NJPAC announces launch of jazz vocal competition

NJPAC announces launch of jazz vocal competition

NEWARK, NJ — For the ninth consecutive year, singers from around the world will compete in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, aka “The Sassy Awards,” a 21st-century version of the amateur night at the Apollo Theater that helped launch the career of a gifted teenager from Newark, Sarah “Sassy” Vaughan, more than 75 […]

Arts center launches ‘NJPAC in Your Living Room’

Arts center launches ‘NJPAC in Your Living Room’

NEWARK, NJ — With its campus closed to audiences and artists during the coronavirus pandemic, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center has found a new way to bring the magic of the performing arts to its community. An online portal, “NJPAC in Your Living Room,” offers live, original content, as well as a curated collection […]

Yet again, Essex County takes lion’s share of Jersey Arts awards

Yet again, Essex County takes lion’s share of Jersey Arts awards

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The ArtPride New Jersey Foundation, in partnership with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, recently announced the winners of the 2020 JerseyArts.com People’s Choice Awards. Now in its 12th year, the annual contest celebrates the extraordinary work of New Jersey’s vital and thriving arts community. Nearly 11,000 arts lovers […]

Three WOHS musicians perform with N.J. All-State Band

Three WOHS musicians perform with N.J. All-State Band

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Three West Orange High School musicians performed with the New Jersey All-State Concert Band at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on Feb. 23. They were: trumpeter Stanley Lim, euphonium player Matthew Veal and percussionist Vincent Egan. Hundreds of talented students from across the state underwent the rigorous audition process for acceptance […]

Grammy-winning jazz bassist teaches masterclass at Columbia High

Grammy-winning jazz bassist teaches masterclass at Columbia High

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Jazz students from Columbia High School and Maplewood and South Orange middle schools gathered in CHS’ auditorium on Wednesday, Nov. 20, for a free jazz masterclass event hosted by New Jersey Performing Arts Center and made possible by support from TD Bank.  Six-time Grammy Award-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride interacted with student […]

Essex County receives many grants for the arts

Essex County receives many grants for the arts

TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey State Council on the Arts recently awarded more than $15.7 million in grant funding to support 700 arts organizations, projects and artists throughout the state. “It is an honor to lead a department that invests in the people of New Jersey in such diverse and meaningful ways,” Secretary of […]

County collects more than 13.5 tons of food to donate

WEST ORANGE, NJ — With 88,397 visitors, the 12th annual Essex County Holiday Lights Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo collected more than 13.5 tons of non-perishable food, clothing and toys for those in need. “It is humbling to see the large number of items dropped off at the Holiday Lights Spectacular to assist the less […]

Multiple Essex County venues nominated for JerseyArts awards

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Discover Jersey Arts — a project dedicated to increasing the awareness of and participation in the arts in New Jersey, and co-sponsored by the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation and New Jersey State Council on the Arts — recently announced that voting in the 2019 JerseyArts.com People’s Choice Awards is under way. […]