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Reckless Steamy Friday Nights
All JSJBF Members and prospective members are welcome!
The Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation and The Woman’s Club of Red Bank open the Anthony Reckless estate for evenings of entertainment and camaraderie. Visitors can relax on the porch or wander through the beautiful rooms of the estate while they enjoy great live jazz and blues music in an intimate setting.
Friday, 29 January 2016 ~ 8:30 - 11:00 pm
Sponsored by RBC Wealth Management! -- Thanks to Chris Andreach!
The Law Firm of Zager Fuchs, PC -Thanks to partner Joe Hughes!
Benefits the Red Bank Woman's Club, and the JSJBF scholarship funds.
For more information, call: 732-933-1984
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Mike Barris & Friends To Bring Back Classic Jazz To Woman's Club Jan. 29
--With Mike Barris, Jennifer Jordan, Tom Bender and Doug Clarke
The music of Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt and Bessie Smith never gets old. And neither does the musicianship of Mike Barris & Friends.
On Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, Barris & Friends rejoin the Reckless Steamy Nights concert series after a three-year hiatus for an exciting evening of vintage jazz.
In what will be their 15th appearance at the Woman's Club in the historic Sen. Anthony Reckless Estate, the band featuring Barris on rhythm guitar, vocalist Jennifer Jordan, lead guitarist Doug Clarke and trumpeter Tom Bender will salute Satchmo, Django and Bessie and other greats of jazz.
As usual, music starts at 8:30 p.m. and goes till 11 p.m. A donation of $10 is suggested, in support of scholarship programs sponsored by the Woman's Club and JSJBF. The event, which kicks off the 2016 slate of "Reckless Steamy" concerts held on the last Friday of each month at the Reckless estate, is BYOB and includes free snacks.
Both as an audience attraction and as a musical powerhouse, Mike Barris & Friends remains one of the most successful groups in the history of Reckless Steamy Nights.
Since first playing the cozy drawing room of Anthony Reckless Estate in 2006, the ensemble has consistently delighted audiences – often packing the house – with infectious rhythm, scorching vocals and inspired improvising.
While a few old favorites will be in their set list, their latest appearance at the Woman's Club will include several previously unperformed tunes that celebrate the power of classic swing.
"This is music that grabs the audience by the collar and never lets go," said Barris, who is a New York/New Jersey correspondent for DownBeat magazine and was a panelist at the Sinatra Symposium at Monmouth University co-presented by the Grammy Museum and the Sinatra Family to commemorate Frank Sinatra's centennial year. "It is music that audiences will find fun and exciting."
Throughout the evening, Barris will give informative tidbits about the players who initially created the music and will highlight the cultural trends that shaped the sounds that for many fans and experts still define jazz.
A bit more about the band: As one of the few Monmouth County musicians to regularly showcase pre-war jazz and blues, Barris has helped the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation in its aim of educating the public about America's indigenous music. The Elberon resident's jazz and blues reviews and feature articles now appear in DownBeat, the bible of jazz, after long appearing in the Asbury Park Press. Barris also has taught a long-running Frank Sinatra music-appreciation class at Brookdale Community College, and has discussed Sinatra's art on Joe Franklin's Bloomberg Radio interview program. As part of the 2015 Sinatra Symposium panel at Monmouth University, Barris held forth
on Sinatra's strengths as a singer along with longtime Bruce Springsteen drummer and TV personality Max Weinberg, Shore bandleader Southside Johnny, pop music singer-songwriter Steve Forbert and Sinatra historian Charles Granata.
Trumpeter Tom Bender, who has been with Mike Barris and Friends for all of the group's Woman's Club concerts since 2006, has worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Cecil Payne and Lou Donaldson. An exponent and admirer of the energetic, dramatic style of Bunny Berigan, Middletown-based Bender has also performed with the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra and The Jazz Lobsters.
Lead guitarist Doug Clarke is an eminently melodic soloist who has performed with Joe Williams, shared the spotlight with Wynton Marsalis and Jon Faddis, and worked with Joe Piscopo and Jerry Lewis. Clarke, an Asbury Park resident, is the author of the instruction book, "A Practical Approach to Guitar," which is used in several U.S. universities and colleges.
Vocalist Jennifer Jordan may be best known for her work as the vocal powerhouse behind Terraplane Blues and as the leader of the Jennifer Jordan Band. An oft-featured artist at the Red Bank Jazz & Blues Festival, Jordan, a Red Bank resident, has put her own stamp on such Bessie Smith chestnuts as "After You've Gone." She has shared stages with Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor and Deanna Bogart and has been nominated multiple times for the Asbury Music Awards as top female vocalist.
The Woman's Club of Red Bank is located in the historic Sen. Anthony Reckless Estate at 164 Broad Street (across from the Red Bank Post Office), Red Bank 07701. For more information, call 732-933-1984.
Audio clips of Mike Barris & Friends: http://www.mikebarris.com/band_clips
Visit Mike's website: www.mikebarris.com
See the performances from the past years here
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