NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Rutgers graduate and former professor Ralph Peterson has been at the forefront of jazz since the 80’s, when he burst onto the scene with the Blue Note label’s supergroup, “OTB.”

In the ensuing decades, he has made a career as both a sideman and a bandleader, bringing his trademark soulful, polyrhythmic intensity to the studio and bandstand alike.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—“I want you to turn to the person on one side and say ‘we're in for the ride of our lives.’ Now I want you to turn to the person on the other side of you and say ‘Oh my goodness, the Irish are here!’”

That command to the audience by Belfast Community Gospel Choir director Marie Lacey captured the mood of raucous celebration that gripped Kirkpatrick chapel on the evening of Friday May 30.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—All last month, the New Brunswick Jazz Project highlighted women in jazz, bringing female-led bands to their various performance spaces throughout the city.

This celebration of Women’s History month came to a close and a climax with Mimi Jones’ quartet at Makeda, where the stage was shared by label-mates from the Hot Tone Music imprint.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Helping to kick off the opening week of the New Brunswick Jazz Project’s “Women in Jazz Month,” organist Akiko Tsuruga brought her swinging and grooving brand of jazz to Makeda. The Osaka native’s rhythmic approach and mastery was evident, as she poked and prodded her band into an excellent performance.

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