Sunday, May 21, 2017

REVIEW Cécile McLorin Salvant’s Timeless Jazz

Cécile McLorin Salvant’s Timeless Jazz

Only a few years into her career, the singer has absorbed the music’s history and made it her own. 

On a Thursday evening a few months ago, a long line snaked along Seventh Avenue, outside the Village Vanguard, a cramped basement night club in Greenwich Village that jazz fans regard as a temple. The eight-thirty set was sold out, as were the ten-thirty set and nearly all the other shows that week. The people descending the club’s narrow steps had come to hear a twenty-seven-year-old singer named Cécile McLorin Salvant. In its sixty years as a jazz club, the Vanguard has headlined few women and fewer singers of either gender. But Salvant, virtually unknown two years earlier, had built an avid following, winning a Grammy and several awards from critics, who praised her singing as “singularly arresting” and “artistry of the highest class.”

Cécile McLorin Salvant performs at Jazz @ Lincoln Center

She and her trio—a pianist, a bassist, and a drummer, all men in their early thirties—emerged from the dressing lounge and took their places on a lit-up stage: the men in sharp suits, Salvant wearing a gold-colored Issey Miyake dress, enormous pink-framed glasses, and a wide, easy smile. She nodded to the crowd and took a few glances at the walls, which were crammed with photographs of jazz icons who had played there: Sonny Rollins cradling a tenor saxophone, Dexter Gordon gazing through a cloud of cigarette smoke, Charlie Haden plucking a bass with back-bent intensity. This was the first time Salvant had been booked at the club—for jazz musicians, a sign that they’d made it and a test of whether they’d go much farther. She seemed very happy to be there.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

NJSBA Convention 2017 Lawyer Interrupted: Successfully Transitioning From the Traditional Practice of Law

Lawyer Interrupted: Successfully Transitioning From the Traditional Practice of Law
Lawyers in Transition CommitteeTwenty years ago, the only career transitions most lawyers made were due to discipline and retirement. Not so today. There is an evolving awareness and acceptance of the versatility of the law degree in a great many fields, including creative fields, previously thought to attract only non-lawyers. Amy Impellizzeri, award-winning author ofLawyer Interrupted, Lemongrass Hope, and Secrets of Worry Dolls will discuss her own transition from a 13-year corporate litigation career - including a decade at Skadden Arps - to her career as a full-time novelist. She will share the pivotal lessons she learned and heeded from creative peers (and fellow interrupted lawyers) including celebrity designer, Jill Donovan and internationally renowned lego brick artist, Nathan Sawaya, among more.

Amy Impellizzeri
Award-winning author of Lawyer InterruptedLemongrass Hope and Secrets of Worry Dolls

Kimberly A. Yonta, Esq., NJSBA Treasurer
Yonta Law LLC, New Brunswick

Featured Speaker:Amy Impellizzeri
Award-winning author of Lawyer InterruptedLemongrass Hope and Secrets of Worry Dolls

Speaker:Lauren E. Caesar, Esq., Co-Chair, Lawyers in Transition Committee 
Law Office of Lauren E. Caesar, LLC, Matawan

NJSBA Convention 2017 Standing Tall: Life Lessons Learned from the Court

Standing Tall: Life Lessons Learned from the Court
The NJSBA Diversity Committee presents its Diverse Voices-Distinguished Speaker Series with Coach C. Vivian Stringer at the Annual Diversity Luncheon. The legendary Coach Stringer will share with the audience a first-hand account of her lessons learned from the “basketball” court. Following her keynote address, we will hear from several notable legal professionals who will discuss their own personal stories, lessons learned, obstacles faced, as well as triumphs which have helped shaped their perspective on the practice of law.

Featured Speaker:
C. Vivian Stringer, Head Coach
Rutgers University Women’s Basketball Team 
Round Table Speakers:
Rébécca Bénoit, JD
Thomas R. Klein School of Law at Drexel University
Jeralyn L. Lawrence, Esq. 
Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, PA, Bridgewater
Angella N. Middleton, Esq.
White & Williams, LLP, Cherry Hill
Joshua H. Reinitz, Esq.
Iacullo Martino, LLC, Nutley

NJSBA Convention 2017 Hot Topics In Animal Law For Non-Animal Law Practitioners

Hot Topics In Animal Law For Non-Animal Law Practitioners
Animal Law CommitteeAnimal law practitioners from different disciplines will provide the latest developments in their respective fields as well as identify the direction of future trends. As one of the fastest growing areas of the law, those non-animal law practitioners should know how their disciplines might be impacted by changes in the field of animal law. For example, those representing individuals with disabilities should know the protections their clients need for their service or emotional support animals in housing, employment and education. Also, family practitioners must be aware of the protections animals have in domestic violence situations. Presenters will also address the attempts to change the legal status of animals from merely property and reclassifying those who have animals from owners to guardians.

Moderator/Speaker:Linda J. Niedweske, Esq., Chair, Animal Law Committee 
Niedweske Barber Hager, LLC, MorristownSpeakers:
Hon. Anthony F. Picheca, Jr., J.S.C.
Somerset County 
Andrea Joy Albrecht, Esq.
Best Friends Animal Society
Gina A. Calogero, Esq.
Gina A. Calogero, Attorney at Law, Oradell

Monday, May 15, 2017

"Drawing Justice" Reception with Justice Sotolmayor and David Rubenstein at the Library of Congress

Justice Sonia Sotomayor discusses her life and views with David Rubenstein during the reception for Drawing Justice the Art of Courtroom Illustration at the Library of Congress. Sponsored by the Madison Council and Thomas Girardi ( seated left)  Artwork by Elizabeth Williams 

Monday, August 15, 2016

11th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island and its HOT!

Midst heat in the mid 90's and a heat index up to 105 New Yorkers reveled at the 20's inspired Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island.
Tribeca Trib video link
The weather hearkened back to the days of Gatsby

" "The next day was broiling, almost the last, certainly the warmest, of the summer."" Great Gatsby

The Jazz Age Lawn Party is New York City’s original prohibition era inspired gathering. Hosted and conceived by Michael Arenella, the event started as a small gathering of perhaps fifty friends and fans. The event, initially produced by the island, was handed over to Michael in its third year to organize and grow. Under his watch, the event was carefully crafted and nurtured, becoming what is now referred to by The Wall Street Journal as, “the biggest (not to mention the cleanest and most family-oriented) regular event in the ‘Retro Noveau’ movement…” It was at this time that St-Germain joined forces with The Lawn Party, delightfully whetting the whistles of fops and flappers with their refreshing summer cocktails.

Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra performed midst 94 degree temps that felt like 105!
-Bill Cunningham, The New York Times 2014
Flapper seated with umbrella, looking so cool, but it was so hot!

Selected by The New York Times as one of the most memorable events of 2011 and 2012, The Jazz Age Lawn Party offers a magical opportunity to travel back in time. August 13th and 14th  guests were invited to discover and experience one of the most colorful and formative epochs in American history.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015