A Celebration of the History of Music in Trenton
Posted on September 28, 2014
The College of New Jersey School of the Arts and Communication, together with support from the Department of Music, African-American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, First Seminar Program, English, and the Office of Equity and Diversity are pleased to announce two events held in celebration of the rich history of music in Trenton this fall.
Please join us on in Mayo Concert Hall (Music Building) for a free public lecture by singer and actress Ms. Sarah Dash of the iconic genre-defying trio Labelle. Along with fellow Labelle members Patti Labelle and fellow Trenton native Nona Hendryx, Ms. Dash has been recognized by scholars and journalists as an important contributor to trends in music and popular culture in the 1960’s and 70’s. Beginning as the Bluebelles, they garnered critical acclaim in the early 1960’s with soaring renditions of standards such as “Danny Boy,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” They reinvented themselves in the 1970’s with elaborate stage shows, glam rock costuming and a bold repertoire that included their best known hit, “Lady Marmalade.
In her lecture, Ms. Dash will speak about how her upbringing in the African-American church in Trenton, as well as the city’s public schools, contributed to her early musical development. She will discuss some of the challenges she faced as a black woman in an industry rife with tales of race, gender and financial exploitation. She has also promised to share rarely seen performance footage and photos.
Clifford Adams was born and raised in Trenton, NJ and briefly attended Trenton State College to study trombone. Since then, he has played with many of the jazz greats, names that resound throughout history and remain vibrant in the present by their influence on modern music forms such as tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons, bebop era saxophonist Sonny Stitt and trumpeter Freddie Hubbard. Most notably, Mr. Adams spent decades in the horn section of the long-time pop-funk band Kool and the Gang and is recognized for his solos in hits such as “Joanna,” “Jungle Boogie,” and “Hollywood Swinging.”