SHAKiN' At The SHORE The shore’s slickest sock hoppin’ dance parties
Saturday July 6th, 2013
featuring Ray Gelato & The City Rhythm Orchestra
VFW Hall 701 Lake Ave, Asbury Park NJ
Ray Gelato returns to the USA for a short tour and we're thrilled to have them join us in Asbury Park on Saturday July 6th, 2013. Ray joined us last summer for a stellar night at the VFW and played for an enthusiastic dance crowd. Due to overwhelming interest, we're bringing them back for another Jumpin', Swingin' & Shakin' dance party.
This event will include a beach party in the early afternoon (noon - 3pm) Along the Beach by the restaurant AQUA (part of Convention Hall in Asbury Park), followed by Dance workshops beginning at 4:30pm held at the VFW.
Celebrating the early roots of Rock n' Roll with music and dancing that capture a remarkable time period in American creativity and lifestyle. This one night will showcase Jump, Swing, Rhythm and Blues, combined with the social dances that fit.
noon - Beach Party on the beach (near restaurant Aqua) - pending
4:30 - The Jitterbug Stroll line dance VFW Hall, Asbury Park
5:30 - Creative Patterns in Lindy Hop VFW Hall, Asbury Park
7:30 - Doors open for general admission
Tickets will be available shortly.
Lindy Hop & Balboa Workshops
Lindy Hop workshops in Asbury Park
Saturday April 20th at PURE Health
location: Pure Health 701 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Those of you who would like to get out of the house, work on some new dance steps and get together for some fun social activity, please join us next SATURDAY at Pure Health Bar (2nd Floor) Build your vocabulary of the Lindy Hop with patterns like The shimmy, The Scoop, playful swing out variations, and a slew of fun patterns. Plus learn how to improve your connection.
$15/class or $35 for all THREE. For more info - shakerhythmroll.com
3:30 Lindy Hop part 1 (50min class)
4:30 Lindy Hop part 2 (50min class)
5:30 Specialty Class BALBOA introduction (50min class)
$15/class or $40 for all THREE. Contact Paolo if you have any questions or if you plan to attend.
Lindy Hop & Balboa Workshops FRIDAY Jan 18th, 2013 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Location: Dance Theater Project
1837 Old Mill Road, Wall Township | New Jersey
6:30 Lindy Hop part 1 (55min class)
7:30 Lindy Hop part 2 (55min class)
8:30 Specialty Class BALBOA introduction (55min class)
Build your vocabulary of the Lindy Hop with patterns like The Groucho, the 8-count tuck turn, the swing out, the basket, plus learn how to incorporate fabulous transitions. $15/class or $35 for all THREE. For more infor - Call Eileen (732-670-3478)
Swing Workshops Special Friday November 16th, 2012
Location: Dance Theater Project 1837 Old Mill Road, Wall Township | New Jersey 6:30 – 9:30pm
Those of you who would like to get out of the house, work on some new dance steps and get together for some healthy social activity, please join us Friday in Wall Township. I'll be showcasing some of my favorite dance material for partnering as well as for line dancing.
6:30pm The Shim Sham line dance (great jazz step vocabulary)
7:30pm The Balboa (intro to this California born dance)
8:30pm Lindy Hop Fun Patterns
$15/class or $35 for all THREE. Contact Eileen if you have any questions or if you plan to attend.
Note on Storm Aftermath
Asbury Park NJ
All along the state's 127-mile coastline, the storm-wrecked communities rich and poor. Boardwalks were trashed, a roller coaster relocated into the ocean in Seaside Heights.
The pounding surf wrecked part or all of boardwalks in Belmar, Sea Girt and Point Pleasant Beach. Walkways in Asbury Park sustained lesser damage but still, it's overwhelming.
The venues we've featured in the past Like the Berkeley Hotel, The Beach Bar at Convention Hall to the VFW in Asbury Park have survived. The Berkeley remarkably did not flood at all, The VFW flooded in the basement. Convention Hall however will need new stairways leading to the sand and may need structural reinforcement.
All we can say at this point is that we are distraught and rattled like so many and we hope for the best rebuilding possible. We will also do our best to bring our music & dance programs back to the shore this spring and summer and to at least do our part in helping to bring these businessed back to life.
