Music Faculty

Radam Schwartz

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Radam Schwartz, Jazz Organist and pianist, has built his reputation over the last 40 years playing with such great musicians as Arthur and Red Prysock, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Al Hibler, David Fathead Newman, Jimmy Ford, Tommy Gryce, Cecil Brooks III. He continues to make music history today playing with renowned artists Russell Malone, the Spirit of Life Ensemble, TK Blue, Conrad Herwig, Iron City Organ Ensemble and many others.

Radam’s prolific career has led to many successful recordings, many making the national charts.  In all, he has been on over 40 recordings, 7 as leader and 2 as a co-leader. Some of the artists that he has recorded with are Don Braden, Jay Hogard, Russell Gunn, Ed Cherry, Andy McCloud, Bill Saxton, Bruce Williams, Frank Lacy, Paul Beaudry, Alvester Garnett, Jeff Hackworth, Rodney Jones, Miles Griffith, Clifford Adams, Sonny Fortune etc. His recording Organized (Muse-1996) is listed in the Hammond Organ Bible as one of the top 200 essential Organ recordings of all time. His latest recording, 2 Sides of the Organ Combo on Arabesque Records was released in 2018, made the JazzWeek and NACC Jazz Charts.

In 2009 and 2010 Radam received awards from Sesac for jazz composition.  He was also mentioned in the world famous Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll in August 1997, 2009, 2010, 2015, and 2016,  and 2017. He is also known for his work with singers including Della Griffin, Irene Reid, Madame Pat Tandy, Cynthia Holiday, Yvette Glover, Annette St. John, Carrie Jackson, and many others.

Radam also has been a jazz educator for many years, formerly as music director at the Jazz Institute of New Jersey (for 20 years), artist-in-residence at Middlesex County Arts program (for 25 years), and an instructor at Jazz House Kids in Montclair NJwhere he teaches jazz improv and directs several ensembles (his advanced ensemble won first place in the 2012 Charles Mingus Competition), and the Jazz Academy at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ. He currently is the director of the Rutgers-Newark Mosaic Jazz Ensemble as well.

In 2012 Radam obtained a Masters degree form the Rutgers Newark Jazz Research and History Department, directed by Dr. Lewis Porter. He is currently working on turning several aspects of his thesis into books. 

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Samantha Bassler

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[ Music ]Faculty member, Li-Chan Chen-Maxham

Li-Chan Chen-Maxham

Lyric Soprano Li-Chan Chen-Maxham was a leading soprano in the ensemble of the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern in Germany for six consecutive…

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Kate Doyle

Kate Doyle is an Assistant Professor of Music in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at Rutgers University-Newark. Trained…

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[ Music ]Faculty Member Brian Harlow

Brian Harlow

Brian Preston Harlow serves as Director of the Rutgers University Chorus, Newark Campus, the Director of the Apprentice Chorus and…

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[ Music ]Faculty member, Henry Martin

Henry Martin

The music of Henry Martin has been described by Paul Griffiths of The New York Times as “that of someone…

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[ Music ]Faculty member Rachel Mundy

Rachel Mundy

Rachel Mundy is an Associate Professor of Music in the Arts, Culture, & Media program at Rugters University in Newark….

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[ Music ]Faculy member, Leighann Narum

Leighann Narum

Leighann Narum teaches classical guitar in applied studies at Rutgers University-Newark. Ms. Narum has performed in Merkin Concert Hall in…

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