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Maurice Scott and his society band. Metropolitan Hotel c. 1950's. Blogfinger file photo courtesy of the Scott family. ©

Maurice Scott and his society band. Metropolitan Hotel c. 1960’s. Blogfinger file photo courtesy of the Scott family. ©  Hotel photographer unknown.

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor@Blogfinger

Most hotels in resort areas such as Asbury Park and the Borscht Belt (Catskill Mountains) had their own bands because ballroom dancing was popular in that era and because guest entertainers needed backup. Maurice Scott, a highly regarded New York bandleader and trumpet player, worked with the biggest names in entertainment in Manhattan, but in the summer he would perform at the Metropolitan, a well known hotel in A. Park, which was torn down about six years ago after being closed for a number of years.

He and his family stayed in the hotel all summer, and the life of a musician there was very good.  They played music at night, often backing up well known singers and dance teams.  During the day they enjoyed the amenities of the hotel.  Maurice also was a fine singer and master of ceremonies. His trumpet playing was remarkable, with a big sound reminiscent of Harry James.

And, speaking of memories, don’t forget “Stardust Memories” a film by Woody Allen shot in Ocean Grove.  Here’s a link to the 2011 Blogfinger post about that film:

 

Stardust Memories Blogfinger post 2016

VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS  with “Stardust”    The trumpet solo sounds like Maurice Scott in his prime.  This version is from the film soundtrack “The Aviator.”

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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. 2012 ©. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Asbury Park. 2012 ©. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

REBECCA LUKER   from her album Greenwich Time.  “Summer With You.”

 

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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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Photo shoot at the Asbury Park Dog Beach. 7/26/15 Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Photo shoot at the Asbury Park Dog Beach. 7/26/15 Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click to read the shirt.

THE SECRET SISTERS:

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Asbury Park. June 26, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger © Click image to enlarge.

Asbury Park. June 26, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger © Click image to enlarge.

 

JESSICA MOLASKEY from her album Pentimento

 

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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.”

 

VIDEO LINK

http://t.co/rYJC4UcWRu

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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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