The Best Jazz Beat Around Is At Rutgers University, Newark, Home Of Jazz Talks, Concerts And More

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On a brisk autumn day, there’s no better way to warm up than with some cool jazz. The Institute of Jazz Studies (IJS) at Rutgers University in Newark has announced another great schedule of jazz concerts, talks and exhibits for the 2011-2012 academic year, all of which are open to the public and free. IJS also is again teaming up with radio station WBGO-FM 88.3 to present its “Jazz from the Archives” radio series, which is broadcast on WBGO-FM 88.3, every Sunday, 11 p.m. – 12 a.m. The series is produced and hosted by the IJS.

Events are subject to change; for updated information and additional events, visit The John Cotton Dana Library is wheelchair-accessible; it is at 185 University Ave., on the Rutgers campus in Newark.

    IJS JAZZ EVENTS FOR 2011-2012

JAZZ RESEARCH ROUNDTABLESDana Library, Dana Room; 7-9 p.m.; free admission; 973/353-

Sept. 21, Dr. Michael Karhr: The Life and Music of Pianist and Composer Clare Fischer.
Oct. 19: Eric Charry: Three Paths in the Formation of an Avant Garde in Jazz (1956-61): Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman

Nov. 16: Dorthaan Kirk: My Life with Rahsaan Kirk and with WBGO-FM
Dec. 7: Tad Hershorn: The Archival Norman Granz
Jan. 18, 2012: Aaron J. Johnson: Jazz and Radio in the United States
Feb. 15: Leonard Brown: John Coltrane and Black Spirituality
March 7: Eunmi Shim: Lennie Tristano
April 4: Radam Schwartz: Organ Jazz

Financial support for the Roundtable is provided by the Rosalind & Alfred Berger Foundation.


Dana Library, Dana Room; 2-4 p.m.; free admission

Oct. 6, Leo Johnson and the Jazz Elders
Leo Johnson came to Newark in the late ‘50s before becoming a member of the ULS Air Force Band in Europe. After his tour ended, he returned to Newark and has been a mainstay on the local jazz scene ever since.

Nov. 8, Bradford Hayes Ensemble
Bradford Hayes, a native of Petersburg, Virginia, has been a force on the jazz scene in the northeastern U.S. for several years, performing at a number of clubs, colleges and concert halls.

SPRING 2012 –dates to be announced:
Carrie Jackson: Salute to Sarah Vaughan

The New Generation: Organist Radam Schwartz will lead a group of some of the leading Newark-based young jazz artists

GETTING TO RUTGERS UNIVERSITY IN NEWARKBY MASS TRANSIT: New Jersey Transit buses and trains, the PATH train and Amtrak from New York City, and the Newark Light Rail, Washington Street Station or Broad Street Station.

BY CAR: Via Garden State Parkway, New Jersey Turnpike, Routes 95, 21, 78, or 280, and the Lincoln and Holland tunnels. Metered parking is available on University Avenue. Other parking: Rutgers-Newark’s parking garage (200 University Ave.) or the Bradley Hall Lot. Printable maps and driving directions at: