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Reckless Steamy Friday Nights

Reckless Steamy Nights

The Woman's Club Red Bank
at the Reckless Estate
164 Broad St., Red Bank, NJ

Last Friday of Each Month
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
$10 Suggested Donation

All JSJBF Members and prospective members are welcome!

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. BYOB. Bring your friends and a bottle of wine and enjoy the warmth and the music inside.

Last Friday of Each Month 8pm - 11pm.

Friday, 29 August 2008, 8:30 - 11:00 pm

Mike Barris & Friends - A Pre-War Jazz & Blues Tribute

Features the guitars of Mike Barris and Jerry Topinka, the trumpet of Tom Bender, and the voice of Jennifer Wright saluting the stars of the early age of jazz and blues. Includes signature tunes of Django Reinhardt, Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith and others.

For more information, contact 1-732-933-1984


A salute to the giants of pre-war jazz and blues, featuring the guitars of Mike Barris and Jerry Topinka, the trumpet of Tom Bender, and the voice of Jennifer Wright, is on tap Friday, Aug. 29 as part of the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation's "Reckless Steamy Nights" concert series at The Woman's Club of Red Bank.

The program, called "Mike Barris & Friends - a Pre-War Jazz & Blues Tribute," will include signature tunes of Django Reinhardt, Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith and other stars of the Jazz Age. It's the group's fourth such tribute to early jazz and blues stars at the Woman's Club and its second visit to the venue this year, having played there in March.

Music goes from 8:30 to 11 p.m. at the historic Sen. Anthony Reckless Estate, 164 Broad St., Red Bank, NJ 07701. A donation of $10 is suggested, in support of scholarship programs sponsored by the Woman's Club of Red Bank and the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation. Snacks will be provided.

Mike Barris, the ebullient rhythm guitarist and ukulele player who hosts the evening, is a veteran of the New York-New Jersey club and festival scene, and writes on jazz, blues and musicianship for Acoustic Guitar, Jazz Journal International and The Asbury Park Press, among other publications. The Elberon resident also has taught a long-running Frank Sinatra music-appreciation class at Brookdale Community College. Besides supplying the group's rhythmic pulse, Barris also switches into solo singer-guitarist mode for renditions of various chestnuts, including "Puttin' On The Ritz," "I'm In The Mood For Love," and others.

Jerry Topinka, the lead guitarist, has played with guitar legend Les Paul in New York, and worked Las Vegas casino hotels with Buddy Rich. The Manalapan resident's fluid single-string solo lines also have been heard on a Grammy-nominated song - "Nostalgia," from the 2000 album "Wind" by Tchin and Yovani. Besides his effortless solos in the Django Reinhardt tradition, a high point of the evening will be Jerry's solo pyrotechnics on a variety of vintage tunes.

Trumpeter Tom Bender has shared the stage with Dizzy Gillespie and Lionel Hampton and has worked with Sammy Davis Jr. and Tony Orlando. The Middletown resident, who has also performed with the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra and The Jazz Lobsters, is in demand not only as an instrumentalist but as an arranger and teacher.

Singer Jennifer Wright, an oft-featured artist at the Red Bank Jazz & Blues Festival, has shared stages with such legends as Buddy Guy and Koko Taylor. She has been nominated multiple times for the Asbury Music Awards as top female vocalist. From 1996 to 2007, she co-led and was the lead vocalist of Terraplane Blues, a finalist in the prestigious International Blues Challenge for 2000. Jennifer will evoke the sound and style of Bessie Smith, singing such classics as "After You've Gone" and "A Good Man Is Hard To Find."

For more information, contact mike@mikebarris.com


Upcoming Schedule

Friday, 26 Sept 2008   Chelsea Palermo
Friday, 31 Oct 2008    

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Performers have included:

TJ Wheeler Goldenseal, Tri City Jazz, Chelsea Palermo, Jo Wymer, Terraplane Blues, Soul Project, Vicky Smith, The Jazz Lobsters, Gina Fox, Long Gone Daddies... and many, many more!

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