The Central New Jersey Home News from New Brunswick, New Jersey on June 14, 1984 · 66
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The Central New Jersey Home News from New Brunswick, New Jersey · 66

New Brunswick, New Jersey
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Thursday, June 14, 1984
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o o 111 I H z o (0 LU Z UJ 5 O l hi I I Promoters mull possible summer jazz festival at Rutgers This is the last week before the Kool Jazz Festival descends upon the greater New York-New Jersey area for nearly a fortnight. With fifty concerts in 10 days beginning June 22, Kool Jazz is about as big and as busy as jazz gets all year. And new for this festival is the scheduled appearance of Philip Glass and his Ensemble June 27 at 8 p.m. at Carnegie Hall. In a previous column we mentioned that Glass' appearance marked a considerable departure from standard jazz fare. We might have underplayed it. Philip Glass at a jazz festival is quite remarkable, and ought to be reason enough for you to suffer the heat and make your way to Manhattan. Glass is famed for his minimalist compositions. His pieces employ a lot of musicians with the idea of putting very little sound to big use. It is hard to guess what kind of program Glass will present to an audience which may number plenty of curious jazz fans. All the more reason, we'd say, to be there. Spring has been a good season for area jazz. The hustle of promoters and musicians has meant great listening. Crowds have been spotted where before chairs were empty. And even a slight show of good business seems to result in big planning by musicians and promoters. The Kool Jazz Festival, in fact, has some promoters talking about producing a local summer festival scaled for these environs. What does it take to put on a jazz festival in our area? Greg Johnson, who has steadily booked the Stagecoach Lcunge in New Brunswick with fine talent, says the site is the most important factor. The best site, he says, is an outdoor arena with a large capacity. The Jazz Musicians Collective of New Brunswick last summer and the summer before that proved that an indoor venue can also be hospitable to performers and patrons, and ' generate high revenues for the promoters if managed properly. The Collective also proved that having big name performers appear in local productions isn't as difficult a task as it might seem. Woody Shaw, Bobby Watson, and Jaki Byard were festival guests at last summer's Collective festival. Promoter Johnson says it's all a matter of paying the musicians. And the bill isn't Jersey jazz L'ichael Trotman I? tJ even what you'd think. Johnson says, on good authority, that to land Chick Corea in New Brunswick, let's say, for a night's performance amounting to about two hours' work, would cost in the neighborhood of $2,500. Corea's pedigree includes impressive stints with Miles Davis, Return To Forever, and his own keen solo work. Chick would likely bring a small group, play a relatively brief set, take the money and his bows, says Johnson. "Getting to the musicians is not all that hard," Johnson says. "You've just got to come up with the money." The difficulty in booking the name acts, he says, comes from having to provide the money for a postponed date. . .. "The musicians are constantly working in the summer," says Johnson. "If you have a rain date, let's say, you've got to come up with the money for that second day." Johnson also outlined the necessity of getting the right concert facility. You want the biggest place you can find to hold as many paying customers as you can scare op, he insists. This big site can't be so big that you can't control the sale of tickets. Johnson has plans for a festival next summer. He has his eye on Rutgers Stadium, on Rutgers' Piscataway campus. Big (seats about 20,000), it's an open-air facility with built-in gate control. But what would it take to rent the place? "A lot of talking to the people at the University," says Johnson, from, university president Edward J. Bloustein down. It seems there will be no festival in New Brunswick this summer. The Jazz Collective is rerouting its energies to a smaller scale, and conserving its money. There may be nights when special guests drop by. These nights may even be several. Ambition has gotten into the planners. Only organization is lacking so far. Still, just to give you a taste of big-name jazz, guitarist Ted Dunbar will appear with pianist Mickey Tucker tomorrow and Saturday at the Stagecoach Lounge, 129 Albany St., New Brunswick. Pioneer sets sail daily in New York Harbor The schooner "Pioneer" has been taking passengers into New York Harbor on two- and three-hour sails since May 5 and will continue to sail through October as a part of the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City. THE. JUNE OPERA FESTIVAL OF NEW JERSEY Michael Pratt and Prter Westergaard, directors Opening Season June 15-30 At the Kirby Arts Center of The Lawrenceville School Lawrenceville, New Jersey Featuring a new production of Mozart's comic masterpiece The Marriage of Figaro New English translation by Petn Westergaard Michael Pratt, conductor Members of the New Jersev Svmphonv Orchestra June 15, 17, 22, 24. 