Past Events

Past Events 2014

SUMMER's END Dance Party

The shore’s slickest sock hoppin’ dance parties
featuring Swingadelic
VFW Hall 701 Lake Ave, Asbury Park NJ


Summers End Swing Dance with Swingadelic

Jumpin’ Entertainment is thrilled to bring you another Swingin' & Shakin' Dance Party.
We're featuring Swingadelic on Saturday September 6th, 2014

Swingadelic, known as New York City’s greatest “little big band,” delivers the solid big band feel of Ellington, Basie, Hampton, Sinatra, along with fabulous 50's Rock n Roll, Jump Blues and some Bang up Boogie Woogie. The band is a loved by the Lindy Hoppers and dancers alike but is also enjoyed by those who just like to listen and clap along. They have performed at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and at such festivals as Bele Chere, MusikFest, and the CD 109 Jazz & Blues Festival.

Big-hearted, good-time, feelin’-fine jazz played with serious proficiency.” — Jazz Inside Magazine

LOCATION: VFW Hall 701 Lake Ave, Asbury Park NJ

It will also include a beach party in the early afternoon followed by Dance workshops beginning at 6:00pm held at the VFW. Just $15 in advance, $18 at the door for general admission. $30 includes the specialty workshop.

Swingadelic in Asbury Park

6:00 PM Dips & Tricks dance workshops*
7:00 PM Doors Open for Dance Party
7:30 PM Intro Swing Class (provided by "A Song & A Dance"
8:30 PM LIVE Music

*Workshops listed are additional fees. The intro class however is FREE with general admission.

$18 general admission (dance party)
$30 Includes Specialty Workshops and general admission

$15 general admission (dance party only)
$25 Includes Specialty Workshops and general admission

Past Events 2013

Swing Dance Party

Saturday Aug 10th, 2013

featuring The Dona Oxford Boogie Woogie Band
VFW Hall 701 Lake Ave, Asbury Park NJ
Dona Oxford Boogie Woogie Band

Jumpin’ Entertainment is thrilled to bring you another Jumpin', Swingin' & Shakin' Dance Party.

The SHAKIN’ At The SHORE swing dance party Features Dona Oxford and her Boogie Woogie band coming all the way from CALIFORNIA! Dona Oxford has performed with such legendary acts as Keith Richards, Buddy Guy, Shirley Dixon, and Father of Rock & Roll Piano, Johnnie Johnson! She has toured all over the world, and her music has been featured in Major Motion Picture soundtracks, including Eddie Murphy’s Norbit, Martin Lawrence’s Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins and the comedy, Senior Skip Day.

The dance is held at the VFW Hall 701 Lake Ave, Asbury Park NJ
It will also include a beach party in the early afternoon followed by Dance workshops beginning at 4:00pm held at the VFW.

The Timeline:
Noon - Dancing on the Beach* FREE
Our DEEJAY will be spinning our favorites along with some Hawaiian Swing & Root’s Rock n’ Roll).
Location: The ANCHORS BEND (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!
aqua lounge palm trees
*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 Convention Hall, 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 SWING DANCE & BINGO sign out front so you can’t miss it.
VFW Hall Asbury Park
4pm JITTERBUG STROLL line dance workshop at the VFW (level 1 and up)
5pm Swing Dips & Tricks dance workshop at the VFW (level 2 and up)
7:00 Doors Open for Dance Party
7:15 Intro Swing Class ( provided by DanceCraft - )
8pm LIVE Music

*Workshops listed are additional fees. The intro class however is FREE with general admission.

$18 general admission (dance party)
$30 Includes One Workshop and general admission
$40 Includes Both Workshops and general admission

$15 general admission (dance party only)
$25 Includes One Workshop and general admission
$35 Includes Both Workshops and general admission


Ray Gelato Center

And the City Rhythm Orchestra

Saturday July 6th, 2013

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 (Location TBA near AP Boardwalk), followed by Dance workshops beginning at 4:00pm 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
4:00 Swing line dance VFW Hall, Asbury Park
5:00 Creative Patterns in Lindy Hop VFW Hall, Asbury Park
7pm Doors Opem for General Admission Dance Party

7:15pm Intro to Swing
Learn the basics of social dancing in this class. We'll focus on the 6 count basic, add some spice and get you going on the dance floor. Always a good time and you don't need a partner for these classes.
8pm LIVE BAND Ray Gelato & The City Rhythm Orchestra

VFW Hall Asbury Park

Farrells Swing Jam tuesdays 2012

Swing Jam Tuesdays

Continues Through September 2013

Farrell’s Steak House & Pub
401 Broadway Blvd, Pt. Pleasant Beach NJ 732-892-2090
Dance Instruction and Free Open Dancing. Learn the original swing partner dances from the Lindy Hop to Shag.

Paolo & his special guests get you on the right track.
7:00pm Swing Lindy Hop Level 2 & up ($10 Each Class)
7:45pm Swing Level 1 & up
8:30pm open dancing FREE
No partner necessary.

info at 646-233-3338

Lindy Hop & Balboa Workshops

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Lindy Hop workshops in Asbury Park

Saturday April 20th at PURE Health

location: Pure Health
701 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Phone:(732) 988-9663

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 -

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 workshops in Wall Township

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)

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Dance Parties and Dance Camp

Past Events 2012

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. 

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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

Ray Gelato
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

Ray Gelato Center
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

Ray Gelato Album Cover
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  

The City Rhythm Orchestra
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.

NOTE from 2011 Festival

Thanks Everyone!

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!

Eddie Clendening
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!

Eddie Clendening

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.

Hawaiian Luau
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.

Eddie Clendening

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!

Eddie Clendening
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'!

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