Dona 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. This event will include a beach party in the early afternoon (noon - 2pm) Along the Beach (TBA), 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, Boogie Woogie, and Blues, combined with the social dances that fit.
noon - Beach Party by The Anchors Bend (weather permitting)
4:00 - Swing line dance VFW Hall, Asbury Park
5:00 - More Creative Patterns in Lindy Hop VFW Hall, Asbury Park
7:00 - Doors open for general admission
8:00 - LIVE MUSIC
Tickets Available Next Week!
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 4:00pm 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.
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.
Come and join the one and only legendary Godfather of swing, Ray Gelato who will be backed by the Rhythm City Orchestra is going to blow the roof off the joint. 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 - Buona Sera
Ray Gelato - Just a Gigolo
Ray Gelato and the Giants Jazzaldia 2012
Come to the VFW Hall in Asbury Park and discover why Ray's hot Sax and Vocals, and his world class ' Orchestra' is so sought after around the Globe.
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 http://www.raygelato.com/press-article/2011-06-03/retrospective-magazine-review-hey-boy-hey-girl-0
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)
$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!
Sizzling Swivels & Slides Swing Workshop
Saturday July 21st noon – 1pm, 1:15 – 2:15pm (Instructors Paolo & Special Guest TBA)
Farrells steak house and pub 401 Broadway, Pt. Pleasant Beach
On Saturday July 21st, we’re featuring our first weekend workshop of the summer. It will be held at Farrell’s Pub from noon – 2:15pm. We’ve planned this around the Pt. Pleasant Blues and Jazz festival. The two bands that we like (listed below) will play starting at 2:30pm. We will head there afterwards for some great outdoor live entertainment and dancing to the bands.
Fee: $25 for both hours. ($15 for one hour). If you haven’t already replied, please let us know if you are planning to attend. firstname.lastname@example.org We have a great lineup of attendees!
Details of the festival
Point Pleasant Jazz & Blues Festival @ Riverfront Park
Sat. July 21, 2012
2:30pm Eryn Shewell A little country, pop, blues, and a lot of soul
5:00pm Blackberry Blues Band Rhythm & Blues
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:
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
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