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.
This years JSJBF International Blues Challenge was a great day of live music as all the artists brought their ‘A’ game. The judges lined up in front and the members and fans filled the room and cheered them all on. In the end the two artist/bands going to Memphis are Jonathan Kalb – Solo Duo category and The SlideWinder Blues Band – Band category
On May 15, 2022, the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation (JSJBF) held its annual Band Together for Veterans event and fundraiser at Bar Anticipation in Lake Como NJ to continue its support of local veteran organizations. Each band that performed included at least one veteran and a total of $2,400 was raised in support of local veteran organization MA22
On a warm June Friday night, the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation awarded four scholarships to graduating High School seniors at the June Reckless Steamy Nights concert series sponsored by the law firm of Joseph G. Hughes, Esq. and Oppenheimer & Co. Our musical guests, long time JSJBF member Sandy Sasso and her band, started the evening off with a set of jazz tunes that showcased this very talented group