By George! A Gershwin Celebration
Featuring the Art Topilow Seven
Special Guest "Jazz Violinist Great" Aaron Weinstein
WHEN: Sunday, April 3 at 3 p.m.
WHERE: Axelrod Performing Arts Center, 100 Grant Ave., Deal Park
TICKETS: $32 to $38
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"Have you seen the 'new' Gershwin musical?" Considering that George Gershwin died almost 80 years ago and Broadway has seen not one but two "new" Gershwin musicals in the past five years, it makes it easy to conclude... "The Love (of Gershwin) Is Here to Stay."
Gershwin hits include "Summertime," "Someone to Watch Over Me," "I Got Rhythm," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "They Can't Take That Away from Me," "Strike Up the Band" and literally dozens of others.
"By George!" will feature the Jersey Shore's resident "Dr. Jazz," Art Topilow with a half dozen professional jazz musicians plus some of area's most popular vocalists, all of whom have starred in musicals at APAC. By day, Topilow is the Director of Hematology/Medical Oncology at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center; by night, he's an avid pianist, dabbling in both jazz and classical.
For this special concert, the Topilow Seven include Aaron Weinstein on violin, Warren Vaché on trumpet, Garry Mazzaroppi on bass, Mike Nigro on percussion, Doug Clarke on guitar, and Mike Lee on saxophone and clarinet.
"By George!" will feature a group of APAC singers, most of which have been nominated and won multiple NJACT Perry Awards for excellence in musical theater: Caitlin Alongi, Bre Cade, Ruth Levy, David Smolokoff, Heather Varley and Ken Wasser.
Tony Bennett called Aaron Weinstein "the Groucho of the violin," a truly unique artist who "somehow miraculously makes music exciting and keeps the audience in stitches at the same time" (Rex Reed). Weinstein has been a featured performer at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Blue Note, and at jazz festivals throughout the US and Europe. Warren Vaché, one of the world's leading jazz trumpet and cornet players, has been recording for five decades and is known as a master of jazz, swing and Dixieland. He has performed all over New York City and virtually everywhere. Bassist Gary Mazzaroppi has played in Carnegie Hall, the Blue Note and around the country with talent as varied as Willie Nelson, Renee Fleming, Charlie Bird, and Stan Getz.