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News stories featuring or mentioning JSJBF:

February 20, 2006 Annual guitar show jams Guitars for beginners, collectors plucked from vendors
Posted by the Asbury Park Press.
February 16, 2006 Jazz & Blues series in Red Bank, Long Branch
Posted by The Hub.

Press releases about JSJBF activities:

January 24, 2006 Blues Musician/Educator Offers Free Public Performance
September 21, 2005 New Orleans Band Heads Up Red Bank Concert to Benefit Gulf Musicians
July 20, 2005 Reckless Steamy Nights Make Red Bank Red Hot
January 10, 2005 Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation Schedules International Blues Challenge Benefit
January 10, 2005 Red Bank First Night is a Success
September – December 2004 RED BANK FIRST NIGHT 2005 — See Stories on First Night Website
October 2004 Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation awarded $15,000 grant from the Bunbury Foundation
October 2004 Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation awarded $36,000 Special Project Grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts
September 3, 2004 Red Bank Jazz and Blues Festival Rated Among Nation’s Top 100
July 2004 Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation awarded grant from International Paper
June, 2004 CD 101.9 RED BANK JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL 2004 — Stories on Festival Website
February 3, 2004 “Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation expands its support team and relocates to Red Bank”


For more information contact: Ron Steelman, Steelman & Co., 732-939-6507,

January 31, 2006

– Suzie O’Kane

It’s official – BACK IN BLUESVILLE was awarded Best Self-Produced Blues CD of the Year at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee this past weekend. Since its release, BACK IN BLUESVILLE garnered exceptional attention and media support in both broadcast and press, but taking into account the strong competition, Roxy and her band remained cautiously optimistic until hearing the official word, which was announced at the New Daisy Theater on Beale Street following the band finals competition at about 1:00 a.m. on Saturday.

Along with BACK IN BLUESVILLE, finalists competing in the Best Self-Produced CD category were “STEAMY” – Heaven Davis (Atlanta Blues Society), “WET MY BEAK” – Alvin Jett and the Phat Noiz Blues Band (Missouri Blues Association), and “SONG INSIDE ME” – Michele Lundeen (Reno Blues Society).

Judges were BOB PORTER (Blues Programmer – “Music Choice,” NPR syndicated radio program “Portraits in Blue” host, WBGO Newark’s “Saturday Morning Function” host), DAN JACOBSEN (Publisher and Editor of “Southland Blues”, Southern California’s Hub of the Blues), LARRY LISK, presenter of WMNF 88.5 FM’s “Blues Lovers Edition”, President of the Suncoast Blues Society, and agent for Skipper’s Smokehouse Talent Agency, all in and around Tampa, Florida), and BILL WAX, Program Director for XM Satellite Radio’s “Bluesville”).

Accepting the award on behalf of her band, Roxy acknowledged the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation for its nomination of BACK IN BLUESVILLE, and expressed her appreciation for the honor and recognition received from the Blues Foundation and the blues community at large. Special recognition was given by Roxy to the band’s guitarist and keyboard player Dave Fields, who co-wrote and produced the CD with her.

As she left the New Daisy Theater Roxy declared, “I’m so happy that the talent, creativity, love and care that went into BACK IN BLUESVILLE have been recognized in this very special way by the Blues Foundation! It is truly rewarding to have our music heard and appreciated by the blues community at large, and it is our hope that our opportunity here in Memphis will expand our audience and get out music out to blues lovers everywhere!”

What’s next for Roxy? … Another CD in the works right now, of course! Keep up with the latest news on the Web at

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For more information contact: Ron Steelman, Steelman & Co.


The Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation is throwing an early holiday party on Sunday, December 4, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Ocean Place Resort & Spa in Long Branch. The featured band, which played in last summer’s Red Bank Jazz & Blues Festival, is “Night Train.” The food and music is all included for a donation of $15 for JSJBF members, and $20 for non-members. The Foundation produces events throughout the year, including the upcoming Red Bank First Night, a family oriented, alcohol-free evening of events. First Night will feature 50 performing groups at over 20 venues.

(From Left) NIGHT TRAIN band members Mike Flynn on lead guitar, vocals; Joe Hrbek on saxophone, heat things up at last year’s Red Bank Jazz & Blues Festival.

Photo by Mike Kazmierczak. High Resolution photo available for download at:

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September 21, 2005
Contact: Ronnie Gardstein, ph 732-933-0541, email
Red Bank, NJ

“New Orleans Band Heads Up Red Bank Concert to Benefit Gulf Musicians”

Music is the lifeblood of New Orleans and Katrina has silenced many musicians. Here’s how to help them get back on their feet. Before or after you dine in a Red Bank restaurant on October 1st come on down to the historic Anthony Reckless Estate, on Broad Street, and catch some great live music. In support of musicians harmed by Hurricane Katrina, The Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation and the Woman’s Club of Red Bank build on the success of their collaborative live jazz and blues series, Reckless Steamy Nights. On Saturday, October 1, from 6-11 p.m., Reckless Steamy Nights serves up three bands that will have you movin’ and grinnin’.

