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JAZZ General


For nearly 50 years, the Newark Museum has presented all-star lineups of jazz greats during its annual Jazz in the Garden Summer Concert Series


This year promises another wonderful season in the Museum's award-winning Alice Ransom Dreyfuss Memorial Garden, adding new musicians to the impressive list of such past performers as Andy Bey, Ron Carter, Will Calhoun and Carrie Smith.


2014 Line-Up


July 10                        The Shirazette Experiment Jazztet

July 17                        Dave Stryker Quartet

July 24                        Claudio Roditi Brazilian Jazz Quartet

July 31                         Tessa Souter


August 7                      Buster Williams Quartet "Something More"



July 10
The Shirazette Experiment Jazztet

JazztetNew York City-based drummer and composer, Shirazette Tinnin is the leader of the Shirazette and the Experiment Jazztet. In addition, she is a frequent collaborator with many artists spanning Jazz, R&B, rock, pop and world genres. 


Shirazette’s debut album "Humility: Purity of my Soul" was released February 2014, and was preceded by a project entitled "How the Grove Stole Christmas"
(November, 2013).  


Shirazette is endorsed by Canopus Drums, Sabian, Vic Firth, LP, Beato Bags, and KickPort. 


Tom DiCarlo-Bass
Willerm Delisfort-Piano
Seth Johnson-Guitar
Laura Andrea Leguia-Saxophone
Shirazette Tinnin-Drums



July 17
Dave Stryker Quartet

Dave Stryker


Stryker moved from his Omaha, Nebraska, to New York City in 1980, and quickly established himself in the local music scene. His career took a turn when he joined organist Jack McDuff’s group. He has also had a distinguished career working with McDuff, Stanley Turrentine, Kevin Mahagony and other greats, as a leader Stryker has 24 CD’s.


His most recent, Eight Track on Striketone Records has toped the charts. Gary Giddins in the "Village Voice" calls him “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.”




Jared Gold-Organ
Kush Abadey-Drums
Steve Nelson-Vibes
Dave Stryker-Guitar


July 24
Claudio Roditi Brazilian Jazz Quartet

ClaudioIntegrating post-bop elements and Brazilian rhythmic concepts into his palette with ease, Grammy-nominee Claudio Roditi plays with power and lyricism.  Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the versatile trumpeter is in demand as a performer, recording artist and teacher. 


As Zan Stewart, jazz reviewer for the "Star-Ledger," observed, “‘Master musician’ is the term that comes to mind when discussing trumpeter, flügelhornist and composer Claudio Roditi.”  With twenty-four critically acclaimed albums to his credit, Roditi continually develops his playing and compositions through new recording projects. 


His last release on the Resonance label, BONS AMIGOS (HCD 2010), features several Roditi originals (Bossa de Mank, Piccolo Samba, and the driving, straight-ahead tune, Levitation) framed by seven compositions written by Brazilian masters such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Johnny Alf, guitarist/composer Toninho Horta, and pianist Eliane Elias. 



July 31
Tessa Souter

Tessa Souter

“Must-see” Los Angeles Times

Anglo-Trinidadian, Tessa Souter’s penchant for exploring strikingly beautiful music mostly untouched by other singers, has set her apart as “one of the finest and most fearless vocalists to have emerged in recent years.” Boston Globe


Over her four-CD career, starting with 2004’s Flamenco-tinged Listen Love and up to her latest, Beyond the Blue (Motema, 2013), which was picked by the "Sunday Times" as one of the Top Ten Jazz CDs of 2013 -  “ordinary listeners and critics alike have raved about her lovely voice, tasteful phrasing, agile technique, and perhaps most important, her ability to convey the emotional meaning of a song."(Cadence)


August 1
Buster Williams Quartet "Something More"

BusterBuster Williams is a prodigious artist whose playing knows no limits. He has played, recorded and collaborated with jazz giants such as Art Blakey, Betty Carter, Carmen McRae, Chet Baker, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, and Miles Davis.


This Camden, NJ resident has been a first call bassist since hitting the scene at age 20. A Grammy-nominated, NEA- awarded, prolific composer and arranger, before forming his group, “Something More” in 1990, Williams was a member of the seminal group, “Sphere” and the “Timeless Allstars.”


Since its inception, "Something More'' has had numerous tours throughout Europe, including the first International Jazz Festival in Moscow, tour of Japan and Australia, countless engagements throughout the U.S. and a CD soon to be released.


Steve Wilson - Saxophone,
Billy Drummond - Drums,
Eric Reed - Piano 
Buster Williams - Bass

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