Jazz in the Garden: Jose James

Jose_James_618x588-templateOne of the nation’s longest running jazz festivals, Jazz in the Garden began in 1965 as a way for residents and workers in New Jersey’s largest city to enjoy Newark  Museum‘s Alice Ransom Dreyfuss Garden, providing another cultural experience for the community in the warm weather months.

Its popularity now extends as far as South Jersey to Long Island. The series has included both local musicians as well as international stars. Some of the notables who have performed are Jimmy Guiffre, Houston Person and Etta James, Ron Carter, Cedar Walton, David Murray and Lou Donaldson.

This week, the Garden welcomes jazz vocalist Jose James. James will be performing on Thursday, July 30th at 12:15 pm. The museum is located at 49 Washington St., Newark.

2015-07-29_11-00-25A Minneapolis native who studied at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, James’ newest release is Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday (Blue Note). Check out the trailer video. Buy it here.

The recording features pianist Jason Moran, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Eric Harland, and is a tribute to the legendary singer in honor of her 100th birthday.

James will be performing at the Newport Jazz Fest this Saturday. Check it out here.

Run to get PEARL today!

New Jersey couple Guy and Dana Patton’s self-financed micro-budget action movie PEARL has been acquired by California distribution company Indican Picturesgot its international release last Tuesday. 

2015-06-08_14-24-24In Pearl the lone survivor of a horrific home invasion mounts a violent campaign of vigilante justice. It’s a genre picture in the style of Death Wish, but with a female lead, Dana Patton. The award-winning movie screened at numerous film festivals before catching the eye of Cut Entertainment Group‘s Jeff Cooper, who licensed the film.

Indican Pictures, distributor of indie favorite Boondock Saints. The movie will be available on DVD and on demand through iTunes, Amazon and on XBox streaming.

View the trailer and read a review at Screennut.com. Write a review at Rotten Tomatoes

About Pearl

Jersey City couple Guy and Dana Patton have done stage productions, web and festival comedic shorts, and a few independent television pilots. Both have been on the sets of features as extras or filled in as crew for small independent productions done by friends. They had always talked about making their own feature, and they had a small germ of an idea. And so Pearl was born.

Shot locally in Jersey City and Hoboken, New Jersey, the film features locations such as Grace Church, Canco Lofts, and DCs Tavern.

Pearl debuted last year at Golden Door International Film Festival in Jersey City where it won “Best Local Feature”. The debut took place at the Landmark Lowes Jersey Theatre.

Pearl went on to screen in Manhattan at Anthology Film Archives, The YOFI Festival, and at several other venues.

Pearl represented Jersey City on the West Coast at the 10th Annual Action on Film Fest in Monrovia, California in August 2014