Writer at New Brunswick Today | nwest@nb.today
Nick West is a New Jerseyan and writer who has contributed to the South China Morning Post, the Daily Targum, the Star Ledger, and InsiderNJ. Nick is also co-founder of Hiram Kleat Books, the editor of Golden Reminiscence: the Autobiography of James A. Ray, and the former print editor of New Brunswick Today’s first print volumes.
When not writing, Nick is a software engineer. A veteran of APAC and NYC tech startups, Nick is currently focused on healthcare technology.
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Two Men Charged with Fatal Shooting on Seaman Street Still At-Large

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Authorities are still searching for New Brunswick residents Jonathan Rodriguez, 21, and Steven Perez, 19, two of the three men charged with the murder of Raheem Fuqua.

Fuqua was fatally shot in front of his house on Seaman Street last Saturday.  The investigation has determined that Fuqua was the intended target of the shooting, which was not a random act.

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NB Jazz Project Celebrates Fourth Annual Women in Jazz Month

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–For the fourth year in a row, the New Brunswick Jazz Project is celebrating Women's History Month with Women in Jazz, a series of 12 women-led performances at The Hyatt, Makeda, Sophie’s Bistro, and Tumulty’s.

Tonight's show is at Tumulty's and features Jessica Ackerly, a guitarist and master's graduate of the Rutgers' Mason Gross School of the Arts.

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Jazz Review: Joe Magnarelli Quartet at Makeda

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—On a frigid night in New Brunswick, a faithful group of music lovers gathered at Makeda on George Street to hear the great Joe Magnarelli and his quartet play with enough fire to keep them warm.

Magnarelli is an established trumpeter renowned for his post-bop proficiency, and this show did not disappoint. On Herbie Hancock’s “Driftin,” Magnarelli opened the show with effortless flurries of notes and a brassy, cornet-like tone that brought a smile to my face.

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Jazz Review: Lee Hogans Quintet at Makeda

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–There was a moment during Lee Hogans’ New Brunswick Jazz Project performance at Makeda where the power of the performance really struck the audience.

As the music was at its most complicated, the tempo and time signature most obscured, a gentleman in the audience felt compelled to get up and start dancing in front of the stage. Jazz was first a dance music, and when firing on all cylinders, Hogans’ band was energetic enough to make the entire audience feel the groove.