27, 30 CONCERT I June 20 An evening of Romantic vocal music CONCERT II June 23 An eivning of orchestral music CONCERT IH June 29 An evening of music inspired by Shakespeare All performances in the air-conditioned theater of the Kirby Arts Center at The Lawrenceville School. Picnicking before every performance and during the long intermissions on June 17, 24, and 30. Elegant picnic dinners can be ordered with your tickets. Box office now open Tickets may be ordered by calling (6091 6I759, using Visa or MasterCard. Tickets are available at all Ticketron locations Pioneer is the last remaining coastal trade schooner built of iron in this country and the only "working boat" in the museum's collection of historic vessels. It has no preset course; both wind and tide determine the direction taken. Capt. Dianne Glen-non encourages passengers to bring food and drink aboard, but no transistor radios or ta-pedecks. The boat also is used for volunteer sail training, Sea Scout training and sails for charitable purposes. The schedule is noon to 2 p.m. every day except Monday and Tuesday; 3 to 5 p.m. seven days a week; 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Monday through Friday if not chartered, and 9 p.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday, charters. Prices for two-hour sails are adults, $15 and children under 12, $10. For three-hour sails, the charge is adults, $20, and children, $15. For information call 212-669-9400. South Street Seaport hosts summer jazz series Hi 2 Shows ! Dance Sets IV J I ONE NIGHT ONLY! I BC i Sunday, June 24 ' I 7 & 9P.M. 1 I at the I isb HoRywooa at., nntsia YOU'VE SEEN THE BEST A NOW SEE THE BEST! j . mf Admission $6.00 f ESEBVATIONS SUGGESTED I I 679-1 174 or SS5-1C00 ' I IT ii in in - ii i m n ill i in hi Hi mi m The South Street Seaport Museum's Summerpier jazz concert season will begin June 21, initiating 17 free, outdoor evening concerts at the museum's Pier 16 in the East River in New York. The opening concert will feature James Moody's saxophones and flutes. A special event has been added for July 4, when blues singer Alberta Hunter will perform as well as the Brewery puppets. The starting time for this concert only is 6 p.m. On July 5, there will be dancing to Kit McClure's 16-piece all-woman big band. With the exception of the July 4 event, the Thursday and Friday evening concerts in the eight-week series start at 8 p.m., with the the following Monday at S p.m. as rain date. All concerts are free. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the box office on Pier 16, two hours before the concert. Also included in the program are: June 22, the Nat West Jazz Band, Dixieland from England; June 28, Cedar Walton and Co., keyboards; June 29, The Barry Harris-Clifford Jordan Quartet, be-bop; July 6, Valery Ponomarev and The Universal Language; July 2, The Sonny Fortune Quinet; July 13, The Harold Ousley Quintet; July 19, Roger Kel-laway, Michael Moore, chamber jazz duo, piano and bass; July 20, Kirk Lightsey, Harold Danko, duo grand pianos, and July 26, The Jay Hog-gard Quintet. Also: July 27, Dave Valentin, with Bill O'Connell, Lincoln Goines, Roger Squitero and Tito Marrero; Aug. 2, Charli Persip and Superband; Aug. 3, The Nat Adderly Quartet; Aug. 9, Larry Harlow and Orchestra, salsa, with vocals by Ray Perez, and Aug. 10, Thiago de Mello and Amazon. Further information is available by calling 212-669-9400. Rolling Stones inducted into Hall The Rolling Stones will become the first group of performers to be inducted into the Madison Square Garden Hall of Fame today when they are included among 10 sports and entertainment notables. The ceremony will bring membership in the hall to 117, all individuals except for the Rolling Stones. The British band, including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman, will join rock star Elton John, who entered in 1977 in the "entertainers" category. The first contemporary music group to receive the garden's platinum ticket in 1981, honoring arena career concert attendance by more than 250,000 fans, the Rolling Stones performed before 13 garden sellout crowds since 1969. . They last appeared at the garden in 1981. Also to be inducted today are New York Knickerbockers guard Walt Frazier and head coach William "Red" Holzman; New York Rangers Rod Gilbert and Harry Howell; tennis ace Rod Laver, the late sports-writer Jesse P. Abramson and wrestling promoter Vincent J. McMahon; . Judge Myles J. Lane and garden building superintendent Richard Do-nopria. Just for Sites Film program at South Brunswick Public Library, Kingston Lane, Monmouth Junction, includes feature film about Arabian horse ; at 1 p.m. Saturday. (82 1-8224) Sesame Place, Langhorne, Pa. , action-oriented play park for children, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. Starting tomorrow, hours are extended to 8 p.m. (215-752-7070) .

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