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Vincent Pelote Receives Jazz Advocate's Award

March 9, 2015

Vincent Pelote receives Jazz Advocate's Award, 2015

On March 1, 2015, Vincent Pelote, Interim Director for the Institute of Jazz Studies, received the Jazz Advocate’s Award from the New Jersey Jazz Society.  The award commemorates Mr. Pelote’s “many years of service to the jazz community as a historian, documentarian, broadcaster and particularly [his] stewardship of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University-Newark.”  The presentation took place at the Society’s annual musical event, the Pee Wee Russell Memorial Stomp. 

The first Pee Wee Russell Memorial Stomp, staged by jazz aficionados from around the state in 1972, led to the establishment of the New Jersey Jazz Society.  The proceeds from the Memorial Stomp were used to fund scholarships to Rutgers students in the Jazz Studies program.  With the Memorial Stomp becoming an annual event and with other fundraising initiatives, the scholarship program has been sufficiently funded to include awards to students in the Jazz Studies programs at William Paterson University, Rowan University and New Jersey City University.  While the Society members consider the scholarship program a fundamental part of their purpose, they offer musical programs through their Generations of Jazz series in high schools to increase appreciation of this uniquely American art form.  The Society publishes a monthly journal, Jersey Jazz, which includes feature articles, photographs, events calendars, and concert reviews and also oversees the American Jazz Hall of Fame, in partnership with the Institute.

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