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Jazz in the Loft: John Lee and Friends April 23

Sunday, April 23 at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $20 
Box Office: (973) 313-2787

Get your groove on at our Sunday evening Jazz & Blues in the Loft concert series! Hear world-class musicians and vocalists from the region in the cabaret-style setting of the SOPAC Loft. You know you can count on a great night of Jazz when John Lee brings his friends to the Loft at SOPAC. Cash bar available. 

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Join world-renowned Jazz bassist and producer John Lee in what can only be defined as a super-cool Jazz party with the man who’s got the greatest contact list of all time. He has played with all the best, including Gary Bartz. James Moody, McCoy Tyner, Philip Catherine, Joe Henderson, Jasper Van’T Hof, Joachim Kühn, Charlie Mariano, Tete Montoliu, Aldo Romano, Sahib Shihab, Jeremy Steig, Toots Thielemans and many, many more.

In 1984 John Lee began working with Dizzy Gillespie, and now he is the executive director and musical director of the Dizzy Gillespie All Stars. John Lee is also the artistic director and CEO of the recording label JLP, Jazz Legacy Productions, a label dedicated to the continuance and development of the Jazz art form. 

SOPAC programs are made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) is a 501(c)(3)charitable organization.
SOPAC received funding through a grant from the NJ Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism, visitnj.org.

About SOPAC

Since 2006, SOPAC has been serving as a premier performing arts center in the region. SOPAC offers innovative artistic and cultural experiences for diverse audiences in an intimate, inviting environment. The premier arts center hosts a variety of live performances, community events and education programs for all ages.  To further expand its offerings, SOPAC has a partnership with the Juilliard School of Music to present Juilliard @ SOPAC—a series featuring upcoming musicians from the acclaimed conservatory.  SOPAC is home for Seton Hall University Arts Council’s performances, including Classical Concert Series, Jazz ‘N the Hall performances and Seton Hall University Theatre productions.  SOPAC also presents performances by its theater company in-residence, American Theater Group. For more information, visit SOPACnow.org.

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Maplewood Police Chief Firing and One Surreal Night

Maplewood saw a shockwave Tuesday night as Police Chief Robert Cimino and Capt. Joshua Cummis were shown the door following months of complaints about how many young people of color were mistreated after last year’s fireworks event.

Officially, the Township Committee unanimously offered a vote of no confidence for Cimino, a 35-year department veteran and chief since 2000, then ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Two Arrests for Burglary

August 15, 2017

South Orange Police Blotter as of August 15

Burglary to Auto - A Clark St resident reported that between 7 p.m., Monday, August 14, and 10 a.m., Tuesday, August 15, actor(s) unknown entered her unlocked vehicle, which was parked in her driveway and rummaged through the interior. Nothing appears to be missing at this time.

Burglary to Auto - A Milligan Pl resident reported that between ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Multiple Burglaries Reported

The South Orange Police Blotter as of August 9

Adult Arrest - Burglary - Joe Carr, a 22 year old Newark resident, was arrested on Sunday, July 30, at approximately 2:26 a.m. for burglary. Officers responded to a call from a Kingman Rd resident for a burglary in progress and upon arrival arrested Carr, who had been subdued by the homeowner, without further incident. Officers transported ...

Late Summer Fun at the Maplewood Pool: Float Night, Dive-In Movie Night and More

August 15, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Pool has several events planned for end of summer fun.

On Wednesday, August 16, there will be "Music by the Pool" featuring the David Easton Band from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Friday, August 18, the pool will host it's first ever "Float Night" from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and everyone is invited to bring their own floats for use in the main ...

Members of SOMA Community Gather for ‘Stand with Charlottesville’ Vigil

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Several hundred protesters gathered Sunday night in Maplewood for a vigil denouncing the recent racist march in Charlottesville, VA. that led to violent clashes and at least one death.

Participants first met at Ricalton Square in Maplewood Village for speeches and songs before marching down Maplewood Avenue to Baker Street, then to Valley Street toward Memorial ...

