A non-profit out of Red Bank that produces major jazz music events around town is now providing some of their shows and pieces online for your viewing/listening pleasure, while you're stuck inside practicing social distancing. Joe Muccioli, Founder and leader of the Jazz Arts Project, has had such vision all these years. As a world-renowned conductor, he has access to grammy-winning talent and has brought shows to Riverside Gardens Park, Two River Theater, and The Basie every summer.

Jazz Arts Project also has a teen Jazz Academy, operating under the umbrella of the Count Basie Center for the Arts, to educate another generation of jazz musicians and keep this genre of music alive and thriving.

This organization also puts instruments into the hands of middle school kids who otherwise might not ever learn to play. They do this, as well as providing instruction on how to play those instruments, at a summer camp in Red Bank each year, culminating in a show and, hopefully, instilling a lifelong love of music and a skill those children may choose to continue to grow throughout the years.

For all of these reasons, supporting Jazz Arts Project means supporting our youth in a positive and fruitful way. And supporting the arts by enjoying the work of major jazz artists is a great way to spend some of your time these days.

Just CLICK HERE and then click on the red "Quarantunes" box to see clips/concerts from professional artists as well as some of the students.

Here's to the ending of a pandemic and a summer full of live jazz music in and around the Jersey Shore.