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Asbury Park. By Paul Goldfinger ©. 2014. Blogfinger.net

Asbury Park. By Paul Goldfinger ©. 2014. Blogfinger.net

JASON ISBELL and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band

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Asbury Park, New Jersey. Seen from Ocean Grove across Wesley Lake. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Asbury Park, New Jersey.  c.1965.   Seen from Ocean Grove across Wesley Lake. Paul Goldfinger photo © Click left for full view.

 

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN.  4th of July (Sandy)

“And the boys from the casino dance with their shirts open like Latin lovers on the shore
Chasing all them silly New York virgins by the score

“And Sandy, the aurora is rising behind us
This pier lights our carnival life forever
Oh, love me tonight, for I may never see you again
Hey, Sandy girl
My, my, baby…”

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Asbury Park Boardwalk. Sunday September 14, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Asbury Park boardwalk. Sunday, September 14, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Enlarge by clicking the image.

 

ETTA JONES.   From The Music Man by Meredith Wilson:

 

 

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Prior to the concert, J.P. Rasmussen interviews Bucky Pizzarelli . Paul Goldfinger photos. ©

Prior to the concert, PJ Rasmussen interviews Bucky Pizzarelli . Paul Goldfinger photos. © June 26, 2014  Click images to enlarge.

 

By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor @Blogfinger    Re-posted after learning of the death of Bucky Pizzarelli on April 2. 2020 at age 92

 

Thursday June 26,  2014 at the Langosta Lounge, on the boardwalk,  in Asbury Park:

PJ Rasmussen, a 23 year old jazz guitarist, grew up in Ocean Grove and went to St. Rose High School where he took up guitar at age 14. He wanted to play rock, but his teacher, Andrew Light, got him hooked on jazz. PJ went on to William Patterson University where he met the legendary jazz guitarist (from New Jersey)  now 88 year old, Bucky Pizzarelli.  The two became friends, and that story winds up at the Langosta Lounge in Asbury Park tonight where P.J. and Bucky played together at the summer-long Boardwalk Jazz Thursday night series at the Langosta venue which PJ has organized.  (http://boardwalk-jazz.com  )

Busy night; happy crowd at the Langosta Lounge for Jazz night. ©

Busy night; happy Thursday crowd at the Langosta Lounge for Jazz Night. ©

 

I have been a huge fan of Bucky Pizzarelli and his musical family which includes John Pizzarelli, Martin Pizzarelli, and Jessica Molaskey. They often perform together, but last night Bucky was playing with three guys in their twenties, and he appeared to be having a great time. Bucky is a giant of the jazz world and he has performed with Benny Goodman, Les Paul, The Tonight Show Band, and many others.

 

Classic jazz fills the room. JP Rasmussen quartet (for the night). ©

Classic jazz fills the room. PJ Rasmussen quartet (for the night). ©

PJ  Rasmussen alternated lead guitar with Bucky and they played solos and duets. The rhythm section included a fine 27 year old bass player from South Korea named Daseul Kim and a skilled and innovative drummer, Joseph Spinelli, who rocked the room during the quartet’s version of Benny Goodman’s “Sing, Sing, Sing.”

 

Daseul Kim, bassist. Age 27.

Daseul Kim, bassist. Age 27. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Some people say that jazz will die as the old timers leave the scene. But if you have ever listened to Wynton Marsalis discuss this issue or seen the Jazz at Lincoln Center orchestra, you will find many bright young faces.

PJ agrees that a whole new generation of jazz players are emerging now, including himself. PJ says that jazz is “music that anyone of any age can love.” He tries to teach his audiences to enjoy jazz—-“If they listen, they will get it.”   He also loves other musical forms including rock and he likes to experiment with various sorts of fusion music such as hip-hop and jazz.

For the Thursday night 3 hour concert, PJ and Bucky pretty much stuck to jazz standards such as Tangerine, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me, Ellington’s In a Mellow Tone, and There Will Never Be Another You.   PJ  performed a lovely solo rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

PJ has made two CD’s, all with his original compositions. He says that “there is a lot of young talent out there,” and, although he is interested in modernizing and fusing jazz to capture the interest of young adults today, he has great respect for traditional jazz. He loves much of the “American songbook” which features music from the 1920’s, ’30’s, ’40’s and beyond . The bassist Daseul Kim agreed about the passion for vintage jazz that young musicians like him continue to play.

For 17 weeks, Rasmussen will bring a wide variety of jazz performers to the Langosta Lounge including a big band on September 11. Each Thursday the concerts go from 7:00 pm-10:00 pm. They do two sets with a 30 minute intermission, and there is no cover charge or minimum. You can just sit at the bar, or have snacks or dinner. We enjoyed a fine meal with Asian accents.

My only complaints were that it was extremely noisy by the bar where we were sitting, and our chairs, placed at a high table, had no backs. If you go, make a reservation for dinner and sit at a table near the bandstand.

The service at Langosta Lounge was friendly, although the wait staff needed some more people.

