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Free Author Talk w/Barbara Kukla & Live Jazz w/ Leo Johnson

Free Author Talk w/Barbara Kukla & Live Jazz w/ Leo Johnson


Author Talk with Barbara Kukla and Live Jazz Performance with Leo Johnson Quartet

Thursday, September 25
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Dana Library, Fourth Floor, Dana Room
Rutgers University-Newark

185 University Avenue, Newark
Cost: FREE

Dear Friends,


Newark has always played an important role in shaping American music, especially jazz. Please join us Thursday, September 25, when Rutgers alumna Barbara Kukla will discuss the city’s influence on jazz and her most recent book, America’s Music: Jazz in Newark. The event will also feature a performance by the Leo Johnson Quartet.

The free event, part of Rutgers University–Newark’s Homecoming Week, will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Dana Room, Fourth Floor, Dana Library, 185 University Avenue, Newark.

Barbara Kukla is a member of the Graduate School–New Brunswick’s Class of 1984. A former Star-Ledger editor, she has written extensively about Newark’s role in jazz. Her other books include Newark Inside My Soul, Swing City: Newark Nightlife 1925-50 and Defying the Odds: Triumphant Black Women of Newark. Tenor saxophonist Leo Johnson, a graduate of Rutgers University-Newark, received a BA in music performance in 1999 and an MA in Jazz History and Research in 2005. He has had a distinguished musical career, playing, touring and teaching. His recordings include “It’s About Time” and “Message to Mankind”. Copies of Ms. Kukla’s book will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served. Please reserve your seat for this free event at Ralumni.com/HomecomingLiveJazz2014.


Free parking is available in Deck I at 100 University Avenue, and Deck II at 166 Washington Street.


Please call 973-353-5603 if you have questions or would like additional information.



Vincent Pelote

Vincent Pelote NCAS '77, SC&I '85
Interim Director
Institute of Jazz Studies
Rutgers University
Dana Library
185 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102


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