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Boardwalk Casino photo shoot. Asbury Park, NJ. © by Paul Goldfinger

Boardwalk Casino photo shoot. Asbury Park, NJ. © by Paul Goldfinger. Click to enlarge



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January, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger January, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger  ©


CONAL FOWKES.   From the soundtrack of “Midnight in Paris.”  By Woody Allen.

“Do do that voodoo that you do so well.”    By Cole Porter

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630 Mattison Avenue,  A.P. Paul Goldfinger. Blogfinger.net photo. ©  Click to enlarge.

This is not a review, so if you go to Amici, please send us your review.   Blogfinger@verizon.net

ANDREA BOCELLI     “Marinarello”

“By the sea
we make love,
heart to heart
having a good time.”


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2nd Life Bikes. April 2004. Photos by Paul Goldfinger ©

2nd Life Bikes. April 2014. Photos by Paul Goldfinger ©. Click to enlarge.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor  @Blogfinger

Kerri Martin, the Director of Second Life Bikes” at 21 Main Street, right outside the OG gates and a little to the right, presides over an ocean of used bicycles within a cavernous space that looks like it could house a brewery or an armory. Kerri founded this “community organization” in 2006 when she ran it out of a garage as a sort of bike church.

Kerri Martin. Director. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Kerri Martin. Director. By Paul Goldfinger © 2014.

The idea is to help the community and promote solid values through the “resurrection” of bicycles and secondarily of endangered poor kids. She says the program “changes the destiny of people and bikes.”

People donate old bicycles to the group, and they are fixed up by a team of 3 experts: Kerri, Pete and Terry. Then the bicycles can be purchased from $60.00 up or given to kids free through the “Youth Earn a Bike” program. Kids ages 12-18 must work 15 hours to get a bike. They learn how to use tools and restore life to damaged cycles.

By Paul Goldfinger ©

By Paul Goldfinger ©

Kerri is quite famous around these parts for her witticisms which she writes by hand on a blackboard outside the shop. She says that she is giving vent to her “inner comedian.” The program has been covered by national media, but now Blogfinger gets a shot.

I brought over my son’s Huffy which had been ridden twice before the brakes failed. Pete, a bike repairman and raconteur found that the bike was fine, but it had been assembled wrong. So much for the great deal at Walmart. Pete is originally from Jersey City and he used to do darkroom photography, so we had a few things to talk about. Pete has a short graying pony tail; maybe I should get one of those.

Kerri isn’t sure what this building was used for in the past, but it stood empty for many years before Kerri and her biker gang took over four years ago. I felt like Bob Bowné at the silk mill when I roamed around taking photos. But unlike the silk mill, this strange building has humans and cats milling about still.

Kerri said that another blogger was due in for an interview and photo-shoot, but, at least for today, Blogfinger got the scoop.

2nd life cat has 7 more. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

2nd Life cat has 7 more. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

The crew at the 2nd Hand Bike-land also consists of volunteers, and visitors are welcome. You Grovers should walk over there and step inside. It is a fascinating and unique treat. You might even be inspired to make a donation—the 2nd Hand biker gang wants to buy the building and continue the good deeds at that very special location

BARBRA STREISAND from her greatest hits album:

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Asbury Park barber shop. By Moe Demby ©

Asbury Park barber shop. By Moe Demby ©

Moe Demby, of our photo staff at Blogfinger sent us  two black and white photos reminiscent of Robert Frank’s style of photography. As noted in our Frank article, photographers tend to learn from  those who came before.  Moe, a successful, award winning photojournalist by profession, has been influenced by Frank and by Robert Capa.

Ocean Grove. By Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff.

Ocean Grove. By Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff.

These two images were obtained  on November 17, 2014.

GENE AMMONS  (From Woody Allen’s film Fading Gigolo.)     The song is “My Romance.”  Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart (lyrics) wrote this song for a Broadway musical (1935) called “Jumbo.”   My Romance is a hugely popular song for jazz musicians.

Gene Ammons with his tenor sax.

Gene Ammons with his tenor sax.

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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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