Concerts & Performances


Peggie Miller
“Peggie Miller”
Digital Print
11×17 inches
Courtesy of the artist

Saturday, September 29, 2018 | 4:00pm-6:00pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark

With Mirror Mirror artist Peggie Miller, showcasing Butch identified models, designers and entertainers.

Green, howiwantyougreen

Image courtesy of Alaina Simone and Quiana Adams

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | 2:30-3:30pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark


David Antonio Cruz’s Green,howiwantyougreen is based on the last eleven poems, Sonnets of Dark Love, by the Spanish poet Garcia Lorca. The poems are fused with personal narratives and text from Lillian Hellman’s The Children Hours and Oscar Wilde by Leslie and Sewell Stokes, both written around the time of Lorca’s assassination. The multilingual performance clashes high art against queer slang, playing with language, music and double entendres particular to Latino and Black underground gay culture. The music is composed by Daniel de Jesus based on the last poems. Green,howiwantyougreen was developed during David Antonio Cruz’s residency at Project For Empty Space and LMCC. Green has been performed at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, The Whim Estate Plantation in St Croix, The Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico in San Juan, Leslie Lohman Museum, and Gateway Projects. The performance is altered for each location to address the history of the building and/or neighborhood. This performance is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Mirror Mirror.

Universe Konadu

Thursday, December 14, 2017 | 6:00-8:00PM
Main Gallery, Express Newark

An evening performance of passion, prose, music and an experience unlike any other as the legendary greats are celebrated in the exhibition Records at Play: The Institute of Jazz Studies @50.

The 70s Baby!

Thursday, December 7, 2017 | 6pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark

The decade from late 1969 to 1979 saw major shifts in the American social, political, cultural, and artistic landscape.  The turbulence of the previous decade carried over to the next and brought with it changes that had a great impact on the music we call jazz, the people who performed and curated it, and the listeners for whom it was a part of the soundtrack of their lives. Join us as we traverse the decade of recorded jazz with the exhibition Records at Play: The Institute of Jazz Studies @50 as a physical and metaphorical backdrop. Afros, dashikis, denim jackets, and platform shoes welcome.

Song’s Crossing: A Storytelling by Nadïne LaFond

Thursday November 9, 2017 | 6-8pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark


Song’s Crossing, a performance by vocalist, songwriter and visual artist, Nadïne LaFond, will feature tunes both original and classic that celebrates the evolution of Jazz is inspired by and mixes African based call and response ring shouts, Blues, standards and beyond to share a musical bridge through history. This performance coincides with the exhibition Records at Play: Institute of Jazz Studies @50.

Marcela Peñalva – guitar
Vel Johnson – alto sax
Calvin X. Jones – bass
Matthew Wade – piano
Justin Jones – tenor sax
Gerg Searvance – drums

Jazz for Kids

October 15, 2017 | 1230pm-2pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark

Caleb and Allison Rumley Quintet

Join us for a free, fun, family-friendly concert right in the middle of the exhibition Records at Play: Institute of Jazz Studies @50. This exhibition and concert gives audiences of all ages the chance to learn about jazz, improvisation, and musical collaboration.

Workshop 2 (Room 312) | 10am-3pm (drop-in)
Family Refresh Zone

A laid-back area for weary art-goers of all ages to cool their heels. Featuring art activity stations and light refreshments. Relax with a Jazz coloring book – featuring famous jazz musicians provided along with colored pencils and fine-tip markers. Or take part in You’re A Star! – create and decorate a “microphone” out of recycled materials. Take a polaroid photo of yourself striking a pose with your creation with props such as sunglasses and hats.

The Women of Records at Play

Mary Lou Williams, Decca Records studio, New York, 1940, Mary Lou Wiliams collection, Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University Libraries

Thursday, September 14, 2017 | 6pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark, 3rd Floor

Join Elizabeth Surles, archivist at the Institute of Jazz Studies, for a curated listening session featuring recordings by the female performers, composers, and arrangers highlighted in the exhibit Records at Play: The Institute of Jazz Studies @50.  From Bessie Smith to Carla Bley, the evening will present a smorgasbord of women in jazz and include a wide variety of jazz styles.

Fascinatin’ Rhythm: Celebrating Ella Fitzgerald on Her Centennial

Thursday, July 27, 2017 | 6-8pm
Main Gallery, Express Newark

Experience the First Lady of Song in sound and video touching on over 50 years in the career of the woman who, over 20 years after her death, remains the gold standard. Tad Hershorn of the Institute of Jazz Studies on the Rutgers-Newark campus, who photographed Fitzgerald extensively between 1971 and 1991, will provide an evening of songs and reminiscence of this great artist. This program is presented as a part of the exhibition,  Records at Play: The Institute of Jazz Studies @50.

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