.

BCP Life Member Peter Colletto directs the show. He has directed and acted in numerous productions since joining BCP, with his directorial credits including It’s Only a Play, and dramas such as Speed the Plow and To Kill a Mockingbird.

The cast includes Jeanmarie Garver-Gaydos of River Edge, NJ (Chris Gorman), Jody Laufer of Fair Lawn, NJ (Ken Gorman), Sharon Podsada of Emerson, NJ (Claire Ganz), James Lugo of Congers, NY (Lenny Ganz), Ron Siclari of Oradell, NJ (Ernie Cusack), Joanne Misha of Montvale, NJ (Cookie Cusack), Larry Shagawat of Clifton, NJ (Glenn Cooper), Elaine D?Addezio of New Providence, NJ (Cassie Cooper), Andrew Lennon of Oradell, NJ (Officer Ben Welch) and Mary Clair Bongiovani of Lodi, NJ (Officer Connie Pudney).

The crew includes Peter Colletto (Director), Rhea Smith (Producer/Décor/Program Notes/Biographies), Michele Roth (Stage Manager), Michael Smith (Set Construction/Designer), Christine Francois (Assistant to Director), Allan Seward (Lighting Designer), Tim Larsen (Sound Designer), Cliff Dreispan (Sound Operator), Kathleen Ruland (Sound Operator), Sandra Conklin (Publicity), Jill Hendrickson (Lighting Operator), Jody Laufer (Set Construction), Barbra Murtha (Décor), David Luke (Crew), Randi Kestin (Crew) and Joyce Slous (Member-at-Large).

Bergen County Players has grown tremendously from its roots as a small community theater when it was founded in 1932. Today, nearly 300 volunteer members, working on and off stage, make possible the nine productions presented each season.

Photo Courtesy Michael Smith.

7th Annual Short Play Festival @ Luna Stage Next Week

WHERE: Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange
ADMISSION: Zero-pressure $15 suggested donation*

Join us for a casual workshop reading of a new play in Luna2, followed by conversation with the playwright! Our New Moon Series supports playwrights in developing their work and offers audiences a chance to see new plays in process. Every New Moon Event is followed by a talkback.

Monday, May 20, at 7:30pm
HOW TO MAKE A MILLION by Manuel Igrejas
LATE NIGHT by Naisa Capehart
WHEN DAY IS DONE by James Greller
YEAH...DITTO by Rebecca J. McGann
IT'S REGULA' by Della Brown Lewis
NIGHT by Craig Garcia

Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30pm
EQUAL...SOMETIMES by Andrea Fiest Stein
WHEREVER WE MAY BE by Idine Mousavi and Chris Kuiken
MEET MILLIE by Amanda Sage Comerford

Wednesday, May 22, at 7:30pm | High School Night

Find out more here.


*We want our New Moon Readings to be as accessible as possible, and we therefore have a Pay What You Can admission policy. However, we value this work and the artists who participate in presenting it, and only with support from our patrons are we able to continue to provide our stellar community programs. In that spirit, we ask that you consider making a donation at the door.

Three New Exhibitions Open at HAM This Sunday

Join us this Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. as we celebrate the opening of Transformed: Paper in Dimension; Aurora Robson: Re:fuse; and Shari Mendelson: Amphorae and Apparitions.

Everyone is welcome to attend. We'll have gallery talks with several artists and refreshments.

WHERE: 7 Lower Center St., Clinton

Nancy Baker, Untitled (detail), 2019, Cut Paper, Courtesy of the artist.

Transformed: Paper in Dimension

In Transformed: Paper in Dimension, eight artists show how the boundaries between paper and drawing, textiles, painting, architecture and sculpture are dissolving.

Exhibition curator Carol Eckert notes that paper traditionally has been used as a ground: its flat surface a conduit to convey meaning by applying ink or pigment.

But these works alter that: The physicality of the paper itself becomes the means to transmit the content, its dimensional forms capturing light and reflection and reconfiguring space, Eckert said.

“The artists transform a simple and available material by cutting, weaving, folding, shredding, tearing, twisting, gluing, and sewing — creating multifaceted structures and intricate physical drawings,” Eckert said. “Blurring the lines between traditional disciplines, these artists create works that are often mutable in the ways they interact with particular spaces, energizing and influencing the environments in which they are installed.” Read More

Aurora Robson, Lambie, 2017, 20 in. X 30 in., Ink and junk mail on paper, Courtesy of the artist.