Paolo Pasta Lanna
Saturday October 6th 2012
featuring Ray Gelato & The City Rhythm Orchestra
VFW Hall 701 Lake Ave, Asbury Park NJ
Come and join the one and only legendary Godfather of swing, Ray Gelato who will be backed by the City Rhythm Orchestra. Ray Gelato's band is one of the last of it's kind, a band that delivers swinging, Jumpin' music from a bygone era. Ray Gelato will perform amongst a crowd that will include talented dancers who specialize is the social dances of the Swing era.
Saturday October 6th this band will join us in celebrating Swing and The early roots of Rock n' Roll with music and dancing that capture a remarkable time period in American creativity. SHAKiN’ At The Shore will include dance workshops in the late afternoon, starting at 4pm, where you can learn and/or improve your Lindy Hop & Balboa swing styles. The evening of dancing starts at 7:15pm with a beginner dance lesson and Live music at 8pm.
4pm Swing Workshop at the VFW HALL (level 1 and up) Instructor Paolo Pasta Lanna
5pm Lindy Hop Workshop at the VFW HALL (level 2 and up) Instructor Nissreen Almazouni
7:00 Doors Open for Dance Party
7:15 Intro Swing Class
8pm LIVE Band Ray Gelato & The City Rhythm Orchestra
Ray Gelato is Britain's main man when it comes to the cool big band sound of all things swing. He's the guy Paul McCartney wanted playing the music at his wedding, the dude who Brian Adams booked for his party, the chap who played for Her Majesty (twice). Ray Gelato is a maestro of swing and jazz and an entertainer of the first degree.
Ray Gelato - Buona Sera
Ray Gelato - Just a Gigolo
Ray Gelato and the Giants Jazzaldia 2012
History Ray's father was probably his first musical influence. A US airman, living in London, Ray's dad had brought over a huge collection of great records. Young Gelato remembers hearing Sammy Davis, Dean Martin, Bill Haley, and many more, being played around the home, while he was growing up. This Love of music developed further when Ray was a teenager. Most nights, Ray could be found at Londons best Rock n Roll clubs, R n B venues and live gigs. Discovering the sounds of Louis Jordan and Louis Prima, among many other legendary entertainers, who would later be huge influences on Ray's music. In 1979, Ray took up tenor sax. Studying hard at night school and with private tutors, he developed a life-long love of jazz tenor sax playing. He was introduced to such sax greats as, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Illinois Jacquet, Ben Webster, etc. These masters became big influences on Gelato's sax playing. Around this time, Ray would ask to sit in with any live band that would let him! It was here that he realised that music was to be his life.
1982 saw the birth of The Chevalier Brothers with Maurice Chevalier, and remained Ray's band until 1988. After winning a talent contest at London's Camden Palace (the first time Ray was featured as lead vocalist), the band became the "darlings of the London club scene." With the help of Ray's long-time buddy and bass player, who became known as Clark Kent, The Chevalier Brothers pioneered a revival of interest in the swinging music of the '40s and '50s. They were a huge hit in clubs across the U.K., toured Europe and Japan, and were featured on numerous TV shows. They also released three albums and several singles, and had the opportunity to work with such legendary performers as Slim Gaillard. At the band's peek, they were playing around 200 gigs a year! The musicians included: Ray Gelato (tenor sax, vocal), Maurice Chevalier (guitar), Clark Kent (bass), John Piper (drums) and Roger Beaujolais (vibes).
In 1988, Ray appeared playing and singing in the hit British film, Scandal. That same year, he formed Ray Gelato and the Giants of Jive. This bigger, seven-piece band was the prototype of the winning formula Ray uses today. Their extensive list of gigs included shows at Carnegie Hall, the Nice Jazz Festival, the Lugano Jazz Festival and many tours throughout the U.K. and Europe. The group also recorded three CDs before disbanding in 1994.
