Jazz is an original American art form. With roots in the Deep South, jazz exploded onto the music scene just as America was coming of age during the early 20th century. Characterized by scat singing, improvisation and rhythmic patterns, jazz tends to evoke images of dark, smoky clubs and cool cat musicians playing throughout the night and into the sunrise.
This summer, there’s no need to seek out clubs when you can enjoy free live jazz and other music genres under the stars at South Orange’s Downtown After Sundown Live Music Concert Series. Each weekend evening through Labor Day, the South Orange Village Center Alliance will feature two music venues in downtown South Orange. Jazz will be featured at the Sloan Street Gazebo while other music, ranging from acoustic to flamenco to R&B to rock, will be playing in Spiotta Park. Concerts are Friday and Saturday evening from 7 to 10pm. In addition, there will be a special jazz event on one selected Sunday per month from 6 to 9pm.
This weekend, a very special concert will feature the 2015 Hot House magazine “Best Up and Coming Young Artist”, piano prodigy, Leonieke Scheuble, recipient of both the New Jersey 2017 Governor’s Award for “Exceptional Promise in Music” and the 2017 International Women in Jazz recognition “Youth in Action”.
Grab your wine and blankets and head over to Spiotta Park or the Sloan Street Gazebo to enjoy a concert under the stars. What better way to spend a beautiful summer evening with a bottle of rose, an al fresco meal, jazz and possibly dancing – we may just see you there!