January 20, 2006
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Ron Steelman, Steelman & Co.


Blues Musician/Educator Offers Free Public Performance

At End Of Local Schools Tour

TJ Wheeler

          Noted blues musician and educator, T.J. Wheeler, will present an adult blues education program and concert, free and open to the public, at the Red Bank Woman's Club, 164 Broad St. at 8:00 pm., Saturday, January 28. The performance is produced by the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation (JSJBF). Light snacks will be provided and the audience may BYOB.

          Mr. Wheeler performed last year at the 2005 Red Bank Jazz & Blues Festival, backed by the local teenage blues band and JSJBF members “Outside The Box.” This new group started as the JSJBF Youth Ensemble in late 2004 as part of a volunteer based program to teach kids about jazz and blues. The young performers then gained invaluable experience rehearsing and then performing with such a seasoned professional as Mr. Wheeler.

          JSJBF is sponsoring a tour to local schools of Mr. Wheeler’s educational program, Hope, Heroes & The Blues. “TJ” has performed this program for over 170,000 children in schools in some of our nation's largest cities, through the rural delta regions of the Mississippi River, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Washington state and even to the Arctic Circle in Finland. Mr. Wheeler's overall program and bio can be found at www.bluesbankcollective.org, and click on "Blues Education". 

          Hope, Heroes & The Blues enables young people to experience the emotions and joy that come from the music born in the hearts of blues and jazz performers. T.J. personifies the timeless link between generations and of people from different backgrounds. By helping to relieve the burden of every day "dues" paying that most African-Americans have experienced, the Blues simply makes it a little easier to face each day. The program continually sends the message to youngsters that the Blues, a product of the hardest of all times, helps to keep hope alive. Contrary to its name, the “blues” is often quite joyous.

          Hope, Heroes & The Blues will be presented in schools in Asbury Park, Bay Head, Allenwood, Seaside Park, Long Branch, Neptune, Seaside Heights, Lavallette, and Lakewood.

          The free adult performance in Red Bank and the school program is provided by the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation and by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts."

          JSJBF produces events throughout the year, including the Red Bank Jazz & Blues Festival, one of the largest free festivals of it’s kind in the country.

          For more information about the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation and a full schedule of upcoming events, go to: www.jsjbf.org



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Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation

25 Bridge Avenue, Suite 150  * Red Bank, NJ  07701