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“It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing”: Chameleon at Essentially Ellington 2019

In 2019 the Newark Academy Jazz Program, directed by Julius Tolentino, performed for its 5th time at the prestigious Essentially Ellington Festival. This excerpt, “It Don’t Mean a Thing (if it ain’t got that Swing),” features vocalist Sammi Powell ’19. … Continue reading

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Chameleon Earns Honors at 2019 Essentially Ellington Competition

Led by Newark Academy Jazz Director and saxophonist Julius Tolentino, Chameleon earned “Outstanding Rhythm Section” at the 24th Annual Essentially Ellington Competition on May 11, 2019. In addition, several NA musicians earned individual recognition: Outstanding Bass: Vikram Bala ’20, Honorable … Continue reading

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Chameleon Earns 2nd Place in 2018 Essentially Ellington Competition

Newark Academy’s Jazz Band “Chameleon” directed by Julius Tolentino won 2nd Place at the 23rd Annual 2018 Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival, which took place at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. … Continue reading

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Cosimo Fabrizio Named Davidson Fellow

Cosimo Fabrizio ’18 was named a 2018 Davidson Fellow for his Jazz Guitar project titled, “21st Century Jazz Music – The Search for Authenticity.” He was awarded a $25,ooo scholarship. Cosimo writes: “Throughout my experiences growing up, my understanding of … Continue reading

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Dance Concert Fall 2017

2017 Fall Dance Concert Four years ago, Mr. Tolentino and I embarked on our first attempt to have an entire dance concert played by Chameleon, Newark Academy‚Äôs award winning jazz band. We found it so rewarding professionally to challenge each … Continue reading

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Musician Coleman Hughes

Alumnus Coleman Hughes ’14, all around musician, jazz trombonist, and former member of the Newark Academy Jazz Band Chameleon, has earned many accolades. He was a three-time participant in the GRAMMY Jazz Ensemble and the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, … Continue reading

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