SUMMIT, NJ - The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey will host its inaugural “Jazz in the Garden” concert July 7, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to pack a picnic, bring their family, and relax outside in the Art Center's Garden, listening to the Universal Temple of the Arts Jazz Ensemble perform a modern take on old American classics. 

The Band's members are noted jazz musicians who have performed with jazz greats at notable venues across the country, and include David Jones, Pianist, Earl Sauls, Acoustic Bass, Sylvester “Sly” Scott, Saxophonist, and Darrell Smith, Band Leader.  

Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or chairs, food and wine. Music starts at 7 p.m. and all ages are welcome. The Art Center's galleries will be open before the performance for a last chance to view several current exhibitions, including Recharging the Image: Selections from the Mott-Warsh Collection (Flint, MI), Brooklyn artist Judith Henry’s Me as Her, and Elizabeth Duffy’s Maximum Security.

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Admission to the concert is $5 for Art Center members, and $10 for non-members. For more information, visit

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is located at 68 Elm Street. Plenty of free parking is available.