Sunday in the Park with Jazz

A series of community concerts in "Johnny Jazz" park on the west side of Red Bank. Four Sunday afternoons culminating on Count Basie's Birthdate with a very special all-afternoon celebration kicking off at One O'Clock Jump" of course!

Presented by:

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In association with:

The Red Bank

Count Basie 365

Westside Committee

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Red Bank Parks and Recreation

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Sunday July 31 3:00pm

Sunday August 7 3:00pm

NJPAC
City Verses

Jazz & Poetry
With Mark Gross &
Brandon McCune

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Sunday August 14 3:00pm

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Robby Ameen Afro-Cuban band

With Edsel Gomez piano & Rubén Rodriguez bass

Sunday August 21 1:00 - 5:00pm

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Sunday July 31 3:00pm
Vincent Herring
 


with Gary Fisher - Piano
Jason Clotter - Bass
and Zach Lorelli - Drums

Considered one of the premier saxophonists of his generation, Vince Herring is a saxophone virtuoso with a uniquely intense and vigorous musical voice. He first toured Europe and the United States with Lionel Hampton’s big band in the early 1980s. As he developed his musicianship working with Nat Adderley, a partnership blossomed that continued for nine years. Along the way he has worked and/or recorded with Cedar Walton, Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Hayes, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, the Horace Silver Quintet, Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition, Larry Coryell, Steve Turre, the Mingus Big Band, Kenny Barron, Nancy Wilson, Dr. Billy Taylor, Carla Bley, and John Hicks. Learn more about Vincent Herring Here>>

Sunday August 7 3:00pm
NJPAC City Verses Jazz & Poetry


With Mark Gross & Brandon McCune

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City Verses, is a unique, joint initiative of NJPAC and Rutgers University-Newark, offering a range of complementary programs that celebrate and expand upon the rich historical connection between jazz and poetry; create new opportunities for the public to engage with these art forms; strengthen community ties through the arts; amplify the authentic voices of the people of Greater Newark; and engage a new generation of poets, jazz musicians, and teaching artists.

Learn more about City Verses Here>>

Sunday August 14 3:00pm
Robby Ameen Afro-Cuban Band 

With Edsel Gomez - Piano & Rubén Rodriguez - Bass

Grammy® Award-winning drummer/composer Robby Ameen brings his Afro-Cuban grooves helped by his long time band members and friends for  a celebration of his signature vision of the music that he has spent a lifetime exploring: Afro-Cuban music with deep strains of contemporary hard bop and funk.

Ameen has established a recording and touring career stretching from Dizzy Gillespie to Paul Simon, while maintaining a more than 20-year relationship with Latin icon Ruben Blades as a member of Los Seis del Solar.  As a leader, Ameen wrote, arranged, and produced his CDs  Days in the Life, and most recently, Days in the Night, which Down Beat magazine awarded 4 stars.  As a co-leader he has recorded three records with the El Negro and Robby Band alongside drummer Horacio “el Negro” Hernandez. In addition he helped found the Latin-jazz power trio Overproof, and also made two latin-jazz records with Seis del Solar.  He has recorded on over 200 records and played on numerous major film scores and television shows including the hit series Sex and the City . Robby is also featured in the PBS television series “Arab-American Stories” Episode 101.

Learn more about Robby Ameen Here>>

Sunday August 21 1:00 - 5:00pm
One O'Clock Jump!
Celebrating the Birthdate of one of Red Bank's Favorite Sons:
William "Count" Basie

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Multiple bands and more surprises including:

Jazz Arts Academy Allstars

We are proud to present students from our Jazz Arts Academy programs. We encourage our students to participate in as many performing opportunities as possible and to give back to their communities while showcasing their talents. Many of these extremely talented high school students will be pursuing music careers in college upon graduation. We take great pains to teach them how to carry themselves professionally, and train them to create a performance that they can be proud of and that leave audiences thoroughly impressed and entertained. Learn More About the Jazz Arts Academy Here>>

The Chuck lambert Band

Chuck Lambert has been named the Dean of The Jersey Shore Blues Scene. The Chuck Lambert Band represents a commitment to expanding the range and scope of the Blues.  It incorporates the vitality and innovation of modern electric blues with the soul and depth of its traditional forms.  Each member of the band is an exceptional talent, but their unity puts them on a whole different level.  The rhythm section of Eddie Ellis on bass guitar and Chip Dixon on drums radiates pulse, syncopation and energy.  Bob Stasiak on piano and Eric Salkin on Sax epitomize style and class with dynamic improvisation. Chuck completes the musical fellowship with his distinguished vocals and superb guitar playing.  The result of their synergy is a unique and original narration of the power of the Blues and its enduring legacy. Learn more about Chuck Lambert Here>>

Radam Schwartz Organ Big Band

Hammond B3 Organist and Jazz pianist, has built his reputation over the last 30 years playing with such great artists as Arthur and Red Prysock, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Al Hibler, David Fathead Newman, Russell Malone, Cecil Brooks III and Jimmy Ford. He has been featured on over 40 albums as a sideman and has recorded 9 albums as a leader. His latest release 2 Sides of the Organ Combo features an all-star cast and highlights the “Smooth” and the “Groove” sides of the classic Hammond B-3 Organ.

Learn more about Radam Schwartz Here>>

Count Basie at the Organ!

In case you are wondering about the connection to Count Basie and having Hammond B3 Organist Radam Schwartz and his band at this celebration, read on....

It is not really widely known or talked about but Count Basie actually played the organ on many occasions and recordings. As a teenager he had the good fortune to study and learn from two masters of the day, James P. Johnson where he learned his signature stride style and Fats Waller. Basie would sneak into the theater to watch Waller play the organ and was subsequently informally mentored and encouraged by the great man who himself wrote over 400 song and had his own great success. Basie's first known recording at the organ dates back to 1939, when he accompanied Jimmy Rushing on Nobody Knows.

 

According to historian Geoff Alexander "Basie economized Fats' style, [he] had a sparse and 'jumping' feel to his playing, and I think influenced later organ players such as Wild Bill Davis, Milt Buckner, and Jackie Davis as much with the sound of his band as his playing."

 

From the early 1950s, when due to financial issues, the size of Basie orchestra drastically shrank, the small group became a favorite format. For these small group recordings, thanks to Norman Granz, Basie revisited organ almost a decade before it turned into a best-selling instrument. (In that regard think of Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff and many others who came to prominence in the 60s.)

In 1952, Basie took the organ seat on various occasions, some under his own name as leader, and with Oscar Peterson appointed as the piano man, and at least one session under Illinois Jacquet's name, when Basie was simply minding his own (glorious) business on the organ.

 

These sessions, at some point released by Verve as Basie at the Organ, are examples of Basie's "cool rage", if one borrows from the Jacquet's tune that Basie plays on the side B of the LP. By "cool rage" I mean, tense but flowing; conveying a wide range of emotions but always remaining in absolute control of itself.