Bands


Swingadelic

Dona Oxford


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

Swingadelic makes their Second appearance for the Shakin' at the Shore dance parties on SATURDAY SEPT 4th, 2016. www.Swingadelic.com
The VFW Hall 701 Lake Ave, Asbury Park.

Swingadelic made their Debut appearance with us on SATURDAY SEPT 6th, 2014 and was a rousing night!





Doña Oxford

Dona Oxford


Oxford has performed with such legendary performers as Keith Richards, Buddy Guy, Levon Helm, Bob Weir, Hubert Sumlin, Son Seals, Lonnie Brooks, Sam Lay, Jimmy Vivino, Kenny Neal, Shirley Dixon, Shemekia Copeland, Popa Chubby, Bernard Allison, Willie Kent, Jody Williams, Jimmy Johnson, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti, and her idol, former Chuck Berry sideman and Father of Rock & Roll Piano, Johnnie Johnson!

Doña has toured all over the world, bringing her amazing keyboard playing and vocals to devoted fans in Europe, Japan, Canada and the United States. With this many accomplishments, one would think that Doña Oxford must be satisfied. Not so! In addition to playing around the world and indulging her diverse interests (Doña is an accomplished drummer, graphic artist and auto mechanic), she has performed on many Major Motion Picture soundtracks, including Eddie Murphy’s Norbit,, Martin Lawrence’s Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins and the very funny comedy, Senior Skip Day....http://www.donaoxford.com



Ray Gelato
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 Center
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



Ray Gelato - Buona Sera



Ray Gelato - Just a Gigolo



Ray Gelato and the Giants Jazzaldia 2012



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  
Read more at http://www.raygelato.com/press-article/2011-06-03/retrospective-magazine-review-hey-boy-hey-girl-0





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.
http://www.cityrhythm.com







ron sunshine full swing
Ron Sunshine & Full Swing

Saturday August 11th, 2012
VFW Hall in Asbury Park 701 Lake Avenue

Imagine how the jump-swing bands of the '30s and '40s would sound filtered through the sensibilities of a generation raised on rock and roll. Take a healthy dose of Rhythm & Blues, New Orleans funk, and downhome harmonica stomps; mix with the classics from the era of Gershwin, Cole Porter, Louis Jordan, Nat King Cole, and Fats Waller; stir in an ever-growing portion of strong original material, and you come up with FULL SWING.

"Ron Sunshine is a star!" writes Kerry Burke of Citysearch.com, referring to the lead singer, songwriter, and harmonica player, and bandleader......Since taking up music full time in 1991, he has performed and/or recorded with artists such as Dr. John, the P-Funk Horns, Wilson Pickett, Tower of Power, Charles Brown, Pinetop Perkins, David Johansen, Gary US Bonds, Medeski, Martin & Wood, AWB, and Johnny Copeland, as well as many top local bands like Blues Traveler, The Holmes Brothers, and Joan Osborne. He fell in love with music as a child, influenced by his four older sisters, who were an award-winning a capella harmony group, by his trumpet-playing father, and by weekly visits with his live-in babysitter to a soul-stirring full gospel pentecostal church. In 1994 Ron released his first CD, "Pick it Up," (a funky, bluesy record featuring Dr. John and the P-Funk Horns with 12 original songs), followed by "Soul Drug" in 1998 (jazz-inflected funky originals), "Straight Up" later that year (jump blues and swing), and "Candy" in 2001 (jazz standards)...... Playing well over 200 shows per year, Ron Sunshine and his band have traveled the world, playing concerts, festivals and nightclubs, featured along the way on CNN, BET, NBC, Fox, BBC, and other international television,...... Popular with dancers as well as listeners, Ron Sunshine and Full Swing continue to dazzle audiences from New York to Los Angeles, from Paris to Stockholm, from Bermuda to Red Bank.
see the full bio and hear samples at
www.ronsunshine.com

ron sunshine at rainbow room
On Saturday August 11th, we’re presenting a Swingin' Dance Party at the VFW in Asbury Park (Bradley Beach). Live Music with Ron Sunshine & Full Swing and they will be Jumpin'.









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