Saturday, June 4, 2016

MIDWEEK JAZZ SERIES TO BE HELD MONTHLY @ OCEAN COUNTY COLLEGE IN TOMS RIVER: FIRST CONCERT WEDNESDAY

MIDWEEK JAZZ SERIES

WHEN: once per month on Wednesday evenings at 8pm, with one extended 90-minute set and no intermission
WHERE: 
the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts on the campus of Ocean County College in Toms River
TICKETS: $24, discounted to $18 for seniors and $12 for students.
The series webpage with links to concert information and ticket ordering is HERE

The MidWeek Jazz Series, running for about 10 years or so, presents regionally, nationally and internationally known traditional and swing jazz musicians, ensembles and bags, many of them based in New York where there is a thriving traditional and swing jazz scene among millenials (and many of the musicians appearing in Toms River are themselves in their 20's and 30's).

The next concert is Wednesday, June 8th with the popular Hoboken-based band "Swingadelic" (http://www.swingadelic.com) who will perform "A Tribute to 'The Three Louies': Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan, and Louis Prima." (IMAGE: Swingdelic)

From the flyer distributed at the last MidWeek jazz concert:

Bassist/leader Dave Post will be bringing a seven-piece band to OCC: vocalist Vanessa Perea, pianist/vocalist John Bauers, trumpeter Carlos Francis, trombonist Robert Edwards, tenor saxophonist Michael Weisberger and drummer Paul Pizzuti. Tickets are already going fast for what will be one of the most fun MidWeek Jazz concerts of the year!

Other upcoming shows:

  • Tuesday, July 26: David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band
  • Wednesday, August 10: 15-year old trumpet prodigy Geoff Gallante and his jazz quartet

(The Grunin Center MidWeek Jazz page has background info for both concerts)

This jazz series is produced by Ricky Riccardi, who is the chief archivist at the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens, NY. Ricky, who lives in Toms River, is one of the foremost experts on the life and music of Louis Armstrong, and is also the author of an acclaimed book on Armstrong's later years.