In 1994, Ray found more film work, performing on the soundtrack for the BBC drama, No Bananas. That same year, he formed The Ray Gelato Giants, with whom he still performs today. This highly successful combination has played to critical acclaim wherever they have appeared, including the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy (four times), the Montreal Jazz Festival, San Sebastian Jazz Festival (Spain), and concerts in New York City, Philadelphia, Tampa, Chicago, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles. The band has also enjoyed numerous Italian tours and television appearances, including a spot on the Mauritzio Costanzo show. Closer to home, Ray and the boys have played Ronnie Scotts to rave reviews (see reviews), Pizza on the Park, and consistently packed the house at The 100 Club in London.
Ray gained many international fans in 1998 when he was featured in a commercial for Levis Dockers, distributed worldwide, performing the classic Renato Carosone song, "Tu Vuo' Fa L'Americano". The song is included on the band's studio album, The Men from Uncle, and their Live in Italy CD.
In 2000, Ray found the time to make another celluloid cameo with his appearance in the Jude Law film, Enig ma , playing the sax - naturally!
2001 saw an award-winning feature article on Ray appear in ATOMIC Magazine and later that year The Ray Gelato Giants opened for Robbie Williams ' "Swing When You're Winning" concert at The Royal Albert Hall in London, before an appearance at Bryan Adams ' birthday party - at the singer's personal request.
In 2002, The Ray Gelato Giants put on a fantastic show to a star-studded audience at Paul McCartney 's wedding, performed for HM the Queen at The Ritz Hotel in London, and also played at the home of music biz boss Richard Branson .
2003 was the best yet for Ray and his Giants as they played a 10 day residency at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy and continuing to build a very healthy fanbase in the US. Alongside the regular shows at the 100 Club and Dean St Pizza Express, Ray finished off the year with an acclaimed three week residency at the legendary Ronnie Scotts club
Read More at http://www.raygelato.com/history
Date: 3 Jun 2011 Country: USA
Ray Gelato & Kai Hoffman - Hey Boy! Hey Girl! Hey Boy! Hey Girl!
Hey Boy! Hey Girl! is Ray Gelato's love letter to the great duet performers that have inspired him—both musically, and as an entertainer. From previous collaborations, Ray has found his duet performance soulmate in the voice of Kai Hoffman, and the interior booklet that comes with the CD contains Ray's enthusiasm for crafting such an album, and his gratitude to Kai Hoffman and all those involved with the culmination of this project.
Though not intended as a tribute to Louis Prima and Keely Smith, the former whom Ray Gelato is already often compared to, many of the tracks evoke that specific performance spirit and idea, with little meddling to the original arrangements. Right out of the gate, "Hey Boy! Hey Girl!" the title track, is introduced as if it might be happening in front of you on an intimate Vegas stage. The instrumentation is wonderfully brassy and filled with vigor.....
Written by Frankie Hagan
Read more at raygelato.com
The City Rhythm Orchestra
The City Rhythm Orchestra has be dazzling audiences for many years with their distinctive style and sound – stellar horns, a rockin’ rhythm section, innovative arrangements and versatile vocalists create and extraordinary experience. Their wide range of music awards proves the point, having been repeatedly honored in both Pop/Rock and Jazz/Swing categories....
The Philadelphia Inquirer calls them “Philly’s premier swing outfit”
Their 1,000 – tune play list is filled with swingin’ jazz arrangements, rockin’ blues tunes, unique original material, and vintage big band charts.
In addition to being acclaimed in the native Philadelphia, the band has established a reputation in Atlantic City, New York, Boston, Providence, Washington, Tampa, San Francisco and many other locales. http://www.cityrhythm.com
Shakin' At The Shore dance party Saturday August 11th, 2012 VFW Hall 701 Lake Ave, Asbury Park NJ
noon – dancing on the beach by the Aqua Lounge (North side of Convention Hall)
4pm Dance Workshops at VFW Hall, 7pm Doors open VFW Hall, 8pm – 11:30pm Live Music, DeeJay till Midnight.
In 2011, The Shake Rhythm n' Roll Music Festival was hosted in Asbury Park. It was a remarkable 5 days of music and dance. This year we present one fabulous day and night of music and dancing. Celebrating the early roots of Rock n' Roll with music and dancing that capture a remarkable time period in American creativity and lifestyle. This one night will showcase Jump, Swing, Rhythm and Blues, combined with the social dances that fit.
