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Regina Carter

Regina Carter


Kenny Barron

Kenny Barron


By Paul Goldfinger   Re-post.

Regina Carter is an American jazz violinist who was conservatory trained before switching to jazz.   She is 46 years old.  Kenny Barron is a 70 year old American jazz pianist.

The album is Freefall and the song “Shades of Gray” was written by Ms. Carter.

Mr. Barron has appeared on hundreds of recordings.  He taught piano and harmony at Rutgers for over 25 years.  He is now at Julliard.


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Tampa, Florida. Food truck event. 2013. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Tampa, Florida. Food truck event. 2013. Paul Goldfinger photo. © Click to enlarge.




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Allenhurst, New Jersey. By Paul Goldfinger. 2014 © click to enlarge

Paul Goldfinger ©  Allenhurst, New Jersey.  2014.  Click to enlarge


JULIE RAFFERTY.   Music from The Fantasticks.  From her album No Finer Place.


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This photograph of the Asbury Park boardwalk by Paul Goldfinger is from 2014 when Ocean Grove’s boardwalk was out of commission due to Sandy. The young lady in the middle is Rose of Washington Square.


JAZZMEN TOO NUMEROUS TO COUNT:  Warren Vaché, Randy Sandke, Wyclif Gordon, Ken Peplowski, Joe Temperley, Howard Alden,  Eric Reed, Rodney Whitaker, Joe Ascione and Scott Robinson at the JVC Jazz Festival.


“Rose of Washington Square.”

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Milt Hinton (1910-2000) is the most recorded jazz musician ever. His talent on the stand up bass is unsurpassed, so he was the bass player on over 1700 albums. In addition to his musical fame, he was a prolific photographer of the jazz scene over all the formative years of the genre. He was good friends with Louis Armstrong.

—-Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger


Milt Hinton the photographer

Milt Hinton the photographer


Milt Hinton co-wrote this book about jazz, containing his photos

Milt Hinton co-wrote this book about jazz, containing his photos.


Thanks a million." Signed by Milt "The Judge" Hinton.

Thanks a million bass line. Signed by Milt “Judge” Hinton.


In the recording below, called “The Last of the Whorehouse Piano Players” with Ralph Sutton and Jay McShann, the album cover says, “The original sessions with Milt Hinton and Gus Johnson.”

Here is a link to a photograph of mine which includes Milt Hinton on stage in Waterloo, New Jersey.



You can listen for the bass line in this cut called “Please don’t talk about me when I’m gone.”


BONUS RECORDING: The musical notation note above by Milt Hinton reminded me that Louis Armstrong was associated with the song “Thanks a Million.” I don’t know if Milt Hinton was on this record, but here is Louis from the 1930’s with his orchestra:

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The Nighthawks. Vince Giordano is playing tuba and singing. Upper right corner. All photos by Paul Goldfinger. © April, 2013.

The Nighthawks. Vince Giordano is playing tuba and singing (but not simultaneously). Upper right corner. All photos by Paul Goldfinger. © April, 2013.  Click left for full view



dancers ver 2


dancers two


VINCE GIORDANO AND THE GRAMMY WINNING NIGHTHAWKS from their album  “The Cotton Club Revisited.”  Vince does the vocal. Harold Arlen wrote this song for the 1932 Cotton Club Parade.

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Ocean Grove beach. By Paul Goldfinger ©.

Ocean Grove beach. By Paul Goldfinger ©. 2014.   Click to enlarge.


JOHN COLTRANE  “Too Young to Go Steady”  from his album Ballads.


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Café Volan. A.P. Paul Goldfinger photo. July 15, 2015.

Café Volan. A.P. Paul Goldfinger photo. Re-posted from 2018.


Eileen Goldfinger at Volan sampling a scone from Balthazar’s * in SoHo. Paul Goldfinger ©

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.  There are a few minor revisions in this 2015 and 2018  re-post.

Some of you might wonder about the persistent search for a great coffee shop near OG, since there are several places in the Grove where you can buy coffee.  The reason is, for some of us, we seek more than just coffee.  In our culture, and in Europe, the coffee shop is a comfortable gathering place where one can appreciate the best coffees from around the world.

Such shops are not general practitioners, they are specialists, and they know how to create a first rate cappuccino or latte.  Coffee is of primary interest in such places, not an afterthought.  The Barbaric Bean was beginning to be like that, but the Grove’s only true coffee shop has vanished.

A real coffee shop is a welcoming place which  has seating and where you can savor the barista’s drinks  while reading the paper, having a fascinating conversation, people watching,  or enjoying a special snack. It tends to be where the local characters go. Wi-Fi is often available for those who are working on the next great American novel.  After all, J.K. Rollings wrote Harry Potter while sipping some brew in a local coffee shop.

In Asbury Park today an Ocean Grove friend introduced me to a real coffee shop;  in fact, Café Volan  seems like a throwback to old Soho or Greenwich Village in the ’60’s.   Café Volan  on Bangs Avenue, just off Cookman near the Brick Wall, is so laid back that you can imagine Bob Dylan singing unamplified on a stool, or Lenny Bruce doing shtick.

It is a dumpy place, but that’s fine because it feels like home—–like cafés I visited when my friends and I would wander around Bleeker or Christopher Streets in “The Village.”   It is the sort of coffee house where the locals and regulars wander in.

My impression from the moment I walked in was:  “I am going to like this place.”  It resonated at a very personal level and felt like somewhere you might re-visit again and again.

A visit to Café Volan is  like time travel, but there is one thing that doesn’t spell nostalgia—it is the delicious high quality of their coffee.  They also serve some unique snacks and toasted exotic breads.  They get their coffee from North Carolina, and their breads and pastries are brought in from Brooklyn.  I haven’t been to Williamsburg for many years, but this entire place seems to have been shipped intact from there.

If you like places that seem authentic and live up to it, try Café Volan —within walking distance of the Grove.

Note:  2020:  There now is a coffee shop in the Grove . Odyssey is on Main Avenue, and Buskerdoo is at the intersection of Sunset and Memorial in Asbury.

And the OG bakery does a nice job with coffee, and they do have a wide selection of baked goods.

*Link to our post about Balthazar’s from 2013:

Blogfinger post on Balthazar 2013


CHARLIE PARKER.  He got his start in New York, but this jazz great didn’t play in coffee houses. Mostly he was up in Harlem in jazz clubs.   The folk singers were in the Village coffee houses  in the ’60’s, but there were jazz venues in the Village which my friends and I visited often, growing up in a Jersey bedroom community, 20 minutes from downtown.

This is “All the Things You Are.” It was written by Jerome Kern (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics)   We recently posted a Miles Davis version, and the song holds up even without those magnificent poetic lyrics.  Below is Charlie Parker on alto sax.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger




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June, 2007. This image was featured in Bell, Bell and DuFresne's book on the Great Auditorium. By Paul Goldfinger ©

June, 2007. This Ocean Grove image taken from inside the GA, was featured in Bell, Bell and DuFresne’s book on the Great Auditorium—–available in the Historical Society Museum. Photo by Paul Goldfinger ©



BOB DYLAN with “But Beautiful.” From his new album Triplicate.


“Love is funny, or it’s sad
Or it’s quiet, or it’s mad
It’s a good thing or it’s bad
But beautiful…
Beautiful to take a chance and if you fall you fall
And I’m thinking I wouldn’t mind at all



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Ocean Grove. October 3, 2014

Ocean Grove. October 3, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge.

Count Basie orchestra.   “Flight of the Foo Birds”  from Woody’s movie Scenes from a Mall


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