SATURDAY, JUNE 25th
FULL COUNT BIG BAND
The Full Count Big Band under the musical direction of Pete Korey is a contemporary 18 piece big band featuring piano, 4 trombones,
five saxes, four trumpets, synthesizer, drums, bass, guitar & completing the dynamic ensemble are acclaimed vocalists Rose Shargo and Jackie Jones.
The Full Count Big Band plays the full range of big band styles and offers a massive library of big band music including the “American Songbook”, Jazz and Swing charts from the 1940’s, the classic styles popularized by Duke Ellington and The Count Basie Orchestra to modern day arrangements. The Full Count Big Band recently performed at NJPAC and plays at jazz venues and concerts around the country. For more information, please visit the Full Count website at www.fullcountbigband.com.
The New York Times says of B.D. Lenz, “part of the reason for his accessibility is that he not only fuses jazz and rock, he complements it with warm chords of funk, soul, and rhythm and blues.” The NJ based guitarist leads a band that is very funky, highly melodic, and supremely groovin'.
Hailed as one of the top 20 "up and coming" jazz musicians by the Newark Star-Ledger, noted guitarist B.D. Lenz leads an original band which has best been described as "a spirited mixture of sounds in the contemporary vein, ranging from the sprightly to the hard-wailing" (Curt Yeske - The Trenton Times).
Signed to NY Jazz label Apria Records he has released 7 CD’s of his original contemporary jazz which feature such greats as Randy Brecker, Will Lee, Mark Egan, and Joel Rosenblatt among others. B.D.’s music has also been licensed to over 100 television shows internationally on such networks as MTV, VH1, USA, A&E, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Travel Channel, Food Network, Spike TV, etc., while his high-energy ensemble can be seen performing throughout the U.S. and Europe and his latest release “Five & Live” was played on over 100 radio stations in North America. Joining B.D. will be Geoff Mattoon (sax), James Rosocha (bass), and Josh Orlando (drums). For more information go to www.bdlenz.com.
THE NEW STANDARD JAZZ QUINTET FEATURING LAYONNE HOLMES
The New Standard Jazz Quintet featuring Layonne Holmes will wow you with the sounds of the great ladies of jazz including Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Etta James, and Nina Simone. Ms. Holmes is electrifying audiences with her artful interpretations of the songs that made them famous.
Ms. Holmes performed with Bruce Springsteen on the Tribute to Heroes 9/11 telethon and appears on the album of the same name. She sang backup with the popular hip-hop funk band, Love Among Freaks, of "Clerks" movie fame. She also performs with Tim McLoone and the Shirleys, and the Holiday Express charity. She is also a member of Bob Bandiera’s Jersey Shore Rock-n-Soul Revue series of concerts. She has shared live performances with Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Darlene Love, Southside Johnny, Beth Nelson Chapman, Phoebe Snow and Gary U.S. Bonds, among others.
Together with Bassist/Musical Director Gerald Carboy, David Anthony (drummer), Bob Himmelberger (pianist), Michael Gribbroek (trumpeter), the quintet’s performance will bring you back to an era when sultry-voiced singers sang heartfelt songs of passion and love in American cabarets.
Bassist Gerald Carboy has recorded and toured with the groups David Sancious & Tone (USA) (Columbia/Arista), The Chris Hinze Combination (Keystone/RCA), and many more. He has also performed with Kevin Eubanks (Former Leader of the Tonight Show band), He has also toured with jazz fusion artist Barry Miles in the band Silverlight.
Drummer/Percussionist David Anthony - Has recorded with Oscar Award winning Tan Dun, composer of the sound track, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." Has also recorded and performed with Glen Burtnik (songwriter/Styx), Jackie Deshannon, Patty Smyth, John Waite, John Popper, and the Billy Joel Broadway musical, Movin' Out.
Pianist Bob Himmelberger - Has been performing and teaching in the New York/New Jersey scene for the past 30 years. He's had the privilege to work with jazz greats such as Charlie Rouse, Eric Kloss, Jimmy Ponder, Vic Juris, Joe Carroll, Ted Curson, Harry Leahey, Lyle Atkinson, Nelson Riddle, Steve Gilmore, Bob Moses, Bernard Purdie, Bill Goodwin, Victor Jones, Jennie Bryson, Rick Margitza, Mike Richman, Chip Jackson, Eliot Zigmund, Jack Wilkins and saxophonist Bill Evans.
Trumpeter Michael Gribbroek - First discovered jazz as a young boy when he heard Louis Armstrong play. Since then he has been following his muse through the world of jazz and popular music, performing with such diverse artists as Buddy Rich, the Temptations, Skitch Henderson and Machito to name a few.
Please visit www.geraldcarboy.com/NSJQ.html for more information.
Chico is a Grammy-nominated musician; he is a composer, arranger, vibraphonist, pianist, and percussionist, he also DJ'd on WBGO Jazz 88 for eleven years.
Latin Jazz Magazine states “Mendoza's influences include the Cuban music of his heritage, and the classic jazz refrains of Ellington, Kenton and Gillespie, resulting in "the wild and uninhibited excitement of the Afro-Cuban rhythms coupled with the richness, mood and coloring of jazz”.
Mendoza has performed at such classic venues as Club Birdland, Madison Square Garden, The Village Gate, and has shared the stage with such luminaries as Tito Puente, George Benson, Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin, Sarah Vaughan, Arthur Prysock, Cab Calloway and Dizzy Gillespie. He was elected to the New Jersey Music Hall of Fame in 2004 and has been called "New Jersey's Latin Sun."
