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Jazz Music is in the Air in Livingston

Pictured here is the MPMS Jazz Band, which performed for the Livingston Board of Education at the March 10 meeting at the school. For the sixth graders, this was the first time playing jazz before an audience, selecting "Blues in the Closet" by Oscar Pettiford for their debut. The ensemble is directed by Stafford Horne, who taught the classic tune by ear. Students traded solos, with Gene Lu on clarinet; Ryan Lee, violin; Andrew Chen, piano; and Preston Xu on trumpet. Credits: LPS

LIVINGSTON, NJ – This spring, jazz music is in the air in Livingston. With a Jazz Competition, a Jazz Festival and a Jazz Concert at Rutgers, local jazz enthusiasts have a lot of jazz music performances to choose from this season.

NJ High School Jazz Band Competition—March 29

Sponsored by the Livingston High School (LHS) Band Boosters, on Saturday, March 29, LHS is hosting the third annual competition for top NJ High School Jazz Bands. Jazz greats will serve as judges with Al Chez (trumpet player in the Paul Schaffer Band on the Tonight show with Letterman) serving as the on-stage clinician.

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There will be six high school bands coming to LHS, including the two LHS Jazz Bands  and  the Heritage Middle School’s 8th grade Jazz Band.

The event will begin at 5:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for students and senior citizens and $10 for adults.

Jazz Festival—April 9

The 10th annual Livingston District Jazz Festival, which will be held on Wednesday, April 9, at 7:00 p.m., will showcase the Mt. Pleasant Middle 6th grade Jazz Band, Heritage 7th grade Jazz Band, Heritage 8th grade Jazz Band, and both LHS Jazz Bands. The event will close out with all the jazz bands on stage playing a song together.

The Lancer Jazz Band to Play at Rutgers University Concert—April 22

The LHS Lancer Jazz Band will be performing at Rutgers University in the Nicholas Center on Tuesday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. The LHS musicians are opening the concert for the top Rutgers Jazz Band, and will also play a piece with the Rutgers Jazz Band and the guest artist, Brazilian jazz guitarist Jose Neto. 

Prior to the concert, the LHS students will be having a Master Class with the Rutgers Jazz faculty and the guest artist.

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