Thu, Jun 28, 2012

Arts, Entertainment

Jazz in the Garden: And it begins…

BY Blake Turner

Jazz in the Garden: And it begins…

I am a Newark transplant. I went to college at Rutgers-Newark as an undergrad, and when it came time for me to graduate, I decided I wasn’t budging. I fell in love with the city of Newark for more than a few reasons. As an art lover, I asked myself the question, “Why leave an area that is so rich in culture and the arts?” One of the moments that is responsible for my decision to stay here was stumbling into the Newark Museum’s backyard. It was noon and I was picking up lunch at the Thai Spot on New St.  It was beautiful outside, and I couldn’t justify actually eating indoors. I began walking up Washington Street and before you know it was walking into the garden. It is a beautiful and peaceful space and I began to frequent it on my lunch break. When I found out there was LIVE JAZZ during the summer… I became an official regular!

I look forward to this time every year when “Jazz in the Garden” begins. An hour and half of pure bliss and delightful tunes. And it begins…  Today, Jeremy Pelt kicks of the series.  To view the summer line up:

About Jeremy Pelt – trumpeter
Haling from Los Angeles, Jeremy Pelt graduated from the Berklee School of Music and landed in New York City in 1988, where he was immediately noticed by leading musicians, which led to his gig with the Charles Mingus Big Band. Voted “Rising Star” five years in a row by Down Beat Magazine and the Jazz Journalist Association, Pelt’s performances garner rave reviews. At age 35, he enjoys ten successful recordings. His most recent CD, Soul, has brought him further recognition. Pelt has an unmistakable sound and plays with a forward momentum, strength and clarity. His band–featuring JD Allen, tenor sax; Danny Grissett, piano; Dwayne Burno, bass; Gerald Cleaver, drums–has a bright future with him at the helm.

Jeremy Pelt

Jazz in the Garden, Summer Concert Series

Jazz in the Garden
Summer Concert Series
Thursdays, June 28–August 2, 12:15–1:45 pm
(rain or shine)

Suggested Admission: Adults $3; Children and Museum members FREE

For more than 40 years, the Newark Museum has presented all-star lineups of jazz greats during its annual Jazz in the Garden Summer Concert Series. This year promises another wonderful season in the Museum’s award-winning Alice Ransom Dreyfuss Memorial Garden, adding new musicians to the impressive list of such past performers as Andy Bey, Ron Carter, Will Calhoun and Carrie Smith.

49 Washington Street  Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 596-6550



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