Author: JSJBF

Harmonica Master and Blues Impresario Bill Lilley: An Appreciation

Harmonica Master and Blues Impresario Bill Lilley: An Appreciation

Billy Lilley, a longtime blues harmonica playing fixture on the Garden State blues club and festival scene, passed away at 70 on Memorial Day weekend at his home in New Port Richey, Fla., after a long struggle with liver cancer.  He and his wife Theresa were active volunteers at the first half dozen Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Festivals.

The Reckless Jazz & Blues Revue

The Reckless Jazz & Blues Revue

Several months ago, I was approached by Jill Merriman, VP of the Red Bank Woman’s Club, about creating a fundraising event. Since we have a long-standing relationship with them dating back nearly twenty years, hosting “Reckless Steamy Nights” and more recently the “Mark LaRochelle Youth Open Mic” in their home, The Anthony Reckless Estate, I immediately agreed. A fantastic afternoon of music was the result!

1-6pm – Admission: $20

Artist Charlie Meidhof will auctioning off a painting as well and donating a portion of all sales to benefit the cause.