Jazz

Tom Littwin

Tom Littwin is a jazz bassist who has worked with such notable artists as Richie Cole, Gerald Veasley and Clifford Adams in addition to leading his own trio. He performs regularly at local venues, including Trenton’s Candlelight club.  During the fall of 2016, he was a student researcher on the Trenton Makes Music project.   […]

Warren Vaughn

Warren Vaughn was a jazz pianist and vocalist whose talent was evident even in his youth in Trenton. While he was still a student at the New Lincoln School, he was chosen to accompany Paul Robeson in concert. Vaughn became  popular supper club performer in venues throughout the continental US and Puerto Rico. Here is […]

William “Bill” Lacy

William “Bill” Lacy (1927-2015) was an Army musician, jazz club owner and the leader of the Bill Lacy Quartet. He also played trumpet and flugelhorn in a number of local ensembles, such as the Philadelphia Clef Club orchestra.As a child, he also played trumpet in the Colored YMCA band at Trenton’s Carver Center.  Lacy  graduated […]

Tony DeNicola

Anthony “Tony” Emedio DeNicola (September 2, 1927 – September 2, 2006) was a jazz drummer and educator best known for his work with Harry James, Clark Terry and Kenny Davern.  The Lawrenceville native was also a professor at The College of New Jersey and the founder of College’s Jazz Ensemble. According to one obituary, DeNicola’s […]

Jimmy McGriff

James Harrell McGriff (April 3, 1936-May 24-2008) actually grew up and studied in Philadelphia, but Trenton is where he made a name for himself and earned the attention that led to his first record deal. Along fellow Philadelphians Jimmy Smith and Richard “Groove” Holmes, he is considered one of the kings of the jazz organ, […]

Gigi Gryce

From his Wikipedia page: Gigi Gryce (born George General Grice Jr.; November 28, 1925 – March 14, 1983) was an American jazz saxophonist, flautist, clarinetist, composer, arranger, and educator. While his performing career was relatively short, much of his work as a player, composer, and arranger was quite influential and well-recognized during his time. However, […]

Donald T. Evans

Donald Evans was a playwright and key contributor to the Black Arts Movement of the 1970s. He was also a longtime professor and administrator at The College of New Jersey, teaching courses in English and African American Studies. One of his most popular offerings was a course on the History of Jazz, cross-listed between African […]

Michael Ray

Michael Ray is a trumpeter known for his work with the Sun Ra Arkestra and Kool and the Gang, as well as for leadership of his own ensemble, Michael Ray and the Cosmic Krewe. In addition to his work as a performer, he worked with his friend and Kool and the Gang bandmate Clifford Adams […]

Roy Richardson

Roy Richardson is a vocalist, saxophonist and flautist whose work ranges from jazz to R&B, Gospel and musical theater. From the artist’s bio: “Roy started playing flute at the age of 9. He performed in his first talent show when he was 14 and at that point was addicted to music.   The next year […]