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NJ Audubon Lauds Lawmaker on Efforts to Keep Open Parks and Beaches

August 4, 2017

Dear TAPInto Editor:

New Jersey Audubon appreciates the work of Assemblyman John McKeon (D-27th Dist), the sponsor of legislation that requires state parks, forests and other natural and historic areas to remain open to the public for seven days if state government is shut down in the future.

This legislation, A5128, which received strong bi-partisan support, provides a safeguard to ...

The Transgender Flag Raising and the Pursuit of Happiness

IN THIS HOME, WE BELIEVE

The village president, Sheena Collum, was not elected to inject herself or speak for all of us in national political issues. This would be true even if every South Orange resident agreed with the position she is taking today and supported the symbolic act she is choosing to express as president, not as a private citizen. She is supposed to represent all residents, no ...

Turtle Back Zoo-vies to Show Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom Wednesday, August 16

August 14, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ -  Turtle Back Zoo's annual "Zoo-vies" continue this Wednesday, August 16 with 'Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom.'

On Wednesdays and Thursdays during the months of July and August, Turtle Back will have Family Nights with extended evening hours to 8:30 p.m., with the last admission to the Zoo at 8 p.m. 

On Wednesday ...

East Orange Mourns the Death of Rev. Dr. Leora Liggins, East Orange Resident, Founder and Pastor of Christ Resurrection Missionary Baptist Church

EAST ORANGE, NJ - Rev. Dr. Leora Liggins was the Founder and Pastor of Christ Resurrection Missionary Baptist Church in East Orange and active member of the East Orange Clergy until her demise. 

Rev. Liggins ministerial career began in 1994 when she was licensed to preach and joined the staff at Imani Baptist Church in East Orange, and she was ordained in 2000 by the late Rev. Moses ...

Before Trump Broke Up Biz Council, Johnson & Johnson CEO Resigned

August 16, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The head of Johnson & Johnson decided to step down from President Donald Trump's Manufacturing Council on Wednesday, prior to its disbandment, according to the company.

Alex Gorsky, chairman and CEO of the New Brunswick-based Johnson & Johnson, announced his exit in a statement, following reports published yesterday, Aug. 15., which said he planned to ...

Investors Foundation Grant Will Assist Summit Arboretum in Offering 'Signature Programs'

SUMMIT, NJ -  Investors Bank, through its Investors Foundation -- the mission of which is "to assist organizations in New Jersey, New York City and Long Island that invigorate their local communities with civic-minded initiatives focused on the arts, education, health and human services, and youth programs" - has awarded a $7,500 grant to Summit's Reeves-Reed ...

Cathay Pacific Replacing 777 with new A350 Service to Newark Liberty International Airport October 29

August 16, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO, -- Cathay Pacific Airways announced that its daily flight from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Hong Kong will switch from a Boeing 777-300ER to an Airbus A350-900 beginning October 29.

One of 16 A350-900s delivered to the airline since its launch in 2016, the aircraft features a refreshed Business Class cabin as well as new ...

New Jersey American Water Performing Work in the Academy Heights Neighborhood

August 16, 2017

Over the next few weeks, residents can expect to regularly see New Jersey American Water crews performing work in the Academy Heights neighborhood. In anticipation of the upcoming repaving and roadway improvement work planned by the Village on Academy Street between Massel Terrace and the Maplewood border, crews will be exercising, repairing and replacing water valves and replacing fire hydrants.

S&P, Moody's Give Atlantic Health System Highest Health System Rating in NJ

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Atlantic Health System, a leading health care delivery system in New Jersey, is once again the highest-rated New Jersey based system rated by credit agencies Moody’s and S&P.

Moody’s raised its rating for the health care organization from A1 to Aa3, the highest rating among all health care systems in New Jersey, with an outlook of “stable.” The ...

Millburn Library Announces its Fall Lecture Series

MILLBURN, NJ - The Millburn Library announced its first Fall Lecture Series starting Monday, September 11, at 2 p.m. in the auditorium. This new lecture series is designed to encourage lifetime learning with lectures on the humanities, health and wellness, historical events, and much more.

September 11 – Brooklyn Dodgers with Bud Livingston, retired teacher and ...