Us on March 9, 2008, the first "Great Day In Highland Park"
Row 1 - Left To Right - Max Jacob, Jim Jasion, David Kolchmeyer
Row 2 - Left To Right - Michael Lawton, Naama Nebenzahl, Ken Fink, Yolanda Digrius
Row 3 - Left To Right - Grant Gardner, Bob Balogh, Aaron Moment, Dan Epstein, Tariq Ismael
In April, in 2007, the current schedule and venues
were adopted, with a Sunday Jam Session continuing at PJ's and a Wednesday or Tuesday Evening Jam Session at Rhythm's
Nightclub in Manville, NJ. In late May 2009, out stint at Rhythms came to an end but we have been able to secure an
interim private summertime venue for our Tuesday evening jam sessions.
Currently we have two regularly scheduled jam sessions, Sundays from 1 - 5 PM at
PJ's Coffee, located at 315 Raritan Avenue Highland Park, NJ and Tuesdays 7 - 10 PM at a private studio belonging to
our Tuesday House Band guitarist, John Forrestal, in Edison, NJ. We also do 2 pro bono appearances Monday and Wednesday
evening from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at the Home Town Buffet, with Monday given to a septet with a full rhythm section consisting
of piano, drums, guitar and bass, and 3 front-line horns, consisting of trumpet, tenor sax and trombone and Wednesdays
featuring a more intimate chamber jazz concept with a drummerless trio of piano, guitar and bass. Sit-ins
by experienced musicans we have played with during the jam sessions are welcome. The buffet is located at 561 US Highway
1 (at the intersection of Route 1 and Plainfield Avenue) in Edison, NJ.
As we've grown, we've begun to fill a niche all too often neglected in current day academic musical
training for young jazz students. That is, the opportunity to play in a small
to medium combo setting, without recourse to a fully fixed score, relying upon one's own ear and improvising
ability to create a cohesive ensemble sound. This goes beyond the typical performing experience of many
a current day musician-in-training.
We extend the following
invitation to music students, their instructors, their parents, friends and other interested musicians. This
Learn, by listening and/or performing about the real Jazz, not just what is being
spoonfed to the public as 'Smooth', 'Cool' or 'Soft' Jazz by the large record corporations.
local live musicianship by making jazz easily accessible to a local audience, and in so doing developing
and nurturing a knowledgeable audience / clientele for the music.
(3)Providing a networking opportunity for musicians to connect with other musicians.