6 p.m. SOUL PROJECT—Stranded in our neighborhood by Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans based Soul Project offers New Orleans style funk, including brass. The seven-piece band was up here gigging when Katrina hit. They are “stuck” up here, as music venues in New Orleans are out of commission. They have toured the U.S. and performed for several years at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the French Quarter Festival. They have gigged at well-known NOLA nightspots such as Tipitina’s, The Banks Street Bar, The Maple Leaf, Le Bon Temps Roule and Club Coda. Check out

7:50 p.m.— SNAPPERHEAD ZYDECO is a five -piece Central Jersey band with Louisiana heart. Always staying zydeco-centered, they draw on a variety of styles fusing a traditional Cajun, Creole and swamp-pop base with flavors of Latin, funk, and reggae. Check out

9:30 p.m.—The Jazz Lobster Big Band swings hard, featuring the timeless music of The Count Basie Orchestra, arrangements from the 40’s to present, Sinatra to Tower of Power, led by keyboardist/ arranger James P. Lafferty. The full tilt big band is comprised of five saxes, four trumpets, four trombones, and the Lobster rhythm section. Featured on trombone is Rick Stepton, a 23 year veteran with Buddy Rich, and Cliff Pecota, playing alto and contributing original compositions and arrangements. Sinatra stylist John Esposito helps recreate the magic of when Frank sang with Basie. Vocalist Mary McCrink lends her truly unique voice and style, and Chino Roberts with his dreads and white tails does a mean Cab Calloway tribute. Special guests include: alto virtuoso Danny Walsh and the fiery Jeff Rupert on tenor. Look for their coming shows and concerts on

Minimum tax-deductible donations of $20 per person include snacks. Bring your own bottle of wine and lots of friends. The organizers will donate all proceeds to the MusiCares Foundation Hurricane Relief Fund. The Musicares Foundation is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. Go to for more information.

The Anthony Reckless Estate is located at 164 Broad Street, Red Bank, across from the Red Bank post office. For more information, please call 732 933-0541 or go to

On October 1st, participating Red Bank restaurants will donate $5 from each dinner entrée to the American Red Cross Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund, in an effort coordinated by Red Bank RiverCenter. Go to for a list of these generous restaurants.

More information on the MusiCares Foundation Hurricane Relief Fund.

Established in 1989 by The Recording Academy, MusiCares has been helping people across the country cope with personal, medical and financial hardships. MusiCares provides totally confidential crisis intervention, health care referrals and financial assistance. The MusiCares Foundation Hurricane Relief Fund will distribute funds to musicians and other music industry people directly affected by this disaster. Hurricane relief assistance may include funds for basic living expenses such as shelter, food, utilities, cell phones and transportation; medical expenses including doctor, dentist, hospital bills and medication; clothing and toiletries; musical instrument and recording equipment replacement; relocation costs; school supplies for students; cell phone service; insurance payments and more. Applicants may also be referred to other resources, as needed.

Applicants for MusiCares Foundation Hurricane Relief Fund assistance must have five years professional experience in the music industry and loss of livelihood or housing due to effects of Hurricane Katrina.

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July 20, 2005
Contact: Ronnie Gardstein, ph 732-933-0541, email
Red Bank, NJ

“Reckless Steamy Nights Make Red Bank Red Hot”

Reckless Steamy Nights
Friday, July 29 8-11 pm
Featuring The Steve Calafati Group
BYOB • $10 per person
Sponsored by Whole Foods Market, with additional support from Smith Barney and Foss San Filippo & Milne, LLC

The last Friday evening each month this summer, sizzles with Reckless Steamy Nights at the Anthony Reckless Estate, 164 Broad Street in Red Bank.

The Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation and The Woman’s Club of Red Bank open the 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 jazz and blues music. A delicious array of lite fare will be available courtesy of event sponsor, Whole Foods Market. Bring your friends and a bottle of wine and enjoy the warm summer night on the porch.

Reckless Steamy Nights goes extra hot on Friday, July 29 from 8-11 pm with The Steve Calafati Group performing Flamenco and Latin Jazz. Admission is $10 per person. Reckless Steamy Nights will continue with the astonishingly talented teenage blues band Outside The Box on August 26, and the Vickie Smith Quartet’s smokin’ tribute to the Ladies of Swing on September 30.

The event is also made possible through the generous support of Smith Barney and Foss San Filippo & Milne, LLC. Proceeds will benefit the scholarship funds of the Woman’s Club of Red Bank and the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation as well as Jazz N’ Blues In The Schools.

For more information, contact JSJBF at 732.933.0541 or visit

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