JSJBF History is a new monthly feature being added to the newsletter by Charlie Wuth and Larry Adelman. Its intention is to share with our volunteers, members, and the community its amazing origin and contribution to jazz and blues music, community education, and youth education in the shore area. JSJBF has a 36-year history of providing music festivals, community outreach, education, and youth music programs, beginning with our first festival in 1988.
Sunday December 11th was a cold and rainy night, but that did not deter a near-capacity crowd from dressing up in their best outfits of the season and attending our annual JSJBF holiday party featuring youth sensation, Carlotta Schmidt and Peter Veteska & Blues Train with special guests Mikey Junior and Jen Barnes.
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.
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.
The October edition of Blue Collar Blues, hosted by The Incinerators, gave us some fine local blues, as well as some excellent blues and rockabilly from across the pond. Joseph Riggio had been in contact with Ruzz Guitar’s Blues Review who hail from Bristol, England, as does one of the member venue, The Chubby Pickle owners, Craig Andrews, who proudly wore his Bristol football jersey that night.