- Category: Arts & Culture
RED BANK, NJ – He’s the past, present and future of jazz; a sought-after session ace whose tenor reedwork has been an integral part of legacy tribute projects dedicated to Mingus, Monk and Miles — as well as a bandleader with an intuitive grasp of modern performance styles. Whatever your point of entry, Wayne Escoffery has it covered .
Acclaimed tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery comes to Red Bank on July 30 and 31, as the Summer Jazz Café series continues at Red Bank’s Two River Theater.
A veteran of the Lonnie Plaxico, Ben Riley and Tom Harrell bands, the swinging saxmaster and his combo take it to Red Bank this weekend, as the next featured act in the 2010 Summer Jazz Café series. The July 30 and 31 sets are presented by New Jersey’s own Jazz Arts Project within the spacious yet cozy “black box” room of the Two River Theater.
Inside the modern performing arts facility — located just steps from NJ Transit’s public transportation station and an array of popular restaurants, with plenty of free off-street parking — Jazz Café patrons can enjoy coffee, tea and delectable treats at candlelit cocktail tables, while enjoying sounds from some of the most dynamic players on the regional scene.
Jazz Café continues on the weekend of August 6 and 7, when drummer, bandleader, producer and nightclub owner Cecil Brooks III closes down the joint in grand style. All performances in the Jazz Cafe series are at 8:00 p.m. Reserve by calling the Two River box office at (732)345-1400, or via the venue’s website at tickets.trtc.org.
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Area resident answers the president’s call to service
VINTON, Iowa - Highlands, NJ resident Lyndsay Senerchia is serving on her final project with the AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) North Central Region. Senerchia and her team are serving with Project Homecoming in New Orleans, LA until July 23rd rehabilitating homes that were devastated in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Work includes demolition, hanging drywall, laying tile, building cabinets and installing them, laying siding, and supervising volunteer groups.
Senerchia, the daughter of Anthony and Nancy Senerchia, graduated in 2004 from Middletown High School South, and has completed 5 projects with her NCCC team. Other projects included being construction workers for disaster recovery, training and participating in wildland firefighting, being tour guides for a wildlife sanctuary, being sawyers and improving timber stands, and assisting with other various assignments. Throughout their service, they have traveled to Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Lake Charles, Louisiana; Coralville Lake, Iowa; Spearfish, South Dakota; and now, their final destination of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Senerchia says, “This has been an overall amazing experience. In AmeriCorps NCCC I have had many ups and downs and I would not have changed anything. The experiences that I have had and the friends that I have made have impacted my life in positive ways.”
Specific accomplishments for the team include: renovated rooms in over 20 houses, cleared 534,400 lbs of debris, sorted 1,360 lbs of clothing, inventoried 3,850 lbs of food, removed 47,406 lbs of tree brush, transplanted/planted 52 trees, removed 3.6 acres of invasive plants, completed prescribed burns on 28.2 acres of land, removed 1,712 lbs of trash, cleaned 29 large animal facilities of excrement and animal carcasses, scrubbed 29 bird cages, removed over 5,120 pounds of urine soaked hay, gave tours to 1060 people, removed 1,560 lbs of noxious weeds, fed over 1200 lbs of raw meat to big cats, designed and built 5 structures for tigers and lions, painted a 9 x 24 foot mural, and numerous other tasks were completed as well.
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RED BANK, NJ – The New York Times branded her “the most accomplished interpreter of popular material performing today.” Her career has taken her everywhere from big-band bandstands to Carnegie Hall — and her vocal skills have graced recordings by legends ranging from Mel Torme to KISS! Even with credentials like those, Marlene Verplanck is quick to point out that one of her greatest claims to fame is the world-renowned commercial jingle for Campbell’s soup.
Acclaimed vocal jazz virtuoso Marlene VerPlanck comes to Red Bank on July 23 and 24, as the Summer Jazz Café series continues at Red Bank’s Two River Theater.
The Songbook specialist and her combo bring their “Mmm-mmm Good” stuff to Red Bank this weekend, as the next featured performer in the 2010 Summer Jazz Café series, presented by New Jersey’s own Jazz Arts Project within the spacious yet cozy “black box” room of the Two River Theater.
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ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Members of the Atlantic Highlands First Aid & Safety Squad and the Atlantic Highlands Fire Department responded early Saturday morning to assist a boater stuck on pilings in the Atlantic Highlands municipal harbor.
The boaters from Northern New Jersey who were unfamiliar with the harbor ran into the pilings shortly after 1 a.m. They called for emergency assistance 90 minutes later as the tide was going out and the boat was unable to move.
The stranded pleasure boat remained stuck on pilings early Saturday morning in Atlantic Highlands.
The Atlantic Highlands First Aid’s 85-M-1 and the Atlantic Highlands Fire Department’s Marine 85 responded to the scene of the stranding, while AHFD chief Russell Mount and AHFAS chief Richard Huff set up command in the harbor. Crews also readied the AHFAS’ Zodiac boat for launch as well.
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Leonardo, NJ - On July 15 the Leonardo beach party was held for residents of Leonardo and other areas of Middletown on Leonardo Beach. It was a hot evening, but the Sandy Hook Bay breeze made it comfortable for all enjoy the party. The event was attended by former Mayor and Township Committee member Pamela Brightbill and the Director of the Township of Middletown Parks and Recreation Greg Silva.
Rich Kaufman Productions was the Dee-Jay who played tunes of today and yesteryear. There were games for the children and young people to play such as "name that tune" and a hoola hoop contest. The partygoers enjoyed hot dogs, potato chips as well as cold drinks of soda, iced tea and water. Most of the attendees at the party come every year, as with Christine Cooper of Middletown who came with her two children Taryn and R.J..
The party ended at 9:00pm. The Department of Parks and Recreation and Cultural Affairs is the gracious host of this annual summer event.