Aurora Robson: Re:fuse

Sometimes one man’s trash isn’t just another man’s treasure.
For Aurora Robson, it can be art.

You can explore the art of Aurora Robson at her solo exhibition Re:fuse which appears through September 1 at the Museum.

Robson is a multi-media artist known mostly for her meditative work converting plastic waste into art. Robson’s art challenges our perception of matter. “Can artists serve a significant role in terms of solving environmental and societal problems? The answer is yes,” Robson says. Read More

Shari Mendelson, Donut Animal Askos 2, 2018, Repurposed plastic, hot glue, acrylic polymer, resin, 8.5 X 6.5 X 8.5 in., Courtesy of the artist. Photo credit: Alan Wiener.

Shari Mendelson: Amphorae and Apparitions

New York-based artist Shari Mendelson creates works that resemble something you’d expect to see in the antiquities gallery of a fine art museum.

But take a closer look. You are in for a surprise!

Mendelson creates her ancient-appearing vessels and figurines using salvaged plastic: juice, soda and water bottles. She cuts into them pieces and then, using hot glue and acrylic resin, creates new sculptures.

You can check out her work in Shari Mendelson: Amphorae and Apparitions, which will be on exhibition at the Museum through September 1.

“The original material is transformed from plastic trash into pieces that address issues of history, culture and the relative value of objects,” Mendelson said.  Read More




WHEN: May 16, 2019 - May 19, 2019
: UCPAC'S Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway

In nineteenth-century France, Jean Valjean is released from years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a lifelong struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert. Javert refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter.

Running Time: 2 Hours, 30 minutes including a 15 minute intermission.



WHEN: Sat May 18, 2019 7:00 PM
: UCPAC Mainstage, 1601 Irving St., Rahway, NJ

ANIMANIACS™ LIVE! in Concert is coming to UCPAC! Join Randy Rogel and Rob Paulsen with live musical accompaniment as they perform more than a dozen songs from the 90's hit show, and leave you laughing all the way out the door. Whether you know the show, love animation, or just enjoy live music experiences, ANIMANIACS™ LIVE! is an evening you won't want to miss!

ANIMANIACS and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s17)

ROCK 'N' ROLL FANTASY: Tribute to Bad Company & Foreigner

ROCK 'N' ROLL FANTASY: Tribute to Bad Company & Foreigner

WHEN: Thu May 23, 2019 8:00 PM
: UCPAC'S Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway, NJ

Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy, playing the music of Bad Company and Foreigner, is a band forged in the fires of classic rock.

~Singer Kevin Brennan has shared the stage with Paul Rodgers of Bad Company, Tom Scholz of Boston, and Roger Daltrey of The Who.

~Guitarist Bruce Edwards has performed with Simon Kirke of Bad Company, Carmine Appice of Vanilla Fudge, and members of Guns & Roses and Blue Oyster Cult.

~Guitarist Derrek Hawkins started his musical journey with Sammy Hagar and went on to play for Stabbing Westward, Spacehog, and Ace Frehley of KISS.

~Drummer Kevin Hupp played for Rick Derringer for ten years, and since then has worked with Eddie Van Halen, Hall & Oates, and Iggy Pop.

~Bassist Andy Huenerberg has shared both stage and studio with such diverse figures as Aretha Franklin, Leonard Bernstein, and the “Godfather of Rock & Roll,” Chuck Berry.

~Keyboard/Cowbellist Jess Kessler has worked with members of Blood, Sweat & Tears, Meatloaf and The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019


by David Hare

WHEN: May 3 through June 2
Berlind Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton
TICKETS: Tickets start at $25 and are on sale online at, by phone at (609) 258-2787, or in person at the McCarter Ticket Office, located at 91 University Place in Princeton.

The production’s running time is 2 hours, 20 minutes with one 15 minute intermission.

On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Mahira Kakkar) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Greg Wood), a successful and charismatic restaurateur. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship with food and wine, only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.

David Hare’s Skylight has been celebrated as a searing story of past loves, ever-present politics, and future hopes. Winner of the 2015 Tony Award® for Best Revival of a Play and an Olivier Award for Best Play, Skylight was originally produced at the National Theatre in 1995, before transferring to runs on the West End and Broadway. It has been hailed critically, being called “luminously beautiful and wildly truthful.” by The New York Post.