Saturday August 11th 2012 will also include an Hawaiian beach party early in the day and classes where you can learn The Lindy Hop and it’s influence on social dance and the world of Swing.
The Timeline: 12:30 Dancing on the Beach* FREE JUST ADDED– starting at 12:30pm, Our DEEJAY will be spinning our favorites along with some Hawaiian Swing & Root’s Rock n’ Roll).
Location: The AQUA LOUNGE (North side of Convention Hall) and the sound system will be directed out over the BEACH. So dancers, plan to take over this beach! This is now an HAWAIIAN THEME party so Hawaiian dress is highly encouraged!
1pm Aerials playtime and dancing on the Beach* by the AQUA LOUNGE on the far side of CONVENTION HALL. *beach pass required and weather permitting At 3:30pm we recommend you start making your way to the VFW Hall. Its a 15 min walk along the beautiful river that feeds into the ocean. From Aqua Lounge, we recommend you walk along the Boardwalk to the CASINO building (walk South). Then turn right and walk along the River edge till you get the the VFW. There is a rather large BINGO sign out front so you can’t miss it.
4pm Lindy Hop Styling dance workshop at the VFW HALL (level 1 and up) 5pm Swing Dips & Tricks dance workshop at the VFW HALL (level 2 and up) 7:00 Doors Open for Dance Party 7:15 Intro Swing Class
8pm LIVE BandRon Sunshine & Full Swing
*Workshops listed are additional fees. The 7:15 class however is FREE to general admission.
PRICING: DOOR PRICE
$18 general admission (dance party)
$15 additional per workshop (you must purchase general admission to take dance workshop)
$45 if you buy full package at door (dance party and both workshops)
ADVANCED PURCHASE PRICE (online)
$15 general admission
(dance party only)
$26 Includes One Workshop and general admission
$36 Includes Both Workshops and general admission
More details will be posted shortly. TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
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World War II Era Swing Dance Saturday 19 May 2012
7pm - 10:30pm
We are thrilled to have joined forces (no pun intended) with the Army Ground Forces Association to help design & produce this marvelous day and evening event at Fort Hancock on Sandy Hook. Here are the Details:
World War II era Swing Dance Celebrating the music and entertainment of 1943. Dance to the classic swing of the Early 1940’s as performed by Swingadelic NYC area's Greatest “little big band"
delivering traditional big band sounds Swing Dance Lesson 7pm
In the Chapel at Fort Hancock 1940’s period attire encouraged
Suggested Donation: $15 (Covers band, light refreshments and AGFA’s restoration projects)
Part of the Annual Coastal Defense Weekend at Fort Hancock, Sandy Hook, Gateway National Recreation Area
(NPS Spring Guide: http://www.nps.gov/gate/planyourvisit/upload/GATEspringuide2012SHUrev.pdf )
Sponsored by the National Park Service and AGFA*
Volunteers preserving, restoring and interpreting Fort Hancock’s history during World War II
* AGFA – Army Ground Forces Association, an NPS Park Partner and a IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer historical association see their work on-line at www.armygroundforces.org
NOTE from 2011 Festival
We would like to take this time to thank all the STAFF, VOLUNTEERS, DANCE PERFORMERS, INSTRUCTORS, MUSICIANS of the 2011 Shake Rhythm & Roll Festival. It was a BLAST, OVER the TOP and it wouldn't have been as good without all your amazing participation. Those that helped make this work included our partners at Madison Marquette, Asbury Park Musical Heritage Celebration 2011, The Asbury Park Press, Millennium Radio and The Berkeley Hotel. And Special Thanks go out to Carol Fraser our sturdy and reliable dance camp director, The dancers from Troupe 212, Patrick Soluri our publicity coordinator, Charlotte our web programmer, Susan Engbring our brochure designer, Melissa Marion our vendor coordinator, Lala Ghahreman our music consultant, Monica Andrade facebook pro, DeeJay's Rockin' Daddy O, Debra Dynamite, David Frutos, Lollipop Lauren, And there are so many more we'll wind up filling this whole page. Thanks to All and we hope to see you again next year!
The Wrap Up
Here's our Wrap up of the 5 Day Festival!