PJ RASMUSSEN  AND DASEUL  KIM.    “Love Letter (Goodnight)”  from Kim’s album Relationship.  This piece is mesmerizing and beautiful.   PJ’s albums include Another Adventure and Adventures in Flight  which are more avant garde than the material with Bucky Pizzarelli

BUCKY PIZZARELLI AND FRIENDS  “Every-time We Say Goodbye” by Cole Porter.   Bucky is part of an amazing ensemble on this album  including Jay Leonhart on bass. This is such an emotional song, even without lyrics.

And here is a brief BUCKY PIZZARELLI SOLO  with  “Last Night When we Were Young.”

 

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By Paul Goldfinger. © July, 2014. Asbury Park, NJ

By Paul Goldfinger. © July, 2014. Asbury Park, NJ  Click to enlarge

DORIS DAY.  Here’s how it works:  You go to Rome and visit the Trevi Fountain.  Then you turn around and throw your money over your shoulder into the water. Then you get your wish.  Really?   And “thrown by three hopeful lovers.”  But who’s keeping score?

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Cathedral Assembly at the Shore. Asbury Park. By Paul Goldfinger © May 9, 2016.

Cathedral Assembly at the Shore.  Asbury Park. By Paul Goldfinger © May 9, 2016.   Click to enlarge.

EUGENIA ZUKERMAN, “Flower Duet”    From Lakme. Act 1,  arranged for flute, oboe, and piano. Composed  by Léo Delibes .

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Grand Avenue at First Avenue, across from the library. that building was built in 1881. Paul Goldfinger photo.

Grand Avenue at First Avenue  Asbury Park across from the library which was built in 1881. Paul Goldfinger photo©  Click to enlarge.

 

Got nine minutes for Joshua Bell and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor, opus 64. II, Andante?  It is with Neville Mariner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  (London)

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Casino in Asbury Park is the access from Ocean Grove. The artist is Porkchop. Photo by Paul Goldfinger. © July, 2015.

Casino in Asbury Park is the access from Ocean Grove. It is literally an Asbury connection for any Tom, Dick or Calamari.     The artist is Porkchop. Photo by Paul Goldfinger. © July, 2015.  Click to watch her eyes.

 

MARTHA WAINWRIGHT   from the soundtrack of The Aviator

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Bus in front of me on Main Street, A. Park SEpt. 2016. Blogfinger action photo (taken while stopped at a light) ©

Bus in front of me on Main Street, A. Park, Sept. 21, 2016, was purchased by Bruce Springsteen for the A. Park Senior Center where the AP seniors can relive their glory days.    Blogfinger action photo (taken while stopped at a light just when the light turned green.) ©  Click to enlarge.

 

By Paul Goldfinger,  Traffic Editor @Blogfinger.net  (Re-post from 2016)

Bruce Springsteen has always been generous at the Jersey Shore, especially in Asbury Park where he and other musicians spread their musical wings and found their voices. Bruce just published his memoirs called, what else, “Born to Run.”.  It is over 500 pages, but early reviews say that it is a wonderful book, written in a style similar to his music.

This photo was taken in the jaywalking capital of the world—Asbury Park.    I don’t know why, but people there love to cross Main Street against the light.  Just today I was cut off by a bicyclist who suddenly crossed against the light in front of me, while not even looking to notice whether I would run him over or not.  So if you do try to jaywalk in A. Park on Main Street, you’d better be  born to run.

My theory about automobile and pedestrian risks in Asbury on Main Street is that the place is too small and too populated for the amount of cars; too many distractions and jaywalkers and buses and taxis and deliveries, and double parking for its own good—especially in season.

Plus, click on the photo to see a driver heading south making a westbound turn onto Third Avenue while about to run over a woman crossing the street.  Ironically, they both had green lights  indicating that everybody over there needs to pay attention and follow the rules.

I did not notice that drama until I viewed the photo. I was too busy reading the rear end of Cousin Brucie’s bus.  So, I was merely following the mandate of some bumper stickers which say, “Watch my behind and not hers!”

If you drive along or through Memorial Drive in Asbury there are all sorts of stop sign issues which can create hazards.  The photo below shows an OG car (ours–Eileen driving on 4th Ave.) which was clobbered on 4th Avenue when some jerk ran a stop sign at the intersection with Memorial Drive. She miraculously had minor injuries.

The Asbury driving chaos is out of hand. We have hazards in OG, but we don’t usually have the traffic congestion found in AP mostly all the time. (2020: The turn lanes will help, but Memorial Drive is still a problem)

OG car destroyed on Memorial Drive in AP after a driver breezed through a stop sign. The occupant had relatively minor injuries. Blogfinger photo. ©

OG car destroyed on 4th Avenue  in AP after a driver breezed through a stop sign on Memorial Drive.  Blogfinger photo. ©

 

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN  “Glory Days.”

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The colors of Asbury. the other side of Asbury Park. By Paul Goldfinger ©. 2015.

The colors of Asbury. the other side of Asbury Park. By Paul Goldfinger ©. 2015. Click to enlarge

LESTER YOUNG  with the OSCAR PETERSON TRIO

 

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