About the production, Director Emily Mann said “Writer to writer, I greatly admire David’s crystalline writing. Though I knew David quite well in the 1980s, I have never before directed one of his plays. Skylight is a love story that simultaneously asks tough questions about the politics of the day. Always managing to keep the love story in the foreground and the politics deeply imbedded in the on-stage tension between the lovers, David Hare created his finest play.” 

The cast for Skylight features the return of Mahira Kakkar (McCarter’s productions of Christopher Durang’s Miss Witherspoon and Rachel Bonds’ Five Mile Lake), and Greg Wood (Ebenezer Scrooge in McCarter’s A Christmas Carol); and welcomes the McCarter debut of Zane Pais (Dead Poets Society at Classic Stage Company).

The design team for Skylight includes scenic design by Tony Award® winner Beowulf Boritt, whose incredible work has been showcased on McCarter stages previously with Murder on the Orient Express, Turning Off the Morning News, and Stones In His Pockets. He is joined by costume designer Montana Levi Blanco (Fabulation and In the Blood for Signature Theatre), lighting designer Jason Lyons (numerous Broadway credits including Hand to God and On the Town), and sound designer/composer Pornchanok (Nok) Kanchanabanca (many regional credits including Cymbeline at Yale Rep.). Casting for this production of Skylight is provided by Caparelliotis Casting.

David Hare has been called "one of the great post-war British playwrights.” First co-founding Portable Theatre Company and Joint Stock Theatre Group, he served as Resident Dramatist at London’s Royal Court Theatre and Resident Dramatist at the Nottingham Playhouse. His first play, Slag, was performed at Hampstead Theatre Club in 1970. Subsequent works include Knuckle, Fanshen, Plenty, Pravda: A Fleet Street Comedy, The Secret Rapture, Skylight, Amy's View, and The Judas Kiss. He has been Associate Director of the National Theatre since 1984, and was knighted in 1998.

Inside Story
Join us 45 minutes before every performance for a talk led by a member of McCarter’s artistic staff. Hear about what inspired the play, its unique style, and more. All Inside Story talks take place in the Berlind Theatre unless otherwise noted in the lobby upon arrival.

New Jersey Jazz Society Scholarship Winners to Perform at May 19th Social

The New Jersey Jazz Society funds annual partial scholarship grants at five New Jersey universities with degree programs in jazz studies: Montclair State, New Jersey City University, Rowan, William Paterson, and Rutgers. This year’s scholarships totaled $7,900. Scholarship winners from four of those schools will perform as part of an All-Star College Ensemble at the

NJJS Monthly Jazz Social

WHEN: Sunday, May 19th; Doors open at 3 p.m.; music begins at 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Shanghai Jazz, 24 Main St. in Madison
ADMISSION: free for New Jersey Jazz Society members and $10 for non-members. There is also a $10 food/beverage minimum.
For more information, email, or call 973 214-3380.

They are:

Rowan University: Drummer Thomas Reilly and trumpeter Luis Ozoria . Reilly began his studies of jazz drumming, arranging, and composing with Bernards High School band director Fred Trumpy. Ozoria is from Galloway, NJ, attended Absegami High School, and currently lives in Absecon.  In addition to playing in the Rowan Jazz Band, Ozoria plays with the Philadelphia Wind Symphony.

New Jersey City University: Trombonist-vocalist Myles McGowan of Lodi and drummer Chris Paredes of Paterson are co-recipients of the Don Robertson Scholarship. Paredes identifies drummer Tim Horner as his most influential teacher.

William Paterson University: Tenor saxophonist Griffin Ross of Hillsborough, NC, is the winner of the Jack Stine Scholarship. Griffin has studied with Branford Marsalis.

Montclair State University: Trombonist Vito Cakaroglu of Tottenville High School on Staten Island has been awarded the NJ Jazz Society Board of Directors scholarship.

Joining the scholarship winners in the jazz social performance will be: Glen Ridge guitarist Benjamin Samuelson, Jersey City vocalist Jackie Gage, pianist Galo Inga, a graduate of Newark's Arts High School; and bassist James Nascimento, a resident of Staten Island.

Contributions to the NJ Jazz Society scholarship fund can be made by sending checks payable to NJJS Scholarship to NJJS Scholarship, c/o Mike Katz, 382 Springfield Ave., Suite 217, Summit, NJ 07901 or by credit card on NJJS is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization, and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.

Funding for the New Jersey Jazz Society socials has been made possible in part by Morris Arts through the N.J. State Council on the Arts/Department of State a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.