Saturday August 13, 2011 The Berkeley Hotel - Kingsley Ballroom
Certainly, one of the big Highlights of the week was the Saturday night Dance Showdown featuring Matthew Piazzi & the Debonairs, Bill Haley Jr. & Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats. The evening began with Crooner Matthew Piazzi who was joined by his knockout Debonairs. To say the least, they left us wanting lots more! Then, Rock n' Roll royalty came to the stage beginning with Bil Haley Jr. who recreated the sounds and stylings of his fathers groundbreaking music from the late 1950's. He was joined by Bill Turner on Guitar, who played with Bill Haley for a number of years back in the 1970's. And of course, the amazing dance show put together by the fabulous Carol Fraser was the Show to be seen! World Class Dancers from all across the nation performed. Then, what everyone was waiting for, Show Stopper Lee Rocker, the Bassist of the original Stray Cats! Stay tuned for pics!
Friday August 12, 2011 The Berkeley Hotel - Kingsley Ballroom Asbury Lanes
Our Friday Night was another Big Highlight when Big Joe & the Dynaflows took to the stage. This band really put some rhythms down and the dancers came from all across the land for this one and our huge dance floor was packed. Those that kept going and attended the Late night featuring Angie Pontani & the World Famous Pontani Sisters were treated to three sets of Knock your Socks off Burlesque. And the dancers got to hit the vintage Asbury Lanes wood floors as David Frutos (CA) DeeJayed during the show breaks. And if you got a change to sample the beers and burgers at Asbury Lanes, you left feeling most satisfied.
Thursday Aug 11, 2011 The Beach Bar
On Thursday August 11th, we were treated to another spectacular sunny day and by the late afternoon, the stage was set for another Unique musical line up. First at Langosta Lounge where Tiki Daddy played live to dancers on the Boardwalk. Shortly after that, we moved to the Beach Bar that's situated on the beach, on the edge of Convention Hall overlooking the Ocean. Our Hawaiian Swing Party began with Rave On, the music of Buddy Holly and what a treat that was as Chris Roselli captured the feel and character and the dancers gave rave reviews. We then heard more from Tiki Daddy who's Hawaiian Sounds brought us to the land of lai. We closed out the night with one more set from Rave On and then our house DeeJay took over. It was the perfect night! stay tuned for photos and video of the evening.
Wednesday August 10, 2011 The Wonder Bar
Our Kick Off concert on Wednesday Aug 10 set the stage for the week of festivities. When Eddie Clendening hit the stage with his Blue Ribbon Boys, the place lit up and the dancers strutted their stuff without breaking to breathe. At the conclusion of their first set at close to 9pm, the Fireworks started and we all headed to the outdoor Deck where we danced while the Skies lite up. It was quite the surrealist scene. Stay tuned for photos!
Sunday August 14, 2011 The Wonder Bar & The Kingsley Ballroom
We began with the Gas House Gorillas' who rocked the House and got everyone flying till about 9pm.
Then, no dance camp is complete without some Hot Jazz and to close our festival, we had the incomparable Boilermaker Jazz Band. When the day started, with rain and all, I have to admit we were a little concerned that our followers might not come, but by nightfall all was Jumpin'!
The Shake Rhythm n' Roll Music Festival is an event like no other, recreating and celebrating the roots of Rock n' Roll, and capturing a remarkable time period in American creativity and lifestyle. Five days and nights of music, performances, contests and a dance camp that will teach you all about the dances for this time period. Our festival will showcase Roots Rock n' Roll, Jump Blues, Boogie Woogie, Rhythm and Blues, Doo-Wop, Swing, Rockabilly, Latin, combined with the social dances that fit, and with just one look, you'll think you've been transported back in time.
You'll enjoy music and dance stages by the Boardwalk, at the famed Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel and on the Beach. Classic Cars, evening and late night dance parties with smokin' hot bands and internationally acclaimed DeeJays, late night Burlesque shows, old fashioned bathing suit beauty competition and professional dance show. And the festival will include a dance camp where you can learn all the dances that were a major part of American lifestyle in the 1930's, - 1950's. This camp will specialize in partner dances of these eras like the Bop, Boogie Woogie, Balboa, Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag alongside line dances like The Stroll, The Madison, The Shim Sham. We’ll have tracks for absolute beginners to advanced levels.
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