Upcoming Events

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

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 6:00pm held at the VFW. Just $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Workshops extra.

Swingadelic in Asbury Park

6:00 PM Dips & Tricks dance workshops* at the VFW (level 2 and up)
7:00 PM Doors Open for Dance Party
7:30 PM Intro Swing Class (provided by "A Song & A Dance" www.asongandadancenj.com)
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



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 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 ( provided by DanceCraft - dancecraftnj.com )
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
note: EARLY BIRD SPECIALS are $5 LOWER from JULY 25th - AUG 1st


Past Events

ray gelato at the VFW JULY 6, 2013
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.

tera paolo swing dance asbury park beach

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. 

Ray Gelato
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.

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
Read More at http://www.raygelato.com/history

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

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