NJCU alumni jazz band set to perform Friday on Jersey City waterfront

Jazz will fill the air on Jersey City’s waterfront Friday evening. 

The NJCU Alumni Jazz Big Band will perform its “100th Birthday Salute to Four Jazz Icons” at J. Owen Grundy Pier. The band will play the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich and Thelonious Monk.

Recently-retired NJCU professor Richard Lowenthal, who began the jazz program in the late-1960s, will serve as the band’s conductor. The band comprises past students and professors, and includes Rich DeRosa, a drummer and recipient of the 2014 NJCU Distinguished Alumni Award, as well as former faculty member Peter McGuiness. Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Star Big …read more

Source: NJ.com Hudson

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