A Jazz Organ Master to Perform in Ocean City

The Ocean City Arts Center is ready to heat up these chilly fall days with the hot sounds of the Radam Schwartz Jazz Organ Quartet. The concert will be held on Sunday, November 12 at 3 p.m. in the Arts Center’s Listening Room on the 2nd Floor of 1735 Simpson Avenue. Tickets are $20 general admission and $15 for OC Arts Center and South Jersey Jazz Society members. There is limited seating, so get your tickets early.    

Radam Schwartz, Jazz Organist and pianist, has built his reputation over the last 40 years playing with such great musicians as Arthur and Red Prysock, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Al Hibler, David Fathead Newman, Jimmy Ford, Tommy Gryce, Cecil Brooks III. He continues to make music history today playing with renowned artists Russell Malone, the Spirit of Life Ensemble, TK Blue, Conrad Herwig, Iron City Organ Ensemble and many others.

His recording “Organized (Muse-1996)” is listed in the Hammond Organ Bible as one of the top 200 essential Organ recordings of all time. His latest recording, 2 Sides of the Organ Combo on Arabesque Records was released in 2018, made the JazzWeek and NACC Jazz Charts.

As a jazz educator, Raman served as music director for 20 years at the Jazz Institute of New Jersey and as artist-in-residence at Middlesex County Arts program for 25 years.  He teaches jazz improv and directs several ensembles at Jazz House Kids in Montclair. His advanced ensemble there won first place in the 2012 Charles Mingus Competition. Radam also teaches at the Jazz Academy at the Count Basie Arts Center in Red Bank, NJ and is currently the director of the Rutgers-Newark Mosaic Jazz Ensemble. 

In 2012 Radam earned a Master’s degree from the Rutgers Newark Jazz Research and History Department, directed by Dr. Lewis Porter. He is currently working on turning several aspects of his thesis into books.

This program is made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.