Stanley J. Myers

Stanley J. Myers



DATE OF BIRTH: July 10, 1927

DATE OF DEATH: March 13, 2016


ROLE: band historian and emcee


No one is more knowledgeable about the jazz scene in Newark, and perhaps even in New Jersey, than Stan Myers. As a boy, an older brother of his who was an avid record collector introduced him to the music of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Earl Hines and Lester Young, as well as the big band sounds of the Dorsey Brothers, Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman. In his late teens, Myers began reading and collecting everything he could about jazz. Later, he was an on-air host at WSOU, Seton Hall University radio, before moving to WBGO-Jazz 88 in Newark to do his own show in the mid-'90s. Around the same time, Myers began lecturing on jazz and offering jazz seminars, something he still does. He has also continued with his radio work, hosting a weekly show on WPU (88.7) at William Paterson University in New Jersey. Myers is a member of the board of the New Jersey Jazz Society and, since 1998, has hosted the Tuesday night jam at "Crossroads," a club in Garwood. He is also a poet, a newspaper columnist, has appeared on cable TV and has an impressive collection of jazz albums, CDs and books. He still lives in Newark.

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