Music Faculty

Radam Schwartz

Radam Schwartz, Hammond B3 Organist and pianist, has built his reputation over the last 30 years playing with such great musicians as Arthur Prysock, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Al Hibler, David Fathead Newman. He continues to make music today.  Radam’s prolific career has led to many successful recordings. His recent recordings as a leader are Organized (1995 was mentioned in the B3 Bible as one of the essential organ records of all time, #28 on the national charts), Conspiracy for Positivity (2005, #15), Magic Tales (2007, #11), Blues Citizens (2009, #9), Songs for the Soul ( 2010, #23)

In 2009 and 2010 Radam received awards from Sesac for jazz compositions. He was also mentioned in Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll in August 2009.

Radam has been a jazz educator for almost 30 years: he was the musical director of the Jazz Institute of New Jersey for 15 years which won the Louis Armstrong Award from the IAJE in 1996, has been an artist in residence at Middlesex County Arts HS for over 25 years, and currently is on the teaching staff at Jazz House Kids in Montclair, NJ. In 2012 Radam’s ensemble at JHK won first place nationally in the Charles Mingus competition. He taught at the Montclair State University jazz Connections camp for 16 years and is currently a part time instructor at the Jazz Academy at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank. He was also a staff accompanist at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University between 1986 and 1997. He received a Masters from the Jazz History and Research Program at Rutgers Newark in 2012.

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