March over to the JAZZ HOUSE!

2023 CHiCA Power

Happy Women’s History Month!

We’re back! Last Saturday, we were thrilled to kick off an amazing first day of CHiCA Power,® our nationally-acclaimed six-week jazz instrumental residency and workshop this spring specially focused on the empowerment of young women musicians. We welcomed 30 participants from 18 New Jersey towns and New York City to the JAZZ HOUSE @ Montclair. Lots of great energy in the room! All came with incredible enthusiasm, bright smiles and their love of playing music.


These young women have a story to tell and at the JAZZ HOUSE, we have created an environment that uplifts their voices and shines a light on their talents. This is particularly important at this time in their lives when upwards of 40% of girls experience a significant drop in self-esteem and sense of self between the ages of 11 and 14. CHiCA Power provides a rich and nurturing musical learning environment, exciting peer-to-peer engagement, and mentoring by role models who look like them. Over the course of this program, the impact has been a significant boost in positive identity, perception of their own potential, and the establishment of a caring community.

Keep swinging,

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Jazz is Back in Town!

We are excited to announce our new spring concert + jam series, JAZZ in the ANNEX, a monthly jazz gig featuring a JAZZ HOUSE student ensemble, a performance from one of our talented faculty in their own bands (can’t wait for this!), followed by a two-hour jam session where all musicians are welcome. With the loss of Trumpets Jazz Club and the DLV Lounge in Montclair, JAZZ in the ANNEX will be a welcome hang this spring every third Thursday of the month, upstairs at the JAZZ HOUSE @ Montclair (NJ).

Bring your instruments and come check it out!

Jazz @ The Annex

James Moody Jazz Scholarship for New Jersey

2023 applications are open! The James Moody Jazz Scholarship recognizes an outstanding New Jersey high school senior who will be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies at an accredited U.S. college or university who embodies the qualities of the jazz icon James Moody had expressed throughout his life — musicianship, creativity, leadership and community involvement. In addition to the $10,000 scholarship award, the winner will receive a professional-level instrument, donated by R.S. Berkeley Instruments. The scholarship is co-presented by Linda Moody and JAZZ HOUSE KiDS and administrated by the Community Foundation of New Jersey.

RALPH PUCCI 7th Annual Jazz Set | 2.28.23

The Lowdown: Conversations with Christian®

Our grateful thanks again to RALPH PUCCI, event sponsors and all who supported last month’s incredible benefit with host extraordinaire CHRISTIAN McBRIDE and special guest, the spectacular vocalist GREGORY PORTER.

Student Registration is Open!

2023 JAZZ HOUSE Summer Workshop

JAZZ HOUSE Summer Workshop July 31 – August 12

Last year, we hosted 135+ students from five states and six countries at the award-winning two-week workshop and all got to perform at Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center uptown. Final performance for workshop students is on stage at the MONTCLAIR JAZZ FEST Lackawanna Block Party + DJ Brother Mister Dance Party presented by BDP Holdings, on Saturday, August 12. Reserve your student’s spot and take advantage of our “early bird” specials!

Stay tuned!
Announcements coming soon for summer programming at our both campuses —
JAZZ HOUSE @ Montclair + JAZZ HOUSE @ Trinity

Mark Your Calendar

JAZZ @ the ANNEX featuring Radam Schwartz

JAZZ in the Annex | Thursday, March 23

Upstairs (the Annex) at JAZZ HOUSE @ Montclair

The JAZZ HOUSE Organ Messengers and the Radam Schwartz Trio kick off our first session followed by an open jam session!
Radam Schwartz – Organ, dir. of JAZZ HOUSE Organ Messengers
Anthony Ware – Alto Sax
Ron Jackson – Guitar
Alvester Garnett – Drums

6:30 pm | doors open
7:00 pm | JAZZ HOUSE Organ Messengers
7:30 pm | Radam Schwartz Trio
8:30 pm | Open jam hosted by Birsa Chatterjee
Cover: $10 at the door; JAZZ HOUSE current students are free

Bring your instrument and your friends to jam!
Jazz at One
Jazz At One: Nikara Warren

Jazz at One

St. Paul’s Chapel, Broadway & Fulton Street, NYC + Livestreamed 1:00 pm

Want to perk up your lunch break? As part of Trinity’s commitment to jazz, a uniquely American art form and uniting voice for our collective story and experience, Trinity Church Wall Street presents Jazz at One in collaboration with JAZZ HOUSE KiDS. Curated by our own Ted Chubb, the concerts feature a lineup of talented artists each week, exploring some of the most creative music in the jazz idiom. The Ingrid Jensen Quartet kicked off the spring series this week with an amazing performance. 

March 13 | Ingrid Jensen Trio
March 20 | Nikara Warren presents Black Wall Street
March 27 | Melvis Santa & Jazz Orishas
April 17 | Winard Harper & Jeli Posse
April 24 | Jerome Jennings & Naomi Extra “Get Free Collective”
May 1 | Wilson/Rosnes/Washington Trio


Major support for our programs is provided by Amazon; Appaloosa Management Charitable Foundation, Inc.; BDP Holdings, LLC; John J. & Rose Cali Family Foundation; Leslie + Ted Dixon; Gia Maione Prima Foundation; Susan + Chris Gifford; Kenneth Goldman Donor Foundation; Kopf Foundation, Manhattan Mechanical Contractors, Inc.; Montclair Center BID; National Endowment for the Arts; New Jersey Arts and Cultural Renewal Fund; New Jersey State Council on the Arts; Ralph Pucci International; Regan Family Foundation; Janet Shapiro + Phillip Byrd; Sovos Brands; TD Charitable Foundation; Trinity Church Wall Street; Victoria Foundation; We Are All Music Foundation and our other many other generous donors.