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Boardwalk Pavilion. Summer, 2017. Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger.net.  Click to see Harry’s head better—it’s right in front of us—the guy with the trumpet.

 

Link to a prior BF post about the summer band:

Summer band Jean Bredin

This group loves to play Broadway show music thanks to Harry Eichhorn.   Here is the original Broadway cast of Carousel by Rodgers and Hammerstein:

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Paul Goldfinger ©. Ocean Grove, N.J. Independence Day parade. 2015.  Click to enlarge.

 

WILBERT HARRISON:

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Tree Lighting Ceremony  ©  By Jack Bredin, Ocean Grove. Photograph by Rob Bredin.  Click image to enlarge it.  You may find some surprises.

 

ANGELA LANSBURY from Mame:

 

 

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See anybody you know?    Dec 24, 2017. Ocean Grove, NJ. Paul Goldfinger ©

RAY WATERS AND HIS ORCHESTRA:

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Paul Goldfinger ©. Thornley Chapel, Ocean Grove, New Jersey . Undated.

 

BEVERLY KENNEY

 

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Days, Ocean Grove. 10/6/17 Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click

 

 

By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor@Blogfinger.net

Three of us went to Days for dessert last night—Friday,  October 6.. We were ambivalent  because this would be the last day we would have a Days ice cream until 2018.

We like to go for the night shift and to join the other enthusiastic fressers sitting in that historic venue downing some frozen delights.  Just having it there makes the experience even better. Our friends used to skip lunch to go to Days—“We’re having ice cream for lunch,” they would say.

The actual last day at Days is Sunday, October 8.

We were going to take a sundae home for our son.  We knew that our scooper, a young woman, was a pro.  She had to deal with a complicated, albeit bizarre, order without writing anything down. She didn’t even frown or wince when I asked her for:  a large hot fudge sundae, moose tracks ice cream, caramel and butterscotch syrups, chocolate sprinkles, whipped cream and a cherry.

My favorite flavors are chocolate chip  (vanilla ice cream) and chocolate chip mint which might be a turn-off because it’s green and tastes a bit like mouthwash, but it goes great with hot fudge.

What are  your favorite Days ice cream stories or flavors or special requests?   Let’s share—stories, not ice cream.

If you do a Blogfinger search on Days, you will find about 20 articles.

Here is a link to our BF post about Days history (2014):

Days history on Blogfinger

 

DANNY AND THE JUNIORS:

 

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Saturday 8/5/17. 6 pm . In front of DJ’s on Main Avenue. A jazz duo does a nice job with acoustic guitar and bass. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click to enlarge.

 

BUCKY PIZZARELLI AND FRANK VIGNOLA  “Prelude to a Kiss.”  A Duke Ellington composition (1938)

 

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Jean Bredin is a member of the choir, and she sent us these insider images from the Great Auditorium of Ocean Grove, New Jersey. . 7/9/17 © Blogfinger staff.Click on image to enlarge.

 

Audience at intermission taken from inside the GA by Jean Bredin © Blogfinger staff. 7/09/17

 

Auditorium Square Park. 7/09/17 By Jean Bredin. BF staff. ©

 

MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR with the PHILADELPHIA BRASS ENSEMBLE AND PERCUSSION. With a favorite English Christian hymn. “Rock of Ages” that goes back about 250 years . The MTC has 360 members, smaller than the group which appeared in Ocean Grove tonight.

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By Paul Goldfinger, music editor @Blogfinger.net.  Eileen Goldfinger video clips

July 6, 2017 in the Great Auditorium of Ocean Grove:

We enjoyed this concert by the Imperial Brass very much, as expected, but there were some “knock your socks off” special moments.

As many of you know, the famous trumpeter Phillip Smith has a summer place in Ocean Grove. His tone and technique are so good that it makes you want to jump up and cheer, which is what happened.  Phil Smith played an intricate duet with Mitch Brodsky called “Deliverance.”  In the second half he soloed on an amazingly complex piece called Scherzando.

Phil told the audience that he has missed playing in the Great Auditorium and how much he loves the salt air and the pleasures of being back in his little cottage on Pilgrim Pathway.   Phil retired from his  long-term position as principal trumpet with the NY Philharmonic and now he is on the faculty at the University of Georgia.

Other highlights included a lovely trombone solo of an African American spiritual “Swing Low” by Robert Tiedemann. (We have a brief video from that below.)

We have been attending musical performances in the GA for years, but my greatest wish, until now ungranted, was to hear authentic live jazz in that terrific venue. Tonight the Imperial Brass granted that wish in what I suspect was the first time a real jazz man played, without amplification, on our stage.

Warren Vaché is an acclaimed jazz cornetist  from New Jersey who had two beautiful solos with the Brass, but the one that I savored was his rendition of Charlie Chaplin’s  “Smile”  Vaché delighted the crowd with a vocal chorus as well as a jazz solo.  Hopefully we can get some more jazz players at the Grove.

If you like jazz, check with the Axelrod Theatre in Deal where they often feature first rate live jazz.  Last year they had John Pizzarelli.  Also, Shanghai Jazz in Madison is a fine restaurant that features jazz and has done so for years. It is worth the trip.

www.shanghaijazz.com

The Imperial Brass is such a fine ensemble, and they vary their content so that you never get bored.  The instrumentation is thrilling for you brass fans–a diverse collection of horns— baritones, French, euphoniums, trumpets, and more that I couldn’t identify.  But the end result is a magnificent sound where the components come together in a remarkable way.

They have a web site if you want to sign up for their mailings or buy their recordings:

Imperial Brass

The group astonished the crowd with their last number, a most unusual rendition of the “Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Phillip Sousa whose premier march is often played in the Great Auditorium, but it is always done “straight.” However tonight the Brass astonished us with a raucus, jazzy, 21st century version of this piece including the classic piccolo solo done tonight by a marvelous soprano cornet player.  I wish Sousa could have been there.  Below is a bit of that march:

 

But there was an actual composer present–Joseph Turrin, who got to have a standing O because some of his brass compositions were performed tonight including a marvelous tribute to New York City called “Landmarks.”

Here is a brief segment of Robert Tiedemann’s trombone solo: “Swing Low”  Video by Eileen Goldfinger

And here are two selections from the Imperial Brass & Friends CD.

PHILIP SMITH (Trumpet)  with a hymn that he loves  (he introduced it and played it tonight.)

WARREN VACHE´ (Trumpet)  “April in Paris.”  ( I could not find a recording of “Smile”)

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Independence Day 2016. Main Avenue. Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger.net.

THE CROWS:

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