Joining Chico will be Nick Scheuble-Percussion, Ron Olender-Sax, Joe Mosello-Trumpet, Charlie Torres-Timbales, John Merritt-Bass and Richard Blackwell, Congas.
SUNDAY, JUNE 26th
Funktion 11 delivers powerful, dynamic renditions of soul, 70's - 80's Funk, Jazz and Disco, 90's dance classics, slamming rock tunes with their hip horns including the hottest pop tunes of today. This is "in your face" interactive dance and party music at the highest level! No two shows are alike!! They are a high energy, 100% concert experience with no shtick! Definitively and exceptionally hot! Funktion 11 is a collective group of accomplished, well-educated and creative musicians. Their mission is to move audiences whether performing jazz, funk or high energy dance music!
On par and influenced by great national acts such as Earth Wind and Fire, James Brown, Sly and The Family Stone, Tower of Power-blended with the smooth likings of Bill Withers, Ray LaMontagne and Otis Redding. The end result... talented and accomplished musicians working together to bring you the finest entertainment on every level anywhere and something known as the: Funktion 11 Sound!
Please visit www.funktion11.com for more information.
CARRIE JACKSON and HER JAZZIN’ ALL STAR BAND
Ms. Jackson is a New York/New Jersey... based jazz vocal stylist. She is considered one of the most consistently interesting singers in the metropolitan area, and is one of the top jazz artist's around today providing for classical performances in jazz favorites, soulful sultry pop, blues and poignant mellow gospel. She combines jazz originals, standards, pop/blues tunes, and open improvisation in an adventurous, genre-bending style that's inspirational and original; a singer with a Sound! Carrie Jackson & Her Jazzin' All Star Ensemble swing and perform the music of "Duke" Ellington, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, and musical selections songs from the Great American Song Book.
Ms. Jackson has produced several CD's including her critically-acclaimed debut compact disc, entitled "THE NEARNESS OF YOU" (C-Jay Records). Ms. Jackson has toured both in Europe and the U.S. She has performed with a variety of groups such as "Duke" Anderson Orchestra, Stanley Jordan & Trio, Norman Simmons, Earl May, Lisle Atkinson, Richard Eisenstein, Virginia Mayhew, Dr. Yusef Ali, "Sweet" Sue Terry, James Dean Orchestra, Edward Ellington III, (The Ellington Legacy Band), Chris White, Buddy Terry, Calvin Hughes, Lafayette Harris, Radam Schwartz, Wallace "Corky" Caldwell, Bradford Hayes, Cecil Brooks III, Saul Fischer, James Stewart, Willie Williams, Andy Mc Cloud, Rudy Walker, and others.
Joining Ms. Jackson are Lou Rainone- Piano, Thaddeus Expose-Bass and Earl Grice-Drums
Cadence Jazz Magazine: "Ms. Jackson is one of the most sought after vocalist's in the metropolitan area, her resume looks like a Who's, Who of Jazz..........Extraordinary! She Electrifies her audiences with her dynamic music and takes the audience by storm with her charm and temperament"........ Jerome Wilson,
For more information go to www.cjayrecords.com.
Originally known for his work with the rock band Phantom's Opera, in 1996 Colie Brice released his solo debut New Age Blues which embodied a radical departure from the sounds and songs he was previously associated with. His new style featured more experimental and contemplative aural landscapes which subsequently earned him several slots on the office 40th GRAMMY Nomination Entry List in 1997 including Top Instrumental for "17G (a tribute to Jerry Garcia)"
Since then Colie has gone on to release 17 solo albums and perform with a wide variety of Asbury Park based bands such as Geena and Dragster, Capt. James and the PAIN, Lunar Ensemble, Dub Proof, Sheli Aarden, and his own band The New Age Blues Experience featuring Alan Gowa on lead guitar, Matt Lott on saxophone, Steve Lusardi on piano, Jay Walker on bass, Joe Savio on drums. In 2008, Colie Brice won Top Avant Guarde Act at the Asbury Park Music Awards. In 2010 he was nominated for Top Guitarist.
Colie has also enjoyed an eclectic career as a record industry veteran and has earned credits on the Verve Records box sets of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday among other accomplishments of interest to jazz aficionados.
Currently Colie is the operations manager of Asbury Media and an extremely active musician.
For additional information please visit http://coliebrice.com
CHUCK LAMBERT BAND
The Chuck Lambert Band is a powerhouse blues band. While drawing upon the influences of many Blues genres, such as Chicago and Texas-style blues and Kansas City jump, they also inject an original perspective into their performances.
Playing the blues for over 40 years, Chuck Lambert complements his fiery guitar playing with compelling vocals. Chuck delivers string after string of blues "bullets," but he can also sound as soft as an acoustic 12-string guitar. Chuck has led the band as they opened for popular artists, (such as Little Feat and Kenny Wayne Shepard), performed in popular places (such as NJPAC and The Count Basie Theatre) and performed at many festivals over the years. More than 10 years of festivals include Festiblues International de Montreal; Riverhead Blues Festival; Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival at Six Flags Great Adventure, Freehold, and Toms River, New Jersey; Westfield Jazz & Blues Festival; Red Bank Jazz & Blues Festival; Clearwater Festival at Sandy Hook; the Jazz in the Park Series in Red Bank; just to name a few. Across the tri-state area the Chuck Lambert Band is acknowledged by music critics and fans alike as being one of the hottest bands in the tri-state area.
Mike Barris, Asbury Park Press “Some of the most joyful music you'll ever hear."
For more information go to www.chucklambert.com.