Jazz legend’s show comes to end at Crossroads (via NJ)

The logo at The Crossroads club in Garwood is a man on a sax, his hair flying straight back. The artwork over the two emergency exits is of a jazz trio. If you look up in the rafters, a statue of Satchmo sits over the bar.

Crossroads is primarily known as a rock club, but jazz is in its DNA.

For 19 years, Crossroads held a Tuesday night Jazz Jam, hosted by Stan Myers.

“Fasten your seatbelts, the night is about to take off,” was one of Myers opening catchphrases as the Crossroads “All-Stars” jazz band took the stage.

Guitarists George Benson and Stanley Jordan once fronted the house band in guest appearances. Etta Jones and Connie Francis once sang there. Those were some of the big names. But the jam was also a showcase for up-and-comers and local talent, including teenagers, as long as they could play. This was no amateur hour or open mike night. The house band, led by organist Radam Schwartz, was top shelf. Sitting in with them was by invitation only.

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