Please join NJPAC’s City Verses and the Institute of Jazz Studies as we close out a season full of virtual events, with a celebratory, in-person jazz and poetry performance at Clement’s Place on Jun 26, 2022 from 2 – 4pm. NJPAC’s director of jazz instruction, Mark Gross and his Quartet will be joined by special guest, poets from Newark, and affiliated with the City Verses program, Margie “Mia X” Johnson, Treasure Borde (EvoluCulture), Attorious Renee Augustin (MFA ’22; Rutgers Univ-Newark). Refreshments will be served and admission is free, but please RSVP, as space will be limited.

Artistic Directors Rigoberto Gonzalez, Distinguished Professor, Director, Rutgers-Newark MFA Program in Creative Writing, and Mark Gross, Director of Jazz Instruction, NJPAC provide creative and pedagogic leadership for City Verses, while NJPAC’s distinguished jazz faculty and Rutgers-Newark’s talented MFA poetry candidates and alums co-teach, curate, and perform on our workshops, residencies, summer camp, and performances. NJPAC Jazz Advisor Christian McBride and members of NJPAC’s arts education department also play central roles in the project.

City Verses is conducted in partnership with Rutgers University-Newark Support for this program was provided by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Additional support provided by TD Charitable Foundation and Women@NJPAC.

Meet Mark Gross

Mark Gross

Jazz Musician/Director of Jazz Instruction at NJPAC
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