Wynton Marsalis to perform at free Jersey City concert saluting Nat King Cole and Art Blakey

Wynton Marsalis Jersey City


Wynton Marsalis will perform at a free, outdoor concert honoring jazz icons Nat King Cole and Art Blakey at J. Owen Grundy Pier (at Exchange Place) in Jersey City, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m.

(UPDATE: Due to the prospect of rain, the concert has been moved to the Harborside Atrium at Harborside 2 at Exchange Place in Jersey City.)

The 7th annual NJCU Alumni Jazz Big Band Concert salutes the 100th birthdays for Nat King Cole and Art Blakey. Due to the prospect of rain, the free concert will be in Harborside Atrium at Harborside 2 which is located at Exchange Place in Jersey City. Music Director Dick Lowenthal leads an all-star ensemble with special guests Wynton Marsalis, Allan Harris, and Antoinette Montague. Harborside is eas

This year marks the 100th anniversaries of the birth of both singer-pianist Cole (born March 17, 1919) and drummer-bandleader Blakey (born Oct. 11, 1919). Cole and Blakey died in 1965 and 1990, respectively.

Marsalis, the famed trumpeter and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, will perform with the New Jersey City University Alumni Jazz Big Band at this concert, which will also feature singer-guitarist Allan Harris and singer Antoinette Montague.

The NJCU Alumni Jazz Big Band, directed by Dick Lowenthal, presents concerts like this annually. This will be the seventh in the series.

For information, visit njcu.edu/community/center-arts/music.

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