"The volunteer staff and board of the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation have been honored to present jazz and blues fans, young and old, with our award-winning Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Festivals for 20 years. The events are widely-anticipated by thousands of residents and visitors to the Jersey Shore," said Dennis Eschbach, Event Director, Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Festivals. "Thanks to the dedication of our 2012 sponsors, musicians and host towns, we anticipate this year's festivals to be bigger and better than ever! "
Festival Kicks off at Middletown Jazz and Blues Festival, July 7th
The Summer Series kicks off at the Middletown Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday, July 7th from 12:00 -8:00 p.m. at the Middletown Arts Center on 36 Church Street in Middletown, NJ. The day’s headliner is Sonny Kenn and The Upstage Jam Band. Sonny has been burning up the Jersey Shore music scene since opening for Jerry Lee Lewis in 1965. Sonny and a group of friends from his days at the Asbury Park’s Upstage Club will reunite again on stage at the Jazz and Blues Festival as the Upstage Jam Band. The core blues band is comprised of musicians Sonny Kenn, Ricky DeSarno, Joe Petillo, Vini Lopez and Chris Plunkett.
12:00-1:00 p.m. Dan Wallinsky Quartet (Jazz)
1:20-2:20 p.m. Red Bank Blues Band (Smooth and Jazzy Blues)
2:35-3:35 p.m. Gordon James Band (Jazz meets MoTown and R&B)
3:00-4:00 p.m. Miss Sherri Cool Kids Concert in the Theater (Kindie Rock)
3:50-4:50 p.m. Dean Shot (Hard-rocking, High-energy Blues)
5:10-6:10 p.m. Stormin’ Norman Seldin and His Allstar Band (Jersey-style Rock and Blues)
6:30-8:00 p.m. Headliner Sonny Kenn and the Upstage Jam Band (Blues and Fast Rock)
Point Pleasant Borough Jazz and Blues Festival, July 21st
On Saturday, July 21st head over to the Point Pleasant Jazz and Blues Festival from 12:00-8:00 p.m. at Riverfront Park on the corner of Maxon Avenue and River Road in Point Pleasant Borough, NJ. The headliner for the day will be the award-winning blues guitarist and songwriter Billy Hector. Whether Billy Hector is teasing you with his sultry slidework, picking through delta blues or flat-out cranking it up and crunching out the electric blues/rock on his beloved vintage Fender Stratocaster, his music reflects the true soul and origins of the blues; always passionate, engaging and dedicated to making the audience move and sweat. Having honed his chops and style through three decades of performances, Hector is critically recognized as one of the hottest and most interesting guitarist/songwriters on the original circuit and has even been called “A New Jersey state treasure” by music writers.
Point Pleasant Lineup
12:00-1:00 p.m. Burr Johnson (Dynamic Fusion Mix)
1:20-2:20 p.m. Outside the Box (Blues Based Rock)
2:35-3:35 p.m. Eryn Shewell (A little country, pop, blues, and a lot of soul)
3:50-4:50 p.m. Grupo Yuri Jazz Quintet (Latin and World Beat Jazz)
5:10-6:10 p.m. Blackberry Blues Band (Blues)a
6:30-8:00 p.m. Headliner Billy Hector (Blues)
Long Branch Jazz and Blues Festival, August 25th
Close the summer on a good note at the Long Branch Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday, August 25th from 1:00pm-9:30 p.m. located on the Great Lawn at the Boardwalk in Long Branch, NJ. The day’s headliner will be Rob Paparozzi and The Hudson River Rats. New Jersey-based front man, singer and harmonica player Rob Paparozzi has been a blues performer since 1967. But Rob is far from being strictly a blues musician. In fact, he's at home playing a wide range of music, ranging from rock to blues to jazz to pop. This versatility is reflected in the long and remarkably diverse list of major artists Rob has worked with, including B.B.King, Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Carole King, Cyndi Lauper, and Jimmy McGriff to name a few. Rob’s own band, The Hudson River Rats plays across the U.S. and Europe and features Ed Alstrom, John Korba, Chris Eminizer, Bernard Purdie, George Naha and Bailey Gee. The evening will end with fireworks.
Long Branch Lineup
1:00-1:30 p.m. Gary Cavico (Finger-pickin’
1:45-2:45 p.m. Andy Rothstein and Friends (Jazz Flavorings)
3:00-4:00 p.m. Nine Below Zero (High-energy Dynamic Blues)
4:15-5:15 p.m. Gina Fox (Sultry Jazz and Intimate Blues)
5:30-6:30 p.m. Goldenseal (Upbeat rock and more!)
6:45-7:45 p.m. Solitude Jazz Trio (Jazz over Soul)
8:00-9:30 p.m. Headliner Rob Paparozzi and The Hudson River Rats (Blues)
9:30-9:45 p.m. Fireworks
For Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Festival Sponsorship opportunities, email Jennifer Smiga at sponsors@JSJBF.org. For more information on the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Festivals Summer Series , visit www.jsjbf.org or find them on Facebook at Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Festivals and on Twitter @JSJazzBluesFest.
About the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation
The Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation (JSJBF) is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation whose mission is to preserve, promote and perpetuate jazz and blues in the northern New Jersey shore region through performance and education. Visit www.jsjbf.org for more information.